Category Archives: University Related
By Ron Fritze
“The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter—it’s the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.” Mark Twain
When it comes to advice on writing well, Mark Twain is someone to be heeded. One of the problems that any writer continually faces is maintaining the variety of their word usage. If you are not careful, you can end up using the same word over and over again. To your reader that practice comes across as dull and boring and may cause them rightly to question the extent of your vocabulary. So how do you get some life in your vocabulary and get from the “lightning bug” word to the “lightning” word? Answer, the thesaurus, a word book of synonyms and related concepts.
By Tony Ricks
(The following is adapted by the author from an original blog post he wrote on April 21, 2013 and published at www.therhetor.com)
Thinking about taking “the next step” after your bachelor’s degree? Or just after high school?
Recently, I offered advice to a college student at Athens State on the pros and cons of grad school. I hold a Master’s from Boise State and a Doctorate from Florida State. (Combining mascots, this makes me a Seminole on a Bronco). My particular area of expertise is in Rhetoric & Composition. Today, I regularly work with college writers at Athens State.
Supreme Court’s affirmative action ruling puts universities’ race-preferred admissions on life support
By Jess Brown
Although the Supreme Court’s end-of-term decisions about gay marriage dominated media coverage and public debate during the last week of June, its hot-off-the-press decision about affirmative action and university admissions deserves a close reading by university trustees, presidents and faculty. In the decision of Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, Justice Kennedy, speaking for a seven-member majority, may have substantially redefined the permissible scope of affirmative action in the context of university admissions. It is also worth noting that both members of the Court from racial/ethnic minorities – Thomas, an African-American, as well as Hispanic Sotomayor – supported his position.
By Guy McClure
When I received my diploma 28 years ago I thought my days of studying were over. Granted, in hindsight I realize that I didn’t study enough when I was in college – but at that time scholarly pursuits seemed an overwhelming burden for someone in their early twenties. Now, almost three decades since that commencement march, I’ve decided to go back to school for a second bachelor’s degree.
By Robert Burkhardt
Come in and make yourself at home…literally, at the Athens State University Library’s Learning Commons area. We have new comfy seating that can be rearranged to suit a study group of one or more. Don’t want to sit at one of our desktop stations for PCs or Macs? Not a problem. Students and employees can check out a laptop for use in the building. You can relax and prop up your feet while researching or typing a paper. We have a self-serve kiosk for coffee, green tea, and hot chocolate for just $1.25 a cup. The only traditional librarian-shushing that we will do is that we still ask that you silence your cell phone and field any calls outside of the building. (The student next to you could be taking a timed exam….) The first floor is low talking, and the second floor is designated as a quiet study area.
By Guy McClure
Who are we? It is an introspective question that one might ask when on a quest of self-discovery. It is also a question an institution must ask when defining itself in a constantly changing environment. In the 191-year history of Athens State University we have been many things to many constituents, but whether that is an alma mater, a community resource, or an educational touchstone, we each have a personal connection to Athens State that is uniquely ours.The first step in defining ourselves is to do just that – establish a definition. Athens State is an upper-division, two-year educational institution, one of only a handful of such schools in the world. The problem is there is no word or phrase that adequately paints a mental picture of what this means. The other problem is that this causes our colleagues, constituents, and even our neighbors to not clearly understand our purpose.
By Thomas Pieplow
The popularity of the National Football League (NFL) has never been higher and the Super Bowl regularly is one of the most watched programs on television. Although the NFL’s bone-crunching games embody conflict, its business doctrine is collaboration for the greater good. What if colleges cooperated in the same way? Could this lead to providing better service to the public?