Institutional Scholarship Award Reception Held

Athens State University held its annual Institutional Scholarship Award Reception on July 16th in the Sandridge Student Center Ballroom. 55 students attended with more than 100 friends and family members to celebrate these awards that totaled more than $180,000.

“These scholarship awards are highly sought after and competitive,” said Penny Roberts, Athens State Enrollment Advisor. “The students who were honored that night represent the hard work and dedication that all Athens State students exhibit. The fact that so many attended to cheer on their success speaks volumes.”

The scholarship awards included Academic, Presidential, Phi Theta Kappa, Student Based Awards, Student Leadership Awards and Student Newspaper Awards. There were 23 students honored from the College of Arts and Sciences, 15 from the College of Business, and 18 from College of Education.

Athens State to Increase Tuition Rate Beginning in the 2015-16 Academic Year

At its April meeting, the Board of Trustees of Athens State University approved a tuition increase range of 1% to 5% and authorized the Executive Committee of the Board to meet with University officials in early June to make a final decision on tuition rates for the coming year. The Executive Committee met on Wednesday morning, June 3, to consider the recommendation of the University’s Budget Advisory Committee, a standing committee of the University chaired by the Vice President for Finance and composed of four faculty members and the presiding officer of the staff senate. The recommendation of the committee was to raise tuition by approximately 2.8 percent beginning with the Fall 2015 semester. After a thorough review of the work and reasoning of the committee, the Executive Committee approved the recommended tuition rates.

Mike McCoy, Vice President for Financial Affairs remarked, “The University Budget Advisory Committee felt that a moderate tuition increase was necessary in order to fund the University’s operating budget and to help avoid larger tuition increases in the future. The Committee reviewed historical tuition increases among Alabama public universities and felt that this increase was appropriate and at the lower end of the approved tuition increase range.”

The increase in tuition rate will take effect with the beginning of the Fall 2015 semester. Even with this increase, Athens State University will continue to have the lowest per-hour tuition rate for a college or university in the state of Alabama. The increase will take the tuition rate from $179 to $184 per semester hour for traditional coursework and from $257 to $264 per semester hour for distance learning classes.

“A tuition increase is not something that is taken on without sufficient research and is done at a time of purposeful need,” said Athens State President Bob Glenn. “It is a necessity that every institution faces. What sets Athens State apart from other institutions is that we do it marginally and as infrequently as possible. We are diligent in our efforts to offer the best return on our student’s investment and it is clear that we are successful in doing so.”

Accounting Club Assists Animal Rescue Charities

The Athens State University Accounting Club (Institute of Management Accountants Student Chapter) along with the North Alabama Chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (NACFE), conducted their annual Animal Rescue Supply Drive this year with proceeds benefiting Friends of Rescue and the Greater Huntsville Humane Society. Both organizations are non-profit, no-kill rescue groups in North Alabama.

The drive was conducted for one month with collection boxes placed across campus. There was also an Amazon wish list set up to make participation even easier. Contributions to the drive were astonishing with a total of more than 2,215 pounds of dry dog and cat food collected. Also donated were toys, treats, linens, over a hundred cans of food, and other essentials needed by the rescue organizations.

“We have a wonderful campus and community that are always so supportive, helpful, and generous,” said Professor Stacie Hughes. “Everyone helped make this year’s drive the most successful one we’ve ever conducted.”

The Accounting Club and NACFE would like to thank the Athens State and NACFE families for their generosity. They would also like to extend a special thank you to Pet Depot of Florence and Big Heart Pet Brands of Decatur for their substantial donations and to Professor Scott Cox for helping load and deliver more than one ton of donations to Friends of Rescue and the Greater Huntsville Humane Society.

According to a representative with Friends of Rescue, “We were running so low on food and these donations came at the perfect time. They will all go to good use.”

The Greater Huntsville Humane Society was very excited and appreciative for all of the donations as well. “This is so wonderful and will help so many animals,” said their representative.