What Employers Are Really Looking For

By Saralyn Mitchell

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My job is to complement the excellent academic education our students receive and ensure they are prepared to be successful in the world of work at the local, state and national levels. We start with useful, practical knowledge that results in excellent resumes, impressive interviewing skills, a good elevator speech, and solid networking skills. There is a growing need for us to spend more time on networking. Our students need to understand the importance of networking in the employment process, what that means and how you do it. Then we need to provide firsthand opportunities where they can practice.

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On the Joys of Browsing: Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase and Fable

By Ron Fritze

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These days, people tend to go on the internet to get answers to their questions. I know that I do. That said, I still have and use a big collection of reference books. One reason is that a standard reference book will be more reliable than some of the internet sites (although I think Wikipedia is generally quite reliable). Another reason is that for some purposes, a reference book can be just as easy to use, or even easier than an online source. That is certainly the case for dictionaries. But there is another reason for checking out many ink and paper works of reference—they are fun to browse. Well, maybe not for everyone, but they are fun for me and I am not alone.

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Mike the Protector

By Guy McClure

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This may or may not have actually happened, but it happened in my head and it is happening on the paper on which I’m writing so that’s good enough for me.   The following is a story about fear, trust and an unspoken friendship that I have encountered along a wooded path.  It begins with a first step and I’d like to take you with me.  Believe it if you need to.

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A Victorian Life: Read the Book, Don’t Wait for Masterpiece Theater

By Ron Fritze

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Lucie Duff Gordon: A Passage to Egypt by Katherine Frank is the next book on the literary itinerary of the day-time book discussion group.  Who is Lucie Duff Gordon, you ask?  In a nutshell, she was a woman author and translator who lived (1821-1869) during the first half of the Victorian era in London.  I am sure most people have never heard of her.  Certainly I hadn’t until I started doing research on Victorian travelers in Egypt.  But once I started reading about her life, I found out what a truly fascinating person she was, as was her family.

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Rod Stewart

By Jessica Williamson

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My Momma and Granny used to ride the dirt roads in search of some flowers to dig up or a forgotten old juke joint. Every weekend, they would ride with me and my sister in the back seat and play music. I can remember the first time that I ever heard his voice. I was a little girl sitting in the back seat of the car when my momma put the tape in. That unforgettable voice came pouring out of the speakers, and I was hooked. They listened to mostly country music, but sometimes they would throw something else into the mix. That day it was Rod Stewart’s greatest hits. Rod has been making women fall in love with his voice since he started singing in the mid-sixty’s, and I was no exception. At five years old, I was in love.

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Convergence Culture: Where Old and New Media Collide

By Tony Ricks

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At home, my children are learning to blog on a private, password-protected website and with parental supervision. They are doing things I never did. They are composing with words, images, even video: it’s easy once you learn the basic blogging tools available. And I wonder: how will these experiences impact their educational or lifelong goals? I really have no idea. But the fact that they are composing blogs and using tools that didn’t exist when I was a child are perhaps omens of what the future holds in regards to new media and its possibilities.

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Heart of a Champion

By Rita Kaye Nearor

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This time of the year the sports section of most any newspaper circulated throughout the United States is blanketed with heroic stories of football. Words like “pounded”, “defeated”, and “win” are prominent in headlines in this grid-iron glorified country. In the South, you are guaranteed to strike up a conversation with a total stranger if the topic is football. As important as football is in any Southern home, winning is just as important. Sure we say, “It’s not who wins or loses, but how you play the game.” Well, we all know that’s a lie. If winning wasn’t important, why keep score? I’ve also heard, “We stand behind our team win, lose, or draw.” Again, that’s another lie. The research would back me up, but I prefer personal observation. I have witnessed ticket sales and booster support drop during and after a losing season.

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Book Club

By Brady Liles

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It all started a little over two years ago. I had no idea that this would be one of the most influential facets in my life. It was called Book Club. The Tuesday night trend started years before my invitation, consisted of a solid group of about seven men from various backgrounds, occupations, and phases of life.

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Start Here, Start Now!

By Saralyn Mitchell

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Too many students wait until the last semester of their senior year to start their job search. They are putting themselves at a disadvantage in our current frail job market.

Before or during their junior year students should create a professional online presence. They should begin by making contacts and working to build a resume with work experience. These steps will increase their chances of gaining employment upon graduation. Starting early provides the opportunity to get a clear idea of the kind of work they want to do and the work environment where they want to use their skills, interests, and education.

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A University Tradition – A Family Tradition

By Tena Bullington

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Please note that this blog article preludes the Founders Queen and Court ceremony on October 22 at 6:00pm in the Parlor of Founders Hall.

Founders Queen and Court is an historic event that has taken place at Athens State University for over fifty years. These honors have been bestowed upon women exemplifying Athens State’s mission and as those chosen are voted upon by their student peers it is truly an honor.

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