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Athens State Hosting Henri's Notions for St. Patrick's Day Concert


March 10, 2014

The Livingston Concert Lecture Series at Athens State University is sponsoring a free concert by Henri’s Notions, regarded as the South’s premier Celtic band. The concert will be held on Monday, March 17 at 7:00 p.m. in the Ballroom of the Sandridge Student Center. The event is free and open to the public, no reservations are required.

From soft fingerpicked ballads to hard-driving jigs and reels, Henri's Notions creates a musical mix of traditional Celtic and American music as well as their own compositions that have a rhythm and voice reflective of their Southern heritage, which lends a pleasing familiarity to the music. The Notions draw from a broad palette of melodious sounds: the ardent sounds of fiddle, lilting flute, keen tin whistles, all played over the resonant tones and drive of the rhythm section, consisting of acoustic guitars, percussion, and bass.

Lead voices dance through the intricate embellishments that bring to life the old ballads and songs and all members lend voices frequently creating close, rich, well-balanced harmonies. The group makes a point to provide backgrounds on the songs and instruments used during their performance and this has allowed Henri's Notions to connect with, educate and inspire audiences for over twenty years!

Henri's Notions has toured extensively in the Southern and Eastern United Stated from West Palm Beach, Florida and Dallas, Texas to New York City. The group has worked countless festivals and concerts and has appeared with such folk icons as Bob Dylan, Richie Havens, The Kingston Trio, David Grisman Quintet and top Celtic acts such as The Tannahill Weavers, Patrick Street, Paddy O'Brien, Brian McNeill and others.

Henri’s Notions performs year-round in concerts, festivals, special events, and school programs. As a touring member of the Alabama State Council on the Arts and Southern Arts Federation, grants are often available to eligible presenters

For more information call 256-233-8296. This free event is sponsored by the Livingston Concert Lecture Series at Athens State University.



Art Students to Host Mardi Gras Parade


February 20, 2014

ATHENS, Ala. - Athens State University art professor Gail Bergeron and students from her Special Workshop in Sculpture class will hold a Mardi Gras parade in Athens at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 4, 2014. This 3rd annual parade will kick-off from in front of the Athens State’s Center for Lifelong Learning located at 121 S. Marion Street on the Limestone County Courthouse Square.

Three added attractions this year will be lighted head pieces, bead making, and the Athens Lions Club train provided by engineer Barry Moore. Tables will be set up at 5:30 for children and adults alike to string their own beads. The Athens State art student, nicknamed “Artheads,” will be throwing beads at the parade and will accept recycled beads from past Mardi Gras celebrations to add to the fun. Anyone who would like to donate Mardi Gras beads for the Athens event can leave them at the Center for Lifelong Learning prior to the parade.

The theme for this year’s parade is Steam Punk Circus and the Athens State revelers will be in costume with sculpted heads. Music for the marchers will be provided by Pam Hartman of Retrobics. The parade is open to the public and marching and participating is encouraged.

“Last year’s event was well received and a lot of fun,” states Bergeron. “For a one-block parade, we make the best of it and I really think that’s what makes it so special. We really appreciate the Lions Club for their participation by bringing the Kiddie Carnival train to the square.”

The parade route is to travel Marion Street back and forth between Washington and Market Streets in Athens - - just one block.

“As I have said in the past,” continued Bergeron, “this is the best, most fun, one-block Mardi Gras parade in the world.”


Athens State to Host Folklife Expert for Black History Month
Event rescheduled to Feb. 18


Janurary 24, 2014

ATHENS, Ala. - In celebration of Black History Month, Athens State University will host a lecture by Joyce Cauthen, Director Emeritus of the Alabama Folklife Association. Cauthen will speak Tuesday, February 18 at 7:00 p.m. in Room 104 of the Classroom Building. The Classroom Building is located across from the Library on Pryor Street on the north side of campus.

Cauthen’s presentation, entitled Fiddlers, Banjo Players and Strawbeaters: Alabama’s First Pop Musicians, will discuss the pivotal role played by African Americans in developing the music at the roots of today’s bluegrass and country music. She and her husband Jim Cauthen will demonstrate use of the banjo, “straws” (a technique in which broom straws or knitting needles were beat on the strings as the fiddler played) and guitar in backing up the fiddle. The audience will hear musical styles and tunes that are seldom heard today—and will have the opportunity to ask questions and share their perceptions of the differences in this music and the modern country music that are based upon it.

“This topic focuses on the history of African American achievement in the development of an unexpected genre of music, and with Athens State’s history as the host of the Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention I feel it will have a broad appeal,” states Sarah McAbee, Athens State’s Vice President for Enrollment and Student Services. “Ms. Cauthen will be an excellent and informative speaker for our students, faculty, and for the community.” In 2011, Cauthen was honored by the Alabama State Council on the Arts with a Governor's Arts Award. The Cauthens live in Birmingham, Alabama. In their spare time they play in two old-time string bands, Red Mountain and Flying Jenny.

The lecture is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by The Alabama Humanities Foundation’s Road Scholar Speakers Bureau. The Road Scholars Speakers Bureau provides public presentations and lectures on a variety of humanities topics. Designed to educate and entertain, the programs are presented by Alabama’s most enlightening university and independent scholars.

For more information, call 256-233-8296.


Art Student Creates Backdrop for Poke Sallet Follies


January 24, 2013

ATHENS, Ala. - Before he graduated in December, Athens State University Art Major Jay Keller was enlisted to use his talents for a good cause. The Athens/Limestone Foundation on Aging contacted Professor Gail Bergeron to find students willing to take on the task of painting the backdrops for the group’s upcoming Poke Sallet Follies. Bergeron asked Keller and the match was made.

“Admitting that we were limited in talents and abilities, we reached out to the faculty of the Athens State University Art Department,” states Follies Director Stacey Landtroop Givens. “Gail Bergeron, who was incredibly easy to work with, approached then-student Jay Kellar with a mutually beneficial plan.”

It was arranged that Keller would handle the artwork for the event and earn class credit for his time and work as part of his independent study.

Givens added, “Jay embraced the idea, and we are so fortunate that he did! We received the completed artwork before Christmas putting us far ahead of schedule, and his work is incredible.”

Keller painted many local scenes to use as backdrop for the Follies following its theme of “Home Sweet Home.” One of the most popular and most familiar to him is his recreation of the historic Founders Hall on the Athens State campus.

The 22nd annual Poke Sallet Follies is a three night event that includes dinner and live entertainment. Cost is $35 per ticket with proceeds benefitting seniors of Athens and Limestone area. Show dates are March 6th, 7th and 8th, and tickets go on sale Monday February 10th at the Athens Senior Center on Pryor Street. Tickets may be purchased during Center business hours or on Monday evenings from 6:00-8:00 pm at the Center.

In a letter to Athens State President Bob Glenn, Givens wrote, “We thank the administration of Athens State University which encourages collaborative efforts with the community. We commend the faculty, particularly Gail Bergeron, who truly desire to help their students grow and learn through real-world experiences. Most of all, we appreciate the willingness of your student, Jay Keller, for sharing his wonderful talent with this community. Nearly 1000 people are expected to attend this event and I am certain that his artwork will be a crowd favorite.”


Athens State

January 22, 2014
ATHENS, Ala. – Athens State University Professor of Art Pamela Keller was selected as one of the 25 artists representing studio art faculty at Alabama’s colleges and universities to exhibit in the 2014 Art of the State at the Tennessee Valley Museum of Art. Jurors for the exhibition were Jere Allen, Emeritus Professor of Art-Ceramics , University of Mississippi and Ron Dale, Emeritus Professor of Art-Ceramics, University of Mississippi.

Keller has been a member of the Athens State Art department since 1981. She also won an award of merit for her photograph Washer on the Porch. Keller has two photographs on exhibition.

“These photographs are 30”x30” Hipstaprints taken last summer with my iPhone 5, IOS 7 using the Hipstamatic ap. This ap has various digital films and lenses that can represent analog images, “ said Keller of her work. “The images are composed in the viewfinder and work on the images usually
completed post-production can be done in the viewfinder as well, as the photo is taken. The results with my particular lens and film create super- saturated colors, high contrast, and are great for high light, outdoor shooting, where I find most of my inspiration.”

Keller prints through the iPhone ap on Fuji paper and builds her frames using recycled wood. She adds, “I like the contract of textured, strongly lit subject against the grizzled border of the prints, then the contrast of the shiny paper of the print against the ‘shabby chic’ rough wooden frames.”

The exhibition, Art of the State is on view now through March 7, 2014 at the Tennessee Valley Museum of Art in Tuscumbia, Alabama.


Athens State and Leading Edge Institute to Sponsor Youth Event

January 21, 2014

ATHENS, Ala. - Athens State University and the Leading Edge Institute have been named as the event sponsors for the upcoming Youth Education and Awareness (Y.E.A) Mini-Conference to be held Saturday, February 8. Athens State’s Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice and Juvenile Justice Studies, Dr. Quanda Watson- Stevenson is coordinating the event. The Y.E.A. mini-conference is a service project for two Athens State University students who are acting as L.E.I. (Leading Edge Institute) representatives for the conference, Ms. Kristina Lovell and Ms. Stephanie White. This service project will also assist Lovell and White with their professional goals of becoming a juvenile probation officer and a child psychologist. They will have an opportunity to interact with children and families during their community service project.

The mini-conference will offer children and their families an opportunity to learn about issues impacting them in the community such as, bullying, social media, truancy, abuse, and nutrition.

"The event provides an opportunity for our juvenile justice studies program to provide opportunities for parents and their children to interact and participate in an educational event", states Watson-Stevenson. "The conference sessions are designed to educate various school-aged children; parents can help their children select which sessions they want to attend. We want families who participate to receive educational resources and have fun!"

Watson-Stevenson added, "Those attending can also attend creative art sessions where they can make crafts and face paint. This is an event for the entire family."

The Mini-Conference will be held from 9:00 a.m. until noon on Saturday, February 8 with registration beginning at 8:30 a.m. It will be held at the Carter Physical Education Center on Athens State University’s campus. There will be free food and lots of fun activities for all involved. Parents or legal guardians must accompany their children during the entire event.

Conference organizers are still accepting presenters and volunteers for the event. Information and conference forms may be found at the YEA Conference website on the information web page created by computer science students on campus. Conference participants can fax or email completed forms to 256-233-6515 or bring them to the conference. If you want more information or have questions please contact Dr. Watson-Stevenson by email or 256-233-6515.


Career Development Center to Sponsor Nashville Area Career Fair


January 10, 2014

The Career Development Center at Athens State University will once again be a sponsor of the Nashville Area Career Fair. This year fair will be held in Franklin, TN at the Williamson County Ag Expo Park on February 11th from 10 am to 3 pm.

Students who attend will have the opportunity to meet over 250 employers from a variety of businesses,industries, government, and education. They can also learn about exclusive internship and job opportunities offered to students and alumni from participating schools.

A ticket is required to attend this event. Tickets can by obtained by going by the Career Development Center located on the 2nd Floor of the Sandridge Student Center or by calling (256)233-8140.

For more information please visit www.nashvillefairs.org.


Athens State Announces Dean of the College of Education

January 7, 2014

ATHENS, Ala. - Athens State University has announced that Dr. Patricia Sims will serve as the University’s Dean of the College of Education.

Sims currently serves as the Dean of Instruction at J. F. Drake State Community and Technical College. In previous positions she has worked as a middle school science teacher, an assistant principal, and a principal all in the Huntsville City Schools system.

“After a national search we were confident that Dr. Sims was the best choice for the Deanship,” states Athens State Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Ronald R. Cromwell. “She brings a high level of administrative, leadership and educational expertise that will serve well the mission of our College of Education to educate and prepare future teachers committed to excellence.”

Sims received a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of West Alabama, a master’s degree in Secondary Education from Alabama A&M University, and a doctorate in human and organizational development from Vanderbilt University.

“Historically, Athens State has always had a strong and important College of Education and I look forward to being at its helm,” states Sims. “In my career I have noticed that those with a degree in education from Athens State bring with them a legacy synonymous with successful teaching. I am proud to be a part of this going forward.”

Sims has held many association offices, including president of the statewide instructional Officer’s Association, within the Alabama Community College Association. She serves on many local foundation and organizational boards, and was recently appointed by Governor Robert Bentley to serve as a member of the Alabama Forever Wild Board of Trustees.

Sims will start the new position on January 21, 2014.


In-Service Center to Host Leadership Symposium


December 16, 2013

ATHENS, Ala. – Athens State University’s Regional In-Service Center will be hosting its third annual Leadership Symposium on February 6 and 7, 2014 with a pre-conference day on February 5. The symposium will be held on the Athens State University campus in Athens, Alabama. It is expected that the event will be sold out before the end of the year.

“As in the past two years we are selling out early,” states Charlotte Feigley, Associate Director of the Regional Inservice Center. “I cannot help but think that this is due to the importance of leadership initiatives within our elementary schools.”

Feigley continues, “This symposium serves as a wonderful tourism catalyst for our area. That, along with the impact it has on local educational trends, makes it an overall coup for north Alabama and beyond.”

Keynote speakers scheduled for the 2014 Symposium Series include Daniel Pink, author of A Whole New Mind, a New York Times and Business Week Bestseller. Special guest at the symposium will be Franklin Covey Senior Vice President Sean Covey.

Covey is the author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens which is based on the principles of The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People written by his father, Stephen Covey.

In addition to the thought-provoking keynote addresses the symposium will offer individualized topical sessions, a discussion on the alignment between The Leader in Me and Common Core, virtual learning opportunities, table topics on select subjects, and opportunities to interact with students who have participated in Leader In Me programming.

The Leadership Symposium at Athens State will serve as an education event entirely focused on bringing leadership and 21st Century life skills to our K–12 system. During these two-day events, student leaders take a key role in demonstrating how the program equips them to excel in life. In addition, these conferences attract educators, business leaders, and community stakeholders alike, and offer an unforgettable experience of accelerated growth and development. To register go to www.theleaderinme.org click on symposiums and find Athens State University.


Business Students Earn Practical Experience


December 10, 2013

ATHENS, Ala. - Students in Athens State University Assistant Professor Kim Roberts' Operations Management course put their knowledge into practice this semester. Students were divided into teams and assigned Operations Management topics such as strategy and sustainability, productivity, capacity utilization, bottlenecks, and service process design to apply at the Grounded coffee shop in Madison.

Grounded opened on County Line Road this summer and is owned by Chris Moore. The class made a visit to the site, followed by several follow-up visits by each group, to analyze the shop's processes. Each team then made a presentation to Moore sharing their observations and recommendations at the end of the semester.

"I appreciate Chris allowing our class to have access to his business, which in turn allowed our students to put business theory into action and build a stronger connection with operations management" says Roberts.

Service process design, presented by Ryan Belue, Jacklyn Cooper, Courtney Moore, and Holly Roberts was selected by Mr. Moore as best overall.

"Working with Professor Roberts and the operations management class from Athens State was a great experience,” states Moore. “At Grounded, we strive to build others, and working with college students is a wonderful opportunity. We showed students a behind the scenes look at our operation and taught them a little of how we do our business. In turn, they came up with some insightful ideas and opportunities for improvement.

Moore continues, “One particular idea we plan to implement into our organization: a written, publicized service guarantee. We look forward to working with the university again in the coming semesters and can't wait to see what the students show us next."

Laura Christ, a junior majoring in management, said what she found most valuable from the class was using various tools to work toward continuous improvements and avoid costly errors.

Christ remarked, "What you learn in this class can not only be applied in a manufacturing or service environment, but it could also be of benefit in your everyday life."


Athens State Offering Children's Book Writers and Illustrator's Workshop

December 4, 2013

ATHENS, Ala. - Athens State University will be hosting a Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrator’s Workshop on Saturday, January 18, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The event will be held at the Alabama Center for the Arts in Decatur, Athens State and Calhoun’s combined art program facility located at 133 2nd Avenue in Decatur.

Award-winning author Lisa Wheeler will lead the one-day workshop. Wheeler is the author of 33 children’s books including Pet Project: Cute and Cuddly Vicious Verses and Dino-Wrestling. Her awards include The Michigan Mitten, Texas Bluebonnet, and the Theodore Geisel Honor given by the American Library Association.

Tuition for the one-day workshop is $65 and lunch is included in the cost. To register for the event visit www.athens.edu/workshop.


Athens State University commencement planned for December 7

November 26, 2013

Athens, Ala. – Athens State University’s graduation exercises will be held in the Carter Physical Education Gymnasium on Saturday, December 7 with three separate ceremonies.

At 9:00 a.m., the College of Education will commence with Mary Scott Hunter addressing the attendees.

Hunter is a member of the Athens State University Board of Trustees and represents District VIII on the Alabama State Board of Education. Hunter joined Intuitive Research and Technology Company as corporate counsel in 2012 where she leads the company's business interests in compliance, ethics, and risk.

Hunter earned her Bachelor’s degree in 1995 from the University of Alabama and her Juris Doctorate in 1998 from the University of Alabama School of Law. She also served in the United States Air Force.

At 12:00 noon, the College of Arts and Sciences will present diplomas to their graduates with Stan Pylant serving as the college’s keynote speaker.

Pylant has been with WHNT News 19 for 28 years and currently serves as the President and General Manager. His responsibilities include all station operations, compliance with all FCC regulations, and leading a staff of over 100 employees to continued growth in rating and revenue.

Pylant is an alumnus of Athens State University and was recognized by Athens State with the Outstanding Alumnus of the Year award in 2008. He is a graduate of Leadership Huntsville, a member of the National Association of Broadcasters, Television Bureau of Advertising and the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. He serves on the executive board for the Alabama Broadcasters Association, is a member of the Burritt on the Mountain advisory board, and is a current member of the Athens State University Foundation Board.

At 3:00 p.m., the College of Business’ graduation ceremony will be held with Major General Frank Turner, III serving as the keynote speaker.

Turner is the Commanding General of the United States Army Security Assistance Command at Redstone Arsenal. He took on this role in September of 2011 after serving as the 18th Program Manager for the Saudi Arabian National Guard Modernization Program, and as the Deputy Commanding General and Chief of Staff for the U.S. Army Accessions Command, Fort Monroe, Virginia.

Turner was commissioned a Lieutenant of Field Artillery upon graduation from the United States Military Academy in 1977 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering. His formal education is consistent with that of a career field artillery officer and includes graduation from the U.S. Army War College and a Master of Science Degree from Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois.

Approximately 300 students will march, encompassing the graduating classes for the three colleges for the 2013 fall semester.

Athens State's commencement ceremonies are free and open to the public. For more information call 256-233-8296.


Art Majors to Exhibit Works in National Show


November 26, 2013

ATHENS, Ala. - Athens State University art majors Brooke Alexander and Monica Yother have won the honor of exhibition in a national juried show entitled "Unraveled: A Visual Response to the RavelUnravel Project". The exhibition is sponsored by Project Interfaith.

Project Interfaith was born out of a desire to combat the growing tension and conflict between people of various spiritual and cultural identities; conflict that is perpetuated by cultural and religious unawareness, stereotyping, and marginalization. Project Interfaith's community and online programming illuminates how people understand and express their spiritual and cultural identities while dispelling common myths and stereotypes that cause prejudice, violence, and hate. With the programming and educational resources, spaces are created in communities and online where people can share their personal experiences and connect with others of diverse beliefs and cultures.

One of the Project Interfaith campaigns is a website, RavelUnravel.com, that contains over 960 short video interviews of people discussing their religious or spiritual identity, stereotypes that they have encountered, and how welcoming they have found their communities to be. The website explores the tapestry of religious and spiritual identities that make up our communities and the complexities of how we construct and deconstruct identity through stories, videos and art online and in the gallery.

Fifty-two artists submitted their work for Unraveled: A Visual Response to RavelUnravel. 18 of the artists who submitted works were students working with Professor Pamela Keller, Athens State instructor of the course Art Studio in Critique. Students completed artwork on the theme and submitted the pieces for jurying as part of their course assignment at the Alabama Center for the Arts in Decatur, Al. Alexander and Yother’s works were accepted to exhibit in the traveling show. All of the submissions may be on view via the website. Submitted pieces were juried by Brigitte McQueen Shew, Beth Katz, and Sierra Pirigyi.

The accepted pieces differ in size and medium, however the art is connected in that each piece is a visual response to RavelUnravel's many themes; spirituality and all the ways it can be defined, practiced, questioned, ignored, and embraced; the ways the threads of one's own spirituality have woven through their upbringing, their current lives, their communities, and; statements on prejudice, faith, misperceptions, community, isolation, celebration, ritual, tradition, connection, deities, grace, humanity, and identity.

This traveling exhibit will tour throughout 2014. The first sites of the tour have been announced. They will be shown at The Jewish Community Center and the Hospice House in Omaha, Nebraska, and a Pearl Blizek Religion and Art Lecture at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. The other sites will be named at a later date.

For questions or to become an exhibit site contact Program Coordinator, Sierra Pirigyi by email or by calling 402-933-4647.


Accounting Students Attend National Conference


November 26, 2013

ATHENS, Ala. - Eight members of the Athens State University Accounting Club, accompanied by Professors Stacie Hughes and Emily Corzine, attended the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) Student Leadership Conference November 14-16 in Charlotte, North Carolina. At the conference the students had an opportunity to network with over 500 peer students from across the country and attend seminars to improve their leadership skills as well as field-specific knowledge.

“As a first-time attendee of the IMA Conference, it was very informative,” remarked Athens State student Angel Watkins. “I learned a lot of things about what it takes to be successful in a job upon graduation. I’ve learned about different certifications that I can get and how that can help me in the workplace. I also met different types of people and learned how to network with others. I would definitely like to have the opportunity to go to another one and hopefully learn more.”

The event included sessions such as “Success is Easy…It’s Failing That’s Hard,” led by Ken Bansemer from McGladrey, LLP., and a session led by Rick D. Puckett from Snyder’s-Lance, Inc. Additional breakout sessions were held on topics such as mentoring, forensic accounting, leadership skills, journey from student to CFO, data analytics, XBRL, and career readiness.

“As an Accounting student at Athens State University, I was honored to attend the conference, along with other students from Athens State and our club faculty advisors,” stated Melissa Fulks. “We were able to attend several diverse sessions during the conference, and in addition to listening to great speakers, we were able to interact with other Accounting and Business students from all over the U.S. Several exhibitors were present, and I received some invaluable information regarding the CMA and CPA certification reviews and exams.”

Fulks added, “The workshops and sessions were inspiring and very informative, and we were even able to connect with some of the speakers in a small-group roundtable session. I would highly recommend this conference to any student wanting to gain valuable insight into the IMA and the great career opportunities that are available.”

At the conference, the Athens State club won a t-shirt design competition arranged by the conference sponsors. Participants were asked to create a special t-shirt to show their school and IMA spirit. The Accounting Club members (with special help from Crystal Juengel and NDesigns Screen Printing of Fayetteville, TN) designed and wore the t-shirt at the Conference Networking Reception. Judges of the competition chose the Athens State Accounting Club submission based on creativity, originality, and content.

“From a professor’s perspective, I could not have been more pleased with the quality of students that represented Athens State University at the leadership conference,” stated Accounting Club co-sponsor Professor Emily Corzine. “They demonstrated a positive attitude and professionalism during the entire event. It is exciting to be a part of such a dynamic campus organization.”

More information about the Athens State University Accounting Club may be found on the group’s < a href=http://www. facebook.com/AthensStateIMASC target=_blank>facebook page.


Athens State Alumni Trip to Ireland


November 26, 2013

Twenty-four travelers landed in Dublin earlier this month for eight breathtaking days of coastal stops on an Athens State University Alumni Association sponsored trip. Surprisingly for Ireland’s weather, it rained only one day and didn’t dampen the activities or spirits. The Emerald Isle lived up to her name and offered rolling hills of green scattered with fluffy white sheep.

“It was such a fun group of travelers and it was especially nice to have Dr. and Mrs. Glenn on the trip,” commented Carol Malone ’75. “As a medical meeting planner in my former professional life which included coordinating travel programs, I recognize the good elements of a program such as this one when I see them. Every single person seemed to have a wonderful time.” 

From being serenaded with Irish songs by Paddy, one of the bus drivers, to getting a glimpse of dolphins playing alongside the boat in the only natural fjord in Ireland, Killary Harbour, the entire trip was full of fun and unique experiences for all ages.

Malone added, “I hope (The Athens State Alumni) will continue to sponsor trips of this caliber and that more alumni, faculty and staff will participate.” 

The next overseas trip will be to Italy in October 2014 starting at $3999 per person/double occupancy. There will be a Reflections of Italy trip presentation on December 3rd at 5:00 pm at the Athens Visitor Center- 100 North Beaty Street, Athens, AL 35611- to answer any questions. Refreshments will be provided. For more information about the travel program or to RSVP for the presentation, call the Office of Alumni Affairs at 256-233-8185.


Love on a Leash to Visit Athens State University

November 25, 2013

ATHENS, Ala. - Love on a Leash’s Therapy Dogs will be visiting Athens State University in an effort to relieve student stress associated with the upcoming week of finals. The visiting dogs will bring smiles to the faces of numerous students, faculty, and staff.

The therapy dogs will be available for petting and hugs on Tuesday, December 3 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Classroom Building on the Athens campus.

All dogs affiliated with Love on a Leash Therapy K-9's are registered with the national organization Therapy Dogs Inc. based in Cheyenne, WY. Their goal is to bring smiles and happiness to everyone they meet and at Athens State University, they plan to do just that.

This is the second time the therapy dogs have been brought to campus. In July three dogs came and “shared the love” with many who took advantage of the opportunity.

Anyone interested in becoming a registered therapy team with their dog or would like more information about Love on a Leash Therapy k-9's may contact Sheila Wilbanks by phone at 256-777-338 or by email. Attached picture: Halli Smith gets some love from Miss Sophie Gray at last exam period’s event.


Athens State Community Band Christmas Concert Announced


November 25, 2013

Athens, Ala. - The Athens State University Community Band, under the direction of Dan Havely, is gearing up for their annual Christmas Concert. The concert will be held in the Carter Gymnasium on Pryor Street on the northern border of campus.

The concert is scheduled for Sunday, December 8th at 3:00 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public courtesy of the Livingston Concert Lecture Series with no reservations required.

A reception, hosted by the Athens State Alumni Association and the Athens-Limestone Hospital, will be held following the afternoon performance in the gymnasium.


Athens State Promotes From Within To Fill Dean Position

November 25, 2013

ATHENS, Ala. – Athens State University has named Dr. Kimberly LaFevor as Dean of the College of Business. LaFevor, who currently serves as Associate Professor of Management and Department Chair at Athens State University, will begin her role as Dean with the upcoming spring semester. LaFevor will replace the retiring Dr. Linda Shonesy who has been Dean since 2005.

“It is a good day when we can celebrate an internal achievement such as this,” states Athens State President Bob Glenn. “After an intensive national search Dr. LaFevor’s commitment to the College of Business and her private sector experience made her the clear choice for this important position.”
Dr. LaFevor has been employed as a full-time professor at Athens State University since 2005, where she also serves as Department Chair for both the Management and Human Resources Management programs. She has taught collegiately for 22 years at both the undergraduate and graduate level. These experiences have included teaching various management courses with a specialization in advanced human resource practices, labor relations and employment law, as well as course development at both an undergraduate and graduate level. She served in 2008-2009, 2010-2011, and re-elected again for 2013-2014 as President for the Tennessee Employment Relations Research Association (TERRA), the state labor-management forum for the national organization, Labor Employment Relations Association (LERA) in which she is also a member of the national Work and Labor Relations interest section. She actively promotes research and advancement of labor relations issues and has been a member of the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) for over 20 years, as well as acquired HR certification through the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI) in 1991 which she maintains. She serves as the chapter sponsor of the Athens State Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) student organization and the Phi Theta Kappa Alumni Association International Honor Society student organization, both nationally recognized award winning student chapters. Most recently, Dr. LaFevor was recently named to the 2014 Alabama SHRM State Council as the College Relations Director.

Prior to her current responsibilities she had a 21-year career with General Motors of which she spent the greatest portion of her tenure in progressively responsible HR positions. Prior to her retirement from the company, her most recent assignment was Plant Personnel Director at Saturn-GM Manufacturing in Spring Hill, Tennessee. There she managed human resources activities for Saturn Service Parts Operations including recruiting, selection, compensation administration, team member development and performance improvement, leadership development and labor relations activities, such as grievance resolution, contract negotiations and interpretation. During this time, she also served in collective bargaining agreement negotiations between GM Spring Hill Manufacturing and the United Auto Workers (UAW). In prior years with General Motors, Dr. LaFevor has held numerous human resource positions. These include Training and Development Team Leader, People Systems Crew Leader, Training and Development Consultant, Organizational Development Consultant, and Leadership Development Advisor. In these capacities, she has been involved with labor relations, facilitated training and development initiatives, as well as provided coaching and counseling services to leaders and team members.

Athens State’s College of Business is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs (ACBSP) and its curriculum complies with the recommended Common Professional Component. Instruction offered by the College of Business is designed to prepare students to become competent practitioners and effective professionals in the areas of accounting and management.


Athens State Crowns 2013 Ms. Merry Christmas

November 19, 2013

Athens, Ala. - This year's Athens State University Ms. Merry Christmas was crowned Tuesday, November 19 in the Parlor of Founders Hall. The crown went to Lauren Millican from Pisgah, Alabama.

Millican is the daughter of Greg and Lesa Millican. She is a junior at Athens State University pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Elementary and Collaborative Education after transferring to Athens State from Northwest Alabama Community College.

“I chose to pursue a career in education because I enjoy teaching children and helping them to succeed,” Millican remarked on her choice of majors. “I also want to be a positive influence for children.”

Millican serves as President of Mu Alpha Theta, is a Teacher Ambassador, in the Student Government Association, and is a member of Phi Theta Kappa and Sigma Kappa Delta.


Library Hosting Karakuri Puzzle Exhibition


November19, 2013

ATHENS, Ala. - A collection of 24 Karakuri puzzle boxes is currently on display in the lobby of the Athens State University Library. The collection is on loan from Dr. Cathy Woodruff, Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education at Athens State. Woodruff and her husband have collected these unique puzzles for many years, and at one time, their collection consisted of over 300 of these small works of art.

The word Karakuri means a mechanical device to tease, trick, or take a person by surprise. Japanese Karakuri works are wooden interlocking puzzles and secret boxes, which generally include a puzzle element. To open a puzzle box, one or more sliding pieces, hidden within the patterns on the box, must be moved.

The Athens State University Library is located on Pryor Street in Athens and is open to the public Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m., and on Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.


Athens State's Center for Lifelong Learning to Host Author Rich Adams

November 18, 2013

ATHENS, Ala. – The Center for Lifelong Learning at Athens State University will host a presentation and book signing by Richard Adams, author of Eben Kruge: How “A Christmas Carol” Came to be Written - a story about Charles Dickens. The event will be held on Monday, November 25 at 6:00 p.m. The Center for Lifelong Learning is located at 121 S. Marion Street on the east side of the Limestone County Courthouse Square in Athens.

Adams, a member of the original London “Dickens Fellowship,” sets the stage for Charles Dickens at the age of thirty to address an audience about the circumstances of his life and his great anticipation, searching out the man Eben Kruge, whose black turned to white quite literally overnight.
Eben Kruge is a recipient of a ForeWord Clarion five-star book review, is a story about what inspired Dickens to write A Christmas Carol, which for one hundred and seventy years at Christmas time has drawn people to their better nature and universally engendered a sense of concern and charity for the poor and downtrodden. The story setting is factual and will come as a surprise to most readers, as will the reality that A Christmas Carol was Dickens’s first completed fictional work after the events of Eben Kruge.

In addition to being a writer and speaker, Adams is a forensic engineering consultant, a Vietnam veteran, a former Army aviator, and a former ski instructor for Vail Resorts. He is the first of three brothers to graduate from West Point. His first book, the award-winning historical novel, The Parting: A Story of West Point on the Eve of the Civil War, is the true and epic story of the West Point Class of 1861 during its final year at the Academy.

The presentation and book-signing are free and open to the public. For more information call 256-233-8260.


Students Selected as Expert Advisors and Judges for International Competition

November 18, 2013

ATHENS, Ala. - With the mindset that global collaboration must be a literacy in every curriculum, Athens’ State University’s Educational Technology minor pre-service teachers will be experiencing global education in a real way. Students enrolled in ED 408: Issues and Trends in Educational Technology during Spring and Summer semesters will be working as expert advisors and judges in one of the Flat Classroom Projects founded by Julie Lindsay and Vicki Davis, co-creators of The Flat Classroom Project. The Flat Classroom Project is a global collaborative project designed for students, typically in Grades 3-12, using Web 2.0 tools to support communication and collaboration between students and teachers from classrooms around the world.

These pre-service teachers will be gaining the experience of flattening classrooms and will take this invaluable education and experience into their classrooms to continue the move to global collaboration one step at a time, regardless of the curriculum topic.

The Flat Classroom Project will include over 200 students from 10 classrooms around the world. One of the main goals of the project is to 'flatten' or lower the classroom walls so that instead of each class working in isolation, two or more classes are joined virtually to become one large classroom. Grade 3-12 students work in groups from different schools and different countries to produce content on a wiki page from which they create an individual digital artifact (video), including outsourced video or multimedia from another student, which they embed into their team wiki page. Web 2.0 tools will be used to facilitate communication, interaction and collaboration between students and teachers from all participating classrooms. The topics studied and discussed are real-world scenarios based on 'The World is Flat' by Thomas Friedman.


Athens State Honorees Receive State Scholarship Recognition and Professional Appointment


November 7, 2013

ATHENS, Ala. - The Athens State University Human Resource Department and Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) has been honored and recognized twice recently. Student Rebecca Dubach won the “TVC-SHRM Capitol Hill Scholarship” to attend SHRM-sponsored HR advocacy meeting with elected representatives in Washington, D.C. and HR Department Chair and SHRM chapter advisor, Dr. Kim LaFevor was named to the 2014 Alabama SHRM State Council as the College Relations Director.

Dubach, daughter of Scott and Tina Dubach of Decatur, was selected to attend the Tennessee Valley chapter of SHRM’s (TV-SHRM) bi-annual trip to Washington D.C. as a result of winning an essay scholarship contest sponsored by the organization. Dubach, along with other HR professionals from across the state, had a chance to visit all nine members of Congress on September 13. The group met the legislators about immigration and tax issues related to employee benefits.

Dubach stated, "Winning the scholarship for the Capitol Hill Visit was an amazing opportunity. Being a part of the Human Resource Management team lobbying to add employment verification to immigration reform and for retirement security left a lasting impact."

Dubach will write another essay on her experience that will be published in Alabama SHRM State Council’s (ALSHRM) annual magazine HR Alabama Magazine. She recently spoke at the Alabama SHRM State Council on her experience and will present to her sponsoring SHRM Professional Chapter, TVC-SHRM at their November Legislative meeting.

As a separate distinction, the Athens State SHRM chapter advisor, Dr. Kim LaFevor, was appointed to the SHRM Alabama State Council as the College Relations Director for 2014. LaFevor will serve on the Council in addition to her duties as Associate Professor and Department Chair of the Management Department at Athens State.

The Alabama SHRM State Council is the communication link between members, chapters, and the SHRM organization. The Council provides leadership, communication, and supports thousands of human resource professionals who are either members of a SHRM chapter or members at-large in Alabama.

“I agreed to serve in this particular capacity as it will be a very good connection for our students as we build relationships with other Human Resources programs across the state,” stated LaFevor. “I hope to be able to help open doors for our students pursuing
graduate studies, as well as first-hand knowledge of available scholarships at an undergraduate and graduate level so we can make our students aware and encourage them to apply.”

Earlier this year, the Athens State chapter was awarded the Superior Merit Award from the national Society for Human Resource Management. During the previous academic year, the chapter has conducted several fundraisers to raise monies to sponsor the several conferences and two educational sessions in the job search process. The group has also hosted Human Resource Certification, FMLA, and interviewing skills programs for students and community members.

Nationally, SHRM is the world’s largest association devoted to Human Resource management. Representing more than 250,000 members in over 140 countries, the Society serves the needs of HR professionals and advances the interests of the HR profession. Founded in 1948, SHRM has more than 575 affiliated chapters.

For more information on the Athens State chapter of SHRM visit www.athens.edu/SHRM.



"Three Days at Foster" by Keith Dunnavant
A Film on Sports Integration is Coming to Athens State



November 4, 2013

ATHENS, Ala. - “Three Days at Foster,” the documentary film about civil rights and Alabama sports directed, written and produced by Athens native Keith Dunnavant, is coming to Athens State University…one month after screening at a prestigious Hollywood film festival.

The film, which focuses on the pioneer athletes who shattered the color barrier at the University of Alabama, will be shown in the Athens State ballroom on Tuesday night, Dec. 10 at 7 p.m. Tickets are limited and are available for $15 at the Center for Lifelong Learning on the courthouse square, as well as Athens State University’s Office of University Advancement, located at 433 E. Pryor St. If tickets remain on the day of the screening, they will be available at the door, as long as they last.

“The response to the film has been very gratifying and humbling,” said Dunnavant, a best-selling sports author who now lives in Atlanta. “It’s a story about a largely unknown group of athletes who deserve to be remembered as historic figures, and it’s also a story about the power of sports, especially Alabama football, to overcome the legacy of segregation. I’m happy that we can bring the film to my hometown, thanks to the good folks at Athens State.”

“Athens State is pleased to show this documentary that was developed by Keith Dunnavant, who is an Athens native and has written several influential books on the sports world,” said Rick Mould, the university’s Vice President for University Advancement. “This is another outstanding work by Keith that deals with an event that changed Alabama’s history.”

“Three Days at Foster,” which has been featured in USA TODAY, ESPN radio and various other media outlets, premiered to a sold-out crowd at Birmingham’s Sidewalk Film Festival in August and has been named an official selection of the 2013 All Sports Los Angeles Film Festival, dedicated to showcasing the best independent filmmaking about sports and competition. It will screen at the historic El Portal Theater in North Hollywood on the evening of Friday, Nov. 8.

“Being chosen for such a significant festival is a great honor and a wonderful validation of the film,” Dunnavant said.

Using Foster Auditorium, the site of Wallace’s futile attempt to prevent the integration of the student body, as a symbol of change across five decades, “Three Days at Foster” weaves a powerful story about the collision of sports and culture. Barrier-shattering basketball stars Danny Treadwell and Wendell Hudson are featured prominently. But the film focuses most intently on the efforts to integrate Paul “Bear” Bryant’s Alabama football program, which has been widely misunderstood and the subject of significant mythology. “Three Days at Foster” breaks important new ground in several ways, including the largely unknown history concerning the five African-American students who walked onto the all-white Bama football team in the spring of 1967, when nearly the entire Southeastern Conference remained segregated. Three of those pioneers share their experiences for the first time, including Dock Rone, the first black man ever to suit up for the Crimson Tide. The film also tackles the distortions concerning the 1970 Alabama-Southern Cal game at Legion Field, while providing an intimate and revealing portrait of Wilbur Jackson, the first African-American to sign a football scholarship with the Crimson Tide, who, in the words of Dunnavant, became “the generational bookend to Rosa Parks.”

Dunnavant has been planning the documentary for more than a decade, and started moving forward with the project in early 2012 by assembling his team: director of photography Jonathan W. Hickman and editor Joe Beamon. Part of the funding came from a successful Kickstarter campaign in the summer of 2012.

“We all realized this was an important piece of history that needed to be told correctly…a story that was a lot bigger than any of us,” Dunnavant said.

For more information about the film, or to purchase a DVD, visit threedaysatfoster.com.

To view the movie trailer, click here.

To view the movie poster, click here.


Author Robert Antoni to speak at Athens State University


November 1, 2013

ATHENS, Ala. - Acclaimed author Robert Antoni will speak at Athens State University on November 12 at 7:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Founders Hall. The free event is sponsored by Athens State’s chapter of Sigma Tau Delta and the Livingston Concert Lecture Series. It is open to the public.

New Yorker Antoni is the author of five books: Divina Trace, Blessed is the Fruit, My Grandmother’s Erotic Folktales, Carnival, and As Flies to Whatless Boys. His fictional world is the British West Indies—the region’s characters, atmosphere, history, folklore, and above all its vernacular languages; it is informed by a pan-Caribbean consciousness of race, gender, religion, and class.

Antoni’s books have been widely translated, and have been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, Commonwealth Writers Prize, and an NEA grant. His short fiction was selected as an Editor’s Choice, included in The Oxford Book of Caribbean Short Stories, and chosen for the Aga Kahn Prize by the Paris Review. Antoni recently received the NALIS Lifetime Literary Award from the Trinidad and Tobago National Library.

Antoni holds an MA from the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University, and a PhD from the Writers Workshop at the University of Iowa. He lives in Manhattan and teaches in the graduate writing program at The New School University.

For more information call 256-233-8296.


Center for Religious Studies and Ethics Named After Dr. Curtis Coleman


October 30, 2013

ATHENS, Ala. - Athens State University’s Center for Religious Studies and Ethics has been renamed the Curtis Coleman Center for Religious Studies and Ethics. The name bestowed honors Dr. Curtis Coleman who died in 2010.

“This is truly a fitting and justifiable honor to rename the Center for someone who worked so hard in championing religious education in Athens,” state Dr. Robby White, Chairman of Religious Studies and Ethics. “Dr. Coleman’s legacy and good work should be remembered in perpetuity. This will do just that.”

Coleman was an ordained United Methodist minister before joining the faculty and staff of Athens College (now Athens State University) in 1966. He was Emeritus Dean and Professor of Religion and Philosophy at Athens State University.

Coleman’s book, “Stop, Look, and Listen,” is a compilation of many of the articles he wrote for area newspapers. He generously donated the profits from the book to the Religion Department.

Coleman was a past president of the Athens Rotary Club and a Paul Harris Fellow. He also was a past president of the Athens-Limestone Chamber of Commerce and was chosen as the Citizen of the Year in 1998. Coleman received the Outstanding Teaching Award from the Athens State Alumni Association. Athens State University also honored him by dedicating its new entrance sign in his honor in 2004.

A reception is planned to formally introduce the name change. Family, colleagues and friends of Coleman will gather on November 5 at 5:00 p.m. at the Center for Lifelong Learning to celebrate his legacy. The Center for Lifelong Learning is located at 121 S. Marion Street on the eastside of the Limestone County Courthouse Square.

The reception is free and open to the public. For more information on the Curtis Coleman Center for Religious Studies and Ethics visit www.athens.edu/religion or call 256-233-8296.


Stanley Menefee to Deliver State of the County Address


October 29, 2013

Athens, ALA - The Athens State University Foundation will be hosting a “State of the County Address” by Limestone County Commission Chairman Stanley Menefee at 11:45 a.m. on Tuesday, November 19 in the Sandridge Student Center.

Menefee is a lifelong resident of Limestone County and was elected as Chairman of the Limestone County Commission in 2010. Previously, Menefee served the people of Limestone County for 14 years on the county commission.

“We are pleased to host this event again this year as a chance for the public to hear about the progress and new initiatives for Limestone County,” states Athens State Vice President for Advancement Rick Mould. “The Athens State Foundation is pleased to partner with Chairman Menefee as we have with other municipalities in the past.”

Tickets are required and cost $20 per person. A table of four can be purchased for $100, and recognized sponsorships are available for $250 (Gold) and $150 (Silver). Gold sponsorships will receive two complimentary tables, and silver sponsorship will receive one complimentary table.

All proceeds will support the Athens State University Foundation. For ticket orders or more information, please contact the Athens State Foundation office at 256-233-8215.


Athenian Players to present As You Like It


October 29, 2013

ATHENS, Ala. - The Athenian Players of Athens State University present their production of William Shakespeare’s classic comedy, As You Like It. This play, directed by Assistant Professor of Drama Dr. Hugh Long, will be performed in Ballroom of the Sandridge Student Center on the Athens State Campus.

Performances will run Thursday, Friday and Saturday November 14 - 16 at 7:30 p.m. A matinee performance will be held on Sunday November 17 at 1:30 p.m. Admission will be charged at the door and is $10.00 per person, $7.00 for students and seniors.

“Our mission is to present this Elizabethan comedy and give it a North Alabama spin,” states Long, “The Athenian Players have successfully tugged at our audiences’ heartstrings with the our dramatic productions of The Glass Menagerie and Trojan Women, and now we’d like to shake the trees with laughter in presenting this Shakespearian classic.”

The cast consists of Jensie Britt, Rachel Clifton, Stephanie Cooper, Courtney Croxdale, Daniel Hutton, Trista Irvin, Forrest Johnson, Patrick Kustor, Callie Pierce, Allie Szappan, Tracy Szappan, Jonathan Tyler, and Colin Whitworth. NaTaya Hastins and Laura Poe will serve as Assistant Directors. Dr. Kimberly Jack will coordinate costumes and Vickie Cochran will do the lighting.

More information can be found at here.


Jennifer Dean Bunnell Named as Alabama Center for the Arts Coordinator


October 29, 2013

DECATUR, Ala. - Athens State University President Robert Glenn and Calhoun Community College President Marilyn Beck have recently announced that Jennifer Dean Bunnell has been named Building Coordinator for the Alabama Center for the Arts, the inter-institutional collegiate center for art instruction, community education, and cultural events. Bunnell will assume her duties on November 4.

Previously, Bunnell worked in an administrative capacity at the Regional In-Service Center and Alabama Math, Science and Technology Initiative (AMSTI) at Athens State. Prior to joining the staff of Athens State, she worked with Computer Sciences Corporation (formerly The Pinnacle Group, Inc.) and Intergraph Corporation.

The position of Building Coordinator for the Alabama Center for the Arts ensures that day-to-day operations are efficiently organized, that facilities are maintained safely and that activities are scheduled appropriately. Bunnell is charged with working jointly with Calhoun and Athens State in a collaborative effort to help expand their efforts in areas of art and drama and promote the facility in the North Alabama region.

The Alabama Center for the Arts has been heralded as a model for institutional cooperation in the state. The 44,000 sq. ft. facility is located at 133 Second Avenue in downtown Decatur across from the Princess Theater. College courses taught at the facility will lead to Associate of Science and Bachelor of Arts degrees with class offerings that include art appreciation, painting, drawing, computer graphics, sculpture, ceramics, pottery and a teaching major leading to licensure for art instructors.

Phase II construction for the Alabama Center for the Arts is expected to begin in 2014 and will include classroom, theater and lab spaces specified for coursework for both Theater and Music programs.


English Society Endows Scholarship Honoring A.E. Elmore


October 28, 2013

ATHENS, Ala. - The Kappa Zeta Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta English honor society at Athens State University has recently completed their endowment of the A. E. Elmore English Scholarship. The scholarship is named for and honors the recently retired Professor A. E. (Al) Elmore. With its endowment, the scholarship will make funds available in perpetuity to students with a concentration in English.

Sigma Tau Delta raised the funds by partnering with the Limestone County Cattlemen's Association, who sell rib-eye steak sandwiches during the Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention. The group initially created the scholarship in 2009 and it is now fully endowed paying dividends to fund the scholarship yearly.

Sigma Tau Delta was chartered on the Athens State campus in 1954. Its sponsor is Bebe Gish Shaw, Ph.D., Professor and Chairman of the English Department.

Historically, Sigma Tau Delta members pledge ”to endeavor to advance the study of the chief literary masterpieces, to encourage worthwhile reading, to promote the mastery of written expression, and to foster a spirit of fellowship among students specializing in the English language and literature, ever keeping in mind [their] international motto: Sincerity, Truth, Design.”


Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg LiveStream Webinar at Athens State


October 24, 2013

ATHENS, Ala. - Athens State University will participate along with many other colleges and universities nationwide in a “Lean In” Livestream Viewing Party presented by Facebook COO, Sheryl Sandburg on Monday, October 28th, from 6-7pm Central Time in the Sandridge Student Center Ballroom where she will discuss her new book “Lean In” and the Lean In Foundation’s aims at creating “Lean In” Circles nationwide to promote diversity. The Livestream is open to students, faculty and staff and any community member wanting to attend.

Sheryl Sandburg, COO of Facebook, and author of “Lean In” contends that women need to take a more proactive role in advancement into leadership positions. While employment regulation has brought about substantive change over the last four decades, she affirms there continues to be a disproportionate number of women in leadership positions in both the private and public sector. She discusses many causes and contributing factors to the challenges and barriers that women face in their career path to positions of leadership which is beneficial for all people, male or female, young or old, to understand and be part of the revolution for increasing female presence in leading organizational segments and a place “at the table.” These solutions can create an environment where everyone has opportunities to do their best work and get recognized for it.

The Athens State University Society for Human Resource Management and Athens State University Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society Alumni Association will co-sponsor the event with pizza and refreshments. There is no cost to attend and no advance registration is required. Any questions about this event may be directed to Dr. Kim LaFevor by email.


Business Students Visit Steelcase Athens


October 24, 2013

ATHENS, Ala. - On October 8th 2013, Steelcase Athens hosted a site visit for 50 faculty and students from Athens State University, College of Business. The students were from classes that focus on Logistics, Supply Chain Management, Accounting, MIS, and Operations Management. They toured the plant to see first-hand how lean principles and processes are practiced throughout the facility.

“It’s part of our daily work culture,” said Don Byford, the Lean Team Supervisor. The plant tour focused on how materials are received, processed in manufacturing, and then moved through the Facility Distribution Center en route to the customer.

As a highlight to the evening, the students gained access to what the plant calls the “Nerve Center” – otherwise known as Communication Central. Doug Batdorff, the Steelcase plant manager, explained that the “Nerve Center” serves as a hub for communication, accountability, metrics, and lean projects. Each of the value streams, or production areas, provide real-time data feeds to the hub. Four Lean Management System, LMS, meetings are held daily in the hub to discuss potential disruptions to customer orders, thus impacting productivity and profitability. Mr. Batdorff told the students that Steelcase looks for management candidates with strong problem-solving and critical thinking skills. The ability to recognize a problem, determine the root cause, and then present a solution with the least disruption to productivity is a skill that is required in a competitive, global manufacturing environment. The tour ended with an insightful, impromptu Q&A with both groups huddled in his office. Students listened intently as Mr. Batdorff explained his daily standard work and how he runs such a large operation.

“Athens State University and Steelcase have had a wonderful working relationship for years,” said Ronnie Knox. “Their commitment to serving the community in which they do business, and championing the educational development of local students, is a great asset to our area.”

The event was organized by Susan Calhoun, Steelcase Materials Planning and adjunct faculty member at Athens State University, along with Michelle McCoy, a recent graduate of Athens State University and Steelcase Material Planner. Steelcase tour guides included Don Byford, the Lean Team Supervisor, Chuck Blystone, Supervisor Material Handling and Distribution, Doug Danley, Materials Transformation Team, Wes Allen, the Factory Distribution Center Lead, and Pearl Bridgeforth. Representatives from Athens State University were Guy McClure, the Athens State Director of Marketing, Public Relations and Publications, Stacie Hughes, Assistant Professor of Accounting, Linda Hemingway, Associate Professor of Accounting, Sam Khoury, Assistant Professor of Logistics and MIS, Kim Roberts, Assistant Professor, Operations Management, and Steve Cox, Assistant Professor of Management.


Athens State Community Band to host Halloween Concert


October 24, 2013

Athens, ALA. - The Athens State University Community Band, under the director of Dan Havely, will present a Halloween Concert on Tuesday, October 29th at 7:00pm in the Carter Gymnasium on the Athens State campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Once again the band will be costumed and will offer a concert with a focus on music that thrills and chills. Attendees are encouraged to wear costumes as well, and the concert is suitable for any age.

“We had a great response last year for our first Halloween concert,” states Director Dan Havely. “This year’s music will have something for everyone with a few surprises thrown in.”

The Athens State Community Band is open to anyone with an instrument, the ability to play it, and the desire to have fun while playing good music. The Community Band plays both Spring and Christmas concerts each year, performs at Singing on the Square, and provides musical accompaniment for Athens State University events.

For more information about the concert or to inquire as to how to become a band member, call 256-233-8296.


Founders Queen and Court Announced


October 23, 2013

Athens, ALA. - On Tuesday, October 22, Athens State University Vice President Rick Mould crowned Haley Lewter as this year’s Founders Queen. Lewter is from Ardmore, and is the daughter of Tim and Diane Lewter. She transferred to Athens State from Calhoun Community College and is a junior majoring in Secondary English and Language Arts.

Named as members of this year’s Founders Court included Amanda Cates, Lacee Holiday Doucette, Kyleen Kirkland, and Bailey Smith.

“Founders Queen and Court is an historic event that has taken place at Athens State University for over fifty years,” said Director of Student Activities Tena Bullington. “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.”


Phi Theta Kappa to Sponsor Holiday Bazaar


October 22, 2013

ATHENS, Ala. - The Athens State University Phi Theta Kappa Alumni Association is planning a Holiday Bazaar to raise money for the honor society’s scholarships and other civic projects. The event will be held on Tuesday November 5 from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. and Saturday November 9 from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. The bazaar will be located in the Sandridge Student Center on the Athens State University campus and is open to the public.

The Holiday Bazaar will feature vendors offering gift items and baked goods. The society is currently in search of vendors for the bazaar, those interested should contact Club Sponsor Dr. Kim LaFevor at 256-216-5359 or Chapter President Hannah Kilpatrick by email<.

The mission of the Athens State University Phi Theta Kappa Alumni Association is to support the people, programs and priorities of the Phi Theta Kappa Society. Alumni have valuable contributions to make to Phi Theta Kappa. Through alumni support, the integrity of the Society’s programs and service will be protected and new programs and services can be developed and offered in the future.


Art Students Exhibiting in Pulaski, TN Cafe


October 15, 2013

ATHENS, Ala. - Athens State University junior and senior art majors will be exhibiting their original works of art at the invitation of Pulaski native Jack White, chef at Savory Jacks’ Café at 227 N. 1st Street in Pulaski, Tennessee. The art exhibition is called APPETIZING. The show is on exhibit now through October 30th. There will be an artist’s reception on October 29th at 6:00 p.m. at the café. Both the reception and the exhibition are free and open to the public.

White’s business partner and friend from L.A., builder/designer Lee Behzadi, purchase all three of the buildings in downtown Pulaski, Tennessee where the café/gallery is located just one block off the courthouse square. These historic buildings were built in 1890, and Behzadi has been transforming and renovating them into what will become an entertainment complex.

“I came to know Jack White during a time while I was working on a commission from him for a bronze face casting a few years ago," said Pamela Keller, Professor of Art at Athens State University and organizer of the exhibition. "He told me then of his plans for the entertainment complex and I've been a fan since.”

Keller continues, “These are fascinating men to talk to, full of ambitious and inspirational ideas for art students. Jack White has worked with great film and television talent, and most recently been on the sets of Iron Man 2 and The Hunger Games Catching Fire. It’s so wonderful that he wants to help students from the art department to exhibit their work and build their resumes.”

The Athens State student artists, along with White and Behzadi, will be available during the October 29 reception to meet and talk with the attendees.


A "Fiddle Champ" is Crowned


October 7, 2013

ATHENS, Ala. – Joel Whittinghill was named “Fiddle Champion” at the 47th annual Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention at Athens State University on Saturday night.

Whittinghill of Bowling Green, Kentucky, won the title by winning the “fiddle off” which traditionally pits the top fiddlers from the junior and senior divisions. Wayne Jerrolds of Savannah, Tennessee finished runner-up. Whittinghill, who won the junior fiddle division, earned the convention’s top prize of $1,000.

The convention is sponsored by the Athens State University Foundation and the Greater Limestone County Chamber of Commerce. The convention has contributed more than $500,000 to Athens State to fund student scholarships and university projects.

For a complete list of this year's winners click here.


Athens State Awarded Military Friendly Schools Title from Victory Media Inc.


October 2, 2013

ATHENS, Ala. - Athens State University has once again been named a Military Friendly School by G.I. Jobs Magazine, a division of Victory Media, Inc. The 2014 Military Friendly Schools list honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans, and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus.

“Athens State is proud of our Veterans Program and it is an honor to once again be part of this listing of educational institutions promoting and serving our students with military backgrounds,” states Athens State’s Director of Veterans Affairs Lisa Payne.

Athens State has been named to the list of Military Friendly Schools for the past four years. The list of institutions was compiled through extensive research and a data-driven survey of more than 12,000 VA-approved schools nationwide. The survey results that comprise the 2013 list were independently tested by Ernst & Young LLP based upon the weightings and methodology established by Victory Media.


Foundation Donates Washington Portraits to Local Elementary Schools


September 24, 2013

ATHENS, Ala. - The Athens State University Foundation has donated framed portraits of George Washington to each of the Athens City Elementary Schools. The portraits were acquired by the Foundation through the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association, a group established in 1853 that is wholly responsible for the stewardship and upkeep of Washington’s Virginia home near Washington, D.C.

“Leadership training is such an important part of our city school curriculum that we hoped this would be a way to remind students of Washington’s traits on a daily basis,” states Athens State Vice President Rick Mould.

In addition, Athens State’s Center for Lifelong Learning is now hosting The Many Faces of George Washington, a national traveling exhibition that examines the multi-dimensional, real-life first President. The exhibit is going on now through the end of October. A public reception for the exhibit is planned for October 1 from 4:00pm to 6:00pm. The reception is also spotlighting select pieces from the University’s Wideman Collection of bronze sculptures.

Athens State Foundation board member Mary Pat Martin’s sister, Julia Woodward, is a member of the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association and Martin is well aware of their commitment to the first President’s impact on our country. She is excited that this Friday, September 27, the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington will open on the grounds of Mount Vernon. This will be the first time a Presidential Library has been opened honoring Washington.

Admission to the exhibit and reception is free and open to the public. The Center for Lifelong Learning, located at 121 S. Marion Street in Athens, is open Monday through Thursday from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, and Fridays from 8:00 am to noon. Call 256-233-8296 for details or visit the CLL website.


Accounting Club Receives Excellence Award from National Group

September 18, 2013

ATHENS, Ala. - Athens State University’s Accounting Club was recently selected to receive the Institute of Management Accountants’ (IMA) Gold Certificate of Excellence Award for the year 2012-13. In order to earn this award, the Accounting Club and its officers had to complete a rigorous list of requirements such as sponsoring educational and professional activities and hosting community service events.

The Accounting Club and its academic sponsor, Associate Professor of Accounting and Department Chair Linda Hemingway worked this past academic year to not only meet but to exceed the requirements.

“The true reward in all of this is that the students’ hard work is now nationally recognized,” states Hemingway. “It provides them opportunities that they would not otherwise have, and being a part of this accomplishment will certainly be advantageous to them in their professional career and a bright spot on their student experience.”

The Accounting Club at Athens State, through its affiliation with the IMA, strives to create a vibrant organizational community for students majoring in the business fields. The club provides students with the tools to compete effectively in the professional business community through education and networking opportunities and community and university involvement while building a framework of highly ethical behavior.


Alabama Farmers Cooperative to Sponsor Fiddlers Convention Main Stage


September 18, 2013

ATHENS, Ala. - Beginning with this, the 47th annual Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention, Alabama Farmers Cooperative will be the sole sponsor of the event’s main stage located on the steps of Athens State University’s historic Founders Hall.

The newly named Alabama Farmers Cooperative Main Stage has historically hosted such acts as the Riders in the Sky, Bobby Osborne and the Rocky Top X-press, the Quebe Sisters Band, and this year’s headliners comedian Mike Snider and Gary Nichols and the Steeldrivers. The stage also serves as the main performance stage for competitors in the stringed instruments and band categories. It also serves as the stage from which the yearly “Fiddle Champion” is named at the conclusion of the convention on Saturday night.

“We are pleased to have forged this partnership with Alabama Farm Cooperative,” states Athens State Vice President and Fiddler Chairman Rick Mould. “and it is nice to be able to proudly tie their good name to this important spot.”

The stage will bear the Co-op’s name for a three-year period. This is the first time naming opportunities have been associated with the almost 50 year old musical competition.

“The Convention provides an excellent opportunity to raise the profile of traditional music,” states Jim Allen, Alabama Farmers Cooperative Director of Public Relations. “The entertainers gathered are nationally and internationally recognized as the cream of the crop in this genre of music, the venue is fabulous and the audience ranks among some of the best folks you could possibly want to be around! We feel privileged to be associated with the Fiddlers Convention and the way of life associated with old time music.”

The Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention is being held on October 4 and 5 at Athens State University. The event has historically attracted more than 15,000 people for the two-day event, with more than 200 musicians expected to participate. Approximately 150 booths featuring old-fashioned arts and crafts are part of the convention. Convention goers will see everything from traditional artwork to coal-fired metal works. For more information visitwww.athens.edu/fiddlers.


Announcing Two New Degree Options


September 17, 2013

ATHENS, Ala.- The Alabama Commission on Higher Education recently approved two new degree options for Athens State University’s curriculum. These options are Juvenile Justice Option for Criminal Justice majors and Information Security Option for Computer Science majors. Both are housed within the University’s College of Arts and Sciences.

The Juvenile Justice Option:

Athens State University offers a Bachelor of Science degree for students seeking to enter or advance in the field of Criminal Justice. The minor option of Juvenile Justice will allow students to specialize in juvenile delinquency and justice as it relates to the criminal justice system. Students wanting to work with children in the criminal justice system and other community agencies will have the opportunity to complete this option. This academic option was created with an interdisciplinary approach that includes courses currently offered in criminal justice, psychology, public safety, child advocacy, and sociology.

“Our institution is excited that we are among the first to provide our students and the community with such a unique academic program,” states Dr. Quanda Stevenson, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice. “This academic option is available to all students interested in working with children in the community regardless of their major.”

Stevenson continues, “We want to continue to provide our students with educational skills and training they need whether it is for professional development or employment; we want our students knowledgeable and prepared.”

The Juvenile Justice Studies Option will serve as a strong academic link for Athens State as the university continues to collaborate with the Alabama Department of Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention and the Child Defend programs. It includes the three required courses for the Child Advocacy Studies Training program. As a result, this option will provide students with research and information pertaining to delinquency, justice, advocacy, prevention, and intervention.

The Information Security Option:

Computer Science at Athens State University is a program that provides a strong foundation for programming, problem analysis and solution, and software engineering combined with practical experience. The newly created Information Security option is a plan of study where students will enhance their knowledge of the technologies and methods to protect the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of information and the computing devices that store that information. It focuses on the understanding of the relevant theoretical and practical knowledge and skills to solve problems of computer programming, computer networking, and information security. Graduates with this minor will have a broad-based understanding of the principles of information assurance issues related to policy, procedures, laws, and strategy in business and government.

"A few moments listening to the evening news or surfing news websites tells us just how important it has become for us to understand how to secure and protect the computers that have become so pervasive in our society,” states Dr. Adam Lewis, Assistant Professor of Computer Science. “This new option in our Computer Science degree will help to produce the next generation of computer scientists and information technology professionals with a solid understand of cybersecurity issues"

This Information Security plan of study requires 118 to 124 semester hours of study with coursework divided into general education, pre-professional prerequisite, and professional components. The core coursework for the minor includes Network Security, Operating Systems, The Digital Enterprise, Foundations of Network Security, and Applied Cryptography and Systems Security.

Athens State University offers coursework at the junior and senior level. It provides affordable education in an environment that recognizes diversity and nurtures the discovery and application of knowledge. Athens State prepares students for professional careers, graduate school, lifelong learning, and enrichment.

These two new degree options will be available starting with the spring 2014 semester.


Athens State Foundation Sponsoring The Many Faces of George Washington Exhibit


September 16, 2013

ATHENS, Ala. - The Athens State University Foundation is sponsoring “The Many Faces of George Washington,” a national traveling exhibition that examines the multi-dimensional, real-life first President. The exhibit is going on now through the end of October and is housed at Athens State’s Center for Lifelong Learning located on the east side of the Limestone County Courthouse Square. A public reception for the exhibit is planned for October 1 from 4:00pm to 6:00pm.

The exhibit is produced by George Washington’s home, Mount Vernon, in conjunction with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, this exhibition presents the many different facets of Washington’s leadership through dazzling color graphics of paintings, photographs, and iconic objects from the Mount Vernon collections.

“The Many Faces of George Washington” looks at Washington’s leadership in the exhibition’s seven sections: Virginia Childhood, Risk Taker, Realistic Visionary, Wise Decision Maker, Impassioned Learner, Visionary Entrepreneur, and At Home at Mount Vernon. The national tour has been made possible by a generous grant from the F.M. Kirby Foundation.

“This is a good example of the types of community outreach the University offers and it exemplifies the mission of our Center for Lifelong Learning,” states Vice President Rick Mould who heads the Athens State University Foundation.

In addition and to celebrate the exhibit, the Athens State University Foundation is making a gift of framed replicas of Rembrandt Peale’s portrait of George Washington to hang permanently in each of the Athens City Schools’ elementary and intermediate schools.

“Portraits of Washington used to be commonplace in classrooms,” continues Mould. “The Foundation agreed that with the area school system’s focus on leadership it would be appropriate that they each have a visual representation of our country’s most celebrated role model.”

Admission to the exhibit is free and it is open to the public. The Center for Lifelong Learning is open Monday through Thursday from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, and Fridays from 8:00 am to noon.


Student Government Association Offering Ghosts Walks This Fall


September 9, 2013

ATHENS, Ala. – The Athens State University Student Government Association will sponsor two Ghost Walks on September 30 and October 3. These first annual walks will begin at 7:00 p.m. and will leave from the front of Founders Hall on the Athens State campus. Tour guides will take groups through the historic campus while telling stories of the institution’s haunted past.

“The SGA members wanted to raise money while providing a fun way to share a little of Athens State’s history,” stated Student Activities Director Tena Bullington. “We hope to have big crowds on both nights, provide a good time for those on the tours, and raise some money for our organization.”

Tickets for $5.00 are available from the Student Government Office in the Classroom Building. For more information call 256-233-8240.


SGA Hosting 9/11 Remembrance


September 3, 2013

The Student Government Association will be hosting a 9/11 Remembrance on Wednesday, September 11 at 9:00 a.m. The gathering will be assembled at the Alumni Flagpole in front of Brown Hall near the intersection of Pryor and Elkton Streets. Assistant Professor of Religion Robby White will speak. The event is free and open to the public.


Athens State University Faculty and Staff are True Blue


August 30, 2013

ATHENS, Ala. – Friday August 30 was proclaimed as “College Colors Day” by Alabama Governor Robert Bentley. The Governor encouraged all citizens of Alabama to proudly wear their college colors as a way of promoting an appreciation of higher education.

Some of those faculty and staff members at Athens State wearing the university’s colors on Friday assembled in front of historic Founders Hall for a picture.


Fiddlers Convention Officially Decreed the Home of Alabama State Champions


August 30, 2013

Athens, ALA. - The Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention has been named the home to Alabama State Champions for certain contests held yearly on the Athens State University campus. The Alabama State Champion categories include Harmonica, Bluegrass Banjo, Dulcimer, Old Time Banjo, Classic Old-time Fiddler, Buck Dancing, Mandolin, Dobro, Old-time Singing, Guitar - Finger Picking, Guitar - Flat Picking, Bluegrass Band, and Bluegrass Old-time Band.

The legislature resolved, with both houses concurring, to recognize the long history and tradition of the Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention and that the convention be the official home of those thirteen categories. As a result, the Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention will now be the home to those championships annually and the winners in those categories shall for that year be known as the Alabama State Champions respectively. The joint house resolution was sponsored by State Representative Dan Williams at their February joint session.

“With the upcoming Fiddlers Convention being our 47th, this distinction is appropriate given our longevity and popularity,” stated Athens State Vice President Rick Mould who also serves as Chairman of the event. “We are proud to now be the home to these championships.”

The Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention is known as the "Granddaddy of Midsouth Fiddlers Conventions" for its role in reviving the tradition of competition in old time music. Approximately 15,000 attend the annual convention from almost all of the states. The convention brings some 200 contestants to compete for top prize money in 18 different categories. This year’s convention is scheduled for October 4 and 5.


Athens State University to Sponsor Performance of Letter From Birmingham Jail


Joins Alabama’s Fifty Show Tour in Conjunction with Major Civil Rights Commemoration Activities

August 28, 2013

Athens, ALA. – Athens State University’s Livingston Concert Lecture Series has partnered with the award-winning Red Mountain Theatre Company to perform their dramatic interpretation of the Letter From Birmingham Jail. The play is scheduled to take place at the Princess Theater in Decatur on Thursday, September 26 at 7:00 p.m. and is free to the public on a first-come, first-served seating basis. The performance is unique because of the inclusion of local civic and business leaders who will read portions of the play.

In 1963, eight white clergyman from a variety of denominations in the Birmingham area wrote a letter to Dr. Martin Luther King admonishing him to allow local laws to deliver justice to Blacks suffering a variety of injustices at the time. On April 16, 1963, Dr. King responded to the clergy letter with a powerful, eloquent response which has become required reading in high schools and universities ever since.

“We are sponsoring this performance because we believe our children and our community should see Mr. Washington’s riveting performance and should also be reminded that correcting injustice is always important and urgent, ” said Athens State President Bob Glenn.

The central character in the play, Dr. King, is being portrayed by Red Mountain Theatre Company principal actor, Mr. Cecil Washington. The local community participants, reading the parts of clergymen are Bill Briscoe, John Bush, Ellis Chenault, Joel Denbo, Kevin Dupre, Bob Glenn, Hugh Long, and Robby White.


Senator Arthur Orr to Present Check to Child Defend

August 28, 2013

ATHENS, Ala. - Senator Arthur Orr will present a check to Child Defend through the Alabama Department of Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention (ADCANP) on Friday, September 6 at 10:45 a.m. in the Parlor of Founders Hall on the Athens State campus.

Child Defend, a Huntsville-based collaborative program with Athens State University, was founded to advocate for children who are victims of crime and secure grants for those non-profits servicing them.

The organization administers an online Legal Resource Center for judges and attorneys work involved in child abuse cases. The website provides these pro bono legal professionals and mentors with access to established legal research.

Historically, the ADCANP secures resources to fund evidence-based community programs committed to the prevention of child maltreatment. We advocate for children and the strengthening of families.

Arthur Orr is State Senator for Alabama’s District 3 which incorporates Morgan County and parts of Limestone and Madison Counties.


Athens State


“I am humbled and honored to be a part of a class with so many accomplished people,” states Glenn. “I have always felt that leadership is an ability that has to be consciously sought and honed. One of the ways I have always sought to learn about leadership is through observation of great leaders. I am excited about the opportunity to observe and learn from so many of Alabama’s accomplished leadership. The Leadership Alabama program has always been extremely effective in creating this type of leadership learning environment.”

The Montgomery based leadership organization was founded in 1990 and now includes over 800 citizen leaders in Alabama who have participated in the program. Members are selected based on their leadership abilities, career accomplishments, volunteer activities, contributions to their communities and commitment to help shape a better Alabama.

In addition to leading the Athens State campus, Glenn serves on the board of directors for The United Way of Athens and Limestone County, and the Decatur Chamber of Commerce. He is a member of the Athens Rotary Club, and received the Paul Harris Fellow Award for 2013-14 from the Rotary Club of Decatur. He is a member of First Methodist Church of Athens.

Glenn was one of nine leaders chosen from the north Alabama area. Others included Attorney Marcel Black from Tuscumbia, Toyota Motor Manufacturing President Jim Bolte from Huntsville, Huntsville Arts Council Executive Director Allison Dillon-Jauken, Madison County Sherriff Blake Dorning, Beason and Nalley President Don Nalley from Huntsville, Decatur City Schools Superintendent Ed Nichols, Leadership Huntsville/Madison County President and CEO Sarah Savage, and Huntsville City Schools Superintendent Casey Wardynski.


Alabama Center for the Arts to Host Showing of Work by Michael Liu


August 22, 2013

ATHENS, Ala. - Artist Michael Liu will present a showing of paper cuttings at the Alabama Center for the Arts beginning on August 29 and lasting through November 7.

Liu, a native of Kweishan, Taiwan worked as an engineer but returned to his early interest in art and opened galleries in Taoyuan, Taiwan, and Evadon, Switzerland. His art is self-taught and reflects his personal interests and his experiences in both the culture in which he grew up and the Western culture which he experienced as an adult. Since 2008 Liu has explored an interest in paper cutting, an art form that has roots in both Chinese and Japanese art.

Today, Michael divides his time between Taiwan and Alabama. His bicultural life is expressed in his signature which overlaps his western name with his Chinese personal stamp. Michael creates art as inspired and by private commission.

A reception for Liu is planned to coincide with the show’s opening on August 29 at 5:30 pm with a demonstration at 6:30 pm. Both events and admission to the gallery are free and open to the public.

The Alabama Center for the Arts located at 133 2nd Avenue in Decatur, Alabama. Exhibit hours are Monday through Thursday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, and Friday from 8:00 to noon. More information can be found at www.athens.edu/ACA.


Athens State Hosts First Alumni Disc Golf Tourney Benefitting American Cancer Society


August 20, 2013

ATHENS, Ala. - The Athens State University Alumni Association sponsored its first Midnight Madness Disc Golf Tournament on Saturday, August 17th. Proceeds from the tournament benefited the American Cancer Society.

Bill Bullington, Athens State class of 1999, was the coordinator of the tournament. He was also instrumental in having the first course developed on the Athens State campus in 2006.

Bullington remarked, “I’m proud to be part of a fun event involving the University, Alumni Association and American Cancer Society. I look forward to working with them again.”

Beth Haynes, American Cancer Society Community Representative for Limestone County, and Trish Di Lullo, Athens State’s Director of Alumni Affairs were on hand to greet the participants and thank them for their support. The tournament raised $910 for the American Cancer Society.

“It’s wonderful that Bill and the Athens State Alumni Association took the time to put on this tournament,” stated Haynes. “It’s great to reach individuals who are not regularly involved with Relay for Life.”

Thirty-two disc golfers played 18 holes before dark and 18 holes after dark using LED lights and glow sticks to light discs and baskets. Each disc golfer received a CRF Champion Glo Disc, LED’s and batteries, hiking socks and snacks/dinner for their $30 entry fee.

Prizes were awarded for best score in the following categories; Open- Tyler Harbin, Women- Katie Cunningham, Advanced/Intermediate- Seth Wiley, Recreational- Larry Burge, Jr. and Novice/Junior- Chris Reese.

Beverages were provided courtesy of Pepsi of Decatur, food by the Athens State Alumni Association, promotional items by Zanfel and sponsorships by Nathan Broussard and Louis Yarborough.


New Academic Year Brings Two Faculty Promotions

August 16, 2013

ATHENS, Ala. – With the convening of Athens State University’s 2013/2014 academic year – the 192nd for the institution - two faculty members will be promoted within their ranks. Fall classes at Athens State will begin on August 19 and the Faculty In-Service is scheduled for August 16.

“Athens State has an excellent faculty and I applaud their commitment to teaching, service and professional development,” states Athens State Provost Dr. Ronald R. Cromwell. “We are always pleased to promote faculty demonstrating quality in teaching, service to students and the university, and professional development and growth over time. These faculty represent the very high level of all the faculty at Athens and their commitment to our students in helping them to develop and reach their personal and professional goals.”

The two faculty members promoted are:

Dr. Mary Harris - Promoted to Associate Professor.

Harris received her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education from Athens State College, her Master in Elementary Education from the University of Alabama in Birmingham, and her Ph.D. in Elementary Education at the University of Alabama. Her research interests include first year teaching, encouraging science careers for elementary aged children, and curricular mandates and their impact on teaching. Harris joined the Athens State University faculty in 2005.

Harris documented quality teaching and integration of projected based learning activities. She has served on various committees including accreditation committees and state wide committees related to science education. She has worked with AMSTI Science education program, has worked with Limestone Ground Water Festival which hosts programs for fourth graders, and has been the director of a growing Athens State summer science camp for students in grades 3-5. She received a Dekko Foundation grant to assist with these camps. In 2012, she presented at the International Organization of Social Sciences & Behavior Research meeting on the effect of the science camps on future teachers ability to teach quality science in elementary classroom. In early 2013, Harris developed a program with the Decatur Youth Symphony which integrates leadership and mentoring skills for symphony members and elementary music students.

Dr. Ronald Merritt - Promoted to Associate Professor of Mathematics.

Merritt currently serves as the Chair of the Department of Mathematics and is the Mathematics and Computer Programming Lab Director. He received his undergraduate degree in Mathematics and Secondary Education from Greensboro College, his Master in Mathematics and Mathematics Education from North Carolina Central University, and his Ph.D. in Mathematics Education and Mathematics from North Carolina State University. Merritt joined the Athens State University faculty in 2008.

Merritt is the department chair for Mathematics, Computer Science and Science. He documented quality teaching and integration of projects and various technology tools into his upper division mathematic courses. He has supported and developed tutoring systems and support in his classes for students to successfully learn math. Prior to joining Athens State, he received the Excellence in Teaching Award at three of educational institutions where he served on the faculty – Lee University, Durham Technical Community College and North Carolina State Community College. He is a member of the national Mathematical Association of America and is actively involved in the Alabama Association of College Teachers of Mathematics. He has presented at the national meetings and co-chaired and hosted last year’s Alabama meeting at Athens State.


Athens State special collection to be displayed during Summer Art Stroll


August 15, 2013

ATHENS, Ala. - Athens State University’s Center for Lifelong Learning will host a special exhibit as an addition to the Athens Art League’s last Summer Art Stroll set for Friday, August 23. The exhibit and stroll will take place between 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. on the Limestone County Courthouse lawn.

To celebrate the last Summer Art Stroll of the year, select pieces from the University’s Wideman Collection of bronze sculptures will be on display at the Center located at 122 S. Marion Street on the east side of the square.

In 2012, Athens State received a gift a collection of bronze western-themed sculptures by artists John Solomon Sandridge and Marshall Mitchell. In addition, the collection contains reproductions of works by Frederic Remington. The donated art pieces were given by Frances Wideman of Birmingham in memory of her husband, the late Dr. Gilder Wideman. Dr. Wideman is remembered as a noted Doctor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, civic leader and veteran.

The bronze sculptures will be on display at the Center for Lifelong Learning through September.


Athens State University Community Band Performing at Singing on the Square


August 7, 2013

ATHENS, Ala. - The Athens State University Community Band will perform an outdoor concert at Singing on the Square, August 16 at 6:00 pm on the east steps of the Limestone County Courthouse. The event is sponsored by Champion Chevrolet and the Athens Limestone County Visitors Center. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets and enjoy this free concert.

As a special addition to the concert, the band will perform music especially selected for Athens High School’s Class of 1973 in honor of their 40th reunion.

The Community Band, under the direction of Dan Havely, was founded in 2003 and is supported by Athens State University. The group was conceived as an outlet for local musicians to continue their musical interests. The band meets weekly throughout the year to practice and welcomes any local musicians with an interest in good music, good fun, and community performances.

For information about the concert please call 256-232-5411. If you are interested in joining the Athens State University Community Band please call 256-233-8296.


Love on a Leash Visits Athens State University


August 7, 2013

ATHENS, Ala. - Last week, Love on a Leash’s Therapy Dogs visited Athens State University in an effort to relieve student stress associated with the upcoming week of finals. The three visiting dogs brought smiles to the faces of numerous students, faculty, and staff.

The participating therapy dogs included Miss Sophie Grey, a Yorkshire Terrier who is 8 years old and has been a therapy dog for 5 years, Taka, a German Shepherd who is 6 years old and has been a therapy dog for 5 years, and Mulligan, a mix of Norwegian Elkhound and St. Bernard who is 4 years old and been a therapy dog for 2 years.

All dogs affiliated with Love on a Leash Therapy K-9's are registered with the national organization Therapy Dogs Inc. based in Cheyenne, WY. Their goal is to bring smiles and happiness to everyone they meet and at Athens State University, they achieved their goal.

Anyone interested in becoming a registered therapy team with their dog or would like more information about Love on a Leash Therapy k-9's may contact Sheila Wilbanks by phone at (256)777-3388 or by email.


Athenian Players to Present Trojan Women on Steps of Founders Hall

August 5, 2013

ATHENS, Ala. - The Athenian Players of Athens State University will present Trojan Women, by Euripides. This classic tragedy explores the fates of women in the burnt ruins of the city of Troy waiting to be made slaves - - characterizing the human suffering that remained after the Trojan/Greek war.

Performances will be Thursday, Friday and Saturday on August 15th, 16th and 17th at 7:30 p.m. The play will be performed on the steps of Athens State’s historic college edifice, Founders Hall. It is offered free and open to the public with donations welcomed.

Dr. Hugh K. Long, Athens State’s Assistant Professor of Drama, directs the production translated by Dr. Francis Blessington of Northwestern University. Dr. Blessington will offer a lecture on this translation Friday, August 16 at 4:30 p.m. in the Parlor of Founders Hall. His lecture is sponsored by the Livingston Concert Lecture Series.

Trojan Women will star Jensie Britt, Stephanie Cooper, Kristi Coughlin, Jeff Klevorn, Laura Poe, Julian Rojas, Colin Whitworth, and Dorothy Weems as Queen Hecuba.

“I’m excited to return Classical Greek Tragedy to Athens,” states Dr. Long. “I can also think of no more fitting, or beautiful, setting than the columns of historic Founders Hall as the backdrop for our outdoor production. In the truest sense of Greek theatre we are inviting the community to share in an environmental experience that will allow our audiences to leave with a broader knowledge of the implications of war-time battles and atrocities.”

Limited seating will be provided. Attendees are encouraged to bring chairs, blankets, and a picnic dinner if they’d like. Food vendors will also be available.

For more information visit www.athens.edu/athenianplayers.


The 47th Old Time Fiddlers Convention Announce Entertainment Headliners


July 30, 2013

ATHENS, Ala. - The Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention Committee announce that Gary Nichols and the SteelDrivers will perform on Saturday, October 5 at 5:00 p.m. on the stage in front of Founders Hall on the campus of Athens State University.

Muscle Shoals native Gary Nichols is the next in line of the great Muscle Shoals songwriting performers. In 2003 he signed with Mercury Records and returned to north Alabama, signed a songwriting deal with Fame Music and resumed his busy session schedule. When the SteelDrivers asked him to join them, Nichols threw his hat in the ring and hasn't looked back.

Since the release of The SteelDrivers in 2008 and Reckless in 2010, The SteelDrivers have been nominated for three Grammys, four IBMA awards and the Americana Music Association’s New Artist of the Year. They were presented the International Bluegrass Music Association’s award for Emerging Artist of the Year in 2009. That same year the band spent a week in Georgia as part of the cast in the movie "Get Low". The movie, that starred Robert Duvall, Sissy Spacek and Bill Murray, featured a soundtrack that included four tunes by The ‘Drivers. In 2011 the English pop star Adele began performing the SteelDriver song "If It Hadn’t Been For Love" in her live performances. They have been invited to perform on numerous radio and TV shows ranging from The Grand Ole Opry to NPR’s Mountain Stage to the Conan O’Brien show.

This year's special guest at the Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention will be musical comedian Mike Snider performing Friday, October 4th at 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. Snider, a native of Gleason, Tennessee, made his way on the country music scene in the 1980's with his incomparable wit and stellar banjo playing. Mike first worked his way into people's hearts through his hundreds of spots on TNN's Nashville Now, and his seven-year stay in the cornfield on "Hee Haw". In addition to his television work, Mike and his band entertained crowds for seven years at Nashville's Opryland USA.

This year's Fiddlers Convention will be October 4 and 5 on the campus of Athens State University. The event has historically attracted more than 15,000 people for the two-day event, with more than 200 musicians expected to participate. Approximately 150 booths featuring old-fashioned arts and crafts are part of the convention. Convention goers will see everything from traditional artwork to coal-fired metal works.

In May, the Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention was named one of the Southeast Tourism Society’s Top 20 Events for the third time. The event also received this tribute in 2003 and 2007.

Gates open early on Friday, October 4 with contests beginning at 7 p.m. after Mike Snider’s performances. Contests resume on Saturday, Oct. 5 at 8 a.m. Cost is $8 for Friday, $10 for Saturday and $15 for both days. Children ages 12 and under are free with a parent.

For more information visit www.athens.edu/fiddlers.


Major General Lynn Collyar to Address Athens State Graduates


July 31, 2013

Athens, Ala. – Major General Lynn A. Collyar will be the keynote speaker at Athens State University’s summer commencement on Saturday, August 10 at 9 a.m. Graduation exercises are planned to be held on Athens State’s campus in front of Founders Hall. Approximately 200 students are expected to graduate.

Collyar became the Commanding General, U.S. Army Aviation & Missile Command in 2012 following his assignment as Director of Logistics Operations for the Defense Logistics Agency. Prior to that assignment he served as the 35th Chief of Ordnance at Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Maryland and Fort Lee, Virginia.

Collyar’s personal awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster, the Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster, the Army Meritorious Service Medal with silver oak leaf cluster, and the Army Parachutist Badge.

A native of Huntsville, Alabama, he was commissioned in the Ordnance Corps upon graduation from the United States Military Academy in 1979. His military schools include, Ordnance Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, the Command and General Staff College, and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. He also holds a master's degree in National Resource Strategy from the National Defense University in Washington, DC.

Athens State University offers coursework at the junior and senior level. It provides affordable education in an environment that recognizes diversity and nurtures the discovery and application of knowledge. Athens State prepares students for professional careers, graduate school, lifelong learning, and enrichment.

Athens State’s commencement ceremonies are free and open to the public.


Education Students Gain Experience at Huntsville Botanical Garden


July 25, 2013

ATHENS, Ala. - In the fall of 2011, Athens State College of Education faculty members Debbie Ferguson, Bonnie Heatherly and Mike Heatherly, along with staff member Nancy Croomes, visited the Huntsville Botanical Garden to discuss the development of a collaborative project in education. The project designed to give education students exposure to hands-on training with students was a welcomed initiative by Harvey Cotton, Vice President and Chief Horticulturist and Soozi Pline, Director of Education from the Botanical Garden.

“The partnership was developed to give our students a wide variety of classroom training from teaching to lesson plan preparation,” explains Croomes who serves as Field Experience Secretary. “Since the Gardens are open to such programs year round, and we have students looking for field experience each semester, our partnership has been a win-win situation.”

The initial program consisted of just three Athens State College of Education students placed at the Botanical Garden. Now the number of students involved usually averages between 20 and 30. The collaboration has been a complete success for both parties involved.

The coursework for the field study programs the Athens State education students receive while placed at the Huntsville Botanical Garden is approved by the Alabama State Standards Program, a division of the Alabama State Education Department. All camps offered by the Huntsville Botanical Garden are overseen by this agency. Education students apply their pre-service teaching strategies as they prepare and help with learning activities provided for children attending the various camps.

“The Field Experience program at Athens State is committed to providing our students with exposure to diverse teaching arenas,” states Field Experience Coordinator Mike Heatherly. “Some students enjoy their experience at the Garden so much they stay on as volunteers after completing their field experience assignments. It really is a wonderful program.”

“Huntsville Botanical Garden is the place to be to make science come alive for students,” states Gardens Education Director Soozi Pline. “By providing learning experiences that are an extension of a classroom environment and in-line with National and Alabama Science Standards, students discover the amazing natural world around them in our action-packed field adventures.”

Pline continues, “Using the 112-acre oasis in the city of Huntsville we provide an array of educational offerings for both children and adults. Pre-service teachers from Athens State have been involved in every aspect of our educational offerings during their field experience days here at the Garden making it possible for us to expand our onsite programs and to include community outreach at local schools.”


Alumni Association Sponsors Disc Golf Tourney to Benefit American Cancer Society


July 24, 2013

ATHENS, Ala. - The Athens State University Alumni Association announces Midnight Madness, a day/night disc golf tournament benefitting the American Cancer Society. The event will be held on August 17 with registration beginning at 4:30 p.m., a players meeting at 5:20 p.m., and the day round will begin at 5:30 p.m. The tournament will be held on the disc golf course located near the Athens State University Library.

“There will be five divisions in the tournament,” states Alumni Director Trish DiLullo. “There will be an open category, women’s category, advanced/intermediate, recreational, and novice/junior categories.”

The $30 entry fee will include a large player’s pack for all players including CRF Champion Glo Disc, LED and batteries for three discs, a golf towel, hiking socks, and snacks between rounds. Each round will also be offered a custom dyed trophy disc.

For more information or to register contact Bill Bullington from Athens State’s class of 1999 at 256-990-1254 or by email.


Athens State Student Named State Cooperative Education Student of the Year


July 24, 2013

ATHENS, AL - Marka Duke, a Business Management major from Hanceville, was named the Alabama Cooperative Education Student of the Year. In June, she was named Athens State’s Cooperative Education Student of the Year and was awarded the state-wide title at the Alabama Association of Colleges and Employer conference in Auburn this month. Duke was assigned an internship at the Decatur Downtown Redevelopment Authority beginning in May 2012.

“We are thrilled that Marka was recognized on the state level for her good work,” stated Saralyn Mitchell, Athens State Director of Career Counseling Services and Cooperative Education. “More than 15 universities located throughout the state of Alabama submitted nominations and were represented at the conference along with numerous prospective employers.

The Alabama Association of Colleges and Employers serves as a consortium for cooperative education, career services and employers. Membership in this organization provides networking opportunities to benefit the state’s university students, their future employees as well as providing professional development. The mission of the organization provides a resource for industry and education to partner to promote a competent and productive workforce.

At Athens State, students entering the Cooperative Education Program must be recommended by a member of the faculty and be degree-seeking with at least at 2.5 GPA. They must have completed at least one semester at Athens State and should not be in their final semester before graduating.


Athens State University Board of Trustees Approves Tuition Rate for 2013-14


July 19, 2013

ATHENS, Ala. - The Athens State University Board of Trustees approved a tuition increase that will continue to keep the University’s tuition rates the lowest among all state universities. Students will pay only $14 per semester hour more – a 9.2 percent increase -beginning with the 2013 fall semester.

The tuition increase only affects those students taking traditional or blended classes. There is no change to tuition rates for those students taking full online courses. Tuition will be $167 per credit hour or $2,505 per semester for a student taking 15 hours of study. The increase will affect less than 50 percent of the University’s student body. The University has an enrollment of approximately 3,450 students.

The increase is only the third time the University has raised its tuition rates in the past five years. Since 2008, the University has overcome state funding cuts that reached more than $3 million annually. This year, the University received a modest increase of less than $100,000 to its state appropriation while also absorbing increases to state retirement contributions – an additional $250,000 in cost next year.

“The University and the Board of Trustees are committed to keeping our tuition affordable,” said President Bob Glenn. “When you consider cost and the quality of education, we believe students receive a tremendous value at Athens State.”

Glenn said the University appreciated the direction Gov. Bentley and the State Legislature have taken to work to address funding needs within higher education. Athens State, as an upper division University, serves a unique demographic. More than 90 percent of the student body work full or part time.

“Our students are focused on completing their degree,” said Glenn. “They desire class formats that give them flexibility as well as a tuition rate that is competitive. As an institution, we are devoted to that end.”


State Agencies Cut Energy Costs by $3.9 Million in 2012


Governor Robert Bentley on Thursday announced that the State of Alabama has saved taxpayers nearly four million dollars by cutting energy costs of state government agencies. The savings reported for 2012 came following a December 2011 Executive Order issued by Governor Bentley requiring state facilities to reduce energy consumption by 30 percent from 2005 levels.

“State employees are taking many steps to reduce costs and make better use of taxpayer dollars. State agencies are operating more efficiently, and our energy-saving program is making a significant difference,” Governor Bentley said. “The savings reported today prove that we will meet and exceed our original financial target as more agencies are able to participate and additional conservation measures are implemented.”

The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs analyzed energy data submitted by agencies and presented the data in a report to Governor Bentley. Agencies included in the first progress report achieved about a 10 percent reduction in energy use in 2012 for a total savings of $3.9 million. The order sets a 2015 deadline for reaching the full savings goal.

“ADECA is working with agencies to make state government a model for cost cutting through energy efficiency,” ADECA Director Jim Byard Jr. said. “With three years left in the project, 72 percent of our original $5.4 million in estimated energy savings has been achieved, and we expect to significantly exceed the estimated target before 2015.”

The Department of Corrections reported the largest reduction in the report, saving $1.5 million, a 16-percent decrease from 2005. Energy-saving initiatives have been underway in the department for the past few years. The department recently completed more than 480 energy conservation measures at 34 facilities statewide using energy performance contracts and a federally-funded grant administered by ADECA in 2009. The measures included lighting upgrades, programmable thermostats, occupancy sensors that turn lights off when rooms are vacant and centrally-controlled energy systems.

The Alabama Emergency Management Agency reported the largest percentage reduction in the report, using 39.5 percent less energy than in 2005 and saving $79,848 in annual costs. Renovations to the agency’s headquarters in Clanton included energy-efficient heating, air conditioning and ventilation equipment and lighting upgrades. A 12,000-square-foot annex building constructed in 2008 was built to energy efficiency standards.

Other agencies and institutions that reduced energy consumption by 10 percent or more include the Alabama Department of Environmental Management, Alabama Forestry Commission, the Military Department, the University of Montevallo and Athens State University.

Many of the cost reductions were the result of implementing low- or no-cost conservation measures including turning off lights when rooms are not occupied, switching to more efficient lighting and turning off computers at night. Other savings were achieved through utility rate reviews and adjustments.

Twenty state agencies and institutions submitted data to ADECA using free online software that enables building managers to track the energy performance of their facilities. State agencies that lease office space and do not receive utility bills are not included in the energy-saving program.


Professor Laura Lynn Kerner Receives Award from Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama


July 17, 2013

ATHENS, Ala. - Athens State University Associate Professor of Marketing and Management, Laura Lynn Kerner, has been tapped to receive the Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama’s Distinguished Woman Award. The award is open to women in Colbert, Cullman, DeKalb, Franklin, Jackson, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Limestone, Madison, Marshall, Morgan or Winston counties. Kerner will be one of nine local professional women to be recognized at the Scout’s ceremony in early August. She is the first from Athens State University to receive this distinction.

Kerner was nominated by a professional colleague, a former student, and a local city school administrator for her work with at- risk students in middle schools and high schools. She was also nominated for her work with area non-profit organizations, for her promotion of the arts and for her historic preservation efforts. She regularly incorporates philanthropic efforts into her classroom curriculum at Athens State.

“To be honored by the Girl Scouts is truly humbling,” states Kerner. “I hold that organization in such high regard that to be a part of what they do is thanks enough. What I and my students have accomplished for area non-profits has been a learning experience for us all – and very rewarding.”

Each award recipient was selected due to their personal record of outstanding contributions to her community and/or profession, and serves as a positive role model for all past, current and future Girl Scouts.

Kerner has served as President of both professional and civic organizations and has been awarded many professional honors. She was elected President and later honored as a Distinguished Member of the Mississippi Health Information Management Association, and received the Teaching in Excellence Award from Athens State University.

Kerner’s passion now is to develop self-esteem in students and to teach them life management skills. This led her to write a book entitled: How to Market Yourself: Being Empowered to Succeed, which is used in marketing principles courses at Athens State. She uses this book to teach students how to use marketing principles to market themselves. Her second book, My Success Manual is the basis of the SUCCESS program, a program for risk students in middle and high schools. She has done extensive research on issues facing women on college campuses identifying low self-esteem and obsession with appearance as being the major issues.

Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama is a United Way community partner and serves more than 15,000 girls across 36 counties, ages 5-17, who are developing crucial life skills that help them grow courageous and strong so they can make wise choices in today’s world and beyond.


Athens State Offering a Group Trip to Chickamauga for the 150th Anniversary Celebration


July 15, 2013

ATHENS, Ala. - Athens State University’s Center for Lifelong Learning is planning a group bus trip to the Chickamauga Battlefield Park on September 21, 2013. The day-long excursion will leave Athens at 8:00 am and return at approximately 8:00 pm. The cost will be $49 per person. Athens State’s Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences Ron Fritze will provide some background on the battle as the group travels to Chattanooga.

“We are living in exciting times with regard to our nation’s past,” states Fritze. “One hundred and fifty years ago, our country was locked in a bloody civil war. The American Civil War was the bloodiest war fought by this nation in terms of the absolute number of people who died (over 600,000) and the portion of the total population killed in the war. Since 2011, various 150th commemorations have been held. Most recently there was a big one on the site of Gettysburg.”

Chickamauga was selected because it was an important battle and a large number of re-enactors at the battlefield and many interesting events are expected. This commemoration will draw some big crowds and Fritze and his colleagues chose mid-September due to the fact that it should be a time of pleasant weather. Travelling as a group by bus will allow the group to avoid parking problems and also to experience the fellowship of sharing in a fun, historical event. While we are in the Chattanooga area we hope to eat supper one of the many excellent restaurants in the city. Participation in this event is open to the public, faculty, staff, and especially Athens State students.

Fritze continues, “We are fortunate that a big event is being planned near us in Athens. The Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park has all sorts of things planned to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the battle that took place there on September 18-20, 1863.”

If you are interested in joining the group tri to Chickamauga, please call the Center for Lifelong Learning at (256)233-8260 for more information about the trip. For more information about that contact Ron Fritze at (256)233-6524.

Fritze added, “Remember a 150th anniversary only happens once. So don’t miss out!”


Athens State to Host Lecture by Astrobiologist Richard Hoover


July 3, 2013

ATHENS, Ala. - Athens State University will present a lecture by Astrobiologist Richard B. Hoover entitled Evidence for Extraterrestrial Life. Hoover will give his findings to defend the question, “Is Life unique to planet Earth, or widely distributed throughout the Cosmos?”

The lecture, sponsored by the Livingston Concert Lecture Series, will be held on Tuesday, July 16 at 7:00 pm in the Chapel on the second floor of Founders Hall on the Athens campus. It is free and open to the public.

Hoover established the Astrobiology Research Group at the NASA/Marshall Space Flight Center in 1998. He joined the Center in 1966.

Hoover is currently a Visiting Scientist at Athens State University and Visiting Research Professor with the Centre for Astrobiology at the University of Buckingham in the United Kingdom. He was elected Fellow National of Explorers Club for the leading scientific expeditions to some of the planet's most hostile environments. In 2003, Hoover was made and honorary Life Member of the Planetary Studies Foundation for his research on microfossils in carbonaceous meteorites. He has Authored/Edited 40 books and over 300 scientific papers on X-Ray/EUV optics, diatoms, microbial extremophiles, meteorites, and Astrobiology. His research has been featured in films by the National Science Foundation, BBC; The Discovery Channel, The History Channel, National Geographic, National Science Foundation, and NHK Japan Television.

For more information about this event, or any even at Athens State University, please call 256-233-8296.


Athens State University to Host Senior Art Exhibit by Tracy Landes


July 3, 2013

ATHENS, Ala. - Athens State University’s Art Department announces a Senior Art Exhibit by Graphic Design major Tracy Landes. With plans to graduate after the summer semester, Landes will be showing her work July 15 – 31 at the Alabama Center for the Arts in Decatur, Alabama. The Exhibit will kick off with an opening reception on Monday, July 15 at 5:00 pm in the Center Gallery.

Landes, originally from Oroville, California and now living in Madison, also has degrees in Behavioral Science and Sociology from Athens State.

“I decided to add an additional major in art to enhance my creative skills and just have fun,” states Landes. “With the completion of this degree I hope to continue my studies and receive a PhD.”

The Alabama Center for the Arts is located at 133 2nd Avenue in Decatur, Alabama. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 8:00 am to 7:30 pm, and Friday from 8:00 am to noon.



Athens State University Community Chorus Invited to Carnegie Hall

June 27, 2013

ATHENS, Ala. – The Athens State University Community Chorus has been invited to perform at Carnegie Hall in New York City in June of 2014. This will be the first time the group has been asked to travel to New York to be featured in a concert setting.

“The Center for Lifelong Learning resurrected the Community Chorus after a long absence,” states Center Director Dr. Diane Sauers. “It seemed to be a great opportunity for Athens State singers and other talented community members to rehearse and perform together – much like the Athens State Community Band.”

The chorus was started in 2011 at Athens State’s Center for Lifelong Learning and is under the direction of Dr. John Buttler and assistant director Lynette Pope. Beth Andrews serves as the pianist for the group.

“Birmingham resident Buttler is a pediatrician who has a lifelong love of music,” states Center Assistant Director Wanda Campbell. “He has been involved in several award-winning choruses and we’re very glad to have him direct the Chorus.”

Currently the Chorus has around 20 members but with a goal to find more talent to increase that number to 50. The Center for Lifelong Learning will be holding auditions for new members. Anyone who has officially registered or performed with the group since 2011 will not be required to audition.

To audition, contact the Athens State University Center for Lifelong Learning by phone at (256) 233-8260 or by e-mail cll@athens.edu. Audition times have been set on July 13, 14 and 15 at various times. New members will be notified by July 22.


Athens State Athletic Homecoming to Honor Womens Sport Programs

June 21, 2013

ATHENS, Ala. - Athens State University will host the 2nd Athletic Homecoming Reception honoring former sports programs at Athens College, Athens State College, and Athens State University. Coaches Larry Keenum (softball), Dr. Betty Jo Fuller (tennis, volleyball, golf), Dr. Al Long (tennis, gymnastics) and Tena Bullington (cheerleading) will be on hand as we highlight the women’s sports programs. All former athletes, boosters, volunteers and family members are invited to attend. The reception will be July 27 at 4:00 p.m. in Carter Gymnasium. Contact the Office of Alumni Affairs at (256)233-8185 or by email for additional information.

“The 2012 Athletic Homecoming exceeded our expectations with over 150 attendees,” states Director of Alumni Affairs Trish Di Lullo. “Coaches Oba Belcher and Harold Murrell were posthumously honored for their years of service to the University last year and the focus was on the men’s sports programs. This year we will focus on the women’s sports programs and the impact they made on the college.”

The Sports Museum will be open during the reception and houses items from every era and sports program. Volunteers work every Tuesday morning to collect, inventory and identify memorabilia items for display. Some of the items are on loan while others were donated. Anyone with items from the former sports programs at Athens College, Athens State College, or Athens State University are encouraged to contact Sara Love at (256)216-6671 or by email to discuss displaying them in the museum.


Athens State University Produces AMSTI Certified Mathematics Graduates

June 19, 2013

ATHENS, Ala. - The Alabama State Department of Education recently approved an AMSTI (Alabama Math, Science, and Technology Initiative) Precertification Proposal for grades 6—12 preservice certification in mathematics. The proposal was written by Carrie Lin, Athens AMSTI Site Director and Patricia Glaze, Athens State University Assistant Professor of Mathematics. They chose Algebra training since Algebra is an important strand in the 6—12th grade mathematics curriculum. Steve Ricks, Alabama State Department of Education AMSTI Director, commended Lin and Glaze for providing ASU preservice mathematics teachers with the opportunity to graduate “AMSTI Certified.” Athens State University is the first in the state to offer this option to its mathematics licensure and certification students. Eight students are scheduled to attend the first AMSTI preservice math summer institute in June, 2013 to become first-year Algebra AMSTI certified.

The Alabama Math, Science, and Technology Initiative is the Alabama Department of Education’s initiative to improve math and science teaching statewide. Its mission is to provide all students in Grades K-12 with the knowledge and skills needed for success in the workforce and/or postsecondary studies. As the largest and most comprehensive math and science initiative in the United States, AMSTI has become the leading model for math and science education reform. Fortune 500 CEO’s selected AMSTI as one of only 35 “programs that work” from across the nation and it was the only math and science initiative recognized. (www.AMSTI.org)

Over 400,000 students in grades Pre-K through 12 receive instruction by AMSTI certified teachers every school day. Approximately half of all public schools in Alabama are official AMSTI schools. Eleven university partners provide AMSTI sites on their campuses. Athens State University’s AMSTI site was established in 2008. It serves over 30 schools and 500+ teachers in ten school systems - Athens City, Blount County, Cullman City, Cullman County, Decatur City, Hartselle City, Lawrence County, Limestone County, Morgan County, and Oneonta City.


Athens State Cooperative Education Students of the Year Named

June 14, 2013

ATHENS, Ala. - Athens State University’s Career Development Center recently announced its Cooperative Education Student of the year, and named an Honorable Mention for the academic year 2012-2013.

Marka Duke, a Business Management major from Hanceville, was named Cooperative Education Student of the Year. She was assigned an internship at the Decatur Downtown Redevelopment Authority beginning in May 2012.

“Marka aggressively comes up with ideas and concepts for new strategies and is not afraid of implementing them,” states Connie Torbert, Office Manager for the Decatur Downtown Redevelopment Authority. “She willingly accepts any task that we assign and does it well. Marka understands what we are doing, what is important and why it is important. We depend on her tremendously.”

Jody Willoughby, a Human Resources Management major from Madison, received Honorable Mention for the Cooperative Education Student of the Year. He has worked as an intern at the Tennessee Valley Authority for over a year and a half, supporting both the Employee Relations and Recruiting Staff.

Students entering the Cooperative Education Program at Athens State must be recommended by a member of the faculty and be degree-seeking with at least at 2.5 GPA. They must have completed at least one semester at Athens State and should not be in their final semester before graduating.


Athens State extending deadline for Art Scholarship Applications

June 12, 2013

Athens, ALA – Faculty members in the Department of Art at Athens State University have extended the deadline for applying for Art Scholarships until August 1. Scholarships are awarded to new entering students with outstanding potential as art majors. The scholarship is a tuition waiver and award amounts vary.

Requirements for scholarship consideration include a 2.75 grade point average minimum; completed application for admissions by deadline date; all official transcripts on file in the Athens State Admissions Office by the deadline date; all admissions requirements met; all program prerequisites met; must enroll at least half-time (6 hours); portfolio review is required.

The Art Program at Athens State is housed at the Alabama Center for the Arts in Decatur and offers a wide range of courses that enable students to become emerging artists with skills in diverse materials and capable of individual views. Art majors will gain a broad intellectual background to prepare a graduate for entry into professional schools, cultural institutions and the business community.

“As our art department is seeing a constant growth here at the Alabama Center for the Arts in Decatur,” states Pamela Keller, Professor of Art, “we want to make sure all students interested in art as a career have the opportunity to benefit from these scholarships.”

Athens State offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in Graphic Arts, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Studio Arts and hopes to soon be offering a Bachelors of Art degree in Art Education leading to K - 12 teacher certification. Students can expect to learn technical, design and conceptual skills necessary to succeed in the arts outside a school setting. Expert critiques by teachers and other students insure that the exit portfolio is of the highest caliber.

The Bachelor’s Degree in Art at Athens State certifies completion of major study in the visual arts. The degree implies depth of study in a number of studio, graphic, and art history areas. Athens State art department offers flexible scheduling of day, night, weekend or distance learning courses along with excellent advising and superior, in-depth instruction.

For information on the scholarship procedures, or the art program at Athens State, visit www.athens.edu/art or call 256-260-4293.


Athens State Acknowledged for Financial Effectiveness

June 10, 2013

ATHENS, Ala. - Athens State University has been recognized for providing high quality education at an affordable price. The College Database has released its list of the top Alabama colleges with the highest financial return on investment.

This distinction stems from a new metric created by The College Database. Schools on the list have annual tuition rates below $20,000. Athens State University students enter the workforce earning an estimated $39,000 per year after graduation, ranking it among the most financially effective of all Alabama post-secondary schools.

“With the cost of college a concern for many families, it's important for students to find a school that produces successful, well-paid graduates,” stated Matt Davis, Managing Director for Communications and Partnerships for The College Database in an email announcing the distinction. “Therefore, it's equally important to recognize the colleges and universities that offer both quality and affordable post-secondary options.”

The College Database is a free, non-commercial website dedicated to providing current and future post-secondary students and their families with accurate and valuable college and career-related information. The online publication compiles authoritative data sets from the federal government and the Carnegie Foundation. Their website is www.onlinecollegesdatabase.org.


Annual Flag Day Ceremony


May 31, 2013

Athens, Ala. - Athens State University will be hosting its annual Flag Day Ceremony sponsored by the Athens State Alumni Association on Friday, June 14 at noon in the Sandridge Student Center Ballroom. A cookout will follow the ceremony courtesy of Limestone Bay Trading Company.

Lt. General Jim Pillsbury will serve as this year’s speaker. Pillsbury is the retired deputy commanding general of the U.S. Army Materiel Command at the Redstone Arsenal after serving 38 years of active service.

Pillsbury commanded soldiers at Ft Campbell, KY in the 101st Airborne Division from company through brigade level while serving there over 12 years. He was selected to be the Assistant Division Commander for the 10th Mountain Division in 1997. He was selected for General Officer in 1999 and promoted in July of 2000. As a General Officer he commanded the Defense Distribution Center in New Cumberland, PA; served as the United States Army Europe Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics; commanded the Army Aviation and Missile Command in Huntsville, AL; and served as the Army Materiel Command’s G3/Operations Officer prior to assuming his duties as the Deputy Commander.

Pillsbury graduated from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas in 1973. His numerous awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal and he earned the Army Aviator Wings and the Airborne insignia.

Music for the event will be provided by the Athens State University Community Band under the director of Dan Havely. The singing group Threefold will also perform. The trio members are John Barnette, Brian Oaks, and John Carwile.

"Athens State proudly hosts this yearly event that pays homage to our nation’s flag,” says Lisa Payne chairperson of the Flag Day Committee. “We look forward to welcoming General Pillbsury back to campus for what is sure to be an inspiring speech.”

The Flag Day Celebration at Athens State is free and open to the public.


UNA to offer a second graduate program taught at Athens State

May 30, 2013

ATHENS, Ala. – The University of North Alabama has partnered with Athens State University to offer a Masters of Arts in Education (MAED) degree on the Athens campus beginning in August 2013. Athens State will provide classroom space for graduate students in UNA’s MAED program with UNA teaching staff controlling the curriculum.

“We are pleased to once again partner with UNA on a graduate program initiative,” states Athens State Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs Jackie Smith. “The requests by our students to continue their studies without relocating are issues we have been monitoring for years.”

The seven 3-hour core courses and one orientation course in UNA's MAED Program will be taught on the Athens State campus in a hybrid format to offer flexible scheduling. An additional 12 hours of elective coursework is required. Students must qualify for admission through the University of North Alabama Graduate School.

A public meeting will be held in the Ballroom of Sandridge Student Center on the Athens State University campus on Tuesday, June 18 at 6:00 pm. Representatives from UNA will discuss the details of the graduate program that will be offered by UNA on the Athens State campus. If you are interested, please plan to attend – no reservations are necessary.

For admission requirements for the program visit www.una.edu/graduate.


Retired Professor Inducted into Honorary Society


May 17, 2013

ATHENS, Alabama – Athens State University Professor Emeritus Dr. Joe Brasher has been elected into the honorary Eleanor Roosevelt Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi. The Eleanor Roosevelt Chapter was established to recognize men and women who have made significant contributions of service to the Society and exemplified its ideals and excellence in education.

“Election into the Eleanor Roosevelt Chapter is a lifetime award and limited to 100 living members,” states Executive Director Faye Snodgress in her letter congratulating Brasher. “Like the Laureate nomination and selection process, current Chapter members will assist in the selection of new members of the Eleanor Roosevelt Chapter every biennium.”

Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education, founded by Dr. William Bagley in 1911 at the University of Illinois, was established to foster excellence in education and promote fellowship among those dedicated to teaching. Pioneering from its beginning by including women as well as men, Kappa Delta Pi grew from a local chapter to the international organization it is today, comprising 600 chapters and more than 40,000 members.

Brasher is invited to attend the 49th Biennial Convocation in October in Dallas, Texas. During that Convocation he will be formally inducted into the Eleanor Roosevelt Chapter.

Brasher retired from Athens State in 2011 after serving Athens State University for 26 years in the capacity of Professor of Education in the College of Education.


Athens State Offering Technical Instructional Design Option

May 17, 2013

ATHENS, Ala. – At the beginning of the 2012/2013 academic year, Athens State University added an option to the Career and Technical Education major in the College of Education that prepares students to work as instructional designers and trainers. The Option in Technical Education: Instructional Design addresses a need for bachelor-degreed instructional designers in schools, community colleges, business and industry.

“The individuals looking for these types of jobs will not require a Class B teaching certification,” states Christopher Inman, Assistant Professor of Instructional Technology. “They will, however, require knowledge of how students learn as well as how technology can be utilized to facilitate learning. The advent of widely available technological possibilities in the teaching cycle has caused a void in the number of skilled instructional designers who understand curriculum, instructional technique and how to design online and technology-based coursework at all levels. This option is in an answer to this need.”

Instructional Designers engage students or employees in the learning process, encourage their participation, and address specific learning needs. The program at Athens State will advance the student’s knowledge of instructional design and learning theories and provide practical application experience in designing, delivering, and evaluating training. Further career options in instructional design include: training consultant, technologist trainer, corporate trainer, and program designer. For more information, visit www.athens.edu/college_edu


Fiddlers Convention named a Top 20 Southeastern Event


May 17, 2013

Athens, Ala.- For the third time, the Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention has been honored as one of the Southeast Tourism Society’s Top 20 Events. The event also received this tribute in 2003 and 2007.

The Southeastern Tourism Society feels that each festival or event in the South represents a special piece of our culture and heritage and has been naming Top 20 Events since 1983.

The Southeastern Tourism Society is a non-profit organization whose goals and objectives are to develop, market, and promote travel to and within the Southeastern states. The organization has more than 450 members in ten Southeastern states.

This year's Fiddlers Convention will be October 4 and 5 on the campus of Athens State University. The event has historically attracted more than 15,000 people for the two-day event, with more than 200 musicians expected to participate.

Competition for the convention’s top award “Fiddle Champion” is always strong and this year will be no different. Prize money totaling $11,870 will be awarded in 18 different categories.

Approximately 150 booths featuring old-fashioned arts and crafts are part of the convention. Convention goers will see everything from traditional artwork to coal-fired metal works.

Contests begin on Friday, Oct. 4 at 7p.m., and will resume on Saturday, Oct. 5 at 8 a.m. Cost is $8 for Friday, $10 for Saturday and $15 for both days. Children ages 12 and under are free with a parent.

This year's special guest will be musical comedian Mike Snider performing Friday, October 4th at 4:00p.m. and 6:00p.m. Snider, a native of Gleason, Tennessee, made his way on the country music scene in the 1980's with his incomparable wit and stellar banjo playing. Mike first worked his way into people's hearts through his hundreds of spots on TNN's Nashville Now, and his seven-year stay in the cornfield on "Hee Haw". In addition to his television work, Mike and his band entertained crowds for seven years at Nashville's Opryland USA.


Athens State Names Members of Leading Edge Institute


May 15, 2013

ATHENS, Ala. - Athens State University Assistant Professor of Justice Studies Dr. Quanda Watson-Stevenson was chosen as a faculty advisor for the 2013-2014 Leading Edge Institute (LEI), XII class for Women. She will represent Athens State University along with three students.

The three students chosen are Ms. Krystina Lovell, Ms. Stephanie White, and Ms. Whitney Elizabeth Smith. Lovell is a junior majoring in Criminal Justice. Her future career plans are to work with juveniles in the juvenile justice system as a Juvenile Probation Officer. White is a junior majoring in Education and would like to work with children with disabilities. Smith is a senior majoring in Business. She plans to own and operate her own car dealership business. She also plans to enroll and complete the MBA program offered at Athens State University in collaboration with UNA.

The Leading Edge Institute is a dynamic leadership program dedicated to working with college women across the state of Alabama. Leading Edge Institute brings women together to develop their leadership skills, expose them to critical issues facing Alabama and, most importantly, inspire them to make a difference in our state.

Membership in the organization requires a week long training session, completion of a service program for the Athens community, and attendance to a Winter Conference in early 2014. The Athens State representatives will attend the conference along with several female students and professional women across the State of Alabama from various colleges, universities, businesses, and political arenas.


Center for Lifelong Learning Offering Summer Courses in Decatur

May 15, 2013

ATHENS, Ala. - Athens State University’s Center for Lifelong Learning will be offering classes at the Alabama Center for the Arts in Decatur starting this summer. The classes offered will be some of the most popular courses that have been previously taught at the Center’s downtown Athens facility.

For youth the classes include Adventures in the Hundred Acre Woods, a drama course that introduces students to character creation from classic literature; Discovering Violin, a course for beginners with less than three months experience; Private Violin and Cello Lessons for students 8 and up; and Painting Fun, a camp where students will create a painting in acrylic.

For adults the classes include Painting with Acrylics, a fun and interesting way to learn how to paint with acrylics; Swing Dancing Lessons that will get you up and moving; Introduction to Photoshop Elements 9 for novices and a separate class for beginners; and Computers for Seniors, one-on-one sessions to help set up email, learn to search the web, and research ideas and interests.

Classes start as early as June 3. The Alabama Center for the Arts is located at 133 2nd Avenue NE in Decatur. For more information go to www.athens.edu/CLL or call 256-233-8260 for registration or information.


Athens State Art Students to participate in National Athens Exhibition

May 14, 2013

ATHENS, Alabama - Athens Voices USA'13, an Athens, Ohio biennial event by The Dairy Barn Arts Center, is an all media, juried art exhibition that aims to feature the diverse styles and visions of artists residing within 30 miles of a city named Athens in the United States. Athens Voices USA 2013 will be the fourth juried art exhibition celebrating “Athens” from all over the Nation.

Athens Voices USA'13 Exhibition opens locally on June 6 at the Alabama Center for the Arts located at 133 2nd Avenue in Decatur, Alabama. Exhibit hours are Monday through Thursday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, and Friday from 8:00 to noon. The show will close on August 20.

359 submitted works from artists living in or near a city named “Athens” were considered in December by Jurors who met at the Dairy Barn in Ohio. 76 pieces were chosen to compose the Athens Voices USA'13 Exhibition. Seven of these 76 pieces are from five Athens State University students who attend classes at the Alabama Center for the Arts in downtown Decatur; Katelin Harris, Robyn Locke, Eric Murphy, Heather Snow and Adriana Stephens.

To kick off the show’s opening on June 6, a lecture by one of the show’s jurors, Gary Kirksey, will be offered at the Center. Kirksey serves as an associate professor, School of Visual Communication, Ohio University. A few of his works will be included in the display at the Center alongside the Voices show. His exhibition record includes: Actors Theatre of Louisville, KY, African-American Art Museum, Dallas, TX, Appalachian Corridors, Charleston, WV, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY, Huntington Museum of Art, Huntington, WV, National Black Arts Festival, Atlanta, GA, and his art work is included in over 40 public, private and corporate collections.


Drake State and Athens State Collaborate on Transfer Agreement


May 13, 2013

ATHENS, Ala. – J. F. Drake State Technical College and Athens State University have partnered to develop a Reverse Transfer Agreement that benefits students who attend both institutions. Dr. Robert Glenn, president of Athens State University and Dr. Helen T. McAlpine, president of Drake State Technical College finalized the preparations for the agreement on May 13, 2013. It became effective upon its signing and will remain in effect unless terminated by either institution.

The Reverse Transfer Agreement will give students who attended Drake State but transferred to Athens State prior to completing their associate’s degree an opportunity to earn that community college degree. While attending Athens State, university credits can be transferred back to Drake State allowing these students to complete their degree requirements without losing any university credit. Students are eligible for the program when they have earned at least 12 semester credits at Drake State, have earned at least 3 semester credits at Athens State, and are in good standing at both institutions.

“We have always had a good working relationship with Drake State,” stated Glenn. “This agreement strengthens that collaboration. By moving partnerships like this forward, it helps the two institutions meet the overall goal of President Obama’s College Affordability and Completion goals. This encourages all higher education institutions to assist in increasing the number of college graduates.”


Education Honor Society Hosts Spring Initiation

May 7, 2013

Athens, ALA. - The Rho Gamma Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi at Athens State University initiated thirty new members at a ceremony held in the Banquet Room of Sandridge Center on April 29, 2013. Mrs. Bonnie Heatherly, Chapter Counselor, and Dr. Andryna Kuzmicic spoke to the initiates offering words of challenge and congratulations.

The Society inducts only those individuals who have exhibited the ideals of scholarship, integrity in service, and commitment to excellence in teaching and its allied professions. Selection as a member of Kappa Delta Pi is based on high academic achievement, a commitment to education as a career, and a professional attitude that assures steady growth in the profession.

Founded in 1911 at the University of Illinois, Kappa Delta Pi is the largest honor society in education, representing 600 undergraduate and professional chapters and more than 45,000 active members. Its most distinguished members over the last century have included Margaret Mead, Albert Einstein, George Washington Carver, and current leaders in education Howard Gardner, Maxine Greene, and Carol Gilligan.

The new members are: Joan Regina Aaron, Desiree Bartlett, Emily Brandon Berryhill, Shena Loosier Campbell, Christyn Hollie Chambless, Rebecca Clure, Maria Lofgren Coble, Mary Darlene Couch, Tijuana L. Crenshaw, Magan Alaine Glidewell, Amy Rooker Guin, Anna Beth Hall, Rebecca Deanna Harper, Stephanie Abigail Harris, Theresa Haverkamp, Jessica Kathryn Henderson, Constance Henley, Brooke Johnson, Keisha Brooke Malin, Elizabeth Ann Miller, Laura M. Nichols, Lillie Mae Parker, Tashia Michelle Phillips, Paige Spiller Riggs, Kiya Marie Roop, Taylor Laurence Ruff, Michelle Rushing, Kiley Godwin Soule, Whitney Sutherland, and Lindsey Danielle Washburn.

Following the ceremony, a reception for new members and their guests was held in the Annex.



Athens State Community Chorus Performing Thursday Night, May 9th


May 6, 2013

ATHENS, Ala. - The Center for Lifelong Learning will host the Athens State Community Chorus in an evening performance on Thursday, May 9, at 7:30 pm. The concert will be held at the Athens Limestone Senior Center located at 912 West Pryor Street, in Athens, Alabama.

This is the third performance of the Community Chorus. The Community Chorus was revitalized in October 2011 after a long absence. “After meeting with focus groups, music seemed to be a good place for the Center for Lifelong Learning to get started in the community,” said Wanda Campbell, Assistant Director of CLL.

Campbell met with Dr. John L. Buttler in June of 2011 in hopes of establishing the first choral “class.” Buttler came highly recommended and has already grown the Chorus vocally and musically. “We feel very appreciative to have Dr. Buttler who drives two hours each week to conduct our chorus,” says Dr. Diane Sauers, director of the CLL.

The Community Chorus meets every Thursday night in the fall from October to December calumniating in a Christmas concert. They also meet from February to May with a Spring concert. The practices are held in Chasteen Hall, which is part of the Athens State University campus.

The Community Chorus sings some traditional sacred music, but also enjoys singing show tunes, such as "You Never Walk Alone", by Rodgers and Hammerstein. The "Alleluia", by Randall Thompson, is one of the group favorites. This piece is rich in its highs and lows as only one word "Alleluia" is sung by a four part chorus.

Most of the people within the chorus have not done this type of music since high school. Dr. Buttler states that, "music is a lifetime activity, and that the voice is easy to carry along with you". The purpose of the Community Chorus is to build a "core sound to the group" and work to improve the vocal skills of the chorus, while having fun in the process.

As a long term goal, Dr. Buttler would like to ultimately have a 50 person chorus, so that they can one day perform at Carnegie Hall located in New York City.

For more information please contact the Athens State University Center for Lifelong Learning at 256-233-8620.


Athens State Alumni Offering Trip - Irelands Coastal Treasures


May 3, 2013

Athens, ALA. - The Athens State University Alumni Association is sponsoring a trip to Ireland through Collette Vacations and SooHoo & Associates on November 7-15, 2013.

Join the first family of Athens State, Dr. and Mrs. Glenn, on this trip that is open to anyone – not just Athens State alumni. It will introduce you to another side of the Emerald Isle. Visit rollicking Dublin, historical Limerick, charming Kinsale, and Galway, “the City of Tribes.” Tour the Old Midleton Distillery and learn how Irish whiskey is made. Discover Ireland’s ‘wild west’ region of Connemara. Cruise Killary Harbour, the only natural fjord in Ireland. Visit the Irish National Stud to see majestic thoroughbreds. Learn about daily life with a visit to an Irish farm. Step aboard the Jeanie Johnston, a recreated “famine ship.” Travel to Kylemore Abbey, home to Ireland’s oldest community of Benedictine nuns. Explore Ireland’s history at the ancient monastic site of Clonmacnoise and at the Cobh Heritage Centre. Toast it all with a drink in Europe’s official ‘oldest pub!’

“Our 2012 trip was stateside to Savannah, Georgia, and we thought it was time for an overseas excursion. I’m very excited about this vacation package and can’t wait to see who joins us. ” states Alumni Director Trish DiLullo.

Trips booked before May 7, 2013 save $250 per person and included in the price of the 9 day trip are round trip airfare from Huntsville, hotel transfers and 11 meals (7 breakfasts and 4 dinners). Rates range from $2,919 for triple occupancy accommodations to $3,249 per person for single occupancy. For more information about the trip, please call the Office of Alumni Affairs at 256-233-8185 or Pamela Rigsby/SooHoo & Associates at 256-714-6375.


Center for Lifelong Learning Announces May Classes


May 2, 2013

ATHENS, Ala. - The Center for Lifelong Learning has announced its summer course offerings. Information is available on our website – www.athens.edu/CLL - or you can call 256-233-8260 to request a printed catalog be mailed to you.

There are several courses coming up in the month of May:

Couples Paint – Starry Night. If you are looking for a new and interesting date night this class is for you? If you are looking for something different for you and friends to do, this is the class for you. Join other couples as we paint Starry Night. Each couple will paint half the picture, combine them for a special art piece and have lots of fun. You don’t have to be an expert to paint together. All supplies provided. The class will be held at the Center in the Mezzanine. Sanda Bishop, local artist and owner of Coffee and Canvas will teach the class. Class is scheduled Friday, May 10, from 6:00 – 9:00 pm. The fee is $59/couple.

Another community event is the Community Chorus Spring Concert. This is the third concert for the Chorus. The Center for Lifelong Learning will host their Spring Concert on Thursday, May 9, at 7:30 pm at the Senior Center located at 912 W Pryor St, in Athens, Alabama. The concert is directed by Dr. John Buttler and Lynette Pope. This concert is free to the public. No reservations are required.

LUNCH & LEARN: Reconsidering the "War on Terror" 12 Years After 9/11
This class is the first one of the Spies, Treason, and Treachery Series. John Davis, retired Army officer and military intelligence civilian, will discuss how we as a nation have fared in our “War on Terror.” We will discuss the goals and how we determine the success of such aims using President Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms. Class is scheduled Monday, May 13, from 11:30 – 12:30. There is no charge for this class.

The Resistance Behind German Lines in WW II presentation will give an overview of British Special Operations Executive (SOE), the secret organization created by Prime Minister Winston Churchill to organize a resistance among captive populations in Nazi Occupied Europe. The SOE engaged in subversion and sabotage to disrupt the Nazi war machine. This presentation will concentrate mainly on the SOE’s role in the Netherlands and France. This session is scheduled Monday, May 20, 11:30-1:00. There is no charge for this class.

Another LUNCH & LEARN for the Business community is OSHA's New GHS Requirements. OSHA is now aligned with the Globally Harmonized Standard for chemical hazard information. This standard has changed the way chemical hazards are identified and labeled. By December 1, 2013, businesses will need to retrain your workers in the new chemical labels and safety data sheets. Are you ready for this change? This class is scheduled on Thursday, May 16, 11:30 – 1:30. The fee is $25/person which includes your lunch. Please reserve space by May 15.

The LUNCH & LEARN Series Caring for Older Adults will feature two classes for those who need to care of parents or spouses: Power of Attorney vs. Guardianship will explore the difference between guardianship and a power of attorney when caring for their elders. Judge Charles Woodruff will explain when to use guardianship and when to use a Power of Attorney. He will discuss the pros and cons of each document. Class is scheduled Monday, May 20, 11:30am—1:00pm. The fee is $10/person which includes lunch. Please reserve space by May 17.

We will finish up May with Painting with Acrylics: Paint Your Pet. Spend an evening painting a portrait of your pet. Send your pictures by e-mail no later than May 22nd so that our instructor, Sanda Bishop, can sketch out your painting before the class. All supplies are provided for this class. Class is scheduled Friday, May 31, 6:00-9:00 pm. The fee is $49/person. Please reserve space by May 24.


Honorary Society Honors Chapter Achievement


May 2, 2013

ATHENS, Ala. - The Ballroom of the Sandridge Student Center at Athens State University was the setting for the Spring Initiation Ceremony of the University's Alpha Iota Chapter of Delta Mu Delta on April 28, 2013.

The academic society inducted 72 new and two honorary members into the nationally chartered organization. The chapter faculty advisers are Professors Kim Bell and Kim Roberts.

“We are extremely proud of these students who rank among the top 20 percent of their junior and senior classes,” states Professor Kim Robert. “We know they will continue to accomplish great things for the University, their workplace, and the community.”

This year, Delta Mu Delta awarded awards in the following categories: The Excellence in Teaching Award to Dr. Thomas Pieplow, The Medallion Award to Alex Coronado, and the Outstanding Service Award to Crystal Payne. Scholarship awards included: The Robert L. and Mildred S. McCall Scholarship to Christopher Nelson, and the William C. Sharples Scholarship to Aurora Quiroz. Honorary members inducted included Dr. Jim Kerner and Professor Kim Roberts.

As a special part of the program, a Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to College of Business retiring Dean Dr. Linda Shonesy.

In her remarks, Chapter Adviser Kim Bell stated, “Dr. Shonesy has served the Alpha Iota chapter of Delta Mu Delta over the course of her entire career at Athens State. She has helped to mold and shape this chapter into what it is today and has tirelessly promoted the College of Business and the students within to be the best that they can possibly be.”

Celebrating its 100th anniversary, Delta Mu Delta was founded at New York University in 1913 to recognize and reward superior scholastic achievement of students with concentrations in Business Administration. The Athens State chapter was originally formed in 1970 with Professor Gene Ermert being its inaugural faculty adviser. The chapter has grown to be one of the largest and most active chapters within the national organization.


Alabama Center for the Art Announces Call to Artists

April 30, 2013

DECATUR, Ala. - The Alabama Center for the Arts in Decatur announces a call to artists for a show of works following the theme, CIVILITY.

In light of a seemingly increasing violent culture, as evidenced by recent public bombings, campus shootings, and virulent school bullying from the elementary grades through higher education, many public figures call for Americans to pledge to a new civility. The collaborative Calhoun and Athens State art center plans to follow that lead with an innovative showing of works of local artists.

“We ask that artists explore the meaning of civility and express their findings through art,” explains Center Director Dr. Mary Beth Johns. “They need to ask themselves what civility means to them, what role can art play in it, what the relationship is between civility and civilization, how can civility be measured, and so on.”

The CIVILITY show will feature a collection of images that reflect on, perpetuate, and inspire a new cultural dialogue in the spirit of cooperation and sense of community. Submissions can represent diverse mediums and styles. The show is an exhibition only and none of the art pieces will be available for purchase during its exhibition.

Johns adds, “The purpose of the exhibit is to create an intelligent and compassionate dialogue about the issues outlined in the original call.”

The show is limited to works in 5” x 7” dimensions. They must be ready to hang and no work that might be deemed in offense of Athens State University Policy will be included. In the case of mixed media or relief work; No art should protrude from the 5" x 7" surface more than 2 inches and any work may not weigh more than 2 pounds. Artwork must have the name of the artist, title of the work, medium, contact phone and email secured to the back of the art.

Artwork should be received no later than June 30th at the Alabama Center for the Arts, either by mail or hand delivery. The show will remain on exhibit until September 30. The dates and times of the show will be announced after the artwork is received.

There will be no pick-up of art from the Alabama Center for the Arts when the show is over, but art may be mailed back to the artist should they wish by including a self-addressed stamped mailer.

Mailed artwork should be mailed to Dr. Mary Beth Johns, Athens State University, 300 N. Beaty Street, Athens, AL 35611. For more information call (256)260-4291.


Writing Center Awards Announced


April 30, 2013

ATHENS, Ala. - Athens State University’s Writing Center announced its first annual writing contest during the academic year 2012-13. This year’s contest focused on the term voice. The call for submissions asked writers to consider the way their voices are developed in their writing, both inside and outside of school. The call also encouraged writing from various perspectives—from writing about personal experiences with “developing a voice” to exploring academic research on voice and writing. Three judges reviewed the submissions and selected the finalists. Choosing the top three was not easy, but it was a team effort. The Athens State University Bookstore provided gift cards of $30, $20, and $10 respectively to the contest winners.
The contest winners, and their submissions, are:
First Place: Nataya D. Hastings, "Why I Write."
First Runner-up: Kelton Riley, "Voice of the Spirit."
Second Runner-up: Summer-Rae Schwendiman, "Writing has Life after Graduation."
All three essays can be read on the Athens State University Writing Center blog. This annual writing contest started as part of the university’s Quality Enhancement Plan Building Success through Writing! The contest is led by Athens State’s Writing Center Director, Dr. Tony Ricks. According to Dr. Ricks, “Some of the academic practices this contest encourages are personal reflection, rigorous inquiry, and clear and effective written communication. The French writer Michel Montaigne coined the term essai, which in French literally means ‘to attempt’ or ‘to try.’ This contest encourages writers to courageously attempt to present new ideas, perspectives, or ways of thinking. It’s exciting to see what people come up with!”

Students interested in sending in essays for the 2013-14 contest should look for an announcement at the beginning of the Fall 2013 semester. The contest follows a different prompt each year. The Writing Center will publish the new prompt on its website at the beginning of Fall 2013 and announce it to the university community.


Commencement Planned for May 4th




April 26, 2013

Athens, Ala. – Athens State University’s graduation exercises will be held in the Carter Physical Education Gymnasium on Saturday, May 4 with three separate ceremonies.

At 9:00 a.m., the College of Arts and Sciences will commence with Jon Prusmack addressing the attendees.

Prusmack attended the University of Notre Dame for two years on a football scholarship studying architecture. He then transferred to the United States Naval Academy, and then to New York University where he graduated in 1966 with a degree in Art and Design. In addition, Prusmack earned an M.Eng from NYU Polytechnic Institute and an M.B.A. from Bernard Baruch Graduate School of Business, part of the City University of New York.

Prusmack played rugby for 15 years and wrote the first American Coaching Book on Rugby titled Rugby: A Guide for Players, Coaches and Spectators.

Prusmack has been a professional artist and designer for over 30 years as well as a successful entrepreneur. He started DHS Technologies with his wife, Patrice, in 1986. Together they built this business from zero up to over $150,000,000. Currently DHS has a major manufacturing plant in Huntsville employing 200 people. Its second manufacturing plant in New York will relocate to Huntsville and employ at least another 150 people.

At 12:00 noon, the College of Business will present diplomas to their graduates with Joe H. Ritch serving as the college’s keynote speaker.

Ritch, from Huntsville, holds a B.A. from the University of Alabama in Huntsville, a J.D. from Samford University, and a LL.M. in Taxation from New York University.

As a member of the legal team at Sirote and Permutt, Ritch is well-known throughout the region for his high profile work as Chairman of the Tennessee Valley BRAC Committee and its efforts on behalf of Redstone Arsenal. He was recently appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate as a member of the Board of Directors of TVA. He is only second Alabamian to serve on the board in its 80 year history. He also served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the University of Alabama System from 2005-2011 and remains a Trustee emeritus of the University System.

Ritch has an equally active career as an attorney in Sirote's Huntsville office, where he co-chairs the Privacy & Data Security and Government Contracting Practice Groups.

At 3:00 p.m., the College of Education’s graduation ceremony will be held with Representative Jay Love serving as the keynote speaker.

Love represents Alabama’s 74th District. He chairs the Ways and Means Education committee which oversees K-12 and higher education appropriations, and taxes and education/benefits for state educators. He also serves on the Montgomery County Legislation.

Love was born and raised in Montgomery and holds a B.A. in Business Administration from Auburn University at Montgomery. As a restaurant owner, he was selected as one of the Top 40 Business Leaders Under 40 by the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce.

Approximately 300 students will march, encompassing the graduating classes for the three colleges for the 2013 spring semester.

Athens State's commencement ceremonies are free and open to the public. For more information call 256-233-8296.


Athens State Business Course Assists United Way


April 25, 2013

ATHENS, Ala. - Students in Athens State University’s System Design Management course have partnered with the United Way of Athens-Limestone County to produce a database system to support volunteer management during crisis situations.

“I feel this interesting class project has the potential to be a great asset to the community in times of emergency,” states Dr. Lisa Rich, professor of the systems class. “We divided the class into four teams so we had four different programs to present to the United Way. They chose the one that they felt best fit their needs.”

The student teams developed a system of tracking, placing and organizing volunteers who would report to a Volunteer Reception Center (VRC) in the event of a disaster. The VRC would then mobilize the volunteers to areas where they are needed throughout the county.

Rich continued, “This was great training for the students to have hands-on interaction with a client. It is invaluable to learn how to listen to customer needs and then create programs that fit them.”

The Disaster Volunteer Management program was funded by a grant from Boeing. This allowed for the placement of Susie Brookshire as the project coordinator. She evaluated each of the four programs and was available to the students during the creation process for guidance or to answer any questions.

The United Way has been actively involved with disaster management efforts in the past and has been tasked to continue with the planning and preparedness efforts for the future. The database created by students will serve as an invaluable tool during times of crisis.


Business Students and Administrators Tour Steelcase


April 23, 2013

ATHENS, Ala. - The Department of Logistics, Acquisition, and Enterprise Systems Management at Athens State University, along with the administration of Steelcase, have joined forces to provide a glimpse into the workings of the company’s largest manufacturing facility located in Athens, Alabama. A group of students from the Athens State College of Business, along with administrators and professors, toured the Steelcase plant on March 25.

“Students were very interested in touring the manufacturing and distribution center of Steelcase,” said Athens State Adjunct Professor Susan Calhoun. “They saw first-hand the process from the receiving raw materials to the distribution of a finished product.”

In addition, students gained access to The Nerve Center – otherwise known as Communication Central. They discussed the operations of the center with Steelcase Plant Manager Doug Batdorff. Batdorff explained that the nerve center at Steelcase served as a center for communication and accountability. Bartoff also explained that each area of the production process has up to the minute analysis of productivity and profitability.

Approximately 20 students attended the tour. The majority of the students were from classes that focused on the logistics and managerial concentrations in the College of Business at Athens State.

Batdorff took the time to discuss with the students that Steelcase looks for management candidates trained in problem solving and critical thinking. Students learned that the manufacturer looks for employees who recognize a problem, understand the root cause of it, and present a solution with the least disruption to productivity.

The representatives from Steelcase who served as tour guides included Human Resources Manager Larry Burchfield, Lean/Quality Team member Don Byford, and FDC Shift Lead Wes Allen. Athens State’s Director of Development Ronnie Knox, Assistant Director of Development Pam Jarrett, and Adjunct Professor Susan Calhoun accompanied the students.

“Athens State and Steelcase have had a wonderful working relationship for years,” said Knox. “Their commitment to serving the community in which they do business, and championing the educational development of local students, is a great asset to our area.”


Student Receives Two Art Related Honors


April 17, 2013

ATHENS, Ala. - Athens State University student Nathan Stout was recently the winner of Pesky Piranha Youth Triathlon Logo Contest. His winning design will be showcased on the organization’s website, t-shirts, facebook page, and promotional materials. The Pesky Piranha race is sponsored by the Huntsville Youth Triathlon organization.

In addition to winning the poster contest, Stout recently was named a finalist in the 33rd Annual College and High School Photography Contest sponsored by Nikon and Photographer’s Forum magazine. Over 16,000 photographs were entered from international contestants. His photo will be published in a book, Best of College & High School Photography 2013, published by Photographer’s Forum magazine.

Stout, an Athens native, will be graduating from Athens State in May with a degree in Art. After graduation, he plans to start his search for a career in the graphic design field. Stout has worked full-time for Starbucks for three years and hopes for an opportunity to continue with the company advancing to a corporate position.

“I love making art in many different forms, however my favorite would be Photography,” states Stout. “I've been developing my personal style as a photographer for a few years. My main subject matter is people and I use a variety of different lighting techniques to create chiaroscuro style pieces.”

At Athens State, Nathan enjoyed his Photoshop and Illustrator classes. Although he does finds it hard to pick a favorite subject because he feels that he learns valuable information from every course.

Athens State Professor of Art Pamela Keller remarks, "Nathan is an innovative design student who brings a young and quirky perspective to his pieces. That creates uniqueness and fresh imagery."

When not studying or acting as the local barista, Stout enjoys spending time with his wife watching movies, long boarding, and going to concerts.


Artists Journey Exhibit Going on Now at the Alabama Center for the Arts


April 16, 2013

DECATUR, Ala. - The Artist’s Journey, an exhibit of the works of a group of seasoned regional artists, will be held at the Alabama Center for the Arts now through May 23, 2013. This is a juried exhibit.

The Jurors for the show consisted of professional artists and art instructors, Johanna Littleton, David Edwards, and Blu Smith. The artists’ works displayed include different mediums, such as oils, acrylics, watercolors, pencil and charcoal.

This is the 4th annual show for Artist’s Journey members and the first to be held at the Alabama Center for the Arts in downtown Decatur.

A reception will be held on April 18, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.

The Alabama Center for the Arts is located at 133 2nd Avenue in Decatur, Alabama. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 8:00 am to 7:30 pm, and Friday from 8:00 to noon.

For more information about the event please call 256-444-0222.


Athens State Mathematics Organization Initiates New Members


April 16, 2013

ATHENS, Ala. - The Alabama Alpha Chapter of Kappa Mu Epsilon, a national mathematics honorary society, initiated new members on April 14, 2013 during a ceremony held in the Ballroom of the Sandridge Student Center. Special guest speaker was Dottie Gasbarro, retired Athens State University Mathematics Professor. Dr. Ronald Merrit, Athens State Mathematics Department Chair, welcomed the speakers and guests.

Professor Patricia Glaze serves as the chapter advisor and Dr. Derek Newland assisted with the initiation.

New initiates installed for the upcoming year include Christopher Vaughn, Rebecca Harper, Tanya Sanderson, Tristan Shields, Sarah Cox, Casey Gaddis, Kathryn Allison, Tyler Calvert, and Brad Mitchell.

Kappa Mu Epsilon is a specialized honor society in Mathematics. It was founded in 1931 to promote interest in mathematics among undergraduate students. Its chapters are located in colleges and universities of recognized standing which offer a strong mathematics major. The chapters' members are selected from students of mathematics and other closely related fields who have maintained standards of scholarship, have professional merit, and have attained academic distinction.


Athens State Exhibiting Student Work in Microphotography


April 15, 2013

ATHENS, Ala. – Athens State University’s interdisciplinary course Digital Microphotography and Image Analysis will be hosting a morning reception for student artwork on Tuesday April 16th at 10:00 a.m. on the first floor of Waters Hall, on the main campus of Athens State University. The course is taught by professors George Williams, Pamela Keller and Gail Bergeron. The event is free and open to the public.

Large, colorful and detailed photographs will be on display from students who are majoring in art or biology. This course is designed to enable the student to produce works of scientific specimens in digital photography through the use of various photomicrographic techniques. These will include ordinary light, phase contrast, electron microscopy, and digital image analysis. The student’s final projects are a creative effort.

The course is unique in its team-taught approach. The instructors originated the purse and recently delivered a paper on its success at the Alabama Academy of Science meeting in Birmingham.


Athens State Phi Theta Kappa Chapter Honored at International Convention


April 10, 2013

ATHENS, Ala. - The Athens State University Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society Alumni Association recently received the “Most Outstanding University-Based Alumni Association Award” at the International Phi Theta Kappa Convention in San Jose, California. Each year at this convention one alumni association is recognized in both Regional and University-Based Associations, with one also receiving the Alumni Award of Merit.

This is the second time in the last three years that the Athens State chapter has received the award. In 2011, the chapter also received the Alumni Award of Merit.

“It was undoubtedly the exceptional level of business planning and student engagement that resulted in this terrific accomplishment by the Athens State Phi Theta Kappa Alumni officers and members,” states chapter advisor Dr. Kim LaFevor. “As the primary mission of Phi Theta Kappa recognizes and encourages scholarship among two-year college students, the aim is to provide robust opportunities for the development of leadership and service, for an intellectual climate for exchange of ideas and ideals, for lively fellowship for scholars, and for stimulation of interest in continuing academic excellence.”

To receive the Outstanding Association classification, the top chapter must demonstrate exceptional contributions to Phi Theta Kappa at an International, Regional, University, and Community Level with specific focus on service, fellowship, leadership, and scholarship of all competing entries.

This past year, the Athens State chapter selected 10 primary objectives, 33 associated initiatives, and conducted 11 fundraisers to support the implementation of these strategic society projects that resulted in the winning entry.

LaFevor continues, “Using these ideals as our central aim, the work done by our Phi Theta Kappa Alumni Association has proven to be successful on all counts.”

Athens State University Phi Theta Kappa officer team includes Hannah Kilpatrick, President; Ruby Sayki-Addo, VP of Membership, Lillie Parker, VP of Fellowship and Service, and Joanne Pearson, VP of Leadership.


Athens State Education Professor Develops Program with Decatur Youth Symphony


April 9, 2013

ATHENS, Ala. - Athens State University Assistant Professor of Elementary Education Mary Harris recently developed a program with the Decatur Youth Symphony which integrates leadership and mentoring skills for symphony members and elementary music students.

In February, Harris conducted a half day workshop that integrated Steven Covey’s Seven Habits program that enhances leadership and mentoring in advance of the symphony’s Each One, Teach One program.

Each One, Teach One involves students from the chamber ensemble working weekly with the Decatur City School’s Apollo students – third graders from the system’s first year violin program. Each mentoring session paired more accomplished students with younger students.

“Working closely with the Decatur Youth Symphony’s Executive Director Sharon Landis I’ve witnessed both of these groups flourish in their music and personal interactions,” stated Harris. “We've discovered that not only is the marriage of the seven habits an effective approach for the mentoring process, but the habits have positively impacted the students’ personal lives.”

Harris hopes to begin to collect data about the participants' perceptions of the program. This data should lead to research publications as well as be helpful for the DYS's fund raising.

Harris worked with Athens State’s Assistant Professor of Education Chris Inman to develop a method of communicating the successes and addressing questions outside the mentoring sessions. Inman created a social arena that is both useful and safe for the participants. His expertise greatly enhanced the communications with the symphony students.

“When first approached about serving as an educational advisor to this group, I was wary given my lack of musical expertise,” continued Harris. “However, I am grateful for this opportunity and feel as though my offer of educational advice has advanced the Decatur Youth Symphony mission.”

Harris and the Athens State administration hope to continue and enhance the collaboration between the Decatur Youth Symphony and the University.


Athens State to host upcoming Criminal Justice Symposium


April 4, 2013

ATHENS, Ala. - Athens State University’s Department of Government and Public Administration will present the 2nd Annual Criminal Justice Symposium on April 16 and 17. The event provides an opportunity for Athens State’s senior Criminal Justice students, enrolled in the Senior Research course and internship course, to present their research and discuss their internship experience.

“Each year we invite guest presenters and speakers in the Criminal Justice field to be a part of this event,” states Dr. Quanda Stevenson, Assistant Professor and Program Director of Criminal Justice at Athens State. “The program allows our students to interact with and discuss possible criminal justice related employment and research with practitioners and educators in the community.”

Presenters for this year’s symposium will include Susan McGrady, Executive Director of the Athens/Limestone Children’s Advocacy Center; Brett Bullington, Volunteer Coordinator for Crisis Services of North Alabama; and Robert Valls, Chief Probationary Officer for the Limestone Juvenile Court.

The April 16 and 17 event will be held in the Chapel of Founders Hall on the Athens State campus. For more information contact Dr. Quanda Stevenson by email at quanda.stevenson@athens.edu.


Athens State Student Honored by National Library Publication


April 3rd

ATHENS, Ala. - Athens State University student Laura Poe was recently named the 2013 Paralibrarian of the Year by Library Journal. Poe is majoring in English with a minor in Drama. When not in the classroom, she serves as the volunteer coordinator for the Athens Limestone Public Library.

“I wear many different hats at the Athens Limestone Public Library,” states Poe. “My duties range from the simple responsibility of making sure that each staff member and volunteer get a birthday card all the way to organizing our wonderful volunteers.”

Library Journal is a national publication that is for all libraries, whether they be academic, public, or private. The journal focuses on informing librarians and paralibrarians, such as Poe. Paralibrarians are library staffers without, or who have not yet been awarded a Masters in Library Information Science.

The March issue of Library Journal featured Poe on its cover and honored her with a $1,500 cash prize. The Paralibrarian of the Year award goes to one support staff member nationally and places special emphasis on the efforts of the winner to further the role of paralibrarians in the library profession.

“Three of the women I work with wrote letters nominating me,” states Poe. “The judges liked what they had to say about me and I was chosen. I have no idea of how many people were entered into this; however it was open to paralibrarians across the United States. Last year the winner was from Florida and the year before was from Texas.”

Although her first career aspiration was to be Wonder Woman, Poe always loved books. Some of her early memories were visiting her local library as a child to experience Storytime. To her it was magical, and those first experiences planted a seed that has grown into a love of anything library related.

“My favorite part of working at the library is helping my patrons,” continues Poe. “Just the other day I had a father come in and thank me for introducing the Rick Riordan series of books to his son. The books have boosted his AR points at school. It is the little things that make all I do worthwhile.”

Poe’s choice of an English major seemed to go hand in hand with her love for reading. Although, she admits, she wasn’t sold on the Drama Minor. Now that she teaches and gives lectures, she is using what she has learned from Athens State’s drama curriculum more than she ever imagined. In fact, her newly found love for drama has landed her a lead role in the Athenian Players’ upcoming production of Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie. Poe will play Amanda Wingfield, the matriarch of Williams’ trademark dysfunctional families.

But in real life, Poe’s greatest role is the matriarch of her own “functional” family. She is a wife and a mother to three children age seven to sixteen. They make their home in western Limestone County.

Poe elaborates, “My life is like a three ring circus. In ring number one we have my job, 40 hours a week with lots to do. In ring number two we have school, I am taking four classes and am performing in a play. And in the center ring I have my family.”

Poe expects to graduate from Athens State University in May of 2015 and continue her studies by enrolling in a Master’s program at the University of Alabama.


Athens State University Announces Weekly Writers Group


March 29, 2013

ATHENS, Ala. - Athens State Universitys Writing Center has organized a gathering for those who have ever wanted to start a blog, write an award-winning novel, or simply learn how to get their writing published.

The Athens State University Weekly Writers Group will meet weekly, beginning in April 2013, to discuss any writing projects members are working on. The group is open to the public.

This Weekly Writing Group supports the mission of Athens State University to recognize diversity and nurture the discovery and application of knowledge. It also strives to prepare students for professional careers, graduate school, lifelong learning, and enrichment, and it offers programs of continuing education and community services that provide a variety of cultural and professional opportunities.

If you are interested in joining this group, please contact Dr. Tony Ricks for date and time information. Ricks can be reached by phone, 256-216-6670 or by email. Depending on the needs of the group, dates and times may change from time to time; however, the group will aim to agree upon a set time and date to meet weekly.


Athens State Senior Art Students Present Exhibition of their Works


March 29, 2013

ATHENS, Ala. - The senior art students of Athens State University will present their senior exhibition titled “Hanging the Artists.” The exhibition will hang in the Alabama Center for the Arts’ main gallery beginning April 1 through April 11.

The Alabama Center for the Arts is located at 133 2nd Avenue in Decatur, Alabama. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 8:00 am to 7:30 pm, and Friday from 8:00 to noon.

An Artist Reception will be hosted by the artists in the main gallery of the Center on April 5 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. This event is free and open to the public.

Featured artists for this show include Timothy Robertson, Adrianna Stephens, Heather Snow, Ashley Castillo, Nathan Stout, Katelin Harris, Sarah Heidtmann, Robyn Locke, Sandra Casteel, and Richard Roberts.

For more information visit www.athens.edu/ACA or call 256-233-8296.


Athens State Community Band Spring Concert to Host Jenny Maclay


The Spring Concert will celebrate the groups 10th anniversary

March 29, 2013

Athens, ALA. - The Athens State University Community Band, currently celebrating its 10th year under the director of Dan Havely, will present its Spring Concert on Sunday, April 28 at 3:00pm in the Carter Gymnasium on the Athens State campus.

At this year’s concert, the Community Band will proudly be accompanied on select songs by Jenny Maclay, a 2008 graduate of Sparkman High School.

Maclay is quickly establishing herself as a concert soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician. Maclay has achieved a number of notable musical honors, including selection as a semi-finalist and finalist for such international competitions as Astral Artists and Concert Artists Guild. Most recently, she was the first prize winner of the 2013 National Federation of Music Clubs Orchestral Winds Regional Solo Competition and will be competing at the national level this spring.

Maclay made her solo debut at the age of 15, as first prize winner of the Huntsville Symphony Young Artist Competition. She is a Vandoren Regional Artist and performs exclusively on Vandoren reeds and mouthpieces.

We are thrilled to have Jenny joining us for this concert, remarks Havely. She will be performing the classic Concertino for Clarinet by Carl Maria Von Weber with the band. The band will also be playing traditional and operatic marches, Hollywood and Broadway favorites including selections from Les Miserables.

The concert is free and open to the public. Reservations are not necessary to attend. For more information about the concert, call 256-233-8296.


Athens States Athenian Players present dinner and theater production of The Glass Menagerie


March 29, 2013

ATHENS, Ala. – Athens State University’s Athenian Players will present a special dinner and theater performance of The Glass Menagerie on Saturday, April 27 at 7:00 p.m. The production will take place in the ballroom of the Sandridge Student Center on Athens State’s campus. Dinner will be served by Picasso’s Grill with the cost being $30 per person.

This production of Tennessee Williams’ acclaimed drama is the inaugural production for the Athenian Players. This recently formed troupe was assembled by Athens State’s new Assistant Professor of Drama, Dr. Hugh Long. Long will direct the production.

“We are beginning a rebirth of Athens State University Drama with the great Southern Playwright, Tennessee Williams,” states Long, “and with the Athenian Players fostering a North Alabama theatre culture & community firmly grounded in our wonderful academic institutions of Athens State University and Calhoun Community College”

The cast consists of Laura Poe as the mother, Jensie Britt as her daughter, Colin Whitworth as her son, and Forrest Johnson as the gentleman caller.

In addition to the dinner and theater showing, stage performances of the play will run the weekends of April 11 – 13, and April 19 – 20 at 7:30 p.m. at Calhoun Committee College’s Black Box Theater. Matinee performances will be held on Sunday April 14 and Sunday April 21 at 2:00 p.m. Admission to these theater productions be charged at the door and is $10.00 per person, $7.00 for students and seniors.

For reservations to the dinner and theater performance, please call 256-233-8243. More information can be found at www.athens.edu/athenianplayers.


Pam Jarrett Joins Athens State University Fundraising Efforts


March 21, 2013

ATHENS, Ala. – Pam Jarrett has been hired by Athens State University as the Assistant Director of Development for the Office of Advancement. Before joining Athens State’s development team, Jarrett served as a Consultant for Creative Consulting LLC, where she specialized in assisting educational and governmental agencies with fundraising.

“We look forward to having Pam work with us,” states Vice President for University Advancement, Rick Mould. “As the University enters into a comprehensive campaign, her skills will position us to have experienced personnel needed to meet our goals.”

Jarrett also held previous positions with Arbonne International and Allstate Telecommunications.


Athens State Representatives to Speak at Bank Street Bash


March 19, 2013

ATHENS, Ala. - Athens State University President Bob Glenn and Adjunct Professor Deanna Knox are scheduled to speak at the Second Annual Bank Street Bash held at the Princess Theatre in Decatur, Alabama, Thursday, March 21 at 7:00 pm. The event will include a preview of the Bank Street Players production of The King and I, which will be performed April 4, 5, and 6 at the Princess.

Glenn will speak about the upcoming additional phase planned for the Alabama Center for the Arts which will include a theater curriculum. Knox will speak about the importance of theater within the community and its impact on children.

Tickets for the Bash may be purchased at the door and are $35 each or $60 for a couple. All proceeds will go toward helping Bank Street Players to continue developing local talent, and to bring more of the performing arts to the Princess stage.

The Princess Theater is located at 112 2nd Avenue in Decatur, Alabama. For more information visit www.bankstreetplayers.org.


Ireland Trip Presentation at Athens State


March 19, 2013

Athens, ALA. – Athens State University’s Alumni Association is hosting a trip presentation on the upcoming trip to Ireland. The presentation will be on Monday, April 8, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. in the Learning Commons of the Library. Jack Brinson with Collette Vacations will be on hand to show highlights of the trip and answer questions for our travel to Ireland’s Coastal Treasures- November 7-15, 2013. If you are traveling with us or thinking about traveling, please join us for the presentation. Refreshments will be served.

The travel program, open to anyone – not just Athens State alumni, introduces you to another side of the Emerald Isle. Visit rollicking Dublin, historical Limerick, charming Kinsale, and Galway, “the City of Tribes.” Tour the Old Midleton Distillery and learn how Irish whiskey is made. Discover Ireland’s ‘wild west’ region of Connemara. Cruise Killary Harbour, the only natural fjord in Ireland. Visit the Irish National Stud to see majestic thoroughbreds. Learn about daily life with a visit to an Irish farm. Step aboard the Jeanie Johnston, a recreated “famine ship.” Travel to Kylemore Abbey, home to Ireland’s oldest community of Benedictine nuns. Explore Ireland’s history at the ancient monastic site of Clonmacnoise and at the Cobh Heritage Centre. Toast it all with a drink in Europe’s official ‘oldest pub!’

Included in the price of the trip are airfare from Huntsville, hotel, hotel transfers and 11 meals (7 breakfasts and 4 dinners). Rates range from $2,919 for triple occupancy accommodations to $3,249 per person for single occupancy. For more information about the trip or to RSVP for the presentation, call the Office of Alumni Affairs at 256-233-8185.


Athens State Student Places in State Disability Poster Contest


March 19, 2013

ATHENS, Ala. - Athens State University art student Jeanette Blasios was awarded 2nd place for the Alabama Postsecondary Division in the 2013 “Ability Counts” Poster Journalism Competition. Blasios will receive $200, a certificate and a citation for meritorious service will be presented to her professor, Dr. Pamela Keller.

The contest is sponsored annually by the Alabama Governor’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities. The contest focuses attention on the abilities of Alabamians with disabilities and promotes a greater awareness of the contributions that people with disabilities make to the workplace and the community. Students from around the state competed in either the journalism essay or the poster contest.

The poster contest included entries in three categories: junior high, high school, and postsecondary. The Alabama Governor’s Committee on the Employment of Disabilities is a program of the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services, whose mission is to enable Alabama’s children and adults with disabilities to achieve their maximum potential.

Blasios will be honored, along with other state winners, at an Awards Luncheon on May 3, 2013 at the Capital City Club in Montgomery.


Recent Athens State Alum Receives New Teacher Grant from Alabama Power


March 19, 2013

ATHENS, Ala. – Jackson Knox Schuster, a 2012 graduate of Athens State’s College of Education and a teacher at West Morgan High School, was one of twelve first-year teachers in Alabama schools have to receive a $1,000 grant for classroom materials and supplies from the Alabama Power Foundation. Jackson was nominated by the faculty of the College of Education, as one of the most promising graduates of 2012.

The Alabama Power Foundation awards more than 1,000 grants annually with non-ratepayer money and has assets of more than $120 million, making it one of the largest corporate foundations in the state. The foundation funds The Alabama Power Foundation has given more than $135 million through more than 20,000 grants and scholarships.

Grant candidates were submitted by the state’s public teacher colleges. Winners were selected by a committee that included education school deans. Each winner graduated from a state-approved teacher program at an Alabama public four-year college or university.


Athens States Athenian Players to present The Glass Menagerie


March 14, 2013

ATHENS, Ala. - The Athenian Players of Athens State University present their inaugural production of Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie. This play, directed by Assistant Professor of Drama, Dr. Hugh Long, will be performed in the Black Box Theater at Calhoun Community College.

Performances will run the weekends of April 11 – 13, and April 19 – 20 at 7:30 p.m. Matiness performances will be held on Sunday April 14 and Sunday April 21 at 2:00 p.m. Admission will be charged at the door and is $10.00 per person, $7.00 for students and seniors.

In addition, there will be a special dinner and theater performance on Saturday, April 27 at 7:00 p.m. in the ballroom of the Sandridge Student Center on Athens State’s campus. Dinner will be served by Picasso’s Grill with the cost being $30 per person. Call 256-233-8243 for reservations.

“We are beginning a rebirth of Athens State University Drama with the great Southern Playwright, Tennessee Williams,” states Dr. Long, “and with the Athenian Players fostering a North Alabama theatre culture & community firmly grounded in our wonderful academic institutions of Athens State University and Calhoun Community College”.

The cast consists of Laura Poe as the mother, Jensie Britt as her daughter, Colin Whitworth as her son, and Forrest Johnson as the gentleman caller.

More information can be found at www.athens.edu/athenianplayers.


Athens State Athenian Ambassadors to Host Unknown Lyric Concert


March 13, 2013

ATHENS, Ala. - Unknown Lyric, an Atlanta based musical duo, will be performing on Friday, April 5 at 7:00 p.m. in the Ballroom of the Sandridge Student Center. The event is sponsored by the Athenian Ambassadors of Athens State University. The concert is open to the public and tickets are $10 per person.

Unknown Lyric fuses classical Beethoven with urban rhythms and grooves creating a musical experience like none other. They hark back to the true age of musical composing with Jeremiah Turner on acoustic guitar and Kevin Grayson on violin. They are described as a classical fusion of rock, hip-hop and pop.

In addition, the Athenian Ambassadors will be hosting all former and current Athenians Ambassadors and Student Government Association members at a reception from 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. in the Parlor of Founders Hall before the concert. All former and current Athenians and SGA members will then be admitted free to the concert.

For more information please call Athens State Office of Alumni Affairs at 256-233-8185.

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Athens State Art Professor to Sculpt Bronze Memorial


March 8, 2013.

PULASKI, Tenn. - The Giles County (Tennessee) Leadership class of 2013 in Pulaski has accepted a proposal for a bronze memorial by artist Pamela Keller for Pulaski’s Sharewoord Park. Pamela Keller is a Professor of Art at Athens State University at the Alabama Center for the Arts in Decatur.

The memorial will be life-sized of a man sitting on a park bench holding two dog tags close to his face in his left hand while in meditation. In his right hand will be a small American flag. The park surroundings and nearby flags on flagpoles would provoke another level of appreciation for freedom. .

Keller states, “The traditional sculpture of this man can be viewed with some mystery. Is he a veteran? Are those his dog tags or those of a daughter, son or friend? Perhaps it is Memorial Day or Veterans Day and he has come to the park to reflect? Or is he on his way to the adjacent cemetery to visit the fallen soldier and plant the small flag?” .

There would be room on either side of the bench for people to sit with this man and reflect on memories of veterans. .

Keller has taught at Athens State University since 1981. This is her 15th year as a public sculpture bronze artist. Work on the sculpture will begin in two weeks with an approximate installation and unveiling in early 2014. .

"It’s been a privilege to create this proposed memorial,” continues Keller. “The work is so important to me that I have donated half of the artists fee to the project itself in honor of my Father, Paul Raymond Keller, a Korean war veteran." .

Fundraising is now underway and donations can be made at the Giles County (Tennessee) Chamber of Commerce.


Athens State Alumni Association Honors Graduates and Friends


March 8, 2013

ATHENS, Ala. - Athens State University’s Alumni Association held its 105th Annual Awards Reception and Ceremony on Friday, March 1, 2013. The evening was designated to honor Alumni, faculty, staff, or members of the community for their support to the university.

Mr. Anthony Clifton received a Distinguished Alumnus Award. He is a resident of Sylvania, Alabama and earned his B.S. in Public Health and Safety from Athens State University in 2011. He is currently serving as the Emergency Management Agency Director for Dekalb County, Alabama.

Dr. Kenneth Dunivant received a Distinguished Alumnus Award. He currently resides in Tuscaloosa, Alabama and earned his B.S. in Behavioral Science from Athens College in 1975. He has served the United Methodist Church since 1973 as well as several United Methodist District and Conference committees and teams.

Mr. Robert Ford received a Distinguished Alumnus Award. He is from Arab, Alabama and earned his B.A. in Political Science from Athens College in 1971. He earned his Juris Doctor in 1974 from the University of Alabama and spent a successful 35 years trying civil and criminal cases.

Dr. Amanda Branscombe received the Commitment to Teaching Award. She is an Associate Professor at Athens State University and holds a dual appointment in Secondary English Education and Early Childhood Education. She currently resides in Athens and received her B.S. in 1969, her M.Ed. in Educational Leadership in 1980, and an Ed.D. in Education in 1991 from Auburn University.

Mr. Steve Clark received the Distinguished Support Staff Award. He is from Killen, Alabama and has been Associate Director, Academic Support and Instructional Systems at Athens State University since 1994. He holds two B.S. degrees from the University of North Alabama, Business Management in 1987 and Computer Information Systems in 1990.

Classic Catering- Paulette Young is the recipient of the Deweese and Jim Beasley Alumnus Appreciation Award. She is from Toney, Alabama and earned her B.A. in Psychology in 1981 from Athens College and came to manage the campus cafeteria in 1996. Also honored with Paulette was her staff of Classic Catering, Linda McCown, Ima Jean Emerson, Betty Jo Dorning, Susan Hebbe, and Terri Fowler.

Alumni Association congratulates the 2013 award recipients and appreciates their service to the community and University.


Athens State to Host Bank of America Executive with Athens Ties


March 5, 2013

ATHENS, Ala. – Athens State University will be hosting Jay Livingston, Senior Vice President of Global Marketing at Bank of America, at a lecture on Thursday, March 14th. The 7:00 p.m. event will be held in the ballroom of the Sandridge Student Center and is offered free to the public through its sponsorship by the Livingston Concert Lecture Series.

Livingston, originally from Knoxville but now residing in New York, has been associated with Bank of America for eighteen years. He has held senior roles in almost every functional area of marketing including product management, advertising, e:commerce and retail marketing. He has also led the introduction of the Bank of America brand in many markets across the country after large acquisitions. Livingston currently leads Bank of America's efforts to localize many of its nationwide marketing and philanthropic activities.

Livingston will speak on his connection to the Athens area and will give an overview of his background and career path. He will also touch upon the current financial crisis and the future of banking as well as a discussion on start-up projects he was involved in developing.

“Jay’s topics will be sage advice for our students in the College of Business,” states Rick Mould, Vice President for Advancement. “In fact, his suggestions for advancing in one’s career should have a broad, interdisciplinary message for all of our students as well as for the community.”

Livingston has many family connections to Athens as he is the great-grandson of Amos and Mamie Christopher.

“I’m excited to come back to Athens, a place where I have a lot of family and spent a lot of time growing up,” states Livingston. “Despite living in the middle of New York City, a small southern town always feels like home.”

For more information call 256-233-8296.


Mr. and Ms. Athens State University Recognized


March 1, 2013

ATHENS, Ala. - Athens State President Bob Glenn named the 2013 Mr. and Ms. Athens State University on Thursday evening, February 28 at a reception in Founders Hall Parlor. Mr. and Ms. Athens State University for 2013 are Jake Worthington and Callie Patterson.

Jacob “Jake” Worthington is from Madison and is the son of Will and Judy Worthington and Don and Valerie DeLuca. He transferred to Athens State from Calhoun Community College. Worthington is pursuing a degree in Management with a minor in Small Business/Entrepreneurship. He is an active member and president of the American Advertising Federation and was nominated for the Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges. Worthington is on track to graduate in May of this year.

Calliesha “Callie” Patterson, the daughter of Clinton and Shewatha Yates Gusler, graduated from Athens High School in 2008 and is working towards a double major in Health Care Management and Human Resource Management. In addition to her studies, she works in Athens State’s Admissions Office and is active in the Student Government Association and the Wesley Foundation. Patterson serves as secretary of the American Advertising Federation and has volunteered at Limestone County’s Child Advocacy Center. In 2012 she was chosen to participate in the Leading Edge Institute Class XI.


Center for Lifelong Learning Hosting Food Safety Program

February 28, 2013

ATHENS, Ala. - Athens State University will offer a class for those interested in obtaining a ServSafe Food Protection Manager Certificate. The class will be held on Tuesday and Thursday, March 5 and 7 at the University’s Center for Lifelong Learning located on the east side of the Limestone County Courthouse Square. Classes for both days are from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. The cost of $175 includes textbook and exam.

The ServSafe Food Protection program blends the latest FDA food codes, food safety research and years of food sanitation experience. Students will learn to implement essential food safety practices and create a culture of food safety.

“This is our second time to host this program,” states Center Director Dr. Diane Sauers. “It was well received the first time and we look forward to building a good class for this session.”

ServSafe is the premier provider of food safety training. The coursework is designed for employees seeking a Food Handler Card or an operation seeking a compliant solution for your employees.

For information on the class visit CLL’s website or call the Center at 256-233-8260.


Athenas Web Journal Now Available Online


February 14, 2013

ATHENS, Ala. - Athens State University’s College of Arts and Sciences has developed an online journal dedicated to publishing works by its students. The journal, Athena’s Web, is now available at www.athens.edu/AthenasWeb.

Students within the College of Arts and Sciences, including secondary education majors, are encouraged to submit academic and creative work to the editors for consideration. The journal will publish three times a year.

The journal was developed by Faculty Editor Dr. Bebe Shaw, Senior Student Editor Travis Sharp, and Assistant Student Editor A. Scott Michael.

“This is a great collaborative effort between our faculty and students,” stated College Dean Ron Fritze. “The journal will showcase outstanding work from our students making it available to an unlimited audience. I applaud Dr. Shaw, Travis and Scott on taking an idea, implementing it and creating a unique web presence for student creativity.”

The journal’s name derives from the Greek myth of Athena and Arachne in which the goddess Athena challenges the weaver Arachne to a weaving contest. Jealous of Arachne’s talents, Athena turned her into a spider. Further, Athena was the patron goddess of the Greek city of Athens. “Web” refers to both the weaving contest, the spider, and the fact that Athena’s Web is an online journal.

The Athena\'s Web developers will sponsor a cover design contest annually. The contest is tailored for art and graphic design students, but all arts and sciences students can enter the contest.

The website offers an area for fiction reading, guidelines for submission of materials, information on the cover design contest, and an archive. Athena’s Web officially went live on the internet this week.


Financial Aid Night


February 13, 2013

ATHENS, Ala. - Busy adults wanting to complete a college degree can find out how to pay for tuition during a free information session at the Center for Lifelong Learning on Tuesday, February 19th from 6 – 7pm. Athens State University will host the FAFSA February event at the Center for Lifelong Learning, 121 South Marion Street, on the square in downtown Athens, AL.

Athens State University financial aid professionals will review the financial aid process and address questions about filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA is required for students to be considered for federal and state grants, loans and scholarships at most colleges, universities and vocational/technical schools nationwide. The event is free and open to all students – regardless of what school you attend – who are seeking financial aid to pay for college expenses for the upcoming academic year.

This event is sponsored by Athens State University’s Office of Financial Aid. More information is available at (256) 233-8122, or visit Office of Financial Aid.


Athens State Professor to Speak on Experience at United Nations


February 6, 2013

ATHENS, Ala. - Dr. Melissa Werner, Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education at Athens State University recently spoke to the United Nations Non-Governmental Organizations Committee on the Family in New York. She spoke on the "Role of Families in Sand and Play Therapies in Refugee and Vulnerable Communities."

Werner will speak on her experience at noon on February 26 in the Chapel of Founders Hall at Athens State University. The event is sponsored by the Athens State University Library and is free and open to the public.

Werner’s lecture to the UN stated that sand and play therapies where the child uses miniatures in sand or drawing on paper to express or process trauma or create another world where the trauma does not exist. She finds that this play offers a process of mental assimilation to a child while it provides joy and an increase in vitality.

Werner states, “The images used by the child in the sand or on paper are symbols which can transcend mental opposites or blockages. The therapist acts as witness to the child\'s act of creation. Having to verbally tell the story of what happened, even if the child has the linguistic ability, can re-traumatize the child. “

For more information call (256)233-8296.


Athens State 2nd Annual Downtown Mardi Gras Parade


February 6, 2013

ATHENS, Ala. - Athens State University art professor Gail Bergeron and students from her Special Workshop in Sculpture class will hold a Mardi Gras parade in Athens at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 12. This 2nd annual parade will kick-off from Athens State’s Center for Lifelong Learning located at 121 S. Marion Street on the Limestone County Courthouse Square.

“Last year’s event was well received and a lot of fun,” states Bergeron. “For a one-block parade, we make the best of it and I really think that’s what makes it so special.”

The parade route is to travel Marion Street back and forth between Washington and Market Streets in Athens - - just one block.

The theme for this year’s parade is Alice in Voodooland and the Athens State revelers will be in costume with sculpted heads. Music for the marchers will be provided Retrobics.

The parade is open to the public and marching and participating is encouraged. Bergeron said anyone who would like to donate Mardi Gras beads for the Athens event can leave them at the Center for Lifelong Learning prior to the parade.

“I can say without a doubt,” continued Bergeron, “this will be the best, most fun one-block parade in the world.”


John Solomon Sandridge Reception and Lecture


A lecture by sculptor John Solomon Sandridge is planned for Tuesday, February 12 beginning at 7:00 p.m. at the Alabama Center for the Arts located at 133 2nd Avenue in Decatur. A reception for Sandridge will be held prior to his lecture at 6:00 p.m. in the Center’s main gallery.

Sandridge’s bronze sculptures of African American cowboy and western-themed subjects are a large part of the University’s recently obtained Wideman Collection. Sandridge’s work with other bronzes by Marshall Mitchell and reproductions of works by Frederic Remington are on display now through February 25 in the main Gallery of the Alabama Center for the Arts. Gallery hours are 8:00 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday. After the initial showing, the University plans to place the sculptures into its permanent collection, as well as making them available for exhibition at other venues.


Athens State Hosting Lectures and Exhibits Celebrating Black History Month



January 29th, 2013

ATHENS, Ala. - Athens State University announces its lectures and exhibits planned to celebrate Black History Month during the month of February. All events are free and open to the public. The theme for the University’s month-long celebration is “A Focus on Black Art in America.”

A lecture by African American sculptor John Solomon Sandridge is planned for Tuesday, February 12 beginning at 7:00 p.m. at the Alabama Center for the Arts located at 133 2nd Avenue in Decatur. A reception for Sandridge will be held prior to his lecture at 6:00 p.m. in the Center’s main gallery.

Sandridge’s bronze sculptures of African American cowboy and western-themed subjects are a large part of the University’s recently obtained Wideman Collection. Sandridge’s work with other bronzes by Marshall Mitchell and reproductions of works by Frederic Remington are on display now through February 25 in the main Gallery of the Alabama Center for the Arts. Gallery hours are 8:00 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday. After the initial showing, the University plans to place the sculptures into its permanent collection, as well as making them available for exhibition at other venues.

A lecture by African American artist Debra Riffe will be held on Thursday, February 21st at 7:00 p.m. in the Chapel on the second floor of Founders Hall.

Although Riffe is a Mississippi native, Birmingham, Alabama has been called home since 1996. Riffe rediscovered her love of illustrating when she taught herself how to needlepoint. In 2004, Debra decided to convert her needlepoint art into designs for linoleum block relief prints. She has taught linoleum block printing, locally and regionally, and she has received the honor of many juror awards.

Riffe’s latest exhibition focuses on and celebrates the 50 year anniversary of the civil rights movement. Her collection titled “Holding the Line” consists of portraits of the leading activists of the movement.

“My linoleum block relief prints reflect my love for the south and all things southern,” states Riffe. “The majority of my compositions depict singular, figurative images of African Americans placed in rural settings of the American South. Individuals are represented at work or at play performing everyday tasks in timeless, solitary, reflective moments; tasks which represent concepts of social status and identity.”

Currently on display in the University’s gallery in the Sandridge Student Center are posters from the Library of Congress’ Carl Van Vechten Photographs Collection. The collection consists of reproductions of ten portraits taken by American photographer Carl Van Vechten between 1932 and 1964. The portraits on display consist of portrait photographs of artists and celebrities synonymous with the Harlem Renaissance.

The gallery is open to the public Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and is located on the upper floor of the Sandridge Student Center.

For more information about these or any events at Athens State University please call 256-233-8296.


Athens State In-Service Center Leadership Symposium


January 25, 2013

ATHENS, Ala. – Athens State University’s Regional In-Service Center is gearing up to host another “The Leader in Me” Symposium on February 7 and 8, 2013. The symposium will be held on the Athens State University campus in Athens, Alabama. Just as last year, this event sold out weeks before the start date.

“It is becoming a trend that the symposium reaches maximum capacity early,” states Charlotte Feigley, Associate Director of the Regional Inservice Center. “As more and more educators because aware of the importance of leadership skills, this symposium becomes quite the hot ticket.”

Feigley continues, “Not only will this event greatly benefit those in attendance, it also benefits our community through tourism. I understand the local hotels are booked due to our participants and that is an important factor for any community.”

Keynote speakers and special guests include FranklinCovey Senior Consultant Gary McGuey, Founder of the Ron Clark Academy Ron Clark, Leader in Me Coach Connley Skeen, Morgan County Superintendent Bill Hopkins, and Stanton Elementary in St. Louis Principal Matt Miller.

Activities will include thought-provoking keynote addresses, interactive breakout sessions, professional learning networking opportunities, and paradigm-shifting school visits to select elementary and middle schools implementing the Leader in Me process in Lawrence, Limestone and Morgan counties.

The Leader in Me is a whole-school transformation model that acts like the operating system of a computer — it improves performance of all the other programs within a school. Based on The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, The Leader in Me produces transformational results such as higher academic achievement, fewer discipline problems, and increased engagement among teachers and parents. Better yet, The Leader in Me equips students with the self-confidence and skills they need to thrive in the 21st century economy.


News from Athens State University


January 25, 2013

Athens State Human Resource Graduates Pass Newly Instituted Rigorous Assessment

The Athens State University College of Business and Department of Human Resource Management is proud to announce that two of our May 2012 graduates recently received notification that they had successfully passed their Assurance of Learning Assessment exam sponsored by the Society for Human Resource Management. Athens State graduates Tiffany Weaver and Matt Holland were presented their official certificate notice from SHRM this past month. On average, only 60% of students taking this exam pass this comprehensive assessment, but this officially makes our track record 100% to date at Athens State!

The Society for Human Resource Management's (SHRM) Assurance of Learning® Assessment for graduating HR students is the new universal benchmark for students who are completing an HR degree and who have little to no work experience in HR. It benefits students by showing employers the student has acquired the minimum knowledge required to be a successful HR professional, and it gives recent graduates an important advantage over other entry-level candidates by showing the student has achieved the Certificate of Learning upon passing an exit exam. The assessment helps universities meet their accrediting body\\\'s Assurance of Learning® requirements because it helps show the HR degree program teaches what it states it will teach. And, it helps employers know that the student has taken an additional step to ensure their degree, complemented by the Certificate of Learning achievement, adequately prepares them for their career in HR. As part of SHRM\\\'s broader academic initiative, the Assessment represents an important step along an HR professional\\\'s career development path. It complements both formal classroom knowledge acquired through a degree program and experiential learning.

Athens State Human Resource Graduate Awarded Foundation Scholarship

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Foundation awards a total of $100,000 annually in scholarships, including student scholarships for the Assurance of Learning Assessment based on evidence of scholarship and merit. From an extensive applicant pool, there were only 25 recipients of the Assurance of Learning Scholarship presented by the Society for Human Resource Management Foundation and Athens State University Human Resource Management major and May graduate Tiffany Weaver was presented one of these prestigious awards. Weaver graduated with honors and also served as the first President of the newly chartered Athens State University Society of Human Resource Management Student Chapter in 2012.


Athens State Receives Gift of Western Sculpture Collection




January 24, 2013

ATHENS, Ala. - Athens State University recently received a gift of 22 bronze western-themed sculptures by artists John Solomon Sandridge and Marshall Mitchell. In addition, the collection contains eleven reproductions of works by Frederic Remington.

The donated art pieces were given by Frances Wideman of Birmingham in memory of her husband, the late Dr. Gilder Wideman. Dr. Wideman is remembered as a noted Doctor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, civic leader and veteran.

Dr. Wideman, a graduate of Birmingham-Southern College and the Medical College of Alabama, began his medical practice in 1960, after a residency at St. Vincent’s Hospital. In addition, he received his Juris Doctor degree from the Birmingham School of Law in 1997. He served in the U.S. Army Berlin, Germany, during the Nuremberg Trials.

Active in many political organizations for the state Republican party, Dr. Wideman also served on many boards, including the Alabama Cancer Society, the March of Dimes, and the Birmingham-Jefferson Civic Center. Dr. and Mrs. Wideman were long-time residents of Birmingham and raised five children.

“Athens State President Bob Glenn and the Wideman family have a personal relationship and this gift is a result of that,” states Vice President for Advancement Rick Mould. “These will make a fine addition to the collection we are assembling for the gallery in our recently completed Alabama Center for the Arts building.”

The sculptures are on display now through February 25 in the main Gallery of the Alabama Center for the Arts, located at 133 2nd Avenue in Decatur. Gallery hours are 8:00 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Thursday, and 8:00 am to noon on Fridays. After the initial showing, the University plans to place the sculptures into its permanent collection, as well as making them available for exhibition at other venues.

“We have known Dr. Wideman for many years. Recently, because of the friendship between our daughter Katie and his granddaughter Victoria, we had reconnected. Last spring, we began to discuss with Dr. and Mrs. Wideman, borrowing the collection to display in Athens and Decatur. After Dr. Wideman’s unexpected death, Mrs. Wideman made the decision to donate the sculptures because Dr. Wideman had been enthusiastic about sharing them with our communities,” states President Bob Glenn. “The Wideman family has been gracious to allow us to be stewards of these remarkable pieces, and it is our responsibility to showcase them to the public.”

Notable within the collection are six pieces by John Solomon Sandridge. Sandridge is an accomplished artist, sculptor, author, herbalist and speaker. He is one of a few African-American artists who specialize in Western American art.

A reception and lecture by Sandridge is planned for Tuesday, February 12, beginning at 6:00 pm, at the Alabama Center for the Arts in Decatur. They are free and open to the public. Sandridge’s visit to the Center is sponsored by Athens State’s Livingston Concert Lecture Series and will coincide with the University’s Black History Month programs.

For more information about the exhibit, reception or lecture, call (256)233-8296.


Athens State Alumni Offering Trip: Ireland's Coastal Treasures


January 18th, 2013

Athens, ALA. - The Athens State University Alumni Association is sponsoring a trip to Ireland through Collette Vacations and SooHoo & Associates on November 7-15, 2013.

The trip, open to anyone – not just Athens State alumni, introduces you to another side of the Emerald Isle. Visit rollicking Dublin, historical Limerick, charming Kinsale, and Galway, “the City of Tribes.” Tour the Old Midleton Distillery and learn how Irish whiskey is made. Discover Ireland’s ‘wild west’ region of Connemara. Cruise Killary Harbour, the only natural fjord in Ireland. Visit the Irish National Stud to see majestic thoroughbreds. Learn about daily life with a visit to an Irish farm. Step aboard the Jeanie Johnston, a recreated “famine ship.” Travel to Kylemore Abbey, home to Ireland’s oldest community of Benedictine nuns. Explore Ireland’s history at the ancient monastic site of Clonmacnoise and at the Cobh Heritage Centre. Toast it all with a drink in Europe’s official ‘oldest pub!’

“Our 2012 trip was stateside to Savannah, Georgia, and we thought it was time for an overseas excursion. I’m very excited about this vacation package and can’t wait to see who joins us. ” states Alumni Director Trish DiLullo.

Trips booked before May 7, 2013 save $250 per person and included in the price of the 9 day trip are round trip airfare from Huntsville, hotel transfers and 11 meals (7 breakfasts and 4 dinners). Rates range from $2,919 for triple occupancy accommodations to $3,249 per person for single occupancy. For more information about the trip, please call the Office of Alumni Affairs at 256-233-8185 or Pamela Rigsby/SooHoo & Associates at 256-714-6375.


Center for Lifelong Learning to Host Swing Classes and Elvis Sightings


January 16, 2013

ATHENS, Ala. - Athens State University’s Center for Lifelong Learning believes that Elvis is alive and well and hoping he will enter their building. Please join them for an Elvis Impersonator Contest at the All Shook Up Kick-Off Party. The event is scheduled for January 25 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm in the Center’s lobby at 121 S. Marion Street on the east side of the Limestone County Courthouse Square in Athens.

To enter the Elvis Impersonation Contest, call 256-233-8260. You don’t have to be a professional to enter, just an admiration for the King and a willingness to be in the spotlight. Wear your blue suede shoes and your biggest belt buckle.

The kick-off party preludes the All Shook Up swing dance classes scheduled for February and March at the Center for Lifelong Learning. Jump, Jive and learn what dance moves would make Priscilla blush with instructor Dwain Cooper. Learn about the Lindy, Jive, and the East Coast or West Coast Swing.

For registration information about all the classes offered at the Center for Lifelong Learning, visit www.athens.edu/CLL or call 256-233-8260. Thank you vurry much.


Athens State University Professor to Speak at United Nations


January 16, 2013

ATHENS, Ala. - Dr. Melissa Werner, Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education at Athens State University and candidate in the Child Analyst program at the C. G. Jung Institute, Kusnacht, Switzerland has been invited to speak on the "Role of Families in Sand and Play Therapies in Refugee and Vulnerable Communities."

Werner will be speaking to the United Nations Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO) Committee on the Family in New York on January 24. The NGO organization provides information and advocacy for family issues to the UN system. The invitation was based on recognition of Dr. Werner's work as an early childhood educator and child analyst.

“Sand and play therapies allow the child control of the process,” states Werner. “The child uses miniatures in sand or drawing on paper to express or process trauma or create another world where the trauma does not exist. Play offers a process of mental assimilation to a child while it provides joy and an increase in vitality.”

Werner continues, “The images used by the child in the sand or on paper are symbols which can transcend mental opposites or blockages. The therapist acts as witness to the child's act of creation. Having to verbally tell the story of what happened, even if the child has the linguistic ability, can re-traumatize the child. “

Following Werner’s presentation she has been asked to attend a working group meeting on the situation of children in migration and refugee camps in Jordan.


Athens State University to host Legislative Open Forum


January 7th, 2013

ATHENS, Ala. - The Limestone County Legislative Delegation will conduct an open forum on Monday, January 21 at 6:00 p.m. at Athens State University.

The forum will be an opportunity to ask questions and offer comments to the legislators. Members of the delegation are Sen. Arthur Orr, Sen. Bill Holtzclaw, Rep. Mac McCutcheon, Rep. Micky Hammon, and Rep. Dan Williams.

The event will be in the Sandridge Student Center Ballroom at Athens State.


Athens State Student Groups Supporting the Underprivileged for the Holidays



December 11, 2012

ATHENS, Alabama - Athens State University’s ASSIST Student United Way group and Psi Chi teamed together this holiday season to make it a brighter one for many area residents. The two organizations raised over $1,600 and exceeded their goals for this year’s sponsorship of needy families.

“We had a goal of helping 2 families, raising 1,000 cans of food, and sponsoring 12 children,” stated Jean Martin and Dr. Mark Durm, organization co-sponsors. “We exceeded our goals in all areas and were able to assist the United Way of Limestone County and the Mental Health Center for North Central Alabama (MHCNCA).”

The two groups completed their drive by sponsoring 25 total children, collecting over 1,000 cans of food, and donating $450 in cash.

Athens State’s ASSIST group is comprised of co-eds who support the United Way, and the Psi Chi chapter is the institution’s international honor society in Psychology. Money was raised in a year-long effort by taking donations of money and canned foods and by funds raised through booth sponsorship at the Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention.



Athens State Art Students to participate in National "Athens" Exhibition


December 10, 2012

ATHENS, Alabama - An Athens, Ohio event honors artwork from artists within a 30 mile radius of any community named “Athens” in the United States. This year, seven pieces from art students at Athens State University were chosen for the exhibition.

The Jury for Athens Voices USA ’13 met in Athens, Ohio at The Dairy Barn Arts Center on Monday, December 3, 2012. After five rounds of intense viewing and consideration of 359 individual works, they chose the 76 pieces that will compose the Athens Voices USA ’13 Exhibition.

Seven of these 76 pieces are from students majoring at Athens State University and attending classes at the Alabama Center for the Arts.

Katelin Harris will be exhibiting her watercolor and ink painting SPIRAL: FALLING TO EARTH IN A FUNK. Robin Locke will exhibit her digital photo entitled SMOKEY MOUNTAINS. Heather Snow will exhibit BLACK AND WHITE and OLD FLOWER, and Adrianna Stephens will exhibit NEEDS MORE SEROTONIN, THE LESS ENGAGED and GOT THE FUNK.

Snow and Stephens works are created using the software called Processing, a powerful graphic design software rarely taught anywhere but featured prominently in the Athens State University’s art department’s Computer graphics class. All are students of Professor Pamela Keller.

This biennial, all media, juried art exhibition aims to feature the diverse styles and visions of visual artists residing within 30 miles of the city of Athens. Athens Voices serves to promote The Dairy Barn Arts Center\\\'s mission by providing a competitive exhibition opportunity that nurtures and promotes local artists and their work.

Athens Voices USA 2013 will be the fourth juried art exhibition. Since 2013, the Dairy Barn Arts Center will be celebrating its 35th anniversary as an organization, one of the special events is to expand Athens Voices from just gathering pieces from Athens, Ohio, the call for Artists was to open to any artist that is within 30 miles of any artist that lives or works of any \\\"Athens\\\" community in the United States. This exhibition will be on view at The Dairy Barn Arts Center from January 18 to March 10, 2013. Jurors will award prizes and some work selected for the exhibition will tour throughout the United States through 2013.


Athens State University commencement planned for December 15


November 29, 2012

Athens, Ala. – Athens State University’s graduation exercises will be held in the Carter Gymnasium on Saturday, December 15 with three separate ceremonies.

At 9:00 a.m., the College of Business will commence with Mr. Joe Collazo serving as the speaker. Collazo serves as the Vice President for Community Affairs at Colsa Corporation, a defense contractor in Huntsville, Alabama.

Collazo’s career started in the U.S. Army where he provided telecommunications support as a cryptologist for the Commander and Chief of U.S. Army/ Europe in Heidelberg, Germany. Collazo later served the telecommunications center of the Chief of Naval Operations at the Pentagon as a field service engineer for Sperry Univac in Washington D.C. As a Digital Equipment Corporation field service engineer, his work included supporting the IBM/Fairchild Hubble Space Telescope Development Team, the Electron Microscopy and Nuclear Oncology Labs at the National Institute of Health, and the Radiobiological Research Institute at the Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. As an executive and principal of DSI Computer Services, Collazo led the organization to the successful acquisition by American Express/ First Data Resources Division. He founded Collazo Technologies, Inc. (CTI) where he served as President and CEO. With the acquisition of CTI by COLSA Corporation, Collazo moved to Huntsville, Alabama and has been with COLSA since 1992.

At 12:00 p.m., the College of Education will confer degrees to their graduates with Mr. Bill Hopkins serving as the college’s keynote speaker. Hopkins is an alumnus of Athens State University and serves as Superintendent of Morgan County Schools. Hopkins supervises eighteen schools and almost 8000 students.

Hopkins is a product of the Morgan County School system, graduating from Falkville High School and holds a bachelor\\\'s degree in general social science from Athens State University, a master\\\'s degree in general social science from Alabama A & M University, and a master\\\'s degree in educational administration from The University of North Alabama. He began his teaching career in 1990 as a history teacher and coach at Ryan Junior High School and West Morgan High School.

Hopkins began his career in administration in April 2002 when he was named the first principal of the Morgan County Learning Center. Hopkins became principal of West Morgan High School in December 2004 and served in that capacity until being elected Superintendent in November 2010 and taking office in January 2011.

At 3:00 p.m., the College of Arts and Sciences’ graduation ceremony will take place with Lt. General Jim Pillsbury serving as the speaker. Pillsbury is the retired deputy commanding general of the U.S. Army Materiel Command at the Redstone Arsenal after serving 38 years of active service.

Pillsbury commanded soldiers at Ft Campbell, KY in the 101st Airborne Division from company through brigade level while serving there over 12 years. He was selected to be the Assistant Division Commander for the 10th Mountain Division in 1997. He was selected for General Officer in 1999 and promoted in July of 2000. As a General Officer he commanded the Defense Distribution Center in New Cumberland, PA; served as the United States Army Europe Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics; commanded the Army Aviation and Missile Command in Huntsville, AL; and served as the Army Materiel Command’s G3/Operations Officer prior to assuming his duties as the Deputy Commander.

Pillsbury graduated from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas in 1973. His numerous awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal and he earned the Army Aviator Wings and the Airborne insignia.

Approximately 300 students will march, encompassing the graduating class for the 2012 fall semester.

Athens State\\\'s Commencement Ceremonies are free and open to the public. For more information call 256-233-8296.



Athens State Community Band Christmas Concert Announced


November 26th, 2012

Athens, Ala. - The Athens State University Community Band, under the direction of Dan Havely, is gearing up for their annual Christmas Concert. The concert will be held in the Carter Gymnasium on Pryor Street on the northern border of campus.

The concert is scheduled for Sunday, December 9th at 3:00 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public courtesy of the Livingston Concert Lecture Series with no reservations required.

A reception, hosted by the Athens State Alumni Association and the Athens-Limestone Hospital, will be held following the afternoon performance in the gymnasium.

“The Community Band’s Christmas Concert kicks off the holiday season for so many people,” stated Athens State’s Guy McClure. “We’re pleased to have the Athens-Limestone Hospital joining with the Alumni Association this year to sponsor the post-concert reception in the gymnasium. We\\\'re looking forward to a great crowd.”


Miss Merry Christmas Crowned


11/16/2012

Athens State University’ Miss Merry Christmas for 2012 is Terri Beth Goodman. She is an English Literature Major from Russellville, Alabama. She is pictured after her crowing with Athens State President Bob Glenn.


Athens State Business Students Tour Local Company for Real-World Experiences


11/18/2012

ATHENS, Ala. - The Department of Logistics, Acquisition, and Enterprise Systems Management at Athens State University has made a concerted effort to expose students to real-world scenarios. A group of students from the College of Business along with university professors toured the Target Distribution Center in Greenbrier, Alabama on November 13.

“There is a Chinese proverb that one picture is worth ten thousand words and this is why we want students involved up front and early with business” said Dr. Thomas Pieplow, Department Chair in the College of Business. “Far too often, hiring officials tell us that students graduate with a firm understanding of academic theories but have little if any exposure on executing these theories in a real-world setting. So introducing our students to cutting-edge businesses will certainly make them more marketable when looking for employment and more functionally competent when they are on the job.”

Approximately 50 students attended the tour. The majority of the students were from classes that focused on the logistics and managerial concentrations in the College of Business at Athens State.

Pieplow acknowledged that businesses as well as faculty are vital in making this happen. “The north Alabama region is indeed a national treasure and home to a plethora of one-in-a-kind business niches. We find that companies like Target, SAIC, SESI, CSC, and others welcome these opportunities to be a part of the student’s educational experience and when we visit, they are great hosts. We have been extremely fortunate to have a local business community willing to invest themselves into the next generation of business leaders. Faculty such as Dr. Lisa Rich, Dr. Mike Haghighi, and Professor Susan Calhoun have been instrumental in forging these relationships.”



Athens State University offering Adult Degree Program


11/13/2012

ATHENS, Ala. - Athens State University announced in a press conference at the Huntsville / Madison County Chamber of Commerce today its implementation of an Adult Degree Program (ADP) that will be introduced with beginning of the Spring Semester, 2013. This program offers baccalaureate degrees designed for working adults age 25 and over who have at least 5 years of fulltime work experience. The program targets students who have not yet completed a college degree and need the opportunity to complete their educational goals.

The ADP will target students who have “stopped out” of college and would generally have at least 41 college credits. Students can submit documentation for up to 32 semester hours of challenge exam credit, or up to 32 hours of prior learning assessment, using national standards. This would include work-based credit related to the particular degree program being pursued. Students will be required to take at least 33 credits of courses at Athens State University. The program will meet the needs of students who desire a quality accredited program with the flexibility to meet their individual needs, and is designed for the student to take courses either online or in the classroom and benefit from Athens State’s experienced faculty.

The University is committed to the success of this program and the potential students it can affect by providing trained personnel and physical resources. The ADP will be housed in the recently renovated Chasteen Hall facility with offices, a Testing Center, a computer lab, and classroom space.

The University has also developed a student-focused course designed for all ADP students during their first semester in the program. The course, ADP301, is multifaceted and will address issues specific to returning adult students who have been out of the classroom for a while. The course will also assist ADP students in identifying and documenting prior learning through non-traditional methods and will guide students through a professional portfolio development process.

Degrees will include a Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies, Management of Technology, and Education with a concentration in Career/ Technical Education (non-teacher certificate track). Graduates will be prepared to perform productively and professionally in current positions, to assume higher levels of responsibility in career fields, or to further their education in graduate programs if desired.

Athens State University provides a quality education for students with the lowest tuition in the state, and now is offering a flexible degree program for students who need to complete their baccalaureate degree, and yet continue to meet work or other life obligations.

ADP Contact Information:

Ms. Felicia Mucci
Advising Counselor
Felicia.Mucci@athens.edu
256-233-8281


Stanley Menefee to Deliver State of the County Address

November 13, 2012

Athens, ALA - The Athens State University Foundation will be hosting a “State of the County Address” by Limestone County Commission Chairman Stanley Menefee at 11:45 a.m. on Tuesday, November 27 in the Sandridge Student Center.

Menefee is a lifelong resident of Limestone County and was elected as Chairman of the Limestone County Commission in 2010. Previously, Menefee served the people of Limestone County for 14 years on the county commission.

“We look forward to hearing Chairman Menefee’s strategic goals for Limestone County.” states Athens State Vice President for Advancement Rick Mould. “The Athens State Foundation has offered forums such as this in the past this will give us the opportunity to hear more about our county’s plans for the future.”

Tickets are required and cost $15 per person. A table of six can be purchased for $100, and recognized sponsorships are available for $250 (Gold) and $150 (Silver). Gold sponsorships will receive two complimentary tables, and silver sponsorship will receive one complimentary table.

All proceeds will support the Athens State University Foundation. For ticket orders or more information, please contact the Athens State Foundation office at 256-233-8215.



Athens State University hosting HealthSouth former CFO Aaron Beam


November 6, 2012

ATHENS, Ala. - Former HealthSouth Chief Financial Officer Aaron Beam will speak at Athens State University on November 27th at 7:00 pm in the Sandridge Student Center Ballroom. Beam’s talk will explain how he and Richard Scrushy founded Healthsouth and grew the company into a NYSE Fortune 500 company. However it all ended so badly when the fraud began in 1996.

Beam’s talk will describe the corporate culture that allowed the fraud to continue for seven years. He will also discuss how you can spot the signs of ethical collapse in any company.

Beam story reads like the "Great American Success Story": start a company from zero, raise some venture capital, take the company public in two years, become a millionaire overnight and see the company become the darling of Wall Street. But this success story didn't end there. Instead, Beam found himself in the middle of a corporate scandal, lost almost everything and ended up in prison. That's not the way success stories are supposed to end, but for Beam, that was the harsh reality.

Athens State Department Chair of Accounting Linda Hemingway arranged for Beam to speak at Athens State to College of Business students and to the public.

“I feel Mr. Beam’s story is a great one of ethical consequences,” states Hemingway. “It is a story of great gain, a greater loss, and the role that ethics plays in a corporate structure. We hope our students will learn a great deal from his circumstances.”

Beam’s lecture is free and open to the public as part of Athens State’s Livingston Concert Lecture Series. The event qualifies for one hour of NASBA A&A (Ethics) Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credit.



Athens State announces Founders Queen and Court


November 2, 2012

On Thursday, November 1, Athens State Provost Dr. Ronald R. Cromwell crowned Rebecca Dubach as this year’s Founders Queen. Dubach is from Decatur and is the daughter of Scott and Tina Dubach. She transferred to Athens State from Calhoun Community College and is a junior majoring in Human Resource Management.

Members of this year’s Founders Court include Morgan Griffin-Morgan, Erica Smith, Savanna Smith, and LaQuena Tolliver.

“For over 50 years this honor has been bestowed upon women who exemplify Athens State’s mission,” states Director of Student Activities and Campus Events Coordinator Tena Bullington. “As the Queen and her court are voted on by the entire student body, they should be very proud of their recognition.”

This year, past Founders Queens and court members were invited to the crowning ceremonies. In attendance were Wendy Cowan, Paige Carr, Ashley Carr, Alison Weinman Black, Lori Nix, Lindsey Waldrep Alexander, Cate Hamilton Sullivan and Jessica Aquiree-Cantrell.



Athletic Archive Room and the Delmore Brothers Archive Room


The Athens State University Athletic Archive Room and the Delmore Brothers Archive Room are now open on Fridays from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon. Come by and see these two impressive collections. The rooms are located in the Carter Gymnasium located on Pryor Street at the north edge of campus.


UNA To Offer Graduate Program Taught On Athens State Campus


October 25, 2012

ATHENS, Ala. – The University of North Alabama has partnered with Athens State University to offer a Masters of Business Administration degree on the Athens campus beginning in January of 2013. Athens State will provide classroom space for graduate students in UNA’s MBA program with UNA teaching staff controlling the curriculum.

The University of North Alabama’s online Master of Business Administration degree program has been ranked ninth in the nation on the 2012 list of Best Online MBA Programs, published by GetEducated.com, a national consumer guide to online colleges.

“We are pleased to partner with UNA on this initiative,” states Athens State College of Business’ Dean Linda Shonesy. “It will assist our local alumnus, and those holding undergraduate degrees from other institutions, to more easily achieve their goal of obtaining this popular advanced degree.”

The eight core courses in UNA’s MBA Program will be taught on the Athens State campus in a hybrid format to offer flexible scheduling. Eight concentrations are offered in this program. Each concentration requires three 3-credit hour courses (9 hours total) to be completed in the related subject matter.

For admission requirements for the program click here or contact Toysan Reed at 256-765-4262 or by email.



Athena's Web - College of Arts and Sciences Online Journal

October 22, 2012

The College of Arts and Sciences at Athens State University is preparing an interdisciplinary academic journal which will officially launch in January 2013. Titled Athena’s Web, the publication will be fully online, hosted on the ASU website. While it is sponsored by the college, the journal is tailored for students: students enrolled in arts and sciences courses are encouraged to submit both academic and creative work to the student editors for consideration.

Submissions are currently open and will close one month before the beginning of finals in the spring.

The journal will publish a broad range of works, including (but not limited to) research papers, essays, photography, short stories, poems, novel excerpts - in short, if it falls under the purview of arts and sciences, the editors will gladly consider it.

Please submit your work or direct any questions you may have to athenas.web@athens.edu.

Note that academic work must be submitted along with a brief recommendation from a faculty member. (For example, students can take a work that they want to submit to their academic advisor or to a professor in the relevant field and request they write a brief recommendation for submission.) Creative work does not need to be submitted with a recommendation. Also note that there are limitations on the length of submissions: 15 pages maximum for academic submissions and 3,000 words maximum for fiction submissions.

All submissions will be reviewed by the student editors, peer reviewers, and the faculty editor.

We look forward to working with you on potential publications!


Athens State University to Illuminate Founders Hall in Pink


October 17, 2012

Athens State will light historic Founders Hall in pink lights the night of Monday, October 29 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm to show support for the ‘light it up pink’ campaign for the fight against breast cancer. The University invites everyone out for an evening drive, or a neighborhood stroll, to pass by the building located at 300 N. Beaty Street.

Athens State’s Maintenance Superintendent Dwight Lovell is coordinating the lighting. The date of October 29 was chosen to precede the Sherri Adams Pink Ribbon Run on November 3. Lovell is the brother of the late Sherri Adams.

This is only the second time the historic building has been illuminated in a color. The other time it was cast in a blue light in March of this year to support autism awareness. Lovell coordinated that lighting as well.

“We had a great turn out in March to see Founders Hall in blue,” states Athens State’s Director of Public Relations Guy McClure. “We hope to have a lot of spectators as we light it up pink as well.”

For more information call 256-233-8296.



Athens State to Host John McCutcheon Concert to Kick-off Storytelling Weekend


October 15, 2012

To celebrate the kick-off of the Storytelling weekend, Athens State University’s Livingston Concert Lecture Series is sponsoring a concert by America’s balladeer, John McCutcheon. The concert will be held in the Storytelling Tent on the east side of the Limestone County Courthouse Square on Thursday, October 25 at 7:30 p.m. The Thursday night concert event is free and open to the public.

McCutcheon’s songs sing of the nation’s heritage. His words channel the conscience of our people into streams of poetry and melody. He writes about subjects small and great, from a child’s haircut to freedom and human dignity – issues equally eternal and enduring. Think of McCutcheon as an incarnation of Pete Seeger and Mr. Rogers, Will Rogers and Bruce Springsteen, and above all Everyman, righteously passionate and impishly playful.

“John McCutcheon is one of the nation’s most acclaimed folk musicians,” says Concert Lecture Committee member Mary Nelle Clem. “We are so proud to be able to host him in Athens and to offer the concert free to the public. The Storytelling tent will be the perfect venue for it.”

McCutcheon will also be performing throughout the weekend as a storyteller. Tickets for the Storytelling Festival are available for purchase at the Athens Shop of Athens State’s Center for Lifelong Learning or by visiting www.athensstorytellingfestival.com.



Alabama Center for the Arts Gala Opening to Benefit Student Scholarships and Programs


October, 8, 2012

Although the collaborative program in art between Athens State University and Calhoun Community College opened to students in August of this year, a celebratory Gala to debut the building housing the program is scheduled for Friday, October 19.

The Alabama Center for the Arts has been heralded as a model for institutional cooperation in the state with Calhoun, Athens State, the City of Decatur and Morgan County working together on the project. The facility has been designed to be a venue for college art instruction, community education, cultural events, and will also serve as a catalyst for the region’s creative planning and expression.

The grand opening and unveiling of this facility is expected to be a week-long celebration. Planning includes free open house events for educators and the public as well as the Friday night milestone community fundraiser Gala celebration. The mission of the Gala is to raise money to fund scholarships to seed the student population with the region's most talented and promising students and to create a permanent endowment to support long-range programming at the Center.

“We believe that is vital to the ultimate success of this great partnership that funds be raised for scholarships,” said Athens State President Bob Glenn. “Building the partnership between our two schools, and building this incredible new facility was the easy part. To have the kind of impact we hope for in the community and in north Alabama then we must attract quality students. “

“Scholarships are a key part of attracting and retaining quality students,” continued Glenn. “We simply must have a strong scholarship endowment to succeed.”

The 44,000 sq. ft. facility is located at 133 Second Avenue in downtown Decatur across from the Princess Theater. It represents an investment of more than $8.2 million dollars: $3.2M from each educational institution and $1.6M from Decatur and Morgan County ($800,000 each). College courses taught at the facility will lead to Associate of Science and Bachelor of Arts degrees with class offerings that include art appreciation, painting, drawing, computer graphics, sculpture, ceramics, pottery and a teaching major leading to licensure for art instructors.

The event begins with a 6:00 p.m. on October 19. The evening includes a reception, dinner, live and silent auctions, and entertainment.

For more information about the Gala Celebration call 256-233-8215 or visit www.alabamacenterforthearts.org.


Athens State holds first meeting of their newly appointed board of trustees


What: Athens State will be holding the first meeting of their newly elected board of trustees. The public and press are invited to attend.
When: Friday October 12 at 9:00 a.m.
Where: Athens State University
The University Chapel
Founders Hall, 2nd Floor
300 N. Beaty Street
Athens, Alabama 35611


A "Fiddle Champ" is Crowned


At Athens State University’s Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention

October 6, 2012

Joel Whittinghill was named “Fiddle Champion” at the 46th annual Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention at Athens State University on Saturday night.

Whittinghill of Bowling Green, Kentucky, won the title by winning the “fiddle off” which traditionally pits the top fiddlers from the junior and senior divisions. Carl Franklin of Hendersonville, Tennessee finished runner-up. Whittinghill, who won the junior fiddle division, earned the convention’s top prize of $1,000.

The convention is sponsored by the Athens State University Foundation and the Greater Limestone County Chamber of Commerce. The convention has contributed more than $500,000 to Athens State to fund student scholarships and university projects.



Athens State Community Band to host Halloween Concert


October 1, 2012

The Athens State University Community Band, under the director of Dan Havely, will present a Halloween Concert on Monday, October 29th at 7:00pm in the Carter Gymnasium on the Athens State campus. The event, sponsored by the Livingston Concert Lecture Series, is free and open to the public.

This is the first year the band will offer an autumn concert with a focus on music that thrills and chills. Band members will be in costume and they will welcome any costumed attendees!

“We believe this concert will be great fun for all ages,” states Director Dan Havely. “The music we have picked ranges from the macabre to those tunes sure to bring back memories of Halloweens past.”

Havely continues, “The band is really having fun with this. They will be in costume for the performance, they are arranging refreshments for those attending, and there may be a few other surprises up their sleeves.”

The Athens State Community Band is open to anyone with an instrument, the ability to play it, and the desire to have fun while playing good music. The Community Band plays both spring and Christmas concerts each year, performs at Singing on the Square, and provides musical accompaniment for Athens State University events.

For more information about the concert or to inquire as to how to become a band member, call 256-233-8296.



6th Annual Athens Storytelling Festival Coming Soon


Late October event to bring crowds to the Square and the town

October 1, 2012

The Limestone County Courthouse square will be decorated in fall finery in anticipation of the Athens Storytelling Festival to be held this year on Thursday, October 25 through Saturday, October 27.

Athens is proud to offer this opportunity to participate in Storytelling - the oldest form of entertainment. Hear marvelous yarns by renowned storytelling masters:

Bobby Norfolk’s innate ability to read and connect with audiences of all ages makes him one of America’s premier storytellers. Using dynamic movement and vocal effects, Norfolk creates vibrant characters who come to life through imaginative, creative story, living history programs that highlight the African-American experience, and toe-tapping musical shows that feature song and live musicians. His stories promote character education traits (such as respect and responsibility), cultural diversity, and literacy. A great role model and mentor, he inspires and motivates kids, telling stories “to see the happiness and joy that can be shared through the oral tradition. No fancy electronics, just teller and listener.”

Carmen Deedy who has entertained thousands of children and adults alike in her ultra-energetic and charming style. Deedy has recounted her tales of growing up Cuban in Decatur, Georgia for over a decade. Her performances of the humorous and poignant of familial living ring a familiar tone in the ear while retaining a unique quality of her individual upbringing.

Donald Davis who was born in a Southern Appalachian mountain world rich in stories. “I didn\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'t learn stories, I just absorbed them,” he says as he recounts tales and more tales learned from a family of traditional storytellers who have lived on the same Western North Carolina land since 1781. Davis grew up hearing gentle fairy tales, simple and silly Jack tales, scary mountain lore, ancient Welsh and Scottish folktales, and-most importantly-nourishing true-to-life stories of his own neighbors and kin.

Dolores Hydock is an actress and story performer, whose work has been featured at a variety of concerts, festivals, and special events throughout the U.S. Her eight CDs of original stories have all received Resource Awards from Storytelling World Magazine. Hydock is originally from Reading, Pennsylvania, home of the Reading Railroad and Luden\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s Cough Drops. Her hometown is where she won her first blue ribbon in storytelling in a local contest at the age of 5 – the real gold letters on the blue ribbon convinced her there was obviously a fortune to be made in the performing arts. She continues to hope.

John McCutcheon is America’s balladeer. His songs sing of the nation’s heritage. His words channel the conscience of our people into streams of poetry and melody. He writes about subjects small and great, from a child’s haircut to freedom and human dignity – issues equally eternal and enduring. Think of McCutcheon as an incarnation of Pete Seeger and Mr. Rogers, Will Rogers and Bruce Springsteen, and above all Everyman, righteously passionate and impishly playful. In addition to telling stories, McCutcheon will perform a kick-off concert in the Storytelling Tent on Thursday, October 25 at 7:30 pm. This Thursday night concert event is free and open to the public.

Kevin Kling, best known for his popular commentaries on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered and his storytelling stage shows like Tales from the Charred Underbelly of the Yule Log, delivers hilarious, often tender stories. Kling’s autobiographical tales are as enchanting as they are true to life: hopping freight trains, getting hit by lightning, performing his banned play in Czechoslovakia, growing up in Minnesota, and eating things before knowing what they are. Kling was born with a congenital birth defect — his left arm is about three-quarters the size of his right arm, and his left hand has no wrist or thumb. More than five years ago, Kling was in a motorcycle accident. The brachial plexus nerves in his right arm were pulled completely out of their sockets. Currently, he has partial use of his left arm and cannot use his right arm at all.

Sherry Norfolk has been a professional storyteller since 1981. She uses folktales from around the world in a non-didactic way to teach universal values, elevate understanding and acceptance of other cultures, and enhance literacy skills. Norfolk served as a consultant on Turner South\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\"Stories to Learn By\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\" initiative. Norfolk’s dedication to and deep interest in children and family literacy have been recognized with national awards from the American Library Association, the Association for Library Service for Children, the National Association of Counties, and the Florida Library Association. Professional associations find Sherry to be a lively and inspiring keynote speaker. She is past Chair of the Board and President of the National Storytelling Network.

Stories will be told in the big tent on Marion Street, between Market and Washington, within close proximity to an eclectic mix of downtown restaurants and shops offering a wide variety of antiques, gifts, gourmet foods, clothing and hardware. On Friday, October 26 the tall tales start at 10:00 a.m. and run through 9:30 p.m. that night. Saturday’s stories start at 9:00 a.m. and run until 9:00 p.m. There are lunch and dinner breaks both days, but attendees are encouraged to come and go at their leisure.

On Thursday evening October 25 at 7:30 p.m., there will be a kick-off concert featuring America’s balladeer, John McCutcheon. This concert event, sponsored by Athens State’s Livingston Concert Lecture Series, is free and open to the public. McCutcheon is an American folk music singer and multi-instrumentalist who has produced 34 albums since the 1970s. He is regarded as a master of the hammered dulcimer, and is also proficient on many other instruments including guitar, banjo, autoharp, mountain dulcimer, fiddle, and jawharp.

On Wednesday and Thursday, the tent will be open to participating city and county schools, grades 3 through 12 so that the art of Storytelling can be experienced by the next generation of great tellers.

Storytelling is traditional, creative, educational, cultural, personal, and therapeutic. The stories told will seem spontaneous, but not without hours of coaching and practice-the storytellers will captivate their audience by using eye contact, their voices, movement, and expressions to bring their stories to life in the listeners\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\' minds and hearts.

In addition to traditional day and weekend tickets, this year half-day tickets and children’s tickets will be available. You may purchase tickets online by going to http://www.athensstorytellingfestival.com. Reduced price tickets are available on the website through October 9, and regular priced tickets are available from the site until October 19. You may also purchase tickets now from the Athens Shop in the Center for Lifelong Learning at 121 S. Marion Street on the east side of the Limestone County Courthouse Square.



Athens State to Host Native American Flutist for an Evening of Music in the Parlor


September 26, 2012

Athens State University’s Livingston Concert Lecture Series is proud to announce an Evening of Music in the Parlor featuring Native American Flutist C.S. Fuqua. The event will be held on Thursday, October 18 at 7:00 p.m. in the parlor of Founders Hall on the Athens State campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Fuqua is a writer by trade, his work appearing widely in publications such as Main Street Rag, Brutarian, Pearl, DAW Books’ The Year’s Best Horror Stories, Cemetery Dance, Christian Science Monitor, Best of the Net 2006, and many others. His published books include Big Daddy’s Gadgets, The Native American Flute: Myth, History, Craft, Notes to My Becca, Divorced Dads, Music Fell on Alabama, and the Deadlines audio-novel series.

Fuqua’s songs have appeared on the CD Out from Reverse -- Letters to the President, which features works by a diverse group of musicians who have donated their music to benefit those most directly and adversely affected by the invasion and occupation of Iraq, with all proceeds from CD sales donated to the Armed Forces Foundation and Operation Iraqi Children. Two of his songs appear on Neil Young’s protest songs website, Living with War. Fuqua likes to blend genres, using instruments such as the Native American flute and other folk instruments for a more cross-culture appeal.

“I met Mr. Fuqua at the recent Writers Symposium during Art on the Square,” states Athens State’s Livingston Concert Lecture Chair Guy McClure. “His music was so soothing and soulful that I thought he would be a great participant for our series. We had hosted a classical guitarist in the parlor once before, and the music combined with the beautiful space made for a really wonderful evening. We are looking forward to it.”

For more information about the concert or the Livingston Concert Lecture Series, please call 256-233-8296.



Intervada Awards Scholarship to Athens State Student and EPCOT Teacher


September 25, 2012

James McKenzie was awarded the first INTERVADA/Northeast Alabama Resident Scholarship through the Athens State University Alumni Association. Tom and Brandy Graham, owners of INTERVADA, established the annual scholarship in 2012.

Brandy Graham attended Athens State University on a partial Foundation scholarship and graduated in 2005. Graham was a full-time student and young mother while attending. Athens State was at the top of her list when she established herself in a career and had an opportunity to give back. Brandy and her husband, Tom Graham, approached the University to focus their efforts in the Northeast Alabama area.

McKenzie is in his last semester at Athens State University and was chosen as the recipient based on the scholarship criteria. The Grahams had an opportunity to visit McKenzie at the Earnest Pruett Center of Technology (EPCOT) in Hollywood, Alabama and tour his classroom. McKenzie is a Career Tech Education major at Athens State and teaches Industrial Maintenance Technology at EPCOT. He recently took several of his students to the National SkillsUSA competition where they brought home the gold medal in Industrial Motor Controls.

“When I went to school, I was a student in the same shop where I now teach,” explains McKenzie. “I had zero plans of ever attending college. I just wanted to get a trade and get to work.” That goal changed after he competed in the SkillsUSA district competition and received a full scholarship to Gadsden State Community College.

McKenzie now hopes to continue his education and pursue a Masters degree in Administration.


Governor Bentley Announces Athens State's Board of Trustees


September 21, 2012

Governor Robert Bentley announced eight appointments to the newly created Board of Trustees that will govern Athens State University. This is the first time the 190 year-old institution has been led by a board since the then private Athens College was transferred from the purview of the Methodist Church to the State of Alabama in 1975, becoming a public school.

Athens State President Bob Glenn states, “We assembled an extraordinary slate of candidates from which Governor Bentley made his decision to fill the eleven positions on the board. We were humbled by those civic leaders, alumni, and friends of the University who came forward to offer their support to our great institution. The Governor’s decision exemplifies the talent needed to promote our mission.”

Those elected and their terms of service include:

Ms. Mary C. Dickens, 2012-2017. Dickens is currently a Contract Executive in the Senior Executive Service within the Department of Defense at the US Army Contracting Command at Redstone Arsenal. Dickens has also served in various positions within the US Army Aviation and Missile Command. Dickens is a 1993 graduate of Athens State College and received her Master’s degree in Management/Contract Management from the Florida Institution of Technology. Dickens resides in Meridianville.

Mr. Garth Lovvorn, 2012-2015. Lovvorn served as Area President of Bank Independent from 2006-2012. He retired in 2012 and is currently managing family farming interests in the Tennesee Valley and the Mississippi Delta. Lovvorn is a 1969 graduate of Athens State College, and a 1978 graduate of the LSU School of Banking of the South. Lovvorn resides in Athens.

Mr. Macke Mauldin, 2012-2015. Mauldin has served as President of Bank Independent since 1996. He has served as Board Director for the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta (Birmingham Branch) and Director of the Southern Development Council. Mauldin is a 1982 graduate of Auburn University. Mauldin resides in Florence.

Senator Arthur Orr, 2012-2015. Orr currently serves as an Alabama State Senator. Orr also serves as Vice President and General Counsel for Cook’s Pest Control. He has previously served as a Country Director/Staff Attorney for Habitat for Humanity International and as an Educational Consultant for the United States Peace Corps. Orr received his Bachelor’s Degree from Wake Forest University in 1986 and is a 1989 graduate of the University of Alabama School of Law. Orr resides in Decatur.

Ms. Maxine Randolph, 2012-2019. Randolph has served as a Store Manager for Lowes, Inc. since 2000 and opened the Athens, Alabama location in 2004. She has also served as a Store Manager for Target and as Chairperson for the Greater Limestone County Chamber of Commerce. Randolph received a Bachelor’s Degree from Marian University. Randolph resides in Elkmont.

Mr. Clint Shelton, 2012-2019. Shelton is the owner of Tennessee Valley Printing Co. which publishes The Decatur Daily and Times Daily in Florence. He has previously worked for The Raleigh News and Observer and the Waxahachie Daily Light. Shelton has served as board chairman of the United Way and Salvation Army. Shelton is a 1986 graduate of Washington and Lee University. Shelton resides in Decatur.

Mr. Tazewell T. Shepard, 2012-2017. Shepard is a principal in law firm of Sparkman, Shepard & Morris in Huntsville, Alabama. Shepard currently serves as President of the Huntsville-Madison County Bar Association. Shepard is a 1979 graduate of the University of Alabama. Shepard resides in Huntsville.

Dr. Sandra Sims-deGraffenried, 2012-2017. Sims-deGraffenried has an extensive career in public education leadership. For almost two decades she served as an advocate for public education as Executive Director of the Alabama Association of School Boards (AASB). Following her retirement from AASB, she was Associate Executive Director of the Alabama Nursing Home Association. She now serves as a consultant. Sims-deGraffenried earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Athens College in 1967 and 1970 respectively, and her Doctorate from Vanderbilt University in 1984. Sims-deGraffenried resides in Orange Beach.

Governor Bentley will serve as the Board President. State Board of Education member Mary Scott Hunter and Post-Secondary Chancellor Dr. Mark A. Heinrich will also serve on the board in their respective roles as leaders in the Alabama educational system.

In a letter from Bentley to the appointees, he states, “Appointing you to this position comes with great responsibility because you will be making important decisions that affect the citizens of Alabama.”

Governance of Athens State by the Board of


Free Concerts and Workshops Included in Fiddler Convention Admission


September 19, 2012

The 46th Annual Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention held on October 5 and 6 on the campus of Athens State University will be offering fiddle and dobro workshops on Saturday free to attendees.

Hoot Hester will offer a free fiddle workshop at 2:00pm on Saturday, October 6. The workshop will be held in the Classroom Building, first floor.

Fiddle player Hoot Hester has played backup for a number of country music recording artists, among them Alabama, Hank Williams Jr., Conway Twitty, Randy Travis, Bill Monroe, and Ricky Van Shelton. He has also recorded with Manhattan Transfer and Ray Charles. Hester is a member of the Grand Old Opry's staff band, as well as the fiddler for a Nashville-based Western swing outfit called the Time Jumpers. He appears on the band's debut album, On the Air.

Tim Graves will host a free dobro workshop at 3:00pm on Saturday, October 6. The workshop will be held in the Classroom Building, first floor.

Tim Graves is a dobro player and vocalist who was recently awarded the title of Dobro Player of the Year at the 2012 Bluegrass Music Awards. Tim is the nephew of legendary bluegrass dobro player ‘Uncle’ Josh Graves.

In addition, Tim Graves, Daryl Mosely and Farm County will play on the main stage in front of Founders Hall at 5:00pm on Saturday, October 6. This ensemble creates a sound that is both rooted in tradition, and fresh and exciting. They feature new songs as well traditional classics that will keep your toes tapping, your face smiling, and your heart closer to home.

Headlining the 46th annual Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention will be Riders in the Sky. The group will perform on the Founders Hall stage at 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. on Friday, October 5.

Riders In The Sky is made up of four character musicians: Ranger Doug, Joey, Woody Paul and Too Slim. The group is based in Nashville.

Admission price for the Convention is $8 for Friday, $10 for Saturday and $15 for both days. Children ages 12 and under are admitted free with a parent. Advance tickets are available from the Athens State Business Office located in Founders Hall at 300 N. Beaty Street.

For more information visit http://www.athens.edu/fiddlers/.


Athens State Awarded Military Friendly Schools Title from Victory Media Inc.


September 18, 2012

Athens State University has once again been named a Military Friendly School by G.I. Jobs Magazine, a division of Victory Media, Inc. The 2013 Military Friendly Schools list honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans, and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus.

“Inclusion on the 2013 list of Military Friendly Schools shows Athens State’s commitment to providing a supportive environment for military students,” said Sean Collins, Director for G.I. Jobs and Vice President at Victory Media. “As interest in education grows we’re thrilled to provide the military community with transparent, world-class resources to assist in their search for schools.”

Athens State has been named to the list of Military Friendly Schools for the past four years. The list of institutions was compiled through extensive research and a data-driven survey of more than 12,000 VA-approved schools nationwide. The survey results that comprise the 2013 list were independently tested by Ernst & Young LLP based upon the weightings and methodology established by Victory Media.

“We are pleased to be recognized, once again, by Victory Media,” states Athens State’s Director of Veterans Affairs Lisa Payne. “We are proud of our Veterans Program and happy to have been a part of this important listing of schools who value our military students.”



Athens State


September 13, 2012

Athens State University’s Center for Religious Studies will present “Paul and His Word”, a look at the historical context of Paul's life, letters and ministry. The talk will be held on Tuesday, September 18 from 6:30 to 8pm at the Center for Lifelong Learning at 121 S. Marion Street in Athens.

This talk is part of a series sponsored by the Center for Religious Studies. The fee for this session is $10, or $25 for the entire five session series.

Those who attend four of the five sessions and complete reading and writing assignments will be awarded a Certificate of Biblical Studies. The Certificate of Biblical Studies is designed to provide an academic study of the Bible. White will use Calvin Roetzel's “The Letters of Paul” for classes.

Other sessions include “The Life and Journeys of Paul” with instructor Dr. Clarence Johnson, “Paul's Letters as Conversations” by Dr. Tony Moyers, “Traditions Behind Paul's Letters” by Dr. Clarence Johnson, and “Paul's Letter to the Philippians” by Dr. Robert White.

For reservations call the Center for Lifelong Learning at 256-233-8260 or visit Center for Lifetime Learning’s website.



UNA to Offer Graduate Program Taught on Athens State Campus


September 13, 2012

The University of North Alabama has partnered with Athens State University to offer a Masters of Business Administration degree on the Athens campus beginning in January of 2013. Athens State will provide classroom space for graduate students in UNA’s MBA program with UNA teaching staff controlling the curriculum.

“We are pleased to partner with UNA on this initiative,” states Athens State College of Business’ Dean Linda Shonesy. “It will assist our local alumnus, and those holding undergraduate degrees from other institutions, to more easily achieve their goal of obtaining this popular advanced degree.”

The eight core courses in UNA’s MBA Program will be taught on the Athens State campus in a hybrid format to offer flexible scheduling. Eight concentrations are offered in this program. Each concentration requires three 3-credit hour courses (9 hours total) to be completed in the related subject matter.

A public meeting will be held in the Ballroom of Sandridge Student Center on the Athens State University campus on Wednesday, September 19, 2012. Representatives from UNA will discuss the details of the MBA program that will be offered by UNA on the Athens State campus. There will be two meetings held that evening, one from 4:45 pm until 5:45 pm and the second from 6:00 pm until 7:00 pm. If you are interested, please plan to attend – no reservations are necessary.

For admission requirements for the program visit www.una.edu/mba.


Athens State and DAR Present Combined Constitution Day Program


September 10, 2012

Athens State University and the Daughters of the American Revolution will celebrate Constitution Day on Monday, September 17th. The event will be presented in the Ballroom of the Sandridge Student Center.

Constitution Day kicks off with an All-American hot dog cookout at 11:00 am on the lawn in front of the Sandridge Center, sponsored by Athens State’s Student Government Association. The Constitution Day Program will begin at 12:00 noon, following the cookout. The public is invited to both the cookout and the program, free of charge.

“In the past this has been two separate ceremonies by each institution,” states Dean of the College of Education Debra Baird. “Bringing together the Daughters of the American Revolution and Athens State University for this seems like an appropriate move. We are looking forward to a great event.” Baird and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences Ron Fritze are serving as Athens State coordinators.

Various speakers from both Athens State and the DAR will participate in the program. Athens State students who participated in the Constitution Day Trivia Contest will be recognized and the winners will be recognized and awarded bookstore gift cards.

Boy Scout Troop 240 will be on hand for a flag ceremony, the ladies of the DAR will present a “Ringing of the Bells” ceremony, and all in attendance will be asked to sign a copy of the Preamble to the Constitution.


Fiddlers Convention set for October 5-6


Riders in the Sky headlining this year’s festival

September 4, 2012

Athens State University will host the 46th annual Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention on Oct. 5-6 at the school's campus in Athens, Alabama. The musical competitions will be held on the steps of historic Founders Hall and other locations throughout the campus. A total of $11,870 in prize money will be awarded.

The convention is sponsored annually by the Athens State University Foundation and the Greater Limestone County Chamber of Commerce. Proceeds from the convention fund student scholarships and other university projects.

The convention has historically attracted more than 15,000 people for the two-day event, with more than 200 musicians participating in the musical competition. There are 18 different categories, including several fiddle and guitar categories, harmonica, mandolin, bluegrass banjo, dulcimer, old time singing, banjo, and buck dancing. The festival culminates on Saturday night with the naming of the “Fiddle Champion.” Being named Fiddle Champion is highly competitive and is a coveted prize.

Johnny Ray Watts was named “Fiddle Champion” at last year’s convention. He won the “fiddle off” which traditionally pits the top fiddlers from the junior and senior divisions. This year’s fiddle champ will earn a total of $1,000 in cash and a trophy.

Headlining the 46th annual Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention at Athens State University will be Riders in the Sky. The group will perform on the Founders Hall stage at 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. on Friday, October 5.

For thirty years, Riders In The Sky have been keepers of the flame passed on by the Sons of the Pioneers, Gene Autry and Roy Rogers, reviving and revitalizing the Western musical field. Remaining true to the integrity of that genre of music, they have become modern-day icons by branding a group with their own legendary humor and wit. Riders In The Sky are the only exclusively Western artist to have won a Grammy, actually they have won two!

Riders In The Sky is made up of four character musicians: Ranger Doug, Joey, Woody Paul and Too Slim. The group is based in Nashville.

Approximately 150 booths featuring old-fashioned arts and crafts are part of the convention. Convention goers will see everything from traditional artwork to coal-fired metal works. Food vendors will also be on hand to provide anything from a quick snack to a full meal.

Contests begin Friday, October 5 at 7:00 p.m. following the Riders in the Sky performance and resume on Saturday, Oct. 6 at 8:30 a.m. with the gates opening at 8:00 a.m. Cost is $8 for Friday, $10 for Saturday and $15 for both days. Children ages 12 and under are admitted free with a parent. Advance tickets are available from the Athens State Business Office located in Founders Hall at 300 N. Beaty Street.

For more information visit http://www.athens.edu/fiddlers/



College Colors Day


September 4, 2012

Friday August 31 was proclaimed as “College Colors Day” by Governor Bentley. The Governor encouraged all citizens of Alabama to proudly wear their college colors as a way of promoting an appreciation of higher education.

President Bob Glenn of Athens State encouraged his faculty and staff to do the same and show their spirit.

Some of those faculty and staff members wearing the university’s colors on Friday assembled on the University campus for a picture.


Peoples Bank of Alabama Makes Leadership Gift to Support Alabama Center for the Arts


August 31, 2012

The Athens State University Foundation has partnered with Peoples Bank of Alabama to facilitate a commitment of $45,000 supporting the new Alabama Center for the Arts in downtown Decatur.

“We are pleased to have Peoples Bank of Alabama partnering with Athens State and Calhoun on this project,” states Athens State President Bob Glenn. “Their dedication to arts education serves as a shining example of committed businesses supporting community efforts.”

Certain classroom or public spaces will be named as a result of the collaboration between the Alabama Center for the Arts and Peoples Bank. Bank officials along with Athens State and Calhoun administrators toured the Center on August 31.

“This tour of the newly-opened Center gives representatives from Peoples Bank an idea of what areas they are most interested in supporting,” states Athens State Director of Development Ronnie Knox. “We have classroom space, computer labs, galleries and offices that are available for sponsorship. We are pleased to be able to let Peoples Bank choose what they would like to fund.”

The Alabama Center for the Arts serves as the region’s premier art center and degree program. The project continues a long-standing collaborative academic effort between Calhoun and Athens State and serves as a model of academic institutional cooperation for the state. The Art Center will become a venue for cultural events and activities and will enhance local students’ appreciation of art promoting opportunities for creative expression for our residents throughout the region.


Athens State Properly Confers Diploma to Vietnam Veteran 45 Years Later


August 27, 2012

In the 191-year history of Athens State University, the complications of war have touched the institution many times whether it be at its own front door or through the deference of the planned educational pursuits of its students.

On Saturday, August 18, Larry Sharp received his diploma on the very spot where Madam Childs, 150 years earlier, had met the Union troops and saved the college. Sharp, who entered the then Athens College in 1963, was headed for Vietnam before he could march and receive his degree in 1967 in front of the grand columns of Founders Hall.

“We are happy to have Mr. Sharp with us here today to thank him for his service to our country and to offer him a second opportunity to participate in Athens State University’s graduation ceremony,” Athens State President Bob Glenn announced to the crowd assembled Saturday. With that, Sharp was properly conferred his degree of a Bachelor’s of Science in Education and had his sheepskin in hand.

“Regardless of your own personal viewpoint about war, or a particular conflict, we must recognize that the choice to enter into the service of one’s country is a noble and honorable decision,” remarked Glenn after the graduation ceremony. “To place yourself in harm’s way to protect something that you cannot hold in your hand, like country, or family or honor, is the very definition of valor.”

After his tour of duty, Sharp returned to Athens to pursue the graduate degree of Masters of Arts in Teaching in 1969. This time, his timeline was uninterrupted and he completed his studies the following year.

After leaving Athens State, Sharp taught, coached, and served as an administrator in Madison County Schools for 35 years. He also joined the US Army Reserves serving as an instructor for 23 years. Currently Sharp works in the health insurance business.

“My focus was getting to graduation,” stated Sharp about his college days. “I commuted (from Huntsville) each day. When gas prices got to 38 cents per gallon I would sometimes have to hitch-hike to and from school, but I never got stranded.”

“I think that the day President John F. Kennedy was shot will forever be in my memory,” recalled Sharp. “Such a sad day that the campus just went silent.”

In response to his being honored at Athens State’s graduation exercises, he stated, “my days at Athens were special in the 60\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s and they are special to me now more


Athens State Received Scholarship Funds from Athens Lady Civitans


August 21, 2012

Athens Ladies Civitan Club members Carol Malone and Carolyn Stair recently presented the Athens State University Alumni Association another check to establish the third annual Athens Ladies Civitan Scholarship. The scholarship is designed to assist Special Education Majors within Athens States’ College of Education and was recently awarded to Chelsea Calhoun of Madison.

“We are happy to provide these scholarships,”said Carol Malone, President of the club, and past president of the ASU Alumni Association. “The funding for this donation comes from our spring Vidalia Onion fundraiser, Holiday Tour of Homes and fall cheesecake sales.”

The mission of Civitan worldwide is to build good citizenship through volunteers dedicated to serving individual and community needs with major emphasis on projects which assist people with developmental disabilities.

“This scholarship emulates the mission of Civitans,” states Alumni Director Trish Di Lullo. “I have no doubt that Chelsea will complete her educational goals and provide a positive impact within Collaborative Education.”

Locally, the Athens Ladies Club lends support to groups like the Tanner special needs department, mental health center clients, and DHR among others. The club also promotes good citizenship in youth through its sponsorship of the Greater Limestone County Junior Civitan Club and its annual essay contests both open to students in grades 6 - 12.

Pictured, left to right: Carolyn Stair, Athens Ladies Civitan Treasurer; Trish Di Lullo, Athens State Alumni Director; Chelsea Calhoun, Scholarship Recipient; Carol Malone, Athens Ladies Civitan President


Athens State University Community Band to Perform on the Square


August 7, 2012 – The Athens-Limestone County Tourism Association is excited to bring the Athens State University Community Band back to the square Saturday night, August 11th at 6:30 PM for their annual concert.

The band, sponsored by Athens State University, was founded in 2003 by Dan Havely primarily as an outlet for former Athens State University students to continue in their musical pursuits. Now, the band not only contains graduates of Athens State University, but members of the surrounding community as well.

“The community band always has an outstanding concert and plays music that all ages enjoy”, said Jeanette Dunnavant, President.

Bring your lawn chairs or blankets and enjoy the free concert on the east side of the courthouse in historic downtown Athens, AL. In case of rain, the event will be moved inside. Please call (256)232-5411 or (256)867-1438 or visit our website, www.VisitAthensAL.com to get the location. Visit the Athens Visitors Center located at 100 Beaty Street North for information on this event and other events and attractions in Athens-Limestone County.


Representative Mo Brooks to address Athens State graduates



July 31, 2012 – Representative Mo Brooks of Alabama’ Fifth Congressional District will be the keynote speaker at Athens State University’s summer commencement on Saturday, August 18 at 9:00 a.m. Graduation exercises are planned to be held on Athens State’s campus in front of Founders Hall. Approximately 150 students are expected to march.

Brooks (R) was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010 and serves the people of North Alabama and works on two important committees: Armed Services, and Science, Space, and Technology. He is the Chairman of the Science, Space, and Technology Subcommittee on Research and Science Education.

Brooks founded and became co-chairman of the Army Aviation Caucus, a forum in which Members of Congress, staff, and Army leadership raise awareness for Army Aviation and seek to affect legislative priorities. Brooks focuses on encouraging science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education.

A North Alabama native, Brooks attended Grissom High School in Huntsville. He graduated from Duke University in three years with a double major in political science and economics, with highest honors in economics. In 1978, he graduated from the University of Alabama Law School.

Brooks worked as a prosecutor in the Tuscaloosa District Attorney’s Office, returning to Huntsville in 1980 to serve as a law clerk for presiding Circuit Court Judge John David Snodgrass. In 1982, Brooks was elected to the Alabama House of Representatives and reelected in 1983, 1986, and 1990. While in the legislature, he was elected Republican House Caucus Chairman three times.

In 1991, Brooks was appointed Madison County District Attorney. In 1996, he was elected to the Madison County Commission, and was reelected to the Commission in 2000, 2004, and 2008.

Athens State University offers coursework at the junior and senior level and is the baccalaureate degree granting institution of the Alabama Community College System. It provides affordable education in an environment that recognizes diversity and nurtures the discovery and application of knowledge. Athens State prepares students for professional careers, graduate school, lifelong learning, and enrichment.

Athens State’s Commencement Ceremony is free and open to the public.


Athens State University Honoring Past Sports Programs


July 11, 2012 - When Athens State discontinued its sport program in 2003, it was a tough decision for the administration to make. There are many alumni and community members who have fond memories of athletic events both on campus and traveling matches. The University was fearful that without a link to the Athens State Bears, those fond memories would fade.
To combat that fear and to honor those who played and coached, the Athens State University Archives is compiling sports memorabilia with plans to open a sports display room in the lobby of the Carter Gymnasium. “We’ve been working on this collection of sports memorabilia for a quite a while,” said Athens State archivist Sara Love. “Since the sports program was discontinued we’ve tried to gather as much as we can.” As a grand opening for the display room, Athens State is hosting an Athletic Homecoming Reception. The early evening event is planned for Saturday, August 25 and is open to any former athletes. Former athletes are also encouraged to donate or loan articles of interest for the display room.
“We are taking donations of items now,” Love said. “The archives are accepting sports memorabilia from any year. We would love to have anything from uniforms to balls to shoes to whatever. We’ve already heard some really interesting stories and had some nice collections donated.”
The August 25 reception will honor former coaches Oba Belcher and Harold Murrell. The reception is being sponsored by the Athens State University Foundation led by Vice President for University Advancement Rick Mould.
“We are proud to be honoring the memory of these two outstanding coaches,” Mould said. “We hope all of the players who served during their tenure will attend and share in the fellowship that comes with all team sports.”
If you would like more information about the reception, or are interested in donating items to the collection, please call 256-233-8215.


McAbee Appointed as Assistant Vice President at Athens State University


June 15, 2012 - Athens State University’s Director of Student Financial Services, Sarah McAbee has been appointed Assistant Vice President of Enrollment Management effective July 1, 2012. McAbee, an Athens State alumnus, served as the Director of Student Financial Services at Athens State for the past 22 years. Her responsibilities included implementing electronic aid processing, the Federal Direct Student Loan Program at Athens State University and has maintained one of the lowest student loan default rates in the State of Alabama.
In addition, McAbee managed Student Financial Services through three student management system changes implementing practices and procedures to achieve desired results, great customer service and maintaining sound program integrity within the resources provided.
Prior to her work at Athens State, McAbee worked with the State Examiners of Public Accounts as an Accounts Examiner auditing colleges and universities in the North Alabama District. As the Assistant Vice President of Enrollment Management, McAbee will provide leadership and oversight for the development, implementation, and management of activities and systems related to academic records, student registration, University retention programs, and administration of Title IV programs.


Ronnie Knox to head Athens State University Fundraising Efforts


July 2, 2012 – Ronnie Knox has been hired by Athens State University as the Director of Development for the Office of Advancement. Knox, a 1983 graduate of Athens State, has most recently been employed as an executive sales specialist for Astrazeneca Pharmaceuticals.
“We are pleased to have someone with Ronnie’s background on our team,” states Vice President for University Advancement Rick Mould. “Having an alumnus as our chief development officer certainly brings an invaluable familiarity of Athens State to the position. We have identified many initiatives and projects within our master plan and we feel Ronnie is the best choice to present those to both his fellow alumni and to the many friends of the University.”
Knox also held previous positions with Alfa Insurance and the Decatur City School Systems. He is active in many community service projects within the north Alabama area.


Athens State joins TIOS as higher education partner for green certification

July 2, 2012— Athens State University has announced a partnership with The Institute of Sustainability (TIOS), a green certification agreement to further the University’s ongoing efforts to promote environmental awareness and preservation. Athens State is the third college in the state and the first in North Alabama to enter into this partnership.

TIOS holds as its mission the ability to help businesses adopt environmental practices that are sustainable, as well as profitable, and to educate their employees on personal sustainability measures. The organization achieves its mission by assisting businesses enrolled in the program implement sustainable business practices developed by government agencies, trade associations and adopted by leading green cities.

“We are proud to be a part of this initiative,” said the institution’s President Bob Glenn. “There are many reasons to adopt environmental practices, but as an institution of higher education we feel it sets a good example for our students. In producing well-rounded graduates, it is imperative in this day and age to include lessons in sustainability.”

The TIOS certification process helps identify opportunities for more sustainable operation at the University campus. Equally important, the program allows participating universities to educate vendors on improved operational measures that will reduce each company’s carbon footprint.

“President Glenn and his team are working with TIOS consultants to improve sustainable measures on campus in critical areas such as waste reduction, energy efficiency, water efficiency, pollution prevention, sustainable procurement, and transportation,” explained TIOS Chairman Doug Moore.

Athens State University joins the University of West Alabama and Jefferson State Community College as the third institution of higher education to enter into a green certification agreement with TIOS in the state Alabama. Last week, the Alabama Restaurant Association became the first trade organization to enter into a partnership with TIOS.

To learn more about sustainability initiatives at Athens State, contact Guy McClure at 256-233-8296 or Guy.McClure@athens.edu. For more information on The Institute of Sustainability (www.tios.org) and their certification program please contact Doug Moore at 205-983-8894 or dmoore@tios.org.


McAbee Appointed as Assistant Vice President at Athens State University

June 15, 2012 - Athens State University’s Director of Student Financial Services, Sarah McAbee has been appointed Assistant Vice President of Enrollment Management effective July 1, 2012. McAbee, an Athens State alumnus, served as the Director of Student Financial Services at Athens State for the past 22 years. Her responsibilities included implementing electronic aid processing, the Federal Direct Student Loan Program at Athens State University and has maintained one of the lowest student loan default rates in the State of Alabama.
In addition, McAbee managed Student Financial Services through three student management system changes implementing practices and procedures to achieve desired results, great customer service and maintaining sound program integrity within the resources provided.
Prior to her work at Athens State, McAbee worked with the State Examiners of Public Accounts as an Accounts Examiner auditing colleges and universities in the North Alabama District.
As the Assistant Vice President of Enrollment Management, McAbee will provide leadership and oversight for the development, implementation, and management of activities and systems related to academic records, student registration, University retention programs, and administration of Title IV programs.


Athens State Receives Permission to Go Forward with Board

June 8, 2012 - Governor Robert Bentley recently signed a bill into law which will create a Board of Trustees to govern Athens State University. Athens State, founded in 1822, has been under the purview of the Alabama Community College System and the State Board of Education since 1975. This change of oversight will be effective on October 1, 2012.

“This change in governance will give us the opportunity to more effectively follow our mission as a university,” stated Athens State President Bob Glenn. “We will still maintain a close connection with Alabama’s community colleges, but now we will be afforded the freedom to progress under policies and procedures that more closely relate to the baccalaureate institution we are.”

Athens State administrators have named a committee charged with nominating Board of Trustees candidates. Their findings are to be presented to the Governor on September 1. Bentley will then make the final decision and the Board of Trustees will become effective on October 1.

“It has been 37 years since Athens State has had an autonomous board,” states Glenn. “This group will be a true working board. One of the first tasks of the new Board will be to fine the master plan originally developed by the Vision 2020 Task Force.”

Glenn continues, “We are looking to all areas of the Athens State community from which to draw a pool of candidates for the board. Civic leaders, alumni, friends of the University, educators, all certainly will have something to bring to the table to create a diverse and capable group to steward Athens State. We are asking the greater community for suggestions to identify candidates who would be willing to champion our causes and provide board leadership to Athens State.”

Suggestions for nominations from the general public are being sought by Glenn. To suggest a candidate you may email Bob.Glenn@athens.edu or call his office at 256-233-8201.

Athens State is unique in that it is one of five remaining upper-level collegiate institutions in the United States. The University offers coursework at the junior and senior level and awards bachelor’s degrees from three colleges - Arts and Sciences, Business, and Education.



Athens State University hosts Drawing Exhibition by Robert Cox


June 7, 2012 - The Art Department at Athens State University announces an exhibition of drawings by Robert Cox, a former art teacher at Athens State University and currently Assistant Professor of Art and Foundations Coordinator at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
The exhibition, entitled Interval, features recent drawings by Cox which utilize a variety of traditional and non-traditional drawing media including charcoal on paper, graphite on film and paper, and gouache and watercolor on paper. “The exhibition is actually comprised of two separate, but interrelated, series. One series explores image generation derived from natural forms and landscapes, while the Wave series explores images created through pure mark making. As an artist I am interested in exploring the boundary between abstraction and recognizable imagery”, Cox says. Professor Cox has exhibited his paintings and drawings in over 90 exhibitions on a regional and national level, including 15 one-person exhibitions.
Interval opens June 11 and remains on view until July 27, 2012 in the Athens State University Sandridge Student Center Art Gallery. The exhibit is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 8am - 9pm (Monday - Thursday) and 8am - 4pm (Friday).


Kerner to Lead Athens State's Adult Degree Program


June 7, 2012 - Athens State University announced on Wednesday that Laura Lynn Kerner, Associate Professor of Marketing and Management, has been named as the Director of the University’s newly initiated Adult Degree Completion Program (ADCP). Kerner came to Athens State in 2003 as an adjunct member of the College of Business faculty, was promoted to Assistant Professor of Marketing in 2006 and Associate Professor of Marketing in 2011. She was the recipient of the 2012 Athens State University Teaching Excellence Award.
The ADCP, which is approved for implementation beginning with Athens State’s 2013 Spring Semester, will offer baccalaureate degrees designed for working adults age 25 and over who have at least 5 years of fulltime work experience. The program targets students who have not yet completed a college degree and need the opportunity to complete their educational goals.
“Having been President and founder of an Internet software company and Vice President of Internet companies prior to joining the faculty at Athens State, Professor Kerner’s expertise was in start-up and young internet companies,” states Athens State Provost Ronald R. Cromwell. “These past experiences lend an entrepreneurial spirit to the academic program we are initiating and we feel she is a good fit for its administrative needs.”
As Director of the program, Kerner will implement a strategic marketing plan in the summer and fall to prepare for the program to begin in January, 2013. The ADCP will meet the needs of students who desire a quality accredited program with the flexibility to meet their individual needs. The program is designed for the student to take courses either online or in the classroom and to benefit from Athens State’s experienced faculty.
“I am excited about the Adult Degree Completion program,” states Kerner. “We have the opportunity to help students achieve the successes they want for their lives by being able to give credits for work experience, knowledge, and from challenge exams. Students learn so much from working and this program will recognize that what they have learned counts. These credits will be combined with the credits from our excellent educational programs and will allow students to achieve their educational goals more quickly because of this program.”
Degrees within the program are to include a Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies, Management of Technology, and Education with a concentration in Career/ Technic


Flag Day


June 1, 2012 - Athens State University will be hosting its annual Flag Day Ceremony sponsored by the Athens State Alumni Association on Thursday, June 14 at noon in the Sandridge Student Center Ballroom.
This year’s program will be moderated by Athens Mayor and Vietnam Veteran Ronnie Marks. Marks was named Mayor of Athens in 2010 and previously served on the Athens City Council since 2004. He currently serves on the City of Athens Planning Commission, the board of the Alabama Veterans Museum and Archives, the Athens Limestone Beautification Board, the Limestone County Economic Development Board, the Chamber of Commerce and the United Way.
Music for the event will be provided by the Athens State University Community Band under the director of Dan Havely. The singing group Threefold will also perform. The trio members are John Barnette, Brian Oaks, and John Carwile.
Ronald Pettus will be displaying some of his collection of flags from the Civil War, Spanish-American War, World War I, World War II and other flag items of interest. \\\"Each year our Flag Day Celebration emphasizes just what the stars and stripes means to each of us,” says Lisa Payne chairperson of the Flag Day Committee “Mayor Marks is planning a special tribute that will include all segments of the Athens population, each with an inspiring patriotic story.”
The Flag Day Celebration at Athens State is free and open to the public

Photo: Flag Day Committee Members Trish DiLullo and Lisa Payne show Mayor Ronnie Marks a donated American flag that was flown over the U.S. Army Headquarters in Iraq on September 11, 2009.


Alumni Association Makes Donation to College of Business


May 29, 2012 – The Athens State University Alumni Association continued their “spirit of giving” recently by donating over $2000 worth of equipment to the College of Business. One of the items, a display case for the entrance of Sanders Hall, is highlighted in the photo. The College of Business faculty had been telling Dr. Shonesy, Dean for the College of Business, about a need to properly display recognition plaques and awards for visitors to see. Some of those awards also recognize student organizations such as the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.
Lance Davis, Special Projects Chair, states “As a College of Business graduate, it was my pleasure to be a part of something that would help students and faculty while furthering the goals of the college.
Over the last three years, the Alumni Association has given to the College of Arts and Sciences- Waters Hall, College of Education- McCain Hall, and pledged $25,000 for the Beaty-Mason home.
“We want to encourage other organizations, graduates, community leaders and individuals to recognize the positive impact that Athens State University has on our community”, states Alumni Director Trish Di Lullo. “Supporting the efforts of our faculty, students and the President is a top priority for the Alumni Association.”

Pictured , left to right: Chad Easterling, President of the Athens State Alumni Association, Linda Shonesy, Dean of the College of Education, and Lance Davis, Special Projects Chair.


Athens State's College of Education Introduces Technology Minor

May 24, 2012 – Athens State University will introduce a minor option in Educational Technology for all university students. Coursework for the minor will begin with the commencement of the fall 2012 academic year.
The recently approved coursework will provide students with a theoretical grounding and practical experience using technology to improve teaching and learning in real-world situations.
“Learning how to use technology to improve teaching and learning has become strategically important across all domains of education and training,” states Dr. Wendy Cowan, Philosophical Foundations and Technology Chair for Athens State’s College of Education. “Students who complete the Minor in Educational Technology will potentially possess an advantage when seeking employment in educational settings such as K-12 schools, or in industries that value the employee’s ability to apply learning principles to create effective learning environments.”
Upon completion, students should be able to use digital media and environments to communicate and work collaboratively, including at a distance, to support individual learning and contribute to the learning of others.
Coursework developed for the fall 2012 semester include Teaching Strategies for the Digital Age.
For more information about the program, email Wendy.Cowan@athens.edu or Christopher.Inman@athens.edu.


Athens State University Alumni Golf Classic to be held May 17th


May 1, 2012 - Summer is here and that means it is time for the Athens State University Alumni Golf Classic. The Classic is planned for Thursday, May 17, 2012 at the Canebrake Golf Club with a shotgun start beginning at 1:00 p.m. Last year, the Alumni Association raised over $9,000 with profits from the event supporting student scholarships.
The paid registration deadline is May 11 and registration can be made by calling 256-233-8185 or come by the Athens State Alumni Office located on the corners of Pryor and Hargrove Streets. Hole sponsorships are still available at $100 for shared, $250 for quarter, $500 for half, and $1,000 for the entire hole.
Fees for the 4-man scramble are $100 for individuals and $400 for teams. The Registration fee includes the green fee, golf cart, lunch, course refreshments and hospitality gifts and prizes.
For the lucky golfer who makes a hole in one on the 17th hole, McClary Ford will present him or her with a new automobile. If a hole in one is made on the 3rd hole, a prize of $10,000 will be awarded.
The Golf Classic is open to any interested golfers - not just those who are alumni of Athens State.
Attached Picture: Left to Right: McClary Ford General Manager Mickey Smith, Athens State students Paige Green and Krystal Holland, and Athens State Director of Alumni Affairs Trish DiLullo.


Athens State Employees Win Blackboard Catalyst Awards


Awards Honor Outstanding Leaders within the Blackboard User Community
May 1, 2012 – Steve Clark, Athens State University’s Associate Director of Academic Support and Instructional Systems, was named a winner of the Blackboard Catalyst Award for Community Collaboration, which recognizes community leaders within the Blackboard user community who encourage collaboration, and share advice, insight, content and effective practices with fellow educators outside their own institutions.
The Blackboard Catalyst Awards program annually recognizes and honors innovation and excellence in the Blackboard global community of practice, where teachers and learners work every day to redefine what is possible when leveraging technology.
Clark was recognized by Blackboard Inc. for establishing the Alabama Community College System (ACCS) eLearning Symposium. This annual event provides unique networking opportunities among the ACCS’s 27 educational institutions, acting as a system-wide professional development opportunity especially among those involved in online education. Athens State will host the Blackboard-sponsored event for the third year, culminating during National Distance Learning Week on Friday, November 16. “The idea for the ACCS eLearning Symposium was initially conceived from the desire for our faculty to receive hands-on training from a number of our technology vendors,” stated Clark. “By collaborating with Blackboard to develop a ‘Partner Day’ event for our campus, this concept ultimately became a statewide event for our system. It is my hope that countless others who normally wouldn’t be able to attend national technology conferences will now gain access to this same beneficial information at their institutions using the template Athens State University created for the Alabama Community College System.”
In addition, Athens State’s Assistant Professor of Health and Physical Education Dr. Wendy Cowan was named a winner of a Blackboard Catalyst Award for Exemplary Course Program, which honors members of the community who design and develop exciting and innovative courses that represent the very best in technology and learning. Cowan’s project was assisted by Athens State’s Center for Instructional Technology Coordinator, Dr. Mark Gale.
“The really exciting part of winning this award is that the recognized course was not a single section that I alone taught,” Cowan explained. “The course was used across seventeen sections of ED 305 and facilitated by nine different instructors, including seven adjuncts. This suggests that with careful training and preparation, any of us can provide exemplary courses for our students.”
Part of the annual Blackboard Catalyst Awards program since 2000, the Blackboard Exemplary Course Program Award highlights technologically rich, engaging, well designed, and pedagogically sound courses that showcase best practices for the user community. Over 150 entries were evaluated in a rigorous peer-review process by more than 250 faculty and instructional designers. Submissions were judged on the following components: course design, interaction, collaboration, assessment and learner support.
“We applaud the Blackboard Catalyst Award winners and their accomplishments,” said Ray Henderson, Chief Technology Officer and President of Academic Platforms for Blackboard. “Their work represents some of the most innovative thinking in education today, and offers great models for how technology can help shape an improved education experience. We congratulate the award winners for their leadership, creativity and passion that is clearly evident in their work.”
Cowan and Gale will be honored alongside 37 other Exemplary Course Program winners, and Clark will be recognized with two other Community Collaboration Award winners during BbWorld®, Blackboard’s annual user conference to be held July 10-12 in New Orleans, La.
Blackboard is a global leader in enterprise technology and innovative solutions that improve the experience of millions of students and learners around the world every day. Blackboard’s solutions allow thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate and government organizations to extend teaching and learning online. For a complete list of Blackboard Catalyst Award winners, please visit: http://www.blackboard.com/catalyst.


Lurleen B. Wallace and Athens State Collaborate on Transfer Agreement


April 30, 2012– Lurleen B. Wallace Community College and Athens State University have partnered to develop a Reverse Transfer Agreement that benefits students who attend both institutions.
Dr. Robert Glenn, president of Athens State and Dr. Herbert Riedel, president of Lurleen B. Wallace Community College finalized the preparations for the agreement on April 26, 2012. It became effective upon its signing and will remain in effect unless terminated by either institution.
“This agreement emphasizes our commitment to President Obama’s College Completion Goal to increase the number of college graduates,” stated Glenn. “Partnering with Alabama’s community colleges to assist students in obtaining their Associate’s Degree while pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree marries well with this initiative.”
The Reverse Transfer Agreement will give students who attended Lurleen B. Wallace but transferred to Athens State prior to completing their associate’s degree an opportunity to earn that community college degree. While attending Athens State, university credits can be transferred back to Lurleen B. Wallace allowing these students to complete their degree requirements without losing any university credit. Students are eligible for the program when they have earned at least 3 semester credits at Athens State and are in good standing at both institutions.
“We are proud to partner with Athens State University and to provide this opportunity for students,” said Riedel. “By earning an Associate’s Degree while pursuing additional education, students prove their commitment to completion and create more marketable individuals when applying for jobs.”
Attached picture: Dr. Robert Glenn (L) and Dr. Herbert Riedel (R) signing the agreement.


Athens State Center for Lifelong Learning to host Wayne Flynt


April 25, 2012 - The Center for Religious Studies and Ethics and the Center for Lifelong Learning announce a visit by Wayne Flynt to discuss his new book, Keeping the Faith: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Lives, on Thursday, May 3, at 7:00 pm, in the Carter Gym at Athens State. There is no fee for this event.

Flynt is a Distinguished University Professor of History at Auburn University and author or coauthor of eleven books, including Alabama in the Twentieth Century; Alabama Baptists: Southern Baptists in the Heart of Dixie; Poor But Proud: Alabama's Poor Whites; Alabama: The History of a Deep South State; and Taking Christianity to China: Alabama Missionaries in the Middle Kingdom, 1850-1950. He has been recognized with numerous awards and honors, including the Lillian Smith Book Award, the Clarence Cason Award in Nonfiction Writing, the James F. Sulzby Book Award (twice), and the Alabama Library Association Award for nonfiction (twice).

Keeping the Faith: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Lives chronicles the inner workings of Flynt’s academic career at Samford and Auburn Universities, as well as his many contributions to the general history of Alabama. Flynt has traveled the state and the South lecturing and teaching both lay and academic groups, calling on his detailed knowledge of both the history and power structures in Alabama to reveal uncomfortable truths wherever he finds them, whether in academic institutions that fall short of their stated missions, in government and industry leaders who seek and hold power by playing to the fears and prejudices of the public, or in religious groups who abandon their original missions and instead seek financial and emotional comfort in lip service only.

Flynt utilizes a lifetime of learning and reflection to voice the conscience of his community. Keeping the Faith: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Lives tells the story of his life and his courageous battles against an indifferent or hostile hierarchy with modesty and honesty. In doing so he tells us how Alabama institutions really are manipulated and, more importantly, why we should care.



Athens State Student Group and Staff Senate Collaborate on Food Drive


April 24, 2012 - Athens State recently held their annual Staff Appreciation Luncheon sponsored by the University Staff Senate. The luncheon honors the hard work and commitment provided to the institution by their non-faculty employees. Invitees were asked to bring a canned food item or make a monetary donation to support the ASSIST Student United Way Club’s food drive. The campus United Way organization, Athens State Students Involved In Social Togetherness (ASSIST), has worked on numerous projects with local agencies such as CASA and the Limestone County Churches Involved food bank. The group is sponsored on campus by Professor of Psychology Dr. Mark Durm.
At the luncheon Athens State’s Maintenance Superintendent Dwight Lovell received the John “Booty” Murray Staff Appreciation Award. The yearly award includes a monetary prize given to an employee who has gone above and beyond the call of duty to the University. Lovell very generously donated his award money to the ASSIST food drive helping the student group to achieve one of their most successful campaigns.

Attached picture: ASSIST Sponsor Dr. Mark Durm (back row center) with student members of ASSIST. On the right is Staff Senate representative Nicki Johns and Athens State’s Dwight Lovell.


Athens State and Huntsville City Collaborate on Research School

Chapman Middle to house 21st Century Research Innovation School

April 23, 2012 - Athens State University and the Huntsville City School System will enter into an agreement designed to provide a quality educational experience for public school students. The agreement will link Huntsville City School teachers and Athens State University Professors and College of Education field service students in the creation of a 21st Century Research Innovation School at the present site of Chapman Middle School.
The agreement is expected to be signed by Athens State President Robert K. Glenn, Huntsville City Schools Superintendent Dr. Casey Wardynski, and Athens State College of Education Dean Debra Baird.
The premise of a 21st Century Research Innovation School is to develop an institution that allows children to learn through the development and research of their own critical questions while developing leadership skills that will nurture inquiry-based learning throughout their careers as students.
“In some of our lower performing schools, it is a constant challenge holding the student’s interest,” states Baird. “By allowing children to follow their interests through guided topics, as well as meeting the prescribed objectives and goals set forth by the system, schools are then able to foster and nurture effective learning.”
Research Schools, like the one proposed at Chapman, will follow basic processes to include: professional learning communities; implementation of emerging technologies; the applications of Alabama Math, Science and Technology Initiatives as well as Alabama Science in Motion programs; use of the Leader In Me / Covey programs; and mentoring projects to include both teachers and parents.
The Huntsville City School system will provide the facilities, principal and faculty for the school while Athens State University will serve as a collaborative partner in the process of staff selection, scheduling, curriculum, and day-to-day management of the school incorporating 21st Century technology and innovative themes.
“We are proud to join with the Huntsville City School system in the development of this innovative move,” states Athens State Provost Ronald R. Cromwell. “This will make great strides in the development of critical thinkers within underserved areas who will be able to benefit from such leadership.”
Huntsville City School and Athens State University educators plan to collaborate over the summer on the project with the newly integrated Research School planned to open at Chapman Middle with the commencement of the fall 2012 semester.


Wallace State and Athens State Collaborate on Transfer Agreement

April 19, 2012 – Wallace State Community College and Athens State University have partnered to develop a Reverse Transfer Agreement that benefits students who attend both institutions.
Dr. Robert Glenn, president of Athens State and Dr. Vicki Hawsey, president of Wallace State Community College finalized the preparations for the agreement on April 09, 2012. It became effective upon its siging and will remain in effect unless terminated by either institution. “This agreement enhances the very good working relationship we have in place with Wallace State,” stated Glenn. “In creating it, we feel it will benefit our joint students and make them more marketable when they enter the workforce after graduation.”
The Reverse Transfer Agreement will give students who attended Wallace State but transferred to Athens State prior to completing their associate’s degree an opportunity to earn that community college degree. While attending Athens State, university credits can be transferred back to Wallace State allowing these students to complete their degree requirements without losing any university credit. Students are eligible for the program when they have earned at least 3 semester credits at Athens State, are in good standing at both institutions, and students must have completed 25% of semester credit hours at the institution granting the degree.
“This expansion of our colleges’ longstanding partnership rewards students for their educational accomplishments while increasing the number of college graduates our institutions produce in support of the of the national College Completion Goal,” said Wallace State President Vicki Hawsey. “In today’s economy, an associate degree makes a student even more marketable in the workforce.”


Athens State University commencement planned for May 12th

April 16, 2012 – Athens State University’s graduation exercises will be held in the Carter Physical Education Gymnasium on Saturday, May 12 with three separate ceremonies.
At 9:00 a.m., the College of Education’s graduation ceremony will be held with Alabama State Board of Education member Dr. Tommy Bice serving as the key note speaker.
Bice was appointed Alabama’s State Superintendent of Education assuming the position on January 1, 2012. Prior to his appointment, Bice was Alabama’s Deputy State Superintendent of Education for Instructional Services; Superintendent of the Alexander City School System, high school principal, career tech director, alternative school teacher/director, special education/residential school director, and early childhood teacher/parent trainer. He began his career as a teacher at the Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind. Bice also serves as an adjunct professor of Educational Leadership at Auburn University.
At 12:00 noon, the College of Arts and Sciences will commence with Representative Mike Ball addressing the attendees. Ball was elected to the Alabama House of Representatives in 2002. He received his A.S. in Criminal Justice from Jefferson State Junior College and his B.S. in Political Science from Athens State University.
Ball served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1973 to 1977 and was honorably discharged as a Sergeant. In 1978, he became an Alabama State Trooper, and served 8 years in the Highway Patrol Division. In 1986, he was assigned to serve in the Major Crimes Unit of the Alabama Bureau of Investigation. In addition to his investigative duties, Mike also served as a Hostage Negotiator. He retired from the Alabama Department of Public Safety on January 1, 2003.
At 3:00 p.m., the College of Business will present diplomas to their graduates with Brian Pollock serving as the college’s keynote speaker.
Pollock, and alumnus of Athens State, has 20 years of experience in start-up and biotechnology companies. Prior to founding Kailos Genetics in 2010, he was a co-founder of Open Biosystems in 2002. The company was sold to ThermoFisher Scientific in 2008. As Open Biosystems’ CEO, Pollock set corporate strategy, managed corporate assets, engaged in driving growth and bringing life science research tools to researchers around the world who were elucidating the function of genes and their roles in disease. Previously, Pollock was CIO and VP of Bioinformatics with Invitrogen. From 1992 through 2000, he was Director of Bioinformatics and Information Technology at Research Genetics, the world’s largest producer of synthetic DNA and genomic research tools. Here he led the company’s software developers and information technology professionals in building and supporting the data infrastructure and business systems. Prior to joining Research Genetics, Pollock was a founder of a software development firm and worked in the defense and electronics industries as a software engineer.
Approximately 300 students will march, encompassing the graduating classes for the three colleges for the 2012 spring semester.
Athens State\\\'s Commencement Ceremonies are free and open to the public. For more information call 256-233-8296.


Athens State To Host Rhetoric and Composition Expert

April 13, 2012 - Athens State University will host Dr. Kathleen Blake Yancey on April 26 at 6:30 p.m. in the ballroom of the Sandridge Student Center. Yancey is visiting Athens State to speak on the role that writing plays in the public sphere in the aftermath of traumatic events such as natural disasters. The event is sponsored by the Livingston Concert Lecture Series.
In 1906, San Francisco was hit by a devastating earthquake; in 1942, Japanese Americans were forced from their homes and “re-settled” hundreds of miles away in internment camps; on 9/11 the skyscape of an early fall morning in New York was changed forever; in 2011, Japan suffered a catastrophic earthquake tsunami, and nuclear meltdown. In each of these cases, ordinary people responded by writing – on postcards, in diaries, in letters, on photographs and in scrapbooks. Dr. Yancey’s discussion will review these events and the everyday writing they prompted. She will consider the many uses of writing – for recording, for taking action, for making sense, for sharing, and for helping others. As Alabama marks the one year anniversary of the tornado disaster of last April, Dr. Yancey’s research and perspective will provide an important frame of reference for the role that writing plays in healing and recovery.
Yancey currently works as the Kellogg W. Hunt Professor of English, Distinguished Research Professor, and Director of the graduate program in Rhetoric and Composition at Florida State University. She founded the journal Assessing Writing and has co-edited it for seven years. Dr. Yancey has authored, edited, or co-edited eleven scholarly books and two textbooks as well as over 70 articles and book chapters.
Yancey has served as president or chair of several scholarly organizations: the National Council of Teachers of English; the Conference on College Composition and Communication; the College Forum; and the Council of Writing Program Administrators. Currently, she is vice-president for the South Atlantic Modern Language Association and will succeed to the presidency in 2013.
“We are pleased to host Dr. Yancey for an opportunity to speak with our students, faculty, staff and fellow educators across the region,” states Athens State faculty member Dr. Jackie Smith. “As ‘Building Success through Writing’ has been the primary theme of our current Quality Enhancement Plan, her visit will certainly be an appropriate one.”
The lecture is free and open to the


International Alumni Teachers Conference


The International Alumni Teachers Conference (IATC) will convene Friday, April 13, 2012, on the campus of Athens State University. College of Education alumni are encouraged to submit a proposal to share "Best Practices in Bloom" with conference participants.
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Calhoun, Athens State Professors Collaborate on New Instructional Building's Facade


April 9, 2012 - Professors Gail Bergeron and Pamela Keller from Athens State University along with Professors Kathryn Vaughn and Kristine Beadle from Calhoun University recently collaborated on a large scale original art project for the new Downtown Decatur Arts Building.
The building, soon to be completed, will feature four bronze 2’ x2’ relief panels created by the artists. Each panel represents an area of the arts. The first panel contains lettering that spells the word ARTS and features calligraphic type to represent layout and design, the second panel depicts painting, the third shows a wooden figure drawing mannequin reaching out to touch a hand coming from a computer monitor to show the connection between art, computer graphics and art history and the fourth panel represents three dimensional arts with an image of hands throwing a pot on a pottery wheel.
“All three of the figurative works show hands at the work of creating art, “ said Professor Keller, head of the art department at Athens State University, who created two of the four pieces . “ We purposely designed the panels using the imagery of hands on each panel and also a quatrefoil frame on each panel to create unity between the pieces that might otherwise be missing with four artists designing the panel’s concepts.”
The initial, original pieces were started in October of 2011 . ““The art department is particularly appreciative of the strong support for the arts from this institution’s administration, “ Keller commented. “ As both an artist and a faculty member I have been overwhelmingly supported and encouraged by this institution. That speaks well of the authenticity of Athens State University in the effort to mentor students to create and appreciate art.”
The relief panels were finished and signed by the artists on Thursday, April 5th, 2012. On Friday, April 6th, Professors Bergeron and Keller will take the wax-clay originals to Inferno Foundry in Atlanta to begin the ancient process of lost-wax casting in bronze. The process can take up to four months.
“Working together with the three other artists on this project for the new building is a good way for the two sets of faculty to begin the Athens State and Calhoun’s collaborative effort to create a fine arts presence in downtown Decatur, “said Bergeron.
Pictured: In the clay studio on the campus of Athens State University, artists (front to back) Gail Bergeron, Kathryn Vaughn and Pamela Keller sign their wax-clay relief sculpture.


Athens State Community Band to host Daniel Carwile


April 3, 2012 - The Athens State University Community Band, under the director of Dan Havely, will present a Spring Concert on Sunday, May 20th at 3:00pm in the Carter Gymnasium on the Athens State campus. At this year’s concert, the Community Band will proudly be accompanied on select songs by Athens’ own, Daniel Carwile.
U.S. Grand Master Fiddle Champion, Carwile has competed in virtually every major fiddle competition in the United States. He has been crowned the Tennessee Valley Old-Time Fiddlers Convention "Fiddle King" an amazing 7 times. Other conquests include Alabama, Kentucky, and Tennessee State Championships as well as Lake Superior, North Cascades, Colorado Open, Grand Lake National, and The World Series of Fiddling Championships.
“We couldn’t be more pleased to share our stage with anyone,” remarks Havely. “Daniel has so many friends and fans in the area and we look forward to making some beautiful music with him.”
There will be a $10 per person admission fee for the concert to be paid at the door. The charge is to offset the band’s intent to purchase risers on which the band will perform during future concerts. With the risers, the band will be more visible when playing in the gymnasium.
Reservations are not necessary to attend. For more information about the concert, call 256-233-8296.
Attached picture: Daniel Carwile


Athens State Homecoming to honor legendary Madame Childs


April 3, 2012 – The Athens State University Alumni Association will host a homecoming celebration over a two day period on May 4 and 5. The celebration will honor the sesquicentennial of the institution’s courageous leader, Madame Jane Hamilton Childs, and her actions saving the school from being invaded by Union troops 150 years ago this year.
“The legend of Madame Childs and a very important piece of paper is particularly well known regionally, if not nationally,” states Director of Alumni Affairs Trish DiLullo. “This sesquicentennial event is the perfect time to bring all those who love Athens State’s bountiful history together to honor her and to come back to campus and rekindle their own personal memories.”
Local lore states that in 1862 Madame Jane Hamilton Childs, the headmistress from a prominent Virginia family, was charged to oversee the now Athens State University during the Civil War. At the height of the war, Union Army Colonel John B. Turchin and his troops rode into Athens after suffering an ambush just north of the Tennessee line. When they reached the campus of the then girls’ college, the Colonel ordered his men to halt and rest their horses.
The headmistress bravely met Turchin at the door of Founders Hall as he demanded that the structure be evacuated so it could be burned to the ground. Childs didn’t say a word but produced a letter and handed it to him. Turchin read the letter once, drew himself to attention, saluted, and rejoined his troops ordering them to guard the campus during the entire siege of Athens. Legend has it that Childs, through her Virginia connections, had handed Turchin a letter signed by President Abraham Lincoln instructing that the school be saved at any cost.
“Through lectures and reenactments, we plan to recreate history by learning more about this legend and the strong woman who is its subject,” said DiLullo. “We hope to have something for everyone to enjoy.”
The homecoming activities kick off at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, May 4 with a reception and lectures at the Center for Lifelong Learning on the east side of the Limestone County Courthouse Square. Dr. Ron Fritze, Athens State’s Dean of Arts and Sciences will present a lecture on the Civil War. Athens State’s Archivist, Sara Love, will present a lecture on Madame Jane Hamilton Childs. There is a $10 per person fee for the Friday evening event and reservations are required.
Starting at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 5, a military camp display will open on the grounds of Founders Hall and blacksmith demonstrations will take place until 3:00 p.m . A reenactment of the exchange between Madame Childs and Colonel Turchin will take place on the steps of Founders Hall at 10:00 a.m. and cannon firings are scheduled for 9:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. These events held at Founders Hall and its front grove are free and open to the public.
There will be a Homecoming Luncheon on Saturday, May 5 that will honor the Class of 1962 and will feature Tommy Carter as the guest speaker. The luncheon will be held in the Sandridge Center Annex and will cost $15 per person with reservations required. Reservations must be made by April 30.
“We hope to see a lot of old friends and meet some new ones,” states Athens State Alumni Association President Chad Easterling. “Whether you are from the class of 1942 or 2012, or even if you are just an old friend of the University, we look forward to welcoming you to this event honoring our history.”
To learn more about the event visit www.athens.edu/Homecoming2012 or to request a brochure call 256-233-8185. You do not have to be an alumnus or student of Athens State to attend any of the events for the homecoming weekend.
Pictured: Madame Jane Hamilton Childs


Program between Athens State and Athens Middle School Recognized

April 3, 2012 - The SUCCESS Program, a mentoring program for at-risk middle school students, has been chosen as one of the “Best Practices” by the Southern Regional Education Board. The article about the program is featured in their fifth newsletter highlighting best practices presented at the 2011 High Schools That Work (HSTW) Staff Development Conference.

The SUCCESS Program was the idea of Athens Middle School Assistant Principle, Joanna May, and was supported by Athens State University who supplied education students from the College of Education as mentors. Material used in the program was produced by Athens State’s College of Business Associate Professor, Laura Lynn Kerner. Ms. Kerner’s book, My SUCCESS Manual, focuses on the development of self –esteem, building character, creating a vision and making plans to achieve that vision. In the SUCCESS Program students learn about the seven success builders; appearance, communication skills, education, continuous learning, financial management, good manners, appreciation of fine arts and the environment. The seven success busters are covered in the program and are brain and body killers, other addictions, uncontrolled emotions, poor financial management, yielding to peer pressure, making wrong choices and staying in hurtful and harmful relationships. Students also learn and practice the seven steps of problem solving and decision making.

The Annual HSTW Staff Development Conference draws more than 5,000 teachers, principals, district leaders, and educational experts to address current issues in high schools, and middle grades. The conference focuses on education and best practices being implemented in schools across the High Schools that Work, Making Middle Grades Work and Technology Centers that Work networks.

The Southern Regional Education Board’s newsletters can help strengthen efforts to provide every student with the opportunity to succeed in the middle grades, high school, postsecondary studies and a career. These newsletters are an excellent resource to help schools maintain their momentum in improving school and classroom practices.


Athens State Announces Senior Art Exhibition


April 2, 2012 – The Art Department at Athens State University announces its upcoming Senior Exhibition featuring works by Alexanderia Easterling, Barbara Laughbaum, Sheila Sambrano and Karmen Sledge.
The Exhibition will open on April 12 with an opening reception at noon. The works and the reception will be held in the Sandridge Student Center’s Student Art Gallery. The works will be available for viewing until May 25. Some pieces will be available for purchase.


Northwest-Shoals, Athens State Collaborate on Two Student Assisting Agreements


March 30, 2012 – Northwest-Shoals Community College and Athens State University have partnered to develop a Joint Admissions Agreement and a Reverse Transfer Program that benefit students who attend both institutions.
Dr. Robert Glenn, president of Athens State, Dr. Humphrey Lee, Northwest-Shoals president, and representatives from both institutions met on March 30, 2012, in the parlor of Athens State’s historic Founders Hall to sign the agreements and setting the stage for both programs to begin.
For the Joint Admissions Agreement, Athens State and Northwest-Shoals will allow students to declare an intent to enroll at Athens State University. Northwest-Shoals students must be in good standing and have a 2.0 cumulative grade point average to enter the program. They will be eligible to apply for the progam after taking a minimum of 16 hours of college coursework at Northwest-Shoals . Students who are accepted into this program will have their Athens State University admissions application fee waived.
The Reverse Transfer Agreement will give students who attended Northwest Shoals but transferred from to Athens State prior to completing their associate’s degree an opportunity to earn that community college degree. While attending Athens State, university credits can be transferred back to Northwest-Shoals allowing these students to complete their degree requirements without losing any university credit. Students are eligible for the program when they have earned at least 16 semester credits at Northwest-Shoals, have earned at least 3 semester credits at Athens State, and are in good standing at both institutions.
\\\"We are really looking forward to this new partnership with Athens State,” said Lee. “It will be a great benefit to current and former Northwest-Shoals students. Thanks to Athens State our former students will be notified of the reverse transfer program and awarded the associate\\\'s degree they earned after transferring. I believe this will give them added motivation to finish out their degree(s) at Athens.\\\"
“These agreements exemplifies both Northwest-Shoals’ and Athens State’s commitment to assisting their students at all stages of their educational process ,” stated Glenn. “We are proud to partner with our sister institution in the Alabama Community College System in forging new routes to make a bachelor’s degree achievable for those who seek it.”
Both programs became effective upon the signing of the articulation agreements and will remain in effect unless terminated by either institution.

Pictured: Seated: Northwest Shoals President Dr. Humphrey Lee, Athens State President Bob Glenn Standing: Northwest Shoals Vice President for Instruction Dr. Glenda Colagross, Athens State Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Ronald R. Cromwell.


Athens State Foundation to Host State of the City Address

March 29, 2012 - The Athens State University Foundation will be hosting a “State of the City Address” by Mayor Ronnie Marks at 11:45 a.m. on Wednesday, May 2 in the Ballroom of the Sandridge Student Center.
“As Athens continues to grow, it is important to have forums such as this to keep the populace informed as to the city’s plans and goals,” states Athens State Vice President for Advancement Rick Mould. “The Athens State Foundation is pleased to host this forum for the second year in a row.”
Marks began serving as mayor in 2011 following the election of then Mayor Dan Williams to the Alabama House of Representatives. The forum will focus on recapping the current issues facing the city of Athens and an overview of the city’s long-term strategic goals.
Tickets are required and cost $15 per person. A table of six can be purchased for $100, and recognized sponsorships are available for $250 (Gold) and $150 (Silver). Gold sponsorships will receive two complimentary tables, and silver sponsorship will receive one complimentary table.
All proceeds will support the Athens State University Foundation. For ticket orders or more information, please contact the Athens State Foundation office at 256-233-8215.


Athens State Center for Lifelong Learning Announces Upcoming Classes

March 29, 2012 – Athens State University’s Center for Lifelong Learning announces upcoming classes in April. For more information go to our website – www.athens.edu/CLL - or call 256-233-8260. Most classes have limited space. Early registration is suggested.

Ballroom Dance Demonstration
Don’t know if you really want to invest in dance classes yet. Here is a chance to see what is happening before you enroll. The class is scheduled Monday, April 9, 6:30 to 7:30 pm, CLL Lobby, No Fee There is a class for Beginners Ballroom Dance starting Monday, April 16-April 30, 6:30 to 7:30 pm, CLL Mezzanine, $55/person. The Intermediate Ballroom Dance class starts Monday, April 16-April 30, 7:45 to 8:45 pm, CLL Mezzanine, $55/person. A Swing Dances class is offered Thursday, April 19-May 3, 6:30 to 7:30 pm, CLL Mezzanine, $55/person.

The Middle East Influence
Dr. James McLemore, former editor for LiveWay in Nashville, TN, is an expert on Middle East history. He will address the influences of Middle East history on world events today. This event is sponsored by the Center for Lifelong Learning and Professor Laura Lynn Kerner’s International Business class. Class is scheduled Monday, April 9, 11:00 am to 12:30 pm, CLL Mezzanine, No Fee.

Introduction to Servant Leadership
Servant leaders achieve results for their organizations by giving priority attention to the needs of their colleagues and those they serve. Join us to learn more about this leadership philosophy and its relevance today. For questions about the program or to register call 256-233-8260. Class is scheduled Thursday, April 12, 10:00am to 1:00 pm, CLL Mezzanine, $79/person, includes lunch.

The Man Who Never Was: A Case Study on Decision Making in Wartime
Dr. Tom Pieplow will discuss a case study addressing a very difficult decision faced by Great Britain’s military leadership during World War II in their continuing intelligence efforts to confuse the German high command concerning a planned attack on Sicily. Class is scheduled Monday, April 16, 11:30 am to 12:30 pm, CLL Conference Room, No Fee.

Basic Cake Decorating
Learn the basics of simple cake decorating and how to make the perfect buttercream icing. Tammy Wilkinson will guide students in the first steps to decorating cakes. Class is open to ages 11 and up. Students will take home a sample cake. This class is a required course for the Cake Decorating Certificate. Class is scheduled Monday, April 16, 6:00 to 8:00 pm, CLL Mezzanine, $35/person.

Beginner Drawing
If you can write your name, you can draw. In Beginner Drawing, taught by Sascha Easterling, you\\\'ll learn what materials to use, how to see, draw with lines, squirkling, perspective 1, hatching, and shading. We will focus on cartoons and critters. Class is offered Tuesday, April 17-May 22, 9:00 to 10:30 am, CLL Mezzanine, $69/person.

Beginner Acrylic Painting:
In this beginner acrylic class, taught by Sascha Easterling, you will develop a working knowledge of: materials and their use, working with a basic color palette, theoretical color wheel, mixing basic colors, composing your painting, blocking out forms, basic brush work, and the care and maintenance of materials. You will learn how to paint and have a lot of fun in the process. Class is offered Thursday, April 19-May 24, 9:00 to 10:30 am, CLL Mezzanine, $69/person.

Who is to Blame for the Jedwabne Massacre?
Dr. Charles (Rick) Roberts will discuss the events that led to the Jedwabne Massacre, in Poland, during WWII, where approximately 1,600 Jewish residents were massacred by local citizens in a period of only a few days. This case study focuses on the events at Jedwabne and their meaning in historical and ethical terms. Class is scheduled Monday, April 23, 11:30 am to 12:30 pm, CLL Conference Room, No Fee.

Rosebuds and Flowers
Tammy Wilkinson will demonstrate how to make roses, rose buds, and other flowers. Students will also learn spacing and sizing to write and print on a cake. Class is open to ages 11 and up. Students will take home a sample cake. This class is a required course for the Cake Decorating Certificate. Class is offered Thursday, April 19, 6:00 to 8:00 pm, CLL Mezzanine, $35/person.

Cupcake Specials
It’s all about cupcakes. Tammy Wilkinson will show you how to make cupcake critters and clowns using special tips and techniques. Then students will try their hand at decorating special cupcakes. Class is open to ages 11 and up. Students will take home their special cupcakes. Class is offered Saturday, April 21, 6:00 to 8:00 pm, CLL Mezzanine, $35/person.

Put It All Together
Tammy Wilkinson will demonstrate how to professionally ice a cake. Class includes how to make borders using special tips. Add the roses and writing, and you will take home your special cake. Class is open to ages 11 and up. This class is a required course for the Cake Decorating Certificate. Class is offered Monday, April 23, 6:00 to 8:00 pm, CLL Mezzanine, $35/person.

Cookie Specials
Be the one with the coolest cookies at the next party. Tammy Wilkinson will show you how cake decorating techniques can make unique cookies. Class is open to ages 11 and up. Students will take home their special cookies. Class is offered Thursday, April 26, 6:00 to 8:00 pm, CLL Mezzanine, $35/person.

Working with Fondant
Let Tammy Wilkinson show you the key skills for kneading and rolling the firm sugary icing, fondant, that often adorns traditional cakes for weddings, showers, and christenings. Class is open to ages 11 and up. Students will take home their own creation using fondant. Class is offered Saturday, April 28, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm, CLL Mezzanine, $35/person.

Journey to Freedom by Margret Mefford
The author will discuss life in WWII Germany as told by children who endured the hardships. There will be a book signing after the discussion. The book discussion is scheduled Monday, April 30, 11:30 am to 12:30 pm, CLL Conference Room, No Fee.

Magnetic Memo Night
You\\\'ve seen those cool magnetic bulletin boards in stores--the ones that let you keep memos, check lists, notes, photos and memorabilia organized without pins or clips. Now, you can create your own memo board and make it as unique as you like (including make your own magnets). Class is offered Thursday, April 26, 6:00 to 8:30 pm, CLL Mezzanine, $55/person.

Open Studio Class
Come paint with us on Open Studio Nights. Lots of fun paintings to choose from and the whole family is invited. Open Studio is scheduled Thursday, April 12, Thursday, May 3, and Thursday, May 17. Class are in the CLL Mezzanine and cost $39/person.

Sumi-e Painting
Jane Moody has been painting Asian art since the 1980’s. Using traditional brushes and ink, she will show you step-by-step the Asian style brush paintings. With lots of ink, a good brush, and steady hand, you will get excellent results. All supplies provided. Class is scheduled Thursday and Friday, April 19-April 20, 9:00 am-12:00 pm, CLL Mezzanine, $45/person.

Film Favorites Series
If you love movies you will want to attend the Film Favorites Series. Each film will be introduced by a discussion leader. Participants will receive a study guide for the film and there will be a short question and answer period at the end. All films have been recognized for their artistic, cultural, or historical significance. We will bring the popcorn and drinks. The film for April is The Miracle Worker (1962) NR, starring Patty Duke and Anne Bancroft. The movie night is Friday, April 27, 6:30 to 8:30 pm, CLL Mezzanine, $8/person.

Writing for Fun and Profit
Every writer dreams of the day their work is published. Kelly Kazek, author and editor for the Athens News Courier, will explore the obstacles and opportunities for those who want to write for fun or profit. Class is scheduled Tuesday, April 24—May 1, 6:30-8:30 pm, CLL Conference Room, $45/person.

Adobe Photoshop Elements 9
With Adobe Photoshop you can edit and create unique photo collections, repair photos, create scrapbook pages, and print photos from your home computer. Let Kelly Kazek, editor for The News Courier, show you how. Class is designed for experienced computer users. Class size is limited so register early. Class is scheduled Thursday, April 12-May 17, 6:30 to 8:30 pm, CLL Room 101, $75/person.



Mr. and Ms. Athens State University Recognized


March 28, 2012 - Athens State President Bob Glenn named the 2012 Mr. and Ms. Athens State University on Friday evening, March 23 at a reception in Founders Hall Parlor. Mr. and Ms. Athens State University are Stephen Embry and Lauren Baker.
Stephen James Embry, from Rogersville, and is the son of James and Libbie Embry. He transferred to Athens State from Northwest Shoals Community College in the fall of 2010. Embry is pursuing a degree in Enterprise Systems Management with a minor in Informations Systems Management. He is an active member of the Athens State’s Student Government Association, and is an intern at Athens State doing various technical jobs for the Admission, Financial Aid, and Veteran Affairs offices. Upon graduation, Embry plans to pursue a career involving technical support for either the military or government.
Lauren Baker, the daughter of Keith and Donna Clark, graduated from Athens Bible School in 2008 and is currently a senior at Athens State, completing her degree in Business Management. In addition to her studies, she works at the US Army Corps of Engineers in Huntsville. Prior to that position she was employed here at Athens State as a student worker in the College of Education. Baker has served as the 2009-2010 Head Athenian, Junior Class President, has served on the 2009-2010, 2010-2011 Founder’s Court, and was elected as Ms. Athens State University 2010.


Athens State Students Assist Local Pro Football Team


March 26, 2012 - A simple definition of the term logistics is “the science of planning, organizing and managing activities that provide goods or services.” Those familiar with logistics are likely to be many of the Army professionals ensuring our soldiers have everything needed, as they defend our freedoms in some of the most hostile regions of the world. The Army Aviation and Missile Command (AMCOM) and their parent headquarters, the Army Materiel Command (AMC), have set the standard for exceptional logistics programs and they have the distinction of providing the highest levels of readiness and operational support to our armed forces. Now enterprises outside the military recognize that logistics can be a key element of their success and if administered correctly, offer opportunities to both improve their performance while also reducing costs. Therefore, logistics is fostering some unique and creative relationships here in the Tennessee Valley.
The Alabama Hammers is Huntsville and the Tennessee Valley’s locally owned professional football team in the Professional Indoor Football League, and “Hammer Time” at the Von Braun Center's Propst Arena has become one of the hottest tickets in north Alabama. What many don’t know is the part logistics is playing in the Hammer’s success and how this is being facilitated by a group of talented students from Athens State University. In 2010, Athens State launched three new business majors in Acquisition and contract Management, Enterprise Systems Management, and Logistics and Supply Chain Management. These programs were initiated to assist the efforts of the Tennessee Valley BRAC (Base Realignment and Closure) Committee, and to ultimately aid the long-term needs of the workforce that will be employed on Redstone Arsenal and throughout the North Alabama and South Tennessee region. As businesses across the world are discovering, logistics is a lynchpin to success outside traditional military enterprises.
“From day one, we considered it a privilege to provide Huntsville and the Tennessee Valley what it richly deserves to have and that is a locally owned professional football team that is exceptional in every respect,” said Joe Stroud, Team President. “And obviously, a fantastic football team starts with talent on the field and in the coaching staff. Our fans are absolutely the best and we wanted every aspect of our operations to provide a total entertainment experience that we believe they deserve. So we worked with Athens State and established several logistics internships and today, these students are playing key roles in our operations.” “The phrase ‘win-win’ is a perfect description of the program we have with the Alabama Hammers,” said Dr. Linda Shonesy, Dean of the College of Business. “Our students now have unparalleled opportunities to work with some world-class professionals with the Hammers and see logistics principles put into operation. As for the Alabama Hammers, they are tapping into a renowned faculty and student population that bring cutting edge skills and techniques to the table.”
“When I entered Athens State, I never envisioned having an opportunity to work with a professional football team. However, in the course of my studies, I’ve discovered logistics is involved in almost everything we do” said John Springer, one of the Athens State interns with the Hammers. “I’ve discovered that a logistician is similar to the conductor of an orchestra, because it doesn’t matter how well individual musicians may play, their talents must be brought together in a cohesive manner to make music. This opportunity with the Alabama Hammers has afforded me an opportunity not only to learn how logistics operates in the real-world, but also it has also shown me what it means to be a professional.”
“We are finding a growing demand for our students and the talents they bring to the marketplace” added Dr. Shonesy. “With organizations like the Alabama Hammers and many other businesses, who have established similar internships for our students, they are realizing opportunities to apply their skills in a laboratory-type setting, so that when they graduate, they can hit the ground running. If current demand is any indication, we’re just seeing the tip of the iceberg in terms of what we can offer the business community. At the end of the day, everyone at Athens State is here to do one thing and that is to build success stories for our students. Needless to say, we are all excited.”


Athens State to offer Adult Degree Completion Program


March 26, 2012 - Athens State University announced today the development of an Adult Degree Completion Program (ADCP) which is approved for implementation with beginning of the Spring Semester, 2013. This program will offer baccalaureate degrees designed for working adults age 25 and over who have at least 5 years of fulltime work experience. The program targets students who have not yet completed a college degree and need the opportunity to complete their educational goals.
“Dr. Jim Kerner, Associate Professor in the College of Business, will serve as the Director of the ADCP and will coordinate recruitment, marketing, and retention of adult degree seeking students,” states Athens State Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Ronald R. Cromwell. “Dr. Kerner brings a knowledge and understanding of these programs, as he participated in a similar program in his undergraduate degree program. He will work closely with the Center for Lifelong Learning and ensure that adult/non-traditional students receive appropriate assistance from all student service providers and faculty, to ease the program transition of these students and allow educational goals to be achieved.”
The ADCP will target students who have “stopped out” of college and would generally have 41credits of college credit. Students can submit documentation for up to 32 semester hours of challenge exam credit, or up to 32 hours of prior learning assessment, using national standards. This would include work-based credit related to the particular degree program being pursued. Students will be required to take at least 33 credits of courses at Athens State University. The program will meet the needs of students who desire a quality accredited program with the flexibility to meet their individual needs, and is designed for the student to take courses either online or in the classroom and benefit from Athens State’s experienced faculty.
Degrees will include a Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies, Management of Technology, and Education with a concentration in Career/ Technical Education (non- teacher certificate track). Graduates will be prepared to perform productively and professionally in current positions, to assume higher levels of responsibility in career fields, or to further their education in graduate programs if desired.
“We are in the planning stages for what I believe will be a very popular program,” states Kerner. “As the logistics and the details become more firm, we will certainly make more information available to those who may be interested in pursuing a degree through this method. Now that the program has been approved, we can focus on the fine points and how we can develop the best possible plan to benefit our students.”
Athens State University provides a quality education for students with the lowest tuition in the state, and now is offering a flexible degree program for students who need to complete their baccalaureate degree, and yet continue to meet work or other life obligations.


Athens State to present program on Servant Leadership

March 23, 2012 - Athens State’s Center for Lifelong Learning will present “Introduction to Servant Leadership” featuring speaker Kelvin Redd on Thursday, April 12 from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at the Center’s downtown location, 121 S. Marion Street in Athens. Registration for the event is open to the public with a charge of $79.00 that includes lunch.
Redd is the director of the Center for Servant Leadership, a division of the Pastoral Institute in Columbus, Georgia. He is publisher of the blog iLead2Serve and author of “Stand Tall: Essays on Life and Servant Leadership.”
Servant Leadership is a lifelong journey that includes the discovery of one’s self, a desire to serve others and a commitment to lead. Servant leaders achieve results for their organizations by giving priority attention to the needs of their colleagues and those they serve. “I am really looking forward to this presentation,” states Athens State’s Director of the Center for Religious Studies and Ethics Dr. Robert White. “I am so excited by it that I personally want to be certified as a servant leader. I think this is great for our area.”
To register for the event, contact the Center for Lifelong Learning at 256-233-8260 or visit


Snead State and Athens State Collaborate on Transfer Agreement

March 21, 2012 – Snead State Community College and Athens State University have partnered to develop a Reverse Transfer Agreement that benefits students who attend both institutions.

Dr. Robert Glenn, president of Athens State and Dr. Robert Exley, president of Snead State Community College finalized the preparations for the agreement on March 20, 2012. It became effective upon its siging and will remain in effect unless terminated by either institution.

“This agreement makes for closer ties between our two institutions,” stated Glenn. “It also helps us meet the overall goal of President Obama’s College Completion Goral which encourages all higher education institutions to increase the number of college graduates.”

The Reverse Transfer Agreement will give students who attended Snead State but transferred to Athens State prior to completing their associate’s degree an opportunity to earn that community college degree. While attending Athens State, university credits can be transferred back to Snead State allowing these students to complete their degree requirements without losing any university credit. Students are eligible for the program when they have earned at least 15 semester credits at Snead State, have earned at least 3 semester credits at Athens State, and are in good standing at both institutions.

“Today more than ever before, it is important to possess a college degree,” states Exley. “I personally believe the more the merrier. But, then I loved being a college student. I possess AA, BS, MA and PhD degrees. My dream is that every single student who attends Snead State Community College leave with a Snead degree. However, the reality is that many transfer without the degree. This reverse transfer agreement will now make it possible for significantly more Snead alumni to be awarded their Snead degrees even as they complete their bachelors level studies with Athens State University. This is a win-win-win!


Athens State to Light Founders Hall Blue for Autism Awareness


March 19, 2012 - Athens State University is planning to join Autism Speaks in celebrating World Autism Awareness Day on Monday, April 2. As part of a word-wide movement, Autism Speaks has asked that monuments and buildings of note “Light It Up Blue” to help shine a light on autism. Athens State will participate by lighting their historic Founders Hall for that one night.
“We have spotlights in place that light Founders Hall nightly and we have acquired blue theatrical film to cover the lights and hopefully wash the building in a blue tone,” states Director of Public Relations Guy McClure. “To my knowledge, the front of Founders has never been illuminated in a color so we are anxious to see how it will look. We hope the public will take a walk or drive by on the night of April 2nd to check it out.”
Light It Up Blue, in its third year, is a unique global initiative to help raise awareness about the growing public health concern that is autism. Iconic landmarks around the world will Light It Up Blue to show their support. In the past, such landmarks as the Empire State Building, Niagara Falls, The Sydney Opera House, and Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro have been lighted in blue to support autism awareness.


Athens State Receives Memorable Memory from Memorie Gray Holt


March 14, 2012 - Diplomas are usually prized possessions hung proudly on prominent walls, but every now and then one gets away from the family and becomes just another piece of paper to those who have no connection to it. But the hard-earned sheepskin from one Athenian’s college days has been retrieved from a dusty demise and is being honored with a place in the University’s archives. When Sandra Neal Marks, owner of Simply Yesterday Antiques and More bought the contents of a local house, a 1926 Rivers Academy diploma belonging to a Memorie Gray Holt was a part of the contents. Rivers Academy was the name of the girl’s collegiate prep school associated with Athens Female Academy now known as Athens State University. Memorie Gray Holt, a local girl, matriculated to Athens Female Academy and graduated in 1930.

Marks has graciously donated the framed diploma to the Athens State archives. The archives of Athens State, located in the University Library, provide information services and resources to support and protect the history of Athens State University.

“Diplomas are certainly cherished documents and we have a wonderful collection with some being quite rare,” states Sara Love, the Athens State Archivist. “We are pleased to include Memorie Gray Holt’s to our trove.”

A quote that accompanies Memorie’s picture in the 1930 yearbook entitled Maid of Athens reads: “This member of our class gained a goodly march upon the rest of our number. She hath left us blossoming alone on ye olde tree of single blessedness...”

The yearbook goes on to note that she acquired more than a diploma while on the Athens campus, she also acquire the new last name of Ellis. “…for she acquired a degree last year – that of MRS.”


Athens State University Hosting Annual Alumni Recognition Event


March 13, 2012. – Athens State University hosted its 104th annual Alumni Banquet on March 3. The event honored its Distinguished Alumnus of the Year and was held in the University’s newly renovated Sandridge Center Ballroom on its Athens campus.

This year’s banquet highlighted the 150th anniversary of the saving of the college from Union destruction by the then head-mistress of the institution, Madame Jane Hamilton Childs.

Award recipients at this year’s banquet were:
Distinguished Alumnus of the Year- Julius Edward “Chuck” Meriwether
Outstanding Alumnus in Arts and Sciences- Representative Todd Greeson
Outstanding Alumnus in Business – Sharon Denise Zirbel
Outstanding Alumnus in Education- Elizabeth Ann Entrekin
Outstanding Commitment to Teaching- Dr. Mark Durm
Dedicated Support Staff Award- Teresa Suit
Dewees and Jim Beasley Appreciation Award – Berval and Sandra Bennett


Athens State Charters International Social Sciences Honor Society


March 12, 2012. - Athens State University has recently chartered a chapter of Pi Gamma Mu, an international honor society honor society advancing social sciences. The Athens State chapter will be named Alabama Eta.

Pi Gamma Mu is the oldest and preeminent honor society focusing on the social sciences with over 150 chapters in the United States and overseas. The mission of the organization is to encourage and recognize superior scholarship in social science disciplines and to foster cooperation and social service among its members. Pi Gamma Mu serves the various social science disciplines which seek to understand and explain human behavior and social relationships as well as their related problems and issues.

“Pi Gamma Mu offers Athens State students the opportunity to see the impact that social sciences have locally and globally,” states Athens State chapter sponsor Dr. Prentice Chandler. “It is a true working honor society that can benefit the participants as well as the campus and community.” Membership to Pi Gamma Mu is open to qualified undergraduate students and faculty involved in the social sciences. Athens State members must have a 3.5 GPA and be enrolled with at least 20 semester hours of classes such as economics, history, political science, sociology, anthropology, geography, psychology, criminal justice, social work or international relations. Charter members in the Athens State society include Kayla Scott, Nicholas Tipper, Brian North, Stephen Smallwood, Ryan Walker, Kelly Lumpkin Riley, Russell Walker, Garrett Monroe, Theresa Haverkamp, Corey Flanagan, Thomas Bottoms, Josh Cote, Martina Mosley, Donny Stevens and Jamie Suggs. To learn more about the society visit http://www.pigammamu.org/. For information on the local chapter contact Chandler at Prentice.Chandler@athens.edu


Athens State to Assist Correctional Facility with Classroom Space

March 12, 2012 - The damage sustained by the Limestone Correctional Facility’s training facility during the March 2 storms prompted a need for training space for correctional officers and staff members. Athens State University will provide a classroom for the estimated 15 to 20 Alabama Department of Corrections’ employees in Waters Hall on their Athens campus.

“We are pleased to have a classroom available for these officers,” states Athens State Provost Ronald R. Cromwell. “We certainly sympathize with their situation and will offer the full services of the University to help them through their time of rebuilding.”

Department of Corrections employees will be sharing the space from mid-March until August 1. Athens State has offered a classroom in the newly renovated sciences building to give ample time for the state to make permanent arrangements.

No inmates will be involved in the training session or will be brought to the Athens State campus.


Calhoun, Athens State Partner to Provide Students Opportunity for Degree Completion


February 29, 2012 - Calhoun Community College and Athens State University are coming together in an effort to increase the number of students obtaining their associate’s degree through a new initiative called the Reverse Transfer Program.

Dr. Robert Glenn, president of Athens State, Dr. Marilyn Beck, Calhoun president, and representatives from both institutions met on February 28, 2012, at Athens State to sign the articulation agreement officially kicking-off the program.

According to the partnership agreement, the program gives students who attended Calhoun but transferred from the college to Athens State prior to completing their associate’s degree an opportunity to earn their degree. While attending Athens State, university credits will be transferred back to Calhoun allowing these students to complete their degree requirements without losing any university credit. There will be no additional cost to the students for participating in the reverse transfer program.

\\\"This partnership between Athens State and Calhoun represents yet another initiative in which we are both involved that is not only benefitting our students, but the region that were both serve,” commented Beck. “It provides a wonderful opportunity for Calhoun students to complete their associate’s degree while they are pursuing their bachelor’s degree at Athens State without any interruption in their studies, and helps us to meet President Obama’s College Completion Goal, which encourages all higher education institutions to increase the number of college graduates,” Beck added.

“We believe the reverse transfer agreement helps our students and helps our community college partners in significant ways,” stated Glenn. “My only regret is that we did not put this into place sooner because it is a true and tangible benefit to all the parties involved.”

Students will have to meet the degree requirements for Calhoun and will then be eligible to participate in the college’s graduation ceremonies.


Athens State Student is Reigning Ms. Wheelchair Alabama


February 28, 2012 - Athens State University Senior, Shannon Roberts, is the reigning Ms. Wheelchair Alabama until the 2012 pageant scheduled for March 24th.

Roberts was crowned on April 23 of last year ten years after an accident nearly took her life and confined her to a wheelchair.

“It was a great honor to represent Alabama for the past year,” states Roberts who advocated for all people with disabilities. “I look forward to crowning my successor and letting her advocate for her worthy cause.”

The pageant will be held at Rehabilitation Services on Johnson Road in Huntsville. The event begins at 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

“We will be asking for a $5 donation for attendance to the event to help with fees,” Roberts continued. “The event is open to the public. Females age 21-60 in wheelchairs can participate if registered. There is a $50 registration fee.”

To register or for more information email SRoberts2003@knology.net .



Southern Historian George Rable to speak at Athens State University


February 27, 2012 – The Livingston Concert Lecture Series of Athens State University is pleased to host a lecture by Dr. George Rable, the Charles Summersell Chair in Southern History at the University of Alabama. Rable plans to speak on the role of religion in the Civil War.

The event is planned for Thursday, March 29 at 7:00 p.m. in the Ballroom of the Sandridge Student Center on the Athens State campus. The lecture is free and open to the public.

A native of Lima, Ohio, Rable received his B.A from Bluffton College and his M.A and Ph.D. from Louisiana State University. He taught at Anderson University in Indiana from 1979–1998. From 2004–2008, he served as the President of the Society of Civil War Historians.

Rable’s books include: Fredericksburg! Fredericksburg! which won the Lincoln Prize, the Society for Military History Distinguished Book Award in American Military History, the Jefferson Davis Award, the Douglas Southall Freeman History Award and was a History Book Club selection; The Confederate Republic: A Revolution Against Politics which was a History Book Club selection; Civil Wars: Women and the Crisis of Southern Nationalism which won the Julia Cherry Spruill Prize and the Jefferson Davis Award; and But There Was No Peace: The Role of Violence in the Politics of Reconstruction. His latest book, God’s Almost Chosen Peoples: A Religious History of the American Civil War will be published by the University of North Carolina Press in the fall of 2010.

“Lectures in regards to the Civil War have a great appeal for our students and for our community at large,” states Guy McClure, Athens State’s Chairman of the Livingston Concert Lecture Series. “We look forward to hearing Dr. Rable’s findings as to the impact of religion within the conflicts of a war that has such a strong local history.”

For more information, call 256-233-8296. The J. Harrison and Robbie Nelle Christopher Livingston Concert Lecture Series is made possible from an endowment from Robbie Nelle Christopher Livingston of the class of 1942.


Athens State Student Named Alabama Big Brother of the Year


February 14, 2012- Dustin Bowman, an education major at Athens State University, was recently named Big Brother of the Year for the state of Alabama. Bowman, a Hartselle native, was nominated along with his Little Brother Sawyer McCormick by the Morgan County chapter of Big Brothers and Big Sisters.

“To me, being named ‘Big Brother of the year’ means I can represent a great mentoring organization in my local community as well as the state,” states Bowman. “It is an honor and privilege to be given this award!”

Bowman became involved with the Big Brothers Big Sisters program in 2009 and was matched with McCormick in early 2010. The program had an influence in his career path as he was originally a biology major and planned on attending Pharmacy School. Upon his involvement with the organization, he changed his major to elementary education.

“I have always wanted to teach but never followed through with it until becoming involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters,” remarked Bowman. “I wanted to make a bigger difference in the life of a child outside the classroom. “

Bowman also found inspiration from his wife who is a Certified Elementary Educator. He is currently doing his field service at Julian Harris Elementary School in Decatur and expects to graduate from Athens State in May of this year.

“Dustin is an exemplary ASU elementary major intern,” states Jill Cook, Athens State’s Certification Officer. “He is not only an outstanding classroom teacher, but has taken on several additional responsibilities within his school placement.”

In addition to his practice teaching, Bowman has planned and organized a grade level field trip, is volunteering with Julian Harris’ spirit night at Chick-Fil-A, and is planning to help re-paint the school parking. He also works with the Student Council Team and has started a “Math Intervention” group. Big Brother of the year for the state of Alabama includes having lunch with Governor Bentley and being recognized for being a positive role model in the life of a child. “Sawyer and I find out in March if we win the national contest and fly to Washington, D.C. to meet President Obama,” added Bowman.

Big Brothers Big Sisters is a non-profit mentoring organization that matches children (ages 5-15) with an adult volunteer. Most of the children in our program come from single parent homes and are in need of additional attention, time and support.


Athens State Announces Elementary Collaborative Program for Education Majors


February 14, 2012 - Athens State University is proud to announce that it is now offering a combined Elementary Education and Collaborative K-6 program. Upon completion of this newly implemented program, teaching certificates can be obtained in elementary education combined with collaborative K-6 instruction.

Collaborative K-6 coursework trains future teachers in classroom education focusing on students with special education needs. Elementary education prepares educators for the broad K-6 curriculum. The combination of these two courses of study will allow Athens State to prepare their graduates with a flexibility to offer their teaching skills to cover both areas.

“We have hoped to offer this combined course of study for quite a while,” stated College of Education Dean Debra Baird. “We expect this to become a very popular program quickly as it allows future educators to be more flexible and work in an interdisciplinary manner within their school systems.”

The total number of hours for graduation with this major is 130 semester hours. This includes 54 semester hours in the Core and Major Prerequisite hours, 25 semester hours in the Professional Studies Curriculum, and 51 semester hours in the Teaching Field. There will be 5 semester hour internships for both Elementary Education and Collaborative K-6, taken the same semester.
For more information about this program, visit www.athens.edu/education.


Sylvester Wells Presents Artwork at Athens State for Black History Month


February 13, 2012 - The public is invited to the Athens State University Art Gallery on the second floor of the Sandridge Student Center to view prints by artist Sylvester Wells. The exhibit will run through February 29.

Wells is an African-American painter and is known as a Florida Highwayman. Blending colorful abstraction and realism in the same painting, he sold his work door to door to make a living in Florida in the 1960’s and 70’s. He was encouraged by Alfred Hair and Harold Newton, as they were painting Florida beach scenes and selling them out of the back of their car.

Wells will give a presentation on his work and life at noon on Wednesday, February 22 in the Athens State Ballroom. Original artworks may be available for sale.

The works on view precede Florida Highwaymen days, and will be on exhibition until February 29, 2012. They seem to capture the enlightened thoughts of Mr. Wells enchanting early days.

The Sandridge Center, on Athens State University main campus, 300 N. Beaty Street, Athens, Alabama, is open Monday – Friday 8:00 – 4:30PM. Admission is free and open to the public.

For more information call 256-233-8296.


Athens State University Hosting Annual Alumni Recognition Event


February 13, 2012 – Athens State University will be hosting its 104th annual Alumni Banquet honoring its Distinguished Alumnus of the Year. The event will be held at 6:00pm on Saturday, March 3rd in the University’s newly renovated Sandridge Center Ballroom on its Athens campus.

This year’s banquet will highlight the 150th anniversary of the saving of the college from Union destruction by the then head-mistress of the institution, Madame Jane Hamilton Childs.

Legend has it that a letter from President Abraham Lincoln himself, presented by Madame Childs, prevented Federals forces from invading the school and its property.

“We enjoy being able to recognize our alumni each year,” remarks Athens State Alumni Director Trish Di Lullo. “This awards banquet will be a wonderful opportunity to do just that and to honor the legend of Madame Childs."

This year’s award recipients are:

Distinguished Alumnus of the Year- Julius Edward “Chuck” Meriwether

Outstanding Alumnus in Arts and Sciences- Representative Todd Greeson

Outstanding Alumnus in Business – Sharon Denise Zirbel

Outstanding Alumnus in Education- Elizabeth Ann Entrekin

Outstanding Commitment to Teaching- Dr. Mark Durm

Dedicated Support Staff Award- Teresa Suit

Dewees and Jim Beasley Appreciation Award – Berval and Sandra Bennett

For reservations or information call 256-233-8185. Tickets are $25 per person and must be paid by Friday, February 24, 2012.


Athens State Receives Grant Supporting the Renovation of the Beaty Mason Home


February 7, 2012 - Athens Sate University Foundation recently received a $35,000 grant from the Daniel Foundation of Alabama to support renovations to the Beaty Mason home, a landmark in the Athens Historic District. The home, built by Athens founder Robert Beaty in 1826, was purchased from the Beaty descendents by the then Athens College in 1958. It serves as the residence for the institution’s President and his family as well as serving as a venue for University and community receptions. The antebellum structure also acts as an architectural edifice for educational tours and meetings.
The Athens State University Foundation Board and the University’s continuing commitment to preserving the home prompted the initiation of a campaign to restore the Beaty-Mason House last year. The campaign goal is to preserve this valuable educational and architectural resource for future generations.
“The Foundation and Athens State provide funds for daily operation and maintenance of the property,” states Lynne Ingram, Athens State’s Director of Government, Corporate and Foundation Relations. “But it is support for the actual renovations costs that is the basis for our campaign. We thank the Daniel Foundation for their vote of confidence in our endeavor and for helping us to get closer to our goal of achieving the most effective preservation possible for this project.“
The Daniel Foundation of Alabama\\\'s mission is to strengthen communities within Alabama and improve the quality of life for citizens from all regions of Alabama through the support of quality educational programs, arts and culture, civic and community programs, and medical care and research.
“The Daniel Foundation has a long-standing history of generosity to Athens State,” says Vice President for Advancement Rick Mould. “We certainly appreciate our partnership and their contribution stewarding this historic Athenian structure.”
For more information on the Beaty Mason project, visit the campaign website at www.athens.edu/foundation/beaty_mason_online.pdf


Athens State Received State Grant Supporting North Alabama Center for the Arts


February 1, 2012 – The Alabama State Council for the Arts has awarded Athens State University a grant totaling $4,900 to support the North Alabama Center for the Arts.

The North Alabama Center for the Arts, located in downtown Decatur, will serve students from Calhoun Community College and Athens State University as well as individuals and groups from the surrounding community as a working arts and design facility, exhibition, meeting, and performance space. The Center will house fine arts studio and art history courses for both institutions, as well as faculty offices, galleries, and community spaces.

“We are pleased to have support from this state organization committed to championing the arts in our area,” states Athens State’s Director of Government, Corporate and Foundation Relations Lynne Ingram. “With limited legislative appropriations for 2012, the Alabama State Council for the Arts’ giving abilities have been decreased and I understand that only the highest ranked and top priority applications were funded. It is a huge boost to our program to have their support and be recognized for this important initiative.”

The North Alabama Center for the Arts is scheduled to open in the fall of 2012 and will have a preliminary focus on fine arts with plans for expansion into music, theater and dance in the future.


Athens State Hosting Black History Month Program February 5


January 27, 2011 - Athens State University will be hosting its annual Black History Month Program on Sunday, February 5 at 3:00 p.m. in the ballroom of the Sandridge Student Center. This year’s theme will be “Occupy Culture and Diversity.” The event is free and open to the public.

Senior Pastor Dusty McLemore of Lindsay Lane Baptist Church will be the event’s key note speaker. The program participants will be Antoyne Green, Athens State President Bob Glenn, a poem by Lisa Strong, a song by Calvin Drake, and Pastor John Jude of Pleasant Grove CP Church. Entertainment will be provided by Le’Maseran Dance Company, the Sojourners singers from Lindsay Lane Baptist Church, and members of the 6th grade class of Athens Intermediate School who will be presenting a Wax Museum display.

“This year’s presentation will focus on culture and diversity and its impact on our daily lives,” states Black History Month Chairperson Sharon Carter. “We have opened this event at Athens State to the entire area and look forward to our time to share an important message with the community as a whole.”

Reservations are not required to attend the event. Please call 256-233-8296 for more information.


Athens State In-Service Center Leadership Symposium


January 18, 2012 - Athens State University’s Regional In-Service Center is gearing up to host the upcoming FranklinCovey “The Leader in Me” Symposium on February 2 and 3, 2012. The now sold out symposium will be held on the Athens State University campus in Athens, Alabama.

“The symposium sold out early,” states Charlotte Feigley, Assistant Director of the Regional Inservice Center. “I believe the symposium’s content and the increased popularity of the Leadership process as a necessary teaching tool have worked together to make this a major draw for educators from around the Southeast.”

Feigley continues, “This will have a campus-wide presence. Break-out sessions are planned for most instructional buildings spaces and we are excited to showcase Athens State as well as serve as the host for this informative symposium.”

Keynote speakers and special guests include FranklinCovey Senior Vice President Sean Covey, Education Consultant, Lonnie Moore, Educator and founder of the Freedom Writers Foundation Erin Gruwell, Principal & Education Leadership Consultant Muriel Summers, and Alabama State Department of Education Assistant Superintendent, Sherrill Parris.

Activities will include thought-provoking keynote addresses, interactive breakout sessions, professional learning networking opportunities, and paradigm-shifting school visits to select elementary and middle schools implementing the Leader in Me process in Lawrence, Limestone and Morgan counties.

The Leader in Me is a whole-school transformation model that acts like the operating system of a computer — it improves performance of all the other programs within a school. Based on The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, The Leader in Me produces transformational results such as higher academic achievement, fewer discipline problems, and increased engagement among teachers and parents. Better yet, The Leader in Me equips students with the self-confidence and skills they need to thrive in the 21st century economy.


Athens State Professor to study insurance affordability for Governor


January 17, 2012 - Athens State University’ Associate Professor of Management Tom Pieplow was recently appointed to assist Alabama’s Affordable Homeowners Insurance Commission by Governor Robert Bentley.

“Dr. Pieplow will be assisting as a member of a subcommittee formed for educational purposes,” states Athens State President Bob Glenn. “His charge would be to ensure that any statutory and/or regulatory proposals to the Governor from the commission be economically sound.”

The commission was created last May by executive order to combat the crisis of a lack of affordable comprehensive insurance for homeowners plagued by violent storms, natural disasters tornadoes, tropical storms and hurricanes.

Pieplow was tapped to assist the commission at the suggestion of committee member John Caylor after being identified by Glenn as a person of expertise.

Pieplow will be responsible for putting forward his advice in a formal presentation to the 31 member commission. The commission will then present their findings to the Governor.

The commission and subsequent subcommittees will remain in force until such time as the executive order is modified or rescinded by the Governor.

“As a result of April’s tornados, everyone saw the catastrophic losses our area incurred,” remarked Pieplow. “But over the last decade, extreme weather conditions have contributed to a tripling of homeowners claim costs and the average price for coverage paid by Alabamians is now in the top third of the nation.”

Pieplow continued, “Governor Bentley recognizes that a lack of affordable comprehensive insurance for homeowners impacts the State of Alabama far beyond the storm damaged communities and because effective legislative solutions have worked in other states, he established the Affordable Homeowners Insurance Commission to study the issues arising from a lack of affordable and comprehensive insurance for Alabama homeowners.”

The commission and subsequent subcommittees will remain in force until such time as the executive order is modified or rescinded by the Governor.


Athens State University commencement planned for January 14th

January 10, 2012 – Athens State University’s graduation exercises will be held in the Carter Gymnasium on Saturday, January 14 with three separate ceremonies for each of the University’s Colleges.

At 9:00 a.m., the College of Arts and Sciences’ graduation ceremony will be held with Alabama Representative Mac McCutcheon serving as the key note speaker. A native of Madison County, McCutcheon was elected to the Alabama House of Representatives in 2006 and serves the communities of Madison, Capshaw, Monrovia and East Limestone. McCutcheon has worked 25 years with the Huntsville Police Department and the City of Huntsville Municipal Court System. His career in law enforcement includes Police Officer, Police Trainer, Investigator/Major Crimes, Hostage Negotiator and Probation Officer.

At 12:00 noon, the College of Business will commence with Alabama State Senator Bill Holtzclaw addressing the attendees.

A 2006 graduate of Athens State’s College of Business, Holtzclaw retired from a 20-year career with the Marine Corps in 2003 after two tours of duty in the Persian Gulf and Somalia. Holtzclaw was elected to serve in Alabama’s Senate in 2010 representing Limestone and Madison Counties.

At 3:00 p.m., the College of Education will present diplomas to their graduates with former Limestone County Probate Judge Mike Davis serving as the college’s keynote speaker.

Davis graduated from Athens State University in 1971 with a degree in education. His first position was teaching political science at Ardmore High School. In 1982, Davis was elected Probate Judge of Limestone County Probate and ran unopposed for four consecutive terms. He was serving in his fifth term upon his retirement in May of 2011.

Approximately 300 students are expected to march, encompassing the graduating classes for the three colleges for the 2011 fall semester.

Athens State\\\'s Commencement Ceremonies are free and open to the public. For more information call 256-233-8296.


Advertising Organization Chartered at Athens State University


January 5, 2012 - Athens State University in collaboration with American Advertising Federation-North Alabama has created a student AAF chapter at Athens State University. This is the first time a student AAF club has been on the Athens State campus. Membership is open to any student with an interest in marketing, advertising, art and graphic design. Students will have the opportunity to network with future colleagues in these areas and scholarships are available to student members. Members can compete for Student ADDY Awards, a unique national awards program where student’s work is judged.

The Athens State club recently elected officers - Layton Holman, President, Flat Rock, AL; Alex Coronado, VP, Powell, AL; Jake Worthington, Treasurer, Athens, AL; Leonard Morris, Public Relations, Decatur, AL. Athens State Faculty Advisers are Professor Laura Lynn Kerner and Dr. Jim Kerner.

AAF-Athens State plans to offer students the opportunity to mix with different professionals from north Alabama and the chance to attend a larger monthly meeting at the AAF-NA chapter in Huntsville. Future plans include, raising money to send members to conferences across the country where they will have access to national leaders in the fields of marketing, advertising and graphic design. This is truly an exciting opportunity for students at Athens State.

AAF offers many resources to students in the advertising world. AAF has over 40,000 business professional members around the country and over 2,000 student members. It offers scholarship programs, awards, conferences, and limitless networking. Students will participate in monthly meetings in which local business men/women will present presentations about different aspects of marketing.

Photo from left to right: Leonard Morris, Jake Worthington, Alex Coronado and Layton Holman.


Fashion Designer and Project Runway Alum to Speak at Athens State

January 4, 2012 - Heidi Standridge knows how to inject that “Southern sparkle” into the modern girl’s wedding. From her hometown of Birmingham to Project Runway and back, Standridge has patterned her life after fashion. Since the launch of the Heidi Elnora brand in 2006, she has dressed hundreds of brides from Los Angeles to Dubai to Athens, Alabama for their big day.

Athens State University’s Livingston Concert Lecture Series is proud to present a lecture by Standridge on January 19 at 7:00 p.m. in the former Off Campus Bookstore building located in the College Street Centre complex at the corner of Hobbs and College Streets . The event is free and open to the public.

“I am excited that we are hosting Heidi’s lecture at Athens State,” remarks Livingston Concert Lecture Committee Member Mary Nelle Wood Clem. “I have followed her career and feel she will be an inspirational speaker for anyone interested in fashion, business, and entrepreneurship.

Standridge’s journey into the world of weddings began when she graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2002. Upon graduation, she designed children’s wear for Carter’s in Atlanta. It was during this time that Heidi auditioned and was selected for season 2 of Project Runway. After the show and four years at Carter’s, Standridge decided it was time to make her dream of designing wedding gowns a reality by creating her own brand.

For more information about the event, please call 256-233-8296.


Athens State Alumni Hold 7th Annual Art Exhibit

January 3, 2012 - An exhibit of art by alumni of Athens State University will be on display January 9 through February 3, 2012 in the Sandridge Student Center Art Gallery at Athens State University in Athens, Alabama. This 7th annual exhibit displays some of the contribution past ASU students have made to the arts. Participating artist include Gary Anderson, Alyssa Clark, Lenore Corey, Cindy Cummings, Richard Drewyor, Dennis Johnson, Cayce Lee, Mary Ellen Maxwell, Pat Pepper, and Josh Smith.

There will be a reception on January 15 from 3 to 5 p.m. and an opportunity to meet the artists on February 2 from 6 to 8 p.m. Exhibit hours will be 8 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. All events are free and the public is welcome.

Contact Richard Drewyor at drewyor@asuart.com or 256-881-0091 for more information about the exhibit or go to www.asuart.com.


Athens State Center for Lifelong Learning Announces December Schedule

Athens, ALA – Athens State University’s Center for Lifelong Learning announces the December classes and events.

Friday, December 9th will be the last of the Film Favorites Series. Dr. Ron Fritze will host The Treasure of the Sierra Madre in the Mezzanine of the Center. The film will start at 7:00 pm. The fee is $5/person. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre is John Huston\\\'s 1948 American feature film adaptation of B. Traven\\\'s 1927 novel of the same name, in which two Americans (Humphrey Bogart and Tim Holt) during 1920s in Mexico join with an old-timer (Walter Huston, the director\\\'s father) to prospect for gold. The old-timer accurately predicts trouble, but is willing to go anyway.

Tuesday, December 13th the Center for Lifelong Learning will host two events. The first is a book discussion and signing by Harvey Cotton. The second is the Athens State Book Club meeting.

Join Harvey Cotton, COO of the Huntsville Botanical Garden, on December 13th as he discusses gardening in the South. Book signing will be from 5:00-5:30 pm and the book discussion will follow from 5:30-6:30 pm. His book Easy Gardens of the South shows beginners and experienced gardeners alike how to create gorgeous gardens with the easiest, colorful, low water plants the south has to offer. The book is extremely easy to follow, with thousands of color photographs, as well as many budget gardening tips. This is a free event.

The Athens State Book Club invites you to attend the book discussion for Hellhounds on his Trail by Hampton Sides at 7:00 pm on December 13th. This book is a non-fiction thriller that focuses on the largest manhunt in American history – the search for Martin Luther King’s assassin. This is a free event.

December 16th the Center for Lifelong Learning will host the first performance of the Athens State Community Chorus. The performance is schedule at 7:30 pm at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church located at 207 E Washington Street in Athens. The Chorus is directed by Dr. John Buttler. Dr. Buttler has over 30 years experience directing choral ensembles. The associate director is Frank Holmes and the pianist accompanist is Beth Andrews. This is a free event.

Winter catalogs will be mailed the first week in December. If you are not on the mailing list, call 256-233-8260 to request your catalog. For more information about our classes and events, phone us or email CLL@athens.edu or on the web at www.athens.edu/CLL.


Athens State executive ambassadors at the Army Materiel Command Small Business Conference


Heather Davis, Chip Wallace, and Buck Johnson, former All-American at Alabama and currently Vice President of Recast Corporation in Huntsville. Heather (Logistics/Supply Chain Management) and Chip (Acquisition/Contract Management) are set to graduate in 2013 and were serving as Athens State executive ambassadors at the Army Materiel Command Small Business Conference.


US Army Aviation & Missile Command and Athens State


Luana Waits, Logistics & Supply Chain Management student and Major General James Rogers, Commanding General of the US Army Aviation & Missile Command. Athens State was a major sponsor of the Army Materiel Command Small Business Conference held in Huntsville. Ms. Waits served as one of the ten Athens State executive ambassadors at the conference.


Athens State University to host Legislative Open Forum

November 15, 2011 - The Limestone County Legislative Delegation will conduct an open forum on Tuesday, December 6 at 6:30 p.m. at Athens State University.

The forum will be an opportunity to ask questions and offer comments to the legislators. Members of the delegation are Sen. Arthur Orr, Sen. Bill Holtzclaw, Rep. Mac McCutcheon, Rep. Micky Hammon, and Rep. Dan Williams.

The event will be in the Sandridge Student Center Ballroom at Athens State.


Athens State Community Band Christmas Concert Announced

November 14, 2011 - The Athens State University Community Band, under the direction of Dan Havely, is gearing up for their annual Christmas Concert. The Athens State Alumni Association sponsors the event.

The concert is scheduled for Sunday, December 11th at 3:00 p.m. Due to renovations in McCandless Hall, the concert this year will be held in the Carter Gymnasium on Pryor Street on the north edge of campus. The concert is free and open to the public – no reservations are required.

The concert will also feature the outstanding Heritage Children\\\'s Chorale of the South under the direction of Mary Stephenson. The Chorale is a professional Children’s Chorus made up of young people ranging in age from eight to eighteen. In 1988, the chorale was born and presently it has grown to seventy members comprising two chapters, the Alabama Chapter and the Tennessee Chapter.

“The Community Band held a concert with the Heritage Chorale earlier this year in the gym and it was a great success,” said Athens State’s Guy McClure. “Space has always been an issue in McCandless Hall and in the past it forced the band to do two or more performances. The gym offers sufficient seating for all to attend one concert - and the Sunday afternoon concert has traditionally been the hottest ticket.”

A reception, hosted by the Athens State Alumni Association, will be held following the afternoon performance in the gym.


Athens State to host Graduate School Symposium on November 16

November 8, 2011 - The Psi Chi chapter at Athens State University will be sponsoring a Graduate School Symposium on Wednesday, November 16. The symposium, which will also be assisted by the Athens State’s Student United Way Club, begins at 8:15 a.m. with registration in the Carter Gymnasium on Pryor Street at the east end of campus.

Representatives from Auburn, University of Alabama, UNA, Troy, Alabama A&M, MTSU, and Jacksonville are scheduled to be on hand to answer questions about their graduate programs. The symposium is open to the public and is targeted to any student currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree with plans to pursue an advanced degree after graduation.

Door prizes are available. For more information and to see a schedule of events visit www.athens.edu/about/Graduate_School_Symposium.pdf or call 256-233-6501.


Athens State In-Service Center to Sponsor Leadership Symposium

November 7, 2011 - Athens State University’s Regional In-Service Center is hosting a Franklin Covey “The Leader in Me” Symposium on February 2 and 3, 2012. The symposium will be held on the Athens State University campus in Athens, Alabama. Last year, over 300 participants from eight different states and Canada traveled to participate in The Leader in Me Symposiums.

The Leader in Me is a whole-school transformation model that acts like the operating system of a computer — it improves performance of all other programs. Based on The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, The Leader in Me produces transformational results such as higher academic achievement, fewer discipline problems, and increased engagement among teachers and parents. Better yet, The Leader in Me equips students with the self-confidence and skills they need to thrive in the 21st century economy.

The Athens State symposium will offer thought-provoking keynote addresses, interactive breakout sessions, paradigm-shifting school visits, and professional learning networking opportunities. New offerings this year include session targeted for The Leader in Me communities and groups that are interested in joining the program, additional breakout sessions to provide hand-on learning from results-achieving practitioners, more opportunities to experience the possibilities of student leadership, and numerous platforms for networking with others interested in the program.

The symposium is targeted toward school administrators, K-8 principals and teachers, and community leaders interested in supporting schools in developing upcoming leaders. Cost to attend the symposium is $250 and more information can be found by visit www.theleaderinme.org.


Athens State Planning Trip to Savannah and Georgia's Golden Isles

November 2, 2010 - The Athens State University Alumni Association is sponsoring a trip to Savannah and Georgia’s Golden Isles through Goodtime Travel of Florence on March 12-15, 2012.

The trip, open to anyone – not just Athens State alumni, will start in Savannah at the Four Points by Sheraton after arrival by motor coach with browsing and dining at either the River walk or City Market.

Included in the trip will be visits to the Bonaventure Cemetery, Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, Andrew Low House, dinner at Paula Deen’s Lady and Son’s Restaurant, a performance at the historic Savannah Theater, tram tour of Jekyll Island, Fort Frederica National Monument, St. Simon’s Lighthouse and more.

“Goodtime Travel has a very good reputation for providing well organized and fun filled travel progams,” states Alumni Director Trish DiLullo. “The itinerary is packed with activities but still allows travelers free time to see some sights on their own.”

Rates range from $699 for quad occupancy accommodations to $889 per person for single occupancy. For more information about the trip, please call the Alumni Association office at 256-233-8185.


Athens State announces Founders Queen and Court


November 2, 2011 - On Tuesday, November 1, Athens State President Bob Glenn crowned Paige Carr as this year’s Founders Queen. Carr is from Cullman and is the daughter of Keith and Renee Carr. She transferred to Athens State from Wallace State Community College and is a junior majoring in Elementary Education. Carr is secretary of the Student Government Association.

Members of this year’s Founders Court include Tandra Oliver, Shannon Roberts, Erica Smith, and Danae Young.

“For over 50 years this honor has been bestowed upon women who exemplify Athens State’s mission,” states Director of Student Activities and Campus Events Coordinator Tena Bullington. “As the Queen and her court are voted on by the entire student body, they should be very proud of their recognition.”
,br> Left to Right: Athens State President Bob Glenn, Founders Queen Paige Carr, Founders Court members Tandra Oliver, Shannon Roberts, Erica Smith and Danae Young.


Athens Heritage Art Exhibition on display at Athens State


November 2, 2011 – The 7th Annual Heritage Art Exhibition is on display now through November 11th in the Sandridge Student Union Building Art Gallery at Athens State University. The exhibition, which in the past has featured various architectural features of Athens State University, uses the new North Alabama Center for the Arts Building in downtown Decatur as inspiration for student art this year. A collaborative academic effort between Calhoun Community College and Athens State University in the discipline of Fine Arts, the new arts center is to open in the fall of 2012.

“Students designed imaginary logo’s, created works from ceramics and invented other designs inspired by the new art facility,” said Professor Pamela Keller, head of the Art Department at Athens State University and curator of the student show. “The exhibition, sponsored each year by the President Bob Glenn of Athens State, is a way for students to begin publically exhibiting their work and also a way for them to be encouraged to use relevant surroundings as idea generators for artwork.”

The exhibition is open 8 am until 4:30 pm daily and is free and open to the public.


Athens State Offering Course in the Aesthetics of Website Design

Interdisciplinary Coursework Offered Through the Colleges of Arts and Sciences and Business

October 29, 2011 - Professor of Art Pamela Keller and Professor of Information Systems Lisa Rich have developed a new interdisciplinary course at Athens State University that marries analytical website creation with principles of artistic graphic design. This hybrid course serves students within the Colleges of Arts and Sciences and Business and integrates entrepreneurship and marketing, website design and development, and graphic design/aesthetics for students interested in website creation.

The 15 week course will be offered starting with the upcoming spring semester and will include coursework in business planning, introductions to WordPress and social media marketing, task analysis and wireframing, graphic elements with images and multimedia, customization of website design, and other topical subjects. In addition, students will be able to present their website designs to the class.

“The great thing about the course is the blending of marketing and business knowledge with the art of design for web pages. This assures that our students are going to be able to design functional and high-end websites,” states Keller. “Initially, this will only be offered on the main campus and with the next spring semester on Tuesday afternoons. This will be a very cool course with something for art majors, business majors and any student who is interested in web design.”

For more information about the course, contact Pamela Keller at 256-233-6546 or by emailing Pamela.Keller@athens.edu.


Noted Musical Duo and Dulcimer Group to Perform at Athens State


October 20, 2011 – Athens State University’s Livingston Concert Lecture Series and the Athens Dulcimers are proud to announce a concert by internationally known dulcimer player Don Pedi and fiddler Bruce Greene. The two musicians have been friends and musical partners for thirty years.

The Concert is planned for Thursday, November 3 in the College Center building located on the corner of Hobbs and College Streets. (Between Big Spring Park and the City Cemetery)

The Athens Dulcimers will kick off the musical evening at 6:30 p.m. and the concert by Pedi and Greene will begin at 7:00 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Both Pedi and Greene have spent a good part of their lives working, playing music and living alongside of old time country musicians in North Carolina, Tennessee and Kentucky. In concert, they share tunes, songs, and stories, mostly passed down "by ear" from one generation to the next. Many date back to before the Civil War.

Old-Time Waltzes and Toe tapping dance tunes, as well as secular, sacred and humorous songs and stories of mountain life are presented in a light hearted and informative manner by two of America's leading folk musicians.

For more information call 256-233-8296.


Athens State Develops Logistics, Technical and Programmatics Institute


October 17, 2011 - Athens State University, in response to the rapidly growing global demand from business, announces the establishment of the Logistics, Technical, and Programmatics Institute (LTPI). This independent division of the Center for Lifelong Learning now affords Athens State a host of unique avenues that can rapidly respond to requirements identified by the private sector as well as government operations.

“We are really excited about the opportunities this presents for Athens State to meet the growing demand for our services. With the LTP Institute, we are now positioned to craft solution sets that match precisely what customers are telling us they need” said Dr. Robert Glenn, President. “Businesses recognize the energy, capabilities, and innovation higher education brings to the table and we’re honored they are coming to us for that help.”

“The phrase ‘win-win’ is a perfect description of the LTPI” said Dr. Thomas Pieplow, Department Chair for Logistics and Supply Chain Management. “Research recently published by the U.S. Department of Education indicates seventy-five percent of today’s students are ‘non-traditional’ and they are juggling some combination of families, jobs, and school while commuting to class. This is the market Athens State serves and with the LTPI, our students will have unparalleled opportunities to work with some world-class professionals. And for business, they can now tap into a globally renowned faculty and student population at a fraction of what these skills would cost on the open market.”

“What is unique about the creation of the LTP Institute is how this was really market driven” said Dr. Linda Shonesy, Dean of the College of Business. “Both the private sector and government have been coming to us, seeking the talents, expertise, and experiences of our faculty as well as students in a host of areas. So what we wanted to ensure is that we crafted the best environment and mechanism to bring this to fruition and as a result, the LTP Institute was created. If current demand is any indication, we’re just seeing the tip of the iceberg in terms of what we can do for the business community. But at the end of the day, everyone at Athens State is here to do one thing and that is to build success stories for our students. Needless to say, we are all excited.”

For more information visit www.athens.edu/LTPI


British Historian To Discuss The Politics of James Bond


October 25, 2011 - The College of Arts and Sciences of Athens State University is proud to announce that Jeremy Black, Professor of History at England’s University of Exeter, will be presenting a lecture entitled The Politics of James Bond this Friday evening. Black’s visit to campus is sponsored by The Livingston Concert Lecture Series.

The lecture will be held in the chapel of Founders Hall on Friday, October 28 at 7:00 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Dr. Ron Fritze, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, states, “I am proud that we are able to host a historian such as Dr. Black. I have heard him speak on many occasions and know he will present an interesting address that is sure to impress the many local historians of the area.”

Black is a senior fellow at the Center for the Study of America and the West at the Foreign Policy Research Institute. He is the author of over seventy books, especially on eighteenth century British politics and international relations.

Black graduated from Queen’s College Cambridge and has lectured extensively in Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy as well as the United State. He has also recently been involved with the Oxford Discovery Programme on the Transatlantic Crossing of the Queen Mary 2; where he delivered a series of 4 lectures.


Athens State Rededicating McCain Hall on October 19


October 11, 2011 - Athens State University plans to rededicate McCain Hall, the College of Education’s administrative offices, on October 19 at 10:00 a.m. The ceremony and building tours that will follow are open to the public.

“I am very pleased that McCain Hall has reopened and continues to be a vital component in furthering Athens State’s mission to prepare students for professional careers, graduate school, lifelong learning, and enrichment,” remarked Athens State President Bob Glenn. “We are all very proud of the newly renovated McCain Hall and welcome the opportunity to steward its perpetual care as one of the institution’s major edifices.”

McCain Hall bears the name of Athens State University’s President from 1959 to 1965, Virgil Bowden McCain. McCain led the institution during the dawning of a turbulent decade and was responsible for an extraordinary increase in enrollment that led to the need for and the construction of the neoclassic building.

Completed in 1962, McCain Hall served as a much needed women’s dormitory. Later, the building was transformed into a day care center, a men’s dormitory and home to the Bears Basketball Team, and finally into the offices for Education.

“Although the College of Education has occupied the building for many years,” states College of Education Dean Debra Baird, “this renovation brings our division into the 21st century providing an environment best suited to maximize the day to day operations of the College.”

Photo Caption: The newly renovated McCain Hall


At Athens State University's Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention:


A “Fiddle Champ” is Crowned

October 10, 2011 - Johnny Ray Watts was named “Fiddle Champion” at the 45th annual Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention at Athens State University on Saturday night.

Watts of Delta, Alabama, won the title by winning the “fiddle off” which traditionally pits the top fiddlers from the junior and senior divisions. Roy Crawford of Cullman, Alabama finished runner-up. Watts, who won the junior fiddle division, earned the convention’s top prize of $1,000.

The convention is sponsored by the Athens State University Foundation and the Greater Limestone County Chamber of Commerce. The convention has contributed more than $500,000 to Athens State to fund student scholarships and university projects.

Photo Caption: Left to Right: Athens State Vice President for Advancement Rick Mould, Fiddle Champ Johnny Ray Watts, Fiddlers Convention Committee Member Gayle Davis.


Athens State Student Earns National Space Club Scholarship

Evgenia Smith, an Athens State University computer science major, has been announced as the winner of a scholarship provided by the National Space Club-Huntsville. She will receive her honor and recognition at the 23rd Annual Dr. Wernher von Braun Memorial Celebration October 26 at the Davidson Center for Space Exploration in Huntsville, Ala.

Ms. Smith has earned a $1,000 National Space Club Engineering and Science Scholarship to apply toward her studies. Annually the local chapter of the National Space Club provides $25,000 toward scholarships and educational outreach in the areas of rocketry, robotics and astronautics. A limited number of individual seats are still available at $75 each for the reception and formal dinner by calling 256-431-7947 or going to www.spaceclub-hsv.org. Robert Crippen, pilot of the first Space Shuttle flight in 1981, will deliver the keynote address and Homer Hickam, October Sky author and a former NASA aerospace engineer, will serve as Master of Ceremonies. This year’s theme is “Leveraging the Past to Launch the Future: A Celebration of the Space Shuttle and the International Space Station.”

Sponsored annually by the Huntsville chapter of the National Space Club, the celebration will also recognize several individuals and teams with awards, including Bob Thompson, former Space Shuttle Program Manager, who will be honored with the Von Braun Space Flight Trophy; the DAWN Spacecraft Development and Operations Team, who will receive the Astronautics Engineer Award; NBC News Correspondent Jay Barbree, who will receive the Media Award; Huntsville attorney Joe Ritch who will be recognized with the Community Service Award; and Dr. Frank Six, University Affairs Officer at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, who will receive the Aerospace Educator’s Award.

Established in 1988, the Dr. Wernher von Braun Memorial Celebration honors the memory of this great space pioneer by recognizing individuals and groups who personify his ideals and vision and have made significant achievements in advancing space exploration or have contributed to America\\\'s leadership in rocketry and astronautics.


Athens State University creates Center for Social Studies Education


Center to promote teaching, learning and research in the social sciences

October 5, 2011 - Athens State University has recently created a Center for Social Studies Education (CSSE), the purpose of which is to promote teaching, learning, and research in the social sciences and their application to education.

This Center will serve as a partnership between the University’s three colleges - Arts and Sciences, Business, and Education - to explore the interdisciplinary study of the human condition. The events and programs organized by the Center are directed towards improving the state of social studies education in our public schools.

“In the past decade we’ve seen an increasing emphasis on accountability and high stakes testing in education,” states Dr. Prentice T. Chandler, chair of the Center. “With the testing craze has come a de-emphasis on history and social studies education.”

Chandler continued, “The purpose of the CSSE is to improve the teaching of history and social studies in our public schools, to meet the professional development needs of local teachers, and to serve as a bridge between public schools and the academy in matters of civic education. In fact, the health of our democracy rests on effective, powerful social studies education.”

Events for the 2011-12 academic year include the district competition for the “We the People” program and professional development for local teachers in the summer of 2012.

For more information on the Center for Social Studies Education, visit the website www.athens.edu/socialstudies.

Photo Caption: Dr. Prentice Chandler


Athens State Professor and Alum to Present at Boston Workshop


September 27, 2011 - Athens State Associate Professor of Health and Physical Science Dr. Yvette Bolen and recent Athens State graduate Benjamin Heatherly will present a session entitled “Teaching Waltz Basics to Elementary, Middle and High School Students” at the Let’s Move- Let’s Dance in School workshop. The workshop will be held in March at the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD) National Convention in Boston, Massachusetts.

"We are very excited that our initiative will be recognized nationally,” states Bolen, who was named Dance Educator of the Year in 2010. “It will give us the opportunity to defend our hypothesis that introducing dance into an elementary curriculum is a fun way to integrate a habit of exercise into the student's routine - hopefully for a lifetime."

Let’s Move in School is an AAHPERD-wide initiative based on First Lady Michelle Obama's nationwide campaign Let's Move- designed to combat childhood obesity that threatens the healthy future of many of our children. AAHPERD and its associations have united in support of First Lady Obama's campaign by extending the phrase: Let's Move in School. The purpose of this initiative is to educate youth about the benefits of a physically active lifestyle to ensure that every school provides opportunities for Comprehensive School Physical Activity Programs (CSPAP).


Athens State's "Fiddle Vittles" a Convention Tradition

The senses of taste and smell are also treated at yearly event

September 27, 2011 - The University Cafeteria in the Sandridge Student Center will offer extended hours during the upcoming Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention.

Paulette Young of Classic Catering who manages the university's food services states, "Fiddlers is a chance to see our old friends who attend the convention each year, and to chance feed a lot of new friends as who we make sure will be back again!" Young adds, "We start serving on Friday at 11:00 a.m. with such “fiddle vittles” favorites as Pintos and Cornbread, Chicken Tenders, Turnip Greens and of course our famous chicken salad. We will reopen for breakfast on Saturday at 7:00 a.m. and stay open until the music and fun are over."

There will also be many vendors set up on the lawn of Founders Hall offering quick bites or full meals. "No one ever goes hungry at Fiddlers,” states Rick Mould, Vice President for Advancement and Chairman of the event. “We like to keep a good mix of food options. Many vendors have been coming here for years and we have some new vendors with exciting unique offerings."



Athens State Well Represented at National Contract Management Association (NCMA) Luncheon


Athens State was well represented at Thursday's National Contract Management Association (NCMA) luncheon. Athens State alumnus Ms. Mary Cathy Dickens, Executive Director of Army Contracting for the Strategic Missile Defense Command (SMDC) and the Aviation and Missile Command (AMCOM), spoke of the challenges faced by the acquisition community and the many job opportunities available for those majoring in Acquisition and Contract Management (ACM). Pictured with Ms Dickens are Athens State ACM students Heather Davis, Bobby Hall, Lindsey Lilly, Thane McCumber, Samantha Torres, Daniel Weldon, and Teia Davis.


Athens State Senior named National Bluegrass Banjo Champ


September 22, 2011 - Weston Stewart, an Athens State University senior majoring in Elementary Education won the 2011 National Bluegrass Banjo Championship held September 18 in Winfield, Kansas.

The championship was held during the 40th annual Walnut Valley Festival. This festival has come to be one of the top acoustic music events in the world. Recent years have seen musicians and music fans from points around the globe making the trip to south central Kansas to participate. Upon winning the Championship, Stewart selected a prize of an OME Southern Cross HG50 Banjo by OME Banjos of Boulder, Colorado.

In 2010, and closer to home, Stewart was named the Old Time Fiddlers Convention Banjo Champion. He will be competing again this year in the convention to be held on the Athens State campus on October 7 and 8. For more information visit www.athens.edu/fiddlers.

Photo Caption: Weston Stewart at the 2010 Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention.


Athens State Alumni Association Funds Specific University Projects


Major renovation projects benefit from “former students helping current students”

September 20, 2011 - Over the summer, the Athens State University Alumni Association helped to support the newly renovated McCain Hall by donating an Epson projector, Canon scanner, three bulletin boards, SmartBoard, Mobi View and $500 gift card for decorative items for the lobby area. McCain Hall houses classrooms and administrative offices of the university’s College of Education.

\\\"The College of Education appreciates all the Alumni Association does to improve our programs and our environment,” stated Dean Debra Baird. “Without their generosity, we would not have state-of-the-art technology in our McCain classroom, nor would the building be as nice to look at, as it is. Their main objective is to create an atmosphere where former students help current students.\\\"

Last summer, the Alumni Association donated just under $5000 worth of materials to Waters Hall, the university’s sciences and math building, to support their renovation. Items donated included a skeleton, IDEAL Base T tool, Xerox, HP and Brother printers, Optics system, and Chem Pro DVD.

“We’re very excited to give back to the University and help create a better learning environment for our students,” states Alumni Director Trish DiLullo.

In addition to these projects, the association has made a five year commitment of $5,000 a year towards the Beaty-Mason home renovation, for a total of $25,000 by 2014. Next will be donations to Sanders Hall for the College of Business.

“The association’s pledge of $25,000 over the next five years is a wonderful gift that will greatly assist in the restoration of the Beaty-Mason home,” remarked Athens State President Bob Glenn “We are excited to begin the process to restore the Beaty-Mason home and look forward to having it, once again, serve as an important and functional university and community edifice.”

Photo Caption: Athens State Alumni Association President Chad Easterling and College of Education Dean Debra Baird discussing recently acquired equipment.


Athens State student receives North Alabama International Trade Association scholarship


September 20, 2011 - Athens State University senior Kristin Rodarte is the 2011 recipient of the North Alabama International Trade Association (NAITA) annual scholarship. Rodarte, majoring in Management with an International Business minor at Athens State, competed against hundreds of students from across Alabama to garner this prestigious award. She was recognized by Congressman Mo Brooks and former Congressman Ronnie Flippo at a luncheon on September 19 at the Four Points Sheraton in Huntsville.

NAITA is a business-driven organization with the mission to promote economic growth through international trade education, training and networking. NAITA, a non-profit membership organization, provides an international networking forum, education on trade issues, and prepares business for global success.

“I have worked in the education field for over 12 years, teaching at both the graduate as well as undergraduate level,” states Dr. Thomas Pieplow, Department Head of Logistics & Supply Chain Management at Athens State. “During the course of my tenure, I have encountered well over a thousand students, some who have gone on to positions of significant prominence and importance, and have gained a keen sense of students who have greatness within. I can say without equivocation – Ms. Kristin Rodarte is one of the best students I have ever had the pleasure to work with.”

The scholarship, administered through the Athens State University Foundation, requires adherence to strict criteria imposed upon those awarded the funding. Rodarte met and exceeded the expectations in order to be identified as the recipient.

Attached Picture: Congressman Mo Brooks with Kristen Rodarte


Athens State University Announces Mobile-Friendly Website Option


September 19, 2011 - Athens State University announces a mobile-friendly option when viewing the institution’s website from hand-held mobile devices such as a smart phone or blackberry. Effective Friday, September 16, mobile device users will have the option to view a version of the university website that offers an easier navigation than by using the full website.

“This will not affect our current website in any way,” state Vice President for University Advancement Rick Mould. “In fact, users of mobile devices will automatically be taken to the newly formatted pages but will have the option to view the full page should they wish.”

This option was implemented after the Athens State administration became aware that as the number and importance of hand-held mobile devices was increasing within their student population, a need to proactively create a mobile-friendly web presence was inevitable.

“The internet continues to evolve and more and more visitors will be using smart phones to access our site,” added Mould. “By 2013 it is estimated that mobile phones will overtake personal computers as the pathway of choice for internet access. We wanted to be ahead of the curve to be able to service our student body and website visitors.”

Athens State’s website address is www.athens.edu . The mobile-friendly option will be automatically visible to mobile device users upon logging onto the site. The mobile device user may upon access choose to use the mobile-friendly site or opt to the site that is available to personal computer users.


Kelly Kazek to Speak at Athens State's Center for Lifelong Learning

September 13, 2011 – Kelly Kazek has won more than 120 state and national awards in journalism, including numerous awards for humor writing and the Alabama Associated Press Sweepstakes Awards in 2007 and 2008. She also received awards for Best Humorous Commentary in 2008 and Best Column Writing in 2009.

Most of us know Kelly Kazek as an editor and writer for the Athens News Courier. Some of us know that she has written several books. On Thursday, September 15, at 6:30 pm, Kazek will be at the Center for Lifelong Learning to discuss three of her latest books - Forgotten Tales of Alabama, Forgotten Tales of Tennessee, and Hidden History of Auburn. All of the books are available at The Athens Shop, located at 119 South Marion Street.

Join Kazek as she regales us with stories off the beaten path through the cotton state. Listen as Kazak talks about the stories that make Alabama one of a kind. She will also discuss a collection of remarkable tales from humorous to haunting, madcap and macabre from the state of Tennessee. And, in closing, she will talk about her newest book – Hidden History of Auburn. Kazak will tell you the lesser know tales of the city and the school. This book is a diverse collection of lost, forgotten, or just plain strange history. This is a night you will not want to miss. There is no charge to attend.

For those who want to find out more about how to write a book and get it published, join Kazek for her class, Get Funny. In the class you will get an introduction to writing funny. Learn how to take ordinary events and make them laugh out loud funny. Then learn how to get it all organized and get it published. The class is scheduled Tuesday and Thursday, September 20 and 22, from 6:00 to 8:30 pm. The fee is $39 per person.

If you want to know more about classes offered at the Center for Lifelong Learning at Athens State University, call 256-233-8260 or go to the web site, www.athens.edu/CLL.


Athens State University Awarded Military Friendly School Title from G.I. Jobs


September 12, 2011 - G.I. Jobs, the premier magazine for military personnel transitioning into civilian life, has awarded Athens State University the designation of Military Friendly School for the third year. The 2012 Military Friendly Schools list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members and veterans as students.

In its effort to help student veterans find the right school, G.I. Jobs incorporated a survey of student veterans for the first time. This feedback provides prospective military students with insight into the student veteran experience at a particular institution based on peer reviews from current students. Michael Dakduk, Executive Director for the Student Veterans of America agrees. “The Military Friendly Schools list is the go-to resource for prospective student veterans searching for schools that provide the right overall experience. Nothing is more compelling than actual feedback from current student veterans.”

“We are honored to once again be included in G.I. Jobs listing of Military Friendly School,” states Athens State’s Director of Transfer Center and Veterans Affairs Lisa Payne. “This is an excellent resource for veterans who are looking to further their education as so many do here at Athens State.”

The 1,518 colleges, universities and trade schools on this year’s list prioritize the recruitment of students with military experience. These schools are making the grade by offering scholarships and discounts, veterans’ clubs, full-time staff, military credit and other services to those who served. The 2012 list of Military Friendly Schools was compiled through extensive research and a data driven survey of more than 8,000 schools nationwide. Methodology, criteria and weighting for the list were developed with the assistance of an Academic Advisory Board (AAB) consisting of educators from schools across the country. A full list of board members can be found at http://militaryfriendlyschools.com/Article/advisory-board/.

G.I. Jobs is published by Victory Media, a veteran-owned business which also publishes The Guide to Military Friendly Schools, Military Spouse and Vetrepreneur magazines and annually rates the nation’s “Military Friendly Employers,” “Military Spouse Friendly Employers” and “Best Corporations for Veteran-Owned Businesses.


Athens State Foundation Receives State Grant Supporting Fiddlers Convention


September 8, 2011 - The Athens State University Foundation recently was awarded a state grant in the amount of $2,500 to support the Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention. The grant was awarded by the Arts Education License Plate Advisory Committee from funds raised through the Support the Arts license plate option.

“I believe everyone has seen the Support the Arts tags on cars all over the state,” said Rick Mould, Vice President for University Advancement at Athens State. “We are pleased to have been chosen to benefit from this very visible state-wide promotion of the arts.”

The Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention is hosted annually by the Athens State University Foundation and serves as the University’s primary fundraising event. The convention has historically attracted more than 15,000 people for the two-day musical experience, with more than 200 musicians participating in the musical competition. The 2011 event, scheduled for October 7 and 8, serves as the 45th annual convention.

“On behalf of the entire committee, we are pleased to be able to provide support for programs that will enhance arts education and the arts in Alabama,” stated License Tag Advisory Committee Chairman James Harrison III in the award letter to the foundation.

The purpose of the Alabama Arts License Tag Grant Program is to promote the arts in Alabama, especially arts education, including fine arts, dance, folk arts, drama and music. For more information on this program, visit www.arts.alabama.gov.

Photo Caption: Alabama’s Support The Arts license plate.


Fiddlers Convention Set for October 7-8


The Quebe Sisters Band headlining this year’s festival

September 1, 2011 – Athens State University will host the 45th annual Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention on Oct. 7-8 at the school's campus in Athens, Alabama. The musical competitions will be held on the steps of historic Founders Hall and other locations throughout the campus. A total of $11,870 in prize money will be awarded.

The convention is sponsored annually by the Athens State University Foundation and the Greater Limestone County Chamber of Commerce. Proceeds from the convention fund student scholarships and other university projects.

The convention has historically attracted more than 15,000 people for the two-day event, with more than 200 musicians participating in the musical competition.

Joel Whittinghill was named “Fiddle Champion” at last year’s convention. He won the “fiddle off” which traditionally pits the top fiddlers from the junior and senior divisions. This year’s fiddle champ will earn a total of $1,000 in cash and a trophy.

Headlining the 45th annual Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention at Athens State University will be the Quebe Sisters Band. The group will perform on the Founders Hall stage at 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. on Friday, October 7.

When Grace, Sophia and Hulda Quebe (pronounced Kway-bee) raise their fiddles and play, audiences marvel. When the girls sing their vintage style three-part harmony, audiences are blown away. Add the extraordinary rhythm guitar of Joey McKenzie and the swinging upright bass of Drew Phelps and the Quebe Sisters Band becomes a force of nature. The band's unique brand of music has taken the Americana music scene by storm. They perform a refreshing blend of western swing, vintage country, bluegrass, jazz & swing standards, and Texas style fiddling.

Also headlining the convention is Jim Buchanan. He will be hosting a free fiddle workshop on Saturday October 8, 2011 at 2 p.m. Buchanan has performed with many top performers including Mel Tillis, George Jones and Dolly Parton. Buchanan and Iron Horse will perform on Saturday, October 8 at 4:30 p.m. on the Founders Hall stage. Contests begin Friday, October 7 at 7:00 p.m. following the Quebe Sisters Band performance and resume on Saturday, Oct. 8 at 8:30 a.m. with the gates opening at 8:00 a.m. Cost is $8 for Friday, $10 for Saturday and $15 for both days. Children ages 12 and under are admitted free with a parent.


Senator Tom Butler Receives Presidents Medal from Athens State University


Butler announces scholarship in memory of late daughter

August 31, 2011 – Athens State University President Robert Glenn presented former Senator Tom Butler with the President’s Medal at the institution’s summer graduation ceremonies on August 27. The President’s Medal is the University’s highest recognition and is given for service, honor, and loyalty to furthering the mission of Athens State University.

Butler made remarks congratulating the graduates and thanking the faculty, staff and students for a job well done.

Butler announced that his family and son-in-law Damon Lares were establishing an endowed scholarship with the Athens State University Foundation in memory of his daughter Jill Butler Lares. Jill, who recently lost a lengthy battle with cancer, received her degree in elementary education at Athens State University and was employed as an elementary school teacher.

Butler remarked, “She loved teaching and was passionate about her students.”

“Jill believed in learning and education,” said Rick Mould, Vice President for University Advancement. “This scholarship in her name will create opportunities for future teachers and assist those who embrace children and the teaching profession.”

Contributions to the scholarship may be made online through the University’s website at: www.athens.edu/advancement/donate.php. Checks may be made payable to: The Athens State University Foundation, Jill Butler Lares Educational Scholarship, P.O. Box 70, Athens, AL 35612. The Foundation is a recognized 501(c )(3) organization and all gifts are tax deductible. For more information contact the Foundation Office at 256-233-8215.

Suggested photo caption: Former Senator Tom Butler receives the President’s Medal from Athens State President Bob Glenn.


Athens State and Calhoun Cosponsor Training and Development Workshop

August 29, 2011 – Athens State University and Calhoun Community College are co-sponsoring the North Alabama chapter of American Society for Training and Development’s (ASTDNA) annual workshop on September 20, 2011. This year’s event is “The Bottom-Line on ROI" from the ROI Institute, a one-day workshop facilitated by Jack and Patti Phillips. It will be held at the Four Points Sheraton at the Huntsville Airport.

This workshop is for anyone in an organization who is interested in knowing more about measuring the success of HR and learning and development, particularly at the ROI (return on investment) level. The workshop focuses on the process to effectively conduct ROI studies.

ROI is the fastest growing metric for evaluating HR and learning and development. In this workshop, participants will be exposed to the ROI Methodology, which includes developing objectives, collecting data, isolating the effects of the program, converting data to monetary values, tabulating appropriate program costs, and calculating the ROI. Participants will quickly see the advantage of using ROI as six types of data are collected and analyzed. This workshop takes the mystery out of the use of ROI.

After completing this workshop, participants should be able to identify the drivers for ROI, make the business case for ROI, develop program objectives at multiple levels, explain to clients how ROI works, identify 7 of 12 guiding principles, and describe the 10 steps in the ROI Methodology and plan next steps.

This workshop will be facilitated by Jack Phillips, Chairman, and Patti Phillips, CEO, of the ROI Institute. Both are recognized around the world for their work with measurement and evaluation and ROI. Combined, they have edited over 75 books with over 50 of them in the Measurement and Evaluation field. Both have served in executive positions and have won awards for their work and books.

To reserve your spot online go to www.astdna.org by close of business Friday, September 9, 2011. You can also email us at AMSmith@directv.com, or call our voicemail box at 256-656-8428 to reserve your spot.


Sandra Sims-deGraffenried to address Athens State graduates


August 22, 2011 – Dr. Sandra Sims-deGraffenried, an Athens State University graduate and the former executive director of the Alabama Association of School Boards, will be the keynote speaker at Athens State University’s summer commencement on Saturday, August 27 at 9 a.m. Graduation exercises are planned to be held on Athens State’s campus in front of Founders Hall. Approximately 200 students are expected to graduate.

Sims-deGraffenried earned a bachelor’s degree in 1967 and her masters in 1970 from Athens State University. In 1994 she was awarded the Athens State Alumni Achievement Award from the College of Education. She earned her AA Certification from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and her doctorate from Vanderbilt University.

Sims-deGraffenried joined the Alabama Association of School Boards (AASB) in 1985 as assistant executive director. She became executive director in 1988, breaking ground as the first female executive director of a major Alabama education organization and the first female school boards association executive director in the Southeast.

She retired as AASB’s executive director in 2007 after serving more than 40 years in public education, including 19 years at AASB’s helm and 19 years as a teacher in Morgan and Lawrence counties, as a guidance counselor and as central office supervisor in Decatur.

Sims-deGraffenried serves on the Southern Regional Education Board, on the Southern Growth Policies Board and is a past board member of the Southeastern Regional Vision for Education. Three Alabama governors – Governors Guy Hunt, Fob James and Bob Riley – have appointed her to task forces charged with examining public school funding, and she led the charge to end non-essential funding using education budget funds. She was recently appointed to serve on the Alabama Trust Fund Board, which oversees billions of dollars of Alabama’s oil and gas royalties.

Athens State University offers coursework at the junior and senior level and is the baccalaureate degree granting institution of the Alabama Community College System. It provides affordable education in an environment that recognizes diversity and nurtures the discovery and application of knowledge. Athens State prepares students for professional careers, graduate school, lifelong learning, and enrichment.


Athens State Alumni Artist Call for Artwork for Upcoming 2012 Show

August 22, 2011 – Alumni of Athens State University who would like to participate in the upcoming 2012 Alumni Art Show are encouraged to submit their works by contacting Richard Drewyor.

The Alumni Art Show will be on display January 9 through February 3, 2012 at the Sandridge Center Art Gallery, at Athens State University in Athens, Alabama.

There will be a reception January 15 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and a “Meet the Artists” event February 2 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Sandridge Center Art Gallery. All events are open to the public.

There is also a need for volunteers to help with the event. The organizers are currently looking for a curator, a designer for show posters (need a.s.a.p.), and members for a reception committee and a fund raising committee.

Richard Drewyor, a member of the art faculty at Athens State, can be reached at rdrewyor@yahoo.com or 256-881-0091 for questions about submitting artwork, volunteering, or general questions about the event.


Athens State and Snead State Develop a Collaborative Program in Religion


August 18, 2011 – Athens State University and Snead State Community College entered into an articulation agreement regarding the transfer of students between the two institutions. The articulation agreement allows students to have an uninterrupted transfer of the Associate’s Degree from Snead State to the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Religion at Athens State.

“We’re excited to offer this new opportunity for our students,” said Snead President Robert Exley. “With Snead State and Athens both part of the Alabama Community College System, the partnership is a logical move that provides a seamless transition for our students who wish to transfer to Athens to earn their bachelor’s degree. I foresee the development of the Religious Studies articulation program as the first of many occasions where Snead and Athens will join together to enhance learning for students.”

The associate’s degree is received by completing a course of study at Snead State to include History of World Religions, Survey of the Old Testament, Survey of the New Testament, and Introduction to Preaching Ministry. Upon completion of these courses, students would matriculate to Athens State as a junior to complete the required coursework for a bachelor’s degree.

“Athens State has, since its inception, offered a curriculum option to serve students with an interest in the study of religion,” stated President Bob Glenn. “This agreement with Snead State may be a launching pad, for both institutions, towards a more in-depth focus on the creation of specialized bachelor’s degrees.”

“I am delighted to be able to extend our partnership between our schools with this agreement. We have a wonderful relationship, and is another step we can take together for the benefit of students,” said Snead State’s Chief Academic/Student Services Officer Dr. Larry Miller.

The collaborative degree program is set to begin with the fall 2011 semester just now commencing at Snead State. For more information, call 256-840-4125 or email: djwatts@snead.edu.

Attached picture: Seated: Dr. Robert Exley of Snead State Community College and Dr. Bob Glenn of Athens State University. Standing: Dr. Jonathan Watts and Dr. Larry Miller of Snead State, and Dr. Clarence Johnson, Dr. Tony Moyers and Dr. Robby White of Athens State.


Athens State Art Professor Presents Working Through It


August 17, 2011 - WORKING THROUGH IT, a collection of twelve large acrylic paintings by Pamela Sue Keller , Professor of Art at Athens State University will be on display at the Athens State Student Union Art Gallery now through October 1st. The work in the exhibition centers on Keller’s childhood drawings and memories combined with her current interests in art.

“Childhood art schema is the best kind of communication. Who doesn’t ‘get it’ when a kid draws a tree? “ Keller says of her imagery. “My parents saved many of my first drawings. I’m revisiting them for imagery while at the same time recapturing that feeling of making art as a kid. The subject matter is about things I grappled with as a child; my being adopted, my shyness, my love/hate relationship with school. In the studio, I want to have the experience of being a child with crayons again; perfectly able to create what I want. I practice freedom from self-editing through pre-judgment and freedom from self-sabotage with negative self-talk about the final product and its overall value in the art world. “

Keller began her career in art when she was 18 months old. She works from her home studio in Tennessee. “It is important to me to be a practicing artist so that I can communicate clearly and with authenticity to my art majors. I’ve titled each piece and written a motivation statement for each work so that viewers can easily understand what the work means to me. Students want to see their professors working, developing, and challenging themselves in the studio and that is why I wanted to bring my work to campus for a show.”

She began her career in college teaching at Athens State University as an adjunct faculty member in 1981. Since then she has taught every studio course offered by the university at least once, with her areas of expertise being in photography, graphics, art history and painting. “I’ve taught 30 years and this is still an exciting time for me at the University. We have two and soon to be three new tracks in art. This fall we will have the highest enrollment of new art majors that I’ve seen in over 15 years. Our current administration is extraordinarily supportive of the arts. We’ll be moving into a brand new facility in the next year or so. The art department appreciates that level of support because it brings both growth and enthusiasm to the department.”

The WORKING THROUGH IT exhibition is open 8-5 pm M-F. Admission is free to the public.


Athens State Awards Management Certificates to 43 Local Students

August 9, 2011 - Athens State University introduced the Acquisitions and Contract Management (ACM) major in January of 2010 in response to the expected support needs for the Tennessee Valley’s BRAC initiative. This past spring the university had one of the largest groups ever to receive their certificates in Acquisition and Contract Management.

Students who received certificates in Acquisition and Contract Management are: Robin Adamson, Elizabeth Brown, Reginald Burrell, Michael Carpenter, Lauren Clark, Jennifer Corley, Travis Daniel, David Dotson, Sarah Drake, Danielle Dutcher, Leslie Dyer, Virginia Erwin, Mary Fairchild, LeToya Fletcher, David Fox, Joshua Galindo, Shariyon Gandy, Antwoine Griggs, Donald Head, Patricia Henderson, Vincent Henderson, Kim Holladay, Lesley Jackson, Lisa Johnson, Angela King, Kerry Krein, William Lambert, Howard Lovell, Emily Macomber, Scott Mumphrey, Carolyn O’Reilly, Chelsea Phillips, Erin Sharp, Anita Sowell, Kimberly Stram, Lula Stuart, Samantha Torres, Douglas Whitcomb and Leslie Wright.

The other newly created major programs in the College of Business include Enterprise Systems Management (SAP) and Logistics and Supply Chain Management. SAP Certificates were awarded this spring to the following students: Andre Leslie, Kenny Housch, Amy Harris and Brian Day.

Students interested in learning more about any of these certificate programs should call 256-216-5352 for more information.


Athens State student receives North Alabama International Trade Association scholarship


August 4, 2011 - Athens State University senior Kristin Rodarte is the 2011 recipient of the North Alabama International Trade Association (NAITA) annual scholarship. Rodarte, majoring in Management with an International Business minor from Huntsville, competed against hundreds of students from across Alabama to garner this prestigious award.

NAITA is a business-driven organization with the mission to promote economic growth through international trade education, training and networking. NAITA, a non-profit membership organization, provides an international networking forum, education on trade issues, and prepares business for global success.

“I have worked in the education field for over 12 years, teaching at both the graduate as well as undergraduate level,” states Dr. Thomas Pieplow, Department Head of Logistics & Supply Chain Management at Athens State. “During the course of my tenure, I have encountered well over a thousand students, some who have gone on to positions of significant prominence and importance, and have gained a keen sense of students who have greatness within. I can say without equivocation – Ms. Kristin Rodarte is one of the best students I have ever had the pleasure to work with.”

The scholarship, administered through the Athens State University Foundation, requires adherence to strict criteria imposed upon those awarded the funding. Rodarte met and exceeded the expectations in order to be identified as the recipient.

Pieplow added, “(Rodarte’s) work ethic is second to none and her standards could not be set higher. But what really sets Kristin apart from others is her humility and passion to serve and help others. It has my privilege and pleasure to have Kristin as part of my classes and she has shown herself to be a stellar individual. “


Athens State Received Scholarship Funds from Athens Lady Civitans


August 5, 2011 - Athens Ladies Civitan Club members Carol Malone, Carolyn Stair and Elizabeth McDowell recently presented the Athens State University Alumni Association another check to establish a second Athens Ladies Civitan Scholarship. The scholarships are designed to assist Special Education Majors within Athens States’ College of Education and were recently awarded to Patricia Umphrey and Emilee Smith for 2011-2012.

"We are happy to provide these scholarships," said Carol Malone, chair of the club's Athens State scholarship project, and past president of the ASU Alumni Association. "The funding for this donation comes from our spring Vidalia Onion fundraisers and from revenues received from our annual golf tournaments."

The mission of Civitan worldwide is to build good citizenship through volunteers dedicated to serving individual and community needs with major emphasis on projects which assist people with developmental disabilities.

“This scholarship certainly mirrors the mission of Civitan,” states Alumni Director Trish Di Lullo. “Assisting our students who choose to focus on a career in Special Education exemplifies good community service. I’m sure Patricia and Emilee will excel in their educational goals and make both Athens State and the Civitans proud.”

Locally, the Athens Ladies Club lends support to groups like the Tanner special needs department, mental health center clients, and DHR among others. The club also promotes good citizenship in youth through its sponsorship of the Greater Limestone County Junior Civitan Club and its annual essay contests both open to students in grades 6 - 12.

Pictured, left to right: Carolyn Stair, Athens Ladies Civitan Secretary; Trish Di Lullo, Athens State Alumni Director; Carol Malone, Athens Ladies Civitan Scholarship Chair; Patricia Umphrey, Scholarship Recipient; Emilee Smith, Scholarship Recipient; Elizabeth McDowell, Immediate Past Governor Division North Civitan and President, Athens Ladies Civitan


Athens State University to host 2nd Annual eLearning Symposium


August 5, 2011 – Thursday, August 18 marks the date for the 2nd Annual Alabama Community College System (ACCS) eLearning Symposium. The symposium is sponsored by Blackboard, Inc. and is hosted by Athens State University at its Athens campus.

The keynote speaker for the event will be Rajeev Arora, Vice President of Marketing and Strategy for Blackboard Collaborate. Combining the capabilities of industry leaders Wimba and Elluminate, the Blackboard Collaborate platform provides a comprehensive learning platform designed specifically for education.

The event’s inaugural symposium held last year was a tremendous success. It provided unique networking opportunities among the ACCS’s 27 educational institutions, acting as a system-wide professional development opportunity especially among those involved in online education.

Athens State President Dr. Robert Glenn states, “The conference provides us with a tremendous opportunity to bring together our sister institutions, as well as the leading providers of eLearning technology, to advance our state’s commitment to providing the highest quality distance learning environment for our current students to prepare the way for the future.”

Other educational software companies from the Blackboard Alliance Program™ scheduled to attend include Connect Yard, Follett Higher Education Group, NBC Learn, Pearson Education, SoftChalk, Tegrity, Brainshark, eXplorance, ShareStream, Sprint and McGraw Hill Higher Education. Representatives from these companies will be available to answer questions about their products. Representatives will also be conducting morning and afternoon break-out sessions offering more in-depth previews through live demonstrations of their products.

Founded in 1997 and headquartered in Washington, D.C., Blackboard is a global leader in enterprise technology and innovative solutions that improve the experience of millions of students and learners around the world every day. A growing number of higher education, K-12, and corporate organizations across Alabama are using Blackboard solutions to enhance the educational experience. Within the Alabama Community College System, an overwhelming majority of higher education institutions use Blackboard as their learning management system.

Governed by the State Board of Education, the Alabama Community College System (ACCS) consists of 22 comprehensive community colleges, four technical colleges and symposium.


Athens State extending deadline for Art Scholarship Applications


July 27, 2011 – Faculty members in the Department of Art at Athens State University have extended the deadline for applying for Art Scholarships until September 1. Scholarships are awarded to new entering students with outstanding potential as art majors. The scholarship is a tuition waiver and award amounts vary.

Requirements for scholarship consideration include a 2.75 grade point average minimum; completed application for admissions by deadline date; completed application for admissions by deadline date; all official transcripts on file in the Athens State Admissions Office by the deadline date; all admissions requirements met; all program prerequisites met; must enroll at least half-time (6 hours); portfolio review is required.

“We have garnered a good applicant pool for these scholarships,” states Pamela Keller, Professor of Art. “but we extended the deadline to assure that all those who may have an interest in Art as a major were aware of these newly designated funds.”

The Art Program at Athens State offers a wide range of courses that enable students to become emerging artists with skills in diverse materials and capable of individual views. Art majors will gain a broad intellectual background to prepare a graduate for entry into professional schools, cultural institutions and the business community.

Athens State offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in Graphic Arts, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Studio Arts and hopes to soon be offering a Bachelors of Art degree in Art Education leading to K - 12 teacher certification. Students can expect to learn technical, design and conceptual skills necessary to succeed in the arts outside a school setting. Expert critiques by teachers and other students insure that the exit portfolio is of the highest caliber.

The Bachelor’s Degree in Art at Athens State certifies completion of major study in the visual arts. The degree implies depth of study in a number of studio, graphic, and art history areas. Athens State art department offers flexible scheduling of day, night, weekend or distance learning courses along with excellent advising and superior, in-depth instruction.

For information on the scholarship procedures, or the art program at Athens State, visit www.athens.edu/arts or call 256-233-6524 or 256-233-6507.


Athens State Receives Funding to Support Students Affected by Storms

July 25, 2011 - Athens State University will receive a disaster relief grant in the amount of $10,000 to assist students who were adversely affected by recent federally declared disasters. This grant is made possible through contributions to Scholarship America from USA Funds. Institutions that received this grant will disburse funds to those eligible students adversely affected by the five recently federally declared weather-related disasters.

Students eligible for these scholarship funds must be enrolled at least half-time at institutions located in the designated federally declared disaster areas. Funds are to be used by selected institutions to supplement financial aid packages for students who have experienced additional financial difficulties related to the defined weather event.

“We are pleased that our request to Scholarship America was granted,” states Lynne Ingram, Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations at Athens State. “Our student body, not limited to the learning environment of a traditional campus, covers a broad area of north Alabama and many were directly affected by the April 27th storms.”

Scholarship America specifies that the assistance must be used for tuition, fees, books, or other education-related expenses as determined by the professional judgment of the financial aid officer. The assistance, not to exceed $1,000 per student, can be used for expenses incurred in 2010-11 academic year or 2011-12 academic year.


Athens State University Announces Faculty Awards


July 7, 2011 – At their Honors Convocation held during the Spring Commencement Weekend, Athens State University conferred awards to two exemplary faculty members. The Teaching Excellence Award and the Distinguished Research Award were both given for the first time to recognize outstanding faculty through committee selection. These $1,000.00 awards are financially supported by the Athens State Foundation.

The Teaching Excellence Award was presented to Dr. Susan Owen, Associate Professor of Psychology. The Distinguished Research Award was awarded to Dr. Sean Busick, Assistant Professor of History. All full-time faculty members who have taught for at least three years at Athens State were eligible for the award.

“Athens State has historically been home to an excellent, accomplished faculty,” states President Bob Glenn. “I am pleased that starting with these two very deserving instructors, we begin a process of annually acknowledging the impact our faculty have upon our student body.”

The basis for the nominees for the Teaching Excellence Award is faculty members whose university careers are distinguished by truly outstanding performance in the classroom and/or laboratory setting. The basis for the nominees for the Distinguished Research Award is faculty members whose university careers are distinguished by truly outstanding research. After nominations were received, the awards recipients were chosen by a committee of their peers who were charged by the Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Pictures attached. Dr. Susan Owen and Dr. Sean Busick


Athens State Center for Lifelong Learning Announces Upcoming Classes

July 7, 2011 - The Center for Lifelong Learning announces these upcoming classes. For more information go to our website – www.athens.edu/CLL - or call 256-233-8260. Most classes have limited space. Early registration is suggested.
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Athens State Students Learn the Art of Microphotography


June 28, 2011 - This spring semester at Athens State University an exciting new course was offered jointly by the art department and the science department. The course was called Digital Microphotography and Image Analysis. The instructors were Assistant Professor George Williams, from science, Assistant Professor Gail Bergeron, from the art department and Professor Pamela Keller, from the art department. The course was designed to enable students to produce works in digital photography through the use of various photomicrographic techniques, including ordinary light, phase contrast, electron microscopy, and digital image analysis.

During the semester, students became familiar with hand-held digital camera operation, developed competency using an ordinary light microscope with bright field and dark field illumination and learned to make digital images of selected specimens using each technology. Students also learned to use a dissection microscope, phase contrast optics, and scanning electron microscopy to produce digital images of selected specimens. Later in the semester students used an image analysis program for studies of selected biological specimens. A large portion of the course was devoted to image quality, and post-production techniques for image enhancement. During the term students worked in groups to submit two major projects. The final assignment was an individual requirement. The course culminated with a juried student exhibition in the newly renovated Waters Hall Science building. The course instructors selected photographs with artistic composition and design qualities as well as works that demonstrated excellent use of the technology.

First Place Award went to Summer Smith who used a Leica research / dissecting microscope, Jenoptik software and a high resolution digital camera to produce the image shown here. This is a combined image of a Clonorchis sinensis specimen, the human liver fluke, which is common in many parts of the world, and a cross-section of plant parenchyma and other tissues in the background.

Honorable Mentions went to Emmaline Emery, Tracy Russell, Lauren Atchley, Aeju Kim, Alexanderia Easterling and Lara Bice.

The course will be taught on the campus of Athens State University again in the spring semester of 2012. Registration begins in late October.

Photo caption: Chinese Liver Flukesmall by Summer Smith


Athens State to host an evening with Gary Redus and Chuck Meriwether

Event rescheduled from the postponed original January planned date

June 20, 2011 – Athens State University will be hosting an evening with two greats from the game of baseball, both of whom have ties to the institution.

Former professional baseball player Gary Redus and major league umpire Chuck Meriwether will take the stage in the Sandridge Student Center Ballroom on Thursday, July 21 at 7:00 pm. The event is sponsored by the Livingston Concert Lecture Series and is free and open to the public.

Bob Labbe, also an alumnus of Athens State, will moderate the evening in a casual, conversation-styled manner. Labbe is an award-winning former local television sports director and host of “Reelin’ In The Years” on WLRH Public Radio. He also is a veteran sportswriter with the Huntsville Times and other publications.

Redus, a student athlete from Tanner High School, was originally drafted by the Boston Red Sox in 1977 but opted to attend Athens State instead. The Cincinnati Reds drafted him the following year. Redus' .462 batting average with the Billings Mustangs of the Pioneer League still stands as an all-time minor league record. He continued his career in baseball playing with the Philadelphia Phillies, the Chicago White Sox, and joined the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1988. Redus found a home in Pittsburgh, having his best offensive season in 1989 and helping the Pirates to three straight National League Eastern Division titles from 1990 to 1992. Redus retired from baseball in 1994.

Chuck Meriwether is an umpire in major league baseball, working in the American League from 1988 to 1999 and umpiring in both leagues since 2000. After graduating from Athens State in 1978, he umpired his first game in the minor leagues in 1979. He officiated in the 2004 and 2007 World Series games, and the All-Star Game of 1996 and 2002. He has also umpired in the 2003 National League Championship Series and 2006 American League Championship Series, and in seven Division Series between 1998 and 2007.

“We are honored to welcome Chuck, Gary and Bob for an evening of baseball stories and memories,” states Vice President for Advancement Rick Mould. “It will be fun to hear their perspectives on the game particularly from a player’s and umpire’s point of view.”

For more information about the event, call 256-233-8296 or visit www.athens.edu.


Athens State Announces Its Annual Flag Day Ceremony


June 6, 2011 - Athens State University will be hosting its annual Flag Day Ceremony sponsored by the Athens State Alumni Association on Tuesday, June 14 at noon in the Sandridge Student Center Ballroom.

This year’s program will be presented by Lt. Gen. Richard P. Formica, commanding general of the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command / Army Forces Strategic Command. Joining Formica will be Army Astronaut Col. T. J. Creamer, assigned to USASMDC/ARSTRAT’s NASA detachment at Johnson Space Center in Houston. Creamer will be accompanied by a USASMDC/ARSTRAT command flag that accompanied him on a 2009 trip to the International Space Station.

Music for the event will be provided by the Athens State Community Band. "We are thrilled to have Lieutenant General Formica with us this year,” says Lisa Payne chairperson of the Flag Day Committee “not only to hear him speak, but to have him witness this yearly patriotic event. Athens State is very proud of the role we have played for years in raising the awareness of and celebrating Flag Day.”

Formica was commissioned in 1977 upon completion of ROTC training at Providence College and graduation from Bryant College in Smithfield, R.I. Formica assumed command of the USASMDC/ARSTRAT and Joint Functional Component Command - Integrated Missile Defense on Dec. 15. His previous assignment was on the Department of the Army Headquarters staff as special assistant to the chief of staff of the Army where he worked HQDA Air and Missile Defense Task Force and other missile defense related issues.

Formica’s awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (with oak leaf cluster), Bronze Star (with oak leaf cluster), Meritorious Service Medal (with five oak leaf clusters), Army Commendation Medal (with oak leaf cluster), the Army Achievement Medal (with two oak leaf clusters), and both the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Army Staff Identification Badges.

Creamer was assigned to NASA in July 1995 as a space shuttle vehicle integration test engineer. His duties primarily involved engineering liaison for launch and landing operations of the space shuttle.

The Flag Day Celebration at Athens State is free and open to the public.

Photo, Left to Right: Flag Day Committee Members Debbie Schaus, Lisa Payne, Chad Easterling, and Janice Owen


Athens State University Alumni Bridge Benefit to be held June 15th

May 26, 2011 - Wednesday, June 15th marks the date for the Athens State University Alumni Bridge Benefit. Last year\\\'s event hosted 16 teams and assisted in raising much needed funds for Alumni Scholarships.

\\\"As in years past there will be door prizes provided by the Alumni Board of Directors from our local merchants,” says Trish Dilullo of the office of Alumni Affairs. “We have special gifts for the high, 2nd high and low scorers.\\\"

The Bridge Benefit is open to any interested players - not just alumni of Athens State.

Table reservations for teams of four are $15 per person and include refreshments. June 13th is the deadline for registration and individuals or teams can do so by calling 256.233.8185 or visiting the Office of Alumni Affairs on the corner of Hargrove and Pryor Streets.


Athens State University Alumni Golf Classic a success


May 24, 2011 - The annual Athens State University Alumni Golf Classic was held Thursday, May 12th at Canebrake Golf Club in Athens. A shotgun start was held for the 88 players after a lunch provided by Greenbrier Restaurant with beverages provided by Pepsi Cola of Decatur. A special thank-you goes to J.J. and Dottie Donahue and McClary Ford for providing the hole-in-one prizes.

First place team winners were David Martin, John Blankensopp, David Johnson and John Vacca. Second place were Jake Mathias, Jordon Stafford, Garrett Stafford and Matthew McCulley and third place were Tracy Ingle, Charlie Vines, Terrence Murry and Shawn Coleman. Prizes were also awarded for closest to the pin and longest drive.


Athens State University commencement planned for May 14th

May 10, 2011 - Athens State University’s graduation exercises will be held on the lawn in front of Founders Hall on Saturday, May 14 with three separate ceremonies. In the event of rain, the three ceremonies will take place in the Carter Gymnasium.

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Athens State Release Economic Impact Report

February 18, 2011 - Athens State University contributed $183 million to the economy of North Alabama and surrounding areas in 2010 according to an Economic Impact Report released by the two-year upper division institution.

The study, undertaken by Professor Bill Wilkes of the College of Business, states that Athens State ended the year as the seventh largest employer in Limestone County with 379 employees, including 228 full time faculty and staff and 151 part time staff and adjunct faculty, and with an payroll of $22.6 million.

“The cultural and education benefits of a local university are obvious,” states Vice President for Advancement Rick Mould. “To calculate the economic impact of Athens State within the community illustrates a true gage of what the institution offers in tangible assets.” Wilkes found that the spending by Athens State University employees created a direct demand for additional goods and services in North Alabama. An average employment multiplier of 1.8 suggests that every 10 people employed by Athens State create indirect employment opportunities for 18 additional individuals.

“Athens State University is an essential resource for North Alabama,” added Mould. “The close proximity of this educational leader to so many diverse communities is a strong reason why so many companies and institutions find our area to be the wonderful place to do business.”

Athens State University, founded in 1822, has a long heritage of dedication to higher education in the State of Alabama and is the state’s only two-year, upper division institution. Athens State is an integral part of The Alabama Community College System and provides seamless transfer opportunities for students of the state’s Community and Technical Institutions. Baccalaureate degrees can be earned through the College of Arts of Sciences, College of Business, and the College of Education. Classes are offered online as well as in the traditional format.

To view the full 2010 Economic Impact Report, visit Athens State’s website at www.athens.edu.

Contact information for Bill Wilkes: 256-216-5367


 



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