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Athens State Student Receives Award from Community Action Partnership


September 25, 2014

Amy Frazier, an Athens State student in Education, received the Community Action Partnership of North Alabama Teacher of the Year 2013-2014. Frazier was awarded the distinction by Kim Dodd of the Decatur-based organization that is committed to reducing or eliminating the causes and consequences of poverty.

Community Action Partnership serves 15 counties in North Alabama with Head Start, Early Head Start, and Pre-K classrooms. Frazier is a Head Start teacher at Scottsboro Head Start in Scottsboro, Alabama in Jackson County. She was nominated by her peers for the award.

Frazier’s goal to become a teacher has been untraditional but rewarding. She began a path in the summer of 2000 to earn an Early Childhood Education Bachelor’s Degree but put her education on hold to start a family. In 2005 Frazier went to work as a Head Start teacher and in 2011, as an employee of Community Action Partnership of North Alabama, she took advantage of the organization’s tuition assistance to help employees continue their education.

“In the Fall of 2011, I enrolled in one class at Athens State, in fact it was the same class I had taken in 2000,” remarked Frazier. “I continued to slowly take 1 to 2 classes until eventually I took three classes, and then four last summer.”

Frazier will finally graduate in May 2015 with her Early Childhood Education Degree – successfully completing the educational pathway she started 15 years prior.

“I remember back in 2000, I met a wonderful mentor and professor by the name of Dr. Pat Kuby,” Frazier continues. “She was my advisor then, and she still is today. She has been a great mentor and friend to me.”

This past summer, Frazier was asked to be the Honor Marshall for the College of Education at the Commencement Ceremony. Her professors in the education department recommended her for this role.


Athens State Hosts Program for Professional Recruiting Students with Disabilities

September 19, 2014

In early November, Athens State University’s Office of Disabilities Services of the Career Development Center is sponsoring telephone interviews with a federal recruiter for the Workforce Recruitment Program for Colleges Students with Disabilities (WRP). The WRP is a recruitment and referral program that connects public and private sector employers nationwide with highly motivated postsecondary students and recent graduates with disabilities who are eager to prove their abilities in the workplace through paid summer or permanent jobs.

WRP participation at Athens State University is OPEN to any eligible participant regardless of where they attend college. Athens State University and Alabama A&M University are the only approved participating colleges in North Alabama.

The WRP provides students with disabilities in all fields of study the opportunity to market their abilities to a wide variety of potential employers across the United States, sharpen their interviewing skills during a required interview with a WRP recruiter, and gain valuable skills, experience, and contacts on the job.

“I highly recommend Disability Services and the WRP program at Athens State University to any student who qualifies,” states Accounting Major Benita Sweeney. “If you are not using these services or registering for the WRP program you are quite possibly missing out on a great opportunity.”

Applicants for the program mush have a disability and be a U.S. citizen. They must be enrolled in an accredited institution of higher education on a full-time basis (unless the severity of the disability precludes the student from taking a full-time load) to seek a degree, or be enrolled in such an institution as a degree-seeking student taking less than a full-time load in the enrollment period immediately prior to graduation, or have graduated from such an institution within the past year.

The WRP is co-sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) and the U.S. Department of Defense’s Office of Diversity Management & Equal Opportunity (ODMEO), with support from other federal agencies.

More information on the Office of Disabilities Services at Athens State can be found at www.athens.edu/disabilityservices. Jean Martin, WRP Coordinator at Athens State, can be reached by email.


Constitution Day a Success

September 17, 2014

Athens State University and the John Wade Keyes chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution celebrated Constitution Day on Wednesday, September 17th. The event was presented in McCandless Hall on the Athens State campus.

Constitution Day kicked off with a hot dog cookout in the Athens State Sandridge Student Center at 11:00 a.m. followed by a patriotic organ solo at noon on the newly renovated Tracker organ. The Constitution Day Program followed the recital. The public was invited to all events free of charge.


Provost Resigns

September 17, 2014

Dr. Ronald Cromwell, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Athens State University, resigned from his position today.

Crowell joined Athens State in November of 2011. He helped guide the University through many academic and policy changes that followed the University's move from being governed by the State Board of Education to an autonomous governing board. Cromwell was the Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs at St. Aloysius College in Pennsylvania prior to coming to Athens State.

"I appreciate the contributions Dr. Cromwell has made to the institution during the past three years," said President Bob Glenn. "We thank him for his service to the University and wish him well in his future endeavors."

No interim provost and vice president for academic affairs has been named at this time. A national search will be initiated to find a replacement.


Fiddler's Convention set for October 3-4


Bobby Osborne and the Rocky Top Express and Mafia Jug Band headlining

September 16, 2014

Athens State University will host the 48th annual Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention on Oct. 3-4 at the school's campus in Athens, Alabama. The musical competitions will be held on the Alabama Farmers Cooperative Stage in front of 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.

Beginning this year, The Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention will be home to Alabama State Fiddle Champion. Last year, the festival became the home to the Alabama State Champion categories including 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 winners in all of these categories shall for that year be known as the Alabama State Champions respectively.

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.

From Goodlettsville Tennessee home of Bill Monroe, Bashful Brother Oswald, Stringbean, Grandpa Jones, and Keith Whitley comes the Tennessee Mafia Jug Band – five guys who not only know music, they wear costumes, tell corny jokes and even do slapstick gags that entertain audiences all over the world.

This year's special guest at the Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention will be musical Bobby Osborne and the Rocky Top X-Press performing Friday, October 3rd at 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. A legendary giant in bluegrass music, Bobby Osborne continues to be on the cutting edge of the now enormously popular music form. His instantly recognizable, quality high lead and tenor voice and inventive mandolin stylings remain unsurpassed.

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 3 at 7:00 p.m. following the Bobby Osborne and the Rocky Top Express performance and resume on Saturday, Oct. 4 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.

The festival culminates on Saturday night with the naming of the Alabama State Fiddle Champion. Being named Champion is highly competitive and is a coveted prize.

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


Faculty and Staff Honored for Meritorious Service

September 9, 2014

At the recent Inservice Meeting of the faculty and staff of Athens State University, President Bob Glenn bestowed awards on fourteen employees in acknowledgement of superior service to the University: Nine employees received the Individual Meritorious Recognition Award, and five employees received the Presidential Award for Meritorious Performance.

“Looking out on our team gathered each fall for Inservice, I realize how lucky we are as an institution to have such a remarkable and dedicated group that makes Athens State great,” states Glenn. “Our hard-working and devoted faculty and staff rival any collegiate group in the country and this is one small way we can recognize their loyalty and the successes they bring to our campus.”

Recognition was given for a variety of accomplishments -- from developing cost-saving measures within university processes, to developing mentoring programs for underserved groups, to publicly advocating for Athens State’s mission, to the creation of “the world’s best one-block Mardi Gras parade.”

The Individual Meritorious Recognition Award recognizes employees for single efforts of employee performance that meet or exceed expectations as defined by the University Vision, Mission, Goals, and College Specific Goals and Objectives. Specifically, this program recognizes and awards individuals who provide outstanding service, implement a substantive new idea, or meaningfully contribute to or design an organizational initiative that reflects above and beyond what is expected.

The 2014 recipients for the Individual Meritorious Recognition Award are Associate Professor of Art Gail Bergeron, Assistant Professor of Career and Technical Education Bridgette Chandler, Associate Professor of Education Wendy Cowan, Executive Assistant to the Vice President for Financial Affairs Barbara Ferguson, Director of the Academic Technology Services and Instructional Design Mark Gale, Assistant Professor of Accounting Stacie Hughes, Assistant Professor of Elementary Education Lisa Hyde, Associate Professor of Mathematics Ronald Merritt and Assistant Professor of Operations Management Kim Roberts.

“All of us love the University and find great joy in seeing it do well,” states Wendy Cowan. “I appreciate the recognition and can only share it with my colleagues in the College of Education. We’re a great team.”

The Presidential Award for Meritorious Performance program recognizes employees who have demonstrated sustained quality and excellence in the performance of their duties. In particular, the award program strives to recognize employees whose continued high performance significantly improves operations and outcomes in an area or department.

The 2014 recipients for the Presidential Award for Meritorious Performance are Assistant to the Director of Physical Plant Paula Bullington, Associate Professor of Accounting Linda Hemingway, Information Systems Coordinator Nikki Johns, Maintenance Superintendent Dwight Lovell and Enrollment Advisor Penny Roberts.

“The true honor is being able to work with such great people,” states Penny Roberts. “I have worked at Athens State for 26 years and it feels like home. I appreciate the recognition.”

Both award groups were publicly recognized during the August meeting and were presented with a certificate and monetary prize. The awards are made eligible to any full-time faculty or staff members who have been employed in their current position for three years. Nominations for the awards are taken from the recipients’ supervisors each spring.

Glenn spearheaded the drive to create this recognition program last year. He realized that the good work done by exceptional employees needed a type of formal recognition. He created an awards committee that includes the Presiding Officers of the Faculty and Staff Senates, the Directors of Human Resources and the Career Development Center and other members of the faculty and staff.

“I inherited a very capable team when I came to Athens State and appreciate the good work that they do,” added Glenn. “They make my job very easy and make the University look good every day. I appreciate each and every one of them daily, but it feels good to kick-off an academic year by pointing to our brightest stars.”

This was the first year the awards were given in recognition of outstanding service. Going forward, they will be bestowed annually at the fall Inservice convocation.


Athens State and DAR Present Combined Constitution Day Program

September 4, 2014

Athens State University and the John Wade Keyes chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will celebrate Constitution Day on Wednesday, September 17th. The event will be presented in McCandless Hall on the Athens State campus.

Constitution Day kicks off with a hot dog cookout in the Athens State Sandridge Student Center at 11:00 a.m. followed by a patriotic organ solo at noon on the newly renovated Tracker organ. The Constitution Day Program will begin following the recital. The public is invited to all events free of charge.

“Athens State enjoys our partnership with the DAR to host this community event,” says Debra Baird. “This history focused event always delivers an inspirational message about the founding of our country.” Baird and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences Ron Fritze are serving as Athens State coordinators.

Featured speaker, Capt. Alan Maiorano, USN (retired) will discuss the Constitution and why it matters in America today. Athens State students who participated in the Constitution Day Trivia Contest will be recognized and the winners will be awarded bookstore gift cards.

Boy Scout Troop 240 will be on hand for a flag ceremony, Sons of the American Revolution will present voices of our forefathers, vocalist Jim Thompson will lead guests in patriotic songs, and all in attendance will be asked to sign a copy of the Preamble to the Constitution.


Athens State to Host Concert for Brass and Organ in McCandless Hall


September 2, 2014

The Livingston Concert Lecture Series at Athens State University will host the Stones River Chamber Players from Middle Tennessee State University for a concert on Sunday, September 14 at 7:00 p.m. in McCandless Hall. The concert will feature works for brass and organ and will be the inaugural performance for the University’s recently renovated Tracker Organ.

“This will be the second time the Stones River Chamber Group has performed on the McCandless stage,” states Athens State President Bob Glenn. “We are proud of the recent renovations to McCandless Hall and to the organ and we felt a concert such as this would be a great way to showcase our efforts.”

The Stones River Chamber Players perform virtuoso music that is visceral, evocative, and exciting. Their concert programs are accessible for both the discerning classical concert aficionado, and for young people new to classical concerts. Concert programs are unique and often offer a different combination of players for each work. The ensemble consists primarily of music faculty from Middle Tennessee State University - virtuoso performers from some of the finest music schools in America.

The group will include Michael Arndt and Jamey Simmons on trumpet, Angela DeBoer on horn, David Loucky on trombone, Ben Miles on tuba, and Angela Tipps on organ. The concert will feature works by Bach, Mozart, Brahms, Beethoven and other composers.

The concert is free and open to the public. For more information call 256-233-8296.


Alabama Center for the Arts Hosts Faculty Alumni Exhibition


September 2, 2014

The Alabama Center for the Arts 2nd Annual Juried Faculty and Alumni Exhibition will open on Thursday, September 4 and will run through Friday, November 7. An Artist Reception is planned for Tuesday, October 21 at 5:30 p.m.

The show was curated and judged by Robert Bean from the University of Alabama in Huntsville and the Huntsville Museum of Art. Bean has a studio in Lowe Mill Arts Center where he showcases his original oil paintings. His work has been shown in numerous galleries and exhibitions, both nationally and regionally.

The Exhibition, entitled “Balance,” features works of art by faculty members and alumni of Athens State University and Calhoun Community College. Many of the featured works will be available for purchase.

“We are very excited about this being our second annual event to showcase the work of our faculty and alumni,” states Center Coordinator Jennifer Bunnell. “We have in our midst and also produce so much talent and this gives us a chance to showcase that to the public.”

The gallery is open to the public from 8:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 8:00 a.m. until noon on Fridays. The gallery is also open during Third Fridays until 8:00 p.m. and during other downtown special events.

The Alabama Center for the Arts represents a collaborative program in art between Athens State University and Calhoun Community College. More information about the Center can be found at www.alabamacenterforthearts.otg.


The 48th Old Time Fiddlers Convention Announces Entertainment Headliners


August 26, 2014

The Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention Committee announce that The Tennessee Mafia Jug Band will perform on Saturday, October 4 at 5:00 p.m. on the Alabama Farmer’s Cooperative Stage in front of Founders Hall on the campus of Athens State University.

From Goodlettsville, Tennessee home of Bill Monroe, Bashful Brother Oswald, Stringbean, Grandpa Jones, and Keith Whitley comes the Tennessee Mafia Jug Band – five guys who not only know music, they wear costumes, tell corny jokes and even do slapstick gags that entertain audiences all over the world.

This year's special guest at the Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention will be musical Bobby Osborne and the Rocky Top X-Press performing Friday, October 3rd at 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. A legendary giant in bluegrass music, Bobby Osborne continues to be on the cutting edge of the now enormously popular music form. His instantly recognizable, quality high lead and tenor voice and inventive mandolin stylings remain unsurpassed.

This year's Fiddlers Convention will be October 3 and 4 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.

Gates open early on Friday, October 3 with contests beginning at 7 p.m. after Bobby Osborne’s performances. Contests resume on Saturday, Oct. 4 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.

Click here for more information.


Athens State Develops Pathway for Seamless Transfer of Calhoun Students in Art

August 21, 2014

Athens State University’s Art Department has recently developed a “two-plus-two” curriculum for students entering the program from Calhoun Community College. The title refers to the two years spent achieving the associates degree and the two years needed to complete the bachelor’s degree. This program builds upon the University’s existing collaboration with Calhoun Community College through the development of The Alabama Center for the Arts.

“As Athens State University functions as an upper-level university, many of its students are transfers from other public schools looking to round out their third of forth years in a more focused environment, something that Athens State provides at the Alabama Center for the Arts,” states Athens State Art Department Chair Pamela Keller. “Seamless transitions from most other schools make graduation with a four year degree in a timely manner a real possibility.”

Athens State has established 3 two-plus-two curriculum track agreements with Calhoun in order to assist students matriculating to Athens State. Students may complete their freshman and sophomore years at Calhoun Community College and their junior and senior years at Athens State University in a Baccalaureate degree-granting academic art program. These two-plus-two tracks in art are designed to facilitate an easy transition from Calhoun to Athens State and places students on a track towards attainment of a bachelor’s degree while completing their course of study at Calhoun Community College primarily at the Alabama Center for the Arts venue. The program clearly articulates the transferability of specific courses from Calhoun Community College to Athens State University.

“Our programs and our faculty are driven by a cause, by a purpose, and by a belief,” added Keller. “This program encompasses all of those drives to develop and to assist Calhoun students and is one more may we work to create an environment of partnership to enhance their study of art and their collegiate experience.”

Athens State’s program in Art includes coursework in Studio Art, Graphic Design, and Art Certification for Teachers P-12. More information can be found by clicking here.


New Academic Year Brings Five Faculty Promotions

August 18, 2014

With the convening of Athens State University’s 2014/2015 academic year – the 193rd for the institution - five faculty members will be promoted within their ranks. Fall classes at Athens State will begin today, August 18 and the Faculty In-Service was held on Friday, August 15.

“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; excellence in service to students and the university, and professional growth and scholarly activity over time. These faculty are representative of the real commitment our faculty have in helping Athens State students reach their personal and professional goals.”

The faculty members promoted are:

Dr. LaDoris Baugh - Promoted to Professor.

Baugh was hired as a full-time faculty member on 9/8/1994. Her teaching philosophy describes her effort to help the students through their “fear of math” in accounting and finance courses. Her courses are well prepared and student feedback is positive. She was inducted into Delta Mu Delta in 1998 and received the Excellence in Teaching Award in 1998 and 2012. She participated in SAP training, technology in corporate finance training and participated in a McGraw-Hill Technology in Finance Focus group as well as assisted in the review of a text book used to teach fundamentals of corporate finance. She has served on Faculty Senate in 2010-2011 and 2012-13 and as department chair in 2012-13. Over the years, she has served on various committees, including the Budget Advisory Committee, a number of search committees, QEP Success Team, and Curriculum Committee. Her professional development, both presentations and publications, are solid and have increased over
time. She was co-author of supplemental materials (test bank) for the book ‘Essentials of Corporate Finance” in 2013. She participated in symposiums sponsored by McGraw-Hill and has done presentations in the state and region. She has co-authored papers in 2012 and presented in the local region. Most notably, she received the Best Paper Award for a paper presented at the 2014 Academic Business World International Conference. Her professional service to the community includes active membership in IMA, presentations at Athens State’s Center for Lifelong Learning, and a member of the JROTC Foundation. She received the 2014 Blackboard Catalyst Award for Exemplary Course Design.

Baugh received a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Alabama A & M University, a Master of Science degree in Management from the University of Alabama-Huntsville, and a Doctor of Business Administration degree from the University of Phoenix.

Baugh has extensive private sector work experience with Amoco where she held various jobs which included roles as an Internal Auditor, Cost/Budget Accountant, and Yield Accountant

Dr. Kevin Dupré - Promoted to Professor.

Dupré was hired as a full-time faculty member on 9/1/2001 (he brought a number of years teaching full time at other institutions). His teaching philosophy indicates a deep commitment to all students and a belief that all students can learn. His course syllabi are very solid with clear and high learning outcomes and goals and a variety of assessments including using social media and team projects. His student evaluations from various semesters are positive and demonstrate intentional improvements over time as well. He is involved in meaningful advising, reflected in positive student comments as well as positive feedback from his supervisors. He has been active in university and college service, including serving as co-director and then director of QEP, “Building Success through Writing”; serving on the Faculty Senate, including as Presiding Officer; various standing committees; and has been appointed to a number of task force committees. He worked on various QEP
and SACSCOC projects and conferences. His professional development record demonstrates engagement over time with presentations listed from 1995 through 2013 (including some at regional and national meetings).

Dupré received his Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in English Education from The University of Oklahoma in 1997, his Bachelor of Art in Interpersonal and Public Communication and his Masters of Education in Secondary Teaching/English from The University of Louisiana at Lafayette. His research interests include poetry, critical theory, critical literacy, British fiction, and in ways readers construct meaning in transaction with literature.

Dr. Kim LaFevor - Promoted to Professor.

LaFevor was hired as a full-time faculty member on 8/25/2005. Her student evaluations from multiple years are consistent showing positive students’ perception of their learning and her teaching. Her course syllabi, which are fine documents, demonstrate a commitment to quality, the use of a variety of assessments, demonstrate significant efforts to ensure quality writing, and connect the course content to national standards (Society for Human Resource Management). She has been very active in advising and in student activities. She has been provided leadership for two student chapters, Phi Theta Kappa Alumni Association and SHRM Student Chapter, in which both have received state and/or national recognition awards each year under her leadership. She was instrumental in the HR Program receiving national SHRM alignment recognition in 2011 and reaffirmed in 2014. She has provided quality service to the college and university as department chair since 2006 (in fall 2013
Management areas were added to her department). She has been on various committees, including the Curriculum Committee, Election Committee (chair), Faculty Senate (2006-2010), QEP Institutional Success committee (chair), CUPA/Compensation Committee, and others. She has a solid record of professional development with publications over the last decade. She has been very involved in professional associations in the state, regionally and nationally and made a number of presentations. She currently serves as the President for the Tennessee Employment Relations Research Association and serves on the Alabama SHRM State Council as College Relations Director.

Prior to her current academic career, she had a 21-year career with increasing responsibilities with Saturn-GM Manufacturing. LaFevor received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Personnel Psychology in 1989 from Athens State College, Master of Science in Human Resource Management from Troy State University in 1991, and Doctor of Business Administration with dual majors in Management and Education from the University of Sarasota in 1999. Last year LaFevor was named Dean of Athens State’s College of Business after a nation-wide search. She started this position in January of 2014.

Dr. Tony Moyers - Promoted to Professor.

Moyers was hired as a full-time faculty member on 8/28/1998. His courses are well prepared and he has prepared detailed study guidelines and lecture notes provided online. These are very comprehensive and detail deepening explanations of the content of the courses. He has been a department chair for Humanities and Social Science since 2008 (the start of this kind of position at Athens State) with 5 programs of study (Art, English, History, Religion, and Social Science). He is engaged in positive interactions with students through advising. He has published two books (“Wanderings: Exploring Moral Landscapes Past and Present,” 1996; “The Moral Life: Obligation and Affirmation,” 2011) and recent chapters in “Introduction to the Sociology of Region” in 2014. He has attended regional or national conferences. He has many years of active presentations to the community, especially through the Athens State Center for Religious Studies and Ethics. He serves
on the board of that Center. He has served on a number of institutional committees, including Learning Resources and works with the Athens State University’s Center for Lifelong Learning and various activities related to the Curtis Coleman Center for Religious Studies and Ethics. He has been involved with service to the community (e.g. Decatur Youth Symphony which has some outreach efforts for at-risk youth).

Moyers received his undergraduate degree in Religion from Athens State College in 1984, and his Ph.D. in Biblical Studies from Baylor University in 1994. His research interests include Ancient Near Eastern archaeology and history, biblical history, biblical interpretation, and the sociological and philosophical study of moral values. His dissertation topic was on the Social Function of I Kings 1-2.

Dr. Robert White - Promoted to Associate Professor.

White was hired as a full-time faculty member on 8/21/2006. He has prepared a number of new courses and his courses are well done. His teaching philosophy indicates he respects various views and tries to create a climate where students “find their own voice and learn to think critically and reflectively.” Student feedback has been positive and indicates he works to create a climate where students are engaged. He has high standards requiring rigorous reading and writing as well as demonstration of learning. He also developed team taught courses in ethics and history. He is the director of the Curtis Coleman Center for Religion and Ethics and is very involved in the center’s outreach and is often one of the presenters. He has a solid professional development record with a presentation at the International Conference for Humanities and the publication of a co-authored article in the International Journal of Social Science Research. He also was asked to participate in a White
House panel discussion on ethics. He currently serves as the presiding officer of the Faculty Senate and serves on numerous university committees such the Learning Resources, the Grading Task Force, and others.

White graduated from Athens State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religion and Philosophy. He received his Masters of Divinity and Doctorate from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. His research interests are focused on the field of study of Theopoetics. White is a member of the American Academy of Religion and presented a paper on Theopoetics at an arts and sciences international conference in 2012.


Community Band Performing at Singing of the Square

August 12, 2014

The Athens State University Community Band will perform an outdoor concert at Singing on the Square on Friday, August 15 at 6:30 p.m. 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. In the event of rain the concert will be held in the Limestone County Event Center.

The focus of this year’s Singing on the Square Concert will be musical dance numbers. The band will perform a tango, waltz, polka, as well as a salute to the Soulful 60s. There will also be one “Happy” song performed from the current billboard charts.

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.


Thelma Sawyer McGraw, Alumnae of the Class of 1943, Makes Return Visit


August 4, 2014

Ms. Thelma Louise Sawyer McGraw, Class of 1943, visited the campus of Athens State University recently. She was accompanied by her daughter, Paula Burns, and granddaughter, Stacey Burns. McGraw and her family were taking a trip down “memory lane” while recording a living history of McGraw’s time at the former Athens College. Ms. Louise Strange Steele, Class of 1941, also joined them on the tour and the alums reminisced about their time on campus under the presidency of Dr. E. R. Naylor. Both McGraw and Steele remembered Dr. Naylor fondly and held him in high regard. He was the president of Athens College from 1930-1949.

McGraw was visibly moved with her visit and reentering Founders Hall. Founders was her dormitory before students were moved to Sanders Hall. “I can remember waiting in line against this wall for our mail”, McGraw stated as she positioned herself in the same place she probably did on a regular basis in the 40’s. The mailroom that she remembered so vividly is now a utility closet, and McGraw said that she shared her “large” dormitory room in Founders Hall with two other female students.

After stopping by the Parlor where McGraw spent much of her extracurricular time, the tour headed to McCandless Hall. This building also brought back a flood of memories. The auditorium is where McGraw received her diploma in 1943. McGraw went on stage and walked across one more time as she had done nearly 72 years before.

McGraw was in the Phi Sigma Literary Society and International Relations Club while at Athens College. She went onto raise a family and taught high school. The campus tour ended with lemonade and cookies at the home of our current President and first lady, Dr. and Mrs. Bob Glenn, before the family continued their journey to McGraw’s hometown of Bankston, AL.


Athens State Student Named State Intern Student of the Year

July 30, 2014

Kevin Woods, a Computer Science major from Huntsville, was named the Alabama Intern Student of the Year. In June, he 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 this month. Woods was assigned an internship at Mentor Graphics where he has worked as a Software Quality Engineer Intern and more recently, as a Building Engineer Intern.

“Kevin has done an outstanding job at Mentor Graphics,” stated Saralyn Mitchell, Athens State Director of Career Counseling Services and Cooperative Education. “Competition was tough at both the University and the State level for this award and through his hard work and dedication he was singled out in both arenas.”

The Alabama Association of Colleges and Employers is an organization for career development professionals 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.


Fiddlers Convention Officially Decreed the Home of Alabama State Fiddle Champion


July 28, 2014

The Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention has been named the home to the Alabama State Fiddle Champion. This distinction begins with this year’s annual music festival held the first weekend in October on the campus of Athens State University.

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 the Alabama State Fiddle Champion. The joint house resolution was sponsored by State Representative Dan Williams at their June joint session.

“This is a great honor for us and for those who will be able to carry the title of Alabama State Fiddle Champion each year,” stated Athens State Vice President Rick Mould who also serves as Chairman of the event. “Now that we’ve been around for almost 48 years it certainly seems an appropriate place to bestow this acknowledgement.”

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 3 and 4.


Huntsville Hospital Executive Kelli Powers to speak at Commencement


July 28, 2014

Huntsville Hospital Health System Chief Financial Officer Kelli Powers will be the keynote speaker at Athens State University’s summer commencement on Saturday, August 2 at 9 a.m. Graduation exercises will be in the front of Founders Hall on Athens State’s campus. Approximately 150 students are expected to graduate.

Powers was appointed Chief Financial Officer of Huntsville Hospital Health System in 2014, following four years as the Chief Executive Officer of Athens-Limestone Hospital. Previously, she served as the Chief Executive Officer at Lanier Health Services in Valley, Alabama.

Powers’ 23-year healthcare career has also included finance-related roles in several large organizations in the state, including Baptist Health in Montgomery, East Alabama Medical Center in Opelika, and DCH Health System in Tuscaloosa.

An Alabama native, Powers earned an accounting degree from The University of Alabama in 1990. She later received a Masters of Management in Health Care degree from Vanderbilt University.

Powers has been active in the communities where she has served and was named the 2012 Citizen of the Year in Limestone County by the Chamber of Commerce. She and her husband Mark have two children, Sydney and Mark Allen, both students at The University of Alabama.

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.


Athens State Presents Alabama Historic Women Event

July 25, 2014

Athens State University’s Center for Lifelong Learning and the Livingston Concert Lecture Series will be presenting Audacious Alabama Women; Petticoats, Politics, and Prisons presented by The Seasoned Players. The program will be held on August 19 at 11:30 a.m. in the Ballroom of the Sandridge Student Center. Two performances comprise the event that will be offered with an optional lunch provided.

My Name is Julia - a one woman show about Julia Tutwiler was written by Kathryn Tucker Windham and will be performed by Carole Armistead. This one woman show presents Julia as she looks back over her life’s work. It is part of a project of Audacious Alabama Women: Politics, Petticoats, and Prisons. This project is presented through a grant from the Alabama Humanities Foundation, the state affiliate of the National Humanities Foundation.

Sunbonnets to Suffrage: The Alabama Woman, Her First 100 Years - was written in 1991 by Betty Pewitt and Jean Pierce especially for The Seasoned Performers. The script highlights the women who shaped Alabama in her earliest years of statehood, 1819-1919. The opportunity to explore the origins of the audacity of these remarkable Alabama women with the Alabama Humanities Scholar is a gift.

The Seasoned Performers is a theatre group that is one of the largest and longest running senior theatres in the country and the only senior adult theatre in Alabama. The group has served 145,000 audience members--with 29 original play productions, 35 original reader scripts, and performances in 23 Alabama counties and in four other states.

Dr. Tina Naremore Jones, Dean of Educational Outreach at the University of West Alabama will lead a discussion after the program. Cost to attend the event is $15 which includes lunch. There is no charge to attend the play only. Reservations may be made by calling the Center for Lifelong Learning at 256-233-8260.


Macke Mauldin to Lead Board of Trustees

July 23, 2014

At the quarterly meeting of the Athens State University Board of Trustees held July 18, north Alabama banker Macke Mauldin was elected as the Chairman Pro Tempore of the organization for a two-year term starting in October. The seated Governor of Alabama holds the office of the Board Chairman in perpetuity. Ms. Cathy Dickens was elected as Vice Chairman, Pro Tempore of the organization.

Mauldin has served as President of Bank Independent since 1996. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta’s Birmingham Branch and is currently a Director for the Southern Development Council. He is a former Chairperson of the Shoals Chamber of Commerce and the Shoals Economic Development Authority. In 2008, he was named Shoals Citizen of the Year for his work in economic development. Mauldin is a 1982 graduate of Auburn University. His grandmother, Annie Buchanan, was a 1912 graduate of Athens State, which was Athens Female College at that time.

Mauldin joined the Athens State University Board of Trustees at its inception in 2012.

“I am honored to have been elected Chairman Pro Tempore of the Athens State Board of Trustees,” says Mauldin. “I’ve had the privilege of working among some of our area’s greatest leaders in my two years on this board, and I will continue to serve them, the university and current and future students in this new role.”

Dickens currently serves as the Deputy to the Commander, US Army Aviation and Missile Command at Redstone Arsenal. She is a 1993 graduate of Athens State and received her Master’s degree in Management/Contract Management from the Florida Institution of Technology. She resides in Meridianville, Alabama.

“Mr. Mauldin has been an extremely active member of the Board and we welcome his leadership of it,” states Athens State President Bob Glenn. “Both he and Ms. Dickens bring valuable experience and wise counsel that will provide good directives to lead Athens State into the future.”


Alabama Center for the Arts Breaks Ground for Phase II


Addition will house the Center’s Theater and Music Departments

July 7, 2014

A groundbreaking ceremony for Phase II of the Alabama Center for the Arts (ACA) is planned for Thursday, July 10 at 10:00 at the fine arts institution located at 133 Second Avenue in downtown Decatur. The new addition will house the theater and music departments of the collaborative academic effort between Calhoun Community College and Athens State University, and is enhanced by support from the City of Decatur and the Morgan County Commission.

“This phase of the total project has been in the planning stages since we initially broke ground in 2010,” remarks Athens State President Bob Glenn. “We are pleased with the community’s reception for Phase I and we look forward to working with Calhoun to further enhance the study of theater and music in the area.”

“We are extremely excited that we are seeing this next phase of the ACA now coming to fruition” commented Dr. Marilyn Beck, Calhoun president. “This partnership with our sister institution Athens State is allowing us to continue to work together in meeting the needs of our community,” Beck added.

LIVE Design Group from Birmingham has been selected as the architect for the project. The $13.5M Phase II building will be adjacent to but separate from the Phase I portion of the ACA and will encompass approximately 44,000 square foot.


Center for the Arts Presents Photography Exhibition by Sarah Cusimano Miles


July 7, 2014

The Alabama Center for the Arts will present Solomon’s House, a photography exhibit by Alabama artist Sarah Cusimano Miles. The show will open on July 10 and run until August 28 and be held in the Center’s main gallery located at 133 2nd Avenue in Decatur. A reception is planned for Thursday, Aug. 21 beginning at 5:30 and with an artist lecture at 6pm. It is open and free to the public.

Miles is a native of Gadsden, Alabama where she is an exhibiting artist, photographer, and educator. Her work has been published and exhibited in venues both national and international, from the Alabama Museum of Natural History to the Borges Cultural Center in Buenos Aires, Argentina, as well as being in a number of private and corporate collections. Miles has also received awards from the National Society for Photographic Education, the Center for Fine Art Photography, the Worldwide Photography Gala, and PhotoNOLA. In 2012 she was named to the Top 50 in Critical Mass from Photolucida

Miles teaches at Jacksonville State University where she has contributed to the transition of the traditional film-based photography program to a digital-based curriculum. She has a BFA from Jacksonville State University, and a BS in Psychology and an MFA in Photography from the University of Alabama.

The photographs in the body of work, Solomon’s House, explore the collections repository of the Anniston Museum of Natural History in Anniston, Alabama. The specimens are taken from the dark storage where they reside, on shelves, in bottles, and in drawers, and bathed with light to illuminate the often disturbing and exquisite elegance of the accumulated and warehoused organisms. By portraying these objects through the tradition of the still life, the artist explores ideas of cultural decadence and beauty in stasis.

The title, Solomon’s House, references a work by Francis Bacon published in 1627 called The New Atlantis. In it, he wrote of a fictitious utopian science facility he called “Solomon’s House” that embodied the growing scientific ideals of the 17th century. The Alabama Center for the Arts is a collaborative project between Athens State University and Calhoun Community College. The Center opened in 2012 and combines the two institution’s art programs. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 8:00 am to 8:30 pm, and Friday from 8:00 to noon.


Athenian Players to present The Bacchae

June 18. 2014
The Athenian Players of Athens State University present their production of The Bacchae by Euripides. This play directed by Assistant Professor of Drama Dr. Hugh Long and translated by Dr. Francis Blessington of Northwestern University, will be performed in the newly renovated McCandless Hall on the Athens State Campus.

The Bacchae is Euripides final tragedy. It centers on the Greek god Dionysus as he returns to his mortal mother's home of Thebes to confront his human family and punish them for not believing in him.

Performances will run Thursday, Friday and Saturday, July 17, 18 and 19 at 7:30 p.m. Admission will be charged at the door and is $10.00 per person, $7.00 for students and seniors.

“Once again we are bringing Greek tragedy back to Athens.” states Long. “This time presenting the story of the god, Dionysus, whose festival Dionysia is credited with the birth of theatre in 534 B.C.E. In our own Athenian Players twist we are transforming the Bacchants into a German cabaret.”

The cast consists of Courtney Croxdale, Patrick Kutsor, Jensie Britt, Laura Poe, Ashley Busick, Kelton Riley, Amy Bacon, Suzann McCollum, and Jacqueline Poe. Dr. Kimberly Jack will design costumes; Tracy Szappan will serve as Stage Manager; and Victoria Cochran as Technical Director.

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

Religious Studies Program Named Most Affordable by National Website

June 18, 2014
Athens State University’s program in Religious Studies has been ranked Most Affordable in the United States by OnlineU.org. OnlineU is a free and comprehensive guide that enables prospective college students to compare all online degree options in the U.S.

The Religious Studies program at Athens State University was initiated in 1938 and continues a long tradition of preparing students for various religious vocations. The program of study offers courses in theology, world religions, religious ethics, religious history, religion and culture, biblical studies, and religious education.

“We are very proud of the academic rigor of our program in religion and that it has been nationally recognized as most affordable in the country,” states Dr. Robert White, Director of the Coleman Center for Religious Studies and Ethics. “It is a well-known course of study and the fact that it is a financially achievable option for those seeing that degree makes it all the better.”

This year, OnlineU released the first rankings of its kind detailing the 25 most affordable online degrees by subject. All tuition numbers were calculated from the current year, verified by each school's website or by contacting an academic representative directly.


Athens State University Human Resources Group Recognized

June 17, 2014
The national headquarters for The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) has evaluated and re-endorsed Athens State University’s Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resource Management for the period of January 2015 – December 2017. This distinction recognizes the rigor of academic programming in HR education at the university level to meet national standards that have been identified by SHRM as essential to prepare students for a successful career in human resources.

Athens State Provost Ronald Cromwell was informed of the distinction in late May. The congratulatory letter from SHRM Director of Academic Initiatives, Nancy A. Woolever, SPHR states, “Your program fully aligns with the SHRM HR curriculum guides established in 2005 and revalidated in 2013.” This news follows the recent announcement that the Athens State University Student SHRM Chapter was selected as one of the elite group of 24 university recipients nationwide to receive their “Outstanding Student Chapter Award” for 2013-2014. This award can only be considered for chapters attaining the “Superior Merit Award” the same award year,

which the Athens State University SHRM Student Chapter also will receive this award year. While the “Outstanding Student Chapter Award” highlights specific areas of excellence by the chapter, Athens State University was selected for this award specifically for its HR Programming and Education. These awards will be presented at the upcoming SHRM Student/National Conference in Orlando, Florida next month June 20-25, 2014. Current SHRM Advisor, Dr. Kim LaFevor and Student SHRM President, Jacklyn Cooper will be on hand to accept the award on behalf of the chapter.

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 and over 450 affiliated student chapters with 15,000 members internationally.

For more information about the SHRM program at Athens State visit www.athens.edu/SHRM.


Athens State Offering Special Workshop for Current or Future Science Teachers

June 10, 2014

Athens State University has developed a special interdisciplinary workshop for science teachers that bridges their Biology Department with the Athens State based Alabama Mathematics and Science Teaching Initiative (AMSTI) and Science in Motion (ASIM). The course is titled Laboratory Technologies for Teachers.

The course is designed to train current and future teachers, certifying them as instructors for selected labs in Levels 1, 2, and 3 in the Science in Motion series in their classrooms. This year, it will be focusing on Level 1 and 3 labs. After this training, teachers will be able to request and run entire, pre-designed labs for their classrooms through ASIM. Through this program, students will have access to exciting activities that include DNA extraction, mock forensic investigations, and analysis of human skeletons.

Athens State Assistant Professor of Biology Sara Cline states, “This is an excellent opportunity for a Biology teacher interested in preparing her or his students for college. Through ASIM, teachers have access to expensive equipment that many students are not exposed to until college. Equipment available through ASIM includes Visible-light spectrophotometers that measure the amount of chemical in a solution by color and Vernier® LabPro units that can measure things such as dissolved gases, pH and background radiation. I would love to see my college students coming into my classroom having already experienced these labs.”

AMSTI/Science in Motion (ASIM) Laboratory Technologies for Teachers (BI 457) will meet this summer and can be taken as a three hour biology course through Athens State. This workshop is also available to the general public, including practicing middle and high school biology instructors. Meetings are on the Athens State campus from 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. on July 7-11 and July 14-18. Prerequisites for the course include Principles of Biology I and II or permission of the instructor.

Contact Dr. Sara Cline at 256-233-6507 or Ms. Nancy Giles 256-216-6622 for more information.


Athens State University Approved to Offer Information Assurance Major

June 16, 2014

The Alabama Commission on Higher education (ACHE) approved Athens State University’s request to offer a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Assurance. This new course of study, within the College of Business, will begin with the Fall 2014 semester.

Information Assurance provides the measures that protect and defend information and information systems by ensuring their availability, integrity, authentication, confidentiality, and non-repudiation. These measures include providing for restoration of information systems by incorporating protection, detection, and reaction capabilities.

Athens State Associate Professor of Management Dr. Michael Haghighi will serve as the point person for the College of Business. Robert Grant who serves as the IT Security Compliance Officer at Dynetics in Huntsville will teach the classes. A minor in the subject has been offered previously but with this next semester this concentration will be available for a bachelors program.

“We have had lots of interest due to the fact that careers in Information Assurance are being developed in all areas of industry,” states Haghighi. “We consulted with our College of Business Advisory Council to identify trends where private and public sectors have needs. It is our intent to created workforce ready employees available to a myriad of industry by offering this course of study.”

Careers paths for those with an Information Assurance degree include; Management Information Security, Information Security Policy, Security Program Development, and Risk Management.

For more information about the program, visit Athens State College of Business.


2014 Cooperative Education Students of the Year Named


June 13, 2014

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 2013-2014.

Kevin Woods, a Computer Science major from Huntsville, was named Cooperative Education Student of the Year. He was assigned an internship at Mentor Graphics and worked for Mentor Graphics for 4 years. He has worked as a Software Quality Engineer Intern and more recently, as a Building Engineer Intern.

Rich DeThomas, Mentor Graphics Senior Manager for Quality Control states, “It is because of Kevin’s tireless work to constantly look for ways to improve our testing, improve our process and focus on my final goal of complete automation of our installation validation process that in my opinion, make Kevin stand out as one of our best Cooperative Education Interns.”

As CO-OP Student of the Year, Kevin has been nominated for the Alabama Association of Colleges and Employers (AACE) Cooperative Education Student of the Year. This award recognizes the top Cooperative Education student in the state. The winner will be announced in July at the AACE Annual Conference.

Blair Stephens, an Accounting major from Athens, received Honorable Mention for the Cooperative Education Student of the Year. She has worked as an intern at Lambert Law Firm in Athens. Attorney Michael C. Lambert recognized Stephens for her strong work ethic, professionalism, and her efforts to make the law firm operate at a high level of efficiency.

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.


Alabama Center for the Arts Offering Summer Professional Development for Teachers


June 13, 2014

The Alabama Center for the Arts in Decatur is offering 5 workshops this summer to area teachers. The workshops include: Watercolor on the Fly, Positive/Negative Logos, One Color at a time, Learn to Go Animate, Looking Closely: How to use Art to Teach Literacy and Social Studies.

The Alabama Center for the Arts is partnering with Athens State’s Regional In-Service Center to host these workshops. All teachers and administrators in North Alabama are invited to be a part of the series.

“These 5 workshops will demonstrate various methods to integrate art into teacher lesson plans regardless of the subject,” states Alabama Center for the Arts Coordinator Jennifer Bunnell. “Working with the Regional In-Service Center is a great way to reach teachers over a broad area to let them know what our Center offers to educators and curriculums.”

The Alabama Center for the Arts represents a collaborative program in art between Athens State University and Calhoun Community College. College coursework 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.

For more information about these workshops or to register, call 256-216-6622 or by email. There is a $5 charge per person per workshop to attend.


Art Students Put Entrepreneurial Skills to the Test


June 13, 2014

Professor Blu Smith’s class of Athens State art students are planning to put what they are learning this summer to practical use. The class, Art Business Entrepreneurship, meets at the Alabama Center for the Arts in Decatur and is planning an event to promote student work and to bring awareness to the ACA. The Art Business class, through Athens State’s art department, covers basic entrepreneurial guidelines which include market analysis, planning, promotion, accounting as well as social networking, mentorship and sustainability. The course began with a self-assessment of the student’s propensity for entrepreneurship.

“We have a diverse group of students, all of whom have special qualities and skills to bring to our venture,” states Smith. “The goal is to build confidence, knowledge and experience to allow viewing art as a viable focus for a successful business.” “Part of the fun is throwing around ideas and getting input from everyone on how to do some creative problem solving, which is a vital aspect of any business.”

The class is calling their venture a “pop-up” gallery. This “movable” venue for displaying student artwork will be unveiled at the 3rd Friday Downtown celebration scheduled for July 18. Student artwork will be available for sale along with T-Shirts that carry the Pop Up logo.

Smith continues, “One of our students developed our logo; a pop-up camper. The business name is, “Pop Goes the Artist.” We, also, have a Facebook page under that name. We hope people will like our page and come out to the event!”

3rd Fridays Downtown offers an opportunity for the community to gather downtown, learn the history of the city, support local merchants and enjoy diverse forms of entertainment. The Alabama Center for the Arts will be open until 9:00 p.m. during the event.


Young Alumni Group Assists with Charity Bike Ride


June 13, 2014

Over 275 participated in a recent Multiple Sclerosis Bike Ride on Saturday, June 7. This annual event helps raise funding and awareness for research and support programs for a world free of the disease. Some bikers rode a 25 mile course while others chose 45, 75 or even 100 mile courses.

Athens State University’s Young Alumni Advisory Council (YAAC) manned a rest stop for the 75 and 100 mile riders. They provided fruit, cookies, granola bars and other snacks along with disco music at their disco-themed rest stop. Jeremy Harbin, Laura Allen, Heath Daws, and Advisor Abigail Rizzardi volunteered from 9:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. offering refreshments at Salem Church of Christ.

YAAC was established at Athens State in 2013 to bridge the gap between our students and graduates from Athens College/Athens State College. YAAC’s next event will be a quarterly disc golf tournament in August.


Athens State Foundation Board Names New Members


June 11, 2014

The Athens State University Foundation Board of Directors held its quarterly meeting on May 22. Three new members of the board were introduced. Joining the volunteer board are Ms. Patty Anderson, Dr. Mike Essary and Mr. Tim Lovelace.

Anderson, from Decatur, works in technology sales for Dynetics, Inc. in Huntsville. She graduated cum laude with a degree in Psychology from Athens State and holds a Master of Science degree in Information Assurance and Security from UAHuntsville. She is serving as a committee chair for the upcoming Athens State President’s Ball in February of 2015.

Essary is from Decatur and serves as an Associate Professor of Management of Technology in the College of Business at Athens State. He has twice been elected by the faculty to serve as the Presiding Officer of the Faculty Senate. Essary serves as the Budget Committee Chair for the upcoming Athens State President’s Ball, and as the President of the Tennessee Valley Chapter of Advancing Productivity, Innovation, and Competitive Success (APICS). Prior to teaching, he had a successful career in the pharmaceutical and manufacturing industries. Essary holds a Doctorate in Finance from Northcentral University.

Lovelace is the Decatur City President for Renasant Bank and has held that position for six years. He received his degree in Accounting and Finance from the University of North Alabama. Lovelace serves on the board of directors for the Decatur Morgan County Chamber of Commerce, the Decatur Morgan Port Authority, and the Greater Alabama Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

Founded in 1982 by a small group of university and community leaders, the Athens State University Foundation Inc. was created as a privately controlled, independent non-profit 501c3 organization of philanthropic aid to the institution. For information about the Foundation, contact Rick Mould, Vice President for University Advancement at 256.233.8215 or visit www.athens.edu.


Athens State Names Members of Leading Edge Institute


June 10, 2014

Athens State University Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice Dr. Quanda Watson-Stevenson was chosen as a faculty advisor for the Athens State University Leading Edge Institute (LEI) Fellows Scholarship, XIII Class for Women. She will represent Athens State along with LEI Fellows Scholarship student winners for 2014-2015 Ms. Elizabeth Becerra, Ms. Vickie Horne and Ms. Raven Southward.

Becerra is a junior at Athens State University majoring in Criminal Justice with a focus on law enforcement and security. She is the 2014-2015 Criminal Justice Students Association President. Her future career plans are to work as a federal agent.

Horne is a senior at Athens State University. Athens State University has given Vickie the opportunity to study education, arts and sciences. She has completed courses and training in Photography, Art, Computer Graphics and Advanced Microscopy Digital Analysis. After graduating with her Bachelor’s Degree in 2015, she has plans to pursue her Master’s Degree.

Southward is a junior, pursuing an Elementary Education degree. Her plans are to graduate Fall 2015 and continue her education in a Master’s program in Education. She plans to become a school administrator.

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.

This conference requires a week long leadership training, completion of a service program for the Athens community, and attendance at the winter symposium (conference) in February 2015.

For more information on the Leading Edge Institute click here.


Tuition Rate Increase at the Beginning of 2014-15 Academic Year

May 29, 2014

At its April meeting, the Board of Trustees of Athens State University authorized its Executive Committee to meet with University officials in late May to make a final decision on tuition rates for the coming year. The Executive Committee met on Thursday morning, May 28, to consider the recommendation of the University’s Budget Advisory Committee, a standing committee of the University chaired by the Vice President for Finance and composed primarily of faculty members. The recommendation of the committee was to raise tuition by seven percent beginning with the Fall 2014 semester. After a thorough review of the work and reasoning of the committee, the Executive Committee approved the recommended tuition rates.

Mike McCoy, Vice President for Financial Affairs remarked, “The University Budget Advisory Committee worked diligently to recommend a seven percent increase on the lower end of the percentage range. We did not want the burden to be too great for our students and worked to find ways to cut back without losing integral staffing or programming.”

The seven percent increase in tuition rate will take effect with the beginning of the Fall 2014 semester. Even with this increase, Athens State University has the lowest per-hour tuition rate for a college or university in the state of Alabama. The increase will take the tuition rate from $167 to $179 per semester hour for traditional coursework and from $240 to $257 per semester hour for distance learning classes.

“This is something we didn’t want to have happen, but we are a product of our environment,” stated Athens State President Bob Glenn. “This is happening all across the country to institutions of higher education – most increases at a much higher percentage – and by keeping our infrastructure strong we avoid damaging our reputation for quality education. This was truly the only step we could take without impacting the end-product for our students.”


Writing Center Puts Athens State University on the Map


May 22, 2014

The Southeastern Writing Center Association (SWCA) has added a new interactive map to their home page, showing all of the universities in the Southeast with institutional memberships. Athens State University is one of 5 universities shown from Alabama currently represented on an interactive map for the SWCA.

The SWCA was founded in 1981 to advance literacy; to further the theoretical, practical, and political concerns of writing center professionals; and to serve as a forum for the writing concerns of students, faculty, staff, and writing professionals from both academic and nonacademic communities in the Southeastern region of the United States. The SWCA includes in its designated region North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Kentucky, Puerto Rico, and the American Virgin Islands.

“I’m glad we have an institutional membership and are representing our area well!” states Writing Center Director Dr. Tony Ricks.

Ricks recently completed two years of service (Feb. 2012-Feb. 2014) as the Alabama Representative for the SWCA. State Representatives serve in SWCA board-approved positions tasked with promoting the organization and its events. Ricks promoted the organization by establishing an email listserv for state Writing Center directors, planning statewide events for directors and tutors, and securing funding from the SWCA for these events.

The SWCA holds an annual regional conference every February. The next conference will be at Lipscomb University in Nashville from Feb. 19-21, 2015. The theme is “Identities in Consultation: Diversity in the South and Beyond.”

The Athens State Writing Center is staffed with peer writing advisors—students —who work with their peers on various academic and professional writing assignments. Writing advisors engage writers in conversation about their writing, pose questions, and discuss revision strategies. Writing advisors do not edit, proofread, or write texts for their peers—although they do have productive, educational ways to discuss grammar, editing skills, and proofreading.

The Writing Center is located on the first floor of the Athens State University Library in the Learning Commons Area. The Writing Center provides a supportive learning environment for students in all colleges at Athens State to meet their writing goals and objectives.

The interactive map and information about the SWCA may be viewed on the SWCA website.


Testing Center Admitted to National Consortium

May 22, 2014

Athens State University’s Testing Center was recently admitted to the Consortium of College Testing Centers (CCTC) through the National College Testing Association (NCTA).

The CCTC is a referral service provided to facilitate distance learning. Its purpose is to make test administration services available to students away from their campuses, particularly at educational institutions. It is a free service for students or others who are seeking a professional location at which to take an exam.

Athens State and all participating test centers must be NCTA members in good standing and are expected to adhere to the CCTC guidelines. In addition the testing center must subscribe to and indicate compliance with the NCTA Professional Standards and Guidelines. Listings are only available to operational testing centers and not to individuals or other groups who wish to serve as proctors.

Athens State University’s Testing Center provides testing for:

CLEP - College Level Examination Program DSST - DANTES Subject Standardized Test ADAI -Alabama Department of Agriculture MAT - Millers Analogies Test Proctored Exams for other Universities. College of Education Proctored Orientation Sessions

Tests are given by appointment only. Individuals are not required to be Athens State University students to use the University Testing Center. Students can call the University Testing Center to schedule appointments for tests, proctored exams, and orientation sessions.

For more information or to make an appointment, please contact Coordinator of Testing Services Brandy McMahan at 256-233-6540.


Students Assist with United Way Project


May 20, 2014

As a project for the Fall 2013 semester under the direction of Dr. Adam Lewis, the Athens State University Computer Science capstone students developed a publicly accessible online volunteer registration portal for the United Way. The system also gives United Way employees access to be able to manage the information that is entered and to react in a way to quickly identify and place those volunteers.

The capstone student for the Spring 2014 semester, under the direction of Professor Katia Mayfield, continued to work on the initial development that had been conducted. There were some tweaks made to the existing database and online forms, along with setting up the United Way office with a back-up plan to still be able to conduct their work off line in case of a disaster and where internet was not available, the students also conducted a full re-design to the Limestone-Athens United Way website.

The Computer Science department worked closely with United Way Executive Director Kaye Young McFarlen and Volunteer Administration Manager Anna Beth Thomason during the process.

“Without the ability to register and track spontaneous volunteers on the web or in person our ability as a community to respond to the tornado would not have been as smooth,” remarked McFarlen. “This work has created an invaluable tool to help respond to emergencies in our community”

Mayfield added, “We want to thank Anna Beth and Kaye who took time out of their schedules to work with our students and allow them to have had this experience to fully develop a working product that benefits a great organization and the community.”


Librarian Robert Burkhardt Takes State Award

May 19, 2014
The executive board of AACRL (Alabama Association of College and Research Libraries) has selected Dr. Robert Burkhardt as the recipient of the Sue O. Medina Significant Contribution Award for 2014. Burkhardt serves as the Director of the Athens State University Library and Professor of Bibliography. He was nominated by retired Athens State librarian Dr. Susan Herring in recognition of his achievements and contributions in the area of college and research libraries.

The award was given to Burkhardt at the AACRL annual meeting in late April in Huntsville. Jennifer Long, Reference Librarian at the University of Alabama in Birmingham and Past-President of the AACRL, presented the award.

The Alabama Association of College and Research Libraries is one of 42 state and regional chapters of the Association of College and Research Libraries, itself a division of the American Library Association. AACRL is a professional association of academic librarians and others interested in improving the ability of academic librarians and information professionals to serve the information needs of the higher education community and to improve learning, teaching and research.


Student Groups Host Rescue Pet Benefit


May 8, 2014

Athens State University’s chapter of the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) conducted an Animal Rescue Supply Drive for the Madison Animal Rescue Foundation (MARF) and Peace, Love and Animals (PLA) in conjunction with Athens State Student Government Association’s (SGA) Prancing Paws Carnival on April 26th.

The SGA event helped the organizations raise over $1,400 with $500 donated from Jack’s restaurant, $500 from the Athens State Alumni Association and $400 from IMA and individual donations. The event brought over 200 animal enthusiasts to campus to bring awareness to the need for loving animal rescue homes. There was an animal obstacle course and free refreshments for two-legged and four-legged attendees.

MARF and PLA provide care, comfort, and spaying/neutering services for lost and deserted animals. They also provide foster homes who feed and shelter animals until a home can be found.

Bailey Gregory, the 2013-2014 SGA Vice President, said she was “so happy for the turnout.” The SGA officers and members worked very hard to coordinate the efforts on campus to benefit both organizations.

“PLA and MARF were in awe of the generosity on campus and so grateful for everything,” states IMA advisor Stacie Hughes. “An SUV was filled twice with all the donations received from students, faculty and staff.”


Athens State to Serve as Sponsor for Upcoming Leadership Event

May 7, 2014

The Decatur Morgan County Entrepreneurial Center will host Leadercast North Alabama at the auditorium of Decatur Baptist Church located at 2527 Danville Rd SW in Decatur, AL on May 9, 2014 from 7:00 am to 3:00 pm. Athens State University is a sponsor of this leadership event.

“We are pleased that Athens State can be a part of this important event,” states Athens State Assistant Professor of Accounting and Decatur Morgan County Entrepreneurial Center advisory board member John Berzett. “Our students are trained to be leaders and we recognize the important role it plays in the business communities we reach.”

Organized as a leadership retreat featuring several well-known and inspirational leaders, Leadercast North Alabama exists to positively change the way the world thinks about leadership. This year’s theme—Beyond You—challenges leaders to focus outward rather than inward. Experience Leadercast live on May 9, 2014 and discover what it means to be a leader worth following.

Individual tickets for the event are $75 each, but group tickets (3 or more) are only $50 each. You can purchase your tickets at www.leadercastnorthalabama.com.


Education Professor Recognized for Course Development

May 7, 2014

Athens State University Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Development Darlene Turner-White was recently awarded the 2014 Blackboard Catalyst Award for Exemplary Courses for the development of her Professional Education Communication class. Turner-White joins a select group of educators and course designers from around the world whose courses have earned the Exemplary Course designation.

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.

“Dr. Turner-White’s work to develop this integral course is exceptional,” states Athens State President Bob Glenn. “I am pleased that it has been recognized by the Blackboard Corporation as a model for other schools to follow.”

Turner-White will be acknowledged for her achievement at Blackboard’s annual conference that will take place in Las Vegas in July.

“Our College of Education has a long history of preparing excellent teachers,” states Athens State Provost Dr. Ronald R. Cromwell. “This requires courses that have high standards and ensure students learn the best researched theories and practices. This includes learning through technology that is fast shaping the educational world. I congratulate Dr. Turner-white on her efforts to provide an exceptional course to our students that models very good distance learning practices.”

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.


Business Professor Receives Honor from National Organization

May 5, 2014

Athens State University Associate Professor of Business Administration LaDoris Baugh was recently awarded the 2014 Blackboard Catalyst Award for Exemplary Courses for the development of her Financial Management class. Baugh joins a select group of educators and course designers from around the world whose courses have earned the Exemplary Course designation.

“I congratulate Dr. Baugh as this is good news indeed,” states Athens State President Bob Glenn. “It clearly shows the excellence of her work and effort. I am proud of what she has accomplished.”

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.

“This award recognizes quality in the coursework initiated from our College of Business,” states Athens State Provost Dr. Ronald R. Cromwell. “It speaks positively of Dr. Baugh’s commitment to students and this distinction will serve the institution well.”

Baugh will be recognized for her achievement at Blackboard’s annual conference that will take place in Las Vegas in July.

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.


Heritage Children's Chorale to Perform in McCandless Hall


May 1, 2014

The Heritage Children’s Chorale will perform in the newly renovated McCandless Auditorium at Athens State University on Sunday, May 18th at 3:00pm. This year concert is entitled “We’ve Learned to Sing, So Now We Sing.”

The concert is free and open to the public and the performance is sponsored by Athens State’s Livingston Concert Lecture Series.

The Heritage Children’s Chorale is one of the Southeast’s leading children’s professional choirs. The group is made up of two chapters, the Alabama Chapter which rehearses at First United Methodist Church and the Tennessee Chapter which rehearses at First Presbyterian Church in Pulaski.

The Chorale is directed by Mary Stephenson and accompanied by Canna Ricketts and Pat Woolard. It offers children an opportunity to study a variety of musical styles ranging from classical to contemporary including both religious and secular anthems. The focus for the Chorale is that the children grow to understand the fundamentals of music and more importantly that each child recognize the importance of music in daily living and the wonderful gift of being able to share this talent.

For more information about the concert, call 256-233-8296.


Faculty Group Honors Jerry and Jill Bartlett

April 30, 2014

The Athens State University chapter of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) has donated two seats in the newly remodeled McCandless Hall to honor President Emeritus Jerry Bartlett and to memorialize his late wife Jill.

“We wanted to do something special for our former colleague, and in turn remember his wife whom he recently lost,” stated AAUP President Mark Durm. “The couple spent so many hours in McCandless that we feel that naming two seats in the auditorium for them would be a very appropriate move.”

Durm will host a ceremony to announce the donation at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, May 5 in the Classroom Building on the Athens State campus. The public is invited.

The donated seats in the auditorium are being administered by the Athens State University Foundation. Each will include a brass plaque with the honoree’s name. For more information about these naming opportunities please call the Foundation at 256-233-8185.


Athens State Alum in Education Receives New Teacher Award


April 21, 2014

Kiley Soule, a recent Athens State University Education graduate, received the Maitland P. Simmons Memorial Award for New Teachers from the National Science Teachers Association (NTSA). Soule is in her first year of teaching science at New Century Technology High School in Huntsville.

The award consists of up to $1,000 to be used to attend the annual National Conference. This year’s conference was held in Boston. Recipients were invited to attend a variety of workshops and presentations that were of particular interest to new teachers at the annual National Conference. “As a first year teacher, I already know that I have so much to learn still about many things involving the classroom, assessments, literacy, and integrating technology,” stated Soule. “Most of these things will come with time and exploration. Over the 3 days, I attended 7 sessions ranging from general education information to technology integration to literacy and assessments.” .

This prestigious annual award is only received by 25 educators throughout the nation and provides selected K-12 teachers in their first five years of teaching with funds to attend the annual National Conference on Science Education. Award recipients will be mentored, tracked, and provided with continuing opportunities for meaningful involvement with NSTA and its activities.


Athens State Announces Annual Alumni Golf Classic Scholarship Fundraiser


April 3, 2014

The Annual Alumni Golf Classic is scheduled for Thursday, May 15 at Canebrake Club in Athens. Lunch starts at 11:30 am and the tournament will begin at 1:00 pm. All proceeds from the tournament fund scholarships for the following academic year. The 2013-2014 recipients who will be volunteering at the tournament include Nathan Rodriguez, Hannah Esch, Chelsea Calhoun, Kelton Riley, Daniel Cheatham, Ruby De La Pena, Erica Smith, John Malone, Bailey Gregory, Jasmin Malone and Halli Smith.

Individuals or businesses can sponsor a shared hole with sign for $100, a quarter hole with sign for $250, a half hole with sign for $250, or an entire hole with banner for $1000. Team fees are $500 for a 4-person team and include lunch, greens fees, golf cart, refreshments, hospitality gifts and prizes.

McClary Ford is sponsoring the Hole-In-One prize of a 2014 Ford Escape, and skill prizes will be awarded for Best Score, Longest Drive and Closest to the Pin. In addition, Huntsville International Airport has provided a $500 travel voucher and there will be a 50/50 cash pot (50% goes to alumni scholarships and 50% goes to the winner). Chances for travel voucher are $5 and chances for the 50/50 pot are $1. You do not have to be present to win either. Winners will be chosen after the tournament during the awards presentations.

Contact the Athens State Office of Alumni Affairs by email or (256)233-8185 to reserve your team or to sponsor a hole.


Alabama Center for the Arts to Host Exhibit and Lecture by Sara Good


April 1, 2014

The Alabama Center for the Arts will host a lecture and exhibit by Memphis artist Sara Good. The exhibit, entitled Seed to Soil to Sediment, will open April 14 at the Center which is located at 133 2nd Avenue in Decatur. The exhibit will run through June 26. A lecture by the artist will be held at 5:30 p.m. on the evening of the 26th.

Good is an installation artist working within the realm of the organic material. The environments she designs are reminiscent of a space somewhere between the arena of landscape as it occurs in the natural world, and the cultivated, domestic landscape of a garden

Seed to Soil to Sediment presents a series of soil-related works created over a broad period, and inspired by the artist’s range of sources, ideas and experiences. The artist gathers ideas from human narratives, the visual power of found materials, numerous botanical sources, and her own gardening experiences.

“My connection to the earth has always felt very deep and direct,” states Good. “It is my center. It has shaped my sensibility as a sculptor.”

The lecture is sponsored by Athens State University’s Livingston Concert Lecture Series. Both the exhibit and the lecture are free and open to the public.

The Alabama Center for the Arts is a collaborative project between Athens State University and Calhoun Community College. The Center opened in 2012 and combines the two institution’s art programs. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 8:00 am to 8:30 pm, and Friday from 8:00 to noon.


Recent Athens State Alum Receives New Teacher Grant from Alabama Power

February 27, 2014

Sara Arzman, a 2013 graduate of Athens State’s College of Education and a teacher at McDonnell Elementary in Huntsville, 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. Arzman was nominated by the faculty of the College of Education, as one of the most promising graduates of 2013.

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 college or university.

Arzman was recommended for the grant award by Assistant Professor of Education Tedi Gordon. In her recommendation letter Gordon states, “Although a good pedagogic background is imperative, Ms. Arszman has the ability to communicate a love of learning and make connections to daily life. She possesses organizational skills as well as the ability to access and effectively use available resources in her efforts to make learning accessible for students.”


Local Issues and Pie: Two Reasons to Love Athens


January 13, 2014

ATHENS, Ala. - In 1938 Thornton Wilder wrote about the fictional village of Grover’s Corners in his play “Our Town.” In three acts he describes the ups and downs of small-town life through a narrator.

Athens State’s Center for Lifelong Learning will pay homage to Mr. Wilder by offering a series of seven monthly narrative discussions featuring city leaders to discuss the ups and down of our town of Athens and Limestone County.

As an added slice of Americana, the Center for Lifelong Learning will be featuring a pie tasting in conjunction with each of the sessions. Each month a different pie recipe will be featured and served to those attending. The events will occur on the third Tuesday of each month for the seven month series.

“The topics are pertinent, timely and important,” states Center for Lifelong Learning Director Dr. Diane Sauers. “….and pie is delicious, flaky and filling. When you bring these two things together something good will happen, I’m sure of it.”

On January 21Athens Mayor Ronnie Marks and Athens State’s Professor of Political Science and Justice Studies Dr. Jess Brown will offer the topic, “What you didn’t know about annexation.”

On February 18 Mayor Marks will be once again be joined by Dr. Jess Brown to discuss “What redistricting means for Athens.”

Financial Administrator for the City of Athens Annette Barnes will be featured on March 18 to explain “Where does your tax money go?”

April 15 will offer a discussion with Athens City Planner Mac Martin’s entitled “Planning for the City’s Future.”

“New Ways to Protect and Serve” will be discussed on May 20 by Athens Police Chief Floyd Johnson.

On June 17 Athens City Fire Chief Tony Kirk will lead a discussion on “Fire Prevention and Safety.”

The last Our Town session will be held on July 15 and will feature Athens Communications Specialist Holly Hollman with a media discussion entitled “A Social City.”

There is a $5 admission price to each session that includes a slice of pie. Registration is encouraged by calling the Center for Lifelong Learning at 256-233-8260. Any available seats for each session will be offered to non-registered attendees on a first come first served basis.

Accounting Program Receives National Endorsement


January 6, 2014

ATHENS, Ala. - The Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) recently bestowed a positive endorsement upon Athens State University’s Bachelor of Science in Accounting program. The national organization’s Committee on Academic Relations announced its endorsement just before the end of 2013.

In an email to Athens State IMA Campus Advocate Professor Stacie Hughes, the IMA announced that it was favorably impressed with the quality of the program, the thoroughness of Athens States’ application, and the school’s high level of engagement with IMA.

“I am pleased to let you know that your institution has received IMA endorsement of its program,” stated Dr. Raef Lawson, Professor-in-Residence ant Vice President of Research at IMA. “This major accomplishment recognizes that your school’s program meets the educational standards enabling students to pursue the Certified Management Accountant (CMA®) credential and provides your students with essential skills sought after by successful organizations and their financial team leaders.”

To receive an endorsement, Athens State had to prove that they substantially cover all of the material on the CMA exam (at Level C), have adequate faculty resources, are accredited by a recognized accreditation organization, and have a faculty member designated as an IMA Campus Advocate. Hughes and Professor Emily Corzine serve as IMA Faculty Advocates.

As a result of their application, the IMA found that Athens States’ program in Accounting aligns itself with the needs of business and is crucial in addressing the competency crisis in the accounting profession.

“This is a significant award and I think it speaks very highly of the Accounting program, the College of Business, and the University,” remarked Hughes. “The application consisted of 339 pages and required a great deal of data. There are a number of individuals who graciously, and without hesitation agreed to help gather the information needed and without whom this application and eventual endorsement wouldn't have been possible.”

Dr. Bob Glenn, President of Athens State University added, “This is a great accomplishment and one about which we can all be proud. I am not the least bit surprised that this faculty has demonstrated this level of excellence. They are an exceptional group and I am proud to be associated with them.”

Athens State University in Planning Stage for President's Ball


December 4, 2013

ATHENS, Ala. - The Athens State University Foundation has recently named Pamela Lang Shepard and Genie Johnston Woodroof as Chairman and Vice-Chairman, respectively, of a President’s Ball to be held in early 2015. Shepard is the wife of Athens State University Trustee Tazewell Shepard and Woodroof is an alumnus and wife of Athens State University Foundation Board member Judge Charles Woodroof.

“We are thrilled to be leading this effort to create a formal event honoring the civic and cultural gifts that Athens State so generously offers our area,” remarked Shepard. “For almost two hundred years this amazing institution has educated countless students from all over the world. What we want to achieve is an appropriate celebration paying homage to its accomplishments and service to the community.”

The event chairmen are planning to host a meeting to coordinate committee functions and to get to know those interested in involving themselves in the planning process. The meeting is open to the public and welcome community members who would like to assist in the event. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 from noon until 1:00 p.m. in the Ballroom of the Sandridge Student Center on the Athens State campus.

“Athens State has played a special role in the lives of so many people, including me,” Woodroof said. “This event will provide an excellent opportunity for everyone to express their appreciation to this outstanding institution.”

Moneys raised through the President’s Ball will benefit the Athens State University Foundation. The foundation is the main avenue of support for Athens State University by routing contributions to fund scholarships, programs, and facilities. It was founded in 1982 and is headed by Vice President Rick Mould.

“What I hope the President’s Ball will accomplish is to provide a fitting setting for all the beneficiaries of this great institution, the students, faculty, staff, alumni and community friends to celebrate the impact of this exceptional educational enterprise,” states Athens State President Bob Glenn. “When you bring great people together and unite them around a worthy cause, great things happen. That is the story of Athens State University and it is reason for celebration.”

Pamela Jarrett-Dodd, Assistant Director of Development, will lead the staffing for the event. She may be reached at 256-318-4555 or by email.

Athens State Nationally Ranked Among the Most Affordable

November 14, 2013

ATHENS, Ala. - Athens University has been recently named among the most affordable institutions of higher education in two national publications. AffordableCollegesOnline.com ranks Athens State number one with the most affordable tuition rate for online coursework in Alabama. OnlineU.com ranks four disciplines in Athens State’s College of Business within the top 10 nationally with affordable online tuition rates.

“For-profit schools no longer dominate the distance-learning landscape,” said Dan Schuessler, founder and CEO of Affordable Colleges Online. “So many of today’s top universities have added online degree programs to their catalogs. This makes it much easier for non-traditional students to receive a quality education.”

Affordable Colleges Online (AC Online) recently identified the colleges and universities in each state with the most affordable online degree programs. AC Online focused specifically on distance learning options from public and private non-profit institutions with full accreditation.

“Offering students great online programs is only half the battle,” added Schuessler. “The colleges on our list offer students quality, flexibility and affordability.”

OnlineU found Athens State to have the top ten most affordable tuition rates in four of its online disciples – Accounting, Business, Human Resources and Information Technology.

OnlineU is an independent resource offering authoritative alternatives in higher education. The SR Education Group, based in Kirkland, Washington, developed the site as a means for students to have a source for objective online education resources. Its mission is to refocus the higher education conversation around affordability and quality and make access to online college information more transparent.

“We recently completed extensive research into the cost of attending different online colleges to enable students to find the most affordable online degrees,” stated SR Education Group Head of Marketing Kim Wetter in a congratulatory email to Athens State. “With the average price of college skyrocketing forcing many students to rely on student loans to fund their education, we were impressed with Athens’ ability to continue to offer online degrees in accounting, business, HR, and IT at a reasonable price.”

While Athens State offers the lowest tuition rate in the State of Alabama for all of its traditional and online courses, OnlineU singled out four within the University’s College of Business as the most affordable nationally. Accounting was ranked #5, Business ranked #9, and a ranking of # 6 for both Human Resources and Information Technology.

“The White House released figures in August reporting that most college seniors are graduating with over $26,000 of debt from student loans,” states Athens State Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Ronald R. Cromwell. “Being recognized by these two national resources as offering a quality product at an affordable price speaks well of our mission and our ability to produce graduates who are unencumbered by crippling debt.”

In June of this year, Athens State University was similarly recognized for its financial effectiveness by the online journal, The College Database.

Athens State University offers a variety of fully online bachelor's degrees and certificates to students within several subject areas, with several online degree options available in business. Other degree options may offer distance-learning options, but still require students to take some courses on campus. Athens State is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

For a full listing of Athens State’s tuition and fees visit: Athens State Tuition.


Local Management Organization Received National Recognition

November 11, 2013

ATHENS, Ala. - The Tennessee Valley Chapter of Advancing Productivity, Innovation, and Competitive Success (APICS) has been recognized as a Bronze Award Winning Chapter by the organization’s national Chicago-based headquarters. The Tennessee Valley chapter Board of Directors president is Dr. Michael Essary, an Associate Professor of Management of Technology at Athens State University.

“This is the first time the Tennessee Valley Chapter has received this recognition,” states Essary. “It represents a significant achievement that few in the southeast, let alone Alabama, ever receive.”

Nationally, APICS is the leading professional association for supply chain and operations management and the premier provider of research, education and certification programs that elevate end-to-end supply chain excellence, innovation and resilience. The Tennessee Valley Chapter has been active for over 30 years.

The Athens State APICS student chapter holds its meetings jointly with the Tennessee Valley chapter. Students are well represented at the monthly professional
development meetings which give them the opportunity to network with professionals in their field. Athens State students are encouraged to join the Tennessee Valley Board of Directors and graduates Tim Hobbs and Luana Waits joined the Board of Directors while they were students.

Athens State’s Acting Dean of the College of Education Thomas Pieplow remarks, “Our affiliation with APICS is a direct result of the good work done by Dr. Essary within both organizations. I have no doubt his leadership has played a part in this and the group’s other successes.”

Athens State offers the Operations Management Minor, which provides an opportunity for students to acquire the knowledge and specialized training to help prepare them to take the APICS certification exams desired by many employers. The Tennessee Valley Chapter provides APICS certified instructors to teach the Operations Management Minor classes.

For more information about the Tennessee Valley Chapter of APICS, visit their website www.apicstnvl.org.

Alumni Association Teaming with Local Organizations to Sponsor Italy Trip


October 22, 2013

ATHENS, Ala. - The Athens State University Alumni Association has teamed up with The Greater Limestone County Chamber of Commerce and the Athens-Limestone Hospital Foundation to offer an exciting group trip to Italy. Collette Vacations’ “Reflections of Italy” tour is a 10-day trip leaving on October 15, 2014 and returning on October 24, 2014. Pricing starts at $3999 per person double occupancy and includes round trip air from Huntsville.

“As we prepare for our first international trip to Ireland in November, the University is excited to partner with the Hospital Foundation and Chamber of Commerce for the Reflections of Italy tour for 2014," remarks Athens State Director of Alumni Affairs Trish DiLullo.

Revel in the magic of Italy and explore the cities of Rome, Florence, Siena, Venice, Assisi, Perugia and Como. Travel the Tuscan and Umbrian countryside, exploring medieval hill towns and visiting the birthplace of St. Francis, Assisi. Discover the masterpieces of the Renaissance in Florence and see hot glass transformed into exquisite art on Murano Island. Linger in Venice for two nights before ending your journey in the lovely Italian Lake region. Cross the border and explore the Swiss town of Lugano.

“It’s exciting to partner with Athens State and The Chamber of Commerce to offer our community the opportunity to experience these great trips while at the same time promoting our Hospital and Foundation,” states Hospital CEO Kelli Powers.

Chamber President Jennifer Williamson added, “We are proud to offer this experience to the various supporters of our organizations. It will be educational and fun, and an opportunity to travel with new friends. What a great way to bring our organizations together!”

Book your trip early- the price increases after April 15, 2014. Call Pamela Rigsby with SooHoo & Associates and Cruise One at 256-513-8337 or 256-714-6375 or toll free at 1-800-894-2210 for more information. You can also contact the Chamber at 256-232-2600, the Hospital Foundation at 256-233-9230 or the University at 256-233-8185 for additional details.

 



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