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Athens State Hosting Panel Discussion on Leadership Skills in Changing Times
April 22, 2014

Athens State University’s Center for Lifelong Learning and Coleman Center for Religious Studies and Ethics will present a forum entitled Shooting the Rapids: Leading in a time of change. The forum will be held on Tuesday, April 29 from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. at the Center for Lifelong Learning located at 122 S. Marion Street in downtown Athens. There is a $25 charge for admission.

The forum will address how to lead in a fast-moving and constantly changing environment. It will explain how providing leadership during such times is similar to learning to shoot the rapids by navigating shifting obstacles and barriers.

Guest panelists include Retired Redstone Arsenal Lt. General James Pillsbury, United Way Executive Director Kaye Young McFarland, Athens State President Bob Glenn, and Limestone County Economic Development Association Executive Director Tom Hill.

“Leadership is a skill best learned by example,” states Center for Lifelong Learning Director Dr. Diane Sauers. “I believe we have, for this forum panel, pulled together a great team that exemplifies the most important traits to help all of us lead.”

For more information you may call the Center at 256-233-8260 or visit


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 Combines Microscopy and Art for Interdisciplinary Exhibition
April 9, 2014

Students in Athens State University’s Advanced Microscopy and Digital Imaging course will be hosting a morning reception to show their artwork on Tuesday April 15th at 10:00 a.m. on the first floor of Waters Hall. Waters hall is located on the main campus of Athens State University.

The displayed images have been taken through one of the several kinds of microscopes in the Biology lab at Athens State and altered in the Photoshop lab on the campus of the Alabama Center for the Arts. The collaborative effort has produced stunning art imagery.

The exhibition will be on view for one week. The show and the reception are free and open to the public.


Athens State Community Band Spring Concert Announced
April 9, 2014

The Athens State University Community Band under the direction of Dan Havely will present its annual Spring Concert on Sunday, April 27 at 3:00pm in the Carter Gymnasium on the Athens State campus.

“We are looking forward to another great concert,” states Havely. “As we have now surpassed our tenth year together as a band, the concerts we perform throughout the year are a great way for us to express our love for all types of music. I applaud each and every member of the band – and our audiences - for their loyalty, talent and their perseverance.”

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


Athens 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.


Athenian Players to present The Importance of Being Earnest
March 24, 2014

The Athenian Players of Athens State University present their production of Oscar Wilde’s farce The Importance of Being Earnest. This play, directed by Assistant Professor of Drama, Dr. Hugh Long, will be performed in the newly renovated McCandless Hall on the Athens State Campus.

The Importance of Being Earnest is a comedy in which the protagonists maintain fictitious persona in order to escape burdensome social obligations. Set within the social conventions of late Victorian London, the play's major themes are the triviality with which it treats institutions as serious as marriage, and the resulting satire of society and social norms. Contemporary reviews all praised the play's humor marking the highest point of Wilde's artistic career. Its high farce and witty dialogue have helped make The Importance of Being Earnest Wilde's most enduringly popular play.

Performances will run Thursday, Friday and Saturday April 10, 11 and 12 and Thursday and Friday April 17 and 18 at 7:30 p.m. A matinee performance will be held on Sunday April 13 at 1:30 p.m. Admission will be charged at the door and is $10.00 per person, $7.00 for students and seniors. There will also be a “Dinner & Theatre” benefit performance presented on Saturday April 19, at 7 pm, catered by Picasso’s Grill. Tickets for “Dinner & Theatre” are $30.00.

Earnest is the perfect vehicle to stage as our inaugural performance for the historic and beloved McCandless Hall” states Long, “Of course in true Athenian Player fashion we put an unexpected spin on Wilde’s comedy to give it interest. You can count on that, it will definitely be entertaining.”

The cast consists of Patrick Kustor, Wayne Blanks, Courtney Croxdale, Jensie Britt, Stephanie Cooper, Ben Montgomery, Kimberly Brinkley, K.L. Riley, and Laura 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

Sims-deGraffenried Named Distinguished Alumnus of the Year
March 3, 2014

At a reception prior to their annual meeting on February 28, the Athens State University Alumni Association recognized Dr. Sandra Sims-deGraffenried by awarding her the 2014 Distinguished Alumnus Award.

Sims-deGraffenried is a strong advocate for the University and has boldly shared her love for the institution with alumni, state officials and the community. She earned not only her bachelor’s degree but also her master’s degree from the University in 1970.

Sims-deGraffenried led a very public career as Executive Director of the Alabama Association of School Boards. She was known for her hard work and dedication to the issues most important to school boards and the communities they represented.

In 2012, Dr. Sims-deGraffenried was nominated to serve on the newly created Athens State University Board of Trustees. Her fellow trustees recognized her work and understanding of educational issues and elected her the first chair pro tempore under the new governance.

Vice President for University Advancement Rick Mould has long worked with Sims-deGraffenried on legislative issues for Athens State. In his introduction of her he remarked, “Sandra is passionate about Athens State University. She loves this institution and is dedicated to it. We are all proud of her and her accomplishments in serving education. Tonight we recognize her and in this small way say thank you for representing our University so well. ”

Athens State President Bob Glenn presented Sims-deGraffenried with a framed proclamation from Alabama Governor Robert Bentley commending her for her career in education and her advocacy for the state institution. Glenn read the proclamation to the reception attendees.

Sims-deGraffenried is a native of Hartselle, Alabama and currently resides in Orange Beach and Huntsville.


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.”


Athens State Takes Top Awards at the State Poster Competition
February 26, 2014

ATHENS, Ala. - The first, second and third place Post-secondary Division winners in the statewide Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services 2014 “Ability Counts” Poster Competition are all from the Athens State University Art Department. Rachel Monroe was awarded first prize, Autumn Letson took second place and Megan Graves received third place. All are students in the Graphic Design track in the Art Department at Athens State University.

The purpose of this competition is to reward artistic ability and excellence, and to promote awareness of the talents that people with disabilities bring to the job market. This year’s theme is “Because We Are EQUAL to the Task”.

“Our students did a tremendous job of working creatively and professionally with this task, “ said the student’s instructor, Pamela Keller, Professor of Art for Athens State University at the Alabama Center for the Arts in Decatur, Alabama. “ Students in the Advanced Graphic Design class enter this competition annually and because we have top quality students, we usually do have one or two posters place in the awards but this is the first year we have taken all three competition prizes. We are extremely proud of the talent in our students and their level of ability.”

The competition prizes for the Post-secondary division are 1st place - $300, 2nd place - $200 and 3rd place - $100. The winners will be recognized at an upcoming awards luncheon in Montgomery.


Business Student Receives Scholarship from International Organization
February 10, 2014

ATHENS, Ala. - Athens State University College of Business student Julie Dobbins is the recipient of the North Alabama International Trade Association (NAITA) Scholarship for the current academic year. She was recognized at the NAITA Annual Meeting on February 7 at a luncheon held at the Westin Hotel in Huntsville.

Dobbins is seeking her Business Management major and International Business minor. Julie hails from Gadsden Alabama and was awarded this honor based upon her exceptional academic record while at Athens State University. She was notified of the award by the NAITA Executive Director Anne Burkett in January.

“It is always a good thing when our students are recognized for the exemplary work they are doing,” states Dr. Tom Pieplow, Athens State’s Department Chair of Management, Logistics & Supply Chain Management and a member of the NAITA Senior Advisory Board. “Julie works very hard at her studies and will undoubtedly be successful in any area of International Business. She is a budding superstar and I look forward to her moving into a professional career and demonstrating her abilities.”

The NAITA Scholarship is administered through the Athens State University Foundation and has strict guidelines that must be met for its award. It pays out $1,000 per year (two semesters) for those who receive it and is payable towards tuition and books.

Athens State Announces Art Scholarship Competition
January 31, 2014

ATHENS, AL - Athens State University has announced an Art Scholarship Competition that will award scholarship funds totaling $1,500 for the fall and spring terms and $1,000 for the summer semesters. These funds will be designated for students entering Athens State with outstanding potential as an art major in computer graphics, art education or studio art.

Students transferring to Athens State with a 2.75 grade point average or higher must submit three works of art. Works on paper or canvas must be suitably framed, ready for hanging, and should not exceed 36’x42’. Sculptural work must be ready for display with its own pedestal or display mechanism and should not exceed 50 pounds. Each piece must have the student’s name, email address, phone number, title of artwork, medium and date of completion on the back or bottom of the piece. All work must be original and completed within the last 2 years. The Alabama Center for the Arts Gallery standards will be followed for exhibition of the work.

To qualify, prospective students should complete an Athens State University application for admissions with all official transcripts on file in the Admissions Office by the admissions deadline date. In order to be eligible all admissions requirements and program prerequisites must be met. Students must enroll at least 12 hours for the fall and spring semesters and 9 hours for the summer semester.

The scholarship is valued up to $4,000 per year for two years. The deadline for this scholarship is April 9 for funding starting with the following fall semester. If funds are not exhausted in the fall term, those scholarship funds may be available for new students arriving in the spring term. That deadline will be November 15. For spring applicants, only photographic (jpeg) images of art are needed, there will be no public exhibition.

Art Scholarship Application Information

Alumni Association Sponsoring Lynchburg Trip
January 16, 2014

ATHENS, Ala. - The Athens State University Alumni Association is sponsoring a trip to Lynchburg, Tennessee on Saturday, April 5. Participants will be able to enjoy this chartered bus excursion at the all-inclusive cost of $65 per person.

The departure time is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. with an estimated arrival time of 10:30 a.m. After your choice of a shopping period in the quaint village of Lynchburg or a tour of the world-famous Jack Daniel’s Distillery, attendees will be served lunch at Miss Mary Bobo’s Boarding House. The estimated departure time from Lynchburg will be 3:30 p.m. with an estimated arrival time in Athens at 5:00 p.m.

“While our overseas and domestic trips have been very popular, we wanted to offer a fun day trip and Lynchburg turned out to be the perfect destination,” states Alumni Affairs Director Trish DiLullo. “We expect the reservations for this trip to fill up fast.”

To reserve a spot on the bus, please call 256-233-8185. For more information on the Alumni Association, visit

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. ranks Athens State number one with the most affordable tuition rate for online coursework in Alabama. 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

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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