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                                                                                                                                                 Go Jags!
                                                                                                                                                 By Joey Warren

                                                                                                                                                 JAguAr Athletes receIved regional,
                                                                                                                                                 national, and international attention this
                                                                                                                                                 past year, as six teams competed in nCaa
                                                                                                                                                 regional tournaments and the men’s bas-
                                                                                                                                                 ketball team made it to the Elite Eight in
                                                                                                                                                 springfield, Mass. The men and women’s
                                                                                                                                                 tennis, cross country, and softball teams
                                                                                                                                                 competed, as well as the men’s division I
                                                                                                                                                 golf team. The golfers’ postseason bid to
                                                                                                                                                 the regional tournament in sorrento, Fla.,
                                                                                                                                                 marked the program’s 11th bid in the last
                                                                                                                                                 12 years.
                                                                                                                                                     The volleyball team and women’s cross
                                                                                                                                                 country team earned the Peach Belt Con-
                                                                                                                                                 ference (PBC) first-ever team awards for
              ThE nEW d. doUGLas BaRnaRd, JR., aMPhIThEaTRE PRovIdEs a vEnUE FoR oUTdooR PRoGRaMs and InFoRMaL MEETInGs.                                              » Continued on page 3

New team to lead ASU’s College of Education
By Tunisia Williams

A new teAm was named to lead the Col-            mittee, the Promotion and Tenure Commit-         California state Polytechnic University,
lege of Education. The announcement was          tee, and the Education Chairs Council as         a master’s degree in education from the
made by samuel sullivan, vice president          well as the steering committee preparing         University of Texas, and a doctoral degree
for academic affairs, at a meeting of the        for a reaccreditation visit of the southern      in foods and nutrition from Texas Tech Uni-
college faculty.                                 association of Colleges and schools.             versity.
                                                                                                                                                                            Rhonda o. Banks
    The new team was selected from among             The st. Petersburg, Fla., native received        dr. Wilson received her bachelor’s
current faculty members because, as dr.
sullivan remarks, “there is already a strong
foundation in place on which to build, and
                                                 his bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral
                                                 degrees from the University of Georgia.
                                                     “I am very happy that after having done
                                                                                                  degree from Furman University, a master’s
                                                                                                  degree from the University of Georgia, and
                                                                                                  a doctoral degree from Georgia southern
                                                                                                                                                 Top 10 in 10
the team has the inside knowledge of the         a national search for this position that one     University. she became a full-time member      By Danielle Harris
efficiency and quality of the college to         of our own was found to be the best fit for      of the asU faculty in 2002 as an associate     In the fIrst program recognizing the Top
move it forward.”                                the college,” says dr. sullivan. “dr. Eisenman   professor of education in the Teacher Edu-     10 in 10 Young Professionals to Watch in our
    Gordon Eisenman, former chair of the         is highly qualified, and I am confident that     cation department.                             community, four of those selected have
department of Teacher Education, became          he will continue to build augusta state’s            dr. Lord, a native of north augusta,       connections to augusta state. among
dean of the college, and Paula dohoney,          reputation for turning out exceptional           obtained a bachelor’s degree in piano per-     those selected for the honor by the augus-
former chair of the department of kine-          teachers and administrators. he will have        formance from augusta College before           ta Metro Chamber of Commerce are alumni
siology and health science became asso-          an excellent team to help him—a team             attending the University of south Carolina,    Christine Ball, Rhonda Banks, Chris Etterlee,
ciate dean. Three new department chairs          with vast, in-the-field experiences on which     where he earned a master’s degree in music     and Mark Thompson.
were also named, effective July 1, 2009.         to draw.”                                        education, an educational specialist, and a        susan Parr, chamber president, says
karen Wish, assistant professor of health            The new associate dean, dr. dohoney,         doctoral degree in educational adminis-        young professionals are expected to have
and physical education became chair of           joined the university in 2005. a former high     tration. he became a member of the asU         more influence on the future than the gen-
the department of kinesiology and health         school teacher, she received a bachelor’s        faculty in 2006.                               erations that have come before them. she
science; Judi Wilson, associate professor        degree in physical education from Tennes-            “I am sure that the College of Education   says more and more cities across the coun-
of early childhood education and former          see Technological University, a master’s         under this new leadership will continue        try are taking steps to retain and import a
assistant chair of the department of             degree from the University of Tennessee-         its tradition of excellence because of its     generation of young professionals that is
Teacher Education, became chair of that          Chattanooga, and a doctoral degree from          committed faculty and staff, exceptional                           » Continued on page 4
department; and E. Wayne Lord, assistant         Middle Tennessee state University. she           students, and the relationships it has built
professor of education, now chairs the           serves as an examiner for the national           with our partners,” says dr. sullivan.
department of Educational Leadership,            Council for the accreditation of Teacher
Counseling, and special Education.               Education, and is a representative to the        Augusta State University                                                        non-Profit
    dr. Eisenman, a former elementary            Georgia association for health, Physical         2500 Walton Way                                                                organization
                                                                                                                                                                                 U.s. Postage
school teacher, joined the asU faculty in        Education, Recreation, and dance.                augusta, Georgia 30904-2200                                                        PAId
1995 as an assistant professor of early child-       dr. Wish is a former officer in the U.s.                                                                                    Columbia, sC
                                                                                                                                                           Permit no. 706
hood education. In 1997, he was selected         army where she last served as Chief, nutri-
by the Georgia science Teachers associa-         tion Care division, at the dwight david
tion as the state’s Teacher of the Year at the   Eisenhower army Medical Center. she
college level for excellence in teaching and     joined the faculty at augusta state as an
for his commitment to the improvement of         assistant professor of health and physical
science education. dr. Eisenman has served       education in 2007. dr. Wish holds a bach-
on the university’s academic Policies Com-       elor’s degree in foods and nutrition from
2   AugustA stAte unIverIsIty TodaY          summer 2009

Serving our military
By Tunisia Williams

AugustA stAte unIversIty is a member of          demic credit courses through GoarmyEd,          security. saundra Reinke, director of asU’s
the servicemembers opportunity Colleges          a program that provides tuition assistance      MPa program and a former air Force officer,
(soC), a consortium of national higher           upfront rather than through reimburse-          led the effort in 2007 for asU to become a
education associations that help meet the        ment to the military student. however,          member of the soC consortium. dr. Reinke
higher education needs of members of             beginning in october, the army will open        says based on information from a survey
the military services. as a soC                                                                                  conducted by the national
member, asU has been work-                                                                                       security association, there is
ing to increase the educational                                                                                  strong interest in the devel-
opportunities and programs                                                                                       opment of a Middle East
available to servicemembers                                                                                      studies program. “The 2008
and to their families.                                                                                           survey results indicated this
    Through the Continuing                                                                                       would need to be an online
Education division, asU is pro-                                                                                  degree to best support the
viding online, anytime training                                                                                  needs of shift workers. a
for portable careers through                                                                                     committee of the Pamplin
Career advancement accounts                                                                                      College of arts and sciences
(Caa), which is a program that                                                                                   is developing the curriculum,
assists military spouses seek-                                                                                   which would then be ready
ing to gain the skills and cre-                                                                                  for the approval process in
dentials necessary to begin or                                                                                   september 2009,” she says.
advance their careers. It covers                                                                                     other possible programs
the costs of training and edu-                                                                                   include an information
cation, enabling participants                                                                                    assurance track in a degree
to earn a degree or credential                                                                                   program offered by the
in high-demand fields.                                                                                           department of Mathemat-
    “This is a national initiative                                                                               ics and Computer science

                                                                                                                                                  Center for
to help train military spouses                                                                                   and a health technology
in ‘portable careers’ such as                                                                                    track in the Bachelor of sci-
teaching, medical coding, IT                                                                                     ence in kinesiology degree

                                                                                                                                                  the Study of
certifications, and a number of                                                                                  program.
other popular areas. Workers                                                                                         samuel sullivan, vice
in high-demand portable occupations are          its GoarmyEd portal to both LoI and non-        president for academic affairs, stresses that

                                                                                                                                                  Georgia History
able to pick up and move when spouses            LoI institutions. according to alexander        all programs would need to be approved
are reassigned, yet are still able to continue   Mcnamara, associate director of the ser-        and recommended by asU faculty before
their career paths and futures,” says denise     vicemembers opportunity Colleges, the           being offered. In the case of a new degree
Moore, operations manager in continuing          most important change in the new portal         program (not a track), it would also have to
education.                                       will be that soldiers will be able to receive   be approved by the Board of Regents of the       By Kathy Schofe
    Ms. Moore is working with the Fort           upfront tuition assistance at non-LoI insti-    University system of Georgia.                    the center for the study of Georgia his-
Gordon Education office, giving presen-          tutions (such as augusta state).                    “We are very excited about the possi-        tory at augusta state is located on the third
tations to family and spouse groups on               “We’re glad that this benefit has been      bility of developing a closer relationship       floor of Reese Library, but if you want to find
post and already has students enrolled in        restored to the soldiers at Fort Gordon, and    with our service men and women and their         its director, you’ll
online classes. she has had students enroll      we’re looking forward to serving them,”         families, but we also want to make sure that     probably have to
from as far away as Germany. as part of the      says Barbara stewart, accounts receivable       the educational programs that are to be          leave a note on the
asU Continuing Education Caa program,            manager in asU’s Business office.               offered are in-line with the academic stan-      door.
tuition includes all materials, textbooks,           several programs are already in place       dards and quality for which our institution          she may be out
and a laptop.                                    that will be of particular interest to ser-     is known,” says dr. sullivan. “We are looking    speaking to a civic
    For several years now, asU has been          vicemembers and their spouses; others are       forward to the GoarmyEd portal opening           or education group
attempting to become a Letter-of-Instruc-        in development, pending approval. asU’s         in october.”                                     about state or local
tion (LoI) institution, which would allow        Master of Public administration degree                                                           history, obtaining
members of the military to enroll in aca-        program includes a track in homeland                                                             a new collection
                                                                                                                                                  of papers for Reese

ADP partners up to advance STEM studies                                                                                                           Library, teaching
                                                                                                                                                  history teachers about U.s. and Georgia his-
                                                                                                                                                  tory, performing commissioned research
By Danielle Harris                                                                                                                                on the Revolutionary War, leading a his-
                                                                                                                                                  torical tour of the city for a special group,
AmerIcA Is no longer the world’s leader in       having this scholarship definitely takes a      cess Grant may change that, however.             or attending a professional or community
science and technology, which makes the          load off of me,” he adds.                       “having this funding available will open         board meeting. You won’t find her sitting
initiative to get students interested in sci-        Mr. Javernick says the grant will be a      doors of opportunity for both the student        behind a desk—unless she’s writing a grant
ence, technology, engineering, and math-         great tool to draw students to both the         and the institution; the more we can show        or a book or answering research inquiries
ematics (sTEM) all the more important. and       institution and to the sTEM areas of study.     progress in the areas of technology and          from around the state.
partnerships, such as one forged between         While science accounts for the largest          related fields, the more successful we will          since becoming the center’s direc-
asU and automatic data Processing,               number of majors at asU, it does not pro-       be,” he says.                                    tor in august 2008, Lee ann Caldwell has
Inc.—one of the world’s largest providers        duce the most graduates. according to a             Mr. Javernick plans to attend graduate       been one busy woman, not only carrying
of business outsourcing solutions—help           report issued by the U.s. department of         school following graduation from asU in          on the work of her mentor and colleague,
this initiative.                                 Education’s national Center for Education       hopes of becoming a researcher and work-         dr. Edward Cashin, founder of the center,
    Through a three-year, $600,000 grant,        statistics, the top undergraduate choice of     ing with nasa.                                   but expanding the center’s activities and
augusta state and two other augusta col-         majors is business—not sTEM fields.                                                              reach.
leges will address the need for more sci-            The adP Educational Partners for suc-                                                            “I’d like for the center to become the
                                                                                                     sTUdEnTs ExaMInE saMPLEs In an asU LaB.
ence graduates. asU plans to award at least                                                                                                       public and academic source for Georgia’s
30 new scholarships to students in sTEM or                                                                                                        history; it was Ed Cashin’s vision and has
sTEM-education fields over the three-year                                                                                                         become my goal,” dr. Caldwell says.
period as well as increase the staffing and                                                                                                           she has been successful in obtaining
hours of operation for student labs. so far,                                                                                                      several manuscript collections for the
the university has already selected 11 stu-                                                                                                       library’s special collections, among them
dents to receive the scholarships.                                                                                                                papers of the Walker Family and Charles
    “With these tough economic times, the                                                                                                         devaney, as well as the records of the
additional funding that is being made pos-                                                                                                        shiloh orphanage and the Pilgrim Insur-
sible for students will go far,” says Philip                                                                                                      ance Company. she is also excited about
Javernick, a scholarship recipient and asU                                                                                                        the papers of dr. Cashin, which include all
physics and mathematics double major.                                                                                                             of his research for the twenty-plus books
“I’m a full-time student, and I’ve decided                                                                                                        he authored on different topics in local,
not to work during the summer semester                                                                                                            Georgia, and regional history. dr. Caldwell
so I can concentrate on my studies. so                                                                                                                                 » Continued on page 4
                                                                                                                                    summer 2009     AugustA stAte unIversIty TodaY           3

Academic Rewards                                                                                President’s Award
By LaKeisha Forbes                                                                              By Danielle Harris
About 113 housIng residents were rewarded for academic excellence in spring semester            hIs servIce, dedIcAtIon, and leadership in the community are why Edward Polite, a retired
through a new program for University village residents called the academic Rewards              corporate executive, was chosen to be the recipient of the 2009 President’s award—one
Program. In the program, 87 Uv residents who had a grade point average between 3.0              of the highest honors bestowed by augusta state University.
to 3.65 earned $100 on their JagCards, while 26 residents who made a 3.66 or higher                 during the annual President’s Club Reception, the asU Foundation trustee was
GPa received $250.                                                                              recognized for his significant service to asU and for his generosity in providing the
    Jeannen hobbs, a junior communications major, received a $100 award for both fall           opportunity for future generations of students to find an improved quality of life through
and spring semesters. as a student who is financially independent from her parents, the         education.
Resident academic Rewards program has helped alleviate some of her financial issues.                The asU alumnus graduated in 1969 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. he went
“Many students who live with their parents already have the necessities provided for            on to become the executive vice president of quality and technology at Continental Can
them,” says Ms. hobbs. “some University village residents have to provide for themselves.       Company. after completing a 20-year career at Continental, he later became the president
We don’t have our parents supporting us financially, so our academic reward money goes          of Culbro Corporation, a $2-billion international company with holdings in cigars, real
to the areas where we have financial difficulty.”                                               estate, wholesale distribution, nursery products, publishing, and packaging. he retired
    kimberley Thomas, a junior computer science major, who was awarded $100 for the             in 2000.
spring 2009 semester, agrees. “after paying bills, there isn’t much money left over,” she           Mr. Polite is a member of several organizations that include the one hundred Black
says. “With the additional funds that I received, I am able to take care of my basic needs      Men of new York City and is a former president of the Educational Foundation for south
without having to call and ask my mother for money,” says Ms. Thomas.                           Carolina state University.
    To qualify for the rewards program, students must have completed at least nine credit           The President’s Club Reception was held at the home of Mr. James T. and dr. Mary
hours in courses at the 1000 level or above, have an overall institutional GPa of at least      anderson.
2.0, and have successfully completed all of their courses for that semester.
    Joyce Jones, vice president for student services, says that living in student housing has
been shown to improve students’ academic performance. “We offer several programs at
University village to promote academic success. Through this Resident academic Rewards
program, we want to communicate this to students and to recognize those residents who
achieve these academic goals.”
    according to dr. Jones, the desired result of the program is to motivate students to
do well in school. “We have students who are serious about their education, and this is
one way that we can encourage them to excel in the classroom,” she says.
    The academic Rewards program has been an additional motivator for Ms. hobbs and
Ms. Thomas. But Ms. hobbs believes that the program has had another positive result for
both students and the university, “The academic Rewards program is an incentive to con-
tinue living in campus housing—it’s win-win because we get the financial help and the
university gets students in housing who are serious about their education,” she says.
     Both Ms. hobbs and Ms. Thomas agree that the academic Rewards program shows
that asU is looking out for the best interests of its students.

Upcoming Events
for InformAtIon, call 706-737-1444 or visit the online calendar at                                                          (L To R) JULIa and dR. BLoodWoRTh; Ed and PaT PoLITE.

   sept. 15       President’s Club Luncheon. Invitation only.                                   « Go Jags!, continued from page 1
   sept. 17       Westobou Event. Faculty art show reception.
                  Westobou Event. Two Pianos & Percussion, Martin david Jones and                    In individual play, several Jaguars also captured headlines. shannon Wilkerson, a
                  Clara Park, pianists.                                                         junior outfielder, was selected by the Boston Red sox in the eighth round of Major League
   sept. 18-19    Westobou Event. Readings by asU Theatre students.                             Baseball’s First-Year Player draft. Mr. Wilkerson is the highest draft pick in the 45-year his-
   sept. 21       Westobou Event. Recital with Trio augusta. Martin david Jones,                tory of the Jaguar baseball program. a dacula, Ga., native, Mr. Wilkerson was named the
                  angela Morgan, and Christine Crookall.                                        division II national Player-of-The-Year by the national Collegiate Baseball Writers associa-
                  Westobou Event. The sitka Trio.                                               tion (nCBWa) and by Rawlings/american Baseball Coaches association (aBCa). he was
   sept. 22       Lyceum series & Westobou Event. The Blind Boys of alabama.                    previously selected the nCBWa southeast Region Player-of-The-Year, the aBCa southeast
   sept. 23       Westobou Event. Rob Foster and Pulsar.                                        Region Player-of-The-Year and the Peach Belt Conference Player-of-The-Year.
   sept. 25       Lyceum series. new York Chamber soloists.                                          all-american guard Ben Madgen represented his home nation of australia in the World
                                                                                                University Games, which were held in July in Belgrade, serbia. Madgen was named the PBC
  october                                                                                       Tournament’s Most valuable Player, and he led the league in scoring and in three-point
   oct. 3       A Day Event. Jaguar Jaunt 5k.                                                   percentages. he was the only conference
   oct. 6       Russell a. Blanchard Lecture series. adam shepard, author.                      player to rank in the top 15 in scoring,
   oct. 7       asU health Fair.                                                                field goal percentage, and assists. he was
   oct. 8       art Exhibition opens. Recent Work, alex Murawski.                               selected first-team all-southeast Region
   oct. 8       Gallery Reception, art department.                                              and was a first-team all-PBC pick.
                asU Gala Concert.                                                                    sophomore henrik norlander, a
   oct. 9       A Day Celebration and alumni association Barbecue.                              native of sweden, helped lead Europe
   oct. 15      Lyceum series. Tres vidas                                                       to its second straight win against the U.s.
   oct. 16 – 17 Edward J. Cashin Memorial symposium on Georgia history.                         team in the Palmer Cup. norlander was
   oct. 22      A Night at the Opera.                                                           named to the PInG all-southeast Region
                                                                                                team by the Golf Coaches association of
                                                                                                     senior outfielder angii verbeelen was
                                                                                                named the PBC’s scholar-athlete-of-The-
                                                                                                Year for 2008-09, which is the highest
                                                                                                honor given by the conference. a native
                                                                                                of Melrose, Fla., she also was named the
                                                                                                Tommy Werrick Female student-athlete
                                                                                                of the Year at asU. she graduated in May
                                                                                                with a 3.92 GPa.
                                                                                                     seniors Jorge virguez and Chris Tyler
                                                                                                were named to the PBC Baseball all-academic team, recognizing the outstanding accom-
                                                                                                plishments of PBC student-athletes in the classroom as well as on the field.
                                                                                                     a total of 73 student-athletes were named to the athletic director’s honor Roll at asU.
                                                                                                Five of asU’s 10 varsity sports—softball, women’s tennis, men’s tennis, women’s golf, and
                                                                                                men’s golf had team GPa’s over 3.0.
                                                                                                     “It’s very rewarding to see this many student-athletes not only meet their athletic
                                                                                                goals, but their academic goals as well,” says asU director of athletics Clint Bryant. “We’re
                                                                                                constantly striving to increase our academic achievement and to find new ways to prepare
    ovER 1,100 sTUdEnTs WERE CandIdaTEs FoR GRadUaTIon In ThE MaY 2009 CoMMEnCEMEnT             and motivate our student-athletes to perform at their very best.”
        CEREMonY aT ThE JaMEs BRoWn aREna. (PhoTo, CoURTEsY oF ThE PICTURE Man)
4   AugustA stAte unIverIsIty TodaY            summer 2009

Alma Mater recognizes                             during his 16-year tenure, the institution          in 1991 and merged with Pediatric Part-           four intravenous (Iv) pumps and a “noelle”
                                                  has become a state university, enrollment           ners in 1997. as an allergist, dr. anderson       obstetrical (oB) mannequin, the depart-
ASU president                                     and programs have grown, private giving             educates the community about asthma               ment’s first labor and delivery simulator.
                                                  has increased, and over $95 million in new          maintenance and allergy prevention. dr.           The equipment was purchased with the
By Danielle Harris                                construction and renovations has resulted           anderson received an associate of science         assistance of diane Robillard, nursing pro-
                                                  in student housing and state-of-the-art             degree in nursing from augusta College            fessor and class advisor.
                                                  facilities.                                         and a doctorate from the Medical College              “The particular equipment was
                                                      dr. Bloodworth is the national presi-           of Georgia.                                       decided upon after discussions among
                                                  dent-elect of the honor society of Phi              georgIA stAte rePresentAtIve bArbArA              our class members about what we would
                                                  kappa Phi and has served on a number of             sIms is a founding member of the Proud            have found helpful in our clinical,” says Ms.
                                                  community and state boards including the            to Be an American Board and a current             Jatho. “since we can’t always depend on
                                                  american Red Cross, Greater augusta arts            member of the Richmond County small               babies being born during our oB clinicals,
                                                  Council, Georgia Medical Center authority,          Business and Minority Board. a former             noelle goes through labor and ‘gives birth,’
                                                  and the association of the United states            third grade teacher, she also co-owned            enabling students to observe the mechan-
                                                  army.                                               Periwinkle Cottage for 24 years. Ms. sims         ics of labor and delivery.”
                                                                                                      is a past member of the Woman’s Board                 Each Iv pump is a duplicate of ones
                                                                                                      of University hospital and the administra-        used at the four local hospitals where the
                                                  New trustees named                                  tive board of aldersgate United Methodist
                                                                                                      Church. Ms. sims received her bachelor’s
                                                                                                                                                        students conduct their clinical experi-
                                                                                                                                                        ences. Ms. Jatho says the pumps will help
                                                                                                      degree in education from the University           future nursing students become familiar
                                                                                                      of Georgia.                                       with the specific equipment they will use
Asu PresIdent wIllIAm A. bloodworth,                                                                  gAry coxon serves as the director of spe-         during their clinicals at the hospitals.
Jr., has been named recipient of the 2009                                                             cial Projects at savannah River nuclear
distinguished alumnus award from his                                                                  solutions, the savannah River site’s con-
alma mater, Texas Lutheran University                                                                 tractor for management and operation. a
(TLU) in seguin, Texas. The TLU Board of                                                              member of the senior management team
Regents made the selection based on                                                                   at sRns, he has served in several positions
dr. Bloodworth’s record of professional                                                               including project management, services
achievements and community involve-                                                                   and general management. he received
ment.                                                                                                 his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering
     “such a long tenure is rare for college     ChaRLIE andERson, ChaIRMan oF ThE FoUndaTIon         and participated in the dartmouth Col-
                                                 (CEnTER) Is shoWn WITh TWo oUTGoInG MEMBERs oF ThE
presidents in this day and age, and that         FoUndaTIon, (L) sandRa noRvELL and (R) nICk Evans.   lege Executive Program at the amos Tuck
speaks highly of President Bloodworth’s                                                               school of Business.
                                                  By LaKeisha Forbes
effective leadership,” says TLU President
ann M. svennungsen. “TLU is proud to              At theIr July meeting, members of the
claim him as an alumnus.”
    The award will be presented to dr.
                                                  augusta state University Foundation
                                                  elected four corporate leaders to serve as
                                                                                                      Nursing lab receives gift
Bloodworth in november at the annual              university trustees.                                By Tunisia Williams                                            sTUdEnTs PRaCTICE WITh noELLE.
TLU Salutes banquet, which is held during         edwIn l. douglAss, Jr., is the owner and            the nursIng clAss of 2009 had an impor-
homecoming.                                       operator of E.L.d., Inc., a local limousine         tant decision to make—forego a large                  The equipment was presented during
    dr. Bloodworth graduated from Texas           and transportation service. Mr. douglass            celebratory reception after their pinning         the annual Pinning Ceremony in May,
Lutheran College in 1964 with a bachelor’s        has been involved in the Boys Club of               ceremony or purchase equipment that               and the nursing faculty and staff were
degree in English and education. after            augusta, the Georgia/Carolina Council               would be helpful in the nursing depart-           surprised to discover what the graduates
teaching English and speech in public             of Boy scouts, and the Georgia Chamber              ment’s skills Lab.                                had done.
schools of Boerne and Port neches, Tex.,          of Commerce. an elder at Reid Memorial                   “as a class, we discussed and voted on           “keeping it from dr. Price (department
he entered Lamar University in Beaumont           Presbyterian Church, he and his wife, Mary          it; we felt that the department and future        chair) was a challenge. In department
in 1967. he graduated with a degree in            ann, have been members of the Presi-                nursing students would benefit from the           meetings, the subject of getting a birth-
English and then obtained a doctorate in          dent’s Club since 1982. The ‘55 alumnus             legacy of the Class of 2009,” says Ruthie         ing doll kept coming up because we were
american Civilization from the University         of davidson College is also a recipient of          Jatho, the nursing class president.               trying to figure out how we would be able
of Texas at austin.                               the davidson alumni service award.                       after having yard sales, gas card raffles,   to purchase it,” says Ms. Robillard. “and all
    Following service at East Carolina Uni-       mAry hAmIlton Anderson, ’71 alumna,                 Turkeygrams at Thanksgiving, and class            the while, I knew that the doll was being
versity and Central Missouri state Univer-        and her husband, Jimmy, have been mem-              donations, the nursing students finally           manufactured just for us in the factory, but
sity, dr. Bloodworth became the eighth            bers of asU’s President’s Club since 2006.          reached their goal of raising more than           I couldn’t tell the other faculty members
president of augusta College in 1993.             she opened a private medical practice               $15,000. This allowed them to purchase            because it was a secret,” she adds.

« Top 10 in 10, continued from page 1                                                                 « Georgia History Center, continued from page 2
bringing change to the community and              strong problem solving and analytical skills        is very interested in acquiring more his-         that were released after his death will be
the work force.                                   as being helpful in landing his career.             torical records and is frequently making          available then. The center also cosponsors
    “Most business development experts                Mark Thompson, former Cree-Walker               appeals to individuals and companies that         with historic augusta the annual Wood-
agree that cities that create a landscape         Professor of Economics in the hull Col-             maintain such collections. “It is important       row Wilson symposium, now renamed the
and culture that cultivates young profes-         lege of Business, is an expert on economic          that we acquire these historical records,         Edward Cashin Memorial Woodrow Wilson
sionals will be at a competitive advantage        issues, particularly economic consequences          preserve them, catalog them, and make             Lecture. The center is also working with the
in terms of business attraction and quality       of severe weather events. he has authored           them available to scholars,” she says. “This      World War II veterans oral history project
workforce. We salute the achievements of          numerous publications on labor market               is part of the center’s mission to facilitate     and has two additional oral history projects
these outstanding individuals,” she says.         adaptations to weather crisis and has been          research on the history of our state and          planned.
    Christine Ball received her Eds degree in     quoted often in local as well as national           community.”                                           dr. Caldwell serves on the boards of
educational leadership from augusta state.        media outlets. he received his bachelor’s               she remains an avid researcher, herself,      historic augusta, the augusta-Richmond
she is an English and reading instructor          and doctoral degrees from Texas Tech Uni-           studying Georgia’s role in the Revolutionary      County historical society, the southern
at augusta Technical College where she            versity.                                            War for a state project leading to a Revolu-      association for Women historians, and
serves as advisor to the national Techni-             Wes Zamzow, director of asU’s alumni            tionary War heritage Trail and researching        the Georgia association of historians.
cal honor society and as a member of the          Relations and annual Giving, says having            other topics for a textbook on Georgia’s          she also is coeditor of the Journal of the
President’s advisory Council.                     members of the university recognized                history for eighth graders. she has a book in     Georgia Association of Historians, treasurer
    Rhonda oellerich Banks holds a bach-          among the top young professionals in our            the works on family and race in nineteenth        of the southern association for Women
elor’s degree in marketing from asU. she          area speaks highly of the institution. “We          century augusta and summerville and is            historians, and executive secretary of the
serves as the immediate past president            are proud to have such prestigious alumni           also writing a chapter on augusta’s history,      Georgia history Consortium. she teaches
of the asU alumni association and was             and faculty to represent our university,”           1980-2010, picking up where dr. Cashin left       the classes on augusta history for Leader-
named recipient of the 2008 Young alumna          he says. “They are a great example of the           off in his Story of Augusta.                      ship augusta’s adult, Youth, and Executive
award. she also is active with Young Pro-         standards of excellence found within the                dr. Caldwell is also working to bring         Programs. she is the recipient of a 2008
fessionals of augusta and the Red Wagon           mission of this great institution.”                 about a Cashin Memorial symposium on              Governor’s award in the humanities for her
society.                                              The augusta Metro Chamber of Com-               Georgia history, which will be held oct.          commitment to teaching and to sharing
    Chris Etterlee, a senior certified public     merce teamed up with Augusta Magazine               16-17. The symposium wll be cosponsored           Georgia’s stories with communities.
accountant with Fuller, Frost & associates,       to competitively select the 10 professionals        by the Georgia history Consortium, an orga-           she previously served as chair of the
is a member of the asU alumni associa-            between the ages of 25 and 35 for this first-       nization of scholars who conduct research         department of history, Geography and
tion’s Board of directors and a recipient         time honor. Their names will be submitted           on the state’s history. It is funded through      Philosophy at Georgia College and state
of its 2006 Young alumnus award. he also          by the chamber to Georgia Trend for consid-         the generosity of the Porter Fleming Foun-        University.
is a member of the Uptown kiwanis Club.           eration in their annual feature, Top 40 under       dation. Two books authored by dr. Cashin
he received his MBa from asU and cites            40 for the state of Georgia.
                                                                                                                                    summer 2009     AugustA stAte unIversIty TodaY           5

Lee Presidential Scholars                                                                         ASU and Georgia Tech team up
By Tunisia Williams                                                                               By Danielle Harris
the fIrst nAtAlIe and Lansing B. Lee Presidential scholarship went to two asU students
who persevered academically in spite of the challenges they faced.
    May graduates delos Moses, finance major, and steven smith, criminal justice major,
were the first recipients of the scholarship designed to reward the academic achievements
of students who began their college experience in learning support.
    Mr. Moses and Mr. smith were both nominated for the scholarship by professors who
took notice of their desire to succeed.                                                           In 2008, offIcIAls from augusta state and Georgia Institute of Technology signed an
    “Mr. Moses has a quiet and unassuming demeanor, but underneath, he has a burning              articulation agreement establishing an engineering transfer program between the two
desire to succeed. one thing I can remember is that he was never satisfied with a grade.          schools. The agreement established a pre-engineering preparatory program at augusta
he always said, ‘I can do better.’ he truly believed that he could, and he did,” says karen       state that matches the core curriculum coursework required for a seamless transfer to
hayes, mathematics instructor in asU’s department of Learning support.                            the engineering program at Georgia Tech savannah. after completing the academic
    Mr. Moses saw his acceptance to the university as an opportunity to make some major           requirements of both institutions, students will earn a bachelor’s degree in engineering
changes in his life. “I didn’t have many choices in life, but I chose to take advantage of this   from Georgia Tech.
opportunity. I started at the bottom but finished on top,” he explains.                               so far, the response to the new program has been positive, according to andrew
    Mr. smith says that his biggest challenge was his difficulty in reading. “I appreciate        hauger, chair of the department of Chemistry and Physics. he says dozens of students
Ms. valerie Cato and Ms. heather Metress for all of their time and effort in tutoring and         from augusta state and other universities in Georgia have shown an interest in the
helping me succeed,” he says.                                                                     program.
    Ms. Cato, instructor in the department of English and Foreign Languages, says that                Philip hines, a nontraditional student and mechanical engineering major, is enrolled
initially Mr. smith was struggling. a guard on the men’s basketball team, he juggled              in the program. he says that having a program such as this in our area will create new
classes, practice, and study; however, he showed up regularly to work one-on-one with             opportunities for students and it may even help them save money in the long-run.
her during his lunch hour. “he never complained and always did the work I gave him, and               “Even though I was living and working full-time in augusta, I would drive to Georgia
it was a lot of work. But that’s how he was; he was willing to do the work and sacrifice the      southern University every night to attend classes in their engineering transfer program,”
present for the rewards that would come in the future. steve is really a quiet lion who           says Mr. hines. “since I have transferred into the engineering classes at asU, I have more
perseveres,” she says.                                                                            time to be with my family and to study; plus, I am saving money since I don’t have to
    The natalie and Lansing B. Lee Presidential scholarship is awarded on the basis of aca-       commute,” he adds.
                                                          demic improvement and financial             Mr. hines also points out the benefit that the new program has on the community.
                                                          need. a recipient must be a rising      “Usually, companies in our area receive interns or co-ops from larger, well-known univer-
                                                          sophomore, junior, or senior who        sities such as virginia Tech. now, with this new program, our students may enter these
                                                          has achieved a minimum 2.5 grade        organizations being better prepared and well-trained, and they will be equipped with
                                                          point average.                          the skills needed to succeed in their fields,” he adds.
                                                               “It is exciting to see two such        The asU-Georgia Tech savannah program includes civil, environmental, electrical,
                                                          deserving young men being hon-          computer, and mechanical engineering. students entering augusta state through this
                                                          ored, not only for their academic       program are automatically accepted into the engineering program at Georgia Tech savan-
                                                          success in achieving their goal and     nah provided that the minimum grade point averages are met. students must, if Georgia
                                                          obtaining a bachelor’s degree, but      residents, have a minimum grade point average of 2.7. non-Georgia residents must earn
                                                          also for their persistence, persever-   a minimum grade point average of 3.0 in the math, science, and engineering courses.
                                                          ance, and determination in the face         “We are excited about the opportunities provided by our new engineering transfer
                                                          of many academic and personal           program with Georgia Tech savannah. nationally, there is a high demand for engineers,
                                                          obstacles,” says Cynthia Craig, chair   and we now offer students in augusta a new way to enter the profession,” says dr.
                                                          of the department of Learning sup-      hauger.
  (L & R) dELos MosEs and sTEvEn sMITh.                   port.

Against all odds                                       James Brown arena. “That moment had to have
                                                       been the highest point of my life,” Mr. Goss says.
                                                       “I was very grateful to have had the opportunity.
                                                                                                                   A Day for ASU
By Danielle Harris                                     I had practiced the speech, but when I finished,            By Kathy Schofe
“I do not consider myself to be the smartest or        I never thought I would receive a standing ova-                                     AugustA stAte—lIke other public insti-
the brightest. But I am one of the best at recog-      tion.”                                                                              tutions—is state assisted rather than state
nizing the strength in others and recognizing              “I contribute much of my success in college                                     supported, and that’s why private giving
my need for the help of others.” This is how Chris     to the many academic resources that asU has to                                      is so important. In this year’s annual fund
Goss, May ’09 graduate, describes himself in his       offer. My freshman year, I spent numerous hours                                     drive, A Day for Augusta State University, fac-
commencement speech to about a thousand                in the math lab. I spent a lot of time talking with                                 ulty, staff, students, alumni, and friends will
of his classmates at the university’s graduation       my instructors, and almost every paper I have                                       make financial gifts that will enhance the
ceremony.                                              written has been reviewed and edited by the                                         educational experience provided by state
    Throughout his life, Mr. Goss has overcome         Writing Center,” he adds.                                   dollars. Faculty research, professional development, scholarships,
obstacles and achieved goals that many said                Chris Goss is not only a scholar, but he is             equipment, and technology—these are only a few of the projects
were unattainable. Just before he entered into         considered to be a talented musician with a                 that are enhanced through private giving.
third grade, he was diagnosed as dyslexic and          blossoming musical career. during his senior                    The 16th annual A Day campaign kicked off with the campus
disgraphic, and experts told his parents that he       year of high school, he formed a group known                campaign on aug.11 at the fall convocation. Led by faculty mem-
should be placed in special education, that he         as Chris Goss and the Gitcha’ By Band, which he             bers drs. hubert and debbie van Tuyll, the campus campaign incor-
would never be able to handle the challenges           says is inspired by music legends such as James             porated an “I Gave to A Day the First day” event. The community
of college. But it was with determination and          Brown. he says he plans to move to nashville                campaign, led by Mr. John Bell, attorney with the Law office of Bell
perseverance that Chris Goss says he was able to       and pursue a career in the music industry or                and Brigham, will begin when the campus campaign concludes, at
defy all odds and become one of augusta state’s        attend graduate school. It is a decision accom-             the President’s Club Luncheon on sept. 15.
three 2009 valedictorians.                             panied by prayer, he says. “God is a God of excel-               “We are asking our friends to make an investment in augusta
    Besides his faith in Christ, Mr. Goss says one     lence, and we should be people of excellence,”              state,” says Wes Zamzow, director of alumni relations and annual
of the biggest influences in his life has been his     Mr. Goss says. “so, I must make sure I do my best           giving. “We’re also asking our friends to check with their employers
parents’ drive to see him excel academically.          in all that I do.”                                          to see if they will match employees’ contributions. Employees can
Instead of placing her son in special education,                                                                   double or triple their gifts to asU depending on their companies’
Mr. Goss’ mother, kim, took on the challenge of                                                                    matching gift programs.
homeschooling him until his sophomore year                                                                             Mr. Zamzow points out that the main reason for giving is the
in high school.                                                                                                    satisfaction of knowing that a student’s future is being positively
    after graduating from augusta Christian in                                                                     affected through an annual gift. he says that the success of A Day
2005, the appling, Ga., native began his col-                                                                      for ASU will be celebrated on oct. 9 at the annual alumni associa-
lege career at augusta state as a music major                                                                      tion Barbecue.
with a minor in communications. at asU, Mr.                                                                            To make a contribution to the A Day campaign or to purchase a
Goss received several awards, and among the                                                                        ticket to the celebration, contact the office of alumni Relations.
most prestigious was being selected as augusta
state’s top scholar for a University system of
Georgia program that includes recognition
by the Georgia state legislature. he also was
named the first-ever student vice president for
the university’s chapter of the honor society of
Phi kappa Phi.
    he made history by becoming the first
student to give a commencement speech at
a graduation for augusta state. Mr. Goss was
chosen to share his words of inspiration at the
2009 spring commencement ceremony in the
6   AugustA stAte unIverIsIty TodaY   summer 2009

    robert d. Alford (Bs-mathematics ’68)           sArA b. gIbson (Ba-political science            JeAnnette nobles (Ba-music ’86, BsEd-
    lives in houston with his wife, Gail.           ’06) relocated to Washington, d.C., and is      middle grades education ’99) teaches social
                                                    currently employed by the United states         studies at Glenn hills Middle school. she
    mArgArItA AmAro (Ba-communications              senate.                                         has been teaching in Richmond County for
    ’95) is employed as a broker manager by                                                         10 years.
    amaro Real Estate in Chicago.                   nAtAlIe m. greenwAld (Ba-music ’06,
                                                    MaT-‘08) married Bradley Pirkle in July 2009.   JAcob P. PArrIsh (Ba-English ’98) was
    ZonyA l. bArfIeld (MEd-special                                                                  recently married and began a new career
    education ’98) works at kinderCare              edwIn groover (BBa-management ’89)              with northwestern Mutual Financial
    Learning Centers as a Pre-k teacher in          and his wife, delores, celebrated their 50th    network.
    alpharetta, Ga. she also has a 21-month-        wedding anniversary in March 2009.
    old daughter.                                                                                   rAnson J. Pelt (BBa-general business
                                                    ronAld w. hooker (Bs-computer                   ‘73) lives in Blacksburg, va., and works as a
    brIe c. brAmlett (BBa-finance ’03) is           science ’04) married sarah M. arnold in         financial director for virginia Polytechnic
    currently employed by Mcnair Law Firm.          april 2009.                                     Institute and state University.
    she received her paralegal degree from
    Midlands Technical College in May 2008.         JAne w. howIngton (MEd-secondary                stePhen k. stePhens (Ba-English
    she has two children, Betsy, 19, and nathan,    education ’75) received the distinguished       ‘98) teaches English at The academy of
    17.                                             alumna award at the annual alumni               Richmond County. he is married and has
                                                    awards dinner.                                  three daughters. stephen also plays in
    susAn A. brush (Ba-English ’98) is                                                              the bands Livingroom Legends and dew
    currently teaching at ashley Ridge high         brAndI JenIson (Bs-biology ’05)                 hickies.
    school. she has one child, Brooke, 6.           announced her engagement.
                                                                                                    PAtrIcIA l. thomAs (MBa-management
    stAcey A. byrd (Ba-political science ’08)       sAbrInA JenkIns (BBa-marketing ’90)             ’85) is the program director of University
    recently won the Committee on Equality          works for the atlanta Braves as the director    hospital’s school of Cardiac and vascular
    for Professional opportunity award for          of special Events.                              Technology. she has worked for University
    a research paper she submitted to the                                                           hospital for 27 years and has three children.
    southeastern Psychological association.         JAnet l. JordAn (Ba-psychology ’02) is
                                                    currently working as the assistant director     JulIA c. vAgovIc (Eds.-teaching and
    elIZAbeth b. cAsey (Ba-psychology ’82)          of asU’s archaeology laboratory.                learning ’07) teaches physical education at
    works for, Inc. in Jellico, Tenn.                                                   Monte sano Elementary school and was
                                                    chArles s. mcmIllAn (Ba-history ’69)            recently featured in the Augusta Chronicle
    mArvIn l. chAvous (aaCC-criminal                has retired from the Georgia department of      as a Teacher of the Month. she is married to
    justice ’79) recently retired from the U.s.     Juvenile Justice and is currently working as    Peter vagovic.
    army Reserve after 26 years of service. he      a judge for the Magistrate Court in Jefferson
    is currently working for the Metropolitan       County.                                         tImothy o. wIllIAms (Ba-sociology
    nashville Police department.                                                                    ’03) serves as senior pastor at Montmorenci
                                                    dArren t. “dIP” metress (MEd-’92)               Missionary Baptist Church in Montmorenci,
    shondA v. colemAn (asn-nursing ’07)             and his wife, heAther b. metress                s.C.
    married Marcus Crawford in May 2009.            (BBa-marketing ’89, MBa-’96) received the
                                                    Golden key award at the annual alumni           wes r. ZAmZow (BBa-finance ’02, MEd-
    keIth A. conner (BBa-management ’07)            awards dinner.                                  ’05) received the Young alumnus award
    married Erica Mankin in January 2009.                                                           and was recently promoted to director of
                                                    mIchAel mendoZA (BBa-MIs ’06) and               alumni Relations and annual Giving.
    myrA corcorAn (MEd-counseling                   elIZAbeth mAcuch (BBa-marketing ’06)
    and guidance ’92) was recently named            were married in May 2009.
    University hospital’s Employee of the Year.
    she has been employed at the hospital           JessIcA r. moon (BBa-marketing ’04)
    since 1999.                                     was a recent recipient of the Enrollment
                                                    Management Customer service award at
    glenn drAwdy (BBa-accounting ’92)               the Medical College of Georgia. Jessica
    is working as an IBM Certified advanced         serves as an assistant director of student
    Technical Expert. he and his wife, shawna,      Recruitment and admissions at MCG.
    have two children, Caleb, 18, and Caleigh,
    16.                                             erIc morrIs (Ba-communications ’83)
                                                    is employed as a faculty member at the
    cheryl brooks dukes (Bs-mathematics             University of south Carolina. he also
    ’82) was awarded 2009 Teacher of the            recently started a professional residential
    Year at a.R. Johnson health science and         and commercial outdoor lighting business,
    Engineering Magnet high school. she also        source Light LLC.
    received the WJBF Golden apple award in
    2008 and the 2008 Citizenship award at          dAvId w. neches (Ba-music ’98) was
    Good hope Missionary Baptist Church. she        selected as one of Yale University school of
    is married and has four sons.                   Music’s distinguished Music Educators. he
                                                    is the only teacher from Georgia or south
    chrIs etterlee (BBa-finance ’97) was            Carolina to be recognized.
    named kiwanian of the Month for May.
                                                    mAry k. newton (Ba-sociology ’01)
    robert w. glIckert (’37) lives in austin,       married Jeffrey strickland in June 2009.
    Texas, with his wife, Betty. They have four
    children, William, Robert, kathy, and James.
                                                                                                                                      summer 2009     AugustA stAte unIversIty TodaY            7

ASU To Go                                                                           The China Connection
By Danielle Harris                                                                  By LaKeisha Forbes
In fAll 2009, asU students find a new way to get around campus as the Jaguar         lAst yeAr, chInA was the world’s number two
Express is put into service, offering students free shuttle service around and       vacation destination. While some of that may be
between campuses and student housing.                                                attributed to the olympics, China’s prominence
                                                                                     in the global economy is making it increasingly
                                                                                     attractive to universities and study abroad pro-
                                                                                          Jonathan Leightner, professor in the hull Col-
    The new shuttle service is operational Monday through Friday from 7 a.m.         lege of Business, is beginning the second year of
until 11 p.m., and two shuttles are in use during peak class hours. students         a two-year sabbatical teaching at the hopkins-
may catch the shuttle at four stops—in front of University hall, between             nanjing Center in nanjing. In July, Professor don
the science Building and allgood hall, at Christenberry Field house, and at          howard, hull College, took 10 students to Bei-
University village.                                                                  jing for two weeks in the university’s first study
    “I’m looking forward to not having to search or wait for a parking place,”       abroad trip to China.
says Lakeisha Forbes, a senior communications major. “I think I’ll start parking          In order to learn something about the coun-
                                                                                                                                                     (FaR RIGhT) PRIsCILLa hoLLInGsWoRTh.
at Christenberry Field house and taking the shuttle to the main campus.”             try and determine the itinerary for business stu-
    Echoing that plan is alexis Ward, a sophomore pre-med major, who says            dents, Prof. howard and Marc Miller, dean of the        eled to hong kong in 2008 to perform at the
this is one of the best things that could have happened for the university and       hull College, visited China in the summer of            hong kong Baptist University and the hong
for those students who do not have vehicles. “I do not have a car, and last          2008. “since I was leading the group of students,       kong International school. during their 10-day
semester, I found it very difficult at times to get to class,” says Ms. Ward. “so    I needed to know about the country,” says Prof.         trip, drs. Banister and Floyd worked one-on-
having access to a shuttle throughout the day is very convenient for me.”            howard. “We spent most of our time in Beijing,          one with students. “We found the students to
    “The students of augusta state asked the institution for this service, and       getting comfortable with the city.”                     be quite attentive,” says dr. Bannister. The two
we are thrilled to finally be able to go forward with it,” says karl Munschy,             “The hull College of Business has an ambi-         faculty members performed Spirituals: Black and
director of asU’s Business services. “We believe the shuttle will alleviate the      tious agenda to increase our study abroad               White for the students, and in return, the stu-
demand for transportation between the campuses and also that it will reduce          opportunities for business students,” says dean         dents performed Opera Arias from Two Worlds:
the parking demand on the Walton Way campus.”                                        Miller. “We wanted to start out                                                      An Evening of Oper-
    “The benefit will far outweigh the approximately $10 more per semester           with a program in China. holly                                                       atic Arias from Western
that students are currently paying,” he says. The $35 fee will cover parking as      Carter, assistant vice president                                                     Fine Art and Cantonese
well as provide the continued free use of the augusta Public Transit buses.          for international affairs, and I                                                     Opera.
“I don’t know how often I’ve heard students complain about the parking or            went to Beijing in 2007 and                                                              The opera, per-
get angry because they have to wait for someone to leave before they can             made the initial contact with                                                        formed with a full
park. This new shuttle service will definitely change the parking situation,”        the University of International                                                      Chinese orchestra
he adds.                                                                             Business and Economics.”                                                             at the Leighton hill
                                                                                          dr. Carter and dean Miller                                                      Community hall in the
ASU Hosts 2009 Science Olympiad                                                      then toured some of China’s
                                                                                     historic locations, such as
                                                                                                                                                                          kowloon area of hong
                                                                                                                                                                          kong was a learning
National Tournament                                                                  the Forbidden City, the Great
                                                                                     Wall, and the summer Palace,
                                                                                                                                                                          experience for the
                                                                                                                                                                          two professors. They
                                                                                     in order to determine which                                                          were able to watch
                                                                                     ones would be included in the                                                        both the traditional
                                                                                     study abroad program. “I didn’t                                                      performance of a
                                                                                     want to send our students to                                                         Western aria and the
                                                                                     a foreign country until I felt                                                       nontraditional adapta-
                                                                                     comfortable that this was a                                                          tion of the same aria
                                                                                     program that was going to                                                            that featured Chinese
                                                                                     work well for our students,”                                                         instruments.
                                                                                     says dean Miller. “I feel very                                                           While in China, drs.
                                                                                     comfortable now, and I can                                                           Banister and Floyd vis-
                                                                                     express to the students the                                                          ited the world’s larg-
                                                                                     importance of the program.”         (L To R) RosaLYn FLoYd, LInda BanIsTER and       est sitting Buddha in
                                                                                                                                       QUEnTIn kUYPER.
                                                                                          dr. Miller and Prof. howard                                                     Leshan, were sung to
                                                                                     believe that the study abroad trip to China is          by a “pseudo-Portuguese trio” in Macau, and
                                                                                     beneficial to business students. “I want our busi-      watched the hong kong Welsh Men’s Chorus
                                                                                     ness students to experience another culture             rehearse.
                                                                                     firsthand,” says dr. Miller.                                Education, itself, was the purpose of a trip
                                                                                          during the spring semester, art professor          by Richard harrison, former dean of the College
                                                                                     Priscilla hollingsworth and her student assistant,      of Education, along with other deans and uni-
                                                                                     annie Gatward, were two of 32 artists worldwide         versity administrators in the University system.
                                                                                     to receive invitations to participate in an exhi-       Through the sino-american Cultural Exchange
                                                                                     bition of teapots in shanghai, celebrating the          program, they visited six different cities in two
                                                                                     Chinese Year of the ox.                                 weeks to look at China’s education programs
                                                                                          “The exhibition was very interesting,” says        and to exchange ideas. They met with China’s
                                                                                     Ms. Gatward. “The artists came from 18 differ-          Minister of Education for a full day. “We dis-
                                                                                     ent countries, and the exhibit included more            cussed everything from faculty recruitment to
                                                                                     than 150 teapots,” she adds. Prof. hollingsworth        how they set up their colleges and universities
                                                                                     exhibited 11 teapots, and Ms. Gatward entered           and some of the problems they were experienc-
                                                                                     nine.                                                   ing. While visiting schools, we were also able
                                                                                           The exhibition in China was very different        to interview the students and sit in on some
                                                                                     from what Prof. hollingsworth had expected. “I          classes,” he says.
                                                                                     don’t consider an exhibition to be successful if            during these visits, the students were
                                                                                     many people don’t come to see it, but this exhi-        allowed to ask the visitors questions about the
THouSanDS oF miDDLe anD HigH ScHooL STuDenTS from nearly every state                 bition was only open to people of high status,”         U.s. education system. “The students were very
competed in the 2009 science olympiad national Tournament, which asU                 she says. “some members of the press and other          interested in what we were doing as far as teach-
hosted. This is only the second time that the national event has been held in        important people were invited; I don’t think the        er education and our accreditation process,” says
Georgia; the first was at Georgia Institute of Technology in 1996. The event         invitation was extended to the general public.”         dr. harrison. an unexpected result of the trip
had an economic impact of about $1.5 million on the augusta area.                         Prof. hollingsworth says it was a privilege to     was that both Chinese and U.s. educators real-
    sponsors that helped make the event successful included the city of              go to China and experience a new culture.               ized that they faced similar problems, he says.
augusta, aT&T, PCs nitrogen, Georgia Power/southern Company, savannah                     The exhibition lasted a month, although she             “It was a marvelous trip. I didn’t know what
River nuclear solutions, WFxG Fox 54, WJBF news Channel 6, Bridgestone               and Ms. Gatward stayed in China for only two            to expect, but I was blown away. I would love
Firestone, Ch2Mhill, Lockheed Martin, Johnson-Lashober, Energy solutions,            weeks, sightseeing and visiting the shanghai            to go back for another visit,” says dr. harrison,
and Washington Group Interntional; also, sodexho, Milt stombler, aGs, klein          City Museum and other attractions. “shanghai            expressing a sentiment shared by all the visit-
schmidt, solvay advanced Polymer, and William Wansley.                               is an amazing city, and I think it would be very        ing faculty. and as China extends similar study
    an event to acknowledge sponsors and start the countdown to the sci-             interesting to go to China again,” she says.            opportunities, additional asU faculty and stu-
ence olympiad was held in the d. douglas Barnard, Jr., amphitheatre prior                 drs. Linda Banister and Rosalyn Floyd, fac-        dents may have opportunities to experience the
to the event.                                                                        ulty members in the department of Music, trav-          country firsthand.
8    AugustA stAte unIverIsIty TodaY               summer 2009

    Russell E.
    Speaker Series
    By Kathy Schofe
    whAt to do and What not to do could
    be the subtitle for this year’s Russell E.
    Blanchard speaker series on Business
    Ethics and Corporate social Responsibil-
    ity, as two speakers share very different
    points of view, based on their personal
    experiences. The series presents author
    adam shepard in a program on Tuesday,
    oct. 6, at 2:30 p.m. and aaron Beam, the
    former CFo and co-founder of health-
    south, on Thursday, Feb. 18, at 6 p.m.
    Both programs, presented by the James
    M. hull College of Business, are free and
    will take place in the Jaguar student
    activities Center Ballroom.
         adam shepard, author of Scratch
    Me, $25 and
    the Search
    for        the
    Dream, will
    talk about
    his own
    that are the
    subject of                                                                   dR. donna WEaR and sTUdEnT aLYson JEnnInGs sTUdY ThE EndanGEREd shoaLs sPIdER LILY.
    his book.
    Taking $25
    help from
                no                                    Biologists study an endangered species
    family or friends, Mr. shepard moved to           By Danielle Harris
    a homeless shelter in another state to            reseArchers from AugustA stAte are               this research.                                    2) 2 hours later, and 3) early in the morn-
    prove that attaining the american dream           working to preserve the endangered shoals            “The purpose of this project is to study      ing. Pollen grains are placed in a special
    is still possible. In his book, Mr. shepard       spider-lily that was first observed growing      how the dam affects the flower’s ability          medium to stimulate germination. Later,
    writes, “I am really, really frustrated with      in the savannah River in augusta in 1773 by      to populate, the survival of its seedlings        Ms. Jennings observes the pollen under a
    the poor attitudes that seem to have              noted naturalist William Bartram. For almost     against high water levels, and just how           compound microscope and checks for any
    swept over my peer group. Frustrated              two years, biology professor donna Wear,         long pollen can remain viable on the plant,”      sign of the growth of a pollen tube which
    with hearing ‘I don’t have’ rather than           Professor Emeriti Judy Gordon, and several                                                         is needed for pollination and fertilization
    ‘Let’s see what I can do with what I do           students have studied the Hymenocallis                                                             to take place within the plant.
    have.’ so, I have decided to demonstrate          coronaria (shoals spider-lily) in an effort to                                                          during the course of this research, Ms.
    that it doesn’t have to be that way.”             maintain and increase its population.                                                              Jennings is also observing if lilies are able
         aaron Beam, Jr., will share his story            according to dr. Wear, the spider-lily                                                         to self-pollinate. Each time pollen samples
    of beginning what became a $3.5 bil-              is a nocturnal and aquatic plant that is                                                           are taken from the plants, she will place
                                   lion com-          native to the southeastern region of the                                                           some of the pollen from the anther onto
                                   pany and his       United states. a showy plant, it blooms                                                            the stigma. she then covers the plants with
                                   subsequent         for about 48 hours, and each flower opens                                                          bags to allow time for pollination and fer-
                                   involvement        during the evening and gives off a sweet                                                           tilization. so far, dr. Wear says the results
                                   in      bank       fragrance. It has been found growing in 18                                                         from this part of the experiment remain
                                   fraud that         streams in alabama, south Carolina, and                                                            inconclusive.
                                                                                                         aLYson JEnnInGs PosEs WITh ThE shoWY LILLIEs.
                                   landed him         Georgia, with five of the streams being in                                                              For students interested in biology and
                                   in prison. on      Georgia. although it may be abundant in          says dr. Wear. “If the dam causes levels to       environmental studies, dr. Wear says this
                                   his website,       some places, in others, whole populations        become too high, the water can remove             is a great way for them to gain hands-on
                                   Mr. Beam           have been wiped out because of the water         the pollen from the plant which will stop         experience that will not only help them
                                   writes that        quality.                                         or slow down pollination. Too much water          academically, but better prepare them for
    he enjoyed the rewards that corporate                 Because these plants are mostly found        can even wash away the seedlings which            their future careers. “students that partici-
    success brought until he was told to              along river shoals, water levels play a major    can also affect population growth.”               pate in this study as well as others offered
    “fix” the books. his message contains a           role in the survival of the plant. It is this        This semester, dr. Wear, dr. Gordon,          at augusta state leave with the experience
    moral: “You have to stand up—or you’ll            knowledge and the location of the J. strom       and student alyson Jennings are collect-          and the knowledge that can make them
    be the guy that goes to prison and pays           Thurmond dam on the savannah River that          ing pollen samples from 10 lilies at three        better prepared and more valuable to
    the price.”                                       inspired dr. Wear and dr. Gordon to begin        intervals: 1) when the plant first opens,         potential employers,” she adds.
         he also writes, “I think others can
    learn from my story. From how I started
    a major company, how I got involved in
    the fraud while serving as Chief Finan-
    cial officer, and more importantly, the
    human story, the pain of going through
    a trial and going to prison.”
         Marc Miller, dean of the hull College,
    says he is excited about bringing these
    speakers to campus. about aaron Beam,
    dr. Miller says, “I believe that he will be
    able to tell our students, faculty, and
    friends ‘what not to do.’ I don’t want to
    celebrate his success, but to learn from
    his costly mistakes and be able to send
    a message that ethical decision making
    is the cornerstone to long-term personal
    and organizational success.”

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