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     Award winning

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    A quarterly publication of Armstrong Atlantic State University

	    three 	A Katrina diary   nine 	A life in stages   twelve 	2006-2007 Faculty Lecture Series
     Whitford new vice president and
     dean of faculty
     Ellen V. Whitford, a veteran           contribution to the region and en-
     academic administrator from New        joys a wonderful reputation far be-
     England, assumed her new duties as     yond the region. This is a dynamic
     vice president and dean of faculty     university and I look forward to
     in July.                               working with the faculty and staff
        She comes to Armstrong Atlan-       as AASU continues to develop its
               tic from Central Con-        promise as a leading academic and
                   necticut State Uni-      cultural center in Savannah.”
                     versity, where she        In her new role, Whitford
                     had been professor     will serve as the university’s chief
                                                                                        Good checkup.Vernice Rackett, President
                     and interim provost    academic officer and assume                 Thomas Z. Jones, and Padgett Mixon celebrate
                   and vice president for   responsibility for the leadership           the results of this year’s 3 Days for AASU
                 academic affairs since     and supervision of the faculty and
         November 2004. She has been
     with the 12,315-enrollment public
                                            academic units of the university.
                                               Whitford holds a Doctor of
                                                                                        Three Days raises more
     university since 2000, when she        Education from Rutgers, the State           than $200,000
     joined the faculty as professor and    University of New Jersey, major-            The third annual 3 Days for AASU
                                                                                        campaign in April exceeded its $200,000
     dean of the School of Education        ing in educational theory, policy,
                                                                                        goal, raising $210,468 in investments
     and Professional Studies.              and administration. She earned a            from the business community for the
        Whitford said, “I am thrilled       Master of Education from Arcadia            university.
     and honored to join Armstrong          University in Philadelphia, major-             Vernice Rackett, membership director
                                                                                        for Savannah Quarters Country Club and
     Atlantic State University. From        ing in reading, and completed her           co-chair of last year’s successful campaign,
     the beautiful arboretum campus         undergraduate degree at the Uni-            chaired this year’s drive. Padgett Mixon,
     to the excellent faculty, dedicated    versity of Delaware as an English           vice president of Wachovia Wealth
                                                                                        Management, was co-chair of the 2006
     students, and quality academic pro-    major.                                      campaign and will chair 3 Days for
     grams, AASU makes a significant                                                    AASU in 2007.

         Compass is produced in the
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         Office of External Affairs.                                                    Center for Justice
              Barry J. OstrOw
         Editor and principal writer                                                    Wins National Award
                JOan LehOn                                                              Wynn Sullivan (left), director of the
                                                                                        Center for Justice Administration,
             Katherine arntzen                                                          accepted an award for her department
           Principal photographer
                                                                                        from Lisa Godbey Wood, U.S. attorney
               Patricia reese                                                           for the Southern District of Georgia.
             Editorial assistance
                                            The award recognized the center for “Exemplary Local Training Program” at the
             franciscO duque
                                            Project Safe Neighborhoods national conference held in Denver.
             Editorial assistance

[ 2 ] •
      A Katrina
                                               In March and May, AASU’s ongoing Give for the Gulf campaign and Savannah-based
                                               Pickin’ Up the Pieces sent volunteers to Hancock County, MS to help rebuild communities

          diary                                devastated by Hurricane Katrina. What follows are excerpts from the personal journal of
                                               L.E. Rich, an assistant professor of public health in the Department of Health Sciences.

   Saturday, March 11,
                                                  the modest progress that’s been made
                                                  in Waveland, Kiln, Pass Christian, and
        2006                                      Pearlington. It was dusk when we first
       Camp Coastal Outpost                       drove through these small Mississippi
            Kiln, MS.                             towns, the pall of night and an impend-
                                                  ing storm softening the destruction. Even
We are in Mississippi, and I have slith-          with this natural pink gel, as if Hancock
ered into my sleeping bag for the night.          County were a vintage Hollywood
Horizontal feels good, especially after the       production, my initial thought was that
10-hour drive in the jalopy-esque AASU            pictures don’t do it justice. Neither do
bus. I am showered, I am fed, I am warm.          words.
And, yet, I cannot sleep. Inside the                 Like my co-team leaders and the 18
makeshift Camp Coastal bunkhouse we               students with us on this trip, silence has
are to call home for the week, the world          washed over me. And I’m certain it will
seems right. Outside, however, there is           leave a residue when it recedes.
nothing but piles of pieces—of trees and
buildings, of furniture and futures.                  Monday, March 13,
   Houses have imploded and folded in
on themselves, sometimes crushing cars                     2006
(and what else?) underneath. Or they                      Jesse Dickens’ Home
have vanished, leaving floating front                       Pearlington, MS.
stoops gravely marking all that once was.
One red structure stands upturned on              We left Savannah with many expecta-
edge, like a die balanced on its corner re-       tions but few answers. In the Gulf, one
fusing to settle one way or the other. The        learns quickly to embrace flexibility as
buildings made of brick seem strangely            friend and not foe. Rarely do things go
untouched, but they are merely shells,            according to plan and there’s always a
molded and rotting on an invisible level.         deficit of tools, time, and skill. If any one
They will have to be gutted and cleaned           individual can be said to be in charge, it
of every impurity—irradiated like a cancer        must be Murphy of “Murphy’s Law” fame.
patient—before life can begin again.                  Regardless, two days into our spring
                                                  break trip, we have settled into what           Hallie Mobley, a theatre major, strips nails from
   People point to water lines as they                                                            studs during the March trip.
would scars from illness or war. In this          amounts for routine: Arise around six,
part of the Gulf, it was the storm surge, as      rouse late-sleeping students by seven, eat
much as Katrina herself, that is to blame.        breakfast in the Camp Coastal dining            project, will never feel familiar. An over-
Estimates top 30 feet in some places.             tent, pack a sack lunch for the day. In         whelming rush of doubt dampens even
Residents recall climbing to second               between, wash face, brush teeth, throw          the most positive among us. In addition
stories, attics, and even roofs to escape         on clothes—likely the ones from the day         to the disgusting and dismal conditions,
the swells. Stopped clocks in the local el-       before—and await marching orders the            our task seems insurmountable, and I
ementary school—12 to 14 cinderblocks             team leaders scrape together last minute.       think of eating an elephant with a spoon.
high—mark both elevation and event for                Today, we are headed to Pearlington, a         The trick is not addressing the
posterity.                                        small town about 20 miles from Kiln and         looming pachyderm in the middle of
   Is it really six months later?                 10 miles from the coast. We are going to        the room, but merely finding a job and
   The initial panic has dissipated, as           gut a house and, as usual, that’s about all     focusing in. Our heartier students don
have the interim communities that                 we know. Details will come into focus           masks and goggles and other protective
served basic necessities in strip mall park-      only when there’s no turning back. Still,       gear and head inside the house to sledge-
ing lots. Where once bustle and commo-            the students are boisterous and spirits are     hammer walls and scoop out insulation.
tion marked the months after Katrina’s            high.                                           The toxicity of the structure demands
landfall in late August, there is now little          But morning conversations halt when         frequent breaks—though the open air
more than mirage.                                 we reach the job site.                          offers nothing but steamy temperatures
   Otherworldly desertion overshadows                 This phenomenon is one that, despite
                                                  its arrival at the inauguration of every                                      continued on page 4

                                                                                                                    compass Fall 2006 • [ 3 ]
                                                                                 Volunteers started       I absently scratch the myriad insect
                                                                                 out each day fixing   bites now swelling into pustules on my
                                                                                 their breakfasts
                                                                                 and packing           arms, but I already know: This is my best
                                                                                 lunches in the        day in the Gulf.
                                                                                 makeshift kitchen
                                                                                 of Camp Coastal.      Wednesday, March 15,
                                                                                 The kitchen is a
                                                                                 house where the                  Residential Lot
                                                                                 signatures of                (blocks from the beach)
                                                                                 volunteers cover                  Waveland, MS.
                                                                                 the walls. The line
                                                                                 running below
                                                                                 the ceiling shows     Our last day here, but the disbelief arrives
                                                                                 where the water       on schedule: Can we clear a residential
                                                                                 level once stood.     lot with a hand truck, some shovels, two
                                                                                                       wheelbarrows, and our meager feminine
                                                                                 Pictured: Back        muscles? We have only a fraction of our
                                                                                 table (clockwise)     group. Most of the men are erecting a
                                                                                 Tammy King,
                                                                                 Ebony Robertson,
                                                                                                       kitchen tent in Pearlington and others
                                                                                 Christina Rickey,     are working at a distribution center in
                                                                                 and Esha Ramey.       North Hancock County. That leaves
                                                                                 Front table (from     seven women, one working chainsaw
                                                                                 the left) Christina   and Toby Aldrich, a writer and Katrina
                                                                                 Roberson and the      survivor who had been living in Wave-
                                                                                 author, L.E. Rich.    land. Toby has since moved to Savannah
                                                                                                       but returned with us to the region to help
A Katrina diary (continued from page 3)                                                                with the relief.
                                                                                                           Like lots we can see in every direction,
and swarms of sand gnats. Those of us               home instead of his own. Many of the               this one has no house or standing struc-
working outside swat feverishly and inef-           residents in Pearlington are elderly and           ture of any kind. Mere blocks from the
fectually, as we pile rotting furniture and         still living in FEMA trailers.                     coast, Waveland is leveled. Only debris,
other debris into trucks and salvage wood               Mr. Dickens fits this bill. Retired from       downed trees, and a post-apocalyptic
and windows from the exterior.                      NASA, he stayed in a tent for three weeks          ambiance remain. We are to clear the
    I long for a long-sleeved shirt even as         after Katrina and now lives part-time with         land of all three, so the owner—a man
I mop buckets of sweat from my brow.                neighbors and part-time in the trailer.            in his 70s—can finally receive a FEMA
    And, yet, this very well may be the                 “That will sleep eight,” Mr. Dickens           trailer. We have no idea where he’s been
greatest show on earth. By all accounts,            quietly points to the white vehicle                living or how he has survived.
it’s a three-ring circus. Our Armstrong             parked on his lawn. And counting him,                                        continued on page 6
Atlantic team works despite aptitude and            his neighbors and their five children, it
language barriers alongside a group from            sometimes does.
Texas and another from South Korea.                     Unlike Ken, who speaks in-depth about
Strangers coordinate efforts and smoothly           Katrina and her aftermath, Mr. Dickens
swap tasks and tools as if on the trapeze.          says little, only that he wants “to forget
And slowly, but steadily, the elephant              it all, if I can.” I feel guilty for prodding
is tamed.                                           him into an interview and stirring
    At the center of it all is ringmaster           memories of surviving the storm, first
Ken Short, a man who lost everything                in the attic and then on the roof.
in the storm. Though he and wife Cathi                  By the end of the day, however, our
are in the midst of rebuilding their own            efforts have not only transformed the
house in the lot next door, Ken directs us          house but Mr. Dickens as well. Stripped
as we gut the home of their 87-year-old             to a skeleton, the structure can be power
neighbor, Jesse Dickens.                            washed and rebuilding can begin.
    “Not everybody knows how to build                   Hope appears in Mr. Dickens’ eyes.
a house,” Ken tells me in an effort to ex-          “I hadn’t been wanting to go in there
plain why he’s working on Mr. Dickens’              at all.”

A first grader at Charles B. Murphy Elementary School in Pearlington, MS beams as Michael Edwards,
co-founder of Pickin’ Up the Pieces, delivers one of 79 spring baskets to her school. AASU students,
staff, and faculty contributed a dozen of the baskets.

[ 4 ] •
Profile in Leadership: AliCe ADAms

Alice Adams remembers exactly where
she was and what she was doing when
the idea first hit her. It was August 31.
Two days earlier, Hurricane Katrina
had smashed into the coast of southeast
                                             in the community and on the campus.
                                             Give for the Gulf was born. A student,
                                             Kierra Jackson, came up with the title
                                             and the logo was created by Angela
                                             Ryczkowski, an assistant professor in art,
Louisiana with devastating fury.             music & theatre.
    “By Monday,” the assistant professor         Adams modestly shares the credit
of health sciences recalled, “no one         with everyone else participating in the
understood the full extent of the devas-     effort. “The spotlight shined on me a lot,
tation yet because it took news crews a      but it’s been a team effort,” she said.
few days to get into the more rural areas    As an example, she credits the Campus
to see what had happened. I went home        Union Board with successfully staging
after teaching my class and turned on        a cookout which anchored the kickoff
CNN. [After seeing what was happening,]      event. Other student groups sponsored
I felt that as a university community and    activities that brought the kickoff
as a coastal community, we should be         proceeds to $6,000.
mounting some kind of response.”                 A major piece of the effort evolved
    Adams also felt a personal connection    when a student suggested that Valentine’s      For her leadership role in Give for the Gulf,
to the unfolding tragedy as she had earned   Day boxes be assembled for the children        Alice Adams received the President’s Citation
her MBA in New Orleans at Tulane.            of the Gulf Coast. One hundred thirty-         in appreciation of her outstanding service to the
    She continued, “I knew there would       three boxes were filled with school sup-       university.
be a public health emergency and             plies, personal toiletries, candy, and toys.
thought our department should be a           Upon investigation, using a national
part of this. Students would want to get     relief agency to transport the boxes to            Adams, Rich, and James Brawner,
involved, but they didn’t necessarily have   the Gulf would have been prohibitively         an associate professor of mathematics,
the funds to make a monetary contribu-       expensive. Enter Pickin’ Up the Pieces         returned to Mississippi in May.
tion. I wanted to find a way for students    Relief Corps.                                      Almost a year after the hurricane, and
to participate emotionally and psycho-           The Savannah group, founded by an          with more than $17,000 raised, Adams
logically.”                                  Armstrong State graduate, Linda Edwards,       is looking forward to new challenges. As
    Around midnight, she sent an e-mail      and her husband Michael Edwards had            Compass was going to press, organizers
to President Thomas Z. Jones and then-       already established a pipeline of assis-       were looking into a one-year Katrina
Vice President for Student Affairs Joseph    tance to the Gulf including trucks to          anniversary fundraiser and an October
A. Buck volunteering to join any relief      move building materials. “It was seren-        return to the Gulf with Pickin’ Up the
effort that might develop on campus.         dipity the day we learned about them,”         Pieces to rejoin the rebuilding effort.
Jones’ response was that there was no        Adams enthuses. The Edwardses trans-               Adams’ vision doesn’t end with
relief effort yet, but he asked her if she   ported the boxes to the Gulf and a             putting the Gulf Coast back together.
would get one going.                         partnership was formed.                        “One of the things we would ultimately
    Adams pulled together a group con-           Early in 2006, Adams had begun             like to see come out of Give for the
sisting of health sciences faculty mem-      exploring the possibility of taking a group    Gulf is an ongoing, formalized volunteer
bers Leigh Rich and Michael Mink, and        of students to the Gulf to help in the         effort on campus supported by the faculty,
students Laura Green Smith and Rick          rehabilitation of the region. She had the      staff, and students. We’d like to see
Little. Collectively, they envisioned a      questions, but the answers were hard to        volunteer activities that will benefit the
long-term commitment beginning with a        come by. When the Edwardses entered her        Savannah community, as well as other
campus-wide meeting.                         life, all of her concerns were addressed.      communities, become more integrated
    From the beginning, they wanted to       After numerous trips to the Gulf, Pickin’      into campus life.”
create a coordinating group, not a top       Up the Pieces had a firm handle on the             If anyone can make that happen, it is
down effort. An e-mail to staff, students,   infrastructure and logistics of the relief     Alice Adams and her fellow volunteers.
and faculty drew some 150 people to an       effort. The university group took its first
organizational meeting. Adams recalls,       Gulf trip with Pickin’ Up the Pieces           For more information about how you can
“The meeting was filled with energy and      during spring break (See A Katrina Diary       help Give for the Gulf, contact Alice Adams
enthusiasm.” They were on their way to       on page 3). Thirteen students traveled         at 912.921.7346 or adamsali@mail.
building a truly collaborative effort.       to Pearlington, MS along with Adams;  The website for Give for
    Soon there was a coordinating com-       L.E. Rich, an assistant professor of public    the Gulf is
mittee that handled issues ranging from      health; Sean Eastman, an assistant pro-        Pickin’ Up the Pieces has a website at www.
fundraising events to resettling evacuees    fessor of mathematics; and the Edwardses.

                                                                                                              compass Fall 2006 • [ 5 ]
A year of giving for the Gulf                       A Katrina diary (continued from page 4)
                                                                                                         Sunday, May 21,
                                                       I push this thought aside and begin
• Give For The Gulf (GFTG) Kickoff
                                                    moving dishes and tiles and plumbing
Students, faculty, and staff, with the support of
38 area businesses, participated in the kickoff     and wire—and a whole host of unrecog-                    2006
event. Meals were served, raffles were held, and    nizable fractions of things—to the street,            Camp Coastal Outpost
clothing, books, toys, and diabetic supplies were   where the Army Corps of Engineers                          Kiln, MS.
collected.                                          eventually will pick them up. Toby sets
• The Tau Alpha Chapter of Delta Sigma              about buzzing the chainsaw through             It is clear sheer will is what it will take to
Theta staged a variety show.
                                                    portions of trees so large they span the       rebuild.
• The Student Government Association spon-
sored an American Red                               spread of the lot and beyond.                      On my second trip to the Gulf, I
Cross Blood Drive.                                                                    It’s slow    quickly note progress is slow and bureau-
• Phi Beta Sigma Frater-                                                          going, but       cracy’s setting in. Mr. Dickens’ house still
nity held a penny drive.                                                          soon the         stands in skeletal form—even when one
OctOber                                                                           students         can afford it, skilled labor is scarce—and
• Celebrate AASU Day                                                              and Linda        two months later the Waveland lot has
The departments of                                                                [Edwards,        no trailer.
Art, Music & Theatre,                                                             cofounder of         Even the distribution center, where
History, Mathematics,                                                             Pickin’ Up       residents come for donated food and
and the student dental
hygiene organization
                                                                                  the Pieces],     household supplies, is defending itself
held a variety of events.                                                         Alice [Ad-       from inaccurate press and political plots,
• A group of Honors                                                               ams, health      and there are whispers the board of
students coordinated a                                                            sciences, one    supervisors might shut it down.
yard sale.                                                                        of the trip          Nevertheless, transformations (how-
• The College of Educa-                                                           organizers]      ever tiny) are taking place, most notably
tion staged a book sale.                                                          and I develop    at Camp Coastal.
NOvember                                                                          a routine. A         It’s good to see the volunteer camp
• United Way campaign                                                             feminist by      thriving, so the not-so-hearty like me can
donations were desig-                                                             nature and       contribute without creating additional
nated for the American
Red Cross, the Salvation                                                          training, I      demands on the community. In the early
Army, and America’s                                                               am quick to      days after Katrina, volunteers had to be
Second Harvest.                                                                   appreciate our   self-sufficient.
February                                                                          teamwork and         “In the beginning, that was a reason-
• More than 130                                                                   accomplish-      able approach,” Camp Coastal co-
Valentine’s Day boxes were assembled for                                          ments—and        founder Mike Sweeney of Marietta, GA.
children from infants to 18 years of age.           the coastal breeze mercifully keeping          explains. Eventually, however, many
Included were personal hygiene items, school        the sand gnats in flight. We wrestle a         weren’t even given a place to pitch a
supplies, toys, games, and hair accessories.        cast-iron tub onto the hand truck and          tent. “That’s sort of what brought on
The boxes were delivered to Gulfport, MS.
                                                    down into the street, silently praying         Camp Coastal”—the brainchild of four
• The Association for Computing Machinery
coordinated a Sweetheart 5K Run.                    the wheels (and our arms) hold out a           individuals who self-dispatched to the
                                                    few minutes more. We carry freshly cut         disaster zone mere days after the storm.
                                                    stumps of trees as well as bricks, cinder-         What began as a “visualization of a
• A group of students, faculty, and Pickin’ Up
The Pieces volunteers traveled to Hancock           blocks, and other debris to the mounds         need” and an “if you build it, they will
County, MS during spring break where they           growing along the road.                        come” mentality is now full-blown reality.
spent five days cleaning up debris and gutting         The men are impressed when they             The now air-conditioned bunkhouses,
houses.                                             arrive, though they, too, suffer the incipi-   complete with indoor plumbing and
may                                                 ent shock, primarily because of the trees      hot showers, will serve a summer influx
• Spring cleaning baskets were assembled            that remain. But they have brought a           of 300 to 400 volunteers at a time. The
to include such items as small household            second chainsaw and a second wind.             camp also offers three squares a day—
tools, small appliances, and other goods.           There may just be a cleared lot in sight.      all for $15 a night. The fee helps pay for
• The staff of the student newspaper,                  When hopes diminish as the alternate        basic utilities, the camp’s recent expan-
The Inkwell, coordinated a toy collection.
• A group of faculty and Pickin’ Up The
                                                    chainsaw promptly poops out, we resort         sion, and houses that will be built for
Pieces volunteers returned to work in               to handsaws and sheer will.                    residents in need.
Hancock County, MS.                                    Still, our progress is incontestable, and       When asked how long Camp Coastal’s
                                                    perhaps another team—in the not-too-           pioneers will stay, Sweeney answers
To date, $17,000 has been raised.                   distant future—will finish what we cannot.     unequivocally: “for the duration.”

                                                                                                                              continued on page 7

    [ 6 ] •
            ast spring, anyone within reach
            of a newspaper, magazine, radio,         student’s spring break
                                                     find captures
            or television set had heard the
     remarkable story of Trista Wright. The
     Armstrong Atlantic State University

                                                     international attention
     freshman, while removing sheetrock in
     a closet of a hurricane-ravaged home in
     Arabi, near New Orleans, came across
     a six-inch high cache of $100 bills be-
     lieved to total more than $33,000.
         “I was shocked,” Wright said. “I
     thought it was Monopoly money.”
         It wasn’t. The money is thought to
     have been stashed away by the owner’s
     father during a period stretching from
     the 1960s through the 1970s.
         Trista and her classmates were on a
     volunteer spring break field trip orga-
     nized by the Baptist Student Union.
         The Associated Press, National Pub-
     lic Radio, CNN, CBS, CNBC, the BBC,
     and, locally, the Savannah Morning News,
     interviewed Trista, and fellow rehab-
     ber and AASU student Haley Barton.
     Other radio and television stations and
     newspapers from Macon to Las Vegas,
     and Canada to New Zealand also carried
     the heartwarming story that Trista calls
     “a miracle.”
         According to the Rev. Marty Young-
     blood, who accompanied the students
     to New Orleans, the found money story
     received the most hits on Yahoo on
     March 21.                                       Trista Wright works on a home in New Orleans.                             Photo by Jessie Holmes

A Katrina diary (continued from page 6)
    That’s easier said than done. Working        munity while rebuilding another. For                For more information, visit www.Katrina.
in the Gulf (even for the invigorating           all her horrific blustering, Katrina has  ,,
two weeks I’ll have clocked in) is physi-        offered both Armstrong Atlantic and me              or
cally and emotionally draining.                  worthwhile causes, priceless connections,
    But it’s leaving, as I know from the         and new friends and neighbors, some                 cover: In May, Pickin’ Up the Pieces volunteer
first trip, that’s the worst part of the week.   several states away.                                Robbie Fulcher of Savannah, dismantled a
                                                                                                     hardware store in Kiln, MS for usable lumber.
Depression builds with each mile home                In times like these, “the doers meet
and returning to day-to-day life requires        each other,” as Sweeney puts it, and vol-           Photography for this article by Alice Adams.
mental and emotional gymnastics.                 unteers working in the Gulf always “find
    Fortunately, when the sadness subsides       indefinable things.”
like surge waters seeking lower ground,              “And they take it back to where they
there are lessons in selfless giving and         came from. Life is a whole lot better that
opportunities to recreate one’s own com-         way.”

                                                                                                                      compass Fall 2006 • [ 7 ]
    Some of Ben Lee’s staff and                                             Ben lee

    colleagues remember him:
        Ben Lee was fond of using apho-                                     by Caroline Hopkinson
    risms to express management prin-
    ciples and life lessons he had learned.
                                                                            Editor’s note: Ben Lee, AASU’s dean of
    For example, over the course of many
    years of library service, he learned the                                library services, died on May 20, 2006.
    truth of an adage that he frequently
    quoted: ‘Timing is everything.’                                          With Ben Lee’s death, Armstrong
                                                                             Atlantic lost a tenacious and savvy
        Ben’s well known love of food
                                                                             advocate for the best in library services,
    might be the reason he frequently
    employed restaurant metaphors for                                        collections, and facilities. His friends
    library issues: ‘The menu must offer                                     lost a good-humored and energetic
    the full range of options, and speedy                                    colleague, golfing buddy, and sometimes
    service; we are in the service business!’                                sparring partner! The librarians lost a
    Technical services was the kitchen of
    the library. Perhaps Ben saw himself as                                  mentor, who nurtured librarians, staff,
    the chef, overseeing preparations and                                    and students with a fatherly concern.
    exhorting the sous-chefs to serve up                                     The profession lost a wise leader, with
    the library while it was hot!                                            vision for library services and education,
                                                                             the will to make it happen, and the
       Ben positively influenced young
    people. He gave many young librar-                                       ability to take advantage of opportunity.
    ians their professional start.                                           But Ben would not stand for many
                                                fancy words of praise. Forgive us, Ben, if we take a moment to
        Ben’s constant desire for Lane          remember you.
    Library to provide the best possible
    resources made him a master of the              Ben Lee served Armstrong for 25 years, first as head of technical
    deal, especially when working with          services of the Lane Library and, starting in January 1991, as library
    sales people. His staff sometimes           director. This was a period of growth for Armstrong and for the
    marveled at the deals he struck             Lane Library under Ben’s leadership. In 2006 he was named dean
    and felt badly for the unfortunate
                                                of library services, overseeing a $1.8 million budget and a staff
    salesman who somehow promised
    what he could barely deliver.               of 20.
                                                    Ben’s career spanned 46 years and began as a student assistant
        Ben took care of his staff as a         at the University of Wisconsin libraries. A native of South Korea,
    caring, supportive, disciplined             Ben received a bachelor’s degree in international politics from
    parent would. He saw the library
                                                Yon Sei University in Seoul. When he immigrated to the United
    as a family and encouraged us to
    take care of one another.                   States, his sister Soong Yi, a librarian in the Skokie Public Library
                                                System, recommended the profession. Ben received his master’s in
        Ben would have been so excited          library and information science from the University of Wisconsin-
    to see the beautifully renovated            Madison during the late 1960s.
    Lane Library. That was Ben’s dream
    and his work. He suspected that he              He remembered that time and place fondly; amused and in-

    might not get there with us, but the        trigued by what must have been a new and very different culture.
    renovation of the current building          Ben had an immigrant’s regard for our country’s values and oppor-
    and the planned expansion to a              tunities. His first long term professional experience was as assistant
    university level library facility for
                                                librarian and cataloger at the Cleveland State Community College
    Armstrong was Ben Lee’s Promised
    Land.                                       in Tennessee. At about that time Ben married June, his college
                                                sweetheart from Seoul and they settled in Tennessee. They have
                                                a son, Eugene. It was from Tennessee that Ben headed south to
                                                Savannah and joined Armstrong State College in 1981.

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                                             acting from Keach, and was soon acting       to support the community involvement
                                             in productions of the college’s fledgling    in Armstrong’s theater program. That’s
                                             Savannah Playhouse.                          when she got involved in the formation
                                                 On a late June afternoon, Wray sat in    of the Little Theatre, Inc. of Savannah.
                                             the living room of her neat Kensington           For the next fifty-six years, she played
                                             Park home reminiscing about the early        a pivotal role in keeping community the-
                                             days of theater in Savannah with her         ater alive in Savannah. For two years, the
                                             husband Walt and Patty Parker, director      Little Theater staged plays at Remler’s
                                             of alumni relations. The three old friends   Club Royale on the site now occupied by
                                             pored over the contents of a box full of     the Skidaway Shopping Center. In 1952,
                                             photos and theater programs spread over      for $1 a year, they began a decade-long
                                             a card table.                                run at a building provided by the Savan-
                                                 Here is a photo of her in Charley’s      nah Gas Company.
                                             Aunt as Donna Lucia d’Alvadorez, “‘From          While at the Gas Company, they
                                             Brazil where the nuts come from’,” she       established a summer theater at Barbee’s
                                             quotes from the play with a wry smile.       Pavilion on Isle of Hope. When the gas
                                             There is one of her as Bianca in The         company needed the building back for
                                             Taming of the Shrew. She settles on a        expansion, the Little Theatre bought the
                                             program for the 1949 Savannah Theatre        Savannah Golf Club and converted its
                                             Festival in the original Jenkins Theater.    ballroom into a theater in the round.
                                             She notes that the festival is one of the        In 1976, Wray earned an English de-
                                             things of which she is most proud: Green     gree from Armstrong State with a minor
                                             Grow the Lilacs, The Taming of the Shrew,    in drama, graduating cum laude. During
                                             and Angel Street, all done in repertory.     that time, she worked with the Masquers,
                                             The festival was conceived and directed      playing lead roles in such productions as
                                             by Carlson Thomas, then-Playhouse            the Potting Shed and The Good Woman
                                             director, who had been hired to revive       of Szechwan. She also did lighting and
                                             the Playhouse after the war.                 taught some of the younger students
                                                 It was during the run of Green Grow      how to construct sets. Upon graduation,
                                             the Lilacs that Wray Potter met her future   she went to work for the county library
                                             husband. Walt often worked behind the        system. Patty Parker described her as “a
                                             scenes, and in this show Wray sang in        nontraditional student embarking on a
                                             the chorus and designed the lighting.        second career when other people were
                                             Now, Green Grow the Lilacs is a straight     talking about retirement.”
                                             play upon which Rogers and Hammer-               In 1979, the couple returned home
                                             stein based their musical Oklahoma! A        from opening night for the George
                                             visitor asks Walt how music found its        Bernard Shaw’s Arms and the Man only
                                             way into the play. With a chuckle, he        to be wakened at two in the morning
                                             explains, “Oklahoma! had just closed                           with the news that the
                                             and wasn’t available for community
                                                                                                                   continued on page 10
                                             theatre yet, so we just added some
                                             cowboy songs like ‘Streets of
                                             Laredo’ to the play.”

        or Wray Kessel, life has been a          Her next
        series of stages. Literally. Her     stage came in
        first was a stage at Sacred Heart    1950 when the
        School in Savannah where she         city decided
was first exposed to and developed her       it could no
love of the theater. The second was at       longer afford
Pape School and the third came in 1937
when she fell under the spell of Stacy
Keach, newly arrived at Armstrong
Junior College.                              Wray Kessel in
    Keach had been brought in to estab-      (from the left)
lish a drama program and community           I Remember Mama,
theater at the two-year old, city-owned      Charley’s Aunt, and
college. Wray, who had just started          Taming of the Shrew.
working at Union Camp, signed up for
night classes in lighting, set design, and

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A Life in Stages (continued from page 9)
theater was on fire. Undaunted—and in the spirit of “the show must
go on”—the troupe accepted an offer to use the stage at Savannah
Country Day School. Walt recalls that they scrambled to find French
uniforms and ended up substituting Civil War uniforms instead!
    After that, the Little Theatre “gypsied” around the city for two
years, playing such varied venues as the Visitors Center and the
Alee Temple. Eventually, they purchased the Savannah Theatre on
Chippewa Square where they presented their shows for the next 11
years. In 2000, they sold the building to the Callen Trust and a new
entrepreneur introduced a string of popular musical revues: Lost in the
Fifties, Jukebox Journey, and Broadway on Bull Street.
    Today, the Little Theatre operates out of an office at the Jewish
Educational Alliance. From there, they produce plays and manage a
summer drama camp and after school drama classes. Perhaps a child
in one of those programs will catch the fire that Wray Kessel did in
the ’30s and introduce future generations to the magic world of the           Walt and Wray Kessel and Patty Parker pore over stage memories.

Armstrong theatre at 70
                                                                The curtain rose for the first time on the stage of the Savannah Play-
                                                                house at Armstrong Junior College on February 4, 1937. The perfor-
                                                                mance was Gertrude Tonkonogy’s Three Cornered Moon. Over decades
                                                                of evolution—stemming from original director Stacy Keach’s first
                                                                two-night production at the downtown Jenkins Theater—the Masquers,
                                                                established in the 1950s, have blossomed into Georgia’s most prolific
                                                                university theatre performing troupe.
                                                                   This year, AASU celebrates 70 years of distinguished theatrical
                                                                history making campus thespians the university’s oldest student
                                                                organization. Now, presenting over twelve productions annually,
                                                                the Masquers have scheduled mainstage productions of Meshuggah-
                                                                                   Nuns, Picnic, Antigone, You’re A Good Man,
                                                                                   Charlie Brown, and appropriately, this season’s
                                                                                   finale, Three Cornered Moon. Additionally, Black
The Importance of                                                                  Box Theatre productions, Video Showcase events,
being Ernest was                                                                   an emerging artist series, and theatre workshops
produced in 1948
(above) and in 2006.                                                               accentuate this monumental season.
                                                                                      The Masquers extend a call to all alumni to
                                                                                   participate in “Celebrate the Past, Celebrate the
                                                                                   Future,” the university’s 70th anniversary theatre
                                                                                   season, beginning August 2006. For more informa-
                                                                                   tion, contact Mario Incorvaia, arts marketing director,
                                                                                   at 912.921.5496.

                                                      Photo by Jennifer Incorvaia.

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Donors with a history                                                                               Don’t cry for him,
It is fitting that an annual scholarship in    tory.” Space added, “If you don’t under-
history would come from an organization        stand history, you don’t have anything.”
sharing a long history with the university.        Lisa White, an attorney with the U.S.            This year’s DAR scholarship winner,
    It was 1985. President Ronald Reagan       Army Corps of Engineers, explained that              Todd Allman, said he was grate-
met Mikhail Gorbachev for the first time.      the chapter conducts fundraising activi-
Nobel Prizes in literature went to Jean M.     ties among its members each year to per-             ful to the organization because the
Auel, for The Mammoth Hunters and Lee          petuate the $1,500 scholarship. She said             scholarship enabled him to travel
Iacocca for his autobiography. Savannah-       events have included both auctions and               outside the country for the first time.
ians were flocking to see Out of Africa, the   raffles at chapter meetings. Some of the             Allman, a senior history major, took
Best Picture Oscar winner. In baseball,        money is raised through direct contribu-
                                                                                                    a Study Abroad trip to Argentina
the Kansas City Royals won the World           tions.
Series.                                            Anyone may contribute to the DAR                 in August with one of his history
    It was also the year that the Savannah     American History Scholarship fund.                   professors, Michael Hall. Todd said
Chapter of the Daughters of the Ameri-         Call Gail Rountree at 912.927.5208 or                that while preparing for the for-
can Revolution (DAR) established the           go to             credit course, he took two prepara-
Hazelle B. Tuthill American History            development/annualfund.
                                                                                                    tory classes: one on the history of
Scholarship Fund at Armstrong State
College. Tuthill was a longtime history                                                             Argentina, and one on the country’s
teacher at Savannah High School and                                                                 culture. Allman was presented with
a former national vice president of the                                                             his check at the DAR Flag Day
DAR.                                                                                                ceremony in May.
    Mary Space, who helped establish the
scholarship, recalls that chapter mem-
bers wanted to honor Tuthill because                                                                Two-time winner
of her positive influence on generations                                                            April Duffie, a single mother of two,
of Savannah students. Space said about
structuring the scholarship, “We were                                                               won the DAR scholarship in 2003
looking for someone who loves history                                                               and 2004. “I didn’t
and is planning to teach or work in [the                                                            want to go into
                                               (From left) Todd Allman, Lisa White, Barbara
field of] history and provide guidance to      Victor, and Michael Hall, associate professor of     debt,” she said,
others who would pursue American his-          history. Victor represented her father-in-law, the   “so winning the
                                               late Jules Victor, Jr., a scholarship benefactor.
                                                                                                    was wonderful

                                                              AAsU calling                          I didn’t have to
                                                                                                    take a part-time job.”
                                                         AASU students will be                      She adds that the late Dr. Jules
                                                         reaching out to alumni from                Victor, Jr. was a big contributor to
                                                         October 8 to November 5.
                                                                                                    the scholarships she won.
                                                         Please greet them with a
                                                         friendly word and respond as                   She graduated in December 2005
                                                         generously as possible with                and is now a graduate student in
                                                         your annual gift. All gifts,               American history at Armstrong
                                                         large or small, are appreci-               Atlantic. She is a graduate assistant
                                                         ated and are used to fill
                                                         the immediate needs of                     at the Mighty Eighth Air Force
                                                         the university. For more                   Museum.
information go to:                            Duffie is very appreciative of the
                                                                                                    DAR and its membership. “The
                                                                                                    ladies were very supportive and
    A Report to the Donors                                                                          interested in what I am doing. It’s
    A Report to Donors from The Armstrong Atlantic State University Foundation                      nice when there’s a big organization
    was mailed during July 2006. The AASU Foundation would like to express                          that is this interested in history.”
    gratitude for all gifts. In error, Julianna Williams was omitted from the report.
    The Melaver family and Dr. and Mrs. Donald C. Starr were incorrectly listed.
    If you have questions concerning this report, please call 912.927.5263.

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September 22, 2006                              in 70 customized math and science               exploration through the African-Ameri-
Genes, memes, evolution and the                 professional development programs,              can servicewomen’s eyes of such issues
technologies of Information                     connected over 1,000 teachers through           as health and child care, sexism/sexual
Jack Simmons, Philosophy                        learning communities, supported 27              harassment, racism, religion, military
In 1976, Richard Dawkins famously               teacher and faculty investigators through       promotions, career advancement, and
suggested that a new kind of gene had           educational research grants, touched            views on serving in combat zones.
recently emerged, the cultural gene. He         parent groups, and engaged with the
called the cultural gene a meme and de-         community. In this presentation, the            March 23, 2007
scribed memes as units of cultural trans-       midpoint impact of PRISM will be                communication Sciences and Disorders
mission. In this presentation, Simmons          shared by the participating teachers and        providing the ritecare
will discuss the contemporary work in           faculty. Learn of results such as increased     Donna Brooks, Communication Sciences
memetic theory and its basis in Dawkins’        student achievement and newly formed            and Disorders
gene’s eye-view theory. In the gene’s eye-      cross-college collaboratives.                   The program in speech language pathol-
view theory of natural selection, evolu-                                                        ogy has been a part of Armstrong since
tion occurs for the sake of the gene-line,      January 19, 2007                                1971. Like the university, it has experi-
not the organism or the species.                Natural Disasters                               enced growth, moving from the College
                                                Tom Howard, History                             of Education to the College of Health
October 20, 2006                                A great theme of geography is the inter-        Professions. The department offers both
are We prepared for pandemic bird Flu?          action of human society and natural en-         bachelor’s and master’s degrees and is
AASU Interdisciplinary Bird Flu Group*          vironment. Nowhere is this interaction          accredited by the American Speech
In 1997, 18 Hong Kong residents became          more dramatic than in “natural disas-           Language Hearing Association. An
infected with the H5N1 virus, creating          ters.” The very term is a misnomer: there       integral component of the master’s level
the first documented outbreak of the            are no purely natural disasters, or if there    training is the clinical education of
highly pathogenic “bird flu” in humans.         are, we never hear of them. The reason          students. Since 1998 the department has
This sounded a global alarm. What will          events like the Indian Ocean tsunami            provided speech-language pathology ser-
happen if H5N1 mutates into a form that         and Hurricane Katrina grip our imagina-         vices to the campus, Savannah/Chatham
can spread from person to person? Are           tions is because they have such an impact       and surrounding communities. These
we—as countries and communities—                on human societies and because they             services provide our students opportuni-
ready to combat the bird flu? How will          reveal the frailties and follies of those so-   ties to apply theory to actual clients un-
a pandemic impact health care, schools,         cieties in a way nothing else can. In this      der the direction of licensed and certified
businesses, legal systems, and local and        lecture Howard will revisit a few choice        clinicians.
national economies? Many scholars               disasters and see what they can tell us.
predict this isn’t a matter of “if” but a                                                       April 13, 2007
question of “when,” and effective solu-         February 16, 2007                               rolling the bones: using risk and
tions most likely will be interdisciplinary     marching as to War: personal Narratives         Intent to Determine body boundaries
in scope and implementation.                    of african american Women’s Gulf                Leigh Rich, Health Sciences
                                                War experiences                                 Innovations in biotechnology call into
*David Adams, Rhonda Bevis, Kathryn
                                                Liz Desnoyers-Colas, Art, Music & Theatre       question what it means to be an indi-
Craven, Sean Eastman, Mark Finlay,
Sabrina Hessinger, Frank Katz, Mike Mahan,      Since the American Revolutionary War,           vidual. This “new biology” helps shape
Pam Mahan, Rod McAdams, L.E. Rich,              African-American women have served              societal boundaries that delimit what is
Laura Greene Smith, and Helen Taggart.          in every military conflict in the United        and is not “us” and determines what level
(A collaborative group involving all colleges   States. Despite this patriotic feat, there is   of decision-making authority we have
and schools on campus.)                         a dearth of published empirical research        within the medical encounter. These are
                                                regarding African-American military             not simple answers, as the Terri Schiavo
November 10, 2006                               servicewomen, especially about Gulf War         case demonstrated. Who decides when
Impact of prISm: concrete results in            service experiences.                            to “pull the plug?” Who has control
our schools, for our teachers, on our              This lecture features in-depth oral          over transplantable organs? What should
campus & in our community                       history interviews with 25-50 African-          be done with unused frozen embryos?
Sabrina Hessinger, Mathematics                  American women from all branches of             Does genetic information belong to the
                                                the U.S. military who have served in            individual? As bodies become more use-
Since its inception, PRISM (Partnership
                                                the Gulf from Operation Desert Shield/          ful, the courts are often asked to decide
for Reform in Science and Mathematics)
                                                Storm to the present Gulf conflict. These       when—and if—our bodies belong to us.
has involved 1,500 public school teachers
                                                detailed narratives are part of a proposed

All lectures will be held in University Hall 156 at 12:10 p.m.
and are free and open to the public.
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c n
class notes
Norton m. melaver ’44 of Melaver, Inc.
was recently awarded Southface Insti-
tute’s prestigious Argon Award for vision-
ary stewardship of the environment.

J. Daniel Falligant ’63 was named a
Georgia Super Lawyer in the March 2006
issue of Atlanta Magazine. Falligant has
practiced law in Savannah since 1968,
                                               robin anderson boaen ’82, after 20
                                               years as a dental hygienist, has joined
                                               Keller Williams Realty as a full service
                                               real estate professional specializing in fine
                                               islands property. She is a member of the
                                               Georgia and National Board of Realtors
                                               and the Savannah Board of Realtors.

                                               catherine Jarman ’84 was featured in
                                               the Savannah Morning News for her sea
                                               shell collection that includes thousands
                                               of shells. She will be featured in Oprah
                                               Winfrey’s magazine O at Home and has
                                               advised a variety of television shows.
                                                                                               wife Ellen and sons Josh, 15, and Zach,
                                                                                               13. He is the founder and owner of the
                                                                                               Elkins Park Dental Group.

                                                                                               Karen clark panzitta, m.D. ’84, a prac-
                                                                                               ticing radiologist, has recently opened a
                                                                                               new imaging practice in Savannah. Her
                                                                                               practice is dedicated to breast imaging
                                                                                               and bone density studies for women, and
                                                                                               is called Breast Imaging of Savannah,
                                                                                               LLC. Panzitta was previously affiliated
                                                                                               with Radiologists of Savannah and with
                                                                                               Memorial Health’s radiology department.

specializing primarily in the areas of                                                         Shari matz Welch ’88 is the educational
commercial and residential real estate         michael S. matz, DmD ’84 recently               core director for the Boys & Girls Club
law. He served as a governor of the State      placed in the top 25 in two events in the       in Boca Raton, FL. She graduated from
Bar of Georgia for 24 years, and three         U.S. Masters Swimming National Short            the American Academy of Dramatic Arts
years on the executive committee of the        Course Championship in Ft. Lauderdale,          in New York, and is a member of the
real estate section of the State Bar. As a     FL. In 2006, he hopes to compete in the         Screen Actors Guild. She is currently
lecturer for the real estate section, he has   FINA World Championships in Stanford,           being represented by the Wilhemina
had portions of his materials published in     CA. Matz lives in Pennsylvania with his         Miami agency in the media division of
a real estate paralegal textbook.                                                              TV, film, and print.
                                                                                                                      continued on page 14
Daniel r. Sims ’68 has affiliated with
the First National Bank of Savannah as
its new client relations officer.                Taggart named Distinguished Alumnus for 2006
                                                 Savannah attorney Tom Taggart ’69,

Gary cartee ’74 is vice president of sales
                                                 a veteran of 34 years in the courtroom,
                                                 received the Distinguished Alumnus
                                                 Award for 2006.
for Derst Baking Company.                            The award is presented annually by
                                                 the AASU Alumni Association to the
patricia Singleton reese ’78 has been            alumnus whose career and community
elected to a new three-year term on the          achievements have brought honor and
board of directors of the Propeller Club         recognition to the university.
of Savannah.                                         Taggart’s collegiate career spans two
                                                 different phases of the university’s
patricia (patti) thompson ’78 is with            history. He began his studies in 1962,
Sea Island Bank on its commercial                when Armstrong was a junior college.
banking team. She serves as president            After a stint in the military and a year
of the Savannah Community Regional               as a police officer, he resumed his
Capital Fund and as a board member of            studies at Armstrong State, which
the Coastal Area District Development            by then was a four-year college.              Tom Taggart (left) receives his award from
Authority.                                           Taggart studied law at the University Mark Worsham, outgoing alumni president.
                                                 of Georgia School of Law and returned

Jesse Irene pennington ’81, ’93 retired
                                                 to Savannah to launch his legal career. He started out doing criminal defense work
                                                 and moved on to civil litigation. He also served four years in the Georgia General
with the rank of major after 31 years                He is board certified in civil trial advocacy by the National Board of Trial Advoca-
with Savannah-Chatham Metro Police               cy, an Advocate with the American Board of Trial Advocacy, and a Diplomat with the
Department in 2005. In June 2005 she             American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys. He is a member of the local, state
began her new career as chief of police          and national bar associations and numerous other professional organizations, including
for the Town of Thunderbolt.                     the Melvin Belli Society.

                                                                                                            compass Fall 2006 • [ 13 ]
                                               tania metzger cole ’99 owns and oper-       National-Gottesman, Inc., an inter-
michelle O’Donnell aenchbacher ’91,
                                               ates her own dance studio, Sassy Steps
                                               School of Dance and Baton, in Rincon,
                                                                                           national marketer for pulp and paper.

                                               GA. While a student at Armstrong            mia crumbley ’01 has joined the staff of
’96 was named co-Teacher                       Atlantic, she was captain of the school’s   RE/Max Professionals.
of the Year for Savannah-Chatham               dance team and choreographed dances
County Public Schools with                     for their performances and competitions.    amy Limpert ’02 has taken an advertis-
heather bloom hernandez ’00.                   Her website is www.sassystepsschoolof       ing job with Longwater & Company.
Jennifer paige conner Dickey ’91 is                                                        carla a. tavares ’02 is a high school
the principal at Rincon Elementary
                                               ’00s	                                       teacher in Boston, MA. She is also seek-
School in Effingham County, effective                                                      ing a master’s in forensic psychology at
June 2006. Following graduation from                                                       American International College.
Armstrong State, she earned both a             heather bloom hernandez ’00 was
master’s and a doctorate in education.         named co-Teacher of the Year for Savan-
                                                                                           Sarah boisvert ’04 is currently working
                                               nah-Chatham County Public Schools
                                                                                           on her Master’s of Public Health at St.
Dana boyd ’94 is the owner and                 with michelle O’Donnell aenchbacher
                                                                                           Louis University School of Public Health
president of the International Center for      ’91, ’96.
                                                                                           in Missouri. Additionally, she is working
Leadership and Coaching. She is also                                                       as a research assistant in infectious dis-
founder and board chair for the Mil-           Irina m. tedrick ’00 completed her
                                                                                           eases at Washington University School
lionaire Women’s Club which is actively        master’s degree in 2003 from the Uni-
                                                                                           of Medicine.
involved in community service, includ-         versidad de Salamanca in Spain. She
ing Habitat for Humanity’s project of a        teaches Spanish at Benedictine Military
                                                                                           pat riley ’04 was promoted to project
house being built by women.                    School and Savannah State University as
                                                                                           associate director of admissions at South
                                               an adjunct faculty member.
                                                                                           University. He is responsible for the
chyrileen Kilcrease ’97 was the featured                                                   recruitment of new students, managing
speaker at Metter High School’s Black          ying Ge andrews ’01 and her husband
                                                                                           admissions, and advising students.
History Month program in February              tim andrews ’01 had lunch recently
2006. She is a part-time staff nurse and       with Alumni Director Patty Parker while
                                                                                           Latashia thomas ’04 has joined the
supervisor at Candler County Hospital,         she was on an AASU-sponsored trip to
                                                                                           sales team at Weichert Realtors-Prestige
an associate professor of nursing at           New York City. They are expecting a
Middle Georgia College, and serves as          second child at the end of 2006. Ying
council member and mayor pro tem for           works for Westchester County develop-
                                                                                           Daniela Salas ’05 is working towards
the City of Metter.                            ing software applications to monitor the
                                                                                           her Master’s of Public Health at Geor-
                                               criminal activity of convicted offenders.
                                                                                           gia State University. She was awarded
                                               Tim is a systems analyst at Central
                                                                                           a graduate research assistantship and is
                                                                                           assigned to CIFAL Atlanta. CIFAL is the
                                                                                           North American affiliate of the Decen-
                                                                                           tralized Cooperation Network of the
                                                                                           United Nations Institute for training and
                    mary ellen Donatelli named Outstanding                                 research. She manages the City AIDS
                                                                                           Americas program which is the HIV/
                    staff member of the Year                                               AIDS initiative of CIFAL in Atlanta.
                      Mary Ellen Donatelli, senior secretary for the Department of
                                                                                           Kristen vonWaldner ’05 was promoted
                      Early Childhood Education, was selected the 2006 Outstand-
                                                                                           to showroom manager at La Belle Maison.
                      ing Staff Member of the Year. The award is given annually
                      to recognize full-time hourly staff members for their valuable       Joel p. Worth ’05 recently wrote an ar-
                      contributions to the university.                                     ticle, “A Mid-Life crisis, barefoot style,”
                          In making the presentation, AASU President Thomas Z.             for The Tybee News detailing his decision
                      Jones said, “According to the faculty and staff with whom she        to return to school as a nontraditional
                      works, ‘she is the glue that holds the department together.’”        student. He had been working as a chef
    Donatelli is instrumental in the planning and preparation of the annual Week           for more than 20 years before deciding
                                                                                           he wanted something different. After
of the Young Child, serves as chair of the College of Education Hospitality Com-
                                                                                           much soul-searching, and the end of his
mittee, and helps organize the Coastal Georgia Center for Economic Education               unemployment insurance, he decided to
summer workshops.                                                                          go to college where he ended up as an
    Donatelli also serves on the Staff Orientation and Career Advancement Task             English major in the Honors Program
Force, played an active role in the creation of the new employee welcome bags,             and graduated magna cum laude. Now 45,
and is a member of AASU’s new employee welcome team.                                       he is married and enjoying a new career
                                                                                           as an elementary school teacher.

[ 14 ] •
engagements                                    their 50th wedding anniversary on
                                               June 23, 2006. They met because of an       Alumni
Dondi Isbell ’03 to wed Joel Mock
elizabeth hamilton ’05 to wed Troy
                                               article Robert read on Marguerite in an
                                               Armstrong alumni newsletter that said       Association
Funk, September 9, 2006
april N. moye ’05 to wed Stephen
                                               how much she liked to dance. Robert
                                               was so intrigued that he called and asked
                                                                                           Elects Officers
Perry Downing, November 18, 2006               her out.
                                                                                           The AASU Alumni Association
                                                                                           elected officers for the 2006-2007

mary byerly Nickens ’04 married
                                               Sheila pierce cobb ’37, February 17,
                                                                                           academic year at its annual meeting.

Charlie Robert Rice on December 3,             2006                                        Dodie Gay ’83,
2005                                           elizabeth cobb Zirkle ’37, May 26,          president, is a
mary Wilborn ’04 married adam Lee              2005                                        consultant with
’02 on February 18, 2006.                      mamie Guest heery ’38, February 21,         Enviro-Assets, LLC,
Stephanie Ogle ’05 married John James          2006                                        a company that
Schuyler III on June 10, 2006.                 Irving Sklansky ’42, January 12, 2006       advises industry on
elizabeth ernst ’06 married Jeremey            Shirley Fennel eason ’44, February 7,       environmental issues.
Davis on June 24, 2006.                        2006
                                               Sister betty Walsh ’47 (Mildred Eliza-

additions                                      beth Walsh) aka Sister M. Charlene,                        Spencer hoynes ’70,
                                               May 8, 2006                                                  president-elect, is
                                               Jacqueline cooke Sprole ’54, April 4,                         a retired assistant
rhonda Gordy Flathman ’99 and hus-
                                               2004                                                          commissioner
band Christian: Josie Grace born in 2005
                                               alfred thomas baker, Jr. ’56,                                 of labor for the
carla a. tavares ’02 and husband:
                                               August 14, 2005                                               Georgia Depart-
Lucas, September 27, 2005
                                               Jesse ray reese ’58, March 10, 2006                          ment of Labor.
Kristan Ferguson Fretwell ’05 and hus-
band Sean r. Fretwell ’04: Forrest Sean        richard “ric” Newby ’74, August 3,
Gray, April 9, 2006                            2005
                                               brenda Stevens ’75, April 2, 2006
                                               peggy ann Ginn tuten ’79, April 14,
ruth Klingon barragan ’40 and Frank
                                               robert charles Galen ’82, May 29,
                                                                                           Kevin Fitzmaurice
                                                                                           ’99, ’02, vice
                                                                                           president, is a
barragan ’38 celebrated their 65th wed-        betsy h. Daniell ’89, March 19, 2005        material analyst
ding anniversary on May 10, 2006.              Joyce brannen Nettles ’90, April 17,        with Georgia Power.
marguerite Storer redmond ’45 and              2006
robert L. redmond ’47 celebrated

                                                                                                          Sandra Jones ’64, ’98,
                                                                                                             secretary, is
   A health club for the brain                                                                                the human
                                                                                                              resources admin-
   AASU is forming a Lifelong Learning Institute (LLI) for Chatham County                                     istrator for the
   adult learners (ages 50 and older). The institute, part of a growing movement                            City of Savannah.
   across North American college campuses, will incorporate the intellectual
   curiosity, experience, and vitality of the area’s mature people. Offering lectures,
   discussion groups, seminars, special presentations, and cultural events, the LLI
                                                                                           patty parker ’92, ’95,
   is directed by its students. A few of the classes that will be offered this fall
   are: The History of Savannah, Watercolor Painting, The Expressive Power of              secretary and
   Great Music, and Bringing the Great Art Masterpieces to Life. Classes begin on          director, is director
   October 3. For more information on the LLI, call the Office of Professional &           of alumni relations
   Continuing Education at 912.927.5322.                                                   at AASU.

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2005-06 Faculty service Awards presented
This spring, four distinguished faculty members were recognized for their outstanding service to the university, the community, their
academic disciplines, and to student life.

                            alumni award for                                                      award for Distinguished
                            Distinguished Faculty                                                 Faculty Service to the
                            Service to the academic                                               university
                            Discipline                                                            Dick Nordquist, a professor of Eng-
                             elwin tilson, a professor of radio-                                  lish and director of faculty develop-
                             logic sciences, has been a member of                                 ment and liberal studies, has been
                             the Armstrong faculty since 1982.                                    a member of the Armstrong faculty
                             During that time, he has served                                      since 1980. He has been instru-
                             as a program director and clinical                                   mental in establishing a number
                             coordinator, held positions at                                       of academic entities including the
                             local, state, and national levels for                                Writing Center, Liberty Center in
                             numerous academic organizations,                                     Hinesville, Web-based instruction,
and served as a visiting professor at universities ranging from       the Presidential Symposium on Teaching and Learning, the
Los Angeles to Kuwait. In addition, he has published a major          Teaching and Learning Center, the Master of Liberal and Profes-
textbook, two national board review manuals, and nearly 50            sional Studies program, the 62-Plus program, the Academic
articles in peer-reviewed journals.                                   Renewal program, and the weekend program.

                            award for Distinguished                                               h. Dean propst award
                            Faculty Service to the                                                  Nancy Remler, an associate profes-
                            community                                                               sor of English, has been a member
                               catharine powell, an associate pro-                                  of the Armstrong faculty since
                               fessor of nursing, has been a member                                 1992. She has taught heavy loads of
                               of the Armstrong faculty since 1991.                                 learning support composition and
                               She has served on more than two                                      advised hundreds of students who
                               dozen departmental, college, and                                     required special academic support.
                               university committees, and held                                      She is a core faculty member in
                               positions on numerous community                                      the Master of Liberal and Profes-
                               boards, including the board of the                                   sional Studies program and served
                               Chatham County Health Depart-                                        for several years as director of the
ment. For the past five years she’s served on the Georgia Public      Coastal Georgia Writing Project. Most recently, she served as
Health Nursing Practice and Education Workgroup. Powell has           co-director of the Honors Program. In 2004, she was designated
also volunteered with the homeless clinic at Emmaus House,            the Arthur M. Gignilliat, Jr. Professor of Teaching and Learning.
a site that serves as a service project for her community health      In that position she has designed numerous service projects and
nursing students.                                                     initiatives not only for her own students but for students across
                                                                      the campus.

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