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c mpass Award winning fall 2 0 0 6 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 campaign. 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 Office of University Relations with assistance from the Office of External Affairs. Center for Justice Barry J. OstrOw Administration Editor and principal writer Wins National Award JOan LehOn Wynn Sullivan (left), director of the Designer 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 ] • www.armstrong.edu 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, 2006 The kitchen is a flood-damaged 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 ] • www.armstrong.edu Profile in Leadership: AliCe ADAms A 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; armstrong.edu. The website for Give for Soon there was a coordinating com- L.E. Rich, an assistant professor of public the Gulf is www.Katrina.armstrong.edu. 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. pickinupthepieces.org. compass Fall 2006 • [ 5 ] A year of giving for the Gulf A Katrina diary (continued from page 4) September 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. march 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 ] • www.armstrong.edu L 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, WTOC-TV, WSAV-TV, and WJCL-TV 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 armstrong.edu, www.pickinupthepieces.org, two weeks I’ll have clocked in) is physi- offered both Armstrong Atlantic and me or www.campcoastaloutpost.org. 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: remembered 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. [ 8 ] • www.armstrong.edu 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.” F 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 compass Fall 2006 • [ 9 ] 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. theater. 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. [ 10 ] • www.armstrong.edu 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.” Argentina 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 www.externalaffairs.armstrong.edu/ 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. scholarship was wonderful because 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: www.externalaffairs.armstrong.edu/development/annualfund. 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. compass Fall 2006 • [ 11 ] 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. [ 12 ] • www.armstrong.edu c n class notes ’40s Norton m. melaver ’44 of Melaver, Inc. was recently awarded Southface Insti- tute’s prestigious Argon Award for vision- ary stewardship of the environment. ’60s 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, ’70s 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 ’80s 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 Assembly. 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- ’90s 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. dance.com. 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 Properties. 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 ] • www.armstrong.edu 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 marriages mary byerly Nickens ’04 married passings 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, anniversaries ruth Klingon barragan ’40 and Frank 2006 robert charles Galen ’82, May 29, Kevin Fitzmaurice ’99, ’02, vice president, is a 2006 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, treasurer/recording 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 corresponding 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. compass Fall 2006 • [ 15 ] 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. Office of external affairs NON-PROFIT ORG. Armstrong Atlantic State University U.S. POSTAGE PAID 11935 Abercorn Street SAVANNAH, GA Savannah, Georgia 31419-1997 PERMIT NO. 380 www.armstrong.edu aDDreSS ServIce reQueSteD
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