Eight staff members graduated in the recent commencement ceremony held at the James Brown Arena: Scott Argo and Jody Wilson, admissions, received their Master of Public Administration degrees; Julie Gray, College of Education, received her Master of Education in Counseling degree; Margaret Anderson, Archaeology Lab, received her Bachelor of Arts in History; Tillman Russell, JagCard Office, received his Bachelor of Arts in Communications degree; Information Technology Services staff members Damon Armour and Gerry Hall received Master of Business Administration degrees, and Janice Deloach received a bachelor’s degree in Management Information Systems. Ms. Deloach’s degree was presented by her mother, Nicolette DeLoach, ITS. Several other faculty and staff members presented degrees to family members, among them Nancy Childers, president’s office, who made the presentation to her stepson; Jasper and Judy Cooke, public safety and president’s office respectively, presented to Ms. Cooke’s daughter; Amber Zimmerman, Career Center, presented her brother’s degree; Patricia Harris, human resources, presented to her daughter; Brent Gutierrez, chemistry & physics, presented to his daughter; President and Mrs. Bloodworth, to their son; Paulette Harris, College of Education, presented to her nephew; and Tim Sadenwasser, English and foreign languages, presented a degree to his daughter.
Lee Ann Caldwell, interim director of the Center for the Study of Georgia History, received a 2008 Governor’s Award in Humanities on May 8 at the 23rd Annual Governor’s Awards in the Humanities luncheon in Atlanta. The award recognizes efforts of individuals and organizations to impact their communities through their work in humanities education for the public. Dr. Caldwell, currently chair of the Department of History at Georgia College and State University, will be returning to ASU during the summer.
Tom Crute, chemistry and physics, has been elected chair of the Faculty Policies Committee for 2008-09.
Kristin Casaletto, art, has a solo show, 88 Square Feet: The Art of the Large-Scale Woodcut, on exhibition at The Fire House Gallery in Louisville, Ga., through June 8. The work was supported by a grant from the Porter Fleming Foundation. She also had artwork accepted into the University of North Dakota, Fargo, Print Collection. Ms. Casaletto had work on display at Georgia College and State University in an exhibit called Inscribing Meaning: The Context of Text in Visual Art. She was also featured in a concept show at the Holter Museum of Art in Helena, Mont., in a show titled Speaking Volumes: Transforming Hate.
Jackson Cheatham, art, was the featured speaker May 9 in the Morris Museum’s Art at Lunch series. He spoke about his journey to abstraction, relating his own work to some works in the museum’s abstract art exhibit.
Rick Davis, communications and professional writing, performed at the Emerging Artists Theatre’s One Man Talking event in New York City on May 24. He wrote and performed the Sword Swallower’s Husband, a dark comic monologue in which a man at the edge of suicide remembers his life in the circus: his sword swallower wife, the Amazing Tattooed Man, his pet goat (Bucky), and his decision to end it all.
Josh Gregory, athletics, advanced to the U.S. Open sectional qualifying, after carding even-par 71 at Long Cove Golf Club, Hilton Head, S.C. Coach Gregory earned one of eight spots from a field of 114 players.
Sam Hardy, educational leadership, counseling, and special education, judged a fifth grade competition of We the People at Lake Forest Hills Elementary School on May 16. The students studied the U.S. Constitution as part of their social studies program and made group presentations covering different aspects of our Constitution.
Lillie Johnson and Walter Evans, English and foreign languages, have been named faculty marshals by the Faculty Policies Committee. The two professors replace Christopher Murphy, history, who retired this year.
Anthony Kellman’s, communications and professional writing, book of poetry, Limestone: An Epic Poem of Barbados, was released this month. It covers the whole span of Barbados history from the 1800s to Barbados present day.
Wayne Lord, educational leadership, counseling, and special education, was selected to participate in Participant–Centered Learning: A Workshop on Teaching by the Case Method to Prepare K-12 Education Leaders. The seminar will be held at the Harvard Business School.
Sharon Lorenti, nursing, was recognized with a Spirit of Nursing Award at the annual CSRA Nursing Showcase, held May 2 in Augusta. She was one of about 40 nurses selected for the honor from hospitals, doctors’ offices, and educational institutions.
Bill Nelson, Reese Library, delivered the second annual Charles Beard Memorial Lecture at the University of West Georgia during April titled Enhancing Student Achievement: Applying Standards and Assessment in the Library. Dr. Nelson has also been appointed parliamentarian of the Georgia Library Association, which is a board position of the GLA.
Saundra Reinke, political science and Master of Public Administration degree program, was recognized by the Girl Scouts as a Woman of Excellence. She and seven other women were honored for their contributions to the community within their profession during a May awards luncheon.
Therese Rosier, physical plant, made a presentation about the university to the Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering International on May 6.
Brian Rust, art, will have his installation artwork at the South Carolina Botanical Garden in Clemson featured on South Carolina ETV in the fall as part of the Touch the Earth documentary series. His art is titled Earthen Bridge and is both functional and sculptural, serving as both a passageway and a focal point.
Kathleen Trigg, communications and professional writing, was honored with a Golden Apple Award from WJBF-TV and other community sponsors. Ms. Trigg was one of 32 school teachers to be recognized for outstanding teaching and the only college professor to receive the distinction. The ceremony, held in May at the Maxwell Theatre, was taped for broadcast during May and will be rebroadcast on Sunday, June 15, at 3 p.m.
Hubert van Tuyll, history, anthropology, and philosophy, signed copies of his recent book on May 24 at Barnes & Noble in Augusta. Dr. van Tuyll and Dr. Jurgen Brauer, Hull College of Business, co-authored Castles, Battles, & Bombs: How Economics Explains Military History. The book, published by the University of Chicago Press, has been reviewed by the New York Sun and The Atlantic.com and was the Book of the Week on The Times Higher Education website.
Two administrators were honored previously with awards from the University System of Georgia. In the Chancellor’s Customer Service Recognition program, Dan Whitfield, vice president for business operations, was recognized for his leadership in the Customer Service Initiative. Therese Rosier, assistant vice president for plant operations, was honored with a Distinguished Service Award at the 12th Annual Facilities Officers Conference.
The graduating nursing class honored Melissa Williams, nursing, during its annual pinning ceremony May 9 at the Maxwell Theatre. Ms. Williams missed her own pinning ceremony when she graduated, and the class elected to present her with an ASU pin, making her an honorary member of the class.
Seretha Williams, English and foreign languages, has been elected Vice President of S.P.A.C.E., Richmond County’s parent support group for the Georgia Association for Gifted Children.
Four faculty and staff members in the College of Education were honored at their annual end of the year luncheon that was held May 2. Dr. Richard Harrison, dean, presented the following awards: Faculty Research Award—Dr. Thomas Deering; Faculty Service Award—Dr. Paulette Harris; Outstanding Teaching Award—Dr. Wayne Lord; and Staff Excellence Award—Ms. Rosemary Grimm.
U.S. Army Col. Michele Goddett will be leaving ASU July 7 after serving four years as chair of the Department of Military Science. Her new assignment will be at the U.S. Army Training Center at Ft. Eustis, Va. Col. Goddett received a promotion earlier in the year, making ASU among the few elite institutions in the nation to have this rank as head of its ROTC program. Traditionally, only institutions such as the Citadel, West Point, etc., have this rank as professors of military science. Major Karen Roe, a Signal Officer, will be arriving at ASU on June 10 as Col. Goddett’s replacement.
In the News
The following faculty and staff appeared as a source for the media in print, television, or radio:
Paul Harris, political science—Augusta Chronicle, about high school competition on government issues; NBC Augusta, about Hillary Clinton vs. Barack Obama.
Steve Weiss, history, anthropology, and philosophy—NBC Augusta, on lawmaker’s possible conflict of interest
Hubert van Tuyll, history, anthropology, and philosophy — The Augusta Chronicle, signing at Barnes & Noble of his and Dr. Jurgen Brauer’s book Castles, Battles, & Bombs: How Economics Explains Military History.
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