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Dr. Karen Henricks did research in College Park, Md. and Washington D.C. which was funded by a Faculty Research Grant from the University.

The enrollment in the Art Department for the Fall 2002 semester reflects a 60% increase in Art Majors in the last four semesters. Two Art majors graduated in August 2002.


Zhou, Gang, LaJoyce H. Debro, Xianglan Y. Hood. 2001. Exclusive PCR with denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis: A new approach to identify novel alleles. Journal of the Alabama Academy of Sciences 72:215-229.

Al-Hamdani, S. H., and T. S. Thomas. 2001. Influence of Root chilling on winter and Spring Wheat Growth and CO2 Assimilation. Acta Agriculture Scandinavia (B). 50:149-154.

Al-Hamdani, S. H, P. Brent Nichols, and George R. Cline. 2002 Seasonal Changes in The Spectral Properties of Mountain Laurel (Kalmia latifolia L., Ericaceae) in North East Alabama. Castanea 67(1):25-32.

Gang Zhou, LaJoyce H. Debro and Xinglan Hood presentation was awarded the E.B. Carmichael Award for the most outstanding paper published in the Journal of the Alabama Academy of Sciences.

Dr. Olander received 2 grants from the Choccolocco Conservation Trust for $340.00 and $569.00, to assist with student research. Paul Rogers (Dr. Cline - chair), John Moser (Drs. Romano and Cline - co-chairs), Julie Cavender (Dr. Romano - chair), Cynthia Littlejohn (Dr. Meade - chair), Joshua Olander (Dr. Meade - chair) completed their Master's Degrees.

Dr. Blair served as a National Science Foundation Grant Reviewer at the July CCLI grant review process in Washington, DC.

Dr. Debro attended the Undergraduate Education Conference for Microbiologists and the National Conference of the American Society of Microbiologists in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Dr. Meade is the chair of the 2003 Alabama Academy of Science local arrangements committee. JSU will host the AAS annual meeting in March 2003.

Dr. Mead hosted Alabama Academy of Science executive committee meeting at JSU.

Christa Collins, an undergraduate student working with Dr. Olander, received Alabama Legacy's Environmental Scholarship for $2,000.00.

Dr. Rayburn taught a one-week workshop at Northwestern Louisiana State University entitled "Developmental Toxicity of Copper, Chromium and Aluminum using the Shrimp Embryo Teratogenesis Assay."

Loretta Weninegar completed her Master's Degree.

The Biology Department completed vegetation ecology search - hired Dr. Robert Carter. Dr. Cline chaired the search committee.

Dr. Cline and Romano presented a program to Academe on innovative classes.

Dr. Cline assisted the Anniston Museum of Natural History with Herp Fest.

Dr. Cline presented "Frogs of Alabama" to DeSoto State Park.

Drs. Blair and Cline had a poster entitled "Teaching Undergraduates Grantsmanship: Student Peer Review of Grant Proposals" at the 2002 annual American Society of Microbiologists National Meeting.

Criminal Justice

Dr. Gordon A. Crews, Associate Professor and Head; Study Abroad Program in the UK ~ 1 of 3 Faculty Directors; elected 2nd Vice President of Southern Criminal Justice Association; submitted program evaluation proposal for $205,000 grant with State of Alabama Governor's Office (New Statewide Substance Abuse Program).

Dr. Georgia Smith: Completed a course, Basics of Grant Writing, Appalachian School for Alcohol & Other Drug Studies, JSU.

Dr. Rick Davis, Associate Professor: CJ Study Abroad Program in the UK ~ 1 of 3 Faculty Directors.

Dr. Randal Wood, Associate Professor: Lectured at Northeast Alabama Police Academy.

Dr. Bob Evans: CJ Study Abroad Program in the UK ~ 1 of 3 Faculty Directors; completed work on a $5,600 contract from the Office of the Sheriff of Calhoun County, which was matched with $6000 from JSU. Submitted application for a 3-year, $600,000 grant (awaiting decision).

Mr. Dean Buttram, Community Liaison Manager completed undergraduate brochure and graduate brochure. Revamped internship program; created a generalized departmental letter to respond to inquiries about department (both undergraduate and graduate levels). Coordinated three internships at the federal level: (a.) 2 - United States Secret Service; (b.) 1 - Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms. Created a Departmental Forensic Investigation Lab. Currently Teaching CJ456-Homicide Investigation.


Mr. Ward attended the U. S. Institute for Theatre Technology conference in North Carolina.


Gena Christopher served on the planning committees for the Writers Bowl and On the Brink Writers' Conference. With Judy McKibbin, she initiated the Millstream Symposium: A Look at the Literature of the Contemporary South. She introduced four of the eight unpublished writers at the readings held February 8, 2002. She continues to write book reviews for The Anniston Star and to serve as emcee for the Faculty Scholars' Bowl, which Sigma Tau Delta sponsored.

Randall Davis was the discussion leader for the 11th annual Literature and Medicine Retreat sponsored by the Alabama Chapter of the American College of Physicians/American Society for Internal Medicine. Works discussed included Robertson Davies' novel The Cunning Man, Margaret Edson's play Wit, poetry by John Donne, and stories by I.B. Singer. His essay "Firewater and the Frontier Romance: James Fenimore Cooper and Indian Nature" was reprinted in Nineteenth Century Literature Criticism, Vol. 104. Dr. Davis also was a team member for the Faculty Scholars' Bowl and directs the Writers' Bowl.

Carmine Di Biase delivered his paper, "Source Studies Revisited: Robert Greene and the Case of Gwyndonius", at Laval University in Quebec City, Canada. His article, "Robert Greene's Euphuism and Uses of Falseness", has been accepted for publication this summer in a volume of essays on fraud, forgeries, and falseness in literature, planned by the University of Rouen. He published six book reviews in journals dedicated to Italian studies, three in Forum Italicum and three in Italica. Robert Felgar has agreed to provide a 3000-word entry on Richard Wright for African American Playwrights: A Sourcebook, to be published by Greenwood Press in 2004.

Jennifer Ferrell Foster began teaching two sections of English 098 for the ESL student in the Fall Semester. Most students in these classes are from the International House on campus. She hopes other composition classes will be tailored to the needs of ESL students. She presented a workshop entitled "Teaching the ESL Student: Going Global in Your Classroom" at the 2002 WIT Conference.

Joanne Gates, who maintains the English Department's Web Site, had her poem Haiku Hamlet selected for posting on bardcentral.com. She delivered two papers: "Teaching Titus as a Way to Examine Shakespeare's Evolution of the Tragic Form" at the Mid-Atlantic Popular/American Culture Conference in Silver Springs, MD, and "Re-Drowning Ophelia: The Representation of Female Disintegration in Recent Films of Hamlet" at the Popular Culture Association of the South Conference in Atlantic Beach, FL. At the WIT Conference she presented, with Deborah Prickett, a workshop, "Your Next Publication May Be in Your Desk Drawer." She chaired The Friends of the Houston Cole Library, which hosted author Debi Holmes-Binney and, for the JSU Festival of the Arts, lecturer Pam Kingsbury, who presented Books to Die For: The Mysteries of Anne George.

Margaret Griffin is serving on the Institutional Advancement (Section IV) Committee to prepare for the SACS site visit in Spring 2003. She was a member of the Search Committee for the 17th and 18th Century Literature positions in the English Department and served on the ACETA planning committee for the Spring Meeting at JSU in March 2002. She also was a team member for the Sigma Tau Delta Faculty Scholars' Bowl.

Gloria Horton was JSU Faculty Senate president this year and served on three campus-wide search committees that identified qualified candidates for Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs, Associate Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs, and Vice President of Institutional Advancement. She chaired the annual WIT Conference and the ACETA Conference, which JSU hosted this spring. In addition, she is currently president of the Alabama Council of Teachers of English and sponsors Sigma Tau Delta, the English honor society. She was also a team member for their Faculty Scholars' Bowl. Ms. Horton was a panelist on the Roundtable discussion "Measuring Up to the Challenge: Sharing Stories from Our Teaching Through Writing for Publication" at the NCTE national convention in Baltimore. She presented two workshops: "Writing---Where's the Fun in That?" at the Georgia Council of Teachers of English Conference and Finding the "Fun in Writing" for the Pell City School system. Ms. Horton also presented a 1 1/2 hour workshop for DeKalb County English/language arts teachers - "Variety is the Spice of (a Writer's) Life . . . Tips for Teaching Writing Using a Variety of Techniques" in Fort Payne, Alabama, on August 6, 2002.

William Hug presented a paper entitled "Blazing Saddles as Ethnic Carnival" at the 16th Annual Conference in Literature, Visual Arts, and/or Cinema in Atlanta in November, 2001. He reviewed Invited Guest: An Anthology of Twentieth Century Southern Poetry, eds. David Rigsbee and Steven Ford Brown, published by the University of Virginia Press.

John Jones served as Vice-President/President-Elect of the JSU Faculty Senate. As newly appointed Director of the College of Arts and Sciences Honors Program, he attended the National Collegiate Honors Council meeting in Chicago, the Alabama Honors Council meeting in Mobile, and the Southern Regional Honors Council meeting in Atlanta. His review of Romantic Poems, Poets, and Narrators by Joseph Sitterson, Jr. (Kent State UP, 2000) was published in the Fall 2001 issue of South Atlantic Review. Dr. Jones was granted tenure. On September 25, Dr. Jones was elected president of JSU's new chapter of Phi Kappa Phi, the national honor society. Phi Kappa Phi awards more than a half million dollars in scholarships and fellowships annually.

Rufus Kinney coordinated the Phi Eta Sigma Induction held April 3, inducting 91 new members, the second highest total ever. He appeared on the ABC Nightly News February 17, 2002, as a spokesperson for Families Concerned about Nerve Gas Incineration.

Stephanie Kirby served as coordinator of play reading for the Southern Playwrights' Competition (JSU's national playwrights' contest), editor of The WIT Newsletter, and faculty advisor for Sigma Phi Epsilon. She was also a faculty mentor for JSU's 2001 Orientation team. In the fall of 2001, she presented a review of Change Me into Zeus's Daughter, by Barbara Robinette Moss, to the Woman's Study Club of Wedowee, AL.

Judith McKibbin served on the WIT Committee and the On the Brink Committee. With Gena Christopher, she initiated "Millstream Symposium: A Look at the Literature of the Contemporary South" and introduced a group of the unpublished writers who read their works at the symposium. She served as a reader/judge for the Southern Playwrights' Competition. Ms. McKibbin published "Losing Aunt Eudora" in The Anniston Star as part of the Star's memorial to Ms. Welty in July. She continues to write book reviews for the Star as well.

Susan Methvin's poems, "Privet" and "ACT Scan" in July, were chosen by Grey Brown, Director of Literary Arts and Cultural Services, Duke University, for display at the Duke Medical Center in Durham, NC, as part of an exhibit for patients and visitors. Her poem "Breast Imaging" appears in ART/RAGE/US, a collection of writing and art that has been exhibited in New Orleans, Hong Kong, San Francisco, and Traverse City, MI. Amaryllis, the Alabama literary journal, published "April Wedding" and "Cheaha Mountain" in Volume 8, 2001.

David Myer wrote book reviews for The Anniston Star, and served as a reader/judge for the Southern Playwrights' Competition, Remembering the Holocaust student writers' contest, and the JSU Writers' Bowl this past year. He chaired a session at the WIT Conference and was a contestant in Sigma Tau Delta's Faculty Scholars' Bowl. He served on the Search Committee for the 17th and 18 Century Literature positions in the English Department. He participated in "Resumania", a resume workshop sponsored by JSU's Career Placement Services Department.

Deborah Prickett served as Vice-President/Membership of the Alabama Council of Teachers of English. She was co-presenter with Joanne Gates of "Your Next Publication May Be in Your Desk Drawer" at the WIT Conference.

Teresa Reed published online at http://web.english.ufl.edu/exemplaria her article "Overcoming Performance Anxiety: Chaucer Studio Products Reviewed." The article is to appear in the print version of Exemplaria in 2003, and Dr. Reed read the paper at the Annual Conference of the Southeastern Medieval Association in October, 2001, in New Orleans. She has signed a contract with the University of Wales Press to publish her book, Shadows of the Law: Understanding Images of the Virgin Mary in Medieval Texts, with an expected date of publication in 2003. She was also a contestant in Sigma Tau Delta's Faculty Scholars' Bowl. Dr. Reed received tenure this year and was promoted to associate professor.

Susan Sellers chaired the English Competency Committee and served as Director of the English Competency Exam. She also served on the Speech Committee, English 101-102 Committee, Advanced Writing Committee, and Phi Kappa Phi Committee, whose purpose is to establish a chapter of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society on the JSU campus. She served as the Middle School Contest Coordinator of the statewide Imagining the Holocaust Writing Contest. For four years she has been Faculty Advisor to Phi Mu Sorority and Academic Advisor to Alpha Omicron Pi Sorority.

Janet Smart was the pronouncer for the Calhoun County Spelling Bee, as she has been for a number of years. In the summer of 2001, she was a volunteer restorer of museum artifacts at the Berman Museum of World History in Anniston, where she helped restore historic cutting weapons.

Steven Whitton is a member of the Board of Directors of the Alabama Holocaust Commission and continues his work with the JSU Writers' Bowl, Imagining the Holocaust Education Project, the On the Brink Writers' Conference, and the Southern Playwrights' Competition. In the past year he reviewed nearly two dozen books, both locally and regionally. He appeared in Lanford Wilson's Talley's Folly. He is most proud, however, of co-authoring a stage adaptation of Robert Nye's The Late Mr. Shakespeare and of directing its world premiere on the stage of JSU's Stone Center for the Performing Arts.

Eugene Williams continues to teach Advanced Composition and Advanced Expository Writing, two courses that JSU's seriously aspiring writing students find essential.

Lisa Williams, Director of the JSU Writing Project and the Alabama Writing Project Network, presented "The Whole Is Greater Than the Sum of the Parts: The Invitational Summer Institute" at the annual meeting of the National Writing Project. She also presented, with Gloria Horton, "Measuring Up to the Challenge: Sharing Stories from Our Teaching Through Writing for Publication" at the National Council of Teachers of English Conference and "Solos and Choruses: Sustaining the Professional Development of Teachers" at the Rural Sites Conference of NWP. She published an article in The Voice, newsletter of the NWP. A member of the NWP New Sites and State Networks Leadership Teams, she co-directed a conference in Savannah, GA, for state network leaders from across the United States. She also secured a $28,000 grant for the JSUWP for 2002-2003.

Julia Wooster has served for the last three years as a member of the Executive Committee of the Gamecock Club and, for two years, as the recording secretary of the Club. She is the unofficial social chairperson of the English Department, planning and hosting parties and luncheons, keeping the flower fund solvent, and tracking our birthdays. In May 2002, she taught a course entitled Detective Fiction, which she planned and created.

History and Foreign Languages

The History Department continues to work with the Calhoun County School System to explore ways to teach history using local resources. This program, known as Learning America's Story Through Interesting New Genres (LASTING), is funded by a three-year grant from the U. S. Department of Education.

Dr. George Lauderbaugh:

During the first two weeks in June he conducted guided tours of historic sites in Alabama and Tennessee for a group of Calhoun County teachers under the LASTING grant. Spoke to the Anniston Rotary Club. Has been invited to present a lecture at an academic symposium sponsored by his alma mater, Davis & Elkins College. The annual symposium honors alumni who have distinguished themselves in their chosen fields and the professors who served as their mentors during their undergraduate years. Dr. Lauderbaugh's lecture on "Using History to Promote Cultural Understanding between America and the Americas" will focus on the importance of Latin America to the United States and will honor the Dr. Thomas R. Ross endowed chair in history.

Dr. Russel Lemmons:

Recently returned from six weeks of research in Germany under the auspices of the German Academic Exchange Program. Participated in a one-week seminar on Nazi Concentration Camps through grant from the U. S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Dr. Suzanne Marshall:

Her book, "Lord, We're Just Trying to Save Your Water": Environmental Activism and Dissent in the South has been published by the University of Florida Press.

Dr. Harvey H. Jackson:

Published "Mobile Since 1945" in Mobile: The New History of Alabama's First City (University of Alabama Press). Published "White Supremacy Triumphant: Democracy Undone" in A Century of Controversy: Constitutional Reform in Alabama (University of Alabama Press). Serving on the Board of Advisors for the Museum of Alabama History that is being built as part of the expansion of the Alabama Department of Archives and History. Appointed to the Steering Committee of the new Encyclopedia of Alabama. Evaluator for the LASTING program, and presented on Alabama history for the teachers. Made presentations on Southern Religion to the Anniston Presbyterian Church. Joined the Editorial Board of The Anniston Star. Responsibilities include a weekly column on Alabama and the South.

Dr. Michael Morris:

Published an article in Ulster American History Journal and an article in the Georgia Historical Quarterly.

Dr. Howard Miller:

Published "Confederates in Brazil" in History Magazine.

Mathematical, Computing & Information Sciences

Dr. Guillermo Francia had a refereed paper accepted for presentation and publication at the 6th World Multi-conference on Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics, Orlanda, FL. Dr. Francia's paper, "Experimental Learning Through a Heterogeneous Computer Networking Laboratory," was selected as one of the best papers presented in the area of Broadband Networks and Network Architectures, Topologies and Protocols.

Dr. Thomas Leathrum presented a workshop on "Use of Java Applets in Calculus Classes", at the MAA MathFest and Project NExT Workshops, Burlington, VT. The workshop was given based on an invitation from MAA.

Dr. Mario Aguilar and Joshua New (Master's Degree student in our Computer Software and Systems Design program) had a refereed paper, "Fusion of Multi-Modality Volumetric Medical Imagery," accepted for presentation and publication at The Fifth International Conference on Information Fusion, Annapolis, MD. Joshua New made the presentation.

Aaron Garrett and Mario Aguilar B had a refereed paper, "A Recurrent Neural Network Approach to Virtual Environment Latency Reduction", accepted for presentation and publication at the International Joint Conference on Neural Networks, Honolulu, HI. Aaron Garrett made the presentation.


Last winter a 3-year plan to refurbish, restore and rebuild the Conn Model 20J tubas used by The Marching Southerners was begun. One third of the instruments will be completely rebuilt each year during the planned program. The Marching Southerners is the only band in the country to regularly march this instrument on the field.

Conn 20Js are large, heavy instruments that produce a rich, powerful, yet mellow and melodious tone that is not duplicated by current tubas on the market. The twenty 20Js currently marched by The Southerners form the basis for the uniquely rich foundation that is part of the signature sound for which The Marching Southerners are so justly famous. This model tuba has not been built for over thirty years and so restoration involved fabrication of new parts as well as restoration of the finish since parts are no longer available from the original instrument maker. The work was accomplished by Southeastern Instruments of Huntsville, a firm specializing in restoration of antique brass instruments and was the only company capable of handling an undertaking of this size.

The complexity of the job was daunting. Not only did the dents of 50 years of use have to be removed and straightened but often valve casings, lead pipes and other tubing had to be completely fabricated. Upon completion of the metal work, the first tuba was sent to Michigan to be re-silver plated. The metal in the instrument had been so worn and rebuilt over its lifetime that the silver plating proved unsatisfactory. Southeastern developed a patented paint and lacquer process, which was used to complete the refinishing process on the remaining instruments. While the bells of the horns were silver plated, the body of the instruments received the special process, which has rendered them virtually impervious to the corrosive effects of perspiration, dust and water.

The process chronicled in pictorial detail and with extra attention by Paul Sizemore A03, a Marching Southerner, who was apprenticed to Southeastern Instruments during the summer. Paul provided pictures of the progress. The eight 20J players fortunate enough to march the newly restored horns are enthusiastic not only about the improved sound and look of the horns but are also appreciative of the new ease in maintaining the polish and appearance of the instruments. At the conclusion of the 2003 marching season, plans are to send the next installment of instruments for restoration.

"Spirit of JSU" Drum and Bugle Corps ranks nationally in Top Ten. After a busy summer of traveling over 10,000 miles, which took "Spirit of JSU" from Texas to New England, "Spirit of JSU" placed tenth in the Drum Corps International (DCI) finals held in Madison, Wisconsin on August 10, 2002. "Spirit of JSU" is part of the national drum and bugle corps movement that is active throughout the year preparing for various competitive events during the summer.

Some of the participants who desire to receive college credit for this activity are able to do so by registering as JSU students. As well as offering college credit, JSU provides staff and logistical support for this activity, which brings the name of the University to an audience considerably beyond the boundaries of its usual core constituency.

Summer Explosion Program concludes successful year. The Summer Explosion Program operated by personnel from the University Bands Office ended its most successful season yet in terms of numbers served, low overhead and customer satisfaction. While the majority of outside groups using University facilities were high school bands, visiting groups also included ROTC units and dance troops. Summer Explosion staff coordinated all housing, facility use and dining service requests as well as provided 24 hour oversight for over 4,000 camp participants who visited and lived on the JSU campus this summer.

The Marching Southerners gave a triumphal performance at the JSU-MSU football game in Starkville, MS on September 14, 2002. Although MSU fans have a reputation for ignoring bands during the half time, the 60,000 fans at the ballgame gave The Southerners respectful quiet during their show and a standing ovation (accompanied by a din of ringing cowbells - usually reserved only for MSU achievements) at the conclusion.

Department Of Music Faculty presents first Faculty Recital to benefit the establishment of Legacy Scholarship. Members of the Music Faculty presented a performance on Sunday afternoon, September 15, 2002 in the Performance Center, Mason Hall to benefit the establishment of a Legacy Scholarship. The scholarship will be presented at next year's Faculty Recital. The scholarship recipient will be a Music Major in any class and preference will be given to a student who is the child of a JSU alumnus/a. JSU has a long history of alumni sending their children back to their Alma Mater to further their higher education goals and this Legacy Scholarship is an effort to recognize and strengthen these family ties with the institution. Faculty performers included Dr. Gail Steward, piano; Mr. Mark Brandon, clarinet; Dr. Samuel Brown, tenor; Dr. Wendy Channel, piano; Dr. Patricia Corbin, mezzo-soprano; Mr. Cameron Crotts, trumpet; Dr. Tony Logsdon, saxophone; Dr. Legare McIntosh, piano; Dr. John Merriman, trumpet, Dr. James Roberts, trombone; Mr. Tracy Tyler, percussion.

Physical and Earth Sciences

Bryan Burgess attended the Annual Alabama Water Resource Conference, Orange Beach, Alabama September 4-6. Presentation: "Near Cafo Water Quality Monitoring Supplementation by Aerial Photography and GIS Technology."

Jan Gryko

Paper: G.S. Nolas, C.A. Kendziora, J. Gryko, J. Dong, A. Poddar, C.W. Myles, and Otto F. Sankey Raman scattering study of stoichiometric Si and Ge type II clathrates (J. Appl. Phys., in print) Grants: RUI: Acquisition of Desktop X-ray diffractometer (NSF, $42,500).

Miriam Hill

Article: "Playing to Learn: World Wise", published August 2002 in Perspectives 30 (6):14. Cartographic work published in A Study of Paleoclimate and Shell Deposition at Archaeological Sites in the Mobile-Tensaw Delta of Southwest Alabama. Journal of Alabama Archaeology 2(47): 103-127. ("13a529 Bank Profile", "Site 1Ba529", "Site 1Ba175 Bank Profile", "Site 1Ba174 Bank Profile")

Keith Little

  • Article: A Study of Paleoclimate and Shell Deposition at Archaeological Sites in the Mobile-Tensaw Delta of Southwest Alabama. Journal of Alabama Archaeology 2(47): 103-127.
  • Contracts: Brindley Creek Bridge Replacement Survey, $3,338.00; Phase II Investigation of 1ET239, $18,403.44; Phase III Investigation of 1BT38 and1BT15, $140,791.80; Phase I Archaeology Survey in Anniston, AL, 950.00.
  • Archaeological Survey of the Douglas County Recreation Complex, $2,390.00; Cullman County Water Survey, $2,113.92.
  • Grant: The Historical Commission Wills Valley Survey in the amount of $9,800.
Al Nichols

Attended the NSF workshop on NMR: Fundamentals and Applications at the University of Georgia, July 8 B 12, 2002.

Blake Otwell

  • Contracted by Logan Martin Lake Protection Association to do water analysis on Logan Martin.
  • Presentation to a joint meeting of Coosa River Environmental groups, Pell City Civic Center on: "Formation of Satellite Labs Using EPA Protocols for Water Quality Monitoring".
  • The following grants were received: $1,000.00 from Sierra Club, $500.00 from For Ala, $500.00 from SMCC, $7,000.00 grant from Sierra Alabama, $12,000 from Alabama Geographic Alliance.
  • Attended Alabama Water Resource Conference at Orange Beach. Presentation: Near Cafo Water Quality Monitoring Supplementation by Aerial Photography and GIS Technology.
  • FOX 6 News regarding Sierra Press Release Communities at Risk, Zinn Park, Anniston, AL interviewed September 26.
David Steffy

  • Attended the Annual Alabama Water Resource Conference, Orange Beach, Alabama, Sept 4-6. Presentation: Laboratory Tests of Using Humic Acid as a Surfactant to Mobilize NAPL in a Sand Aquifer.
  • Attended the Compliance Assistance Workshop for Colleges and Universities Atlanta Georgia. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Laura Weinkauf

  • A talk entitled "Science Outreach Using a Revitalized Planetarium" at the 125th National meeting of the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT).
  • Gave two campfire talks at DeSoto State Park, entitled "Summer Stars" and "Moon Views."
  • As part of the ESTEEM Eisenhower grant in the College of Education, gave a planetarium show titled "JSU Astronomy Initiative, Public School Connections."
  • Two groups came to the planetarium for shows called "Our Starry Sky" and one group for a show called "Mysteries of the Night Skies."
Nouredine Zettili

Paper published in July 2002: N. Zettili and A. Boukahil, "The Nuclear Born-Oppenheimer Method Applied to Nuclear Collective Motion", International Journal of Modern Physics E, Vol. 11, No. 3, 2002, pp. 231 - 248.

National Council for Geographic Education (NCGE)

As of July 1, 2002, our department became the new home for the central office of the National Council for Geographic Education. NCGE is an international organization with a primary focus improving teaching and research in geography. The new Executive Director of NCGE is Dr. Michal LeVasseur. She has worked at JSU for the Alabama Geographic Alliance and as a visiting professor in the College of Education. She was an instructor in the Geography Department at the University of South Florida for ten years before moving to Alabama. Ms. Angelia Mance, formerly an instructor of Geography at the University of North Alabama, is NCGE's new Associate Director. Ms. Mance is completing her doctoral dissertation at Kent State University.

Political Science

Dr. Lori Owens attended the NATO meetings in Belgium as our representative to the Atlantic Council.

Dr. Lawson Veasey attended the Assessment Conference in Boston with a contingent from JSU; Political Consultant to Channel 24.

The department and the SGA served as co-hosts and workers for the 3rd Congressional Debates between Rogers and Turnham on JSU campus at Channel 24.


Dr. Cathy Simpson has a book chapter accepted for publication in 2003: "Public Health Approaches in Health Psychology" Tucker, J. A., Klapow, J., & Simpson, C. A. in The Health Psychology Handbook, Cohen, McChargue, & Collins (Eds.).

Dr. Simpson also has submitted an extramural subcontract to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration as part of a larger AIDS Services Center application for community-based outreach project. If funded, the subcontract amount will be $160,000 over three years.

Dr. William Palya has two publications accepted for publication in 2003 in refereed journals: William Palya & Bob Allan "Dynamical concurrent schedules" Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior. William Palya & Matt Bowers "Stimulus control in fixed interfood intervals" Learning & Behavior. Dr. Palya also has had a presentation accepted for the Psychonomic Society's National Convention.

Dr. Mike Clayton has submitted a book review to The Behavior Analyst and submitted a research paper to Behavioral Interventions.

Sociology and Social Work

Dr. Maureen Newton, Ms. Donna Smith, Ms. Kim Womack, Dr. Mark Fagan and selected social work students continued their research to test three outcomes measurement instruments developed through the federal Administration on Aging's (AoA) Performance Outcome Measures Project (POMP) for Older Americans Act (OAA) program activities. This activity is a component of a national pilot project consisting of 12 states. The BSW Program is under contract with the The East Alabama Area Agency on Aging (AAA) for this research. The East Alabama AAA is the only regional agency participating in Alabama and JSU is the only university in Alabama participating. The Alabama Department of Senior Services (ADSS) is providing coordination for the project and is the liaison to the federal AoA. Interviews are being done with clients from three major services (nutrition, home care, and transportation). The data from these interviews are being entered into a computer software program for data analysis.

For the 10th consecutive year, a contract with the State of Alabama's Department of Human Resources was approved, providing faculty salary funds and stipends for 24 social work students in Field Placements at the Calhoun County Department of Human Resources and the Etowah County DHR. These stipends are for $2,000 per semester. Mr. James Powe will continue to serve as the JSU BSW Program Field Coordinator at the Calhoun County DHR. Mr. Jonathan will continue to serve as the JSU BSW Program Field Coordinator at the Etowah County DHR.

Dr. David LoConto and Dr. Clark Hudspeth joined the sociology faculty for the Fall 2002 semester. They are replacing Dr. Lester Hill and Dr. Kenneth Adams who retired at the end of the 2001-2002 academic year.

Dr. Mark Fagan's book entitled Retirement Development: A How-To Guidebook was released through the Center for Economic Development at JSU. It is being distributed nationally and is receiving reviews in the national media. Dr. Fagan made a presentation at the Alabama Conference on Attracting Retirees.

Ms. Donna Smith and Ms. Kim Womack continued their work on a national committee for the annual Baccalaureate Social Work Education conference.

Dr. Adrian Aveni launched an online course titled: Introduction to Sociology at the beginning of the Fall 2002 semester.


Dean William Fielding spoke to the Anniston Kiwanis Club on Thursday, July 11. Dean Fielding attended the Business Council of Alabama (BCA) meeting in Point Clear, Alabama, August 25-27, 2002.

Dean Fielding attended the Alabama Small Business Development Consortium (ASBDC) Board Meeting in Prattville, Alabama, September 26-27.

Finance, Economics and Accounting

Bill Schmidt has joined the Finance, Economics and Accounting Department from Shorter College in Rome, Georgia. He has a Ph.D. in Finance from Louisiana Tech University.

Dr. Angela Sandberg had an article, "Congruence Between Evaluation and Decision Models in Capital Budgeting Decisions" accepted for publication by The Accounting Educators' Journal.

Jim McIntyre's refereed paper "Leverage, Imports, Profitability, Exchange Rates and Capital Investment: A Panel Data Study of the Textile and Apparel Industries 1974-1987" coauthored with Richard Lord has been accepted for publication by the International Review of Financial Analysis Journal.

Jim McIntyre has been selected to be on the editorial review board of the online refereed journal Quest and has served as a referee for JSU's Online Journal Financial Decisions.

Jim McIntyre will serve in the capacity of Program Chair for the Southern Finance Association in preparation for its convention in November 2002.

Chris Westley published an article in The Free Market (Vol. 20, no. 9), "The Debate on Campaign Finance" with Douglas McKenzie, a doctoral candidate at George Mason University.

Ronnie Clayton, Bill Scroggins and Christopher Westley published an article "Enron: Market Exploitation and Correction", Financial Decisions, Spring 2002, Article 1, www.financialdecisionline.org.

Ronnie Clayton chaired a session on Managing Risk at Commercial Banks at the Eastern Finance Association at the University of Delaware, Baltimore, Maryland.

Cynthia McCarty instructed two workshops in July. Industry and Technology: Honda Workshop and tour of the plant was July 25. A teacher's workshop "The Great American Airplane Factory" seminar was held at the St. Clair airport on July 18.

Cynthia McCarty spoke to Leadership Calhoun County in September about Economic Education and services provided for the community.

Management, Marketing and Information Management/E-Commerce

Dr. Patricia Borstorff gave a presentation at the 15th Annual Human Resource Management Forum on September 10, which was held on the 11th Floor of the JSU Library. Her topic was retirement planning. Later that same day, she presided at a session. Dr. Borstorff also received notification that she will be included in the Ninth Edition of International Who's Who of Professional and Business Women which will be published early 2003. She has had an article, co-written with Mark Hearn, and published in the Journal of Applied Management and Entrepreneurship.

Dr. Borstorff attended a two-day study course in August 2002 and received OSHA General Industry Certification and she will serve as a focus analyst at the 2002 EEO Seminar in Birmingham, Alabama on September 18 and 19. This seminar is sponsored by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Dr. Mark Hearn has had an article, co-written with Patricia Borstorff, published in the Journal of Applied Management and Entrepreneurship.

Drs. James Thomas, Brent Cunningham and Joann Williams' manuscript "The Impact of Involvement, Perceived Moral Intensity, and Satisfaction upon Trust in Non-Profit Relational Contexts: Processes and Outcomes" was printed in the Volume 10, Number 1 issue of the Journal of Nonprofit and Public Sector Marketing.

Dr. Joann Williams conducted an executive training class through Continued Education for the Alabama Association of Chiefs of Police on July 18, 2002 as part of the Certified Law Enforcement Executive Program. The class was entitled Harassment, Discrimination, Racial Profiling and Related Issues. Together with Dr. Jim Thomas, she was a keynote speaker at the CCAA/GACCE Summer Conference in Point Clear, AL on July 24, 2002. Their presentation titled How Committed are the Members of YOUR Chamber of Commerce summarized the preliminary results of their "Chamber of Commerce Relationship Study." Dr. Williams also served as a panelist for the Junior Faculty Consortium of the Human Resource Division at the Academy of Management Meetings in Denver, CO in August, 2002. She presented information and answered questions regarding survival and success at a teaching institution.

Dr. Joann Williams supervised the following students through completion of Management/ Human Resource Internships during Summer 2002:

  • Sharska Amber
    Richmond American Homes
    Human Resources

  • Jessica Grimes
    Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce

  • Debra Woods
    AOD Federal Credit Union
    Human Resources
These students expressed that they had a great experience and learned a lot within the respected internships.

Center for Economic Development and Business Research (CED)
Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
Conferences attended by CED/SBDC Staff personnel during the reporting period included: Economic Developers Association of Alabama summer conference; the annual Alabama Tourism Partnership Governor's Conference; Economic Development Administration annual conference; Business Council of Alabama Governmental Affairs conference; Coosa Valley Resource Conservation & Development annual meeting; and Southern Economic Development Council annual conference.

The CED hosted "The Alabama Conference on Attracting Retirees" in Oxford on September 12. The conference's primary purpose was to emphasize the importance of the retiree market to the economic development of communities. Included among the fifteen speakers were the Honorable Seth Hammett, Speaker of the House of Representatives; the Honorable Gerald Dial, State Senator; and the Honorable Blaine Galliher, State Representative. Also speaking was Mr. Jamie "Red" Etheredge, former director of the Alabama Development Office and a board of trustee member for JSU. The conference attracted over 100 participants.

CED staff members Willard Butterworth and Penn Wilson acted as moderators for three statewide strategic plan meetings held on campus by the East Alabama Regional Planning and Development Commission. The meetings were attended by elected officials and economic development professionals from a ten-county area.

Pat Shaddix, Debby Jones, and Robbie Medders attended an American Association of Retirement Communities (AARC) board of directors meeting in Oxford.

CED/SBDC personnel participated in a "Train the Trainer" workshop provided in the CED office by the Internal Revenue Service.

Pat Shaddix participated in a panel discussion entitled, "Retirement and Tourism as Development Engines" at the Economic Development Administration's Atlanta Region annual conference in July. Shaddix made a presentation on retiree attraction. Also serving on the panel was Dr. Bill Siegel, President and CEO of Longwood International, a research and consulting firm, and Mr. Ed Lindsey, Director of the EDA University Center at Georgia Institute of Technology. CED/SBDC personnel met with Ms. Anne Payne, Director of the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs during her August visit to JSU. Ms. Payne was provided an overview of the diverse economic development work conducted by the centers.

Pat Shaddix and Dean William Fielding met with John Sandedur, outgoing director for the Alabama Small Business Development Consortium (ASBDC) and Dr. Dan Osborne, UAB Assistant Provost for Finance and appointed acting state director for the ASBDC.

Mike Self participated in the planning and development meeting for the Industry Education Alliance for Etowah County on August 28. The meeting was held by Alabama Industrial Development Training (AIDT) to set up the Etowah County Alliance. The Alliance, along with AIDT's assistance, is to assist local businesses by matching alliance members' training capabilities to local businesses' training needs. A schedule of regular meetings with business representatives is to be set up at the next Alliance meeting.

SBDC consultant, Ben Boozer addressed the Blount County Business & Professional Women's Association at the organization's August meeting.

Two issues of "JSU Economic Update" were printed and distributed statewide during the reporting period.

The "AARC News", the quarterly newsletter for the American Association of Retirement Communities, was published and distributed nationally during the reporting period.

CED/SBDC staff members have completed all plans and arrangements for the AARC national conference in New Orleans on November 13 - 15. A conference brochure was printed and distributed nationally. The CED serves as the national headquarters for the AARC.

SBDC procurement clients reporting over $6,000,000 in government contract awards for the reporting period. The SBDC presented ten workshops with a total of 270 participants during the reporting period.


Dean's Office

The College of Education and Professional Studies held a professional development workshop for college faculty, staff and students. The workshop was "Writing for Professional Publication", by Dr. Kenneth Henson.

Dr. Sheila Anne Webb presented at the European-American University Forum in Paris, France on October 7, 2002.

Dr. Cynthia Harper attended a National Science Foundation Grant Writing Clinic in Huntsville, Alabama on October 7, 2002. Dr. Harper made a professional presentation at the National Council of Professors of Educational Administration, August 5 - 9, 2002 in Burlington, Vermont. The presentation was entitled Service Teacher Accountability in Pre-Service Programs. Dr. Harper was selected to serve on the Search Committee for the Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and Continuing Education.


Our student organization, the SPJ (Society of Professional Journalists), has opened for the year with the new officers in place and an agenda of its activities for the year. More students seem to be getting interested in student professional organizations, and we encourage that. In this past meeting, the organization had its highest student (meeting) attendance in recent times.

Eighteen communication students did their internships this summer with radio stations, television stations, public relations, and newspaper organizations around the country.

Assistant Professor Jerry Chandler has just finished a story for the Financial Times of London on low fare airlines.

Our new faculty, Dr. Augustine Ihator has initiated a new student organization, the Public Relations Society of America, student chapter.

The Department of Communication has obtained institutional membership with the Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication (ASJMC), a national organization for communication programs and their administrators. This is a first step in the process of seeking accreditation.

The department has purchased 21 new e-mac computers for upgrading its computer lab to the state-of-the-art in the field. These computers will be installed as soon as the necessary software are purchased during the new fiscal year.

The department is expanding its curricular focus. While in the past, the department had focused on training students who obtained professional positions in the communication industry, it will now expand that focus to include students who: a) obtain professional positions in the communication industry, and b) proceed to graduate school for advanced degrees, depending on student choice.

This idea was bolstered by, among other things, a couple of informal surveys in my classes, as well as national trends in mass communication education.

One of the outcomes of the department's current curriculum revision efforts, which are still going on, is the renaming of one of its concentration areas from Radio-TV Production concentration to Broadcasting concentration, a change that reflects the newly expanded emphasis of the department on both hands-on and theory.

The ACEJMC (Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism & Mass Comm.) has assigned an ACEJMC consultant to work with JSU Department of Communication toward its accreditation. The consultant is Dr. Dan Lattimore, Vice Provost of the University of Memphis. He is also a member of the accrediting agency. Currently the department is preparing a study to submit to him prior to his campus visit next year.

The campus newspaper, The Chanticleer, has adopted a full-page format thus increasing the size of the newspaper.

Curriculum & Instruction

Ms. Blanche Colley presented at Special Education Summit & Comprehensive System of Personnel Development Advisory Committee in Montgomery, July 16-19, 2002.

Dr. Elizabeth Engley presented at annual conference of the Alabama Association for Young Children in Gulf Shores on September 28, 2002.

Mrs. Celia Hilber presented at annual conference of the Alabama Association for Young Children in Gulf Shores on September 28, 2002.

Mrs. Nina King presented at annual conference of the Alabama Association for Young Children in Gulf Shores on September 28, 2002.

Dr. Gena Riley attended Alabama Course of Study Committee Meeting in Montgomery on July 24-26, 2002 and also September 5-6, 2002.

Family & Consumer Sciences

We are happy to report that Family & Consumer Sciences enrollment is up for the Fall 2002 semester. Our department hosted a Student Orientation for all FCS students on Saturday, September 7. Stephanie Gossett was our guest speaker and she spoke to the group of about 15-20 attendees on her experiences in the field of Dietetics. Each of the Faculty gave a brief talk concerning their area of study. All faculty and staff were in attendance and refreshments were served and enjoyed by everyone.

Family and Consumer Sciences held open house for all of the College of Education and Professional Studies faculty and staff on Friday, September 6. We had approximately 40 people to tour our building and enjoyed refreshment and conversation.

Ms. Goodwin continues to prepare for the Site Visit scheduled on November 17-19, 2002 by the American Dietetic Association. The Self Study documents were submitted to the American Dietetic Association on September 19, 2002.

Ms. Goodwin gave a presentation to a group of about 40 women on October 21 in Boaz, Alabama. Her topic was "Eat Well: Live Well."

Ms. Paula Napoli attended the Alabama Association For Young Children 38 Annual Conference on September 28, 2002 in Gulf Shores, Alabama. She presented a workshop on "Science for Preschoolers." Approximately 40 attended the workshop where they participated with hands' on science experiments and a make-n-take project.

Ms. Robbie Boggs and Ms. Karen Nemeth participated in a tour of Bremen-Bowdon Investment Company, a manufacturing plant in Bowdon, Georgia, on October 2, 2002 with 13 students from Fashion Merchandising class (FCS 331) attending. The plant manufactures various types of military apparel including uniforms, dress attire, & rain-wear. Computerized grading, marking, cutting, and sewing techniques were shown to the group.

Health, Physical Education & Recreation

Enrollment is up 10% for Fall 2002 as compared to the Fall 2001 semester. The new faculty are settled in and classes are operating smoothly. Work continues on a feasibility plan for the Arthritis Foundation Program. A meeting was held in August with officials at the Lakeshore Foundation in Birmingham. The meeting served to solicit their help in the planning process.

Dr. Glenn Roswal attended the Special Olympics games in Italia.

Dr. Mariusz Damentko, from Warsaw, presented an excellent program for faculty and students on Physical Education and Special Olympics.

Dr. Willie Hey has submitted his portfolio for tenure and promotion to full-professor.

Drs. Hammett and Hey have an article in press in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research.

Improvements to the senior citizens program have been made.

Dr. Jimmy Griffin has been offered the Recreation Administration position and is expected to accept it.

Interviews for the instructor's position are expected to begin within a week.

Mr. Jim McLaughlin and Dr. John Hammett are working with the Episcopal Church of Jacksonville to develop and implement a "Mind, Body, and Spirit" community program.

Instructional Services

The Teaching/ Learning Center (T/LC) is 20 years old this academic year. The Center has provided free tutoring to more than 5,630 children. The Center tutors children from first to twelfth grade from over 56 area schools. More than 9,925 Jacksonville State University students have provided these tutorials. The tutoring practicum has been a strong public service of this College and a true "Center for Two Learners." The value and innovation of the T/LC have been proven throughout its many years of operation.

The Learning Resource Center (LRC), under the leadership of Mrs. Cathy Glover Burrows has been reorganized and recatalogued. Athena library software, now utilized by the LRC, allows for more accurate records of the holdings, patrons, and facilitates circulation procedures.


Terry Marbut is serving as Co-PI on a three-year $350,000 NSF grant in collaboration with Jefferson State Community College. This grant was awarded for Jefferson State Community College to implement "A Manufacturing Technology Center for North Central Alabama" with articulation to the B.S. programs in Technology at JSU.

TV Services

TV Services received construction permit from FCC to build new transmitter site on Chimney Peak. Work will get underway soon on the foundation for the new tower.

TV Services installed new Video Server in Self Hall TV Master Control Area. TV24 spots and JSU spots and promos will be stored on server. Taped 9/11 Ceremony and broadcast. TV Services will be broadcasting the home football games.

Distance Education

Nine Blackboard online student orientation sessions were conducted reaching approximately 250 students. Videoconferencing workshops were conducted to familiarize administrators with the technology in preparation for their use of the equipment during the fall and subsequent semesters. Six new courses were added to the Electronic Campus for fall terms, bringing the total number of unique courses JSU is advertising through the Electronic Campus to 72. Four Blackboard workshops, both Introductory and Advanced, were conducted. One additional workshop is currently scheduled for the fall semester. More than 20 individual training sessions were conducted in person.

Online Enrollment Data

Fall online and Blackboard enrollment statistics were:

Blackboard Online B 1,190 students 33 courses (36 sections)
Blackboard Supplements B 2,172 students 69 courses (90 sections)
Other Online Formats 44 students 1 course (1 section)
Blackboard Workshop Type Courses 8 Enrollment varied

Marathon P 2002 online and Blackboard enrollment statistics were:

Blackboard Online 103 students 11 courses (11 sections)
Blackboard Supplements 0 students 0 course (0 sections)
Other Online Formats 149 students 10 courses (10 sections)

College By Cassette Enrollment Data

Fall 2002 108
Fall 2002 98 students 3 courses

Videoconferencing Enrollment Data

183 students 6 courses (20 sections)


The move is complete from Naylor Hall to the Joe Ford Center for Economic Development. It was a struggle for faculty, staff, and students during the summer months as construction on the parking lot was in progress. The parking lot is complete. Fulfilling its intended mission, the Ford Center is being utilized as an educational facility, an economic development tool, and as a resource for local businesses. All inquires about utilizing Ford Center facilities can be directed to Ralph Burke.

National Teacher of the Year

Jacksonville State University graduate Anita Gibson of Rainsville, Alabama, is one of five finalists for National Teacher of the Year honors by the National Foundation for Improvement in Education and Teaching Excellence. Prior to her internship, Ms. Gibson attended four semesters at JSU's Gadsden branch. The top prize is a $25,000.00 cash award, and an additional $25,000.00 for use in the classroom. The winner will be announced in December at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. She is employed by the DeKalb County Board of Education.


Office of Continuing Education

For the year ending August 31, 524 programs were conducted for 6,468 participants. These programs include a broad range of topics designed for professional and staff development, license renewal, and personal enhancement. In addition to the programs, 25 custom training classes were conducted under contract with businesses and industries in which a total of 631 employees were trained.

During the summer, there were 1,534 children and youth registrations for the 44 academic and athletic summer camps at JSU.

Jacksonville State University continues to be a part of the University Partnership for Alabama Continuing Education (UPACE), a three-university partnership to include Troy State University-Dothan and University of North Alabama. The partnership is providing certificate programs for the Alabama Association of County Engineers and the Alabama Association of County Administrators. At the annual Alabama Association of County Commissions, 5 engineers were certified with their completion of 84 hours of education. Fifteen administrators received Certificates of Administration and 7 administrators qualified for certification by the Association.

The partnership also developed a certificate program for the Alabama Association of Police Chiefs in which 355 police chiefs are participating. Upon completion of 40 hours of management level training, 78 police chiefs or management level officers received a Certificate in Police Management and 23 have completed 80 hours of training to receive a level II Police Chief Certification. During 2002, the program increased to four levels for a total of 240 hours.

The Second Annual Appalachian School for Alcohol and Drug Abuse was conducted in July. There were 208 attendees for the workshops. Presenters came from Alabama, Florida, Georgia and Tennessee. This workshop provided continuing education hours for professionals such as counselors, social workers, and nurses.

The 4th Annual Nursing Update Conference was conducted in cooperation with the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. There were 6.5 contact hours awarded for the Conference, which had an attendance of approximately 150 participants.

Graduate Studies

The College of Graduate Studies set another record enrollment of 1,607 graduate students for the 2002 Fall Semester. This represents an increase of 9.4 percent over the previous fall semester.

In-Service Education Center

The In-Service Education Center has been awarded a contract by the State Department of Education to employ two additional reading specialists to assist with the Alabama Reading Initiative Program for schools in the JSU service area. This brings the total of three reading specialist that are under contract with the State Department of Education.

During 2001-02, the In-Service Education Center conducted 351 professional development programs in which there were 6,325 teachers and administrator participants.


Universal Borrowing was purchased and installed on the Library Automated System. This permits direct borrowing from other Alabama libraries using this system.

The Library Automated System was upgraded to Voyager Release 2001.1, which was a prerequisite to Universal Borrowing.

The interactive classroom was moved from the 10th floor to the card catalog room and expanded from 16 to 25 workstations.

The Library plans to establish a Technical Information Center at Fort McClellan Building 3181 to support the scientific/technical programs to be offered by JSU at that location. The Technical Information Center might also develop into an information resource for the Alabama Research Alliance proposed for Fort McClellan.

Hanrong Wang and William Hubbard's paper "Research and Services for Remote Access" was published in The Southeastern Librarian.

John-Bauer Graham, Jodi Poe and Kimberly Weatherford's paper "Interface-Lift: The Houston Cole Library's Web Page Redesign Project" was published in The Southeastern Librarian.

Sonja McAbee and Don Walter presented papers on the Voyager-EReserves interface at the Southeastern Voyager User's Group annual meeting at Auburn.

Gerry Harris and Abby Herrin were hired as Circulation Assistants.


Nurses are Special People. "Be A Nurse" coloring book has been printed and is being distributed by nursing students and faculty to children in grades K-4. This targeted recruitment piece is one strategy being used in the College's community health projects and the Kids into Health Careers program. A JSU student artist, Leila Rampa, illustrated the coloring book.

Sixty-three students enrolled in the upper division entry-level class into the College of Nursing and Health Sciences for Fall 2002. In comparison to Fall 2001, the CNHS experienced a 24 percent increase in entry-level enrollment.

Three nursing faculty presented at the Alabama State Nurses Association Convention in Tuskegee in September. Ms. Kim Gregg presented a poster presentation on "Recognizing Child Abuse." Ms. Lynn Hillhouse delivered a general session presentation entitled "Humor in Nursing." Ms. Patricia White presented a session entitled "Alternative Therapies."

Dr. Martha G. Lavender presented the keynote address at the Louisiana Association of Women's Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) conference on September 20, 2002 in New Orleans. Her remarks were entitled "Nursing 2025: Redefining Nursing's Future."

Dr. Beth Hembee is participating in a Toxic Chemical Training Course for Medical Support Personnel in Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD on September 29 through October 4, 2002.

Dr. Jane Cash and Ms. Patricia White presented at the 13th Annual Rural Nursing Conference in the Rockies in Breckenridge, Colorado on July 24-28, 2002. Dr. Cash's presentation focused on faculty retention and was entitled "Chaos, Panic, Disorder My Work Here is Done." Ms. White's presentation was entitled "Alternative Therapies."

New digital video recording equipment has been installed in the Nursing Arts Lab and four LCD monitors have been installed in classrooms. This latest upgrade in the Nursing Arts Lab enhances the learning opportunities for nursing students by allowing faculty and students to demonstrate/record an actual skill live as it is projected on a large screen. Students will be able replay/observe the recorded skill via videotape or CD.

The 2002 Summer Conference entitled Nursing Update 2002 featuring Rick D. Schlegel, program manager and trainer for a variety of emergency and disaster response courses, was a success! The event was held on July 19, 2002, Wallace Hall, with 159 participants from Alabama and Georgia in attendance and eight exhibitors. Two sessions were sponsored by the Department of Justice's Center for Domestic Preparedness. The conference surplus was $3,186.74.

The BSN Advisory Committee met at the College of Nursing and Health Sciences on September 27, 2002 for their annual meeting. The workforce shortage and changes in the work environment were highlighted in the discussions.

Dr. Jane Cash, Dr. Beth Hembree, and Ms. Mylinda Brown submitted a grant proposal for Healthy Vision 2010 in August on Eye Injury Prevention Program for At-Risk Children Within an Underserved Rural Area. The grant request totaled $9,326.75 funding status pending.


Department of Military Science

The Military Science Department's vision is to recruit the very best students available for Jacksonville State ROTC. We retain those students through a challenging curriculum, quality mentoring, and a positive program that encourages leadership, scholarship, individual responsibility and Battalion camaraderie. We train and develop our cadets to ensure they are fully prepared to accept the responsibilities of a commissioned officer and to effectively lead America's sons and daughters. We strive to commission the very best lieutenants that enter the Army each year.

Battalion recruiting efforts were highly successful this year, as we increased the size of the freshman class by 36%, the sophomore class by 50%, and the program, overall, by 32%. Twenty-two academically aligned students comprise the junior class, a significant increase over last year. The junior class has an average 2.99 GPA, which exceeds the University average and is the highest of any recent junior class. The Department focused last year on recruiting students who showed greater academic responsibility, and the result of those efforts is reflected in the outstanding average GPA of the class.

The Department commissioned three new Second Lieutenants in August, bringing the total number of officers commissioned at JSU to 1,321 since the inception of the program. Lieutenant Jeffrey Young is currently a student at the Infantry Officer Basic Course at Fort Benning, GA; Lieutenant William Weaver remained at JSU as the Department's Gold Bar Recruiter; and Lieutenant Mathew Yarbrough begins active duty in November and will initially serve as our Gold Bar Recruiter.

Eleven seniors completed the challenging National Advanced Leadership Camp at Fort Lewis, Washington, taking one more step toward completing their commissioning requirements. Seven students graduated from the Leaders Training Course at Fort Knox, Kentucky, qualifying to enter advanced ROTC. All seven were awarded two-year scholarships based on their academic qualifications and their superb performance at the four-week leadership development experience. Additionally, nine other students were awarded two, three or four year ROTC scholarships, increasing the total number of current Gamecock ROTC scholarship recipients to thirty-three.

Nine additional cadets attended professional development schools or fellowships over the course of the summer. Cadet Jonathan St. John was selected for and served four weeks with British officer candidates at Cambridge University. This opportunity is extremely limited and highly competitive. Cadet St. John distinguished himself and impressively represented the University, as he received a superior rating from his evaluators during his time with the British forces. Four cadets completed the physically challenging Airborne School at Fort Benning, Georgia, and one attended the similarly rigorous Air Assault School at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Three cadets served three-week stints with active Army units at Fort Lee, Virginia and in Germany, gaining valuable leadership experience in a real-world environment.

The ROTC curriculum continues to evolve to meet the leadership challenges of the 21st century. Our message to all prospective cadets and to the University population, at large, is that we provide the very best collegiate leadership training available for young men and women.



The staff of the Admissions Office is pleased to announce undergraduate applications are up for the Fall 2002 Semester. The number of enrolled first-time undergraduate students is the highest since 1990.

Applied Accepted Enrolled
First-time Freshmen 2,600 2,306 1,094
First-time Transfers 1,092 1,080 750
Total 3,692 3,386 1,844

Enclosed is a table "Office of Admissions, Final Fall Figures" which compares 1984 to the present.

Jacksonville State University hosted Fall Preview Day on October 12, 2002. The third annual JSU Emerging Leaders Day will be held November 7, 2002.

Student Activities

The Office of Student Activities held five Freshmen Orientation Sessions and one Transfer/Non-traditional Orientation Session during July and August. There were 792 freshmen who attended orientation, which is a 10% increase over 2001. Due to the increase in enrollment numbers, the orientation staff is adding a 6th freshmen orientation session for the 2003-2004 school year. The SGA registered over 150 students to vote during the first 2 weeks of classes.

Sorority Recruitment

123 women were registered and attended formal recruitment.
107 accepted bids to join a sorority during sorority recruitment.
12 women have accepted bids since the end of formal recruitment.
This is a 10% increase from 2001 recruitment.

Fraternity Recruitment

79 men accepted bids to join a fraternity this semester.
Chapter Awards Received from Conventions.

Alpha Omicron Pi

Pearl Chapter B given to chapters who score in the top 25% of all Alpha Omicron Pi chapters in the nation based on academics, recruitment, retention, involvement, finances, etc., making them eligible for Ruby chapter, the highest award a chapter can receive.

Alpha Xi Delta

Most Improved GPA of all Alpha Xi Delta Chapters in the nation.
Quota through COB - Reaching Quota using continuous open bidding.

Delta Zeta

Promise of the Region - given to the chapter in each region who exhibits significant improvement in various areas such as academics, recruitment, activities, service, finances, etc.
Quota through COB - Reaching Quota using continuous open bidding.

Phi Mu

Rose and White Award - the second highest honor awarded to a chapter for overall excellence in recruitment, retention, finances, involvement, academics, service, etc.
Quota-Total Award - given to chapters getting quota in formal recruitment and maintaining total.

Zeta Tau Alpha

Gloria Culberson Hice (JSU Alumna) received the Outstanding Chapter Advisor Award at the ZTA National Convention.
Quota -Total Award - given to chapters getting quota in formal recruitment and maintaining total over the 2-year period.

Financial Excellence - given to chapters maintaining budget, filing timely reports, and making all collections, following National procedures/policies, etc., over the 2-year period.

Crown Chapter is given to chapters meeting many criteria relative to membership recruitment, retention, percentage of initiation, activities, service, standards, scholarship, etc., over the 2-year period. National Activities Award - 2nd highest award a chapter can receive given for best activities by volume plus numbers of members involved on campus and in community, number of offices held in other groups on campus, honors, awards, etc.

Career Placement Services

Quarterly Totals
Job Postings e-mailed to Graduates 75
Resumes Sent 86
Names Referred 1,169

Phone calls for immediate openings:

Alabama 49
Georgia 13
Tennessee 1
Company Needs 30
Sign In Sheet 108
Total to date - Monstertrak 297
Total to date - Reference now 182

Career Placement Services hosted a networking luncheon for the Birmingham Area Chamber of Commerce on July 17, 2002. After tour of the campus, deans and administrators joined for lunch in the Panhellenic House. Representing JSU were President William A. Meehan, Dr. Rebecca Turner, Pat Shaddix, Robbie Medders, Dr. Mark Fagan, David Zeigler, Stacy Wood, Janet White, Ann Wells, Dr. Alice Cusimano, Dr. Barry Cox, Dr. Bill Fielding, Dr. Louise Clark, Pete Conroy, Dr. John Ketterer, Terry Marbut and Martha McCormick. Guests from the Birmingham Area Chamber of Commerce were John Stone, Adam Slovensky, Ed Fields, December Warren, and Chris Willingham from Honeywell Aerospace in Anniston.

David Hutchison, Assistant to the Director of Economic Development, met with Janet White on August 14, 2002, to discuss recruiting efforts throughout the state.

Janet White and Stacy Wood participated in networking sponsored by the Atlanta chapter of the JSU Alumni on September 5, 2002. Approximately 75 alumni were present as a panel of alums answered questions pertaining to success in professional placement.

Janet White presented the Myers Briggs Temperament Indicator to an LS 100 class.

Stacy Wood, graduate assistant for Co-Operative Education, recently presented informational meetings to interested students at TMB and Self Hall.

Harley Davidson Company participated in an On-Campus Interview Day Event.

Currently 3 students are participating in alternate co-op and 10 are participating in parallel co-op with 9 different companies.

Counseling and Career Services

This is the second year that the Peer Educators program has been offered at Jacksonville State University, sponsored by Counseling and Career Services. The program is designed to increase awareness of changing student health and safety issues. The program focuses on the development and promotion of positive lifestyles and decision-making skills.

The program goals are to help other students recognize the link between alcohol abuse and other related issues such as HIV/AIDS, grief, and depression. The Peer Education Program is based on peer-to-peer interaction to promote a healthy campus environment. Peer educators are required to complete a minimum of seven presentations each year on campus and in the community. They participate in orientation, Get on Board Day, Alcohol Screening Day and Alcohol Awareness Week.

The 2002-2003 Peer Educators are: Sonquez Williams, Toccara Johnson, Willie Diggs, Lindsey McWilliams, Ashley Orton, Heather Horn, Kychelle Parker, Leah Goggans, Melissa Criswell, Alesha Ingram, Latoya Granger, Erin Smith, Natasha Cunningham and James Vasquez.

Disability Support Services

DSS sponsored a 4-day Leadership Training event for the seniors at the Alabama School for the Deaf, Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind in Talladega.

DSS received a special agreement for approximately $80k with Alabama Department of Rehabilitative Services to provide special training and services in the area of Deafness. Among other activities, DSS will sponsor a 3-day Expo on providing services for individuals who are hard of hearing.

Dan Miller has been named the Co-chair for Programs for the 33rd South East Regional Institute on Deafness, which will be in Mobile in 2003. Cindy Camp has been named the Chair of the Publicity Committee for the event.

Cindy Camp moderated a statewide needs assessment in the area of deafness for the state of Mississippi and conducted C-Print (real-time captioning) training for the state of Texas and currently for Georgia.

Linda Turner established a study group to assist individuals attempting the national testing for the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf.

Linda Turner and Dan Miller presented a seminar for the seniors at the Alabama School for the Deaf on knowledge as part of the leadership-training curriculum from the Chick-fil-A program.

The Captioned Media Library depository managed by DSS, which was established as the first postsecondary facility in February of this year, ranked 22nd out of 37 in distribution of videos during the month of September. There are 2000+ videos available in the JSU depository.

Linda Turner and Dan Miller serve on the state Resource Directory Deafness and Transition Task Force. Linda Turner is serving on the Alabama School for the Deaf Vocational Advisory Board.

DSS hosted a training session for Anniston, Gadsden and Talladega Alabama Department Rehabilitation Services. Jim Harris, III, and Jim Carden, Associate Commissioners were the presenters.

Dan Miller was elected to a two-year term Member-at-Large Alabama Registry for Interpreters for the Deaf.

DSS hosted a statewide training for Interpreters for the Deaf in July. The event provided Interpreters to earn 2 CEU's, which meets the state requirements for renewal. DSS has received a renewal from the Postsecondary Education Consortium to provide outreach and technical assistance in the area of program enhance for students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing.

A downlink dealing with accommodations for students who are Hard of Hearing was sponsored by DSS through the Postsecondary Education Consortium.

Financial Aid

Three-year Comparison 2000-01 2001-02 2002-03 (as of 9/27/02)
Federal Direct Loan $21,223,359 $26,134,804 $11,028,413
Federal Pell Grant $5,675,552 $7,474,888 $3,489,398
Federal Supplemental Grant $400,000 $475,000 $200,750
Federal Work Study $478,304 $462,315 $354,400
Alabama State Grant $77,000 $89,800 $57,000
TOTALS $27,854,215 $34,636,807 $15,129,961

The figures for the 2002-03 year include 8/29/02 thru 9/27/02. There are still a number of files yet to be verified and awarded. Looks like we'll probably beat 2001-02 year by the end of summer 03.

Multicultural Services

Two JSU students of the College Chapter of the NAACP attended the 93rd Annual NAACP Convention in Houston, Texas from July 8 - 12, 2002. The two students are Ms. Nakendra Henderson, a senior, who is the president of the college chapter, and Ms. Amber Zeigler, a junior.

The JSU College Chapter of Habitat for Humanity of Calhoun County hosted the 2002 Annual Board of Directors Retreat on Saturday, August 3, 2002 at the Gamecock Center. A major item of discussion at the annual retreat was the hosting of President Jimmy Carter's Work Project from June 8-13, 2003 in Calhoun County. The local affiliate will attract approximately 2,000 volunteers that will build thirty-five (35) homes in one week in the Wellborn Heights area. JSU will serve at the host site for volunteers housing, and former President Carter and his wife will be staying on campus.

The Office of Multicultural Services, University Housing, Student Health Services, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, and the African American Association sponsored a Student Appreciation and Fun Day on the Quad to begin the semester and prepare students for upcoming semester on September 5, 2002. Approximately 600 students/faculty members enjoyed a free cookout dinner, entertainment by a local DJ and participated in sporting activities. The Anniston Star featured a front-page highlight of the event on September 6, 2002.

The Office of Multicultural Services sponsored the President's Reception for Minority Freshmen on September 26, 2002 at 3:00 p.m. in TMB Auditorium. All incoming minority freshmen and peer advisors and BEST tutors were encouraged to attend. Dr. William Meehan, the eleventh president of Jacksonville State University, welcomed the new students, and minority student organizations were on hand to answer questions pertaining to their groups.

In recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month at Jacksonville State University, the Office of Multicultural Services sponsored a Hispanic Heritage Month Luncheon on October 2, 2002 in the Gamecock Center of Stephenson Hall. Attorney Moises (Moe) Vicente Vela, Jr., a Birmingham Attorney and former Senior Advisor on Hispanic Affairs to Vice President Al Gore, was the guest speaker. The theme for Hispanic Heritage Month 2001 is "The Magical Realism of Latin America."

Three JSU students of the College Chapter of the NAACP attended the 48th Alabama State Conference of NAACP in Mobile, Alabama on September 20-22, 2002. Ms. Nakendra Henderson, a senior, is the president and Ms. Amanda Ford, a sophomore, is vice president of the college chapter. Ms. Henderson was elected as State Vice President of the Youth and College Division of Alabama.

Recreational Sports

Recreational Sports has expanded its cardiovascular equipment by adding an elliptical, stair climber and treadmill. The entire university community uses the equipment.

University Housing and Residence Life

Residence Halls Occupancy Total Capacity
Crow 168 177
Daugette 113 115
Dixon 176 188
Fitzpatrick 206 216
International House 39 39
Logan 118 128
Patterson 93 100
Panhellenic 13 13
Sparkman 328 347
TOTAL 1,254 1,323

Apartments Rented Vacant
1 bedroom 2 6
2 bedroom 9 0
Efficiency 63 6
Studio 2 0
1 bedroom 5 0
Campus Inn
Efficiency 41 7
1 bedroom 28 4
1 bedroom 28 2
2 bedroom 9 0
Houses 12 3

Residence Life Program Report September

Offered 41
Participated 634

University Police Department

The University Police Department projects that it will issue 4,500 student-parking decals and 775 faculty and staff decals by September 30. UPD personnel will also issue approximately 1,600 parking tickets by the end of September. Decal sales and parking tickets should generate about $100,000.00 for JSU for the month of September.

UPD will generate about $10,000.00 in misdemeanor and traffic fines for the City of Jacksonville for the month of September.

UPD received the following Traffic Safety Grants for FY 2002:

1. Selective Enforcement $5,500.00
2. Alcohol Incentive $2,000.00
3. Occupant Restraint $2,600.00


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