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Department of Art

The Art Department graduating seniors presented their Senior Show to family and friends on Tuesday, April 1, 2003 with great success.

The Art Department had 10 students graduate in April 2003 making a total of 17 graduates this year.

The Art Department and the Visual Art Society held its 11th Annual Gala/Auction on May 2, 2003 to raise money for Art scholarships and for support of the Art program. It was very successful.

Department of Biology

Dr. Carter was awarded a grant entitled "Ecological land classification of Montane Longleaf Pine Forest in the Talladega Mountains of Alabama" for $47,396 from the National Fish and Wildlife Federation.

Dr. Rayburn was elected as vice-president of the Southeastern Society of Environmental Chemistry and Toxicology and, as part of his duties, sits on the Board of Directors.

Dr. Romano had an article published in the June issue of the Florida Entomologist entitled 'On Waterbears'.

Department of Criminal Justice

Dr. Ronald Mellen attended the Blackboard Sessions in an effort to begin offering on-line courses in Criminal Justice. There are many correctional officers and police officers in rural areas of Alabama that would appreciate the chance to pursue their courses on-line.

Dr. Robert Evans and Dr. Ronald Mellen toured Inner Harbors in Georgia. It is a twenty-year- old, progressive, privately run juvenile treatment facility in northwestern Georgia. It will provide Criminal Justice students with a unique opportunity for internships, master's theses research, and job opportunities.

Dr. Randy Wood, along with 30 students, attended the Lambda Alpha Epsilon sponsored trip to the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola in April. They toured the prison and participated in a question and answer session with the inmates about prison life. The group had lunch at the trustee's camp and were taken to the death chamber and given a presentation on the process of carrying out an execution by lethal injection. On Saturday, they attended the Prison Rodeo and Arts and Crafts show where handicrafts made by the prisoners were available for purchase.

Department of Drama

JSU Drama and Music Departments just completed the last production of the 2002-2003 season, HAY FEVER, by Noel Coward, to great audiences.

JSU Drama's Taste of the Town Summer Theatre Series is underway with rehearsals in progress for the July 3rd through 26th performances of THE FOURPOSTER by Jan de Hartog, ABSURD PERSON SINGULAR, by Alan Ayckbourn, and THE PRINCESS AND THE PEA arranged by Eric Traynor.

Students who are working for JSU's Taste of the Town Summer Theatre include: Kristen Atkinson, Meredith Baker, Mandy Dickens, Judy Holt, Taylor Hyatt, Lindsay Jacks, Amanda Kirker, Tom Millington, Chrissy Millwood, Lane Millwood, Cris Morriss, Heather Parks Norton, Dani Proctor, Jeff Roper, Mark Talley, Jared Wright, and Justin Young.

JSU students who received jobs or job offers from regional theatre companies were: Brian Seitel, Roanoke Island Festival Park, NC; Jon Thomas, Rick Gwin, Jonathan Lawson, and Chris West, Tecumseh!, Ohio; Coty Cockrell and Candice Carter, A Sword of Peace, North Carolina; Chris Meller and Sharon McCoy, Utah Shakespeare Festival; Joe Fuselli, Blue Jacket, Ohio; Casey Campbell, Theatre West Virginia, West Virginia; Clay Smith, Ohio Light Opera; Jeremy West, Virginia Shakespeare, Virginia for the summer, and the Virginia Stage Company for the Fall of 2003; Danielle Schreiber is a box office assistant at Weston Playhouse in Weston Vermont; and Jori Kates was one of eight chosen internationally to attend the Film Actor's Boot Camp in Idaho. Jessica Sanborn received offers from two Shakespeare companies but because their seasons ran into JSU's fall 2003 term she was not able to accept their offers.

JSU Drama has the 2003-2004 theatre season. Shows to be produced throughout the 2003-2004 terms include: "You Can't Take it With You," "The Handler," "Proof," "West Side Story," "Towards Zero"-Alpha Psi Omega Scholarship production, "Wise Women,"-Winner of the 2003 Southern Playwrights Competition, and "The Venetian Way."

JSU Drama will be hosting the American College Theatre Festival in October of 2003. Colleges from around the state will be presenting their entries for the festival along with screening and scholarship auditions. The winning play may advance to the national competition at the Kennedy Center.

Department of English

Robert Felgar has agreed to review Richard Wright's Travel Writings: New Reflections (Margaret Walker Alexander Series in African American Studies), ed. Virginia Whatley Smith (University Press of Mississippi), for The Richard Wright Newsletter.

John Jones has recently completed his term as President of the Faculty Senate. His article, "Printed Performance and Reading The Book[s] of Urizen: Blake's Bookmaking Process and the Transformation of Late Eighteenth-Century Print Culture, "Colby Quarterly 35 (1999): 73-89, was cited by John B. Pierce in his new book The Wond'rous Art: William Blake and Writing (Teaneck, NJ and London: Fairleigh Dickinson UP and Associated University Presses, 2003) 91, 168 n. 3.

Department of History and Foreign Languages

George Lauderbaugh, Assistant Professor of History had 12 entries published in the

Encyclopedia of Land Warfare. He was selected to attend the Fulbright Faculty

Development Seminar in Guatemala this summer.

Harvey H. Jackson, Professor of History, will take part in the Alabama Studies Symposium in Montgomery this summer and will speak at the annual meeting of the Alabama Press Association in July. His first book, Lachlan McIntosh and the Politics of Revolutionary Georgia (1979) is being re-published in paperback by the University of Georgia Press. He continues to write a weekly column for the Anniston Star.

Dr. Michael Morris, Assistant Professor of History, published "Dreams of Glory,

Schemes of Empire: The Plan to Liberate Spanish Florida" in the Georgia

Historical Quarterly.

The Department continues to provide support and instruction in the LASTING program which, in cooperation with the Calhoun County School Board and the help of a major grant from the Department of Education, helps local teachers develop new and more effective ways of teaching. Dr. George Lauderbaugh coordinates the program. Dr. Harvey Jackson made one of the presentations.

Dr. Jennifer Gross and Dr. Russel Lemmons accompanied the LASTING group on their summer trips to Atlanta, Columbus, Westville, Savannah and Charleston. These JSU faculty members served as resource personnel for the project.

Department of Mathematical, Computing and Information Sciences

Dr. Guillermo Francia - has a refereed paper, "A Tale of Two Learning Objects" accepted for publication in the Journal of Educational Technology Systems.

Dr. Mario Aguilar, Jacksonville State University, Mr. Aaron Garrett, Jacksonville State University, and Dr. Yair Barniv, NASA/Ames Research Center - have a refereed paper "Prediction of Pitch and Yaw Head Movements via Recurrent Neural Networks" accepted for publication and presentation in Portland, OR at the 2003 International Joint Conference on Neural Networks. Dr. Mario Aguilar will make the presentation.

Dr. Mario Aguilar - awarded second year renewal on a 3-year research grant from NASA (Ames Research Center), "Decoding EMG Signals to Reduce Latency in VE Applications", April 1, 2002 - March 31, 2005.

Dr. Mario Aguilar - has a refereed paper "Advances in the Use of Neurophysiologically-based Fusion for Visualization and Pattern Recognition of Medical Imagery" accepted for publication and presentation at the Sixth International Information Fusion Conference in Cairns, Queensland, Australia. Dr. Aguilar will make the presentation.

Dr. Janice Case and Ms. Marilyn Johnson - accepted to serve as on-site reviewers for mathematics educator preparation programs for the State of Alabama Department of Education.

Department of Music

During the reporting period of April, May and June 2003 the Department of Music, its students, faculty and guest performers participated in the following activities:

Ensemble Performances included presentations by the following groups:

Chamber Singers, Dr. Patricia Corbin, Director, Spring Concert, 6 April 2003 in the Mason Hall Performance Center.

JSU Percussion Ensemble, Tracy Tyler, Director and the JSU Mallet Ensemble, Clint Gillespie, Director, Spring Concert, 7 April 2003 in the Mason Hall Performance Center.

JSU Wind Ensemble, Clint Gillespie, Director with guest Dr. David Walters, Conductor Emeritus, Spring Concert, 9 April 2003, in Mason Hall Performance Center.

"Jazz I" Jazz Ensemble, Dr. Chip Crotts, Director featuring guest artist Mace Hibbard, Alto Saxophone, Spring Concert, 10 April 2003 in Mason Hall performance Center.

JSU Chamber Winds, Kenneth Bodiford, Conductor with JSU Choirs, Dr. Patricia Corbin, Director featuring guest soloists Dr. Samuel Brown, Tenor and Mark Brandon, Clarinet, Concert, 11 April 2003, Stone Center.

Encore! Vocal Ensemble, Dr. Larry Hardin, Director, Spring Concert: Songs for a New World, 14 April 2003, Stone Center.

JSU. Community Orchestra, Michael Gagliardo, Conductor, Spring Concert, 4 May 2003, Golden Springs Baptist Church, Anniston.

Faculty activities this period included:

Adjudication of Band Festival in upstate New York by Kenneth Bodiford, Director of Bands.

Further activities by personnel and students of the Department of Music included:

Chamber Singers Spring Tour, Dr. Patricia Corbin, Director, to 14 public schools in Alabama. Schools visited included: Boaz High School, Boaz: Albertville High School, Albertville; Cullman High School, Cullman; West Point High School, Cullman; Hewitt-Trussville High School, Trussville; Midfield High School, Midfield; Fairfield Preparatory High School, Fairfield; McAdory High School, McCalla; Calera High School, Calera; Stanhope-Elmore High School, Millbrook; Prattville High School, Prattville; lee High School, Montgomery; Jeff Davis High School, Montgomery; Booker T. Washington Magnet High School, Montgomery.

Participation by JSU voice students and faculty at the NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) Festival at Auburn University on 3, 4, 5, April 2003

Jazz I Ensemble garnered first place in the First Annual All-Alabama Jazz Competition presented by the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame in Birmingham on 5 April 2003. Judged by jazz professionals of national statue, the JSU Jazz I ensemble won the title over other bands from around the state. Jacksonville State University made Alabama jazz history and will have their name engraved on a permanent plaque in the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame as the first winner of this competition.

Honor Choir - On 2-3 May 2003 JSU hosted its annual Honor Choir weekend for over 300 junior high and senior high school aged students from north Alabama and west Georgia. Dr. Patricia Corbin and Dr. Larry Hardin served as clinicians and directors for the choral groups and conducted the final concert in Leone Cole Auditorium.

Honor Band - On 8-10 May 2003 hosted nearly 700 high school and junior high school instrumentalists from Alabama and Georgia. Five bands were conducted by visiting clinicians including JSU Alumnus Gene Inglis. This year a jazz band was added, conducted by Dr. Chip Crotts. The final concert consisted of two programs on 10 May 2003 in Pete Matthews Coliseum.

Degree Recitals presented by JSU Students included:

Troy Hicks, Saxophone, 8 April 2003

Jamar Dumas, Oboe and English Horn, 12 April 2003

Kristopher Simino, Bassoon, 12 April 2003

Stephanie Baldwin, Piano, 13 April

Brook Hammond, Trumpet, 13 April 2003

Candy Perkins, Trumpet, 13 April 2003

Jason Hall, Euphonium, 17 May 2003

Department of Physical & Earth Sciences

Tom Baucom- Fulbright Faculty Development Seminar in Guatemala, May 26 to June 25, 2003.

Jan Gryko- published a paper, "Lithium monosilisice (LISi), a low-dimensional silicon-based material prepared by high pressure synthesis: NMR and vibrational spectroscopy and electrical properties characterization (L. Solid State Chemical, published April 8, 2003)

Miriam Hill- Presented a paper to the Archaeology Club at JSU "Geoarchaeology and Geographic Information Systems" with Michael Rice, April 3, 2003.

Judged the National Geographic Society State Geography Bee, April 4, 2003.

Grants- was awarded a Site License grant from ESRI through the Feature Analyst Grant program for Higher Education from Visual Learning Systems. The grant has a commercial value of $500,000.

Harry Holstein- Guest speaker for the Choccolocco Heritage Festival in Choccolocco, Alabama, April 2003.

Hunter Johnson- gave a talk at the Huntsville Archaeological Chapter in April on the Battle of Tallushatchee and the 1813-1814 Creek Indian War.

Presented Faculty Research Award for the 2002-2003 Academic Year on May 22, 2003.

Co-taught May term Archaeological Field School with Harry Holstein.

Assisted with talk at the June meeting of the Birmingham Archaeological Chapter on Site 1Dk49.

Jim Sewastynowicz- Fulbright Faculty Development Seminar in Guatemala, May 26 to June 25, 2003.

David Steffy- Fulbright Faculty Development Seminar in Guatemala, May 26 to June 25, 2003.

Laura Weinkauf- participated in IMPACTSEED (Improving Physics And Chemistry Teaching in Secondary Education), was on of the physics professors at the Summer Professional Institute which is offered between June 02-13, 2003 at JSU. In this institute, we are offering professional development in chemistry and physics to 18 high school teachers from various counties of Alabama.

Nouredine Zettili- Workshops - "Wonders of Electricity and Magnetism": workshop offered on April 14, 2003 to the students of J.B. Pennington High School in Blountsville (Blount County; this high school is outside JSU's service area). "Magnetism and Induction": workshop offered on April 30, 2003 to the students of Handley High School, Roanoke (Randolph County).

"Optics: Principles of Light Reflection/Refraction, interference/diffraction": workshop offered on May 01, 2003 to the students of Randolph County High School, Wedowee (Randolph County).

"Principles of Electrostatics and Magnetism": workshop offered (in conjunction with Dr. Laura Weinkauf) on May 27, 2003 to the students of Munford High School, Talladega (Talladega County).

Grants: Summer Institute/workshop given:

As part of my IMPACTSEED (Improving Physics And Chemistry Teaching in Secondary Education) grant, I am serving as the director and physics professor at the Summer Professional Institute which is offered between June 02-13, 2003 at JSU. In this institute, we are offering professional development in chemistry and physics to 18 high school teachers from various counties of Alabama.


May 08, 2003: Recipient of the 2003 Distinguished Research Award from the College of Arts and Sciences, Jacksonville State University.

May 22, 2003: Recipient of the 2003 Faculty Scholar Lecturer Award, Jacksonville State University.

Department of Political Science and Public Administration

Dr. Lawson Veasey was a guest on WNSI Talk Radio "Make a Difference," Friday, May 23, 2003.

Dr. Allen was recognized for his years of service by College of Arts and Sciences and by JSU upon his retirement in June, 2003.

Dr. Savage had public opinion articles and programs on local media broadcast and published regarding the War in Iraq and the possible consequences of post-war rebuilding (Jacksonville News, Anniston Star, etc.)


Roxana Conroy has just completed Reality Therapy Certification on June 1-6 in Fort Myers, Florida. She is also participating in the Appalachian School of Alcohol and Other Drug Studies at JSU (June24-27).

Dr. William Palya has been elected to the Board of Editors of the Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, September 2003 to August 2006.

Dr. Palya was also elected Co-Program Chair for the 2004 Association for Behavior Analysis Convention. This entails overseeing half the convention areas:

1) Behavioral Pharmacology,

2) Experimental Analysis of Behavior,

3) Education,

4) Teaching Behavior Analysis,

5) Theoretical, Philosophical, Conceptual, and

6) Verbal Behavior

Dr. Palya received the 2003 Dean's Service Award (JSU) at the College of Arts and Sciences annual award ceremony.

Dr. Palya also received a 2002-2003 Faculty Research Award (JSU)

Dr. Palya coordinated the following presentation: Bowers, M., Zimmerman, B. Y., & Palya, W. L. Feedback Function Effects in the Recurrent Regime of IRT Distributions. Association for Behavior Analysis, San Francisco, May, 2003.

Dr. Palya coordinated videotaping of four 1-hour videotapes for the Society for the Quantitative Analyses of Behavior's SQAB Invited Preeminent Tutorials. Theses tapes are commercially available.

Dr. Palya also obtained 80 boxes of surplus library books. These were distributed to

the JSU library, Instructional Services, Drama Department, and the International House. The remaining books were donated to the Pleasant Valley High School Library.

Dr. Mike Clayton is a reviewer for OBM Network Small Grant committee and a Guest Reviewer for The Psychological Record (1 review).

Department of Sociology and Social Work

The BSW Program has begun the self-study process for reaffirmation for accreditation by the national Council on Social Work Education. The accreditation question comes up at their June 2004 meeting. Reaffirmation for 8 years is being sought. The self-study document is now being developed by the faculty in the BSW Program.

The BSW Program presented the 22nd Annual Social Work Day Conference on April 30, 2003. Guest Speakers included Dr. Jane Kushma, Institute for Emergency Preparedness at JSU and Ms. Robbie Coffman, RN, Alabama Department of Public Health. There was also a teleconference entitled Living with Grief. Professionals from the region along with JSU students attended this conference.

Dr. Mark Fagan and Dr. Maureen Newton attended Site Visitor Training and Reaffirmation of Accreditation Training by the Council on Social Work Education in Alexandria, Virginia on April 3-5, 2003.

Dr. David LoConto was named Coordinator for the Sociology Program for 2003-2004. He also had the following article published in the Great Plains Quarterly: "Discrimination Against and Adaptation of Italians in the Coal Counties of Oklahoma." He wrote the following piece that will be distributed by Thomson/Wadsworth: "Opposing Viewpoints Exercises" for the Instructor's Resources Manual for Diana Kendall's Sociology in Out Times: The Essentials. He also wrote Telecourse Guide for Anderson and Taylor's Sociology: the Essentials by Thomson/Wadsworth.

Dr. Clark Hudspeth, Dr. Maureen Newton, Ms. Donna Smith, and Dr. Mark Fagan received a Faculty Research Award for 2002-2003.

Ms. Donna Smith received the 2003 Carla and Cleo Thomas Award for Outstanding Community Education and Service.

Ms. Kim Womack served as a site selection person for the National Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors' Conference (BPD) and traveled to Austin, Texas (for 2005) to meet with hotel sales staff and CVB people. She facilitated a planning meeting for BPD Conference in Reno (2003). She also worked on the theme for the 2004 conference in Detroit, MI.

Ms. Robyn Snider served on the planning committee for Appalachian School of Alcohol and other drug studies. She served on the planning committee for the JSU Child Development Center at Ft. McClellan. She provided child welfare training for protective services supervisors in Fulton County Georgia and child welfare training/coaching/modeling on using family team meetings for case workers in North Georgia.


Dean William Fielding and Mr. Willard Butterworth traveled to Fort Payne, Alabama on Monday, April 7 and met with officials to discuss completing an Economic Impact Study on the Sock Industry in that area. On Monday, May 19, Dean Fielding and Mr. Butterworth presented the study to the officials.

Dean William Fielding attended the Annual AACSB International Meeting in New Orleans, April 24-27, 2003.

The College of Commerce and Business Administration hosted Business After Hours through the Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, May 20.

Dean William Fielding traveled to Montgomery with President Bill Meehan on Wednesday, June 11 to attend a University Council of President's Meeting.

Dean William Fielding attended the Annual ASBDC Board Meeting in Gulf Shores, June 16-18.

In June, Dean Fielding agreed to chair the search committee for Athletic Director.

Dean William Fielding and Dr. Mark Hearn presented a study "Utilizing Higher Education in the Local Economic Development Process" to the Etowah County Chamber of Commerce on June 26.

Dean Fielding has an Economic Impact Study in progress for the Anniston Army Depot.

Finance, Economics and Accounting

Dr. Ronnie Clayton continues to serve as Executive Director of the Southern Finance Association, an academic association dedicated to with worldwide membership dedicated to financial research and education. Information concerning the Southern Finance Association can be found at www.southernfinance.org.

Dr. Jim McIntyre discussed two research papers at the Eastern Finance Association Meeting held April 9-11 in Orlando, Florida.

Dr. McIntyre is up for election for the Southern Finance Association's Board of Directors.

Dr. McIntyre served as Program Chair for the Southern Finance Association's 2003 meeting to be held in November, 2003.

A paper that Dr. McIntyre co-authored with Richard Lord of Monclair State University was accepted for presentation at the Northeast Business and Economic Association Meeting on October 3, 2003. The paper is entitled: "Leverage and Imports in the Textile and Apparel Industry Reconsidered: A Panel Data Study 1974-1987."

Dr. Chris Westley had the lead article in editorial section of the Sunday, May 18, 2003 Birmingham News on email spam.

Dr. Westley co-wrote an article with Keith Lowe entitled "Economics of Spam" that was published in the JSU Economic Update (M ay/June 2003).

Dr. Westley had an articled entitled "Primary Election Systems and Candidate Shirking" accepted for publication in the Eastern Economics Journal, forthcoming.

Management, Marketing, and Information Management/E-Commerce

Pat Borstorff

On May 9, Dr. Borstorff was a chair person of team for American Cancer Society Relay for Life where we raised $6200 for cancer research.

She worked the week of June 6-13 on Jimmy Carter Work Project and Habitat for Humanity. She was the contact person for Jacksonville First United Methodist Church and helped arrange, publicize, and stage a concert for Habitat and a Fun Night for all the volunteers.

Pat coordinated and worked at the Calhoun County Career Technical Center for May 6. I developed packets to give the students and coordinated approximately 25 Calhoun County leaders in talking to all the students at the Technical Center. We discuss and conducted role-playing for interviewing for a job.

Brent Cunningham

Dr. Brent Cunningham has had two research manuscripts accepted for a conference. These manuscripts are:

Cunningham, Brent and James L. Thomas (2003), "Explicating Materialism in the Service Sector," Atlantic Marketing Conference, Portland, Maine.

Cunningham, Brent (2003), "Shopping Orientations: Revisited and Revised," Atlantic Marketing Conference, Portland, Maine.

Deborah Francis

Dr. Francis reviewed a case for Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice and an article for the Academy of Management Journal. Both were done in May.

Mark Hearn

Dr. Hearn coordinated and was a presenter at the First-Ever Economic Forum of the Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce in February, 2003 and the Economic Forum in Etowah County in June 2003.

Center for Economic Development and Business Research (CED)

Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

Conferences attended by CED/SBDC Staff personnel during the quarter included:

Alabama League of Municipalities; Regional Economic Developers Roundtable; Alabama Small Business Development Consortium; and Economic Developers Association of Alabama.

Keith Lowe was a guest on WDNG radio in April. He provided information about the various counseling services of the SBDC and answered questions from listeners calling in to the program.

Several articles written by SBDC staff members have been published in the Calhoun County Business Journal, a publication of the Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce.

Pat Shaddix and Penn Wilson met in the CED office with Tom Chesnutt of the Alabama Cooperative Extension Service to discuss potential for a joint venture of presenting a state retiree development conference.

Mr. Grant Thomas, a small business consultant from Australia, met with the CED/SBDC staff to discuss similarities of his program and that of the SBDC. Mr. Thomas is part of a group of business professionals touring Alabama and other states. The group tour is sponsored by Rotary International.

Robbie Medders assisted the Alabama Small Business Development Consortium staff in Birmingham in developing the 2004 Department of Defense grant proposal.

Willard Butterworth and Keith Lowe attended the 2003 Alabama League of Municipalities Conference in Huntsville.

CCBA Dean William Fielding and CED consultant Willard Butterworth conducted an economic impact study of the hosiery industry in Fort Payne.

Raymond Hembree of the Small Business Administration (SBA) conducted a quarterly review of the SBDC operation. His report was very complimentary of the SBDC and pointed out the excellent job of the director and staff in providing assistance to the small business community.

The SBDC partnered with the Anniston Army Depot to present a Conference and Trade Fair entitled, "Business Opportunities 2003." The event is presented to expand contracting opportunities for small businesses that participate and to provide a venue for buyers to meet potential new venders. Seminars were offered simultaneously with the event. The General Services Administration, Defense Logistics Agency, Defense Contract Management Agency and the Small Business Administration gave presentations at the seminars. Three hundred and eight people attended the program. Small businesses manned booths and buyers walked through and visited with small business exhibitors throughout the day. This is the sixth year the two organizations have presented the event and the third year for it to be held on the JSU campus. The program was covered by local newspapers, radio stations and TV 24. Radio Station WNSI 810 AM provided a live broadcast during the day.

Pat Shaddix, Willard Butterworth, Penn Wilson, Mike Self, Robbie Medders, Keith Lowe and Ben Boozer attended the Regional Economic Developers Roundtable co-sponsored by the Alabama-Georgia Foothills Forum at the Talladega International Speedway.

Pat Shaddix, Willard Butterworth, Robbie Medders, and Keith Lowe attended the kickoff luncheon for the Calhoun County Business Development Week. SBDC staff members participated in events through the week with is devoted to small businesses.

Ms. Vanda Holt, owner of Metro Mail & Services, Inc., was presented a special small business award by the U.S. Small Business Administration for her contributions as a small business owner. Ms. Holt was nominated for this award by the SBDC at JSU.

Pat Shaddix, Willard Butterworth, Penn Wilson, Mike Self, Robbie Medders, and Ben Boozer attended the Calhoun county Chamber's "Business After Hours" which was hosted by the JSU CCBA.

CED and SBDC staff members continue to work on planning and development of the 2003 American Association of Retirement Communities (AARC) annual conference to be held in Nashville, Tennessee.

Robbie Medders received her re-certification as a Certified Contracting Assistance Specialist from the Association of Government Marketing Assistance Specialists (AGMAS). She holds a Level III certification. Keith Lowe received his Level II certification from AGMAS as well. Consultants must complete continuing education standards for this certification or re-certification.

Patricia Dodd of the Women's Business Center visited the SBDC to discuss her Center's services and explore partnership possibilities with the SBDC.

The JSU CED has been awarded a contract for services by the Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission to conduct a "Retiree Attraction Feasibility Study." This will involve an assessment of communities in 26 counties of Virginia to evaluate their potential for establishing retirement communities.

Pat Shaddix and Penn Wilson attended an AARC board of directors and 2003 conference program committee meeting in Lawrenceville, Georgia.

Penn Wilson attended a meeting at the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs office in Montgomery regarding the Alabama Retiree Relocation Association and its efforts.

Robbie Medders attended "An Opportunity for Diversity" (a diversity summit) hosted by Honda Manufacturing of Alabama at the Honda Plant in Lincoln.

Pat Shaddix, Robbie Medders, Keith Lowe and Ben Boozer attended the quarterly meeting of the Alabama Small Business Development Consortium (ASBDC) in Gulf Shores.

Mike Self, Robbie Medders, and Keith Lowe received continuing education credit to retain certification as an ASBDC "Certified Business Counselor."

Mike Self attended and participated in the monthly meetings of the Industry Education Alliance for Etowah County during the reporting period.

Two issues of JSU Economic Update were printed and distributed statewide during the quarter.

Keith Lowe and Robbie Medders of the SBDC attended several Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) meetings during the quarter.

Willard Butterworth attended the monthly meetings of the East Alabama Regional Planning and Development Commission. He is a member of the board.

Pat Shaddix and Robbie Medders attended board meetings of the Northeast Alabama Business Incubator System (NABIS).

The SBDC presented 7 workshops with a total of 410 participants during the reporting period. Other workshops are scheduled for the next quarter.


Dean's Office

Dr. Sheila Anne Webb serves as Secretary at the AACTE meeting in Montgomery, April 14-15, 2003.

Dr. Sheila Anne Webb attended the APC Board meeting in Clanton, AL, April 21, 2003.

Dr. Sheila Anne Webb attended the Alabama Partnership for Children in Montgomery, June 23, 2003.

Dr. Sheila Anne Webb attended the Alabama System Mapping Initiative for National Smart Start Center in Montgomery, June 27, 2003.

Dr. Cynthia Harper attended the Association for Institutional Research (AIR) Conference in Tampa, Florida, May 18-21, 2003.

Dr. Cynthia Harper attended the Alabama-NCATE Training provided by the Alabama State

Dr. Cynthia Harper attended the Department of Education in collaboration with NCATE at Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama, June 23-26, 2003.

Dr. Cynthia Harper attended the Alabama State University and State Department of Education PEPE Conference at Alabama State University, Montgomery, Alabama, June 19-20, 2003.

Kristi Triplett was hired as Director of the Child Development Center. Lynn Steward was hired as Secretary for the Center and Christy Duke was hired for the Assistant Director's position. Plans are being made for an August 4 opening. The CDC has hosted Open houses for the Board of Trustees, College of Education & Professional Studies, the University employees and the community.

Department of Communication

Ben Cunningham, a senior in Communication and former editor of JSU campus newspaper, The Chanticleer, has accepted a fulltime job as a reporter at the Anniston Star beginning April 5, 2003. His first article on recent tornado ravages was published on the front page of 5/6/03 Anniston Star.

Jamie Eubank, a junior in the Department of Communication has been offered a paid internship with the Anniston Star for the summer of 2003.

Michelle Cleveland, one of Communication Department's April graduates (in Public Relations), has accepted a job offer at the Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Mr. Jerry Chandler, assistant professor of communication, wrote a major story for American Legion Magazine on battlefield medicine, and is beginning a major story for Popular Science magazine on aircraft safety.

Messrs. Mike Stedham, Tom Allred and Lloyd Dobyns have completed the installation of 21 new e-Mac computers in the Communication Department computer lab.

Mr. Mike Stedham, manager of student media and part-time instructor in the Communication Department, gave a speech at The Gadsden Times. His topic was, "Developing News Sources and becoming more aware of the Need for Accuracy in Everyday Reporting." Last weekend, Mr. Stedham also directed a mystery dinner theater play for The Junior League of Calhoun County raising more than $6,000.00 to pay for local charity efforts.

Dr. Kingsley O. Harbor, head of the Communication Department, in April 2003, presented a paper to the Mass Communication Division of the Western Social Science Association. The topic of his paper was, "Development vs. Utilitarian Journalism: Revisiting the Issue of Freedom of the Press in Africa". In that conference, Dr. Harbor also served as a moderator for another panel, and as a discussant for two other papers.

The Department of Communication just concluded its premiere Summer Journalism Institute. Three high school students attended the institute and each produced one form or media or another-newsletters, TV or radio commercials. The range of subjects covered during the four-day intensive workshop included Television production, radio production, news and newspaper production, advertising and public relations, and overview of communications profession.

The Department of Communication has just been awarded a grant of $2,225, by the Alabama Press Association, to conduct a Minority Journalism Workshop in the summer of 2004.

Department of Curriculum and Instruction

Dr. Larry Beard presented at the 2003 Council of Exceptional Children (CEC) Annual Conference, April 9th-13th, in Seattle, Washington. He currently serves as the Treasurer of the Alabama Federation of the Council for Exceptional Children and has assisted in the recent re-activation of the JSU Student Council for Exceptional Children.

Dr. Larry Beard has been appointed to the Vision 2020 Board of Directors. The group is sponsored by the City of Anniston and is headed by Chip Howell, Mayor of Anniston. The initial meeting of the board was held on Friday, April 4th.

Dr. Larry Beard presented at AETC Conference in Birmingham, AL, on June 12th.

Dr. Elizabeth Engley made a presentation at the Association for Childhood Education International Conference in Phoenix, AZ, on Tuesday, April 15th.

Dr. Elizabeth Engley presented at Mid-South Reading/Writing Conference in Birmingham, AL, on June 20th.

Dr. Slenda Haynes made a presentation at the 48th Annual Convention of the International Reading Association (IRA) in Orlando, Florida, on May 7th. The topic was "Independent, Self-selected Reading in a Balanced Reading Program."

Dr. Patsy Lowry and Dr. Judy McCrary will have an article published in a book by the National Science Teacher's Association (NSTA). The book will feature the top 25 articles from Science and Children on interdisciplinary, integrated, and thematic approaches to teaching science in the elementary school.

Dr. Gena Riley presented at AETC Conference in Birmingham, AL, on June 12th.

Dr. Gena Riley presented K-2 Alabama Course of Study in Birmingham, AL for Inservice Center on June 23rd.

Dr. Gena Riley presented K-2 Alabama Course of Study in Tuscaloosa, AL for Inservice Center on June 26th.

Mrs. Jennifer Strain presented at Mid-South Reading/Writing Conference in Birmingham, AL, on June 20th.

Department of Educational Resources

The following EDRS faculty presented at Regional Conferences: Drs. Donna Herring, Mary Montgomery, Stephen Nowlin, and Dennis Zuelke.

The following EDRS faculty presented at National Conferences: Drs. Sondra Yarbrough and Angela Adams.

The following EDRS faculty presented at State Conferences: Dr. Donna Herring

Drs. Notar, Wilson, and Friery have a research article that has been accepted for publication in the College of Education Student Journal.

Dr. Gordon Nelson paid his own expenses to present at a workshop for Multimedia Power Point presentations in Vaxjo, Sweden.

Dr. Kathleen Friery served as co-chair of the Third Annual Appalachian School of Alcohol and Other Drug Studies hosted on the campus of JSU.

Drs. Wilson, Notar, and Yarbrough were Grand Judges for the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Cleveland, OH.

Dr. Dennis Zuelke conducted assessment interviews for a federally funded project for at-risk youths at Ft. Payne High School.

Dr. Carol Uline conducted a workshop for EH/Language Arts teachers at the Houston Cole Library. The topic of the workshop was - "Reading in the Content Area."

Dr. Carol Uline attended the ARI Reading Initiative Collaborative meeting in Montgomery, AL.

Department of Family and Consumer Sciences

A Senior Reception for all Family and Consumer Sciences students graduating in Spring, Summer and Fall, 2003 was held on April 9th. We were honored to have a number of Jacksonville State University Administrators and Special Guests present. FCS seniors were recognized and their parents were introduced during the program. Outstanding Student Awards were presented and a number of Scholarships were given. Parents and friend of the honorees enjoyed a tour of the department.

Those receiving Outstanding Awards are as follows:

Restaurant and Foodservice Management - Amanda Bergstresser

Merchandising - Jennifer Reaves

Dietetics - Holli Washburn

Alabama Dietetic Association Outstanding Senior Award - Holly Washburn

Dr. Virginia Yocum Award for Excellence - Christie Heathcock

Those receiving Scholarship are as follows:

Hazel Mathews Scholarship $600.00 - Shelley Capes

Dr. Betty Sowell Scholarship $500.00 - Jessy Snyder

Lowery/Prater/Maxwell Scholarship $475.00 - Christina Wilson

Dr. Louise Rhodes Clark, former Department Head of Family and Consumer Science increased her Scholarship to total $10,000.00. The interest will be awarded yearly.

A special endowment of $500.00 was awarded to FCS student Christie Heathcock. This endowment was given by a former student in appreciation of the FCS department's commitment to student success.

Eleven students were inducted into the Alpha Eta Epsilon Honor Society.

Dr. Tim Roberts made a presentation on Microorganisms that cause food-born illnesses on May 5 and May 19, 2003 at the Calhoun County Health Department in Anniston, Alabama.

Ms. Karen Nemeth is participating in the American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences National Conference in Washington, D.C., June 27 through July 1, 2003. She is a National officer nominee, Student advisor, and HEU representative for JSU Accreditation workshops.

Ms. Shelley Capes, a Family and Consumer Sciences Education major that was elected President of the Alabama Student FCS Association and is representing AFCS Students at the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences annual conference in Washington, D.C.

Ms. Debra Goodwin plans to complete work toward the Ph.D. in Health Education/Health Promotion by the end of summer 2003.

Department of Health, Physical Education & Recreation

The seminar for Elementary Physical Education teachers was held on Friday, April 11, 2003. Approximately 50 educators took part in the program. Mrs. Lori Thornburg conducted the seminar.

The add-on certification program in Driver Education is to be reinstated summer 2003.

A partnership between the Department of HPER and the Calhoun County Career Technical Center has been established. Student from the exercise science and wellness program will be working with high school students and senior citizens in the area on wellness based programming.

Dr. William Hey published an article in The Journal of College Orientation and Transition

Professors: Hey, Thornburg, Hill, McLaughlin, Bailey-Hey, and Mabrey presented papers at the state HPERD conference.

Dr. Thornburg, Mrs. Thornburg, and Mr. Hill are working with the Calhoun County Schools on a major grant-writing project dealing with a comprehensive elementary physical education initiative.

Glenn Roswal, Kory Hill, and Gina Mabrey are involved in efforts to bring the Alabama Summer Special Olympics to JSU. They attended the games in Auburn this past weekend.

Willie Hey, Donna Hey, and Jim McLaughlin have assumed their duties as officers of the ASAHPERD. They all attended a leadership workshop this past weekend Twin Pines Resort.

Department of Instructional Services

Mike Zenanko is the new Director of the Instructional Services Unit.

The Learning Resource Center has over 400 Ellison Dies one of the largest collections in the state; recent additions include die cuts for math and science.

The Multimedia Instructional Laboratories (MIL) and the local area network (LAN) it supports have successfully transitioned to the new server. The LAN now operates at 100 Mbps. The Uniprint system is successfully been implemented in the computer labs and is eliminating wasteful printing.

The Teaching/Learning Center involved 48 JSU students in tutoring 48 community children in May.

Department of the Teacher Service Center

Teacher Hall of Fame Awards banquet held May 19, 2003

Dr. Kelly W. Ryan received training as a Board of Examiners member for NCATE

The TSC is currently in the process of placing approximately 210 preservice teachers for fall 2003

Department of Technology & Engineering

Jess Godbey presented at the Applied Ergonomics Conference in Dallas, Texas.

North American Bus Industries (NABI) utilized the Manufacturing Design Lab in 174 Self Hall for employee training.

The Intent to Propose for the Masters Program in Manufacturing System Technology has been submitted to the Alabama Commission on Higher Education (ACHE).


Office of Continuing Education

As of June 30, 2003, Continuing Education served 5,578 in 427 non-credit classes.

Continuing Education co-sponsored the third annual Appalachian School of Alcohol and Other Drug Studies conducted on campus June 24-27. There were 266 conference participants from Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, and South Carolina.

Continuing Education staff handled the on-campus housing for the Jimmy Carter Work Project in which 770 people were housed in the JSU dorms.

Continuing Education is currently conducting contract training for Anniston Army Depot, ITC Delta Com, Regional Medical Center, Honeywell, and M&H Valve.

Continuing Education conducted an Employment Litigation Update workshop for 34 public officials in the East Alabama Regional Planning Commission ten-county region.

Statewide, Continuing Education, in cooperation with Troy State-Dothan and University of North Alabama, continues to offer training certificate programs for county engineers, county administrators, and police chiefs.

In-Service Education Center

The In-Service Education Center received a contract in the amount of $565,291 from the Alabama State Department of Education to provide for five administrators to serve as reading coaches for principals in selected schools throughout the state. This contract is in addition to ten other contracts in the amount of $469,906 the In-Service Education Center has received this year to provide training for teachers and administrators.


The Jacksonville Association of Nursing Students (JANS) received the 2003 National Student Nurse's Association Official Constituent Award. A total of 63 nursing students belong to JANS.

The CNHS celebrated National Nurses Week, May 6th-12th, with a reception for all nursing students and faculty. In addition, all clinical preceptors were recognized for their contribution to our program with a letter of appreciation and a nursing t-shirt.

Dr. Martha G. Lavender presented two general sessions at the annual convention of AWHONN: Association of Women's Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses in Milwaukee, WI on May 31, 2003. Her educational sessions focused on effective leadership strategies.

Five nursing faculty were recognized for scholarly achievements at the Faculty Recognition Ceremony in May 2003: Ms. Mylinda Brown, Dr. Jane Cash, Dr. Beth Hembree, Ms. Lynn Hillhouse, and Dr. Sarah Latham

Ms. Deborah Curry received the 2003 Outstanding Teacher Award at the JSU Faculty Recognition Ceremony. Ms. Curry joined our faculty in 1994 and has a distinguished reputation among faculty and students as an exemplary nurse educator.

Funding for Year 03 of HRSA grant, in the amount of $145,335, will begin in July 2003. A grant proposal for a continuation grant (Years 04 and 05) is currently being developed to enhance the MSN and the RN-BSN-MSN articulation programs.

The 2003 Summer Conference, Nursing Update 2003, is scheduled for July 18, 2003. The keynote speaker is Dr. Sally Karioth, internationally renowned speaker and counselor helping people cope with death of loved ones. Approximately 200 nurses are expected to attend.

Ms. Mylinda Brown, Instructor, directed a summer camp in June 2003 entitled, Babysitting Certification, for students ages 11-14. A total of 17 students were in attendance. The camp is used as a way to introduce the students to the nursing profession through an exciting training course for all young people interested in childcare.

MSN Community Advisory Committee met on April 21, 2003 to discuss issues pertinent to advanced practice nursing. Dr. Jeanette Lancaster, HRSA grant consultant, discussed issues relevant to the advancement of public/community health nursing. Thirteen advisory committee members and MSN faculty attended the meeting.

Dr. Beth Hembree was notified of the approval and funding of a grant proposal entitled, "Advanced Education Nursing Traineeships" for the 2003-04 academic year in the amount of $17,583. The funds are used for tuition and books for graduate students in the MSN program.


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.

The Gamecock Battalion conducted its annual Spring Awards Ceremony in April, where 25 patriotic and civic organizations presented awards to cadets who excelled in leadership, athletics and academics. In addition to these recognitions, our cadets earned over 150 Battalion and Cadet Command awards. Five new lieutenants were added to the brotherhood of arms during our Spring Commissioning Ceremony, bringing our total to ten new officers so far this year. We anticipate commissioning five additional lieutenants in August, enabling us to meet our commissioning goal for the year of fifteen.

The Battalion awarded 17 scholarships to deserving students for the upcoming year, and we are hopeful of additional funding from Cadet Command for more scholarships. Four incoming freshman won four-year scholarships, seven prospective juniors won two-year scholarships, and we awarded our six ROTC Alumni Scholarships to outstanding juniors and seniors in the Battalion.

The Department recruited and sent thirteen students to the Leaders Training Course (LTC) at Fort Knox this summer, exceeding our Cadet Command mission by six. Two of our cadets were selected to serve in leadership positions during graduation of the first class because of their outstanding performance. We anticipate the remainder of our students will excel as well. Twenty of our advanced course cadets are currently undergoing training at the National Advanced Leadership Camp (NALC) at Fort Lewis, Washington. Thus far, Gamecock cadets are exceeding the Camp averages for physical fitness, land navigation and marksmanship. Five cadets are slated to attend Basic Airborne Training at Fort Benning, Georgia later this summer. One cadet will attend Air Assault Training at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, and two cadets will train for three weeks with active Army units in Germany and Korea as part of the Cadet Troop Leadership Training Program.

Gamecock Cadre are involved in student development and cadet training locally and across the nation throughout the summer. Major Greg Pass is working in operations at LTC for the duration of the Camp. Major John Nolan and Captain Ronnie Preston are supporting NALC and will return in August. Master Sergeant Gerald Walker was the NCO in charge of rappelling operations at LTC and recently returned. Sergeant Joe Pyland is supporting NALC and returns in July. Lieutenant Colonel Doc May and Second Lieutenant Eric Watley supported Alabama Boys State as staff members in June, and Lieutenant Colonel May will serve as a faculty mentor during freshman orientation. 2LT Teatric Thomas served as a tactical officer during the two week Junior ROTC summer camp at McClellan.

The Gamecock Battalion continues to recruit prospective students for our fall classes and looks forward to another year of outstanding training and leader preparation.


Videoconferencing workshops were conducted to familiarize administrators with the technology in preparation for their use of the equipment during the fall and subsequent semesters. Thirteen new courses were added to the Electronic Campus for summer terms, bringing the total number of unique courses JSU is advertising through the Electronic Campus to ninety-four. Three Blackboard workshops, consisting of an Update training session related to migration to the new system, followed by an Introductory and an Advanced training session, were conducted at the time of this report. Further sessions will be offered throughout the Summer and Fall terms. Individual training sessions on the Blackboard system continued, reaching more than 40 instructors.

The e-learning system platform was upgraded from Blackboard Learning System 5.5 (Basic Edition) to Blackboard Learning System 6.0 (Enterprise Edition). Appropriate hardware and supporting software were purchased and the required license was obtained. Various additional updates to Blackboard Learning System 6.0 (Enterprise Edition) were also installed to ensure optimum service.

As a cost savings measure, the videoconferencing system currently located in the Bevill Manufacturing Technology Center, Gadsden, will be relocated to the second floor of the Joe Ford Center. This move will result in a savings of room use fees and will provide greater access to the system.

Online Enrollment Data

May online and Blackboard enrollment statistics were:

Blackboard Online - 223 students; 7 courses ( 7 sections)

Blackboard Supplements - 421 students; 24 courses ( 24 sections)

Other Online Formats - 0 students; 0 courses (0 sections)

Summer I online and Blackboard enrollment statistics were:

Blackboard Online - 102 students; 4 courses (4 sections)

Blackboard Supplements - 398 students; 16 courses (16 sections)

Other Online Formats - 38 students; 1 courses (1 sections)

Summer II 2003 online and Blackboard enrollment statistics were:

Blackboard Online - 229 students; 9 courses ( 9 sections)

Blackboard Supplements - 362 students; 16 courses ( 16 sections)

Other Online Formats - 0 students; 0 courses ( 0 sections)

Marathon A 2003 online and Blackboard enrollment statistics were:

Blackboard Online - 88 students; 4 courses (4 sections)

Blackboard Supplements - 16 students; 1 course (1 section)

Other Online Formats - 1 student; 1 course (1 section)

Marathon B 2003 online and Blackboard enrollment statistics were:

Blackboard Online - 142 students; 6 courses (6 sections)

Blackboard Supplements - 74 students; 3 courses (3 sections)

Other Online Formats - 5 students; 3 courses (3 sections)

Marathon G 2003 online and Blackboard enrollment statistics were:

Blackboard Online - 174 students; 6 courses (6 sections)

Blackboard Supplements - 57 students; 3 courses ( 6 sections)

Other Online Formats - 0 students; 0 courses (0 sections)

Marathon H 2003 online and Blackboard enrollment statistics were:

Blackboard Online - 103 students; 3 courses ( 3 sections)

Blackboard Supplements - 0 students; 0 courses (0 sections)

Other Online Formats - 0 students; 0 courses (0 sections)

Marathon J 2003 online and Blackboard enrollment statistics were:

Blackboard Online - 24 students; 3 courses (3 sections)

Blackboard Supplements - 44 students; 4 course ( 4 sections)

Other Online Formats - 114 students; 7 courses (7 sections)

Marathon X 2003 online and Blackboard enrollment statistics were:

Blackboard Online - 0 students; 0 courses (0 sections)

Blackboard Supplements - 71 students; 2 courses ( 4 sections)

Other Online Formats - 0 students; 0 courses (0 sections)

Blackboard Ongoing Workshop Type Courses - 8 (enrollment varied)

College By Cassette Enrollment Data

Summer I

33 students ;1 course

Summer II

37 students ; 1course

Videoconferencing Enrollment Data

Summer II

38 students; 1 course ( 2 sections)

Marathon G

33 students; 1 course (4sections)

Marathon H

28 students; 1courses (3sections)


The construction for completing the third floor of the Joe M. Ford Center is ongoing and should be complete in mid September. The third floor will be occupied exclusively by Gadsden State, which under the terms of the agreement allows JSU Gadsden to exclusively occupy the second floor.

Computers for the computer lab have arrived at the Ford Center and will be installed before the fall semester. This lab is part of the shared space between GSCC and JSU on the first floor. The lab will enhance instruction as well as services to our students. The Department of Continuing Education has programs scheduled for the fall.


The library received the results of the international survey of service quality (LibQUAL+). JSU's results were extremely positive in comparison with academic library consortia in Alabama, Ohio, and New York. Detailed data for use in peer comparisons will be forthcoming.

The Uniprint debit card system was successfully implemented for library computer printers and photocopy machines.

With the approval of the elevator/painting/re-carpeting contract, the library is looking forward to beginning major interior improvements.

Luke Griffin presented "Deposits and Withdrawals: A Survey of Depository Libraries That Have Recently Changed Status" at the Depository Library Council meeting in Reno, Nevada.

Luke Griffin published two reviews in Reference Reviews.

Jodi Poe published two reviews in Reference Reviews and one review in Choice.


Counseling and Career Services

The 3rd Annual Appalachian School of Alcohol and Other Drug Studies was a huge success. During the week of June 24th, approximately 266 professional people were on campus for 4 days. They came from Georgia, Tennessee, South Carolina and all over Alabama. We had faculty from California, Indiana and Florida

Rickey Naugher has been asked to serve on the Higher Education Consortium Committee dealing with Substance Abuse among college age students. The University of Alabama in Birmingham is taking the lead on this project.

Disability Support Services

Daniel Miller attended the national convention of Self-Help for Hard of Hearing in Atlanta the end of June. PEPNet, a federally funded project that seeks to enhance postsecondary access for students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing, sponsored him. Dan assisted with the PEPNet exhibit booth.

Disability Support Services (DSS) has received notification of the continuation of two agreements/grants. The Postsecondary Consortium (PEC), Outreach and Technical Assistance for Deaf and Hard of Hearing, is refunded for year three of five for $40,000. DSS serves as the State Outreach & Technical Assistance (SOTAC) Center for the entire State. In addition, DSS has been awarded a special $80,000 agreement through Deaf Services of the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services to provide Transition and Leadership workshops.

Cindy Camp and Dan Miller attended the PEC Federal Review. This was a year-two marker for the grant to address the success of the outcome statements as presented in the Federal Register. The initial report by the Review Team was very positive.

Dan Miller is serving as the co-chair for Programming for the 33rd Annual Southeast Regional Institution for Deafness (SERID). This eight-state effort of vocational rehabilitation and postsecondary organizations hosts a conference yearly.

Al Miles, Lawyer and College Professor, provided an all day workshop dealing with legal issue in postsecondary education May 7th. Student Life, Career Placement, Counseling & Career, and Disability Support Services sponsored this student affairs endeavor. Faculty, as well as staff expressed their pleasure to have this opportunity to learn of current trends and practices.

DSS continues to work with Gadsden State Community College in providing information that assists in smoother transition from a two-year to a four-year college.

Dan Miller and Linda Turner are serving on the Vocational Department Advisory Committee Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind, Alabama School for the Deaf. The April 16th meeting focused on current changes due to the Department of Education's rulings.

Dee Johnston (Lead Interpreter) received her masters degree; conducted 6-week sign language classes to JSU staff and faculty--great turnout; assisted at the University of Alabama Office of Disability Support Services with interviews for Lead Interpreter; assisted with Mark Mitchum Workshop/Concert in June; serving on committees for SERID; involved with Alabama Association of the Deaf Biennial Conference in June.

Linda Turner (Transition Specialist) conducted a Transition presentation at the Huntsville Vocational Rehabilitation Office on April 27, 2003; conducted Leadership training with the seniors at Alabama School for the Deaf on April 20, 2003; attended Jr/Sr day at Alabama School for the Deaf on April 30, 2003; represented DSS at the "Deaf Extreme" held at Floyd College in Rome, GA on May 7, 2003; interpreted at Jubilee (city festival in Montgomery), Memorial Day Weekend; received Certification in Reality Therapy June, 2003 in Ft. Meyers, FL.; assisted with Mark Mitchum Workshop/Concert, June 14/15, 2003

Dee Johnston and Linda Turner attended the National American Sign Language Teachers Association (ASLTA) Conference in Indianapolis, IN.

Cindy Camp (Disability Specialist/Deafness) - presented at Western Symposium in Seattle, Washington in April; conducted workshop in Mississippi for Hinds Community College in May; conducted workshop in North Carolina for Central Piedmont Community College in May; presented at ADARA national conference in New Jersey in June; coordinated DSS sponsored interpreter workshop in June.

Chris Lanier (Disability Specialist: ADHD/LD) hosted Lakeshore Hospital Rehabilitation's College Prep, a group of 8 prospective students who are deaf/hard of hearing, on their June 25th visit to JSU.

Multicultural Services

Two JSU students of the College Chapter of the NAACP attended the 94th Annual NAACP Convention in Miami, Florida from July 13-18, 2003.

Ms Benitez Vargas, a Hispanic student was presented the Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF) General Scholarship Program for 2003-2004 academic year. Since 1975, the Hispanic Scholarship Fund has awarded more than 40,000 scholarships to Hispanic American Students in colleges and universities throughout the United States and Puerto Rico, totaling over $47 million. Last year HSF awarded nine million dollars to students in all 50 states! The scholarship totaled $2500.

Jacksonville State University housed over 1100 volunteers for the Jimmy Carter Work Build 2003. The Director of Multicultural Services serves as Habitat For Humanity of Calhoun County affiliate board president. Former President and Mrs. Carter and Mr. and Mrs. Millard Fuller CEO of Habitat For Humanity International stayed on campus with the volunteers. This was the twenty anniversary of the Jimmy Carter Work Project. The first project took place in 1984, when Jimmy and Rosalyn Carter led a team to New York City to renovate a six-story building with dozens of volunteers and families in need of adequate shelter. That weeklong event gave rise to the internationally recognized JCWP tradition, and Habitat for Humanity has hosted the event every year since. Each year, the Carters give one week of their time - as well as their building skills to build houses and spread awareness for Habitat for Humanity. This event took take place in Wellborn Manor where 35 homes were build and in West Anniston where one home was built and twenty-five (25) homes were renovated during June 8-13, 2003 to highlight the issue of poverty housing around the world.

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University Police Department

The University Police Department was recently awarded a traffic safety grant for participation in a Nationwide Community Traffic Safety Program. The Governor of Alabama and the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA) selected the East Alabama Emergency Medical Services Inc. to coordinate this program. University Police participate in this important safety program each year. This year the grant totaled $3580.00 and is used to pay officer overtime for traffic enforcement.

The University Police were recently accepted into the Alabama AMBER Alert program. The plan is a voluntary partnership between law-enforcement agencies and broadcasters to activate an urgent bulletin in the most serious child-abduction cases. The Alabama Department of Public Safety (DPS) is responsible for the statewide program. AMBER is an acronym for America's Missing Broadcast Emergency Response. Broadcasters use the Emergency Alert System (EAS), formerly called the Emergency Broadcast System, to air a description of the missing child and suspected abductor. This is the same concept used during severe weather emergencies. The goal of the AMBER Alert is to instantly galvanize the entire community to assist in the search for and safe return of the child. Only Law Enforcement Agencies can activate the alert system and the organization must meet all DPS training and policy requirements before acceptance into the program.


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