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15 April 2008
AVPASA Quarterly Report to Board of Trustees  04/14/08


Criminal Justice Department


Drs. Ardie Dial and Richard Kania recently teamed up to write “Prosecutor Misconduct,” for the 6th edition of Justice, Crime and Ethics, edited by Michael Braswell, Belinda McCarthy and Bernard McCarthy, just published by Lexis-Nexis in 2008.


Dr. Ardie Dial has agreed to be the faculty sponsor for the Gamma Phi Delta Sorority chapter at JSU.  Gamma Phi Delta is a sorority of professional women engaging in or interested in non-profit civic activities in the community and nation.


Dr. Ardie Dial also serves on the advisory board of Eagles Nest, a community civic organization helping find shelter for battered women in the local area.  Currently the board is establishing a shelter at Fort McClellan to help those in need of a temporary place of refuge. 


Dr. Ronald Mellen was appointed as a member of the College of Arts & Sciences Symposium Committee for 2008, and was awarded tenure March 25, 2008

Dr. Ronald Mellen’s latest article, ”Cranial Electrotherapy Stimulation May Help Reduce Stress-Related Problems,” appeared in The Chanticleer, on the 6th of March 2008 (page 4, vol. 56, issue 21).


Dr. Ronald Mellen attended Southern States Correctional Association planning meeting, January 11-13, 2008, as a member of the Research & Grants Committee, San Antonio, Texas.


Dr. Ronald Mellen, Mrs. Nancy B. Mellen (also JSU-CJ faculty), and Ms. Stephanie Mitchell (a JSU-CJ Master’s student) co-authored and co-presented their paper on, ”Cranial Electrotherapy Stimulation to Reduce Violent and Aggressive Behavior: A Case Study.” at the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences in Cincinnati, Ohio in March 2008.   Dr. Mellen also co-authored a second ACJS paper, ”County Jail Recidivism and Demographics in a Southern State,”  with co-presenters Ms. Stacey Johnson  and Ms. Kelly Smith (both JSU-CJ Master’s students).


Dr, Dean Buttram coordinated the annual JUS Criminal Justice Career Day in Brewer Hall on Wednesday, the 5th of March.  The event was attended by about 15 local and state criminal justice agencies and also several from out of state.


Dr. Richard Davis attended a three-day training course with the National Institute of Crime Prevention and the Spartanburg Department of Public Safety (South Carolina) in Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED). Dr. Davis is now a certified specialist in CPTED.


Mrs. Nancy Mellen led a departmental delegation of students and faculty to Montgomery for the annual Higher Education Day events.


Mrs. Nancy Mellen  serves as the faculty representative on the Student Judicial Committee which is making recommendations for changes to the current student judicial system., and also has been designed as the GO Advisor representing the department.


In March, Mrs. Nancy Mellen and Dr. Ronald Mellen made a presentation to the college youth and visitors at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Jacksonville regarding the current prison system and the assessment and treatment of inmates.


Drs. Vance McLaughlin and Richard Kania were invited to serve on the board of Crime Stoppers of Calhoun County.


Dr. McLaughlin continues his research for a new book about Harry F. Powers, an infamous serial murderer executed in 1932,


Dr. Richard Kania attended the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, recruiting new faculty, and speaking on “Police Use of Deadly Force Revisited,” for the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, Cincinnati, Ohio, March 2008 [with Wade C. Mackey].


Dr. Kania has submitted the draft of his new book, Managing Criminal Justice Organizations: An Introduction to Theory and Practice, to Anderson Publishing of the Lexis/Nexis group, and it is under review now.


Dr. Kania was an guest for the annual Gadsden Police Department Awards Banquet where he had the great pleasure of witnessing recent JSU-CJ alumnus Wayne Keener (2006) receiving the Officer of the Year Award.  Wayne’s academic progress at JSU was mentioned prominently in the citation of his award.



History and Foreign Languages


Dr. Llew Cook, Associate Professor of History, presented a paper titled “Command in Crisis: The Army of Bohemia, 1813” at the Consortium on the Revolutionary Era, which JSU cosponsored with the University of Alabama at Huntsville.


Mr. Jason Gurner, Adjunct Instructor of History and JSU MA in History has been accepted for graduate study at the University of Edinburgh.


Dr. Jennifer Gross, Associate Professor of History published an essay titled “The United Daughters of the Confederacy, Confederate Widows, and the Lost Cause: ‘We Must Not Forget or Neglect the Widows,’” in Women on Their Own: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Being Single (Rutgers University Press). She has been invited to write an essay on Georgia’s aid (state and private) for the Confederate widows after the Civil war for inclusion in a collection of essays on Georgia and the Civil War to be published by the University of Georgia Press.


 Dr. Harvey H. Jackson, Professor of History, continues to serve on the editorial board of The Anniston Star and write a weekly column on southern politics and culture.  He is also a regular contributor the magazine Longleaf Style. In January he presented a paper titled “Frontier Alabama: ‘It is good to be shifty in a new country’,” at “Cultural Crossroads: A New Country” sponsored by the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts. In February he spoke at the B.B. Comer Memorial Library Winter Brown Bag Lecture Series in Sylacauga, at the annual staff meeting of the Wildlife Section of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, and at the meeting of the Cheaha Chapter of the Alabama Society of the Sons of the American Revolution. 


Dr. Phillip Koerper, Professor of History, spoke to the B.B. Comer Memorial Library on “Winston Churchill: The Wilderness Years (1930-1940)” and to the JSU History Club on “Elizabeth: The Golden Years.”  He was appointed by the Calhoun County Commission to serve on the Janney Furnace Restoration Committee.


Dr. George M. Lauderbaugh, Associate Professor of History, completed his second year as present of the Alabama Historical Association and presided at the annual meeting. He has signed a contract with Greenwood Press to write The History of Ecuador.


Dr. Russel Lemmons, Professor of History, presented a paper titled “’Fight Like Thalmann’: The April 1986 Dedication of the Ernst Thalmann Memorial, Political Memory and Legitimacy in the German Democratic Republic” at the European Social Science History Conference that will be held in Lisbon, Portugal in February. He recently received word that he has been selected to attend the Brandies University Summer Institute for Israel Studies, which will include a trip Israel, all paid for by the Institute.


Dr. Tamara Levi, Assistant Professor of History, spoke to the JSU History Club on “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee” and to the JSU Archeology Club on “Sand Creek Massacre of 1864.”


Mr. Eduardo Pacheco, Assistant Professor of Spanish, organized and serves as the advisor of the JSU Spanish Club. He is teaching a beginners class for English as a second language students at the ESL Faith Learning Center in Anniston.

Dr. Donald Prudlo, Assistant Professor of History, published a book, The Martyred Inquisitor: The Life and Cult of Peter of Verona (d. 1252) (Aldershot: Ashgate Press) and an article “The Assassin Saint: The Life and Cult of Carino of Balsamo,” in Catholic Historical Review (January, 2008). He present a paper titled “Mendicancy in Dominican Hagiography” at the Sewanee Medieval Colloquium, and organized a panel for the Alabama Association of Historians meeting. He was conference director for “Liberty, Community, and Prosperity in the Medieval City” which was sponsored by the Liberty Fund and he wrote a book review for The Medieval Review.

Student Accomplishments

Loren Girman presented a paper titled “The Spiritual Franciscans: Heresy or Faith” at the annual meeting of the Alabama Association of Historians.


Miles Laseter, was accepted to the Ph.D. program at Auburn University and given a Graduate Teaching Assistantship and full tuition. He was also accepted into the Ph.D. Program at the University of Mississippi.


Brian Reed made a presentation to the Anniston Rotary Club on Gov. James E. (“Big Jim”) Folsom’s efforts to reapportion the Alabama legislature. Voting rights and apportionment in Alabama is the subject of Brian’s thesis.



Institute for Emergency Preparedness


The Institute for Emergency Preparedness (IEP) once more continues to grow academically as well as serve the region through contractual emergency planning services and community and scholarly activities. 


Academic Programs:


The MS-Emergency Management program, presently in the fifth academic year of implementation, continues to exceed Alabama Commission on Higher Education (ACHE) viability standards in both enrollment and program completion projections.    To-date, there have already been 69 MS Emergency Management graduates, which is six times our total program completion projection for all five years.  Enrollment projections are also being significantly exceeded.


Undergraduate and graduate Emergency Management course enrollment numbers/head counts show an overall increase between the spring 2007 and spring 2008 academic sessions/terms.  On average, undergraduate emergency management course enrollment/head counts increased approximately 12% between spring 2007 and spring 2008 sessions.  Likewise, graduate emergency management course enrollment/head counts between spring 2007 and spring 2008 show an increase of 11%. 


IEP Faculty and Staff Contractual Services:


During this reporting time-frame, the IEP has 2 pending/proposed contracts anticipated to begin shortly. 


Contracts that are anticipated to begin shortly are:


·        Center for the Study of High Consequence Event Preparedness and Response, Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Johns Hopkins University Consortium.  IEP will continue to work on this project with the consortium in development of emergency preparedness awareness courses during the second year.  JSU’s contract for the first year was $15,420.00.

·        Medical Coordinator for Alabama CSEPP, ADPH (FY08).   IEP will continue to work with ADPH to provide medical planning and guidance for the six CSEPP counties in Alabama with this contract totaling $288,500.00.


Dr. Barry Cox:


Conference exhibition:  “2008 Association of Public Safety Communications Officials (APCO) East Coast Regional Conference.”  Myrtle Beach, SC:  March 2008.


Conference exhibition:  “Alabama Association of Public Safety Communications Officials (APCO) State Conference.”  Orange Beach, AL:  March 2008.


Conference exhibition:  “2008 Georgia Governor’s Emergency Management Conference.”  Savannah, GA:  April 2008.


Presentation to Warren Edwards, Director, Southeast Region Research Initiative (SERRI), Oak Ridge National Laboratory.  Jacksonville, AL:  March 2008


Conference presentation:  “2008 Partners in Emergency Preparedness Conference.”  Tacoma, WA:  April 2008.


Ryan, J.R. and J. F. Glarum.  Biosecurity and Bioterrorism: Containing and Preventing the Biological Threat.   Publisher: Butterworth-Heinemann, Elsevier; Boston, MA. ISBN-10: 0750684895; March 2008

Meyer, W. E., S. W. Stephens, S. C. Meyer, J. F. Glarum and J. R. Ryan.  2008. Protect Yourself with DOCTOR: Training for the biological challenges of respiratory patients.  Journal of Emergency Medical Services.  33: 48-59.

Mathematical, Computing, and Information Sciences


Dr. Jan Case presented a paper, “Activities to Illustrate Standard Error in Regression Modeling,” at the Mathematical Association of America/ American Mathematical Society Joint Mathematics Meeting, San Diego, CA, January 2008.


Dr. David Dempsey chaired a panel presentation, “Creating and Implementing a Capstone Course in Mathematics for Preservice Secondary Teachers,” at the Mathematical Association of America/ American Mathematical Society Joint Mathematics Meeting, San Diego, CA, January 2008.


Dr. Tom Leathrum served as panelist for “Dueling Platforms: Java vs. Flash,” at the Mathematical Association of America/ American Mathematical Society Joint Mathematics Meeting, San Diego, CA, January 2008.


Dr. Tom Leathrum presented a paper, “Demonstrating a Tool for Content MathML Authoring,” at the Mathematical Association of America/ American Mathematical Society Joint Mathematics Meeting, San Diego, CA, January 2008.


Ms. Ann Edwards presented a paper, “Curbing Smoking Enthusiasm,” at the 2008 Hawaii International Conference on Statistics, Mathematics and Related Fields, Honolulu, HI, January 2008.


Dr. David Dempsey presented a paper, “Standards, Recommendations, Guidelines: Do They Help?” at the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators Twelfth Annual Conference, Tulsa, OK, January 2008.


University Travel and Self-Improvement Grants were received by three faculty—Dr. Zizhong Chen, Dr. Andrew Ciganek, and Ms. Ann Edwards—February 2008.


Dr. Andrew Ciganek presented a paper, “Expanding Mindshift Learning,” at the Southern Association for Information Systems (SAIS) 2008 Conference, Richmond, VA, March 2008.


Dr. Jan Case presented a paper, “Statistical Analysis of Heartworm Incidence in Urban and Rural Alabama,” at the Eighty-Fifth Annual Meeting of the Alabama Academy of Science, Inc., Samford University, Birmingham, AL, March 2008.


Dr. Srinivasarao Krishnaprasad presented a paper, “Heterogeneous Computing Architectures,” at the Eighty-Fifth Annual Meeting of the Alabama Academy of Science, Inc., Samford University, Birmingham, AL, March 2008.


Physical & Earth Sciences

During the first quarter of 2008, the Archaeological Resource Laboratory completed 4 Phase I Surveys totaling $52,716.12.  An archaeological survey was performed for Citizens Bank in Mentone in January.  February saw the completion of 343 acres surveyed within the Talladega National Forest for the U.S. Forest Service in Montgomery.  During the month of March, a limited Phase I investigation was completed for Hancock Forest Management Properties in order to preserve prehistoric and historic sites prior to development.  Also in March, JSU-ARL staff surveyed 160 acres within the tornado-damaged areas of the Conecuh National Forest.

The end of March began mapping of Janney Iron Furnace to aid in the archaeological research and restoration of this historic furnace. This project is in cooperation with Calhoun County Commissioner Eli Henderson.

Dr. Harry O. Holstein was named a Fellow in the Alabama Academy of Science on March 20, 2008.

Dr. Miriam Helen Hill presented a lecture/workshop entitled “GIS and Archaeology” to the Coosa Valley Chapter/JSU Archaeology Club on Thursday, February 14, 2008 in Martin Hall on the JSU campus.

Drs. Bryan Burgess of Friends of Rural Alabama and Miriam Helen Hill received a $4200 grant from the Norcross Wildlife Foundation “Hardware Support for Map Sources of Nutrients for Water Resource Regions and Build Basic Desktop GIS and Website GIS to improve Watershed Data and Analysis.”

Drs. Miriam Helen Hill and Bryan Burgess of Friends of Rural Alabama received a $5500.00 grant to produce the “Calhoun County Chamber Map, 2008,” from the Anniston Star and the Chamber of Commerce.

Drs. Bryan Burgess and Miriam Helen Hill, “Mapping Nutrient Loading in Watersheds,” TNGIC Today: Quarterly Newsletter of the Tennessee Geographic Information Council Winter 2008 p. 9-11.

Dr. Al Nichols presented "Bioaccumulation of Mercury from Mercury Contaminated Soils by the Earthworm Lumbricus Terrestris", at the national meeting of the Society of Toxicology in Seattle, Washington.


Dr. Steven I. Dworkin

Reappointed to a third three-year term on the Board of Trustees Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care.

Appointed to serve on the Science Policy Committee of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB).

Reappointed to serve on the National Institute of Health/ National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIH/NIDA) Committee to review Loan Repayment Applications.

Appointed to NIDA Contract Review Committee to review applications on the "Assessment of Potential Cocaine Pharmacotherapies in Monkeys."

Attended the Council of Graduate Departments of Psychology meeting.

Accepted an Invitation to travel to Institute of Social Psychology in Warsaw, Poland to assist in setting up a laboratory and training faculty and graduate students in psychological research.

Signed a contract for editing a book on the Neurobiology of Behavioral Pharmacology.

Invited consultant for the Arizona Biomedical Research Commission.

Invited consultant for the Oklahoma Center for Science and Technology.

Dr. Steven Bitgood

Bitgood, White, New, & Dukes (2008).  "Applying behavioral economics to museum visitors.Session at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Society for Philosophy & Psychology, New Orleans, LA (March

Bitgood (2008). "Behavioral economics and museum visitors."  Paper presented at the National Social Science Association, Las Vegas, NC (April)

Heidi (Eyre) Dempsey

Eyre, H. L., Klein, J. L., & Ogura, K. R. (2008, February). "The Shame and Guilt Inventory:  Further validation of a new scenario-based measure of shame- and guilt-proneness."  Poster presented at the Emotion Preconference of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Albuquerque, NM.

Sociology and Social Work

Mr. Jonathan Adams had the following presentation: “Future Directions for the Integration of Learning and Practice in Child Welfare,” with Mr. James Powe, Baccalaureate Social Work Educators 25th Annual Conference, March 6, 2008, Sandestin, Florida.

Dr. Adrian Aveni had the following paper, “How Students Spend Their Time”, presented (by a colleague) at a conference on Cultural Studies in Oujda, Morocco on February 14-15, 2008.

Ms. Dee Barclift presented the following workshops: (1) “Treatment Options for the Pre-Pubescent Sex Offender and Sensitivity Training,” Alabama Annual Conference on Social Work, February 27-29, 2008, Orange Beach, Alabama; (2) “Sensitivity Training - The Aging Process,” Alabama Annual Conference on Social Work, February 27-29, 2008, Orange Beach, Alabama; and (3) “Incorporating Diversity Exercises into the Practice Sequences: A Demonstration of Exercises and Assignments,” Baccalaureate Social Work Educators’ 25th Annual Conference, March 5-9, 2008, Sandestin, Florida.

Dr. Tina Deshotels participated with the Daybreak Services and W.I.S.E. (the JSU formed and based group for women), in performing The Vagina Monologues at the JSU McClellan Theatre on March 31, 2008.  She also made the following presentation: “Justice for Who? An Examination of Theoretical Explanations for Child Poverty,” Alabama-Mississippi Sociological Association Annual Conference, February 24, 2008, Starkville, Mississippi.

Dr. Mark Fagan made the following presentation: “Retirement Development,” Gulf Shores-Orange Beach, Alabama Economic Summit, February 25, 2008, Gulf Shores, Alabama.  He was also a recipient of the Presidential Award of Honor for his service to the National Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Educators.

Dr. Clark Hudspeth served as Treasurer for the Alabama-Mississippi Sociological Association Annual Conference, February 24-26, 2008, Starkville, Mississippi.

Dr. David LoConto had the following publications: (1) “The utilization of Symbolic Interactionism to assist people with mental retardation in the grieving process.”  Illness, Crisis and Loss (Vol. 16, 1, pp. 21-35). With Danielle L. Jones-Pruett, January 2008; (2) “Boring, monotonous, and humdrum: The nerdification process of academia on presentation style.” Quarterly Journal of Ideology (Vol. 30, 3&4), January 2008; (3) “ITALIANS.” Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture; (4) PRICHARD, PETE (1895-1970).” Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture; and (5) “TUA, JOHN BATTISTA (1871-1960).”  Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture.

Dr. Maureen Newton had the following presentations: (1) "Active Student Learning:  Including Undergraduate Students in Geriatric Research Association of Gerontology in Higher Education,” 34th Annual Meeting and Educational Leadership Conference, February 21-24, 2008, Baltimore, MD; and (2) "Active Student Learning:  Including BSW Students in Research-Related Activities." Baccalaureate Social Work Educators, 25th Annual Conference, March 5-9, 2008, Sandestin, Florida; and (3) "From Classroom to Community: Coordinated Efforts to Encourage Policy Practice" with Ms. Robyn Snider, MSW and Nancy Francisco Stewart, Ph.D., Baccalaureate Social Work Educators, 25th Annual Conference, March 5-9, 2008, Sandestin, Florida.

Mr. James Powe had the following presentation: “Future Directions for the Integration of Learning and Practice in Child Welfare,” with Mr. Jonathan Adams, Baccalaureate Social Work Educators 25th Annual Conference, March 6, 2008, Sandestin, Florida.

Dr. Jenny Savage participated with Dr. Nancy Stewart in the Health Services effort to survey the homeless in Calhoun County – a Point-in-time survey method where she, Dr. Stewart, and students participated in collecting surveys from self-identified homeless individuals (locations included the Salvation Army, the Soup Kitchen in Anniston, churches, and on the street, among other places).  She participated with the Daybreak Services and W.I.S.E. (the JSU formed and based group for women), in performing The Vagina Monologues at the JSU McClellan Theatre on March 31, 2008.

Ms. Robyn Snider had the following presentations: (1) “Incorporating Diversity Exercises into the Practice Sequences:  A Demonstration of Exercises and Assignments,” Baccalaureate Social Work Educators 25th Annual Conference , March 7, 2008, Sandestin, Florida; and (2) “From Classroom to Community:  Coordinated Efforts to Encourage Policy Practice,” Baccalaureate Social Work Educators 25th Annual Conference, March 7, 2008, Sandestin, Florida.

Dr. Nancy Francisco Stewart made the following presentations: (1) “Creating Faithful Angels: Social Work Education’s Obligation and Solutions to Poverty,” with Carole Zugazaga, PhD; Baccalaureate Social Work Educators Annual Conference, Sandestin, Florida, March 8, 2008; (2) “From Classroom to Community: Coordinated Efforts to Encourage Policy Practice,” with Robyn Snyder, MSW and Maureen Newton PhD; Baccalaureate Social Work Educators Annual Conference, Sandestin, Florida, March 8, 2008.

Dr. Stewart was cited in the article by Katie Freeman, “Spotlight on Research: Student Research Symposium offers students, mentors time to shine” in the The Chanticleer, volume 56, Issue 19, page 2 for the Best Poster Award for Social Work for the Life Map research project by Brook Wendt.

Dr. Stewart served the Alternative Spring Break: FocusFirst Vision Screening in Northeast Alabama social work students from March 16-20, 2008 where over 260 children in 10 early childhood centers across Marshall, Jackson, DeKalb and Cherokee counties were screened.

Dr. Stewart also served the American Cancer Society Resource Development/Community Assessment Initiative with students where they developed over 50 new resources to aid individuals with cancer with tangible services such as gasoline, food, lodging and child care in DeKalb, Etowah, Talladega, Calhoun, and Marshall Counties between January-March, 2008.

Ms. Kim Womack served on the Local Planning Committee for the Baccalaureate Social Work Educators 25th Annual Conference, March 5-9, 2008.  She also served on the Program Committee for the Annual Alabama Conference for Social Work, February 23-26, 2008, Orange Beach, Alabama.  She was also a recipient of the Presidential Award of Honor for her service to the National Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Educators.


The AACSB Peer Review Team recommended to extend accreditation of the business degree programs offered by the CCBA and has been concurred with by the Maintenance of Accreditation Committee and ratified by the Board of Directors.

AACSB has produced a general news release containing the names of all schools that have recently achieved initial accreditation or maintenance of accreditation.  This achievement will also be recognized at the AACSB International Conference and Annual Meeting to be held in Honolulu Hawaii, April 13-15, 2008.

Jacksonville State University’s business program has been ranked No. 2 in the nation by The Princeton Review, in its 2008 edition in the category of “Greatest Opportunities for Women.”

Dean William Fielding spoke on the state of the economy and its impact on housing construction at the Home Builders Association meeting, February 12, 2008.

The CCBA hosted the 4th class graduation of the AOD Leadership Management Program, March 27, 2008.

Finance, Economics, and Accounting Department

Dr. Ronnie Clayton serves as the Executive Director of the Southern Finance Association and is involved in all aspects of the planning and implementation of the 2008 Annual Meeting which will be held at the Casa Marina Hotel in Key West, FL in November 2008.  Approximately 350 finance academicians and professionals are expected to attend over a three-day period to present and discuss their latest research. 

Dr. Clayton’s manuscript entitled “Estimating Capital Market Parameters: CRSP Versus Yahoo Data” co-authored with Bill Schmidt (JSU) and John Jahera (Auburn University) received final acceptance to appear in Advances in Investment Analysis and Portfolio Management (AIAPM) published by Elsevier.  The final copy of the article has been proofed and it is forthcoming in Spring 2008.

Dr. Clayton was invited to serve on a six member review team to travel to the country of Jordan to serve as external reviewer of undergraduate and masters level Finance Programs offered in that country.  The program is sponsored by the Al Hussein Foundation for Excellence in Education.  The team traveled to Jordan for two weeks, from February 28, 2008 until March 14, 2008 to review the programs.  While in Jordan Dr. Clayton and his team member visited four different Jordanian universities in and around Amman, Jordan to complete the external reviews.  They also visited several historic sites in Jordan including the stone city of Petra, a site recently voted as one of the “Wonders of the World,”  the Roman ruins at Jerash, Jordan, the Citadel in Amman, the Dead Sea, Mount Nebo, and Bethany, the site of Jesus’ baptism on the Jordan River.

Dr. Rob Landry authored a paper titled, "The Viability of Bad Faith Dismissals Under 11 U.S.C §707(a)", which was published in the American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, Vol. 27(2), 1, 48-49 (March 2008).

Dr. Landry co-authored a paper with Dr. Ben Boozer and Dr. Keith Lowe titled, "Examining State Sponsored Lotteries and Their Effect on Bankruptcy Filing Rates: A Time Series Analysis", which was presented at the 2008 Spring Allied Academies International Conference on April 3, 2008 in Tunica, Mississippi.  The paper won a Distinguished Research Award and was published in the double-blind peer review conference proceedings.

Dr. Landry co-authored a paper with Dr. Ben Boozer and Dr. Chris Westley titled, "Ideology and Self Interest: An Analysis of Economic Efficiency in a Study of Medical Malpractice Reform", which was presented at the International Academy of Business and Public Administration Disciplines 2008 Winter Conference on January 4, 2008 in Orlando, Florida.  The paper won a Research Award and was published in the double-blind peer review conference proceedings.

Dr. Landry received two Service Awards for his work with the International Academy of Business and Public Administration Disciplines 2008 Winter Conference on January 6, 2008.

Dr. Landry served on the faculty for the Anniston Army Depot Leadership Training Program in the Spring 2008 semester.

On March 20th the JSU Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) team was the 2nd Winner-Up at the SIFE Regional Competition in Atlanta, Georgia.   The team presented its work to business executives and competed with teams from across the South.  Dr. Rob Landry serves as the team's faculty advisor and he is a Sam F. Walton Fellow.

The Student Accounting Association held their annual banquet in the Houston Cole Library on February 28, 2008.  Current students, alumni, and representatives of the business community attended the banquet included.  A representative of the Southern Company spoke about lessons learned in pursuing educational and career goals.  

During the banquet, several students were recognized. Current officers of the Student Accounting Association are: Madison Phillips – President, Kimberly Nelson - Vice-President, Brandy Faulkner – Secretary, Lynnley Clark – Treasurer, and Lori Liles – Reporter. 

Five accounting scholarships were awarded to the following students:   Alabama Society of CPA Scholarship Recipients: Ashley Carlisle and Esther Clay; Trathen Scholarship Recipients: Kimberly Nelson and Hiroe Tamai; Freeman Scholarship Recipients: Tony Bennett and Esther Clay; Collins Memorial Scholarship Recipients: BJ Beshears, Madison Phillips, Lynnley Clark, Carolyn Sorrell, Brandy Faulkner, and Courtney McKinney; Pearce, Bevill, Leesburg & Moore Scholarship Recipient: Kimberly Nelson. 

Ashley Carlisle was named JSU’s 2008 recipient of the Accounting Achievement Award from the Alabama Society of CPAs.  This award is presented annually to the undergraduate accounting student recognized by the faculty and fellow students for excellence in character, personality, leadership, and academic achievement.

Dr. Chris Westley received a Research Award from the International Academy of Business and Public Administration Disciplines for his paper entitled "Medical Malpractice Reform Policy: Why Economic Efficiency Matters."

Dr. Westley had two published book reviews:  “The Dinosaur Among Us: The World Bank and its Path to Extinction” for the Quarterly Journal of Austrian Economics, Winter 2007 10(4), pp. 330-332; and “The Marketplace of Christianity” for the Journal of Markets and Morality, Fall 2007, 10(2), pp. 419-421.

Dr. Westley was a guest on the Sirius Radio Show "Across the Nation with Bob Dunning," March 28, 2008, between 2:30-3:00 and discussed the economic downturn.

Dr. Westley wrote a column for The Anniston Star  titled "William Buckley's 'Permanent Thing'" that ran March, 2, 2008, p. E1.

Department of Management and Marketing

Dr. Patricia Borstorff

Dr. Borstorff has been one of trainers in the Executive Development Training sessions for Anniston Army Depot in February and March, 2008.

Dr. Richard Cobb

Dr. Richard Cobb presented an update on the economy of Calhoun County and the State of Alabama at the Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce Economic Summit on January 18, 2008.

Dr. Cobb made a strategic planning presentation at the AOD Commander’s Offsite Conference in Montgomery, Alabama on January 29th. His audience included U.S. Defense Department personnel from the Anniston Army Depot.

Dr. Cobb has been one of trainers in the Executive Development Training sessions for AAD in February and March, 2008.

Dr. Brent Cunningham

Dr. Cunningham completed Academic Review for the NCAA Certification Self-Study Steering Committee

Dr. Cunningham is currently assessing the academic integrity environment for the entire campus (faculty, staff and students) as a member of the President's University Integrity Committee.

Dr. Cunningham served on ad hoc committee which developed the criteria and procedures for the Raymond J. and Ruth C. Ringer Faculty Award.

Dr. Cunningham began consulting work with the Gadsden Chamber of Commerce.

Dr. Cunningham served as the faculty advisor to the CCBA Dean's Promotions Team which gained approval from the Dean for new tradeshow display material

Dr. Cunningham served as coordinator of the CCBA Honors Reception in April.

Dr. Cunningham served as faculty advisor to the American Marketing Association which held a Spring panel discussion for CCBA students concerning graduate school decisions and issues.

Dr. Cunningham was reviewer for Marketing; 9th edition; Kerin, Hartley, Rudelius; McGraw-Hill Irwin; 2009.

Dr. Cunningham served as area coordinator for Boy Scouts of America annual fund raising campaign.  He served in multiple advisory/coaching capacities with local elementary and high schools, and is currently serving as the Executive Director of a $2.5 million capital campaign for his church

Dr. W. Mark Hearn

Dr. Hearn presented an update on the economy of Calhoun County and the State of Alabama at the Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce Economic Summit on January 18, 2008.

Dr. Hearn has been one of trainers in the Executive Development Training sessions for Anniston Army Depot in February and March, 2008.


Dr. David Palmer

Dr. Palmer has been one of trainers in the Executive Development Training sessions for Anniston Army Depot in February and March, 2008.


Dr. Joann Williams

Dr. Williams has been one of trainers in the Executive Development Training sessions for Anniston Army Depot in February and March, 2008.

Center for Economic Development and Business Research (CED)

Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

JSU SBDC Counseling and Training

The JSU SBDC provided counseling to over 165 small businesses, and presented training to 136 individuals during this reporting quarter.

JSU Economic Update, January/February 2008 Issues

During this reporting quarter, the January/February issue of the Update was published and distributed to more than 7,700 subscribers.

Small Business Administration (SBA) Loan Clinics

During the period, the SBDC staff conducted two SBA loan clinics: one was held at the Pell City Chamber of Commerce on February 19, 2008; and the other at the JSU CED Library on March 26, 2008.

Alabama Rural Action Commission

On February 6, 2008, Dr. William Fielding, Dean, JSU CCBA and Mr. Pat Shaddix, Director, JSU CED attended a meeting in Rockford, Alabama with the Coosa County Probate Judge, Judge Terry Mitchell, in reference to the Alabama Rural Action Commission.  Mr. Shaddix and Judge Mitchell are Co-Chairs of the Region Four, Economic Development Committee, of the above Commission. They were appointed to their positions by Alabama’s Governor, the Honorable Bob Riley.

Attendance at Calhoun and Etowah County Chambers of Commerce Annual Meetings

CED and SBDC staff attended the Annual Meeting of the Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce on January 18, 2008.  The meeting was held at the Anniston City Meeting Center.  Staff of the CED and SBDC also attended the Annual Meeting of The Chamber, Gadsden and Etowah County on January 25, 2008.  This meeting was held in the Gadsden Convention Hall.

Alabama Cooperative Extension System Calhoun County Survey

During the week of January 22, 2008, JSU CCBA and CED staff completed a survey concerning Rehabilitative Training of Juvenile Detainees.  Project was accomplished under contract with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System of Calhoun County.

Presentation to American Business Women’s Association (ABWA) Meeting

Mrs. Robbie Medders, Associate Director, JSU CED SBDC, was a co-presenter to an ABWA meeting in Anniston, Alabama on February 12, 2008.  The title of the presentation was: “Access to Credit for Women”.

Supplement to Anniston Star and Gadsden Times Newspapers

As a major CED marketing initiative, the CED staff prepared a supplement to the two above newspapers focusing on Northeast Alabama Small Business Assistance.  Articles for the supplement were written by CED staff, along with those by the President, JSU and the Dean, CCBA.  The supplement was published in the Star on February 3, and in the Times on February 11, 2008.

Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) Reaccreditation Review

Mr. Pat Shaddix, Director, JSU CED; Mrs. Robbie Medders, Associate Director, JSU SBDC; and selected CED staff met with AACSB team member Dean Moser, University of Tennessee at Martin. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss Outreach Activities of the CCBA.  The meeting was on February 18, 2008. CED staff served on committees as assigned by the Dean, CCBA during the reaccreditation review.

National Association of Business Economics (NABE) Conference

Mr. Pat Shaddix, Director, JSU CED, and one CED staff member, attended the NABE Washington Policy Conference March 3 & 4, 2008.  The conference was held at the Marriott Crystal City Conference Center in the Washington, D.C. area.

Input to Anniston Star Articles

During the reporting period, JSU CED SBDC staff members were interviewed by Anniston Star reporters for the following articles:  “Jax State Business School Top Ranked For Women” (March 7, 2008); “Oxford’s Fourth Quarter Sales Tax Revenue Jumps From $3.9 Million To More Than $5 Million” (March 27, 2008).

Alexander City Personnel Analysis, Job Descriptions and Compensation Plan

During the week of March 10, 2008, CCBA and CED personnel completed the comprehensive Personnel Analysis, Job Descriptions and Compensation Plan, prepared under contract for the city of Alexander City, Alabama.

Jacksonville News Article

The JSU CED SBDC was featured in Dr. William Meehan’s “Town and Gown” article in the Jacksonville News on March 12, 2008.  The article was entitled “Small Businesses, Immense Possibilities.”  Dr. Meehan is President, JSU.

Graduation, Class 4, Anniston Army Depot (ANAD) Management Leadership Program

JSU CED and SBDC staff attended the graduation of Class 4 of the ANAD Management Leadership Program in Merrill Hall on March 27, 2008.  JSU CCBA and CED personnel teach, administer the program, and coordinate internships with industry for all ANAD students attending the program.

Presentations to Leadership Calhoun County

Two members of the JSU CED staff gave presentations during JSU presentations to Leadership Calhoun County of the Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce.  The presentations, on JSU CED and SBDC services, were on March 27, 2008. 


Dean’s Office

The College of Education and Professional Studies held its Spring Meeting in Ayers Hall on January 11, 2008.


Dr. Cynthia Harper presented the College’s alignment with the Alabama Reading Initiative standards on January 14, 2008 to Governor Bob Riley.  Drs. Meehan and Turner, as well as several JSU Board of Trustee members participated in the meeting.


Drs. Cynthia Harper and John Hammett participated in the SREB Instructional Leadership Re-Design Conference sponsored by the Alabama State Department of Education in Montgomery January 15, 2008.


Drs. Cynthia Harper and John Hammett participated in the regional NASDTEC Conference in Nashville, Tennessee on January 24-26, 2008.


Dr. Cynthia Harper represented the College of Education and Professional Studies at the Counselor Appreciation Luncheon in Rome, Georgia on January 24, 2008.


Dr. Cynthia Harper participated in the Alabama Partnership for Children Board meeting in Clanton, Alabama on January 31, 2008.


The College of Education and Professional Studies hosted Dr. Joseph Murphy, Professor of Educational Leadership at Vanderbilt University on February 5, 2008.  Dr. Murphy is serving as a consultant for development of the Ed.D.


The Communication Department hosted an ACEJMC national accreditation team February 3-6, 2008.  Results of the review are that departmental programs will be recommended for full accreditation at the ACEJMC Board meeting in May 2008.


Drs. Cynthia Harper and John Hammett attended the American Association for Colleges of Teacher Education Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana February 7-10, 2008.


Dr. Cynthia Harper, along with representatives from Alabama Power, presented Ms. Sharon White an Alabama Power New Teacher Grant Award.  Ms. White graduated from Jacksonville State University’s College of Education and Professional Studies in spring 2007 and currently teaches at Ashville Elementary School. 


Dr. Cynthia Harper participated in the Instructional Leadership Re-Design Conference at Homewood High School on February 21.  The College of Education and Professional Studies is currently designing a new program in instructional leadership to be reviewed by the Alabama State Department of Education July 1, 2008.


The Department of Technology and Engineering sponsored the Technology Fair for area public school students on February 22, 2008.


Dr. Cynthia Harper served on the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education’s Board of Examiner Team for High Point University in High Point, North Carolina February 23-27, 2008.

Faculty in the College of Education and Professional Studies participated in the JSU sponsored Career Fair on the JSU Campus March 6, 2008.


Dr. John Hammett served as a member of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) Accreditation Team for Albany State University in Albany, Georgia March 11-13, 2008.


Dr. Cynthia Harper met with the Alabama Reading Initiative (ARI) staff in Montgomery on March 11, 2008 to present JSU’s integration of ARI standards into programs within the College.


Dr. Cynthia Harper met with the Youth Leadership Calhoun County March 13, 2008 to provide an overview of educational program offerings available through the College of Education and Professional Studies.


Drs. Cynthia Harper and John Hammett attended the Ayers Lecture Series presentation on March 12, 2008. 


The Department of Educational Resources and the College of Education and Professional Studies hosted a pre-visit leadership team from the Alabama State Department of Education March 24.  The team reviewed progress made toward the development of the new Instructional Leadership Program.


Dr. John Hammett attended the NCATE Continuing Accreditation Conference in Washington, DC, April 3-6, 2008.


Dr. John Hammett made a professional presentation at the AAHPERD conference in Fort Worth, Texas April 9-12, 2008.


Dr. Cynthia Harper participated in the SREB sponsored Instructional Leadership Re-Design Conference in Atlanta, Georgia April 6-9, 2008.

Department of Child Development Center

The JSU Child Development Center has an enrollment of 110 children ages six weeks to 5 years.  There are currently nine instructional classrooms opened – eight home rooms and one Reading and Music room. 


The Center received a 100% rating on our last visit from the Calhoun County Health Department.  The children receive a light breakfast and a hot lunch prepared in our kitchen each day.


Students from the JSU Physical Education Department hold a “Tumbling for Tots” class each Thursday morning in the multi-purpose room.  They teach an age-appropriate curriculum to the children between the ages of 16 months to 5 years using various props and games to build motor skills.


On Wednesday, February 27th, the JSU Nursing Department sponsored a hand washing and tooth brushing class for the 3-5 year olds at the CDC.  We're happy to have the opportunity to work together with the students and faculty at JSU to offer different experiences for our children here at the CDC.  And we are equally happy to be able to mentor these apprentice child care professionals. 


The Center currently hosts 10 practicum students for the Child Development programs at both JSU and Gadsden State.


We offer two optional, extra-curricular activities for our three, four and five year olds.  Ms. Sharon Carroza comes to the Center each Monday and holds basic computer classes in our computer lab.  Mrs. Stephanie Carroll of Carroll’s Gymnastics visits on Wednesdays and holds basic gymnastics classes in our multi-purpose room. 


Department of Communication


A visiting team from the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (ACEJMC) reviewed the Department of Communication from Sunday, February 3 to Wednesday, February 6, 2008. Upon conclusion, the team was impressed, had a lot of compliments for the department, and recommended full accreditation for the Department of Communication in Jacksonville State University. The team made its recommendation to the Accrediting Committee, which has the power to accept or reject such recommendations. In its March 15-16, 2008 meeting in Chicago, the Committee unanimously voted to accept the recommendation. Following that, the Committee made its own recommendation to the Accrediting Council, which will meet in May, 2008 to consider such recommendations. It too will later vote on such recommendations, and it’s (the Council’s) decision will be final.


Following the accrediting team’s visit, the university administration has approved a broadcast faculty position for the Department of Communication, and that position has been advertised via several outlets.


The search for the Ayers Chair is ongoing. Several applications have been received and are being looked at.


Dr. Jeffery Hedrick attended a technology workshop in Atlanta in January, 2008. The workshop dealt with Dreamweaver, Photoshop and other graphic software.


Dr. Kingsley Harbor attended the Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication (ASJMC) winter meeting in New Orleans in February, 2008. He participated in several sessions and served as a panelist on “Increasing your effectiveness as an Administrator.”


The Ayers Lecture Series for 2008 was held on March 12, 2008 in Jacksonville State University. Mr. Arthur Sulzberger, Jr., Chairman and Publisher of The New York Times gave a rousing speech on the state of Communication and the survivability of the newspaper in the face of an evolving technological landscape that is led by the internet.


The Department of Communication is preparing for its seventh annual Communication Week starting on Monday, April 7 through Thursday, April 10, 2008. There will be four speakers for that week, three of whom are JSU Communication alumni. The speakers are Mr. Jeh Jeh Pruitt of Fox Channel 6 in Birmingham (the keynote speaker for the Thursday luncheon); Mr. Lantz Croft of Fox Channel 6, Birmingham (for the Broadcast Day); Mr. Ben Cunningham of The Anniston Star (for the Print Journalism Day); and Mr. Tim Garner of the JSU Office of Institutional Advancement (for the Public Relations Day).

Department of Curriculum and Instruction

Dr. Slenda Haynes and Dr. Larry Beard published an article in Special Education Technology Practice, September/October 2007, pages 30-33.  The title of the article was Linking Parents to Online Literacy.

Mrs. Lynetta Owens and Dr. Teresa Gardner presented to the teachers in the Russell County School System on January 4, 2008.  The title of the presentation was Collaboration:  Positive Classroom Climate.

Mrs. Sandra Sudduth served as a judge for the Calhoun County Spelling Bee on January 16, 2008, at the JSU Inservice Center at McClellan.  She has served as a judge for the Spelling Bee for the last five years.

Dr. Teresa Gardner, Dr. Dale Campbell, and Dr. Gena Riley attended training to be certified as an AMSTI Trainer on January 29-31, 2008, in Birmingham, Alabama.  Each of these faculty members will be certified in the mathematics area of AMSTI.

Mrs. Phyllis Taylor has been teaching in the children’s orphanage in Bobrujsk, Belarus, during the week of February 4-7, 2008.  Also, she will be speaking to an education class and meeting with several professors from the University of Minsk.

Dr. Rita Boydston and Dr. Larry Beard presented at the Alabama Federation of the Council for Exceptional Children (AFCEC) Conference in Birmingham, Alabama, on February 8, 2008.  The title of the presentation was Written Retellings of Narratives as a Method of Assessing Struggling Readers Literacy Development.

Dr. Teresa Gardner presented at the Alabama Federation of the Council for Exceptional Children (AFCEC) Conference in Birmingham, Alabama, on February 8, 2008.  The title of the presentation was Guesswork or Understanding?  Take the Guesswork Out of Teaching and Learning.

Dr. Dale Campbell and Dr. Larry Beard presented at the Alabama Federation of the Council for Exceptional Children (AFCEC) Conference in Birmingham, Alabama, on February 8, 2008.  The title of the presentation was Assistive Technology for Literacy Instruction.

Dr. Charles Notar and Dr. Larry Beard presented at the Alabama Federation of the Council for Exceptional Children (AFCEC) Conference in Birmingham, Alabama, on February 9, 2008.  The title of the presentation was Is Full Inclusion Desirable?

Dr. John Ketterer, Dr. Tommy Phillips, Dr. Nina King, and Dr. Celia Hilber presented at the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana, on February 8, 2008.  The title of the presentation was Multicultural Competency in Higher Education as a Component of NCATE Standard IV Accountability.

Dr. Patsy Lowry and Dr. Judy McCrary presented at the American Association of Colleges for Teachers Education (AACTE) Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana, on February 9, 2008.  The title of the presentation was Quality Matters:  An Innovative Instructional Technique Combining Looping with Action Research in Graduate Teacher Education.

Dr. Elizabeth Engley presented at the 15th Annual Georgia Conference on College and University Teaching in Kennesaw, Georgia, on February 15, 2008.  The title of the presentation was Using Online Learning to Reflect on Issues/Trends and Children’s Futures.

Dr. Melinda Staubs presented at the Social Studies Council of Alabama State (ACSS) Conference in Montgomery, Alabama, on February 29, 2008.  The title of the presentation was Dimensions of Democratic Citizenship Education.

Christopher Wallace, an Ed.S. Elementary Education student working with Dr. Judy McCrary, published an article in Reading Improvement, Winter 2007, pages 189-193.  The title of the article was "Vocabulary:  The Key to Teaching English Language Learners to Read."

Dr. Steve Armstrong attended the Alabama State Department of Education Grant Committee meeting on March 28, 2008, in Montgomery, Alabama.  He received a grant for collaboration with Secondary Education and Collaborative Teacher/Special Education 6-12.

Dr. Larry Beard (along with Dr. Charles E. Notar and students) published an article in Asian Social Science, January 2008, pages 72-77.  The title of the article is as follows: "Is Full Inclusion Desirable?"

Dr. Teresa Gardner published an article in Physical Disabilities:  Education and Related Services, Spring 2008, pages 43-53.  The title of the article is as follows:  "Speech Recognition for Students with Disabilities in Writing."

Department of Educational Resources

Dr. Gordon Nelson

Article Published – "Cooperative Learning and Motivation: Students Developing Multimedia Power Point Presentations."  Proceedings:  5th Annual Conference on Education & Information Systems, Technologies and Applications (EISTA 2007), Orlando, FL, 41-44.


“Lifelong Learning in a New Society:  Making Education Accessible Across All Ages”.   Presentation at the Mid-South Educational Research Association (MSERA) Annual Conference, Hot Springs, AR, November 2007.

“Cooperative Learning & Motivation: Students Developing Multimedia Power Point Presentations”. Presentation at the 5th International Conference on Education & Information Systems, Technologies and Applications (EISTA 2007), Orlando, FL, July 2007.

Dr. Jimmy Barnes


"Collecting Research and Accreditation Data with LiveText” MSERA, Fall 2007 E-Folios for the 21st Century Learners  MSERA, Fall 2007.

Dr. Donna Herring


  • Herring, D., & Barnes, J. (2006).  Teaching the Learning Outcomes Through Project-Based Learning.  Morrisville, NC:  Lulu Publishing, Inc.

  • Herring, D. (2007).  Teaching the INTASC Standards Through Project-Based Leaning.  Morrisville, NC:  Lulu Publishing, Inc.

Articles in Professional Journals

  • Herring, D., & Notar, C. (2007).  Website Evaluation for Teachers. International Journal of Arts & Sciences, LLC. Vol. 2, No. 2, Pages 10-12.

  • Friery, K. & Herring, D. (2007).  Top Ten Must Do’s:  Creative Techniques to Bring your Faculty on Board.  Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education, 1036-1039.

  • Herring, D. & Notar, C. (2007).  "Show What You Know:  ePortfolios for 21st Century Leaners."  Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education, 87-92.

Scholarly Presentations at Professional Conferences & Meetings

  • National Live Text Collaboration Conference – "Nobody Told Me That!!! Orientation for Dummies"

  • "Top Ten Must Do’s: Creative Uses to Bring Your Staff on Board"

  • "The Live Text Light: Shining the Way for Student Success"

  • Mid-South Educational Research Association Conference

    • "Improving Student Performance Through Graduate Orientation"
    • "Proven Ways to Bring Faculty & Staff on Board with Live Text"
    • "Creating & Delivering Online Courses with Live Text"
    • "Teaching & Assessing the INTASC Standards through Project-Based Learning."

  • National America’s Choice Conference-Alliance: "Implementing the America’s Choice Reform Model in the High School."

  • A Virtual Tour of Chattoga High School; "Show What You Know:  Digital Portfolios for the 21st Century Learner."

  • International Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education Conference

    • "Top Ten Must Do’s: Creative Techniques to Bring Your Faculty on Board;"
    • "Show What You Know: ePortfolios for 21st Century Learners"

Dr. Mary Montgomery

Served as a member of the review team for Alabama Essential School Standards at Southside High School in Selma, AL.

Presented at the Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education (SITE) Conference in Las Vegas, NV.

Dr. Isreal Eady


"Restructuring Music’s Role in the Middle School Curriculum" in the College Student Journal.


  • “Supervisor’s Perceptions of Integrating Music into Core Areas in Middle Grades to Positively Influence Learning” – SCREA-Kansas City, MO

  • "My Soul Looked Back and Wondered:  The Supervisory Styles of Two African American Principals of Segregated Schools in Georgia” – MSERA-Hot Springs, AR

Dr. Charlotte Eady

Eady, C.K., & Zepeda, S.J. (2007). "Evaluation, supervision, and staff development under mandated reform: The perceptions and practices of rural middle school principals. The Rural Educator, 28(2), 1-7.

Eady, C.K. (2007). "Rural middle school principal’s perspectives of supervision and evaluation as they implement a recent statewide reform initiative." In S.J. Zepeda (Ed.). Real World Supervision: Adapting to Practice. Larchmont, N.J.: Eye on Education.


Paper – “My Soul Looked Back and Wondered: The Supervisory Styles of Two African American Principals of Segregated Schools in Georgia,” at the Mid-South Educational Research Association in Hot Springs, AR.


  • Dr. Jerry Kiser & Dr. Tommy Turner

    "Uniting, Spirituality & Sexual Counseling" – AL Counseling Association Conference in Birmingham, AL.

  • Dr. Kathleen Friery, Dr. Nancy Fox & Dr. Gordon Nelson

    "Singing in the Rain", AL Counseling Association Conference, Birmingham, AL.

  • Dr. Melanie Wallace

    "Inspiration through Collaboration: Chi Sigma Iota Idea Exchange," AL Counseling Association Conference, Birmingham, AL

  • Dr. Tommy Turner, Dr. Jan Chandler, Dr. Nancy Fox, & Dr. Jerry Kise

    • "In School Suspension: Counselor Involvement & What is Working," AL Counseling Association Conference, Birmingham, AL

    • "School Bullying: Three Levels of Prevention/Intervention," AL Counseling Association Conference, Birmingham, AL

    • Dr. Kathleen Friery, Dr. Jerry Kiser

      "In God We Trust, All Others Bring DATA!" Counselors Making a Difference with Action Research

    • Dr. William Kiser - Presented at the Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education (SITE) Conference in Las Vegas, NV.

    Nancy Fox

    Serves as President-elect of the Alabama School Counseling Association and is attending the APPI in Washington.

    Department of Family and Consumer Sciences

    Ms. Robbie Boggs attended a conference on Fashion Trends, Spring and Summer 2008 in Atlanta, GA on January 16, 2008. The conference was held at the Decorative Arts Center.

    Dr. Phillips and the Head Start grant committee completed a grant application and are awaiting notification.

    Dr. Tim Roberts attended the PESI Healthcare Diabetes Conference held in Birmingham on January 23, 2008.

    On January 31, 2008, a cooking demonstration featuring Prudence Hilburn was held in the Gamecock Center.  This event was a fundraiser for the Dr. Virginia Yocum endowed scholarship fund. Approximately sixty people attended and $1,300.00 was raised for the scholarship fund.

    Ms. Robbie Boggs and merchandising students attended the Americas Mart fashion show in Atlanta on January 26, 2008.

    Spring 2008 enrollment for FCS is 684 (up 183 from Spring 07).

    Ms. Robbie Boggs and the Apparel Design class visited the Bremen-Bowden Investment Company on February 5, 2008 to view steps in manufacturing.  They were also exposed to computer use in manufacturing.

    Dr. Debra Goodwin and Dr. Tim Roberts represented the department at Preview Day held on February 16, 2008.  Twenty-five students from area high schools expressed interest in FCS concentrations.

    Dr. Debra Goodwin attended a task force meeting on February 19, 2008 in Montgomery hosted by the Alabama Department of Education Child Nutrition Programs.  The task force has been implemented to develop and plan a Management Focused Dietetic Internship.

    Dr. Debra Goodwin attended a meeting of the ALDA scholarship committee held at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa on February 22, 2008.

    Several of the FCS faculty attended the Alabama Family and Consumer Sciences Association annual meeting held in Birmingham, February 28 and 29, 2008.  Dr. Tim Roberts presented “Safety and Health Benefits of Foods Produced Through Biotechnology “. Dr. Tom Phillips presented “An Investigation of the Influence of the Parent-Child Bond on College Students’ Interpersonal Rejection Beliefs and Fear of Intimacy”. Dr. Phillips also collaborated on a presentation with Dr. Debra Goodwin and Ms. Paula Napoli entitled “Positive Approaches in the Prevention of Childhood Obesity”. Ms. Robbie Boggs was chairman of the decorations committee for the two-day event.

    A Jacksonville State student, Ms. Kelley T. Dees, was elected the student president of the Alabama Family and Consumer Sciences Association.  Kelley is a Family and Consumer Sciences major with a concentration in Human Sciences.

    Dr. Debra Goodwin and Dr. Tim Roberts have been awarded tenure effective at the beginning of the Fall semester.

    Dr. Tim Roberts has been re-elected to serve on the Faculty Senate.  Ms. Robbie Boggs was elected as an alternate member.

    Dr.  Debra Goodwin, Ms. Stephanie Gossett and Dr. Tim Roberts attended the annual ALDA (Alabama Dietetics Association) meeting held in Birmingham on March 12-14, 2008.  Several of the Dietetics students also attended. Dr. Debra Goodwin was presented the Outstanding Dietetics Educator Award at the conference.

    Ms. Paula Napoli and students enrolled in FCS 450, Curriculum Planning in Child Development, toured the Bruno Montessori Academy in Birmingham on March 26, 2008.

    The proposal for an online version of the Child Development Concentration in Family and Consumer Sciences has been submitted to Dr. Turner, VPAA.

    Mr. Fred Smith from the JSU Wellness Center-Anniston visited our department on Friday, March 28th.  He shared his vision for the center and introduced ways that our department can be involved.  Dr. Goodwin continues to serve on the JSU Wellness Committee.

    Ms. Jeannie Goree represented our department on Friday, March 28 at the FCCLA Convention held in Birmingham.  Several students also attended.

    A poster session on Positive Approaches in the Prevention of Childhood  Obesity by Ms. Paula Napoli, Dr. Tom Phillips, and Dr. Debra Goodwin was presented at the Association for Child Education International Conference in Atlanta, Georgia on March 28, 2008.

    FCS Day is planned for April 4, 2008.  Around 100 high school students and teachers are expected to attend.

    Our department continues to host cooking classes sponsored by the Continuing Education Department.

    Department of Health, Physical Education & Recreation

    Melinda Bolgar, Dr. Jeff Chandler, Dr. Mark Kovacs, and Ms. Gina Mabrey attended the Southeaster American College of Sports Medicine (SEACSM) meeting in Birmingham February 14-16, 2008.

    Dr. Jeff Chandler and Ms. Alana Ellenburg made the following presentation at SEACSM in Birmingham, AL:  “Energy drink consumption in high school students and athletes.”

    Dr. Jeff Chandler and Dr. Mark Kovacs presented the following talk at the Professional Tennis Registry International Symposium in Hilton Head, SC:  “Common Injuries of a Teaching Pro & How to Delay and/or Manage Them to Extend Your Career.”

    Dr. Jeff Chandler attended NSCA Sport Specific Training Conference in Anaheim, CA January 3-6, 2008.

    Dr. Jimmy Griffin took 15 students to American Camp Association National Conference in Nashville, TN February 13-14, 2008.

    Kory Hill presented a teacher in-service for the PE teachers at Cleburne County Schools February 15, 2008.

    Dr. Kory Hill and Mrs. Lori Thornburg took 50 students on a ski trip to Boone, NC February 1 -3, 2008.

    Dr. Mark Kovacs made the following presentation at SEACSM in Birmingham, AL:  “Relationship between personality and collegiate tennis rankings.”

    Dr. Glenn Roswal made the following presentations at the AFAPA Conference in Cergy, France:  “Using Innovative Games & Activities to Develop Striking Skills in Students of All Abilities” and “Promoting Independence through Barrier Free Facilities.”

    Dr. Glenn Roswal took 75 students to Hilton Head, SC for the HPE 403 Special Olympics practicum.

    Mrs. Lori Thornburg has coordinated with Patty Hobbs at the CDC for Daniela Pappano, Jackie Jarman, and Kayla Collins to teach PE to the kids at the CDC.  They go every Thursday morning for 3 hours.  The Anniston Star is sending a photographer/reporter to cover them.

    Dr. Roland Thornburg attended the Presidential Inauguration of Martha Dunagin Saunders at the University of Southern Mississippi.

    Health, Physical Education, and Recreation (Anniston-Wellness)


    To support, compliment and assist with the fulfillment of the Wellness Mission of Jacksonville State University.

    To assist the Anniston community in adopting positive behaviors that will lead to healthier lives and incorporate social, physical, mental, emotional, and nutritional wellness.

    To provide education and activities that will promote proper life style management.

    To continue to be a trusted and visible resource in the Calhoun County community.

    Mr. Fred Smith met with Dr. Debra Goodwin, Dr. Jeff Chandler, Dr. Tommy Turner, Dr. Sarah Latham, and Ms. Gena Mabrey,  to discuss the roles/involvement of their various departments.

    Mr. Fred Smith will follow up with Ms. Honey Holeman of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences to outline the roles/involvement of the College of Nursing.

    Mr. Fred Smith met with Dr. C. Neal Canup the Director of Saint Michael Clinic. Dr. Canup has agreed to allow Saint Michael’s Clinic to serve as a referral resource for the uninsured.

    Mr. Fred Smith met with Dr. Angela Martin of Northeast Alabama Pediatric Care Center. Dr. Sarah Latham and Mr. Fred Smith will have a follow-up meeting with Dr. Martin to further discuss the possibility of Northeast Alabama Pediatric Care Center serving as a referral resource.


    Mr. Fred Smith met with Mr. Donald W. Walton Director of Family Services of Calhoun County. Mr. Walton has agreed to allow Family Services to serve as a referral resource for social services.


    Mr. Fred Smith discussed with Anniston based pastors about hosting future programming.


    The Wellness program has formed partnerships with local agencies and organizations in an effort to provide maximum wellness programming to Anniston residents.  The current agencies/organizations are as follow:


    Meals of Mercy- Every Monday at the FUMC from 11:00am-11:45am (educational class/screening).


    Interfaith Ministries- The fourth Wednesday of each month at 10:00am through November at FUMC (educational class/screening).


    Wesley Place Apartments senior living facility complex 1 and 2 (TBA- education class/screening)


    Anniston Housing Authority (TBA- education/screening)


    Jacksonville State University Wellness Program-Anniston is located at the First United Methodist Church-Anniston.  The office is undergoing renovations which should be completed within the next week.  The physical address/contact information is listed below:

    Fred Smith BS, MPA
    Director, Jacksonville State Wellness - Anniston
    First United Methodist Church (FUMC)
    1431 Gurnee Avenue
    Anniston, AL 36201
    Phone # 256-241-3398
    Fax # 256-241-3397

    Department of Instructional Services

    The Teaching/Learning Center celebrates twenty-five years of service to the community and to the preservice teachers. The Center has provided community children with over 120,022 hours of free tutoring to date. Over 7,246 community children have been tutored by 11,987 JSU practicum students. The JSU students create tutoring plans and write a professional letter to parents along with the tutoring service.

    The Learning Resource Center will hold its annual book fair March 31 through April 4.

    Room 105 in Ramona Wood Hall is being converted into a Technology rich classroom. The room will serve classes as well as the Teaching/Learning center’s Level II practicum.

    Department of Secondary Education

    Drs. Linda Mitchell, Carol Uline and Jan Wilson provided in-service training “A to Z Motivation”, for Gadsden City Schools, January 3, 2008.

    Dr. Jan Wilson attended the Teacher Education Study in Mathematics (TEDS-M) 2008, in Orlando, Florida, January 7, 2008.

    Dr. Denise Richardson attended program reviewer training with National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), St. Louis, Missouri, January 9, 2008.

    Dr. Larry Beard and Dr. Charles Notar published "Is Full Inclusion Desirable?", Asian Social Science, Vol. 4, No. 1, January 2008.

    Dr. Charles Notar participated in the executive committee meeting of Mid-South Educational Research Association (MSERA), Knoxville, TN, February 1-2, 2008.

    Dr. Charles Notar presented “Is Full Inclusion Desirable?” at the Alabama Federation of the Council for Exceptional Children, Birmingham, AL, February 8-9, 2008.

    Dr. Denise Richardson participated in the Alabama Math, Science, and Technology Initiative (AMSTI) training, Alabaster, AL, February 12-14, 2008.

    Dr. Jordan Barkley participated as a reviewer in the Alabama Essentials Evaluation visit, Selma, AL, February 20-22, 2008.

    Dr. Linda Mitchell attended the 2008 21st Century Community Learning Information Meeting, Auburn, AL, February 22, 2008.

    Drs. Jan Wilson, Jordan Barkley, and Linda Mitchell attended “Discipline of Students with Special Needs in Alabama,” Birmingham, AL, February 27, 2008.

    Dr. Linda Mitchell presented “Successfully engaging ‘low-achieving’ students in complex historical reasoning,” at the Alabama Council for Social Studies, Montgomery, AL, February  29, 2008.

    Dr. Linda Mitchell presented “When is the government justified in limiting civil liberties?” at the Alabama Council for Social Studies, Montgomery, AL, March  1, 2008.

    Dr. Jordan Barkley published "Creation and Validation of a Survey of Teacher and Student Efficacy Beliefs and Outcome Expectancies Pertaining to Reading Comprehension Strategies and Classroom Practices", Contemporary Issues in Education Research, Vol. 1, No. 2, Spring 2008; Barkley, J.M., and Ross, M.

    Dr. Linda Mitchell participated as a reviewer in the Alabama Essentials Evaluation visit, Alexander City, AL, March 26-28, 2008.

    Dr. Sheila Anne Webb presented "Complementing Native American Science Intelligence with Scientific Literacy", at the National Science Teachers Association National Conference (NSTA), Boston, MA; Webb, S.A., Richardson, D.; March 30, 2008.

    Dr. Denise Richardson co-presented "Complementing Native American Science Intelligence with Scientific Literacy", at the National Science Teachers Association National Conference (NSTA), Boston, MA; Webb, S.A., Richardson, D.; March 30, 2008.

    Drs. Jan Wilson, Jordan Barkley and Linda Mitchell are participating in the State Department of Education (SDE) grant for SPE/SED collaborative education, Spring 2008.

    Department of Teacher Service Center

    The Teacher Service Center placed and provided supervision for over 150 internship candidates in 8 Northeast Alabama counties.

    Dr. Gena Riley presented at the AAHPERD conference in Fort Worth.

    Dr. Kelly Ryan served as NCATE Board of Examiners for Harding University in Arkansas.

    Dr. Kelly Ryan served as NCATE Board of Examiners for Buffalo University in New York.

    Department of Technology & Engineering

    Dr. Ed Bellman and Mrs. Teje Sult presented at the International Conference on Industry, Engineering, and Management Systems (IEMS) in Coca Beach, Florida on March 10-12, 2008.

    Department of TV SERVICES

    The Career Placement Services DVD was approved and 100 copies distributed.  This project began on August 21, 2006.

    Captioning for the Admissions DVD, “My JSU” was completed and 1,000 copies duplicated.

    Taped “The Merry Wives of Windsor” performance for the Music Department.   50 DVD’s were distributed.

    Three new JSU Continuing Education spots were approved, “Auctioneering School,” “Continuing Your Education,” and “Professional Development.”  These spots aired on Cable One and TV24.

    Conducted a lighting workshop for Comm. #301.

    Mr. Steve Kines operated the Video Display board for the Athletic Department as they hosted possible recruits.  Football highlights were displayed.

    Did lighting and videotaping for the “Romance Your Sweetheart” cooking demonstration featuring Prudence Hilburn.  The lighting was requested by Debra Goodwin of Family and Consumer Sciences and the taping was done for Continuing Education.

    A new commercial for the Child Development Center, “Tanner Mize for CDC” was completed and approved.  This spot has aired on TV24.

    Met with Mr. Tim Garner and other promotional staff members to discuss current and future Advertising Campaigns.

    Mr. Bobby Mikel conducted an editing workshop for Comm. 301.

    Shot SGA Blood Drive to use as b-roll in the SGA segment of the “JSU Today” show.

    Taped sports segment for “JSU Today” featuring Mr. Mike Parris interviewing Women’s basketball coach Ms. Becky Geyer and Men’s basketball coach Mr. Mike LaPlante. 

    Ten different JSU commercials were inserted into the JSU/Eastern Kentucky tape delayed broadcast of the basketball game that aired on TV24.  These ten commercials were all produced by Television Services.

    Taped SGA President Mr. David Jennings doing a stand-up in front of Bibb Graves.  This stand-up will be used on “JSU Today.”

    Ten different JSU commercials were inserted into the JSU/Morehead State live broadcast of the basketball game that aired on TV24.  These ten commercials were all produced by Television Services.

    Taped an interview with Dr. Cynthia Harper that will be featured on “JSU Today.”

    Taped Mr. Mike Hathcock stand-ups for “JSU Today.”  These will be used to introduce various segments of the program.  This will be the first “JSU Today” show that we have produced.

    Taped and participated as judges in the Central East/North East Regional Technology Fair sponsored by the Alabama Council for Technology in Education (ACTE) and Jacksonville State University (JSU).  The fair is designed as a student showcase.  Students may enter school-assigned or self-created projects to show the different technology knowledge, skills and creativity and compete for recognition with other students in their age group.  This ACTE Regional Technology Fair is open to all students in the Central East and North East ACTE Regions.  Any students in grades 3-12 are eligible to participate in the different events.

    TV Services taped interviews and b-roll of the fair to use in the “JSU Today” show.

    Interviewed President Bill Meehan for “JSU Today” program.

    Television Services, along with the Department of Communications and TV24, were mentioned in JSU President Dr. Bill Meehan’s “Town & Gown” article.  TV Services got a mention concerning our involvement with all JSU Productions such as athletic broadcasts and graduations.  The Telly awards were also talked about as well as Mr. Bobby Mikel and Mr. Jonathan Sikes involvement with us as first Communication students and then as employees.

    Interviewed the Johnson Brothers. The Johnsons are identical twins who served in Iraq and are now back in JSU’s ROTC.  Also, we interviewed LTC Chip Hester, Commander of the ROTC program at JSU.  These interviews were also done for the “JSU Today” program.

    Taped the Coach Mike LaPlante press conference concerning the renewel of his contract.  Excerpts will air on “JSU Today.”

    Taped the SGA Presidential Debates.  Segments of the debate will air on “JSU Today.”

    The new show, “JSU Today” had its premiere showing tonight at 9 p.m. on TV24.  This show will air weekly during this time slot as well as on Tuesdays at 10:30 p.m. and Fridays at 7:30 p.m.

    Taped b-roll of the SGA voting.  This will also be used in the “JSU Today” show.

    Taped b-roll of the JSU/UAB baseball game.  This will also be used in the “JSU Today” show.

    Taped the “Making Connections: My Career, Your Opportunity” Business and Education Career Expo.  75 organizations and 350 students participated.  The purpose of the Expo was to allow graduating JSU students the opportunity to make contact with businesses and educational organizations that might lead to a career with that group.  TV Services taped b-roll of the event and conducted interviews.  This footage will be used in the “JSU Today” show as well as for recruiting purposes.

    Taped Mr. Mike Parris interview with JSU Head Softball Coach Jana McGinnis and shot b-roll of practice.

    Interviewed newly elected SGA President Jennifer Nix.  This segment will go into the SGA portion of the show.

    Taped b-roll and interviews at Preview Day.

    Mr. Steve Kines taught an editing class for Comm. 301.

    Taped Mr. Mike Parris interview with JSU Head Baseball Coach Jim Case and shot b-roll of practice.

    Taped Ayers Lecture Series guest speaker Mr. Arthur Sulzberger.  He is publisher and chairman and of the New York Times.

    Taped the SGA Talent Show.

    Taped Mr. Terry Casey, Director of Student Life, for an address he will present to a Greek Life reunion.  We also interviewed him for the “JSU Today” show.

    Taped b-roll of the SGA/OC/BCM barbeque.  The barbeque was held to raise supplies for area schools.  Mr. David Jennings, President of the SGA, and Ms.  Destini Mayberry, President of the Organizational Council, were interviewed.  This footage will be used on “JSU Today.”

    Interviewed golf head coach James Hobbs for the sports segment of our program.

    Taped an instructional presentation by Mr. Jerry Chandler that will be replayed for Communication interns.

    The Described and Captioned Media Program long form video has been approved by the DCMP.  This video and one PSA will be distributed as DVD’s for the DCMP and made available to school teachers and parents of the disabled who are interested in captioned media.  The PSA will be made available to television stations nationwide.  These will also be available on the DCMP website at

    This project is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education.  The DCMP worked through the Disability Support Services here at JSU to coordinate the production with Television Services.  The DCMP project began March 27, 2007.

    Interviewed Dr. Louise Clark of the College of Commerce and Business about JSU's business college now being ranked No. 2 in the nation for offering the "Greatest Opportunities for Women."Also interviewed Dr. Bill Fielding about being ranked by the Princeton Review as one of the top 290 business schools in the world for three straight years now.

    Taped alto saxophonist Mr. Lemuel Bardeguez and pianist Ms. Christy D’Ambrosio in concert at Mason Hall.  This event is sponsored by the David L. Walters Music Department.

    Office of Distance Education

    Faculty/Staff Accomplishments:


    Dr. Frank. King attended the ACCESS session in Montgomery to discuss current initiatives including dual enrollment opportunities for the university. The Distance Education staff attended both Spring 2008 Preview Days, handing out numerous pamphlets and greeting many parents and potential and in-coming JSU students.


    Dr. Sherri Restauri and Ms. Delores Laster attended the Grant Institute in Auburn, Alabama during February 2008. This institute prepares attendees for work in location and developing grants for increasing funding at organizations. Each of the attendees presented her proposal for a grant project prior to receiving a certificate for participation, allowing extensive feedback from the audience to further guide the development of these grant projects.


    Dr. Sherri Restauri presented for JSU’s Academe to a large group of faculty and staff on the topic of using wikis, blogs, podcasts, and virtual worlds in the use of teaching and also for promotional purposes at JSU. Dr. Restauri also coauthored a presentation with Ms. Paula Barnett-Ellis from the Houston Cole Library for the SOLINET 2008 conference, held on the 11th floor of HCL on the JSU campus in March 2008. The presentation was titled, “Living…and Thriving! a Library 2.0 World”.


    Organizational Items


    For the Summer 2008 terms, a total of 12 new online courses were approved through the Alabama coordinator of the Southern Regional Electronic Campus. These courses must adhere to guidelines presented in the Principles of Good Practice in order to be submitted by JSU to SREC for state approval. Each course listed through SREC is made available to all students searching for online course opportunities through the SREC website, at Each term, over 100 courses are included in this state-approved Electronic Campus website, recruiting students from across the Southeastern U.S., and beyond.


    Distance Education acquired a new presentation board, to be used in promotional work including Preview Days, Career Fairs, and more. This lighted board better highlights the technological nature of DE, and allows for more room to display data, articles, and important documents relating to Distance Education, relevant to the audiences.


    The Office of Distance Education filled the vacant Research Assistant position. The new staff member, Ms. Delores Laster, began work on January 10, 2008.


    Blackboard Initiatives


    The Office of Distance Education offered a number of workshops, open to faculty, staff, and administrators at JSU. The Getting Familiar with My Blackboard Course, Adding Content and Assignments, and Communication Tools workshops were each taught during the Spring 2008 semester. Three additional workshops, including Communication Tools, Quizzes, Tests, & Surveys, and Gradebook, Reporting, and Performance Dashboard are scheduled throughout the end of the Spring 2008 semester.  A host of workshops are also scheduled throughout the summer time.


    Starting with Fall 2005 courses, two sets of archived courses have been purged from the Blackboard server in consideration of storage and related costs. At this point, approximately 4000 courses have been removed. Additionally, a large number of user accounts have been removed, as well, minimizing the number of active users on the system and thereby further reducing necessary expenditures.




    JSU now has the capability of reaching sites throughout the world with two-way interactive audio and video communication capabilities.  This technology has great value to the educational community as well as governmental and business applications.


    Distance Education has completed the set-up process required for participation in the Freedom Calls initiative, which will allow for JSU to offer use of the videoconferencing system as a free service to soldiers in Iraq, and their families.  The availability of this service will be formally announced shortly.


    Distance Education has been collaborating with the Gadsden Museum of Art and the Anniston Museum of Natural History on several joint projects.  Possibilities discussed include virtual field trips offered to K-12 schools as well as remote training of museum staff. 


    Distance Education has collaborated with the College of Education and Professional Studies and the College of Commerce and Business Administration regarding ways in which videoconferencing can serve, support, and even expand their efforts.  Both colleges have expressed a desire to expand their use of videoconferencing. Additional outreach with community businesses is also underway.




    The Office of Distance Education sponsored a webinar entitled “Taking Online Programs Global” from 12 pm – 2pm in 1103 A of the Library on January 22, 2008. This webinar was led by a well-versed professional, experienced in moving online programs to international venues of interest to JSU, such as China.


    DE Online Programs


    Sixteen programs are now offered online through Jacksonville State University’s Distance Education program. These programs are advertised through the use of the website. The MPA in Sports Administration was the most recently listed program, and several other online programs are currently under development and pending approval.  The following online degree programs are now offered:

    • BS in Emergency Management with a minor in Homeland Security
    • BS in Emergency Management with a minor in Public Safety Telecommunications
    • Graduate Certificate in Emergency Management
    • MPA in Emergency Management
    • MS in Emergency Management
    • Graduate Certificate in Spatial Analysis and Management
    • MPA in Spatial Analysis and Management
    • MPA in Athletic Administration
    • MS in Computer Systems and Software Design
    • Master of Business Administration
    • MSEd in Physical Education
    • MS in Manufacturing Systems Technology
    • MSN in Nursing (in Community Health Nursing)
    • RN to BSN (STEP Program)
    • RN/BSN/MSN in Nursing (STEP Program)
    • Graduate Certificate in Nursing Education




    Distance Education continued advertising of the MyJSU Online ( initiative in areas such as the SREC as well as other locations to ensure knowledge of these programs to students outside of the local area, thereby growing the DE program and overall student enrollment at JSU.


    The MyJSU Online domain continued to receive student interest via internet hits. Traffic to the website is monitored monthly. The graph below indicates the unique visitors to the MyJSU Online website, along with the number of “hits” to the site by month over the last quarter.



    The MyJSU Online website, listing all of the online programs, was advertised in all in-house publications, and also is being printed on all external publications, such as brochures. These printed mediums enhance local knowledge of the online programs available through JSU.





    Spring 2008 Distance Learning Course and Enrollment Data



    Course Sections


    All Online (Bb, Other, STEP)*

    199 (139 courses) – 220 sections offered

     4,568 ( 2,840 unique students)

    Bb Supplements**




      5  (2 courses) – 14 sections offered

       61 (56 unique students)


      1  (1 course)

      24  (24 unique students)

    All distance formats*

    206 (144 courses) – 235 sections offered

      4,653 (2,901 unique students)

    All formats and supplements**



    *Data provided by the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment.


    **Data provided by the Office of Distance Education.

         Source:  SQL Queries run against Blackboard Advanced System Reporting (ASR) Database – XX/XX/XXXX;

         Data entered based on information provided by the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment.



    The total number of unique Distance Education students increased from 2,454 in Spring 2007 to 2,901 in Spring 2008, which was a total increase of 18.2%





    The In-Service Center has provided 112 programs for 2492 participants during the period January 1, 2008 through March 31, 2008.


    On January 10, 2008, the In-Service Center provided a one-day conference for the Fifth District Elementary Principal’s Association at JSU, McClellan entitled Using a Sense of Humor to Motivate.  Mr. Jim Winter of Wavelength provided instruction.

    On January 4, 2008 the In-Service Center provided sessions for Pell City Elementary and High School teachers entitled, Teaching from Bell to Bell. Approximately 100 teachers participated in these sessions.  This was integrated into the system professional development day.


    The In-Service Center offered four training sessions for school system Mentoring Liaisons during January and March.  Instructors from Alabama Math, Science, Technology Initiative, Science in Motion, and Technology in Motion also attended each session.  The program is a collaborative effort of the Governor’s Commission on Education, The Alabama Department of Education, and the JSU In-Service Center.


    A Textbook Expo was sponsored by the In-Service Center and held at JSU McClellan on January 30 – February 1 2008 for the Textbook Committees from 15 school systems in Northeast Alabama.  Over 500 teachers and administrators participated in the event, as well as, representatives of 30 publishers.  Committees take information that is obtained from this Expo and return to the system to make selections for adoption of reading textbooks for the school system.


    Monthly meetings were held in January, February and March for teachers in the JSU area who are seeking certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.  This project is sponsored by the In-Service Center and funded through a contract from the Alabama Department of Education.


    A two-day conference for school administrators was held on March 10-11, 2008 at JSU, McClellan.  The conference, Leadership for Students with Disabilities, Response to Intervention was sponsored by the In-Service Center and funded through a contract for $15,000 secured from the Alabama Department of Education.


    A roundtable discussion was facilitated on February 13, 2008 by the In-Service Center including members of the College of Education faculty and representatives of eleven school systems.  Ideas were shared for future programs to be offered by the Center concerning meeting the needs of students for which English is not the primary language.  Follow-up professional development activities will be provided for teachers of these students.


    The JSU In-Service Center participated with Alabama Public Television and Honda Manufacturing to provide professional development for 30 educators in a session entitled, What’s Up In Factories? on February 26, 2008, at the Honda Plant in Lincoln, Alabama.  The session was concluded with a tour of the plant and a luncheon provided by the sponsors.


    Jacksonville State University Alabama Math, Science, Technology Initiative (AMSTI) is preparing to sponsor the second annual AMSTI Summer Institute to train forty-four schools from the JSU In-Service Region.  The Summer Institute will be held July 7-18, 2008 at Saks Middle School and Saks High School.  Approximately 770 teachers and administrators will be trained.  In preparation of the Summer Institute, 530 math kits and 320 science kits are being assembled by the JSU AMSTI staff.

    The Alabama Math, Science, Technology Initiative has received a contract from the Alabama Department of Education for $125,000 to support the training of AMSTI trainers in the summer.  The responsibilities include building and providing kits for attendees to use in training, as well as, payment of travel expenses and stipends.

    Continuing Education

    As of March 31, 2008, The Office of Continuing Education conducted 175 classes beginning October 1, 2007.  Service was provided to 1561 students and 17,071 contact hours were generated.


    On February 20, a workshop was conducted in partnership with East Alabama Regional Planning Commission entitled, “Websites Made Easy.” Denise Rucker, Retired Senior Volunteer Program Director was the speaker and there were 38 attendees.


    UPACE, the University Partnership for Alabama Continuing Education, continues to offer certificate programs for the Association of County Administrators, Association of County Engineers, County Revenue Officers Association of Alabama, E911 Administrators and the Alabama Association of Chiefs of Police.  Participating in the program at this time are 241 County Administrators, 123 County Engineers, 122 Revenue Officers, 83 E911 Administrators and 783 police chiefs.


    Classes were held at JSU McClellan for the Alabama Association of Chiefs of Police.  The New Chiefs’ Development Seminar was held on January 16-18 for 18 new chiefs.  “Gang Awareness” and “Cultural Sensitivity” courses were also conducted for 42 experienced chiefs as a part of the Certified Law Enforcement Executive Program.


    The UPACE Partnership facilitated training in Montgomery on February 13-14 for 255 police chiefs on the topic, “Liability Issues:  Identifying and Reducing Risk in Law Enforcement.”


    In January, the following training programs were held in Montgomery for County Administrators, Engineers, and 911 Directors:

    Orientation and Overview of Administrators’ and Engineers’ duties – 21 attending


    General Accounting, Financial Management and Planning I – 21 attending.


    Fundamentals of Emergency Communication District Administration II – 9 attending.

    Training was provided in February for 26 County Revenue Officers in Pelham on “Overview of County Revenue.”   


    On February 15, the Fifth Annual Auctioneer School began and continued for 10 days until graduation on February 24.  The student auctioneers conducted an auction for the Gilbert Auction Company on February 23 as a part of their graduation requirements.


    Wellborn Cabinet has returned for the fifth year, requesting the Certificate in Basic Supervisory Principles for 15 more employees.  Customized computer training (Microsoft Excel, Word, Access, and PowerPoint) was conducted at JSU McClellan for the Northeast Alabama Regional Medical Center staff.





    The University named John-Bauer Graham as the new Dean of Library Services. Dean Graham began March 03, 2008.


    Upgrades to the Library’s automated system and the electronic reserve system were completed, thereby improving performance and maintaining currency of vendor support.


    The Library is participating as a pilot group for the new Luminis Content Management System. Around 250 of the Library’s web pages will be edited and converted/migrated into the new web content management system.


    The Library purchased five laptop computers and began lending them for use within the building.  Students can check out these computers to access the Library’s wireless network.  The laptops are housed in the 6th Floor Listening Lab.


    Ms. Charlcie Pettway Vann published (2008). “Think About It”. The Alabama Librarian. February (58:1).

    Ms. Jodi Poe, Ms. Mary Bevis, Mr. John-Bauer Graham, Ms. Bethany Latham, and Ms. Kim Stevens published (2008). “Sharing the Albatross of E-Resources Management Workflow”. In H. Yu & S. Breivold (Eds.) Electronic Resource Management in Libraries: Research and Practice (pp. 71-89). Hershey, PA: Information Science Reference.

    Ms. Kim Stevens published a review of “Luminarium: Anthology of English Literature” Reference Reviews. 2008 (22:1): 35-36

    Ms. Jodi Poe and Ms. Bethany Latham published (2007). Course Reserves: Using Blackboard for E-Reserves Delivery. Journal of Interlibrary Loan, Document Delivery & Electronic Reserve, 18 (1), 79-91.


    Ms. Bethany Latham published (2008). Strange Bedfellows: Historical Fiction and Forensic Medicine. Historical Novels Review, 43 (February), 5-7.


    Ms. Paula Barnett-Ellis and Ms. Jodi Poe published. “Tech Notes: Beware the Blog.” (Column) The Alabama Librarian (v.57 no.2, 2007), p.4-5.


    Ms. Bethany Latham and Ms. Jodi Poe published. “Evaluation and Selection of New Format Materials: Electronic Resources.” In Our New Public A Changing Clientele: Bewildering Issues or New Challenges for Managing Libraries, ed. J.R. Kennedy, L. Vardaman, and G.B. McCabe, 257-265. Westport CT: Greenwood Publishing Group, 2008.


    Ms. Jodi Poe published a review of “Auto Repair Reference Center” in Reference Reviews, 2008 (v.22 no.2), p.38.


    Ms. Bethany Latham published (2008). Review of Tiger Claws. Historical Novels Review, 43 (February), 22.


    Ms. Bethany Latham published (2008). Review of Why Mermaids Sing. Historical Novels Review, 43 (February), 28.


    Ms. Bethany Latham published (2008). Review of Jane Boleyn. Historical Novels Review, 43 (February), 54-55.


    Ms. Bethany Latham published (2008) Read-Alikes for E.L. Doctorow. Durham, NC: EBSCO NoveList database.




    Ms. Paula Barnett-Ellis and Dr. Sherri Restauri presented “Living… and Thriving! In a Library 2.0 World”. Alabama SoliNET Users Group Meeting, Jacksonville, AL (March 14, 2008)


    Mr. John-Bauer Graham, Ms. Bethany Latham, and Ms. Jodi Poe presented “What’s New with the Alabama Virtual Library”. Wallace State Community College, Hanceville, AL (February 18, 2008)


    Ms. Kim Stevens and Ms. Bethany Latham presented, “Giving Voice to the Past: Digitizing Oral Histories at Jacksonville State University”. Alabama SoliNET Users Group Meeting, Jacksonville, AL (March 14, 2008)


    Ms. Laurie Charnigo, Ms. Carley Suther and Ms. Charlcie Pettway Vann presented, “Books, Journal Articles, or Websites.  Does Type of Format Really Matter? Library Resource Preferences for Undergraduate Research”. Alabama SoliNET Users Group Meeting, Jacksonville, AL ( March 14, 2008).


    Student Enrollment 


    The College of Nursing and Health Sciences (CNHS) continues to experience extraordinary growth.  The following table illustrates the pattern of growth since Fall 2001:














    BSN:   174

    STEP:     9

    MSN:    27

    Total:  210


    BSN: 189

    STEP: 11

    MSN:  24

    Total: 224


    BSN: 194

    STEP: 12

    MSN:  20



    BSN:   202

    STEP:    9

    MSN:    29

    Total:  240


    BSN:   244

    STEP:   54

    MSN:    36

    Total:  334


    BSN:       238

    STEP:     100

    MSN:        44

    UNA MSN Transient:  21

    Total:       403                          









    Spring 2008





    BSN:      229

    STEP:    149

    MSN:       56




    Total:     461

    BSN:  210


    MSN:    33

    UNA MSN Transient:


    Total:   400 






    An article by Instructor Ms. Marilyn Bougere entitled “Culture, Grief and Bereavement: Applications for Clinical Practice” was published in the Winter 2008 issue of Minority Nurse.


    Dr. Deborah Curry interviewed in January for a position on the Alabama Board of Nursing.  Recommendation letters for potential appointees were submitted to Governor Riley. We are awaiting final word if she has been offered the appointment. 


    The National Leadership Conference in Cozumel, Mexico invited Instructor Ms. Shawn Wilson to present “Horizontal Violence in the University Setting and in the Hospital Setting” in April 2008.


    Ms. Yolanda Martinez from Alabama’s All Kids Bureau of Children’s Health Insurance presented a “Cross Cultural Environment: A Hook into Hispanic Culture” to nursing faculty on February 11, 2008.


    Annually, the Alabama State Nurses Association sponsors the largest and most prestigious nursing conference in the state, FACES.  The following instructors will be presenting at FACES 2008 on April 22 in Montgomery, AL:  Ms. Jennifer Frank and Ms. Honey Holman will present “Mentors: The Nurse-Maker! Sweet Strategies for Giving New Nurses Long-Lasting Freshness”; Ms. Amanda Bonds, Ms. Kim Craven and Ms. Kim Hollingsworth will present “In a Flash: Online Video Clips for Today’s Nursing Student”; Ms. Elizabeth Gulledge will present “The Effect of Self-Concept and Sedentary Behavior on Blood Pressure in Overweight Sixth Graders”; and Ms. Sherron DeWeese will present “Over the Counter…Under Informed”.


    Dr. Beth Hembree participated in and/or evaluated the following:  The Alabama Disaster Exercise on March 3-7 at McClellan; Toxic Training Courses in Washington March 17-21 presenting at three hospitals and three fire departments; Arkansas Disaster Exercise March 24-28 in Little Rock, AR; and a Toxic Chemical Training Course in Salt Lake City on April 8-12.


    Dr. Kay Williams has been promoted to the rank of Associate Professor and granted tenure effective Fall Semester 2008.


    Dr. Sarah Latham and Ms. Christie Shelton along with several PCB investigators presented results of the PCB studies at a press conference on Tuesday, April 1 at the Greater Thankful Baptist Church in Anniston.  Mr. Rainer Haspel was also in attendance at the meeting.  Approximately 150 Anniston residents heard reports from investigators participating in the $3.2 million Anniston Environmental health research study funded by the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. 


    Ms. Christie Shelton, Instructor, has been invited to present “Cruising on the Evidence:  An Online Research Course” at the National League for Nursing Education Summit September 18 and 19, 2008 in San Antonio.  Ms. Shelton’s abstract was one of 36 selected from 404 submissions.


    The Alabama League for Nursing honors individuals across the state for exemplary contributions to the nursing professions.  Health care agencies and schools of nursing are invited to nominate outstanding individuals who have demonstrated high professional standards, leadership qualities, caring attitude, support nursing education, and impact quality of life.  Ms. Cindy Tubbs, BSN, RN, JSU CNHS Clinical Associate was recognized with the 2008 Lamplighter Award in a ceremony in Prattville, April 3, 2008.  Ms. Tubbs was one of only ten Lamplighter Award recipients from across the state.


    Dr. Marcia Hardney, JSU Gadsden Associate Director, attended the 2008 National Association of African American Studies annual conference, February 11-14.  While there, she co-presented with Dr. Myrtice Collins from the College of Education and Professional Studies, a paper titled, “Envisioning Sound: Toward a Theory of Learning Styles”. 

    Office of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs

    Office of Admissions

    The Office of Admissions is pleased to announce that spring preview days were a great success.  282 students registered in February and 281 registered in March for a total of 563 new students registered for the 2008 fall semester. This is the second highest total since the beginning of registration at preview days in 1995. Comparison numbers are shown below from 2004-2008:



    Feb 2008


    Feb 2007


    Feb 2006


    Feb 2005


    Feb 2004




















































    March 2008


    March 2007


    March 2006


    March 2005


    March 2004






































































































    We are also pleased to announce that the fall application numbers are the highest ever recorded and the acceptance numbers are the second highest ever recorded. The following chart shows comparison numbers from 2004-2008.










































































    Career Placement Services


    Ms. White spoke to approximately 250 student teachers on January 11th.


    Ms. White and Ms. Turner participated in the AACE Winter Workshop held at the University of Alabama in Huntsville on January 18th.


    Ms. Turner visited the Exchange Bank on January 24th.


    Lt. Colonel Trued of Anniston Army Depot interviewed JSU students on February 1st for a co-op position.


    Ms. White and Ms. Turner participated in the Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce Career Expo on February 7th.


    Ms. White participated in the CCBA Accreditation Review on February 18th.


    On February 19th, as part of a Speaker’s Bureau hosted by Career Placement Services, Greg Robinson returned to his alma mater to brief students and faculty on his recent research in the field of inorganic chemistry. Over 100 students participated in this lecture.


    Career Placement Services hosted its largest Career Fair ever on March 6th with over 300 students participating.  75 different organizations from around the region were present to interview JSU graduating seniors and alumni.


    Charles Brazier of Redstone Arsenal interviewed several JSU students for full-time placement following the Career Expo.


    On March 10th, Ms. Turner participated in a Future Leaders of America Rally with 5 local county high schools in the Cedar Bluff area.


    On March 12th, Honda Manufacturing interviewed JSU students for summer co-op partnerships.


    As one of several interviewees in the CPS office, JSU graduate, Nancy Mayfield accepted an offer for the NCUA examiner position in Birmingham, AL


    78 new Teaching jobs were posted on the CPS job postings website; 44 business related jobs were posted.  Ms. Turner and Ms White saw 127 students scheduled for appointments, not including walk-ins.  416 JSU students are currently registered with Career Placement Services.


    80 organizations have been present on campus during this quarter in a recruiting effort.

    Counseling and Career Services Department

    Counseling and Career Services held several workshops during the Spring 08 semester.  “Dealing with Depression”, “A Healthier You”, and “Balancing Your Debt” were just a few of the workshops. 


    CCS also interviewed 35 students for the 2008-2009 Peer Educator group.  Fifteen were selected. The new group began training April 8th and 9th.  

    CCS and the Peer Educator group held “Safe Spring Break” activities the week before Spring Break.   On Tuesday night, Lieutenant Mike Reese, a DEA Officer, held a presentation on “Dangerous Drugs and Alcohol”.   Approximately 472 students attended the presentation.  The following day, the Peer Educators held a “Fatal Vision Drunk Driving Course” where students drove a golf cart through a driving course, wearing fatal vision goggles.  These goggles simulated the effects of drinking and driving.  A number of students signed pledge cards to not drink and drive during the spring break holiday.

    Disability Support Services (DSS)

    Miss Rebecca Pittman, Interpreter Intern from Eastern Kentucky University attended a workshop “A Closer Look: Idioms, Part II” on January 26 in Tuscaloosa. 

    Katy Goodgame, Disability Specialist, and Daniel Miller, Director, were selected to present at the Alabama Federation Council for Exceptional Children State Conference in Birmingham, AL on February 8th and 9th: "Finding the Road to Success: Guiding Students with Learning Disabilities and AD/HD for Transition from High School to College" and "Job Literacy: An Outcome of Educated Transition from High School Through College to the Work Place".

    Mr. Stephen Cain and Mrs. Linda Turner volunteered with the Southeast Region Academic Bowl for Deaf and Hard of Hearing students sponsored by Gallaudet University and hosted by the Alabama School for the Deaf from February 15th to 18th where sixteen schools throughout the SE competed academically against each other.

    DSS was a host site for the PepNet South sponsored Teleconference “What Educational Interpreters Need to Know about Mental Health Interpreting” on February 25th.  Mr. Dan Miller and Miss Rebecca Pittman attended; Mrs. Cindy Camp moderated.

    Mr. Dan Miller, Mr. Stephen Cain, Mrs. Katy Goodgame and Mrs. Stephanie Hatfield obtained a focused e-Text Management and Assistive Technology Program Overview at Auburn University on February 26th.


    Mr. Dan Miller and Mrs. Katy Goodgame attended the 18th Alabama Transition Leadership Institute Conference XVIII in Auburn, AL sponsored by Auburn University on March 10th-12th.  Session topics included Transition Planning, Asperger’s Syndrome, Creative Accommodations with Faculty and Postsecondary Institutions.


    Mr. Dan Miller, Mr. Stephen Cain and Mrs. Linda Turner participated in Alabama School for the Deaf (ASD) Career Day on March 14th supporting ASD’s Work Experience Program preparing students for competitive or supported employment upon graduation through a variety of career exploration.


    Mrs. Linda Turner coordinated Leadership Training on March 26th for the Seniors of ASD with Mr. Isaac Chappell from Alabama Cooperative Extension System through “Reality Check” simulation program offering students a glance into the future.


    Mr. Dan Miller, Mrs. Linda Turner, and Mr. Stephen Cain participated by exclusive invitation in the “Meeting the Needs of Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing: Educational Services Guidelines” sponsored by the Alabama Department of Education in collaboration with National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE) March 27th-28th.

    Office of Student Financial Aid


    2008-2009 Academic Scholarship Offers:


    1 - Elite Scholarships offered (full tuition and dorm) $13,126.00

    (ACT 32 /SAT 1420, HS GPA 3.5)

    (2007 we had 5)


    58 - 100% Faculty Scholarships offered $313,664.00

    (ACT 28-31 /SAT 1260-1420, HS GPA 3.0)

     (2007 we had 15 100% and 32 75%)


    126 - Gamecock Scholarships offered $189,000.00

    (ACT 24-27 /SAT 1110-1250, HS GPA 3.0)

     (2007 we had 94)


    74 - Gem of the Hills Scholarships offered $74,000.00

    New in-state (ACT 22-23 /SAT 1030-1100, HS GPA 3.0)


    2 - Honors Scholarships offered $4,000.00

    New out-of-state (ACT 28 /SAT 1260, HS GPA 3.0)


    10 - Mimosa Scholarships offered $10,000.00  

         New out-of-state (ACT 24-27 /SAT 1110-1250, HS GPA 3.5)


    65 - Leadership Scholarships offered ($351,520.00)

    (ACT 19 /SAT 900, HS GPA 2.5)


    125 - Foundation scholarships offered ($352,891.87)


    59 - Presidential Transfer Scholarships (Jr. College) offered ($319,072.00)


    The financial aid office has awarded the following types of federal and state financial aid and amounts for the 2007-2008 award-year as of 3/28/2008:


                Federal Pell Grant                                         $   8,891,923

                Federal Supplemental Grant                       $      451,850

                Federal SMART Grants                               $      144,000

                Federal ACG Grants                                    $        11,851

                Federal Stafford/PLUS Loans                     $ 35,387,782

                Alabama State Grants                                  $      232,350

                Alabama KNIGHT Grant                               $      371,406

                Private Alternative Loans                             $   1,615,851


                                                                Total                $ 47,107,013

    Student Health Center

    Mrs. Nancy Edge-Schmitz attended the AACRAO’s Enrollment Management Presentation for the JSU Community and the presentation for Student Affairs Director’s Team.


    The Student Health Center provided pamphlets on sexually transmitted diseases to the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority for women’s health week.


    Mrs. Nancy Edge-Schmitz completed tuberculosis survey for Alabama Tuberculosis Advisory Council.


    Mrs. Nancy Edge-Schmitz attended the interviews for the Director of Public Safety Candidates, Jeffery Van Slyke, William Norris and Shawn Giddy.


    Mrs. Nancy Edge-Schmitz participated in an interview with The Chanticleer regarding influenza.


    Mrs. Nancy Edge-Schmitz participated in an interview with Jacksonville State University student, Julie Skinner, for a class project on Meningitis.


    Mrs. Nancy Edge-Schmitz participated in a telephone interview with Cassandra Mickens, reporter with The Anniston Star regarding a Sex Education Initiative on Campus.


    Mrs. Nancy Edge-Schmitz attended the Antimicrobial Systems Presentation by Mr. Ed Boyle and Mrs. Cindy Moon of Coating Specialist Systems at Kennamer Hall.


    Mr. Robert Mills attended the Southern College Health Association (SCHA) Annual Meeting, “Southern Charm and Healthy Aspirations”, in Savannah, Georgia.


    Mrs. Nancy Edge-Schmitz continues to serve on the University Substance Abuse Program Committee, the University Safety and Environmental Health Committee, the Housing Appeal/Petition Review Board, the Intervention Committee and the Wellness Committee.


    Mr. Robert Mills continues to serve on the University Personnel Counsel and the Alumni Board.


    The total number of client visits this quarter was 1,322.  This total includes 1,130 student visits and 192 faculty/staff visits.  The primary care physicians and the gynecologist provided services at the SHC 12 hours per week during the months of January - March 2008. 



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    Department of University Housing and Residence Life

    Occupancy Report


    The re-application process for the Department of University Housing and Residence Life for the upcoming 2008-2009 academic year took place February 18 - March 7.  Listed below are the numbers of residents that re-applied for on-campus housing over the past two (2) years:


    2007-2008                 662

    2008-2009                 764


    Staff Report


    We have completed our Resident Assistant (RA) recruitment process for the 2008-2009 academic year.  Over 120 students applied and 60 applicants interviewed for 57 positions. Of the 75 students that interviewed, 29 were returning Resident Assistants and 28 were new applicants. 


    The Department of University Housing and Residence Life attended our annual, Southeastern Association of Housing Officers (SEAHO) Conference.  This once a year professional development opportunity is an excellent developmental experience for our department.  This year’s conference was held in Savanna, Georgia in the month of February. 


    Facilities Report


    In conjunction with the Physical Plant, the Department of University Housing and Residence Life schedule several projects throughout the department each summer.  These projects are carefully planned in order to continue enhancing the quality of living within our facilities.  Please note the following projects that are planned for this summer:


    Daugette Hall

                Install VCT in the remaining rooms


    Sparkman Hall

                Install privacy doors in the shared bathroom areas


    Leadership House for Women

                Remove carpet and install VCT

                Paint the exterior

                Paint the interior


    Campus Inn Apartments

                Install new windows


    Program Report:


    Programming Dimension: LEARN (Life Skills, Education, Awareness, Responsibility, and Needs).


    Program Title: How to Successfully Present Yourself at a Job Interview (11)

    Residents were given tips on how to interview.


    Program Title: Support the JSU Tennis Team (4)

    Residents were able to support the tennis team by attending a match.


    Program Title: Have a Heart (18)

    Residents went to the TMB to donate blood.


    Program Title: P.A.T. CRIBS (6)

    Residents participated in doing the “MTV” based cribs to demonstrate why it is important to clean your room.


    Program Title: What Time Is It? (N/A)

    Passive program reminding residents to set their clocks one hour forward.


    Program Title: Vote SGA (13)

    Residents were encouraged to vote for fellow students.


    Program Title: Dinner at Tiffany’s (12)

    Residents were invited to dinner in the residence hall and watch “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”.


    Program Title: How to solve roommate conflicts (7)

    Residents were engaged in conversation on how to resolve conflicts.


    Program Title: Domestic Violence is Not Love (11)

    JSU Peer Educators informed residents of the dangers of domestic violence and actions that can be taken against it.


    Program Title: Super Tuesday! (45)

    Passive program reminding students of the importance of voting.  Residents were told to check mailboxes for voter registration cards and reminded to vote on Super Tuesday.


    Civil Rights Trip


    The Department of University Housing sponsored a student trip to the Civil Rights Museum in Birmingham, Alabama.  Four Residence Life Coordinators escorted 49 residents to the University of Alabama at Birmingham for lunch at Commons on the Green.  After lunch they toured through the historic Museum. The students were able to engage in the history of the Civil Rights era in addition to interacting with one another.


    Student Life


    Greek Life


    National Pan-Hellenic Council traveled to Houston, TX for the Minority Greek Leadership Conference (January 17-19, 2008) where Ms. Sinamen Nixon, Joshua Scott, and Erin Burt presented the “Membership Intake Seminar.”  This seminar gave insight into membership intake trends and suggestions on improving membership.  Also, Mr. Eddie Banks-Crosson, Assistant Director of Student Life presented a two session leadership track titled “What’s really going on?”  This program was rated the highest within break out session, and Mr. Banks-Crosson was asked to keynote at this conference next year.   


    Our IFC traveled to Atlanta, GA to the annual Southeastern Interfraternity Conference.  This year’s SEIFC made a wonderful transition to a boot camp style leadership conference focusing on each officer’s responsibilities within the council.  More importantly, this year’s programming allowed for more networking among students across the southeast.      


    The Greek Week Committee decided that all funds raised during this year’s week (March 25-28) will be donated to the Big Brothers & Big Sisters “Amachi Program.”


    Student Government Association (SGA) Multicultural Programming


    The Student Government Association and Multicultural Programming honored Dr. Martin Luther King, III with a musical salute performed by JSU Encore Show Choir and the JSU Gospel Choir on January 24, 2008, at 7:00 p.m. in the TMB Auditorium.


    The Student Government Association held the first annual Winter Ball on January 25, 2008, at 8:00 p.m. in Leone Cole Auditorium.


    Black History Month celebration began with the showing of the movie, “Pursuit of Happyness” on February 6, 2008.


    Blood Drive was held on February 12-13, 2008.


    “Portraits of Courage…African Americans I Wish I Had Known” was held on February 20, 2008, at 7:00 p.m. in Leone Cole Auditorium.


    Coffee House was held on February 26, 2008, in the TMB Auditorium featuring Travis Watkins, former NFL player and now poet.


    On February 27, 2008, a performance was given by Rudy Currence, at 8:00 p.m. in Leone Cole Auditorium.


    SGA elections were held on March 4-5, 2008.


    Higher Education Day Rally was held on March 6, 2008, in Montgomery, Alabama. JSU was well represented at the rally with the transport of 6 buses of students participating.


    JSU Star Talent Show was held on March 13, 2008, in Leone Cole Auditorium.  Hasan Green, was the winner of the competition and will be awarded a $1000.00 scholarship to be effective Fall 2008.


    The SGA and Baptist Campus Ministries co-sponsored a free campus-wide B-B-Q on March 27, 2008.

    Freshman Forum

    Freshman Forum has had an extremely successful 2008 spring semester by completing various service projects including Project Valentine.  This project was composed of gathering and taking donations of used cell phones that will be distributed to patients waiting for organ transplants.  This year they collected over 152 cell phones that will be distributed to local hospitals.

    These students also completed the INSPIRE (Involving Necessary Student Participation in Realistic Experiences) program where they travel to local high schools to inform students about the differences between high school and college leadership and the transition from high school to college.  These visits also allowed the students to tell about their experiences and involvement here at JSU.  So far, this year we have reached out to more than 621 students at 6 Alabama high schools. 

    The Freshman Forum participated in one of the group's annual community service projects which were to visit to the local nursing home. This year members teamed up during early February to brighten the lives of the elderly residing in the Jacksonville Health and Rehabilitation Center. This project was a huge success and will continue to be a project that the forum will add to its yearly agenda.

    Freshman Forum also held a joint “All Campus Mixer” with Alpha Phi Alpha, Alpha Xi Delta, Delta Chi, Delta Sigma Theta and Zeta Phi Beta. The mixer was held on February 28, 2008 for all Jacksonville State University Students.  This event consisted of lots of fun, food, and friends, and various contests and dancing and had a record crowd of over 500 students were in attendance.   

    University Police

    Officer Michael DeVoe and Officer Bobby Lowe completed 480 hours of Basic Police Academy Certification on March 28, 2008.


    Sgt. Preuninger provided training for installing child car seats in Piedmont on April 2, 2008. Addition training will be provided at Golden Springs on April 30, 2008, at Heflin on May 7, 2008 and in Jacksonville on May 14, 2008.


    Mr. Tony Mabrey, Ms. Mallory Pusch, Ms. Tabitha Hughes, Ms. Kristy Posey, Ms. Rachel Barton, Mr. Matt Langley, and Ms. Whitney Whitten completed 16 hours of NCIC Certification Training.


    Mr. Brian Stephenson was hired on February 4, 2008 as a part time security officer.


    UPD Emergency Management Specialist Melonie Carmichael passed inspection for JSU Storm Ready Project and Certification.  An award will be presented later.  This will make JSU the first Storm Ready University in Alabama.


    Officer Elizabeth Hill attended training at the Regional Counter Drug Training Academy in Meridian, Mississippi on April 7 through12, 2008.


    UPD has increased parking violation enforcement.

    Department of Recreational Sports


    Jacksonville State successfully hosted, for the fifteenth consecutive year, the Northeast Regional High School Basketball Tournament.  A new attendance record of 27,390 tickets sold surpassed the old record of 27,297 set in 2006.  The number of tournament passes sold was also a new record, 142 surpassing the old record of 141 (also from 2006).  Including participants, media and other individuals not having to purchase a ticket, the University had over 30,000 guests for the week long event.  The University also gave 48 students an opportunity to win a $1,025 scholarship by participating in the successful half time game of “JSU, tic, tac, dough”.  One student hit the half court bonus shot to win a one semester tuition scholarship.


    The Recreational Sports department is in the process of conducting a survey to assess the recreational facilities, programs, and services.