VICE PRESIDENT FOR ACADEMIC
July 16, 2007
COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES
Department of Biology
Dr. Safaa Al-Hamdani was awarded the Association of
Southeastern Biologists Meritorious Teaching Award at their annual meeting in
Dr. Mijitaba Hamissou was awarded the Earlon and
Betty McWhorter Outstanding Teacher Award at the JSU annual awards
ceremony in May 2007.
Dr. Safaa Al-Hamdani received a Distinguished
Achievement Award from the Republic of
Iraq at their
embassy on May 18, 2007. This award is
given occasionally to recognize exceptional achievement by selected Iraqi
expatriates. This award recognizes Dr.
Al-Hamdani’s ‘Books for Baghdad’
project that has been operating for 4 years and has sent over 55,000 text
books, computers, and educational supplies to Baghdad Universities. This is a tremendous help in rebuilding the
educational system of Iraq.
Ms. Colleen R. Mitchell* and Dr. Frank A. Romano III
(2007). Sexualdimorphism, population
dynamics and some aspects of life history of Echiniscus mauccii
(Tardigrada; Heterotardigrada). Journal
of Limnology, 66(Suppl. 1): 126 -131.
Ms. M.A., Chapman, Mr. J.C.
Beavers, Dr. M.E.
Meade, Dr. B.G. Blair, and Dr. C.P. Olander (2007). Effect of various photosensitive dyes on the
growth of Tetrahymena in vitro.
Alabama Academy of Sciences
Annual Meeting, Columbia,
South Carolina, April 18-20, 2007.
Ms. Dunkerley, Rachel and
Dr. Mijitaba Hamissou. April 2007. Investigating the effects of cadmium toxicity
on the photosynthetic performance and anti-oxidative stress responses of
chloroplasts in Arabadopsis thaliana and Sorghum bicolor
plants. Southeastern Biology 54(2):112.
Dr. Mijitaba Hamissou. April 2007.
Can plant tissue technology be used as an approach to studying aluminum
toxicity at the whole plant level.
Southeastern Biology 54(2):112.
Dr. Christopher A. Murdock,
Dr. Brian C. Small and Dr. Geoffrey C. Waldbieser. April 2007.
Expression of two SF1 isoforms in response to exogenous GnRH injections
in channel catfish Ictalurus punctatus.
Southeastern Biology 54(2):114.
Mr. T.J. Hollingsworth, Ms.
Leslie Pick and Dr. Hau Zhang. April
2007. Over-eating in larvae due to
over-expression of genes in Drosophila melanogaster. Southeastern Biology 54(2):115.
Dr. Benjie Blair. April 2007.
“Poor man’s cryo” a simple method of teaching electron microscopy to
undergraduates. Southeastern Biology 54(2):116.
Mr. Jeffery O’Kelley and Dr.
Mark Meade. April 2007. A three-year ichthyofaunal survey of
Choccolocco, Shoal, and Scarborough streams in the
Talladega National Forest. Southeastern Biology 54(2):120.
Mr. Robert Dafoe and Dr.
Frank A. Romano, III. April 2007. A seasonal and transect survey of leaf litter
tardigrade communities from a Gulf of Mexico barrier island (Dauphin Island, Alabama). Southeastern Biology 54(2):121.
Dr. Frank A. Romano, III,
Dr. Maria Gallo, Dr. Rossana D’Addabbo, Dr. Roberto Sanduli, Dr. Jeffrey
Baguley, and Dr. Paul Montagna. April
2007. A first look at deep-sea
tardigrades in the northern Gulf of Mexico. Southeastern Biology 54(2):121.
Ms. Sara E. Viernum, and Dr.
Benjie Blair and Dr. George Cline. April
2007. Aeromonas hydrophila skin
infections in the green salamander, Aneides aeneus, from Northeastern Alabama.
Southeastern Biology 54(2):124.
Mr. Clifford J. Webb and Dr.
George Cline. April 2007. Efficacy of leaf litter refugium bags for
sampling adult streamside salamanders (Caudata: Plethodontidae). Southeastern Biology 54(2):124.
Dr. Roger Sauterer. April 2007.
Exposure of frog embryos to water samples near the
Monsanto plant results in increased mortality and decreased growth. Southeastern Biology 54(2):126.
Dr. Mark Meade, Dr. Benjie
Blair, and Mr. Jonathan Spurgin. April 2007. Use of anaerobic probionts as supplemental
feeds in fish culture. Southeastern
Mr. Dax McDonald and Dr.
Robert Carter. April 2007. The effects of prescribed burning on small
mammal communities in the Talladega National Forest, AL. Southeastern Biology 54(2):128.
Mr. Gregory L. Scull, Dr.
Robert Carter, Dr. Mark Meade, and Mr. Joshua Turner. April 2007.
American black bear (Ursus americanus) activity in Northeastern Alabama.
Southeastern Biology 54(2):129.
Dr. George Cline, Dr. James
Rayburn, and Mr. Clifford Webb. April
2007. Snorkel/scuba survey of historic
hellbender streams (What to do when hellbenders don’t come?). Southeastern Biology 54(2):131.
Dr. Benjie Blair, Mr.
Lawrence Nelson, Dr. Chris Murdock, Dr. Mark Meade, Dr. Stephen Watts, and Dr.
Addison Lawrence. April 2007. Quantitative analysis of sea urchin, Lyechinus
variegates, gut microflora to improve culture methods. Southeastern Biology 54(2):132.
Mr. Joshua Turner, Dr. Mark
Meade, and Mr. Greg Scull. April
2007. Genetic dynamics of fish
populations in the Middle Coosa Watershed,
Southeastern Biology 54(2):133.
Mr. Robert Floyd and Dr.
Robert Carter. April 2007. Phytosociological history of the Pine
Mountain Range, GA. Southeastern Biology
Dr. Robert Carter, Mr. Brett
Rushing, Mr. Josh Forrest, and Mr. Brent Abernathy. April 2007.
Plant communities of the Dugger Mountain Wilderness,
Talladega National Forest, Alabama:
Preliminary results. Southeastern
Mr. Kenny Reighard, Ms.
Casie Sanders and Dr. Mijitaba Hamissou.
April 2007. UVA and UVB may
induce synergic oxidative stress to Arabidopsis thaliana plants and to
callus tissues. Southeastern Biology 54
Third Biennial Hellbender
June 10-13, 2007.
Dr. George R.
Cline and Dr. James R. Rayburn. State (Alabama) Status Update.
Dr. George R.
Cline and Dr. James R. Rayburn. Update
on the Alabama
Dr. James R
Rayburn and Dr. George R. Cline. Stream
Quality at Historic Hellbender Sites in
Joint Society for Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC)
Southeast and Carolinas SETAC Conference, April 11-13, 2007,
Dr. Roger Sauterer
(2007). Exposure of frog embryos to
water samples near the Anniston,
AL Monsanto plant results in
increased mortality and decreased growth.
Ms. Bernice Moser and Dr. James Rayburn. Vitellogenin Induction In Xenopus Laevis
and Detection Using Pro-Q Diamond.
Dr. James Rayburn.
Comparison of Grass Shrimp (Palaemonetes pugio) Populations in the Mobile
Dr. Frank A. Romano, III,
Dr. Maria Gallo, Dr. Rossana D’Addabbo, Dr. Roberto Sanduli, Dr. Jeffrey
Baguley, and Dr. Paul Montagna. Bathyl
tardigrades (Phylum Tardigrada) of the northern
Gulf of Mexico, U.S.A. 38th Congress of the Society of
Italian Marine Biology. Santa Margherita
Ligure, May 28-June 02, 2007.
Dr. Christopher Murdock, Dr.
LaJoyce Debro, Dr. Mark Meade, and Dr. Benjie Blair were awarded a $71,995 a collaborative
grant from Cepheid Instruments for the purchase of a SmartSystem Real-Time PCR.
Dr. Safaa Al-Hamdani was
awarded a $5000 grant by the International Relief and Development Association
for ‘Books for Baghdad’
Dr. Robert Carter was awarded
a $3000 grant by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.
Dr. Roger Sauterer was
awarded a $2868 JSU Faculty Research Grant.
Dr. Safaa Al-Hamdani was
awarded a $2360 JSU Faculty Research Grant.
Dr. Mijitaba Hamissou was
awarded a $2868 JSU Faculty Research Grant.
Dr. Benjie Blair was awarded
a $2864 JSU Faculty Research Grant.
Dr. Mark Meade was awarded a
$2868 JSU Faculty Research Grant.
Dr. Christopher Murdock was
awarded a $2868 JSU Faculty Research Grant.
Dr. James Rayburn was
awarded a $2868 JSU Faculty Research Grant.
Dr. Robert Carter was
awarded a $2868 JSU Faculty Research Grant.
Dr. LaJoyce Debro was
awarded a $2868 JSU Faculty Research Grant.
Dr. Safaa Al-Hamdani was
awarded a $6000 grant from Alabama View to carryout workshops in remote sensing
and GPS to local high schools and educators.
Dr. James R.
Rayburn is serving as the President of the JSU University Senate.
Dr. LaJoyce Debro served on
the Cellular Systems Cluster Panel for the National Science Foundation.
Dr. LaJoyce Debro served as
a member of the Test Development Committee for the CLEP program of the College
Dr. LaJoyce Debro served as
a Table Leader in Louisville,
KY, at the annual reading of
Advanced Placement Examinations for the Educational Testing Service.
Dr. Frank A.
Romano, III served as session chair for the Invertebrate Zoology session at the
Association of Southeastern Biologists in April 2007.
Dr. George R.
Cline is serving as the President, Alabama Academy of Science.
Dr. George R.
Cline is serving as the Program Chair, ASB 2009 hosted by
and the University of
Alabama at Birmingham.
Dr. George R. Cline served
as "Ask The Expert – On-Line" program of
Dr. George R. Cline provided "Voices from your Pond" (Lecture and Field Trip), for
Botanical Society, 18-19 May 2007
Dr. George R. Cline and Dr. James R. Rayburn assisted US Forest Service in setting nets at Coleman
Lake (scuba diving) for their annual
children’s fishing derby, June 2007
George R. Cline reviewed two articles for
Alabama Academy of Science.
George R. Cline reviewed one article for
North Carolina Academy of Science.
Dr. James Rayburn is serving
as the Secretary of the Alabama Academy of Sciences.
Dr. James Rayburn served as
a poster judging co-chair for National Society for environmental Toxicology and
George Cline and James
Rayburn, led a Little River Canyon Field School Snorkeling trip June 23, 2007.
Department of Criminal Justice
When the JSU Faculty Scholar
Lecturer Award was announced, Dr. Vance McLaughlin, Professor of Criminal
Justice, was named the 2007 university award winner, identifying him as the
leading scholar at JSU for the current year.
A key factor in his winning the award was the publication and favorable
critical reception of his book The Postcard Killer: The True Story of America's
First Profiled Serial Killer and How the Police Brought Him Down - The True
Story of J. Frank Hickey (Thunder's Mouth Press, 2006).
Dr. McLaughlin attended the
annual summer conference of the Homicide Research Working Group held in
Minneapolis in June and presented a paper titled "Robeson County, North
Carolina Homicides: 1916 to 1941." He
also co-wrote a paper for the meeting with Paul Blackman titled "Mass
Legal Executions in the American West."
In May Dr. McLaughlin
visited the training facility for the Federal Air Marshals in
Atlanta where the staff assisted him in
making two films that were prepared for training of the deputies of the Calhoun
County Sheriff's Office.
Drs. Vance McLaughlin and
Richard Kania attended the annual meeting of the Southern Sociological Society
in Atlanta in April to present a paper on
Homicide in Savannah
in a Century of Changes: 1896 to 1903,
and 1986 to 1993.
Dr. Richard Kania had one
article published in a peer-review journal this Spring, "American Pop
Language," in the Romanian Journal of English Studies, Volume 4, Spring
2007 [with Alena Korshuk], and also presented papers at three conferences, the
one above with Dr. McLaughlin, and two in Europe in May, "American
Feminism in the Fiction of Amanda Cross [Carolyn Heilbrun]," for 17th Conference on British and
American Studies, Timisoara, Romania, May 2007 [with Lyuba Pervushina], and
"The Police Procedural Novels of Dorothy Uhnak and Joseph Wambaugh,"
for the Belarusian Association for
American Studies, Minsk, Belarus, May 2007.
Dr. Ron Mellen has been
appointed as the department's faculty Library Liaison and also was appointed
the department's Faculty Senator. He
also is continuing his service as an officer of the Southern States
A new adjunct has been added
to the JSU-CJ faculty for the next academic year, J. Shane Golden. Mr. Golden is on the staff of the regional
crime lab and will teach forensic science courses for the department.
A new annual “Ernst S. Selig
Corrections Officer Scholarship” will be initiated for Fall 2007 as a result of
a recurring donation awarded by the Selig Foundation Trust. The Selig Trust selected JSU-CJ as one of the
recipients of its funds in a competitive national process based on the
qualities of the JSU-CJ program and our commitment to progressive correctional
A team from the Criminal
Justice Department took part in Heart Walk 2007, raising $1,607 for the cause
and having eleven walkers turn out for the Heart Walk. The lead fund raiser was Mrs. Sue Gardner,
the department’s secretary.
Mrs. Nancy Mellen led a
JSU-CJ student delegation to the National Law Enforcement Candle Light Vigil
and memorial service in Washington,
D.C. in May. Included in that trip was a tour of the FBI
and a visit to the Washington Metropolitan Police Department Headquarters, plus
briefings from several police and criminal justice agencies in the capital
area. The trip was sponsored by the
department, the Office of the President of JSU, the JSU-CJ Alumni and student
fund-raising events, and was closely coordinated with the JSU-CJ Alumni
Association. Chapter members in and
led by Mr. Steve Botello, turned out to brief and advise the students. Also taking part were students from Northeast
Alabama Community College
led by Mr. Brent Satterfield, also a JSU-CJ alumnus.
Dr. Randal Wood, Associate Professor
and Undergraduate Program Coordinator of Criminal Justice, Department of
Criminal Justice, received the service pin honoring him for Twenty Years of JSU
Dr. Richards Davis,
Associate Professor of Criminal Justice was awarded tenure.
Department of Drama
JSU Drama Department has just completed a successful
2006-2007 season with the recent production of DEARLY DEPARTED. A number of new faces were seen on stage
during this comical production.
Mr. Eric Traynor and the JSU Drama cast of THE
ADVENTURES OF TINY TURKEY: GET A CLUE, are having a successful summer
tour. The four students included in this
tour are Heather Norton, Kaitie Shell, Andy Cayse, and Scott Van Patten,
Jr. The tour has included local points
such as the Jacksonville and Anniston Public
Libraries, and Alexandria’s
summer program. Other
performances have included Pelham, Guntersville, Wetumpka,
Talladega, Moody, and North Shelby. The tour also included a trip to points in Santa Rosa County,
Florida. The summer touring company has already
received invitations to fifteen locations for the summer of 2008.
JSU Drama students who are performing in regional
outdoor theatres this summer include recent graduate, Jason Skinner at Blue
Jacket in Ohio.
Matriculating students involved are Gatlin Aldredge at Horn in the West,
North Carolina; Charity Sellers, Lost Colony, Manteo, North
Carolina; Kim Stark at Tecumseh! In
Toby Layman is working a theatre camp in Connecticut;
and Jimmy Ebert is doing lighting at a theatre in New York.
Alpha Psi Omega Honorary Dramatic Fraternity had 30
children, ages 6-13, to attend theatre camp June 25-29. This is the third year
the fraternity has sponsored the camp.
The Drama Department has announced the 2007-2008
theatre season which will include: AND
THEN THERE WERE NONE in October; ALL I REALLY NEED TO KNOW I LEARNED IN
KINDERGARTEN (a musical in the Second Stage Theatre) in November; FIDDLER
ON THE ROOF (a musical on the Mainstage) in February; OTHER
PEOPLE’S DREAMS (winner of 2007’s Southern Playwright’s Competition) in
March; and THE FOREIGNER in June.
There will also be an Alpha Psi Omega student production of ENCHANTED
APRIL in April; this is a fund raiser for scholarships. And, there will
be the annual directing class One-Act Play Series in the spring
From appearances of this summer’s orientation
program, JSU Drama will have a large incoming freshman class of theatre
majors. Mr. Ward has met a number of
students during orientation. These students are in addition to the twelve who
had been awarded scholarships during auditions in the spring.
Department of History and Foreign Languages
Event: In October, 2007, the Department
of History and Foreign Languages will help coordinate the Alabama Historical
Association Fall Ramble which will come to
Dr. Ted Childress, beloved
Professor Emeritus of History and former Faculty Marshall, will return to take
part in the program.
Paul Beezley, Assistant Professor of
History, signed a contract with the University
of Mississippi Press for the
publication of his manuscript “Exhibiting the New South: Mississippi at the World’s Fairs, 1884-1904.
Dr. Llewellyn Cook, Associate Professor of History, delivered a paper
on “Austria’s Alliance with Napoleon for
the Invasion of Russia in 1812” at the Consortium on Revolutionary Era,
Dr. Harvey H. Jackson,
Professor of History, delivered the annual Billy G. Hinson Lecture at the University of
His topic was “It Ain’t Easy Being Southern: Some Personal Thoughts on
Identifying Regional Identity.”
He also spoke on “Alabama Waterways” at the
Rotary International District 6860 Annual Conference.
Jackson continues to serve on the editorial
board of The Anniston Star and to write a weekly column on southern
politics and culture. This year one of
those columns, “How As the World Turns Turned My Family Around,” won
first place in the Alabama Press Association’s “Best Human Interest Column”
Dr. Donald Prudlo,
Assistant Professor of History, was selected “Professor of the Year” by the JSU
chapter of Phi Alpha Theta. His book on
Peter of Verona will appear later this year, published by Ashgate Press.
Dr. Prudlo just returned from a research trip
to Italy, studying at
libraries in Florence, Milan,
While there, he gave an invited lecture to students from
and the University
of West Florida on
Institute for Emergency
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
report for the BS-Emergency Management program was approved on June 22, 2007, by
the Alabama Commission on Higher Education (ACHE). The report illustrated that the program had
met and exceeded all established projections and terms.
The MS-Emergency Management
program continues to exceed ACHE viability standards in both enrollment and
program completion projections.
Undergraduate and graduate
Emergency Management course enrollment numbers/head counts show an overall
increase between the 2005-06 and 2006-07 academic years. On average, undergraduate emergency
management course enrollment/head counts increased 9.8%, and graduate
enrollment/head counts increased 29.7%.
Introductory undergraduate and graduate course enrollment numbers, in
particular, show a significant increase as follows: EM 301 Introduction to Disaster Management increased
by 30.1%, and EM 505 Foundations of Emergency Management increased by
24.6%. Most other emergency management
course enrollment numbers also show a significant increase in enrollment
numbers for the specified time frame.
IEP Faculty and Staff Contractual
During this reporting
time frame, the IEP has completed one contract and has five on-going contracts.
One completed contract,
reallocated from FY05, totaling $466,929.00
- Medical Coordinator for
Alabama CSEPP, ADPH (FY05). IEP will continue to work with ADPH to
provide medical planning and guidance for the six CSEPP counties in
Alabama under other
contracts noted below; however, the FY05 portion of this work totaling
$446,929.00 has been completed.
Five on-going contracts
- & 2.
Medical Coordinator for Alabama
CSEPP, ADPH (FY06 and FY07). IEP
will continue to work with ADPH to provide medical planning and guidance
for the six CSEPP counties in Alabama
with FY06 and FY07 contracts totaling $364,047.00.
- Center for the Study of High Consequence Event
Preparedness and Response, Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Johns
Consortium. The consortium will
establish a Center for the Study of High Consequence Event Preparedness
and Response, and work will occur over three years. JSU will assist in the development of
emergency preparedness awareness courses during the first year. JSU’s contract for the first year is
- Clarke County Emergency Management Agency. IEP will develop and present a full
scale exercise with this contract totaling $10,500.00
- Cleburne County Emergency Management
Agency. IEP will develop and
present a tabletop and a full scale exercise with this contract totaling
Scholarly and Community
Along with Dr. Fred May, the
following five Emergency Management graduate students made presentations at the
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Higher Education Conference in
Emmitsburg, Maryland, in June: Mallory
Pusch (MS Emergency Management), Mario D’Angelo (Graduate Certificate in
Emergency Management), Pete Webb (MS Emergency Management), Leslie Little
(MPA-Emergency Management Concentration), and Robert McDaniels (MS Emergency
Dr. Jeff Ryan was invited to
speak to the faculty and graduating class during the “Deans Hour” at the
University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences in May. His topic was “Pandemic Influenza Community
Response and Preparedness.”
He also led the medical
students in a four-hour tabletop exercise
to illustrate the importance
of integrating medical response with emergency management functions.
Dr. Barry Cox attended the
following conferences with exhibits:
“2007 Mississippi Emergency
Management Agency/Mississippi Civil Defense Emergency Management Agency &
Biloxi, MS: June 2007.
“Association of Public
Safety Communications Officials (APCO)
Orange Beach, AL: May 2007.
“Florida Association of Public Safety
Communications Officials (APCO)/National Emergency Number Association (NENA)
Miami, FL: May 2007.
Management Agency (GEMA) Conference.” Savannah, GA: June 2007.
“Mississippi Association of Public Safety
Communications Officials (APCO) Conference.”
“National Emergency Number
Association (NENA) Annual Conference and Trade Show.” Charlotte,
NC: June, 2007.
Dr. Jane Kushma presented at
the following conference:
“Fitting the Pieces of the
Puzzle Together: A Workshop on All of
the Phases of Disaster.” Annual Meeting
of the Alabama Voluntary Organizations Active
in Disaster (ALVOAD), Montgomery,
AL: May 22, 2007.
Dr. Kushma published Role Abandonment in Disaster: Should We Leave
This Myth Behind? In the Natural Hazards Observer: May 2007.
Dr. Bill Lowe: attended
“FEMA Higher Education Conference.” Emmitsburg, MD: June 2007.
Dr. Fred May presented
papers at the following conference:
May, F. and Davey, J.,
Breakout Session titled: “Online Teaching Using Web-Based Hazard-Disaster
Research Tools.” FEMA Higher Education
MD: June 4-7, 2007.
May, F.; Pusch, M.; D/Angelo, M.; Webb, P.; Little, L.; and McDaniels, R.
Breakout Session “Disaster Modeling: A Systems Approach to Four-Phases
Emergency Management Instruction.” FEMA
Higher Education Conference, Emmitsburg,
MD: June 4-7, 2007.
Dr. Jeff Ryan was a guest
speaker: “Pandemic Influenza Community
Response and Preparedness.” University
of North Dakota
of Medicine and Health Sciences “Deans Hour,” North Dakota: May 2007.
Department of Mathematical, Computing, and Information Sciences
Recruitment trips were made
to Plainview, Cleveland, Oneonta, and Holly Pond high
schools in February, March, and April 2007.
Participating faculty included Dr. Monica Trifas, Mr. Gaus Alam, Dr.
Fred Kelley, and Ms. Rhonda Kilgo.
In March 2007, the MCIS
department hosted the Division I first round written test for the Alabama
Statewide High School Mathematics Contest sponsored by the Alabama Council of
Teachers of Mathematics (ACTM) and the Alabama Association of College Teachers
of Mathematics (AACTM). Approximately 60
high school students attended this event.
In April 2007, Dr. Andrew Ciganek presented
a research seminar to the faculty and PhD students from the Culverhouse College
of Commerce and Business Administration at the
University of Alabama. The visit involved in-depth conversations
regarding the computer science and computer information systems programs at JSU
and UA and possible collaboration opportunities. These discussions ranged
from commonalities in research interests to actionable changes that can help
improve the curriculums in the departments at both schools.
The MCIS department hosted
the Calhoun County Math Tournament on April 25, 2007. Approximately 400
students from area high schools attended.
A one-year tuition scholarship was awarded to Matthew Brown from White Plains
Dr. Andrew Ciganek presented
a paper, "Mindful Software Implementations: A Case Study of a University
Portal System," at the 2nd Annual Conference of Midwest United States
Association for Information Systems (MWAIS),
University of Illinois,
The MCIS department
presented “Numb3rs at JSU”, a continuing education workshop designed for
secondary school guidance counselors, on June 20, 2007. Topics covered included artificial
intelligence, robotics, statistics, and emerging technology.
Mr. James Kopwe, MCIS
graduate assistant, attended the 2nd International Conference on ICT
for Development Education and Training in
Dr. Fred Kelley attended
“Programming with Alice: A New Strategy for
Introductory Computer Science Courses” provided by the Chautauqua Short Courses
for College Teachers, Dayton,
OH, June 2007.
Department of Physical & Earth Sciences
The Department of Physical and Earth Sciences has been
very successful in achieving a significant goal of the department and the
university – finding employment and/or graduate schools for JSU students. The
geography program has found employment for most undergraduates with salaries
ranging from $38,000 to $50,000. These jobs include the computer mapping field
(Geographic Information Systems) and the public services in
Texas, and Alabama
The chemistry program is proud of three gradate
students who will enter graduate school at Texas A&M,
University of Tennessee,
and Georgia Tech. These students have lucrative scholarships ranging from
$15,000 to $40,000.
The department graduated a record number of
majors this spring 2007 semester. In total, there were 12 geography majors and
5 chemistry majors.
Dr. Jan Gryko is ranked 6th in the world
in his field of inorganic chemistry, as referred in journal articles.
Dr. Jonathan Herbert and Dr. Ted Klimasewski
published “Hurricane Season Starts June 1: Heed the Warnings” in The Birmingham
News. Commentary. May 27, 2007.
Dr. Miriam Hill published
a map “Alabama
and Judicial Districts: in Brian Landsberg, Free at Last to Vote: The
Alabama origins of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, Lawrence, KS:
University Press of Kansas, 9780700615100, page 30.
Ms. Allison L. Newton, Dr. David Steffy, and Dr.
Alfred C. Nichols, presented a poster “Remediation of Trichloroethylene (TCE)
Ground Water Contamination: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Solving a Global
Problem” at the Geography of the Americas Conference: Collaboration on Research
and Education, May 21-26, 2007, La Serena, Chile.
Drs. Al Nichols and David Steffy received a grant for
$1800.00 to research the “Reproductive Effects of Mercury Chloride" This
grant was sponsored by the College of
Dr. Laura Weinkauf continues to present
planetarium shows to area elementary schools students.
Dr. Nouredine Zettili received a Fulbright
Award for the 2007-2008 Academic year to Algeria,
North Africa. He attended the Fulbright
Orientation Meeting in Washington,
D.C., June 13—15, 2007.
Dr. Nouredine Zettili
presented a paper " Bringing Technology into College and High
School Physics Classrooms" at the 2007 National Meeting of the
American Physics Society, April 14—17, 2007, Jacksonville, Florida.
Dr. Zettili also offered the IMPACTSEED
Summer Professional Institute: June 04—15, 2007. This year there were 30
area high school science teachers that took part in this year’s program.
Dr. Zettili’s book titled “Quantum Mechanics” is
being used at MIT and Georgia Tech, two of the world’s elite science schools.
Department of Music
The David L. Walters
Department of Music, its students, faculty and guest performers participated in
the following activities:
A Jazz Combo Concert was presented
on 3 April 2007 in Mason
Center. It featured a variety of different combos
from within the Department’s Jazz Studies area.
On 5 April 2007 the pep
band, Hardcore, performed for Alabama Higher Education Day at the Capitol in
Montgomery. Led by Mr. Jeremy Stovall, the pep band provided music for participants
prior to and during the ceremonies in front of the
Encore!: Vocal Ensemble
presented a spring concert directed by Dr.
Renee Baptiste in the JSU Theater at McClellan on 6 April 2007.
A Faculty Chamber Recital
was presented on 9 April 2007 in the
Center on campus. Faculty performers were Dr. Aaron Hilbun, Oboe, Mr. Jeffrey Solomon, French Horn, and Dr. Gail Steward, Piano.
On 10 April 2007 a concert
was presented by Jazz II Ensemble directed by Mr. Mace Hibbard and Jazz III Ensemble directed by Mr. Mark Miller in the Mason Hall
Performance Center. This program showed
some of the diversity within the Jazz Studies area and featured many student
A Percussion Ensemble
Concert was present on 11 April 2007 in
and featured a variety of percussion ensembles featuring both tuned and
un-tuned percussion combinations. The
concert was under the direction of Mr.
The JSU/Community Orchestra
presented a Spring Concert on 12 April 2007 in the
Performance Center. The Orchestra composed of JSU students as
well as local community citizens is directed by Mr. Michael Gagliardo.
The award-winning Jazz I
Ensemble presented an evening of jazz at a concert in
on 13 April 2007. Under the direction of
Dr. Chip Crotts the concert also
featured visiting artist and composer Mr. Dave Renter, composer and saxophonist
currently from Austin,
The Chamber Winds directed
by Mr. Kenneth Bodiford and the
JSU Wind Ensemble directed by Mr. Clint
Gillespie presented a concert on 14 April 2007 in the
The JSU A Cappella Choir and
the Calhoun County Civic Chorale presented “A German Requiem” by Johannes
Brahms under the direction of Dr.
Patricia Corbin on 15 April 2007 in First United Methodist Church of
Anniston. Soloists included Mrs. Teresa Stricklin, Soprano, and Dr. Nathan Wight, Baritone.
The accompanying orchestra included JSU students and members of the
Alabama Symphony Orchestra.
The Gospel Choir directed by
Dr. Myrtice Collins presented a
spring program at Bethel
in Anniston on
15 April 2007.
The JSU Second New Music
Concert was presented on 16 April 2007 in the
Performance Center. It featured compositions composed by JSU
student and faculty composers.
Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia,
Epsilon Nu Chapter, Professional Music Fraternity for Men presented is spring
American Musicale concert on 17 April 2007 at the First Presbyterian Church of
Michael D’Ambrosio conducted a weeklong
residency in Lee,
Massachusetts preparing for the premier
performance on 3 May 2007 of his new composition for Wind Band entitled Peter's
Cave. During the residency he
discussed the life of being a composer, music composition, and worked with
student composers on their own compositions as part of the Lee High School Band
Wendy Faughn, Piano, presented a solo
recital on 31 May 2007 as part of the annual convention of the Alabama Music
Teachers Association held at Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama.
Sigma Alpha Iota,
Professional Fraternity for Women in Music, hosted a Province Day on 7 April
2007 in Mason Hall. Members of chapters
from throughout the Province attended workshops, meetings and concerts
throughout the day.
The Department hosted Honor
Choir activities on 4-5 May 2007 in Mason Hall for high school and junior high
school students from Alabama and Georgia. Honor Choir clinicians were Dr. Patricia Corbin and Dr. Renee Baptiste. Dr.
Wendy Faughn served as accompanist.
Approximately 200 students from over 30 schools attended.
The annual Honor Band
weekend was held on 10-12 May 2007 at various locations on campus. Under the direction of Mr. Kenneth Bodiford the event
attracted over 600 student participants from nearly 100 schools from
and surrounding states.
David L. Walters, Professor Emeritus,
was honored by being initiated and installed in the Alabama Bandmasters Hall of
Fame at a ceremony at Auburn
University on 21 April
Jacksonville Opera Theater
presented its second production of the year, The Pirates of Penzance by William
Gilbert and Sir Arthur Sullivan in Stone Center Theater on 18-20 and 25-27 May
2007. A performance was also given on 22
May 2007 at the Pell City Arts Center Theater with a special performance given
the following day for over 300 school children in the
area. The production of this popular
work was under the direction and artistic guidance of Dr. Nathan Wight and involved JSU students and musicians as well
as local high school students participating in the Opera Apprentice
Program. Dr. Wendy Faughn served as the company’s pianist for the
The following students
presented solo degree recitals during the period: Jacquelyn Bradley, Ashley Canham, Ethan Chandler,
Sonya Conklin, Richmond Culp, Thomas Dillard, Adam Daniel, Amanda Dawson, Christy Dubuisson,
DeShawndre Hill, Patrick Hinton, Adam Langford, Matt Maulding, James McDaniel,Adrian Peters,
Carlos Rivera, Mickey Summerville, and Adam Swan.
Student awards were presented
to the following students within the David L. Walters Department of Music: Outstanding Graduating
Senior Award, Kimberly Westbrooks; Graduating Senior Academic Achievement Award, Kimberly
Westbrooks; Outstanding Freshman Music Student Award, Mary Grace (Meg) Griffin; Outstanding
Voice Student Award, Darerey Jarrod Lee; Outstanding Music History Student Award, Melanie Brooke
Carter; and Most Motivated Student Composer Award, Aaron Derencin.
The following students in
the Department received undergraduate degrees at spring graduation exercises in
April 2007: Ashley Brumberg, Cody Cockrell, Brandi Crider, Kristian Crowe, Amanda Dawson,
John Gladden, Zachary Hazelwood, John Howe, Sherri Lawrence, Micah Layke Rowell, Holly Smith,
Kimberly Westbrooks, and Christine Williams.
A graduate degree was
conferred on Tyson Hall.
Department of Political Science and
Dan Krejci and Bill Lester
have had an article accepted for publication in the Public administration
Review (PAR) entitled, “Business ‘Not as Usual:’ The National Incident
Management System (NIMS), Federalism and Leadership.”
Tim Barnett and Bill Lester
have had chapters accepted for publication in the Church and State Issues in
America Today, to be published by Praeger Publishers.
Krejci and Lester have also
had multiple essays accepted in the Encyclopedia of the U.S. Constitution.
Department of Sociology and Social Work
Dr. Mark Fagan served on the following: Advisory Board
for the development of Aging and Disability Resource Centers for The East
Alabama Regional Planning and Development Commission; Advisory Board for the
University of Alabama’s MSW Program in Gadsden, AL; Alabama Universities’ Child
Welfare Consortium; and as the representative of the Social Work Education
Programs in Alabama to work with the Alabama Board of Social Work Examiners on
improving social work licensure exam pass rates in Alabama.
Dr. Fagan made the following presentations:
"Small Town Retirement," Alabama Society for Health Care Social
Workers Annual Conference; "An Update on Social Work Licensure Exam Pass
Rate," 2007 Alabama Conference of Social Work, Orange Beach, Alabama;
"Small Town Retirement in the Warmer States: A Picture Guide," 2007
Alabama Conference of Social Work, Orange Beach, Alabama; and "Attracting
Retirees for Economic Development," Dadeville (Lake Martin) Area Chamber
of Commerce Annual Banquet, Dadeville, Alabama.
Dr. Fagan was quoted in the
Wall Street Journal, Special Section on Retirement, March 31, 2007. There was a 15-minute podcast of an interview
with him that was placed on the web site of the Wall Street Journal. He was also featured in an Associated Press
Article entitled "East Texas looks to retirees for money, new image"
and that ran in the following papers: Lufkin (TX) Daily News, San Antonio (TX)
Express-News, Athens (TX) Examiner, Austin (TX) American-Statesman, Casa Grande
Valley (TX) Newspapers, and Inergize Digital (a news service for radio stations
in the following cities: San Antonio, Eugene, Mobile Harrisburg, Salt Lake
City, Albany, Syracuse, Elmira, Santa Maria, Santa Rosa, Fairbanks, San Diego,
Tulsa, Rochester, Jacksonville, Little Rock, Cincinnati, Memphis, Bakersfield,
Binghamton, Watertown, Fresno, Monterey, and Bellingham). He was also quoted in Kiplinger’s Personal
Finance Magazine; April 2007 and had one of his photographs placed in RV
magazine RV living).
Francisco Stewart had the following publication with Gilbert,
D., Abel, E., and Zilberman, M. (2007); More Than Drugs: Voices of
HIV-Seropositive Individuals with a history of substance abuse use reveal a
range of adherence factors. Journal of HIV/AIDS & Social Services; The
Haworth Press: Binghampton,
Dr. Stewart made the following presentations:
“Workplace Generational Issues: Assessing Differences, Finding Value, Resolving
Conflict” presented to Engineering Department, Southern Natural Gas Company,
Birmingham, AL June 14, 2007; “Working
Collectively Towards the Elimination of Poverty in Alabama” presented to
NASW AL Chapter PACE Student Advocacy Day 2007, Montgomery, Alabama, with Dr.
Carol Zugazaga and Rev. Nick Foster, April 10, 2007; and “Addressing Poverty and Documentation” presented to Cheaha Regional Headstart Health
and Social Service personnel, May 9, 2007.
Dr. Stewart performed the
following community services:
She served as co-coordinator of PACE/ NASW Student Advocacy Day
on April 10, 2007 in Montgomery where 15 JSU social work students were among
the 150 social work students from around Alabama to attend the day long
workshops and visit the legislature.
Dr. Stewart worked with 11 social work
students, screened over 300 preschool children as faculty liaison and JSU
coordinator to Focus First, part of Impact Alabama’s service learning
initiative and SW 365m, Perspectives on Poverty and the JSU Social Work
She served on the JSU Wellness
Center initiative where
she developed a Needs Assessment to survey community members and students on
desired programs and services.
served as an Alabama Poverty Project
Board member, on the Executive Committee.
Finally, she was quoted in the following: “Wellness Facts
Indicate Need for Collective Action,” The Cleburne News, April 9, 2007.
Ms. Kim Womack served on the Regional Planning
Committee for the National Association for Baccalaureate Social Work Educators
2008 Conference in Destin,
She is coordinating Health and Wellness events. Ms. Womack also assisted with the "JSU
College Prep 2007 for Deaf and Hard of Hearing."
Dr. Clark Hudspeth served as Treasurer for the
Alabama-Mississippi Sociological Association for 2006-2007. He continued as Faculty Advisor to the All
Faith Student Alliance at JSU. He also
served as Faculty Advisor for S.A.F.E. (Social Acceptance for Everyone). He was appointed to the Ad Hoc committee to
Review Tuition Remission Policy at
by Teresa Reed, President of the Faculty Senate at the request of Dr. William
Dr. Maureen Newton had the following international
teaching experience: (May 14-30 2007) SWK 495/695 Social Development and Social
Welfare in Jamaica As part of the Caribbean Program offered by The University
of Southern Mississippi and its consortium partners is to provide students and
faculty with the opportunity to live and learn in Jamaica, where they study
life, culture, commerce, social, economic and political issues of the
Caribbean. This undergraduate/graduate
course provided students with a cross-cultural experience in Jamaica and the
students learned about Jamaican culture and the role of social welfare and
social development within the context of that nation.
Dr. Jennifer Savage attended
the following meetings: the Alabama Children’s Trust Fund proposal information
and training session at the Family Services Center in Gadsden; a Community
Meeting in West Anniston to inform citizens about the plans for restoration of
West Anniston following settlement of the PCB suits and clean-up; and a
workshop on Predators in Cyberspace at the Anniston City Meeting Center.
She volunteered with Americorps and Family
Links, Inc., for the 3rd Annual Longleaf Festival at McClellan;
participated in Community Enabler annual fundraiser; participated with
Americorps and Family Links, Inc., at the Statewide Americorps event in
Montgomery, Alabama, at which Governor Riley met with each Americorps group and
briefly participated with all volunteers in preparing Disaster Preparation Kits
for distribution by nonprofit agencies in the State. She also participated in the
Alabama’s Children’s Trust Fund grant reviewer training,
on June 19 and 20, 2007.
Snider worked on the committee to plan and organize the
workshop on Predators in Cyberspace at the
Meeting Center. The Attorney General for Alabama was one of the speakers. She also served on the Executive Committee
for The Seventh Annual Appalachian School of Alcohol and Other Drug Studies
Conference. This was held at JSU
McClellan on June 18-21 and was attended by almost 500 professionals from
COLLEGE OF COMMERCE AND BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION
Dean Dave Billings,
University of Alabama
in Huntsville, and Dean Randy Boxx, Shenandoah
University, served as AACSB Consultants
on April 1-2, 2007.
The CCBA in partnership with
Center, The Center for
Economic Development, and the JSU Department of Technology provided classroom
instruction to Cass 2 of the Anniston Army Depot Leadership and Management
Program. Seven participants graduated on
April 13, 2007.
On April 12, 2007 the CCBA
hosted an Honors Awards Service. CCBA
students and their parents were invited.
In April the CCBA contracted
with Hobsons-US to help market the MBA program.
In May the CCBA contracted
with EmployOn a Student and Alumni Employment Portal.
Dean William Fielding, Dr.
Richard Cobb, Dr. Mark Hearn, Dr. Bill Scroggins, and Mr. Penn Wilson, prepared
an Economic Analysis of the Northeast Economic Activity Zone and presented it
to the Etowah County Chamber of Commerce, April 26, 2007.
A luncheon meeting of the
CCBA Student Advisory Board was held on May 22, 2007.
Finance, Economics, and
Dr. Ronnie Clayton has completed
a review of a manuscript entitled “International Variations in Transparency and
Capital Structure: Evidence from European Firms” for the Journal of
International Financial Management and Accounting. This prestigious journal
is sponsored by New York
Dr. Clayton also serves as
the Executive Director of the Southern Finance Association. Planning is under
way for the 2007 Annual Meeting of the Southern Finance Association that will
be held at The Charleston Place Hotel in
SC in November 2007. The program is near completion and promises
to be excellent. Dr. Clayton is involved in all aspects of the planning and
implementation of the meeting that brings together approximately 250 finance academicians
and professionals to present and discuss their latest research.
Dr. Rob Landry and
co-author, Dr. Amy Yarbrough of the University of Florida, presented their
paper titled, "Bankruptcy and Healthcare Reforms in the United States: A
Struggling Social Safety Net in the Context of a Global Economy," at the
11th International Conference on Consumer Law, April 11-13, 2007, Cape Town,
Dr. Landry co-authored a paper with Keith Lowe and Pat Borstorff titled,
"The Issue of Grade Divergence in Higher Education Between Business and
other Fields of Study: An Analysis of Grade Inflation," that was presented
at the 2007 Allied Academies Spring International Conference Proceedings, April
11-14, 2007 in Jacksonville,
FL. The paper was published
in the peer-reviewed proceedings and won a Distinguished Research Award.
JSU's SIFE team participated in the SIFE USA Regional Competition in
Atlanta in April of
2007. At the competition, the team presented the results of their
educational outreach projects and competed to determine which team was most
successful at creating economic opportunity for others. JSU's team was
recognized for its excellent work during the year and was named the 1st
Winner-Up in the Regional Competition.
Dr. Landry was awarded a Sam F. Walton Fellowship Stipend by the SIFE USA Program for his work with and leading JSU's team during the academic year.
Dr. Chris Westley had two articles published in the JSU Economic Update. "Markets Undermine Workplace Racism"
was published in the March/April 2007 issue, 16(2), pp. 1-4.
"Understanding the Mortgage Market Mess” was published in the May/June
2007 issue, 16(3), pp. 1-4.
Dr. Westley also wrote an article titled "Sad Days in Blacksburg" that was published in the Anniston Star on April 19, 2007, p. 8A
Dr. Jeff Zanzig submitted a
paper in May to the Association for Global Business Conference for possible presentation in
D.C. The paper is
entitled "Development of an Expert System for Use in Auditing
Dr. Zanzig attended the
Annual Editorial Board Meeting for The
CPA Journal in
New York City on May 7 and was awarded the 2006 Max Block Award for the
category of informed comment for a May 2006 article coauthored with Dale
Flesher entitled "GAAP Requirements for Nonpublic Companies: New Views
on 'Big GAAP' Versus 'Little GAAP.' "
Dr. Cynthia McCarty, Dr.
Doris Bennett, Dr. Shawn Carter, and Mr. Gene Padgham received the Allied
Academies Distinguished Research Award in April 2007 for their paper titled
“Teaching Principles of Economics: Internet vs. Classroom Instruction.”
Department of Management
Dr. Patricia Borstorff
Pat Borstorff attended the
Allied Academies Conference in April 2007 in Jacksonville, FL.
The following papers were
presented and two papers received Distinguished Research Awards from the
Borstorff, Patricia, Lowe,
Keith, & Landry, Robert, III. 2007. An Empirical Examination of the
Phenomenon of Grade Influation in Higher Education: A Focus of Grade Divergence
between Business and Other Fields of Study. Academy of Educational Leadership
Journal. Accepted for publication in 2007. Received Distinguished Research
Awards from the conference.
Borstorff, Patricia, Moran,
Florencia, Palmer, David, 2007. An Exploratory Analysis of the Relationship
between Organization Culture, Regional Culture, Causal Ambiguity and
Competitive Advantage in an International Setting. Journal of International Business
Research. Accepted for publication in 2007. Received Distinguished Research
Awards from the conference.
Borstorff, Patricia, Collum,
Taleah, & Newton,
Stan. 2007. Foreign Direct Investment in Alabama: A Case Study of
the Automotive Sector. Proceedings of International Academy of Case Studies.
Dr. Borstorff had the
following article accepted to be published in July 2007:
Borstorff, P.C., Hearn, M.
M., & Thomas, J. L. Comparing Skirts To Pants On Retirement Planning: Why Are
The Skirts Coming Up Short? Journal of Applied Management and Entrepreneurship.
Accepted for publication in July 2007.
Dr. Richard Cobb
Cobb, R. Wm. Fielding, M.
Hearn, Wm. Scroggins, and P. Wilson (2007) Economic Analysis of the Northeast
Economic Activity Zone, Presentation to the Etowah County Chamber of Commerce,
April 26, Gadsden, AL.
Dr. Brent Cunningham
Dr. Cunningham was elected
Vice President of the Faculty Senate.
Dr. Cunningham was assigned
by Dr. Turner to the Faculty Research Committee (university-wide committee).
Dr. Cunningham received an
honor award for outstanding service to Boy Scouts of America.
Dr. Mike Featherstone
Dr. Featherstone completed
his dissertation “The Emergence of Simple Business Models on the World Wide
Web” at Southern Cross University, New South Wales, Australia. He was awarded the degree of Doctor of
Business Administration on April 30, 2007.
Dr. Featherstone was invited
to participate as a proceedings editor for the ANZMAC (Australia
New Zealand Marketing
Academy) Conference to be held at the
University of Otago,
Otago, New Zealand in December, 2007.
Dr. Michael Featherstone,
JSU, Stewart Adam, Deakin University (Australia), and Patricia Borstorff
submitted the article “A Methodology for Extracting Random Samples from World
Wide Web Domains” to the Journal of Strategic E-Commerce.
Dr. Featherstone has given
JSU students a unique experience with the phenomenon of the Virtual Enterprise
in the IME420 ‘Virtual Enterprise’ class. The Virtual Enterprise represents a
new organization for the 21st century and is enabled by new information
technologies. It is rapidly emerging as an effective option for companies
wishing to compete in a global economy. The course examines the development of
the virtual enterprise and explores strategies for managing in virtual and
matrix type organizations. Students review a range of electronic collaboration
tools developed specifically for virtual work environments.
In order for students to
gain a clearer understanding of virtual teams and virtual enterprises, CCBA
students have participated in class projects in which they team with students
from universities in different regions of the world. For example, JSU students worked with
students from Okan
Istanbul, Turkey. During 2006, JSU students participated with
students from the University of Ballarat, in Ballarat, Australia.
This summer, it is expected
that students will join with students from Deakin
University in Melbourne,
Australia as well as a team
from the University
of Ballarat. By actually participating with teams of
students in distant locales, CCBA students not only learn to employ the tools
commonly used amongst virtual teams, but also gain insights into the processes
as well as the problems associated with working with colleagues half a world
Dr. Mark Hearn
Wm. M. Hearn, R. Cobb, Wm. Fielding,
Wm. Scroggins, and P. Wilson (2007) Economic Analysis of the Northeast Economic
Activity Zone, Presentation to the Etowah County Chamber of Commerce, April 26,
Dr. David Palmer
Dr. Palmer worked to initiate 27 new faculty and students into Beta Gamma
Dr. Palmer had the following paper presented at the Allied Academies conference in April, 2007:
Palmer, David, Borstorff, Patricia, & Moran,
Florencia, 2007. An Exploratory Analysis of the Relationship between Organization Culture, Regional Culture,
Causal Ambiguity and Competitive Advantage in an International Setting. Journal of International Business Research.
Accepted for publication in 2007. Received Distinguished Research Awards from the Conference.
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 197 small
businesses, and presented training to 974 individuals during this reporting
Small Business Administration (SBA) Loan Clinics
During the period, the SBDC conducted five loan
clinics for the Small Business Administration (SBA). The clinics were conducted on April 10 in
Oxford; April 25 in Rainbow
City; May 1 in Anniston;
May 29 in Centre and June 14 in Gadsden.
Graduation, Class 2,
Anniston Army Depot (ANAD) Leadership and
Seven students of Class 2 of the ANAD Leadership and
Management Program graduated at JSU on April 13, 2007.
The JSU SBDC and CED perform administrative
management, and coordinate the internship program of the Program. JSU classroom instruction is a joint effort
of the CCBA and the JSU Department of Technology.
Class 3 is expected to begin in October.
Association of Small Business Development Centers (ASBDC) Re-accreditation
Mr. Pat Shaddix, SBDC Director; and Ms. Robbie
Medders, SBDC Associate Director met with accreditation officials of the ASBDC on April 19, 2007, at the JSU Center
for a re-accreditation review. Subsequent to the meeting, the Alabama Small Business Development
Consortium received the ASBDC re-accreditation.
JSU Economic Update, May/June 2007 Issue
During this reporting quarter, the May/June 2007 Economic Update was published and distributed to more than 7,700 subscribers. This issue may be viewed on the JSU CED Web site:
JSU Economic Update.
Northeast Economic Activity Zone Exposition (NEAZ)
On April 26, 2007, the NEAZ was presented at the
Gadsden, Alabama. The NEAZ was a joint effort of the JSU CCBA
and Chambers of Commerce of Cherokee, DeKalb, Etowah and
In attendance were a number of senior regional
economic development officials. Presentations were made by JSU CCBA faculty and
staff on the four counties. The Exposition also included an Industrial
Recruiter’s Panel consisting of prominent economic developers.
The principal speaker, Mr. Neal Wade; Director,
Alabama Development Office, made his presentation during the luncheon.
Business Opportunities 2007 Conference and Trade Fair
The JSU SBDC, ANAD and Congressman Mike Rogers of
Alabama’s 3rd Congressional District, partnered to present the Trade
Fair on Friday, May 4, 2007, from 8:30 a.m. - 12 noon at Stephenson Hall on the
JSU campus. The seminar provided small businesses the opportunity to increase
sales by meeting with government and prime contractor purchasing
personnel. The Conference brought
purchasing representatives and small businesses together in one place saving time
and effort in making contact with potential business partners. Over four hundred people attended the
Conference that also included opportunities for training by senior purchasing
Analyses and Plans for Alexander City, Alabama:
The CED, under contract with the City of Alexander
City, is conducting an Organizational Analysis for the city. The Analysis was
completed in June, 2007. The
Organizational Analysis will be followed by a Personnel Analysis, to include
job descriptions for 170 employees. A
Compensation Plan, to include a Performance Appraisal Program - with
accompanying appraisal instruments - is also being prepared for the city.
Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) Development Plan
A CCBA and CED team met on June 12 with an ARC representative to provide research to support the Appalachian Development Plan
2007 – 2010. The meeting’s purpose was to establish the scope of the effort, and discuss a
draft contract. Upon completion, the Plan will be provided to the Governor of Alabama for approval.
COLLEGE OF EDUCATION & PROFESSIONAL STUDIES
Dr. Cynthia Harper made a professional presentation
at the Oxford Round Tables in Oxford, England the
week of March 26-31, 2007. The
presentation title was Religious vs. Public Education. Conference participants included education
professionals throughout the United
Professional Studies Dean’s office sponsored the Superintendent’s Consortium
Meeting on April 3, 2007. Superintendents employed in the JSU service area attended. A special award was presented to Calhoun
County Superintendent, Mr. Jacky Sparks, upon his retirement.
Drs. Harper and Hammett attended the ALACTE (Dean’s)
meeting in Montgomery,
Alabama, April 9-10, 2007.
Drs. Harper and Hammett attended the Communication
Week Luncheon on April 12, 2007.
Dr. Harper represented the
College of Education and Professional Studies at the JSU Ambassador’s orientation at the President’s
Home on April 12, 2007.
Drs. Harper and Hammett attended the Family and
Consumer Sciences Senior Reception at the
Gamecock Center on April 13, 2007.
Dr. Harper attended the Piedmont Elementary School
Health Fair on April 20, 2007. The
Departments of Health, Physical Education and Recreation and Family and
Consumer Sciences provided health related information to attendees.
Drs. Harper and Hammett attended the JSU Teacher Hall
of Fame on May 25, 2007.
Dr. Harper made Capital Campaign visits in Huntsville, Alabama with Ms. Sissy Spense and Ms. Rene Robertson on April 24, 2007. She attended
the Huntsville Alumni Chapter that evening.
The following faculty and administrators from the College of
Education and Professional Studies
received Faculty Research Awards May 22, 2007: Dr. Cynthia Harper, Dr. John Hammett, Dr.
Dr. Augustine Ihator, Dr. Patsy Lowry, Dr. Stephen Armstrong, Dr. Larry Beard,
Dr. Dale Campbell, Dr. Elizabeth Engley, Dr. Teresa Gardner, Dr. Slenda Haynes,
Dr. Celia Hilber, Dr. Nina King, Dr.
Judy McCrary, Dr. Gina Riley, Ms. Sandra Sudduth, Dr. Debra Goodwin, Ms. Paula Napoli, Ms. Karen Nemeth, Dr. Tommy Phillips, Dr.
Jeff Chandler, Ms. Donna Hey, Dr. William Hey, Ms. Gina Mabry, Dr. Glenn
Roswal, Dr. Roland Thornburg, Mr. Mike
Zenanko, Dr. Jan Wilson, Dr. Jordan
Barkley, Dr. Charlie Notar, Dr. Denise
Richardson, Dr. Carol Uline, Dr. Marsha Zenanko, Dr. Kathleen Friery, Dr. Nancy
Fox, Dr. Donna Herring, Dr. John J. "Jay" Ketterer, Dr. Jerry Kiser,
Dr. J. Gordon Nelson, and Dr. Tommy Turner.
Dr. Harper represented the College of Education and
Professional Studies at the Alabama Teacher of the Year presentation in Montgomery, Alabama on May 9, 2007.
Dr. Harper participated in the graduation ceremony at
Development Center at McClellan on May 17, 2007.
Dr. Harper attended a meeting of Dean’s of Education
and the Alabama Higher Education Partnership in
Montgomery, Alabama on May 18, 2007. The meeting focused on
the high school dropout rate in Alabama.
Dr. Harper attended the Leadership Calhoun County
Graduation ceremony at Classics on Noble with Ms. Patty Hobbs, Director of the Child
Development Center, McClellan on May
21, 2007. Ms. Patty Hobbs participated
Calhoun County in the 2006-2007 academic year.
Several members of the Doctoral Committee in the
College of Education and Professional Studies visited
Peabody College for information concerning their “practitioner’s” doctoral program May 30-31,
2007. This program is the third highest
ranking Ed.D. program in the nation and will serve as a model for the JSU
program as it is being developed. Members attending included Drs. Harper, Hammett, Malone,
Wilson, and Pugliese.
Dr. Hammett chaired a meeting for state NCATE
Coordinators in Montgomery,
Alabama on June 4-5, 2007.
Dr. Harper, along with other professionals from JSU,
participated in the NASPA International Assessment and Retention Conference
held in St. Louis
Missouri June 6-10, 2007.
Drs. Harper and Hammett attended the ALACTE (Dean’s)
meeting in Montgomery,
Alabama on July 9-10, 2007.
Dr. Harper was selected to train as a Board of
Examiner member for the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher
Education (NCATE) July 21-26, 2007 in Charleston,
West Virginia. Board of Examiner members are selected to
serve on NCATE Review Teams for Colleges of Education throughout the United States.
Child Development Center
Our enrollment maintained a steady pace of
approximately 118 children during most of the 3rd Quarter of
2007. Many parents opted to keep their
children home for the summer, and we currently have 87 on roll. We have a waiting list ready to fill the
spots that remain when the other children come back from summer vacation.
Bill Miller Photography came to the CDC on May 3rd to make Cap and Gown
pictures of the children in Barnyard Buddies and Clown
Town who will be starting Kindergarten in the fall.
Ident-A-Kid came on May 16 to photograph and
fingerprint the children in the event that they become lost or kidnapped. This is done for a nominal fee to the parents
and is recommended by law enforcement for all young children on a yearly basis.
On Thursday evening, May 17, 2007, twenty-five
children graduated from our Center as parents, grandparents and various other
family members filled the Multi-Purpose room and watched. After a very entertaining slide show, the
children showed off their singing and dancing ability. We were honored to have
Dr. Rebecca Turner and Dr.
Cynthia Harper speak to the graduates and their parents to
encourage the children to continue to learn all they possibly can because they
hoped to see them again some day at JSU!
Paula Napoli has students coming from
her Summer 2 Child Growth and Development class
beginning July 5. These students will
work in the classrooms along with the teachers for the month of July.
We continue to have monthly fire and storm drills in
the event that we have an emergency.
Department of Communication
The Department of Communication held its Spring 2007
Communication Advisory Board meeting on Tuesday, April 03, 2007. Most members,
including four new ones, attended this spring’s meeting, and there was a lot of
exchange of ideas concerning the progress of the department. The department
updated members as to its current efforts toward national accreditation and the
role of board members in this respect. Board members expressed interest in
assisting the department in its efforts.
The 2007 Communication Week was held from Monday,
4/9/07 through Thursday, 4/12/07. This was the department’s sixth annual Communication Week. The
department presented four different speakers for the four days—one on Monday,
the Broadcast Day; another on Tuesday for the Print Day; another for Wednesday,
the Public Relations Day; and finally the keynote speaker for Thursday, the
The keynote speaker for this year’s luncheon was Mr. Reynolds
Wolf, a meteorologist and weather anchor for CNN Worldwide. He is based in Atlanta (CNN’s world headquarters).
Wolf, a graduate of Jacksonville
hails from Jemison,
The luncheon hall (12th floor of the Houston Cole library) was packed with students, faculty,
staff as well as outsiders who came to
hear Wolf speak. The week was judged by participants as very successful.
The department’s 2007 Summer Journalism Institute was
held from Sunday, June 10, 2007 to Thursday, June 14, 2007. Participants arrived on Sunday evening for
the four-day intensive workshop. This year, a new course—Web Design—was added
to the curriculum. Participants came from different area high schools.
always, workshop attendees expressed great satisfaction and appreciation to the
department for holding such a workshop. They indicated that they had learned a
lot from the workshop, but unlike with previous workshops, two of this year’s
(workshop) graduates indicated serious intention to start a newspaper in their
high school upon their return to school. Four out of the seven attendees
indicated their commitment to studying journalism as a college major after high
Faculty members in the Department of Communication
are continuing with Self Study in preparation for the upcoming national
accreditation by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass
Communications. Student learning-outcomes assessment, an integral part of the
Self Study, is also continuing. The department is in its final phase of data
collection for the assessment.
Searches for a new Ayers Chair of Communication as
well as for adjunct instructors are underway. The department’s target is to
have a new chair and several adjunct faculty members on board by Fall, 2007.
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Dr. Nina King, and Dr. Celia Hilber made a presentation
at the Kennesaw State Conference: Making An Impact in
Georgia, on Friday, March 15th.
The title was Developing Professional Dispositions
in the Preservice Teacher: Raising Standards in Early Childhood Education.
Dr. Gena Riley, and Dr. Larry Beard
made a presentation at the Kennesaw State Conference: Making An Impact in Atlanta, Georgia,
on Friday, March 15th. The
title was Course of Study: Hands-On Development of Tests that Reflect
Real Classroom Instruction.
Campbell, Mrs. Jennifer Strain, and
Mrs. Phyllis Taylor attended the
national Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) Training
Conference in Washington,
D.C., from March 29th through
April 2nd. Dr. Campbell is
Co-Chair of Standard 2: Assessment System
and Unit Evaluation; Mrs. Strain is Co-Chair of Standard 5:Faculty Qualifications, Performance, and
Development; and Mrs. Taylor is Co-Chair of Standard 1: Candidate Knowledge, Skills, and Dispositions.
Sandra Sudduth attended the Annual Strategic Planning Conference for the Regional Medical
Center (RMC) held in Charleston,
South Carolina, on April 15th through April 18th. She
represents the City of Jacksonville as a member of the Regional Medical Center Board of Trustees.
Dr. Larry Beard made two presentations at the Council
for Exceptional Children (CEC) Annual Conference in
Louisville, Kentucky. The first presentation was on April 19th entitled Introducing Secondary majors to
Co-Teaching/Collaboration Approaches using a Secondary Collaboration
Model. The second presentation was
on April 20th entitled The
Assistive Technology Integration Model: Introducing AT to Preservice Teacher Candidates.
Teresa Gardner and Dr. Larry Beard made
a presentation at the Council for Exceptional Children
(CEC) Annual Conference in Louisville,
Kentucky, on April 20th. The title was Tell Me Your Story: Encouraging Speech-to-Text Use Via the Classroom
Sandra Sudduth attended the
Alabama Municipality meeting held in
on April 21st through April 24th. She represented the City of
Jacksonville as a member of the City Council.
Mrs. Carolyn Montgomery, faculty sponsor of FTA at Weaver
School, and 11 students visited two classes in
the C&I Department and one class in the Secondary Education Department on
Monday, May 7th. In addition,
they met with Mrs. Sandra Sudduth,
faculty sponsor of SAEA to discuss attending JSU and educational opportunities
for the future.
Campbell served as a judge for the Science Fair at
School on May 8th. She assisted Cherokee County Schools by
judging several projects entered at
Phyllis Taylor recently worked in the Interot Orphanage in
in May 2007. She conducted music/art
activities with elementary-aged children. She videoed and took pictures of these activities. She will use this experience as a
demonstration of instructional techniques for the EED 333, Arts in the
Integrated Curriculum, grades K-6.
Dr. Larry Beard was recently inducted into the World
head of Family Sokeship Council Hall of Fame as the male Instructor of the Year
in martial arts. This award was
presented at the 14th Annual Martial Arts Conference in Orlando, Florida,
on May 25th.
Dr. Larry Beard and Dr.
Richardson made a presentation at the Alabama Educational
Technology Conference (AETC) in Birmingham on June 14, 2007. The title was E-Filing Cabinet: Revised and Extended.
Teresa Gardner participated in the Alabama Math, Science, and Technology Initiative (AMST)
Year 2 Trainer Training at the University of
Montevallo on June
18-22, 2007. At the completion of this
training, she will be able to represent JSU as a Trainer for specific units
within the AMSTI program.
Department of Educational Resources
Drs. Kathleen Friery &
Donna Herring presented at an International
Conference on Technology in San
title of the presentation was “Creative Techniques for Bringing your Faculty on
Board with Live Text”.
Drs. Nancy Fox and
Charlotte Eady attended NCATE training in