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University News Hodges Names School of Professional Studies After Local Family by Joe Turner, Director of Public Relations In recognition of a generous and significant gift to the institution, Hodges University announced that it has named one of its schools of study as the Nichols School of Professional Studies after Arlene and Jerry F. Nichols. The announcement was made at a gathering of students, faculty and staff.
give self esteem and confidence. Hodges allows people to pursue their dreams and their goals because they know that a diploma can change their personality and their lives. It gives them freedom, independence and the confidence to feel good about themselves to ask for an opportunity they might otherwise not have asked for,” “We are honored to be part of the growhe said. ing legacy of Hodges University,” said Jerry Nichols. “Arlene and I have always According to Dr. Lou Traina, Vice been passionate about supporting chilPresident of Advancement at Hodges, dren and education and we have admired “It is an esteemed privilege to name what Hodges has done for the people of our School of Professional Studies afour community. From its leadership, ter these two humanitarians,” he said. staff and faculty, their singular focus is “Jerry and Arlene have been long time the student, and that is most important. supporters of Hodges. Early in our history Jerry saw the future of Hodges “Hodges doesn’t just give degrees; they
and could envision not only what it could become but also what a thriving university like Hodges would mean to our area. Today, his vision has become a reality and this gift will ensure that we will continue to offer the degree programs that the local business community is looking for in an educated and highly skilled work force.” (continued on page 5)
Upcoming Dates WI 11 Classes Begin
Luminary Award Luncheon
Midterm Progress Reports Due
Humanitarian of the Year Luncheon
Online Final Exams
4/15 – 4/17
4/22 – 4/24
WI 11 Semester Ends
Grants & Contracts Office by Ms. Adriana Buitrago, Grants & Contracts Specialist Hodges University now has a Grants and Contracts Office. As the Grants & Contracts Specialist, Adriana Buitrago serves as the University’s contact and resource for grants and contracts and to offer assistance in researching and applying for such opportunities.
Develops and administers all policies and procedures related to grants at Hodges University;
Please visit the new Grants Office team site located inside the Finance portal. There you will find our Grants Policies and Procedures, as well as other documents that have been developed to assist in discovering and applying for grant and contract funding.
Identifies funding sources including
The mission of the Grants Office is to assist faculty, staff, and administrators to seek, apply for, and receive external funding to promote innovation and meet the goals of the institution. The Office also coordinates and facilitates all aspects of grant and contract supported activities and maintains contact with federal, state, and local government entities, non-profit organizations, and private foundations. The Grants Office provides the following functions and services:
Provides Hodges University faculty and staff members announcements of RFPs and other notifications of grant opportunities;
assistance in the development, preparation, and submission of proposals and applications (i.e., writing, reviewing, editing, budget preparation, online submission, etc.) to meet sponsor deadlines; Provides a resource library on proposal writing, funding, and project evaluation; Coordinates with the Office of Advancement on proposals submitted to private foundations or corporations; Undertakes targeted funding searches for interested faculty and interdisciplinary teams and advise them on project feasibility, timelines, etc; Maintains pre-and post-award contact with funding agencies;
federal, state, and local government, and private/corporate foundations; Disseminates information about funding opportunities through the Grants Office team site, meetings, and individual contacts; Provides workshops and consultation on the process of identifying and securing funding opportunities; Provides full support and technical
Maintains post-award contact with the faculty and the Finance Department; Provides accounting and reporting on post award activities. We look forward to helping the entire Hodges community access these external funding sources to provide additional support to our educational mission.
JSOB Scholars Seminar by Ms. Vicky Brody, Assistant to the Dean - JSOB The Johnson School of Business hosted its annual Scholars Seminar on October 29 at the Club at Grandezza. Twenty faculty and staff members attended the event where four scholarly presentations were delivered by Gerald Franz on “New Programs for Online Research,” Nancey Wyant on “A Discussion of Undergraduate and Graduate Teaching with a History Lesson,” Don Forrer on “Teaching with WIMBA,” and Peter Karastamatis on “Developing a Sports Professionals Hub for Southwest Florida.” The event culminated with Dr. Fred Nerone presenting Dean’s awards to Gerald Franz for Scholarly Research, John Meyer for Teaching, and Mike Smith for Community/University Service.
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JSOB Club Speaker Series — The Dr. Robert A. Levy Lecture — by Dr. Aysegul Timur, Program Chair of the BA, MBA & MPA Programs On November 9, 2010, Dr. Robert A. Levy, Chairman and Fellow of the CATO Institute, presented a stimulating and informative lecture sponsored by the Johnson School of Business Club Speaker Series. His presentation was entitled “Constitutional Relevance in the Age of Obama” and focused on how some of the major Obama Administration’s legislative and executive initiatives square with a libertarian’s view of the role of government in our society. Dr. Fred Nerone greeted the rather substantial audience, followed by remarks from Dr. Aysegul Timur. Dr. Levy was welcomed and introduced by Felicia Rogers, the Johnson School of Business Club’s new President. Our featured speaker has an impressive background. He earned a Ph.D. in business from American University. He then founded a major international investment information company which he later sold. He then decided to redirect his career and began attending law school at George Mason University where he graduated as valedictorian. He clerked for a Federal District Court judge and then Judge Douglas Ginsburg of the DC Circuit Court of Appeals. He has taught Constitutional Law at both the CATO Institute and as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University. He has written and published many books and articles and has appeared as a pundit on TV and radio for both conservative and liberal hosts. He co -published his latest book, The Dirty Dozen: How Twelve Supreme Court Cases Radically Expanded Government and Eroded Freedom (2008), and represented the plaintiff in the recent US Supreme Court case of District of Columbia v. Heller in which the Supreme Court struck down provisions of a DC ordinance severely restricting firearm possession and usage within the District. This case had major constitutional implications as it helps define the parameters of the Second Amendment. Dr. Levy explained that the mission of the CATO Institute is
to increase understanding of public policies based on principles of limited government, free markets, individual liberties and peace. The Institute is not partisan in the usual sense; that is, it really doesn’t support either the Republicans or the Democrats. That is because, in his view, neither party is persistent with respect to its philosophies. For example, the Institute supports the Republican initiative of lowering taxes, but is in the Democrat’s camp when it comes to supporting civil liberties, such as scaling back on the perceived excesses of the Patriot Act. Our speaker addressed many issues, such as the constitutionality of Obamacare, TARP and stimulus funding, health and welfare entitlements and the recent overhaul of our banking and financial systems. The initial lecture presentation was followed by a full hour of questions and answers, moderated by Dr. Kenneth Ginsberg. The questions ranged from considering the constitutionality of same sex marriages to an analysis of the wisdom of term limits for our elected representatives. Since Dr. Levy is a part time resident of Southwest Florida, we are all hopeful that he will consider a return engagement in the not-too-distant future.
Peter Van Leeuwen Named Employee of the Year for 2010 by Joe Turner, Director of Public Relations Peter Van Leeuwen, Director of Distance Education at Hodges degrees online. Thanks to this technology, a degree is now University, was named Employee of the Year. The award rec- possible for those who might not have had the opportunity ognizes his outstanding work for the University in its distance to attend a class in a campus setting. education program. In his role, he makes sure that the students understand “I am pleased to honor Peter with this award,” said Dr. Terry how online classes work and he also instructs the faculty McMahan, President of Hodges University. “Our students are how to develop their curriculum for the online student. able to take advantage of quality programs anywhere and anyPeter’s hard work and dedication to our distance learning time, thanks in part to the hard work that Peter has put into the program is impressive, and we are fortunate to have someprogram. The biggest advantage to online learning is that the one who possesses such dedication at Hodges.” student can earn a valuable degree without having to put their Each year, administrators, faculty and fellow employees lives on hold. For an adult student with the pressures of life nominate a co-worker for the award with a committee represponsibilities, online learning offers an answer. It is fundaresented by members of the administration electing the mentally why so many adult learners are now pursuing their winning candidate.
Dr.Valerie Weiss Selected as Professor of the Year for 2010 by Dr. Jeanette Brock, Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Valerie Weiss was named as Professor the Year at the University Holiday Party held on December 12, 2010. She joins the distinguished group of Dr. Aysegul Timur (2005), Dr. John Meyer (2006), Dr. Tom Hofmann (2007), Professor Fabio Tagliasacchi, (2008), and Professor Ken Comer (2009). Valerie began teaching for Hodges University in 2004 as an adjunct faculty member. She was immediately recognized for her academic preparation and her gift of teaching and was therefore hired as a full-time faculty member. Shortly thereafter, she was promoted to Program Chair of the Health Studies Program and was also given the task of supervising the six associate level medical science courses to ensure they include the necessary content as well as the desired level of rigor. Additionally, she was instrumental in creating the new biology specialty in the Health Studies Program. Comments from students demonstrate why Dr. Weiss is deserving of this honor: Dr. Weiss is an individual with extraordinary character who is dedicated to education and the development of her students. She is loved by her students because she challenges each and every one to grow in their knowledge and to reach their greatest potential. Her encouraging nature gives students who lack confidence-hope, and those with determination-a map to help guide them to achieve their dreams. She helped me to believe in greater possibilities that lie ahead in my life and I believe that she will go on for many years greatly influencing her students, not only during their education at Hodges, but for the rest of their lives. Dr. Weiss is a master teacher. She understands the potential in each individual student and works with the student to develop the potential. Dr. Weiss is a teacher that imparts knowledge which people accept and follow. Dr. Weiss is a teacher par excellence. Please congratulate your colleague for receiving this special recognition.
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Faculty Retreat 2011 by Peter T. Van Leeuwen, Director of Distance Education Remember to mark March 25, 2011 on your calendars for our annual faculty retreat. Co-presenters Ms. Pat Riley and Mr. Tom Stephens from the Alliance of Educational Leaders here in Lee County will convene a morning session based on Stephen Covey’s book – The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. Well-known and widely accepted in the corporate world, 7 Habits has recently been adapted to the educational world where benefits to both students and adults are well-documented. Research finds that student resiliency and self-efficacy increase in a school culture that is based on the 7 Habits. The 7 Habits begin with leadership of self and works through dependence to independence to interdependence. To complement and complete the day, we will convene a panel of Hodges University program chairs and deans to share with us how they are measuring students’ leadership ability outcome in their programs, and how the Kouzes’ and Posner’s practices identified in their book, The Student Leadership Challenge, are incorporated into the curriculum.
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For his part, Nichols credits the Hodges student as proof of the quality of education that the institution provides. “You can’t talk to a student that goes to Hodges University without them telling you how much respect and appreciation they have for Hodges and how they were treated there,” said Nichols. “The professional manner in which Hodges deals with its students and the way they work with the students to accommodate them and their needs in their programs shows the uniqueness of the educational experience at the school.” Originally from Ohio, the Nichols have been residents of Naples for more than 30 years. Jerry Nichols serves as Senior Vice President for Brown & Brown Benefits and is a financial representative for Northwestern Mutual Financial Network, where he has been recognized for his community service four times. Arlene Nichols, formerly president of her own retail management company, is actively involved in charity work. The Nichols have generously given financial contributions and volunteer time to their church as well as a countless number of causes focused primarily on local children and education. These not-for-profit organizations include the Boys & Girls Club of Collier County, Junior Achievement, Community Foundation of Collier County, Quest for Kids, American Red Cross, and the Ronald McDonald House and Care Mobile. Jerry Nichols has been actively involved with Hodges University for years, including his service as Chairman of the Hodges University Foundation Board in 2008; his support of the American Military Veterans Education Fund, which provides scholarship assistance to returning veterans seeking higher education at Hodges University; and establishing an endowment fund at Hodges University to ensure the institution’s future. In 2008, Hodges University selected Jerry and Arlene Nichols as its Humanitarians of the Year. As role models, Jerry and Arlene have encouraged others to feel good about giving to or helping charities. As personal values drive commitment, their commitment to others and their fundamental beliefs continue to guide them along the paths of both success and significance. According to Dr. Karen Locklear, Dean of the Nichols School of Professional Studies, the Nichols’ gift helps chart the course for the future of the School. "This generous gift to the School of Professional Studies will provide us with the opportunity to expand existing programs and develop competitive, high quality new programs that meet the existing needs of the community,” she said. “In addition, it will allow us to offer affordable continuing educational opportunities for professionals in the area."
Hodges Encourages Submission of Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) Ideas by Laurie McDowell, Assessment Coordinator What do the following topics have in common? International cultural awareness for all students Enhancing performance in critical thinking Developing a culture of reading Engaged learning through writing Improving scientific reasoning among nonscience majors They are all examples of topics submitted to SACS for Quality Enhancement Plans (QEP). The QEP is a required element of the reaffirmation process that directs the focus of institutions on the future and on improvement in an aspect of student learning that is integral to its mission. Hodges is currently soliciting ideas for our QEP from faculty, students, staff, members of the Board of Trustees, and members of the President’s Council. The deadline for submitting topics for consideration by the QEP Team is April 27, 2011. Ideas can be submitted online at qep.hodges.edu.
Having fun at the School of Professional Studies picnic.
Faculty are in a unique position to observe where students are performing well and where they are struggling. These observations can serve as inspiration for relevant QEP topics. Suitable QEP topics are those that relate to one of Hodges University’s five educational outcomes; those that have broad impact while at the same time being manageable within the limits of available financial and human resources; those that are aligned with Hodges’ mission and mission principles; and those that can be implemented within the current framework of the University’s planning processes. The emphasis of a good QEP is improvement in student learning, which can be approached through pedagogy, curriculum, student support, or faculty support. For more information about the QEP process, timeline, and more topics from other institutions, visit Hodges University’s QEP home page at qep.hodges.edu and refer to the SACS QEP Handbook at http://sacscoc.org/pdf/081705/QEP% 20Handbook.pdf. You may direct any questions to Dr. Diane Ball at firstname.lastname@example.org or extension 6130.
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Leading Millennials by Leisha Klentzeris, Director of ESL
Whether you call them Millennials, Gen Yers, or the Echo-Boom generation, this 80-million-strong generation born between 1980 and 2000 is changing the organizational structures of classrooms and workplaces. Duty-bound veterans, work-centric Boomers, and family-centered Gen Xers may find that their own higher education experience and workforce training differed significantly with that of digitally fluent Millennials, many of whom are entering college with a lack of preparedness unseen by previous generations. In 1969, college students were generally white middle-class males aged 18-22 who had been born in the US. They were presumed heterosexual, enrolled full-time, and more than often graduated with a four-year degree. In 2009, however, the majority of college students were working females enrolled part-time and aged 18 and older; most had diverse cultural, economic, and geographic backgrounds. Unlike the past, todayâ€™s college students are abled and disabled, most live off campus, and they define themselves as having varied sexual orientations. If they graduate with a four-year degree, it is usually after six years of attending school. In order for these students to learn and graduate, teaching methodologies may need to be reviewed and modified so that professors can manage the learning of students who have technological acumen but not the basic skills in math, reading, and writing necessary to complete college level work. Sometimes dubbed Digital Natives, Millennials have an intuitive understanding and ability to use technology. They are accustomed to instantaneous communication and access to information; they are talented multi-taskers who prefer visuals to text and who do not remember nor can imagine a world without digital technology. Unlike Digital Immigrants, they have no nostalgia for pre-internet history. Given their experiences with the world, they may prefer brevity and group work to linear thinking and deductive logic, they may have little patience with teacher-centric or lectureoriented classes, and they may need quick interactions and multiple streams of information to keep them interested in course content. They may have a magnitude for tasks that require visual-literacy, and they may value inductive logic and systems science. Despite their assertive, confident, and even demanding natures, they desire collegial menteeship, a seeming paradox in terms to would-be mentors who are tasked with the challenges of teaching and leading this generation. Millennial college enrollment is expected to peak at 18 million in 2013. References Black, A. (2010). Gen Y: Who they are and how they learn. Educational Horizons 88(2), 92-101. Coley, D. C. (2009). Leading generation Y. Principal Leadership 9(6), 24-28. Dordai, P. & Rizzo, J. (2006). Echo boom impact. American School and University 79(3), 300-303.
Liberal Arts Welcomes New Faculty Members by Dr. Elsa Rogers, Dean of Liberal Arts
Dr. Ellen Fangman is a graduate of the University of Kansas with a Ph.D. in Creative Writing. Her research interests include 20th-century American Literature, Composition and Rhetoric, Theories of the Autobiography and Memoir, as well as Creative Nonfiction, particularly the personal essay. She has published poetry, fiction, and nonfiction in journals and anthologies. An avid lover of the classroom experience, Dr. Fangman has been teaching for ten years at the college level. Prior to joining Hodges University, she held positions in the English/Literature
departments at the University of Kansas, Creighton University, University of Nebraska at Omaha, and Ave Maria University, among others. She believes that every student has the capability of advancing his/her communication skills with hard work, determination, and the inspiration of his/her professors and peers. She takes a special interest in guiding the students who have inspired her, and she believes that success in college depends not on the past or the future, but on the efforts we make in the here and now.
Beverly Hall came from New England to Ft. Myers nine years ago. She has a Masters of Mathematics from Lowell Technological Institute/University of Massachusetts at Lowell, and a BA in Mathematics from Gordon College in Wenham, MA. Beverly taught mathematics and computers in public and private schools in New England. She was Director of Academic Computing, and Department Chair in Computer Science in an independent school in Connecticut. In Florida she has taught mathematics at the college level in both face-to-face classes and online.
Professor Hall to construct PowerPoint presentations for the Blizter math textbook series in College Algebra, Trigonometry and Precalculus. Her presentations can be found online as a learning resource for students and teachers who use the Blitzer series. Beverly has pursued further academic development through graduate courses in instructional technology, blended and online learning, mathematics and computer science. The Pearson Education Company chose Cindy Gomez, although born and raised in Ohio, has spent her entire professional life in South Florida. She is a recent transplant from Broward County, where she worked in the public school system for 17 years. Cindy completed her MS in TESOL with Florida International University while working full-time and raising a family. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in
Beverly lives with her husband, David, and enjoys swimming, painting, sculpture, genealogy, history, gardening and technology.
Leadership and Educational Administration with Capella University, having just gathered her dissertation committee. When Cindy is not reading a textbook or studying, she enjoys spending time with her husband of 21 years and her two children, Cera and Tony.
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Meet Larry Bosserman, Ph.D. , FACHE In His Own Words
A native of Virginia, I have come to Hodges University on a tortuous path. I have lived in ten states and have worked in both the public and private sectors holding positions in both profit and not-for-profit healthcare organizations in a career that has spanned more than 30 years. With an undergraduate degree in Biology and Physical Education from Lynchburg College (Virginia), I began my career teaching middle and high school students in a Washington, D.C. suburb. I completed a Master’s degree in Education at the University of Virginia and shortly thereafter, moved to central Georgia where I spent 7 years teaching and coaching (soccer and tennis) in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Department of a unit of the University of Georgia. After three years of teaching at GC, I took a sabbatical to complete course work for a Ph.D. in exercise physiology at Florida State University. My career path took a sharp turn as a result of my contacts and work at FSU. I began the program with the intent to continue my career in higher education. It ended with a goal to apply my new knowledge and skills in medicine. Within two years of completing my degree, I moved to Emory University in Atlanta where I worked for the next three years as the site Exercise Physiologist in a five-center study called the National Exercise and Heart Disease Project (NEHDP). The study was designed to determine the efficacy and value of structured exercise for survivors of heart attack and by-pass surgery. I supervised center data collection, performed stress testing and other measurements on our study participants, developed exercise prescriptions for the treatment group and supervised regular exercise sessions. Over the next 12 years, I worked for a proprietary company
headquartered in Pennsylvania that provided consulting and “turn-key” cardiac rehabilitation program services for hospitals and large physician groups; worked for a medical instrument manufacturing company that specialized in cardiac monitoring equipment; and worked at a 1,500-bed community hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. The Baptist Hospital in Memphis was a tertiary center with large and active medical and surgical cardiac programs. There, I served as director of an exercise-based service line that included cardiac rehabilitation, wellness and health promotion and sports medicine. During my time in Memphis, my interests shifted from clinical care to administration and I completed an MBA, at what was then Memphis State University, in preparation for the next big turn in my path. For the past 20 years, I have served in an administrative capacity in acute care hospitals and a state mental health system. Ten years were spent in Kentucky as vice president of a 350-bed community hospital where I was responsible for non-nursing ancillary services; three years in Ohio as CEO of an administrative services group supporting mental health boards; four years in Missouri as vice president and director for neurology, orthopedic and rehabilitation services; and, two years in Indiana as service line director for digestive diseases. During that time, I also took a year off to complete the restoration of a 100 year old historic property. I’m now living in Southwest Florida and thoroughly enjoying the lifestyle. Between us, my wife and I have 4 children and 5 grandchildren. We enjoy golf, road cycling, dancing and good wine. Larry is a full-time faculty member in Health Administration teaching in both the BHA and MHA Programs.
F A C U LT Y S P OT L I G H T A RECOGNITION
Karin Applegate (HIT) and Susan Casey (HIT) attended the American Health Information Management Association‟s (AHIMA) Academy on Education conference in New Orleans, LA in July 2010. Karin participated in AHIMA’s ICD-10-CM/PCS Training Seminar (new coding system) and later passed their national certification exam to become a certified trainer. Also, in August 2010, Karin passed the AHIMA certification national exam for RHIT technician. Dr. Gerald Franz (Library) gave an on-site tour of the Gettysburg battlefield to a class of 50 history students in November. He also gave a presentation to the Johnson School of Business in October, where he was honored with the Dean’s award for scholarly research. In October, he taught a Center for Lifelong Learning session on Napoleon in Egypt. In December, Dr. Pat Gordin (IDS and Distance Education) earned the Teaching and Learning Online Advanced Certification from Blackboard by successfully completing: Designing Engaging Content, Building Online Communities, and Monitoring Student Performance course modules. Pat also attended a workshop on Social Media (Twitter & Facebook) to Increase your Pedagogical Effectiveness at the Sloan-C International Conference on Online Learning on November 3, 2010 in Orlando, FL. Dr. Tom Hofmann (AP) was listed as a Registered Mental Health Intern Supervisor and Social Work Intern Supervisor by the State of Florida. He completed a 2-day Clinical Supervision training in St. Petersburg to complete requirements for this listing. Dr. John Meyer (BSM, MSM) attained his Doctorate in Business Administration in Management degree from Argosy University in Sarasota in December of 2010. Dr. Mike Nelson (Dean of the School of Technology), the chair of the Institute for Certification of Computing Professionals (ICCP) C++ Test Council, hosted a joint meeting of the C++ and Software Engineering Test Councils at the Ft. Myers Campus in late November. Both the C++ and the Software Engineering certification exams were reviewed and updated. He also announced the addition of Mariusz Krolczynski (BS-CIT 2004, MS-CIT 2006) as the newest member of the ICCP C++ Test Council. Dr. Mary Nuosce (AP) attended M.A.T.R.S. Treatment Planning Training on September 14, 2010 in Ft. Myers, conducted by the Southern Coast Addiction Technology Transfer Center Network. She also conducted training at the David Lawrence Center in Naples entitled, Ethical Dilemmas and Boundary Issues later that month. In early 2010, George Pattison (LA) presented a lecture entitled “The „Truth‟ About Logic in the World” at the Naples Renaissance Academy as part of their Lecture Series. Dr. Earl Bradford Smith (IDS) is the Faculty Advisor for the Hodges University Multicultural Club. The mission of this Naples and Ft. Myers student club is to acknowledge, celebrate and appreciate the multicultural experiences of each member of the diverse Hodges University community. In October, Mike Smith (BSM, MSM) completed a Hodges University presentation at the Annual Pasco-Hernando Community College All College Day where PHCC employees and staff spend the day attending workshops sponsored by the school. Wil Mirville (CIT) and Dr. Joe Feliciano (CIT) attended the Oracle, Inc. Conference in Clearwater, FL in July 2010. A month earlier, Wil participated in workshops at the Cisco Networking Academy National Conference in Jacksonville, FL. In September, Christine Sanders (MA) and Jeanne Von Ohlsen (MA) attended the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA), National Convention in Orlando, FL . During the week long conference, they attended CEU courses, LEAP meetings, and Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB) meetings. Dr. Susan Smith (Library) is a member of the class of 2010-2011 of the Sunshine State Library Leadership Institute sponsored by the State Library and Florida Archives. Dr. Aysegul Timur (BA) presented a paper entitled Has the European Union Achieved a Single Pharmaceutical Market? at the 80th Annual Conference of Southern Economic Association on November 20-22, 2010, in Atlanta, GA. In November, Peter Van Leeuwen (Distance Education) was recognized at the Sloan-C International Conference on Online Learning in Orlando, FL, as one of the 2nd year alums of the Institute for Emerging Leadership in Online Learning jointly hosted by the Sloan-C Foundation and the Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Andrew Weyl (LS) and Dr. Char Wendel (LS and Distance Education) attended the 29th Annual Conference of the American Association for Paralegal Education in October in Indianapolis, IN. Char also participated in the Google Workshop for Educators at the Sloan-C International Conference on Online Learning in Orlando, FL in November.