Outfielder Shannon Wilkerson
Go Jags! By Joey Warren
Jaguar athletes received regional,
The new D. Douglas BARNARD, JR., amphitheatre provides a venue for outdoor programs and informal meetings.
national, and international attention this past year, as six teams competed in NCAA regional tournaments and the men’s basketball team made it to the Elite Eight in Springfield, Mass. The men and women’s tennis, cross country, and softball teams competed, as well as the men’s Division I golf team. The golfers’ postseason bid to the regional tournament in Sorrento, Fla., marked the program’s 11th bid in the last 12 years. The volleyball team and women’s cross country team earned the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) first-ever team awards for sportsmanship. » Continued on page 3
New team to lead ASU’s College of Education By Tunisia Williams A new team was named to lead the Col-
lege of Education. The announcement was made by Samuel Sullivan, vice president for academic affairs, at a meeting of the college faculty. The new team was selected from among current faculty members because, as Dr. Sullivan remarks, “there is already a strong foundation in place on which to build, and the team has the inside knowledge of the efficiency and quality of the college to move it forward.” Gordon Eisenman, former chair of the Department of Teacher Education, became dean of the college, and Paula Dohoney, former chair of the Department of Kinesiology and Health Science became associate dean. Three new department chairs were also named, effective July 1, 2009. Karen Wish, assistant professor of health and physical education became chair of the Department of Kinesiology and Health Science; Judi Wilson, associate professor of early childhood education and former assistant chair of the Department of Teacher Education, became chair of that department; and E. Wayne Lord, assistant professor of education, now chairs the Department of Educational Leadership, Counseling, and Special Education. Dr. Eisenman, a former elementary school teacher, joined the ASU faculty in 1995 as an assistant professor of early childhood education. In 1997, he was selected by the Georgia Science Teachers Association as the state’s Teacher of the Year at the college level for excellence in teaching and for his commitment to the improvement of science education. Dr. Eisenman has served on the university’s Academic Policies Com-
mittee, the Promotion and Tenure Committee, and the Education Chairs Council as well as the steering committee preparing for a reaccreditation visit of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The St. Petersburg, Fla., native received his bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees from the University of Georgia. “I am very happy that after having done a national search for this position that one of our own was found to be the best fit for the college,” says Dr. Sullivan. “Dr. Eisenman is highly qualified, and I am confident that he will continue to build Augusta State’s reputation for turning out exceptional teachers and administrators. He will have an excellent team to help him—a team with vast, in-the-field experiences on which to draw.” The new associate dean, Dr. Dohoney, joined the university in 2005. A former high school teacher, she received a bachelor’s degree in physical education from Tennessee Technological University, a master’s degree from the University of TennesseeChattanooga, and a doctoral degree from Middle Tennessee State University. She serves as an examiner for the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education, and is a representative to the Georgia Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance. Dr. Wish is a former officer in the U.S. Army where she last served as Chief, Nutrition Care Division, at the Dwight David Eisenhower Army Medical Center. She joined the faculty at Augusta State as an assistant professor of health and physical education in 2007. Dr. Wish holds a bachelor’s degree in foods and nutrition from
California State Polytechnic University, a master’s degree in education from the University of Texas, and a doctoral degree in foods and nutrition from Texas Tech University. Dr. Wilson received her bachelor’s degree from Furman University, a master’s degree from the University of Georgia, and a doctoral degree from Georgia Southern University. She became a full-time member of the ASU faculty in 2002 as an associate professor of education in the Teacher Education department. Dr. Lord, a native of North Augusta, obtained a bachelor’s degree in piano performance from Augusta College before attending the University of South Carolina, where he earned a master’s degree in music education, an educational specialist, and a doctoral degree in educational administration. He became a member of the ASU faculty in 2006. “I am sure that the College of Education under this new leadership will continue its tradition of excellence because of its committed faculty and staff, exceptional students, and the relationships it has built with our partners,” says Dr. Sullivan.
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Top 10 in 10
By Danielle Harris In the first program recognizing the Top 10 in 10 Young Professionals to Watch in our community, four of those selected have connections to Augusta State. Among those selected for the honor by the Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce are alumni Christine Ball, Rhonda Banks, Chris Etterlee, and Mark Thompson. Susan Parr, chamber president, says young professionals are expected to have more influence on the future than the generations that have come before them. She says more and more cities across the country are taking steps to retain and import a generation of young professionals that is » Continued on page 4
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Serving our military By Tunisia Williams Augusta State University is a member of
the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC), a consortium of national higher education associations that help meet the higher education needs of members of the military services. As a SOC member, ASU has been working to increase the educational opportunities and programs available to servicemembers and to their families. Through the Continuing Education Division, ASU is providing online, anytime training for portable careers through Career Advancement Accounts (CAA), which is a program that assists military spouses seeking to gain the skills and credentials necessary to begin or advance their careers. It covers the costs of training and education, enabling participants to earn a degree or credential in high-demand fields. “This is a national initiative to help train military spouses in ‘portable careers’ such as teaching, medical coding, IT certifications, and a number of other popular areas. Workers in high-demand portable occupations are able to pick up and move when spouses are reassigned, yet are still able to continue their career paths and futures,” says Denise Moore, operations manager in continuing education. Ms. Moore is working with the Fort Gordon Education Office, giving presentations to family and spouse groups on post and already has students enrolled in online classes. She has had students enroll from as far away as Germany. As part of the ASU Continuing Education CAA program, tuition includes all materials, textbooks, and a laptop. For several years now, ASU has been attempting to become a Letter-of-Instruction (LOI) institution, which would allow members of the military to enroll in aca-
demic credit courses through GoArmyEd, a program that provides tuition assistance upfront rather than through reimbursement to the military student. However, beginning in October, the Army will open
its GoArmyEd portal to both LOI and nonLOI institutions. According to Alexander McNamara, associate director of the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges, the most important change in the new portal will be that soldiers will be able to receive upfront tuition assistance at non-LOI institutions (such as Augusta State). “We’re glad that this benefit has been restored to the soldiers at Fort Gordon, and we’re looking forward to serving them,” says Barbara Stewart, accounts receivable manager in ASU’s Business Office. Several programs are already in place that will be of particular interest to servicemembers and their spouses; others are in development, pending approval. ASU’s Master of Public Administration degree program includes a track in homeland
security. Saundra Reinke, director of ASU’s MPA program and a former Air Force officer, led the effort in 2007 for ASU to become a member of the SOC consortium. Dr. Reinke says based on information from a survey conducted by the National Security Association, there is strong interest in the development of a Middle East studies program. “The 2008 survey results indicated this would need to be an online degree to best support the needs of shift workers. A committee of the Pamplin College of Arts and Sciences is developing the curriculum, which would then be ready for the approval process in September 2009,” she says. Other possible programs include an information assurance track in a degree program offered by the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science and a health technology track in the Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology degree program. Samuel Sullivan, vice president for academic affairs, stresses that all programs would need to be approved and recommended by ASU faculty before being offered. In the case of a new degree program (not a track), it would also have to be approved by the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia. “We are very excited about the possibility of developing a closer relationship with our service men and women and their families, but we also want to make sure that the educational programs that are to be offered are in-line with the academic standards and quality for which our institution is known,” says Dr. Sullivan. “We are looking forward to the GoArmyEd portal opening in October.”
ADP partners up to advance STEM studies By Danielle Harris America is no longer the world’s leader in
science and technology, which makes the initiative to get students interested in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) all the more important. And partnerships, such as one forged between ASU and Automatic Data Processing, Inc.—one of the world’s largest providers of business outsourcing solutions—help this initiative. Through a three-year, $600,000 grant, Augusta State and two other Augusta colleges will address the need for more science graduates. ASU plans to award at least 30 new scholarships to students in STEM or STEM-education fields over the three-year period as well as increase the staffing and hours of operation for student labs. So far, the university has already selected 11 students to receive the scholarships. “With these tough economic times, the additional funding that is being made possible for students will go far,” says Philip Javernick, a scholarship recipient and ASU physics and mathematics double major. “I’m a full-time student, and I’ve decided not to work during the summer semester so I can concentrate on my studies. So
having this scholarship definitely takes a load off of me,” he adds. Mr. Javernick says the grant will be a great tool to draw students to both the institution and to the STEM areas of study. While science accounts for the largest number of majors at ASU, it does not produce the most graduates. According to a report issued by the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics, the top undergraduate choice of majors is business—not STEM fields. The ADP Educational Partners for Suc-
cess Grant may change that, however. “Having this funding available will open doors of opportunity for both the student and the institution; the more we can show progress in the areas of technology and related fields, the more successful we will be,” he says. Mr. Javernick plans to attend graduate school following graduation from ASU in hopes of becoming a researcher and working with NASA. Students examine samples in an ASU LaB.
Center for the Study of Georgia History By Kathy Schofe The Center for the Study of Georgia His-
tory at Augusta State is located on the third floor of Reese Library, but if you want to find its director, you’ll probably have to leave a note on the door. She may be out speaking to a civic or education group about state or local history, obtaining a new collection of papers for Reese Library, teaching history teachers about U.S. and Georgia history, performing commissioned research on the Revolutionary War, leading a historical tour of the city for a special group, or attending a professional or community board meeting. You won’t find her sitting behind a desk—unless she’s writing a grant or a book or answering research inquiries from around the state. Since becoming the center’s director in August 2008, Lee Ann Caldwell has been one busy woman, not only carrying on the work of her mentor and colleague, Dr. Edward Cashin, founder of the center, but expanding the center’s activities and reach. “I’d like for the center to become the public and academic source for Georgia’s history; it was Ed Cashin’s vision and has become my goal,” Dr. Caldwell says. She has been successful in obtaining several manuscript collections for the library’s special collections, among them papers of the Walker Family and Charles DeVaney, as well as the records of the Shiloh Orphanage and the Pilgrim Insurance Company. She is also excited about the papers of Dr. Cashin, which include all of his research for the twenty-plus books he authored on different topics in local, Georgia, and regional history. Dr. Caldwell » Continued on page 4
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By LaKeisha Forbes
By Danielle Harris
About 113 housing residents were rewarded for academic excellence in spring semester
His service, dedication, and leadership in the community are why Edward Polite, a retired
through a new program for University Village residents called the Academic Rewards Program. In the program, 87 UV residents who had a grade point average between 3.0 to 3.65 earned $100 on their JagCards, while 26 residents who made a 3.66 or higher GPA received $250. Jeannen Hobbs, a junior communications major, received a $100 award for both fall and spring semesters. As a student who is financially independent from her parents, the Resident Academic Rewards program has helped alleviate some of her financial issues. “Many students who live with their parents already have the necessities provided for them,” says Ms. Hobbs. “Some University Village residents have to provide for themselves. We don’t have our parents supporting us financially, so our academic reward money goes to the areas where we have financial difficulty.” Kimberley Thomas, a junior computer science major, who was awarded $100 for the spring 2009 semester, agrees. “After paying bills, there isn’t much money left over,” she says. “With the additional funds that I received, I am able to take care of my basic needs without having to call and ask my mother for money,” says Ms. Thomas. To qualify for the rewards program, students must have completed at least nine credit hours in courses at the 1000 level or above, have an overall institutional GPA of at least 2.0, and have successfully completed all of their courses for that semester. Joyce Jones, vice president for student services, says that living in student housing has been shown to improve students’ academic performance. “We offer several programs at University Village to promote academic success. Through this Resident Academic Rewards program, we want to communicate this to students and to recognize those residents who achieve these academic goals.” According to Dr. Jones, the desired result of the program is to motivate students to do well in school. “We have students who are serious about their education, and this is one way that we can encourage them to excel in the classroom,” she says. The Academic Rewards program has been an additional motivator for Ms. Hobbs and Ms. Thomas. But Ms. Hobbs believes that the program has had another positive result for both students and the university, “The Academic Rewards program is an incentive to continue living in campus housing—it’s win-win because we get the financial help and the university gets students in housing who are serious about their education,” she says. Both Ms. Hobbs and Ms. Thomas agree that the Academic Rewards program shows that ASU is looking out for the best interests of its students.
corporate executive, was chosen to be the recipient of the 2009 President’s Award—one of the highest honors bestowed by Augusta State University. During the annual President’s Club Reception, the ASU Foundation trustee was recognized for his significant service to ASU and for his generosity in providing the opportunity for future generations of students to find an improved quality of life through education. The ASU alumnus graduated in 1969 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. He went on to become the executive vice president of quality and technology at Continental Can Company. After completing a 20-year career at Continental, he later became the president of Culbro Corporation, a $2-billion international company with holdings in cigars, real estate, wholesale distribution, nursery products, publishing, and packaging. He retired in 2000. Mr. Polite is a member of several organizations that include the One Hundred Black Men of New York City and is a former president of the Educational Foundation for South Carolina State University. The President’s Club Reception was held at the home of Mr. James T. and Dr. Mary Anderson.
Upcoming Events For information, call 706-737-1444 or visit the online calendar at www.aug.edu.
Sept. 15 President’s Club Luncheon. Invitation only. Sept. 17 Westobou Event. Faculty Art Show reception. Westobou Event. Two Pianos & Percussion, Martin David Jones and Clara Park, pianists. Sept. 18-19 Westobou Event. Readings by ASU Theatre students. Sept. 21 Westobou Event. Recital with Trio Augusta. Martin David Jones, Angela Morgan, and Christine Crookall. Westobou Event. The Sitka Trio. Sept. 22 Lyceum Series & Westobou Event. The Blind Boys of Alabama. Sept. 23 Westobou Event. Rob Foster and Pulsar. Sept. 25 Lyceum Series. New York Chamber Soloists.
Oct. 3 A Day Event. Jaguar Jaunt 5K. Oct. 6 Russell A. Blanchard Lecture Series. Adam Shepard, author. Oct. 7 ASU Health Fair. Oct. 8 Art Exhibition opens. Recent Work, Alex Murawski. Oct. 8 Gallery Reception, Art Department. ASU Gala Concert. Oct. 9 A Day Celebration and Alumni Association Barbecue. Oct. 15 Lyceum Series. Tres Vidas Oct. 16 – 17 Edward J. Cashin Memorial Symposium on Georgia History. Oct. 22 A Night at the Opera.
Over 1,100 students were candidates for graduation in the May 2009 Commencement ceremony at the James Brown Arena. (photo, courtesy of The Picture Man)
(L to r) Julia AND Dr. Bloodworth; ED and Pat Polite.
« Go Jags!, continued from page 1 In individual play, several Jaguars also captured headlines. Shannon Wilkerson, a junior outfielder, was selected by the Boston Red Sox in the eighth round of Major League Baseball’s First-Year Player Draft. Mr. Wilkerson is the highest draft pick in the 45-year history of the Jaguar baseball program. A Dacula, Ga., native, Mr. Wilkerson was named the Division II National Player-Of-The-Year by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) and by Rawlings/American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA). He was previously selected the NCBWA Southeast Region Player-Of-The-Year, the ABCA Southeast Region Player-Of-The-Year and the Peach Belt Conference Player-Of-The-Year. All-American guard Ben Madgen represented his home nation of Australia in the World University Games, which were held in July in Belgrade, Serbia. Madgen was named the PBC Tournament’s Most Valuable Player, and he led the league in scoring and in three-point percentages. He was the only conference player to rank in the top 15 in scoring, field goal percentage, and assists. He was selected first-team All-Southeast Region and was a first-team All-PBC pick. Sophomore Henrik Norlander, a native of Sweden, helped lead Europe to its second straight win against the U.S. team in the Palmer Cup. Norlander was named to the PING All-Southeast Region team by the Golf Coaches Association of America. Senior outfielder Angii Verbeelen was named the PBC’s Scholar-Athlete-Of-TheYear for 2008-09, which is the highest honor given by the conference. A native of Melrose, Fla., she also was named the Tommy Werrick Female Student-Athlete of the Year at ASU. She graduated in May with a 3.92 GPA. Seniors Jorge Virguez and Chris Tyler were named to the PBC Baseball All-Academic team, recognizing the outstanding accomplishments of PBC student-athletes in the classroom as well as on the field. A total of 73 student-athletes were named to the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll at ASU. Five of ASU’s 10 varsity sports—softball, women’s tennis, men’s tennis, women’s golf, and men’s golf had team GPA’s over 3.0. “It’s very rewarding to see this many student-athletes not only meet their athletic goals, but their academic goals as well,” says ASU Director of Athletics Clint Bryant. “We’re constantly striving to increase our academic achievement and to find new ways to prepare and motivate our student-athletes to perform at their very best.”
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ASU CAMPUS NOTES Alma Mater recognizes ASU president By Danielle Harris
During his 16-year tenure, the institution has become a state university, enrollment and programs have grown, private giving has increased, and over $95 million in new construction and renovations has resulted in student housing and state-of-the-art facilities. Dr. Bloodworth is the national president-elect of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi and has served on a number of community and state boards including the American Red Cross, Greater Augusta Arts Council, Georgia Medical Center Authority, and the Association of the United States Army.
New trustees named ASU President William A. Bloodworth, Jr., has been named recipient of the 2009
Distinguished Alumnus Award from his alma mater, Texas Lutheran University (TLU) in Seguin, Texas. The TLU Board of Regents made the selection based on Dr. Bloodworth’s record of professional achievements and community involvement. “Such a long tenure is rare for college presidents in this day and age, and that speaks highly of President Bloodworth’s effective leadership,” says TLU President Ann M. Svennungsen. “TLU is proud to claim him as an alumnus.” The award will be presented to Dr. Bloodworth in November at the annual TLU Salutes banquet, which is held during Homecoming. Dr. Bloodworth graduated from Texas Lutheran College in 1964 with a bachelor’s degree in English and education. After teaching English and speech in public schools of Boerne and Port Neches, Tex., he entered Lamar University in Beaumont in 1967. He graduated with a degree in English and then obtained a doctorate in American Civilization from the University of Texas at Austin. Following service at East Carolina University and Central Missouri State University, Dr. Bloodworth became the eighth president of Augusta College in 1993.
Charlie Anderson, chairman of the Foundation (center) is shown with two outgoing members of the Foundation, (l) Sandra Norvell and (r) Nick Evans.
By LaKeisha Forbes At their July meeting, members of the
Augusta State University Foundation elected four corporate leaders to serve as university trustees. Edwin L. Douglass, Jr., is the owner and operator of E.L.D., Inc., a local limousine and transportation service. Mr. Douglass has been involved in the Boys Club of Augusta, the Georgia/Carolina Council of Boy Scouts, and the Georgia Chamber of Commerce. An elder at Reid Memorial Presbyterian Church, he and his wife, Mary Ann, have been members of the President’s Club since 1982. The ‘55 alumnus of Davidson College is also a recipient of the Davidson Alumni Service Award. Mary Hamilton Anderson, ’71 alumna, and her husband, Jimmy, have been members of ASU’s President’s Club since 2006. She opened a private medical practice
in 1991 and merged with Pediatric Partners in 1997. As an allergist, Dr. Anderson educates the community about asthma maintenance and allergy prevention. Dr. Anderson received an Associate of Science degree in nursing from Augusta College and a doctorate from the Medical College of Georgia. Georgia state representative Barbara Sims is a founding member of the Proud
to Be an American Board and a current member of the Richmond County Small Business and Minority Board. A former third grade teacher, she also co-owned Periwinkle Cottage for 24 years. Ms. Sims is a past member of the Woman’s Board of University Hospital and the administrative board of Aldersgate United Methodist Church. Ms. Sims received her bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Georgia. Gary Coxon serves as the director of Special Projects at Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, the Savannah River Site’s contractor for management and operation. A member of the senior management team at SRNS, he has served in several positions including project management, services and general management. He received his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and participated in the Dartmouth College Executive Program at the Amos Tuck School of Business.
four intravenous (IV) pumps and a “Noelle” obstetrical (OB) mannequin, the department’s first labor and delivery simulator. The equipment was purchased with the assistance of Diane Robillard, nursing professor and class advisor. “The particular equipment was decided upon after discussions among our class members about what we would have found helpful in our clinical,” says Ms. Jatho. “Since we can’t always depend on babies being born during our OB clinicals, Noelle goes through labor and ‘gives birth,’ enabling students to observe the mechanics of labor and delivery.” Each IV pump is a duplicate of ones used at the four local hospitals where the students conduct their clinical experiences. Ms. Jatho says the pumps will help future nursing students become familiar with the specific equipment they will use during their clinicals at the hospitals.
Nursing lab receives gift By Tunisia Williams
Students practice with Noelle.
The Nursing Class of 2009 had an impor-
tant decision to make—forego a large celebratory reception after their pinning ceremony or purchase equipment that would be helpful in the nursing department’s Skills Lab. “As a class, we discussed and voted on it; we felt that the department and future nursing students would benefit from the legacy of the Class of 2009,” says Ruthie Jatho, the nursing class president. After having yard sales, gas card raffles, Turkeygrams at Thanksgiving, and class donations, the nursing students finally reached their goal of raising more than $15,000. This allowed them to purchase
The equipment was presented during the annual Pinning Ceremony in May, and the nursing faculty and staff were surprised to discover what the graduates had done. “Keeping it from Dr. Price (department chair) was a challenge. In department meetings, the subject of getting a birthing doll kept coming up because we were trying to figure out how we would be able to purchase it,” says Ms. Robillard. “And all the while, I knew that the doll was being manufactured just for us in the factory, but I couldn’t tell the other faculty members because it was a secret,” she adds.
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bringing change to the community and the work force. “Most business development experts agree that cities that create a landscape and culture that cultivates young professionals will be at a competitive advantage in terms of business attraction and quality workforce. We salute the achievements of these outstanding individuals,” she says. Christine Ball received her EdS degree in educational leadership from Augusta State. She is an English and reading instructor at Augusta Technical College where she serves as advisor to the National Technical Honor Society and as a member of the President’s Advisory Council. Rhonda Oellerich Banks holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing from ASU. She serves as the immediate past president of the ASU Alumni Association and was named recipient of the 2008 Young Alumna Award. She also is active with Young Professionals of Augusta and the Red Wagon Society. Chris Etterlee, a senior certified public accountant with Fuller, Frost & Associates, is a member of the ASU Alumni Association’s Board of Directors and a recipient of its 2006 Young Alumnus Award. He also is a member of the Uptown Kiwanis Club. He received his MBA from ASU and cites
is very interested in acquiring more historical records and is frequently making appeals to individuals and companies that maintain such collections. “It is important that we acquire these historical records, preserve them, catalog them, and make them available to scholars,” she says. “This is part of the center’s mission to facilitate research on the history of our state and community.” She remains an avid researcher, herself, studying Georgia’s role in the Revolutionary War for a state project leading to a Revolutionary War Heritage Trail and researching other topics for a textbook on Georgia’s history for eighth graders. She has a book in the works on family and race in nineteenth century Augusta and Summerville and is also writing a chapter on Augusta’s history, 1980-2010, picking up where Dr. Cashin left off in his Story of Augusta. Dr. Caldwell is also working to bring about a Cashin Memorial Symposium on Georgia History, which will be held Oct. 16-17. The symposium wll be cosponsored by the Georgia History Consortium, an organization of scholars who conduct research on the state’s history. It is funded through the generosity of the Porter Fleming Foundation. Two books authored by Dr. Cashin
strong problem solving and analytical skills as being helpful in landing his career. Mark Thompson, former Cree-Walker Professor of Economics in the Hull College of Business, is an expert on economic issues, particularly economic consequences of severe weather events. He has authored numerous publications on labor market adaptations to weather crisis and has been quoted often in local as well as national media outlets. He received his bachelor’s and doctoral degrees from Texas Tech University. Wes Zamzow, director of ASU’s Alumni Relations and Annual Giving, says having members of the university recognized among the top young professionals in our area speaks highly of the institution. “We are proud to have such prestigious alumni and faculty to represent our university,” he says. “They are a great example of the standards of excellence found within the mission of this great institution.” The Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce teamed up with Augusta Magazine to competitively select the 10 professionals between the ages of 25 and 35 for this firsttime honor. Their names will be submitted by the chamber to Georgia Trend for consideration in their annual feature, Top 40 under 40 for the state of Georgia.
that were released after his death will be available then. The center also cosponsors with Historic Augusta the annual Woodrow Wilson Symposium, now renamed the Edward Cashin Memorial Woodrow Wilson Lecture. The center is also working with the World War II Veterans Oral History project and has two additional oral history projects planned. Dr. Caldwell serves on the boards of Historic Augusta, the Augusta-Richmond County Historical Society, the Southern Association for Women Historians, and the Georgia Association of Historians. She also is coeditor of the Journal of the Georgia Association of Historians, treasurer of the Southern Association for Women Historians, and executive secretary of the Georgia History Consortium. She teaches the classes on Augusta history for Leadership Augusta’s Adult, Youth, and Executive Programs. She is the recipient of a 2008 Governor’s Award in the Humanities for her commitment to teaching and to sharing Georgia’s stories with communities. She previously served as chair of the Department of History, Geography and Philosophy at Georgia College and State University.
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Lee Presidential Scholars
ASU and Georgia Tech team up
By Tunisia Williams
By Danielle Harris
The first Natalie and Lansing B. Lee Presidential Scholarship went to two ASU students
who persevered academically in spite of the challenges they faced. May graduates Delos Moses, finance major, and Steven Smith, criminal justice major, were the first recipients of the scholarship designed to reward the academic achievements of students who began their college experience in learning support. Mr. Moses and Mr. Smith were both nominated for the scholarship by professors who took notice of their desire to succeed. “Mr. Moses has a quiet and unassuming demeanor, but underneath, he has a burning desire to succeed. One thing I can remember is that he was never satisfied with a grade. He always said, ‘I can do better.’ He truly believed that he could, and he did,” says Karen Hayes, mathematics instructor in ASU’s Department of Learning Support. Mr. Moses saw his acceptance to the university as an opportunity to make some major changes in his life. “I didn’t have many choices in life, but I chose to take advantage of this opportunity. I started at the bottom but finished on top,” he explains. Mr. Smith says that his biggest challenge was his difficulty in reading. “I appreciate Ms. Valerie Cato and Ms. Heather Metress for all of their time and effort in tutoring and helping me succeed,” he says. Ms. Cato, instructor in the Department of English and Foreign Languages, says that initially Mr. Smith was struggling. A guard on the men’s basketball team, he juggled classes, practice, and study; however, he showed up regularly to work one-on-one with her during his lunch hour. “He never complained and always did the work I gave him, and it was a lot of work. But that’s how he was; he was willing to do the work and sacrifice the present for the rewards that would come in the future. Steve is really a quiet lion who perseveres,” she says. The Natalie and Lansing B. Lee Presidential Scholarship is awarded on the basis of academic improvement and financial need. A recipient must be a rising sophomore, junior, or senior who has achieved a minimum 2.5 grade point average. “It is exciting to see two such deserving young men being honored, not only for their academic success in achieving their goal and obtaining a bachelor’s degree, but also for their persistence, perseverance, and determination in the face of many academic and personal obstacles,” says Cynthia Craig, chair of the Department of Learning Sup(l & R) Delos Moses and Steven Smith. port.
Against all odds By Danielle Harris “I do not consider myself to be the smartest or
the brightest. But I am one of the best at recognizing the strength in others and recognizing my need for the help of others.” This is how Chris Goss, May ’09 graduate, describes himself in his commencement speech to about a thousand of his classmates at the university’s graduation ceremony. Throughout his life, Mr. Goss has overcome obstacles and achieved goals that many said were unattainable. Just before he entered into third grade, he was diagnosed as dyslexic and disgraphic, and experts told his parents that he should be placed in special education, that he would never be able to handle the challenges of college. But it was with determination and perseverance that Chris Goss says he was able to defy all odds and become one of Augusta State’s three 2009 valedictorians. Besides his faith in Christ, Mr. Goss says one of the biggest influences in his life has been his parents’ drive to see him excel academically. Instead of placing her son in special education, Mr. Goss’ mother, Kim, took on the challenge of homeschooling him until his sophomore year in high school. After graduating from Augusta Christian in 2005, the Appling, Ga., native began his college career at Augusta State as a music major with a minor in communications. At ASU, Mr. Goss received several awards, and among the most prestigious was being selected as Augusta State’s top scholar for a University System of Georgia program that includes recognition by the Georgia state legislature. He also was named the first-ever student vice president for the university’s chapter of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. He made history by becoming the first student to give a commencement speech at a graduation for Augusta State. Mr. Goss was chosen to share his words of inspiration at the 2009 spring commencement ceremony in the
In 2008, officials from Augusta State and Georgia Institute of Technology signed an
articulation agreement establishing an engineering transfer program between the two schools. The agreement established a pre-engineering preparatory program at Augusta State that matches the core curriculum coursework required for a seamless transfer to the engineering program at Georgia Tech Savannah. After completing the academic requirements of both institutions, students will earn a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Georgia Tech. So far, the response to the new program has been positive, according to Andrew Hauger, chair of the Department of Chemistry and Physics. He says dozens of students from Augusta State and other universities in Georgia have shown an interest in the program. Philip Hines, a nontraditional student and mechanical engineering major, is enrolled in the program. He says that having a program such as this in our area will create new opportunities for students and it may even help them save money in the long-run. “Even though I was living and working full-time in Augusta, I would drive to Georgia Southern University every night to attend classes in their engineering transfer program,” says Mr. Hines. “Since I have transferred into the engineering classes at ASU, I have more time to be with my family and to study; plus, I am saving money since I don’t have to commute,” he adds. Mr. Hines also points out the benefit that the new program has on the community. “Usually, companies in our area receive interns or co-ops from larger, well-known universities such as Virginia Tech. Now, with this new program, our students may enter these organizations being better prepared and well-trained, and they will be equipped with the skills needed to succeed in their fields,” he adds. The ASU-Georgia Tech Savannah program includes civil, environmental, electrical, computer, and mechanical engineering. Students entering Augusta State through this program are automatically accepted into the engineering program at Georgia Tech Savannah provided that the minimum grade point averages are met. Students must, if Georgia residents, have a minimum grade point average of 2.7. Non-Georgia residents must earn a minimum grade point average of 3.0 in the math, science, and engineering courses. “We are excited about the opportunities provided by our new engineering transfer program with Georgia Tech Savannah. Nationally, there is a high demand for engineers, and we now offer students in Augusta a new way to enter the profession,” says Dr. Hauger.
James Brown Arena. “That moment had to have been the highest point of my life,” Mr. Goss says. “I was very grateful to have had the opportunity. I had practiced the speech, but when I finished, I never thought I would receive a standing ovation.” “I contribute much of my success in college to the many academic resources that ASU has to offer. My freshman year, I spent numerous hours in the math lab. I spent a lot of time talking with my instructors, and almost every paper I have written has been reviewed and edited by the Writing Center,” he adds. Chris Goss is not only a scholar, but he is considered to be a talented musician with a blossoming musical career. During his senior year of high school, he formed a group known as Chris Goss and the Gitcha’ By Band, which he says is inspired by music legends such as James Brown. He says he plans to move to Nashville and pursue a career in the music industry or attend graduate school. It is a decision accompanied by prayer, he says. “God is a God of excellence, and we should be people of excellence,” Mr. Goss says. “So, I must make sure I do my best in all that I do.”
A Day for ASU By Kathy Schofe Augusta State—like other public insti-
tutions—is state assisted rather than state supported, and that’s why private giving is so important. In this year’s annual fund drive, A Day for Augusta State University, faculty, staff, students, alumni, and friends will make financial gifts that will enhance the educational experience provided by state dollars. Faculty research, professional development, scholarships, equipment, and technology—these are only a few of the projects that are enhanced through private giving. The 16th annual A Day campaign kicked off with the campus campaign on Aug.11 at the fall convocation. Led by faculty members Drs. Hubert and Debbie van Tuyll, the campus campaign incorporated an “I Gave to A Day the First Day” event. The community campaign, led by Mr. John Bell, attorney with the Law Office of Bell and Brigham, will begin when the campus campaign concludes, at the President’s Club Luncheon on Sept. 15. “We are asking our friends to make an investment in Augusta State,” says Wes Zamzow, director of alumni relations and annual giving. “We’re also asking our friends to check with their employers to see if they will match employees’ contributions. Employees can double or triple their gifts to ASU depending on their companies’ matching gift programs. Mr. Zamzow points out that the main reason for giving is the satisfaction of knowing that a student’s future is being positively affected through an annual gift. He says that the success of A Day for ASU will be celebrated on Oct. 9 at the annual Alumni Association Barbecue. To make a contribution to the A Day campaign or to purchase a ticket to the celebration, contact the Office of Alumni Relations.
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Robert D. Alford (BS-mathematics ’68) lives in Houston with his wife, Gail. Margarita Amaro (BA-communications ’95) is employed as a broker manager by Amaro Real Estate in Chicago. Zonya L. Barfield (MEd-special education ’98) works at KinderCare Learning Centers as a Pre-K teacher in Alpharetta, Ga. She also has a 21-monthold daughter. Brie C. Bramlett (BBA-finance ’03) is currently employed by McNair Law Firm. She received her paralegal degree from Midlands Technical College in May 2008. She has two children, Betsy, 19, and Nathan, 17. Susan A. Brush (BA-English ’98) is currently teaching at Ashley Ridge High School. She has one child, Brooke, 6. Stacey A. Byrd (BA-political science ’08) recently won the Committee on Equality for Professional Opportunity Award for a research paper she submitted to the Southeastern Psychological Association. Elizabeth B. Casey (BA-psychology ’82) works for jellico.com, Inc. in Jellico, Tenn. Marvin L. Chavous (AACC-criminal justice ’79) recently retired from the U.S. Army Reserve after 26 years of service. He is currently working for the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department. Shonda V. Coleman (ASN-nursing ’07) married Marcus Crawford in May 2009. Keith A. Conner (BBA-management ’07) married Erica Mankin in January 2009. Myra Corcoran (MEd-counseling and guidance ’92) was recently named University Hospital’s Employee of the Year. She has been employed at the hospital since 1999. Glenn Drawdy (BBA-accounting ’92) is working as an IBM Certified Advanced Technical Expert. He and his wife, Shawna, have two children, Caleb, 18, and Caleigh, 16. Cheryl Brooks Dukes (BS-mathematics ’82) was awarded 2009 Teacher of the Year at A.R. Johnson Health Science and Engineering Magnet High School. She also received the WJBF Golden Apple Award in 2008 and the 2008 Citizenship Award at Good Hope Missionary Baptist Church. She is married and has four sons. Chris Etterlee (BBA-finance ’97) was named Kiwanian of the Month for May. Robert W. Glickert (’37) lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife, Betty. They have four children, William, Robert, Kathy, and James.
Sara B. Gibson (BA-political science ’06) relocated to Washington, D.C., and is currently employed by the United States Senate. Natalie M. Greenwald (BA-music ’06, MAT-‘08) married Bradley Pirkle in July 2009. Edwin Groover (BBA-management ’89) and his wife, Delores, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in March 2009. Ronald W. Hooker (BS-computer science ’04) married Sarah M. Arnold in April 2009. Jane W. Howington (MEd-secondary education ’75) received the Distinguished Alumna Award at the annual Alumni Awards Dinner. Brandi Jenison (BS-biology ’05) announced her engagement. Sabrina Jenkins (BBA-marketing ’90) works for the Atlanta Braves as the director of Special Events. Janet L. Jordan (BA-psychology ’02) is currently working as the assistant director of ASU’s archaeology laboratory. Charles S. McMillan (BA-history ’69) has retired from the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice and is currently working as a judge for the Magistrate Court in Jefferson County. Darren T. “Dip” Metress (MEd-’92) and his wife, Heather B. Metress (BBA-marketing ’89, MBA-’96) received the Golden Key Award at the annual Alumni Awards Dinner. Michael Mendoza (BBA-MIS ’06) and Elizabeth Macuch (BBA-marketing ’06) were married in May 2009. Jessica R. Moon (BBA-marketing ’04) was a recent recipient of the Enrollment Management Customer Service Award at the Medical College of Georgia. Jessica serves as an assistant director of Student Recruitment and Admissions at MCG. Eric Morris (BA-communications ’83) is employed as a faculty member at the University of South Carolina. He also recently started a professional residential and commercial outdoor lighting business, Source Light LLC. David W. Neches (BA-music ’98) was selected as one of Yale University School of Music’s Distinguished Music Educators. He is the only teacher from Georgia or South Carolina to be recognized. Mary K. Newton (BA-sociology ’01) married Jeffrey Strickland in June 2009.
Jeannette Nobles (BA-music ’86, BSEDmiddle grades education ’99) teaches social studies at Glenn Hills Middle School. She has been teaching in Richmond County for 10 years. Jacob P. Parrish (BA-English ’98) was recently married and began a new career with Northwestern Mutual Financial Network. Ranson J. Pelt (BBA-general business ‘73) lives in Blacksburg, Va., and works as a financial director for Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Stephen K. Stephens (BA-English ‘98) teaches English at The Academy of Richmond County. He is married and has three daughters. Stephen also plays in the bands Livingroom Legends and Dew Hickies. Patricia L. Thomas (MBA-management ’85) is the program director of University Hospital’s School of Cardiac and Vascular Technology. She has worked for University Hospital for 27 years and has three children. Julia C. Vagovic (EdS.-teaching and learning ’07) teaches physical education at Monte Sano Elementary School and was recently featured in the Augusta Chronicle as a Teacher of the Month. She is married to Peter Vagovic. Timothy O. Williams (BA-sociology ’03) serves as senior pastor at Montmorenci Missionary Baptist Church in Montmorenci, S.C. Wes R. Zamzow (BBA-finance ’02, MEd’05) received the Young Alumnus Award and was recently promoted to director of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving.
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ASU To Go
The China Connection
By Danielle Harris
By LaKeisha Forbes
In fall 2009, ASU students find a new way to get around campus as the Jaguar
Last year, China was the world’s number two
Express is put into service, offering students free shuttle service around and between campuses and student housing.
vacation destination. While some of that may be attributed to the Olympics, China’s prominence in the global economy is making it increasingly attractive to universities and study abroad programs. Jonathan Leightner, professor in the Hull College of Business, is beginning the second year of a two-year sabbatical teaching at the HopkinsNanjing Center in Nanjing. In July, Professor Don Howard, Hull College, took 10 students to Beijing for two weeks in the university’s first study abroad trip to China. In order to learn something about the coun(Far Right) Priscilla hollingsworth. try and determine the itinerary for business students, Prof. Howard and Marc Miller, dean of the eled to Hong Kong in 2008 to perform at the Hull College, visited China in the summer of Hong Kong Baptist University and the Hong 2008. “Since I was leading the group of students, Kong International School. During their 10-day I needed to know about the country,” says Prof. trip, Drs. Banister and Floyd worked one-onHoward. “We spent most of our time in Beijing, one with students. “We found the students to getting comfortable with the city.” be quite attentive,” says Dr. Bannister. The two “The Hull College of Business has an ambifaculty members performed Spirituals: Black and tious agenda to increase our study abroad White for the students, and in return, the stuopportunities for business students,” says Dean dents performed Opera Arias from Two Worlds: Miller. “We wanted to start out An Evening of Operwith a program in China. Holly atic Arias from Western Carter, assistant vice president Fine Art and Cantonese for international affairs, and I Opera. went to Beijing in 2007 and The opera, permade the initial contact with formed with a full the University of International Chinese orchestra Business and Economics.” at the Leighton Hill Dr. Carter and Dean Miller Community Hall in the then toured some of China’s Kowloon area of Hong historic locations, such as Kong was a learning the Forbidden City, the Great experience for the Wall, and the Summer Palace, two professors. They in order to determine which were able to watch ones would be included in the both the traditional study abroad program. “I didn’t performance of a want to send our students to Western aria and the a foreign country until I felt nontraditional adaptacomfortable that this was a tion of the same aria program that was going to that featured Chinese work well for our students,” instruments. says Dean Miller. “I feel very While in China, Drs. comfortable now, and I can Banister and Floyd visexpress to the students the ited the world’s larg(L to R) Rosalyn Floyd, Linda Banister and importance of the program.” est sitting Buddha in Quentin Kuyper. Dr. Miller and Prof. Howard Leshan, were sung to believe that the study abroad trip to China is by a “pseudo-Portuguese trio” in Macau, and beneficial to business students. “I want our busiwatched the Hong Kong Welsh Men’s Chorus ness students to experience another culture rehearse. firsthand,” says Dr. Miller. Education, itself, was the purpose of a trip During the spring semester, art professor by Richard Harrison, former dean of the College Priscilla Hollingsworth and her student assistant, of Education, along with other deans and uniAnnie Gatward, were two of 32 artists worldwide versity administrators in the University System. to receive invitations to participate in an exhiThrough the Sino-American Cultural Exchange bition of teapots in Shanghai, celebrating the program, they visited six different cities in two Chinese Year of the Ox. weeks to look at China’s education programs “The exhibition was very interesting,” says and to exchange ideas. They met with China’s Ms. Gatward. “The artists came from 18 differMinister of Education for a full day. “We disent countries, and the exhibit included more cussed everything from faculty recruitment to than 150 teapots,” she adds. Prof. Hollingsworth how they set up their colleges and universities exhibited 11 teapots, and Ms. Gatward entered and some of the problems they were experiencnine. ing. While visiting schools, we were also able The exhibition in China was very different to interview the students and sit in on some from what Prof. Hollingsworth had expected. “I classes,” he says. don’t consider an exhibition to be successful if During these visits, the students were many people don’t come to see it, but this exhiallowed to ask the visitors questions about the bition was only open to people of high status,” U.S. education system. “The students were very she says. “Some members of the press and other interested in what we were doing as far as teachimportant people were invited; I don’t think the er education and our accreditation process,” says invitation was extended to the general public.” Dr. Harrison. An unexpected result of the trip Prof. Hollingsworth says it was a privilege to was that both Chinese and U.S. educators realgo to China and experience a new culture. ized that they faced similar problems, he says. The exhibition lasted a month, although she “It was a marvelous trip. I didn’t know what and Ms. Gatward stayed in China for only two to expect, but I was blown away. I would love weeks, sightseeing and visiting the Shanghai to go back for another visit,” says Dr. Harrison, City Museum and other attractions. “Shanghai expressing a sentiment shared by all the visitis an amazing city, and I think it would be very ing faculty. And as China extends similar study interesting to go to China again,” she says. opportunities, additional ASU faculty and stuDrs. Linda Banister and Rosalyn Floyd, facdents may have opportunities to experience the ulty members in the Department of Music, travcountry firsthand.
The new shuttle service is operational Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. until 11 p.m., and two shuttles are in use during peak class hours. Students may catch the shuttle at four stops—in front of University Hall, between the Science Building and Allgood Hall, at Christenberry Field House, and at University Village. “I’m looking forward to not having to search or wait for a parking place,” says Lakeisha Forbes, a senior communications major. “I think I’ll start parking at Christenberry Field House and taking the shuttle to the main campus.” Echoing that plan is Alexis Ward, a sophomore pre-med major, who says this is one of the best things that could have happened for the university and for those students who do not have vehicles. “I do not have a car, and last semester, I found it very difficult at times to get to class,” says Ms. Ward. “So having access to a shuttle throughout the day is very convenient for me.” “The students of Augusta State asked the institution for this service, and we are thrilled to finally be able to go forward with it,” says Karl Munschy, director of ASU’s Business Services. “We believe the shuttle will alleviate the demand for transportation between the campuses and also that it will reduce the parking demand on the Walton Way campus.” “The benefit will far outweigh the approximately $10 more per semester that students are currently paying,” he says. The $35 fee will cover parking as well as provide the continued free use of the Augusta Public Transit buses. “I don’t know how often I’ve heard students complain about the parking or get angry because they have to wait for someone to leave before they can park. This new shuttle service will definitely change the parking situation,” he adds.
ASU Hosts 2009 Science Olympiad National Tournament
Thousands of middle and high school students from nearly every state
competed in the 2009 Science Olympiad National Tournament, which ASU hosted. This is only the second time that the national event has been held in Georgia; the first was at Georgia Institute of Technology in 1996. The event had an economic impact of about $1.5 million on the Augusta area. Sponsors that helped make the event successful included the city of Augusta, AT&T, PCS Nitrogen, Georgia Power/Southern Company, Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, WFXG Fox 54, WJBF News Channel 6, Bridgestone Firestone, CH2MHill, Lockheed Martin, Johnson-Lashober, Energy Solutions, and Washington Group Interntional; also, Sodexho, Milt Stombler, AGS, Klein Schmidt, Solvay Advanced Polymer, and William Wansley. An event to acknowledge sponsors and start the countdown to the Science Olympiad was held in the D. Douglas Barnard, Jr., amphitheatre prior to the event.
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ASU CAMPUS NOTES Russell E. Blanchard Speaker Series By Kathy Schofe What to do and What not to do could
be the subtitle for this year’s Russell E. Blanchard Speaker Series on Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility, as two speakers share very different points of view, based on their personal experiences. The series presents author Adam Shepard in a program on Tuesday, Oct. 6, at 2:30 p.m. and Aaron Beam, the former CFO and co-founder of HealthSouth, on Thursday, Feb. 18, at 6 p.m. Both programs, presented by the James M. Hull College of Business, are free and will take place in the Jaguar Student Activities Center Ballroom. Adam Shepard, author of Scratch Beginnings: Me, $25 and the Search for the American Dream, will talk about his own experiences that are the subject of his book. Taking $25 and no help from family or friends, Mr. Shepard moved to a homeless shelter in another state to prove that attaining the American dream is still possible. In his book, Mr. Shepard writes, “I am really, really frustrated with the poor attitudes that seem to have swept over my peer group. Frustrated with hearing ‘I don’t have’ rather than ‘Let’s see what I can do with what I do have.’ So, I have decided to demonstrate that it doesn’t have to be that way.” Aaron Beam, Jr., will share his story of beginning what became a $3.5 billion company and his subsequent involvement in bank fraud that landed him in prison. On his website, Mr. Beam writes that he enjoyed the rewards that corporate success brought until he was told to “fix” the books. His message contains a moral: “You have to stand up—or you’ll be the guy that goes to prison and pays the price.” He also writes, “I think others can learn from my story. From how I started a major company, how I got involved in the fraud while serving as Chief Financial Officer, and more importantly, the human story, the pain of going through a trial and going to prison.” Marc Miller, dean of the Hull College, says he is excited about bringing these speakers to campus. About Aaron Beam, Dr. Miller says, “I believe that he will be able to tell our students, faculty, and friends ‘what not to do.’ I don’t want to celebrate his success, but to learn from his costly mistakes and be able to send a message that ethical decision making is the cornerstone to long-term personal and organizational success.”
Dr. Donna Wear and student Alyson Jennings study the endangered Shoals Spider Lily.
Biologists study an endangered species By Danielle Harris Researchers from Augusta State are
working to preserve the endangered Shoals Spider-lily that was first observed growing in the Savannah River in Augusta in 1773 by noted naturalist William Bartram. For almost two years, biology professor Donna Wear, Professor Emeriti Judy Gordon, and several students have studied the Hymenocallis coronaria (Shoals Spider-lily) in an effort to maintain and increase its population. According to Dr. Wear, the Spider-lily is a nocturnal and aquatic plant that is native to the southeastern region of the United States. A showy plant, it blooms for about 48 hours, and each flower opens during the evening and gives off a sweet fragrance. It has been found growing in 18 streams in Alabama, South Carolina, and Georgia, with five of the streams being in Georgia. Although it may be abundant in some places, in others, whole populations have been wiped out because of the water quality. Because these plants are mostly found along river shoals, water levels play a major role in the survival of the plant. It is this knowledge and the location of the J. Strom Thurmond Dam on the Savannah River that inspired Dr. Wear and Dr. Gordon to begin
this research. “The purpose of this project is to study how the dam affects the flower’s ability to populate, the survival of its seedlings against high water levels, and just how long pollen can remain viable on the plant,”
Alyson Jennings poses with the showy lillies.
says Dr. Wear. “If the dam causes levels to become too high, the water can remove the pollen from the plant which will stop or slow down pollination. Too much water can even wash away the seedlings which can also affect population growth.” This semester, Dr. Wear, Dr. Gordon, and student Alyson Jennings are collecting pollen samples from 10 lilies at three intervals: 1) when the plant first opens,
2) 2 hours later, and 3) early in the morning. Pollen grains are placed in a special medium to stimulate germination. Later, Ms. Jennings observes the pollen under a compound microscope and checks for any sign of the growth of a pollen tube which is needed for pollination and fertilization to take place within the plant. During the course of this research, Ms. Jennings is also observing if lilies are able to self-pollinate. Each time pollen samples are taken from the plants, she will place some of the pollen from the anther onto the stigma. She then covers the plants with bags to allow time for pollination and fertilization. So far, Dr. Wear says the results from this part of the experiment remain inconclusive. For students interested in biology and environmental studies, Dr. Wear says this is a great way for them to gain hands-on experience that will not only help them academically, but better prepare them for their future careers. “Students that participate in this study as well as others offered at Augusta State leave with the experience and the knowledge that can make them better prepared and more valuable to potential employers,” she adds.