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Week of April 22, 2013

Apr 21, 2013, 08:16 pm - Carey Adams

Final Presentations for the Monica Lewis Economic Policy Competition

Monday April 22nd, 12:00-1:00, in the Savannah Ballroom

This academic year the economics department hosted the Monica Lewis Economics Policy Competition, where interdisciplinary student teams addressed a pertinent public policy issue for a grand prize of $7,500.  The prize is supported by Armstrong Economics Department alum, Mr. Dale Lewis.  This year's public policy issue surrounded natural gas management and utilization. From the final report documents submitted by the participants, the two finalist teams have been selected and will each deliver their analysis in the form of a brief presentation at this event.  After the presentations, the judging committee will deliberate and the winner will be announced.  Refreshments will be served.

International Lecture On Tuesday

The Office of International Education and the Department of History will be hosting Mr. Mustafa Sahin from Istanbul, Turkey for a lecture at 9:30 am on Tuesday, April 23 in University Hall 157.  Mr. Sahin's lecture on "The Place of Turkey in the World Today" will be directed towards Jason Tatlock's History of the Middle East class.   Mr Sahin is currently the director of the Istanbul Center of Atlanta.
Sign Up For e-Learning Faculty Status Course

To ensure that SACSCOC guidelines are met, and that no uncertified Armstrong faculty are assigned to teach a partly or fully online course after April 1st, 2014, the Office of Online and Blended Learning will begin accepting faculty enrollment requests in the four-module eLearning Faculty Status course. This course is required for all full-time and part-time faculty members who teach fully online or partially online and will provide the critical tools needed for state and federal compliance as well as the tools for producing the highest possible quality online and blended courses.

If you will be teaching a fully online or partially online course in the next year, click on the link below and fill in the brief survey with a choice of dates so we can register  you for an eLearning Faculty Status course. If you are planning to develop or teach a course in the near future, you are urged to complete the form soon so that the training can take place in time to benefit both you and your students.

If you have further questions about this course, visit the eLearning Faculty Status Course Web page or contact Dr. Dean Earlix ( or 4-2584). Once you have filled in the brief survey below, you will be contacted again with a choice of dates that you can take the course during the coming year. This step will not only ensure that Armstrong complies with SACSCOC requirements, but will help our online offerings match the quality students expect from all courses offered by our university.

Go to the eLearning Faculty Status Course Request

Learn How Armstrong Can Make Best Use of CLEP Testing

You are invited to hear a presentation on Monday, April 29th, 12 pm, in Solms 108, by Suzanne McGurk, Senior Assessment Manager at The College Board, who will be speaking about College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) opportunities at Armstrong.  Our speaker will address and answer questions about:
CLEP basics
CLEP testing at Armstrong
Inside view of CLEP exams
How to determine appropriate credit awards
Benefits to institutions
Benefits to students
How to identify strong candidates
Test preparation for students

19th Annual Student Scholars Symposium
Wednesday, April 24, Student Union

Armstrong has a proud tradition of student involvement in various scholarly and creative endeavors. Whether it’s turning a ceramic vase or synthesizing chemical compounds, students are working side by side with faculty making valuable contributions to their fields of expertise. The Scholars Symposium provides a venue for the campus and the community to come together to celebrate these accomplishments and to recognize the outstanding scholarly achievements made by our students.

Undergraduate Research Authority Shares Expertise At Armstrong

Dr. Roger Rowlett, Professor of Chemistry at Colgate University, will be on campus next week for the Student Scholars Symposium & to conduct faculty workshops.  Please rsvp to if you plan to attend any of these valuable presentations. If you'd like an individual appointment to discuss your research or syllabi, contact Allison Belzer.

Thursday, April 25 1-2pm, Ogeechee Theater, Reception Following
Sustaining a Productive Research Program at a Primarily Undergraduate Institution

Friday, April 26 10-11am, University Hall 156: Breakfast begins at 9:30am
Interacting with Administrators to Enhance Faculty-Student Scholarship

Friday, April 26 1:30-2:30pm, University Hall 156
Research Grants:  Who, What, Where, Why, and When

Growing Dreams Gala 2013

Friday, April 26, 7:30p.m.
Student Union Savannah Ballroom
Admission: Before April 12: $25 per guest; $20 with student ID. After April 12 or at the door: $30

The Hispanic Outreach & Leadership at Armstrong program and the Armstrong Alpha Pi Chapter of Phi Iota Alpha Fraternity, Inc., will host the Growing Dreams Gala on Friday, April 26. The evening will feature a live Latin band and hors d'oeuvres until midnight. Ticket costs are tax deductible, and 100% of the donations will fund the 2013-14 scholarship awards.