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News Archives for 2016

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(Dec 14 2016) Armstrong’s 2016 State of Small Business Survey Cites Growth, Challenges in Savannah’s Small Business Community

(December 14, 2016) - Armstrong State University’s Department of Economics has released the 2016 Armstrong State of Small Business Report, which offers insight into Savannah’s small business sector. Dozens of local businesses were recently surveyed about business size, financing and marketing efforts, as well as employment and revenue changes. Participants were also questioned about concerns and how area development and public officials can support the small business sector.

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(Dec 16 2016) Armstrong Employees, University Recognized for Employer Support of National Guard and Reserve Service Members

(December 16, 2016) – On Dec. 15, Ret. Col. Ed Wexler of the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve presented Patriot Awards to College of Science and Technology Interim Dean Delana Gajdosik-Nivens and Armstrong Police Chief Wayne R. Willcox. U.S. Congressman Earl L. “Buddy” Carter attended the ceremony and addressed the audience.

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(Dec 13 2016) Armstrong Signs Memorandum of Understanding with Consul General of Mexico to Provide Scholarships

(December 13, 2016) – On Friday, Dec. 9, Consul General of Mexico Javier Díaz de Leó visited Armstrong State University to sign a memorandum of understanding with Armstrong President Linda M. Bleicken. The Hispanic Outreach and Leadership at Armstrong program is a recipient of the Mexican Consulate’s 2016-2017 IME-Becas Scholarship Program, which benefits Mexican and Mexican-American students.

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(Dec 12 2016) Armstrong to Introduce B.S. in Physical Education with Specialized Track in Recreation and Coaching in Jan. 2017

(December 12, 2016) –The College of Education at Armstrong State University will offer a B.S. in Physical Education with a specialized track in Recreation and Coaching in the spring 2017 semester, which begins on Jan. 9.

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(Dec 09 2016) Great Dane’s Hammond for Hope Foundation Awards Two Scholarships to Armstrong

(December 9, 2016) – Armstrong State University has received a three-year commitment from the Hammond for Hope Foundation -- founded by Great Dane -- to fund two scholarships, beginning in fall 2017. One $10,000 scholarship and one $5,000 scholarship will be awarded annually to students working toward graduate degrees in Armstrong’s Communication Sciences and Disorders program. 

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(Nov 16 2016) Armstrong Professors Awarded $330,000 U.S. DOE Mathematics and Science Partnerships Grant

(November 16, 2016) – The U.S. Department of Education recently awarded a $330,967 grant to Donna Mullenax, Janel Smith and Elizabeth Williams. The two-year grant will support STEM education in Savannah-Chatham County Public School System (SCCPSS).

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(Nov 11 2016) Armstrong Students Advance to the Semifinals in South Atlantic Moot Court Tournament

(November 11, 2016) – Armstrong State University students Roxy Simons and Marisol Estrada, both seniors and political science majors, were semifinalists in the 2017 South Atlantic Regional Moot Court tournament, held at the University of Central Florida. Simons and Estrada took the first seed after winning the quarterfinal round against a team from the University of Georgia.

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(Nov 11 2016) Armstrong Professor Receives 2017 Georgia Art Education Association Distinguished Service Award

(November 11, 2016) – Armstrong State University Art, Music and Theatre Department Head Tom L. Cato, Ed.D., received the Georgia Art Education Association (GAEA) Distinguished Service within the Profession Award. This award recognizes an outstanding GAEA member for exemplary contributions, service and achievement at the state level. The award was presented at the annual convention in Gainesville, Ga., on October 15.

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(Nov 04 2016) Leading by Example: Armstrong Student and Anti-Violence Activist Mentors Youth

Born among a bed of gang activity in a housing project in Watts, Los Angeles, 19-year-old Armstrong State University student and anti-violence activist Semaj Clark once considered himself one of southern California’s most dangerous teens.

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(Nov 01 2016) Armstrong Ranked #4 in Nation in Military Times’ Best for Vets: Four-Year Universities 2017 List

(November 1, 2016) – Earlier today, Military Times honored Armstrong State University, ranking the institution 4th in the nation among four-year schools on its Best for Vets: Colleges 2017 list. This year marks the third consecutive year Armstrong has been included on the prestigious list. In 2016, Armstrong was ranked #7 in the U.S.

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(Oct 27 2016) College of Education Encourages Critical Literacy in the Classroom

(October 29, 2016) This semester, Armstrong Resource and Instruction Librarian Vivian Bynoe and College of Education professors Dr. Patricia Holt and Dr. Anne Katz implemented a critical literacy project, funded by a Teaching and Learning Grant.

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(Oct 27 2016) Armstrong State University to Celebrate Symposium on India Nov. 2-4

(October 27, 2016) – Armstrong State University will celebrate the Symposium on India from Wednesday, Nov. 2 through Friday, Nov. 4, in conjunction with Armstrong’s International Education, International Student Organization and the Criminal Justice, Social & Political Science Departments. The Honorable Consul General of India Nagesh Singh will be a guest lecturer for three events.

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(Oct 26 2016) Kathleen Platt Appointed as Armstrong’s Registrar

(October 26, 2016) – Armstrong State University recently appointed Kathy Platt as the institution’s registrar. In this position, Platt oversees the operations of the Office of the Registrar, including curriculum, registration, transcripts and degree completion. She is also responsible for maintaining the academic records of the university.

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(Oct 26 2016) Pirate Strong: Resilience & Compassion in the Aftermath of Hurricane Matthew

On October 7, Hurricane Matthew slammed Chatham County, but Armstrong’s community banded together, responding to the crisis with preparedness, resilience and compassion.

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(Oct 25 2016) Dorothy Kempson Named Director of Armstrong Liberty Center

(October 25, 2016) – Armstrong State University recently named Dorothy “Dot” Kempson as director of Armstrong Liberty Center in Hinesville, Ga. Kempson has worked for the Armstrong Liberty Center for more than 15 years and acted as the Interim Director during the 2015-16 academic year.

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(Oct 24 2016) Savor Tuscany: Armstrong Introduces New Semester Abroad Program in Siena, Italy

(October 24, 2016) – Beginning in the spring semester 2017, Armstrong State University will offer a new semester abroad program in Siena, Italy. Students will take classes via Armstrong’s long-time partner, the Dante Alighieri Institute. The 12-week program, which runs from January 22 through April 14, 2017, is open to all Armstrong students, as well as University System of Georgia transient students, and offers a full roster of semester credits.

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(Oct 24 2016) Armstrong State University’s Economic Monitor Reports 2nd Quarter Growth, Forecasts Slowdown

(October 24, 2016) - Armstrong State University’s latest Coastal Empire Economic Monitor reports that the Savannah metro economy continued its growth phase during the second quarter of 2016, but some turbulence lies ahead.

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(Oct 19 2016) Armstrong to Host A Moveable Feast Faculty Lecture Featuring Dr. Lara Wessel and Dr. Nicholas Mangee on Oct. 27

Armstrong will host a free lecture by Political Science Professor Lara Wessel and Economics Professor Nicholas Mangee, who will grapple with the nuances of Hillary Clinton’s and Donald Trump’s political and economic policies. This event is free and open to the public.

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(Sep 19 2016) Armstrong President Linda M. Bleicken Receives Beach Institute Education Award

(October 14, 2016) – Armstrong State University President Linda M. Bleicken was recently presented with the Beach Institute Education Award at the 19th Annual King-Tisdell Cottage Foundation Annual Awards Gala.

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(Sep 12 2016) Armstrong’s College of Education Earns Two National Rankings

(October 12, 2016) – The College of Education at Armstrong State University recently received two national rankings. Following evaluation of thousands of other programs, GradSource.com named Armstrong 7th in the nation for Best Online Master’s Program in Education. Teacher.org reviewed 425 colleges and ranked Armstrong’s Early Childhood Education degree program the 17th best in the country.

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(Sep 08 2016) Gulfstream Aerospace Career Panel Draws Students, Faculty and Staff

(September 8, 2016)–The Career Services office hosted its first ever Gulfstream Career panel in Ogeechee Theatre. Over 80 students, faculty and staff attended the event to hear from five Gulfstream employees representing Information Technology, Application Development, Engineering, High Performance Computing, Marketing Communications and Finance.

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(Sep 08 2016) 49 Portraits Project: Armstrong Art Professor Honors Orlando's Pulse Victims

(September 8, 2016) – After the Pulse nightclub attack in Orlando that left 49 dead in June, Mia Merlin, a full-time lecturer of Art Appreciation and Foundations, felt helpless in the face of yet another national tragedy.

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(Aug 17 2016) Armstrong Student and Georgia National Guardsman Wins 2016 National Best Warrior Title

(August 17, 2016) – Armstrong State University junior and Georgia National Guardsman Spc. Joseph Broam won the 2016 National Best Warrior title and earned the opportunity to represent the U.S. Army National Guard in the U.S. Army Best Warrior Competition. Broam took top honors at the brigade, state, regional and national levels of the Best Warrior Competition in order to compete against the Army’s finest next month.

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(Aug 19 2016) Home Court Advantage: Champion Pirate Tennis Teams Get a New Home

(August 19, 2016) – Armstrong unveiled its new state-of-the-art tennis complex with a ribbon cutting on August 18. The new facility, located adjacent to the intramural fields near Windward Commons, features 12 hard courts, lights and electronic scoreboards.

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(Aug 03 2016) Armstrong State University Signs Memorandum of Understanding With Ogeechee Technical College

(August 3, 2016) – Armstrong State University officials signed a memorandum of understanding with Ogeechee Technical College, located in Statesboro, Ga., on August 2, bridging the institution’s programs in Criminal Justice and Information Technology through a rigorous collection of major field courses.

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(Aug 02 2016) The Real-World Connection: Internships Help Armstrong Students Get Ahead

(August 2, 2016) – When it comes to earning a degree, there’s a wealth of information to be found outside of a textbook. That’s why Armstrong strives to connect higher education with real-world experiences, encouraging students to pursue internship opportunities. For many students, internships are game changers.

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(Jul 18 2016) Bank of America Charitable Foundation Awards $5,000 Grant to Armstrong to Support Veterans and Military Students

(July 18, 2016) – Bank of America Charitable Foundation recently donated $5,000 to Armstrong State University for the second consecutive year. Armstrong will use the grant to support its Veteran’s Career and Educational Pathways Program, an initiative designed to create clearer career pathways for Armstrong’s veterans and military students by better equipping them with necessary job skills and career knowledge.

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(Jul 15 2016) Armstrong State University Chemistry Professors Awarded National Science Foundation Grant

(July 15, 2016) – The National Science Foundation (NSF) recently awarded $279,297 to seven chemistry professors at Armstrong State University.  Dr. Brandon P. Quillian (Principal Investigator), Dr. Sarah E. Gray, Dr. Gary Guillet, Dr. Cliff Padgett, Dr. Nathaniel Shank, Dr. Mitch Weiland and Dr. Sarah Zingales received a two-year grant for “Polymer Chemistry: Cross-linking the Curriculum (PC3).” The grant supports the infusion of polymer chemistry, a multidisciplinary science, throughout the curriculum.

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(Jul 12 2016) Center for Applied Cyber Education Awards $95,000 in Certifications and Scholarships at 2016 Summer Cyber Camp

(July 12, 2016) – Armstrong State University’s Center for Applied Cyber Education recently held the 2016 Summer Cyber Camp in conjunction with the Air Force Association’s CyberPatriot Camp curriculum, awarding $95,000 worth of cybersecurity certification scholarships to 16 rising high school juniors and seniors. Fourteen students were local, representing seven schools in the Savannah community. Camp sponsors included Mile2 Cyber Security Certifications and the U.S. Army ROTC, 6th Brigade.

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(Jul 07 2016) Dr. Joy Hamm Joins Armstrong State University as Associate Vice President of Enrollment Services

(July 7, 2016) – Hamm will provide direct supervision and leadership to the offices of Undergraduate Admissions, Graduate Admissions and Financial Aid while fostering cohesion among the various departments that support student enrollment. In addition, she will serve as a leader in developing, implementing and monitoring Armstrong’s strategic enrollment, using current and emerging technologies that support state-of-the-art operations and data management.

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(Jul 06 2016) Political Science Professor Appointed to Greater Savannah International Alliance

(July 6, 2016) – The Savannah City Council recently appointed Armstrong State University Political Science Professor Dr. José de Arimatéia da Cruz to the Greater Savannah International Alliance (GSIA) for a three-year term. As a board member, da Cruz will contribute his knowledge of international relations and politics, encourage citywide participation in GSIA activities, direct initiatives and seek out viable opportunities to expand Savannah’s global reach.

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(Jul 06 2016) Armstrong Recognized as a CompTIA Authorized Academy Partner

(July 6, 2016) – Armstrong State University was recently selected to be an Authorized Academy Partner with CompTIA, the world’s largest developer of vendor-neutral information technology certification exams. Together, CompTIA and the Center for Applied Cyber Education at Armstrong will collaborate to provide high quality educational technology opportunities to students.

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(Jun 28 2016) Armstrong English Professor Selected to Attend the Ernest J. Gaines Summer Scholar Institute

(June 28, 2016) – Dr. Carol Andrews, associate professor of English at Armstrong State University, was recently selected to attend the Ernest J. Gaines Center's 2016 National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute, held at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette from May 30 through June 24, 2016.

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(Jun 16 2016) Armstrong Biochemistry Student Named American Chemical Society Scholar

(June 16, 2016) – Alexis Fields, a Biochemistry major at Armstrong State University, has been named a 2016-2017 Scholar by the American Chemical Society (ACS), the world’s largest scientific professional society dedicated to advancing chemistry, supporting diversity and encouraging future chemists. Fields is one of only 130 students selected from across the United States for this prestigious honor.

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(Jun 09 2016) Armstrong Professor Teresa Winterhalter Invited to Attend Japan Diplomatic Seminar

(June 9, 2016) – Armstrong English professor and Liberal Arts Associate Dean Teresa Winterhalter has been selected to participate in a two-week Japan Diplomatic Seminar in July as part of a grant sponsored by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities and the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission.

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(Jun 08 2016) Armstrong’s Student Veterans of America Chapter Awarded $10,000

(June 8, 2016) – The Home Depot Foundation and Student Veterans of America (SVA) recently awarded the SVA chapter at Armstrong State University $10,000 for its Military Resource Center on campus as part of the Vet Center Initiative. Armstrong is the only university in Georgia to receive this grant.

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(Jun 07 2016) Armstrong Signs Memorandum of Understanding with U.S. Army Cyber Center of Excellence

(June 7, 2016) – Armstrong State University officials signed a memorandum of understanding with the U.S. Army Cyber Center of Excellence located at Fort Gordon in Augusta, Ga., on June 2 to share resources and help develop a cyber-trained workforce through education, innovation research and outreach.

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(May 25 2016) Armstrong State University Receives $79,000 Gift to Support New Tennis Complex

(May 25, 2016) – Savannah residents Michelle and Barry Vine presented a gift of $79,000 to Armstrong State University in support of the university’s state-of-the-art tennis complex, currently under construction on campus. The new complex will be home to Armstrong’s eight-time NCAA Division II National Champion women’s tennis team, and three-time National Champion men’s tennis team..

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(May 17 2016) Tobe R. Frierson Joins Armstrong as Director of Admissions

(May 17, 2016) – Armstrong State University recently hired Tobe R. Frierson as the director of admissions. A veteran admissions expert, Frierson brings more than 13 years of experience in college recruitment management and student services at higher education institutions. In her new role, Frierson is responsible for the strategy, execution and management of Armstrong’s admissions and recruitment process.

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(May 12 2016) Armstrong Professor Selected as National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Scholar

(May 12, 2016) – Armstrong Professor Dr. Elizabeth Desnoyers-Colas has been selected as a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Scholar to participate in a residency centered on veteran discourse hosted at Virginia Tech. 

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(May 12 2016) Armstrong Named One of the Nation’s Top 100 Military Spouse Friendly Schools

(May 12, 2016) – Armstrong State University has been named to the inaugural list of the Top 100 Military Spouse Friendly Schools by Victory Media, the publisher of Military Spouse, G.I. Jobs and STEM Jobs.

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(May 07 2016) Armstrong Hosts 2016 Spring Commencement, Honoring Record Number of Graduates

(May 7, 2016) – Armstrong State University hosted 2016 Spring Commencement on Saturday, May 7, 2016, conferring degrees on more than 800 students, a record number, in a special ceremony at the Savannah Civic Center.

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(May 03 2016) Engineering Studies Professor Selected as Faculty Fellow for NASA Research Program

(May 3, 2016) – Armstrong State University Professor of Engineering Studies Dr. Cameron Coates has been selected to participate in the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Faculty Fellowship Program.

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(Apr 27 2016) Armstrong Director of International Education to be Knighted by the French Ministry of Education

(April 21, 2016) – Armstrong State University Director of International Education Dr. Dorothée Mertz-Weigel will be knighted by the French Ministry of Education in a ceremony to be held at Armstrong in February 2017.

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(Apr 27 2016) All-Female Team Wins Armstrong's 2016 Engineering Design Challenge

(April 27, 2016) – For the first time ever, an all-female team swept the Overall Winner category at the 2016 Engineering Design Challenge (EDC), presented by Armstrong State University’s Engineering Studies program on Saturday, April 23. 

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(Apr 08 2016) Armstrong’s Marketing and Communications Department Wins Advertising Award

(April 8, 2016) – Recently, Armstrong State University’s Marketing and Communications Department won a Silver Award in the website category at the 31st Annual Educational Advertising Awards. 

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(Apr 04 2016) College of Education Alumni Honored as 2017 Teachers of the Year

(April 4, 2016) – At a special Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools gala, 28 of Armstrong's College of Education alumni were honored as school-level Teachers of the Year. Savannah-Chatham County Board of Education President Jolene Byrne told attendees that this honor is given in recognition and appreciation of the teachers' service to students and families.

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(Mar 28 2016) The Education Trust Recognizes Armstrong for Achieving Substantial Gains for African-American Students

(March 28, 2016) – Armstrong State University has been recognized by The Education Trust as a top-performing institution for improving overall graduation rates while also achieving substantial educational gains for African-American students. 

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(Mar 18 2016) Armstrong Hosts Training Program To Empower Veterans’ Service Providers

(March 18, 2016) – More than 70 veterans’ service professionals representing 51 different colleges and universities from 16 states and the District of Columbia participated in the Certificate for Veterans’ Service Providers (CVSP) professional development training March 9-11 at Armstrong State University.

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(Mar 14 2016) Economic Monitor Reports Fundamentals Remain Strong for Fourth Quarter 2015

(March 14, 2016) — Armstrong State University’s latest Coastal Empire Economic Monitor reports that the underlying fundamentals of the regional economy remained strong in the fourth quarter of 2015. Impressive gains in total employment were offset by a decline in port activity and a very modest dip in electricity sales. Tourism employment, airport plane boardings and consumer confidence registered gains, as did the coincident index of economic activity for the nation.

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(Mar 09 2016) John Brooks Appointed Director of Human Resources at Armstrong

(March 9, 2016) – John Brooks has been appointed to the position of Director of Human Resources at Armstrong State University. In this role, Brooks will lead a staff of six human resource professionals in hiring and retaining university employees, assisting with employee relations and promoting staff development in line with industry trends.

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(Mar 08 2016) Hopkins to Deliver A Moveable Feast Lecture at Massey School

(March 8, 2016) Armstrong will host A Moveable Feast faculty lecture featuring history professor Dr. June Hopkins on Thursday, March 10 at 6 p.m. at The Massey School Classroom, located at 207 East Gordon Street.

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(Mar 07 2016) Treasure Savannah: Serving Up Civic Engagement

(March 7, 2016) On Saturday, March 5, 320 students, faculty and staff gathered on the Student Union steps in the early morning to prepare for Treasure Savannah, Armstrong’s bi-annual day of service.

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(Feb 29 2016) Women's Empowerment Month

(February 29, 2015) Every March, the U.S. celebrates American women and their contributions to history. Armstrong is proud to be one of the many institutions from across the country to join in this observance.

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(Feb 22 2016) Dr. Nalanda Roy Appointed to Greater Savannah International Alliance

(February 11, 2016) – The Savannah City Council recently appointed Armstrong State University Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Relations Dr. Nalanda Roy to the Greater Savannah International Alliance (GSIA) for a three-year term. As a board member, Roy will contribute her knowledge of foreign relations, encourage citywide participation in GSIA activities, direct initiatives and seek out viable opportunities to expand Savannah’s global reach.

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(Feb 22 2016) Armstrong to Present Visiting Writers Series Event Featuring John Holman on March 3

(February 22, 2016) - Armstrong State University’s College of Liberal Arts and Department of Languages, Literature and Philosophy will present a Visiting Writers Series reading by acclaimed author John Holman on Thursday, March 3 at 7 p.m. at Foxy Loxy Café, located at 1919 Bull St. This event is free and open to the public.

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(Feb 17 2016) Armstrong Students and Professor Honored in Academy of Economics and Finance Research Competition

(February 17, 2016) – Armstrong State University Fuller E. Callaway Professor of Economics Michael Toma and Economics students Thomas Kavoori and Sebastian Hernandez took top honors at the 53rd Annual Academy of Economics and Finance Conference in Pensacola Beach, Fla., Feb. 10-13.

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(Jan 26 2016) College of Education Announces Region’s First Child and Family Studies Training Initiative with SCDS

(January 26, 2016) – Armstrong State University’s College of Education recently launched a new Child and Family Studies training initiative with The Savannah Country Day School (SCDS), a program that is the first of its type in the region.

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(Jan 22 2016) Armstrong French Club To Host 8th Annual Francophone Film Festival Feb. 4-6

(Jan. 22, 2016) – Armstrong State University’s French Club will host the 8th Annual Francophone Film Festival February 4-6 at the Ogeechee Theatre in the Student Union, located at 11935 Abercorn St.

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(Jan 20 2016) Corine Ackerson-Jones Appointed Director of TRiO Student Support Services

(January 20, 2016) – Corine Ackerson-Jones has been appointed the director of TRiO Student Support Services at Armstrong State University. In this position, Ackerson-Jones will oversee the federally funded program that provides comprehensive academic coaching services, financial aid, financial literacy education and mentorship programs to students.

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(Jan 12 2016) U.S. News & World Report Honors Armstrong in List of Best Online Graduate Education Programs

(January 12, 2016) – In a report published today, U.S. News & World Report ranks Armstrong one of the top universities in Georgia and #53 in the nation on the 2016 list of the Best Online Graduate Education Programs.  

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(Jan 11 2016) Bryant Named Project Manager for City of Savannah’s New Gun Violence Reduction Initiative

(January 11, 2016) – Maxine Bryant, Ph.D., a lecturer in Armstrong State University’s Department of Criminal Justice, Social and Political Science, was recently named the project manager for the city of Savannah’s new gun violence reduction initiative, End Gun Violence: Step Forward.

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(Jan 11 2016) Curtis Promoted to Dean of the College of Liberal Arts

(January 11, 2016) – Dr. Christopher Curtis has been appointed to the position of Dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Armstrong State University and will begin his new role July 1, 2016. Curtis is currently the Head of the Department of History at Armstrong.

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(Jan 04 2016) Victory Media Honors Armstrong as a 2016 Military Friendly School

(January 4, 2016) – Armstrong State University has been recognized as one of the Top 25 Military Friendly Public Universities and Colleges by Victory Media, the publisher of G.I. Jobs, STEM Jobs and Military Spouse. The 2016 designation provides service members and their families with transparent, data-driven ratings about post-military education and career opportunities.