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100th Year

April 27, 2009

Calendar highlights:

Last Day of Class is Monday, April 27

Final Exams are Wednesday-Tuesday, April 29-May 5

All grades due, 12 noon, Friday, May 8

Commencement is Saturday, May 9
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Combs, Hall Byars present at conference
Sandra Combs, Journalism, and Holly Hall Byars, Journalism, presented papers at the Western Social Science Association at the 51st annual conference in Albuquerque, N.M., last week. Both presented in the “Media and Education” section. Combs’ presentation was entitled “The Positive Approach to Teaching Diversity Beyond Black and White.” Hall Byars presented “Teaching Public Relations Ethics to the Millennial Generation.” Both Combs and Hall Byars are in their first year of teaching at ASU.

Greg Chance wins 13th Arkansas School Bell Award
Greg Chance, KASU news director, attended the Representative Assembly of the Arkansas Education Association (AEA) recently held in North Little Rock. He was honored with his 13th Arkansas School Bell Award from the AEA. Along with KASU 91.9 FM, the AEA honored the Johnson County Graphic of Clarksville.

Centennial seals available for use with existing stationery
Centennial seals may be requested for use with existing stationery at no charge to campus offices. For a supply of Centennial seals, contact Cassia Craig at ext. 2803. Pick up seals in the Centennial Office, Room 705, 7th floor, Dean B. Ellis Library.  

University Planning Committee to meet May 4
The University Planning Committee will meet on Monday, May 4, at 9 a.m. in the Dean B. Ellis Library Board Room, 8th floor, to finalize the annual budget for 2009-10.

ITTC's first conference a success
The Interactive Teaching and Technology Center (ITTC) staff wishes to thank everyone involved for helping make the inaugural "Online and Distance Education Regional Conference" presented by the Interactive Teaching and Technology Center a huge success. One hundred fifteen people from twelve area campuses participated in this event. Staff from the Dean B. Ellis Library, the ASU Museum, and the Compressed Video Network worked with the ITTC to create a meeting place for the attendees. The presenters included Dr. Melodie Philhours, Dr. Matthew Thatcher, Dr. Natalie Johnson-Leslie, Dr. Paul Finnicum, Dennis Perkey, Mitch Mathis, Dr. LaQuita Saunders, Tracy Burgess, Dr. Gina Hogue, Linda Kellim, Wallece Brewer, Christina Laurentia, and Dr. Michael Bowman. Conference attendees participated in sessions that concentrated on various disciplines and techniques for online teaching; topics included pedagogical skills to encourage active learning, using Second Life software as a teaching tool, integrating Web 2.0 in the classroom, and many others. There were also sessions focusing on the legal aspects of teaching online as well as teaching students with disabilities in online fora. The ITTC looks forward to next year’s conference, which should be even bigger and better. For more information, including a picture gallery of the conference, visit ITTC's homepage.

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