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June 16, 2008

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Dr. Persell is first graduate of new nursing program
Dr. Debbie Persell, Nursing, recently became the first graduate of the new HDr. Debbie Persellomeland Security Nursing program at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. She received her doctorate in May and is the only one of three doctoral graduates from the program with the homeland security concentration. The innovative program is the only nursing curriculum in the nation which addresses disaster response training and was initiated to prepare nurse leaders, managers and clinical nursing specialists to organize a response agenda to disasters which involve mass casualties. Dr. Persell also presented at conferences in Amsterdam and Japan involving concept development on standardized nursing language and disaster education, and is the coordinator for the disaster life support regional training center. She also teaches courses in homeland security and emergency management at ASU. For details, see the NewsPage release.

Dr. Frey to join AHEC Northeast Advisory Council

Dr. Len Frey, Dean, College of Business, has recently been asked to join the Arkansas Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) Northeast Advisory Council. The primary goal of theDr. Len Frey Council is to assist in promoting and further developing education and services that will serve the health needs, and promote the well being, of the people of Arkansas. The AHEC program was founded in 1973 via the combined efforts of Arkansas' governor, its state legislature, and  the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) as the primary educational outreach effort of UAMS and the principal means of decentralizing medical education and other health professions education throughout the state. Seven teaching centers (in El Dorado, Fayetteville, Fort Smith, Helena, Jonesboro, Pine Bluff, and Texarkana) train students in medicine, nursing, pharmacy, and various allied health professions, including family medicine. AHEC emphasizes primary care and health education. For details on AHEC Northeast, visit the website.

Dr. Clark named Teacher of the Year by ASMTA
Dr. Lauren Schack Clark, Music, has been named Teacher of the Year by the Arkansas State Music Teachers Association (ASMTA). She will also begin a 2-year term as the organization's first vice president. Dr. Clark has served for 4 years as Arkansas chair of the Young Artist and Chamber Music Competitions and as president of the local affiliate, the Delta Music Teachers Association. ASMTA is a state affiliate of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), which has a membership of over 24,000 independent and collegiate teachers nationwide. Each state may select a Teacher of the Year by nomination and committee decision. In Arkansas, the winning teacher is notified of his or her award at the presentation at the annual banquet in June. 

'Adventures in the Wild' event will be at Barnes and Noble
A new book by Arkansas State University biology faculty, “Adventures in the Wild: Tales from Biologists of the Natural State,” will be featured in a book signing event on Saturday, June 28, 1-3 p.m., at Jonesboro’s Barnes and Noble Booksellers, the Mall at Turtle Creek, 3000 E. Highland, Jonesboro. Editors Dr. Aldemaro Romero and Joy Trauth will be on hand to sign copies of the book, which features stories by 11 faculty authors and a preface by Dr. Cristián Samper, currently acting secretary of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. and former director of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History. The book is published by the University of Arkansas Press. For details on the book signing, contact Dr. Aldemaro Romero, ext. 3082, or call Barnes and Noble in Jonesboro at (870) 336-2543, or see the NewsPage release.    

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