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100th Year

August 3, 2009

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Hannah attends Harvard management institute
Russ Hannah, Finance and Administration, recently attended Harvard’s Institute for Educational Management (IEM) in Cambridge, Mass. Admission to the tRuss Hannahwo-week, full-immersion management development program is competitive. The program, offered through the Harvard Graduate School of Education's programs in professional education, examines senior leadership, the contexts of leadership, the changing industry of higher education, and mobilizing for change. The program provides a rare opportunity for senior-level administrators to examine critical leadership challenges facing higher education and encourages participants to consider policies and practices with institution-wide implications. IEM focuses on the qualities necessary for effective leadership, especially during times of major institutional change.

Dr. Kyriakos, Dr. Clark, present lecture/recital
Dr. Lauren Schack Clark, Music, and Dr. Marika Kyriakos, Music, recently presented a leDr. Marika Kyriakoscture/recital at the Arkansas State Music Teachers Association (ASMTA)Dr. Lauren Schack Clark Conference at Harding University in Searcy. The presentation, "The Collaborative Pianist: Singsational Scenarios," was very well received; as a result, Drs. Clark and Kyriakos have been invited to present the lecture/recital in several other venues during the coming school year. Having just finished her first year at ASU, Dr. Kyriakos is new to ASMTA. Dr. Clark is currently the organization's first vice president and planned this year's conference. Dr. Kyriakos and Dr. Clark plan to present the lecture/recital at the national level.

Marlay co-authors three-part practice advisory article
Sue Marlay, University College, has co-authored an article, "Institutional Policies and Practices Concerning Permanent Residency." This three-part article reviews recentSue Marlay Department of Labor regulations pertinent to permanent residency (PR), addresses key questions and issues to be considered in developing PR policies and practices, and describes some common institutional models for providing PR services. "Institutional Policies and Practices Concerning Permanent Residency" is one of the NAFSA: Association of International Educators' Practice Advisories and is included in the electronic resource library for NAFSA’s International Scholar Advising Network.

Dr. Paulsen publishes abstract algebra textbook
Dr. Bill Paulsen, Mathematics, is the author of a new textbook, "Abstract Algebra: An Interactive Approach," published by CRC Press and available for release as of Tuesday, July 28. By integrating the use of GAP (Groups, Algorithms, Programming), a computerFront cover of Dr. Bill Paulsen's recently released textbook. algebra system, and Mathematica computational software, the textbook presents a hands-on approach to learning about groups, rings, and fields. Each chapter includes both GAP and Mathematica commands, corresponding Mathematica notebooks, traditional exercises, and several interactive computer problems that utilize GAP and Mathematica to explore groups and rings. The book is mathematically rigorous, covering classical proofs such as Abel’s theorem, as well as many graduate-level topics not found in most standard introductory texts. Dr. Paulsen explores semi-direct products, polycyclic groups, Rubik’s Cube-like puzzles, and Wedderburn’s theorem. He also incorporates problem sequences that allow students to delve into interesting topics in depth, including Fermat’s two-square theorem. This innovative textbook shows how students can better grasp difficult algebraic concepts through the use of computer programs. It encourages students to experiment with various applications of abstract algebra to gain a real-world perspective on the subject.
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