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ASU receives gift from local insurance company

The O’Neal and Murphy Allstate Insurance Agency has awarded Augusta State $500 for the university’s commitment to community service.

Each year, the insurance agency hosts a Father and Daughter Gala, and the proceeds from that event are given to local non-profit organizations. According to Robert O’Neal, the agency’s co-founder, the organizations who receive these financial gifts are randomly selected, and ASU was one of six organizations to be chosen.

“Our agency enjoys giving to those companies that help others have a bright future, and ASU has done a lot to better our community,” O’Neal says.

“We are grateful that the O’Neal and Murphy Allstate Insurance Agency would consider us for such a gift,” says Helen Hendee, vice president of development and alumni relations. “In these economic times, every dollar counts, and this gift will help our university to continue offering students great academic opportunities.”

Hendee says this funding will be used to help with the cost of tuition or books for a student selected based on financial need.

Pugh named Physical Plant Employee of the Year

In recognition of outstanding job performance, Latasha Pugh was named Employee of the Year for Physical Plant, after being named the Employee of the Fourth Quarter.

Pugh became a member of the ASU family in June 2008 and worked in building services on the Walton Way campus. She is the crew leader of the housekeeping staff at the Christenberry Field House, the Fleming Norvell Golf House, and the ASU Literacy Center.

In her spare time, she says that she enjoys spending family time and being a team mom for her four children who participate on the dance, football, and basketball teams. She also enjoys reading, fishing, traveling, and attending church services.

The four recipients of the Employee of the Quarter Awards were finalists for the Employee of the Year Award and, in addition to Pugh, include Curtis Kilgore, Timothy Fiocchi, and Gerald Melton.

Nominations for Employee of the Quarter come from peers in Physical Plant, and a committee of supervisors from all areas of Physical Plant selects the recipient. The recipients are selected based on job knowledge, dependability, positive attitude, quality of work, initiative, safety record, and interaction with others.

Grant news and updates

By Kim Gray, Grants Office, contributing writer

Funding Available for Digital Humanities Institutes

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Office of Digital Humanities is seeking proposals for innovative digital humanities training programs for scholars and advanced graduate students. Applications are due by Tuesday, March 6, 2012. Note that NEH program officers will review and provide feedback on proposal drafts submitted at least six weeks prior to the deadline.

Topics of interest for advanced digital humanities institutes include applications of the Text Encoding Initiative; electronic editing and publishing; scholarly communication and publishing; e-literature; textual analysis and text mining; immersive and virtual environments in multimedia research; 3-D imaging technology; digital image and sound analysis; information aesthetics and approaches to visualizations of humanities topics and research; computer gaming and simulations as applied to the humanities; high performance or supercomputing and the humanities; and advanced Geographic Information Systems applications.

Regardless of topic, digital humanities institutes are expected to accomplish these goals:

• Bring together humanities scholars and digital technology specialists from different disciplines to share ideas and methods that advance humanities research and teaching through the use of digital technologies;

• Reflect on, interpret, and analyze new digital media, multimedia, and text-based computing technologies and integrate these into humanities scholarship and teaching;

• Teach current and future generations of humanities scholars to design, develop, and use digital tools and environments for scholarship; and

• Devise new and creative uses for technology that offer valuable models that can be applied specifically to research in the humanities and to allow those methodologies and approaches to be shared with humanities scholars and teachers.

Collaboration is strongly encouraged: this program is designed to bring together humanities scholars, advanced graduate students, librarians, archivists, museum staff, computer scientists, information specialists, and others to learn new tools, approaches, and technologies and to foster relationships for future collaborations in the humanities. With all NEH awards, there is a priority for applicants that plan to give free access to the public and disseminate the products of their project widely.

Digital Humanities Institutes offer significant flexibility: they may consist of a series of short workshops held at multiple locations, or may be held at a single site for as long as six weeks. Awards provide $50,000 to $250,000 over one to three years. Cost sharing is not required.

For additional information go to:


Photo Review

Joyce Jones, student services and dean of students, gives a gift to Robert Smalley, Hull College, during his retirement party.

At the conclusion of ASU’s Annual Holiday Luncheon, the staff of ASU’s Human Resources Office pose for a picture with their trophies. The group won first place for Most Toys Collected as well as for the Holiday Decorating Contest.

During ASU’s annual Holiday Luncheon, Victoria Worsham, bookstore, takes a picture with Rebecca Colflesh, JagCard Office, after announcing the JagCard Office winning second place in the annual Holiday Decorating Contest.

ASU President William Bloodworth, Jr., takes a picture with a student during the Fall Graduation Celebration at the Maxwell Alumni House.

 Physical Plant staff celebrate the holidays at their annual luncheon.

President Bloodworth poses with Latasha Pugh, physical plant, who was named Physical Plant Employee of the Year as well as Employee of the Fourth Quarter.

After being named the recipient of the Catherine A. Barner Memorial Scholarship, Stephanie Punches, a freshman pre-nursing major, poses with Janice Deloach and Bill English, information technology services. The scholarship was established to honor Catherine Barner’s 30-plus years of service to the campus and her dedication to supporting and improving the technology resources that make it possible for students to obtain the best education possible at ASU.

Robert O’Neal of the O’Neal and Murphy Allstate Insurance Agency gives President Bloodworth a $500 check in honor of the university’s commitment to serving the community.

During the retirement celebration for Robert Parham, former dean of the Pamplin College of Arts and Sciences, President Bloodworth presents him with a commemorative lamp.

Members of the Staff Advisory Council present Joycelyn Owens, Pamplin College of Arts and Sciences, with the 2011 Fall Staff Excellence Award.

In case you missed it, go to to view ASU’s holiday card.

Shannon Nix, counseling center, and LouAnn Blocker, Reese Library, during their presentation Managing Information Overload at
Reese Library’s Staff Development Day.

Across Campus

Spring Semester

Welcome back to campus. The spring semester begins with new student orientation on Friday, Jan. 6. Registration for the semester will be held Jan. 9-10. The first day of classes for the spring semester will be Wednesday, Jan. 11.  Schedule adjustment will be held Jan. 11-13. For more information, call the office of Admissions at 706-737-1632.

ROTC to participate in Augusta Museum event

ROTC will furnish the color guard for the opening of the Second Annual Jimmie Dyess Symposium, Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012, at the Augusta Museum of History. The symposium recognizes this native Augustan’s courage as both a citizen and a soldier of the United States and identifies others who have shown similar valor or made civic contributions above and beyond the call of duty.  One of the two honorees of this year’s symposium will be the Honorable D. Douglas Barnard, Jr., alumnus of the university. The free event will begin at 5 p.m. in the museum’s rotunda.

MLK Day Celebration

The annual celebration honoring the memory and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., will be held on Friday, Jan. 13, at noon at Paine College’s Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel. Sylvia Russell, president of AT&T Georgia, will be the guest speaker. This free event is a collaborative effort of Augusta State University, Augusta Technical College, Georgia Health Sciences University, and Paine College. For more information, call ASU’s Office of Public Relations and Publications at 706-737-1444.

CURS accepting applications

The Center for Undergraduate Research and Scholarship (CURS) is accepting applications for student speakers to present at its monthly Student Research Brown Bag Seminars for the spring 2012 semester.

CURS is interested in receiving applications from all disciplines and departments for faculty-led student research, scholarship, and creative activity. For more information regarding the Brown Bag Seminars as well as the spring schedule, guidelines for submission, and online application form, go to For examples of previously accepted abstracts, go to  Electronic submission of applications is encouraged; applications are due by Friday, Jan. 13, 2012.

For questions about the application process, contact Dr. Andy Hauger, CURS chair, at, or any CURS member.

President’s Reading Group

President Bloodworth will hold a reading and discussion group on the challenges and future of higher education on six consecutive Monday afternoons from 3 to 4 p.m., Jan. 30 until March 5, 2012.  The primary reading for the group will be Christensen and Eyring’s The Innovative University: Changing the DNA of Higher Education from the Inside Out (Jossey Bass, 2011). Readings also will include excerpts from other books and articles as well as some internet material. Each participant will receive a copy of The Innovative University.

The only requirements for the members of the group are full-time employment at ASU, an interest in the subject, and a willingness to read. To join the group, which is limited to 14 participants, email no later than 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 11. The group will meet in the President’s Conference Room in Rains Hall.

Data Privacy Month

The month of January has been designated as Data Privacy Month by Educause. To find out more, go to

January Birthdays

Bobbie Gibbons January    1 Custodial
Werner Matson January  2 Information Technology Services
Dane Scarff January  2 Biology
Penny Alderman January  3 Sociology, Criminal Justice & Social Work
William Reese January  3 Sociology, Criminal Justice & Social Work
Shirley Huisman January  4 Sociology, Criminal Justice & Social Work
Raymond Whiting January  5 Institutional Effectiveness
Kristin Dawson January  6 Art
Rebecca Harper January  6 Teacher Education
Todd Hoffman January  6 English & Foreign Languages
Deborah Priester January  6 Custodial
Miriam Zecharias January  6 Reese Library
Randle Berlin January  7 Information Technology Services
Samuel Richardson January  7 Learning Support
Kathryn Slivka January  7 English & Foreign Languages
Donna Wear January  7 Biology
Sabina Widner January  8 Psychology
Leslie Wilcher January  8 Hull College of Business
Shannon Nix January  9 Counseling
Ramon Wood January  9 Landscaping & Grounds
Margery Collins January 11 English & Foreign Languages
Anna Hill January 11 Teacher Education
Clinton Amos January 13 Hull College of Business
Arlene Schler January 13 Continuing Education
Tunisia Williams January 13 Public Relations & Publications
Joanne Sexton January 14 Mathematics & Computer Science
Mike Garcia January 15 English & Foreign Languages
Michael Bishku January 16 History, Anthropology & Philosophy
Gordon Prettelt January 16 Business Office
Tamara Martin January 18 Business Office
Richard Ford January 20 Public Safety
Carol Giardina January 20 Admissions
Rick Pukis January 21 Communications & Professional Writing
Cynthia Craig January 22 University College
Matthew Whittington January 22 Reese Library
Brian Armstrong January 23 English & Foreign Languages
Louann Blocker January 23 Reese Library
Marsha Loda January 23 Hull College of Business
Margie Russ January 23 Music
Jewel Hobbins January 24 Music
Rodrigo Bustos January 25 Reese Library
Leza Witherington January 25 Communications and Professional Writing
Alan MacTaggart January 26 Art Department
Catherine Slade January 27 Hull College of Business
Camilla Baker January 28 Reese Library
Chris Adcox January 29 Public Safety
Matthew Bosisio January 29 Communications & Professional Writing
Joycelyn Tucker January 29 Sociology, Criminal Justice & Social Work
Maureen Akins January 30 Information Technology Services
Peggy Geren January 30 Educational Leadership, Counseling & Special Education
William Willis January 31 Art

Coming up at ASU

Jan. 3

Campus reopens

Jan. 4

Basketball vs. Armstrong Atlantic State. Women, 5:30 p.m.; Men, 7:30 p.m., Christenberry Field House. Call 706-731-7925.

Jan. 6

Student Event. Spring 2012 Orientation. 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. Call 706-737-1610.

Student Event. Walk Down Jaguar Lane. 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Jaguar Student Activities Center Breezeway. Call 706-737-1610.

Jan. 7

Basketball vs. North Georgia. Women, 5:30 p.m.; Men, 7:30 p.m., Christenberry Field House. Call 706-731-7925.

Jan. 10

Spring 2012 Fees Due

Jan. 11

Classes Begin

Student Event. What’s the Scoop? 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Jaguar Student Activities Center Breezeway. Call 706-737-1610.

Basketball vs. Lander. Women, 5:30 p.m.; Men, 7:30 p.m. Christenberry Field House. Call 706-731-7925.

Jan. 13

Special Event.  Martin Luther King, Jr., Day Celebration. Sylvia Russell, guest speaker. Noon, Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel, Paine College. Call 706-737-1610.