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GRU Libraries receive grant to promote Latino American history, culture

GRU students and the greater Augusta community will get a glimpse into the history and culture of Latinos in America during a series of free events organized by the GRU Libraries during the 2015-2016 academic year.

The events were made possible through a $10,000 grant the GRU Libraries received from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association. The GRU Libraries are one of 203 recipients of the competitive “Latino Americans: 500 Years of History” grant selected from across the country.

“Latinos make up the largest minority group in the United States, and they have also been a part of our local community for generations,” said Erin Prentiss, GRU Libraries’ Latino Americans project director and reference/instruction librarian. “We look forward to exploring the rich national and local histories of Latinos with the entire Augusta community during our planned events.”

The Libraries’ planned programs include screenings and discussions of the award-winning documentary series “Latino Americans” as well as other events that complement the film screenings. Below is the fall 2015 schedule:

  • “Peril and Promise” Screening and Discussion
    Learn about the challenges and triumphs of recent Latino history during the screening and discussion. Project scholars and GRU faculty Dr. Heather Abdelnur, associate professor of history, and Dr. Christopher Botero, assistant professor of Spanish, will lead the discussion following the screening.
    When: 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16
    Where: Headquarters Library, Augusta-Richmond County Public Library System
  • Latino Alumni Panel
    This panel discussion features Latino alumni from area colleges and universities about their experiences in higher education. GRU assistant professor of Teacher Education, Dr. Juan Walker, will moderate the panel.
    When: 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29
    Where: GRU Summerville Campus, Jaguar Student Activity Center Coffeehouse
  • “Empire of Dreams” Screening and Discussion
    This screening focuses on the migration of different Latino groups beginning in the late 19th through the mid-20th century. Abdelnur will lead discussion following the film.
    When: 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20
    Where: Columbia County Library, Greater Clarks Hill Regional Library System
  • Antonio Martinez: A Cuban Pioneer in Columbia County History Lecture
    Abdelnur will lecture about the fascinating history of Antonio Martinez, a late-19th-century immigrant to the Augusta area and the founder of the town of Martinez.
    When: 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27
    Where: Columbia County Library, Greater Clarks Hill Regional Library System
  • “War & Peace” Screening and Discussion
    This screening focuses on the lasting effects World War II had on Latino American communities. Following the film, Abdelnur will lead a panel of Latino veterans who will discuss their experiences in the military.
    When: 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10
    Where: GRU Summerville Campus, University Hall 170

For more information about the series, please visit guides.gru.edu/latino or contact Erin Prentiss at eprentiss@gru.edu or 706-667-4912 or GRU Digital Media Coordinator Arthur Takahashi at atakahashi@gru.edu or 706-446-5128.

The Latino Americans: 500 Years of History grantees” represent 42 states and the District of Columbia, and include 78 public libraries, 68 college/university libraries and organizations, 19 community college libraries, 10 state humanities councils, 12 museums and a range of other nonprofit organizations.

Campus Notables

Dr. Frank Caughman, Associate Dean for Patient Services in the College of Dental Medicine, will be featured in a radio interview on Friday, Feb. 15 from 2 to 2:30 p.m. on WTHB 1550 AM. Dr. Caughman will be speaking about general oral health issues and oral safety concerns for athletes. The interview can also be heard via live stream at www.speakingwith.com.

Under the direction Dr. Heather Abdelnur, Associate Professor in the Department of History, Anthropology, and Philosophy, GRU history majors Joachim Veihman, Meghan Borquez, and Joseph Willard, had their panel accepted as one of only two undergraduate panels allowed to present their research at the Americas Council Annual Conference held at Georgia Perimeter College. Borquez also won the annual student paper contest, it was the only prize awarded at the conference.

Tony Kellman, Professor in the Department of Communications, had two poems, Early Birds and Epiphany Through A Small Town, published in The Southern Poetry Anthology, Volume V: Georgia. The anthology is one in a series published by Texas Review Press which features poetry by authors who reside in southern states.

Dr. Kate Ciarrocca, Assistant Professor in the College of Dental Medicine’s Department of Oral Rehabilitation, received the Pierre Fauchard Academy’s Excellence in Dental Education Award.

Emily Hahn, a College of Dental Medicine student, won the Pierre Fauchard Academy Mark Ritz Research Scholar Award. Brittany Waters, a College of Dental Medicine student, was awarded the PFA Scholarship for Leadership, given to a student in the profession whose participation in the university, school and community shows integrity, initiative and outstanding communicative skills. Waters recently matched and will be staying at the CDM for the two-year Pediatric Residency program.

Drs. Jan Mitchell, Alan Furness and Nancy Young in the College of Dental Medicine have been accepted as Educational Research and Teaching Scholars in the Educational Innovation Institute. The Teaching Scholars Fellowship, a rigorous training program for health science educators seeking to enhance their expertise in teaching, curriculum and program development, learner evaluation and mentoring, began with a two-day Scholars Camp on the Summerville Campus and are now in weekly sessions.

In January, 11 students and Drs. Connie Drisko and Carole Hanes, traveled to Atlanta to observe the legislative process as it relates to dentistry. Students are given this opportunity in the hope that they will remain active after graduation. The students who attended were Patrick Barnes, Ray Cornay, John Ensley, Molly Hawkins, Amir Lamei, India Lamothe, Bridget Lyons, Alena Reich, Stephanie Silva, Jason Strever and Ray Wallace.

Dr. Mark Stevens, Chair of the College of Dental Medicine’s Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, was guest lecturer at the Aiken Dental Society’s meeting on Jan. 17. His topic was Osteomyelitis of the Jaws. Also, Stevens was Co-Chair and lecturer at the AO North America CMF’s Principles of Operative Treatment of Craniomaxillofacial Trauma & Reconstruction course, Feb. 2-3 in Charlotte. This course was for the study of internal rigid fixation for craniofacial trauma repair and was sponsored by three specialties: OMFS, ENT and Plastic Surgery.

Dr. James Cray, Assistant Professor in the College of Dental Medicine, was awarded a $100,000 Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation grant for one year. The MTF focuses on orthopaedic transplant science and biological reconstructive research. He is funded for his project “Use of Stem Cells to Augment Growth Factor Therapies in Non-Healing Bony Defects.”

Lindsey Waller, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing student in the College of Nursing’s class of 2014, is one of more than 100 nursing students from across the country chosen to participate in the Mayo Clinic Student Nurse Externship Program. During the experience, she will be assigned an RN preceptor and will gain valuable hands-on experience at the Rochester, Minnesota hospital. The highly competitive program, now in its 47th year, is a 10-week paid externship that challenges rising junior nursing students to expand their knowledge of nursing and critical thinking skills. This is the second consecutive year that a GRU nursing student has been selected.

Dr. Beth NeSmith, Associate Professor in the College of Nursing, has been invited to serve on the editorial board of the Journal of Nursing & Care. She also has been appointed to serve on the Advanced Practitioners Ad Hoc Committee of the Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma.

The College of Nursing’s Dr. Autumn Schumacher, Kevin Sunderland, Miranda Hawks, Brenda Rosson, Robert Sorrentino, Sheldon Litwin, and Adam Berman’s abstract Defibrillation Threshold Testing Does Not Cause Acute Electrocardiographic Changes in Cardiomyopathy Patients Undergoing Insertion of an Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator was accepted for a poster presentation at the 38th Annual Conference for the International Society for Computerized Electrocardiology, April 17-21, 2013. 

Dr. Deborah Smith, Assistant Professor in the College of Nursing, has had an abstract, Videoanalysis of Geriatric Assessments Prepare Nursing Students for Success in Ambulatory Care Services, selected for poster presentation at the 38th Annual American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing Conference, April 23-26, 2013. 

Dr. Lovoria B. Williams, Assistant Professor in the College of Nursing, is first author of the article Design of a Cluster-Randomized Controlled Trial of a Diabetes Prevention Program within African-American Churches: The Fit Body and Soul Study recently accepted for publication in Contemporary Clinical Trials. Co-authors include faculty from GRU and Emory University. Additional GRU faculty authors include Dr. Richard W. Sattin, Dr. James Dias, Dr. Jane T. Garvin, Dr. Lucy Marion and Thomas Joshua.