Campus will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 27, and Friday, Nov. 28, in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.
Open enrollment closes
The 2009 open enrollment period for the University System of Georgia and Augusta State University benefit plans is scheduled to end on November 7. Contact Human Resources for more information.
Season tickets for basketball
Season tickets are available for the 2008-09 basketball season. A season ticket package, 22 tickets, is available for $50 to Jaguar Club members and $75 for nonmembers. General admission is $7 at the box office; $5 to non-ASU students and senior citizens; and free to ASU students with a valid JagCard. The ASU men’s squad has a 12-game home schedule while the Lady Jaguars are slated to play 11 home contests in Christenberry Field House. Both squads tip off their home schedule on Saturday, Nov. 22, with a doubleheader against Benedict College from Columbia, S.C. Game times are 5:30 p.m. for the women’s contest, with the men’s matchup slated to start at 7:30 p.m. For more information on season tickets, Jaguar men’s and women’s basketball, or to join the Jaguar Club, call the Augusta State Athletics ticket office at 706-737-1626.
DNA program to be held
The binding of small and large molecules to various DNA sequences will be discussed during a presentation at Augusta State University by Dr. Karen Buchmueller, assistant professor of chemistry at Furman University. This free presentation will be held on Thursday, Nov.6, at 1 p.m. in 170 University Hall. Dr. Buchmueller’s research focuses on the selective binding of both small and large molecules to various DNA sequences, which could lead to the development of new drugs such as anti-cancer and cardiovascular drugs, which selectively target specific portions of the human genome.
For more information on this free program, call ASU’s Department of Chemistry and Physics at 706-737-1541.
Hacker prevention program
ASU is hosting a free program to help individuals learn how to protect their internet browser from hackers on Thursday, Nov. 6, at 9 a.m. in the Jaguar Student Activities Center Butler Meeting room. The keynote speaker is David Dewey, an IBM internet security systems analyst. He manages the X-Force Advance Research and Development team at IMB Internet Security Systems and is credited for the discovery, reporting, and creating proof of concepts for vulnerabilities in popular web and application servers such as the Sybase Application Server. For more information, contact ASU’s Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at 706-737-1672.
ASU hosts Consortium for Computing Sciences in College
The 22nd CCSC: Southeastern Conference will be held at Augusta State University Nov. 7-8. The Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges annually sponsors 10 regional conferences across the United States to promote information exchange among computer science and information technology faculty and professionals who support computing in teaching institutions. Highlights of the conference will include a keynote address Essential Security Skills for Today’s Technology Professionals, presented by Mr. Mark Baggett of Morris Communications; a banquet address, Dynamic Simulation and Special Effects in Wall-E, by Mr. Chris King of Pixar; a workshop sponsored by the ACM; and a programming contest among 25 southeastern university student teams. To learn more about this conference, please check out cs.furman.edu/ccscse/conference.php?year=22nd.
Student Activities holds Community Service Day
The ASU Community Service Day, cosponsored by Student Activities and the Wesley Foundation, will be held Nov. 8 from 8:30 a.m.–noon. Breakfast and tee-shirts will be provided. Call Student Activities to volunteer or to suggest a project.
University System posts annual report online
The University System of Georgia’s Fiscal Year 2008 Annual Report, which chronicles the progress made in implementing the Board of Regent’s Strategic Plan, will not be printed this year and will be distributed online only. The report may be viewed at www.usg.edu/strategicplan/.
The 10th anniversary of GIS Day will be celebrated on Wednesday, Nov. 19, from 1-3 p.m. in the Jaguar Student Activities Center Ballroom. GIS Day is a grassroots, international day of education about Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and geography and is held in the third week of November each year during Geography Awareness Week. The day opens with a presentation by Anil T. Mangla, MS., PhD., MPH Epidemiologist for the Georgia Department of Human Resources, and Forrest Staley, MUP, MPHC, program director, Georgia Lead Poisoning Prevention Programs. The event is being sponsored by the Political Science Club, and ASU’s Pi Alpha Alpha Chapter. For more information, contact the Department of Political Science at 706-737-1710.
Faculty and staff are being asked to help reduce ASU’s energy consumption by turning out lights in offices, classrooms, and other areas when not in use as well as turning off computers, copiers, and other office equipment when offices are closed for the day. Lighting typically constitutes 40 percent of ASU’s total energy usage. For more information on energy conservation, go to the ASU home page, click on ‘E’ and choose the Energy Conservation link. The Physical Plant team, led by Therese Rosier and Dave Freeman, has initiated a number of changes to reduce our energy consumption.
Jewish Literature Series
Reese Library will explore graphic novels and Jewish literature in a five-part discussion series titled Jewish Literature–Identity and Imagination. The next discussion will be led by Dr. Robert Bledsoe on The Quitter, a novel by Harvey Pekar; it will be held Monday, Nov. 17, at 6:30 p.m. in Reese Library. The series is supported through a grant from the American Library Association and Nextbook as a free book discussion series that is open to both the campus and local community.
In the News
Edgar Johnson, communications and professional writing—WAGT, program on political communications featuring a former mayor
Charles Jackson, educational leadership, counseling, and special education–Augusta Chronicle about the living conditions of a family whose children were found to be neglected
Helen Hendee, alumni relations and development–Augusta Chronicle, about stocks gifted to the university
Brigitte Ziobrowski and Mark Thompson, Hull College of Business–Augusta Chronicle, about the historical perspective of economic downturns and recovery
Mark Thompson–WAGT, about Augusta’s economy vs. U.S. economy; WJBF, about 401K plans. A previous study coauthored by Thompson was cited on MarketWatch.com and Martin-McCune.com
Pam Lightsey, JagCard Office–Columbia County News-Times–Vets to Washington Project
Willene Holmes, financial aid–Augusta Chronicle, about how the economy is affecting financial aid
Dan Whitfield, business operations–WRDW, about the economy’s effect on universities
Quentin Kuyper, continuing education–WNNR, about the Conservatory String Orchestra
Dip Metress, athletics–Comcast, about the basketball season
Eddie Howard, student activities–WAGT, about Rock the Vote
Amber Zimmerman, Career Center–Metro Spirit, about mod fashions
Ralph Walker, political science–WAGT, about the accuracy of political polls and panelist for AARP Congressional debate
William A. Bloodworth, Jr., president–Augusta Chronicle, about being back in the classroom
Gaye Ortiz, communications and professional writing-Augusta Chronicle, about her book, Theology and Film: Challenging the Sacred/Secular Divide
Donna Wear, biology –Augusta Chronicle, about research at Rae’s Creek
Pete Basciano, Brigitte Ziobrowski, Simon Medcalfe, Chris Cain, and Mark Thompson, Hull College of Business–Augusta Chronicle, financial panel discussion