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Board of Regents Approve First Nexus Degrees



Atlanta — August 14, 2018

With approval today by the Board of Regents, Albany State and Columbus State universities this fall will become the first to offer the University System of Georgia (USG)’s newest college education credential called a nexus degree.

Nexus degrees are college credentials that emphasize hands-on experiential learning, skilled knowledge and connections with industry in high-demand career fields.

Columbus State’s new nexus degree will be in film production.
. Other fields under consideration for future USG programs include cybersecurity and financial technology.

“We are committed to meeting the needs of both Georgia’s workforce and industry by giving students the skills they need as they grow into different careers and seek to expand their knowledge base,” Chancellor Steve Wrigley said. “I applaud Albany State and Columbus State for being the first institutions to offer our newest college credential.”

Nexus degrees expand on an educational portfolio that already includes associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. They stem from work being done as part of USG’s College 2025 Initiative, which seeks to refine the delivery and accessibility of public higher education to meet 21st-century learning and career needs.

Final recommendations from a committee working on the College 2025 initiative were also released today, and are available online at https://www.usg.edu/college2025/.

A nexus degree is a 60-credit-hour degree, consisting of 42 credit hours of general education and 18 credit hours of coursework focusing on the skills and knowledge requirements of high-demand industries. The 18 credit hours create an apprenticeship aspect that must include at least six credit hours of experiential learning and at least 12 credit hours of upper division coursework.

Curriculum for the credential is being designed in collaboration with industry experts to ensure it meets specific requirements for high-demand jobs, including those in the market now and those planned for the future.

While a nexus degree can stand on its own, it also allows USG’s 26 institutions to be creative in using the credential to expand on other educational opportunities.

That includes the potential to use a nexus degree toward completion of a new kind of associate degree, one targeted toward a high-need technical field.

It includes new options to create stackable credentials concentrated in highly specialized fields as part of a bachelor’s degree.

The new degree is additionally valuable for people who may have a job but want to acquire a new skill, or who have not yet completed a college degree and want to advance.

While Albany State and Columbus State are the first to offer nexus degrees, other USG institutions have entered the planning stages for how a nexus degree can benefit their students and communities. Each individual program created as a nexus degree must receive additional approval by the Board of Regents to ensure the integrity of the degree and the curriculum

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General Discussion Forum / Albany State University Educational News
« on: March 29, 2018, 11:08:17 AM »
ASU awarded NEH grant to fund new museum and heritage studies program

Charles Williams is the project director for the NEH grant to fund a new museum and heritage studies program at Albany State
Dr. Charles Williams

ALBANY, Ga. – The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has awarded Albany State University (ASU) approximately $99,000 to assist with establishing an interdisciplinary museum and heritage studies minor at the university.

The NEH Humanities Initiatives at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) aims to advance the teaching and study of humanities in areas such as literature, history and philosophy at HBCUs. The project is led by Charles Williams, ASU professor of visual arts in the College of Arts and Humanities. Williams also serves as gallery director for the Department of Visual and Performing Arts and on the board of trustees at the Albany Museum of Art.

While Williams envisions the minor as a 15-credit-hour path that includes internships and one cross-disciplinary course, such as business, education, history or computer science, he said that the program development will be a group effort.

“As director of the grant, I am organizing cross-training seminars that will include faculty, who want to contribute by developing curriculum or offering their expertise, and local cultural organizations, who will provide input into how such a program can suit their needs,” Williams said. “The seminars will also include guest participants who work in museums and museum-related fields.”

The seminars will serve as professional development opportunities. ASU educators will assess the needs of the cultural organizations and train to develop relevant coursework. Each seminar will consist of a presentation by the director of the facility, a tour, a presentation by the guest participants and an interactive work session.

“The experience could very well open up new areas of research for faculty members and students,” Williams said. “The seminars will be open to the staffs and trustees of all of the institutions, as well as any other faculty members who wish to participate.”

Anticipated partner organizations include the Albany Museum of Art, the Albany Civil Rights Institute, Thronateeska Heritage Center, the Albany Area Arts Council, and the Flint RiverQuarium. The first of eight seminars will be held at the Albany Museum of Art on March 31 and serve as an introduction to museum studies and museum operations. Following seminars will discuss cultural preservation through artifacts, cultural narratives, and a design for the project as it enters its second year.

Part of the motivation for the grant is the national trend to diversify museum fields. According to the International Review of African American Art, the racial breakdown of museum occupations is 84 percent white. Additionally, of the remaining 16 percent, only 4 percent of those positions are held by African Americans.

The ASU minor will address diversity in various aspects, including ethnicity, socio-economic status and geographic location.

“Even students who do not pursue a career in museums can benefit from the experience,” Williams said. “A student may work with databases, fundraising strategies, creating exhibition materials or other marketable skill sets. The preservation of objects and narratives that are part of the fabric of our overall cultural history is a perennial endeavor that will always employ people

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http://www.walb.com/story/37804411/pussy-riot-targets-trump-in-republican-stronghold-of-idaho

By KIMBERLEE KRUESI
Associated Press

Pussy Riot targets Trump in Republican stronghold of Idaho



BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Idaho is not the most obvious place to attract members of the Russian punk collective Pussy Riot.

But even in the Republican stronghold that strongly supports President Donald Trump, Pussy Riot members carved out time late Saturday to swing by the largest city in the state, Boise, during their first North American tour.

"There is power in doing what we want, and not what they want," said Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, who spent nearly two years in prison with another group member for a protest against Russian President Vladimir Putin in 2012. "Thank you for supporting us."

The balaclava-clad women who rose to global prominence with daring outdoor performances in their home country brought a show to Idaho that was more political rally than traditional concert, featuring anti-fascist, anti-Trump messages. It comes as a special counsel investigates Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and whether there was any collusion with the Trump campaign.

Idaho is the only Republican-dominant state that Pussy Riot is visiting during their North American tour, which has consisted of stops in bigger, left-leaning cities like Portland, Oregon; Seattle; and Chicago.

They were drawn to Idaho by the small but increasingly popular Treefort Music Fest, which launched in 2011 as a hyper-local indie-rock music festival but has since attracted worldwide interest. Other groups pushed a political agenda, but Pussy Riot is one of the most contentious to appear at the five-day event.

They played their political music videos on a screen on a dark stage as audience members raised their fists in solidarity. Attendees danced and cheered as the group played "Police State," which came out on the anniversary of Trump's election, and "Make America Great Again," a 2016 hit released a week before the presidential election that focuses on a call to action.

"Pussy Riot has been on my radar for several years," said Boise resident Adnan Muminovic, who was standing in line for nearly two hours to ensure he got a spot for the show. "I'm Bosnian, so I'm not fan of the leadership in Russia. I wanted to throw my support behind them tonight."

Hundreds of other people stood outside the building, wrapping along the block and hoping to catch a peek of the group, which declined an interview request from The Associated Press.

"I think it's really exciting that they're here," said Karissa Manske of Boise, who was waiting in line. "I think it's easy to get bogged down with everything going on in the news, but having this politically charged group come to Boise means something. I knew I had to see them."

Yet, even after braving the long lines, many in the back of the venue left several songs into the group's set.

Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.



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General Discussion Forum / Albany State News.....
« on: October 19, 2017, 12:14:26 PM »
ALBANY, Ga. – Albany State University (ASU) enjoyed a successful Homecoming week celebration Oct. 8 – Oct. 14. The theme, There’s No Place Like Home…coming, acknowledged the students, alumni, community members and supporters who call the institution and Albany, Ga., home. Students, alumni, and community members participated in several  activities throughout the week, including health and wellness activities,  faculty, staff and students events,  the annual parade and of course the culminating football game.
 
“With the thousands of Rams supporters descending upon the city, the annual ASU Homecoming brings millions of dollars to the local economy and much appreciated support to our campus,” said ASU President Art Dunning. “Of course, the continued support of ASU alumni and friends is critical to our university’s future.”
 
Topping the lineup of events was the crowning of the 2017-2018 Miss Albany State University, Wanesia Francis, and Mr. Albany State University, Santo Nina. Alumnus William R. Shepherd, longtime educator and leader of contemporary inner-city school reform, served as a homecoming convocation keynote speaker. Following his remarks, Shepherd presented his contribution as part of the Reunion Class of 1967 fundraising campaign. Alumna Shareka L. Nelson, Facebook’s diversity business partner for the Global Marketing Solutions teams, also served as keynote speaker. Nelson, on behalf of the Delta Rho Chapter Spring 1997 line of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., presented the first portion of a new endowment for the ASU Foundation during the morning ceremony. Earlier in the week, the ASU Chi Epsilon Alumni Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. presented a $15,000 gift in honor fraternity member Albert W. “Smitty” Smith. The Reunion Class of 1967 presented a $50,000 donation towards their a $100,000 campaign. In addition, 22 alumni presented the university with more than $8,000.
 
Aligning with this year’s theme, former ASU student-athlete and Grammy-nominated recording artist Rick Ross headlined a student appreciation concert. Ross is the owner of several Wingstop franchises and the Maybach Music Group record label. In addition to his homecoming performance, Ross participated in a panel discussion on the portrayal of women in hip hop.
 
ASU’s oldest living alumni, Clano Stephens, 105, participated in many activities, including the annual parade in downtown Albany, where members of the 1960 Golden Rams football team served as this year’s parade marshal. The team boasts an undefeated record, while posting a season-long shut out.
 
The week-long celebration concluded Saturday with a football game win against the Morehouse College Tigers. Head coach Gabe Giardina presented President Dunning with the winning game ball to celebrate Dunning’s last homecoming before retirement.
 
Visit the ASU Flickr page for high resolution photos of the week’s events.
Albany State University students receive free passports to study abroad
 
ALBANY, Ga. – As part of Albany State University’s (ASU) efforts to encourage global insight and unique cultural experiences, 100 ASU students received funding for free passports. The event was a collaborative effort between the University and the Council on International Educational Exchange’s (CIEE) Passport Caravan.
“A traveling passport is a gateway to studying abroad,” said Nneka Osakwe, director of the ASU Office of Global Programs. “The collaboration with CIEE and ASU is helping to bring the funds required to fund at least 100 students to get a free passport. We are hoping that this will motivate more students to get a passport and study abroad.” 
During the event, students submitted first-time U.S. passport applications and supporting documents. Each $135 application fee was paid by the CIEE and the ASU Student Affairs and Success division. Students first visited the Office of Global programs table to learn what student abroad opportunities are available. Then, students spoke to CIEE representative, Stacey Woods, to receive funding for processing. Lastly, they submitted all required materials to the visiting U.S. postal service passport agents. Passports will be delivered in the next few weeks.
To be eligible for the passport, students must be first time passport recipients and be in their freshman, sophomore or junior year.
“This opportunity was honestly a blessing,” said Cauntillia Pollard, a junior who is majoring in psychology. “I know a lot of people who say they have not traveled out of the country because they do not possess a passport. Usually, the reason for not having a passport is the cost. For the school and the organization to pay for 100 passports is just awesome!”
So far this year, 36 ASU students participated in study abroad opportunities in Belize, China, Japan, France, India and Trinidad and Tobago. The CIEE is working with universities and institutions around the country to sponsor passports for 10,000 students as part of its participation in the national Generation Study Abroad initiative. The Passport Caravan seeks to aid diverse students who are underrepresented in study abroad opportunities. 
Note to editors: High-resolution images of the Passport Caravan event can be found on the ASU Flickr page. (Photo credit: Reginald Christian).
ASU receives funding toward violence, sexual assault prevention
 
ALBANY, Ga. – Albany State University (ASU) recently received funding to be an active player in preventing dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking on college campuses. The university was awarded a three-year, $300,000 grant by the Department of Justice and the Office of Violence Against Women to engage, educate and empower the campus and surrounding communities on a nationwide problem.
 
“The grant is especially significant because colleges and universities face unique issues and challenges in preventing and responding to sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking,” said Rowena Daniels, ASU Chief Legal Affairs Officer.  “ASU will be very intentional in addressing key populations in an effort to increase awareness and decrease biases and stigmatization.” 
 
The campus partners will collaborate with local police departments and organizations, including the Lily Pad, Liberty House and Turning Point behavioral health and campus partners, to develop a comprehensive coordinated community approach which will focus on response, prevention, intervention and education.
 
“Our goal is to enhance the ASU student experience by creating a culture of excellence,” Daniels said. “We cannot do this without our community partners.  Together, we will strengthen our policies and protocols and ensure that campus and community resources are easily accessible.”
 
Media contacts:
 
Denise Ward, 229-454-9083, Denise.ward@asurams.edu
Danyelle Gary, 229-873-0382, Danyelle.gary@asurams.edu
 
About ASU …Albany State University, in Southwest Georgia, has been a catalyst for change in the region from its inception as the Albany Bible and Manual Training Institute to its designation as a university. Founded in 1903 to educate African-American youth, the university continues to fulfill its historic mission while also serving the educational needs of an increasingly diverse student population. A progressive institution, Albany State University seeks to foster the growth and development of the region, state and nation through teaching, research, creative expression and public service. Through its collaborative efforts, the university responds to the needs of all of its constituents and offers educational programs and service to improve the quality of life in Southwest Georgia. For more information, please visit https://www.asurams.edu/. Follow the university on Twitter and Facebook @AlbanyStateUniv.
 

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Sports Forum / Albany State Golden Rams Football Updates
« on: September 12, 2017, 08:19:14 PM »
ASU DEFENSE DOMINANT IN 20-7 WIN OVER TUSKEGEE UNIVERSITY

Golden Rams Shine Before National Audience at White Water Classic

PHENIX CITY, NC- Albany State University captured their first win in seven seasons over Tuskegee University with a convincing 20-7 triumph Saturday afternoon at the Fourth Annual White Water Classic.

ASU's last victory over the Golden Tigers was in the 2010 season, where the Golden Rams came away with a 34-6 win.

In Saturday's outing Albany State rolled up 462 yards of total offense on 68 plays and controlled the game's pace with nearly 46 minutes in time of possession. Comparatively Tuskegee's time of possession totaled just over 16 minutes and they only managed 27 plays from scrimmage.

The Golden Tigers' brightest moment came on their first drive of the game. After ASU's game opening drive (11 plays, 7:25 of clock) came up empty with a missed field goal, facing third and one, Tuskegee's Hoderick Lowe broke loose for a 71 yard scamper to the end zone and a 7-0 lead at the 5:59 mark.

Unfortunately for Tuskegee fans, that touchdown would be their lone visit to the end zone and accounted for one of their two first downs on the afternoon.

The Golden Rams' defense was stingily brilliant the rest of the way, denying Tuskegee any chance at any offensive rhythm or productivity. Aside from the opening drive (Lowe's TD run), the Golden Rams did not allow Tuskegee across the 50-yard line the rest of the contest and forced three and outs on six of their final seven possessions.

The Golden Tigers finished the night with just 119 yards of total offense. Marquez Thomas was ASU's leader on defense with 6 tackles including a sack for a loss of 8 yards.

Ta'Keevian Harris' 13 yard touchdown reception from Chancellor Johnson with 12:54 left in the first half capped a 12 play, 87 yard drive to knot the game at 7 apiece. The Golden Rams pulled in front with 1:39 left in the second quarter when another drive, this one 78 yards on 16 plays, ended with another TD pass from Johnson, this time to Quadrey Simmons from 21 yards out. The extra point attempt missed its mark but ASU took a 13-7 lead into the locker room.

As the defense kept TU at bay, the Golden Rams put the game away near the close of the third quarter on a 26 yard TD hookup from Johnson to Mike Green.
Johnson had a nearly perfect passing day going 20 of 21 for 209 yards and three touchdowns. Green hauled in 7 catches for 100 yards and McKinley Habersham had all positive yards with 23 carries for 144 yards.

Albany State (2-0, SIAC 1-0) will return to action for a non-conference tilt against North Greenville University on Saturday, September 16 at ASU Coliseum. Kickoff is scheduled for 7pm.

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http://www.walb.com/story/36142107/consolidation-proved-well-for-the-golden-rams-in-year-1

As Albany State barrels into year two post- consolidation, now is a good time to review how athletics succeeded in a year of transition.

Nothing was the same in 2016 for the Golden Rams.

The consolidation with Darton State College shook up the landscape of athletics.

Albany State infused a total of four new head coaches.

The program also took on two new sports in men's golf and women's soccer.

Change turned out to be good for the Golden Rams.

Here's  last years achievements:
•3 SIAC titles (Men's track and field, men's golf, women's cross country)
•2 Individual track & field national titles (Rising Junior and Bainbridge native Cervantes Jackson won triple jump and high jump)
•Men's SIAC Commissioner's Cup (Women placed 2nd)
•88 student-athletes with 3.0 GPA or above, four with 4.0

Pulling the strings behind the scenes was first year athletic director Sherie Gordon.

She credits the village for the year one success.

"Although we've been great here, we have higher goals," said Gordon. "We want to be a model institution at Division II at the regional and eventually the national level. I have to give credit to our coaches. We have great coaches and great student-athletes, and my job is to make sure I provide the support they need to succeed."

Change isn't over at ASU. The Golden Rams women's soccer team will have its inaugural season this fall.

The football program is also under the new leadership of first-time head coach Gabe Giardina.

Both open the season against Valdosta State. Women's soccer on September 1st and football opener is the following evening.

Copyright 2017 WALB. All rights reserved.

Keep up with WALB on the go!

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) - About 1,600 freshmen have registered for fall classes at Albany State University. Thursday was the final day for registration, the first since the merger between Albany State and Darton State.

Natasha Harris is excited for her first semester to begin at ASU, but today she registered for her classes on Monday.

"Usually whenever I register it takes no longer than 30 minutes but the registration process is kind of lengthy," Harris said.

She said with ASU and Darton merging there have been differences in the way classes have been listed.

"I was trying to register for a certain class and Darton had a certain name for them, but then with ASU merging it was a different name. So you gotta kinda figure out, you know, is it same class, different name, but same course," Harris explained.

Because of the challenge, Harris knew coming Thursday afternoon on the last day of registration she would  be able to meet with an academic adviser to help her.

"It's been a breeze, very helpful. I don't think I would've completed it on my own, arranging classes, getting certain times and dates, you know, to coordinate with each other," Harris said.

She said she worked with an adviser for about an hour to align her 12-credit hour fall schedule.

Wendy Kennedy, Executive Director of Advising, agreed with Harris that Thursday's final day of registering has gone well.

"We've been able to get students in and out relatively quickly and meet their needs and get the classes that they want," Kennedy said.

Harris suggests for students to utilize academic advisers to accommodate scheduling in a timely fashion.

"I would recommend getting advisement cause it's very helpful," Harris said.

For ASU students who have not registered for classes, it is now too late to begin in August.

But students can still sign up for courses that begin in October.
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Now lets hope ALL of them pay; but I would be happy with anything over a thousand.

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General Discussion Forum / Black Family Reunions
« on: July 14, 2017, 03:25:11 PM »
Is anyone hosted/attended or hosting/attending a Family Reunion this Summer. I am chairman of mine next week, and boy I have to say Family Reunion T-shirts is a SERIOUS business.

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Sports Forum / Albany State Online debuts Online Tickets
« on: July 12, 2017, 12:42:24 PM »
This should really help on game days, with those coming from out of town. This may be old for some, but for ASU this new and welcoming relief of not having to rush to the yard to get your ticket.

Albany State University Athletics and University Tickets announce partnership for online ticket sales


Albany State Golden Ram fans will be able to purchase tickets online in advance for football, basketball and other events during the 2017-18 season. ASU will now partner with UniversityTickets.

“We are excited to announce our new partnership with UniversityTickets in order to offer online ticketing options for our fans,” ASU Director of Athletics Sherie Gordon said. “One of our priorities has been to grow the athletic brand and fan base, and this partnership with UniversityTickets will help us in that respect.

“Fans who purchase tickets on-line will have access to the best available seats and will experience the ease and convenience of online ticketing to quality Division II competition.”

Availability for the service will be conducted through www.asuramstickets.com as well as via the athletics website, www.asugoldenrams.com.

One great feature is the ability for fans to see and secure available seats for each event from their desktop, laptop, tablet or smartphone. Additionally, fans can print their tickets and bring them to the game or simply have the ticket bar code scanned via their smartphone at the door.

For more information, please contact the ASU Athletics at 229-430-4754 or asutickets@asurams.edu.

Built on a college campus in 1999, UniversityTickets’ mission is to create simple, cost-effective ways for colleges and universities to sell tickets and collect payments via the internet. UniversityTickets is a privately owned corporation headquartered in New York City.

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ALBANY, Ga.- Albany State University has selected Advanced-Online to create an online store for their fans to purchase Golden Rams merchandise.
“I am excited to partner with Advanced Online,” ASU Athletics Director Sherie Gordon said. “It is a great opportunity to expand our brand visibility through merchandising and adding a revenue stream for our department.”
With the grand opening being conducted on June 9th, the ASU Athletics site will provide a way for fans to purchase various items such as team clothing, mugs and hundreds of other ASU branded merchandise through the online shop. Advanced-Online is the leading provider of online company store programs.
For more information about the Golden Rams’ new online store, please visit ShopGoldenRams.com

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Politics / John McCain may have been off his meds this morning...
« on: June 08, 2017, 02:38:31 PM »
It is really time for John McCain to leave the Senate....his line of questioning was WAY OFF!!! He was totally confused. I would laugh but he is a sitting Senator.

http://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/2017/06/08/john-mccain-questions-james-comey-sot.cnn


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Man, WOW...this is a new day at Albany State

ASU Athletics prepares for Coaches Caravan

ALBANY, Ga.- Albany State Athletics has announced the department will journey on its first Coaches Caravan. The ASU athletics staff will travel through Georgia and Florida May 22-May 26.
 
 This year's caravan tour will begin on May 22 in Tampa, Florida and end May 26 in Macon, Ga. Other caravan locations can be found on the list below.
 
 ASU Director of Athletics Sherie Gordon will lead a group of athletics administrators and head coaches throughout the event to connect with alumni and supporters. The staff will also provide previews for the upcoming fall, winter and spring sports seasons.
 
 "I am excited about the opportunity to engage with our alumni," Gordon said. "I want to thank the chapter presidents for their leadership and support of this new endeavor."
 
 For additional information, contact Verniece Graham at (229) 430-1396 or verniece.graham@asurams.edu.
 
ASU Coaches Caravan
 May 22nd-26th, 2017
 
May 22nd- Tampa, Florida
 ASU Tampa Chapter
 Columbia Restaurant- 2 p.m.-4 p.m.
 
May 24th- Columbus, Georgia
 ASU Columbus & Chattahoochee Chapter
 Columbus Marriott- 6 p.m.-8 p.m.
 
May 25th- Atlanta, Georgia
 ASU DeKalb, Athens and Griffin Chapters
 ILounge- 6 p.m.-9 p.m.
 
May 26th- Macon, GA
 ASU Macon, Warner Robins and Dublin Chapters
 6 p.m.-8 p.m.

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General Discussion Forum / Albany State Commencement Speakers
« on: May 01, 2017, 09:19:06 AM »
ALBANY, Ga. – Albany State University will honor 701 graduates at the first Commencement ceremonies for the new institution, following the January 2017 consolidation of Albany State University and Darton State College.

Spring Commencement ceremonies will be held at 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., Saturday, May 6, at the Albany James H. Gray Sr. Civic Center.


Karol Mason will serve as the keynote speaker at the morning ceremony for bachelor’s, master’s and specialist candidates.

Mason is the former Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Justice Programs (OJP) at the U.S. Department of Justice. As head of the Office of Justice Programs, Mason oversaw an annual budget of more than $4 billion that supported state, local, and tribal criminal justice agencies; an array of juvenile justice programs; a wide range of research, evaluation, and statistical efforts and comprehensive services for crime victims.

Under Mason’s leadership, the Department of Justice worked across agencies and leveraged resources to develop a coordinated federal effort to address persistent opportunity gaps faced by youth to ensure that all young people can reach their full potential. OJP worked to support children of incarcerated parents, promoting supportive school discipline in partnership with the Department of Education, and launched “Changing Minds,” a national campaign to raise awareness about children’s exposure to violence and to inspire public action to address it.

Bárbara Rivera Holmes will serve as the keynote speaker at the 3 p.m. ceremony for associate degree and certificate candidates.

Holmes is president and CEO of the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber aims to create conditions for economic growth and opportunities and oversees the Albany Convention & Visitors Bureau, which facilitates tourism-related economic development.

Prior to assuming her current role, Holmes served as vice president of the Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission, where she oversaw the development of the agency’s brand and marketing efforts – which included the award-winning “We Are Albany” and “Made in Albany” videos, and the “There’s Only One Albany” campaign. Holmes also managed the Commission’s business retention and expansion program, which facilitated existing industry job creation and capital investment in Albany-Dougherty County.

The ASU Class of 1967 is celebrating its 50-year reunion and will join the graduation processional at the 9 a.m. commencement ceremony. The U.S. Army ROTC commissioning ceremony will also take place at the 9 a.m. ceremony, following the conferring of degrees.




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General Discussion Forum / SACS Approves Albany State Merger
« on: December 07, 2016, 09:33:53 AM »
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                                                    CONTACT:  Sonja Roberts
December 6, 2016                                                                                           
PHONE: 404-962-3050

Consolidation Plan for Albany State University and Darton State College Gets Final Approval from Accreditors
ATLANTA – (Dec. 6) – Today, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) gave its approval to the consolidation plans of Albany State University (ASU) and Darton State College (DSC). Chancellor Hank Huckaby first announced the consolidation plans to create the new combined institution in November 2015.
Officials from SACSCOC, the regional body for the accreditation of degree-granting higher education in the Southern states, announced the approval of the prospectus submitted for the new institution during the SACSCOC annual meeting held in Atlanta.
SACSCOC’s approval represents the final step needed for the Board of Regents to review and grant authorization for the consolidated institution to officially operate as the new Albany State University. The board is scheduled to review the final recommendation for consolidation at its December 9 telephonic meeting.
“The approval by SACSCOC is the critical step needed in showing the University System’s commitment to the Albany community and southwest Georgia,” said University System Chancellor Hank Huckaby.  “Creating the new Albany State University will allow us to create an even greater impact on the economy and higher education for the citizens of the region.”
The new institution will expand its mission, including providing access, and degree programs by offering certificates and associate degrees through master’s degrees.
With the completion of the consolidation, the number of institutions in the University System of Georgia will be reduced from 29 to 28.

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General Discussion Forum / Gwen Ifill has died.....CNN Reporting
« on: November 14, 2016, 02:18:47 PM »
Gwen Ifill, the veteran journalist and newscaster who co-hosted PBS NewsHour, has died at the age of 61, her close friend Michele Norris confirmed on Monday.

Ifill, who worked at The Washington Post, The New York Times and NBC News, became moderator of PBS's "Washington Week in Review" in 1999 and co-host of NewsHour in 2013. She and co-host Judy Woodruff were the first women to co-host a nightly news broadcast.



Ifill also moderated the 2004 vice-presidential debate and the 2008 vice-presidential debate, as well as a 2016 Democratic primary debate.

Ifill had been facing ongoing health issues that forced her to take a leave of absence from NewsHour in May. She was also absent from the show last week.





CNNMoney (Los Angeles)
First published November 14, 2016: 2:09 PM ET

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