By Jennifer Wolfe
My favorite day of the year at the Athens State University Library is field trip day. Let me explain…
As a child one of my favorite things to do in the summer was to go to the Knox County Public Library’s Norwood Branch on Merchant Dr. in Knoxville, Tennessee for the summer reading program. This should have been my first clue to my future profession – a librarian.
By Ruby de la Pena
The National Conference for College Women Student Leaders (NCCWSL) held their annual conference June 5–7, 2014 at the University of Maryland, College Park. After submitting an application, I received a scholarship from the American Association of University Women (AAUW), San Jose (CA) Branch which covered my convention cost to attend. I was honored to receive this scholarship and represent Athens State University. Over 900 participants came from forty-eight different states and three different nations.
By Amanda Cates
As graduation inches closer, I am beginning to reflect more on my college experience – particularly here at Athens State. I started college immediately after my high school graduation. I knew that I would be in college for at least four years because I decided to pursue a career in secondary English Education. I did not want to waste any time. I spent the first two years of college at Wallace State. I made the decision to begin at a community college because I believed this would be the best way to make the adjustment from high school to college. Wallace is only thirty minutes from my home, so I would be able to commute without living in a dorm. Also, many of my high school friends planned to attend, and I had classes scheduled with a few. I enjoyed participating in the Sigma Kappa Delta honor society and talking with my English Professor about my career choice. Before I realized, it was time to choose another institution to complete my degree.
By Tony Ricks
It was an hour past my lunchtime when a student opened my office door and asked if the Writing Center was open. The Writing Center had officially closed the previous week, as the university had now entered Finals Week. That left me, the Writing Center Director, to help. After we arranged a meeting time, I went to lunch with her paper in hand. It was due that night.
By Sara Love
In was 1909; Athens Female College entered its sixty-sixth scholastic year on the 15th day of September. The previous five years had been the most successful years in the entire history of the Institution. In addition to local students, there were 151 boarding students enrolled from across Alabama and adjoining states. The faculty was made up of 23 excellent administrators and teachers. The health of the entire College community seemed perfect. College records indicate that only two deaths had occurred during its history and those occurred before the Civil War. On October 14, 1909, there was not a sick person on the campus.
By Ron Fritze
Most people have read something by Jules Verne whether it be Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea or Around the World in Eighty Days. A lot of his novels have been made into movies, some more than once. Verne was an early contributor to the genre of science fiction when it was first blooming. He wrote during the late nineteenth century and shared its faith that Western Civilization had entered into a permanent age of progress. His fiction predicted various technological innovations such as the submarine (Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea and Mysterious Island), the helicopter (Robur the Conqueror alt. title The Clipper of the Clouds), or a combination, submarine/airplane/automobile (The Master of the World). Little remarked upon is that Verne also envisioned the recreational vehicle.
By Saralyn Mitchell
For many positions, employers increasingly rely on telephone interviews to screen job candidates before they are invited to the in-person interview. I find quite often candidates discount the importance of the phone interview and don’t prepare for it. This is a big mistake. Impressions are made in the first few minutes of the call so take the time to be well prepared. I hope these tips help you ace the telephone interview.
By Ron Fritze
200th anniversaries don’t come along all that often but we have one coming up in Alabama in a few weeks. On the 27th of March, 2014, it will be the bicentennial of the Battle of Horseshoe Bend.
If you, like me, grew up with“The Wonderful World of Disney” appearing on the TV on Sunday night, you’ll remember the Davy Crockett (aka Fess Parker) episodes. I remember as a little kid the opening episode in which Davy and his friend George Russel (aka Buddy Ebson, aka Jed Clampett) were scouting for hostile Indians in a swampy region. Along the way, Davy has to fight a bear and kills it using just his knife. He also fights an Indian chief to save Russel’s life. My memory is that at the end Davy’s boss Andrew Jackson arrives with the army and captures all the hostile Indians in what I now know was a highly sanitized version of the Battle of Horseshoe Bend. Of course, if you are younger and grew up on the Disney Channel and Nickelodean, than you grew up with the same TV shows that I watched, it is just that for you they were retro while for me they were cutting edge.
By Saralyn Mitchell
My job is to complement the excellent academic education our students receive and ensure they are prepared to be successful in the world of work at the local, state and national levels. We start with useful, practical knowledge that results in excellent resumes, impressive interviewing skills, a good elevator speech, and solid networking skills. There is a growing need for us to spend more time on networking. Our students need to understand the importance of networking in the employment process, what that means and how you do it. Then we need to provide firsthand opportunities where they can practice.
By Ron Fritze
These days, people tend to go on the internet to get answers to their questions. I know that I do. That said, I still have and use a big collection of reference books. One reason is that a standard reference book will be more reliable than some of the internet sites (although I think Wikipedia is generally quite reliable). Another reason is that for some purposes, a reference book can be just as easy to use, or even easier than an online source. That is certainly the case for dictionaries. But there is another reason for checking out many ink and paper works of reference—they are fun to browse. Well, maybe not for everyone, but they are fun for me and I am not alone.