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National honor society awards grant for liberal arts conference

February 11, 2003

Austin Peays chapter of Phi Kappa Phi is hosting a regional conference on excellence in a liberal education, thanks to a Promoting Excellence Grant in the amount of $4,500 from the national Phi Kappa Phi organization.
February 11, 2003

Austin Peay's chapter of Phi Kappa Phi is hosting a regional conference on excellence in a liberal education, thanks to a Promoting Excellence Grant in the amount of $4,500 from the national Phi Kappa Phi organization.

With chapters on the campuses of 281 respected universities and colleges throughout the United States, Puerto Rico and the Philippines, the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi insists on high quality in the institutions to which it grants chapters. Membership is by invitation only and requires approval by a chapter. Superior scholarship and good character are among membership criteria.

The APSU Liberal Arts Conference, organized by Dr. Al Bekus, professor of English and president of the APSU Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi, and Dr. Richard Gildrie, professor of history, will be held in the Joe Morgan University Center Friday, Feb. 28, and Saturday, March 1.

The conference, which is open to everyone, has attracted guest speakers, presenters and scholars from throughout the Southeast. For the general public and University community, the only charge is $10 for the Friday evening banquet, but there is no cost for attending sessions.

A faculty member from Evergreen State College in Washington state, Dr. Susan Finkel, the executive director of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges, will be the keynote speaker for the banquet, which is at 6 p.m. in the University Center Ballroom. Her talk is titled “Liberal Education in Public Colleges and Universities.”

Finkel has extensive experience in the challenges facing higher educationfrom community colleges to universities, according to Gildrie, and she has published widely on the role of and problems of women students and faculty.

With concurrent paper presentations and panel discussions, the conference offers a wide spectrum of topics:

Friday, Feb. 28

Session I-A (9-10:15 a.m., UC 310-312): Philosophy of Liberal Higher Education
Moderator: Dr. Richard Gildrie (APSU)

Dr. Albert Randall (APSU): Windmills That Might Be Giants: A Philosopher's Vision of the Liberal Arts

Dr. Jordy Rocheleau (APSU): A Liberal Education's Ethical Paradox: The Tension Between Value Neutrality and the Ideal of Reflective Citizenship

Session I-B (9-10:14 a.m., UC 310-312): The Four Ts of Adult Development: Serving the Adult Learner in the Post-Secondary Educational Environment
Moderator: Mary Alice Burkhart (APSU)

All APSU faculty and staff

Session II-A (10:30-11:45 a.m., UC 310-312): Liberal Education and Public Purpose
Moderator: Dr. Karen Sorenson (APSU)

Dr. T. Howard Winn (APSU): Jefferson and His Friends on the Civic Purpose of Liberal Education

Dr. Richard P. Gildrie (APSU): Canon Fodder: The Use and Abuse of Tradition

Session II-B (10:30-11:45 a.m.): Innovative Teaching and Student Forums for Excellence: Interdisciplinary Humanities Culture at the University of North Carolina-Asheville
Moderator: Dr. T. Howard Winn (APSU)

Faculty and students from UNC-Asheville

Session III-A (1-2:15 p.m., UC 310-312): A Liberal Education: Purpose and Assessment
Moderator: Dr. Fred Beatty (Troy State University, Montgomery. Ala.)

Dr. Sherry Hoppe and Dr. Bruce Speck (APSU): A Liberal Education and Career Preparation at the Undergraduate Level: An Uneasy Marriage?

D. W. Keats Sparrow and Dr. Scott W. Snyder (East Carolina University): Special Problems of Mandated Outcome Assessment for Liberal Arts Problems

Session III-B (1-2:15 p.m., UC 306-308) The Changing Role of Adult Women Students in the University
Moderator: Dr. Mickey Wadia (APSU)

Dr. Jill Eichhorn (APSU)
Dr. Nanci Woods (APSU)
Dr. Rebecca McMahan (APSU)
Dr. Jennifer Meningall (APSU)

Session IV-A (2:30-3:45 p.m.): Liberal Education: Then and Now
Moderator: Dr. Susan Calovini (APSU)

Dr. Frederick Beatty (Troy State University): Early American Liberal Education: The Historical Perspective

Dr. J. Drew Harrington (Troy State University): A Liberal Education: Just-A-Lookin' for a Home

Session IV-B (2:30-3:45 p.m., UC 306-308): Curriculum Design and Faculty Development: Interdisciplinary Humanities Culture at the University of North Carolina-Asheville
Moderator: Dr. Jim Thompson (APSU)

Faculty and students from UNC-Asheville

Banquet at 6 p.m., University Center Ballroom, $10 (by reservation only; call 7895)

Saturday, March 1

Session V-A (9-10:15 a.m., UC 310-312): How Physics Impacted the Culture at the Turn of the 20th Century
Moderator: Dr. Al Bekus (APSU)

Dr. Jaime Taylor (APSU)
Dr. Alex King (APSU)

Session V-B (9-10:15 a.m.): Adult Learning: Androgyny and Pedagogy in the College Classroom
Moderator: Meredith Gildrie (APSU)

Dr. Allene Phy-Olsen (APSU)
Dr. Stanley Groppel (APSU)
Dr. Diane Berty (APSU)
Dr. Sharon Walker (APSU)

Session VI-A (10:30-11:45 a.m., UC 310-312): Communication and Learning Styles in Liberal Education
Moderator: Dr. Taylor Emery (APSU)

Dr. Sharon Felton (Belmont University): Learning Strategies of Adult Students
Dr. Al Bekus (APSU): Reading to Writing in Liberal Education

For more information, telephone Bekus at 7895 or Gildrie at 7932.