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April 1, 2003
April 1, 2003

Dr. Parris R. Watts, professor of health and human performance, recently completed a four-year professional service commitment to the Health Educator Section of the American School Health Association (ASHA). The Health Educator Section is the largest of the 15 ASHA governing bodies with more than 1200 members. Watts served as the HES director-elect for two years and then as director for two additional years. His responsibilities included coordinating the selection of all section-sponsored programs at the annual national conferences, facilitating involvement of the HES in the Health Educator Advocacy Summit in Washington, D.C., each February, leading the review of all health education-related resolutions passed during his term in office, assisting with a major revision of the HES operating code as a part of a total restructuring of ASHA completed over a two-year period of time and spearheading the development of a five-year strategic planning document for the Health Educator Section.

As a result of an article by Meredith Dunn, graduate assistant in the Public Relations and Marketing Office, about how Internet orders by college students are affecting campus post offices nationwide, "The Leaf-Chronicle" ran an expanded article, complete with a photo of Sharon Ridenhour, manager of the APSU Post Office. Using information in Dunn's article, feature writer Senee Seale Moon showed how APSU's new post office accommodates Internet-ordered packages. She also listed "red flags" Internet users should know to avoid becoming victims of online scams.

Dr. Dewey Browder was interviewed by Channel 3, Fox News and 5-Star Radio on information surrounding the war in Iraq. His colleague, Dr. Kip Muier, professor of history, was interviewed by a reporter from "The Madisonville Messenger" about the war. All interviews were the result of "Local Angle," news tip sheets disseminated by the Public Relations and Marketing Office.

Dr. Samuel Fung, professor of psychology, attended the Southeastern Psychological Association Annual Conference in New Orleans, La., March 26-29.

Dr. Ann Harris, professor of education, was selected to be a member of the Advisory Board of the 21st Century Community Learning Century Project. As a board member, she recently attended training for the administration of the $1.2 million grant awarded to Clarksville-Montgomery Schools. The training was prefaced with a meeting of the 16 Tennessee project sites to discuss budgets, finances and evaluation concerns related specifically to Tennessee.

Dr. Bert Randall, professor of philosophy, has been asked by Rebecca Mackey, editor of "Our City," to write a regular column for that newspaper titled "Looking Beyond Barricades." Randall says his hope is that the column "contributes to overcoming the external and internal barricades that divide us, encourages tolerance for differing religious beliefs, nurtures compassion for humans who hurt (whether they be American or Arab) and affirms the freedom and dignity of all human beings." He says he also hopes the column encourages healthy discussions in the local community. In his first column, he writes, "The freedom to discuss, debate and disagree without fear of reprisal is the life blood of democracy. Ironically, those who prevent or by intimidation try to prevent such discussions and debates become terrorists."

Dr. Phyllis Camilleri, Dr. Jack Deibert and Dr. Daniel Frederick, associate professors of geology, presented papers at the Joint Southeastern and South-Central section meeting of the Geological Society of America in Memphis on March 14. Frederick presented a paper on newly recognized fauna from the famous Coon Creek Formation in Western Tennessee. In a co-authored paper, Camilleri and Deibert presented their digital compilation and analysis of fault and sedimentologic data from Knoll basin in northeastern Nevada.

Charles Wall, director of APSU's Office of Information Technology, contributed to an article in the Spring 2003 issue of "ACUTA Journal of Communications Technology in Higher Education." The article was titled "Lessons Learned: Looking Back on Disaster" and dealt with Austin Peay's response to the 1999 tornado.