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Artist rendering of the new Stephens Chapel on campusArtist rendering of the new Stephens Chapel on campusThe new chapel is named in honor of longtime ASU supporters F.L. “Steve” and Pollyanna Stephens. In recognition of the honorary naming, the Stephens have fully funded construction of the chapel with a gift of $1.925 million and were present for today’s groundbreaking.

Dr. Brian J. MayDr. Brian J. May“The Stephens Chapel is going to be a beautiful building and a wonderful centerpiece for the Angelo State campus,” said ASU President Brian J. May. “The generosity of Steve and Pollyanna Stephens in funding this project is truly heartwarming because without them, building the chapel would not be possible. In addition to campus services, we look forward to hosting a lot of weddings. Today is a great day for the ASU Ram Family.”

At 3,100 square feet, the Stephens Chapel will include a portico, narthex, sanctuary, bride’s room, groom’s room/vesting, sacristy, restrooms and service areas. It will have metal-framed, brick/stone-clad exterior walls and a metal roof. The finishes will include stone tile flooring, interior brick walls, stained glass windows, custom light fixtures, wood deck ceilings and custom pews. Businesses and individuals are invited to sponsor individual pews and/or stained glass windows.

This is the second ASU facility to be named for the Stephens, whose name also adorns the Stephens Arena inside the ASU Junell Center athletics facility on South Jackson Street.

Steve Stephens is the retired chairman, CEO and co-founder of Town & Country Food Stores Inc. One of the state’s most prominent businessmen, he has been recognized nationwide for his contributions to the convenience store industry. Pollyanna Stephens is the retired co-owner, board secretary, and director of public relations and special events for Town & Country Food Stores. She also served 12 years on the Board of Regents of the Texas State University System, including a term as chairman, when ASU belonged to the TSUS.

Over the years, the Stephens have made a dynamic pair and compiled a long and enviable record of public service at the community and statewide levels. Their business, civic, cultural and philanthropic efforts have touched the lives of virtually everyone in San Angelo. The ASU Alumni Association has designated them as “Honorary Alumni” and the San Angelo Chamber of Commerce has named them “Citizens of the Year.” In March 2008, they were each awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from ASU for their longstanding support of the university.

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IFTTT Loses Gmail Service

IFTTT Loses Gmail Service

Much of the info in this post is from an article on engadget.  I became aware of the situation as I was working to build an IFTTT applet that would change my office lights to red if a website went down and I got an email about it from Uptime Robot.  That applet can probably still be made but just not using Gmail anymore as a trigger.

From Endadget:

Google’s push to tighten third-party API access is already going to cost the world Google+, but a change that more of you might notice is coming to IFTTT. The service sent out emails alerting users that their “recipe” scripts involving Gmail triggers and an action that could create a draft will go away as of March 31st. According to Google, the shift is a result of the Project Strobe sweep it announced last October.

IFTTT said it worked with Google to keep the integration that will support triggers to Send an email, or to Send Yourself an email, but the API lockdown that’s coming would’ve required too much work to change its services. Otherwise, integrations with Google will still be the same, but anyone relying heavily on the automated scripts may want to double check things before they get a surprise in a few days.

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(L to R) ASU President Brian May and Col. Thomas Coakley, commander of the 17th Training Group at...(L to R) ASU President Brian May and Col. Thomas Coakley, commander of the 17th Training Group at Goodfellow AFB, sign the transfer MOU.ASU and GAFB officials signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) today (April 15) that will allow successful graduates of the 14N course to transfer 12 credit hours into their choice of two master’s degree programs offered by ASU’s Department of Security Studies and Criminal Justice – the academic arm of ASU’s Kay Bailey Hutchison Center for Security Studies.

Graduates of the 14N course can transfer their credits to either the Master of Security Studies in intelligence and analysis degree program – or the Master of Science in global security studies degree program. They must have completed all 14N coursework prior to enrolling at ASU, and they must complete one semester at ASU with a minimum 3.0 GPA before the 14N transfer credits will appear on their ASU transcript.

Those transferring credits to the M.S.S. in intelligence and analysis program will receive credit for the following ASU courses:

  • ISSA 6300: Intelligence and National Security
  • ISSA 6303: Advanced Intelligence Analysis: Operating in Complex Environments
  • ISSA 6312: Cyber Arms Race and the Intelligence Policy Nexus
  • ISSA 6313: Intelligence and Counter-Terrorism

Those transferring credits to the M.S. in global security studies program will receive credit for:

  • SEC 6313: Intelligence and National Security
  • SEC 6317: Weapons of Mass Destruction, Proliferation, and National Security
  • ISSA 6302: The Transformational Imperative: Reorganizing a Multi-Polar World
  • ISSA 6303: Advanced Intelligence Analysis: Operating in Complex Environments

(L to R) Dr. Don Topliff, ASU provost; Col. Thomas Coakley, 17th Training Group commander; Dr. Ra...(L to R) Dr. Don Topliff, ASU provost; Col. Thomas Coakley, 17th Training Group commander; Dr. Randy Mullis, ASU professor; and Dr. Brian May, ASU PresidentASU will also offer students who transfer under this agreement a Tuition Assistance Scholarship for active-duty personnel who are utilizing the military’s Tuition Assistance Program. The TA Scholarship will allow ASU to offer courses to those students at zero cost for tuition and fees.

The MOU codifies ASU’s existing credit transfer relationship with GAFB’s 14N course graduates, which has existed since 2013. It is also just the latest articulation agreement between ASU and GAFB. In 2017, ASU signed an agreement with the 17th Medical Group to allow students in ASU’s Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) and Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T.) programs to complete clinical practicums at the Goodfellow Clinic.

In 2018, ASU also signed an agreement with the National Security Agency (NSA) to allow its employees to transfer credits earned through the NSA National Cryptologic School into various programs in ASU’s Department of Security Studies and Criminal Justice.

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Four Staff Excellence Awards are given each spring semester to recognize non-teaching staff members whose job performance exceeded the customary standards or who exhibited outstanding skill or dedication while performing special projects during the preceding calendar year. An award will be given to one staff member in each of four categories: Commitment to Excellence, Excellence in Customer Service, Excellence in Innovation and Excellence in Leadership. The Rowan Award recognizes a staff member who has gone above and beyond the call of duty in carrying out a major project during the last academic year.

All nominees are recognized with a certificate. The four Staff Excellence Award recipients will each receive a $1,000 honorarium and a presentation piece, while the Rowan Award winner will receive a $1,500 honorarium. The presentation ceremony is scheduled for 9 a.m. on Wednesday, April 17, in the Houston Harte University Center’s C.J. Davidson Conference Center.

Staff Excellence Award nominees by department for Commitment to Excellence are: Amanda Ritchie, Admissions; Brian Braden, Information Technology; Brittney Miller, Communications and Marketing; Cody Riddle, Agriculture; Derek Salazar, Visual and Performing Arts; Dianna Krejsa, Biology; Erika Baeza, Multicultural and Student Activities Programs; Frosty Aguilar, Information Technology; Heather Crawford, Admissions; Jayna Phinney, College of Science and Engineering; Jennifer Barrientos, Accounting, Economics and Finance; Judith McAnanama, Facilities Management; Justina Stark, Finance and Administration; Katherine Thoreson, Visual and Performing Arts; Kaylee King, Student Life; Landon Fisher, Information Technology; Lori Herron, College of Education; Mark Hirt, Information Technology; Michelle Newell, Aerospace Studies; Mike Gustin, Facilities Management; Orlando Villarreal, University Police; Paul Hamilton, Housing and Residential Programs; Paula Bradley, Mail Services; Robert Cope, Agriculture; Sam Spooner, Environmental Health, Safety and Risk Management; Sarah Foster, Facilities Management; and Tonya Drost, College of Education.

Nominees for Excellence in Customer Service are: Alma Valdez, Political Science and Philosophy; Amanda Gibson, Nursing; Annette Dixon, Agriculture; Brittany Wollman, Library; Christina van Ittersum, Communications and Marketing; Cindy Weeakes, Registrar; Erin Johnson, Library-West Texas Collection; Jeff Sefcik, Enrollment Management; Jenny Hock, Library; Jessica Albus, Information Technology; Jody Casares, Biology; Joshua Torres, OneCard Office; Julia Chandler, Information Technology; Kailee Malleck, Special Events; Keith Hoelscher, Financial Aid; Maggie Blair, College of Education; Mandy Osborne, Curriculum and Instruction; Marla Daugherty, Visual and Performing Arts; Mary Ann Boyd, Budget Office; Mary Snowden, College of Education; MaryAnne Low, Norris-Vincent College of Business; Melody Kelley, College of Arts and Humanities; Nancy Thomas, Nursing; Nancy Vandiver, Student Affairs; Olivia Castro, Small Business Development Center; Princess Fiel-Murphy, Mathematics; Rebecca Schkade, Information Technology; Robin Sebolt, Payroll Services; Ruben Limon, Facilities Management; Sandy Graves, Athletics; Shonda Brooks, Payroll Services; and Troy Hill, Athletics.

Excellence in Innovation nominees are: Dallas Swafford, Student Affairs; Daniel Martinez, College of Education; E.J. Smith, Information Technology; Ella Burnett, Teacher Education; Jon Wilcox, Information Technology; Jordan Hohensee, Norris-Vincent College of Business; Rebecca Schkade, Information Technology; and Suzie Dusek, Enrollment Management.

Nominees for Excellence in Leadership are: Eddie Behrends, Agriculture; Elicia Rankin, Purchasing and Operations; Jeane Irby, Information Technology; Jessica Gooch, Housing and Residential Programs; Meagan Word, College of Education; Melissa King, Admissions; Randall Jenkins, Student Affairs; Shirley Eoff, Honors Program; and Ty Walden, Information Technology.

Rowan Award nominees are: Curt Braden, Information Technology; Dallas Swafford, Student Affairs; Jayna Phinney, College of Science and Engineering; Jennifer Barrientos, Accounting, Economics and Finance; Joey Hereford, Information Technology; and Manuel San Miguel, Archer College of Health and Human Services.

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Angelo State ACS reps at national meeting: (L to R) Baxter Krug, Clancy Collom, Heather Hillert, ...Angelo State ACS reps at national meeting: (L to R) Baxter Krug, Clancy Collom, Heather Hillert, Dr. Edith Osborne, Christopher Garcia, Kevin BoudreauxThis marks the 14th straight year the ASU chapter has received a year-end award from the national ACS, including one previous Outstanding Award, 11 Commendable Awards and two Honorable Mention Awards. Only 69 of the more than 450 student chapters in the U.S. received an Outstanding Award for 2017-18.

Additionally, for the eighth straight year, the ASU chapter has received a Green Chemistry Award for outreach activities from the national ACS Green Chemistry Institute. Only 72 chapters received a Green Chemistry Award for 2017-18.

The ASU chapter and other award-winning chapters were honored at the 254th ACS National Meeting and Exposition held March 30 – April 2 in Orlando, Fla. A list of the award-winning chapters will be published in Chemical & Engineering News and the inChemistry student magazine.

ASU students Heather Hillert of Menard, Clancy Collom of Earth and Christopher Garcia of San Angelo also presented their research projects at the ACS national meeting. Hillert and Baxter Krug of De Leon presented ASU’s successful chapter and green chemistry posters.

For its Outstanding Award, the ASU chapter was recognized for its participation in chemistry outreach activities, attendance at national meetings, and fundraising and social events. Chapter members annually take part in Mole Day, Earth Day and National Chemistry Week activities. They also conduct a campus speaker program, have regular fundraising events, and frequently include local and area high school students in their activities. Members also present their research at various organizational meetings, including the national ACS and Texas Academy of Science.

For its Green Chemistry Award, the ASU chapter was recognized for outstanding commitment to incorporating green chemistry into its annual activities. “Green Chemistry” is a movement that encourages the design of processes that reduce the usage of hazardous or environmentally unfriendly substances, as well as advancing the idea of sustainability in the chemical industry and in research.

Hillert is the student president of the ASU chapter, and the faculty sponsors are Dr. Edith Osborne, associate professor of chemistry, and Kevin Boudreaux, senior instructor of chemistry.

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