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The CCNE officially re-accredited the ASU Department of Nursing for 10 years with no compliance issues. All three of ASU’s nursing education tracks – baccalaureate, master’s and post-master’s – have been re-accredited individually and collectively.

Dr. Wrennah GabbertDr. Wrennah Gabbert“The extension to 10 years, from the usual five years, is a mark of excellence,” said Dr. Wrennah Gabbert, chair of the ASU Nursing Department. “This designation of ‘no compliance issues’ means we provided all the data and information required to demonstrate we did the hard work in every detail contained within the CCNE accreditation standards. I am proud of the processes we have put into place that we can continue moving forward into our altered academic environment.” 

During the re-accreditation process, CCNE site visitors examine every aspect of an institution’s nursing education programs, including mission and governance, institutional commitment and resources, curriculum and teaching-learning practices, and program effectiveness.

CCNE accredits nursing programs to hold them accountable to the community of interest – the nursing profession, consumers, employers, higher education, students and their families, nurse residents – and to one another by ensuring that they have mission statements, goals and outcomes that are appropriate to prepare individuals to fulfill their expected roles. Accreditation is also intended to foster continuing improvement in nursing programs and, thereby, in professional nursing practice.

“We have attained a level of excellence in the delivery of nursing education that assures our students, community stakeholders and university leadership that our processes and procedures meet and uphold the standards of national nursing accreditation agencies and organizations,” Gabbert said.

ASU’s nursing programs have been accredited by CCNE since 2014, and were previously accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). They also hold full approval status from the Texas Board of Nursing.

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National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C.National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C.In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, ASU’s George Ricks Memorial World War II Archive and the Greatest Generation Oral History Archive will conduct interviews exclusively by phone or other remote means, such as online video conference, for the foreseeable future. Archive staff will also arrange for no-contact pick up of documents and artifacts.

Facilitated through the ASU College of Arts and Humanities, the archive projects seek to collect various items that will be housed in the ASU West Texas Collection, including:

  • Oral histories of West Texas members of the “Greatest Generation” and their families
  • Oral histories of World War II veterans and their families
  • Oral histories of Korean War veterans and their families
  • Photos, letters and documents
  • Artifacts and other memorabilia

All photos, letters, documents, artifacts and memorabilia will be scanned and returned to their owners. The “Greatest Generation” is generally defined as people born between 1901-1927. More details on the two archive projects are available at angelo.edu/dept/arts-humanities/oral-history/.

As work on the archives progress, periodic exhibits are planned for the West Texas Collection and in the new ASU Mayer Museum that is currently under construction.

To schedule a phone/virtual interview or no-contact pick up, send an email to [email protected].

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(L-R) Dr. Don Topliff, Dr. Paul Swets and Maj. David Cote, 17th Communications Squadron commander...(L-R) Dr. Don Topliff, Dr. Paul Swets and Maj. David Cote, 17th Communications Squadron commander, at the signing ceremony in the Houston Harte University CenterPer the agreement, those personnel with an associate degree can now transfer all their academic course credits and up to 60 credit hours of technical coursework from that degree into ASU’s B.A.A.S. degree specialization in computer science. This means that students with an associate degree will typically be more than halfway toward earning a B.A.A.S. degree when they enroll at ASU.

Angelo State’s B.A.A.S. degree program is designed to accept technical coursework that does not normally transfer to other academic bachelor’s degree programs. The new specialization in computer science will begin accepting students this coming fall semester. It consists of 33 credit hours and can be completed totally online. It also begins with introductory computer science courses, so no particular computer science background is required.

The computer science specialization was developed in conjunction with the 17th Communications Squadron at Goodfellow AFB with specific emphasis on Air Force personnel in the cyber area. However, it is open to any student who has earned an associate degree.

Dr. Paul SwetsDr. Paul Swets“The airmen in the cyber area at Goodfellow now have an excellent opportunity to advance their education and their careers by earning a four-year degree,” said Dr. Paul Swets, dean of the ASU College of Science and Engineering. “To be clear, the degree is also open to any student with an associate degree who wants to advance in the exciting and high-growth area of computer science. The fact that the degree is available online makes it even more accessible.”

Angelo State now offers three B.A.A.S. degree programs:

  • B.A.A.S. with computer science specialization
  • B.A.A.S. with criminal justice specialization
  • B.A.A.S. with homeland security specialization
  • B.A.A.S. with adult education specialization

This is also the second transfer agreement between ASU and Goodfellow AFB in the last two weeks. During a virtual ceremony on June 2, ASU and Goodfellow’s 17th Training Group signed an agreement that allows Air Force intelligence officers who have completed the 14N Intelligence Course at Goodfellow to transfer 12 credit hours into ASU’s Master of Science in homeland security degree program. Previously, they could only transfer their 14N credits into ASU’s Master of Science in global security studies or Master of Security Studies in intelligence and analysis degree programs.

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Each of the honorees was nominated by faculty in their respective academic departments.

The Outstanding Graduate Students for the College of Arts and Humanities, listed by their hometown and major:

  • Leonor Constancio of San Angelo, communication
  • Brett Lane of San Antonio, global security studies
  • Alison Dinong of Vail, Ariz., intelligence and analysis
  • Lydia Nixon of Albany, N.Y., English

Norris-Vincent College of Business honorees:

  • Izmael Carranco of San Angelo, professional accountancy
  • Evan List of Edgewood, Ken., business administration

Honorees for the College of Education:

  • Colleen Vigil of San Angelo, curriculum and instruction
  • Yvonne Goldman of Angleton, educational administration
  • Mark Wilson of Conroe, guidance and counseling
  • Chance Webb of Levelland, student development and leadership in higher education
  • Belinda Valles of San Angelo, educational leadership

Archer College of Health and Human Services honorees:

  • Jaclyn Abbey of Brackett, coaching, sport, recreation and fitness administration
  • Stephanie Williams of San Angelo, nurse educator
  • MaryClare Porter of Harper, family nurse practitioner
  • Sydney Young of Austin, physical therapy
  • Joseph Conger of San Antonio, applied psychology
  • Brittany Schroeder of San Angelo, counseling psychology
  • Lacey Voth of El Paso, experimental psychology
  • Deric Valdez of San Angelo, social work

The honoree for the College of Science and Engineering:

  • Imelda Arzate of Denver City, animal science

Additionally, winners of the four new superlative awards were selected from among the Outstanding Graduate Students by a separate committee.

The superlative awards recipients:

  • Imelda Arzate – Academic Excellence
  • Brett Lane – Community Service Excellence
  • Mark Wilson – Leadership Excellence
  • Sydney Young – Research Excellence

These awards are normally announced during the annual Graduate Research Symposium and Awards Ceremony, but the event had to be cancelled this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Each of the winners was mailed a certificate of recognition.

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Keely Shaw working a Vietnam War Commemoration event at the ASU LeGrand CenterKeely Shaw working a Vietnam War Commemoration event at the ASU LeGrand CenterThe Junior Fellows program is a 10-week paid internship designed to expose the fellows to the breadth and depth of the work that takes place at the Library of Congress, the world’s largest library. It is being conducted virtually this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Keely ShawKeely ShawShaw is interning with the Learning and Innovation Office, and she and the other fellows are working on a wide variety of projects under the mentorship of library staff. Shaw has specifically been assigned to the Primary Source-Based Education Resource project, where she and another fellow from Loyola University are creating educational resources using primary sources from the Library of Congress collection for use in K-12 classrooms.

Toward the end of the internship period, the fellows will present their most significant discoveries on Junior Fellows Display Day during the week of July 22.

“The opportunities an all-virtual internship provides us are rich and varied,” said Kimberly Powell, chief of internship and fellowship programs. “The staff at the library have mentored and created enduring professional relationships for Junior Fellows for 29 years. This summer, we look forward to continuing that tradition, but in new and exciting ways. We have another set of extraordinary interns this summer. They will leverage their skills, expand their knowledge and experience, and work with the staff to connect users with the library’s treasures.”

The fellows will also participate in virtual professional-development opportunities, including assessments, tours, courses and special events intended to increase engagement with the library.

Shaw won the 2018 Texas State Genealogical Society ScholarshipShaw won the 2018 Texas State Genealogical Society ScholarshipA member of the ASU Honors Program, Shaw is active in the ASU West Texas Collection and as a member of the project team for the History Department’s “War Stories” historical archive project. She has presented her own research at Great Plains Honors Council and National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC) conferences, and was selected for the 2019 NCHC Summer Institute for Holocaust Remembrance in the Netherlands.

Shaw is also active in the ASU Honors Student Association and has been inducted into the prestigious Alpha Chi and Phi Kappa Phi national honor societies.

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