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In partnership with the Tom Green County Library’s STEAM Central program, ASU will host three free “Coding Camp 4 Girls” camps in June, two on the ASU campus and one at the Stephens Central Library.

Each five-day, non-residential camp has openings for 24 girls who will be entering sixth, seventh or eighth grade in the fall of 2019. Participants will learn to build and program robots using the LEGO® Mindstorms hardware/software platform. The camps are free to all participants – and T-shirts, lunches and snacks will be provided.

The “Coding Camp 4 Girls” camps will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day on the following dates:

  • June 3-7 at Angelo State University
  • June 10-14 at Stephens Central Library
  • June 17-21 at Angelo State University

Applications for the camps are available at www.angelo.edu/codingcamp4girls.

Dr. Christine PurkissDr. Christine Purkiss“Coding and robotics has really taken off in local schools,” Purkiss said, “and several competitions are hosted every year locally, with teams of students moving on to the state competition. ‘Coding Camp 4 Girls’ will be introductory coding and robotics camps where girls can learn or hone their skills and become excited about this STEM field.”

Purkiss and Gee were awarded the TWC grant (No. 1219TAN002) through a statewide competition, and ASU is the only institution west of the I-35 corridor to receive a grant. The purpose of the TWC grant program is to increase the interest of middle school girls in coding and programming by providing hands-on experiences in summer camps designed to enhance learning, problem-solving and analytical skills, as well as promote interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers.

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Dr. Micheal SalisburyDr. Micheal SalisburyAn Angelo State alum and an ASU faculty member since 2001, Salisbury is also a professor of animal science, a research scientist and director of the Management, Instruction and Research (MIR) Center, ASU’s 6,500-acre ranch and agriculture education facility just north of San Angelo. He taught previously at the University of Tennessee.

As chair of the Department of Agriculture, Salisbury oversees 14 ASU faculty and staff, 14 adjunct research faculty, more than 475 undergraduate and graduate students in nine degree and certificate programs, and a budget of over $1.8 million. As a research scientist, he has received hundreds of thousands of dollars in research grants and has published and/or presented more than 130 research articles, abstracts and papers for industry journals, research bulletins and professional conferences. He has also made more than 50 invited presentations at agricultural and animal science workshops and symposia.

In addition to teaching all levels of animal science courses, Salisbury has advised more than 30 graduate students on their master’s thesis research and has been a member of more than 50 graduate student thesis committees.

Dr. Don Topliff, ASU provost and vice president for academic affairs, announced Salisbury’s appointment.

Dr. Don TopliffDr. Don Topliff“Following a national search and on-campus interviews with three excellent candidates, Dr. Salisbury was selected as the new dean,” Topliff said. “He is a true product of ASU, has proven his leadership as a professor and department chair, and has a tremendous record for conducting and publishing valuable research. He brings a wealth of experience to the dean position and will provide excellent leadership to the College of Graduate Studies and Research.”

In addition to his teaching and research, Salisbury is supervisor of ASU’s Rambouillet Sheep Show Team, coach of the national champion Wool Judging Team and advisor of the Block and Bridle Club student organization. He is also a board member of the San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo, Farm and Ranch Museum of the Concho Valley and ASU Alumni Association. He is the superintendent of the Collegiate Wool Judging Contests at the San Angelo, San Antonio and Houston stock shows, is active in regional and national 4-H and FFA activities, and is a member of the Texas Rambouillet Sheep Breeders’ Association.

Salisbury earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in animal science from ASU and his Ph.D. in animal science from New Mexico State University. 

As dean of the College of Graduate Studies and Research, Salisbury will oversee ASU’s 28 graduate degree programs and 13 graduate certificate and certification programs, as well as all research programs and opportunities for faculty, undergraduates and graduate students. He replaces the previous dean, Dr. Susan Keith, who has returned to the teaching faculty in the ASU Department of Kinesiology.

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Angelo State University’s Rams Clay Target Team finished as national runner-up by claiming second place at the Association of College Unions International (ACUI) 2019 Collegiate Clay Target Championships held March 25-30 in San Antonio.

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A site lead by activist in Louisville, KY has endeavored to provide a greater voice to that regions LGBTQ community. Queer Kentucky offers original content and statewide updates.

Below is from their site about the vision they have for their community.

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We have created a platform for Queer people from all around our great bluegrass state to share experience, ideas, philosophies, emotions, and more. Our voices may sometimes be unfortunate, cheerful, inappropriate and sometimes down-right bizarre, but we are alive to tell them. Our photos might be simplistic and not high-fashion, but it is US that is in them. This stage is set for all people under our Queer umbrella. This stage is ours.

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Dr. Scarlet M. Clouse, dean of the College of Education and an associate professor at University of the Southwest in Hobbs, N.M., has been appointed the new dean of Angelo State University’s College of Education, effective Aug. 1.

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