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March 2009

Release Date: March 6, 2009ASU Logo

ASU President, Faculty to Participate in TTUS Conference

Angelo State University President Joseph C. Rallo and several ASU faculty members will speak at the Texas Tech University System’s (TTUS) first annual Community Engagement Conference Friday, March 27, on the Texas Tech campus in Lubbock.

Titled “Community-Engaged Scholarship: What Does it Mean and Why Does it Matter?,” the conference will seek to heighten awareness and understanding of community engagement and highlight the importance of scholarship that is rooted in mutually beneficial, reciprocal relationships with TTUS communities at the local, regional and state levels.

In addition to keynote speakers from outside the TTUS, the conference will feature presentations from Texas Tech, Texas Tech Health Sciences Center and ASU administrators and faculty on various model programs that foster community engagement. Dr. Rallo will present welcoming remarks at the conference luncheon and ASU faculty members Dr. John Miazga, Dr. Casey Jones, Dr. Kenneth Stewart, Dr. Leslie Mayrand and Linda Bender will profile engagement programs in their respective departments during the conference’s concurrent sessions.

Miazga, dean of the ASU College of Education, will speak on “Serving Under-Served Communities: Graduate Education in the Hill Country” as he profiles ASU graduate education programs offered in support of Texas Tech’s “Hill Country Initiative” on its campuses in Fredericksburg, Junction and Marble Falls.

Jones, professor of government, and Stewart, professor of sociology, will make a joint presentation, “Community Development Initiatives (CDI) at Angelo State University.” The CDI are a series of programs aimed at first assessing and then improving the San Angelo community’s social and economic health.

Mayrand, dean of the College of Nursing and Allied Health, will speak on “The Little Clinic that Could: The San Jacinto School Health Clinic and Family Wellness Center.” She will be joined by Linda Bender, assistant professor of nursing and San Jacinto program director, as she profiles the overall success and recent expansion of the facility that addresses the health needs of area students up to age 18 and their families.

The TTUS Community Engagement Conference is designed to provide a national perspective on community engagement in higher education; feature presentations of engaged research, teaching and service activities by faculty and administrators from TTU, TTUHSC and ASU; increase faculty and administrators’ understanding of federal funding agencies’ interests in documenting the “broader impact” of research; offer strategies for defining and assessing community engagement, and more.

Keynote speakers will be Amy Driscoll, consulting scholar with the Carnegie Foundation; Phil Greasley, associate provost for university engagement at the University of Kentucky; and Patricia Paredes, executive director of Texas Campus Compact.

The conference is an important expression of the TTUS commitment to work with its many communities to advance the communities and elevate their quality of life.