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May 2009

Release Date: May 26, 2009ASU Logo

ASU Faculty Grab National AFROTC Award

Two Angelo State University faculty members have been selected to participate in the 2009 Air Force ROTC Distinguished Educators Visit and are two of only four college instructors from the Southwest Region and only 38 nationally to receive the honor this spring.

Dr. Nancy Allen, interim associate vice president for academic affairs, and Dr. Leslie Mayrand, dean of the College of Nursing and Allied Health, will join the other winners June 18-19 for a visit to Maxwell AFB in Montgomery, Ala., for what the Air Force calls the “bluing process” by observation and participation in a variety of Air Force training and activities.

The first day of their visit, Allen and Mayrand will get an orientation at the Air University, tour the base’s C-130 aircraft operations and enjoy meals at base dining facilities. The second day will feature a Field Training graduation ceremony and observation of cadets in Field Training on the Leadership Reaction Course. Day two will wrap up with a dinner and briefings with the base commander and command staff.

The main objective of the Distinguished Educator Tours is to show educators that the Air Force is a viable career opportunity for their best students. Tour participants are selected for the all-expense paid trip from a nomination list compiled by the 24 Air Force recruiting squadrons located around the U.S. Emphasis is placed on finding educators with little or no military experience.

This is the third year since 2006 that at least one ASU faculty member has received the Air Force ROTC Distinguished Educator designation. Dr. Crosby Jones, professor of biology, was a 2006 recipient. Dr. Andrew Wallace, head of the Physics Department, was designated in 2007.