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ASU to kick off new academic year Monday

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On Monday Albany State University will officially kick off the 2010-2011 academic year with the annual Faculty-Staff Conference, which begins at 8 a.m. in the ACAD Auditorium.

With the theme "Celebrating Albany State University: Our Purpose, Our Programs and Our People!" the three-day conference will provide updates on current programs and introduce new projects to ASU employees.

Monday will include introductions of new faculty and staff along with updates on academic affairs, fiscal affairs, human resources, cyber-security and the strategic plan.

Monday will also feature keynote speaker Dr. Matthew Kinnard, retired executive director of the National Institutes of Health. Kinnard received his bachelor's degree in biology from Tennessee State University and his doctorate in physiology and biophysics at Georgetown University. He served as an enlisted man in the U.S. Army conducting research in the Virus Department at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research.

As a civilian, Kinnard conducted neuroscience research at the National Institutes of Health. He served as both a full-time and adjunct faculty member at the University of the District of Columbia and as a consultant in the School of Medicine at Howard University.

Kinnard served as a health science administrator at the NIH and at the Department of Veterans Affairs. He also served as the director of the Extramural Associates Program at NIH's National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.

Monday's session of the conference will also include introductions to "ASU and the Civil Rights Movement" and the ASU 2010-2011 Lyceum and Fine Arts Performance Series.

On Tuesday the Faculty-Staff Conference will include a conversation with a panel of state legislators. Invited participants include Rep. Winfred Dukes, Rep. Carol Fullerton, Rep. Ed Rynders and Sen. Freddie Powell Sims. The panel will address submitted questions from ASU employees and present their own closing statements.

Tuesday will also include meetings of personnel in each of the university's four colleges and a cookout at Chehaw Park that evening.

On Wednesday the conference will focus on academic advisement featuring an address by Blane Harding, director of advising, recruitment and retention in the College of Liberal Arts at Colorado State University. Harding's speech will be followed by concurrent sessions focusing on different aspects of academic advisement.

The Faculty-Staff Conference will conclude Wednesday afternoon with orientation sessions for new faculty and staff.