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ASU kicks off faculty and staff conference

Albany State University President Everette Freeman addresses the opening session of the school’s Faculty/Staff Conference Wednesday at the university’s ACAD Auditorium. The three-day event will feature orientation for new hires and academic updates, goals and changes for the 2012-13 school year.

Albany State University President Everette Freeman addresses the opening session of the school’s Faculty/Staff Conference Wednesday at the university’s ACAD Auditorium. The three-day event will feature orientation for new hires and academic updates, goals and changes for the 2012-13 school year.

ALBANY -- Albany State University officially kicked off its 2012-2013 academic year Wednesday with its annual Faculty/Staff Conference.

"Albany State University Refreshed: We're About Quality, Service and Effectiveness" is the theme of the three-day conference.

"We are all here for the same abiding reason," ASU President Everette Freeman told the gathering early Wednesday morning. "We will continue to educate those who have been disinfranchised even to this day ... and we do it well with quality, service and effectiveness."

Freeman urged the faculty and staff to never underestimate the university's impact on the community.

"Last year, Albany State University contributed 1,172 jobs and had a $148 million financial impact on the city of Albany," Freeman said. "Last year, after tuition, books, room and board, we disbursed more than $10 million to our students for discretionary spending. We are a major economic engine for the city of Albany.

"We made this community what it is today."

During the conference, ASU faculty and staff will be updated about the state of the university, upcoming initiatives, and workshops about classroom technology and business and personnel services processes. Also, new employees will participate in an orientation.

Wednesday's session also included an overview of ASU's academic initiatives, the Complete Georgia and Core Curriculum Assessment plans, technology support services and business services.

Leroy Bynum, dean of the university's College of Arts and Humanities, presented the 2012-2013 lineup for the T. Marshall Jones Fine Arts and Lyceum Performance Series.

Phoebe Putney Health System is co-sponsoring a "healthy lifestyles" luncheon today in the student center cafeteria. Hannah Orlowski, director of the Diabetes Care Center at Phoebe, will be the guest speaker.

The general conference concludes Friday with the ASU Family Carnival featuring entertainment and the "Albany Business Expo."

Area businesses are bringing samples, coupons and giveaways to promote their products and services.