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Albany State students urged to 'dream big'

ASU Alumnus Alfred Johnson was the speaker at Albany State University's Honors Day Convocation Friday. He is associate director for Research Services and Director of the Office of Research Services at the National Institutes of Health. He urged ASU students to "dream big." (March 15, 2013)

ASU Alumnus Alfred Johnson was the speaker at Albany State University's Honors Day Convocation Friday. He is associate director for Research Services and Director of the Office of Research Services at the National Institutes of Health. He urged ASU students to "dream big." (March 15, 2013)

ALBANY, Ga. -- Albany State University recognized more than 400 students for academic achievement Friday during the university's 2013 Honors Day Convocation.

During the ceremony, which was organized around the theme "Academic Achievement: The Road to Excellence and Success," the students were recognized with presentations of certificates and plaques.

ASU's 2013 teacher, staff member and researcher of the year were also named.

Edward E. Lyons, a natural science/biology teacher was honored as the school's Teacher of the Year; History/Political Science/Public Administration Professor Maurice Melton was named Researcher of the Year, and ASU Police Chief John Fields Jr. was the Staff Member of the Year.

Lyons was selected by a vote of peers and students, Melton by a peer committee and Fields by a staff committee.

"It (Honors Day) is an enduring ASU tradition that has continued for decades and draws parents, ASU alumni and Albany residents," said Dr. Melvin Shelton, associate professor and director of the Center for Teaching, Learning and Scholarship.

ASU alumnus Alfred Johnson was the speaker. He is associate director for research services and director of the Office of Research Services at the National Institutes of Health. The agency is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and is the nation's medical research agency.

Johnson urged those at the gathering to believe in their dreams.

"Dream big and hold on to those dreams because they can come true," Johnson said. "When I look out on this crowd, I see acres of diamonds which can disperse light of many different colors. You are all diamonds formed by the pressure and heat of academic rigor. You all are under a lot of pressure here, but it makes you stronger and more beautiful.

"Think big and always have a dream to chase."

Johnson likened dreaming big to the Iditarod Great Sled Race.

"You might ask, 'Why should I dream big?'" he said. "Think about the Iditarod and being that lead dog. ... You want to be that top dog, because if you are one of the other dogs in back, the sights and smell never change.

"When you think and dream big, you can be that lead dog, and you can make a difference ... always have a dream."

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 4 months ago

YES! Dream Big and get a Big Job actually Doing Something Productive, not just another so-called "Non-Profit" that doesn't Produce A Product but relies on Contributions From the Evil Rich etc.

Get a Real Job Producing Something That People Want To Buy!!!

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bubbavet 1 year, 4 months ago

Ruby to them the government is a real job." Medicad"

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TRUTH101 1 year, 4 months ago

Yea....sooooo students in College are there to learn how to depend on Medicaid.............STFU..........

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Bubbavet_rureel 1 year, 4 months ago

You must be tired, we make fun of your comments. Thanks for keeping us laughing!!

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 4 months ago

Please explain what is funny about what I wrote. Unless the entire idea of getting job and working is funny to you?

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bubbasmithredneck 1 year, 4 months ago

Ruby is entertaining......she inhales real big, and just starts typing.......she is so funny!

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 4 months ago

Y'all fools never answer the question. Do you just sit there waiting for somebody to prompt you for the correct answer?

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Ihope4albany 1 year, 4 months ago

A good read is Democracy In America, by Tocqueville. He is the most often quoted person in the nonprofit community as the need for it to continue in the US. He marveled at how this system of serving unmet needs by government and business made the growing nation better. I do think that now this industry must be revisited however in terms of effectiveness. It is still needed as we see the artificial wealth of the world held in less than 1-3% of the world population.

Hence, Albany, GA could create a good profitable industry by using the collective history of the Native Americans, enslaved and their descendents, and the growing new immigrant population, as well as the often invisible "white poor" as a vehicle for economic growth. The world is hungry for how to bring into harmony the vices of man - greed, power that corrupts, and narcissism (excessive self or group indulgence at the expense of others almost to the point of complete destruction) with the virtues of man - love, caring, and understanding for those harmed by the vices.

I hope these community conversations will begin taking shape soon.

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 4 months ago

Yes de Tocqueville was the one who realized that the downfall of America would come quickly when Americans realized they could vote themselves money from the US Treasury.

But even he could not have envisioned $17 Trillion in National Debt (and climbing at a Billion dollars a day)

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Bubbavet_rureel 1 year, 4 months ago

http://www.linkedin.com/pub/alfred-johnson/28/a18/3a8 Alfred Johnson's Overview Current • Associate Director for Research Services at National Institutes of Health Past • Principal Investigator at National Cancer Institute • Assistant Director, Office of Intramural Research at National Institutes of Health • Director, Undergraduate Scholarship Program at National Institutes of Health Education • University of Tennessee-Knoxville • Albany State University

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 4 months ago

You do realize that I was agreeing with the good Doctor, right? Just saying it in a different way. So what yo prob?

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Bubbavet_rureel 1 year, 4 months ago

Look he attended Albany State University, we're still laughing at your comments, however, he's still the head__in charge.

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Bubbavet_rureel 1 year, 4 months ago

Back to the beach, latter _acist.

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Bubbavet_rureel 1 year, 4 months ago

Alfred Johnson's Education

University of Tennessee-Knoxville

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Biomedical Sciences, General

1979 – 1985

Albany State University

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Chemistry

1975 – 1979

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Bubbavet_rureel 1 year, 4 months ago

Alfred Johnson's Experience

Associate Director for Research Services

National Institutes of Health

Government Agency; 10,001+ employees; Research industry

2006– Present (7 years)

Senior executive managing services to support the National Institutes of Health research mission.

Principal Investigator

National Cancer Institute

Government Agency; 1001-5000 employees; Research industry

1994– 2007 (13 years)Bethesda, MD

Laboratory principal investigator leading a research effort to understand transcriptional regulation of the epidermal growth factor receptor.

Assistant Director, Office of Intramural Research

National Institutes of Health

Government Agency; 10,001+ employees; Research industry

2004– 2006 (2 years)

Management support of the National Institutes of Health intramural research program including the loan repayment programs

Director, Undergraduate Scholarship Program

National Institutes of Health

Government Agency; 10,001+ employees; Research industry

2000– 2004 (4 years)

Direct a service-connected scholarshipprogram for students from disadvantaged backgrounds who wanted to pursue biomedical research careers.

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Bubbavet_rureel 1 year, 4 months ago

Please put you're educational history up, or shut the __up.

Go - ASU!

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 4 months ago

I like Doctor Ben Carson. Why don't you cut and paste Dr. Ben Carson's education and accomplishments? Besides, I still think peoples should work for a living and produce something rather than starting ten thousand more non-profits, don't you?

You like LinkdIn? Maybe one of you is Darrell Sabbs.

And why don't you put up "you're" education. Never mind I see what it did for you.

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Bubbavet_rureel 1 year, 4 months ago

You missed the point. DR. CARSON did not attend ASU. You know I keep you on the subject matter. You cannot divert from the ASU subject matter.

Pull yourself up on linkdin, then paste your info, fantasy lover, your comments are a joke in the real world. I know because we run the real world business.

Come back - looking forward to hearing from you little guy.

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Bubbavet_rureel 1 year, 4 months ago

Glad you got out of ASU business. We produce the brightest, and we have the stats to back it up.

Would you like for me to keep proving you wrong?

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 4 months ago

Oh, I know some great peoples that have graduated from ASU. You're just not one of them.

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 4 months ago

If ASU produces the "brightest and best" and you graduated from ASU then they also produce the "dopey and dumbest"

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TRUTH101 1 year, 4 months ago

and what college did you attend?

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TRUTH101 1 year, 4 months ago

Figures..........another uneducated piece of trailer park trash playing republican.....SO SAD

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MRKIA 1 year, 4 months ago

OUTSIDE OF GA AND THE HBCU CIRCUIT NO ONE'S EVER HEARD OF ASU. ASU IS A DECENT DIVISION 2 SCHOOL AND HAS IT'S BRIGHT SPOTS AND THATS ABOUT IT.

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TRUTH101 1 year, 4 months ago

The same can be said for Valdosta, Ga South Western, Columbus State etc......Hell at least ASU does have some national exposure in the "HBCU Circuit"............The others are only known in GA

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Bubbavet_rureel 1 year, 4 months ago

Since you know some great people who have graduated from ASU, please know that they are not proud of people who cast a negative light on their University.

You dont know what I have done, in fact, it's not relevant to your negative comments about ASU.

You "F" up this time. Get it right little guy!

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 4 months ago

Well......I know Dr. Freeman for one! We pretty close!

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 4 months ago

I dare you all to listen to this speech by Dr. Ben Carson. Want to know what I believe? Me and Ben believe what he says here! I dare you to watch it in its entirety!

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 4 months ago

B_r in all your disguises, I bet your head would explode and you would soil you diaper before making it through half the video BECAUSE DR. CARSON IS NOT A MEMBER OF THE DEMOCRAT SLAVE PLANTATION and has the integrity and courage to go against the grain in the name of pride of his heritage, his mamma, and his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

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Ihope4albany 1 year, 4 months ago

Oh my, for the love of de peoples, everyone knows that there is truly no Democratic or Republican party in the U.S. It is the 'have' Parties. The haves vote themselves into Congress and get billions of dollars from the have lobbyists. The elephant and donkey are just covers, which is why there has been a need for nonprofit organizations for a long time.

If ever the greed in man would end, societies worldwide would prosper, especially those communities such as Albany suffering from the awful legacy of oppression.

With the likes of some of my fellow posters who show no mercy, I hope for the change that comes in the twinkling of the eye for those suffering needlessly.

Now, getting back to the point of the story, Dr. Johnson is a great example that ASU and other minority serving institutions have the capacity to educate and train quality students in spite of the historical underfunding and under support. Congratulations to him, the honor students, ASU, and the USG!

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Bubbavet_rureel 1 year, 4 months ago

The story is about honoring ASU brightest students, not about Sister's "Ideology".

2016 candidates is another story - I might throw my name in the hat. I'm over 35, A - U.S. Citizen, and I support ASU.

CPAC have the money and speaker of the slave state's "Sister".

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VSU 1 year, 4 months ago

Good point, is that all you can ever contribute? Why don't you for once explain why it is a good point. Everytime someone says something, the only thing you can come up with is good point, but no reason why you think it is a good point.

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 4 months ago

By the time he logs out and logs back in as his alter ego, he forgot what the subject was so all he can say is "good point" since he knows he agrees with himself (aka believes what the Democrat Slave Plantation Massah told him to believe)

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VSU 1 year, 4 months ago

Good point Sister!!! Ha Ha Because you tell it like it is. only people like bubba could agree with himself and pat himself on the back.

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Bubbavet_rureel 1 year, 4 months ago

Guys, I'm in town for a few days. I dont play about honor students, there are many stories out there to debate, however, this is not one of them.

Dont force me to come out of semi-retirement.

The Real Deal will expose the hidden agenda's. Slave State's Supporters 101

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Bubbavet_rureel 1 year, 4 months ago

Guys, I'm in town for a few days. I dont play about honor students, there are many stories out there to debate, however, this is not one of them.

Dont force me to come out of semi-retirement.

The Real Deal will expose the hidden agenda's. Slave State's Supporters 101

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 4 months ago

ok again...........no long hauls until after Easter? That's smart thinking.

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 4 months ago

Let me be clear (borrowing a phrase that O'Bama uses continually as he obfuscates):

Let us all be proud of hard work and accomplishment, especially to the point of graduating from any college or university with Honors.

Now, to repeat my first point: go out there and put that to use creating value, creating products that people will want to purchase, creating services, creating wealth, and creating solutions to the problems of humanity (medical, physical, etc)

Don't create another non-profit! Create wealth and then contribute to an honest non-profit of your choice from that wealth you create!

Now who could argue with that? Only a fool.

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Bubbavet_rureel 1 year, 4 months ago

It takes one to know one. Come back, I sleep all day. I'm up for the rest of the night.

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Bubbavet_rureel 1 year, 4 months ago

u got me off subject, keep it coming honor hater.

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Bubbavet_rureel 1 year, 4 months ago

id you forget who you where dealing with?

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 4 months ago

a crackhead..............no, I know who I'm dealing with dumb***

Did you watch that video yet, dumb***? Don't forget to have a few clean Depends nearby...

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Bubbavet_rureel 1 year, 4 months ago

Like I said, this is about the honor students, not about 2016 candidates. If I'm dumb, then you're dummer.

You Got That?

Watch this ----- later little guy!

The Real Watch This Deal.

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MRKIA 1 year, 4 months ago

HEY, WHERE'S THE MODERATOR? SCURRED?

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