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Hall to direct CSU Honors Program

SCHOOL NOTEBOOK 5-10-13

MORROW — Associate Professor of Philosophy Dr. Alexander Hall was recently named the fourth director of Clayton State University’s Honors Program.

“I have with pleasure taught for several years in the Honors Program at Clayton State,” said Hall. “I look forward to stepping into the role of director and the opportunity to work with Dr. Kevin Demmitt and the faculty and staff of the university to build on the success of Dr. Adam Tate and his predecessors, Drs. Eugene Hatfield and Demmitt.”

Hatfield founded the Honors Program in 1995. He was followed by Demmitt, who was followed by Tate. Hall succeeds Tate.

“It was a great pleasure to serve as honors director,” said Tate. “Dr. Hall will do an excellent job developing the Honors Program further.”

Hall is a specialist in medieval and ancient philosophy. He holds philosophy degrees from the University of California at Davis, San Francisco State University and Emory University.

He was an adjunct faculty member at Clayton State in 2001, 2002, 2004 and 2005 before becoming an assistant professor of philosophy in 2005. He became an associate professor of philosophy in 2010.

He has been organizer and editor of the Proceedings of the Southeast Philosophy Congress, which has been held at Clayton State since 2008. His book, “Thomas Aquinas and John Duns Scotus: Natural Theology in the High Middle Ages,” was published by Continuum Studies in Philosophy in 2007 and reprinted in 2009.

Demmitt said Hall was selected from a highly-qualified pool of candidates by a committee of faculty and honors students.

“He is recognized by faculty and students as one of the top teachers and scholars on campus,” said Demmitt. “He is an excellent role model for our students.”

He added praise for the outgoing director.

“I would like to thank Dr. Adam Tate for directing the Clayton State Honors Program for the past six years,” he said. “Under his tenure, the Honors Program curriculum has been strengthened and enrollment has increased significantly.”

Let libraries know about your summer camp

As a public service, the Clayton County Public Library System maintains a “summer camps” notebook for its six library branches. If your organization, church, child care center or school is sponsoring a summer camp in the Clayton County area, mail six copies of your camp flyer and registration information to Sharon Jones at Headquarters Library, 865 Battle Creek Road, Jonesboro, Ga. 30236. Include a cover note: “For library summer camp notebooks.”

Flyers and registration information that are two pages or less can be emailed to sharon@claytonpl.org. Include “For library summer camp notebooks” in the subject line.

Military notes

Army Pvt. Jamal Irby recently graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson in Columbia, S.C. Irby is the son of Phyllis Wilson of Atlanta and Seth Jackson of Jonesboro. He is a 2010 graduate of Mt. Zion High School.

Army Pvt. Elexsis Ricketts has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson in Columbia, S.C. Ricketts is the daughter of Dean Ricketts and stepdaughter of Sarah Ricketts, both of Rex. She is a 2012 graduate of Morrow High School.

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