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Odom selected to Governor’s Teaching Fellow

School Notebook 3-28-14

Air Force Airman 1st Class Michael Flen has graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio, Texas. Flen, the son of Alice and Michael Flen of Riverdale, is a 2005 graduate of Riverdale High. (Special Photo)

Air Force Airman 1st Class Michael Flen has graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio, Texas. Flen, the son of Alice and Michael Flen of Riverdale, is a 2005 graduate of Riverdale High. (Special Photo)

MORROW — Dr. Susan Odom was one of 12 individuals selected as a 2013-14 Governor’s Teaching Fellow.

The program was established in 1995 by former Gov. Zell Miller in an effort to innovate and improve higher education. Miller sought to merge modern technologies and teaching skills, with the fellows serving as trailblazers to this futuristic frontier.

Odom is a professor in the School of Nursing at Clayton State University.

“Nursing is very much application,” said Odom. “It is all about applying the information to a patient. There is always room for improvement, for new innovative ways to do things, particularly online.”

Clayton State recognizes new honor society members

Clayton State held a chapter of National Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society induction ceremony for first-year students.

Dr. Glenda Earwood, the executive director of National Alpha Lambda Delta, delivered the keynote address during the chapter’s induction ceremony Mar. 18.

Alpha Lambda Delta is a national honor society that recognizes and encourages academic excellence among first-year students.

It was founded in the spring of 1924 at the University of Illinois by Dean Maria Leonard and is open to full-time freshman students who earn a scholastic average of 3.5 or higher at a four-year college or university.

Earwood challenged the new members to make a “meaningful contribution to society.”

Clayton State’s spring 2014 induction ceremony honored 27 students.

Clayton County inductees are Andrew Adams, Jasmine Bell, Amoni Etheridge, Tatiana Bradley, Deanna Jackson, Tram Mai and Rosa Servin.

Henry County honorees are Connie Chanthraboutda, Yahmani Hargrove, Zahir Javaid, Adeynika Joseph, Alexa McGaughy, Ryley Rivera and Randy Truong.

Other inductees include Jessica Charman of Middlesex, England; Victoria Chee and Carmeika Wise, both of Atlanta; Maddison Green of Peachtree City; Andria Hall of Lithonia; Brianna Heilsnis of Apex, N.C.; Keara Howard of Decatur; Linda Almodovar Ibarra and Justin Taylor, both of Fayetteville; Idowu Oredugba of Ibadan, Nigeria; Tiffani Samuel of Villa Rica; Tyler Samuel of Loganville; and Teresa Turner of Griffin.

Babb Middle FCCLA students to compete nationally

Several students from Babb Middle’s Family, Career and Community Leaders of America will advance to national competition after a good showing at the State Leadership Meeting at Classic Center in Athens March 20-22.

Rebecca Mai and Sara Mai won the silver award for their parental involvement “advocacy” project and Angelina Thomas won gold for her photography “entrepreneurship” project. The school’s parliamentary procedures team took the silver. That team, led by coaches Lillian Mitchell and Yasmin Neal, consisted of Duyen Ngo, Thy Pam, Kimberly Souvanlaphom, Kenneth Glisch, Jada Headspeth, Vincent Knight, Uriel Martinez-Codina and Leonardo Daniel Penaloza.

Destiny Dickerson and Jasmine Tran placed third for their “focus on children” project.

Sacred Journey Hospice accepting scholarship applications

The Sacred Journey Hospice Foundation is accepting scholarship applications until May 1. The foundation awards up to 10 $1,000 scholarships annually.

Its scholarship program was created to help defray the cost of college expenses and to encourage students from the Southern Crescent region to pursue a medical career in but not limited to nursing, pharmacy, physical therapy, radiology or social work. It offers assistance with the costs of tuition and books for scholarship recipients. Students who have lost a parent or guardian are also eligible for the scholarship.

Applications are available at www.sacredjourneyhospice.org. Completed applications should be mailed to Sacred Journey Hospice Foundation, Attn: Scholarship, PO Box 789, McDonough, Ga. 30253.