Can you believe it's been 20 years since ASMS was created?? And since it's bene so long, Angles, the ASMS Foundation magazine is wanting to do a special anniversary issue focusing on the inaugural class of 1993. So, for all of you '93 class grads or those that know '93 grads, help them out a bit by spreading the word. Below is the message I received from John Hoyle (Director of Special Services):
We are working on a 20th anniversary issue of the ASMS Foundation magazine, “Angles,” and we’d like to feature members of your distinct and important class. We are asking that you answer a few questions and submit a current photo (on the job, with your family, or a headshot). Please respond by February 1, 2012.
To the ASMS Community
From Larry V. Turner, Ed.D President
We wanted to take a moment to extend our deepest concern for those who have suffered great loss as a result of the recent storms that have inundated our state, recognizing that a number of our students and alumni live in areas that have been impacted.
We realize that many communication links are down at this time, especially across north Alabama. We will continue to monitor this situation and we stand ready to assist in any way that we can.
Even today, our students participated on campus in the annual “Mega Musical Chairs” event for charity. The winning team has already designated their “winnings” of $1500 for Red Cross relief efforts in Alabama. ASMS students are already planning other efforts to help those in such need due to this tragedy.
Do not hesitate to give us a call if there is anything that we can do at ASMS. Everyone impacted will remain in our thoughts and on our hearts.
This was received in an email from Richard Meshell, 2007:
This past weekend, we all lost a very valueable friend. Niall McNellis was tragically killed in an accident on I-65 while returning from Spring Break. A memorial service will be held in the Arboretum on the Troy University campus this Thursday from 5:30-7:30 pm. Instead of flowers, the family has asked that donations in Niall's name be made to the Southern Poverty Law Center (splcenter.org). We have all lost one our own, and must provide support for one another. Niall will be greatly missed.
-Richard Meshell 2007 ASMS Class Representative
OK, so the past few stories have been leaning heavily on how to donate or help ASMS out financially. Well, a lot of that is because of the heavy budget cuts that the school has taken over the past two years. While I don't live in Alabama any more, even I have heard a lot about the educational funding cuts that have happened there lately. But if anyone has a good write-up on it or would like to either put it up here or can refer us to a good story on it, please let me know and I'll put it in as a reference.
And until then, it doesn't hurt to remember that a lot of corporations have matching donation programs that will either match a portion of your donation or 100% of it to non-profit groups such the school or the Alumni Foundation. Sometimes they're limited to only colleges (as I was recently told by my company), but often it's any charitable group.
For those of you living near a Bruno's Supermarket, here's a quick note from Debbie Manning on how you can help raise some money for ASMS with almost no effort on your part:
Just a reminder to save your Bruno's green receipts. ASMS can receive cash for any receipts dated after January 3, 2011 through June 2011. Just mail them to Bebe Lindsey, ASMS, 1255 Dauphin St., Mobile, AL 36604.
Thanks, every bit helps!