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Gadsden State Cherokee Has New Faces and Services

Luanne Hayes, director of economic development at Gadsden State Cherokee, has added a new title along with additional responsibilities to her position. 

She has been named “campus director” replacing recently retired Dr. Martha Lavender.  While Hayes is new in this role, she is certainly not a newcomer or stranger to Gadsden State Cherokee or Cherokee County.  She currently serves as the director of the Cherokee Country Industrial Development Authority, chairman of the Centre-Piedmont-Cherokee Regional Airport Authority, secretary of the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce and president of the Centre Rotary Club. 

As campus director of Gadsden State Cherokee she will focus on community and economic development initiatives for Cherokee County.  She will also be responsible for providing strategic and administrative leadership for the campus including student services, instructional programs and support services.  “I am excited about the new duties and responsibilities.  I am extremely interested in educating our youth and providing leadership opportunities,” Hayes said. Hayes is a Choices presenter and speaks regularly to community schools concerning leadership issues.  She is credited for establishing Youth Leadership Cherokee; a course designed for selected high school juniors in Cherokee County who exhibit leadership qualities.

The support staff Gadsden State Cherokee under Hayes direction includes: Chad Steed, coordinator of academic and student support services; Johna Lindsey, community education specialist; Linda Abernathy, administrative assistant; and Linda Foster, financial aid.  Hayes reports to Dr. Valerie Richardson, vice president.  During this semester, a full-service financial aid office was established to better serve the students attending the Cherokee Center.

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Economics Instructor Published

Dr. James Yohe, economics instructor at Gadsden State, recently published an article in The Economics of Peace and Security Journal (EPSJ).  The EPSJ, launched in 2006 with twelve Nobel Prize winners as trustees, is an electronic publication produced by Economists for Peace and Security. Yohe was invited by one of the co-authors, William Anderson, to collaboratively contribute to their article War and the Austrian School: Modern Austrian Economists Take on Aggressive Wars.  The article is the third in a trilogy and Yohe wrote a section titled Murray Rothbard on “just war” Theory. Just war theory refers to the justification of how and why wars are fought.  Rothbard, an Austro-libertarian and dean of the Austrian school of economics during the last quarter of the twentieth century, opposed the use of first force.

Yohe was a student of Rothbard’s while attending the University of Nevada-Las Vegas to obtain his Bachelor of Arts. He continued his education at Auburn University, receiving his master’s and doctorate in Economics. This is Yohe’s second publication in his five years of employment at Gadsden State.

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Instructor Receives Achievement Award from AEA

The Alabama Education Association (AEA) awarded Tammy Potter Morgan of Gadsden State the Outstanding Postsecondary Achievement Award at their divisional conference held recently.  Morgan has been a mathematics instructor at Gadsden State for 16 years. She has been elected to serve as secretary/treasurer for the AEA Postsecondary Division three times, and has served as secretary of the Gadsden State Community College Education Association for over eleven years.  Morgan has also represented AEA as a delegate to the National Education Association Conference. 

This recent award recognizes Morgan’s work for fostering a relationship between higher education and the community.  Morgan is responsible for bringing area high school students on campus for the Summer Environmental Institute to study environmental issues for college credit. She encourages students to invest in the community through the Service Learning Program, which gives them an opportunity to volunteer to help K-12 students with math. 

Morgan’s involvement at Gadsden State goes far beyond the classroom. She promotes the Math Tournament, frequently judges the Science Fair, and has been faculty advisor for the Science, Math and Engineering Club for many years.  She is a member of both the National Council of Higher Education and Auburn University’s Society of Women in Sciences and Mathematics.  Earlier this year, Morgan received the Outstanding Instructor Award from the Gadsden State Alumni Association, recognizing her efforts to go the extra mile for her students, and because of her involvement in campus and community activities.

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