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January Education Briefs

McClellan Bookworms for Spring 2014

The Spring Semester 2014 reading list for the McClellan Bookworms will include books by various authors with a variety of interest for avid readers. The Bookworms will meet Friday, January 31 to discuss Longbourn by Jo Baker, an irresistibly imagined belowstairs answer to Pride and Prejudice where the servants take center stage. Baker’s book is filled with much

romance, heartbreak, and intrigue. In celebration of Black History Month, the group will meet February 28 to discuss The House Girl by Tara Conklin, a selection that combines slave doctors, art, and law. On March 21, the group will meet for the “wearing o the green” to read and discuss Alice McDermott’s Someone. The final two books to be featured for the semester are The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer on April 25 and The Best of Everything  by Rona Jaffe to be discussed May 30.  The Bookworms meet each month in the McClellan Center conference room in Anniston at 10:00 a.m.. More information on each book can be found by visiting For information about the Bookworms contact Melinda Harvey, Gadsden State Community College librarian, at or 256-549-9352/8548.


Veterans Upward Bound at Gadsden State

The Veterans Upward Bound (VUB) Program at Gadsden State Community College will host an Open House for students, staff, faculty, and community members on Wednesday, January 8 at both the Wallace Drive Campus (Gadsden) and the Ayers Campus (Anniston) from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  On Wednesday, January 15, a free Financial Literacy Workshop will be held at 1:00 p.m. in Room 109 of Inzer Hall located on the Wallace Drive Campus.  The workshop is open to all veterans. Military veterans residing in Blount, Calhoun, Cherokee, Cleburne, DeKalb, Etowah, Jefferson, Marshall, St. Clair or Talladega County are invited to take advantage of the free services offered through the VUB Program.  Enrollment at Gadsden State or any other college or university is not mandatory in order to participate.

Veterans Upward Bound (VUB) is a TRiO program funded 100% by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education.  For more information or to see if you are eligible to receive free services to help you continue your education contact the VUB Office at 256-549-8286/8328 or email


New Class to Focus on Arabic Language Skills and Culture

Arabic language and culture will be the focus of a new class to be offered at Gadsden State Community College, starting in January. The class will be taught by Dr. Amin Odeh, an associate professor in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Al al-Bayt University in Mafraq, Jordan.  Dr. Odeh is also a published author and literary critic in refereed academic journals. Presently, he is writing a book on the works of a Sufi poet. “We are very fortunate to have someone of Dr. Odeh’s stature on campus studying English this year,”Dr. Paula Ross- Derrick, cordinator of International Programs at Gadsden State said. “And we are doubly fortunate that he has agreed to teach a class for us.”

The three credit hour course will teach students about basic Arabic language skills and cultures. The class will meet twice weekly. Future offerings of this course will depend on student response and the availability of the professor. For more information, contact Ross-Derrick at 256-549-8324 or Dr. Leslie Worthington at 256-549-8279.


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