Abilene Christian College - Prickly Pear Yearbook (Abilene, TX)

 - Class of 1982

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Education Department joins computer age, receives S-80 models Computers are commonly used for in- struction in universities, high schools and even elementary schools. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that in February the education department ob- tained 14 mini-computers for its use. The computers, TRS-80 Model l's, were given to the university by the Tandy Corp., parent company of Radio Shack, with the provision that all education majors graduating from ACU be trained on them, said Dr. C.G. Gray, dean of the College of Business and Professional Studies. Tandy's loan of the computers could be renewed each year, said Dr. Juanita Av- inger, professor of education. She said the department was very pleased with the agreement for the use of the computers, which was worked out by Gray. The education department would not have been able to afford computers without such an arrangement, Dr. Avinger said. Computer-assisted instruction utilizing the new mini-computers included practice and drills in mathematics, reading and simulation exercises. Also, a day-long workshop in the sum- mer gave public school teachers and grauate students a chance to familiarize themselves with the computers. l80 Education Dr. Avinger said that in the Abilene area all of the elementary and secondary schools used computers for instruction, in- cluding Abilene Christian High School and Elementary School, which had two computers each. In addition to working to give education majors experience with all of the latest teaching tools, ACU helped potential teachers locate jobs. A job fair in March attracted personnel directors from 22 public school districts in Texas. They con- ducted interviews and gave students infor- mation about salaries and job opportunities. , Clint Howeth, director of placement, said, "There is a real need for teachers in the state of Texas. And with this job fair the students will not have to travel all over the state to find a job." Howeth said the job fair gave graduating seniors a head start in job hunting. A few changes were made in the educa- tion faculty during the year. Pam Money joined the department as a part-time in- structor and supervisor of student teachers. And Dr. Orval Filbeck retired at the end of the school year after 37 years with ACU, including 14 as chairman of the education department. Filbeck's colleague, professor Harold Wilkinson, called F ilbeck "one of the most dedicated faculty members ACU has ever had." A surprise dinner in Filbeckls honor was given in March. In October six members of the education faculty attended the Annual Conference ol Teachers in Dallas sponsored by the Texas Education Agency. Dr. Chantrey Fritts, chairman of the department, served on a conference panel for chairmen of educa- tion departments. Also, Fritts, Dr. Herschel Avinger, pro- fessor, and Dr. Dale Tacker, associate pro- fessor, helped lead round-table discussion groups among professors and public school administrators and teachers. This page: left - Dr. Joe Marshall, pro- fessor of education, listens to discussion at a student teaching seminarg right - The education department faculty. Op- posite page: top left - Judy Sims, a home economics education major from Loveland, Colo., creates a poster to use during student teachingg top right - Lisa Watson, a senior from Fort Stockton, discusses scheduling with one of her teachers: bottom - Laurie Harrell and Xanya Hargrove talk with Waunette Shaver, assistant professor of education, aher a student teaching seminar. FRONT ROW - Juanita Avinger, Jerilyn Pfeifer, Jean Marsh, Waunette Shaver, Pam Money, Jane Coates. ROW 2 - Ed Coates, W.H. Avinger, Harold Wilkinson, Joe Marshall, Orval Filbeck, Chantrey Fritts, Dale Tacker. ROW 3 - C.G. Gray, Ed Kirk, Eugene Findley, Kelly Hamby.

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