Special Initiatives

The Armstrong Staff Advisory Council currently has two special initiatives on which we are proudly working. Armstrong State University strives to make a difference in the lives of its students, just as we strive to make a difference in the lives of the Armstrong staff and the local community.

The Shelley Merrick Staff Textbook Scholarship

The Armstrong State University Staff Advisory Council created the Staff Textbook Scholarship Fund to award financial assistance in the form of bookstore credit to qualified applicants. The scholarship is funded by tax-deductible contributions to the ASU Foundation Staff Textbook Scholarship Fund (Foundation Account # 206b) and by special events sponsored by the Staff Advisory Council. To apply for the Staff Textbook Scholarship, please click here.

Application deadline dates are: July 15th for Fall, November 15th for Spring, and April 15th for Summer.

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Lunch & Learn

The Lunch ‘n Learn program is a monthly series of seminars led by speakers from throughout campus who volunteer to present various educational topics. The Staff Development and Welfare Committee coordinates these sessions and periodically surveys University staff in order to identify those topics that are of interest to a wide audience. All Lunch & Learn sessions may be attended in person on campus or online through a Collaborate webcast. Be sure to check out our most recent Lunch & Learn Survey Results.

For individuals who have already attended a Collaborate webcast, click here.

For individuals who have not attended a Collaborate webcast, click here for steps on logging in.

All sessions are offered both in-person in Solms 209 and online through Collaborate webscast, and recorded for archive purposes. Lunch & Learn presentations begin at noon.

Steps for Logging In

There are three steps below for attending a Collaborate online event. Please note that you will need to have speakers on your computer/laptop so you can hear the presenter(s). If you have a microphone for your computer/laptop, you can use it to ask questions or to provide responses by clicking the Talk button. If you have a webcam with a microphone, you can ask questions by clicking the Talk button and the Video Button. If you do not have a microphone or webcam with a microphone, you can pose questions using the Chat Text Box and also participate in polling. Make sure you review the Information for Collaborate FIRST TIME USERS below these directions PRIOR to logging into the Collaborate event.

  1. Click on the link or cut/paste the link into your internet browser.

  2. When prompted with the Session Login screen, (a) type in your First Name and Last Name then (b) click the Log in button that is located under the box where you have just typed in your name.
  3. A Java pop up box will ask you to Open or Save the Java file. It is best to select Open then wait a minute for Java to load. You will be asked to select your connection speed to the internet. You will need a connection speed of 56K or above. You can join the event through a wireless connection but for the best connection it is recommended that your computer/laptop is plugged in to an Ethernet connection. After you select your connection speed, you will then be fully logged in to the Collaborate session.

Collaborate event 5-10 minutes before it starts.

Information for Collaborate FIRST TIME USERS
Below are instructions for checking the settings on your computer/laptop. We recommend you run the check at least one day prior to the event using the computer/laptop on which you will attend the actual online event.

Step One - Do I have everything I need?
Please Click Here to check you have the correct system requirements. It should show a green check. If you do, congratulations you may move to the next part of the set up.

If you see the red cross you need to follow the instructions to download Sun Microsystem's Java Web Start or Open JNLP for Mac. If you are unable to do this please contact your ITS. If you can download it and the red cross changes to a green check, then it's time to move onto the next step.

In addition, please ensure the following:


  • You are logging in using the computer/laptop on which you will attend the actual online event.
  • Your computer/laptop is connected to the Internet and has a stable, reliable connection (56K or above).
  • You have speakers so you can hear the presenter and preferably a microphone so you can ask questions or provide responses.

Step Two - What about sound?
Blackboard provides a Configuration Room that you can use to test your connection, settings, and configure your audio. This step is optional but recommended.

Note: When joining a Blackboard Collaborate 11 session for the first time you may see a security dialog box asking to confirm the application's digital signature. Click "Run" or “Allow” to continue.

http://support.blackboardcollaborate.com or call 1.877.382.2293.

For a more visual set of instructions, download this PowerPoint: "Playback a Blackboard Collaborate Archived Recording."

Past Lunch & Learns

To watch the recorded sessions listed below, the steps are the same as above.

To watch the recorded sessions listed below, follow the steps below:

  1. Click on the session link that you would like to watch.
  2. Depending upon your browser, you may need to type in your name in the Participant Login box – you do not need worry about the Username or Password. Some browsers will automatically pull up the archived session.
    Recommendation: If you see an option for Run the Setup Wizard, it is best to run the Wizard to ensure you system is configured correctly.
  3. Click on Archive Start on the top right of your screen to start the archive. Some browsers will pull up the presentation automatically. You can move ahead or back in watching the session by clicking on the Time Markers on the right side of the screen.
  4. When you are done with the session, you can simply click the red X on the very top left of the Wimba screen to close out.

If you encounter any technical difficulties, please contact the ITS help desk for assistance at ext. 42518.