ASMS welcomes new English instructor Dr. Mitch Frye, who earned a Ph.D. in English from Louisiana State University and a Master’s in English from the University of South Carolina. Frye also graduated from the South Carolina Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics, a public, residential high school much like ASMS.
ASMS students Hollis DeLaney and Alex Ketchum are this summer conducting research at South Alabama’s Mitchell Cancer Institute for the national Siemens Competition. They are working in the Flow Cytometry lab with Dr. Steve McClellan in collaboration with Bristol-Meyers Squibb “doing high-throughput drug screening with an experimental drug that utilizes smoothened inhibitors to hinder cancer cell proliferation,” says Ketchum.
“We have been working in the lab since January and the deadline for the project is the first of October,” says Ketchum. “During the school year we came once or twice a week for about 3 hours and now we are working 40-50 hours a week this summer.” Pictured from left: Ketchum and DeLaney in the lab.
New landscaping has been installed in the two large flowerbeds that flank the front of the Auditorium. Along with the new doors that were installed in the spring and the repairs that stopped cafeteria leaks, the landscaping is part of an ongoing effort by the Maintenance Department and the Facilities Committee to improve the campus.
“We are busy this summer,” says Maintenance Supervisor Robert Shoemaker. “But our staff is working hard and we also plan to keep our volunteers busy.” Here are attentional improvement projects that Shoemaker has planned for this summer: pressure wash West Campus storage building; install new carpet in the lobby of Student Services; paint the West Campus storage building; paint the stair walls in the science building; repair the ceilings in girls’ dorm bathrooms; paint the laundry room; install new sinks in the laundry room; replace windows in the Science and Admin building; paint the coaches’ hall in the Bedsole Building; paint bathrooms on the 1st floor of the Science building; pressure wash front of Bedsole building; paint the stairwell north side boys’ dorm; repair sheet rock and baseboards in café; caulk all showers in the boys’dorm; replace all dorm building locks; paint stairwell in Humanities Building; repair sheet rock in laundry room; and modify Drink fountain area in cafe, among other projects.