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July 2001

Release Date: July 31, 2001

Smith to Deliver ASU Summer Commencement Address

Dr. June H. Smith, Angelo State University's outgoing Faculty Senate president, will deliver the university's summer commencement address Friday, Aug. 10, when more than 220 students receive their diplomas from ASU.

The commencement ceremony will begin at 7 p.m. Aug. 10 in San Angelo Coliseum. Smith, an associate professor of communication, will continue the long-standing ASU tradition for the Faculty Senate president from the concluding school year to address the summer graduates.

Smith joined the ASU faculty in 1990. She has been teaching in higher education since 1980. She taught at West Texas A&M University and Austin College prior to coming to ASU. Presently, she is the graduate advisor for ASU's graduate program in communication and serves as a coordinator of the University Studies 1201 Critical Thinking Program.

Under her leadership, the Faculty Senate this year was instrumental in initiating university- and even system-wide policy revisions. The Faculty Senate provided guidance in revising the regent's rules and regulations for the Texas State University System regarding faculty ownership of intellectual property. Smith also led Faculty Senate efforts proposing revisions of the faculty tenure and promotion guidelines.

She is presently vice president of the Texas Speech Communication Association and will become president of that association in October. The association presented her its Educator of the Year Award in 1997 and its Outstanding Service Award in 1998.

Earlier this year, Glencoe/McGraw-Hill published Smith's textbook, Communication Applications. The textbook has been accepted by the Texas Education Agency as one of the four approved textbooks for the required high school speech course in Texas.

Smith also served as a Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Summer Fellow this year.

She earned her Ph.D. in communication from the University of Texas at Austin, her M.A. in communication from Texas Tech University and her B.A. in drama from ASU.

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