Carl Albert State College (CASC) classes began on Aug. 13 with a few new faces in the front of the classrooms.
The Communications and Fine Arts Division welcomed Andrew Gaber and Samantha Piper to the Language Arts faculty. Gaber will teach at the CASC Sallisaw campus, and Piper at the Poteau main campus. The nursing faculty also welcomed two full-time faculty. Maurica Treat and Joyce Johnson, both at the Sallisaw campus.
The Sallisaw campus welcomed additional faculty members. Darrin Clark has joined the Social and Behavioral Science faculty, Christina Walters has joined the Math faculty, and Daniel Smith is now part of the Business and Technology Division.
"We are proud to welcome these new faces to our team and anticipate an exciting year ahead," said Dr. Marc Willis, Vice President of Academic Affairs for CASC.
In conjunction to new faculty members on both campuses, many classrooms will have a little different look this semester as CASC faculty members upgrade to ZOOM-enabled classrooms. This new technology will allow instructors to record lectures, video-conference live, and display high-definition images, graphics, and videos to their students.
Through a partnership with the CASC Native American-serving Nontribal Institutions Program, NASNTI, Project, rooms at both Sallisaw and Poteau campuses have the capability to connect in real time, reducing the distance barrier between the classrooms and campuses. ZOOM classrooms feature state-of-the-art microphones, speakers, and most noticeably 76-inch Smart TVs placed front and center.
The classrooms are only the beginning, Willis said, as ZOOM technology also allows for synchronous online learning, remote advising, and more imaginative learning opportunities.
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