Monthly Archives: February 2012
By Jay Reeves
“Savannah Hardin’s life was in turmoil long before police say the 9-year-old was run to death by her grandmother and stepmother.
Authorities say Savannah’s life ended in exhaustion earlier this month when she was forced by her paternal grandmother, Joyce Hardin Gerrard, to run for three hours, while her stepmother, Jessica Mae Hardin, did nothing to stop it.
Now, Hardin Garrard is in jail and Savannah’s stepmother is being held in police custody at a hospital after giving birth to another child. Both have been charged with murder.
Court documents filed by Savannah’s father, Robert Hardin, last May show that Savannah attended counseling sessions every other week but seemed well adjusted. Court documents also show Savannah had an unspecified medical condition that required continuous medication and treatment, including monthly visits with her regular doctor and trips every few months to see a urologist in Birmingham, about 60 miles away.
Authorities say the grandmother became angry when Savannah allegedly ate chocolate, because it contains caffeine, and the girl was not supposed to ingest caffeine given her condition.
Sometime during the afternoon of Feb. 17, Joyce Hardin Gerrard allegedly forced Savannah to begin running in the yard outside their trailer. Barton said the grandmother was running the little girl “like a drill sergeant,” pushing her to keep running by saying things like “Move it, move it, move it! Go, go, go!”
The stepmother, Jessica Mae Hardin, didn’t intervene and call 911 until after the girl collapsed about three hours into her ordeal, Barton said. Savannah was taken to an area hospital and then later transferred to a hospital in Birmingham, where she was put on life support. Her father made the decision to disconnect her, and she died Monday.
Authorities said an autopsy showed the child was severely dehydrated and had an extremely low level of sodium, which is necessary for the body to prevent seizures and dehydration.”
For more on the story, visit the original Huffington Post article.
As part of National Eating Disorder Awareness (NEDA) Week, messages involving positive affirmations and inspirational quotes will be written in dry-erase marker on the restroom mirrors around University Campus on Tuesday, February 28, after the NEDA Week event. Faculty, staff, and students who would like to write their own inspirational message on a mirror may do so in restrooms located in the Student Activities Building and Student Community Center on Wednesday, February 29. Students will be at these locations with dry-erase markers and to supervise the event. Messages will be left on the mirrors until 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday.
For more information, contact Wade Morris, adjunct professor of psychology, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
eCOACH Online Learning presents a free Daytime webinar: “How to use Turnitin.com & Other Online Resources”
This webinar will be facilitated by Dr. Shannon Farris, psychology faculty, on March 3, from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. EST. RSVP HERE
Students attending this webinar will become familiar with:
Turnitin.com (e.g., submitting papers, originality reports, peer reviews, grade book, calendar, and etc.),
American Psychological Association’s (APA) writing style,
Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL),
Grammarly@edu and other online tutoring services,
Learn how to use them effectively; and,
Receive webinar’s PowerPoint presentation and resources (for attendees only).
These four free webinars (see below) are part of eCOACH Online Learning, a pilot program being offered by the psychology department this term. Each webinar is offered four times a term (that’s 8 daytime webinars and 8 evening webinars). The program is for ALL students. Faculty and staff of Saint Leo University are welcome to attend! Only students are required to complete a consent form (first question of registration link). These webinars are “live” with a webcam and are not recorded at this time. All webinars will begin on the hour (EST) and last about one hour.
IMPORTANT: On the day of the webinar you’ll receive a confirmation email with the webinar’s link (URL). If you’re a first time participant, you’ll need to log onto this URL 30 minutes before webinar begins to make sure that your computer has the necessary applications for this “live” format.
Webinars coming up:
How to Research Online & Understand Journal Articles 3/7, 11am-12pm
RSVP HERE no later than Midnight (12:00 a.m.) EST, Wednesday, March 7.
How to Research Online & Understand Journal Articles 3/7, 8-9pm
RSVP HERE no later than Noon (12:00 p.m.) EST, Wednesday, March 7.
Basic Tools for Writing Papers & PowerPoint/Prezi Presentations 3/13, 12pm-1pm
RSVP HERE no later than Midnight (12:00 a.m.) EST, Tuesday, March 13.
Basic Tools for Writing Papers & PowerPoint/Prezi Presentations 3/14, 8pm-9pm
RSVP HERE no later than Noon (12:00 p.m.) EST, Wednesday, March 14.
APA Format & Citations 3/19, 8-9pm
RSVP HERE no later than Noon (12:00 p.m.) EST, Monday, March 19.
APA Format & Citations 3/23, 11am-12pm
RSVP HERE no later than Midnight (12:00 a.m.) EST, Friday, March 23.
Join Doris Van Kampen- Breit for a hands-on workshop on LibGuides. LibGuides are easy to use template driven web pages that faculty can use for many purposes, including topic-specific assignments, resource guides, links and “nookmarks.” By the end of the workshop, faculty will have their own LibGuide account, and they will have an opportunity to brainstorm with other faculty on ways to use it.
Don’t have time to develop a LibGuide? Doris is available to create one for you based on your criteria!
If you are interested in attending this workshop, please register (RSVP) by clicking https://saintleo.us2.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_6utN6IuEDCALJis no later than 12:00 p.m. EDT Wednesday, February 29.
For more information, please contact Claudia Ruiz, assistant director of Instructional Technology.