Dear LRNASST Friends,

Following are descriptions of several of the keynote speakers at the
NADE'98 Conference in Atlanta, GA  More information about the conference is
available at the conference web site or the conference telephone hotline.
See my signature block at the end of this message for contact information.

-- David

Major Plenary Speakers


Melissa Fay Greene is the author of 'The Temple Bombing and Praying for
Sheetrock, two widely acclaimed books that bring new perspectives to the
troubled relationships between blacks and whites in the South.  The Temple
Bombing, published in 1996. describes the 1958 attack on an Atlanta
synagogue which was part of the violent white backlash to desegregation.
The book was a national Book Award finalist and won the Southern Book
Critics Circle Award, It was chosen one of the Los Angeles Times Best Books
of 1996 and a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. The Temple Bombing
made the year-end top 10 lists of the Atlanta Constitution, the Orlando
Sentinel, and Salon Internet.

Greene's 1991 book, Praying for Sheetrock, is the story of the political
awakening of the rural African-American community of coastal McIntosh
County and the downfall of the corrupt courthouse gang.  Praying for
Sheetrock was a 1991 National Book Award finalist and was shortlisted for
the National Book Critics Circle Award.  It won the Robert F, Kennedy Book
Award, the Lillian Smith Award, the Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize, the
OPB New Voices Award, the Ohioana Award, the Georgia Author Award, and a
Lyndhurst Prize Fellowship. Praying For Sheetrock premiered in  1997 as a
play, produced by Lifeline Theater in Chicago.

A writer for a number of major publications, Greene has contributed to the
New York Times, the Washington Post, the Atlantic, Newsweek, Ms, the
Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, Parenting. the Atlanta
Constitution, the Iowa Review, Georgia Review, and Stagebill, She has
appeared as a guest on programs broadcast by National Public Radio, CNN,
CBS, the British Broadcasting Corporation, and the Canadian Corporation.
Greene began her career working for Volunteers in Service to America in the
Savannah office of the Georgia Legal Services Program.  During those years,
she began the research which became the basis for Praying for Sheetrock.


As the Assistant Director of the Office of Minority Student Services at
Florida Atlantic University (FAU), Sandra Ayaz was responsible for
developing, implementing, and evaluating retention programs designed to
assist the academic and personal success of undergraduate and graduate
students.  She directly monitored and coordinated programs including the
Society of Black Achievers (SOBA) and Hispanic Initiative (HIP) Peer
Counseling Programs, the FAU Mentoring Program, and the Book Loan Program.
Ms. Ayaz also served as co-project director for the College Reach Out
Program (CROP), a postsecondary education enhancement program. As an
independent Educational Consultant, Sandra continues to serve the FAU
community with initiative and innovation in order to foster multicultural
growth and understanding,

Sandra Ayaz has been an Administrative Assistant for the Office of Minority
Student Services at FAU.  She received her academic training from FAU where
she earned a Bachelor's Degree, a Master's Degree in English and
Comparative Literature, and most recently an Education Specialist Degree in
Education Leadership.  She is currently seeking a doctoral degree in Adult
Education with a special emphasis in accelerated learning and its impact on
multicultural populations and kinesthetic learners.

Ms. Ayaz is a member of The International Mentoring Association, the
National Council of Teachers of English, NADE, and the American Association
of Higher Education.  Ms. Ayaz currently serves as President Elect of the
National Tutoring Association. She has received the Student Affairs
Personality Plus award, the Karl F. Ijams Humanitarian Award, the Student
Affairs Distinguished Service Award, and Davis Productivity award presented
by the state of Florida.  She is the author of Contemporary Sanguines: The
Metamorphosis of the Vampire Myth in Literature, and co-author of Hitching
a Ride to Success: A Road Map for Collegiate Travelers.

David R. Arendale, Univ. of Missouri-KC
March 4-8, NADE98 in Atlanta, GA
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