Published June 29, 2009 - Athens, Ala., A student scholarship for the arts has been created at Athens State University by Dr. Joe H. Slate, an alumnus and longtime professor at the University.
Dr. Slate and his wife Rachel recently met with Athens State President Dr. Bob Glenn who accepted the $10,000 check to establish the Dr. Joe H. Slate Scholarship for the Arts. The scholarship shall be awarded to one or more students enrolled at Athens State University. The student must be earning a major or minor in the arts which may include art, drama, dance, theater, music, graphic arts, or English. The scholarship will be managed by the Athens State University Foundation.
A BRIEF HISTORY
The Parapsychology Research Institute and Foundation (PRIF) was established at Athens College (now Athens State University) in 1970 by Joe H. Slate, Ph.D., then Professor of Psychology and Head of the Behavioral Sciences. Leading the way for the establishment of the organization was the pioneering work of James E. Bathurst, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist and former Academic Dean of the college.From its inception, PRIF functioned as a two-component organization. The Institute component focused on research and educational activities whereas the Foundation component focused on fund raising and endowment goals.
Soon after its formation, the organization was instrumental in initiating a robust research program at the college and introducing parapsychology into the colleges instructional program, a first for the State of Alabama. Among the organizations early research was a U. S. Army contract to investigate external human energy patterns sometimes called the aura using electrophotographic strategies. A second project funded by the Parapsychology Foundation of New York conducted groundbreaking research using innovative technology to monitor various altered states of consciousness. A state of the art parapsychology laboratory was established, and numerous other research projects followed, including such topics as rejuvenation, pain management, psychic development, and discarnate phenomena.
With parapsychology an ongoing component of the colleges instructional and research program, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) in its accreditation review recognized parapsychology as among the colleges major strengths.
In 1992, PRIF became an independent organization and the parapsychology program at the college was discontinued. Now a private organization, PRIF continues to administer a vigorous instructional, research, and endowment program. Its on-going research projects include electronic voice phenomena, reincarnation, UFO phenomena, and out-of-body travel, to list but a few. Its latest endowment project was the funding of a $10,000 scholarship at Athens State University in 2004. The scholarship is awarded annually to students of any major based on merit and need. Additional scholarships at other universities are planned.