October 28, 2002

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* Opening of Delta National Small Prints Exhibition, Tuesday, 6:30 p.m., Bradbury Gallery

Senior Preview Day, Wednesday

* Indian football vs. Southern Utah, Saturday, 2 p.m.

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First Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences to be awarded
Kwang-Min Lee successfully defended his dissertation earlier this month to become Arkansas State University's first graduate of the Ph.D. program in environmental science.  Lee is a native of Seoul, Korea.  The program has 16 full-time students and two part-time students, and works with several departmental units.  More details in the NewsPage report.

Buchanan reports progress in tobacco research
Dr. Roger Buchanan, along with Edgar Garcia-Rill and Robert Skinner of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, made a presentation about their research on the effects of nicotine to members of  the Arkansas Biosciences Institute, Thursday in Little Rock.  The ABI-sponsored research, funded by the Tobacco Settlement Proceeds Act of 2000, is titled, "Effects of Nicotine on Arousal and Sensory Gating: Alterations in P13 Potential in Rats."  The purpose is to investigate pre-addictive effects of nicotine on basic brain processes associated with our ability to "pay attention" by focusing on specific sensory information while ignoring extraneous information. Their research, which began in September, shows that nicotine inhibits regions of the brain that are responsible for alerting us to potentially important information.

Last home football game of 2002
Saturday is your last chance to support the Indian football team at home.  Kick-off for the game with Southern Utah is at 2 p.m.  Despite a couple of recent heartbreakers, the student athletes have shown remarkable progress  this year and deserve our support for representing ASU so well.  Go Tribe!

Graduate students have winning documentaries
Two graduate students in mass communications, under the direction of Dr. Mary Jackson-Pitts in Radio-Television, have had their video documentary works selected for airing on Arkansas Educational Television Network.  The NewsPage has details.  Such success reflects well on ASU faculty!

United Way Campaign at ASU
It's not too late to participate in the campus campaign for United Way. To make it more fun, great prizes will be awarded.  See details! 

Employee Benefits Fair, Thursday, Oct. 31
Reminder . . . Human Resources announced by e-blast last week the annual Employee Benefits Fair will be Thursday, Oct. 31, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. in the Reng Center Ballroom.  No tricks, all treats (i.e. prizes) at this event!

Is it the 'Loyalty Song' or 'Fight Song?'
What do you sing at football games?  Many alumni and fans call it the "Fight Song," but the author, George L. "Pop" Hodge, called it the "ASU Loyalty Song." (Hear it and other ASU songs on the Sound Zone).  The word "fight" is used in the song three times.  Loyalty?. . . not once.  We're told that a buzz in the stadium crowd comes from those who think the song is being introduced incorrectly.

Disability Services' Technology Fair 2002
Disability Services' annual Technology Fair will be Wednesday, Oct. 30. Devices, software and hardware will be shown to students, faculty and staff from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the Reng Center Ballroom.  Admission is free.

Fowler Center and Lecture~Concert Series
KASU and the Lecture~Concert Series will present classical pianist Gyorgy Sandor on Thursday, Oct. 31, at 7:30 p.m. in Fowler Center's Riceland Hall. Admission is free.

USAble to become Blue Advantage Administrators
Just a reminder . . . USAble Administrators will change its name to BlueAdvantage Administrators of Arkansas.  Only the name is changing; everything else, including staff, phone numbers, and group number, will remain the same. Starting next month, the new name and logo will appear on all printed items.  The web site will be www.BlueAdvantageArkansas.com.  Replacement ID cards with the new name and logo will be issued in January.

General Election will be Tuesday, Nov. 5
Early voting continues this week at your local county courthouse.  The General Election is Tuesday, Nov. 5.  For details, watch the news media reports or check with election officials.  Perform your civic duty and vote!

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