Nov. 11, 2002

This week's highlights:

*Lecture~Concert Series, Mike Reiss, Wednesday, 7:30 p.m., Reng Center Ballroom

* Faculty Town Hall meeting, Thursday,
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Faculty Town Hall meeting is Thursday
One more reminder . . . The Academic Affairs-sponsored Faculty Town Hall meeting will be Thursday at 3 p.m. in Fowler Center.  Dr. Wyatt and members of President's Council will answer submitted questions.

ASU officials to announce major gift Thursday morning
Please make plans to be in the Administration Building lobby at 11 Thursday morning for a major gift announcement.

ASU has great improvement in student retention 
Successful faculty efforts are showing up in statistics which demonstrate the progress we are making with student retention.  The Arkansas Department of Higher Education stats confirm that ASU's improvement in our student retention rate is highest in the state, while headcount and full-time equivalency numbers also show growth. See the details in a news release on the NewsPage.

Rich Grippo and Jerry Farris awarded research funds
Dr. Rich Grippo and Dr. Jerry Farris, Environmental Sciences, have secured a $246,000 federal grant from the Department of the Interior for aquaculture research.  This is a major achievement for the university and for the Ph.D. program in environmental sciences.  Read the details on the NewsPage.

Museum invites all to open house for new gift shop
The ASU Museum invites all faculty and staff to the grand opening of "Mona's," the newly re-decorated gift shop, on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 4-6 p.m.  The shop now features Murano glass, fun jewelry and gift items by Winky and Dutch, special bracelet creations by April Lindsey, as well as a wonderful selection of items for the holiday season.  Join the Museum staff for refreshments and festivities! 

Faculty Women plan holiday event
The Faculty Women's Club will hold its Christmas event on Thursday, Dec. 5. Social hour begins at 5:30 p.m. at the President's Home, 1503 E. Nettleton. Dinner follows at 6:30 p.m. at the Jonesboro Country Club, and includes a sing-a-long of Christmas songs with Trudy Niederbrach and a presentation of "Santa's Babies" by the Christy McNeill Dance Studio. Door prizes will be presented. Hostesses for the event are Beverly Bartels, Chair; Andrea Hoskins, Irene Martz, Myra Wright, and Jeanne Wyatt.

Books Are Fun returns to ASU
Begin your holiday shopping now by visiting the Books Are Fun sale to be held Tuesday, Nov. 12, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., and Wednesday, Nov. 13, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., in the lobby of the library.  In addition to great books, you will find toys and gadgets for everyone in your family at significant discounts!  As a bonus, 10% of all sales will go toward our United Way giving campaign! Speaking of which . . .

United Way campaign at ASU: Deadline extended
As of today our United Way campaign giving total is $13,171.80, about half of what ASU gave last year.  Many of you had a chance to visit with Amy Roscoe and Kevin Lawrence during the benefits fair and see what the United Way member agencies are doing for our community.  You still have time to turn in a pledge card; the deadline has been extended to Friday, Nov. 15.  If you don't have a pledge card, you may e-mail Dawn Tucker,, with your name, department, and pledge amount.  Many people depend on United Way member agencies for services and support, so your contribution is very important!  Please "Choose to Care" by supporting the United Way.  Let's make sure everyone know how much ASU cares about its community.

Elevator report is expected this week
An investigation into last week's accident at Twin Towers in which student Brandon Rollins was injured is expected to conclude this week.  The elevator manufacturer, the state inspector's office, and university officials have been gathering information to determine the cause and to ensure residents' safety.  At last report, Brandon is still undergoing treatment UAMS in Little Rock.

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