Nov. 18, 2002

This week's highlights:

* ASU Theatre presents "Elephant Man," Wednesday-Saturday,
7:30 p.m., Fowler Center

* Faculty Brass Quintet in concert, Thursday, 7:30, Fine Arts Recital Hall

* Indian basketball season opener, Friday, 7:05 p.m.

* Lady Indian basketball season opener, Saturday, 7:05 p.m.

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Faculty research to benefit from engineering alum's gift
ASU announced the second largest gift in its history last week.  An estate gift from the late James L. Thompson of Houston, a 1944 graduate in engineering, totals $2.8 million.  The gift comes at a particularly good time for new research initiatives because the endowment will generate $50,000 annually to support Faculty Research Scholarships, and $80,000 annually to support student scholarships.  Faculty award criteria will be developed by the Office of Academic Affairs.  Read the news release about Mr. Thompson.

Career Services Center shows high success rate 
The Career Services Center staff has been surveying ASU graduates to learn how they are doing with finding jobs.  The results are impressive.  Of those graduating students who consulted with the Career Services Center, 97 percent said the assistance was beneficial.  See news release on the NewsPage.

Randall Kesselring named Fulbright Scholar to Syria
Congratulations to Dr. Randall Kesselring, Economics, who has been selected to receive a Fulbright Scholar Award for the spring semester.  Kesselring will be a lecturer at Tishreen University in Latakia, Syria.  Kesselring is one of about 800 U.S. faculty members who will travel to 140 countries this year under auspices of the Fulbright Scholar Program.

Trustees approve Foothills merger into ASU-Beebe
In a telephone conference call meeting this morning, the ASU Board of Trustees approved a plan to merge Foothills Technical Institute at Searcy with ASU-Beebe.  The next step in the merger process will be review and approval by the Higher Education Coordinating Board and the Board of Workforce Education and Career Opportunities.  If approved the campus will become ASU-Searcy, a technical campus of ASU-Beebe.  The Searcy campus will continue to focus on high quality vocational/technical programs and pre-college programs.

Donor support for ASU shows growth
The ASU Foundation Inc. has reported that 6,259 donors made contributions during the fiscal year that ended June 30, an 11 percent increase compared to the previous year.  Gifts totaled $4.4 million during the same period.  Read more details in a news release on the NewsPage.

Proposals for Childcare Facility 
ASU has issued a request for proposals (RFP) for construction and operation of a childcare facility to serve faculty, staff, students and the university community at the Jonesboro campus.  Proposals are due Wednesday, Dec. 11.  The RFP is available as a pdf document on the Procurement Services web site.

Twin Towers elevator inspections complete
Inspection reports from the elevator manufacturer and state elevator inspector concur that evidence indicates the elevator doors were knocked off track during an incident at Twin Towers and that there is no evidence of mechanical failure.  The incident on Nov. 5 left student Brandon Rollins hospitalized.  University officials also have been investigating in an effort to ensure residents' continuing safety.  At last report, Brandon's recovery is progressing.

Information about Health Center services, procedures
With the new health center construction well underway, there are many questions about how the new facility's services will impact faculty and staff.  Inside ASU wants to help by soliciting your questions; Dr. J. W. Mason, Office of Human Resources, has agreed to provide answers in a future edition.  You may direct questions to or by campus mail to Admin Building, Room 102.

Holiday Season events 
On Tuesday evening, Nov. 19, faculty and staff will once again participate in a holiday tradition: serving Thanksgiving dinner to our students, in Woodlands Cafeteria.  Many have said they enjoy this occasion because it is just one more way to "serve" our students.  Response to the call for volunteers was great.  Organizers, and the students, thank you for that.  Also . . . the annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, sponsored by Student Activities and the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership, will be 4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 25, in the Indian Lounge of the Reng Center.  See you there!

Faculty Women plan holiday event
A reminder . . . the Faculty Women's Club will hold the group's annual 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.  Watch for an announcement about ticket sales.

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