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Jan. 7, 2009

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2009 Soil and Water Education Conference, Thursday, Jan. 22, Convocation Center


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Scholarship demand outstrips available funding
The demand for scholarships to attend Arkansas State University next fall has already surpassed the funds available, according to ASU officials. Students who applied by the Dec. 1, 2008 priority deadline and who have met the scholarship qualifications have been awarded scholarships, and those will be honored, according to Dr. Rick Stripling, Student Affairs. Stripling  cited an increase in the number of applications and the large number of qualified applicants for institutional scholarships in this fall 2009 recruitment cycle. The only scholarships affected are those granted on the basis of ACT score or a combination of class rank and grade point. Neither transfer students nor recipients of privately funded scholarships are affected, according to ASU officials. For more information, contact the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships at ext. 2310, or see the NewsPage release.

Kays Foundation Grants for 2009 announced
The Board of Directors of the Kays Foundation has announced two grants to the ASU-Jonesboro campus. The first proposal chosen for 2009-2010 funding will support the Centennial Celebration Office in the amount of $30,000 to assist in the publication of the "Arkansas State University Centennial Book: 100 Years; 100 Stories," which will be part of the ASU Centennial Celebration. The second proposal chosen will continue to further fund the expansion of the Crowley’s Ridge BEST Robotics Program in the amount of $3,450. This proposal was submitted by Dr. E. T. Hammerand in the ASU Department of Computer Science. The Kays Foundation is a private, nonprofit foundation supporting ASU by providing grants to support faculty, staff, departments, colleges, or other entities in order to further the teaching, research, and service goals of Arkansas State University. For details, visit the Kays Foundation.

ASU-Jonesboro to celebrate Act 100 with re-enactment
Four state universities created by Act 100 of 1909 will launch their centennial celebrations on Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2009, with a joint public re-enactment and re-signing of their founding legislation. The ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. in the Rotunda of the State Capitol. The four schools, Arkansas State University-Jonesboro, Arkansas Tech University, Southern Arkansas University, and the University of Arkansas at Monticello, have become comprehensive universities with missions in teaching, research, and service. The celebration ceremony will include greetings from the leaders of the four schools, as well as remarks and a ceremonial re-signing of Act 100 by Governor Mike Beebe. Special guests will be members of the Arkansas General Assembly. All alumni and friends of the four schools, as well as supporters of higher education in Arkansas, are invited to attend to launch the schools into their second century. For details, see the NewsPage release.

Fowler Center Series presents Ma'alot Quintet
The Fowler Center Series presents the Ma’alot Quintet in performance Friday, Jan. 16, at 7:30 p.m., in Riceland Hall, Fowler Center. The quintet’s name comes from the Hebrew, and according to the quintet, that word symbolizes harmony and musical concord. "Ma'alot" is the plural of the Hebrew word "ma'alah", which means "step," "degree," or "ascent.” The Ma’alot Quintet has rapidly ascended to the heights of international acclaim since its beginnings in 1986. Click here for season ticket information, including prices, call the Fowler Center at ext. 3471, or see the NewsPage release.

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