Jan. 8, 2007

*Classes start today

*Board of Trustees meeting Wednesday,  Jan. 10

*Soil and Water Conference   Thursday, Jan. 11


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Dr. Owens receives OPI certification
Dr. Ruth Owens, Languages, was recently granted full certification as an Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) tester in Spanish by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL).  This certification was awarded after more than a year of conducting Spanish proficiency interviews validated by an ACTFL tester trainer.  OPI tester certification allows Dr. Owens to use this comprehensive method of  assessment of language proficiency for a variety of academic purposes, such as language teacher credentialing, program entrance and exit requirements, scholarship requirements, and research on language proficiency.

Dr. Marburger to publish economics textbook
Dan Marburger, Economics, signed a book contract with the Addison Wesley Publishing Group to write a managerial economics textbook. The distinguishing aspect of Marburger's book is that it will position managerial economics away from abstract intermediate microeconomic theory and demonstrate how microeconomic theory complements actual business functions, such as accounting, finance, marketing, and operations. The textbook, which is expected to appear in print in 2009, will be packaged along with case studies from the Harvard Business School, Ivey Publishing, and Darden Press.

Board of Trustees will meet Wednesday
The ASU Board of Trustees will meet Wednesday, Jan. 10, at 8:30 a.m. at the ASU Little Rock office. In Jonesboro, those interested in observing the meeting may watch by video conference in the AccessGrid Room of the Dean B. Ellis Library. This meeting was originally scheduled for December but had to be postponed.

Delta Caucus boasts strong ASU presence
The Mississippi Delta Grassroots Caucus will hold its annual conference in Little Rock Jan. 18-19. ASU attendees will include ASU-Delta Studies Center director Peggy Robinson Wright, who is also state co-chair of the caucus, Dr. Cherisse Jones-Branch, Dr. George Grant, and Dr. Susan Hanrahan, along with professor emeritus Dr. Michael Dougan. The opening session will be held Thursday, Jan. 18 at the Little Rock Chamber of Commerce from 5:30-8:00 p.m. The main session will be held Friday, Jan. 19, from 9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. in the Great Hall at the Clinton Presidential Library. For details, contact Peggy Robinson Wright at ext. 2325, or click on http://www.clt.astate.edu/dsc/MDGCJanuary07Meeting.pdf.

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