Jan. 10, 2005

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Spring semester 2005 starts today: first day of classes
Happy New Year and welcome back to the campus everyone. Today is the first day of classes for the Spring 2005 semester. Good luck to all and hope your year is off to a great start!

Bradbury Gallery to feature faculty artists
The Bradbury Gallery in the Fowler Center will begin the new year with a two-person exhibition titled John Keech: Night Lights / curtis steele: artist unknown. An opening reception will be held at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 13. Gallery hours are from noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and 2 - 5 p.m. on Sundays. The exhibition is free and open to the public and will continue through Feb. 13. For more details or to see samples of their work, see Keech.Steele.

Faculty and staff achievements listed
Jack Zibluk, Journalism, has has work accepted for publication while Julie J. Isaacson and Annette S. Stacy, both of Nursing, have co-authored an article in a recent publication. For all the details, see Campus News.

Reception to honor international students tomorrow
The Office of International Student and Scholar Services will host a reception Tuesday from 4 - 5:30 p.m. in the Leadership Lounge of the Student Union to welcome all new and returning international students for the 2005 spring semester. Faculty, staff and students are invited.

Groundbreaking ceremony for new residence hall
Student Affairs will host a groundbreaking ceremony Friday afternoon at 2, weather permitting, at the construction site for new student housing.  The site is north of the Chickasaw Building and east of Caraway Road.  All interested persons are welcome to attend.

Fitness Club open house this Wednesday
This Wednesday, Jan. 12, the Fitness Club will hold an Open House during regular hours from 7 a.m. until 11 p.m. for all faculty and staff (please bring your ID for free admittance). All faculty and staff can now purchase Fitness Club memberships which will allows access to the gym during any of its open hours and to all of the classes being offered. Classes begin on Tuesday, Jan. 18. The cost per semester is $120. For more details, please call 972-2056 or email lmcmorries@astate.edu.

Memphis Symphony to perform at Fowler Center Jan. 29
ASU will present the Memphis Symphony Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 29, in Riceland Hall of the Fowler Center.  The orchestra will present an All Mozart Evening, under the direction of Maestro David Loebel.  This will be the orchestra's second concert in the Fowler Center series. Tickets for the concert are $9 and $6 for ASU students and $18 and $14 for faculty and staff. They may be purchased by calling the ASU Central Box Office at 870-972-2781 or through the online site.  For more information, call the Fowler Center at 870-910-8115, or see a news release and photos on the NewsPage.

Fine Arts Center Gallery to feature prin
The Fine Arts Center Gallery will present an exhibition of works by printmaker Ralph Slatton opening next Monday, Jan. 17. Don't Feed the Animals will be on view through Wednesday, Feb. 9, when a closing reception honoring the artist will be held at 5:30 p.m. Slatton graduated from ASU with a bachelor of fine arts before continuing with graduate studies. He currently is a professor of art at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, where he has taught since 1990. For more details about this exhibit or Slatton, see the NewsPage.

Soil and Water Education Conference Thursday
The Arkansas Soil and Water Education Conference will be held this Thursday, Jan. 13, at the Convocation Center. U.S. Congressman Marion Berry will be the featured speaker for the luncheon. Advance registration is required. For more conference details, see Soil and Water.

Museum sponsoring weekend visit to historic Lakeport
The ASU Museum and Advisory Council is sponsoring a “Salute to the Lakeport Plantation” on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 14-15.  The Lakeport Plantation home in Lake Village, Ark., is considered one of Arkansas’ premier historic sites (circa 1859).  The plantation, which is part of the educational programming for ASU and other partners, was designated an official project of the Save America’s Treasures program through the National Park Service and the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 2002. The “Friends of Lakeport” will host the group, with remarks by Dr. Ruth Hawkins, Director of the Lakeport project, and Sam Angel, whose family donated the property to ASU.

Severe weather and campus closings
In the rare event that the classes must be cancelled due to severe weather, the university makes every effort to communicate the closing information as quickly and widely as possible.  The information is announced by KASU, at 91.9 on the FM dial; on the ASU web site; on KAIT-TV; and the local commercial radio stations.

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