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100th Year

Jan. 11, 2010

Calendar highlights:

Classes begin today. Final day to add courses online via self-service tab within in.Astate is Monday, Jan. 18

Southern Tenant Farmers Museum, Tyronza, presents Norwood Creech's "Perspectives from the Delta" opening reception Thursday, Jan. 14,
5 p.m.


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Grand opening of Red WOLF Center slated for Jan. 19
he grand opening of the Red WOLF (Wellness Opportunities and Life Fitness) Center, 2505 Aggie Road, will be Tuesday, Jan. 19. The reception for the event begins at 2 p.m., with the ribbon-cutting ceremony following at 3 p.m., and an open house for all students, faculty, staff, and guests will follow immediately thereafter, from 3:30-5:30 p.m. For details, contact Martha Spack, associate dean of students and director of ASU’s Leadership Center, at ext. 2055.

ITS receives $1.2 million grant from CampusEAI
Arkansas State University’s Information and Technology Services (ITS) has received a $1.2 million grant for a Web 2.0 SaaS Campus Portal. The technical implementation of the new portal system will get underway in spring 2010, according to Mark Hoeting, chief information officer. Hoeting also noted the grant will provide the myCampus Web Portal as well as membership into the CampusEAI consortium. CampusEAI Consortium is a global non-profit information technology services and consulting provider focused on helping its members to implement enterprise IT solutions cost-effectively and in a timely manner. Todd Reed, assistant director for Web Services, prepared the grant application from CampusEAI. For more information, visit CampusEAI, or see the NewsPage release.

2009-2010 ASU System Factbook is now available
Dr. Kathryn Jones, director, Office of Institutional Planning, Research, and Assessment, announces that the 2009-10 ASU System Factbook is now available online. Print a copy of the new Factbook, or request a hard copy by contacting April Leggett or Sharon Webb, or call the office at ext. 3027.
Arkansas Heritage SITES to host bicycle route meeting
The Arkansas Heritage SITES Office at Arkansas State University will host a meeting to discuss the possibility of creating a bicycling route along the entire length of the Crowley’s Ridge Parkway National Scenic Byway. The meeting will be held on Thursday, Jan. 14, at 7 p.m., at the Jonesboro Chamber of Commerce, 1709 East Nettleton Avenue. The route along Crowley’s Ridge is being considered as an official segment of the Mississippi River Trail (MRT), a 10-state biking route from Lake Itasca in Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico below New Orleans, along both sides of the Mississippi River. MRT, Inc. and the Arkansas Heritage SITES Office are seeking input from cyclists and others regarding favorite routes along the ridge, possible deviations from the official National Scenic Byway route, safety issues, and other ideas for developing the route. MRT board members and other interested cyclists from the 10-state MRT area also hope to conduct a test ride of the Arkansas segment of the Crowley’s Ridge route in April.  Those interested in assisting with planning for this ride are encouraged to attend the meeting. For details, or to RSVP, contact Dr. Ruth Hawkins at ext. 2803, or see the NewsPage release.

ASU hosts seventh annual MCBIOS conference Feb. 19-20
Reminder: ASU will host the seventh annual conference of the MidSouth Computational Biology and Bioinformatics Society (MCBIOS), Friday-Saturday, Feb. 19-20, 2010. The theme is “Bioinformatics: Systems, Biology, Informatics and Computation.” Conference functions will be held in Centennial Hall in ASU's Student Union. Dr. Richard Segall, Computer and Information Technology, and a board member for MCBIOS IX, is serving as the conference local arrangements chairman. Early registration is available online until Friday, Feb. 5, 2010, with non-students paying $225 and students $125. After Feb. 5, the regular registration fees are $275 for non-students and $150 for students. Online abstract submission is now available. The deadline for abstracts for oral presentation is Friday, Jan. 15, 2010, and the deadline for abstracts for poster presentation is Friday, Jan. 22, 2010.  Full papers are tentatively due Wednesday, March 31, 2010. For details, contact Dr. Segall at ext. 3989, or see the NewsPage release.

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