Jan. 16, 2006

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* Faculty Biennial,
Opening Reception, Thursday, 5 p.m.

MLK Week

* No classes today,
in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday

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Faculty Biennial opens Thursday
Memento Mori, by John SalvestThe Bradbury Gallery in Fowler Center will open the New Year with the 2006 Faculty Biennial, featuring new work by several members of the studio art faculty. Artists exhibiting this year are Roger Carlisle, Tom Chaffee, Shelley Gibson, John Keech, Neil Matthiessen, Gayle Pendergrass, Daniel J. Reeves, William Rowe, John Salvest, Curtis Steele and Kim Vickrey. An opening reception will be held at 5 p.m. this Thursday, Jan. 19. The Faculty Biennial continues through Sunday, Feb. 19. Gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, and 2 - 5 p.m. on Sundays.

Black History Month updates
The Black History Month Planning Committee has planned an impressive schedule of events for February. From “Soul Food Day,” and “Black Star Power Movies” to parades and rallies, pageants, concerts and an “All Black Affair,” the campus will be extremely busy next month. In addition to all the fun and festive activities, Black History Month will also include forums, monologues, competitions and health screenings, along with numerous lectures and speakers. The first event will be a tribute to Carter G. Woodson, who founded what eventually evolved into Black History Month. To see the latest schedule of events for Black History Month, click here. For more information contact Jerrod Lockhart at 972-2055 or via email at jlockhar@astate.edu.

First Year Experience: meetings Thursday 
Two information sessions will be held on Thursday, Jan. 19, to provide details on the First Year Residential Experience (FYRE) program, which will be implemented beginning this fall. As part of the FYRE program, first-year students will be required to live on campus. And, as a result of the Enrollment Management Plan, a new brand concept has been developed for this program. The sessions will be held at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the Student Union Auditorium. All faculty and staff are encouraged to attend. For more questions about the sessions, contact Beth Silverthorn at bsilverthorn@astate.edu or call 972-2048. To see a news release about the First Year Residential Experience, click here.

Governor re-appoints Mrs. Milligan as trustee 
Gov. Mike Huckabee announced last week that he has re-appointed Mrs. Florine Tousant Milligan of Forrest City to the Board of Trustees. "All of us at Arkansas State University are pleased that Mrs. Milligan has accepted this continuing role of service to the University and higher education," said Dr. Les Wyatt, president of ASU. "We are grateful for her counsel and advice, her leadership skills, and her loyalty to her alma mater. We look forward to our continuing association with Mrs. Milligan."
  The trustees serve staggered five-year terms. First appointed in 2001, Mrs. Milligan will now serve until January of 2011. She has served during the past year as Board chair. The next trustees’ meeting is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 24, in Jonesboro.

Middle East Studies Committee grants due Friday 
Completed proposals are due this Friday, Jan. 20, for Middle East Studies Committee grants. The MESC seeks proposals that identify specific areas of academic interest and a detailed plan to conduct study or research in the Middle East. The awards are open to all fields of study. For more details, see Middle East Studies.

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