Jan. 17, 2005

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Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day: no classes
Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the national holiday honoring the life and work of Dr. King. Americans across the country will celebrate this day with community service projects as they have since 1995 when MLK Day first became a national holiday in honor of his Jan. 15 birthday.

MLK events: Living the Dream ... While Reflecting on the Past
The MLK celebration of events officially kicked off late last week and continues throughout this week with the theme "Living the Dream ... While Reflecting on the Past." Today's activities begin with the Volunteer Opportunities Center and Student Activities Board Community Service Project at the Salvation Army of Jonesboro. Also today, ASU faculty, staff and students are invited to participate in the MLK Community Parade, beginning at 12 noon at St. John Missionary Baptist Church, 306 N. Main St. with ASU President Dr. Les Wyatt serving as the grand marshal. Many other activities have been scheduled; for a complete list go to ASU MLK Jr. events 2005.

Administrative appointments announced
Sue Marlay has been appointed as director of International Programs. Her appointment affords the opportunity to consolidate the coordination of international efforts on campus into the Office of International Programs. For more, see the NewsPage release.
Dr. Andrew Sustich has been named as dean of the Graduate School and dean of The Honors College. Dr. Sustich will begin the transition immediately into the positions, but the appointments officially begin July 1. Dr. Sustich will move his office into the Graduate School and begin working with Dean Wheeler to represent the interests of the Graduate School. For more, see Dr. Sustich. Dr. Gil Fowler will continue as interim dean of The Honors College through June.
  In addition, Dr. Gail Hudson, professor of marketing, has been named interim chair for the Department of Management and Marketing, as announced by interim dean of the College of Business, Dr. Len Frey. 

Groundbreaking ceremony for residence hall held Friday

Groundbreaking for the new residence hall that will be home to 840 upper-class students was held Friday afternoon on the 14-acre site along Danner Street between Caraway and University Loop. The new residence hall includes five three-story residential buildings, a multipurpose building with meeting rooms, offices, laundry facilities and parking. Students will reside in four-bedroom suites that include two bathrooms, a living room and a small kitchenette. The amenities include all single occupancy bedrooms, fully furnished suites, high speed internet connections in each bedroom and wireless internet access. The new residence hall will house both men and women who have completed at least one year of college. The anticipated opening date is fall 2006. The architect is Brackett-Krennerich and Associates, P.A., with Baldwin Shell Construction Co. as the contractor. Review a fact sheet about the project.

Senate meetings begin new year this week ...

The Staff Senate and the Faculty Senate get back to work this week for the new year. On Wednesday, Jan. 19, at 2 p.m., the Staff Senate will meet and on Friday, Jan. 21, at 3 p.m., the Faculty Senate will meet. Both meetings will be held in the 8th floor board room of the Dean B. Ellis Library. To read more, see Staff Senate or Faculty Senate.

Dean B. Ellis Library installs new card catalog software
The Dean B. Ellis Library installed updates to the card catalog software during the month of December, bringing the library system to a whole new level with libraries and universities around the world. The Endeavor Voyager UNICODE system allows for an upgrade to the online catalog of the library and is especially critical for processing foreign language materials. Information in the library system can now include Arabic, Hebrew, Chinese, Korean and many other languages, as well as mathematic and scientific symbols that previously were unusable. In addition, the new upgrade brings the system into full compliance with Microsoft Windows.

Self-study report to NCAA is completed
The final draft of ASU's NCAA Self-Study Report was shipped Saturday, completing a major step in the review process for re-certification.  Interested individuals may review the entire report, in PDF format, or learn more about the certification process at http://diversity.astate.edu/ncaa.htm.  A committee of faculty, students and staff, led by Dr. Glen Jones, President's Office, has been working on the report for several months.  An on-site visit by an NCAA peer review team is scheduled for late spring.

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