Today is Martin Luther
King Jr. Day:
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
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
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.
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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