Jan. 17, 2007

Calendar highlights:

* ASU Staff Senate reception for
Chancellor Potts, 1:15-2 p.m., today, 8th floor of library

* "Simultaneously" opens at Bradbury Gallery, 5 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 18


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January 17: 40th birthday of a university!
Forty years ago today, Jan. 17, Arkansas State College was elevated to university status with Gov. Winthrop Rockefeller's signature on House Bill 8. The bill, which became Act 3 of 1967, took effect on July 1, 1967. Enthusiastic students who celebrated in Jonesboro included an SGA senator and future chair of the ASU Board of Trustees, Mike Gibson, and a pledge trainer for Sigma Gov. Rockefeller signs bill elevating ASC to ASU, Jan. 17, 1967Pi fraternity and future governor, Mike Beebe. Young faculty members such as Sam Gennuso, George Horneker and Nancy Young in English, Julia Lansford in Music, Jerry Crawford in Economics, and Joel Gambill in Journalism considered the potential impact for academics. And the co-editor of the newly re-named Herald of Arkansas State University and future editor of The Jonesboro Sun, Roy Ockert, chronicled the outstanding local and state legislative support for the move in a historic special edition that proclaimed in 2 1/2-inch type, "ASU A REALITY." Read more about the move to university status in The ASU Story by Lee A. Dew and Voices from State, an oral history of ASU, by Larry Ball and William Clements. Both books are available in the Dean B. Ellis Library. Dew and Ball are former history professors, and Clements still teaches folklore.

Nomination form online for Wilson and DSA awards
Reminder: The nomination/application form for the 2007 R. E. Lee Wilson Citizenship Award and the Distinguished Service Awards is available online at http://events.astate.edu/scholars/Wilson-DSAAward.htm. The link to download the form is near the bottom of the page. The deadline to submit nomination/application packets is Friday, Feb. 16 at 5:00 p.m. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. Packets should be submitted to Jill Bristow, University Advancement, Room 104, or mailed to Jill Bristow, ASU University Advancement, P.O. Box 1990, State University, AR 72467. For details, contact Jill Bristow, ext. 3362. 

Lecture-Concert series to host classical guitarist
Guitarist David Burgess will perform Tuesday, Jan. 23 at 7:30 p.m. in the Student Union Auditorium. The performance, "Guitar Music of Brazil," is free and open to everyone. Burgess studied with Andres Segovia and has won many awards for his musical achievements. His performance is co-sponsored by the Lecture-Concert Series and the ASU Guitar Guild. Click on NewsPage for more details.

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