Jan. 26, 2006

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Spring enrollment figures show gains
Preliminary, unofficial spring semester enrollment statistics show a significant increase compared to a year ago. The unduplicated headcount for all instructional sites associated with ASU-Jonesboro is 9,873, an increase of 82 students from spring 2005, and the second highest spring semester enrollment during the last 10 years. Even more significant is the full-time equivalent (FTE) enrollment, which jumped by 146, up to 7,872. ASU has been making a concentrated effort to improve retention among the students it attracts each year, and those efforts show dividends in the spring numbers. The retention rate for first-time freshmen who enrolled last fall and returned for the spring semester is approximately 86 percent, compared to 83 percent last year. In addition, the graduate headcount enrollment of 1,296 is the highest ever recorded in a spring semester. Another significant trend noted is the popularity of Web-based or Web-assisted instruction. The enrollment in these courses shot up from 652 in spring 2005 to 1,020 this year. For more details, see the NewsPage.

Theatre to open Sideman Feb. 10

The ASU Theatre will open the third production of the 2005-06 season on Friday, Feb. 10, with the Tony Award-winning drama Sideman by Warren Leight. Sideman will be performed in the Drama Theatre at Fowler Center. Additional performances are scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 11, and Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 14 and 15, all at 7:30 p.m. Sideman won the 1999 Tony Award for best new play.Tickets may be purchased (reserved seating) in advance for $7 at the Central Box Office or by calling 972-ASU1. Reserved seating tickets (if available) may be purchased at the door for $9. Advanced reservations are highly recommended. See the Sideman news release.

Middle East Studies Night and grant awards
The Middle East Studies Committee (MESC) will host Middle East Studies Night on Monday, Feb. 6, in the Grand Hall of Fowler Center. The highlight of the evening is the announcement of the 2006 grant recipients. A reception will be held at 6:30 p.m., followed by a buffet of Middle Eastern cuisine at 7 p.m. From 7:45 – 8:45 p.m., cultural connections to the Middle East will be provided through student and faculty experiences. Admission is free. For more details, see the NewsPage.

King's Singers at Fowler Center for Valentine's

The King’s Singers will perform at Fowler Center Monday, Feb. 13, at 7:30 p.m. Formed in 1968, the group was named when the six founding members were choral scholars from King’s College at the University of Cambridge. Over the years their repertoire has remained all encompassing from medieval to renaissance, romantic to contemporary, to folk and pop. Renowned for their commitment to blend, balance and intonation in their performances, the King’s Singers have become a prominent musical force in the United Kingdom. Performance tickets for the Fowler Center concert may be purchased by calling 972-2781 or 1-888-278-3267, or online at http://tickets.astate.edu. Prices are $23 and $15 for ASU faculty and staff with a special ASU student rate of $10 and $6. For more details, see the NewsPage.

Black History Month begins
The theme for Black History Month 2006 will be “Still Climbing … Life Ain’t Been No Crystal Stair.” For more details, contact Jerrod Lockhart at 870-972-2055 or via email at jlockhar@astate.edu or see the NewsPage for details.

Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum opens exhibit  
Valentines from Piggott, 1910-1918, will be on exhibit at the Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Educational Center in Piggott, Wednesday, Feb. 1, through Tuesday, Feb. 28. The exhibit includes pages from Willie Underwood Wyatt’s scrapbook of Valentines from her grammar school classmates in Piggott, 1910 to 1918. The collection of more than 60 chromolithograph and hand-made Valentines was donated to the museum by her son. Many of Wyatt’s school friends represent families currently in Piggott and friends of the Paul and Mary Pfeiffer family. Tours are on the hour, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is a $5 donation.

Environmentalist here for agribusiness conference
Ken Cook, featured speaker for the 2006 Agribusiness ConferenceKen Cook, president and co-founder of the Environmental Working Group, is one of several featured speakers Wednesday, Feb. 15, at the 2006 ASU Agribusiness Conference. The author of numerous articles on environmental and agricultural topics, Cook was named one of Washington, D.C.’s top lobbyists by Capitol Hill newspaper The Hill. Cook’s company, EWG, is a public interest research and advocacy organization. Since its founding in 1993, the EWG has been a force in the national policy debate on the ecological impact of agriculture. For more details about Cook, see the NewsPage. Or, go here to see the news release on the 2006 Agribusiness Conference.

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