Jan. 26, 2007

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ASU Choirs Gospel Benefit Concert, Tuesday, Jan. 30, 7:30 p.m., Walnut Street Baptist Church

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Spring Semester enrollment shows increase
Preliminary and unofficial spring semester enrollment numbers for Arkansas State University in Jonesboro show a significant increase compared to a year ago and a near record, according to university officials. "The preliminary numbers continue to offer strong evidence that the university’s strategic enrollment initiatives are showing positive results," said Dr. Rick Stripling, vice chancellor for student affairs. The unduplicated headcount for all instructional sites associated with ASU-Jonesboro stands at 10,055, an increase of 237 students from spring 2006. This increase is the largest spring-to-spring increase in at least 14 years and the second highest spring semester enrollment in history, according to university records. For details, see NewsPage.

OIP joins Council on International Education Exchange
The Office of International Programs is pleased to announce ASU's selection for membership in CIEE (Council on International Education Exchange). In his welcome letter, Stevan Trooboff, CIEE president and CEO, noted that the CIEE board was impressed with ASU's institutional commitment to international education and the maintenance of high standards in its international activities. CIEE provides quality programs and services associated with learning and working abroad for individuals, employers, communities, and educational institutions. ASU joins a network of more than 200 institutions from 10 countries, all committed to excellence in international educational exchange. Membership brings with it CIEE publicity of ASU programs through a link to its website, www.ciee.org

College Goal Sunday is implemented in Arkansas
The Arkansas Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators and the Arkansas Department of Higher Education announce the approval of a three-year grant from the Lumina Foundation for Education. The $150,000 grant will fund the College Goal Sunday program in Arkansas. This program is designed to assist college students and their parents in completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Arkansas' first College Goal Sunday will take place on Feb. 18 at 29 sites throughout the state. In addition to assistance with filling out the FAFSA, participants will receive general information regarding state and federal financial aid programs. Scott Medlin, statewide coordinator for Arkansas College Goal Sunday, says, "...participants...walk away from the event with a completed financial aid application and the satisfaction of knowing they have tackled one of the biggest steps in getting ready to go to college." For a listing of event sites in Arkansas and other information, see www.arcollegegoalsunday.org.

Craighead Co. spelling bee to be held on campus
ASU will have a few younger students on campus Friday, Feb. 2, when the Craighead County spelling bee will be held in the ASU-TV Studio. Students will start arriving around 8:15 a.m., and the practice round will start at 9 a.m. The spelling bee will be live on ASU-TV, cable channel 18, and KASU radio at 10 a.m. Let ASU spell W-E-L-C-O-M-E to our campus visitors.

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