Jan. 30, 2006

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*  Book signing
by author Guy Lancaster,
Thursday, 2-6 p.m., at The Edge Coffeehouse

Black History Month begins

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ASU's tuition and fee ranking is much improved
A report in Friday's Jonesboro Sun concerning a Legislative sub-committee meeting in Little Rock included a review of college and university cost comparisons for the 2004-05 year.  Less prominently covered in the article was Department of Higher Education information for the 2005-06 year, showing ASU's cost level in line with other Arkansas institutions.  ASU's rate of increase for this year, 5.5%, was next to lowest among four-year Arkansas institutions of higher education. The total cost of tuition and mandatory fees at ASU ranked third behind UCA at $5,774 and the University of Arkansas at $5,495; ASU is at $5,440, and UALR was fourth at $5,243.  When costs of room and board are figured in, the spread is more pronounced, with UAF at $11,375, UCA at $10,214, UA-Pine Bluff at $9,626 and ASU at $9,624 .  Anyone who read the Friday article, can get a more detailed analysis of ASU's current cost position by reading a follow-up editorial in Sunday's edition of The Sun.  The entire DHE report to the sub-committee may be reviewed in PDF format by clicking here.

Dr. Latoya Pierce co-authors journal article
Dr. Latoya PierceDr. Latoya Pierce
, Psychology & Counseling, co-authored an article titled Forging the Link Between Multicultural Competence and Ethical Counseling Practice: A Historical Perspective, in the January edition of the journal “Counseling and Values.”
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Black History Month begins Wednesday
Black History Month 2006 begins Wednesday with a tribute to Carter G. Woodson at noon in the Student Union Auditorium and Soul Food Day at 5 p.m. in the National Guard Armory. On Thursday, the Black Star Power Movie Series kicks off with Cooley High in the Student Union Auditorium at 7 & 9 p.m. On Friday, Feb. 3, the Destiny Illusion Poetry Slam will be at 7 p.m. in the Mockingbird Room of the Student Union. On Saturday, Feb. 4, the Black History Month Parade & Unity Rally will begin at 10 a.m. at Simmons Bank on Caraway Rd. For more details, contact Jerrod Lockhart at 972-2055 or via email at jlockhar@astate.edu or see the NewsPage for more details.

'Red' Beans and Race set for March 10 & 11
The dates for ‘Red’ Beans & Race will be Friday and Saturday, March 10 & 11. The lunch will be held on Friday from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the pavilion. Tickets are $5 in advance; $7 the day of the lunch. The 5K race/walk will start at 9 a.m. on Saturday at the Chi Omega fountain, west of the Student Union. Registration is $15 before Feb. 17; $20 after Feb. 17. Also, a pancake breakfast will follow in the Student Union; cost is $5 per person. All proceeds go to the ASU Foundation, Inc. Watch for more information next week at http://support.astate.edu and in Inside ASU.

Sir Harold Evans interview on AETN
If you missed Sir Harold Evans when he spoke at ASU in the Lecture~Concert Series, you have another chance to hear him.  Prior to his public appearance at ASU, he was interviewed in the ASU-TV studio by journalist Steve Barnes for an Arkansas Educational Television Network special. The special will be aired on AETN Friday, Feb. 3, at 6:30 p.m.

Pride Day set for Feb. 16 
The Spirit Club and the Student Activities Board (SAB) will host the 9th annual Pride Day celebration Thursday, Feb. 16. The campus will be adorned with red and black, showing A-State Pride. The day begins at 9 a.m. with the Office Decoration Contest judging. Students may pick up free ASU apparel from the Indian Pride Stations from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Pride Day Awards Reception will be held in the Student Union Auditorium at 2 p.m. A proclamation from Gov. Mike Huckabee declaring ASU Pride Day, an official day of celebration, will be read by SGA President Candace Martin. The Princess, Indian Brave, and Chief Big Track awards will be presented along with the Lt. Colonel Barney Smith Award and the Outstanding Student Organization Awards.

December commencement list released
In December, ASU awarded 627 diplomas at the graduate and undergraduate levels.  A complete list of the graduates and their respective degrees has been released by the Registrar's Office and is now available on the NewsPage.  Congratulations to the graduates and to the faculty who prepared them for success!

Convocation of Scholars award nominations needed
Reminder: Faculty members and organization advisers are encouraged to nominate a student for this year's Wilson Award. Nomination forms and the rules for the Wilson Award/Distinguished Service Award, 4.0 Award, President's Award and Graduating Senior Award are all available online. Click here for online forms and details. 

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