Feb. 3, 2003

Coming up:

* Fowler Center presents Peking Acrobats, Tuesday, Feb. 11

* ASU Theatre presents "Two Faces," Feb. 12-15

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Spring semester enrollment numbers are up
Spring semester enrollment is higher than it has been in years.  Preliminary, unofficial totals put 11th day headcount enrollment at 9,756, an increase of 156 over the previous year.  FTE (full-time equivalent) enrollment is 7,877.4, an increase of 57 FTE over a year ago.  These numbers are important because they represent one key indicator of our success.  The enrollment includes all instructional sites associated with the ASU-Jonesboro campus (more details below).

Higher Learning Commission visit is previewed
Dr. Cooksey addresses session on HLC visitEveryone with budget oversight responsibility on the ASU-Jonesboro campus was invited to a presentation last Thursday concerning the March 3-5 accreditation visit by the Higher Learning Commission team.  Those attending heard from Dr. Lynita Cooksey, who has directed the self-study process for Academic Affairs, and members of the steering committee.  We have posted their presentation about various aspects of the visit for your review on the web, HLC Preview.

HLC Self-Study document available on web
As announced last week, the complete Institutional Self-Study Report to the Higher Learning Commission is available on the web, in Word format.  We've added a link (see column at left, under "More news & information") in Inside ASU for everyone's convenience.  Links to the report and the HLC are already available on the navigation bar at the bottom of ASU's home page.

Calvin Smith appointed Distinguished Professor
Dr. C. Calvin SmithDuring a reception Sunday celebrating the opening of Black History Month, Dr. C. Calvin Smith was introduced as Presidential Distinguished Professor of Heritage Studies, a new position.  Although Dr. Smith retired from the Department of History faculty last spring, the university is fortunate to have him back in this new capacity where he can use his knowledge and experience to benefit students in the Heritage Studies Ph.D. program.   See details in the NewsPage announcement.

More enrollment highlights listed
The preliminary enrollment report from the Office of Institutional Research & Planning, which compiles the enrollment reports for the Department of Higher Education, includes other numbers worth noting:
-- The number of new students totals 727, which is 30 more than the previous spring.  More than half of those are classified as undergraduate transfer students.
-- The increase in headcount includes 69 more undergraduate students, and 89 more graduate students.
-- There are 561 students students enrolled in 1,947 credit hours of web-based instruction, the most ever.

Aerobics classes for faculty and staff
Cassie Kershaw, a supervisor in the Residence Life Office, teaches aerobics classes for faculty, staff and students on a volunteer basis.  She has taught for many years and is nationally certified in Group Fitness Instruction and in Personal Training.  The classes are Mondays and Wednesdays, 5:15-6:15 p.m. in the HPESS Dance Studio.  Let Cassie know if you are interested in participating by contacting her at ckershaw@astate.edu.

Academic Fair planned for Discover Diversity Day
The Admissions Office will host "Discover Diversity Through You" on Saturday, Feb. 22.  This program is designed to help minority high school students with planning their college careers.  During the event, the Admissions Office will host an academic fair beginning at 2:35 p.m. in the Reng Center.  If you or your department would like to participate and have not already notified the Admissions Office, or if you know of students who could assist with the event as greeters, group leaders and tour guides, please contact Candice Seward in Admissions at 972-3024 or cseward@astate.edu

Reminder about weather-related announcements
When inclement weather strikes, all of us naturally want to know as soon as possible how it might affect us.  However, it is easy to understand the problems which can arise when hundreds of people try to call University Police or news media outlets seeking information.  This note is offered as a reminder, and faculty might want to share it with students: In the event of closing, ASU will announce that information as quickly as possible through KASU, 91.9 FM; the scroll on the ASU web page; local television and radio; and through a recorded message on the ASU switchboard, 972-2100.  Please try to keep police and media lines free for emergencies and other notifications.

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