Feb. 10, 2003

This week:

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

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

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Economics professor's book looks at water conflicts
Dr. Gauri Shankar Guha, assistant professor of economics, is a co-editor of Conflict Management of Water Resources, published by Ashgate of Hampshire, U.K.  Congratulations to Dr. Guha for this major achievement.  See more details about the book in Campus News.

Just the facts, m'am  . . . 2002-03
The ASU Factbook for 2002-03 is now available on the web.  Check the Office of Institutional Research and Planning's site, http://irp.astate.edu.  Even Joe Friday would agree, this is a very handy document for those who need to stay in the know about ASU.  Thanks to Dr. Kathryn Jones and staff for this work.

Financial Aid and Scholarships Office sets Open House
The Financial Aid and Scholarships Office will host an Open House Thursday, Feb. 13, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the Reng Center Ballroom.  As a service to students and parents, the office will remain open that day until 6 p.m. to assist visitors with applications.  You might want to share this opportunity with friends and colleagues who might benefit from the extension in office hours. 

Carillon will play the Alma Mater like never before
If the thought of a library bell carillon with more than four notes has a familiar ring to it, you are not imagining.  More than $425,000 in private support has been directed to the ASU Foundation to complete the 23-bell carillon.  The additional bells are expected to be installed and operational by the end of the spring semester.  Steve Watkins, director of development, says we will will be able to hear the alma mater, loyalty song, and seasonal selections when the project is completed.  Mark your calendar now . . . a dedication concert on the library lawn is planned for the afternoon of Sunday, May 4.

Post Masters book still available for faculty and staff
The book Post Masters: Arkansas Post Office Art in the New Deal, published by ASU, is still available to faculty and staff at a discount of only $36.  Checks should be made payable to ASU Foundation.  Contact Diana Corder in University Relations, 910-8262, Admin 101, for more details.  The book, written by Little Rock attorney John P. Gill, was featured in a Democrat-Gazette Style section cover article a few days ago, spurring orders from throughout the state.

Special guest coming for Middle East Studies Night
Dr. Paul Petrie of Virginia Commonwealth University will be featured speaker for the upcoming Middle East Studies Night, Monday, Feb. 24.  Petrie, who also will visit classes that day, is founding dean of the Shaqab College of Design Arts in Doha, Qatar.  He now serves as professor of interior design and associate dean for academic affairs at Virginia Commonwealth.  More details will be announced.

Get to know sister campuses: this week, Mountain Home
In 1995, ASU Mountain Home Technical College became Arkansas State University Mountain Home.  Since then, enrollment has increased from 614 to more than 1,250.  In addition, more than 200 ASU-Jonesboro students take classes through the Center for Advanced Studies at ASU-MH in programs such as accounting, elementary education, nursing, management, criminology and a number for graduate programs.
     ASU Mountain Home offers a variety of associate degrees and certificate programs.  Its most unique programs are in funeral science and hearing healthcare.  ASU-MH is one of only two U.S. schools to offer a hearing healthcare program.  Plans call for offering an on-line degree in opticianry beginning this fall.  The ASU-MH program will be the first such program in the state.
     In 2000, ASU-MH moved from downtown buildings, including a former church, funeral home, feed store and dry cleaners.  The new campus is situated on 140 acres in southwest Mountain Home and features four buildings, which were endowed before construction even began.  To date, more than $7 million has been given or pledged to ASUMH for endowments, scholarships, and construction.

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