Feb. 17, 2003

This week:

* Agriculture-Business Conference, Wednesday, Feb. 19, Fowler Center and Convocation Center

* Lecture~Concert Series presents Capriccio, Thursday, 7:30 p.m., Fine Arts Center, and Elizabeth Eckford, Friday, 8 p.m., Riceland Hall

* Glenn Miller Orchestra, Sunday, Riceland Hall, Fowler Center, 7:30 p.m.

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Delta Blues Symposium IX will be March 27-29
The Department of English and Philosophy at ASU-Jonesboro will sponsor its ninth Delta Blues Symposium on Thursday through Saturday, March 27-29.  This description is from the Symposium web site, http://www.clt.astate.edu/blues/
   In addition to presentations on the blues and related forms of expressive culture associated with the seven-state Mississippi River Delta region, the program will focus on ways in which the "Delta" is perceived -- local, regional, national and international perspectives; insider and outside points of view; perceptions from various academic disciplines (including not only humanities and social sciences, but biological and physical sciences as well). 

KASU to use CPB grant for special productions
Congratulations to the staff of KASU radio, which has been notified that it will receive a Rural Incentive Grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.  KASU's grant of nearly $18,000 come from the CPB's Rural Listener Access Incentive Fund.  Robert Franklin, station manager, was quoted in "WaveLengths," the KASU member newsletter, as saying the funds will continue to support KASU in the production of the Main Street Blues Series, Bluegrass Monday, Blue Monday concerts, and staff development.

Campus safety and emergency planning
Soon after the events of Sept. 11, 2001, an ASU committee re-activated and began updating ASU's plans and procedures for emergency response to the variety of natural or man-made crises which could occur.  Committee participants continue to meet periodically to iron out details and to plan for possible scenarios.  The safety of students, faculty and staff is the committee's constant goal. Also, the University Police Department stays in regular contact with local,  state and federal law enforcement agencies to exchange helpful information.

Lecture~Concert Series events this week
Two events supported by the Lecture~Concert Series are scheduled this week.  The harp and flute duo, Capriccio, will perform in concert Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center Recital Hall.  Elizabeth Eckford, one of the Little Rock Nine, will be on campus for a Friday lecture, co-sponsored by the Office of Admissions, at 8 p.m. in Riceland Hall of Fowler Center.  She also will be speaking at Discover Diversity Through You Day on Saturday.  For more details on Capriccio or Eckford, follow the news release links on NewsPage.

Middle East Studies Night is open to everyone
Reminder  . . . Dr. Paul Petrie of Virginia Commonwealth University will be the featured speaker for Middle East Studies Night, Monday, Feb. 24.  Petrie is founding dean of the Shaqab College of Design Arts in Doha, Qatar.  Also, Natalie Bari will discuss her studies in Egypt.  The event begins at 7 p.m. in the Grand Hall of Fowler Center; everyone is welcome to attend.

Randy Kesselring is lecturing in Syria
Dr. Randall Kesselring, professor of economics, left for Syria in late January to fulfill his Fulbright Scholarship.  We e-mailed Randy to check on his status and safety, given the turmoil in the region.  He responded, "The people here are very friendly and it seems very safe. I realize that these things can be illusory, but right now everything seems ok. . . .The bottom line is that the State Department can order me to leave if they believe that the situation is too dangerous.  They have already allowed a voluntary evacuation of non-essential personnel.  I guess that I don't fall into that category because they haven't ordered me to leave yet."  A professor of economics, Kesselring is lecturing on international trade at Tishreen University in Latakia, Syria.  If you wish to contact him, try randyk@astate.edu; he checks his A-State account regularly.  He is due to return in June.

Alum salutes effectiveness of ASU Career Services
Dr. Neal Vickers, director of the Career Services Center, received an e-mail of thanks from Brian Agee, a recent College of Business grad.  He wrote, "While I was in Finland finishing my college work (last fall) I sent my resume to many companies and registered with many job search/resume posting websites with no luck.  But two weeks before coming back to America I got an e-mail from a company in Jonesboro (SMA) offering me a job. SMA found out about me through ASU Career Services and was very impressed with my resume . . . "  He did not want the Career Services staff to go unrecognized.  This is just one example of how ASU assists students with finding success.

'Inside ASU' also available on web site
Although we have been distributing "Inside ASU" by e-mail, some have asked how they can find it on the web.  From the homepage, click on the "Faculty and Staff" button to reach the Faculty-Staff page, then the next to last button at the bottom, "Inside ASU."  Also, we have had reports that the links do not function correctly when using the I-mail system to view the e-mailed version.  We are working to solve that problem.

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