Feb. 28, 2005

This week:

Leon Williams,
Student Union, tonight @ 7 p.m.

Faculty Recital
Fowler Center,
tonight @
7:30 p.m.

Jazz Band, Fowler Center, Tuesday,
@ 7:30 p.m.

Lecture on Wednesday &
Opening on Thursday

Crimes of the Heart,
Tuesday &
Fowler Center

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Board of Trustees acts on several items
During the quarterly meeting Friday on the ASU-Newport campus, the ASU Board of Trustees acted on several recommendations.  The Board:
* approved the Intellectual Property Policy for the ASU system of campuses;
* approved a plan to work with the new non-profit ASU Research and Innovation Foundation;
* approved the strategic plan for ASU-Jonesboro, and forwarded the plan to the writing committee for finalization;
* approved a 2.8% increase in residence hall and meal plan rates;
* approved a minor in international studies;
* approved naming the recruiting room in the Football Complex in honor of Bill Templeton;
* approved a new associate degree and a technical certificate program for ASU-Beebe;
* approved naming the library to be built at ASU-Newport in honor of Harryette and Kaneaster Hodges Sr.;
* approved several personnel appointments and re-assignments of duty; and
* re-organized for this year, electing Florine Tousant Milligan of Forrest City to chair the Board.  Richard Bell of Stuttgart is vice chair, and Lt. Col. (Ret.) Dallas Wood is secretary.

Artist Murry DePillars: Lecture and exhibit this week
Noted artist Murry N. DePillars will present a public lecture about his work at 7 p.m. this Wednesday, March 2, in the Fine Arts Center Recital Hall. Pillars became known in the 1960s and 1970s for reversing, through a series of naturalistic, cartoon-like drawings, stereotypical images of African Americans in the public imagination. The lecture is one of several events related to the exhibition 40 Years: The Art of Murry N. DePillars, opening at the Bradbury Gallery in the Fowler Center on Thursday, March 3. For more, see DePillars.

Intercultural affairs speaker is this evening
Despite the focus on diversity and increased programming related to multiculturalism, research shows that students on campuses are still divided. Diversity issues are the main cause of conflict between students on three out of five campuses surveyed. Leon Williams has an extraordinary way of taking the sensitive issues of race, diversity and multiculturalism and injecting them with humor, love, and passion. As the director of intercultural affairs at Buena Vista University in Iowa, Williams has developed a passion for creating harmony and a spirit of healing and cooperation in campus environments. Williams will speak tonight (Monday, Feb. 28) on Outside the Circle in the Student Union Auditorium at 7 p.m.

Many prospective students on campus this week
Several competitive high school events are scheduled throughout this week, bringing many prospective students to the campus. Among those events, and contact persons, are:
  Model United Nations
, Friday and Saturday, March 4 & 5, in the Dean B. Ellis Library, contact hartwigc@astate.edu;
  Northeast Arkansas Regional Science Fair
, March 4 & 5, Convocation Center, contact jkennon@astate.edu;
  Northeast Arkansas Region Choral Festival
, March 4 & 5, in Riceland Hall of Fowler Center, contact the Music Department at 972-2094;
  University Honors Scholarship Competition
on March 5, contact gthorn@astate.edu;
  Women in Technology and Science Workshop
on March 5, in Lab Sciences Center, contact agrippo@astate.edu;
  the 67th annual Journalism and Broadcasting Day on March 5 in the Communications building, contact jgambil@astate.edu.

Prairie Wind Dancers to perform at Fowler Center March 9
The Prairie Wind Dancers will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 9, at the Fowler Center. The group’s performance will be the fifth event of the 2004-05 Lecture~Concert Series and is free and open to the public. The Prairie Wind Dancers, a six-member contemporary dance company, utilize music and speech in concert performances that range from prairie themes to today’s issues. Formed in 1987, the group is based out of the Lawrence Arts Center in Kansas. The Prairie Wind Dancers use dance as a medium to express ideas, moods, feeling and to tell stories about life. For more details, see Wind.

Spring Job Fair on March 9 at Convocation Center
The 2005 Spring Job Fair, which provides opportunities for all ASU students and graduates to schedule interviews with recruiters, will be held on Wednesday, March 9, at the Convocation Center from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. The Job Fair is open to students from all colleges and is free. For more details, contact Career Services at 972-3025.

University Singers to perform March 8
The Department of Music will present the Winter Choir Concert by the University Singers-Men’s and Women’s Choirs on Tuesday, March 8, at 7:30 p.m. in Fowler Center, Riceland Hall. The University Singers are under the direction of Dr. Dale Miller, conductor, with Sherry Fagan and Carolyn Smith as graduate conducting assistants. The concert is free and open to the public. For more details, see the NewsPage release.

Art Directors' Club hosts Regional Juried Student Exhibition
The Art Directors Club hosted the 2005 Regional Juried Student Exhibition this month with 30 entries accepted out of 150 entries submitted. The entries were submitted by design programs from Tennessee, Mississippi, Kentucky, Arkansas and Missouri. Each year, the ASU Art Directors Club hosts the event featuring the region’s best student design work, bringing in young, up-and-coming designers from across the country to speak to university design students from across the five-state region. Six ASU students submitted winning entries. Read more ...

State Farm Donates Equipment to ASU
Several truckloads of office furniture have been donated from State Farm’s Jonesboro Claims office to ASU.  The donation came as a result of the office ‘right-sizing’ due to a previously-announced company consolidation of claims offices.  The donation includes several desks, chairs, file cabinets, work tables, conference room furniture, storage cabinets, shelving, portable fabric partitions, and various other items. The consolidation is made possible by advances in technology and changes in claims workflow processes. State Farm spokesman for Arkansas, Gary Stephenson, said that supporting education is one of the insurer’s strategic community goals.  State Farm has six agents in Jonesboro, and 180 agents across the state. See more details.

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