March 3, 2003

This week:

* Higher Learning Commission visit, March 3-5

* All Majors Job Fair, Convocation Center, Wednesday, March 5

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Higher Learning Commission team is on campus
The long-awaited accreditation evaluation team, representing The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association, is on campus today through Wednesday.  We will keep a link to the self-study report, which documents our case for continued accreditation, in "Inside ASU" for at least another week.

Disability Awareness Week is March 10-13
Disability Awareness Week will be observed at ASU Monday through Thursday, March 10-13.  The theme this year is “Empowering People With Disabilities in the 21st Century.”  Highlights of the week include a student forum, Wednesday, March 12, at 1 p.m., and a symposium, conducted by the Department of Psychology and Counseling, Thursday, March 13, from 9:30 a.m. until 3 p.m.  At the Thursday luncheon, John Hauling will discuss technology in education, workplace and living environments. All events are in the Reng Center.  he luncheon registration fee is $14.50 per person.  Provisions for auxiliary aids will be made upon request. Those who advise students or sponsor organizations are encouraged to announce the symposium to their students and invite them to attend as many activities as possible.   For more details, contact Disability Services at  972-3964.

ABI to sponsor workshop series on 'plants as factories'
Reminder: The Arkansas Biosciences Institute will sponsor two workshops in the series on "Plants as Factories," Wednesday afternoon.  K. Magin of Monsanto will present "Agricultural Biotechnology and Regulatory Issues" at 1 p.m., followed at by Dr. J. W. Finley of Kraft Foods Inc. discussing "Bioscience Applications in Foods and Nutrition" at 3 p.m.  Both presentations will be in Room 157 of the Museum.

Undergraduate research students publish work
Congratulations to Dr. Jon Russ, Chemistry, and Dr. Debra Ingram, Mathematics, whose undergraduate research assistants Melanie Beazley and Richard Rickman recently had a research paper accepted for publication.  Read the details in Campus News.

Spring Break is still on, March 17-22
The rumor you may have heard, that spring break might be cancelled to make up for classes cancelled due to inclement weather, is just that . . . rumor, and nothing else.  It is true that some public schools are looking at calendar changes, possibly giving rise to speculation about ASU. 

Mid-term grading extended
For faculty who may have missed the e-mail . . . mid-term grading has been extended to Sunday, March 9, at 12:00 a.m.  Mid-terms are required for all freshmen and sophomores.  In WFF, students requiring grades will have have a classification of "grade required."

Getting to know our sister campuses: ASU-Beebe
Arkansas State University-Beebe was founded in 1927 as Junior Agricultural School of Central Arkansas. In 1931 the institution was renamed the Junior Agriculture College of  Central Arkansas. The college became a branch campus of what was then Arkansas State College in 1955.  In 1985, Arkansas State Technical Institute was established at ASU-Beebe.
     ASU-Beebe offers one-year technical certificates, two-year associate’s degrees, and a strong developmental program in English, math, and reading. An open admissions policy encourages the enrollment of both traditional and non-traditional students. Several bachelor’s degree programs, in addition to two master’s degrees, are offered on the campus through a partnership with ASU-Jonesboro.
     Enrollment has steadily increased over the past 10 years, highlighted by a jump of more than 10 percent in the fall of 2002. With a student body comprised of nearly 70 percent traditional students, or those who have graduated from high school in the last five years, ASU-Beebe offers a traditional college experience at a junior college campus, with a very active student life, including clubs, organizations and intramurals.  Also, nearly 200 students live in campus residence halls.
     ASU-Beebe graduates on average more than 300 students per year, more than any of the other 21 two-year institutions in the state, and also offers programs at ASU-Heber Springs and the Little Rock Air Force Base.  It will merge July 1 with Foothills Technical Institute, which will become ASU-Searcy.

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