Inside ASU, News for Faculty & Staff, Arkansas State University
March 12, 2007

Calendar highlights:

Multicultural Week, Tuesday-Thursday

* Dept. of Music drum set, marimba clinics, Wednesday, 4:15 p.m., band room, Fine Arts Center  


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Multicultural Week at ASU offers film, food, more
The International Student Association and the Student Activities Board will host Multicultural Week festivities. This year's theme is "Unity Through Diversity." The week kicks off Tuesday, March 13, at 5 p.m., with a reception outside the Student Union Auditorium. At 6 p.m., Cultural Night begins, and students, dressed in their country's traditional garb, perform dances, skits, and songs highlighting their cultures. Movie Night, Wednesday, March 14, features a 7 p.m. screening of "Lago Raho Munna Bhai" in the Mockingbird Room of the Student Union. This award-winning comedy depicts a former thug's struggles to imitate the values and morals of Mahatma Gandhi. The Multicultural Food Festival will be held Thursday, March 15, at 5:30 p.m. in the ASU Ballroom, on the 3rd floor of the Reng Student Services Center, which is connected to the Student Union. For details, call ext. 2329 or 2055.

Nominations sought for 2007 Diversity Excellence Award
The Office of Diversity looks forward to recognizing individual students, student groups, faculty members, faculty groups, administrators, academic departments, and academic units who have demonstrated the highest commitment to enhancing excellence through diversity. These units and individuals are eligible for the 2007 Diversity Excellence Award. Qualifications for the award include developing programs to enhance diversity, recruiting/retaining students, faculty, and staff from underrepresented groups, mentoring junior faculty and staff, developing and implementing learning activities that prepare students for a diverse and global society, and supporting research, service, and scholarship that reflects diversity. The deadline for nominations/applications is March 28. Nominations/applications and other documentation may be submitted to Dr. Glen Jones Jr. in the Office of Diversity, Administration Building, Room 201.

Board of Trustees approves facility, tuition proposals
During its meeting Friday at the ASU-Newport campus, the ASU Board of Trustees approved several resolutions that will benefit student recruitment and services. Also, Chancellor Potts told the board that he plans to appoint a broadly-based committee of constituent representatives to study the Indian mascot issue. Resolutions will authorize: a $5 per credit hour fee to fund a student recreational center; a 4.8% increase in room and board rates; and a bond issue to fund construction of two residence halls (including one for Honors College students), the recreational facility, and major maintenance for residence halls. Two resolutions provide for out-of-state tuition waivers to students who meet certain academic criteria, and another removes the two-year waiting period for ASU-Jonesboro graduates and dependents who are not Arkansas residents to enroll at in-state tuition rates. New programs approved for ASU-Jonesboro include a bachelor of science in radiologic sciences with an emphasis in magnetic resonance imaging, and a bachelor of applied science.

Delta Blues Symposium XIII approaches
The turbulent decade of the 1960s provides the theme for this year’s Delta Blues Symposium, the 13th edition of the annual conference that brings scholars, students, performers, and artists from all over the nation to the Arkansas State University campus in order to examine the Delta, consider its problems, and celebrate its culture. Sponsored by the Department of English and Philosophy, with assistance from the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, the symposium will take place Thursday-Saturday, March 29-31. Watch for more details.

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