March 17, 2003
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|Scholarship demand exceeds budgeted funds
One of the announcements President Wyatt made at Friday's meeting of
the ASU Board of Trustees was that the demand for ACT-based
scholarships for the fall semester has exceeded budgeted funds.
ASU has committed approximately $6 million to Trustees', President's
and Academic Distinction Scholarships, the same amount as last
year. Existing scholarships and outstanding offers will be
honored. Other types of awards, such as privately-funded
scholarships, are not affected. Read details in a release on the NewsPage.
New Associate Vice Chancellor in
Dr. Lonnie R. Williams of
Fayetteville was introduced as the new associate vice chancellor for
Student Affairs during the Board of Trustees meeting Friday. SGA
President Sach Oliver helped introduce Williams, who has extensive
experience working with students and helping meet their needs. Read
about Dr. Williams and his appointment on the NewsPage.
Board of Trustees approves
During the meeting at the
ASU-Newport campus, the Board of Trustees heard progress reports from
President Wyatt and chancellors of the various campuses, then approved
several resolutions. The board also re-organized, electing John
Paul Hammerschmidt of Harrison, chair; Mike Medlock of Jonesboro, vice
chair; and Florine Tousant Bingham of Forrest City, secretary.
Other members of the board are Lt. Col. (Ret.) Dallas Wood of
Paragould, and Richard Bell, immediate past chair, of Stuttgart.
The resolutions approved (by number)
- 03-01 makes changes to tax-sheltered
annuity programs 457(b) and 403(b) for employees, as needed due to
changes in state and federal laws.
- 03-02 creates a new two-day new
student orientation session for entering freshmen and transfer, and
for their parents, and sets the fee at $35 per student and $25 per
parent. Students receive one credit hour for attending.
- 03-03 increases room and board rates
for the 2003-04 year by 6.7% overall, and establishes a new
seven-meal per week plan, the Flex 7.
- 03-04 changes the name of the
bachelor of general studies degree to the "bachelor of
- 03-05 changes the MSE and EdS degrees
in educational administration to "educational
- 03-06 approves ASU's participation in
the Museum Assessment Program, governed jointly by the American
Association of Museums and the Institution for Museum and Library
- 03-07 approves the master of
accountancy degree, effective this fall, subject to approval by the
Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board (AHECB).
- 03-08 authorizes ASU-Jonesboro to
offer the BS in management degree through ASU-Beebe beginning in
the fall, subject to approval from AHECB.
- 03-09 authorizes the Teacher
Education Program in ASU-Jonesboro's College of Education to institute
a diverse experiential learning plan for student teachers at
ASU-Mountain Home, and establishes a $140 student fee.
- 03-10 authorizes ASU to offer
associate of applied science degrees in crime scene investigation
and in law enforcement administration, beginning this fall, with
AHECB approval. These programs are offered through a
collaborative agreement with the University of Arkansas Criminal
- 03-11 provides similar authorizations
for the same programs at ASU-Beebe, ASU-Mountain Home, and
ASU-Newport. 03-12 authorizes technical certificate programs in the
same disciplines at those campuses.
- 03-13 Authorizes ASU-Mountain Home to
raise out-of-state tuition to $95 per credit hour, the same as
ASU-Beebe and ASU-Newport.
- 03-14 authorizes ASU-Mountain Home to
establish a $10 per credit hour fee for online courses in hearing
healthcare and opticianary.
- 03-15 authorizes ASU-Mountain Home to
offer the existing AAS in hearing healthcare degree through
- 03-16 authorizes ASU-Newport to issue
up to $5 million in new bonds to develop, construct and equip a
student center and make other capital improvements.
Convocation of Scholars events
and activities near
The annual Convocation of Scholars activities
get underway next week and continue into April. Highlights
include Delta Blues Symposium IX,
Defining the Delta, March 27-29; Student Honors Awards Ceremony and
Reception on Monday, March 31; and college and departmental awards
events. See Symposium releases on the NewsPage.
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