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 Student Affairs
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 several resolutions
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) were:

  • 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 interdisciplinary studies."
  • 03-05 changes the MSE and EdS degrees in educational administration to "educational leadership."
  • 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 Services.
  • 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 Justice Institute.
  • 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 Internet-based instruction.
  • 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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