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March 17, 2010

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University Planning Committee meeting will be held today
The University Planning Committee will meet Wednesday, March 17, at 9 a.m. in the Board Room of the Library (8th floor).  The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

Faculty members have paper accepted at conference
Four faculty members collaborated on a paper, "Developing and Implementing a System of Shared Governance from a Faculty Perspective,” that has been accepted at   the Fourth International Conference of the American Institute of Higher Education. Julie Isaacson, Nursing, Dr. Mike McDaniel, Communication Disorders, Dr. Louella Moore, Accounting, and Dr. Beverly Boals-Gilbert, Teacher Education, have extensive experience with shared governance at ASU. Dr. McDaniel, Isaacson, and Dr. Moore are active and long-term participants in the initial task force efforts charged with creating and designing a viable shared governance system. They are all members of the Shared Governance Oversight Committee, chaired by Dr. McDaniel. Dr. Beverly Boals-Gilbert is the current Faculty Senate chair, president of the Faculty Association, and the newest member of the Shared Governance Oversight Committee.  All paper submissions for the conference are peer-reviewed and will be published in the proceedings of the conference. Additionally, "Developing and Implementing a System of Shared Governance from a Faculty Perspective,” is in consideration for the conference's Distinguished Paper Award. The award-winning paper will be selected through a competitive blind review process, and will be announced at the conference. If a paper  wins an award, it will be published in a journal.

Dr. Chaudhury presents paper at conference
Dr. Zariff Chaudhury, Metallurgical Technology, recently presented a collaborative pa
per,Dr. Zariff (Zac) Chaudhury “Cultural Diversity Issues in the Undergraduate Engineering Program,” at the 39th annual meeting of the Society for Cross-Cultural Research (SCCR) in Albuquerque, N. M. The purpose of Dr. Chaudhury’s study was to explore the perceptions of the importance of cultural diversity in engineering. Both undergraduate engineering students and engineering graduates participated in his study. Dr. Chaudhury’s findings suggest that students and graduates perceive that it is important to include cultural diversity courses in the engineering program and that qualified students across ethnic groups have equal access to the engineering program. However, students, compared to graduates, felt that the existing curriculum was culturally diverse and stressed the need for more minority recruitment. Students, more than graduates, believed that engineering professionals have high standards as regards their work ethic, experience high levels of job satisfaction, and are well paid. Dr. Chaudhury also chaired a session, “Young Adult Perception of the Social World."  Several hundred national and international scholars, including a Nobel Laureate in physics, participated and presented papers at the conference. SCCR is a multi-disciplinary organization made up of about 150 members.  The members all share a common devotion to the conduct of cross-cultural research. SCCR is fundamentally inter-disciplinary and provides members the opportunity to network with scholars from a wide variety of approaches.

Dr. Coleman selected to serve on city board
Dr. Charles Coleman, Technology, was recently selected by the City of Jonesboro’s Department Community Development Organization to serve on the North Jonesboro Board of Initiative, or the NJBNI.  The board was developed to develop “an approach to reducing poverty and building strong resilient communities.”  The first meeting of this board was held Feb. 24.

Dr. Mello has article published in international journal
Dr. John E. Mello, Marketing, director, Center for Supply Chain ManagemDr. John Melloent, was recently published in the Winter 2010 edition of “Foresight: The International Journal of Applied Forecasting.” Dr. Mello is a member of the Foresight editorial board and is also a frequent contributor of sales forecasting articles in the journal. His published article, “Corporate Culture and S and OP: Why Culture Counts,” examines the roles of corporate culture in sales and operations planning (S and OP), making the case that businesses must instill in employees a vision of a smoothly running S and OP process and foster the cultural values and norms necessary to achieve it. Dr. Mello joined the faculty at ASU in 2006 after receiving his Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee. Prior to completing his Ph.D., he worked for 26 years in the consumer packaged goods industry in a variety of manufacturing positions at Unilever and Playtex Products.

Journalism faculty, graduate students, present papers
Two faculty members and five graduate students from the College of Communications recently presented research papers at the Midwest Conference at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (AEJMC) at the University of Oklahoma. The graduate student papers were produced under the instruction of Dr. Lillie Fears, Journalism, and Dr. Osa Amenyi, chair, Radio-Television, in journalism and radio-television course sections of Interpretive Research Methods during the fall 2009 semester. Dr. Myleea Hill, Journalism, presented “How 2 rite Gr8 leeds: A study of the impact of text messaging on basic news writing skills.”  Dr. Jack Zibluk, Journalism, was chosen to present his research on “The Reporter Test for Multimedia Ethics." The following graduate students presented at the conference. Fawaz Mohammad Alajmi presented research on “International Students’ Uses and Gratifications for the Online Social Networks;” Alejandro de le Sen presented “My Picture of America: East Asian Students’ Perceptions of the United States;” Shanelle Frazier presented “Students’ Perceptions of Technology Resources at Historically Black Colleges and Universities: A Qualitative Analysis;” Jessica N. McMorris presented “The Perceptions of African American Stereotypes in Reality Television;” and Khalaf Tahat presented “Al Jazeera’s Role In Promoting Extreme and Violent Trend among Arab People.”
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