March 24, 2003

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* Delta Blues Symposium IX: Defining the Delta, March 27-29

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ASU student selected for Truman Scholarship
ASU officials received word this morning that Lesley Pruitt of Newport, a junior political science major, will be named Tuesday as a winner of the Harry S. Truman Scholarship.  This is a major achievement for Lesley, for the Department of Political Science, for the Honors Program, and for ASU.  She is one of only about 70 individuals nationwide to receive the coveted award, considered by many to be the most prestigious American scholarship.  Lesley is a member of the Benjamin Crowley Society, the Honors Program mentoring group led by Dr. David Levenbach, director, and Dr. Wayne Narey, assistant director of Honors for student development.  Dr. David England, Political Science, Dr. Ross Marlay, Political Science, Dr. Christopher Brown, Economics, and John O'Connell, Theatre Arts, also are to be commended for their involvement in helping Lesley prepare for the competition.

UPC meeting is Thursday
The University Planning Committee (UPC) will meet Thursday, March 27, at 3 p.m. in the Boardroom, eighth floor of the Ellis Library.  Participants will hear an update about progress at the Legislative session and will begin discussion of the ASU-Jonesboro budget for the 2003-04 academic year. The UPC meeting is open to everyone.

George C. Grant is new library dean
As announced in a recent campus e-mail, Dr. George C. Grant is the new Dean of Library and Information Resources.  Dr. Grant comes to ASU from Jackson State University in Mississippi, where he was Dean of Library Services.  He has more than 20 years of experience as director of libraries at various institutions.  He earned his doctorate in library administration from the University of Pittsburgh, his master's of library science from Atlanta University, and his bachelor's in political science from Morehouse College.  Welcome to ASU, Dr. Grant!

Jerry Linnstaedter to lead new department
Another recent announcement is that Dr. Jerry Linnstaedter, Associate Vice Chancellor for Regional Programs,  will serve as chair of the new Department of Mathematics and Statistics, effective July 1.  He succeeds interim chair Dr. Jeff Jenness of the Department of Computer Science and Mathematics, which will expand into two departments in July. Dr. Linnstaedter brings 35 years of teaching and administrative experience to the new department.

Convocation of Scholars events and activities underway
The annual Convocation of Scholars activities get underway this week.  Posters around the campus provide the full list of events.  A series of three films, associated with the Delta Blues Symposium, will be presented at 7:30 p.m. today, Tuesday and Wednesday in Museum Room 182.  The Delta Blues Symposium IX, with this year's theme of " Defining the Delta," will be Thursday through Saturday.  Highlights include a Thursday evening concert (see update below), and a featured lecture by Dr. William R. Ferris, a scholar of the American South and former director of the National Endowment for the Humanities, at 4:30 p.m. Friday, March 28, the Museum auditorium. The Student Honors Awards Ceremony and Reception will be Monday, March 31, at Fowler Center.  College and departmental awards events will be held March 31-April 4.

Blues concert Thursday is Symposium highlight
Due to health problems, Big Jack Johnson had to cancel his Delta Blues Symposium concert at ASU Thursday evening.  However, CeDell Davis, who appeared on a previous Blues Symposium program, has graciously agreed to return to ASU and perform in Johnson's place.  His presentation will be Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in Fowler Center.

Population Institute president to speak
Werner Fornos, president of the Population Institute, will visit the ASU campus Tuesday, April 1.  He will give a public lecture at 8 p.m. in the lecture hall of the Convocation Center.  Everyone is welcome to attend.

Multicultural Week is planned for April 7-11
Multicultural Week is scheduled for April 7-11.  Involved students, organizations and departments are trying to increase awareness and diversity of cultures on the ASU campus.  Ms. Munteha Shukralla of the Compassionate Listening Project will present a lecture Wednesday, April 9, at 7 p.m. in the Museum, Room 182.  All faculty and staff are welcome to attend this and other activities during the week. More details will be announced. In the meantime, interested individuals may contact Aida Ali, International Students Association president and SGA minority affairs director, at 972-2050 or, or Farinam Moeeni, Student Activities Board, senior multicultural director, at 972-2055 or

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