March 31, 2003

This week:

* Convocation of Scholars Honors and Awards Ceremonies

* Faculty Convocation, 
2 p.m., Tuesday, Reng Center Ballroom 

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Faculty Convocation will be Tuesday afternoon
The annual Faculty Convocation will begin at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Ballroom of the Reng Center.  A  1 p.m. reception in honor of retiring faculty will precede the ceremony in the Alumni Lounge, adjacent to the Ballroom.  Faculty awards for Teaching, Research, and Professional Service will be presented during the ceremony, and the retiring faculty will be recognized.  Everyone is encouraged to attend.

Wilson Award & DSAs presented in Student Honors event
During the 70th annual Student Honors Awards Ceremony this afternoon, Sach Oliver of Viola named recipient of the R. E. Lee Wilson Award, the highest award presented to a graduating senior at ASU.  Among his many achievements, Sach led the Student Government Association this year as president.  Five students, including Oliver, were named recipients of the Distinguished Service Awards. The others are Sara Harris of Forrest City, Leah Minge of Mountain Home, Gustavo Rehder of Brazil, and Lorna LaRee Scaife of Springfield, Ark.  Congratulations to these students for their achievements, and congratulations to the faculty and staff members who have challenged and inspired them.

President's Scholars announced during ceremony
The President's Scholars, the graduating senior in each college with the highest grade point average, also were introduced during the Student Honors Awards Ceremony this afternoon. 
Recipients and their respective colleges were Sach Oliver of Viola, Agriculture; Stella J. Phillips of Alicia, Arts and Sciences; Stephen McDaniel of Jonesboro, Business; Brandy Craig of Brookland, Communications; Paige Higgins of Jonesboro, Education; Leah Minge of Mountain Home, Engineering; Nicole Lea Carroll of Bryant, Fine Arts; Jill Suzanne May of Harrisburg, Nursing and Health Professions; and Brian Joseph Smith of Jonesboro, University College. In the event of a tie, the award goes to the student who has completed the most credit hours.

Undergraduate Scholars Day is Tuesday
Take time from your schedule Tuesday to attend some or all of the sessions during Undergraduate Scholars Day, which is organized by the Honor Program.  Our finest students will present their work during sessions in Rooms 118 and 119 of the Ellis Library. Faculty mentors are to be commended for the guidance and encouragement they have given to these outstanding students.

Getting to know our sister campuses: Heber Springs
From humble beginnings at Heber Springs High School, Arkansas State University-Heber Springs has grown by leaps and bounds. In the fall of 1998, 80 students in 10 classes began evening studies at Heber Springs High, with the help of a $15,000 start-up fund presented by Gov. Mike Huckabee. The following spring, the Arkansas Legislature, with support from Rep. Becky Lynn, designated $700,000 to continue the school's momentum. Classes began last spring in the new John L. Latimer Skills Training Center, a 25,000-square-foot facility with 12 classrooms including two computer labs, a science lab, a multi-purpose lab, an interactive video classroom, and administrative offices. Courses are taught a variety of ways, including distance learning, Internet courses, interactive telecourses, and standard classroom instruction by full-time and adjunct faculty. Enrollment is up to nearly 350 full-time and part-time students this spring, with course offerings that vary from introduction to social work and elementary freehand drawing to desktop publishing and college algebra.

Multicultural Week begins Monday
Multicultural Week, April 7-11, will increase awareness and diversity of cultures on the ASU campus.  Ms. Munteha Shukralla of the Compassionate Listening Project will speak 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. For more details, 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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