Inside ASU, News for Faculty & Staff, Arkansas State University
April 2, 2007

Calendar highlights:

Gause lecture tonight, 7 p.m., Centennial Hall, Student Union

* Couch lecture, Tuesday, April 3

* Carl Grant, Lecture-Concert Series, Tuesday, April 3

* Assessment seminar with Dr. Angelo, Wednesday, April 4

* 20th anniversary concert, Little Big Town/The Wreckers, Thursday, April 5, Convocation Center


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Dr. Ogendi presents at workshop
Dr. George Ogendi, Environmental Geology, presented at a four-day training workshop at Antiochian Village Conference and Retreat Center in Pennsylvania. The workshop, organized by the Washington, D.C.-based Environmental Leadership Program (ELP), offers two-year fellowships to emerging leaders from diverse professional backgrounds who are dedicated to environmental conservation and sustainability. Dr. Ogendi presented his findings on drinking water scarcity and quality and its impact upon human health and education in Western Kenya. Dr. Ogendi is one of 2006's 25 National ELP Fellows.

Dr. Fears selected as Faculty Fellow by Air Force program
Dr. Lillie M. Fears, journalism, has been selected as a faculty fellow in the 2007 Air Force Summer Faculty Fellowship Program (SFFP) at AFRL/HE Brooks City Base, Texas, in the program "Cultural Status of Women in Iraq." The 10-week program offers hands-on exposure to Air Force research challenges through research residencies for college and university faculty in science and engineering at Air Force research facilities. Participants will perform high-level research and receive nationally accredited mentoring. SFFP is administered by the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). Almost 300 applications were received, making this year's selection process extremely difficult, according to Rick Kempinski, ASEE program manager.

Wick helps secure joint resolution
David Wick, International Programs, was one of a core team of three NAFSA members who helped secure the Arkansas Senate's passage of House Concurrent Resolution 1004, a joint resolution promoting international education. The resolution, sponsored by Representative Lindsley Smith and Senator Sue Madison, will enable educators to secure additional legislation and funding  for international programs at local, state, and national levels. Wick compiled existing resolutions from other states and drafted the resolution. He worked with NAFSA's DeDe Long, director, UA Study Abroad Office, and Andrew Faulkner, admissions coordinator, UCA International Programs. Arkansas is only the seventh state in the nation to pass a comprehensive international education resolution.

Fullen named Social Worker of the Year
On March 9, Ms. Karen Fullen, Social Work, was named Social Worker of the Year by the Arkansas Chapter fo the National Association of Social Workers. Fullen earned a BS in Psychology from ASU in 1978 and an MA in Sociology from ASU in 1983. She earned her MSW from UALR in 1998. Fullen has worked in the field of child welfare for 27 years, including 15 years with Suspected Child Abuse/Neglect (SCAN), Inc. At SCAN, her positions included case worker, management, and executive staff. Fullen has been with ASU's Department of Social Work for eight years, two years as a full-time instructor, and six years in the IV-E Academic Partnership for Public Child Welfare program as program coordinator. The IV-E program recruits, educates, mentors, and retains child welfare workers across the state.  

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