Convocation of Scholars
The annual Convocation of Scholars events and activities will get into
full swing next week, beginning with the Student Honors Awards Ceremony
on Monday, April 12, beginning at 3 p.m. in Riceland Hall.
Recipients of the R. E. Lee Wilson Award and the Distinguished Service Awards
will be announced, as well as the President's Scholars. The following day, the Faculty Convocation
begins at 2 p.m. in the theatre in Fowler Center. The awards for
teaching, research and service will be presented. Everyone on
campus is welcome to attend both ceremonies. Awards banquets and
ceremonies in several departments and colleges are scheduled during
the next two weeks. Consult the
Convocation of Scholars web
site for schedules and details.
Visiting Artist Series, this week
sculptor Do-Ho Suh of New York City
will present a public lecture at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April
6, in the Fine Arts Center Recital Hall. Suh’s work recently was featured on the
second season of Art: 21, the critically acclaimed Public Broadcasting
System (PBS) series about contemporary art. Sponsored by the Department of
Art's 2003-04 Visiting Artist/Scholar Lecture Series, his lecture is
admission-free and open to everyone. The series will feature
Janine Antoni on Wednesday, April 14.
Read more about Suh and his work on the NewsPage.
to the journalism/public relations faculty members whose Public
Relations Student Society of America students won
Prism Awards at the annual PRSA, Arkansas
chapter, competition in Little Rock. A team of students won for the their
communications campaign work for
the proposed local public transit project, and Christi Crawford won
three awards individually. See details on the
April's 'First Friday' emphasizes assessment
By now, all
faculty and staff should have received the April edition of First
Friday, which was e-mailed last week. Dr. Les Wyatt, president,
emphasizes the importance of assessment and cites the Higher Learning
Commission's comments on ASU's need for improvement in this area. If you
missed the e-mail, you can read
First Friday (or
editions) on the ASU web site. A link is also available in the
column at left.
Oak Ridge group includes ASU
www.orau.org, will announce soon that it has elected ASU
as an associate member
of its consortium
for expanding educational and research opportunities. ORAU President Ronald Townsend
welcomed ASU at the 59th annual ORAU Board of Directors and
Council of Sponsoring Institutions recently in
ASU's involvement in the Arkansas Biosciences Institute was a key factor
in this move. Dr. Susan Allen, vice chancellor for
Academic Affairs, said “We look forward to accessing the
resources of the DOE labs, especially in
and making a contribution to the scientific enterprise.”
Alumnus or alumni? Alumna or alumnae?
It's the time of year when many
of us give best wishes to soon-to-be alumni, whether it be at a Convocation
of Scholars event or Commencement. A quick review of the suffixes
and their Latin meanings might
help us use the proper form of this word. The masculine singular is denoted by -us, and
plural by -i; the feminine singular is denoted by -a, while the plural
is formed by adding -ae. So, a woman is an alumna and a man is an alumnus;
when referring to a group
with both genders, use the masculine form. So, John is an alumnus,
while Mary is an alumna. The new graduates in May will be alumni;
members of a girls organization would be referred to as alumnae.
Never refer to an individual as an "alumni" of ASU, and never add a
syllable to make alumni sound like aluminum . . . a-lum-uh-ni.
For help with pronunciations, check the dictionary.
Performances this week in
College of Fine Arts
Another busy week in the College of Fine
Arts is evidenced by the schedule:
-- McLean Mix Ensemble, 5 p.m., tonight, Fine Arts Center Recital Hall
-- Arkansas Repertory Theatre will present "Romeo and Juliet," 7:30 p.m.
tonight, theatre, Fowler Center (contact Central Box Office for ticket
-- ASU Percussion Ensemble, 7:30 p.m., Tuesday night, Fowler Center
-- David Crittenden, guest guitar recital, 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Fine
-- ASU Wind Ensemble, 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Fowler Center's Riceland
These and other events this week are listed on the
Upcoming Events page.
Society and Leadership . . .
That's the title of a pilot summer internship program for high school
students 11th and 12th grades) who are considering enrolling in a
science or related major. Faculty in the College of Sciences and
Mathematics will mentor each student for four weeks in various subjects,
and will relate the material to society's needs . . . such as the
importance of a safe and sustainable water supply. Contact
Dr. Hector Flores, dean, for
Plants and pottery: on sale soon!
The horticulture program in the College of
Agriculture will conduct the perennially popular plant sale Thursday and
Friday this week at the greenhouses south of Agriculture, as announced
through campus e-mail. And, we were notified that the annual
Spring Pottery Sale in the College of Fine Arts will be Thursday through
Saturday, April 22-24, at the Fine Arts Center. Sounds like two
great opportunities for quality merchandise at reasonable prices.
Anxiety Awareness Week
As a service to our students, the ASU Counseling Center will offer
anxiety disorder and text anxiety screening on Wednesday, April 7, from
11 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the Education Building, Room 133. Licensed
counselors will conduct free, confidential screenings.
According to Dr. Philip Hestand, director of the Counseling Center,
approximately 20% of college students experience test anxiety.
Remind your students about this opportunity, in case they missed the
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