April 11, 2005

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today, 3 p.m., Student Union

Faculty Honors Convocation, Tuesday, 1 p.m., Fowler Center
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Convocation of Scholars: Honors ceremonies this week
The Student Honors Awards Ceremony and Wilson Award presentation is this afternoon at 3 p.m. in the Student Union Auditorium, and the Faculty Honors Convocation (see more details below) begins Tuesday at 1 p.m. in Fowler Center Grand Hall. The eighth annual Undergraduate Scholars Day will also be held Tuesday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. in the Student Union Mockingbird Room to celebrate and showcase the research and achievements of our undergraduate students. Awards banquets and ceremonies in several departments and colleges are scheduled through next week. For more, see Convocation of Scholars.

Faculty Honors Convocation is Tuesday
The annual Faculty Honors Convocation will begin today at 1 p.m. in the Grand Hall of Fowler Center.  Several retiring faculty will be recognized, followed by presentation of the annual Faculty Achievement Awards in teaching, research/scholarship, and professional service.  Also, the Faculty Association will conduct its annual meeting.

Inaugural Diversity Excellence Awards Luncheon
This Thursday, the Inaugural Diversity Excellence Awards Luncheon, Valuing One Person at a Time, will be held at 12 noon in the Convocation Center, Hames Room. Members of the campus community will be honored for their achievements in diversity. Although the deadline has passed to make reservations, the awards will be included in next week's Inside ASU.

Teaching Conference begins this afternoon at 1 p.m.
The faculty of the College of Business will hold its inaugural teaching conference, Advances in Higher Education: Student Issues and Use of Technology in the Classroom, this afternoon beginning at 1 p.m. in the Mockingbird and Pine Tree Rooms of the Student Union.

Wildlife students place in Southeastern competition
The ASU student chapter of the Wildlife Society recently performed very well at the Southeastern Student Wildlife Conclave held at the University of Florida.  During the conclave, students from university programs in wildlife biology and conservation compete in a variety of contests and participate in field trips and workshops.  Congratulations to Dr. Jim Bednarz, faculty advisor, and the ASU student team that won third place in the featured event, the Wildlife Quiz Bowl.  For details about the students and their work, see the news release

Student Honors Recital is tonight

The Department of Music will present the annual Student Honors Recital this evening at 7:30 p.m. in the Fowler Center. The student performers are selected by a panel of judges representing the music faculty.  The students will present works by Ludwig von Beethoven, Johannes Brahms, Neal Corwell, Gaetano Donizetti, Carly Gorman, Charles Gounod, Fritz Kreisler, Frank Martin, Tim Miller, Kazimiez Serocki, Antonio Vivaldi, and Giuseppe Verdi. The concert is free and open to the public. For more details, please call the Department of Music at (870) 972-2094.

Art Department presents internationally known artist April 18
Internationally recognized artist Jim Campbell will present a public lecture Monday, April 18, in the Fine Arts Center Recital Hall. The lecture begins at 7 p.m. and is admission free and open to the public. The San Francisco Bay area artist is an acknowledged master of new genre art forms, as well as an inventor in Silicon Valley, where he holds more than a dozen patents on image processing and HDTV. For more, see artist.

Wilson Award Wall of Honor to be unveiled Saturday
On Saturday, April 16, the Wilson Award Wall of Honor will be unveiled at 1:30 p.m. on the third floor of the new Student Union.
The Wilson Award is presented annually, at the Student Honors Awards Ceremony, to the university's most outstanding graduating senior. This honor is bestowed in memory of R.E. Lee Wilson, a member of the ASU Board of Trustees from 1917 until his death in 1933. Presentation of the award began in 1934. Through 1980 the award was presented to the outstanding male and female graduating senior.  Beginning in 1981 it was determined that this practice was no longer necessary and the university began presenting the award to one student. View a list of all the recipients.

ASU Theatre opens Anything Goes this weekend
Anything Goes opens this weekend as the “Ocean Greyhound” luxury liner bound for England in 1930 with madcap cops and robbers, tap dancing and young lovers destined to find true love. Anything Goes will be performed in the Fowler Center at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, April 15 & 16, and Tuesday and Wednesday, April 19 & 20.  A “meet the company” dessert reception will follow the opening night performance. Tickets may be purchased for reserved seating in advance at the Central Box Office or by calling 972-ASU1 or at tickets.astate.edu. Faculty and staff can save by purchasing tickets in advance for $10 each. Reserved tickets (if available) may be purchased for $12 at the door on the evening of the performance.  For more, see Anything Goes.

"Red" Beans & Rice was a great success!
The "Red" Beans & Rice lunch on April 1 raised more than $2,000 for the General Academic Scholarship Fund. Great food, music and a visit from "Red" all contributed to a fun time.  "We couldn't have been more pleased with the support and turnout for the lunch," said Steve Watkins, director of University Development. "From those who supported the effort with their cash and in-kind gifts, to the volunteers who served and to the hundreds who purchased tickets to give their support to the ASU Foundation's General Scholarship Fund, it was a tremendous first-year event. We can't wait for an even better event next year."

Percussion Ensemble performs tomorrow
The Department of Music will present the ASU Percussion Ensemble concert Tuesday, April 12, at 7:30 p.m. in the Fowler Center. The Percussion Ensemble is directed by associate professor Craig Collison. The musical selections for the evening include: “Ogoun Badagris” by Christopher Rouse, “Geometrics” by Jonathan Bendrick, and “Dancing,” movements one through four by David Kechley. The “Suite for Solo Drum Set and Percussion Ensemble” is by Dave Mancini, Ben White, drum set solo. The concert is free and open to the public. For more details, please call the Department of Music at (870) 972-2094.

Ensemble performs Thursday
The Department of Music will present
the Wind Ensemble concert under the direction of Ed Alexander, director of bands, Thursday, April 14, at 7:30 p.m. in the Fowler Center. The concert will include “Olympiada” by Sam Hazo; “Carmina Burana” by Carl Orff, arranged by John Krance; “Whatsoever Things” by Mark Camphouse; “Fantasia for Alto Saxophone” by Claude T. Smith with solo performance on alto saxophone by Jon Rohner; and “1st  Suite in Eb” by Gustav Holst. The concert is free and open to the public. For more details, please call the Department of Music at (870) 972-2094.

College of Business Golf Tournament set for April 29
The 2005 College of Business Spring Swing Golf Tournament is set for Friday, April 29, at Sage Meadows Golf Course. The tournament, co-sponsored by the College of Business Alumni Chapter and the Delta Center for Economic Development will be a shotgun start, scheduled for 12:30 p.m. Outback Steak House will provide lunch beginning at 11 a.m. with Dr. Len Frey, interim dean of the College of Business as the featured speaker. Interested golfers should register by contacting Alan Decker, (870) 910-8180 or adecker@astate.edu.

Presidential Ambassadors nominations invited
Faculty and staff should encourage outstanding students to submit an application to serve as Presidential Ambassador.  Through this program, selected students will serve as campus hosts to academic, business, political, and social leaders who participate in university functions.  Student participants will benefit from meeting interesting people and further develop their interpersonal and social skills.  Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and be free of disciplinary action.  Applications are available in the Presidentís Office (Administration Building), or the Information Center (Student Union). The deadline is April 22.  For details, contact Barbara Coker in the Presidentís Office at 972-3030.

Staff Performance Awards
Mark your calendar . . . the Distinguished Performance Awards ceremony, where non-teaching university employees are recognized for service and performance, will be Thursday, April 21, in the Student Union auditorium.  The Staff Senate will be distributing more information as the time gets closer.

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