April 12, 2004

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* Student Honors Awards Ceremony, today, 3 p.m., Riceland Hall, Fowler Center

* Faculty Convocation, Tuesday, 2 p.m., Theatre, Fowler Center

* Undergraduate Scholars Day, Tuesday, 8-5, Library

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2004 Convocation of Scholars begins today
The Student Honors Awards Ceremony is this afternoon at 3 p.m. in Fowler Center, and the Faculty Convocation is tomorrow at 2 p.m. in Fowler Center Theatre. Prior to the faculty honors, a reception for retiring faculty will be held at 1 p.m. in the Grand Hall of Fowler Center.
  The seventh annual Undergraduate Scholars Day will also be held Tuesday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. in the Rotunda of the Dean B. Ellis Library to celebrate and showcase the research and achievements of our undergraduate students. Awards banquets and ceremonies in several departments and colleges are scheduled this week and next. Consult the Convocation of Scholars web site for details.

Faculty updates and achievements
Dr. Michael Dougan's provides a detailed history of the state's newspaper industry in his latest book . . . JoAnn Nalley, Childhood Services, Dr. Larry Dale, Economics, Henry Torres, Management Information Systems, have been awarded for their work . . . Dr. Kent Johnson, Assessment Services, is co-editor of a new book . . . and Dr. John D. Hall and Dr. Amy C. Kallam, Psychology, Dr. Mike Panigot and Dr. Mark Draganjac, Chemistry and Physics, Sue Southard, Admissions, and Dr. Charles Hartwig, Political Science, have recently made presentations to professional groups.  Read more details about these recent achievements in Campus News.

Visiting Artist Lecture Wednesday features Antoni
Internationally recognized artist Janine Antoni will present a public lecture at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 14, in the Fine Arts Center Recital Hall.  She was recently featured on the second season of Art: 21, the critically acclaimed PBS series about contemporary art.  The lecture is sponsored by the Department of Art's 2003-04 Visiting Artist/Scholar Lecture Series.  Admission is free.  Read more about Antoni on the NewsPage.

Museum Exhibit opens with reception April 18
The ASU Museum will exhibit "African-American Life in the Arkansas Delta: Through the Lens of Rogerline Johnson" from April 12 through June 23. The museum will host a reception for the exhibition on Sunday, April 18, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. This traveling photography exhibition is presented by the Arkansas Delta African-American Historical Society, Inc. of Helena, in cooperation with the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Department of Art and Johnson Studio, Helena. See NewsPage for more.

Presidential Ambassadors nominations invited
Faculty members may want to 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 extraordinarily 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 President's Office (Administration Building), Tribal Leadership Center (Student Union), and Admissions Office (Chickasaw Building). The deadline is April 23. For more details, contact Barbara Coker in the President's Office at 972-3030.

Guest speakers on campus this week
* Dr. John Houle, professor neurobiology and developmental science at UAMS in Little Rock, will discuss spinal cord injury and potential for regeneration at a research seminar Tuesday at noon in the faculty lounge, Ellis Library, 8th floor.
 * Dr. Phillip Regal, professor at the University of Minnesota and an expert on issues of biotechnology and ethics, will discuss the challenges of biotechnology for the Department of Biological Sciences' Distinguished Speaker series, Wednesday, April 14, 12 noon, Lab Sciences 218.
 * Dr. Kathy Brittain White, founder of the Horizon Institute of Technology, will keynote the Girls of Promise Conference for eighth grade girls on Saturday, April 17, at the Convocation Center.  Sponsored by the Women's Foundation of Arkansas, the event helps participants explore careers in math, science and technology.

This week in the Music Department
* Student Honors Recital is tonight at 7:30 p.m. in Riceland Hall, Fowler Center.
 * The Department of Music will present the ASU Concert Orchestra,
conducted by Dr. Neale Bartee, professor of music, on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in Riceland Hall of Fowler Center. This concert also serves as a scholarship benefit for the Aileen Matthews String Scholarship at ASU.
On Thursday, April 15, Director of Choral Activities Dr. Dale Miller and graduate conducting assistants Sherry Fagan and Carolyn Smith will lead the ASU Concert Choir and University Singers Men’s and Women’s Choirs in the Spring Choir Concert, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Riceland Hall of the Fowler Center. Accompanists are Ellen Philpot and Stephen Leslie, piano; Russell Niemyer, percussion, and Amy Dunivan, oboe.
 * ASU Jazz Festival, Saturday, 7:30 p.m., featuring guest artist Jon Faddis, trumpet, Riceland Hall, Fowler Center.

Indian Club update
The ASU Indian Club has kicked off its 2004 membership campaign and is looking to continue the tremendous momentum created last year when more than 400 individuals and companies joined as new members. Interested in joining?  Contact the Indian Club at 870-972-2401.

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