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100th Year

April 13, 2009

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Convocation of Scholars Week,
April 13-20

Undergraduate Scholars Day, Tuesday, April 14, Student Union



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Convocation of Scholars Week Schedule
The 31st annual Convocation of Scholars Week activities at Arkansas State University-Jonesboro include a series of special events and awards ceremonies. Events include the Faculty Honors Convocation, held Tuesday, April 7,  this year, the Student Honors Awards ceremony, the Diversity Excellence Awards, and numerous events sponsored by the various colleges at ASU-Jonesboro. For details, see the NewsPage release.

Publications and Creative Services wins Grand Award
ASU’s Publications and Creative Services (PCS) staff walked away with the Grand Award for logo design at the District IV conference meeting of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) in Oklahoma City, Okla. The Red Wolf logo won the Grand, CASE's equivalent of first place. This marks the third time Looney’s staff has taken the Grand Award. In 1980, Publications and Creative Services won the Special Communications Programs category for the creation of Convocation of Scholars. In 2007, the group won for Powering Minds in the branding image category. According to Ron Looney, executive director of Publications and Creative Services, the Red Wolf logo was a collaborative effort by the entire staff. Staff members include Mark Reeves, Heath Kelly, Mary Williams, Michael Johnson, and Cheryl Wright. The PCS staff will be honored with a reception to be held at 3 p.m. Friday, April 17, at Cooper Alumni Center, and all on campus are invited.

Annual Student Honors Recital is tonight
The Department of Music at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro will present its annual Student Honors Recital on Monday, April 13, 2009 at 7:30 p.m. in Riceland Hall, Fowler Center, 201 Olympic Drive, Jonesboro. Students are selected to perform on the recital by a panel of judges representing the music faculty.The performance is free of charge and open to the public. For more information, contact the Department of Music at (870) 972-2094, or see the NewsPage release.

ORTT announces new resources for faculty
The Office of Research and Technology Transfer announces a recent database acquisition--InfoEd’s GENIUS and SPIN databases. GENIUS is an expertise database that allows scholars to maintain online Bio-Sketches, upload supporting materials (e.g., publications, photos, audio files, etc.); track professional development and research activities; and develop a wide range of reports. SPIN enables faculty to identify the most recent funding opportunities. The SPIN service also includes SMARTS (the SPIN Matching and Research Transmittal Service), an automated alerts system that notifies faculty of programs that match their research interests. This robust database tracks over 6,000 government, private, and non-profit funding sources worldwide and has the capacity to generate proposal templates that are pre-loaded with all relevant program details. Faculty can take advantage of these resources by registering for one of the numerous training sessions offered by the Interactive Teaching and Technology Center (ITTC). Visit the ITTC online for egistration information and training schedules. This program is a cooperative effort between the Office of Academic Affairs and Research, the Office of Research and Technology Transfer, ITTC, and the Dean B. Ellis Library.

Prof. Vickrey publishes in Creative Quarterly
Kim Vickrey, Art, has work published in the March issue of Creative Quarterly, the Journal of Art and Design. Creative Quarterly brings together the creative community in the best of art and design in a quarterly publication and is published by 3x3 Publishing Company, New York, N.Y. Produced four times a year, Creative Quarterly has features on illustration, graphic design, photography, and fine arts. In addition, each issue has important information for students ready to enter the job market as well as book reviews and a how-to article which takes readers step-by-step through an actual project by a noted designer or artist. Creative Quarterly's new redesign has made it a more interactive journal, aiming to inspire artists through the sharing of design, interviews with artists, and more. 

Dr. Srivatsan is invited to chair session at conference
Dr. Malathi Srivatsan, Molecular Biology, was invited to chair the session oDr. Malathi Srivatsann  nanomaterials at the SPIE 16th International Symposium on Smart Structures/Nondestructive Evaluation for Health Monitoring and  Diagnostics held recently in San Diego. At this meeting, Dr. Srivatsan's invited presentation,  “New materials for old problems: What can nanomaterials do for Biological and Neurosciences?” was very well received. This symposium, covering all aspects of the evolving field of materials, offered participants  opportunities to network with colleagues from a variety of disciplines in academia, industry, and government from all over the world.

Hasan Elahi to present public lecture April 16
Artist Hasan Elahi will present a free public lecture as part of ASU's Department of Art's Visiting Artist/Scholar Lecture Series. Elahi's lecture is Thursday, April 16, atHasan Elahi 5:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center Recital Hall, Fine Arts Center, 114 South Caraway Road. Hasan Elahi will describe his experiences with FBI interrogation and his subsequent art project in a public lecture entitled "Tracking Transience: The Orwell Project." Elahi is an assistant professor in the School of Art and Design at San José State University; he is also the Nancy G. MacGrath Endowed Chair at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. His work has been presented in numerous exhibitions at venues including the Centre Georges Pompidou, the Sundance Film Festival, the Kassel Kulturbahnhof, the Hermitage, and the Venice Biennale. For details, call the Department of Art at ext.3050.

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