April 14, 2003

This week:

* Premiere of the film based on John Grisham's A Painted House, tonight, 8 p.m., Fowler Center (all seats are sold)

* Visiting Artist Lecture: Floyd Casey, animator for Disney, 7 p.m., Tuesday, Fine Arts Center Recital Hall

* Paul E. Couch Lecture Series presents Dr. Gary Galluzzo, 7 p.m., Tuesday, Convocation Center

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English professor's book published
Congratulations to Dr. Michael P. Spikes, professor of English, whose latest publication is a book published by the University of South Carolina Press.  Understanding Contemporary American Literary Theory is part of a USC Press series. Spikes provides commentary on six prominent literary critics, including Stanley Fish and Susan Bordo, in this revised edition of the book.

Faculty and staff achievements

In addition to Dr. Spikes, congratulations are in order to the faculty and staff who have recently been recognized for their scholarly and professional activities. Chemistry students have been collaborating with faculty on research presentations, political science faculty members have been represented in several venues, and the intramurals director has been honored by his peers. Read the details in Campus News.

Film premiere provides focus on Heritage Studies
All seats have been sold for tonight's premiere of the Hallmark Hall of Fame production of John Grisham's best-seller, "A Painted House," in Riceland Hall of Fowler Center. Because of Grisham's interest in ASU's Ph.D. program in heritage studies, proceeds from the event will be directed to help support the young program, which already has 17 students. The film is scheduled to air on CBS stations Sunday, April 27, at 8 p.m. The program has been featured in several area newspapers recently.

Prominent speakers on campus Tuesday
Two public events Tuesday evening will feature prominent speakers.  Dr. Gary Gulluzzo will speak for the Paul E. Couch Lecture Series on "Confronting Teacher Quality in the Accountability Environment." Phi Delta Kappa sponsors the lecture series, which will be in the Convocation Center auditorium.  Floyd Casey, an animator for Disney, will speak for the Visiting Artist Lecture in the Fine Arts Center Recital Hall.  Both events begin at 7 p.m.

Kellogg & MSDI support leadership development program
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation/Mid South Delta Initiative has awarded a $1.2 million grant to Delta State University, Arkansas State University, and Grambling State University to implement the Mid South Delta Leaders Program (MSDL), a tri-state Delta leadership development program. MSDL, a five-year grant program that will serve as a means of improving the intellectual and social capital needed to drive community and economic growth, is based upon the successful Delta Emerging Leaders program, a leadership development program operating in an 18-county area of the Mississippi Delta. For details, read the NewsPage release or contact Jerry L. Smith, ASU Delta Center for Economic Development, 910-8180, or jerry@astate.edu.

Colloquium: Truman Scholar on civil libertiesLeslie Pruitt
Lesley Pruitt, a junior political science major who recently won the Truman Scholarship, will speak for the Political Science Colloquium Series at noon Friday in Wilson Hall, Room 404.  Her topic is "Civil Liberties & National Security: A Necessary Balancing Act. Part of her work is based on her participation in the Air Force Academy Assembly in February. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Planning for Delta Blues Symposium X
An organizational meeting for Delta Blues Symposium X will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, April 30, in Wilson Hall, Room 315.  The purposes of the meeting are to select dates for Symposium X and to determine its specific focus.  Everyone is invited.  If you are interested in participating in the Symposium but cannot attend this meeting, contact delta@astate.edu.

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