April 18, 2005

This week:

Visiting Artist
Jim Campbell,
@ 7 p.m.,
Fine Arts Center
Recital Hall

Symphonic Winds &
Concert Band,
@ 7:30 p.m.,
Fowler Center

UPC meeting,
Thursday, 9 a.m.
Board Room,

Performance Awards,
Thursday @
1:30 p.m.
Student Union

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Inaugural Diversity Excellence Awards honorees
Dr. Veda McClain and Dr. Robyn HanniganLast Thursday, the Inaugural Diversity Excellence Awards Luncheon was held honoring members of the campus community for their achievements in diversity.
The honorees were:
Dr. Veda McClain & Dr. Robyn Hannigan - Outgoing SGA President Jake Hampton with new SGA President Courtney Rowe
Campus Excellence Award

Student Government Association -
Student Excellence Award

Friends of Diversity Recognition - Dr. John Beineke, Dr. Charles Carr, Dr. Kathryn Jones, Dr. Ruth Owens, Dr. J.W. Mason, Dr. Rick McDaniel, Dr. Herman Strickland, and Dr. Lonnie Williams.
Nominees for the Campus Excellence Award included Dr. Larry Dale, the Department of Languages, and Student Support Services.

Congratulations to everyone receiving this prestigious honor!

Convocation of Scholars: Faculty retirees and honorees

Three faculty members were honored last Tuesday with the Board of Trustees Faculty Achievement Awards in teaching, research/scholarship, and professional service. In addition, six faculty members who will be retiring this year were recognized during the Faculty Honors ceremony. Read about the faculty retirees. Or, see Convocation of Scholars.

Recent faculty and staff achievements
Dr. Mike Panigot, Chemistry; Dr. Eric Cave, Philosophy; Dean Susan Hanrahan, Nursing and Health Professions;
Beth Smith and Molly Phillips, both of Alumni Relations; Elaine Poynter, Development; and Dr. Neal Vickers, Career Services, all have recent accomplishments and achievements listed in Campus News. For all the latest, go to Campus News.

Performance Awards ceremony is Thursday
The 2005 Performance Awards ceremony for ASU staff members is Thursday, April 21, in the Student Union Auditorium. The awards ceremony will begin at 1:30 p.m., followed by a dessert reception. Award recipients will be recognized along with employees who have 10, 20 and 30 years of service and those employees who are retiring this year.

Two departments receive grant from NEA Charitable Trust
The Department of Nursing and the Department of Psychology have recently received notification from the NEA Charitable Trust that their grant proposal, a Breast Education Program for  Hispanic Women, has been accepted. Several faculty members from both departments have contributed to the grant proposal including: Judith Pfriemer, Cathy Hall, and Paige Wimberley, all of Nursing, and Dr. John Hall, Psychology and Counseling.

Public Relations students win in state
Congratulations 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. Prisms are the highest honors, and ASU students won in the areas of research project/primary research, communications campaigns, writing/media news releases and special events. In all, the PRSSA group came home with six awards. Journalism instructor Lisa Moskal is the advisor.

Information technology students place nationally
Congratulations also goes to Dr. Paula Ruby, Decision Sciences, and her three management information systems students who placed third in a national competition at the Association of Information Technology Professionals held earlier this month in Atlanta.

Arkansas Symphony to perform at Fowler Center April 26  
The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra conducted by David Itkin will present a concert at Fowler Center Tuesday, April 26, at 7:30 p.m., as part of the Riceland Distinguished Performance Series. The concert will include classical pieces during the first half of the concert and popular music following intermission. Tickets for this event are $25 and $20 for adults and $18 and $14 for seniors, ASU faculty and staff. ASU students receive a special rate of $9 and $6. Tickets may be purchased by calling the Central Box Office at 972-2781 or online at http://tickets.astate.edu. For more information, please call Fowler Center at 972-3471.

Art Department presents internationally known artist tonight
Internationally recognized artist Jim Campbell will present a public lecture at 7 p.m. tonight in the Fine Arts Center Recital Hall. Admission free and open to the public. For more, see artist.

Several Fine Arts performances are scheduled this week ...
The College of Fine Arts will present several events this week:
Symphonic Winds & Concert Band, this evening at 7:30 p.m. in Fowler Center
The Tribe, ASU's jazz band, Tuesday, April 19, at 7:30 p.m. in Fowler Center
Concert Orchestra, Thursday, April 21, at 7:30 p.m. in Fowler Center
University Singers, Sunday, April 24, at 3 p.m. in Fowler Center
Ringers, ASU's handbell choir, Monday, April 25, at 7:30 p.m. in Fowler Center

Anything Goes will be staged in Fowler Center at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, April 19 & 20. For more, see Anything Goes.

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. (Repeated from Inside ASU, April 2004).

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