May 1, 2006

This week:

*  Performance Awards ceremony,

*  Board of Trustees meeting, Thursday, ASU-Beebe Student Center

*  Military Science, Commissioning Ceremony, Friday, 3:30 p.m., Armory

*  Spring Commencement,
Saturday, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., Convocation Center

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Congrats to 2006 Performance Award recipients
The Performance Awards ceremony will be held tomorrow at 2 p.m. in the Auditorium of the new Student Union. Award recipients will be recognized along with employees who have 10, 25, 30 and 40 years of service and those employees who are retiring this year. Winners of the 2006 Performance Awards are:
Service/Maintenance: Mia Sheppard-Taylor, Facilities-Housekeeping
Skilled Crafts: David Foster, Mechanical/Electrical, Facilities Management
Secretarial/Clerical: Karen Hancock, College of Education
Technical/Paraprofessional: Janis Cook, Facilities-Construction Office
Professional/Non-Faculty: D.A. Davis, Environmental Health & Safety
Executive/Managerial: Dr. Lonnie Williams, Student Affairs
Part-Time Employee: Ashley Stripling, Student Union
Customer Service: Matthew Sanchez, Financial Aid

ADHE Coordinating Board approves items
The Arkansas Department of Higher Education Coordinating Board met on Friday morning for the regularly quarterly meeting at ASU-Newport. Two items of particular interest to the campus were the approval of a Master of Social Work for ASU-Jonesboro and an Associate of Criminal Justice for ASU-Beebe.

Commencement is Saturday
May Commencement will be held on Saturday, May 6, with two ceremonies in the Convocation Center, one at 10 a.m. and another at 2 p.m. For a list of the colleges represented at each ceremony or for more details, see the NewsPage.

Long-awaited JETS is finally here!
This Wednesday, May 3, the new city transit system JETS (Jonesboro Economical Transit System) will host a Grand Rollout at 11 a.m. at the Greater Jonesboro Regional Chamber of Commerce. Then on the first official day of service, Thursday, May 4, through the entire month of May, individuals may ride the new buses at no cost. Beginning June 1, fares will be implemented. JETS has three routes across Jonesboro with numerous stops on each line, including many across campus. For more, see the Red Line, the Blue Line and the Green Line. For more details about the Grand Rollout or fares, click here.

Board of Trustees to meet Thursday in Beebe
The ASU Board of Trustees will meet at 10 a.m. on Thursday, May 4, on the campus of ASU-Beebe in the Wal-Mart/Regions Room of the Student Union. 

ASU contributes to Encyclopedia of Arkansas
When the online "Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture" goes live Tuesday, it will include a significant level of contributions by ASU faculty, students, staff and alumni. The reference work was initiated by the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies at the Central Arkansas Library.  Dr. Michael Dougan, History, was the most prolific author in terms of word count, while Dr. Nancy Hendricks, Alumni Relations, has the most entries. Alumnus and Ph.D. student Guy Lancaster is assistant editor and alumnus Mike Polston is staff historian.  Others in the ASU family who wrote or reviewed articles or made other contributions included: Jeff Bailey, Dr. Brady Banta, Mike Bowman, Dr. Richard Burns, Dr. Deborah Chappel, Dr. William Clements, Dr. Janelle Collins, Dr. Jason Combs, Deanna Dismukes, Dr. Ruth Hawkins, Van Hawkins, Laura Hodo, Dr. Ellis Julien, Brenda Keech, Dr. Joseph Key, Terry Johnson, Dr. Robert Lamm, Anna Lancaster, Dr. Frances Malpezzi, Dr. Clyde Milner, Dr. Bryan Moore, Tom Moore, Dr. Julie Morrow, Dr. Calvin Smith, Dr. Richard Wang and Cynthia Wolfe.

Reception will celebrate Encyclopedia launch
The Heritage Studies Ph.D. program will host a dessert reception Tuesday, May 2, 1:30-3 p.m., in the library's eighth floor lounge, for first viewing of the online reference and celebrating contributors' efforts. Check it out at The site is a work in progress; while hundreds of articles are ready, authors are still needed for many more subjects.

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