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Exchange agreement with Universidad de Huelva in Spain
The Department of Languages and the Office of International Programs announce the signing of a new exchange agreement with the Universidad de Huelva in Huelva, Spain. This agreement will allow ASU students to study at the Universidad de Huelva for a semester or academic year, interacting with Spanish exchange students on the campus. The Universidad de Huelva is a relatively new university located on the southwest coast of Spain. It has degree programs in humanities, business, education, experimental science, social work, nursing and applied sciences. This exchange program is open to all ASU students in every major and also includes faculty exchanges. For more, see the NewsPage.

Ph.D. program approved by the Higher Education Board
The state Higher Education Coordinating Board has approved a Doctor of Philosophy in Molecular Biosciences degree program at ASU. The board approved the program Friday morning at its quarterly meeting. The new program will now be reviewed by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC). 
The proposed molecular biosciences program will focus primarily on plant biotechnology systems – including graduate training emphasis on plant-made pharmaceuticals, nutriceuticals, and diagnostics tools for food science.  Approval from the HLC is expected by the end of the year. The new Ph.D. program is not expected to begin recruiting and accepting students until January 2006.

ROTC Commissioning Ceremony: Thursday, May 5
Lt. Col. Larry Aikman, professor of military science, invites all faculty and staff to this year's commissioning ceremony, which will be held on Thursday, May 5, at 3 p.m. in the auditorium of the Student Union. The graduating students have majored in programs throughout the campus.  Please show your support by attending the ceremony, as the newly commissioned officers will soon be serving our country in leadership roles. Refreshments will be served at the Armory following the ceremony.

University Planning Committee reviews fee results
The University Planning Committee Friday heard reports on the utilization of the library fee, the infrastructure fee, the technology fee, and the differential tuition policies in business and in nursing and health professions. With the information from this and the previous UPC session, the proposed budget for ASU-Jonesboro will be prepared over the next few weeks. The budget adoption is scheduled for the June 9 Board of Trustees meeting.

ASU Board of Trustees meeting: Friday, May 6
The ASU Board of Trustees will meet this Friday, May 6, at 10 a.m. by telephone conference call.  Interested individuals may monitor the call in the President's Office conference room. On the agenda will be three program proposals along with tenure and promotion recommendations for both the ASU-Jonesboro and the ASU-Beebe campus, and an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters recommendation. The next ASU Board of Trustees meeting will be held Thursday, June 9, in the 8th floor Board Room of the Dean B. Ellis Library.

Spring Commencement slated for Friday, May 6
Spring Commencement will be Friday, May 6, at 7 p.m. in the Convocation Center. The Registrar's Office has listed 1,078 students as candidates for degrees at both the graduate and undergraduate level. Of those numbers, 934 are undergraduates and 144 are graduate level. Of the undergraduates, there are 74 associates and 860 bachelor's. Of the graduate-level students, 134 are master's, four are doctoral and four are specialist degrees. Of all the students listed as candidates for degrees, nearly half are from the College of Nursing & Health Professions and the College of Education. The College of Nursing & Health Professions has 217 candidates and the College of Education has 203 candidates.

Bridging the Gap to ease transition into higher education  
Student Support Services is seeking applicants for the summer program Bridging the Gap, a comprehensive program for new students pursuing higher education. This week-long program is for students who want an early jump start on their college career. Bridging the Gap will be held Monday through Friday, Aug. 8-12, on campus. Students must meet one of these requirements: a high school GPA of 2.5 or below; an ACT composite score of 22 or below; or non-traditional status.. The program is free of charge. If you know of anyone who might be interested, please contact Kimberley Johnson at 972-2080 or vist


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