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98th Year

May 2, 2008

Calendar highlights:

Final exam period, Tuesday, April 29-Tuesday, May 6

Distinguished Performance Awards, Monday, May 5, 2 p.m., Student Union Auditorium

Graduating senior grades due Wednesday, May 7, 10 a.m.; all grades due Thursday, May 8, 10 a.m.

Commencement, Saturday, May 10


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Dr. Williams receives two honors
Dr. Lonnie R. WilliamsLonnie R. Williams, associate vice chancellor, Student Affairs, recently received two honors for service in the field of education. STAND! News, a monthly publication in Central Arkansas, selected Williams as its "Outstanding Person" for the April issue. He was cited as an outstanding force for good within the African American community by championing education and assisting young people in achieving goals. In March, Williams received the "Outstanding State Representative Award" for the 9th District of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., at the 71st District Meeting held in San Antonio, Texas. The 9th District is comprised of the four states of Arkansas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Texas. Dr. Williams was selected for his professionalism, communication network, service, and dedication to the fraternity. 

Doyle elected president of new assessment organization

BaBarbara S. Doylerbara S. Doyle, director, Assessment, was elected president of the newly formed Arkansas Association for the Assessment of Collegiate Learning (AAACL) at it first annual conference held recently on the Arkansas Tech University campus in Russellville. The goals of the organization are to promote excellence in student learning, create a supportive network to provide professional developmental opportunities and promote the scholarship of assessment, to encourage a culture of assessment among faculty, staff, and professionals, and to facilitate efforts by member institutions and policy-making bodies to improve assessment strategies. This inaugural conference drew more than 100 participants from 31 institutions of higher education from across the state of Arkansas.

Fenner elected to board of Mid-South Chapter of ACHMM
Starr Fenner, director, Environmental Health and Safety, was recently elected to the Board of the Mid-South Chapter of the Academy of Certified Hazardous Materials Managers (ACHMM) for a two-year term. Fenner has been a certified member of the Academy since 1995 as a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM). He has served as chapter secretary for two years, and he has served as president and past president for the chapter. He has also served on the planning committee of the Tri-State "Partners in Preparedness" Conference three times. The Mid-South Chapter of the ACHMM is a membership organization affiliated with the Academy of Certified Hazardous Materials Managers. The mid-south chapter serves western Tennessee, northern Mississippi and eastern Arkansas.

ASU faculty members aid student researchers in contest
Two ASU-Jonesboro student researchers recently placed in the student presentation competition held at the 92nd annual meeting of the Arkansas Academy of Science held recently at Henderson State University, Arkadelphia. Paul Minor, an electrical engineering major, presented "Organic Chemical Bath Deposition of Indium (III) Sulfide" to win first place in the Undergraduate Physical Science category. Dr. Robert Engelken, Engineering, is Minor's research advisor. Other co-authors on the presentation were fellow ASU student research assistants Michael Sattler and Matthew Pruitt, and Dr. Tansel Karabacak and Dr. Hye-Won Seo of the University of Arkansas-Little Rock. Nathan Wentz presented "Mussel Inventory and Population Status of the Federally Endangered Potamilus Capax (Green 1832) in the Tyronza River, Arkansas," to win second place in the Graduate Environmental Science category. Dr. Alan Christian, Zoology, is Wentz's research advisor; co-authors were Dr. John Harris, Biology, and Dr. Jerry Farris, Environmental Biology, associate dean, College of Sciences and Mathematics. The Arkansas Academy of Science holds the student presentation competitions every year at its conference to showcase excellence in high-level student research within the state. ASU has had numerous previous winners.

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