May 4, 2006

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

Spring Commencement,
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Dr. Biondolillo and Dr. Pearce collaborate
Dr. Kris Biondolillo, Psychology and Counseling, recently visited the Department of Psychology at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale as a contributor to an invited lecture series. Dr. Biondolillo presented recent data collected in collaboration with Dr. Amy Pearce, Psychology and Counseling, focusing on the influence of environmental factors on voluntary self-administration of nicotine by laboratory rats.

Dr. Dougan receives Lifetime Achievement Award
Dr. Michael B. Dougan
, History, has received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Arkansas Historical Association. The award recognizes his lifelong dedication to the study, teaching and preservation of Arkansas history. Dr. Dougan, who is retiring this year with 36 years of service to ASU, received the award last month at the AHA annual convention in Mountain View.

Dr. Louella Moore elected to lead faculty
Louella Moore, Accounting, was elected president-elect of the ASU Faculty Association. In that capacity she will also serve as chair-elect of the Faculty Senate. Congratulations to Dr. Moore!
For all the latest faculty and staff achievements, go to Campus News. 

Congrats to 2006 Performance Award rePictured left to right is Mia Sheppard-Taylor, Dr. Lonnie Williams, Ashley Stripling, Karen Hancock, David Foster, Janis Cook, D.A. Davis and Matt Sanchez.cipients
The Performance Awards ceremony was held Tuesday afternoon in the Auditorium of the Student Union. Award recipients were 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 pictured here. For more details, see the NewsPage.

JETS is here!One of five new JETS buses, the ASU bus is wrapped in the Powering Minds theme.
Last Wednesday, the new city transit system JETS (Jonesboro Economical Transit System) hosted a Grand Rollout at the Greater Jonesboro Regional Chamber of Commerce. 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. See the stops on the Red Line, the Blue Line and the Green Line

Board of Trustees approves several items
The ASU Board of Trustees met today on the campus of ASU-Beebe and approved several items on a lengthy agenda. The board approved the ASU System fiscal year 2006-2007 operating budgets, as well as tuition increases for ASU-Jonesboro, Beebe, Mountain Home, Newport, Heber Springs and Searcy.  Several faculty members were approved for promotion and/or tenure. Upon Dr. Wyatt's recommendation, the Board agreed to work with faculty representatives to expedite some revisions to the Faculty Handbook, with a goal of having the work completed by fall.
  Resolutions that were approved for the Jonesboro campus were:
  -  to sell 26.4 acres on the north side of Johnson Avenue
  -  to enter into an agreement with the City of Jonesboro for the railroad overpass
  -  to conduct private athletic camps on campus & in university facilities
  -  to increase undergraduate, graduate, specialist and doctoral graduation fees
  -  to revise the Faculty Handbook by adding the description of Staff Hearing Committee in shared governance structure
  -  to offer two new types of specialist degrees in special education
  -  to offer a pre-law emphasis in the Dept. of Economics & Finance
  -  to offer new minors in religious studies, cognitive science, and homeland security & emergency management
  -  to offer a certificate in student affairs
  -  to discontinue the bachelor of science in health education
  -  to rename the Department of Speech Communications to the Department of Communication Studies, as well as the names of degrees
  Additionally, numerous other resolutions were approved for ASU-Beebe, Mountain Home and Newport.

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