Inside ASU, News for Faculty & Staff, Arkansas State University
May 7, 2007

Calendar highlights:

* ASU Staff Senate picnic, Wednesday, May 16, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., ASU Pavilion


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ASU Museum director, Dr. Allen, receives national award
Dr. Marti L. Allen, ASU Museum, has received the Excellence in Peer Review Service award from the American Association of Museums (AAM). This award honors individuals who have exhibited outstanding professional dedication, diplomacy, and service to the museum field through the Museum Assessment Program and the Museum Accreditation Program. The award will be presented to Dr. Allen at the AAM annual meeting in Chicago on Monday, May 14. Dr. Allen and four others were selected for this award from a list of 90 individuals nominated from a total of more than 1,200 peer reviewers.

Annual Employee Picnic slated for May 16

The annual employee picnic, sponsored by the Staff Senate, is set for Wednesday, May 16, from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the ASU Pavilion. All ASU employees are invited to attend. Door prizes will be given away every half-hour. The picnic will also include a silent auction and a bake sale. All proceeds will benefit the Staff Senate Employee Educational Stipend program, which provides awards to help defray educational costs for ASU employees. Volunteers are needed to make individually wrapped desserts (cookies, brownies, cakes, candies, etc.) to sell in the bake sale. Baking volunteers should contact Sandy Hosier.

Retention rates rising at ASU, NW Ark. paper reports
More college freshmen are returning for a second year at Arkansas schools, according to a state report on retention from the Arkansas Department of Higher Education. The report was cited by Dan Craft, The Morning News, in the article "Retention Rates Rising." ASU reported the largest increase in retention, gaining 6.4 percent, recording 72 percent retention among freshmen who entered in fall 2005, the latest year for which figures were available. Retention rates have been climbing in Arkansas for both two-and four-year institutions over the past decade, according to the state report. Students aged 17 to 19 were more likely to return than any other age group, according to the report.

Ecotoxicology Research Facility offers workshops
Dr. Jennifer L. Bouldin, Ecotoxicology Research Facility, will host a workshop for Jonesboro public school teachers on Wednesday, May 9, at 5:30p.m.-8 p.m. This workshop is the third in a series. The following week, Tuesday-Friday, May 15-18, Dr. Bouldin will host a Whole Effluent Toxicity Testing (WET Testing) workshop from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. each day. This workshop is open to wastewater treatment managers, industrial/municipal plant managers, and consultants interested in learning more about a requirement of their discharge permits. The Ecotoxicology Research Facility is located at 2645 Caddo, and workshops will be held in the facility's conference room, Room 101. For more information, contact Dr. Bouldin at ext. 2570.

Library exhibit provides a look back at World War II
The exhibit and programs area on the third floor of the Dean B. Ellis Library is currently hosting a new exhibit, "A Look Back at World War II."  The exhibit features paper ephemera--posters, booklets, and ration stamps--from the era. The items on display are from library collections, and their time on display is limited. To access the exhibit and programs area, take the stairs or elevator across from the Circulation Desk to the third floor and exit directly into the space. For information on how to host your own exhibit or program in the space, please contact April Sheppard at ext. 3077.

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