May 10, 2004

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* Cinco de Mayo
May 15
11 a.m - 4 p.m.

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Board of Trustees Meeting update
The ASU Board of Trustees met on Friday, May 7, and approved several items on a lengthy agenda that included faculty promotions and tenure. In case you missed Friday's email, see faculty.
  Tuition increases to support several institutional priorities were approved for ASU-Jonesboro, ASU-Beebe, ASU-Mountain Home and ASU-Newport as well as a special fee for courses at ASU-Jonesboro in the College of Nursing and Health Professions and the College of Business. An increase of an additional $10 in the annual vehicle registration fee was approved, as well as a new $2 per credit hour library fee.
  Also approved were the fiscal year 2004-05 operating budgets; restructuring of the College of Business into four departments (Accounting and Law; Computer and Information Technology; Economics and Finance; Management and Marketing); an increase in vacation accrual for non-classified staff to 15 hours per month or 22.5 days vacation per year; and naming of The Larry Lacewell Locker Room.
  New academic programs for ASU-Jonesboro were approved: Bachelor of Science in Early Care and Education, graduate certificate in Criminal Justice, and an emphasis in Global History in the Master of Arts in History.

TIAA-CREF Seminar on campus this week
TIAA-CREF will be offering individual financial counseling sessions on campus this Wednesday, May 12, and Thursday, May 13. The Wednesday session will be held from 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. and the Thursday session will be held from 8:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. in the Environmental Research, Safety & Training Building. Consultants will be available to answer questions and help with long-term strategies, basic investment choices and TIAA-CREF retirement income flexibility. To schedule a session, please register at or call Antoinette Evans at 800-842-2006.

Cinco de Mayo rescheduled for Saturday, May 15
The Cinco de Mayo Art and Music Festival was postponed from May 1 (due to inclement weather) to this Saturday, May 15, in downtown Jonesboro from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. Cinco de Mayo will be a day full of good food, live music, arts and crafts with lots of children's activities. More than 2,000 people attended last year. ASU is one of several sponsors for this event and volunteers are still needed! Please contact Henry Torres at 972-3416 or 910-8180 via email at for more details or to volunteer.

Employee Picnic coming up May 26
The ASU Staff Senate is sponsoring a Bake Sale and Silent Auction in conjunction with the the annual employee picnic on Wednesday, May 26. The picnic will be held at the ASU Pavilion from 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Volunteers are needed to make homemade cookies or bring side dishes or serve at the picnic. If you can help in any way, please call Ann Ford at 2067 or contact her at 18 volunteers are needed to make baked beans and 20 volunteers are needed to make potato salad. Volunteers are also needed to help with the silent auction. Proceeds from the bake sale and silent auction will benefit the Staff Senate Discretionary Fund.  

Summer Children's Theatre in June and July
If you are looking for activities for your children, note that The ASU Theatre has released the schedule for the 2004 Summer Children’s Theatre season. The eighth annual season will open with Raggedy Ann & Andy June 23 at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Additional performances will be presented June 24 at 10 a.m. and June 25 at 10 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.
  The second production of the 2004 season will be Sleeping Beauty: The Hundred Year Adventure July 28 at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Additional performances will be presented July 29 at 10 a.m. and July 30 at 10 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. All performances will be at Fowler Center with all reserved seating. Tickets should be purchased in advance at the ASU Central Box Office for $3.50, by calling 972-ASU1, or online at Reserved seating tickets (if available) may be purchased at the door prior to the performance for $3.50. Advanced reservations are recommended.

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