May 15, 2006

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*  Staff Senate Annual picnic, bake sale and silent auction,
11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Pavilion

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Faculty & staff inducted to Phi Kappa Phi
ASU Chapter 141 of the inter-disciplinary National Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi inducted 53 student members last month. Student membership is by invitation in recognition of character and academic achievement of juniors, seniors, and graduate students. In addition, the society inducted three members of the faculty and staff in recognition of their outstanding professional service to ASU: Dr. Neal Vickers, Career Services; Dr. Carole L. Cramer, Arkansas Biosciences Institute; and Dr. Michael K. Cundall, Honors.
For all the latest faculty and staff achievements, go to Campus News. 

Board of Trustees, meeting update
On Friday, the Board of Trustees met via telephone conference call and approved a resolution for ASU-Jonesboro to construct and operate a child development center. With the assistance of ABC (Arkansas Better Chance) grant funding, the child development center will accommodate 80 children in the ABC program, currently operated at a local church.  Up to 40 additional slots will be available with priority given to children of ASU students, faculty, and staff. The site for the proposed center is south of the family student housing complex.  Dr. Wyatt covered this and other highlights of 2005-06 in his First Friday report for May, which was distributed through campus e-mail Friday.

Staff picnic is Wednesday
The annual staff picnic will be this Wednesday at the Pavilion from 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. and will include a silent auction and bake sale. The lunch is free with tons of hot dogs and hamburgers, potato salad, baked beans, chips and sodas. The committee has been hard at work gathering nearly 100 donated items for the silent auction as this part of the event is the primary fund-raiser for the Staff Senate, which awards educational stipends to staff members or their dependents. Last year, 10 individuals received $200 in educational stipends. Mark your calendars and come join the fun to raise money for a worthy cause!

Chancellor Search committee continues work
The Chancellor Search Committee met two days last week, according to Dr. Glen Jones, committee chair. Members continued a review of the 22 current applications with no further action being taken. The next meeting of the Chancellor Search Committee has not been set at this time.

Financial presentation available on web
The financial report that Jennus Burton, vice president for finance and administration, presented to the Board of Trustees on May 4 has been posted to the web for the convenience of the university community.  Please note that the PowerPoint presentation, which covers the ASU system, is rather large and may take a few moments to load. Click here to access it.

Book author Allyson Lewis to be honored tonight
Allyson Lewis of Jonesboro, author of "The Seven Minute Difference," will be honored tonight from 6 until 9 p.m. with the national launch of her new book at Books-A-Million on Caraway Road. Lewis is known to many in the ASU family as an avid supporter of the university.  Light refreshments will be served and Lewis will autograph copies of the book.  More details are available at

SWAT team exercise Tuesday in Twin Towers
Please don't be alarmed by the sight of police officers around Twin Towers early Tuesday morning.  Now that the residents have moved out, the Jonesboro Police Department SWAT team will utilize the building to practice entry techniques and building searches.  Training exercises are also scheduled for May 25 and 30.

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