May 24, 2004

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* Employee Picnic and Silent Auction, sponsored by Staff Senate, Wednesday, May 26,
11-1:30 p.m., Pavilion


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Dr. Trauth publishes book on Arkansas herpetology
Stan Trauth (seated, right) at celebrationDr. Stanley E. Trauth, professor of zoology (seated, right), was honored by his colleagues with an impromptu celebration of the arrival of advance copies of his book, “The Amphibians and Reptiles of Arkansas.”  Representing some 20 years in the making, this book has more than 500 color photos (almost all of which he made himself) as well as line drawings from a former student and graduate.  The 421-page book features pertinent information, life history, distribution maps and descriptions. Published by the University of Arkansas Press, the comprehensive, user-friendly reference work will be an asset to researchers and naturalists, especially because it is the only one of its kind for Arkansas. The book will arrive in bookstores later this summer. For more details, see

Faculty research and achievements featured
See the latest Campus News update to learn more about laser research in Chemistry and Physics; national proposal reviewer designation for Dr. Christy Carroll; Bill Rowe's sculpture in regional exhibition; Dr. Lillie Fears' commencement address; Bob Franklin's radio documentary award; and an interview with Dr. Neal Vickers.

Faculty invited to Assessment summits
The first Academic Chairs Summit will be held Wednesday, June 9, from 1:30 to 3:30 at the Jonesboro Regional Chamber of Commerce. This is the first in a summer series of summits focused on improving student learning through assessment.  Future sessions will be held June 23, July 7, July 21, and Aug. 4 at the Convocation Center.  While the Summits are designed for Academic Chairs, all faculty members are invited.  Faculty members can register for any of the sessions by e-mailing Dr. Kent Johnson, director of Assessment Services, at  Additional information is available at the Assessment Services web page.

New dean for Humanities and Social Sciences
As announced on campus a few days ago, Dr. Gloria J. Gibson will become the first dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, effective Aug. 1.  Dr. Andrew Sustich has been serving as interim dean since July 1, 2003, when the former College of Arts and Sciences was divided into two colleges, Humanities and Social Sciences and Sciences and Mathematics.  Dr. Gibson, who will also be professor of English and Philosophy, is coming from Indiana University--Bloomington, where she is associate professor of folklore and ethnomusicology and associate vice chancellor for the Office of Multicultural Affairs.  She earned her Ph.D. in folklore with a concentration in ethnomusicology from Indiana University--Bloomington, with minors in Afro-American Studies and African Studies.

Staff Senate selects officers
Tami Freeman, Student Union Leadership Center, is the new president of Staff Senate following the recent election.  Congratulations to her and the other executive officers: Victor Hill, Financial Aid, vice president; Ann Ford, Facilities Management, treasurer; and Donna Kirksey, Speech Communication, secretary. With this change in leadership, we should also thank past president Judy McCay and the outgoing executive committee for their dedication and hard work for staff interests.  The Staff Senate web page has more details about this group's activities, including a big one this week . . .(see next article) . . .

Employee Picnic and Silent Auction . . . this week!
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. Proceeds from the bake sale and silent auction will benefit the Staff Senate Discretionary Fund.  

'Living off the Land' Museum exhibit nears completion
The ASU Museum is nearing completion of its "Living off the Land" exhibit, which will feature farming, household tools, lumbering and waterways.  Read more about it on the Newspage.

First summer term to begin Wednesday, June 2
The first of two five-week summer terms gets underway Wednesday, June 2.  The full academic calendar, in PDF format, may be accessed by going through the "resources" tab on the Research and Academic Affairs web page, or clicking on Academic Calendar.

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