May 27, 2003

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Summer term begins Wednesday
Everyone who will be teaching already knows, but for the benefit of everyone else, first summer term classes begin Wednesday, May 28.  Second summer term begins June 30.  Commencement will be Aug. 1.

Four-year degree completion: guaranteed! 
Academic Affairs is about to take the wraps off a new deal for students.  The four-year graduation guarantee plan, "Finish in 4, Guaranteed!" is summed up fairly well by the title.  Most bachelor's degree programs at ASU can be completed within four years, but the new plan provides a mechanism for helping students stay on track. It guarantees that graduation will not be delayed because a course was not available. The student must sign an agreement that spells out the specifics of what must be done, and when, to take advantage of the guarantee.  Dr. Lynita Cooksey, vice chancellor for academic services, will announce the new plan this week at New Student Orientation.

Summer Bridge program available for qualified students 
Student Support Services at ASU will conduct "Bridging the Gap," a summer program for qualified incoming students.  The program will run Aug. 11-15, but registration deadline is July 7.  Participants will become more familiar with the resources they will need for success in college. Faculty and staff may know of students who could benefit from the program. Applicants must meet one of three conditions: have an ACT (or comparable) score of 19 or below; have a high school GPA of 2.5 or below; or be a non-traditional student.  For details, call Jerrod Lockhart, coordinator, at 972-2080, or write to him at  

SARS information available 
The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has posted information to guide institutions or organizations who will host persons arriving from areas with incidences of SARS.  As of May 14, the CDC "does not recommend canceling or postponing classes, meetings or other gatherings that will include persons traveling to the U.S. from areas with SARS."  To consult the complete guidelines, visit

Small Business Center has been busy 
While instruction for credit is ASU's primary business, other university units produce significant accomplishments.  One such area is the Small Business Development Center in the College of Business.  Between July 1, 2002, and April 30, the center has counseled 69 small business owners and entrepreneurs, answered 216 inquiries, conducted 15 workshops for 187 participants, and provided loan packaging assistance to 15 clients, generating more than $2.99 million in capital.

How many alumni does ASU have? 
The Alumni Relations Office recently updated its maps which show where ASU's alumni live.  As of April, there were 51,565 alumni.  As one might expect, the county with the highest concentration of alumni (7,869) is Craighead.  Second is Pulaski County, with 2,843; third is Greene County, with 2,232; fourth is Shelby County, Tenn., with 1,699; and fifth is Mississippi County, with 1,530.  While most alumni live in Arkansas, Missouri is second with 4,528, Tennessee is third with 2,663, and Texas is fourth with 2,184.  Alumni live in every state, and 2,530 live in other countries.  For information about the Alumni Association and the various chapters, contact

Economic development conference coming up 
Reminder . . The Delta Center for Economic Development will host the second annual conference, “The Community Leader …Your Role in Economic Development,” tomorrow (Wednesday), at the Convocation Center.  Speakers will discuss economic development trends and issues.  Faculty and staff may attend for $25.

Write where Hemingway wrote
The Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Educational Center in Piggott will host an Adult Writers' Retreat Monday through Friday, June 16-20.  Dr. Rob Lamm, ASU Department of English, and Donna James, NEA Writing Project, will lead the retreat, during which participants may interact with other writers and receive feedback on their own work in progress.  The registration deadline is June 9; the fee is $75.  For details, contact Deanna Webster, 598-3487, or

Level Orange: response to national security advisory 
The University Police Department is among the law enforcement agencies that are in contact with federal authorities concerning heightened national security concerns.  Although no incidents are anticipated at ASU, officers are taking extra  precaution and following recommended procedures during the orange-level alert status. More information is available by contacting UPD at 972-2093 or by visiting the federal government's website,

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