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May 29, 2008

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ASU Board of Trustees meets, votes, approves changes
In a nearly-two hour meeting Tuesday, May 27, the ASU Board of Trustees met in Centennial Hall. The board voted to raise tuition and fees by an average of 5.9 per cent A 2 percent pay increase for ASU-Jonesboro employees was approved, as was a 2 percent raise for classified and non-classified staff and a 1 percent cost-of-living increase and a 1 percent merit increase for teaching faculty. The board also voted to approve the restructuring and name changes for several academic units: the Department of Nursing will become the School of Nursing; the Communications Disorders program will become the Department of Communication Disorders; the Clinical Laboratory Sciences program will become the Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences; the Physical Therapy program will become the Department of Physical Therapy; the Radiologic Sciences program will become the Department of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences; and the College of Agriculture will become the College of Agriculture and Technology. In addition, the College of Engineering and the College of Sciences and Mathematics will now report to individual deans. According to ASU System vice president Jennus Burton, all four ASU campuses will m
eet their financial obligations, generating a profit. Burton also noted that the educational and general budget is $122.1 million, and the auxiliary budget is $24.3 million, while the ASU System is a $196.3 million enterprise.

ASU Board recommends tenure, promotion for faculty
For a list of recommendations from the ASU Board of Trustees for faculty tenure and promotion, effective for the 2008-2009 academic year, see the NewsPage release.

Dr. Hestand will serve as association president
Dr. Phil Hestand, director, ASU Counseling Center, has been selected as the new president-elect for the Arkansas College Counseling Association (ArCCA). He will begin his two-year term as president in July. Arkansas College Counseling Association is an association for those persons in higher education (colleges, universities, community, and technical colleges), whose professional identity is counseling and whose purpose is fostering students' development. ArCCA, which supports and enhances the practice of college counseling, is a division of the Arkansas Counseling Association (ArCA).

Staff Senate selects new slate of officers
ASU's Staff Senate has elected new officers for the academic year 2008-2009. Those officers are Shawn Smee, associate director, Undergraduate Admissions, president; Rosemary Freer, director, ASU Testing Center, vice president; Jennifer Clack, administrative secretary, Office of the Dean, College of Sciences and Mathematics, vice president for communications; Gail Rasberry, secretary II, Communication Disorders program, secretary; and Elaine Poynter, coordinator, annual giving, Office of Development, treasurer. Congratulations to the newly-elected Staff Senate officers for 2008-2009. Staff members are encouraged to attend the regular monthly meetings of the Staff Senate, held the third Wednesday of each month, at 2 p.m., Library Board Room.

DCED offers online courses
The Delta Center for Economic Development is offering online information technology certification prep courses for the IT professional and consumer student. Using multimedia CD-ROM, expert video instructions, hands-on lab simulations, testing modules, and around-the-clock online "live" mentors and professors for individualized learning, each computer training class is presented in full-motion video and audio, allowing students to see all the steps, hear the detailed explanations, and perform the tasks. Tailor your career education and schedule with our Microsoft, Cisco, and CompTIA CBT Boot Camps and online training programs. Visit "Online Technology Certification Courses," for a complete course catalogue, or contact Bridget K. Taylor, training program coordinator, at ext. 3850.

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