Inside ASU, News for Faculty & Staff, Arkansas State University
May 30, 2007

Calendar highlights:

* Board of Trustees meeting, Friday, June 1, 10 a.m., Centennial Hall, Student Union/Reng Student Services Center

* New Student Orientation Session, Wednesday, June 6


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Spring semester Chancellor's and Dean's Lists released
Congratulations to the 1,533 students who have been recognized for their academic achievements during the spring semester at ASU-Jonesboro. The Chancellor's List includes 1,044 students with a grade point average of at least 3.8 for 12 or more hours of undergraduate study, while the Dean's List includes 489 students whose GPA was at least 3.6. The Chancellor's and Dean's Lists are posted on the NewsPage.

Dr. Romero publishes article in Journal of Spelean History
Dr. Aldemaro Romero, Biology, recently published an article in the Journal of Spelean History. This periodical is published by the American Spelean History Association. This organization is, in turn, part of the National Speleological Society, the world's largest society aimed at studying caves. Romero's article, "The discovery of the first Cuban blind cave fish: the untold story," narrates the history of the discovery of blind cave fish in Cuba. The Cuban discovery predates the discovery of blind cave fish in Mammoth Cave, Kentucky. Until recently, the Mammoth Cave fish were considered the earliest-known blind cave fish in scientific literature. Romero's article is based on little-known documents he discovered in museum archives.

Professors emeriti, Dougan and Smith, still making history
Two ASU emeriti faculty continue to achieve. The Arkansas Historical Association announced association awards and recognitions at its recent 66th annual awards banquet, held at the William J. Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock. Dr. C. Calvin Smith, Emeritus Professor of History, received the association's Lifetime Achievement Award. Another Emeritus Professor of History, Dr. Michael B. Dougan, appears as a contributor to the book, The Earth Reeled and Trees Trembled: Civil War Arkansas, 1863-1864 (Old Statehouse Museum Publications, ed. Mark K. Christ). Dougan's contribution, "Say 'Au Revoir' but not 'Good-bye': The Enduring Confederate Government of Arkansas," is the opening essay in this collection of lectures given during the museum's Civil War symposia. These lectures offer compelling portrayals of Arkansas' involvement in the Civil War.

Heritage Studies student gets conference scholarship
Lisa Perry, Heritage Studies student and graduate assistant, has received a full scholarship to present at the Just Connections conference, hosted by Ferum College in Virginia, Friday-Sunday, June 8-10. This year's conference topic is "Connections to the Future: A Search for Just and Sustainable Community Models." Since 1998, Just Connections has brought together community leaders, activists, students, teachers, and scholars to explore and advocate for democratic community models characterized by development and justice. Perry's presentation is titled, "History, Economic Challenges, and Planning for a Sustainable Community Economic Base in Floyd County, Kentucky." Perry will also attend the Institute for Humane Studies' Social Change Workshop at the University of Virginia this summer. Perry was chosen from more than 2,000 applicants to attend the weeklong workshop.

Office of Student Affairs has moved to new quarters
The administrative offices of the Division of Student Affairs moved this week into their new office on the main floor of the Administration Building. Student Affairs now inhabits the location formerly occupied by the cashier's window and finance office. The telephone number for Student Affairs will remain the same; contact Student Affairs at ext. 2048.

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