June 1, 2004

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* First Summer Term classes begin Wednesday, June 2


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Faculty research and achievements featured
See the latest Campus News update to learn more about Dr. Cherisse Jones, History; Dr. Elizabeth Stokes, Ms. Deborah Gilbert-Palmer, Dr. Phyllis Skorga, Dr. Charlotte Young and Ms. Deborah Persell, all of Nursing; Dr. Greg Phillips, Agriculture; and Dr. Tillman Kennon and Dr. Bao an Li, both of Chemistry and Physics.

First Summer Term classes begin Wednesday
The first of two five-week summer terms will get underway Wednesday, June 2, and continues through Friday, July 2.  The second summer term begins on Tuesday, July 6, and concludes Aug. 5.  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.

Museum offers Discovery Classes for children
If you haven't found something special for your children age 9-13 this summer, the ASU Museum has opportunities for fun and educational experiences.  Discovery Classes will feature Native American crafts, ceramics, photography and printmaking.  The one-week sessions begin each Monday in June.  Faculty and staff qualify for a discount.  Find more details in the NewsPage announcement.

AETN  presents documentary about Clover Bend
Tele Vision of Arkansas has produced a half-hour documentary about the Depression-era government operated farm settlement project at Clover Bend in Lawrence County.  The ASU Heritage Studies Ph.D. Program and the Dean B. Ellis Library are among the sponsors for the production, which was funded primarily by an Arkansas Humanities Council grant.  The program will be aired by Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) Wednesday, June 2, at 6:30 p.m., KAIT-TV on Saturday, June 5, at 12:30 p.m., and at other times by stations throughout the state.

Assessment summits start June 9
Just a reminder . . . the first Academic Chairs Summit, "Scaling New Heights," will be Wednesday, June 9, from 1:30 to 3:30 at the Jonesboro Regional Chamber of Commerce office on East Nettleton Ave. 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 . . . register for any of the sessions by e-mailing Dr. Kent Johnson, director of Assessment Services, at dkjohnson@astate.edu, or find more information at the Assessment Services web page.

Staff Senate hosts successful picnic, auction
Hundreds of ASU staff members enjoyed the annual Staff Senate picnic last Wednesday at the Pavilion.  While there, they bid on prizes generously donated by a large number of area merchants.  The winning bidders were announced through e-mail last week.  The auction raised $1,457.50 and the bake sale netted $191.95 for the Senate's discretionary fund. The extra food was donated to City Youth Ministries to benefit participants. Congratulations to all who were involved in planning, preparing and executing this terrific event. See the Staff Senate web page to learn more about the group and how it serves all ASU employees.

E-mail etiquette helps with virus threats
One tip always mentioned in e-mail "etiquette" guides helps users find and open valid e-mails, while avoiding those carrying malicious viruses or worms.  Always use a descriptive subject line...for example, "Tuesday meeting notes, adding course" is much better than "Meeting" or leaving the subject line blank. 

This week is a 'quick' version
This "quick" version of Inside ASU is being distributed a day later than normal because the university was closed for Memorial Day on May 31.  We will follow a similar schedule in July, when the university is closed on Monday, July 5, for Independence Day.

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