Inside ASU, News for Faculty & Staff, Arkansas State University
June 11, 2007

Calendar highlights:

* Brown bag luncheon/mascot forum today, noon-1 p.m., third floor, ASU Football Complex

* New Student Orientation, Wednesday, June 13

* Fitness Club summer hours: Monday-Friday,
11 a.m.-7 p.m.


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Dr. Hartwig presents at Heifer International faculty summit
Dr. Charles Hartwig, Political Science, was recently an invited participant in the first faculty summit at the Heifer International headquarters in Little Rock. Eighteen faculty members and administrators from around the nation spent two-and-a-half days meeting with leaders of one of the world's top hunger and poverty abatement non-governmental organizations. The faculty members, administrators, and organization representatives then formulated an action plan to help Heifer International become more visible and more active on college campuses. The eighteen participants will be the first "Heifer Ambassadors," spreading the word about the unique worldwide animal-based relief programs of Heifer International. For more information, see

Mascot Review Committee web site is now available
Members of the Mascot Review Committee at ASU are continuing to talk to constituents and others in preparation for the committee's next meeting on Monday, June 18. A web site,, is now available to the public. The site lists reference materials and other information about the issue. Jim Pickens, chair of the Mascot Review Committee and trustee emeritus at ASU, encourages the public to review the information on the web site and offer their suggestions as to what would be in the best interest of the university. There are three courses of action open to the university: take no action to change the mascot and accept NCAA sanctions; seek a legal remedy; or select a new nickname and mascot.

ASU Athletic Department to host brown-bag luncheon 
The ASU Athletic Department will host a brown-bag luncheon and mascot forum today from noon-1 p.m. on the third floor of the ASU Football Complex to give interested parties an opportunity to discuss the mascot and nickname issue. A panel comprised of selected members of the Mascot Review Committee will be present to help answer questions.

Acansa Dining Room announces summer hours
The Acansa Dining Room is serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner throughout the summer to accommodate camp and conference guests. Everyone is invited to dine during the following hours of operation Monday through Friday: breakfast, 7 a.m.-8 a.m.; lunch, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.; dinner, 5 p.m.-6 p.m. Acansa accepts Flex Dollars, major credit cards, Clyde's Cash, personal checks, and cash.

Dr. Zibluk elected to full term as vice president of NPPA 
Dr. John B. (Jack) Zibluk, Journalism, was elected to a full term as vice president of the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) at the organization's annual summit meeting in Portland, Ore. Zibluk was named chair of the NPPA's first strategic planning effort. He organized and moderated a panel discussion on bridging the gap between the academic and professional worlds. Panel participants included Kenny Irby, diversity program director, Poynter Institute, Dr. Julianne Newton, editor, Visual Communication Quarterly, and Dr. David Nelson, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Texas State University. Zibluk also co-chaired the photojournalism speakers' program, which included six Pulitzer Prize winners.

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