June 13, 2005

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New Student Orientation on campus tomorrow
The second summer session of New Student Orientation will be held on campus tomorrow. Many students will be touring the campus for the first time and many of them still haven't decided on their college of choice and are "shopping around," so help them all you can. For more details or to see additional NSO dates for the summer, see the web site.

Board of Trustees acts on several items
During its meeting Thursday, June 9, the ASU Board of Trustees adopted several resolutions upon recommendation from the administration, including:
-- Adoption of fiscal year 2005-06 budgets for all of the ASU campuses.  At Jonesboro, the budget totals $106.6 million in Educational and General Operations and $20.4 million in Auxiliary Operations. The budget adoption was preceded by a moderate tuition increase averaging 5.5% at Jonesboro.
-- New academic programs at ASU-Jonesboro, including a minor in statistics; a minor and an emphasis in food science and technology; emphases in computer-aided drafting and design, and computer systems; and minor in entrepreneurship.
-- Changes in the unused sick leave compensation policy for retirees and the access policy on early withdrawal of 403(b) accumulations.
-- Fee adjustments: two management information systems courses at Jonesboro; teacher education diversity program at ASU-Mountain Home; and technology fee at ASU Technical Center.
-- Names changes affecting the Department of Journalism and Printing, which will become the Department of Journalism, and the printing management program, which will become the graphic communications program.
-- Approval of the Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA) tool to assess general education, replacing the CAAP exam (subject to state approval).
-- Naming each of the Indian Village Phase II apartment buildings at Jonesboro and the main building at ASU-Newport to White River Hall, a tribute to the institution's origins.
-- Routine items approved annually, including the athletic camps agreement, authorization for provisional positions, and promotional expenditures for ASU-Mountain Home.
-- Personnel actions, including a variety of academic and non-academic appointments and contract extensions at the ASU campuses.
   The board members decided to table a proposed resolution on the revised shared governance process, in hopes that the faculty handbook revision process can be completed soon.

Bond program may finance more buildings
At the Board meeting Thursday, Dr. Les Wyatt, president, announced that the state Higher Education Coordinating Board has been asked to consider Gov. Huckabee's recommendations when allocating funds from the anticipated College Savings Bond issues.  He asked that a third of the funds, $50 million, be directed to two-year institutions, and that two-thirds, $100 million, be directed to the universities.  He also asked that $10 million of the universities' share be directed to the E-Corridor Connections project.  The College Savings Bond program, which was originated about 15 years ago, provided partial funding for the library addition and Fowler Center at ASU.

Financial presentation is meeting highlight
One of the highlights at the Board of Trustees meeting Thursday was a  presentation by Jennus Burton, vice president for finance and administration, on the budgets and financial information for the ASU campuses.  To review an  online version of the presentation, click here.

Alumni Association accepting nominations
The ASU Alumni Association is accepting applications through June 30, 2005, for this year’s Distinguished Alumni Awards. The annual award, created in 1984, recognizes ASU alumni who have distinguished themselves professionally in their community and through service to the university. Recipients are chosen by the ASU Alumni Association Board of Directors from nominations submitted by alumni and other members of the ASU community.  For an online application or for more details, visit the alumni web site.

CSI Camp & Pre-Law Camp next week
Two summer camps will begin next week for the first time at ASU, exclusively for high school juniors and seniors interested in Pre-Law or Crime Scene Investigation (CSI). The CSI Camp features quality instruction, inquiry-based learning, field trips, hands-on experience and group activities. The Pre-Law Camp also features quality instruction, interaction with lawyers, interactive legal games, field trips and an LSAT (Law School Admissions Test) preview.
  ASU faculty working on the camps include: Dr. Dave England, Political Science; Dr. Charles Carr, English and Philosophy; Dr. Greg Russell and Dr. Ellen Lemley, Department of Criminology, Sociology, and Geography; and Dr. Robyn Hannigan, Department of Chemistry and Physics. For more details, please contact: Dr. Gloria Gibson, program coordinator, and dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at 972-3973 or via email at hss@astate.edu. Application forms may be found online at http://chss.astate.edu/summer_law.htm.

Athlete named to Sun Belt Academic Honors
New alumnus Jason Wood of Sheridan, wide receiver for the football team, won the postgraduate scholarship award at the annual Sun Belt Conference Honors Banquet recently. An Academic All-American, Wood was also named Academic All-District by the College Sports Information Directors of America. A cum laude graduate, he was also a top graduate in the College of Business.

Alumni Association, on the road again
Due to the success of the recent Texas road trip and in direct response to the alumni survey indicating strong interest from out-of-state alumni in having activities in their area, the ASU Alumni Association will host events in Tennessee and Georgia this month. A dinner will be held in Jackson, Tenn., on Thursday, June 23, Nashville on Friday, June 24, and in Atlanta on Saturday, June 25. For registration and more details, click here.

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