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100th Year

June 15, 2009

Calendar highlights:

New Student Orientation, Wednesday, June 17, and Wednesday, June 24

First summer term's final day to drop courses or withdraw, Monday, June 29; last day of class, Tuesday, June 30; final exams, Wednesday, July 1; all grades due 12 noon Monday, July 6


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ASU faculty launch new science education program
Dr. Anne Grippo, Biology, will serve as head of a new program, “Creating Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Teachers for Arkansas’ Future,” or C-STAF. Her C-STAF colleagues will include Dr. Tillman Kennon, Science Education, Dr. Mike Hall, Mathematics, Dr. Robert Engelken, Electrical Engineering, Dr. Karen Yanowitz, Psychology and Counseling, and Jannie Trautwein, director of the Northeast Arkansas Rural Institute for Mathematics/Science Education. C-STAF will offer qualified undergraduate students an unprecedented opportunity to “Try Out the Classroom,” in a five-day summer workshop.  The “Try Out the Classroom” workshop, for undergraduates working towards a bachelor of arts or a bachelor of science degree in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics, will be held Monday-Friday, July 6-10, in ASU’s Laboratory Sciences Center, West Wing, Room 441. Students who complete the five-day workshop will receive a stipend of $450 and will become eligible for a full-tuition-and-fees scholarship with room and board. The C-STAF program is made possible by a $899,988 grant from the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program. For more on the "Try Out the Classroom" workshop, contact Dr. Anne Grippo, ext. 3493, or see the NewsPage release.

Dr. Dan Reeves has solo art show in Florentine gallery
Dr. Dan Reeves, dean, College of Fine Arts, was invited to exhibit his works in a solo art show, "Simultaneous Perception," at Ganzo Fine Arts Gallery, Florence, Italy. The show opened Thursday, June 11, and will run through Thursday, June 25. Dean Reeves was invited by the president of Florence University of the Arts and owner of Ganzo, Dr. Gabriella Ganugi, to exhibit his art during the College of Fine Arts Study Abroad trip to Florence. Reeves's ColorStorm series of paintings, on exhibit at Ganzo, examines the relationship and the impact of the perception of colors as they relate to each other. The series uses dazzling color with sometimes-vivid brush strokes to imply forms to evoke mood, depth, and space. For details, and an image of one of the works on display at Ganzo, see the NewsPage release.

Bluegrass Monday-Paragould presents Mike Dollins
Mike Dollins and the Cruize Brothers will perform tonight at 7-9 p.m. at the Red Goose Deli, 117 N. Pruett St., downtown Paragould. Admission is free, but seating is limited. Native Arkansan Mike Dollins had spent 1979-1985 in San Diego, Ca., where his band Cruizin was a great success. The group disbanded in 1999, but in 2005, Dollins relocated to his home state of Arkansas. After three years of searching, he found the new Cruize Brothers, drummer Brad Messer and guitarist Guido Ciadetti. The group had a hit at # 12 on the European charts in 2007, their 2008 CD was voted Best Self-Produced CD by the Arkansas River Blues Society and was submitted to the 2009 Memphis Blues Challenge, and the group also made a top music video, which can be viewed on AOL, MySpace, and YouTube. For details, contact KASU’s development director Todd Rutledge at ext. 2807.

Student Support Services offers Summer Bridge program
Reminder: ASU’s Student Support Services (SSS) is announcing the “Bridging the Gap” Summer Bridge Program, a comprehensive program that allows students to become better prepared for their higher education experiences at ASU. “Bridging the Gap” is designed to introduce incoming or nontraditional students to the resources required for success in college and to provide them with an individualized introduction to ASU. This program will be held Thursday-Friday, Aug. 20-21, on the campus of ASU-Jonesboro. The Summer Bridge program is a free program, and students who will live on campus in the fall will be able to move in to their assigned rooms the evening of Wednesday, Aug. 19. The mission of SSS is to provide participants with academic and support services in a caring environment that seeks to ensure their successful completion of a baccalaureate degree at ASU. SSS services are free and include, but are not limited to, advising, counseling, tutoring, mentoring, supplemental instruction, workshops, and cultural events. For more information please contact Matt Huckaby, advisor, Student Support Services, at ext. 3341. E-mail Huckaby at, or visit the Student Support Services web site.

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