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100th Year

June 18, 2009

Calendar highlights:

New Student Orientation, 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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Dr. O'Connor, Dr. Owens new interim administrators
Dr. Carol O' Connor, History, has agreed to serve as the new interim Dr. Ruth Owensdean of the Dr. Carol O'ConnorCollege of Humanities and Social Sciences at ASU, and
. Ruth Owens, Spanish, has agreed to serve as interim associate dean, effective July 1. The former dean of the college, Dr. Gloria Gibson, English, Folklore, and Ethnomusicology, will be leaving ASU to assume her new role as provost and executive vice president at the University of Northern Iowa.

ASU faculty researchers are awarded $899,988 grant
A group of faculty researchers at Arkansas State University-Jonesboro has been awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant for $899,988 to train future teachers. The grant will support the program “Creating Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Teachers for Arkansas’ Future (C-STAF)” for five years. C-STAF will establish the ASU C-STAF/Noyce Teaching Scholarship program at ASU-Jonesboro to fund the education of students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM)-related fields. Students who receive this funding are required to become licensed teachers upon graduation and to teach for two years for every year of funding they have received. These students will teach in their respective STEM fields in high-needs public schools in Arkansas, with emphasis upon northeast Arkansas, the Delta region, and the Ozark foothills. ASU-Jonesboro’s C-STAF program will be headed by Dr. Anne Grippo, associate professor of biology and interim director of the Environmental Science Graduate Program. 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. The C-STAF program will offer a “Try Out the Classroom” workshop held during the summers and a spring semester “Try Out the Classroom” course for credit. For details, see the NewsPage release.

Board of Trustees conference call scheduled for June 23
A Board of Trustees conference call has been scheduled for Tuesday, June 23, at 3 p.m. The call will originate from the ASU System conference room, MCB Plaza (Regions Bank Building), 2400 East Highland Drive, 3rd Floor, Suite 300, Jonesboro. For members of the ASU-Jonesboro community, a conference call will be set up in the Chancellor's Conference Room, Administration Building.

Bluegrass Monday presents RedHead Express June 22
KASU's Bluegrass Monday presents RedHead Express in concert on Monday, June 22, at 7 p.m. at Atkins Celebration Hall, 101 South Pruett Street, in downtown Paragould. The performance is part of the Bluegrass Monday concert series presented by KASU 91.9 FM on the fourth Monday night of each month. KASU will pass the hat to collect money to pay the group; the suggested donation is $5 per person. From Alaska, RedHead Express is the Walker Family: dad Brett, mom Apryll, and their seven children, ranging in age from six to nineteen. While playing a mixture of folk and acoustic music in Alaska, they were introduced to bluegrass music in 2006 and immediately were enchanted by the unique bluegrass sound. The family spent a year touring in their home state playing bluegrass music before deciding to sell most of their possessions, buy an RV, and tour the lower 48 states. For more information, contact Marty Scarbrough, KASU program director, at ext. 2367.

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