Inside ASU, News for Faculty & Staff, Arkansas State University
June 20, 2007

Calendar highlights:

* ASU Summer Children's Theatre today and tomorrow, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., and Friday, June 22, at 10 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.

* New Student Orientation today


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Mascot Review Committee recommends retirement
On Monday, June 18, in what was deemed an historic meeting, members of the Mascot Review Committee voted unanimously to recommend retiring the university's Indian mascot. The committee, appointed by ASU-Jonesboro Chancellor Dr. Robert L. Potts to consider the continued use of the Indian mascot, has completed phase I of its charge. The resolution adopted by the committee details the recommendation. Phase II of the committee's work will include developing an action plan for the implementation of the mascot change. The committee also voted to recommend that a sports marketing firm be used to assist in a broad-based process to engage all university, alumni, and community constituents in the selection of a new mascot and related imagery.

Drs. Pearce and Biondolillo publish peer-reviewed article

Dr. Kris Biondolillo and Dr. Amy R. Pearce, Psychology and Counseling, have co-authored an article published in the peer-reviewed journal Neuropsychobiology. Their original paper, "Availability Influences Initial and Continued Ingestion of Nicotine by Adolescent Female Rats," is in this month's volume of the journal. Support for this research originated from grants awarded by the Arkansas Biosciences Institute.

ASU Summer Children's Theatre opens 12th season today
The 12th season of children's theatre at ASU will open today with "Bigger Than Life!" by Cynthia Mercati. "Bigger Than Life!" brings the characters of American folklore alive. Performances are at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. today and tomorrow. Performances will also be held Friday, June 22, at 10 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. All performances will be held in Fowler Center, and all seating is reserved. Tickets are $5 and should be purchased in advance at the ASU Central Box Office online or by calling 972-ASU1. If available, tickets may be purchased for $6 at the door the day of the performance. Reservations are highly recommended.

Library offers 'Religion in a Small Town' exhibit
The Dean B. Ellis Library at Arkansas State University has announced an exhibit titled "Religion in a Small Town." This exhibit features the black-and-white photography of Starr Fenner, Environmental Health. These photographs, taken in partial requirement of a photography practicum, have been previously exhibited at Lyon College (formerly Arkansas College). The multipurpose exhibit/programming area located between the elevator and the library deanís office on the third floor of the Dean B. Ellis Library.

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