June 23, 2003

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* Topping Out Celebration: Biosciences/Biotechnology Building, Thursday, June 26, 11 a.m., corner of Caraway Road and University Loop

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Sign the beam for the 'topping out' ceremony
The "topping out" celebration for the Biosciences/Biotechnology Building will begin at 11 a.m. Thursday at the construction site, corner of Caraway Road and University Loop.  Everyone is invited to arrive early and autograph the final beam which will be hoisted into place with an evergreen tree and an Architectural rendering, Biosciences/Biotechnology BuildingAmerican flag attached.  The special event is sponsored by the Office of Research and Academic Affairs and Baldwin & Shell Construction Co.  A topping out ceremony is a tradition that has been traced to Scandinavia around 700 A.D., when construction workers sought to appease the spirits of the trees.  Today's ironworkers use the occasion to celebrate worker safety and to provide a token of good luck for the future occupants.  For more details about the Arkansas Biosciences Institute facility at ASU, visit http://abi.astate.edu.

Update on McNair grant
As reported in last week's edition, ASU has been selected to received a grant through the Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program, administered by the federal TRIO program.  The amount reported was for only one year . . . the total grant award is actually $943,143.  Dr. Andy Sustich, interim dean of Arts and Sciences, and Dr. Robyn Hannigan, geochemistry, prepared the grant proposal.  See more details on the NewsPage or the program website.

Contribution patterns look good for 2002-03
The Development Office is still processing donations for the current fiscal year, but early indications are that it has been a very successful year.  As of June 12, the office had processed more than 15,000 gifts to the Jonesboro campus, with a combined total of more than $4.9 million.  The total of all gifts to the various campuses and to athletics, more than $7.2 million, is up by 29 percent over the year before.  Of particular interest to the ASU family is that gifts from faculty, staff and emeriti faculty have exceeded $130,500.  Slightly more than half of all faculty and staff, who have given at least $35 or more, are designated as Torchbearers.  Watch for more details on the year's giving results.

Delta Hall will be closed during upcoming year
Delta Hall, the two-story residence hall on Aggie Road, will be closed during the 2003-04 year in anticipation of major maintenance and repairs.  According to Dr. Rick Stripling, vice chancellor for Student Affairs, various options are being considered but it is already clear that the needed work cannot be completed by August.  The Residence Life Office is in the process of notifying students who had reserved a room in Delta that alternative living arrangements have been worked out. While getting the building ready for another year, workers discovered mold in the heating and air conditioning system.  See details on the NewsPage.

Artwork available for those special needs
When ordering giveaway or specialty items such as pens, pencils, caps, T-shirts, paperweights, key tags, etc. for which you need artwork, please contact the Office of Publications and Creative Services once your vendor ASU Logohas been selected. P&CS will provide the artwork (at no cost) and the art can either accompany the order or can be e-mailed to your vendor. This will eliminate time lost due to the vendor waiting on artwork. (Note: Do not fax art to your vendor. Faxed copies of artwork are not appropriate for reproduction.)  The P&CS phone is 972-3056.

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