Inside ASU, News for Faculty & Staff, Arkansas State University
June 25, 2007

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Arkansas Press Association honors ASU's Thrasher
Bonnie L. Thrasher, Journalism, has been named Journalism Educator of the Year by the Arkansas Bonnie ThrasherPress Association, a professional group for daily and weekly newspapers. She was recognized at the APA convention in Fort Smith this past weekend. Thrasher, instructor in journalism and advisor to The Herald, ASU's student newspaper, has led The Herald and its staff to regional and national awards for excellence. Thrasher was president of the Arkansas chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists from 2004-2006 and is now secretary. As a professional development activity, she is serving this summer as an associate editor at The Jonesboro Sun.

President Bush to appoint Dr. Allen for science panel
The White House announced through a news release Thursday that President Bush will appoint Dr. Susan Davis Allen, senior advisor to the chancellor, to the President's Committee on the National Medal of Science. She served as vice chancellor for research and academic affairs before electing in April to return to full-time faculty status. In August, her new position will be distinguished professor of laser applications and science.

Grant will boost ASU's economic development outreach
ASUís Delta Center for Economic Development will receive a grant of almost $98,000 to help support a new program through which the center will demonstrate the role that counties can and should play in economic development initiatives.  Senators Lincoln and Pryor and Congressman Berry announced the award from the Economic Development Administration. Up to three counties will have the opportunity to participate. The grant is for the first year of a three-year plan of work submitted by the Delta Center. Dr. Len Frey, dean of the College of Business, credited the work of Alan McVey, Jerry Smith, and the Staff of the Delter Center, which is a component of the ASU College of Business. McVey noted that the grant process was very competitive, involving several universities across a five-state region.

1,006 diplomas awarded at Spring Commencement
The list of graduates at ASU's spring commencement ceremonies has been finalized by the Registrar's Office and the Graduate School. The complete list of degree recipients has been distributed to the students' hometown news media and it has also been posted to the ASU Newspage. Congratulations to the new alumni (and those who already are alumni) for their achievements.

Museum offers summer opportunities for children
The ASU Museum continues to offer two special opportunities for children. Your youngsters might want to check out the hands-on science exploration exhibit, "Good Vibrations," before it closes on July 8. Some of you Beach Boy-generation parents might even get a kick out of it. The new "Earthquake!" interactive exhibit features the history and science of the New Madrid earthquake zone.  Hours for the Museum, located in the west end of the Dean B. Ellis Library complex, are 9-4 Tuesday through Friday, and 1-5 weekends. Beginning July 1, the Museum will be closed on Mondays.

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