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98th Year

June 26, 2008

Calendar highlights:

"Adventures in the Wild" book signing, Saturday, June 28, 1-3 p.m., Barnes and Noble

All grades due at 12 noon, Monday, June 30

Second summer term classes begin Monday, June 30



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ASU faculty receive $2.3 million NSF grant
ASU faculty were recently awarded a grant of $2.3 million to be disbursed over the next 5 years by the National Science Foundation (NSF) for their proposal, “GK12: Environmental Sciences and Molecular Biosciences in the Natural State.” The proposal was drafted by Dr. Alan D. Christian, Zoology; Dr. Anne Grippo, Biology; Dr. Cynthia A. Miller, Center for Excellence in Education, and director, the Northeast Arkansas Delta Institute for Math and Science; Dr. James Tillman Kennon, Science Education; and Dr. Robyn E. Hannigan, Geochemistry, and director, Environmental Sciences Graduate Program. Dr. Christian will serve as the GK12 program director.
The focused theme of the program is “Land Use, Land Cover, and Biodiversity in the Mississippi Embayment."  The funds provided by this award will include support for the NSF Graduate Teaching Fellows in K-12 Education (GK-12) in accordance with NSF program 07-555. For details, contact Dr. Alan Christian at ext. 3296, or see the NewsPage release.

Dr. Jacinto to serve as director of new MSW program
Dr. George Jacinto, Social Work, will serve as director of ASU's new Master of Social Work (MSW) program.
The Department of Social Work is located in the College of Nursing and Health Professions. The program will admit its first class in August 2008. The MSW program will consist of two tracks: Regular Standing and Advanced Standing.  Dr. Barbara Turnage, chair of the department, says that the new MSW program will address the need for additional professional social workers in Northeast Arkansas and notes that the MSW program is a response to requests from social service providers and citizens of Northeast Arkansas. Dr. Jacinto states that the focus of the program will be rural-based clinical practice. An informational session about the new MSW program will be held at the ASU International Student Center, Room 251, on Monday, July 14, at 5:30 p.m. Applications for the MSW program will be accepted through the month of July. For details, contact Dr. Jacinto at ext. 3137, or see the NewsPage release.

ASU's Beck PRIDE Center spearheads collection of items
ASU's Beck PRIDE Center is spearheading a drive to collect personal care and food items for service members serving in the 39th Infantry Brigade Combat Team of the Arkansas National Guard in Iraq. The shipment date for the collected items is Friday, July 11. Personal care and food items are needed by both male and female soldiers, as well as miscellaneous items including sunglasses, batteries, CDs and DVDs. In addition, items such as note cards, envelopes, and postage are needed. For a complete list of needed items, visit the Beck PRIDE Center for America’s Wounded Soldiers online. For details, contact Susan Tonymon, Beck PRIDE Center program director, at ext. 2624, or see the NewsPage release.

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