June 30, 2003

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* Announcement about Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship Program, 9:15 a.m. Wednesday, Library lobby. Everyone welcome.

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DHE director to announce scholarship plans
Dr. Linda Beene, director of the Arkansas Department of Higher Education, will be on campus this week.  She is coming here to make a public announcement concerning the Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship program at 9:15 a.m. Wednesday in the lobby of the Dean B. Ellis Library.  Everyone on campus is welcome to attend.  High school graduates from 2003 and 2002 may apply for the scholarships . . . details and an application are available at www.ArkansasChallenge.com.

Recent faculty and staff achievements
Recent professional achievements by Dr. Veda McClain, Sue Marlay, Bryan Ulmer, Dr. Robb Lamm and Deanna Webster are listed and may be read in the latest upload of Campus News.  Congratulations to all of them for their professional achievements.

Students in economics class get valuable experience
Who says doing homework doesn’t pay?  It paid well for three students in Dr. Larry Dale’s “Economics Issues and Concepts” class.  As a class assignment, the students wrote essays on business ethics for a national competition sponsored by the Pilgrim Foundation and the Americanism Education League.  Out of 3,000 essays submitted, one written by Andre M. Beale of Colt won first place and a $5,000 cash prize.  Beale is a physical education major.  Megan Swan of Piggott, a journalism major, won third place and $1,500, and Courtney Rowe of Stamps, a chemistry major, won sixth place and $500.  The special topic for the essays was, “Under What Conditions is it Necessary for a Publicly Traded Company to Inform the Investment Community of a Conflict of Interest.”  Congratulations also go, of course, to Larry Dale.  Although his students have placed in the competition in previous years, Andre was the first to win first place.

Student achievements are important
The item about Dr. Larry Dale's students is an excellent example of the quality work our students are doing.  When you hear about interesting or extraordinary student achievements (even if big dollars are not involved), send a tip to ASUnews@astate.edu, or call University Communications Office, 972-3056.

Preservation workshop at Museum
The ASU Museum will host a preservation issues workshop, "Preserving Our Sense of Place," from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, July 11, in Room 157.  The event, offered as part of a graduate seminar on preservation issues for heritage sites, is open to other graduate and undergraduate students, as well as members of the public interested in preservation of natural and cultural heritage sites. Featured speakers will include Frances McSwain, Arkansas Historic Preservation Program; Amanda Gregory, Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality; and Dr. Julie Morrow, based with the Arkansas Archeological Survey at ASU. Topics  will include the National Historic Register, Secretary of Interior Standards, Section 106 Review, Historic Structure Reports, Brownfield Sites, Archeological Sites, and Funding Strategies. Registration fee is $15, including lunch. Advance reservations are required. To register, interested persons are asked to contact the Delta Heritage Initiatives Office, 870-910-8080, by Wednesday, July 9.

New coordinator in University Communications
This week we welcome Frances Hart to the University Communications Office staff.  An alumna of the Department of Journalism and Printing, Frances's most recent professional position was as director of community relations at St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center in Hot Springs.  She succeeds Straley Snipes Owen, who left ASU in February to accept a new opportunity with Nova Factor Inc. in Memphis.

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