July 21, 2003

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* Summer Children's Theatre, 10 a.m., July 22-24; 10 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. on July 25.

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Art professors exhibit work in Bulgaria
Artists Gayle Pendergrass and Tom Chaffee, members of the Department of Art faculty, recently returned from
Bulgaria along with Dr. Daniel Reeves, dean of the College of Fine Arts. The artists’ watercolor paintings have been placed on exhibit in the chancery of the U.S. Ambassador to Bulgaria, James Pardew, an ASU alumnus. As part of the “Art in Embassies Program” established in 1964, three watercolor paintings by Chaffee and Pendergrass are on exhibit. A reception in their honor was held in late June at the chancery.  As a result of meetings with various members of the art community, an art exchange program is being formulated between ASU and the country of Bulgaria.  Read more on the ASU NewsPage.

Engineering student wins NASA Fellowship
Emily Meeker, an electrical engineering major under the direction of Dr. Robert Engelken, professor of electrical engineering, was recently awarded a $6,500 NASA Workforce Development Fellowship through the Arkansas Space Grant Consortium. Her project is entitled "Synthesis, Modeling, Characterization, and Applications of Composite Films of Insulators with Semiconductors or Ferromagnetic Materials." This work will supplement other work Dr. Engelken and student research assistants are conducting on composite materials under NASA EPSCoR program funding, in partnership with the University of Arkansas-Little Rock.  It also complements a fellowship awarded earlier this spring to another of Dr. Engelken's students, Randy Stidham.

ASU Theatre to present second show of summer
Here's another fun opportunity for the kids . . . ASU Theatre will open the second of their two 2003 productions in the Summer Children's Theatre series tomorrow morning.  "The Brave Little Tailor" will be staged at 10 a.m. Tuesday through Friday at Fowler Center, followed by a Friday evening performance at 7:30.  For tickets, call 972-ASU1 or see tickets.astate.edu.

'Break the Record' Day – The Rock Classic
Saturday, Oct. 4, at 6 p.m., the ASU Indians will face the Indians of University of Louisiana-Monroe for what the Athletics Department has dubbed “Break the Record” Day at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock. Officials are asking for fans to break the ASU football game attendance record of 29,465, set in 1997 at Indian Stadium. Hoping for 30,000, ASU also has scheduled Band Day during the same evening, where many Arkansas schools will perform at halftime. Tickets for the game, entitled the “Rock Classic” are $17.50 each for chair back seats and $16 for seats between the 30-yard lines. Fans who purchase four of either will also receive a parking pass. Other tickets include $14 for general admission seating (doesn't include parking) and $50 skybox tickets which include free food and parking. For information regarding tickets, contact the ASU Box Office at 1-888-ASU-FANS or visit tickets.astate.edu.  Read more about the game at http://www.ASUIndians.com.

KASU plans bluegrass concert downtown

Faculty and staff looking for a late summer family activity may be interested in this: KASU will sponsor another live bluegrass concert featuring the group Just Us at 7 p.m. on Monday, July 28, at Sheffield’s Restaurant, 305 S. Main in Jonesboro. This group consists of Sherman Jorman, banjo, Jerrel Cloud, rhythm guitar, Jack Cloud, mandolin, Lisa Cloud Whitehead, upright bass, and Kenneth Dock, fiddle.  All are from Malden, Mo., except Jorman, who is from Piggott. Their program will be gospel and traditional bluegrass.  This Bluegrass Monday concert featuring Just Us is part of a series of free bluegrass concerts hosted by KASU, the public radio service of ASU. Additional support for Bluegrass Monday comes from Sheffield’s Restaurant, Halsey Real Estate Group and Investments and Backbeat Music.

Wilson Hall to be closed Aug. 17-18 for drill
Wilson Hall will be closed to all faculty, staff and students at approximately 3 p.m. on Sunday afternoon Aug. 17 and all the following day, Aug. 18, for a community-wide disaster preparedness training activity. According to Lori Roach, occupational safety coordinator, a regional drill will be conducted where county first responders will be on the campus. Roach said that numerous people from throughout the area and ASU will be involved, including fire, local and state police.  More details will be announced.

Lessons on Spanish in the workplace
Starting Monday, July 28, from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. through Aug. 28, the Delta Center for Economic Development will be offering basic skills in workplace Spanish to help participants communicate more effectively with employees, suppliers, and customers.  The course is designed for anyone who interacts with the Spanish-speaking community, the fastest growing segment of society. The fee for the course is $249 for 10 sessions. To register, or for more information, call 972-3850.

Scout University 2003 needs your help
Repeated as a second call for help: Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts from across Arkansas will be coming to ASU on Saturday, Oct. 11, to participate in Scout University 2003.  Faculty and Staff are invited to share their expertise by teaching a merit badge workshop, get details from Dawn Tucker at 972-3942 or dtucker@astate.edu. This is a great opportunity to show off the talent and knowledge that can be found at ASU, as well as help with recruiting future students.

Details requested for 'Upcoming Events'
Reminder: Everyone at ASU who is planning and scheduling public events for the 2003-04 year is encouraged to submit details for Upcoming Events to Virginia Adams, vadams@astate.edu.

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