Inside ASU, News for Faculty & Staff, Arkansas State University
July 30 2007

Calendar highlights:

* New Student Orientation, Wednesday, August 1

*Biology radio show #75 today, 4:44 p.m., KASU 91.9 FM

* Summer Commencement, Friday, Aug. 3, 7 p.m.


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Summer Commencement to be held this Friday
ASU's Summer Commencement will be held Friday, Aug. 3, at 7 p.m. in the Convocation Center. The student speaker will be Kendall Carroll, who is graduating summa cum laude with a BS in radiologic sciences. A reception for all graduates, their guests, and faculty and staff will be held on the north mezzanine following the ceremony. Everyone is invited to attend.

Dr. Moeeni invited to join editorial board of journal
Dr. Farhad Moeeni, Computer and Information Technology, has been invited to join the editorial board of the International Journal of RF Technologies: Research and Applications, due to debut in 2008. This journal is the first academic journal in the world devoted to radio frequency identification technology (RFID). The journal will provide researchers with a vehicle to exchange information and list research results regarding RF technology deployment, data analytics, and business value creation. Topics the journal will address in addition to RFID will be real time location sensing (RTLS), near-field communication (NFC), and RF-based sensors.

Chancellor Potts accepts Mascot Review recommendation
Dr. Robert L. Potts, chancellor of Arkansas State University-Jonesboro,
announced last Wednesday that he is accepting the recommendation from the Mascot Review Committee, and he is appointing a Mascot Selection Steering Committee to guide the next steps in the process. Potts also detailed his charge to the new committee, which will recommend for adoption "a new mascot and associated imagery" to the ASU Board of Trustees, through the president of the ASU System.

Intensive Chinese language course to be offered evenings
The College of Humanities and Social Sciences is offering an intensive Chinese language course on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, from 6:00-8:30 p.m. in Wilson Hall, Room 125. This course is six credits a semester, covering elementary Chinese in the fall and intermediate Chinese in the spring. The course will be taught by Xiaoyun "Winnie" Wu. Ms. Wu holds a bachelor's degree in Chinese language and literature, as well as a master's degree in International Relations, from Beijing Normal University. Born in Beijing, Ms. Wu is a native speaker of Mandarin, and her proficiency earned her top ranking for her accentless spoken Mandarin. She has taught Chinese language to international students for five years. Ms. Wu will pursue a PhD in Heritage Studies while at ASU. The course's evening hours were scheduled to accommodate those wishing to learn Chinese for business or travel. For more information, contact Dr. Carol O'Connor at ext. 3973 or Dr. Charles Carr, ext. 3043.

University Advancement announces Benesh retirement 
The Office of University Advancement will host a reception for Sandy Benesh on Tuesday, July 31, from 2-4 p.m. in the lobby of the Administration Building. All are invited to stop by and wish Benesh well upon the occasion of her retirement after 22 years at ASU. For more information, contact Jill Bristow at ext. 3362. 

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