Aug. 1, 2005

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Funding for research and scholarly development
The ASU Office of Research and Technology Transfer (ORTT) provides funding in support of research and scholarly development. For the 2005-2006 academic year, several sources of money are available to faculty.
• First, funds are awarded competitively for faculty reassignment for release time to devote to research and scholarly activities. These awards allow 25% of a faculty’s time to be devoted to the pursuit of professional interests. All colleges are eligible for these funds. Seventeen faculty members received reassignment awards.
Another pool of funds available from ORTT provides partial support for faculty to present their scholarly work to professional organizations. These funds require matching support from the faculty’s college and department, and are limited to $1,000 per fiscal year per person on a first-come, first-served basis.
Two special endowments, Eleanor Lane and Nathan Deutsch, are also available for faculty development. The Lane awards are up to $1,000 and are primarily for international travel. The Nathan Deutsch awards are up to $500 and are for general faculty development and may include travel or supply money to facilitate making faculty “more effective in the classroom.”
Finally, a pool of money is available to assist faculty in searching out sources of funding for their professional work. The funds are distributed by discretion of the ORTT.
Bill Rowe's work selected for exhibit in Austria
Bill Rowe, professor of art, has been selected as one of 50 New York artists for an exhibition, "New Art. New York: Reflections of the Human Condition," to be held at two different locations in Austria. The exhibit will be featured from December 2005 to May 2006 in Truan, Austria, and, also in Salzburg at a beautiful new public exhibition space during the Easter Festival that draws hundreds of thousands of visitors annually. This exhibition includes more than 100 works by 50 artists who live and/or work in New York City. Three pieces of Rowe’s work will be in the exhibition, “Wonder Bar,” “Goats : 932-6078” and “Pluto or Plato.”

Commencement this Friday, Aug. 5
This Friday, Aug. 5, at 7 p.m. the Summer Commencement Ceremony will be held at the Convocation Center. All faculty and staff are welcome to attend. Fall semester classes begin on Monday, Aug. 22.

Congress approves overpass funding
Congress completed work and passed the transportation bill Friday, sending it on to President Bush for signature.  The bill includes $9 million funding for the west campus railroad overpass project at ASU.  President Wyatt commended the Congressional delegation who worked to achieve the funding, especially First District Rep. Marion Berry.  The railroad overpass will create much safer connection for ASU and north Jonesboro with the central business and medical district.  The White House has announced that President Bush will sign the bill.  A starting date for the project has not been announced.

Volunteers needed for alumni 'Watering Hole'
The Craighead County Alumni Chapter will host the seventh annual Watering Hole on Saturday, Aug. 20, from 9 a.m. until noon. All area alumni are invited to hand out bottled water and welcome students and their parents as they move in for the fall semester. To volunteer, e-mail Molly Phillips at

e-Beam demonstration next Monday
Next Monday, Aug. 8, at 10:30 a.m. in the Dean B. Ellis Library, The Honors College will have a demonstration of a new classroom tool called “e-Beam.” This technology provides the same functionality as a typical Smartboard, but can be used on most existing whiteboards for a fraction of the cost. The Honors College has already purchased this technology, and is hosting this session to help faculty become familiar with the new technology. Please call The Honors College at 972-2308 to reserve a space. Walk-ins are also welcome on a space available basis. 

Indian Golf Classic this weekend in Hot Springs
The 21st Annual ASU Indian Golf Classic will be this Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 6-7, at Belvedere Golf Resort in Hot Springs. Tournament chairmen are Attorney General Mike Beebe and State Senator Jerry Bookout. Proceeds will benefit the ASU men's and women's golf programs.

Travelin' with the Tribe this fall
The Alumni Association's Travelin' with the Tribe 2005 includes a special trip to New York on Nov. 17-20 for the Army game. With roundtrip airfare between Memphis and New York, accommodations are at the Milford Plaza Hotel in Manhattan's theatre district, transportation to and from West Point for the game, and plenty of time for Christmas shopping, theatre-going and enjoying the Big Apple. Deadline for reservations is Sept. 15. Call the Alumni Office at 972-2586 for more details.

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