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100th Year

August 17, 2009

Calendar highlights:

New faculty orientation, Monday-Tuesday, Aug. 17-18; faculty conference, Wednesday, Aug. 19; college department faculty meetings, Thursday-Friday, Aug. 20-21

Residence Halls open, Saturday, Aug. 22, 9 a.m.; First Year Convocation, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2 p.m.

First day of classes, Monday, Aug. 24


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Dr. Jones coauthors article in international online journal
Dr. Craig Jonesr. Craig Jones, Psychology and Counseling, and Dr. John R. Slate, Sam Houston State University, authored the article “Online Courses, Instructional Quality, and Economics: A Conceptual Analysis.” The article was recently published in Volume 4, Number 3 (July - September 2009) of the online journal International Journal of Educational Leadership Preparation (IJELP). The authors discuss the development of online courses in higher education in terms of instructional quality and economic costs. In their conceptual analysis, the authors point out problems in developing online courses with sufficient quality, due to limited funds being made available for online course development.

Dr. Salinger presents at annual conference
Dr. Larry Salinger, Criminology/Sociology, and assistant chair, Criminology, Sociology, and Geography, recently made a presentation on Children’s AdvocacyDr. Larry Salinger Centers at the Focus, Inc. annual conference held at the ASU Student Center. Dr. Salinger is a member of the Board of Directors of the new Northeast Arkansas Children’s Advocacy Center, which provides a child-friendly environment in which victims of child abuse can be interviewed by trained forensic child interviewers, while being recorded by an evidence-quality audio/video system. The center also provides non-offending caregivers with referrals to specially trained therapists to help abused children break the intergenerational effects of abuse. The new Northeast Arkansas Children's Advocacy Center is a member of Children's Advocacy Centers of Arkansas.

Dr. Holifield elected chair of professional standards board
Dr. Mitch Holifield
, Education, and chair, Educational Leadership, Curriculum, and Special Education, has been elected chair of the Arkansas Professional StandardsDr. Mitch Holifield Board (PLSB). He assumed the chair's position in July as he began his second term as a Board member. The Board, created by Act 846 of 2007, is comprised of 15 members appointed by the State Board of Education to a three-year term. These members are chosen from a variety of constituent groups of educators. Dr. Holifield also serves on the PLSB ethics subcommittee and chaired that committee during the 2008-2009 session.

ASU faculty family social event slated for Aug. 19
ASU's Faculty Association, the Office of the Provost, and Academic Affairs and Research will co-host a faculty family social event to welcome new faculty Wednesday, Aug. 19, at 5:30 p.m. at the ASU Armory. Barbeque will be served, and entertainment will be provided, including music from Paul Moore and Friends and Snap Crow Legs. Howl will be on hand, and face painting will be offered.

Summer Bridges program begins Aug. 20
Reminder: ASU’s Student Support Services (SSS) will host its “Bridging the Gap” Summer Bridge Program Thursday-Friday, Aug. 20-21, on the campus of ASU-Jonesboro. The comprehensive program allows students to become better prepared for their higher education experiences at ASU. “Bridging the Gap” is designed to introduce incoming or nontraditional students to the resources required for success in college and to provide them with an individualized introduction to ASU.  For details, contact Matt Huckaby, advisor, Student Support Services, at ext. 3341, visit the Student Support Services web site, or see the NewsPage release.
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