Aug. 22, 2005

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First Year Convocation is huge success Sunday
Today marks the beginning of the 96th year for ASU as classes get underway. On Sunday, the Centennial Class of 2009 was formally welcomed to campus at First Year Convocation. Riceland Hall was packed for this special event, a reflection of outstanding student and parent interest in getting the year off to a great start. A special thank you goes to all faculty members who made the First Year Convocation quite an impressive ceremony for freshmen. These first-year students will graduate in 2009, the year ASU will celebrate its centennial. For more details about the many Welcome Week activities for students, click here.

Doctoral student receives "Outstanding Paper"
Dr. Nancy Rieves, who received her doctoral degree in educational leadership in August, has been recognized as an Outstanding Paper winner for 2005 by the Southeastern Association for Community College Research. Dr. Rievesí paper is a product of her dissertation, An Analysis of Public Two-Year College Foundation Fund-Raising Activities.  Congratulations also are in order for The Center for Excellence in Education, which has had three dissertation award winners in the last two years that were recognized by professional associations. The SACCR conference is very competitive, which can only attest to the quality of research produced and speaks volumes about the student and the faculty. Her adviser was Dr. Daniel Cline, professor of education.

Three new alumni appointed as student recruiters
Three young and energetic alumni who have graduated from ASU this year, are the newest admissions recruiters, representing a From left, Ford Mundy, Courtney Rowe and Jake Hamptonchange of direction in student recruitment. Jake Hampton is assigned to Brookland, Paragould and Greene County Tech high schools along with campus' Preview Days. Courtney Rowe has been assigned to northwest Arkansas and to assist with efforts at ASU-Beebe and ASU-Mountain Home. Ford Mundy has been assigned to the remainder of the Craighead County schools and to western Tennessee.
  The Office of Admissions is asking for your assistance by providing the names of high school students who might be interested in attending ASU. If you know of a high school student, please send their complete name and mailing address, along with expected graduation date and school (or transfer date, if attending a two-year institution) as well as their academic interest area. A home telephone number would also be very helpful. Send this information to

Judd Hill Cotton Technology Field Day: Sept. 1
The 11th Annual Judd Hill Cotton Technology Field Day will be held Thursday, Sept. 1, at the Judd Hill Plantation in Trumann. Field day activities will feature cotton demonstration plots showcasing the latest biotechnology and many improved cotton varieties. On-site displays of the latest farm equipment and emerging precision technology will also be available. In addition, the Arkansas Prostate Cancer Foundation and the Judd Hill Foundation are cooperating to provide, as a free public service, free diagnostic prostate cancer screenings at the APCF mobile unit.
  The Judd Hill Foundation has supported ASU with endowment gifts over the last several years. And, faculty members have conducted research projects on the plantation. For more details, about the upcoming field day, cotton research or weather reports, go to or click here for the news release.

University Police focusing on safety this week
The University Police Department is working hard to ensure the safety and security of students, faculty and staff. This week, University Police will be using radar guns to target on-campus speeders. This is a process that has always been done, but since it is the first week of classes, it important to remind everyone to be especially cautious. Please slow down and watch for pedestrians. As a reminder, tickets can be given to anyone, including private citizens, whose citation would be processed through the City of Jonesboro. University Police will be concentrating on "straight aways" where motorists speed tends to increase, as well as at four-way stops, said UPD Chief James Chapman. The speed limit on the ASU campus is 20 mph.

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