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100th Year
2009-10

August 26, 2009

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Bradbury Gallery opens 2009-10 season with 2009 Faculty Biennial, Thursday, Aug. 27, at 5 p.m.

 

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H1N1 flu advisory for faculty, staff, students posted
In preparation for the possibility of H1N1 flu cases at ASU, university officials have devised a set of guidelines for use by students, parents, and the ASU community outlining steps to take in the event of the onset of flu-like symptoms. Dr. Deborah Persell, Nursing, coordinator of the Regional Center for Disaster Preparedness Education, and an expert in Emergency Management and Homeland Security, is working with campus leaders to ensure all pertinent information about the H1N1 virus is easily accessible and posted on the home page of ASUís official website. Check back frequently for updates. For additional information, see the NewsPage release, or visit the Centers for Disease Control.

Honors Living-Learning Community celebrates opening
On Friday, August 28, from 2-5 p.m., the Honors College and the Department of Residence Life, a division of Student Affairs, will celebrate the opening of the three new residence halls and the smart classroom building of the Honors Living-Learning Community. The site of the new residence hall is on the ASU campus between Whitaker Street and University Loop East, south of Danner Street. The fall 2009 Honors freshmen will be welcomed, and refreshments will be provided. In case of rain, the celebration will be held in Centennial Hall, on the third floor of ASU's Reng Student Services Center/Student Union. For details, contact Rebecca Oliver, director of Student Services, at ext. 2038.

Office's work recognized at national conference
ASU's Office of Behavioral Research and Evaluation (OBRE) had its work on the Arkansans Collaborating to Improve Our Network (ACTION) for Kids project recently acknowledged during the 2009 Summer Systems of Care Community Training held inFrom left, Christy Brinkley, co-director of OBRE; Gary Blau, SAMHSA; Martha Lewis, MidSouth Health Systems; and Sylvia Fisher, SAMHSA. Photo credit: Parris Studios. Anaheim, Ca. During the ceremony "Honoring Excellence in Evaluation," OBRE received silver level recognition in the area of Evaluation Data Use and Dissemination. The award was presented by Gary Blau, Chief of the Child, Adolescent, and Family Branch of the Center for Mental Health Services; part of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA); and by Silvia Fisher, the Director of Evaluation for the Branch. OBRE is the local evaluation team for ACTION for Kids and utilizes newsletters, data briefs, and other various reports to disseminate the data it gathers. To see some of OBREís products, visit OBRE's ACTION for Kids page.
Photo: from left, Christy Brinkley, co-director of OBRE; Gary Blau, SAMHSA; Martha Lewis, MidSouth Health Systems; and Sylvia Fisher, SAMHSA. Photo credit: Parris Studios.


Faculty present workshop in Summer Scholars program
A group of ASU faculty recently presented a
Technology Education through eXploration of Teaching Science (TEXTS) workshop to 15 middle school students and 4 teachers on July 6-7. Dr. Mary Jackson Pitts and Dr. Lily Zeng, Radio-TV, Dr. Rebecca Matthews, Nursing, and Dr. Mark McJunkin, Teacher Education, instructed participants from  Marked Tree, Cedar Ridge,  Brookland, Highland, Swifton, Jonesboro, Nettleton, Valley View, Marmaduke, Batesville, and Westside school districts as part of the Summer Scholars course at the Jonesboro Health, Wellness, and Environmental Science (HWES) Magnet School. Funded by an ASU faculty research grant, this workshop allowed ASU researchers to iron out details of teaching technology to 10-to-12-year-olds using science concepts in a summer workshop setting. For details and workshop photographs, see the NewsPage release.

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