Sept. 1, 2005


* Recruiting season officially kicks off for 2006-07 academic year

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* Labor Day, Monday, campus closed

* Yearbook portraits
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Assistance to students displaced by Katrina
ASU is among several higher education institutions assisting college students affected by Hurricane Katrina. "Several of our partner institutions in other states are deeply affected by this disaster," stated Dr. Les Wyatt, president. "We deeply regret the circumstances that they are facing at this time. Our hearts go out to them and to their families, who find themselves displaced and facing enormous burdens."
  As part of a cooperative effort to assist students at these other schools, ASU will allow any affected student from another state to enroll through Tuesday, Sept. 6 (end of the normal registration period), with the out-of-state tuition waived. For Arkansas students who had been attending one of the affected schools, ASU is one of several state institutions that will give a full semester's scholarship for tuition and fees. For details, see the News Page.

Leave the light on' for future generations
ASU Torchbearers, through daily service to ASU and charitable contributions to support academics, will “leave the light on” for the next generation of students and the hundreds of students who follow. Membership brochures will be mailed to all current and retired faculty and staff.  Membership gifts are being delivered to continuous members and those who have made contributions since July 1. There are two levels of membership. Centennial members who give $100 or more over the course of the academic year will receive a sports duffel bag. Or, Basic members who give $50-$99 over the course of the academic year will receive a drawstring backpack. Torchbearer membership is achieved with a gift of cash, check, or payroll deduction. If you would like to sign up today, call Elaine Poynter at 972-2718 or access the pledge card.

Volunteers needed to assist with local shelters
The local American Red Cross chapter has asked for assistance with those individuals who have come to Jonesboro for shelter from Hurricane Katrina. Three shelters will be opened in Jonesboro: First Baptist Church, Temple Baptist Church and First Presbyterian Church. The shelters are expected to be open for at least three weeks with more than 500 people needing assistance. Monetary donations are urgently needed; please make checks out to the "Northeast Arkansas Chapter of the American Red Cross." In addition, Arla Nixon is coordinating volunteers to staff the shelters. Faculty, staff and students who could assist would be greatly appreciated. Individuals are needed to prepare food, clean-up, watch, care or play with children, play cards and socialize with adults, provide security, coordinate workers or provide overnight watch. To volunteer, call Arla Nixon at 932-3212.

Yearbook portraits scheduled for next week
Child Art Studio, the official yearbook portrait photographer, will be making photos Tuesday through Thursday, Sept. 6-8, from 9 until 4 in the Student Union.  All faculty and administrative staff, especially those who have not had a picture made within the past couple of years, should stop by.  In addition to the yearbook, the University Communications Office uses these portraits for news releases, the web, and other publicity.  It's quick, it's painless.  Be there!

Instructional innovation is goal
Dr. Don Maness, associate dean, College of Education, has accepted a temporary appointment as special Dr. Don Manessassistant to the vice chancellor for Research and Academic Affairs for instructional innovation, announced Dr. Susan Allen, vice chancellor.  Beginning Sept. 12, Maness will help provide leadership with determining what the faculty needs to improve instruction, including models for effective student learning.  This initiative is part of ASU's response to the Higher Learning Commission's report.  Maness will continue to work on the NCATE accreditation process in the College of Education.  The special appointment will conclude in December 2006.

Fowler Center 2005-06 season tickets: on sale today
Individual tickets go on sale today for the Fowler Center 2005-06 season featuring eight concerts, beginning in October with Mark O’Connor’s Hot Swing. Other events include The Brazilian Guitar Quartet, Christmas from Dublin featuring the Three Irish Tenors, the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, the King’s Singers, Aglika Genova and Liuben Dimitrov presenting a piano duo concert, the Sonos Handbell Ensemble, and Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, finishing the season on April 21. Click here for the schedule.
  Packaged tickets to four or more events, have been on sale for some time, but today is the first day of individual ticket sales. Prices are $30 and $20 for adults; $23 and $15 for ASU faculty and staff, senior adults, and K-12 students; with a special ASU student rate of $10 and $6. Tickets can be purchased by calling 972-2781 or 1-888-278-3267, or online at

Doctoral graduate receives "Outstanding Paper"
Dr. Nancy Rieves of Marion, a recent doctoral graduate from the College of Education, has received the “Outstanding Paper” award for 2005 by the Southeastern Association for Community College Research. Rieves’ paper was a product of her dissertation, “An Analysis of Public Two-Year College Foundation Fund-Raising Activities.”  Dr. Daniel Cline was her adviser. For more details, see the News Page.

Paint the Town Red! is next week
Next week, businesses around Jonesboro are participating with the annual Paint the Town Red promotion leading up to the first home football game on Saturday, Sept. 10, against Tennessee-Martin. The Jonesboro Regional Chamber of Commerce has encouraged businesses in town to decorate their buildings in ASU's colors, Scarlet and Black, all next week. For more information about the Paint the Town Red, go to the Chamber.

ASU offices closed for Labor Day
Next Monday, Sept. 5, is Labor Day -- all campus offices are closed and classes will not be in session for the holiday. The campus will reopen on Tuesday, Sept. 6. Inside ASU will be distributed on Tuesday, Sept. 6.

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