ASU announces record fall
Arkansas State University celebrates its Centennial year, Chancellor
Robert L. Potts today announced a record enrollment for the fall
2009 semester. The preliminary total enrollment to be reported to
the Arkansas Department of Higher Education from the 11th
class day is 12,185, up 695 students, representing a 6% increase
over 2008’s final fall enrollment of 11,490. Not included in this
count are an additional 218 students in the English as a Second
Language (ESL) program, which prepares these students to participate
in regular academic courses in the future. Thus, with these students
included, ASU has 12,403 students registered this fall.
undergraduate headcount was 10,049, up 285 students from fall 2008’s
9,764 for a 2.9% increase. The total number for new freshmen stands
at 1,736, or 166 students fewer than last fall’s 1,902.
International student enrollment also broke records; international
student enrollment for 2009 is 418, an increase of 96 students
compared to 322 international students in fall 2008, for an increase
of 29.8%. For details, see the
Traveling exhibition opens today in ASU's
Hall of Science
A traveling exhibit that explains the inner
workings of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational–Wave
Observatory (LIGO) will be on display and open to the public in
the Hall of Science in the Laboratory Sciences Center, East Wing.
The exhibit will open Sept. 9 at 5 p.m. with a ceremony, and the
public is invited to attend. The exhibit will remain on view from
Wednesday, Sept. 9-Thursday, Sept. 24. After the opening ceremony, Dr. Mario Cavaglia
will present a talk, "Listening to the Universe
with Gravitational Waves" at 5:30 p.m. in Lab Sciences East 219. For
details, contact Dr. John
Pratte, Physics, ext. 3086.
Lecture-Concert Series opens with Martha A. Sandweiss
professor Martha A. Sandweiss of Princeton University is the
featured speaker in the first event of ASU's 2009-10 Lecture-Concert Series. Sandweiss will present
“Passing Strange: A Gilded Age Tale of Love and Deception Across the
Color Line,” a lecture adapted from her book of the same title, on
Monday, Sept. 14, at 7 p.m. in ASU’s Fowler Center Drama Theatre. Sandweiss’s presentation is this year’s
Corinne Sternheimer Greenfield Lecture, funded by Drs. Rosalee and
Raymond Weiss of Teaneck, New Jersey, in memory of her mother, Corinne
Sternheimer Greenfield, through an endowment supporting an annual
lecture in the ASU College of Humanities and Social Sciences.
This event, like all events in the Lecture-Concert Series, is free and
open to the public. Martha A. Sandweiss began her career as a curator of photographs, later
became the director of a college art museum, and now, as professor of
American studies and history at Princeton, teaches a broad array of
classes in American studies, visual culture, public history, and the
history of the American West. Her latest book, “Passing Strange: A
Gilded Age Tale of Love and Deception Across the Color Line,” is the
story of a brilliant man who lived a double life, one as celebrated
white explorer, geologist, and writer Clarence King, and the other as
black Pullman porter and steel worker James Todd. It was a secret he
only revealed on his deathbed. Sandweiss explores the story and complexities of this man and his
family. Her book has been optioned for development as a film by HBO.
For details, contact
Dr. Gil Fowler, associate
dean for the Honors College, at ext. 2308, or see the
NewsPage release. The
Lecture-Concert Series presents diverse programs to enrich the cultural
life of the campus, community, and region.
Arkansas Heritage SITES program awarded three grants
The Federal Highway Administration has announced three National Scenic
Byways grants totaling $560,600 for the Arkansas Heritage SITES
program at ASU.
Heritage SITES (System Initiatives for Technical and Educational
support) is directed by Dr. Ruth Hawkins.
The largest grant, for $510,600, will be used to develop and
implement a coordinated interpretive and marketing plan for heritage
tourism in the Arkansas Delta Byways region, which includes two
National Scenic Byways, Crowley’s Ridge Parkway and the Arkansas
Great River Road.
The funds also
will provide for continuation of regional field services and
technical assistance initiated through the Rural Heritage
Development Initiative, a three-year pilot program utilizing
heritage tourism and preservation-based economic development
The two additional grants, for $25,000 each, will fund administrative
support for the Arkansas Heritage SITES office at Arkansas State
University to continue development of the two National Scenic Byways in
the region. For details, see the
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