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Sept. 12, 2008

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ASUJ chancellor announces record enrollment for fall
Chancellor Robert L. Potts today announced a record enrollment at Arkansas State University-Jonesboro. The headcount on the 11th class day was 11,551, a 6.3% increase over last year. The previous record enrollment was 11,171 in 1992. The total unduplicated headcount of 11, 551 was an increase of 682 compared to last fall’s total unduplicated headcount of 10,869. Total first-time freshmen student count is at 1,891 this year, up 158 from last fall’s count of 1,733. The previous record enrollment of 1,867 for a freshman class was set in 1983. Total full-time equivalent (FTE) enrollment is 9,109, up 414, or 4.8%, from last fall’s 8,694. FTE is used by the Arkansas Department of Higher Education to apply the state funding formula for public institutions of higher education.

Growth reached records in other categories too; master’s degree level graduate student numbers were at 1,420, up 304 from last fall’s 1,116. Total graduate student numbers were at 1,761, up 277 from last year’s 1,484. Another significant trend noted is the popularity of Web-based or Web-assisted instruction. The enrollment in these courses increased from 1,984 in fall 2007 to 2,709 this year, an addition of 725 students. For details, see the NewsPage release.

ASU's Legislative Day will honor six
Six legislators will be honored Saturday when ASU conducts its annual Legislative Day activities on the Jonesboro campus. Those to be honored are Senator Paul Gray Miller of Melbourne, state representative Tommy Baker of Osceola, state representative Joan Cash of Jonesboro, state representative Monty Davenport of Yellville, state representative Larry “Buddy” Lovell of Marked Tree, and state representative Gregg Reep of Warren. In addition, Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe, Attorney General Dustin McDaniel, and several other legislators plan to attend. The six will be recognized at a luncheon at Fowler Center and again at halftime of the ASU football game against Southern Mississippi. For details, see the NewsPage release.

Board of Trustees meets today at ASU-Mountain Home
The Board of Trustees of Arkansas State University will meet today on the campus of ASU-Mountain Home for its regular quarterly meeting. The meeting will be held in Dryer Hall in the McMullin Lecture Hall located on the second floor. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. Those on the Jonesboro campus who are interested in listening to the meeting may do so by speaker phone in the Chancellor’s Office conference room in the Administration Building.

2008 Hall of Heroes inductees announced
The Arkansas State University Department of Military Science and Leadership and the ASU ROTC program announce the induction of three outstanding individuals into the Hall of Heroes for 2008. The Hall of Heroes honors ROTC alumni who have distinguished themselves through valor and service. Two of the three recipients, Col. Ray Clardy of Bullhead City, Arizona, and the late Lt. Col. Bobby Martin, will be inducted at halftime of the football game Saturday, Sept. 13. This year's third recipient, Maj. Gen. Elder Granger of Fort Belvoir, Virginia, will be honored at halftime of the Homecoming football game on Sept. 20, when he will also be named a Distinguished Alumnus of the university. By annually naming recipients to the Hall of Heroes, ASU pays tribute to ROTC alumni who have distinguished themselves through heroism, service, and outstanding representation of the university. The Hall of Heroes, with full biographies and photos of the inductees, is located at the east entrance to the ASU Armory. All funding is provided by private donation. Visit the ASU ROTC Hall of Heroes for a complete listing of all inductees. For more information, contact the ASU Department of Military Science and Leadership at (870) 972-2064. For details and photos of this year's inductees, see the NewsPage release.

Colleges set homecoming events
The Arkansas State University Alumni Association announces a number of events for ASU's Homecoming 2008, Sept. 19-20, that are being planned by various academic colleges on campus.
At 9 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 20, the annual College of Business alumni breakfast at the Jonesboro Holiday Inn will honor Business Executives of the Year Bill Fisher, CEO of Paragould Light, Water and Cable, and 1974 ASU alumnus Don Harmon, CEO of the Home Décor Holding Company. At 10 a.m., the College of Communications annual alumni seminar for 2008 will feature guest speaker Roy Ockert, class of 1967, editor of The Jonesboro Sun and current president of the Arkansas Press Association. The College of Nursing and Health Professions open house and Distinguished Alumni awards will be held Saturday in the CoNHP building beginning at 2:30 p.m. At 3:30 p.m., the College of Agriculture tailgate party will be held in Tailgate City, west of the football stadium. For details, see the NewsPage release.

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