Sept. 13, 2004

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* Board of Trustees meeting:
Friday @ 9 a.m.
8th floor board room, Dean B. Ellis Library

Pep Rally:
Friday @ 5:30 p.m.
, courtyard of new Student Union

Institute Grand
10 a.m.,

Family Day &
Day activities,

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Fowler Center Season to begin with Preservation Hall Band
The Preservation Hall Jazz Band from the heart of the New Orleans’ French Quarter will perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 21, in Riceland Hall as the first event of the 2004-05 season for the Fowler Center. They will include every type of song from “Bourbon Street Parade” to “Just a Closer Walk with Thee” and the band’s signature piece “When the Saints Go Marching In.” Individual tickets to the Preservation Hall Jazz Band performance are $25 and $20 for adults, $18 and $14 for staff and senior citizens; and $9 and $6 for ASU students. (Specially priced packages are available for season tickets and "Build Your Own Season" to any four events. Call 972-2781 for more ticket information.)
  Other Fowler Center performances this year are: the Salzburg Chamber Soloists on Oct. 7; “Celebrating the Blues,” on Nov. 9; “A Hometown Christmas,” with Jack Daniel’s Silver Cornet Band on Dec. 9; the Memphis Symphony Orchestra on Jan. 29, 2005; Ethos Percussion Group on Feb. 8; Rockapella on March 22, 2005; and Arkansas Symphony Orchestra on April 26, 2005. For more, see the NewsPage.

Big Weekend: Family Day, Biosciences, first home game!
This Friday and Saturday is the start of a weekend full of activities for ASU students and their families, faculty and staff, and alumni and friends of the university. The ASU Board of Trustees will meet on Friday at 9 a.m. and at 5:30 p.m. a Pep Rally will begin on the courtyard of the new Student Union. Saturday morning begins with the dedication of the flag plaza and the Grand Opening of the Arkansas State University Biosciences Institute. There are department open houses planned as well as the ribbon cutting for the Wilson Advising Center in the afternoon. The President's Reception kicks off Family Day festivities for students and their family members at 2 p.m., followed by the tailgate Party in the Pines. Faculty/Staff Appreciation Day will be held under the big tent before the 6 p.m. football game against the Tigers of the University of Memphis in Indian Stadium. For more details, see the schedule, or click on Family Day or Biosciences Institute.

Preliminary enrollment numbers
As of the 11th day of classes, the preliminary and unofficial headcount for all instructional sites associated with the Jonesboro campus stood at 10,519, which is 54 less than the final count a year ago.  A breakdown shows 9,071 on the Jonesboro campus, 784 in ASU programs at the five degree centers, and 978 enrolled through Regional Programs.  Highlights include the Paragould site, where enrollment is up by 93, and in Graduate School, which is up by 79.  Full-time equivalent enrollment is 8,419, compared to 8,459 a year ago.

McNair Open House on Wednesday
All faculty and staff are invited to attend the McNair Open House this Wednesday, Sept. 15, in the Dean B. Ellis Library, Room 100, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Ronald E. McNair post-baccalaureate program was awarded to ASU in 2003 and its purpose is to increase the number of low income, first generation and underrepresented minority college students who pursue and complete a doctoral degree. The program is named after one of America’s first African American astronauts. Information and applications to become a McNair scholar or mentor will be available at the open house. For more on the McNair Program, go here.

Torchbearers and FAQ link
So, there's probably more information you would like to have before deciding to be a Torchbearer!  Just for you, here a link to the Torchbearer FAQ (frequently asked questions). about that group. If you recall, there was a photo of the Torchbearers t-shirt in the last edition of Inside ASU, along with a link to the online pledge form

Arkansas Author to host Front Porch Reading Room
Arkansas author Jennifer Paddock will be on campus in the Front Porch Reading Room of the Dean B. Ellis Library from 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 21, to read from and discuss her debut novel, A Secret Word. Everyone is invited to attend the reading from her novel which is centered in and around Fort Smith.

Library Celebration coming up soon
In addition to hosting the novelist, the Dean B. Ellis Library staff is busy getting ready for another special event...on Monday, Sept. 27, the library will celebrate the 90th anniversary of its status as a Federal Depository Library.  Special guests will include the federal Superintendent of Documents and U.S. Rep. Marion Berry.  The program will begin at 10 a.m. on the library's third floor.  Arkansas has only 14 Federal Depository Libraries, but ASU's is the only one in the First Congressional District.  See more details on the library web site.

Athletics receives significant gift for sports medicine
The Athletic Department received a $250,000 gift last week from Dr. Tim and Terri Langford of Little Rock. The gift will create the Tim and Terri Langford Sports Medicine Center and will further enhance ASU’s sports medicine services. Dr. Langford, a urologist in Little Rock, was quarterback for the Indians from 1980 –1983 and Terri also attended ASU. The Langfords’ donation equals the single largest contribution to ASU Athletics, which was made this spring by Boe and Myrna Adams. For more details, see donation.

Yearbook photos this week
Yearbook photos are being made this week in the Student Union.  Faculty and staff who have not had a photo made within the past couple of years are encouraged to have a new one made.  A studio is set up on the main floor of the student union between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., today through Thursday.

Faculty Resource Guide: still time to respond
Approximately 120 faculty members have responded to our e-mailed survey, seeking updated information for the next edition of the ASU "Faculty Resource Guide," which is made available to news media and civic club representatives.  All full-time faculty should have received an e-mail, requesting their input.  Anyone who missed the e-mail can still complete an online response form for the University Communications Office.

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