Sept. 15, 2003

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Faculty achievements
Read about Dr. Karen Yanowitz’ research, Dr. Eric M. Cave’s publication, Dr. Jon Russ and his research grant, and other recent achievements and presentations by Dr. Robert Engelken, Dr. Tyra Turner Whittaker and Dr. Simon Whittaker, Dr. Brad Edgar, Dr. Jerry Farris, Dr. Patrick Stewart and Dr. Andrew Knight in Campus News.

Board of Trustees meeting
The ASU Board of Trustees meeting was held Saturday in the Dean B. Library. Among several resolutions was the approval of the cost of living salary increases for classified employees and meritorious salary increases for faculty and non-classified employees.
     All ASU campuses will implement a salary program including raises for employees, both classified and non-classified, who were in regular salaried positions as of June 30. The Sept. 30 payroll will include both the retroactive and the Sept. 30 pay increases.
     In other business, the board approved eliminating the drop fee charge to students, and waiving out-of-state tuition for those counties which border Arkansas. (Residents of several counties already qualify for in-state tuition under the 75-mile radius policy.)
     Dr. Wyatt also gave a report on the agreement reached between ASU and the Agrarian University of Havana, Cuba. The two universities have agreed to further discussion regarding the collaborative exchange of teaching and research.

Enrollment, up by 142 students at ASU-Jonesboro
The enrollment figure is announced as 10,577 students for this fall, under the enrollment guidelines established by the Department of Higher Education (DHE). (This an unduplicated headcount for all instructional sites associated with the Jonesboro campus.) An increase of 142 students over last year, the student headcount was 10,435 last year. 
     The enrollment figure is preliminary, and is a “snapshot” of enrollment taken on the 11th day of classes, known as the state-defined census date. See NewsPage for more.
     Other enrollment numbers are: ASU-Beebe, 3,632 (with 425 at Heber Springs, 318 at Searcy, and 382 at the Little Rock Air Force Base); ASU-Mountain Home, 1,348; ASU-Newport, 1,101; and ASU-Marked Tree, 334.  The preliminary enrollment number for the entire ASU system is 16,992 (not an unduplicated headcount). 

Strategic Planning update
For anyone who may have missed the e-mail late Friday, your invitation to participate in the strategic planning process at ASU has been issued.  Dr. David Cox, who is chairing the Strategic Planning Council, sent a memo outlining the strategic planning process and the task forces to be formed.  Everyone is invited to get involved by responding to  You can click here to access the memo on the ASU website.  A permanent web site for the strategic planning process will be set up soon.

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. to speak at ASU on Nov. 5
Noted environmental activist and speaker Robert F. Kennedy Jr., will speak on Wednesday, Nov. 5.  The lecture will be held at 8 p.m. in Riceland Hall at the Fowler Center. Kennedy, an attorney and university instructor, is a resolute defender of the environment through numerous successful legal actions.  He has prosecuted governments and companies for polluting the Hudson River and Long Island Sound. Details about ticket distribution will be announced.

ABI grant proposals
The Arkansas Biosciences Institute has determined the criteria for the 2004 grant proposals. The criteria is posted on the ABI website at under the “Request for Proposals” heading. The deadline to submit the completed proposal is Oct. 3. Awards will be announced Nov. 14. 

Faculty Women’s Club Fall Coffee
The Faculty Women’s Club Fall Coffee will be Saturday, Sept. 20, at 10 a.m. at the West Washington Guest House, 534 W. Washington. All members and newcomers are invited.

Low impact aerobics classes available
Cassie Schales, ASU West Area Coordinator, will offer free low-impact aerobics to all faculty, staff and students on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:15 – 6:15 p.m. in the dance studio of the HPESS building (third floor). For more information, contact Cassie at or 972-2042.

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