Sept. 22, 2006

* Dukes of Dixieland, Saturday, Fowler Center

* Board of Trustees meeting, Tuesday, 10 a.m., Board Room, Library

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Faculty members receive $1 million NSF grant
Dr. Karen Yanowitz, Psychology and Counseling, Dr. Ann Ross, Teacher Education, Dr. Staria Vanderpool and Dr. Tanja McKay, Biological Sciences, have been awarded a National Science Foundation grant entitled CSI: Arkansas. The goals of this three-year project, funded for $1million, are to improve science education in the region and increase the number of students engaged in post-secondary education. Summer workshops for teachers and students will be presented using forensic sciences as an integrating theme, using a team-based problem solving approach. Teachers will receive mentoring during the year, and will engage in a variety of follow-up activities. The Northeast Arkansas Regional Partnership for Science/Math Education, directed by Jannie Trautwein and Cynthia Miller, will be integrally involved throughout the project. Parents and school counselors will also be invited to participate in sessions, to help give them tools to encourage students to continue in post-secondary education, and specifically in science and technology career preparation. Congratulations to all those involved!

Southern Tenant Farmers Museum dedication, Oct. 6
One of the South's most historically significant developments in the farm labor movement can be  traced to the Southern Tenant Farmers Union at Tyronza in nearby Poinsett County.  Through the Delta Heritage program, ASU has restored the union's first home and established a museum there to chronicle its history and impact.  The grand opening will be Friday, Oct. 6, followed by a public reception and tours on Saturday, Oct. 7.  Click on NewsPage for details about the celebration and the union movement.

Faculty music recital will be Thursday
Several Department of Music faculty members will present a recital at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28, in Riceland Hall of Fowler Center.  Click on Newspage for information on the performers and the program.

CSI consultant to speak in Lecture-Concert Series
The next presentation in the ASU Lecture-Concert Series will be a lecture by Gary Telgenhoff, a forensic pathologist who works as a consultant to the popular television series, "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation."  Telgenhoff will speak Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Student Union Auditorium.  The College of Humanities and Social Sciences is co-sponsor.  Admission is free.  Click on NewsPage for details.
ASU Theatre to open 2006-07 season
The ASU Theatre will open the 2006-07 season on Friday, Sept, 29, with The God of Hell, a dark comedy about subversive government plutonium testing written by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Sam Shepard. The show approaches the difficult theme with colorful humor and quirky characters that are guaranteed to keep audiences laughing. The God of Hell will be performed at Fowler Center Sept. 29-30 & Oct. 3-4 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for reserved seating may be purchased in advance at the Central Box Office in the Convocation Center or by calling 972-ASU1. Tickets are also available online. Reserved seat tickets (if available) may be purchased at the door on the evening of the performance. Prices are $10, or $8 in advance.

Faculty-Staff Choir rehearsals
Sandy Seay, Music, has announced that the Faculty-Staff Choir will begin its fall rehearsals Monday, Sept. 25, at 12 noon in the Fine Arts Center, Room 119.  She is not looking for opera divas, she just invites folks who enjoy singing!  The choir meets each Monday at noon for a one-hour (or less) rehearsal on popular and seasonal music. Call Sandy for details at 972-2094.

Retired faculty group to meet
One of the benefits of retiring from the faculty at ASU is membership in the ASU Retired Faculty Association, a "loosely" knit group of people who enjoy meeting and eating together at least once each year.  Customarily, that event takes place on the last Thursday evening in September.  This year the group will enjoy an evening meal at the Pavilion on Sept. 28, courtesy of the Office of University Advancement.
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