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98th Year

Sept. 24, 2007


* Engineering Seminar,
Tuesday, Sept. 25,
3 p.m.

* Music Faculty Recital
, Tuesday,
Sept. 25, 7:30 p.m.

* Lakeport Plantation
Grand Opening events

* ASU Theatre presents
"Wait Until Dark,"
opening Friday,
Sept. 28, 7:30 p.m.


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College of Nursing and Health Professions gala
As part of the 25th anniversary celebration for the College of Nursing and Health Professions, a gala event will be held Friday, Oct 12, from 6 p.m.-11 p.m. in Centennial Hall. The evening activities will include a buffet dinner, silent auction, music by the Flowerland Street Band, and a program reflecting on the past 25 years. The reservation deadline is Oct 1. On Saturday, Oct. 13, the college will host a Homecoming Day open house. Distinguished alumni awards will be presented at 2:30 p.m. For details about the gala or open house, see the NewsPage release.

Grant funding for Economic Development Center
Senators Blanche Lincoln and Mark Pryor and Rep. Marion Berry announced Friday afternoon that the Economic Development Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce has approved a $1.5 million grant for the Delta Center for Economic Development. This facility is slated for construction immediately south of the College of Business building. See the NewsPage release about the announcement.

'Wait Until Dark' will open ASU Theatre for 2007-08
The ASU Theatre will open its 2007-08 season with the production of "Wait Until Dark" by Frederick Knott, Sept. 28-29, and Oct. 2-3. "Wait Until Dark" is a suspense thriller that plays upon everyone's worst fear of being alone in the dark with a maniacal killer. The production is under the stage direction of Bob Simpson, department chair. Jeff McLaughlin will direct the scenic and lighting design, and Kelly Schaefer will serve as costume designer. A "meet the company" dessert reception will follow the Sept. 28 opening night performance. See details about the cast and ticket information on the NewsPage.

Dr. Mello has article published in forecasting journal
Dr. John Mello
, Marketing, had an article titled "S&OP, Forecasting, and the Knowledge-Creating Company" published in Foresight: The International Journal of Applied Forecasting. He also attended the International Institute of Forecasting's annual Forecasting Summit in Boston and presented a paper, "Using Forecasting and S&OP to Achieve Competitive Advantage." In the article and in his paper, he presented ways in which companies can use their sales forecasting and sales and operations planning processes to create organizational knowledge and to transform that knowledge into business plans and strategies.

Business research journal features Dr. Chang's article
Dr. Erick P.C. Chang
, Management, published an article in Journal of Business Research, "Are family managers agents or stewards? An exploratory study in privately held family firms," with his colleagues Drs. Jim Chrisman and Franz Kellermanns from Mississippi State University and Dr. Jess Chua from the University of Calgary. Using a sample of 208 small firms across the US, the research suggest that family managers behave as agents rather than stewards and that family business owners use these mechanisms to improve the firmís performance. This paper was also presented at a Conference in Family Research in Canada, 2006 and won the faculty-student collaboration award by the MSU College of Business in Spring 2007.

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