Sept. 27, 2006

* Music Faculty Recital, Thursday, Fowler Center

* ASU Theatre to open season Friday, Fowler Center

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Board of Trustees approves resolutions
The ASU Board of Trustees approved a long list of resolutions Tuesday, including approval of new role and scope statements for the various campuses, an out-of-state tuition waiver policy for students who meet certain academic qualifications, additions and changes in academic programs at three campuses, and naming spaces at three campuses, including the North Park Quads at ASU-Jonesboro.  The Board also was updated by President Wyatt on the progress of the chancellor search and selection process, although no action was taken.  Several academic and non-academic appointments were approved for the various campuses.

NextStep will improve preparation for college

President Wyatt also updated the Board of Trustees on two recent and related developments concerning high school students' preparation for college-level work. In his September First Friday report to the campus, Dr. Wyatt referred to "NextStep for Arkansas' Future," a program being developed by the state Department of Education, and the release of "Measuring Up 2006," a biennial report on higher education from The National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education.  While the report indicated progress in several areas, it noted Arkansas' minimal progress in student preparation for college-level work. Dr. Wyatt said details about NextStep for Arkansas' Future are now available for educators, parents, and others through the NextStep web site. ASU faculty members have worked hard to assist and encourage these students, Dr. Wyatt said in First Friday. Those involved in the educational process need to become familiar with Next Step, then contribute to the dialog that will result between the public education constituents and higher education.  He told the Board that the goal will be to address ways in which student preparation for college can be significantly improved.

Honor top ASU students through Who's Who
Who are your outstanding students who should be recognized for their achievements? Please make sure they are aware of the Who's Who Among Students In American Universities and Colleges program at ASU.  Applications are available at  Junior, senior and graduate students with certain grade point and course load requirements are eligible.  The application deadline is next Wednesday, Oct. 4.  Contact the Student Affairs Office at 972-2048 or 972-3355 for more information.

Torchbearers are playing for a 'full house'
The Torchbearer campaign kicks off this week, and all faculty and staff should receive a 7 of hearts playing card with a request to join Torchbearers, our faculty and staff giving club.  Will you ante up and play, or pass and miss the game? For several years, about half of the faculty and staff have become Torchbearers by making a gift to the ASU Foundation. This is a great hand, but we’re looking for a full house this year. As a Torchbearer, you may choose the designation (such as a particular scholarship, your department’s fund, Santa’s Tribe, Staff Senate educational stipends) and 100% of your gift will be placed in that fund. Donations are tax-deductible, and amounts of $50 or more will qualify the donor for Torchbearer membership.  Direct questions to Elaine Poynter,  ext. 2718 or

Art historians to combine technology with the past
Dr. Arne Flaten, Coastal Carolina University, will give a presentation entitled “Archaeology and Technology: Virtual Models and Reconstructions of Ancient Monuments” in which he will discuss Ashes2Art, a start-up program at Coastal Carolina University. The free lecture will be held at Jazzman’s Café Thursday at 7 p.m.  Ashes2Art combines cutting edge digital technologies, art history, graphic and web design, and digital photography to recreate monuments of the ancient past. Dr. Flaten will also discuss the ASU's collaboration with Coastal Carolina under the direction of Dr. Alyson Gill, Art History. Dr. Flaten’s visit is co-sponsored by the Art Department, the CLT, and Information Technology Services.
Museum chronicles Southern Tenant Farmers Union
The grand opening of the Southern Tenant Farmers Union Museum in Tyronza will be Friday, Oct. 6, followed by a public reception and tours on Saturday, Oct. 7. Click on NewsPage and follow the links to read details that have been posted since last week concerning the union's significance and its members' activities. Through the Delta Heritage program, ASU has restored the union's first home and established a museum to chronicle the union's history and impact on the farm labor movement.

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