Sept. 29, 2003

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Rock Classic is Saturday in Little Rock
The ASU Alumni Association plans to go “Travelin’ with the Tribe” to Little Rock this Saturday, as the tribe takes on the Indians of the University of Louisiana-Monroe at 6 p.m. in War Memorial Stadium. All ASU faculty and staff are invited as the ASU Alumni Association will sponsor a tailgate from 4 to 5:30 p.m., within walking distance of the stadium. Game tickets may be purchased by calling 1-888-ASU-FANS (1-888-278-3267). Or, they can be purchased at the Convocation Center Box Office during normal business hours until 5 p.m., this Friday. (Skybox tickets are $50, chairback tickets are $17.50, bench seats between the 30-yard lines are $16, and bench seats from the 30-yard line to the end zone are $14.)
     The alumni tailgate will include live music from the Little Rock band, "The Easy's," and a visit from some of the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders. The cost of the tailgate is $5 per person, and the Central Arkansas Alumni Chapter will be selling beverages to benefit their scholarship fund. For more details, contact the ASU Alumni Association at 870-972-2586, or via email at For a complete list of alumni activities, visit

Mississippi Delta Regional Issues Fall Conference
ASU will co-host the Mississippi Delta Regional Issues Fall Conference this Friday at the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. The conference will focus on innovative solutions, such as job creation initiatives and successful models for extending greater health care to the underserved.  Other issues to be addressed include economic development, education, agriculture. Panelists (including four from ASU) from throughout the region will represent universities, nonprofit organizations, private business and grassroots community organizations. The Honorable Rodney Slater initiated the conference along with President James Cofer of the University of Louisiana-Monroe, President Les Wyatt of ASU, and the City of Little Rock.

Open meeting to discuss ASU & Cuban universities
President Les Wyatt will hold an open forum meeting at 9 a.m. Tuesday to discuss ASU’s institutional relationships with Cuban universities. The meeting will be held in the Board Room on the 8th floor of the Dean B. Ellis Library.

Lecture~Concert Series begins next Monday
Three of the eight programs in ASU's 2003-04 Lecture~Concert Series will occur over the next two weeks.  On Monday, Oct. 6, classical guitarist Dr. Lily Afshar will perform in the Fine Arts Center Recital Hall. On Thursday, Oct. 9, Boston University Medical School professor Thomas Perls, M.D., will speak on “Centenarians: A New Paradigm of Aging,” in the lecture hall of the Convocation Center. On Tuesday, Oct. 14, the Daedalus Quartet will perform in the Fine Arts Center Recital Hall. All events begin at 7:30 p.m., and admission is free. For more details about the guests and those helping sponsor the events, see the online Lecture~Concert Series brochure.

Bell Carillon dedication date announced
Save the date! On Saturday, Nov. 8, make plans to attend the Dean B. Ellis Library bell carillon dedication. The event will be held at 11 a.m. on the lawn of the library.  Details will be announced.

Alumni Association announces STAGES
Because the children of ASU alumni deserve special attention and recognition, the ASU Alumni Association has developed a new program entitled STAGES -- exclusively for the children and grandchildren of members. STAGES, for children from birth to age 15, celebrates each stage in the child’s life as part of the ASU family. There is not an additional cost to be part of STAGES. However, the parents or grandparents must maintain active membership in the ASU Alumni Association and register the child. Special ASU gifts at each stage (first, fifth, tenth and 15th birthday), will be mailed directly to the child. For more information about STAGES or to receive a brochure with registration form, contact the ASU Alumni Association at 972-2586 or via email at

New equipment purchased with ABI funds
Over the summer, ASU acquired several new analytical instruments that were purchased with Arkansas Biosciences Institute funds. With a price tag of around $400,000, the equipment currently resides in LSW, 148, next door to the current Electron Microscope Facility (EMF). The TESCAN Vega TS 5136 XM Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM), is equipped with an Oxford Instruments INCA x-sight X-ray Microanalysis Detector. In addition, a Veeco/Digital Instruments Multimode Scanning Probe Microscope was purchased. Both instruments are equipped to handle high resolution imaging of biological samples. The equipment will support ABI research projects as well as research activities across several colleges on campus, according to Dr. Stan Trauth, director of the EMF. The SEM is equipped for remote access via the Internet.

Chapter Award to Chemical Society
The Student Affiliate of the American Chemical Society was awarded a Commendable Chapter Award for the 2002-03 academic year from the national office of the American Chemical Society. This year, 29 outstanding, 52 commendable and 77 honorable mention awards were given out among the more than 900 ACS chapters. The faculty advisor is Dr. Mark Draganjac, chemistry, and the president was Jeremy Lamb of Manila. This is the chapter's eighth straight national award and 11th overall.

High School Leadership Conference at ASU
In conjunction with ASU’s new focus toward leadership programs, the Division of Student Affairs will host The Mid-South High School Leadership Conference Tuesday, Oct. 14. SWING into Leadership 2003 is open to high school students from Arkansas, Missouri and Tennessee who want to develop effective leadership skills. Various topics will be explored including: group dynamics, publicity ideas, how to plan a program, homecoming ideas, community service projects, parliamentary procedure, how to run an effective meeting, easy web page design, appreciating diversity, elections and school spirit. Last year, more than 150 students participated in the event. Faculty and staff may encourage qualified students to get more information by contacting Pete Green Jr., director of leadership programs, at 972-3133 or visit Registration deadline is Oct. 3, and the cost is $5, which includes lunch and a t-shirt.

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