Oct. 9, 2006


Second City comedy act, 7:30 p.m., Monday & Tuesday, Fowler Center

* State Banking Conference, 9 a.m., Tuesday, Convocation Center


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Assessment in action classroom technology
Assessment Services and ITS is inviting all faculty to a "lunch and learn" session on clicker technology being used in the Biological Sciences Department.  Dr. Alan Christian will demonstrate his incorporation of several technologies that aid in both formative and summative evaluation of the learning occurring in his courses.  This demonstration will be Thursday, Oct. 19, at 12 noon in Lab Sciences West 441.  A follow-up opportunity for observing students using the technology in class will be offered on Monday, Oct. 23, at 11:30 a.m. or Tuesday, Oct. 24, at 11:30 a.m.  Both classes meet in LSW 441.   A free lunch will be provided to the first 20 faculty to sign up for the demonstration.  Please respond to Assessment Services at 972-3931 or by e-mail to scash@astate.edu by Friday, Oct. 20.

Faculty involves schools with balloon satellite project
The Arkansas Balloon Satellite Program, which involves ASU, UALR, and three secondary schools, will make its first high altitude balloon launch Saturday at 8 a.m..  The primary launch site is the ASU-Newport campus, but is subject to change Friday after participants assess the jet stream and other atmospheric data.  Dr. Martin Huss, Botany, and Dr. Tillman Kennon, Science Education, along with two ASU secondary science education students at ASU, Jackie McVey and Carolyn Redman, are working with Cross County High School, Little Rock Catholic High School, Pottsville High School, Annie Camp Junior High, and UALR.  This flight will be used to test tracking equipment and collect data and photos from as high as 90,000 feet. The project is funded by the Arkansas Space Grant Consortium.

Legislative Day events recognize four representatives
ASU held its annual Legislative Day activities Saturday, honoring four state representatives whose have "served their districts and their state with distinction," according to President Les Wyatt. Those honored at a picnic at the President's Home and at halftime of the football game were Rep. Benny Petrus of Stuttgart, Rep. Dustin McDaniel and Rep. Ray Kidd of Jonesboro, and Rep. Robert Thompson of Paragould.

Banking seminar on disaster preparedness
Bankers from throughout the state are expected to attend the "Catastrophic Disaster Conference" Tuesday at the Convocation Center, sponsored by the Arkansas Bankers Association, Arkansas State Bank Department, and the McAdams-Frierson Chair of Bank Management at ASU.  Speakers from Louisiana and Mississippi will share their experiences following the hurricanes, and the director of the Arkansas Dept. of Emergency Management will speak on earthquake preparedness. For more details contact Dr. David Kern, Finance, ext. 8466.

Jazz bands to perform Thursday evening
The jazz bands in the Department of Music will perform in concert Thursday evening in Riceland Hall.  E. Ron Horton, Music, directs the ensembles.  Details and a list of student personnel are available in the NewsPage release.

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