Oct. 25, 2004

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Fulbright grant awarded to radio-television professor
Dr. Osabuohien Amienyi, professor Dr. Osabuohien Amienyiof radio-television in the College of Communications, has been notified that he has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant for the 2005 year.  He will be going to Blantyre, Malawi, where he will be lecturing at Malawi Polytechnic and conducting research in journalism education and the functions of journalism and the mass media in Africa.  Dr. Amienyi, who earned his doctorate in mass communication at Bowling Green State University in Ohio, joined the ASU faculty in 1988.  His academic specialties include international broadcasting and development communication.  Selection for the Fulbright award, named for the late Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, is based on academic or professional achievement. Congratulations to Professor Amienyi on this significant honor for him and for ASU.

Faculty and staff achievements listed
Dr. Gregory Hansen, English, Dr. Elizabeth Stokes, Deborah Persell, Dr. Charlotte Young, Laura Owens and Krista Susan Sifford, all of Nursing, and Dr. Alyson Gill, art, have recent accomplishments and achievements listed in Campus News. For all the latest, go to Campus News.

Enrollment Task Force begins its mission
At the University Planning Committee meeting Wednesday, Dr. Les Wyatt announced formation of  the President's Task Force on Enrollment.  The group's mission will be to look for the opportunities and barriers in ASU's recruitment and admission process, analyze relevant data, and recommend modifications that should strengthen ASU's enrollment numbers in the years ahead.  The group will be co-chaired by two vice chancellors -- Dr. Susan Davis Allen, Research and Academic Affairs, and Dr. Rick Stripling, Student Affairs. In addition to ASU faculty and administrative staff, some community representatives were asked to serve on the task force and help provide an outsider's perspective.  A consultant will be appointed, following a review of proposals, to assist and guide the group.  To review the list of task force members, click on Enrollment Task Force.

Disability Services to present Technology Fair
The Office of Disability Services invites all faculty, staff and students to attend the 2004 Technology Fair from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 27, on the first floor of the Dean B. Ellis Library. The ASU Technology Fair will showcase various technology, software, equipment and assistive devices. During the fair, a silent auction will be held and prizes will be given away. To see the prizes, go to the Technology Fair.

Faculty Recital this Thursday
The Department of Music will present a Faculty Recital at 7:30 p.m. on Monday (tonight), in Fowler Center, Riceland Hall. The concert will feature Joe Bonner, Dr. Lauren Schack Clark, Dr. Dale Clark and Dr. Ed Owen. The performance will include:  "Trio Sonata for Flute, Bassoon, and Piano" by Antonio Vivaldi, "Sicilienne et Allegro Giocoso" by Gabriel Grovlez," Impromptus for Solo Tuba, Op. 32"  by Robert Muczynski, "Call of the River" by John Harmon, "Three for One" by Scott Wyatt, "Konzert für Tuba und Klavier" by Alexei Lebedev, and "Vocalise, Op. 34, No. 14" by Sergei Rachmaninov.

United Way helps 14 organizations; time to give
United Way campaign materials were recently sent to all departments through campus mail. If you turn in your pledge card on or before this Thursday, your name will be placed in a drawing at the Employee Benefits Fair for a free parking space. The United Way helps 14 agencies. Please fill out your pledge card and return it via campus mail to M.A. Wheeler in University Relations or turn it in at the Benefits Fair. For more, see United Way or Benefits Fair or email mwheeler@astate.edu for more information. To view this year's video, see United Way Video. (Your media player must be capable of playing an MPG file.)

College Fair set for Thursday for prospective students
ASU will host a Craighead County College Planning Program this Thursday on the South Mezzanine (red entrance) of the Convocation Center. Encourage prospective students you know to attend. Beginning at 5:30 p.m., staff from the Department of Higher Education and the ASU Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships will present a session on funding for college education. From 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., representatives from many of Arkansas' two- and four-year institutions will be available to answer questions. The events are free and open to the public.

Smithsonian museum director to speak Thursday
Dr. Cristian Samper, director of the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, will be on campus Thursday as a Distinguished Speaker for the Department of Biological Science.  Everyone is welcome to attend his presentation, "Dinosaurs to DNA: The value of natural history collections for society," starting at 4 p.m. in Lab Sciences Room 219.  While on the  Harvard faculty, Samper received the Derek Bok prize for excellence in teaching.

Travelers to Kuwait willing to share their stories
The ASU Middle East Studies Committee recently funded a 10-day trip to Kuwait for four communication students and faculty advisor Dr. Gil Fowler.  The students visited government-owned radio and television stations in Kuwait City, the independent English- and Arabic-language newspapers, and several other points of interest for their research projects.  The team is producing a video program, print articles and a PowerPoint presentation.  Anyone interested in scheduling the group to share their experience should contact Dr. Gil Fowler or Rebecca Gatz.

Higher Education Board meets at ASU
The Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board met on the ASU campus last week for its quarterly meeting.  There were two action items directly involving ASU . . . the Board approved ASU's proposals to offer (a) the master of science degree program in environmental sciences and (b) an associate of applied science in nursing degree program at Mid-South Community College in West Memphis.

Staff Senate Educational Stipend: deadline is Nov. 1
There is only one week left for ASU staff or dependents to apply for the Staff Senate Educational Stipend. Five stipends of $200 each will be awarded for the Spring 2005 semester and the deadline is Nov. 1. To qualify, you must have a 2.5 or above grade point average. Other qualifications can be found on the application, available here or by calling Elaine Poynter at 972-2718.

Music department groups in recital this Thursday
The Department of Music will present the Chamber Winds, Brass Choir, and Tuba & Euphonium Ensemble on Thursday, Oct. 28, at 7:30 p.m. in Fowler Center, Riceland Hall. The musical groups are under the direction of Dr. Ed Owen, assistant professor of music. Musical selections will include “Serenade No. 12 in C minor” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; “Music 4 Tubas” by John Stevens; “Canzona, La Spiritata” by Giovanni Gabrieli, arranged by Peter Rauch; “Quartet for Tubas” by Paul Holmes; “Magnificat” by C. T. Pachelbel, arranged by Arthur Frackenpohl; “Sweet Day” by Ralph Vaughan Williams, arranged by Tom O’Connor; and “The Brass Square” by Earl Zindars.

Counseling Center discourages drinking and driving
Driving Under the Influence Prevention week, sponsored by the Counseling Center, kicks off today and continues through Thursday. The series of activities are designed to discourage students from drinking and driving. Until 2 p.m. today, students may visit a booth in the Student Union where they can fill out "drive sober" pledges and simulate driving drunk with goggles and remote control cars. The booth will be back in the Student Union tomorrow, and in the library Thursday. On Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. an alcohol screening booth will be in Room 133 in the Education/Communications Building. Also on Wednesday, Mark Sterner will speak at 8 p.m. in the Fowler Center on "DUI: A Powerful Lesson." For more details, contact Chandra Miller in the Counseling Center at 972-2318.

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