Nov. 3, 2005

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Poetic Perception in Our Brave New World,
Friday @ 2 p.m.,
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Greenfield Lecture, Tuesday
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Call for proposals from Middle East Studies 
The Middle East Studies Committee is seeking proposals that identify specific areas of academic interest and a detailed plan by which the applicant will conduct the study or research in the Middle East. The Middle East Studies Committee was established to encourage an awareness and understanding of issues and peoples of the Middle East, thanks to a donation from the Saudi government. Each year, part of the income from this endowment supports ASU student, staff and faculty study and research in the Middle East. The awards are open to all fields of study. For more details, see Middle East Studies.

Conserve energy: thermostats down, please
Natural gas prices have increased by 100 percent from last winter due to the effects of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Since every building on the ASU campus is heated by gas, facilities management has enacted a boiler management program to conserve gas consumption across the campus. Students, faculty and staff are asked to conserve energy by setting thermostats to lower temperatures during unoccupied times -- 65 degrees at night and to 60 degrees on weekends and holidays. During occupied hours, please set the thermostat between 70 to 72 degrees.
  Additional heat sources should not be necessary if these temperatures are maintained. However, in isolated cases where individuals may experience uncomfortably cool temperatures because of imbalanced air flow or extraordinary sensitivity to temperature, there are outlines and approval requirements for space heaters. For more details, go here.

Fowler appointed interim admissions director
Tammy Fowler has been named interim director of admissions, effective immediately, according to Dr. Rick Stripling, vice chancellor for student affairs. An employee since 1994, Fowler has served ASU in several capacities with her most recent as executive assistant to the vice chancellor for student affairs. Fowler will be responsible for developing and implementing recruitment strategies for first-time freshmen and transfer students. In addition, she will be responsible for implementing undergraduate admissions policies.

Percussion ensemble to perform Nov. 14
The Department of Music will present the Percussion Ensemble, under the direction of Craig Collison, in concert Monday, Nov. 14, at 7:30 p.m. in Riceland Hall of Fowler Center. Musical selections for this concert will include an African marimba style selection, “Tribecca Sunflower;” a Ghanaian style selection, “Time Traveler” by Bill Cahn of the percussion group Nexus; “Apple Blossom” a meditative selection highlighting the various colors of the marimba; and “Nightwatch” a calypso style selection by Mark Ford. The concert is free and open to the public. For more, see the News Page.

2nd annual Greenfield Lecture Tuesday
Dr. Marcie Cohen Ferris, professor of American studies at the University of Dr. Marcie Cohen Ferris, a Blytheville nativeNorth Carolina, will deliver the second Corinne Sternheimer Greenfield Lecture at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 8. Her talk, Shalom Y’all: Exploring Jewish Life in the American South, will be held at the Museum, room 157. A reception and book-signing will follow. A native of Blytheville, Ferris earned her bachelor’s degree from Brown University, a master’s from the College of William and Mary, and a Ph.D. from George Washington University. Her book, Matzoh Ball Gumbo: Culinary Tales of the Jewish South, is being published this month. The lecture series is sponsored by Drs. Rosalee and Raymond Weiss of Teaneck, N.J., in honor of her mother, who was born in Jonesboro. The event is coordinated by the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. For more, see the News Page.

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