Nov. 15, 2006

Calendar highlights:

* ASU Theatre, "The Diviners,"
7:30 p.m., tonight,
Fowler Center

* Banner System Preview, 2 p.m., Thursday, Library Board Room

* Multicultural Thanksgiving dinner, 6-8 pm. Thursday, Armory, $5 admission

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New chancellor assumes duties today
The university community extends best wishes to Dr. Robert L. Potts, who today assumes his duties as chancellor of the ASU-Jonesboro campus. The ASU Board of Trustees selected Dr. Potts as ASU's first chancellor on Oct. 5. Dr. Les Wyatt, system president, has moved his office to the Judd Hill Center on U Street. Note that the telephone number for the President's Office is now 933-7900, while the Chancellor's Office will continue to use 972-3030.

Middle East Studies Committee to award grants
The ASU Middle East Studies Committee (MESC) has issued its annual call to students, faculty and staff for proposals for Middle East Study Grants.  The committee's budget, which is partially supported by endowment to ASU from the Saudi Arabian government, helps support study and research in the Middle East. Applicants must include a description of how the applicant will benefit and how faculty will share research findings. Download a copy of the call by clicking here.

Lunch & Learn: Heart Health is topic
Heart disease is the #1 killer of men and women in Arkansas. There are several things that you can do to be heart healthy. Jim Stearns, assistant director of Cardiac Rehab at St. Bernards, will be speaking about this topic Wednesday, Nov. 29, from 12 until 1 in the Mockingbird Room on the third floor of the Student Union. Lunch will be provided to those who RSVP by 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 17. To RSVP, contact Chris Enger at ext. 3974 or

Child development center groundbreaking is Monday
Groundbreaking for the child development center will be Monday at 2 p.m. at the construction site, just south of the family student housing complex, according to Jo Ann Nalley, director of ASU Childhood Services. As reported in Inside ASU last May, the Board of Trustees approved the construction, which will be supported with assistance of ABC (Arkansas Better Chance) grant funding. The center will accommodate 80 children in the ABC program, currently operated at a local church. Up to 40 additional slots will be available with priority given to children of ASU students, faculty, and staff.

Move to Reng Student Services Center is underway
The process of moving several university offices to the Reng Student Services Center got into full swing Monday and will continue over the next few weeks.  Admissions moved from Chickasaw to its new offices Monday.  Next, the ID Center, Cashiers Window, and Student Accounts are being moved from the Administration Building. The next group to move will include Counseling, Disability Services, and Career Services. The last group to move, currently scheduled after Christmas break, includes Registrar, Financial Aid and Residence Life.

Banner system preview, Thursday afternoon
A preview of the Banner HR system will be presented Thursday at 2 p.m. in the Board Room of the Library, eighth floor. Also, training sessions for system users will begin today. An e-mail Tuesday from Mark Hoeting, ITS, provided more information about Banner and also includes a link to a training calendar. The first phase will involve Human Resources and Payroll. Questions may be addressed to

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