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Nov. 16, 2007

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Assessment events, today, 1-3 p.m., Mockingbird Room, Student Union

Fall Break, Monday, Nov.19 -Friday, Nov. 23

Madrigal Feaste, Thursday, Nov. 29-Saturday, Dec. 1, 6:30 p.m., Grand Hall,
Fowler Center

Graduate Thesis Exhibitions, through Friday, Nov. 23,
Fine Arts Center Gallery


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List of mascot names narrows to 12 choices
On Wednesday, the Mascot Selection Screening Committee (composed of the chairpersons of the nine constituent subcommittees) met to review the master list of suggestions submitted by all constituent groups. Twelve names, from a total of 42 names proposed, have been chosen for further consideration. Those names are: A’s, Black Wolves, Diamonds, Express, Mallards, Mustangs, Red Dragons, Red Storm, Red Wolves, Ridge Raiders, Ridge Runners, and Thunderbirds. The full committee will select approximately five names from the 12, and submit those five to the selected sports marketing firm for research and development of related imagery based on the names. For details, see the NewsPage release.

Open Enrollment period for all benefits ends soon
Each year during November, ASU allows an open enrollment period for all benefits. During this time, employees may change existing policies, add or drop various benefits, and renew or add participation in the 125 Flexible Benefits plan. ASU's dental provider will be changing, with new rates effective Jan. 1, 2008, and health insurance program details, including co-pay amounts and premiums, will also change, effective Jan. 1, 2008. Click here for details, or contact HR representatives at ext. 3454 or by e-mailing Katrina Cooper, Judy McCay, Diana Corder, or Tami Watlington.

ASU faculty present research on student depression
Dr. John D. Hall and Dr. Nola Christenberry, Psychology and Counseling, and Dr. Phil Hestand, ASU Counseling Center, recently presented their research, "Depression and Anxiety Screening with College Students: A Comparison of Negative versus Positive Item Formats on Self-Rating Measures" at the annual convention of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (MSERA) in Hot Springs.

Dr. Burns presents at folklore meeting in Quebec
Dr. Richard Burns
, English and Folklore, recently presented a paper, "Views from the Inside: Texas Prison Folklore and the Texas Prison Museum," at the annual meeting of the American Folklore Society in Quebec. The paper examines the representation of official prison culture in the Texas Prison Museum in Huntsville, Texas, including observations collected by the prisoners themselves while enrolled in Cultural Anthropology courses taught by Dr. Burns.

Seven faculty members present at annual conference
Seven faculty members from the College of Education's department of Teacher Education attended the Arkansas Early Childhood Association's annual conference in Hot Springs, where they made presentations. Presenters were Ms. Nancy Bacot, Early Childhood Education, Dr. Beverly Gilbert, Elementary Education, and Dr. Lina Owens, Reading Education, Dr. Tonya Fillippino, Middle Level Education, Dr. Patricia Murphy, Literacy, Dr. Diana Williams, Elementary Education, and Dr. Joanna Grymes, Early Childhood Education. For details, see the NewsPage release.

Faculty Center for Learning and Teaching offers sessions
The Faculty Center for Learning and Teaching is offering duplicate sessions on Culturally Responsive Teaching on Tuesday, Nov. 27, at 2 p.m., and Wednesday, Nov. 28, at 10 a.m. Both informal sessions will take place in the Faculty Center, 3rd floor, Dean B. Ellis Library. The sessions will encourage faculty to consider frameworks and practical tips for becoming more responsive in classroom situations reflecting cultural differences. Registration, including an indication of which session is being attended, is encouraged, since refreshments will be provided. To register, e-mail the Faculty Center. For details, contact Dr. Ruth Owens at 680-8213. 

Assessment faculty event scheduled for this afternoon
ASU, as a participating member of the Higher Learning Commission's Assessment Academy, is required to develop a series of student learning projects over the next four years. ASU will follow a plan similiar to that used by Oklahoma State University, Stillwater. Dr. Pam Bowers, director of assessment at OSU, and two OSU staff members will be visiting ASU today. A general faculty session has been scheduled from 1-3 p.m. in the Mockingbird Room of the Student Union. For more information, visit ASU Assessment Services, or contact Barbara Doyle at ext. 3237.

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