Nov. 17, 2006

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* Fall semester break: no classes, Monday through Saturday

* Groundbreaking for Child Development Center, 2 p.m., Monday, south of Indian Village

* Thanksgiving Holiday, Thursday and Friday

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Dr. Gregory HansenDr. Hansen chairs forum, presents paper
Dr. Gregory Hansen
, English and Folklore, presented a paper and chaired a forum at the American Folklore Society meeting held recently in Milwaukee. The forum was titled "Folklore and Heritage in Historic Preservation, Public Policy, Ecology, and Academe." His paper was titled "Folklife, Education, and Heritage."

Graduates cited at Institute on Teaching & Mentoring
Dr. George Ogendi, Environmental Geology, and Dr. Mai Elobeid, post-doctoral researcher, University of Alabama, recently Dr. George Ogendireceived awards from the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) during the annual Institute on Teaching and Mentoring in Miami. Drs. Ogendi and Elobeid are former graduate students, advised by Dr. Robyn Hannigan. The awards were in recognition of their successful completion of their doctoral degrees in environmental sciences. Both Drs. Ogendi and Elobeid were the 2005-2006 recipients of the SREB Dissertation-Year Fellowship. One goal of the SREB is to increase the number of minority faculty in universities and colleges across the nation. Several other representatives from ASU attended. For more information on the activities of SREB and other programs that support minority graduate students, click on

Arkansas Women's Forum to meet at ASU
The next Arkansas Women’s Forum meeting will be today and Saturday in Northeast Arkansas. Two of the major activities involve ASU: The group will tour the Arkansas Biosciences Institute this afternoon, then visit the Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Educational Center at Piggott on Saturday. The AWF involves women in major leadership positions from throughout the state of Arkansas.

Sara McNeil joins University Communications staff
Sara McNeil
The University Communications today welcomes Sara E. McNeil to the staff as editor and a contributor to Inside ASU. She brings a wealth of experience in higher education, corporate communications, and the news media. Most recently she has been assisting Dr. Greg Phillips with editing “In Vitro Plant,” a scientific journal. Previously she was arts editor for The Jonesboro Sun and a copy editor for The Commercial Appeal in Memphis. She may be contacted at ext. 3633, or at

Fall semester break is next week
Reminder: Fall semester break will begin Monday, Nov. 20, and continue through Saturday, Nov. 25. No classes will be held that week, but university offices will be open Monday through Wednesday, Nov. 20-22. Thanksgiving holiday is Nov. 23-24.

Lunch & Learn: Heart Health is topic
Reminder: Jim Stearns of Cardiac Rehab at St. Bernards will speak about heart health Wednesday, Nov. 29, from 12 until 1 in the Student Union. Lunch will be provided to those who RSVP by 5 p.m. today (Nov. 17). To RSVP, contact Chris Enger at ext. 3974 or

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