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100th Year

Nov. 30, 2009

Calendar highlights:

Lecture-Concert Series presents pianist Robert Henry, Monday, Nov. 30, 7:30 p.m., Riceland Hall, Fowler Center

World AIDS Day Conference, Tuesday, Dec. 1, 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Student Union Auditorium

ASU Choirs present Madrigal Feaste, Thursday-Saturday,
Dec. 3-5, 6:30 p.m., Grand Hall, Fowler Center

Fowler Center: Blind Boys of Alabama, Tuesday, Dec. 8,
7:30 p.m.

Last Day of Classes, Monday, Dec. 7

Study Day, Tuesday, Dec. 8


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Strategic planning session set for Oct. 14-16, 2010
The strategic planning session for ASU-Jonesboro has been scheduled for Thursday-Saturday morning, Oct. 14-16, 2010, in the Student Union.  Although a spring semester session had been anticipated during previous discussions with members of the Faculty Senate and Staff Senate, all suitable meeting spaces were already reserved for other purposes.  More details about strategic planning will be announced as they become available, but interested individuals are encouraged to put these dates on their calendars.

Student Union holiday celebration is Dec. 2

This yearís Student Union holiday celebration will be Wednesday, Dec. 2, at 3 p.m. in the Center Court of ASU's Student Union. The celebration will feature entertainment, and there will be an official "flipping the switch" ceremony to light the tree. The Student Activities Board (SAB) will be holding a book drive for children in Northeast Arkansas with the theme, "Whatís Green and Read All Over?" Bring new or slightly used childrenís books to drop-off stations located at the Student Union Information Booth, next to Sodexho's Cafe a la Carte in the lobby of the Dean B. Ellis Library, or bring your book or books to the celebration. For details, contact Sharnea Diggs, SAB President.

Bradbury Gallery hosts Fall 2009 Senior Exhibition Dec. 3
The Bradbury Gallery will host the Fall 2009 Senior Exhibition Thursday, Dec. 3, at 5 p.m. Held at the end of each fall and spring semester, the exhibition features graduating students from the Arkansas State University Department of Art. This semester, the exhibiting artists will be Jason Abbott, Nicole Davis, Allie Lewis, and Candace Van Assche. The exhibition runs through Saturday, Dec. 19, and is free and open to the public. Bradbury Gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, and 2-5 p.m. on Sunday. The exhibition is free and open to the public. For additional information, contact Les Christensen, director, the Bradbury Gallery, at ext.2567, or see the NewsPage release.

Free Spanish movie night set for Dec. 1

"The Motorcycle Diaries," a memoir about then 23-year-old Ernesto Guevara, who would become internationally known as revolutionary Che Guevara years later, is the movie for Spanish Movie Night, Dec. 1, at 6 p.m. in Wilson Hall 317. Admission is open to everyone and is free of charge. The movie is sponsored by World Languages and Cultures. The film recounts a 1952 journey, initially by motorcycle, across South America by Guevara and his friend Alberto Granado. The road presents the pair a genuine picture of Latin American identity explores the identity of one of the most famous revolutionaries. For details, call ext. 3887.

Dr. Williams serves on S-STEM program review panel
Dr. Lonnie R. Williams, associate vice chancellor for Student Affairs, recently served on a panel to review proposals submitted to the National Science Foundationís Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM) program for funding. The S-STEM program provides institutions with funds for student scholarships to encourage and enable academically talented, but financially needy students, to enter the workforce following completion of an associate, baccalaureate, or graduate degree in the fields of science, technology, engineering, or mathematics. The program reflects the national need to increase the number and quality of graduates in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). As a panel member, Williamsí primary responsibility was to write individual reviews for the proposals submitted, prepare summaries, discuss with other panel members and rate each proposal assigned to his panel based on the intellectual merit and broader impact of the proposal. The meeting was held Nov. 4-7 in Arlington, Va.  More than 400 proposals were submitted for review by 36 panels with estimated funding for 100 projects

Dr. Sikkel is invited presenter, participant at Sea & Learn
Dr. Paul Sikkel, Aquatic Biology, was recently an invited presenter and participant at Sea & Learn, an annual month-long event held on the tiny Caribbean island of Saba, 28 miles from St. Maarten. Saba's Sea & Learn is a non-profit foundation that brings together the local community, nature experts, and visitors to understand the value of nature, both worldwide and locally on Saba. Dr. Sikkel presented "Parasites--The Dynamic Freeloaders on Our Reefs." Dr. Sikkel's current research focuses primarily on the interaction between Caribbean reef fishes, parasites (including research on parasites of invasive lionfish in the Bahamas), the cleaning organisms that remove parasites, and how these interactions are influenced by changes in the reef environment. Sea & Learn on Saba is made possible through a grass-roots cooperative effort. 

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