Inside ASU, News for Faculty & Staff, Arkansas State University
98th Year

Dec. 7, 2007

Calendar highlights:

Board of Trustees meeting today, 10 a.m., ASU-Heber Springs

Mascot Selection Committee meeting, Monday, Dec. 10, 10:30 a.m., Chickasaw Room, Student Union

Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers, Monday, Dec. 10,
7:30 p.m.,
Riceland Hall,
Fowler Center


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Administration Building offers annual holiday open house
On Tuesday, Dec. 11, join ASU faculty and staff from 2:30-4:30 p.m. in the Administration Building lobby for a time of sincere friendship, great food, and superb entertainment. Music will be provided by a student jazz quartet under the direction of E. Ron Horton, director of jazz studies. Visitors are invited to stop by the Administration Building lobby any time to take in the "winter wonderland" display. For details, contact Nanya French at ext. 3030.

Winter Commencement is Dec. 14, Convocation Center
ASU will hold Winter Commencement on Friday, Dec. 14, at 7 p.m. The evening ceremony will take place in the Convocation Center and will include all colleges. ASU chancellor Dr. Robert L. Potts will present the diplomas. A reception for all graduates, their guests, and faculty and staff will be held on the north mezzanine, between the blue entrance and the green entrance, following the ceremony. All faculty, staff, graduates, and their guests are invited to attend.

Dr. Romero presents two papers in South Africa
Dr. Aldemaro Romero, chair, Biology, presented two papers at the 17th Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals in Cape Town, South Africa. Romero's paper, co-authored with Dr. Steven Green, University of Miami, "Shifts in Yankee whaling practices in the Caribbean, 1762-1921," is a statistical analysis explaining the behavioral patterns of U.S. whalers from the eighteenth century until 1927. Romero's paper, co-authored with former student Joel Cresswell, "Deplete locally, impact globally: Environmental history of shore-whaling in Barbados, West Indies," deals with the history of marine mammal exploitation in Barbados.

Dr. Moeeni presents RFID workshop at DSI conference
Dr. Farhad Moeeni, Computer and Information Technology, organized and presented a day-long workshop, "Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) in the Supply Chain," at the annual meeting of the Decision Sciences Institute. Twelve experts and researchers from academia and industries shared their knowledge with the audience. The workshop, sponsored through a grant from Arkansas Sciences and Technology Authority (ASTA), included hands-on experiments with various technologies. Dr. Kevin Berisso, Ohio University, was the co-organizer and co-sponsor of this event. The event followed two earlier workshops presented in Boston in 2004 and in San Francisco in 2005.

New spring honors course announced
Janis Kearney, visiting lecturer at ASU and former diarist to President Bill Clinton, will be teaching a spring honors course. The course, "News, Storytelling, and Arkansas Culture," will be held from 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. The course may be counted as a communications elective or a general elective. For details, call Dr. Gil Fowler, The Honors College, at ext. 2038.

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