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100th Year

Dec. 7, 2009

Calendar highlights:

SBTDC Facebook seminar, Tuesday., Dec. 8, 1-4 p.m.; 6-9 p.m., ASU Technical Center, 5504 Krueger Drive

Mass Flu Clinic, Thursday, Dec. 10, 9 a.m. 4 p.m. or until vaccine runs out


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Administration Building hosts holiday open house today
The campus community is invited to join the employees of the Administration Building for refreshments, music and fellowship on Monday,  December 7, from 2:30 p.m.-4 p.m. for its annual holiday open house in the Administration building lobby. All are invited.
Dr. Lonnie Williams named to Board of Arkansas Baptist
Dr. Lonnie Williams, associate vice chancellor for Student Affairs, has been elected Chairman of the Arkansas Baptist College (ABC) Board of Trustees. Prior to accepting his current post as associate vice chancellor, Williams served in several student affairs positions at the University of Arkansas. He is a leader in the area of student services and was responsible for developing and organizing the Black Alumni Society of the Arkansas Alumni Association of the University of Arkansas. A native of Stephens in south Arkansas, Dr. Williams holds degrees from the University of Arkansas in finance and banking, (B.S.B.A., 1977) higher education administration/student personnel services (M.Ed., 1983) and adult education (Ed.D., 2001).Dr. Williams also received the Silas Hunt Legacy Award from the University of Arkansas in April 2010. The award is named in honor of Hunt, who in 1948 became the first African American to attend the University of Arkansas School of Law. Dr. Williams was elected to the restricted Board of Trustees in 2005.

Dr. Bhattacharya publishes in peer-reviewed journal
Dr. Gauri Bhattacharya, Social Work, and co-author Dr. Tazuko Shibusawa published “Experience of aging among immigrants from India to the United States: Social Work practice in a global context,” in the peer-reviewed international Journal of Gerontological Social Work, in  July 2009, Vol. 52,  pp: 445-462. Dr. Bhattacharya and Dr. Shibusawa examined aging of immigrants as a critical component in the health dynamics of the nation’s aging population. Using the life-span development perspective, the authors analyzed the impact of globalization and transnational connections on the aging experiences of two sub groups within the Indian-American community. These two subgroups were Indians who came to the United States at age 65 or older (LLIs) and those who came at an earlier (ELIs) age. Although the two subgroups share the same ethnic/cultural identity and age group, their experiences of aging differed in terms of their education, work experience in the US, understanding of the US health care system, and available health care services. According to this study’s findings, community-based health promotion programs need to focus on within group diversity, pre- and post-immigration sociocultural environments, health and illness beliefs, and level and extent of social networking in global and transnational contexts in order to understand the different pathways that aging dynamics may take in these two groups. These findings have important implications for immigrant health policies.

Dr. Moeeni is keynote speaker at international conference
Dr. Farhad Moeeni, Computer and Information Technology, recently conveyed a keynote speech and also held a workshop at the 4th International Conference on Electronic Commerce with a Focus on Developing Countries. The title of the speech was “Automatic Identification: Potential Risks and Rewards for Developing Countries."  A part of the speech emphasized the importance of including input technologies such as RFID, bar coding, smart cards, etc. in the curricula. Traditionally, computer-related courses have overlooked the “input” components of computer systems. Thus, computer education might have been lacking a systemic approach. The title of Dr. Moeeni's workshop was “Real-Time Location Sensing: Some Technologies and Algorithms” and demonstrated the results of the on-going research at ASU that has been sponsored by a grant from Arkansas Science and Technology Authority (ASTA). The academic sponsors of this year’s conference, which was held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, were the University of Science Malaysia and the University of Isfahan.
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