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

Dec. 10, 2007

Calendar highlights:

Mascot Selection Steering Committee meeting, today,
10:30 a.m., Chickasaw Room, Student Union

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

Administration Building Holiday Open House, Tuesday, Dec. 11,
2:30-4:30 p.m., lobby


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Board of Trustees approves new engineering programs
During its meeting at the new ASU-Heber Springs campus Friday, the ASU Board of Trustees approved four new degree programs in the College of Engineering: a master of engineering management, and bachelor of science degrees in civil, electrical and mechanical engineering. Those program concentration have been offered for years, but elevation to degree level will better equip graduates to meet employers' needs. The board also approved resolutions approving recommended changes in the Faculty Handbook and transferring administrative oversight of the ASU Technical Center at Marked Tree from ASU-Jonesboro to ASU-Newport. Another step toward construction of the railroad overpass was taken with the transfer of land for right of way. The board also took action on several items pertaining to the other ASU campuses, then participated in the dedication ceremony for the new ASU-Heber Springs facilities.  Gov. Mike Beebe was the guest speaker.

Dr. Guha, Dr. Grippo, and Dr. McCord publish paper
Dr. Gauri Guha, Economics, Dr. Rich Grippo, Environmental Biology, and Dr. Sam McCord (recent PhD, Environmental Sciences program) recently published an article, "Effects of subsample size on seasonal and spatial comparisons of stream macroinvertebrate communities," in the journal Environmental Monitoring and Assessment. The journal discusses the consequences of natural resource management and pollution risks.

Dr. Marlay presents paper at conference
Dr. Ross Marlay, Political Science, recently presented a paper on "The Motives of Suicide Bombers to the Association of Third World Studies conference held in Lima, Peru. The Association of Third World Studies (ATWS) is the world's largest professional organization devoted to the study of the Third World. ATWS exists to provide an international structure for the humane and scientific study of Third World peoples, problems, and issues, with the ultimate goal of improving quality of life in the Third World.

Steele attends conference, is elected to committee
Curtis Steele, Art, was recently elected to serve on the Committee on Nominations of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) the accrediting agency for ASU's Department of Art. ASU is among NASAD's 276 institutional members. Steele will serve a two-year term, ending in October 2009, and was commended for his volunteer efforts to develop the quality of visual arts teaching and learning in the U.S.

College of Agriculture launches new program
ASU's College of Agriculture recently launched its new Metallurgical Technology program. Since agricultural tools and equipment are made from metal and alloys, this program will provide knowledge about metals and alloys, their heat treatment operations and quality assurance. Faculty for the program include Dr. Charles Coleman, Technology, and Dr. Zariff (Zac) Chaudhury, Metallurgical Technology.

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