Dec.  15, 2005

Friday, Dec. 16:

* Stadium Blvd. Send-Off for Sun Belt Conference Champions, 8 a.m.

*  Board of Trustees meeting, 10 a.m., library board room

*  Commencement, 7 p.m., Convocation Center

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Dr. Chris Edrington publishes two articles
Dr. Chris S. Edrington, electrical engineering, recently published two journal articles. The first article is titled Making the Case for Applications of Switched Reluctance Motor Technology in Automotive Products and is to be published in the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) "Transactions on Power Electronics." The second article, titled An Auto-Calibrating Inductance Model for Switched Reluctance Motor Drives, is to be published in the IEEE "Transactions on Industrial Electronics."

ABI to host technology conference Jan. 25
“Growing a Technology Business,” will be held at the ASU Arkansas Biosciences Institute on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2006. Highlights of the workshop include informative panel discussions on how to successfully launch a technology-based business. The workshop is designed for entrepreneurs, students, faculty, and other interested individuals who are motivated to put their technology ideas into the marketplace. Space is limited for the conference and registration is required. The cost, which includes lunch, is $40 for the general public and $20 for students. Sponsors are the ABI, the Arkansas Department of Economic Development, Butler, Snow, O’Mara, Stevens and Cannada, and the Arkansas Small Business Development Center.

Faculty & staff Appreciation Night in basketball

On Thursday, Dec. 29, as the women host Louisiana Tech and on Thursday, Jan. 5, as the men host Western Kentucky in basketball, all faculty and staff are invited to attend either game for appreciation night. Tickets are $4 for the women's game and $5 for the men's game. Everyone is asked to bring their ID to receive the discounted rate for each game.

New Orleans Bowl update
Athletics and the ASU Alumni Association have done an awesome job planning for the New Orleans Bowl, as the ASU Indians team up against Southern Mississippi in Lafayette, La., next Tuesday. Tomorrow morning at 8 a.m. the Jonesboro Regional Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a Stadium Blvd. Send-Off for the team as they leave Jonesboro. Everyone is invited to line Stadium Blvd. and cheer for the team as they head south. For more on this Send-Off and other athletics activities, go here. For those of you who are making last minute plans to go to the game, go here for a list of Alumni activities. Numerous watch parties are planned for Jonesboro, northeast Arkansas and central Arkansas. To see a list, go here for watch parties.
The game will be on ESPN (Channel 32 in the Jonesboro area) at 7 p.m., Dec. 20.

December Commencement, tomorrow evening
December Commencement will be held tomorrow evening at 7 p.m. in the Convocation Center. According to the Office of the Registrar, approximately 670 students will be receiving diplomas from ASU Friday evening.

Last issue for 2005
This is the last issue of Inside ASU for 2005. We greatly appreciate all the information and feedback sent to us. As always, we welcome your suggestions. Should you have any, please send ideas and comments to or to or access an online form to provide feedback anonymously.

Offices & departments to close for holiday break
The offices and departments of Arkansas State University will close beginning this Saturday, Dec. 17, through Jan. 1, 2006. Offices and departments will open on Monday, Jan. 2, 2006. Classes for the Spring 2006 semester will begin on Monday, Jan. 9, 2005.

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