Feb. 16, 2004

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Convocation of Scholars "nomination forms" due
Convocation of Scholars is a little more than a month away. Although events are planned during the entire month of April, most of the honors and awards ceremonies are scheduled for April 12 - 16. There are four categories of student awards: Distinguished Service Awards and the Wilson Award; President's Scholar Awards; the 4.0 Scholar Graduates; and Department Awards. Each year, a committee selects an elite group of students for the Distinguished Service Award, with one of those selected to receive the Wilson Award -- as the most outstanding graduating senior at ASU.
     To fill out and submit a nomination form for one of your students to be recognized for Distinguished Service, go to Convocation of Scholars. The deadline is 5 p.m. this Friday. The nomination forms for President's Scholar (to the one student from each college with the highest GPA) are due March 1. The Department Awards are given to most outstanding graduate in each degree program that a department offers. Department Award nomination forms are due Thursday, April 1. For more information, please contact Dawn Tucker at dtucker@astate.edu or 972-3362. 

Strategic Planning Forums open to all
You've heard a great deal about the Strategic Planning process at ASU; you have another chance to offer your ideas.  On Wednesday, Feb. 25, a forum open to all faculty and staff will be held from 3 until 5 in the Board Room, eighth floor, in the library.  You should have received a campus e-mail last week with a report from Dr. David Cox, chair of the Strategic Planning Council.  The note included links to the latest task force reports, which also can be accessed through the Strategic Planning web site.  Students have been invited to a similar forum to be conducted tomorrow (Feb. 17), from 5 until 7 p.m. in the Testing Center, fourth floor, Chickasaw Building.  The SGA and The Herald are co-sponsors.  If you know students who want to get involved, remind them about this opportunity.

African American History Month continues
African American History Month continues with many activities: tomorrow is "Do You Remember?" an intimate portrait of Civil Rights, presented by Ms. Gertrude Jackson at 6:30 p.m. in Museum 157; Wednesday is the African American History Month Celebration, sponsored by the ASU Chapter of the NAACP; Thursday is ASU Pride Day; and
Friday is African American History Month Celebration, sponsored by the ASU United Voices Gospel Choir. 

Heritage Studies Lecture
On Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m., Dr. Calvin Smith will speak at Fowler Center on "From Reconstruction to Brown: The Legacy of Black Public School Administrators."  This event is sponsored by the Heritage Studies Ph.D. Program, which has more details in its "News of Note" section on the web site.  Smith is Presidential Distinguished Professor of Heritage Studies.  A dessert reception will follow.

ASU Pride Day is Thursday
The SAB, SGA and UAB are sponsoring ASU Pride Day this Thursday with activities planned all day. Everyone is reminded to wear red and black. The Pride Day Reception will be held from 2-3 p.m. in the Fowler Center where presentations will be made for Chief Big Track, the Princess Award, the Brave Award, student organization awards and the Lt. Col. Barney Smith Award. At 7:05 p.m. ASU will host Middle Tennessee at the Convocation Center. Awards will be re-presented at the halftime festivities.

Wallflowers exhibit in Bradbury Gallery: March 4
“Wallflowers” will open Thursday, March 4, in the Bradbury Gallery of the Fowler Center. In all, 16 artists are featured in the exhibit who share their own individual perspectives and interpretations of the flower. Their work in the exhibition will include drawings, paintings, photographs and ceramics. The exhibit, which continues through April 18, is sponsored by The Posey Peddler with additional support from the Jonesboro Garden Club, Full Sun, and Flower Shop Network Inc. in Paragould. 
  The Jonesboro Garden Club will hold their annual show the last week of the exhibit, creating flower arrangements inspired by the works in the gallery.

ASU Choir to present New York Preview Concert
Every Monday evening, the ASU Singers, the Community Choir and two area high school choirs are rehearsing for their upcoming performance at Carnegie Hall in New York City. And, on Monday, March 8, at 7:30 p.m. in Riceland Hall of the Fowler Center, Dr. Dale Miller will conduct a preview concert of the upcoming performance at Carnegie Hall by the ASU Singers, Harrisburg High School Select Choir, Kennett High School Varsity Singers, and the Jonesboro area Community Choir. The combined choirs will perform in New York on Sunday, March 21. The ASU Concert Orchestra with Dr. Neale Bartee, conductor, will provide accompaniment for the Preview Concert on March 8. Admission is free.

Baseball opener is Wednesday
The Indian baseball team will play its home opener for the 2004 season Wednesday afternoon starting at 3.  The team will host Tennessee-Martin at Tomlinson Stadium, Kell Field.

Major Hill welcomed back to campus
Major Andrew D. Hill, who just a year ago was working as an HVAC controls engineer in Facilities Management, enjoyed lunch with his ASU associates on Jan. 27.  The luncheon was especially meaningful since it was during a brief trip home, a short respite from his previous 37 weeks of Army service in the Middle East.  Hill headed back to Iraq on Feb. 6.  Major Hill's visit to campus was reported in the FM Voice newsletter, provided online by Facilities Management as a PDF document.  David Handwork wrote in the article, "All of us take for granted our safety and liberties because of the unique sacrifices of our military personnel like our very own Major Andrew Deen Hill."  Hill hopes to return home by mid-April.

Parking construction to begin soon
The FM Voice also reported that construction of the new Kays Field parking lot will begin around the first of March, with completion planned for the fall semester.  This lot will provide about 385 new spaces, which will help offset spaces lost due to construction of the ABI building.  The new lot will comply with ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) requirements.  Also, the layout will allow for preservation of mature sycamore trees and will include several interior island spaces for trees.  Academic activities formerly conducted there have been moved to the new track facility west of Caraway Road, and the ASU rugby team now uses a new field on the east side of Caraway.  Recreational walkers will be asked to use the track facility on Olympic Dr.  Kays Stadium served as home to the football Indians for more than 50 years until the current stadium opened in 1974.

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