Feb. 23, 2004

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* Strategic Planning Forum, 3-5 p.m. Wednesday,
Library, 8th Floor

* Dr. Adena Loston
to speak
Wednesday, 7 p.m.,
Convocation Center

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First female African American faculty member to speak
Dr. Adena Williams Loston will speak on campus Wednesday, Feb. 25, from 7 – 8 p.m. at the Convocation Center in association with African American History Month. A former member of the ASU faculty, she taught at ASU for two years during the mid-1970s and is believed to be the first female African-American faculty member at ASU. She has served as the associate administrator for education at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) headquarters in Washington, D.C. since October 2002. Her appearance is sponsored by ASU and the Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program. Loston began her career with NASA in September 2002 as the senior education adviser responsible for guiding NASA’s efforts to organize and enhance the agency’s education programs.

Ph.D. student receives grant to study in islands

Ken Levenstein, an environmental science Ph.D. student, has received a grant to assist in funding his research of the Galapagos hawk. The Galapagos hawk is a unique and vulnerable species that is listed on the “Vulnerable to Extinction” Red List of Threatened Animals. The hawk is endemic to the Galapagos Islands, located some 600 miles off the coast of Equador. The grant-in-aid of research was awarded by Sigma Xi, an internationally known scientific research society. Levenstein has a Ph.D. teaching assistantship in environmental science under the direction Dr. Jim Bednarz, professor of wildlife ecology. For the last three years, Levenstein has traveled each summer to the Galapagos Islands to study the native hawk. Camping in a tent for three months on the totally uninhabited island, he studies the breeding pattern of the Galapagos hawk.

Faculty achievements and accolades
Dr. Aldemaro Romero, Biological Sciences, has authored four chapters in a 900-page encyclopedia.
Bill Rowe, Art, will lecture at Memphis and exhibit his work in three states.  Dr. Charles Coleman, Technology, has arranged for a gift of new software.  Dr. Jack Zibluk, Journalism, will present a photojournalism research paper this weekend.   Dr. Roger Lee, Student Life and Assessment, was recently recognized with a national award. Read more about these faculty and staff achievements in Campus News.

Multicultural Week fundraiser
his Saturday, beginning at 5:30 p.m., a fundraiser will be held at The Edge CoffeeHouse, 1900 Aggie Road, to assist the International Student Association (ISA) and the Student Activity Board (SAB) with the upcoming Multicultural Week 2004, which will be held March 31 through April 9. The fund-raiser at The Edge will include a sample of Persian and French dishes. Reservations may be made by calling The Edge CoffeeHouse at 932-3114. Walk-ins are welcome.

Strategic Planning Forum on Wednesday
The Strategic Planning Council will sponsor a faculty/staff forum on Wednesday, Feb. 25, from 3 - 5 p.m. in the 8th floor Board Room of the Dean B. Ellis Library to hear views on mission, core values, vision, and/or strategic directions for ASU. Please come to the forum and share your thoughts, or email Len Frey lfrey@astate.edu or David Cox dwcox@astate.edu if you cannot attend the forum. 

'Health in our Hands' promotes Wellness
Each month, the College of Nursing and Health Professions' Wellness Program distributes Health in our Hands, a newsletter full of valuable wellness information. In addition to the newsletter, the ASU Wellness Program has a valuable web site for those interested in taking charge of their health, wellness, and disease prevention. There is a 25-minute survey to see how healthy you are; to find out go here. There is a food guide/pyramid, links to fitness, sports medicine, weight control, exercise, personal health and more. There is even nutritional information for both adults and children. Dr. Coop's Interactive Guide is easily linked to customize calorie levels, fat intake and food selections.

Health Center and First Care to provide service
As a convenience to ASU employees, employees and their dependents may
elect to see Dr. Stephen Golden, Dr. T. Joseph Kosinski and any other physicians who may rotate through the First Care facility located on campus. Employees will be charged $20 to cover all in-office services performed at this facility - just as is paid for a primary care physician visit. To use this facility, employees will not have to change primary care physicians. This offer is available regardless of the healthcare option elected by employees. If Dr. Golden or Dr. Kosinski write a prescription, it may be filled at the ASU pharmacy on site or at any pharmacy. (The ASU pharmacy is open limited hours and carries a limited number of drugs.) The rates charged at the pharmacy will be the same as any other in-network pharmacy: $5, $25 and $35. This option is available to employees only at this time (dependents may not have prescriptions filled). If you have any questions about the First Care facility or the ASU pharmacy, please contact your HR Rep at 3454.  

Deadline nears for faculty research proposals
In case you missed the e-mail, the deadline for faculty research proposals is this Friday, Feb. 27.  Applicants should deliver the original and nine copies to the Office of Research and Technology Transfer, Library Room 101.

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