March 8, 2004

This week:

* Carnegie Hall Performance Preview Concert,  Monday, March 8, 7:30 p.m., Riceland Hall, Fowler Center

Heritage Studies 
Ph.D. Program Lecture:
Dr. Gilbert Fite 
Thursday at
4 p.m. in the ASU

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Disability Awareness Week: today through Friday
The office of Disability Services has selected this year's theme for ASU's Disability Awareness Week as B.I.O.N.I.C. - "Believe it or not, I can." Among the activities planned is a museum exhibit in the ASU Museum lobby during the month of March. And, tomorrow there will be a disability awareness display contest in the first floor lobby of the Dean B. Ellis Library from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. First, second and third place winners will be selected. On Wednesday, from 1-2 p.m., a student forum will be held to provide a venue for students with disabilities to discuss with others the challenges college life presents. The purpose of the forum is to promote interaction between students with disabilities and their peers. For more information, see BIONIC

Faculty achievements
Dr. Christy Jackson Carroll, Education, recently made a presentation at two national conferences and Dr. Louella Moore, Accounting, has recently made four presentations and Dr. Jerry Farris, Biological Sciences, just returned from a presentation in Honolulu. And, 12 faculty and administrators from the College of Education recently attended and presented papers at the European Teacher Education Network Conference (ETEN) in Portugal. See details in Campus News.

Preview Concert for Carnegie Hall is tonight
At 7:30 p.m. tonight in Riceland Hall of the Fowler Center, Dr. Dale Miller will conduct a preview concert for the upcoming performance at Carnegie Hall in New York City by the ASU Singers, Harrisburg High School Select Choir (Elaine Nix, director), Kennett High School Varsity Singers (Krisie Holmes, director), and the Jonesboro area Community Choir. The combined choirs will perform in New York City at Carnegie Hall on Sunday, March 21. The ASU Concert Orchestra with Dr. Neale Bartee, conductor, will provide accompaniment for the Preview Concert tonight. For more details, see Choir.

Spring Job Fair is Wednesday at the Convo
The annual Spring Job Fair will be held on Wednesday with opportunities for students and graduates from all colleges to schedule interviews with recruiters. This includes the All Majors Fair, the Nursing and Health Professions Fair and the Education Job Fair. The Spring Job Fair will be held from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., in the Convocation Center. It is free. For more details, please call Career Services at 3025 or visit:

Boe and Myrna Adams provide major gift
The Department of Athletics moved closer to achieving its goal of a new Performance Enhancement Complex with a gift of $250,000 from longtime supporters Boe and Myrna Adams of Leachville, as announced Thursday morning. The gift, the largest single donation to the athletics program at ASU, will be used to improve ASU’s strength and conditioning center, which will be named the Boe and Myrna Adams Strength and Conditioning Center.  Dr. Dean Lee, director of athletics, said, “Not only will this wonderful gift provide our current student athletes with a state-of-the-art place to work out, enhancements to this area will allow ASU to attract top-flight recruits and remain competitive."  Other future improvements planned include a Sports Medicine Center and the Student-Athlete Academic Success Center.  The building is the existing structure south of the new football complex which served as the football office complex from 1980 until the new building opened in 2002.  Read more details on the Athletics web site.

Student Union "Grand Opening" update
On March 24, at 11 a.m., a ribbon cutting will be held for the new Student Union followed by various student-related activities. Tours will be given to the public by the Union Activities Board (UAB) and the Student Union staff at every hour, on the hour (following the ribbon cutting). Also, a reception will follow the ribbon cutting. At noon, the Giant Steps Jazz Band will perform while open houses are being conducted in Tribal Leadership Center, Student Government Association (SGA), Student Activities Board (SAB), Student Life, and the International Student Scholar Services. The public is invited to attend the ribbon cutting, reception and jazz band performance as well as the open houses. For more, see Student Union.

Competition among our future students
The ASU campus was quite busy Saturday due to several competitive events organized and directed by ASU personnel.  The 66th annual Journalism and Broadcasting Day, the Northeast Arkansas Regional Science Fair, and the Model United Nations competition all attracted significant news coverage.  In addition, student applicants were judged in the first University Honors Scholarship competition, and
other students were here for the ACTM Regional Mathematics Contest.  All of us should say "congratulations" and "thank you" to the faculty and staff members who gave up part of their weekend to make these events successful, because all have potential to enhance recruitment.

Dr. Gilbert Fite to speak on campus Thursday
Dr. Gilbert Fite, retired professor of history from the University of Georgia, will be the featured speaker on Thursday with the Heritage Studies Ph.D. program. The public lecture will be held at 4 p.m. in room 157 of the ASU Museum. The presentation is entitled: “A View Over a Half Century,” and involves Dr. Fite’s study of farmers, agriculture and agriculture history. Dr. Fite earned his Ph.D. in American History at the University of Missouri. He has been honored with two prestigious Fulbright Awards, as well as the Ford Fellowship and the Guggenheim Fellowship. Dr. Fite’s publications include: “Cotton Fields No More: Southern Agriculture 1865-1980,” published by the University Press of Kentucky.

Board of Trustees to meet at ASU-Beebe
The Arkansas State University Board of Trustees will meet at 10 a.m. Friday at ASU-Beebe.

Film series precedes Delta Blues Symposium
Prior to "Delta Blues Symposium X: The 1950s," a film series will be presented in the ASU Museum, Room 157, March 22-24, at 7 p.m. each evening.  "A Face in the Crowd," "Mystery Train," and "
Lalee’s Kin: The Legacy of Cotton" are the scheduled films.  For more details about the film series and other Symposium events, Thursday through Saturday, March 25-27, visit the web site at  All Symposium events are free and open to the public.

Spring enrollment numbers are up
Spring semester headcount enrollment at all instructional sites associated with ASU-Jonesboro was 9,918 on the official "census" date, an increase of 133 students over spring of 2003.  The full-time equivalent (FTE) enrollment was 7,893, up by 20 from the year before.  In the total, there were 781 new students.

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