March 15, 2004

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* Spring Break;
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Classes will resume on Monday, March 22

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ASU Board of Trustees meeting update
The ASU Board of Trustees met on Friday at ASU-Beebe. Several resolutions were passed and among those were: amending the current 59 1/2 age policy to allow employees upon reaching that age access to all TIAA-CREF and VALIC funds while remaining in full-time status positions; increasing residence hall rates by 7.5 % and offering a new meal plan structure; offering an alcohol and chemical education program for students for a fee of $30; implementing changes to the PRT policy; and authorizing the naming of the strength and conditioning center at ASU-Jonesboro to the Boe and Myrna Adams Strength and Conditioning Center. 

Final Lecture~Concert for the season: March 22
Arts critic Andrew Patner will speak on campus Monday, March 22, at 7:30 p.m. in the theatre of the Fowler Center. Dr. Patner has distinguished himself for the range of his arts interests, including art and architecture, classical music and opera, theatre and dance, books and film. He has written for the Chicago Sun-Times for more than 10 years and contributed to New Yorker, London’s Art Newspaper, Opera News and many online publications. The ASU Lecture~Concert Series presents diverse programs to enrich the cultural life of the campus, community and region. All programs are free and open to the public. For more, see Lecture~Concert

Arkansas Symphony Orchestra to perform 

Returning for the third year, the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra conducted by David Itkin will present a concert of both classical and popular music at the Fowler Center  on Tuesday, March 23, at 7:30 p.m., as part of the Riceland Distinguished Performance Series. The first half of the concert will include “Symphony No. 8, in B minor unfinished” by Schubert and Beethoven’s “Egmont Overture.” The second half of the concert will include music from “Les Miserables,” “The Lord of the Dance,” “The Empire Strikes Back,” a setting of great cowboy melodies by John Williams, and arrangements from familiar American songs. Tickets for the event are $25 and $20 for adults and $18 and $14 for seniors, ASU faculty and staff. ASU students receive a special rate of $9 and $6. They may be purchased by calling the Central Box Office at 870-972-2781 or online tickets may be purchased at

Women's Basketball Team headed to tournament
The Arkansas State women's basketball team is returning to the Women's National Invitational Tournament for the first time in four years as it will host the Lady Owls of Rice University Thursday at the Convocation Center at 7:05 p.m. The Lady Indians (19-9) won a share of the regular Sun Belt East Division crown and will host their first postseason game since the 1998-1999 season. Rice comes into the contest with a 21-9 record after falling to Louisiana Tech in the Western Athletic Conference Championship. Tickets went on sale this morning at the box office at the Convocation Center. Tickets are $4 for students, $7 for general admission and $9 for reserved seats. 

Spring break vacation through Friday March 19

This week all faculty and students will be on vacation for Spring Break. For this reason, this week's edition of Inside ASU is an abbreviated version. Classes will resume on Monday, March 22.

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