May 3, 2004

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Faculty & student achievements
Dr. J. David Gillanders, Engineering, has been inducted into his alma mater's Hall of Honor. Paige Wimberley, Nonie Wiggins, Annette Stacy and Debbie Gilbert-Palmer, all of Nursing, have authored articles in recent publications. And, Chandra Miller, Dr. Patricia Glascock, and Dr. Phil Hestand, all of the Counseling Center, have been elected to various organizations. Read more details about these achievements in Campus News.

Strategic Planning update
If you have not already done so, read the April 28 e-mail message from David Cox, chair of the Strategic Council, and study the initiatives that were suggested during the conference on April 26.  David's message, including a link to the list of initiatives, is also available on the Strategic Planning website.  As he explained, a writing committee will take the next step, which involves some "sense making" of the initiatives.  Comments from the university community are still invited...write to

Spring Commencement this Friday, May 7
The spring commencement ceremony will be Friday, May 7, beginning at 7 p.m. in the Convocation Center. The Registrar’s Office has listed 998 students as candidates for degrees at both the graduate and undergraduate level. Of that number, five are for doctoral degrees, 133 are for graduate degrees, and 860 are for undergraduate degrees. The College of Education and the College of Nursing and Health Professions have the highest number of students graduating, with 193 candidates in each college. Following the commencement ceremony, a reception for all graduates, their guests, and faculty and staff will be held on the north mezzanine, between the blue and green entrances of the building.

ASU Board of Trustees meeting Friday, May 7

The ASU Board of Trustees will meet this Friday, May 7, at 9 a.m. in the Dean B. Ellis Library 8th floor Board Room. Please note that this is an hour earlier than originally announced.

Bridging the Gap seeking applicants

Student Support Services is currently seeking applicants for the summer program entitled Bridging the Gap. Designed for incoming students who desire an early jumpstart on their college career, it will be held August 9 - 13. Students must meet one of these criteria: an ACT composite score of 19 or below, a high school GPA of 2.5 or below, or a non-traditional student. This program is for students who will be attending ASU in fall 2004. The program is free of charge, upon request. If you know of students who might be interested, have them contact Kimberley Johnson at 972-2080 or

Museum opens next week in Piggott
Monday, May 10, is the grand opening of the Matilda and Karl Pfeiffer Museum and Study Center in Piggott with Luncheon on the Lawn at the adjacent Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Educational Center. The event is in conjunction with the third annual celebration of the May 10, 1927, Paris wedding of Ernest Hemingway and Pauline Pfeiffer. Read more, here.

Construction update for summer projects

Construction will begin soon on the parking areas and on the street in front of the Administration Building. As part of the plan for the new Student Union located across from the Administration Building, the street will be redesigned with a circular turnaround on Aggie Road. Plans will include a fountain in the middle of the turnaround. Construction will begin approximately the first week of June.

Opportunities for sharing language
The Department of Languages is offering a new service activity, the Jonesboro World Language Community.  The goal is to promote communication and sharing among those who speak languages other than English.  Follow the
link to the community's web site for details or to register your interest.

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