Nov. 3, 2003

This week:

* Saturday:
Dean B. Ellis
Library Bell Carillon
Dedication &
@ 11a.m.

* ASU hosts
Idaho @ 2 p.m.,
Indian Stadium

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Bell Carillon Dedication and Concert is Saturday
This Saturday at 11 a.m. the Dean B. Ellis Library Bell Carillon Dedication and Concert will be held on the library lawn. Following opening remarks by Dr. Les Wyatt, Ellen Philpot, instructor of music and carillonneur, will play her arrangement of the ASU Alma Mater, “Hail to ASU.”  In addition, ASU President Emeritus Dr. Eugene W. Smith will give remarks and Steve Watkins, ASU director of development, will recognize the financial donors who made the bell carillon possible. Dr. Tom O’Connor, chairman of the Department of Music, wrote “Celebratory Fanfare for Carillon” expressly for the occasion. Other musical selections are on the program. The public is invited to attend.

Planning session Nov. 13 to address issues
During the Oct. 20 Strategic Planning Stakeholders’ Conference, several issues surfaced which should be addressed before we can proceed to think about the forces which will drive the future of ASU. Dr. Dave McFarland will return to Jonesboro to assist Dr. Les Wyatt in facilitating a series of discussions about the concerns expressed during the last Stakeholders’ Conference. This meeting will be Thursday, Nov. 13, from 3 p.m. until 8 p.m. in the Jonesboro Regional Chamber of Commerce offices, 1709 East Nettleton Ave. (suitable campus facilities were not available during this time). A meal will be served to the Strategic Planning Council and Planning Task Force members, who are asked to please “hold this date.” An agenda is forthcoming.

Faculty achievements update
Dr. Gauri Guha, Economics, Dr. Sarath Nonis, Marketing, Dr. Richard Segall, Decision Sciences, Dr. Daniel Marburger, Economics, and Dr. Robert Engelken, Engineering, have recent professional achievements, some involving Ph.D. student Anil Baral. Read about these and other faculty in Campus News.

Radio-Television students cited by AETN and ESPN
Two recent achievements by Radio-Television Department majors deserve noting
here . . . Brandon Carter of Cave City, who completed his degree last spring, has been notified that his entry in the AETN Student Video Competition won one of two Best of Show awards. His 30-minute program, “Under the Occupation,” chronicles the lives of three women who lived through Germany’s invasion of France during World War II. Winning entries will be broadcast on AETN on Nov. 27 and 28. AETN will announce more details.
     Also, ESPN recently contacted Rich Carvell, Radio-TV chair, wanting to hire ASU students for 22 slots on their crew which will broadcast the University of Arkansas vs. South Carolina game this weekend at War Memorial Stadium. Matthew Kwok told Carvell he called upon ASU for help because “the reputation of your students precedes them.” Because the department supplies video for ASU's in-stadium and in-arena video screens, several students are experienced in live sports broadcasts.

ASU to offer in-state tuition to bordering counties
As the recruiting season
with high school seniors gets into full swing, ASU Jonesboro announces in-state tuition rates to all the contiguous counties bordering Arkansas beginning Fall 2004. The Office of Admissions developed the plan to create incentives for out-of-state students. And, the Board of Trustees approved the plan at the September meeting. In addition to the students residing in the contiguous counties being offered in-state tuition, the residents of the cities of Jackson, Tenn., Cape Girardeau and Joplin, Mo., and Shreveport and Monroe, La., will also be offered in-state tuition rates. Read more here.

President Bill Clinton visits ASU
Former President Bill Clinton addressed more than 1,300 people during the inaugural presentation in the Liberty Bank of Arkansas Distinguished Lecture Series last Tuesday at the Fowler Center.  At the request of the Clinton Foundation, the audience was comprised of at least 70 percent students. He is shown at left autographing a program for ASU student and Truman Scholar, Lesley Pruitt of Newport.

Arkansas' Hemingway and ASU's involvement
Very few Arkansans know details of the time Nobel Prize winner and author, Ernest Hemingway, spent in Arkansas during the late 1920s and 1930s. “The people of Piggott know his story,” said Jack Hill who recently produced a documentary entitled “Arkansas’ Hemingway.” Hemingway penned portions of his most famous novel, “A Farewell to Arms,” in a studio-barn behind his in-laws’ home in Piggott. The documentary will premiere statewide on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. on Arkansas Education Television Network (AETN), providing a fascinating connection to his life in Arkansas. Read more about the documentary or visit:

Vienna Choir Boys at Fowler Center, Nov. 16 
The Vienna Choir Boys will be at Fowler Center Sunday, Nov. 16, at 7:30 p.m. The third of eight performances for the 2003-04 season at Fowler Center, the Vienna Choir Boys were originally founded in 1498, half a millennium ago. Today there are about 100 choristers between the ages of 10 and 14, divided into four touring choirs. Tickets for each performance are $18 and $14 for faculty and staff. Discounted season ticket packages are also available. To purchase tickets, call 870-972-2781 or visit

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