Nov. 10, 2003

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"Sundaes on Wednesday"
3:30 - 5 p.m.,
Fowler Center

* ASU Theatre to
open "The Shape of Things," Friday, Nov. 14, 7:30 p.m., Fowler Center

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Governor initiates Blue Ribbon committee on higher ed
Amid the debate about education reform in Arkansas, Gov. Mike Huckabee announced last week that he will form a Blue Ribbon Committee for Higher Education.  The committee's charge will be to develop recommendations for improving the state's colleges and universities.  Dr. Les Wyatt, president, said after the announcement that he is very supportive of the direction Gov. Huckabee has chosen. The committee will look at participation, retention and graduation rates; the importance of research; funding, diversity and affordability issues; use of technology; and higher education's role in economic development. Read more details in a news release from the Governor's Office.

Faculty achievements featured in 'Campus'
Dr. Dennis White, Chair, Speech Communication, was recently elected to lead a national association. Mike Bowman, Regional Programs, Kim Vickrey, Graphic Design, and Sue Marlay, International Student and Scholar Services, are also featured in this week's Campus News with professional achievements. Read about these and other faculty in Campus News.

Sundaes on Wednesday, with Torchbearers
Need a mid-week cool down? This Wednesday, all Torchbearers are invited to gather at Fowler Center to indulge in an ice cream sundae, complete with all the classic toppings. If you're a banana split fan, please note that this is BYOB ... bring your own banana. A Torchbearer is a current or retired faculty or staff member who gives financially to the ASU Foundation toward scholarships, the Library, the Museum, KASU, Santa's Tribe or any academic college or department.
     Serving lines will open at 3:30 p.m. and will keep going until 5 p.m. Many donated prizes will be given away including a Riceland Gift Box, a Full Sun gift certificate, a Hemingway-Pfeiffer t-shirt, a $25 gift certificate from Golden Grotto or maybe a dinner for eight at the President's home. For more information about Torchbearers, please e-mail Elaine Poynter at

Thanksgiving in the Woodlands Wigwam
Following many years of ASU tradition, the ASU Faculty and Staff will serve  Thanksgiving dinner to students on Wednesday, Nov. 19, from 4:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. in the Wigwam (Woodlands is closed). There will be two shifts for faculty and staff to work: the first shift is 4:30-5:45 p.m. and the second shift is 5:45-7 p.m. For those who volunteer to work the first shift, they will be given a meal following their shift. For those who volunteer to work the second shift, they may come early for a meal prior to working. Family members are invited and the cost is a $5.62, including tax. The deadline to sign up for a shift is Monday, Nov. 17, by 5 p.m. Please call Dawn Tucker at 3362 or e-mail at    

Multicultural Thanksgiving Day Dinner
On Tuesday, Nov. 18, at 6 p.m. in the Armory a Multicultural Thanksgiving dinner will be organized by the International Student Association, the Student Activity Board, the Black Student Association, the NAACP, the Office of Multicultural Affairs and other groups. The dinner is for everyone, free for students and $5 for others. The organizations are in need of some food, so if there are any groups that would like to donate some food such as casseroles, side dishes or desserts, it would be greatly appreciated. There will be a traditional dinner with turkeys, hams and also international food. If you would like to cook casseroles, cakes or anything, please contact, today if possible. 

Grants Resource Center workshop is tomorrow
Jeff Lagda, a representative with the Grants Resource Center, will be on campus tomorrow offering a workshop in the CLT Lab on the third floor of the library. Two sessions will be held, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. The GRC gives faculty and staff access to their comprehensive database and other services for those looking for funding sources or for other helpful information. In addition to the two workshops, he will meet individually with faculty who already have projects in mind. Please call the Research Office at 8288, to register for a workshop or a half-hour consultation.

Vienna Choir Boys to perform this Sunday
The Vienna Choir Boys will be at the Fowler Center this Sunday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $18 and $14 for faculty and staff, and $9 and $6 for ASU students. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 972-2781 or visit Other Fowler Center events include: The Duttons Christmas Show, Dec. 16; the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, Feb. 13; Tony Kenny’s Ireland, March 2; the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, March 23; Rhythm and Brass, April 3 (all events begin at 7:30 p.m.).

Improper parking in disability spaces more costly
Beginning with the Spring Semester, there will be significant changes on the fines and penalties for illegally parking in disability parking spaces at ASU. The fine will be raised from $84 to $150 for a first offense. Subsequent offenses will result in the $150 fine, plus towing. These changes are the recommendation of Disability Services and Parking Services. The Parking/Motor Vehicle Committee has approved the changes.

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