Dec. 1, 2003

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Holiday Celebration, Tuesday, 12 noon, Indian Lounge, Reng Center

* Annual Pottery Sale, Fine Arts Center, Thursday through Saturday


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Updates in Campus News 
Read the latest about these faculty members' professional activities and achievements: Dr. Ruth Owens, Languages; Dr. Gregory Hansen, English, Folklore and Heritage Studies; Ms. Marilyn Yergler, Ms. Paige Wimberly, Ms. Cathy Hall, Ms. Judy Pfriemer, Ms. Annette Stacy, Ms. Renee Miller, Ms. Debra Walden, Ms. Nonie Wiggins, Ms. Deborah Persell and Dr. Charlotte Young, all of Nursing; as well as Ms. Lyn Hubbard, Radiologic Sciences; Ms. Jacqueline Gilbert, Physical Therapy; and Dr. John Hall, Psychology and Counseling.

Cover of "Educating the Masses: The Unfolding History of Black School Administrators in Arkansas, 1900-2000."
Dr. C. Calvin Smith to sign new book
A book signing and reception for Dr. C. Calvin Smith, in recognition of his recently published book “Educating The Masses: The Unfolding History of Black School Administrators in Arkansas, 1900-2000,” will be held on Sunday, Dec. 7, beginning at 2:30 p.m. in the lobby of the Dean B. Ellis Library. The book outlines the challenges and maps the achievements for generations of black administrators in Arkansas.  See the NewsPage release for more details.

Holiday Celebration tomorrow at noon
A Holiday Celebration will be held tomorrow at noon in the Indian Lounge of the Reng Center, sponsored by the Student Activities Board, the Student Government Association and the Union Advisory Board.  The groups are working with Santa's Tribe to provide food and Christmas presents for ASU employees who are in need during the holidays. Organizations are asked to bring one canned good per person and at least two Christmas presents for children. Please bring items unwrapped to place under the tree for the tree lighting ceremony.

Holiday Spectacular will be packed
The ASU Foundation's second annual "Holiday Spectacular" promises to be another big success.  The Sunday afternoon concert in Riceland Hall of Fowler Center will feature student performing groups from the Department of Music, College of Fine Arts.  A packed house is expected; requests for admission tickets have exceeded capacity. See the Supporting ASU web site for more details.

Student athletes have another successful semester
We should congratulate the student-athletes who come to ASU for their education; they are doing very well.  At the first basketball exhibition game, the Athletics Department recognized 110 student athletes who made the Athletic Director's Honor Roll with a grade point of 3.0 or better during the spring semester; this group comprises 41 percent of the student-athlete population at ASU.  Overall, student athletes' grades averaged 2.88.  The football team was previously recognized (as announced in Inside ASU) for having the best grade point average in the Sun Belt Conference last fall.  The soccer team's GPA placed second in the conference.

Duttons to present show in Riceland Series
The Duttons, a family of musicians who have been regulars on the entertainment scene at Branson, Mo., since 1997, will appear at ASU's Fowler Center on Tuesday, Dec. 16, as part of the Riceland Distinguished Performance Series. See more details in the NewsPage release.

Three alumni on Governor's Committee
Governor Huckabee last week announced his appointments to the Blue Ribbon Committee on Higher Education.  The committee includes three members who are alumni of ASU: Phil Ford, Jeff Hankins and Kathy White.  See details about the committee's charge and the list of members in a news release from the Governor's Office.

Middle East Studies grants available
Through e-mail earlier today, the Middle East Studies Committee (MESC) announced the 2003 - 2004 Middle East Studies grant cycle. Information was distributed about individual faculty grants, individual student grants, and a faculty and student group study/research grant.  Also, requests for proposals (RFPs) are on the International Programs web page.  Encourage qualified graduate and undergraduate students to consider applying for a grant.  The group award, new this year, funds a faculty member and two to four students. Contact the Office of International Programs with questions.

Strategic Planning Council to meet Dec. 9
Everyone in the university community recently received a draft of the planning assumptions as developed by members of the Strategic Planning Council.  If you missed the e-mail, the assumptions and other planning information may be reviewed on the Strategic Planning web site.  Anyone who wishes to forward comments should do so (send to Dr. David Cox,, before the council's next meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 9.

Annual Pottery Sale set for Dec. 4-6
The 30th annual ASU Pottery and Art Sale will be in the Fine Arts Center from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 4, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 5, and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 6. Pottery, prints, and paintings, all by faculty and students, will be on sale.  Profits will go to supplement the ceramics area with equipment, computers, and software. For more details, call the Department of Art at 972-3050.

Holiday Party at Administration Building
Mark your calendar for the annual Administration Building Holiday Party, Tuesday, Dec. 9.  The 2-4 p.m. event will feature food, music and fun.  Everyone on campus is invited!

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