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100th Year

Jan. 27, 2010

Calendar highlights:

10th annual Delta Awards for Tourism Achievement, Friday, Jan. 29, Southland Park Gaming and Racing, West Memphis

Lecture-Concert Series presents Nashville Storytellers, Friday, Jan. 29, 7 p.m., Student Union Auditorium



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Spring enrollment at all-time record
The unofficial spring unduplicated headcount at the end of the 11th day of classes stands at 12,411, an all-time high, compared to fall 2009's then-record enrollment of 12,185. Spring 2010's 12,411 headcount, compared to spring 2009's 11,061, represents a difference of 1,350 students, for a 12.2% increase in one year. Total current FTE stands at 9,015, and total current undergraduate headcount is at 9,600. For the first time in more than 30 years, spring enrollment at ASU-Jonesboro is higher than fall enrollment. Total current graduate headcount  is at 2,811, and total current international undergraduate and graduate headcount is at 458. There are also 4,185 students enrolled in online instruction provided by the Jonesboro campus. Dr. Kathryn Jones, Office of Institutional Research, Planning, and Assessment, and her staff released this data. Look for a detailed NewsPage release later today.

Beck PRIDE receives $1.6 million appropriation
The Beck PRIDE Center for America’s Wounded Veterans at ASU has received a $1.6 million appropriation from the federal government through the extraordinary efforts of Arkansas Congressman Marion Berry and his staff, other members of the Arkansas Congressional delegation, and bill sponsor Congressman John Murtha of Pennsylvania. The funding comes from the Department of Defense Appropriations Act, H.R. 3326, allocated for active and reserve personnel in the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force as well as National Guard personnel in the Army and Air Force. The Beck PRIDE Center is housed within the College of Nursing and Health Professions and is located in the new Donald W. Reynolds Center for Health Sciences on the ASU-Jonesboro campus. Dr. Susan Hanrahan is dean of the College of Nursing and Health Professions. The center was made possible through the generosity of Buddy and Charlotte Beck, alumni of ASU who reside in Fairfax Station, Va. The Becks originally presented the university with $1 million in 2008 to initiate the program, and they had a vision that other funds would flow to the program in order to sustain and expand it. According to Susan Tonymon, director, Beck PRIDE Center, this funding will aid in expanding the program and the development of materials which provide assistance for the growing number of veterans and family members in the program. The Beck PRIDE Center’s mission includes providing combat wounded veterans and their families with educational programs and services at Arkansas State, including counseling, personal rehabilitation, financial assistance, and career planning and enhancement. PRIDE is an acronym for Personal Rehabilitation, Individual Development and Education. For details, see the NewsPage release, or contact Susan Tonymon at ext. 2624.    

Lecture-Concert Series presents Charles Holt Feb. 2
Musician, storyteller, and multifaceted entertainer Charles Holt returns to Arkansas State University as the featured performer in the tenth event of Arkansas State University’s Lecture-Concert Series, “When Having It All is Just Not Enough,Ē onCharles Holt Tuesday, Feb. 2, at 7 p.m. in ASUís Student Union Auditorium. Drawing from his journey from star athlete to performing on Broadway stages, Holt is able to demonstrate how to find one's true inner voice and the self-empowerment that comes with it. This performance is co-sponsored by the Office of Diversity at ASU, and the event is free and open to the public. An alumnus of Rhodes College and the author of “The Voice That Matters,” a riveting and remarkable non-fiction book and literary landmark about his journey in finding his own unique voice and life purpose, Holt is currently penning “What Aunt Creasie Said”, a one-man storytelling event with music chronicling the birth of the Lake Providence community, his life growing up in the South, and his transition from athletics into performing arts and the stage. For details, contact Dr. Gil Fowler, associate dean, the Honors College, ext. 2308, or see the NewsPage release. 

Arkansas Delta Writing Project now accepting applications
The Arkansas Delta Writing Project at ASU is accepting applications for its 2010 Summer Writing Institute for Teachers. The four-week summer institute is being held at Arkansas State University in the Department of Teacher Education from Monday, June 7-Friday, July 2. The Arkansas Delta Writing Project hopes to recruit up to 22 teachers to participate in the institute. There is an application and interview process that guides the selection of the institute’s Fellows. Final selections will be made by the end of March, and selected participants will receive graduate credit toward several College of Education master’s degree programs. Beyond that, participants will belong to the national network of more than 200 National Writing Project (NWP) sites on college campuses in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The National Writing Project is the most significant coordinated effort to improve writing in America. Through its professional development model, NWP develops the leadership, programs, and research needed for teachers to help students become successful writers and learners. Directors of the Arkansas Delta Writing Project are Dr. Dixie Keyes and LaToshia Woods. The project’s technology liaison is Dr. Audrey Bowser. For more information, visit the Arkansas Delta Writing Project online, contact Dr. Dixie Keyes at (870) 680-8065, or see the NewsPage release.

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