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98th Year

Feb. 1, 2008

Calendar highlights:

ASU Museum presents "Medium as Message" Black History Month exhibits, Friday, Feb. 1-Friday, March 14

Lecture-Concert Series presents Anders Miolin, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 7 p.m., Student Union Auditorium


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ASU Museum to host Cultural Diversity Celebration
The ASU Museum will hold its Cultural Diversity Celebration and reception in honor of Black History Rose Ong'oa works on the exhibit "Wearing What Cannot Be Spoken," opening at the ASU Museum on Friday, Feb. 1.Month on Thursday, Feb. 7, from 3 p.m.–6 p.m. in the main gallery on the second floor of the library. As part of that celebration, two exhibitions will be open from Friday, Feb. 1–Friday, March 14. One exhibit, “Wearing What Cannot Be Spoken,” features Kanga cloth, and the other exhibit, “A Delta Era Gone By,” features photographs by Nadia Price Bates Strid, a Memphis-based photographer. Admission to both exhibitions and the reception is free, due to support from ASU's Office of Diversity, and the public is welcome. For details, contact Lenore Shoults, ext. 2074.

Dr. Williams serves as S-STEM panel review leader
Dr. Lonnie R. Williams, Student Affairs, recently served as a panel review leader and chair for the National Science Foundation’s Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM) panel review meeting in Arlington, Va. The S-STEM program provides institutions with funds for student scholarships in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics. This meeting was convened to review and discuss more than 250 proposals submitted for review by 21 panels. Estimated funding exists for 100 such projects.

NEA recognizes ASU's Arkansas Folklife Program
The National Endowment for the Arts recognized ASU's Arkansas Folklife Program in its 2006 annual report, issued in December 2007. It cites ASU's 2005 partnering with the Arkansas Arts Council to establish the Arkansas Folklife Program. That program provides a full-time folk arts coordinator position at ASU, and has done so for two years. That position is held by Dr. Michael J. Luster, who divides his time between Mammoth Spring and Jonesboro. Plans for the Arkansas Folklife Program were first developed from an NEA infrastructure grant written by Dr. Gregory Hansen, English and Folklore, and awarded to ASU's department of English and Philosophy in 2002.

Soul Food Festival slated as part of Black History Month
The third annual Soul Food Community Festival will be held on Thursday, Feb. 7, from 5:30-8 p.m. at the ASU Armory. This annual dinner is sponsored by the Strong-Turner Alumni Chapter, the ASU Delta Studies Center, and ASU's Office of Multicultural Affairs. A short program by Dr. Cherisse Jones-Branch, History, will open the event. As in previous years, the annual Soul Food Community Festival is open to all ASU students, faculty, and Jonesboro community members. For details, contact Peggy R. Wright at ext. 2325.

Delta Blues Symposium Committee to meet
The Delta Blues Symposium Committee will meet Wednesday, Feb. 13, at 3:30 p.m. in Wilson Hall, Room 315. Anyone interested in the coordination of this year's Delta Blues Symposium XIV: Sense of Place should attend. For details, contact Dr. Tom Williams, ext. 3614.

Additional broadcast of WoodSongs scheduled Saturday
KASU 91.9 FM has scheduled an additional broadcast of the WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour previously taped Friday, Oct. 26, in Riceland Hall, Fowler Center, for Saturday, Feb. 2, at 7 p.m. For program details, click here.

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