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Feb. 1, 2010

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Lecture-Concert Series presents Charles Holt, "When Having It All is Just Not Enough," Tuesday, Feb. 2, 7 p.m., Student Union Auditorium



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Regional earthquake conference to be held Feb. 2-3
ASU will host a regional earthquake awareness conference to be held Tuesday-Wednesday, February 2-3. The conference will bring in experts and researchers in the field of seismology, geology, and engineering to present the latest in earthquake research and response issues in the New Madrid Seismic Zone (NMSZ) regarding the threat of earthquake. The conference is coordinated by Dr. Ashraf Elsayed, Civil and Environmental Engineering. Dr. Elsayed has long been involved in geological and seismic studies and has served as an engineering consultant for the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department. Dr. Shivan Haran, Mechanical Engineering, and Dr. Elsayed are currently involved in research on soil stability and liquefaction in this area. Their research was funded by a State Farm grant. Speakers at the conference include Gary Patterson, director, Center for Earthquake Research and Information at Memphis University; well-known seismologist Dr. Haydar Al-Shukri, chairman, Department of Applied Science, the University of Arkansas-Little Rock; earthquake research specialist Dr. Brady Cox, the University of Arkansas; Dr. Shahram Pezeshk, department chair, Civil Engineering, the University of Memphis; Brian Blake of the Central United States Earthquake Consortium; and many others who work as engineers, emergency response experts, geologists, and in other related fields.
For details, visit the College of Engineering's earthquake conference page, call ext. 2088, or e-mail Dr. Ashraf Elsayed.

ASU celebrates Black History Month Feb. 2-Feb. 26
Arkansas State University-Jonesboro will celebrate Black History Month throughout the month of February. This year’s theme is "Rethinking America’s Identity.” Special presentations include a lecture by world-renowned author and poet Nikki Giovanni. Ms. Giovanni’s lecture will take place on Thursday, Feb. 11, at 7 p.m., in the Reng Student Services Center/Student Union’s Centennial Ballroom. The Reng Student Services Center/Student Union is located at 101 N. Caraway Road in Jonesboro. Ms. Giovanni’s lecture is free, and the public is invited. The celebration kicks off with Charles Holt’s Lecture-Concert event, “When Having It All Is Just Not Enough, in the Reng Student Services Center/Student Union Student Auditorium on Tuesday, Feb. 2, at 7 p.m. Black History Month 2010 concludes with the “All-Black Affair” Gala at Fowler Center on Friday, Feb. 26, at 7 p.m. The formal event allows students to come together in a relaxed atmosphere and mingle with faculty and staff while enjoying food and live entertainment. For details, contact Kimberley Johnson ext. 2055. For complete details on Black History Month events, see the NewsPage release. 

5th annual Soul Food Day is Feb. 4
On Thursday, Feb. 4, the fifth annual Soul Food Day will be held from 5:30-8:30 p.m. in the National Guard Armory, 1915 Aggie Road, Jonesboro. This event is
sponsored by the Strong-Turner Alumni Chapter of the ASU Alumni Association, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, and the Delta Studies Center. This annual potluck dinner is a popular event for the campus community. This year’s program begins at 6 p.m. and will be presented by the Wortham family of Trumann. The Worthams will present “African-American Legacy and Tradition: Growing Our Own Food from Garden to Table.” In case of inclement weather, Soul Food Day will be rescheduled for Thursday, Feb. 18. For more information, contact Peggy R. Wright ( at (870) 972-2325, or see the printable flyer.

ASU Museum presents percussionist Zinse Agginie Feb. 6
The Arkansas State University Museum presents Zinse Agginie, storyteller and drummer, on Saturday, Feb. 6 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. TZinse Agginie will perform at the ASU Museum Saturday, Feb. 6, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.he ASU Museum is located at 320 University Loop West Circle, in the west wing of the Dean B. Ellis Library, and Agginie’s performance will be held in the museum’s Main Gallery on the second floor of the library building. The event is free and open to the public, thanks to the support of ASU’s Office of Diversity. Zinse Agginie is a Ghanaian drummer who has lived in Arkansas since the mid-1980s. He has performed for four U.S. presidents and at the opening of the Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock. He also travels throughout the country teaching drumming, a huge part of Ghana’s musical culture, to students of all ages. His artistry and engagement with his audiences provide listeners with a cultural tour through Africa, as he uses his djembe and odono drums to illustrate African folktales and learn lessons about life and art. This event is this year’s first in the ASU Museum’s Cultural Diversity series. For details, visit the ASU Museum online, or contact Lenore Shoults, assistant director, at ext 2074. Regular museum hours are 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Tueday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, and 1-5 p.m. on Sunday. The ASU Museum is closed on Mondays and university holidays.

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