Regional earthquake conference to be held
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
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
For complete details on Black History Month events, see the
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
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) at (870)
972-2325, or see the printable
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. The ASU Museum is
located at 320 University Loop West Circle, in the west wing of the Dean B.
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
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
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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