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100th Year

Feb. 3, 2010

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ASU celebrates Black History Month,
Feb. 2-26

ASU Museum presents percussionist/storyteller Zinse Agginie, Saturday, Feb. 6, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., ASU Museum's Main Gallery


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ASU Wind Ensemble to perform concert Feb. 5
The Department of Music at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro will present the ASU Wind Ensemble in concert on Friday, Feb. 5, at 7:30 p.m. in Riceland Hall, Fowler Center. The concert is free of charge and open to the public. The concert opens with Holst's “First Suite in E-flat, Op. 28, No. 1.”  This work has been hailed by some as the most historically significant composition ever written for wind bands, because this piece represents one of the first attempts to create artistic music designed specifically for the modern concert band. The program features new work by David Sampson, “Serenade for Trumpet and Wind Ensemble, ” featuring ASU's new artist/assistant professor of trumpet, Dr. Christopher Wilson. The program also includes works by Wallingford Riegger, Frank Ticheli, and an obscure work by John Philip Sousa. For details about this concert or the Department of Music, call ext. 2094, or see the NewsPage release

Soul Food Day rescheduled for Feb. 18
The fifth annual Soul Food Day, originally scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 4,
has been rescheduled for Thursday, Feb. 18 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. in the National Guard Armory, 1915 Aggie Road, due to inclement weather. For details, contact Peggy R. Wright, ext. 2325, see the printable flyer, or see the NewsPage release.

16th annual Agribusiness Conference to be held Feb. 10
The 16th annual Arkansas State University Agribusiness Conference will be held Wednesday, Feb. 10, in ASU’s Fowler Center and Convocation Center. Onsite registration begins at 8 a.m. in Fowler Center. Lunch will be served in the Convocation Center, 217 Olympic Drive, Jonesboro, at 12 noon. Afternoon sessions end at 3:30 p.m. The morning’s general session features four speakers and a panel discussion. Speakers include Becky Cross, director of the United States Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (USDA-NASS) Arkansas Field Office; Michael Swanson, vice president and senior economist with the Wells Fargo Ag Industries group; Jason Henderson, vice president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City; and Bruce Knight, former USDA Undersecretary for Marketing and Regulatory programs. These speakers will discuss issues and take questions from the audience. The luncheon address will feature Greg Cole, president and CEO of AgHeritage Farm Credit Services, and an alumnus of the ASU College of Agriculture and Technology. Cole will present “Agricultural Trends and Dynamics – Implications for the Delta.” Admission to the conference is free, but luncheon reservations are limited to the first 500 who register. Continuing education credits (CEUs) are also available. Conference information and on-line registration are available at the College of Agriculture and Technology website. For registration details, contact Crystal Gastineau,  ext. 3942. For other details, including  details of the afternoon program, see the NewsPage release.

Fowler Center Series presents Synergy Brass Quintet
The Fowler Center Series presents its sixth event of the 2009-10 season in Riceland Hall on Thursday, Feb. 11, at 7:30 p.m., when the Synergy Brass Quintet performs.Jon Hurrell, French horn, will perform with Synergy Brass Quintet as part of ASU's Fowler Center Series, Thursday, Feb. 11. Acclaimed for a veritable fireworks display of outstanding musical ability and superb showmanship, the Synergy Brass Quintet has emerged as one of the world’s most exciting ensembles. At Fowler Center, Synergy Brass Quintet will perform Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov's "Procession of the Nobles;" Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's "A Little Bit of Night Music;" Pablo de Sarasate's "Dance Boheme" from Georges Bizet's "Carmen;" Mozart's "Concerto for Horn, K. 417;" Rimsky-Korsakov's "Flight of the Bumblebee;" and W. C. Handy's "Memphis Blues." After a brief intermission, the quintet will perform "In Remembrance of the Civil War," and Gustav Holst's "Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity," from Holst's "The Planets," and Spencer Williams' "Basin Street Blues." Synergy Brass Quintet’s personnel are Jon Hurrell, French horn; Bobby Thorp, first trumpet; Greg Lloyd, second trumpet; Jordan Witt, trombone; and Jesse Chavez, tuba. Visit Synergy Brass Quintet online to hear samples of musical performances and to view videos of performances and classes. Ticket prices are $30 and $20 for adults; $24 and $16 for ASU faculty and staff; $23 and $15 for senior adults and K-12 students; and $10 and $6 for ASU students. Purchase tickets online here. Visit Fowler Center online for details, call ext. 3471, or see the NewsPage release.

Spring semester hours for ASU Writing Lab announced
The Department of English and Philosophy announces
tentative hours for the ASU Writing Lab for the spring semester. The ASU Writing Lab, located in Wilson 314, will be open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday and Wednesday and 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. The lab will be closed on Fridays, weekends, and any other time the lab is being used for a class by an English instructor. The Writing Lab, which is operated by the Department of English and Philosophy, is the only computer facility on campus that is staffed by English graduate students who can help students to better their writing skills. The various stages of writing that the tutors can help with are prewriting, drafting, revising, and proofreading. Perks of visiting the Writing Lab include receiving one-on-one assistance with one's writing, help with expanding and developing papers, finding answers for questions dealing with research, and help with better understanding the rules of usage. The Writing Lab does not guarantee student certain grades on their papers, and it will not compose assignments for students. Lab referral forms for professors to print are also available online. For details, visit the Writing Lab website, or call the Department of English and Philosophy at ext. 3043.
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