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Feb. 6, 2009

Calendar highlights:

Black History Month presents Dr. Cornel West, Friday, Feb. 6,
7 p.m., Riceland Hall, Fowler Center

Lakeport Plantation presents author Grif Stockley, Saturday,
Feb. 7, 1-2:30 p.m.


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College of Business, DCED launch drive for workers
The ASU College of Business and the Delta Center for Economic Development (DCED) are launching a bath towel and blanket drive for 600 utility workers and national guardsmen housed in the Corning area. These out-of-town groups are expected to be at the community center for many weeks until the ice storm recovery efforts are completed. Anyone interested in participating can drop their items off in the College of Business lobby or the information booth on the second floor of the Student Union Friday and all day Monday, Feb. 9.  Items will be delivered to Corning Tuesday. Your participation is greatly valued. The out-of-town utility crews and citizens in the area will appreciate this gesture. For details, contact Frankie Gilliam, ext. 8274.

Black History Month celebrated with various events
As part of ASU's Black History Month 2009, "United for Change," many events are ongoing. Tonight, the Black History Month Film Series features “The Great Debaters” at 7 p.m. in the Student Union Auditorium. Today is also the final day of the Black Student Association Art Exhibit in the Student Union Center Court, and noted scholar and intellectual Dr. Cornel West will speak at 7 p.m. at Riceland Hall, Fowler Center. For details on these events and others, contact Kimberley Johnson, ext. 2055, or see the NewsPage release.

ASU's first female African American graduate dies
Ellen Turner Strong, the first female African American to receive an undergraduate degree at ASU, died suddenly in Hot Springs last Saturday. Born in 1929 at Jonesboro, she was 79 years old at the time of her death. She graduated from ASU-Jonesboro inEllen Turner Strong 1964 with a degree in education and spent her life as a classroom teacher. Mrs. Strong was the former wife of the late Walter Strong, who, with Frederick Turner, entered ASU-Jonesboro in 1955 as the first African-American students on campus. Strong graduated in 1959, also receiving a master's degree in 1971 from ASU. In 1982, the Strong-Turner Alumni Chapter, a chapter of the ASU Alumni Association, was founded to meet the needs of its African-American graduates and was named for Walter Strong and Frederick Turner. For details, see the NewsPage release.

University Trio of UT-Martin to perform Feb. 9
ASU's Department of Music will present the University Trio from the University of Tennessee-Martin on Monday, Feb. 9 at 7:30 p.m. in Riceland Hall, Fowler Center. The public is encouraged to attend the performance, which will be free of charge. The trio will feature dr. Elaine Harriss, flute, Dr. Amy Simmons, clarinet, and Delana Easley, piano. Special guest Kenneth Zimmerman, director of UTM’s Vanguard Theater, will join the trio to narrate Norman Rockwell’s story of a little songbird in “Willie Was Different.” This special piece for flute, clarinet, piano, and narrator was written by Seymour Barab, a contemporary American composer. For details, call the music department at ext. 2094, or see the NewsPage release.

ASU faculty, students meet German ambassador
Eleven students of German and International Business, along with faculty members from those disciplines, travelled to the Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock on January 14 to attend German Ambassador Dr. Klaus Scharioth’s discourse on the transatlantic relations between Germany, Europe, and the United States. Participants included Dr. Yvonne Unnold, German and Spanish, and chair, Languages; Dr. Clint Relyea, Management and coordinator of ASU’s International Business program; Hanne Pardos, instructor of German, Stefanie Mittermayer, MBA student and adjunct instructor of German; German language students Alana Holland, David Finley, Melanie Partin, Jerry Mullins, Kathleen Williams, and Scott Sheppard; and international business student Reid Robertson. The group's travel was sponsored by ASU’s Office of Academic Affairs and Research. For details, see the NewsPage release.
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