Feb. 9, 2007

Calendar highlights:

Craighead Co. Spelling Bee, Friday, Feb. 9,     10 a.m., ASU-TV Studio

* ASU Theatre, "The House of Yes," Friday-Saturday, Feb. 9-10; Tuesday-Wednesday, Feb. 13-14, 7:30 p.m., Fowler Center

* Black History Month events; tonight, All Black Affair, 7 p.m., Student Union Centennial Hall


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Middle East Studies Award recipients announced
On Feb. 5, the Middle East Studies Committee announced the recipients of this year's awards. The awards support academic research focused on Middle Eastern culture. This year's recipients include Kristin Walker, an undergraduate psychology major with a music minor, who will participate in a thirty-day study abroad course of Arabic culture in Jordan, Nicole Jones, an undergraduate journalism major, who will participate in an eight-week study abroad program at the American University in Cairo, Fatme Myuhtar-May, a doctoral student in Heritage Studies, who will conduct ethnographic research for her dissertation in Turkey, and faculty member Dr. Gilbert Fowler, professor of journalism, who will study media in the Middle East, primarily in Kuwait. For details, see NewsPage release.

ASU closer to acquisition of U.S. Army Reserve Center
ASU has moved closer to acquiring the U.S. Army Reserve Center property on Caraway Road.  On Jan. 10, the Board of Trustees adopted a resolution to make application to the Secretary of Education for the federal government surplus property to be used by the university for the building of a Math/Science Academy. ASU’s application has now been approved by the U. S. Department of Education and the ARC Jonesboro Local Redevelopment Authority. According to Dr. Cynthia Miller, director of the Delta Institute for Math and Science Education, “The Math/Science Academy, planned for the Army Reserve building, will be a huge asset for math, science, technology, and engineering students, teachers, and faculty." For details, see  NewsPage release.

Counseling Center to hold screening, lecture series
The ASU Counseling Center announced its Healthy Relationship Screening Day and "Love on the Rocks" lecture series. Dr. Rafik S. Jacob of the Counseling Center says, "It is a wonderful opportunity for students (and perhaps faculty and staff) to consider the health of their relationships, including those with friends, lovers, spouses, and roommates." The Healthy Relationship Screening will be held Wednesday, Feb. 14, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Counseling Center (Student Union, Room 2203). The screenings will provide tips on relationship enhancement. All lectures in the "Love on the Rocks" lecture series will be held in the Student Union Osage Room. Dates for individual lectures are Feb. 13, 14,  and 20, and Mar. 1, 5, and 27. For details, contact the Counseling Center at ext. 2318 or see the NewsPage release.

ASU Museum screens two documentary films
In recognition of Black History Month, on Saturday, Feb. 10, the ASU Museum is sponsoring “In Our Own Backyard: History in the Making,” in Museum Room 182. The program will feature two documentary films, both focusing on historic events in small Arkansas Delta towns. At 1 p.m., Dr. Robert Franklin’s “Reconciliation and the Elaine, Arkansas Race Riot of 1919: Forgive or Forget” will be featured. This award-winning film traces the history and legacy of the Elaine, Arkansas race riot of 1919. Free popcorn and drinks will be served at intermission. At 2:30 p.m., David Appleby’s “Hoxie: The First Stand” will be shown. Appleby’s film tells the story of one town’s early efforts at integration and the ensuing controversy. Admission is free, and the running time for each film is one hour. For more information, contact Stephanie Pointer at 972-2074, or see release on NewsPage.

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