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100th Year

Feb. 12, 2010

Calendar highlights:

ASU Theatre presents "The Burial at Thebes," Friday-Saturday, Feb. 12-13, 7:30 p.m.,
 Fowler Center

Rescheduled: Fifth annual Soul Food Day,
Thursday, Feb. 18,
 5:30-8:30 p.m.,
National Guard Armory



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ASU Sara Richardson to sign copies of book Feb. 13
ASU alumna Sara Richardson of Hot Springs, who graduated from ASU in 2001, has had her new book, “Jake,” published by Llumina Press. She will appear at a bookSara Richardson signing at Barnes and Noble Booksellers on Saturday, Feb. 13, from 1-4 p.m. Richardson, originally from Booneville, was raised on a chicken farm. Her love of writing started at age thirteen, when she finished her first novel. After graduating as valedictorian from high school, she received a full scholarship to ASU, where she majored in math and minored in journalism. After graduating from ASU magna cum laude in 2001 with a bachelor’s degree in education, she moved to Texas and started her teaching career in math, English, American Sign Language and journalism. Currently, she is teaching seventh and eighth grade math in Hot Springs, Arkansas. “Jake” concerns a young woman who is faced with a difficult choice when confronted with a serious illness, asking the question of how a person cures a "dying soul.” For details, contact Dr. Nancy Hendricks, director, Alumni Publications, at ext. 2451, or see the NewsPage release.

Humanities and Social Sciences presents seminar series
Rescheduled: Dr. Rollin Tusalem
, Political Science, will give the first of a series of research presentations by faculty members in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences in the college's spring seminar series. Dr. Tusalem will speak on Tuesday, Feb. 16, from 4-5 p.m. in Wilson Hall 217C (the Konold Room). (This lecture was formerly scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 9, but was postponed due to inclement weather.)Dr. Tusalem will present “The Politicization of the Military and Democratic Consolidation.” Faculty, staff, and students from across the University are welcome to attend. For details, contact the series coordinator, Dr. Veena Kulkarni, ext. 3331, or see the NewsPage release.

Rick Stroud is part of Journalism Alumni Speakers Series
Rick Stroud, a native of St. Petersburg, Fla., will be the second speaker in the spring resumption of the Journalism Alumni Speakers Series at ASU Monday-TuesdRick Strouday, Feb. 15-16 in the College of Communications. Stroud, a 1982 graduate of ASU, is a National Football League reporter for the St. Petersburg Times and ESPN. He began working for the Times shortly after graduating from ASU and has more than 25 years of experience in multi-media journalism. While at ASU, he was sports editor of The Herald and a scholarship baseball player. For the past six years, Stroud has been one of five NFL Insiders appearing weekly on ESPN2’s First Take and has contributed regularly on ESPN’s SportsCenter, NFL Live, and Outside the Lines. For details, contact Dr. Joel Gambill, chair, the Department of Journalism, at ext. 3075, or see the NewsPage release.

Lecture-Concert Series presents McMurtery/Volker duo
Flutist John McMurtery and guitarist Mark Volker will perform in concert in the eleventh event of Arkansas State University’s Lecture-Concert Series on Monday, Feb. 15, atJohn McMurtery7:30 p.m. in ASU’s Fine Arts Center Recital Hall. This performance is co-sponsored by the ASU Guitar Guild, and the event is free and open to the public. McMurtery and Volker will perform a variety of classical pieces. Their program will include Astor Piazzola’s “Histoire du Tango: Bordel 1900, Café 1930, Nightclub 1960, and Concert d’aujourd’hui;” Heitor Villa-Lobos’ “ Distribution of Flowers;” Toru Takemitsu’s “Voice;” and Robert Beaser’s “Mountain Songs for Flute and Guitar: Barbara Allen, The House Carpenter, He’s Gone Away, and Cindy.” Mark Volker will also present a new composition of his own. McMurtery is a founding member of Luna Nova, and Volker, also a member of Luna Nova, has developed a growing reputation as a versatile composer and guitarist. For details, contact Dr. Gil Fowler, Honors College, at ext. 2308, or see the NewsPage release.

Meir Z. Ribalow to present three public lectures Feb. 18-19
An Arkansan audience will have a chance to compare favorites with noted film historian Meir Z. Ribalow after his free public lecture, “How Hollywood portrays Arkansas—the Meir Ribalowthree most representative films,” Thursday, Feb. 18, at 7 p.m. in ASU’s Drama Theatre, Fowler Center. Ribalow’s lecture is sponsored by the Heritage Studies PhD program and the Department of Theatre at ASU. Gary Jones Films in Little Rock is providing three DVDs--copies of each film Ribalow will discuss in his lecture--and audience members will have a chance to win a copy of one of the three movies. What are the three films? Audience members will have to attend Ribalow's talk to learn the titles and have a chance to win. Ribalow will make two additional public presentations on Friday, Feb. 19. First, he will read from his own work and that of the New River Dramatists at 11 a.m. in the Spring River room of the Reng Student Services Center/Student Union. He will present a talk at 2 p.m. in the Drama Theatre, Fowler Center, about his career as a playwright and director. For details, contact Dr. Clyde Milner, director, the Heritage Studies PhD program, at ext. 3509, or see the NewsPage release.

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