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Feb. 16, 2009

Calendar highlights:

Lecture-Concert Series presents Charles Holt, Thursday, Feb. 19,
7:30 p.m., Riceland Hall, Fowler Center

Central Mississippi Valley Archeological Society hosts Louis Intres, "The Looting of Baghdad: Implications for Heritage Conservation,"
Feb. 19, ASU Museum, Room 182



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John Wallace opens Journalism Alumni Speakers Series
John Wallace, the former public affairs director for national operations for Verizon, is the first speaker in the spring resumption of the Journalism Alumni Speaker SeriesJohn Wallace at Arkansas State University. Wallace, a 1974 graduate of ASU, will address students and faculty Monday-Tuesday, Feb. 16-17. Wallace will speak to several classes and will meet with Chancellor Robert L. Potts while on campus. While at ASU, Wallace was the editor of The Herald when the school’s newspaper earned All-America status. He was also the first president of the student chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and was awarded a Student of Distinction Award. The Department of Journalism named him an outstanding graduate. Wallace has spent 27 years in the journalism field, including working as sports editor for the Blytheville Courier News, news editor of the Paragould Daily Press and editor of the Jacksonville Daily News. For details, contact Dr. Joel Gambill, chair, Journalism, at ext. 3075, or see the NewsPage release.

Dr. Pearce, Dr. Srivatsan, to attend curriculum workshop
Dr. Amy R. Pearce, Psychology and Counseling, and Dr. Malathi Srivatsan, Biology, have been selected to participate in a curriculum develoDr. Malathi Srivatsanpment Dr. Amy R. Pearceworkshop sponsored and supported by the National Science Foundation and hosted at Emory University, Atlanta, Ga., this May. The Bean Beetle Curriculum Development Workshop builds on the successful development of the bean beetle (Callosobruchus maculatus) as a model system for inquiry-based laboratory courses in ecology, evolution, and animal behavior. Throughout the year, Drs. Pearce and Srivatsan will work as a team to develop and test new learning activities in physiology and neurobiology, and they will assess student understanding of the nature and process of science with established assessment instruments.

Annual Soul Food Dinner will be held Feb. 19
Reminder: The fourth Annual Soul Food Dinner has been rescheduled for 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19 at the ASU Armory. The theme for this year will be "Celebrating Our Roots: Reflecting on our Legacy in the ASU-Jonesboro Community." Peggy Robinson Wright, Geography, and director, the Delta Studies Center, will speak. Sponsors for the event include the Strong-Turner Alumni Chapter of the ASU Alumni Association, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, and the Delta Studies Center. For details, or to sign up to bring a dish, contact Peggy R. Wright, Planning Committee, at ext. 2325.

ASU Jazz Band performs with guest Dr. Marc Dickman
The Arkansas State University Department of Music will present the first ASU Jazz Band concert of the spring semester. The performance will take place on Monday, Feb. 23 at 7:30 p.m. in Riceland Hall, Fowler Center and will be free of charge and open to the public. The ASU Jazz Bands, under the direction of Dr. Ron Horton, will present a variety of modern big band repertoire. The evening will also include special guest Dr. Marc Dickman, who will also offer a low brass clinic on February 24 at 6 p.m. For details on either event, contact Dr. Ron Horton at ext. 2094, or see the Jazz Band concert  NewsPage release or the low brass clinic NewsPage release.

Applications due for Wilson, Distinguished Service Award
Applications are now being accepted for the 2009 R. E. Lee Wilson Citizenship Award and Distinguished Service Awards at Arkansas State University. The awards are ASU's highest student honors, with the presentation ceremony taking place during Convocation of Scholars week in April. Application deadline is Friday, Feb. 20, at 5 p.m. Nomination forms are available online at ASU's Convocation of Scholars Web site. Information and nomination forms may also be obtained in the offices of all ASU college deans, the office of the vice chancellor for Student Affairs in the ASU Administration Building, the office of the vice president for University Advancement in the Cooper Alumni Center, and the Leadership Center in the Student Union. Completed packets should be mailed to Distinguished Service Awards, Cooper Alumni Center, P.O. Box 1990, State University, AR  72467. For those wishing to drop off their applications in person, the Cooper Alumni Center is located just north of the ASU Convocation Center, with office hours from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Incomplete or late packets will not be considered.

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