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100th Year

Feb. 19, 2010

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Meir Z. Ribalow speaks on Arkansas films, Ribalow  reads from his own work Friday, Feb. 19, 11 a.m., Spring River Room, Student Union, and speaks on career directing and writing, 2 p.m., Drama Theatre, Fowler Center


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Lecture-Concert Series presents producer Melissa Cornick
Award-winning broadcast news producer Melissa Cornick, whose career spans three news networks, will be the twelfth presenter in Arkansas State University’s Lecture-Concert Series, “What Can the Student, the Citizen, and Reporters Do for Journalism and Democracy?” on Tuesday, Feb. 23, at 7 p.m. in the Student Union Auditorium. Investigative producer Melissa Cornick, right, works on a story with cameraman Michael Iamuzzi. Cornick is the winner of the Edward R. Murrow Award for Investigative Journalism and the Mongerson Prize for Ethics in Journalism. Photo credit: Claudio Musajo.Note: The venue for this event has changed. The lecture was originally scheduled for the Drama Theatre, Fowler Center.  This performance is co-sponsored by the Office of Diversity at ASU, and the event is free and open to the public. Cornick, an acclaimed broadcast news producer of 20/20 and Nightline, will discuss how professional journalism ethics can make a positive difference in the age of
hate speech. Throughout her career, Cornick has been an independent producer. The focus of her investigative journalism has been on uncovering stories of human and civil rights. Her stories are generated by the subjects themse
lves. Cornick’s goal is to give a voice to the voiceless in an ethical and professional manner. In her presentation, Cornick will share and discuss the ethical dilemmas she has confronted while producing the investigation. For details, contact Dr. Gil Fowler, associate dean for the Honors College, at ext. 2308.

Dr. Gambill presents two copies of his book to library
Dr. Joel Gambill, chair, Journalism, recently presented the Dean B. Ellis Library with two copies of "A History of Jonesboro and Craighead County Through The Jonesboro Sun's Front Pages." Jeff Bailey, interim dean, Dean B. Ellis Library, and Dr. Brady Banta, library archivist, accepted the copies. Gambill helped edit the 124-page volume that features coverage of major news events in Jonesboro and Craighead County since 1888. Copies of the book are available for $12.95 each, plus tax, at The Sun office, 518 Carson Street, by calling (870) 935-5525, or at The Jonesboro Sun online.

David Davis, Warrior River Boys at Bluegrass Monday 
David Davis and the Warrior River Boys will perform a concert of bluegrass music at Atkins Celebration Hall, 101 S. Pruett, Paragould, on Monday, Feb. 22, at 7 p.m. The concert is part of the Bluegrass Monday series presented by KASU 91.9 FM. Admission is free, but KASU will pass the hat to pay the group. From Alabama, David Davis is continuing a family tradition of singing and playing bluegrass music. In the 1930s, his father and two uncles played and sang in the style of “brother duets,” a forerunner of today's bluegrass music. Following World War Two, David’s Uncle Cleo was in the first incarnation of the Bluegrass Boys, the backing band for Bill Monroe, the father of bluegrass music. Davis has recorded CDs for the acclaimed Rounder record label, and the group currently records for the prestigious Rebel record label. In addition to the concert, area bluegrass musicians are invited to come to Atkins Celebration Hall for an open jam session beginning at 5 p.m. Bluegrass Monday concerts are held on the fourth Monday of each month. For more details, contact Marty Scarbrough, KASU program director, at ext. 2367. 
2010 Winter Choir concert set for Feb. 23
The Department of Music at ASU will present the ASU Concert Choir and University Singers Men’s and Women’s Choirs in concert on Tuesday, Feb. 23, at 7:30 p.m. in Riceland Hall, Fowler Center. The concert is presented under the direction of Dr. Dale Miller, director of choral activities, and graduate conducting assistants Janet Tullos of Cabot and Patrick Manes of Bryant. The evening’s performance will feature the graduate recital of Ms. Tullos as she leads the Concert Choir and the Delta String Quartet in Eric Whitacre’s “Five Hebrew Love Songs.” Members of the quartet are Rebecca Markowski and Marcia Burns, violins, Paul Markowski, viola, and Elaine Bartee, cellist. For details, contact the music office at ext. 2094, or see the NewsPage release for program and personnel information.

Two small business seminars will be offered Feb. 23-24
The ASU Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC) will conduct two seminars for small businesses at the ASU Delta Center for Economic Development on Tuesday, Feb. 23, and Wednesday, Feb. 24. “What Every Small Business Should Know about Good Credit,” is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 23, from 6-9 p.m. and will be conducted by Robert Bahn, business consultant for the ASU SBTDC. On Wednesday, Feb. 24, the SBTDC will kick of the first of a series of “Lunch N’ Learn: Brown Bag Seminars” from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Wednesday seminar will be on “Twitter Applications for Small Business Marketing.” Topics include: “Basics of Twitter,” “What Twitter Can Do for a Small Business,” and “Basic Setup and Best Practices." Attendees are encouraged to bring a brown-bag lunch, and SBTDC will supply the drinks.Each seminar is $35 per attendee ($25 for Chamber of Commerce and Downtown Jonesboro Association members).  For details, or to register, contact the Arkansas State University Small Business and Technology Development Center at (870) 972-3517, email, register online at the SBDTC's Training Registration and Policies page or become a fan of  the ASU SBTDC on Facebook.

Lakeport Plantation hosts author Susan Young Feb. 27
Author Susan Young will discuss her new book, “So Big, This Little Place: The Founding of Tontitown, Arkansas, 1898-1917,” at Lakeport Plantation, 601 Highway 142, Lake Village, Ark., on Saturday, Feb. 27, beginning at 1 p.m. The day will begin with a tour of the Lakeport Plantation home and at 2 p.m., Young will begin her talk on the ChicotCounty roots of northwest Arkansas’ Italian community, Tontitown. The event is free and open to the public. “So Big, This Little Place” tells the story of a group of 100 Italian families who came from Genoa, Italy, to Chicot County’s Sunnyside  Plantation in 1895. Three years later, 40 families, let by Father Pietro Bandini, left the harsh conditions of the plantation and moved to northwest Arkansas to establish Tontitown in the Ozark Mountains. For more information, contact Dr. Blake Wintory, assistant director and facilities manager at Lakeport Plantation, Sarah Long, museum assistant, or call (870) 265-6031. Visit Lakeport Plantation online for maps and driving directions, restoration pictures, virtual tours, and more. For details, see the NewsPage release.    

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