Feb. 23, 2006

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Black History Month continues

*  Jazz Band concert,  7:30 p.m., tonight, Fowler Center

*  Board of Trustees meeting, 2 p.m.,
Friday, Board Room, Library

The Merling Trio,

Black Boy,


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'Black Boy' to be presented Tuesday
A theatrical adaptation of Richard Wright’s journey from childhood to adulthood in the Jim Crow South, as written in his book “Black Boy,” will be presented at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, in the Student Union Auditorium. Commemorating Black History Month and sponsored by the Office of Diversity Initiatives, the performance is free and open to the public.
  Performed by acclaimed actor Charles Holt, the moving one-man production is adapted for the stage from Wright’s landmark autobiography. This poignant coming-of-age story traces the African-American author’s many boyhood struggles – from growing up poor and being abandoned by his father to facing “Jim Crow” prejudice in early 20th-century America. For more details, see the NewsPage.

State Senator Jerry Bookout was a great friend
He has been called a legislative legend, and Arkansas State Senator Jerry BookoutState University called him a great friend.  State Senator Jerry Bookout of Jonesboro promoted ASU in every way possible for decades, first as a student leader and throughout his 34-year career as a state representative and senator.  He was a sponsor of the 1967 legislation that elevated Arkansas State College to university status, and he also touched thousands of young Arkansans' lives by sponsoring the Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship legislation.  See the tributes to this lifetime advocate for higher education in today's local and state news reports.  His memorial service will be Friday at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Jonesboro.

Dr. Cyndy Hendershot publishes short story
Dr. Cyndy Hendershot, English, has published a short story, Chocolate Factory in the anthology "Sex and Chocolate" (Paycock Press, 2006).

Dr. Staffan Elgelid delivers presentation
Dr Staffan Elgelid, Physical Therapy, delivered a presentation titled, User Centered IT - Based Cognitive Support For Prolonged Independent Living, during the International Conference on Disability, Aging and Independence held in St. Petersburg, Fla. last month.
For all the latest faculty and staff achievements, go to Campus News.

Delta Blues: creative writing workshops
In conjunction with Delta Blues Symposium XII: Delta Diversity, the Department of English and Philosophy will sponsor two creative writing workshops for fiction writers and poets on Saturday, April 1. The fiction workshop will be conducted by award-winning writer Tom Piazza. A graduate of the creative writing program at the University of Iowa, Piazza has published a novel, “My Cold War,” and a collection of stories, “Blues and Trouble.” Piazza is the first Grammy Award Winner to conduct a workshop at the Delta Blues Symposium.
  Sterling Plumpp will oversee the poetry workshop. A longtime professor at the University of Illinois–Chicago and a Mississippi native, Plumpp has authored many books of poetry, including Blues Narratives, Hornman, and Velvet BeBop Kente Cloth. His work has been much anthologized, and he is recipient of such awards as the Richard Wright Award for Lifetime Achievement and Carl Sandburg Literary Prize for Poetry.
  The deadline for submission is Friday, March 3. For more details, see the NewsPage.

2nd Brown Bag Lecture is Wednesday
The College of Humanities and Social Science will host the second installment of the 2006 Brown Bag Lecture Series next Wednesday at 2 p.m. in room 216 of Wilson Hall. The lecture, May We Pray That We be Given Strength and Faith to Stand Together: Racial Activism and South Carolina YWCA's, will be presented by Cherisse Jones, History.
 The next Brown Bag Lecture will be Wednesday, March 29, with Racial Bias in the Justice System featuring Dr. Doris Chu, Dr. Ellen Lemley and Dr. Greg Russell, Criminology.

Choirs to host Preview Concert on March 7
The Department of Music will present the Concert Choir and Men’s Choir in a preview concert on Tuesday, March 7, at 7:30 p.m. in Riceland Hall of Fowler Center. The Men's Choir has been selected to perform at the American Choral Directors Association district meeting in St. Louis, March 9 – 11. The Concert Choir will be performing in Poland and the Czech Republic March 17 - 25. Both choirs are conducted by Dr. Dale Miller, director of choral activities, and accompanied by Ellen Philpot, adjunct professor of music. Although the Concert Choir will be accompanied in Krakow, Poland, by Forum Sinfonia, Philpot will accompany the preview concert on the Fowler Center’s nine-foot Steinway grand piano. For more details, see the NewsPage.

Board of Trustees meeting changed
The Board of Trustees meeting has been changed to 2 p.m. this Friday, Feb. 24, in the 8th floor board room of the Dean B. Ellis Library. The meeting, originally scheduled for 10 a.m., was rescheduled since the memorial service for State Senator Jerry Bookout will be at 11 a.m. on Friday.

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