Feb. 23, 2007

Calendar highlights:

ASU Museum reprises Black History Month films, Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2:30 and 3:30 p.m.

* Job Fair, Wednesday, Feb. 28, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Convocation Center

* Kurin lecture, Thursday, March 1, 4 p.m., ASU Museum, Room 157

Lecture-Concert Series presents David Starobin and George Crumb, Thursday, March 1, 7:30 p.m., Riceland Hall, Fowler Center


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Smithsonian rep to present Heritage Studies lecture
The Heritage Studies Ph.D. Program will present a lecture by Dr. Richard Kurin, director of the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage at the Smithsonian Institution, Thursday, March 1, at 4 p.m. in the ASU Museum, Room 157. Dr. Kurin is the author of dozens of scholarly works and several popular books, including "Hope Diamond: The Legendary History of a Cursed Gem." Several of the cultural education programs he has overseen have won Academy, Emmy, and Grammy Awards and nominations.  For more information on the event, click on NewsRelease.

Dr. Guha's article published in environmental journal
Dr. Gauri Guha, Economics, Dr. Gauri Guharecently had an article accepted in the peer-reviewed environmental journal, Energy Sources, B: Economics, Planning, and Policy. The article, "Cost and Carbon Savings from Innovative Conversion of Agricultural Residues," was co-authored with Dr. Robert Engelken, Electrical Engineering, and doctoral candidates Aaron Archer and Jason Self. The article is of great topical interest, given the recent focus on climate change and alternate energy sources.

Spring Job Fair to be held; all majors are welcome
ASU's Spring Job Fair and Grad School Expo will be held Wednesday, Feb. 28, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Convocation Center. Please urge your students to attend, dressed in professional business attire and with multiple copies of resumes and references in hand. The fair provides a great opportunity for students to meet prospective employers and learn about graduate schools and to build valuable networking and interviewing skills. For details, see http://careers.astate.edu, NewsRelease, or call Career Services at ext. 3025. 

Lecture-Concert to present Starobin and Crumb
Guitarist David Starobin and composer George Crumb will perform with ASU faculty and students Thursday, March 1, at 7:30 p.m., Riceland Hall, Fowler Center, as part of ASU's Lecture-Concert Series. Their performance, "A Concert of Music by George Crumb" is free and open to the public. Works to be performed include “Black Angels” for electric string quartet, “An Idyll for the Misbegotten” for flute and percussion, and "Easter Dawning” for handbells ensemble. Performers will include faculty members Matthew Carey, Lauren Schack Clark, Joe Bonner, and Craig Collison. The ASU Ringers ensemble, directed by Ellis Julien, will also perform. For details, see NewsRelease.

Library program, exhibit, celebrate Black History
Jonesboro's African-American Cultural Center and the Dean B. Ellis Library present "A Moment in Black History," on Sunday, Feb. 25, at 3 p.m. in the third-floor exhibit space/programs area of the library. The program includes a tribute to Mahalia Jackson by Mrs. Steve Prunty and Rev. and Mrs. Brandon Walker; a dance segment sponsored by Pam Woodard; a lecture, "Black History: Connecting the Past to the Present," by Dr. Calvin C. Smith, Emeritus Professor of History; and additional remarks from Dr. George Grant, Dean of Information and Library Science. For details, call the African-American Cultural Center, (870) 219-1058. The library and cultural center are also hosting a special exhibit, the African-American History of Jonesboro, through March 15. This exhibit, which serves as a backdrop for Sunday's program, features pictures, information, and artifacts of African-American culture and history in Jonesboro. Discover people like D.W. Hughes, the man who founded Booker T. Washington High School, the area's only black high school before desegregation, and Elizabeth (Liz) McKinney, the first African-American woman to be employed by ASU. Take the stairs or elevator across from the Circulation Desk to the third floor and exit into the exhibit space/programs area. For details of the exhibit, contact April Sheppard.  

Arkansas Fitness Challenge
ASU employees are invited to join the Arkansas Fitness Challenge, a three-month contest (March 1-May 30) developed to encourage physical activity among employees by exercising through 30 checkpoints on a virtual map of Arkansas. Sign-up deadline is Feb. 28. Participants log their physical activity, which can include walking, jogging, hiking, biking, lap swimming and other various aerobic activities, and winning teams are named based on accumulated points in various categories. ASU will compete with St. Bernards, as well as other entities of similar size statewide. To sign up for the fitness challenge, go to www.arkansasfitnesschallenge.com. Enter "ASU" as the group code in step 3 on the lower right side of page and click "register." Fill out registration page, with ID and password of your choosing. Exercise, then log exercise on the website beginning March 1. For more information, please contact Chris Enger at ext. 3974.

Colleges Against Cancer collecting recipes
The ASU Chapter of Colleges Against Cancer is creating a cookbook as a fundraiser for the ASU Relay for Life race on April 13. All faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to submit recipes of their favorite foods. The goal is the collection of approximately 300 recipes from ASU's faculty, staff, and student cooks. Multiple submissions are allowed. Deadline for submissions is Wednesday, Feb. 28. Copies of recipes should be sent to Dr. Jeannette Loutsch, Biology, but submissions should be made directly online at http://morriscookbooks.com. From that page, click "typensave Online," and from there, log in, type your name (contributor name) as it will appear with the recipes, using caccookbook as the Group Login and c5bkf as the password. Click on "add recipe" at left. For details, contact Dr. Jeannette Loutsch    at ext.3253.

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