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100th Year

Feb. 24, 2010

Calendar highlights:

ASU celebrates Black History Month,
Feb. 2-26

Department of Music presents final Faculty Recital Series concert of season, Thursday,
Feb. 25, 7:30 p.m., Riceland Hall

10th annual Delta Awards for Tourism achievement banquet, Friday, Feb. 26,
5:30 p.m. silent auction, 7 p.m. dinner and awards program, Southland Park Gaming and Racing, West Memphis

Lakeport Plantation hosts author Susan Young, Saturday,
Feb. 27, with plantation tours at 1 p.m. and author presentation at 2 p.m.


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Dr. Sikkel has work cited in popular magazine
Dr. Paul Sikkel, Aquatic Biology, received recognition recently for his work as a marine parDr. Paul Sikkelasitologist in Reader’s Digest. The Reader’s Digest article, “Invader” by Robert Kiener, appeared in the January 2010 issue and mentions Sikkel, his work, and Arkansas State University. The article deals with the recent invasion of lionfish in the Bahamas. The lionfish, which is native to the Indian and Pacific Oceans, recently spread into the Caribbean, causing problems for locals and visitors who come to and live on the tiny islands. Concerns about the lionfish include their eating of native fish and their poisonous back spines. Sikkel has found that lionfish do not contain parasites that most local fish contain, gives them more energy, offering another possible explanation to how they have been able to multiply their numbers in the Caribbean in such a short time. Sikkel’s work on lionfish has been featured on National Public Radio. Sikkel also recently spent time on St. John, Virgin Islands, as part of the Virgin Island Environmental Resource Center Station (VIERS), where scientists and eco-volunteers conduct coastal and reef research in concert with Clean Islands International. This research was mentioned in the Miami Herald's travel section in an article on eco-tourism.

Dr. Hickman publishes article on 19th-c. photographer
Dr. Paul Hickman, Art History, and curator of the Visual Resources Library, has written an article about American photographer John James Reilly, which appeared in the January-February 2010 issue of Stereo World magazine, the world's only magazine devoted to the past, present and future of stereoscopic three-dimensional images. The life and works of Reilly, a 19th-century photographer, are featured in the 11-page article, "John James Reilly: New Chronology, New Publishers of Reilly's Stereographs, New Bibliography and New Old and New Series Views." The principal themes depicted by the reproduction of twelve of Reilly's stereographs are Niagara Falls, Yosemite Valley, and San Francisco. This article includes the earliest known card types by Reilly, the only known glass stereograph by Reilly, and the only known large format photograph by Reilly. Reilly's life and works are assessed in a cross-disciplinary study from the complementary perspectives of art, photographic, cultural, social and economic history. Niagara and Yosemite were photographed more than any other American scene. These tourist meccas are portrayed as national icons. Judged by these criteria, Reilly is viewed as a significant figure in the history of American photographers.

RSVP to Blue and You Fitness Challenge by Feb. 25
Robyn Whitehead, director, Department of Wellness and Health Promotion, announces the Blue and You fitness challenge. Blue and You is a program of Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield and the Arkansas Department of Health. The
Kickoff party for the Blue and you Fitness Challenge will be held Monday, March 1, from 12 noon-1 p.m., and will begin at the Chi Omega fountain on Aggie Road just north of the Administration Building and west of the Student Union. The Blue and You kickoff event is a walk/run  on a 1-1/2 mile route around campus. Individual participants may walk/run more or less if they like. The walk/run will get participants off to a good start and can be logged for the challenge. Refreshments will be offered to replenish participants before they return to work. RSVP by Thursday, February 25, to Robyn Whitehead, ext. 3974, or Ruth Ann Harp of Arkansas Blue Cross Blue Shield. Visit the Blue and You Fitness Challenge online.

Arkansas Political Science Association set for Feb. 26-27
Retiring U.S. Congressman Marion Berry and John Brummett of the Arkansas News Bureau are featured speakers at the annual meeting of the Arkansas Political Science Association scheduled Friday and Saturday, Feb. 26-27, on the Jonesboro campus of ASU. All sessions will be held in the Student Union on the ASU campus. Conference registration is from noon-4 p.m. in the third floor lobby. Dr. Will McLean, associate professor of Political Science at ASU, is the program chair. Brummett is the featured speaker during the Friday evening dinner, scheduled for 6:15-8 p.m. at the Cooper Alumni Center. A reception precedes the dinner from 4:30-6 p.m. Jonesboro mayor Harold Perrin will welcome attendees. Congressman Berry is slated to close out the conference by speaking at the Saturday luncheon from 12:15-1:30 p.m. in the Student Union Centennial Hall. Political scientists from Arkansas and Louisiana will present a series of panel discussions. ASU participants will include Dr. Mihaela Czobor-Lupp, Dr. David Harding, Dr. Charles Hartwig, and Dr. Jon Lofton, all of Political Science, Dr. Louella Moore, Accounting, and Dr. Cathy Reese, Dr. Rollin Tusalem, and Dr. Barbara Warner, all of Political Science, and Dr. Richard Wang, chair, Political Science. For details about the conference, contact Dr. Will McLean, ext. 2104, or see the NewsPage release. View the schedule of events for the two-day conference online.

ASU Jazz Bands welcome pianist Donald Brown March 1
The Department of Music at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro will present the ASU Jazz Band and Jazztette with a special guest, the Grammy-nominated jazz pianist Donald Brown, in concert on Monday, March 1, at 7:30 p.m. in Riceland Hall, FowlerJazz pianist Donald BrownCenter. The bands will feature a number of Brown’s compositions, and Brown will be featured as a soloist during the concert.  Additionally, Brown will be featured in a clinic on the following evening, Tuesday, March 2, at 5 p.m. in the Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Both events are free of charge and open to the public. Brown was raised in Memphis, Tennessee, where he learned to play trumpet and drums in his youth. From 1972 to 1975 he was a student at Memphis State University, by which time he had made piano his primary instrument. He joined Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers from 1981-82. For details, contact the music office at ext. 2094, or see the NewsPage release

Economic Outlook Conference to be held Feb. 25
Reminder: The College of Business will hold the Economic Outlook Conference in Fowler Center, Thursday, Feb. 25, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Conference hosts include Dr. Len Frey, dean, College of Business; Center for Economic Education; Dr. David Kern, McAdams Frierson Chair of Bank Management; and the Delta Center for Economic Development. Guest speakers will include Kevin Kliesen, business economist, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis; Bill Tedford, executive vice president, Stephens, Inc.; and Dr. Gary Latanich, director, Center for Economic Education. The conference will focus on current economic conditions and provide an outlook for the remainder of 2010, concluding with a question and answer session following the presentations. For details, contact Tara Watson at the Delta Center for Economic Development, ext. 3000.

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