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100th Year

March 10, 2010

Calendar highlights:

ASU celebrates Women's History Month, Tuesday, March 2-Tuesday, March 30

CMVAS presents "The Toltec Mounds Site," Thursday, March 11, 7 p.m., ASU Museum, Room 182

6th annual Brain Awareness Day, Saturday, March 13, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Round Room, Craighead County Jonesboro Public Library, 315 W. Oak

Fowler Center Series presents Brooklyn Rider
Saturday, March 13, 7:30 p.m., Riceland Hall, Fowler Center



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Dr. Hacker's research featured in New York Times article
Dr. Hans Hacker, Political Science, was featured in The New York Times column, “In A Polarized Court, Getting the Last Word, by Adam Liptak on Monday, March 8. Liptak's columDr. Hans Hackern concerned Dr. Hacker's study, "The Brooding Spirit of the Law: Supreme Court Justices Reading Dissents from the Bench," that appeared in Justice System Journal. Dr. Hacker worked with co-author William D. Blake, a graduate student in the Department of Government at the University of Texas. Liptak is The New York Times Supreme Court correspondent. He started the Sidebar column in January 2007, and his views on the legal world appear every two weeks. The column covers and considers developments in the world of law, explaining the significance of legal developments, the stories of the underlying court cases, and the intersecting orbits of lawyers, clients, lawmakers, scholars and judges. Monday’s column focused on the number of times Supreme Court justices give oral dissents, or disagreements with rulings, from the bench. According to Dr. Hacker’s research, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg holds the modern record for the number of dissents read from the bench in terms of percentage, with more than 10 percent of her dissents being read from the bench. The column also discussed whether ideology plays any part in generating oral dissents. A set of scholars wrote a study in the Minnesota Law Review last year saying that ideological opposites are more likely to dissent from the bench. Dr. Hacker and his partner, however, found that disappointed ideological allies are the most likely oral dissenters, since their study suggests it is one's friends who drive one crazy.

AETN's "Silent Storytellers" to feature Dr. Juliet Morrow
Dr. Juliet Morrow, ASU’s  Arkansas Archeological Survey station archeologist, will be featured in Silent Storytellers,” an original documentary produced by ArkansasDr. Juliet Morrow Educational Television Network (AETN), premiering on AETN, Thursday, March 11 at 6:30 p.m. The documentary was filmed over a two-year period and explores the cultural, artistic, and personal stories cemeteries provide to the surrounding communities. The show is guided by author and cemetery researcher Abby Burnett, and visits cemeteries in Boone, Crawford, Franklin, Hempstead, Johnson, Lawrence, Newton, Pulaski, Searcy and Sevier counties in Arkansas. It will feature tombstones with tales of murder, family heirlooms and folk-art inspired carvings. “Silent Storytellers” will also feature information about the best techniques for preserving, repairing, and maintaining tombstones, presented by Elizabeth Norton of Norton Fine Arts Conservation. “Silent Storytellers” will air again on Saturday, March 13, at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday, March 14, at noon and on AETN-2 on Sunday, March 21, at 6:30 a.m.
International perspectives on women luncheon March 11
The Office of Multicultural Affairs invites students, faculty, and staff to celebrate March as Women’s History Month by attending the luncheon, "International Perspectives: The Role of Women” Thursday, March 11, at 12 p.m. in the ASU Student Union's Spring River Room. Guest panelists will include Dr. Amany Saleh, Education; Christina Laurentia, Disability Services; Maryam Moeeni; Joelle Mafo; Ragini  Kamineni; Dr. Catherine Reese, Political Science, and others. For details, and to RSVP, contact Kimberley Johnson, Multicultural Affairs, ext. 2055.

Continuing Legal Education project slated for March 12
ASU and the Craighead County Bar Association will collaborate on a joint Continuing Legal Education (CLE) project entitled, “The Business of Law: How to Run Yours and How to Advise Clients to Run Theirs” Friday, March 12, from 8:30 a.m.-4:45 p.m. in ASU's Centennial Hall, Student Union. This event is approved for 5.0 general hours and 1.0 ethics hour. Sessions during “The Business of Law” cover five key employment legal topics including “Hiring and Firing,” “Wages,” “Contracts,” Federal and State Employment Laws,” and “Ethics with Clients.” Register online at the Center for Regional Programs. Registration is $175 and includes a buffet lunch, parking in the parking garage at the Student Union, the seminar, course materials, and breaks. Lunches for late registrants may not be possible. Because of facility and catering commitments, refunds will be limited to $100. For details, contact the Center for Regional Programs at ext. 3052, or see the NewsPage release.

72nd annual Journalism and Broadcast Day is March 13
Future newspaper reporters and radio and television broadcasters will be on the Arkansas State University campus Saturday, March 13, when high schools compete in the 72nd Annual Invitational High School Journalism and Broadcasting Day. A sweepstakes plaque will be awarded to the school scoring the most points in the various contests, with plaques going to schools winning second, third, and fourth places in the sweepstakes competition. First-place winners in individual contests will receive medals, with certificates of merit given to other individual contest winners and to winning papers in the newspaper contest and news video competition. Competition in the broadcasting area includes contests for television commercial or public service announcements, music video, documentary short, pre-designed web pages and sporting events. All onsite contests will be held in the Communications Building. The contests include: News Writing, Photography, TV Anchoring, Video Promotion and Public Relations (all at 9 a.m.); Feature Writing, Advertising Copy and Layout and Broadcast News Writing (all at 10 a.m.); Sports Writing, Editorial Writing and Radio Announcing (all at 11 a.m.); Headline Writing, Editorial Cartooning and Newspaper Copy Reading (all at noon). Following a noon lunch, an awards ceremony will be held at 2:30 p.m. in the Radio-TV Studio. For details, contact Dr. Joel Gambill, ext. 3075, or see the NewsPage release.

2010 Assessment Newsletter now available online
The Arkansas State University-Jonesboro 2010 Assessment Newsletter is now available  online ( from the Office of Institutional Research, Planning, and Assessment. Those who would like to receive printed copies of this newsletter can call the Office of Institutional Research, Planning, and Assessment at ext. 3027 or email

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