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March 12, 2010

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

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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Lecture-Concert Series presents Demondrae Thurman
Acclaimed trombone performer Demondrae Thurman will perform in the fourteenth event of Arkansas State University’s Lecture-Concert Series. He will present “Demondrae Demondrae ThurmanThurman on Euphonium and Tuba” on Tuesday, March 16, at 7:30 p.m. in Riceland Hall, Fowler Center. Thurman, a native of Tuscaloosa, Ala., studied euphonium, trombone, and conducting at the University of Alabama and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Thurman is a founding member of Sotto Voce Tuba Quartet, a tuba quartet that won both international tuba quartet competitions in 1998. They have also released three records through Summit records. Thurman has performed with Motown recording artists such as The Temptations, The Four Tops and The Supremes. He plays the first baritone horn with Brass Band of Battle Creek, as well as performing with the Mobile Symphony, the Jacksonville Symphony, the Tuscaloosa Symphony, and the Hot Springs Festival Orchestra. This performance is co-sponsored by the Office of Diversity at ASU, and the event is free and open to the public. For details, contact Dr. Gil Fowler, associate dean, the Honors College, at ext. 2308, or see the NewsPage release.

Residence Life staff members win regional awards, more
The 2010 Southwest Association of College and University Housing Officers (SWACUHO) conference in Austin, Texas, honored staff members of ASU's Office of Residence Life with regional awards. Residence Life staff members were also appointed to SWACUHO leadership and recognized for presenting an educational program session. SWACUHO's membership consists of housing and residence life programs at academic institutions throughout Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas. Adrian Everett, community assistant (CA) in Northpark Quads and Student Activities Board student leader, was awarded the Gene Ward Outstanding Student Leader Award; Sarah Peoples, resident assistant in University Hall and a Student Activities Board student leader, received the Diversity Award: Individual; Jimmi Lampley, graduate student in Residence Life, was honored with the Distinguished Graduate Student Award; Bill Ward, Residence Life maintenance supervisor, was awarded the Bob Cooke Distinguished Service Award; Julie McMahon, associate director of Residence Education, was appointed to serve as the SWACUHO representative on the Association of Colleges and University Housing Officers-International (ACUHO-I) Foundation Board as the regional trustee. Kelly Ponder, Village Manager for Residence Life, was appointed to a two-year term as chair of the Awards and Recognition Committee. The Office of Residence Life was recognized with the Diversity Award: Institutional. Julie McMahon, Associate Director of Residence Education, co-presented one of the 49 programs selected for the conference, along with graduate students Justin McClure, second-year Graduate Hall Director (GHD) in Collegiate Park; Misha Barbour, first-year GHD at the Honors Living Learning Community, and Danielle Carrington, second year GHD in Northpark Quads. For details and photographs, see the NewsPage release.

ASU celebrates Multicultural Week March 15-18
The Leadership Center will be hosting its Multicultural Week Monday-Thursday, March 15-18. The theme of this year’s event is “Global Roots: Digging Deep & Branching Out.” On Monday, March 15, there will be a women’s summit at 5:30 p.m. in the Spring River Room of the ASU Student Union. The summit will expose faculty, students, staff and community members to various issues that women from around the globe are facing and how these diverse groups of women are responding. On Tuesday, March 16, at 7 p.m. in the Student Union Auditorium, there will be a cultural night. The cultural night will offer a great opportunity to meet with international students, share cultural information, and will also offer a wonderful night of entertainment. The Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival will be Wednesday March 17, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in Heritage Plaza. The Japanese Student Organization will perform a traditional dance that is a prayer for good catching of fish in the northern region of Japan. The week's final event is the International Food Festival on Thursday, March 18, at 5:30 p.m. in Centennial Hall. The festival will give students, faculty, and the community the chance to taste their way around the globe with delicious foods from the international community at ASU. For details, contact the Leadership Center at ext. 2055.

Disability Awareness Week is March 15-18
The Office of Disability Services will hold its annual Disability Awareness Week, “Embrace Our Past, Imagine Our Future: Opening a World of Opportunity,” during the week of March 15-18. Highlights of the week are listed below.
On Monday, March 15
,  from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., exhibits and assistive technology available from Disability Services will be displayed in the Leadership Center Lounge, second floor, Student Union. Hearing screenings will take place at the same time in the atrium of the Donald W. Reynolds Center for Health Sciences.
On Tuesday, March 16
, two seizure workshops will be offered; students, staff, and faculty are welcome to attend. Session one is 11 a.m.- 12 noon and will be held in Centennial Hall, Student Union. Session two will be from 3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. in the ASU Museum, Room 182. Amanda McMillon, RN, St. Bernards community educator, will be conducting the two workshops.
On Wednesday, March 17
, Dr. Grover Evans, educator, motivational speaker, business consultant and ASU alumnus, will present a special lecture, "Attitude is the Window Through Which We Must See the World," from 11-11:45 a.m., in the Mockingbird Room, Student Union. Paralyzed from the neck down in a car accident, the Jonesboro native was named Swimmer of the Year at the 32nd National Wheelchair Championships in Barcelona, Spain, and became the first African American to swim on a world championship team in 1994.
On Thursday, March 18
, a free luncheon will be held in Centennial Hall from 12 p.m.-1:30 p.m. Billy Altom, executive director of the Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living (APRIL), will serve as the luncheon speaker. Two representatives from each department are encouraged to attend the luncheon. E-mails with the names of the representatives should be sent to Jane Coburn and include the location where tickets should be sent. Also note any requests for auxiliary aids in the e-mail. A complete schedule of events is available online on the homepage of the Office of Disability Services.
Counseling Center sponsors Safe Spring Break program
With Spring Break (Monday-Friday, March 22-26) rapidly approaching, students should be aware of measures to take for a safer break. The Counseling Center will sponsor a Safe Spring Break Emphasis program, Monday-Wednesday, March 15-17, in the Natural State Lounge in ASU's Student Union. All events will be from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. The Counseling Center will use various activities to educate students about safety during Spring Break. Activities include a trivia contest on Monday, March 15; a program “Pledge to Keep Your Friend Safe" on Tuesday, March 16; and “The Dangers of Drinking Games,” on Wednesday, March 17.

Pride Day awards announced
ASU’s annual Pride Day awards were announced on Thursday, February 25. Congratulations to the following award recipients. Dr. Pat Glascock, Counseling Center, was the recipient of the Howler Award; Genella McCarroll, Residence Life, was the recipient of the Scarlett Bella Award; and the members of Alpha Gamma Delta Sorority were the recipients of the Alpha Wolf Award.

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