March 14, 2005

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Dr. Ruth Hawkins receives state award from Parks & Tourism
At the 2005 Henry Awards presented at the Governor's Conference on Tourism March 8 in Little Rock, Dr. Ruth Hawkins received the Tourism Person of the Year Award from the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism. She is currently the Director of the Delta Heritage Initiatives, interim Director of the ASU Museum and is also the Director of the Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Educational Center. Congratulations to Dr. Hawkins for not only representing ASU, but also helping the tourism industry in northeast Arkansas as well as the entire state of Arkansas!

Rockapella to appear in northeast Arkansas for the first time
Tuesday, March 22, Rockapella will perform at the Fowler Center bringing their unique blend of soul, rock, jazz, and rhythm and blues to northeast Arkansas for the first time. Most everyone has heard Rockapella’s music either from the longest running show on PBS, “Where in The World is Carmen Sandiego,” or from their famous series of Folgers Coffee commercials during the 1990s.
  The performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 and $20 for adults, $18 and $14 for ASU staff, senior adults and students, and $9 and $6 for ASU students. Tickets may be purchased at the ASU Central Box Office or by calling 870-972-2781 or online at For more information, please contact the Fowler Center at 870-972-3471. The next Fowler Center performance this year is the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra on April 26. For more, see the release on the NewsPage.

Delta Blues Symposium XI for artists, performers & scholars
Imagining the Delta is the theme for the 11th annual Delta Blues Symposium, sponsored by the Department of English and Philosophy. The three-day event begins on Thursday, April 7, and continues through Saturday, April 9. Scholars, students, artists, and performers will gather to examine and celebrate the Delta’s rich cultural resources.  All symposium events are free and open to the public. For further information on Delta Blues Symposium XI, contact the Department of English and Philosophy at 870-972-3043 or visit the symposium website at Or, for more details, see the news release on the NewsPage.
  Funding and other assistance for the Delta Blues Symposium has been provided by the Department of Art, Department of History, Department of Theatre, Department of Music, Heritage Studies Ph.D. Program, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Office of Diversity Initiatives, and Lecture~Concert Series.

Latin folk group to perform on March 24
The Latin American folk group Sotavento will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 24, in Riceland Hall of the Fowler Center. It is free and open to the public. Sotavento’s folk-inspired music brings to life the musical heritage of Latin America with more than 30 instruments of strings, winds and percussion that have roots in Pre-Columbian, European, African or Mestizo cultures. The musicians of Sotavento hail from Puerto Rico, Spain, El Salvador, Mexico and the United States, and each member blends his or her individual style into the group’s original music. The group has released seven original recordings, the first being “Sotavento,” a self-titled album released in 1982. 
  The final Lecture~Concert Series event will be on Thursday, April 7, with a performance by Little Milton, legendary bluesman, as a joint presentation with the Delta Blue Symposium XI: Imagining the Delta.
For more information, please contact Dr. Gil Fowler, interim Dean of The Honors College, at 870-972-2308 or via email him at 

Delta Promise Day to award $1,500 in new scholarships
ASU will host Delta Promise Day on Monday, April 4, for qualified high school seniors who reside in one of the designated 42 counties of the Delta region in Arkansas. Qualified students will be awarded a one-time $1,500 Academic Merit Scholarship if selected to attend Delta Promise Day at ASU. Letters were mailed to approximately 175 counselors earlier this month seeking student recommendations for Delta Promise Day. To qualify, students must: reside in one of the 42 designated Delta counties; have a 3.0 grade point average on the seven-semester transcript of high school; have at least a 20 composite score on the ACT. Delta Promise Day will begin with registration at 9 a.m. in the new Student Union, Center Court. Activities will include morning programs, campus tours, student discussion panels and an academic presentation. Delta Promise Day will conclude with lunch and an awards ceremony ending at approximately 1 p.m.

This week is Spring Break: no classes today through Friday
This week is Spring Break 2005 and there will be no classes Monday through Friday, March 14 - 18. Administrative offices will be open during the regular campus office hours of 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.

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