March 20, 2006

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* Spring Break Week.  Classes resume Monday, March 27

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Dr. Staffan Elgelid makes presentation
Dr. Staffan Elgelid, Physical Therapy, delivered a presentation titled Encouragement, Creativity and Fear of the Unknown! during the International Sun Conference on Teaching and Learning held in El Paso, Texas, earlier this month.

Dr. Shebby Neely-Goodwin presents paper
Dr. Shebby Neely-Goodwin, Social Work, recently presented a paper titled The Religious and Spiritual Life of African American Children: An Exploration in Resilience and Growth at the Black Administrators in Child Welfare Conference in Arlington, Va.
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Delta Blues Symposium to feature guitarist
Legendary bluesman and guitarist Kenny NealLouisiana bluesman and guitarist Kenny Neal will be the featured performer at Delta Blues Symposium XII: Delta Diversity, sponsored by the Department of English and Philosophy on Thursday, March 30. Neal will perform in concert at 8 p.m. at The Forum, downtown Jonesboro. The concert is free and open to the public. A native of Baton Rouge, La., Neal, whose father was also a musician, grew up in a household filled with drums, guitars, and harps. Neal absorbed the music of his father’s friends, which included legendary greats Buddy Guy, Lazy Lester, and Slim Harpo. Their influences as well as regional and local traditions have shaped Neal’s distinctive musical approach.
   Delta Blues Symposium XII: Delta Diversity, is the 2006 installment of an annual three-day conference held at ASU. For more details on Neal’s concert and other symposium events, contact the Department of English and Philosophy at 972-3043, visit the website, or see the NewsPage.

Announcement set for Monday, March 27
Mark your calendar for a campus announcement on Monday, March 27, after everyone returns from spring break.  At 11 a.m. on the west side of Wilson Hall, we will learn more about some changes taking place on campus.  All students, faculty and staff are invited.  Also, students have a related announcement in the Student Union at 4 p.m. the following day.  Again, everyone is invited.

ASU supports Guard and Reserve
President Les Wyatt recently signed a statement of support pledging that ASU will not reduce employment or career opportunities for employees or students who serve in any branch of the U.S. military forces. The National Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) has recognized ASU for its public affirmation of support of military personnel who are employed or attend classes throughout the ASU system. ESGR representatives Dr. Gil Fowler, public affairs officer for the state committee, and Dr. Dennis White, chairman for the Northeast Arkansas Region, said that ESGR is a volunteer organization committed to supporting the country’s defense.

FFA Career Development Day: March 29
The 2006 northeast Arkansas district FFA Career Development Day will be held Wednesday, March 29, and will kickoff at the Convocation Center. High school students will then participate in one or several of the 12 events taking place across the campus from the Convocation Center or the ASU Farm to the Pavilion or Agriculture Building. The classes, or “career development events,” are: agricultural mechanization, agricultural electrification, agri-business, agronomy, dairy foods, floriculture, forestry, land judging, livestock judging, meats, nursery/landscaping, and poultry. There are approximately 75 agriculture programs in the secondary schools of northeast Arkansas. This year, some 1,400 students from these schools are registered to attend. For more details, see the NewsPage.

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