March 28, 2005

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Multicultural Week begins today; continues through Friday
The Student Activities Board along with the International Student Association has teamed up again this year to present Multicultural Week 2005 – UNITED WE STAND...divided we fall. The week-long event is designed to inform and empower participants about various cultures in hopes of creating a more harmonious environment for all individuals. Participants can look forward to many of the traditional events that have taken place in the past, such as cultural night and the international food festival. This year will include some new events such as a cultural exhibition and a workshop dealing with the issues surrounding stereotyping. The workshop will feature Dr. Patricia Guy Walls from the Department of Social Work. For a complete list of events, go to

Red Beans & Rice at the Pavilion this Friday
Don't be an April fool and miss "Red" Beans & Rice this Friday, April 1, at the ASU Pavilion. There will be lots of food, fun, Zydeco music, and door prizes along with a visit from Red. Tickets are only $5 in advance (or $6 at the door) and this event benefits the General Academic Scholarship Fund. The lunch will be held from 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. as dine in or carry out with a menu of red beans and rice, dessert and drink. Contact University Development at 972-3940 or visit the office in Room 103 of the Administration Building for tickets. See more "Red" Beans & Rice News.

College of Business planning teaching conference
Faculty members in the College of Business are organizing its inaugural "teaching conference" on Monday, April 11.  The conference is titled, "Advances in Higher Education: Student Issues and Use of Technology in the Classroom."  The sessions will be in the Mockingbird and Pine Tree Rooms of the Student Union.  For details, contact Dr. Sarath Nonis, Dr. Melodie Philhours or Dr. Ralph Ruby in the College of Business.

New Student Orientation begins April 5
New Student Orientation has been revamped for future students and their parents into one day sessions, as opposed to last year’s two-day sessions. The 2005 schedule will include 10 orientations, mostly on Tuesdays, throughout the summer. The dates will be April 5, May 24, June 7, 14, 21, 28, July 12, 26, Aug. 2, and on Friday, Aug. 19. The April 5 date will allow students who are eager to get a jump start on college an opportunity to build their schedules. In turn, they can go back to their respective high schools and serve as ambassadors. In addition, the new program allows an increase in the number days for students who have met admission requirements to visit the campus, along with additional time for speaking to faculty members while they are here. For more information, visit

Mike Medlock re-appointed to Board of Trustees
Gov. Mike Huckabee announced Friday that he has re-appointed Mike Medlock, a Jonesboro businessman, to the ASU Board of Trustees. Medlock is president of the Insurance Network of Jonesboro. In addition to his work in the insurance industry, his civic activities include the Jonesboro Municipal Airport Commission and the Jonesboro Industrial Development Corp. Medlock is a 1973 alumnus, and he and his wife, Lynda, live in Jonesboro. Members of the ASU Board of Trustees are appointed by the governor and serve staggered five-year terms.

Arkansas Supreme Court to hold session on campus
The Arkansas Supreme Court will conduct a session at ASU on Thursday, April 7. The Court rarely meets outside the state capital, and this may be the first time the justices have conducted business in Jonesboro. Several students and faculty, along with interested community residents, are expected to attend and observe the Court as the justices hear an appeal in a product liability lawsuit. The session is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. in the Grand Hall of Fowler Center and is open to the public. D. Price Marshall of Jonesboro, a member of the local bar association and an ASU alumnus, is coordinating the visit. Dr. Richard Wang, Political Science, may be contacted at 972-3048 for more information about student involvement in the session.

Horn Choir, Brass Choir, Tuba & Euphonium concert
The Department of Music will present the Horn Choir, the Tuba & Euphonium Ensemble and the Brass Choir in a joint spring semester concert on Monday, April 4, at 7:30 p.m. in Fowler Center. The Horn Choir is under the direction of Sherry Baker. The repertoire for the Horn Choir will include two works: Prince Louis Ferdinand von Prussian March, arranged by Herman Jeurissen; and Lutzows Wilde Verwegene Jagd by Karl von Stiegler. The Tuba & Euphonium Ensemble is under the direction of Dr. Ed Owen, assistant professor of tuba & euphonium. The program for the evening will include: Make Our Garden Grow from Candide  by Leonard Bernstein; Ave Maria by Tomas Luis de Vittoria; March from 1941 by John Williams; and St. Louis Blues by W.C. Handy. Owen is also the director of the Brass Choir. The repertoire for the evening will include: Canzona per Sonare No. 2 by Giovanni Gabrielli; Rising Sun by Tom O’Connor; and Symphony No. 1 for Brass by Brian Balmages. The concert is free and open to the public. For more details, see the NewsPage article or call the Department of Music at (870) 972-2094.

Memphis BioWorks group to meet at ASU
Participants in AgBioWorks, a sub-group of Memphis BioWorks, will meet on the ASU campus Thursday, March 31.  Memphis BioWorks Foundation is an organization started by the Memphis Chamber of Commerce to promote the broad range of research, education and commercial biosciences programs in the Memphis region.  The meeting is being held at ASU so members can tour the Arkansas Biosciences Institute facility, according to Dr. Elizabeth Hood in ASU's Office of Research and Technology Transfer.

FFA Career Development Day is Wednesday
The 2005 northeast Arkansas district FFA Career Development Day will be held Wednesday, March 30, on campus. Career Development Day will kickoff at the Convocation Center and then students will participate in one or several of the 12 events taking place across the campus. Last year, 61 schools throughout northeast Arkansas brought approximately 1,500 students to campus. See more details on the NewsPage.

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