Inside ASU, News for Faculty & Staff, Arkansas State University
March 28, 2007

Calendar highlights:

* Couch Lecture, Tuesday, April 3

* Delta Blues Symposium XIII, Thursday-Saturday, March 29-31

Girls of Promise, Saturday, March 31

* Heartwalk, Saturday, March 31, 10 a.m., Joe Mack Campbell Park

* Arkansas Delta Oral History Exhibit, reception, Sunday,
April 1

* Through a Child's Eyes XXI, Sunday, April 1


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Delta Blues Symposium XIII: The 1960s begins Thursday
The Department of English and Philosophy sponsors the 13th annual Delta Blues Symposium Thursday-Saturday, March 29-31. This year's program includes presentations from scholars and students of the humanities and social sciences. Presenters will examine how the seven-state Mississippi River Delta provides a varied geographic and cultural environment, eliciting a range of cultural responses from diverse groups defined by ethnicity, class, religion, gender, and other factors. Invited guests include novelist Scott Ely, poet Natasha Trethewey, filmmaker and music writer Robert Gordon, Mississippi bluesman Alvin Youngblood Hart, country music singer Maxine Brown, and folklorist Ben Sandmel. For more details, see

Comedian, communicator Carl Grant to perform at ASU
As part of ASU's Lecture~Concert Series, comedian and communicator Carl Grant will peCarl Grant performs in ASU's Student Union Auditorium.rform Tuesday, April 3, at 7 p.m. in the Student Union Auditorium. His performance, “Humor: The Shortest Distance Between People,” combines Grant's understanding of education, the business environment, and the use of humor to incorporate lightness and creativity into everyday routines. The performance is free and open to the public. Co-sponsors are the Lecture-Concert Series and the College of Education at ASU. For more details, contact Dr. Gil Fowler, associate dean for The Honors College.

Columnist Brummett to give annual Couch Lecture
John Brummett, veteran journalist and columnist for the Arkansas News Bureau, will be  the guest speaker for ASU's annual Paul Couch Lecture on Education. The lecture, "Education as viewed by Journalist, Mentor, and Citizen," will be Tuesday, April 3, at 7 p.m., in the Osage Room of the Student Union (third floor). The lecture series is sponsored by ASU's chapter of Phi Delta Kappa and the College of Education. A reception will follow the lecture. Admission is free, and the public is welcome.

Fowler Center series presents Arkansas Symphony
On Sunday, April 1, at 3 p.m., the Fowler Center Series presents the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra in concert under the direction of David Itkin. The ASO's repertoire includes Beethoven's "Egmont Overture," Sibelius' "The Swan of Tuonela," Smetana's "The Moldau," and Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 4. Individual tickets are $30 and $20 for adults; $23 and $15 for students and seniors; and $10 and $6 for ASU students. To purchase tickets, call 972-ASU1 or visit

Dr. Hill and Dr. Zibluk publish paper on FERPA
Dr. Myleea Hill and Dr. Jack Zibluk, Journalism, will publish a paper, "Helping Human Resources navigate the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)." Dr. Dr. Myleea HillHill will present the paper at the International Association of Business and Public Administration Disciplines conference in Dallas, May 3-6. The paper will be published in the annual IABPAD yearbook. The research is a legal study that clarifies the contradictions of the application of FERPA. It finds that, despite concerns over privacy, no school has ever faced a fine for violating FERPA guidelines.

Brain Awareness Day activities slated for March 31
The 3rd annual Brain Awareness Day is Saturday, March 31, from 1-4 p.m. at the Craighead County Jonesboro Public Library. The event is co-sponsored by the ASU Society for Neuroscience and the public library. ASU neuroscientists and students will offer information on normal brain functions, neurological disorders, and hands-on educational activities, including making brains and nerve cells, testing reaction time, and more. Juggler Chippy Kazoo will give juggling lessons, and psychiatrist Dr. Asad Khan  will also be featured. The event is free and open to the public. For details, contact Dr. Amy Pearce, ext. 3282, or Dr. Malathi Srivatsan, ext. 3082.

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