Inside ASU, News for Faculty & Staff, Arkansas State University
98th Year

March 28, 2008

Calendar highlights:

CoHSS spring forum, Monday, March 31,
7 p.m., Centennial Ballroom

Brain Awareness Day, tomorrow, 12-3 p.m., Craighead County Jonesboro Public Library

ASU Jazz Band/ MVAE, "Music of Greatest Generation," tomorrow, 7:30 p.m., Riceland Hall


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Delta Blues Symposium XIV culminates this weekend
The 14th annual Delta Blues Symposium culminates this weekend. Delta Blues Symposium XIV: Sense of Place presents its keynote lecture by Dr. Theresa Towner, this afternoon at 4:30 p.m. in the Student Union Auditorium. Her lecture, “No One Gets Outta Here Without Singin’ the Blues,” is free and open to the public.The Department of English and Philosophy welcomes poet Ralph Burns and novelist Jack Butler tonight, from 7:30-9:30 p.m., when the pair will read from their works. Butler and Burns will conduct writing workshops tomorrow. Panels will also be held tomorrow on topics such as Delta Literature, Creative Writing, and Eudora Welty; click here for details.

DBS XIV supports 3rd annual 'Blues in the Schools' project
ASU's Arkansas Folklife Program will sponsor the third annual "Blues in the Schools" project in West Memphis schools on Monday, March 31-Tuesday, April 1. The project kicks off with a free special  presentation by members of the New Orleans Jazz Ramblers Monday, March 31, at 7 p.m. at the West Memphis Public Library. Essie "the Blues Lady" Neal and the New Orleans Jazz Ramblers will be the event's musicians in residence at West Memphis Christian School. Presenters include Dr. Mike Luster, director, the Arkansas Folklife Program, Dr. Ron Horton, director, ASU jazz studies program, Dr. Gregory Hansen, English and Folklore, and Simon Hosken, Heritage Studies graduate student and event organizer. "Blues in the Schools" is supported by the Department of English and Philosophy's Delta Blues Symposium, with support from the National Endowment for the Arts. For details, see the NewsPage release.

Major Helms promoted to rank of Lieutenant Colonel
Maj. Jeffrey A. Helms, chair and professor, Military Science, has been promotMaj. Jeffrey A. Helmsed to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, effective Tuesday, April 1. A ceremony will be held Thursday, April 3, at 4:30 p.m. at the ASU National Guard Armory, with a reception to follow immediately thereafter. The public is invited to both. Col. Everett McDaniel will conduct the ceremony. Helms, who came to ASU in June 2007, formerly served in Giessen, Germany. Helms is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point.

Department of Music presents ASU Concert Orchestra

The Department of Music at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro will present the ASU Concert Orchestra Thursday, April 3, at 7:30 in Riceland Hall, Fowler Center. The ASU Concert Orchestra is under the direction of Dr. Neale Bartee. Selections will include Dvorak's New World Symphony,” Beethoven's “Symphony No. 7 in A Major,” and Tchaikovsky's “Symphony No. 2 (the ‘Little Russian’ Symphony. The concert is free to all. For details, call the music department, ext. 2094, or see the NewsPage release.

Opera/musical theatre workshop to be offered
Arkansas State University in Jonesboro will present an all-day opera/musical tDr. Pamelia Phillipsheatre workshop with Dr. Pamelia Phillips of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts on Saturday, April 5, in the Fine Arts Center Recital Hall. The all-day workshop is sponsored by the Opera Production program. The workshop is free to the public, but seating is limited. Area drama and vocal teachers are encouraged to attend and bring students. For details, call Julia Lansford, ext. 3801, the music department, ext. 2094, or see the NewsPage release.

Staff Senate signature quilt fundraiser sales end Monday
ASU faculty and staff are invited to purchase a personalized signature block to be used in a quilt designed to mark the close of the ASU Indian mascot era. The deadline for purchasing a block is Monday, March 31.The completed queen-sized quilt will be available for purchase at the Annual Employee Picnic and Silent Auction in May. Proceeds from this sale of quilt blocks go to the Staff Senate Educational Stipend Award Fund for ASU-Jonesboro non-faculty employees and their dependents. For details, and to reserve your block,contact Laura Cremeens. To view the quilt, click here.

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