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99th Year

March 30, 2009

Calendar highlights:

Float building begins. Tuesday, March 31, 5 p.m., Historic Quadrangle

ASU Centennial Celebration begins, Wednesday, April 1,

Delta Blues Symposium XV: Celebrating a Century of Delta Culture begins, Thursday, April 2-Saturday, April 4


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ASU's Centennial Celebration approaches; save the date
A full slate of activities scheduled for Wednesday, April 1, will usher in Arkansas State University’s Centennial Celebration with Founders’ Day activities, including a lawn picnic and a parade in downtown Jonesboro. See the Centennial Calendar for a preview. The party gets started Tuesday, March 31, at 5 p.m., as parade participants, float builders,  and their completed creations assemble on the Historic Quadrangle, the area near the Historic Arch, located south of the Administration Building and Wilson Hall, north of the ASU Library, bounded on the west by Cooley Drive and on the east by Caraway Road.  Judging of the finished floats will be at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, April 1. Winners will be selected in three categories, including Most Group Participation, Most Creative, and Best Overall. Winners will be announced at the Wednesday, April 1 ASU Centennial Celebration Kickoff Ceremony at 2 p.m. at the Historic Arch. Following the campus ceremony, floats will proceed to the designated downtown parade route. For details, contact ASU's Centennial Celebration Office at ext. 2803. 

Doug Seroff to deliver DBS XV keynote address April 2
Delta Blues Symposium XV: Celebrating A Century of Delta Culture will commence at 12:30 p.m., Thursday, April 2, when ASU’s Centennial Celebration Commission willDoug Seroff convene a panel, "Bringing ASU's Heritage to Life.” Commission members are Dr. Nancy Hendricks, Dr. Ruth Hawkins, and Dr. Brady Banta. Renowned scholar Doug Seroff will deliver the keynote address, “Arkansas Blues: 100 Years Ago Today,” on Thursday, April 2, at 3:30 p.m. in the Mockingbird Room on the third floor of ASU’s Student Union. Doug Seroff, a resident of Greenbrier, Tenn., is a noted scholar of the rise of African American music. With collaborator Lynn Abbott, he is the author of several studies, including “Out of Sight: The Rise of African American Popular Music, 1889-1895” and “Ragged But Right: Black Travelling Shows, ‘Coon Songs,’ & the Dark Pathway to Blues and Jazz.” His address will explore blues activity in the first decades of the twentieth century, focusing on pioneer blueswoman and Hot Springs native Estelle Harris. Unless otherwise noted, all events will take place in the Mockingbird Room. For details, contact the department or Dr. Rick Burns, Symposium Committee, at ext. 3043, or visit the symposium's Web site. A complete schedule of symposium events is also online. For more details, see the NewsPage release.

Dr. Zhou and undergraduate student receive funding
Dr. Hong Zhou, Mathematics and Statistics, and Shauna Leonard have received funding from NSF EPSCoR for a fellowship grant that provides stipend and travel support for the undergraduate research project, “Computer Simulation Study of Confidence Intervals for Intraclass Correlation Coefficients.” Ms. Leonard is a junior B.S.E. Mathematics student. The funding for this award comes from the Arkansas ASSET Initiative Grant from Arkansas NSF EPSCoR managed by the Arkansas Science and  Technology Authority.

Dr. Debra Ingram, graduate student, present work
Dr. Debra Ingram, Mathematics and Statistics, and Latia Carraway presented their work, “Investigating the Use of Computational Algorithms for Constructing Nonregular Robust Parameter Designs," at the 2008 Joint Statistical Meetings. Carraway received her M.S. in Mathematics at ASU and is currently working on a Ph.D. in Statistics at the University of Memphis. Also at the 2008 Joint Statistical Meetings, Alison Wiley and Dr. Debra Ingram received an Honorable Mention in the Outstanding Poster Presentation Award for their presentation at the 2007 Joint Statistical Meetings, “Aliasing Strings for Some Nonregular Designs with Generalized Minimum Aberration.” Wiley received her B.S. in Mathematics at ASU and is currently working on a M.S. in Statistics at Texas A&M University. Their award was given by the American Statistical Association’s Section on Physical and Engineering Sciences. 

HiStory Time is back at ASU Museum April 4
On April 4th, at 2 p.m., the ASU Museum will again feature HiStory Time. April 4's story will focus on life on the frontier. The ASU Museum explores the history of the region via reading a different history-based children’s story each month and observing objects on exhibition. Every session includes a hands-on activity —songs, games, or crafts— that will vary according to the story. Children ages 2–8 are invited, and adults are asked to remain for the session. Visitors are invited to stay for a puppet show on Nano-technology that will immediately follow HiStory Time on Saturday, April 4. For more information visit the museum online, or call ext. 2074.

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