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April 12, 2010

Calendar highlights:

Convocation of Scholars
, April 12-16, with Faculty Honors Convocation, Tuesday, April 13, 2 p.m., Centennial Hall, and Diversity Excellence Awards, Wednesday, April 14, 12 noon, Grand Hall, Fowler Center

KASU launches Bluesday Tuesday free concert series,
Tuesday, April 13,
7 p.m.,
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Undergraduate Scholars Day slated for April 13
Undergraduate Scholars Day will be held on Tuesday, April 13, 2010 in ASU's Student Union. Undergraduate Scholars Day (USD) is an annual program held during Convocation of Scholars Week where students of all disciplines and from all departments can present and share their research or creative work in a professional setting. USD provides a unique opportunity for students to present their research projects in a friendly and supportive atmosphere. This program also acts as a platform so that students from across the ASU campus can come to learn more about the variety of research and projects occurring at ASU. The collegial and professional environment of USD not only provides a venue for students to showcase their work and enhance their presentation skills, but it helps prepare them for the rigors of life beyond their undergraduate years.  Look for the official program at the USD website; the program contains all of the times and locations for all student presentations. More than forty students are participating this year. For more information about USD, contact Rebecca Oliver, director of Student Services, the Honors College, at ext. 2308.

Bradbury Gallery presents senior exhibition, part II
The Bradbury Gallery will host the second of two spring exhibitions featuring graduating seniorNatalie Lavender's "Self-Portrait" will be on display in the Spring 2010 Senior Exhibition, Part II.s from the Arkansas State University Department of Art, opening Thursday, April 15, at 5 p.m. The Bradbury Gallery is located in Fowler Center. Included in the Spring 2010 Senior Exhibition, Part II will be Victoria Baureis, Anna Beth Harden, James Jumper, Dustin Knight, Natalie Lavender, and Cindy Province. The exhibition runs through Saturday, May 8, and is free and open to the public. Bradbury Gallery hours are 12 noon-5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, and 2-5 p.m. on Sunday. The exhibition is free and open to the public. For additional information, contact Les Christensen, director of the Bradbury Gallery, or call the Bradbury Gallery at (870) 972-2567.

Annual Student Honors recital is April 15
The Department of Music at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro will present its annual Student Honors Recital on Thursday, April 15,  at 7:30 p.m. in Riceland Hall, Fowler Center. Students are selected to perform on the recital by a panel of judges representing the music faculty. Students performing on this year’s recital are as follows: Chaz Allen of Springdale for piano, Meagan Conley of Luxora on trumpet, Trent Duff of Pocahontas on marimba, Becky Morrison of Jonesboro, soprano, Yuta Nishimura of Yokosuka, Japan, on piano, Matthew Ryals of Annieville on guitar, Jay Shepherd of Paragould on guitar, and Renee Smith of Houston, Texas, soprano. Accompanists for the evening are Harriet O’Neal and Joy Sanford.  The students will present works by Frederic Chopin, Claude Debussy, Domenico Gaetano Maria Donizetti, Roland Dyens, Eric Ewazen, Johann Kaspar Mertz, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and Paul Smadbeck. The performance is free of charge and open to the public. For details, call the music department at ext. 2094.
ASU hosts Arkansas Historical Association conference
The sixty-ninth Arkansas Historical Association Annual Conference will be hosted at ASU Thursday-Saturday, April 15-17.The conference theme is "Before the War: Antebellum Arkansas." Scholars and historians will discuss an amazing array of topics illuminating life in Arkansas before the Civil War. Sessions and luncheons are on the 3rd floor of the ASU's Student Union. The sessions will take place in the Student Union Auditorium and the Spring River Room, and on-campus meals will be served in Centennial Hall. The program chair is Dr. Blake Wintory, assistant director and facilities manager at Lakeport Plantation, an ASU Heritage Site. Dr. Joseph Key, History, coordinated local arrangements. Susan Young, outreach coordinator at Shiloh Museum of Ozark History, chairs the Annual Conference committee of the Arkansas Historical Association (AHA) board of trustees. While in Jonesboro, members of the AHA will be be able to enjoy a self-guided driving tour of the Sunken Lands, with stops at the Southern Tenant Farmers Museum (117 Main Street, Tyronza), the Painted House (corner of W. Oak Street and Greenwood Ave. in Lepanto), built for the 2002 set of the Hallmark/CBS TV adaptation of the John Grisham novel of the same name, and the Marked Tree Delta Area Museum (308 Frisco Street), Marked Tree. Tours will also be offered at the Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Educational Center (1021 W. Cherry Street, Piggott), Jonesboro's J.V. Bell House (303 W. Cherry Ave.), owned by Dr. Michael Dougan, emeritus professor, History, and his wife Carol, and the ASU Museum (320 University Loop West Circle), where museum assistant director Lenore Shoults will display the museum's newest exhibit, "Exploring the Frontier: Arkansas 1540-1840." Receptions are planned for AHA members on Thursday at the Jonesboro Regional Chamber of Commerce (hosted by the Jonesboro Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Advertising and Promotion Commission of Jonesboro), and Friday at Church Street Station, hosted by the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, a department of the Central Arkansas Library System. Thursday's reception includes a very special appearance by 'Senator Hattie Caraway.' The group's annual awards banquet will follow Friday night's reception, and awards to be presented include the Lifetime Achievement Award, the J. G. Ragsdale Book Award, the J. H. Atkinson Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Arkansas History, the  Walter L. Brown County and Local Journal Awards, the Lucille Westbrook Award, the Violet B. Gingles Award, the Susannah DeBlack Award, and the Arkansas Women’s History Institute's Susie Pryor Award, which will be presented to ASU's Dr. Nancy Hendricks, director, Alumni Communications. For details, contact Dr. Joseph Key, ext. 3046, or visit the Arkansas Historical Association's annual conference page online.

ASU Theatre presents 'The Foreigner,' opening April 16
The ASU Theatre announces the cast of the April 2010 production of “The Foreigner,” a comedy by Larry Shue. A painfully shy man pretending to speak “no English” unwittingly uncovers secret plots and gossip among the denizens of a small rural fishing lodge in Georgia. His discoveries lead to a wildly funny chain of events where everything goes uproariously awry. “The Foreigner” will be performed Friday-Saturday, April 16-17, and Tuesday-Wednesday, April 20-21, at 7:30 p.m. A “meet the company” dessert reception will follow the April 16 opening night performance. All performances will take place in Fowler Center. All seating is reserved, and tickets for reserved seating may be purchased in advance at the ASU Central Box Office in the Convocation Center, or by calling 972-ASU1. Tickets are also available online. The ASU Theatre’s production of “The Foreigner” is under the stage direction of Stacy Alley, Theatre. Scenic design will be by Jeff McLaughlin, Theatre, lighting design will be by Bob Simpson, Theatre, and Brent Foland, Theatre, will serve as costume designer. Joe Akers, a senior theatre major from Wynne, is technical director. Stage management duties for the production have been assigned to Paul Cootes, a sophomore theatre major from Hornersville, Mo. For cast details, see the NewsPage release.

Gene Foreman final speaker in journalism series
Gene Foreman, a 1956 graduate of Arkansas State University with a long and distinguished newspaper journalist career, will wrap up the 2009-10 ASU Journalism Alumni Speakers Series when he visits the campus April 14. In addition to speaking to journalism classes, Foreman is the featured speaker at the 2010 College of Communications Banquet that evening at 6:30 p.m. in Centennial Hall in ASU's Student Union. Foreman has a career of 41 years in the communications and newspaper business. After managing newsroom operations for more than 25 years for the Philadelphia Inquirer, he joined the Penn State faculty from 1998 until retiring in 2006. He was the Larry and Ellen Foster Professor and taught courses in news editing, news media ethics and newspaper management. In 2003, Foreman received two awards for excellence in teaching in the College of Communications—the Deans’ Award and the Alumni Society Award. Currently he is a visiting professor at Penn State and directs the Foster Conference of Distinguished Writers in which acclaimed journalists are brought to campus to discuss their experiences and techniques. This past fall his textbook, “The Ethical Journalist: Making Responsible Decisions in the Pursuit of News,” was published. For details, see the NewsPage release.

Lecture Concert presents Sims/Rodgers/Clark Trio April 17
The trio Sims/Rodgers/Clark will perform in the sixteenth event of Arkansas State University’s Lecture-Concert Series. They will perform Saturday, April 17, at 2 p.m. in Riceland Hall, Fowler Center. The concert, like all events in ASU’s Lecture-Concert Series, is free and open to the public. The program will consist of Shostakovich’s Piano Trio No. 1 in C Minor, Shostakovich’s Piano Trio No. 2 in E Minor, and Ravel’s Piano Trio. Stephen Sims, violinist, holds degrees from the University of Iowa and the Cleveland Institute of Music. He is the former assistant principal violin of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra and has performed throughout the U.S. and in Ireland. Sims teaches at the Cleveland Institute of Music and Denison University. Joseph Rodgers, cellist, has performed on four continents and more than fifteen states. He teaches cello, bass, and music theory at Minnesota State University, where he also directs the Minnesota State University Orchestra. Lauren Schack Clark, pianist, is associate professor of piano and keyboard activities at ASU. Recent performances have included solo and collaborative recitals in Italy, the U.K., Boston, and Florida. She holds degrees from Northwestern University and Boston University. For more details, contact Dr. Gil Fowler, associate dean, the Honors College, ext. 2308, or see the NewsPage release.

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