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April 14, 2008

Calendar highlights:

Symphonic Winds Ensemble, Tuesday, April 15, 7:30 p.m., Riceland Hall

Springfest 2008 presents Ingram Hill, Wednesday, April 16, 7 p.m., Heritage Plaza Lawn

Percussion Ensemble, Thursday, April 17,
7:30 p.m., Don Minx Rehearsal Room,
Fine Arts Center



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UPC to discuss budget Wednesday
The University Planning Committee will meet Wednesday, April 16 at 9 a.m. on the eighth floor of the Dean B. Ellis Library to continue work on the 2008-09 budget. A reduced revenue forecast last week from the state Department of Finance and Administration has forced all state higher education institutions to make revisions in their 2008-09 budgets, including more than $2 million reduced from ASU-Jonesboro’s previously expected allocation. Chancellor Potts met Friday with the executive committees of the Faculty Senate and Staff Senate to review the situation and possible options.

Arkansas Review presents George Singleton today
Arkansas Review: A Journal of Delta Studies presents novelist and short story writer George Singleton, who will read from his works today at 3 p.m. in the programs area, third floor, Dean B. Ellis Library. Singleton is widely considered to be the best comic writer of his generation. He has published more than a hundred stories and six books and teaches fiction writing and editing at the South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities. For further information, contact Dr. Tom Williams, ext. 3674, or see the NewsPage release.

Hall of Science honors researcher, screens 'In Cold Blood'
ASU's Hall of Science will celebrate the contribution of Dr. Stan Trauth, zoology, to
Sir David Attenborough's BBC documentary series, "In Cold Blood," on Tuesday, April 15, 12 noon. Dr. Trauth's research on mine salamanders is showcased in one episode of the documentary series, and that episode will be screened during the festivities, which will also feature a salamander-decorated cake. Faculty, staff, and students are invited.
ASU's Hall of Science is located in the
Laboratory Sciences Center, East Wing.
Lakeport Plantation documentary premieres at ASU
The ASU Museum will host  the premiere of "Lakeport Lives On," a documentary film about the African-American experience at Lakeport Plantation, on Wednesday, April 16, at 4:30 p.m. and at 5:30 p.m., ASU Museum Room 182. Arkansas independent television producer Jack Hill (producer of TeleVision for Arkansas, a series of programs presenting educational and social issues affecting Arkansas residents), produced the documentary. Dr. Ruth Hawkins, director of Arkansas Heritage SITES, was project director for the Lakeport restoration. "Lakeport Lives On" will also air on educational and commercial stations in Arkansas and surrounding areas during April and May. For details and air dates/times, see the NewsPage release.

CoE presents Dr. Keith Nitta in annual Couch Lecture
Dr. Keith Nitta, assistant professor of Educational Policy at the Clinton School for Public Service, will be the guest speaker for ASU's annual Paul Couch Lecture on Education. Dr. Nitta’s lecture, “Closing the Achievement Gap in Arkansas,” will be Thursday, April 17, at 7 p.m. in the Osage Room, third floor, Reng Student Services Center/Student Union. Admission is free, and the public is invited to the lecture and the reception following it. The annual lecture is sponsored by the ASU chapter of Phi Delta Kappa and the College of Education in honor of Dr. Paul Ellsworth Couch, the first dean of ASU's Graduate School. For details, see the NewsPage release.

ASU Theatre has 'The Great American Trailer Park Musical'
ASU Theatre presents The Great American Trailer Park Musical by Betsy Kelso and David Nehls, a new show about agoraphobia, adultery, 1980s nostalgia, spray cheese, road kill, hysterical pregnancy, a broken electric chair, kleptomania, strippers, and disco. It's everything a musical should be. Performances are at Fowler Center, Friday- Saturday, April 18-19, and Tuesday-Wednesday, April 22-23. All performances are at 7:30 p.m.  A “meet the company” dessert reception will follow the Friday, April 18 opening night performance. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door.

Department of Music hosts plethora of events this week
ASU's Department of Music will offer several events this week: the ASU Trombone Choir, directed by Dr. Neale Bartee, performs tonight at 7:30 p.m. in Riceland Hall; the Symphonic Winds Ensemble, directed by Dr. Kenneth Carroll, performs Tuesday, April 15, 7:30 p.m., Riceland Hall; and the Percussion Ensemble, directed by Craig Collison, performs Thursday, April 17, 7:30 p.m., Don Minx Rehearsal Room, Fine Arts Center.
All concerts are free and open to the public. For more details, please call the Department of Music at (870) 972-2094.

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