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100th Year

April 23, 2010

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KASU Conductors' Club event presents Di Anne Price and Her Boyfriends, tonight,
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Ceremony honoring employees is April 27
ASU's annual Distinguished Performance Awards and Service Recognition ceremony will this year feature the unveiling of the Staff Centennial Wall of Honor, recognizing 100 staff members who have made significant contributions to ASU in its 100-year history. Staff members chosen were required to have been employed by ASU for at least 10 years, as well as making significant contributions to the university. The ceremony begins at 1:30 p.m., Monday, April 27, in Centennial Hall, ASU Student Union, and will be followed by a dessert reception in Alumni Lounge. Randy Martin, Staff Senate president, will provide a welcome and opening remarks for the 17th annual service recognition and distinguished performance awards ceremony. Chancellor Robert L. Potts  will make remarks and will then recognize staff for years of service as well as recognizing retirees. Recognition for service notes those staff members who have served 40, 30, 25, 20, and 10 years at Arkansas State University. Those staff members retiring this year are also recognized.

Retirees are:
Retirees are: Jerry Bailey, Facilities Management, Margaret Brewer, Career Planning and Placement, Jennus Burton, Systems Office, Janis Cook, Facilities Management, Kay Davis, Academic Affairs and Research, Darlene Etter, Athletics, Dorothy Flynn, Facilities Management, Joe Phillips, Facilities Management, Betty Pulford, Human Resources, Sue Marlay, University College, Mackie Smith, Institutional Services, and Lanny Tinker, Facilities Management.

Employees recognized for 10 years of service are: Karen Fullen, Johnna Redman, Angela Daniels, Wallace Brewer, Patricia Runyan, Tim Davis, Heath Kelly, Philip Hestand, Barbara Coker, Lon Badeaux, Sharon Dollar, Naomi Graves, Terrie Rolland, Angie Smith, Floyd Cozart, Peggy Campbell, Cynthia Miller, Timothy Cureton, Roy Perry, Mary Ray, Susan Crawford, Wendy Crist, Gail Rasberry, Myra Goodwin, Haley Stout, David Maloch, Ozie Brown, and April Konvalinka.

Employees recognized for 20 years of service are: Myron Flugstadt, Mark Berky, Martin Bryant, Margaret Watson, Jim Washam, Laura Cremeens, Tracey McMasters, David Carmack, Evone Roberts, Brian Tibbs, Joe Roy Kilburn, Paula Bradberry, Tim Smith, Tami Watlington, Willie LaGrone, Shannon Ellenburg, Mark Smith, Greg Beeler, and Christie Ollis.

Employees recognized for 25 years of service are: Jan Woodruff, Mary Smith, Marty Wolfe, Philip Jackson, Tom Moore, Linda Cole, and Mark Wade.

Employees recognized for 30 years of service are: Karen Vardell, Carol Byrd, Eugene Wittlake, Dorothy Thweatt, William R. Stripling, Sam Shannon, and David Gray.

Employee recognized for 40 years of service: Paula Lamb.

The presentation of the Distinguished Performance Awards, initiated in 1994
to recognize outstanding job performance and long-time service by the university’s non-faculty employees, both classified and non-classified, will begin with Ed Kremers, vice chancellor for Finance and Administration, who will present Distinguished Performance awards to three individuals--the Professional/Non-Faculty Award  to Terry Carty, the Skilled Crafts Award to Larry Darr, and the Service Maintenance Award to Ruth Ann Miles. Mark Hoeting, associate vice chancellor of Information Technology, will present the  Distinguished Performance Award-Executive Managerial to Margaret Watson. Dr. Glen Jones, senior associate vice chancellor for Academic Affairs and Research will present two awards--the Distinguished Performance Award-Professional/Non-Faculty to Darla Fletcher, and the Distinguished Performance Award-Technical/Para-Professional to Jennifer Douglas. Dr. J. W. Mason, associate vice chancellor for Administration, will present two awards-- the Distinguished Performance Award-Secretarial/Clerical to Polly Cronos, and the Distinguished Performance Award-Part-Time Employee to Soni Walton. Dan Pierce, Arkansas State University Board of Trustees member, will present the Distinguished Performance Award for Customer Service to Penny Payne. The Customer Service Award is determined based upon nominations by ASU students. Each winner of the Distinguished Performance Award will receive a plaque and a savings bond.

Randy Martin will then recognize the Centennial Staff Senators and detail the selection criteria for the 100 Outstanding Staff. A 10-minute video, created by Hunter West, Information and Technology Services, will then detail what seven staff members love about ASU. Staff members featured in the video are Phil Pickle, Information and Technology Services (retired), Ruth Hawkins, Arkansas Heritage SITES, Barbara Broadaway, Food Services (ASU retiree who currently works for Sodhexo), Ron Looney, Publications and Creative Services, Irene Martz, Academic Affairs and Research (retired), Janis Cook, Facilities Management, and Patrick Dixon, Residence Life. Sandra Bramblett, Billy Pierce, and Carolyn Douglas will then read the names of the 100 Outstanding Staff. Chancellor Potts, Randy Martin, Sandra Bramblett, Billy Pierce, and Carolyn Douglas will then unveil the Staff Centennial Wall of Honor. Refreshments will follow in Alumni Lounge. For a complete list of the 100 Outstanding Staff, see the NewsPage release.

Task force on campus safety has been formed
A task force on campus safety will examine current safety and security practices at ASU. Chancellor Robert L. Potts announced the formation of the task force in response to the shooting death of an ASU student last week. Chancellor Potts has requested the service of 10 persons in various campus capacities to serve on the force, including director of Residence Life Patrick Dixon, Student Government Association president Adrian Everett, dean of the College of Business Dr. Len Frey, president of the Faculty Association Dr. Beverly Boals Gilbert, Jonesboro community representative Gary Harpole, vice chancellor of Finance and Administration Ed Kremers, president of the Graduate Student Council Kevin Linker, president of the Staff Senate Randy Martin, university counsel Lucinda McDaniel, and vice chancellor of Student Affairs Dr. Rick Stripling. Dr. Stripling will serve as chair of the group. The task force will provide a written report detailing strengths and weaknesses of ASU’s current practices and will recommend reasonable additions or changes to enhance the safety and security of campus residents, employees. and visitors. The task force will work toward completion and the issue of a report by June 30, 2010, outlining ASU’s safety and security. Recommendations will be considered and implemented to the extent feasible before students return to campus for the fall 2010 semester. For details, see the NewsPage release.

Symphonic Winds present concert April 25
The Department of Music at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro will present the ASU Symphonic Winds in concert on Sunday, April 25, at 3 p.m. in Riceland Hall, Fowler Center. The Symphonic Winds are under the direction of Dr. Kenneth Carroll. The concert is free of charge and open to the public. The concert will include performances of “Trombone King” by Karl King; “Chorale and Allegro” by Claude T. Smith; “Yosemite Autumn” by Mark Camphouse; “Folk Dances” by Dmitri Shostakovich; and “Pirates of the Caribbean” by Klaus Badelt, arranged by John Wasson. For details, contact the music office at ext. 2094, or see the NewsPage release.

ASU Ringers present annual spring concert April 26
The Department of Music will present the ASU Ringers in their annual spring concert Monday, April 26, at 7:30 p.m. at Riceland Hall, Fowler Center. The ASU Ringers is a handbell choir directed by Dr. M. Ellis Julien, professor emeritus of music. The concert is free of charge and open to the public. Established in 1985, the ASU Ringers is a small ensemble open to members of the student body as well as to members of the faculty and the community. Although many of the students are music majors, several other academic majors are also represented. This May, the ASU Ringers will make a four-day tour during which they will present concerts in Owensboro and Louisville, Ky.; in Madison, Ind.; and at the St. Meinrad Monastery near Bristow, Ind. Last fall, Dr. Julien submitted the video recording of last spring’s concert in Riceland Hall to the American Guild of English Handbell Ringers for consideration to be included as a showcase choir at Pinnacle, the national convention of the guild which will be held in July in Nashville, Tenn.  Of the eight bell choirs selected by audition to perform at the convention, the ASU Ringers is the only choir directly affiliated with an institution of higher education. The other seven choirs are community choirs from large metropolitan areas. Much of the music that will be featured in the April 26 concert will be performed this summer on tour and in Nashville at the convention.  Available for purchase after the concert will be CD and DVD recordings of last spring’s Riceland Hall concert. For details, contact the music office at ext. 2094. For other information, including ASU Ringers personnel and a photo of the group, see the NewsPage release.

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