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100th Year

May 6, 2009

Calendar highlights:

Graduating student final grades due 12 noon, Thursday, May 7

All other final grades due, 12 noon, Friday, May 8

Commencement is Saturday, May 9
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Hemingway Barn Studio hosts Dr. Sherry Laymon  
ASU alumna Dr.
Sherry Laymon, Heritage Studies, will sign copies of her book, "Pfeiffer Country," on Thursday, May 7, from 4-6 p.m. in the Hemingway Barn Studio at the Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Educational Center (HPMEC) in Piggott. HPMEC is one of ASU's Heritage SITES (System Initiatives for Technical and Education Support.)"Pfeiffer Country" is the compelling story of how Paul Pfeiffer transformed Clay County in Northeast Arkansas during the first half of the twentieth century. His successful tenant farming model contrasted with other agricultural operations throughout the Mississippi River Delta region and included providing two-story homes and barns for his tenants and allowing them to use land to grow food for their families and livestock. Dr. Laymonís account depicts the fate of tenants following the break-up of "Pfeiffer Country." Dr. Laymon earned her doctoral degree in Heritage Studies and has taught math and social studies classes in Arkansas schools and colleges for seventeen years. She currently lives in Hot Springs. Copies of "Pfeiffer Country" can be purchased at the Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum Store. For more information, call (870) 598-3487.

ROTC commissioning ceremony will be held May 8
ASU-Jonesboro faculty and staff are invited to attend the Red Wolf Battalion's spring commissioning ceremony and congratulate the Red Wolf Battalionís new officers, on Friday, May 8, at 3 p.m., in the Convocation Center Auditorium. The guest speaker will be Colonel Kendall Penn, commander of the 39th Infantry Brigade, Arkansas Army National Guard. The following seven cadets will be commissioned as second lieutenants in the United States Army:  Patrick H. Byerly, Troy J. Cline, Travis L. Eddleman, Brandi M. Johnson, Nathan B. Smith, Megan N. Watters, and Jeremy M. Weeks.

Spring Commencement will be held May 9
ASU-Jonesboro will hold spring commencement in the Convocation Center on Saturday, May 9, with one ceremony at 10 a.m. and another at 2:30 p.m. The morning ceremony will include the Colleges of Business, Education, Fine Arts, Sciences and Mathematics, and University College. The afternoon ceremony will include the Colleges of Agriculture and Technology, Communications, Engineering, Humanities and Social Sciences, and Nursing and Health Professions. Dr. E. Gordon Gee, president of Ohio State University, will address the graduates at both the 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. ceremonies. Dr. Robert L. Potts, chancellor of ASU-Jonesboro, will present the various diplomas. The Office of the Registrar has listed 1,116 students as candidates for degrees at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. A brief reception for all graduates, their guests, and faculty and staff will be held on the north mezzanine following each of the commencement ceremonies. Everyone is invited to attend. For details, see the NewsPage release       

Dr. Johnson presents paper at international conference
Dr. Warren Johnson, French, recently presented "Villiers de l'Isle-Adam, Pater, aDr. Warren Johnsonnd the Hard, Gemlike Flame" at the international conference on Symbolism: Its Origins and Its Consequences, sponsored by the Univ. of Illinois-Springfield, Monticello, Ill. Dr. Johnson's paper dealt with the intertextual relations of Walter Pater, a critic linked to the late nineteenth-century Aesthetic movement in Britain, and Auguste Villiers de líIsle-Adam, a writer seen as precursor to the French Symbolist movement.

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