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May 7, 2010
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Honors College hosts inaugural recognition, reception
The Honors College at ASU will host the 1st annual Honors Recognition Ceremony and Reception on Friday, May 7, at 5 p.m. in the Cooper Alumni Center on the ASU-Jonesboro campus. Forty-five graduating Honors students will be recognized in the company of their parents, families, guests, and university dignitaries. Graduation distinctions for each student are noted below along with their hometown. In addition, the Honors Professor of the Year 2010 will be announced--this new award is nominated by and voted on by Honors students. There are three distinctions in graduating from the Honors College--Graduating in University Honors, Graduating in Honors, and earning the Honors Certificate. For details, contact Rebecca Oliver, director of Student Services, at ext. 2308, or see the NewsPage release for a complete list of the graduates being recognized by the Honors College.

Dr. Kulkarni presents paper at annual meeting
Dr. Veena Kulkarni, Sociology, recently presented at the Population Association of America annual meeting in Dallas, Texas. Dr. Kulkarni presented "Women’s Health Care Access and Wages in Rural India in the Context of Decentralization." Her paperDr. Veena Kulkarni investigated the correlates of health care access and wages in India, a country that presents a unique case, due to its recent high economic growth rates that co-exist with a largely rural, unregulated and informal sector of the workforce. In addition, India's decentralized system of governance includes health care delivery at the village level. Using India's 2006 Rural and Demographic Survey data, Dr. Kulkarni estimated the covariates of health care access and labor market productivity for women engaged in both agricultural and non-agricultural wage labor activity. The findings indicated that wage labor status, more than gender, is disadvantageous to health care access. Decentralized governance seems to be positively related to health care access through its intervention in solving problems related to health care delivery.

Philosophy Department presents annual research activity
Members of the Department of English and Philosophy's faculty in Philosophy have recently published and presented their work in a variety of journals and fora. The recent research activity in Philosophy for this year (2009-10) can be found below.
Eric Cave was an invited discussant in the 1st New Orleans Invitational Seminar on Ethics, commenting on Elizabeth Brake’s paper “Friendship, Love, Sex, and Justice: Amato-Normativity and What’s Wrong With It,” New Orleans, La., March 19, 2010.
Dr. Jeanine Weekes Schroer gave an invited talk, “Demarcation: Arguing Race & Racism in the 21st Century”, at Ball State University, Muncie, In., March 23, 2010.  During the same visit, Dr. Schroer also gave a guest lecture in an upper-level Feminist Ethics and Epistemology class.
Dr. Jeanine Weekes Schroer’s paper “Arthur Ashe: Philosopher in Motion” was published in "Tennis and Philosophy: What the Racket is All About," edited by David Baggett, the University Press of Kentucky, 2010: 220-241.
Dr. Jeanine Weekes Schroer was recognized as a Friend of Diversity by Arkansas State University, April 2010. (Dr. Schroer won the Campus Excellence Award for Diversity at Arkansas State University in 2008.)
Dr. Robert Schroer commented on Rene Jagnow’s paper “Why Perspective is not an Epistemic Relation” at the Central Division meeting of the American Philosophical Association, Chicago, Ill., February 19, 2010.
Dr. Robert Schroer presented his paper “The Two Cubes Case: Seeing, Representing, and Accessing” at the Southern Society for Philosophy and Psychology, Atlanta, Ga.,  April 16, 2010.
Dr. Robert Schroer’s paper
“Where’s the Beef? Phenomenal Concepts as Both Demonstrative and Substantial” was accepted by The Australasian Journal of Philosophy.
Dr. Robert Schroer’s paper  “How Far Can the Physical Sciences Reach?” was accepted by American Philosophical Quarterly.
Dr. Robert Schroer’s paper “Is There More than One Categorical Property?” was accepted by The Philosophical Quarterly.
Dr. Steven Weimer presented his paper, “The Autonomous Maintenance of Pro-Attitudes,” at the 41st annual meeting of the Tennessee Philosophical Association, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn., November 6, 2009.
Dr. Steven Weimer’s paper, “Beyond History: The Ongoing Aspects of Autonomy,” was published by The Journal of Ethics and Social Philosophy, Vol. 4, No. 1 (2009): 1-31.
Dr. Steven Weimer’s paper, “Informalist Conceptions of Marriage and Some of Their Implications,” co-authored by Sangeeta Sangha, is forthcoming in "The Ethics of the Family," edited by Stephen Scales, Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
Dr. Steven Weimer’s paper, “The Importance of Pluralism: A Critique of Appiah,” is forthcoming in "Politics, Pluralism, and Religion," edited by Sandra Fairbanks, Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
Dr. Steven Weimer has been selected as a participant in a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar titled “Philosophical Perspectives on Liberal Democracy and the Global Order" to be held at Washington University, St. Louis, Mo., June 1-July 24, 2010.

Dr. Johnson-Leslie, H. Steve Leslie present research
Dr. Natalie A. Johnson-Leslie, Teacher Education, and H. Steve Leslie, InH. Steve Leslieteractive Dr. Natalie Johnson-LeslieTeaching and Technology Center (ITTC), recently presented their research at the 4th Annual Tegrity User Conference, April 14-16, at the University of Louisville, Ky. Their presentation was "Pedagogical inTEGRITY: Building and Sustaining a Culture of Use.” Their presentation focused on sustaining pedagogical principles in web-assisted and online courses taught using Tegrity course capture software. Tegrity emphasizes innovation in teaching and learning technology.

Dr. Kennon is featured speaker at conference
Dr. Tillman Kennon, Science Education, was the featured speaker aDr. Tillman Kennont the 2010 Arkansas Undergraduate Research Conference on Friday, April 23, at Henderson State University. Dr. Kennon, director of the Arkansas BalloonSAT Research Project, talked about recent development in the project and the direction it will take in the future. This project, which has been featured on the cover of a journal and a NASA calendar in the past two years, works with local science teachers to fly instrument payloads built by their students to the edge of space.  At the same time, it flies instrumentation used for research by university faculty and students. The project is also the basis for an upper-division elective course at ASU on atmospheric dynamics. The BalloonSAT Research Project is part of the Arkansas Academy for Space Science Education, which is in turn sponsored by the Arkansas Space Grant Consortium, which seeks to motivate student learning through space science education.

Dr. Relyea appointed to commission by Governor Beebe
Dr. Clint Relyea, Management, Marketing, and coordinator of ASU's InteDr. Clint Relyearnational Business program, was appointed by Governor Mike Beebe to the Arkansas Services Commission for a term which will expire on January 14, 2013. The Arkansas Services Commission serves as the link to the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). The CNCS serves as the nation’s largest grant maker in support of service and volunteering, which provides opportunities for nearly 2 million Americans of all ages and backgrounds to serve their communities each year through national service programs and other initiatives. 

Dr. Lorance teaches, receives awards in Cuernavaca
Dr. Argelia Lorence, Metabolic Engineering, recently taught a one-week theoretical/practical course on Plant DNA barcoding at the ResearchDr. Argelia Lorance Center of Biotechnology (Centro de Investigación en Biotecnología or CEIB) of the Autonomous University of the State of Morelos (Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Morelos, or UAEM), located in Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico. As part of the celebrations of the International Women’s Day, March 8,  Dr. Lorence received the Distinguished Woman in Science award from the Congress of the State of Morelos. The Congress presented only nine such awards. In addition, the government of the city of Cuernavaca, where Dr. Lorance worked and lived for many years, also gave her a special award for her contributions to science and technology in Morelos.

Melany Bowman presents paper at national conference
Melany Bowmanany Bowman, Spanish, presented "We Keep Our English Here: Maintaining Spanish In A Community Dominated By English Speakers" as part of the Language Attitudes and Popular Linguistics panel  of the 2010 Popular Culture Association and American Culture Association (PCA/ACA) National Conference in Saint Louis, Mo. Bowman’s paper described challenges faced by Hispanics attempting to preserve their linguistic heritage while adapting to communities populated primarily by English speakers. Many Hispanics, by necessity or by choice, speak English in the workplace or school settings. Meanwhile, first-generation Hispanics work to maintain their native tongue at home, while the Spanish-speaking skills of second- and third-generation Hispanics living and working in this area tend to fade. Bowman is enrolled in the Heritage Studies PhD program and is writing her dissertation on Hispanic assimilation in Jonesboro. She grew up in Costa Rica, Chile, and Colombia. 

Dr. LaVetter publishes three articles
Dr. David LaVetter, Sports Management,
has recently published three articles in various journals. "Implications of toppling goalposts in college football:  Managing institutional risk" appeared in the Journal of Sport Administration and Supervision; "Negligent hiring in youth sports: background screening of volunteers" appeared in the Journal of Youth Sports; and "Transportation practices in college athletics: Managing liability and risk" appeared in the Community College Journal of Research and Practice.

ASU Choir performances in Italy now on YouTube
The ASU University Singers and Concert and Community Choirs, under the direction of Dr. Dale Miller, director of choral activities, are now featured on YouTube in three Italian performances, all from the Basilica di Santa Maria sopra Minerva, Rome.
Listen to the basilica's glorious and resonant accoustics as the choirs perform "All My Trials" by Norman Luboff, "Sicut Cervus" by Z. Randall Stroope, and "Adoramus te, Christe" by Eric Barnum.

ASU SBTDC offers cash flow workshop May 10
The Greater Blytheville Area Chamber of Commerce and ASU's Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC) will host a small business workshop on Monday, May 10, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the Greater Blytheville Area Chamber of Commerce conference room. The workshop, “Cash Flow Planning and Budgeting: Growing Your Bottom Line,” will help small business owners gain a better understanding of how to use their financial statements for good cash flow planning. Topics include understanding cash operating cycles, managing accounts receivable and payables, using industry benchmark financial tools to develop realistic forecasts, and much more.   The cost is $35 per person ($25 for Blytheville chamber members). To register or for more information contact the ASU Small Business Development Center to register online, call the ASU SBTDC at (870) 972-3517, e-mail the ASU SBTDC, or e-mail Herb Lawrence, center director.

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