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
for a complete list of the graduates being recognized by the Honors
presents paper at annual meeting
Veena Kulkarni, Sociology, recently presented at the
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 paper 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
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:
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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,
Dr. Johnson-Leslie, H. Steve Leslie present research
Dr. Natalie A. Johnson-Leslie, Teacher
Education, and H. Steve Leslie, Interactive
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
Dr. Tillman Kennon, Science Education, was the featured speaker at the 2010 Arkansas
Undergraduate Research Conference on Friday, April 23, at Henderson State
University. Dr. Kennon, director of the
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
Clint Relyea, Management, Marketing, and coordinator of ASU's
International 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.
Lorance teaches, receives awards in Cuernavaca
Lorence, Metabolic Engineering, recently taught a one-week theoretical/practical course on Plant DNA barcoding at the Research 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
Melany 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
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
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
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
My Trials" by Norman Luboff,
Cervus" by Z. Randall Stroope, and
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
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
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