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May 9, 2008

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Gov. Beebe to be guest speaker for pinning ceremony
’s College of Nursing and Health Professions will hold its Bachelor of Science in Nursing pinning ceremony tonight, from 7-9 p.m. in Centennial Hall, Reng Student Services Center/Student Union. Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe will be the guest speaker at the ceremony. According to Dr. Sue McLarry, department chair and associate professor of Nursing, the pinning ceremony is a deeply traditional nursing school rite of passage, marking the transition from nursing student to graduated nurse. Faculty members participating in the ceremony will include Debbie Shelton, Dr. Susan Hanrahan, Dean of the college, Annette Stacy, director of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, and Julie Isaacson. Stacy and Isaacson will pin the students. For details, see the NewsPage release.

Maj. Gen. Elder Granger, M.D., to speak at Commencement
Arkansas State University alumnus Major General Elder Granger, M.D., will Maj. Gen. Elder Granger, the featured speaker at both ceremonies in ASU-Jonesboro’s Spring Commencement tomorrow in the Convocation Center. The morning ceremony, at 10 a.m., includes the Colleges of Agriculture, Business, Engineering, Humanities and Social Sciences, and Sciences and Mathematics. The afternoon ceremony, at 2 p.m., includes the Colleges of Communications, Education, Fine Arts, Nursing and Health Professions, University College and Regional Programs. Major General Elder Granger, M.D., a native of West Memphis, is a 1976 graduate of Arkansas State University. For details, see the NewsPage release.

Dr. Studdard advises business plan competition teams
Dr. Nareatha Studdard, Management, and chair of the Delta Center for Entrepreneurship and Family Business Studies, advised ASU's undergraduate and graduate teams who competed in the 2008 Donald W. Reynolds Governor's Cup business plan competition, organized by Arkansas Capital Corporation. The ASU teams made it to the competition finals, and ASU was the state's only university with representation in both the graduate and undergraduate business plan competitions. The undergraduate plan, Nature West LLC, was presented by Susan Kronk, a senior marketing major, who produced a competitive business plan that was praised by judges and faculty advisors from other competing universities. With pending patents and contacts established, Kronk’s plan has the potential to make viable the commercial exploitation of the ABI innovative derivation of resveratrol. The graduate plan, Habitat and Hosts, was created by four international MBA students (Christian Sonntag, Michael Gugenberger, Sarah Reiermann, and Michael Reiter) with Andrew Peck, a PhD candidate in Environmental Sciences. Habitat and Hosts is an environmental consulting business specializing in the conservation of freshwater mussels.

Dr. Roehrig publishes articleDr. Susan Roehrig
Dr. Susan Roehrig, Physical Therapy, recently published an article in the Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy. The article, "Case Report: Effects of a New Orthosis and Physical Therapy on Gait in a Subject with Longstanding Hemiplegia," describes changes in gait parameters in a patient the author saw in a physical therapy clinic following receipt of a new lower extremity brace.

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