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May 16, 2007

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Dr. Shain speaks at annual APME convention
Dr. Russell Shain, Communications, spoke with the Arkansas Associated Press Managing Editors (APME) recently about ASU's strategies for preparing graduates for careers in a changing news media environment. He shared the program with journalism heads from UALR and UAF at the annual APME convention in Rogers. Shain said that ASU's journalism and radio-television programs focus on fundamentals of gathering, analyzing, and communicating news across a variety of multimedia platforms. He noted that the Department of Journalism has a consistently higher placement rate for news-editorial and photojournalism graduates than the national average.

Psychology and Counseling faculty publish article
Dr. John D. Hall, Dr. Amy F. Claxton, and Dr. Craig H. Jones, Psychology and Counseling, recently published an article in Communiqué, the National Association of School Psychologists' official newspaper, entitled "Surveying School Psychology Services in Individual States: A Model from Arkansas." Other co-authors include the following ASU graduates of the Ed.S. degree program in Psychology and Counseling-School Psychology track: Gretchen L. Clayton, Kyla D. Warnick, and  Sandy C. Daniels. All three graduates are now licensed school psychology specialists (LSPs) in Arkansas and are working in the public schools. The study was supported by an award from the Nathan Deutsch Faculty Development Fund at ASU.

Mascot Review Committee holds first meeting
ASU's newly formed Mascot Review Committee held its first meeting Monday, hearing oral reports from Chancellor Robert L. Potts and Athletics Director Dean Lee on the status of appeals similarly affected schools have made to the NCAA and the impact of the alternatives ASU might consider as it decides whether or not to keep the current Indian nickname and mascot. The university has three choices: take no action and accept NCAA sanctions; file a lawsuit to stop imposition of the sanctions; or select a new mascot and nickname. Committee Chair Jim Pickens emphasized that all issues will be explored and discussed with the university's various constituencies, with the "final decision resting on what is in the short-term and long-term best interest of the university." Committee members agree that an extensive educational campaign will be needed to explain the full impact of the various options available to ASU.

Heritage Studies student selected to attend conference
Lisa Perry, Heritage Studies, has been selected to attend the Social Change Workshop at the University of Virginia. Perry was chosen from more than 2,000 applicants. The workshop, June 23-29, will feature Dr. David Schmidtz and Dr. Gerald Gaus, two professors of philosophy from the University of Arizona, as well as evolutionary psychologist Dr. Robert Kurzban of the University of Pennsylvania. This year's theme is "Knowledge, Decisions, and Institutions."  For details, see

Heritage Studies grad students lead at concert event
On Saturday, May 19, a Blues and Gospel Concert will be held at the park adjacent to the West Memphis Public Library. Simon Hosken, a PhD student in Heritage Studies, is the event's producer, in conjunction with Caroline Redfearn, library director. At 3 p.m., Heritage Studies PhD student Michael Bowman's film, "When I Was Younger" will be shown. At 4 p.m., the Reel Brothers perform gospel music. Renowned blues scholar and musician David Evans will lead an open mike jam session at 5 p.m., and at 6:30 p.m., The Blues Berry Jam Band will perform. Admission is free, but donations are requested in a "pass the hat" arrangement to pay the musicians. For details, contact Simon Hosken or call (901) 921-4112.

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