ASU receives $30,000 grant
been awarded a $30,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)
which is a federal agency to support state arts and non-profit arts
organizations. The grant, from the Folk and Traditional Arts Program of the NEA,
will be used to hire a folk arts coordinator to collaborate with the Arkansas
Arts Council and plan a statewide folk life program. The initial projects will
involve researching the traditional culture of the Mississippi Delta region, and
technical assistance with heritage programming throughout the state. The folk arts coordinator will also provide
educational activities. Dr. Gregory Hansen, assistant
professor of English and folklore, submitted the grant. Click
here to see more details in the NewsPage release.
Staff Senate annual picnic is
Staff Senate picnic will be from 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday at the
Pavilion. Proceeds from the fundraiser support employee scholarship programs.
There are hundreds of silent auction items to bid and a bake sale, along with
free food and music. All faculty and staff are invited.
Art, engineering, ABI faculty achievements
Bill Rowe, Art, will participate in a group exhibition, "wordplay," June
16-Aug. 19, at the Julie Saul Gallery in New York City.
Dr. Rick Clifft, Engineering, has been selected by the American Society
of Civil Engineers to serve as a
program evaluator for the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology.
Dr. Carole Cramer, ABI, will be
speaker and a session moderator at an international meeting, "Plant-Based
Vaccines and Antibodies," June 8-10 in Prague, Czech Republic. Dr. Maureen
Dolan and Michael Reidy, also with ABI, will be
Studies Ph.D. Program has first graduates
On Friday, May 6, Heritage Studies Ph.D.
students Sandy Davis Baltz and Sherry Laymon were presented with the Doctor of
Philosophy in Heritage Studies degree by their respective advisors, Dr. Clyde
Milner and Dr. Brady Banta, and university president, Dr. Les Wyatt. Baltz was
one of the first students admitted to the doctoral program in the summer
semester of 2001. She completed her practicum with the registrar's office of the
St. Louis Art Museum in the summer of 2003 and presented her dissertation, "The
Making of a Monument: Social Implications of Arkansas Case Studies" on Feb. 4 of
this year. She plans to continue her career as a graphic art instructor at Black
River Technical College in Pocahontas. Laymon was
admitted to the program in 2001. She completed her 300-hour practicum with Dr.
Ruth Hawkins of the Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Educational Center in the
summer of 2003 and presented her dissertation, "Pfeiffer Country: The Tenant
Farms and Business Activities of Paul Pfeiffer in Clay County, Arkansas,
1902-1954" on March 11. She is interviewing for teaching positions at
ASU Men's Choir receives
The ASU Men's Choir has been selected to
perform at the Southwestern division convention of the American Choral Directors
Association in St. Louis in March 2006. ASU is one of only two universities in
the seven-state ACDA region (Arkansas, Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Colorado,
Kansas, and Missouri) to receive the prestigious invitation to perform. The
group was chosen by a panel of music professionals from a taped audition of
selections recorded in concert from the current year and the two previous
years. Congratulations to Dr. Dale Miller, director, and the students for this
significant achievement by the Men's Choir and the choral program, as well as
the Music Department, College of Fine Arts, and the University.
Update on future of Delta
The Delta Studies Center will continue in a revised
format, according to ASU President Dr. Les Wyatt, who made the decision in
consultation with Dr. Susan Allen and the Strong-Turner Alumni Chapter. Peggy
Wright will serve jointly as director of the Delta Studies Center and as an
instructor in the Department of Sociology, Criminology and Geography. The scope
of the appointment and the mission of the Delta Studies Center will be
determined by the Office of Research and Academic Affairs. The Center and its
supporters will attempt over the next two years to generate sustainable external
funding of at least $50,000 per year.
Next Monday is Memorial Day
Next Monday, May 30, is Memorial Day. All ASU offices and
departments will be closed in honor of the holiday and will reopen on Tuesday,
May 31. Inside ASU will be published on Tuesday next week, instead of
Monday. The first day of classes for Session I of the summer term will begin on
Wednesday, June 1.
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