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May 27, 2008

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Monumental day of groundbreakings for ASU-Jonesboro
ASU-Jonesboro will hold three groundbreaking ceremonies today. The first groundbreaking ceremony, for the new Honors College Residence Hall,
to be located between Whitaker Street and University Loop East, south of Danner, is set for 1 p.m. in the parking garage. The groundbreaking ceremony for the new student apartment complex, to be located at the corner of Johnson Avenue and University Loop East, is set to follow immediately the Honors College groundbreaking in the parking garage. Finally, the groundbreaking ceremony for the Delta Center for Economic Development, to be located directly behind the College of Business building, will be held in the parking garage at 6 p.m. All groundbreaking ceremonies will take place on the lower level of the parking garage due to the threat of inclement weather. For details on the Honors College ceremony, click on the link above, contact the Honors office at ext. 2308, or visit For details on the new student apartment complex, click the link above or contact Beth Silverthorn, ext. 2048. For details on the Delta Center for Economic Development, click the link above or call Alan McVey, ext. 3000.

ASU Board of Trustees meeting set for today
The ASU Board of Trustees will meet today in Centennial Hall of the Reng Student Services Center/Student Union on the ASU-Jonesboro campus. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. Parking is available in the parking deck adjacent to the building. The agenda will be available at the meeting. Copies of the officers’ reports are available on the ASU System web site. Members of the Board will participate in the three groundbreaking ceremonies that are scheduled today. For details about the groundbreakings, visit the ASU NewsPage. For a campus map, click here.

Dr. Jackson Pitts publishes, presents at conference
Dr. Mary Jackson Pitts, Radio-Television, recently published an article in FeedbDr. Mary Jackson Pittsack, an editor-reviewed electronic journal of the Broadcast Education Association. Her article, "iPods working in the classroom," is an experimental pilot study. The study addresses the effect of audio and video podcasts on student learning in two communication research classes at a mid-south university. Students' perceptions were that iPods and podcasts would help them learn, and the data showed that iPods did improve assessment scores. The experimental group who had access to audio and video podcasts scored significantly higher on assessments than did the members of the class who did not have access to podcasts. Dr. Jackson Pitts also recently presented two articles at the Western Social Science Association's 50th anniversary conference in Denver, Colo. One article was "Weaving the web: A radio content analysis," and the second article was "Podcasting in the classroom: An experiment to measure effect."

ASU, ASU Museum to host archaeological conference
ASU will host the 29th annual Mid-South Archaeological Conference on Saturday, June 7, at the ASU Museum. A welcome and introduction will be held at 9 a.m., preceding a full day of slide presentations by professional archaeologists, who will present results of recent fieldwork and research. This year’s conference is sponsored by the ASU-Jonesboro Station of the Arkansas Archeological Survey and the Central Mississippi Valley Chapter of the Arkansas Archeological Society (CMVAS). The meeting is free and open to the public. Site field trips will take place Sunday, June 9. To register for field trips, contact Dr. Julie Morrow at ext. 2071. For details, see the NewsPage release.

ASU-TV's footage of Twin Towers implosion on YouTube
The staff of ASU-TV have prepared a YouTube video with footage of the demolition by controlled implosion of Twin Towers residence hall. The structure was imploded at 7 a.m. Sunday, May 25. To experience the implosion, click here, or cut and paste the following link into your browser--

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