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100th Year

May 27, 2010

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ASU hosts South Korean university officials today
Arkansas State University will host three senior administrators from Hannam University in South Korea today, welcoming them with a reception hosted by Chancellor Robert  L. Potts from 9:30-10 a.m. in the lobby of the Administration Building. The reception will be followed by a signing ceremony, where ASU and Hannam University officials will sign a Memorandum of Understanding that will establish a foundation upon which the leadership of the two institutions will seek collaborative opportunities of mutual benefit. Executive vice chancellor and Provost Dr. G. Daniel Howard will also welcome the guests. Hannam University representatives scheduled to attend are Dr. Hyung-tae Kim, president of Hannam University, Dr. Young Sung Suh, dean of the Office of Global Relations and professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Hannam University, and Mr. Wonbae Kim, director of the Center for International Relations at Hannam University. Faculty, staff, students, and the media are invited to attend.

Prof. Joe Bonner is Honors Professor of the Year
Arkansas State University-Jonesboro's Joe Bonner, assistant professor of Music, College of Fine Arts, was named Honors Professor of the Year for 2010 during the Honors Recognition ceremony and reception on Friday, May 7, at ASU's Cooper Alumni Center. The Honors Professor of the Year is a new award nominated by and voted on by students in the Honors College. Professor Bonner has taught Honors Fine Arts Musical, offered in both the fall and spring semester of each academic year. This course is extremely popular among Honors students and is always the first class to fill all of the available seats during registration each semester. The open seats are coveted among Honors students; often a student will wait multiple semesters to have the opportunity to enroll in this course and have Bonner as his or her professor. Professor Bonner is an accomplished flutist, has a full studio of music majors and non-majors alike who come to him for flute lessons, and teaches several other courses within the music department, including the Honors course for which he was nominated as Honors Professor of the Year. For details, contact Rebecca Oliver, director of Student Services, the Honors College, at ext. 2308, or see the NewsPage release.

Dr. Josephine Welsh is assistant director of Assessment
The Office of Institutional Research, Planning, and Assessment is pleased to announce thDr. Josephine Welshe recent appointment of Dr. Josephine Welsh as assistant director of Assessment.  She will assist with campus-wide assessment initiatives as Arkansas State University-Jonesboro prepares for the upcoming Higher Learning Commission institutional accreditation visit in fall 2012. Dr. Welsh was trained as a researcher at the College of William and Mary in Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University, and the Medical College of Virginia. She is an evaluation training specialist with experience in designing, managing, and evaluating evidenced-based practices, and she has extensive experience in grant acquisition, data management, and local and federal evaluation. She has provided training to individuals from varying backgrounds with the skills to develop surveys, analyze data, and report results to various stakeholders. She also has been teaching upper-level courses in the Department of Psychology and Counseling at the ASU-Jonesboro campus.

Dr. Pitts publishes, articles, presents at conference
Dr. Mary Jackson Pitts, Radio-Television, recently published "The value of podcasting: the experiment," in the Journal of Media Education, 1 (2), 5-11.
This article is aDr. Mary Jackson Pitts culmination of experimental research using podcasting/vodcasting in the classroom to help students learn. A report of a pilot study related to the value of podcasting /vodcasting was published in the Broadcast Education Association's (BEA) Feedback magazine in May 2008, and the final article was published in April 2010.  The data from the research showed that students who were exposed to podcasting scored better on tests and understood course content better than those who did not have access to the podcasts/vodcasts. Dr. Jackson Pitts also recently published “Fools Rush In:” Elvis and Michael’s “We are the World’s” Legal Legacy” at the Western Social Science Association Convention at Reno, Nevada. Also, at the Western Social Science Association convention,  Dr. Lily Zeng, Radio-Television, Dr. Mary Jackson Pitts, and Dr. Gilbert Fowler, Journalism, associate dean of the Honors College, made a presentation, "Catastrophic icing: When the lines of communications tumble down.”

Summer Children's Theatre season 2010 announced
The Arkansas State University Theatre has released the schedule for the 2010 ASU Summer Children’s Theatre season. All performances will be held at Fowler Center on the ASU campus. Tickets are now available online.
The 15th season of children’s theatre at ASU will open with "The Absolutely Awesome Giant" by Bruce Shearer. Is he a giant, or isn’t he? Travel down the road with the Awesome Giant to meet singing snails, a boxing beetle, and maybe even a monster or two! Lots of fun and audience participation is in store. Performance dates are Wednesday, June 23, at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.; Thursday, June 24, at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.; and Friday, June 25, at 10 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. The second production of the 2010 season is "Pippi Longstocking" by Wesley Van Tassell, arranged and adapted from the stories of Astrid Lindgren. Meet Pippilotta Delicatessa Windowshade Mackrelmint Ephraim’s Daughter Longstocking, the strongest girl in the world. Performance dates are Wednesday, July 28, at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.; Thursday, July 29, at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.; and Friday, July 30, at 10 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. All seating is reserved, and tickets for reserved seating may be purchased in advance at the ASU Central Box Office in the Convocation Center or by calling 972-ASU1. Tickets are available online. Reserved seating tickets (if available) may be purchased at the door on the evening of the performance. Ticket prices for ASU Theatre’s 2010 Summer Children’s Theatre performances are $5 in advance and $7 at the door. Purchasing tickets in advance is highly recommended. For details, see the NewsPage release.

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