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100th Year

June 4, 2009

Calendar highlights:

New Student Orientation, Wednesday, June 10, Wednesday, June 17, and Wednesday, June 24

First summer term's final day to drop courses or withdraw, Monday, June 29; last day of class, Tuesday, June 30; final exams, Wednesday, July 1; all grades due 12 noon Monday, July 6


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Dr. Maness to serve as new dean of College of Education
Dr. Don Maness, Education, has been chosen as the new dean of the College of Dr. Don ManessEducation, following a national and highly competitive search. Dr. Maness, currently the associate dean of the College of Education, will move into the dean’s position Aug. 16. He replaces Dr. John Beineke, who has decided to return to full-time teaching in the Department of Educational Leadership, Curriculum, and Special Education, following more than ten years of distinguished leadership as dean of the College of Education. The announcement was made by Dr. Daniel Howard, vice chancellor for Academic Affairs and Research. In 2001, Dr. Maness joined Arkansas State University as associate dean of the College of Education and served as special assistant to the vice chancellor for Research and Academic Affairs in 2005-06.While serving as associate dean at ASUJ, Dr. Maness provided leadership and oversight for the College of Education budgets and grant activities, served as the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) coordinator, coordinated activities of the Council of Professional Education, and coordinated assessment activities for the Professional Education Unit. Dr. Maness completed his Ed.D. at Oklahoma State University with a double major in Higher Education Administration and Educational Administration. He earned his M.A. in American History with a minor in Political Science from Michigan State University.For details, see the NewsPage release.

Dr. Cramer serves as invited speaker at UGA
Dr. Carole L. Cramer, executive director, ABI, recently served as an invited speaker at the University of Georgia. One of her talks, "Plant Based Bioproduction EnhancingDr. Carole L. Cramer Vaccines Efficacy through Delivery, Presentation and Immuno-modulation," was presented to the College of Veterinary Medicine/Department of Infectious Disease and focused on the production of animal proteins with potential applications in vaccines.This work was specific to targeting applications in protection against influenza (bird flu and swine flu). Dr. Cramer's other talk, "Plant Powered Production," was hosted by and presented to the University of Georgia’s Complex Carbohydrate Research Center. It focused on the use of plants as production factories for high-value proteins and chemicals with the potential to enhance human health. Dr. Cramer serves as the lead on the plant-based bioproduction project, the Plant-Powered Production (P3) Center, under the Arkansas ASSET Initiative (AR EPSCoR). The Plant Powered Production (P3) Center is funded through the RII: Arkansas ASSET Initiative (AR EPSCoR) by the National Science Foundation (grant #EPS 0701890) and the Arkansas Science and Technology Authority (ASTA).

Ninth annual Delta Awards for tourism presented
The ninth annual Delta Awards recognizing tourism achievements in Eastern Arkansas were presented during festivities Friday evening, May 29, at the Paragould Community Center. The event was sponsored by Arkansas Delta Byways, the nonprofit association recognized by the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism as the official tourism promotion association for 15 counties in eastern Arkansas, including Arkansas, Chicot, Clay, Craighead, Crittenden, Cross, Desha, Drew, Greene, Lee, Mississippi, Monroe, Phillips, Poinsett, and St. Francis. Arkansas Delta Byways is located on the campus of Arkansas State University-Jonesboro and receives administrative support through Arkansas State University’s Arkansas Heritage SITES (System Initiatives for Technical and Educational Support) Office. The Southern Tenant Farmers Museum in Tyronza was the winner of the Cultural Heritage award this year. For a complete list of the ten awards presented and their winners, see the NewsPage release. For more information, contact Arkansas Delta Byways by telephone at (870) 972-2803, by fax at (870) 972-3200, or by e-mailing Paula Miles, executive secretary/treasurer, Arkansas Delta Byways.    

Search Engine Optimization seminar to be offered
The ASU Small Business and Technology Development Center will offer a Search Engine Optimization seminar on Tuesday, June 9, from 1-4 p.m., Room 201, ASU Technical Center, 5504 Krueger Drive, Jonesboro. Registration is $49 per person, and $35 for Chamber of Commerce members. A discount is also available for ASU faculty, staff, and students. This seminar seeks to heal underperforming websites by optimizing each website page to increase the number of online visitors and sales. Attendees will learn to use their websites to attract qualified customers seeking products or services. Topics will include using search terms and creating the perfect page. Attendees will also learn about free on-line tools for researching keywords, tracking & analyzing on-line customers, and more. The seminar instructor is Jim Bryant, IT Associates, Inc. Register online at, call (870) 972-3517, or e-mail For further details, contact Herb Lawrence, ASU SBTDC director, ext. 3517.
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