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100th Year

June 17, 2010

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ASU Theatre presents 2010 season of Summer Children's Theatre

ASU Museum presents "Summer of Science;" two exhibitions, "Science and Art," through Sunday, August 29, and "Illusion Confusion," through Sunday, September 26



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Board of Trustees to meet June 18
Arkansas State Universityís Board of Trustees will meet Friday, June 18, at 2:30 p.m. in the conference room at the Judd Hill Center, 2626 Alumni Boulevard, on the ASU-Jonesboro campus. The agenda is posted on the ASU System website  (   

Dr. Fears appointed to advisory board by Governor Beebe
Dr. Lillie M. Fears, Journalism, was appointed by Gov. Mike Beebe to the Delta Cultural Center Policy Advisory Board.  The appointment was confirmed in the General Assembly. Dr. Fears also recently visited Brigham Young University as a Scholar-in-Residence. While there, she presented lectures to undergraduate and graduate journalism and mass communications classes and gave the presentation, "No Longer Nappy-Headed and Angry: A Critique of African-American Women's Images in Media."  She also presented the paper at the 2009 Southwest Symposium Education Council for Journalism & Mass conference in
Arlington, Texas.

Dr. Luster coordinates Blues in Schools program
Dr. Mike Luster, director, Arkansas Folklife Program, recently coDr. Mike Luster confers with Essie "the Blues Lady" Neal during a recent Blues in the Schools performance.ordinated a Blues in the Schools program featuring Arkansas blues performer Essie "the Blues Lady" Neal. Three performances were held at Fox Meadow Intermediate Center in Nettleton. Dr. Luster has worked with Essie the Blues Lady for the past five years during educational projects offered by the Arkansas Folklife Program. The project is coordinated through ASU's English and Philosophy Department and supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Essie Neal, of Sweet Home, Arkansas, shares her love of the blues with audiences of all ages through the Arkansas Arts Councilís Arts on Tour program. She is also the 2003 winner of Little Rockís Over-40 Revue, has performed in the 2002 and 2003 telethons for the United Negro College Fund, and has performed as a featured artist at the King Biscuit Blues Festival in Helena, Arkansas.

ASU faculty, students, present at international conference
Eight ASU students and recent graduates presented five posters at the meetings of the Association for Psychological Science in Boston in May. From left to right in the photo are Cassie Waldrop, Anthony Eldridge, Brandy Riggan, Casondra Allen, J.D. Hogue, Tabitha Reynolds, and Eleny Davis (Elizabeth Snow not pictured). The studentspresented with Psychology and Counseling faculty members Dr. Kris Biondolillo, Dr. Amy Claxton, Dr. David Saarnio, and Dr. Karen Yanowitz. Poster topics included nicotine consumption in pregnant rats, perception of names, stereotypes of women, perceptions of stalking, perceived academic threat, and aesthetics of music.

Blue Monday-Paragould presents Darren J, Blackkat Bone
KASU 91.9 FM presents Darren J and Blackkat Bone at the next Blue Monday-Darren J, front, and Blackkat Bone perform Memphis blues.Paragould on Monday, June 21, 7-9 p.m. at the Red Goose Deli, 117 N. Pruett Street, in downtown Paragould.
With the release of his self-produced cds "Bluesman USA" (2009), "Further Up That Road" (2008), and "Panhandle Blues" (2007, Darren J has steadily earned the respect of his peers in the worldwide blues community. Darren J resides in Memphis, Tenn., and is joined by musicians Kenny Allyn on bass and W.C. Garrison on drums in Darren J and Blackkat Bone. Visit Blackkat Bone on MySpace music. Allyn and Garrison are long-time veterans of the Memphis music scene and have backed up many of top local blues acts. Darren J is now an artist of the Memphis-based I-55 Productions record label and is soon scheduled to begin the recording and subsequent release of his debut cd on that label. Darren J is also the president of the Memphis Blues Society and a member of the Blues Foundation. Admission to the Blue Monday-Paragould concert featuring Darren J and Blackkat Bone is free, but seating is limited. For details, contact Todd Rutledge, KASU's director of development, at ext. 2807.

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