Dr. Maness publishes book of
Civil War letters
Dr. Don Maness, dean of the College of
Education and a professor in the Teacher Education
Department, has authored the book,
“Do They Miss Me at Home?: The Civil
War letters of William McKnight of the Seventh Ohio Volunteer Cavalry."
The book was published this spring by
Ohio University Press.
Maness, an avid Civil War enthusiast, co-edited the book with Jason
Combs, an associate professor of geography at the University of
Nebraska-Kearney. Combs was an assistant professor of geography at ASU from 2001-2007.
McKnight, the subject of the book, was a member of the Seventh Ohio
Volunteer Cavalry from September 1862 until his death in June, 1864.
Capt. McKnight was killed in action near Cynthiana, Ky. During his
time of service, McKnight, a blacksmith before the war, wrote dozens of
emotion-filled letters, primarily to his wife Samaria, revealing the
struggles of the family both before and during the war. After McKnight's
death, Samaria was left a widow with six young children. She never
remarried and mourned him for the rest of her life. The book
contains more than one hundred letters, providing in-depth accounts
of several battles in Kentucky and Tennessee, including the
Knoxville and Cumberland Gap campaigns that were pivotal events in
the western theater of the Civil War.
The book is available through the Ohio University Press and
at Amazon.com. For details,
contact Dr. Don Maness, ext.
3057, or see the NewsPage release.
Dr. Kyriakos, Dr. Clark present lecture/recital
Dr. Marika Kyriakos,
Music, and Dr. Lauren Schack Clark, Music, presented a
lecture/recital entitled "The Collaborative Pianist: Singsational
Scenarios" at the combined conference of the Kansas and Missouri
Music Teachers Associations, recently held in Olathe, Kan. This
lecture/recital has also been accepted for presentation in dvd
format at the European Piano Teachers Association's World Piano
Conference in Novi Sad, Serbia, August 26 - 31, and it was
previously presented live at the Music Teachers National
Conference/National Association of Teachers of Singing Conference in
Milwaukee, Wis., in March. Dr. Kyriakos adjudicated for the
National Guild of Piano Teachers Auditions in the Philadelphia area
in May. Dr. Clark was a planner for the conference of the Arkansas
State Music Teachers, a group for which she has just begun a 2-year
term as president.
KASU's Bluegrass Monday presents the
KASU 91.9 FM presents the Bartley
Brothers Monday, June 28, at 7 p.m. at Atkins Celebration Hall, 101
South Pruett Street, in downtown Paragould. The concert is part of
the Bluegrass Monday concert series presented by KASU 91.9
FM. Admission is free, but KASU will literally pass the hat to
collect money to pay the group. The suggested donation is $5 per
person. From eastern Kentucky, the Bartley Brothers are 42-year-old
Shayne Bartley and 56-year-old Rick Bartley. Shayne Bartley has
been a professional bluegrass musician since he was 18 years old,
and he has performed with bluegrass
musicians J.D. Crowe, Don Rigsby, and Dave Evans and was a member of
the bluegrass band Lost and Found. Rick Bartley recently retired
from a 30-year career outside the world of bluegrass music. However,
throughout his career, he kept playing and writing songs, which have
been recorded by bluegrass greats J.D. Crowe, Junior Sisk, and Jeff
Parker. Last year, the brothers created a new, professional
bluegrass band, including Jayd Raines, former bass player for
country and bluegrass singer Marty Raybon, dobro player Glenn
Gibson, and banjo player Josh Hymer, an in-demand picker with an
extensive bluegrass resume. The Bartley Brothers' debut cd for Rural
Rhythm Records will be released later this summer. For more
information about the group, including samples of music, visit the
Brothers online at
ReverbNation. Bluegrass Monday concerts are held on the
fourth Monday night of each month. Visit
online at MySpace music.
Area bluegrass musicians are invited to come to Atkins Celebration
Hall beginning at 5 p.m. for an open jam session. Musicians are
asked to bring only acoustic instruments and to play only bluegrass
music. The jam sessions will end promptly at 6:45 p.m.
For details, contact
KASU program director Marty
Scarbrough, ext. 2367.
Wilson Advising Center
staff to relocate temporarily
Due to ongoing construction at the Wilson Advising Center, Wilson
staff will move to the Learning Support Center effective Wednesday,
June 23, until further notice. The Learning Support Center is
located on the first floor of the Dean B. Ellis Library, Room 100
(enter through the main library and take the stairs or elevator down
to the ground floor).
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