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June 28, 2010

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Reception honoring Chief Jim Chapman, June 29
All faculty, staff, and students are invited to join the Office of Student Affairs in recognizing Chief Jim Chapman, University Police Department, for his service to ASU. A reception in his honor will be held Tuesday, June 29, from 2-4 p.m. in the Spring River Room on the third floor of the Student Union. Chief Chapman will be leaving ASU on Wednesday, June 30, and his leadership and expertise will be greatly missed. He plans to pursue a career in a new field after working for more than 30 years in law enforcement.

Campus Security open forum slated for June 30
The campus community is invited to an open forum on security at ASU-Jonesboro. The forum is scheduled for Wednesday, June 30, at 3 p.m. in the Student Union Auditorium. Members of the Task Force on Campus Security will be present to gather input from students, faculty, and staff regarding areas of concern and suggestions for improvement in security policies and procedures. For details, call the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, ext. 2048.

Dr. Cynthia Miller leads People to People student group
Dr. Cynthia Miller, director, Northeast Arkansas Delta Partnership for Math and Science Education, embarked Tuesday, June 22 with 11 People to People student ambassadors on a trip that will encompass six European countries, including Switzerland, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, and Great Britain. The group will return Sunday, July 11. The People to People International program was founded by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in the aftermath of WWII and at the peak of the Cold War, and the program is devoted to promoting peace and understanding between cultures by creating personal relationships.
The students have worked hard to learn how to become ambassadors, and were assisted by many, such as state representative Butch Wilkins, ASU German language instructor Hanne Pardos, Annie Camp Jr. High School English teacher Keith Pringle (originally from Great Britain), Nettleton high school math teacher Roland Popejoy, and ASU International Studies assistant director Andrew Bleignier and his students from France, Switzerland, Belgium, and the Netherlands. Student ambassadors are Anna Broadaway, Bono; Natalie Dooley, Chamy Keough and Brooke Sabblich, Jonesboro; Sissy Boyster and Brittany Wells, Newport; Travis Christiansen, Bald Knob; Haley Long, Tuckerman; Weston White, Blytheville; Taylor Foulk, Poplar Bluff, Mo., and Alex Hogan, Neeleyville, Mo. Students will receive an elective one-semester credit in world history for participation in this program.  

Luster gets grants to document fiddle music, barbeque
Rachel Reynolds Luster, a graduate assistant in Arkansas State University’s Heritage Studies PhD program, has been awarded two grants to fund her research of Arkansas’s music and food traditions. Luster was awarded a guided internship from the SouthernRachel Reynolds LusterFoodways Alliance (SFA) at the University of Mississippi to document Arkansas barbecue for the organization’s Southern Barbecue Trail oral history project. The Southern Foodways Alliance documents, studies, and celebrates the diverse food cultures of the changing American South through symposia, documentary films, published compendiums of great writing, and perhaps most importantly through its efforts to preserve, promote, and chronicle the South’s culinary standard bearers, according to its website. Luster will spend the year traveling the state photographing and conducting oral history interviews with the standard bearers of Arkansas’s barbecue traditions. She is the sole recipient of this award from SFA for 2010. Luster also received a research grant from the Association for Recorded Sound Collections (ARSC) grants committee at the Yale University Library. Founded in 1966, the ARSC is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation and study of sound recordings—in all genres of music and speech, in all formats, and from all periods. She will create a discography of Arkansas fiddle music ranging from the 1920s through today for the project. This work is part of Luster’s study of Arkansas culture and heritage as she pursues her doctoral degree. She will discuss her work and other aspects of cultural sustainability at the 2010 annual meeting of the American Folklore Society in Nashville, Tenn., in October.

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