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100th Year

July 2, 2009

Calendar highlights:

Lakeport Plantation hosts African American heritage celebration, Friday-Sunday, July 3-5

Second summer term classes begin Monday, July 6

ASU Museum presents "Our Awesome Ancestors," opening Thursday, July 16, and running through Saturday, July 18


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KASU announces format changes starting July 6
Change is in, and on, the air at ASU-Jonesboro’s radio station, KASU 91.9 FM. As of July 6, the KASU format will change to include the introduction of public radio’s finest national discussion programs from mid-morning to mid-afternoon, programs such as "The Diane Rehm Show," "Fresh Air with Terry Gross," Dick Gordon's "The Story," and Neal Conan's "Talk of the Nation." Mike Doyle, KASU station manager, notes that KASU management and staff studied the schedule carefully, decided which programs to add, and are confident that listeners will appreciate the variety of new voices and topics chosen especially for them. From Monday-Friday, beginning at 5 a.m., NPR’s "Morning Edition," with Steve Inskeep and Renee Montagne, will air as usual, with KASU’s Mark Smith providing local updates. "The Diane Rehm Show" will follow "Morning Edition" from 9-11 a.m. "Fresh Air with Terry Gross" begins at 11 a.m., followed at 12 noon by "The Story" with Dick Gordon. Neal Conan’s "Talk of the Nation" runs from 1-3 p.m., and NPR’s "All Things Considered," with Melissa Block, Michele Norris and Robert Siegal, will remain in its regular slot while adding an additional hour from 3:30-6:30 p.m. Local and regional news with Greg Chance will continue to air at 3:12 p.m., and "Marketplace" will air from 6:30-7 p.m. Programming times for classical music will shift to the evening. "Performance Today," with Fred Child, will occupy the 7-9 p.m. slot, followed by "The Concert Hall," from 9-11 p.m. "The Concert Hall," formerly known as "Sunday Symphonies," will vary as the seasons change. Peter Van de Graaff will host "Classical Music" from 11 p.m.-5 a.m. Weekend programming will also change. To request a program guide, call (870) 972-2200 or 1-800-643-8269. To view or print the new KASU program grid, click here. For details, see the NewsPage release.

ASU Facilities Management custodial staff hosts seminar
Members of the ASU Facilities Management custodial staff recently hosted the Custodial Training Institute at St. Bernards Auditorium. According to Helen McCoy, custodial coordinator, this is the 8th year that ASU has hosted the event. Attendees included custodial staff and supervisors from northeast Arkansas and southeast Missouri, as well as people from as far away as the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith, for a total of 190 people from 12 educational institutions. ASU staff participated in state-mandated training dealing with blood-borne pathogens and chemical safety. Staff also heard about new procedures, ne equipment, and new chemicals, as well as garnering information from vendors and regulators about new trends in custodial management. ASU staff spent the final hours of the event demonstrating how to do things that all custodial staff members have to deal with, from viral infections to candle wax in carpets. Beth Murff, MSN, RN, CCRN, with St Bernard’s Regional Medical Center, led the group's blood-borne pathogen training. George Jones, Certified Chemical Consultant with Spartan Chemicals led the session on chemical safety and material safety data sheets (MSDS). Pictured, standing, rear, are Kristi Jones, Allison Jordan, Bill Burns, and Bob Smith. Seated, from left, are Patsy Puckett, Donna Simpson, Judy Hass, Helen McCoy (standing), Mia Sheppard Taylor, and Hester Hall.

Four-week Summer Writing Institute concludes today
The Arkansas Delta Writing Project will complete its first Summer Writing Institute for Teachers on Thursday, July 2. The four-week summer institute was held at ASU-Jonesboro in the Department of Teacher Education. A recognition and recruitment “drop-in” event will be held on Thursday, July 2, in the Spring River Room, 3rd floor, Student Union, from 1-3 p.m. The catered event will feature the achievements of the summer writing fellows and the recruitment of the Arkansas Delta Writing Project (ADWP) fellows for the summer of 2010.The fourteen educators chosen for this year's recently concluded Summer Writing Institute studied the latest research and effective classroom practices for teaching writing, and received a fellowship for graduate credit at ASU-Jonesboro, free books, and a new network of friends and colleagues through the National Writing Project.
The National Writing Project (NWP) is the most significant coordinated effort to improve writing in America, and national research studies confirm significant gains in writing performance among students whose teachers participate in NWP programs. For more information, visit the Arkansas Delta Writing Project online, or contact Dr. Dixie Keyes  at (870) 680-8065. For a complete list of this year's participants,  or for more information about the program, see the NewsPage release.

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