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July 11, 2007

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Governor Beebe to appear on campus today
ASU alumnus and Arkansas governor Mike Beebe will make a brief campus appearance today at 11 a.m. in the Grand Hall, Fowler Center. Gov. Beebe will address the Youth Opportunities Unlimited (Y.O.U.) delegation. Y.O.U. offers a six-and-a-half week program allowing at-risk youth ages 14-16 to live on the ASU campus while working and attending classes. Students can earn a half-credit in both math and English. Cultural enrichment experiences (field trips, museum visits, and more) are provided on weekends. Thirty-four high school students make up this year's Y.O.U. delegation. The Arkansas Department of Higher Education and the Workforce Investment Board are sponsors of the Y.O.U. program. Gov. Beebe will give a brief motivational speech to the assembled students.

Dr. Wilkerson-Freeman presents in United Kingdom
Dr. Sarah Wilkerson-Freeman, History, was an invited presenter at the University of Nottingham's recent Hurricane Katrina Symposium. The symposium, sponsored by Nottingham's American and Canadian Studies program, featured several international scholars. The interdisciplinary event focused on the responses of scholars in film, literature, and history to Hurricane Katrina, to post-Katrina life in New Orleans, and to the influence of the hurricane and its aftermath on scholarship, particularly documentaries. Wilkerson-Freeman presented her work on Jack Robinson's 1950s New Orleans photographs, which she discovered and identified within the Robinson collection in Memphis. She also spoke about the impact of post-Katrina reorganization on traditional infrastructures of artistic life and culture in the region. Her 26-piece exhibition of 1950s photographs, installed in the atrium of the Djanogly Art Gallery complex, was the site of the symposium's closing reception.

Dr. Hannigan featured in College Board Review magazine
Dr. Robyn Hannigan, Environmental Science, was recently featured in The College Board Review (No. 210, Winter/Spring 2007), the magazine of the College Board. This prestigious publication provides a national forum for discussion of new and useful ideas in education. Hannigan, who designed and established a program to immerse minority and female undergraduates in environmental science, appeared in Dr. Kathie L. Olsen's article, "Let's Frame the Future: Building a Solid Science and Engineering Foundation for This Century." Olsen is deputy director of the National Science Foundation (NSF). Dr. Hannigan received funding through the NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program. Hannigan's program, Research Internships in Science of the Environment (RISE), is an interdisciplinary program focusing on relationships between agricultural land use and ecological health. The RISE program has funded more than 30 undergraduates in summer research projects since 2001. 

Creative Writers' Retreat produces collection
The works of writers attending the first session of the fifth annual Hemingway-Pfeiffer Creative Writers' Retreat have been collected into a volume, "In the Company of Writers." The title of the collection was derived from a poem by participant Marilyn Batey Stroud of Cabot and Piggott. The session included 13 writers led by C.D. Mitchell, an instructor at the University of Alabama, and Donna James, Sloan-Hendrix Schools. Deanna Dismukes, the education coordinator for the Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Educational Center, served as coordinator for the retreat.

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