Inside ASU, News for Faculty & Staff, Arkansas State University
July 18, 2007

Calendar highlights:

* New Student Orientation, Wednesday, July 25

 * Summer Children's Theatre,
"The Invention," Wednesday, July 25,
at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.


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Dr. Frey graduate of inaugural class, Leadership Arkansas
Dr. Len Frey, dean, College of Business, is a graduate of the inaugural class of Leadership Arkansas, a program designed to take a statewide view of the economic and political challenges that face Arkansas. Created by the State Chamber of Commerce and Associated Industries of Arkansas (AIA), Leadership Arkansas builds a sense of statewide community by identifying and training individuals with the passion and commitment to become personally engaged in issues, programs, and activities aimed at building a better Arkansas. Dr. Frey was one of 70 individuals chosen to make up the inaugural class.

Drs. Beineke and Holifield appointed to state board
Dr. John Beineke, dean, College of Education, and Dr. Mitch Holifield, chair, Department of Educational Leadership, Curriculum, and Special Education, have been appointed members of the Arkansas Professional Licensure Standards Board. Beineke and Holifield were appointed by the State Board of Education, and they will represent public institutions of higher learning and the First Congressional District. There are 15 members of the Professional Licensure Standards Board, and each member serves a term of three years. Their first board meeting is Wednesday, July 25, in Little Rock.

Drs. Medina-Bolívar and Dolan publish journal article
Dr. Fabricio Medina-Bolívar, Plant Metabolic Engineering, and project co-leader Dr. Maureen Dolan, Biochemistry, reported the study "Production and Secretion of Resveratrol in Hairy Root Cultures of Peanut." This peer-reviewed article was published in the July special issue of the journal Phytochemistry. ASU co-authors in the study are Jose Condori, Ph.D. student in molecular biosciences, Kristen Shelton, undergraduate, John Hubstenberger, ABI, and Dr. Agnes Rimando, USDA Natural Products Unit. Resveratrol, a plant-derived defense compound, has been associated with many health benefits, including anti-cancer, anti-aging, and neuroprotection properties. This study reports the use of hairy root technology for production of high quality, enriched extracts containing resveratrol and its many valuable derivatives. Because of the numerous applications of these compounds in the pharmaceutical and neutraceutical industries, ASU filed U.S. and international patent applications on the process earlier this month.

McKendrees to perform at Blue Monday concert

The bluegrass band the McKendrees will perform in concert Monday, July 23, 7 p.m. at Atkins Celebration Hall, 101 South Pruett Street, downtown Paragould. The concert is part of the Bluegrass Monday concert series presented by KASU 91.9 FM. Admission is free, but KASU passes the hat to pay the musicians. The McKendrees, from Benton, Ky., perform traditional bluegrass music in an energetic, youthful style. Area bluegrass musicians are invited to an open jam, beginning at 5 p.m., before the show. Simply Delicious Catering provides a country-style buffet meal, beginning at 5 p.m., as well. For more information on this and other KASU-sponsored concerts, contact KASU program director Marty Scarbrough at ext. 2367.

Mascot Review Committee gives its recommendation
The Mascot Review Committee today completed its charge from Chancellor Robert L. Potts and adopted a recommendation for his consideration.  A brief news release, followed by the background, recommendation points, and June 18 resolution are now available at:

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