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July 19, 2010

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KASU Blue Monday–Paragould to feature Fred Sanders KASU presents Fred Sanders at the Blue Monday-Paragould, Monday, July 19, from 7-9 p.m. at the Red Goose Deli in downtown Paragould. Sanders was born in Memphis in 1939 to a musical family.  After moving to Texas in the late 50’s, he explored blues guitar beyond the simple chords he learned early on from his older brother.  Soon he was a part of the Texas blues scene and remained so until 1968 when he returned home to Memphis. Sanders began a seven-year tenure with Club Paradise, playing with professional blues artists such as B.B. King, Bobby Blue Bland, Albert King and many others.  He also jammed at the Blues Alley on #1 Beale. Sanders then became a member of The Memphis Blues Caravan and toured worldwide. He has played with Duke Ellington’s Orchestra, Count Basie’s Band, Buddy Rich and Johnny Taylor. Sanders has been a staple on Beale Street using his slick and playful style, and, on nice days, he can be seen playing in W.C. Handy Park. Admission to the Blue Monday-Paragould concert featuring Fred Sanders is free thanks to sponsors Bibb Chiropractic, MOR Media, Inc. and KASU, but seating is limited. For more information, contact KASU’s Development Director Todd Rutledge at ext. 2807.

ASU to host threat and risk assessment course, July 20-21
The ASU Delta Center, Small Business and Technology Development Center and the Texas Engineering Extension Service are offering a two-day special training seminar for responders to incidents caused by terrorism, natural disaster, major accidents and all other hazards, Tuesday-Wednesday, July 20-21, from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. in Room 110 in the ASU Delta Center for Economic Development, 319 University Loop West. This free event entitled, "Enhanced Threat and Risk Assessment: Responding to Disasters," will show attendees how to apply Department of Homeland Security and FEMA risk management processes and is being offered through a partnership between Arkansas State University and the Department of Homeland Security's National Preparedness Directorate. Seating is limited to 40 participants. For more information, contact Jerry Smith at the Arkansas State University Small Business and Technology Development Center, ext. 3517, or register at

Reminder: ASU becomes smoke-free campus Aug. 1
Effective August 1, 2010, ASU will be a smoke-free campus. This event will come from the recent new state law, The Arkansas Clean Air On Campus Act of 2009. To help with the transition to a smoke-free campus, the Department of Wellness and Health Promotion is offering smoking cessation programs on campus for faculty and staff. For more information, contact Robyn Whitehead or visit the following website:

Dean B. Ellis Library is hosting exhibit on school violence
The Dean B. Ellis Library is hosting a small exhibit on school violence in its third floor exhibit space.  The exhibit, which runs from July 6-Sept. 30, was put together by Dr. Natalie A. Johnson-Leslie, assistant professor of Teacher Education, and H. Steve Leslie, adjunct instructor in Communication Studies and academic technology specialist, authors of the book "The ABC's of Surviving School Violence." On Sunday, July 25, there will be a book signing at the exhibit from 3-5 p.m. The main purpose of the exhibit is to get people talking and thinking about school violence. For more information contact April Sheppard, ext. 2766.

ASU-Paragould to host open house, blood drive July 22
A special open house is scheduled at Arkansas State University-Paragould, Thursday, July 22, from 1-6 p.m. at the ASU-Paragould campus, 2411 West Kingshighway. As part of this year’s open house, ASU-Paragould is teaming up with the American Red Cross for a blood drive.  Donating blood is a great way to serve the community and help save lives. The staff at ASU-Paragould will be on hand to provide tours of the facility, answer questions about academic programs, financial aid, and the admissions process. For more information, contact Judy Blevins at (870) 236-6354.

Residence Life presents breakout session at conference
April Hicks Konvalinka and Julie McMahon, both associate directors in the Department of Residence Life, presented a breakout session at the annual Association of College and University Housing Officers-International (ACUHO-I) Conference and Exposition held in Austin, Texas in June. The presentation, “The Collaborative Approach to Living Learning Communities: Your Story Illustrates Where You Belong,” included information on the philosophical advancement of Living Learning Communities on the ASU-Jonesboro campus, the collaboration between the academic units and residence life, and the construction of facilities and the programming/staffing of the buildings.  The presentation focused on the Honors Living Learning Community and included information on the two new LLCs opening this August – ROTC and STEM Den.  Rebecca Oliver, director of the Honors College, and Lt. Col Jeffery Helms participated in the presentation via video to share perspective on the collaboration as well as excitement for their LLCs.

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