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July 30, 2009

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Former employee charged with theft of property
Special agents of the Arkansas State Police Criminal Investigation Division have taken into custody Virginia DeMaine, 56, of Jonesboro, Arkansas. DeMaine is presently charged with one felony count of theft of property. DeMaine, who has been employed by Arkansas State University, is the subject of a continuing investigation. The arrest stems from an investigation requested by Arkansas State University and conducted by the Arkansas State Police and officers of the Arkansas State University Police Department, in conjunction with the Division of Legislative Audit. DeMaine is alleged to have diverted monies intended for the University’s Childhood Development Associate Program. ASU officials stress that the discovered monetary loss does not affect any ASU student enrollment or the validity of any ASU course. The university will work with law enforcement, its surety bond carrier, and the courts to recover any embezzled funds for the university. This information is also available as a NewsPage release.

GK12 program begins its second year at ASU
ASU-Jonesboro’s 5-year GK12 program, funded by the National Science Foundation, now in its second year, is designed to enrich science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education in rural public schools throughout northeast Arkansas. The program places 8 graduate fellows as “resident scientists” in sixth-grade to eighth-grade classrooms in 8 area schools. The fellows represent Environmental Sciences, Molecular Biosciences and Biology Graduate programs. Each graduate fellow will work with two mentor teachers. Dr. Jennifer Bouldin, director, Ecotoxicology Research Facility, is principal investigator. Dr. Tillman Kennon, Science Education, is a co-principal investigator along with Dr. Anne Grippo, Biology, Dr. Cynthia Miller, director, NEA Delta Partnership for Math and Science, and Dr. Karen Yanowitz, Psychology. Dr. Mike Hall, Mathematics, is an associated faculty member. This year's graduate fellows are Sarah Thompson, Annabelle McKie, Kevin Keen, Mauricio Solis, Scott Chiavacci, Bryan Reiley, Seth Schirmer, and Katie Lisko. For details on the program, contact Dr. Jennifer Bouldin, ext. 2570, or see the NewsPage release for images of participants.

Southern Tenant Farmers Museum hosts new exhibition
The Southern Tenant Farmers Museum, 117 Main Street, Tyronza, will host an exhibition of the work of Jonesboro artist Suzanne Churchill, beginning Saturday, Aug. 1. An opening reception with Churchill will be held Tuesday, August 4, at 7 p.m. The exhibition, “Revisiting the Delta’s Past,” will run throughout the month of August. TheThe oldest house in Tyronza is the subject for one of Suzanne Churchill's watercolors on exhibition at the Southern Tenant Farmers Museum Saturday, August 1. exhibition will feature several watercolors of historic buildings from Tyronza and other locations in the Arkansas Delta. Watercolor and acrylic landscapes of delta farm land will also be included.  Hours for this exhibition at the Southern Tenant Farmers Museum will be 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Monday-Friday, and 12 noon-3 p.m. on Saturday. The exhibition, opening reception, and museum are all free and open to the public. For details on “Revisiting the Delta’s Past,” call the Southern Tenant Farmers Museum at (870) 487-2909, or see the NewsPage release.

ASU Days at Chili's Restaurant Aug. 3-4
ASU Day at Chili's in July was such a success that Chili's will expand the offer to two days: Monday-Tuesday, Aug 3-4. Simply print and present this flyer (also available at to participate. When groups or individuals present the flyer, Chili's will donate 10% of the check to ASU's scholarship fund. For details, contact alumni relations director Pat Edwards in the Alumni Office at ext. 2438.
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