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100th Year

August 6, 2009

Calendar highlights:

2009 Summer Commencement ceremony, Friday, Aug. 7, 7 p.m., Convocation Center

ASU Regional Farmers' Market open Saturday, Aug. 8,
7 a.m.-12 noon.


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Commencement set for Friday, Aug. 7, at 7 p.m.
More than 340 graduates will be awarded diplomas during Arkansas State Universityís 2009 summer commencement ceremony Friday, Aug. 7, at 7 p.m. in the Convocation Center. ASU Chancellor Robert L. Potts will confer the degrees. Dorothy Frederick of Brookland, who is graduating magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mid-Level Education, is the featured student speaker in ASUís centennial year. As part of the centennial celebration activities, graduating students have collected items symbolic of their time at the university to be placed in a time capsule and sealed inside one of 25 concrete benches surrounding the Historic Arch in the center of campus. The mementos will be on display during the ceremony. Successive classes will continue this tradition and the 2009 class will gather in 2034 to open this first-time capsule in conjunction with its 25-year reunion activities.

Dr. David B. Beasley is new College of Engineering dean

Arkansas State University-Jonesboro announces the selection of Dr. David B. Beasley as the new dean of the College of Engineering. Dr. Beasley comes to ASU-Jonesboro from North Carolina State University, Raleigh, N. C., where he recently served as professor of Biological and Agricultural Engineering.  Dr. Beasley assumes his new duties on Monday, August 17. From November of 1991 through June of 1999, Dr. Beasley served as head of the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering at NC State. From 1988-1991, Dr. Beasley was the head of the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering at the University of Georgia's Coastal Plain Experiment Station in Tifton. Prior to that, he was a member of the faculty at Purdue University from 1978 to 1988 and the University of Arkansas from 1977 to 1978.

College of Business receives grant to help international business education programs

The College of Business (COB) at Arkansas State University is the recipient of a two-year grant from the Department of Education, Business and International Education. The grant was awarded to ASU to enhance international business education programs and expand the capacity of the business community to engage in international economic activities. The COBís International Business Resource Center (IBRC) will administer the grant through its director, Dr. Kelly E. Fish, along with associate directors Drs. Guari S. Guha and Clint Relyea. The IBRC has teamed with ASUís Department of Modern Languages under its chair, Dr. Yvonne Unnold, to develop the Chinese immersion program. It will feature scholarship assistance for business and language students traveling to and eventually living in China during an internship. The other part of the grant focuses on outreach to Arkansas businesses.

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