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100th Year

Aug. 16, 2010

Calendar highlights:

From the Academic Calendar:

Orientation for new faculty, Monday-Tuesday, Aug. 16-17

Faculty Conference,
Wednesday, Aug. 18, 8:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m., with keynote speaker Dr. George Kuh, 9:30 a.m., Centennial Hall

Watering Hole, Residence halls open, Saturday, Aug. 21, 
9 a.m.-12 noon

First Year Convocation, Sunday, Aug. 22, 2 p.m.

Fall classes begin, Monday, Aug. 23



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Markham Howe announces retirement Aug. 31
Markham Howe, Executive Director of Public Relations for Arkansas State University and long-time advertising and marketing strategist, has announced hisMarkham Howe retirement from the university, effective Aug. 31, 2010. Howe will be honored at a special reception, Thursday, Aug. 26, at 3 p.m. in Cooper Alumni Center, 2600 Alumni Blvd. Howe, who has served at ASU since 1982 as a guest lecturer and professional advisor to the Public Relations Student Society of America (1982-current), instructor in Journalism (1994-97), Director of UniversityRelations (2002-08) and in the Executive Director position, (2009-current), has been responsible for marketing, public relations, advertising, media relations, internal/external communications and strategic communications planning for the ASU-Jonesboro campus.Howe graduated from Arkansas State in 1961 with a degree in agriculture and began his professional career in public relations with Entergy-Arkansas (formerly Arkansas Power and Light Company). He culminated a 33-year stay with AP&L as Assistant to the Vice-President of Public Affairs (1974) and Manager of Public Relations (1975-94). As part of the AP&L team, he authored the crisis communications plan for Arkansas Nuclear One, a plan that became a model for other nuclear power plants. Later, he wrote and implemented the public relations plan that resulted in a successful siting of the Independence Steam Electric Station, a major coal burning power plant located at Newark, Ark. He also worked with Mangan Holcomb and Partners as a senior public relations counsel (1996-2002), providing public relations, communications, and marketing counsel to a broad range of clients before returning to ASU. An active member of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), he was awarded the Crystal Award in 2008 for lifetime achievement to the public relations profession. Along with his vast experience in public relations, Howe is active in volunteerism and community service work and has served on the boards of several non-profit organizations, including Youth Home of Arkansas, March of Dimes-Arkansas chapter, Junior Achievement of Arkansas, Retired and Senior Volunteers Program, Arkansas State University Alumni Association, Military Officers Association of America (MOAA), United Way, Special Olympics, and many others. Howe served as the 1991-92 president of Civitan International, a civic club organization with approximately 45,000 members in 30 countries. For additional details, see the NewsPage release.

Dr. Pratte, Dr. Stillion, Dr. Romero publish paper
Dr. B.D. Stillion, visiting associate professor, Science, Dr. John Pratte, PDr. John Prattehysics, and chair of the Department of Chemistry and Physics, and Dr. Al Romero, currently dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Southern Illinois University–Edwardsville and formerly chair of the Department of Biological Sciences at ASU, published a paper, "Engagement at the Theater: Science in the Cinema" in the most recent edition of Science Education and Civic Engagement: An International Journal. The paper is based upon the work that the three have been doing in integrating the Science Flicks film series at ASU into an upper-division science course, SCI 3003--Science in the Cinema. This course is unique in its focus on the portrayal of scientists in movies and television shows instead of the usual focus of such courses on the accuracy of the science portrayed.

Dichroic glass fusion workshop offered Aug. 21
A dichroic glass fusion workshop will be offered Saturday, Aug. 21, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., at Eugene W. Smith Hall, 106 N. Caraway Road. The cost is $125 per person, and the class instructor will be Linda Hendrickson. Dichroic glass contains multiple micro-layers of metal oxides fused inside each piece, giving the glass dichroic (or two-colored) optical properties. The glass is frequently used in beautiful decorative pieces and jewelry. No experience is necessary. View examples of jewelry made of dichroic glass, or register for the class online at the Community Education website at the Center for Regional Programs. For details, contact Evone Roberts at ext. 3052.

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