Bednarz and students publish two journal articles
Dr. Jim Bednarz, Wildlife Ecology, and three of his recent
graduate students, Jeremy Brown, Dr. T. J. Benson, and Troy Bader
recently published two articles this summer in the journal Wetlands,
an international scientific periodical published by the Society of
Wetlands Scientists. The article, "Vegetation Characteristics of
Swainson’s Warbler Habitat at the White River National Wildlife
Refuge, Arkansas" authored by Brown,
Benson, and Bednarz, describes a survey of 1,453 systematic
locations for a bird of high conservation concern. This analysis
showed that Swainson’s Warblers were associated with canebrakes,
dense understory structure, and a well-developed leaf litter layer.
These findings are especially relevant given that canebrakes have
substantially declined and indicate the degradation of wetland
ecosystems throughout the southeastern U.S. Bader and Bednarz
published the article, "Reproductive Success and Causes of Nest
Failures for Mississippi Kites: a Sink Population in Eastern
Arkansas?" in the same issue of Wetlands. This paper describes
studies on Mississippi Kites, a poorly-studied bird of prey of
wetland habitats, and the documentation of nest success using remote
video recording systems. Bader and Bednarz found extremely high
rates of nest failure by Mississippi Kites and suggested the
population was not viable due to man-altered hydrology of natural
Vickery wins purchase award for work
“Concerto in Sun,” a work by Kimberly Boyd Vickrey, Art, is
part of the 2009 “Small Works on Paper” exhibit currently up at the
Studies Institute. This image won a purchase award and will
become a part of the permanent "Small Works on Paper" collection.
this link at
arkansasartnotes, "art reviews and notes from the
Arkansas Times and the
ether," compiled by Leslie Peacock, to view Vickrey's work.
University/Community Choir holds auditions
the 2009-10 season of the Arkansas State University/Community Choir will
begin at 6 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 31, in the ASU Choir Room, located in
the Fine Arts Center, 114 South Caraway, Jonesboro. This year’s group
will be led by Dr. Dale Miller, ASU's director of choral activities, in a
program of music by Italian masters of the 16th century and
American choral artists of the 21st century.
Membership in the University/Community Choir is open by audition to
singers age 16 and up. Choir members are eligible
to participate in the March 18-26, 2010 trip, which will be highlighted
by a performance in the Vatican’s St. Peter’s Basilica.
Auditions will be held by appointment beginning immediately. Contact
ext. 3841 for an audition appointment or for further information
about the concert tour to Italy.
For details, see the
10th annual Watering Hole, welcome, slated
for Aug. 22
The ASU Alumni Association will welcome incoming students and
their families as they move into campus residence halls Saturday, Aug.
22, by providing the 10th annual“Watering Hole.” Demand for volunteer
positions was so great this year that the Alumni Office has established
a waiting list for those who wish to work one of the two shifts, from 9
a.m. to 10:30 and from 10:30 to noon.
Alumni Association staff, members and volunteers offer assistance in
greeting students, their families, and friends by providing free bottles
of cold water during campus move-in from 9 a.m. to noon. Residence halls
are fully booked, so alumni staff and volunteers expect high demand.
For details, or to sign up for the Watering Hole volunteer
waiting list, contact Pat Edwards at the ASU Alumni office at
ext. 2438, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org,
or see the NewsPage release.
Yearbook photos scheduled for Sept. 14-18
The WolfTracks Yearbook will hold its annual Photo Week
Monday-Friday, Sept. 14-18, on the first floor of the Student Union.
To be included in this year’s publication, faculty, staff and
students are required to have new photos made during the week of
September. Faculty, staff, and students must present a valid ASU ID
to sit for photos. All faculty and staff are strongly advised to
have photos made, since these photos remain on file with both the
yearbook and the Office of University Communications and the Office
of Media Relations. Faculty and staff photos also serve as official
headshots for news and media releases. Hours are Monday, Sept.
14, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; Tuesday-Thursday, Sept. 15-17, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.;
and Friday, Sept. 18, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. For details or questions,
contact Natalie Eskew,
Leadership Center, ext. 2055.
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