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100th Year

August 20, 2009

Calendar highlights:

College departmental  faculty meetings, Thursday-Friday, Aug. 20-21

Residence Halls open, Saturday, Aug. 22, 9 a.m.; First Year Convocation, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2 p.m.

First day of classes, Monday, Aug. 24


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Dr. 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,From left, Great Blue Heron decoy and Dr. Jim Bednarz 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 wetland systems.

PrProf. Kim Vickreyof. 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 Arkansas Studies Institute. This image won a purchase award and will become a part of the permanent "Small Works on Paper" collection. See 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
Rehearsals for 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 Dr. Miller at ext. 3841 for an audition appointment or for further information about the concert tour to Italy. For details, see the NewsPage release.

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, 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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