Sept. 15, 2005

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* Ronald Radford,
Flamenco guitarist
in concert,
tonight @ 7:30 p.m.
Student Union Auditorium

Constitution Day Celebration, Monday @ 9 a.m.
Student Union

ASU Mascot,
"Should it be?"

a debate, Monday @ 7 p.m.,


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Many thanks to faculty and staff for assistance
Last Friday, an urgent message for assistance was distributed across campus asking for volunteers to help at local shelters and at the Jelks Center with evacuees here from the Gulf Coast. Many thanks to all who volunteered! The United Way telephoned ASU asking for help and the response was overwhelming with more than 200 individuals calling after the message was distributed. If you were one of those who volunteered, give yourself a pat on the back. Thank you for helping and for representing ASU so well.

Constitution Day celebration on Sept. 19
ASU will hold a morning-long "Celebration in Learning" in honor of the U.S. Constitution on Monday, Sept. 19, with ASU students, faculty, and staff, as well as selected high school students attending. U.S. District Court Judge Leon Holmes, an ASU alumnus, will speak beginning at 9 a.m. in the Auditorium. Judge Holmes’ talk will be followed by two roundtables at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. addressing the process of selecting and confirming Supreme Court justices and the freedom of expression guaranteed by the First Amendment. Participants may also attend a series of focus groups. The event is under the direction of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. For more, see the News Page.

KASU to host blues concert for hurricane relief
KASU will host a Blue Monday concert to benefit those affected by Hurricane Katrina on Monday, Oct. 3, from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at The Forum, downtown Jonesboro. All proceeds from the concert will be donated to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. Artists performing for the benefit will be Vikki McGee, Amy LaVere and the Tramps, and Reba Russell. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at The Forum box office or by calling 870-935-2726. In addition to KASU, other sponsors are American State Bank, Back Beat Music, Posey Peddler and the Foundation of Arts. For details, see the News Page.

Students enroll from Gulf Coast region
In case you were wondering, Admissions reports that 21 students have enrolled in ASU as a result of being displaced from Hurricane Katrina. Many individuals from across the campus have been scrambling to assist these students and to make them feel welcome. Thank you.

Faculty researchers receive NIH funding
Federal funding for biomedical research in Arkansas was announced Wednesday, and ASU is a participating institution.  Drs. Roger Buchanan, Dr. Malathi Srivatsan and Dr. Anne Grippo will receive funding for their work.  Click here for more details and a copy of the news release.

Noted author E. Lynn Harris to speak Sept. 27

The 2005-06 Lecture~Concert Series will present noted author E. Lynn Harris on Tuesday, Sept. 27. Harris’ topic will be Writing and Achieving Your Dreams and will be at 7 p.m. in the Student Union Auditorium. All Lecture~Concert programs are free and open to the public. Harris is the author of five bestselling novels: “Invisible Life,” “Just As I Am,” and New York Times bestsellers “And This Too Shall Pass,” “If This World Were Mine,” and “Abide With Me,” an NAACP Image Award finalist. Currently, there are more than three million copies of Harris’ novels in print. His writings have appeared in American Visions, Essence, Sports Illustrated, the Atlanta Journal Constitution, New York Times Book Review, the Washington Post Sunday Magazine, Savoy, and The Advocate. In 2000, Harris was inducted into the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame. This presentation is jointly sponsored with the Office of Diversity and the Division of Student Affairs. For more, click here.

ASU Mascot? Should it be?
“Should ASU Be Represented by the Native American Mascot?” is the question that will be addressed by the Debate Team on Monday, Sept. 19, at 7 p.m. in the Student Union Auditorium. The debate, sponsored by The Honors College Association, will feature two debate team members representing each viewpoint. Chris Harper, ASU debate team coach, will serve as the moderator for the event. The debate is free and open to the public.

College of Agriculture to host leadership event
The 14th annual Student Leadership Conference, presented by the College of Agriculture, will be Saturday at the Convocation Center.  Click here for details on the presenter and luncheon speaker.

SAB to host Behind the Swoosh
The Student Activities Board will present Behind The Swoosh: Sweatshops & Social Justice on Thursday, Sept. 22, at 7 p.m. in Riceland Hall. Behind the Swoosh is a two-hour, interactive, multi-media presentation that includes slide shows, role-playing, powerful video footage, and a question-and-answer period with Jim Keady & Leslie Kretzu. The presentation details the month Kretzu and Keady spent in an Indonesian factory workers’ slum living on $1.25 a day, a typical wage paid to Nike’s subcontracted workers.

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