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99th Year

Sept. 17, 2008

Calendar highlights:

Constitution Day keynote address, 9 a.m., Centennial Hall

Fowler Center Series opens with Rhonda Vincent and the Rage, Friday, Sept. 19, 7:30 p.m., Riceland Hall, Fowler Center

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set by academic colleges, Saturday, Sept. 20


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Dr. Bouldin, Dr. Hannigan, Dr. Buchanan, publish article
Dr. Jennifer Bouldin, Ecotoxicology Research Facility, Dr. Robyn Hannigan, Geochemistry, Dr. Roger Buchanan, Zoology, graduate students
Anindita Sengupta and Taylor Ingle, and undergraduate student Regina Alexander recently published an invited article in the journal Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry. The article, Aquatic toxicity and food chain transfer of Quantum Dots in freshwater algae and Ceriodaphnia dubia, was part of a special issue highlighting toxicological work on nanoparticles.

Journalism Alumni Speakers series opens with Sun editor
Roy Ockert, editor of the Jonesboro Sun, kicks off the Journalism Alumni Speakers series at ASU on Saturday, Sept. 20, at the College of Communications alumRoy Ockertni seminar. The seminar begins at 10 a.m. in the Communications Building TV studio, Room 156. Ockert is the first of four scheduled speakers for the inaugural series sponsored by the Department of Journalism for 2008-09. The series features outstanding alumni who will return to campus to speak and interact with students and faculty in classes and other settings. During Ockert's collegiate days, he was editor of the Herald and the Indian yearbook at the same time. He was named the outstanding journalism graduate of 1967. For details on the Journalism Alumni Speakers series, see the NewsPage release.

Groundbreaking for new Liberal Arts Building announced
ASU-Jonesboro will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for a new Liberal Arts Building on Saturday, Sept. 20, at 3 p.m. Governor Mike Beebe announced a $4 million contribution by the state of Arkansas toward construction of the building during ASU's Legislative Day last Saturday. The new Liberal Arts Building will house the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, which offers outstanding and innovative undergraduate and graduate degrees in a number of disciplines. Five of the college's six departments will inhabit the building, including the Departments of English and Philosophy; History; Political Science; Languages; and Criminology, Sociology and Geography. The groundbreaking will be held on the lawn southeast of Wilson Hall, and parking will be available in the lot near the College of Fine Arts. For details, and an architectural rendering of the building, see the NewsPage release.

New Cooper Alumni Center to hold open house
The ASU Alumni Association has big plans for Homecoming 2008 on Saturday, Sept. 20, when the brand-new Cooper Alumni Center will have a soft opening from 4-5:30 p.m. The open house is free and open to the public, with all alumni and friends of the university invited to attend. Visitors will be able to drop in and walk through the building to have a first look at the multipurpose facility which includes a banquet hall, board room, meeting spaces, history room, and office space for the alumni and development units of the university. In 2003, the ASU Alumni Association received a $2 million gift from Darrell Cooper and Charlotte Pugh Cooper of Clarkston, Michigan, toward the construction of the 20,000 square-foot facility. Both of the Coopers were members of the A-State class of 1964. Their gift kick-started the fundraising for the privately-funded facility, named the Cooper Alumni Center in recognition of their gift.There are currently more than 60,000 ASU alumni. For more information on the Alumni Association or the Cooper Alumni Center, contact the ASU Alumni office at (870) 972-ALUM (2586), or email For more details and photos of the facility, see the Alumni Association website at

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