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Sept. 19, 2008

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Lecture-Concert Series presents
Dirck Halstead, "Moments In TIME," Monday, Sept. 22,
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College will honor 21 distinguished alumni on Saturday
Twenty-one distinguished alumni—including 18 faculty members--from Arkansas State University’s College of Nursing and Health Professions (CNHP) will be honored Saturday, Sept. 20 as part of ASU’s 2008 Homecoming celebration. The group is being recognized at an open house at 2:30 p.m. in the Green Room of the CNHP building. Shanon Brantley represents the Department of Communication Disorders, Ashley Johnson is from the Department of Social Work, and Micheal Martin is the distinguished alumnus from the Department of Physical Therapy. The faculty members, all from the Department of Nursing, include Brenda Anderson, Diana Fuller, Libby Nix, Darlene Baker, Cathy Hall, Linda Latting, Angela Schmidt, Nonie Wiggins, Lori Clay, Linda Crumpton, Renee Miller, Debbie Shelton, Susi Sifford, Paige Wimberley, Karen Blue, Lisa Drake, Judy Pfriemer, and Stacy Troxel. Drake, Fuller, and Latting teach at ASU-Mountain Home. The remaining distinguished alumni teach at the main ASU campus in Jonesboro. For details, see the NewsPage release.

Schmidt makes invited presentation at Yale University
Dr. Angela Stone Schmidt, Nursing, was invited to Yale University in July to present at an international conference, Nursing Ethics and Health Care Policy: Bridging Local, Dr. Angela Stone SchmidtNational, and International Perspectives. Her paper, "Accessibility of Rehabilitation for Persons with Disability," was presented in resource allocation sessions and discussion groups. In addition to the presentations of her paper, Dr. Schmidt was invited to be a discussion group moderator. The presenters and participants of the conference represented more than 24 countries. The Conference was sponsored by Yale University's Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics, Yale Center for International Nursing Scholarship and Education, and the International Centre for Nursing Ethics at the University of Surrey, U.K.

Dr. Savary and colleagues receive NRI research grant
Dr. Brett J. Savary, Agriculture/ABI, and colleagues Randy Cameron and Gary Luzio, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) AgriculturalDr. Brett J. Savary Research Service in Winter Haven, Fla., were awarded a 2-year grant of $318,000 from the USDA-Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service (USDA-CREES) National Research Initiative. This collaborative project will investigate an enzyme useful for tailoring nanostructure of the plant polysaccharide pectin. Pectin is commonly used as a gelling agent and thickener in foods. This project ultimately seeks to develop new biobased products that will promote expanded use of this functional biomolecule that can be obtained from discarded fruit and vegetable processing residues.

Dr. McGregor attends APA leadership conference
Dr. Loretta Neal McGregor, Psychology and Counseling, recently attended the American Psychological Association (APA) Education Leadership Conference held in Washington, Dr. Loretta Neal McGregorD.C. The conference is sponsored by the Board of Education Affairs, a division of APA, and is designed to bring leaders in the field of psychology education together to discuss pertinent issues to the discipline and the education of our students. The conference is by invitation only. Participants are selected based on their service and leadership in APA divisions, on committees, or in affiliate psychology organizations. This is Dr. McGregor’s fourth year to attend the conference.

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