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100th Year

Sept. 23, 2009

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Fowler Center Series opens 2009-10 season with San Jose Taiko, Friday, Sept. 25,
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Ceremony dedicates Reynolds Center for Health Sciences The newly-completed Donald W. Reynolds Center for Health Sciences will be dedicated in a special ceremony Friday, Sept. 25, at 10:30 a.m., as part of ASUís Centennial Weekend public events on campus. Tours of the building, located at 116 North Caraway Road, will follow the ceremony. ASU received the largest single donation in its history when a charitable gift of $14,508,342 from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation was presented to university Chancellor Robert L. Potts in June 2007. The gift was earmarked for the construction of a three-story health sciences building just northeast of the Student Union to support the College of Nursing and Health Professions. Dr. Susan Hanrahan is dean of the college. In August 2008, a $1 million commitment was made to ASU by the Judd Hill Foundation for the Reynolds Center. The restricted fund is to be used exclusively for building maintenance and repair including the repair or replacement of specialized equipment within the building. The center is a 50,650-square foot structure that houses the Speech and Hearing Center, the Beck PRIDE Center for Americaís Wounded Veterans, Communication Disorders, and a nurse anesthesia lab. The center also houses interdisciplinary labs, a community education center, research labs, classrooms, an auditorium, computer lab, student lounge, conference room, group study rooms, a nursing clinical learning lab, health assessment labs, and special project rooms. Faculty, staff, and students are invited to attend the dedication ceremonies.

ASU Board of Trustees to meet Sept. 25
The ASU Board of Trustees will meet Friday, Sept. 25, at 1 p.m. in Room 222 of the Donald W. Reynolds Center for Health Sciences, 116 N. Caraway Road, Jonesboro. For details, visit the Arkansas State University System Office homepage.

Appreciation reception for ASU trustees slated for Sept. 25

In ASU's 100-year history, 72 individuals have been appointed to the ASU Board of Trustees. These outstanding Arkansans have served as distinguished leaders in support of this institution. A public reception will be held to recognize the members of the Board of Trustees, past and present, on Friday, Sept. 25, from 4-6 p.m. at Cooper Alumni Center, 2600  Alumni Boulevard, Jonesboro. For details, contact Carol Roberts, Alumni Association Office, ext. 2586.

ABI Fall Research Symposium to be held on campus
The Arkansas Biosciences Institute (ABI) at Arkansas State University-Jonesboro will host the Annual state-wide ABI Fall Research Symposium, Friday, Sept. 25, in the Student Union Auditorium. More than 150 scientists from the five member campuses - Arkansas Children's Hospital; Arkansas State University; the University of Arkansas - Division of Agriculture; the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville (UAF); and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) are expected to travel to ASU for research talks, posters, and scientific networking.The symposium will open with a welcome from ASU’s associate vice chancellor for research and chief research officer, Dr. Michael Dockter, followed by the statewide Arkansas Bioscience Institute director, Dr. Bobby McGehee. Dr. Bill B. Lefler, Major General USASU (Ret.), is the chairman of the Arkansas Tobacco Settlement Commission, which has oversight of the five-member institution. Keynote speaker Dr. John C. Peters, associate director of Corporate Research and Development for the Procter and Gamble Company, will discuss “Health Promotion in the 21st Century: Challenges and Choices” in the third floor auditorium from 2-3 p.m. on Friday. Five professors from around the state of Arkansas will make oral presentations including ASU's Dr. Malathi Srivatsan, Molecular Biology; Dr. Rosalia C.M. Simmen, UAMS; Dr. Luke Howard, UAF-Agriculture; Dr. Josh Sakon, UAF ; and Dr. Dana Gaddy, UAMS. A scientific vendor show, including poster sessions, is scheduled from noon to 2 p.m. in the Heritage Lounge and Mockingbird Room on the third floor. The symposium precedes the Sept. 26 ASU-ABI’s five-year celebration and the ASU-ABI Commercial Innovation Center groundbreaking ceremony at 9 a.m. at the ABI south entrance. Tours of the research areas in the ABI facility are open to the public Saturday morning from 10-11:30. For details, contact Hope Phillips, ABI project/program director, ext. 2025, or see the NewsPage release.

Dr. Jones-Branch to discuss film, 'Soul of A People,' today
Dr. Cherisse Jones-Branch, History, and project scholar for the Dean B. Ellis Library's program,
"Soul of A People: Voices from the Writers' Project,"  will facilitate a Dr. Cherisse Jones-Branch discussion on the  documentary film, 'Soul of A People: Writing America's Story," (1 hr, 44 minutes) at 3 p.m. in the ASU Museum, Room 182. Dr. Jones-Branch will highlight the Great Depressionís financial and psychological impact on Americans. She will also explore public awareness of the cultural contributions that resulted from the Works Progress Administration, such as "The WPA Guide to 1930s Arkansas" and "The Slave Narratives;" she hypothesizes that these publications revealed more about America than most people at the time or since realized. The lecture is free, and the public is invited. For details, call April Sheppard, chair, library programs, at ext. 3077, or view the program schedule through Sunday, Nov. 1, or see the NewsPage release.
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