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100th Year

Oct. 14, 2009

Calendar highlights:

Central Mississippi Valley Archeological Society 11th anniversary, with special lecture by Dr. David Dye, Thursday,
Oct. 15, 7 p.m.,
ASU Museum,
Room 182

Heritage Studies presents Dr. Sherry Laymon, "Pfeiffer Country" reading, signing, Thursday, Oct. 15, 4 p.m., third floor, Dean B. Ellis Library


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Delta Center for Economic Development to be dedicated
The Delta Center for Economic Development (DCED), the new home for the outreach activities of ASU’s College of Business, will be dedicated at a ceremony Thursday, Oct. 15, at 10 a.m. The ceremony will be at the new facility at 319 University Loop West on the ASU campus. Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe will join Pedro Garza, the regional director of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA), for the dedication. The new facility will aid the College of Business, the Delta Center for Economic Development (DCED), and the Small Business and Technology Development Center in their quest to provide programs for economic development along with training and assistance to further the success of small businesses in the region. Faculty, staff, and students are invited to attend the ceremony.

DCED presents '7-Minute Strategy' workshop Oct. 22
The Delta Center for Economic Development will offer a workshop, "The 7-Minute Strategy for Breakthrough Success," a one-day workshop designed to increase participants' focus and productivity, on Oct. 22, from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., 5501 Krueger Drive, Jonesboro. Workshop materials and lunch will be provided. Cost is $279 per person and groups of five pay $199 for each participant. Allyson Lewis, a Jonesboro native and author of "The 7-Minute Difference" and "The Million Dollar Car and $250,000 Pizza" will provide a method that can result in greater organization, increased productivity, and a re-energized, effective approach to managing daily work. Call the Delta Center for Economic Development, ext. 3850 to reserve a seat. Visit to learn more about Lewis and her books.

College of Business to host annual scholarship fundraiser
The College of Business will host its annual scholarship fundraiser, “Business, Blue Jeans, and BBQ,” on Saturday, Oct. 17, at 3 p.m. at the Cooper Alumni Center, 2600 U Street. This event, like its predecessor, the scholarship gala, will benefit the College of Business Scholarship Fund. The Outstanding Business Executive of the Year will be announced at this event rather than at the Homecoming breakfast. Individual tickets are $40, and family tickets are $100 and include up to 2 adults and children under age 12. Purchase tickets online (, or contact Lindsay Burnett, director, Development, at ext. 2986, to purchase tickets by cash or check.

Arkansas Delta Writing Project celebrates National Day
The Arkansas Delta Writing Project (ADWP) at ASU announces its participation in the first National Day on Writing, sponsored by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE). On Tuesday, Oct. 20, the National Gallery of Writing and its local counterpart, the Arkansas Delta Writing Project Gallery, will be unveiled online. Dr. Dixie Keyes is director of the ADWP. LaToshia Woods, co-director of the Arkansas Delta Writing Project, along with local teacher and ADWP teacher consultant, Trina Walls, serve as curators of the Arkansas Delta Writing Project Gallery online. For more information on the National Gallery of Writing or the Arkansas Delta Writing Project Gallery, contact LaToshia Woods at ext. 8443, or visit the galleries online. Join the online conversations on writing at the National Council of Teachers of English website,, where links to Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Ning can be found, as well as information specific to elementary schools, middle schools, high schools, and colleges. The Arkansas Delta Writing Project staff encourages all educators to join them in support of writing across the country. For details, contact Dr. Dixie Keyes at (870) 680-8065, or see the NewsPage release.

Museum's student essay contest deadline is Oct. 21
In celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Southern Tenant Farmers Union, the Southern Tenant Farmers Museum is sponsoring an essay contest on the Southern Tenant Farmers Union. The contest is open to ASU undergraduate and graduate students, with a $250 prize for the winners at each level. Contestants will discuss the impact of the Southern Tenant Farmers Union and/or other agricultural organizations on social justice for the nation’s poor. The Southern Tenant Farmers Union and its successor organizations struggled for a better life for farmers who lived off the land, including cotton farmers in the South, cane workers in Louisiana, and fruit pickers in California. The deadline for the contest is Wednesday, Oct. 21, 5 p.m. Essays should be submitted to either Dr. Catherine Reese, Political Science, 402 Wilson Hall, or Dr. Cherisse Jones-Branch, History, 109C Wilson Hall. Suggested length for the essays is 1,500 words for graduate students and 1,000 words for undergraduate students. Winners will be recognized on Friday, Oct. 30, at the Southern Tenant Farmers Union 75th Anniversary Symposium.
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