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Oct. 17, 2007


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ASU dedicates Bill and Alice Nix Petting Zoo
On Saturday, Oct. 13, the College of Agriculture officially dedicated the Bill and Alice Nix Petting Zoo, thanks to the donation and support of the Nix family. The Nix family, sole owners and proprietors of the Ash Flat Livestock Auction since 1958, are now seeing a third generation of family, Melanie and Billy Bob Billingsley, in the business. Not only is the monetary donation significant, but Mike Nix, son of the honorees, will perpetually resupply the petting zoo with young animals from the auction. The Bill and Alice Nix Petting Zoo's next scheduled opening is in spring 2008. On Friday, April 18, school groups will be invited to attend, and the zoo will be open to the public from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, April 19.

Dr. Jim Quick speaks today on stress management
Noted expert Dr. Jim Quick, who coined the term "preventive stress management," will speak today at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. in Room 182, ASU Museum. His topic, "Stress: Now and Then," will comprise a 10-year review of preventive stress management theory. For details, contact the College of Business at ext. 3430 or see the NewsPage release.

Applications for Staff Senate stipends being accepted
Staff members who work on the ASU-Jonesboro campus are invited to apply for the Staff Senate Educational Stipend, available to non-faculty employees and their dependents. The stipends are for a minimum of $200 each and will be awarded for spring semester, 2008. Funding for these awards is raised through the annual Staff Senate employee picnic and silent auction. The list of qualifications and the application form are on the Staff Senate Web site. Those interested should apply quickly; the deadline is Thursday, Nov. 1. Applications should be submitted to Tami Freeman, Student Union, office 2011.

Drs. Milner, O'Connor to speak Thursday in Wilson Hall
Dr. Clyde Milner II and Dr. Carol O'Connor will present "A Big Western Life: The Challenging Biography of Granville Stuart," tomorrow, Oct. 18, at 3:30 p.m. in Wilson Hall, Room 206. The two historians spent nine months as visiting scholars at Yale in 2006-07 preparing a draft of a book, "A Big Western Life," to be published in spring 2008 by Oxford University Press. This presentation is part of the Brown Bag Lecture Series sponsored by the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Delta Symphony Orchestra presents season opener
The Delta Symphony Orchestra opens its season with the "Music for a Lifetime" Family Concert on Sunday, Oct. 21, at 2 p.m., Riceland Hall, Fowler Center. Pre-concert activities begin at 1:15 p.m., including a petting zoo for instruments, lessons in conducting, and coloring activities. The program will include Saint-Saens' "Carnival of Animals," Copland's "The Red Pony Suite," and highlights from the musical "Wicked." Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors, and $5 for children. For ticket information, call the ASU Central Box Office at (870) 972-2781.

Department of Music to present Faculty Recital
The Department of Music at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro will present the second concert in the 2007-08 Faculty Recital Series, featuring Lauren Schack Clark, Joy Sanford, Matthew Carey, Perry Harper, Tom Mason, and Ed Owen on Thursday, Oct.  25, at 7:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center Recital Hall. The concert is free to all. For details, call the Department of Music at ext. 2094 or see the NewsPage release.

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