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100th Year

Oct. 25, 2010

Calendar highlights:

KASU's Bluegrass Monday presents "Next Best Thing," tonight,
7 p.m., Collins Theatre, 120 West Emerson Street, Paragould

Tuba and Euphonium Ensemble concert tonight, 7:30 p.m.,
Minx Rehearsal Hall, Fine Arts Center

Lt. Col. Ellen Krenke on campus today, Tuesday, Oct. 26, for Journalism Alumni Speaker Series

Lecture-Concert Series presents Pascal Gallois, Tuesday, Oct. 26,
7:30 p.m., Riceland Hall, Fowler Center

Faculty Recital Series concert, Thursday, Oct. 28, 7:30 p.m., Riceland Hall, Fowler Center



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CoHSS to present lecture series on Turkey, nationalism
Reminder: ASU’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences Dr. Ed Ericksonwill present the 2010-11 lecture series, “Empire, the Nation-State, and European Unification:  Turkey and Nationalism in World History,” beginning tonight at 7:30 p.m. in ASU’s Student Union Auditorium. All lectures are free and open to the public. Dr. Edward J. Erickson, associate professor of military history at the Command and Staff College, Marine Corps University, will present the inaugural lecture, “From Empire to Republic: Modernity, the army, and the Turkish constitution.” The lecture series is funded by a grant from the Institute of Turkish Studies. Additional support for the series is provided by ASU's Lecture -Concert Series and the Middle East Studies Committee. All lectures are free and open to the public. This lecture is also the sixth event in ASU's 2010-2011 Lecture-Concert Series, with all events being free and open to the public. For more information about the lecture series, contact Dr. Erik Gilbert, History, ext. 2137, or see the NewsPage release.   

Presidential Search Advisory Committee to meet Oct. 28
The next meeting of the Presidential Search Advisory Committee will be Thursday, Oct. 28, beginning at 1:30 p.m. at the ASU System Office, 2004 East Nettleton Ave., Jonesboro. The committee will then review applications received since the last meeting and decide which candidates to suggest to the Board of Trustees for interviews. Mrs. Florine Tousant Milligan, chair of the Presidential Search Advisory Committee, has announced that the Board of Trustees will meet the next day, Friday, Oct. 29, at 12:30 p.m., also at the System Office, to consider the committee’s comments and to review all applications, then select which candidates to invite for interviews. She expects the Board to interview candidates on Monday and/or Tuesday, Nov. 8 and 9. Each candidate who comes for an interview will first publicly address the Presidential Search Advisory Committee and respond to questions from committee members.  Afterward, the Board of Trustees will interview each candidate in executive session.For details, see the Oct. 22 news release on the Arkansas State University Presidential Search website.

Board of Trustees to meet Oct. 29
The Arkansas State University Board of Trustees will meet Friday, Oct. 29, 2010, 12:30 p.m., at the ASU System Office, 2004 East Nettleton Ave., Jonesboro. The tentative agenda and proposed resolutions have been posted on the ASU System website.

Psychology and Counseling hosts visiting professor
The Department of Psychology and Counseling has been hosting visiting Russian professor of psychology, Dr. Tatiana Chuikova. A reception was held in Dr. Chuikova’s honor on Monday, Oct. 4. Dr. Chuikova is an applied psychologist and depaDr. Tatiana Chuikovartment chair of the applied psychology department at Bashkir State Pedagogical University, Ufa, Russia. During the month of October, Dr. Chuikova has had an office in the department  and has engaged in collaborative research projects with faculty and students. She is also interested in new projects involving national unemployment in the United States and Russia. Potential collaborators should contact Dr. Tatiana Chuikova, or leave messages with the departmental office of Psychology and Counseling, ext. 3064. This collaboration started in the summer of 2006 during the 26th International Congress of Applied Psychology, Athens, Greece, when Dr. Chuikova met with three ASU professors--Dr. Amy Pearce, Dr. Irina Khramtsova, and Dr. David Saarnio-- at the invited symposium on Positive Psychology. The collaboration led to several publications and a conference presentation. Drs. Pearce and Chuikova authored “A Positive Psychology Perspective on Mate Preferences in the United States and Russia.” The article is available in the current issue of the Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology. Additional co-authors include ASU psychology alumnus Alexandra Ramsey and Dr. Svetlana Galyautdinova of Bashkir State University. A manuscript by Drs. Pearce and Khramtsova, “A Positive Outlook on Mate Preferences in Japan” is also featured in proceedings of a theoretical and applied conference organized by Dr. Chuikova. This summer, Dr. Khramtsova presented data from a third collaborative project with Dr.Chuikova. Their presentation, “Contemporary Role Models of College Students in Russia and the US,” was made at the 5th European Conference on Positive Psychology, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Launch of free mobile campus application set for Oct. 26
ASU has launched iASTATE, a free mobile campus application that brings university life to smartphones and mobile devices. The application offers mobile access to campus maps, event calendars, latest university news, sports schedules, a directory that allows students to contact various departments on campus, and more. A launch party for the suite of apps will be held Tuesday, Oct. 26, at 12 noon at Heritage Plaza outside the Student Union. In addition to the launch, the Office of Admissions is giving away a free 4th Generation iPod Touch, and refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to the public. Students, faculty and staff can download the free iPhone application in the App Store. A similar free application, ASTATEMobile, is available for Blackberry. Developed by Blackboard Mobile, a division of education technology company Blackboard Inc., the application is also expected to be used by prospective students, parents, alumni and other members of the University community.

Dept. of Social Work opens ASU CARE
ASU's Department of Social Work has opened ASU CARE (Community Action Reinforcing Empowerment) at 600-A Marshall Street in North Jonesboro. The program, created by  Dr. Barbara Turnage, chair, Social Work, and Dr. George Jacinto, Social Work, and director of ASU CARE, will assist residents living in North Jonesboro. On October 30, ASU CARE will sponsor a fall festival on Marshall Street from 3-6 p.m.  Many area social service agencies, the Jonesboro Fire Department, and D.A.R.E. will attend the festival. Games for children will be available, and refreshments will be served.  This fall festival will officially mark the beginning of ASU CARE’s presence in North Jonesboro. ASU CARE will work to focus on issues such as substance abuse, crime, employment-seeking activities, health disparities, education, social capital, family services and youth development. The program will be staffed by social work student interns from ASU with oversight by program faculty. Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin and members of his staff have worked with the College of Nursing and Health Professions and the Department of Social Work in the development of this program. Carol Crawford of the Jonesboro Housing Authority has worked with the college to provide office space at 600-A Marshall Street to house the program. For details, contact Dr. Turnage at ext. 3596, Dr. Jacinto at ext. 3137, Carol Crawford at  (870) 935-9800, or see the NewsPage release.  

Staff stipends available for spring semester; apply now
ASU-Jonesboro non-faculty employees and their dependents are invited to apply for educational stipends for spring 2011 semester. The ASU Staff Senate awards stipends annually to help offset the cost of tuition and fees for undergraduate and graduate courses taken or transcripted at ASU-Jonesboro. Funding for the awards is made possible by proceeds from the silent auction held annually at the ASU Employee Picnic sponsored by Staff Senate. Deadline for application is Wednesday, Nov. 10. The application is available online at (
Mail applications and supporting documents (other than essay) to:

  Staff Senate Stipend Awards Committee

  P.O. Box 1030

  State University, AR 72467

E-mail essay (Microsoft Word document) as an attachment to Sheri Walls  ( Subject line must read: Staff Senate Educational Stipend Essay.

Eligibility requirements:
Applicant must be a current 12-month non-faculty employee on the Jonesboro campus and will enroll in three or more ASU-Jonesboro transcripted hours on the Jonesboro campus in the upcoming spring semester, OR must be a dependent of a current 12-month non-faculty employee on the Jonesboro campus and will meet the minimum requirements to be considered full-time (for undergraduate or graduate students) with ASU-Jonesboro transcripted hours on the Jonesboro campus in the upcoming spring semester.

In either case, employee or employee's dependent must be eligible for the ASUJ employee tuition discount; classes must be taken for credit, not audit; a GPA of 2.5 or above is required.

Returning students must provide a GPA verification form (Letter of Enrollment) from the Registrar’s office, officially stamped and attached to the application. Freshmen and first-time students should attach a high school transcript. Finally, submission of all documents is required for application. For more information, contact Sheri Walls, ext. 3032.

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