Inside ASU, News for Faculty & Staff, Arkansas State University
                                                                                         If you experience problems viewing this e-mail, click here for the online version.
100th Year

Oct. 26, 2009

Calendar highlights:

Best Robotics Game Day, Saturday,
Oct. 31

Fall Break and Thanksgiving Holiday, Monday-Saturday,


Inside ASU Archive

ASU Home Page

E-mail Directories

First Friday

Human Resources

ASU Athletics

Inside ASU
is produced by the
Office of University
Room 103
Administration Bldg.

(870) 972-3056 
fax (870) 972-3693


Lecture-Concert Series presents Maxine Ballard Oct. 27
Reminder: Maxine “Precious” Ballard is the featured speaker in the fourth event of ArMaxine 'Precious" Ballardkansas State University’s Lecture-Concert Series. Ballard will present “Overcoming Adversity and Discovering Your Best True Self” Tuesday, Oct. 27, at 7 p.m. in ASU’s Student Union Auditorium. This event, like all Lecture-Concert Series events, is free and open to the public. The event is co-sponsored by the Office of Diversity at ASU. Maxine “Precious” Ballard is the sister of Florence “Flo” Ballard, the late founding member of the Motown musical group, the Supremes, and Maxine Ballard's book The True Story of Florence Ballard addresses her sister’s life and legacy. For details, contact Dr. Gil Fowler, associate dean, the Honors College, ext. 2308, or see the NewsPage release.

ASU Opera presents 'An Evening of Murder at the Opera'
Reminder: The Department of Music will present the ASU Opera in “An Evening of Murder at the Opera” on Tuesday, Oct. 27 and Friday, Oct. 30, at 7:30 p.m. in Riceland Hall, Fowler Center. To mark Halloween, there will be selections from “The Phantom of the Opera” by Andrew Lloyd Webber, “The Medium” by Gian Carlo Menotti, and “Murder at the Opera” by Edward Barnes. The ASU Opera program is under the direction of voice faculty member Dr. Marika Kyriakos. Tickets are available at the ASU Box Office and will be sold at the door. Prices are $8 for adults and $5 for ASU students and children under 12. Costumes are encouraged. For details, see the NewsPage release.

STFU 75th Anniversary Symposium to be held Oct. 30
The Southern Tenant Farmers Museum, 117 Main Street, Tyronza, announces the Southern Tenant Farmers Union 75th Anniversary Symposium on Friday, Oct. 30. The event will begin with a symposium, “Eye Openin’ Time,” to be held in the MockingbirdBen Shahn's  poster, "Lest We Forget," is used courtesy of the National Archives and Records Administration. Room, Student Union, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. “Eye-Openin’ Time” is a reference by Southern Tenant Farmers Union songster, poet, and union organizer John Handcox, in recognition of the importance of  the union being racially integrated. At the conclusion of the on-campus events, from 3-4 p.m., symposium participants and audiences will travel to the Southern Tenant Farmers Museum in Tyronza, where museum tours, entertainment, and refreshments will be offered from 4-7 p.m. The Southern Tenant Farmers Union (STFU) was a federation of tenant farmers formed in July 1934 in Poinsett Co., Ark., with the immediate aim of reforming the crop-sharing system of sharecropping and tenant farming. Tyronza was its birthplace and is now the home of the Southern Tenant Farmers Museum, an Arkansas State University’s Heritage Site. The 9 a.m.-3 p.m. symposium features an outstanding lineup of academicians and authors, including an emeritus professor who is the son of one of the original STFU organizers in Tyronza. Print or download a flyer containing the complete schedule of events for "Eye-Openin' Time: Southern Tenant Farmers Union 75th Anniversary Symposium." For additional information, contact Linda Hinton, assistant director, Southern Tenant Farmers Museum at (870) 487-2909, or e-mail the Southern Tenant Farmers Museum. Visit the Southern Tenant Farmers Museum online, or see the NewsPage release.

Fall Harvest Celebration
The Department of World Languages and Cultures will host a Fall Harvest Festival on Friday, Oct. 30, from 1-4 p.m. at the Baptist Collegiate Ministry Auditorium. The festival will feature seasonal festivities associated with fall from around the globe. The festival will offer food, dancing, images, cultural presentations, and more. If you are of international origin or have traveled internationally and would like to share your culture or experiences, sign up with the Department of World Languages and Cultures, Wilson Hall, Room 220, ext. 3887, or e-mail

Department of Residence Life Fall Festival Activities
The Kays Hall RA staff and Hall Council will present the annual Kays Hall fall festival Tuesday, Oct. 27, to be held on the tennis courts behind Kays Hall, from 6-8 p.m. Kays Hall residents and the ASU community are invited to attend and participate in activities including a bounce house, dunking booth, face painting, and games. Refreshments will be served. Entry fee is 2 canned food items to be donated to the Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas. Kays Hall is located at the corner of Dean and Johnson. For details, e-mail  Brandon DeGroat or Charlie Jones.l

Faculty Recital Series Concert is season's second
The Department of Music will present the second concert of the 2009-10 Faculty Recital Series on Thursday, Oct. 29, at 7:30 p.m. in Riceland Hall, Fowler Center. The concert will feature ASU music faculty members Rob Alley, Dr. Joe Bonner, Dr. Dale Clark, Dr. Robin Dauer, Ken Hatch, Dr. Ed Owen, Dr. Dan Ross, Dr. Lauren Schack Clark, and Dr. Chris Wilson. The concert is free of charge and open to the public. The concert will include performances of “Sextet in B flat major, Op. 6” by Ludwig Thuille performed by Bonner, Ross, Hatch, Clark, Dauer, and Schack Clark; “Allemande (from Sonata in A minor)” by Johann Sebastian Bach performed by Clark; “Legende” by Georges Enesco and “At the River” by Aaron Copland, performed by Wilson and Schack Clark; “Fellini” and “Lighthousekeeping” by Michael Bates and “On Our Way Home” by Dave Douglas, performed by Hatch, Alley, and Owen. There will be a short intermission during which the audience is encouraged to visit the Bradbury Gallery. “100 Years/100 Photographs” will be on display to celebrate Arkansas State University’s first 100 years. For details, call the Department of Music at ext. 2094 or see the NewsPage release.

Faculty volunteers needed for BEST Game Day, Oct. 31
Faculty volunteers are being sought for the fourth annual BEST (Boosting Engineering, Science and Technology) Robotics Game Day Competition on Saturday, Oct. 31., 8 a.m.-5 p.m., in Centennial Hall of ASU’s Student Union. Different volunteer opportunities exist throughout the day. BEST Robotics Game Day is the culmination of an annual six-week competition taking place during September and October. The teams convened earlier in September to collect their materials for building the robots, and met again for a trial run of their robots later in September. The teams will convene for the final time on Game Day, Saturday, Oct. 31. On Game Day, robots will compete in a series of three-minute matches, with repairs and adjustments being made between matches. While the robots compete, teams will be judged on the basis of an engineering notebook detailing their efforts, a table display promoting the marketing of their robots to consumers; an oral defense of their project before a panel of judges; sportsmanship and spirit (up to and including bringing cheerleaders and bands); and finally the performances of the robots themselves. Awards will be made in a number of different categories. ASU's Department of Computer Science began hosting this competition locally in 2006. ASU's College of Engineering also contributes substantial assistance. Sponsors include Acxiom Corporation, Barton's of Arkansas and Missouri, and Missouri, Hytrol Conveyor Co., Dr. James Phillips, the Kays Foundation, the ASU Department of Computer Science, the ASU Office of Academic Affairs and Research, the ASU College of Engineering, the ASU College of Sciences and Mathematics, J. T. White Hardware and Lumber, and the Mall at Turtle Creek. To volunteer, contact ASU's contest director, Dr. E. T. Hammerand at (870) 680-8109 or e-mail Visit Crowley's Ridge BEST online, or see the NewsPage release.
Back to the top