Dr. Hendricks holds book signing Nov. 4 at library
On Thursday, Nov. 4, at 2 p.m., Dr. Nancy Hendricks, director, Alumni
Communications, will sign copies of
her new book "Dear Mrs. Caraway, Dear Mr. Kays"
at a special event on
the Arkansas State University campus. Hendricks will
at the third
space of the Dean B. Ellis Library, 322 University Loop West Circle.
Along with opening a new exhibit of previously unseen Caraway photos and
letters, Hendricks will read from the book and sign copies, which will
be available for sale. The book is based on the private correspondence
between long-time Arkansas State president V. C. Kays and Hattie Caraway
of Jonesboro, the first woman elected to the United States Senate.
Signed copies of the book will be available for purchase at the
cash-only discounted price of $10.
For two years, Hendricks researched the Caraway material found in about
a thousand documents in
the V. C. Kays papers donated to the ASU Archives
by his son Buddy Kays in 2001.The book contains the full text of the Kays/Caraway letters which
Hendricks used in writing her play of the same name which was presented
recently as the grand finale of the ASU Centennial Celebration. It also
refutes what Hendricks calls the 'Silent Hattie myth' that Caraway was
ineffectual as a Senator. In addition, the book includes a rare
interview with Caraway's granddaughter, her last living direct
descendant, as well as previously unseen photos from the Caraway family.
Hendrix is an award-winning writer whose previous play, "Miz Caraway and the Kingfish," depicts
Caraway's colorful 1932 election campaign with Louisiana Sen. Huey Long.
Its New Orleans production was held over for an extended run and
nominated by the American Critics Association for 'Best Play Produced
Outside New York.' Hendricks has received the Pryor Award for Arkansas
Women's History, the Arkansas Governor’s Arts Award, and the White House
Millennium Award for her writing. For details, contact
April Sheppard, ext. 2766, or see the
ASU Wind Ensemble performs Nov. 4
Arkansas State University Wind Ensemble will present its second
concert of the 2010-2011 season on Thursday, Nov. 4, in Riceland
Hall, Fowler Center, 201 Olympic Drive, Jonesboro. The concert will
begin at 7:30 p.m., and admission is free. The Wind Ensemble is
conducted by Dr. Timothy Oliver, director of bands and
coordinator of wind and percussion studies within the Department of
Music. Dr. Oliver will lead the musicians of the ASU Wind Ensemble
in a concert featuring the music of Vincent Persichetti, David
Gillingham, and Percy Grainger. The concert will begin
with “Divertimento for Band, Op. 42” by Persichetti.
Gillingham composed the next piece on the
program, “Heroes, Lost and Fallen.” Written in 1989, this is a very
powerful and emotional work. Gillingham loosely based this
composition on the Vietnam War.
half of the program begins with a trio of works written by master
composer and arranger Percy Grainger.
guest conductor for two Grainger works, “Handel in the Strand,” and
“Walking Tune,” will be Professor Dan Peterson,
director of bands at Truman State University. His duties
include artistic musical director of the two wind symphony bands,
concert band, chamber ensembles and principal conductor of Wind
Symphony I. He teaches graduate music education classes, graduate
conducting, and undergraduate marching band techniques. Mr. Peterson
is the director of the 120-member “Statesmen” Marching Band. For
details about the concert, contact the music office at ext. 2094, or
see the NewsPage release.
ASU Museum presents
los Muertos event Nov. 5
The ASU Museum will hold its fourth annual celebration of Día de
los Muertos on Friday, Nov. 5, from 5-7 p.m., 320 University Loop West
Circle, Jonesboro. Día de
is free and open to the public and the university community, including
faculty, staff, and students.
event includes hands-on children’s crafts, refreshments, and surprises.
An ancient tradition originating with the Aztec and
Maya, Día de los
Muertos, or the Day of the Dead, melded with Christianity in Mexico. Food, beverages, flowers, and a time to remember the dead are
common to the celebration of Día de los Muertos everywhere. A
highlight of the event is trick-or-treating through
Old Town Arkansas--a walk-through exhibit of a
turn-of-the-last-century town-- offering a combination of the traditions
associated with the Mexican Day of the Dead and American Halloween
customs. 2010 marks the fourth time that
the ASU Museum has collaborated with the
staff at the Hispanic Community Services, Inc., of Jonesboro, to celebrate this festive occasion. Each year,
the children of HCSI decorate an altar honoring deceased ancestors with
traditional flowers, candles, and treats. Día de los Muertos
is one of three free public programs in the ASU Museum’s Cultural
Diversity Series. For details, contact
Dr. Lenore Shoults,
visit the ASU Museum online, call
ext. 2074, or see the NewsPage
Torchbearer red carpet
reception slated for Nov. 3
The Torchbearer reception is Wednesday, Nov. 3, from 2:30-4 p.m. at
the Cooper Alumni Center, 2600 Alumni Boulevard. Join other
Torchbearers on the Red Wolf Carpet. For more information, contact
Alumni Office, ext. 2718.
McDaniel presents check to
Beck PRIDE Center
Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel was on the Arkansas State
University campus Wednesday afternoon to present a check for $33,749
to school officials at the
Beck PRIDE Center
for America’s Wounded Veterans.
The money will help the center to continue its mission to provide
specialized personal rehabilitation and education services to injured
military service members returning from combat deployments to Iraq and
Afghanistan, reach out to a greater number of veterans, and increase
services to family members.
The check was presented to Susan Tonymon, director of the Beck PRIDE
Center. Interim ASU System President Dr. Robert Potts, interim
Chancellor Dr. Dan Howard, interim Provost Dr. Glen Jones, dean of the
College of Nursing and Health Professions Dr. Susan Hanrahan and
(Ret.) Jerry Bowen, a founding member of the Beck PRIDE Center National
Advisory Council, were in attendance.
The funds are the result of a settlement entered into by McDaniel’s
office of a consumer protection lawsuit that was filed against American
Veterans Coalition. In December of 2007, McDaniel filed suit against the
Washington-based American’s Coalition, claiming that it had deceived
Arkansas residents during solicitations for donations.
McDaniel alleged that less than one percent of the donations raised were
actually used to support veterans and “not one dime” had been given to
Arkansas veterans. The $33,749 represents the total amount of money
donated by Arkansas residents.
Arkansas State University recently reached a special milestone with its
selection as the 10th best higher education institution in
the United States and the only one in Arkansas for military veterans by
Military Times EDGE magazine. For details, contact
director, Beck PRIDE Center, ext. 2624, view a list of Beck
contacts, or see the
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