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100th Year

Nov. 4, 2009

Calendar highlights:

Department of Music presents University Singers, Thursday, Nov. 5, 7:30 p.m., Riceland Hall, Fowler Center

French movie night features
"Amélie," starring Audrey Tatou, tonight, 6 p.m.,
Wilson Hall, Room 317


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Second Life workshops slated for today, tomorrow
Dr. Alyson Gill, Art, will lead two-hour workshops for faculty interested in teaching in the virtual environment Second Life. Workshops are Wednesday, Nov. 4, at 10 a.m. and Thursday, Nov. 5, at 2 p.m. in the Interactive Teaching and Technology Center (ITTC) Lab, Dean B. Ellis Library, Suite 301. Second Life is an online multi-user virtual environment on the new ASU Virtual Campus. Gill’s work with Second Life has been featured in campus news and in the Jonesboro Sun, and ASU has recently added an ASU Virtual Heritage Island in Second Life where complete reconstructions of ASU Heritage Sites (including the Lakeport Plantation, the Hemingway-Pfeiffer House, and the Southern Tenant Farmers Museum) will be placed. The ASU Virtual Campus in Second Life is growing, and there are opportunities not only to teach in Second Life, but also to have full reconstructions of buildings from ASU placed on the island alongside the Virtual ASU Fine Arts Building, the Virtual Dean B. Ellis Library, and the College of Business. The Second Life workshop is an introduction to the ASU Virtual Campus and the ASU Virtual Heritage Island. The workshop will focus on online teaching in Second Life, with particular attention to significantly enhancing online course content by participating in this exciting virtual environment. Basic information about how to create a course or how to enhance a Blackboard course in Second Life will be covered, as well as information about how to collaborate with other universities working in this virtual world. The ASU Virtual Campus is up and running, and all are invited to visit. Register for the workshops at the ITTC homepage by clicking on the Scheduler bar (ITTC Apps section). There are only 25 seats available in each session. For details, contact Dr. Alyson Gill, ext. 3050.
Harp Field Station dedication is Nov. 6
Field Biology and Environmental Science studies at Arkansas State University will enter a new era when the George L. Harp Environmental Field StatioGeorge and Phoebe Harpn will be dedicated Friday, Nov. 6, on the Buffalo National River. The dedication ceremony will begin at 12:45 p.m., and lunch will follow at the field station. The station is named in honor of Dr. George L. Harp, professor emeritus of Environmental Biology, who taught at ASU for 32 years and is recognized as a renowned aquatic biologist.The field station was initiated by a donation from Harp’s wife, Phoebe, a former instructor in biology at ASU, and the pair’s two children, Geoff Harp and Heather Harp Carter. This field station is the first facility of its kind for ASU. Those who plan to attend the lunch should contact Dr. Tom Risch, Environmental Biology, at ext. 3333 or (870) 926-1917. Those needing transportation should be at the Biological Sciences parking lot (S-16, next to the Lab Sciences Building) at 9 a.m. (RSVP to ensure a spot), or e-mail Dr. Risch for driving instructions. Download the George Harp Field Station Map, or see the NewsPage release.  

Shared Governance committee presents workshop Nov. 6
The Shared Governance Oversight committee will present a shared governance workshop Friday, November 6, at 2 p.m. in the eighth floor boardroom of the Dean B. Ellis Library. The workshop is intended to assist shared governance committee chairs and members as they process shared governance proposals through the new automated process. The workshop will last 45 minutes and is open to all who are interested. For details, contact Dr. Mike McDaniel, Communication Disorders, ext. 3106.

Barnes and Noble book fair benefits ASU Museum Nov. 7
Barnes and Noble Booksellers book fair Saturday, Nov. 7, supports the ASU Museum by giving the museum a percentage of profits for all sales, including coffees and other items from the cafe. Mention the museum at the cash register, and support the ASU Museum with your purchases. Children can learn about nano-technology, science experiments, and history while parents do some Christmas shopping. Children and grandchildren will also especially enjoy HiStory Time at 10 a.m., a puppet show at 10:30 a.m., and science experiments at 10:45 p.m. The ASU Museum has a wish list of books for its monthly children’s program HiStory Time, and patrons can purchase one of those books, sign the bookplate, and donate it to the museum to be shared with other children for years to come. Patron support helps fund year-round free admission to the ASU Museum. Barnes and Noble is located in the Mall at Turtle Creek, 3000 East Highland Drive, Suite 410. Call Barnes and Noble at (870) 336-2543. Store hours are Sunday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.

ASU Museum offers HiStory Time Nov. 7
The ASU Museum will offer an additional session of HiStory Time on Saturday, Nov. 7, at 2 p.m. at the museum, in addition to the Barnes and Noble book fair session at 10 a.m. Free and open to the university community and general public, this monthly event features a book associated with the museum's exhibitions. This month's event includes the new "Exploring the Frontier" exhibition, with a life-size replica of a Native American canoe--bring the camera for a great photo opportunity.

ASU Percussion, Jazz Ensembles present concert Nov. 9
he Department of Music at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro will present the ASU Percussion and Jazz Ensembles in a joint concert on Monday, Nov. 9, at 7:30 p.m. in Riceland Hall, Fowler Center. The ASU Percussion Ensemble is under the direction of Craig Collison, Music, and the Jazz Ensemble is directed by Dr. E. Ron Horton, Music, director, Jazz Studies. The concert is free of charge and open to the public. The concert will feature the ASU Percussion Ensemble in “Omphalo Centric Lecture” by Nigel Westlake. The ASU Jazz Ensemble will join them in “On Fire” by Michel Camilo. The Jazz Ensemble with continue the evening with performances of “Be-Ba-Doe” by E. Ron Horton, “Cotton Tail” by Duke Ellington, arranged by Mark Taylor, “Limbo Jazz” also by Ellington, arranged by David Berger, and “Skylark” by Hoagy Carmichael, arranged by Dave Wolpe. For details, call the music department at ext. 2094, or see the NewsPage release.

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