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101st Year

Nov. 8, 2010

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University Singers under direction of Dr. Dale Miller in concert tonight, 7:30 p.m., Riceland Hall, Fowler Center

ASU Concert Orchestra in performance, directed by Dr. Neale Bartee, Tuesday, Nov. 9, 7:30 p.m., Riceland Hall, Fowler Center



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Three candidates for president to be interviewed Nov. 8-9
The Board of Trustees of Arkansas State University will interview three candidates for president during a series of meetings today and Tuesday, Nov. 8-9, according to Mrs. Florine Tousant Milligan of Forrest City, Board chair and Presidential Search Advisory Committee chair. The interviews will be conducted at Cooper Alumni Center, 2600 Alumni Blvd., on the ASU-Jonesboro campus. The format for each candidate’s visit is identical. Each candidate will be interviewed by the 15-member Presidential Search Advisory Committee and members of the Board of Trustees during a 30-minute session that will be open to the public. Afterward, the Board of Trustees will retire into executive session with each candidate for further discussion. The candidates and the starting times for their interviews are: Dr. Richard J. Federinko of Dadeville, Ala., senior vice chancellor at Troy University, 1:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 8.; Dr. William B. Richardson Jr. of Baton Rouge, La., chancellor of the Louisiana State University Agricultural Center, and Chalkley Family Endowed Chair, 3:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 8.; and Dr. Charles L. (Chuck) Welch of Arkadelphia, president of Henderson State University, 9:30 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 9. For details, see the ASU Presidential Search site's news release.

Dr. Jacinto publishes book chapter
Dr. George A. Jacinto, Social Work, and director of the MSW Program, recently co-authored a chapter with Dr. Sophia Dziegielewski of the University of CincinnDr. George A. Jacintoati. Their chapter, "Medications with Children and Older Adults: Specific Concerns," appears in the second edition of the Springer Publishing Company textbook, "Social Work Practice and Psychopharmacology: A person-in-environment approach." The chapter focuses on the unique characteristics presented by two special populations that frequently receive psychotropic medications—children and older people. These two groups represent opposite ends of the developmental continuum and as such present unique challenges for professionals who prescribe medications intended to improve mental health.   The distinctive biological and physiological processes of children and older adults warrant a close examination of the impact medications can have.  The chapter is intended to sensitize social work practitioners to the unique considerations frequently encountered with these two populations and to highlight the importance of combining medication therapy with counseling when addressing the mental health needs of children and older clients. 

Dr. Jackson Pitts, Dr, Hill have article accepted in journal
Dr. Mary Jackson Pitts, interim chair, Radio-Television, and Dr. Myleea Hill, Journalism, have had their article, "The Obama Agenda versus a Meandering Maverick: A DescriptiDr. Mary Jackson Pittsve Analysis of Online Press Releases in the 2008 General ElecDr. Myleea Hilltion Presidential Campaign," has been accepted for publication in the fall issue of the Southwestern Mass Communication Journal. The paper uses a 77 point coding instrument to examine theagenda, style, and format of press releases posted on the websites of Democrat Barack Obama and Republican John McCain from August 25 to Nov. 4 during the 2008 presidential general election campaign. McCain posted 331 press releases while Obama posted 47 press releases. Topics by both candidates were most often related to monetary issues. Obama’s releases least often related to veteran’s affairs and agriculture, and McCain’s were least often related to agriculture and transportation. The paper was co-authored by Dr. Melissa Smith of Mississippi State University and Barry Smith of Mississippi University for Women.

Dr. Hansen presents at annual meeting of society
Dr. Gregory Hansen, Folklore and English, recently completed two preseDr. Gregory Hansenntations at the annual meeting of the American Folklore Society in Nashville, Tennessee. He read a paper titled “Vernacular Interpretation in a Public Folklore Event: Listening to the Call of Florida Fiddlers, Three.”  His presentation was derived from an article that will be published in a new book on tradition and the individual to be published in 2011 by Indiana University Press. Dr. Hansen also gave a position paper, "From Folk Arts Coordinator to Teachers’ Workshop Coordinator,” as part of forum on folklore within education called “Teaching Folklore When We’re Not Teaching Folklore.” He also co-edits the "Folklore and Education Newsletter" of the folklore society's Folklore and Education Section.

CMVAS lecture with Robert J. Scott slated for Nov. 10
The Central Mississippi Valley Archaeological Society (CMVAS) will host a lecture, "Investigating the Causes and Consequences of Depopulation in Southeast Arkansas during the Protohistoric Period, 1541-1700," by Robert J. Scott, new assistant at the ASU station of the Arkansas Archeological Survey. Scott is currently pursuing his PhD at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. Scott's lecture is slated for Wednesday, Nov. 10, at 7 p.m. at the ASU Museum's Room 182. Refreshments will be provided, and doors will open at 6:30 p.m. For details, contact Dr. Julie Morrow, ASU's station archeologist, Arkansas Archeological Survey, at ext. 2071.|

Lecture-Concert Series presents Jennifer Hayghe Nov. 11
Award-winning Juilliard pianist Jennifer Hayghe will perform in the eighth event of Arkansas State University’s 2010-2011 Lecture-Concert Series on Thursday, Nov. 11, at 7:30 p.m., Riceland Hall, Fowler Center, 201 Olympic Drive, Jonesboro. AdditionalJulliard-trained pianist Jennifer Hayghe will perform Thursday, Nov. 11, at 7:30 p.m. in Riceland Hall, along with her husband, singer Robert McGaha. funding support is provided by the Piano Society, the ASU Department of Music, the ASU College of Fine Arts, the National Endowment of the Arts, the Arkansas Arts Council, and the Mid-America Arts Alliance, with foundations, corporations, and individuals throughout Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas. This event is free, and the public is welcome. Jennifer Hayghe has performed in solo recitals and made orchestral appearances throughout the world, including the United States, Europe, and Asia. Hayghe received her bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in piano performance from the Juilliard School, where she was the last student of the legendary artist-teacher Adele Marcus. Hayghe won every award possible for a Juilliard pianist to receive, including the William Petschek Debut Award, resulting in her New York City recital debut at Alice Tully Hall. Visit Jennifer Hayghe online. See ASU’s Lecture-Concert Series Schedule online. All Lecture-Concert Series events are free and open to the public. For details, contact Dr. Tim Crist, chair, Lecture-Concert committee and professor of music, ext. 2094.

ASU Theatre presents second show of season Nov. 12
The Arkansas State University Theatre announces the cast of the November production of “Nice People Dancing to Good Country Music” by Lee Blessing. The second production of the season is a sharply drawn and very funny play about the personal heartaches and public eccentricities of two women living over a good-ole-boy bar in Houston, Texas. Eve Wilfong, who lives over the Nice People Dancing to Good Country Music Bar, is paid a visit by her niece Catherine Empanger, a novice nun who has been asked to leave her convent. It seems Catherine suffers from a curious compulsion to yell obscenities at the wrong moment and even bark like a dog. Roy, an honest if simple fellow from the bar downstairs, wants to court Catherine whether she's a nun or not. Eve feels she should give her niece the benefit of her experiences with men before allowing her to venture back into the mad modern country world. The play, although comic and well-observed, is romantic and affecting, as well. Performance dates are Friday-Saturday, Nov. 12-13, and Tuesday-Wednesday, Nov. 16-17. All performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. at Fowler Center. A “meet the company” dessert reception will follow the Nov. 12 opening night performance. Tickets for all performances are $8 in advance, $10 at the door. All seating is reserved. Tickets should be purchased in advance at the ASU Central Box Office in the Convocation Center, by calling 972-ASU1, or online. Advanced reservations are highly recommended. Visit the ASU Theatre online, or see the NewsPage release.

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