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100th Year

Nov. 9, 2009

Calendar highlights:

Dr. Tanja McKay to be featured in "Dirty Jobs with Mike Rowe," Tuesday, Nov. 10; party begins at 7 p.m., viewing begins
at 8 p.m., Laboratory Sciences East Wing, Room 219

ASU Dept. of Music welcomes Dr. Frank Ticheli as composer-in-residence Thursday, Nov. 12

ASU Theatre presents  'Little Shop of Horrors,' Friday-Saturday, Nov. 13-14, and Monday-Wednesday,
Nov. 16-18, 7:30 p.m.,


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Jeff Hankins closes Journalism Alumni Speakers Series
Jeff Hankins, the president and publisher of Arkansas Business Publishing Group (ABPG) in Little Rock, is the final speaker for the fall semester for the ArkaJeff Hankinsnsas State University Journalism Alumni Speakers Series. Hankins will be on campus Monday-Tuesday, Nov. 9-10. The 1987 graduate of ASU will visit classes in the College of Communications, including News Writing and Mass Communications in Modern Society (9 a.m., COM 233), News Editing (10 a.m. and 11 a.m., COM 218), and Feature Writing (2 p.m., COM 217) during Monday’s session. On Tuesday, he will attend the News Reporting, News Writing, and the First Year Experience classes in COM 233. APBG produces 16 national award-winning niche publications across Arkansas.
Hankins has also worked in broadcasting for the past 16 years, most recently reporting business news and providing political analysis on KTHV, Channel 11, and as a panelist on AETN’s “Arkansas Week.” ABPG also develops Web sites through its FLEX360 division, and Hankins co-founded the monthly “Jonesboro Occasions” magazine. For details, see the NewsPage release.

Jazz, percussion ensembles present joint concert tonight
he Department of Music will present the ASU Percussion and Jazz Ensembles in a joint concert tonight at 7:30 p.m. in Riceland Hall, Fowler Center. The ASU Percussion Ensemble is under the direction of Craig Collison, and the Jazz Ensemble is directed by Dr. E. Ron Horton. 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 of ensemble personnel, see the NewsPage release.

Visiting gamelan ensemble to perform Nov. 10
The Department of Music will present the University of North Texas Percussion and Gamelan Ensemble Concert on Tuesday, Nov. 10, at 7:30 p.m. in Riceland Hall, Fowler Center. The concert is free of charge and open to the public. The concert will open with the University of North Texas Gamelan Ensemble, under the direction of Ed Smith.  They will perform “Beleganjur,” a Balinese traditional, arranged by Ed Smith, “Kebyar Susun” by I Wayan Gandra, and “Triputangan” by Poovalur Sriji, also arranged by Ed Smith. The program will continue with the UNT Percussion Ensemble, directed by Mark Ford.  The performance will include “The Surface of Life” by Mark Ford, featuring Matt Jordan on vibraphone, “Barely Breathing” by Brett William Dietz, “Journey for Marimba, Piano and Percussion Ensemble” by Matthew Coley, featuring Noriko Tsugakoshi on marimba, the premier performance of “Love Songs” by David Skidmore, and “Marimba Heritage” by Mark Ford, conducted by Brett William Dietz. For details, contact the music office at ext. 2094, or see the NewsPage release.

Delta Symposium XVI slated; call for papers issued
The Department of English and Philosophy has opened a call for papers and presentations for the 16th annual Delta Symposium, to be held on the campus of ASU-Jonesboro Wednesday-Saturday, April 7-10, 2010. The deadline for entries is Jan. 15, 2010. Proposals that support this year's theme, "Region and the Politics of Culture," are especially encouraged. Symposium participants offer presentations that explore ways in which the representation of culture within the region is implicated in wider social and political movement. Other proposals relevant to the history, culture, arts, music, or politics of the region are also welcome. The event offers a variety of presentations, including panels, musical and theatrical performances, keynote speakers, and readings/signings by prominent authors and poets. Trudier Harris, the author of “Summer Snow” and “The Scary Mason Dixon Line,” who recently retired from the Department of English and Comparative Literature at University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, and Roland Freeman, the photographer-founder of the Group for Cultural Documentation in Washington, D.C., and a winner of the 2007 National Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, have agreed to headline the program. For details, contact the Delta Symposium Committee or check the Delta Symposium web site (, or Delta Symposium Committee co-chair Dr. Carol O'Connor, ext. 3973. Submit entries to ASU College of Humanities and Social Services, P.O. Box 1150, State University, AR 72467.
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