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100th Year

Nov. 13, 2009

Calendar highlights:

Convocation Center: REO Speedwagon and Styx with special guest Bo Bice, Friday, Nov. 20, 7 p.m.

Fowler Center: Blind Boys of Alabama, Tuesday, Dec. 8, 7:30 p.m.


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Dr. Hanrahan appointed to commission by Gov. Beebe
Dr. Susan Hanrahan, dean, College of Nursing and Health Professions, has been appointed to serve as a member and the vice chairperson of the Arkansas Tobacco Settlement Commission (ATSC) by Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe. Dr. Hanrahan was inducted as a member Oct. 28 in Little Rock. The Arkansas Tobacco Settlement Commission, established as part of the Tobacco Settlement Proceeds Act of 2000, is charged with oversight and assessment of performance of the following programs: Arkansas Aging Initiative (Donald W. Reynolds Center on Aging, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences); Arkansas Biosciences Institute; College of Public Health (University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences); Delta Area Health Education Center (Arkansas Area Health Education Centers Program); Medicaid Expansion (Department of Human Services); Minority Health Initiative (Minority Health Commission); and the Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Program (Arkansas Department of Health). Dr. Hanrahan's appointment expires Oct. 1, 2013.

Dr. Hood presents invited keynote talk at conference
Dr. Elizabeth Hood, Lipscomb Distinguished Professor of Agriculture and Technology, recently traveled to Prague, the Czech Republic, to present the invited keynote talk at the COST Action conference on plant molecular farming. Her talk, “Reducing the Regulatory Burden for Molecular Farming in the United States,” examined proof-of-principle for Molecular Farming in order to move from research and development to develop product-oriented platforms, to enable new classes of products, to lower the costs and ultimately to make the products commercially viable. Plants dedicated to Molecular Farming will constitute new high-value crops, both in Europe and in the U.S. COST is an intergovernmental framework for European Cooperation in Science and Technology. COST Action is an international group that is focused on commercializing research resulting from projects funded through the European Union Framework Programmes. Dr. Hood also serves on the steering committee of Battelle Technology Partnership Practice’s Regional Strategy for Biobased Products in the Mississippi Delta.

Rosemary Freer receives service recognition award
Rosemary Freer, director of Testing at Arkansas State University, was honored at the 10th Annual Conference of the National College Testing Association (NCTA) in San Antonio, Texas.   The Service Recognition Award was given in appreciation of service as a member of the NCTA Governing Board and leadership as chairperson of the Sponsors and Exhibits Committee.    NCTA is the largest organization in the world dedicated to the establishment, recognition and promotion of professional testing standards and practices, with membership of over 600 colleges and 40 corporations.   NCTA is dedicated to the promotion of quality in the administration of testing services and programs, including issues relating to test administration, test development, test scoring and assessment.  The Sponsors and Exhibits Committee works with NCTA’s corporate partners to promote funding for the annual conference.  Additionally, at the conference this committee is responsible for setting up and coordinating the annual Exhibitors’ Fair. For more information about the NCTA, go the organization’s website:

International Day for Tolerance set for Nov. 16
Faculty, staff, and students at Arkansas State University will join together with community members to celebrate International Day for Tolerance on Monday, Nov. 16, by staging the largest “Meet and Greet” imaginable. The event will take place in Centennial Hall, Student Union. On Nov. 16, 1995, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) solemnly adopted the Declaration of the Principles on Tolerance. Article 6 of that declaration established Nov.16 as the annual International Day for Tolerance. On Nov. 16 each year, the international community observes the International Day for Tolerance, with activities directed toward both educational establishments and the wider public. The International Day for Tolerance focuses the world's attention on tolerance as an essential condition for peace, democracy, and sustainable development. Currently, faculty, staff, and students at ASU represent 60 different countries, from six different continents. This event will allow individuals who do not usually engage in conversations, or who walk past one another without speaking, an opportunity to stop and acknowledge one another. The International Day for Tolerance is sponsored by the Office of Diversity Initiatives and is held in conjunction with International Awareness Week. International Day for Tolerance is celebrated throughout the world to raise public awareness and appreciation for tolerance, to acknowledge the diversity of the world, and to recognize that all cultures and civilizations contribute to the enrichment of humankind. For details, contact Melanie Richardson, Diversity Fellow, at ext. 3734, or see the NewsPage release.

ASU Choirs to present Madrigal Feaste Dec. 3-5
The ASU Choirs will present the 2009 Madrigal Feaste, Thursday-Saturday, Dec. 3, 4 and 5, in the Grand Hall of Fowler Center. Wassail fellowship begins at 6:15 p.m., with seating for the meal at 6:30 p.m. For Thursday and Saturday performances, all seats are reserved and tickets must be purchased in advance from the Central Box Office, 870-972-ASU1. Seating is limited, and sales must end by December 2. For details, contact Dr. Dale Miller, ext. 3841. (NOTE: The ASU Faculty Women’s Club will host Friday evening’s performance. Tickets may be purchased until Nov. 13 from FWC ticket chair Sandy Seay at 870-972-3037.)

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