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100th Year

Nov. 20, 2009

Calendar highlights:

Fall Break and Thanksgiving Holiday, Monday-Saturday,
Nov. 23-28

Lecture-Concert Series presents pianist Robert Henry, Monday, Nov. 30, 7:30 p.m.,
Riceland Hall,
Fowler Center

World AIDS Day Conference, Tuesday, Dec. 1, 8:30 a.m.-
6 p.m., Student Union Auditorium

ASU Choirs present Madrigal Feaste, Thursday-Saturday,
Dec. 3-5, 6:30 p.m., Grand Hall, Fowler Center

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


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Lecture-Concert Series presents pianist Robert Henry
Pianist Robert Henry is the featured performer in the seventh event of Arkansas State University’s Lecture-Concert Series. The solo recital is Monday, Nov. 30, at Robert Henry7:30 p.m. in Riceland Hall, Fowler Center. The event is free and open to the public. Robert Henry is an internationally distinguished pianist who has been hailed as a “consummate artist- brilliant, formidable, effortless, and the epitome of control and poise.” Born in Atlanta, he began his musical studies at age seven, and developed a passion for the stage and studio. Career highlights include solo debut recitals at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and Strathmore Hall. Henry has enjoyed success in nearly every important piano competition in the world, winning the gold medal in four international piano competitions in the 2001-2002 season alone. Henry has earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Maryland. He serves as Artist-in-Residence at Kennesaw State University. Listen to free MP3 downloads of Henry’s music at his website, Robert Henry, concert pianist, and click on the media player. For more details, contact Dr. Gil Fowler, associate dean, the Honors College, ext. 2308, or see the NewsPage release.

ASU to host second mass immunization clinic Dec. 10
On Thursday, Dec. 10, a second mass influenza immunization clinic will be held on our campus. The doors of the Yellow Entrance of the Convocation Center will open at 9 a.m. This clinic is a walk-in clinic, and the plentiful parking at the Convocation Center should ensure few problems with traffic. The clinic will continue through the afternoon or until the vaccine supplies are exhausted. The number of available doses of seasonal and H1N1 influenza vaccine this clinic will be able to provide is not known at this time, but there is every reason to believe there will be adequate doses of both. There are no guarantees as to the availability of H1N1 vaccine, however. Be aware of and read all of the public service announcements that will be forthcoming regarding this clinic. Dr. Deborah Persell, Nursing, coordinator of the Regional Center for Disaster Preparedness Education, and an expert in Emergency Management and Homeland Security, asks that everyone consider getting both seasonal and H1N1 influenza vaccine. The vaccine usually stimulates the immune process within two weeks and provides immunity within four weeks. If vaccinated, individuals increase their potential for having a semester break unmarred by becoming sick with flu. By January, enough people on campus will have immunity so that the spread of seasonal or H1N1 influenza will be very limited indeed. For details, see the full situation update by following the link ASU-H1N1 Flu Prevention and Reporting, accessible from ASU's home page. For details, contact Dr. Persell, ext. 3074.

Dr. Bryant publishes in international research journal
Dr. Lance G. Bryant, Physical Education, published an article in the European Physical Education Review, a leading international journal in the field of physical education, sport, and leisure. The article, Influence of a Physical EducDr. Lance G. Bryantation Teacher’s Disability on Middle School Pupils’ Learning and Perceptions of Teacher Competence, describes the second study of a series of studies that examined the influence physical appearance plays in relationship to the perceptions elementary, middle, and high school pupils have toward physical educators with a disability. Results from the series indicate that as pupils progress through their schooling, their beliefs about physical education teachers with disabilities gradually change for the worse because they are socialized into believing that sport, physical activity, and physical education are for what appear to be whole and fit bodies.

Dr. Johnson presents paper at conference
Dr. Warren Johnson
, French, recently presented a paper, “Coucou, cocu! The Modernist Comedy of Georges Feydeau” at the Nineteenth-Century French StuDr. Warren Johnsondies Association's annual conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. The paper argues that the plays of Feydeau, like much other comic writing at the end of the nineteenth century, provide a sort of comic catharsis through distancing the spectator from the destabilization and resulting anxiety, nervousness, and lethargy that began to be felt during the period, resulting from a malaise at the accelerating pace of scientific, technological, and economic change. Read the abstract of Dr. Johnson's paper online (pp 17-18).

Dr. Hill presents paper at conference
Dr. Myleea Hill, Journalism, recently presented a paper at the Southwest Education Council for Journalism and Mass Communication in Arlington, Texas. The paper,Dr. Myleea Hill “Straight from the Source: A Descriptive Analysis of Online Press Releases in the 2008 General Election Presidential Campaign,” was co-authored with Dr.Dr. Mary Jackson-Pitts Mary Jackson-Pitts, Radio-Television, ASU, who designed the research methods for the paper, including developing the coding instrument and running the data. Other co-authors were Dr. Barry Smith of Mississippi University for Women and Dr. Melissa Smith of Mississippi State University. The paper reported that the Obama campaign posted an average of less than one release a day from Aug. 25 to Nov. 4, 2008, while the McCain campaign posted almost five releases a day. The authors concluded that Obama’s use of press releases was quite traditional. In contrast, the number of McCain press releases was effective as an archival system but counterproductive to setting an agenda because of the variety of topics released on a given day.

KASU's Bluegrass Monday presents SpringStreet Nov. 23
will perform a concert of bluegrass music on Monday, Nov. 23, at 7 p.m. at Atkins Celebration Hall, 101 South Pruett Street, in downtown Paragould. The performance is part of the Bluegrass Monday concert series presented by KASU 91.9 FM. KASU will literally "pass the hat" to collect money to pay the group.  The suggested donation is $5 per person. Bluegrass Monday concerts are typically held on the fourth Monday night of each month; however, there will be no concert in the month of December due to the Christmas holiday. Formed in 1990, SpringStreet has developed a unique sound, playing bluegrass favorites, Gospel tunes, country songs, folk melodies and even early rock-and-roll songs, all done in a tasteful bluegrass style.  All members of this six-piece band share lead vocals, playing throughout the mid-west including at their own festival in their home state of Oklahoma. For details, contact KASU program director Marty Scarbrough, ext. 2367.

Comedian Jeff Dunham comes to Convocation Center
Comedian Jeff Dunham will bring his Identity Crisis Tour to ASU's Convocation Center, 217 Olympic Drive, Jonesboro, on Sunday, March 14, for a 5 p.m. show. Tickets are now on sale and are $43.50, plus applicable service fees. Purchase tickets online, at the ASU Central Box Office, the Mall at Turtle Creek (cash only) or charge by phone at (870)972-ASU1 (2781) or toll-free at 888-ASU-FANS. For details, visit the Convocation Center online or call the ASU Central Box Office at ext. 2781.

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