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100th Year

Nov. 23, 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

Last Day of Classes, Monday, Dec. 7

Study Day, Tuesday, Dec. 8


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Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, Inside ASU will not be published Wednesday, Nov. 25, nor Friday, Nov. 27. Inside ASU will resume with a new issue Monday, Nov. 30. The staff of Inside ASU wishes the entire campus community a safe and happy holiday.

Dr. Gil-Osle presents paper at the University of Chicago
Dr. Juan Pablo Gil-Osle, World Languages and Cultures, recently presented a paper at the conference Reflections in the Margins: Representations of the Marginalized in Iberian and Latin American Literatures at the Franke Institute, Chicago. The paper, "In theDr. Juan Pablo Gil-Osle Margins of Friendship: Women’s Virtue versus Male amicitia perfecta in Early Modern Women’s Theater," outlines the application of friendship theory to Spanish Golden Age theater by means of analyzing the criticism on the play "La traición en la amistad," by María de Zayas y Sotomayor. Beginning with the first critical works on "La traición en la amistad," written by Matthew D. Stroud in 1985 and Susan Paun de García in 1988, female friendship has been considered one of the most compelling aspects of this play. Nevertheless, the topic of friendship in "La traición en la amistad" and in comedia studies in general has been for the most part overlooked. Since the 1980s, the dearth of scholarship on the theme of friendship in "La traición en la amistad" shows how undervalued this topic has become among scholars of the comedia. By bringing a more gendered perspective to the study of early modern expressions of friendship in the comedia, Dr. Gil-Osle seeks to address some of the gaps in the criticism of this genre and offer some suggestions for future scholarship in this field. Dr. Gil-Osle is also managing director of the Early Modern Image and Text Society.   

Dr. Hunt, MBA graduate present paper at conference
Dr. C. Shane Hunt, Marketing, and
ASU MBA graduate Charles Appleby presented a paper at the 2009 Society for Marketing Advances (SMA) Conference. The paper,Dr. Shane Hunt completed as part of the MBA program, "Marketing: Planning for Growth and Economic Development in Northeast Arkansas," was presented and recognized at the 2009 SMA conference in New Orleans. Appleby was one of only four master's level students in the country to have work published at the conference. The Society for Marketing Advances conference is one of the largest marketing conferences in the world and a premier gathering of academics and practitioners dedicated to the field of business and marketing. Appleby is director of professional and workforce development at ASU's Delta Center for Economic Development.

Dr. Hansen publishes book chapter and webography
Dr. Gregory Hansen, English and Folklore, recently published two entries in Utah State University Press's new book Folklore and the Internet: Vernacular Expression in a Digital World, edited by Trevor J. Blank. Dr. Hansen's contribution, "Public Folklore in Cyberspace," discusses ways in which public and private sector folklorists design web sites that present and interpret folk culture to non-academic audiences. This chapter is followed by an annotated web bibliography of sites that provide specific information about public folklore programs in the United States and Canada, and the web bibliography also illustrates the regional and ethnic diversity of public folklore programming.

Professors present investigation results at annual meeting
Dr. John D. Hall, Psychology and Counseling, Dr. D. Lynn Howerton, Psychology, and Dr. Craig H. Jones, Psychology and Counseling, recently presented results from two investigations at the 2009 Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association in Baton Rouge, La. The first investigation was entitled "Evaluating Criterion-Referenced Achievement Tests in the No Child Left Behind Era: The Arkansas Benchmark Examination 2005-2008." The second investigation was entitled "The Steady Increase in the Arkansas Benchmark Examination Scores: The Effects of Enhanced Instruction and Learning or Variations in Item Difficulty and Performance Levels."

Dr. Dodson gave presentation at San Diego conference
Dr. Thomas Dodson, Psychology and Counseling, and program coordinator for the School Counseling program, gave a presentation at the Association of Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES) national conference. The conference was held in San Diego, Calif. The presentation, “Global Exchanges in Counseling and Supervision Practices: Promoting Transformative Action in a Context of Cultural Respect," addressed how global issues such as human trafficking, poverty, hunger, HIV and AIDS, the needs of orphans and other vulnerable children, disability, aging populations, natural disasters, civil conflicts, trauma, genocide, social justice, and human rights have all had a major impact on the mental health of individuals around the world, and require intensive culturally responsive counseling interventions. This presentation was designed to inform participants about the important role that counselors and counselor educators can play in the international arena, facilitating further discourse about the need for cultural sensitivity and cultural relevance across all types of service delivery.

Wilson Walkers win first Step to Wellness competition
Congratulations to the Wilson Walkers upon winning the first ASU Step to Wellness. Members of the team walked or ran over nine million steps during the competition. Donald Elliott, Facilities Management, (pictured right) won the individual competition with over 900,000 steps. Congratulations to all the winners, and thanks for everyone’s participation.  

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