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101st Year

Dec. 2, 2010

Calendar highlights:

Holiday book signing with host of ASU authors, Friday, Dec. 3, 12 noon-2 p.m., third floor, Dean B. Ellis Library

Department of Music presents eleventh annual Madrigal Feaste, Thursday-Saturday,
Dec. 2-4, 6:30 p.m., Grand Hall, Fowler Center



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ASU Board of Trustees changes venue for Dec. 3 meeting
The Arkansas State University Board of Trustees will meet at 10 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 3, in the Walmart/Regions Room of the Student Center at ASU-Beebe. Friday's agenda and resolutions have been posted on the Arkansas State University System Office website.

ASU Ringers present holiday concert Dec. 6
The Arkansas State University Ringers, a handbell choir directed by Dr. M. Ellis Julien, professor emeritus of music, will present its annual Christmas concert in Riceland Hall, Fowler Center, 201 Olympic Drive., on Monday, Dec. 6 at 7:30 p.m. The concert is open to the public and free of charge. Established by Dr. Ellis Julien in 1985, the ASU Ringers is a handbell ensemble which is open to members of the entire student body, members of the ASU faculty and staff, and to the Jonesboro community. The program will feature a wide variety of familiar Christmas music. Included will be “Kingsport Procession” by Kathleen Wissinger; “Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence”, arranged by Cathy Moklebust; “A Christmas Carillon”, arranged by Margaret R. Tucker; “O Little Town of Bethlehem”, arranged by Cathy Moklebust; “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”, arranged by Alan Lohr; “Stille Nacht” by Franz Gruber and arranged by Betty Garee; “Bring A Torch, Jeanette, Isabella”, arranged by Valerie Stephenson; “Still, Still, Still” and “Greensleeves” (“What Child is This?”), both arranged by Cathy Moklebust; “Carillon Festiva”, an original composition by Cathy Moklebust; and “Carol of the Bells”, by Mykola Leontovych, arranged by Lorie Line and set for bells by Kevin McChesney. For details, including a complete listing of personnel, see the NewsPage release.

Clint Vogus, Dr. Sinclaire, publish paper
Clint Vogus, Accounting/Computer Information Technology, recently presented a paper at the International Academy of Business and Public Administration Disciplines (IABPAD) Conference held in New Orleans, La., in October. His paper, coauthored with Dr. Jollean Sinclaire, Computer and Information Technology, "Teaching Brief: Achieving Organizational Behavior Learning Goals," was also published in the conference proceedings. Vogus worked in industry for more than 25 years as a manager and leader before coming to teach in the College of Business, where he has also taught in the Management and Marketing Department. The teaching brief he co-authored with Dr. Sinclaire presents a student project that considers the relationship between productivity, absenteeism, turnover, job satisfaction, deviant workplace behavior, and organizational citizenship behavior (i.e., the six Organizational Behavior dependent variables) and the financial and market performance of an organization. Students evaluate the Wal-Mart annual report, interview Wal-Mart employees to learn how perception of performance variables may vary from store-level to corporate level employees, and offer recommendations on actions Wal-Mart management could take to improve the six Organizational Behavior  dependent variables. This project provides students with an opportunity to apply Organizational Behavior concepts and theories of employee motivation, leadership and communication in a real-world environment and better understand their links to organizational performance. Organizational Behavior is an applied behavioral science grounded in the social sciences, studied to gain an understanding of the relationships between individual behavior, group behavior, and organizational structure, and to learn how to apply this knowledge to improve the performance of an organization. Organizational Behavior is also an undergraduate course required for all business majors. This course provides an interdisciplinary analysis of the relationships of individuals and groups within the context of the organization, blending concepts drawn from psychology, social psychology, sociology, anthropology, and communication theory with basic management concepts.

Dr. Williams publishes book, "Remembrances in Black"
Dr. Lonnie Williams, associate vice chancellor for student affairs, has recently published “Remembrances in Black: Personal Perspectives of the African American Experience at the University of Arkansas, 1940s-2000s,” out this month from the University of Arkansas Press. Dr. Williams co-edited the volume of oral histories with Dr. Charles F. Robinson II, vice provost for diversity at the University of Arkansas. “Remembrances in Black” gathers the personal stories of African Americans who worked as faculty and staff at the state’s flagship institution, as well as African Americans who attended as students. The stories illustrate the anguish, struggle, and triumph of individuals whose lives were indelibly marked by their experiences at the university. With the admission of Silas Hunt to the University of Arkansas Law School in 1948, the university became the first southern public institution of higher education to officially desegregate without being required to do so by court order. Dr. Williams will sign copies of “Remembrances in Black” on Thursday, Dec. 9, from 3-5 p.m., at the ASU Student Union’s Multicultural Center located on the third floor, with a reception to follow in the Heritage Plaza Lounge. The signing and the reception are sponsored by the Strong-Turner Alumni Chapter and ASU Student Affairs. Before coming to ASU, Dr. Williams served for thirteen years as the assistant vice chancellor for student affairs at the University of Arkansas. Dr. Williams and Dr. Robinson will also sign copies of their book on Saturday, Dec. 4, at Pyramid Books, 1001 Wright Avenue, Little Rock, at 1 p.m.

Southern Tenant Farmers Museum Christmas open house
The Southern Tenant Farmers Museum will hold a Christmas open house, Friday, Dec 3, 1-5:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served and a children's art table is on display. Free museum tours will be offered. Children's art will become a featured art exhibit in the museum's Bank Gallery for December. For more information, contact Linda Hinton, Assistant Director, Southern Tenant Farmers Museum, at 870-487-2909. The museum is located in the
Mitchell-East Building at 117 Main Street in Tyronza, Arkansas.

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