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100th Year

Dec. 4, 2009

Calendar highlights:

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

Last Day of Classes, Monday, Dec. 7

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

Study Day, Tuesday, Dec. 8

Final Exams, Wednesday-Tuesday, Dec. 9-15



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DCED Christmas open house is today
The Delta Center for Economic Development will host a Christmas open house today from 10a.m.-2 p.m. Refreshments will be offered on the second floor. For details, contact Jerry Smith, director, Economic Development Association, ext. 8273.
Dr. Dodson presents three times at state conference

Dr. Thomas Dodson, Psychology and Counseling, program coordinator for the School Counseling program, recently gave three presentations at the Arkansas Counseling Association (ArCA) state conference in Fort Smith. His presentations included "Green Careers and the Career Counseling Practitioner: A National Survey," described the survey results of National Career Development Association membership regarding the knowledge base/practices of career counseling practitioners in the area of green careers. Implications for school and college counselors, educators, and career counselors were shared. "Preparing K-12 Students for the Green Career Explosion: A School Counselor Imperative," explored what professional school counselors are doing to prepare students for the growing world of work opportunities in the area of green careers and provided resources to help school counselors meet the expanding career development needs of K-12 students. Finally, Dr. Dodson's "Male Elementary School Counselors: Who are they and what do they believe about their work?" described the gender role beliefs and attitudes, as well as job satisfaction experiences, of male elementary school counselors. Implications related to recruitment, retention of employment and positive male role modeling opportunities were considered.

Dr. Mello and Dr. Hunt publish peer-reviewed paper
Dr. John E. Mello, Marketing, director, Center for Supply Chain Management, and Dr. C. Shane Hunt, Marketing, recently published a peer-reviewed paper, “Developing a Theoretical Framework for Research into Driver Control Practices in the Trucking Industry,” in Transportation Journal. The paper extends the salesperson control to the motor carrier industry, and argues that both formal and informal control methods are necessary to effectively control the actions of truck drivers. Transportation Journal is regarded as the top journal in the pure business transportation field. 

ASU wins Public Relations Prism Awards
ASU recently won two Prism awards for public relations excellence sponsored by theMarkham Howe, director of International Student Services, Tugrul Polat, and Provost Dan Howard, show the Prism awards won by ASU. Arkansas Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America. Operation “Knock Down, Drag Out”, the implosion of Seminole Twin Towers, won in the category of Other Public Relations and International Recruiting won in the category of Multicultural Communications. The nominations were prepared by Markham Howe, executive director of Public Relations, and they represented the communications successes by the staff of public relations, alumni relations, construction management, international programs, and academic affairs. The annual Prism awards ceremony recognizes the most outstanding public relations programs throughout Arkansas and the region. More than 80 programs were nominated in this year’s competition.

SBTDC offers Facebook workshop for small businesses
Arkansas State University’s Small Business Technology and Development Center (SBTDC) will offer a special workshop called “Facebook ABCs for Businesses,” Tuesday, Dec. 8, from 1-4 p.m. and again from 6-9 p.m. at the ASU Technical Center, 5504 Krueger Drive, Jonesboro. Registration fee is $25 per person or $20 for Jonesboro Regional Chamber members and Downtown Jonesboro Association members.  Each session is limited to 20 attendees. The ASU SBTDC created the workshop due to the demand for information by small businesses in the area. This is a workshop for individuals interested in learning more about how social media can help organizations, how Facebook can help businesses connect with customers, and walks through the basics of setting up a successful Facebook page. Facebook has over 325 million users and over half of them check their Facebook profiles at least once a day.  Many users are looking for information about business products and services in this social media setting. For more information or to register contact the ASU SBTDC at ext. 3517.

Residence Life staff wins award at regional conference
Student staff members from ASU’s Office of Residence Life recently traveled to Ft. Worth, TX for the SWACUHO regional 2009 Resident Assistant/Community Assistant Conference, where the ASU delegates were recognized for Best Large School Roll Call. Only two roll call awards were given among the delegations from 42 schools from Arkansas, Texas, or Oklahoma. The skit featured dancing to “Love Shack” by the B-52s, “Whip It” by Devo, and David Owens playing his guitar and singing his original song “Like an RA” to the tune of “Like a Virgin” by Madonna. Props used included a foam board “boom box”, foam board car, and Devo-style hats called “energy domes." The delegation was presented a plaque at the closing banquet for the award. ASU was represented by Myriah Downs, David Owens, Tabitha Reynolds, Shanick Watkins, Jamie Lynch, Aerial Williams, Danielle Carrington, Mark Loveland, and Kelly Ponder.

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