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Dec. 11, 2009

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Student-nominated advising award conferred
The Wilson Advising Center's student-nominated and student-selected "You Made a Difference" Award was conferred Tuesday, Dec. 8. This year's recipient, Valerie Long, is a Health Professions Academic Advisor in the Department of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences. Long advises hundreds of students per semester.
From left, Melissa Jackson, Tina Moffitt, Valerie Long, Ashley Reeves, Vallary Bingham, and Jill Simon.
From left, Melissa Jackson, advisor, Tina Moffitt, graduate assistant in advising, Valerie Long, this year's award winner, Ashley Reeves, Vallary Bingham, graduate assistant advisor, and Jill Simons, director, Wilson Advising Center.
Long was nominated by student Ashley Reeves. Each fall the Wilson Advising Center and ASU’s Student Government Association co-sponsor an academic advising award to acknowledge deserving faculty members for outstanding advising. Unlike the “Outstanding Faculty Advisor" Award given in the spring, the “You Made a Difference” Advising Award is both student-nominated and student-selected. Criteria that the student selection committee looks for includes understanding of university, college, and departmental regulations, policies, and procedures; use and dissemination of appropriate campus information sources; interest in working with advisees; availability to advisees; mentoring to encourage academic achievement and effective interpersonal skills. The recipient of this award is honored with a plaque and paid registration to the next Regional Advising Conference. Although only one recipient is chosen, all advisors nominated for this award are recognized. 

Arkansas Delta Music Trail Marker to be unveiled today
The Southern Tenant Farmers Museum, an Arkansas State University Heritage Site located at 117 Main Street in Tyronza, will be the location of an interpretive marker honoring songwriter John L. Handcox on the new Arkansas Delta Music Trail: Sounds from the Soil and Soul. The marker will be unveiled on the lawn of the museum on Friday, Dec. 11, at 4 p.m. The John L. Handcox marker recognizes the musical  contributions of Handcox as singer, songwriter, and poet for the Southern Tenant Farmers Union, which established him as the voice for poor cotton farmers during the Great Depression. Having lived the hard life of a sharecropper, Handcox’s work documents the issues that drove the unionization of tenant farmers in the South and Southwest during the 1930s. After the unveiling on the lawn, entertainment will be provided by area musicians Don McGregor and Steve Lockwood, featuring songs written by Handcox. The museum also will host its Christmas Open House from 1-6 p.m. on the same day. Visitors are invited to tour the Southern Tenant Farmers Museum and enjoy refreshments. All of the day’s activities are free and open to the public. For details, e-mail Southern Tenant Farmers Museum, or contact Linda Hinton, assistant director, at (870) 487-2909. 

Art students’ holiday sale continues today, tomorrow
ASU’s art students are hosting a holiday sale, offering painting, watercolors, prints, t-shirts, and Christmas cards in the Fine Arts Gallery, Friday, Dec. 11, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 12, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Ceramic works are on sale at the Edge Coffeehouse.

ASU Museum Gift Shop holds jewelry sale through Dec. 16
University faculty, staff, and students receive a 50% discount on all sterling silver jewelry in the ASU Museum gift shop now through Wednesday, Dec. 16. Earrings and necklaces start at just $5 after the discount. Some jewelry has gemstones including garnet, pearl, and amethyst. The gift shop is open Tuesdays from 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Wednesday-Saturday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday from 1-5 p.m. The ASU Museum is closed on Mondays. For details, call ext. 2074.

ASU hosts seventh annual MCBIOS conference Feb. 19-20
ASU will host the seventh annual conference of the MidSouth Computational Biology and Bioinformatics Society (MCBIOS), Friday-Saturday, Feb. 19-20, 2010. The theme is “Bioinformatics: Systems, Biology, Informatics and Computation.” Conference functions will be held in Centennial Hall at the ASU Student Center, 101 North Caraway, Jonesboro. Dr. Richard Segall, Computer and Information Technology, and a board member for MCBIOS IX, is serving as the conference local arrangements chairman. Early registration is available online until Friday, Feb. 5, 2010, with non-students paying $225 and students $125. After Feb. 5, the regular registration fees are $275 for non-students and $150 for students. Online abstract submission is now available. The deadline for abstracts for oral presentation is Friday, Jan. 15, 2010, and the deadline for abstracts for poster presentation is Friday, Jan. 22, 2010. Student awards for best posters and oral presentations will be presented Saturday, Feb. 21. For students to receive an award for their presentations, the abstract must have a first author and at least one representative must be present for the awards ceremony. Full papers are tentatively due Wednesday, March 31, 2010. For details, contact Dr. Segall at ext. 3989, or see the NewsPage release.

Register now for Community Education classes in January
ASU's Community Education program offers participants in the adult and family non-credit education curriculum which begins classes in January. The Community Education program, beginning its second year, is directed by Evone Roberts in ASU’s Center for Regional Programs. The class offerings include American sign language, acrylic painting, acting, Arkansas history, basket weaving, chess, computer programs, computing for seniors, construction site first aid & CPR, craft workshops, digital photography, emergency survival fitness, exercise classes, gardening, green living, Hebrew, herbology, instant piano by chords, natural health, organic skin care and aromatherapy, paper making, Russian, Spanish for medical professionals, stock market, topiary and vocals. For details, contact Evone Roberts at ext. 3052, or see the NewsPage release. View a current list of class offerings.

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