Inside ASU, News for Faculty & Staff, Arkansas State University
98th Year

Dec. 12, 2007

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College of Education faculty present at conference
Dr. Lina Owens, Reading Education, and Dr. Beverly Gilbert, Elementary Education, recently co-presented at the National Council of Teachers of English conference in New York. They presented "Exploring Diversity through Literature Using Multimodal Forms of Media." Dr. Dixie Keyes, Middle Level Education, also attended the conference,presenting, "At the Heart of the Matter:Critical Literacy for the Middle School Student." 

ASU staffers win Historic Preservation Alliance awards
The Historic Preservation Alliance of Arkansas (HPAA) recently presented its 26th annual awards. ASU's winners were Ronnie Walker of Lake Village, winner of the Outstanding Work by a Craftsperson award for his restoration work at the Lakeport Plantation site, where he used historic methods and hand tools. Dr. Ruth Hawkins of Jonesboro, winner of the Outstanding Achievement in Preservation Education award for her work with ASU's three off-campus heritage sites, the parkways, and the Heritage Studies PhD program. HPAA is the only statewide nonprofit organization focused on the preservation of Arkansas' architectural and cultural resources for more than 25 years. 

Dr. Pierce makes presentation at conference
Dr. Latoya Pierce
, Psychology and Counseling, recently presented at the 62nd annual Arkansas Counseling Association Conference in Hot Springs. Her presentation, "Cultural Competence Training for Mental Health Professionals," offered a basic training for mental health professionals in diversity, cultural competence, and racial identity models. Specific terminology and skills for working with diverse groups were also discussed.

Dr. Kennon has journal article accepted
Dr. Tillman Kennon, Science Education, recently had his article, "Students at the Edge of Space," accepted for publication in the January edition of the peer-reviewed journal The Science Teacher. Kennon's article discusses atmospheric research being done by high school teachers and students using high-altitude balloons that are launched locally. The January edition journal cover will feature a photograph taken from one of these balloons on a recent flight. The photo depicts Memphis and the Mississippi River from 73,000 feet above the earth.

United Way campaign continues across campus
The United Way campaign continues across campus. Campaign materials were sent via campus mail in early December to all departments. Pledge cards are due before Monday, Dec. 17. Pledge cards may be sent via campus mail to Jill Bristow, University Advancement. For details, e-mail Jill Bristow or call ext. 3362.

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