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100th Year

Dec. 14, 2009

Calendar highlights:

All grades due, 12 noon, Friday, Dec. 18

Winter Commencement, Saturday, Dec. 19, 2 p.m., Convocation Center

Christmas Break, Monday, Dec. 21-Sunday, Jan. 3. Happy holidays!


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Dr. Agnew, graduate student, have papers accepted
Dr.Dr. David Agnew David Agnew, Agricultural Education, and doctoral student Bridget Duncan had two papers accepted for presentation at the annual conference of the Association for Career and Technical Education held in Nashville, Tenn., in November. Both presentations related to Duncan’s doctoral research, which focused on curriculum intervention strategies and their impact on student interest in selected careers as measured by the Kuder Career Assessment Instrument. Keynote speakers for the event were award-winning chef Jeff Henderson and businessman/writer/speaker Stedman Graham.

Marlay is appointed poster fair chair for NAFSA
Sue Marlay, University College, has been appointed Poster Fair Chair for NAFSA: Association of International Educators annual conferences in Kansas City, Mo. in May 2010 and in Vancouver, British Columbia, in June 2011. NAFSA is the premier association for international educators. Its annual conferences attract upwards of 8,000 professionals in the field of international education from the U.S.  and abroad. The Kansas City conference will feature plenary speaker Salman Rushdie, 200 conference sessions, 60 workshops, and more than 250 posters in 13 different poster fairs. Marlay has assumed responsibility for each of these fairs. She was selected to serve in this capacity because of her background and interests and the recommendations given by her colleagues. Her term began January 1, 2009 and will run through June 5, 2011.

Dr. Zibluk presents at annual convention
Dr. John B. (Jack) Zibluk, Journalism, recently presented at the Journalism Education Association/National Scholastic Press Association annual convention in Washington D.C. More than 6,000 students attended the largest-ever JEA/NSPA student event. The largest contingent came from California, though a group from the Cathedral School in Little Rock also attended. Dr. Zibluk presented “How to tell stories with pictures,” a photojournalism seminar Friday Nov. 13. About 200 students from throughout the U.S. attended the session. Most expressed interest in general photography, but there were many discussions about careers, freelancing, and copyright. Dr. Zibluk also presented a breakout session, “Talk with a professional,” Saturday Nov. 14, working with 15 photojournalism students. Questions focused on careers, technology, internships, and copyright. Students were enthusiastic and they were unfazed by the necessity to freelance and to be entrepreneurial. Finally, Dr. Zibluk presented “Multi-media storytelling,” a multi-media seminar Saturday, Nov. 14. About 60 attended the late-afternoon session. Students were attentive, but the majority of discussion came from teachers and advisers, of which about a dozen attended. The advisers were concerned about equipment, technology, story editing and packaging. Dr. Zibluk discussed and demonstrated sequencing in multi-media storytelling.

Grant Monies Available for Middle East study
The ASU Middle East Studies Committee is now accepting grant proposals for ASU-Jonesboro faculty and students seeking to study or do research in the Middle East next year. Applicants must be students or full-time faculty or staff member at ASU-Jonesboro. Application deadline is Friday, January 22, 2010. Funding can include up to $5,000 for student or staff or $7,500 for faculty. The committee will also consider proposals for a group trip (faculty and students) with budget requests up to $12,000.  Further details may be obtained by contacting committee chair Dr. Gil Fowler, associate dean, at ext. 2308, the Honors College, or by talking with other committee members.  All study or research must be completed by December 31, 2010. For further information, see Middle East Studies Committee Grants

Torchbearers prize winners announced
On Thursday, Nov. 12, the ASU Torchbearers celebrated Torchbearer Appreciation Day, featuring both a Torchbearer breakfast and happy hour at Cooper Alumni Center. Torchbearers are current and retired faculty and staff who make gifts of $50 or more to the ASU Foundation. Those individuals choose the designations of their gifts, which could be any college, department, Santa’s Wolves, Staff Senate Educational Stipend Fund, the Library, KASU, the ASU Museum, or any privately funded scholarship. Great door prizes were given away during the Nov. 12 event. Below, see the list of winners, items won, and donors.

Doug Doggett, Torchbearer pen, ASU Torchbearers program  
Terry Hicks, tote bag, Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum
Robert Hobbs, $20 gift certificate Blue Coast Burrito
Billy Hogue, drawstring bag, ASU Torchbearers program
Gina Hogue, $10 gift certificate, Blue Coast Burrito
Markham Howe, two platinum tours, Graceland
Lori Hutchinson, pair tickets, Blind Boys of Alabama, Fowler Center
Julie Isaacson, two outdoor sports chairs, Convocation Center
Linda Jeffrey, 16” x 20” portrait, Peterson Photography
Deanna Lowery, drawstring bag, ASU Torchbearers program
Mitch Mathis, lunch, Presley’s Drive In
Farhad Moeeni, toiletries travel kit, Convocation Center
Teresa Mosley, collapsible cooler, Convocation Center
Sharon Nelson, playing cards, ASU Torchbearers program
Renee O’Connor, fleece stadium blanket, Sodexho Dining Services
Ryan Pierce, vase, IO Metro
Ann Ross, two box lunches, Heavenly Ham
Jerry Sailor, $20 gift card, Chili’s
Brian Shelton, laptop cover, Convocation Center
Calvin Smith, laptop cover, Convocation Center
Jim Stillwell, wood plaque, ASU Sign Shop
Joyce Stidman, $20 gift card, Hays Grocery
Brian Tibbs, autographed calendar, ASU Lady Red Wolves basketball team
Stacy Troxel, pair tickets, Blind Boys of Alabama, Fowler Center
Randall Wallace, drawstring bag, ASU Torchbearers program
Peggy Wright, $20 gift card,J&M Cakes
Nancy Young, wood plaque, ASU Sign Shop
It is never too late to join Torchbearers. Send in pledge forms or contact Elaine Poynter, director, Annual Giving, Alumni Office, ext. 2718. 
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