Feb. 2, 2004

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African American History Month activitiesErnest Green
ASU officially kicked off African American History Month yesterday in the Rotunda of the Dean B. Ellis Library. At 6 p.m. today, Ernest G. Green will speak in the Fowler Center. As one of the “Little Rock Nine,” Green and his eight classmates risked their lives to become the first black students to integrate Little Rock’s Central High School following the 1954 U.S. Supreme Court decision of Brown vs. the Board of Education, declaring segregation illegal. The integration of Central High School became one of the crowning victories of the Civil Rights Movement and a triumph over legal segregation. The first African-American to graduate from Central High, Green was the subject of a movie, “The Ernie Green Story,” produced and distributed by the Walt Disney Corporation. Numerous other activities are slated during the entire month of February. See African American History Month activities.

Mike Gibson appointed as new ASU Trustee
Mike Gibson
Gov. Mike Huckabee appointed Mike Gibson of Osceola to the ASU Board of Trustees last week, succeeding John Paul Hammerschmidt. Gibson’s involvement with ASU goes back to his days as a student when he served as SGA president. Most recently, he served as chairman of the board of the ASU Foundation, Inc. In addition to his distinguished career as an attorney and Osceola District Court judge in Mississippi County, Gibson serves as trustee of the Judd Hill Foundation in Poinsett County. And, the ASU Alumni Association recognized Gibson as a Distinguished Alumnus in 1997. Gibson's term will expire in January of 2009. Other members of the Board are: Mike Medlock of Jonesboro, chair; Florine Tousant Milligan of Forrest City, vice chair; Richard Bell of Stuttgart, secretary; and Lt. Col. (Retired) Dallas Wood of Paragould. Members of the Board of Trustees serve staggered five-year terms.

Faculty recital features five ASU members
The ASU Department of Music will present a Faculty Recital Series performance featuring Dr. Ed Owen, tuba; Dr. Dan Ross, oboe; Julia Lansford, soprano; and Dr. Lauren Schack Clark and Harriet O’Neal, piano, this Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in the Fowler Center, Riceland Hall. The performance will include compositions by A.M.R. Barret, Bruce Broughton, Warren Gooch, Paul Hindemith, John Lennon, Anthony Plog, and  Robert Spillman. This concert is free and open to the public. For more information, please call the ASU Department of Music at (870) 972-2094.

ASU: The facts are only a click away
The 2003-2004 ASU Factbook is now available online at the Institutional Research and Planning website, http://irp.astate.edu.  You may download a copy in PDF format.  A limited number of hard copy versions are available by request, according to Dr. Kathryn C. Jones, director.

ASU Jazz Band performance is Sunday
The Department of Music will present the ASU Jazz Band in concert this Sunday at 3 p.m. in the Fowler Center, Riceland Hall. The Jazz Band is under the direction of Ed Alexander, director of bands. Musical selections for this concert will include: Hogwart Stomp by Robert Woods; Summertime arranged by Dave Wolpe featuring guest vocalist Ashley McBride; Here’s That Rainy Day by Stan Kenton; Blue Miles by Chick Corea; Channel One Suite by Bill Reddie;  Ko-Ko arranged by Duke Ellington; and J-Birds by John Fedchock . This concert is free and open to the public. For more information, please call the ASU Department of Music at (870) 972-2094.

Global History Lecture to be first in series
The Department of History will present its inaugural Global History Lecture on Tuesday, Feb. 10, at 7 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center Recital Hall.  Dr. James C. McCann, director of the African Studies Center at Boston University, will speak on "A New Agro-Ecology for Malaria? Corn and the New Landscape of Disease in Africa."  According to Dr. Erik Gilbert, History, the lecture is the first in what the department hopes will be a series of annual lectures on global history topics, in support of the new master of arts in history with an emphasis in global history.  McCann, a leading historian of African agriculture and ecology, will discuss his research on the recently discovered link between corn and malaria. Admission is free.

Memphis Symphony to perform Valentine's concert
The Memphis Symphony Orchestra will perform an evening of love songs for a special Valentine’s concert, Friday, Feb. 13, at 7:30 p.m. in the Riceland Hall of the Fowler Center. The concert is sponsored by Bank of America and will include guest soloist, Terry Mike Jeffrey, performing some of Elvis’ best love songs. This Bank of America Pops Series concert will be conducted by Vincent L. Danner. Tickets for the Fowler Center concert are $25 and $20 for adults; $18 and $14 for ASU staff, seniors and students; and $9 and $6 for ASU students. They may be purchased by calling the ASU Central Box Office at 870-972-2781 or online at http://tickets.astate.edu. For more information, persons should call the Fowler Center at 870-910-8115.

I Hate Hamlet: Feb. 18 - 21 in Black Box Theatre
The ASU Theatre Department announced this week the cast of the February production of  “I Hate Hamlet.” The third production of the season is to be presented Feb. 18 – 21, in the Black Box Theatre of the Fowler Center. This comedy centers around the character Andrew Rally who takes a New York apartment once occupied by John Barrymore and wins the role of Hamlet in a Shakespeare in the Park production. Soon he begins to have cold feet and decides to back out of the role, until John Barrymore's ghost enters and takes on the task of convincing Andrew to tackle the complex role of Hamlet. Each performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets may be purchased (for reserved seating) in advance at the ASU Central Box Office in the Convocation Center for $6, by calling 870-972-ASU1 (2781), or online at tickets.astate.edu. For more details, contact the ASU Department of Theatre, 870-972-2037.

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