American History Month activities
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 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,
Richard Bell of Stuttgart, secretary; and Lt. Col. (Retired) Dallas Wood of
Paragould. Members of the Board of Trustees serve staggered five-year
Faculty recital features five ASU
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
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
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)
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
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
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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