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Arkansas State University will be celebrating the annual National Day of Writing a little differently this year.  Instead of celebrating it on one day, it will actually take place over the course of a week.  The festivities are scheduled to take place during the week of October 22nd through the 26th and we will have more detailed information during next week’s A-State Connections on KASU.  The National Day of Writing at A-State will kick off Thursday night with a live performance of a staged reading of the stories from Arkansas Death Row Inmates.  It is called On the Row.  Telling

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Arkansas State University Chancellor Dr. Kelly Damphousse joins KASU's Johnathan Reaves for the Second Saturday interview segment on A-State Connections.  Dr. Damphousse gives an update on what is going on at A-State.  Click on the Listen button for the interview.  

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This is the weekly segment called “A-State Connections and Create@State: Making Connections That Count”.  In this interview, Assistant Professor of Chemistry Dr. Mohammed Alam and his student Christina Okolo talk about their work to synthesize new molecules to act as anti-cancer agents.  Dr. Alam starts by talking about how the research started.  Click on the Listen button for the entire interview.

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On February sixth, Cori Keller became the 44th Miss Arkansas State University.  That night, she also won the evening gown competition.  The win led to a prize package, which included scholarship money from Arkansas State.  KASU's Johnathan Reaves conducted this interview with Miss Arkansas State University Cori Keller.    She tells about herself.  Click on the Listen button for the entire interview.

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A fascinating exhibit about the human body is going away in two weeks.  The ASU Museum has been hosting Magnificent Me.  Curator of Education at the ASU Museum is Jill Kary and she tells about the exhibit. Click here to listen to the entire interview.

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A-State Connections and Create@State are partnering together to bring weekly research interviews to the second segment of A-State Connections. 

The interviews feature faculty members who are working as mentors to outstanding students in research projects that are making impacts in the community. 

These segments are titled “A-State Connections and Create@State: Making Connections that Count.” 

The first interview was aired last week when Dr. Argelia Lorence and Lucia Acosta talked about their rice research. 

The Downtown Corridor Committee has presented several recommendations on how to move forward on bridging a two-mile gap between Downtown Jonesboro and Arkansas State University. 

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The Arkansas State University Theatre Department’s production of the play Silent Sky opens Friday night, September 28th in the Simpson Theatre in the Fowler Center on the A-State campus in Jonesboro.  Additional performances are September 29th at seven-thirty, September 30th at two o’clock, and Tuesday, October second and Wednesday, October third also at seven-thirty.

KASU’s Marty Scarbrough spoke with actor Courtney Light and the play’s director Marc Williams… who is also the chair of the A-State Theatre Department.  Williams described the plot and setting of Silent Sky.

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Dr. Argelia Lorence is a professor of metabolic engineering in the Department of Chemistry and Physics at Arkansas State.  She is the co-principal investigator of a major project through the National Science Foundations.  A-State works with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Kansas State University.  The research is part of an almost six million dollar grant that lasts through 2021.  She is also a Vaughn Endowed Professor at A-State.  She has been supervising numerous students during the research process.  One of those students is Lucia Acosta.  Acosta joined Dr.

Barn exterior at the Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Educational Center in Piggott
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Earlier this month, the Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Educational Center in Piggott hosted a World War One Writing Retreat.  Anthony Childress gives us a brief on that event and what is coming up soon.

ASU Mid-South

In West Memphis, ASU Mid-South, formerly known as Mid-South Community College, has served the community and the region for a quarter of a century.  A 25th anniversary celebration takes place soon.  Chancellor of ASU-Mid South is Dr. Debra West.  She gives more information in this interview I conducted with her for A-State Connections.  

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Dr. Chuck Welch is the President of the ASU System and oversees the operations of the system, including all of the college campuses across the system.  He is also one of the state’s leading advocates for higher education.  Welch is the second president of the ASU System.  He has been on board since April 2011.  Here is KASU News Director Johnathan Reaves' interview with Dr. Chuck Welch.  Click on the Listen button for the entire interview.

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Arkansas State University’s Department of Diversity and Community Engagement received a high honor…the 2018 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award from Insight into Diversity magazine.  KASU News Director Johnathan Reaves interviewed Dr. Maurice Gipson is the Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Community Engagement at Arkansas State.  Click on the Listen button for the entire interview. 

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A record gift to the arts at Arkansas State University will result in construction of a new building on the A-State campus in Jonesboro.  

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The Jonesboro City Council has tabled two ordinances for 60 days to continue a review process--one of them is a controversial landscaping and tree ordinance.  

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos speaking at the 2018 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland.
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The US Department of Education Secretary made remarks this week that were negative of Arkansas State University.  

Chintan Desai Campaign

This is the latest monthly interview with Chintan Desai on KASU.  KASU News Director Johnathan Reaves discussed the minimum wage ballot that will be decided in November, Medicaid work requirements, and his criticism for a recent fundraiser by Republican incumbent Rick Crawford.   This is part of the 1st Congressional District Race in Arkansas.  Click on the Listen button for the entire interview.  

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A translational research lab has been established with the joint efforts of Arkansas State University and St. Bernards Medical Center’s Internal Medicine Residency Program.  Telling us about the project is founder and director of the Translational Research Lab, Dr. Xiuzhen Huang and Dr. Sara Nehring of St. Bernards Medical Center, co-director.  In this interview, I asked Dr. Huang about this lab and how the researched started for this.  Click on the Listen button for the entire interview.

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Next year, the Embassy Suites by Hilton Jonesboro Convention Center will open on the campus of Arkansas State University.  Director of Sales and Marketing Shawnie Carrier gives an update on how the project is going.  Click on the Listen button for the interview.

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Plans are underway for the 20-19 Delta Symposium at Arkansas State University.  This annual event brings together scholars from around the world to examine the unique history and culture of the Mississippi River delta.  Proposals are now being taken for presenters for next year’s event.  Dr.

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Volunteers make up the heart of a community, and on the A-State Campus, it is no different.  Student volunteers help with different fundraisers, activities, and projects. Whether they are helping to put together shows and events at the Carl R. Reng Student Union or raising money for St. Jude or United Way, students are looking to help.  Katey Provence is the Coordinator of Student Services at A-State.  She tells about one project that is making a difference.  Click on the Listen button for the entire interview.  

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The Craighead County Quorum Court has approved an ordinance that is designed to make voting easier for residents.  

The ordinance allows for setting up voting centers across the Craighead County.  As opposed to voting in specific polling sites, the voting centers will allow voters across the county to vote at any site.  The improvements are possible with the 120 new voting machines in the county. 

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In this monthly Congressional interview, U.S. Representative Rick Crawford talks with KASU News Director Johnathan Reaves about an update on the Farm Bill, a ballot measure in November that would raise the Arkansas minimum wage to $11 an  hour by 2021, and how nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court Brett Kavanaugh could affect this upcoming mid-term elections.   Click on Listen for the entire interview.  

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The second Saturday of every month is when we hold our monthly interview with Arkansas State University’s Chancellor Dr. Kelly Damphousse.  KASU’s Mark Smith conducts this month’s interview with Damphousse.  Damphousse says there is an excitement in the air when the fall semester starts.  Click on the Listen button for the entire interview.  

ASU-Mountain Home

This segment features another chancellor from the ASU System.  Dr. Robin Myers joined me for this interview from ASU-Mountain Home.  In this interview, I started by asking him about recent recognitions awarded to the university.  WalletHub named ASU-Mountain Home the number one community college in the nation, as well as winning the 2017 and 2019 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence from the Aspen Institute.  The Chronicle of Higher Education also listed ASU-Mountain Home on the list of two-year colleges with the top graduation rates.  Dr.

The Muses Creative Artistry Project.

The Muses Creative Artistry Project is an Arkansas-based arts ensemble.  This group will present a concert of music from operas and Broadway musicals this Thursday, September 13, at 7:30 in Riceland Hall of the Fowler Center on the A-State campus in Jonesboro.  KASU’s Marty Scarbrough spoke with Deleen Davidson, the president and general director of the Muses, about the upcoming concert and about the group’s mission.   Click on the Listen button for the entire interview.  

City of Jonesboro

A lack of an internet sales tax is hurting small Arkansas towns…that according to Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin. 

In Tuesday’s Jonesboro City Council meeting, Jonesboro’s mayor says the Arkansas legislature is expected to consider an internet sales tax in the state when it convenes next year.  He says sales tax in Jonesboro has been flat and is not expected to move much the rest of the year. 

Dr. Cherisse Jones-Branch, Dr. Gary Edwards

Two professors at Arkansas State University have edited a book on the histories of women from the state.  The book is titled “Arkansas Women: Their Lives and Times”.  The book features 15 biographical essays featuring the prominent Arkansas women, from the state’s earliest frontier years to the late 20th century.  Some of the women featured include Senator Hattie Caraway, Daisy Lee Gatson Bates, and Sue Cowan Morris.  The editors for the book are Dr. Cherisse Jones-Branch and Dr. Gary Edwards. 

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A committee has been formed to determine the best use of property that is owned by the city of Jonesboro on Aggie.  The former Wolverine property is being looked at by a committee to see how it could be used to connect Downtown Jonesboro and Arkansas State University.  The committee is holding a series of meetings.  I talked to Vice President of  Economic Development for Jonesboro Unlimited Mike Downing about the downtown corridor.  Downing says the committee was appointed by Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin

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