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Participants of the 2017 Craighead County Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade walking across the Jonesboro Main St. bridge.
Johnathan Reaves, KASU News

2018 will be an important year for the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  April 2018 will mark the 50th Anniversary of King’s assassination in Memphis, TN.

Communities across the nation have been remembering King’s legacy in January since 1986, and Craighead County has been no exception.  I sat down with one of the organizers of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day parade for Craighead County, Dr. Lonnie Williams.  He is also the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at Arkansas State University.  We talked about the parade, Dr. King’s legacy, and where he was when he heard the tragic news of King's assassination.  You can listen to the conversation below.


Check presentation (pictured L to R):  Niel Crowson, Stacy Crawford, Terry Mohajir, Tracy French, Chuck Welch, Davy Carter, Johnny Allison, Jennifer Allison, Blake Anderson, Kelly Damphousse, Ron Rhodes, Bunny Adcock
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JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas State University's athletics department has received about $10 million in donations to renovate Centennial Bank Stadium.

The Jonesboro Sun reports that a more than $5 million gift from John W. Allison to the Red Wolves Foundation was announced during a Board of Trustees meeting in Jonesboro.

Allison is the founder and chairman of the parent company of Centennial Bank, which currently has naming rights to the football stadium.

Race violence expert Guy Lancaster, who serves as editor of the Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture, has edited a new a collection of essays titled, “Bullets and Fire: Lynching and Authority in Arkansas 1840 to 1950." The book is published by the University of Arkansas Press.

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This release from the Arkansas State University Department of Athletics:  

The Arkansas State Athletics Department announced Sunday that the Red Wolves have accepted an official invitation to play in the 2017 Raycom Media Camellia Bowl on Saturday, Dec. 16, at 7 p.m. (CT) in an ESPN-televised contest against Conference USA member Middle Tennessee.

The A-State football team is set to make its seventh consecutive and 15th all-time bowl-game appearance, although they will compete in the Camellia Bowl at the historic Cramton Bowl in Montgomery, Ala., for the first time.

JONESBORO – Arkansas State University news outlets brought home Diamond Journalism Awards from the Society of Professional Journalists Arkansas Region, Tuesday, Nov. 14, at the annual SPJ banquet in Little Rock.

A-State outlets including The Herald, the Delta Digital News Service and A-State’s public broadcasting service KASU 91.9 FM received recognition at the banquet held at the Flying Saucer in the River Market district. KASU’s news director Johnathan Reaves and Arkansas Public Media reporter Ann Kenda won for their work simulcast on Arkansas Public Media.

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JONESBORO – For the upcoming academic year, Arkansas State University will utilize the “superscore” method for ACT scores for the majority of incoming student admissions and institutional scholarships, Chancellor Kelly Damphousse announced today.

Convocation Center to be named First National Bank Arena

Oct 19, 2017
Johnathan Reaves, KASU News

This release from Arkansas State University's Athletic Department: 

JONESBORO, Ark. (10/19/17) – In recognition of a $5 million contribution by First National Bank to the Red Wolves Foundation, the Arkansas State University Board of Trustees voted Thursday to rename A-State’s multi-purpose facility currently known as the Convocation Center to “First National Bank Arena.”

Jim Brown announced as new Convocation Center Director

Oct 18, 2017
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JONESBORO – With more than 20 years of experience in public facility management, James W. (Jim) Brown II of Dayton, Ohio, will serve as the new director of the Convocation Center at Arkansas State University.

Dr. Len Frey, vice chancellor of the Division of Finance and Administration, announced Brown's appointment today.  Finance and Administration has oversight responsibility for the Convocation Center.

Arkansas Science Festival

The fourth annual Arkansas Science Festival takes place October 19-21.  Modeled after science festivals that take place in other states, this year’s festival was put together by educators at Arkansas State University, with assistance through the Science Festival Alliance.  Dr. Amy Pearce is professor of psychology at Arkansas State University and is director of the Arkansas Science Festival.  She tells how this got started.

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The Johnny Cash Heritage Festival in Dyess takes place Thursday through Saturday, October 19-21.  In this interview, KASU News Director Johnathan Reaves talks with the Director of the Arkansas State University Heritage Sites Dr. Ruth Hawkins to learn why this year's celebration of Johnny Cash turned from just a music festival to more of a symposium/music festival.  Click on the Listen button to hear more.  

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Some A-State Queretaro Pics

Sep 22, 2017
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These are some pictures from the Arkansas State University campus in Queretaro, Mexico.  These are courtesy of Arkansas State University.  

This is the 6:04 KASU newscast for Friday, September 22th.  

Here are the stories reported this morning:

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Arkansas State University officials and Governor Asa Hutchinson are in Querétaro near Mexico City, Mexico for the dedication ceremony of the new ASU-Campus Querétaro.  All live video of the dedication is courtesy of Arkansas State University.

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Arkansas State University has received the largest planned gift in the history of the institution.  The Jim and Wanda Lee Vaughn estate gift is named after two people who were life-long educators.  

This is the 6:04 KASU newscast for Wednesday, September 20th.  

Carl R. Reng Student Union
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The Arkansas State University Board of Trustees recently approved a resolution to honor the late James E. and Wanda Lee Vaughn.  The Carl R. Reng Student Union's student lounge will be named after them. Watch the live video of the dedication of the new student lounge.

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Arkansas State University has signed leases with the cities of Walnut Ridge and Imboden for the place of facilities that would house disaster preparedness training. 

This is the 6:04 KASU newscast for Tuesday, September 19th.  Here are the stories reported this morning:

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The Arkansas State University Board of Trustees passed plans to build facilities in Imboden and Walnut Ridge for use in a disaster preparedness training program.

The board meets Friday and will consider long-term lease agreements between the university and the two cities. The facilities would allow university students and local emergency personnel to practice simulations of emergency situations.

Arkansas State offers a bachelor's degree and an associate degree in disaster preparedness and emergency management.

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The Arkansas State University Board of Trustees are meeting today at the Cooper Alumni Center on the Jonesboro campus.  Here is a video of the meeting:

JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) — The board of trustees for Arkansas State University is considering plans to build facilities in Imboden and Walnut Ridge for use in a disaster preparedness training program.

The board meets Friday and will consider long-term lease agreements between the university and the two cities. The Jonesboro Sun reports that the proposed facilities would allow university students and local emergency personnel to practice simulations of emergency situations.

This is the 6:04 KASU newscast for Friday, September 15th.  Here are the stories reported this morning:

JONESBORO – The annual Order of the Pack student spirit event is rescheduled to Thursday, Sept. 14, with the University of Miami Hurricanes’ cancellation of this Saturday’s game.

The 21st annual event will now precede what will be the home opener, the game with UAPB on Saturday, Sept. 16.

The Jonesboro Regional Chamber of Commerce has also rescheduled its annual Big Great A-State Tailgate to Friday, Sept. 15, in downtown.

For more details on festivities surrounding Order of the Pack, go online to AState.edu.

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A lot of responses came down after President Trump's decision to end the DACA program that has been protecting hundreds of thousands of young immigrants who were brought into the country illegally as children.  80,000 of those people are in Arkansas.  

Here is Governor Asa Hutchinson's response:

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This is a press release from Arkansas State University.  

An inaugural class of 214 students moved into residence halls at Arkansas State University Campus Querétaro this week to prepare for the first-ever day of classes on Monday.

About 250 students total have enrolled in classes at the first American-style university campus in Mexico, which incorporates the A-State brand and Red Wolves logo, and are participating in orientation activities. The official enrollment count will be determined on the 11th day of classes just as it is calculated in Arkansas.

Photograph of the solar eclipse caught with the camera hanging from the balloon.
Dr. Ross Carroll

It was Dr. Ross Carroll's first time to see a total solar eclipse.  Beforehand, the Associated Professor of Physics at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro was told that the experience would be "indescribable."

He and his colleague, Professor of Science Education Dr. Tillman Kennon, took a group of students and spectators to a high school in Fulton, Missouri to catch the total solar eclipse on August 21.  The professors have also been working on launching a balloon carrying various instruments and cameras during the eclipse.  It was a part of a nationwide experiment for NASA.

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