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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.

Johnathan Reaves, KASU News

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. 

Arkansas Secretary of State's Office

CONWAY, Ark. (AETN) — Candidates in eight races have agreed to participate in “Election 2018: AETN Debates,” which will tape and air on the Arkansas Educational Television Network Oct. 8-12.

Johnathan Reaves, KASU News

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.

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.  

New Series of Exhibitions to Open at Bradbury Art Museum

Sep 27, 2018
Jed Jackson La Belle et la Bête, 2018 oil on wood 11 x 14 inches
Arkansas State University / Arkansas State University

JONESBORO – "Eclectic" opens Thursday, Oct. 4, at Bradbury Art Museum in Fowler Center on the campus of Arkansas State University.

Included in the exhibition are the works of six artists who work in a variety of materials, styles and approaches. Featured are Teresa Cole, Jed Jackson, Tom Lee, Mario M. Muller, Hans Schmitt-Matzen and David Sullivan. Guests will enjoy the opening reception from 5 until 6:30 p.m.

Arkansas State University / Arkansas State University

JONESBORO – Grammy award-winning artists Shawn Camp and Bill Miller will open the entertainment lineup for the Saturday, Oct. 20, field concert during the 2018 Johnny Cash Heritage Festival.  Their performances will be in the field adjacent to Johnny Cash Boyhood Home in Dyess.

Shawn Camp, onstage from noon until 12:45 p.m., is a native of Perryville, Ark., where he began playing guitar at age five. At 20, he moved to Nashville to become a professional musician.

Arkansas State University / Arkansas State University

JONESBORO – The Arkansas State University community today is remembering the life of Dr. Eugene W. Smith, the eighth president of the institution, who died Sunday following a lengthy illness.  He was 88.

The Board of Trustees appointed Smith president in February 1984, largely in recognition of his contributions and devotion to the institution's growth and advancement during the first 26 years of his career at the institution.

Arkansas State University / Arkansas State University

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.  

Christensen, Bohn and Williams Appointed to New Positions

Sep 20, 2018
Arkansas State University / Arkansas State University

JONESBORO – Longtime arts leader Les Christensen was named the interim director of Fowler Center at Arkansas State University, university officials announced this week.

The director of the Bradbury Art Museum takes over management of the entire Fowler facility, which includes BAM, Riceland Hall for performances, the Drama Theatre and the Simpson Theatre, while working in close coordination with departmental leadership in Art + Design, Music and Theatre.  She replaces interim director Michael Bowman, who returned to the classroom full-time.

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.  

Emily Devereux

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.

Shawnie Carrier, O'Reilly Hospitality Management

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.

Arkansas State University / Arkansas State University

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.  

Johnathan Reaves, KASU News

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. 

Mike's Music News

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.  

Johnny Cash boyhood home
Arkansas State University

JONESBORO – When the lineup featuring Jamey Johnson and Alison Krauss was announced in July for the 2018 Johnny Cash Heritage Festival, John Carter Cash, Grammy-winning son of Johnny and June Carter Cash, promised that this year’s festival would be like none other. 

“There will be some momentous musical surprises, and I believe history will be made once again in the fertile beautiful land of Northeast Arkansas,” said Cash at the time.

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.  

Arkansas State University

JONESBORO – Significant progress on first-time and transfer students, and improved retention results are the highlights of the Fall 2018 11th-day enrollment at Arkansas State University.

A-State announced an overall enrollment head count of 14,058, which includes all students at the Jonesboro campus as well as the students enrolled at Campus Queretaro, marking the third consecutive year with enrollment over 14,000.

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. 

Jonesboro Unlimited and Jonesboro Regional Chamber of Commerce

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

Downtown Jonesboro
City of Jonesboro

On Friday, September 7 at 7:30 p.m., Arkansas State University’s Heritage Studies Ph.D. program will partner with the Foundation of Arts in Jonesboro in bringing a First Friday Concert Series to The Forum.  Assistant Professor of History at Arkansas State Dr.

City of Jonesboro

Saturday's game against Southeast Missouri State is slated to start at six p.m.  With the construction that is taking place on campus near the football stadium, parking for Saturday’s game will be an issue.  Director of the Jonesboro Economical Transit System Michael Black says buses will take people from Downtown Jonesboro to Centennial Bank Stadium and then back to Downtown.  Click on the Listen button to hear the interview with Black.  

3 Inmates Die at Arkansas Prison in Less Than 24 Hours

Aug 28, 2018

GOULD, Ark. (AP) - A Department of Correction official says three inmates have died in less than 24 hours at a prison in southeast Arkansas, possibly from drug use.

Spokesman James DePriest said Monday that both state police and the department are investigating to determine the cause of the deaths at Varner and its supermax unit.

The Kensett Police have inactivated an  AMBER Alert for a missing White County child.  

The Arkansas State Police activated the alert after they said that 1-year-old Kara Griffin and her mom Sara disappeared from Kensett.  They believe an ex-boyfriend may have taken them. 

There is no known vehicle the ex-boyfriend may have had and they believe he is on foot.  

Johnathan Reaves, KASU News

Craighead County Sheriff Marty Boyd presented a Life Saving Award to a sergeant that prevented a woman from killing herself. 

The incident happened earlier this year when the woman was threatening to jump off of a bridge.  The bridge was located over traffic on Interstate 555. 

Sergeant Phillip Vanwinkle with the Craighead County Sheriff’s Department responded to the call and pleaded with the woman not to jump.  He also called authorities to stop traffic on the interstate and called for additional help. 

Grant will allow for 3 firefighters in Jonesboro

Aug 24, 2018
Jonesboro Fire Station #3 on Johnson Ave.
Cynthia Barnhill / KASU Photojournalism / Graphic Designer Intern

The Jonesboro Fire Department will be able to add three new firefighters next year thanks in part to a federal grant received this week by the City of Jonesboro that will provide $291,587 over three years.

It will be used to add three firefighters for the city’s fleet of firetrucks, Chief Kevin Miller said.

“Three positions means another truck will constantly have a third firefighter,” Miller said. “This gets us one step closer to our long-range goal of having three firefighters on every truck.”

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