A-State Connections

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A-State Connections informs you of the many ways which in Arkansas State University is connecting to people in the region, across the state and around the world. 

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The Department of Theatre at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro has added an additional emphasis area for its majors:  musical theatre.  KASU’s Marty Scarbrough spoke with Marc Williams… assistant professor of theatre at Arkansas State. They began their conversation with an explanation of what an “emphasis area” is. Click on the Listen button for the entire interview.  

Dr. Katherine Baker

This is A-State Connections on KASU.  I’m Johnathan Reaves. This is the weekly segment called “A-State Connections and Create@State: Making Connections That Count”.  In this interview, Assistant Professor of Art History Dr. Katherine Baker talks about how she and her students have been bringing art practices of the past to present day.  KASU News Director Johnathan Reaves talked with Dr. Baker and honor student Morgan Presley and she is majoring in art education.  Dr.

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This is the Second Saturday conversation on A-State Connections with Arkansas State University’s Chancellor Dr. Kelly Damphousse.  He recently announced the hire of Dr. Bryan Terry as the first Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management at Arkansas State University.  Damphousse talks about the hire and what it will mean for the future of Arkansas State University.  Click on the Listen button for the entire interview.  

New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine at Arkansas State University in Wilson Hall in Jonesboro
Brandon Tabor / KASU News

Jonesboro, AR – Shane Speights, D.O., dean, NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine at Arkansas State (NYITCOM at A-State), is proud to announce the formation of a new fellowship program in coordination with NYITCOM at A-State and the office of Representative Rick Crawford (AR-1).

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George Orwell’s novel “Animal Farm” has been adapted as a stage play.  The Arkansas State University Theatre Department will present a production of “Animal Farm” beginning Friday, November Ninth, in the drama theatre of the Fowler Center on the A-State campus in Jonesboro.  KASU’s Marty Scarbrough spoke with one of the actors in this production as well as the director, Jeff McLaughlin, assistant professor of theatre.  McLaughlin explained the inspiration Orwell had for the original book.

Richard Carvell

On Sunday, November 11th, the 100th anniversary of the ending of World War One will be recognized.  A centennial celebration will take place at Arkansas State University.  Arkansas State University’s Beck PRIDE Center, the Department of History, and the Dean B. Ellis Library is joining the Rotary Club of Jonesboro, and the Arkansas Community Foundation in putting the event together.  Lynda Nash is the Director of the Beck PRIDE Center at Arkansas State University and Richard Carvell is a Distinguished Alumni from Arkansas State and is a veteran.

AASCU Chooses ASU System President Chuck Welch as Chair-Elect

Oct 31, 2018
Johnathan Reaves, KASU News

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The American Association of State Colleges and Universities Board of Directors has selected Dr. Chuck Welch, president of the Arkansas State University System in Little Rock, as its Chair-Elect.

Johnathan Reaves, KASU News

Volunteer A-State has food drives underway to help students, faculty, and staff that use the food pantry on campus.  KASU News Director Johnathan Reaves  talked to two Sarah Bullington and Hannah Irvin.  They oversee the operations of the food pantry.  Click on the Listen button for the entire interview.  

Johnathan Reaves, KASU News

This is the weekly segment called “A-State Connections and Create@State: Making Connections That Count”.  In this interview, Assistant Professor of Digital Design at Arkansas State Joe Ford talks about how he is working with students on developing apps for mobile devices.  Ford joins undergraduate student Lexi Herring for this interview.  Click on the Listen button for the entire interview.  

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Arkansas State University has an active study abroad program. The University also has an undergraduate degree agreement in Japan and a graduate degree agreement in Mexico to broaden the learning experience of students.  Executive Director of Global Initiatives at Arkansas State University is Dr. Thilla Sivakamuran.  He tells about the agreement in Japan. Click on the Listen button for the entire interview.  

2018 Homecoming theme art)
Arkansas State University

JONESBORO – Homecoming Week 2018, with a theme of "Saved by the Howl," begins Monday, Oct. 29, with a schedule full of activities for Arkansas State University students, alumni and friends.

Ann Kenda, Arkansas Public Media

The celebration of the National Day of Writing at Arkansas State University will span this week with different activities on campus.  The public is invited to participate in the activities.  I talked to Dr.

Johnathan Reaves, KASU News

This is the weekly segment called “A-State Connections and Create@State: Making Connections That Count”.  In this interview, Professor of Theory and Composition at A-State’s Department of Music Dr. Tim Crist talks about how the department reaches out into the community.  Also, undergraduate student Tye Crawford talks about a unique music style that involves purposely altering sound files to make music.  KASU News Director Johnathan Reaves asked Dr. Crist what was taking place in A-State Music Department.  Click on Listen button for the entire interview.    

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A new public outreach initiative at Arkansas State University is open.  The center derives its name from the theme, Helping Our Wolves Learn.  The College of Education and Behavioral Science is home of the center, which involves the school psychology program, in partnership with the mental health counseling and special education programs.

Final Plans Set for Johnny Cash Heritage Festival

Oct 17, 2018
Johnny Cash boyhood home
Arkansas State University

JONESBORO – Beginning Thursday, Dyess Colony and the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home will be a bee hive of activity with the opening of the 2018 Johnny Cash Heritage Festival. To accommodate visitors during the three-day event (Oct. 18-20), here is pertinent information regarding the festival.

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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.  

Johnathan Reaves, KASU News

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.

Johnathan Reaves, KASU News

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.

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. 

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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.

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.

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.  

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
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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.

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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.

The presentation of the donation to the Endagered Wolf Center of St. Louis.
Brandon Tabor / KASU News

It’s a time-honored tradition—a graduating class of students, grateful for the education and the experience they obtained, give back to their campus community. 

But, as education gets pushed into the 21st century, some of the students that universities get are attending classes online and graduating—even at Arkansas State University.  So, just like physical students, online students obtain an experience and, in the case of the graduating summer class of 2018, want to give back to their alma mater.

But, how?

Brandon Tabor, KASU News

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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