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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 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.

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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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.  

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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.  

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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. 

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The football season opener for the Arkansas State University Red Wolves takes place next Saturday night at Centennial Bank stadium as A-State hosts Southeast Missouri State.  Before the season opener, an annual tradition takes place in Jonesboro, called Paint the Town Red, as the Jonesboro Chamber of 

Barn exterior at the Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Educational Center in Piggott
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One of Arkansas State University’s “Heritage Sites”… the Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Educational Center in Piggott… will host the World War One Reading Retreat the weekend of September Seventh and Eighth.

The line-up has been announced for the 2018-2019 Riceland Distinguished Performance Series at the Fowler Center on the A-State campus in Jonesboro.

Johnathan Reaves, KASU News

Officials with Arkansas State University and Centennial Bank were on hand for a grand opening of the newest building on campus, the new Welcome Center.  Arkansas State University Chancellor Dr. Kelly Damphousse says this new center will fill two needs at the University.

“We have not had a building on campus that had a bank in it, so this is important for students and those who work here, but also, this will be the starting point for those who want to take tours and visit our campus,” says Damphousse.

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The Bradbury Art Museum in the Fowler Center on the A-State campus in Jonesboro will host three exhibitions this semester.  The museum’s director, Les Christensen, spoke with KASU’s Marty Scarbrough about the artwork to be displayed in the galleries in the upcoming months.  Click on the Listen button for the entire interview. 

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This week’s Faculty Conference at A-State featured a keynote speaker who talked about his journey towards a new model for student success.  Ann Kenda with Arkansas Public Media reports.

David Laude is a popular professor of chemistry at the University of Texas at Austin, which has roughly three and a half times as many students as A-State.  He came to A-State this week to talk about student success, even though many years ago he wasn’t a model for that himself.

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Dr. Sandra Massey leads the efforts at the three campuses that make up ASU-Newport.  Those are in Newport, in Jonesboro, and in Marked Tree.  In this interview,  Dr. Massey says some exciting things are taking place this year. 

ASU-Beebe

A former educator with ASU-Beebe returns to become the newest Chancellor in the ASU System.  Dr. Jennifer Methvin accepted the position of Chancellor for ASU-Beebe in July.  She tells about her goals as the new chancellor and tells a little about herself in this interview.  Click on the Listen button to hear the interview.  

A-State's First-Year Student Retention Reaches Record Level

Aug 15, 2018
Arkansas State University

JONESBORO – Chancellor Kelly Damphousse set two important goals for his second year at Arkansas State University, and today at the annual Faculty Conference he was able to announce the achievement of a record-level of first-year student retention.

With less than a week before the opening day of classes for the fall 2018 semester, Arkansas State is on pace to have a 77.1 percent first-year retention rate.  If the current trend is maintained through the 11th day of the fall semester, it will break the fall 2014 record of 76.0 percent.

ASU System President Dr. Charles Welch (center) speaking at the Board of Trustees meeting with Chairman Dr. Tim Langford (left) and Trustee Christy Clark (right).
Johnathan Reaves / KASU News

The ASU Board of Trustees approved tuition, fees, and room and board rates across the system.  Arkansas State University will not have a tuition increase and will have a minimal fee increase for a 1.53 percent rise in combined tuition and fee costs.  Vice President for Strategic Communications and Economic Development Jeff Hankins says the annual total of $8,608 for undergraduate students would rank sixth among the state’s public four-year institutions.

A picture of the inside of a remodeled Walmart in Miami, Florida.
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NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart is offering its employees a new perk: affordable access to a college degree.

America's largest private employer, which in the past has helped its workers get their high school or equivalency degrees, hopes the new benefit will help it recruit and retain higher quality entry-level employees in a tight U.S. labor market.


An anonymous scientific survey conducted on the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville campus to measure the incidence of nonconsensual sexual contact revealed that 31 percent of women sampled reported being victims. Such contact includes campus rapes and sexual assaults as well as unwanted sexual touching.

The survey was conducted at the urging of an Arkansas legislator raising awareness about widespread sexual violence on college campuses, and that Arkansas is among more than a dozen states that do not teach comprehensive sex education in public schools — including what constitutes sexual consent.

Further illuminating the widely-reported UA survey, a female student who claims she was sexually assaulted carried around a bed sheet for weeks, raising alarm.

Leaders breaking ground on the new Red Wolf Convention Center and Hotel at the Jonesboro campus of Arkansas State University.
Brandon Tabor / KASU News

The groundbreaking ceremony for the new Red Wolf Convention Center and Hotel at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro on Thursday was more than just a celebration, but a reminder of the center’s other purpose—education.

Arkansas Scholarship Lottery Director Bishop Woosley talking with Roby Brock
Talk Business and Politics

The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery, a once troubled and embattled state program that was struggling with legislative oversite and declining revenues, has made a remarkable turnaround in the last couple of years.  About the only headlines you read these days are good ones about the program.  Lottery Director Bishop Woosley sits with host Roby Brock to discuss what’s been the “winning ticket” for the program’s success.


Jerry Adams, CEO of the Arkansas Research Alliance, speaking with Roby Brock of Talk Business and Politics
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The Arkansas Research Alliance is a non-profit that ties together the states 5 research institutions:  Arkansas State University, University of Arkansas School for Medical Sciences, University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff, University of Arkansas-Little Rock, and University of Arkansas-Fayetteville.  Roby Brock with Talk Business and Politics speaks with Jerry Adams, CEO of the Alliance.  Adams has spearheaded the organization for 10 years.  They discuss the impact the alliance has on the state’s economy, their mission, and their future plans.


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BEEBE, Ark. – Huron Consulting Group today outlined a series of recommendations to the Arkansas State University System that would increase revenue, cut costs and improve efficiencies.
 

Kays House Preview— (from left) Arkansas State University Chancellor Kelly Damphousse, former Arkansas first lady Ginger Beebe and former Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe give a "Wolves Up" sign in the re-created governor's office at the restored Kays House.
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A former Arkansas Governor returned to his alma mater in Jonesboro on Thursday for a stroll down memory lane.  His trip was just as historic as the building he visited.

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas lawmakers have advanced a proposal to allow taxpayers with tax-deductible 529 college savings plans to withdraw funds for tuition at public, private and religious K-12 schools.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Student journalists would largely be shielded from censorship by their schools under legislation that has won first-round approval in the House.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the idea started to gain traction in the 2016 legislative session. It stemmed from frustration over University of Missouri communications professor Melissa Click, calling for "muscle" to remove student journalists during November 2015 protests.

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Revenue collected by the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery in fiscal 2018 is exceeding the totals from the same period in previous years, but net proceeds are about average for recent years.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that the lottery has provided its latest monthly report to Gov. Asa Hutchinson and the Legislative Council's lottery oversight subcommittee.

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