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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, we talk about mechanical engineering research with Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Arkansas State Dr. Robert Fleming and Civil Engineering major Shannon Hughes.  Fleming starts the interview.  Click on the Listen button to hear the entire interview.  

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This is A-State Connections on KASU.  I’m Johnathan Reaves. Arkansas State University’s Department of Theatre presents their production “God of Carnage” starting next weekend.  Telling us more about this production is Instructor of Theatre Brandon Sterret.  He is the director of the performance.  Click on the Listen button for the entire interview.  

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For A-State Connections, I'm Johnathan Reaves.  Last week, Apple Dennie was crowed as the 2020 Miss Arkansas State University. I talked to her last Friday at the KASU Studios and learned a little more about the new Miss Arkansas State University.  Click on the Listen button for the entire interview.  

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In this Congressional interview, I talked with Congressman Rick Crawford about agriculture, President Trump's proposed budget, and work in the House that is taking place.  Click on the Listen button for the entire interview.  

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For A-State Connections, I'm Johnathan Reaves.  In this second Saturday conversation, I discuss the exploratory process A-State is taking in looking at a Vet school at A-State.  This is part of the Second Saturday conversation with A-State Chancellor Dr. Kelly Damphousse.  Click on the Listen button for the entire interview.  

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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, Professor of Health and Physical Education and Sports Sciences Dr. Blair Dean and Physical Education Senior Lucy Burner discuss research involving how exercise can affect student’s performance on high stakes testing, such as the ACT exam given to high school students.  Dean gives an overview on the research.  Click on the Listen button here.  

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Click on the Listen button for a tribue to KASU's June Taylor.  A memorial service for June will be held on Wednesday, February 5 from two to four in the Grand Hall of the Fowler Center.  At 3 p.m., there will be a time for sharing memories and reflections of June. We will share photos and some audio clips, read comments that have been collected from friends and former students, and open the floor to any in attendance who would like to share. We hope that many friends, members of the A-State community, and alumni will be able to attend. The clock tower of the Dean B.

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A street renaming is official in Jonesboro.  After months of contentious debates, the Jonesboro’s city council passed an ordinance that called for the renaming of a city street after the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Junior.  That process was finalized Monday as Commerce Drive in east Jonesboro became Dr. Martin Luther King, Junior Drive.  Special Assistant to the Chancellor at Arkansas State University Dr. Lonnie Williams says the process of the street renaming shows there is still a lot of work that needs to be done in Jonesboro.  

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The Arkansas Department of Education, Arkansas State University, and the Arkansas Public School Resource Center is partnering to provide a statewide online coding curriculum starting with the fall 2020 semester.  The initiative allows 250 high school students across the state to participate in the UpSkill program tuition free.  This supports Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson’s initiative on computer coding and computer science skills.  The course structure leads students through a nine-month curriculum that prepares students to receive a certificate in Swift coding.    The Arkansas Departme

For A-State Connections, I'm Johnathan Reaves.  Since 2016, there has been discussion about a hotel and a convention center in Jonesboro.  At one point, two groups were competing to put the project in Jonesboro.  In March of 2016, I did an interview with Roby Brock of Talk Business and Politics and asked him about whether Jonesboro could really support two convention centers.  Well, we now know that the Red Wolf Convention Center is up and holding events.  I talked with Brock recently about his thoughts on the center and what it means for the region.  Click on the Listen button for the en

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This is A-State Connections on KASU.  I’m Johnathan Reaves.  Today, I talk to two seniors who are on the Arkansas State University cheer team.  Apple Dennie and Allie Thomlinson both talk about their years at A-State and what it means to be on the cheer team.  Click on the Listen button for the entire interview.  

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This is A-State Connections on KASU.  I’m Johnathan Reaves.  You see them on A-State Game Days.  The A-State cheerleaders and dance team that make up the Spirit Squad at Arkansas State.  They do so much more besides game day appearances, including public appearances, showing up to meet students at local schools, and a lot of practicing for the upcoming national competitions in the Spring.   There is a lot to do, and one person leads it all.  Director of Spirit Programs and Head Coach at Arkansas State University is Paige Pauley.  She tells when she came to A-State.  Click on the Listen bu

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For A-State Connections, I'm Johnathan Reaves.  The Second Saturday conversation with Arkansas State University Chancellor Dr. Kelly Damphousse was recorded in Little Rock at the ASU Board of Trustees meeting that was held on Friday, December sixth.  I asked Damphousse about his thoughts at the end of this year.  Click on the Listen button for the entire interview.

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Arkansas’ 12th medical marijuana dispensary is now open. KASU’s Johnathan Reaves has this report.

Last week, state officials gave the green light for N-E-A Full Spectrum to start operating.  The dispensary is located just north of Jonesboro on Highway 49 in the tiny community of Brookland. The opening of the business was welcome news to customers in line…many of whom say they had to drive several hours to other parts of the state to receive medical marijuana.  One of those is Penny Elder.

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ARKADELPHIA, Ark. — The Henderson State University Board of Trustees today voted to join the Arkansas State University System and proceed with development of a merger agreement.

The move is subject to approval of the ASU Board of Trustees and the Higher Learning Commission, as well as action by the Arkansas General Assembly. ASU President Chuck Welch said the target for finalizing the transition would be no later than Jan. 1, 2021.

Ep. 55 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”.  This interview was conducted with a graduate student presenting research at the Arkansas Biosciences Institute Fall Symposium at Arkansas State University.  I talked with graduate student Akash Lal.  He is from Pakistan and has been in America for two years and is at Arkansas State.  He tells what brought him to A-State:

Click on the Listen button for the entire interview.

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September 11, 2001.  Everyone who remembers that day has a story to tell.  Where they were…how that day was for them…their thoughts on what happened when the twin towers fell in New York City.  A Blytheville native who now lives in Little Rock was just yards away from the Twin Towers that morning and witnessed events first hand.  Last week, Reverend Dr.

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Today, we conclude our interviews with the drum majors that lead the Sound of the Natural State marching band.  Andrew Coleman is a percussionist and a Music Education Major from Forrest City.  He has been on the Sound of the Natural State for 5 years and drum major for 3 years.  Click on the Listen button for the entire interview.  

This is A-State Connections on KASU.  This is the second Saturday conversation with Arkansas State University Chancellor Dr. Kelly Damphousse.  He talks football and enrollment numbers in this episode.  Click on the Listen button for the entire interview.  

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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”.  This podcast episode takes place at a little known area on the Arkansas State University Campus, A-State's Bird Observatory on campus.  Click on the Listen button for the entire interivew.  

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211 votes are all that separated those who wanted a one-percent sales tax increase in Jonesboro and those who did not.  The sales tax proposal, pushed by Team Jonesboro, would have been split in half.  One half of the one percent would have gone toward police and fire department future funding, and other half would have gone toward projects deemed “quality of life” needs; those include bike and pedestrian trails, museums, an amphitheater for outdoor events, an aquatic park, and more.  The proposal failed 5,016 to 4.805 votes. 

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A crisis stabilization unit is now open in northeast Arkansas.  The center is one of four in the state that are designed to provide mental health services to those who need it.  It takes the place of incarcerating those who have mental illnesses.  Governor Asa Hutchinson pledged one-point-six million dollars in start-up funding for the facility, with the Craighead County Quorum Court and other sponsors making up the rest.  Hutchinson says officers are going through 40-hours of training to help those who are in need.

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This is A-State Connections.  I am Johnathan Reaves.  We get a system wide update from the Arkansas State University System President Dr. Chuck Welch.  He talks about what is happening with all of the campuses, and the work that is being done to help Henderson State University.  Click on the Listen button for the entire interview.  

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This is the latest congressional interview with US Senator John Boozman on KASU Radio.  Click on the Listen button for the entire interview.  

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This is A-State Connections on KASU.  I'm Johnathan Reaves.  We continue talking about the Arkansas State University bands, and this week we focus on the Sound of the Natural State Marching Band. 

Leading the Sound of the Natural State is Director of Athletic Bands and Assistant Director of Bands at Arkansas State University Dr. Steven Riley.  Riley is a Massachusetts native and is in his second year at A-State.  I asked him about his thoughts on the A-State Bands turning 90 this year.  Click on the Listen button for the entire interview.  

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NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine at Arkansas State University has several ways to train student doctors on a variety of different medical scenarios.  Full size mannequins can be programmed to have different medical problems.  One can even give birth.   Also, NYIT hires standardized patients to help in training doctors.  Telling us more about this is the Director of Simulation Learning Matt Charnetski.  He tells how he first got started in this path.  Click on the Listen button for the entire interview.  

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A list of proposed projects has been presented to the public by representatives of Team Jonesboro.  Several community members gave the public ideas on what could be presented to the Oversight Integrity Council as part of a sales tax proposal.  Between 92 and 115-million-dollars-worth of “quality of life” projects were presented.  Public safety improvements for the Jonesboro Police Department and the Jonesboro Fire Department are estimated between 87 and 99-million-dollars.  Here is a list of the ideas for possible quality of life projects:

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The Associated Press is making this 2020 Candidate tracker available as another round of debates nears. You can view candidate bios and compare policy positions to help you understand the different candidates better.

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For A-State Connections, I'm Johnathan Reaves.  We continue talking to all of the chancellors across the ASU System by talking with Dr. Jennifer Methvin, the Chancellor of ASU-Beebe.  I asked her to give an update on the previous academic year and what she is looking forward to this coming academic year.  Click on the Listen button for the entire interview. 

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This is A-State Connections on KASU.  I’m Johnathan Reaves.  Arkansas State University has a new Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.  Dr. Allen Utter was the provost and vice president for academic affairs at Texas Women’s University in Denton, Texas.  Before that, he was the vice provost for research at Appalachian State University.  I conducted an interview with Dr. Utter about how things have been going at Arkansas State University so far.  Click on the Listen button for the entire interview.  

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