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Sigma Delta Pi Earns National Award for Second Year

Sigma Delta Pi Earns National Award for Second Year

JONESBORO — For the second consecutive year, Arkansas State University’s Pi Theta chapter (Sigma Delta Pi) of the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society has been named as an honor chapter because of its outstanding activities in 2015-16.

08/23/2016 3:15 PM

Library Assistant Director Myron Flugstad Dies Suddenly

The university community extends sympathy to the family and associates of Myron Flugstad, assistant director of the Dean B. Ellis Library. Flugstad died suddenly Monday.

08/23/2016 12:45 PM

Convocation Center Launches Newly Designed Website

Convocation Center Launches Newly Designed Website

The Convocation Center at Arkansas State University has a new presence on the A-State website. The design and site maintenance have returned to campus after being contracted out in recent years.

08/23/2016 10:45 AM

Craighead County looking to agressively collect owed business taxes

Craighead County looking to agressively collect owed business taxes

Craighead County Tax Collector Marsha Phillips is under fire from the Quorum Court over a lack of being able to collect over 300-thousand-dollars in delinquent business property taxes. Several Justices of the Peace questioned what the next step would be in collecting those taxes. According to the Sun, Phillips told the court that 53 businesses have still not paid taxes, with some of the taxes not being paid for several years. She says some of the businesses are no longer in operation, or owners have moved out of Jonesboro. Several Justices say they want the county to retain a lawyer to assist the county in moving forward with the tax collections. The Justices will review a list of collectible delinquencies during the next meeting on September 12th. After that review, a decision will be made about what to do next.

08/23/2016 7:16 AM

Inside A-State - 08/23/2016

Inside A-State - 08/23/2016

08/23/2016 12:00 AM

A-State Announces Record Number of Summer Graduates

A-State Announces Record Number of Summer Graduates

JONESBORO — A record number of graduates received diplomas during Arkansas State University’s summer commencement ceremony Friday, Aug. 5, in the Convocation Center.

08/22/2016 4:15 PM

Campus Open Forum with President Welch, Aug. 24

Campus Open Forum with President Welch, Aug. 24

Open Forum with President Charles L. Welch will be Wednesday, Aug. 24, at 2 p.m. in the Student Union Auditorium.

08/22/2016 3:45 PM

New Exhibitions to Open at Bradbury Art Museum

New Exhibitions to Open at Bradbury Art Museum

The Bradbury Art Museum at Arkansas State University opens to the public with a 5-6:30 p.m. reception on Thursday, Aug. 25, featuring a new series of exhibitions and a brand new look. This group of shows features portraiture by four artists: Delita Martin, Nina Katchadourian, Tad Lauritzen Wright and Andrew Kilgore. Night Women: Delita Martin Three of the galleries are devoted to work by Houston-based artist Delita Martin. Two collections of her powerful, large-scale portraits of women of color are on view in the entry and main galleries. These multi-layered mixed media works command one's attention from afar but up close reveal intricate detailing. They combine printmaking, drawing, painting, collage, stitching and the application of found objects to create portraits of various women in her community. On view are examples from “I Walked on Water to my Homeland” and her recent series, ”Night Women.” In the Kays Gallery Martin will exhibit an installation titled ”Dinner Table.”

08/22/2016 11:33 AM

Agriculture school in Weiner in the works

Agriculture school in Weiner in the works

Plans to place an agricultural school in Weiner continue to move forward. The Sun newspaper reports that residents are working with the Arkansas Department of Education, the Department of Career Tech Education and the attorney general’s office to see how recently passed bills could apply to the school. Greta Greeno says School of Agriculture would be the first in the state that would prepare those who graduate for agriculture-related jobs in the Delta. The school would be kindergarten through 12th grade. Ag jobs make up about one-quarter of available jobs in the state. Greeno hopes to have the school up and running next fall.

08/22/2016 11:16 AM

Final Craighead County election filings show active November; 7-way race for Jonesboro Mayor

Final Craighead County election filings show active November; 7-way race for Jonesboro Mayor

These are the latest and final municipal filings in Craighead County, which shows an active November election.

08/22/2016 10:29 AM

Independece County Group Suing Clerk Over Alcohol Petition

Independece County Group Suing Clerk Over Alcohol Petition

Another Northeast Arkansas group fighting to put an alcohol measure on the November ballot is also suing the county’s clerk. The group Keep Our Dollars in Independence County is now suing County Clerk Tracy Mitchell for rejecting signatures on a ballot measure to allow alcohol sales in the county. According to the Batesville Daily Guard, Mitchell’s office rejected 424 signatures on the petition, causing the group to be short 377 of the nearly 4,000 valid signatures needed on the ballot. A similar group in Randolph County has already filed a lawsuit against their county’s clerk for rejecting over 169 pages of signatures, causing them to be 361 signatures short for their petition. Both Mitchell and Randolph County Clerk Rhonda Blevins have told media outlets they were following Arkansas law Act 1413 of 2013 in validating the petitions. Linda Bowlin, the committee chair fighting to allow alcohol sales in Randolph County, told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette the law was invalidated. A

08/19/2016 12:50 PM

JPD Officer Resigns Following Criminal Invesitagion

JPD Officer Resigns Following Criminal Invesitagion

Jonesboro police officer Adam Shipman has resigned from the force following a criminal investigation. Police Chief Rick Elliot told media outlets Shipman submitted his resignation on Aug. 11, 2 days after being placed on administrative leave following allegations involving a cyber tip from a cell phone provider. Elliot declined to comment on the details of the investigation or the charges Shipman may face. Shipman joined the JPD in mid-2015.

08/19/2016 11:23 AM

Phi Beta Lambda, Target Store to Hold Back-to-School Event for A-State Students

Phi Beta Lambda, Target Store to Hold Back-to-School Event for A-State Students

With the start of classes just days away, Arkansas State University’s Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) organization is joining forces with the Target store at the Mall at Turtle Creek to hold a back-to-school event, Saturday, Aug. 20, from 9 a.m.-noon. The store is partnering with the College of Business student group for this effort. The store will have 2,000 coupons toward purchasing school supplies and 1,000 gift bags to give to A-State students at the store while supplies last. In addition, Target plans to create a fun shopping experience for the students that day. “We are excited about this opportunity,” said Bryce Rusco, executive team leader at Target. “We have been in the community since 2005, and this is the first time for this type of event. With a successful event this year, we will open the door for a larger scale event in the coming years.” PBL is the collegiate division of Future Business Leaders of America, whose goal is to develop leadership, communication and team skills. It is

08/19/2016 11:12 AM

Traveling Veterans Exhibit, Motorcycles, & Pets: Episode 8/19

Traveling Veterans Exhibit, Motorcycles, & Pets: Episode 8/19

There is never a dull moment in the Natural State! Travel Writer Kim Williams has the details on a motorcycle event for the whole family featuring music and mountains. An inspiring traveling exhibit is taking place in Arkansas which highlights the unique perspective of veterans returning home after fighting for our county in war. Williams also talks about a chance to step back in time to the 1870's in Jackson Co. through the portal which is the Jacksonport Courthouse. Finally, a chance to win a great prize for you and a loyal member of your family: your pet! Barkansas returns to the natural state and Williams has details about it in this week's show. Featured locations include Mountain View, DeValls Bluff, and Newport.

08/19/2016 9:56 AM

Thrasher to be Inducted into College Media Association Hall of Fame

Thrasher to be Inducted into College Media Association Hall of Fame

JONESBORO — Bonnie L. Thrasher, former adviser to the Herald at Arkansas State University and former vice president of the College Media Association, will be inducted posthumously into the College Media Association’s John A. Boyd Hall of Fame in October at the Hyatt Regency-Atlanta as part of CMA’s National College Media Convention. Thrasher died March 31, 2015.

08/18/2016 3:45 PM

Phi Beta Lambda, Target Store to Hold Back-to-School Event for A-State Students

Phi Beta Lambda, Target Store to Hold Back-to-School Event for A-State Students

JONESBORO — With the start of classes just days away, Arkansas State University’s Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) organization is joining forces with the Target store at the Mall at Turtle Creek to hold a back-to-school event, Saturday, Aug. 20, from 9 a.m.-noon. The store is partnering with the College of Business student group for this effort.

08/18/2016 3:30 PM

Ideas Invited for Naming New College

Ideas Invited for Naming New College

Faculty, students, alumni and friends of the newly restructured academic college at Arkansas State are invited to forward their ideas on what the new name should be.

08/18/2016 9:30 AM

New Series of Exhibitions to Open at Bradbury Art Museum

New Series of Exhibitions to Open at Bradbury Art Museum

The Bradbury Art Museum at Arkansas State University opens to the public with a 5-6:30 p.m. reception on Thursday, Aug. 25, featuring a new series of exhibitions and a brand new look. This group of shows features portraiture by four artists: Delita Martin, Nina Katchadourian, Tad Lauritzen Wright and Andrew Kilgore.

08/17/2016 3:00 PM

ASU System President addresses recent internal audits, chancellor search

ASU System President addresses recent internal audits, chancellor search

Arkansas State University’s System President says a lot of lessons have been learned after two internal audits led to the resignation of former Chancellor Dr. Tim Hudson. Dr. Chuck Welch addressed faculty and talked about the situation for almost 20 minutes. He says universities are not required to do internal audits, but after receiving a tip in March, he says auditors began their investigation. Dr. Hudson resigned earlier this month after it was revealed that he allegedly tried to use his position to get some financial assistance for a family member to attend the New York Institute of Technology. Another audit involved the university’s study abroad program and Hudson’s wife, Deidra. Dr. Welch says while the outcomes were unfortunate, the internal audits worked like they should have. Click on the Listen button to hear the story.

08/17/2016 2:23 PM

$3.5 million plant opening in Paragould; 67 new jobs coming

$3.5 million plant opening in Paragould; 67 new jobs coming

An expansion of a railcar plant in Paragould will bring dozens of new jobs to the town. The Arkansas Economic Development Commission joined Governor Asa Hutchinson and local officials for the $3.5 million dollar announcement. 67 new jobs with an average salary of $45,000 were announced at the site of the American Railcar Industries-Corbitt site on Jones Road. Mike Preston is Executive Director of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission. “There is a spec building in Paragould that will be used by ARI and this will shift some jobs from Missouri to Paragould,” stated Preston. He says the announcement is not just good for northeast Arkansas, but for the state as well. “This shows the momentum that we have in the state right now. We have 3.8 percent unemployment in the state, we led the country last quarter in GDP growth and that is good news,” said Preston. He also praised the workforce that are available to step into those jobs. American Railcar Industries employs about one-thousand

08/17/2016 2:17 PM

Lakeport Legacies to Close Out 2016 Series Aug. 25

Lakeport Legacies to Close Out 2016 Series Aug. 25

LAKE VILLAGE, Ark. — “The Other Lycurgus Johnson: U.S. Colored Troops and Civil War Pension Files in the Delta” will wrap up the Lakeport Legacies series, Thursday, Aug. 25, at 6 p.m. The monthly history talk at Lakeport Plantation will feature Dr. Blake Wintory, director of the Lakeport Plantation, who will discuss on-going research on the lives of former enslaved laborers in Chicot County, Ark. and Washington County, Miss.

08/17/2016 2:00 PM

College of Business Professors Invent Apps to Increase Skills, Help Education Expense

College of Business Professors Invent Apps to Increase Skills, Help Education Expense

JONESBORO — Inventors and Arkansas State University faculty members Dr. Ralph Ruby, Jr. and Dr. Paula D. Ruby have developed new applications for The A-State Academic Championship series that will help reduce student college expenses using a competitive tournament learning strategy.

08/17/2016 1:45 PM

Instrumental music faculty expands to meet growth

Instrumental music faculty expands to meet growth

When the Sound of the Natural State Marching Band takes the field at Centennial Bank Stadium the first Friday in September, Dr. Polly Middleton will proudly watch the A-State students perform their first halftime show under her direction. Middleton, who is stepping into the marching band tradition at A-State, is the new director of athletic bands and assistant director of bands in the Department of Music. "I am excited for the opportunity to continue the growth and success of The Sound of the Natural State," Middleton said. "We have a season of outstanding halftime shows planned, including a few surprises, and we will bring our best to every game day." Her appointment is one facet of parallel developments in A-State's music program, according to Dr. Timothy Oliver, director of bands and coordinator of wind and percussion studies. "Over the past five years, the profile of A-State athletics has continued to grow nationally, boosting enrollment in athletic bands and accelerating the

08/17/2016 11:35 AM

Simpson stepping down; Bohn and Bowyer to follow in Theatre and Fowler Center roles

Simpson stepping down; Bohn and Bowyer to follow in Theatre and Fowler Center roles

Bob Simpson, a fixture on the arts scene at Arkansas State for the past 34 years, has elected to step down from full-time duties and retire from the university. Simpson, a faculty member in the Department of Theatre since 1983, was technical director and director of theatre before becoming department chair. For the past two years, he also served as director of Fowler Center, and most recently arranged for the current season of concerts that begin in October. Succeeding him in the Department of Theatre as interim chair will be Tim Bohn, associate professor of theatre, who has been teaching and directing A-State Theatre productions since 2008. Dr. Donald Bowyer, professor of music and former dean, has accepted duties of interim director of Fowler Center. Bowyer, who came to A-State in 2012, is known for his musical compositions and community involvement, including co-leader of the Jazz Writers Big Band and founder of the Don Bowyer Little Big Band. “While I was limited in my time

08/17/2016 11:32 AM

Group Files Lawsuit Against Randolph Co Clerk for Obstructing Alcohol Petition

Group Files Lawsuit Against Randolph Co Clerk for Obstructing Alcohol Petition

The group Keep Revenue in Randolph County has been working for months to collect almost 4,000 signatures from registered voters for a petition. The petition was to give residents the opportunity to vote on making Randolph County a wet county on the November ballot. Earlier this month, just a couple of days before the petition was due, the County Clerk’s office rejected over 169 pages of signatures, causing the group to be 361 signatures short. An entire page of signatures would get rejected because one signature did not meet the requirements in Arkansas law Act 1413 of 2013. The group’s committee chair Linda Bowlin filed a lawsuit against County Clerk Rhonda Blevins, telling the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that she used an invalidated portion of the law to prevent the group from getting the measure on the ballot. Blevins told the newspaper her office followed state law in validating the petitions.

08/17/2016 10:04 AM

Boozman visits KASU studio for monthly talk

Boozman visits KASU studio for monthly talk

U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) visited the KASU studios for this month's talk with KASU's Johnathan Reaves. The Senator discussed his annual Agriculture Tour, as well as the latest challenges to Obamacare and other issues. Click on the Listen link to hear the entire interview.

08/17/2016 9:09 AM