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Delta Center Awarded $500,000 Grant from Federal EDA

Delta Center Awarded $500,000 Grant from Federal EDA

Arkansas State University received a federal grant to create the East Arkansas Regional Innovation System (EARIS). Under the i6 Challenge program, A-State's Delta Center for Economic Development submitted a successful application for $500,000 to help establish the EARIS. A-State will utilize i6 funds and matching to leverage local, state, and federal partnerships and for EARIS's creation and launch. Combined with $$886,967 in in-kind matching, A-State's i6 project has $1.39 million in total support.

02/08/2016 4:45 PM

Noranda Goes Bankrupt; Closes 3rd Pot Line

Noranda Goes Bankrupt; Closes 3rd Pot Line

Noranda Aluminum announces today they are filling for chapter 11 bankruptcy and will shut down their third remaining pot line in New Madrid, Mo. KAIT-TV reports company officials said they will continue work on the 3rd primary pot line until March 2016, then operations will be reduced.  Noranda said work could restart if business conditions improve. 

02/08/2016 11:45 AM

HPMEC Honors Student Art Exhibition Winners

HPMEC Honors Student Art Exhibition Winners

PIGGOTT – Anna Oppenheim, a freshman at Bay High School, is the winner of the 14th Annual Hemingway-Pfeiffer Student Art Exhibition. Her work, See No Evil, was announced along with other winners and participants Saturday, Jan. 30, at a reception at the Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum in Piggott.

02/05/2016 2:00 PM

Simpson Appointed Title IX/Affirmative Action Officer

Simpson Appointed Title IX/Affirmative Action Officer

Chocoletta Simpson becomes Arkansas State University’s new Title IX/Affirmative Action Officer, assistant vice chancellor for human resources Lori Winn announced this week. A graduate of A-State’s nationally ranked Master of Public Administration (MPA) program in 2013, will oversee the university Affirmative Action and Title IX programs.

02/05/2016 9:45 AM

A-State Spring Enrollment Highest in 4 Years

A-State Spring Enrollment Highest in 4 Years

  Spring semester enrollment at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro is the highest since 2012. A-State officials reported 13,082 students enrolled for the spring semester this year, which were 540 more students than in the Spring 2015 semester.  Chancellor Tim Hudson said relocating “resources from administration to student success” and investments in software to help struggling students contributed to the 4.3% increase in students. 

02/05/2016 7:41 AM

STFM Presents Speaker on Missouri Bootheel Demonstration

STFM Presents Speaker on Missouri Bootheel Demonstration

JONESBORO — As part of the celebration of February’s Black History Month and March’s Women’s History Month, the Southern Tenant Farmers Museum (STFU) is hosting a lecture on Wednesday, Feb. 24, at 2 p.m. in Mockingbird Room at the Carl R. Reng Student Union on the Arkansas State University campus. Dr. Jarod Roll, associate professor of history at the University of Mississippi, will speak on the 1939 Missouri Bootheel demonstration focusing on the Southern Tenant Farmers Union’s involvement and the role women played in the demonstration. The title of his lecture is “On Jordan’s Stormy Banks: The STFU and the 1939 Roadside Demonstration in Southeast Missouri.”

02/04/2016 5:30 PM

Spring Semester Enrollment Highest with New Standards

Spring Semester Enrollment Highest with New Standards

Arkansas State University reported its highest spring semester enrollment since the current admission standards were put in place. The 13,082 student count is the most for a spring semester since 2012.

02/04/2016 3:00 PM

Workshop on Hiring Internationals and Immigration, March 8

Workshop on Hiring Internationals and Immigration, March 8

Arkansas State University, in collaboration with Hispanic Community Services Incorporated and the Northeast Arkansas Society for Human Resource Management (NEASHRM), is hosting a panel workshop about hiring internationals and managers, and immigration guidelines for internationals, on Tuesday, March 8.

02/04/2016 2:15 PM

ASU-TV to Stream Craighead County Spelling Bee Friday

ASU-TV to Stream Craighead County Spelling Bee Friday

JONESBORO — Arkansas State’s campus television station, ASU-TV, will carry a live video of the annual Craighead County Spelling Bee Friday, Feb. 5, at 10 a.m. Students, staff and volunteers at ASU-TV will serve as the production crew.

02/04/2016 1:30 PM

Independence Co Group Addresses Wet/Dry Issue

Independence Co Group Addresses Wet/Dry Issue

Randolph County is not the only county in the KASU listening area with a group working to allow alcohol sales. 

02/04/2016 8:11 AM

Jonesboro Mayor: Stop Harassing Others for Maintenance Code Signatures

Jonesboro Mayor: Stop Harassing Others for Maintenance Code Signatures

Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin released a statement Wednesday concerning citizens petitioning for a special election to repeal the property maintenance code. Perrin said he heard complaints of people harassing others to sign the petition.  He called for people to be “respectful of private property and restrictions upon certain public property, such as not blocking entrances.”  He also encouraged those being harassed to call the police. 

02/04/2016 7:34 AM

College of Business to Relaunch Career Closet Program

College of Business to Relaunch Career Closet Program

JONESBORO — Arkansas State University students will have an opportunity to dress professionally and look sharp during their job searches as the College of Business (COB) relaunches the Career Closet program. In addition, the COB will donate boxes of clothing to Goodwill of Arkansas.

02/03/2016 5:00 PM

Who are the players that have signed with the Red Wolves Football Team?  Find out here.

Who are the players that have signed with the Red Wolves Football Team? Find out here.

Arkansas State Head Football Coach Blake Anderson has announced 27 players who have signed to play football for the Red Wolves.  The class consists of 15 high school players, nine junior transfers, and three F-B-S transfers. Coach Anderson told the media today that he was pleased with the class:

02/03/2016 4:08 PM

Winter Jazz Blowout to be Held Tuesday, Feb. 16

Winter Jazz Blowout to be Held Tuesday, Feb. 16

The Department of Music at Arkansas State University presents A-State Jazz Studies in the groups' “Winter Jazz Blowout” on Tuesday, Feb. 16, at 7:30 p.m. in Fowler Center’s Riceland Hall. The performing ensembles will be the A-State Jazz Lab Band and the Jazz Orchestra under the direction of Dr. Kenneth Carroll. The program will consist of familiar great jazz classics and new pieces.

02/03/2016 3:30 PM

Cantus, Men’s Vocal Ensemble, To Perform at Fowler Center

Cantus, Men’s Vocal Ensemble, To Perform at Fowler Center

Arkansas State University’s Fowler Center, 201 Olympic Drive, will present Cantus for the next performance in the 2015-16 Riceland Distinguished Performance Series on Monday, Feb. 15, at 7:30 p.m. The sponsor of the show is Sodexo dining and catering. The nine-member men’s vocal ensemble Cantus is known worldwide for its trademark warmth and blend and its engaging performances.

02/03/2016 2:45 PM

Scholar J. Jack Halberstam to Give Two Lectures at A-State

Scholar J. Jack Halberstam to Give Two Lectures at A-State

Dr. J. Jack Halberstam will be delivering the keynote lecture at the "Rural Freaks Conference on Marginalization, Liminality, and Queerness" on Thursday, Feb. 18, at 6:30 p.m. in the Cooper Alumni Center on the campus of Arkansas State University. The conference is hosted by the A-State Feminist Union and A-State Women and Gender Studies program.

02/03/2016 2:00 PM

Council to Consider Adopting Road at Bankrupt Old Fairgrounds

Council to Consider Adopting Road at Bankrupt Old Fairgrounds

The Jonesboro City Council is considering to adopt a stretch of road on the bankrupt Old Fairgrounds to help pay off debt. KAIT-TV reports  Rick Ramsey,  Lawyer from Little Rock and fairground liquidated agent, told the council Tuesday an entity was interested in purchasing lot 7 on the fairground, however the contract stipulates the city to accept the road. 

02/03/2016 11:22 AM

Arkansas Rice Meeting Friday in Jonesboro

Arkansas Rice Meeting Friday in Jonesboro

The Arkansas Rice Federation is holding its annual rice meeting Friday at the Arkansas State University Convocation Center.  Spokeswoman Lauren Waldrip says breakout sessions will take place on several topics: Lauren Waldrip.  Congressman Rick Crawford and Secretary of Agriculture Wes Ward will speak during the event.  More details can be found here. 

02/03/2016 11:13 AM

Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas receives BNSF donation

Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas receives BNSF donation

The Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas has received a 25-hundred-dollar grant from the Burlington-Northern/Santa Fe Railway Foundation.  The money will go the Backpack Program, which helps provide food for hungry children on the weekends and school holidays.  Development Director Vicky Pillow tells KASU news almost 800 children in Northeast Arkansas benefit from the program.  She tells why it is needed:

02/03/2016 11:07 AM

Greenfield Lecturer to feature the songs and poems of John Handcox

Greenfield Lecturer to feature the songs and poems of John Handcox

Arkansas State University’s Lecture-Concert Series continues tomorrow with the annual Greenfield Lecture.  The speaker will be Dr. Michael Honey from the University of Washington-Tacoma.  Honey will present “Sharecropper’s Troubadour: John Handcox, the Southern Tenant Farmer’s Union, and the African-American Song Tradition.”  Dr. Honey conducted oral histories with the late John Handcox, who spent part of his young life as a sharecropper in Arkansas.  Dr. Honey tells why Handcox’s poems and songs from the 1930’s are still relevant today:

02/03/2016 11:01 AM

Group Seeks to Make Randolph Co Wet County

Group Seeks to Make Randolph Co Wet County

The “Keep Revenue in Randolph County” committee is working to put a measure on the November ballot to allow alcohol sales in the county.   Committee chair Linda Bowlin told the Jonesboro Sun the primary reason is to keep tax revenue in the county. 

02/03/2016 7:03 AM

2016 Black History Month Events Scheduled

2016 Black History Month Events Scheduled

JONESBORO — An exciting calendar of events including lectures, dinner and other activities, is underway as Arkansas State University celebrates Black History Month, Feb. 1-29. During the Tuesday evenings of Feb. 2, 9 and 16, from 5-6:30 p.m., the ASU Museum is hosting hands-on activities based on African-American inventions. These free learning experiences will appeal to children of most ages.

02/02/2016 2:15 PM

Reng Center Ranks One of the Most Phenomenal Student Union in America

Reng Center Ranks One of the Most Phenomenal Student Union in America

 Arkansas State University’s Carl R. Reng Student Union is ranked as one of the most phenomenal student unions and campus centers in America. According to a poll from EDsmart, A-State’s Reng Center was one of 2 student unions in Arkansas to be recognized. Arkansas Union at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville was the only other Arkansas campus to make the top 51. 

02/02/2016 9:46 AM

Kays Foundation Endows Gallery in Bradbury Art Museum

Kays Foundation Endows Gallery in Bradbury Art Museum

The Kays Foundation has made a $50,000 gift commitment to the Bradbury Art Museum (BAM) at Arkansas State University The grant was awarded to assist the museum with obtaining matching funds and to endow and name the Kays Gallery, a new exhibition space within the museum.

02/02/2016 8:00 AM

Congressman Crawford, Farm Bill, & Conservation at Rice Meeting

Congressman Crawford, Farm Bill, & Conservation at Rice Meeting

  Farm Bill regulations, women in agriculture, and conservation are some of the topics to be discussed at the 2016 Arkansas Rice Meeting Friday.  KAIT-TV reports Congressman Rick Crawford and Arkansas Secretary of Agriculture Wes Ward will be speaking at the annual conference.  Arkansas is the highest ranking rice producing state accounting for more than 50% of the US’s rice production in 2014.&nbs

02/02/2016 7:56 AM