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Pi Kappa Alpha Excels in Recruitment 2015

The Arkansas State University chapter of Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity is currently ranked sixth of the top 25 Pike chapters in recruitment. The chapter was among those recognized for recruiting achievement in “Shield & Diamond,” the national Pike magazine.

11/25/2015 2:15 PM

Distinguished Alumnus Jim Callaway to Speak at Fall Commencement

JONESBORO – Jim Callaway, one of Arkansas State University’s distinguished alumni who played a major role in the creation of the modern AT&T, is the featured speaker at A-State’s 2015 fall commencement ceremony, Chancellor Tim Hudson has announced. Callaway’s address to graduates highlights the event set for 10 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 12, in the Convocation Center on the Arkansas State campus. Chancellor Hudson will confer degrees upon 1,224 candidates. Following the ceremony, there will be a reception on the north mezzanine for graduates and their families.
The ceremony is available online at AState.edu/livestream.

11/25/2015 1:30 PM

Motorists reminded about IDrive Arkansas

The Automobile Association of America estimates that 46 million people will travel to their Thanksgiving destinations.  As people travel through Arkansas, the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department is reminding motorists about IDrive Arkansas.  The website and app for smartphones can give the latest information on work zones and highway congestion.  Danny Straessley is Public Information Officer with the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department and tells about idrivearkansas.com.

11/25/2015 7:38 AM

Jonesboro Committee shoots down proposal to send code to voters

The Jonesboro City Council’s Finance Committee has defeated an ordinance that would sent a controversial property maintenance code to the voters.  Alderman John Street proposed placing the Jonesboro Property Maintenance Code on the March 1 Primary last week.  Last night, during a special meeting of the Finance Committee, the proposal was shot down by a 3-2 vote.  If passed, the entire City Council would have to have passed it by a 2/3 margin.  Then, it would have to go to the Arkansas Secretary of State’s office by December 17 to place it on the ballot.  Some who su

11/25/2015 5:25 AM

Jonesboro PD Hopes Body Cameras Enhances Trust

Trust and transparency between the community and law enforcement are the goals the Jonesboro Police Department hope to accomplish as they work to obtain body cameras. Currently, about one-third of the 18,000 police departments in the United States are using body cameras, according to a press release from the Department of Justice. Even Memphis Police are equipping their officers with body cameras as soon as the beginning of January 2016. 

11/24/2015 12:05 PM

Engineering Professor on Contract for Power Plant Software

One of Arkansas State University's engineering professors has begun research for a South Korean company on projects to help reduce air pollution from power plants.Dr. Kwangkook (David) Jeong, associate professor of mechanical engineering, is leading the research group that is starting work on two projects under a $1.22 million contract with Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction Co., Ltd.

11/24/2015 10:20 AM

Engineering Professor on Contract for Power Plant Software

One of Arkansas State University's engineering professors has begun research for a South Korean company on projects to help reduce air pollution from power plants. Dr. Kwangkook (David) Jeong, associate professor of mechanical engineering, is leading the research group that is starting work on two projects under a $1.22 million contract with Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction Co., Ltd.

11/24/2015 9:00 AM

Free Thanksgiving Meal in Jonesboro Thursday

A free community Thanksgiving meal will be offered in Jonesboro on Thursday.  About two-thousand meals are expected to be served at the St. Bernard’s Auditorium, as well as being delivered to those who may not be able to get out of their homes.  Richard Carvell tells why this meal is important.

11/24/2015 7:39 AM

National Seat Belt Campaign Underway

Millions of people are expected on the highways for Thanksgiving travel this week.  State and local law enforcement agencies across the nation are participating in a seat belt campaign that is called Click It or Ticket.  Paul Holmes is the Public Information Officer with the Jonesboro Police Department.  According to Holmes, almost half of passenger vehicle occupants killed crashes were not wearing seat belts.  He says that is a staggering number.

11/24/2015 7:19 AM

Craighead County Quorum Court requests AG's opinion on East/West debate

The Craighead County Quorum Court is requesting an opinion from the Arkansas Attorney General concerning operations of both the eastern and western districts of the county.  This issue started off as a budget question, but has snowballed into a debate about how the Circuit Clerk’s office is able to do its business at courthouses in Jonesboro and Lake City.  Craighead County Circuit Clerk Candace Edwards has asked for the budgets of Lake City and Jonesboro to be combined due to budgetary and potential state legal issues.  Supporters of keeping the budgets separate say it allow

11/24/2015 5:58 AM

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11/24/2015 12:00 AM

Aflac Endows Scholarship to College of Business Sales Center

JONESBORO – Aflac (The American Family Life Assurance Company) has entered into a corporate partnership with Arkansas State University with a $25,000 scholarship endowment to the R.M. “Bob” Wood Sales Leadership Center in the College of Business. The permanent scholarship is titled the “Aflac Sales Leadership Scholarship.”

11/23/2015 4:00 PM

Ayers named Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at ASU-Newport

Arkansas State University-Newport Chancellor Dr. Sandra Massey announced Monday the appointment of Dr. Holly Ayers as the college’s new Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.  Ayers replaces Dr. Martha Shull, who had served the college as Interim Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs since January 2014.

11/23/2015 9:29 AM

Boston Brass to Perform Christmas Bells Are Swingin'

Arkansas State University’s Fowler Center will present Boston Brass and the Brass All-Stars Big Band in a performance of "Christmas Bells are Swingin' " as the next performance in the 2015-16 Riceland Distinguished Performance Series. The concert will be Sunday, Dec. 6, at 2 p.m. The sponsor of the show is KASU radio.

11/20/2015 1:45 PM

KJNB-TV Establishes Scholarship Endowment for A-State

JONESBORO – A new television station in Jonesboro has created an academic scholarship endowment with the Arkansas State University Foundation, Inc. The KJNB-TV Scholarship Endowment Fund will help deserving students finance and fulfill education priorities at Arkansas State.

11/20/2015 11:15 AM

Construction Progresses on A-State campus in Mexico

Construction continues on the site of the new Arkansas State University campus in Mexico.  The privately funded project is being run through a business foundation in Mexico called Arkansas State University Campus Queretaro.  The group has purchased over two thousand acres for a comprehensive community development plan near Queretaro.  The college campus will be the focus of the project, but it will also include commercial, residential, and recreational components for up to 70-thousand residents.  A press release from Arkansas State University says substantial earth work

11/20/2015 5:22 AM

A-State Rugby Players Shine in Halloween 7s Tournament

JONESBORO – Two rugby players with ties to Arkansas State University had a chance to shine as they competed in the recent 2015 Halloween Rugby 7s Elite International Invitational in St. Petersburg, Fla. Dylan Carrion, a senior on the team from Plano, Texas, and Harry Higgins from Brisbane, Australia, played for the New York squad which won the final, 41-5, over the team from Ohio. Both Carrion and Higgins are all-America performers at Arkansas State.

11/19/2015 4:00 PM

Krakow Forum Sinfonia Featured in Lecture-Concert Series, Nov. 30

A number of Arkansas State University faculty members, students and alumni will join in a performance with the Krakow Forum Sinfonia for a Lecture-Concert Series presentation on Monday, Nov. 30. The 7:30 p.m. concert in Riceland Hall of Fowler Center, 201 Olympic Dr., is open to the public. Admission is free. The Sinfonia's appearance also is supported with funding from the Department of Music, the College of Fine Arts, the Society of Composers, Inc., Chapter, the Office of Diversity, and the A-State Orchestra.

11/19/2015 11:30 AM

Ducks Mean Bucks for Arkansas

It’s the sounds of the season.(Sounds of duck calls.)The 60-day duck season starts this weekend in Arkansas.  The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and the U-S Fish and Wildlife Service are predicting a record number of ducks to come into Arkansas.  Trey Reid is Field Editor with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.

11/19/2015 6:50 AM

Interstate-555 could be a reality as soon as December

Congress has put in place a temporary patch to provide funding for the nation’s highways; however, an actual highway bill could go to the President’s desk next month…and that is good news for northeast Arkansas’ economy.  Negotiations over the next federal highway bill are not going to end by the November 22nd deadline.  In an e-mail to KASU news, U-S Representative Rick Crawford’s Press Secretary James Arnold says Congress voted Monday to put in place a temporary spending measure.  The new deadline is December fourth.  Arnold says he expects Congress to meet

11/19/2015 4:55 AM