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Global demographic shifts, inflation, interest rates all concerns for farmers

Global demographic shifts, inflation, interest rates all concerns for farmers

Arkansas farmers should look at several factors in determining how they will face challenges this year.  Agricultural economist Dr. Jason Henderson from Purdue University’s Extension Service spoke during Arkansas State University’s Agri Business Conference.  He says three main factors should be thought about immediately:

02/10/2016 3:17 PM

Air Force

Air Force 'Shades of Blue' Jazz Ensemble in Concert Series

The U.S. Air Force Band of Mid-America’s Shades of Blue jazz ensemble will present a free concert in Riceland Hall at Arkansas State University’s Fowler Center on Friday, Feb. 19. The ensemble's performance, presented in partnership with A-State's Lecture-Concert Series, is a family-friendly, all-ages event.

02/10/2016 3:00 PM

Iktus Combo to Perform in Lecture-Concert Series

Iktus Combo to Perform in Lecture-Concert Series

Iktus Combo, a New York City-based contemporary music ensemble, will present the next concert in the Lecture-Concert Series at Arkansas State University Thursday, Feb. 18. Admission is free to the concert, which begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center Recital Hall.

02/10/2016 2:30 PM

MLK Commission to Present Nonviolence Youth Summit Featuring Keynote Speaker Ethel Tompkins

MLK Commission to Present Nonviolence Youth Summit Featuring Keynote Speaker Ethel Tompkins

JONESBORO — The Arkansas Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission and the Arkansas Department of Human Services will host “Nonviolence Youth Summit XVI: Remember Hoxie” Monday, Feb. 22, from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. at Arkansas State University, Carl R. Reng Student Union, 101 N. Caraway Road. The event is part of the celebration of Black History Month. The confirmed keynote speaker will be Ethel Tompkins, the first African-American to graduate from Hoxie Public Schools.

02/10/2016 1:00 PM

Jonesboro City Officies Closed for Presidents Day; Sanitation Schedule Changes

Jonesboro City Officies Closed for Presidents Day; Sanitation Schedule Changes

Jonesboro City Officies will be closed in observance of Presidents Day on Monday, February 15.  According to the City of Jonesboro website, the trash pick up schedule for the week will change as follows:

02/10/2016 9:34 AM

Career Closet Prepares Students with Professional Attire

Career Closet Prepares Students with Professional Attire

Arkansas State University’s College of Business is holding a Career Closet for students.  This program gets students ready for job interviews by helping them dress the part, as well as making sure they are ready for job interviews.  H. Steve Leslie is instructor of business communications at Arkansas State University and tells why this is important:

02/10/2016 9:17 AM

Jonesboro City Council Committee Pushes $1,000,000 in Pay Raises

Jonesboro City Council Committee Pushes $1,000,000 in Pay Raises

  The Jonesboro City Council Finance Committee is considering an ordinance which could add more than $1 million to the city employee pay plan.

02/10/2016 8:58 AM

Inside A-State Newsletter of Faculty and Staff Achievements

Inside A-State - 02/10/2016

02/10/2016 12:00 AM

Susan Hutchinson recognizes the work of CASA

Susan Hutchinson recognizes the work of CASA

Arkansas’ First Lady Susan Hutchinson came to Jonesboro to attend a ribbon cutting and to recognize volunteers of CASA of the 2nd Judicial District.  CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates and volunteers go through extensive training to be the voice for abused and neglected children in court.  Hutchinson tells KASU news the program is important because children need an individual voice when they are brought before a judge:

02/09/2016 3:36 PM

Master of Engineering Management Degree Going Online

Master of Engineering Management Degree Going Online

Opportunities in advanced engineering education are expanding at Arkansas State University, largely due to a new online degree in engineering management. The master's degree in engineering management was developed and planned for working professionals and other individuals with an engineering background who wanted to take the next career step and by preparing to become a manager or team project leader, according to Dr. Paul Mixon, dean of engineering at A-State.

02/09/2016 3:15 PM

Craighead Co. Quorum Court Committee Addresses Millions in Unpaid Fines & Penalties

Craighead Co. Quorum Court Committee Addresses Millions in Unpaid Fines & Penalties

Craighead County’s District Court has millions of dollars of unpaid fines and penalties on the books. In order to get more people to pay, the Quorum Court’s Finance Committee is recommending the District court look at a 90-day period where those who owe money can pay less than what they owe, or receive a tax credit. Committee Member Ken Stacks says he thinks the 90-day window would be fair, and it would give those who owe an incentive to pay. 

02/09/2016 8:43 AM

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