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45th Annual Convocation of Scholars Features Student and Faculty Achievements


JONESBORO – The 45th annual Convocation of Scholars at Arkansas State University will highlight events recognizing outstanding students and faculty. This is a month-long celebration that calls attention to these achievements.The series of events will conclude with the presentation of the R.E. Lee Wilson Citizenship Award and the Distinguished Service Awards (DSA) on Thursday, April 27, at 6 p.m. The Wilson Award and DSAs are A-State’s top awards for graduating students. While recipients and immediate families will gather for the event at Cooper Alumni Center, attendance is by invitation.The 12th annual Create@State: A Symposium of Research, Scholarship and Creativity, involves scores of students in scholarly and artistic presentations Tuesday through Thursday, April 18-20, with the awards ceremony following on Thursday, April 20. Presentations will take place at Centennial Hall in the Reng Student Union as well as online. More details are available on the Create@State website.

The Excellence in Diversity awards reception will start at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 5, conducted by the Office of Diversity and Community Engagement. The awards recognize the outstanding work of campus stakeholders who have demonstrated the highest commitment to enhancing excellence through diversity. The guest speaker will be Miguel Lopez, chief community outreach officer for Encore Bank in Little Rock.Faculty Honors Convocation will be Wednesday, April 12, at 2 p.m., at the Grand Hall of the Fowler Center.The new recipient of the Chancellor’s Medal for Research and Creative Activities, the highest award given to a faculty member, will be announced. The medal recipient will wear it during Spring Commencement Saturday, May 6.The other Faculty Achievement Awards are in teaching, professional service, academic advising and emerging scholar. Retiring faculty members will be recognized during Faculty Convocation for their service to Arkansas State, and those attaining milestones in service will also be recognized.The 28th annual Delta Symposium, with a theme of “Labor History and Contemporary Laborlore” will run March 30-April 1.The full conference schedule is online. The Department of English, Philosophy and World Languages sponsors the symposium, with support from KASU, A-State’s public broadcasting service, for the Arkansas Roots Music Festival on the final day.Academic units that have scheduled events are:-- Department of Music Honors Recital, Monday, April 3, at 7:30 p.m.-- College of Engineering and Computer Science Honors Banquet, Wednesday, April 5, at 6 p.m.-- Department of Communication Awards Ceremony, Monday, April 10, at 4 p.m.-- College of Liberal Arts and Communication Awards Ceremony, Monday, April 10, at 5:30 p.m.-- College of Education and Behavioral Science Awards Banquet, Monday, April 10, at 6 p.m.-- University College Honors Reception, Tuesday, April 11, at 2 p.m.-- College of Agriculture Awards Ceremony, Tuesday, April 11, at 6:30 p.m.-- Neil Griffin College of Business Awards Ceremony, Wednesday, April 12, at 6:30 p.m.-- College of Sciences and Mathematics Honors Reception, Tuesday, April 25, at 5:30 p.m.Other scheduled recognition events conducted by honors societies and departments include:  Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society initiation, 6 p.m., Tuesday, April 11. The pinning ceremony for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing graduates will be on Friday, May 5, at 6 p.m.Convocation of Scholars leads into the conclusion of the semester and Spring Commencement, which will be held in two ceremonies on Saturday, May 6, at 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. at First National Bank Arena.For additional details and updates on specific events, one may call the respective department or consult the Convocation of Scholars events on the university calendar.

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