Arkansas State University officials and Governor Asa Hutchinson are in Querétaro near Mexico City, Mexico for the dedication ceremony of the new ASU-Campus Querétaro. All live video of the dedication is courtesy of Arkansas State University.
It was Dr. Ross Carroll's first time to see a total solar eclipse. Beforehand, the Associated Professor of Physics at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro was told that the experience would be "indescribable."
He and his colleague, Professor of Science Education Dr. Tillman Kennon, took a group of students and spectators to a high school in Fulton, Missouri to catch the total solar eclipse on August 21. The professors have also been working on launching a balloon carrying various instruments and cameras during the eclipse. It was a part of a nationwide experiment for NASA.
Despite slow growth in the beginning of 2017, the economy is expected to be stronger for states in the Mid-West and Plains, which includes Arkansas and Missouri. That's according to a recent Creighton University economy report.
One person in Arkansas has been paying close attention to the state's economy—the Executive Director of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission, Mike Preston.
Four separate residence halls for graduate students and medical students at Arkansas State have been dedicated as The Circle. The halls are named to honor the first African American professors and administrators at Arkansas State. They came to Arkansas State in the 1970s. Dr. Wilbert Gaines, Dr. Herman Strickland, and the families of the late Dr. C. Calvin Smith and the late Dr. Mossie Richmond were honored during the ceremony. Associate Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs at Arkansas State University is Dr. Lonnie Williams.