Courageous! That description given as part of a recognition of the first four African American professors to teach at Arkansas State University. The four individuals . . . Dr. Wilbert Gaines, the late Dr. C. Calvin Smith, the late Dr. Mossie Richmond, and Dr. Herman Strickland . . .are named “The Circle”. Associate Vice-Chancellor for Student Affairs Dr. Lonnie Williams says those families experienced hard times when they came to campus in the early 1970s.
Record breaking growth expected for Jonesboro. Mayor Harold Perrin projects that city will see over $200 million in building permits this year….that would set records. Last year, the city approved over $180 million in permits.
A campaign to attract more jobs to Jonesboro is underway. Jonesboro Unlimited is starting a 5 year approach to economic development called Momentum Jonesboro. The goal is to raise three-point-seven million dollars over the next five years to being more than five thousand high-paying jobs to Jonesboro. Chairman of Jonesboro Unlimited Brad Edwards says the focus areas are for business attraction, talent attraction and community enhancement.
A partnership is formed to bring job opportunities to young adults with disabilities in northeast Arkansas. St. Bernards Medical Center is working with Little Rock-based ACCESS and Arkansas Rehabilitative Services. Educators from area schools are being trained on the program, which is called Project SEARCH. Vice President of Human Resources at St. Bernards Lori Smith says the project will bring job training and employment assistance for those with disabilities.
On January 17, 1969, Arkansas Governor Winthrop Rockerfeller signed a law granting Arkansas State College university status. 2017 is the 50th anniversary of the institution's status. KASU's Johnathan Reaves was there live broadcasting the reception Facebook Live.
Monday, January 16, 2017 was the 15th anniversary of the annual Craighead County Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade and program. KASU's Johnathan Reaves was there live and captured the festivities with Facebook Live. Click on the video below to watch the program.
53-years ago, the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr gave the famous “I Have A Dream” speech. In that speech, he called for equality and unity for all people. The speech is also at the heart of many service projects that take place nationwide, because the speech was a call to action. Millions of Americans across the county honor the memory of the late Dr. King by serving others. The message of serving others is what the annual holiday is all about.
Arkansas State University celebrates its 50th year as a University. Here is a press release:
Chancellor Doug Whitlock invites everyone to a reception in recognition of the 50th anniversary of Arkansas State's attainment of university status on Tuesday, Jan. 17, at 10 a.m. in the Administration Building lobby.
On Jan. 17, 1967, Gov. Winthrop Rockefeller signed legislation changing the name of Arkansas State College to Arkansas State University, as President Carl R. Reng, Student Government Association President Ray Hall Jr., and local and area legislators observed.
The 91st General Assembly has convened in session and the next several weeks are expected to be very busy. Lawmakers are being assigned to committees and hundreds of bills are being filed at a rapid pace.
In this congressional interview, KASU News Director Johnathan Reaves talks to US Senator John Boozman about this week's Senate confirmation hearings, Obamacare and his priorities in his second term. Click on the Listen button to hear the entire interview.
This is an interview between KASU's News Director Johnathan Reaves and U.S. Representative Rick Crawford about several topics, including the repeal and replacement of Obamacare. Click on the "Listen" button to hear the interview.
Almost 700 veterans from Northeast Arkansas are taken to the Veterans Administration hospitals in Little Rock and Memphis. Disabled American Veterans is getting a new van to replace one that had over 170-thousand miles. Vans take veterans to Little Rock on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays and to Memphis on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Lloyd Davis has been volunteer driving for six years. He says the service is one that is needed in this region.
In 2017, the Craighead County-Jonesboro Public Library turns 100 years. Public Relations Manager Brandi Hodges talks with KASU News Director Johnathan Reaves about the history of the museum and how the museum is evolving in a digital age. Click on the Listen button for the entire interview.
As the Arkansas General Assembly gets ready to go back into session Monday, a lot of eyes will be focused on what happens at the Capitol. Arkansas State University’s System President Dr. Charles Welch says he will be looking at how state lawmakers will address the budget. One of Governor Asa Hutchinson’s legislative priorities is for a $50 million dollar income tax cut. Welch says some tax cuts can have a negative impact on the budget for higher education. He says the Governor’s idea for a tax cut is a good one, as long as lawmakers don’t make major changes or deeper cuts.
A staggering amount of growth occurred last year in Jonesboro.
Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin told members of the city council that over 180 million dollars in building permits approved by the city in 2016. That is about 40 million dollars more than in 2015. Perrin says well over half of that number is in residential permits, the rest are business permits. He expects those numbers to continue to climb this year.
In this interview with KASU's News Director Johnathan Reaves, US Congressman Rick Crawford talks about whether he has been considered to be Ag Secretary in the Trump administration, his thoughts on Trump's picks, Cuba trade and what Crawford wants to do in the new year. Click on "Listen" to hear the entire interview.
The Arkansas State University System President Dr. Charles Welch stated that the upcoming legislative session could be a “hectic” one, but he is optimistic that higher education will benefit from the session. Welch told the ASU Board of Trustees in Beebe that institutions across the state could share in about 10 million dollars in new funding. Governor Asa Hutchinson has introduced a funding model that will be expanded in more detail during the 2017 General Assembly.
The Arkansas State University Board of Trustees meets December eighth at ASU-Beebe. The resolutions include approving the name of the combined Colleges of Humanities and Social Sciences, Media and Communication, and Fine Arts as the College of Liberal Arts and Communication.
New degrees to be considered by the board are a master’s degree in Athletic Training and a Doctor of Nursing Practice in Jonesboro.
The Jonesboro City Council is reviewing next year’s budget during a special council meeting Monday night.
Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin says the review is necessary, especially since over 12 million dollars has been pulled from the city’s reserves for various projects and the adjusted salaries for city workers. The city has 22 million dollars remaining in reserves.
Baylor University has named Matt Rhule as its new head football coach. In a release from the university, Rhule will take over as the 27th head coach for the university. He is expected to be named to the post tomorrow.