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O’Reilly Hospitality Management has been rejected again for getting A&P funding for the Arkansas State University Hotel and Convention Center Project. 

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  O’Reilly Hospitality Management is asking the Jonesboro Advertising and Promotions Commission to reconsider supporting the Arkansas State University convention center project. 

In March, the A&P Commission voted to fund the Keller Hyatt Place Hotel and Convention Center project to be located near I-555 along Browns Lane.  The 159-bed hotel and convention center is expected to cost about $27 million.

A-State Selects Dr. Carl Cates as Dean of New College

Apr 29, 2016
Brandon Tabor, KASU News

Arkansas State University is appointing Dr. Carl Cates of Valdosta State University to be the first dean of a newly structured college that combines programs in the fine arts, humanities, social sciences, media and communication.

Cates currently is associate dean of the College of the Arts at the Georgia institution where he has served on faculty and in academic leadership roles for the past 23 years.

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 St. Bernards has announced the addition of pediatrician Doctor Justin Yancey to the medical staff. 

According to St. Bernard’s press release, Yancey will be working with the hospital to develop the pediatric hospitalist program. 

The West Helena native will also work with students of the New York Institute of Technology D.O. medical school at his Alma Mater of Arkansas State University, which is set to open in the fall

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Passing of 2015 legislation allowing county courthouse employees in Arkansas to carry concealed handguns on county properties has sparked action for 2 Northeast Arkansas counties.

KAIT-TV reports the Cross County Quorum Court approved an ordinance Monday allowing full-time employees and elected official to carry handguns on the property. 

A proposed crosswalk on East Johnson Avenue in Jonesboro has been nixed due to safety concerns. 

Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin told members of the Jonesboro Metropolitan Organization’s Policy Committee that he received the news from the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department. 

Brandon Tabor, KASU News

The first phase of Arkansas State University’s campus in Queretaro, Mexico should be complete next spring.  The new campus will be built outside of Queretaro City, and it being built in four phases, with a total cost of at around $75 million. 

The new campus is actually a mixed-use design with the new campus as the anchor.  The total master plan community consists of over 2,000 acres…370 acres consist of the campus, with the rest a mix of residential and commercial properties. 

  Former U.S. Congressman and Arkansas State University president Ray Thornton has died. 

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports Thornton passed away Wednesday after his battle with lung cancer at Hospice Home Care in Little Rock.  The Conway-native has served as Arkansas attorney general and U.S. Senator before returning to the state in 1979. 

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Two of Arkansas State University’s colleges are joining forces to produce a series television programs to tackle heath issues affecting Arkansans. 

“Your State of Health” will air on ASU-TV Suddenlink channel 18 starting Wednesday evening.  The show is a collaboration between the College of Media and Communications and the College of Nursing and Health Professions. 

Poor weather conditions at the Baylor Invitational in Waco, TX over the weekend did not stop the Red Wolves from setting 2 new school records in track and field events.

Junior Erin Farmer threw 17.23 meters in the shot put event, breaking a 26 year old school record and ranking her as number five in the nation. 

The women’s 4x400 meter relay squad also broke a school record set over 20 years ago.  The squad finished fourth at 3:44.40, breaking the previous school record of 3:45.07 first set in 1992. 

A-State is scheduled to compete again April 22-23.

Michael Hibblen, KUAR Website (kuarpublicradio.org)

Arkansas State University has announced what they plan to do with Governor Asa Hutchinson’s donation towards Johnny Cash’s Boyhood Home. 

Hutchinson announced he was donating $100,000 from the general discretionary account towards the project in Dyess.  He made the announcement in March at a fundraiser held at the Governor’s Mansion. 

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  The Arkansas State University Red Wolves will play 4 games against the Memphis Tigers in a home-and-home series beginning in 2020.

A-State announced Monday the two teams will alternate venues, reviving A-State's longest running series against any opponent in school history.  Since 1914, A-State has played Memphis 57 times.  The last time the two teams faced off was in 2013 when A-State visited Memphis.

The press release and full schedule can be read below:

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The 22nd Delta Symposium takes place April 13th through the 16th at Arkansas State University, with the Saturday afternoon events taking place at CWL Park in Jonesboro.  The theme for this year's symposium is "Representing Cultural Heritage".  KASU's Johnathan Reaves talks with the symposium's chairman Dr. Gregory Hansen about this event.  Listen to the full interview by clicking the button. 

You can view the entire Delta Symposium schedule here

Greene County Tech Sweeps Communications Day

Mar 7, 2016
Brandon Tabor

Greene County Tech High School in Paragould took home the sweepstakes award at the 78th annual Communications Day at Arkansas State University Saturday. 

Students from around Northeast Arkansas visited A-State’s College of Media and Communication to compete in 20 challenges to test their journalistic skills. 

Greene County Tech came in first place in 10 competitions ranging from Television News Reporting to Radio Announcing. 

Can Jonesboro support two convention centers? 

That is a question that KASU news asked Roby Brock of Talk Business and Politics.  Last week, the Jonesboro Advertising and Promotion Commission decided to give funding to the Keller Family Hotel and Convention Center Project. 

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Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson announced Thursday night he will donate $100,000 from his discretionary account towards restoring Johnny Cash’s boyhood home in Dyess.    

Rosanne Cash in Arkansas for Boyhood Home fundraiser

Mar 3, 2016

Singer-songwriter Rosanne Cash took part in a fundraiser Thursday evening at the Arkansas Governor's Mansion in Little Rock to benefit the ongoing restoration of her father Johnny Cash's boyhood home in Dyess, Arkansas.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson invited her to hold the event there, calling the Cash house, which has been turned into a museum, "a great asset for the state." Arkansas State University bought the dilapidated home in 2011, carefully restoring it to how it looked when Johnny Cash lived there with his parents and siblings.

The Jonesboro Advertising and Promotion Commission has decided to give funding to the Keller Family Hotel and Convention Center project.  

The project is funded by the Keller family and will be located along Browns Lane Access Road near I-555.  

According to KAIT, the project will consist of a 159-bed Hyatt Place Hotel and a convention center, which is expected to open by the middle of next year.  

Brandon Tabor, KASU news

Students, lawmakers, and activists celebrate the nonviolence philosophy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. while honoring the Hoxie school integration at the 16th Annual Nonviolence Youth Summit at Arkansas State University. 

The theme of Monday's summit was “Remember Hoxie.” 

DuShun Scarbrogh, Arkansas Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission CEO,  explains to the youth in attendance the reason for honoring Hoxie:

Ethel Tompkins served as the keynote speaker for the summit.  Tompkins was the first African American woman to graduate from Hoxie Public Schools. 

Honoring the Hoxie 21 at Nonviolence Youth Summit

Feb 19, 2016
Jonathan Reaves

The Hoxie 21 will be honored at a summit aimed at promoting positive community role models among youths. 

The Arkansas Department of Human Services and the Arkansas Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission will host the “Nonviolence Youth Summit 16:  Remember Hoxie” as part of Arkansas State University’s Black History Month festivities. 

Brandon Tabor

African Americans have been involved in every session of the Arkansas Legislature since the beginning of the state.

A University of Arkansas Fayetteville doctoral candidate spoke Tuesday on some of the challenges they faced. 

The lecture “Spokesmen for Their Race:  African-American Political Involvement in Arkansas, 1868 to 1893” was presented by Rodney Harris at Black River Technical College in Pocahontas. 

Harris discussed how African Americans were involved in Arkansas politics  despite the challenges of slavery. 

Career Closet Prepares Students with Professional Attire

Feb 10, 2016

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:

A-State Spring Enrollment Highest in 4 Years

Feb 5, 2016

  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. 

Graduate student and online enrollment also saw an increase. 

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 Arkansas State University’s Carl R. Reng Student Union is ranked as one of the most phenomenal student unions and campus centers in America. 

According to a poll from EDsmart, A-State’s Reng Center was one of 2 student unions in Arkansas to be recognized. Arkansas Union at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville was the only other Arkansas campus to make the top 51. 

  JONESBORO – Arkansas State University is closed on Friday, Jan. 22, due to winter weather. All classes in Jonesboro and at the Paragould campus are cancelled.  Online courses continue.  A-State offices are closed.  University essential personnel will report to work Friday.

Students are encouraged to check their official A-State student email accounts as well as the Blackboard shells for their courses for materials or updates from their professors.

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