EMT/Paramedic Instructor Award
Published: September 03 2013

Nathan Waggoner, adjunct instructor at Arkansas State University-Searcy, a technical campus of ASU-Beebe, received the Arkansas Emergency Medical Technicians Association (AEMTA) Instructor of the Year award at the AEMTA awards ceremony held in Hot Springs earlier this month.—August 2013

 

Waggoner began teaching emergency medical services classes at ASU-Searcy in 2006, and has been noted for his excellent teaching style and knowledge of the EMS field. He was also instrumental in serving as the temporary director for the EMT-Paramedic program, after the loss of his mentor, former EMT-Paramedic director Janie Kennedy, who died of cancer in 2011.

 

Waggoner served as interim director during 2012, and assisted Dr. Keith McClanahan, director of the Advanced Technology and Allied Health Division, through the paramedic program accreditation process. The paramedic program was granted continued full accreditation status, without prejudice, for an additional five-year term.

 

Additionally, Waggoner helped recruit and assist with the transition of the current EMT-Paramedic program director Patt Cope. He has since been able to return to the classroom as an instructor for the program. “Waggoner’s emergency medical knowledge as an instructor and insight as an administrator have made him invaluable to both the program and ASU-Beebe,” said Cope.   

 

For more information about the ASU-Beebe Allied Health programs, call (501) 882-8822 or view the website at www.asub.edu.

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Concert-Lecture Series, Oct. 19
Published: September 24 2013

The Arkansas State University-Beebe Concert-Lecture Series, sponsored by Centennial Bank, will present “Nevermore-An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe” on Saturday, Oct. 19 at 7:30 p.m. in the Owen Center Theater.

“Nevermore-An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe” will be performed by stage and film actor Jeffrey Combs. He will perform a one-man theatrical production of Edgar Allan Poe, the famed author and poet of mystery and macabre. Combs  is best known for roles that include Herbert West in the horror film Re-animator and an FBI agent in The Frighteners, as well as multiple characters on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.

Seating for the concert is unreserved and on a first-come basis. The theater will open 30 minutes prior to curtain call. Tickets will be on sale one hour before show time at the door; however, interested persons are advised to arrive early. Ticket prices are $10 for general admission and $5 for seniors, students, military and educators.

The Owen Center Theater is located at 910 Pecan Street in Beebe. For more information, call Concert-Lecture Series coordinator Dr. Brent Bristow at (501) 882-4474, or visit the ASU-Beebe website at www.asub.edu.


An Evening with the Arts, Sept. 28
Published: September 24 2013

Arkansas State University-Beebe will present “An Evening with the Arts” on Saturday, Sept. 28 at 7 p.m. in the Owen Center Theater, located at 910 Pecan Street.

The ASU-Beebe departments of art, music, and theater will offer a special evening to highlight the talents of students majoring in one of the fine arts programs at ASU-Beebe.  ASU-Beebe is the only two-year college in the state of Arkansas that offers an Associate of Fine Arts degree.

“An Evening with the Arts” will range from uplifting choral music to exciting stage combat to raucous musical comedy. ASU-Beebe Fine Arts students will showcase live, in-process artwork, as well as ensemble instrumentalists.

Admission to this special event is free and appropriate for all ages. The theater will open for seating 30 minutes prior to curtain call. For more information about the event, call (501) 882-8925.

ASU-Beebe offers an Associate of Fine Arts (AFA) degree with an emphasis in either vocal music or instrumental music, theater, graphic design, or creative arts enterprise. This degree is a comprehensive two-year curriculum designed specifically for transfer toward a bachelor’s degree in fine arts.


Adams Art Exhibit
Published: October 04 2013

Artworks by Daniel Adams will be on display at Arkansas State University-Beebe in the England Center Art Gallery now through Friday, Oct.18.

 

The exhibit Global Observer is printmaking and woodcut artworks that are based on the artist’s extensive travel and observation of the world. Adams was inspired by the different cultures of North America, Europe, Africa, New Zealand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia and Singapore, which are represented in the prints. All pieces are original woodcut prints, with the exception of seven pen and ink drawings from his time in South East Asia.

 

Adams is a professor in the Department of Art and Design at Harding University, where he has taught since 1991. He teaches printmaking, graphic design, art history and visual arts. Adams uses printmaking, and woodcut, in particular, as a natural way of expression. “I am particularly fascinated with the way architecture speaks of human presence even with the absence of human figures in the works,” said Adams.  Furthermore, Adams explained that there is a dialog between the artist and the medium … with an ongoing give and take for each to survive and flourish.

 

The ASU-Beebe Art Department is located in the England Center, where basic art classes are taught in design, drawing, painting, and ceramics. The graphics design coursework focuses on practical foundations in graphic illustration, photography and color theory. Several studio classrooms are equipped with lighting and specially-suited equipment, as well as a covered outdoor patio for students in ceramics to explore alternative firing techniques.

 

ASU-Beebe is the only two-year college in the state of Arkansas that offers an Associate of Fine Arts (AFA) degree. The AFA degree has an emphasis in graphic design or creative arts enterprise. This degree is a comprehensive two-year curriculum designed specifically for transfer toward a bachelor’s degree in fine arts.

 

The England Center Art Gallery displays art pieces on modular walls, which are more versatile for exhibitions. The gallery sponsors four to five exhibits each year, featuring various art professionals. This past summer, former students Mary Shelton and Cynthia Delahunt displayed their artworks, and recently the gallery had the first alumni exhibit.

 

The current exhibit Global Observer may be viewed at the England Center Art Gallery, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. The gallery is located at the corner of Center and Orange Streets in Beebe. For more information, call (501) 882-4495.


ASU-Searcy Open House
Published: October 23 2013

Arkansas State University-Searcy will host an Open House Nov. 1 celebrating 10 years as a campus of Arkansas State University-Beebe. 

The Open House will be held between 1 and 6 p.m. in the Main Building Multipurpose Room on Friday, Nov. 1.

Formerly Foothills Vocational Technical School, ASU-Searcy opened in 1966 with 17 employees, and was later renamed Foothills Technical Institute. The focus, at that time, was to teach students a trade to immediately enter the workforce. Some of the first programs offered were practical nursing, welding, auto mechanics, office occupations, farm and diesel equipment, machine shop, and drafting.

 

Following the merger with ASU-Beebe in 2003, Foothills Technical Institute was renamed ASU-Searcy, and opened additional educational opportunities for students. ASU-Searcy now employs 69 people full time and 15 part-time personnel, and serves a range of students from high school through the Regional Career Center or Concurrent Classes to non-traditional students earning certificates, or technical or associate degrees.

 

Today, ASU-Searcy offers certificates of proficiency and technical certification in various fields, such as air conditioning, auto body repair, automotive technology, computerized machining, diesel technology, EMT-Paramedics, health information assistant, office occupations, power sports, practical nursing, and welding technology.

 

With the focus on technical and occupational programs, students can complete most of the programs in about one year and earn a technical certificate. These credits will also apply to the Associate of Applied Science in General Technology degree for those who want to continue their education after the technical certificate.

 

Since the merger, ASU-Searcy has experienced a 46 percent enrollment increase. This growth allowed ASU-Searcy to expand its programs and buildings over the past 10 years.ASU-Searcy renovated the front of the Main Building, three buildings that house the technology programs, the student services complex, and the campus bookstore, as well as add four new campus buildings.

 

Open to the public, the Open House will highlight the growth and unity with ASU-Beebe in the last 10 years. 

 

ASU-Searcy is located at 1800 East Moore Avenue. For more details, call (501) 207-6200, or view the website at www.asub.edu.


Three Perspectives Art Exhibit
Published: October 28 2013

The Arkansas State University-Beebe Art Department is proud to present Three Perspectives, a collection of works by three area artists, Luis Alberto-Garcia, Lee Callas, and Gary Scroggs.

 

The exhibit presents the artists’ unique perspective in varied modes of expression, while also being unified by a strong passion for exploration. The exhibit will be on display through Nov. 15.

 

The ASU-Beebe Art Department is located in the England Center, where basic art classes are taught in design, drawing, painting, and ceramics. The graphics design coursework focuses on practical foundations in graphic illustration, photography and color theory. Several studio classrooms are equipped with lighting and specially-suited equipment, as well as a covered outdoor patio for students in ceramics to explore alternative firing techniques.

 

ASU-Beebe is the only two-year college in the state of Arkansas that offers an Associate of Fine Arts (AFA) degree. The AFA degree has an emphasis in graphic design or creative arts enterprise. This degree is a comprehensive two-year curriculum designed specifically for transfer toward a bachelor’s degree in fine arts.

 

The England Center Art Gallery displays art pieces on modular walls, which are more versatile for exhibitions. The gallery sponsors four to five exhibits each year, featuring various art professionals.

 

Three Perspectives may be viewed at the England Center Art Gallery, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. The gallery is located at the corner of Center and Orange Streets in Beebe. For more information, call (501) 882-4495.


Theater to Present Merry Wives of Windsor
Published: November 07 2013

The Arkansas State University-Beebe Theater Department will celebrate the 47th Annual Arkansas Shakespeare Festival Nov. 18-20 at the Owen Center Theater.

The Merry Wives of Windsor by William Shakespeare will be performed Monday through Wednesday, Nov. 18, 19, and 20, at 7:30 p.m. The production will also include two morning matinees for high schools. Appropriate for all ages, with a suggested minimum age of 13, The Merry Wives of Windsor is under the direction of Don J. Eller. 

Sir John Falstaff, a knight down on both luck and cash, hatches a scheme to raise funds. He will seduce Mistress Ford and Mistress Page in an attempt to get at their husbands’ money. However, Falstaff has overestimated his ingenuity-the two women compare their letters, and finding them identical, hatch a plan of their own to make a buffoon of the knight.

This seldom-performed work includes some of Shakespeare’s funniest and feistiest women in a light-hearted and fast-paced romp!The Arkansas Shakespeare Festival was founded on the ASU-Beebe campus in 1966, and the Arkansas Shakespeare Festival is one of the oldest continuous educational Shakespeare festivals in America. Over the years it has presented over 300 performances, mounting 47 productions of Shakespeare’s plays. 

ASU-Beebe offers an Associate of Fine Arts (AFA) degree with an emphasis in a fine arts field of study.  This degree is a comprehensive, two-year based curriculum designed specifically for transfer toward a bachelor’s degree in fine arts.

Seating for the concert is unreserved and on a first-come basis. The theater will open 30 minutes prior to curtain call. Tickets will be on sale one hour before show time at the door; however, interested persons are advised to arrive early. Ticket prices are $10 for general admission and $5 for seniors, students, military and educators.

The Owen Center Theater is located at 910 Pecan Street in Beebe. For tickets and concert series information, call (501) 882-8925 or visit the ASU-Beebe website at www.asub.edu.


2013 Harvest Fest Royalty Announced
Published: November 08 2013

The students at Arkansas State University-Beebe recently selected the 2013 Harvest Fest royalty. Each student organization nominated one individual to be elected during the annual Harvest Fest activities, which were held on Oct. 31.

Charlee Howard, representing the Agriculture Club, was chosen ASU-Beebe Harvest Fest Queen 2013. Howard, of Beebe, is an agriculture education major. She was escorted by Ethan Thomas, an agriculture education major from Glenwood.

Hannah Grose, representing the Student Support Services Student Advisory Board, received first runner-up. Grose, of Conway, is a liberal arts major. She was escorted by Jon Rossbach, a liberal arts major from West Memphis.   

Carmen Morales, representing Baptist Collegiate Ministry, received second runner-up. Morales, of Cabot, is a liberal arts major. She was escorted by George Guadamuz, a liberal arts major from Cabot.

Additionally, Autumn Pruett, representing the Rotaract Club, was chosen as the first ASU-Heber Springs Harvest Fest Queen. Pruett, of Pangburn, is pursuing an Associate of Science in Health Sciences. She was escorted by Forest Wicker, a liberal arts major from Searcy.
Other candidates and nominating organizations were as follows: Alexis Murray of Cabot, criminal justice major (Debate Club); Megan Haley of Beebe, theater major (Delta Psi Omega); Paige Davis of North Little Rock, liberal arts major (Gamma Beta Phi); Bailey Moses of Cabot, theater major (Leadership Council); Taylor Weatherly of Beebe, liberal arts major (Phi Beta Lambda); Wynter Sims of Hazen, liberal arts major (Psychology/Social Sciences); and Kara Scott of England, education major (Residence Hall Council).

Sponsored by Student Life and the Leadership Council, the event raised money for the Angel Tree project, which benefits students and their families during the holidays.


Symphonic Band Concert
Published: November 19 2013

The Arkansas State University-Beebe Department of Music will present the Symphonic Band in concert on Thursday, Nov. 21 at 7:30 p.m. in the Owen Center Theater, located at 910 Pecan Street.

 

The concert will include works by Paul Curnow, Robert Sheldon, Pascual Marquina, Michael Sweeny, Brady Massey, and Ottorino Respighi.  The Symphonic Band is under the direction of Dr. Brent Bristow, associate professor of music at ASU-Beebe. 

 

ASU-Beebe is the only two-year college in the state of Arkansas that offers an Associate of Fine Arts (AFA). The AFA emphasis can be in either vocal music or instrumental music with a focus on wind instrument, percussion, piano, or guitar. The AFA degree consists of a comprehensive, two-year curriculum designed specifically for transfer toward a bachelor’s degree in fine arts.

 

The ASU-Beebe Music Department is located in the Howell Center, where instrumental and vocal classes are taught. The center offers students the convenience of a computer music lab, two rehearsal spaces, and several practice rooms.  The Symphonic Band has four concerts each year.

 

The concert is free admission. For more information, call (501) 882-4474, or view the ASU-Beebe website at www.asub.edu. 


AnnaMaria Concert Set for Dec. 3
Published: November 22 2013

The Arkansas State University-Beebe Concert-Lecture Series, sponsored by Centennial Bank, will present AnnaMaria on Tuesday, Dec. 3 at 7:30 p.m. in the Owen Center Theater.

 

As a classical and flamenco guitarist, AnnaMaria’s talent has brought her concert and recital engagements worldwide. Additionally, she has a deep passion for her culture and for educating herself and others about its richness and beauty. AnnaMaria’s style speaks of her proud heritage as an eighteenth-generation Santa Fean, a link to the world’s best-preserved enclave of Spanish colonial culture, and her mezzo-soprano voice reveals all the warmth of her Mediterranean ancestry.

 

Seating for the concert is unreserved and on a first-come basis. The theater will open 30 minutes prior to curtain call. Tickets will be on sale one hour before show time at the door; however, interested persons are advised to arrive early. Ticket prices are $10 for general admission and $5 for seniors, students, military and educators.

 

The Owen Center Theater is located at 910 Pecan Street in Beebe. For more information, call Concert-Lecture Series coordinator Dr. Brent Bristow at (501) 882-4474, or visit the ASU-Beebe website at www.asub.edu.


Student Art Show Winners
Published: December 11 2013

Students from the Art Department at Arkansas State University-Beebe recently received awards following the ASU-Beebe Student Art Show and Exhibit.

 

The art works were judged on correct use of perspective, contrast, use of color, and creativity. The winners were announced as follows:

 

Painting I: First place, Carolanne Griffin of El Paso, graphic design; second place, Amber Simpson of Searcy, liberal arts; and third place, Carolanne Griffin. Honorable mention was Amber Simpson.

 

Painting II: First place, Jennifer Griffin of Jacksonville, liberal arts; second place, Alexis Reed of Austin, graphic design; and third place, Laverne Hale of Searcy, liberal arts. Honorable mentions were Bob Guess of Hazen and Dana Hanna of Letona, both non-degree seeking, and Laverne Hale.

 

Drawing I: First place, Prasit Kumget of Cabot, graphic design; second place, Jordan Lakin of Cabot, liberal arts; and third place, Ryan Clark of Carlisle, liberal arts. Honorable mentions were Prasit Kumget and Alex Cox of McRae, graphic design.  

 

Ceramics I: First place, Karen Debaun of Augusta, non-degree seeking; second place, Samuel Webb of Searcy, criminal justice; and third place, Amber Simpson. Honorable mentions were Alexis Reed; Maygun Harvey of Beebe, animal science; and Demey Taylor of Cabot, liberal arts.

 

Ceramics II: First place, Ashley Bures of Jacksonville, teaching; second place, Dana Hanna; and third place, Amanda Fleming of Beebe, non-degree seeking. Honorable mentions were Amanda Fleming and Ashley Watson of Cabot, graphic design

 

The England Center Art Gallery exhibits works of art by students and featured artists throughout the academic year. The gallery, located at the corner of Center and Orange Streets in Beebe, is open to the public, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Chancellor’s and Vice Chancellor’s Lists
Published: December 20 2013

Students named to the Academic Chancellor’s and Vice Chancellor’s Lists were announced by Dr. Ted Kalthoff, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. The lists are composed of students attending classes at Beebe, Heber Springs, Searcy, and the Little Rock Air Force Base campus locations.

Students with 15 credit hours or more completed during the semester must have a 4.0 grade point average to be named on the Chancellor’s List. Students included on the Academic Vice Chancellor’s List must have a 3.5-3.99 GPA.

Chancellor’s List

Area students named to the Chancellor’s List were:

Austin – Jimmie Keele, Kimberly Shiner, Nicole Webb, Christy Wheeler   

Bald Knob – Hanah Laughlin, Timothy Sherman       

Batesville – Tarah Ervin  

Beebe – Stephen Favell, Robert Hoek, Gretchen Hommrich, Alicia Ketron , James Kolbert, Hunter Plante, Angela Price, Jonathan Strayhorn, Krystal Summers               

Bradford – Philip Brown, Jamie Neighbors               

Brinkley – Kayla Roy     

Cabot – Sarah Brown, Sandra Cookro, Kristi Flesher, Kevin Hart, Teddy Hood, Jason Hutchison, Jonathon Martin, Lorin Munford, James Nelson, Suzanne Nesmith, Zachary Pennington, Martha Reicks, Rachel Senior, Thomas Shaw, Anthony Swenson, Deborah Walters                                  Carlisle – Brittany Swears       

Concord –Rachel Nelson

Conway –Dillon Bolton, Emilee Chilcoat, James Coker, Brandon Stewart 

Des Arc – Savanna Mote    

Drasco – Mary Cornett, Cody York                                                              

El Paso – Joshua Iler, Joseph Taylor                                             

Elizabeth City, NC – Laredo Vinson                                           

England – Jarrod Younge                                                             

Enola – Amanda Cook    

Fairfield Bay – Brianna Considine, Emily McCabe              

Greenbrier – Cari Halk      

Greers Ferry – Jessica Hamilton                                           

Heber Springs – Jorge Garcia Zavala

Higden – Misty Antonacci                                                            

Jacksonville – Adam Hargis, Maitland Hurley, Phelan Thomen, Shane Wardroup 

Lonoke – John Keller, Li Morrow, Maghan Reed, Jesse Whiteaker             

Marshall – Joshua Williamson          

McRae – Alex Cox                                                                 

North Little Rock – Hannah Trice                                               

Pangburn – Autumn Pruett, Delilah Wright                                

Pleasant Plains – Rachael Bumpous, Westley Watts                   

Prim – Wesley Henegar  

Quitman – Megan Cook, Dustin Trammell                                   

Romance – Emily Saunders  

Rose Bud – David Mannon                                                           

Searcy – Whitney Blagburn, Chrissy Bloesch, Brent Box, Matthew Copus, Lynley Crowell, Chad Taylor, Anna Vanderwall-James, Nicholas Wilkerson, Justin Wilson, Kevin Wygal          

Sherwood – Ashlee Grizzard, Lisa Santoy                                   

Shirley – Jesse Watts       

Vilonia – Stephanie Guzman                                                         

Ward – Jaimee Piker              

Vice Chancellor’s List

Area students named to the Vice Chancellor’s List were:

Augusta – Cody Collins  

Austin – Seth Cossey, Patrick Muck                                             

Bald Knob – Haley Deflorian, Oakland Evans        

Bee Branch – Jordan Yatska                   

Batesville – Allexis Platt 

Beebe – Zachary Cochran, Holly Coker, Sarah Davis, Mollie Hoffpauir, Kari Klein, Trevor Lilley, Madison Luck, Benjamin Price, Shanie Pruitt, Jacob Sentell, Alexis Vanwinkle      

Bradford – Kali Sawrie                                           

Cabot – Isaac Berkau, Shadrach Black, Tierney Brady, Haley Brewer, Dylan Clarke, Daniel Davis, Audra Devito, Stephanie Dodson, Elizabeth Frantal, Theresa Fugo, Zachary Kerr, Mark Kingan, Zachary Lakin, David McMackins, Destiny McMunn, Bailey Moses, Alexander Mullard, Janelle Ashley Muna, Patty Nelson, Jermi New, Amy Northington, Stephenie Odom, Garrett Park, Kenneth Pedersen, Benjamin Powell, Jacob Schroeder, Mollee Steely, Morgan Swenson, Jessye Trimble                   

Carlisle – Nicholas Leker, Kelli Petrus, Jesse Young                   

Cave City – Austin Curtis                                                             

Choctaw – Dakota Henson                      

Conway – Zachary Bever, Troupe Bryant, Mary Forte, Jesse Knopp, Rachel Stracener     

Damascus – Cassie Hartwick                                                        

Des Arc – Albert Harrell 

Drasco – Jeffery Thomas                                                               

Garner – Ron Pacheco                                  

Greenbrier – Janessa Richards                                                     

Greers Ferry – Morgan Galloway, Haley Hunt, Candice Newcomb          

Guy – Jared Johnson                                

Hazen – Rex Long, Andrew Sayger                                             

Heber Springs – Victoria Clegg, Sarah Dickerson, Dillon Dorsey, Skylar Dorsey, Kassi Geist, Krista Hefner, Travis Lehigh, Tracy Moore, Cody Price, Aaron Wilson     

Jacksonville – Deanna Ezarik, Braden Harris, Alexandra Houchen, Nathan Jones, Lindsey Lyles, Logan Perry, Sara Rabun, Dylan Sowell, Jayton Tidwell, Tracy Wright                    

Judsonia – Katelen Boyster, Ashley Halverson-Hale, Elizabeth Hefner, Bobby Hutsell, Alanna Rogers, Emma Sellers, Dallas Shockley   

Kensett – William Dias, Lucia Munoz           

Leslie – Gregory Robinson                       

Little Rock – Rachael Lippig, Andrew Wallis                              

Lonoke – Emily Hahn, Carolyn Hogan, Hannah Moore, Brandon Stip       

Malone, NY – Travis Niles                                                           

Mansfield – William Helms                                                          

McCrory – Brandy Smith                                                             

McRae – Devin Chambers, Nicholas Keville                                

Mount Vernon – Katelyn Alexander, Sydney Davies, Caleb Nolen                         

Mountain Home – Tyler Jennings                                                  

Mountain View – Seth Swafford                                                 

North Little Rock – Victoria Barham, Sessily Williams              

Pangburn – Eden Garrigus, Christina Robinson                          

Pocahontas – Logan Ray

Quitman – Lyndsie McGhee, Scarlett Nestlehut, John Underwood, Christina White        

Romance – Sydney Capps, Michael Youngblood    

Rose Bud – Brooklyn Davis, Bradley Lumpkin                           

Russell – Christopher Stevens                                                       

Searcy – Tiffany Conder, Kyle Crawford, Sarah Davis, Wesley Doom, Michelle Emery, Andrew Grant, David Gregory, Anthony Johannes, Troy Johnson, Nicholas Orvis, Miguel Sanchez Perez, Chelsea Seger, Cody Sharpe, Joey Ward, Tyler Weatherly, Misty West, John Williams, Logan Wyatt      

Sherwood – Brittany Barnes, Stephanie Denton, Regina Hogan, Richard Micik    

Shirley – Dalton Smith                             

Stuttgart – Jacob Tipton 

Vilonia – Regina Chavez, Benjamin Higgs, Laci Rios, Cheyenne Scott      

Ward – Luke Bush, Angelica Coonts, Zachary Criswell, Bailey Farnsworth, Jade Gibbs, Keith Harper, Emily Henard, Christopher Powers, Amber Riddels, Kaitlin Russell          

White Hall – Hayley Cloutier           

Additional information may be obtained through the ASU-Beebe website at www.asub.edu, or by calling (501) 882-3600.


2014 Spring Theater Auditions
Published: January 10 2014

Auditions for the Arkansas State University-Beebe 2014 spring theater productions will be held Thursday, Jan. 16 and Friday, Jan. 17, at 7 p.m. in the Owen Center Theater on the Beebe campus.

 

The spring theater productions will include Ghosts by Henrik Ibsen. Directed by Bruce Cohen, the event will be performed March 7-9. In 1881, Ibsen rocked the literary and theatrical worlds with the publication of Ghosts. However, audiences proved far more receptive to the adult topics and sexual content than the literati had initially been. Since then, Ghosts has become a masterpiece of Western literature. 

 

 

The Odd Couple is the female version of Neil Simon’s contemporary comic classic.  Directed by Don Eller, the play will be presented April 25-27.  Florence Unger and Olive Madison are the female versions of The Odd Couple. Instead of the poker party that begins the original version, Madison has invited the girls over for an evening of Trivial Pursuit … and the hilarity stays the same.

 

The auditions are open to community members to participate, and being an ASU-Beebe student is not a requirement. Those auditioning may perform a prepared monologue, or if preferred, readings from the script will be provided.

 

ASU-Beebe offers an Associate of Fine Arts (AFA) degree with an emphasis in vocal music or instrumental music, theater, graphic design, or creative arts enterprise. This degree is a comprehensive two-year curriculum designed specifically for transfer toward a bachelor’s degree in fine arts.

 

For more information, contact Bruce Cohen, assistant professor of theater, at (501) 882-8925 or email becohen@asub.edu.


Life in Scale Art Exhibit
Published: January 14 2014

The Arkansas State University-Beebe Art Department is featuring Life in Scale in an exhibit through Friday, Jan. 24. In addition, a reception for the contributing artists will be held Jan. 24 from 6-8 p.m. at the England Center.   

Life in Scale presents scale modeling works that have

been built and painted by members of the central Arkansas scale modeling community. Scale modeling is the process of creating a physical relationship of a historical or fictional object or person. The artists represented in this show have had their works displayed in shows and museums nationwide, as well as Europe. Many of the artists have won awards at national shows.

 

Scale modeling subjects may include military vehicles, automobiles,

horror and fantasy figures, dioramas, space vehicles and science fiction

pieces. The art pieces are constructed of various mediums, including styrene plastic, resin, and wood, and have been painted with acrylic, lacquer, oil and enamel paints with pastels and pigments.

  

ASU-Beebe is the only two-year college in the state of Arkansas that offers an Associate of Fine Arts (AFA) degree. The AFA degree has an emphasis

in graphic design or creative arts enterprise. This degree is a comprehensive two-year curriculum designed specifically for transfer toward a bachelor’s

degree in fine arts.

 

Life in Scale may be viewed at the England Center Art Gallery, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. The gallery is located at the corner of Center and Orange Streets in Beebe. For more information, call (501) 882-8913.


Career Fair Invites Employers
Published: January 17 2014

Arkansas State University-Beebe invites local and statewide employers to participate in the annual Career Fair for spring 2014 to be held on Tuesday, March 11, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Owen Center Gymnasium.

 

Career and Transfer Services Coordinator Heather Garcia encourages employers to bring displays, handouts, employment applications, and company literature. “The ASU-Beebe Career Fair is a well-publicized event, it is free of charge, and there is no cost for parking,” said Garcia. The deadline for employer registration is Friday, Feb. 21.  

 

The purpose of the Career Fair is to connect companies with highly qualified candidates for employment.  Employers will have the opportunity to publicize positions that are currently, or often, available with their companies. In addition, students, alumni, and community members will have the chance to fill out applications, submit resumes, and learn about participating organizations and their employment needs.

 

Currently registered employers include AAFES, Acxiom Corporation, AgHeritage Farm Credit Services, Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism, Arkansas Department of Workforce Services, Arkansas Human Development Corporation, Arkansas Rehabilitation Services, Arkansas State Police, ARMI, Inc., Child Care Awareness of North Central Arkansas, COOL 104.7 FM, Families, Inc., First Arkansas Bank and Trust, Goodwill Industries of Arkansas, Ingen Software, Inc., Little Rock Score, Lowe’s, Regions Bank, The Heritage Company, and USDA – Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS)

 

Employers that have positions available, or those that would like to reserve an information booth at the Career Fair, may call the Student Success Center at (501) 882-8906 or email Garcia at hngarcia@asub.edu.


Agriculture Department Receives Award
Published: January 22 2014

The Arkansas State University-Beebe Department of Agriculture was recently recognized as one of only six programs nationwide that received the National Association of Agricultural Educators Outstanding Postsecondary/Adult Agricultural Education program award at the NAAE annual convention in Las Vegas.

 

ASU-Beebe has one of the only post-secondary, two-year agriculture programs in Arkansas, appealing to both recent high school graduates and non-traditional adults seeking higher education. ASU-Beebe Assistant Professor of Agriculture Jerry Sites said “The economic importance of agriculture in Arkansas cannot be overstated.  As the state’s largest industry, agriculture accounts for nearly one quarter of the state’s economic activity ($16 billion annually), and provides one out of every six jobs.” Arkansas ranks nationally as a top ten producer of rice, baitfish and catfish, broilers and turkeys, cotton, timber, eggs, soybeans and grain sorghum. 

 

In addition to ultra-modern classrooms, ASU-Beebe has one of the only working farms on a community college in the state. The unique university facilities are used to impart real-world agricultural principles to students through hands-on learning. The 150 acre farm features pasture, livestock working facilities, an orchard, an arena, greenhouse and shop.

 

 

“Although having an agriculture background is helpful, it is not a prerequisite for success in an agriculture-related program at the university,” stated Chuck Wisdom, assistant professor of agriculture at ASU-Beebe. According to the USDA, between 2010 and 2015, more jobs were expected to be available in agricultural and food systems, renewable energy, and the environment than qualified graduates to fill them.

 

ASU-Beebe offers a 60-hour Associate of Science Degree in agriculture, with an emphasis in one of five areas: agricultural business, agricultural education, animal science, plant science, and agricultural science. The university also offers a bachelor’s degree with an agricultural business emphasis through the ASU-Jonesboro programs held on the Beebe campus.

 

Additionally, both Sites and Wisdom have extensive experience in the agriculture industry, having served as cooperative extension agents before teaching at ASU-Beebe. This allows them to provide students with hands-on experiences in all the phases of crop and livestock production. Also, community and industry partnerships are important keys to the success of students at ASU-Beebe. The department maintains an excellent relationship with a variety of agricultural agencies and companies, and assists students in securing internships and employment after graduation.

 

Each of the six regional Outstanding Postsecondary/Adult Program Award winners recognized at the NAAE convention received a lease on a Toyota vehicle. The ASU-Beebe Agriculture Department was given a one-year, unlimited millage lease on a 2013 Toyota Tundra, which may be used to travel to meetings, high schools, and any other location the department deems necessary.

 

Toyota sponsors the Outstanding Postsecondary/Adult Agricultural Education Program Award as a special project of the National FFA Foundation. NAAE, located in Lexington, KY., is the professional association for agricultural educators. Its mission is “professionals providing agricultural education for the global community through visionary leadership, advocacy and service.”  For more information about the NAAE program, contact Julie Fritsch, NAAE communications/marketing coordinator, (859) 257-2224.

 

ASU-Beebe has campuses located at Beebe, Heber Springs, Searcy, and the Little Rock Air Force Base.  For more information about ASU-Beebe and its programs, call (501) 882-3600 or visit the website at www.asub.edu.


ASU-Heber Springs Receives Funds
Published: January 30 2014

​Arkansas State University-Heber Springs celebrated a generous allocation from the state General Improvement Fund this afternoon with a campus presentation, thanks to the efforts of State Senator Missy Irvin of Mountain View.

Presenting a $150,000 check to ASU System President Dr. Chuck Welch, ASU-Heber Springs Vice-Chancellor Dr. Chris Boyett and ASU-Beebe Chancellor Dr. Eugene McKay, Senator Irvin said she was thrilled to present these funds to the campus.

“I can think of nothing better - than to give our community money for education, which will help families, generations of families, for years to come. I’m thrilled to be here to present this money, and it was an honor to direct these funds for this beautiful campus,” Senator Irvin said.

Dr. Boyett said the funds will be used for security and also for technology.

 

“Last week alone, there were five campus lockdowns across the country, so campus security and student safety is extremely important to all of us. We plan to use 50 percent of the General Improvement Funds for video surveillance to increase security and the remainder to upgrade and replace technology that is now very outdated,” Dr. Boyett said.

“We moved into our building in 2007 and while it is new and modern, the technology needs upgrading. With the integration of a VDI (Virtual Desktop Interface), computers will be interfaced to a central server – instead of having desktop computers,” Dr. Boyett further said.

VDI is considered a green initiative, since it requires less energy, Dr. Boyett added. Additionally, this “technology refresh” will increase the speed and performance of computers.

The presentation Wednesday afternoon included community dignitaries, Heber Springs Chamber of Commerce members, along with faculty, staff and students. During the presentation, Dr. Welch thanked Senator Irvin for her generous support to make this a reality for ASU-Heber Springs. “Funds for capital improvements are not easy to come by and we are grateful for Senator Irvin’s support,” Dr. Welch said. “ASU-Heber Springs provides a rigorous education for students and this money will be a tremendous benefit to students as they pursue their education goals.”

 

ASU-Heber Springs opened in 1999 and serves students throughout Cleburne county, offering associate degrees and technical certificates - including an award winning welding program and new programs in hospitality administration/culinary and environmental science. ASU-Heber Springs, a center of ASU-Beebe, is located at the base of beautiful Sugarloaf Mountain and nearby Greers Ferry Lake and the Little Red River.

From left, Dr. Chris Boyett, ASU-Heber Springs vice chancellor; Dr. Eugene McKay, ASU-Beebe chancellor; State Senator Missy Irvin of Mountain View; and ASU System President Dr. Chuck Welch; accepting the $150,000 state General Improvement Funds.
From left, Dr. Chris Boyett, ASU-Heber Springs vice chancellor; Dr. Eugene McKay, ASU-Beebe chancellor; State Senator Missy Irvin of Mountain View; and ASU System President Dr. Chuck Welch; accepting the $150,000 state General Improvement Funds.


Chris Hemingway Quintet
Published: January 31 2014

The Arkansas State University-Beebe Concert Series, sponsored by Centennial Bank, will present the Chris Hemingway Quintet on Tuesday, Feb. 11 at 7:30 p.m.in the Owen Center Theater.

 

Originally from Florence, SC., Chris Hemingway studied with tenor saxophonist James Houlik at the North Carolina School of the Arts. He now lives in Pittsburgh, where at age 21, he became the featured saxophone soloist with the Pittsburgh Symphony. When he was a sophomore at Duquesne University, Hemingway won the prestigious concerto competition.

 

Hemingway often performs with the Al Dowe Quintet, the New Century Saxophone Quartet, Azucar Pittsburgh’s Premier salsa band, the Roger Humphries Big Band, and with New York City jazz trumpeter Sean Jones. He describes his freelance saxophone style as a mix of classical and jazz, and recently released his first solo recording.

 

Seating for the concert is unreserved and on a first-come basis. The theater will open 30 minutes prior to curtain call. Tickets will be on sale one hour before show time at the door; however, interested persons are advised to arrive early. Ticket prices are $10 for general admission and $5 for seniors, students, military and educators.

 

The Owen Center Theater is located at 910 Pecan Street in Beebe. For more information, call Concert Series coordinator Dr. Brent Bristow at (501) 882-4474, or visit the ASU-Beebe website at www.asub.edu.


Art Lecture and Exhibit
Published: February 17 2014

The Arkansas State University-Beebe Art Department is featuring Behind the Curtain  in an exhibit through Friday, March 14 in the England Center Art Gallery. 

 

Behind the Curtain will feature objects from past productions of the ASU-Beebe Theater Department. On display are posters, costumes, lighting gels and gobos, makeup kits, and props, as well as other items that an average audience member would never see up close. Also in the display is a recording of an ASU-Beebe theater production.

   

“The university arts have a dual role,” stated Theater Department director Bruce Cohen. “We operate as instructional centers while at the same time intersecting with the public…last year, there was an estimated 3,088 audience members drawn to our campus to attend a variety of theater plays and musicals. In addition, many visitors have been introduced to ASU-Beebe for the first time by attendance to an arts event, such as symphonic band or choir concerts, recitals, concert or lecture series, or an art gallery exhibit, such as Behind  the Curtain.

Leaders of business and industry have been calling for more attention and focus on “creative degrees” in producing innovative thinkers. According to a December, 2013 report by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), the arts and culture segment contributed $504 billion to the nation’s annual gross domestic product during 2011.

ASU-Beebe is the only two-year college in the state of Arkansas that offers an Associate of Fine Arts (AFA) degree. The AFA degree has an emphasis in vocal music or instrumental music, theater, graphic design, or creative arts enterprise. This degree is a comprehensive two-year curriculum designed specifically for transfer toward a bachelor’s degree in fine arts.

Behind the Curtain may be viewed at the England Center Art Gallery, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. through March 14. The gallery is located at the corner of Center and Orange Streets in Beebe. For more information, contact the gallery at (501) 882-8913.


Symphonic Band Concert
Published: March 05 2014

The Arkansas State University-Beebe Department of Music will present the Symphonic Band in concert on Tuesday, March 11 at 7:30 p.m. in the Owen Center Theater, located at 910 Pecan Street.

 

The concert will include works by Frank Ticheli, Rob Grice, Roland Barrett, Larry Daehn, Hector Berlioz, Ralph Vaughan Williams, and Samuel Hazo. The Symphonic Band is under the direction of Dr. Brent Bristow, associate professor of music at ASU-Beebe. 

 

ASU-Beebe is the only two-year college in the state of Arkansas that offers an Associate of Fine Arts (AFA). The AFA emphasis can be in either vocal music or instrumental music with a focus on wind instrument, percussion, piano, or guitar. The AFA degree consists of a comprehensive, two-year curriculum designed specifically for transfer toward a bachelor’s degree in fine arts.

 

The ASU-Beebe Music Department is located in the Howell Center, where instrumental and vocal classes are taught. The center offers students the convenience of a computer music lab, two rehearsal spaces, and several practice rooms.  The Symphonic Band has several concerts each year.

 

The concert is free admission. For more information, call (501) 882-4474, or view the ASU-Beebe website at www.asub.edu. 


National TRIO Day Celebrated
Published: March 11 2014

The TRIO programs at Arkansas State University-Beebe and ASU-Heber Springs, a center of ASU-Beebe, recently celebrated National TRIO Day on the Heber Springs campus.

 

Former ASU-Beebe Student Support Services student Nanette Peckman-Bykowski, and Dr. Chris Boyett, ASU-Heber Springs vice chancellor, each spoke to the students, parents, and staff in attendance. The event was highlighted by a community service clean-up project

at Sugar Loaf Mountain.

 

The TRIO programs national day of recognition was created in 1986, as a response from schools, students, and legislators to save the program from budget cuts. Since then, the National TRIO Day has continued to raise awareness of the continuing needs that TRIO programs serve and to celebrate the many lives TRIO has affected over the years.

 

The TRIO programs were created in the late 1960s to administer the Upward Bound, Talent Search, and Student Support Services programs. Since then, five more programs have been added to include Educational Opportunity Centers, the Training Program for Federal TRIO Programs, Ronald E. McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement Program, and Math/Science and Veterans expansions to the Upward Bound program.

 

ASU-Beebe and ASU-Heber Springs TRIO programs include Student Support Services and Upward Bound programs. These programs provide academic advising, professional tutoring, financial literacy instruction, and assistance in locating other educational resources. Students also receive assistance when applying for financial aid and scholarships.

 

For more information about the ASU-Beebe TRIO programs, contact Student Support Services at (501) 882-8964, or Upward Bound at (501) 882-4455, or view the ASU-Beebe website at www.asub.edu.


Duo Avanzando Concert
Published: March 11 2014

The Arkansas State University-Beebe Concert Series, sponsored by Centennial Bank, will present Duo Avanzando on Monday, March 17 at 7:30 p.m. in the Owen Center Theater.

 

David Carter, principal clarinetist of the Tulsa Symphony, and Brazilian percussionist Richard A. Coelho de Souza will perform a unique, multicultural program of chamber music.

 

Carter and Coelho de Souza began performing together in 2006 at a Latin music festival in Oklahoma, and formed Duo Avanzando in 2008 to explore repertoire for clarinet and percussion. Since then they have performed and presented master classes in the United States, Brazil, and Puerto Rico, and released the CD “Projecting Back” in 2011.

 

Duo Avanzando performances have included recitals at Henderson State University, the University of Oklahoma, the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith, and the University of Albany for the Boricua Rhythms festival.

 

Seating for the concert is unreserved and on a first-come basis. The theater will open 30 minutes prior to curtain call. Tickets will be on sale one hour before show time at the door; however, interested persons are advised to arrive early. Ticket prices are $10 for general admission and $5 for seniors, students, military and educators.

 

The Owen Center Theater is located at 910 Pecan Street in Beebe. For more information, call Concert Series coordinator Dr. Brent Bristow at (501) 882-4474, or visit the ASU-Beebe website at www.asub.edu.


John Deere Company Nomination
Published: March 19 2014

Arkansas State University-Beebe recently nominated John Deere Company to receive the Silver Star of Excellence award at the 51st American Technical Education Association (ATEA) Conference in St. Paul Minnesota on March 27.

 

ATEA in conjunction with the National Technical Honor Society presents the “Silver Star of Excellence Award” to industry partners that are exemplary in providing technical assistance, financial support, donations of equipment and materials, as well as placement of graduates. The ATEA Conference will be hosted by Dunwoody College of Technology. Other awards at the conference will be presented in the areas of outstanding technical student, technical teacher and technical program.

 

The ASU-Beebe John Deere Ag Tech program is one of 20 John Deere Tech cooperative partnerships in North America. “This business and education partnership is the epitome of collaboration,” stated Dr. Keith McClanahan, director of ASU-Beebe Advanced Technology and Allied Health Division.

 

“ASU-Beebe nominated John Deere because of the company’s exceptional support in providing state of the art instruction, equipment, and training aids. This allows students and instructors to learn and teach the technical skills and knowledge needed to maintain highly advanced agricultural and heavy equipment,” said Dr. McClanahan.

 

The equipment provided by John Deere integrates computer controls, geospatial positioning systems (GPS), cellular networking, remote diagnostics, and a multitude of sensor controls in the equipment. Students learn to repair agricultural equipment with courses in various components of the machinery, such as diesel engines, electrical systems, power trains, and hydraulics.

 

The workforce requires the infusion of technicians who have been taught to use and to troubleshoot cutting-edge-technologies as they relate to maintaining past, current, and future John Deere equipment. The vast majority of the program graduates go to work for their sponsoring dealers after completion of coursework.

 

The American Technical Education Association (ATEA) is the national association for the postsecondary technical educator with emphasis on professional development.The organization is dedicated to excellence in quality of postsecondary education focusing on practical teaching ideas and best practices. ATEA recognizes outstanding performance and leadership and provides a network for career connectivity. For more information about ATEA or the ATEA 2014 National Conference, visit www.ateaonline.org.

 

ASU-Beebe has campuses located at Beebe, Heber Springs, Searcy, and the Little Rock Air Force Base.  For more information about ASU-Beebe and its programs, call (501) 882-3600 or visit the website at www.asub.edu.


Faculty and Staff Artworks
Published: April 10 2014

The Arkansas State University-Beebe Art Department is currently displaying works of art by ASU-Beebe faculty and staff, which is entitled FacStaff Show. The exhibit will be on display through Friday, April 18.  

The exhibit reveals a new light on the people we work with on our campuses,” said instructor of art, Thomas Fernandez. In the exhibit are paintings, photographs, various quilts, a wedding dress and 3-D prints to name a few.

The Computer Aided Drafting and Design (CADD) Department created a 3-D replica of the Iron Man mask. Also, an art instructor at the ASU-Beebe-LRAFB created a chiffon wedding dress out of salvaged material. “These are great pieces of original artwork,” said Fernandez.

ASU-Beebe is the only two-year college in the state of Arkansas that offers an Associate of Fine Arts (AFA) degree. The AFA degree has an emphasis in vocal music or instrumental music, theater, graphic design, or creative arts enterprise. This degree is a comprehensive two-year curriculum designed specifically for transfer toward a bachelor’s degree in fine arts.

The FacStaff Show may be viewed at the England Center Art Gallery, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. through April 18. The gallery is located at the corner of Center and Orange Streets in Beebe. For more information, contact the gallery at (501) 882-4495.


Earth Day Celebration
Published: April 16 2014

Arkansas State University-Heber Springs, a center of ASU-Beebe, will sponsor an Earth Day Celebration on Tuesday, April 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Heber Springs campus.  The event is free and open to the public.

A few of the activities planned include environmental education, recycling information/activities, water safety education, wildfire and forest education, face painting, games, and seed planting.

Organizations hosting activities at the ASU-Heber Springs Earth Day Celebration include the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, Future Fuels of Batesville; Service Group Recycling; Heber Springs High School Science Club and Youth Recycling Program; Cleburne County Extension Office; U.S. Army Corp of Engineers; U.S. Forest Service; ASU-Heber Springs Ecology Club; ASU-Heber Springs Gamma Beta Phi Honor Society, ASU-Heber Springs Future Educator’s Club, and more.

Earth Day has been celebrated every year in the United States since 1970. The celebration promotes an appreciation for the Earth and its environment, as well as informs and educates the public about the plants and animals that inhabit the planet.

For more information about the ASU-Heber Springs Earth Day Celebration, contact Linda Gatti-Clark at (501) 362-1100, or email lcgatticlark@asub.edu, or view the ASU-Beebe website at www.asub.edu.


Student Art Show Featured
Published: April 21 2014

The Arkansas State University-Beebe Art Department is currently displaying works of art by ASU-Beebe art students in the Spring 2014 Student Art Show. The exhibit will be on display through Friday, April 25. 

The display includes paintings, drawings, photographs, and graphic designs by ASU-Beebe students. We are very proud of our talented students. A lot of hard work has gone into creating these pieces of art,” said assistant professor of art, Mona Vaden.

Design students study the elements and principles of two-dimensional design, and color theory students concentrate on the principle and application of color, both fundamental and advanced. Graphic design classes combine text, images, form and color to communicate an idea, as well as familiarize themselves with the history of graphic design and best ways to combine graphic programs to create various pieces.

Students taking the digital photography I course focus on basic camera operations, computer based digital imaging and design applications; whereas, the digital photography II coursework utilizes more advanced applications in composition, camera control and editing programs.

ASU-Beebe is the only two-year college in the state of Arkansas that offers an Associate of Fine Arts (AFA) degree. The AFA degree has an emphasis in vocal music or instrumental music, theater, graphic design, or creative arts enterprise. This degree is a comprehensive two-year curriculum designed specifically for transfer toward a bachelor’s degree in fine arts.

The exhibit may be viewed at the England Center Art Gallery, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. through April 25. The gallery is located at the corner of Center and Orange Streets in Beebe. For more information, contact the gallery at (501) 882-4495.


Toyota Presentation to Ag Department
Published: April 21 2014

The Department of Agriculture was presented a lease on a 2014 Toyota Tundra during the Spring Fling activities on April 16 at the Student Center.  

The Agriculture Department was recently recognized as one of only six programs nationwide that received the National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE) Outstanding Postsecondary/Adult Agricultural Education program award.

Each of the six regional Outstanding Postsecondary/Adult Program Award winners recognized at the NAAE convention received a lease on a Toyota vehicle.

Each year, Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc., honors NAAE members across the United States for their commitment to agricultural education. The vehicle leases are presented to honorees through a joint sponsorship with the National FFA Foundation.

For more information about ASU-Beebe programs, call (501) 882-3600, or view the ASU-Beebe website at www.asub.edu.



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