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Arkansas State University Multicultural Center Newsletter

Volume 1 Issue 5 May 2013

“Not just a Space, but a Place for ALL!” StAte Connection: Connecting High School Juniors to ASU

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n Wednesday, April 25th, the ASU Multicultural Center in collaboration with the Office of Recruitment brought 135 high school juniors from 27 schools in Arkansas to its annual StAte Connection Minority Recruitment Program. StAte Connection is an exciting and informative one-day program that connects students to the university in the following areas: admissions, financial aid, academics, residential life, campus resources, and student life.

Career Management Center, Student Support Services, Counseling Center, and Learning Support Services. The event concluded with a campus tour

I enjoyed learning about ASU in a fun and interesting way, but what I truly enjoyed was getting to know the "real" Red Wolves; and what was really great about it was that they looked like me! When I lived in California, I didn't really see many African-American students in the colleges and it got me down, so I didn't see myself as a college The criteria to participate include t having a 3.0 or higher grade point student, but I realized that I could be a college student and graduate average, be a high school junior matriculating in a college preparatory from the institution,” said Simone Stokes from Jonesboro High School. curriculum, and should be an ethnic minority student. “I had a great time at StAte Connection. It was really exciting to learn more about ASU and interact with current students. I’m definitely The event provides informational sessions about the admissions going to attend ASU,” said Janay Hatcher from Newport High School. process, financial aid, residence life, and campus life. There is an Academic College Fair where students have the opportunity to interact StAte Connection is held each spring. For more information on the and learn more about the various academic colleges from faculty program, please contact ASU’s Multicultural Center at 870-680-4052. members along with information from other departments such as the StAte Connection Participants and ASU Student Leaders and Staff

2012-2013: A Year in Review of the MC! The Multicultural Center has had an exciting year! From August to May, there were events for all to attend and enjoy. Take a look at some of our highlights! Non-Traditional Student Minority Welcome Week (September) Students got an in-depth experience of the different minority student organizations on campus and heard from motivational speaker Joshua Fredenburg. The week is filled with programs and activities that promote diversity at ASU. It helps freshmen with their transition to college.

Hispanic Heritage Month (October) The month-long celebration included an art exhibit by Maria Villegas, a Hispanic mixer, a service project, an evening in tribute to Hispanic heritage, and movie nights.

~ Fall 2012 ~

Motivational Speaker Joshua Fredenburg

LGBT History Month (October) LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) Month was a celebration of the LGBT community through a series of events including, National Coming Out Day, educational seminars, and lecture series speakers.

Hispanic Heritage Tribute speaker Carmen Kingston, Senior Director of Sam’s Club.

Non-Traditional Student Appreciation Week (November 4th-7th) The week was filled with activities and events that catered to Non-Traditional and Commuter students. It included Game Night a filming of the movie “Brave”. The Live and Learn series included Non-Trad Concerns and Study Skills.

and daughter during Game Night

Student panel during LGBT Month event

Multicultural Center Graduation Reception (December) The Multicultural Center recognized December minority and Non-traditional student graduates during an intimate ceremony. The event also included information about joining the ASU Alumni Association and Strong-Turner Alumni Chapter.

All photos courtesy of the ASU Yearbook

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