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Arkansas State University Multicultural Center Newsletter

Volume 1 Issue 4 April 2013

“Not just a Space, but a Place for ALL!�

2013 StAte Connection: Connecting Minority High School Juniors to ASU! StAte Connection, a minority recruitment program for high school juniors in the Arkansas Delta, will be held on Wednesday, April 24th at the ASU Carl R. Reng Student Union. Attendees will be connected to the University in the following areas: Admissions, Financial Aid, Academics, Campus Resources, Student Life, and Residence Life. The day also includes a block party with performances by ASU members of the National Pan-Hellenic Council, historically Black Greek-lettered organizations.

Know someone who may be eligible for StAte Connection? Qualifications: 1.) The student should reside in the Delta area of Arkansas. 2.) The student should be African American, Hispanic American, Asian American, Native American, or Biracial. 3.) The student should be a junior matriculating in a college preparatory curriculum with at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA. (Students with at least a 2.75 will be considered for the program with recommendations)

Apply online at

Student Leaders Needed! Sign up to be a student leader for the 2013 StAte Connection! Pick up an application in the Multicultural Center or the Leadership Center. Email for more information.

2012 StAte Connection Participants and Student Leaders Photo courtesy: ASU Yearbook

Strong-Turner Alumni Chapter & Multicultural Center host annual 3.0 & Freshmen Scholars Achievement Program


he Strong-Turner Alumni Chapter was formed in 1982 in honor of Walter B. Strong and Frederick C. Turner. They were the first African-American graduates at Arkansas State University. After a group of alumni saw that there was a strong need to implement programs conducive to AfricanAmerican needs and interests, the Strong-Turner Alumni

Chapter was formed. The annual membership is $25. Every spring semester, freshmen and upperclassmen with a 3.0 or higher are recognized for their academic achievement during the Strong-Turner 3.0 program and reception. Qualified students receive a special invitation to attend the program. For more information on the program, please email or call 870-680-4052. 1

2013 Women’s History Month Celebration


“Women Inspiring Innovation through Imagination”

uring the month of March, the Multicultural Center, along with other ASU Departments, celebrated Women’s History Month with a series of events honoring women who have made an impact in history. A month-long art exhibit entitled “Venus Gaze” featured various faces of women. The artist, Jorge Villegas and his wife Maria gave a short lecture on women in art with specific concentration on Hispanic women. Janis Kearney, diarist to 42nd US President Bill Clinton, discussed her book, “Daisy: Between a Rock and a Hard Place.” Kearney also autographed copies of her new book during a small reception after her lecture. The Women’s History Month Celebration concluded with the Women’s Leadership Conference which featured the Living Legends Luncheon. The keynote speaker for the luncheon was Mrs. Ginger Beebe, wife of Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe. Her address inspired women to continue to strive for success through innovation and volunteerism. Conference workshops offered attendees a wide variety of topics from studying abroad to dressing for success.

Janis Kearney’s new book discussed during her visit

Jorge Villegas with a drawing of Esperanza Spalding Women’s Conference Workshop presenter Corey Leonard of CD Performance

Members of the Non-traditional Student Organization (NTSO) attended the ANTSHE (Association of Non-Traditional Students in Higher Education) Conference March 8th-10th. The conference included keynote speakers and workshops that addressed work-life balance and ways to excel academically as a non-traditional student. Angie Abaunza, president of NTSO, was selected to be on a student panel. She shared her story about coming back to college as a non-traditional student and obstacles she has overcome

Multicultural Center staff with First Lady of Arkansas Mrs. Ginger Beebe All photos courtesy of ASU Yearbook

Living Legend Award recipient Mrs. Gina Gomez

along the way. ANTSHE will host next year’s conference at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Georgia. Arkansas State University Non-Traditional Student Services is an institutional member of ANTSHE.

Join the Non-Traditional Student Organization today! Email

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Non-Trad Upcoming Events Non-Trad Spring Fling (Game Edition) Saturday, April 13, 2013 10 a.m.—1:00 p.m. ASU Red Wolf Center

Grab N Go Mondays Every Monday 8:30 a.m.—11:30 a.m. Reng Student Union—Multicultural Center


Upcoming Multicultural Center Events 

Strong-Turner Alumni Chapter 3.0 & Freshmen Scholars Achievement Program Carl R. Reng Student Union, Centennial Hall Friday, April 19th—6:00 p.m.

StAte Connection Carl R. Reng Student Union Wednesday, April 24th—8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Pre-Cinco De Mayo Celebration Carl R. Reng Student Union, Multicultural Center Monday, April 29th—4:00 p.m.

For information about upcoming events please call the Multicultural Center at 870-680-4052

Minority Student Organizations        

Black Student Association Join Today! Brother 2 Brother Circle of Trust Gay Straight Alliance Hispanic Outreach & Latino Appreciation Multicultural Center Ambassadors Non-Traditional Student Organization Strong-Turner Alumni Chapter

Next Newsletter Issue: May 1st

Multicultural Center Hours


Monday—Thursday 8:00 a.m.—9:00 p.m.

Carl R. Reng Student Union 3rd Floor Suite 3003

Friday 8:00 a.m.—5:00 p.m.

Niya Blair Director Multicultural Center

Candence Williams Program Coordinator Multicultural Center

Meelviss Torres Graduate Assistant Multicultural Center

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