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Arkansas State University Multicultural Center Newsletter

Volume 1 Issue 3 March 2013

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

“Women Inspiring Innovation through Imagination” 2013 Women’s History Month Celebration

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Mrs. Ginger Beebe, First Lady of Arkansas and guest speaker of Living Legends Luncheon

“Modern invention has banished the spinning wheel, and the same law of progress makes the woman of today a different woman from her grandmother,” quoted Susan B. Anthony, influential contributor to the women’s suffrage movement. Indeed, women of today can enjoy many of the freedoms that women in the nineteenth century were not afforded. The right to vote was not only a notable accomplishment, but also a sign of progression. March is National Women’s History Month. Beginning as “Women’s History Week” in 1978 in Sonoma County, California, the public celebration included International Women’s Day on March 8th. While the celebration recognizes women who have contributed to the advancement and equal rights of women, it is also a time to pay homage to women who are

currently making an impact on society through politics, medicine, arts, technology, and other fields. Since 1987, the achievements of American women have been recognized and honored. The ASU theme for the 2013 Women’s History Month Celebration is “Women Inspiring Imagination through Innovation.” Arkansas State University has a host of events planned that is a culmination of remembrance, inspiration, and appreciation. The Multicultural Center’s Living Legends Luncheon, which is a part of the Women’s Leadership Conference, features guest speaker Ginger Beebe, First Lady of Arkansas. Please see page three of the newsletter for a full list of the Women’s History Month Celebration.

Black History Month in Review “At the Crossroads of Freedom and Equality” Talking Art with Director Garbo Hearne

An Evening in Tribute

Garbo Hearne, the Director of Hearne Fines Arts Gallery, educated the audience on Kevin Cole’s pieces. His artwork was featured in the Multicultural Center during the month of February.

The Host of BET’s Don’t Sleep, TJ Holmes reminded the audience to learn from failures and struggles so that you can appreciate the wins.

Photo courtesy: ASU Yearbook Photo courtesy: ASU Yearbook

Strong-Turner Soul Food Dinner Members of the community enjoyed a traditional soul food meal. The event was sponsored by the Strong-Turner Alumni Chapter and the Multicultural Center.

Photo courtesy: ASU Yearbook

Tribute in Song: Gospel Explosion The crowd was entertained with genres and interpretations of Gospel Music from New Mt. Zion Baptist Church, St. Paul Baptist Church, Baptist Collegiate Ministry, United Voices, and praise dancers. (Pictured left: Baptist Collegiate Ministry) Photo courtesy: Meelviss Torres


Congratulations to our 2013 MC Ambassadors! Asma Alrowaiei Brandon Haley Bre’Anna Taylor Brian Crayton Brianna Williams Jaronica Sneed Jazzmyn Woody

Katisha Moss Marleachia McJunkins My (Rosey) Nguyen Raj Shende Robert Woods Shannon Cunningham Yexin Zhuo

WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH Nominate Someone for the Living Legends Award! The Living Legends Award recognizes one outstanding woman for her achievements and contributions to the community. This person will be recognized at the Living Legends Luncheon during the Women’s Leadership Conference on Thursday, March 28, 2013. Visit the Multicultural Center’s website for a nomination form and to register for the conference!

Multicultural Center Ambassador Program The Arkansas State Multicultural Center Ambassador Program encourages students to take an active role in educating the campus on the programs and initiatives provided by the Multicultural Center. Ambassadors are poised among their peers to raise awareness of the differences across campus.


n Tuesday, February 19th, the Multicultural Center offered a workshop on stress management. Amy Long Martin, student life counselor for the ASU Counseling Center, educated students about the negative effects stress can have on your body and ways to counteract them. “All you need is five minutes to rejuvenate,” says Tyesha Dawson, a non-traditional student. Students in attendance at the workshop received two free tickets to an upcoming Memphis Grizzlies game.

Tips to combat stress:    

Slow, calm breathing Stretch for five minutes Plan out your day Minimize noise

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s we celebrate Women’s History Month, it is important to acknowledge the achievements of women throughout history. The MC offers you the opportunity to learn about women who made a change in society and history. One of the many books that the Multicultural Center has to offer; Sonia Sotomayor “The True American Dream.” Sonia Sotomayor made a tremendous impact to our nation on August 26, 2009; she became the first Hispanic Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court. It is easy to state the facts and achievements of Sotomayor without knowing her struggles. Sonia Sotomayor worked hard to reach her goals; she was raised in poverty , suffered the death of her father at a young age, and experienced discomfort because of her ethnicity throughout her years of college. Her book is a must-read.

Check this book out in the Multicultural Center Reng Student Union 3rd Floor, Room 3003 Review by: Meelviss Torres

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Grab N Go Mondays Every Monday 8:30 a.m.—11:30 a.m.

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Women’s History Month Celebration Events 

The Feminine Mystique Revisited: Why Marriage Still Matters ASU Wilson Hall Auditorium 2:30 p.m. Friday, March 1st

 Art Exhibit: Venus Gaze by Jorge Villegas Carl R. Reng Student Union—Multicultural Center Viewing Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. March 4th – March 29th 

Art Lecture: The Impact Women have Made Through Art Featuring Jorge and Maria Villegas Carl R. Reng Student Union—Multicultural Center 4:00 p.m. Monday, March 4th 

Women’s History, Health, and Reproductive Rights Featuring Dr. Rickie Solinger Carl R. Reng Student Union—Auditorium 4:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 5th

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

An Intimate Conversation with Janis Kearney, diarist to 42nd President Bill Clinton Carl R. Reng Student Union—Multicultural Center 4:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 26th  Women’s Leadership Conference Featuring First Lady of Arkansas Ginger Beebe Carl R. Reng Student Union 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Thursday, March 28, 2013 Event is Free and Space is Limited

Register for the conference online with the Multicultural Center Or email

Call the Multicultural Center at 870-680-4052 for more information about the Women’s History Month Celebration

 2013-2014 Thompson Minority Scholarship Recipients:    

Brandon Haley Michelle Mitchell Amber Sanders Jennifer Wells

 Next Newsletter Issue: April 2nd

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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