INFORMING THE CAMPUS AND COMMUNIT Y SINCE 1921 Volume 94, Issue 26
Monday, April 6, 2015
In Loving Memory
A special edition of The Herald in honor of our beloved adviser,
JONESBORO — Arkansas State University instructor Bonnie Thrasher, 53, was found dead in her home Tuesday morning, March 31. She taught multimedia journalism and was faculty adviser to the student newspaper, The Herald. After earning a master’s degree, she joined the A-State faculty in 1993 and taught news reporting, editing and design. A memorial service for Thrasher was held 4-6 p.m. Friday, April 3, in the Grand Hall of Fowler Center. For more than an hour, many people shared memories and reflections honoring Thrasher. Her family was in attendance along with more than 150 others. A funeral will be scheduled in Collinwood, Tenn. Dr. Brad Rawlins, dean of the College of Media and Communication, expressed the significant contribution Thrasher made to the college: “As a journalism faculty member and adviser to The Herald,
Bonnie has had a positive impact on many students, faculty and staff at Arkansas State for more than 20 years,” he said. “Her former students work in news organizations throughout Arkansas, the Mid-South and across the country. “We have heard from several of them and they have expressed their love and gratitude for her mentorship and support. She will always be remembered for her fun, brash and lively personality, and for how much she cared for students. She was a friend to all who knew her and she will be dearly missed.” Thrasher, who was born on July 7, 1961 in St. Charles, Mo., was very active in national, regional and local journalism professional organizations. She was vice president for the College Media Association, the national organization for college media advisers, and secretary/treasurer for the Southeast Journalism Conference (SEJC). She regularly took students
to journalism workshops and competitions, and her students frequently took home several awards from SEJC and the Arkansas College Media Association. Thrasher, who was a National Merit Scholar, loved painting, cooking and volunteering at the Greene County Animal Farm in Paragould. In 2007, the Arkansas Press Association awarded Thrasher its Journalism Educator of the Year award. The Jonesboro Sun recognized her as a Freedom of Information hero in 2010. She was a staunch advocate of First Amendment rights and up-to-date journalism education. The Bonnie Thrasher Memorial Scholarship has been created in honor of her dedication to Arkansas State University and The Herald. Donations can be made online at support. astate.edu, by phone at 870-972-3940 or by mail to ASU Foundation at P.O. Box 1990, State University, AR 72467.