Arkansas State University
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|Arkansas State University|
Official logo of Arkansas State
|Motto||Educate, Enhance, Enrich: e3|
|Chancellor||Dr. Tim Hudson|
|President||Dr. Charles Welch|
|Students||13,553  (21,976 system-wide)|
|Location||Jonesboro, Arkansas, USA|
|Campus||1,376 acres (5.6 km2) Urban/Suburban|
|Colors||Scarlet and Black|
|Affiliations||Sun Belt Conference|
Arkansas State University (also known as A-State") is a public university and is the flagship campus of the Arkansas State University System, the state's second largest college system and second largest university by enrollment. It is located atop 1,376 acres (5.6 km2) on Crowley's Ridge at Jonesboro, Arkansas, USA. The university marked its centennial year in 2009.
For other Arkansas State University campuses, see Arkansas State University System.
- Main campus, Jonesboro, Arkansas
- Arkansas State University Paragould, an instructional site of the Jonesboro campus
|U.S. News & World Report||61 (South)|
|Master's University class|
Master's degree graduate programs were initiated in 1955, and ASU began offering its first doctoral degree, in educational leadership, in the fall of 1992. A second doctoral program, in environmental science, was begun in the fall of 1997, and the doctoral program in heritage studies began in the fall of 2001. Newer doctoral programs are in environmental science, molecular biosciences and physical therapy.
Today, the institution has more than 70,000 alumni. Programs at the specialist's, master's, bachelor's and associate's degree levels are available through the various colleges: Agriculture and Technology, Business, Education, Engineering, Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Media and Communication, Nursing and Health Professions, Sciences and Mathematics, and University College.
The ASU System
The ASU system includes campuses in Jonesboro (Craighead County), which offers degree programs through the doctoral level; Beebe (White County), Mountain Home (Baxter County), and Newport (Jackson County), where associate degree programs are offered; and at Heber Springs, Marked Tree, and Searcy. Arkansas State University-Beebe became part of the ASU System in 1955. It associated with White River Vo-Tech at Newport in 1992; that campus attained stand-alone status and is now Arkansas State University-Newport. The Mountain Home campus officially became ASU-Mountain Home on July 1, 1995. Delta Technical Institute at Marked Tree merged with ASU and became Arkansas State University Technical Center on July 1, 2001. A new campus was built for ASU-Heber Springs, which operates as a sister campus of ASU-Beebe. Foothills Technical Institute at Searcy was merged with ASU-Beebe on July 1, 2003, and is now ASU-Searcy, a technical institute of ASU-Beebe.
ASU offers bachelor's degree programs, master's degree programs and upper level courses through ASU degree centers at ASU-Beebe, ASU-Mountain Home, and three other cities -- Blytheville, Forrest City, and West Memphis—where partnership agreements have been established in cooperation with the local community colleges. ASU also operates an instructional site at nearby Paragould in Greene County.
A-State has grown rapidly over the past 20 years. Current enrollment for the Jonesboro campus stands close to 14,000, and the system has an enrollment of greater than 20,000.
A-State was founded as the First District Agricultural School in Jonesboro in 1909 by the Arkansas Legislature as a regional agricultural training school. Robert W. Glover, a Missionary Baptist pastor who served in both houses of the Arkansas Legislature from Sheridan (1905–1912), introduced in 1909 the resolution calling for the establishment of four state agricultural colleges, including the future ASU.
In 1918, ASU began offering a two-year college program. In 1925, it became First District Agricultural and Mechanical College. A four-year degree program was begun in 1930. A & M College became Arkansas State College in 1933. In 1967, the Arkansas Legislature elevated the college to university status and changed the name to Arkansas State University.
In the fall of 2013, A-State welcomed its most academically prepared freshman class. The result of several years of growing both admission standards and increasing on-campus housing, A-State's incoming first-year first-time student composite ACT was 23.3 with an average high school GPA of 3.44. This was the second consecutive year of high ACT/GPA freshman classes for Arkansas State. The university also posted back-to-back high graduate counts in spring 2012 and spring 2013, producing the most graduates in a two year period in school history.
- Dr. Charles Welch, ASU System President
- Dr. Tim Hudson, Arkansas State University Chancellor
- Dr. Lynita Cooksey, Arkansas State University Provost
A-State's journalism program reorganized into the College of Media and Communication for fall 2013. The College of Media and Communication is home to three student-led media outlets and a NPR affiliate radio station. The Herald, a twice-weekly student newspaper, was founded in 1921 and has a circulation of 5,000. ASU-TV, a program under the Department of Radio-Television, gives students hands-on experience in the field of television broadcasting. Starting in fall 2013, a internet-based student radio station, Red Wolf Radio, was added to the student media. Arkansas State is also home to KASU, a 100,000-watt FM station, which is the oldest NPR affiliate west of the Mississippi River.
Notable alumni or attendees
Well-known alumni of Arkansas State University include:
- Larry P. Arnn- President, Hillsdale College
- Mike Beebe - Governor of Arkansas (2006–Present)
- Earl Bell - Olympic bronze medalist in pole vaulting (1984) and former world record holder
- Lonnie D. Bentley - Professor and the Department Head of Computer and Information Technology at Purdue University
- Fred Barnett - NFL player
- Darren Benson - NFL player
- Bill Bergey - NFL player
- Ray Brown - NFL player
- Rodger Bumpass - Comedian and voice of Squidward on the popular TV show SpongeBob SquarePants
- Ronald R. Caldwell - Arkansas state senator from District 23 since 2013; real estate businessman in Wynne
- Davy Carter - Speaker of the Arkansas House of Representatives, banker and attorney
- Maurice Carthon - NFL player and coach
- Rick Crawford (politician) - United States Representative for the First District of Arkansas.
- John Dickson- Former ABA player
- Carlos Emmons - NFL player
- Patrick Eddie - NBA player
- Jake Files (Bachelor's degree in accounting) - state senator from District 8 in Fort Smith
- Brad Franchione - 2 time NJCAA National Championship head football coach
- Leroy Harris - NFL player
- Jeff Hartwig - Former US record holder in pole vault
- Thomas Hill - Olympic bronze medalist in 110-meter hurdles (1972)
- Robert C. Hinson - U.S. Air Force Lieutenant General
- Beth Holloway - Speech pathologist and motivational speaker, mother of Natalee Holloway
- V. E. Howard, Church of Christ clergyman who started the radio International Gospel Hour, based originally in Texarkana, Texas
- Buddy Jewell, country music singer.
- David Johnson - NFL player
- Tyrell Johnson - NFL Player, Minnesota Vikings, Detroit Lions
- Ken Jones - NFL player
- Al Joyner - Olympic gold medalist in the triple jump (1984)
- Cleo Lemon - NFL player
- D. Price Marshall - federal judge, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas
- Ron Meeks - NFL and CFL player
- Dennis Meyer - CFL coach
- Jerry Muckensturm - NFL player
- David Nail - Mercury and MCA Nashville recording artist
- Kyle Richardson - NFL player
- Jerry Rook - former American Basketball Association player
- Elbert Shelley - NFL player
- George K. Sisler - Posthumous Medal of Honor recipient from Vietnam War
- Edward J. Steimel - Louisiana business lobbyist and columnist
- Kellie Suttle - Two-time Olympic pole vaulter and silver medalist at 2001 World Indoor Championships and 1999 Pan American Games
- Charley Thornton - Sports figure
- Debbye Turner - Miss America, 1990
- Corey Williams - NFL player
- Miller Williams - Poet
Approximately 15% of ASU's students are members of one of the more than 25 Greek organizations located on the campus. Most other student organizations, including the Student Government Association, the Student Activities Board, and the Student Orientation Staff, are populated by outstanding student leaders, many of whom are Greek.
- Alpha Gamma Delta 1948
- Alpha Kappa Alpha(reinstated in 2009)
- Alpha Omicron Pi 1949
- Chi Omega 1961
- Delta Sigma Theta (suspended since 2006)
- Delta Zeta 1991
- Kappa Delta 1968
- Phi Mu 1951 (closed since 2007)
- Sigma Gamma Rho
- Zeta Phi Beta
- Zeta Tau Alpha 1968 (closed since 1991)(reinstated in 2012)
- Alpha Gamma Rho 1969
- Alpha Phi Alpha 1973
- Alpha Tau Omega 1968
- Iota Phi Theta
- Kappa Alpha Order 1967
- Kappa Alpha Psi 1975
- Lambda Chi Alpha 1959
- Phi Beta Sigma
- Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia
- Pi Kappa Alpha 1948
- Omega Psi Phi
- Sigma Chi 1987
- Sigma Phi Epsilon (closed in 2001)
- Sigma Pi 1948
- Tau Kappa Epsilon 1949 (closed in 2007)
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