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DeGray Lake Resort State Park welcoming Spring Breakers

DeGray Lake Resort State Park welcoming Spring Breakers

At long last, spring is just around the corner, and not a minute too soon! After an uncharacteristically harsh winter across the state, spring fever is likely to strike soon and hard. Teachers can expect flurries of day dreaming episodes and longing gazes out the windows to begin sometime this month and build in severity and frequency as spring break draws ever nearer. Productivity in the work place may begin to take a hit as employees plot their escape into the great outdoors. Do not despair though, for there is good news as well. A low pressure system of fun and play is expected to sweep across the state bringing with it smiles and laughter beginning March 7th through the 30th, as DeGray Lake Resort State Park will be kicking off Spring Break 2014 park style!

Guests can expect a full line-up of daily programs to be offered by the park’s interpreters that are geared toward the whole family. Many guest favorites will be

Presidential tree marker dedication set for President’s Day

Presidential tree marker dedication set for President’s Day

HOT SPRINGS (ASMSA) — It may not be the cherry tree of President George Washington yore, but a tulip poplar on the campus of the Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts can claim a presidential lineage.

On March 21, 1994, the Hot Springs Parks and Recreation Department planted a two-year old tulip poplar tree in recognition of Arbor Day on the lawn in front of ASMSA’s Administration Building. The tree is a descendant of a tulip poplar planted in 1785 by Washington himself at Mount Vernon, Washington’s estate in Virginia.

ASMSA’s tree was one of 60 seedlings sent to Washington namesake locations and other presidential sites from 1983 to 1998. ASMSA’s campus is known as Clinton Presidential Park. Of those seedlings, only 12 have survived.

Mulerider’s ride across Arkansas turns heads

Mulerider’s ride across Arkansas turns heads

MAGNOLIA, Ark. (SAU) – The Mulerider from Southern Arkansas University recently turned a lot of heads as she rode Molly Ann the mule to some of the state’s most popular locations in celebration of SAU’s record fall enrollment.

Megan Maye, senior SAU student from Mena, Ark., vowed to ride out her final year as one of the most unique collegiate mascots at full speed. She and Molly Ann hit 15 locations in two days at Hot Springs and Little Rock on November 13-14, 2013.

"Southern Arkansas University has a rich tradition of pride as the Muleriders," said Arkansas Department of Higher Education Director Shane Broadway. "I was so glad to be able to spend time with Molly Ann and Megan as they made their way across the state. What a great approach to get people talking about SAU and higher education in Arkansas!"

Mulerider mascot to ride across Hot Springs and Little Rock

Mulerider mascot to ride across Hot Springs and Little Rock

MAGNOLIA, Ark. (SAU) – Megan Maye, Southern Arkansas University’s Mulerider, is loading up her esteemed mule, Molly Ann, to go on the road across Arkansas in celebration of SAU’s record-setting enrollment this fall.

Maye, a senior at SAU’s College of Business, is ready to ride out of her senior year with a bang. She and Molly Ann are scheduled to hit Hot Springs and Little Rock on November 13 and 14. Running alongside the Mulerider will be the award-winning video production crew at SAU, who will be filming the mascot at some of the most beautiful and recognizable locations in all of Arkansas.

SAU has one of the most unique mascots in the United States, and the Mulerider’s upcoming tour of Arkansas is representative of SAU’s broadening reach across our Natural State. In fact, SAU students represent 64 out of the state’s 75 counties. 

ASMSA offering Destination Mars class at UALR

ASMSA offering Destination Mars class at UALR

HOT SPRINGS — The Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts will present Destination Mars at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock on Sept. 21.

Destination Mars is an ASMSA Science and Engineering Institute-Fusion event that will focus on the preparation and execution of an exploratory trip to Mars. During the event, participants will:

* Learn how to launch a spacecraft bound for Mars.
* Design and test a water filter that could be used to recycle water during a six-month trip to Mars.
* Compete in an egg-drop contest that will simulate a Mars landing.
* Hear the story of an ASMSA graduate who worked on the trajectory for the Mars Rover.

Destination Mars is free and open to all eighth-graders in Arkansas. It will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Dickinson Auditorium in Dickinson Hall on the UALR campus. Preregistration is required. Parents are encouraged to attend the opening and closing remarks in Dickinson Auditorium.

ASMSA students improve ACT scores, opposite of state, national trends

ASMSA students improve ACT scores, opposite of state, national trends

HOT SPRINGS — In a year where state and national ACT scores dropped across the board, Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts students improved their scores.

In 2013, ASMSA students received an average composite score of 28.6, according to a report released Wednesday. The average composite score for the state was 20.2, and the national average was 20.9. Both the state and national scores dipped from the previous year. ASMSA’s score rose by almost 2 points.

The ACT is scored on a scale of 1 to 36, with 36 being the highest possible score. Students also receive scores in four individual testing areas, which are combined for the composite score. The individual testing areas are English, mathematics, reading and science.

ASMSA Science Café Series begins Aug. 16

ASMSA Science Café Series begins Aug. 16

HOT SPRINGS — The Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts will kick off the new school year with the continuation of its Science Café Public Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Aug. 16.

Dr. Jack Waddell, a physics instructor at the school, will present “Six Degrees of Separation: What the Science of Complex Networks Reveals in our Lives.” The first Science Café of the year will be held in the ASMSA Boardroom, located in the Administration Building at 200 Whittington Ave.

The Science Café Lecture Series features a member of the ASMSA science faculty leading a discussion of scientific interest. The speaker will give a 20-minute lecture and then lead a discussion on the subject in a laid-back atmosphere. Audience participation is greatly encouraged.