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University to host
Black Alumni Reunion, April 18-20
JONESBORO, Feb. 12, 2008 -- The Strong-Turner Alumni Chapter and the
ASU Alumni Association are hosting a Black Alumni Reunion the weekend of
April 18-20. It will provide the opportunity for African-American alumni
to reunite with others who shared a common experience while attending
Registrations received by Feb. 29 will receive an 'Early Bird' discount.
Late registrations will be accepted through April 1. There will be no
on-site registration. Commemorative T-shirts will be available to those
who submit early registrations only.
The weekend will feature activities including a golf tournament, panel
discussions with students and alumni, receptions and social gatherings,
a business meeting, campus overview presented by ASU administrators, a
cookout, Greek show, awards banquet, and a memorial and inspirational
Child care will be available on a first-come basis upon request at time
of registration. Sponsorships and scholarship opportunities are
The reunion committee is led by Jackie Williams Dedman of Little Rock,
president of the Strong-Turner Alumni Chapter, along with Ernestine
Gibson of Fayetteville and Jajuan Johnson of Little Rock.
The committee features representatives from various geographical areas
and generations. They are: Angela Barber Austin of Pine Bluff; George
Cotton of St. Louis; Ronnie Dedman of Little Rock; Ivory Jenkins of
Jonesboro; Shelvy Keglar of Indianapolis; Sharon Lee of Jonesboro;
Tamela Tenpenny Lewis of Little Rock; Anderson Neal and Marietha Neal,
both of Texarkana; Carolyn Turner of Little Rock; Dr. Patricia Guy Walls
of Jonesboro, Dr. Lonnie Williams of Jonesboro, and Peggy Robinson
Wright of Jonesboro and Forrest City.
African Americans have been prominent on the A-State campus since the
graduation of Walter B. Strong in 1959 and Frederick C. Turner in 1960.
Today, African-Americans comprise approximately 17% of ASU's
undergraduate student population.
For more information, a reunion registration packet, and information
about hotel accommodations with a special discounted reunion rate,
contact Dr. Lonnie Williams at 870-972-2048, e-mail
visit the website at
Dr. Lonnie Williams, 972-2048
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