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Arkansas State 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 A-State.

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 service.

Child care will be available on a first-come basis upon request at time of registration. Sponsorships and scholarship opportunities are available.

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 or visit the website at

for more information:
Dr. Lonnie Williams, 972-2048

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