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Cooper Alumni Center receives gift from
E. C. Barton and Company
Oct. 17, 2008 --
The Arkansas State
University Alumni Association has received a major gift toward the new
Cooper Alumni Center from E. C. Barton and Company of Jonesboro.
In recognition of the gift, the banquet reception corridor overlooking
the lake at the Alumni Center will be named in honor of E. C. Barton and
Company. The Cooper Alumni Center held a 'soft opening' on Sept. 20, and
holds its formal dedication on Oct. 17.
According to Beth Smith, executive director of the ASU Alumni
Association, "The Cooper Alumni Center will be a premier facility and
having the E. C. Barton Company associated with us will enhance our
visibility within the Jonesboro and Northeast Arkansas community. This
is a wonderful investment in Arkansas State University, and we
appreciate so much their partnership with us."
Niel Crowson is
chairman, president and CEO of E. C. Barton and Company. Speaking for
the company, he said, "E. C. Barton and Company dates back to 1885, and,
like ASU, has a proud heritage in our community, proven strong over
time. We are proud to partner with them."
Crowson, a 1975 graduate of ASU-Jonesboro with a degree in agriculture,
said, "Arkansas State University has made significant contributions to
our success over the years by providing us with a pool of talented
individuals." He added, "Our company is rich in individuals who attended
ASU, from management roles to our board of directors."
In 2003, the ASU Alumni Association received a $2 million gift from
Darrell and Charlotte Pugh Cooper of Clarkston, Michigan, toward the
construction of the 20,000 square-foot facility. Both of the Coopers
were members of the A-State class of 1964. Their contribution started
the fundraising for the privately-funded facility, named the Cooper
Alumni Center in recognition of their gift.
The multipurpose facility includes a banquet hall, board room, meeting
areas, history room, and office space for the alumni and development
units of the university. The back terrace overlooking the lake will
contain engraved bricks available for purchase. A reception area and
lounge will have a view of the lake, with the banquet room accommodating
seated dinners for 200 people. Included in the office wing will be the
workspaces for ASU Alumni Relations, the Office of Development, and the
Vice-Chancellor for University Advancement and staff.
There are currently more than 60,000 ASU alumni. For more information on
the Alumni Association or the Cooper Alumni Center, contact the ASU
Alumni office at 870-972-ALUM (2586), or email
firstname.lastname@example.org. For more details and pictures of the
facility, see the Alumni Association website at