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Cooper Alumni Center receives gift from Callaway
Oct. 17, 2008 --
Arkansas State University Alumni Association has received a major gift
toward the new Cooper Alumni Center from Jim and Paula Callaway of
Dallas. The Callaway gift will provide for an exterior terrace.
James W. Callaway, a 1968 graduate of ASU with a degree in
has had an outstanding career in the communications industry. In 2005,
he led the merger integration efforts of SBC’s acquisition of AT&T, and
held the same position the next year for AT&T's BellSouth
acquisition. He is currently senior executive vice president for
executive operations, responsible for executive support, merger
integration, flight operations and AT&T’s operations in Alaska. In 2007,
he was named a Distinguished Alumnus of the university.
Callaway said, "I am really proud of my experience at ASU. It provided a
solid foundation for my business career and enabled many lifelong
friendships. On trips back to campus over the years, it has been fun
visiting with old friends and the Cooper Alumni Center will certainly
enhance those visits in the future. The location of the center is
really special, as the rear patio area is the site of the old pavilion
which has a sentimental meaning to many alums including my wife Paula
and me. We both feel honored to have played a role in the construction
of the facility which will be enjoyed for many years to come."
The Cooper Alumni Center held a 'soft opening' on Sept. 20, and holds
its formal dedication on Oct. 17.
According to Bob Earwood of Collierville, TN, former president of the
ASU Alumni Association and one of this year's Distinguished Alumni, "I'd
like to thank Jim and Paula Callaway for their very generous gift to the
Cooper Alumni Center. This facility will be the focal point of all
alumni returning to the ASU campus whether it be for university
functions, sporting events, educational purposes or simply meeting old
friends. I cannot express enough gratitude to Jim and Paula to tell them
how much this means to the university."
executive director of the ASU Alumni Association, said, "Jim and Paula
Callaway's commitment to the project early on was one of the driving
factors that insured its success. The construction of this facility is a
transformational moment in how we will connect with ASU alumni in the
future. I thank them for helping to make it happen."
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
more details and photos of the facility, see the Alumni Association