Arkansas State University
fax (870) 972-3069
Links to News Releases
Public activities at ASU
Faculty and Staff
Cooper Alumni Center receives gift from Sam and
Oct. 13, 2008 --
The Arkansas State
University Alumni Association has received a major gift toward the new
Cooper Alumni Center from Marilyn
McCracken Hummelstein and Sam Hummelstein of Jonesboro.
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, "Sam and Marilyn do so much for ASU, and we appreciate
tremendously." The area at the Alumni Center to be named for the Hummelsteins
is a reception area overlooking the lake.
Marilyn McCracken Hummelstein, president of the St. Bernards Development
Foundation, received a bachelor's degree in education from ASU-Jonesboro
in 1974. She represents the fourth generation of her family with ties to
ASU, going back to 1910 when her great-grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. C. V.
Warr, were the first non-faculty personnel hired by President V. C. Kays
for what was then the First District Agricultural School. Her
grandmother, Margaret Warr, was in the college's first four-year class,
which graduated in 1932.
Marilyn Hummelstein, "ASU is a part of me; I can't imagine not being a part of
ASU." Regarding her gift, she said, "ASU is family, and that's what you
do. I was a part of the university long before I went to school there.
When I was young, we lived on campus with my mother's family. It was
always a part of my life."
She adds, "I just loved my college days, loved dorm life, loved it all.
But ASU was a part of me long before that. It's responsible for the
person I am today. So it's just natural that I want to give back to ASU.
It's part of who I am." Speaking of the new Alumni Center, Hummelstein
said, "Of course I wanted to be part of it."
For more than 30 years, the Hummelsteins have worked together
in managing the family business, Hummelstein Iron and Metal.
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 pictures of the facility, see the Alumni Association