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ASU Alumni Association announces Homecoming 2009,
set for Saturday, Oct. 24
August 18, 2009 --
Arkansas State University
Alumni Association announces plans for
Homecoming 2009 which
place on Saturday, Oct. 24. All alumni and friends of the university are
invited to attend. The schedule for ASU's Centennial Homecoming includes
the All-Alumni pre-game tailgate party at the Cooper Alumni Center; the
5th Quarter Party after the football game in downtown
Jonesboro; recognition of Distinguished Alumni at halftime of the game;
reunions; alumni seminars; luncheons; tailgates, and activities by
academic colleges. For general Homecoming information, contact the
Alumni office at (870) 972-2586.
On Saturday, Oct. 24, the ASU Alumni Association will sponsor a pre-game
tailgate party at the Cooper Alumni Center from 4-5:30 p.m. All alumni,
friends of the university and their families are invited for food and
fun. Wings-to-Go will serve tailgate food, and popular local band Snap
Crow Legs will be performing live. The Cooper Alumni Center is located
just north of the Convocation Center and west of the stadium on the ASU
campus. The event, which is free to the public, will be sponsored by
Clopton Clinic and Simmons First Bank of Jonesboro.
For the first year, the ASU Alumni Association's 5th Quarter
Party will be held on Main Street in downtown Jonesboro. The party
begins right after the football game.
Arkansas State University will honor four outstanding individuals in its 26th
year of recognizing Distinguished Alumni.
This year’s honorees, selected by the ASU Alumni Association board of
directors, are: Wayne Baker, class of 1955 and Virginia Robinson Baker,
class of 1945, business and community leaders of Jonesboro; Jake Bell,
class of 1974, a theatrical stage manager and technical production
manager of New York City; and Dr. F. M. Wilson of Jonesboro, class of
1948, a noted area physician. The Distinguished Alumni presentation
ceremony will be held at halftime of the Homecoming football game on
Saturday, Oct. 24.
Marking the 100th
anniversary of the Model T Ford, a special event in honor of ASU's
Centennial celebration will be held Saturday, Oct. 24, at 1 p.m., as a
parade of antique Model T cars will proceed to the entrance of the
Cooper Alumni Center where they will gather on the lawn in front of the
building. Model T enthusiasts from around the region
will be driving their cars to participate in the event. At 3 p.m., a
historic re-enactment of an iconic photo in the 1959 A-State yearbook
will be held using the actual car and many of the ladies who were
originally photographed 50 years ago.
Chapter (S-TAC), a chapter of the ASU Alumni Association
focusing on African-American alumni and friends of the university, plans
several S-TAC Homecoming events. On Friday morning, Oct. 23, the S-TAC
golf outing will be at Sage Meadows Golf Course beginning at 8 a.m. The
S-TAC social that evening will be at the ASU Pavilion.
At noon, S-TAC
hosts the Linual Cameron Scholarship Reception honoring this year's
scholarship recipient and Outstanding Alumnus in the Student Union's
Mockingbird Room. That evening at 10 p.m., the S-TAC alumni dance will
be held at the Hilton Garden Inn on Caraway Road. For more information
on S-TAC Homecoming activities, contact Shelia Sanders, S-TAC
Homecoming Chair, at (870) 243-1657.
Saturday, Oct. 24, at 10 a.m., the
Communications Journalism Alumni Speakers Series for 2009 will
feature guest speaker Rob Roedel, a 1989 ASU graduate and manager of
corporate communications for Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas. He has
worked in the communications and marketing field for approximately 20
years. The seminar and luncheon are free, but luncheon reservations are
required. For reservations or more information, contact Terrie Rolland
at the College of Communications at (870) 972-2468.
College of Nursing and Health
Professions annual Distinguished Alumni
awards and Open House will be held Saturday afternoon, Oct. 24, at the
new Donald W. Reynolds Center for Health Sciences beginning at 2 p.m.
For more information, the College of Nursing and Health Professions can
be reached at (870) 972-3074.
Agriculture and Technology tailgate party will be held
Saturday, Oct. 24, in Tailgate City west of the stadium beginning at 3:30
p.m. All Agri alumni and friends are invited to share the fun.
For more information, the College of
Agriculture can be contacted at (870) 972-2085.
The ASU Red Wolves will host Florida International for the
Homecoming football game which kicks off Saturday, Oct. 24, at 6 p.m.
At halftime, the university's Distinguished Alumni will be recognized,
the Homecoming Court will be presented, and the A-State Class of 1959,
which celebrates its golden anniversary reunion on Friday, Oct. 23, will
be recognized. Game tickets are available through the ASU
Central Box Office at (870) 972-ASU1.
The 1957/1958 A-State track team will celebrate their reunion with a
dinner Friday evening, Oct. 23, at the Holiday Inn at 6 p.m. The group
will also gather at the Cooper Alumni Center on Saturday, Oct. 24, at 4
p.m., and will meet at the Stadium Arch at 5:30. For more information
contact Bob Miller at (870) 935-6020.
ASU's United Voices gospel choir reunion concert will be held in
Centennial Ballroom of the Student Union on Sunday, Oct. 25, at 2:30
p.m. For more information, contact event organizers Reco Haggins,
Broderick Daniels, or Kimberly Fox at
For more details about Homecoming 2009, see the Alumni Association
contact the Alumni Office at (870) 972-2586, or e-mail