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ASU-Beebe to Celebrate 90 Years of Education With Event Series


BEEBE, Ark. – Arkansas State University-Beebe will celebrate the university’s 90th anniversary with a series of events this fall.

Interim Chancellor Roger Moore unveiled plans to celebrate the relationship the university shares with the surrounding campus communities in presenting four events this fall. This commemoration is “90 Years of Education, 90 Days of Celebration.”

The event series will begin with a lecture and book signing by author and ASU-Beebe graduate Cara Brookins on Tuesday, Sept. 19, at 7 p.m. at the Searcy High School Performing Arts Center. Brookins’ book “Rise, How a House Built a Family” tells the true story of how she and her children built their own home with skills they learned by watching YouTube videos. The book will be available for purchase at the ASU-Beebe campus bookstore. For ticket information and prices, visit


The celebration continues in October with several free community events.  On Saturday, Oct. 21, ASU-Beebe will partner with Sugarloaf Heritage Council to host a ‘Climb and Dine’ event. Sugarloaf Mountain provides visitors an opportunity to explore several of the trails that lead to the top of the mountain to behold the panoramic view of Heber Springs, nearby Little Red River and the Heber Springs campus.  The hike will begin at 9 a.m., followed by a free BBQ lunch at 11 a.m. at the pavilion on the Heber Springs campus. This is a free event, but those planning to attend should register at

A free community concert by American Idol winner Kris Allen is scheduled at the Beebe campus on Saturday, Oct. 28, at 7:30 p.m.  This event is open to the public.  Blankets and lawn chairs are encouraged, but no outside food or drink will be permitted through the gates. Even though this event is a free event, those planning to attend should register at

The final event will be a special Veteran’s Day celebration in honor of ASU-Beebe’s long relationship with Little Rock AFB and military students in the community.  This event will be Thursday, Nov. 9, at 12:30 p.m. on the main campus at Beebe.  This event is also open to the public, and all veterans are invited to attend. This is a free event, but those planning to attend should register at

“ASU-Beebe appreciates our communities for the great support provided to this university throughout the past 90 years,” Moore said. “We hope everyone can celebrate this fall with us at one, or all, of these great events.”  

ASU-Beebe was founded in 1927 by the Arkansas General Assembly under Act 282. Established then as the Junior Agricultural School of Central Arkansas.  From there the college later joined with Arkansas State University in 1955.  The succeeding 50 years saw the college grow through several evolutions including the addition of technical and specialized short-course job training programs, as well as expanding to campuses at Little Rock Air Force Base (1965), Heber Springs (2000) and Searcy (2003).

For more information about the anniversary events, contact Community Relations Coordinator Carissa Gillam at (501) 882-8957, or visit For more information about ASU-Beebe and programs offered, call (501) 882-3600.

Arkansas State University-Beebe is an operationally separate, two-year institution of the Arkansas State University System with campuses located in Beebe, Heber Springs, Searcy, and the Little Rock Air Force Base, as well as online education. The university offers associate degrees, certificates, and non-credit training for business and industry.  The Beebe campus also collaborates with Arkansas State, a four-year university in Jonesboro, to offer baccalaureate and graduate degrees on the Beebe campus. ASU-Beebe is nationally recognized by the Aspen Institute for student success rates.  


Dr. Jennifer Methvin

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 1000
Beebe, AR 72012

(501) 882-3600

(501) 882-8970


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