The Arkansas State University-Little Rock Air Force Base, a Degree Center of ASU-Beebe, will celebrate 50 years of service with a reception on Thursday, Oct. 22 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Jacksonville-Little Rock AFB University Center.
“We’re proud to have been providing higher-education opportunities to residents and employees of Little Rock Air Force Base, Jacksonville and North Pulaski County since 1965,” said ASU-Little Rock AFB director Nancy Shefflette.
The Jacksonville-Little Rock AFB University Center opened in January 2011, and was jointly funded by $5 million of Jacksonville sales tax revenue and $10 million of USAF funding. The center is open to those who live on and work at the base, as well to community members. No special access is required. “Our campus is a key component of ASU-Beebe, and one of six universities in residence at the Jacksonville-Little Rock AFB University Center,” said Shefflette.
The reception is open to the public. Current and former students, graduates, faculty, staff, and prospective students of ASU-Little Rock AFB, as well as Little Rock Air Force Base and Jacksonville/North Pulaski County employees and residents are especially invited to attend the celebration.
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 Little Rock Air Force Base, 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.