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Cara Brookins Featured at 90th Celebrations
Published: September 13 2017

Author Cara Brookins will begin Arkansas State University-Beebe’s  90th Anniversary event series this fall with a lecture and book signing on Tuesday, Sept. 19 at 7 p.m. at the Searcy High School Performing Arts Center.  

Brookins is a graduate of Searcy High School and ASU-Beebe. Her book “Rise, How a House Built a Family,” was published in January and is a memoir about escaping domestic violence with her four children and building a 3,500 square foot home from the ground up with their own hands using skills they learned by watching Youtube videos.


Brookins has been featured on THV 11 News, The Today Show, the Governor’s Mansion Leadership Forum, Clinton School of Public Service, Hallmark Home and Family, Literary Festival in Little Rock to name a few.  For more information on Brookins, view her website at https://carabrookins.com. 

The book will be available for purchase at the ASU-Beebe campus bookstores. Tickets for the lecture are $15 general admission or $30 VIP/reserved seating. To purchase tickets online, visit https://asub.ticketleap.com/.


Other events this fall include a ‘Climb and Dine’ at Sugarloaf Mountain on October 21, a free community concert by American Idol winner Kris Allen on October 28, and a Veteran’s Day celebration on November 9. Those planning to attend these events, should register at https://asub.ticketleap.com/.


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


ASU-Beebe was founded in 1927 by the Arkansas Legislature 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), began delivering Online course work (1999), Heber Springs campus (2000) and Searcy (2003).

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, the Little Rock Air Force Base, and online. 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.