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Centennial week begins Monday

Published: Thursday, September 17, 2009

Updated: Tuesday, September 28, 2010 14:09

There are several activities planned for the upcoming week that will kick off this semester's portion of ASU's centennial celebration.

Dr. Ruth Hawkins, chairwoman of the centennial committee, and her fellow committee members have worked closely with the SAB, faculty and the community to make sure that ASU's centennial is properly commemorated.

"We have asked that each department have a centennial focus on the events they already host," Hawkins said. "Just add a little centennial flavor to the event."

Hawkins and her team are planning to host a series of events each semester. The first of which began last semester with a downtown parade and the unveiling of the revamped centennial arch.

The 18-month centennial celebration began on April 1 and will commence on Oct. 3, 2010.

Some of next week's events include a scavenger hunt and a "name that tune" competition that includes $100 cash prizes.

The events that are Monday through Thursday will be held on the Heritage Plaza Lawn and will have a "carnival-like atmosphere," Hawkins said.

The week of centennial celebration will provide a perfect bridge to the sesquicentennial events that are planned in the downtown area to commemorate Jonesboro and Craighead County's 150th birthday.

Another part of the centennial celebration is the placement of time capsules around the centennial arch. The idea for the capsules was presented in a public relations plan crafted by students, John McCarley, Jessica Williams and Tammy Booth.

The first capsule will be placed during the homecoming celebration week in October.

Hawkins and the Centennial Committee have already started planning for the spring semester.

Those plans include placing a time capsule replica in the Student Union to be filled for the next class, which students will placed around the arch.

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