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ASU Alumni Association sponsors annual Watering Hole, Aug.18


Jonesboro, Ark. - The Arkansas State University Alumni Association will host the 14th annual 'Watering Hole,' offering free bottles of cold water to welcome incoming students as they move into campus residence halls on Move-In Day, Saturday, Aug. 18.

Wearing special T-shirts identifying them as Watering Hole volunteers, ASU Alumni Association members, members of the Alumni Association board of directors, university officials, faculty, staff, alumni and friends offer assistance at stations stocked with free bottles of cold water outside various residence halls on campus. Many volunteers return each year to share their pride in ASU by welcoming the incoming students and their families. With the hot weather, volunteers expect plenty of demand for cold water.

Move-In Day at the beginning of the academic year each August is traditionally an exciting and hectic event on campus, as cars and trailers are unloaded with students' clothes, furnishings and other items for their rooms.

According to ASU Alumni Association membership director Lindsay Burnett, "We appreciate the alumni and friends who volunteer to help at watering hole. It's a great tradition where right from the beginning of the school year, we can show incoming students and their families that we're glad they chose Arkansas State University. Maybe someday as alumni, they'll come back and volunteer to keep the tradition going. We're proud of ASU and this is part of how we show it."

This year, ASU's License to Howl program will be an additional highlight at Watering Hole sites. According to the Red Wolf Club's Doug Doggett, "The Red Wolf Club and A-State Athletics are excited to partner with the Alumni Association in welcoming the many new and returning students to Arkansas State. This is the third year for our License to Howl event, which has previously been held in one of our stadium parking lots. This year we’re moving across campus to be a part of the excitement of Move-In Day and the Alumni Association's Watering Hole. Our hope is to place new Red Wolves front license plates on every car. We want parents to drive back to their communities and spread A-State pride across the state and the entire country. From 9 a.m. until noon, while students are moving in, Red Wolf Club and athletic department staff will bolt a new front license plate for anyone who desires. We will also have schedule cards, posters and season ticket information available."

For more information on Watering Hole, contact Lindsay Burnett in Alumni Relations at (870) 972-2986 or e-mail lburnett@astate.edu.