Wet weather opens the floodgates at ASU Mid-South Halloween Bash

Wet weather opens the floodgates at ASU Mid-South Halloween Bash

Thousands visit campus for trick-or-treat fun

By Ralph Hardin

ralphhardin@ gmail.com With heavy rains threatening to wash away Halloween festivities this year, there was one clear solution… take it indoors!

And that’s just what happened this past Wednesday afternoon as a massive crowd made its way like a zombie horde to the campus of ASU Mid-South. Chancellor Debra West offered a end-of-night recap after a busy, busy bash.

“The second annual ASU Mid-South Halloween Bash is in the books and it was also off the chain,” said West. “The threat of bad weather and some unsolicited but not unwelcome publicity from Action News 5 and News Channel 3 resulted in our passing out candy and glow sticks to literally thousands of people tonight in The Reynolds Center.”

The Bash was a hit, but not without some effort from some very dedicated volunteers.

“Thank you to the West Memphis Police Department for your partnership with us on this event,” West said. “Thank you to our students, faculty, and staff, who planned it, decorated and manned candy stations in full costume, and who donated much of the candy for tonight’s event. And finally, thank you to our community, who always pitch in to help no matter what we need. This event is our little way of giving back. We hope the people of Crittenden County enjoyed it as much as we did.”

It wasn’t just about giving the kiddos a dry place to trick-or-treat. There was another important motive behind the bash.

“We handed out college program information, candy, glow sticks, toothbrushes, and who knows what else to more than 2,244 area residents — and that’s just the number we managed to get signed in,” West said, as she handed out kudos all around.

“A huge shout out to Brandy Ivy, who actually volunteered to lead this effort this year, as well as to her committed team of volunteers — Brice James, Angshylea Angie Jones, Uisa Tankersley Haggard, Virginia Ginger Gardner, Emmanuel Blair, Jaime Patterson, Erin Gordon, Phillip Para, and Rodney Ivy.”

West also offered, “a big thank you to ASU Mid-South Family,” including: Academic Affairs; Administration/Advancem ent Divisions; Adult Education; Arkansas State University; Barbara C. Baxter Learning Success Center; Communications Faculty; Diesel Technology Faculty; Finance Division; Future Educator's Club; Home Visiting Services; Human Resources; Hospitality Faculty; Maintenance Department; Marcis & Associates; Natural Sciences Faculty; PBI; Phlebotomy/Allied Health Faculty; Sandra C. Goldsby Library; Sigma Kappa Delta; SKILLS USA; Strategic Initiatives and Workforce Development; Student Affairs Division; Student Government Association; TRiO SSS; and the Welding Faculty.

Other community groups and individuals earning heartfely gratitude from West included East Arkansas Family Health; Girl Scout Trip 10121; Marion Jr. High Girls' Basketball; Rob French; West Memphis Steel; Precision Lawn Service; West Memphis Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta; and the West Memphis Fire Department.

“And a special thank you again to our co-sponsor, the West Memphis Police Department,” she added. “Thanks to their enthusiastic participation and support, this event took on an even greater community spirit this year. This was a great night for our college and a great way for us to give back to a community that has supported us for more than 25 years. The coolest thing about it is that it exposes us to so many people in our community who might otherwise never have the courage to step foot on a college campus. It’s relationship building at its finest, and everyone here is very proud of what we accomplished with this event. We are already looking forward to next year!”

The ASU Mid-South Halloween Bash, put on by the college and the West Memphis Police Department was a huge event this past Oct. 31, with literally thousands of visitors and plenty of fun for everyone.

Photos courtesy of ASU Mid-South/WMPD