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(Mountain Home) – From kidnapping and brutality to heartwarming love and inspiration, the 2013-2014 Gaston Lecture Series at Arkansas State University-Mountain Home (ASUMH) will feature two authors with personal stories to tell.

Gaston Lectures at ASUMH are free and open to the public. All lectures will take place in the Vada Sheid Community Development Center at ASUMH.

Jim and Jill Gaston, owners of Gaston’s Resort on the White River, endowed the ASUMH Lecture Series in 1997 to challenge individuals to think, reason and learn. Lectures are held each fall and spring semester.

On Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 7 PM, Roy Hallums, author of Buried Alive: The True Story of Kidnapping, Captivity, and a Dramatic Rescue, will tell about his abduction in Iraq. The 56-year-old retired Naval commander from Memphis, TN was working as a food supply contractor in Baghdad’s high-end Mansour District when he was abducted.

Also, on Tuesday April 8, 2014 at 7 PM, the author of The Richest Man in Town, VJ Smith, will tell the moving story of the friendship he developed with Marty, a cashier at a big box store whose modest income and social status failed to prevent him from becoming “the richest man in town”—one who easily garnered the universal love and respect of his co-workers and customers. Drawing on teachable moments, Smith will share living proof that you don’t need money, power or title to make a difference in life; you just need to care.

For more information on the Gaston Lecture Series at ASUMH, contact Christy Kiern at 870-508-6109.

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