Retired educator to speak during Ivy Center mentoring program

Al Ashley, a retired staff emeritus from Stanford University, will speak to students and parents during the Ivy Center for Education Inc., Mentoring Program to be held from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Faith Presbyterian Church, 913 North University.

While at Stanford, Ashley worked in the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory for more than 31 years. He is founder of the SLAC summer science program, now called the Department of Energy Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) program. Ashley has worked tireless to place thousands of underrepresented minority students in STEM-field summer research programs. He continues to provide opportunities for underrepresented students in science and engineering as a friend of students in math and science.

In 2004, Ashley founded the Arkansas Mentoring and Networking Association (AMNA), a non-profit educational organization located in Little Rock. The purpose of AMNA is to assist high school and college STEM students in developing valuable academic and professional mentoring mentor relationship, train students in the art of networking while expanding their exposure to STEM student’s researchers, professionals and lectures, as well as facilitate the placement Arkansas STEM students in paid summer research internships.

Ashley received a bachelor of science from Texas Southern University and continued with further studies in public administration at California State University at Hayward, Calif.

The Ivy Center for Education Inc., is a non-profit organization that promotes “Excellence in Academics and Character.”

Parents and students in grades seven through 12 are encouraged to attend. College students are also welcome.

For more information, contact Mattie P. Collins, president, at; Patricia Berry, executive director, at; or Marguerite Flannigan, secretary, at