SMC alum Jason Irby will celebrate his birthday on Saturday, Nov. 10 at an “Almost 50 Roast and Toast Banquet” that will raise money for Irby’s scholarship in the School of Mass Communication. Irby hopes to see many friends from the SMC at the Patrick Henry Hays Center, 401 West Pershing Boulevard in North Little Rock from 7-11 p.m. Tickets will be $15 at the door, and are $10 in advance. You may also call Ms. Fleta Watson at the SMC office at 569-3250 to reserve tickets. Irby enrolled at UALR in 1981, eventually earning both his B.A. and his M.A. degrees. At the recent campus picnic, he signed copies of his new book, “Love Within Life: A Book of Life’s Shared Experiences,” with funding also going to the scholarship.