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04-23-09 Inaugural G. Thomas Baumgardner Award

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Former SouthArk administrator Dr. Kermit Parks presents the inaugural G. Thomas Baumgardner Award

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The G. Thomas Baumgardner Students’ Choice Award was awarded to Donna Hendricks, business and computer instructor.

Established in honor of former SouthArk Board Trustee G. Thomas Baumgardner, this award will be given annually to a faculty member teaching at least three semester hours during the academic year. The award is determined by students’ votes.  The winner will receive award money to be used for faculty development activities such as purchase of material to enhance classroom teaching and attending conferences or seminars.

Mr. Baumgardner, a long-time resident of El Dorado, retired from Con-Agra Foods in 1992.  Active in community affairs, he has served on numerous boards, including the South Arkansas Regional Health Center, Campfire Girls, South Arkansas Arts Center, Union County Community Foundation, El Dorado Airport Commission, El Dorado Civil Service Commission, YWCA and the El Dorado Little Theater.  In addition to serving as a SouthArk Trustee, Mr. Baumgardner taught classes at the college from 1981 to 1995.