Valena Galbraith, a 2000 graduate of El Dorado High School, has accepted a Pro MedAmbulance Scholarship to attend South Arkansas Community College this fall.

She is a surgical technology major.

The scholarship is funded through the SouthArk Foundation.

Addison Preston, a 2011 graduate of Smackover High School, has accepted the SimmonsFirst Bank Endowed Scholarship to attend South Arkansas Community College in the fall.

He is the son of Larry Preston and Diane Hamilton, both of Smackover. He was amember of the football and baseball teams and of the choir in high school.

The scholarship is funded through the SouthArk Foundation.

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The South Arkansas Community College Foundation has been awarded a $25,000 Sept. 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance 10th Anniversary Challenge grant from the Corporation for National andCommunity Service, a federal agency.

The award announcement comes following the unveiling of the Arkansas 9.11 Memorial as part of the SouthArk Foundation’s Outdoor Expo, held on Sept. 10.

The grant, funded over a three-year frame, will support the inclusion of an observance of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States as a permanent component of the Expo; the memorial as an educational destination for area citizens; and the organization of annual SouthArk service projects.

“I congratulate the SouthArk Foundation for its commitment to community service and its dedication that led to this award,” said Robert Velasco II, acting chief executive of the Corporation for National and Community Service. “It set a great example for the community, proving that the drive of a few can make a big difference for many.”

The Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act established Sept. 11 as a National Day of Service and Remembrance and authorized CNCS with supporting service and remembrance activities to honor this day. To promote broad participation in the day of service, CNCS launched the September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance 10th Anniversary Challenge. Through this initiative, organizations were challenged to bring Americans together in service projects on and around Sept. 11.

Nearly 140 organizations participated in the Challenge, competing for grants that can be used over three years to implement future Sept. 11 projects on a larger scale to benefit their communities. Engaging more than150,000 total volunteers, grants were awarded to the organizations that were determined to have the largest numbers of volunteers in each of their respective categories.

The Foundation grant proposal noted that upwards of 2,000 volunteers are expected to help carry out the grant’s components.

The Corporation for National and Community Service includes agencies like AmeriCorps and Learn and Serve America.

Jyran Dancy of Summerfield, La., a business major at South Arkansas Community College, has accepted the William Jammillous Terry Scholarship to attend SouthArk this fall.

The scholarship is funded through the SouthArk Foundation.

joyner_davidDavid W. Joyner, a 1975 graduate of El Dorado High School, has accepted a Full-Time Choral Scholarship to attend South Arkansas Community College in the Fall.

He is a general education major.

The scholarship is funded through the SouthArk Foundation.

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David Gasper of Tetra Technologies in El Dorado, second from left, this week presents a check that represents a $7,000 donation by the company to the South Arkansas Community College Foundation in support of SouthArk’s new process technology program. Receiving are, from left, dean of business and technical education Jim Roomsburg, dean of workforce development Lynda Richardson and president Dr.Barbara Jones. Developed due to local industry need, the program will trainstudents to operate systems at chemical plants, refineries, paper mills andother such sites. Students are being enrolled now; for more information about the process technology program call Roomsburg at (870) 864-8410.

Alma E. Moses, the daughter of Noah and Melanie Moses of El Dorado, has accepted the Choral Scholarship to attend South Arkansas Community College in the fall.

She is a member of Phi Beta Lambda at SouthArk, Union County 4-H, South Arkansas Poets of the Pines andother.

The scholarship is funded through the SouthArk Foundation.

Elise A. Moses, the daughter of Noah and Melanie Moses of El Dorado, has accepted the Choral Scholarship to attend South Arkansas Community College in the fall.

She is a member of Phi Beta Lambda at SouthArk, Union County 4-H, South Arkansas Poets of the Pines andother organizations.

The scholarship is funded through the SouthArk Foundation.

Elise A. Moses, the daughter of Noah and Melanie Moses of El Dorado, has accepted the Choral Scholarship to attend South Arkansas Community College in the fall.

She is a member of Phi Beta Lambda at SouthArk, Union County 4-H, South Arkansas Poets of the Pines andother organizations.

The scholarship is funded through the SouthArk Foundation.

Lisa Sipes of El Dorado, a 1984 graduate of Norphlet High School, has accepted the REACH Scholarship to attend South Arkansas Community College in the Fall.
She is a radiologic technology major and a member of Phi Beta Lambda, president of the Student Government Association, a member of Phi Theta Kappa and president of the 2012 rad tech class.
The scholarship is funded through the SouthArk Foundation.
Lisa Sipes of El Dorado, a 1984 graduate of Norphlet High School, has accepted the REACH Scholarship to attend South Arkansas Community College in the Fall.
She is a radiologic technology major and a member of Phi Beta Lambda, president of the Student Government Association, a member of Phi Theta Kappa and president of the 2012 rad tech class.
The scholarship is funded through the SouthArk Foundation.
James P. York, a 1999 homeschool graduate, has accepted the Jodie Mahony Endowed Scholarship to attend South Arkansas Community College in the Fall.
York is a general-education major at SouthArk and received the English Award in 2011.
The scholarship is funded through the SouthArk Foundation.
James P. York, a 1999 homeschool graduate, has accepted the Jodie Mahony Endowed Scholarship to attend South Arkansas Community College in the Fall.
York is a general-education major at SouthArk and received the English Award in 2011.
The scholarship is funded through the SouthArk Foundation.
Jay Henard, a 1986 graduate of McKray High School in Mount Holly, has accepted the James M. Moore Jr. Endowed Scholarship to attend South Arkansas Community College in the Fall.
Henard is a nursing major and a member of Phi Theta Kappa and Phi Beta Lambda.
henard_jayJay Henard, a 1986 graduate of McKray High School in Mount Holly, has accepted the James M. Moore Jr. Endowed Scholarship to attend South Arkansas Community College in the Fall.
Henard is a nursing major and a member of Phi Theta Kappa and Phi Beta Lambda.
EL DORADO-Tammy Caskey of Magnolia, a physical therapist assistance major at South Arkansas Community College, has accepted the JoAn and Charles T. Skinner Endowed Scholarship to attend South Arkansas Community College in the Fall.
She is a member of Phi Theta Kappa.
The scholarship is funded through the SouthArk Foundation.
caskey_tammyEL DORADO-Tammy Caskey of Magnolia, a physical therapist assistance major at South Arkansas Community College, has accepted the JoAn and Charles T. Skinner Endowed Scholarship to attend South Arkansas Community College in the Fall.
She is a member of Phi Theta Kappa.
The scholarship is funded through the SouthArk Foundation.

LaTisha M. Briggs, a 2011 graduate of El Dorado High School, has accepted the Jonathan M. Warren Memorial Scholarship to attend South Arkansas Community College in the Fall.

The daughter of Sherry Briggs, in high school she was a member of Family, Consumer and Career Leaders of America; Future Business Leaders of America; the Fellowship of Christian Athletes; the Spanish Club; and Thespian Troupe 42.

of Phi Beta Lambda, Phi Theta Kappa and the Stand Foundation.

teasley_PorshaPorsha Teasley, a 1997 graduate of Smackover High School, has accepted the James Family Endowed Scholarship to attend South Arkansas Community College in the Fall.

greenBecky Green, a 2011 graduate of Smackover High School, has accepted the Dr. Ben T. Whitfield Scholarship to attend South Arkansas Community College in the Fall.

Green, the daughter of Sandra Green, was the secretary-treasurer of the Health Occupations Students of America at Smackover High.

Jamie Wolfe, a 2000 graduate of Warren High School, has accepted the Melba Tatom Nursing Endowed Scholarship to attend South Arkansas Community College in the Fall.

Charles Jones Jr., a 1995 graduate of El Dorado High School and a general education major at South Arkansas Community College, has accepted the General Scholarship to attend SouthArk in the Fall.

He is a member of Phi Beta Lambda, Phi Theta Kappa and the Stand Foundation.

Kara Yutzy of El Dorado has accepted the General Educational Development Scholarship to attend South Arkansas Community College in the Fall.

Inez Robinson, a 1998 graduate of Strong High School, has accepted the Omazel Lawson Endowed Scholarship to attend South Arkansas Community College in the Fall.

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The SouthArk Foundation set up an information booth at the South Arkansas Community College first annual Spring Fling in April.  This event was hosted by the SouthArk Student Government Association for students to participate in fun games, enjoy a hot dog lunch, and win prizes and giveaways.   L-R: Foundation student worker Jazz Curley and Institutional Advancement and Foundation director Cynthia Reyna.

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Psychology instructor Sterling Claypoole and natural-science instructor Susan Johnson recently were named recipients of the G. Thomas Baumgardner Students’ Choice Faculty Award at South Arkansas Community College.

Both Claypoole and Johnson are newcomers to the full-time faculty at SouthArk. The award is designed to recognize teachers who have been the most helpful and supportive in the eyes of students, and winners receive $500 for use in classroom development activities.

Baumgardner, a long-time resident of El Dorado, retired from his full-time job at Con-Agra Foods in 1992 but taught classes at the college in 1981-‘95. He also was a board member for the college as well as a for the South Arkansas Regional Health Center, Campfire Girls, the South Arkansas Arts Center, the Union County Community Foundation, the El Dorado Airport Commission, the El Dorado Civil Service Commission, YWCA.and the El Dorado Little Theater.  
The award was established by Dr. Kermit Parks for the SouthArk Foundation.
 
PHOTO: Baumgardner, center, with Claypoole, far left, and Johnson.

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The South Arkansas Community College Foundation has awarded SouthArk instructor Matthew Connior with a Vanguard Mini-Grant for an ecological study to be carried out at the South Arkansas Arboretum by his biology, botany and zoology classes.
The Vanguard fund was set up through the Foundation in order to help foster and support innovative approaches to classroom teaching by SouthArk instructors.
Connior’s project will be undertaken at the two ponds at the arboretum “to determine how the surrounding forests buffer the sensitive ecology of the ponds to sustain wildlife use” despite being located in an urban area, according to his proposal.
“Since urban areas are mostly devoid of natural habitat for wildlife, remnants of these native habitats are crucial to the survival of the remaining wildlife,” Connior’s proposal states. “The City of El Dorado has an excellent arboretum where the natural flora and fauna have been preserved. Thus, the South Arkansas Arboretum provides students with the ability to learn and study about native ecosystems through hands-on scientific experiments and critical thinking.”
At the conclusion of the study, which will run throughout this calendar year, the instructor’s classes will have identified and taken inventory of all species of plants, vertebrates and macroinvertebrates in and around the ponds.
Connior was awarded $910 to carry out the project.
The South Arkansas Arboretum is operated by the college.
 
PHOTO: Matthew Connior, front row, second from right, and his Fundamentals of Biology class at South Arkansas Community College appears with, front row, from left, health and natural sciences dean Dr. George Roberts, Foundation executive director Cynthia Reyna and president Dr. Barbara Jones.

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When Maryellen Houldridge entered El Dorado’s Warner Brown School of Nursing in the early 1950s, she said, nobody close to her really believed that she would complete her studies—much less actually succeed as a nurse.
After all, the Sisters of Mercy, Catholic nuns who had operated the school since the 1920s, were notoriously strict disciplinarians and rigid trainers of health-care professionals.
But Houldridge, now retired from nursing after more than half a century of work, said that her career path was laid for her before she ever even realized it.
“God programmed me to be a nurse. That’s what I was. That’s what I am,” she said. “I never had a job. I just dressed up and played nurse.”
Other alumni of the Warner Brown School, which closed in the mid 1960s, look back on their careers in a similar light. The retirees recently donated funds to a South Arkansas Community College Foundation scholarship for the next generation of health-care workers.
Dolores Millican, who graduated from the school in 1962, said that she would give one major word of advice to anyone who is considering nursing as a career.
“I don’t think that anybody should go into it if they aren’t sincere,” she said. “It’s a hard job. You grow up quick.”
The Warner Brown School of Nursing was a three-year residential program, and students attended year-round other than a two-week summer break.
“I’d go home and I’d see a difference between me and my friends,” Millican said.
Nineteen fifty-two graduate Patricia Wilson said that Warner Brown nursing students did not just live in the hospital setting.
“We lived and breathed it,” Wilson said.
That was what the Sisters of Mercy required, according to the graduates. The nuns were demanding, alumnus Peggy Bell said, but she would thank them for that later.
“They were wonderful to us. They taught us so much,” she said. “We thought we hated them, but we certainly did not.”
It was a different era, according to 1953 graduate Carolyn McCurry.
“We took our operating tables apart and scrubbed them with a tooth brush. We never had a post-op infection,” she said. “Those nuns could run a hospital.
“The Warner Brown nurses had the best reputation. We were trained. We were very well-trained.”
The alumni group donated leftover funds from reunions that were held every five years. The amount was just over $1,100.
 
PHOTO: South Arkansas Community College dean of health and natural sciences George Roberts, front left, accepts a check for $1,128.97 from Patricia Wilson and other Warner Brown School of Nursing alumni as other representatives from the college look on. The money will be used to help fund the SouthArk Foundation Health-Science Scholarship.

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Several new members, above, of the South Arkansas Community College Foundation Board of Directors received orientation recently. At the meeting were, front row, from left, community volunteer Carolane Hays, Rutledge Properties owner Joyce Rutledge, El Dorado Education Foundation vice president Alice Mahony and SouthArk Foundation institutional advancement director Cynthia Reyna. Back row, SouthArk president Dr. Barbara Jones, Medical Center of South Arkansas chief executive America Farrell, Milam Construction president John Milam, Simmons First Bank president Rob Robinson and SouthArk Foundation President Terry Norman.

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