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SouthArk News

04-26-2010 Evening With the Stars to honor three contributors

The South Arkansas Community College Foundation’s Evening With the Stars, which honors supporters and alumni of SouthArk, is set for 6:30 p.m on May 8 at the South Arkansas Arts Center.

Honored this year will be Friend of the College Phil Herring and Distinguished Alumni Larry Andrews and Cheryl  McKinnon.

Herring, a longtime Foundation Board member, has been a major supporter of the Foundation’s annual fundraiser the Outdoor Expo, which features the Phil Herring Rib Cook-Off. The Expo has raised more than $100,000 for scholarships and Foundation operations, according to Foundation President Clara Jones.

Herring is the owner of Herring Furniture Company in Strong and is the sales and service manager for AmeriGas Propane. He is the president of the Arkansas Home Furnishing Association. Herring also is on the boards of Simmons First Bank and Hudson Memorial Nursing Home. He is a member of the El Dorado Civitan Club and a former member of the boards of the United Way of Union County, the El Dorado Chamber of Commerce, Life Touch Hospice, the local Salvation Army and the Union County Industrial Board. He received the Spirit of El Dorado Award from the Chamber of Commerce in 2007.  

Andrews is SouthArk’s student retention coordinator. He graduated from SouthArk in 2003 and later graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia and a master’s degree from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. Andrews then was employed by the El Dorado School District before accepting his position at SouthArk and becoming an adjunct professor at SAU.

Andrews has been a member of the Arkansas Division of Volunteerism Advisory Council, the Union County Water Conservation Board and the Union County Fair Board. He also has been a 4-H leader and a member of the Sunshine Riding Club, the El Dorado Municipal Auditorium Committee and the Wildwood Water Association.

McKinnon is a licensed practical nursing instructor at SouthArk. She graduated from the college as the Outstanding Student in the LPN Class of 2000. She graduated magna cum laude with an associate’s degree in nursing from SAU in 2002 and magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Arkansas Tech University in Russellville in 2009.

Before becoming an adjunct clinical instructor at SouthArk in 2006, she was a staff nurse at the Medical Center of South Arkansas. McKinnon still is a professional nurse
She has been a volunteer at the Victory Bible Youth Camp in Carthage for the past 16 summers and is a leader in her church’s community growth groups and children’s activities.

“We look forward to acknowledging the philanthropic work of Phil Herring and celebrating the achievements of our outstanding alumni Larry Andrews and Cheryl McKinnon,” SouthArk President Dr. Barbara Jones said.

Tickets for the event are $50 per person. To buy tickets, contact Cynthia Reyna at (870) 864-7130 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .