Question: What happens when you need to take an important test under observation, but no one in the entire region is approved to offer it?
Answer: You call South Arkansas Community College.
Wesley Tyson, a senior at El Dorado High School, found himself in that position earlier this fall. Tyson was seeking admission to the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom, but acceptance into a university with such prestige requires specialized admissions examinations.
Tyson needed to take Oxford’s Physics Admissions Test. Knowing that SouthArk offers testing services, a counselor at EHS contacted Casey Martin, the director SouthArk’s testing center, to see if SouthArk could administer it. However, SouthArk wasn’t approved to offer the test, and the closest place that was was “three or four states away,” Martin said.
That wasn’t an acceptable situation, Martin said, so “I said let me see what I can find out about giving this test.”
Complicating the situation was a tight deadline, Martin said, so she immediately began the process of applying for certification to administer the exam.
“I had to fill out several things, like a testing agreement. I had to send several photos of where we secure our testing materials,” she said.
About three days later, Martin heard back from the testing service, she said—approved.
Tyson then was able to take the test right here in El Dorado, although he had just a few days to meet the registration deadline (the exam had to be given internationally on Nov. 4 at 9 a.m.).
“Needless to say, this is a very hard test,” Tyson said.
It took him about two hours and consisted of 40 open-response questions, he said, about 20 of which were math questions and the other 20, physics problems.
“There were no multiple-choice questions,” he said. “The test does not allow you to have a calculator or a formula sheet.”
Tyson still is awaiting the results.
Martin, who helped start testing services during her tenure at SouthArk, said that Tyson’s situation happens two or three times a year. Whenever possible, Martin said, her office gains approval to administer tests that people in the area need. The center now offers 19 different exams.
Add Tyson to those who are satisfied by the college’s willingness to help in this way.
“My experience was great! When I arrived, the testing center had everything ready for me. I didn't have to bring any pencils or paper because it was provided. I had no troubles actually getting set up to take the test either,” he said. “Overall a terrific and very cooperative staff!”
For additional information about testing services at SouthArk, contact Martin at (870) 864-7197. 

GALVESTON, Texas—Two promotional projects by South Arkansas Community College captured Gold Medallions at the recent annual District 4 Conference of the National Council of Marketing and Public Relations here.
NCMPR is an organization for community-college marketers. District 4 is comprised of the States of Arkansas, Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas and Wyoming.
A promotional video starring student Shelby Gage in a number of different roles received Gold, representing first place in the category. It was written by SouthArk marketing coordinator Heath Waldrop and directed by local filmmaker Alex Jeffery.
Finishing second in the category was Tyler (Texas) Junior College, and third was the Community College of Denver (Colorado). Both of these institutions are much larger than SouthArk, having enrollments of about 12,000 students. SouthArk has fewer than 1,700 students.
For the second time in three years, the SouthArk Foundation Annual Report was awarded a Gold Medallion. The 2014 report was designed by Waldrop in conjunction with foundation director Cynthia Reyna. The 2013 report received a Bronze Medallion last year. The 2015 report will be released soon.
Finishing second in the category was Del Mar College (Corpus Christi, Texas), which has more than 12,000 students. Third was Colorado Mountain College (Glenwood Springs, Colorado), with more than 6,000.

Sketch Babies is a non-credit class in which students will be taught how to draw children. It meets from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays from Oct. 20 to Nov. 17 in Room 121 of the Center for Workforce Development on the East Campus, with children’s-book illustrator Ramona Wood.

The cost is $89; each student should bring a variety of pencils, a kneaded eraser, a 9-inch-by-12-inch spiral-bound sketch pad and photographs of a child to draw.

Call (870) 864-7192 for more information.

DISCLAIMER: Emails sent to or received from the College are subject to the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act, Ark. Code Ann. Sec. § §25-19-101 et. Seq.

The 10th annual SouthArk Lecture Series will begin on Tuesday, September 22, when Ndaba Mandela, the grandson of Nelson Mandela, will speak at the El Dorado Conference Center at 7:00 p.m. His speech is entitled “From Prisoner to President: The Mandela Legacy Lives On.”

His grandfather is best known for his important role in the elimination of the apartheid system in South Africa, a system of racial segregation imposed by the minority white government on the black population from 1948 to 1994. For his anti-apartheid activities, he served 27 years in prison. After his release in 1990, he negotiated an end to apartheid and was elected the first black president of South Africa, serving in that office until 1999. He died on December 5, 2013 at the age of 95. His grandson, now 32 years of age, is a resident of Johannesburg, South Africa, For his speech in El Dorado, Mr. Mandela will fly from his home in South Africa to Arkansas on the first leg of a tour that will take him to the Central Park Global Poverty concert in New York City as well as to several mid-western universities for other speaking engagements.

In his speech, Ndaba will describe what it was like to first meet his iconic grandfather at age 11 when Nelson Mandela was finally released from prison – and then live with him in the Presidential Palace shortly thereafter. He will also relate the inspiring, and often amusing, anecdotes told to him directly from his doting grandfather, allowing the audience to peek through the keyholes of the Presidential Palace, where he “saw him interact with kings and presidents, and with our household cook. He treated everyone the same. This was his key value.” These lessons and values were learned well and are practiced today by Ndaba who has founded with his cousin Kweku “Africa Rising,” a non-profit organization dedicated to publicizing a positive image of Africa to the world through films, media and social interaction in order to change the mindset of young Africans. He has also started the "Mandela Project" – a social hub created to give back to the community with the support of the same media experts responsible for Lady Gaga’s networks.

Born in the Soweto neighborhood of Johannesburg on December 19, 1982, Ndaba moved with his family soon after to the Eastern Cape, where he spent the first years of life in a small town called Cofimvaba. After finishing the second grade, Ndaba moved to Durban, where he stayed with the Sisulu family and other relatives. Before he could settle in, he moved back to Johannesburg with his father, where he had to repeat the second grade due to the lack of English being spoken in the Eastern Cape. Continuing with his studies, he received a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Pretoria in 2008, majoring in political science and international relations.
Shortly after that, he joined the Embassy of Japan in Pretoria, working as a political consultant, focused mainly on South Africa. While working at the embassy, he was chosen to represent his country in a business leadership and entrepreneurship program in Jordan, organized by the Queen Rania Centre for Entrepreneurship in association with the Ahl Ali Group of Dubai. He then joined Investec Asset Management, getting exposure to their asset management business before joining the business development area working as a client liaison officer in the client services area. After a year he left to pursue his socio-economic development ambitions by dedicating his time to the Africa Rising Foundation.

In his spare time, he also enjoys speaking engagements, talking about the Mandela Legacy, and motivating youth to know more about their origins and getting involved in community development. On the lighter side of life, he enjoys listening to music and hanging out with friends and family during leisure time. He believes that one should always keep an open mind and when the opportunity presents itself try something new, because you just might like it.

After his speech at South Arkansas Community College, he will take questions from the audience. Following the program, he will greet well-wishers one-on-one. The lecture is open to the public and free of charge.

EL DORADO— Students at South Arkansas Community College received awards at the college’s Semi-Annual Student Recognition Ceremony recently:


From Camden, Karsten Tidwell (mathematics).

From Crossett, Carolyn Jeffers, Chancey R. Ricks (mathematics); Ryan Mann (speech).

From El Dorado, Angel Espinosa, Ryan Crawford, Latanya Hegler, Edmund Gusby, Charles Murphree (computer information technology); Duane Amis, Noah Petty, David Joyner (performance and media arts); Alexa Tompkins, Katherine McElveen, Jeremy Ezell, Cassey Simons, Erica Domine, James Tucker, Dawn Silvertooth, Grecia Chavezbetancourt, Joshua Hix, Ethan Jones (mathematics); Gabriela Wilson, Trisha Fennell (English); William Bailey (nursing); Boni Acuna (nutrition and diet); Caitlyn Robison, Lynnlee Ward, Miguel Soria, Rachel Miller, Lori Dodson (anatomy and physiology); Maci Gardner, Kimberly Tucker (chemistry).

From Emerson, Esmeralda Quintana (mathematics).

From Fordyce, Wendy Owen (mathematics); Kaitlyn West (chemistry).

From Hamburg, Abbie Jeffers (mathematics).

From Hampton, Stephanie Williams (computer information technology).

From Hermitage, Jonathan Raney (mathematics).

From Huttig, Dorthea Daniels (nutrition and diet).

From Junction City, Audra George (anatomy and physiology); Amber Ray (physical science); Elichia English (English, mathematics).

From Magnolia, Diana Guzman Mancera (English); Ashley Cooper (surg tech).

From Mount Holly, Devin Bricklen (mathematics); Sue Nash (nursing).

From New Edinburg, Jessica Reynolds (anatomy and physiology).

From Norphlet, Jonathan King (anatomy and physiology).

From Smackover, Charlene Harris (psychology); Alyssa Atkinson Cheatham (microbiology).

From Strong, Laine Burson, Sharon Welch (mathematics).

From Warren, Heather McGlaughlin (nursing); Justin Hollingsworth (computer information technology).

From Farmerville, Louisiana, Aubriyanna Leichman (mathematics); Kathleen Burns, Linda Wade (anatomy and physiology).

From Monroe, Louisiana, Shamekia Bryant (nursing).


From El Dorado, Felicia Smith.


From El Dorado, Roberto N. Badillo, Jennifer Miletello, Kimberly Tucker.

From Junction City, Elichia English.

From Magnolia, Geneva Rickert, Scharlicia Sargent.

From Smackover, Beverly Smith.


From El Dorado, Michelle Stegall, Kimberly Tucker, Karen RaShelle Cunningham.

From Magnolia, Ellen Fleming.

From West Monroe, Louisiana, Callie Davis.

Thirty-two Union County high-school students have been selected for publication in the 18th annual volume of Writers’ Ink, a literary magazine published by South Arkansas Community College and edited by the SouthArk English faculty.
During the 2014-‘15 academic year, high-school students were invited through their English teachers to submit original poems, essays and short stories as entries in a creative-writing contest with those judged as the best submissions to be published in Writers’ Ink, along with cash prizes: $100 for first place, $75 for second and $50 for third in three literary genres and two age divisions (ninth and 10th grades and 11th and 12th grades).
The prizes in this year’s contest will be awarded and the magazines distributed at a ceremony at 2 p.m. on April 26 in the El Dorado Conference Center on the SouthArk West Campus. The awards ceremony will be followed by a reception in honor of the student authors and their English teachers. The public is invited to attend.
Student authors published in Writers’ Ink will receive free copies. Additional copies will be available to the general public and will go on sale in late April for $5 at the SouthArk Bookstore.
Junior Division
Poetry: First Liberty Berry (ninth, El Dorado High School, teacher Clair Barnhouse), “I Come From Jumping Around”; second Kennedy Wells (ninth, EHS, Barnhouse), “Unlit Potential”; third Payton Scarlett (ninth, EHS, Shannon Neblett), “A Frozen Face”. Honorable mentions Shamequa Burks (ninth, EHS, Barnhouse), Robbie Roberson (10th, Junction City High School, Belva Cannon), Brooklynn Price (ninth, EHS, Barnhouse); Ty Couch (ninth, Parkers Chapel High School, Stacy Kendrick).
Short fiction: First Charlie Baker (ninth, PCHS, Kendrick), “Keep Doing the Hard Stuff”; second Rylee Osgood (ninth, JCHS, Carie Green), “The End”; third Taylor Bates (ninth, PCHS, Kendrick), “Hell on Earth.” Honorable mentions Connor Barnett, (10th, JCHS, Cannon), Priscila Espinosa (ninth, Norphlet High School, Laura Greer).
Essays: First Dawson Goodwin (ninth, PCHS, Kendrick), “Fighting for Air”; second Charlie Baker (ninth, PCHS, Kendrick), “My First Plane Ride”; third Casey Thurlkill (ninth, PCHS, Kendrick), “My Memory.” Honorable mention Nathaniel Garrett (ninth, PCHS, Kendrick).
Senior Division
Poetry: First Lindsey Martin (12th, NHS, Gretchen McCurry), “Stained Glass Window”; second Aaron Gaul (12th, EHS, Bill Meyer), “Skies”; third Keegan Hanry (12th, JCHS, Cannon), “Last Breath.” Honorable mentions Alyssa McElveen, (12th, NHS, McCurry), Michaela Wise (11th, PCHS, Kendrick), Jennifer Hayes (10th, EHS, Bo Butler), Aaliyah Robinson (11th, JCHS, Green).
Short fiction: First Hannah Thurmon (12th, JCHS, Cannon), “Barda”; second Destiny Winder (11th, JCHS, Green), “Our Story”; third Micah Johnson (12th, NHS, McCurry), “Burning Ice.” Honorable mentions, Jay Gill (12th, PCHS, Kendrick), Adrianna Jones (12th, PCHS, Kendrick).
Essays: First Benjamin Wiggins (11th, home schooled), “Dirt City”; second Destiny Winder (11th, JCHS, Green), “Fight for Freedom”; third Shawn Dalton (11th, JCHS, Green), “Self-Expression.” Honorable mention, Dèrra Talley (11th, JCHS, Green).

Cursive Writing is a non-credit course at South Arkansas Community College from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on April 11, 18 and 25 at the Center for Workforce Development on the East Campus. The cost is $49 per student and supplies are provided.
For more information email or call (870) 864-8456.

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Perhaps the best-known member of the Little Rock Nine, Ernest Green was among the first black students to integrate Central High following the 1954 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education that declared segregation in public schools illegal.

Now he will tell his story to audiences at South Arkansas Community College at 7 p.m. on March 12 at the El Dorado Conference Center, part of the annual Lecture Series. The event is free and open to the public.

After graduating from Central, Green went on to graduate from Michigan State University with a bachelor’s degree in social science and a master’s degree in sociology. He also has honorary doctorates from three colleges.

He is a partner at Matrix Advisory, an institutional asset management firm with offices in New York and Washington, and has held several presidential appointments. He was the chairman of both the African Development Foundation and the Historically-Black Colleges and Universities Capital Financing Advisory Board under former President Bill Clinton. He was the assistant secretary of labor for employment and training under former President Jimmy Carter.

He is on the boards of Fisk University, Quality Education for Minorities Network and Clark Atlanta University. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Executive Leadership Council and the National Association of Securities Professionals, of which he was chairman for two consecutive years.

Green’s lengthy list of awards includes the Urban League’s Frederick Douglass Freedom Medal, the John D. Rockefeller Public Service Award, the National Association for the Advancement of Color People’s Spingard Medal and the Boy Scouts of America’s Distinguished Eagle Scout Award. He and the other eight members of the Little Rock Nine were awarded the Congressional Gold Medal, the nation’s highest civilian honor, in 1999, and six years later a commemorative U.S. postage stamp was issued in their honor. In 2007, the U.S. Mint issued a $1 coin commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Little Rock Nine.

Black Enterprise Magazine noted Green as one of the Top 25 African Americans on Wall Street in 1996, one of the Top 50 African Americans on Wall Street in 2002 and one of the 75 Most Powerful Blacks on Wall Street in 2006.

A number of books, movies and TV documentaries have been produced chronicling the lives of Green and the rest of the Little Rock Nine, including “The Ernest Green Story” for the Disney Channel.

Krista Stepp of Smackover, a physical therapist assistant major at South Arkansas Community College, has accepted a Partial Choral Scholarship to attend college this semester.

She is the granddaughter of Brigette Olson of Smackover.

The scholarship is funded through the SouthArk Foundation.

Introduction to Microsoft Excel is a non-credit class offered by South Arkansas Community College from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on March 3 in Room 105 at the Center for Workforce Development on the East Campus.

Aimed at those who have basic computer literacy and a fundamental understanding of how to navigate Microsoft Office, the course covers key functions of the Excel software, basic data entry, creating charts from data, object importation, creating and manipulating formulas and other features.

The instructor is Tim Packwood and the cost is $129. Upon completion of the course, .8 continuing-education units will be awarded to each student. For more information, call (870) 864-7192.

Introduction to Microsoft Excel is a non-credit class offered by South Arkansas Community College from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on March 3 in Room 105 at the Center for Workforce Development on the East Campus.

Aimed at those who have basic computer literacy and a fundamental understanding of how to navigate Microsoft Office, the course covers key functions of the Excel software, basic data entry, creating charts from data, object importation, creating and manipulating formulas and other features.

The instructor is Tim Packwood and the cost is $129. Upon completion of the course, .8 continuing-education units will be awarded to each student. For more information, call (870) 864-7192.


El Dorado Mayor Frank Hash, right, accepts a professional Phi Beta Lambda membership presented by Sigma Epsilon Chapter President Michael Lockwood on Monday. Hash, in turn, proclaimed Feb. 8-14 as FBLA-PBL Week in the City of El Dorado. The South Arkansas Community College-based chapter will note the week with a membership drive, educational activities and fundraisers.

South Arkansas Community College has announced its Dean’s List for the fall 2014 semester.

Students by hometown are:

Holly Key and Ebony Shorter.
Derrick Marshall and Michael McGuire.
Bailey Polander.
Stephen Clements, Justin Green, Rocio Hernandez and Kristi Purifoy.
Stephanie Anderson, Aurbreanne Bates, Brittany Carter, Terra Davis, Brittney Fountain, Kayla Howerton, Brittney Lewis, Ramona McIntyre, Tabatha Proffitt and Melissa Stockstill.
Hannah Cannon, Brooke Coulter, Sabrina Davis, Krystal Deal, Tina Dunn, Trina Ellis, William Keith, Leandra Kesee, Ryan Mann, Taylor McClain and Chloe McDonald.
El Dorado
Boni Acuna, Brittany Armstrong, William Bailey, Michelle Barker, Quaneshia Barnes, Alexandra Benedetti, Allison Benedetti, Rachel Blackman, Courtney Booth, Tykesha Braggs, Kelsie Brock, Jay Brown, Whitney Brown, Laci Bulloch, Ann Burch, Grecia Chavez Betancourt, Abby Cheshier, Kenia Chi Rodriguez, Jake Cogburn, Derek Cole, Ashley Colvin, James Cook, Selene Cornejo, Brittany Cottle, Jedidiah Cotton, Lindsay Cranford, Carly Crowder, Lidia Custodio, Demeekco Davis, Rhett Davis, Brad Dunlap, Seimond Evans, Jeremy Ezell, Douglas Ferrell Jr, Shannon Fetterly, Latangela Foreman, Jamarian Frazier, Vianey Garay, Maci Gardner, Kenneth Gilbert, Lillian Green, Amber Greeson, Erin Griffith, Jay Groves, Edmund Gusby, Lawanda Hall, Stephanie Hall, James Hampton, Leah Harrell, La Tanya Hegler, Ravonte Holmes, Jonathon Hopper, Ashley Jackson, Natasha Jackson, Ethan Jones, Matlynne Jones, David Joyner, Brittany Kelley, Sicily Kerstetter, Vanessa Kilgore, Joe Knight, Karla Lambert, Lindsie Leverette, Alexis Levingston, Michael Lindsey, Hannah Lockhart, Kristin Lubera, Amnesti Malone, Jerry Martin, Amanda Mathis, Katherine McElveen, Allyson Meeks, Ashley Messer, Alicia Milan, Devyn Miller, Derrick Mitchell, Charles Murphree, Tamekia Nelson, David Noble, Victoria Osgood, Joshua Owen, Nicholas Patterson, Chase Paul, Morgan Pennington-Harri, Carrie Peronia, Sydney Perry, Noah Petty, Monica Phifer, Mandy Plyer, Jasmine Ray, Christopher Reed, Emerald Reneau, Brooke Rhoades, Whitney Robinson, Caitlyn Robison, Justin Robison, Mildred Robles, Brandon Rodgers, Taekwon Ross, Austin Roton, Olivia Sanders, Travis Schultz, Latoya Sharp, Leana Sherman, Dawn Silvertooth, Kristi Simmons, Lori Simpson, Christopher Smith, Hanna Smith, Miora Smith, Miguel Soria, Abigail Stocks, Kia Tate-McDaniel, Marcus Tatum, Jimmie Taylor, Alba Thurmon, Sara Tinsley, Elita Tubbs, Lauren Tubbs, Dawn Tucker, James Tucker, Kimberly Tucker, Pamela Ward, Gabriel Webb, Stephen Webb, Richard White, Philip Wiebe, Rebecca Wilburn, Cameron Williams, Cassandra Williams, Oyama Williams, Diane Wilson, Gabriela Wilson, Racheal Wolfe, Hannah Wood, Richard Wood, Breana Wright, Rachel Young and Kara Yutzy.
Skylar Burns, Connie Parslow, Nakia Penigar, Kaneshia Robinson and Whitney Ware.
Ashley Cotter and Kaitlyn West.
Fountain Hill
Lapetra Miller.
Brittney McClain, Brianna Mills, Carina Mondragon and Hunter Scott.
Andrew McAnulty and Becka Wilson.
Richard Carter.
Alondra Alvarado, Britney Childs, Kelsie Myers, Janet Rainey, Jonathan Raney and Victor Santana.
Madison Kidd and Braden Tewalt.
Kristopher Graves, Maranda Jenkins, Marcus Morris, Clarissa Nelson and Janeen Watkins.
Junction City
Miranda Bryan, Quaneisha Davis, Elichia English, Clay Ferguson, Audra George, Joy Griffith, Zachary Hickman, Breanna Lowery, Kassidy Marsh, Angela McLelland, Ashley O'Barr, Olivia Petty, Amber Ray, Raven Sentiff, Carolyn Taylor and Morgan Thurmon.
Gina Sifford.
Dyanna Atkins.
Mallory Atkinson, Sonja Brown, Cortney Burdine, Gaysha Caldwell, Ashley Cooper, Phorsythia Doss, Renecee Ellis, Amber Foster, Marenda Maloch, Kayla Martin, Sydnee McBride, Jasmin Mixon, Justin Moore, Kyla Mullins, Victoria Neill, Geneva Rickert, Justin Sears, Betty Smith and Shelby Smith.
David Davis.
Jennifer May-Mixon.
Riannion Abbott, Ron Berry, Robert Collins, Emily Dickinson, Jaquetta Gaines, Summer O'Connor and Sandy Sanders.
Mount Holly
Brittney Barnhardt, Devin Bricklen, Kelsey Dews and Sue Nash.
New Edinburg
Michael Clary, Jessica Reynolds and Kandis Sivils.
Emily Bunker, Tammie Carrier, Cole Cates, Morgan Couch, Benjamin Dison, Kelly Goodwin and Courtney Ingram.
Mai Xiong Yang
Alyssa Atkinson, Abbigail Bradshaw, Julie Conway, Hannah Green, Cindy Hernandez, Adam Hill, Angie Lewis, Pamalla Mason, Beverly Smith, Kandi Valdez and Philip Walker.
Sarah Hinton.
Angela Owen.
Alicia Bethany and Laci Dozier.
Anastacia Dismuke, Lucas Fife, Dorothy Greer, Tiara Jackson, Christine Jones, Brandon Meeks, Amy Morrison, Liliana Pedraza, Charonda Redden and Michael Welch.
Daniele Davis, Crystal Emerson and Destiny Woods.
Bailey Everett.
Kaleigh Brewer.
Ashley Holloway.
Jamie Corker, Elizabeth Grice, Tiffany Hamilton, Devin Hargrave, Elizabeth Henry, Jessica Jones, Amy Moore, Kelcie Pennington, Wendy Richardson, Kasey Shores and Jessica Sutherland.
Branden Ballard, Dawn Huitt and Shelby Sturgis.
Bastrop, Louisiana
Khalilah Harry.
Bernice, Louisiana
Samantha Jones and Brittany Walton.
Downsville, Louisiana
Linda Russell.
Dubach, Louisiana
Joshua Hutson.
Farmerville, Louisiana
Jamarian Ford, Sherry Jennings, Luis Rodriguez and Linda Wade.
Haynesville, Louisiana
Kylie Garrett, Milaka Hubbard, Ranata Martin and Shelby Taylor.
Homer, Louisiana
Jalisa Furbush.
Lillie, Louisiana
Teresa Pate and Adrienne Reeves.
Marion, Louisiana
Kambri Phillips and Orele Traylor.
Monroe, Louisiana
Natalie Mitchell, Marion Murray and William Sistrunk.
Spearsville, Louisiana
Michaela Bennett, Victoria Bryan and Sarah Smeltzer.
West Monroe, Louisiana
Justin Bradley, Jamie Fletcher and Jacqueline Moor.

The performance and media arts program at South Arkansas Community College will premiere two locally-produced films at the El Dorado Conference Center at 7 p.m. on Tuesday (April 28). Admission is free and open to the public.
The first, “Incident on Aisle 14B,” is a fictional movie that originated in the fall 2014 scriptwriting class. Dr. Jack Ryan’s script was selected among the student scripts submitted, and handed over to the film production and design class to create.
“The Mountain Meadows Massacre,” a documentary on an event that took place on the Utah frontier, will be the second film shown. Members of the program’s documentary class produced the film. Grave sites for Capt. James Lynch and his wife Sarah Dunlap Lynch, two Arkansans who experienced the massacre, are located in Hampton.
The performance and media arts program will enter these films in national film festivals for competition.
There will be a question-and-answer period following each film for those who would like to know more about behind-the-scenes production of the movie. Short clips and trailers produced by the students will be shown prior to 7 p.m.

The Sigma Epsilon Chapter of Phi Beta Lambda at South Arkansas Community College is selling plates of chicken spaghetti from 11 a.m. to 12:30 P.M. ON MARCH 4 in the SouthArk Gymnasium on the West Campus.

Plates are $7 (chicken spaghetti, green beans, roll). Prepaid plates also receive a free dessert and bottled water. Orders of eight or more will be delivered locally.

Proceeds will benefit PBL members’ participation in the Arkansas PBL Leadership Conference.

For more information, contact Michael Lockwood at or (870) 866-9507, or Donna Hendricks at or (870) 864-7177.

The 2015 Corporate Training Guide from the Office of Corporate and Community Education at South Arkansas Community College now is available for download at under the “Continuing Education” link. Copies also may be obtained by contacting dean Jamie McConathy at (870) 864-7193 or

Some of the upcoming course offerings are Basic Operator Orientation Training (Levels 1 and 2); Introductory, Intermediate and Advanced Microsoft Excel; Mechanical Integrity Inspector Training; Dale Carnegie Supervisory Leadership; Personalized Resume Writing; and Microsoft Outlook Basics.

The ernest green story coverIn observance of Black History Month at South Arkansas Community College, the public is invited to attend a free screening of “The Ernest Green Story” at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 10 in Murphy Hall III at the El Dorado Conference Center.

Green himself will visit the campus in March as part of the annual SouthArk Lecture Series.

Tuesday, February 17 - 12:15 p.m. in Cypress/Oak Rooms of the El Dora-do Conference Center - annual African-American Read-in - students, staff, and local people read selections from great authors.

All month - library display of books about African-American history.

All events free of charge


Great Lakes Solutions, a Chemtura business, has entered into an agreement with South Arkansas Community College to provide an on-site Principles of Quality course for the Process Technology Program (PTEC).  

The course is a credit-bearing study of the background and application of quality concepts covering team skills, quality tools, economics, and continuous improvement.

It is available to anyone registered as a student of SouthArk and will meet weekly at Great Lakes Solutions training building, located in Parkers Chapel.  

The class will be facilitated by Process Technology Program Director, Dr. Dave Carty.

This endeavor is part of a Department of Labor Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) Grant that SouthArk received to enable them to link skilled workforce with industry.  

For more information about this class and other TAACCCT information, please contact Angela Lopez, Project Coordinator for South Ark at 870-864-8415.