Former U.S. Sen. David Pryor will be the commencement speaker at 7 p.m. on Thursday at South Arkansas Community College's Fall Commencement at the El Dorado Conference Center, during which about 300 students will graduate ceremonially.

Pryor, originally from Camden, represented Arkansas in the U.S. Senate in 1979-'97 after one term as governor of the state. Before being elected governor in 1974, he was a four-term U.S. representative. His career in politics began with his 1960 election to the Arkansas House.

Since retiring from the Senate, Pryor became a Fulbright Distinguished Fellow of Law and Public Affairs, a lecturer in public policy at the Blair Center of the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville and a Distinguished Visiting Lecturer in Politics at Lyon College in Batesville.

Pryor was a Fellow and subsequent director at the Institute of Politics at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. He has been a member of the boards of Winrock International and of the First Commercial Corporation. He presently is a managing director of Herrington, an investment firm in Little Rock, and a consultant at the Federal Express Corporation. He is a member of the Board of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and member of the University of Arkansas Board of Trustees.

southark-pryorPryor has an honorary doctor of laws degree from the University of Arkansas and honorary doctorates from Lyon, Henderson State University and Hendrix College. He is a former trustee of the William J. Clinton Presidential Foundation and was the first dean of the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service.

As a senator he chaired the Senate Special Committee on Aging and was a member of the Senate Agricultural Committee, the Senate Finance Committee (chair of the IRS Oversight Committee) and the Senate Ethics Committee.

His autobiography "A Pryor Commitment" was published in 2008.

He and his wife Barbara are founders of the Barbara and David Pryor Center for Oral and Visual History at the University of Arkansas.
Louisiana History will be offered at South Arkansas Community College for the first time when spring classes start in January, according to Dr. Ken Bridges, a history professor at SouthArk.

The new course is aimed at expanding opportunities for students in northern Louisiana, he said.

"This course will help serve our students' college goals in north central Louisiana and help them enjoy the colorful history of the state," Bridges said. "The Louisiana History course will also help future Louisiana teachers and current teachers looking to work in that state by helping them with their Louisiana accreditation requirements."

SouthArk already has offered a popular Arkansas History course for eight years. No other college in the nation offers more than one state history, making SouthArk unique, Bridges said.

The college has more than 75 students enrolled from Louisiana this semester.

Registration for the spring 2013 semester at SouthArk is open now and runs through Jan. 8, 2013. Classes begin on Jan. 9, 2013. For more information about this and other history courses, call Bridges at (870) 862-8131 or go to the college website at www.southark.edu.
The South Arkansas Community College Choral Society's Holiday Festival Concert, free and open to the public, is at 7 p.m. on Dec. 10 at the El Dorado Conference Center.

The concert will take place where the facility's concourses meet, allowing for viewing and listening from multiple vantage points inside the building.

Among other pieces, the concert will include Gustav Holst's work "Christmas Day." Local performers will be featured, with accompaniment by Dr. Elaine Allen and Karen Watkins. The concert director is Victoria Harden.

The SouthArk Foundation will host a reception following the performance.
A South Arkansas Community College general educational development graduation ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. on Dec. 6 in Room 121 of the Center for Workforce Development.
Tracey Barnhart, an early-childhood education major at South Arkansas Community College, has accepted a Mabel Stratton Powell Scholarship to attend the college this semester.

The scholarship is funded through the SouthArk Foundation.
Henrietta Gaston, an administrative assistant technology major at South Arkansas Community College, has accepted a Jones Family Endowed Scholarship to attend the school this semester.

A 1993 graduate of Smackover High School, she is the fundraising director of Phi Beta Lambda at SouthArk.

The scholarship is funded through the SouthArk Foundation.
Veronica Lefear of El Dorado, a registered nursing major at South Arkansas CommunityCollege, has accepted an Omazel Lawson Endowed Scholarship to attend the school this semester.

The scholarship is funded through the SouthArk Foundation.
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Tyler Steward, an accounting major at South Arkansas Community College, has accepted a Michael Mahony and Bancorp South Endowed Scholarship to attend the schoolthis semester.

He is the son of John and Brenda Steward of El Dorado and a 2012 graduate of El Dorado High School.

The scholarship is funded through the SouthArk Foundation.

The Sigma Epsilon Chapter of Phi Beta Lambda at South Arkansas Community College is hosting a Free Enterprise Day seminar at 11 a.m. on Nov. 14 in the SouthArkLibrary Auditorium.

Sherry Howard, director of the Arkansas Women's Business Center, will share some real-world entrepreneur experiences and explain why she believes that free enterprise gives everyone opportunities to be successful.

The public is invited to attend and admission is free.

Howard has worked as a business development instructor through the community education department at SouthArk, teaching classes in marketing, website development and e-business. She is an entrepreneur and has started and managed two business, most recently OH-SNAP, an interchangeable jewelry line. In addition, she has 16 years of retail and customer service experience.

Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda is a non-profit vocational student organization with a stated goal of preparing students for careers in business and business education.
The new performance and media arts program at South Arkansas Community College has received the state's blessing and now goes into effect in earnest.

The Arkansas Department of Higher Education Coordinating Board approved the creation of the program late last month in a regular meeting held at Heber Springs. Sherrel Johnson of El Dorado, a former member of the SouthArk Board of Trustees, is a member of the Coordinating Board.

The stated goal is to educate and train performers and technicians for local theater, music and movie productions as El Dorado develops into an entertainment center as part of its long-range economic and cultural development plan. Lecture courses will integrate classroom studies with first-hand experience in local or regional theatre, music, or film productions. Lab courses will offer students the opportunity to continue studies in areas of particular interest to them while receiving credit for their work experience.

A student in the program will select a concentration in film, music or theater en route to an associate's degree. But the students will collaborate on certain projects regardless of concentration, according to dean Phil Ballard of SouthArk's liberal arts division.

"Consequently, they will benefit from what fellow students in the other concentrations have learned," Ballard said. "For example, film students may be involved with music and theater students in a stage production that uses elements of all three skill sets; as they work with each other, their learning will multiply in ways that will serve them well in the workplace."

Some of the planned courses are in directing, scriptwriting, music performance and acting; the college alreadyoffers Introduction to Film and Theatre Appreciation.

For graduates who intend to go further in their academics, the associate's degree in performance and media arts is intended to be transferrable. SouthArk is in discussion with area universities to make this possible.

SouthArk distance learning director Larry Powell has helped spearhead the effort to bring this program to the college. Previously the dean of communications at Bossier Parish Community College in Bossier City, La., he saw the program there grow from its beginnings to an enrollment of 550, with full-time radio and TV stations and multiple award-winning feature films.

"A student should consider this program if they are interested in performance or technical aspects of the entertainment industry," Powell said. "It is our intent to provide the student with sufficient education for the student to go directly to work in the industry, support the festivals and events initiative in El Dorado, or to seamlessly pursue advanced degrees at universities."

Ballard added that the introduction of this program should draw students to SouthArk who might not have considered the college otherwise.

"It should attract high-school graduates who, in the past, have had to go to a four-year college or specialty school to pursue degrees in the performing arts, as well as students who wish to work in show business as behind-the-scenes technicians," he said. "The administration also hopes that the program will attract non-traditional students who have had to settle for jobs in other fields because they have been place-bound by family or work responsibilities and unable to travel to four-year schools that offer performance and media arts training."

Classes in this program area will be offered beginning in the spring semester with Introduction to Film, American Cinema and Film Production and Design. Spring registration begins on Nov. 19.
Holiday Wreath Making is a South Arkansas Community College non-credit class with instructor Rexayn Tribble from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday (Nov. 12) at All About Flowers. The cost is $45 and includes supplies (basic wreath, decomesh, ribbon).

For more information, call (870) 864-7192.
The Alpha Gamma Iota Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the honor society for two-year colleges, will hold its member induction ceremony at 6 p.m. on Nov. 9 at the El Dorado Conference Center.
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Jay Brown, a 2011 graduate of El Dorado High School, has accepted the Lucy RingAcademic Excellence Endowed Scholarship to attend South Arkansas Community College this semester.

He is the son of Brandy Brown and Jody Brown, both of El Dorado.

The scholarship is funded through the SouthArk Foundation.
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Students in South Arkansas Community College's physical-science classes now have the use of computer technology in their laboratory thanks to an Innovation Mini-Grant awarded by the SouthArk Foundation.

Instructor Linda Bates proposed the grant, which paid for a digital probe and computersoftware for the purposes of investigating experimental phenomena. The award was for $850.

The Innovation awards seek to encourage program development for the purpose of improving student learning that falls outside of the college's operational budget.

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Instructor Linda Bates, far right, last week guides Physical Science students, from right, Addison Preston, William Mason and Emma Banes, in utilizing the new laboratory equipment paid for by the Innovation Mini-Grant that Bates was awarded.
Jennifer Tompkins of Taylor, a physical therapist assistance major at South Arkansas Community College, has accepted the Charles E. Cowger Endowed Scholarship to attend the college this semester.

She is a 1993 graduate of Taylor High School.

The scholarship is funded through the SouthArk Foundation.
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Regan Carlton, an occupational therapy assistance major at South Arkansas Community College, has accepted the Health Sciences Scholarship to attend the collegethis semester.

She is the daughter of Wayne and Robin Carlton of Magnolia and is a 2011 graduate of Columbia Christian School.

The scholarship is funded through the SouthArk Foundation.
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Whitney Thurmon, a physical therapist assistance major at South Arkansas Community College, has accepted the Pro Med Ambulance Scholarship to attend the college this semester.

She is a 2011 graduate of El Dorado High School and the daughter of Keith and Stephanie Thurmon of El Dorado.

The scholarship is funded through the SouthArk Foundation.
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EL DORADO—Natalie Finks of Fordyce, a medical laboratory science major at South Arkansas Community College, has accepted the Alpha Xi Scholarship to attend the college this semester.

She is a 1983 graduate of Fordyce High School.

The scholarship is funded through the SouthArk Foundation.
10-19-2012 Retail series at SouthArk

In conjunction with the Arkansas Women's Business Center, South Arkansas Community College is offering the Retail Operations and Management Series, non-credit classes designed for retail business owners and employees.

Developed by experts in the retail field, the series is divided into five courses and will cover topics like profit goals, the influence that demographics have in merchandising decisions, customer complaint resolution, recruiting and interviewing candidates and employee orientation and training, among other topics.

Human Resources is from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Nov. 5.

Store Operations is from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Nov. 19.

Merchandising is from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Nov. 20.

Financial Reporting is from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Dec. 3.

Selling and Service is the final class in the series; date and time are to be announced.

Each class is $35; the book (covering all five classes) is $60. All classes take place at the Center for Workforce Development on SouthArk's East Campus. The instructor is director Sherry Howard of the Arkansas Women's Business Center.

To register, call (870) 864-7192 or e-mail ce@southark.edu.
LITTLE ROCK—Marketing and communications coordinator Heath Waldrop of South Arkansas Community College recently won two Silver Medallions at the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations District 4 Conference here.

NCMPR is a national organization for marketing departments at community colleges.District 4 encompasses all of Arkansas, Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Colorado and Wyoming. Medallions, given in Gold, Silver and Bronze, seek to recognize excellence in a number of different marketing categories and represent first, second and third place, respectively.

Competitors were not separated into divisions, so SouthArk competed against much larger community colleges from throughout District 4, most of which have numerous staff members in their marketing departments. The enrollment at SouthArk is just under 1,800 students. Waldrop is the only employee in SouthArk's marketing department.

The SouthArk newsletter The Connection, which is compiled, designed, edited and in large part written by Waldrop, received aSilver Medallion in the Newsletter category. SouthArk tied with Collin College, a Dallas-area system with 51,000 students. The Gold Medallion went to 6,000-student Lee College in Baytown, Texas. The Bronze went to 8,500-student Northwest Arkansas Community College in Bentonville.

Waldrop's story "Technologically-Advanced Simulators Aid in Learning," concerning the lifelike patient simulators used in the SouthArk nursing laboratory, took Silver in the General News Story category. Receiving Gold as well as Bronze was San Jacinto College, a Houston-area school with 27,000 students.

SouthArk entered only three different categories and won awards in two.
South Arkansas Community College recently was recognized by Cisco Systems for 10 active years as a Cisco Networking Academy.

Cisco Systems is a leader in the computer networking technology industry, and because of its rooting interest in the students who enter this field, developed the academy concept in the late '90s.

The long-term success of the industry is dependent upon education, according toSouthArk professor Vicki Badgley and dean Jim Roomsburg, both of whom went through Arkansas' first class of Cisco Networking Academy instructor training in 1999. Cisco teaches the teachers who then can deliver the curriculum to students in a standardized fashion.

"Cisco was founded by two Stanford professors, so education always has been very important to the company," Badgley said. "Cisco found itself the leader and decided to keep itself the leader by forming these academies."

When the academies began, she said, its instructors came from many different backgrounds, and not just computing.

Cisco's curriculum for instructors is notoriously rigorous, Roomsburg said, and has to change rapidly to keep pace with technology.

However,Badgley said, "Some people have the misperception that it's just teaching the equipment. Really, what it is is turning students into information technology workers, because it teaches them a common language."

Networking specialists really are paid for their troubleshooting abilities, she said.

"It's things that area never seen, but are important," she said.

SouthArk delivers Cisco Networking Academy coursework through its computer engineering and network installation program areas, but the training also is foundational to non-Cisco classes in these areas, Roomsburg said.

Graduates can go on to sit for Cisco certifications themselves. The professional credentials are an advanced first step to landing a career in computer engineering, network security or a related field, the dean said.
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South Arkansas Community College Foundation Board President Terry Norman, front left, donates food to Salvation Army representatives Tony Amis, center, and Karen Bryant. Surrounding them are representatives of the Foundation Board and South Arkansas Community College. The Board collected 235 pounds of donated food for the Salvation Army food pantry at the recent SouthArk Outdoor Expo.
Civil War expert and published author Dr. Gary Joiner will deliver the lecture "The Camden Expedition and Its Role in the Red River Campaign of 1864" at 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 1 at the South Arkansas Community College Library Auditorium, part of an ongoing series of history lectures co-sponsored by the college and the South Arkansas Historical Foundation.

The event, funded in part by a grant from the Arkansas Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities, is free and open to the public. The program is a Civil War sesquicentennial event sanctioned by the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission.

Joiner, a history professor at Louisiana State University-Shreveport, is the author of "One Damn Blunder From Beginning to End," a book concerning the Red River campaign.
The Phi Beta Lambda chapter at South Arkansas Community College has elected officers for the 2012-2013 academic year.

President is Jasmine Ferguson of El Dorado. Treasurer is Rachel Miller of El Dorado. Historian is Patrena Blake of Huttig. Photographer is Cierra Killingsworth of Junction City. Hospitality director is Janice Hicks of El Dorado. Communityservice director is Kathy Eutsey of Norphlet. Fundraising director is RenaeGaston of Smackover. Parliamentarian is Antonio Moore of El Dorado.
Non-credit classes in digital photography and children's books are available at South Arkansas Community College beginning this month.

Photography Basics is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Outdoor Photography is from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Oct. 27 at the Center for Workforce Development on the East Campus. Each class is $99 and the instructor is Bill Ward.

Ward is the City of Conway's primary source for promotional images and has a built a library of more than half a million photographs. He has two published photographic history books to his credit, "Conway as It Was...as It Is" and "Beyond the River: Stories of Life Near the Arkansas."

Writing for Children is from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays Oct. 23-Nov. 20 at the Center for Workforce Development. The class is $95 and the instructor is Ramona Wood.

Wood is the author of three children's books and will focus on avoiding the mistakes that many new children's book writers make, as well as creating marketable material. Students should bring pen, paper and ideas for at least two different picture books.

To register for any of these classes, call (870) 864-7163. More information isavailable by calling (870) 864-7192.
Why Children's Books Are Here to Stay, with author Ramona Wood, is a Noon Symposium from 12:15 to 1 p.m on Oct. 16 at the South Arkansas Community College Library Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

Attendees are encouraged to bring lunches with them; drinks and dessert will be provided.

Register by calling (870) 864-7192.
A massive hands-on training unit, signifying a city investment of $300,000 through the El Dorado economic development tax, was wheeled into town on Monday and came to rest at South Arkansas Community College.

Purchased to fulfill the training needs of area industries and the educational needs of the college's process technology program, the unit is designed to give students as well as current industrial sector employees a chance to train with real-world scenarios in a safe and controlled environment.

The unit is placed in the college's Center for Workforce Development on the East Campus.

"The HOT apparatus represents an investment that our citizens are making to help insure economic stability in our immediate region," El Dorado Mayor Frank Hash said. "Industries like Lion Oil, Great Lakes Solutions, El Dorado Chemical, Clean Harbors, Entergy, Cross Refinery and others are the bed rock of our local economy, all requiring skilled employees and operators on a continuous basis. The training apparatus and the instructional facility of SouthArk will ensure our industries will not have to look outside our community for these skilled operators."

El Dorado Chamber of Commerce president Henry Florsheim said that the investment will strengthen the existing local economic base.

"Hats off to SouthArk and the Economic Development Board for making this happen," Florsheim said. "In economic development, with so much emphasis placed on recruiting prospects, supporting existing business is the piece that tends to get lost. That's why this is the perfect project for our economic development tax.

"Most of our new jobs over the past two years have been created by existing business, and they could hire more if the workforce was there. This training unit will help local industry create more of that workforce they need, which is one of the most important issues we should be addressing as a community."

(Comments by Dr. Barbara Jones)

Hash thanked all of the entities that came together—local industries, the city and its voters for passing the tax and the college—to make it possible to bring the training unit here.

"The City of El Dorado is fortunate to have a willing citizenry, Council, Economic Development Board, Chamber of Commerce and community college all dedicated to improved local prosperity," he said. "The HOT apparatus is a sterling example of this overall endeavor."

An open house to show the unit's capabilities will be scheduled at a later date.
Cookin' Cajun is a five-class non-credit series offered from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursdays through Oct. 25 at the South Arkansas Community College Gymnasium, beginning this week.

Each class will include two different New Orleans-area recipes, one seafood and one non-seafood. Samples will be provided.

The fee is $19 per class. For more information call (870) 864-7192 or e-mail ce@southark.edu. Registration is at the SouthArk Bookstore.
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Tetra Technologies Supports Program - TETRA Technologies El Dorado facility general manager David Gasper, second from right, presents a $5,000 check recently to South Arkansas Community College president Dr. Barbara Jones, center, to support the college's process technology program. The funds will provide additional training materials for students who are studying to be process technicians and operators. With them are, from left, SouthArk continuing education dean Jamie McConathy, SouthArk process technology director Dr. Dave Carty and business and technical education dean Jim Roomsburg
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Deltic Timber Donates to Heritage Plaza - Deltic Timber donated $15,000 recently to the South Arkansas Community College Foundation for the development of Heritage Plaza, a proposed beautification project for the school. Representing Deltic is chief financial officer Ken Mann, second from right. With him are, from left, Foundation President Terry Norman, college President Dr. Barbara Jones and Foundation Gifts Committee Chair Greg Withrow.
The Noon Symposium Crazy Couponing is on Wednesday (Sept. 26) at the South Arkansas Community College Library Auditorium beginning at 12:15 p.m.

Bobbie Smith will discuss tactics and resources for so-called "extreme couponing."

The event is free and open to the public. Attendees are encouraged to bring lunches with them; drinks and dessert will be provided.

Register by contacting ce@southark.edu or (870)864-7192.
Classes in guitar, entrepreneurship and computing make up South Arkansas Community College's non-credit schedule at its Education Center in Warren. The courses begin next month.

Computer Basics is from 9 a.m. to noon on Oct. 20, with instructor Bobbie Smith. In this hands-on class, students will be taught basic computer components, how to browse the World Wide Web and how to open an e-mail account. No prior experience is needed. Fee is $30; registration deadline is Oct. 12.

Introduction to Excel is from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Oct. 20, with instructor Smith. The class takes students through basic Microsoft Excel functions step-by-step. Fee is$30; registration deadline is Oct. 12.

The Small Business Education series, with instructor Sherry Howard, is made up of three separate classes designed to help lead entrepreneurs through basic tenets of running a business. Startup Basics is from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Oct. 24 and covers different business models as well as developing a plan. Fee is $10; registration deadline is Oct. 17. Finding Funds is from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. onNov. 1 and covers funding sources. Fee is $10; registration deadline is Oct. 25. Website Basics is from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Nov. 12 and coverings building a small-business website. Fee is $20; registration deadline is Nov. 5.

Basic Guitar is from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Nov. 10 and Nov. 17, with instructor Osman Latino. This class is designed to be fun and unintimidating for beginners. Students must bring an acoustic guitar. Fee is $50; registration deadline is Nov. 2.

The SouthArk Education Center is at 204 Bragg St. To register for any of these classes, call 1-800-955-2289 and ask for the bookstore. For more information about community education at SouthArk, Like www.facebook.com/southarkcommed.
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TETRA Technologies El Dorado facility generalmanager David Gasper, second from right, presents a $5,000 check recently to South Arkansas Community College president Dr. Barbara Jones, center, to support the college's process technology program. The funds will provide additional training materials for students who are studying to be process technicians and operators. With them are, from left, SouthArk continuing education dean Jamie McConathy, SouthArk process technology director Dr. Dave Carty and business and technical education dean Jim Roomsburg.
Are you dreaming of starting a small business? Have you started a business but would like some guidance?

The six-week Operation JumpStart: First Step, a nationally-recognized training model for entrepreneurs, is being offered on Tuesday and Thursday evenings on Oct. 2-Nov. 4 at the Center for Workforce Development on the East Campus of South Arkansas Community College. The curriculum is designed to teach participants essential small-business planning and preparation skills with practical hands-on training.

The cost is $125 with a $50 reimbursement for course completion. Application is required; forms available at the CWD or by calling (870) 864-7192.

The course is a partnership effort of Winrock International, the U.S. Small Business Administration, the DeltaRegional Authority, the Arkansas Women's Business Center and SouthArk.
Two South Arkansas Community College non-credit photography classes taught by professional photographer Bill Ward will be held on Sept. 1 at the Center for Workforce Development.

Photography Basics is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The beginner-level class will cover camerafeatures and important things to look for when shooting images.

Outdoor Photography is from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. The intermediate-level class will consist of outdoor shooting and instructional experimentation.

Each class is $99. For more information, call (870) 864-8456.

Ward is the City of Conway's primary source for promotional images and has a built a library of more than half a million photographs. He has two published photographic history books to his credit, "Conway as It Was...as It Is" and "Beyond the River: Stories of Life Near the Arkansas."
We are going to have a ballyhoo in the bistro, a chance for you to perform and display your gifts, interests, and talents. Beginning at 12:15pm on Wednesday September 5, the El Dorado Conference Center bistro will welcome the showcase SOUTHARK'S GOT TALENT. This is the opportunity you've been waiting for, to sing that song, play that guitar, recite that poem, dance those steps, or give that lecture.

Now all you need is to contact me and let me place you on the program! If I receive too many volunteers for our first performance, please don't worry. We will have talent shows throughout the fall semester on a weekly or bi-weekly basis. The bistro has kindly opened its arms to us, so even if you're not performing you can grab a sandwich, sip a cup of coffee, and cheer on the talent as a member of the audience.

But, I do need a great first show, so send me a message, stop me in the hall, call me on the phone, or yell at me from across campus and volunteer to perform on Wednesday September 5 at 12:15pm in our fine bistro. Soon we will distribute flyers, hang posters, and possibly visit classes to encourage your participation and/or attendance. These performances will be nice breaks in your long school days. Just think! You can watch wonderful talent and get a delicious meal at the bistro too. Now that's living!

I hope to hear from you soon. Send me an e-mail message at slarkin@southark.edu or call 862-8131 at extension 223. I can't wait to see SOUTHARK'S GOT TALENT.

Sincerely,

Scott Larkin, promoter, encourager, and sometimes English teacher
Cash prizes will be awarded in four different categories plus best of show in the SouthArk Outdoor Expo Photograph Contest on Sept. 8.

The categories are Scenes, Wildlife, Flora and People in the Outdoors. Winners in each category will get $50; second places will receive $25 and third, $10.

The best-of-show selection will take $100.

The fee for each entry is $5. Entry forms are available at www.southark.edu/expo.

Entries must be delivered to the El Dorado Conference Center between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Aug. 29, Aug. 30, Sept. 4 or Sept. 5.

The Outdoor Expo, hosted by the South Arkansas Community College Foundation on Sept. 8, will be held at the Conference Center. Title sponsored by Tom Loftin Construction, the event is free to attend.

Booth space is available for additional vendors and exhibitors; contact Cynthia Reyna at (870) 864-7106 or creyna@southark.edu for information.
Submissions are being sought for Between the Lines, the literary magazine of South ArkansasCommunity College.

Stories, poetry and essays submitted by writers 18 years and older who live in the college's service area of Ashley, Bradley, Chicot and Union Counties; Calhoun County; and Union, Claiborne and Webster Parishes in Louisiana; are invited to participate.

Manuscripts are due by Oct. 5 by e-mail to Scott Larkin at slarkin@southark.edu. A panel of judges will determine which works will be published; writers whose work is accepted will be notified and invited to participate in a public reading, and will receive two copies of Between the Lines. Submissions may be edited at the discretion of the publication editor.

For more information, contactLarkin at slarkin@southark.edu, toll-free outside of El Dorado at 1-800-955-2289 extension 223, or locally at (870) 862-8131 extension 223.
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Candance Gibson, a 2012 graduate of Junction City High School, has accepted the Albert W. Loftin Scholarship to attend South Arkansas Community College in the fall.
She is the daughter of Vanessa Gibson, Ronald Gibson and Laterno Reddick.

In high school she was president of her class and of Family, Consumer and Career Leaders of America. She was a member of the Spanish Club, Future Business Leaders of America and the Student Council.

The scholarship is funded through the SouthArk Foundation.
EL DORADO—Nearly 175 students graduated from South Arkansas Community College this month. They are:

From Banks: Associate's degrees, Shawana N. Boswell (occupational therapy assistance). Technical certificates, Boswell (pre-health science).

From Bearden: Associate's degrees, Candice Welch (OTA).

From Benton: Associate's degrees, Shelby Rickford (OTA).

From Buckner: Technical certificates, Maegan M. Gentry (pre-health science).

From Cabot: Technical certificates, William K. Asproth and Brandon B. Hooper (emergency medical technology-paramedic).

From Camden: Associate's degrees, Crystal Renee Stroud (radiologic technology); Angela Michelle Schanzlin (surgical technology). Technical certificates, Krista N. Davis, Bruce Stinnett (pre-health science).

From Conway: Technical certificates, Nathaniel Breau Williamson (EMT-paramedic).

From Crossett: Associate's degrees, Justin Neil Carter (OTA); Gayla L. Williams (radiologic technology).

From El Dorado: Associate's degrees, Edna Mechell Boone, Jonathan Ryan Brown, Uniquika S. Harris, Patience Latish Jackson, Shalethia D. Lusk, William Tyler Morgan, Lillie Rena Mosley, Bradley Smith, John L. Sullivan, Chynna Womack, James Phillip York, Debra Diane Malone (liberal arts); Tennille Murphy Davis (administrative assistant technology); Judy C. Pace (computer information technology); Crystal S. Owens (criminal justice administration); Sherry NanBriggs (general business administration); Lamont Moore (general technology); Brittany R. Maddox, Mary Stratton, Romona Tolbert, Julie Wong (medical laboratory science); Allie Breanne Blackwood (OTA); Kayla Lynn Gadberry, Lisa L. Sipes(radiologic technology); Andrea Shayna Brown, Ashley R. Ford, Valeria K. Galbraith, Ashley Elizabeth Jenkins, Amy LeBlanc, John Miles (surgical technology). Technical certificates, Malone, Brittany Davis, Briggs (accounting); Pace, Briggs (computer information technology); Pace (general business administration); Sylvia N. Johnson, David Waldon Joyner, Myesha Lynette Montgomery (general studies); Darryl Antivon Carter, Christy D. Lewis (EMT-paramedic); Talmekia White, LaTasha A. Hankton, Tina Jackson (medical coding); Tina Jackson, Heather Conley (medical transcription); Joyce Bennett, Elizabeth M. Fields, Dana L. Francy, Donna S. Karch and Wanda R. Williams (pre-health science); Amanda Garcia, Claire Alyssa Griffin, Stephen B. Mitcham, Yolanda Y. Moody, Whitney E. Pearson, Francisca Pedraza (practical nursing); James R. McKinney (process technology); Joshua Wise (welding technology). Certificates of proficiency, Hankton (medical coding); Lisa Thompson (criminal justice, law enforcement); Marquita Clemons, Kolanda Everette, Nadine Martin, Shakela Mitchell, Erica Reed (nursing assistance); Terron Daniels, Kimberly Lowery, Jessica McCall, Shelby L. Mitcham, Meranda D. Smith (phlebotomy-electrocardiography).

From Emerson: Certificates of proficiency, Catherine Marie Dean (phlebotomy-EKG).

From Fordyce: Associate's degrees, Stephannie M. Hunt (medical laboratory science). Technical certificates, Christy McCollum, Morgan A. Nutt (pre-health science).

From Hamburg: Associate's degrees, Lauren Opal Gwin, Jessica LeShae Hollis (medical laboratory science).

From Hermitage: Technical certificates, Amber A. Knuckles (pre-health science); Norma Garay (practical nursing). Certificates of proficiency, Tess Dominey (phlebotomy-EKG).

From Hope: Associate's degrees, Vanessa J. Bobo, Kahla Amanda McMahen (OTA). Technical certificates, Ashlee M. Askew, Monica Hardiman (pre-health science).

From Hot Springs: Technical certificates, Steven Douglas Herrington, Barbara Koder, Billy A. Williams (EMT-paramedic).

From Junction City: Associate's degrees, Maxine Pearson (teaching). Technical certificates, Sherrick M. Gibson, Crystal Lynn Wood (medical coding). Certificates of proficiency, Quanika Williams (nursing assistance); Tracy Chonvette Carrington (phlebotomy-EKG).

From Lawson: Associate's degrees, Evan Lane Vance, Jessica Prater (teaching). Technical certificates, Vance, Prater (general studies).

From Little Rock: Technical certificates, Veronica Davilier, Steve Lewis Heaton, Jana S. Jacobs, Britt Matthews (EMT-paramedic).

From Louann: Associate's degrees, Hope Marie Stegall (teaching). Technical certificates, Stegall (general studies).

From Magnolia: Associate's degrees, William J. Dennis, Sheila Humphreys Martin, Amy M. May (OTA); Charles T. Story (physical therapist assistant); Sandra Lynette Cooper (surgical technology). Technical certificates, Kristi Eddy (accounting); Sumner Black (EMT-paramedic); LaQuesha Glover, Gregory D. Jones (medical coding); Nehkia McBride (medical transcription); Shannon M. Hight, Kizzy P. Williams (pre-health science); Elaina Kristen Barlow, Tabatha Kay Burdine, LaFarrah Evans, Nita Smith (practical nursing). Certificates of proficiency, Latrina M. Davis (EMT-ambulance); Verna Carter (law enforcement); Edena Marie Gooden, Veaunka Murphy, Shimica Williams (phlebotomy-EKG).

From Monticello: Technical certificates, Wykiki S. Green (general studies); Ishshah C. Molina (practical nursing).

From Nashville: Technical certificates, Christi Jo Beth (pre-health science).

From Norphlet: Technical certificates, Nicolai Joseph Carrier, Jonathan Ray Smith (general studies). Certificates of proficiency, Johnathan B. Estes (criminal justice); Pete Mills (shielded metal arc welding, welding layout).

From North Little Rock: Technical certificates, Shawn Allen (EMT-paramedic).

From Pine Bluff: Technical certificates, Melinda D. Baker (EMT-paramedic).

From Smackover: Technical certificates, Tameka Moore (general studies); Ruby Billings (medical coding). Certificates of proficiency, Valerie K. Davis (law enforcement).

From Sparkman: Technical certificates, Sonia F. Ferrington (pre-health science).

From Stamps: Associate's degrees, Misty R. Harbour, Beth Rogers (radiologic technology). Technical certificates, Derick Lee Patillo (EMT-paramedic); Angela M. Owen (practical nursing). Certificates of proficiency, Lakisha Nichole Lowe (phlebotomy-EKG).

From Stephens: Associate's degrees, Sarah Renea Risher (liberal arts, medical laboratory science). Technical certificates, Latricia A. Sprayberry (pre-health science); Blair Thomas (practical nursing).

From Strong: Associate's degrees, Marion L. Evans (surgical technology). Technical certificates, Jamye Quinette Baker (accounting). Certificates of proficiency, Crystal Gayle Osgood (nursing assistance).

From Taylor: Technical certificates, Jennifer Tompkins (pre-health science). Certificates of proficiency, Amy Burchfield (EMT-ambulance).

From Texarkana: Technical certificates, David J. Duffer (pre-health science).

From Waldo: Technical certificates, LaKendra Hughey, Venetta Witcher (medical coding); Laura A. Pennington (pre-health science). Certificates of proficiency, Sheila E. Simms (phlebotomy-EKG).

From Ward: Technical certificates, Dorann R. Elam (EMT-paramedic).

From Warren: Technical certificates, Devin M. Hargrave (pre-health science).

From White Hall: Technical certificates, Matthew R. Davis (EMT-paramedic).

From Bastrop, La.: Technical certificates, Chad Reynolds (EMT-paramedic).

From Bernice, La.: Technical certificates, Wendy A. Comfort (early-childhood education). Certificates of proficiency, Amber LeFaye Urrey (phlebotomy-EKG).

From Delhi, La.: Technical certificates, Tracy Melchi (EMT-paramedic).

From Downsville, La.: Technical certificates, Joseph Murphy (EMT-paramedic).

From Farmerville, La.: Associate's degrees, Alexa S. Risinger (radiologic technology). Technical certificates, Kennan Lea Ebarb (practical nursing).

From Haynesville, La.: Associate's degrees, Brittney Monea Webb (radiologic technology).

From Junction City, La.: Technical certificates, Rebecca A. Toms (general studies).

From Ruston, La.: Technical certificates, Carrie E. Jones (medical coding).

From Spearsville, La.: Technical certificates, Jose Reyes (general business administration).

From Summerfield, La.: Technical certificates, Ellery L. Gorman (EMT-paramedic).

From West Monroe, La.: Technical certicates, Matthew Joseph Carl (EMT-paramedic).
For the first time ever, South Arkansas Community College is offering a credit-bearing class that covers the technology and creation of motion pictures.

Introduction to Film is one of a spate of media and performing arts courses being offered at the school this fall that is designed to work in concert with the City of El Dorado's goals to become known as the Festival City, according to liberal arts dean Phil Ballard.

"El Dorado's new economic development vision will attract musical and theatrical productions to the city and create jobs for actors, directors, musicians and technicians whose skills also can support filmmaking companies that the city entices to this area," Ballard said.

The film course could be "a great beginning to an exciting career" especially for anyone interested in producing movies, instructor Larry Powell said.

"The course is a sampling of the possibilities in the film industry. Any student interested in film production would find it exciting," Powell said.

The digital production course includes concepts, principles, basic editing, projection and the use of non-synchronous sound, he said. About half of theclass will be hands-on, Powell said; each student will complete three filmsduring the course.

"The class will be an exciting mix between the technical and the creative," Powell said.

Ballard said that Introduction to Film could be both educational and fun even for students who are not necessarily set on the motion-picture or TV industry as a career choice.

"Students who have worked on amateur filmmaking projects or who have done freelance film work for production companies and want to learn more would benefit from taking this course," he said. "Undeclared majors who have a creative side and enjoy working on group projects may discover in this course both a worthwhile major and a career that is both financially and personally rewarding."

Introduction to Film still has openings available. Registration for the fall semester is open until Aug. 17. The first day of classes is Aug. 20.

For more information, call Powell at (870) 864-7406 or enrollment services at (870) 864-7195.
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Deadline for entry into the Phil Herring Rib Cook-Off, part of the 14th South Arkansas Community College Outdoor Expo, is Aug. 21.

The contest is sponsored by Herring Furniture, Amerigas Propane and Holland Grill.

Teams or individuals may enter for a chance to win the top prize of $1,000. Second place wins $750 and third, $500.

Cash prizes also will be awarded in the categories of cooker choice ($200 for first, $100 for second, $50 for third) and team theme ($125 for first, $75 for second, $50 for third).

Entry fees are $50.

After the contest, the cooked ribs will be sold in slabs for $15 each; orders arebeing taken in advance from SouthArk Foundation director Cynthia Reyna at (870) 864-7106 or creyna@southark.edu.

The Outdoor Expo, hosted by the Foundation on Sept. 8, will be held at the El Dorado Conference Center. Title sponsored by Tom Loftin Construction, the event is free to attend.

Booth space is available for additional vendors and exhibitors; contact Reyna for information.

Photo: Smoke rises from cooker tents along South Washington near the El Dorado Conference Center last year during the SouthArk Outdoor Expo, hosted by the South Arkansas Community College Foundation.
Boys and Bows is a course in Olympic-style archery techniques and range safety, designed for father-son pairs, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Aug. 18 at South Arkansas Community College's Center for Workforce Development.

The cost is $3 for individuals or $5 for pairs. Tandem participation is encouraged, but not required. Equipment will be provided. Laura Rogers of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission is the instructor.

Register by calling (870) 864-7192 or e-mailing ce@southark.edu.
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Jim Tidwell, left, and Shari Terry have been added to the South Arkansas Community College Foundation Board of Directors. Tidwell is the manager of Great Lakes Solutions South Plant operations. Terry is the supervisor of fuel accounting at Murphy Oil.
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South Arkansas Community College's first-ever Summer Commencement will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday at the El Dorado Conference Center.
SouthArk will graduate 174 students, who will be receiving 186 degrees and certificates.
The college added a third graduation ceremony primarily to accommodate health-science graduates, many of whom complete their respective programs in August. As a testament to the institution's continued growth, SouthArk began a second commencement, after the start of each fall semester, only in 2010.
The keynote speaker is Medical Center of South Arkansas chief executive officerKyle Swift. Swift is a graduate of Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, with a master's degree in health-care administration, and of Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, with a bachelor's degree in microbiology. Before taking the job at MCSA, he was the chief executive at Brownwood (Texas) Regional Medical Center, and prior to that, he was an administrator at Laredo (Texas) Medical Center.
Swift is a member of the SouthArk Foundation Board and of the South Arkansas Professional Development Grant Advisory Committee.
South Arkansas Community College has become the first local place and only the second educational institution in the state to have its indoor layout charted by Google Maps.
Workers from the online service mapped indoor locations on the West Campus in June.When utilizing the service with an Android-powered mobile device, a detailed floor plan of the campus will display, with vending machines, WiFi hot spots, restrooms and other points of interest labeled.
This will be convenient for many mobile users, SouthArk chief information officer Dr. Tim Kirk said, especially the number of people who utilize the El Dorado Conference Center, located on the SouthArk West Campus and operated by the college.
"Visitors to campus will be able to find where the amenities are," Kirk said. "We are an open resource to the public, and it's part of our transparency."
The American alligator is the topic of the August Noon Symposium, hosted by South Arkansas Community College on Aug. 7.
Regional education coordinator Laura Rogers of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commissionwill be the speaker and will discuss alligator biology and history in Arkansas, and her organization's efforts with the animal.
The free event begins at 12:15 p.m. and will be held at the SouthArk Library Auditorium on the West Campus. Attendees are encouraged to bring lunches with them; drinks and dessert will be provided.
Register by calling (870) 864-7192 or by e-mailing ce@southark.edu.
In the coming weeks, South Arkansas Community College's Warren-based programs will relocate to the Bradley Medical Center Brunson Complex, a move that will benefit Bradley County students and the community as a whole, according to representatives of both the college and the hospital.
Currently housed at the South East Arkansas Community-Based Education Center, SouthArk's practical nursing and phlebotomy classes in Warren are expected to begin operating at the Brunson Complex at 204 Bragg St. with the start of the fall semester on Aug. 20.
"We've greatly appreciated our time at SEACBEC and the support provided by SEACBEC director Jonalyn Reep. We also have received kind support from Warren School District superintendent Andrew Tolbert, and we hope to continue a strong working relationship with Warren schools," SouthArk president Dr. Barbara Jones said. "We are looking forward to the potential of our new location. The specialized educational area afforded by the Brunson Complex will grant our students resources, space and visibility, with the possibility of growth in both credit and non-credit course offerings for the community.
"We also look forward enthusiastically to the partnership that we will have with Bradley County Medical Center."
BCMC chief executive officer Harold Mitchell expressed similar enthusiasm.
"We are pleased to partner with SouthArk to provide practical nurses and phlebotomists for our hospital, as well as the rest of the area," he said. BCMC Board Chair Freddie Mobley spoke of the excitement that the hospital has for the project.
"This will be of a great benefit to the citizens in our community, giving them an opportunity to attend college here in Warren," Mobley said. "We hope that this relationship will expand in the future."
Registration is being held now for the fall semester. For more information, see www.southark.edu or www.facebook.com/southark, or call 1-800-955-2289.
Skyler Jones, a 2012 graduate of Smackover High School, has accepted a Student Ambassador Scholarship to attend South Arkansas Community College in the fall.
She is the daughter of Tim and Kathey Jones of Smackover.
Jasmine Ferguson, a criminal-justice major at South Arkansas Community College, hasaccepted a Student Ambassador Scholarship to attend the school in the fall. A 2011 graduate of El Dorado High School, she is the daughter of Terry and Balinda Johnson of El Dorado.
Brian Hansen of El Dorado has accepted a General Educational Development Scholarship to attend South Arkansas Community College in the fall.