Area students received awards at the Semi-Annual Student Recognition Ceremony at South Arkansas Community College recently.

OUTSTANDING ACADEMIC STUDENTS

From Bearden, Ebony Shorter (speech).

From Calion, Cari Hodge (mathematics).

From Camden, Rebekah Hansley (computer information systems); Shelia Thrower (anatomy and physiology).

From Crossett, Tina Dunn, Carolyn Jeffers (mathematics); Ryan Mann (physical science); Dunn (anatomy and physiology).

From El Dorado, Joe Knight, Logan Stratton, Edmund Gusby, Ryan Crawford, Jennifer Miletello, Thomas Sheppard (computer information systems); Kimberly Tucker (English); Miguel Soria, Hanna Smith, Breana Wright, Jake Cogburn, Joshua Hix, Grecia Chavez Betancourt, Tionna Baker, Brandon Rivers, Kathy Modica, Stephanie Luker, Courtney Reed, James Tucker, Brandon Rodgers, Ravonte Holmes, Jeremy Ezell, Philip Wiebe, David Noble (mathematics); Gabriela Wilson (nursing); Caitlyn Robison and Allyson Meeks (anatomy and physiology).

From Hamburg, Carina Mondragon (mathematics).

From Hermitage, Jonathan Raney (mathematics).

From Huttig, Marcus Morris (computer information systems).

From Junction City, Elichia English (English), English, Joshua Cook (mathematics).

From Magnolia, Julie Hudgens (psychology).

From Monticello, Jaquetta Gaines (anatomy and physiology).

From Mount Holly, Brittney Barnhardt, Devin Bricklen (mathematics).

From Norphlet, Morgan Couch, Kaitlyn Kelley, Courtney Ingram (mathematics).

From Smackover, Krista Stepp (mathematics); Philip Walker (health sciences); Alyssa Atkinson (chemistry); Walker (nutrition and diet); Brandie Britt (anatomy and physiology).

From Stamps, Angela Owen (nursing), Corey Burke (kinesiology).

From Stephens, Theresa Mitchell (mathematics).

From Strong, Christine Jones (computer information systems).

From Texarkana, Chad Ward (kinesiology).

From Waldo, Natausha Keener (nutrition and diet).

From Warren, Justin Hollingsworth (computer information systems); Elizabeth Susanne Grice (nursing).

From Dubach, Louisiana, Joshua Hutson (anatomy and physiology).

From Farmerville, Louisiana, Linda Alana Wade (nursing).

From Lillie, Louisiana, Cassie Harris (nutrition and diet).

From Houston, Elizabeth Vaughan (biology).

OUTSTANDING STUDENT WORKER

From El Dorado, Kimberly Tucker, Ashley Colvin.

EXEMPLARY STUDENT LEADER

From El Dorado, Kimberly Tucker.

From Emerson, Skylar Burns.

From Monticello, Sandy Sanders.

From Warren, Elizabeth Susanne Grice.

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Dr. Sterling Claypoole, right, a representative of Project SOUTH and an instructor at South Arkansas Community College, gives military veteran Jerry Martin the first commencement cord for graduating SouthArk students who are veterans. The cords are to be worn during graduation exercises at the college. Fall commencement is at 7 p.m. on Dec. 18 at the El Dorado Conference Center. Four other veterans also will be recognized with the cords. SouthArk recently was designated as a Military-Friendly School by Victory Media.

Commencement exercises for the fall general educational development class at South Arkansas Community College are at 2 p.m. on Dec. 18 in Room 121 of the Center for Workforce Development on the East Campus.

southark-internYou never know where an internship might lead.

One of the first students to be a part of the SouthArk Works program, Kourtney Castillo so impressed her supervisors at Great Lakes Solutions that she recently was offered a full-time position as the industrial plant’s storeroom coordinator just a month into her internship.

The 20-year-old accounting major at South Arkansas Community College happily accepted, although she will return to classes in the spring to wrap up a technical certificate.

“She is a good egg,” Great Lakes Solutions human resource manager Erin Packwood said. “She started with an internship position in the storeroom; we were simply interested in giving a bright, talented individual some work experience.

“An opportunity arose and she applied for the [permanent] position through the normal process and proper channels. She was part of a fairly large candidate pool and made it through our selection process.”

It actually was Castillo’s second internship through SouthArk Works, an internship program still in its infancy after getting all wheels on the ground in the spring semester of 2014. After her first internship wrapped in the summer, she sought out a second, landed at Great Lakes Solutions and “blew the socks off” of her bosses.

Her maturity, aplomb, intelligence, work ethic and ability to learn quickly are evident, even though, at 20, Castillo said that she’s young for the job. She didn’t even know what a “gasket” was before taking the position, but deals in them regularly now. As the storeroom coordinator, she is a key cog in the wheel of the facility.

“I’m probably the youngest they ever hired for that position, but that just means I’ll be there that much longer,” Castillo, who is both a wife of three years and a mother to a toddler, said. “It’s interesting. It’s like manning a parts store, just in a plant, and basically the inventory part of accounting. It’s an important job because if they need a part and we haven’t stocked it, that could cause down time or other problems.”

Castillo was quick to point to SouthArk Works as a big reason why she was able to land the position.

“If I hadn’t had the internship during inventory, I wouldn’t have gotten the job,” she said.

For more information about SouthArk Works, contact Sue Bowman at sbowman@southark.edu

tucker-kimberly-w250South Arkansas Community College Phi Theta Kappa President Kimberly Tucker has been selected as a 2014 Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholar.

This scholarship is designed to provide new Phi Theta Kappa members with financial resources to help defray educational expenses while enrolled in a two-year college.

This year’s recipients were selected by a panel of independent judges from more than 900 applicants, selected based on academic achievement and leadership. They receive $1,000 scholarships.

Tucker, a teacher education major who has a 4.0 grade-point average, also was selected as this year’s Academic All-Star at SouthArk.

 

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Michael Lockwood, front and center, recently was elected president of the Phi Beta Lambda chapter at South Arkansas Community College. Along with him are other newly-elected officers, front row, from left, Executive Vice President Tammie Carrier and Director of Community Service Shaiandrea Blair; back row, Secretary-Treasurer Jessica Medlin, Parliamentarian Vinit Modi, Historian Noel Jackson, Director of Communications Jennifer Miletello and Photographer Hanna Smith. Not pictured is Director of Fundraising Christine Jones.

 

Does your teenager have tangible talent? The area's industrial leaders want to help him, or her, develop it, at no cost.

The free 2014 Young Manufacturers Summer Academy will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Aug. 4-8 at the Center for Workforce Development, 3698 E. Main on the East Campus of South Arkansas Community College. This academy is a partnership among SouthArk, the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce and the Dream It Do It Manufacturing Institute.

The Young Manufacturers Summer Academy is designed to attract and develop manufacturing talent. Students will design and create through a variety of hands-on activities using computers and new technologies, learn about career opportunities and meet employers from high-tech manufacturing industries.

The right skills and education eventually can lead to in-demand, high-paying jobs in advanced manufacturing.

The academy is open to students who will be entering grades seven or eight this fall. Lunch and a light mid-morning snack will be provided daily.

For more information, call (870) 864-7192

 

The Pullback Car Frenzy Lego Camp is July 14-18 at South Arkansas Community College for children ages 8 to 14.
The camp challenges participants to design new vehicles from supplied Lego cars. Science and engineering concepts, including universal physics laws, will be explored. Campers can keep all 10 cars that they build throughout the week.
For more information call (870) 864-8456.

smith chrisChris Smith of El Dorado has accepted a Jodie Mahony Endowed Scholarship to attend South Arkansas Community College in the fall.
The scholarship is funded through the SouthArk Foundation.

jones ChristineChristine Jones of Strong, an accounting major at South Arkansas Community College, has accepted a Michael Mahony Bancorp South Endowed Scholarship to attend the school in the fall.
She is a member of Phi Beta Lambda and a 2009 graduate of El Dorado High School.
The scholarship is funded through the SouthArk Foundation.

Alice Winchester, a respiratory therapy major at South Arkansas Community College, has accepted a Health Science Scholarship to attend the school in the fall.
She is the treasurer of Phi Theta Kappa and a member of Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.
The scholarship is funded through the SouthArk Foundation.

Amanda Hargett, a 2010 graduate of Light Brigade Christian Academy, has accepted a Robert R. Brown Jr. Scholarship to attend South Arkansas Community College in the fall.
The scholarship is funded through the SouthArk Foundation.

Jay Brown, a 2011 graduate of El Dorado High School, has accepted a James M. Moore Jr. Endowed Scholarship to attend South Arkansas Community College in the fall.
He is the son of Jody and Brandy Brown of El Dorado.
The scholarship is funded through the SouthArk Foundation.

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 At Therma-Flite, plant manager Donald Lee, left, speaks about company processes to SouthArk dean of business and technical education Jim Roomsburg.

Your opportunity has arrived, according to Therma-Flite Manufacturing plant manager Donald Lee.

Local companies want to hire local employees who have been trained locally, he said, and manufacturing jobs just keep appearing.
Therma-Flite, a California-based company that manufactures massive industrial screw heat exchangers at its center in El Dorado, is experiencing rapid growth. Lee said that it currently employs more than 50 people locally, but with a $1.8 million expansion underway and another expected to be right around the corner, more hiring is coming soon.

Thirty-four of Therma-Flite's El Dorado employees are welders. Lee just hired four South Arkansas Community College welding students who graduated last month.

"The first thing that we did was start looking at the workforce, and we found SouthArk," Lee said. "We saw an opportunity to build a relationship with the college. The training at SouthArk leads to good jobs right here in El Dorado."

Demarcus Smith, for example, is only 18 years old—he graduated from high school and from SouthArk in the same month, having completed the welding program offered through the college's Secondary Technical Center—but he now is employed full-time at Therma-Flite making $13 an hour plus overtime, with a full spate of fringe benefits and opportunities to advance. Many of his friends still are working part-time minimum-wage jobs. He said that he couldn't be happier.

"It was a great opportunity for me," Smith said. "My parents are proud of me, and I'm proud of myself."

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 Welder Austin Carr, a 2014 SouthArk graduate who was hired by the Therma-Flite this month, works at the El Dorado manufacturer's facility.

An assessment test determines the starting wage for a welder at Therma-Flite. Lee said that Smith as well as the other three new hires from the college tested into significantly higher starting pay scales because of their proficiency on the exam.

The new employees readily thanked the instruction that they received through the SouthArk welding program, and program director Shannon Forrest, for that.

Several other area manufacturing companies also are hiring as the economy improves, jobs come back to the United States from overseas, Baby Boomers retire and plant expansions and product diversification become more prevalent, according to SouthArk technical education dean Jim Roomsburg.

"This is the best opportunity in decades to go into manufacturing," Roomsburg said.

In fact, demand for employees is so high in manufacturing that last fall, SouthArk was awarded $3.9 million in federal Department of Labor funds to bolster three technical programs.

Lee said that without having SouthArk here, his company would struggle to fill positions.

"It would be extremely difficult," he said. "It's hard to find skilled people. All of the manufacturers are in the same boat. We want to hire as many people as we can like these guys [who graduated from SouthArk], who know the basics."

The seminar Understanding Personality Styles and Their Significant Impact, with Dr. Tim Frazier of Skillpath Seminars, is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on July 17 in Room 12 of the Center for Workforce Development on the East Campus of South Arkansas Community College.

The session is designed to teach participants how to administer personality assessments and the importance of identifying and communicating with different personality styles.

Frazier has both a doctor's degree and master's degree in organizational leadership and management, and a bachelor's degree in communication.

The cost is $325 and includes a workbook. Register by contacting dean Jamie McConathy at (870) 864-7193 or jmcconathy@southark.edu.

 

Dr. Holly Ayers has been selected as the next vice president of learning at South Arkansas Community College.

Ayers currently is the division chair for math, science and education at Ozarka College in Melbourne, where she has worked since 2006. Previously at the school, she was the director of the Paul Miller Fitness Center and a physical education, health and college success instructor.

Prior to 2006 she was a regional policy specialist at the Missouri Department of Health and Human Services Southeast District.

She is a graduate of Arkansas State University in Jonesboro with a doctor's degree in educational leadership, a master's degree in exercise science, a specialist degree in community college teaching and administration and a bachelor's degree in exercise science.

"As a native Arkansan I am honored and excited to begin working with the college and it's partners to provide high-quality educational opportunities that support a stronger and more competitive workforce for Arkansas," Ayers said. "SouthArk is a shining example of how two-year colleges can use innovative approaches to improving economic development and academic success, and I am thrilled to become part of that forward momentum."

She and her husband Coby Ayers have two children, ages 14 and 9.

She will assume her new job duties at SouthArk on July 1. Holly Ayers replaces Dr. Val Cantu, who is retiring.

The public is invited to a reception at the South Arkansas Arboretum at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday (May 20) to display banners created by the sixth-grade art class at Washington Middle School.

Arts in Education artist Maria Villegas worked with Katie Harwell's art class to create the banners, which feature artwork that calls attention to the flora and fauna of south Arkansas. Refreshments will be available.

The History of Beekeeping in the United States, a South Arkansas Community College Noon Symposium, is 12:15 to 1 p.m. on Wednesday (May 21) at the Center for Workforce Development on the East Campus.

The speakers are James and Rita Lamb of Southwest Arkansas Beekeeping Supplies. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is requested; register at (870) 864-7192 or ce@southark.edu.

Refreshments will be available but attendees may bring lunches with them.

robincarrollCircuit Judge Robin J. Carroll will be the keynote speaker for Spring Commencement exercises at South Arkansas Community College at 7 p.m. on May 9 at the El Dorado Conference Center.

More than 350 students will graduate.

Carroll is the Fourth Division circuit judge for the 13th Judicial District, covering Calhoun, Cleveland, Columbia, Dallas, Ouachita and Union Counties. He was elected without opposition in 2012. Carroll first was elected prosecuting attorney in 2006, and was re-elected without opposition in 2010.

He is a 1995 graduate of the University of Arkansas-Little Rock School of Law. Carroll graduated from Henderson State University with honors in 1993. He was captain of the golf team his senior season and was named an NAIA All-America Scholar Athlete and GTE Academic All-American. In 2011 Carroll was inducted into the Henderson State Sports Hall of Honor.

He was named as one of the 10 Outstanding Young Arkansans by the Arkansas Junior Chamber of Commerce in 1997, one of the Arkansas Business "40 Under 40" business leaders in 2001, received the Henderson State University "Young Alumni Achievement Award" in 2007 and was admitted into the Henderson Academy of Scholars in 2008.

Carroll also is the secretary of the SouthArk Foundation Board of Directors.

The Sigma Epsilon Chapter of Phi Beta Lambda at South Arkansas Community College will hold a car wash from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on May 10 in front of the Whitfield Building on the West Campus.
Proceeds will be used to help fund a trip to the 2014 National Leadership Conference in Nashville, Tennessee, on June 24-27 for 20 students who qualified for competition.
For more information, contact Dr. Carolyn Langston at (870) 864-7178 or Donna Hendricks at (870) 864-7177.

Caitlyn Robison, a senior at Norphlet High School, has accepted a President's Scholarship to attend South Arkansas Community College in the fall.

She is the daughter of Jeffery and Roxanne Robison of El Dorado and is a member of the National Honor Society, Dare to Dream Book Club. She also is the valedictorian of the Class of 2014.

Justin Scott Robison, a senior at Norphlet High School, has accepted a President's Scholarship to attend South Arkansas Community College in the fall.He is

the son of Jeffery and Roxanne Robison and is a member of the National Honor Society and Dare to Dream Book Club, and managed the football and basketball teams.

Kelsi Brock of El Dorado has accepted a General Educational Development Scholarship to attend South Arkansas Community College in the fall.

Kaleigh Brewer, a senior at Waldron High School, has accepted a Freshman Recognition Scholarship to attend South Arkansas Community College in the fall.

She is the daughter of Jeff and Melissa Brewer and is the secretary of both the Beta Club and Student Council, editor of the yearbook and a member of both SkillsUSA and the Principal's Leadership Team.

She was selected as All-District in golf, was on the homecoming court and was selected as Miss Waldron High School.

Jessica Reynolds, a senior at Warren High School, has accepted a President's Scholarship to attend South Arkansas Community College in the fall.

She is a member of the Beta Club, Health Occupations Students of America, Future Business Leaders of America, Spanish Club, National Honor Society and Junior Rotarians.

She is the daughter of Becky Hamilton of Kingsland.

Cynthia Arnold of El Dorado, a liberal-arts major at South Arkansas Community College, has accepted an Employee Club Scholarship to attend the college in the fall.

She is a 1983 graduate of Springdale High School.

Angela McLelland of Junction City, a physical therapist assistance major at South Arkansas Community College, has accepted a Charles E. Cowger Endowed Scholarship to attend the school in the fall.

She is a 2002 graduate of Junction City High School and a member of Phi Theta Kappa.

The scholarship is funded through the SouthArk Foundation.

Victoria Bryan, an early-childhood education major at South Arkansas Community College, has accepted a Mabel Stratton Powell Endowed Scholarship for the fall semester.

She is a 2013 graduate of Farmerville (La.) High School and a member of Phi Beta Lambda at SouthArk. She is the daughter of Barry Bryan and Tina Koonce, both of Spearsville, La.

The scholarship is funded through the SouthArk Foundation.

"The Tuskegee Airmen," a 1995 movie filmed in Arkansas at Fort Chaffee, will be shown at the El Dorado Conference Center on Thursday evening, April 24 at 6:00. It is a historical drama about the first African-American pilots in the U.S. military. In 1942, a group of college graduates were selected for training as pilots in the Army Air Corps at the Tuskegee training base. The film screening is sponsored by South Arkansas Community College and is free to the public.

In World War II, the Tuskegee, Alabama army airfield was where the first black army fighter pilots were trained. This dramatization of real events follows one man, Hannibal Lee, through training to impossibly high standards, Congressional maneuvering, months of no air-combat action, and finally acceptance and decoration as one of the 332nd Fighter Group, who never lost a bomber to enemy action. The Tuskegee Airmen broke the color barrier and ultimately gained the respect they deserved.

Laurence Fishburne heads an all-star cast. The HBO film won the NAACP Award for Outstanding Television Movie and three Emmy Awards. Parental discretion is advised because of strong language.

This is a free showing of the movie and is an effort to build an awareness of the film industry developing in Arkansas. South Arkansas Community College offers a degree in Performance and Media Arts, which includes concentrations in drama, music, and film. The college is now offering courses in film production and will offer additional courses in the summer and fall.

Free popcorn and soft drinks will be served at the movie.

Audiences will be offered free popcorn and soft drinks during a free screening of "The Tuskegee Airmen," a 1995 movie filmed at Fort Chaffee in Fort Smith, at the El Dorado Conference Center at 6 p.m. on April 24.

The film screening is sponsored by the performance and media arts program at South Arkansas Community College and is open to the public.
The historical drama concerns the first black pilots in the U.S. military. In 1942, a group of college graduates were selected for training as pilots in the Army Air Corps at the Tuskegee (Ala.) Army Air Field.

The movie follows Hannibal Lee (Laurence Fishburne) through training to impossibly-high standards, Congressional maneuvering, months of no air-combat action and finally acceptance and decoration as one of the 332nd Fighter Group, who never lost a bomber to enemy action.

The HBO film won the NAACP Award for Outstanding TV Movie and three Emmy Awards. Parental discretion is advised because of strong language.
The performance and media arts program includes concentrations in drama, music and film. Film production courses are on the schedule for the summer and fall.

LITTLE ROCK—Members of the Sigma Epsilon Chapter of Phi Beta Lambda at South Arkansas Community College won a host of awards at the recent 2014 Arkansas Spring Leadership Conference.

Anne Moses was selected as the Arkansas PBL Member of the Year, Ruby Billings and Beth Moses were named as Who's Who in Arkansas PBL and Donna Hendricks received a Special Adviser Award.

The SouthArk chapter was recognized as the largest in Arkansas and the 10th largest in the nation. It also was recognized as the chapter with the largest membership in its professional division, and as one of only two Gold Chapters in the state.

In competitive categories, Sigma Epsilon hauled in nine first-place awards, 16 second-place awards and 10 third-place awards.

First-place finishers were Jennifer Miletello (administrative services), Jill Spencer (client services), Ryan Crawford (networking concepts), Tamera Wells (personal finance), Beth Moses (project management) and Capri Scharbor (word processing); and the teams of Janice Shelton, Miletello and Spencer (community services project); Anne Moses and Vinit Modi (desktop publishing); and Macie Carelock, Marcus Morris and Lewis Whatley (network design).
Second-place finishers were Rachel Miller (administrative services), Miletello (business communication, computer applications, computerized accounting), Janeen Watkins (business English), Logan Stratton (business etiquette), Spencer (business math), Scharbor (scrapbook, client services), Crawford (computer concepts), Christopher Smith (information management), Tammie Carrier (business report), Wells (marketing concepts), Kristi Rogers (project management) and Christine Jones (word processing); and the team of Justin Hollingsworth, Michael Roberts and Stratton (network design).
Third-place finishers were Scharbor (administrative services), Stratton (business math, cyber security), Nikita Culpepper (business presentation), Spencer (computerized accounting), Edmund Gusby (help desk), Shelton (impromptu speaking), Hollingsworth (networking concepts), Jennifer Medlin (sales presentation) and Tyler Steward (statistical analysis).

Additionally, members of the chapter received nine fourth-place awards and four fifth-place awards.

miller1The most awarded U.S. gymnast of all time, Shannon Miller, will appear at the El Dorado Conference Center on April 17 in a partnership effort between the Medical Center of South Arkansas' Healthy Woman and South Arkansas Community College.

Among her career highlights, Miller has won 59 international and 49 national competition medals, more than half of which are gold. She is the only U.S. gymnast to win two World All-Around titles (1993 and 1994). Her tally of five medals (two silver, three bronze) at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, Spain, was the most medals won by any U.S. athlete. At the 1996 Games in Atlanta, she led the "Magnificent Seven" to the U.S. Women's first ever team gold, and for the first time for any American gymnast, she captured gold on the balance beam.
She is the only American to rank among the top 10 All-Time Gymnasts and is the only female athlete to be inducted into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame twice (individual 2006 and team 2008).

But in January of 2011, Miller was diagnosed with a malignant germ-cell tumor, a rare form of ovarian cancer. She had the baseball-sized tumor removed successfully and followed up with nine weeks of chemotherapy. She is currently cancer-free and advocates for early detection and making health a priority.  

miller2These days Miller runs the Web resource Shannon Miller Lifestyle: Health and Fitness for Women and the Shannon Miller Foundation (which combats childhood obesity), and is a published author, TV personality and radio show host. She is a graduate of Boston College with a degree in law and of the University of Houston with a bachelor's degree in marketing and entrepreneurship.

She and her husband John Falconetti have two children: son Rocco Falconetti, age 5; and Sterling Falconetti, age 10 months.

Miller first will appear at Healthy Woman's Girls' Night Out, beginning at 5 p.m. The event will include shopping, hors d'oeuvres, women's health information, hand massages and wine tasting. Tickets are $10 and are available by calling (870) 864-3282.

She then will speak as part of the SouthArk Lecture Series beginning at 7 p.m. Admission is free. For more information contact Phil Ballard at (870) 864-7156.

 

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Arts in April, the annual South Arkansas Community College celebration of the arts in all of its various forms, will include six different events throughout the month. All are free to attend.

Local poet Jim Barton, who has won nearly 400 awards since 2006, will speak about the creative process and read some of his own works, including poems from his latest book "Dirty Little Town," at 12:15 p.m. on April 10 in the Cypress-Oak Room at the El Dorado Conference Center.

SouthArk music professor Victoria Harden will present an organ recital at 7:30 p.m. on April 11 at First Presbyterian Church. She will play from the works of Kenneth Leighton, Caesar Franck, Johann Sebastian Bach, Nicolaus Bruhns and Charles Marie Widor; the performance will be followed by a reception, hosted by the SouthArk Foundation, in the church fellowship hall.

Broadway actor and singer Craig Schulman, the director and star of the local production of "Les Miserables," will discuss his theatrical career at 12:15 p.m. on April 15 in the Cypress-Oak Room at the El Dorado Conference Center. Schulman has appeared in the lead roles of "Jekyll and Hyde," "The Phantom of the Opera" and "Les Miserables."

The spring recital for SouthArk music students will be at 12:15 p.m. on April 24 in the west concourse of the El Dorado Conference Center.

SouthArk visual art students will have an exhibit and sale in the El Dorado Conference Center on April 24-29.

The 17th annual Writers' Ink awards ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. on April 27 in Murphy Hall at the conference center. About 375 Union County high-school students participated in the creative-writing contest; the work of 46 were selected for publication in the Writers' Ink literary magazine, which is published by the college, edited by the SouthArk faculty and judged by members of the faculty and staff. A reception will follow the ceremony.

For more about Arts in April, contact liberal arts dean Phil Ballard at (870) 864-7156.

Suzanne's Fruit Farm: a Family Tradition is a Noon Symposium at South Arkansas Community College on April 9 at the Center for Workforce Development on the East Campus.

Owners David and Sylvia Reddin will trace the Hampton farm's history from 1975, discussing crops raised, agri-tourism and the farm's newly-renovated barn which is used as a social gathering place and the farm store.

Sample refreshments will be provided and a limited number of goods will be available for purchase.

The program is free and open to the public; those who attend are encouraged to bring lunches with them. Register by calling (870) 864-7192 or emailing ce@southark.edu.

aaronbelindaDr. Belinda Powell Aaron has been hired as the new vice president of fiscal affairs at South Arkansas Community College.

Aaron currently is the assistant vice chancellor for finance and administrative services at Louisiana State University-Alexandria, where she has worked for 11 years. She is a graduate of LSU with a doctor's degree in human resource education and workforce development.

"I am thrilled to be returning to Arkansas, closer to my family in Little Rock and Texarkana," Aaron said.

Aaron will assume her new duties next month. She succeeds Lathan Hairston, who retired earlier this month after many years in higher education in Arkansas.

EL DORADO—South Arkansas eighth-grade girls will have an opportunity to take part in the GLAMS: Girls Learning About Math and Science conference on May 15 at South Arkansas Community College.
GLAMS' hands-on workshops and breakout sessions in science, technology, engineering and math fields are designed provide participants with fun ways to learn practical information. The conference will be free to qualifying students, who also will receive a light breakfast, snacks and lunch, as well as T-shirts and other take-home items.
The intent of the program is to "introduce female students to successful area women working in math, science and technology-related fields; and to provide these girls with real-life examples of achievement in such careers," according to project co-chair Alice Mahony, who is a member of the Arkansas Department of Education Board.
While women make up 47 percent of America's workforce, just 26 percent of scientists and engineers are female, Mahony said. The hope is that GLAMS will inspire eighth graders to carefully consider future courses and careers before high school as they become more familiar with science- and math-based professions.
Nearly 200 eighth-grade girls from 11 different schools attended the third GLAMS conference last year at SouthArk, which had 20 session speakers ranging from a geologist to an environmental scientist to a wildlife biologist. Written feedback received from the participants indicated that the project's aim did indeed find its mark. Among many other favorable reviews, students wrote:
•"It was good in using teamwork with people who you may not know."
•"I got to see all parts of science—learning what different jobs are available."
•"It was an excellent learning experience and tons of fun."
GLAMS is a joint venture of the El Dorado Education Foundation and SouthArk, with financial and volunteer support from area businesses, organizations and individuals.
For more information, see the GLAMS website at www.southark.edu/glams, or contact Dr. Stephanie Tully-Dartez at (870) 864-8413 or stully-dartez@southark.edu.

Current elementary and middle education majors or those interested in pursuing careers in these areas are invited to attend a joint informational meeting with South Arkansas Community College and Southern Arkansas University from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on March 20 in Room 231 of the Whitfield Building on the West Campus at SouthArk.

Dollars for Scholars Day at the Whitfield Building Atrium from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on March 9 is an event to help students complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid and the Arkansas Universal Scholarship Application.
Students should bring the personal identification number for both themselves and a parent received at www.pin.ed.gov received at least one week prior to the event; 2013 tax returns for both themselves and a parent; 2013 W-2 forms; and Social Security numbers.

What is Dollars for $cholars Day?

  • A one-day event to help students and families complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the Arkansas Universal Scholarship Application (YOUniversal).


Why should I attend?

  • If you are even thinking about education beyond high school, you will most likely need financial help. Dollars for $cholars Day is the perfect place to get the help you will need to complete your financial aid application.


What should I bring?

  • The PIN you receive by going to www.pin.ed.gov at least one week before Dollars for Scholars Day. A PIN is needed for both the student and your parents.
  • Your latest tax information (2013 Tax Returns) for both you and at least one parent. If you don't have your 2013 tax forms yet...
    come to Dollars for $cholars Day anyway.
  • 2013 W-2 Forms
  • Social Security Numbers

 

SUNDAY, MARCH 9, 2014
South Arkansas Community College Whitfield Building
2:00pm - 4:00pm

The South Arkansas Community College community education department will present Spring Break Golf Camp for ages 8 to 18 from 9 a.m. to noon on March 24-28 at the Center for Workforce Development on the East Campus.
The camp is an introduction to the game, skills, equipment, field of play, values, strategies and traditions and includes classroom instruction as well as hands-on training, with Art Noyes of Kids N Golf.
The cost is $59; register by calling (870) 864-8456.

The History of Beekeeping in the United States, a South Arkansas Community College Noon Symposium, is 12:15 to 1 p.m. on March 26 at the Center for Workforce Development on the East Campus.
The speakers are James and Rita Lamb of Southwest Arkansas Beekeeping Supplies. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is requested; register at (870) 864-7192 or ce@southark.edu.
Refreshments will be available but attendees may bring lunches with them.

Asteroids and Comets: Ancient Relics of the Solar System, a Noon Symposium at South Arkansas Community College, will be at 12:15 p.m. on March 19 at the Center for Workforce Development on the East Campus.
President Darrell Heath of the Central Arkansas Astronomical Society will speak about the nature of such celestial bodies and how disaster might be averted if one was headed for collision with Earth.
Refreshments will be provided but attendees may bring lunches with them.
Noon Symposia are free and open to the public, but registration is requested; call (870) 864-7192 or email ce@southark.edu

The performance and media arts department at South Arkansas Community College is seeking the personal stories of local World War II veterans for a new video documentary.
"The documentary will be approximately 30 minutes in length and totally produced by the students in the Documentary, Sound Recording and Directing classes at the college," PMA director Larry Powell said. "There are less than a million WWII veterans living in the nation, and we feel that it is necessary to document their stories for posterity."
The completed film will be submitted to a documentary film festival, Powell said.
If you are a local veteran of World War II who is interested in participating, or know one who is, contact Powell at (870) 875-7272 or lpowell@southark.edu. Representatives of the program will be recording these stories throughout the month of February.

South Arkansas Community College will launch a new Internet-based radio station, KSAC, at noon on Valentine's Day as part of its performance and media arts program.
The project is an assignment of this spring's Sound Recording class.
Some of the shows will be:
•"Ask the President," with student host Karly Smith of El Dorado. Smith will interview SouthArk president Dr. Barbara Jones about topics relating to the college.
•A show about current events in the El Dorado area, also with Smith as host.
•"This Is South Art," with student host Dixie O'Neal. The show will highlight art events in the El Dorado area.
•A show about music and musicians in the area, with student host Charles Miller.
The station manager is student Nicolas Patterson.
The station will be available at the college's website, www.southark.edu, under the "KSAC" link. All programs will be archived and will be available to listen to at any time.
"We want this to be a tool for the community to get the word out about the good things happening in El Dorado," PMA program director Larry Powell said.
Community organizations will be given the opportunity to participate in KSAC; submit a request with all pertinent information to lpowell@southark.edu.

Arkansas Frogs and Toads is a free two-part session offered by the South Arkansas Community College community-education department from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Feb. 11 and 18 at the Center for Workforce Development on the East Campus.

Instructor Tom Krohn, the Arkansas regional coordinator for FrogWatch U.S.A., will help students identify and mimic all frogs and toads in the area by their calls and provide training for monitoring them long-term.

FrogWatch U.S.A. is a national database administered by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums to which trained observers submit reports of their monitoring.

Registration for this class is required; call (870) 864-7192 or email ce@southark.edu.

The nine-week non-credit course ACT Prep, open to all area students classified as high-school sophomores and above, is 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. each Tuesday and Thursday Feb. 11-April 10 (with a mock exam 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on March 8).

All four areas of the ACT will be covered—English, science, reading, math.

The fee is $125 per student. Contact (870) 864-7192 or ce@southark.edu for registration information.

When:  Tuesdays, February 4 - March 25.  6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Where:  SouthArk Center for Workforce Development
Instructor: Dr. Laury Hamburg
Fee: $79.00

Sharing the best in Shakespeare, working to make it understandable and enjoyable.

Pre-registration is required.

Materials needed will be discussed in class.

Register by calling 870-864-7163. for more information, call 870-864-7192 or e-mail ce@southark.edu.

The South Arkansas Community College Foundation has launched the Buy a Brick...Leave a Legacy campaign for William R. and Cacilia Howard Heritage Plaza.

Inscribed with the name of your choice, each brick is available for a $100 tax-deductible contribution, and will be laid in the plaza on the college's West Campus.

This site has been used for educational purposes dating back to prior to the Civil War, and once was the home of El Dorado High School, among other institutions.

For more information, contact the foundation office at (870) 864-7106.

 

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The groundbreaking ceremony for Heritage Plaza, the beautifcation project at South Arkansas Community College's West Campus, will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Jan. 16. The public is invited to attend.

The plaza will be a green space that reflects on the historical significance of the block between West and Summit Avenues and Block and Wesson Streets, which has had a lengthy tenure of use for educational purposes dating back to the Civil War days and prior, and is well-remembered as a former location of El Dorado High School.

Named in honor of El Dorado's Bill Howard and his late wife Cacilia Howard, the plaza is expected to be complete by early summer, but fundraising continues. About $520,000 has been raised toward the goal of $700,000. When finished the area will have a tree-lined pathway, grassy areas, a fountain (convertible to a stage) and park benches.

Contributions still are being accepted and naming opportunities still are available; contact Cynthia Reyna at creyna@southark.edu or (870) 864-7106 for more information.