To promote and empower students to achieve academic and career success leading to a life of continual learning, self-sufficiency, and quality of life.
To strive for intentional planning, purposeful collaboration, and a result-oriented perspective
Vince Dawson, Academic Advisor
- Surgical Technology
- Physical Therapy Assistant students.
ECC 259 (located in Student Services)
I am Vince Dawson, Advising Coach for Health Science majors at South Arkansas Community College. I have worked in the field of education for 33 years starting here at SouthArk in 1985 in Student Services as Career Counselor. I held this position for two years before becoming employed with the El Dorado Public School District. I was a classroom teacher for four years at Barton Junior High before joining the team as a guidance counselor for El Dorado High School. I remained there and held various positions for the next twenty four years before retiring from public school in the 2015. Later, I earned my certificate for Non Public School Administration and became employed as Assistant Principal for West Side Christian School in El Dorado. I held that position until joining the Student Services staff at SouthArk.
I have lived in El Dorado most of my life and graduated of El Dorado High School in 1980. I received my Associate’s degree from Southern Arkansas University – El Dorado Branch, now SouthArk. I earned my Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Southern Arkansas University – Magnolia and completed additional graduate work at Louisiana Tech University.
I am a proud father, grandfather, and pops! I strive to maintain the mindset that “I can do all things through Christ who strengths me”. SouthArk is a great place to achieve all things.
Sarah Johnson, Academic Advisor/Retention Specialist
- Culinary Arts
- General Technology
- Process Technology
- Emergency Medical Technician
- Medical Coding
- Radiologic Technology
- Baseball Student Athletes
SouthArk has wonderful programs, and I truly believe the opportunities we have here can help you achieve success. I transferred several credits from SouthArk to Louisiana Tech University which helped me complete my Bachelor of Arts Degree in 2013, and I am thrilled to be working as an advisor! My door is always open for you; if I don't know the answer, I promise I will work to point you in the right direction.
I love to read, travel, golf, kayak, hike, and listen to live music. I live by the motto "It always seems impossible until it's done" -Nelson Madela. Come by my office or send me an email. You are always welcome!
Kathy Reaves, Director of Career Pathways Initiative/Lead Advisor
- Career Pathways Students
- Basketball Student Athletes
- Associate of Arts/General Studies
- Criminal Justice
- Entertainment and Media Arts
- Softball Student Athletes
ECC 253 (located in Student Services)
I grew up in Mt. Holly, and graduated from high school in 1974 (yes, I am that old!!!). I attended SAU and graduated in May 1977 with my bachelor’s degree in English Education. After marrying my wonderful husband in September of that same year, we moved to Little Rock. My 2 sons were born there, and in 1990 we moved to Texas.
I have been back in South Arkansas for the past 10 years. I have worked in Career Pathways here at SouthArk since April 2007 – first as the administrative assistant, then the counselor, and now the director of the program. I love what I do, and one of the best “perks” of my job is watching students who CPI has helped walk across the stage at graduation!
Susan Spicher, Education and Early Childhood Program Director
Whitfield classroom building, 2nd floor, north end
I consider advising and learning as a partnership. We all work together and we all learn together. Even after all these years I have plenty to learn about children, teaching, administration, and just life in general. My goal is to be a resource and a mentor to each of my students and advisees so you may work continually toward your full potential and goals.
I was born in Cleveland, Ohio and I am the fourth of nine children. I can't really remember a time that I did not enjoy being with children. At the age of 10, I was already developing my teaching and nurturing skills. In high school I took a DCT training program that allowed me to go to school half day and work half day. My first position was as a teacher's aide in a 3 year old class. This first experience helped me to confirm that education was my calling.
What I have learned through life is there is nothing that can stop you when you set a goal and focus on accomplishing that goal. Life happens for all of us. When I went to undergraduate school I was able to attend full time for two years and then after getting married attended part time. It took me 15 years to get a Bachelor’s degree that came about through several major life changes and realigning of goals.
My career path has led me through 7 years as an Early Childhood Teacher, 20 years as an Early Childhood Program Director that included being the principal of a private elementary school. I have worked as a consultant in the reimagining and design of several early childhood programs. I was an adjunct professor in Early Childhood Education for 11 years in the Los Angeles area before moving to Arkansas to take my position as Education Program Director in 2012. Through the years I continued my formal education acquiring a Master’s degree in Education and a second Master’s in Early Childhood Education in addition to course work for a PhD in Early Childhood Education.
My little family includes my husband of 40 years and my youngest brother, Andy, who is an adult with developmental disability. Then of course there is our dog, Diamond, who brings so much joy to our lives. In my spare time I love to oil paint, draw, crafting, crochet, and sing gospel/Christian music. I love to laugh and strive to bring joy into the lives of all those I encounter.
There are always going to be obstacles in life, but we must keep our eye on the goal. My little family does what we need to do to keep going toward the goal. Years ago when my mother gave me my first "grown up" Bible she wrote on the inside of the front cover, “I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:13. So this has become my life's motto. Good times or bad, abundance or famine...there is nothing that I cannot handle.
1. How are advisors assigned to students? Advisors are assigned to students according to major.
2. How do I schedule an appointment with an advisor? Click to schedule an appointment with an advisor: http://www.southark.edu/admissions-enrollment/student-advising-coaches and click the Schedule Appointment button.
3. How does an advisor help students? Advisors help students realize the appropriate number of classes to attempt each semester to help them achieve their goals. They assist with schedule planning, time management suggestions, referrals and suggestions to other people or departments who might be able to assist students with whatever challenges they are facing, intervening when students are at risk of not passing classes, and graduation paperwork.
4. What are your hours of operation? Monday -Thursday 8:00-5:30; Friday 8:00 - noon.
5. Do you ever advise by phone or email if a student can’t come to the campus? Yes, advisors are available in-person, virtually, and by phone.
6. If I want to go to SouthArk for two years and then transfer to a four year university, what should my major be at SouthArk? An Associate of Arts degree will transfer seamlessly to a four year university. You may also wish to speak with our transfer advisor as we have multiple 2+2's with university partners that may be of interest to you as well.
7. Am I able to take a course that is not on my degree plan? It is imperative that students receiving financial aid or scholarships only take classes on their degree plan. If a student is taking a class that it is not on their degree plan, then the student would be responsible for paying for that class out of their own pocket.
8. How do I know if a class I took will transfer? Arkansas schools use a helpful website we refer to as ACTS, which stands for Arkansas Course Transfer System. The website is maintained by the Arkansas Division of Higher Education. For schools outside of Arkansas, check with your advisor and the receiving institution.
9. Can I register for classes online? Students with a 2.5 GPA and who have earned 12 or more hours are eligible to register online.
10. How do online classes work? Online classes are taken through Blackboard. There is a link to Blackboard on the SouthArk website. Some instructors might require test to be proctored on campus, but some or all of the work in an online class is done online.
11. What is a hybrid class? A hybrid class usually meets once per week rather than twice, and the remainder of the courses is done online.
12. If I need to add or drop a class, can I just call? If you call, we will talk you through the process of where you can find the Add/Drop form on our website. A student’s signature is required in order to make changes to a schedule.
13. What if I need assistance off campus? A list of community resources can be found here.
14. What is academic probation and/or suspension? All SouthArk students are expected to make satisfactory academic progress in all the classes they take. Students are expected to maintain at least a 2.0 GPA or higher while enrolled.
Please review the academic probation and suspension policies listed in the College Catalog located here: SouthArk Catalog Academic Standards. Please contact your Academic Advisor if you still have questions after reviewing the academic policies.
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