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North Arkansas College

VOLUME 17 · NO. 2 · FALL 2005

Northark to Durand: "Thanks, Gene!"


he nametags said it all. "Thanks, Gene!" was the message at a special announcement Tuesday, June 14, held in the atrium of the former Regions Plaza, now the North Arkansas College Center Campus. A $500,000 pledge to the North Arkansas College Foundation by Harrison business leader L.E. "Gene" Durand will assist Nor thark in the coming years as it renovates the current Regions Bank into a conference center to serve Harrison and the college's sixcounty service area. In recognition of the gift, North Arkansas College Trustees voted to name the facility the L.E. "Gene" Durand Conference Center. "Gene was one of the first supporters from the community I met when I moved to Harrison, and I feel a real afDURAND CONFERENCE CENTER ­ (from left) Community First Bank finity for him," said President and CEO Dave Morton, L.E. "Gene" Durand, Durand's daughter Deborah North Arkansas Col- Freund, and Northark President Jeff Olson pose for a photo following the Durand lege President Dr. Conference Center announcement. Jeff Olson. "What provide $50,000 to fund the first breakout he has done is a wonderful example room in the Durand Conference Center. of the kind of support that makes a Northark trustees approved naming the significant difference to our college room the Community First Bank Partners and the community." Room. It will memorialize deceased CFB Included in the announcement was a bank Chairman and Chief Executive pledge from Community First Bank Pres(continued on page 7) ident and CEO Dave Morton of Harrison to

Harrison Businessmen with Close Northark Ties to Chair Fund Drive

Making a bold move to connect even more closely with its service area, North Arkansas College purchased Regions Plaza and more than one square block near downtown Harrison this summer to house its outreach activities. With strong support in the form of major gifts already on the way, the Northark Foundation has turned to two local businessmen with close ties to the college to lead the annual fund drive. Bill Magness, owner of Magness Toyota, and Ken Savells, owner of Centurion Financial Services, two Harrison natives, will chair the 20052006 campaign in what promises to be a banner year for Northark. "With the upcoming development of the L.E. "Gene" Durand Conference Center and other facilities at our Center Campus, we will be able

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2005-2006 ANNUAL FUND DRIVE - (front row left) Ken Savells and Bill Magness sign on to lead this year's fund drive. Dr. Jeff Olson, Northark President (back row left), and Dr. Jim Stockton, Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Foundation Executive Director, attended the signing.


Cindy Mayo: Motivated and Involved


indy Mayo says she enjoys "being in the thick of things." Her activities during the past six years as a nursing instructor in the LPN to RN bridge program at North Arkansas College back up that statement. This year she is president of the Northark Faculty Senate. Over the summer, she authored a $2 million federal Community Based Job Training Grant application for the college. If approved, the grant would fund an expansion of the registered nursing program from 72 to 142 students annually by 2007-2008 and increase LPN program enrollment by 50% over the same time period. Mayo also is the recipient of the J.D. and Judy Erwin Endowed Chair through the North Arkansas College Foundation this year. She used the funds to purchase portable technology for use in classroom and clinical settings. In 2004 she received funding from the Dr. J.G. Gladden Endowed Chair to attend a nurse educator conference in Memphis and stay up to date on the latest instructional methods. "This is a vital, energetic job," says Cindy, who has a BSN from West Virginia Wesleyan College and a master's of science in nursing from the University of Virginia. "I'm busy all the time. It's a challenge to stay ahead, but it's a good fit for me." Mayo and her husband, Lynn, who works for Dr. Mahlon Maris as a nurse practitioner, have two children: Hannah, 17, a junior at Harrison High School, and Scott, 13, an eighth grader. Hannah sings in the HHS Chamber Choir and dances. Scott has a black belt in Taekwondo and already plays French horn in the senior high marching band. "I am all about my kids," Cindy says with pride. "Two of the reasons we moved here were to be closer to Lynn's mother and for me to have more time with our children." Cindy managed a cardiac and pulmonary rehab program in Greeneville, North Carolina before moving to Harrison. From day one, she has been an active, enthusiastic member of the Northark faculty. "I've been on several committees, and it's highly enjoyable," she says. "It has given me a chance to meet a lot of people outside of my instructional area, and I've been able to use some of the skills I developed in North Carolina." To be eligible to compete for an endowed chair award at Northark, a faculty member must have taught at the college at least three years. So, Mayo's two awards came

as soon as she was eligible to apply. But she participated in the program almost immediately. "Our endowed chairs program has gone a long way to impact me," she says. "Every year I have benefited either from one I have received or from an award to one of my colleagues." The Foundation also funded Cindy's grant writing project last summer. Award results won't be announced until later this fall, but Mayo says her research reinforced two important beliefs she already held: (1) the college desperately needs new allied health facilities, and (2) Northark's faculty members do an outstanding job. "Space is a huge issue for us," Cindy reports. "We really need to update our labs so our students can get the best training in a safe environment. We must have state of the art labs." At the same time, Northark's nursing students and students who complete the college's other allied health programs do extremely well on national certification exams. "It is amazing the quality of students we produce with the facilities we have," Cindy says. "The credit goes to our people, our instructors. I work with a group of people who really care." In general, Mayo likes North Arkansas College because "it is quality driven, but has a warm, community atmosphere. If you want to be involved at our college, you can be. And I like that." It keeps her in the thick of things.


The annual Olson's Oktoberfest, named in honor of North Arkansas College President Dr. Jeff Olson, will be held Thursday, Oct. 27, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the atrium of Northark's Center Campus (the former Regions Plaza). The event is a special Harrison Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours hosted by North Arkansas College and the North Arkansas College Foundation. Tours of Northark offices in the Center Campus will be available, and the college will recognize donors who assisted with the renovation of the North Arkansas College Foundation's offices and the Cathy Brandt Board Room in the building. The event will feature bratwurst and sauerkraut cooked by Tom Arnold and his crew, lots of other good food, and several door prizes. The grand prize will be a onesemester full tuition scholarship to attend North Arkansas College. The scholarship, which may be used during the spring or fall semester of 2006, will be named after the winner of the drawing, who will also have the opportunity to select a recipient.


Ten Northark instructors received endowed chair awards this year funded by gifts to the North Arkansas College Foundation. The 2005 recipients include (front row, from left) Valerie Martin, John Paul Hammerschmidt First Federal Bank Endowed Chair in Instruction; Pam Mathis, William P. and Susan Stiritz Endowed Chair in the Humanities; Roy Ezell, Robert M. Eagle Endowed Chair in Instruction; Wilma Finney, Francis R. Miller Endowed Chair in Instruction; Nona Guynn, Dr. J.G. Gladden Endowed Chair in Nursing and Allied Health; (back row) Lana Fowler, First National Bank of Green Forest Endowed Chair in Business and Technology; Cindy Mayo, J.D. and Judy Erwin Endowed Chair in Nursing and Allied Health; Joan Lipsmeyer, Arvest Bank Endowed Chair in Instruction; Craig Cates, Woodrow Magness Endowed Chair in Automotive Service and Technology; and Sherry Bishop, FedEx Freight Endowed Chair in Business and Technology.


H o n o r s

Cathy Brandt Board Room Honors Retiring Instructor, Long-time Supporter

In recognition of her 24 years of service as an adjunct instructor and nearly two decades as a member of the Northark Foundation Board, and in appreciation for a donation from her family, the North Arkansas College Board of Trustees voted May 12 to name the new foundation board room at the Center Campus the Cathy Brandt Board Room. CATHY BRANDT BOARD ROOM ­ Dr. Jeff Olson (left) and Larry North Arkansas Col- Brandt congratulate Cathy Brandt on the announcement that the North Arkansas College Foundation's new board room on the fifth floor of the lege President Dr. Jeff Center Campus has been named in her honor. Olson made the anyear and were instrumental in creatnouncement at Evening on the Plaza, ing the John Paul Hammerschmidt First praising Brandt for her efforts as an Federal Bank Endowed Chair in 2002, instructor and as a volunteer. honoring the former Congressman on "She has taught very well hundreds his 80th birthday. of students in economics and accounting Since taking the place of her late classes," he lauded, "and she has been mother, Wanda Coffman, on the North our lead volunteer for almost every maArkansas College Foundation Board, jor public event at this college from the Cathy has twice served as its president dedication of this building [the JPH Center] and started a new five-year term on the to many Evenings on the Plaza, Dr. [Bill] board this summer. Baker's BBB Barbeque & Blowout, and The Brandt family gift to the FoundaOlson's Oktoberfest." tion was made to renovate and decorate Cathy's husband, Larry, chaired the Cathy Brandt Board Room and the the 2004-2005 North Arkansas College college's Institutional Advancement ofFoundation Annual Fund Drive. They fices on the fifth floor of the Center established the Cathy and Larry Brandt Campus. Endowed Scholarship during this past

William P Stiritz . Presented 2005 Trustees Award

William P. Stiritz of St. Louis, retired president, chief executive officer and chairman of the board of Ralston Purina, was the 2005 recipient of the North Arkansas College Board of Trustees Award. The award is given to individuals or organizations that have made outstanding contributions to the college. A long-time supporter of North Arkansas College and the North Arkansas College Foundation, Stiritz made a major donation this past year to assist with the cost of renovation efforts for the Regions Bank facility purchased by Northark. Among other gifts to the Northark Foundation, he and his wife, Dr. Susan E. Stiritz, established the Stiritz Endowed Chair in the Humanities in 2004 and were lead donors for the Bill Baker Amphitheatre. "We are very grateful for the continued interest Bill Stiritz has shown in North Arkansas College over the years," says Northark President Dr. Jeff Olson. "His support of renovations for the Regions Bank building was a major factor in our ability to go forward with the project. We are thankful for his commitment to North Arkansas College and the people we serve." Stiritz was the 1993 recipient of the Ozarks Ambassador Award presented by the North Arkansas College Foundation at its annual Evening on the Plaza dinner. He also was the Commencement speaker for Northark that year.

WELDON STEVENSON (left), founding director of Twin Lakes Vocational Technical School, was honored during the 2005 Evening on the Plaza Dinner sponsored by the North Arkansas College Foundation. He is shown with Northark President Jeff Olson after Dr. Olson announced that the former cafeteria on the North Campus had been named the Weldon Stevenson Student Center.




Gifts as a charitable contribution to the North Arkansas College Foundation, Inc. are almost always tax-deductible. However, there are some exceptions. Entry fees for the Foundation's 3-Person Scramble Golf Tournament are not deductible because golfers receive benefits (green fees, food and gifts) and an opportunity to win prizes that equal or exceed the value of their entry fee. Also, tickets for the Foundation's annual Evening on the Plaza Dinner are deductible only for the amount that exceeds the value received in food and entertainment by supporters attending dinner. The Foundation estimates its cost for food and entertainment per person for the 2005 Evening on the Plaza at $12. Of the $25 ticket cost, $13 should generally be tax-deductible. Donors should consult with their own tax advisor concerning specific circumstances.


D o n o r ·Clubs

2004-2005 Foundation Donor Clubs

Northark Pioneers

Supporters with total lifetime donations of $100,000 or more are recognized as Northark Pioneers.

Fred Berry Frank L. Coffman, Jr. Jim G. and Scottie Ferguson David Heuer James F. and Susan Keenan Woodrow and Vivien Magness Bernice Milburn Martha Milburn Lena Allbright Moore The Pepsi Bottling Group The Donald W. Reynolds Foundation Don and Mary Anne Salmon Tom and Carrie Salmon Horace A. "Dutch" Soper Bill and Susan Stiritz The Walton Family Foundation First National Bank of Green Forest

Clubs include gifts to North Arkansas College and the North Arkansas College Foundation from July 1, 2004 to June 30, 2005 during the Annual Fund Drive. The Foundation offers membership in seven clubs based on level of contribution.

Governor's Club................ $10,000 or more President's Club.................... $5,000 - 9,999 Colonist Club.......................... $1,000 - 4,999 Settler's Club................................. $500 - 999 Trailblazer Club ............................ $250 -499 Explorer Club ................................ $100 - 249 Pathfinder's Club .............................. $10 - 99

Governor's Club

Arvest Bank Larry & Cathy Brandt Community First Bank FedEx Freight First Federal Bank Rick Hinterthuer & Judy Loving James F. & Susan Keenan Jay & Marcille Lawrence Miller Hardware Bill & Susan Stiritz Estate of Loise Tennyson White Oak Station Convenience Stores Ernie & Aline Wright

Martha Milburn Pat Reed Ken & Debbie Reeves Jake Reid Tommy & Vickie Richardson Donna Stensby Scott & Sandy Tennyson Caleb Walker

Trailblazer Club

President's Club Colonist Club

First National Bank of Green Forest Fred & Tammy Garry Jennifer Green Golf Tourney John Paul & Virginia Hammerschmidt Bill & Bonnie Baker Roy Baker Joe & Mary Jean Bennett Mrs. Kenneth H. Cecil J.E. Dunlap E-COM, Inc. J.D. & Judy Erwin Harrison Noon Lion's Club Mary Jane Holder Hudson's Supermarket KCWD Radio Bob & Frankie Langston Pollyanna Leimberg McKesson Foundation Nabholz Construction Corporation Jeff & Sandy Olson Pepsi Cola Company Petromark, Inc. RE/MAX Unlimited, Inc. Regions Bank Rotary Club of Harrison James Starkey Jim & Gail Stockton Walton Family Foundation John & Mary Lib White Andy & Louise Yeager

Lena Allbright Moore

Legacy Society

Members of the Lena Allbright Moore Legacy Society have included the North Arkansas College Foundation or Northark in their estate plan or some other type of trust or planned gift.

Herb and Faye Dixon L.E. "Gene" and Betty Durand J.D. and Judy Erwin Arlo and Velma Graber Lynn Lair Dr. Bob and Frankie Langston Woodrow and Vivien Magness H.K. and Galena McCaleb Horace Alonzo "Dutch" Soper Loise Tennyson Ed and Dolores Warabow

Settler's Club

ALLTEL Bank of America Fred Berry Joe & Mary Jane Bowers Cox Communications Entergy Ferguson's Country Store Don & Linda Goertz Harrison Chamber of Commerce Magness Toyota Mahlon & Kay Maris

Arthur Royston Insurance Agency ATLIS, INC. Bank of the Ozarks Royce & Edith Barrett Dan & Cy Bowers Ralph & Genile Bowers Campbell Insurance Agency Campus America Carrier Commercial Services Mosco & Josephine Cash Centurion Financial Services Jeff & Jane Christenson Frank & Millie Conner Larry & Tori Dale Davis Construction Duncan Industries Clay & Sandy Edwards J.O. & Sally Gibson Jim & Gwen Gresham Harness Roofing, Inc. Steven Hodges Holt Memorial Chapel Wimp & Zettie Johnson Fred & Mary Kirkpatrick Vince & Jacquie Markle H.K. & Galena McCaleb McDonald's of Harrison Philip & Jessica Milam Meredith & Ginger Miller Bob & Charlotte Miller NARMC North Arkansas Ear, Nose & Throat, PA Oakridge Toms Ozark Poster Advertising Porterfield & Company Potter Equipment Co., Inc. Ranger Boats Rock-Tenn Company Jim & Jan Sprott Don & Cindy Sugg Wabash Wood Products Waste Management of Harrison Andy & Shannon Westcoat Jerry & Sharry Wheaton

Explorer's Club

Frances Aldrich Allan & Patricia Bolton Berry Bolton Boone County Abstract & Title Company

Lena Boswell Branson Getaways, Inc. Fred & Linda Brown Lois Brown Pat & Susan Brown James Bryan Juanita Buell Carri Butcher Allen & Candyce Canady Cavender's Greek Seasoning CBS Insurance Barry Charter Christeson Funeral Home CINTAS Claridge Products & Equipment Wayne & Janet Clary Clark Office Products Abe & Becky Clary Helen Clavey Coffman Funeral Home Glenn & Karen Coleman Colortyme Comfort Inn Hal Cooper Joe & Ruth Ann Couch Scott & Pam Covington Andrew & Delora Crawford Jerry Cunningham George Dearing Bill & Frances Doshier Bob & Elizabeth Doshier Eagle Heights Clinic Colene Ellis John & Gail Beth Eoff Eye Q. Optical Dick & Bonnie Farrell Family Country Store Glen & Shirley Feldman First Choice Insurance David & Ruth Fitton Fleming Network Services, Inc. Robert & Marisa Forth Lana Fowler Dale & Jan Garner Game Exchange Kathryne Garrison Barry & Kathleen Good Larry & Dianna Grace Tim & Lisa Graves Joe & LaVerne Grayson H. A. Burns Funeral Home Roger Hall Imogene Hammerschmidt Della Hand Perry & Jane Harness Don Hatch John & Jerry Lynn Havens Buck Hayes Construction Dick & Pam Henry Jim Heuer

Polly Hodges Bobby & Debbie Hopper Carl Hudson R.G. Hudspeth J & B Auto Service Clark & Nancy Jenkins Jerry Jackson Realty Jim Phillips Insurance Johnson Manufacturing Co. Gene & Sandra Jones K. C. & Teresa Jones Judy's Insulation Company Jack & Sue Justus Larry & Micki Keener Ron & Cheryl Keymer Joan Lipsmeyer Lookout Mountain Log Cabin Rentals Ann Mahoney Jerry & Jane Maland B.J. Marcil Marvel Chiropractic Clinic James Troy & Beverly Massey Mike Matthews Medley & Company, PC Meek's Building Center Mike Smith Electric Don & Kathy Milburn Joe & Francis Miller Kattie Moore Robin & Ruth Moore B. Ray Morgan Bob & Cynthia Morris James & Sandra Morris Nuts To You, Inc. Jim & Kim Oelke O'Reilly Automotive Don Ott Ozark Heatland Arts & Crafts Ozark Mountain Rock Crawlers Club Ozark Refrigeration & Appliance Pace Industries David Perry Pat & Linda Perry Pest-X Jerry & Jane Pinson Lynn & Polly Polk Popeye's of Harrison John & Patricia Porter Ed Proctor Rick & Connie Quattlebaum John & Jan Ragland Ramsey Motor Company Randy & Karen Raney Thelma Reeves Bob & Sandra Reynolds Marcella Rhodes Jim & Diana Robb Sam Alexander Pharmacy Richard & Sybil Scarsdale School Portrait Group of Arkansas Turk & Isabelle Seelye John & Donna Sherman Kevin & Micki Somers Sonic Chuck & Mary Speice Beth Stafford Steve & Sharon Stafford Weldon & Reva Stevenson Rodney & Joni Stine Sandy & Judy Stroope Subway at Crossover Plaza Super 8 Motel Anna Tabor Joel Tabor Jack & Gwendola Tennyson Roy & MartyTerrill Patti Thomas


D o n o r ·Clubs

Dale & Carolyn Thomason Hank & Nickie Thompson Tim's Place Don & Jeanie Tomlison United Insurance Agency Wal-Mart Supercenter Doug & Donna Wasson Janet Webb Don & Pat West Western Sizzlin Steak House Rhys & Bina Williams Rick & Stacey Williams Carl & Iola Williams Wilson's Auto Repair Wood Development, Inc. Monty & Mary Woolley Worldwide Limited Wreck & Roll Body Shop Denton Yearns Commercial Candy Company Company C 489th Welcome Home James & Carolyn Cook Skip & Shannon Corrigan Larry Cotton Joe Coulter Joseph & Andrea Crews Jeff Crockett Joe & Melanie Crockett Eugene & Sue Curtis Steven & Susan Dardas Judy Dart James & Betty Davenport Gail & Cathy Davis George Day Debbie Dean Shannon Dean Designer Technologies Inc. Peter & Sue DeStefano Miranda Dickey David Doshier Joe & Carol Doster Mark & Jessica Drewry Paula Duggan Michael & Bonnie Eckhardt Erin Eddings Ronnie Edwards Jerry & Donna Ellis Norma Ellis Michelle Enloe Tommie & Mary Jane Erwin Bob & JoAnn Estes Charles & Diana Ezell Sara Jo Fendley George & Wilma Finney Linda Fischer Tom & Anne Fitton Steve Flanigan Guy & Zedith Foster Newt Foster Darrell & Nancy Fountain Pam Freer R.T. & Kay Fulton Courtney Garland Georgian Garst James & Nancy George Mike and Sue Geren Howard & Sherry Gibbany Shirley Gillies Anthony & Diane Gonzales Lynn and Claudia Gray Jack Greenwood Wes & Nona Guynn Jennifer Haddock Joe Hagler Rose Halliday William Garland & Mary Rose Hamm Ann Hancock Robert Hankins Sherry Hankins Vernie & Johanna Harris Henry & Rebecca Hartman Michele Hayes Bob & Wanda Henderson Tina Hermann Butch & Marilyn Hinson Kevin & Michelle Hirsh Michael & Traci Hodges I.W. & Marie Hudson James Fred & Elaine Hudson Alf & Linda Hudspeth Rose Hudspeth Terry & Jo Beth Humble Jerry & Peggy Jackson Ralph & Danielle James Charles & Polly Jenkins Morgan & Charla Jennings Aubrey Johnson Bob & Kim Johnson William Johnson Kimberly Jones Faye Jordan Fama Keeling Cindy Keeter Shirley Keeter Wayne & Judy Keith Jim & Jackie Kelly Crystal Kernodle Dan & Dorothy Kibler Larry & Patsy Kilgore Kent & Ann Kimes Dwain & Juanita King Ann Kolb Doris Kuntz Ed & Jeannie Laging Barbara Lane Frankie Langston Gray & Roslyn Lanier Billye Sue Lawrence Charles & Suzanne Ledbetter F. Carol Lee Anna Leimberg Levi Strauss Foundation Everette & Cathy Long Bill & Diana Lovell Derrick Mackenzie Michael & Seychelle Mahoney Gary & Ann Main Mary Mallett Allen & Catherine Mallioux Amy Manns Bill & Robin Markham Robert & Cindy Markle John & Betty Marrs James & Evelyn Martin Mark & Debbie Martin Valerie Martin Barry & Terrie Martindale Kevan & Pam Mathis Johnny Matlock Mike & Tonya Maxey Lynn & Cindy Mayo Molly McCorkindale Robert McCorkindale Hallie & Mildred McCutchan Sandra McGraw Charles & Paula Melton Michael Andrews Doris Milburn Ed & Dicksie Milburn Rick & Anne Milburn David & Terri Miller Jim Miller Evelyn Mills Larry & Judy Milum Bob & Carolyn Moffett Jerry & Julie Moody Bearl & Laretta Moore Carrie Moore Margaret Morhart Dorothy Morris Shirley Morton Joe & Katherine Nance Forrest Newman Jim & Fern Nicholson John & Betty Nunes Tim & Sheila Ogier Merna Osborne Ozark Mountain Phi Delta Kappa Bob & Dorothy Padfield Bobby & Charlotte Parker Ross & Johnette Parker Larry & Lita Parton Robert & Terri Penquite Eddie & Ada Phillips John & Linda Phillips Ricky & Becky Poor Ann Porter Kelli Powell Brian & Eileen Pruitt Mary Purselley G. R. & Maretta Ralls Carl & Thelma Ramsey Sarah Rankin Louis & Ellen Rapes Joe & Billie Reed Ron & Linda Reese Tim & Robin Reeves Glynn & Sondra Richards Jim & Pam Richiert Hope Risley Bettie Roberts Ronnie & Sherry Roberts Carl & Beth Robinson Alan & Chris Rose Jack & Mary Rose Tom and Patti Ross Jim & Joey Roth Gene & Mildred Rowbotham J. W. & Janis Rowe Ronnie & Michelle Ruff Arch & Meredith Ryan Ken & Melanie Savells Vita Saville Dorm & Kay Saylors Mike & Kathy Scarsdale Ronald Schuller Greg & Alice Scroggins Randy See Camilla Semelsburger Darrell Sexton Maurce & Zella Sharp Bill & Evelyn Skinner Harold Smith Roy & Donette Smith John & Cheryl Stahl William & Mary Stanley Ken & Kay Steffen Norm & Lynda Stephenson Stan & Rita Stockton Scott & Shelly Stone Virgil Stonecipher Tom & Susan Street Charles & Debra Summers Tollie Sutterfield Lou Ann Sutton Terry & Pam Tabor Willis & Ruth Tate Danny and Paula Terrell R. J. & E.D. Thiel Suzanne Thomason Ronnie & Kim Tinsley Clifford and Ruby Tomlinson David & Sherry Tomlinson James & Carolyn Trammell Don & Connie Trublood Courtney Tucker Kyle & Mary Wallace Ken & Cindy Wallis John & Bonnie Walsh Gene & Judy Waters Joe & Janet Watkins Bob Watts Gordon & Candy Webb John & Cathie Weir Kenneth & Stella Wells William & Cathy West Eugene & Doris Wheeler Tommie & Iva Wheeler Richard & Linda White Robert & Inez Widner Dean & Kathy Wiburn Richard & Rubye Ann Williams Roger & Linda Williamson Greg & Cindy Wilson Johnny Wilson Fred Woehl Suzanne Woods Dana Woodworth Carolyn Wright Richard & Jerri Yeargan John & Marilyn Zima

Pathfinder's Club

A.G. Edwards & Sons Charles & Jane Adair Chris & Paula Adams Mary Adams Dan & Mary Allen Ernest & Marge Amerine Betty Atchley Ken & Shellie Bailey Sue Barger Ben & Judy Barridge Nancy Barron Mary Bausch Judith Bearden Trey & Amy Bell Frankie Bellora Tom & Phyllis Benton Natalie Bernard Alan & Laura Berry John & Debbie Berry Mark & Sherri Billings Don & Sherry Bishop Joe & Rita Blair Griff & Charlene Blansit Billie Blevins Roberta Blevins Perkins Bob & Terri Bodson Mary Ann Bolton Ron & Janet Bond Bryan & Nell Bonds Hansel Bradford John & Linda Bradford Rod & Debbie Branch Summer Brashears Darryl & Lisa Brightwell Nolan & Billie Brisco Frank & Kim Brooks Bob & Jane Brown Joel & Patsy Brown Tavonda Brown Mike & Christy Brust William & Melba Bruton Randy & Cheryl Bunch Tom & Barbara Butler Dewitte Cage John Campbell Ron & Gail Campbell Ron Carpenter Brian & Penny Case Billy & Taralyn Casey Jerry & Pat Cash Craig Cates Harrison Convention & Visitors Bureau Richard & Sheryl Chaney Don & Donna Gene Childers Janet Clee Elizabeth Coleman

Endowed Chair Awards

Funded by private gifts to the North Arkansas College Foundation, endowed chairs reward teaching excellence and creative ideas that enhance classroom instruction. The awards are given on a competitive basis to Northark classroom instructors each year. The minimum donation required to establish an Endowed Chair is $50,000.

First National Bank of Green Forest Endowed Chair In Business and Technology J.D. and Judy Erwin Endowed Chair In Nursing and Allied Health Woodrow Magness Endowed Chair In Automotive Service and Technology Dr. J.G. Gladden Endowed Chair In Nursing and Allied Health Robert M. Eagle Endowed Chair In Instruction John Paul Hammerschmidt First Federal Bank Endowed Chair In Instruction Arvest Bank Endowed Chair In Instruction Francis R. Miller Endowed Chair In Instruction William P. and Susan Stiritz Endowed Chair In the Humanities FedEx Freight Endowed Chair In Business and Technology


S c h o l a r s h i p s


Endowed Scholarships

· Allbright-Moore Scholar Awards · Doris Cecil Baker Memorial Scholarship · Val R. Bellora Memorial Scholarship · Dr. Joe Bennett Radiologic Technology Scholarship · Clara Benson Memorial Nursing Scholarships · Berry Family Scholarship · Uncle Bockey Memorial Scholarship · Cathy and Larry Brandt Scholarship · Eva Kay Abney Cantrell and Jewell Marie Abney Howard Scholarship · Ernest H. Cecil Memorial Scholarship · Wanda Coffman Memorial Scholarship · Billy R. Couey Paramedic/RN Memorial Scholarship · Cumberland Presbyterian Church Scholarship · Bradley J. Dearing Memorial Scholarship · H.D. Dixon Scholarship · Drewry Memorial Scholarships · Buford Gardner Memorial Scholarship · Garrison Motor Freight Scholarship · Garry Agriculture Scholarship · Jennifer Green Memorial Scholarship · Janice Henson Memorial Scholarship · Mike Hodges Memorial Scholarship · Joe Frank Keeling Memorial Scholarship · Lynn and Marie Lair Scholarship · Dr. and Mrs. W.C. Langston Memorial Nursing Scholarship · Magness Toyota Automotive Technology Scholarship · Dr. O.B. McCoy Memorial Scholarship · Dr. H.D. Meyer Memorial Scholarship · Larry C. and Anita M. Miller Scholarship · Barbara and Thelma Muller Nursing Scholarship · Chapter AG, PEO Scholarships · Jackson Davis Reeves Memorial Scholarship · Horace Alonzo Soper Memorial Scholarship · Jack B. Tennyson Nursing Scholarship · Dr. Frederick C. Turner, Jr. Memorial Scholarship · Wheeler Scholarship · Lion's Club/Jack Williams Memorial Scholarship · Ernie and Aline Wright Scholarship

Annual Scholarships

· Dr. "A" (Loren Aldrich) Memorial Scholarship · Margie (Susie) Arter Scholarship · Arkansas Fiddlers Association Scholarship · Aunt Vine Scholarship · Moscoe Cash, Sr. Memorial Scholarship · Gladys Carlton Memorial Scholarship · Carrol Cartwright Memorial Scholarship · Kenneth H. Cecil Memorial Scholarship · Dr. Carl Chambers Surgical Technology Scholarship · Dr. Sue Chambers Nursing Scholarship · Chi Sigma Sorority Scholarship · Community First Bank Agriculture Scholarship · Cox Communications Technology Scholarship · Charles W. Dowdy Memorial Scholarship · FedEx Freight Scholarship · Garden Hobby Club of Harrison · Linda R. Goertz Nursing Scholarship · Dr. Albert R. Hammon Memorial Scholarship · Harrison Business and Professional Women Scholarship · Harrison Chamber of Commerce Crawdad Days Scholarship · Harrison Elkettes Lodge 2311 Scholarship · Harrison Evening Lion's Club Scholarship · Harrison Moose Lodge · Johnson Manufacturing Company Scholarshiop · Kiwanis J.D. Barnett Scholarship · Kiwanis Bill Dill Scholarship · Kiwanis W.J. Milum Scholarship (RN) · Kiwanis Dr. Ken Siler Scholarship (LPN) · H.K. and Galena McCaleb Vocal Music Scholarship · Ozark Regional Mustang Club Scholarship · Ozark Timber Scholarship · Pemberton Leimberg Scholarship · Pepsi Cola Bottling Company Scholarships · Levi Strauss & Company Retiree Group Scholarship · Joe Miller Scholarship · North Arkansas College Alumni Association Scholarship · North Arkansas Regional Medical Center Auxilary Scholarship · Phi Chapter of Chi Sigma Scholarship · Radiology Associates of North Arkansas Scholarship · Razorback Triplets Scholarships · RE/MAX Unlimited Scholarship · Rotary Club of Harrison Scholarships · Pat Salmon Memorial Scholarships · Weldon Stevenson Technical Scholarships · Theatre Company Performing Arts Scholarship · Twin Lakes Farm and Lawn Scholarhsips · Tyson Foundation VocationalEducational Scholarships · W.S. Walker Memorial Scholarship · White Oak Station Scholarships · John A. White Scholarships · Forrest and Vivian Williams Scholarship

It all started with a nod of Sybil Scarsdale's head. Well, that wasn't the actual beginning, but it was a really important moment in our August move to a fifth floor office suite at the former Regions Plaza, now Northark's Center Campus. North Arkansas College President Jeff Olson got the ball rolling when he suggested these offices--built for Tommy Rogers when he owned Security Bank and home to Ken Reeves and his law firm for years--as the logical place for our Foundation and Institutional Advancement staff. We took a look around and were delighted with the prospect of actually having a place to meet with donors and elected officials, host receptions and luncheons, and conduct our Foundation board and committee meetings. Larry Brandt took the next big step. Larry's wife, Cathy, retired last year after 24 years as an adjunct economics and accounting instructor at our college. During most of that time, she has served--and continues--as a member of our North Arkansas College Foundation Board. Larry and I wanted to do something special to honor Cathy. My suggestion was to name the new foundation board room in our office suite the Cathy Brandt Board Room. Our college trustees approved the idea and, thanks to financial assistance from the Brandt family, we have completely updated the room, with the help of reduced prices on the latest technology installed by Scott Hoffman AV, carpet from Waters Floor Covering, wallpaper from Mandella's, and a board table and chairs from Mistler's Oak Furniture. The board table, built for Mistler's by Paul Burr, is keystone-shaped and a real beauty. That brings me back to Sybil Scarsdale. The parquet wood floor in the entry area and hall of our offices had lots of potential. But it needed to be sanded, re-stained, and refinished. So, I called Sybil and she agreed to meet with me and Lee Walsh of Ozark Hardwood Flooring. Lee, highly recommended by Sybil's son Mike Scarsdale at Arkansas Wood Products, told Sybil what it would cost to refurbish the floor. That's when she made her memorable (to me) head nod, indicating that she and her husband, Dick, would donate the cost of the work. Joey Fila ("Joey Doors" to area builders), a real artist, agreed to create eight-foot double doors for us, oak on one side and cherry on the other, and a matching cherry fireplace mantle (to go with the new log set contributed by Arkansas Western Gas Company), charging only the cost of materials. Of course, someone had to install Joey's beautiful hand-crafted doors and the hardware donated by

Home Depot. My stepson, Brian Warner, and Gene Rowbotham Construction answered that call. You are starting to get the idea. The response from friends in the community to the idea that Northark could have a place like so many other colleges to conduct foundation events and entertain supporters has been overwhelming. Jim Horner of Horner's Furniture and his decorator, Vicki McElroy, selected and donated two chairs, two tables, and a couch. Mark Feldman and Flexsteel came through with four chairs and a couch set for our reception area and offices. Kathy Robinson, The Backyard Framer, framed our donated William McNamara prints and reframed photographs of past foundation and college events either free or at reduced prices. Foundation board members and Institutional Advancement staff have contributed funds, and we also received gifts from Meek's Lumber Company in Harrison and Brashears Furniture in Berryville. Mandella's, Jacquie Markle, Milancy McNamara, Shelby's, The Illumination Station, Sandy Lair, and Katherine Nance all donated or helped us obtain items for the offices. And Micki Somers, director of public relations and development, was responsible for making things look so good. Through it all, people like Jerry Peisert, who does special woodworking projects on our North Campus, and members of our Northark maintenance staff have been wonderful to help when needed, and Dr. Olson has remained enthusiastic and supportive. For all the assistance and encouragement we have received, we are very grateful! You are invited to stop by and see our new workplace Thursday, Oct. 27, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. during Olson's Oktoberfest--or whenever you have time to come see us. We are eager to show you the rest of the Center Campus and talk about the potential it has to benefit Harrison and the surrounding area. When you walk into the atrium, just take the elevator to the fifth floor. Our offices are on the right. By the way, one of my goals is to avoid the elevator and start walking up all five flights of stairs every day like Micki, our administrative assistant, Brittany Bruton, and our work-study student, Cassie Raulston. Then, maybe our move downtown will have health benefits, too!

Jim Stockton


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Officer William King Gladden, board member Richard Hudson, and senior vice president Gene Brasel. The North Arkansas College Foundation will also establish a Gene and Betty Durand Endowed Chair from some of the Durand gift proceeds. The chair will honor Durand and his late wife, Betty. Now a member of the Community First Bank Board of Directors, Durand once served as president and board chairman of Security Bank, the original bank to occupy the space that will bear his name. "This is a wonderful opportunity for Northark to recognize Mr. Durand as a pioneer and leader in the North Arkansas banking and finance community," said Dan Bowers, a member of the North Arkansas College Foundation Board and Durand's friend and attorney. Bowers introduced Durand at Thursday's announcement. "It is of even greater significance since it was in this facility, formerly the Security Bank, where Gene devoted himself to not only the banking needs, but also the civic good of our community." North Arkansas College purchased the Regions Plaza property earlier this month for $1.2 million. Included in the 65,000-square-foot facility located on one square block near downtown Harrison is the Regions Bank building, a five-story office tower, and a parking lot. The college also purchased a second parking lot across the street as part of its deal with Regions Bank. "I've had an interest in education all of my life," Durand said. "I served on the planning committee for the college and have always wanted to support it in any way I could. Betty and I agreed that education is the answer to many of the social and family problems society is experiencing today."

Vocal Music Scholar-

Judge Ernie and Aline Wright of Harrison, shown above with Dr. Jim Stockton of Northark, donated 300 shares of ALLTEL stock to the North Arkansas College Foundation to establish an endowed scholarship. "There has never been a more important time to obtain a college education than now," said Judge Wright, who remembered the financial difficulties he experienced while attending college during the depression era of the 1930s.

Northark Choir Director Charles Butler (left) is shown with Galena and H.K. McCaleb of Harrison, who established the H.K. and Galena McCaleb Vocal Music Scholarship at Northark with a gift of stock to the North Arkansas College Foundation.

Endowed Chair honors Francis Miller

A Christmas gift from the Miller family of Harrison to the North Arkansas College Foundation this past year will fund projects for instructors at Northark in perpetuity. With an endowment of $50,000, the family established the Francis R. Miller Endowed Chair in Instruction. "Our family has been interested in North Arkansas College since its very beginning," said Marcille (Miller) Lawrence, who serves as president of the North Arkansas College Foundation Board of Directors. In 1988 the family established the Joe Miller Scholarship to help Harrison High School graduates who have demonstrated a good work ethic attend Northark. Joe Miller served on the college's original board of trustees and is a former chairman of that board. "We have done things through the years to honor dad," Lawrence noted. "This time, we wanted to do something to honor our mother." Francis Miller moved to Harrison in 1938, two years after she and Joe Miller were married. They celebrated their 69th wedding anniversary July 8. Active in the PTA for many years in the Harrison schools, Francis taught Sunday school at the First Christian Church for more than 30 years. She also has been very involved in the Twentieth Century Club, Chapter H of PEO, and many other clubs and organizations in the community. "This wonderful gift will benefit so many of our instructors and their students," said Dr. Jim Stockton, Northark's vice president for institutional advancement and executive director of the North Arkansas College Foundation. "We are very grateful to the entire Miller family for their decision to honor Mrs. Miller in this way." The first Francis R. Miller Endowed Chair at North Arkansas College was presented to Wilma Finney in the spring of 2005. The gift provided equipment for use by future teachers in the educational technology class she teaches.

Members of the Miller family of Harrison contributed $50,000 to the North Arkansas College Foundation this past year to endow a chair in honor of Francis Miller. They include (from left, front row) Jim Miller, Francis Miller, Joe Miller, (back row) Meredith Miller, Ginger Miller, Marcille Lawrence, and J.E. Lawrence.



Brad King, vice president of First National Bank of Green Forest, is the 2005 recipient of the North Arkansas College Distinguished Alumnus Award. He will be honored along with the top alumni from other Arkansas TwoYear Colleges at a special brunch Tuesday, Oct. 18 in Hot Springs during the annual Arkansas Association of Two-Year Colleges (AATYC) Conference. A native of Valley Springs, King played for the North Arkansas College Pioneers basketball team and graduated from Northark in 1990. He transferred to ASU-Jonesboro and received a bachelor's degree in Business Finance in 1992. He is also a graduate of the LSU Banking School.

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Among King's many community activities, he is a former Harrison Chamber of Commerce Board member and Ambassador, current chairman of Harrison Chamber of Commerce Crawdad Days Music Festival, a Harrison Kiwanis Club member and board member, and a volunteer for the Arkansas Children's Hospital Circle of Friends. Brad and his wife Stephanie have two children: Sydnee, 8, and Cooper, 7.

to provide expanded educational, workforce development, and cultural enrichment opportunities to the area," said Dr. Jeff Olson, president of North Arkansas College. "Northark is connected to the community, and we are very pleased to have two outstanding local leaders as chairs of our foundation campaign." Savells, a member of the First Federal Bank Board of Directors, was involved in that institution's donation of the John Paul Hammerschmidt First Federal Bank Endowed Chair to the North Arkansas College Foundation. Two of his children, Anne and Colin, have taken classes at Northark, and his wife, Melanie, in her sixteenth year on the college board, is one of the longest serving trustees in North Arkansas College history. "Higher education has always been of primary importance to our family. We have all taken classes at Northark--everything from college algebra to puppy training!" Savells said. "We are truly blessed to live in the rural beauty of the Ozarks and yet, have access to the finest instructors this state has to offer.

"There are no finer people nor more dedicated staff at a college anywhere," he continued. "This college has changed so many lives. Each and every year students come through these doors with a hope and desire for a better life, and Northark helps them realize those dreams." Magness' father, the late Woodrow Magness, funded two endowed chairs, the Woodrow Magness Endowed Chair in Automotive Service and Technology and the Dr. J.G. Gladden Endowed Chair in Nursing and Allied Health; an endowed scholarship, the Magness Toyota Scholarship; and an unrestricted endowment, the Vivien Magness Endowed Fund, with a $150,000 bequest from his trust. "Our family has always supported Northark and the North Arkansas College Foundation," Magness says. "There are many worthy causes in our area, but none more important than our college." Bill's wife, Marcie, is the niece of North Arkansas College founding president Dr. Bill

Baker, and both of the Magness children, Matt and Mandy, attended Northark. If this promises to be a banner year for Northark, it will need to be to keep pace with the past 12 months. During that time, Northark appointed its first female vice president of learning, Dr. Gwen Gresham, and was the first Arkansas institution of higher learning to be approved to follow the AQIP process for continued accreditation. A $300,000 gift to the North Arkansas College Foundation by William P. and Susan Stiritz, and a $500,000 pledge from L.E. "Gene" Durand helped kick off the campaign for renovation of the Center Campus facilities. Northark's tenth endowed chair honored Francis Miller, and James F. and Susan Keenan contributed $50,000 for the John Paul Hammerschmidt Lecture Series. Donations for endowed scholarships came from Judge Ernie and Aline Wright, Larry and Cathy Brandt, the estate of Loise Tennyson, and Fred and Tammy Garry. FedEx Freight East President Larry Miller and his wife, Anita, established a scholarship fund in July with the first gift to the 2005-2006 campaign, and the Northark Foundation Golf Tourney presented by FedEx Freight netted $30,000 in September. "We think the future of North Arkansas College looks very bright," said President Olson. "We face some challenges, including a real need for modern allied health classrooms and labs, but we are buoyed by the support we receive from our donors and the community." The 2005-2006 Annual Fund Drive runs from July 1, 2005 through June 30, 2006. Last year's campaign, chaired by First Federal Bank president and chief executive officer Larry Brandt, generated $664,226 in gifts from 566 donors. For more information about the North Arkansas College Foundation, contact Dr. Jim Stockton at (870) 391-3229.

PLEASE REMEMBER THE NORTH ARKANSAS COLLEGE FOUNDATION IN YOUR WILL. YOUR GIFTS AFFECT THE LIVES OF OUR STUDENTS. The Internal Revenue Service has classified the North Arkansas College Foundation, Inc., as tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service Code.


North Arkansas College Foundation · 1515 Pioneer Drive · Harrison, Arkansas 72601 Dr. Jim Stockton, Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Foundation Executive Director · 870-391-3229 · [email protected] Micki Somers, Director of Public Relations and Development · 870-391-3242 · [email protected]

Norma Ellis Melanie Savells Dan Bowers Marcille Lawrence James Troy Massey Jim Sprott Cathy Brandt Judy Loving Louis Melton Scott Tennyson Helen Clavey Kay Maris Jim Milum Wayne Thompson J. D. Erwin Dave Morton Jim Gresham Jim Sprott Laretta Moore Jerry Jackson Pat Reed Clyde Johnson Steve Stafford

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