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n The Mexican consulate in Little Rock was recently in discussions about the possibility of direct flights from Little Rock National Airport to Mexico City, but the deal fell through due to a lack of customs facilities at the airport. Airport spokesperson T.J. Williams said that while international air service is “the next logical step for the airport,” they currently don’t have the facilities to accommodate international travelers. Williams said timing was more of an issue than the cost of installing a customs checkpoint at the airport. She said that the issue will be revisited once the first phase of terminal expansion at the airport is completed at the end of 2012. Little Rock’s loss may be Memphis’ gain. Word is that the Memphis International Airport may soon announce direct flights between Memphis and Mexico City.
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n The Family Council, a conservative Christian lobbying organization, has parted ways with long-time staff attorney Martha Adcock. Family Council executive director Jerry Cox says the organization’s board of directors, of which he is a part, made the decision to eliminate the position, but he said he couldn’t further discuss the personnel decision. He couldn’t comment on whether more cuts are planned. Adcock has been with the group since 1995. Her name came up in a February 2009 Times cover story on Cox and the Family Council, written by Doug Smith. “A man who’s been lobbied many times by Cox, and who almost never agrees with him, says, ‘Given that his positions are based on hate and intolerance, it’s amazing what a gracious person he is. His woman lawyer is not so gracious. She’ll get in your face.’ ”
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n The Insider reported last week on the marriage in Argentina of a former North Little Rock man in one of the first marriages of an American man under the country’s new law allowing same-sex marriage. The item mentioned that the couple had been unable to place a wedding notice in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, but we hadn’t heard back then on our question about the newspaper’s policy. Deputy Editor Frank Fellone’s response to the question arrived after publication. It was this: “We publish marriages that are recognized as legal in Arkansas. To my knowledge, same-sex marriage is not recognized in Arkansas as legal.” To fill the gap in Arkansas, the Times has offered to publish notices of marriages recognized as legal in other states and countries, though not in Arkansas.
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Judges and partisan politics
HUGS: Just because.
Get your hugs here n A jolly group of students from the Paul Mitchell cosmetology school in North Little Rock walked through downtown during the noon hour one day last week bearing signs proclaiming “Free Hugs,” which they dispensed to anyone who wanted one. Why? “Just because,” said the young folks. It’s an outgrowth of a worldwide movement, freehugscampaign.org. According to the story there, it began with a young Australian, down on his luck, who had no one to greet him when he returned home to Sydney. “So I got some cardboard and a marker and made a sign. I found the busiest pedestrian intersection in the city and held that sign aloft, with the words ‘Free Hugs’ on both sides.” Before long, he was passing out hugs. The movement has spread and the website, as well as YouTube, offer interesting testimony of the generally warm reception free huggers receive (though the website claims authorities in some cities have attempted to stop the practice). May the number of huggers increase.
n It made a headline in the daily paper last week when Appeals Court Judge Karen Baker, a candidate for state Supreme Court, reported a campaign contribution from a county Republican committee. A state judicial ethics regulator saw a problem in contributions from a political party to a judicial candidate. Arkansas judicial elections are non-partisan. Baker argued that a contribution was not an endorsement. Judge Baker won a quick ally in Circuit Judge-elect Wendell BAKER: Got GOP Griffen, who prevailed in earlier cash. battle with judicial ethics regulators over his ability to speak freely on political matters. Griffen said the same First Amendment constitutional argument that protected his speech applies in this case. “In a free society, candidates for public office are entitled to be endorsed and supported by whoever wants to endorse and support them,” he wrote the Arkansas Blog. Meanwhile, however, Arkansas rules that ban judicial candidates from partisan endorsements remain in effect until someone challenges them or the Supreme Court changes them in light of changing case law on judicial speech.
Hanging around n A 69-year-old tourist from Arkansas who was visiting Dodge City, Kan., last week almost became a permanent resident of Boot Hill there when he put a noose around his neck at the “Boot Hill Hanging Tree” to have his picture taken, then lost consciousness. A worker from the nearby museum had to rush in and save him.
8 Waltons vouch
When it comes to pouring money into support of school voucher and other school “choice” programs, the spenders don’t get much bigger than the Walton Family Foundation. — By Doug Smith
10 It’s what’s for lunch
The Fayetteville school district is trying to inject some local flavor and healthier foods into its school lunch menu. Our quick review of Pulaski public schools isn’t so encouraging. — By D.R. Bartlette and staff
14 School board choice
Celebrity endorsements didn’t turn out many votes for a Little Rock School Board candidate in an important board race. — By Max Brantley
Departments 3 The Insider 4 Smart Talk 5 The Observer 6 Letters 7 Orval 8-13 News 14 Opinion 17 Arts & Entertainment 63 Dining 69 Crossword/ Tom Tomorrow 70 Lancaster
Words n What happens when the bow breaks? “The homosexual lobby from across America will be pouring money into this local race in an attempt to make a statement to the country by knocking out an outspoken Christian, pro-family representative. If they succeed, it will serve as a warning shot across the bough of all elected officials who defend Biblical values.” n Give me that old-time conjugation: “For instance, in the polling for secretary of state and lieutenant governor, the actual candidate matchups shrunk the Democratic disadvantages significantly.” “In a Gulf South Conference stocked with senior college and out-of-state talent, the Tigers have consistently swam upstream.” “When PETA learned that A.C. 4 SEPTEMBER 30, 2010 • ARKANSAS TIMES
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Reynolds High School in Asheville, North Carolina, intended to hold a ‘Kiss a Pig’ contest, we sprung into action.” Bill Shepherd writes: “Though Encarta lists ‘shrunk’ as a second possibility for the past tense of ‘shrink,’ I don’t believe it.” Me either. Shrink, shrank, shrunk; swim, swam, swum; spring, sprang, sprung — that’s the American Way. And the Australian Way too, come to think of it: “Up jumped the swagman and sprang into the billabong, ‘You’ll never take me alive,’ said he …” Not to abandon PETA in mid-spring, here’s the rest of the item. “We contacted
the school principal and alerted her to the cruelty involved in bringing a young, frightened piglet into a huge auditorium packed with screaming students. The principal agreed that terrifying pigs and degrading teachers wasn’t the lesson she wanted to teach her students. The pig was never taken into the school, and the students and faculty learned a valuable lesson about compassion.” But some of the contestants were awfully disappointed. n A sign in a probation and parole office — “No pajamas, no wife beaters, no short shorts, no halter or tube top. You will not be seen if you are dressed inappropriately.” John Tarpley tells me that the wife beater in this sense is an old-fashioned sleeveless undershirt. The garment has acquired a bad reputation, evidently.
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A local business set off a
grumble when it switched from time cards to a fingerprint scanner to monitor the comings and goings of employees. How disgruntled were they? Reports an insider: Come the day to start fingerprint scanning, they had to stop the process partway through to expressly state that employees could no longer use the middle finger.
Free to good home: Large Art.
It was a few years back when The Observer’s kid first saw the painting, propped up beside the dumpster behind his school and destined for destruction. It was a big ’ol thing, a stretched canvas with a sturdy wooden border, maybe five and a half feet by two and a half. It depicts two boys — one black, one white; one shirtless, the other in bib overalls — making their way across the grounds of a stylized Arkansas state Capitol. Overhead, a surreal pastel sky. Around, a spray of delicate dogwood flowers. In the corner: the name Sarlo. The only damage seems to be a round, pencil-sized hole poked in the canvas near the edge, maybe the work of some grade school miscreant. Everybody’s a critic. Though we’ve since learned from a little Internet sleuthing that it’s probably the work of Little Rock artist and art teacher Thomas Sarlo, we don’t know anything else about the painting — where it hung before, or why it ended up shipwrecked among the boxes by the dumpster. It is a pretty thing, though a little grand for our humble abode. What probably appealed to our kiddo that day was
the startling style of the thing: bright rays of washed-out color that cut across the image, obviously done by some careful artist with a whole lot of patience and even more masking tape. It is artistically cunning enough that we have no idea how ol’ Sarlo did it in the first place, but it does make a statement. Too, Junior — an artistic type himself, who habitually squirrels back everything he creates, from drawings to clay figures — couldn’t quite stand the idea of someone’s work being trucked off to oblivion. Given that we heard that one of Van Gogh’s paintings was once used to patch a chicken coop before being rescued and later sold for millions, we couldn’t help but indulge our young preservationist, even if this particular masterpiece wasn’t quite The Observer’s cup o’ noodles. We loaded it into the back of The Mobile Observatory, carted it home and hung it on his biggest wall. And there it has hung, over his bed, a little askew, until last month, when we repainted. At Junior’s insistence, the room went from a pea green to a cheery sky blue, and now even he admits that the painting just doesn’t look right anymore, with its palette of muted tones. Junior will be glad to see it go to a loving home. His mother, meanwhile, will just be happy to get it off the front porch, where it has been standing on end for weeks, blocking the living room window and giving all passersby the impression that we are either art thieves who lack storage or hippies trying to beautify the neighborhood one porch at a time. In short, if you’ve got a big bare wall that needs prettying up, give The Observer a call. We can make it happen.
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Sickened by polls
I am sickened by polls indicating congressional Democrats will be further undercut in this year’s elections. We need more, not fewer, Democrats to repair the damage done by 12 years of a Republican Congress and eight years of leadership by Bush and his co-ventriloquists Cheney and Rove. The injury to the body politic will take a generation or more to repair — two years is not enough time. Studies in the ’60s showed that, when ordered to do so by an authority figure, some test subjects were willing to fatally shock a person they did not know and could hear but not see. Republicans have been shown to respond dutifully to authority figures — that’s how they maintain party discipline and stay on message. Faux News and ultra-right groups have long conditioned GOP voters (through cowardly bullies like O’Reilly, Limbaugh, Beck and Coulter) to pull the lever for Republican candidates, regardless of the pain and suffering it has caused unseen millions. This conditioning has hamstrung congressional Democrats the past two years with
insufficient filibuster-proof numbers, and GOP tantrums have thwarted them at every step. But the facts are on the Democrats’ side. To have an efficient, effective government, we need more, younger and less-wealthy Democrats with a real interest in public service, who won’t abandon their constituents and principles when a book and lecture circuit deal are dangled in front of them. If your doctor said, “Modern medicine is no good — bloodletting is in!”, would you stay? When someone says, “Government IS the problem,” should you let them run the government? Take the lessons of history to heart and pull the lever for Democrats at all levels. Mark W. Riley De Queen
John Brummett’s column Sept. 16 regarding President Clinton and the angry amnesia of the Arkansas voters listed two types of voter apathy. However the article missed a very important category, Democratic Party members who saw a chance for change with Bill Halter. For the last six years, a large number of loyal party Democrats have seen Sen. Blanche Lincoln betray what we consider core principles of the party
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and sell her vote to Washington lobbyists. After rubberstamping every action of G.W. Bush, she has continued to sell out the poor, the working class and core Democrats of Arkansas while appealing to the fringe far right and doing the back room deals of Wall Street. Our reward for seeking change within the party was to be labeled extremists; as if expecting the person who wants your vote to actually be consistent in their representation of your interests is “extreme.” I firmly believe that actions have consequences. Attempting to scare me into voting for Lincoln with a boogeyman Boozman will not work. The Democratic Party had an opportunity to field a viable and proven representative of the every-day Arkansan. Bill Halter would have stood up to the Wall Street, insurance and Big Oil billionaires so that Main Street business and middle class Arkansans had a voice in D.C. As a Democrat with a 38-year history of voting for Democrats in State and National elections, this time I will not be voting for a Democrat. Lincoln may win, she may not. Regardless, she will not get my vote. And Bill Clinton, if you really wanted Blanche to be your senator you could have moved that fat, old bottom back to this state; Hillary doesn’t need to live in New York anymore for her Senate seat. Otherwise, you’re just an out-of-town
Mad about stimulus
I got mad when I saw signs promoting use of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in Independence County, specifically ones near Southside High and a new facility at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville. Such signs amount to taxpayer-subsidized propaganda. The Obama administration’s obsession with using taxpayer money to get political credit for projects adds unnecessary expenses and bureaucracy to a spending package that’s failing to spur promised job creation in the private sector. I was shocked when I saw the stimulus package sign at Southside. There, the taxpayers’ money was used to fund not only the new roof with blue paint, but also for free school supplies so lowincome or middle class children can have them for free. But what about the jobs people need to get the economy going? Jacob Green Batesville S u b m i t l e t t e r s t o T h e E d i t o r, Arkansas Times, P.O. Box 34010, Little Rock, AR 72203. We also accept letters via e-mail. The address is email@example.com.
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The WEEK THAT was S e p t. 2 2 - 2 8 , 2 0 1 0 It was a good week for …
LAWSUITS. A challenge was filed to the legislature’s bad decision to roll up three utterly distinct constitutional amendments – including one to jack up the limit on interest – into one. This combo was forced in part, of course, by the pressing need to reserve one of the legislature’s three allotted amendments for a needless bit of demagoguery about the “right to hunt.” It was a bad week for …
FOOTBALL. A supercharged record crowd in Fayetteville saw the Razorbacks fall just short in a 24-20 loss to top-ranked Alabama. ARKANSAS GAME AND FISH COMMISSIONER RON PIERCE. He denounced the mountain of science behind global climate change as corrupt and discredited, according to a newspaper account. He’s a Huckabee appointee, naturally. LOTTERY COMMISSIONER SMOKEY CAMPBELL. He indicated he was perturbed that students who received multiple college scholarships, including the lottery scholarship, might be getting money in excess of tuition, fees and books. Some of them might even be eating on the overage, he harrumphed. The idea of the lottery, of course, was to increase college-going support for students, not nickel and dime them over, as Campbell carped, “a cheeseburger at Sonic.” ARKANSAS CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL. A jury awarded $20 million in damages for the hospital’s negligence in a surgery performed on the wrong side of a teenager’s brain. SCHOOL BOARD INCUMBENTS. Voters in the Little Rock and Pulaski County school districts tossed out all three incumbents facing opposition in the annual school election. It was a victory for the teachers union in Pulaski County. In Little Rock, it was another vote on the path to a change in superintendents (see Max Brantley’s column). The LITTLE ROCK BOARD OF DIRECTORS. It cobbled up a special ordinance to prevent a private club hoping to move into the city from staying open until 5 a.m. Why not make ALL existing clubs close at 2 a.m., rather than targeting just a new operator (if, indeed, they legally can)? 8 september 30, 2010 • ARKANSAS TIMES
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Who’s your sugar daddy? Waltons bankroll movement to get public money for church schools. By Doug Smith
n Many right-wing groups promote school vouchers, a way to get public money for church schools, but according to Americans United for Separation of Church and State, “The undisputed sugar daddy in the world of voucher groups is the Walton Family Foundation. In fact, it’s hard to imagine a voucher movement without the Walton clan.” Headquartered in Bentonville, as is Walmart, the Walton Family Foundation is operated by the heirs of Sam Walton, the founder of Walmart. An article in the September issue of Church & State, the publication of Americans United, says “the foundation dished out $175,490,114 in 2008. While much of the money went to community groups, universities and charitable organizations, a huge chunk went to pro-voucher organizations as well. The Alliance for School Choice, for example, got $2,231,880.” The Alliance for School Choice is a pro-voucher lobby group in Washington. Also located in Washington is the Black Alliance for Educational Options: “Formed by Howard Fuller at Marquette University, a Roman Catholic institution, the BAEO is a front group that purports to represent African Americans who are pro-voucher. Far from being grassroots-driven, the organization receives much of its funding from right-wing foundations, including the Walton Family Foundation, the John Olin Foundation and the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation. In 2008, the BAEO received more than half of its funding, $2,050,000, from the Walton Family Foundation.” The BAEO’s annual budget is $3,838,229, according to the article. A similar group is the Hispanic Council for Reform and Educational Options. Based in Lake Worth, Fla., it seeks to mobilize the Latino community in support of vouchers. The council has a budget of just over $1 million, $200,000 of which came from the Walton Foundation. Yet another voucher group, the Center for Education Reform in Bethesda, Md., receives about one-third of its $1.5 million annual budget from the Walton Foundation. “Sugar daddy” though the Walton Foundation may be, the Church & State article devotes more space to the activities of a Michigan multi-millionaire named Betsy DeVos, who has announced the formation of a national group called
WHERE THE MONEY COMES FROM: Walmart profits have helped build a key source of support for private school vouchers. the American Federation for Children, to fight for voucher subsidies for religious schools. The article says the Federation is actually “just a rebranding effort for a group previously known as Advocates for School Choice. Why the name change? DeVos, a fundamentalist Christian and farright political activist, probably wanted to jump-start the pro-voucher drive with at least the appearance of something new. At the same time, the revised moniker was a slap at the American Federation of Teachers, a teachers’ union much loathed by DeVos and her allies. ... “Driven by a relentless faith in ultraconservative religion and the privatization of public services, DeVos and her husband, Dick, who is best known as the former president of Amway, are pouring millions from their personal fortune into a nationwide voucher push. They’ll be bringing plenty of anti-public school allies along for the ride – chief among them the Walton Family Foundation ... ” This involvement “could mark a turning point for voucher advocacy,” the article says. “For years, the drive for private school subsidies was led chiefly by lobbyists hired by the Roman Catholic hierarchy. With DeVos and Co., the bishops will have a strong new ally ... ” Here in Arkansas, we know the Walton Foundation for giving $300 million to the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. It’s
said to be the largest private gift ever made to a public university. Conditions were imposed, most visibly the creation of a new department of education reform, which advocates for alternatives to public education, such as charter schools and vouchers. The head of the department, Jay P. Greene, is a nationally prominent voucherist. The Waltons and other super-rich Arkansans have for some time assailed the state’s public schools and encouraged the formation of more charter schools. They’re cheered on by the state’s largest newspaper, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, whose publisher, Walter Hussman, is another antagonist of public schools and teachers’ unions. The Walton Family Foundation also has a senior officer, Naccaman Williams, in a place where he regularly influences school policy in Arkansas as chairman of the state Board of Education. He has said he sees no conflict in acting on schoolchoice matters the board considers. The Walton Family Foundation was invited by the Times to comment on the Church & State article. It did not.
Correction The Art Notes column last week said Benjamin West painted in the 17th and 18th centuries. He painted in the 1700s and the 1800s, which would be the 18th and 19th centuries.
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FRESH LUNCH: The Owl Creek School garden.
Fayetteville’s goal: to serve healthy food to students.
By D.R . Bartlette
rom Jamie Oliver’s hit show, “Food Revolution,” to the Obamas planting a kitchen garden at the White House, the way we eat has leapt into the national spotlight. The public schools in Fayetteville are paying attention: The Fayetteville School District has hired a chef trained at the Culinary Institute of America to direct its child nutrition program. Adam Simmons says he wants to bring “real change” to not just the types of foods served to Fayetteville’s children, but how that food is prepared. He’s promoting “old-school” cooking methods — cooking meals from scratch, as opposed to pre-packaged convenience foods — and increasing the amount of locally grown foods in school menus. Simmons is originally from Helena, but his grandparents owned and operated restaurants all over the state, so he “grew up cooking.” He spent some time cooking in high-end restaurants in Aspen, where he served presidents Gerald Ford and Bill Clinton. In addition to his new position, he teaches culinary classes and nutrition at Northwest Arkansas Community College. “Our health as a nation is at a critical point; if we do not change the way we eat we are in store for some terrible health problems down the line,” Simmons says. “If we do not instill good nutrition in our children, we
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are dooming them to an unhealthy life.” On that point, there is little debate. Childhood obesity rates have been soaring since the 1980s, and Arkansas currently ranks second in the nation. First on Simmons’ plate is to “beat the stigma” that school lunches have. On that topic, he has his work cut out for him. Recent scandals involving schools around the nation serving pet-food-quality meat, and even tainted meat, dominated headlines and prompted the USDA to tighten regulations earlier this year. School lunches have always had a bad reputation. As Starr Austin, mother of an Asbell Elementary student, puts it, “I don’t think they [school meals] are very healthy. There’s way too much brown on the plate.” She explains that there isn’t one reason why she thinks the meals have “poor nutrition,” but that it’s the adding up of the little things: “Having the fresh veggies separate [from the serving tray], having candy for sale, using candy as a reward, not enough access to water — it all adds up.” She’s not alone in her assessment. The U.S. Task Force on Childhood Obesity’s report acknowledges that, “unfortunately, some key aspects of current school meals, other foods at school, and environmental factors are contributing to obesity and failing to support good nutrition …” The report goes on to state that 93
to 94 percent of school meals failed to meet nutritional standards, mainly because they exceeded the limits for fat, saturated fat and calories. Another problem identified in the report was that schools offered few whole-grain foods, and French fries and other potato products accounted for too many of the vegetables on school lunch menus. Ramay Junior High in Fayetteville student Annabelle Hall has mixed feelings about school meals. She says she “rarely” eats school lunch, and if she forgets her lunch at home, she simply doesn’t eat because, she says, “I don’t particularly care for the food, and they don’t have a salad bar.” Yet she does admit to liking some things she knows she shouldn’t: “I like the ice cream, cookies, and some of the food, but it’s very high in sodium, and although the taste is enjoyable, it doesn’t taste real.” To get a taste of what he’s doing now, I meet Simmons at Fayetteville’s Owl Creek School, which teaches children from pre-K to seventh grade. It’s breakfast time, the meal Austin described as “atrocious.” The cafeteria’s morning chaos is interrupted Continued on page 12
SOY GOOD: Cheeseburger and fries from Meadow Park Elementary.
In the elementary school lunchroom.
new day may be dawning for students in the Fayetteville public schools, thanks to a district chef who wants to put real food back on the menu. And in Little Rock, Carver and Gibbs magnet schools have teaching gardens. But at three elementary schools the Times visited, in the Little Rock, Pulaski County and North Little Rock school districts, choices were limited and carbohydrates reigned. Chenal Elementary School’s shiny new cafeteria is so spacious it would almost swallow other elementary schools whole. The kitchen portion of the cafeteria is tiny in comparison, but it doesn’t need much room. Lunches aren’t dished up onto plates, but come all of a piece in Styrofoam boxes, with plastic forks and knives — no dishwashing required. On the day this reporter went, lunch was a hamburger, pickles, French fries and pineapple bits. Milk and chocolate milk were available. Lettuce and tomato slices were served separately on a small table off to the side of the line, though the amount was meager and hidden under paper napkins. The best thing about the lunch: the French fries. The hamburger was a small pre-fab combo, mediocre beef in a mediocre bun. Maybe less than mediocre. Maybe just serviceable. The pineapple, sadly, was pale, watery and tasteless. Pickles are pickles. The kids around the reporter apparently agreed with her assessment; many ate all their fries and left the hamburger untouched. However, had they eaten all, their meat, fruit and starch would have surpassed in quality most of the lunches that came from home: Pop tarts, chips, cookies and other packaged snack food dominated. The exception: One
child looked like she had some sort of delicious-looking Asian chicken and carrot sticks. “She always has food that looks like that,” a reporter was advised by a friendly fourth-grader. None of the children were paying much attention to the food in front of them. But that is the way of children; they were far more tuned in to the story one of their peers was telling them, about farting loudly on the school bus. Soon, the whole table was saying, “Boom!” and before long lunch was over, the detritus tossed in big trash bins wheeled from table to table. — Leslie Newell Peacock Here’s what we found out about the lunch at Meadow Park Elementary in North Little Rock: It is food. Indeed, you can eat it. But that’s about all you can say for it. We were offered two options: barbecue sandwich or cheeseburger. We went with the cheeseburger, hoping there had been some sort of innovation in the field of frozen soybean patties since we left the elementary school lunch table for the last time. There hasn’t been. The rest of the tray was filled with the usual suspects: French fries, pink apple sauce and a cookie. Chocolate milk used to be one of our favorites so we decided to go with it over the low-fat offering. The fries were crinkle-cut and a little cold, but as good a side as any for a cheeseburger. We did learn one thing on our dining excursion: cherry Jell-o mix is what makes pink applesauce pink. This secret was provided by a member of the custodial staff who sat nearby and who used to work in an elementary school cafeteria. She said a lot of things have changed since the days she first worked in a school kitchen. For one, most everything is pre-made now. It’s easier for schools to serve pre-made foods because they’re easier to prepare and a lot of the cost of running a cafeteria
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comes from the labor needed for preparation. Also, she says, more foods are baked — as opposed to fried — and cafeteria kitchens use a lot less butter than they used to. Judging by the taste of that cookie, they might want to re-think that no-butter policy. — Gerard Matthews What with it being situated smack-dab in the middle of well-to-do and oh-so-healthy Hillcrest, I figured the food at Pulaski Heights Elementary might be different from the lunchroom horrors I remember as a child. But the more things change, the more they stay the same. The Friday we visited, the menu consisted of nachos with ground beef, a side of baked beans, a banana and graham crackers. Though the banana was as God made it (if still a little green), the graham crackers wrapped in plastic and therefore impossible to mess up, and the baked beans fair to middlin’, any resemblance the nachos might have borne to what you’d find at even the greasiest of greasy spoons was purely coincidental. A handful of tortilla chips had been slathered with what was literally the foulest-looking glop I’ve ever actually eaten on purpose, drunk or sober (and that’s saying something); a horrific gray/yellow goop, swimming with dust-colored bits of ground beef. If you could somehow siphon the lingering evil out of the mummified corpse of Josef Stalin and put it on chips, this is how I imagine it would look. When I brought my photograph of the stuff back to the office, the guy charged with doing our layout took one look and honestly almost yurked. Yet, I was prepared to take one for the team. If mere babes could stomach it, surely a strapping grown daddy like Yours Truly could. I closed my eyes, put it in my Continued on page 13
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FROM SCRATCH: Cafeteria worker Brenda Vazquez kneads dough to make rolls.
by a woman’s voice over the loudspeaker, urging the students to use “voice number one.” In the kitchen, they are serving scrambled egg burritos (made with real eggs, Simmons assures me) with individual bags of graham crackers; the students can choose either fruit (today it’s fresh apples) or juice. Alternatively, students can choose a small package of cereal, such as corn flakes or puffed rice, with milk and fruit or juice. Simmons acknowledges that the cereal option isn’t a good breakfast, but, as he says, “We’d rather offer them something [they’ll eat] … than have them choose nothing.” Despite widespread agreement among nutritionists and moms alike that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, I can’t help but notice how skimpy these breakfasts look. Simmons’ face looks genuinely pained as he explains the reality behind school breakfasts: “We only get half of what we get for lunch for breakfast,” he says, “and no commodities.” The commodities are the meats, fruits, flour, eggs, oil and other foods the USDA provides to schools across the country. “My choices are limited predominately by money,” he says. Whole-grain, high-fiber granola costs about 40 cents per serving, he says, whereas the regular, sugared cereals cost only about 17 cents. In the kitchen, we see Simmons’ goal of using more traditional food-preparation techniques in practice. Brenda Vazquez, a cafeteria worker, is kneading a giant ball of bread dough to make rolls for lunch. Simmons points out that making foods from scratch not only saves money, but is better for you — processed foods tend to be higher in sugars and sodium. He explains that by using the cheese and ground beef from the USDA and rolling burritos themselves, they can be made for 17 cents each, half the price of a frozen burrito. Simmons’ “back to basics” agenda actually means more work for cafeteria staff, but he says they are more than willing to do the work to make sure the kids get nutritious meals. Simmons has nothing but praise for the “lunch ladies.” “Probably no one cares about the kids more than those ladies,” he says. “Sometimes the ladies will pay for the kids’ meals” if they forget their lunch money, he says. Next we visit the school’s garden, just a few steps away from the kitchen. Cabbages, herbs, tomatoes, and strawberries are growing in the six raised beds that were salvaged, along with a greenhouse, from the now-closed Jefferson Elementary School. This is the third year Owl Creek has had a garden; this year, the pre-K class was in charge of planting, maintaining and harvesting the crops, which will be served to the whole school at the end of the year. “Having kids get their hands dirty — that’s what’s most important,” he says. “That, and knowing where food comes from.” Simmons wants to see more fresh, local foods available on school lunch trays. Currently, less than 5 percent of food served at Fayetteville schools comes from local sources; Simmons hopes to increase that to 50 percent. He hopes to achieve this though creating more school gardens, building relationships with farmers who will grow
FRUITFUL: Red Delicious apple trees at Dickey Farms. exclusively for the schools and increasing participation in farm-to-school programs, one of the recommendations made in the Task Force’s report. Farm-to-school programs were first introduced into the Child Nutrition Act (which sets the standards and funding for school meal programs across the country) six years ago, but weren’t funded in subsequent years. Under the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, sponsored by Sen. Blanche Lincoln, school gardens like these, as well as
farm-to-school programs, would be funded to the tune of $40 million dollars. The bill made it through committee, but is currently stalled in both houses of Congress over questions about how to pay for it. Three Fayetteville elementary schools — Washington, Leverett and Asbell — have been participating in a farmto-school program for the last eight years. Cara Corbin, assistant director of the Fayetteville Farmer’s Market, coordinates it with Simmons. Together, they discuss how much produce is needed and how much the district can pay from its limited budget. “Good food doesn’t come cheap,” Corbin says, adding that it all comes down to the “real costs of food,” including the environmental and fair wage costs. “Nobody is getting rich off this,” she says. That lack of funding is the biggest challenge Simmons faces to serving kids healthy, fresh meals. “I am given about $2.67 for lunch,” Simmons said. “Half goes to labor, and 25 cents goes to milk; that leaves me around $1 to feed our children a healthy meal made up of the components set forth to me by the USDA.” One of the farms participating in the farm-to-school program is Dickey Farms, owned by Deana Dickey and her husband. In past years, Dickey has sold winter squash, tomatoes and broccoli to the program. “It all depends on what’s able to be grown early and late; it’s seasonal.” One of the problems, she says, is that the school calendar is in direct conflict with when the most produce is available — a holdover from the days when nearly every family lived on a farm and needed its children to help work during the harvest season. However, produce can be frozen or otherwise processed to keep it available year-round. Dickey says she’d like to see more schools involved in the farm-to-school program. “Eating [fresh food] at school would help kids try it; if they see their friends eating it, they’ll be more likely to try it themselves.”
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MAINTENANCE: Adam Simmons picks weeds from the Owl Creek school garden.
Back to school, for lunch
ayetteville Public Schools offer an almost overwhelming number of choices for lunch. There are anywhere from three to five different entrees, depending on the school (the higher the grade, the more choices are available); these typically include items such as hamburgers, cheeseburgers, hot dogs, corn dogs, breaded chicken, processed chicken fingers/nuggets/bites, spaghetti with meat sauce, breaded fish or chicken sandwiches, and pizza. Usually some form of potato — either French fries or mashed potatoes — plus a whole-wheat, madefrom-scratch roll is served with each, constituting a lot of carbohydrates. Chef salads and deli subs or wraps are also available. Students can choose one or two sides, which are usually a small salad or fruit, either fresh or canned, plus a pint of low-fat milk or chocolate milk. Though the menu seems slanted towards processed meats such as hot dogs and chicken nuggets, they are baked, not fried, and use low-fat meats. All the buns — hamburger buns, hot dog buns and hoagies — are whole wheat and
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mouth, chewed and swallowed. Yeah, it was bad. The book wasn’t as bad as the cover, but it was real, real bad. Bland. Lukewarm. Slimy, with a terrible al dente quality to the ground beef that made it feel like you were eating bits of ground-up sneaker. The schools are trying to serve a battalion of kids a balanced meal on less than two bucks per head a day. But I challenge anyone in the Little Rock School District administration to look at my photos and honestly say what is pictured there looks like
come from Harris Baking Co., out of Rogers. The mashed potato flakes are low sodium and have no additives. Some sample meals: The day I visited Owl Creek School (pre-K through 7th grade) my choices were Tyson chicken nuggets, turkey corn dogs, fish sandwiches or turkey sandwiches. There was quite a variety of sides as well: fresh apples, strawberries, celery, carrots and applesauce. I chose the chicken nuggets, which came with mashed potatoes and white gravy and a roll, with sides of strawberries, canned pineapple (the applesauce was gone by the time I got my tray), and carrots and celery. The nuggets were dry and dense, but not terrible. The texture of the mashed potatoes was too “perfect” to be made from scratch, which bothers me a little, but they were creamy without being too heavy. The canned pineapple was lower in sugar than the kind I’m used to, which is a good thing. The roll (baked from scratch in the cafeteria) was surprisingly good.
something they’d want to eat, any time, ever, short of being stranded on a desert island or incarcerated in a windswept Ukrainian gulag. Yes, it might give the kids their recommended caloric intake for lunch, but so will haunch of roadkill raccoon. Too, it would be different if I didn’t know that less than five blocks away from Pulaski Heights Elementary, Taco Bell is selling tacos — a taco shell or flour tortilla, lettuce, cheese, seasoned ground beef and a little packet of sauce — for 99 cents each, and they don’t look like something the cat already ate. Chips, nacho cheese, seasoned ground beef. Is it really that difficult? —David Koon
Unfortunately, I visited Fayetteville High School (10th through 12th grade) during finals week, after the seniors had graduated, so the lunchroom was apparently winding down. The a la carte line was closed; the only option was the sub/wrap line. FHS has fewer options because it has an open campus, and most students leave during lunch. In addition, there are vending machines available that sell sodas, bottled water and snacks. Teacher Robin Buff filled me in on the usual cafeteria fare. She said normally there was also the “Around the World” line that offered hot meals like spaghetti; the a la carte line offered pizza, hamburgers or chicken sandwiches, and chicken or steak fingers, usually with mashed potatoes. The sub/wrap line offered American cheese, turkey, ham, chicken, and what looked like salami. Students could add lettuce, tomatoes, onions, green peppers, pickles, jalapenos, black olives and basic condiments like mayo, mustard and honey mustard. I chose a wrap, which came in a surprisingly good herb tortilla, with turkey. It was actually quite good; the ingredients were fresh and tasty. It totally filled me up; I couldn’t finish the whole thing. The other teachers at the table all agreed that they liked the subs and wraps, too.
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The meal deals I had to choose from at Woodland Junior High School (8th and 9th grade) were spaghetti with meat sauce, cheeseburgers, Papa Murphy’s pizza, buffalo tenders or chef salads. This cafeteria didn’t seem to have anywhere near the fresh fruit and vegetable options of Owl Creek. The side items included canned fruit salad, fresh apples, a small side salad, cherry crisp, canned corn, canned green beans, seasoned diced potatoes, barbecued chicken, whole-wheat rolls and sliced jalapenos, much of which was left over from the previous day’s lunch. Unsweetened iced tea was available for no charge. I chose a chef salad, fruit salad and iced tea. The salad — tomatoes, broccoli, bits of red cabbage and carrots, and of course, iceberg lettuce — also came with white-meat turkey, artificial bacon bits, shredded American cheese, saltine crackers and low-fat ranch dressing on the side. Unfortunately, the lettuce was past its shelf life, brown and slimy around the edges.
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Editorial n A man’s reach should exceed his grasp, but not as much as Mark Darr’s does. Candidates for lieutenant governor seldom promise more than to stay awake while presiding over the state Senate — and some can’t deliver on that — but Darr says he’ll challenge the Congress and the president of the United States by filing suit to invalidate the new federal health-care law, the greatest advancement in public health since Medicare in the ’60s. Maybe he’ll go after Medicare also; evidently he believes Americans are too healthy. This is a large bite for a man who doesn’t even have a vote on state legislation, much less national. Where will he stop? Will he try to cause trouble between Palestinians and Israelis? Ramp up global warming? Jail Nelson Mandela? Here’s our advice, even more valuable than usual. If elected, Mr. Darr should do what all successful lieutenant governors have done: Be quiet and stay out of the way. Anything more would be an abuse of non-authority.
Plotting again n The Republicans’ latest manifesto — Pledge at America, Pee on America, whatever they’re calling it — is not just a reworded version of the Contract on America that Newt Gingrich tried to enforce a few years back. It’s worse. There’d been no health-care reform when Gingrich put the Contract forward. Thanks to Barack Obama and Congressional Democrats, America finally has the reform that was long needed and the Republicans want to repeal it. This is a remarkably cold-blooded scheme, even for the Grand Old Reptiles — to give poor families a chance at the health care they could never afford, and then snatch it away from them. Most of the rest of the new Republican stream is similar to Gingrich’s Contract, naturally. Republicans always want tax subsidies for the rich. They always say they want to cut spending and they’re always vague about how they’d do it. They always want no regulation of corporations, and the very harshest regulation of what individual Americans do with their bodies, sexually and substance-wise. They’re not big on going to church, but they want to drag the church into the schools, the football stadia and the halls of government. They like having a few little wars around, as long as they’re profitable. They’re not telling everything they know, of course. The party now claims to be interested in a balanced budget and paying down the debt, but the last Republican administration turned a surplus into a huge deficit. And the last fiscally responsible president, the Republicans impeached.
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Swaying school votes n Little Rock had a momentous school election last week. Long-term incumbent Micheal Daugherty was defeated in the race for Zone 2 on the Little Rock School Board by Michael Nellums, a principal at Mills High in the neighboring Pulaski County School District. The zone is majority black. Both Nellums and Daugherty are black. Racial politics still played a role. Daugherty was supported by the Little Rock classroom teachers union. He also enjoyed prominent support from a who’s who of black people. They included former state Sen. Bill Walker (now a state agency head); Bishop Steven Arnold, head of one of the city’s largest black congregation; state Rep. Linda Chesterfield, who’ll move to the state Senate next year; Justice of the Peace Mary Louise Williams, and state Sen. Tracy Steele. Nellums, who finished a poor third in this race in 2007, didn’t have an equivalent slate of backers, but his included civil rights attorney John W. Walker, who supported Daugherty in 2007 against Anna Swaim, who happens to be white. What changed? School Superintendent Linda Watson is now in the final year of a three-year contract as superintendent. She was chosen to lead the district after a new 4-3 black Board majority ousted Superintendent Roy Brooks. The 4-3 majority hasn’t held for Watson. Daugherty tried twice, including as a lame duck after his defeat, to extend Watson’s contract. But Board member Charles Armstrong, who is black, has joined the three white board members in opposing the extension. Watson hasn’t exerted the leadership necessary to budget for performance, shift spending from administration to classroom and move aggressively on a strategic plan to target the district’s lagging students. Walker came to believe Watson placed too much priority on looking after friends and associates on the district staff and not enough on classroom results. So what happened in the election? Apathy is what happened. Nellums won 371-271, a whopping
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642 votes in a zone where 2,705 voted in the runoff between Swaim and Daugherty in 2007. Daugherty won by 193 votes then. The racial divide energized voters in 2007 and it somewhat was evident again this year. Nellums won the part of the zone west of University Avenue, where white zone voters are concentrated, 245-84. Daugherty carried the poorer, blacker part of the zone east of University, but the margin was much closer than in 2007. Daugherty, for example, carried Greater Christ Temple Church by 213-31 in 2007, but only by 52-22 this year. John Walker, who recently won a primary election for state representative, appears to have been more influential than Daugherty’s all-stars. The precinct that includes majority black University Park, John Walker’s home turf, went for Nellums 96-41. It had voted for Daugherty 254-142 in 2007. These results should give other politicians some food for thought about the value of passing around street money to presumed influential people to get out the vote. Here, the big names provided little influence and a measly 271 votes. Perhaps the voters sufficiently motivated to vote were also sufficiently informed about the essence of the race — Nellums’ potential for change. I don’t mean to presume that Nellums has prejudged Watson’s fitness. It is possible too that Greg Adams, unopposed to succeed School Board member Baker Kurrus, won’t pick up Kurrus’ call at his final board meeting to quickly begin a search for Watson’s successor. But I’d say it’s still safe to bet that change is in the offing and that the majority of voters — at least those who could be stirred to vote — won’t be disappointed.
It’s all about race n Arkansas Democrats from Sen. Blanche Lincoln to a county coroner in the Delta are swimming against the tide this year and lots of them are preparing quietly for the new reality. Arkansas will join the rest of the South as a Republican state, not altogether this year but soon. The next big scholarly pursuit of political scientists will be to assay why the most solidly and consistently Democratic state in the country since 1836 suddenly started to flip in 2010. Arkansas Republicans had made a few gains the past 15 years, but they entered this election year with the sparsest contingent of officeholders in the country. They are apt to win half or more of the state’s seats in Congress in November and nearly 40 percent of the state legislature. The academics won’t have to dig deeply. Everyone knows the answer though many will dispute its meaning. Barack Obama is president and he has come to represent the Democratic Party. Republican candidates from the courthouse to the Senate see to that. Every Republican is running against the president and every Democrat is somehow a stooge of Obama. It works. Wait, you say, don’t tell us it is because Obama is black, the first African-American nominee of a major party and the first African-American president. That is exactly the reason. But isn’t Arkansas famously the moderate Southern state with a long history of electing men of tolerant to liberal persuasion to federal office, including Bill Clinton? When the rest of the solid South turned Republican after the passage of
Ernest Dumas the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Voting Rights Act and the Fair Housing Act, Arkansas stayed in the bosom of Franklin Roosevelt’s and Harry Truman’s party. When President Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act he is supposed to have told Bill Moyers, an aide, “I’ve just handed the South to the Republican Party for 50 years, certainly for the rest of our lives.” Arkansas was inoculated because Orval Faubus was the governor, the Democratic Party was represented in Washington by a couple of segregationists, John L. McClellan and J. William Fulbright, and the face of Arkansas Republicanism was Winthrop Rockefeller, the most ardent champion of civil rights among Southern politicians and later the nation’s and maybe history’s most liberal governor. They were followed by a generation of moderate but unusually charismatic Democratic leaders, Dale Bumpers, David Pryor, Bill Clinton and Jim Guy Tucker. They are gone, replaced by the cautious and workmanlike Mike Beebe at the Capitol and a congressional delegation that is bland and maybe the most fainthearted in Washington. So the party is Barack Obama, and nowhere in the South is he more unpopular than in Arkansas. It has nothing to do with
Boozman: superman or superficial? n John Boozman is hardly the first political candidate to advance breathtakingly superficial arguments in television advertising. The medium requires simplicity and brevity. By its very nature, it invites the antithesis of full and fair context. That’s because of the steep cost of the time and the uncertain attention span of the viewer. If you attempt full and fair context on TV, then you risk having the viewer punch the remote control device. But I must say that Boozman, to be such a nice and gentle and seemingly harmless creature, is really playing you for a serious chump. First there was that commercial that he had to redo because he put a Razorback image in it. In it Boozman says “I’ll balance the budget.” Unless he’s talking about his household checkbook instead of the trillion-plus
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federal deficit, then he may as well go ahead and declare that he’ll solve the Middle East. Who knew that the quagmire of the federal government’s deficit-laden budget could be singularly overcome by one soft-spoken optometrist — not even an ophthalmologist — out of Fort Smith and Rogers? That “S” on his chest — does it stand for “superman” or “superficial”? Or is it “silly”? How will he get this done? By what singular authority? Where will he make these hundreds of billions of dollars in unilateral federal spending reductions?
his policies either. When he was running in 2008 he was the most conservative of the leading Democratic contenders. The others savaged him for his health-care reform ideas, which were the weakest of the candidates’. Hillary Clinton, John Edwards, Joe Biden and Chris Dodd had embraced the old Republican plan, first proposed by Richard Nixon in 1973 and implemented in Massachusetts by the Republican Mitt Romney. The Senate and the House of Representatives wrote that bill in 2009 and Obama accepted it. One of Obama’s weakest showings in the primaries was in Arkansas, where Clinton beat him 70 percent to 26 percent. I was fishing with a retired politician on the Little Red River a few days later and noted that Clinton was surprisingly popular in his little town, winning nearly every vote. “Oh, nobody much wants Hillary to be president,” he said. “They just don’t want that black fellow.” Only Arkansas and Louisiana gave Obama fewer votes than they gave John Kerry, the 2008 nominee, and in Louisiana it was close. Why should he be so unpopular now in Arkansas? Can they blame Obama for the rotten economy? Arkansas is doing better than nearly every other state and polls show that people still blame George W. Bush for the recession. The unemployment rate in Arkansas has hovered around 7.5 percent. But it has been much higher in modern times, 10.1 percent under Ronald Reagan and more than 8 percent under George H. W. Bush. But he has been borrowing billions for a radical stimulus program! Yes, but economists agree that the stimulus stopped the
recession a year ago but wasn’t enough to kick the economy into high gear. And why did people not hate George W. Bush when he passed a $170 billion stimulus bill in 2008 that decidedly did not work? Bush just sent every American a welfare check, which they used to pay down their creditcard bills without creating a single job. The economy took a real nosedive after that. Despite the cries that he is a socialist and a radical, Obama is the most centrist Democratic president or nominee since Al Smith. Well, Bill Clinton may tie. Few Arkansans would accept the implication that they are racists because they dislike the president so intensely. But they will believe anything about Obama, things they would not believe about anyone else: that he is a Muslim, that the Hawaiian birth certificate and the birth announcements in the Hawaiian newspapers in 1961 were part of an elaborate plot to foist the Obama baby upon the country some day, that he is engaged in all sorts of secret activities to undermine the country that are exposed in revelations spread across the Internet every day. Why do so many people buy such smears? A study during the 2008 campaign by a group of psychologists, reported in the Journal of Experimental Psychology, suggests the reason. Both blacks and whites, people of different ethnic backgrounds and even people of different age groups have subconscious notions about people who are distinctly different and they are subtly triggered during a political campaign. So a person need not hate or fear the other race to believe any anonymous smear. They are subconsciously conditioned to believe it. That is the kindest explanation for the way things are.
There’s no time for that on TV. Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Boozman’s campaign manager and Mike Huckabee’s daughter, scoffed when I got her on the phone to complain about this nonsensical superficiality. She’s a good scoffer, coming by it honestly both from her mother and father. Her candidate is not being “disingenuous,” she said. It is fully understood by everyone, she said, that no U.S. senator can do anything alone, but must work with others. You don’t have time in these television commercials, she said, to waste a couple of seconds by adding “work with others to” between “I’ll” and “balance the budget.” Give her a big old break, she said. I could more easily give her and her candidate a big old break on that than on the newest commercial in which a couple of old boys, actors, I guess, and bad ones, pretend to be fishing while they defend Boozman against that mean Blanche Lincoln. Boozman has signed on as a sponsor of legislation to abolish the income tax and replace it with a flat sales tax of 23 percent. He also has endorsed the idea of letting
people keep part of their Social Security deductions to invest themselves. So Lincoln says — quite rightly — that analysts on both partisan sides have said over the years that a flat sales tax would hit middle-income people hardest and spare rich folks who would be at liberty to invest some of their income tax-free money rather than expend it necessarily on steeply taxed essentials of existence. And she says — just as rightly — that to take money out of Social Security and let individuals risk blowing it with bad investments would invite the very ruination of this vital contract. What does Boozman say to all that? Nothing. Instead he has two old boys go on TV and pretend to be fishing while they assure each other that dear, sweet John only wants to cut taxes and protect seniors. Boozman’s big poll lead may be narrowing. There’d be justice in that. John Brummett is a columnist and reporter for Stephens Media’s Arkansas News Bureau. You can read additional Brummett columns in The Times of North Little Rock. www.arktimes.com • SEPTEMBER 30, 2010 15
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‘A milestone moment’
New music director Philip Mann debuts at the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. By Lindsey Millar
Arkansas Symphony for Arkansas. That means taking fter a yearlong search for a new conductor the best of what we’ve observed from around the world and five months of building buzz about the and combining that by listening to what resonates w upcoming season, the Arkansas Symphony ith Arkansans.” Along the way, he said he’s focused on three prioriOrchestra is finally ready to do what it does best — play music. This weekend, the ASO kicks off its ties. Number one: raising artistic standards. “We have a great orchestra, but I think greatness season and begins a new era as music director Philip Mann conducts “New World,” a program of popular is always at least partially defined by the pursuit of something even better. We’ll be continually striving to American and American-tied music. “This is a milestone moment in the history of raise the already established level of excellence.” Number two: Represent the ASO throughout the Arkansas Symphony,” Mann said with hardly contained enthusiasm in an interview this week. “An the state. “We have to find new ways for our musicians — appointment of a music director coinciding with the opening of a new season — these are the markers whether as an orchestra, as a chamber ensemble, as individual soloists or even not in the by which you measure a symphony capacity of musicians — to get out in orchestra and an audience.” the state to reach more people.” The program, which includes Number three, which Mann said Leonard Bernstein’s Overture to works in conjunction with number “Candide,” George Gershwin’s two: Focus on outreach and educa“Piano Concerto” in F major (with tional programs. “The future of clasrenowned Gershwin interpreter Kevin 8 p.m. Saturday; 3 p.m. sical music lies in reaching younger Cole soloing on piano) and Antonin Sunday listeners. The priority of our outreach Dvorak’s Ninth Symphony “From Robinson Center Music is to show people the power of music, the New World,” is one, Mann said, Hall, $14-$48 the power that music can have on of “exuberant energy and youthful their lives.” vigor.” The Dvorak piece, which the Czech To that end, the ASO has already announced one composer wrote on a sojourn in the U.S., provides an especially fitting metaphor for his debut, Mann said. new program: The Entergy Kids’Ticket, which allows “It incorporates, much as my own career has and students in grades K through 12 to attend each Sunday my own musical background, new voices from the performance throughout the orchestra’s season for free new world, but remains firmly implanted in that great as long as they are accompanied by a paying adult. Reservations must be made through the box office. European, classical tradition.” Mann said he and his wife, Tatiana Roitman, a Mann, 32, brings along a powerful resume for someone his age. Most recently the assistant conductor pianist who has a position at UALR as a visiting artist, for the San Diego Symphony, he’s a past winner of plan to be visible in the community. “We’re excited to get to know the cultural scene Vienna Philharmonic’s Karajan Fellowship at the Salzburg Festival and a Rhodes Scholar, who, while in Little Rock.” If you meet Mann, don’t feel obliged to talk about, at Oxford, won the school’s annual competition to lead the University Philharmonia. He’s conducted sympho- say, the power of Gershwin. He’s also a foodie who’s just been an introduced to grits, an outdoorsman eager nies in Indiana, Ohio and Arizona. to explore Arkansas’s fly-fishing waters and a sports His big-picture, long-term goal for his new job? “I want to create the best symphony orchestra fan who was able to rattle off Peyton Hillis’ career-best in the state of Arkansas. That sounds obvious. But stat line on Sunday. Here’s betting he doesn’t have any trouble what I mean is, I don’t want to recreate the Vienna Philharmonic in Little Rock. I want to create the best making friends.
Arkansas Symphony Orchestra “New World”
It’s Mann’s World: Phillip Mann debuts as Arkansas Symphony Orchestra music director this weekend. www.arktimes.com • SEPTEMBER 30, 2010 17
■ to-dolist by John Tarpley
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9 p.m., Revolution. $15.
n The hip-hop quintet entered the spotlight in 2002 when it traded in the Dirty South for the Greasy South with country soul-infused love songs to rural Kentucky in “Po Folks” and “Awnaw,” both off the group’s debut album, “Watermelon, Chicken and Grits.” But, as these things go, Nappy Roots seemed to vanish as soon as it appeared. Now eight years, one added member and a squad of mix tapes later, the South’s answer to The Roots is back with a new album, “The Pursuit of …” (wait for it) “… Nappyness,” which, in spite of the rancid title, is loading up some decent reviews, thanks in no small part to some studio sorcery by Dave Sitek (TV on the Radio) and Jay Electronica (the next Dr. Dre). Local rap/emo-poppers EKG open the night while g-force works the graphics with a special VJ (video jockey) set.
THE ROMANY RYE/ VELVET KENTE
STRUM, RAMBLE, REPEAT: Luke MacMaster of Romany Rye returns to town with his Little Rock-based backing band this Thursday. second-line Crescent City outfit to a house band, named after their Dirty Dozen Social and Pleasure Club, to one of the most influential troupes to ever spread the good news of NOLA. And spread it they do. This week sees the band take up a brief artistsin-residency position at UCA on Thursday before playing a free show in Simon Park alongside the school’s marching band as part of Conway’s annual ArtsFest.
10 p.m., White Water Tavern.
n Does it buzz any harder than this? The Romany Rye is poised for national success and has shuffled together a consistent fan base in Arkansas. Fronted by Los Angeles’ Luke MacMaster and backed by Little Rock rockers Whitman Bransford, Jesse Bates, Ryan Hitt, Judson Spillyards and Joshua Spillyards, the folk-rock outfit has toured with Dawes and Delta Spirit, both brothers in genre, and have scored an approving thumbs-up from mega-stars Kings of Leon. Romany Rye co-headlines the night with Velvet Kente, fresh off of opening for award-winning British songstress Corrine Bailey Rae and getting knighted as the sixth greatest local act ever in last week’s Arkansas Music Poll. If your local music checklist is looking under-inked, take this chance to check out two must-sees under the same roof.
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MICHAEL FRANTI AND SPEARHEAD
9 p.m., The Village. $25 adv., $28 d.o.s.
n For years, Michael Franti has been a supreme figure in the world of jam-fusion. He spent the early-’90s providing a fiery, political mouthpiece for electronic jazz outfit The Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy before forming Spearhead in 1994. Since, Franti has melded reggae optimism to the 18 SEPTEMBER 30, 2010 • ARKANSAS TIMES
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HANK WILLIAMS JR 7 p.m., Verizon Arena. $35-$150
FRANTI & CO.: Social justice fusion rock from Michael Franti and Spearhead comes to The Village this Friday. same politically alarmed manifesto-songs in an attempt to find anything resembling a ray of hope in an otherwise miserably bleak political climate. It’s not always a formula for mainstream success, but the road-worn Franti finally scored a big chunk of mainstream admiration last year with “Say Hey (I Love You),” a choogling, super-sugared piece of happy, shiny pop, written in Woody Harrelson’s bathroom. Just last week, he released his seventh album with Spearhead, “The Sound of Sunshine.” Don’t expect anyone to cry
“false advertising” over the title.
DIRTY DOZEN BRASS BAND
7 p.m., Simon Park, Conway. Free.
n This Crescent City swamp-funk band is no stranger to Central Arkansas, blazing up the interstate since 1977. You can count on the brass septet to buck jump through town every couple years or so, most recently playing Sticky Fingerz back in June. The Dirty Dozen Brass Band has gone from a
n Bocephus is back around, bringing his “Rowdy Friends Tour” to town as part of the first annual American Freedom Festival-Arkansas, a tribute to members of the armed forces and fundraiser to benefit Jewish War Veterans of the U.S.A. and the Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum. The man with the royal blood (and, now, a Pioneer Award from the Academy of Country Music to complement his “Monday Night Football” Emmy) is bringing a gang of modern country-rockers along for the ride, too. Jamey Johnson, the songwriter-turnedperformer, hits the stage after winning both the Academy of Country Music and Country Music Awards’ “Song of the Year” award last year for his bittersweet single “In Color.” Colt Ford parlayed his success at writing rodeo and hunting
n In Hot Springs, Maxine’s offers up acoustic roots and blues from Australia’s Nick Charles, 9 p.m., free. Steven Curtis Chapman, the Christian pop megastar, plays the Church at Rock Creek alongside his wife, Mary Beth Chapman, 7 p.m., $20-$45. Roots rockers Jonathan Tyler and Northern Lights should be familiar to regular show-goers around town; they return to Little Rock for a show at Sticky Fingerz, 9 p.m., $10. In bar/lounge music, the Ted Ludwig Trio smooths it out at the Capital Bar & Grill, 5 p.m., and Jim Dickerson holds down the Sonny Williams’ piano room, 7 p.m., both free. Nu-metal act Drowning Pool takes to Juanita’s, 9 p.m., $18. Boogiewoogie roots trio Sad Daddy picks and harmonizes at the Town Pump, 10 p.m., $3. “Evita” returns for its final weekend of performances at The Rep, 7 p.m., $20-$40. GET ROWDY: Hank Williams Jr.’ s “Rowdy Friends Tour” hits Verizon Arena this Saturday night to benefit various veterans organizations. songs for the Professional Bull Riders Association and the Outdoor Channel into mainstream success with hip-hop infused country-rock. Wisconsin-based upstart Josh Thompson and modern bluegrass act The Grascals also support.
11 a.m., Kavanaugh between Spruce and Walnut. Free.
n The annual Harvestfest is back in Hillcrest for its 16th year and we’re going to go ahead and predict the low-key, family-friendly festival is going to be as great as they come, if only by coincidence. It’s a bye week for the Razorbacks. The weather will be perfect with a low of 51 and a high of 72 and no chance of rain. And my God, the leaves are turning to their autumnal splendor, to boot. As with every year, music — lined up by Burt Taggart, the head of Hillcrest-based Max Recordings — is a highlight. This year features The Moving Front, the post-punk crew fresh off of releasing a new album, “Everyday
Dissonance”; Velvet Kente, the brilliant fusion act that’s fated for — and flat out deserves — enormous successes; The Reds, maybe playing one of its final shows after releasing its last album, “Welcome to Stifft Station”, and Isaac Alexander, the multi-talented musician whose solo album, “See Thru Me,” underdogged its way onto last week’s “Greatest Arkansas Albums.” Again, food is a huge part, with restaurants galore setting up kiosks and offering samples. The crown jewel of this year’s culinary offerings is the first annual Harvestfest Burger Cookoff, which offers $300, $200 and $100 awards for best overall burger, best grill station decoration and best burger presentation, respectfully. While you’re burying your sunburnt face in burgers and beers, kids — when not flexing their “Yo Gabba Gabba” moves in front of the music stage — have plenty of opportunities for distraction with face painting, bean bag tossing, sidewalk art, ring tosses and a bounce house. In the evening, the yearly, ever-popular Box Turtle Fashion Show returns, show-
MALIN MAKIN’ WAVES: Vino’s hosts Jesse Malin, the prolific singer/songwriter and former punker.
casing Little Rock’s young designers. This year, locals Missy Lipps, Summer Daniel, Linda Thomas, Trisha Timmerman, Ashley Murphy and Lauren Roark unveil their new designs with dozens upon dozens of models working the catwalk. And if all of this isn’t reason enough to get excited, Harvestfest organizers just announced that they’ve tracked down the elusive-to-the-point-of-mythical (and Times celebrated) Mexicana Alicia taco truck. Ole!
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8 p.m., Vino’s. $10 adv., $12 d.o.s.
n After spending years in the ’80s and ’90s sporting a greasy mop of biker hair and reappropriating duck-lipped NYC leather punk, Jesse Malin soon found himself, like so many do, dusting off the old acoustic and rubbing a bit of Neil Young into his sonic palette. Soon, Ryan Adams — a friend and fan from his strut ’n’ spit days — shoved Malin into a studio and produced his first album, “The Fine Art of Self Destruction,” which then caught the ear of Bruce Springsteen and, well, a lot of others who are great and recognizable but not as impressive as The Boss. The rest of the decade has brought a string of prolific output from the Queens native. He’s now on his seventh release, “Love It to Life.” Expect him to hit the megaplex soon, making his acting debut as mid-’40s ex-punk Richard Katz in the big screen adaptation of Jonathan Franzen’s new book, “Freedom.” Not really, but damn if he isn’t a doppelganger, huh?
n The new A.C.A.C. space at 608 Main St. (across from The Rep) hosts electro act Mad Happy, glitch skronk from Truckula and left-field experimental hip-hop from F.A.C.T.S., 9 p.m., $6. Revolution is out to titillate with its “Naughty Schoolgirl Night” party; DJ Jared Lawler handles the DJ booth, 7 p.m., $10. Jam bands are on the prowl at Sticky Fingerz with locals Weakness for Blondes opening up for Col. Bruce Hamilton & The Quark Alliance, 9 p.m., $10. In Argenta, Cornerstone Pub and Grill hosts the first night of the Arkansas Blues Contest, all day, continues on Saturday. Singer/songwriter Rena Wren plays Capi’s weekly music night, 8:30 p.m., free.
n Brand-new act The Yipps takes its ’60s white-boy garage R&B to Town Pump, 10 p.m., $3. At Maxine’s, local modern rockers Underclaire join instrumentalists The Sound of the Mountain and San Antonio-based alt-rock act Pop Pistol, 9 p.m., $5. Brass soundtracks the night when the celebrated, trumpet-led Rodney Block & Co. hits the Afterthought, 9 p.m., $10. Tool tribute act Opiate takes to Revolution, 8:30 p.m., $10. At Discovery, Justin Sane mans the disco; Jarod Lawler spins in the lobby; Nina D’Angelo, Taylor Madison Monroe and Whitney & Britney Paige host the theater; the nightclub is also debuting a new hip-hop room, led by Little Rock favorite, DJ g-force, 10 p.m., $10. At Dickey-Stephens Park, the Central Arkansas Fermenters stake out for the 8th Annual Little Rocktoberfest; they offer beer, brats and live music, 6 p.m., $25. www.arktimes.com • SEPTEMBER 30, 2010 19
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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 Music
Cindy Woolf. The Afterthought, 9 p.m., $5. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www.afterthoughtbar.com. Dirty Dozen Brass Band. The New Orleans jazz ensemble performs a public concert on the UCA Student Center Quad as part of their artistin-residency. UCA, 1:40 p.m. 350 S. Donaghey, Conway. DJ SilkySlim. Sway, 8 p.m., $3. 412 Louisiana. 501-907-2582. Drowning Pool. Juanita’s, 9 p.m., $16 adv., $18 d.o.s. 1300 S. Main St. 501-372-1228. www. juanitas.com. J-One Presents: “In Too Deep.” Deep Ultra Lounge, 9 p.m. 322 President Clinton Ave. Jim Dickerson. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, 7 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-324-2999. www.sonnywilliamssteakroom.com. Jonathan Tyler and Northern Lights. Sticky Fingerz Rock ’n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9 p.m., $10. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. www.stickyfingerz.com. Nappy Roots, EKG, VJ g-force. Revolution, 9 p.m., $10 adv., $15 d.o.s. 300 President Clinton Ave. 823-0090. revroom.com. Nick Charles. Maxine’s, 9 p.m., free. 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. maxinespub.com. “Posh.” Ernie Biggs, 9 p.m., $5 early admission. 307 Clinton Ave. 501-372-4782. littlerock.erniebiggs.com. Sad Daddy. Town Pump, 10 p.m., $3. 1321 Rebsamen Park Road. 501-663-9802. Steven Curtis Chapman. Church at Rock Creek, 7 p.m., $20-$45. 11500 W. 36th St. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 5 p.m., free. 111 W. President Clinton Ave. 501-374-7474. www.capitalhotel.com/CBG. Trademark (headliner), Brian & Nick (happy hour). Cajun’s Wharf, 5:30 and 9 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351. www. cajunswharf.com. Velvet Kente, The Romany Rye. White Water Tavern, 10 p.m. 2500 W. 7th. 501-375-8400. www. myspace.com/whitewatertavern.
STRANGE CREW, LOCAL BREW: Mockingbird Hillbilly Band (above) headilne the 8th Annual Little Rocktober Fest at Dickey-Stephens this Saturday, October 2. Organized by Central Arkansas Fermenters, the beer festival features homebrews, microbrews, local beers and a bratwurst dinner. Tickets are $25 and are available at the door or by calling Fermentables at 758-6261. Oct. 3. Conway, Conway. Sumptuous Herb Harvest Supper. This year’s theme, “The Cradle of Western Civilization,” features herbs, spices, food, music and folklore from Greece and Turkey. Advanced registration required. For more information or to register, visit ozarkfolkcenter. com or call 870-269-3851. Ozark Folk Center State Park, 5:30 p.m., $27.50. 1032 Park Ave., Mountain View.
new book, “Carry the Rock,” which follows the Little Rock Central High School football team on the 50th anniversary of the school’s historic 1957 desegregation crisis. Reserve seats at email@example.com or 501-683-5239. Clinton School of Public Service, 6 p.m., free. 1200 President Clinton Ave. 501-683-5239. www.clintonschool.uasys.edu.
Benjamin Alire Sáenz. The author of “The Book of What Remains” and “Carry Me Like
Jay Jennings. The sports writer discusses his
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Rahn Ramey. The Loony Bin, 8 p.m., also Oct. 1, 8 and 10:30 p.m.; Oct. 2, 7, 9 and 11 p.m., $6-$9. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. www.loonybincomedy.com.
Arkansas Filmmakers Forum. Share ideas, production stories, ask questions or fill a crew. Christopher Crane from the Arkansas Film Commission is the guest speaker. Reno’s Argenta Cafe, 6 p.m. 312 N. Main St., NLR. 501-376-2900. www.renosargentacafe.com. Conway ArtsFest 2010. Five days of exhibitions, workshops, food, theater, music and art sales. For more information, including a complete schedule, visit artsinconway.org. Conway, through 20 SEPTEMBER 30, 2010 • ARKANSAS TIMES
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Water” discusses his book “Last Night I Sang to the Monster” with the UALR Adolescent Book Club at 4 p.m. and delivers a lecture, “How Mexico Haunts My Imagination,” at 7 p.m. in the Donaghey Student Center, Room A. UALR, free. 2801 S University Ave. 501-569-8977. Gary Gildner. The acclaimed author of “The Warsaw Speaks” and “Blue Like the Heavens” speaks in the Cone Chapel. For more information, contact the Harding English department at 501-2794421. Harding University, 7 p.m. 900 E. Center Ave., Searcy.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 1 Music
Afterglow. Flying Saucer, 9 p.m., free. 323 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-7468. www.beerknurd.com/stores/littlerock. Arkansas Blues Contest. Cornerstone Pub & Grill, all day; also all day Oct. 2. 314 Main St., NLR. 501-374-1782. cstonepub.com. Benefit for Ecuador with Midwest Caravan, Sam Walker, Jay Calhoun, Clayton Young. Downtown Music Hall, 8 p.m., $7. 215 W. Capitol. 501-376-1819. downtownshows.homestead.com. Col. Bruce Hamilton & The Quark Alliance, Weakness For Blondes. Sticky Fingerz Rock ’n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9 p.m., $10. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. www.stickyfingerz.com. Covershot (headliner), Jaime Patrick (happy hour). Cajun’s Wharf, 5:30 and 9 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-3755351. www.cajunswharf.com. Dirty Dozen Brass Band. Part of Conway Arts Fest. Simon Park, 7 p.m. Front and Main, Conway. DJ Ja’Lee. Sway, 5 p.m., $5. 412 Louisiana. 501-907-2582. Down Day, Slackwater. Vino’s, 8 p.m., $8. 923 W. Seventh St. 501-375-8466. www.vinosbrewpub. com. Ed Burks. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, Oct. 1-2, 7 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-324-2999. www.sonnywilliamssteakroom.com. First Class Fridays. Bill St. Grill and Pub, 9 p.m. 614 President Clinton Ave. 501-353-1724. Freakshow Follies, The Extraordinaires. Low Key Arts, 9 p.m., $5. 118 Arbor St., Hot Springs. Great Nostalgia, Bee vs. Moth, John Lee Roberts. Maxine’s, 9 p.m., $5. 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. maxinespub.com. Good Time Ramblers. Town Pump, 10 p.m., $3. 1321 Rebsamen Park Road. 501-663-9802. Gin River Outlaws. Fox And Hound, 10 p.m., $5. 2800 Lakewood Village, NLR. 501-753-8300. Katmandu. The Afterthought, 9 p.m., $7. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www.afterthoughtbar.com. M a d H a p p y, Tr u c k u l a , F. A . C . T. S . , Accumulator. ACAC, 9 p.m., $6. 608 Main St. 501-244-2974. The Meanies. West End Smokehouse and Tavern, Oct. 1-2, 10 p.m., $5. 215 N. Shackleford. 501-224-7665. www.westendsmokehouse.net. Michael Franti & Spearhead, Tamarama. The Village, 9 p.m., $25 adv., $28 d.o.s. 3915 S. University Ave. 501-570-0300. www.thevillagelive. com. “Naughty Schoolgirl Night” with DJ Jared Lawler, Dallas Superstars. Revolution, 7 p.m., $10. 300 President Clinton Ave. 823-0090. revroom. com. Nick Charles. Unitarian Universalist Church of Little Rock, 7:30 p.m., $10. 1818 Reservoir Road. Number Two With Me and Hugh. Midtown Billiards, 12:30 a.m., $8 non-members. 1316 Main St. 501-372-9990. midtownar.com. The Only Sons, The Unholy Ghosts. White Water Tavern, 10 p.m. 2500 W. 7th. 501-375-8400. www.myspace.com/whitewatertavern. Rena Wren. Capi’s, 8:30 p.m., free. 11525 Cantrell Suite 917. 501-225-9600. www.capisrestaurant. com. Rocktoberfest. Two days of music, food, and professional wrestling on the banks of the White River. Cracker, Seven Mary Three, 12 Stones, Saving Abel and many more perform. For more information, visit batesvillepromotions.com. White River Amphitheater, Oct. 1-2. 1740 Cheney Drive, Batesville. Ryan Howell, Seth Parker, Taylor Weston,
UpCOmiNg EvENTS Concert tickets through Ticketmaster by phone at 975-7575 or online at www.ticketmaster.com unless otherwise noted. OCT 1: Michael Franti & Spearhead. 9 p.m., $25 adv., $28 d.o.s. The Village, 3915 S. University. 570-3033, thevillagelive.com. OCT. 10: Nickelback. 6 p.m., $55.95-$80.35. Verizon Arena, NLR. 800-745-3000, ticketmaster.com. OCT 15: Blitzen Trapper. 8:30 p.m., $12 adv., $15 d.o.s. Revolution, 300 President Clinton Ave. 823-0090, rumbarevolution.com. OCT. 21: Alice Cooper, Rob Zombie. 7 p.m., $39.75-$49.75. Verizon Arena. 800-7453000, ticketmaster.com. OCT 23: Pat Green. 9 p.m., $25 adv., $30 d.o.s. Revolution, 300 President Clinton Ave. 823-0090, rumbarevolution.com. OCT. 28: Al Green. 7 p.m. Statehouse Convention Center, 7 Statehouse Plaza. 376-4781, pollstar.com. NOV. 19: Brad Paisley. 7:30 p.m., Verizon Arena. 800-745-3000, ticketmaster.com. Spencer Mulder. Soundstage, 7 p.m., $6. 1008 Oak St., Conway. Steve Bates. Cregeen’s Irish Pub, Oct. 1-2, 9 p.m., free. 301 Main St., NLR. 501-376-7468. www. cregeens.com. The Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 9 p.m. 111 W. President Clinton Ave. 501-374-7474. www.capitalhotel.com/CBG. Wes Jeans, Lance Lopez. Denton’s Trotline, 9 p.m. 2150 Congo Road, Benton. 501-315-1717.
Rahn Ramey. The Loony Bin, 8 and 10:30 p.m.; Oct. 2, 7, 9 and 11 p.m., $6-$9. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. www.loonybincomedy.com.
2010 Hot Springs National Kennel Club Dog Show. An American Kennel Club sanctioned dog show features purebred competition. For more information, call 501-767-9864. Hot Springs Convention Center, Oct. 1-3. 134 Convention Blvd., Hot Springs. 501-321-2027. www.hotsprings.org. 2nd Annual Hot Springs Arts and Crafts Fair. More than 350 exhibitors display and sell crafts from across America. For more information, call 501-623-6841. Garland County Fairgrounds, Oct. 1-3, free. Higdon Ferry Rd., off the Martin Luther King Jr. Expressway, Hot Springs. Conway ArtsFest 2010. See Sep. 30. Haunted Evening Tour. A two-hour tour of locations said to be the city’s most haunted and a visit with paranormal investigators. Visit hauntedtoursoflittlerock.com for more information. MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History, through Dec. 3. 7 p.m., $25. 503 E. 9th St. 376-4602. www. arkmilitaryheritage.com. LGBTQ/SGL Youth and Young Adult Group. Diverse Youth for Social Change is a group for LGBTQ/SGL and Straight Ally Youth and Young Adults age 14 to 23. For more information, call 244-9690 or search “DYSC” on Facebook. 800 Scott St., 6:30 p.m.
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1 Oz. Jig. Midtown Billiards, 12:30 a.m., $8 nonmembers. 1316 Main St. 501-372-9990. midtownar. com. Alize. Fox And Hound, 10 p.m., $5. 2800 Lakewood Village, NLR. 501-753-8300. Arkansas Blues Contest. Cornerstone Pub & Grill, through. 314 Main St., NLR. 501-374-1782. cstonepub.com. Arkansas Symphony Orchestra: “New World.” Robinson Center Music Hall, Oct. 2, 8 p.m.; Oct. 3, 3 p.m., $30-$48. Markham and Broadway. www.littlerockmeetings.com/convcenters/robinson. Benefit for the Southern Christian Home with Sychosys, Knee Deep, Iron Ton. Downtown Music Hall, 8 p.m., $7. 215 W. Capitol. 501-376-1819. downtownshows.homestead.com. Bushdog. Sticky Fingerz Rock ’n’ Roll Chicken
Shack, 9 p.m. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. www.stickyfingerz.com. DJ Ja’Lee. Sway, 5 p.m., $5. 412 Louisiana. 501-907-2582. Ed Burks. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, 7 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-324-2999. www. sonnywilliamssteakroom.com. Hank Williams Jr., Colt Ford, Jamey Johnson, Josh Thompson & The Grascals. Verizon Arena, 7 p.m., $35.15-$149.45. 1 Alltel Arena Way, NLR. Ingram Hill, Forrest Day. Juanita’s, 9:30 p.m., $12. 1300 S. Main St. 501-372-1228. www.juanitas. com. Jet 420 (headliner), Richie Johnson (happy hour). Cajun’s Wharf, 5:30 and 9 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351. www. cajunswharf.com. Josh Green. Flying Saucer, 9 p.m., free. 323 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-7468. www.beerknurd.com/stores/littlerock. Justin Sane (disco); Jarod Lawler (lobby); DJ g-force (hip-hop room); Nina D’Angelo, Taylor Madison Monroe, Whitney Paige, Britney Paige (theater). Discovery Nightclub, 10 p.m., $10. 1021 Jessie Road. 501-664-4784. www.latenightdisco.com. Karaoke at Khalil’s. Khalil’s Pub, 7 p.m. 110 S. Shackleford Road. 501-224-0224. www.khalilspub.com. Knox Hamilton. Vino’s, 8 p.m., $7. 923 W. Seventh St. 501-375-8466. www.vinosbrewpub. com. Landlocked, Seraphim, Dead Beat, Virtues. Soundstage, 8 p.m., $7. 1008 Oak St., Conway. “Luxe” with DJ Mike Blaze. Bill St. Grill and Pub, 9 p.m. 614 President Clinton Ave. 501-3531724. The Meanies. West End Smokehouse and Tavern, 10 p.m., $5. 215 N. Shackleford. 501-2247665. www.westendsmokehouse.net. Old School Boat Cruise. Arkansas Queen, 10 p.m., $22. 100 Riverfront Park Drive, NLR. Opiate, Unbearable Hand Fate Dealt. Revolution, 8:30 p.m., $10. 300 President Clinton Ave. 823-0090. revroom.com. Pop Pistol, Underclaire, The Sound of the Mountain. Maxine’s, 9 p.m., $5. 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. maxinespub.com. Rocktoberfest. See Oct. 1. Rodney Block & Co. The Afterthought, 9 p.m., $10. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www. afterthoughtbar.com. Steve Bates. Cregeen’s Irish Pub, 9 p.m., free. 301 Main St., NLR. 501-376-7468. www.cregeens. com. The Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 9 p.m. 111 W. President Clinton Ave. 501-374-7474. www.capitalhotel.com/CBG. Tommy Emmanuel. Ozark Folk Center State Park, 7 p.m., $20. 1032 Park Ave., Mountain View. Wanda Watson Band. Denton’s Trotline, 9 p.m. 2150 Congo Road, Benton. 501-315-1717. The Yipps. Town Pump, 10 p.m., $3. 1321 Rebsamen Park Road. 501-663-9802.
Rahn Ramey. The Loony Bin, 7, 9 and 11 p.m., $6-$9. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. www.loonybincomedy.com.
2010 Hot Springs National Kennel Club Dog Show. See Oct. 1. 2nd Annual Family Fun Fest. Arts, crafts, food, music and more at this year’s family festival. For more information, visit nlrfamilyfunfest.org. DickeyStephens Park, 9 a.m., $3 adults. 400 W Broadway St., NLR. 501-664-1555. www.travs.com. 2nd Annual Hot Springs Arts and Crafts Fair. See Oct. 1. 38th Annual Central Arkansas Rock, Gem and Mineral Show. Jacksonville Community Center, Oct. 2-3, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 5 Municipal Drive, Jacksonville. 8th Annual Little Rocktoberfest. Central Arkansas Fermenters annual beer festival offers bratwurst dinner, samples of beer and live music. For more information, visit centralarkansasfermenters. com/littlerocktoberfest. Dickey-Stephens Park, 6 p.m., $25. 400 W Broadway St., NLR. 501-6641555. www.travs.com. Amethyst Ball 2010. The Arkansas Coalition Against Domestic Violence (ACADV) honors Attorney General Dustin and Bobbi McDaniel for leading
efforts in fighting domestic violence in Arkansas. For more information, visit domesticpeace.com/ AmethystBall.htm or call 907-5612. The Peabody Little Rock, 7 p.m., $100. 3 Statehouse Plaza. 501-906-4000. www.peabodylittlerock.com. 7th Annual Bark in the Park. North Little Rock Friends of Animals’ annual festival with psychic readings for your pet by Carol Pate, pet photos by This Shot Photography, free micro chipping on sterilized animals and demonstrations from the North Little Rock K-9 unit. Burns Park, 11 a.m. p.m., free. North Little Rock. Certified Arkansas Farmers Market. A weekly outdoor market featuring produce, meats and other foods from Arkansas farmers. Argenta Market, 7 a.m.-12 p.m., free. 521 N. Main St., NLR. 501-379-9980. www.argentamarket.com. Conway ArtsFest 2010. See Sep. 30. Falun Gong meditation. Allsopp Park, 9 a.m., free. Cantrell & Cedar Hill Roads. Farmers Market. River Market Pavilions, 7 a.m. 400 President Clinton Ave. 375-2552. www.rivermarket.info. Harvestfest 2010. The annual street festival in Hillcrest featuring a fashion show from Box Turtle, a burger cook-off, vendors and live music from The Reds, Isaac Alexander, Velvet Kente and The Moving Front. Kavanaugh Blvd. and Hillcrest. Little Rock Liver Walk. Big Dam Bridge Murray Park, 9 a.m. 7600 Rebsamen Park Road. www.bigdambridge.com. For more information, call 766-7668. Paranormal Tour. A paranormal investigator leads a guided ghost tour of Memphis, dinner at a haunted restaurant, a ghost hunting class and an actual ghost search at different sights. For more information, visit littlerocktours.com or call 868-7287. 1 p.m., $99. St. Mark’s Shrimp Boil. The annual benefit for St. Francis House features food, beverages and music from The Greasy Greens. St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 5 p.m., $25 adults, $10 kids. 1000 N. Mississippi Ave. Volunteer and Docent Training Day. For registration information, call 683-3593 or email pam@ arkansasheritage.org. Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, 10 a.m. p.m. 501 W. 9th St. 501-376-4602. www.mosaictemplarscenter.com. “Walk Now” for Autism Speaks. Fund-raiser for autism research. For more information, visit walknowforautismspeaks.org/arkansas or call 515-0115. Clinton Presidential Center, 10 a.m. p.m. 1200 President Clinton Avenue. 370-8000. www. clintonpresidentialcenter.org.
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HE’S A FAN: Keet supporter Courtney “X2C” Ray.
■ media Rapping for Keet A campaign video goes viral. By Lindsey Millar
n Here’s the campaign season bellwether no one’s talking about: How do we know Democrats are screwed in November? Even rappers are voting Republican. Well, maybe just one rapper. I’m pretty sure when Jay-Z and Nas said, “I feel like a black Republican / money I got comin’ in,” they weren’t stumping for fiscal conservatism. And I’m just guessing, but I don’t think when Bun B called himself “Big Dick Cheney,” he meant it as an ode. But 27-year-old Little Rock rapper Courtney Ray, better known as X2C, is by all appearances an earnest supporter of Republican gubernatorial candidate Jim Keet. Almost two weeks ago, a music video for one of his songs started making the rounds on Facebook and local blogs. A few days later, KARK did a story on it that led with typical gravitas: “Could a rap music video impact the governor’s race?” If you’ve seen the video — which at press time had accumulated almost 1,600 views on YouTube — and you’ve watched the news enough to be able to summon a serious-newscaster voice in your head, you’re laughing now. It starts like a typical campaign 22 SEPTEMBER 30, 2010 • ARKANSAS TIMES
commercial, with a snippet of Keet outlining his principles in an interview. Pictures of the candidate patting a baby’s head and standing in front of podiums float across the screen. And then all of a sudden there’s X2C in MacArthur Park with some ducks waddling in the background. He’s wearing a rope chain and a glistening stud in each ear and rapping vigorously. His message comes in a slow reveal: “I know who to vote for / I’ll give you a hint / Southern Methodist University graduate / He served on the UNCF board / Helped form the Martin Luther King commission / And he earned the Frederick D. Patterson award / A lifetime member of the Urban League / It’s Jim Keet!” That those eight bars of Keet bona fides — pulled almost verbatim from the description of the Black Americans for Jim Keet Facebook page (39 members at press time) — aren’t the most tedious in the history of rap speaks to X2C’s ability. He raps on beat, twists his accent to make incongruous words rhyme and, when he wants to, can rap faster than just about anyone. The video gets better. When the “Jim Keet!” chorus arrives a minute into the
song, a smiling white man spells “JK” in sign language. A hand pops up on the screen and explains, with motion arrows, the method. A succession of four individual black people do the sign. Later X2C, wearing a suit in front of the state Capitol, does it, too. As the video ends, two white women sashay away from the camera, signing over their shoulders. I’ve followed X2C’s career over the years. He’s a member of Dat Heat, one of Little Rock’s most respected rap collectives and one of the few that have flirted with national success. The first time I watched the video I figured he’d been recruited by the Keet campaign in a misguided attempt to gain young voters. But when I talked to him last week, he said he recorded the song under his own initiative. For nine months last year, before he got a job working the night shift at Walmart, he was an unemployed former factory worker and father of three. “Being without a job, with kids to take care of, and then recession and gas prices high — you’ve got to pay attention to what’s going on around you,” he said. His original song idea was for a rallying cry for Governor Beebe. But while researching material on Beebe, he said he found material in which Keet talked about bringing businesses to Arkansas and keeping money in the state. Then he started digging into Keet’s history. “It was fascinating. I saw that he helped bring Wendy’s to Arkansas. When he brought Wendy’s, he brought jobs.” Video producer Roger Robinson, an occasional Keet volunteer and a Facebook fan of Black Americans for Jim Keet, said he received X2C’s song in an e-mail from a friend and reached out to the rapper to make the video. Both Robinson and X2C said they didn’t get any assistance from or have any interaction with the Keet campaign, a point echoed by Keet campaign media director Richard Atkinson. But the crowd scenes were shot at the Bentley Apartments, a complex on Green Mountain Drive owned by Keet. Robinson said he didn’t know that Keet owned the complex. A man named Don, who Robinson said he met at a Keet campaign event and later recruited to help with the video, arranged for the volunteer participants and location for that part of the shoot. The Keet campaign confirmed that Don is Don Lewis, the maintenance supervisor at the Bentley and one of Keet’s best friends. But spokesman Richard Atkinson said that Keet was not aware of the video until after it first appeared on the local Tolbert Report blog. By way of general comment, Atkinson said the campaign “thought it was great that a young person was getting involved in the process.” Coming next, possibly as soon as this week: A follow-up track by X2C that he says thanks listeners for the positive feedback and dismisses his critics.
■ musicreview The Hold Steady Revolution, Sept. 23.
n This was my first Hold Steady show that didn’t bring a day-long, cactusstomached, cotton-mouthed, Jamesoncursing hangover in its wake. See, when you’re worshiping the splendor to be found in well-meaning hedonism with the clergymen of getting black-out drunk, you’re required to put a pretty huge emphasis on the communion aspect of the whole night. That is, communion in the crowd and, especially, the sacraments behind the bar. Now, after five Hold Steady Memorial Hangovers in five years, I’m pleased to report that the band’s notoriously great live shows aren’t just a figment of a communal boozmagination. The liquor-soaked, “double whiskey Coke, no ice” hymns are still contagiously ecstatic even when you’re in the rare, sober minority, nursing a beer instead of sucking down shots. I can’t imagine higher praise for America’s Greatest Bar Band™ . After the band ambled on stage to a Morricone spaghetti Western whistler over the speakers, the foursome strapped up, plugged in and tore through “Constructive Summer,” funnily enough, one day after the end of the season. Consider it the music for the closing credits of a successful summer. From there on out, they soloed, shimmied and chanted through six years of catalogue, hitting high points (“The Swish,” the ban’s first single; “Stuck Between Stations,” the opening track from 2006’s “Boys and Girls in America,” a bona fide classic album) and obscure gems (“Guys Go For Looks, Girls Go For Status”). But when Hold Steady played tracks from “Heaven is Whenever,” the crowd gave the same lukewarm (but polite) reaction that met the album upon its release. Thankfully, the new material didn’t account for too much of the 23-song set. And when the band returned for an encore, they hit hard with “Chips Ahoy!”, “Your Little Hoodrat Friend” and “How a Resurrection Really Feels,” three long-time, sure-fire crowd pleasers. Throughout the entire show, the reliable Brooklynites didn’t stray too far from their trusty formula. Tad Kubler shredded on his double-neck Gibson, the bassist tripped over his own feet and Craig Finn spazzed, contorted and grinned through the set so hard that he unplugged his microphone at least once. The Hold Steady: the most dependable band in America. — John Tarpley
Continued from page 21 2nd Annual Hot Springs Arts and Crafts Fair. See Oct. 1. 38th Annual Central Arkansas Rock, Gem and Mineral Show. Jacksonville Community Center, 9 a.m. p.m. 5 Municipal Drive, Jacksonville. “All That Jazz” Fund-raiser. An evening of food, drinks, music and live and silent auctions to benefit CARTI Kids. For more information, visit carti.com. Next Level Events, 6 p.m., $50. 1400 W. Markham St. 501-376-9746. www.nextleveleventsinc.com. Conway ArtsFest 2010. See Sep. 30.
MONDAY, OCTOBER 4 Music
Monday Night Jazz with Harry Snider, Joe Vick, Dave Rogers. The Afterthought, 8 p.m., $5. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www.afterthoughtbar.com.
Lucious Spiller Band. Sticky Fingerz Rock ’n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9:30 p.m., $5. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. www.stickyfingerz.com. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 5 p.m., free. 111 W. President Clinton Ave. 501-374-7474. www. capitalhotel.com/CBG.
Jake Innorina. The Loony Bin, Oct. 6-7, 8 p.m.; Oct. 8, 8 and 10:30 p.m.; Oct. 9, 7, 9 and 11 p.m. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. www.loonybincomedy.com.
P.E.A.C.E. Fund-raiser Party. The Parents Educating Arkansas about Children with Epilepsy (PEACE) benefit features food, speakers and live music from Jesse Thread, The Yishia Project and Shannon McClung. Hooters, 7 p.m. 4110 Landers Road, NLR.
ThiS WEEk iN ThEATER “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.” Mark Twain’s
adventures of Tom Sawyer, the mischievous young hero, and friends in a small town on the Mississippi River. Arkansas Arts Center, 7 p.m., Fri.; 3 p.m., Sat.; 2 p.m. Sun., through Oct. 3, $11-$14. MacArthur Park. 501-372-4000. www.arkarts.com. “Evita.” A musical retelling of Evita Peron, second wife of Argentinian president Juan Peron, who rose from obscurity to political power and became the spiritual leader of the torn country. Arkansas Repertory Theatre, 7 p.m., Wed.-Thurs.; 8 p.m., Fri.-Sat.; 2 and 7 p.m., Sun., through Oct. 3. $20-$40. 601 Main St. 378-0405. www.therep.org/. “Smoke on the Mountain.” The original bluegrass gospel musical comedy about a service in a rural North Carolina Baptist church. Murry’s Dinner Playhouse, 6 p.m., Tue.-Sat.; 5:30 p.m., Sun.; 11 a.m., first Wednesday of every month through Oct. 10. $22-$30. 6323 Col. Glenn Road. murrysdinnerplayhouse.com. “Sorry! Wrong Chimney!.” A department store Santa gets wrapped up in a web of hypnotism, gun-toting women and Kris Kriegle, the Santa Claus
burglar. Pocket Community Theater, through Oct. 2: 7:30 p.m., Thu.-Sat.; 2:30 p.m., Sun.; 7:30 p.m., Oct. 7-9; 2:30 p.m., Oct. 10. $5-$10. 170 Ravine St., Hot Springs.
MUSEUMS, GAllERiES New exhibits, gallery events THEA FOUNDATION, 401 Main St., NLR: “1st Annual Juried Members Show,” Arkansas Pastel Society, opens Oct. 2 with reception 6-7:30 p.m.; “Images of the American South: The Art of V.L. Cox,” screen doors and mixed media portraiture, opens Oct. 7 with reception from 6-9 p.m. 379-9512. UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS AT LITTLE ROCK: Lectures by Benito Huerta, 12:15 p.m. Sept. 30, and Hugo Crosthwaite, 6 p.m. Oct. 4; “El Grito (The Cry for Independence),” contemporary work by Mexican-Americans, Gallery I and II, through Oct. 10.
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Cirque Shanghai: Bai Xi. UCA, 7:30 p.m., $30-$40. 350 S. Donaghey, Conway. Jesse Malin, The Money Brothers. Vino’s, 8 p.m., $10 adv., $12 d.o.s. 923 W. Seventh St. 501-375-8466. www.vinosbrewpub.com. Jim Dickerson. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, 7 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-324-2999. www. sonnywilliamssteakroom.com. Karaoke Night. Cornerstone Pub & Grill, 8 p.m. 314 Main St., NLR. 501-374-1782. cstonepub.com. Karaoke Tuesday. Prost, 8 p.m., free. 120 Ottenheimer. 501-244-9550. Karaoke with Big John Miller. Denton’s Trotline, 8 p.m. 2150 Congo Road, Benton. 501-315-1717. Sons of Hippies, Spencer Mulder. Maxine’s, 9 p.m., free. 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. maxinespub.com. Tequila Tuesdays with DJ Hy-C. Bill St. Grill and Pub, 8:30 p.m. 614 President Clinton Ave. 501-3531724. Tuesday Jam Session with Carl Mouton. The Afterthought, 8 p.m., free. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www.afterthoughtbar.com. Two Cow Garage, Badhand. White Water Tavern, 10 p.m. 2500 W. 7th. 501-375-8400. www.myspace. com/whitewatertavern.
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“Latin Night.” Revolution, 7 p.m., $5 regular, $7 under 21. 300 President Clinton Ave. 823-0090. www. revroom.com.
Farmers Market. River Market Pavilions, 7 a.m. 400 President Clinton Ave. 375-2552. www.rivermarket.info.
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Acoustic Open Mic with Kat Hood. The Afterthought, 8 p.m. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-6631196. www.afterthoughtbar.com. Black Veil Brides, William Control, Motionless in White. The Village, 7 p.m., $13 adv., $15 d.o.s. 3915 S. University Ave. 501-570-0300. www.thevillagelive.com. Brian and Nick. Cajun’s Wharf, 5:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351. www.cajunswharf. com. Cattle Decapitation, Devourment, Knights of the Abyss, Burning the Masses, Sons of Surelius, Shadowvein. Downtown Music Hall, 6 p.m., $12 adv., $15 d.o.s. 215 W. Capitol. 501-3761819. downtownshows.homestead.com. Honky, Sweet Eagle, Bad Hand, The Dirty Streets. Juanita’s, 9 p.m., $10. 1300 S. Main St. 501-372-1228. www.juanitas.com. Jim Dickerson. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, 7 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-324-2999. www. sonnywilliamssteakroom.com. Karaoke at Khalil’s. Khalil’s Pub, 7 p.m. 110 S. Shackleford Road. 501-224-0224. www.khalilspub. com. Karaoke with Big John Miller. Denton’s Trotline, 8 p.m. 2150 Congo Road, Benton. 501-315-1717.
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9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri. 569-8977. n Fayetteville FAYETTEVILLE UNDERGROUND, 1 E. Center St.: Photography from the South Central Region Society for Photographic Education, Hive and Revolver Galleries; “More than a Picture,” work by Fayetteville Underground studio artists; “Essential Elements: Earth and Fire,” raku pottery by Martha Molina, E-Street Gallery, Oct. 6-30, reception 5-8 p.m. Oct. 7. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Wed.-Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat. www.fayettevilleunderground.com. GEORGE DOMBECK OPEN STUDIO, 844 Blue Springs Road, Goshen: New series “Birdland” and “The Nude in Sticks,” as well as earlier work, 2-6 p.m. Oct. 2, 3, 9, 10. 479-442-8976. Map to studio at www.georgedombek.com. UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS: “Black in White America,” photographs by Leonard Freed, through Oct. 6- 29, Fine Arts Center Gallery, through Oct. 1. 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 2-5 p.m. Sun. 479-575-7987.
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ARGENTA ART MARKET, 510 Main St., NLR: Outdoor artists and crafters market, 8 a.m. to noon every Sat. ARKANSAS ARTS CENTER, MacArthur Park: “A Century of Revolution: Mexican Art since 1910,” work by Diego Rivera, Jose Clemente Orozco, Jose Guadelupe Posada, Manuel Manilla, Arnold Belkin, Pedro Coronel, Jose Luis Cuevas, Rocio Maldonado, Julian Galan and others from the collection of the University of Texas, through Nov. 21, Winthrop Rockefeller Gallery; “Bigger, Better, More: The Art of Viola Frey,” large-scale ceramic figures, through Nov. 28, Jeannette Rockefeller and Townsend Wolfe galleries, $7 adults, $5 seniors, $4 youth; “Currents in Contemporary Art,” “Masterworks,” “Paul Signac Watercolors and Drawings,” ongoing. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. 372-4000. ARKANSAS STUDIES INSTITUTE, 401 President Clinton Ave.: “Making Pictures: Three for a Dime,” photographs and text by Maxine Payne, through Dec. 10; Arkansas League of Artists juried show, through Nov. 27; “Raices,” new mixed media work by x3mex about Mexican independence, through Nov. 30; “Luke Anguhadluq: Inuit Artist,” from the J.W. Wiggins Native American Art Collection, Mezzanine Gallery, through Oct. 9. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat. 320-5700. BOSWELL-MOUROT FINE ART, 5815 Kavanaugh Blvd.: Tonya McNair, mixed media on canvas; Kyle Boswell, glass and metal; Eric Freeman, works on paper and panel, through September. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tue.-Fri., 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat. 664-0030. CANTRELL GALLERY, 8206 Cantrell Road: “L’esprit de la Fleurs and the People I Have Known,” paint on tarpaper by Rhonda Hicks, ceramics by Sarah Noebels, through Oct. 30. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat. 224-1335. CANVASCOMMUNITY, 1111 W. 7th: “Portraits of Hope,” photos of missing children, portraits of those children with age progression, through September. 5-7 p.m. Mon., Wed., Fri. www.canvascommunityonline.org. CHROMA GALLERY, 5707 Kavanaugh Blvd.: Work by Robert Reep and other Arkansas artists. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat. 664-0880. GALLERY 26, 2601 Kavanaugh: “95% in the Moment,” photographs by Rita Henry, Nancy Nolan and Adrienne Taylor, through Oct. 30. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tue.-Sat. 664-8996. GREG THOMPSON FINE ART, 429 Main St., NLR: “Barry Thomas: Arkansas Landscapes,” Nov. 13. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tue.-Fri., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sat. 664-2787. HEARNE FINE ART, 1001 Wright Ave.: Paintings by Larry Hampton and other artists. 372-6822. HEIGHTS GALLERY, 5801 Kavanaugh: “3 Women Who Paint,” work by Virmarie DePoyster, Holly Reding and Emily Wood; also work by other contemporary Arkansas artists. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tue.-Sat. 664-2772. KETZ GALLERY, 705 Main St., NLR: Paintings by Rene Hein, through Nov. 1. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Fri., 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat. 529-6330. LAMAN LIBRARY, 2801 Orange St., NLR: “Small
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The professional baccalaureate nursing program at Henderson State University combines a liberal arts education with theoretical and clinical nursing education. Smaller class size allows faculty to know students. Clinical experiences occur in a variety settings and locations to enhance student learning. Students are encouraged to engage in student nurse, athletic, and university activities. Nursing graduates are novice generalist nurses who incorporate holistic concepts of humanity, environment, and health in their practice. Hendersonâ€™s Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing program provides students with the scientific, theoretical, research, and evidence-based foundation necessary for graduate studies. The RN to BSN track provides flexibility with both face-to-face and online classes.
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DEBBIE ROBINSON Nurse Recruiter Jefferson Regional Medical Center, Pine Bluff None of the successes of JRMC would have been possible without a strong nursing staff, and we’re excited to see the talented people joining the field today. Nursing has changed substantially, but some things remain the same. As JRMC pediatrician Tom Ed Townsend says, “Good nurses are a gift from God.”
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Nurse Recruiter University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences There is a Circle of Excellence that surrounds everyone who works at UAMS. It starts with respect and ends with excellence and it’s what we expect from those who chose a career at Arkansas’s only academic medical center. We offer unique opportunities combined with salary & benefits plus the personal satisfaction you receive working at UAMS – it’s hard to beat. That’s why more than 10,000 employees enjoy a Career for Life. To join our team, log onto: www.uams.edu/jobs.
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We realize nursing isn’t just an occupation — it’s a calling. At the very center of patient care, our nurses seem to have superhuman strength and skills, often working behind the scenes expertly managing a number of tasks at once; discussing a patient’s plan of care with their physician, keeping accurate and detailed records, dispensing life-saving medications, recognizing critical changes in a patient’s condition. But the most important thing they do is take care of the families and loved ones of our community and make sure patients get the care they deserve. Conway Regional strives to recruit the best nurses in the area — offering benefits and wages that rival any in the Little Rock area. Check us out at www.conwayregional. org or call me at (501)513-5410 to discuss your options or arrange for a tour.
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oday’s economy has changed everything. Unlike a few years ago, when experts talked about critical shortages for nurses, today’s market is tight. According to the National League for Nursing, the market is flooded with experienced but unemployed nurses. As if that wasn’t bad enough, many returned from retirement while others put off their retirement plans for the foreseeable future. Making matters worse, the number of patients seeking elective medical treatment has also dropped. Ouch! Alengo Crook, an RN at St. Vincent Health System-North says she has seen slowdowns before, but instead of worrying about it, she recommends adapting to change. “Remain eager to try or learn new things,” she says. Maria Whitt, director of nursing excellence and education at St. Vincent Health System, says, “While nursing provides a wide variety of opportunities for the individual, the slow economy ADVERTISING SUPPLEMENT TO ARKANSAS TIMES
has made it more difficult to find a job.” As a matter of fact, she’s fielding employment inquires and applications from around the country. Last month, she received calls from Florida, Texas and Louisiana. “These were [calls] from experienced nurses asking about jobs,” she says. That makes for stiffer competition in central Arkansas.
AREAS OF NEED Susan Erickson, RN, nurse recruiter at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, says for both new graduates and experienced nurses, there are pockets of need all over the country, including central Arkansas. UAMS is also receiving resumes from around the country, Erickson says, and suggests that job-hunting nurses check out listings of resources such as the Arkansas Healthcare Human Resources Association (AHHRA). It can be found at Arkansas Hospital Association’s Website at http://www.
arkhospitals.org. “It provides some great leads,” she says. For those who had their heart set on a larger hospital but aren’t finding a job, experts suggest widening your search. “My advice is to keep your options open,” Whitt says. “Don’t focus on a single area; instead keep your sights on your long-term goal.” In addition to health care facilities, there are a large number of employers looking for RNs. For instance, consider doctor’s offices, clinics, schools, large corporations or even a clinic setting like the one run by St. Vincent inside the Walmart Supercenter on Maumelle Boulevard in North Little Rock. “We continue to get calls from clinics and long-term care facilities, and while it may not be that dream job on the day shift in an intensive care unit, it will give the new graduate experience,” says Dr. Ann Schlumberger, dean of the nursing department at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
The obvious places are easy, but the down-side is that a large number of people are applying for a small pool of jobs. For instance, psych nurses continue to be in demand. “Don’t overlook jobs in places or institutions off the beaten path,” says James Scoggins, nursing director at Arkansas State Hospital. “It’s hard at times, but very rewarding.” Tammy Hawkins, director of the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House at St. Bernards Regional Medical Center, says it’s good to keep your options open. “When I went to school, I never heard of hospice care, but as the number of baby boomers who need health care increases, I see employment opportunities. More nurses will be needed in hospice and home care, and I believe this is a growing area with lots of possibilities for nurses,” Hawkins says. Whatever happens, you shouldn’t give up on your dream nursing job. Mary Daggett, assistant
A R K A N S A S S TAT E U N I V E R S I T Y vice president of patient care services at Jefferson Regional Medical Center says although they have few open positions at their Pine Bluff facility, you never know when something will open up. When looking for a job, leave no stone unturned, Erickson says. Talk to your instructors. Ask them for references or to put in a good word for you with any contacts they have. Don’t be shy. Contact the nurse recruiter at any health care facility you would like to work in, and let that person know that you’re interested in working there.
FROM AROUND THE STATE “If you have to, put your future career goals on hold, but pay attention and get as much experience as you can. You never know where a job will lead you, and don’t overlook opportunities at smaller facilities,” Erickson says. Despite the economy, rural Arkansas is experiencing a real need. “Our nursing graduates are finding jobs, especially if they’re willing to broaden their search to the surrounding areas,” Schlumberger says. White River medical Center in Batesville is currently hiring and has RN positions available. In fact, there are RN positions open in almost every area of the hospital, and new graduates and experienced nurses might be able to find their dream position, says Michelle Bishop, nurse director at White River Medical Center. Dr. Sue McLarry, school of nursing chair at Arkansas State University at Jonesboro says her graduating students—most of whom remain in the area—aren’t having trouble finding jobs at nearby facilities. Dr. Rebecca Burris, head of the nursing department at Arkansas Tech University at Russellville, reports the same, as does Gail Burton, “Health care RN, the practical reform will require nu r s e p ro g ra m more nurses with director at Arkansas advanced degrees, State University at Beebe. and we’re still “Once our students graduate, they are not producing the finding jobs in Searcy, number of nurses Jacksonville, Cabot, we need to replace Conway as well as closer to home,” those who are Burton says. retiring.” Besides, there are advantages to working at a smaller hospital—you’re exposed to more units and you might find an area that suits you, Burris says. Whether they’re returning to their hometown or looking for a spot in the big city, Baptist Health Schools’ graduates are finding jobs. “Our graduates are finding jobs in almost all areas of health care,” says the school’s enrollment coordinator Julie Wurm. Despite the fragile economy, she says she hasn’t seen a flood of unemployed nurses in the market. For many, she believes this is a great time to enroll in a nursing program. Just because you’ve been out of school for a while, don’t think that the educational ship has sailed. “Our students’ average age is 28,” Wurm says. At Conway Regional Health System there was a slowdown in 2009. That is now turning around, says the hospital’s vice president and chief nursing officer Caren Lewis.
Their patient volume was down throughout the year and Lewis thinks it was related to the economy. At the same time, there was virtually no turnover. “Our people were staying put,” Lewis says, “but we’re starting to see a shift.” Not only is patient volume picking up but they’re seeing some turnover. “We feel we’re on the brink of getting back to operating normally,” she says. For new graduates in Northwest Arkansas, the job market looks good. Nan Smith-Blair, director of the Eleanor Mann School of Nursing at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville says all of her graduating students have found jobs. “They may not get the shift or area they want, but they are finding jobs in hospitals, clinics, school systems and even health departments,” she says. About one-third of her students remain in the Fayetteville area after graduation, and many return to their homes in Texas, Oklahoma, Tennessee and central Arkansas. Like many other experts in the health care field, Blair believes the future for nursing is bright. “I think we’ll see more jobs opening up. Health care reform will require more nurses with advanced degrees, and we’re still not producing the number of nurses we need to replace those who are retiring,” she says.
DON’T EXPECT THE SLOWDOWN TO LAST LONG According to Schlumberger, “Nationally the industry is asking, ‘Do we decrease the nurses coming out of school?’” She believes the answer to that question is a resounding, “No.” First, she believes the economy will stabilize and many of the nurses who put off retirement will go ahead and step down. Second, the retirement of baby boomers is likely to have a continued effect. Already the first wave of retirees is applying for Social Security, and increased retirement will create a demand for more medical care, and naturally, more nurses. Whitt says this offers the next generation a wide variety of opportunities, but only if they can meet demand for a more skilled, well-trained workforce. This might be the perfect time to return to school for additional training. For those in school, it might be wise to stay and get more education. ASU, counting on a future demand for more skilled RNs, has tailored a program for future health care needs called the Healthy Ager Project. “It will give our students an extra edge,” McLarry says. ASU students can receive training in physical therapy, social work, health education, testing and assessment and more. They’re also making it easier for people who already have a four-year nursing degree to get a second one through their Second Degree Accelerated Program. Getting a four-year nursing degree is another way to get ahead of the other applicants. “There is a growing trend toward hiring RNs with four-year degrees,” says Burris. Arkansas Tech and UALR have added online programs that allow RNs with a two-year degree to complete a four-year degree in a shorter period of time. “We will see a growing need for nurses in the future,” Schlumberger says. ■
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Magnet Recognition Program® is a big benefit to patients, but what does it mean for the nursing staff of Arkansas’s handful of hospitals striving for the coveted designation? “Unfortunately, there’s misinformation out there, and it’s too bad many nurses don’t fully understand the benefits to our profession,” says Tammy Jones, Ph.D., RN, director of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Center of Nursing Excellence. The program was developed by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to recognize health care organizations devoted to nursing excellence. There are 370 ANCC Magnet Designated Hospitals in the United States, representing 6.41 percent of all health care organizations. Arkansas is one of five states without a single Magnet health care facility. Maria Whitt, director of nursing excellence and education and coordinator of the Magnet program at St. Vincent Health System, says they started working toward Magnet status a couple of years ago. Before that, however, they were working toward developing a more professional staff. “Nursing is the foundation of our hospital, so
we had already changed our focus, empowered our nurses and built a shared governance structure, so much of the work [needed to qualify for Magnet status] was already done,” Whitt says.
MAKING THE GRADE One of the biggest misconceptions about Magnet status is that all nurses must have four-year degrees. Typically in Magnet designated hospitals, 46 percent of the RNs on staff have a four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree. “We’re close to that target now,” Jones says. Currently, about 44 percent of nurses at UAMS have their BSN. Direct-care unit nurses are not required to go back to school if they work in a Magnet hospital. That’s not the case for nurses in management or administrative positions, where they’re required to obtain not only a BSN but are expected to seek advanced degrees. In order to help their nurses achieve their educational goals, whether for personal satisfaction or professional reasons, UAMS offers employees a helping hand. “We want highly educated nurses and have a nice
incentive package,” Jones says about a program that currently gives employees a tuition discount on classes taken in the U of A System. They also have a tuition forgiveness program that will repay up to $5,000 over a two-year period for a commitment to UAMS for a certain period of time. Departments work with employees when it comes to scheduling their work around their classroom obligations. St. Vincent is also offering scholarships, grants and flexible work schedules. Whitt says, “This is an opportunity for our nurses to develop professionally.”
STATUS ISN’T EVERYTHING “We look at it like a cookbook, Whitt says, “put in excellent ingredients and the outcome is even better. So it’s not so much the designation as the preparation behind it.” That means the program will ultimately benefit all involved, whether a new hire or an experienced nurse, a unit supervisor, a manager or a patient seeking treatment. In addition to the educational benefits, nurses are given a voice at UAMS.
“They are directly involved in decisions that affect their practice through a shared decisionmaking structure that starts with the nurse at the bedside and extends to the administration,” Jones says. For this program, UAMS came up with a new motto: Be informed, heard and empowered. Not all suggestions are life-changing, but sometimes a small suggestion by a nurse on the floor can make a big difference, such as a new food service that includes condiments with the sandwiches delivered to patients in the middle of the night. “It’s really nice for patients to have mustard or mayonnaise available,” Whitt says. UAMS is striving to involve nurses in organizational processes. “Nurses need to be at the table, working side-by-side with doctors, administrators and the entire health care team,” Jones says. She adds that they’re making progress through their Professional Nursing Organization (PNO), and she believes nurses who are engaged in the process tend to be happier and more satisfied with their jobs. “We want to create an environment that supports our nurses in providing excellent patient care,” Jones says. At Magnet hospitals, not only does overall patient safety and quality increase, but fewer nurses—which can make up to 70 percent of a facility’s staff—leave their jobs. And lower attrition rates make for a more experienced staff. In turn, this means better care for patients. Besides, Jones says about her belief in the program, “It’s the right thing to do.”
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Tammy Webb, director of the Magnet program at Arkansas Children’s Hospital, says, “We really like the core components of Magnet, and whether we achieve the designation or not, we want to strive for the elements of nursing excellence that the programs stresses.” “If you want to apply for Magnet, it requires you to support your nursing staff in several ways,” Webb says. Shared leadership is just one of Magnet’s values that Webb embraces and promotes. The entire hospital staff, including administrators, physicians and bedside nurses, worked together to put together a plan that incorporates the program’s four core values, including quality and safety, recruitment and retention, professional excellence and clinical practice. “About 18 months ago, we started working toward shared leadership, deciding what it meant and how it should look,” she says.
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Pat Brown, a registered nurse at St. Vincent Health System, takes care of patient Walter May. Instead of a cookie-cutter program designed by someone else, Webb says they looked at other hospitals for ideas, and then put together their own program. “We had our first (ACH) council meeting in August, and I’m very proud of their work,” she says. As part of Magnet preparations, the hospital is helping its nurses with education. “We’re finding nurses are excited about learning and are forming support and study groups,” Webb says. “They’re nudging each other to do better. It’s fun.” Arkansas Children’s Hospital has about 10 nurses who came from Magnet hospitals in other areas of the country, and as part of the process, Webb talked with them about their Magnet experiences. “They said, ‘It’s a great organization, and we were surprised that you weren’t already a Magnet facility,’” she says. According to Webb, studies have shown that Magnet-certified hospitals foster better working relationships among RNs and physicians, and that doctors want to work at Magnet hospitals as well. While Magnet values are already reshaping health care, other factors are influencing medicine. For instance, the 2010 Health Care Reform Bill requires a better-educated nurse force in the future, and some states are looking at requiring students to complete a BSN before entering the profession.
THE FUTURE As more and more health care facilities move toward Magnet status, some medical professionals believe there will be a shift toward a more educated nursing workforce. While preparing the next generation of nurses, Southern Arkansas University department of nursing chair Bernadette Fincher, Ph.D., RN, says they are aware of a need for highly educated nurses. “We’re talking to students about additional education because of the push toward Magnet status,” she says. This is especially true for students who want
to work in central Arkansas because the job market might be a little tighter for nurses with two-year degrees. The nursing department also offers an online program where nurses can turn their RN education (with a two-year degree) to a BSN degree, thus helping them reach their educational goals. Michelle Bishop, nurse director and Magnet coordinator at Batesville’s White River Medical Center, whose facility started working toward Magnet status in 2007, says even though the hospital in Batesville doesn’t yet have the designation, it’s already changing the way they do business. The administration encourages their LPNs to go back to school to become RNs, and is willing to help with financial aid. Bishop says the nursing staff is encouraged to get involved in different ways. For example, last year the nursing staff successfully led the way in bringing down the patient “fall rate”—the number of patients who injure themselves from falling out of bed or from walking across a room. Bishop believes their Magnet goal will make the workplace better for nurses at White River. For her, it makes nurse recruitment easier and she expects overall patient satisfaction to improve. She also believes the program will provide their hospital with the best practices available, allowing White River Medical Center to offer an environment “that reflects patient/family centered-care.” Magnet status requires the cooperation of an entire hospital, from the top administrators to the nurses at the bedside, and this teamwork provides further benefits. “A facility offers better patient care because of the individual components of Magnet, and this intensive process results in a better hospital,” Bishop says. Ultimately, she says the journey is well worth taking, and it’s already made WRMC a better facility, she says. White River and other health care facilities don’t look at the Magnet program as a fad, but as a movement that’s reshaping the vision of professional nursing in America. ■
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ure the economy may have cooled temporarily, but most experts say nurses are still in demand. Even the U.S. Department of Labor agrees and predicts health industry jobs will grow, adding more jobs over the next few years than almost any other industry. Michelle S. Odom, Arkansas Children’s Hospital director of nursing resources, says this is a great time to consider nursing. As the economy begins to recover and as older baby boomers retire—all of whom will need more health care services—the growing demand for nurses will continue. But before settling on a particular career path, Odom says, “Find out about the variety of opportunities nursing offers. There are some interesting and challenging areas of nursing that most people aren’t aware of.” To find out more, she suggests talking to teachers, people who work in health care and college counselors. Also, think long-term. “Decide what your goal is going to be and build a skill set that will get you there,” Odom says. For those who are interested in pursuing a nursing career, this is an opportune time, says Keith McClanahan, Arkansas State UniversityBeebe’s director of advanced technology. “I encourage them to sign up for classes now,” he says. To help cover the cost of an education, Arkansas colleges and universities are giving residents extra incentives to pursue a degree. A larger number of institutions are now providing scholarships and grants. For example, the University of Arkansas at Little Rock offers the Walker Scholarship. This year the university received additional endowment funds, doubling the number of nursing students receiving scholarships. ADVERTISING SUPPLEMENT TO ARKANSAS TIMES
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Susan Hanrahan, Arkansas State University at Jonesboro dean of the College of Nursing and Health Professionals, believes that the demand for “all health care professionals” will continue in the future. Rebecca Brosius, RN, recruitment coordinator for St. Vincent Health System, says, “A career in nursing gives you many choices, and there’s a job out there to suit almost anyone.” Nurses are needed in hospitals, clinics, adult daycare, homes, rehab centers, doctors’ offices—basically the list is nearly endless, Brosius says. Arkansas Tech University at Russellville is so firmly committed to its students that the nursing department expanded their RN-to-BSN program. Basically, it offers an on-line program to allow nurses with an Associate in Arts (AA) to turn that two-year degree into a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). “Our program is designed to make it possible for students to continue their education while they work and live in their own communities,” says Dr. Rebecca Burris, head of the department of nursing. And why are programs like this important? UALR Nursing Department chair Ann Schlumberger says that’s simple. “We would like people to consider a career in nursing so we will have a workforce that will meet the demands of health care in the future,” she says. For LPNs who are looking for a hand up the career ladder, White River Medical Center is willing to help.
“We have a partnership with the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville, and kicked off our first LPN to RN program in August,” says Michelle Bishop, the hospital’s nurse director. They also have a partnership with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, and nearby Arkansas State University at Jonesboro and Harding University offer four-year nursing degrees. “UAMS has an office in Batesville, and they help students who want to work toward their BSN,” she says. While the hospital is able to offer better care with a more educated work“Our program force, Bishop says nurses with advanced degrees is designed to make more money. make it possible “Education is an avenue to a better life and improved for students to job security,” she says. continue their For those who don’t education while have time or money to go to college or for those they work and who have family commitlive in their own ments, some employers communities.” are offering help when it comes to education. For instance, Jefferson Regional Medical Center offers a tuition reimbursement program. The program isn’t limited to the nursing department; it includes all JRMC employees. “Perhaps a patient-care tech wants to become an RN, or an RN wants to work on a master’s degree, we will help them out,” says Susan Chambliss, human resources manager at JRMC. Human resource administrative director Daryl
Scott says, “This program is a perfect fit for many of our employees, but it can be a scary process.” Instead of simply leaving employees to figure out what can be a fairly complicated process on their own, the hospital’s corporate office department is happy to guide them through the educational maze. They can give guidance about degree options, or help with financial aid, says Chambliss. The JRMC School of Nursing offers a twoyear diploma program. One year is devoted to required college courses at an accredited college and students enrolled in the nursing program may take advantage of the academic resources available at the Area Health Education Center (AHEC). Like many other institutions, JRMC “encourages its employees to continue their education,” says Chambliss. Scott encourages anyone considering a nursing or any other medical degree to find out what financial aid programs or scholarships their workplace might offer. “For those who want a career in nursing, get your education now and position yourself for a brighter future,” Odom says. In order to get a professional edge, Burris suggests students work hard while in college. She also says to ask instructors for references, and as a student, search out volunteer work in the local community. This is a good way to get extra experience and strengthen professional contacts. Whether during good times or lean years, make sure you’re prepared for the job market. “There’s definitely a need for well-trained, experienced nurses,” Odom says. ■
t’s a great time to go to college. Arkansas’s colleges and universities are welcoming students in record numbers with a variety of degrees, such as two- and four-year, on-campus, online or a hybrid, fitted to your needs. Whether you’re a recent high school graduate or even if you’ve been out of school for a while, don’t let money woes keep you from completing a nursing degree. There’s plenty of financial help available if you just know where to look, and a little help can go a long way. Experts recommend making an appointment with your high school counselor early in your high school career so you can design an academic path to follow. Counselors can also share a wealth of financial aid information. Once you’ve selected a college or university, check with the financial aid office—a great resource for scholarships and grants. Southern Arkansas University department of nursing chair Dr. Bernadette Fincher, RN, says there are many opportunities in the world of nursing, and for those who don’t have the money, there are plenty of programs designed to help serious students. Before giving up on your dreams, she suggests talking to your campus counselor to find out about the large number of scholarships,
grants, federal loans and loan forgiveness programs that might be available to you. If you’re interested, but don’t know where to start, the following information might help.
STATE FINANCIAL AID Arkansas offers a number of financial aid programs, including the new Arkansas Challenge Scholarship (also known as the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery). It awards full-time Arkansas students with $5,000 scholarships for four-year institutions and $2,500 for two-year institutions. The scholarship isn’t based on income and students with a 2.5 GPA or an ACT score of 19 or above are eligible to apply. Program information with eligibility guidelines, deadlines and applications can be found at www.ADHE.EDU.
SCHOLARSHIP SEARCHES The Arkansas Student Loan Authority offers free
GET THE MONEY YOU NEED scholarship searches at Fund My Future (www.fundmyfuture. info). Also, www.FinAid. org, sponsored by the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, offers information on scholarships, fellowships and grants.
NURSING STUDENT LOAN PROGRAM Act 85 of 2003 established the Nursing Student Loan Program to provide financial assistance to Arkansas’s full-time students enrolled in or accepted to an approved Arkansas nurse education program. The loans may be changed to scholarship grants if the student works full-time as an RN (Registered Nurse) or LPN (Licensed Practical Nurse) in qualified employment in Arkansas, and up to 100 percent of the loan may be forgiven. For more information, go to http://www.adhe.edu/ divisions/financialaid/Pages/fa_nursing.aspx.
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION While local banks no longer offer federally funded student loans, the DOE offers Pell and Supplemental Education Opportunity Grants, as well as Perkins Loans, PLUS Loans, Stafford Loans and Direct Loans. For more information, go to the DOE’s Direct Loan Program website at http://www2.ed.gov.
ARKANSAS HEALTH EDUCATION GRANT This grant provides assistance to Arkansas residents attending out-of-state accredited health institutions that offer graduate or professional programs unavailable in the state. Information and applications are available at http://www. adhe.edu.
ARMY NATIONAL GUARD For Army National Guard members, there are four programs to help pay the bills, including the Montgomery GI Bill, Montgomery GI Bill Kicker, the Army National Guard Federal Tuition Assistance Program and Student Loan Repayment Program. For more information, go to www.1800-Go-Guard.com. ■
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Arkansas State University - Jonesboro • 870-972-3074 (nursing) • 870-972-3024 (admissions)
4 yr public
AASN, BSN, MSN
Arkansas Tech University, Russellville • 479-968-0383
4 yr public
BSN, LPN to BSN, RN to BSN, MSN, RN to MSN
Harding University, Searcy • 1-800-477-4407, 501-279-4682
4 yr private
BSN, RN-BSN, LPN-BSN
Henderson State University, Arkadelphia • 870-230-5015
4 yr public
University of Arkanasas, Fayetteville • 479-575-3904
4 yr public
BSN, RN-BSN, LPN-BSN, MSN
UALR, Department of Nursing, Little Rock • 501-569-8081
4 yr public
University of Central Arkansas, Conway • 501-450-3119
4 yr public
University of Arkansas - Fort Smith • 479-788-7861, 1-888-512-LION
4 yr public
University of Arkansas at Monticello • 870-460-1069
4 yr public
AASN (LPN-RN), BSN, RN-BSN
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Nursing, Little Rock • 501-686-5374
4 yr public
BSN, MNSc, Ph.D, Post Masters options available
Arkansas Northeastern College, Blytheville • 870-762-1020
2 yr public
AAS, Certificate of Practical Nursing
Arkansas State University - Jonesboro • 870-972-3074 (nursing) • 870-972-3024 (admissions)
4 yr public
Traditional LPN-AASN (Traditional AASN offered at ASU Mountain Home, ASU Beebe, West Memphis)
East Arkansas Community College, Forrest City • 870-633-4480
2 yr public
National Park Community College, Hot Springs • 501-760-4290
2 yr public
AS in Nursing
Mississippi County Community College, Blytheville • 870-762-1020
2 yr public
AAS in Nursing
North Arkansas College, Harrison • 870-743-3000
2 yr public
AAS in nursing-traditional. LPN, LPN-RN
Northwest Arkansas Community College, Bentonville • 479-636-9222, 800-995-6922
2 yr public
Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas, Helena, Dewitt, Stuttgart • 870338-6474 x1254 or 1-870-946-3506 x 1611
2 yr public
AAS, technical certificate/PN
Southeast Arkansas College, Pine Bluff • 870-543-5917
2 yr public
AAS: RN, Generic RN & LPN/Paramedic to RN. Technical Certificate: PN
Southern Arkansas University, Magnolia • 870-235-4040
4 yr public
ADN, Online RN-BSN Completion
University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville • 870-612-2000, 800-508-7878
2 yr public
AAS-LPN to RN-traditonal and online tracks PN Program (Technical Certificate) Generic RN Program
UALR, Department of Nursing, Little Rock • 501-569-8081
4 yr public
AS in Nursing and BSN in Nursing
University of Arkansas - Fort Smith • 479-788-7861 • 1-888-512-LION
4 yr public
Baptist Health Schools Little Rock • 501-202-6200, 800-345-3046
Jefferson Reg. Med. Center School of Nursing, Pine Bluff • 870-541-7850
Arkansas Tech University - Ozark Campus, Ozark • 479-667-2117
Baptist Health Schools Little Rock • 501-202-6200, 800-345-3046
Black River Technical College, Pocahontas • 870-248-4000
2 yr public
Cossatot Community College of the UA, De Queen, Nashville • 870-584-4471, 800-8444471
2 yr public
Arkansas Northeastern College, Burdette • 870-763-1486 • Paragould • 870-239-3200
Certificate of Practical Nursing & AAS-Registered Nurse
ASU Technical Center, Jonesboro • 870-932-2176
Arkansas State University - Beebe • ASU Searcy Campus 501-207-6214
Northwest Technical Institute, Springdale • 479-751-8824
Ouachita Technical College, Malvern • 800-337-0266 ext 1200
2 yr public
Technical Certificate in Practical Nursing, Associate of Applied Science in Nursing, Certified Nursing Assistant, Medication Administration Program
Ozarka College, Melbourne • 870-368-7371
2 yr public
University of Arkansas Comm. College at Morrilton • 501-354-2465
LPN-certificates AAS-LPN, RN
Pulaski Technical College, North Little Rock • 501-812-2200
2 yr public
technical certificate in Practical Nursing/PN
National Park Community College, Hot Springs • 501-760-4269
certificates in Practical Nursing
Rich Mountain Community College, Mena • 479-394-7622
2 yr public
certificate/PN, LPN, CAN, RN
SAU Tech, Camden • 870-574-4500
2 yr public
Certificate of Proficiency, Technical Certificate, Associate
South Arkansas Community College, El Dorado • 870-864-7142, 870-864-7137
2 yr public
University of Arkansas Community College at Hope • 870-777-5722
2 yr public
University of Arkansas - Fort Smith • 479-788-7861, 1-888-512-LION
4 yr public
University of Arkansas at Monticello College of Technology, Crossett • 870-364-6414
2 yr public
Technical Certificate in Practical Nursing
Eastern College of Health Vocations, Little Rock • 501-568-0211
Education America Southeast College of Technology, Little Rock • 501-312-0007
Degrees of nursing PLAN AHEAD If you’re planning on a nursing career, here are some valuable steps to consider: • Contact the school of your choice for help in planning a course of study to better prepare you for nursing, and for specific entrance requirements such as tuition, housing, financial aid and other information. • Take the required entrance exam as early as possible. You’re required by law to have a high school diploma or GED prior to admission to nursing school. • If you’re an RN, transfer or post baccalaureate student, arrange to have your transcripts sent to the school of your choice for evaluation.
ASSOCIATE DEGREE (TWO-YEAR DEGREE) Associate degree programs, offered by two and four-year colleges and universities, are accredited by a regional accreditation association and approved by the Arkansas State Board of Nursing. At the completion of a program, the student is awarded an Associate in Science (AS) or Associate in Science in Nursing (ASN) diploma. Only then is the graduate eligible to take the National Council of State Boards of Nursing Licensure Examination (NCLEX). Upon successful completion, the graduate will become a Registered Nurse (RN).
BACCALAUREATE DEGREE (FOUR-YEAR DEGREE) Baccalaureate programs must be approved by the Arkansas State Board of Nursing and are usually offered by four-year colleges or universities. At the completion of a program, the student is awarded the Bachelor of Science (BS) or Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree and given a diploma. After graduation, the individual is eligible to take the National Council of State Boards of Nursing Licensure Examination (NCLEX). Upon successful completion, the graduate will become a Registered Nurse (RN).
PRACTICAL NURSING Both private and public two and four-year colleges and universities offer practical nurse programs, which generally take 12 months to complete. The Arkansas State Board of Nursing approves the practical nurse (PN) programs and upon completion of the program, the student receives a certificate. After completion, the individual is eligible to take the National Council of State Boards of Nursing Licensure Examination (NCLEX) and upon successful completion the graduate will become an LPN (Licensed Practical Nurse).
REGISTERED NURSING Both private and public two and four-year colleges and universities offer degreed Registered Nurse programs that are divided into two categories: a two-year associate degree and a four-year baccalaureate degree. Before going to work, the graduate is required to pass the NCLEX examination. In addition to the traditional route, there are two-year diploma certificate programs.
CONTINUING EDUCATION After completing the basic nursing programs, you might want to consider an advanced degree such as an RNP (Registered Nurse Practitioner), APN (Advanced Practice Nurse) or LPTN (Licensed Psychiatric Technician Nurse). These advanced programs require additional education and passage of specific licensure examinations. ■ ADVERTISING SUPPLEMENT TO ARKANSAS TIMES
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ACT or SAT or COMPASS or ASSET
Nursing programs are accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission. www.astate.edu
BSN-4yrs, RN to BSN-1yr, MSN2yrs
on campus housing
BSN-ACT or COMPASS, RN to BSNNone, MSN-GRE
March 1st and October 1st, other programs vary
RN to BSN can be completed in as little as 1 year. Excellent Faculty. www.atu.edu/nursing
BSN 4 yrs
on campus housing
ACT or SAT
Quality nursing education with a focus on Christian service and professionalism. www.harding.edu
on campus housing
ACT, SAT, COMPASS
The school with a heart. Small classes. CCNE Accredited. www.hsu.edu/nursing
on campus housing
Dec 1st, for Fall admission; June 1st, for Spring
Nursing is a dynamic career, meeting the health care needs of society. http://nurs.uark.edu/
4 semesters/ASN, 3 semesters/BSN
on/off campus housing
ASN: Evolve A2; none for BSN
ASN: Feb. 28/applications accepted until class full. BSN: Oct 1 for spring entry, June 1for Fall Entry.
BSN coursework can be completed in 3 semesters or up to five years. www.ualr.edu/nursing
4 yrs/BSN, MSN varies, PMC varies
on campus housing
SAT or ACT
4 yrs for BSN/Varies for RN-BSN
on campus housing
Priority March 15th
Oct. 1st for Spring/ April 15th for Fall
RN-BSN is an Online Completion Program. www.uafortsmith.edu/Nursing/BachelorOfScienceInNursing & www. uafortsmith.edu/Nursing/RNToBSNOnlineCompletionProgram
1 to 4 yrs
on campus housing
contact financial aid (870) 460-1050
Excellent NCLEX-RN pass rates! Achieve your nursing goals with us. www.uamont.edu/Nursing/academicprograms.htm
BSN generic: 2 yrs+1 summer/ RN to BSN:1 yr full time/ MNSC& Ph.D:students have up to 6 yrs to complete degree requirements
on campus housing
varies, visit nursing. uams.edu. Click on scholarships
varies, visit nursing.uams.edu click on scholarships
TOEFL for int’l students, MNSc-MAT or GRE, PhD-GRE, TEAS V for BSN generic applicants.
BSN generic: February 1st/ RN to BSN: March 1st & Sept. 1st/ MNSC: Sept. 1st & April 1st/ PhD: Jan 2; $50.00 application fee
RN-2 yrs, LPN-1 yr
Priority April 15
Priority March 15
ASSET, COMPASS, or ACT, PAXRN, PAXPN
RN- March 31, PN- March 31, LPN- October 30th
ANC offers both the RN and LPN programs www.anc.edu
on campus housing Jonesboro
ACT, SAT, COMPASS, or ASSET
The mission of the School of Nursing is to educate and enrich students for evolving professoinal nursing practice. www.astate.edu
ACT, ASSET / Nursing Pre-entrance exams
Allied health program offering RN-Nursing degree (basic students, LPN completion). www.eacc.edu
ACT, SAT or COMPASS
Options for LPN and new High School graduates. FT evening/weekend option available www.npcc.edu
Priority April 15 Rolling
Priority April 15
RN-1yr; LPN-RN-1yr; PN-1yr
Pell Grant June 30, 2010
ACT, ASSET, COMPASS
varies with program
Northark’s students receive excellent healthcare education leading to rewarding careers in nursing.www.northark. edu/academics/nursing
ACT or COMPASS
The college of the NWA community, member of Northwest Arkansas Nursing Education Consortium nwacc.edu/ academics/nursing
AAS 72 credit hrs, PN 54 credit hrs
none for admission
RN June 1st, PN June 1st or Oct 1st
RN Program, NLNAC accredited. www.pccua.edu
PN-1 yr, Generic RN-29 mos
ACT, COMPASS, PAX for PN, ATI Fundementals of Nursing for RN
Second Friday in March
Changing lives…one student at a time! www.seark.edu
2yrs/ADN, 2-4 yrs online RN-BSN Completion program
on campus housing
Priority March 15, Final August
ACT, ADN HESI Admission
September 30 or February 28 for nursing application
SAUM has an LPN to RN track for current LPNs or Vocational Nurses. www.saumag.edu/nursing
11 mos, Generic program is 2 years
March1-HighschoolAcademic : July 15-Others
ASSET, ACT, SAT or COMPASS NET
PN May 1 - LPN to RN Oct 1 - Generic entry deadline is May
UACCB’s nursing programs are among the top programs in the state. www.uaccb.edu
4 semesters for AS; 3 semesters for BSN
on/off campus housing
ACT, SAT for general university acceptance; Evolve A2 Exam for Asn
Priority Application Deadline Feb 28/ Applications accepted until class full
LPN/Paramedic option (May to May). Accelerated traditional option (18 months). Traditional option (2 years) BSN: 3 semesters or up to five years. www.ualr.edu/nursing
on campus housing
Priority March 15th
May 15th for Fall/April 15th for LPN/Paramedic Transition Program for Summer
RN traditonal track 3yrs. RN express track 2yrs. LPN 1yr. RN Accelerated 1yr (LPNs or Paramedics).
March 1st priority
3yr-Aug, 2yr-June 15, RNA-Dec 1
1 year pre-requisites + 2 years core courses
Applications accepted until classes filled. $30 fee
Length of program recently changed. See webpage for details. www.jrmc.org/nursingschool.htm
Priority April 15
June 1, October 1
Clinical experience in hospitals of varying size, physicians’ offices and geriatric facilities. http://atuoc.atu.edu
2 semester LPN
Priority March 1st
ACT or SAT, NET
Dec 1st & June 15th
contact financial aid office
ACT or ASSET
1st day of class
BRTC: A college of vision. BRTC has a 90% plus boards pass rate. www.blackrivertech.org
De Queen 11 mos Day Program, Nashville 18 mos evening program
Day Program-De Queen March 1st, Evening Program-Nashville August 31st
Prerequisites required prior to admission. www.cccua.edu
4 wks prior to first day
Priority April 15th
ASSET, PAX-PN & PAX-RN
Variety of clinical experiences. Accept 20 students for each of the two campuses. www.anc.edu
June 1 & November 1
Combines classroom instruction with clinical experience. Graduates eligible to take NCLEX.
ACT/COMPASS and Questionnaire
Call for further information
Application packet and program requirements are online. www.asub.edu
3 sem. & 1 Summer session (includes Pre-Reqs)
July 1/Fall, December 1/Spring
June 1/Fall, December 1/ Spring
Bilingual scholarships available- www.nwansged.org
Fall-May1, Spring-Dec 1
First Friday in September / Spring, First Friday in March / Fall
Mrs. Shelley Austin, Division Chair, firstname.lastname@example.org www.otcweb.edu
Wonderlic, TE AS, LPN STEP
April 1/Fall, November 1/Spring August 31 - RN
Providing life-changing experiences through education. www.ozarka.edu
3 semesters - 2yr
prior to semester
COMPASS, NET Gap
LPN-June 1st, AASLPN-Oct 1st, RN-Aug 31st
Enrollment limited to 20 each admission for LPN. www.uaccm.edu
11 mos traditional track/ 22 mos nontraditional track
ACT or COMPASS and NET
Visit our new Allied Health Education Center on the Pulaski Tech Campus. www.pulaskitech.edu
13 mos FT; 2yr PT
Do you want to make a difference? Then nursing is for you! Evening option available. www.npcc.edu
Varies, contact financial aid office
PSB and ACT, COMPASS
ASSET, NET, Practical Nursing
Two Applications required: Admissions and Nursing www.sautech.edu
Priority April 1
ACT, ASSET, or COMPASS
SouthArk: Where students come first. www.southark.edu
2 sem. (excludes prerequisites)
ASSET, ACT or COMPASS
on campus housing
Priority March 15th
June 1st for Fall
Accredited by the Commission on Schools of the North Central Association, and the council of Occupational Education.
to be determined
High School Diploma or GED
26 yrs as an AR established business, hands-on training and job placement assistance, as well as financial aid opportunities to those who qualify.
Excellent career opportunities available. Day and evening classes. www.educationamerica.com
TO COMPILE THIS, FORMS WERE SENT TO EVERY QUALIFIED COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITY WITH INSTRUCTIONS TO RETURN BY A SPECIFIED DEADLINE. THOSE SCHOOLS NOT MEETING THE DEADLINE WERE REPEATED FROM LAST YEAR. EVERY ATTEMPT IS MADE TO GATHER AND VERIFY THE INFORMATION.
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You’ve graduated— Now what? 10 JOB HUNTING TIPS Whenever University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences nurse recruiter Susan Erickson, RN, needs job market advice, she gets in touch with her professional contacts at the National Association of Health Care (NAHC). “They’re on top of the current job market. So whether you’re looking for a job for the first time, or an experienced nurse hoping to move across the country, they are a great resource,” Experts recommend keeping your employment options open. Erickson says. NAHC vice president Deborah Rowe, RN, is to meet recruiters and increase your network of always happy to share her expertise and knowlprofessional colleagues. edge. She and nursing spectrum vice president Terri Gaffney put together 10 tips for a successful MAINTAIN A RELATIONSHIP WITH job hunt for this publication: YOUR INSTRUCTORS. They are often an employment resource and can provide you with a reference. NETWORK! NETWORK! NETWORK! Don’t underestimate the power of personal relationships and professional contacts. KEEP IN TOUCH WITH A STAFF NURSE or other personnel after completing your clinical rotations, and let them know you’re interested in ATTEND CAREER FAIRS AND OTHER RECRUITMENT EVENTS. This is an opportunity working for their unit or health care facility.
GET A JOB, OF COURSE
MAKE SURE YOUR RÉSUMÉ is accurate and current. On cover letters be sure and include a nurse recruiter’s name—double check to see if the name is spelled correctly—and ensure you have the proper title.
6 SCHEDULE YOUR NATIONAL COUNCIL
LICENSURE EXAMINATION (NCLEX) immediately after graduation because it looks good on the resume.
7 JOIN PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS for networking opportunities.
WHEN LOOKING FOR A JOB, check out resources such as Nursing Spectrum, Nurse.com and the National Student Nurses Association.
BE FLEXIBLE. As a new graduate, you must be willing to consider an entry-level position, which can be a great way to get the experience you need to reach your career goal.
THINK AND ACT POSITIVELY. It will impress prospective employers and keep you motivated when job hunting.
A FINAL THOUGHT If you’re planning on a nursing career, University of Arkansas at Little Rock nursing department dean Dr. Ann Schlumberger offers the following tips: As graduation approaches and you prepare for your first job interview, your preparation must include a professional resume. It must be “well designed, and it’s important that you clearly state your goals,” she says. When filling out an application, make sure it reflects the same competence as your resume. “Employers are going to consider if you filled out the application correctly and completely,” she says. However, your job’s not done yet. When dressing for an interview, Schlumberger says, leave the flip-flops and T-shirts at home. “Step back,” Schlumberger says, “look in the mirror and ask yourself, ‘Is this the kind of person I want to take care of the person I most love in the world?’” Your clothes need to match the professionalism of the resume, but Schlumberger says the interview is about more than your clothes and recommends practicing your interview skills. ■
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hile Facebook started out as a way for friends to keep up with friends, it has exploded into a social network that connects the world and crosses generations. More and more, it’s becoming a way to reconnect with family members and old friends, advertise a business and, more importantly for job seekers, a way to cultivate vital connections when looking for work. As social networks continue to grow, people need to be aware that there’s a down-side to putting their entire life online. For instance, your Facebook page is a way for employers to check you out before calling you in for an interview or offering you that coveted job. Last Saturday’s bar photos might be fun to share, but might keep you from getting that first interview. “What you post matters,” says Michelle S. Odom, Arkansas Children’s Hospital director of nursing resources. And the new graduate isn’t the only one who might want to watch their P’s and Q’s when complaining or sharing work-related information online. “As a nurse working at a health care facility, be mindful of what you post because social sites are a public forum, and you never know who’s going to read it,” says Odom.
SOCIAL NETWORKS AREN’T GOING AWAY More and more professors are posting class information online and answering classroom questions via e-mail, so students are becoming quite comfortable with the use of social media. However, experts are cautioning against becoming too relaxed online. Keith McClanahan, Arkansas State University-Beebe’s director of advanced technology, says, “We caution our students that employers are checking out their Facebook page.” More importantly, he says, you should consider your email address and screen names. “‘Sexylittlegirl’ isn’t a good name to have, especially when entering the professional world,” he says. Matthew Martin, a nursing student at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock believes the pros of social networking outweigh the cons, but students must learn a new set of boundaries and behaviors. “It’s a genie that can’t be put back into the bottle … on the other hand, who knows where it will take us,” he says.
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THE RULES OF SOCIALIZING Colleges and universities are seeing the benefit of guiding students through the pitfalls of social networking, and UALR nursing department dean Dr. Ann Schlumberger says their students are now required to attend orientation, which includes rules and guidelines when it comes to sites like Facebook and Twitter. “It’s important how you present yourself and how you represent our nursing program,” she says. You should always be careful of any comments you make online. For example, maybe you feel you can trust a friend with a juicy piece of gossip, but you never know if your friend might post it on Facebook in the future. Schlumberger says if you’re nervous about whether you should write something online or not, you probably shouldn’t. Dr. Sue McLarry, School of Nursing chair at Arkansas State University at Jonesboro, says, “Just like health care professionals, the university stresses discretion when it comes to online postings, and we teach about the consequences of discussing patient information online.” As the use of social media rises, nurses have to be aware of employer expectations when it comes to sites like Facebook. “There are issues with social networking sites, including the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) that nurses should keep in mind. It’s definitely about patient privacy, and you wouldn’t want to write negative comments about your co-workers or boss and then have them read it,” Odom says. “Consider your words carefully, because failure to comply [with patient privacy laws or hospital policy] is grounds for dismissal,” Schlumberger says. Another reason to be careful about your on-line activity is because employers, as well as examination board members, are monitoring sites to see if people are passing along information about licensing examinations, she says. Schlumberger offers one final thought. “We need our nurses to be professional. … We have people’s lives in our hands, and because of that, it’s extremely important our students learn how to be a true professional in every sense of the word,” she says. ■
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hile popular TV shows glamorize nursing jobs in the emergency room or labor and delivery, there are a number of jobs that are worth considering that might not make it onto your television screen. There are a number of local opportunities – such as flight, emergency management, medical-surgery, computer, and clinical – all jobs we think are not only interesting, but a little off the beaten path.
CHILDREN’S ANGEL ONE For Paige Keen, the chief flight nurse for Arkansas Children’s Hospital Transport Angel One, there’s not another job like hers. “It’s a very exciting job,” she says. Keen says the hospital’s inter-facility transport team flies by helicopter to other health care centers to pick up children—from premature birth up to 18 years of age—who are suffering from some kind of trauma. They bring the children back to Children’s for treatment. “We see a wide range of patients,” Keen says. Such patients can include a preemie ready to make an appearance, a teenager who has been badly injured in a car or motorcycle wreck or burn victims (some of whom are adults because of Children’s burn center). Instead of waiting, treatment starts before the patient is loaded onto the helicopter and continues until they arrive at the hospital in Little Rock. However, this isn’t a job for everyone. “You have to be a type A personality, because you’re required to make decisions on the spot,
and you are the team leader,” she says. A flight team includes the flight nurse, respiratory therapist and pilot. Every once in awhile, a medical student tags along. Keen says she won’t even talk to a new nursing graduate about working on Angel One; instead she’s looking for someone who has at least three years of critical care and pediatric skills – perhaps someone who has worked in an emergency room or as a surgical nurse, she says. On top of the necessary training, Keen says it’s an emotionally difficult job. “We see injured and abused children, but you have to be able to focus. It’s hard.”
BAPTIST’S NEW CRITICAL CARE Theresa Carroll spends her time at Baptist Medical Center in Little Rock watching a series of five computerized monitors as part of her job with the hospital’s Electronic Intensive Care Unit (EICU). Her main job is to support bedside nurses and to monitor patients at any one of the medical center’s five locations, including Little Rock, North Little Rock, Heber Springs and Arkadelphia. Normally, she’s a member of a five-person team. Much of her job involves watching over patients in critical care. “I’m an extra set of eyes and ears for the nurses at the bedside,” she says. In addition to monitoring vital signs, she can actually peek into a room through the system. Those interested in this area of nursing must work well with others, including nurses, physicians and patients and their families, Carroll says. Before signing on board, a nurse needs at
least five years experience in critical care, good communication skills and a love of teaching. It’s also a good job for anyone who has critical care experience. “Instead of working on the floor, you’re passing your knowledge to the next generation,” she says.
ST. VINCENT NORTH MED-SURG It’s fast-paced, and your cases change day-today, hour-to-hour, says Bill Benton, intern nurse manager at St. Vincent Health System North. When looking for a job that requires a combination of skills, ranging from general medicine to neurosurgery, check out the medical-surgerical (med-surg) nurse. “It requires a broad knowledge,” says Benton. But that’s not enough. He says a successful med-surg nurse must be “fast on their feet, and there’s nothing repetitive about med-surg. Each day is different.” A med-surg nurse needs to have a positive attitude, be flexible and like interacting with people, he says. When deciding on a career, Benton recommends choosing “a job you love.” If you find med-surg interesting, he recommends talking to nurses in the business or your instructors. There’s a real need for med-surg nurses, and it’s an area where a four-year RN graduate can get a position without previous experience.
UAMS TRAUMA CENTER A minute can mean the difference between life and death at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Trauma Services Center. “It’s pretty cool,” trauma center director Terry Collins says. However, it’s not a place for the faint of heart, and the fast-paced setting requires a wide range of skills. “We see patients of all ages with all kinds of conditions, like ATV wrecks, car crashes and high falls,” Collins says. “It’s a very demanding job, and young patients can be emotionally taxing.” For those interested in working in a trauma center, Collins says a person needs training over and above general nursing skills. She suggests getting a job as a medical-surgery, emergency room or intensive care unit nurse before applying for a job in trauma. “You have to be able to think critically … be quick on your feet,” Collins says. Despite the rigorous demands, she says it’s a wonderful job that offers her the opportunity to learn and grow professionally every single day. “It’s not a job, it’s a calling,” Collins says.
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The clinic offers patients a large number of services, such as stitches, lab work, treatment for poison ivy and more. In a nutshell, Jansen sees it as an option for when the doctor’s office is closed or a condition doesn’t warrant a trip to the emergency room. “We’re not here to replace your primary-care doctor or try to be an emergency room, but we fill a gap,” Jansen says. She also believes this type of clinic setting is a trend that will continue. So for an experienced nurse with an advanced degree and an independent spirit, this job might be the perfect fit. “You have to be versatile, and it pays off to have surgical or emergency room experience. You have to be able to work on your own,” she says. However there’s medical backup available when needed. “It’s been a great experience, and people are so appreciative of our help,” she says.
ARKANSAS TECH’S EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT There’s been a lot of interest in Arkansas Tech University’s emergency management degree. The master’s degree requires nurses to complete a number of hours focusing on emergency management and many of those classes are taught by Homeland Security personnel. “We are one of only a few programs in the country, and there’s not another program like it in the state,” says the university’s nursing department head Dr. Rebecca Burris. The first graduating class of emergency management nurses (the program is only two years old) didn’t have a problem finding a job. “We’re very pleased with the program and the success of our students,” she says.
ARKANSAS STATE HOSPITAL It’s a job not often considered by students who are about to graduate from nursing school, but a psych nurse position can offer tremendous rewards. “It’s a unique specialty and different than most areas of nursing,” says James Scoggins, director of nursing at Arkansas State Hospital. Unlike many other areas of medicine, nurses are dealing with people, not the condition. “You have to be able to talk with and empathize with the patient,” Scoggins says. As a bonus, the nurse doesn’t need experience in the field, Scoggins says. “If you have a heart, I can teach you the skills to help our patient.”
debris are contained in the area,” she says. This ensures that patients’ rooms are not affected by contaminated air or improper ventilation. Infection control nurses need to be observant and assertive - not aggressive - as well as inquisitive and have the ability to catch on quickly. Nurses who are interested in this field need certification in infection control (CIC) and at least two years of experience as a clinical nurse. “We save lives,” Molsbee says. “Our goal is patient safety.”
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JRMC’S INFORMATION SYSTEM For those who think Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff is off the beaten path, consider the distance traveled by a Singapore medical team. They wanted a closer look at the hospital’s new electronic medical records system. It’s one of the first such systems in the country, and at JRMC, they call it Clinical Informatics. The department’s director, Leah Wright, says they welcome a number of visitors from around the country each month. “It’s exciting,” she says. And while she thinks it’s a career path that would appeal to a new graduate, she says she prefers an experienced nurse because her employees need to understand the way a hospital works. “My team supports everyone who uses Eclipsys,” she says. Eclipsys is a software program her department designed to meet the needs of various other departments in the hospital. In addition to design, her department is involved in employee education and support. “This is definitely a job that most people aren’t aware of,” she says.
ST. BERNARDS’ HOSPICE “I was praying for direction in my life, and was really drawn to hospice care,” says Licinda Ohler. For her, it’s proving to be a rewarding choice. “When you’re in the typical hospital setting, it can move at a fast pace, but in a hospice setting, the day is slower,” she says. The job at hand may be more about a tender touch or a kind word than the right medication. Sometimes the hospice nurse is with a patient for months, days and other times, only a few hours. “That’s enough time to make a big difference in their life,” Ohler says. Barbara “Bobbie” Wilson, RN, has about five years of hospice experience. “As nurses we need to come to the realization that people have come to a point in their life where they can’t be fixed,” she says. Wilson’s job is to meet the needs of the person and the family. “It’s a time that touches our hearts deeply,” Wilson says. “This isn’t a job for everyone, and many nurses find they can’t do it,” says Tammy Hawkins, director of the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House at St. Bernards Regional Medical Center.
For the right nurse, she describes hospice care as a calling. “The care we provide is more like nursing at its best,” Hawkins says. “Like an ideal you heard about in nursing school, hospice care gives you a whole new perspective on nursing and doesn’t require special training. It’s a very rewarding job, and often it’s more about social and emotional support. Sometimes all you can do is hold their hand.”
WHITE RIVER’S WOUND AND BURN NURSES While certainly not for every nurse, wound care is a challenging and rewarding career that involves patients of all ages, from infants with burns and infections to the elderly with diabetic ulcers. This area of medicine relies on technologies like a hyperbaric chamber that infuses 100% compressed oxygen into wounds to promote healing. Wound care nurse specialties are used in both “When you’re outpatient and inpatient in the typical settings and the nurses hospital setting, “are similar to investigators, because first they it can move at have to find the source of a fast pace, but the wound,” says Michelle Bishop, nurse director and in a hospice magnet coordinator at White setting, the day River Medical Center. “They also must deteris slower.” mine any disease process or infection preventing it from healing properly,” Bishop says. “This is very much a hands-on profession.”
Nan Smith-Blair, director of the Eleanor Mann School of Nursing at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, says the nurse who is interested in a career change or loves teaching should consider education. “There’s a huge shortage of nurse educators,” she says. This deficiency is only expected to increase as baby boomers start retiring. Colleges and universities across the nation need educators in all areas of nursing, and Arkansas is encouraging nurses to go back to school with scholarships and loan forgiveness programs. For those interested in education, Blair says teaching requires an advanced degree, and it’s best to have a couple of years of clinical experience. In order to teach BSN students at UA, a minimum of a master’s degree is required. “If you like teaching students and have a love of learning, it’s a challenging career with great hours, generally the same as students,” she says. “And it’s great having holidays and summers off.” ■
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hese days, hospitals and health care centers are working hard to keep experienced nurses not only motivated but satisfied with their jobs. Most facilities offer a variety of retention programs as well as a helping hand for nurses who are interested in climbing the ladder of success.
UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS FOR MEDICAL SCIENCES â€œIt costs one and a half times a new graduateâ€™s annual salary to train them, so the goal is to keep them happy and motivated,â€? says Susan Erickson, RN, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences nurse recruiter. Itâ€™s just as important to keep UAMSâ€™s experienced nurses satisfied. In order to find out what nurses want out of their job, Erickson says UAMS takes a hard look at nursesâ€™ exit interview data and studies the trends. â€œWe came up with a new and fun way of welcoming and helping new nurses adjust to the demands of a teaching hospital, which can be stressful to nurses who arenâ€™t used to a student-teacher environment. We
call it the On-Boarding Program,â€? says Erickson, the programâ€™s captain. Before a new hireâ€™s first day, the person is partnered with a volunteer â€œCruise Director,â€? who has been around UAMS for a while. â€œThey help with things like parking, communication â€Ś basically, theyâ€™re there to help and provide support to the new hire for the first five months,â€? Erickson says. So far, the program has proven to be a success.
attract nurse leaders at all levels,â€? says Rebecca Brosius, RN, St. Vincent recruitment coordinator. The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciencesâ€™ Oncology Also designed to keep Department was recently named Unit of the Month. nurses moving up the ladder we want our nurses to be stimulated. We want of success, the Nursing Clinical Advancement them to be excited about their jobs.â€? Program (NCAP) focuses on professional development and promotes bedside education. In short, the programâ€™s goals are to recognize and JEFFERSON REGIONAL MEDICAL acknowledge the contributions of St. Vincentâ€™s CENTER nursing staff, and create opportunities that will Nurses have the opportunity to take part in special retain or attract the best nurses, she says. programs designed to guide and recognize the ST. VINCENT HEALTH SYSTEM St. Vincentâ€™s Carolyn Ford, RN, was named Nurse contribution of nurses in the delivery of patient Throughout the St. Vincent Health System, adminof the Year in 2004. She says the program keeps care, says the hospitalâ€™s assistant vice president istrators are working hard to retain great nurses â€œnurses motivated toward professional growth of patient care services Mary Daggett. and keep them motivated and happy. through the Career Ladder and also gives them The Care Delivery Partnership Program (CDPP), â€œOur Career Ladder program is designed to an â€œopportunity to collaborate with its mission of providing a forum focused on with physicians.â€? the continuous improvement of patient care, is â€œWe came up with a new and fun way of welcoming And Brosius says thatâ€™s the unique to Jefferson Regional Medical Center. and helping new nurses adjust to the demands of a point. At JRMC, nurses have a voice. The programâ€™s â€œWe want to foster an environframework revolves around professional developteaching hospital, which can be stressful to nurses ment of learning that offers our ment and the contributions of nurses at the unit who arenâ€™t used to a student-teacher environment. patients the highest quality of care. level, Daggett says. We call it the On-Boarding Program.â€? More than a just job or paycheck, In addition, JRMCâ€™s Nursing Department also
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“They had nurses come through and offer feedback,” Bishop says. Their observations were incorporated into the design and the finished product proved more efficient for nurses and patients. “I think the administration is doing a great job and they’re willing to go the extra mile to give nurses a voice … to get them more involved in the day-to-day operation,” Bishop says. The hospital also recognizes its staff for individual efforts through its Employee of the Month program. The employee gets their choice of a parking spot for a month and the hospital pays for a dinner at the restaurant of their choice. “It’s a great program,” Bishop says. n
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At White River Medical Center, the top brass are working hard to keep their nurses content. So last year, they put together a shared leadership model that places bedside nurses on the hospital’s administrative committees. “It was hard to get that model up and going,” says Michelle Bishop, the hospital’s nurse director, “but we’ve had a good, successful year.” So how does it work in practice? For one, when there was a major room redesign planned, nurses were asked to try out a mock room based on the design.
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n the flip side, training a nurse is expensive, and hospitals often require the new hire to stay in a department for a certain period of time before transferring out. Leaving a department before a contractual commitment is complete can result in the repayment of training costs at many hospitals, says Susan Erickson, RN, Nurse Recruiter at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Both she and Arkansas Children’s Hospital Director of Nursing Resources Michelle S. Odom recommend studying your options carefully before signing up for a particular department. “Learn what is required of a nurse on the different units, and see what best fits you,” Odom says. Even if you’re about to graduate, she recommends thinking long-term. “Ask your instructors questions, talk to the nurses you know, and familiarize yourself with the different options,” Erickson says. “It will save you some grief in the long run, and it never hurts to look at the endless possibilities of nursing.” n
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SAU-MAGNOLIA’S NURSING STUDENTS “We give a lot of flu shots,” Southern Arkansas University department of nursing chair Bernadette Fincher, Ph.D., RN, says with a laugh. Fincher and her staff try to instill an atmosphere of caring and concern at the university at Magnolia. It’s so important to them that they’ve incorporated volunteerism into the curriculum. “Part of the nursing program includes professional development hours, which gives our students credit for volunteering their time in
ST. VINCENT’S JOYCE DIEMER Spending long days as a nurse manager at St. Vincent Urology and Women’s Surgery Unit isn’t quite enough for Joyce Diemer. For a long time, and in large part because of her family, she had a strong desire to make a difference in other people’s lives. That desire manifested itself in helping others, even those outside the U.S. For a time, she helped her aunt, a Catholic sister working in India to raise funds. She wasn’t alone in her efforts, her family— 42 first cousins—also helped. The money was used to furnish hospital rooms, daycare facilities and pay for nursing scholarships. About two years ago Diemer traveled to Belize to work with the Catholic Sisters of Charity. There, she and a number of her cousins built a house. “It was a life-changing experience. It was a poor, poor country, and we saw the kind of places not usually seen by tourists,” she says. In addition to the hard work, the cousins got a chance to strengthen their familial bond.
after a flood. Another group did cleanup after a tornado in Marmaduke. And during a recent ice storm, a shelter was set up on campus, with both students and faculty volunteering their time and talents. There are other causes, such as fundraising and gifts for children, health screenings, blood drives and flu clinics. “As nurses we have a responsibility to the community we live in,” says ASU-Jonesboro School of Nursing chair Dr. Sue McLarry. Our work is changing lives, she says. A health screening can lead to “early detection” of hearing or sight problems—making a big difference in a child’s life. McLarry says her department believes in volunteerism and feels it’s their job to teach giving.
ARKANSAS STATE HOSPITAL’S RUN FOR THE CURE Employees at the Arkansas State Hospital have traveled around the world, so to speak, in their
Part of that money was spent on T-shirts and the remainder will pay to register the 60 Arkansas State Hospital employees who are now planning to participate in the race. While the team is named Milli’s Pink Love, Milli isn’t the only one at the hospital who battled breast cancer. “We have five survivors on our team, and another person at the hospital was recently diagnosed with breast cancer,” she says. Baudier, who points out that effort no longer just involves the nursing department, but also people from all areas of the hospital, says that for everyone who has participated, “It’s been a wonderful experience.”
ARKANSAS TECH’S CAREY BOSOLD AND STUDENTS At Arkansas Tech University at Russellville, students are learning the importance of giving, says Carey Bosold, assistant professor of nursing. Out of the many volunteer projects on campus, one close to Bosold’s heart is the River Valley Military Outreach. This program helps families of deployed members of the military with childcare, vehicle maintenance and more. “Our students have taken on a number of projects,” she says. They’ve collected donations, brought in items such as socks, puzzle books, stationary, stamps, candy, cards, DVDs, portable movie players and a bevy of personal products. For the last four years, her students have filled about 40 boxes each year, while the university’s Student Nurses Association pays for the packages and shipping costs. Several ROTC students on campus were called up, and “We wanted to remind them how important they are to us,” Bosold says. However, there’s more to the program than that. “Giving stays with our students, and they realize it doesn’t take a lot of effort to make a huge impact,” she says. “It forces them to focus on what’s going on in the outside world, and it changes their perspective.”
UAMS’ ANGELA DUNCAN Southern Arkansas University Department of Nursing requires student nurses to volunteer their time in the community. the community,” she says. There are a number of choices for the students, including work with Alzheimer’s patients or disabled children. “We think it’s critical to a student’s education, and for many, it’s a real eye-opening experience,” Fincher says. Once involved in a cause, many students continue to volunteer even after fulfilling their classroom obligation. The SAU Student Nurses Association also participates in the local Angel Tree program and adopts a family each year at Christmas. “We take pride in their work, and our entire facility believes the community would miss a lot if we didn’t volunteer,” Fincher says. ADVERTISING SUPPLEMENT TO ARKANSAS TIMES
Last year, Diemer returned to Belize. On this trip, they built another home, but again went the extra mile, buying a curtain that doubles as a bathroom door and other amentities like a table and flooring. “We really don’t have it as bad as we think we do,” she says.
ASU-JONESBORO’S FUTURE NURSES Before receiving a certificate or degree, Arkansas State University at Jonesboro students are required to do community service. Not long ago, students spent the day working at Jacksonport State Park
race for the cure. “We lost a nurse, Milli Cagle, last February to breast cancer, and we wanted to do something to honor her,” says the hospital’s nurse coordinator Kay Baudier. So a handful of employees got together in April and decided to walk in this year’s Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure as a way of remembering Cagle, an RN at the hospital. Since then, they have held several fundraisers, including monthly luncheons featuring Italian, Mexican and Southern meals as well as other regional delights. “We’ve raised over $2,500, and I think it’s great,” Baudier says.
For Angela Duncan, a trip to Limon, Honduras, through the nonprofit Carolina Honduras Health Foundation, was the experience of a lifetime. An advanced practice nurse (APN) working in UAMS’ Emergency Department (ED), she traveled to Honduras, one of the poorest countries in Latin America, with 14 other medical professionals, also from the ED. Instead of sunny beaches and endless margaritas, the team ran a medical clinic for the poor. “There were 15 totes full of medical supplies,” she says. They filled their bags with medicines to treat malaria, diabetes and high blood pressure because the people near Limon have limited resources. They spent the first day setting up the
Susie Hargis, a registered nurse at Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff, spent last February caring for earthquake victims in Haiti. the University of Central Arkansas at Conway, clinic—hooking up the generator so they would Vanwinkle, who had successfully battled breast have electricity. cancer, knew it was her turn to volunteer. “Still, what we could do was limited,” she “This was something I needed to do,” she says, even though over the course of four days, says. they saw 749 people—that’s about 188 people So she signed up, along with several others per day. from her hospital, to work at Hospital Escuela, a “Only 10 weren’t infected with malaria,” government hospital in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, for Duncan says. a week. While there, her team removed tumors, In addition to working in the clinic, members straightened jaws and performed endless cleft of the team traveled to rural churches to see palate surgeries, among other procedures. additional patients. The trip was so personally rewarding that “A lot of people came to see us (at the clinic) she signed up for a second trip to India. While in their Sunday clothes, but they live in mud huts the idea is to make improvements in another and have no bathroom,” she says. person’s life, Vanwinkle says that’s not exactly So it isn’t surprising that the trip made a big how it works. impression on Duncan, and she plans to make “You go to help people but you come away the trip again. realizing how blessed you “I realized how fortunate I am, are,” she says. “It’s awesome. and how I can make a difference,” “The more … It’s life-changing.” she says. you help the Elaine White, RN, Baptist Medical Center clinical qualBAPTIST HEALTH community, ity value coordinator, says, SCHOOLS’ STUDENTS the more “We do it because we make “Committed to Christian principles experience you a difference.” and quality healthcare education, While she may be changBaptist Health Schools strive to have, and you ing the world one bandage enhance the quality of life for the become a better at a time in as many as 10 citizens of Arkansas by providing citizen.” countries, White also likes to quality, accessible and studenttalk about the things she has focused education for future and seen in the world outside the United States. current healthcare professionals,” says the school’s She talks about landmines in Cambodia, enrollment coordinator Julie Wurm. snakes in Paraguay and former headhunters in With this in mind, the school requires its nursEcuador. ing students commit to five hours of community “These people walk 20 miles and line up before service each semester. dawn to see us. They have nothing, and it’s more “The more you help the community, the more than a desire to give to those who have nothing. experience you have, and you become a better It’s a calling,” White says. citizen. This can pay off when it’s time to look for a job,” Wurm says. “Each time you volunteer, you make a new contact.” JRMC’S SUSIE HARGIS In early February of 2010, while most people were wrapping water pipes and stocking up BAPTIST’S CHERYL VANWINKLE on groceries as the first snowfall of the year When Baptist Medical Center RN Cheryl Vanwinkle moved in, Susie Hargis of Monticello was was a young college student at the University sweltering in the sun and humidity of Haiti, of Arkansas at Fayetteville, she decided she dressing wounds and comforting the victims of wanted to volunteer with the Southern Baptist the devastating January 12 earthquake. Journeyman, a Christian organization that works For Hargis, Jefferson Regional Medical Center around the world. nursery RN, mission trips are nothing new, and But life happens. in 37 years of nursing she has volunteered for 17 About 30 years later, Vanwinkle decided it was missions, but this trip was different. time to leave her mark. After her daughter returned “All my previous mission trips were really from a Honduras mission trip while studying at
medical clinics, where you go in, set up, and see patients with chest pain or runny noses,” Hargis explained. “This was the first disaster I ever worked.” Family connections were important following the earthquake, Hargis says, because so many people lost multiple loved ones in the disaster. “It was unbelievably sad,” she says. “One woman I treated not only lost a limb, she lost three of her four children. “ Most of the injuries she saw were fractures and amputations, so most of her work involved changing dressings, caring for wounds and assisting the doctors. Supplies were limited so the crew used whatever they could find to treat patients. In one case, a fracture had to be stabilized with rebar, the material used in concrete to stabilize buildings. “I’ve seen poverty before,” Hargis says, “but this was poverty with no hope because everything was literally under concrete.” While the trip was difficult both emotionally and physically, she says without hesitation, “I would go back tomorrow.”
CONWAY REGIONAL HEALTH SYSTEM’S KELLEY KING For Kelley King, a wound nurse at Conway Regional Health System, the March trip she made to Guatemala with St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Conway was her first mission. “It was very overwhelming. These people are beautiful,” she says about the trip that included 23 team members, including three nurses, a doctor and a number of volunteers. Their work was done through the Boca Costa
Medical Mission in Guatemala, says Marianne Welch, a medical technologist at the hospital. King worked in rural areas, including the jungle. “We had to carry everything we needed, and we would set up our equipment in a school or church and just start seeing patients. People would just line up,” she says. In order to talk with patients she needed two interpreters—one translated English to Spanish while a second translated Spanish into the Mayan’s K’iche’ language. While there, they saw more than 500 patients. In addition to medical attention, Welch says they hand out T-shirts and teach people about personal hygiene. “It was sad, but I love these people and was impressed with their culture,” King says.
UA’S STUDENTS Nan Smith-Blair, director of the Eleanor Mann School of Nursing at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, says the nursing department holds a number of free health clinics throughout the year. These health screenings are held on campus for both students and faculty members and include blood pressure and cholesterol testing, as well as nutrition instruction. These clinics are designed to give nursing students some real world experience. In addition, many of their clinics are held at area public schools. “At these schools, we try to provide the children with good dental health and nutritional information,” Blair says. ■
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t isn’t surprising that entire families work in nursing and that “the calling” is often passed from one generation to the next, but what about nurses who share a love of their profession as well as for each other? Well, we discovered romance happens in the workplace more often than you might think. For instance, Rebecca Brosius, RN, St. Vincent Health System recruitment coordinator, met her husband James Robinson, RN, on the job about 20 years ago. He was working in the Cardiovasular Intensive Care Unit (CVICU), and she was in nurse recruitment. Being married to another nurse has its upside, she says. Today, they both work at St. Vincent and ride to work together. “It makes it a little easier for me because he understands the stresses of the job.”
LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT Sparks flew from the first moment two RNs, Jennifer and Dean Gammill, caught each other’s eye at St. Vincent. “I worked for Radiology Associates P.A. (in Little Rock) and he worked in the central pool, “Jennifer says. “I kept running into him in different places. It was like fate, and every time I turned around there he was.” Finally, Cupid intervened, and she says, “We had a patient in common, and that was it.” They married two years ago. Now, they both work at St. Vincent. Dean works in Critical Care and Jennifer in the Center for Women and Children.
Bonnie Barnes, Daisy president and co-founder, said in a statement on the organization’s Website, “Melinda and Roy both being honored with the Daisy Award is, indeed, a first! I can only imagine what a special couple they must be … dedicated to incredible compassionate care for their patients and to making a difference in the world together. I would love to meet them.” Their story so impressed the folks at Daisy that the couple made the cover of their Daisy Award newsletter this summer. “We were delighted with the recognition they received for their dedication and willingness to go beyond the call of duty,” says Susan Erickson, RN, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences nurse recruiter. Melinda and Roy are celebrating their first anniversary in October and he says, “Nursing does provide us with some commonalities and we are able to understand the joys and stressors of the job that each of us do.” While they experience different situations, including good and bad days, they can lean on
Before long both graduated, and Micah, now RN, went to work at St. Bernards in cardiac and Megan, LPN, took a job a few floors away in orthopedics. “Because we are married, we can’t work on the same floor,” and, Megan says, to keep it professional, they leave their personal lives at home. However, that doesn’t mean they don’t find comfort in each other after their shifts end. “If he’s having a problem at work, I’m usually the pick-me-up person,” she says. He also does the same for her. “We’re a good support system for each other,” she says.
A BEDSIDE ROMANCE Jenna Roper admits there was a little flirting at the bedside with her future husband Michael, and after working together in the Intensive Care Unit at Jefferson Regional Medical Center, the couple seemed a natural fit. The two, along with the rest of the team, worked hard, long hours.
Shannan and Jeff Crowson, both RNs working at St. Vincent, also found true love through nursing.
everyday duties. I work occasionally on Saturdays and Sundays without being scheduled; and he understands why,” she says. As a bonus, she says, “I feel that it also adds respect to our relationship with each other because what we both do here makes a difference in different ways.”
Nurse couples are able to empathize with each other. From left: Micah and Megan Ragsdale, Dean and Jennifer Gammill, Roy and Melinda Standridge. Jeff, who works in Infection Control, says they met while working at a different hospital and were married about a year ago. About his attraction to Shannan, who now works in care management, he says, “We both spoke the same language and understood the long hours…. A good day can be a really good day, while a really bad day can be horrible, and it’s good to have someone who understands.” Shannan agrees. For her, being married to an RN eases the stress of her job, and it’s nice to be with someone who understands the demands of her position. For instance, even though she was hired for a Monday through Friday shift, from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., they both know flexibility is a must in their positions. “We have days we come in early, days we stay late. We both have meetings, sudden deadlines, and things that suddenly take priority over our ADVERTISING SUPPLEMENT TO ARKANSAS TIMES
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each other for support. “Melinda is a wonderful, caring nurse and wife, which makes our marriage so great. We also enjoy most of the same things outside of work and enjoy being with each other,” Roy says.
This summer a married couple, Roy Standridge, RN, who works in the Emergency Department (ED) at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, and his wife Melinda Standridge, RN, who works in the Outpatient Hemotology Clinic at Arkansas Children’s Hospital, were recognized as the first nurse couple to receive the industry’s prestigious Daisy Award for Extraordinary Nurses. Roy Standridge received his Daisy Award last July, while Melinda Standridge was named a Daisy Award recipient in 2008. “We are both proud to have been nominated for and to have received the Daisy Award,” Roy says.
Just a few weeks ago, Micah and Megan Ragsdale celebrated their two-year anniversary and the birth of their son. They live near Jonesboro and work at St. Bernards Regional Medical Center. “We met in nursing school in 2007,” Megan says. They were attending Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas in Helena and were introduced by mutual friends who married a couple of weeks before the Ragsdales. “I started not really liking him but I grew to love him,” she says.
“We have so much in common and can talk about our days. He’s a great resource for me and me for him.”
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“We were around each other a lot, and I enjoyed talking to him,” she says. Even though Jenna was planning a permanent move to Hot Springs, she asked Michael if he wanted to catch a movie, and the next weekend they had their first date. “We had only dated a couple of weeks before I thought this might turn into something special,” she says. Although they tried to keep their relationship a secret, it wasn’t long before co-workers were teasing them. The rest is history, and the couple recently celebrated their four-year anniversary. Jenna believes part of the attraction is the strong bond they developed while working in intensive care. “It’s hard to meet someone outside nursing who understands the job and the crazy hours,” she says. ■
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either stole the idea from or was inspired by two other Harvard students, depending on your point of view. Along the way to worldwide fame and fortune, he and his legendary combination of arrogance and borderline Asperger’s Syndrome managed to torpedo several relationships, most notably with Facebook’s co-founder, Eduardo Saverin (Andrew Garfield). None of this is new or particularly riveting, if you know anything about Zuckerberg in particular or billionaires in general. Neither is it original source material for a film — “Citizen Kane” covered the same ground decades ago, and better. Nor is Eisenberg’s performance as Zuckerberg particularly noteworthy — it’s good enough, but he’s to dramas what Michael Cera is to comedies, forever evincing the same tics and manner-
the back issues on Netflix Instant before you try to parachute into the increasinglyconvoluted plot. Here it is in a very large nutshell: In Boston, a secret FBI team called Fringe Division investigates incidents of high-strangeness, everything from creature sightings to people turned to stone (if that sounds a bit like Fox’s old cult fave, “The X-Files,” it should; “Fringe” producer J.J. Abrams, of “Lost” fame, is an admitted superfan of the 1990s hit). Led by Agent Olivia Dunham (Anna Torv), who is assisted by the brilliant but certifiably nuts Dr. Walter Bishop (John Noble) and his equally smart son Peter Bishop (Joshua Jackson), the Fringe team seeks to learn the truth about a series of mindbending events that seem to be somehow connected to a giant corporation called Massive Dynamic. While that would probably be enough plot for any two sci-fi series, the weirdness really shifted into high gear last season, with the revelation that the world of “Fringe” is actually part of a binary universe. Each dimension contains near-identical copies of almost every person alive. What’s more,
at the end of season two, we learned that after the death of his son Peter as a young boy, the Dr. Walter Bishop from our side actually built a machine that allowed him to cross over to the alternate universe for the purpose of a little bi-dimensional kidnapping. Thus, “our” Peter is not Walter Bishop’s son, but the son of an identical Walter Bishop from the other universe who happens to be the Secretary of Defense. And boy, is he pissed. “Walternate” (as he’s known on the show) is equally brilliant, and has started an all-out war on our universe, sending shape-shifting agents through to try to find a way to destroy us. Whether he’s doing it out of revenge for his stolen son, or because he actually believes our side to be an actual threat to his universe still remains to be seen. What is clear is that — unlike our Walter, who was brain damaged by a series of experiments that left him a kind of King Lear’s Fool with multiple doctorates in theoretical physics — Walternate’s anger over the loss of his son has rendered him diabolically evil in a Dick Cheney sort of way; power hungry and shrewd in the
How to win friends and influence other David Fincher mines familiar territory, successfully, in Facebook flick. n A movie about Facebook. Sounds about as riveting as a game of Farmville. You can find this and many other jokes like it on your nearest Internet. But of course “The Social Network” isn’t about Facebook any more than “Wall Street” was about the stock market. It’s about
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FRINGE: NEW EPISODES Thursdays at 8 p.m. Fox n It says something that on my DVR, there’s AMC’s “Breaking Bad,” then there’s “Fringe.” While the first season of the Fox science fiction hit was a bit weak overall, the show became a favorite of mine during the second season, owing mostly to some dynamite plot twists and a step up in the number of “mythology” episodes that explain the over-arching plot and fewer of the less-successful “monster of the week” turns. If you haven’t watched the show up until now, you might want to try catching
isms, forever playing variations on the same genus of nerd. Same wizard, different alignment. While we’re at it, let’s point out how hard it is to feel terribly badly for oftencondescending trust fund babies at Ivy League schools, watching the testing of their respective egos and seeing their anger over losing millions and forgetting the millions they’ll undoubtedly find elsewhere (not really a spoiler: everyone walks away with a lot of money, Zuckerberg most of all). And yet it works. It’s a good story, solidly paced and capably acted. The script, penned by Aaron Sorkin (“West Wing”), occasionally blindsides you with genuinely hilarious moments without ruining the greater context of the scene. You may sometimes find it difficult to empathize with the characters, especially in times like these, but you will know in your bones what they have on the line here, and none of it has anything to do with money. David Fincher’s direction bears his usual marks: his favored color palettes, his fondness for lingering over sex and flesh and sensualism wherever he can find it (seriously, the man has a way of shooting wood paneling that makes it look like something that might get you drunk and take advantage of you), his general interest in mankind’s viciousness, and of course his ability to make it all look damn good. This is among the best of his films, not stuff for the history books like “Se7en” or “Fight Club,” but more subtly and maturely directed than either of those. In short, it’s well-trod ground, but they tread it well. — Matthew Reed
extreme (it’s a lot of fun watching the excellent John Noble play the two characters, especially given that the writers delight in riffing on the traits shared by Walter and Walternate). By the end of season two, the inter-dimensional Cold War had become so heated that the two Olivia Dunhams had actually swapped universes, with each on her way to becoming a spy/saboteur inside the others’ Fringe team. Whew! Fringe-y! I caught the first episode of the new season last week (you can watch the full episode, plus a few more from last season, at www.fox.com/fringe), and the show gives every indication that it’s hitting on all cylinders. Though a burgeoning romance between Dunham and Peter Bishop is troubling (does romantically pairing the two leads in a series EVER work?), it’s looking good so far, with chemical memory transplants, giant airships and some of the best action sequences on TV. Definitely worth a look, and with Abrams and company wisely staying away from the Little Green Men stuff that eventually sank “The X-Files,” it’s looking like it’ll be around for awhile. — David Koon www.arktimes.com • SEPTEMBER 30, 2010 51
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a whopping 64 rather than 63 yards. n So close seems so far from this Petrino continues to insist on balance perspective. Still, I may have been in his play calling, and the value he pessimistic heading into last week’s places on the ground game can surely game, but there’s no reason to keep manifest itself in personnel decisions. that up the rest of the season. Fans The timetable for this team has weren’t the only ones seeing those been foreshortened by what many offensive deficiencies under the spotperceive as the imminent departure of light. And though I don’t cotton to the our star quarterback. That’s not fair to idea of glory through suffering, elite either Mallett or his teammates. Most athletes can often get a little boost will dump the burden of this loss on from humility. The only offense more Mallett’s shoulders, right where their fearsome than Ryan Mallett and his hopes once rested. The unseemly and receivers is that same offense with apocryphal tales of his off-field antics something to prove. will blossom and ferment. The “headBobby Petrino doesn’t get paid to case” narrative isn’t going away. Yes, he make analogies, so I’ll forgive him for made three bad decisions on Saturday. setting the Hogs up to get a smooth But don’t let that obscure stone to the head from the the good works of this national-championshipYes, he made fallen messiah. He’s got defending David. Clearly, eight more opportunities he felt last year’s loss was three bad to redeem himself, and about confidence, and decisions on odds are he’ll rise again. he was probably right, Saturday. But Running the table isn’t but how do you account out of the question, even for this year’s loss? The don’t let that with a few glaring defiTide couldn’t have found obscure the ciencies, though our SEC a more hostile environgood works Championship hopes are ment short of the Arctic, probably dead. If Alabama and Arkansas’s early lead of this fallen going to lose a game would have proved insurmessiah. He’s was against a western rival, mountable to most teams. got eight more they would have done so Only this so-called Goliath sprang a leak in the second opportunities last weekend. Still, any team that wins out in what half. Again. to redeem many agree is the toughest Four or five more thirdhimself, and division in college footdown conversions could have choked out Alabama, odds are he’ll ball will play themselves into the running for a BCS bought us enough time to rise again. bid. That may be small cling to that lead. Instead, comfort in a long shot, but the Hogs were 2 of 10 seasons don’t always turn for the day, again losing on a single game, and coming within the possession battle by a good eight one quarter of killing an actual giant minutes and hanging a strong but speaks to the evolving quality of the limited defense out to dry. Mallett program. threw a couple costly interceptions, The Razorbacks get a week on ice to yes, but the running backs and o-line think about what they have or haven’t couldn’t put together a rushing attack, done. Fans and players alike will need and even our beloved receivers dropped the rest and recuperation, both mentally some musts. and physically. My intuition tells me New offensive line coach Chris Texas A&M will face a team that’s Klenakis has by now had ample time better for its failures and dead set on to adjust his approach to SEC defenburying them for good. sive lines, and this lack of improvement in our running game will lie at Follow A Boy Named Sooie throughout his feet if something doesn’t change the week at ArkansasExpats.com and in the coming weeks. We were three on Twitter at @aboynamedsooie. feet better than last year, rushing for
Continued from page 24 Works on Paper: Retro Works,” 30 pieces from past “Small Works” exhibits, through Oct. 11. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Mon.-Thu., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun. 240-2327. LOCAL COLOUR GALLERY, 5811 Kavanaugh Blvd.: Tracee Gentry, featured artist for September. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat. 265-0422. RED DOOR GALLERY, 3715 JFK, NLR: Work by Twin, Robin Steves, Brady Taylor, Georges Artaud, Lola, Jim Johnson, Amy Hill-Imler, James Hayes and Theresa Cates. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat. 753-5227. M2GALLERY, Pleasant Ridge Town Center: “Altered Perceptions,” mixed media work by Sean Fitzgibbon, photography by Don House, also jewelry and handbags, through Oct. 2. 225-6257. SHOWROOM, 2313 Cantrell Road. Work by area artists, including Sandy Hubler. 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon.-Fri. 372-7373. STEPHANO’S FINE ART GALLERY, 5501 Kavanaugh Blvd.: Bronzes by Tony Dow, paintings by new gallery artist Jared Vaughn, work in all media by other artists. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tue.-Wed., 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Thu.-Fri., 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat. 563-4218. TOBY FAIRLEY FINE ART, 5507 Ranch Drive, Suite 103: Contemporary Arkansas artists. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tue.-Fri. or by appointment. 868-9882. n Benton DIANNE ROBERTS ART STUDIO AND GALLERY, 110 N. Market St.: Area artists. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Wed.-Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat. 860-7467. HERZFELD LIBRARY, Saline County Library: Paintings by Theda Scribner, through September. 501-778-4766. n Bentonville CRYSTAL BRIDGES AT THE MASSEY, 125 W. Central Ave.: “Danny Lyon: The Bikeriders,” photojournalist’s portrayal of the Chicago Outlaw Motorcycle Club, through October. 479-418-5700. n Bentonville sUgAR GALLERY, 114 Central Ave.: “Arkansas Photography Educators,” work by Beverly Buys, Gary Cawood, Victor Chalfant, Neal Holland, Joanne Jones, Margaret LeJeune, Maxine Payne, Michael Peven, Donna Pinckley, Carey Roberson, Curtis Steele and Marcia Wallace, Sept. 30-Oct. 23, opening reception 4:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 9. n Calico Rock CALICO ROCK ARTISTS COOPERATIVE, Hwy. 5 at White River Bridge: Paintings, photographs, jewelry, fiber art, wood, ceramics and other crafts. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tue.-Thu., 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Fri.-Sat., noon-4 p.m. Sun. calicorocket.org/artists. n Conway UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL ARKANSAS: “Baum MFA Biennial Competitive Exhibition: Paintings by Balingit-Lefils and McFarlane,” juried show of work by recent graduates Ananda Balingit-Lefils and Daniel McFarlane; “Fantastic Realities: Photography by Julie Blackmon,” digitally manipulated photos, artist’s lecture 7:30 p.m. Sept. 30, McCastlain Hall; “Aqua Bomb,” installation by visiting professor Sandra Luckett. All through Oct. 28 in the Baum Gallery. 501-450-5793. n Fayetteville FAYETTEVILLE UNDERGROUND, 1 E. Center St.: “North, West, East, South,” photographs by Thomas Petillo, Hive Gallery; Lin Chen, still lifes, Revolver Gallery; “Past Forward,” work by Jan Gosnell, Vault Gallery, all through September. Noon-7 p.m. Wed.-Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat. www.fayettevilleunderground.com. n Hot Springs ALISON PARSONS GALLERY, 802 Central Ave.: Paintings by Parsons. 501-625-3001. AMERICAN ART GALLERY, 724 Central Ave.: Jimmy Leach, Jamie Carter, Govinder, Marlene Gremillion, Margaret Kipp and others. 501-6240550. ARTCHURCH STUDIO, 301 Whittington Ave.: New paintings by Katherine Strause, through September. ATTRACTION CENTRAL GALLERY, 264 Central Ave.: Work in all media by Hot Springs artists. 501-463-4932. BLUE MOON GALLERY, 718 Central Ave.: Raku by Kelly Edwards, through September. 501-318-2787. CAROLE KATCHEN ART GALLERY, 618 W.
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Tony Dow’s sculpture coming to Stephano’s.
n The logo for the new dance club Sway is a large pink gothic-style “S.” Jason Wiest, one of the owners, tells me the name implies both grace and movement. His partner and co-owner, Marcus Pinkney, came up with it. W h a t Wi e s t a n d Pinkney have attempted to create in Sway, which opened in July, is a graduated version of the nightclub experience. They hoped to make Sway resemble an “Atlanta or Dallas club” — and those are most often the comparisons they receive. There’s curvy architecture, perplexing art on the walls and platform seating that inspires you to peer AIMING HIGH: People get down at Sway. down on the dance floor glance of inspection. There were several voyeuristically, or lets you 9-to-5 looking types in more modestly sit far enough away so you can huddle in steered biz-casual day-to-night gear. A few a corner and attempt to have a conversajubilantly awkward women dancing with tion. friends. Fewer readily-identifiable college It should be the kind of nice place you kids, or the type of migratory small-town bring your well-off cousins when they gay contingent that comes to the city to come into town — a venue that evokes the liberate themselves on the weekends. In ruse of a better quality of life. But amidst keeping with true Southern city gay-club all of that eagerly put-on class, Sway is not bonhomie, I found myself chatting with without a winking sense of humor. On a an affable working-class lesbian who was recent Friday night, the bartenders were attending with some friends. all wearing skintight football knickers, and The music was of the more-accessible if male, were shirtless — in homage to an house variety — several pop remixes, tradiupcoming Arkansas game, we’re sure. tionally synthed-out stuff. One of the nicest features of the club is Generally I have no patience for tooits patio/porch area, with high, attractive crowded clubs. I don’t like waiting forever wooden walls, a built-in bench lining the to get a drink. I like having enough space perimeter, and a glimpse of the surrounding to myself to flail or do whatever aerobic cityscape. It’s one of the better porches I’ve motion I pretend looks like dancing. This seen anywhere. Comfortable, but with a was available at Sway, in part because skyscraper or two in the backdrop. Very the dance floor itself was disappointingly nearly cosmopolitan. There was even a little populated, but it’s possible to chalk it up cash-only drink cart sitting out there, with to the newness of the place, the timidity its very own shirtless bartender. of some of the older minglers or the allure Housed in the space where Pinkney’s of that sexy back porch. Regardless, the club The Factory used to be, Sway’s target room had a kind of exuberance about it, audience seems to be the gay-friendly (as like everyone was just glad to be there. opposed to simply “gay”), dance-happy, When I first spoke to Wiest, he joked young-professional set. But already the that they were “doing this for the health of club has branched out. Little Rock,” at the expense of their own I visited on the first Wednesday Sway health and overbooked schedules; Pinkney was open and the first night it featured a live and Wiest both have full-time jobs and performance. The clientele was reserved, trade off management duties on the weekmostly upper 30s and black. It was an ends. But there’s actually a note of truth acoustic set of tastefully executed covers. to his quip. Where else around these parts The patrons on the following Friday, can you close out a Friday to the syncopahowever, were different not only from tions of Sheila E’s “The Glamorous Life,” Wednesday, but from any other club I’ve and actually feel like, for that evening, you visited in Arkansas. There were a few almost lived one? middle-aged gays delivering the sidelong
n Tony Dow will always and forever be known as the well-behaved big brother “Wally” on the “Leave it to Beaver” show, but for several years he’s taken on another important role: As an artist. Throughanunusualsetof circumstances involving the recovery of a lost e-mail from Little Rock gallery owner Stephano, Arkansans will know Dow as both role model to the Beave and as a sculptor who works in wood and bronze. Stephano Fine Art will open a one-man show of Dow’s work on Oct. 15, and Dow and his wife, Lauren, will be in town for planned festivities. Stephano came across Dow’s website during a search on the Internet for artists who work in bronze. He was so impressed with what he saw that he e-mailed Dow, saying he’d be interested in representing him. That was last August. Nothing happened until this spring, when Dow’s wife, Lauren, responded apologetically, saying they hadn’t meant to be rude; they’d just overlooked the e-mail. Dow lives in California and has exhibited one of his sculptures at the Louvre. So why is he interested in showing his work — which can be quite expensive — in Little Rock? “It’s difficult to get recognition as an artist in these economic times,” Dow said in an interview last week. His gallery in Beverly Hills has gone out of business, and his piece at the Louvre hadn’t generated the attention he’d hoped — until Stephano contacted him. Too, he said, “my in-laws live in Kansas City, so we thought maybe it would be fun.” After his years of performing on “Leave it to Beaver” from 1957 to 1963, Dow became a visual artist, working in copper and showing in street festivals. “I had a period there where I decided I was going to become a serious sculptor,” he said, and he studied art for a time at UCLA. But he returned to show business, acting and directing. Now Dow, 65, is spending more time making sculpture. For the most part, he carves his pieces in burlwood before they are cast in bronze, though he recently sent to the foundry a commissioned fivefoot piece made of sculpting foam, glue and sand on a wire frame. His smaller pieces — two at Stephano’s are little more than 18 inches high — are abstracted figures that, like Henry Moore’s work, emphasize the torso. One of those works, “Unarmed Warrior,” was selected for the Salon 2008 De La Nationale Des Beaux54 SEPTEMBER 30, 2010 • ARKANSAS TIMES
‘UNARMED WARRIOR’: Exhibited at the Louvre. Arts at the Carrousel Du Louvre. Dow’s “Inside Out,” on display at Sissy’s Log Cabin in the Heights, uses a sphere to symbolize the female (who embodies the natural) and a cube to represent the male (the fabricator). Some people who’ll come to see Dow’s bronzes and wood sculpture at Stephano Fine Art will be motivated by his celebrity rather than his artwork. Does that bother him? “I don’t have any control over that,” Dow said. But, “I’d rather be considered at this point in time as a sculptor who had a past rather than a person who is trying to capitalize on fame.” Dow has not turned his back on acting. When he leaves Little Rock, he heads to Fort Worth for four performances of the two-man play “Love Letters.”
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EXCITING ING NG AR ARKANSAS R KANSAS EVE EV EVENTS EN NTS TS ON T THE HE HO HORIZON ■ Verizon Arena will host the American Freedom Foundation’s 1st annual American Freedom Festival on Saturday, October 2. Country music icon Hank Williams Jr. headlines the concert with performances by Jamey Johnson, Colt Ford, Josh Thompson and The Grascals. This annual tribute to the men and women of America’s armed forces will benefit Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America, Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum (AIMM) and other Arkansas statewide military organizations that serve and support our veterans, active duty military, wounded warriors and their families. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster at 800-7453000 or online at www.ticketmaster.com. ■ Each year, the crowd gets bigger and bigger at Hillcrest’s HarvestFest. It’s easy to see why – the food, the music, the fashion show. This year’s family-friendliest FREE festival takes place on Saturday, October 2 on Kavanaugh Boulevard. New this year is HarvestFest’s 1st annual Burger Cookoff. Categories include Best Grill Station Decoration, Best Tasting Burger and Best Hamburger Presentation. Music is always a huge draw. Brought to you by Max Recordings, the lineup includes The Reds (3-4 p.m.), Isaac Alexander (4:30-5:30 p.m.), Velvet Kente (6-7 p.m.) and The Moving Front (8-9:30 p.m.). Box Turtle presents its Fall Fashion Show at 7 p.m. featuring new collections from Missy Lipps, Summer Daniel, Trisha Timmerman, Lauren Roark and more. ■ UCA Public Appearances presents Cirque Shanghai: Bai Xi on Tuesday, October 5 at 7:30 p.m. Cirque Shanghai combines all aspects of the traditional and modern in acrobatic stage performances – awesome displays of physical strength, incredible feats of balance, graceful pageantry, fast-paced contemporary dance and energetic martial arts. Establishing a new standard of acrobatics and entertainment, Cirque Shanghai features state-of-the-art lighting and beautiful orchestration. Tickets are $30-$45. ■ Ouachita Art Trails Studio Tour is a self-guided tour of Arkansas’ finest artists in and around Mena. Participating artists include Louis Alderman, Jim Brace, Jane Brace, Jim Harvey, Bridget Siegler, Cynthia Thanos-Wade and many more. For three days only, take time to enjoy a unique opportunity to see where and how these masters work. Studios of the participating artists will be open: Friday, October 8th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, October 9 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, October 10th from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Please respect these times. Registration is available online at www. ouachitaarttrails.com/Registration.asp. Guidebooks that include maps and directions will be available October 8-10 at Mena Art Gallery at 607 Mena St. beginning at 9 a.m. daily. ■ It’s time to celebrate cheese dip in a major way. On Saturday, October 9, the cheese dip obsessed will converge at DickeyStephens Park in North Little Rock for the first ever World Cheese Dip Championship presented by Velveeta and Ro*tel. The event, which takes place from noon until 9 p.m., aims to set a new gold standard for all things cheese dip. Contestants will be divided into Professional and Amateur categories and will vie for the coveted titles of World Professional and Amateur Cheese Dip Champions. There will be numerous sub-divisions, each with their own awards, as well as a salsa competition where participants will be using only Arkansas-grown produce. There will also be ample entertainment, including Nashville’s Heypenny and local acts 607, Goodtime Ramblers, Mandy McBryde and Rodney Block & the Real Music Lovers. Meanwhile, the Arkansas vs. Texas A&M game will be airing on the ballpark’s Jumbotron. Admission is $5. All proceeds will benefit the Harmony Health Clinic, a free medical clinic for poverty level Arkansans. For entry into the competition and additional information, visit www.cheesedip.net. ■ On Saturday, October 9 from 6-10 p.m., Boswell Mourot Fine Art hosts an impressive art opening featuring the works of the Ebrahimifar siblings. Hamid, a sculptor, lives in Little Rock. His sister Ferdos is a mixed media artist living in L.A.; their brother Masoud is a painter living in London and their
brother Saeed, a filmmaker, lives in Iran. Each masters of their craft, there is a shared attempt to peacefully illustrate the changes needed in Iran through their work. The exhibit runs through October 30. 5815 Kavanaugh Blvd., Little Rock. www.boswellmourot.com ■ The Arkansas Repetory Theater presents ArtWorks XXIII on Saturday, October 9 at 6:30 p.m. Whether you’re a recent college Al Green will perform for the Gala for Hope on Saturday, October 28 at the graduate just building your art Statehouse Convention Center. collection, a young family ready to dress the walls or a collector wanting to add a piece or Creative Costume, Best Howler to Best Trick. Celebrity judges two, you’ll be sure to enjoy this event. Nearly 100 of Central will include our own Arkansas Times publisher Alan Leveritt. Arkansas’ most notable artists donate a piece of their work to Let’s not forget the Vet with Dr. Bill Ormsbee on “paw” for those be sold at this lively auction. Come a little early to make note with ailments, questions or concerns, all free for those who pay of your favorite pieces while you enjoy relaxing music from a entry to the event! To register or more information please visit live ensemble, light appetizers and an open bar. Then grab a www.ootwrescue.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org. good seat; the bidding begins at 7:30 p.m. Date night attire suggested. Tickets are $50 and available by phone at 501-378■ Enjoy a black tie evening of “Supper & Soul” at Gala for Hope: 0405. If you are an artist interested in participating, please An Evening with The Legendary Al Green on Thursday, October contact Susan Nichols at email@example.com. 28. Join hundreds of community-minded, charitable patrons as we celebrate Arkansas Baptist College’s ever-increasing student ■ Hayestack Café welcomes lovers of soulful Southern cuisine to population, growth and revitalization of the campus and positive an art and food festival on Sunday, October 10 from 2-5:30 p.m. For impact it has had on the community. The evening begins in the $15, enjoy all the delicious food you can eat plus an array of local Wally Allen Ballroom of the Statehouse Convention Center with art on display. Call 501-821-0070 for details. Groups are asked to a 6 p.m. reception, dinner at 7 p.m. and a concert by Arkansas call ahead to reserve special seating. 27024 Kanis Road. native Al Green. Grammy Award winner and member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Green is widely acknowledged as one of ■ Boo at the Zoo is frightfully new! Bring the kids to the the most influential R&B, gospel and soul performers. Tickets Zoo’s most popular event of the year. This year’s Boo at the Zoo are $250 and sponsorships are available. All proceeds benefit the features added amenities and attractions, including the Haunted college’s Capital Campaign fund. For information, contact Janell Veldt Walkway, a brand new haunted house and much more. Mason at 501-539-0913 or www.arkansasbaptist.edu. Boo at the Zoo is open October 21-24 and 28-31 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. For more information, visit www.littlerockzoo.com. ■ Stop by the Old State House Museum to see a condensed Brew at the Zoo is an adults-only event on Thursday, October edition of the museum’s original exhibit, Try Us: Arkansas and the 21 from 7-10 p.m. Sample beer from around the world. Tickets U.S.-Mexican War, which details Arkansas’ role in the Mexican and are $20, which includes your own pilsner glass and admission American War from 1846 to 1848. Admission is free. The exhibit to Boo at the Zoo. Open to adults 21 and older. ID required runs through October 31 and is held in conjunction with the for entry. Call 501-661-7208 for tickets. Arkansas Mexico 2010 project, a combined effort by the Mexican Consulate in Little Rock, UALR, the city of Little Rock, the city of ■ Saturday, October 23rd 1-4pm- Out of the Woods Animal North Little Rock and the William J. Clinton Foundation. Call 501Rescue of Arkansas will have their first ever HOWL-O-WEEN 324-9685 for more information. The Old State House Museum is held at the Burns Park dog Park in North Little Rock. This located at 300 W. Markham in downtown Little Rock and is open will be a family event for you and your dog with the famous Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, 1-5 p.m. psychic Carol Pate who will provide pet readings, Dog Photos Visit www.oldstatehouse.com for more information. (and even kid photos in costume), and a great Fun dog contest where you can enter your pooch in 10 categories from most ■ The Arkansas State Fair rolls into town October 8-17. Get ready for everything the fair has to offer including the great food, awesome rides and incredible entertainment. Enjoy lunch at the fair Friday, October 8 and Monday-Friday, October 11-15 from 11 AM to 1 PM with free gate admission and free parking. There’s nothing better than fair food and last year’s favorites like the fried peanut butter sandwiches and chocolate-dipped bacon are back. This year’s musical line-up features The Guess Who, Joe Diffie, Easton Corbin, Bucky Covington and Loverboy. On Saturday, October 9 the Championship Derby & Monster Truck Exhibition rolls back in town featuring Reptoid and Sergeant Smash. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $13 for adults and $9 for children. Be there for all the bull-riding action at the Ridin’ in the Rock event at 7:30 p.m. on Friday & Saturday, October 15-16. VIP box seats are $25 and others are $10, $15 & $20. Tickets for both the Championship Derby and the Ridin’ in the Rock event can be purchased through Ticketmaster at 501-372-8341 or www.ticketmaster.com or at Barton Coliseum when doors open prior to performances. The fair opens at 11 a.m. daily. Gate admission is $8 for adults and $4 for children. Parking is $5 per vehicle. Purchase family value packs, advance ride bands and advance gate admission tickets from participating Walgreens locations. Visit www. The Box Turtle Fashion Show takes place on Saturday, October arkansasstatefair.com for more information. 2 at Hillcrest’s HarvestFest.
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HOT SPRINGS DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL s the documentary genre continues to evolve, the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival is striving to remain ahead of the curve by showcasing the most exciting, enlightening and informative documentary films available in the world today.
While hosting The Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival, one of the first and the oldest documentary film festivals in the world (second only to Amsterdam). Since its inception, more than 400,000 people have participated in the Hot Springs Documentary Film Institute’s educational, and cultural activities. As was true in 2009, this year’s festival will place a focus on environmental and ecological films, and we will truly be showcasing the best new films in the genre providing perhaps the most provocative lineup of such films available anywhere. Educators throughout the State must also make a point to see films such as World Peace and other 4th Grade Achievements, A Simple Question: The Story of Straw and the informative civil rights film, Freedom Riders. This year features an array of alternative art films. From the mega-marketed popularity of tattoo artist, Ed Hardy, to radical anti-advertising genius, Oliviero Toscanti, to Andy Warhol’s graffiti superstar, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and controversial beat writer, William S. Burroughs. Not to be missed is the underground art featured in Space, Land and Time: Underground Adventures with Ant Farm and also the long lost Soviet art of The Desert of Forbidden Art. A rare retrospective of films by the Ant Farm collective will be showcased during the festival as well.
Dancing Boys of Afghanistan and A Normal Life, Please. All of these films expose secret cover-ups or hidden societies that do not wish to be documented, often using guerilla filmmaking tactics. Immigrant reform docs, Arpaio’s America and Stories From Baghdad USA, are sure to stimulate a fiery debate, as will the future prophesies of Collapse and Singularity is Near. Music lovers are sure to swoon over White Stripes: Under the Great White Northern Lights, but don’t forget fresh and hip new films, Coals to Newcastle, Echotone, Bouncing Cats and the oddball wonder of Haack: The King of Techno. Pop culture will be highlighted in the pinball documentary, Special When Lit, the world’s youngest professional video gamer, Lil Poison, the encyclopedic toy history of Toyland and the innovative and charming bio pic, Mister Rogers & Me. Our Opening Night World Premiere, for the 19th Annual Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival is the much anticipated documentary Disfarmer: A Portrait of America about Mike Disfarmer whose photography helped in defining an era of history in the American Heartland. This film’s subject has it’s roots in Arkansas as do other great Arkansas films like Dogpatch USA, Bombs in Our Backyard and Silent Storytellers that are included in this year’s program. Special workshops and panels will take place in the newly remodeled screening room at space 823 located next to the theater on Central Avenue and will begin on Saturday October 16, with “The Making of Disfarmer Panel” at 11am which will be free to the public. For an updated listing of highlighted panels, workshops and other special events please check our website at www.hsdfi.org/festival. These events are subject to change during the festival.
One major innovation in the world of documentary film has been the recent immergence of experimental documentaries that use visual metaphors and symbolic techniques to convey an intellectual message. Such films in our lineup include Bloody Mondays & Strawberry Pies, A Different Path, Eleanore & the Timekeeper, Milltown Montana and Invisible Girlfriend. These films are sure to challenge your mind and stimulate the senses. A special collection of George Kuchar’s eccentric Weather Diaries will also coincide with a screening of It Came From Kuchar.
Celebrity guests and notable filmmakers, include Foster Hirsch, Anne Bass from the documentary film “Dancing Across Borders”, Wes Studi, and Matthew Lesko will be in attendance during the festival as well as documentary filmmakers from all over the world. Several special musical guests from the Austin area as well as Dex Romwebber and DJ Bruce Haack will also be in attendance during the festival.
The most humorous, off-the wall films include Beard Club, Just Like Us, World’s Largest, Roll Out Cowboy and the infamous Biker Fox. For something a little more taboo, don’t forget to blush during Dirty Pictures, Exxxit: Life After Porn, Forever’s Gonna Start Tonight and Weird World of Blowfly. Several of our more controversial films include Azorian: Raising of the K-12, God Willing,
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