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Central Baptist College is pleased to announce that commitments to Vision 2020: A Miracle in the Making have topped the $10 million mark. Vision 2020 is a plan to complete ten major construction projects over ten years to accommodate a student enrollment of 2020 students. In mid-November, CBC received a $1.3 million gift which put the Vision 2020 total at $10,078,865. A major benefit of the additional $1.3 million pledge is the opportunity for the College to construct a new Library facility instead of renovating the existing structure. From the beginning of the library project, CBC library staff had the benefit of their own research, of other libraries throughout the country, as well as the advice of a recognized expert in the field. Several key elements were identified to create a facility that would meet the needs of students for years to come. According to CBC President Terry Kimbrow, “The construction of a new facility enables more of these identified benefits to be incorporated,” said Kimbrow. “The consensus from every standpoint was new construction, if possible, was clearly a preferable approach and the most efficient use of our resources.” A new, two-story building will be built on the current site of the Administration/Library Building once demolition of the current building takes place, and will be just over 16,000 square feet. Construction is set to begin early in 2013. Features that were to be included in the

renovation and expansion will be included in the new building, but the configuration of the space will allow a more efficient use of the building. Preliminary layout includes the following: library staff offices, learning commons, 30+ computer workstations, multimedia classroom, café and café seating area, Ronald V. Mitchell Archives, science resource center, music listening lab, media curriculum center, conference rooms, group and private study rooms, and book stacks. Floor plans, outside elevation, and naming opportunities are being developed and will be available in the coming weeks. The mission statement of Central Baptist College calls for the integration of Christian faith and academic excellence . . . in a Christfocused environment. “That, I believe, can only be accomplished as we continue to improve the campus learning environment,” Kimbrow stated. “We are here to facilitate ‘life change’ in both the minds and hearts of our students. Vision 2020 is simply a plan to help us as we strive to accomplish our mission.” CBC launched Phase 1 of Vision 2020 in February 2011 with a $12 million goal to fund the three construction projects. The first project in Vision 2020 was the construction of the David T. Watkins Academic Building which was completed earlier this year. The Library Project, which is currently underway, is the second project, followed by the construction of a new residence hall.

We are now in the second year of Vision 2020: A Miracle in the Making – A capital fundraising campaign to provide funds for ten major construction projects in ten years (by the year 2020) to accommodate an enrollment of 2020 students. The first project, the construction the David T. Watkins Building, is complete, and our sights are set on Project #2, the construction of a new library project. God richly blessed CBC in 2012, and we are looking forward to another great year in 2013! With everyone I visit with regarding Vision 2020, I ask them to “stretch.” I don’t want to see what you or I can do; I want to be astounded by what God will do. It’s not too late! You can still partner with CBC through Vision 2020. If you already have, thank you! Thank you so much for your dedication to the ministry of CBC and for partnering with us in changing lives for the cause of Christ.

CBC Day for Vision 2020

The church segment of Vision 2020 has a five-year fundraising goal of $250,000 toward our goal of $12 million for phase I of Vision 2020. September 16, 2012 was the first annual CBC Day. I appreciate the churches who enthusiastically participated and the pastors who led in the challenge among their congregation. I am pleased to report that thirty churches (including three in other states) and one Sunday School class joined in the special emphasis sending special offerings totaling $72,452 to date. This amount does not include individuals who gave generously through their church or any other BMA departmental contribution. This is strictly special offerings received from BMA churches and designated for Vision 2020.

2013 CBC Day for Vision 2020 Set

Mark your calendars for “CBC Day for Vision 2020” on Sunday, August 25, 2013. Churches are again asked to take a one-time offering for Vision 2020 and/or make a pledge to give additional offerings over the twelve months to follow. The proceeds of this special offering will be applied to the $250,000 church segment goal for Vision 2020: A Miracle in the Making capital fundraising campaign. A special area in one of our new buildings will be set aside to recognize the contributions of the churches of the BMA of Arkansas. In addition, contributions of $5,000 or more from any church will be given special recognition. Support from the churches of the BMA of Arkansas will speak volumes as we solicit funds from individuals, foundations and corporations. Be a part of the vision! Plan now to support CBC Day 2013.

Homecoming 2013

I am happy to extend a personal invitation to all CBC alumni and friends to join us on February 15 and 16 for Homecoming 2013. We once again will kick off the festivities with tailgating and basketball games on Friday night. On Saturday, the morning and early afternoon will be filled with activities designed specifically for our alumni, and the events will conclude with the Homecoming basketball games and crowning of the 2013 Homecoming Queen. Won’t you join us? I can’t wait to host you all on campus as you have the opportunity to see how God is working through Central Baptist College!

1. How does an online class work? 6. Will the credit for an online class transfer to Online classes at Central Baptist College are another institution? offered via the Internet through WebStudy, a Central Baptist College is regionally accredited, and course management system. These courses can be online classes are listed in the same manner on a accessed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. transcript as courses which are taken on campus. 2. What equipment or software is needed to 7. Who will be teaching my online class? take an online course? Qualified faculty members of Central Baptist A computer and Internet access are basic requirements. College teach all online classes. Although online students will probably not meet their instructor 3. What technical skills are required to take an face-to-face, they will communicate with him online course? or her almost daily through email, graded Students are expected to be proficient in using assignments, or Skype. email, uploading & downloading files, as well as have basic word processing skills. 8. Are textbooks required for online courses? 4. Do online students ever have to come to Yes, one or more textbooks may be required for campus? each online course. However, the learner is free to No. Online students should be able to enroll, choose the textbook’s format, whether it be a hard register and successfully complete a college degree copy or e-book. from his or her computer. 5. What is the term length for an online class? 9. What degrees programs are available? Online courses are offered in a variety of term Associate of Arts in General Studies lengths, depending on the degree program. Bachelor of Science in Leadership & Ministry 2



Central Baptist College is pleased to announce the sixth annual Benefit Dinner and Silent Auction to be held on Tuesday, March 5, 2013 in the Mabee Student Services Complex. This event will be the kick-off of the new Central Baptist College Friends of the Library Program, and proceeds from the event will benefit Phase I of the Vision 2020: A Miracle in the Making capital fundraising campaign. Vision 2020 is a plan to complete ten major construction projects over the next ten years to accommodate an enrollment of 2,020 students. Phase I consists of three major projects: the newly constructed David T. Watkins Academic Building, the Library construction project, and the construction of a residence hall. According to Rachel Whittingham, Library Director, “The Friends of the Library program is an exciting new chapter for the CBC library! I look forward to this program becoming an integral part of welcoming the community into the new library and all it will have to offer.” As part of the Friends of the Library Kick-Off, all ticket purchases will include a charter membership to the Coffee Club! The silent auction will open at 5:30 p.m., with gourmet

coffee and hors d’oeuvres. The program and dinner will follow at approximately 6:30 p.m. Dinner this year will be prepared by Central Baptist College Dining Services, under the direction of executive chef, Jill McCollum. Featured silent auction items this year are original works of art by local artists Steve Griffith and VNoe (Vivian Noe Griffith). In addition, in keeping with the Friends of the Library theme, publications by local authors will also be featured. Watch the event website for an updated list of silent auction items! Individual tickets are $50 and sponsorships range from $500 to $5,000. To purchase individual tickets, become an event sponsor, or donate an item(s) to the silent auction please visit and click on the event link in the CBC News and Events Section. In order for sponsors to have their name and/or logo (dependent on sponsorship level) listed on promotional materials, sponsorship forms and payment must be received at Central Baptist College prior to February 28, 2013. For more information please contact Jessica Faulkner, Director of Special Events, at either or at (501) 205-8800.

CBC Kicks Off Half-Century Club The CBC Alumni Office will host a Half Century Club induction and brunch at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 16 during Homecoming festivities to recognize classmates who graduated 50 years ago or prior. The Alumni Office is in the process of contacting classmates who graduated between 1952 and 1962 to come take part in the event. The event will include a brunch and an induction ceremony. These graduates will receive a special memento from the institution. Please call the Alumni Office if you were a graduate during this time so we can be sure and include you in our mailings. 3

Friday, February 15th TAILGATING

4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. A.R. Reddin Fieldhouse Parking Lot FREE Burgers and Hot Dogs


5:30 p.m. • A.R. Reddin Fieldhouse “Black Out” Game Night! Wear your black shirts to support your CBC Mustangs in a “Black Out” game night!


7:30 p.m. • A.R. Reddin Fieldhouse “Black Out” Game Night


9:00 a.m. Ronald V. Mitchell Lecture Hall This inaugural event will honor those who graduated more than 50 years ago from CBC. RSVP to Michael Mayo at 501-205-8826 or e-mail



Serving begins at 11:30 a.m., programs begins at 12:00 p.m. Luncheon is $10 per person, $5 for children 12 and under. Menu: Garden Salad with Herbed Dressing Peppercorn Pork Tenderloin Savory Green Beans Herb Roasted Petite Potatoes Rolls Assorted Desserts Bring a piece of CBC with you for our Memorabilia Contest in the Dining Hall during the Alumni Luncheon. The program will include naming Kenneth Brown as the Distinguished CBC Alumnus and Maria Edwards as the Outstanding Young Alumnus.

RSVP for the Luncheon by calling or e-mailing Jessica Myrick at 501-205-8870 or




10:00 a.m. Ronald V. Mitchell Lecture Hall Reunion of all Alumni from 1962-1972




2:00 p.m. Ronald V. Mitchell Lecture Hall Reunion of all Alumni from 2007-2012


HOMECOMING COURT & CROWNING 4:00 p.m. Between Games at the A.R. Reddin Fieldhouse


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Outstanding Young Alumnus Maria Edwards

The CBC Alumni Association invites all alumni and friends of the college to attend the Alumni and Friends Luncheon to be held on Saturday, February 16th at 11:30 a.m. at the Mabee Student Services Dining Hall. Being honored at this year’s luncheon will be the CBC Young Alumnus of the Year Maria Edwards and the CBC Distinguished Alumnus of the Year award to Kenneth Brown. The Outstanding Young Alumnus is awarded to an individual who has been instrumental in the advancement of their chosen profession primarily within the past two years. This individual demonstrates the love of service within their community and

Distinguished Alumnus of the Year Kenneth Brown

continues to show interest in Central Baptist College. Maria graduated from Central Baptist College in 2002 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Christian Counseling and currently works at LifeChoices in Conway. The Distinguished Alumnus is awarded to an individual who has served their community diligently for more than 20 years. This individual demonstrates a legacy of service and continues to serve in a multitude of ways and shows interest in Central Baptist College. Bro. Kenneth Brown attended Central Baptist College from 1952-1954 and was CBC’s first student.



On Friday, September 14, 2012, Central Baptist College hosted an open house and dedication for its new David T. Watkins Academic Building. The 38,000 square foot David T. Watkins Academic Building is the first project of ten major construction projects in Vision 2020: A Miracle in the Making – a plan to complete ten major projects in the next ten years to accommodate an enrollment of 2020 students. David T. Watkins faithfully served as pastor of First Baptist Church in Magnolia, Arkansas for twenty-three years. The naming of the building came as a result of a lead contribution to the Vision 2020: A Miracle in the Making campaign made by Max and Debbie Story, longtime members of First Baptist and close friends of Bro. Watkins. The new building features thirteen state-of-the-art classrooms, three conference rooms and new administrative offices. The facility is also the new home of the Bible, Missions, PACE and Online Studies departments at CBC. Upon arrival into the Central Baptist College David T. Watkins Academic Building, you will be quick to notice the world map mural created by artist Dennis Rankin. The map dominates the entrance into the Office of the President doorway and entrance into the Board Room. The World Map Mural is nine feet tall and thirteen feet wide and is 100% wood and features each country carefully carved out of a separate piece of timber. Located on the second floor is the Ronald V. Mitchell Lecture Hall. This 100+ seat lecture hall features presentation screens, a Crestron lectern, and a lecture capture system to allow the recording of lectures and programs in the hall. The Brittany Parrish Memorial Garden is a beautiful garden located on the east side of the building. The garden features a seating area for guests with a beautiful display of daylilies, azaleas, knock out roses, gardenias, and more. Guests were treated to a barbeque lunch with all the trimmings prepared by the CBC Dining Services and the program included remarks by CBC President Terry Kimbrow, Building Honoree Bro. David T. Watkins, and a prayer of dedication by Donny Parrish.


As the academic year continues to progress closer toward graduation for high school seniors, I want to encourage you to suggest CBC to prospective college students that you might come in contact with. The Admissions Office is working daily at connecting with students to provide them the best possible service through the application process as well as the enrollment process. Prospective-students will receive a Personal Admissions Officer who they will meet on their personal campus tour. They will plan a day specifically for them to make sure all their questions are answered. The

student will even have a reserved parking spot waiting! In addition to our Traditional degree plans, please keep in mind that CBC also offers a number of different NonTraditional degree options. The Professional Adult College Education Program (PACE) serves over 300 working adult students at the main Conway campus and our North Little Rock, Camp Robinson campus. PACE currently offers eight degrees that best serve adult learners to help in a career change or promotion. CBC also has an Online Studies Program that offers two online degrees to help serve those students who

are unable to come to campus for class. Both of these programs offer multiple enrollment dates per semester and are offered in a five week accelerated format. There are a number of ways to connect with CBC. First, visit our website at www.cbc. edu. Through our website you will be able to request more information, take a virtual campus tour, schedule a personal campus tour, apply, and even connect with the CBC social media! The Admissions Office just hosted our fall Stampede Preview Day in November and over 50 prospective-traditional college students attended! The next Stampede Preview Day

events are February 6th and March 6th 2013. Make your reservation online through the Admissions Office link if you are interested in this large group visit to CBC. Thank you all for you continued prayer support of Central Baptist College. In addition to your prayers, thank you for sending students our way. Our prayer is that you will convey to prospective-students the positive impact that CBC has had in your life. We would like to have the same impact in our new student’s lives as well! Ryan Johnson, Associate VP of Enrollment Management

Jordan Bowen, a junior Bible major at Central Baptist College, sat down with the Public Relations office and recorded a video on his journey to CBC. Go to to watch the video or scan the barcode image. 8

Victory Media, the premier media entity for military personnel transitioning into civilian life, has named Central Baptist College to the coveted Military Friendly Schools ® list. The 2013 Military Friendly Schools ® list honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans, and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus. “Inclusion on the 2013 list of Military Friendly Schools ® shows Central Baptist College’s commitment to providing a supportive environment for military students,” said Sean Collins, Director for G.I. Jobs and Vice President at Victory Media. “As interest in education grows we’re thrilled to provide the military community with transparent, world-class resources to assist in their search for schools,” said Collins. The 1,739 colleges, universities and trade schools on this year’s list exhibit leading practices in the recruitment and retention of students with military experience. These schools have world-class programs and policies for student support on campus, academic accreditation, credit policies, flexibility, and other services to those who served. CBC President Terry Kimbrow said, “We have a strong commitment to our men and women in the military and will continue to do whatever it takes to honor their service to our country. It is a distinct privilege to be included on this list.” CBC offers an Associate of Science degree in Military Technologies with locations in Conway and in North Little Rock at Camp Robinson. To admitted students, CBC also offers the following benefits to our service men and women: Full time advisers on staff, process enrollment certifications for VA GI Bill Education, Federal Tuition Assistance, tuition discounts for qualifying soldiers, free evaluations of AARTS/SMARTS transcript, and participation in the Yellow Ribbon Program.

For information about CBC’s military degree and benefits, go to or call 501-329-6873.

COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS FOR MULTIPLES, SIBLINGS, AND LEGACIES Did you know that CBC offers tuition scholarships for Multiples and Siblings? It’s true. Parents can now receive a CBC 25% tuition discount for twins, 30% discount for triplets, a 35% discount for quadruplets and additional discounts for more siblings. The scholarships are awarded to students attending CBC concurrently, maintaining a 2.5 GPA and must be enrolled in at least 12 hours per semester. The Sibling Scholarship is awarded at $1000 per year/$500 per semester per sibling for up to 8 semesters and the siblings must attend CBC concurrently. Recipients must maintain a 2.5 GPA and must be enrolled in at least 12 hours per semester. The CBC Legacy Scholarship is awarded to students who have at least one parent or grandparent who graduated from CBC and is a current member of the CBC Alumni Association. The scholarship amount is $500 per year/$250 per semester for up to 8 semesters. The recipient must maintain at least a 2.5 GPA and enroll in at least 12 hours per semester. For more information on scholarships at CBC, contact the Financial Aid office at 501-205-8833.


Friends Establish

Livingston Evangelism Endowed Scholarship Friends of A.D. & Mary K. Livingston recently established an Evangelism Endowed Scholarship at Central Baptist College. The scholarship was set up anonymously by friends of the Livingstons to honor their devotion to the ministry and Bro. A.D’s long time service as an evangelist. The Livingston’s were married for 67 years; Bro. Livingston served in the ministry for the last 58 years of his life. He served as a full-time evangelist for more than 14 years preaching in over 700 revival meetings in 14 different states. The A.D. & Mary K. Livingston Evangelism Endowed Scholarship will give priority to Bible major students with emphasis in evangelism who are members of a BMA of Arkansas church with a junior or senior status. As with all of the endowed scholarships at the institution, the $20,000 donation has been placed in the permanent endowment. The principal will never be spent; only the interest will be awarded as scholarships. The scholarship will be awarded by vote of the College scholarship committee, taking into account the qualifications and eligibility of the applicants as detailed in the scholarship agreement. “What an appropriate way to honor the life of God’s faithful servants,” said CBC President Terry Kimbrow. “Only heaven knows the impact the Livingston’s ministry will have.” Friends and churches are encouraged to add to the Livingston Evangelism Endowed Scholarship. Send your tax deductible donations to Central Baptist College, 1501 College Avenue, Conway, AR 72034 or contact the CBC Office of Advancement at 501-205-8799.

Congratulations to the Lady Mustangs soccer team for completing the season with an 11-7 record. That is a school record for wins in one season for the women’s soccer team breaking the nine win season set in 2010. In the eleven wins this season, eight of them were shutouts. The Lady Mustangs made it to the MCAC conference semi-finals before losing 1-0 to the conference champion. The team had three players make All Conference and four make All Region. Receiving AllConference honors were Brittany Kemper, Katie Baldridge, and Becca Clements. All Region was the same three plus Lexi Lewis. The team had two players make Academic All American this fall and they are Katie Nelson and Katie Baldridge.


Crystal Robinson has been named the new softball and volleyball coach at CBC. Robinson has served as assistant coach for the CBC softball team for the past three years. In her role as assistant softball coach, Robinson served as pitching coach for three seasons. During her first year at CBC, the Mustangs finished 52-1 and won the National Christian Colleges Athletic Association National Championship. In 2011, the Mustangs finished with a record

of 57-7 in their first year in the NAIA. In 2012 and CBC’s second year in the NAIA, the CBC softball team yielded a 53-6 record and finished 5th at the NAIA national tournament. Robinson is a graduate of Ouachita Baptist University with a major in Kinesiology and a minor in Speech. She is currently seeking a Master of Arts degree in Teaching from the University of Central Arkansas.

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CBC ANNOUNCES NEW HIRES Chris Mitchell campus safety & security/dean of students mitchell

Chris Mitchell recently joined the staff at Central Baptist College as Director of Campus Safety and Security and also Dean of Students. Mitchell comes to CBC after retiring from eighteen years of service to the Conway Police Department where he served as a detective for fifteen of those years. In 2009, he received the Police Officer of the Year award by the City of Conway. He and his family are residents of Conway and are members of Second Baptist Church.

Amy Reed director of enrollment for non-traditional programs


Amy Reed joined the staff of Central Baptist College as the Director of Enrollment for Non-traditional Programs. Amy and her husband reside in Conway along with their two children where they are members of Second Baptist Church in Conway. She comes to CBC from First Security Bank where she was a Business Development Officer. Amy is a member of the Conway Regional Medical Center Women’s Council, a Dazzle Daze committee member, Toad Suck Daze committee member and is a member of the Renewal Ranch Leadership Team.

Rick Stapleton

director of the physical plant

Rick Stapleton has been hired as Director of the Physical Plant at CBC. Rick served as Property Manager at CBC for a year before taking on this new position. He was a Conway Fireman for over seven years. He and his wife, Rita, have two children, Katlyn and Carter, and are members at Antioch Baptist Church in Conway.

Chad Linn

assistant professor of accounting


Chad Linn has been hired as Assistant Professor of Accounting. Chad was born and raised in Conway. He spent four years with the United States Air Force and seven years with the Conway Fire Department. He has seven years of public and private accounting as a CPA and six years of experience as an adjunct professor at UALR. He has undergraduate and graduate degrees in Accounting from UCA and attends Greenbrier Church of the Nazarene.

CBC Family Grows

CBC also welcome the following additions to the CBC family: Seana Greenwood, Library Clerk; Sue Johnson, Financial Analyst; Kerry Norris, Financial Aid Counselor; Jayme Pavatt, Business Office Receptionist; Chelsea Sanders, Administrative Assistant for Athletics & Assistant Women’s Softball Coach; Lindsay Skoog, Instructor of History; Amanda Smart, Fiscal Support Analyst; Charlotte Stewart, Accounts Payable Analyst; Cody Stoker, Maintenance Assistant; Colby Waites, Information Technology Support Technician; and Sara Whistler, Administrative Assistant for Student Services.

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