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College President The possibilities that are afforded learners at South Arkansas Community College truly are unlimited, bound only by their own determination, abilities, talents and desires. We offer unlimited educational opportunities for students at all levels: high school, college transfer, professional degree, adult learning, corporate education. For our community, it is the unlimited partnerships with SouthArk that lead to mutually-beneficial opportunities. For our businesses and industries, we have worked together to develop degree programs for chemical process operators and engineering technicians, and designed a training facility. This will be a place where students and workers will hone their

skills in manufacturing and assure their knowledge for a safe working environment. We have unlimited partnerships with other entities such as the Arkansas Women’s Business Center for small business development, universities for transfer opportunities, the Workforce Development Board for training, K-12 school districts for college and career readiness activities and state and local governmental agencies and philanthropic groups. We are all working together for a common purpose of improving our workforce, economy and the quality of life in south Arkansas. In addition, there are unlimited ways that you can support the mission and vision of SouthArk. The SouthArk Foundation exists to help support the many endeavors of the college. Your giving supports student scholarships, faculty and staff development and innovations, community events, facility improvements and so much more. Thank you for your past and ongoing support of all we do. You enable unlimited possibilities!

Foundation Board President As we end another banner year, the South Arkansas Community College Foundation Board of Directors would like to acknowledge your tremendous giving spirit and generous investments in our students’ educational accomplishments. The foundation exists to ensure that students receive an excellent education at an affordable price, and with your support, we have been able to serve our community by aiding, strengthening and raising the quality of life through students’ educational success. With your private gifts, the board’s prudent investment strategies and robust community support, the foundation has achieved unprecedented growth

during the past decade. The beneficiaries of this support are our students, who are being prepared for the workforce and are hardworking, dedicated citizens in our region. As an industry partner with SouthArk, I can attest to the benefits of business and industry collaboration with the college in developing education and training in health, technical, business and corporate training programs. Driven by area employers, training programs have been designed to meet the employers’ workforce needs. This, in turn, has provided a highlytrained cadre of work-ready students who contribute to our local economy. Our gratitude for your gifts is immeasurable. The foundation is continually inspired by the dedication and generosity of our donors who continue to invest in the aspirations of our students. Together, we are creating wonderful opportunities and touching lives across south Arkansas.

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Advanced Manufacturing Training Center The latest addition to the campuses of South Arkansas Community College will be the Advanced Manufacturing Training Center, recently named for the late Charles A. Hays (see page 8). Steered by the needs of the area’s industries, this learning environment on the East Campus will be used for both credit- and non-credit Contribute student training in a number of manufacturing programs. to this It will feature a 3,600-square-foot worthwhile bay for tanker and rail-car training, venture at a covered outdoor area for handSouthArk! tool and welding training, three classrooms, four offices, storage space and equipment housing. Many entities, both public and private, have contributed to this effort. Local legislators have secured state General Improvement Fund dollars to put toward construction and equipment as well. Funds still are being raised to help launch this

Local state legislators have secured state General Improvement Fund dollars to help pay for construction of the new AMTC. At the building’s future site are, from left, State Rep. Matthew Shepherd, State Sen. Bobby Pierce, State Rep. John Baine, SouthArk president Dr. Barbara Jones, SouthArk vice president for learning Dr. Mickey Best and SouthArk dean of career and technical education Ray Winiecki.

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South Arkansas Arboretum The annual Autumn at the Arboretum was held in October on a beautiful afternoon with 300 guests who enjoyed walking through the South Arkansas Arboretum while children decorated more than 100 pumpkins and an El Dorado High School jazz combo played. The South Arkansas Arboretum is a state park entrusted to the care of South Arkansas Community College. Year round, visitors come to the arboretum to experience the natural beauty of the trees and birds, jog its trails, bring their dogs out for exercise or shoot portrait photographs of their children. The SouthArk Foundation accepts contributions to support the arboretum’s perpetual care, preserving the park’s beauty for generations to come.

Funding Tomorrow’s Leaders

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The organization provides webinars by renown speakers, which students may view on their own time or during live broadcasts. This year they include “Today” host Al Roker, author John Maxwell and actor John Leguizamo. Student members also complete leadership and service training.

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Donor-Scholar Luncheon Annually, the SouthArk Foundation brings together scholarship contributors with scholarship recipients. It’s an opportunity for those who so generously donate funding for student educational use to put faces with names—and for those students to

thank their benefactors in a personal way. It also gives students a chance to share their stories and to update donors on their academic and personal progression, thanks in part to the financial assistance provided by people like you.

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SouthArk Outdoor Expo The 17th SouthArk Outdoor Expo proved to be one of the most beautiful weather days in the event’s history—sunny, breezy and mild. The SouthArk Foundation-hosted event each September raises funds through sponsorships and fees. Crowds turned out to the El Dorado Conference Center on the college campus for live music, a rib cook-off, a 5K run, a photography contest and exhibits. Admission is one non-perishable food item, which is in turn donated to a local pantry. This year a record 1,800 pounds of food went to the Agape House in El Dorado.

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Generous Friends

State General Improvement Fund dollars, secured by Rep. John Baine, paid for a new automotive lift.

Great Lakes Solutions assisted in the purchase of a new vent hood for the chemistry laboratory.

The Systems Group gave $250,000 for contruction of the Advanced Manufacturing Training Center, named for founder Charles A. Hays.

Georgia-Pacific Crossett Paper Operations contributed $7,500 to the process technology program.

TETRA Technologies contributed $5,000 to the process technology program.





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The Man Behind the Name SouthArk’s new Advanced Manufacturing Training Center will be named in memory of construction business entrepreneur Charles A. Hays. Hays, who passed away in early 2015, founded The Systems Group more than 40 years ago. Over that time, it has grown into an internationallyrecognized business that performs industrial construction, industrial plant maintenance and steel fabrication; and sells patented electricarc furnace cooling components that are used in steel mills in 17 countries around the world. When he was born, Hays’ parents lived in a house with dirt floors in Calion, where he started his journey in life. “He literally started with nothing, but had a vision and worked hard to build his company and create jobs for his employees,” Systems chief executive Chuck Hays said. After graduating high school in Norphlet, and a short stint in college, Charles Hays joined the local pipefitters’ and welders’ union. He quickly excelled, even participating in and winning state and national competitions in those crafts. After a few years of working long hours in paper mills in the region and saving a little money, Hays bought several coin-operated laundries from an individual he worked for in high school (the former owner financed the purchase for him). He worked as a pipefitter during the day and spent nights and weekends taking care of those laundries. A few years later, he made a bigger leap into entrepreneurship by quitting his job with a regional construction company and purchasing a small precast concrete business in El Dorado from the same businessman he had purchased the laundries from a few years earlier. Charles Hays spent countless hours working with his hands in that business, using his skills as a welder to build his own concrete molds for the products he sold, as well as his skills in building

relationships with both his employees and customers. In the early 1970s Hays realized how much that he missed the construction business and started his construction company—a business that from its early beginnings was just his doing jobs in a local poultryprocessing plant on nights and weekends with the help of a few employees, so that he still could run his concrete business during the day. Systems since has grown to a point that it has at times had more than 1,000 employees on its payroll. Having spent a large part of his life working with his hands, Charles Hays believed that a person could work hard and excel at his or her chosen craft, whatever it might be. He believed that craftsmen were the backbone of the United States and that everyone should be afforded the opportunity to develop that craft, if willing to work for it. Because his career and legacy started with construction and welding, his family has chosen to honor him by contributing to SouthArk’s Advanced Manufacturing Training Center to give other people who have the desire to better themselves a place to start that process.

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Our Supporters You can be a part of making a difference in the lives of student through your generous giving. We recognize the cumulative gifts of our lifetime giving supporters. Heritage Society $300,000 and up William R. Howard Pathway Society $100,000 - $299,999 Anonymous Donor Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund Estate of Norris C. Taylor, Jr. El Dorado Chemical Company First Financial Bank James Family Dr. Carolyn and Ralph Langston Murphy Oil Corporation Drs. Jennifer and Kermit Parks Lucy Anne Ring Trust Simmons First Bank The Systems Group Charlie and Camilla Thomas United Way of Union County Vanguard Society $50,000 - $99,999 BancorpSouth Georgia-Pacific Corporation Great Lakes Solutions Murphy Foundation SHARE Foundation Cornerstone Society $25,000 - $49,999 James and Charlotte Baine City of El Dorado Cooper Standard Automotive Corporation for National and Community Service Betty Cowger Deltic Timber Corporation El Dorado Advertising and Promotion Commission Entegra – Union Power Partners Entergy Arkansas Lanatter and Herb Fox Phil and Donna Herring/Herring Furniture Lion Oil Company Medical Center of South Arkansas Murphy USA Nexans Amercable Deborah and William C. Nolan, Jr. Mrs. William C. “Theodosia” Nolan, Sr. Union County Community Foundation Union County Department of Human Services Lucy and Greg Withrow President’s Society $10,000 - $24,999 Charlotte and John Abbott Edwin and Diane Alderson Alpha Xi Chapter, ESA Anonymous Foundation Anonymous Family Foundation Apex Redi-Mixed Concrete Company John S. and Martha Beebe Mr. and Mrs. Claude A. Calahan Adam Choate Clean Harbors Environmental Services Cleve Blagg Pickering Trust Walter and Susan Cowger

El Dorado Civitan Club El Dorado Development Corporation El Dorado Jaycees Dr. Barbara and Rick Jones Dr. Steve and Clara Jones Tom and Mary Ann Loftin/Loftin Construction Co. Dr. Kathleen Matlock John and Sherry Milam/Milam Construction Don D. Montgomery Jim and Judy Moore Susan and Wade Neely Ken Kelley/ProMed Ambulance Mrs. Chesley Pruet Mr. and Mrs. John G. Ragsdale, Jr. Regions Bank Dr. and Mrs. Henry B. Rogers Joyce Rutledge/Rutledge Properties Jo An Skinner Ruth M. Smith Jeff and Sara Teague/Teague Auto Group Shari Terry Willie and Brenda Terry TETRA Technologies, Inc. The Systems Group Mrs. Ben T. Whitfield Dr. and Mrs. David M. Yocum Keystone Society $2,500 - $9,999 AT&T Alice-Sidney Oil Company Alltel Corporation Butch Atkins/Atkins Electric Company BCS, Inc. John and Jennifer Baine Phillip Ballard Jeanne and Tom Baumgardner Dr. Ken and Lynn Bridges Jay and Andrea Brooks Dr. Lura and James Brown C P & P Construction Steve and Celeste Cameron Dr. Val Cantu Judge Robin and Leslie Carroll Sam Chamberlain Steve and Janet Cousins Cross Roofing and Sheet Metal Del-Tin Fiber Elaine and Claiborne Deming Beverly and John Dews Vicki de Yampert Diploma Nurses of Arkansas Elizabeth and Dwayne Dugal DuPont John Eckart El Dorado Fifty for the Future El Dorado Roofing and Construction ESCO Electrical Services, Inc. Evers, Cox and Gober P.L.L.C. Dessie Ford Frac-N-Vac Tanks, Inc. Connie and Wayne Gibson Glenn Mechanical Mr. and Mrs. George Haefner

Carolane and John Hays/Hays Rental Donna Hendricks Raymond and Patsy Higgins Ideal Management Co., Inc. Gwenda Island Dr. Ben and Sherrel Johnson Dr. Tim Kirk Langley Properties, LLC Joffre and Pat Long Nick and Virginia Macchiarolo Sandra and George Maguire Alice Mahony Michael E. Mahony Martin Resource Management Corporation Louise Massey Jane and Vernie Meador Mobley Industrial Services Julia Mobley Gordene and John Ed Moore Dr. and Mrs. Robert M. Murfee Mussop, Inc. Terry and Angie Norman/Nortran, Inc. Paula O’Connor Panda Energy International, Inc. Pete and Renee Parks Maurice Peel Plum Creek Timber Company Polk Stanley Wilcox Architects Premier Outdoor Sales Brian Price Cynthia A. Reyna Jane and Jack Reynolds Robert Reynolds/Shuler Drilling Dr. George Roberts Rotary Club of El Dorado Drs. Pam and Michael Schonefeld Dr. Steve and Michelle Smart Smackover State Bank South Arkansas Arts Center Ann Southall Southern Bancorp Southwestern Bell Kyle Swift Jim and Julie Tidwell Timberland Bank Trotter Auto El Dorado, LLC Union County Judge Mike Loftin United Insurance Agency, Inc. Dinah and Kenny Van Hook Odie Vaughn Wal-Mart Dr. Steve and Judy Ward Carol and Lewis Whatley and Family Judie and Knox White Dr. Jessie Wrenn Beverly and John Yocum Platinum Society $1,000 - $2,499 All-Star Recycling Dr. Elaine Allen Carl Amason Anthony Forest Products B & B Contractors

Rodney Bartchy Patricia and Gary Bates Oliver Borden Sue Bowman Robert R. Brown, Jr. Peter and Cherie Buletza Ginger and Jerry Bullard James Bullock Burns & McDonnell Engineering Company, Inc. C. A. Duncan, Inc. Becky and Ernie Cagle Dr. J. C. and Pat Callaway CES Machinery and Fabrication Chem Treat, Inc. Dr. Michael Chikeleze Margaret Compton Compton, Pruet, Thomas & Hickey Veronica Creer Henry Culbreth Keitha Davidson Delta Press Developmental Disabilities Provider Association Ted and Lyn Drake Robert and Jane Dudley Dr. Kristi Elia El Dorado Kiwanis Club El Dorado Water Utilities Evers Electric Company, Inc. Express Way Stores Kevin and Claudia Fitzgerald Melinda Hays Gatheright Diane Gilleland Brenda Ginger Helen Griffith Jim and Doris Hackney Donna and Lathan Hairston Victoria and Shelton Harden Randy Haynie Chris and Anne Hegi Hepco, Inc. Melissa Jerry Randy and Glenda Jerry Mel and Susan Jordan Mr. and Mrs. Robert F. Kelley Mrs. Curtis A. Kinard Francis Kuykendall Helen Landes Rodney Landes, Jr. Roger Landes Scott Larkin Lawrence Electric John and Susan Lowery Mac’s Tree Service Jodie and Bettie Anne Mahony Mangum Contracting, Inc. Richard and Vertis Mason Madelyne M. and Edward C. McCarty Mrs. H.C. McKinney Jerry and Jack McNutt Melvin’s Discount Pharmacy Cynthia Meyer Carol Benson Mitchell Debra Mock

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Murphy Motors NAACP Betty Linda Nolan Tamara O’Gwin Dr. Marc and Patti Parnell Dr. Lynn Persyn Bobby Pierce Pilgrim’s Pride Dr. Allan and Janey Pirnique George W. Price Dr. Terry Puckett Robert Ragsdale Dr. Alan Rasco Michael Roberts Benjamin and Elizabeth Robinson Leigh Anne and Robert L. Robinson, IV M. Maurice Rogers James Roomsburg Drs. Janet and Jack Ryan Securitas Security, Inc. Setpoint Integrated Solutions David and Renee Skinner South Arkansas Human Resources Association South Arkansas Telephone Company, Inc. June Southall Storey Floor and Carpet, Inc. SWAPDD, INC. Linda and Stan Sweeney Mr. and Mrs. John Talpas Veronda Tatum The Diamond Agency TopCor Services Tyson Foods, Inc. Ian Vickery Kevin Waldrum Linda and Mike Warren Bob Watson Genevieve White Mary Ellen Wilson Gold Society $500 - $999 4R Marketing Larry W. Andrews Beryl Anthony Mary Pat Cook Anthony Arkansas Blue Cross Blue Shield Aurelle Water Association B.H. & M. Oil Mike Beebe Bill’s Marine Judy and Billy Blann Jay Bradford Art Brown Jeanette Brown Beth Burns Bruce and Melissa Butterfield Natalie Callaway O. Worth and Janis Camp Carol & Witt Stephens Charitable Foundation Dr. Susan K. Chappell Columbian Chemicals Company Belinda and Gerald Cook W. L. Cook Tom Cotton Frank DiCristina Bobby J. Edmonds El Dorado Forward El Dorado Glass and Mirror Co., Inc. Jason Ellen Scott Ellen Dr. Wayne and Doll Elliott Virginia and Robert Ellzey Enterprise Products First Bank of South Arkansas

Shirley Garison Amy E. Garner Bert Giller Janis Givens Jay Glass Grace Railroad Contractors Catherine Harrell Mayor Frank Hash Dr. and Mrs. Ed Henley Gretchen Henry Dr. Alice Hicks Barbara Hogg Brenda Holmes Mark Hudson Janice Hughes Dean G. Inman Corbet Lamkin Luther Lewis Valerie Lewis Long Brothers Oil Company, LLC Long’s Roofing & Sheet Metal Charles Lovett Lumberjack Yamaha Magnolia Specialized Services, Inc. James W. and Sandy Matheney Sean McCall Denny McConathy Carroll McGarity Tammi McKinnon McLarty Companies Jesse McWilliams Dottie Medlin Tandy Menefee Pamela A. Mulligan Brenda Murphree Mustard Seed Financial Roslyn Nipper Charles “Ricky” Palmer Charles Pepper Nelson Post Larry Powell Puska’s Machine Shop Mary Kathryn Reaves Anita F. Reisdorff Bob Risor Laura Rogers Preston Rogers David Ross Leslie J. Sauer Dr. Steve and Mary Jo Scott Sewell Oil Company Dennis Shackleford Sherman Brothers Trucking Dr. John Simpson Dr. and Mrs. Scott Simpson Dale Smart Teresa C. Smith Sports Alley TDS Erectors Randall M. and Sylvia Thompson Judy and Randle Tomlinson Trio Production Company, LLC Dr. Stephanie Tully-Dartez Kimberly Vaughn Dr. Susanne Wache Lawrence Waschka Paul Waschka Watco Companies, LLC Steve Wells John White Sherri Whitehead Nancy Whitmore William P. Cook and Associates Mary Jo Williams

Christy Wilson David Wilson Lauri Wilson Lena Wood Don Zimmerman Silver Society $250 - $499 David Alphin Amfuel Dr. Carlos Anaya Scott Andrews Arkansas Farm Bureau Federation Arnold-Baker Chevrolet Company Berry and Associates Karen Boykin T. C. Brasher Johnny Brewer Jeffery T. Brown Robert Brown Dr. D’Orsay and Karen Bryant Janice Bush James A. Buttry C & F Construction David Carty David Chrisman Linda Christian Dr. Sterling Claypoole Helen Clyde Marvin Cole Courtyard Health and Rehabilitation Venie Craig Edward Crowe Jay Dickey Kerlin Drake Deborah Edney Elements Glass Art Studio Erwin & Company, P.A. Fairview Community Development Association Janene Fogle Dr. Daniel G. Ford Dr. James and Genevieve Fouse Jo Ellen Frost Sam Fulco Garner and Dunham, CPA Ginny Garner Curtis Goodwin David Griffith Linda and Louis T. Hall, III Bruce Hankins Charley Hankins Susan Hanson Jo Harrison Carolyn Hart The Honorable Susan and Joe Hickey Dr. Raymond Higgins Sandra Hildebrand Dr. Curtis Hill Barbara Howell Dr. Edwina Hunter John Ingram, Inc. Dorine Inman Barry Jeffery Sheila Jones Alvin Kelly Tonya Kendrix Kin-Mar’s Jewelry Mrs. Frances Landers Jill Lane Larry’s Pizza of El Dorado James B. Larsen Cal Ledbetter Randy Lee Mike Loftin Barbie Luther

Dewayne Mahurin Tom Mangum Kenneth Mann Tim Massanelli Maui Wowi Hawaiian Coffees and Smoothies Ellen J. McGowan Robert Merkle Moondust Alpacas Rudy Moore Debra Moring David Murphy Suzanne and Madison Murphy Murphy-Pitard Jewelers David Nelson Lonnie Nelson New Olive Branch Baptist Church Bobby and Joanne Newman Allen Newton Betty Owen Grace Palculict Terry Patterson Benny C. Petrus Diane Pieroni David Pryor Dr. Thomas Quinn Rainbow of Challenges, Inc. William Rainer Tim Rainwater Dan Redmond Annelyssa Reynolds Ralph Reynolds Gray Richardson Lynda Richardson Becky Riggs Sheila Risher River Bottom Boat Sales Marguerite Rodgers Johnnie Roebuck Michelle Rogers Heather Rowe Kathryn Schopfer Phoebe Sellers Matthew Shepherd Dr. Jim and Cecile Sheppard Billye Shofner Alma Slatten Elizabeth Spencer Betty Stinson Bill H. Stovall, III Sweet Home Baptist Church Melba Tatom Floyd and Rina Thomas Denver Thornton Chris R. Thyer Todd’s Arkansas Service Company Treo Tree Service J.D. Trimble, Jr. Dodie Vestal Kathy Waldrop Jim Warnock Bobby Warren Gloria Brooks Weisenberger Shirley Wells Steven Wells Mary Lynn Whitfield Doyle Williams Jeffrey Williams Judy Williams J. T. Williamson Benny Wilson Al Witte Rose M. Young Young’s Funeral Directors

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Baumgardner Students’ Choice Award The G. Thomas Baumgardner Students’ Choice Award is presented annually to a SouthArk faculty member who, upon a student vote, is selected as the most helpful and supportive. Selected for the 2014-2015 academic year was computer information systems professor Donna Hendricks, whose tenure as a SouthArk business faculty member began in 1979 at Southern Arkansas University-El Dorado, which eventually merged to become SouthArk. Hendricks also advises SouthArk’s very popular and successful chapter of the student business organization Phi Beta Lambda. In their comments, students praised Hendricks’ tendency to go “above and beyond” to help students succeed. “Always willing to help, and will not stop until she receives your best effort,” one student wrote.

Tara Anglin, left, and Cynthia Meyer.

Outstanding Faculty, Staff Employees at SouthArk vote on Outstanding Faculty and Staff Members each year. The 2015 Outstanding Staff Member Tara Anglin is the coordinator of community education, a position that she has held since 2013. She has a bachelor’s degree in business administration and is a post-graduate student majoring in business administration. Outstanding Faculty Member Cynthia Meyer is the director of the occupational therapy assistant program. She began at SouthArk in 2002. She has master’s degrees in higher educational leadership and in rehabilitation science and clinical practice management; a bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy and an associate’s degree in occupational therapy assistance. She was selected as Outanding Faculty for the Health and Natural Sciences Division in 2007.

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Outstanding Alumna South Arkansas Community College has recognized Melissa Jerry (Class of 1985) as its Outstanding Alumna for 2015. Jerry is the executive vice president and chief financial officer at First Financial Bank in El Dorado, a position that she has held since 1999. Prior to that she was the internal auditor at National Bank of Commerce in 1988-’92, vice president and controller in ’92-’95, senior vice president and controller in ’95-’98 and senior vice president and chief financial officer in ’98-’99. She was nominated for Arkansas Business’ 2012

Chief Financial Officer of the Year in the Large Bank category. A Huttig native, Jerry graduated from SAU-El Dorado with an associate’s degree in liberal arts. She then transferred to Southern Arkansas University where in 1988 she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. She is a 1974 graduate of Strong High School. She also is a certified public accountant, having been licensed in 1990, and a 1990 graduate of the Bank Administration Institute in Madison, Wis. Jerry has held positions on the boards of the El Dorado Chamber of Commerce, the Union County Community Foundation and the El Dorado Habitat for Humanity, in addition to the SouthArk Foundation. She also is a former commissioner of El Dorado Water Utilities.

Academic All-Star Joe Knight has been recognized as SouthArk’s Academic All-Star for 2015. He is majoring in computer information technology and intends to transfer to a university upon graduating with an associate’s degree in CIT-network system administration this fall. Knight is a military veteran, and still is a U.S. Army reservist. He also interns at Lion Oil in El Dorado. As a member of Phi Beta Lambda at SouthArk, he and a team of other students placed fourth in network design at the 2015 PBL National Leadership Conference. The same team placed third at the state level; Knight himself placed first in the state in the information technology help desk competition—unsurprising, since his Army role is communications. He has been named to the SouthArk Dean’s List twice. “I grew up in a time when computers were getting

interesting,” Knight said. “I have had a computer in my hands since I was 5 years old. After working in the field since I was 18 on various different jobs, I decided I have the work experience, but I need the education to go with it.” He intends to work on additional industry credentials throughout the spring before pursuing a bachelor’s degree in management information systems beginning in the fall of 2016. Knight said that he has enjoyed his time at SouthArk greatly. “The environment at SouthArk is friendly, and everyone seems to care,” Knight said. “The instructors will work with you until you completely get the subject—although they can’t help you if you do not let them help you.” The military man is not one to back down from challenges. He said that his favorite class was a set of networking courses that also were the most difficult. “These two classes were the hardest classes I had to take,” he said. “They were very challenging and granted me with a lot of knowledge, and now have steered me toward wanting to get certified.”

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No Limits: Allgood Starts at SouthArk, Now a Deputy PA It took time and personal effort to get where he is today, but Thomas Allgood also gives much credit to SouthArk. An El Dorado native, Allgood (Class of 2006) is the deputy prosecuting attorney for Arkansas’ Eighth Judicial District North in Hope. He prosecutes criminal cases in Hempstead and Nevada County District Courts, and occasionally in Hempstead County Circuit Court. He also represents the State of Arkansas in civil foreitures and commitments. “I have always enjoyed law—particularly constitutional law. I decided at an early age that I wanted to be a part of this country’s rich legal tradition” Allgood said. “Another reason why I chose law was practicality. I came of age during the Great Recession, and knew that I would need a job that I could depend on to provide for my family. I saw law as the answer. There will always be a need for attorneys.” SouthArk does not have a program in law, but because of the transferability of its generaleducation credits, student options are unlimited. After graduating from SouthArk, Allgood transferred to the University of Central Arkansas. He graduated there in 2008, and from the University of Arkansas-Little Rock’s Bowen School of Law in 2013. “SouthArk offered a great opportunity,” Allgood said. “It was very close to home and to my job. I could leave my job and drive over to campus, or vice versa.”

Allgood has fond memories of working at Calhoun Arkansas Medical Supply while in college. “My employer, Suzy Burson, became a good friend and was very accommodating of my college schedule,” he said. He said that having a college right in his hometown was a huge plus. “It’s comforting to begin such a major transition and still be surrounded by people you have known your entire life,” he said. Besides accessibility, what Allgood said that he found in SouthArk was a great framework for future success. “SouthArk equipped me with the tools that I would use in my approach toward my academic career. The professors challenged me and taught me to examine everything,” he said. “I quickly learned that my opinion was not the only one in the world, and that I should challenge my beliefs.” The classes that he took also reassured his career choice, Allgood said. “I believe I took every one of Dr. [Kenneth] Bridges’ history and government courses. I read everything he assigned, and then some. “I developed my never-give-up attitude at SouthArk, and it still is with me today. I really owe this to [Genevieve] Fouse, who was my math professor. I always struggled with math (another reason I am an attorney), but Mrs. Fouse never let me give up.” The proud SouthArk alumnus continues to achieve.

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The SouthArk Foundation supported the college’s annual Lecture Series with receptions for speakers Ernest Green, left, of the Little Rock Nine in March and Ndaba Mandela, above, grandson of Nelson Mandela in September.

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UPCOMING: AN EVENING WITH THE STARS A dance, dinner and auction will be among the festivities at An Evening With the Stars, honoring a Friend of the College and Distinguished Alumni. The SouthArk Foundation Board of Directors biannually celebrates the accomplishments of its “Stars”—people who have helped make the college vibrant and solid. Don’t miss this fun night!

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Leave a Legacy Planned giving is an effective way to make a charitable gift through the SouthArk Foundation that will provide tax benefits and, often, a stream of income to you. This type of major gifting is a versatile investment because it gives you the opportunity to support South Arkansas Community College programs of your choice while, in many cases, reducing your tax obligations. The Heritage Circle is comprised of donors who support the college through bequests, trusts, life

Scholarships Alpha Xi Endowed Dr. Kenneth Bridges Robert R. Brown, Jr. Steve Cameron Endowed Choral Charles E. Cowger Endowed Cornerstone General Endowed El Dorado Civitan Golden Door Endowed El Dorado Jaycees Endowed Health Sciences William R. and Cacilia Howard Endowed Island Memorial James Family Endowed Langston Endowed Omazel Lawson Endowed Living the Dream Jodie Mahony Endowed Mabel and Emon Mahony Endowed Michael Mahony/BancorpSouth Endowed

insurance, real estate or other major planned gifts to the foundation. Individuals and families may become members of the Heritage Circle by committing special gifts to the foundation. Your personalized gift plan can support your financial goals while providing the maximum tax benefits. For additional information, contact Cynthia Reyna at, or talk to your financial advisor.

MCSA/Betty White Endowed James M. Moore, Jr. Endowed Neely Endowed Dr. Kermit Parks Public Service Endowed E.W. Pickering Endowed Mabel Stratton Powell Endowed ProMed Ambulance Dora J. and John G. Ragsdale, Jr. Endowed Receiving Education Achievement Close to Home Lucy Ring Academic Excellence Endowed Lucy Ring Fine Arts Endowed Simmons First Bank Endowed Single Parent Fund of Union County Jo An and Charles T. Skinner Endowed Melba Tatom Nursing Endowed William Jammillous (Jay) Terry Jonathan M. Warren Memorial Dr. Ben T. Whitfield Endowed

Other Funds Advanced Manufacturing Training Center Academic Career and Achievement Program African-American Family and Friends Day Cultural Activity Fiscal Affairs Activity G. Thomas Baumgardner Students’ Choice Award Heritage Circle Innovation Mini-Grant Performance Media Arts Lecture Series Phi Beta Lambda Travel President’s Circle Process Technology Skills USA Travel South Arkansas Arboretum SouthArk Library Student Emergency Trade and Industry Travel Vision Care Fund

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Making a Difference: White Retires From Board For more than 18 years, Knox White served the students of South Arkansas Community College through his work on the Board of Directors of the SouthArk Foundation. White retired this year as one of the longest-serving board members in the foundation’s history. “Knox has been such an integral part of the foundation for so many years that it has been hard to have a meeting without him,” director Cynthia Reyna said. “I certainly learned many facets of fundraising from him that I have implemented for years.” With his reserved approach and strong leadership skills, White was instrumental in building and growing the foundation from its humble beginnings. He led the way with his keen knowledge in fundraising, establishing a solid board of directors and putting in place a strategic and long-term approach to sustaining a strong donor base. “Knox’s level of commitment to the foundation has been exemplary,” Reyna said. He has served as a mentor and role model for incoming board members, and his business acumen has been crucial to the long-term success of the foundation, she said. “He has taught us so much,” SouthArk Foundation President Greg Withrow said. “We will miss his wisdom and experience on the board. He served without expecting anything in return, and all of us, especially our students, are all the better for it. His true commitment to higher education will have an impact for years.” Another of White’s passions is health and fitness, having competed in more than 100 marathons, canoed such locations as the Panama Canal and Thames River and competed in the Iditarod dog sledding race. Earlier this year HealthWorks Fitness Center, which he helped found, was named for him. “He simply decided El Dorado needed a facility like this and made it happen,” retired Murphy Oil chief executive Claiborne Deming said. “He never sought credit for doing it or, for that matter, for any of the other civic accomplishments he sprung into life. “Knox has influenced my adult life as much or

Knox White, left, presents a plaque from the foundation to First Financial Bank’s Steve Cameron in 2009 to thank the bank for its contribution to a major gifts campaign.

more than anyone. His wonderful love of life and adventure and his love of people and their stories are inspiring. You just want to do what Knox is doing and be around him when he is doing it.” SouthArk president Dr. Barbara Jones also lauded White’s contributions to the college and the community. “Knox White is an exceptional individual who provides knowledge, insight and support to numerous non-profit organizations throughout our region. We were so fortunate that he served on our foundation board,” she said. “He helped to identify, cultivate and mentor our board of directors such that it could operate knowledgeably and efficiently to support the endeavors of the college.”

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Financial Assets Current Assets Cash and cash equivalents Pledges receivable, current portion Prepaid expenses Investments Total Current Assets

$ 299,694 35,315 7,459 2,139,732 2,482,200

Fixed Assets, at cost Computer software Property and equipment Less: accumulated depreciation and amortization

6,365 2,975 9,340 9,340

Total Fixed Assets


Other Assets Antique furniture Pledges receivable, non-current portion

2,410 150

Total Other Assets


$ 2,484,760

Liabilities and Net Assets Current Liabilities Accounts payable Scholarships payable Refundable advances Total Current Liabilities


7,826 12,115 48,110 68,051

Net Assets Unrestricted 1,607,500 Unrestricted – Board designated 30,000 Temporarily restricted 779,209 Total Net Assets



$ 2,484,760

The independent audit of the SouthArk Foundation Inc. was prepared by the firm of Evers, Cox and Gober, P.L.L.C. The complete audit for the fiscal year ending on June 30, 2015, is available at the foundation office and website. 17

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Foundation Director The SouthArk Foundation Board of Directors thanks the many donors who have financially supported and shown commitment to the college in a myriad of ways. Due to the generous support from individuals, business and industry, and our family of college employees, SouthArk is the premiere choice of education for many students in south Arkansas. With your support, many of our students are making their dreams become a reality through the varied scholarships and special projects for which they have received support. Seeing our students go to school while juggling their many other responsibilities and completing their education is most inspiring. Your generosity is helping to graduate and strengthen a trained and qualified

workforce, making our community a great place in which to live and work. Your gifts allow SouthArk to provide the best and most economical education in our community. Through your generosity, we are able to invest in promoting advanced technology and growing our curriculum so that students may get their education and go to work to support their families. Together, we are creating unlimited opportunities for students and touching many lives across south Arkansas. Thank you again for your commitment to SouthArk.

Austin Barrow

Lee Morgan

Robert Rupp


Greg Withrow President Robert L. Robinson IV Vice Pres. Melissa Jerry Treasurer Judge Robin Carroll Secretary Austin Barrow Dr. Kristi Elia Wayne Gibson Carolane Hays Jay Helm Phil Herring Jane James Rodney Landes Jr. Dr. Carolyn Langston Emeritus Alice Mahony Lee Morgan Kent Rice Robert Rupp Joyce Rutledge David Skinner Dale Smart Jeff Teague Shari Terry Charles Thomas Jim Tidwell



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