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Annual Report 2011-2012 Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts A Campus of the University of Arkansas System


or nearly two decades, the Arkansas

School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts has led the way in developing the talents of

many of the state’s brightest young minds and most promising future leaders.

friends and stakeholders

the past year. Our community of learning at

ASMSA thrives because of the work and dedication of over 350 students, faculty and staff. Beyond our walls are 1,840 alumni who are

As one of only 15 public residential high

making a difference on college campuses and

in the education of students with an interest

the globe. Though buildings, technology and

classes are taught at the college level, and one-

since our doors opened in 1993, what remains

The school offers 40 courses that allow students

that our students are capable of success at the

environment at ASMSA provides an experience

We are pleased to share with you how our

after graduation.

ebrate the accomplishments of our faculty and

schools in the country, ASMSA specializes

within the workforce in Arkansas and across

in advanced careers in math and science. All

student fashion choices have changed greatly

in-three faculty members hold doctoral degrees.

consistent is our resolve in daily demonstrating

to earn college credit. The living and learning

highest level.

that extends beyond the classroom and well

students are engaged in the classroom, cel-

In addition to the outstanding residential aca-

demonstrate the return on investment ASMSA

tion continues to expand its reach and course of-

that makes this opportunity possible. All of

students during its first year of operation in 1998

of our school. We are grateful for your support

at least 30 distinct courses with students in 92

work ahead.

demic program, the Office of Distance Educa-

provides as a good steward of the public support

ferings. The program has grown from serving 228

Arkansas can take pride in the accomplishments

to over 3,345 students last year. This included

of ASMSA and look forward to the continued

Arkansas school districts. ODE plays a vital role in ensuring students across the state have access to courses that lead to college readiness.

table of contents Page 1 The History of ASMSA

Page 2 ASMSA Senior Administration Page 3 Grants

Page 4-5 Academics

Page 6-7 Student Success Page 8 Residence Life

Page 9 ASMSA Campus and Facilities

Page 10-11 Office of Distance Education and Information Technology Page 12 Office of Institutional Advancement Inside Back Cover-ASMSA Financials

This report celebrates the accomplishments of

Corey Alderdice Director


he State Legislature created Ar-

kansas School for Mathematics and Science in 1991 to develop the talents of high-achieving students through advanced studies in math-

ematics, sciences and technology. Supporters,

then and now, see this as a way to help Arkansas increase the number of students who earn college degrees and will, therefore, be better able

to contribute to the economic development of

the state. In 2004, the school was made part of

the University of Arkansas System and the arts were added to ASMSA’s mission.

the history of asmsa

ASMSA is one of 15 residential public high

schools in the nation dedicated to educating

juniors and seniors with a special aptitude for

science and mathematics. The school provides a unique opportunity for students who are no

longer challenged in the classroom or who have run out of academic options at their home high

included faculty and staff offices, the counseling department, security, and some classrooms. The campus also includes the Pine Street

building, housing computer labs and faculty

offices. Classrooms and administrative offices

are located in another building at the corner of Whittington Avenue and Pine Street.

In August 2012, students moved into a new $18.1 million Student Center that includes

residence halls, library, kitchen, dining hall and offices for Residential Life staff, security and school nurse.

Since the first class enrolled in 1993, a student from every county in Arkansas has attended

ASMSA. More than one-third of the students come from low-to-moderate income families,

and many are the first in their families to attend college.

school. Enrollment is open to all Arkansas

ASMSA has graduated 1,840 students who

provided at no cost.

ship offers.

students. General tuition, room and board are

have earned more than $149 million in scholar-

Centrally located in the state, Hot Springs was

In addition to its residential school, ASMSA

class enrolled in 1993. From 1993 until 2012,

Founded in 1998, ODE is regionally accredited

chosen as the home for the school. The first students lived in the old St. Joseph’s Mercy

Hospital, built in 1927. This building, referred to as the Residence Life Building (RLB), also

is home to the Office of Distance Education.

and provides real-time interactive video courses in virtually all K-12 disciplines for nearly 4,000

students across Arkansas and seven other states.

asmsa’s mission ASMSA Student Participation by County 2011-2012 The mission of ASMSA is to create, encourage and sustain,

throughout the State of Arkansas, an educational community

of academically talented students, faculty and staff that pursues knowledge of mathematics, sciences and the arts. To accomplish this mission, ASMSA strives to: •

Serve as a model for Arkansas schools;

Serve as a center for teacher education;

education to improve instruction in mathematics, sciences

Provide courses and learning opportunities through distance

and the arts for students and teachers throughout the State;

Enhance the future of Arkansas by educating eleventh and

twelfth grade students academically talented in mathematics,

sciences and the arts;

innovative learning experiences; and

• •

Prepare students for post secondary education by providing Increase the public’s awareness of the importance of advanced

education in mathematics, sciences and the arts.

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irector Hugo retires

Dr. Janet Hugo, who was appointed director of ASMSA in 2006,

retired June 30. Prior to becoming director, she served five years as the school’s dean of academic affairs. “I am thankful for all of the support

ASMSA Senior Administration The ASMSA administrative team supervises the dayto-day operations of ASMSA and executes policy

established by the University of Arkansas System. Corey Alderdice, Director ( July 2012 – present) Janice Sullivan, Ph.D., Dean of Academic Affairs Bill Currier, Dean of Students

JaNan Abernathy, Director of Finance

Greg Reed, Director of Institutional Advancement

the director of ASMSA. The amazing people at the school have made

these years enjoyable and productive,” Hugo said. “I hope in some small

way I have contributed to the growth and successes that the school has experienced.”

In May 2012, the University of Arkansas Board of Trustees voted to honor Hugo with the title Director emeritus.

( January 2012 – present)

During her tenure, Hugo was instrumental in upgrading campus

Advancement (through December 2011)

Hospital and physician offices. In August 2010, Hugo joined Gov.

Information Technology

Springs community in celebrating the groundbreaking of the new

(served as Director 2006-2012)

“Janet Hugo has done an incredible job as director of the Ar-

Susan Lancaster, Director of Institutional

buildings, which were previously used as St. Joseph’s Mercy

Chris Robbins, Dean of Distance Education and

Mike Beebe, the ASMSA faculty, staff, students and the Hot

Janet Hugo, Ph.D., Director Emeritus

Student Center.

Board of Visitors, 2011-2012

kansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts,” said Dr.

Luther Lowe, Class of 2001, Vice Chair

System, which includes ASMSA. “I am grateful for her leadership

Hayward Battle (appointed March 2012)

students. She leaves an outstanding legacy, particularly with her

Lynne Dardenne, Ph.D., Chair

B. Alan Sugg, former president of the University of Arkansas

Marynell Branch, Secretary (thru January 2012)

and passion for the school’s unique mission and for our excellent

Karen Garcia

efforts to raise funds and build the new Student Life Complex.

Leigh Merry

Julie Mullenix

Because of her vision and persistence this facility will serve the needs of ASMSA and its students for years to come.”

Ex-Officio Representatives

The academic program also benefitted from her dedication to


improve the technological resources available for classrooms, the

Marta Collier, Arkansas Science and Technology Shane Broadway, Arkansas Department of Higher


Krystal Nail, Arkansas Department of Education

(rotated off during school year; Mary Kathryn Stein appointed)

Joy Pennington, Department of Heritage

Sandra Gilmore, ASMSA Parents’ Association Annie Wang, ASMSA Student Government President

Parents Associations Officers, 2011-2012

education and good financial management. She has been able to library, student research and the faculty.

“The focus has always been on providing resources for the students first,” she said.

Hugo helped the school’s Office of Distance Education grow

from a faculty of eight to 32 teachers providing classes to more than 3,600 students in Arkansas and seven other states.

Prior to coming to ASMSA, she served as an adjunct mathematics instructor, outreach coordinator and the director of academic affairs at the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science.

Tom and Sandra Gilmore, Presidents

She served as president of the National Consortium for Special-

Greg and Susan York, Treasurers

from 2006 to 2008.

Carl and Martha Carlson, Vice Presidents Howard and Tracy Sublett, Treasurers pro-tem Larry and Kim Holcomb, Secretary Page 2

I have received during my tenure as

ized Secondary Schools of Mathematics, Science and Technology


uring the 2011-2012 school year, ASMSA

received three grants that allowed the school to purchase updated equipment for the science and art departments and provide Science Fair award money. The school also received a grant to fund

the Science & Engineering Institute, an outreach program open


to sixth through 10th grade students across the state that provides fun, hands-on learning experiences.

GenCorp Foundation Grants - $28,575 The science department received two grants from Aerojet. One

grant for $25,000 was used to replace the department’s old data

acquisition equipment for chemistry and biology labs and to add some new equipment. The second grant of $3,575 was used for

science fair prizes. First place in a category received $100, second place $50 and third place $25. The first and second places overall received $200 and third and fourth $100. Giving Circle Grant- $15,000 ASMSA received grants from the GenCorp Foundation to purchase new equipment for the science labs and to provide cash prizes for the Science Fair winners. Pictured are Science Department Chair Brian Monson, Zartashia Javid, Becky Rainwater, Jenny Son, Kyle York, Sharon Ruiz, Dan Pham, Taylor Hamann, Hayden Roys, Dean of Academic Affairs Janice Sullivan, science teacher Patrycja Krakowiak and GenCorp Foundation board member Rob Shenton. Mr. Shenton’s son, Sean, graduated from ASMSA in 2008.

The visual arts program received a $10,000 grant from The Giving Circle of Hot Springs for equipment. The grant money was used to purchase two air purifiers for the painting room, steel

easels, folding drafting tables and drying racks for storing student artwork. Two, new digital cameras were purchased for the docu-

mentary film class, and a new printer was obtained for the graphic design course.

The Giving Circle also awarded the school $5,000 to equip the

school nurse’s office and provide a more hygienic and improved

health office for sick and injured students. The grant money was used to purchase a new bed that can be easily wiped down to

prevent the spread of germs, a narcotics safe, an air purifier, a burn station, an eye wash station and modern crutches. Elizabeth Wagner Foundation - $1,250 The grant from the Elizabeth Wagner Foundation funded the Science & Engineering Institute held in May. Twenty-nine students ASMSA received a grant from the Elizabeth Wagner Foundation that allowed the school to offer a Science & Engineering Institute for students in sixth – 10th grades. This free program was open to students from across the state and offered classes in Musical Acoustics, Evidence for Chemical Change and Art Through Programming.

and their parents spent the morning attending classes in Musi-

cal Acoustics, Evidence for Chemical Change and Art Through Programming. Free registration was provided for all students.

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During the 2011-2012 school year, the

Academic Affairs office was able to provide several events and

academics • 93 Members in the Class of 2012 • $10 million in scholarship offers • 85% of students matriculated to Arkansas colleges and universities Academic Enrollment and Retention Seniors: 97 started 2011-2012; 93 graduated. Withdrawal reasons: homesick and family issues (2), medical (1) and academic (1). Juniors: 134 started 2011-2012; 111 completed junior year. Withdrawal reasons: homesick and family issues (11), medical (1) and academic (11).

programs to enhance the learning experience at ASMSA. Student retention remained high throughout the school year, which is due to a team effort on the part of the academic and residential life

staffs. The school welcomed several new faculty members, including two alumni, and new library staff members.

The admissions department spent the fall visiting schools across the state to recruit new students for the 2012-2013 year. Ten

faculty members also visited 28 schools on behalf of ASMSA

during the extended weekend in October 2011. Additionally, the admissions staff hosted a fall and spring open house as well as

Dolphin Weekend for siblings or other family members of current students.

In October 2011, the Academic Affairs office also launched a new Science & Engineering Institute as an outreach opportunity for sixth through 10th graders across the state. This on-going event will benefit future recruitment efforts.

Welcome Home ASMSA welcomed home two of its 1999 alumni who are now teaching at the school. Dr. Jack Waddell joined the science department as a physics instructor. He has a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. He is teaching astronomy/astrophysics, advanced general physics and Research through Technology (RTT). Dr. Lindsey Waddell joined the science department in January after teaching RTT and Algebra II in the math department in the fall semester. Dr. Lindsey Waddell has a Ph.D. in oceanography, marine geology and geochemistry from the University of Michigan and was able to offer three new geoscience electives during the spring semester: Earth Systems Science; Oceanography and Global Change. The Oceanography and Earth Systems classes were able to travel to University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Research Lab in March to explore a number of marine processes and ecosystems first hand.

Alec Emry (right) received first place at the Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts Science Fair. Rob Shenton (left) of the GenCorp Foundation presented the ASMSA Science Fair award. Pictured with Shenton are the overall winners (from left) Bobby Watkins, fourth place; Hunter Dunne, third place; Maliha Bhatti, second place; and Emry. GenCorp Foundation sponsored the 2012 Science Fair prizes and the Arkansas Environmental Federation provided cash prizes for the top two winners. Alec and Maliha qualified for the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Pittsburgh.

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Science Fair Alec Emry and Maliha Bhatti qualified for the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair from the ASMSA regional fair. They traveled to Pittsburgh on May 14 to compete. Science Department Chairman Dr. Brian Monson and art instructor Anne Greenwood traveled to Pittsburgh with the students as chaperones. ASMSA won the 7A school award at the state science fair.

Beyond the Classroom

In August 2011, the mathematics department implemented a

Theme Week

Vector Calculus Readiness (VCR) workshop for our top mathe-

purpose of Aerospace Week was to promote knowledge regarding

students successfully completed the workshop.

ing the significant contributions of the State of Arkansas and the

Japanese Student Visit

ASMSA celebrated Aerospace Week November 14-18. The

matics students in order to prepare them for vector calculus. Eight

aerospace technology, research and exploration while highlight-

Global Perspectives

country to the aerospace industry. All ASMSA students, working in

Sixteen students and seven chaperones from Osaka, Japan, were

teams, developed projects and presented them to the public. Student presentations and programs led by guest speakers were open to the

public on Wednesday and Thursday, November 16 and 17. The week incorporated all areas of study, ranging from scientific experiments

to re-enactments of historical or literary events relating to aerospace.

on campus from April 22-24. This visit was a joint effort with

the Hot Springs Sister City program. Students spent the night

on campus, attended classes with ASMSA students and traveled to Mount Ida, where they visited a local crystal mine. Students

from ASMSA and Tennoji High School also shared their research

Wellness Day

projects during the Futures Forum assembly. Since returning

Day. Classes were canceled so students could participate in activi-

with ASMSA students via Skype.

On February 29 (Leap Day), ASMSA celebrated its first Wellness

home, the Japanese students have been able to keep in contact

ties that promoted a balanced and healthy lifestyle. Discussions took place on a variety of topics, including stress relief, dental

hygiene, healthy eating, etc. Faculty and staff also joined students

in a variety of physical activities, including basketball, frisbee, running, hiking, fitness bootcamp, yoga and Zumba. Preparation for Success

The math department offered two workshops to help ensure students were successful in their math classes at ASMSA.

The ASMSA Pre-Calculus Readiness Camp (PCRC) Project

helped incoming juniors build algebra skills to enable them to

succeed in pre-calculus. Thirty-one students whose math placement scores indicated weakness in Algebra II level skills were

invited to an intense three-day camp in Fall 2011 in which they were given focused instruction designed to build these Algebra II

skills. PCRC was concluded with a post-camp exam in which the students scored an average of 19.8% higher than on the pre-camp exam.

Pre and Post PCRC Math Placement Scores

Tiananmen Square in Beijing, the Great Wall, the museum of 80


85 73

60 57

69 55

and learned about the history, culture, economy and educational system of the People’s Republic. Trip to Costa Rica

month-long home stay/university study experience.

20 Pre-X Post -X Pre -Y Post -Y Section I assesses basic mathematic skills Pre-X = Pre-PCRC Section I Scores Post-X = Post-PCRC Section I scores

the terracotta warriors, the Shanghai World Financial Center

Dan McElderry took 10 students to Costa Rica in June for a



Ron Luckow took seven students on a trip to China through EF Tours in early June. Students visited the Forbidden City and

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Trip to China

Tour of England

Jennifer Lefevre traveled to England this summer for professional Pre -Z Post -Z

development. She is planning to take a group of students on a trip to England next summer with EF Tours.

Section II the part of the mathematics placement test assessing algebra skills Pre-Y = Pre-PCRC Section II scores Post-Y = Post-PCRC Section II scores Section III of the exam assesses the mathematic associated with PreCalculus Topics of Section III were not addressed at PCRC Pre-Z = Pre-PCRC Overall Scores Post-Z = Post-PCRC Overall Scores

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tudent successes

Three ASMSA students swept the top awards in the “Turning Points In American History” senior essay contest at the 2011 Garland

County Fair. The winners were (from left) Victoria Ly, first place; Alex Jones, second place and Emily Hollansworth, third place.

Ashley Clayborn (right) received a certificate and honor cords to

wear at graduation in recognition of her donations to the Arkansas Blood Institute. Ashley donated blood six times, which would help

save 18 lives, according to Bob Woodall, blood program consultant.

Pictured with her are Sharon Brown, ASMSA Secretary to Dean of Students and blood drive coordinator, and Woodall.

The Culinary Club won the spiciest chili award in The Edge’s (100.3

FM) Guns-N-Hoses Chili Cook-off October 29 in Little Rock. Pic-

After winning several quiz bowl tournaments at the local and regional

Amanda Rabalais. The 6th annual cook-off benefits The September

Bowl Association tournament held April 28. It was the school’s first ever

tured are (from left) Doug Dorle, Amelia Norvell, Paul Stratton and Fund, a scholarship program for the children of firefighters, police officers and EMT’s.

level, the ASMSA team won the 7A class of the Arkansas Governor’s Quiz state quiz bowl tournament win.

The ASMSA CyberPatriot team won the CyberPatriot IV open division

state championship. The Air Force

Association created the cyber defense competition to educate and motivate high school students interested in

science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Team members were Jeremy Reynolds, Sam Dillon,

Kori Gills, Shane Champion and Tim Yu.

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The ASMSA Robotics Team had

another successful year in the BEST (Boosting Engineering, Science and

Technology) Robotics Competition. At the local competition the team

won the BEST award (the highest

award a team can earn) and placed

first in the robot performance competition. At regionals, the team placed

fourth overall, received the Top Gun award for scoring the most points in

a single round and the robot received the Most Elegant award.

success outside the classroom Connor Murphy qualified for the state over-

The Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce

Karam Sra and Nicole Hinman were

the Hot Springs High School golf team.

presents Academic Excellence Awards to

to participate in the 2011 High School

all high-school golf tournament. He played on

Sarah Webb placed first in the French III

Vocabulary Bee at the state Foreign Language Festival held April 7 at Arkansas Tech.

and Weyerhaeuser Company annually

the top five percent of Garland County seniors. ASMSA students receiving

awards were Nicole Hinman, Zachary Lovin and Kate Trubitt.

among the 19 high school students selected Research Program held July 10-29 at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

Kristen Harrison was named a National

Twenty-one ASMSA students were

Merit Scholarship finalist. The finalists

vice president of the District IV Future Busi-

School: Kenya Boes, Garrett Carlson,

mation about the school’s curricula and

served as parliamentarian for District IV.

Jones, Sorena Lo, Victoria Ly, Larissa

high school official’s written recommen-

Shah, Karam Sra, Logan Sublett,

activities and leadership as well as the

Annie Wang was elected to serve as 2011-12

selected to attend Arkansas Governor’s

are evaluated on academic record, infor-

ness Leaders of America. Nicole Hinman

Clay Davis, Andrew Gu, Alexander

grading system, two sets of test scores, the

Markwardt, BJ Osterberger, Mehr

dation, information about the student’s

Briannon Carlsen, Charles Dillon,

finalist’s own essay.

Julie Rhee had part of her FIRM mathematics paper published in the Arkansas Council of Teachers of Mathematics newsletter.

Guo Wang, Alexandra Coffel, Bailey

Mathis, MaryMargaret Portera, Do-

monick Esparza and Amelia Norvell. Hot Springs National Park Rotary Club presented Chelsea Simpkins with the

Warren Theis Memorial Scholarship, and Taylor Washington received the Interact Club Scholarship.

During the six-week residential Governor’s School program, students are

led to explore cutting-edge theories in the arts and sciences and to develop a

greater understanding of how art, cul-

ture and knowledge change with time.

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his was the last year students lived in the Residence Life

Building (the former St. Joseph’s Mercy Hospital), which has served as home for ASMSA students since 1993.

The residential life staff seeks to provide a safe, structured living environ-

ment for students. The staff also provides student activities that encourage social interaction both on and off campus.

This year’s student body was one of the largest in recent years; however, the school did not lose any students due to discipline issues during the 2011-2012 year. Dean Currier noted that was a reflection of the qual-

student life

ity of students that the office of admissions is recruiting as well as the residential mentors’ quality of supervision.

The residential mentors hosted a program each month during the school year, and the Community Leaders hosted the First Friday event each

month. A yoga class was offered each Tuesday and Thursday for students, faculty and staff. Other activities included participation in the Blue and You Fit for Life program, Walk for the Cure, campus recycling and

members of the Interact Club participated in several community service projects.

In the spring, ASMSA students traveled to SLAMT at the University of North Texas and came home with a first place in men’s basketball. SLAMT is a friendly competition between the residential state high schools of Louisiana, Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi and Texas.

The end of the school year was a busy time with prom, the presentation of the Citizenship and Community Service Awards, the always-funny Wacky Awards and, of course, graduation.

student research Bobby Watkins (at left) has been fascinated with dinosaurs since he was four years old. While at-

tending ASMSA, his study of the prehistoric creatures earned him honors in two prestigious national competitions. A class of 2012 graduate, Bobby was the only Arkansas student to be selected as a

semifinalist in the Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology and in the Intel® Science Talent Search®.

His project, titled “Form Follows Function: A Venomous Explanation for the Exceptional Allosaurus,” compared the venomous modern Komodo dragons of Indonesia with the Jurassic Allosaurus, a cousin

of Tyrannosaurus rex, to determine how the Allosaurus was able to kill its giant dinosaur prey. Watkins argued that similarities between the skulls of the extinct Allosaurus and the giant Komodo lizards of today support a claim that Allosaurus was also venomous.

During his 2011 summer break, Watkins travelled to museums in Utah and Kansas to examine fossil

skulls and corresponded with top researchers around the world in America, Europe and Australia.

“We are very proud of Bobby’s achievement,” said Dr. Janice Sullivan, ASMSA dean of academic affairs. “Becoming a semifinalist is another

example of Bobby’s creativity and commitment combined with the higher level of education ASMSA students are exposed to on a daily basis.”

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he ASMSA campus is located on Whittington Avenue in

historic downtown Hot Springs, which gives students the opportunity

to participate in cultural and social activities. The school is within walk-

ing distance of Hot Springs National Park, museums, shops, restaurants

asmsa campus and facilities

and churches.

The school opened in 1993 and is housed on 16 acres of the former campus of St. Joseph’s Mercy Hospital.

School facilities include: Student Center

Construction of this new building began in July 2010. The Student

Center replaces the old hospital building and provides new residence

halls, library, kitchen, dining area and Residential Life support offices, including the school nurse office and 24-hour security. Phase one of

construction was completed in December 2011, while phase two con-

tinued through the remainder of the fiscal year. The building was ready

for occupancy when school started in August 2012. Construction of the library on the second floor continues and is expected to be complete in fall 2012 with occupancy in January 2013.

Residential Life Building, Pine Street and Cedar Street additions Polk Stanley Wilcox Architects designed the new 82,800-square-foot Student Center. Lead architect Reese Rowland said the tower of the new building represents a beacon for education and is topped with a roofline designed to resemble an open book.

The primary structure of the RLB was built in 1927 and used as St. Joseph’s Mercy Hospital. The hospital expanded in 1951, 1971 and

1972. From August 1993 to May 2012, the RLB and additions were

used as residence halls for students, the library, kitchen and dining area, residential life staff offices, security, school nurse, academic counseling, admissions, faculty offices, fitness center, computer science labs and art classrooms.

Although the main portion of the 1927 building has been vacated, sec-

tions of the additions are currently being used for computer science and graphic design classrooms, art and music studios, faculty offices, fitness center and the student union. Administration Building This five-story building houses the administrative offices and classrooms. Chapel This building is also original to the St. Joseph’s Mercy Hospital and has ASMSA Student Center dining hall

been converted for student activity space. Office of Distance Education

This building, originally used as a convent for the St. Joseph’s Mercy

nuns, has been converted to office and instructional space for the ODE faculty and staff.

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ounded in 1998, the Office of Distance Education (ODE) is

a regionally accredited, comprehensive K-12 distance education provider offering real-time, compressed interactive video courses in virtually all disciplines to schools nationwide. ODE courses are correlated to local curriculum guidelines and taught by fully-certified, highly-qualified

office of distance education and information technology

teachers. Flexible scheduling and affordable prices are designed to meet our partner schools’ needs.

ODE can help schools interested in adding breadth and depth to the curriculum, finding cost-effective ways to serve students in low-enrollment classes or ensuring certified instructors staff every classroom. Grants and Funding ASMSA’s Office of Distance Education and Information Technology

generated $1.7 million in grant funds during the 2011-2012 academic year; this was a 47 percent increase from 2010-2011.

Grants received included State Distance Learning Tuition Grant ($1.25

million), Supplemental Distance Learning Tuition Grant funds from the Arkansas Distance Learning Consortium ($200,000) and a grant from

the Walton Family Foundation ($250,000) to use as cash match for the 2012 United States Department of Agriculture Rural Utilities Service

Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grant and United Stated Department of Education Investing in Innovation grant projects.

The office billed non-consortium schools, including out-of-state clients, $344,110, generating $1,794,110 in total tuition revenue. Enrollment Enrollment in ODE classes continues to increase each year. In 2011-

2012, 3,345 students were enrolled, which was a slight increase from the 3,336 enrolled the previous year. Students enrolled from eight states:

Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Kentucky, Louisiana, Ohio, Missouri and

Pennsylvania. Enrollment during the 2012-2013 school year is expected to increase to more than 5,000 students.

The William J. Clinton Foundation Berryville High School student Ben Harris won the Ideas Matter

Essay Contest offered by The William J. Clinton Foundation. The contest awarded $2,500 for the best essay about challenges facing

the country and how to fix them. Harris, who takes classes through ASMSA’s Office of Distance Education, wrote about the tempta-

tions and dangers of dropping out of school and how to overcome those pitfalls. He and his family had the opportunity to meet President Clinton during the awards ceremony.

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Faculty ODE employed 30 faculty members in 2011-2012, resulting in a student to faculty ratio of 112:1. In addition to the faculty employed at the

ASMSA campus and other locations in Arkansas, ODE employs teachers in Illinois, Louisiana and Texas. Approximately 40 percent of the faculty work from home or satellite offices.

ODE instructor Jennifer Lopes received an award for instructional excellence from the Instructional Technology Council.

ODE hired a new faculty member, Yanxin Liu, to provide Mandarin

office of distance education courses

Chinese classes through the Confucius Institute.

Algebraic Connections American History AP Calculus AB

AP English Language and Composition AP Spanish

AP Statistics

AP World History Arkansas History Art I

Chemistry Chinese I

Concurrent Algebra Concurrent English

Environmental Science French I Information Technology The Information Technology staff is responsible for maintaining and improving the technological resources on campus.

During the 2011-2012 school year, the staff replaced three labs, eight staff computers and all residential faculty laptops.

The move to the new Student Center and vacating the old RLB required the installation of new equipment and reconfiguring existing equipment. The staff installed network equipment and security cameras in the Stu-

dent Center and added more cameras to the campus surveillance system. The server room was moved from RLB to the Pine Street building. The

wireless network was expanded to previously unserved and underserved areas of campus.

The staff added new endpoints to the distance education network,

French II

German I

German II Journalism

Oral Communications Personal Finance Physical Science Physics

Pre-Calculus including Trigonometry Pre-AP English 10 Spanish I

Spanish II

Spanish III

Spanish for Middle School Students Survey of Fine Arts

migrated from Trend Microsystems antivirus to Sophos antivirus and

worked with DIS and ADE technical staff to ensure successful rollout of the new State Video Network.

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uilding upon a shared passion for education, the

Office of Institutional Advancement, through the work of the

staff and the ASMSA Foundation Fund, promotes and provides financial, marketing and organizational support for ASMSA’s mission and needs.

The Office of Institutional Advancement, provides:

office of institutional advancement

Marketing and Public Information Support

Development and Event Support

Alumni Relations

The office also oversees the ASMSA Foundation Fund through

fundraising, donor relationship management, donor stewardship as wel as awarding and managing grants to ASMSA.

history and mission of asmsa foundation fund


In 2011-12, the OIA planned and hosted the 5th annual

ASMSA/Cisco Golf Classic, which raised $15,000 to support ASMSA Foundation projects.

In March 2007, the University of Arkansas Foundation, Inc., created the Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and

the Arts Foundation Fund to secure philanthropic support for

The OIA launched a “Read . . . Lead . . . Succeed” campaign in

March and raised $12,000 for construction of the library in the new Student Center.

ASMSA’s mission.

Marketing and Public Information

Primarily, the Foundation Fund works to secure funds for advanc-

The public information office publicizes ASMSA’s activities and

tion Fund works to secure support to fill funding gaps in student,

ing, social media, the ASMSA website and the Tangents newslet-

ing the ASMSA Campus Master Plan; secondarily, the Foundaacademic and residence life programs.

The Foundation Fund is established as a clearly-defined entity

that enables ASMSA to approach national foundations, corporations and private donors for financial assistance with a definite

assurance of the purposes for which contributions will be used.

student achievements through the use of press releases, advertister. The office assists with development and alumni events, pro-

motes admissions events and with writing and editing of ASMSA Foundation materials.

The Hot Springs media is supportive of the school, and we are

often featured in the newspaper and on the local morning radio

show. Media outlets in the students’ hometowns print or broad-

cast our releases, which recognize ASMSA student successes and increase awareness of the school.

The amount of statewide publicity increased at the end of the school year due to the retirement of director Janet Hugo, the

appointment of Corey Alderdice to the position and the dedica-

tion of the new Student Center. The new Student Center was the cover feature for the July edition of Life and Home magazine and

included an article about the school as well as color photo spreads. .

The ASMSA/Cisco Golf Classic raised $15,000 to fund ASMSA Foundation projects.

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ASMSA Foundation Fund revenue and expenses 2011-2012 revenues



Earned Interest 5%


Foundation Awards & Gifts Gifts From Trusts 4% 1%

Scholarships 1%

Residential Student Support 2%

Operating 1%

Academic Support 4%

Employee Contributions 11%

Public Relations 7%

Business and Corporate Contribuitions 46%

Individual Gifts 33%

Fund Raising Event 21% ASMSA expendetures - instruction

Building Construction 64%

asmsa revenues and expenses 2011–2012

ASMSA revenues


Depreciation 8%


expenses $10,045,677

Other Sources 10% Plant Operations 21%

State and Local Grants and Contracts 11%

Instruction 39%

ASMSA expenditures 2

Capital Appropriations 16%

State Appropriations 63%

Institutional Support 9%

Student Services 12%

Academic Support 11%

Depreciation 8%

Supplies and Services 33%

Compensation and Benefits 59%

2012 ASMSA Annual Report  

2012 Annual Report for the Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts

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