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CORNERSTONE A S O U T H A R K A N S A S C O M M U N I T Y C O L L E G E F O U N D AT I O N P U B L I C AT I O N


TA B L E O F C O N T E N T S 1 Foundation Board President’s Letter 4 Foundation Board Directors 5 Leadership Vision for a Bright Future

ABOUT SOUTHARK COMMUNITY COLLEGE

6 Dr. Barbara Jones Bids a Warm Farewell

OUR VISION

6 Greetings from the Foundation Executive Director 7 Outdoor Expo 8 Outdoor Expo Big Winner for Arkansas Festivals and Events Awards 9 Outdoor Expo Sponsors 11 Scholarship Appreciation Luncheon 12 Professor Inspires Student Success 12 Training Center Recognized for Outstanding Workforce Education

Our vision is to make South Arkansas Community College the cornerstone of lifelong teaching and learning in our community.

OUR MISSION The South Arkansas Community College Foundation exists to build leadership, scholarship and partnerships by increasing donor support, rewarding excellence, and elevating the stature and importance of the College locally, regionally and nationally.

OUR PURPOSE

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The purpose of the SouthArk Foundation is to aid, strengthen, and further the educational, literary, and scientific work and services of South Arkansas Community College by seeking, receiving and distributing gifts, bequests and donations, and to account for and manage assets submitted to the Foundation on behalf of South Arkansas Community College and the residents of its service area.

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OUR HISTORY

14 Building the Hoopla 15 Student’s Choice Awards 15 Save the Date: An Evening with the Stars 16 Celebrating Success: Oustanding Faculty and Staff Shine

22 A Tribute to Charlie 23 Excitement for the Future 26 Arkansas Community Colleges Academic All-Star 28 A Lifetime Achievement 29 A Tribute to Excellence

30 Statement of Financial Position 31 2020 Annual Donors 36 Alumni Friends Keep Connected

The South Arkansas Community College Foundation is a non-profit, tax-exempt Arkansas corporation reactivated in 1996 which is governed by a group of community members who represent the positive leadership of the community. These directors seek to obtain gifts and grants needed beyond the scope of taxbased funding, and to manage and expend these items for the development of South Arkansas Community College. SouthArk Foundation funds are distributed to benefit and advance the College, and for the encouragement and assistance of its students and faculty.

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F O U N D AT I O N B O A R D O F D I R E C T O R S

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he South Arkansas Foundation Board of Directors wishes to thank each of you who support the Foundation financially and through your volunteer efforts. We continue to raise scholarship funds for students and support the college vision by funding special projects and program support. Your generosity is felt all year long as struggling students are provided access to a high-quality education, enabling them to complete their degrees and go to work. In this edition, we are proud to share our student’s successes and accomplishments, which have been made possible through your philanthropic support. We are beyond excited with the onboarding of our new college president, Dr. Bentley Wallace, who brings with him many years in higher education along with extensive experience in workforce training and education. We look forward to a collaborative and productive partnership. Finally, we bid a warm farewell to college president Dr. Barbara Jones upon her retirement after 10 successful years of leadership. Our board of directors values the companies and individuals who are providing support for students to reach the finish line. Thank you for your continued commitment to education.

Greg Withrow SouthArk Foundation Board President

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F O U N D AT I O N B O A R D O F D I R E C T O R S

Robert L. Robinson, IV Vice-President

Rodney Landes, Jr. Treasurer

Shari Terry Secretary

Judge Robin Carroll

Anne Cauthron

Jose Covas

Dr. Carolyn Langston, Emeritus

Kristi Lowery

Lee Morgan

Laura Rogers

Molly Shepherd

David Skinner

Dale Smart

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LEADERSHIP

PRESIDENT B E N T L E Y WA L L AC E

Leadership Vision for a Bright Future

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he year 2019 was a time of tremendous change at South Arkansas Community College. Our previous president, Dr. Barbara Jones, announced her plans to retire.  The 1905 Thomas Administration Building was rededicated.  The inaugural season of SouthArk Stars basketball was launched. SouthArk students placed in 13 categories at the national student business club Phi Beta Lambda conference and competition.  The college added a culinary program to its Career and Technical degree offerings…and the list goes on and on.  So many things have happened at the college throughout the year, and all of it was made possible through the generous support of the South Arkansas Community College Foundation and its donors. Supporting your local community college is one of the best ways to ensure that your philanthropic activities can be leveraged to affect significant change in the lives of individuals, their families for generations to come, and the community as a whole.  Education is the great equalizer in our society, and an affordable, high-quality education at SouthArk provides a level of return on investment for students and donors like no other!

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Providing affordable access to high-wage, highdemand careers is the hallmark of South Arkansas Community College. In today’s highly competitive global market, students can gain knowledge and skills close to home while training with the latest technology, curriculum, and world-class instructors right here at SouthArk. Excellent careers are waiting for our graduates, and your generosity is the engine driving that opportunity.  As we celebrate the continued success of our students, I want to make sure you know that the work of the SouthArk Foundation is a critical function of that success. It allows us to find creative solutions for students in need, and your continued support makes a meaningful difference in the lives of students every day. 

Dr. Bentley Wallace SouthArk President


LEADERSHIP

Dr. Barbara Jones Bids a Warm Farewell After over 10 rewarding and professionally motivating years as president of South Arkansas Community College (SouthArk), I retired on January 30, 2020. This was a difficult decision for me because SouthArk and El Dorado have been home, we have made lifelong friends, and I care deeply about the college, our students, our employees, and the region we serve. Community colleges change lives every day. I will continue to be inspired by the many students we serve who struggle to attend college while working and taking care of family members. I am also inspired by the dedicated faculty and staff who are committed to our students’ success. And to the many donors who provide support for our college, employees, and students, I thank you for being a partner in this endeavor of changing lives. We could not do it without you.

In parting, I am leaving a planned gift to the Foundation Heritage Circle. This is a personal legacy which is designated for SouthArk students. If you share our mission and vision, I hope you will consider leaving a legacy to continue the good work of changing lives far into the future. It has been an honor and a privilege to serve South Arkansas Community College and to partner with you on the outstanding efforts of building a college which educates a strong workforce and improves the quality of life for our citizens. With much appreciation,

Dr. Barbara R. Jones

Greetings from the Foundation Executive Director Once again this year, the generous and outstanding contributions from our many college friends and supporters have made it abundantly possible for our students to pursue and complete their education. In this publication, we are proud to share stories of students celebrating their accomplishments and reaching their dreams. We also share stories of resolute faculty and staff who have a dedication for our students’ success, and who are committed to advancing education and transforming lives. It is heartening and amazing. I have never been more proud to be part of this vibrant institution. We also acknowledge in these challenging COVID-19 times, that students, faculty, and staff are working in a “new normal.” All around us, there’s a sense of uncertainty while some may ask “Where do we go from here?” With a set of unique challenges facing us, we have made every effort to adjust and adapt in guiding our students in staying the course. A migration to online delivery services for classes, advising, tutoring, and counseling has helped

students continue to focus on completing their studies. Our faculty and staff are here to provide support and be a safety net for each and every student. There’s no better time to let you, our friends, know that you are helping us to change lives and shape futures. We are able to do what we do because of your dedicated support, generous goodwill, and community partnerships. You make us immensely grateful. Best wishes for you and your loved ones’ good health.

Cynthia Reyna Foundation Executive Director


CELEBRATE EVERYTHING OUTDOORS

The 21st Outdoor Expo, the Foundation’s signature fundraiser, attracted large crowds this Fall from throughout the region and beyond. Visitors turned out to the El Dorado Conference Center and campus for live music, a rib cook-off, a 5k run/ walk, a photography contest, a car show, KidsWorld, and over 70 exhibitors and vendors.


Greg Withrow recognized as Volunteer of the Year, Arkansas Festivals & Events

Outdoor Expo Big Winner for Arkansas Festivals and Events Awards The Arkansas Festivals & Events Association gathered for their 2020 annual conference, where they celebrated the best and brightest of Arkansas’s festivals and special events. This year’s awards were judged collectively by an unbiased  panel comprised from the Arkansas Arts Council, the University of Arkansas, Arkansas Department of Parks & Heritage & Tourism, and Arkansas Life Magazine. The 21st annual Outdoor Expo, the SouthArk Foundation’s flagship fundraiser, was bestowed several awards, all in the first place category, including the gold for “Event of the Year”, recognizing the event which stands out among all special events in Arkansas by its creative approach, crowd appeal, media coverage, and/or enhancement of community pride, thus benefiting the state’s quality of life. The annual September festival also was selected as the gold winner in the categories of “Volunteer of the Year,” awarded to Foundation president Greg Withrow, and “Best T-shirt.” Withrow’s recognition as volunteer of the year was based on his passionate support for education and his distinguished contributions to SouthArk and our local community. Embracing the spirit of volunteerism, his valuable and selfless commitment to education and his love for enhancing the quality of life for our citizens across south Arkansas and beyond was noted as being immeasurable. “We credit our Foundation board of directors for their great leadership and vision in executing a family-oriented and fun community event year after year. We could not do this without the philanthropic support of our major sponsors and the amazing volunteerism of our employees, students, cookers, and many community participants,” Foundation executive director Cynthia Reyna said.

Accepting Awards are College Trustee Kerri Brown, Foundation Executive Director Cynthia Reyna, Lucy Withrow, & Foundation President Greg Withrow


Our Sponsors TITLE SPONSORS

Martin Operating Partnership/Cross Oil Refining & Marketing

EAGLE SPONSORS

Delek US

BIG BUCK SPONSORS

Sewell Oil Company


MASTER ANGLER SPONSORS

Clean Harbors

First Financial Bank

SAVE THE DATE

Medical Center of South Arkansas

LANXESS

Nexans Amercable

OUTDOOR EXPO 2020 9.12.20 Be a Sponsor! Contact us at foundation@southark.edu or (870) 864-7130.


EXCELLENCE

Scholarship Appreciation Luncheon

The Foundation brings together scholarship contributors with scholarship recipients each spring. This donor and scholar luncheon offers an inspiring look at the accomplishments of students, whose success is possible through ongoing support from their scholarship donors. It’s an opportunity for those who generously donate funding for student educational use to put faces with names – and for those students to thank their benefactors in a personal way. Many thanks to donors who support our students in achieving their goals through generous financial assistance.


EXCELLENCE

Professor Inspires Student Success Creating new and cutting-edge teaching techniques that positively impact student learning has always been important to Gary Hall, Entertainment and Media Arts (EMA) program director. One of his favorite quotes, by Emily Dickinson, is “I dwell in possibility.” The Foundation Innovation Mini-Grant has helped get the EMA program off the ground in its effort to create Star 1 Productions. Hall’s students set up a traveling studio to learn the process of conducting interviews, which were planned, edited, and student-produced. They also set up a studio to create podcasts related to topics in their fields of study. In the words of Hall’s students, with your generous funding, “Thank you for allowing us to create our own script!” The Innovation Mini-Grant fund targets unique efforts for classroom experiences brought by SouthArk faculty and staff for the benefit of student learning, and encourages progressive thinking and teaching techniques.

Training Center Recognized for Outstanding Workforce Education SouthArk was recently awarded the Southwest Regional Economic Development Association’s “Southwest Star” award in recognition of the Charles A. Hays Advanced Manufacturing Training Center (AMTC). With a generous financial contribution, the Hays Family dedicated the training center in memory of their family patriarch in 2018.

The AMTC provides training in welding, industrial technology, process technology, and mechatronics, and has helped create and/or retain over 550 jobs in Union County. Additional funding for the construction and maintenance of the facility came from a major gift from the state Economic Development Association, Mr. William A. Howard, local industry, and state, federal and private investment. “It’s a great honor to be recognized and to receive the only award given in the state of Arkansas for the college’s efforts in providing training for high-demand, high-tech career opportunities. We are grateful for industry, who gave us the vision for this center’s training needs, for our many business and government partners, and for the donors who helped make this a reality,” said Greg Withrow, SouthArk Foundation president.

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THEY WERE SEEN ON LOCAL BASKE TBALL COURTS. Thanks in part to the generosity of the SouthArk Foundation Board of Directors, who provided athletic scholarships as well as some seed money, South Arkansas Community College began men’s and women’s intercollegiate basketball, competing in Region 2 of the National Junior College Athletic Association’s Division II. Fan reception has been, in a word, fantastic, as the fledgling Stars drew attendance figures that placed them in the top 10 nationally in their division, which exceeded expectations, according to student services vice president Dr. Derek Moore, who is the college’s athletic director. “While reflecting on our inaugural basketball season, I am overwhelmed with the level of support from the college, community and SouthArk Foundation,” Moore said. “I have witnessed the evolution of a spirit of togetherness brought along by SouthArk basketball. There’s something special brewing in El Dorado, and the future is as bright as the Stars!” With additional sponsors and boosters, the program hopes to grow its success as well as its fan base in the coming years. While it played its inaugural-season games at nearby Barton Junior High School—provided free of charge by the El Dorado School District— games will be moved to the college’s West Campus for the 2020-2021 season, and into the newly-renovated SouthArk 1940 WPA Gymnasium. The project comes thanks to an Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Commission grant of nearly $700,000.

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EXCELLENCE

Student’s Choice Award The G. Thomas Baumgardner Students’ Choice Award, established by Dr. Kermit Parks, college trustee and retired professor, recognizes outstanding faculty through a student vote. This prestigious award is presented annually to a SouthArk faculty member who is selected as being the most helpful, supportive, and responsive to students’ needs. This past year, students selected two faculty recipients - business professor Donna Hendricks and history professor Dr. Ken Bridges. Students praised Hendricks for offering practical advice and teaching skills that reach far beyond the classroom. “Ms. Hendricks is caring and takes the time to get to know her students. She gives us the push we need to be prepared for the workforce,” students commented.

Likewise, Bridges received accolades with students saying that “He is always very helpful and excited about teaching his students. He makes history fun and really cares about us. He gives students a much better respect for the people who created, protected, and served this country to create a better life for future generations.” Winners receive a $500 check to be used for faculty academic support in their teaching labs and classrooms.

Save the Date:

An Evening with the Stars C E L E B R AT I N G O U R S TA R S Join us for the biennial An Evening with the Stars banquet, to be held later this year in the Fall. We look forward to honoring Friends of the College who are the Hays Family and The Systems Group, outstanding supporters who have provided generous educational opportunities for students, touching their lives in the most positive way.

Kerri Brown

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Distinguished alumni Kerri Brown and Kenny Hickman will be recognized for their distinguished career achievements and public service. Brown is with G.A. Brown Properties and a college trustee and Hickman is the El Dorado chief of police.

Chuck Hays

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Celebrating Success

EXCELLENCE

O U T S TA N D I N G FA C U LT Y A N D S TA F F S H I N E

Benjamin Cagle

Brandi Cotterman

Outstanding Professional Staff Member of the Year Instructional Technology Coordinator

Outstanding Classified Staff Member of the Year Payroll & Benefits Coordinator

From left to right: Doyle Manis | Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year Division of Career and Technical Education Dr. Cindy Meyer | Overall Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year Occupational Therapy Assistant Program Director Ashley Dougan | Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year Division of Liberal Arts

“My future career plans and aspirations include becoming a teacher and coaching at Junction City School District. This scholarship will enable me to follow my dreams of becoming an educator and ultimately giving back to the community that helped me.” -Frederick Daniel Jay Terry Memorial Scholarship

“I am a single mother to a three-yearold little girl. My future career plans and aspirations include receiving my Licensed Practical Nurse certification and then going on to becoming a Registered Nurse.” -Jordan Glass William R. Howard Endowed Scholarship

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GIVE GIFT OF THE

KNOWLEDGE WHY GIVE?

• To support fees and tuition for scholarships and books. • To support faculty and staff in using high-technology teaching tools and creating a unique teaching environment

W H E R E D O I D E S I G N AT E M Y G I F T ?

• Scholarship, major building projects, special college initiatives. Listed on the opposite page are some of our funds you may support.

HOW DO I MAKE MY GIFT?

• Fill out enclosed giving card. Easy credit card pay at southark.edu/giving.

Creating A Legacy For Future Generations

Planned giving provides you with the opportunity for maximizing tax benefits while making it possible for you to give a charitable gift that will benefit our students, academic programs, and major projects. Individuals and families may become members of the Heritage Circle by committing special gifts to the Foundation. By including South Arkansas Community College in your estate plans, regardless of your income level or age, you can make a tremendous difference for generations to come.

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F O U N D AT I O N S C H O L A R S H I P S Alpha Xi Endowed Scholarship Athletic Scholarship Jennifer Baine Endowed Scholarship Karen Boykin Endowed Nursing Scholarship Dr. Kenneth Bridges Scholarship Robert R. Brown, Jr. Scholarship Steve Cameron Endowed Scholarship Cornerstone General Endowed Scholarship Charles E. Cowger Endowed Scholarship El Dorado Civitan Golden Door Endowed Scholarship El Dorado Jaycees Endowed Scholarship Health Sciences Endowed Scholarship William R. and Cacilia Howard Endowed Scholarship Island Memorial Scholarship James Family Endowed Scholarship Dr. Carolyn Langston Endowed Scholarship Omazel Lawson Endowed Scholarship Living the Dream Scholarship Jodie Mahony Endowed Scholarship Mabel and Emon Mahony Endowed Scholarship Michael Mahony/BancorpSouth Endowed Scholarship Medical Center of South Arkansas/ Betty White Endowed Scholarship James M. Moore, Jr. Endowed Scholarship Neely Endowed Scholarship Dr. Kermit Parks Public Service Endowed Scholarship E. W. Pickering Endowed Scholarship Mabel Stratton Powell Endowed Scholarship ProMed Ambulance Scholarship Dora J. and John G. Ragsdale, Jr. Endowed Scholarship REACH (Receiving Education Achievement Close to Home) Endowed Scholarship Lucy Ring Academic Excellence Endowed Scholarship Lucy Ring Fine Arts Endowed Scholarship Shirley Jean Hicks Russell African-American Friends and Family Endowed Scholarship Simmons Bank Endowed Scholarship Jo An and Charles T. Skinner Endowed Scholarship SouthArk Employee Club Endowed Scholarship Melba Tatom Nursing Endowed Scholarship William Jammillous (Jay) Terry Scholarship Jonathan M. Warren Memorial Scholarship Dr. Ben T. Whitfield Endowed Scholarship

SOUTH ARKANSAS COMMUNITY COLLEGE F O U N D AT I O N F U N D S

Academic Career and Achievement Program Advanced Manufacturing Training Center, Charles A. Hays Athletics Booster Club Cultural Activities - African-American Family and Friends Day Entertainment and Media Arts Finance and Administration Activities G. Thomas Baumgardner Students’ Choice Endowed Award Heritage Circle Planned Giving Howard Heritage Plaza Endowed Support Innovation Mini-Grant Endowed Lecture Series Phi Beta Lambda Travel President’s Circle Kelly Roper Radiologic Technology Program Skills USA Travel South Arkansas Arboretum SouthArk Library Endowed Student Emergency Student Services Activities Charlie Thomas Administration Building Vision Care

YOUR GIFT

WILL TRULY MAKE A

DIFFERENCE! Contact foundation@southark.edu or call 870.864.7130.

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CofORNERSTONE the COLLEGE EXCELLENCE

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outhArk’s most historic building was dedicated in honor of Charlie Thomas at a ceremony in late 2019. The building is now known as the 1905 Thomas Administration Building. Mr. Thomas has a long and cherished history with South Arkansas Community College. His dedication to promoting educational excellence in south Arkansas will positively impact students and their families for generations to come. Mr. Thomas stated it best when he said “I have loved this place since I’ve been here; I’ve loved it young and I’ve loved it old.”

Judge Robin Carroll, long-time Foundation board member, best describes Charlie’s contributions to the college by saying, “If SouthArk had a Mount Rushmore, Charlie Thomas would be the first face they chiseled on it. There is no way to overstate his contribution to the past, present, and future of the College.”

THANK YOU, MR. THOMAS FOR YOUR EXEMPLARY LEADERSHIP AND P H I L A N T H R O P Y T H AT H A S E N A B L E D S O U T H A R K T O FA C I L I TAT E A C C E S S , O P P O R T U N I T Y, A N D S U C C E S S FOR STUDENTS!

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“SELDOM HAS ANYONE IN OUR COMMUNIT Y GIVEN THE G I F T O F E D U C AT I O N A N D O P P O R T U N I T Y F O R L E A R N I N G B Y B U I L D I N G A C O L L E G E F R O M I T S V E R Y I N C E P T I O N .”


A Tribute to Charlie

T H O M A S A D M I N I S T R AT I O N B U I L D I N G D E D I C AT I O N C E R E M O N Y | N O V E M B E R 2 0 1 9 By Bettie Anne Mahony

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any of you may not know that Charlie Thomas is an immigrant to South Arkansas. Born in St. Louis, he came permanently to the shores of the Ouachita River in 1975 with his late wife, Camilla. And, like many immigrants, he embraced the language, the culture, the food, the natural resources, the history, and the social life with an unbridled enthusiasm rare in natives. Charlie loves people. I doubt he has spent a single weekend home alone since he moved here. He has a keen sense of humor, particularly about himself. He is a scholar, a writer, a teacher, an opera lover, an entrepreneur, a naturalist, a retired tennis player, a reader, and a philanthropist—in fact, he and Camilla were inducted into the Union County Community Foundation Philanthropy Hall of Fame. He has given both his time and his money to projects to improve life for those in South Arkansas and the rest of the state—the South Arkansas Symphony, UAMS, the South Arkansas Arts Center, MAD, Public Radio, the Arkansas Humanities Council, the Rockefeller Foundation, and – in the nick of time for many of us here today -- The South Arkansas Center on Aging.

I have some personal thanks to offer Charlie. When Sherrel Johnson worked to set up a scholarship fund in my husband Jodie’s name, Charlie made an early and generous $10,000 contribution. As a board member, he was a fierce advocate for faculty and a willing thorn in the sides of our various administrations. Though he rarely won the battles, simply having him there gave us hope. He has been a good friend, and Ben and Sherrel Johnson, Steve and Clara Jones, Emon and Kay Mahony, and I have been able to celebrate his birthday together for more years than any of us can now remember. This February was his 92nd. The College’s naming a building after Charlie Thomas is long-overdue. Although the elements seemed to be against us—first fire, then rain--I’m glad that he and we can be here today to celebrate its reopening.

He has been a protector of the land, following best practices with the thousands of woodland acres he and his family own, and also donating land to important water projects and turning over three thousand acres of pristine forest to the Nature Conservancy to secure it in perpetuity. But for us today, Charlie’s most important contributions have been to South Arkansas Community College, which might not exist without him. The College was started as a branch of what was then Southern State College in Magnolia, but in 1991-92 a committee formed to merge Oil Belt Vocational School with the branch in a new community college. Charlie worked fervently on the campaign, then went on to serve on the initial college board as well as the Foundation board. He served on the college board from 1992-2000 and was reappointed by Governor Beebe and served from 2006 to 2017. When the Foundation was reactivated in 1996, Charlie was on the board until 2017. He even taught an anthropology class, which for decades has provided fodder for many of us in arguments.

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EXCITEMENT FOR THE

FUTURE TERRELL GLOSSOM WILLIAM JAMMILLOUS TERRY MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP Terrell Glosson credits South Arkansas Community College not only for improving his own life, but for improving the lives of many others through him. Having graduated from SouthArk with an associate’s degree in registered nursing in December of 2019, after graduating with a technical certificate in practical nursing in December of 2013, Glosson now has moved on to nurse practitioner’s school. He is doing that while working both as a nurse manager for the state Office of Workers’ Compensation, and as an emergency room nurse at Ashley County Medical Center. In his time in the field, he has helped many patients. “SouthArk has provided me all of the necessary educational tools to deliver quality health care to my community,” Glosson said. “This allowed me the ability to support my family more substantially and achieve financial stability.” Glosson is married with two children, and a third on the way—a self-described family man. He is quick to note that things could have turned out differently for him. “I overcame hardships as a child, to the brink of adoption,” he said. “My siblings and I lost our father to violence when we were infants. My mother had a difficult time coping with the unexpected tragic loss.”

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Glosson said that his late maternal grandmother stepped in and adopted both him and his brother and raised them. He got a different kind of raising after joining the military in 2008. He became an Army combat medic— his first work in the medical field—eventually elevating to the rank of sergeant. His active duty included Operation Iraqi Freedom. But afterwards, he sought to continue his education. He felt that SouthArk offered him great opportunities and was pleased with the low student-to-teacher ratio. Glosson was able to stand out on campus almost immediately, and birthed the idea for a new student organization dedicated to providing support to students who, like himself, were military service personnel: SouthArk Service-member Support, typically called “S-Cubed.” He was a member of Phi Theta Kappa, the National Society of Leadership and Success, and the Student Government Association. Most recently he was president of his registered-nursing class, from which he graduated summa cum laude. A recipient of the William Jammillous Terry Memorial Scholarship, Glosson said that he intends to give back to the school that gave him so much. “As an alumnus, it is my ultimate goal to formulate a scholarship in the near future for a deserving student just like me,” he said.


STUDENT SUCCESS

ANA ALOR LIVING THE DREAM SCHOLARSHIP Ana Alor credits her parents for setting her sights on getting a college education. “My lovely parents told me that I could be whatever I want to be, and that I should never let any negativity bring me down. They made it very clear that they would support me no matter what they had to give up. They are my heroes and the reason I pushed myself to get good grades, have a career goal, and graduate,” Alor said. A graduate of Warren High School, Alor is the first in her immediate family to complete high school. Her parents struggled to make ends meet and she didn’t think she could go to college. She was thrilled when she was awarded the Living the Dream scholarship, saying, “I am very grateful for this enormous blessing and thank the Foundation board of directors and the donors for their financial support.”

Alor’s dream has always been to work in the medical field “because there are so many people in this world who need help, and just knowing that I can make a difference in other people’s lives is motivating for me.” She gives her professors credit for encouraging her to excel in her education, saying “It has been quite an honor to be able to go to this college because the teachers care so much about each and every one of their students. Every professor I have had, whether it was online or on campus, showed me that they want the best for each of us.” This past December, Alor graduated from SouthArk’s Occupational Therapy Assistant program. Her strong work ethic along with her scholarship have enabled her to get her degree and continue striving to further her education.

“Every professor I have had, whether it was online or on campus, showed me that they want the best for each of their students. The student services staff have also been very patient and helpful. I have been so impressed with everyone at SouthArk.” - Ana Alor

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STUDENT SUCCESS

“At the age of 28, I found myself divorced with two amazing children that I was raising on my own. I knew they deserved better and set out with the goal to be more and to give my kids more.” - Cory Greenwood

CORY GREENWOOD ALPHA XI ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP Cory Greenwood has a career goal to complete her accounting degree and become a Certified Public Accountant. Ambitious by nature, she set her path and is steadily staying the course. In 2018, she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a 3.94 grade point average from SouthArk, earning her Associate of Arts Degree, Technical Certification in Accounting, and General Studies Certification. “My success is credited in no small part to the advisors, instructors, administrators, and especially, to the donors at SouthArk,” she says. The reality is that Greenwood’s story is one of enduring perseverance and rising above difficult life circumstances. By age 18, she had dropped out of high school, married, and was working a full-time minimum wage job trying to make ends meet. “My life became dedicated to being a mother and wife. At the age of 28, I found myself divorced with two amazing children that I was raising on my own. I knew they deserved better and set out with the goal to be more and to give my kids more,” she says.

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In her quest to becoming an accountant, her return to school was the beginning of a new chapter in her life. Greenwood was the recipient of the Alpha Xi Endowed Scholarship, which she says was a tremendous help in her academic success. “I was always good with numbers and felt this would be a good path for me. I enrolled at SouthArk and this is where my real story began. My advisor was an amazing woman named Kathy Reaves with the Career Pathways Initiative. She was my rock and a true friend throughout my SouthArk Journey…a journey that has been filled with major ups and downs, including the financial strain of going to school full time, working full time, and supporting two school-aged kids and a household,” she says. Greenwood says she is grateful for her scholarship support and wants donors to know that they are changing lives of students in amazing ways. “I have been very fortunate and can only hope that I can honor Alpha Xi one day and give back. I can now continue in my pursuit of a bachelor’s degree. This has truly been a rewarding experience and I am so very thankful.”


Arkansas Community Colleges Academic All-Star

STUDENT SUCCESS

ELIZABETH FRENCH Elizabeth French was recognized as an Arkansas Academic AllStar Student for the academic year 2019-2020. The All-Star program recognizes the scholarly and service achievements of Arkansas’ two-year college students. She was awarded a $500 SouthArk scholarship to complete her associate degree and a second full-tuition scholarship to any of the state public four-year universities to complete her bachelor’s degree. French is a sophomore at South Arkansas Community College, pursuing an Associate degree in Criminal Justice Administration. She is heavily involved with the youth in her community and loves volunteering as a mentor to at-risk youth. “This award has been life-changing for me. It has opened doors I never thought possible. It has benefited me with an academic scholarship to any four-year university in Arkansas and I have chosen Southern Arkansas University to complete my education. I am more than humbled by the actions of God, the people Southark, and the state of Arkansas. I am a first-generation college student in my family. It is with a full heart that I say thank you,” French said.

“Your generosity helps me to realize my goal of earning my Business Administration degree. My future career goals and plans include having a family and opening my own business.” -Osbaldo Covarrubias Living the Dream Scholarship

“The look on my family members’ faces when I showed them my scholarship was beyond words. Thank you so much for what you do for people like myself who are working to better their lives and the lives of those around them.” - Justin Van Sickle Steve Cameron Endowed Scholarship

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Some of our students never expected to be in college, were never encouraged

to pursue education beyond high school, and seem astonished and pleased that circumstances propelled them into a classroom again. Their motivation is intrinsic. They may have real or perceived deficiencies, but they soon learn SouthArk teachers and staff will find ways to help them reach their goals.

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Honoring Lifetime Achievement W

hen the forebear of South Arkansas Community College--Southern State College--opened a branch in El Dorado in 1975, the very first employee hired was Dr. Carolyn Langston. At the time, much work needed doing, but available hands were few. So Langston wore multiple hats: instructor, enrollment coordinator, bookkeeper, even maintenance assistant. The college’s first mailbox was purchased and installed by her husband, Ralph. These years later, Dr. Langston remains a professor, continuing as a towering figure both in the history and in the present of the institution, as well as a generous contributor to the SouthArk Foundation, of which she is a charter member and board emeritus. Beloved

by countless students, she still teaches business and accounting classes, and so many point directly toward her for their professional successes. A recommendation for hire by Langston goes a very long way. Langston is responsible for two endowed scholarships through the Foundation: one named after herself, and a second in honor for her mother Mabel Stratton Powell. Powell also was an educator, and served as a role model for Langston’s own career. That career now has spanned more than 50 years in total, dating back to her first teaching job. She is a graduate of Louisiana Tech University with doctor’s and master’s degrees in accounting, economics, and business education, and of Southern State College with a bachelor’s degree in education.

Retired art professor Dinah Van Hook Unveils Her Portrait of Dr. Langston


A Tribute to Excellence: Dr. Carolyn Langston In 1975 Carolyn and I were the first two instructors hired when the college opened in a wing of the old Warner Brown Hospital. We were colleagues for decades. We complained about administrations that ignored our superior wisdom; moved our offices--some as small as hamster wheels--as the campus expanded; taught generations of students; and endured annual, endlessly dull orientation meetings at the beginning of each new semester. Through it all--and after--we have remained friends. The college has been lucky to have Carolyn as an instructor, a committee member, an advisor, and a financial benefactor. While teaching, she became a CPA and continued her graduate work, raised her son, and worked as an accountant. She has a long and happy marriage with Ralph, her high school sweetheart and the kindest of men, and loves her grandchildren, delighting in their successes. She has also endured bouts of illness with grace and fortitude.

Carolyn is soft-spoken and calm, the ultimate professional. She has a sly sense of humor and an ability to see through incompetence, hypocrisy, fatuousness, laziness, and pretention. Her office, like her work, is organized and immaculate. She is clear-headed and reasonable; my husband once remarked that though he wasn’t sure how he felt about my opinion, if Carolyn said something, he believed it. In the end, it is Carolyn’s role as a teacher that has been most significant to the college. It’s hard to imagine the school would be able to replace her with anyone nearing her expertise and competence. She shows her students through example how to behave in a workplace. She expects excellent work, but that expectation is the highest compliment she could pay them. I thank Carolyn for what she has brought to the college, for the standards she has always upheld. On a personal note, I also thank her for Ralph’s and her constant trips to Ruston bringing back peaches—our mutual addiction— and to Little Rock for blueberries. Brava, Carolyn! Bettie Anne Mahony, Faculty Member 1975-2015

Dr. Langston

has demonstrated generosity, kindness, advocacy, and commitment,” Foundation executive director Cynthia Reyna said. “Occasionally, but rarely, do you encounter someone who excels at all four, and more.

knows no bounds in serving the college.

She

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SOUTH ARKANSAS COMMUNITY COLLEGE F O U N D AT I O N , I N C .

Statement of Financial Position The South Arkansas Community College Foundation, Inc. again received a clean, unmodified audit opinion from the external auditing firm of Evers, Cox, and Gober, P.L.L.C. The complete audit for the fiscal year ending on June 30, 2019, is available at the Foundation office and on the website, www.southark.edu/giving.

JUNE 30, 2019 ASSETS Current Assets Cash and cash equivalents $189,670 Investments $3,043,745 Accounts receivable $500 Pledges receivable, current portion $50,000 Prepaid expenses $5,314 Total Current Assets $3,289,229 Fixed Assets, at cost Computer software Property and equipment Less: accumulated depreciation and amortization Total Fixed Assets

$6,365 $125 $6,490 $6,490 $0

Other Assets Pledges receivable, non-current portion

$47,600

Total Other Assets

$3,336,829

LIABILITIES AND NET ASSETS Current Liabilities Accounts payable Refundable advances Total Current Liabilities

$5,091 $27,180 $32,271

Net Assets Without donor restrictions $2,379,482 With donor restrictions $925,076 Total Net Assets $3,304,558 $3,336,829

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2020 ANNUAL DONORS

THANKS TO Our Donors IN TRIBUTE TO THESE FRIENDS WHOSE LOYALTY, DEVOTION, AND PHILANTHROPY DEMONSTRATE A SPIRIT OF GIVING WHICH PROVIDES FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS OF STUDENTS. WE RECOGNIZE THE CUMULATIVE GIFTS OF OUR LIFETIME GIVING SUPPORTERS THROUGH THESE GIVING SOCIETIES. FOUNDER’S SOCIETY $600,000-$1,500,000 Mr. William R. Howard HERITAGE SOCIETY $300,000-$599,999 First Financial Bank PATHWAY SOCIETY $100,000-$299,999 Anonymous Donor Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund El Dorado Chemical Company Estate of Norris C. Taylor, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Charles A. Hays, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. D.R. James Dr. Carolyn and Mr. Ralph Langston Lucy Anne Ring Trust Murphy Oil Corporation Drs. Kermit and Jennifer Parks Simmons Bank Mr. Charlie Thomas/Calion Lumber Co. United Way of Union County VANGUARD SOCIETY $50,000-$99,999 Apex Redi-Mixed Concrete Company Mr. and Mrs. James Baine BancorpSouth Delek US El Dorado Refinery Georgia Pacific Corporation LANXESS Solutions U.S. Medical Center of South Arkansas Murphy Foundation Murphy USA PotlatchDeltic Corporation SHARE Foundation

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CORNERSTONE SOCIETY $25,000-$49,999 Canfor Southern Pine, Inc. Mr. Adam Choate City of El Dorado Cooper Standard Automotive Mrs. Charles E. Cowger El Dorado Advertising & Promotion Commission Entergy - Union Power Station Entergy Arkansas Mr. and Mrs. Herb A. Fox GBMc & Associates Mr. Phil Herring Mr. John Milam/Milam Construction Company Nexans AmerCable Mr. and Mrs. Bill Nolan Mrs. Theodosia Nolan TETRA Technologies The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee Tom Loftin Construction Union County Community Foundation Union County Department of Human Services Mr. and Mrs. Greg Withrow PRESIDENT’S SOCIETY $10,000-$24,999 Anonymous Foundation Anonymous Family Foundation Mrs. Charlotte Abbott Mr. and Mrs. John Abbott Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Alderson Alpha Xi Chapter, ESA Mr. and Mrs. John Baine Ms. Martha Beebe Mr. Buddy and Mrs. Karen Boykin Clean Harbors Environmental Services Cleve Blagg Pickering Trust Mr. and Mrs. Walter Compton Mr. and Mrs. Walter S. Cowger El Dorado Civitan Club El Dorado Development Corporation El Dorado Jaycees


2020 ANNUAL DONORS PRESIDENT’S SOCIETY (continued) El Dorado Roofing and Construction ESCO Electrical Services, Inc. Evers, Cox & Gober, P.L.L.C. Mr. and Mrs. George Haefner Mr. and Mrs. John Hays/Hays Rental Dr. Barbara and Mr. Rick Jones Dr. and Mrs. Steve Jones Mr. and Mrs. Ken Kelley/ProMed Ambulance Dr. Kathleen S. Matlock Mr. Don D. Montgomery Mr. and Mrs. James Moore Mr. and Mrs. Wade Neely Noalmark Broadcasting Corporation Mrs. Elizabeth Pruet Mr. John G. Ragsdale, Jr. Regions Bank Dr. and Mrs. Henry B. Rogers Ms. Joyce Rutledge/Rutledge Properties, Ltd Mrs. Charles T. Skinner Smackover State Bank Ms. Ruth Smith Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Teague/Teague Auto Group Mr. and Mrs. Steve Terry Mr. and Mrs. Willie Terry The James Family Foundation The Systems Group Mrs. Ben T. Whitfield Mrs. Martha Lynn Yocum KEYSTONE SOCIETY $2,500-$9,999 Keystone Society $2,500-$9,999 Albemarle Foundation Alice-Sidney Oil Company Atkins Electric Company Mr. Phillip Ballard Mrs. Jeanne Baumgardner BCS, Inc. Dr. and Mrs. Ken Bridges Mr. and Mrs. Jay Brooks Mr. and Mrs. Mark Brown

KEYSTONE SOCIETY (continued) Dr. Lura and Mr. James W. Brown Drs. James and Susie Bullock Burton’s H&H Maintenance Mr. and Mrs. Claude A. Calahan, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Steve Cameron Dr. Valeriano Cantu Judge Robin Carroll Mr. and Mrs. Sam Chamberlain Dr. Michael Chikeleze and Dr. Alice Hicks Mr. and Mrs. Steve Cousins Mr. and Mrs. Jose Covas CP & P Construction Cross Roofing & Sheet Metal Mr. Henry Culbreth Mr. and Mrs. Gary de Yampert Mr. and Mrs. Claiborne Deming Mr. and Mrs. John Dews Diploma Nurses of Arkansas Mr. and Mrs. Dwayne Dugal DuPont El Dorado Fifty for the Future El Dorado News-Times El Dorado Wal-Mart Supercenter Dr. Kristi Elia Express Way Stores Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Ford Frac-N-Vac Tanks, LLC Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Gibson Ms. Brenda Ginger Glenn Mechanical Mrs. Donna Hendricks Mrs. Patsy Higgins Hunt, Guillet & Associates Ideal Management Co., Inc. Ms. Gwenda Island Dr. and Mrs. Ben Johnson Ms. Stephanie Johnson Dr. William T. Kirk KTVE/KARD Mr. and Mrs. Rodney Landes, Jr. Langley Properties, LLC Mr. and Mrs. Scott Larkin Mr. and Mrs. Joffre Long/LBP, LLC Mr. and Mrs. Nick Macchiarolo Mac’s Tree Service

“My future career plans and aspirations include attaining my Licensed Practical Nursing degree.” - Ashley Brown

Omazel Lawson Endowed Scholarship

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2020 ANNUAL DONORS KEYSTONE SOCIETY (continued) Mr. and Mrs. George W. Maguire Ms. Alice Mahony Mr. and Mrs. Michael E. Mahony Martin Operating Partnership/ Cross Oil Refining & Marketing Mr. and Mrs. Vernie Meador Melvin’s Discount Pharmacy Mrs. Carol Mitchell Mobley Industrial Services Arkansas, Inc. Ms. Julia P. Mobley Mr. and Mrs. John Ed Moore Dr. and Mrs. Mickey Murfee Mussop, Inc. Mr. Terry Norman/Nortran, Inc. Ms. Paula O’Connor Panda Energy International, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. Pete Parks Plum Creek Timber Company Polk Stanley Wilcox Architects Mr. Brian Price Mr. Kenny Pugh Ms. Cynthia Reyna Mr. and Mrs. Jack Reynolds Dr. and Mrs. George Roberts Mr. and Mrs. Michael W. Roberts Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Robinson Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Robinson, IV Rotary Club of El Dorado Drs. Jack and Janet Ryan Drs. Michael and Pam Schonefeld Sewell Oil Company Shuler Drilling Company, Inc. Dr. and Mrs. Steve Smart South Arkansas Art Center

KEYSTONE SOCIETY (continued) Ms. Ann Southall Ms. June Southall Southern Bancorp Southern Design & Mechanical Southwestern Bell Mr. and Mrs. Kyle Swift Ms. Veronda Tatum Mr. and Mrs. Jim S. Tidwell Timberland Bank Trotter Auto El Dorado Mr. and Mrs. Carey Tucker Union County Judge Mike Loftin Union County Single Parent Scholarship Fund United Insurance Agency Inc. Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Van Hook/Van Hook Tire Dr. and Mrs. Steve Ward Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Waschka/Hepco, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Whatley Mr. and Mrs. Knox White Drs. Jessie Wrenn & Joe Winstead Mrs. Beverly Yocum PLATINUM SOCIETY $1,000-$2,499 African-American Family and Friends Day Committee Agape House Dr. Elaine Allen All Star Recycling Mr. Carl Amason Anthony Forest Products B & B Contractors Mr. and Mrs. Rodney Bartchy Mr. and Mrs. Gary Bates Mrs. Nella F. Bidwell Mr. and Mrs. Billy Blann/Delta Press Mrs. Sue Bowman Mr. Robert Brown Mr. and Mrs. Peter Buletza Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Bullard Burns & McDonnell Engineering Company Mr. and Mrs. Ernie Cagle Ms. Pat Callaway Mr. and Mrs. Bill Campbell

“My goal and career plans are to complete my Associate in Applied Science in General Business so that I can make a better life for my children.” - Britnee Murphy William R. Howard Endowed Scholarship

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2020 ANNUAL DONORS PLATINUM SOCIETY (continued) Dr. David Carty CES Machinery and Fabrication ChemTreat, Inc. Chisenhall Nestrud & Julian, P.A. Mr. W. L. Cook/William P. Cook and Associates Mrs. Margaret Compton Mayor Veronica & Mr. Bobby Creer Dr. and Mrs. Jim Davidson Developmental Disabilites Provider Association Dixie Air Corporation Mr. and Mrs. Ted Drake Mr. and Mrs. Robert G. Dudley Mr. and Mrs. John Eckart Egypt Missionary Baptist Church El Dorado Glass and Mirror Co., Inc. El Dorado Kiwanis Club El Dorado School District El Dorado Water Utilities El Ark Electric Co., Inc. Dr. and Mrs. Wayne Elliott Evers Electric Company, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Fitzgerald Ms. Diane Gilleland Mrs. Helen Griffith Mr. and Mrs. Jim Hackney Mr. and Mrs. Lathan C. Hairston Mr. and Mrs. Shelton Harden Mr. Frank Hash Mr. Randy Haynie Mr. and Mrs. Chris Hegi Mr. and Mrs. Pete Howard Mr. and Mrs. Mark Hudson Ms. Janice Hughes Mr. and Mrs. Dean G. Inman Ms. Abbie Gail Jeffers Mr. and Mrs. Randy Jerry Mr. and Mrs. Randy L. Jerry Johnson Controls Mr. and Mrs. Mel Jordan Mr. and Mrs. Robert Kelley Ms. Sarah P. Kinard Mr. and Mrs. Darrell Kuykendall Mrs. Helen Landes Mr. and Ms. Roger Landes Laney’s Collision Center Lawrence Electric Lincoln Heritage Long’s Roofing and Sheet Metal Mr. and Mrs. John Lowery Mrs. Bettie Ann Mahony Mangum Contracting, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. Richard Mason Mr. & Mrs. Edward C. McCarty Dr. Dorothy and Mr. Carroll McGarity

PLATINUM SOCIETY (continued) Mrs. Rachel McKinney Mr. and Mrs. Jack McNutt Dr. Cynthia and Mr. William Meyer Ms. Debra Mock Mr. and Mrs. Charles H. Murphy III Murphy Motors Mustard Seed Financial NAACP Nabholz Construction Services Ms. Betty Linda Nolan Mr. and Mrs. Charles O’Gwin Dr. and Mrs. Marc Parnell Dr. Lynn Persyn Senator and Mrs. Bobby Pierce Pilgrim’s Pride Dr. and Mrs. Allan Pirnique Mr. Larry Powell PPGMR Law, PPLC Mr. and Mrs. George W. Price Dr. and Mrs. Terry Puckett Mr. and Mrs. Robert Ragsdale Dr. T. Alan Rasco Mr. and Mrs. Robert Reynolds Mr. and Mrs. Kent Rice Mr. and Mrs. John A. Riggs IV Mr. Bob Risor Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Rogers Mr. M. Maurice Rogers Mr. and Mrs. James Roomsburg Mr. Mike Ross Dr. and Mrs. Steve Scott Securitas Security, Inc. Ms. Phoebe Sellers Setpoint Integrated Solutions Dr. John B. Simpson Mr. and Mrs. David Skinner Mr. and Mrs. Dale Smart South Arkansas Human Resources Association

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2020 ANNUAL DONORS PLATINUM SOCIETY (continued) South Arkansas Sun South Arkansas Telephone Company, Inc. Storey’s Floor and Carpet, Inc Mrs. Holly Sturgill SWAPDD, INC. Ms. Linda Sweeney Mr. and Mrs. John Talpas The Diamond Agency Mr. and Mrs. Randall M. Thompson Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Todd TopCor Services Dr. Stephanie Tully-Dartez Tyson Foods, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. Odie Vaughan Mr. and Mrs. Ricky Vaughn Dr. Susanne Wache Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Waldrum Mr. and Mrs. Michael Warren Mr. and Mrs. Bob Watson Mrs. Genevieve White Ms. Sherri Whitehead Mr. and Mrs. Randall Whitmore Mr. Fred A. Williams Ms. Lauri Wilson Mrs. Mary Ellen Wilson Labua Mr. and Mrs. Ray Winiecki Ms. Jacquelyn Woodard GOLD SOCIETY $500-$999 4R Marketing Albemarle Corporation Anonymous Donor Mr. and Mrs. Andy Allen Mr. Larry W. Andrews Mrs. Laura E. Angotti Mr. and Mrs. Beryl Anthony Mr. and Ms. Aubra Anthony, Jr. Arkansas Blue Cross Blue Shield Arkansas Furniture Association. Inc. Aurelle Water Association Mrs. Linda Bates Mr. Mike Beebe Mr. Jay Bradford Mr. Art Brown Ms. Jeanette Brown Dr. and Mrs. D’Orsay Bryant Mr. and Mrs. Paul Burns Mr. and Mrs. Bruce T. Butterfield Mr. Benjamin Cagle Ms. Natalie B. Callaway Mr. and Mrs. Worth Camp, Jr. Carol & Witt Stephens Charitable Foundation Dr. Susan K. Chappell

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“Your generosity helps me to realize my goal of earning an Associate of Applied Science degree in Radiologic Technology.” - Joseph Burton Steve Cameron Endowed Scholarship

GOLD SOCIETY (continued) Dr. and Mrs. Sterling Claypoole Columbian Chemicals Company Concrete Service, Inc. Conifex Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Cook Mr. and Mrs. Frank DiCristina Mr. and Mrs. Bobby Edmonds El Dorado Forward El Dorado Paper Bag Mfg Co. Inc. El Dorado Pawn Dr. and Mrs. Jason Ellen Mr. and Mrs. Scott Ellen Mr. and Mrs. Robert Ellzey Enterprise Products Fairview Community Development Association First Bank of South Arkansas Mr. and Mrs. Sam Fulco Mrs. Shirley Garison Ms. Amy E. Garner Mrs. Bert Giller Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Givens Mr. and Mrs. Jay Glass Grace Railroad Contractors Reverends Robert and Ruby Green Gusher Lodge No. 560 Mr. and Ms. Bruce Hankins Mrs. Nell K. Hannegan Ms. Catherine Harrell Mrs. Ed Henley Mrs. Gretchen Henry The Honorable Susan and Mr. Joe Hickey Mr. and Mrs. Benjy Hildebrand Mr. and Mrs. David Hogg Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Holmes KZHE Dr. Corbet Lamkin Mr. and Mrs. James B. Larsen


2020 ANNUAL DONORS GOLD SOCIETY (continued) Ms. Valerie Lewis Judge and Mrs. Mike Loftin Long Brothers Oil Company, LLC Mr. Charles Lovett Magnolia Specialized Services, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. James W. Matheney Mr. Paul Mattocks/B.H.& M. Oil Mr. and Mrs. Denny McConathy Ms. Tammi McKinnon McLarty Companies Mr. and Mrs. Jesse McWilliams Ms. Dottie Medlin Mr. and Mrs. Tandy Menefee Miller Transporters Mr. and Mrs. Lee Morgan Ms. Vernita Morgan Ms. Pamela Mulligan Dr. Michael Murders Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Murphree Mr. and Mrs. Madison Murphy Mr. and Ms. David Nipper Mrs. Grace Palculict Mr. Ricky Palmer Mr. Charles Pepper Mr. and Mrs. Nelson Post Puska’s Machine Shop Inc. Ms. Mary Katherine Reaves Mr. and Mrs. Sam M. Richardson III Mr. and Mrs. Preston Rogers Mr. David Ross Ms. Leslie J. Sauer Mrs. Jane Shackleford Ms. Elizabeth Shaddock Mr. and Mrs. John Thomas Shepherd Sherman Bros Trucking Ms. Harriet A. Silverman Dr. and Mrs. Scott Simpson Mr. Elgier Sims Mr. and Mrs. Keith Smith Sports Alley State Representative Sonia Barker Mr. William Stovall, III Mr. William S. Sugg TDS Erectors Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Thomas Mr. and Mrs. Randle Tomlinson Trio Production Company, LLC Union County Industrial Board Union County Solid Waste Mr. Paul Waschka Watco Companies, LLC Mr. and Mrs. Bob Watson Ms. Gloria Brooks Weisenberger Mr. and Mrs. Steve Wells

GOLD SOCIETY (continued) Mr. Steven Wells Mr. and Mrs. John White Ms. Mary Jo Williams Mr. and Mrs. Tom Wilson Mr. David Wilson Mr. and Mrs. Randall Wood Mr. Don Zimmerman SILVER SOCIETY $250-$499 Dr. Belinda Aaron Mr. and Mrs. David Alphin Amfuel Dr. and Mrs. Carlos Anaya Mr. Scott Andrews Arkansas Farm Bureau Federation Arnold Baker Chevrolet Co. Berry and Associates Dr. and Mrs. Mickey Best Mr. Ben Blankenship Mr. T. C. Brasher Mr. Jeffery T. Brown Mr. and Mrs. Robert R. Brown Jr. Mrs. Christy Cottrell Mr. Janice Bush Mr. James A. Buttry C & F Construction Ms. Patty Cardin Ms. Dorsan Carey Dr. and Mrs. Peter Carroll Ms. Anne Cauthron Mr. Michael Champion Ms. Helen Clyde Mrs. Brandi Cotterman Ms. Lavenia J. Craig Ms. Heather Crake Mr. Edward Crowe Ms. Ashley Dougan Mr. and Mrs. Kerlin Drake Mr. and Mrs. Mike Dumas Ms. Martha Dunn Mr. and Mrs. David Edney Erwin & Company, P.A. Mr. Herschel D. Fincher Mr. and Ms. Wayne Fogle Dr. Daniel G. Ford Dr. and Mrs. Jim Fouse Mr. and Mrs. Martin Frost Garner and Dunham, CPA Ms. Ginny Garner Mr. Curtis H. Goodwin Mr. and Ms. Larry Green Mr. David Griffith Mr. Gary Hall

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2020 ANNUAL DONORS SILVER SOCIETY (continued) Mr. and Mrs. Louis T. Hall, III Mr. Charley Hankins Mr. and Mrs. Gene Hannegan Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Hanson Mr. and Mrs. Jack M. Harrison Mr. and Mrs. George Hart Mr. David Henry Dr. Raymond E. Higgins Dr. Curtis Hill Mrs. Barbara Howell Dr. Edwina Hunter Ms. Dorine Inman Mr. and Mrs. Barry Jeffery John Ingram, Inc. Ms. Tonya Kendrix Mrs. Regina Lambert Mrs. Frances Landers Mr. Cal Ledbetter Mr. Donald Lee Mr. Bobby Lowe Mrs. Kristi and Mr. Ross Lowery Mr. and Mrs. William B. Luther Mr. Brian P. Macconnachie Mr. and Mrs. Tom Mangum Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Mann Mr. and Mrs. Tim Massanelli Mrs. Louise Massey Mrs. Ellen J. McGowan Mid-South Mechanical Inc. Dr. and Mrs. Derek Moore Mr. and Mrs. Rudy Moore, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Moring Mr. Mike’s Auto Sales Mr. Daniel Mullen Mr. and Mrs. David Murphy Mr. Thomas M. Murphy Murphy- Pitard Jewelers Mr. Mark D. Musick Mr. David Nelson Mrs. Kathy Nelson Mr. Lonnie Nelson New Olive Branch Baptist Church Mrs. Joanne Newman Mr. and Ms. Allen Newton Nolan Foundation Ms. Maxine Clark Reed Ms. Betty Owen Palestine Church Mr. Terry Patterson The Honorable Benny C. Petrus Mr. Ralph Phillips Mrs. Diane Pieroni Mr. and Mrs. David Pryor Dr. and Mrs. Tom Quinn

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SILVER SOCIETY (continued) Mr. William Rainer Ms. Linda Rathbun Mr. Dan Redmond Ms. Annelyssa Reynolds Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Reynolds Ms. Lynda Cheek Mrs. Becky Riggs Mr. and Mrs. Fred Rodgers Dr. Johnnie Roebuck Ms. Michelle Rogers Mrs. Heather Rowe Mr. and Mrs. Robert Rupp Ms. Kathryn Schopfer Ms. Virginia L. Self Senator Trent Garner Mr. and Mrs. Gary Sewell Representative and Mrs. Matthew Shepherd Mr. and Mrs. Drew Sheppard Dr. and Mrs. James Sheppard Mrs. Billye L. Shofner Sims Mortuary, Inc. Ms. Alma Slatten Mr. Dan Smith South Arkansas Telephone Co. Mrs. Elizabeth Spencer Mr. and Mrs. Gary Stinson Mr. and Ms. Cole Sturdivant Sweet Home Baptist Church Systems Spray Cooled Equipment Company Mrs. Melba Tatom The Self Culture Club Mr. and Mrs. Denver Thornton The Honorable Chris R. Thyer Mr. Daniel Tom Mrs. DeAnna Tracy Union County Republican Committee Mrs. Dodie Vestal Mrs. Kathy Waldrop Ms. Kanyetta Wansley Mr. and Mrs. Jim Warnock Mr. Bobby Warren Mr. and Mrs. John Wells Mr. Ray Wheelus Ms. Sharon White Ms. Mary Lynn Whitfield Mr. Doyle Williams Mr. Jeffrey Williams Mrs. Judy Williams Mr. J. T. Williamson Mr. and Mrs. Benny Wilson Mr. Al Witte Dr. Jim Yates Mrs. Rose M. Young Young’s Funeral Directors


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