Georgia-Pacific Supports UAHT Foundation

Georgia-Pacific Human Resources Manager, Nick McCaskill and Plant Manager, Chris Barrett visited the college today to present $10,500 to the UAHT Foundation.  The funds will be used to support foundation scholarships that will include single parents, kid’s college, and the GP Excellence in Technology Scholarship.

Georgia Pacific Donation

PICTURED Left to Right:  UAHT Foundation Executive Director, Jill Bobo, GP Human Resources Manager Nick McCaskill, and GP Plant Manager Chris Barrett

UAHT Holds First Collegiate Trap Shoot

The University of Arkansas Hope-Texarkana Foundation held the 9th Annual Pulling for Education Trap shoot Saturday at the AGFC Rick Evans Grandview Shotgun Range.  The competition had 44 teams, including 34 high school and junior high teams.  New this year was the addition of collegiate trap teams from across Arkansas.  The guest colleges included Lyon College from Batesville and the University of the Ozarks from Clarksville who gave the UAHT Iron Horses an opportunity to have a final practice competition before they attend state competition this weekend in Tillar, Arkansas, and then compete at nationals later this month in San Antonio, Texas.  Lyon College won Saturday’s the collegiate flight by shooting a 479 out of a possible 500.

The junior high competition was sponsored by Alliance Insurance and dominated by Ashdown School teams who won first by shooting a 101 out of 125 and second by shooting a 95 out of 125.   Magnolia’s Junior High team placed third, shooting 91 out of 125.  In the senior high division, sponsored by BancorpSouth, Ashdown team members Logan Henry, J.M. Molock, Drake Hile, Koda Aylor, and Trevor Meyers won first, shooting a 237 out of 250, with two of Texarkana’s teams winning second by shooting 225 and third place with a 222.  The second place team included members Ondrea Green, Elena Knotts, Justice Holtom, Kelsiy Petross, and Zack Henry.  The third place team included Kaleb Petross, Jonah Rathburn, Dylan Adams, Mason May, and Tyler Sherman.  Finally, the Community Team Flight was won by Bar 3 from Texarkana, shooting a 138 out of 150.  Second place went to South Ark Electric who shot a 134 out of 150; and third place was awarded to SWEPCO with a score of 132 out of 150.

The “Pulling” for Education Trap shoot was hosted by State Senator Larry Teague and Representative Brent Talley.  Sponsors for the event included AEP-SWEPCO and Arkansas Farm Bureau, who have helped with the event all nine years.  A special thank you to Farm Credit Services and managers Jerry Nance, Clay Lance, Randy Coulson, and Shaun McKamie for providing lunch for the contestants.  The “Pulling” for Education Trap Shoot is a fundraiser for the UAHT Foundation.  The funds raised will assist the UAHT Iron Horse Shooting Sports Teams with travel and competition expenses.

Click here to view pictures from the shoot.

Lyon College

UAHT Phi Theta Kappa Holds New Member Induction Ceremony

The University of Arkansas Hope – Texarkana chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society welcomed 12 new members during an induction ceremony Thursday, February 25, 2016.  Phi Theta Kappa is the largest honor society in American higher education, with more than 2 million members in 1,200 chapters in all 50 United States.  The average Phi Theta Kappa member at UAHT is enrolled full time with a GPA of 3.8.

Thursday’s ceremony held in Hempstead Hall included a welcome by UAHT Chancellor Chris Thomason.


The twelve new members include:

Melissa Rodriguez

Tiffany Smith

Hannah Long

Stacey May Wiley

Amy Cox

Amanda Condon

Brian Wilson

Lindsey Braden

Kandace Davidson

Angelica Jones

Christopher Zezulka

Hanna Kincheloe


Please help UAHT congratulate these students for being inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.  The College would like to thank chapter advisors Jason Chism, Jan Whatley, Karen O’dell, and Nancy Bailey for the work they do with these students.  UAHT is proud to help students build a “Bridge to a brighter future.”

PTK Inductees 2016

Melissa Rodriguez, Tiffany Smith, Hannah Long, Stacey May Wiley, Chancellor Chris Thomason, Amy Cox, Amanda Condon, Brian Wilson, Lindsey Braden, Kandace Davidson, Angelica Jones, Christopher Zezulka, Hanna Kincheloe

U of A Hope-Texarkana Board of Visitors Elects New Officers

The University of Arkansas Hope-Texarkana met today in Hempstead Hall for their regularly scheduled meeting.  The meeting began with the electing of new officers which resulted in Freddie Smith being elected Chairman, Dennis Ramsey Vice-Chairman, and Jerry Pruden as Secretary.  All three of the newly elected officers have been very active on the Board of Visitors for many years and the College looks forward to their new roles on the Board.

Chairman Freddie L. Smith of Fulton has served on the University of Arkansas Community College at Hope Board of Visitors since September 20, 1996.  He is the Pastor of Canaan Baptist Church and has an Associate of Arts Degree from Southern Baptist Junior College.   He also has Bachelor of Arts and Master’s Degrees from Ouachita Baptist University.  He has been recognized as Certified Dean by the National Baptist Convention Sunday School Publishers Board.  Smith retired in October 2014 from Arkansas Rehabilitation Services as District Manager, after having served the State for 37 years in the rehabilitation field.  He is a past president of the Kiwanis Club of Hope and a past president of the Hope Baseball Association.  He and his wife, Linda, are the parents of two grown children.

Following the election of officers, Chancellor Thomason updated the Board on the economic impact of the college in the community. He noted that 119 full time employees represented an economic impact of $5,576.503 in salaries and benefits.  The Chancellor also included in his comments current enrollment numbers for the Spring Semester that will start Monday, January 11th, noting that a small increase is expected if the current enrollment trend continues through enrollment deadlines next week.

Vice-Chancellor of Finance Belinda Aaron informed the Board of Visitors that the Professions Building on the Texarkana campus will be open for the spring semester and has been completed within the planned budget for the project.  Vice-Chancellor of Student Services Brian Berry informed board members of the new RAVE emergency panic button app that will be available this semester to employees and staff to download onto their phones, giving them one-touch access to emergency personnel.

With no other business to discuss the Board of Visitors adjourned.

U of A Hope-Texarkana to Recognize TRiO Week February 22- 26th

The University of Arkansas Hope- Texarkana will be recognizing TRiO Week with special activities throughout the week for students on campus.  National TRiO Day is an opportunity to focus the nation’s attention on the needs of disadvantaged young people and adults aspiring to improve their lives and to become contributing citizens of the country.  On Saturday, February 27, 2016 TRiO Participants and staff will commemorate the 30th Anniversary of TRiO Day by raising awareness about the importance of educational opportunity across the United States.

TRiO Student Support Services at UAHT is providing the following special activities the week of February 22 – 26th.

Monday – Alma Mater Day – (Represent your High School)

Tuesday – Transfer/College Day – (Represent you current, future or dream college)

Wednesday – Work Crush Wednesday – (Dress to impress in your professional wear)

Thursday – Game Day – (Music, Karaoke, Games, and Refreshments in Hope Campus Room AC 134)

The campus student body is invited to the TRiO Office AC 134 to take a picture at the photo booth for and to enter your name in daily drawings for a TRiO Treat.  The Federal TRiO Programs are Federal outreach and student support services programs designed to identify and provide services for individuals from disadvantage backgrounds.  TRiO includes eight programs targeted to serve and assist low-income individuals, first generation college students, and individuals with disabilities to progress through the academic pipeline from middle school to post baccalaureate programs.

The UAHT TRiO Director is Mary White.  White, who began her work at UAHT in 1997, works hard along with her staff to provide student support services for the Hope and Texarkana Campuses.  Please join UAHT this week as it recognizes the difference TRiO makes in the lives of students who utilize these outstanding programs.

TRiO Student Support Services

Tubbs Appointed to ACC Board of Directors

The University of Arkansas Hope-Texarkana is pleased to announce that TJ Tubbs has been appointed to represent UAHT on the Arkansas Community College Board. The Board coordinates the annual ACC conference, a professional development and networking event for community college administrators, faculty, and staff. The 2016 Conference will be held October 9 – 11 in Hot Springs, Arkansas and is expected to have over 600 attendees. Tubbs will serve a two year term to the board.

Tubbs, who joined the college faculty in 2012, is the lead instructor for the Commercial and Residential Equipment Maintenance and Repair program. He and his family live in Genoa, Arkansas. UAHT congratulates TJ Tubbs on this appointment.

TJ Tubbs

U of A Hope-Texarkana Foundation Receives Blue and You Foundation Grant

U of A Hope-Texarkana Foundation Receives Blue and You Foundation Grant

The University of Arkansas Hope-Texarkana Foundation was recently awarded a Blue and You Foundation Grant for $ 40, 450.00.  The funds were used to install an ambulance simulator in the EMT/Paramedic classroom on the U of A Texarkana Campus.  The ambulance simulator is a scaled replica of an ambulance that allows students to obtain hands-on experience right in the classroom.  This gives the student the opportunity to test their knowledge and skills under different medical scenarios that can be simulated using a simulation “manikin” as the patient.

The ambulance simulator project was recently inspected by Blue and You Foundation Executive Director Patrick O’Sullivan.   Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield established the Blue & You Foundation in 2001 as a charitable foundation to promote better health in Arkansas. The Blue & You Foundation awards grants annually to non-profit or governmental organizations and programs that positively affect the health of Arkansans. In its 14 years of operation, the Blue & You Foundation has awarded nearly $24 million to 766 health improvement programs in Arkansas.

9th Annual “Pulling” for Education Trap Shoot Set for March 5 at Rick Evans Grandview Shotgun Range

The University of Arkansas Hope-Texarkana Foundation will hold the 9th Annual “Pulling” for Education Trap Shoot on Saturday, March 5, at 8:00 a.m. at the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Rick Evans Grandview Shotgun Range in Columbus, Arkansas.  This event is a fundraiser for the UAHT Foundation and funds raised support the UAHT Ironhorse Shooting Sports Team.  This trap shooting competition will have 4 different flights which will include junior high, senior high, collegiate team, and community team flights.

Competition Flights:

Junior High – 25 Trap – $50 per 5 person squad

Senior High – 50 Trap – $100 per 5 person squad

Collegiate – 100 Trap – $300 per 5 person squad

Community – 50 Trap – $300 per 3 man squad

Lunch will be provided for participants by Farm Credit Services; and awards, sponsored by Arkansas Farm Bureau, will be presented to the high point teams of each flight during lunch. AEP SWEPCO is also a lead sponsor of the event.  For more information and to register a team, visit the college website or contact Brent Talley at 870-722-8243.

skeet shoot registration form 2016

U of A Hope-Texarkana will implement RAVE Panic Button to Increase Campus Safety

The University of Arkansas Hope- Texarkana today announced that every student, faculty, and staff will be protected by Rave Panic Button for a faster response to on-campus emergencies including active shooter incidents. Rave Panic Button will enable university staff to notify 9-1-1 and on–site personnel of an emergency, instantly resulting in a much faster response time and providing a higher level of protection for the more than 1,500 students, faculty and staff.

“Rave Panic Button allows us to leverage the existing Smart 911 service to inform 9-1-1 call takers and first responders of key on-site information in an emergency,” said Honorable Haskell Morse, Hempstead County Judge.

Rave Panic Button, provided by Rave Mobile Safety, shortens the time between the onset of an incident and the arrival of first responders. In an emergency, a staff member selects the type of emergency – active shooter, police, fire, EMS or other – by clicking one of the five buttons in the application. The app immediately connects to 9-1-1 while simultaneously notifying the designated personnel of the location and nature of the emergency.

Through Smart 911, first responders automatically receive critical data that has been provided by the school, such as the caller’s exact location, floor plans, emergency exit locations, emergency contacts and key procedures and can deliver critical emergency notifications to on-site contacts. By providing staff with the ability to receive rapid notifications of an incident and to contact and inform 9-1-1 directly of an active shooter or other emergency, like a life-threatening medical condition, outcomes are improved.

“We owe it to our students, faculty, and staff to implement the latest technology to improve their safety,” said Chancellor Chris Thomason, of University of Arkansas Community College at Hope. “Everyone on our campus will have increased peace of mind knowing our staff has a powerful safety tool at their fingertips.”

The addition of Rave Panic Button at the Hope campus follows the statewide implementation for all public schools in Arkansas for the 2015-2016 school year. Smart 911 has been available statewide at all Arkansas Public Safety Answering points since 2012, allowing residents and visitors to create a free Safety Profile of information for their household that is immediately available to 9-1-1 in the event they make an emergency call.

RAVE Panic Button

PICTURED: Chancellor Chris Thomason, Vice-Chancellor for Student Services Brian Berry, Hempstead County Judge Haskell Morse, and UAHT Police Chief Mike Fielding are pictured holding phone with RAVE mobile app.  The mobile App will enhance communication with 9-1-1 and on-site staff during emergency situations and improve campus safety for over 1,500 students, faculty, and staff.