Computer Basics for Beginners

Do you have a computer and want to learn more about it? Do you want to gain valuable computer skills for work? This course is designed for people with little or no knowledge of computers. Topics covered include basic computer parts, Windows, e-mail, Internet, and more.

Tues, Wed, Thurs, September 14-16, 2010 10:00am to 12:00 noon

For more information, please contact Nancy Kenworthy at 870-722-8102.

"Pulling" for Education Trap Shoot



Fourth Annual Trap Shoot to benefit the UACCH Foundation.

Sponsored By: AEP/SWEPCO

Three Person Team Competition

Guns, Ammunition, and Awards Provided By: Farm Bureau

Rick Evans Grandview Prairie Conservation
Education Center, Columbus, AR
Friday, October 22, 2010, beginning at 9:00 a.m.

Lunch Provided By:

Farm Credit Services of Western Arkansas

Live Auction and Dinner
Thursday, October 21
6:00 p.m.
Cajun Shrimp Boil at Fulton Grass

Hosted by:

Congressman Mike Ross

Senator Larry Teague

Representative David “Bubba” Powers

For more information, please contact the UACCH Office of Institutional Advancement at 870-722-8516.

UACCH TRiO Student Success Services Awards

UACCH TRiO Student Support Services recently awarded 7 students Supplemental Grants. Pictured are grant the following grant recipients and UACCH personnel. Individuals on the front left to right include Bobby James, Vice-Chancellor for Student Service; grant recipients Cassandra Muldrow, Hannah Hart, and Amanda Parks; Lekiesa Willis TRiO SSS Administrative Assistant; grant recipient Shawna Cooks, Jerri Nelson; TRiO Coordinator Vergina Smith, and TRiO Director, Mary White. The back row left to right TRiO Counselor Steve Ogden; grant recipient Brittany Beaver; Counselor Carolynn Beasley and grant recipient George Hawthorne.

UACCH TRiO Student Success Services Awards Supplemental Grants to Seven Students

The University of Arkansas Community College at Hope is pleased to announce that the TRiO Student Support Services recently awarded seven supplemental grants to very deserving students. The Student Support Services team at UACCH is striving to help each student further their education. One way they help is with the financial struggles and obstacles that so often get in the way of a student and their education.

In this case, TRiO Student Success Services was able to award seven -$1,097 grants to students who applied for the assistance by completing the TRiO Supplemental Grant Application. The recipients of these grants were very surprised when they were informed during the recent ceremony that they had been selected to receive these funds. The reactions from the recipients ranged from tears of joy to screams of celebration. Each of them almost instantly had a list of financial needs that these funds would help them overcome.

To qualify for the funds the students had to meet the following criteria. They had to be enrolled at UACCH for 3 or more hours, TRiO SSS participant, have an unmet need on the Pell Grant Award, a GPA of 2.0 or better, and be pre-enrolled for the Fall of 2010 semester. Each of these recipients met or exceeded these requirements for the supplemental grant award.

UACCH would like to congratulate these grant recipients. The College is proud to be the bridge to the future for our students and the community. For more information about UACCH, visit our website at


Watermelon Idol Entry Form


Officials at the University of Arkansas Community College at Hope are pleased to announce the College will sponsor and conduct the Fourth Annual “Watermelon Idol” talent competition during the upcoming 34th Annual Hope Watermelon Festival.

The Festival is scheduled from August 12-14 in the Hope Fair Park. The preliminary competition will take place on the McDonald’s stage in the Fair Park Coliseum Thursday, August 12 at 6:00pm with the finals scheduled for Saturday, August 14th at 10:00am on the BancorpSouth stage.

Talent from the surrounding area is invited to register for the competition, which features cash prizes for the winners as well as the opportunity for the overall winner to open for Joe Nichols Saturday evening.

The contest is open to all singers or vocal groups regardless of ages or residency. The two divisions are: single vocal or vocal group. Each act will be limited to five minutes and entrants may perform with a pre-recorded instrumental track, perform scapula or with live instrumental backing only. Thirty applicants will be accepted.

The top five in each division will be selected for the finals with $100 cash prizes awarded to the winners of each preliminary. A cash prize of $300 will be awarded to the overall winner of the finals with $150 awarded to the runner-up and $50 to the third-place finisher.

For more information or for complete rules, please contact Brent Talley at or 870-777-5722. Entries will be accepted through Thursday, August 12th at 5:30 p.m. To register for the competition complete an application online at There is no fee to enter.

Hope-Hempstead B&PW Club Establishes Endowed Scholarship

The University of Arkansas Community College at Hope is pleased to announce that the Hope-Hempstead County Business and Professional Woman’s Club has established an endowed scholarship for a student pursuing a degree in vocational or professional studies. This $17,000 gift from the Hope-Hempstead County B & PW Club will allow the work this club has done for so many years, in assisting with educational needs of its members, to continue for generations through an endowed scholarship.

Chancellor Chris Thomason had the following comments about this new endowment at UACCH. Chancellor Thomason said, “The wonderful ladies of the Hope-Hempstead County B&PW have been dedicated for over 80 years to providing educational opportunities to generations of Hempstead County residents. They have exhibited that commitment through their tireless efforts in community fundraising and unending focus on their educational mission. Their success will always be measured by the lives they have changed instead of dollars raised. UACCH will always ensure that this endowment will be managed in the same spirit that the B&PW Club has served our community for so many years.”

During the signing ceremony, Norma Jean Delaney, who has been active in the club for over 50 years– gave a brief history of the club. She shared a list of fundraisers the club had completed over the years. It was obvious from her recollection of the club’s activities that many long hours had been invested to raise funds for activities like the establishment of this scholarship.

UACCH is honored to be able to now manage this scholarship through the UACCH Foundation. The Foundation is pleased that clubs and organizations understand the value of removing financial barriers to higher education through scholarships like the Lenora Routon Cross Endowed Scholarship, which was established with this donation. The Club also established an annual scholarship that will be awarded starting this Fall Semester at UACCH. This annual scholarship will continue to be awarded until the endowed funds have grown to the point of being able to fund the scholarship.

For more information about the UACCH Foundation, visit the College’s website at

UACCH Names Lance Dean of Business Technology

It has been said many times that it is the faculty, staff, and administration, not the brick and mortar of UACCH, that make the University of Arkansas Community College at Hope a great place to pursue one’s education.  This statement continues to resonate true with the recent announcement that Cindy Lance will be the new Dean of Business Technology.  Lance, who has been a faculty member at the College for over ten years, has deep roots working to make south Arkansas a better place to live and raise a family.

Lance is the daughter of Dr. Wm. C. (Bill) and the late Betty Loe.  She grew up in Magnolia where her dad was head of the Agriculture Department at Southern Arkansas University (SAU) for a number of years.  Dr. Loe instilled in many the desire to improve oneself and the community through education.  Lance furthered her education at SAU where she received her Bachelor’s of Business Administration in Accounting.  She then completed her Master’s of Business Administration in 1999 from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. 

Lance and husband, Steve Lance moved to Hope in 1983.  She began her career in education in 1987 in Hope Public Schools, where she taught until 1998. In January of 1998, Lance began teaching accounting at UACCH. Her role at UACCH has expanded over the years to coordinating the Carl Perkins federally funded grant and serving as the advisor for students pursuing a degree in public school education.

Lance is also active in the community, where she serves as Secretary of the Hope Rotary Club as well as being active in church.  She and Steve are co-owners of Lance and Associates Real Estate where Steve serves as the principal broker and Cindy assists with bookkeeping duties.

 As Dean of Business Technology, Lance will oversee the UACCH Business Department which includes several programs of study.  Please congratulate Cindy Lance on her recent promotion at UACCH.  For more information about UACCH, visit our website at

Year Round Pell

Pell Grant


– Year-Round Pell (Referred to as Two Pell Grants in an Award Year in FSA Handbook)

– Academic Year – *Number of hours that a student enrolled full time is expected to complete in a full academic year (24 credit hours)

– Award Year – The award year is July 1 of one year to June 30 of the following year

– Example: July 1, 2009 to June 30, 2010

– Defines the timeframe in which students may receive the maximum amount of Pell funds (now two Scheduled Awards) for a given period


– Possible for a student to receive up to two full Scheduled Pell Awards within one Award Year

– Does not permit student to receive awards concurrently at two institutions

Student Eligibility 09/10 Award Year

*First Scheduled Award

– Student otherwise Pell Grant Eligible

– Enrolled in an eligible degree or certificate program (program must be longer than an Academic Year)

– Student otherwise Pell Grant Eligible

– Enrolled at least Half-Time in summer (classes within degree plan)

– Received 100% of 1stScheduledAward (successfully completed 24 credit hours may use a class in the summer to achieve this)

UACCH added to Arkansas Rural Nursing Education Consortium

The University of Arkansas Community College at Hope is pleased to announce that it is one of two institutions approved by the Arkansas State Board of Nursing(ASBN) to be added to the Arkansas Rural Nursing Education Consortium(ARNEC). Rich Mountain Community College (RMCC) in Mena, and the University of Arkansas Community College at Hope (UACCH) will join ARNEC for the January 2011 class. Jill Hasley, Program Director of the Arkansas Rural Nursing Education Consortium (ARNEC), announced today that the Consortium has also received approval from the Arkansas State Board of Nursing (ASBN) to increase the number of seats it offers to Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurses (LPNs/LVNs) who wish to become Registered Nurses.

The six colleges presently in the Consortium are: Arkansas State University-Newport, Black River Technical College-Pocahontas, Cossatot Community College of the University of Arkansas-Nashville, Ozarka College-Melbourne, South Arkansas Community College-El Dorado, and University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton.

Laura Massey, R.N., Dean of Health Professions at UACCH said, “I am very excited about this partnership and what it will do to increase the educational opportunities for working LPNs in our area. By providing a second pathway to becoming an RN, UACCH is again showing its commitment to the area residents of southwest Arkansas.”

ARNEC was created in 2004 to address the chronic shortage of Registered Nurses in the state’s rural areas. Late last year, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing estimated that nationally, there will be over 250,000 unfilled jobs for Registered Nurses by 2025.

Currently, ARNEC offers 120 seats at six of the state’s rural two-year colleges. Hasley stated that, in 2011, ARNEC will offer up to forty seats at the six current member colleges, and ten seats each at the two new member colleges. Each college will determine how many more students they can enroll, depending on the availability of clinical instruction space.

ARNEC is currently accepting applications for the January 2011 class. The annual deadline is August 31st. For interested LPNs/LVNs, more information and an admission application are available at Students may apply to more than one of the eight ARNEC member colleges, but should only submit an application to their first choice. All applicants will receive a letter regarding their admission status by early October. For more information contact Laura Massey, Dean of Health Professions at UACCH at 870-777-5722.

New Endowed Scholarship

Today, the University of Arkansas Community College at Hope is pleased to announce the establishment of a new endowed scholarship that honors husband, father, and teacher Ronald Sweat on his retirement from Blevins School District. Sweat, who was raised in the McCaskill area, has invested 40 years to improving the lives of students at Blevins High School. A1965 Blevins graduate, Mr. Sweat received a bachelor’s degree from Southern State College before returning to Blevins to begin a career in the classroom. However, the classroom is only a small part of the positive impact that he has made on his community and family.

Married to Kim Geist Sweat, Sweat is father of Kyla Sweat Hamilton of Hope and Kellen Sweat of Bauxite. He is often seen riding his 3 grandchildren, Kennedy and Karson Hamilton and Karter Sweat, on the 4-wheeler around the farm. He is active in Avery’s Chapel UMC and has always been involved in activities that support his children and students. When not in the classroom, Sweat can be found on the family farm feeding cattle or whatever chores the day requires.

The Ronald Sweat Family Endowed Scholarship will allow others to be able to pursue a dream of helping young people reach their potential. This scholarship is designated for a student seeking a career in Education with a preference given to a Blevins graduate. The scholarship is being established as a retirement surprise by Sweat’s wife and children.

Kim Sweat said, “Ron has always been a supporter of higher education. He has encouraged countless students throughout his 40 years of teaching to further their education beyond high school. He has tried to be a good teacher and role model for our community and its children.”

UACCH is honored to be able to announce the Ronald Sweat Family Endowed Scholarship thanks to the caring gift made by this family to the UACCH Foundation. The establishment of this scholarship is a reminder that an Endowed Scholarship is a great way to honor a loved one while giving back to countless others through an endowed scholarship. For more information about this scholarship, visit the UACCH website at

Support for UACCH Kids' College

Pictured left to right: Steve and Celia Montgomery, Nancy Kenworthy, Kids’ College Director at UACCH, and UACCH Chancellor Chris Thomason.


The University of Arkansas Community College at Hope is pleased to announce the recent $2,000 gift from Steve and Celia Montgomery and the Ronald McDonald’s Children’s Charities to support the UACCH Kids’ College Program. The Montgomery’s are the owners of the Hope McDonald’s and have been supportive of this program at the College for many years.

Kids’ College, which began Monday and continues again next week, provides 1st through 6th graders a week of fun, educational activities on the UACCH campus. It is an enrichment boost for capable and motivated students that will focus on cultivating new interests, expanding knowledge, and sparking the children’s imaginations and creativity.

The University of Arkansas Community College at Hope wants to extend a special “Thank you” to Steve and Celia Montgomery and the Ronald McDonald’s Children’s Charities for their support.

For more information about Kids’ College or other programs at UACCH, visit our website at