The 29th Annual Conference for Arkansas Community Colleges was held October 15-17, 2017 at the Marriott and Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock. At the conference, each of the 22 community colleges in Arkansas recognize and honor an outstanding staff, faculty, alumnus and Academic All-Star student from each of their respective institutions.
The ACC Awards Luncheon was held on Monday, October 16th to honor outstanding faculty and staff and included the keynote speaker, Dr. Matt Reed. Dr. Reed is the Vice President for Learning at Brookdale Community College and has extensive experience with Early College High School Programs and author of the book, Confessions of a Community College Administrator, which has been taught in educational leadership doctoral programs. At the luncheon, the following staff and faculty from the University of Arkansas Rich Mountain were recognized along with staff and faculty from 21 other Arkansas community colleges: Dr. Gaumani Gyanwali, Chemistry and Physical Science Instructor as 2017 Outstanding Faculty and Audra Titsworth, Registrar’s Assistant as 2017
Outstanding Staff. “I am extremely proud of the work both Gaumani and Audra do each day in providing a great college experience and exceptional learning environment for our students,” stated Chancellor Wilson.
The Academic All-Star Awards Brunch was held on Tuesday, October 17th to honor outstanding alumni and students named as Academic All-Stars from each respective community college in Arkansas. The Honorable Asa Hutchinson was the keynote speaker for
the brunch and spoke on the State’s work and initiatives to promote economic growth through collaborative partnerships. At the brunch, the following alumnae and student from the University of Arkansas Rich Mountain were recognized along with alumni and students from 21 other Arkansas community colleges: Damon Miller, Assistant Vice President Commercial Lender at Arvest Bank of Mena named as 2017 Outstanding Alumnus and Danni Smyth named as 2017 Academic All-Star. At the end of the brunch, Bill Stovall, Executive Director of Arkansas Community Colleges announced that representatives from universities around the State were on hand to offer scholarship packages to this year’s Academic All-Stars. “This is one of those moments I am most proud of as a college president. Seeing the fruits of how higher education and particularly how our College has impacted the success of our graduates and how student lives will be impacted by a college education is truly why we do what we do as a college family. It all boils down to one simple truth…teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime. Celebrating the successes of our students and alumni are shining moments in the work we do every day,” stated Chancellor Wilson.