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OZARKA COLLEGE INFORMATION


Ozarka College is located in Melbourne, Arkansas and is a public college. Ozarka College is a four year college and offers and a number of different programs and courses.

Ozarka College has a rolling admissions policy, which means that you can apply throughout the year for the upcoming semester.

Ozarka College is relatively smaller in size with an enrollment of only 1,052 students.

QUICK FACTS ABOUT OZARKA COLLEGE

Ozarka College Address:


PO Box 10
Melbourne, Arkansas 72556
Phone: 870-368-7371
Fax: 870-368-2091
Web Site: http://www.ozarka.edu/

Ozarka College admission closing date:


Rolling

Does Ozarka College offer Associate's degrees?


No

Does Ozarka College offer Bachelor's degrees?


No

Does Ozarka College offer Master's degrees?


No

Does Ozarka College offer Doctoral degrees?


No

Ozarka College tuition cost (estimate):


$1,185



Financial Aid is available only to those who qualify.

Is Ozarka College a private college?


No

Is Ozarka College a coed college?


Yes

Ozarka College school calendar:


Semester

Is Ozarka College a 2 year or 4 year college?


4 Years
Please Note: Length of programs pertain to finishing programs in normal time.

Ozarka College enrollment:


1,052 Students

Percentage of applicants accepted to Ozarka College


Not Available

Percentage of students at Ozarka College receiving financial aid:


Not Available

















Other Activities Nearby:


Golf Courses in Melbourne


Data provided by Data-lists.com Universities and Colleges Database. Data last updated on 2007-10-09.

OZARKA COLLEGE IN ARKANSAS GRANTS, SCHOLARSHIPS AND FINANCIAL AID INFORMATION

Federal Pell Grants

Academic Competitiveness (AC) Grant Program

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) Program

Grants and Scholarships available in Arkansas

OZARKA COLLEGE NEWS

Summer CNA Classes At Ozarka College - Ash Flat
Ozarka College is currently accepting enrollment for Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA) classes. This Basic Health Skills course is for college credit and will be taught by Dawn Smith this summer at Ozarka College in Ash Flat.Basic Health Skills will meet Monday through Thursday from 4:00 p.m. to 8:20 p.m. during the summer one session, which begins on May 30. When submitting an admissions application, students should select the Technical Certificate for Health Professions. Completion of Ozarka's CNA course increases students' competitiveness for entrance into the LPN program, as well as prepares them to take the state certification test.Financial Aid is available to students who qualify. For more information or to get registered, please contact Kim Whitten, Director of Ozarka College - Ash Flat, at 870.994.7273 or email: kwhitten@ozarka.edu.  


Creative Writing Course Available This Fall
Ozarka College has added a new Creative Writing course to the fall 2017 schedule. The class will be available in Ash Flat and Mountain View with instructors Tena Rosse and Maegon Mayes, respectably. This course will be an elective, so it will benefit degree-seeking students, but can also be taken by individuals whom are non-degree seeking. Regular tuition rates apply; citizens of Arkansas who are at least 60 years of age are exempt from paying tuition. However, they are still responsible for any required fees and for the cost of textbooks.New or first time college students will need to complete an admissions application prior to enrolling in Creative Writing. For more information about registration, degrees available, or financial aid opportunities, please contact Rylie Bevill, Ozarka College associate director of admissions, by calling 870.368.2024 or e-mail: admissions@ozarka.edu. Students may also receive registration assistance in person by visiting any of Ozarka College's four campus locations in Melbourne, Ash Flat, Mammoth Spring and Mountain View.


Neal Receives FNBC Bank Scholarship
FNBC Bank has announced the recipient of their $4,000 Ozarka College scholarship. The scholarship has been awarded to Mr. Lance Neal of Salem, Arkansas.  "FNBC is proud to offer this level of assistance to deserving Ozarka College students," said FNBC CEO and president Marty Sellars. "Ozarka College provides quality education for our communities, and we are fortunate to have them available to train and educate our local workforce. We truly believe we work better together with Ozarka College to create real opportunities for students to reach their fullest potential."Neal is a 2017 graduate of Salem High School and plans to major in agriculture at Ozarka College, beginning in the fall semester of 2017.  For more information about this scholarship or other scholarship opportunities, please contact Suellen Davidson, Ozarka College director of advancement, by calling 870.368.2059 or email: sdavidson@ozarka.edu.


Ozarka College Donates To Becky's Kids
Ozarka College's Classified Staff Council (CSC) hosted a College-wide fundraiser for Becky's Kids during the month of April. They raised $530 and donated it to Becky's Kids, a nonprofit named after Rebecca Moser Hickerson. Their mission is to bring love, support and encouragement to Arkansas teens in foster care, as well as those who are transitioning out of care and into adulthood.Pictured left to right is Ann Moser, Becky's Kids treasurer/secretary; Tess Weatherford, Ozarka College CSC president; and Crystal Morin, Ozarka College CSC member. For more information about Becky's Kids, please visit beckyskids.org.


Catlett Hired As Ozarka College Director Of Aviation
Ozarka College has hired John Catlett to serve as the Director of Aviation. Catlett comes to Ozarka with a great deal of aviation experience, but has also served Arkansas in a variety of ways. After retiring from the Arkansas State Police after 30 years of service, he served District 73 in the Arkansas Legislature helping direct the future for Arkansas.  "Thanks to outgoing aviation director, Nick Lenczycki, we have an exceptional program for John to take to greater heights as we seek to improve the aviation program for our students, " said Ozarka Provost and Executive Vice President of Learning, Dr. Keith McClanahan. "John has much to offer our students and our region and we are excited to see the enhancements that he will bring to the aviation program and to our College. "  Catlett has many years as a certified flight instructor and holds a Commercial Certificate for Single, Multi and Instrument Planes. He also has a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Political Science from Arkansas Tech University. Catlett is from Yell county, where he and his wife, Cheri own a cattle and poultry farm. They have two grown children, two grandchildren and a third grandchild on the way.  Dr. Richard Dawe, Ozarka College president commented, "John is passionate about flight instructing and brings great leadership experience to our Flight program at Ozarka. I look forward to working closely with him to help advance the program. " For more information about Ozarka College's Aviation program, please contact John Catlett, Ozarka College director of aviation, at 870.368.7926. Registration is currently open for summer and fall classes.


Tai Chi Chih To Be Offered At Ozarka College
Ozarka College will offer a series of continuing education Tai Chi Chih classes in Melbourne this summer. Part one will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays, May 30 through June 8 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Part two will be offered June 20 through June 29, meeting on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.Course instructor, Vicki Webb stated, "Tai Chi Chih is an easy to learn, non-marital arts form of movement that promotes physical strength and balance, and at the same time enhances focus, concentration and emotional wellness. " Tai Chi Chih is also considered to be a form of moving meditation, and as such, is an excellent program for relieving stress. It is appropriate for all ages and abilities and can be easily adapted for those with physical disabilities or limitations.While Webb is the only accredited instructor in Arkansas, the form itself is international in scope and has been used in many research studies. She explains that studies have shown tai chi chih's effectiveness in supporting general health as well as helping with arthritis, COPD, depression and anxiety, healthy aging, immune system support, pain relief, insomnia, and more. To learn more, Webb recommends visiting: www.taichichih.org.For more information or to register, please contact Candace Killian by calling 870.368.2003 or email: ckillian@ozarka.edu. To enroll in either part one or part two, the cost is $30 ($25 for students ages 60 and over). Participants who enroll in both part one and part two will receive a discounted rate of $50 ($40 for students ages of 60 and over).


Ozarka College Commencement
Arkansas Supreme Court Chief Justice John Dan Kemp will address Ozarka College graduates during the 2017 Commencement Ceremony. Commencement will take place on Thursday, May 4 at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the John E. Miller Education Complex in Melbourne, Arkansas. Approximately 400 students are expected to receive credentials from 32 Ozarka College degree programs.   The administration, faculty, and staff are proud of the hard work demonstrated by these graduates and invite family, friends, and interested community members to attend the 2017 commencement ceremony.  


Mosley Completes Solo Flight At Ozarka College
Clay Mosley of Melbourne, Arkansas completed his first solo flight at the Melbourne Municipal Airport on April 17, 2017. The College began offering flight training at the Melbourne Municipal Airport on July 1, 2015, then Associate of Science Professional Pilot - Aviation degree seeking students began flight lessons in January of 2016.Clay is a Freshman at Ozarka and makes the sixth student to complete the solo flight.Mosley's career goals consist of becoming a commercial pilot. When asked why he started flying, he said, "For the love of the game! " Clay also said he felt very prepared due to the great instructing that he received. Prior to taking a solo flight, students are required to receive and log flight training for maneuvers and procedures ranging from proper flight preparation procedures to emergency procedures and equipment malfunctions.Additionally, they have to pass an aeronautical knowledge test.Upon completing solo flights, students begin flying to larger airports with an instructor. Just prior to certification, students will fly to the Little Rock Airport on their own. "Clay has put in the time and work, and has proved himself to be a very capable pilot, " said Ozarka College Aviation Director, Nick Lenczycki. For more information about flight training or the aviation program, please contact Nick at 870.368.7926.


Information Science Technology Program At Ozarka College Is Accepting Students
The Ozarka College Information Science Technology program, where classes are primarily offered at Ozarka College - Ash Flat, is currently accepting applications for new students. Once a student has completed the admissions application, they may register for summer and fall 2017 courses. Assistance applying for financial aid is also available at any of Ozarka College's four campus locations in Melbourne, Ash Flat, Mammoth Spring or Mountain View. Students may also register for courses online through myOzarka at www.ozarka.edu.Information Technology is a driving force in our society, and we are dependent on those who create and support our electronics and information systems. Ozarka College offers a technical certificate, as well as a certificate of proficiency in information science technology. Upon completion of the technical certificate, graduates will be able to perform basic computer programming, design a web page, perform JavaScript programming, set up a basic local area network, design and manage a database, ensure security on computers and networks, use computer applications software, diagnose and repair computer hardware, and be prepared to test for Comp TIA A+ and Network+ certifications.For more information about the Information Science Technology program, please contact Rylie Bevill, Ozarka College associate director of admissions, by calling 870.368.2024 or e-mail: admissions@ozarka.edu.


Cook Smart, Eat Smart Seminar To Be Offered At Ozarka College - Mammoth Spring
Ozarka College in Mammoth Spring will offer a cook smart, eat smart, and stretch your food dollar seminar on May 18, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. Participants will learn how to prepare simple, healthy and delicious food for the whole family, all while stretching their grocery budget.The seminar will be presented by the University of Arkansas' Fulton County Extension Office and is free to the public. Seating is limited, however, so pre-registration is requested.For more information or to reserve your seat, please contact James Spurlock, director of Ozarka College - Mammoth Spring, at 870.625.0411 or email: jmspurlock@ozarka.edu


Agriculture Program At Ozarka College Now Accepting Students
Ozarka College recently received approval from the Arkansas Department of Higher Education to begin offering an Associate of Science degree in Agriculture, and the program is now accepting applications for new students. Once a student has completed the admissions application, they may register for summer and fall 2017 courses. Assistance applying for financial aid is also available at any of Ozarka College's four campus locations in Melbourne, Ash Flat, Mammoth Spring or Mountain View. Students may also register for courses online through myOzarka at www.ozarka.edu.This associate of science degree is designed to provide students with a broad knowledge of agriculture and agribusiness applications. Through a partnership with Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, graduates will have a seamless transfer into agriculture degrees offered at A-State. Students will also be equipped with skills preparing them to manage the family farming operation, or to enter employment within the Agribusiness World of Work.For more information about the Agriculture program, please contact Rylie Bevill, Ozarka College associate director of admissions, by calling 870.368.2024 or e-mail: admissions@ozarka.edu.


Alternative Gardening Methods Seminar To Be Offered At Ozarka College - Mammoth Spring
Ozarka College in Mammoth Spring will offer an alternative gardening methods seminar on April 27, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. Topics covered will include raised bed gardening, straw bale gardening and container gardening. Participants will also learn the do's and don'ts, as well as advantages and disadvantages to each of these great alternative gardening styles.The seminar will be presented by the University of Arkansas' Fulton County Extension Office and is free to the public. Seating is limited, however, so pre-registration is requested.For more information or to reserve your seat, please contact James Spurlock, director of Ozarka College - Mammoth Spring, at 870.625.0411 or email: jmspurlock@ozarka.edu


Academic All-Star Scholarship Available Through Ozarka College
Arkansas Community Colleges (ACC) is once again offering the Academic All-Star scholarship program to students who attend two-year colleges in the state.The purpose of the Academic All-Star program is to recognize the scholarly and service achievements of Arkansas' two-year college students. Academic All-Stars will be recognized at the ACC Awards Brunch, held in October 2017, in Little Rock, Arkansas. They will receive a $500 scholarship to assist with completing the final semester of their associate degree.The deadline to apply for the Academic All-Star scholarship is May 31, 2017.To be eligible for consideration, a student must be an Arkansas resident, currently enrolled at Ozarka College and have plans to be enrolled at Ozarka College through at least fall 2017, have completed a minimum of 24 credit hours in pursuit of an associate degree by June 1, 2017, have the intent to graduate from Ozarka College with an associate degree by summer 2018, and have a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 in all credit coursework completed at Ozarka College.For more information about applying for this scholarship, please contact Josh Wilson, associate vice president of student services, at 870.368.2027 or by email: jwilson@ozarka.edu.  


Ozarka College - Ash Flat To Host Criminal Justice Industry Workshop
Ozarka College - Ash Flat will host the 1st Annual Criminal Justice Industry Workshop on April 14, 2017. All Ozarka College criminal justice students are invited to attend this free event, and transportation may be requested from other Ozarka campus locations. The workshop will take place in the lecture hall from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and will feature Criminal Justice Program Coordinator, Allen Wallis. Also attending will be guests from various areas of the criminal justice field with whom students will interact as a group and individually. This is a valuable opportunity for current Ozarka College criminal justice students to explore possible careers within the criminal justice field, learn about available training and certifications, and make connections with professionals who can provide invaluable insight into your present and future employability. To RSVP to this event, please contact Career Planning Mentor, Kendra Smith, by Friday, April 7 at 870.994.7273 ext. 4034 or email: kendra.smith@ozarka.edu.


Desserts For Diabetics Course Available At Ozarka College
In a partnership with ARcare, Ozarka College will offer Desserts for Diabetics, a continuing education course. There is no charge to enroll, but seating is limited to 15 participants. The class will meet on April 20, 2017 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Ozarka College in Melbourne.Participants will not be cooking during this demonstration class, but they will get to sample Peach Bavarian, prepared by Ozarka College's Chef Alden Griffus, CCC. To register for this course, please call Alden at 870.368.2073 or email: alden.griffus@ozarka.edu  


9th Annual International Day
Ozarka College's Diversity and Cultural Events Committee will host the 9th Annual International Day, beginning March 28, 2017. This event is open to Ozarka students, faculty, and staff and will focus on the country and culture of Costa Rica.  Attendees will have a chance to win a $15 gift card at each campus location!International Day is free of admission and will take place at the following specified Ozarka College locations: Tuesday, March 28 at Mountain View; Thursday, March 30 at Melbourne in the Lecture Hall of the John E. Miller Education Complex; Tuesday, April 4 at Ash Flat; and Thursday, April 6 at Mammoth Spring.  Each of these events will begin with a presentation at 11:00 a.m. and include refreshments prepared by Ozarka College culinary arts students.For more information about the International Day 2017, please contact Lindsay Wilson - Galloway, committee chair, by calling 870.269.5600 or email: lhgalloway@ozarka.edu.


Chief Justice Kemp To Address Ozarka College Graduates
Arkansas Supreme Court Chief Justice John Dan Kemp will address Ozarka College graduates during the 2017 Commencement Ceremony. Prior to being elected to his current position, Chief Justice Kemp served as circuit judge for 29 years. Born and raised in Mountain View, Arkansas, Chief Justice Kemp has also had the honor and privilege of serving as an Elder at the School Avenue Church of Christ.Commencement will take place on Thursday, May 4 at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the John E. Miller Education Complex in Melbourne, Arkansas. Approximately 400 students are expected to receive credentials from 32 Ozarka College degree programs.   The administration, faculty, and staff are proud of the hard work demonstrated by these graduates and invite family, friends, and interested community members to attend the 2017 commencement ceremony.  


Introduction To Art Continuing Education Course In Mtn. View
Ozarka College in Mountain View will host continuing education Introduction to Art courses, beginning on April 3, 2017. These four-week courses will be taught on Mondays and Wednesdays by Leah Balowski. When registering, students will need to select the morning (9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.) or afternoon (12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.) session.This course will present a hands-on approach to the fundamental media, techniques, and concepts of making art. A variety of materials and projects will be used to encourage creative problem solving. Painting and drawing will be introduced as well as an emphasis on exploration and individual creativity.The tuition is just $35.00 per student, $30.00 for ages 60 and over.   Seating is limited and pre-registration is required. Please contact Lindsay Wilson-Galloway, director of Ozarka College - Mountain View, by phone at 870.269.5600 or email: lhgalloway@ozarka.eduto enroll.


Photography And Photoshop Courses At Ozarka College - Mountain View
Ozarka College in Mountain View will offer photography and Photoshop continuing education courses, beginning in March. Each course will be taught by Patrick Ward and meet from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Students may register for individual courses at $25 each or for all three courses in the series for $60. Students ages 60 and over will receive a discounted price of $20 per course or $55 for the entire series.The first course will take place on March 27, 2017and cover camera use. This class will help students become confident in using their digital SLR camera settings, and students will be given the tools needed to maximize their camera to fit their personal shooting style.  The second course will take place on March 28 and cover beginning photography shooting. This course will give each student the skills needed to properly take a photo, and will go over portrait, scenic, waterfall, casual and sports photography.The final course will meet on March 30 and will cover Photoshop. Both, beginner and novice photographers will be shown tips and tricks in Photoshop that will enhance and alter the images they have taken. A tutorial will be given to alter photos in light balance, color and removal of those !pesky' power lines and other items from images. This class will be best understood if student's bring their laptop so they can click through the processes and tools.Seating is limited! For more information about this course or to register, please contact Lindsay Wilson-Galloway, director of Ozarka College - Mountain View, by calling 870.269.5600 or email: lhgalloway@ozarka.edu


Son Lamb Honorary Scholarship Awarded
Ozarka College has awarded the first Son Lamb Honorary scholarship to Madison "Sidney " Stracener. Sidney resides in Horseshoe Bend and is majoring in Health Information Technology. She will receive $250 to be applied to the spring 2017 semester.This scholarship was funded by members of the community who accepted donations to go towards the scholarship while hosting a tribute to E.F. Son Lamb, "A Sonny Night in August." Son has supported, promoted and encouraged not only businesses in North Arkansas, but individuals as well and the committee is so pleased to honor Son with a scholarship in his name.For more information about scholarships, please contact Suellen Davidson, director of advancement, by calling 870.368.2059 or email: sdavidson@ozarka.edu.


Ozarka College LPN Students Help With Arkansas Farm To You Exhibit
On February 28, 2017, Ozarka College Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) students assisted with the Arkansas Farm to You exhibit, hosted by the University of Arkansas (Division of Agriculture) Cooperative Extension Service. This event was held at Izard County Consolidated Elementary in Violet Hill, Arkansas.Prior to touring the exhibit, ICC elementary students received multiple lessons in their classrooms utilizing the Serving Up MyPlate Curriculum from USDA. "Arkansas Farm to You is an interactive, walk-through display geared toward kindergarten through 6th grade students, " said Karla Dement, county extension agent. "The exhibit features ten stations that take the students from the farm, to the table and through the body. "LPN students spoke to students about the importance of keeping teeth clean by brushing and flossing every day, how healthy foods are digested into nutrients, and how to listen to the stomach to eat just the right amount of food to be healthy. They also explained how food and physical activity help make students healthy and strong, and they taught the students how to protect their skin with the use of sunscreen and frequent hand washing.Susan Thielemier, Ozarka College nursing instructor commented, "This was our third time to help with the Farm to You exhibit and each year, it proves to be a valuable experience for the College's LPN students. Being able to teach others not only the importance of getting the right nutrients, but also how to care for the body, is great practice for their future careers. "  


Ozarka College Announces Tom Smith Memorial Scholarship
The family of Tom W. Smith has partnered with Ozarka College to offer a $500 scholarship. This memorial scholarship will be awarded to a 2017 Izard County high school graduate (Calico Rock, ICC or Melbourne) who will be attending Ozarka College. Tom graduated from Melbourne High School in 1980 and from Arkansas State University in 1984. He was a true entrepreneur; a homebuilder, real estate developer and a pilot. Tom loved to travel and took his first solo flight on August 9, 2012.All programs of study will be considered when reviewing scholarship applications. For more information, please call Suellen Davidson, Ozarka College director of advancement, at 870.368.2059 or email: sdavidson@ozarka.edu.


New Firearm Training System At Ozarka College
 Using funds provided to Ozarka College through the federal Carl D. Perkins grant, the College purchased a firearm training system to provide criminal justice students with hands-on experiences to develop occupational skills needed by most criminal justice professionals."It is very important to student learning to not only be growing in academic disciplines, but also to have those interactive, hands-on experiences to develop the skills they need to do their jobs, " said Kay Adkins, Ozarka College student success advising specialist/Perkins. "The range simulator provides valuable experiential learning for our students as they virtually experience !active shooter' situations and practice their observation and reaction skills using non-lethal simulator weapons. "Criminal Justice program coordinator and faculty member, Allen Wallis, began using this simulator in his curriculum during the fall semester of 2016. On February 21, 2017, Wallis utilized the equipment to host training for the Sharp County Sheriff's office reserve officers at Ozarka College - Ash Flat. "It's very advantageous for my criminal justice students to get to train on the same equipment as officers already working in the field, " said Allen Wallis.For more information about Ozarka College's criminal justice program, please call Allen Wallis at 870.994.7273 or email: allen.wallis@ozarka.edu.  


Ozarka College Foundation To Host Annual Gala
The Ozarka College Foundation will host their annual Spring Gala on Thursday, April 13, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. "Supporting Higher Education: The Key to Success " will take place in the Student Services Center at Ozarka College, located at 218 College Drive in Melbourne, Arkansas.Centennial Bank will once again be the presenting sponsor and the Gala will feature a gourmet dinner, prepared by Ozarka College's ACF accredited culinary arts department. To add to the already enjoyable event, the exciting live auction will also return with a beautiful auction prize donated by Sissy's Log Cabin.Proceeds from the Gala will support the Foundation in its effort to provide resources necessary for many students to have life-changing experiences through education at Ozarka College. Sponsorship levels include Corporate Sponsor ($1,000)   and Table Sponsor ($750). Individual tickets will be sold at $75 each; however, quantities are limited due to corporate sponsorships. Tickets are currently on sale and attendees are encouraged to purchase early to ensure seating to this impactful event. For more information or to reserve your table, please call 870.368.2059 to speak to Suellen or Angela in Ozarka College's advancement office.


Charles Cheatham Memorial Scholarship Awarded
Ozarka College has awarded the Charles Cheatham Memorial scholarship to Brittany Malloy. Brittany resides in Mount Pleasant, Arkansas and is majoring in Education. She will receive $250 to be applied to the spring 2017 semester.For more information about foundation scholarships, please contact Suellen Davidson, director of advancement, by calling 870.368.2059 or email: sdavidson@ozarka.edu.


Automotive Service Technology Scholarship Awarded
Ozarka College has awarded the first Automotive Service Technology scholarship, recently funded by an anonymous donor, to James Phillips. James is a first-year automotive student who resides in Franklin, Arkansas. He will receive $250 to be applied to the spring 2017 semester.For more information about scholarships, please contact Suellen Davidson, director of advancement, by calling 870.368.2059 or email: sdavidson@ozarka.edu.


New Coordinators For Early Childhood And Education Hired
Ozarka College has recently hired Joann Counts to serve as the early childhood education program coordinator and Cheryl Toon as the education program coordinator. Both of these employees also serve as faculty members in their respective fields. Though Mrs. Counts is relatively new to this role, she actually began working at Ozarka College as an evening Adult Education teacher in 1991. She continued serving the College in this capacity until 2010. In 2009, she also began teaching as an Adjunct Instructor at Ozarka College - Ash Flat in several departments, then transitioned into Early Childhood in August 2016. In January of 2017, she became employed full-time for her current position. From 1990-1999, Counts also taught full time at Highland School District. "I believe Ozarka College is a necessary part of our community, " said Joann Counts. "We are able to offer educational services to our students that larger Colleges and Universities simply cannot. To be able to work in this type of environment, while teaching and training adults to be teachers, is a dream come true for me. " Counts has a Master of Science in Education from Arkansas State University and a Bachelor of Science in Education from North Western Oklahoma State University. She and her husband, Larry, have lived, worked and been a vital part of this area since 1990. Their youngest two children graduated from Highland High School and their grandchildren currently attend Cave City schools. Prior to her employment at Ozarka, Mrs. Toon dedicated 18 years of her career to being a public and private school teacher. Most recently, she worked at Cedar Ridge High School teaching Advanced Placement English and senior English. She also served as the English Department Chair and District English Department Chair for five years, and was the Building Lead TAC Teacher for one year. Toon is currently enrolled at the University of Arkansas Monticello in the Educational Leadership Degree program. She has a Master of Arts in English from Arkansas Tech University, a Master of Teaching/Leadership from National University in San Diego, California, and a Bachelor of Science Education in Early Childhood/Elementary Education from Arkansas State University. "I have been impacting students' lives within my classroom as an English instructor for years, and now I get to impact and guide upcoming educators as they pursue their career in teaching and impacting their students' lives, " said Cheryl Toon. "I feel as though my territory has expanded from a classroom at one school district to many classrooms in many school districts through each of the teacher candidates with whom I will be working. I want to instill within these upcoming educators a passion for their students and a seriousness of the influence they will have over their students. " Toon and husband, Ronnie, have three children and two grandchildren. In her spare time, she enjoys long distance running, reading novels, spending time with my family, and golfing with her husband on occasion.


LPN Application Deadline Is April 1, 2017
The Ozarka College nursing department is currently accepting applications for the fall 2017 Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) program in Ash Flat, Melbourne and Mountain View. LPN applications will be accepted through April 1, 2017 for fall semester program admission. Interested students may apply to the LPN Program by completing an Ozarka College online application for admissions, designating Technical Certificate, Licensed Practical Nursing as the intended college major. If applicants are a transfer student, they will also need to have official transcripts sent directly to the Ozarka College Admissions office from the previous college(s) attended. Once application has been submitted, mid-term grades will be reviewed, then an email will be sent from the nursing department to the email address listed on the admissions application. This will contain information regarding testing dates and PAX registration instructions. Grades will be reviewed to confirm a final grade of C or higher in pre-requisite courses. Students with the highest compiled scores will be invited into the ensuing class. In the case of a tie, date and time of application will determine class placement. For more information about the application process, please contact Ozarka College Admissions by calling 870.368.2024, or the Ozarka College Nursing Department at 870.368.2077.


New Offices For Ozarka's Advancement Team
Ozarka College's Advancement team is settling into their newly renovated offices, located next to the Ozarka College Bookstore. They are excited to welcome guests to visit them, no appointment necessary! Suellen and Angela are always happy to share student success stories and discuss giving opportunities. Maybe now isn't the best time for you to make a financial contribution, but your time is just as important. Ask how you can become an event volunteer.


Culinary Arts Receives Acf Accreditation
Alden Griffus, CCC was elated to receive notice from the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation that Ozarka College's Associate of Applied Science in Culinary Arts degree has officially received accreditation.  "An industry accreditation of this caliber is very exciting, " said Chef Griffus. "Culinary Arts is a trade and this accreditation tells the future employers of our graduates that our students receive the highest quality of education here at Ozarka College, and will serve as valuable assets in their businesses. "  According to the American Culinary Federation website, accreditation assures academic quality by requiring a program to meet a minimum of standards and competencies set for faculty, curriculum, and student services. By earning this accreditation, Ozarka College Culinary Arts graduates are eligible for a Certified Culinarian ® (CC ®) without paying any fees or taking any separate exams.  Dr. Richard Dawe, Ozarka College president commented, "Our culinary department worked very hard to receive this prestigious accreditation. We are one of only three, two-year colleges in Arkansas with this accreditation status and it will help us continue to advance and grow this vital program. "  In addition to an Associate of Applied Science degree, Ozarka also offers a Certificate of Proficiency in Hospitality Management. The average length of this program is 18 credit hours and it is a great option for individuals looking to strengthen their knowledge base and hospitality management skills in general. For more information about the culinary arts program at Ozarka College, please call Alden Griffus at 870.368.2073 or email: alden.griffus@ozarka.edu  


Ozarka College To Begin Offering Degree In Agriculture
Ozarka College has recently received approval from the Arkansas Department of Higher Education to begin offering an Associate of Science degree in Agriculture. This degree is designed to provide students with a broad knowledge of agriculture and agribusiness applications.    "Agriculture is a vital industry in Arkansas' 1st District, and it is important to train future generations in the necessary skills and new technologies in the industry, " commented Congressman Rick Crawford. "The Associate of Science degree in Agriculture will open doors to individuals interested in agriculture that they can later use in a 4-year program, or employment. I applaud Ozarka College for meeting the needs of their community and for the work they have done to launch this new degree. "  Dr. Keith McClanahan, Ozarka College provost and executive vice president of learning stated, "Ozarka's service area consists primarily of small, family owned farms and ranches involved in animal production, grazing, and haying operations. There is also a growing number of poultry production and laying facilities within our service area. "    The College plans to offer an agricultural orientation course, as well as introductory agricultural courses in Plant Science, Animal Science, Agribusiness, and Soils. Through a partnership with Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, graduates will have a seamless transfer into agriculture degrees offered at A-State. Students will also be equipped with skills preparing them to manage the family farming operation, or to enter employment within the Agribusiness World of Work. For more information, please call Chris Lorch, associate vice president of academics, at 870.368.2071 or email: clorch@ozarka.edu


Phipps Promoted At Ozarka College
Ozarka College recently promoted Angela Phipps to the position of associate director of advancement. Prior to this roll, Phipps served as the administrative assistant to the director of aviation. She gained a great deal of experience working with the students and learned about the necessity of scholarships.  "Angela comes to us with a wealth of knowledge in customer relations and a strong background in sales, " said Suellen Davidson, Ozarka College director of advancement. "She is extremely creative and brings a positive outlook and a deep appreciation for our students and communities. Angela will be such an asset to this department, the Foundation Board, and the College as a whole. "    Phipps, who has a BFA in Painting from Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, GA commented, "I love Ozarka College and I am thrilled to come to work every day and get to be a part of students fulfilling their dreams.  I have seen firsthand how scholarships can make a difference in helping students finish their degree. " In her spare time, Phipps makes rustic cutting boards and serving trays from different native woods and enjoys doing oil and watercolor paintings.  


Ozarka College Announces Son Lamb Honorary Scholarship
On August 26, 2016, members of the community hosted a tribute to E.F. Son Lamb titled, "A Sonny Night in August." Son is a man who has supported, promoted and encouraged not only businesses in North Arkansas, but individuals as well. With his development of Channel 5, viewers in the local cable TV service area have been entertained while keeping up with local news and events for many years.The event was free to the public; however, donations were accepted to go towards the establishment of a scholarship in Son's name. That scholarship is now fully funded and will be awarded to an area student attending Ozarka College. For more information, please call Suellen Davidson, Ozarka College director of advancement, at 870.368.2059 or email: sdavidson@ozarka.edu.


Culinary Arts Spring Showcase Dinner
Ozarka College's Culinary Arts students will host a student showcase dinner on March 10, 2017 in the Student Services Center, located at Ozarka College in Melbourne, Arkansas. Dinner seating will take place between 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. and reservations are required for this event. The menu will feature a three-course meal, allowing guests to select from a limited menu. The meal also includes a beverage and is only $15 per guest.  The first course will offer a choice of salad or appetizer, the second a choice of three entrees, and the third a choice of two desserts. All menu items will be designed to reflect the trends of the area, as well as the current food industry. Chef Alden Griffus, Ozarka College culinary arts instructor said, "The Student Showcase Dinner provides the culinary students an opportunity to further develop the skills they are learning in the classroom by interacting with the public, giving them the experience they need to be successful in the culinary world. "  When making reservations, guests are asked to specify any dietary needs or allergies, and the students will gladly accommodate. All reservations must be made by Monday, March 6 as seating is limited; reserve your table today! Please contact Chef Alden Griffus at 870.368.2073 or email: alden.griffus@ozarka.edu    


Wilkerson Selected As Ozarka's Employee Of The Quarter
Dr. Richard Dawe, Ozarka College president, is proud to announce that Zeda Wilkerson of Melbourne, Arkansas has been selected as Ozarka's Employee of the Quarter! Zeda has been employed at the College for more than 10 years and currently serves as the registrar. She has earned the Employee of the Quarter recognition for the period of October through December 2016. "Zeda is tireless in her important duties as registrar and is passionate about serving our students, " said Dr. Dawe.  


Gwenn Lea Memorial Aviation Scholarships Awarded
Ozarka College has awarded Gwenn Lea Memorial Aviation scholarships to Jackson Braun and William Tretter. Braun resides in Mountain Home and Tretter is from Sulpher Rock. Both of these students are seeking an Associate of Science degree in Aviation - Professional Pilot and they will each receive $500 to be applied to the spring 2017 semester. For more information about scholarships, please contact Suellen Davidson, director of advancement, by calling 870.368.2059 or email: sdavidson@ozarka.edu. For more information about Ozarka's aviation program, visit them on the web at fly.ozarka.edu or contact the program director, Nicholas Lenczycki at 870.368.7926.


Intro. To Art Continuing Education Course
Ozarka College in Mountain View will host Introduction to Art courses to be offered through continuing education, beginning on January 30, 2017. This four-week course will be taught by Leah Balowski and will meet on Mondays and Wednesdays from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.  This course will present a hands-on approach to the fundamental media, techniques, and concepts of making art. A variety of materials and projects will be used to encourage creative problem solving. Painting and drawing will be introduced as well as an emphasis on exploration and individual creativity.The tuition is just $35.00 per student, $30.00 for ages 60 and over.   Seating is limited and pre-registration is required. Please contact Lindsay Wilson-Galloway, director of Ozarka College in Mountain View, by phone at 870.269.5600 or email: lhgalloway@ozarka.eduto enroll.


Shell Hired At Ozarka College
Ozarka College has recently hired Kelly Shell to serve as the administrative assistant to the director of aviation. Prior to this position, Shell served as a student worker in the Paul Weaver Library. She also has previous experience as a textbook sales representative, while being employed by BBA Solutions at Ozarka.Ozarka College director of aviation, Nick Lenczycki stated, "Kelly is very talented and we look forward to having her as a vital member of the team. "   Shell, who has an Associate of Arts degree from Ozarka, is looking forward to being a part of the Ozarka family as a full time employee, and is excited to be working at the airport. In her free time, she loves spending time outdoors. "If you don't see me in a hammock or camping during warm weather, I'm most likely tie dying or hooping, " said Kelly Shell.    


Registration For Spring 17 Semester Closes On Friday
Though Ozarka College classes began on Monday, January 9, registration remains open until Friday, January 13, 2017. The College was closed due to inclement weather  last Friday, so the registration deadline for students to enroll in the spring 2017 semester has been extended. Take advantage of this extended registration period and enroll today! For more information about classes being offered, please call the Admissions department at 870.368.2024 or email: admissions@ozarka.edu. Not sure if you can afford tuition? Contact our team of specialists in Financial Aid to inquire about available scholarships, grants and loans. Call 870.368.2009 or email: finaid@ozarka.edu. Ozarka College, Committed to YOUR Success!


Morin Hired At Ozarka College
Ozarka College has recently hired Crystal Morin to serve as the administrative assistant to the provost and executive vice president of learning. Prior to her employment at the College, Morin was the administrative support supervisor and an assistant to the publishers at the Kitsap Sun in Bremerton, Washington. There she was responsible for customer service representatives and administration support, as well as support to senior management when needed.Ozarka College provost and executive vice president of learning, Dr. Keith McClanahan stated, "Upon the retirement of Karen Overturf, we were very fortunate to fill this position with someone eminently qualified. I couldn't be more pleased that Crystal has decided to provide her skills and talents to our College. " Morin attended two years at Olympic Community College where she studied legal assistant/paralegal."I am looking forward to assisting the administration as well as the students in achieving their goals and realizing their dreams, " said Crystal Morin. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, birding, photography and reading. Morin resides in Cave City with her husband, Kelly.  


Ozarka College Offers New Automotive Scholarship
Ozarka College is pleased to begin offering a new scholarship specifically for students in the Automotive Service Technology program. The College received a generous anonymous donation for this new endowed scholarship, and will be accepting scholarship applications for the spring 2017 semester.  To learn more about Ozarka's Automotive Service Technology program or to register for classes, please call 870.368.2024 or email: admissions@ozarka.edu. Classes will begin on January 9, 2017. For more information about this scholarship or others available, please call 870.368.2059 or email: sdavidson@ozarka.edu.


Ozarka College Aviation Students Visit Large Corporate Flight Department
November 18, 2016 will be a day to remember for students in Ozarka College's Aviation program. The students and their flight instructors had a great experience visiting a large Arkansas corporate flight department. During the visit, students learned firsthand how a successful flight department is managed. The students also had the opportunity to tour several jet aircraft along with a tour of the airport's air traffic control tower.  This visit gave students an insight into another sector of the aviation industry. When asked about his experience, Alex Pannell (Ozarka College aviation student) said, "Awesome learning experience being able to explore the corporate side of aviation. " He also enjoyed talking to several of the department's pilots.    "While the students always enjoy seeing exciting aircraft and touring tower facilities, the opportunity to interact with experienced pilots and other professionals with varied career paths was the real benefit, " said Nick Lenczycki, Ozarka College director of aviation. "We strive to ensure that students are able to explore as many career options as possible while they are enrolled in our program, so they are as prepared as possible for their future. We are incredibly appreciative of the time and access that this corporation and their staff contributed to our students' learning experience. "


Register For The Spring Semester Today
Though the College will be closed from December 19 to January 2, spring '17 registration for new and current students at Ozarka College is open! Returning students may still register online and new students are encouraged to call the admissions department to make an appointment. Early registration is key to ensuring enrollment in the courses that best fit your schedule. Classes will begin on January 9, 2017 and are available online as well as each of our four campus locations in Melbourne, Ash Flat, Mammoth Spring, and Mountain View.Ozarka College is affordable and accessible, and offers competitive scholarship opportunities. Additionally, residents of Howell and Oregon counties in Missouri receive in-state tuition. To inquire about Financial Aid, please call 870.368.2009 or email:  finaid@ozarka.edu.    Exciting, transferable degree programs such as Aviation, Criminal Justice, Education, Technology, and Nursing are available. The College offers 32 associate degrees, technical certificates and certificates of proficiency, as well as workforce training, continuing education and adult basic education. Regardless of a student's educational goals, Ozarka College is committed to their success and provides an innovative, quality education with a friendly, helpful staff.  Students who have not previously attended Ozarka College are encouraged to stop by the campus location nearest them (no appointment necessary), or call the Admissions Department at 870.368.2024 or email:  admissions@ozarka.edu.


Adkins And Smith To Present At Regional Conference
Ozarka College's Kay Adkins (director of career services and Perkins coordinator) and Kendra Smith (career mentor) presented at the Arkansas Academic Advising Network (ArkAAN) conference held at the University of Central Arkansas in May. After their presentation, attendees completed an evaluation and Kay and Kendra earned a !best of' ArkAAN presenter's score. Their score was then compared to other !best of' presenter evaluations and they have recently been notified that they received !Best of State.' This distinction qualifies them to represent ArkAAN at the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) Regional Conference in Tulsa, Oklahoma in February 2017. NACADA is a 13,000 member organization of higher education professionals, and according to the group's mission statement, NACADA promotes student success by advancing the field of academic advising globally. The NACADA Region 7 Annual Conference will have attendees from Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Kansas. Kay and Kendra's presentation title is, "Students in Transition Need to "MAKE A PLAN ": Ozarka College Student Services Career Planning Workbook. " Their workshop will briefly cover some career development theory highlights, how Ozarka College Career Services has applied career development theory to develop program strategies, and some successes and challenges experienced. "Having clear, realistic career goals is one factor that correlates with a student's likelihood of persisting to degree/program completion, " said Kay Adkins. Kendra Smith added, "Many students entering college have never thoughtfully or intentionally explored their own interests, skills, and values, or explored how 'who they are' can fit into different vocations that could be potentially satisfying. " In addition to finding a vocational 'fit', students can benefit from having a detailed and realistic plan to progress from where they are now into the job they want. Ozarka College Career Services provides career exploration and employability assistance to Ozarka career and technical education students through workshops and one-on-one coaching. For more information about the services available, please call 870-368-2056 or email: success@ozarka.edu.


Sccrc Donates $10,000 To Ozarka College
Ozarka College is very pleased to accept another $10,000 donation from the Stone County Community Resource Council (SCCRC) in Mountain View, Arkansas. The SCCRC is comprised of volunteers who collect, sort and re-sale donated items through the Dorcas House Thrift Store where most of these items are sold for just 25-cents each, or $2.00 per bag. These small purchases really add up; so much so that they have brought the total donations from the SCCRC for Ozarka student scholarships to an incredible $120,000! The monetary contributions that the SCCRC has made to Ozarka College only begins to touch the surface of the lives they are changing. Of the $120,000 donated, $100,000 has been designated for scholarships and $20,000 for priority College enhancements. The $100,000 in scholarship donations from SCCRC have been awarded to students in $500 increments, and these students must reside in Stone County. By doing this, countless students have been, and will continue to be assisted in their educational endeavors by these generous donations. Since the SCCRC is a nonprofit organization, charitable donations are tax deductible. Donations can be dropped off at the Dorcas House, located on School Street in Mountain View, Arkansas. For more information about the Stone County Community Resource Council or Ozarka College, please contact Lindsay Wilson-Galloway, director of the Ozarka College campus in Mountain View, by calling 870.269.5600.


Spring Classes Begin January 9
Though the College will be closed from December 19 to January 2, spring '17 registration for new and current students at Ozarka College is open! Returning students may still register online and new students are encouraged to call the admissions department to make an appointment. Early registration is key to ensuring enrollment in the courses that best fit your schedule. Classes will begin on January 9, 2017 and are available online as well as each of our four campus locations in Melbourne, Ash Flat, Mammoth Spring, and Mountain View. Ozarka College is affordable and accessible, and offers competitive scholarship opportunities. Additionally, residents of Howell and Oregon counties in Missouri receive in-state tuition. To inquire about Financial Aid, please call 870.368.2009 or email: finaid@ozarka.edu. Exciting, transferable degree programs such as Aviation, Criminal Justice, Education, Technology, and Nursing are available. The College offers 32 associate degrees, technical certificates and certificates of proficiency, as well as workforce training, continuing education and adult basic education. Regardless of a student's educational goals, Ozarka College is committed to their success and provides an innovative, quality education with a friendly, helpful staff. Students who have not previously attended Ozarka College are encouraged to stop by the campus location nearest them (no appointment necessary), or call the Admissions Department at 870.368.2024 or email: admissions@ozarka.edu.


Registration For Spring Continues
Though the College will be closed from December 19 to January 2, spring '17 registration for new and current students at Ozarka College is open! Returning students may still register online and new students are encouraged to call the admissions department to make an appointment. Early registration is key to ensuring enrollment in the courses that best fit your schedule. Classes will begin on January 9, 2017 and are available online as well as each of our four campus locations in Melbourne, Ash Flat, Mammoth Spring, and Mountain View. Ozarka College is affordable and accessible, and offers competitive scholarship opportunities. Additionally, residents of Howell and Oregon counties in Missouri receive in-state tuition. To inquire about Financial Aid, please call 870.368.2009 or email: finaid@ozarka.edu. Exciting, transferable degree programs such as Aviation, Criminal Justice, Education, Technology, and Nursing are available. The College offers 32 associate degrees, technical certificates and certificates of proficiency, as well as workforce training, continuing education and adult basic education. Regardless of a student's educational goals, Ozarka College is committed to their success and provides an innovative, quality education with a friendly, helpful staff. Students who have not previously attended Ozarka College are encouraged to stop by the campus location nearest them (no appointment necessary), or call the Admissions Department at 870.368.2024 or email: admissions@ozarka.edu.


Overturf To Retire From Ozarka College
Karen Overturf, Ozarka College administrative specialist to the provost and executive vice president for learning, will retire later this month after sixteen years of service. Ms. Overturf was honored at Ozarka's end of year celebration on Friday, December 9, 2016.    Ozarka College provost and executive vice president for learning, Dr. Keith McClanahan, spoke about Karen's contributions to the College. "Karen has been instrumental to the College's ability to serve student and faculty needs over the past 16 years. She is a wealth of knowledge and has seen a multitude of changes at the College during this time, " said Dr. McClanahan. "Karen has been my go-to-person for all things Ozarka over the last 18 months as the new Provost. She has definitely made Ozarka College a better place for students and staff. "  Dr. McClanahan thanked Karen for her years of service, then presented her with a retirement plaque. Upon accepting her years of service award, Karen stated that she would miss everyone she has worked with, but this is a happy time. She is looking forward to relocating to spend more time with family, especially her grandson.      


Deltha Sharp Earns Her Doctorate
Ozarka College's associate vice president of planning and institutional research, Deltha Sharp, has earned a Doctorate of Education (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership. For her dissertation, she studied the level of implementation of best practices in developmental education at colleges and universities across the United States. Dr. Sharp's degree was conferred at Arkansas State University on December 10, 2016.    Dr. Richard Dawe, Ozarka College president shared, "We are very proud of Dr. Sharp's achievement and the excellent work she does for the College on a daily basis. We are very fortunate to have someone as talented as Deltha on our team at Ozarka! "  Dr. Sharp, an Evening Shade native, has been employed by Ozarka College since 2003. Prior to her current position, she served as adjunct faculty, academic advisor, and program director. Dr. Sharp also has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Lyon College at Batesville, a Master in Business Administration from University of Arkansas in Little Rock, and a Specialist in Community College Teaching from Arkansas State University.  


Register Today For Next Semester
Spring '17 registration for new and current students at Ozarka College is open! Early registration is key to ensuring enrollment in the courses that best fit your schedule. Classes will begin on January 9, 2017 and are available online as well as each of their four campus locations in Melbourne, Ash Flat, Mammoth Spring, and Mountain View.  Ozarka College is affordable and accessible, and offers competitive scholarship opportunities. Additionally, residents of Howell and Oregon counties in Missouri receive in-state tuition. To inquire about Financial Aid, please call 870.368.2009 or email: finaid@ozarka.edu.    Exciting, transferable degree programs such as Aviation, Criminal Justice, Education, Technology, and Nursing are available. The College offers 32 associate degrees, technical certificates and certificates of proficiency, as well as workforce training, continuing education and adult basic education. Regardless of a student's educational goals, Ozarka College is committed to their success and provides an innovative, quality education with a friendly, helpful staff.  Students who have not previously attended Ozarka College are encouraged to stop by the campus location nearest them (no appointment necessary), or call the Admissions Department at 870.368.2024 or email: admissions@ozarka.edu.


EMT Program At Ozarka College - Ash Flat Is Currently Accepting Students
Ozarka College in Ash Flat is currently accepting students for the spring 2017 semester to the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) program. Spring 2017 classes will begin on January 9 and EMT classes will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Additional clinical hours will also be required to complete the program.  The length of the EMT program is just one semester and will be instructed by Andy Schisler, long time employee and paramedic for Spring River Ambulance of Cherokee Village. To apply for Ozarka College's EMT program and to register for courses, please contact Kim Whitten, director of Ozarka College - Ash Flat, by calling 870.994.7273 or email: kwhitten@ozarka.edu.  Prospective students who are accepted into the program will be required to pass a drug screening and criminal background check.


Ozarka College Sutton Nursing Scholarships Announced
Ozarka College is pleased to announce the recipients of this year's Kenneth and Janice Sutton Nursing scholarships. Tammy Branscum, Haley Everett and Dillon Lawrence will each receive $3,000 for the 2016-2017 academic year. All of these students reside in Stone County and are in the LPN program at Ozarka College - Mountain View.  For more information about this scholarship or other scholarship opportunities, please contact Suellen Davidson, Ozarka College director of advancement, by calling 870.368.2059.


Health Information Technology, Online Program
Ozarka College is currently accepting students for the spring 2017 semester to the Health Information Technology (HIT) program. Spring 2017 classes will begin on January 9 and the HIT classes are all online.  Students may earn a technical certificate or an associate of applied science degree. The technical certificate prepares students with the skills necessary to obtain entry level employment in the health record departments of hospitals, clinics, government facilities, and other medical facilities.  By completing an associate of applied science degree, students are prepared to process data and are familiar with transcription practices, diagnosis and procedural coding of the medical office and in the hospital setting. Students also learn to apply the principles of professional and ethical conduct, thus becoming a vital link in the healthcare chain of our society.  To apply for Ozarka College's HIT program and to register for courses, please contact the office of admissions, by calling 870.368.2024 or email: admissions@ozarka.edu.


Mitchell Hired At Ozarka College
Ozarka College is pleased to announce the recent hiring of Fay Mitchell as the administrative assistant to the president. Prior to her employment at Ozarka, Mitchell worked in the Office of Recruitment at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, Arkansas. Dr. Richard Dawe, Ozarka College president stated, "Fay has significant experience and will be an outstanding addition to the Ozarka College team. "  Mitchell, who resides in Cherokee Village, said she is looking forward to working with and getting to know everyone at Ozarka College. "I like the fact that working in higher education gives me an opportunity to help young men and women achieve their goals and dreams. "  In her spare time, Mitchell loves going to the lake, reading and playing golf with her husband and friends. For more information about Ozarka College, please call 870.368.2300.


Ozarka College Hosted Aviation Day
Ozarka College hosted an Aviation Day at the Thayer airport on November 11, 2016. Couch, Mammoth Spring, and Thayer high school students interested in aviation attended this event. The event began with a presentation by Nick Lenczycki, Ozarka College director of aviation, covering the many opportunities in the aviation field, the future of drone technology, and how Ozarka's aviation program is preparing students to succeed in this field.    At the conclusion of the event, a drawing was held for a Discovery Flight around the Thayer/Mammoth Spring Area. The winners of this drawing were Bobbie Wheeler from Mammoth Spring High School and Chase Powell from Thayer High School.  "This was a great event, " said James Spurlock, director of Ozarka College - Mammoth Spring. "I am excited about expanding the awareness in our community of the many opportunities available in the aviation industry. " For more information about Ozarka College or to register for Spring '17 classes, please call James at 870.625.0411 or email: jmspurlock@ozarka.edu.  


Johnson Joins Ozarka College Career Pathways Team
Ozarka College is pleased to announce the recent hiring of Lindsey Johnson. Johnson will serve as the career support services facilitator in Career Pathways and primarily be responsible for identifying students' interests, skills, needs, barriers and resources. She will also assist in the development, delivery, and promotion of services offered by the Career Pathways Initiative, and assist students in job placement by developing effective resumes and cover letters.  Amanda Engelhardt, director of Career Pathways said, "I have no doubt that Lindsey will be an asset to the program and serve our students well in this capacity. " Johnson holds an Associate of Science in Elementary Education from the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville, and is a graduate of The Institute of Ultrasound Diagnostics.  Johnson, who resides in Mt. Pleasant with husband Blake and their two children, Aniston Mae and Adley Blake, said, "I am grateful for this new opportunity and can't wait to take on this exciting experience."  For more information about services available through Ozarka College Career Pathways, please call 870.368.2041.  


Registration Is Open At Ozarka College
Spring '17 registration for new and current students at Ozarka College is open! Early registration is key to ensuring enrollment in the courses that best fit your schedule. Classes will begin on January 9, 2017 and are available online as well as each of their four campus locations in Melbourne, Ash Flat, Mammoth Spring, and Mountain View.  Ozarka College is affordable and accessible, and offers competitive scholarship opportunities. Additionally, residents of Howell and Oregon counties in Missouri receive in-state tuition. To inquire about Financial Aid, please call 870.368.2009 or email: finaid@ozarka.edu.    Exciting, transferable degree programs such as Aviation, Criminal Justice, Education, Technology, and Nursing are available. The College offers 32 associate degrees, technical certificates and certificates of proficiency, as well as workforce training, continuing education and adult basic education. Regardless of a student's educational goals, Ozarka College is committed to their success and provides an innovative, quality education with a friendly, helpful staff.  Students who have not previously attended Ozarka College are encouraged to stop by the campus location nearest them (no appointment necessary), or call the Admissions Department at 870.368.2024 or email: admissions@ozarka.edu.


Ozarka College Donates To Angel Tree Program
Ozarka College's Classified Staff Council (CSC) hosted a bake sale for the Angel Tree program on October 13, 2016. Tess Weatherford, Ozarka College CSC president, is pictured presenting a check for $364 to Cathy Savell from Izard County DHS.


Libbie Watkins Receives North Central District Fair Queen Scholarship
Libbie Watkins of Salem, Arkansas has received the 2016 North Central District Fair Queen scholarship. As the winner of this pageant, Libbie will receive a $500 scholarship to use at Ozarka College, where she is currently attending and majoring in Education. The pageant was held in the John E. Miller Auditorium on October 1, 2016 and was a preliminary to the Arkansas State Fair Queen Contest.  For more information about Ozarka College scholarships, please contact Suellen Davidson, Ozarka College director of advancement, at 870.368.2059 or email: sdavidson@ozarka.edu.  


Ozarka College To Host, "an Enchanted Christmas "
Ozarka College will host their 7th annual holiday event on December 2, 2016 beginning at 4:30 p.m. This event is free of admission, open for the public to attend, and will take place at Ozarka College's John E. Miller Education Complex in Melbourne, Arkansas.  Ozarka College invites you to attend, "An Enchanted Christmas " at Ozarka College and families are invited to join Ozarka College for the viewing of Beauty and the Beast, The Enchanted Christmas. There will also be pictures with Santa, coloring activities and treats prepared by the Ozarka College Culinary Arts Department.  One of the most memorable quotes from the movie is, "As long as there's Christmas, I truly believe that hope is the greatest of the gifts we'll receive. " While being committed to your success, Ozarka College strives to instill hope in the minds of students everyday, and looks forward to giving back to the community at this fun-filled, family friendly event.  In the case of inclement weather, this event will not be rescheduled. For more information about An Enchanted Christmas, please contact Suellen Davidson, director of advancement, at 870.368.2059 or email: sdavidson@ozarka.edu


Ozarka College LPN Students Donate To Mission Of Hope Food Bank
Ozarka College LPN students hosted a free mini-health fair in Ash Flat. They also collected non-perishable food items and monetary donations for the Mission of Hope food bank. They  appreciate everyone who supported their efforts and look forward to doing more in the future to support those in need. For more information about becoming a student, please call Ozarka College admissions at 870.368.2024 or email: admissions@ozarka.edu.    


Ozarka College To Host Priority Registration Day
Ozarka College will host a priority registration event on November 11, 2016 at all campus locations. This event will take place from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and is the perfect opportunity for new and returning students to get registered for the spring 2017 semester.    "We know how busy the last few months of the year are for everyone, so we are conducting a college-wide registration day to better accommodate our students, " said Dr. Keith McClanahan, provost and executive vice president of learning at Ozarka College. "Faculty advisors, student services, and staff will be available by appointment for face-to-face meetings. "  Ozarka College is committed to the success of their students and will utilize this registration event to help keep them on track towards degree completion. Spring '17 classes begin on January 9, but early registration is key to ensuring enrollment in the courses that best fit your schedule.  Registration is open for courses at each of our four campus locations in Melbourne, Ash Flat, Mammoth Spring, and Mountain View, as well as fully online. Students who have not previously attended Ozarka College, are encouraged to contact the Admissions and Financial Aid Departments to begin their life-changing experiences today!  To make an appointment for the November 11 priority registration event, please call Student Services at 870.368.2024. For assistance with Financial Aid, please call 870.368.2009 or email: finaid@ozarka.edu.  


Ozarka College - Ash Flat To Host A Mini-Clinic
Ozarka College in Ash Flat will host a mini-clinic, open to the public, on Wednesday, November 9, 2016. The clinic will take place in the nursing lab from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and will offer blood pressure, pulse, respiration, blood sugar, height, weight, BMI and visions checks, completely free of charge. Flu immunizations will also be available with no out-of-pocket expenses, but those who have health insurance, Medicare, or Medicaid are asked to bring proper documentation for billing purposes. Ozarka's practical nursing students will also be hosting a food drive and bake sale, with donations going to Mission of Hope food bank. Each person who donates a non-perishable food item will be entered for a chance to win a $25 Walmart gift card. For more information, please contact Cheryl Ekenes, Ozarka College LPN Instructor, by calling 870.994.7273 or email: cbekenes@ozarka.edu.


Ozark College Adds Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (drone) Training
Aviation students at Ozarka College will soon have the opportunity to receive training for the operation of small, unmanned aircraft systems, also known as drones. Training will also be available to members of the community interested in legally flying their drones for civil use. With the addition of this innovative technology, students in Ozarka's Aviation - Professional Pilot degree program will have the opportunity to earn a Remote Pilot Certificate (RPC) issued by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as part of the degree program. They will also have an opportunity to complete a lab course focused on drone operations. Students in the program are excited about obtaining their drone certification. Alex Pannell exclaimed, "I've always wanted to fly a drone. " The new FAA regulation on unmanned aircraft makes it is easier for students to train for a drone pilot certificate while working on their pilot certificate. According to Andrew Finne, Ozarka College flight instructor, "The addition of this equipment will broaden the experience for our students and give them the opportunity to explore different job avenues that their degree can take them. " The FAA issued 14 CFR Part 107 regarding sUAS on August 29, 2016. This coursework allows students to more affordably take the next step in training after achieving their private pilot certificate. For more information about drone certification or flight training at Ozarka College, please call Nick at 870.368.7926.


Beginner's Yoga Course At Ozarka College - Mountain View
Ozarka College in Mountain View will offer a six-week Beginner Hatha Yoga continuing education course, beginning on November 8, 2016. This class will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and be taught by Nanette Frego. Beginner level yoga offers participants the opportunity to become familiar with the postures and practices of yoga in a supportive and encouraging environment. Each 90-minute session will be comprised of a balanced blend of yoga postures, pranayama (breathing technique) and/or short relaxation or mediation to create a complete yoga experience In addition to learning yoga asanas (poses), participants will also learn how to do Oms and chanting. The vibrations in this breathing practice stimulate the vocal chords, encouraging deeper breathing by fully inflating and deflating lungs. The cost is $125/person ($120 ages 60 and over) and seating is limited. For more information or to register, please contact Lindsay Wilson-Galloway, director of Ozarka College - Mountain View, by calling 870.269.5600 or email: lhgalloway@ozarka.edu


Wilson Receives Dietsche/martin Honorary Scholarship
Tamara Wilson, an Ozarka College nursing student from Cherokee Village, Arkansas, has received the Dietsche/Martin Honorary scholarship. Wilson will receive $250 to be applied to the fall 2016 semester and another $250 for spring 2017. For more information about this endowed scholarship or other scholarship opportunities, please contact Suellen Davidson, Ozarka College director of advancement, by calling 870.368.2059.


Rush Selected At Employee Of The Quarter
Dr. Richard Dawe, Ozarka College president, is proud to announce that Amber Rush of Melbourne, Arkansas has been selected as Ozarka's first Employee of the Quarter! Amber, who serves as the business office manager, earned this recognition for the period of July through September 2016. "Amber continues to do an outstanding job and always has a friendly and professional demeanor in her work, " said Dr. Dawe.


Engelhardt Appointed Director Of Career Pathways At Ozarka College
Ozarka College is pleased to announce the recent appointment of Amanda Engelhardt as the director of Career Pathways. Prior to this role, Engelhardt served as the career support services facilitator in Career Pathways. In her previous position, Engelhardt was primarily responsible for identifying students' interests, skills, needs, barriers and resources; assisting in the development, delivery, and promotion of services offered by the Career Pathways Initiative; and assisting students in job placement by developing effective resumes and cover letters."Amanda has a wealth of knowledge and experience working with the Career Pathways Initiative, " stated Josh Wilson, Ozarka College associate vice president of student services. "She strives to always put students first and I am confident she will continue to serve the program well in her new role as director. "Engelhardt holds an Associate of Arts in General Education from Ozarka College, a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Arkansas State University, and a Master of Science in College Student Personnel from Arkansas Tech University. "Since joining Ozarka College four years ago, I've learned so much about higher education, but even more about the many struggles and barriers students face, " said Amanda Engelhardt, director of Career Pathways. "I am very fortunate to be part of a program that provides support services to students to help overcome those barriers. It is very rewarding to build rapport with students, see them succeed, and know that we were part of their journey. "    


Ozarka College To Host Bullying Prevention Event
On October 27, Ozarka College's American Voices series will present: Bullying Prevention. During this event, attendees will have the opportunity to hear from guest speakers and watch, "A Girl Like Her. " This event will take place at 9:00 a.m. in the John E. Miller Auditorium at Ozarka College in Melbourne, and in the Lecture Halls at Ozarka College in Ash Flat and Mountain View. October is National Bullying Prevention Awareness month and Ozarka College students and staff, as well as area junior/senior high school students are invited to attend this event free of charge. The synopsis of this film, directed by Amy S. Weber, is as follows: "16-year-old Jessica Burns has a secret that she's afraid to share with anyone - except her best friend, Brian Slater. For the past year, she's been victimized by another girl - her former friend, Avery Keller, one of South Brookdale High School's most popular and beautiful students. What can you do when the world sees the image of a person but not the reality? With Brian's help and a hidden digital camera, the evidence of Avery's relentless harassment is captured and finally exposed-bringing both girls and their families face to face with the truth. " For more information, please contact Lindsay Wilson-Galloway, Ozarka College diversity and cultural arts committee chair, by calling 870.269.5600 or email: lhgalloway@ozarka.edu


Intro. To Hvac To Be Offered At Mammoth Spring
Ozarka College - Mammoth Spring will offer a six-week Introduction to HVAC continuing education course, beginning in November. Topics covered will include airflow, capacitors, ductwork sizing/design, EPA certification test preparation, gas furnaces, heat pumps, LP gas, refrigeration gauges, static pressures, super heat readings, testing system components, volt/ohms, and wiring. The course runs from November 8 through December 15, meeting on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Tuition is $200.00 per student and includes a textbook participants keep after the course concludes. The registration deadline is November 1, 2016! For more information or to register, please contact James Spurlock, director of Ozarka College - Mammoth Spring, by calling 870.625.0411 or email: jmspurlock@ozarka.edu


Photography And Photoshop Courses At Ozarka College - Mtn. View
Ozarka College in Mountain View will offer photography and Photoshop continuing education courses, beginning in November. Each course will be taught by Patrick Ward and meet from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Students may register for individual courses at $25 each or for all three courses in the series for $60. Students ages 60 and over will receive a discounted price of $20 per course or $55 for the entire series.The first course will take place on November 1, 2016and cover camera use. This class will help students become confident in using their digital SLR camera settings, and students will be given the tools needed to maximize their camera to fit their personal shooting style. The second course will take place on November 2nd and cover beginning photography shooting. This course will give each student the skills needed to properly take a photo, and will go over portrait, scenic, waterfall, casual and sports photographyThe final course will meet on November 3rd and will cover Photoshop. Both, beginner and novice photographers will be shown tips and tricks in Photoshop that will enhance and alter the images they have taken. A tutorial will be given to alter photos in light balance, color and removal of those !pesky' power lines and other items from images. This class will be best understood if student's bring their laptop so they can click through the processes and tools.Seating is limited! For more information about this course or to register, please contact Lindsay Wilson-Galloway, director of Ozarka College - Mountain View, by calling 870.269.5600 or email: lhgalloway@ozarka.edu


Flu Shot Clinic To Be Held At Ozarka College
Ozarka College in Melbourne will host a flu shot clinic, open to the public, on Tuesday, October 25, 2016. The clinic will take place in the Fred N. Blankenship Allied Health Buildingfrom 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. No out-of-pocket expenses will be incurred, but those who have health insurance, Medicare, or Medicaid are asked to bring proper documentation for billing purposes.


White River Health System Team Wins Foundation Golf Tournament
Thirty teams gathered for a fun filled day at the Ozarka College Foundation Golf Tournament on October 1, 2016. The four-person scramble took place at Cooper's Hawk Golf Course in Melbourne, Arkansas and all proceeds will benefit the students of Ozarka College. After a two-way tie for the championship title and a two-hole play off, the White River Health System team came out on top. This year's first place championship flight winners included Randy Davidson, Nathan Howard, Joe Johnson and Al Smith. Second place honors went to Jim Cooper, Kaitlyn Duncan, Tommy Duncan and Joey Sample. Special thanks to our sponsors: FNBC Bank - Tournament Sponsor, Centennial Bank - Lunch Sponsor, First Community Bank - Golf Course Sponsor, St. Bernards Healthcare Associated Regional Providers (SHARP) and STI in Guion - Event Sponsors, Bank of Cave City - Range Ball Sponsor, InkSpot Graphics and Bancorp South - Towel Sponsors, and Jordan's Kwik Stop - Breakfast Sponsor. Hole Sponsors include the following: Ace Auto LLC, Ash Flat Livestock Auction, Ash Flat Pharmacy, B & B Supply, Blane Johnson, Campbell's Auto Sales, Canyon Plumbing/Bootlegger, Cleatus Wiles Outdoor Advertising, Cone Realty, Corner Drug Store, Dan M. Orr, Attorney, Danny's Auto Body, David Sherrell - Izard County Judge, Dellinger Law Firm, Downhome Country Kitchen, Dr. Sonya Wiles, D.D.S., Duncan Bookkeeping & Tax Service, Edward Jones Investments - Stephen Thompson, Eric Smith for Izard County Judge, First National Bank of Izard County, Freedom Ford, GH Miller and Sons, Goings and Associates, Gray Family Practice Clinic, Hardy Insurance - Richard Huff, Hatfield Ready Mix, Highland Oil/Red Mule Mart, Highland Window and Door, Hughes and Randall Tax and Financial, Izard County Abstract Co., Inc., Izard County Farm Bureau - Phillip Steed, Judge Mark Johnson, Kissee Law Firm, Mark Martin Chevrolet, Melbourne Insurance - Lisa Manry, Melbourne Sanitation, Micro Plastics, Inc., Ozark Aerosports, Reeve's Propane, Sears of Ash Flat, Sharp Office Supply, Sharp Realty, Shelter Insurance - Jody Dillard, Sneedo's Custom Hauling, Subway - Melbourne, State Farm - Brandy Chevallier, State Representative Michelle Gray, The Lemon Tree Boutique/CSI Certified Appraisers, Tri-County Farm and Ranch, Triple R Bailbonds, Unimin, Vance Vision/Eagle Mountain Eye Care, Wheelis Dental Clinic, Williams Equipment, Wolf Creek Realty, and Wortham Funeral Home. Hole prizes were provided by the following: Amy Pinkston - Thirty-One gifts, Cherokee Village - South Course, Cup'd Up Calls, Garry Lawrence, Izard County Farm Bureau - Phillip Steed, North Arkansas Sales and Rentals, SonShine Shoppe, and Townsend Spice and Supply.


Beginning Computers To Be Offered At Ozarka College - Ash Flat
Ozarka College - Ash Flat will offer a four-week Beginning Computers continuing education course, instructed by Kris Massey, beginning in October.  Topics covered will include Microsoft Windows 8, Internet search and navigation, E-mail basics, sending attachments, uploading photos, Facebook basics, and E-Bay basics.  This course runs from October 28 through November 18, meeting on Fridays from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.    Tuition will be $25.00 per student or $20 for students age 60 and up.  No textbook or other expenses are required, but seating is limited. For more information or to register, please call Ozarka College - Ash Flat at 870.994.7273 or email: kwhitten@ozarka.edu.  


Free GED Classes Offered
Work towards obtaining your GED by taking free classes at Ozarka College in Melbourne, Ash Flat, Mammoth Spring, or Mountain View. Ozarka College's Adult Education program is ADA accessible, EEOC compliant, and disability accommodations are available upon request. Classes meet at Ozarka College in Melbourne on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Classes in Ash Flat are on Monday and Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Mammoth Spring and Mountain View both offer classes on Tuesday and Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Registration is ongoing. For additional information on free GED classes, please call Ozarka College's Adult Education Department at 870.368.2051.


Ozarka College Students Receive Lawrence Scholarships
Madison Harris (Cherokee Village), Chloe Parker (Mountain Home), Stacey Stephens (Ash Flat), and Tamara Wilson (Cherokee Village) have each received a $500 scholarship from Garry and Carol Anne Lawrence. These students are all majoring in nursing at Ozarka College and have received $250 for the fall 2016 semester, and will receive another $250 for spring 2017. For more information about this scholarship or other scholarship opportunities, please contact Suellen Davidson, Ozarka College director of advancement, by calling 870.368.2059.


Ozarka Cafe Offers Discount To Students, First Responders
The Ozarka Cafe, located in the Student Services Center on the Melbourne campus of Ozarka College, is proud to offer a 10% discount to students and on-duty first responders. The Caf` serves as an opportunity for hands-on applied learning for Ozarka College culinary arts students and is open for lunch Tuesday through Thursday from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The Cafe is student driven, student focused, and the menu items are 100% student made. The menu is ever changing, but typically offers a variety of sandwiches, salads, and desserts. The students strive to keep things fresh by making as many products in house as possible, and they are continuously expanding their skillsets. For more information about the Ozarka Cafe or the culinary arts program, please call Janice Crider, caf` manager, at 870.368.2323 or email: jecrider@ozarka.edu.


Trio Program Offers Support For Students, Applications Being Accepted
The Federal TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) program at Ozarka College provides opportunities for academic development, assists students with basic college requirements, and serves to motivate students toward the successful completion of their postsecondary education.  The goal of TRIO SSS is to increase the college retention and graduation rates of its participants and facilitate the process of transition from one level of higher education to the next.  The services offered by Ozarka's TRIO SSS include: academic advising; tours of four-year colleges or universities, appointments with admissions, financial aid, and faculty advisors; assistance with transfer scholarships; financial and economic literacy; information and assistance in completing and applying for Federal Student Aid; informational workshops; peer and professional tutoring; career guidance; and cultural enrichment activities.Eligibility for SSS is established through the U.S. Department of Education.  Students applying for the program must meet one of the following qualifications:   low income, first generation college student, or have a disability.  Further, students should be enrolled in a transferrable program at Ozarka College. All students must be U.S. citizens or meet residency requirements.Ozarka College has four staff members in the SSS Department.  Tracy Cone serves as Program Director, Ashley Sherrell is the Academic Services Coordinator, Bryan Jeffery is the Transfer Specialist, and Shelia Titus is the Administrative Specialist.    TRIO SSS is currently accepting student applications for the fall 2016 semester.  Ozarka College students who meet eligibility requirements are encouraged to apply.  For more information call TRIO SSS at 870.368.2036 or stop by the TRIO office in Melbourne, Ash Flat, Mammoth Spring, or Mountain View.


Mediterranean Cooking Classes At Ozarka College
Ozarka College will offer Mediterranean cooking classes in October. Learn to cook dishes from Eastern Mediterranean countries on October 13 and Western Mediterranean countries on October 20. Each class will begin at 5:30 p.m. and take place in the John E. Miller building at Ozarka College in Melbourne, Arkansas.The classes will be lead by the Izard County Extension Office and taught by Ozarka College's culinary arts instructor, Alden Griffus. The cost is $25 per class; $20 for participants age 60 and up. There is also a $5 discount for those who register for both classes. Seating is limited and pre-registration by October 7 is required.  For more information or to register, please contact Karla Dement, county extension agent, at 870.368.4323 or email: kdement@auex.edu. Registration can also be completed online at www.uaex.edu/izard.


Moore Receives Paul And Treva Miller Scholarship
Payton Moore, an Ozarka College business student from Melbourne, Arkansas, has received the Paul and Treva Miller scholarship. Moore is the son of Stewart and Marsha Moore. He will receive $250 to be applied to the fall 2016 semester and another $250 for spring 2017.For more information about this endowed scholarship or other scholarship opportunities, please contact Suellen Davidson, Ozarka College director of advancement, by calling 870.368.2059.    


Sharp Sponsors Ozarka College Foundation Golf Tournament
St. Bernards Healthcare Associated Regional Providers (SHARP) will be an event sponsor at the Ozarka College Foundation Golf Tournament in Izard County. The tournament will be a four-person scramble, taking place on October 1, 2016 at Cooper's Hawk Golf Course in Melbourne, Arkansas. There will be a shotgun start at 9:00 a.m. and all proceeds will benefit the students of Ozarka College.Beverly Nix Stone commented, "SHARP is proud to support Ozarka College in their effort to improve the lives of others through education. "The entry fee is $300 per team and includes range balls, golf cart fee, light breakfast, lunch, gift bag, and 18 holes of golf. Mulligans will be available for purchase, $5 each. Awards will be given for longest drive, longest putt, closest to pin, and putting contest.Team entries are being accepted now. To register, please contact Suellen Davidson, Ozarka College director of advancement, by calling 870.368.2059 or email: sdavidson@ozarka.eduIn the case of heavy rainfall, team members will be notified and the rain date will be October 2, 2016 at 9:00 a.m.  


Local Banks Sponsor Foundation Golf Tournament
The Ozarka College Foundation is pleased to have Centennial Bank and First Community Bank serving as sponsors at the upcoming Izard County golf tournament. Centennial Bank is sponsoring lunch, which will be prepared by Sam Cooper of Hawk's Nest Restaurant. First Community Bank in Highland/Cherokee Village is sponsoring the course rental at Cooper's Hawk Golf Course. The tournament will be a four-person scramble, taking place on October 1, 2016. There will be a shotgun start at 9:00 a.m. and all proceeds will benefit the students of Ozarka College. The entry fee is $300 per team and includes range balls, golf cart fee, light breakfast, lunch, gift bag, and 18 holes of golf. Mulligans will be available for purchase, $5 each. Awards will be given for longest drive, longest putt, closest to pin, and putting contest. Team entries are being accepted now. To register, please contact Suellen Davidson, Ozarka College director of advancement, by calling 870.368.2059 or email: sdavidson@ozarka.edu In the case of heavy rainfall, team members will be notified and the rain date will be October 2, 2016 at 9:00 a.m.


Paul Vitale Presented At Welcome Back Event
Nationally renowned professional speaker and author, Paul Vitale, shared a message of empowerment and enthusiasm during the Welcome Back event at Ozarka College on August 25, 2016. While presenting to Ozarka students and staff, Vitale challenged those in attendance to achieve maximum results and utilize their potential to the fullest. Well known for his enthusiasm and magnetic personality, Vitale, founder of Vital Communications, Inc., travels worldwide speaking to organizations about the importance of a positive attitude, a strong work ethic, and other vital concepts. His audiences benefit from the many seeds of heroism he has encountered during his travels and experiences with people from the corporate boardroom, to the classroom, and everywhere in between. During his high-energy presentation, Vitale presented ideas to captivate and inspire participants to thrive and excel in this constantly changing world. "I thoroughly enjoyed presenting my signature program on behalf of TRIO Student Support Services and working with the students and faculty who attended my presentation, " said Mr. Vitale. "It was evident to me that the highly motivated students who attended my presentation will achieve whatever they set out to do. " Paul Vitale is a native of Arkansas. He has written the best sellers Are You Puzzled by the Puzzle of Life?, Sell With Confidence, Pass It On, and Discover the Now, along with several curriculums in use across the nation. Vitale's diverse client list includes the National Football League, Walmart, ESPN, the Los Angeles Rams, Southwest Airlines, Dole Hong Kong, the United States Chamber of Commerce, Tyson Foods, the Antiques Roadshow, United Way, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, and the Arizona Cardinals. He has been featured on NBC, ABC, FOX, and the Minnesota Vikings Entertainment Network, and is a regular guest on talk shows sharing his insight and life strategies. Vitale's expertise, enthusiasm, and ability to encourage people to exceed their potential have been described by his audiences as extraordinary.


Finne Hired As Aviation Faculty
Ozarka College is pleased to announce the hiring of Andrew Finne, who will serve as full-time aviation faculty. Prior to his employment at Ozarka College, Finne served as a First Officer at ExpressJet Airlines and a flight instructor at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. Finne holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Professional Pilot from Henderson State University and is a Certified Flight Instructor with an Airline Transport Pilot Certificate. Additionally, Finne holds an Instrument Rating and Type Rating in Embraer 145 regional jet. "It's been a busy semester with new students and I am looking forward to helping grow our program into a top rated school, " said Finne. Finne has been involved in Boy Scouts for over twenty years, likes to kayak, camp and scuba dive. For more information about Ozarka College's Aviation program, please call 870.368.7926.


Moser Named Outstanding Staff Of The Year
Ozarka College has selected Mr. Rondal Moser of Sage, Arkansas as recipient of the 2016 Outstanding Staff of the Year award. Moser will be recognized at the Arkansas Community Colleges (ACC) awards brunch on Tuesday, October 11, 2016, in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Moser, who has been employed at the College since 2013, currently serves as a Maintenance Technician. "In his three years of service, Rondal has been an outstanding employee always willing to go above and beyond in offering assistance to others, " said Jason Lawrence, Ozarka College vice president of administration. "His pleasant demeanor and exceptional work ethic has gained him the respect of his coworkers. " Moser is noted to have a giving nature, and that is evident in the community as well. He and his wife, Tammy, love to prepare food and provide garden vegetables to those in need.


Thielman Named Academic All-Star
Ozarka College has selected Zachery Thielman of Violet Hill, Arkansas as recipient of the Academic All-Star scholarship program. Thielman, who plans to graduate from Ozarka in December, is majoring in nursing. "After completion of the registered nursing program, my plans include attending Lyon College in hopes of earning a bachelors degree in biology, " said Thielman. "Afterwards, I will be applying for medical school. " The purpose of this program is to recognize the scholarly and service achievements of Arkansas' two-year college students. Academic All-Stars will be recognized at the ACC Awards Brunch on Tuesday, October 11, 2016, in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Each All-Star will receive a $500 scholarship for his/her final semester to attend the nominating college, paid for by the nominating college. All-Star recipients have also traditionally received a full scholarship from the Arkansas college or university of their choice to complete their four year degree. To apply to be an Academic All-Star, Thielman was required to meet eligibility requirements such as being an Arkansas resident, enrolled in a public two-year college, expected to continue enrollment through at least Fall 2016, have completed a minimum of 24 credit hours and have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.25 or higher. Thielman has met or exceeded all of those. Applicants were also required to demonstrate involvement in campus and/or community activities. Thielman is a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, has received the academic excellence scholarship from 2014 to present, and has participated in health fairs with his fellow LPN classmates while teaching participants about the dangers and spreading of microorganisms, along the importance of hand washing. In his application, Thielman shared, "The most unforgettable experiences I've had at Ozarka College were through the LPN and RN programs. " He explained how all of the experiences have made him "relish the joy " that caring for people is capable of making him feel.


Hoskinds Named Outstanding Alumni
Ozarka College has selected Dr. Justin Hoskinds of Melbourne, Arkansas as recipient of the 2016 Outstanding Alumni. Dr. Hoskinds will be recognized at the Arkansas Community Colleges (ACC) awards brunch on Tuesday, October 11, 2016, in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Dr. Hoskinds attended Ozarka College from 2000-2002, where he earned 60 credit hours of pre-requisites before transferring to the University of Central Arkansas (UCA) on a transfer scholarship. In 2004, he graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelors of Health Science, with an emphasis in Physical Therapy. In 2007, Dr. Hoskinds earned his Clinical Doctorate in Physical Therapy from UCA. He is also a board certified clinical specialist in Orthopedics, Sports, and Clinical Electrophysiology through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. Dr. Hoskinds is currently employed at Melbourne Therapy Center.


Constitution Day Celebration
Ozarka College will be celebrating Constitution Day all week long! Stop by any of our campus locations in Melbourne, Ash Flat, Mammoth Spring or Mountain View to pick up a voter registration form and learn more about this historic event. In Melbourne, you can even familiarize yourself with an actual voting machine that is set up in the Paul Weaver Library. The Library is open to the public 8:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday and 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Fridays. For more information about the Constitution Day celebration, please call Mary Ellen Hawkins at 870.368.2054.


FNBC Sponsors 2016 Foundation Golf Tournament
FNBC Bank will be the presenting sponsor at the Ozarka College Foundation Golf Tournament in Izard County. The tournament will be a four-person scramble, taking place on October 1, 2016 at Cooper's Hawk Golf Course in Melbourne, Arkansas. There will be a shotgun start at 9:00 a.m. and all proceeds will benefit the students of Ozarka College. The entry fee is $300 per team and includes range balls, golf cart fee, light breakfast, lunch, gift bag, and 18 holes of golf. Mulligans will be available for purchase, $5 each. Awards will be given for longest drive, longest putt, closest to pin, and putting contest. Team entries are being accepted now. To register, please contact Suellen Davidson, Ozarka College director of advancement, by calling 870.368.2059 or email: sdavidson@ozarka.edu In the case of heavy rainfall, team members will be notified and the rain date will be October 2, 2016 at 9:00 a.m.


CPR Certifications Received At Ozarka Kids Academy
Ozarka Kids Academy (OKA), a licensed childcare facility located at Ozarka College in Melbourne, recently had three new employees complete their Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certificate: Nancy Burgess, Vanessa May, and Sierra Winslow. All part-time and full-time employees at OKA are CPR certified. Though OKA is especially convenient for Ozarka College students and staff, they are also open to the public Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. "We offer a safe, healthy learning environment for children ages six weeks to five years, " said Kelly Graham, Ozarka Kids Academy director of childcare. "While maintaining a low student to staff ratio, we are able to provide a loving and family like atmosphere. We also have a large, outdoor space to accommodate outdoor activities and increase each child's physical abilities. " Students at OKA participate in several activities with the College and within the community throughout the year. They always enjoy helping plant trees for Arbor Day, getting to meet with fireman and police officers while learning about safety, participating in health fairs and getting to climb through an Air Evac helicopter. OKA students also get to participate in an Easter egg hunt, a Halloween safe zone, and a winter holiday event, all led by Ozarka students and staff. OKA is open year-round and is equipped to offer an after school program and a summer program for kids up to age 10. Breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack (all USDA approved) are provided to the students. For more information, please contact Kelly Graham, Ozarka College director of childcare, at 870.368.7868 or email: kgraham@ozarka.edu.


Rohder Earns Private Pilot License Through Continuing Ed. Program
Ms. Alexandra "Sasha " Rohder, is officially a pilot! Sasha is the first student to earn a pilot certificate as part of the continuing education program at Ozarka College. Sasha was required to complete a knowledge test as well as a practical examination consisting of an extensive oral exam and demonstration flight with an FAA-approved Designated Pilot Examiner (DPE). On August 2, 2016, Sasha travelled to Searcy, AR and completed her practical examination earning her Private Pilot Certificate. Ozarka College director of aviation and flight instructor, Nick Lenczycki commented, "We could not be more proud of Sasha. She has worked hard and has been extremely diligent. Becoming a pilot is not something that is just given; it is earned. " Sasha began flying at the age of ten. Having already completed a number of hours prior to training at Ozarka, Sasha's goal was to complete her certification before beginning college this fall. According to Lenczycki, "This is a great example of how Ozarka College can help members of the community complete goals through the continuing education program. Sasha will receive college credit for the training completed with Ozarka College and begin one year ahead of her peers. " In addition to becoming a pilot, Sasha enlisted in the Army National Guard on August 4, 2016 and began classes at the University of Central Missouri (UCM) on August 15, 2016. She plans to continue training while enrolled at UCM with hopes of becoming a Blackhawk Helicopter Pilot. Through the continuing education program, members of the community can complete their FAA Private Pilot Certificate or Instrument - Airplane Rating without enrolling in a degree. Training can be conducted via Part 61 or via the College's Part 141 flight school. For those individuals meeting certain criteria, Part 141 allows them to complete flight training with fewer flight hours and with less expense. For more information about continuing education or aviation degree options at Ozarka College, please contact Nick Lenczycki, Ozarka College director of aviation, at 870.368.7926.


Bevill Hired As Associate Director Of Admissions
Ozarka College is pleased to announce the recent hiring of Rylie Bevill as the associate director of admissions. Bevill, who is a native to Calico Rock, holds an Associate of Arts degree from Ozarka College and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. "Rylie is a talented new professional with a wealth of student leadership experience who I am confident will advance our admissions and recruiting program in the years to come, " stated Josh Wilson, Ozarka College associate vice president of student services. "As an alumna, there is no better advocate for the Ozarka College experience than Rylie. " During her college career, Bevill was a recipient of the Academic All-Star scholarship, an active member of the horse judging team, and a successful competitor in the All American Quarter Horse Congress. In her spare time, Bevill enjoys competing in barrel racing and reading published articles pertaining to equine veterinary care and maintenance.


Wallis Hired As Criminal Justice Faculty And Program Coordinator
Ozarka College is pleased to announce the hiring of Allen Wallis, who will serve as the full-time criminal justice faculty and program coordinator. He is retired from the U.S. Navy as a Master-at-Arms Chief and was most recently employed at the Sharp County sheriff's office. In that roll, he served as a school resource officer, full-time deputy and taught Criminal Justice at Highland High School. Wallis holds a Master of Science degree in criminal justice/forensic science from Saint Leo University and a Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice from the University of Maryland. Additionally, he has earned certificates from Tidewater Community College and Southern Arkansas University Tech. "I'm truly excited to be working at Ozarka College, " said Wallis. "I hope to bring my enthusiasm and extensive professional experience on the Criminal Justice system into the classroom. Semper Fortis! " Wallis lived in Iceland for eight and one-half years and speaks Icelandic. He is married to Cristy and has a 20 year old son (Alexander) and a 7 year old daughter (Juliet). For more information about Ozarka College's Criminal Justice program, please contact Mr. Wallis at 870.994.7273 or email: allen.wallis@ozarka.edu.


Son Lamb Tribute To Be Held At Ozarka College
A tribute to E.F. Son Lamb, a "Sonny Night in August," will take place on Friday, August 26, 2016 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the John E. Miller Education Complex at Ozarka College in Melbourne, Arkansas. Son is a man who has supported, promoted and encouraged not only businesses in North Arkansas, but individuals as well. With his development of Channel 5, viewers in the local cable TV service area have been entertained while keeping up with local news and events.Presented in a "This Is Your Life" format, the stage will be set in Channel 5 style and moderated by Channel 5 alumni Jerry Blankenship and Eddie Creighton. Stories will be told by friends and relatives and music will be provided by popular area performers such as Sarah Jo Roark, Jerry Hopper, David Blankenship, Ed Cooper, Whitney King, Lindsey Browning, Dave Sharp, Ed Howard, Dean and Lillian Hutchins, Sandy Wilhite, and Roger Duren.This event is free to the public; however, donations will be accepted to go towards the establishment of a scholarship in Son's name. Once fully funded, the scholarship will be awarded to an area student attending Ozarka College. This is sure to be a memorable evening! For more information, please call Suellen Davidson, Ozarka College director of advancement, at 870.368.2059.  


Ozarka College - Mountain View To Host Studio Art Continuing Education Course
Ozarka College in Mountain View will host Studio Art courses to be offered through continuing education. These four-week courses, being taught by Leah Balowski, will meet on Mondays and Wednesdays from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. There will also be an evening class meeting on Tuesdays from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.The first section of this course will run from August 29 through September 21. Additional class dates are available September 26 through October 19; October 24 through November 16; and November 28 through December 21. While taking these courses, students can enjoy creating a wide variety of art in any choice of medium in a comfortable environment with an able instructor available to assist with creative problem solving, encouragement, and art history.  The tuition for the Monday and Wednesday class is $35.00 per student, $30.00 for ages 60 and over. Tuition for the Tuesday evening class is $25 per student, $20 for ages 60 and over. Seating is limited and pre-registration is required. Please contact Lindsay Wilson-Galloway, director of Ozarka College in Mountain View, by phone at 870.269.5600 or email: lhgalloway@ozarka.eduto register for any of these course sections.


Paul Vitale To Speak At Welcome Back Event
Nationally renowned professional speaker and author, Paul Vitale, will share a message of empowerment and enthusiasm during the Welcome Back event at Ozarka College on August 25, 2016. Presenting to Ozarka students and staff, Vitale will challenge those in attendance to achieve maximum results and utilize their potential to the fullest. There will be food and fun at each campus location from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., then Paul Vitale will speak in the auditorium of the John E. Miller Education Complex from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. All of these events are free of charge and limited transportation will be available from Ozarka College in Ash Flat, Mammoth Spring and Mountain View. Please register for this event online at: http://bit.ly/2b3QlHn or contact Ozarka College TRIO by calling 870.368.2036. This event is being co-sponsored by TRIO and Student Services. Well known for his enthusiasm and magnetic personality, Vitale, founder of Vital Communications, Inc., travels worldwide speaking to organizations about the importance of a positive attitude, a strong work ethic, and other vital concepts. His audiences benefit from the many seeds of heroism he has encountered during his travels and experiences with people from the corporate boardroom, to the classroom, and everywhere in between. During his high-energy presentation, Vitale will present ideas to captivate and inspire participants to thrive and excel in this constantly changing world. Paul Vitale is a native of Arkansas. He has written the best sellers Are You Puzzled by the Puzzle of Life?, Sell With Confidence, Pass It On, and Discover the Now, along with several curriculums in use across the nation. Vitale's diverse client list includes the National Football League, Walmart, ESPN, the Los Angeles Rams, Southwest Airlines, Dole Hong Kong, the United States Chamber of Commerce, Tyson Foods, the Antiques Roadshow, United Way, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, and the Arizona Cardinals. He has been featured on NBC, ABC, FOX, and the Minnesota Vikings Entertainment Network, and is a regular guest on talk shows sharing his insight and life strategies. Vitale's expertise, enthusiasm, and ability to encourage people to exceed their potential have been described by his audiences as extraordinary. Additional information is available at www.paulvitale.com.


Ozarka College Announces North Central District Fair Queen Scholarship
Ozarka College is excited to announce a new scholarship opportunity! A $500 scholarship will be awarded to the winner of the 2016 North Central District Fair Queen Contest. The pageant will be held in the John E. Miller Auditorium on October 1, 2016 and is a preliminary to the Arkansas State Fair Queen Contest.The North Central Fair District is made up of Cleburne, Izard, Independence, Sharp, Fulton, Stone and Van Buren counties.  For more information about the pageant, please call Kathryn Lamb at 870.291.5237. To acquire additional information about Ozarka College scholarship opportunities, please contact Suellen Davidson, Ozarka College director of advancement, at 870.368.2059 or email: sdavidson@ozarka.edu.


History Of Performance Art And Practice Coming To Ozarka College - Mountain View
Ozarka College in Mountain View will offer an eight-week History of Performance Art and Practice continuing education course, beginning in September. Topics covered will include the history of performance art from the second half of the 20th Century through contemporary works in the 21st Century. This will be done through readings, videos of artists works and discussion.Students will be engaged in various exercises to prepare them to create and perform their own performance art pieces within the context of what they have learned from past performance works. The course runs from September 8 through October 26, meeting on Wednesdays, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.Course instructor will be John Chiaromonte and tuition is just $25.00 per student, $20.00 for Senior Citizens (ages 60 and up).   Seating is limited, so please contact Lindsay Wilson-Galloway, Director of Ozarka College - Mountain View, to register today.   Lindsay is available by phone at 870.269.5600 or email: lhgalloway@ozarka.edu


FNBC Bank To Sponsor Ozarka College's Sprint At The Spring 5k
FNBC Bank will once again be the presenting sponsor at the 2nd annual Ozarka College Sprint at the Spring 5K. This 5K run/walk is being hosted by the Ozarka College Foundation on Saturday, September 3, 2016, with all proceeds benefiting Ozarka College - Mammoth Spring. The race will begin at 7:30 a.m. in the Mammoth Spring State Park."We greatly appreciate all of the support we received at last year's first annual 5K and we're working really hard to make this year's event even better, " said James Spurlock, director of Ozarka College - Mammoth Spring. "One major change we have made is modifying and improving the race route. The safety of our runners is of upmost importance, and we want to keep their PR goals in mind as well. "Early registration fee is $20 and registration on race day will be $25. Participants of all skill levels are welcome at this fun event, regardless of speed. Prizes will be awarded to the overall top male and female finishers and medals will be awarded to the top three finishers in each age/gender category.Registrations can be completed online at: https://runsignup.com/Race/AR/MammothSpring/OzarkaCollegeMammothSpring5k or in person at Ozarka College - Mammoth Spring. For more information, please call James Spurlock at 870.625.0411 or email: jmspurlock@ozarka.edu    


Dearien Receives Stone County Community Resource Council Scholarship
Johnnie Dearien, an Ozarka College general education major from Timbo, Arkansas, has received one of nine Stone County Community Resource Council scholarships. Dearien will receive $250 to be applied to the fall 2016 semester and another $250 for spring 2017.For more information about scholarship opportunities, please contact Suellen Davidson, Ozarka College director of advancement, by calling 870.368.2059.


Martell Receives Jennings Memorial Scholarship
Krystle Martell, an Ozarka College general technology major from Mountain View, Arkansas, has received one of two Jean Jennings Memorial scholarships. Martell will receive $250 to be applied to the fall 2016 semester and another $250 for spring 2017.For more information about scholarship opportunities, please contact Suellen Davidson, Ozarka College director of advancement, by calling 870.368.2059.


Fall Semester Approaching At Ozarka College
Over 200 new students participated in orientation at Ozarka College in Mammoth Spring and Ash Flat on August 2, and in Mountain View and Melbourne on August 3. A make-up session for the required new student orientation will be held at 6:00 p.m. on August 11, 2016 at the Melbourne campus.Ozarka College's fall semester will begin on August 15, but it is not too late to get registered for fall classes! The College is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and staff members are available to assist you with completing an application for admissions, applying for financial aid, getting advised and registered for classes, enrolling in student service programs, and anything else to help you succeed.Ozarka College, committed to YOUR success. For more information, please call 870.368.2024 or email: admisssions@ozarka.edu. Additional information is also available at www.ozarka.edu.      


Corter Receives Pittman Memorial Scholarship
Kerrie Corter, an Ozarka College education major from Batesville, Arkansas, has received one of two endowed Dan "Wally " Pittman Memorial scholarships. Corter will receive $250 to be applied to the fall 2016 semester and another $250 for spring 2017.For more information about scholarship opportunities, please contact Suellen Davidson, Ozarka College director of advancement, by calling 870.368.2059.


Braun Receives Wilson Honorary Scholarship
Jackson Braun of Mountain Home, Arkansas, has received the David and Phyllis Wilson Honorary scholarship at Ozarka College. Braun, who is majoring in aviation, will receive $250 to be applied to the fall 2016 semester and another $250 for spring 2017.For more information about scholarship opportunities, please contact Suellen Davidson, Ozarka College director of advancement, by calling 870.368.2059.    


Winchester Receives Lesa Bull Memorial Scholarship
Hannah Winchester of Edgemont, Arkansas, has received one of two Lesa Bull Memorial scholarships at Ozarka College. Winchester, who is majoring in nursing, will receive $250 to be applied to the fall 2016 semester and another $250 for spring 2017.For more information about this endowed scholarship or other scholarship opportunities, please contact Suellen Davidson, Ozarka College director of advancement, by calling 870.368.2059.


Senator Collins-Smith Awards Grant Funding To Ozarka College
Ozarka College has received notification from White River Planning and Development District, Inc. that Senator Linda Collins-Smith has awarded $15,000 in general improvement funds to the College. $10,000 of this grant is to be allocated to expenses for paving the parking lot at Ozarka College - Mammoth Spring, and the remaining $5,000 will benefit the Ozarka College Aviation program.Ozarka College president, Dr. Richard Dawe, had the opportunity to meet with Senator Linda Collins-Smith at Ozarka's campus in Mammoth Spring on July 13, 2016. "We are so appreciative of Senator Collins-Smith's contribution and for her clear passion for higher education in our service region and throughout the state, " commented Dr. Dawe.For more information about Ozarka College-Mammoth Spring, please contact campus director, James Spurlock, at 870.625.0411. To learn more about Ozarka's Aviation program, please contact program director, Nick Lenczycki, at 870.368.7926.  


Holzhauer Appointed To Ozarka College Board Of Trustees
Governor Asa Hutchinson recently announced the appointment of Fred Holzhauer, resident of Ash Flat, Arkansas, to the Ozarka College Board of Trustees. His seven-year term will expire in 2023.Trustee Holzhauer, born and raised in Gillett, Arkansas, has been a resident of Sharp County for the past 17 years. He graduated from Gillett High School in 1981 and the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville in 1985. There he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Agri-Business before attending Spartan School of Aeronautics in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He has completed numerous banking schools and seminars, as well as graduated from Arkansas Bankers Association Commercial Lending School (2003), Barret School of Commercial Lending (2009), and Barret School of Banking (2010). In 2007, Holzhauer became First Community Bank's vice president of commercial lending at the Cherokee Village/Highland branch."I am very honored and humbled to be appointed to the Ozarka College Board of Trustees, " said Fred Holzhauer. "Ozarka College is the greatest asset we have in the communities and surrounding areas it serves. Ozarka College provides a quality education that is based on strong principles and standards to advance students educational goals."In addition to serving on the Ozarka College Board of Trustees, Holzhauer is a member of First Baptist Church of Cherokee Village, Highland Rebels Booster Club, past president and past assistant governor in the Quad Cities Rotary Club, member of the Network of Community Options Board, Sharp County Airport Commission, and the Ozarka College Foundation Board."Fred is a wonderful additional to the College Board of Trustees, " commented Ozarka's president, Dr. Richard Dawe. "His commitment to Ozarka, as demonstrated by his strong support while on the Foundation Board, has prepared him well to serve in this important leadership role. "Trustee Holzhauer is married to his wife, Melissa, and has two daughters; Chandler and Peyton.  


Thomas Receives Pittman Memorial Scholarship
Cody Thomas, an Ozarka College education major from Salem, Arkansas, has received one of two endowed Dan "Wally " Pittman Memorial scholarships. Thomas will receive $250 to be applied to the fall 2016 semester and another $250 for spring 2017.For more information about this scholarship or other scholarship opportunities, please contact Suellen Davidson, Ozarka College director of advancement, by calling 870.368.2059.    


Ozarka College Seeks Continuing Education Instructors
Ozarka College is seeking applicants to teach continuing education, non-credit courses. These courses may take place in Melbourne, Ash Flat, Mammoth Spring or Mountain View, depending on the instructors preference and community need.For more information or to apply, please call Candace Killian, Ozarka College director of distance learning, advisement and placement, at 870.368.2003 or email: ckillian@ozarka.edu.


Newsome Retires From Ozarka College
Miriam "Mimi " Newsome has retired from Ozarka College after twenty-four years of service. Ms. Newsome was honored at a retirement celebration on Thursday, June 30, 2016, where family, friends and colleagues shared their sincere appreciation for the joy that Mimi has brought to their lives. Congratulatory speeches were made and everyone wished her a long and joyous retirement.Ozarka College vice president of finance, Tina Wheelis, welcomed guests and spoke about how most people come into our lives for a season, a reason or a lifetime, but Mimi has done all of those. "When I think about what I want to be like when I grow up, I think of Mimi, " said Wheelis. "She always has a smile on her face and words of encouragement to share. I'm thankful she's been a part of my life for so many years. " Scott Pinkston, chief information officer, spoke about Mimi's caring heart and how she takes care of everyone."How special someone is, is determined by his or her heart. And you, Mimi, have a heart of gold, " said Suellen Davidson, director of advancement. Many other attendees also shared stories about working with Mimi and the kind of person she is. Dedicated, energetic, the true meaning of a friend, one who has touched the lives of many, and the list goes on. Dr. Keith McClanahan, provost and executive vice president of learning, also commented on Mimi's energetic personality as he presented her with a plaque to honor her years of service.Dr. Richard Dawe, Ozarka College president, was unable to attend due to a family medical need but added; "Mimi has a very kind and generous heart, and a personality that makes everyone she comes into contact with feel appreciated and welcome. The Ozarka family will miss her dearly and we wish her much happiness. ""When my husband first moved me here, I did not like it, " said Newsome. "But my family encouraged me to take some food service classes at Ozarka College and the people here became a second family to me. I remember so much that my teachers taught me, but never thought I'd be one of them. "It's a tough call to say whether Mimi will be most remembered for the peanut butter pies she made famous while working in the culinary arts department, or for the love that she showed all of the children when working at Ozarka Kids Academy, but there is no doubt that she will greatly be missed.    


EMT Program Now Available At Ozarka College - Ash Flat
Ozarka College in Ash Flat will begin offering courses for the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) program this coming fall semester. Classes are scheduled to begin on August 16, 2016 and will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. for the entire fall semester. Additional clinical hours will also be required.Program instructor will be Andy Schisler, long time employee and paramedic for Spring River Ambulance of Cherokee Village. Applications for admissions are currently being accepted and early registration is encouraged. To apply for Ozarka College's EMT program, please contact Kim Whitten, director of Ozarka College - Ash Flat, by calling 870.994.7273 or email: kwhitten@ozarka.edu.Prospective students who are accepted into the program will be required to pass a drug screening and criminal background check.    


Creative Writing Course At Ozarka College - Ash Flat
Ozarka College in Ash Flat, Arkansas will host a creative writing continuing education course July 25-27, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Ozarka College English faculty, Tena Rosse, will instruct the course.Rosse has written, presented, and participated in many writing symposiums and workshops. She has been editor and co-editor for The Tributary and was editorial assistant on The Arkansas Review: A Journal of Delta Studies. She also collaborated with Dr. Rob Lamm on a college textbook: Dynamic Argument (published in 2007), which is used in the English Teaching/Education program at Arkansas State University. Rosse has published many short stories and poems; and has been recognized as a Poet of Distinction by the International Poets Society. Her book entitled Full Metal Baskets was published in 2012."Anyone can write, " said Rosse. "In fact, if you have ever told a 'fish' story, then you can write. Great storytelling is what we love about reading. This class will be open to all phases of the writing process, but we will concentrate on short stories, character development and description."Tuition is $25.00 per student, $20 for students ages 60 and over. Seating is limited and registration is required. For more information or to register, please contact Ozarka College - Ash Flat by calling 870.994.7273 or email: kwhitten@ozarka.edu


Lamb Donates Fitness Equipment To Ozarka College
Ozarka College has received additional fitness equipment to be used in the Paul Miller Fitness Center. Fred Lamb purchased and donated a punching bag and gloves, valued at approximately $700. The fitness center also houses a state of the art weight room and several options for cardio."We're excited about our new equipment and really appreciate Fred's long-time support of the fitness center, " said Stacy Gore, Ozarka College fitness center coordinator. "We invite everyone to come in and let us show you how each machine is operated. We'll do our best to ensure your safety and help you get the most out of each use. "Though the fitness center has always been open to the public, new membership rates have been established to better accommodate the community. Members ages 16 to 59 are $35 per month or $140 for the semester. Ages 60 and over are just $17.50 per month or $70 per semester. For those who are visiting or want to try it out before joining, the College now offers a day pass for $5 or a full week for $10. Ages 60 and over pay one half of those prices.The Paul Miller Fitness Center is open Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and is located in the John E. Miller Education Complex at Ozarka College in Melbourne, Arkansas. For more information, please contact Stacy Gore, fitness center coordinator, by calling 870.368.2090.


Smith Receives Nursing Achievement Scholarship
Cheyenne Smith, an Ozarka College nursing student from Mount Pleasant, Arkansas, has received one of two Nursing Achievement scholarships. Smith will receive $500 to be applied to the fall 2016 semester and another $500 for spring 2017. For more information about this endowed scholarship or other scholarship opportunities, please contact Suellen Davidson, Ozarka College director of advancement, by calling 870.368.2059.


Ozarka College - Mountain View To Host Introduction To Art Continuing Education Course
Ozarka College in Mountain View will host an Introduction to Art course to be offered through continuing education beginning on July 18, 2016.This three-week course, being taught by Leah Balowski, will present a hands-on approach to the fundamental media, techniques, and concepts of making art. A variety of materials and projects will be used to encourage creative problem solving. Painting and drawing will be introduced as well as an emphasis on exploration and individual creativity.This course will meet on Mondays and Wednesdays from July 18 through August 3. Students may register for a morning class that runs from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., or an afternoon session from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.  The tuition is just $25.00 per student, $20.00 for ages 60 and over.   Seating is limited and registration is required. Please contact Lindsay Wilson-Galloway, director of Ozarka College in Mountain View, by phone at 870.269.5600 or email: lhgalloway@ozarka.edu


Pannell Receives Ozarka Family Scholarship
Alex Pannell, aviation student at Ozarka College, has received one of two Ozarka Family scholarships. Pannell will receive $250 to be applied to the fall 2016 semester and another $250 for spring 2017.For more information about this endowed scholarship or other scholarship opportunities, please contact Suellen Davidson, Ozarka College director of advancement, by calling 870.368.2059.


Spann Receives Sutton Scholarship
Caleb Spann, majoring in business at Ozarka College, has received one of three Kenneth and Janice Sutton endowed scholarships. Spann will receive $250 to be applied to the fall 2016 semester and another $250 for spring 2017.  The Kenneth and Janice Sutton scholarship is awarded to a student residing in Stone County. For more information about scholarship opportunities, please contact Suellen Davidson, Ozarka College director of advancement, by calling 870.368.2059.


Parker Receives Dixie Anderson Memorial Scholarship
James Parker, automotive student at Ozarka College, has received the Dixie Anderson Memorial scholarship. Parker will receive $250 to be applied to the fall 2016 semester and another $250 for spring 2017.The Dixie Anderson Memorial scholarship is awarded to a graduate of Calico Rock High School with a 3.0 or higher GPA. The scholarship was established by Josh and Courtney Wilson of Calico Rock in memory of Mrs. Wilson's grandmother, Dixie Anderson. For more information about this scholarship or other scholarship opportunities, please contact Suellen Davidson, Ozarka College director of advancement, by calling 870.368.2059.


Vogt Receives Lesa Bull Memorial Scholarship
Samuel Vogt, aviation student at Ozarka College, has received one of two Lesa Bull Memorial scholarships. Vogt will receive $250 to be applied to the fall 2016 semester and another $250 for spring 2017.  For more information about this endowed scholarship or other scholarship opportunities, please contact Suellen Davidson, Ozarka College director of advancement, by calling 870.368.2059.


French Receives FNBC Bank Scholarship
FNBC Bank has announced the recipient of their $4,000 Ozarka College scholarship.   The scholarship has been awarded to Ms. Kaelee French of Cherokee Village, Arkansas.  "FNBC is proud to offer this level of assistance to deserving Ozarka College students," said FNBC CEO and president Marty Sellars. "Ozarka College provides quality education for our communities, and we are fortunate to have them available to train and educate our local workforce. We truly believe we work better together with Ozarka College to create real opportunities for students to reach their fullest potential."French is a 2016 graduate of Highland High School and plans to major in nursing at Ozarka College, beginning in the fall semester of 2016.  Prior to graduation, she enrolled in Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) classes at Ash Flat Nursing Home and Rehab Center. French plans to become employed as a CNA once she completes her training.For more information about this scholarship or other scholarship opportunities, please contact Suellen Davidson, Ozarka College director of advancement, by calling 870.368.2059.


Student Earns Ozarka College's First Pilot Certificate
Jacob Harness, aviation student at Ozarka College, is officially a pilot! On May 19, 2016, Jacob travelled to Paragould, Arkansas and completed his practical examination, earning his Private Pilot Certificate. Prior to this achievement, on April 13, 2016, Jacob was the first student to solo as part of the College's aviation program. He was required to complete a knowledge test as well as a practical examination consisting of an extensive oral exam and demonstration flight with an FAA approved Designated Pilot Examiner.Jacob's certification has taken the concerted efforts of many individuals over the past few years to ensure the success of the program. When students like Jacob put in the effort required of them, they too will benefit from this experience. When asked about his certification, Jacob explained that he was nervous at first, but once he began the process, he knew he was very prepared. "You are asked to do what you know how to do, while going over every single thing you've learned all semester long, " said Jacob.In addition to being the program director, Nick Lenczycki is also Jacob's flight instructor. Lenczycki commented, "We could not be more proud of Jacob. He has worked hard and has been extremely diligent. Becoming a pilot is not something that is just given, it is earned. Jacob did that. "Jacob is the first to graduate from the College's FAA approved Part 141 flight school and plans to begin the Instrument Training course that Ozarka recently received approval for. Flight schools meet stringent requirements and pass frequent inspections. As a result, applicants are eligible to take their practical examination with fewer hours, reducing the overall cost of their training. "Our students are eligible to earn their Private Pilot Certificate with five fewer hours of solo flight time. This saves every student almost six hundred dollars, " said Lenczycki.For more information about flight training at Ozarka College or the aviation program, please call Nick Lenczycki, Ozarka College director of aviation, at 870.368.7926. Discovery flights may also be scheduled.


Ozarka College Approved For Instrument Training
Ozarka College has been approved by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to offer an instrument rating course as part of its 14 CFR Part 141 flight school. This FAA approved course allows pilots to earn an instrument rating with less flight experience. An instrument rating allows pilots to fly aircraft under instrument flight rules (IFR) and into weather conditions requiring reliance on flight instruments without visual references such as rain, fog, areas of low visibility and inside of the clouds. This coursework allows students to more affordably take the next step in training after achieving their private pilot certificate. According to Nick Lenczycki, Director of Aviation at Ozarka College, "This course is vital for low-time pilots, like the students in our program, as it allows them to earn their instrument rating without 50 hours of cross-country time. This will potentially save each student thousands of dollars. " Lenczycki continued, "By offering more advanced coursework, the College will better prepare students for a rewarding career in the aviation industry. " This new course was made possible with funds provide from the state of Arkansas. Representative Michelle Gray awarded $10,000 of General Improvement Funds to Ozarka College on February 10, 2016. The funds were used to add improved navigational equipment to one of the College's training aircraft, improving navigational accuracy and enhancing overall safety. With this new equipment, the College was positioned to apply for the additional authorization. For more information about Ozarka Aviation, please call Nick Lenczycki at 870-368-7926.


Ozarka College's Tuition To Remain Unchanged For 2016/2017
Although tuition is being raised by most colleges and universities throughout the state and nation this year, Ozarka College students will not incur additional tuition  costs. Colleges and universities most generally pass their increased costs on to their students when state funding is cut, or as is the case in Arkansas, remains flat for many years as the costs in Higher Education increase. Ozarka is making every effort to keep the cost of an education as affordable as possible.On May 26, 2016, the Ozarka College Board of Trustees unanimously approved the administration's recommendation to keep the in-state tuition rate at $88 per credit hour. Residents of Howell and Oregon counties in Missouri, and all counties that border Arkansas, are considered in-state for the purpose of tuition and fees. Dr. Richard Dawe, Ozarka College president commented, "It' very important to us that we remove all barriers to our students' ability to attain a high quality, affordable college degree. The College was able to avoid raising tuition costs by continuing to take cost-saving measures and economize whenever possible. "


Bba Solutions To Open Bookstore
BBA Solutions, the third largest and fastest growing college textbook company in the United States, is coming to Ozarka College. BBA Solutions currently serves ten colleges and universities in the state of Arkansas; six of those being other community colleges. Their corporate headquarters are located in Little Rock, Arkansas. Ozarka College is looking forward to the bookstore upgrades provided by BBA that will be beneficial to their students and faculty. One unique aspect of the BBA business operation is their ability to gather the books for the students. Not only is this convenient for the students, it also ensures they are purchasing the correct learning materials. When possible, students will have the opportunity to participate in a textbook rental program, potentially saving them substantial amounts of money. Additional retail and merchandising offerings are also anticipated with the opening of BBA Solutions at Ozarka College, as well as online purchasing. BBA Solutions will begin serving Ozarka College students for the Summer II semester of 2016. For more information, please contact Jason Lawrence, Ozarka College Vice President of Administration, by calling 870.368.2058.


Adkins And Smith Presented At Arkaan Conference
On May 6, 2016, Kay Adkins and Kendra Smith of Ozarka College presented at the Arkansas Academic Advising Network (ArkAAN) conference held at the University of Central Arkansas. Adkins serves as Ozarka's Director of Career Services and Perkins Coordinator, and Smith is the Career Mentor for Ash Flat and Mammoth Spring. Of six workshops presented by advisor peers from several Arkansas universities, Ozarka was the only two-year college to present a workshop. Approximately 25 people attended their session titled, "Students in Transition Need to Make a Plan. " Attendees completed evaluations, resulting in Adkins and Smith receiving top scores in every category and the distinction of best presentation. "ArkAAN also participates in the Partners for Student Success Conference, " explained Kay Adkins. "If an ArkAAN member presents at the Partners for Student Success Conference, then the !best of' ArkAAN presenter's evaluation at that conference will be compared to our evaluation, and if we are still the high score, we will receive !Best of State' and represent ArkAAN at the NACADA (National Academic Advising Association) Regional Conference in Oklahoma in 2017. " The workshop session covered some career development theories and four strategies that Ozarka Career Services has implemented to help students become more self- aware, more aware of how they fit into the world of work, and know how to make a realistic and informed career plan.


Bba Solutions To Open Bookstore At Ozarka College
BBA Solutions, the third largest and fastest growing college textbook company in the United States, is coming to Ozarka College. BBA Solutions currently serves ten colleges and universities in the state of Arkansas; six of those being other community colleges. Their corporate headquarters are located in Little Rock, Arkansas.Ozarka College is looking forward to the bookstore upgrades provided by BBA that will be beneficial to their students and faculty. One unique aspect of the BBA business operation is their ability to gather the books for the students. Not only is this convenient for the students, it also ensures they are purchasing the correct learning materials. When possible, students will have the opportunity to participate in a textbook rental program, potentially saving them substantial amounts of money. Additional retail and merchandising offerings are also anticipated with the opening of BBA Solutions at Ozarka College, as well as online purchasing.BBA Solutions will begin serving Ozarka College students for the Summer II semester of 2016. For more information, please contact Jason Lawrence, Ozarka College Vice President of Administration, by calling 870.368.2058.


Sherrell Hired As Trio Academic Advising Coordinator
Ashley Sherrell has recently been hired as the TRIO Academic Advising Coordinator at Ozarka College. Prior to this role, Sherrell, who has been employed at Ozarka since 2012, served as an Administrative Specialist II in Student Services. In her previous position, Sherrell was the VA certifying official, testing coordinator and maintained student records."Having been a previous TRIO student herself, Ashley brings a unique understanding of the barriers TRIO students face and their needs, " said Tracy Cone, Ozarka College Director of TRIO Student Support Services. "I have no doubt that she will be an asset to the program and serve our students well in this capacity. "Sherrell has an Associate of Arts in General Education and an Associate of Arts in Teaching from Ozarka College, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Health Education and Promotion from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Sherrell stated, "I am very excited to serve Ozarka TRIO students as the TRIO Academic Advising Coordinator. I have a deep understanding of the challenges TRIO students face and I look forward to giving back and helping them achieve their educational goals by providing guidance and support. "      


Mitchell And Nicholson Selected As Division Chairs
Ozarka College has selected two new Division Chairs: David Mitchell, Chair of the Math and Science Division and Jeremy Nicholson, Chair of the Arts, Humanities, and Education Division. Both of these distinguished faculty members impressed the formal interview selection committee with their skills, knowledge and commitment to Ozarka College, as well as the proven success of their students. Mitchell and Nicholson have devoted years to ensuring that Ozarka College meets their mission of, "Providing Life Changing Experiences through Education. " "They are dedicated to student success and to faculty success and will be superb in their new and additional roles as chairs of their respective divisions, " said Dr. Keith McClanahan, Ozarka College Provost and Executive Vice President of Learning. "They will each have an assigned teaching load of 9 credit hours per semester with 6 hours devoted to the responsibilities and duties of division chair. " For more information about Ozarka College or to enroll in courses for Summer II or the Fall semester, please call 870.368.2024.


Mckee-Mcswain Receives Faculty Of The Year
Cheri McKee-McSwain, Ozarka College speech, theatre and art instructor, has received the 2016 Faculty of the Year award. McKee-McSwain, who began teaching at Ozarka in 2003, retired at the end of this school year. She does; however, plan to continue teaching as an Adjunct Instructor.The significance of the Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year designation is that students and peer faculty members vote to select the faculty member whose teaching and student interactions during the academic year clearly demonstrate their commitment to ensuring student success and learning at the College.  The faculty member is one who goes above and beyond the teaching expectations in the minds of both peer faculty members and students."Cheri certainly fits that teaching characterization, " said Dr. McClanahan, Ozarka College Provost and Executive Vice President of Learning. "She always sought to find innovative ways to help students learn, she was empathetic to student desires and needs yet maintained academic rigor and ensured student learning through her personal attention to student learning needs. "While voting on Faculty of the Year, some student comments received stated that Ms. McKee-McSwain truly cares about students, makes class interesting, is an amazing teacher, and is passionate about teaching. Dr. Richard Dawe, Ozarka College President, said, "We are very excited at Ozarka College that Cheri is being recognized with this prestigious faculty award. She has been so committed to her students and a wonderful colleague to members of our outstanding faculty. "In October, McKee-McSwain will have the opportunity to attend the Arkansas Community College's reception honoring Faculty of the Year in Hot Springs, Arkansas.


Ozarka College To Host Registration Days
Ozarka College will host registration days this summer for new and returning students who need to complete their fall enrollment. This is much more convenient than waiting until August and will help ensure students get the classes they want, when they want them. Attendees to these special registration days will have the opportunity to take placement tests, meet with an advisor, register for classes, and have assistance completing the FAFSA while applying for financial aid.Students will also be able to meet with staff from Ozarka College's Career Pathways, Veterans Support, TRIO, and Career Services departments to learn about the student support services available to help them succeed in college.  Registration days have been scheduled as follows: June 7 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in Mountain View; June 21 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and July 19 from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in Melbourne; and July 7 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in Ash Flat.  No appointment necessary, but if you would like to schedule a time to attend an Ozarka Registration Day, please contact Amber Whitaker, Director of Admissions at 870.368.2024 or email: amber.whitaker@ozarka.edu


Mckee-Mcswain Receives Faculty Of The Year From Ozarka College
Cheri McKee-McSwain, Ozarka College speech, theatre and art instructor, has received the 2016 Faculty of the Year award. McKee-McSwain, who began teaching at Ozarka in 2003, retired at the end of this school year. She does; however, plan to continue teaching as an Adjunct Instructor.The significance of the Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year designation is that students and peer faculty members vote to select the faculty member whose teaching and student interactions during the academic year clearly demonstrate their commitment to ensuring student success and learning at the College.  The faculty member is one who goes above and beyond the teaching expectations in the minds of both peer faculty members and students."Cheri certainly fits that teaching characterization, " said Dr. McClanahan, Ozarka College Provost and Executive Vice President of Learning. "She always sought to find innovative ways to help students learn, she was empathetic to student desires and needs yet maintained academic rigor and ensured student learning through her personal attention to student learning needs. "While voting on Faculty of the Year, some student comments received stated that Ms. McKee-McSwain truly cares about students, makes class interesting, is an amazing teacher, and is passionate about teaching. Dr. Richard Dawe, Ozarka College President, said, "We are very excited at Ozarka College that Cheri is being recognized with this prestigious faculty award. She has been so committed to her students and a wonderful colleague to members of our outstanding faculty. "In October, McKee-McSwain will have the opportunity to attend the Arkansas Community College's reception honoring Faculty of the Year in Hot Springs, Arkansas.


Mitchell And Nicholson Selected As Division Chairs At Ozarka College
Ozarka College has selected two new Division Chairs: David Mitchell, Chair of the Math and Science Division and Jeremy Nicholson, Chair of the Arts, Humanities, and Education Division. Both of these distinguished faculty members impressed the formal interview selection committee with their skills, knowledge and commitment to Ozarka College, as well as the proven success of their students. Mitchell and Nicholson have devoted years to ensuring that Ozarka College meets their mission of, "Providing Life Changing Experiences through Education. " "They are dedicated to student success and to faculty success and will be superb in their new and additional roles as chairs of their respective divisions, " said Dr. Keith McClanahan, Ozarka College Provost and Executive Vice President of Learning. "They will each have an assigned teaching load of 9 credit hours per semester with 6 hours devoted to the responsibilities and duties of division chair. " For more information about Ozarka College or to enroll in courses for Summer II or the Fall semester, please call 870.368.2024.


Sherrell Hired As Trio Academic Advising Coordinator At Ozarka College
Ashley Sherrell has recently been hired as the TRIO Academic Advising Coordinator at Ozarka College. Prior to this role, Sherrell, who has been employed at Ozarka since 2012, served as an Administrative Specialist II in Student Services. In her previous position, Sherrell was the VA certifying official, testing coordinator and maintained student records."Having been a previous TRIO student herself, Ashley brings a unique understanding of the barriers TRIO students face and their needs, " said Tracy Cone, Ozarka College Director of TRIO Student Support Services. "I have no doubt that she will be an asset to the program and serve our students well in this capacity. "Sherrell has an Associate of Arts in General Education and an Associate of Arts in Teaching from Ozarka College, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Health Education and Promotion from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Sherrell stated, "I am very excited to serve Ozarka TRIO students as the TRIO Academic Advising Coordinator. I have a deep understanding of the challenges TRIO students face and I look forward to giving back and helping them achieve their educational goals by providing guidance and support. "      


Students Complete Solo Flights At Ozarka College
Ozarka College's inaugural aviation class now has five students who have completed their solo flights. The College began offering flight training at the Melbourne Municipal Airport on July 1, 2015, then Associate of Science in Aviation - Professional Pilot degree seeking students began flight lessons in January of 2016.On April 13, 2016, Jacob Harness of Mountain View became the first student to solo, the term used to define flying an aircraft without an instructor. Four more students followed suit the week of May 2, 2016. Solo flight completers thus far also include Cody Gault of Salem, Alex Pannell of Mountain Home, Abigail Shackelford of Smithville, and Sam Vogt of Highland.When asked what it was like flying solo, Cody said, "Scary, exciting, intense, and fulfilling. All of those times ten! " Prior to taking a solo flight, students are required to receive and log flight training for maneuvers and procedures ranging from proper flight preparation procedures to emergency procedures and equipment malfunctions.Additionally, they have to pass an aeronautical knowledge test.Students in the aviation program are working toward FAA certification as Private Pilots. Once students complete their solo flights, they begin flying to larger airports with an instructor. Just prior to certification, students will fly to the Little Rock Airport on their own.Alex, who plans to eventually fly corporate said, "When I was around 7 (years old), my Uncle took me up in his Cessna. From there on out, I fell in love with flying. "When asked about Abigail, Ozarka College Aviation Director Nick Lenczycki said, "Abi has worked hard and proved herself to be an incredibly capable pilot. "For more information about flight training at Ozarka College, the aviation program, or to schedule a discovery flight, please contact Nick Lenczycki, Ozarka College Director of Aviation, at 870.368.7926.


Ozarka College Faculty Members Successfully Use Life-Saving Aed On Student In Distress
On Wednesday, April 6, 2016, a female student was at Ozarka College - Mountain View, waiting for her American History class to begin. It started out as an ordinary day for Susan (Sue) Chasteen, as she was simply sitting in the classroom visiting with another student about an assignment they had received earlier in the week. Sue began to feel dizzy, but thought it was related to an existing medical condition. Fortunately, the student she was visiting with knew she was in need of medical assistance and hurried to the closest faculty office.Science faculty member David Mitchell rushed to the aide of Sue, while another Ozarka College faculty member called 911. Mr. Mitchell said, "She was sitting up and breathing, but I couldn't get her attention. " Nursing faculty member Mike Rogers was also alerted of the situation. When he arrived to the classroom, he saw that Mr. Mitchell (with the assistance of another student) had safely maneuvered Sue from the chair she was sitting in to the floor and was preparing to begin CPR.Mr. Rogers began chest compressions while Mr. Mitchell retrieved an automated external defibrillator (AED). He used the AED to shock her two times without response. When the ambulance arrived, Mr. Rogers continued chest compressions as Sue was placed on the gurney. The AED machine was used to do a third shock and they finally got a good pulse just before she was transported to Stone County Hospital."The AED machine did just what it was supposed to, " said Mr. Mitchell. "It worked beautifully, but it was a scary experience. "Mr. Rogers said Sue was doing some agonal, or irregular, breathing and had already lost her color when he arrived. "We were hoping for the best and as it turns out, here she sits. "Upon arrival to the hospital, Sue was starting to come to, but had no idea that she was suffering from heart failure. "If ya'll just get me a glass of orange juice, I'll be alright, " she said to the nurses. She still thought she was suffering from a known medical condition, not that she had experienced a heart attack. As the hospital staff prepped Sue for transport to White River Health System in Batesville, Arkansas, they commented that the use of the AED (with Ozarka's trained personnel) without a doubt saved Sue's life.Having all employees certified to administer CPR and use the AED, along with being able to purchase the AEDs to have available at all four Ozarka campus locations, may not have been possible without funds received through the Blue & You grant.In 2015, Ozarka College was awarded a $46,909 Blue & You Foundation grant to purchase 30 first aid kits, 16 automated external defibrillators and train up to 11 personnel as CPR/AED instructors who would in turn train all of Ozarka College's administration, faculty and staff.Sue underwent two separate surgeries to receive a total of three stints and other medical care. She is doing well and looking forward to completing the semester and getting back into a regular routine. Sue admits that before her heart attack, she barely noticed the AEDs. "One of those machines and these two guys (looking at Mr. Rogers and Mr. Mitchell) saved me. " She encourages everyone to become aware of AEDs and for the general public to learn how to use them.  ***Photo caption: Sue Chasteen, Ozarka College student, poses with David Mitchell and Mike Rogers (standing left to right) after they saved her life by using an Automated External Defibrillator at Ozarka College - Mountain View.    


Seven Cave City High School Students Sign With Ozarka College
Ozarka College Director of Admissions, Amber Whitaker, attended Academic Signing Day at Cave City high school on Wednesday, April 27, 2016. Students who received Ozarka College scholarships and signed to continue their education at Ozarka include Courtney Croy, Brittany Lambert, Sierra Cochran, Madison King, Katelynn Rider, Haley Holt and Krista Manuel.


Ozarka College To Host GED Graduation
Ozarka College will host a graduation ceremony for individuals who have passed their GED through Ozarka College's Adult Education program. The ceremony will take place on Thursday, May 12 at 7:00 p.m., in the auditorium of the John E. Miller Education Complex in Melbourne, Arkansas. Family, friends, and interested community members are invited to attend.


Mckee-Mcswain To Retire From Ozarka College
Cheri McKee-McSwain, Ozarka College speech, theatre and art instructor, is retiring after twelve years of service. Cheri was honored at a retirement celebration on Friday, April 22, 2016 at Ozarka College - Mountain View.Ozarka College President, Dr. Richard Dawe, spoke about Cheri's career at Ozarka and presented her with a plaque honoring the great achievement of retirement. Chris Lorch, Ozarka College Associate Vice President of Academics, shared some fond memories he has from working with Cheri. "No matter how busy Cheri found herself, whether personally or professionally, she always made time for both her colleagues and her students, " said Lorch. "Besides being an incredible instructor, she is a genuinely good person who is always concerned with the needs of others. "Lindsay Wilson-Galloway, Director of Ozarka College - Mountain View, read an email she received from Crystal Burns, a former student, who was unable to attend !Ms. Mc Mc's' retirement party. "Your love for art comes out of every fiber of your body and makes every student want to love art. People don't take your classes because they have to, they take them because you make learning matter. "Other students also spoke during the celebration, and it is evident that Cheri not only educated them, she made a lasting impression that they will cherish. Cheri also spoke about her time at Ozarka and said, "My greatest reward while at Ozarka College was those priceless !aha' moments, revealed in the eyes of students that lit up when he/she realized that, yes, this is possible. " She is looking forward to beginning  a new chapter of life  with continued learning, more world travels and most importantly, loving and teaching her granddaughter.      


Ozarka College Hosted Student Nursing Conference
On March 17 and 18, 2016, Ozarka College hosted the fifth annual student nursing conference in Melbourne, Arkansas. Approximately 80 students from Ozarka’s Melbourne, Ash Flat, Mammoth Spring, and Mountain View LPN programs were in attendance. Tabitha Breshears, BSN, RN, Nurse Manager of CHI St. Vincent’s Infirmary ER and American Foundation of Suicide Prevention representative, spoke to students about suicide prevention. Representatives from UAMS AR SAVES and Community Medical Center of Izard County presented information on strokes. Students had the opportunity to learn about brain injuries while walking through the Mega Brain. Over 100 high school students from Highland, Calico Rock, and Melbourne also came to campus to tour the Mega Brain. Ozarka College LPN students competed in various nursing competitions that tested their skills acquired as a nursing student. Winners of the competitions are as follows: Anatomy and Physiology: 1. Joell Columb 2. Amy Sartin 3. Nathan Gann Medical Terminology: 1. Kathryn Marrs 2. Savannah Hall 3. Julie Richards Nutrition: 1. Brandi Connor 2. Susan Pritchett 3. Maureen Westphal Math for Nurses: 1. Becca Faver 2. Rica Dava 3. Kayla Cooper CPR: 1. Janetta Anderson and Kaleb Wilson 2. Virginia Kirk and Kaylin Sullivan 3. Brenda Bolden and Stacy Weese Clinical Skills: 1. Miranda Sloan 2. Jennifer Aydt 3. Terry Sweeney Job Interview: 1. Jessica Wilson 2. Brooke Sartin 3. Mechell Crymes Medical Spelling: 1. Mary Beth Shatley 2. Kelly Washburn 3. Kimberly Welch Quiz Bowl: 1. Jessica Turpitt, Kayla Looney, Arianna Stewart, and Mackenzie Smith 2. Raven Richards, Teresa Radke, Virginia Kirk, and Jessica Wilson 3. Morgan Campbell, Heather Weiand, Sarah Reynoso, and Emily Mathes For more information about the Ozarka College nursing program, please call 1.800.821.4335.


Representative Gray To Address Ozarka College Graduates
Michelle Gray, republican member of the Arkansas House of Representatives, representing District 62, will address Ozarka College graduates during the 2016 Commencement Ceremony. Commencement will take place on Thursday, May 5 at 7:00 p.m., in the auditorium of the John E. Miller Education Complex in Melbourne, Arkansas.Approximately 400 students are expected to receive credentials from 32 Ozarka College degree programs. Most of these students have overcome the challenge of balancing school with work, home, and family life. The administration, faculty, and staff are proud of the hard work that Ozarka College graduates have dedicated to achieve their goals. Families, friends, and interested community members are invited to attend the 2016 commencement ceremony.  


Ozarka College Will Be Grillin' For A Cure
Ozarka College will be Grillin' for a Cure on Wednesday, May 11, 2016. This is an annual fundraiser for the Izard County Relay for Life. Meals will include a hamburger (with or without cheese), a bag of chips and a cookie for $6.00. Meals can be picked up in the Administration Building at Ozarka College, or can be delivered to businesses in Melbourne.Meals are available between 11:00 AM and 12:30 PM. For delivery, please place your order by noon on Tuesday, May 10, by contacting Manda Jackson, Ozarka College Director of PR and Marketing. You may call her at 870.368.2045 or email: manda.jackson@ozarka.edu    


First Solo Flight Completed Through Ozarka College Aviation Program
Ozarka College is proud to announce that Jacob Harness of Mountain View, Arkansas is the first student to solo as part of the College's Aviation Program. Prior to taking his solo flight, Harness was required to receive and log flight training for maneuvers and procedures ranging from proper flight preparation procedures to emergency procedures and equipment malfunctions. Additionally, he had to pass an aeronautical knowledge test. On April 13, 2016, Harness flew one of Ozarka's aircraft, a Cessna 172, without an instructor to the practice area west of Melbourne. He practiced maneuvers on his own and returned to the Melbourne Municipal Airport without incident. Harness is part of the inaugural class of students in the Associate of Science Professional Pilot - Aviation degree program. Ozarka College began offering flight training at the Melbourne Municipal Airport on July 1, 2015. Degree-seeking students began flight lessons in January of 2016. Students in the program are working toward FAA certification as Private Pilots. Flying the aircraft without an instructor, or solo, is an integral part of that process. The College expects all of their students to complete their first solo by summer 2016. "Students gain confidence when they solo, " said Nick Lenczycki, Ozarka College Director of Aviation. "Jacob handles the aircraft well. By completing this solo, he will demonstrate that he is ready for the next step in his training. " Once students complete their solo flights, they begin flying to larger airports with an instructor. Just prior to certification, students will fly to the Little Rock Airport on their own. For more information about flight training at Ozarka College, the aviation program, or to schedule a discovery flight, please contact Nick Lenczycki, Ozarka College Director of Aviation, at 870.368.7926.


Fall Registration Is Now Open At Ozarka College
Registration is in full swing at Ozarka College for current and new Ozarka College students. Now is the time to seek advising and register for summer or fall 2016 classes.The Summer I term runs from May 16 to June 17 and the Summer II term runs from July 5 to August 5. The first day of Fall classes will be August 15. By meeting early with an Advisor, students are often able to secure the classes that best fit their schedule, as well as learn of prerequisites that they may want to complete during one or both of the summer terms.Both summer and fall courses are available at each of our four campus locations in Melbourne, Ash Flat, Mammoth Spring, and Mountain View, as well as fully online. Students who have not previously attended Ozarka College are encouraged to contact the Ozarka College Admissions and Financial Aid Departments to begin their life-changing experiences today!For assistance with admissions or registration, please contact Student Services by calling 1.800.821.4335 or 870.368.2013. For questions about obtaining Financial Aid, please call 870.368.2009 or email: finaid@ozarka.edu.


Ozarka College Friends Of The Paul Weaver Library To Present Tour D'Art Event
Friends of the Paul Weaver Library at Ozarka College will present the 5th annual art extravaganza, Tour D'Art, on Thursday, April 21, 2016 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the lobby of the John E. Miller Education Complex.Events will begin with a welcome by Dr. Keith McClanahan, Ozarka College Provost and Executive Vice President of Learning.   After the welcome, Laura Brush, President of the Friends, will introduce the Showcase Artist and other artists presenting in the show.The art exhibit will take place in the lobby and will include works from Melbourne, Izard County Consolidated and Calico Rock high school art students and their instructors. Also featured will be works from The Art Center of North Arkansas, Strawberry River Art Association, and Fulton County Arts Council.   Artisans throughout the region, as well as Ozarka College students, faculty, staff and friends will also be participating. Art works will include paintings, sculptures, drawings and other art forms.Refreshments will be served while musical entertainment is led by Lucas Smith, with many others joining the fun.  Tour D'Art is open to the public and admission is free.  For more information, please call Mary Ellen Hawkins, Ozarka College Library Director, at 870.368.2054 or email: mhawkins@ozarka.edu. Or, contact Dan Lindsey at 870.368.2055 or dlindsey@ozarka.edu.The Friends of the Paul Weaver Library is a group of area volunteers and library staff who work together to promote the Paul Weaver Library and Ozarka College.  The group hosts cultural events such as the Tour D'Art to build awareness of the College and its opportunities, as well as to highlight the creativity of area students and others. Anyone who would like to join the Friends of the Paul Weaver Library or who would like more information about the group can contact Mary Ellen Hawkins or Dan Lindsey.


Cone Appointed Director Of Trio Student Support Services At Ozarka College
Ozarka College is pleased to announce the recent appointment of Tracy Cone as the Director of TRIO Student Support Services. Prior to this role, Cone served as the Academic Advising Coordinator for TRIO Student Support Services. In her previous position, Cone was primarily responsible for program services related to the advising of program participants, as well as the planning and coordinating of culturally enriching trips and activities for program participants. Josh Wilson, Ozarka College Associate Vice President of Student Services stated, "Tracy is a talented professional with a wealth of TRIO experience who I am confident will advance the TRIO grant program in the years to come." Cone holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Arkansas State University and a Master of Science in College Student Personnel from Arkansas Tech University. "I am excited about the opportunity to lead the exceptional staff of the TRIO SSS program while continuing to serve our program participants," said Tracy Cone, Ozarka College Director of TRIO Student Support Services.


Ozarka College Students To Raffle Painting
Ozarka College has partnered with EF College Study Tours to organize a trip to Costa Rica: Pura Vida. The trip is sure to be full of unforgettable educational and cultural experiences while getting an up-close and personal look at the ever-changing landscapes of Pura Vida. Six students and one faculty member are preparing for the nine-day excursion that will take place from May 9, 2016 through May 17, 2016. The approximate cost of this program is $2,400 per student.To assist with out of pocket expenses, Leslie Love, a local artist and Ozarka College Instructor, has donated a beautiful painting titled, "Spring River: First Green." Students will be selling chances to win the painting; $5 per raffle ticket or five chances for $20. Students will have a photo of the painting to show when selling raffle tickets, but it can also be seen on display at Ozarka College in Ash Flat, Arkansas.Tena Rosse, Ozarka College English Faculty and the group leader of this program explains, "The money raised will be used to pay for meals not included in the travel plan, required tips for coach driver, tour guide, in-country tour director, excursion guides, hotels, etc., as well as taxi/cab fare and miscellaneous expenses while in Costa Rica. "The raffle winner will be drawn on Friday, April 29, 2016; winner need not be present to win.For more information or to purchase raffle tickets, please call Tena Rosse at 870.994.7273 or email: tena.rosse@ozarka.edu. Other works by the artist can be seen by visiting her website: http://leslielovefineart.com/


8th Annual International Day Event To Take Place At Ozarka College
The Ozarka College Diversity and Cultural Events Committee will be hosting the 8th  Annual International Day, beginning March 29, 2016. Ozarka students, faculty, and staff are invited to participate in this fun and educational event that will focus on the country and culture of Switzerland.      International Day is free of admission and will take place at the following specified Ozarka College campus locations: Tuesday, March 29 in Mountain View; Thursday, March 31 in Melbourne at the Student Services Center; Tuesday, April 5 in Ash Flat; and Thursday, April 7 in Mammoth Spring.  Each of these events will begin at 11:00 a.m. and end by 1:00 p.m.There will be a $25 cash drawing at each campus location for those who participate in this event.  The Ozarka College Diversity and Cultural Events Committee is committed to providing diverse and cultural experiences and opportunities for the College community, establishing an environment in which greater intellectual development can occur. The Committee advocates practices that bind peoples and cultures, specifically, encouraging inclusiveness, discouraging acts of insensitivity and disrespect, and seeking commonalities while understanding differences.  International Day 2016 activities are supported by the Diversity and Cultural Events Committee.   For more information about International Day events, please contact Josh Wilson, Ozarka College Associate Vice President of Student Services, by calling 870.368.2027.


Ozarka Kids Academy Celebrates Dr. Seuss' Birthday
On March 2, 2016, Ozarka College Kids Academy celebrated the birthday of the beloved Dr. Seuss. The children enjoyed a delicious meal of green eggs and ham and an animated reading presented by the Cat in the Hat. Following tradition, the Kids Academy acknowledged the iconic author's contribution to children's literature with a week of fun-filled activities.The Ozarka Kids Academy is open from 7:00 a.m. to 5:15 p.m., Monday through Friday, and provides quality childcare for children ages 6 weeks to 5 years. They also offer an after school program and a summer program for school age children.For more information about Ozarka Kids Academy, please contact Kelly Graham, Ozarka College Interim Director of Childcare, at 870.368.7868 or email: kgraham@ozarka.edu.


Ozarka College To Host Melbourne Fly-In: An Aviation Experience
Ozarka College will host Melbourne Fly-In: An Aviation Experience on April 9, 2016 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. This event will take place at the Melbourne Airport (42A) and is free to attend.  Bring the family to enjoy a day of fun with food and airplanes. Start the day with a pancake breakfast (suggested donation of $7 per person), explore vintage airplanes, meet with pilots, learn more about the Ozarka College Aviation program, and much more. Discovery flights will be available for ages 10 to 17 and attendees can practice their flight skills on the Ozarka Aviation simulator training device.    Pilots from all over will be flying in to participate in a safety seminar titled, "Surprise! Surprise! Human Factors Training. " The seminar will begin at 10:00 a.m. For more information, please contact Nick or Angela with the Ozarka College Aviation program at 870.368.7926.


Ozarka College To Present Community Baking Series
The Ozarka College Culinary Arts Program will present a continuing education series on baking, beginning in April 2016. This hands-on three-week series will focus on different types of baked goods each week, giving participants an opportunity to learn from Certified Chef de Cuisine, Alden Griffus. Chef Alden will share the tricks of the trade and teach participants how to consistently produce quality-baked goods in their very own kitchens.Each course meets on the specified Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Students may choose to register for the entire series (includes all three sessions) for a total cost of $50 ($35 for participants over the age of 60), or pay as they go $20 per session ($15 for participants over 60). Registration fees include the instruction, demonstration, participation and a treat to take home.The first course will take place on April 7 when Chef Alden covers the basics of pie making from crust to filling. She will address the age-old questions like what fat to use in the crust, why some fillings work and others don't, and what type of thickener is best to use with different fillings? Participants will then make their own apple pie to takehome to their families.The second course will take place on April 14, covering quick breads and muffins. Participants will learn what type of flour to use when, the difference between baking soda and baking powder, when to add chunks as recipes instruct, and so much more. Participants will also choose from a selection of different recipes and take home a delicious treat.The final course will take place on April 21 and will cover yeast breads. In essence, yeast breads are simple, but their mastery continues to elude even the most skilled home cook and many chefs, too. Chef Alden will discuss the process of bread making, highlight the trouble areas, and show participants what each step should look like. Each participant will be able to either take home a country loaf or rolls to enjoy later.Seating is limited and registration is requested by April 1, 2016. For more information or to register, please contact Chef Alden Griffus at 870.368.2073 or email: alden.griffus@ozarka.edu.


Shell Appointed Associate Vice President Of Planning And Institutional Research At Ozarka College
Ozarka College is pleased to announce the recent appointment of Deltha Shell as the Associate Vice President of Planning and Institutional Research. Prior to this role, Shell served as the Director of the TRiO Student Support Services program at Ozarka College."Deltha's exceptional performance as Ozarka's TRiO Director and her critical thinking and organizational abilities made it clear to me that she was a perfect fit for her new role, " said Dr. Richard Dawe, Ozarka College President. "Leading the planning and institutional research efforts of a college are absolutely essential as we strive to do far more to support student learning with very limited resources. "Shell holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Lyon College at Batesville, a Master in Business Administration from University of Arkansas in Little Rock, and a Specialist in Community College Teaching from Arkansas State University. She is also currently nearing completion of her Doctorate of Educational Leadership from Arkansas State University.    An Evening Shade native, Shell has been employed by Ozarka College since 2003. She has worked as an adjunct faculty member, academic advisor, and program director. "I am looking forward to serving the college community in a new capacity, as well as extending the role of institutional research to support the College as whole, " said Shell.  


Wilson Appointed Associate Vice President Of Student Services At Ozarka College
Ozarka College is pleased to announce the recent appointment of Josh Wilson as the Associate Vice President of Student Services. Prior to this new leadership role, Wilson served as the Associate Vice President of Planning and Institutional Research. Wilson also has experience serving as the Pathway to Accelerated Completion and Employment (PACE) Grant Project Coordinator and the Ozarka College Grant Writer. In his most recent position as AVP of Planning and IR, Wilson led strategic planning and Ozarka College assessment and also facilitated research and data analysis for the College. "Josh is such a strong performer and a perfect fit to lead such a critical area for Ozarka, " said Dr. Richard Dawe, Ozarka College President. "He has excelled as AVP for Planning and IR and will be a committed senior leader and team-builder in his new position. " Wilson holds a Masters degree in Public Administration from the University of Arkansas and a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from the University of Arkansas. Additionally, Wilson is currently a Doctoral Candidate in the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Higher Education doctoral program. "I am thrilled to start this new chapter in my career with Ozarka College, " said Josh Wilson. "I am excited about the new challenge in this role and proud to serve with colleagues so committed to supporting our students and local communities. "


Ozarka College To Host Culinary Arts Student Showcase Dinner
Ozarka College's Culinary Arts students will host a student showcase dinner on March 9, 2016 in the Student Services Center, located in Melbourne, Arkansas. Dinner seating will take place between 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. and reservations are required for this event. The menu will feature a three course meal, allowing guests to select from a limited menu. The meal also includes a beverage and is just $15 per guest.The first course will offer a choice of salad or appetizer, the second a choice of three entrees, and the third a choice of two desserts. All menu items will be designed to reflect the trends of the area, as well as the current food industry. Entrees will include choice of one beef, one chicken, or one vegetarian option. Desserts will feature one chocolate-centric offering and one fruit-centric offering.Chef Alden Griffus, Ozarka College Culinary Arts Instructor said, "The Student Showcase Dinner provides the Culinary Arts Students an opportunity to further develop the skills they are learning in the classroom by interacting with the public, giving them the experience they need to be successful in the culinary world. "When making reservations, guests are asked to please specify any dietary needs or allergies, and the students will gladly accommodate. All reservations must be made by Monday, March 7; however, seating is limited so reserve your table today! Please contact Chef Alden Griffus at 870.368.2073 or email: alden.griffus@ozarka.edu    


Helm To Retire From Ozarka College
Ron Helm, Ozarka College Vice President of Student Services, has announced his upcoming retirement. Helm has dedicated forty-two years of his life to education; twenty-three of those at Ozarka College. Anyone in this region and beyond would be hard pressed to find a student or colleague who he didn't leave a positive and lasting impression on. Helm has impacted generations of students and will be greatly missed.Upon completing his Bachelor of Science Education degree in History at Arkansas State University (ASU) in Jonesboro, Arkansas, Helm was hired to teach grades five and six at Oxford Elementary school for the 1972-1973 school year. The next year he returned to ASU to earn his Masters degree in Counseling.In 1975, Helm was hired to be the Counselor, Psychological Examiner, Social Science Teacher, and Basketball Coach at Naylor Junior and Senior High School in Naylor, Missouri. In 1986, he completed his Specialist degree in Educational Administration from Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.Helm returned home to Arkansas to serve as the High School Principal at Izard County Consolidated in Brockwell, Arkansas beginning in 1987. After four years, he became the Superintendent and served in that role for two additional years.In 1993, Helm was hired as the first Registrar for Ozarka College. Over the years, this role developed into the Registrar/Director of Student Services, and ultimately the Vice President of Student Services."Ron Helm has been a senior academic leader who people admire and appreciate, " said Dr. Richard Dawe, Ozarka College President. "He is completely committed to the success of our students and will be deeply missed. I've rarely met someone who is so widely respected and known for their service to student success. "Some of Helm's greatest accomplishments at Ozarka College include being instrumental in creating articulation agreements for transfer to other Colleges and Universities in Arkansas, offering evening courses for both High School students and members of the community, scheduling concurrent enrollment courses in High Schools, assisting with the start up of additional Ozarka campus locations, and partnering with the North Central Unit to offer education in the prison system.When asked about some of his fondest Ozarka College memories, Helm stated, "Working at an institution that builds confidence in students, and seeing students who didn't think they could make it, succeed. " Helm's retirement plans include spending time with his family, traveling, taking care of the farm, and writing, publishing and producing music.    


Small Business Start Up Workshop To Be Held At Ozarka College - Mammoth Spring
Ozarka College - Mammoth Spring will partner with the Arkansas State Business and Technology Development Center to offer a one-day Small Business Start Up Workshop.  The workshop will take place at Ozarka College in Mammoth Spring, Arkansas on February 16, 2016 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.The Small Business Start Up seminar places emphasis in business plan, marketing research, and financing options. Other topics covered will include startup steps, legal business structures, and licensing regulations. The cost of this seminar is $65 per student.For more information, please contact James Spurlock, Director of Ozarka College in Mammoth Spring, at 870.625.0411 or email: jmspurlock@ozarka.edu. To register online, please visit the following web address: https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07ebxm1cqm349aa944    


Ozarka College Aviation Student Receives $1000 Aaoa Scholarship
Ozarka College is pleased to announce that Ms. Abigail Shackelford of Smithville, Arkansas has received a $1,000 scholarship from the Arkansas Airport Operators Association (AAOA). Shackelford is part of the first cohort of Ozarka's new aviation program and is working to obtain an Associate of Science in Professional Pilot - Aviation. This award was presented at the Melbourne Municipal Airport, John E. Miller Field, in Melbourne, Arkansas on January 27, 2016. A number of factors contributed to the selection of Shackelford for this scholarship, including experience, activities, honors, goals, aspirations, and need. Shackelford competed in High School Speech and Debate and was nationally ranked in several categories. She is a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society as well as the Homeschool National Honor Society. Additionally, she has volunteered as an English teacher at a mission school in New Delhi, India. In addition to the rigorous coursework, Shackelford is completing the necessary training to earn her private pilot certificate with airplane single-engine land (ASEL) rating. She plans to continue her education by attending Letourneau University where she plans to earn her commercial pilot certificate, an Airframe & Powerplant (A&P) certificate, and a Bachelor's degree in Missionary Aviation with a flight concentration. Her career objective is to work for a non-profit organization in a remote region, flying in supplies to people who otherwise could not be reached. The AAOA serves the common interests of the owners, operators and users of the 91 public use airports located throughout the State of Arkansas. The AAOA works to promote the value of aviation and airports throughout Arkansas communities andcooperates with local government agencies to promote safety in the development of airport facilities and operating procedures. For additional information about the Ozarka College Aviation program, please contact program Director, Nick Lenczycki, at 870.368.7926 or email: nick.lenczycki@ozarka.edu. Program information is also available on the web at: ozarka.fly.edu Photo Caption: Pictured left to right are Nick Lenczycki, Ozarka College Director of Aviation, Abigail Shackelford, AAOA scholarship recipient, and Suellen Davidson, Ozarka College Director of Advancement.


Ozarka College - Mountain View To Host Beginner's Word Processing Continuing Education Course
Ozarka College in Mountain View will host a beginner level Word Processing course to be offered through Continuing Education beginning in February 2016.This three-week course, being taught by Frances Bullard, will teach students a wide variety of computer skills. Some examples include how to create and rename folders; save files in a folder; create, format, edit, and print documents. They will also learn how to underline, bold, and italicize text; use line spacing, spelling and grammar check; cut and paste; copy and paste. Additionally, students will be taught how to save and open a file, rename a file, delete a file, create tables, letters, labels, and envelopes, and insert pictures and clipart into documents.Other topics will be added as time permits.The course runs from February 19 through March 4, meeting on Fridays, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The tuition is just $25.00 per student, $20.00 for ages 60 and over.   Seating is limited and pre-registration is required by February 12, 2016. Please contact Lindsay Wilson-Galloway, Director of Ozarka College in Mountain View, by calling 870.269.5600 or email: lhgalloway@ozarka.edu


Online Giving Now Available At Ozarka College
The Ozarka College Foundation is excited to announce that supporting Ozarka College students has never been easier; online giving is now available! Donors can support scholarships, programs, or specific Ozarka College campus locations. Whether it is a one-time gift or a reoccurring automatic draft, giving online is very convenient.The Foundation values each donor and every gift, while supporting the mission of the College to provide life-changing experiences through education. "Our job as a Foundation is to help others understand the benefits that Ozarka College provides to our students and then help them become a part of our team, " said Mike Watson, Chair of the Ozarka College Foundation Board. "The ability to learn about our mission and give online has made it easier than ever before. "The Ozarka College Foundation is a non-profit corporation under and by the laws of the state of Arkansas. The corporation is exempt from federal income tax under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986. The primary purpose of the Foundation is to advance higher education by securing financial support for Ozarka College.To learn more about the Ozarka College Foundation, or to give online, please visit:   foundation.ozarka.edu


Ozarka College To Host New Student Orientation
Ozarka College will host New Student Orientation at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 7, 2016. New Student Orientation is for students enrolled in the Spring 2016 semester, who have not previously taken classes through Ozarka College. The orientation will convene at Ozarka College in Melbourne and will be viewable via livestream at Ozarka College in Ash Flat, Mammoth Spring and Mountain View. In Melbourne, students will meet in the lecture hall of the John E. Miller Education Complex. Students are encouraged to attend New Student Orientation at the campus location nearest them, regardless if they are enrolled in classes at that campus location or on the web. Students attending orientation will learn pertinent information about student portals, campus safety, programs they can participate in such as Career Pathways and TRiO, be eligible for door prizes, and receive a free t-shirt. For more information about New Student Orientation, please contact Amber Whitaker, Ozarka College Director of Admissions, by calling 870.368.2013 or email: amber.whitaker@ozarka.edu Registration for Spring 2016 courses is still open, with late registration taking place January 4-8 and classes beginning on January 11, 2016. For more information about classes in Ash Flat, please call 870.994.7273; Mammoth Spring call 870.625.0411; Melbourne call 870.368.2013; and Mountain View call 870.269.5600.


Ozarka College Fitness Challenge Results
Ozarka College hosted a reception on Tuesday, December 8, 2015, for participants of their fitness challenge. The fitness challenge was part of a grant from the Blue & You Foundation for a Healthier Arkansas that began in January of 2015, where participants were invited to log their miles throughout the year from walking, running, swimming, etc."We started this journey with a goal of 100 participants to collectively log 10,000 miles, " said Josh Wilson, Ozarka College Associate Vice President of Planning and Institutional Research. "As of Friday, December 4, we had 242 participants who together logged 116,445 miles. "  The College is proud to report that 75% of all participants either met or surpassed their mileage pledge for the year, and twenty-four participants logged more than 1,000 miles individually!Of the 242 participants in the Ozarka College Fitness Challenge, 53 were members of the Ozarka College Fitness Center, 82 were Ozarka employees, 84 were Ozarka students, and 23 were members of the community-at-large.The College would like to thank all of participants for their contribution, and give special congratulations to the top three mileage contributors: Takara Kinion (3,420 miles), Layne Sargeson (2,087 miles), and Jeannie Hudspeth (1,892 miles).For more information about this project, please contact Josh Wilson by calling 870.368.2042 or email:  jwilson@ozarka.edu


Ozarka College Foundation Scholarship Recipients
The Ozarka College Foundation is pleased to announce additional scholarship recipients of the 2015-2016 academic year. Students being awarded these scholarships are as follows:Teresa Mulderig: Dietsche/Martin Appreciation Scholarship. This scholarship was created in honor of Science instructors Bruce Dietsche and Melissa Martin and awarded to a student pursuing a science-related degree. Teresa has received $250 for the Fall 2015 semester and will receive $250 for the Spring 2016 semester.Dakota Williams and Kandis Williams: Lesa Bull Memorial Scholarships. These scholarships were established by the Faculty and Staff of the College in memory of Lesa Bull, a former Ozarka College employee.Dakota and Kandis each received $250 for the Fall 2015 semester and will receive $250 for the Spring 2016 semester.Judy Walker and Maureen Westphal: Nursing Achievement Scholarships. These scholarships are awarded to nursing students in the area who seek higher education as the avenue from which to realize their potential for achievement. Judy and Maureen each received $250 for the Fall 2015 semester and will receive $250 for the Spring 2016 semester.Savannah Hall, Maureen Westphal and Whitney Mendoza: Kenneth and Janice Sutton Nursing Scholarships. These scholarships are awarded to students currently enrolled in the Mountain View LPN program. Savannah, Maureen, and Whitney each received $1,000 for the Fall 2015 semester and will receive $1,000 for the Spring 2016 semester and $1000 for Summer 2016Rebecca Rathel, Melissa Reny and Catherine Tuck: Garry and Carol Ann Lawrence Scholarships. These scholarships are funded by rental income generated from property owned by a Hardy, Arkansas landowner. Rebecca, Melissa, and Catherine each received $250 for the Fall 2015 semester and will receive $250 for the Spring 2016 semester.Marvin Van Dyke and Dalton Foster: Garry and Carol Ann Lawrence Nursing Scholarships. These scholarships are awarded to students enrolled in the Ash Flat LPN program and are funded by rental income generated from property owned by a Hardy, Arkansas landowner. Marvin and Dalton each received $500 for the Fall 2015 semester and will receive $500 for the Spring and Summer 2016 semesters.Duncan McGowen: David and Phyllis Wilson Honorary Scholarship. This scholarship was funded by Josh and Courtney Wilson in honor of Josh's parents. This scholarship is awarded to a Calico Rock high school graduate, who has an interest in public service or contributing to the field of education. Duncan has received $250 for the Fall 2015 semester and will receive $250 for the Spring 2016 semester.Savannah Harber: Dixie Anderson Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship was funded by Josh and Courtney Wilson in honor of Courtney's grandmother. This scholarship is awarded to a Calico Rock high school graduate, who has an interest in public service or contributing to the field of education. Savannah has received $250 for the Fall 2015 semester and will receive $250 for the Spring 2016 semester.Kimberly Monahan: Friends of the Paul Weaver Library Scholarship. This scholarship was funded by supporters of the Paul Weaver Library. Kimberly has received $250 for the Fall 2015 semester and will receive $250 for the Spring 2016 semester.The announcement of scholarship recipients is on going. For more information, please contact Suellen Davidson, Director of Ozarka College Advancement, at 870.368.2059  


Ozarka College Donates To The Angel Tree Project
The Ozarka College Classified Staff Council (CSC) and the Student Government Association (SGA) partnered together on this year's Angel Tree Project, organized by the Department of Human Services.Members of Ozarka College's CSC adopted four angels to provide Christmas gifts for, and members of SGA hosted a bake sale that raised $80. All proceeds benefited the angels adopted by CSC.Pictured are some of the employees who purchased items and donated them to the Angel Tree Project. This year's angels included two boys and two girls, all under the age of three.


Ozarka College Announces Sccrc Scholarship Recipients
Ozarka College has had the pleasure of working with the Stone County Community Resource Council (SCCRC), based out of Mountain View, Arkansas, for the past several years. The SCCRC is a nonprofit corporation operated by volunteers, where they accept donated items at The Dorcas House thrift store and sell those items $2.00 per bag. In turn, the SCCRC has donated a total of $110,000 to Ozarka College; $90,000 has been designated for scholarships and $20,000 for College improvements.  The $90,000 in scholarship donations from SCCRC created nine endowed scholarships which have been awarded to students in $500 increments. By awarding funds in this manner, countless students have been, and will continue to be, supported by these generous donations. The SCCRC is committed to investing in the lives of their scholarship recipients, and they firmly believe that education is the key to a brighter and more successful future.This year's recipients are as follows: Destiny Butler, Randy Layman, Whitney Mendoza, Sarah Reynoso, Stephony Trantham, Shelby Turner, Summer Waddles, Sarah Werb, and Nathan WilsonFor more information about the Stone County Community Resource Council or Ozarka College, please contact Lindsay Wilson-Galloway, Director of Ozarka College in Mountain View, by calling 870.269.5600.*Photo Caption: Ozarka College - Mountain View students, who are recipients of Stone County Community Resource Council (SCCRC) scholarships, had the opportunity to meet with SCCRC volunteers. Pictured on the front row, left to right are Lindsay Wilson-Galloway, Director of Ozarka College - Mountain View, Sandy Qualls, Jim Qualls, Patty Davis, and Brenda Ferguson, all volunteers from the SCCRC. Back row, left to right are Ozarka College students, Stephony Trantham, Destiny Butler, Summer Waddles, Shelby Turner, Nathan Wilson, Sarah Reynoso, Whitney Mendoza, and Sarah Werb. Not pictured: Randy Layman  


Ozarka College Blue & You Foundation Grant Update
Ozarka College will soon complete a year-long Comprehensive Health and Safety Improvement Initiative made possible in part by a $46,909 grant through the Blue & You Foundation for a Healthier Arkansas (BYF). The grant award supported a Quick Response Health Care Initiative, initiated a Cardio Wellness and Fitness Challenge, and established a Safety in the Workplace Initiative; efforts aimed at promoting healthier lifestyles and creating a safer campus for the hundreds of students, employees, and visitors of the College.  The College surpassed every defined goal within the grant proposal. Accordingly, the College outfitted all four campus locations with automatic external defibrillators (AED) and advanced emergency response beacons. Also, with grant support, Ozarka has trained and certified more than 100 employees and 65 community members in Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and AED user training.  "The Blue & You Foundation grant provided for a very comprehensive program at the College," said Dr. Richard Dawe, Ozarka College President. "The installation of AEDs and emergency alert system upgrades and emergency response training have provided a   safer environment for all who visit the College."The impact of the grant initiatives also reached far beyond the College campus. The Cardio Wellness and Fitness Challenge initiative challenged College employees and students as well as members of the community to adopt healthier, more active lifestyles. The College set goals to enlist at least 100 participants in a 10,000 mile fitness challenge. The College is pleased to report that more than 200 participants collectively logged over 110,000 miles, crushing every milestone challenge throughout the year.  The Blue & You Foundation award also strengthened the College partnership with the Northcentral Arkansas Education Service Cooperative (NAESC) and the nine public   school districts in the College's four-county service area (Fulton, Izard, Sharp and Stone).   Specifically, the College provided adult and infant training manikins for NAESC to loan for quick response health care training, such as CPR and AED, in the local school districts. In addition, the grant initiative provided for the cost of training one personnel at each of the nine school districts to become a licensed CPR and AED training provider."The College enjoyed getting to partner with the education cooperative and the local districts, " said Josh Wilson, Ozarka College Associate Vice President of Planning and Institutional Research. "Having additional training providers in-house provides sustainable, quick-response training solutions for our schools. It also supports the state-mandated CPR training requirement for high school students. "The Blue & You Foundation was established by Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield as a charitable foundation to promote better health in Arkansas. Ozarka College was one of only 35 grant applications funded out of 202 grant applications received for the 2015 cycle.


Law Enforcement Officer Training Course To Be Held At Ozarka College - Mammoth Spring
A Reserve/Auxiliary/Part-Time  Law Enforcement Officer Training Course will be presented by the Mammoth Spring Police Department and Ozarka College, beginning in January. Applications for this course must be submitted to the Mammoth Spring City Hall by December 18, 2015.The Law Enforcement Officer training course will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. January 12, 2016 through March 15, 2016. Additional sessions will meet on specified Saturdays; times and locations for these hands-on-trainings will vary with subject matter covered.This course will include nearly fifty different knowledge and skill areas, covering a wide range of topics, and is for Arkansas Certification. A detailed list of topics to be covered can be obtained from MSPD Chief of Police, Mike Davis. The fee for this course is $300.Applications can be picked up at the Mammoth Spring City Hall and returned there or mailed to PO Box 185 in Mammoth Spring, AR 72554. For more information, please contact Mike Davis or Jamie Turnbough at the Mammoth Spring Police Department, by calling 870.625.7516 or James Spurlock, Director of Ozarka College - Mammoth Spring, at 870.625.0411. Mr. Spurlock can also be reached by email: jmspurlock@ozarka.edu.


In Memory Of Serelda Johnson
It is with a very heavy heart that we mourn the loss of our colleague and friend, Mrs. Serelda Faye Johnson. Serelda joined the Ozarka College family in January of 2012. As a valued member of our Faculty, Serelda taught Health Information Technology courses while serving students at the Melbourne and Mountain View campus locations. Mrs. Johnson will be deeply missed by all who met her, especially her students and fellow colleagues.Service arrangements for Serelda and her husband, Mr. Walton Wayne Johnson, are being handled through Roller-Coffman Funeral Home. The visitation will be held on Thursday, December 3, 2015 at Flatwoods Baptist Church in Mountain View, Arkansas, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Funeral Services will also take place at Flatwoods Baptist Church on Friday, December 4, 2015, beginning at 3:00 p.m.To read their obituaries or for more information:http://rollerfuneralhomes.com/services.asp?page=services&locID=27


Ozarka College Classified Staff Council Donates To The Manna House
Members of the Ozarka College Classified Staff Council hosted a food drive at each Ozarka campus location in Melbourne, Ash Flat, Mammoth Spring and Mountain View. Pictured are some of the employees who collected non-perishable items and donated them to the Manna House in Melbourne, Arkansas on November 23, 2015.


Ozarka College To Host, "twice Upon An Ozarka Christmas "
Ozarka College will host their 6th annual holiday event on December 4, 2015 beginning at 4:30 p.m.   This event is free to the public and will take place at Ozarka College's John E. Miller Education Complex, in Melbourne, Arkansas.This year's theme is, "Twice upon an Ozarka Christmas " and families are invited to join Ozarka College for the viewing of Mickey's Twice Upon A Christmas, pictures with Santa, coloring activities and treats prepared by the Ozarka College Culinary Arts Department.In the words of Walt Disney, "Laughter is timeless, imagination has no age, and dreams are forever. " Ozarka College strives to help fulfill the dreams of their students as they complete degrees, and looks forward to hearing many laughs while giving back to the community at this fun-filled, family friendly event.  In the case of inclement weather, this event will not be rescheduled. For more information about Twice upon an Ozarka Christmas, please contact Suellen Davidson, Director of Advancement, at 870.368.2059 or email: sdavidson@ozarka.edu


Ozarka College Hires Director Of Admissions
Ozarka College is pleased to announce the hiring of Amber Whitaker, who will serve as the Director of Admissions. Amber is responsible for planning and managin activities related to the admissions process and recruiting students for all Ozarka College campus locations. Additionally, Amber will represent Ozarka College and communicate the opportunities of higher education available, guide students through the admissions process, organize campus visits for prospective students, oversee the Student Ambassador Program, promote scholarship opportunities available to students, and serve as an integral part of the student services team. "Amber has the personality, experience, and communication skills to implement an effective enrollment management plan, " said Ron Helm, Ozarka College Vice President of Student Services. "We are looking forward to working with her in this important role. " Amber holds a MSE in Educational Theory and Practice from Arkansas State University and a BSE in Early Childhood from Williams Baptist College. Prior to her assignment at Ozarka College, Amber had nine years experience as a teacher and coach, as well as two years experience as an Admissions Counselor where she recruited college students in Northwest Arkansas and Missouri. "I am excited to be back home and serving my community and surrounding communities through Ozarka College, " said Whitaker. "It is important to me to have students further their education and what better way than to utilize all the opportunities Ozarka College offers. " For more information about Admissions at Ozarka College, please contact Amber Whitaker, Ozarka College Director of Admissions, at 870.368.2013.


Ozarka College Is Accepting Students For CNA
Ozarka College is currently accepting enrollment for Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA) classes.   This Basic Health Skills course is for college credit and available at each of our four campus locations: Melbourne, Ash Flat, Mammoth Spring, and Mountain View.  Basic Health Skills is a nine-week course that meets two times per week, beginning in January 2016. When submitting an admissions application, students should select the Technical Certificate for Health Professions. Completion of Ozarka's CNA course increases students' competitiveness for entrance into the LPN program, as well as prepares them to take the state certification test.Financial Aid is available to students who qualify. For more information or to get registered, please contact: Tamra Bevill, Ozarka College CNA Coordinator, at 870.368.2079 or email: tbevill@ozarka.edu. Dawn Smith, Ozarka College Allied Health Instructor, may also be of assistance; please call 870.368.2044 or email: dawn.smith@ozarka.edu  


A Salute To Our Veterans
Today and every day, Ozarka College salutes all of our Veterans and members of the United States Armed Forces who have fought so bravely to defend our freedom and we remember those great men and women who have paid the ultimate price. We also salute their families for the hardships they often accept in the name of service to Country.When you meet with veterans be sure and thank them for their service and let them know you feel it was important and not forgotten. Too often veterans are viewed by some as those who do a nation's necessary 'dirty work' but they are instead, selfless patriots who risk their lives for the greater good that we as Americans hold so dear. Freedom is precious, and never guaranteed, but our veterans and active duty service members are dedicated to ensuring a lasting freedom to the American way of life.To all Veterans, including active duty, National Guard and Reservists, we thank you and we will forever be grateful for your service to our great nation.


Graham Appointed Interim Director Of Ozarka Kids Academy
With nearly nine years experience in early childhood, Kelly Graham has been appointed the Interim Director of Ozarka Kids Academy. Kelly is a credentialed Child Development Associate and is a member of the Tapp's Registry. In addition to Kelly's credentials, her staff has more than 35 years combined experience and they are all required to obtain twenty hours of early childhood training each year.  Ozarka Kids Academy is open to the public Monday through Friday and accepts children ages six weeks to five years of age, from 7:00 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.  They also offer an after school program for kids up to 10 years of age.  The infant/toddler rate is $105 weekly and preschool/pre-k is $95 weekly.   Breakfast, lunch, and an afternoon snack are provided. Ozarka Kids Academy is the only licensed facility (center or licensed family child care home) open in Melbourne at this time.    For more information, or to enroll your child, please contact Kelly Graham, Ozarka Kids Academy Interim Director, by calling 870.368.7868 or email: kgraham@ozarka.edu


Flu Clinic Coming To Ozarka College - Ash Flat
Ozarka College in Ash Flat will host a flu clinic, open to the public, on Tuesday, November 10, 2015. The clinic is being brought to Ozarka by the Sharp County Health Unit and will take place in the College's nursing lab from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Ozarka College LPN students will also be on hand to check vital signs and blood glucose.Though health insurance is not required, there will be a $30 charge to anyone receiving the flu shot without proof of health insurance, Medicare, or Medicaid. Please bring the appropriate documentation for billing purposes.


Ozarka College Open Registration Days
Ozarka College has announced dates for Open Registration Days, which will take place at all four campus locations. Open Registration Days will be on Fridays, November 6, 13 and 20, 2015 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.Any student, current or new, may make an appointment any time the College is open to get enrolled for the Spring 2016 semester, but no appointment is necessary during Open Registration Days. Students can simply walk-in to Ozarka College in Melbourne, Ash Flat, Mammoth Spring or Mountain View, complete an admissions application, meet with a financial aid specialist, take the placement exam, meet with an advisor, and register for Spring '16 classes.Registering for classes early helps to ensure a schedule that is convenient to a student's personal schedule. Ozarka strives to offer flexible course offerings that will allow students to complete a degree during the day, evening, weekend, or online. Tuition rates start at $88 per credit hour and there are numerous financial aid options available.For more information about Open Registration Days, please contact the Ozarka College location nearest you, or visit Ozarka College on the web: www.ozarka.edu    


Governor Hutchinson Meets With Ozarka College
Governor Asa Hutchinson recently took time from his busy schedule to meet with Representative Michelle Gray, Ozarka College President Dr. Richard Dawe, and members of the Ozarka College team on October 15, 2015.The Governor was in Melbourne, Arkansas with the Arkansas Economic Development Commission's announcement of Micro Plastics' new factory.The meeting with Ozarka College was to discuss the new Aviation - Professional Pilot program that trains students for future careers as professional pilots. The Governor was also made aware of Ozarka's application for approval to offer the Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing (BSN). Similar !workforce and applied baccalaureate' degrees have been approved at two-year colleges across the nation to address specific workforce training and industry needs.  This transformational degree offering is proposed to address the shortage of BSN qualified nurses in Arkansas and across the country. Ozarka graduates more LPNs than any other two-year college in Arkansas.


Spring Registration Is Now Open
Ozarka College will open spring registration to current students on November 2, 2015 and registration for new students will begin on November 9. Spring semester classes start on January 11, so now is the time to ensure a schedule that is convenient for you.For more information regarding admissions, financial aid or registration, please visit Ozarka College in Melbourne, Ash Flat, Mammoth Spring or Mountain View. Interested persons may also contact Ozarka College via phone: 800.821.4335 or on the web at www.ozarka.edu.  Tuition rates start at just $88 per credit hour and many scholarship and financial aid options are available. Ozarka College provides life-changing experiences through education and offers thirty-two associate degrees, technical certificates and certificates of proficiency. Degree programs range from nursing to automotive, aviation, culinary arts and much more.


Website Design Workshop Coming To Ozarka College - Mammoth Spring
Ozarka College, in conjunction with the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center (ASBTDC), will offer a website design workshop in Mammoth Spring. The workshop will take place on November 17, 2015 from 12:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m.  The cost for this training will be $40.00 to the public, $20 for any Ozarka College student, staff, or faculty member. The ASBTDC will take you step-by-step in creating an account and an attractive, functional website through their laptop lab. While using Weebly, they will make designing a free website easy for workshop participants.Seating is limited and pre-registration is required. To register, please contact Kelli Listenbee at ASBTSC by calling 870.972.3517, or email: klee@astate.edu. Additional information is also available on the web: asbtdc.org/training/jonesboro-events/ For information about Ozarka College, please contact James Spurlock, Director of Ozarka College - Mammoth Spring by calling 870.625.0411 or email: jmspurlock@ozarka.edu


Ozarka College - Mammoth Spring To Host Driver Safety Refresher Course
Ozarka College in Mammoth Spring, Arkansas will host a Driver Safety Refresher Course on November 10, 2015. The course will be presented by the American Association of Retired Persons(AARP) from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. This training course is open to licensed drivers of all ages, and successful completion may result in a reduction of automobile insurance rates.The cost of the driver safety refresher course will be $25 to the general public and $15 for AARP members. For more information or to register, please contact James Spurlock, Director of Ozarka College - Mammoth Spring, by calling 870.625.0411 or email: jmspurlock@ozarka.edu


Registered Nursing Students At Ozarka College Donate To The Manna House
Forty-four registered nursing (RN) students, who are part of the Arkansas Rural Nursing Education Consortium  (ARNEC) at Ozarka College, collected non-perishable food items as a community service project. Pictured are some of the RN students who will be donating more than 2,000 items to the Manna House in Melbourne, Arkansas.


Ozarka College Nursing Program Application Deadline Is November 1
The Ozarka College nursing department is currently accepting applications for the Spring 2016 Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) program in Melbourne and Mammoth Spring. LPN applications will be accepted through November 1 for spring semester program admission. Interested students may apply to the LPN Program by completing an Ozarka College online application for admissions, designating Technical Certificate, Licensed Practical Nursing as the intended college major. If applicants are a transfer student, they also need to have official transcripts sent directly to the Ozarka College Admissions office from the previous college(s) attended.Once application has been submitted, applicants are to contact the Ozarka College Testing Center to schedule seating for the Wonderlic Scholastic Level Exam and the LPN Entrance Exam (TEAS). Students may sign up no earlier than 30 days prior to test date, may only test once per application period, and must test in the same semester of application. If transferring test scores from another college, official TEAS and Wonderlic scores from that college will be accepted; however, additional testing at Ozarka will not be allowed. Failure to complete each step will result in an incomplete file and the applicant will not be considered.Students with the highest compiled scores will be invited into the ensuing class. Mid-term grades may be used for scoring, but a final grade of C or higher is required for pre-requisites. In the case of a tie, date and time of application will determine class placement.For more information about the application process, please contact Ozarka College Admissions by calling 870.368.2013, or the Ozarka College Nursing Department at 870.368.2081.


Culinary Arts Program At Ozarka College Is Accepting Students
The Ozarka College Culinary Arts program is currently accepting applications for new students. Once a student has completed the admissions application, they may register for the Spring 2016 semester as early as November 9, 2015.Students who have already been accepted to Ozarka College, may register for courses and receive assistance applying for financial aid at any of Ozarka College's four campus locations in Melbourne, Ash Flat, Mammoth Spring or Mountain View. Students may also register online through myOzarka at www.ozarka.edu Many of the Culinary Arts courses are offered online; however, students will need to attend classes at least twice per week on the Melbourne campus.  When completing the admissions application, students should indicate their intent to complete the Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Culinary Arts degree.  The Culinary Arts program will provide foundation and specialized study on the culinary field through academic, laboratory, and field experience. This program prepares its graduates for careers in restaurants, clubs, hotels, catering operations, and institutional food service.For more information about the Culinary Arts program, please contact Chef Alden Griffus, Ozarka College Culinary Arts Faculty, by calling 870.368.2073 or e-mail: alden.griffus@ozarka.edu.


Culinary Arts Program Is Accepting Students
The Ozarka College Culinary Arts program is currently accepting applications for new students. Once a student has completed the admissions application, they may register for the Spring 2016 semester as early as November 9, 2015. Students who have already been accepted to Ozarka College, may register for courses and receive assistance applying for financial aid at any of Ozarka College's four campus locations in Melbourne, Ash Flat, Mammoth Spring or Mountain View. Students may also register online through myOzarka at www.ozarka.edu Many of the Culinary Arts courses are offered online; however, students will need to attend classes at least twice per week on the Melbourne campus. When completing the admissions application, students should indicate their intent to complete the Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Culinary Arts degree. The Culinary Arts program will provide foundation and specialized study on the culinary field through academic, laboratory, and field experience. This program prepares its graduates for careers in restaurants, clubs, hotels, catering operations, and institutional food service. For more information about the Culinary Arts program, please contact Chef Alden Griffus, Ozarka College Culinary Arts Faculty, by calling 870.368.2073 or e-mail: alden.griffus@ozarka.edu.


Beene's Car Care Center/izard County Propane Team Wins Ozarka College Foundation Golf Tournament
Twenty-six teams gathered for a fun filled day at the Ozarka College Foundation Golf Tournament on October 3, 2015. The four-person scramble took place at Cooper's Hawk Golf Course in Melbourne, Arkansas and all proceeds will benefit the students of Ozarka College.After a thee-way tie for the championship title and a three-hole play off, the Beene's Car Care Center/Izard County Propane team came out on top. This year's first place championship flight winners included Dr. Chris Dietrick, Rusty Campbell, Brian Morris and Justin Burns. Second place honors went to the Izard County Farm Bureau team: Phillip Steed, Eric Teague, Cody Williams and Ryan Warner. The third place championship flight was won by the Cooper Realty team: Ben Cooper, Daniel Taylor, Adam Cooper and Kirk Brown.Special thanks to our sponsors: FNBC Community Bankers - Tournament Sponsor, Centennial Bank - Lunch Sponsor, First Community Bank - Golf Course Sponsor, St. Bernards Healthcare Associated Regional Providers, Southfork Risk Management, and STI - Event Sponsors, Freedom Ford - Hole In One Sponsor, InkSpot Graphics and Bancorp South - Towel Sponsors, and Jordan's Kwik Stop - Breakfast Sponsor.Hole Sponsors include the following: Ace Auto LLC, ARcare, Ash Flat Livestock Auction, Ash Flat Pharmacy, B & B Supply, Beene's Car Care Center/Izard County Propane, Blane Johnson, Campbell's Auto Sales, Canyon Plumbing/Bootlegger, Cone Realty, Cooper Realty, Corner Drug Store, Dan M. Orr, Attorney, Dellinger Law Firm, Downhome Country Kitchen, Dr. Sonya Wiles, D.D.S., Duncan Bookkeeping & Tax Service, Econo-Med Pharmacy, Edward Jones Investments - Stephen Thompson, FNBIC, Fred and Janet Lamb, GH Miller and Sons, Goings and Associates, Gray Family Practice Clinic, Hardy Insurance-Richard Huff, Hatfield Ready Mix, Highland Oil/Red Mule Mart, Highland Window and Door, Hughes and Randall Tax and Financial, Izard County Abstract Co., Inc., Izard County Farm Bureau - Phillip Steed, Izard County Officials, King Rhodes and Associates, Kissee Law Firm, Mark Martin Chevrolet, Melbourne Insurance - Lisa Manry, Melbourne Sanitation, Modern Woodmen - Sandy Murphy, Ozark Aerosports, Ozark Closing and Title LLC, Paul Miller Chrysler-Ram-Dodge-Jeep, Performa Rehab, R & R Ready Mix, Reeve's Propane, Sears of Ash Flat, Sharp County Farm Bureau - Paul Higginbottom, Sharp Office Supply, Sharp Realty, Shelter Insurance - Jody Dillard, Sneedo's Custom Hauling, State Representative Michelle Gray, The Lemon Tree Boutique/CSI Certified Appraisers, Tri-County Farm Supply, Triple D Package Store, Triple R Bailbonds, Unimin, Vance Vision/Eagle Mountain Eye Care, Wheelis Dental Clinic, White River Trailer/Precise Solar Power, Williams Equipment, Wolf Creek Realty, Wortham Funeral Home, and WRMC*Photo caption: The 2015 Ozarka College Foundation Golf Tournament championship flight winners, pictured left to right, are Dr. Chris Dietrick, Rusty Campbell, Brian Morris and Justin Burns. They played for Beene's Car Care/Izard County Propane.  


Introduction To Computers Course At Ozarka College - Mammoth Spring
Ozarka College will offer a six-week Introduction to Computers continuing education course, beginning in October.  Topics covered will include Microsoft Windows, Internet search and navigation, saving/managing files on a computer, email, sending attachments, uploading photos, Facebook basics, E-Bay, and Craig's List.The course runs from October 16 through November 20, meeting on Fridays, from 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM.   Tuition is just $25.00 per student, $20.00 for Senior Citizens (ages 60 and up).    Please pre-register for this course by contacting James Spurlock, Director of Ozarka College - Mammoth Spring.  Mr. Spurlock is available by phone at 870.625.0411 or email: jmspurlock@ozarka.edu  


Automotive Service Technician Program At Ozarka College Is Accepting Students
The Ozarka College Automotive Service Technician program is currently accepting applications for new students. Once a student has completed the admissions application, they may register for the Spring 2016 semester as early as November 9, 2015.Students who have already been accepted to Ozarka College, may register for courses and receive assistance applying for financial aid at any of Ozarka College's four campus locations in Melbourne, Ash Flat, Mammoth Spring or Mountain View. Students may also register online through myOzarka at www.ozarka.eduWhen completing the admissions application, students should indicate their intent to complete the Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Automotive Service Technology degree. The Automotive Service Technology program serves the training needs of each student in all areas related to automotive servicing.  Each student will be trained in automotive theory, technical training, and manipulative skills. Students will also upgrade and update their knowledge so that they may enter the workforce and advance in their chosen occupation.For more information about the Automotive Service Technology program, please contact Chris Layne, Ozarka College Automotive Faculty, by calling 870.368.2087 or e-mail: chris.layne@ozarka.edu.


First Community Bank To Be Course Sponsor At Ozarka College Foundation Golf Tournament
First Community Bank, located in Cherokee Village/Highland, Arkansas, has provided a $1,000 sponsorship for the Ozarka College Foundation Golf Tournament in Izard County, and will serve as the 2015 Course Sponsor. The tournament will be a four-person scramble, taking place on October 3, 2015 at Cooper's Hawk Golf Course in Melbourne, Arkansas. The tournament will have a shotgun start at 9:00 a.m., with all proceeds benefiting the students of Ozarka College.The entry fee is $300 per team and includes range balls, golf cart fee, light breakfast, lunch, gift bag, and 18 holes of golf. Mulligans will be available for purchase, $5 each. Awards will be given for longest drive, longest putt, closest to pin, and putting contest. Freedom Ford in Melbourne will also sponsor a hole in one contest, awarding a Ford automobile to the winner.Team entries are being accepted now. To register, please contact Suellen Davidson, Ozarka College Director of Advancement, by calling 870.368.2059 or email: sdavidson@ozarka.eduIn the case of heavy rainfall, team members will be notified and the rain date will be October 4, 2015 at 9:00 a.m.  Photo caption: Fred Holzhauer, First Community Bank Vice President/Commercial Lending, presents sponsorship check for the Ozarka College Foundation Izard County Golf Tournament to Mike Watson, Ozarka College Foundation Board Chair. Pictured with Holzhauer and Watson are employees of First Community Bank. The golf tournament will take place on October 3, 2015 at Cooper's Hawk Golf Course in Melbourne.


Ozarka College Announces The College - Now Scholarship
Ozarka College is pleased to announce a new and unique scholarship opportunity, the Ozarka 'College - Now' scholarship. To be eligible for the College - Now scholarship, high school students are required to take at least four Ozarka College courses during high school. Upon completing the minimum number of courses, maintaining a 2.75 or higher grade point average, and graduating from High School; Ozarka College will waive tuition and fees for the following Fall semester. The tuition and fee waver only applies to the Fall semester directly following an eligible student's high school graduation.Concurrent enrollment courses are college courses completed by students who are still in high school, and who are taking college classes that also meet high school requirements. Examples of these courses include, but are not limited to Composition I and II, College Algebra, American History I and II.Ozarka College offers college credit classes to high school students at a discounted tuition rate of just $50 per credit hour. Students who take the minimum requirement of four Ozarka College courses would invest $600 for tuition. By receiving a full semester tuition and fee free with this extraordinary scholarship opportunity, a student easily saves over $2,000 by attending Ozarka College post high school graduation. In comparison, twenty-four college credit hours at state universities will cost a student more than $6,000.To learn more about the Ozarka 'College - Now' scholarship, please visit our website: collegenow.ozarka.edu or call Ozarka College Department of Admissions at 870.368.2013.


Cooper Selected To Serve On The Ozarka College Foundation Board Of Directors
The Ozarka College Foundation has selected Joey Cooper of Highland, Arkansas to serve on the foundation board of directors. Board members serve a five-year term and work collectively to support the mission of Ozarka College to provide life-changing experiences through education. The Ozarka College Foundation Board encourages participation and volunteerism in a variety of ways, with a priority on fundraising for Scholarships and other student and College needs. In addition, foundation members serve in a public relations capacity to represent Ozarka College in their individual communities.Cooper has a ten-year banking career that started in 2005 with Liberty Bank of Arkansas and he currently serves as an Assistant Vice President Lending Officer at Centennial Bank in Highland. Prior to the start of his banking career, Cooper graduated from Highland High School in 2001 and from Ozarka College in 2003. He has also attended and graduated from numerous banking schools and seminars, including the Arkansas Bankers Commercial Lending School and the Paul Barret Graduate School of Banking at Christian Brothers University in 2010."I am excited about the opportunity I have been given to help provide and gather community support for Ozarka College, " said Cooper.Cooper is active in numerous community and civic activities that includes serving as a Board Member of the Spring River Area Chamber on Commerce, The Tommy Bolt Memorial Board, Member of the 50 for the Future and finally, Board Member of the Woodland Hills Property Association. Joey and wife Megan are the parents of ten-month-old daughter, Maci."I look forward to working with Joey, " said Suellen Davidson, Ozarka College Director of Advancement. "What an exciting opportunity for an Ozarka College alumnus to serve on the Foundation Board and promote the institution that he once attended. "The Ozarka College Foundation, organized in October of 1991, is a not-for-profit tax-exempt, 501(c)3 charitable foundation with all endeavors focusing on expanded educational opportunities for, and service to, the College's students and community.For more information about the Ozarka College Foundation, please contact Suellen Davidson, Ozarka College Director of Advancement, at 870-368-2059 or email: sdavidson@ozarka.edu


Ozarka College Ranks Among The Top In The Nation For Best Community Colleges
A recent national study published by WalletHub has ranked Ozarka College as the 51st best, or top 7.6% percent of all community colleges in the nation. WalletHub compared 670 community colleges in the United States on 17 key metrics ranging from the cost of in-state tuition and fees to student-faculty ratio."Across the board, community colleges are slowly stacking up against their traditional four-year counterparts. Schedule flexibility, rigorous coursework and smaller class sizes supply the majority of their appeal to first-time college entrants as well as to university students choosing to transfer to community colleges - an emerging trend that goes against the usual grain of transitioning from a two-year to a four-year institution, " said Richie Bernardo, author of 2015's Best & Worst Community Colleges.The statistics can be further broken down by cost and financing, classroom experience, education outcomes, and career outcomes. Josh Wilson, Ozarka College Associate Vice President of Institutional Research states, "By this methodology, Ozarka was ranked 15 of 670 on classroom experience. " Thus measured by the following criteria: Active and Collaborative Learning, Student Effort, Academic Challenge, Student-Faculty Interaction, Support for Learners, and Student-to-Faculty Ratio.Active and Collaborative Learning measures students' level of involvement in their own education and participation in team activities/projects, whereas Student Effort measures students' initiative to apply themselves to the learning process. Academic Challenge measures the complexity of courses and amount of work involved, then Student-Faculty Interaction measures the strength of communication and personal relationships between instructors and their students. Support for Learners measures the availability and effectiveness of school-provided support services for students' academic success, and Student-to-Faculty Ratio measures the number of students enrolled in a particular course. Ozarka College has an average ratio of only twelve students to one faculty.Ozarka College President, Dr. Richard Dawe commented, "it is uplifting to see such national recognition for our College. We pride ourselves on being a college that reacts quickly to student and regional workforce needs. Just because we are a small, rural college doesn't prevent us from being transformational and innovative in how we serve students and the communities of northern Arkansas. "


Ozarka College Foundation Presents The Fall Concert
The Ozarka College Foundation will host The Fall Concert, at Ozarka College's Amphitheatre in Mountain View, Arkansas on October 3, 2015.   The event will begin at 7:00 PM and will feature talented musicians: Brad Apple, Gary Rounds, Ken Loggains, Pam Setser, The Cobb Brothers, and Tim Crouch.This powerhouse group of musicians will feature the fiddle, guitar, upright bass, mountain dulcimer, mandolin, percussion, spoons, and great vocals.   Tickets cost just $20 per person and are available for purchase at the following businesses in Mountain View until close of business on Friday, October 2: Ozarka College, Centennial Bank and First Service Bank. Purchasing tickets in advance is strongly recommended, though some will be available at the door an hour before the show starts.  Handicap accessible parking is available; spectators wishing to utilize this parking are encouraged to arrive at the College by taking Meadow View Drive to College Drive. For more information about The Fall Concert, please contact Lindsay Wilson-Galloway, Director of Ozarka College - Mountain View, by calling 870.269.5600 or email: lhgalloway@ozarka.eduIn case of rain, concert will be held in the Kenneth and Janice Sutton Lecture Hall, at Ozarka College in Mountain View.  


Rush Elected Ozarka College Foundation Secretary
Matt Rush has served on the Ozarka College Foundation Board of Directors for the past year and a half. Recently, he was elected to serve a three-year term as Secretary. Matt and his wife, Amber, reside in Melbourne, Arkansas and have two children: Annie and Emma."Being a Grandson of the late State Representative John E. Miller, Matt is no stranger to community service and is very community minded, " said Suellen Davidson, Ozarka College Director of Advancement. "It is certainly a privilege to work with Matt on the Foundation Board. "Matt has earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Management and a Master's degree in Business Administration, both from Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, Arkansas.In 2012, Matt became employed at Bancorp South, where he serves as a loan officer. Prior to that, Matt was part owner of Izard County Abstract where he was a title agent and abstractor.In addition to serving on the Ozarka College Foundation Board, Matt currently serves as President of the Melbourne Industrial Development Committee, is a member of the Lions Club, member of the Horseshoe Bend Chamber of Commerce, and is an active member of First Baptist Church in Melbourne."For me, being a part of the Ozarka College Foundation is an opportunity to help invest in my community, and that's something that I feel very passionate about, " said Rush. "We all have a charge to make our communities better places to live, and by serving on the foundation I get to not only help provide educational opportunities for our community members, but also watch that investment grow exponentially as people become educated and then gainfully employed right here in our hometown. "


Ozarka College Reduces Debt Through Bond Refinancing
The Ozarka College Board of Trustees, working with Crews and Associates, has refinanced existing bonds that reduced the College debt by $545,431.56. By taking advantage of the competitive bond market rates, Ozarka College was able to further enhance their sound financial condition. The bond refinancing allows a cost avoidance to students and taxpayers that will assist with minimizing future tuition increases and further secure existing jobs.Dr. Richard Dawe, Ozarka College President commented, "Although all higher education institutions must maintain some level of debt to maintain and advance key programs and facilities, we recognized this as an important opportunity to reduce annual bond payments without spending the recouped resources. Our aim is to maintain affordable and competitive tuition and programs for our service region in north central Arkansas. "Ozarka feels this is a great example of how to be a good steward of scarce resources as we experience continued flat funding for higher education in Arkansas.    


FNBC Bank Sponsors Ozarka College Foundation Golf Tournament
FNBC Bank will sponsor the Ozarka College Foundation Golf Tournament in Izard County. The tournament will be a four-person scramble, taking place on October 3, 2015 at Cooper's Hawk Golf Course in Melbourne, Arkansas.   The tournament will have a shotgun start at 9:00 a.m., with all proceeds benefiting the students of Ozarka College.The entry fee is $300 per team and includes range balls, golf cart fee, light breakfast, lunch, gift bag, and 18 holes of golf. Mulligans will be available for purchase, $5 each. Awards will be given for longest drive, longest putt, closest to pin, and putting contest. Freedom Ford in Melbourne will also sponsor a hole in one contest, awarding a Ford automobile to the winner.Team entries are being accepted now. To register, please contact Suellen Davidson, Ozarka College Director of Advancement, by calling 870.368.2059 or email: sdavidson@ozarka.eduIn the case of heavy rainfall, team members will be notified and the rain date will be October 4, 2015 at 9:00 a.m.  


Free Storm Spotter Class At Ozarka College - Mountain View
Ozarka College in Mountain View will host a free storm spotting class on Tuesday, September 15, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. If you are interested in severe weather or want to help your local National Weather Service office by reporting severe weather conditions, this is the class for you.The SKYWARN certification class, offered by the Little Rock National Weather Service Weather Forecast office, is free to attend and training materials will be provided.  For more information, please contact Lindsay Galloway, Director of Ozarka College in Mountain View, by phone at 870.269.5600 or email: lhgalloway@ozarka.edu


Setser Elected Ozarka College Foundation Vice Chair
Pam Setser has served on the Ozarka College Foundation Board of Directors for the past four years. Recently, she was elected to serve a three-year term as Vice Chair. Setser and her husband, Vic, reside in Mountain View, Arkansas. They have three children and three grandchildren.Pam is currently employed at Centennial Bank in Mountain View, where she has served as Business Development Officer for eight years.  Prior to joining Centennial Bank, she worked at the Mountain View Telephone Company for 23 years."Education is so important and I am very thankful to have Ozarka College available to students in Stone County and in the Northern Arkansas region, " said Pam. "Having Ozarka College in our community gives so many more students the ability to go to college.  I didn't have the option to attend college locally, when I graduated from Mountain View High School. "Pam has always been very involved in the community, whether through her music or serving on boards. In addition to the Ozarka College Foundation, she has also volunteered her time while serving on the Chamber of Commerce, Committee of 100, Stone County Abuse Prevention, and Stone County Youth Leadership."It is a joy to work with Pam, " said Suellen Davidson, Ozarka College Director of Advancement. "She is community minded and such a great talent; her commitment to the College and our fund-raising efforts is invaluable. "


Ozarka College Board Of Trustees Updates
On August 27, 2015, the Ozarka College Board of Trustees met and appointed new officers; Board of Trustee officers are appointed every two years. Trustee Jack Yancey was appointed Chair, Trustee Ben Cooper, Vice-Chair, and Trustee Dennis Wiles, Secretary.The Appointment of Board of Trustees to serve on the Academic Affairs and Finance committees, and the designation of committee chairs, was also made. The appointed Trustees each serve a two-year term on the committee. The Academic Affairs Committee considers matters concerning academic personnel, programs, faculty and student appeals. Any proposal considered by the Academic Affairs Committee with respect to the College academic program shall have first been reviewed by the Faculty Council and/or Curriculum Committee and the Administrative Council.Appointments for the Academic Affairs Committee included Trustees Jack Yancey, Darla York, and Tim Gammill. Trustee Yancey will serve as Chair of the Academic Affairs Committee.The Finance Committee considers matters concerning the budget, audit report, construction, bond issues, non-academic personnel and staff appeals, contracts, and real and personal property. Trustees Ben Cooper, Dennis Wiles and Ryan Howard were appointed to serve on the Finance Committee. Trustee Cooper will serve as Chair.For more information, please contact Tess Weatherford, Administrative Assistant to the President, at 870.368.2006.    


Watson Elected Ozarka College Foundation Chair
Mike Watson has served on the Ozarka College Foundation Board of Directors for the past three years. Recently, he was elected to serve a three-year term as Chair. Mike and his wife, Lesha, reside in Ash Flat, Arkansas. They have three children: Abbey (and husband, Marcus), Andrew and Will. They are also proud grandparents to Hudson, their grandson."Mike showed tremendous leadership while serving as Co-Chair in our most recent capital campaign, Students at the Center, " said Suellen Davidson, Ozarka College Director of Advancement. "I know that he will continue to inject a great deal of energy in his new roll as Chair of the Foundation Board of Directors. "Mike has owned Mike Watson State Farm Agency, located in Highland, since January 2011. Prior to opening his own business, he coached for twelve years at Melbourne High School. Mike received his Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Central Arkansas and his Master of Science in Education from Arkansas State University.  "My vision for the Ozarka College Foundation is to always promote responsible and effective philanthropy, " said Watson. "I believe we should be viewed as an active board that strives to provide opportunities for our students, while fostering a culture of paying it forward.  If we can get our students, alumni, and the communities we serve to rally around this basic belief, then our efforts as a foundation board will be viewed as a success and we all will reap the benefits. "


Computer Workshops Coming To Ozarka College - Ash Flat
Ozarka College in Ash Flat, Arkansas will host a month long series of computer workshops through their Continuing Education program. The workshops will meet on Friday's, beginning at 9:00 a.m. and ending by 12:00 p.m. The first workshop in the series is scheduled to take place on September 4, 2015.The instructor for, "A Trek Through Tech " workshop series will be Kelly Shell. Shell is currently working on her Bachelor's degree in Information Technology, with a focus on Marketing. "I work with computers and technology every day of my life, " said Shell. "I love to share my experiences of technology with others and really encourage everyone to constantly ask questions and be curious about it. ""A Trek Through Tech " will consist of four different workshops. The cost is $15 for one class, $20 for two classes, or just $25 for all four classes. Dates and topics of each workshop are as follows:  September 4 - Beginning Computers (Basic Computer Concepts, Microsoft Windows, Internet Search and Navigation, E-mail basics, Sending attachments, Uploading photos, Files and storage)September 11 - Intermediate Computers (Microsoft Office Suite, Google Docs, Cleaning, Managing and Problem Solving)September 18 - Smart Phones/Tablets (basics of Android and Apple phones and tablets)September 25 - Social Media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other basics)Space is limited, and pre-registration is required. For more information or to register for "A Trek Through Tech, " please call Ozarka College - Ash Flat at 870.994.7273    


Howard Appointed To Ozarka College Board Of Trustees
Governor Asa Hutchinson recently announced the appointment of Ryan Howard, a lifelong resident of Melbourne, Arkansas, to the Ozarka College Board of Trustees. His seven-year term will expire in 2022.Trustee Howard graduated from Melbourne High School in 1994, then attended Ozarka College and Arkansas State University. In 1998, he graduated from Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, Arkansas, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Finance. In 2000, Howard became employed at Bancorp South, where he is now the Executive Vice President.    "I am very honored to have been appointed to Ozarka's Board of Trustees," said Howard. "Ozarka has been very important to me for most of my life; I grew up just down the street from the Melbourne campus and later attended Ozarka.  I am very excited to now be able to serve an institution that has been so important to me and so many others in the surrounding communities."  In addition to serving on the Ozarka College Board of Trustees, Howard is also currently involved with other community services including Men's Adult Sunday School Teacher and Finance Committee Member at Belview Church, Melbourne Industrial Development Commission, and is a Kevin Wade Johnson Foundation Board Member."Trustee Howard is an outstanding selection to join our dedicated Board of Trustees," said Dr. Richard Dawe, Ozarka College President. "I'm fortunate to report to such a supportive and talented Board and Ryan's appointment will serve to further strengthen our work together!"Trustee Howard has been married to his wife, Vanessa, for nineteen years. The couple has two sons, Rayn (7) and Reed (4).  


FNBC Bank To Sponsor Ozarka College Foundation 5k
Ozarka College Foundation will host a 5K Walk/Run on Saturday, September 5, 2015, with all proceeds benefiting Ozarka College - Mammoth Spring. The race will begin at 7:30 a.m. in the Mammoth Spring State Park, and is taking place in conjunction with Solemn Old Judge Days.An early registration fee will be $20 and registration on race day will be $25. Participants of all skill levels are welcome at this fun event, regardless of speed. Prizes will be awarded to the overall top male and female finishers and the top three finishers in each age/gender category will receive a medal.Registration can be completed online at: https://runsignup.com/Race/AR/MammothSpring/OzarkaCollegeMammothSpring5k as well as in person at Ozarka College - Mammoth Spring, or day of the race. For more information or to get registered, please contact James Spurlock, Director of Ozarka College - Mammoth Spring, by calling 870.625.0411. Questions can also be emailed to: jmspurlock@ozarka.edu    


Free GED Classes Offered At Ozarka College
Work towards obtaining your GED by taking free classes at Ozarka College in Melbourne, Ash Flat, Mammoth Spring, or Mountain View beginning August 17.   Ozarka College's Adult Education program is ADA accessible, EEOC compliant, and disability accommodations are available upon request.Classes meet at Ozarka College in Melbourne on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.   Classes in Ash Flat are on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.   Mammoth Spring and Mountain View both offer classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.Registration is ongoing.   For additional information on free GED classes, please call Ozarka College's Adult Education Department at 800.821.4335, ext. 2051 or in Izard County 870.368.2051.


The Paul Weaver Library Receives Donation
The Paul Weaver Library, located at Ozarka College in Melbourne, Arkansas, recently received a large donation of books and DVD's from an anonymous donor.  Doug Yancey from Cotham & Co. in Highland, Arkansas  was instrumental in getting the items donated and delivered to the college library.  This donation includes over 200 books on various subjects, more than 100 single educational DVD's, and over 50 large sets of educational DVD's on a wide variety of subjects.  All of the donated materials being cataloged into the library collections are recent and relevant publications.  Paul Weaver Library is open to the Ozarka College community, including the public. Their hours of operation include Monday through Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., and Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. If you are interested in becoming a patron of the Library, please contact Mary Ellen Hawkins, Ozarka College Librarian, by calling 870.368.2054.


Ozarka Kids Academy After School Program
Ozarka Kids Academy, at Ozarka College in Melbourne, will offer an after school program, beginning August 17. This program is open to elementary students ages 5-9 years. The cost is $10 per day and the program will be available on days that the elementary schools are in session.Students may be brought to Ozarka Kids Academy after school, or they can be transported by school bus, if they attend Melbourne or Mt. Pleasant Elementary Schools. All students attending Ozarka Kids Academy after school program will need to be picked up at the Kids Academy by 5:15 PM. Students will be served a snack and be offered assistance with their homework.Seating is limited and will be assigned on a first come, first served basis. For more information, please contact Karen Hall, Ozarka College Director of Childcare, at 870.368.7868 or email: khall@ozarka.edu.


FNBC Bank Awards Ozarka College Scholarship
FNBC Bank has announced the recipient of their $1,000, four semesters, Ozarka College scholarship.   The scholarship has been awarded to Ms. Brianna Masson.  "FNBC understands and recognizes the impact receiving higher education can have on someone's life," said FNBC Bank President Marty Sellars. "For our organization, supporting students who strive to ensure better futures for themselves and their families is an easy decision to make. We are honored to be able to provide this assistance to a worthy student on this life-changing journey."Masson is a 2015 graduate of Melbourne High School.   She resides in Zion and plans to major in Teaching.  For more information about this scholarship or other scholarship opportunities, please contact Suellen Davidson, Ozarka College Director of Advancement, by calling 870.368.2059.


Ozarka College Receives Federal Aviation Administration Approval
Ozarka College is pleased to announce that on July 23, 2015 the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approved the Ozarka College Aviation - professional Pilot program. FAA approval was a critical step in the rollout of the new Associate of Science (A.S.) in Professional Pilot - Aviation degree.   Ozarka College will begin with the first class of student pilots during the Fall 2015 semester.Subsequent to FAA approval, Ozarka College received approval on July 24, 2015 from the US Department of Education Federal Student Aid division. This approval will allow students within the degree to apply for federal financial aid under Title IV. The College is now completing the final steps to obtain approval from the Veteran's Affairs Administration to allow veterans within the degree program to use their VA benefits, in addition to federal financial aid.As an FAA approved College, both degree-seeking students and private individuals will be able to complete their flight training with fewer required hours.   "Students can now complete their Private Pilot Certificate with five fewer hours of solo flight time, " said Nick Lenczycki, Ozarka College Director of Aviation. "This saves every student nearly six hundred dollars. "Dr. Richard Dawe, Ozarka President, commented, "This exciting new aviation program will provide students the opportunity to pursue a new career track that can lead to strong pay, world travel, and the ability to live where they were raised if they choose to stay close to home. "Ozarka College recently announced two endowed scholarship for students of the new Aviation Program from the late Gwenn A. Lea.   These scholarships, endowed at $20,000 each, are for students who have declared their major as Professional Pilot - Aviation at Ozarka College, to use for lab (flight) fees. Each scholarship recipient will be awarded $500 per semester, beginning in the Spring semester of the 2016 academic school year. There are many other scholarship opportunities available for Ozarka student pilots and those enrolled in other programs.Ozarka College has acquired a Cessna Skyhawk 172 and a Redbird LD Advanced Aviation Training Device (AATD) in preparation for the first cohort of students. The College is continuing to grow its fleet of aircraft to support the program.   Lenczycki stated that the Cessna Skyhawk is an ideal training platform with a proven safety record. "The Redbird LD accurately represents the training aircraft in almost every respect and serves as an economical way for students to practice a whole range of skills. "It's a great time to be thinking about aviation. The pilot shortage that exists makes it a perfect time to begin a career in aviation. For those who are on the fence, the College offers discovery flights. These flights last about thirty minutes and students have a chance to fly an airplane and see what aviation is all about. Discovery flights are available for $75.00.For more information about the A.S. in Professional Pilot - Aviation, flight training, discovery flights, or to apply for the Gwenn Lea Memorial Aviation Scholarships, please contact Nick Lenczycki, Ozarka College Director of Aviation, at 870.368.7926.  


Wilson Family To Fund Ozarka College Scholarships
Ozarka College is pleased to announce two new scholarships that will be awarded beginning the Fall semester of 2015. Donors, Josh and Courtney Wilson of Calico Rock, will fund two $500 scholarships, annually. Each recipient will receive $250 during the Fall semester and $250 during the following Spring semester.Josh Wilson is the Associate Vice President of Planning and Institutional Research at Ozarka College and Courtney Wilson is the District Treasurer at Calico Rock Schools. They wish to fund these scholarships in recognition of the respective honorees' sacrifices made to their small communities and their years of dedication to educating young minds.The first scholarship will be named the David and Phyllis Wilson Honorary Scholarship, in honor of Josh's parents' years of service in education.David graduated with degrees in Mathematics from the University of Arkansas and obtained the equivalent of a specialist degree in Public School Administration.He taught high school mathematics for 28 years and spent 11 years in administration. Mr. Wilson was serious when it came to teaching mathematics. Later his serious nature in the classroom bled over into his work as superintendent, leading the largest expansion and one of the most prosperous eras in the history of the Calico Rock School District.Phyllis graduated with degrees in Business Ed., English, and Educational Media/Library Science from the University of Central Arkansas and obtained an elementary principal certification.   She spent 22 years in the classroom and was an elementary principal for 7 years.  Mrs. Wilson was also a go-getter in the classroom and the library, and she too, was serious about education. Most notably, Mrs. Wilson was responsible for the first comprehensive technology roll out for Norfork schools in the 1990s and later as principal, she ushered in a new era in academic excellence at Norfork's Arrie Goforth Elementary in the early 21st century.The second scholarship will be named the Dixie Wayne Anderson Memorial Scholarship, in loving memory of Courtney's grandmother, for her years of dedicated service to Texas education and her true passion for teaching. The late Mrs. Anderson was a 1952 graduate of North Texas State College, now known as University of North Texas. She taught first grade for over 35 years at Valwood Elementary in Farmers Branch, TX and was a Lifetime Member of the Parent-Teacher Association. For many years, Mrs. Anderson also taught Sunday school for her church. Upon her passing in 2010, many of her students shared stories about Mrs. Anderson and how she changed their lives.Both scholarship awards shall benefit students that are not only committed to their studies, but also show an interest in public service or contributing to the field of education. To apply, students must be a traditional student, a Calico Rock High School graduate, and have a 3.0 or higher GPA. Education majors will receive first preference, but not required.For more information, please contact Suellen Davidson, Ozarka College Director of Advancement by calling 870.368.2059.


Ozarka College Trio Student Support Services Grant Funded
On July 14, 2015, Ozarka College received notification that the current TRiO Student Support Services federal grant was funded for an additional five years. Through this federally funded grant program, Ozarka College offers services for many of its students. TRiO Student Support Services (SSS) provides academic, financial and personal support to eligible students at Ozarka College to assist them with their educational endeavors.The services offered by Ozarka College's SSS program include the following: academic advising, academic coaching, financial and economic literacy assistance, information on chosen educational major and career choices, aptitude and interest inventories, transfer scholarship information, tours of four-year colleges and universities, help with admissions, financial aid and faculty advisors at other institutions, individual and group peer tutoring, technology training, informational workshops, and cultural events and trips.  Eligibility for SSS is established through the U.S. Department of Education. Students applying for the program must meet one of the following qualifications: meet low-income guidelines, be a first-generation college student, or be an individual with a documented disability. Program participants must also be pursing an associate's degree, be enrolled in a transferrable program, or working toward an eventual four-year degree.   Additionally, participants must be a U.S. citizen or meet residency requirements.Ozarka College currently has four staff members in the SSS Department. Deltha Shell is the Program Director, Tracy Cone is the Academic Services Coordinator, Bryan Jeffery is the Transfer Specialist, and Shelia Titus is the Administrative Assistant. They have offices located at each of Ozarka College's four campus locations in Melbourne, Ash Flat, Mammoth Spring and Mountain View. On the Melbourne campus, the SSS Department is housed in the new Student Services Center, located in the heart of campus. Additionally, the program employs several part-time peer and professional tutors who provide academic and study skill assistance to participants. The SSS department has several activities planned for this academic year including leadership training, student panel discussion, financial literacy programming, several transfer trips, and a variety of cultural events. Currently, SSS is processing new applicants. Any Ozarka College student who meets the eligibility requirements is encouraged to apply. For more information, please call TRiO Student Support Services at 870.368.2036 or email: trio@ozarka.edu


Dr. Keith Mcclanahan Named Ozarka College Provost And Executive Vice President Of Learning
Ozarka College is pleased to announce the hiring of Dr. Keith McClanahan as the Provost and Executive Vice President of Learning. Dr. McClanahan comes to Ozarka College from Arkansas State University-Beebe, where he most recently served as the Director of Advanced Technology and Allied Health. Dr. McClanahan began his service at ASU-Beebe in 1995 as the Industrial Relations Coordinator and Director of Economic Development and served in a wide variety of other positions prior to assuming his most recent position at Beebe.  "We are very excited to welcome Dr. McClanahan, " said Dr. Richard Dawe, Ozarka College President. "He is a seasoned academic leader, native to Arkansas and very well respected across the state. His engaging style and leadership experience will be key to advancing Ozarka College as we serve the region's students. "Dr. McClanahan is a first generation college graduate from the Arkansas Delta, who recognized that education is the key to economic improvement for individuals and for the communities they serve. He has a variety of teaching experiences at both four-year and two-year institutions of higher education. Dr. McClanahan taught Electrical Engineering and Systems Engineering at the U.S. Naval Academy, Electronics Technology and Manufacturing and Processes at ASU-Beebe, and Manufacturing and Processes for ASU-Jonesboro students in the BS Technology program with CADD emphasis.  Dr. McClanahan earned his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Mississippi and his Specialist degree in Community College Teaching and his Doctoral degree in Educational Leadership from Arkansas State University.   Before joining ASU-Beebe, Dr. McClanahan was the maintenance supervisor for Bryce Corporation, an industrial manufacturing facility in Searcy. He also served in the U.S. Marine Corps enlisting as a Private and later earned a commission and retired at the rank of Major.


Ozarka College Foundation Scholarships Announced
The Ozarka College Foundation is pleased to announce recipients of several $500 scholarships. These scholarships will be awarded as $250 in the fall 2015 semester and $250 in the spring 2016 semester.    "Donors play a vital role in the support and success of our students, " said Suellen Davidson, Ozarka College Director of Advancement. "Each endowed scholarship is important not only to the person or persons that establish this lasting memorial, but also to the student that receives the scholarship. "Jordon Williams of Calico Rock has received the Charles Cheatham Memorial scholarship and Amanda Hutchins of Oxford is the recipient of the Coy Ferguson Memorial scholarship. The Dan "Wally " Pittman scholarships have been awarded to Racheal Webb of Mammoth Spring and LeAlyson Bailey of Cherokee Village. Seth Stapleton of Wideman has received the Harry Powell and Velma Fudge Dixon Memorial Scholarship and Leah Hutchinson of Cherokee Village has received the James Fenton Memorial scholarship.The Jean Jennings Memorial scholarships have been awarded to Kristen Tratham of Mountain View and Justine Villanueva of Timbo. Brianna Jenne of Mammoth Spring has received the JoKay Smith Memorial scholarship and Alex Lyons of Mountain View has received the Netta Gilbert Memorial scholarship. Hunter Schreurs of Hardy is the recipient of the Orvis and Lilbern Farris-Nix scholarship.The Ozarka Family scholarships have been awarded to Jennifer Baldridge of Thayer, MO and Dominque Faulkner of Horseshoe Bend. Rebecca Guthrie of Melbourne has been awarded the Paul and Treva Miller scholarship and Paige Grimes of Thayer, MO has received the Tom Dawe, Jr. Memorial scholarship. The Tri-County Hospice scholarships have been awarded to Rebecca Sinclair of Ash Flat and Sarah Carey of West Plains, MO.Additional scholarship recipients will be released soon.


Gwenn Lea Memorial Aviation Scholarships Available At Ozarka College
After receiving a $50,000 donation from the late Gwenn A. Lea, Ozarka College has designated a portion of this gift for endowment scholarships that will benefit students in the new Aviation Program. Ms. Lea, who was from Horseshoe Bend, Arkansas, passed away on March 1, 2015 and left funds to the College for scholarship purposes.Ozarka College will offer two scholarships, endowed at $10,000 each, for students who have declared their major as Professional Pilot - Aviation at Ozarka College, to use for lab (flight) fees. Each scholarship recipient will be awarded $500 per semester, beginning in the Spring semester of the 2016 academic school year.The deadline to apply for each of the Gwenn Lea Memorial Aviation Scholarships is October 1, 2015. To apply for the Gwenn Lea Memorial Aviation Scholarships or for more information about enrolling as a student pilot in the Ozarka College Aviation program, please contact Nick Lenczycki, Ozarka College Director of Aviation, at 870.368.7926 or email: nick.lenczycki@ozarka.edu


Registration For Certified Nursing Assistant Classes At Ozarka College Has Opened
Ozarka College is currently accepting enrollment for the Basic Health Skills course, catered to Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA).   This course is for college credit and available at each of our four campus locations: Melbourne, Ash Flat, Mammoth Spring, and Mountain View.  Basic Health Skills is a nine-week course that meets two times per week, beginning in August. Students should select the Technical Certificate for Health Professions, when submitting their admissions application. Completion of Ozarka's CNA course increases students' competitiveness for entrance into the LPN program.Financial Aid is available to students who qualify. For more information about the Basic Health Skills class or the CNA program, please contact: Tamra Bevill, Ozarka College CNA Coordinator, at 870.368.2079 or email: tbevill@ozarka.edu. Dawn Smith, Ozarka College Allied Health Instructor, may also be of assistance; please call 870.368.2044 or email: dawn.fedor@ozarka.edu


Ozarka College Announces Agreement With Uca
Ozarka College has finalized two-plus-two articulation agreements with the University of Central Arkansas (UCA), and is pleased to announce that the Associate of Science in Business will now transfer seamlessly into 16 Bachelor Degrees at UCA. The two-plus-two articulation agreements detail the specific set of courses that a student can take at Ozarka College to earn the Associate of Science in Business degree. UCA then guarantees to accept the successful completion of the AS -B degree as fulfillment of the first two years of a specified Baccalaureate degree program at UCA.Ozarka College students completing requirements for the Associate of Science in Business may apply to UCA to complete a bachelor degree program in the following Bachelor of Business Administration in Management, BBA in Marketing (Supply Chain Management), BBA in Marketing, BBA in MIS (Business Analysis Concentration), BBA in MIS (Application Development, E-Commerce), BBA in MIS (Application Development, GIS), BBA in MIS (Networking Concentration), BBA in MIS (Application Development, Programmer Analyst), BBA in Accounting, BBA in Business Administration, BBA in Economics (International Trade), BBA in Finance, BBA in Innovation & Entrepreneurship, BBA in Insurance & Risk Management (PFP), BBA in Insurance & Risk Management or BBA in Management (Supply Chain Management).For more information, please contact Kathryn Langston, Ozarka College Division Chairperson by phone: 870.368.2083 or email: klangston@ozarka.edu    Additional information can also be found through UCA by visiting their website: uca.edu/2plus2


Ozarka College Offers Flight Training
Ozarka College is pleased to announce that the College will begin offering flight training at the Melbourne Municipal Airport on July 1, 2015.   This training is being offered as the College begins the rollout of a new Associate's Degree in Professional Pilot - Aviation.   The inaugural cohort is anticipated to begin during the fall 2015 semester."Individuals can now train with Ozarka College to earn an FAA Private Pilot Certificate, " said Nick Lenczycki, Ozarka College Director of Aviation.  "This is the identical training that students will receive as part of the degree program using the exact same equipment. "Ozarka College recently acquired a Cessna Skyhawk 172 and a Redbird LD Advanced Aviation Training Device.   The Redbird LD accurately represents the training aircraft in almost every respect and serves as an economical way for students to practice a whole range of skills."For those that are on the fence, the College also offers discovery flights, " said Lenczycki.   "These flights last about thirty minutes and students have a chance to fly an airplane and see what aviation is all about. "   Discovery flights cost $75.00.The Aviation Program continues to work toward FAA approval as a flight school under 14 CFR Part 141.   Once approved, both degree students and private individuals will be able to complete their training with fewer required hours.   "Because students can complete their Private Pilot Certificate with five less hours of solo flight time, becoming an approved flight school will save each student almost six hundred dollars, " said Lenczycki.For more information about flight training at Ozarka College, the Aviation Program, or to arrange a discovery flight, please contact Nick Lenczycki, Ozarka College Director of Aviation, at 870.368.7926.


Ozarka College Presented At Higher Learning Commission
Ozarka College accepted an invitation to showcase their successes at the Higher Learning Commission's National Assessment Academy conference in St. Charles, Illinois.  On June 4, 2015, Dr. Dennis Rittle, Provost and Executive Vice President of Learning, Chris Lorch, Associate Vice President of Academics, Josh Wilson, Associate Vice President of Planning and Institutional Research, and Candace Killian, Director of Distance Learning, Advisement and Placement, showcased the College's innovative transition from a teaching college to a learning college.During their presentation, titled Assessment and Effectiveness at Ozarka College, the presenters shared the story of the four-year journey in which the College advanced the level and quality of its assessment practices.   Reflecting on challenges as well as highlighting the College's advances, the presentation detailed how the transition has fostered cutting-edge student success techniques and best practices in measuring performance in assessment and effectiveness.Approximately seventy-five college leaders and scholars from across the country attended the College's presentation. Among those in attendance, the senior scholar for the Assessment Academy commented on Ozarka's presentation as being one of the finest he's seen in his many years with the academy."Sharing the successful journey of Ozarka College with my fellow colleagues was one of the chief highlights of this year, " said Dr. Dennis Rittle. "We were overwhelmed by the heightened interest of our colleagues across the country regarding how they may replicate the work we've achieved here at Ozarka. "  


Lunch And Learn Series At Ozarka College - Mountain View
The Stone County Extension Office has partnered with Ozarka College to offer a series of Lunch and Learn sessions that began on June 8, 2015. These sessions will continue to meet on Mondays through July 13, from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM in room 121 at Ozarka College in Mountain View, Arkansas.The Stone County Extension office provides lunch, handouts, supplies and materials. To help cover the cost of food and supplies each session will cost five dollars. All checks will need to be made payable to the U of A. Participants do not have to attend all meetings, but everyone must register by the Friday prior to each session.For more information or to pre-register for the Lunch and Learn series offered at Ozarka College, please contact Rachel Chaney, Family and Consumer Science County Extension Agent, at 870-269-3336 or stop by the Stone County Extension office at 205 Martin St, Mountain View, AR 72560.The remaining Lunch and Learn series includes the following sessions:Green Cleaning - June 29Freezer Meals - July 6    Family History and Records - July 13  


Apnf Funds Ozarka College Nursing Tuition Stipends
With support from the Arkansas Partnering for Nursing's Future (APNF) grant, Ozarka College awarded  twelve students in the LPN program at Ozarka College - Mammoth Spring $1,000 tuition stipends for the summer term. 100% of the LPN students enrolled in this summer term, at Mammoth Spring, received this award; that's $12,000 awarded in just one term! The summer tuition stipends mark the third round of student support funds for Ozarka College LPN students through the APNF grant, an initiative providing direct tuition support for more than 70 LPN students since summer 2013.    The Arkansas Partnership for Nursing's Future (APNF) is a partnership between the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services (DWS), the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) and participating four-year institutions, and the Arkansas Community Colleges (ACC) and participating two-year institutions.Regarding ACC and participating two-year institutions, the primary goals include increasing distance delivery opportunities for Licensed Practical Nursing and Associate Degree in Nursing students and increasing the number of students matriculated into CNA, LPN, and RN programs by spring 2016."The APNF initiative enabled the College to accelerate its presence and offerings at the Mammoth Spring location, " said Joshua Wilson, Ozarka College AVP for Planning and IR.   "As the grant was designed to support LPN program expansion, the College was quickly poised to capitalize on the funding opportunity to advance nursing education in Fulton, Oregon and Howell Counties, a historically underserved market. "


Withers Attends The Governor's Scholastic Honors Day
Ozarka College was pleased to accept an invitation from the Governor and Mrs. Asa Hutchison to the Governor's Scholastic Honors Day. The Scholastic Honors Day was held on May 2, 2015 at the Governor's Mansion in Little Rock. Attending on behalf of Ozarka College was  Dalton Withers, President of Ozarka College's Student Government Association. Making the trip with him was Ron Helm, Vice President of Student Services."Scholastic Honors Day recognizes high-performing students in our state," said Beth Thompson, Deputy Director of Scheduling for the Office of Governor Asa Hutchison. Each high school, within the state of Arkansas, was invited to send two academically top-performing seniors. Additionally, each public-and-private higher education institution was invited to send one college student to participate as an ambassador.Thompson stated that, "Having student ambassadors from Arkansas colleges at this event gives these college-bound seniors a chance to ask questions and make new friends.""Attending this event was a very pleasurable experience for both myself and other students in attendance, " said Withers. "It was an honor to be able to represent Ozarka College; I appreciate the level of support and confidence I received from the Faculty while entrusting me to go and represent. "


Herrington Family Donates $10,000 To The Ozarka College Capital Campaign
The Mark Herrington family has committed $10,000 to the Ozarka College Student Services Center Capital Campaign. Their contribution will pay to furnish the student conference room, located in the new Student Services Center, on the Melbourne Campus.Mark Herrington, pharmacist and owner of Mark's Pharmacy in Melbourne, has been an Izard county business owner since 1996. In 2011, he was selected to serve on the Ozarka College Foundation Board, where he presently serves as a board member.Time spent with Jeannie Hudspeth and their blended family is of great importance to Mark. The whole family enjoys going to dirt track races and fishing on the beautiful White River. All together, Herrington and Hudspeth have six children including Austin (20), Lucian (18), Jackson (16), Rori Beth (12), Josey (12), and Zadey (10).    "I love my community and support anything I can do to help my community, " said Herrington. "My grandparents were loyal to their family and it is my hope that I can instill this value into my children. "A ribbon cutting ceremony for the Student Services Center was held on January 29, 2015. The Student Services Center houses the Ozarka College student services, two community meeting rooms, a Caf`, computer lab, video teleconferencing center, and so much more. Many of these areas are available for public use, and business and industry partners are encouraged to utilize the state of the art technology and conference spaces."Mark and his family are committed to higher education and Ozarka College, " said Dr. Richard Dawe, Ozarka College President. "Their generosity and support sets a strong example for others to follow and is deeply appreciated by the Ozarka College community and our students! "The "Students at the Center " capital campaign is a bold step to raise the quality of educational and student support services at Ozarka College to new heights. The campaign will help ensure student success and will enhance the campus to create a more community-centered learning environment.  For more information about giving opportunities to the "Students at the Center " capital campaign, please contact Suellen Davidson, Director of Advancement, at 870.368.2059 or sdavidson@ozarka.eduThe Ozarka College Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization and all donations are tax deductible on itemized tax forms.


Ozarka College Announces Area Graduates For 2014-2015
Ozarka College hosted the 2014-2015 Commencement on Saturday, May 9, 2015 in the John E. Miller Auditorium. Congressman Rick Crawford delivered the Commencement address to graduates and their guests. He congratulated all graduates for their accomplishment, especially recognizing those who are first generation college graduates, and graduates who are veterans.Students completing their studies with an overall grade point average of 3.75 or higher in an associate degree program are designated as graduating Magna Cum Laude. Achieving this recognition are the following students:  Alex J. Soulard, Billie Jo Wolford, Brittnee R. Donaldson, Calvin Brent Everett, Chelsea Vines, Cheryl A. Landry, Christa Gail Spickes,  Christina Worsham,  Chrystal Ann Barnett, Cinda Pike, Cody L. De La Paz,  Darla Richardson,  Dorothy J. Hall, Elizabeth Mercy Anderson, Gregory Luke Willis, Hannah Teague, Isabel Marie Dodds, Jacob P. Shuler, James L. Tackett, Jennifer M. Finley, Jessica LeAnn Prescott, Jessica S. Holowell, Karen E. Payne, Kasey R. Hendrix, Kierra L. Witting, Kristen Kelly Soraci, Lindsay P. Mcgowan, Madison Bailey Gree, May Taylor-Brown, Melinda A. Manning, Michael John Hellesvig, Paula J. Stewart, Philip Charles Shuler, Rachel Ann Sutton, Robert Alan Watts, Roberta F. Sutton, Samantha D. Clements, Samuel W. Spann, Sharon Luck Joslin, Shawnette Kimble, Shonna Marie Arnold, Susan Adkins-Williams, Tiffani Eatherton,  Tina Renee Fletcher Boris and  Vicki Lynn Huskey-Mann.Students graduating Cum Laude (with a GPA of 3.50 to 3.74) in an Associate degree program are as follows:  Amy Jean Tavares, Andrea Pate, Angela Gail Maynard, Chef Connie P. Wilson, Christopher Mosley, Deborah A. Mullins, Debra L. Pittman, Emily Ragsdale, Janice F. Davis, Jessica J. Folyer, John R. Fitzgerald, Katherine E. Long, Kelli R. Dunegan, Kelsey L. Hopper, Kimber Cheyenne Murray, Kimberly Pauline Fossler, Kristin Montgomery, LeAndra LaBorde, Maegan L. Mcclure, Matthew C.D. Pitts, Megan R. Welch, Melanie Kay Bradford, Morgan B. Bray, Morgan E. Winston, Nicole R. Amaya, Paula Elizabeth Marshall, Rebecca Younce, Samuel A. Cobb, Savannah N. Phillips, Shannon Rayleen Cochran and  Tayler B. Wade.Additional graduates who earned their diploma in an Associate degree program include the following:  Alicia R. Hicks,  Alison Wallace Parks,  Amanda L. Kirk,  Amanda N. Everett,  Amber N. White,  Amy D. Abney,  Andrea Phroper,  Andrew Scott Wight,  Angela C. Lewis,  Angela Leann Ivie,  Annah N. Campbell,  April Odum Dean,  Ashley N. Sherrell,  Brian C. Kever,  Brittany E. Ramsey,  Brody Arnold,  Brooke Mooneyhan,  Caleb Matthew Robbins,  Casey Leigh Morris,  Cathy Susan Ramsey Kramer,  Chantel R. Jelks-Pitcock,  Chasity D. Chapps,  Christa D. Free,  Christie M. Miller,  Christina L. Sirian,  Christine E. Stone,  Christine M. Cunningham,  Christopher L. Avey,  Cindy M. Bryant,  Courtney R. Moffett,  Dana L. Lilley,  Daphne Travelstead,  Denise Rose Diffey,  Donna L. Biggs,  Dylan Vaughn Biard,  Erika D. Holland,  Floyd W. Hoke II,  Gabriel Dale Sandefur,  Haley Ryan French,  Hannah Christine Rice,  Heather S. Ford,  Hope Renee Broyles,  Isaac W. Push,  Jackie Linda Conrad,  Jamie Lynn Brown,  Janet VanWinkle,  Jillian Rachel Johnston,  Joshua Duncan Holland,  Kaitlynn R. Wiles,  Kasiaha K. Foley,  Kathaleen Louise Johnson,  Keisha L. Lovell,  Keith Lewayne Britton,  Kevin Day,  Kim Smith,  Lacy J. Garrett,  Luke T. Johnson,  Madison R. Sims,  Maggie Alicia Roberts,  Mary A. Lee,  Mary Beth Lee,  Mary D. Thrasher,  Mary Welch,  Megan D. Walls,  Megan M. Burton,  Megan Watson,  Melissa Ann Richey,  Michele A. Eaton,  Mika F. Alexander,  Misty Suzanne Jeffery,  Mona A. Wirebaugh,  Morgan Danielle Burcham,  Morgan Lee Woodard,  Morgan N. Vines,  Nicki A. Wilson,  Nyesha Traynee Smith,  Phillip W. Southern,  Rachel D. Day,  Renee Chambers,  Roxanne S. Byram,  Samantha L. Mcnealy,  Samantha N. Redd,  Sandra Gonzalez,  Sarah E. Sexton,  Sarah Riojas,  Shannon L. Keas,  Shauna L. Rushing,  Shawna R. Solimine,  Sierra Leigh Smoot,  Tamara Haddock,  Taylor R. Finely,  Terrill D. Martin,  Tiffany Nicole Presley,  Travis Treadway,  Victoria E. Sutherland,  Wesley R. Bunting,  William Thomas Gilberson, and  Willow Rebekah Sullivan      Graduates who earned a Certificate of Proficiency in their program of study include the following:  Amanda C. Voegeli,  Amanda D. Coffell,  Amanda G. Cary,  Amanda L. Kirk,  Amber N. White,  Amy L. Sartin,  Angela Gail Maynard,  Anice M. Fuller,  April D. Jacobson,  April D. Long,  April D. Schamel,  Ariahna E. Ward,  Ashlie Turner,  Bailey M. Barnes,  Beth L. Gladden,  Blake E. Cruz,  Bradon C. Verser,  Brandi D. Conner,  Brandi N. Sweet,  Brianna M. Lunsford,  Brianna Masson,  Brittney N. Roem,  Caitlyn E. Linkous,  Cathy Susan Ramsey Kramer,  Catina J. Tewksbury,  Chasity D. Chapps,  Cheyenne C. Comstock,  Cortney D. Lane,  Dakota L. Teague,  David J. King,  Dawn Michelle Boddie,  Debra L. Pittman,  Deirdra Jean Vester,  Denise Rose Diffey,  Dennis J. Tiernan,  Destiny M. Norwood,  Dorothy J. Hall,  Douglas E. Burke,  Elizabeth E. Genschoreck,  Elizabeth M. Wells,  Emilie F. Booker,  Emma M. Bishop,  Emma M. Cooper,  Hannah T. Smith,  Heather D. Watson,  Heather M. Chafin,  Heather N. Sprouse,  Holly G. Stevens,  Isaac H. Haddock,  Jaclyn G. Marlin,  Jacob A. Denny,  Jeanetta M. Anderson,  Jenerose B. Powell,  Jennifer Hintson,  Jennifer L. Sisk,  Jeremy L. Ackerman,  John J. Burns,  Joni A. Tharp,  Julie A. Richards,  Julie L. Farris,  Justin G. Burrow,  Justin W. Smith,  Kaitlyn A. Barnes,  Kaitlyn L. Haney,  Kara D. Whited,  Kasey R. Hendrix,  Kathryn E. Hayes,  Kathryn L. Marrs,  Katie Elizabeth Presser,  Kayla M. Cooper,  Kelly D. Blair,  Kelsey L. Hopper,  Kimberly D. Welch,  Kirk W. Craiglow,  Koty S. Jones,  Kurt T. Bratcher,  Kyrsten D. Grayling,  LaManda G. Young,  Laura Geiger,  LeAndra LaBorde,  Leanne N. Yielding,  Linda J. Hutchins,  Lindsay P. Mcgowan,  Lisa M. Brooks,  Luz A. Oliva,  Lynn C. Johnson,  Mackenzie L. Baum,  Mary H. Sipe,  Meagen A. Sparks,  Meegan A. Mcdougall,  Mercedes A. Kent,  Michael W. Roe,  Michelle R. Hutson,  Nichole L. Kellems,  Orielle D. Angotti,  Paul A. Stewart,  Paul J. Best,  Rabecca S. Faver,  Rainee C. Mills,  Raven R. Richards,  Rica D. Dava,  Robert K. Caston,  Robyn L. Ratliff,  Ruth E. French,  Samantha D. Clements,  Sarah Riojas,  Sasha N. Brewer,  Savannah E. Hall,  Savannah N. Phillips,  Shane R. Van Dyk,  Sharie L. Kipfer,  Sheila J. Hendricks,  Shelbi L. Gilbert,  Shelby M. Brokaw,  Stephanie D. Baker,  Sydney L. Himschoot,  Tamara Haddock,  Tammy R. Felton,  Tammy S. Key,  Tayhlor J. Adams,  Tera Goodman,  Thomas L. Ross,  Tiffany J. Bowles,  Tori Lee,  Vennessa A. Lyons,  Vickie M. Blake,  Whitney A. Buatte,  Whitney M. Mendoza and  Zachery M. ThielmanGraduates who earned a Technical Certificate in their program of study include the following:  Alyssa D. Fountain,  Ann Elizabeth Jones Wynn,  Ashley F. Williams,  Ashley M. Smith,  Ashley Peek,  Ashlie Turner,  Benita Kay Stewart,  Braxton M. Henderson,  Brittany A. Adcock,  Brooke Mooneyhan,  Candice L. Hill,  Candice M. Bruyette,  Chasity D. Chapps,  Chelsey D. Smart,  Christi A. Reed,  Cinda Pike,  Cody L. De La Paz,  Crystal L. Astle,  Daniel A. Fulcher,  Danielle Lee Duncan,  Dylan Harris,  Emily Thornton,  Floyd W. Hoke II,  Gary D. Green,  Heidi Barnett,  Hope M. Mccomas,  Jamie Lynn Brown,  Jared D. Lester,  Jennyfer Lynn Partee,  Jeremy L. Wess,  Jessica J. Folyer,  Jessica L. Sutton,  Jessica M. Cubillas,  Joy D. Taylor,  Joyce L. Sandefur,  Kelly Neal Ronquille,  Kenneth G. Crow,  Kimberly Ashley Clouse,  Kristen Kelly Soraci,  Larry M. Sharp,  Laura Geiger,  Lindsey Nicole McHalffey,  Lisa M. Henry,  Mary D. Thrasher,  Mathew J. Cox,  May Taylor-Brown,  Melissa J. Cross,  Mistye Sisk,  Monica Bernadette Day,  Paula E. VanSlyke,  Regina Corter,  Robert M. Butler,  Roberta F. Sutton,  Royce F. Boyd,  Russell R. Thompson,  Sarah Elizabeth Brewer,  Shannon Rayleen Cochran,  Shawna N. Jorgensen,  Shelia Denise Roberts,  Shyannia Smoot,  Stephanie Heather Robertson,  Stephanie M. Reynolds,  Stevie Wilson,  Tammy L. Knapp,  Terrill D. Martin,  Tiffany J. Taylor,  Tina Sue Maguffee,  Tonya M. Elms,  Travis Treadway,  Victoria Rush and  Whittany M. DockinsOzarka College congratulates all of these graduates and encourages anyone who is interested in pursuing post-secondary education to contact the Admissions Department by calling 1.800.821.4335 or visit us on the web at www.ozarka.edu      


Ozarka College To Host Farewell For Rittle
Ozarka College will host a farewell for Dr. Dennis C. Rittle, Ozarka College Provost and Executive Vice President of Learning, on June 18, 2015. Colleagues, family and friends are invited to join us for cake and punch, beginning at 10:00 a.m., in the Student Services Center in Melbourne, Arkansas.Dr. Rittle and his family have plans to return to their home state of Kansas, where he has accepted a position as President at Cowley College. Ozarka College wishes Dr. Rittle much success in his new position!


Ozarka College Donates To Relay For Life
 Ozarka College would like to thank the community for supporting their event, "Grillin' for a Cure," which took place on May 13, 2015. Ozarka employees purchased the supplies for cheeseburger meals and volunteered their time to prepare and deliver them to area businesses that placed orders. Ozarka employees also participated in a "Jeans on Thursdays " fundraiser, hosted a silent auction and accepted monetary donations on behalf of the American Cancer Society (ACS) and the Izard County Relay For Life.On May 27, Ozarka College presented a check in the amount of $2,540.05 to ACS. The Izard County Relay For Life was held at the Izard County Fairgrounds in Melbourne, on June 5. For more information about the American Cancer Society and other Relay For Life events, please contact ACS Community Representative, Whitney Rodgers, by calling 879.421.6789.  


Fulbright Receives Faculty Of The Year From Ozarka College
Joanna Fulbright, Ozarka College English Instructor, has received the 2015 Faculty of the Year award. Fulbright, who has been teaching at Ozarka College since the fall semester of 2001, was also a recipient of this award in 2009."I always like to try new things. This semester, I tried a new way of giving students feedback, " said Fulbright. "After students submitted their rough drafts, I read each paper and returned an audio file with comments and suggestions. After listening to the file, students edited as they chose and submitted the final draft for grading. " Fulbright would then grade the papers on an iPad, using different colors for different types of comments.  Fulbright also uses video presentation software, both to provide instructional videos and to enable students to showcase their own online presentations. She has been intrigued by the responsiveness of her students to various instructional techniques.  "Joanna continues to seek innovative ways to teach students writing skills, " said Chris Lorch, Ozarka College Associate Vice President of Academics. "Her election as faculty of the year is a testament to the effectiveness of her efforts. ""Students want to learn. As educators, we have to find as many ways as possible to reach them, " Fulbright adds.When she's not in the classroom, Joanna Fulbright enjoys spending time with her family. She and her husband, Marty, have two children: Carson and Clayton.   The family enjoys geocaching and is active with their local 4-H club.


Successful Spring Gala Hosted By Ozarka College Foundation
Despite having to postpone due to severe weather threats, the Ozarka College Foundation's Spring Gala was a huge success. The 2015 Spring Gala took place on April 30, in the FNBC Student Commons Area of the Student Services Center, at Ozarka College in Melbourne, Arkansas.  This year's theme was, "Celebrating 40 Years Strong! " and the presenting sponsor was Centennial Bank.   Dr. Richard Dawe, Ozarka College President, welcomed the crowd of more than 250 attendees and spoke about the College's forty years in Higher Education. Dr. Dennis Rittle, Ozarka College Provost and Executive Vice President of Learning, offered a blessing prior to attendees enjoying a steak dinner, prepared by Ozarka College's culinary arts department.After guests were served a wonderful meal, Foundation Board Member, Matt Rush, honored an original Ozarka College student, Ms. Bonnie Dawe. He paid tribute to her successes in life and painted a picture of what it was like to be an Ozarka student forty years ago. He then introduced current Ozarka College student speakers, Courtney Lock and Jacob Shuler.Lock spoke about her experiences of moving to Izard County from Jonesboro, Arkansas. She was nervous when she first entered the doors of Ozarka College for a number of reasons, but primarily because she did not know anyone. She spoke about how welcomed she felt and how helpful all of the staff she encountered was. While pursuing her degree, she became active in the Student Government Association and served as Vice President of the Melbourne campus chapter. She was also inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society and became a student worker in the Office of Admissions."It's been neat seeing people, just like me, arrive at Ozarka and begin their college journey, " said Lock. "I like being able to encourage them, and really mean it when I tell them, !everything is going to be okay.' "Lock, who has now completed an Associate of Arts degree in teaching, and graduated Cum Laude, added that graduation would be bitter sweet. Though she feels prepared to transfer to a four-year University, she is going to miss everyone at Ozarka.Shuler shared his personal experiences of traveling the states with his family throughout his childhood, while doing mission work. This lifestyle required that he and his brother be homeschool students, and after completing all required coursework, they learned that the education system they had participated in could not award him a high school diploma. He was devastated, but didn't become detoured from earning a college degree. His family eventually settled in Mountain View, Arkansas and it was there that his college journey began, starting with earning his GED.Shuler's GED test scores qualified him for the New Horizons scholarship and he has now completed an Associate of Science degree in Business. He graduated Magna Cum Laude and served as Vice President of the Student Government Association at the Mountain View campus.Foundation Board Member, Mike Watson, spoke about the importance of raising funds for scholarships, so Ozarka College can continue to grow and provide a solid education to students just like Lock and Shuler. He also explained a bit of a twist to this year's auction, which was made possible by Sissy's Log Cabin, who donated a beautiful ruby and diamond ring. The name of each person who was the highest bidder of an auction item was placed in a drawing. After Auctioneer, Tony Watson, of Watson, Watson, and Watson Auction Services auctioned off the final item in the live auction, each highest bidder stood. As their name was called, they had to sit down. The last person standing, David Harris, won the ruby and diamond ring. He then presented it to his wife, Georgia. The Harris' reside in Highland, Arkansas.Ozarka College Board of Trustees Chairman and Centennial's Community Bank President, Bob Evins, shared closing remarks. He thanked everyone who attended and expressed his appreciation for those who work daily to improve the lives of Ozarka College students.  Special thanks to presenting sponsor: Centennial Bank, and corporate sponsors: CenturyLink, Freedom Ford, G.H. Miller and Sons, Mark's Pharmacy/SonShine Shoppe, Reeve's Propane, White River Health Systems, and Valic.   Also, thank you to the table sponsors: AirReady, Andy Peeler, Arch Westmoreland Farm Supply, BancorpSouth, Bray Law Firm/Izard County Abstract, Cooper Realty, First Community Bank, First Service Bank, FNBC Bank, Gammill Oil, Hatfield Ready Mix, Mark Martin Chevrolet, North Arkansas Electric Cooperative, Paul Miller Motors, Simmons First Bank, Skeeter Beene's/Izard County Propane, The Lemon Tree Boutique/CSI, and Tucker Auction and Wholesale.


Dietsche Retires From Ozarka College
     Bruce Dietsche, Ozarka College Science Instructor, has retired after fourteen years of service. Mr. Dietsche was honored at a retirement celebration on Friday, May 8, 2015. Family, friends and colleagues in attendance shared their sincere appreciation for the education Mr. Dietsche has shared with countless students. Congratulatory speeches were made and everyone wished him a long and joyous retirement.  Ozarka College president, Dr. Richard Dawe, welcomed guests, shared some fond memories of Mr. Dietsche and presented him with a plaque honoring the great achievement of retirement. David Mitchell, fellow science instructor, spoke about his experience as having Mr. Dietsche as a teacher, then later becoming co-workers. Similar memories were shared by friends of the College who have been impacted by Dietsche in different capacities over the years.    Chris Lorch, Ozarka College Associate Vice President of Academics, spoke about his years of working with Dietsche. "As evidenced by hallways full of students furiously studying before his exams, Mr. Dietsche was clearly a challenging instructor.  However, despite this, students always wanted to take classes with him because they knew it would be a true learning experience. "    Mr. Dietsche shared his appreciation for all who attended and spoke about his experience as an Ozarka College employee. "What I will miss most is being in the classroom, trying to make a difference in students lives, by teaching them how to understand science. " Dietsche also spoke about the importance of teaching !tough love' and how he believes this helped the students to learn more in his class. "Let them learn from their experiences and everything will be alright, " said Dietsche.      


Storm Spotter Class To Be Offered At Ozarka College - Ash Flat
Ozarka College in Ash Flat will host a free storm spotting class on Saturday, May 30, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. If you are interested in severe weather or want to help your local National Weather Service office by reporting severe weather conditions, this is the class for you.The SKYWARN certification class, offered by the Ash Flat Fire Department and the Little Rock National Weather Service Weather Forecast office, is free to attend and training materials will be provided.  For more information, please contact Kim Whitten, Director of Ozarka College in Ash Flat, by phone at 870.994.7273 or email: kwhitten@ozarka.edu


Lea Donates To Ozarka College
Ozarka College has received a $50,000 donation from the late Gwenn A. Lea of Horseshoe Bend, Arkansas. Ms. Lea passed away on March 1, 2015 and left funds for scholarship purposes.Ms. Lea, an Izard county native, was a member of Faith Presbyterian Church in Horseshoe Bend. As a child, her father was the County Judge and her family ran a general store on Larkin Road. Ms. Lea shared stories with close friends about playing with her dolls in the Old Philadelphia Church, while pretending to preach to them.Later in life, Ms. Lea moved to Texas for several years prior to returning home to Izard County. She spent her working years as a real estate broker and she raised cattle. Lea was always a strong believer in education and felt that everyone should earn as high of a degree as possible. She was a past board member of the Bank of Melbourne and an original Trustee on the Ozarka College Board of Trustees.Ozarka College President, Dr. Richard Dawe said, "We are grateful for Ms. Lea's generosity and commitment to our region and higher education. Ozarka students will benefit from her donation for many decades to come. "For more information about Ozarka College scholarships, please contact Suellen Davidson, Ozarka College Director of Advancement, at 870-368-2059 or email: sdavidson@ozarka.edu


In Observance Of Memorial Day
Originally called Decoration Day, Memorial Day is a day of remembrance for those who have died in service to our country. It was first widely observed on May 30, 1868, to commemorate the sacrifices of Civil War soldiers, by proclamation of General John A. Logan of the Grand Army of the Republic, an organization of former sailors and soldiers.During the first national celebration, General James Garfield made a speech at Arlington National Cemetery, after which 5,000 participants helped to decorate the graves of the more than 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers who were buried there. This event was inspired by local observances of the day that had taken place in several towns throughout America in the three years since the Civil War. By the late 1800s, many more cities and communities had begun to observe Memorial Day, and after World War I, it became an occasion for honoring those who had died in all America's wars.Memorial Day is celebrated at Arlington National Cemetery each year with a ceremony in which a small American flag is placed on each grave. Traditionally, the President or Vice President lays a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. About 5,000 people attend the ceremony annually.In 1971, Congress declared Memorial Day a national holiday to be celebrated on the last Monday of May.Ozarka College's offices will be closed on Monday, May 25, 2015 in observance of Memorial Day. We encourage you to remember to honor those who have lost their lives in service to our Country.   Take time on Monday to commemorate Memorial Day 2015.Resources: Memorial Day History Flag display guidelines


Carpenter Selected To Serve On The Ozarka College Foundation
The Ozarka College Foundation has selected Molly Carpenter of Cherokee Village to serve on the foundation board of directors. Board members serve a five-year term and work collectively to support the mission of Ozarka College to provide life-changing experiences to individuals through education. The Ozarka College Foundation Board encourages participation and volunteerism in a variety of ways. In addition, foundation members serve in a public relations capacity to represent Ozarka College in their individual communities.Carpenter is the Director of Marketing and Public Relations and is a fourth generation community banker at FNBC Bank. Prior to joining FNBC Bank in 2014, she worked at Ozarka College  in the Public Relations Office  and as director of the Ash Flat campus.Carpenter is an active member of numerous community and professional organizations.  She is a member  of the Quad Cities Rotary Club, where she serves as President and in 2014 was recognized as Rotarian of the Year, the Rotary Club District 6150 Leadership Academy Board of  Directors, is a Leadership Academy Class III graduate, and has been named a Paul Harris Fellow by Rotary International Foundation.  She has also been active in the Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA), the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations (NCMPR), and Arkansas Community Colleges (ACC).  Carpenter, a native of Ash Flat and Highland High School alum, holds a bachelor of science in journalism from Arkansas State University, where she served as editor-in-chief of the University's award-winning publication  The Herald. She will complete her Master of Business Administration in Leadership and Ethics from John Brown University in June 2015, and will be a member of the University of Colorado in Boulder's Graduate School of Banking Class of 2017.The Ozarka College Foundation, organized in October of 1991, is a not-for-profit tax-exempt charitable foundation with all endeavors focusing on expanded educational opportunities for and service to the College's students and community.For more information about the Ozarka College Foundation, please contact Suellen Davidson, Ozarka College Director of Advancement, at 870-368-2059 or email: sdavidson@ozarka.edu


Rush Retires From Ozarka College
Ronny Rush, Ozarka College Director of Physical Plant, retired on May 15, 2015 after thirty-three years of service. Mr. Rush was honored at a retirement celebration on Friday, May 1, 2015. Family, friends and colleagues in attendance shared stories, voiced their sincere appreciation, and wished him many happy years of retirement.Ozarka College president, Dr. Richard Dawe, welcomed guests and then shared a story about Ronny's ingenuity and many talents. He thanked him for his decades of service and then presented a retirement plaque. Dr. Dawe commented, "Ronny has been such an important presence and leader for so many years. We'll miss him dearly, and hope he stays close enough to the College to allow us to still draw on his expertise when needed. "Jason Lawrence, Ozarka College Vice President of Administration, spoke about the respect and appreciation he has for Rush. "Ronny's contributions over the past three decades have been instrumental in ensuring this institution is both well-maintained and safe for the thousands of students who have entered its doors. "Mr. Rush is known for being easy to work with, dependable and incredibly knowledgeable. His presence and expertise will certainly be missed by Ozarka College.


Wilson Appointed Avp Of Planning And Institutional Research At Ozarka College
Ozarka College is pleased to announce the recent appointment of Josh Wilson as the Associate Vice President of Planning and Institutional Research. Prior to this role, Wilson served as the Pathway to Accelerated Completion and Employment (PACE) Grant Project Coordinator and the Ozarka College Grant Writer. In his previous position, Wilson managed a $600,000 Department of Labor grant for Ozarka College. This was an initiative designed to streamline program pathways to accelerate students toward graduation and subsequent employment."Josh Wilson's predecessor did an amazing job and I have complete confidence in his ability to take this important position to even greater levels, " said Dr. Richard Dawe, Ozarka College President. "We pride ourselves at Ozarka in being informed by data and this function is critical in ensuring we have the right information before us to make the best decisions. "Wilson holds a Masters degree in Public Administration from the University of Arkansas and a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from the University of Arkansas. Wilson is currently a Doctoral Candidate in the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Higher Education doctoral program."I am thrilled to start this new chapter in my career at Ozarka College, " said Josh Wilson. "I am excited about the new challenge in this role and proud to serve with colleagues so committed to supporting our students and local communities. "


Relay For Life Fundraiser - Grillin' For A Cure
Ozarka College will be Grillin' for a Cure on Wednesday, May 13, 2015. This is an annual fundraiser for the Izard County Relay for Life. Hamburger meals will include a 'burger' (with or without cheese), a bag of chips, a cookie and a bottle of water for $6.00. Meals can be picked up at the Ozarka Cafe`, located in the Student Services Center, or can be delivered to businesses in Melbourne.Meals are available between 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM. For delivery, please place your order by noon on Tuesday, May 12, by contacting Manda Jackson, Ozarka College Director of PR and Marketing. You may call her at 870.368.2045 or email manda.jackson@ozarka.edu


Congressman Crawford To Speak At Ozarka College Commencement
Congressman Rick Crawford, First Congressional District of Arkansas, will address Ozarka College graduates during the 2015 Commencement Ceremony. Commencement will take place on Saturday, May 9 at 10:00 a.m., in the auditorium of the John E. Miller Education Complex in Melbourne, Arkansas. Upon graduation from high school, Crawford enlisted in the United States Army where he served as an Explosive Ordinance Disposal Technician. He completed four years of service, advanced to the rank of Sergeant in under three years, and earned numerous medals for service at home and in Southwest Asia. During his term of service, he also had the privilege of serving on numerous U.S. Secret Service security details supporting presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, among other U.S. and foreign dignitaries. After completing his military service, Crawford attended Arkansas State University and graduated in 1996 with a degree in Agriculture Business and Economics. Currently, Congressman Crawford serves on the House Agriculture Committee where he is the Subcommittee Chairman on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management and a member of the Nutrition Subcommittee. Crawford is also honored to serve on the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee where he is a member of the subcommittees on Highway and Transit, Water Resources and Environment, and Economic Development. Crawford and his wife Stacy, also an ASU graduate, live in Jonesboro with their two children. "We at Ozarka are honored to have Congressman Crawford speak to our graduates as we honor their accomplishments, " said Dr. Richard Dawe, President of Ozarka College. "The Congressman is passionate about higher education and is a dedicated friend of Ozarka College." More than 400 students are expected to receive credentials from 32 Ozarka College degree programs. Most of these students have overcome the challenge of balancing school with work, home, and family life. The administration, faculty, and staff are proud of the hard work that Ozarka College graduates have dedicated to achieve their goals. Families, friends, and interested community members are invited to attend the 2015 commencement ceremony.


Ozarka Kids Academy Summer Enrollment
Ozarka Kids Academy at Ozarka College in Melbourne, Arkansas is now enrolling students for the School Age Summer Program. This program is designed for kids' ages 6-9 years.   The cost is $90 per week and the program will run ten weeks, beginning June 1.   The School Age Summer Program will come to a close on August 7.Students will engage in curriculum designed to their interests and ability.   Ozarka Kids Academy hours are 7:00 a.m. to 5:15 p.m., Monday through Friday. Students receive meals and snacks within USDA guidelines.For more information, please contact Karen Hall, Ozarka College Director of Childcare, at 870.368.7868 or email khall@ozarka.edu.


Emergency Alert Equipment Installed
Yellow boxes with green displays are beginning to appear in the common areas around Ozarka College's Melbourne campus.   These are alert beacons that will be used in the case of an emergency to notify people in common areas of a significant event.   When activated through the College's emergency alert system, the beacon will produce an alert message, flash and emit an alarm similar to a fire alarm.Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) are also being installed.   According to the device manufacturer's website, "Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) can be used to increase the survival rate for Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) up to 75 percent by delivering a life-saving shock within the first few minutes of an attack. "  Dawn Smith, Ozarka College Allied Health Instructor, is providing training for all employees for CPR certification and use of AEDs. Alert beacons and AEDs will be installed on all four Ozarka College campus locations over the next couple of weeks.   These devices were purchased as a part of a comprehensive health and safety initiative with grant funds awarded by the Blue and You Foundation for a Healthier Arkansas.For more information, please contact Jason Lawrence, Ozarka College Vice President of Administration, by calling 870.368.2058.  


Congressman Crawford To Address Ozarka College Graduates
Congressman Rick Crawford, First Congressional District of Arkansas, will address Ozarka College graduates during the 2015 Commencement Ceremony. Commencement will  take place on Saturday, May 9 at 10:00 a.m., in the auditorium of the John E. Miller Education Complex in Melbourne, Arkansas.Upon graduation from high school, Crawford enlisted in the United States Army where he served as an Explosive Ordinance Disposal Technician. He completed four years of service, advanced to the rank of Sergeant in under three years, and earned numerous medals for service at home and in Southwest Asia. During his term of service, he also had the privilege of serving on numerous U.S. Secret Service security details supporting presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, among other U.S. and foreign dignitaries.After completing his military service, Crawford attended Arkansas State University and graduated in 1996 with a degree in Agriculture Business and Economics. Currently, Congressman Crawford serves on the House Agriculture Committee where he is the Subcommittee Chairman on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management and a member of the Nutrition Subcommittee. Crawford is also honored to serve on the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee where he is a member of the subcommittees on Highway and Transit, Water Resources and Environment, and Economic Development.Crawford and his wife Stacy, also an ASU graduate, live in Jonesboro with their two children."We at Ozarka are honored to have Congressman Crawford speak to our graduates as we honor their accomplishments, " said Dr. Richard Dawe, President of Ozarka College. "The Congressman is passionate about higher education and is a dedicated friend of Ozarka College."More than 400 students are expected to receive credentials from 32 Ozarka College degree programs.  Most of these students have overcome the challenge of balancing school with work, home, and family life.  The administration, faculty, and staff are proud of the hard work that Ozarka College graduates have dedicated to achieve their goals. Families, friends, and interested community members are invited to attend the 2015 commencement ceremony.


Arbor Day Celebration At Ozarka College
In honor of Arbor Day, Ozarka College will take their turn to lead and students from Ozarka Kid's Academy will be participating in the planting of trees. The Arbor Day celebration will take place near the new Student Services Center, on the Melbourne campus, on Earth Day: April 22, 2015 at 3:00 p.m.This event is sponsored by the Tree Board of the City of Melbourne and all are invited to attend.  In the case of inclement weather, Arbor ceremonies will be held in the FNBC Student Commons area of the Ozarka College Student Services Center.For more information, please contact Josh Wilson, Ozarka CollegePace Coordinator & Grant Writer, at 870.368.2042 or email: josh.wilson@ozarka.edu.


Stirling To Retire From Ozarka College
Ozarka College will host a retirement celebration in honor of Joan Stirling, Vice President of Planning and Institutional Research, on April 16, 2015. This farewell will take place at 1:00 PM in the Student Services Center in Melbourne, Arkansas and is open to the public. Both former and current students, as well as co-workers and community members are all encouraged to attend.Stirling was originally hired at Ozarka College as an adjunct instructor in January of 1996. She began teaching science classes full time just one year later. In July of 2002, Stirling became the Director of Planning and Special Projects, which lead to her current position in July of 2010. In the past nineteen years, Stirling has made a lasting impression on students, staff and the community."Joan Stirling has had the unique opportunity to serve at Ozarka College as a longstanding and highly successful faculty member as well as a very effective senior administrator, " said Dr. Dennis C. Rittle, Ozarka College Provost and Executive Vice President of Learning. "Joan's fingerprints of success can be seen throughout the College from curriculum to policy development. She constantly offers a mix of passion and determination in everything she applies her mind and hands to accomplish. We will deeply miss her blend of candor and kindness. "Stirling is also credited with being largely responsible for the successful Higher Learning Commission reaffirmation visit during the 2010/2011 academic year, and has served a large role in the success of the American Voices Series.


Annual Tour D'Art Coming To Ozarka College
The Friends of the Paul Weaver Library will present the 4th annual Literary Reading and Art Extravaganza, "Tour D'Art, " on Thursday, April 16, 2015 from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. This event will take place in the John E. Miller Education Complex in Melbourne, Arkansas.The Literary Reading will begin at 6:00 p.m. in the John E. Miller Auditorium with original and previously published works read by Ozarka College students, faculty, staff and Friends of the Paul Weaver Library.   The art exhibit will open at 8:00 a.m. in the Miller Building Lobby and will continue throughout the day for the convenience of high school students and others who are unable to attend the evening performance.  The art exhibit will include works from art classes and instructors from Melbourne, Calico Rock, and Izard County Consolidated schools, plus works from area art councils, community members, Ozarka College students and personnel and Friends of the Library members.Music will be provided from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. along with refreshments provided by the Ozarka College Culinary Arts Department.   The Tour D'Art is open to the public and admission is free.  For more information, contact Mary Ellen Hawkins, Ozarka College Library Director, at 870.368.2054 or email: mhawkins@ozarka.edu. You may also contact Charlotte Knox, Friends of the Paul Weaver Library President, at 870.368.2055, or email Dan Lindsey: dlindsey@ozarka.edu.  The Friends of the Paul Weaver Library is a group of area volunteers and Ozarka College students, staff, and faculty who work together to promote the Paul Weaver Library and Ozarka College.   The group hosts the Tour D'Art and other activities to promote literacy and cultural awareness.   For more information about the Friends of the Paul Weaver Library, please contact Mary Ellen Hawkins.


Ozarka College Foundation Postpones 2015 Spring Gala
The Ozarka College Foundation has postponed its 2015 Spring Gala, originally scheduled for Thursday, April 9, due to the forecasted severe weather. The new date of the gala will be Thursday, April 30, at 6:00 p.m. in the Student Services Center at Ozarka College, 218 College Drive in Melbourne, Arkansas.  In honor of this being Ozarka College's fortieth year in higher education, the theme will be, "Celebrating 40 Years Strong! " Centennial Bank will once again be the presenting sponsor of this ruby inspired occasion.The Gala features dinner prepared by the award-winning Culinary Arts Department, as well as a live auction. This year's auction experience will be even more exciting, thanks to a generous donation from Sissy's Log Cabin. Attendees who are the highest bidder on an auction item will have the chance to win a beautiful ruby and diamond ring.All proceeds from the Gala will support the Foundation in its effort to provide resources necessary for many students to have life-changing experiences through education at Ozarka College. For more information or to purchase your tickets, please call the Ozarka College Advancement Office at 870.368.2059.


Ozarka College Seeks Academic All-Star
Arkansas Community Colleges (ACC) is once again offering the Academic All-Star scholarship program to students of two-year colleges in the state.The purpose of the Academic All-Star program is to recognize the scholarly and service achievements of Arkansas' two-year college students. Academic All-Stars will be recognized at the ACC Awards Brunch on Tuesday, October 13, 2015, in Hot Springs, Arkansas.The deadline to apply is May 22, 2015.To be eligible for consideration, a student must be an Arkansas resident, currently enrolled at Ozarka College and expect to be enrolled at Ozarka College through at least fall 2015, have completed a minimum of 24 credit hours in pursuit of an associate degree by June 1, 2015, have the intent to graduate from Ozarka College with an associate degree by summer 2016, and have a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 in all credit coursework completed at Ozarka College.For more information, please contact Ron Helm, Vice President of Student Services, at 870.368.2027 or by email: rhelm@ozarka.edu.


Speakers Announced For Ozarka College's American Voices - Americans With Disabilities
The American Voices Series, sponsored by the Ozarka College Diversity and Cultural Events Committee, will host its third annual event featuring the voices of Americans with Disabilities. This event is free of charge and will take place in the lecture hall of the John E. Miller Education Complex in Melbourne, Arkansas on April 7, 2015 from 10:30 AM until 1:45 PM. Plans are also underway to live stream presentations to Ozarka College campus locations in Ash Flat, Mammoth Spring, and Mountain View.Supported in part by a grant from the Arkansas Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities, American Voices - Americans with Disabilities will include three morning speakers, an information fair during the lunch break, and a five-person discussion panel in the afternoon. This is an excellent opportunity for all students, but particularly those majoring in nursing, criminal justice, teaching, and other public services, as they will gain valuable information on interacting with persons with disabilities.Leonard A. Boyle, Sr., Executive Director of the Arkansas Governor's Commission on People with Disabilities, will present on the topic, "The Disabled Community in Arkansas. " After acquiring his own disability in 1992, Boyle experienced numerous forms of discrimination, various obstacles and barriers that led him to becoming an advocate for people with disabilities.Rodney Farley, Parent/Family Consultant with DDS Children Services, will present, "Interacting with the Disabled. " Farley has twenty years experience serving on councils and coalitions that are disability related, and he was appointed by Governor Mike Beebe to serve as a commissioner on the Governor's Commission on People with Disabilities in 2010.Luke Kramer, Director of Training and Development at Birth Tree Communities, Inc. will share a presentation about, "Emotional Disabilities. " Kramer began his career at Birch Tree, Inc. over sixteen years ago and is responsible for training and certifying over 550 professional, paraprofessional and support staff members.Tina Long Hunter and Wanda Horton, along with Boyle, Farley and Kramer, will serve on the panel discussion. Hunter is the Director of Programs and Services for the Alzheimer's Association, Arkansas Chapter. She has been in community and public health and public policy for the past seventeen years.Horton is the Executive Director of the Arkansas Disability Coalition (ADC) and has been employed with ADC for over twenty-five years. In addition to her role at ADC, Horton also serves on numerous councils and boards that are disability related, and she has a son with a disability.This event is sure to be great for professional development, but will also be beneficial to the community at large to enhance successful communication with individuals who have a disability. Private sectors, state agencies, and the public are all encouraged to attend.  For more information or to reserve seats, please contact Joan Stirling, Ozarka College Vice President of Planning and Institutional Research, at 870.368.2007 or email: jstirling@ozarka. edu.


Ozarka Caf? Is Open To The Public
The Ozarka Café, located in the Student Services Center at Ozarka College in Melbourne, Arkansas, is now open. The Café serves breakfast from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. and lunch from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. daily, Monday through Friday. In addition to providing Ozarka staff and students, as well as the community, with a new dining option, the Ozarka Café serves as a learning lab for Ozarka College Culinary Art students. This is a great opportunity for students to get on-the-job training, as well as gain experiences to help build their resumes for their post graduation plans. Café patrons have the opportunity to visit the Ozarka College campus while dining in, or pick up items that are "grab and ready to go." To go orders may also be placed by 10:30 a.m. To schedule a time for your order to be ready for pick up, simply send an email to: cafeorders@ozarka.edu The Ozarka Café posts daily specials on their Facebook page: http://facebook.com/ozarkacafe and has menus available. For more information, please call Ozarka College at 1.800.821.4335.


Aviation Webinar Held And Training Device Installed
On Saturday, March 21,2015, Ozarka College served as one of more than thirty host sites for the National Virtual Aviation Safety Stand Down.  The event was attended by a variety of members of the aviation community, including several cadets in the Civil Air Patrol.  The event covered three topics: The Culture of Airmanship 2.0; Aeronautical Decision Making and Fitness for Duty; and Why Pilots Lose Control.  Participants received WINGs credit for attending this valuable event."Safety is one of the most important aspects of flying, " said Nick Lenczycki, Ozarka College Director of Aviation. "The dedication these individuals demonstrated to the promotion of safety is a tremendous credit to the aviation industry.  In addition to the quality of the information presented, the camaraderie shared makes these types of events so worthwhile.  It's an opportunity to compare notes on how one another operates and to gain perspective on changes taking place.  This sharing of information makes all of us better pilots and strengthens the aviation community. "Ozarka College's Aviation program, which is set to begin offering classes this coming fall semester, also has safety as the top priority. The College recently had a Redbird LD Advanced Aviation Training Device installed. This device is FAA certified and features realistic flight controls, 200 degrees field of view, interchangeable cockpits, and is ideal for flight school students.According to Lenczycki, "One of the many benefits of a device like this is that we will be able to develop a deeper understanding of complex situations in a safe environment.   This device will allow us to focus on decision making in a real-world setting, making our students more competent in dealing with emergency situations. "For more information about the Ozarka College Aviation program, please contact Nick Lenczycki, Ozarka College Director of Aviation, by calling 870.368.7926 or email: nick.lenczycki@ozarka.edu


Arkansas Department Of Education Approves Ozarka College As A Distance Learning Provider
Ozarka College has been granted formal approval from the Arkansas Department of Education to continue serving as a digital learning provider in Arkansas. With this approval, Ozarka will continue its important efforts to collaborate with and effectively serve our secondary partners in our four-county service area and beyond. According to the Arkansas Department of Education Digital Learning Act of 2013, "All public school districts and public charter schools shall provide at least one (1) digital learning course to their students as either a primary or supplementary method of instruction. " With this approval, Ozarka can work with these institutions to facilitate this requirement. Ozarka College received approval for seventeen courses, which includes, but is not limited to, the following: American History, American National Government, Biology, College Algebra, Communications, English Composition, Fine Arts Music, Geography, Computer Applications, Psychology, Trigonometry, World Civilization, and World Literature. Additionally, these courses may also be taken by students wishing to earn concurrent credit. Pending approval from the individual school district, students can take selected courses through Ozarka College and earn both high school and college credit, which additionally will transfer to any institution in the state through the Arkansas Course Transfer System. For more information about distance learning opportunities, please contact Chris Lorch, Ozarka College Associate Vice President of Academics, at 870.368.2071 or email: clorch@ozarka.edu.


Time To Register For Summer Courses
Registration for Ozarka College summer classes is currently open to both, new and current students. The first summer session begins on May 18, 2015 and ends one month later on June 18. The second summer session will begin on July 1 and end on August 4. Courses are available at each of our four campus locations in Melbourne, Ash Flat, Mammoth Spring and Mountain View, as well as fully online."As a college student, I always took classes during the summer semester because I could either get a jumpstart on completing my degree or cut into the time it would take to complete my degree, " said Dr. Dennis C. Rittle, Ozarka College Provost and Executive Vice President. "One of the best perks about taking summer classes with Ozarka is many of the classes are available online. So, a student can be on vacation and still complete their coursework."  For more information about the use of Financial Aid for the first summer term, please call 870.368.2009 or email: finaid@ozarka.edu. For assistance with admissions or summer registration, please contact Student Services by calling 1.800.821.4335 or 870.368.2013.


Transfer Fair Was Held At Ozarka College
Ozarka College Student Services hosted the 2015 Transfer Fair on Monday, March 9, 2015 in the new Student Services Center on the main campus in Melbourne, Arkansas. The event was well participated by Ozarka College students, who were given the opportunity to meet with the following area colleges and universities:Arkansas State University,  University of Arkansas at Little Rock, University of Arkansas at Fort Smith, University of Central Arkansas, Williams Baptist College, Lyon College, Arkansas Tech University, Arkansas State University at Mountain Home, University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, Drury College, Southern Arkansas University, University of Arkansas School of Engineering, and Arkansas State University Degree Center at Mountain HomeEach of these College and Universities had the opportunity to speak with Ozarka College students about their plans after graduation. They also shared degree and transfer options for programs such as education, business, and nursing, to name a few.For more information about Ozarka College and services available through Student Services, please call 1.800.821.4335.  


Spring Break Hours Of Operation
Though Ozarka College students will not have classes March 23 through March 27, the College will only be closed for Spring Break on Friday, March 27, 2015.All four Ozarka College campus locations (Melbourne, Ash Flat, Mammoth Spring and Mountain View) will be open and staff will be available Monday through Thursday, 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM. This provides current students with a great opportunity to utilize campus resources, such as computer labs and study areas. Both new and current students are encouraged to use this time to meet with Student Services for summer enrollment and fall semester advising.The Ozarka Cafe` will be open, serving breakfast and lunch, Monday through Wednesday during Spring Break. After being closed on Thursday, March 26 and Friday, March 27, the Cafe` will resume regular business hours on Monday, March 30, 2015.For more information about college hours during Spring Break, or to get registered for summer courses, please call Ozarka College at 1.800.821.4335.  


Spring Gardening Seminar To Be Offered At Ozarka College - Mammoth Spring
Ozarka College in Mammoth Spring will offer a spring gardening seminar on March 20, 2015 at 12:00 PM.   Topics covered will include gardening basics, getting started, soil sampling, interpreting results, garden arrangement, plant and cultivator selection, weed and bug disease management, and resources available through the extension office.The seminar will be presented by the Fulton County Extension Office and is free to the public. Seating is limited, though, so registration is strongly encouraged.  For more information, or to register, please contact James Spurlock, Director of Ozarka College Off-Campus Operations in Mammoth Spring.   Mr. Spurlock is available by phone at 870.625.0411 or email jmspurlock@ozarka.edu


Date Set For American Voices - Americans With Disabilities
 The American Voices Series, sponsored by the Ozarka College Diversity and Cultural Events Committee, will host its third annual event featuring the voices of Americans with Disabilities. This event will take place in the lecture hall of the John E. Miller Education Complex in Melbourne on April 7, 2015 from 10:30 AM until 1:45 PM. Plans are also underway to live stream presentations to Ozarka College campus locations in Ash Flat, Mammoth Spring, and Mountain View.Supported in part by a grant from the Arkansas Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities, American Voices - Americans with Disabilities will include three morning speakers, an information fair during the lunch break, and a five-person discussion panel in the afternoon. This is an excellent opportunity for all students, but particularly those majoring in nursing, criminal justice, teaching, and other public services, as they will gain valuable information on interacting with persons with disabilities.This event is sure to be great for professional development, but will also be beneficial to the community at large, so they will be able to successfully communicate to individuals with a disability. Private sectors, state agencies, and the general public are all encouraged to attend. The speakers and panelists include representatives from the Arkansas Governor's Commission on People with Disabilities, the Arkansas Department of Human Services, the Birch Tree Communities, Inc., the Alzheimer's Association of Arkansas, and the Arkansas Disability Coalition. For more information or to reserve seats, please contact Joan Stirling, Ozarka College Vice President of Planning and Institutional Research, at 870.368.2007 or email: ?¨jstirling@ozarka. edu.


Beginning Computer Course To Be Offered At Ozarka College - Ash Flat
Ozarka College will offer a six-week continuing education course entitled Beginning Computers, starting this Friday. Ozarka College IST Instructor, Brad Lawrey, will instruct the course.The course runs from March 13 through April 24, meeting on Friday mornings from 9:00 to 10:30 AM, with one scheduled day off. Tuition is $25.00 per student, $20 for students ages 60 and over. No textbook or other expenses are required.Lawrey will cover topics including: Basic Computer Concepts, Microsoft Windows, Internet Search and Navigation, E-mail basics, Sending attachments, Uploading photos, Facebook Basics, and E-Bay Basics.Seating is limited!  For more information or to register, please contact Kim Whitten, Director of Ozarka College Off-Campus Operations in Ash Flat, by calling 870.994.7273 or email kwhitten@ozarka.edu


Financial Aid Assistance Available At Ozarka College
The Arkansas Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (AASFAA) will award at least two $500 scholarships to Arkansas students planning to attend member institutions, Ozarka College being one. These scholarships are non-renewable awards. Scholarship winners must be enrolled at least half time during the 2015-2016 academic year in a program that leads to a college degree or certificate at Ozarka College or another AASFAA member institution. All applications must be postmarked by April 1, 2015. Any application postmarked after that date will not be considered. Limit one entry per person. Winners will be selected at a random drawing during the 2015 Spring AASFAA Conference. The application has been posted on AASFAA's website, www.AASFAA.net/StudentsandParents/ScholarshipGiveaway.aspx and a hard copy can be picked up at Ozarka College in the Financial Aid department, located on the first floor of the new Student Services Center in Melbourne, Arkansas. For more information, please call the Ozarka College Financial Aid Department at 870.368.2009 or email: finaid@ozarka.edu


National Virtual Aviation Safety Stand Down Webinar Coming To Ozarka College
For the first time ever, there will be a National Virtual Aviation Safety Stand Down and Ozarka College Aviation will serve as a hosting location for this event. A safety stand down is an event at which pilots gather to learn new information, refresh already learned information, and to engage in discussion with safety experts and fellow pilots.The stand down will take place on Saturday, March 21, 2015 at the Ozarka College Aviation department, housed in the Melbourne Municipal Airport (42A). The event will begin at 10:30 AM and be in a live webinar format featuring several speakers, all experts in their field. Each presentation will be followed by a panel discussion and attendees will have the opportunity to participate live, ask questions and make comments. Attendance at the stand down will be valid for all three WINGs Knowledge Credits at the Basic Level.For more information or to reserve your seat, please contact Nick Lenczycki, Ozarka College Director of Aviation, by calling 870.368.7926 or email: nick.lenczycki@ozarka.edu


Ozarka College Kicks Off Nursing High School Opportunity
Ozarka College recently partnered with four area High Schools to offer graduating high school students the opportunity to attend a Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) Program. This pilot program began at the beginning of the Spring 2015 semester and is designated for concurrent enrollment students; students who are taking high school and college courses simultaneously."What we wanted to accomplish was to get high school seniors, primarily from Izard County, to take coursework through Ozarka their last semester of high school, " said Susan Thielemier, Ozarka College LPN and Nursing Instructor. "By taking designated prerequisite courses during the spring and summer terms, these students will be eligible for a LPN program starting August 2015. "Thielemier and Valerie West, another Ozarka College LPN Instructor who is also working on this project, have both been pleased with the number of students and counselors interested in this venture. Schools currently participating in the Nursing High School Opportunity include Calico Rock, Izard County Consolidated, Melbourne, and Highland.The same approach is also being offered to the general public. Individuals wanting to begin the LPN program during the Fall semester of 2015 are encouraged to contact the Ozarka College Nursing department and ask about enrolling in specific Summer one and two courses.For more information about any of the Nursing or Allied Health programs offered through Ozarka College, please contact Susan Thielemier at 870.368.2074 or email: sthielemier@ozarka.edu  


Ladies Luncheon And Fashion Show Coming To Ozarka College - Mountain View
The Ozarka College Foundation will host their third annual Ladies' Luncheon and Fashion Show on Saturday, March 7, 2015 at Ozarka College in Mountain View. The event will take place in the Ozark Heritage Bank Student Commons Area beginning at 11:00 AM.This year's event will feature food, fashion, and fun. The Ozark Folk Center Skillet Restaurant will provide a catered lunch for the ladies in attendance. Local vendors will be showcased during the fashion show featuring their latest styles. The event will also feature a silent auction, including decadent cheesecakes prepared by the Ozarka College Culinary Arts Department. The event is sure to be a fun filled day for family and friends to take part in! Tickets are $25 and may be purchased at Ozarka College - Mountain View or from any Ozarka College Foundation board member. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Ozarka College Foundation for entryway signage to the Mountain View campus. For more information, please contact Lindsay Galloway, Director of Ozarka College - Mountain View, at 870.269.5600 or email: lhgalloway@ozarka.edu.


Ozarka College Has Low Student Loan Default Rates
The Financial Aid office at Ozarka College has received more good news about their student loan default rates. By developing a Default Management Taskforce, a Default Management Plan,  enhancing face-to-face counseling each year, working with a third party servicer, and heavily monitoring the default rates, they continue to see a decrease in student loan defaults.The 2012 three year cohort default rate is currently at 20.46%, 2013 is at 11.15% and 2014 is at 4.42%. These rates are more than 50% lower than the previous three-year cohort default rates.Ozarka College's efforts in successfully lowering loan default rates and having fewer students need loans is just one way they work towards helping their students.   Students are provided with information on scholarships, payment plans, Pell grants, and work-study opportunities, which will help them with obtaining their educational goals with fewer loans. Having students earn degrees with less debt affords the students more opportunities for a brighter, more successful future.Registration for Summer semester courses is now open and Fall registration will begin on April 13, 2015. For more information about financial aid opportunities, please call 870.368.2009 or email: finaid@ozarka.edu      


Chemistry Two Available Online This Summer
Ozarka College will offer Chemistry Two online during the second summer semester. This course is required for Bachelor of Science Nursing students, as well as most science majors.Not a current Ozarka College student? No problem! Simply complete an application for admissions, submit official transcripts showing that you have successfully completed the equivalent of Chemistry One, and any other required admissions documents. The summer two term begins on July 1, 2015 and registration is currently open. For more information or to register, please contact any Ozarka College campus location or Admissions by calling 1.800.821.4335. Interested students can also visit us on the web: ozarka.edu/admissions.cfm  


Ozarka College Foundation Accepts Rent House Donation
The Ozarka College Foundation Board of Directors recently began accepting funds generated from a rent house, located near Hardy. The property is owned by a person who lives out of state and wishes to remain anonymous. These funds will be used for Ozarka College student scholarships beginning in the spring semester of 2015.Foundation Board Chair, Garry Lawrence, explained that this is a unique venture and the Board looks forward to exploring similar contributions with future donors. In this scenario, the property had been vacant for some time and was in need of repairs. Lawrence and other contractors assisted the owner with getting the house repaired and ready for rental. Upon completion of the renovation project, the house was rented and the proceeds will be given to the Foundation and in turn be used to fund the Garry and Carol Ann Lawrence Scholarship. In addition to helping students by way of scholarships, the owner is also pleased to know the home is being well taken care of, something he was unable to do. The Ozarka College Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization and all donations are tax deductible on itemized tax forms. If you are interested in similar giving opportunities, please contact Suellen Davidson, Director of Advancement, at 870.368.2059 or email: sdavidson@ozarka.edu


Congressman Rick Crawford Supports Ozarka College Student Center At Ribbon Cutting
Ozarka College was honored to have Congressman Rick Crawford present at the new Student Services Center ribbon cutting ceremony that took place on the main campus in Melbourne, Arkansas on January 29, 2015. Cong. Crawford spoke about his educational experiences and the importance of two-year degrees and job skilled training in today's society. Crawford explained that Ozarka does an excellent job providing those types of educational opportunities to students in the surrounding communities. Ozarka has also served as the meeting location for Cong. Crawford's presentations on the Farm Bill and he looks forward to utilizing the new facility in the future.


Whitten Is Co-Recipient Of The E. Wilson Green Award
Ozarka College is proud to announce that Kim Whitten, Director of Ozarka College in Ash Flat, is a co-recipient of the 2014 E. Wilson Green Award. Nominees of this award should be a person or organization that is a Civic Minded Volunteer and has distinguished themselves by love and vigorous support of the Spring River Area community.  Whitten received this honor during the Spring River Area Chamber of Commerce annual banquet that was held on January 20, 2015 at Artisan Steakhouse and Grill in Highland, AR. She and fellow Rotarian, Donald Britnell, tied for this honor."I have attended the Spring River Chamber of Commerce Banquet many times over the past several years and have watched people who I respect in the community receive the E. Wilson Green award, " says Kim Whitten. "I would never expect to be honored with such an accolade! "    Whitten who has been an employee of Ozarka College for several years loves the Sharp County community and enjoys doing her part to serve.   She hopes that the work everyone does together as members of the Chamber, along with various churches and community organizations, will help to improve our local economy and the way of life in Sharp County and beyond.


Ozarka College - Mountain View To Host Introduction To Computers Continuing Education Course
Ozarka College in Mountain View will host an Introduction to Computers course to be offered through Continuing Education beginning in March.This four-week course, being taught by Frances Bullard, will cover basic computer concepts, Microsoft Windows, Internet search and navigation, e-mail basics, and sending attachments. The course runs from March 6 through March 27, meeting on Fridays, from 9:00 AM - Noon.The tuition is just $25.00 per student, $20.00 for ages 60 and over. Seating is limited and registration is required. Please contact Lindsay Wilson-Galloway, Director of Ozarka College Off-Campus Operations in Mountain View, by phone at 870.269.5600 or email lhgalloway@ozarka.edu


Student Services Center Ribbon Cutting
Approximately 225 guests gathered at the new Student Services Center at Ozarka College in Melbourne on Thursday, January 29, 2015 for a ribbon cutting ceremony. Members of the Ozarka College faculty, staff, administration, Board of Trustees, and Foundation Board of Directors attended the festive event. Special guests also attending included donors, friends and supporters from across the state.Ozarka College President, Dr. Richard Dawe, welcomed the crowd and provided introductions. He shared his appreciation for the vision of Representative John E. Miller for establishing Ozarka College 40 years ago. "This Student Center and Ozarka College would not be possible without John E. Miller's commitment to the region, Higher Education and our state, " said Dr. Dawe. Board Chairman, Bob Evins, thanked those in attendance and spoke to the success of Ozarka students and the importance of the new facility. Remarks were also made by Congressman Rick Crawford, Mayor Rhonda Halbrook, Chris Mosley, a student at Ozarka College, and Mike Watson, Foundation Board Member and Capital Campaign Co-Chair.Music was provided by Pam Setser and Danny Dozier and refreshments were prepared by the Ozarka College Culinary Arts Department. Ozarka College student Ambassadors and Student Government Association members led guests on tours of the new Student Services Center.The new Student Services Center houses the Ozarka College student services, two community meeting rooms, a Cafe, computer lab, video teleconferencing center, and so much more. Many of these areas are available for public use, and business and industry partners are encouraged to utilize the state of the art technology and conference space.For more information about the new Student Services Center, please contact Suellen Davidson, Director of Advancement by calling 870.368.2059.*If you did not receive a program at the ribbon cutting ceremony and would like one, please contact Manda Jackson by calling 870.368.2045 or email: manda.jackson@ozarka.edu  


Ribbon Cutting Ceremony To Take Place At Ozarka College
Ozarka College will host a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the Student Services Center in Melbourne, Arkansas on January 29, 2015. This event begins at 11:00 AM and the community is invited to attend.With the support of local sales tax revenue provided by the citizens of Melbourne, the Ozarka College Board of Trustees issued approximately $2.9 million in revenue bonds to finance construction for this state of the art facility. A groundbreaking ceremony was held on September 18, 2013 and construction, led by Construction Network Inc., followed.Just over one year later, the Student Services Center is ready to open and will significantly enhance the Ozarka College experience.   The Student Services Center will serve as a hub of campus activity and provide a central location for meetings and special events for community groups and students.   Additionally, this will offer businesses and organizations throughout the region access to leading-edge technology and conference facilities."We hope to have a large crowd of friends and supporters for this very special Ribbon Cutting event, " said Dr. Richard Dawe, Ozarka College President. "This Student Services Center will be a transformational building  for Ozarka College and our community that will be used and enjoyed for many years to come. "Businesses and families alike have shown great support for this project while participating in the capital campaign. Plaques giving naming rights to rooms inside the Student Services Center have been placed in honor of those who donated $2,500 or more. Special thanks to the following Capital Campaign donors: FNBC Bank, Centennial Bank, Dr. Richard and Chris Dawe, Dr. Dennis C. and Christy M. Rittle, Lenora Yancey, Mark Herrington, North Arkansas Electric Cooperative, CenturyLink, Dan and Nancy Orr, Danny and Connie Mosier, Dennis and Wanda Wiles, First National Bank of Izard County, G.H. Miller and Sons, Inc., Guy and Joan Stirling, Hatfield Ready Mix, Inc., Izard County Farm Burea, Jason and Mandy Lawrence, Mike and Lesha Watson, Paul and Treva Miller, Randy and Diane Zook, Ron C. and Karen D. Helm, Ruby Miller and Children, Shane and Lisa Gardner, The Johnson Family, and The Ozarka College Foundation Board.Ozarka College Admissions, Financial Aid, Registrar, and other Student Services will be housed in the Student Services Center, as well as the new Ozarka Cafe. The Cafe, available to staff, students, campus visitors and the community will offer a menu with dine-in or grab and go options. Whether you join us for lunch or utilize our catering services, an enhanced dining experience is to be expected.Ozarka College has been providing life-changing experiences through education for forty years, and the new Student Services Center will assist the College in continuing to provide outstanding student service. Naming opportunities in the Student Services Center are still available. For more information on becoming a donor, please contact Suellen Davidson, Director of Advancement, at 870.368.2059


Scholarships For Spring 2015 Semester Available At Ozarka College
Due to recent donations made to Ozarka College, the College has several scholarships available for the Spring 2015 semester. These scholarships are valued at $250 each and applications are being accepted now through Friday, February 6, 2015.To be considered, students must be enrolled full time and have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher. Applications are available to students when logging into their myOzarka account. Upon completing the application, a written essay will also be required. 0 0 1 115 657 Ozarka College 5 1 771 14.0 Normal 0 false false false EN-US JA X-NONE /* Style Definitions */table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-language:JA;} For assistance with applying for Spring 2015 semester scholarships, please contact the Ozarka College Financial Aid office by calling 870.368.2009 or email: finaid@ozarka.edu


John E. Miller Family Donates $5,000 To The Ozarka College Capital Campaign
The family of the late Representative John E. Miller  has committed $5,000 to the Ozarka College Student Services Center Capital Campaign. Their contribution will pay to furnish a student study area in the Student Services Center on the Melbourne Campus.Representative Miller married his wife, Ruby, in 1949 and together they have three grown children, eight grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren. In 1958, Representative Miller began his forty years of service when he was elected to the Arkansas House of Representatives."The entire Miller family is delighted to support this very important project at Ozarka College, " said Ruby Miller. "We could not pass up this opportunity to name a space in the Student Services Center after our loved one, John E. Miller. The College was always near and dear to his heart, as he served the people of this area in the state legislature. We continue to honor him and the things that were important to him and our family. ""We are so grateful for the long legacy established by John E. Miller and the continued commitment of the Miller family for Ozarka College " said Dr. Richard Dawe, Ozarka College President. "Ozarka has been a powerful force in Melbourne, our four county service area, and northern Arkansas for forty years. We're all very thankful for Representative Miller's vision, tenacity and life of public service. "The "Students at the Center " capital campaign is a bold step to raise the quality of educational and student support services at Ozarka College to new heights. The campaign will help ensure student success and will enhance the campus to create a more community-centered learning environment.For more information about giving opportunities to the "Students at the Center " capital campaign, please contact Suellen Davidson, Director of Advancement, at 870.368.2059 or sdavidson@ozarka.eduThe Ozarka College Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization and all donations are tax deductible on itemized tax forms.


Ozarka College Seeks Your Heart-Healthy Miles
In December, Ozarka College was awarded The Blue & You Foundation for a Healthier Arkansas grant, which will help fund a Comprehensive Health and Safety Program. On January 7, 2015, Ozarka College was presented a check for $46,909 from the Blue & You Foundation.  In an effort to promote healthier lifestyles, part of the $46,909 awarded to Ozarka College will be used to initiate a Cardio Wellness and Fitness Challenge. Ozarka College students, employees, and the general community alike will all be challenged to adopt healthier, more active lifestyles.    To do this, Ozarka College has set a goal for participants to log at least 10,000 heart-healthy miles, collectively, all while on a journey to a healthier life.   The College invites all who are interested, regardless of ability or skill level, to participate in this fitness challenge.   Whether you like to run, walk, bike, roll, or swim for fitness, please join us and contribute your mileage."Everyone's New Year's resolution is to exercise more, and this is a fun way to do it, " said Patrick O'Sullivan, Executive Director of the Blue & You Foundation. "We hope that providing this grant to the Melbourne community will encourage people to log their exercise miles toward the community-wide goal of 10,000 miles. "Registration to join the Fitness Challenge is free, and to further incentivize active lifestyles, the top three mileage contributors will be awarded a cash prize at the end of the challenge.   Simply pick up an application at any of our Ozarka College campus locations, at the Paul Miller Fitness Center, or access online at www.ozarka.edu/fitnesschallenge.    Please return completed forms to Stacy Gore, Ozarka College Fitness Center Coordinator, PO Box 10, Melbourne, Arkansas 72556.   Once participants have completed the application, they will be provided with information on how to track and submit their miles.  For more information about the Fitness Challenge, please contact Stacy Gore at 870.368.2090 or email: stacy.gore@ozarka.edu


Ozarka College Announces President And Provost Lists
Ozarka College recently announced that 89 students have been named to the President's List and 72 students have been named to the Provost's List for the Fall 2014 semester.  To be eligible for the President's List, a student must be enrolled in at least 12 college credit hours, excluding developmental courses, not be on any type of probation, and must have a minimum grade point average of 4.0. To be eligible for the Provost's List, students must meet the same requirements as the President's List; however, their minimum grade point average requirement is a 3.5 or higher.  The Ozarka College President's List by city of residence is as follows:From Ash Flat: Britney N. Bair, Chasity D. Chapps, Joshua D. Holland, Lynn C. Johnson, and Kierra L. WittingBatesville: Catina J. TewksburyCalico Rock: Victoria L. RushCave City: Rebecca D. Glenn, James L. Tackett, and Morgan E. WinstonCherokee Village: Jordin R. Machalicek and Justin W. SmithEdgemont: Brandis S. HarnessEvening Shade: Brian M. StatlerFifty Six: Lindsay P. McGowanFox: Robert A. WattsFranklin: Courtney L. LockGassville: Holly D. TroxellGepp: Adrianna N. FletcherGuion: Shonna M. ArnoldHardy: Wesley R. Bunting, Vicki L. Mann, Amber L. Merriam, and Savannah N. PhillipsHorseshoe Bend: Tabatha L. PeblerJonesboro: Samantha N. ReddKoshkonong, MO: Violet M. HamptonLeslie: Isabel M. DoddsMammoth Spring: Sara J. Andrews, Schuyler C. Madden, Christi A. Reed, Stephanie H. Robertson, and Heather J. RogersMelbourne: Candice M. Bruyette, Wendy M. Causey, Tammy R. Felton, Clay L. Jones, Shawnette N. Kimble, Kristin M. Montgomery, Isaac W. Push, and Chelsea K. VinesMount Pleasant: Regina G. Corter and Dakota L. TeagueMountain View: Bailey M. Barnes, Nathan D. Cobb, Joell S. Columb, Monica B. Day, Shannon T. Dixon, Dakota W. Dixon, Ryan E. Fuller, Gerry C. Goodin, Madison B. Green, Chelsea S. Lang, Susan M. Newman, Philip C. Shuler, Alex J. Soulard, Rachel A. Sutton, May E. Taylor-Brown, Katrina F. Whitfield, and Gregory L. WillisNorfork: Hannah Z. TeagueOnia: Justine M. VillanuevaPiggott: Kelsey L. McKenney and Angela R. SelfPineville: Billie J. WolfordPleasant Grove: Brandi N. SweetPrim: Laura L. GeigerRosie: Amber G. YoungSage: Linda S. FinleySalem: Elizabeth M. Anderson, Esther H. Anderson, Tina R. Boris, Kasey R. Hendrix, and Susan C. WilliamsShirley: Lauren M. WattsSidney: Shannon J. Dougherty and Mandy S. SollockSmithville: Brittany L. BookerStrawberry: Tony R. SharpThayer, MO: Marsha L. EarlsViola: Kurina E. Etheridge, Corby J. May, and Arianna N. StewartViolet Hill: Kayla M. Cooper, Lindsey N. McHalffey, and Tiffany J. TaylorWideman: Seth J. StapletonWilliford: Jeremy L. Wess and Andrew S. WightWiseman: Abram J. Mead  The Ozarka College Provost's List by city of residence is as follows:Ash Flat: Kailee A. Abney, Shorlyn M. Morris, and Angela L. WilesBatesville: Kelli R. Dunegan, Nathan W. Gann, Tamara J. Haddock, and William L. SonnierBrockwell: Eli J. Blankenship and Kayla Marie CooperCherokee Village: Maria M. Bryeans, Karen R. Henley, and Sharon D. MamathEdgemont: Monica D. Morgan and Kimber C. MurrayEvening Shade: Jennifer M. Finley and Chelsey D. SmartFox: Bailey J. StubbsFranklin: Molly E. TaylorGepp: Shannon R. CochranHardy: Mary B. Lee, Katherine E. Long, Jessica L. Prescott, Megan R. Welch, and Dalton J. WithersHarrison: Jami S. TaylorImboden: Malcom L. AshlockMarshall: Forrest M. SuchlandMelbourne: Blair E. Cone, Candace R. Dailing, Madison A. Deloach, Makayla E. Gross, Michael J. Hellesvig, Krystal D. Johnson, Sharie L. Kipfer, Cameron R. Massey, Matthew Charles Pitts, Hannah C. Rice, Paul G. Shaver, Richard O. Smith, and Sherry M. VestMinot, ND: Tayler B. WadeMountain View: David H. Buchanan, Brandi D. Buchholz, Amanda D. Coffell, Devon C. Fuller, Misty S. Jeffery, Courtney M. Lancaster, Angela G. Maynard, Sarah E. Reynoso, Ryan E. Richardson, Jennifer L. Rodgers, Jacob P. Shuler, and Samuel W. SpannPoughkeepsie: Samantha J. HuckabeeRavenden: Kristen E. SoraciSalem: Melissa L. Bitting, Samantha D. Clements, Brendan J. Clements, Cody D. Cranford, Hunter D. Delargy, Luz A. Oliva, and Megan M. WilliamsShirley: Alison M. Parks, Shauna L. Rushing, and Amy J. TavaresSidney: Megan E. CooperThayer, MO: Jennifer M. Baldridge, Kaylynn D. Bullock, and Erin D. RisnerViola: Brandi D. ConnerViolet Hill: Debra L. Pittman and Dennis J. Tiernan  For additional information on these accomplishments or about Ozarka College, please call 870.368.7371.  


Ozarka College Accepts GED Walmart Scholarships
 A new scholarship opportunity is now available to adult education students.   The GED Walmart Scholarship will cover Official GED scrappying fees, in full, if the student meets the required criteria.The only criteria for the scholarship is that the candidate must be an adult education student (30 hour minimum), an Arkansas resident, and not earn more than 200 percent of the Federal poverty level.  A student who has only one person in the family can make as much as $23,340 a year.   As always required, the student must take and pass the section of the GED Ready ?¢ scrappy in which they are scrappying prior to official scrappying.Students are encouraged to complete the scholarship application through Ozarka College Adult Education, as a signature from a certified Adult Education instructor is required prior to submitting application for the GED Walmart Scholarship.Students who are awarded the scholarship may take the GED scrappy free of charge at Ozarka College in Melbourne, Ash Flat, Mammoth Spring, and Mountain View.   Ozarka College's Adult Education program is ADA accessible, EEOC compliant, and disability accommodations are available upon request.For additional information about free GED classes or use of the GED Walmart Scholarship, please call Ozarka College's Adult Education Department at 800.821.4335, ext. 2051.


Photography And Photoshop Course To Be Offered At Ozarka College - Mountain View
Ozarka College in Mountain View will offer a four-day Photography and Photoshop continuing education course, beginning in February.  The course will be taught by Patrick Ward and will meet daily from February 2-5, 2015 from 5:00 to 7:00 PM. Tuition is $20.00 per student and pre-registration is required.There will be two levels of photography taught.   The first will cover the basics of camera use; students will learn how to properly use the shutter speed, aperture and ISO to consistently get the photograph they desire.   Students need to bring a camera that has adjustable settings, preferably a DSLR (digital single lens reflex) that has the ability for multiple lenses and modes.The second level of photography will cover preparation for specific shooting settings such as sports, portraiture, landscapes and macro.   Proper lighting techniques using natural lighting as well as flash photography will also be covered.The first level of Photoshop will get everyone familiar with the complicated but powerful world of Photoshop CC.   Students should be prepared to take notes during this portion of the class; bringing a notepad or laptop is encouraged.The second level of Photoshop will cover, in detail, how and why to work in layers, mask images for fine detail editing, fix blemishes, patch tool as well as many others.Seating is limited!   For more information about additional items this course will cover or to register, please contact Lindsay Wilson-Galloway, Director of Ozarka College Off-Campus Operations in Mountain View by calling 870.269.5600 or email lhgalloway@ozarka.edu


Businesses Participated In Ozarka College's Community Support Program
As Ozarka College's registration deadline for spring courses neared, the College rolled out a new Community Support Program. Local businesses were asked to help spread the word about registration deadlines by posting information on their business signage. Their generous support is greatly appreciated!It is evident that our area businesses understand the importance of education and the value that Ozarka College places on the success of each of their students.   Thank you to Citizens Bank and Ozark Heritage Bank, both in Mountain View, and Corner Drug Store, Custom Cakes & More, First National Bank of Izard County, FNBC Community Bankers, and Salon 33, all in Melbourne, for showing your support for Ozarka College.  


Ozarka College And Frogwatch Usa To Host Frog Listening Workshops
Ozarka College will partner with FrogWatch USA to offer free Frog Listening Workshops in Mountain View, Ash Flat and Mammoth Spring, beginning in January 2015.The seminars will be presented by Tom Krohn, Arkansas Regional Coordinator for Frog Watch USA. The first session will teach you to identify all the frogs and toads in our area by their calls.   Participants will learn to mimic frog calls, as well as receive handouts and visual memory aids.   You will also learn why frogs are important, why they are in trouble, and what can be done to help them.   The second session introduces the wetlands and frog monitoring training for the FrogWatch USA national network, administered by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.Ozarka College in Mountain View will host the first session, meeting on January 27 and February 3 from 6:30 to 9:00 PM. The second session will take place at Ozarka College in Ash Flat on February 12 and 19 from 6:00 to 8:30 PM. The final session will take place at the National Fish Hatchery Aquatic Center in Mammoth Spring on February 24 and March 3 from 6:00 to 8:30 PM.Seating is limited and reservations are recommended.   For the workshop in Mountain View, please call 870.269.5600. For Ash Flat, please call 870.994.7273 and for Mammoth Spring, please call 870.625.0411.


Ozarka College Offers New Extended Hours For GED Classes
Free GED classes will resume at Ozarka College in Melbourne, Ash Flat, Mammoth Spring, and Mountain View beginning January 12, 2015.  Ozarka College's Adult Education program is ADA accessible, EEOC compliant, and disability accommodations are available upon request.Classes meet at Ozarka College in Melbourne on Mondays and Fridays from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM.   Additionally, extended hours are offered on Wednesdays from 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM.   Classes in Ash Flat are on Mondays from 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM and on Wednesdays from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM.   Mammoth Spring and Mountain View both offer classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM.Registration is ongoing.   For additional information on free GED classes, please call Ozarka College's Adult Education Department at 800.821.4335, ext. 2051 or in Izard County call 870.368.2051.


Centurylink Donates $5,000 To The Ozarka College Capital Campaign
CenturyLinkhas committed $5,000 to the Ozarka College Student Services Center Capital Campaign. Their contribution will pay to furnish an office in the Student Services Center on the Melbourne Campus.CenturyLink, headquartered in Monroe, Louisiana, is the third largest telecommunications company in the United States and is recognized as a leader in the network services market by technology industry analyst firms."Ozarka is important to CenturyLink and to the  customers we serve in that region of  the state, " said Skip Layne, CenturyLink Area Operations Manager-North/East Arkansas and Mississippi. "We are happy to partner with Ozarka, because it improves the quality of life in the area. That is what we try to do with our products and services also, make life better for our customers in the areas we serve. " Mr. Layne resides in Monette, Arkansas and has served CenturyLink customers for more than forty years.CenturyLink understands the importance of education, as they have met the needs of their customers by advancing technologically over the years. Currently, CenturyLink provides data, voice and managed services in local, national and select international markets through its high-quality advanced fiber optic network and multiple data centers for businesses and consumers."We are grateful that Mr. Layne and CenturyLink have demonstrated their strong commitment to Ozarka College and our students, " said Dr. Richard Dawe, Ozarka College President. "Their donation will have a profound and lasting impact to help ensure our students' success. "The "Students at the Center " capital campaign is a bold step to raise the quality of educational and student support services at Ozarka College to new heights. The campaign will help ensure student success and will enhance the campus to create a more community-centered learning environment.Donation levels range from $2,500 to $250,000 for the building naming opportunity.  For more information about giving opportunities to the "Students at the Center " capital campaign, please contact Suellen Davidson, Director of Advancement, at 870.368.2059 or sdavidson@ozarka.eduThe Ozarka College Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization and all donations are tax deductible on itemized tax forms.


Ozarka Kids Academy Donates To Dhs
In lieu of a gift exchange, Ozarka Kids Academy at Ozarka College in Melbourne chose to donate to the Arkansas Department of Human Services (DHS) this holiday season.The new hats, mittens, packs of diapers, and non-perishable food items Kids Academy students brought in were donated to DHS on December 20, 2014, who intern redistributed them to Izard County residents in need.For more information about Ozarka Kids Academy, please contact Karen Hall, Ozarka College Director of Childcare, at 870.368.7868 or email khall@ozarka.edu.


Ozarka College Awarded Arkansas Flower And Garden Show 'greening Of Arkansas' Grant
Ozarka College will receive $1,500 from the Arkansas Flower and Garden Show through its 'Greening of Arkansas' grant program. The funds will support landscaping the Ozarka College plaza and courtyard, a central commons and green space near the new Student Services Center, located at the heart of the Melbourne campus.With this grant award, Ozarka College will purchase five large trees to bring seasonal beauty to the commons area. The trees will serve as the final touch to the plaza and courtyard development project made possible by a $10,000 gift from Ozarka College Provost and Executive Vice President, Dr. Dennis Rittle and his family.The plaza and courtyard will serve as a central gathering area for all who visit the campus.   As construction of the new Student Services Center comes to a close, the plaza and courtyard area will emerge as a funnel for communal activity.   The commons space will draw students, faculty, staff, and members of the community to the center of campus where amenities, services, classes, and community programs will be only steps away.This space is expected to beautify the college with an arrangement of walkways that will border manicured lawnscaping in the courtyard and shaded picnic-style seating on the plaza.   The commons area will naturally attract all patrons to the heart of campus.For more information about the Arkansas Flower and Garden Show 'Greening of Arkansas' grant, please contact Josh Wilson, Ozarka College Grant Administrator at 870.368.2042 or email: josh.wilson@ozarka.edu.


Director Of Aviation Hired
Ozarka College is pleased to announce the hiring of Nick Lenczycki, who will serve as the Director of Aviation. The inaugural cohort is anticipated to begin during the fall 2015 semester."Nick's vast experience in a university level aviation programs will allow Ozarka College to launch the aviation program with great confidence, " said Dr. Richard Dawe, Ozarka College President.  "We're very fortunate to have his leadership for this exciting new program. "Lenczycki holds an MBA in Operations Management and Finance, is a Gold-Seal Certificated Flight Instructor (CFI, CFII, and MEI) and an Advanced Ground Instructor (AGI).   He has also served on the FAA Safety Team Representative since 2007.   Prior to his assignment at Ozarka College, most recently, Mr. Lenczycki was Chief of Flight Operations at South Dakota State University."I am really excited about the opportunities graduates from our program are going to have moving forward, " said Nick Lenczycki, Ozarka College Director of Aviation.   "Aviation is an exciting career choice with ever increasing potential.   Students will only be bound by their dreams! "For more information about Ozarka College's Aviation program, please contact Nick Lenczycki, Ozarka College Director of Aviation, at 870.368.7926.


Registration Deadline Is Fast Approaching
Have you registered for Spring and Summer 2015 courses yet? Now is the time to do so! Spring courses begin on January 12 and the deadline to register is January 9.  We are celebrating our 40th year in Higher Education and look forward to serving all students, current and new.Ozarka College offers twenty-nine associate degrees, technical certificates and certificates of proficiency. Additionally, Ozarka students can choose from numerous online options or to take classes at any of our four campus locations in Melbourne, Ash Flat, Mammoth Spring, and Mountain View.Tuition rates start at just $84 per credit hour and students are encouraged to register as soon as possible, to ensure enrollment in the courses they need, before the classes fill. For  more information regarding admissions, financial aid or registration, please contact Ozarka College via phone: 800.821.4335 or website: www.ozarka.eduOzarka College, Providing Life-Changing Experiences, 40 Years Strong!


LPN Students Donate To Food Bank
On October 21, 2014, Ozarka College LPN students hosted a bake sale fundraiser and did free health screenings at Ozarka College - Ash Flat. The bake sale raised $188.70 and all funds were donated to the Christian Community Food Bank to supply food for their backpack program. The backpack program supplies food for children to take home on Fridays, so they will have meals to eat over the weekend. In addition to checking blood pressure, temperatures, pulse rates, oxygen saturation, respirations, and measuring BMI (Body Mass Indexes) free of charge, the LPN students set a goal of registering 25 people for the national bone marrow registry. With the help of the community, they more than doubled their goal with 55 people registering. "This opportunity is being made available to all campuses over the next two weeks, and we have a college wide goal of 200", said Cheryl Ekenes, Ozarka College LPN Instructor. "We had folks not only from Ozarka, but from the Ash Flat fire department, Sharp county government employees, and the sheriff's office here registering as well. We also had a member of the Morriston fire department commit to having a tri-county wide registry drive in the next two weeks, so those numbers will go toward our goal." The Ozarka College LPN students appreciate everyone who supported their efforts and look forward to doing more in the future to support those in need.


Wiles Family Donates $2,500 To The Ozarka College Capital Campaign
Dennis and Wanda Wiles, residents of Izard County, have committed $2,500 to the Ozarka College Student Services Center Capital Campaign.   Their contribution will pay to furnish an office in the Student Services Center on the Melbourne Campus.Education is near and dear to the Wiles', as Mr. Wiles has served on the Ozarka College Board of Trustees since 2008.   He was recently reappointed by the Governor to serve a seven-year term that will expire on July 1, 2021. Mr. and Mrs. Wiles also have a daughter who holds a degree in Special Education and a son who is a Professor at Syracuse University.   The Wiles family looks forward to seeing the completion of the Student Services Center and the positive impact that the facility will have on Ozarka students and the community."We sincerely appreciate the Wiles family's commitment to Ozarka College, the new Student Services Center and to our students, said Dr. Richard Dawe, Ozarka College President.   "They firmly believe in the transformative power of higher education, and their contribution is yet another example of their strong community support!The new Student Services Center, currently under construction, will house all student services, various individual and group study areas, community meeting rooms, a video conferencing center, additional banquet space for college and community use, and a state of the art culinary learning lab.The "Students at the Center capital campaign is a bold step to raise the quality of educational and student support services at Ozarka College to new heights. The campaign will help ensure student success and will enhance the campus to create a more community-centered learning environment.Donation levels range from $2,500 to $250,000.  For more information about giving opportunities to the "Students at the Center capital campaign, please contact Suellen Davidson, Director of Advancement, at 870.368.2059 or sdavidson@ozarka.eduThe Ozarka College Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization and all donations are tax deductible on itemized tax forms.


Ozarka College's Financial Aid Department Lowers Student Loan Default Rates
Ozarka College has worked very hard to decrease the three-year Cohort Default Rate(CDR) and has been successful. Efforts to monitor the default rate have been put in place with the Financial Aid department. Some of these efforts included developing a Default Management Taskforce, developing a Default Management Plan, enhancing face-to-face counseling each year, and working with a third party servicer. "The 2011 three year cohort default rate is currently at 23.1%, which is a decrease of 18.7% from the 2010 three-year cohort default rate, " said Laura Lawrence, Ozarka College Director of Financial Aid. "The projected number for the 2012 three-year cohort default rate is 20%. " The percentage of students receiving loans, as well as the amount they are borrowing, has also decreased. During the 2010 academic year, 39.2% of enrolled students accepted a total of $5,415,312 in student loans. During the 2013 academic year, only 35.99% of students accepted loans. Their total amount borrowed was $3,902,358; thus creating a staggering $1.5 million dollar decrease in student loans. Ozarka College's efforts in successfully lowering loan default rates and having fewer students need loans is just one way they work towards helping their students. Students are provided with information on scholarships, payment plans, Pell grants, and work-study opportunities, which will help them with obtaining their educational goals with fewer loans. Having students earn degrees with less debt affords the students more opportunities for a brighter, more successful future. Registration for Spring and Summer semester courses is now open. For more information about financial aid opportunities, please contact Laura Lawrence, Ozarka College Director of Financial Aid, at 870.368.2010 or llawrence@ozarka.edu


Dr. Richard Dawe To Serve On Saint Louis University's Parks College Graduate Advisory Board
Dr. Richard Dawe, President of Ozarka College, has accepted an invitation to serve as an advisory board member on the Graduate Advisory Board for Engineering, Aviation and Technology at Saint Louis University's (SLU) Parks College.   Parks College educates graduate students to become leaders in the fields of aviation, engineering and technology.Dr. Dawe is a 2000 graduate of Saint Louis University, earning his Ph.D. in Public Policy Analysis and Administration. SLU's College of Education and Public Service honored him in 2010 as their Distinguished Ph.D. alumni award recipient.Dr. Dawe's service on the Parks College Graduate Advising Board is sure to be beneficial to the success and development of Ozarka College's aviation program.Ozarka College will begin offering an Associate of Science degree in Professional Pilot-Aviation during the fall semester of 2015.   Students will have less than five miles to commute from the Ozarka College campus in Melbourne to the John E. Miller Airport where they will establish flight side training.For more information about the Ozarka College aviation program, please contact Nick Lenczycki, Ozarka College Director of Aviation, at 870.368.7926 or nick.lenczycki@ozarka.edu  


Ozarka College Awarded Blue & You Foundation Grant
Ozarka College has been awarded The Blue & You Foundation for a Healthier Arkansas grant, which will help fund a Comprehensive Health and Safety Program.Ozarka College was awarded $46,909 to support a Quick Response Health Care Initiative, to initiate a Cardio Wellness and Fitness Challenge, and to establish a Safety in the Workplace Initiative; efforts that will all promote healthier lifestyles and make a safer campus for students, administration, and faculty. Specifically, the grant will provide for the installation of health and safety upgrades across all four campus locations, including automated external defibrillators (AED) and advanced emergency response beacons."The Blue & You Foundation grant will provide for a very comprehensive program at the College, " said Josh Wilson, Ozarka College's Grant Administrator.   "The installation of AEDs and emergency alert system upgrades will provide a safer environment for all who visit the College. "The impact of the grant initiatives will also reach far beyond the college campus.   The Cardio Wellness and Fitness Challenge will challenge Ozarka College employees as well members of the community to adopt healthier, more active lifestyles.The Blue & You Foundation award also strengthens the College partnership with the Northcentral Arkansas Education Service Cooperative (NAESC) and the nine public school districts in the College's four-county service area (Fulton, Izard, Sharp and Stone).   Specifically, the College has secured funding for adult and infant training manikins for NAESC to be used on loan for quick response health care training, such as CPR and AED, in the local school districts.   In addition, the grant initiative will provide for the cost of training one personnel at each of the nine school districts to become a licensed CPR and AED training provider."The College is thrilled to partner with the education cooperative and the local districts, " said Wilson. "Having additional training providers in-house provides sustainable, quick-response training solutions for our schools, not to mention, it supports the state-mandated CPR training requirement for high school students. "The Blue & You Foundation was established by Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield as a charitable foundation to promote better health in Arkansas.   Of the 202 grant applications received, only 35 were selected for this years funding cycle.


Fafsa Fridays Scheduled To Give Students Financial Aid Jumpstart
Ozarka College Student Services will host FAFSA Fridays during April by offering free assistance from financial aid staff to students to help them complete the 2012-13 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form.Students can visit the following locations on April 6, 13, 20, and 27 for help completing FAFSA forms:Melbourne – TRiO Computer Lab from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.Ash Flat – Room AF101 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.Mountain View – Resource Room 107 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.The service will be available to students on April 20 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Mammoth Spring campus.The FAFSA form is used by the College to determine a student’s complete financial aid package, which can include grants, scholarships, federal work-study programs, and federal loan assistance.Any student interested should bring their 2011 taxes, if they have been filed, all W-2 forms, and a FAFSA pin number. A pin number may be obtained by visiting www.pin.edu.gov.For more information, contact the Admissions Office at 870-368-2024.


Ozarka College Invites Students, Community To Spring Carnival
Ozarka College will be hosting its annual Spring Carnival Thursday, April 5 in the John E. Miller Education Complex on the Melbourne campus. The event will kick off at 4 p.m. and will last until 6 p.m. It is free to Ozarka College students, their families and the community.Games and activities will be available and include face painting, pick-up ducks, a photo booth, a beanbag toss, and a bounce house. The National Guard will be on hand with a basketball and football toss game that will set up outside of the Miller Education Complex.To promote alcohol awareness, a drunk goggle cart and drunk goggles will also be at the event. The Spring Carnival is funded in part by a grant received from the Arkansas Collegiate Drug Education Committee and in cooperation with the Izard County Hometown Health Coalition.For more information, please contact Mickey Freeze at Ozarka College at 870-368-2056 or by email at mickey.freeze@ozarka.edu.


2012 Graduation Information
The 2012 Ozarka College Commencement will be held Thursday, May 17 at 7 p.m. in the John E. Miller Auditorium. For students graduating, practice will be held in the John E. Miller Auditorium at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, May 15. Graduates will meet in the Lecture Hall at 6 p.m. on the night of commencement. Caps and gowns may be picked up May 14-17 at the Ozarka College Bookstore. A photographer will be available in the Conference Room of the John E. Miller Education Complex prior to graduation from 5-6:30 p.m. as well as after the ceremony. Any student who graduated in December 2011, or who will be graduating with a degree or certificate this May, needs to complete the online Intent to Graduate form no later than Friday, April 13. Students may find the online form under the Courses tab in myOzarka, then by clicking on the Intent to Graduate link on the right hand side of the screen. The form will ask for the primary program the student will be graduating from. The students who intend to graduate from more than one program this semester, are asked to email the Registrar at zwilkerson@ozarka.edu with the second program they plan to graduate from. Also, beginning this academic year, Cum Laude and Magna Cum Laude honors will only be awarded for Associate degrees. For further information regarding Ozarka College 2012 Graduation ceremony, contact Ozarka College Registrar Zeda Wilkerson at 870-368-2028, or at the email address above.


Lauren Gray To Perform Benefit Concert For Ozarka College Foundation
Bad Boy Mowers, along with the Ozarka College Foundation, will present American Idol Top 40 contestant Lauren Gray at the Ozarka College – Melbourne campus on Thursday, April 12.The concert with be held in the John E. Miller Education Complex Auditorium and will begin at 7 p.m. All proceeds will benefit the Ozarka College Scholarship Fund.Gray, of Hardy, competed on American Idol earlier this year where she made her way into the Top 40. She was also chosen as one of four former contestants to go on the USO World Tour, which will begin in September.Tickets are on sale for $10 online at www.ozarka.edu and at all Ozarka College locations in Melbourne, Ash Flat, Mountain View, and Mammoth Spring. All First Community Bank locations will also have tickets available.For more information, please contact Hannah McWilliams, development and alumni relations officer, at 870-368-2060 or by email at hmcwilliams@ozarka.edu.


Cpi Locations And Times To Serve You In March
Career Pathways serves all four Ozarka sites. The Melbourne office is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Brandy Shell is available daily to assist you with your CPI needs and questions.For more information about Career Pathways, read this month's newsletter here.


Connect Arkansas Presents First Quarterly Broadband Symposium Topic: Arkansas E-Link
Connect Arkansas Presents First Quarterly Broadband Symposium Topic: Arkansas e-Link Friday, March 16 at 11:30 a.m. -1:00 p.m. Available for viewing at the Melbourne campus in the Lecture Hall of the Miller Building and the Conference Room of the Administration Building. The symposium's panel will provide an update on the Arkansas e-Link initiative, which is connecting nearly 500 of the state's health care, higher education, public safety, and research institutions that are united in their needs for improved bandwidth and broadband-enabled equipment to better serve their communities. Panelist will include: · Debbie Green, Project Director – Arkansas e-Link · Mike Abbiatti, Executive Director – Arkansas Research and Educational Optical Network (ARE-ON) · Michael Manley, Outreach Director – UAMS Center for Distance Health The stream can be viewed via Livestream through the Arkansas Capital Corporation's website, http://arcapital.com or Connect Arkansas's new website, www.connect-arkansas.org.


Money Management Series
TRiO has partnered with Career Pathways and Financial Aid to host a Money Management Series Monday, March 12 through Thursday, March 15 at each of the four campuses. The areas the series will focus on include personal budgeting, scholarships, grants and loans, banking, interest and credit, and planning for college expenses. Each session is scheduled to last 30 minutes and is open to all Ozarka College students. For more information, contact Deltha Shell in TRiO at 870-368-2034. Monday: Mountain View: Personal budgeting by Kim Lovelace with Career Pathways; 11 a.m. in Room SC120 Ash Flat: Scholarships, Grants and Loans by Laura Lawrence with Financial Aid; 11 a.m. in Room AFSC104 Mammoth Spring: Banking Interest and Credit by Deltha Shell with TRiO; 11 a.m. in Room 102 Melbourne: Planning for College Expenses by Bryan Jeffery and Tracy Cone of TRiO; 11 a.m. in Room H109 Tuesday: Mountain View: Scholarships, Grants and Loans by Laura Lawrence with Financial Aid; 11 a.m. in Room AFSC104 Ash Flat: Personal budgeting by Kim Lovelace with Career Pathways; 11 a.m. in Room SC120 Mammoth Spring: Planning for College Expenses by Bryan Jeffery and Tracy Cone of TRiO; 11 a.m. in Room H109 Melbourne: Banking Interest and Credit by Deltha Shell with TRiO; 11 a.m. in Room 102 Wednesday: Mountain View: Banking Interest and Credit by Deltha Shell with TRiO; 11 a.m. in Room 102 Ash Flat: Planning for College Expenses by Bryan Jeffery and Tracy Cone of TRiO; 11 a.m. in Room H109 Mammoth Spring: Personal budgeting by Kim Lovelace with Career Pathways; 11 a.m. in Room SC120 Melbourne: Scholarships, Grants and Loans by Laura Lawrence with Financial Aid; 11 a.m. in Room AFSC104 Thursday: Mountain View: Planning for College Expenses by Bryan Jeffery and Tracy Cone of TRiO; 11 a.m. in Room H109 Ash Flat: Banking Interest and Credit by Deltha Shell with TRiO; 11 a.m. in Room 102 Mammoth Spring: Scholarships, Grants and Loans by Laura Lawrence with Financial Aid; 11 a.m. in Room AFSC104 Melbourne: Personal budgeting by Kim Lovelace with Career Pathways; 11 a.m. in Room SC120


Summer Registration Open At Ozarka College
Ozarka College is now registering current students for the upcoming Summer I and Summer II sessions. Any student who has successfully completed a semester at Ozarka College can register after meeting and planning their class schedules with their academic advisor; once registered, financial aid arrangements must be made. Any new or first time, full-time students may register for summer courses beginning March 12. Registration and orientation dates for the fall semester will be announced soon. Anyone planning to enroll as a new student at Ozarka College must take the ACT or Compass Exam. These test scores are required for placement in English, reading and mathematics. Compass testing is available by appointment. To schedule an appointment, call 870-368-2049 in Izard County, 870-269-5001 in Stone County, 870-994-4009 in Sharp County, 870-625-0411 in Fulton County, or toll free at 1-800-821-4335. A photo ID is required to take the test. Summer course schedules are available online at www.ozarka.eduor at any Ozark College location. To request a copy of the schedule or for more information, please call Admissions at 870-368-2024.


CNA Students Organizing On-Campus Health Fair
As part of a community service outreach project, Ozarka College certified nursing assistant students will host a mini health fair for students, faculty and staff on the Melbourne campus Monday, March 5 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the John E. Miller Education Complex lobby. Under the direction of instructor Dawn Fedor, students will learn through the process their role in shaping the health care delivery system and providing holistic care for their patients. Anyone who attends will be able to have their vital signs checked, which include blood pressure, heart rate and respirations. Additional educational materials will be available from local health care facilities. A few of the local agencies participating include Air Evac, Legacy Hospice, White River Medical Center, Horseshoe Health and Medicine, and more. All Ozarka College students, faculty and staff are invited to attend. For more information, contact CNA Coordinator Tamra Bevill at 870-368-2079 or by email at tbevill@ozarka.edu.


Ozarka Kids Academy To Host Ribbon-Cutting For Expansion Project
The Ozarka Kids Academy, 218 College Dr., will be hosting a ribbon-cutting in celebration of a recently completed expansion and renovation project on Friday, March 2 at 2 p.m. Refreshments will be served and the event is open to the public. The project has allowed the facility to increase total capacity from 45 children to 84 and was funded by a grant from the Arkansas Economic Development Commission. Support was also given by White River Planning and Development District, the City of Melbourne and Izard County. For more information about the event or to enroll a child, contact Karen Hall, Director, at 870-368-7868 or by email at khall@ozarka.edu or Hannah McWilliams in the Advancement Office at 870-368-2060 or by email at hmcwilliams@ozarka.edu.


Become Ozarka College's Next Academic All-Star!
The Arkansas Association of Two Year Colleges (AATYC) is once again offering the Academic All-Stars Scholarship Program to students of two year colleges in the state. One student from each college will receive the recognition, which includes a $500 scholarship for the Spring 2013 semester to attend Ozarka College. The purpose of this program is to recognize the scholarly and service achievements of Arkansas' two-year college students. Each Academic All-Star will be recognized at the AATYC All-Star Awards Brunch on Tuesday, Oct. 16 in Hot Springs, Ark. To be eligible for consideration, students must be an Arkansas resident, be currently enrolled at Ozarka College and expect to be enrolled at Ozarka College through at least Spring 2013, have completed a minimum of 24 credit hours in pursuit of an Associate's degree by June 1, 2012, have the intent to graduate from Ozarka College with an Associate's degree by Summer 2013, and have a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 in all credit coursework completed at Ozarka College. The deadline to apply is May 11. For more information, contact Ron Helm, Vice President of Student Services, at 870-368-2027 or by email at rhelm@ozarka.edu. Application packets are available in Student Services on the Melbourne campus and in the main offices at Ash Flat, Mountain View and Mammoth Spring.


Ozarka College Earns Fastest Growing Community College Recognition
Ozarka College was recently named by Community College Week one of the top 50 fastest growing community colleges with less than 2,500 students enrolled. Community College Week is an independent source of in-depth information for and about two-year college faculty, administrators and trustees. Established in 1988, it is published biweekly and distributed to two-year colleges across the United States. "Ozarka's rapid growth is a testament to our students realizing the importance of higher education so that they will be more marketable and better prepared to advance in their careers," said Ozarka College President Dr. Richard Dawe. "Our faculty and staff have done a remarkable job of meeting students' needs as we've increased enrollment, which is particularly impressive given relatively flat or declining state funding. Colleges, like Ozarka, have been impacted the most severely in recent years because we have fewer and fewer resources from the state to fund much larger numbers of students." During the Fall 2010 semester, Ozarka College saw record enrollment, reaching 1,573 students. The enrollment growth rate was also among the highest in the state for both four and two year institutions with a 25 percent increase in full-time equivalent (FTE) students. The increase in FTE students is an indicator that students are taking heavier course-loads to more quickly achieve their educational goals. Over the past year, the College has also been able to maintain its growth and continue to increase the number of students attending all four campuses. In order to accommodate the needs of students, the College completed the construction of a Student Center on the Mountain View campus in early August 2011 and is in the process of beginning an amphitheatre project. Ozarka College also recently completed a Facilities Master Plan for the Melbourne campus, which will provide a blueprint for future building and expansion projects to better serve the needs of the rapidly growing student population. To further benefit students, new programs have been planned and developed, including the recent addition of an Associate's Degree in Criminal Justice and Corrections. A four-year Business degree from Arkansas State University Jonesboro, facilitated on the Ozarka College campus, is also a new option for students, with additional Bachelor and Master degrees to be offered in the future.


Career Pathways To Host Employability Skills Conference
You are cordially invited to the 2012 "Get Hired!" Employability Skills Conference being hosted by Career Pathways and the Student Success Center. It will be held on Friday, March 9, 2012 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Lecture Hall of the John E. Miller Educational Complex at Melbourne. This conference is designed to prepare future Ozarka graduates to be successful applicants for employment in their chosen field. Featured will be nationally-known motivational speaker, Russ Riddle, from the Zig Ziglar Corporation, whose keynote address will be "Six Degrees of a HIRE Calling." You'll also have the opportunity to attend mini-workshop sessions on interview skills, professional communication and networking. Employers from the area will be on hand to share with you what they look for in a potential employee. Take advantage of this networking opportunity. For more information about this and other services offered by Career Pathways, check out the February newsletter: http://www.ozarka.edu/blogs/careerpathways/enclosures/CPI%20Newsletter%205%20Feb%202012.pdf


Ozarka College Continuing Education Offering Conversational Spanish Class
Ozarka College will offer a course in Conversational Spanish this semester as part of Continuing Education on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6-7 p.m., Feb. 28 to April 3 on the Melbourne campus. The course will be taught by a skilled instructor and is designed to build conversational Spanish skills. Students will learn to converse in Spanish in a variety of social and cultural situations. Students are not required to have any previous Spanish skills to attend and books will be included. The cost to attend is $115 and the deadline to register is Feb. 24. Anyone interested in the course should contact Karen Overturf in the Vice President of Academic Affairs' Office to request a Continuing Education form to be completed prior to the course. She may be reached at 870-368-2005 or by email at koverturf@ozarka.edu.


Ozarka College Celebrates Black History Month
Black History Month is observed every February throughout the United States. We owe the celebration of Black History to Dr. Carter G. Woodson who was born to former slaves, worked in the Kentucky coal mines, and later went on to school and earned a Ph.D. from Harvard. Because he found very little representation of black Americans in the history books, he decided to take on the challenge of writing black Americans into the nation's history. In celebration of Black History Month, The Paul Weaver Library is joining many across the nation in paying tribute to the generations of African Americans who struggled with adversity to achieve full citizenship in American society. The Paul Weaver Library has many books on display of persons who have influenced black history, as well as a photo gallery of African Americans from all walks of life displayed on the upper balcony wall. There is a timeline of events on display that covers from 1527 up through the present day. Highlights include Jackie Robinson, the first black man to play major league baseball and the Rosa Parks incident. Included is a copy of Rosa Park's arrest warrant issued for "refusing to give her seat up on a bus for a white man, after a hard day's work." It was issued by the city of Montgomery, Ala. and has since become a symbol of the civil rights struggle. It is befitting that February, a month associated with love and caring, is a time when all Americans can celebrate the victories of African Americans. The Paul Weaver Library is honored to keep the dream alive into the 21st century.


Enrollment Remains Strong At Ozarka College
Official enrollment numbers have been released by Ozarka College following the eleventh day of classes showing stable enrollment for the spring semester. There are 1,567 students enrolled at the four campuses in Melbourne, Ash Flat, Mountain View, and Mammoth Spring compared to 1,570 enrolled a year ago. The Melbourne campus saw a 7 percent increase in students compared to last spring going from 443 students to 473. The Mammoth Spring site, only in its second year, grew 19 percent from last spring, sustaining enrollment for the year. While the Ash Flat and Mountain View campuses saw a slight dip in enrolled students since last spring, the numbers are consistent with fall 2011 enrollment numbers. "The fact that we had no significant decline in enrollment this semester while so many institutions across the state have declined significantly is very positive," said Ozarka College President Dr. Richard Dawe. "The decline that so many are experiencing is not entirely unexpected however. During the past two to three years we saw a dramatic increase in enrollment, not only at Ozarka but nationwide. Jobs were scarce and so many people went back to college to retool or advance their education. Now as many of those students have completed their studies and as the unemployment rate begins to decline, there are fewer students entering our education system." Ozarka College was recently named by Community College Week one of the top 50 fastest growing community colleges with less than 2,500 students enrolled after a 15 percent increase in students from Fall 2009 to Fall 2010. Community College Week is an independent source of in-depth information for and about two-year college faculty, administrators and trustees. Established in 1988, it is published biweekly and distributed to two-year colleges across the United States.


Ozarka College Continuing Education Offering Non-Destructive Testing-Penetrant Certification Class
Ozarka College will offer a Continuing Education certification course in Level II, non-destructive testing-penetrant March 13-15 from 6-10 p.m. on the Melbourne campus. The cost of the course is $600. The textbook is not included and costs an additional $25.60. It may be purchased at the first class meeting. Non-destructive testing (NDT) is a wide group of analysis techniques used in science and industry to evaluate the properties of materials, component or system without causing damage. NDT does not permanently alter the item being inspected, therefore making it a highly valuable technique that saves both time and money in product evaluation, troubleshooting and research. A Level II technician is someone who would be qualified to properly perform specific calibrations, specific NDT and specific evaluations for acceptance or rejection determinations. Level II's should be able to direct Level I technicians and report test results of NDT tests. This includes system set up, verification, standards check, process items, evaluation of results, and making determinations. NDT is used in a variety of settings that covers a wide range of industries. Some industries that employ NDT personnel include: automotive, aviation/aerospace, construction, maintenance, and manufacturing. Industrial plants using NDT include nuclear, petrochemical, refineries, pulp and paper, fabrication shops, and mine processing. Other subcategories include pipelines, railways, amusement parks, medical imagine, and bridges, to name a few. This is also a high employment career with job possibilities all over the United States. Surveys indicate there are 18 jobs for each technician graduated. Wages generally begin around $12 per hour, but can run $16-25 per hour depending on the method and experience. A person with an Associate's degree and five years experience usually averages $52,000 per year. After successful completion of this course, students will be eligible to take the Penetrant Certification Exams, which will also be offered by Ozarka College. The cost of the exam is $125. Anyone interested in taking the class can contact Karen Overturf in the Vice President for Academic Affairs' Office at 870-368-2005 or by email at koverturf@ozarka.edu to request a Continuing Education application that must be completed prior to the session. Applications and payment must be turned in by March 9.


Ozarka College Culinary Arts Second Gourmet Dinner Set For Feb. 16
The Ozarka College Culinary Arts Department will host the second Gourmet Dinner of this semester on Thursday, Feb. 16 from 5-8 p.m., offering a unique, fine-dining experience. Advanced Culinary Arts students are currently working on a menu that will be prepared and served under the direction of instructors Mimi Newsome and Eric Smith. Each semester, students host three Gourmet Dinners to gain real-world experience to better prepare them in their future careers. One more dinner will be hosted next month. The dinner will be served in the Culinary Arts Dining Room, located at the south entrance of the John E. Miller Education Complex at Ozarka College's main campus in Melbourne. Menus will be provided for entr`e selection and pricing will be listed. Dinner is by advanced, confirmed reservation only and seating is limited. Please contact the Culinary Arts Department at 870-368-2062 or 870-368-2061 to make reservations. Please leave a message with a call back number if there is no answer. A Culinary Arts instructor must confirm all reservations.


Ozarka College Releases President's, Vpaa's List
Ozarka College recently announced that 115 students have been named to the President's List and 84 students have been named to the Vice President of Academic Affairs' List for the Fall 2011 semester. To be eligible for the President's List, a student must be enrolled in at least 12 college credit hours, excluding developmental courses, not be on any type of probation and must have a minimum 4.0 grade point average. To be eligible for the Vice President of Academic Affairs' List, students must meet the same requirements, with the minimum grade point average of 3.5 being met. This is the first semester for the VPAA's List. Fulton County students on the President's List include: James Yarnell of Glencoe; Jessica Vest, Julia Shattuck, Emily Ragsdale, Jonathan Reed, and Margaret Reed of Mammoth Spring; Charles Worsham, Tina Boris, Andrea Pate, Esther Anderson, Valerie Samples, Edward Boris, Shelia Eubanks, Heather Bennett, Charity Schaufler, Joshua Coker, Samantha Corsaut, Anthony Stillwell, and Charmaine Coker of Salem; and Cammie Ritcheson of Viola. Izard County students on the President's List include: Jessica Beaudoin of Brockwell; Casey Townsend, Rylie Bevill, Brett Southard, and Hannah Teague of Calico Rock; Angela Sanders of Dolph; Debra Berkenes and Kathryn Reeves of Franklin; Yvette Grisham, Teresa Reeves-Little and Jason Ertle of Horseshoe Bend; Connie Conrad, Sarah Price, Jennifer Campbell, Eve Banning, Sara Lawrence, Kaylee Ables, Joni Knapp, Joseph Kruis, Brenton Tyson, Chelsea Vines, Amanda Treat, and Erica Jewett of Melbourne; Steffanie Evans of Mount Pleasant; Wilma Parker of Oxford; Lisa Schreiner of Sage; and Christina Delargy, Philisha Fountain and Misty Phipps of Wiseman. Sharp County students on the President's List include: Leah Burrus, Paul Stewart, Lisa Nunnally, and Elyssa Farr of Ash Flat; Brandy Stigall, Tara Barnett and Sarah Humphrey of Cave City; Samantha Redd, Cassandra Flynn, Lindy Brindley, Whitney Wakeham, Jennifer Hill, Cid Herlein, and Adam Askew of Cherokee Village; Susan Cross, Tammy Zeiger, Edith Elliott, and Raegan Groves of Hardy; and Margo Drinkard and April Weaver of Sidney. Stone County students on the President's List include: Whitney Jason and Alicia McIntire of Fifty-Six; Angela Johnson, Chasity Reamon and Connie Daum of Fox; and Sydney Halpain, Sherry Prichard, Vicky Payne, Kara Tibbits, Carita Jo Baird, Amber Sherer, Sterling Minick, Tiffany Wagler, Andrew Hayes, Michelle Vannatter, Daika Everett, Sarah Mickler, Pamela Webb, Leslie Mason, Anna Mickler, Patrick Ward, Austin Wilkie, Jerry Whitaker, Rebekah Ray, and Tiffany Eatherton of Mountain View; Abby Spinks of Pleasant Grove; and Margo Del Real, Gerry Goodin and Autumn Romine of Timbo. Other counties represented on the President's List include: Baxter County: Austin Horne of Gassville; Sherry Marcum of Mountain Home; Lisa Manuel and Marcia Helm of Norfork; and Lacey Turner of Prim; Independence County: Cheryl Sturdivant, Nicole Morris and Rachel Stone from Batesville; Lawrence County: Lindsey Dahm from Imboden; Amanda Diller from Ravenden; and Hanna Hunter from Smithville; Marion County: Patrick Kelley of Yellville; Oregon County, Mo: Tina Robertson of Thayer, Mo; Ozark County: Dawn Williams of Gainesville; Phillips County: Brie Engle of Marvell; Searcy County: James Suchland of Marshall; Van Buren County: Kara McBroom of Shirley. Fulton County students on the VPAA's List include: James Hoover of Camp; Kelsey Hopper, Megan Carney and Kimberely Mitchell of Mammoth Spring; Naomi Clingan and Amy Painter of Salem; and Garry Goodson of Sturkie. Izard County students on the VPAA's List include: Ryan Walker and Wesley Sylar of Brockwell; Jacob Moss, Matthew Townsend, Cheyenne Diaz, Kary Foster, and Christian Wiberg of Calico Rock; Jessie Conyers of Dolph; Christina Sirian, Regina Cagle and James Grisham of Horseshoe Bend; Charlotte Billingsley, Shonda Trewyn, Ronicia Smith, Ashley Sherrell, Kerri Smith, Kendra Woods, Timothy Overbey, Krystal Ramsey, and Timothy Guenther of Melbourne; Blake Conyers, Samantha Goodson, and Lynsey Ford of Mount Pleasant; Samantha Price of Sage; Liana Greenway of Violet Hill; and Gage Wolford of Wiseman. Sharp County students on the VPAA's List include: Alexandra Whitten, Courtney Moffett and Sarah Rapert of Ash Flat; Tonya Holt and Anthony Thacker of Cave City; William Lamb, Kaitlin Sellers, Lynette Stone, Tara Wise, and Jessica Cubillas of Cherokee Village; Megan Graddy and Samantha Walls of Evening Shade; Tiffany Dienst, Sophia Willcockson, Sherry Davis, and Jimmy Clouse of Hardy; and Kimberly Zeiger and Jerry Despain of Williford. Stone County students on the VPAA's List include: Kari Bearden and John Fitzgerald of Fox; Luke McMahan, Lachelle Green, Taylor Baldridge, Leandra Murray, Sandra Whitaker, Connie Wilson, Clinton Stanley, Jennifer Canard, Lyn Craig, Robert Burns, Marissa Richardson, Rex Vannatter, Willie Smith, Mary Burns, Paula Marshall, Iris Gomez, Joseph Everett, Rebecca Clark, and Sarai Aaron of Mountain View; and Audra Flether and Jennifer Gonzalez of Timbo. Other counties represented on the VPAA's list include: Baxter County: Tanya Woods of Mountain Home; from Cleburne County: Karen Ring of Edgemont; Craighead County: Gregory Simpson of Bono; Faulkner County: Christina Patton of Conway; Independence County; Cortney Goodwin and Kaila Dunegan of Batesville; Van Buren County: Leeone Gilland of Clinton; Joshua Huie of Dennard; Heather Holland of Shirley; and Lisa Smith of Dalzell, S.C.


Ozarka Kids Academy Expanding, Accepting New Children
The Ozarka Kids Academy, located in Melbourne, is nearing the completion of an expansion and renovation project that will allow the daycare to accommodate additional children. Currently, the Kids Academy can have 45 children enrolled, but with the completion of the project, they will be licensed to enroll up to 84 children. It is expected that new children will be able to start attending in mid-March. "The new addition is the result of collaboration between Ozarka, the City of Melbourne and Izard County officials," said Ozarka College President Dr. Richard Dawe. "We are all very pleased that this grant funded project will allow us to serve many more families and children in the Melbourne area." The facility is licensed by the Department of Human Services, Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education. The daycare was established in 1997 and serves children 6 weeks to 5 years of age. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. The Ozarka Kids Academy is operated by a director and licensed child-care providers. Anyone interested in having a child attend Ozarka Kids Academy should contact Karen Hall, Director, as soon as possible, as slots are filling up quickly. She can be reached at 870-368-7868 or by email at khall@ozarka.edu.


Ozarka College To Accept Applications For Fall 2012 LPN Program
Ozarka College will be accepting applications for the Fall 2012 Licensed Practical Nursing program Feb. 1 through April 1. The program is offered at Melbourne, Ash Flat and Mountain View. To enroll, students should visit www.ozarka.edu and complete the online application for admission and select LPN as the program of study. To be eligible for the LPN program, students must be currently enrolled in the four pre-requisite courses or have previously completed the pre-requisite courses. The classes required include English Composition I or Technical English, Math for Nurses, Basic Human Nutrition, and Body Structure and Function or Anatomy and Physiology I and II with labs. Students must also take the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) and the Wonderlic exam offered at Ozarka College in April on the Melbourne Campus. Students may sign up for the testing with the Admissions Office starting Feb. 1 through April 1. The Wonderlic exam will be offered at 8 a.m. in the Lecture Hall of the John E. Miller Building, followed by TEAS at 8:30 a.m. in the Computer Lab on April 10, 12, 13, 17, 19, and 20. The cost of TEAS is $40 and the cost of the Wonderlic exam is $5. To prepare for TEAS, students may purchase study guides at all Ozarka College Bookstores or they may check out one of the limited number available in the Library. Career Pathways will also offer a prep workshop in late February at all four campuses. The workshop will cover the details of what to expect on the day of the test and a general overview of what and how to study for the exam. There is no fee to attend and you do not have to be a Career Pathways student. Pre-registration is required by contacting Kendra Smith at 870-368-2043 or by email at Kendra.smith@ozarka.edu. The following are the dates, times and locations of the TEAS workshop: - Melbourne - Monday, Feb. 20 in Room H-112 from 1-2 p.m. - Ash Flat - Thursday, Feb. 23 in Room AFSC 106 from 1-2 p.m. - Mountain View - Wednesday, Feb. 29 in Room MVSC 115 (Lecture Hall) from 10-11 a.m. - Mammoth Spring - Thursday, March 1 in Room 102 from 10-11 a.m. - Melbourne overflow workshop - Friday, March 2 in Room H-112 from 1-2 p.m. Along with the admission application and scores from the TEAS and Wonderlic exam, students should also submit letters of work experience to the Admissions Office by April 1. For more information about the LPN programs offered at Ozarka College, please contact Admissions at 870-368-2045 or the Nursing Department at 870-368-2077.


Reeves Named Bowser-Petersen Nursing Scholarship Recipient
Sherry Reeves, a Registered Nursing student from Melbourne, has been awarded the Bowser-Petersen Nursing Scholarship by the Ozarka College Foundation. Reeves is employed at Area Agency on Aging and Eaglecrest Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Ash Flat as a Licensed Practical Nurse. The Bowser-Petersen Nursing Scholarship was established in Summer 2011 and is offered by Drs. Robert E. and Cheryl Bowser-Petersen of Horseshoe Bend. It is available to LPNs currently enrolled in the Ozarka College RN program and is given in gratitude for the exceptional care given to Joseph T. Bowser, whose last days were blessed by his hospice nurses. In addition to the regular Ozarka College scholarship application, applicants are required to complete either a one page essay or a short recorded message describing what they know about hospice nursing and why they think they would be good at hospice work. Overall GPA and citizenship are also considered in awarding this scholarship. Reeves wrote in her essay that she has faced two separate situations in her life where hospice care was needed for relatives and that it was the overall compassion and professionalism of the hospice nurses that planted a seed for her to continue her education in nursing. She plans to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Nursing after she completes the RN program. The Ozarka College Foundation is a 501(c) (3) organization and all donations are tax deductible on itemized tax forms. For more information about giving opportunities at Ozarka College, please contact Hannah McWilliams, Development and Alumni Relations Officer, at 870-368-2060 or by email at hmcwilliams@ozarka.edu.


NAEC Announces Operation Round Up® Scholarship Recipients
Ryan Walker and Alex Whitten were the recipients of a full semester scholarship to Ozarka College as a result of North Arkansas Electric Cooperative's first ever Operation Round Up® golf classic held at Big Creek Country Club in Mountain Home Oct. 1. Whitten, of Ash Flat, will complete her Associate's Degree in Biology this semester and plans to transfer to a four year university within the state. Walker is from Brockwell and plans to complete his Associate's Degree in Information Technology next year. Operation Round Up® is a community outreach program through North Arkansas Electric Cooperative with the goal of investing in the future of the communities it serves. Operation Round Up® was a program started in 2005 whereby cooperative members voluntarily round up their monthly electric bill(s) to the next highest dollar. Funds collected go into a trust that awards money to fund community projects and educational scholarships. Since inception, NAEC's Operation Round Up® program has been able to award over $30,000 in scholarship funds to area students. In 2011, the cooperative held its inaugural golf classic for Operation Round Up® to raise additional money for educational scholarships specifically for Ozarka College and Arkansas State University - Mountain Home. The tournament was held in October 2011 and raised over $14,000, which will be split in the form of scholarships between the two schools. Both schools graciously donated two semester scholarships, which were awarded as flight prizes in the tournament. The teams who won the scholarships allowed the Operation Round Up® trust board to select the recipients and as such Walker and Whitten were awarded the scholarships.


February GED Testing Schedule
The GED® Test will be given at Ozarka College - Melbourne on Feb. 8 and 22 at 8:30 a.m. in Room 516 of the Wyth Duke Adult Education Building. The test will also be given at the following locations in February: Mountain View; Ozarka College at 9 a.m. Feb. 2 and 21 Ash Flat; Ozarka College at 9 a.m. Feb. 6 and 29 Calico Rock; City Hall at 9 a.m. Feb. 9 Mammoth Spring; Ozarka College at 9 a.m. Feb. 9 and 23 Salem; Courthouse at 9 a.m. Feb. 16 You must present an Arkansas photo ID, a Social Security Card, and proof of passing Practice Test scores dated within the last year. There is no cost to take the GED® Test. However, if you plan on taking the test at any of these locations, you MUST register by calling Ozarka College at 368-7371 or 1-800-821-4335 before the day of the test. Because of increased demographic information needed, it may be necessary to allow two days for the testing.


Cake Decorating I And II To Be Offered At Ozarka College
Ozarka College will offer two learning opportunities for those interested in cake decorating this semester through Continuing Education. Cake Decorating I, offered Feb. 21 through March 13, and Cake Decorating II, offered March 27 through April 17, will take students through basic cake decorating and design to advanced decorating techniques. Both courses will be four weeks long on Tuesday evenings from 7 to 9 p.m. on the Melbourne campus. Decorating kits required for the courses are included in the cost, which is $85 for Decorating I and $95 for Decorating II. Students who have already taken Cake Decorating I can immediately take Cake Decorating II. Anyone interested in taking the class can contact Karen Overturf in the Vice President for Academic Affairs' office at 870-368-2005 or by email at koverturf@ozarka.edu to request a Continuing Education application that must be completed prior to the course. Applications and payment must be turned in by Feb. 14 for Cake Decorating I and March 20 for Cake Decorating II so kits may be ordered.


Ozarka College To Offer Continuing Education Course In Zumba Fitness
Ozarka College will be offering a Continuing Education course in Zumba Fitness on the Melbourne campus in Room C-120 starting Tuesday, Jan. 24 and ending Tuesday, Feb. 14. The classes will be offered Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5-6 p.m. The cost of the class is $40 and will be taught by Tracie Kirk of Dance 2 Fitness in Cave City. Zumba is a mix of body-sculpting movements with easy to follow dance steps like the Meringue, Salsa, Cumbia, and Mambo, as well as other dances from around the world, including hip-hop and belly dancing. Zumba uses the principles of interval training and resistance training to maximize calories burned, fat burned and total body toning. There is no age limit on who can do Zumba and no previous dance skills are required. Depending on how much one exerts him or herself, Zumba can physically burn between 600 and 1,000 calories per hour as participants build cardio strength and tone muscles. If you have lower back or knee problems, or any other medical problems, it is recommended that you speak with your physician before starting a Zumba program. Anyone interested in taking the class can contact Karen Overturf in the Vice President of Academic Affairs' office at 870-368-2005 or by email at koverturf@ozarka.edu to request a Continuing Education application that must be completed prior to each course. Applications and payment must be turned in by Jan. 20. All participants will also be required to complete a liability waiver the first day of class.


Ozarka College Foundation Accepting Applications For The Charles Cheatham Scholarship Through March 1
The Ozarka College Foundation Board recently completed a scholarship endowment in honor of Mr. Charles Cheatham. The memorial scholarship will be offered through the Ozarka College Foundation and is for students who reside in Izard County. Anyone interested in applying may do so prior to the March 1 deadline by visiting www.ozarka.edu and downloading the scholarship application packet. In 2007, the Ozarka College Foundation Board developed the scholarship fund to honor Cheatham. With the endowment goal of $10,000 recently met, a new scholarship will be awarded for the fall 2012 semester. "I am very proud to see the creation of the Charles Cheatham Scholarship," said Son Lamb, former Ozarka College Foundation Board member. "Charles was such an asset to our community and this scholarship in his name will keep his memory and good deeds for our community alive for many years to come." Cheatham held a civic service position in Izard County for over 45 years. He served as Izard County Treasurer and County/Circuit Clerk from 1950 until his retirement in 1999 and continued to chair the Izard County Election Commission for many years after his retirement. He was active in his church, as well as the Melbourne Lions Club, Izard County Historical Society, several local boards, and he chaired the Izard County Democratic Committee. He and his wife, Mildred, raised their four children in Izard County. Their son Ronald resides in Batesville, son Donald resides in Melbourne, son Lonnie resides in Lone Rock, and daughter Connie Moser resides in Calico Rock. Moser also serves on the Ozarka College Foundation Board. The Ozarka College Foundation is a 501(c) (3) organization and all donations are tax deductible on itemized tax forms. For more information about scholarships available or giving opportunities, contact Hannah McWilliams, Development and Alumni Relations Officer, at 870-368-2060 or by email at hmcwilliams@ozarka.edu.


Career Pathways To Offer Teas Prep Workshops
Anyone interested in starting the Licensed Practical Nursing Program at Ozarka College is required to take an entrance exam known as the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS). The test will be administered in April. Career Pathways is helping students prepare for the exam by offering a workshop for all students to inform them of what to expect. Though Career Pathways is a program designed to assist eligible students overcome barriers in their pursuit of higher education and employment training, all students are welcome to attend this workshop. The workshops will be held in Melbourne on Monday, Feb. 20 in Room H-112 from 1-2 p.m., at Ash Flat on Thursday, Feb. 23 in Room AFSC 106 from 1-2 p.m., at Mountain View on Wednesday, Feb. 29 in Room MVSC 115 (Lecture Hall) from 10-11 a.m., and at Mammoth Spring on Thursday, March 1 in Room 102 from 10-11 a.m. There will also be an overflow workshop held on the Melbourne campus on Friday, March 2 in Room H-112 from 1-2 p.m. Students must apply for the LPN program Feb.1 through April 1 in order to be eligible to take the TEAS. Those enrolling in the LPN program must have completed, or be in the process of completing, all pre-requisite courses by the semester they take the TEAS. The pre-requisite courses required include English Composition I or Technical English, Math for Nurses, Basic Human Nutrition, and Body Structure and Function or Anatomy and Physiology I and II. Students may then contact the Admissions Office to register for the TEAS. The workshop is free of charge and all materials will be provided. Students may contact Kendra Smith with Career Pathways at 870-368-2043 or by email at Kendra.smith@ozarka.edu to get on the list. Each workshop will have a maximum capacity of 20 students, so anyone interested should sign up as soon as possible.


Ozarka College’s Inclement Weather Policy
With cold, winter months ahead of us, Ozarka College wants to remind students, faculty and staff of the College's procedures for canceling classes due to inclement weather. All current students or employees can sign up to receive SMS text alerts by visiting the "Tools" tab in their myOzarka page. A closing announcement will also be placed on the homepage of the Website (www.ozarka.edu), as well as on Facebook (www.facebook.com/OzarkaCollege) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/OzarkaCollege). The following radio and television stations will also carry the announcement: 92.3 KSAR, 95.1 KKountry, 97.9 KTLO, 93.1, 103.3, 99.9 WRD Entertainment, KAIT-TV Channel 8, Jonesboro, KARK Channel 4, Little Rock, KATV Channel 7, Little Rock, and KTHV Channel 11, Little Rock. If the campuses are not closed, students, faculty and staff are expected to be on campus. If an individual feels they cannot be on campus for any reason, arrangements must be made with their instructor(s) and/or direct supervisors. Students will be counted absent if they miss any classes and employees will be required to use vacation days.


Holiday Closings
The Ozarka College campuses will close Friday, Dec. 23 and will reopen to faculty and staff on Tuesday, Jan. 3. The campuses will reopen to students for registration on Monday, Jan. 9 and classes will begin on Tuesday, Jan. 17. Ozarka College wishes everyone a safe and happy holiday season!


Ozarka College – Melbourne Set To Offer Welding Class
Ozarka College - Melbourne will offer a beginning welding class at its Melbourne campus starting Jan. 24, 2012 as part of Continuing Education. The class will be held on Tuesday evenings from 6-9 p.m. for three weeks. The cost to attend the classes is $150. In the three weeks, students will learn basic metal theory, welding safety, proper personal protective equipment (PPE), basic welding skills, and the oxyfuel cutting process. Anyone interested in attending the course must contact Karen Overturf in the Vice President of Academic Affairs Office to request a Continuing Education form that must be returned completed by the start of the course. Overturf may be reached at 870-368-2005 or by email at koverturn@ozarka.edu.


Ozarka College – Mammoth Spring To Offer Hvac Courses In Spring 2012
Ozarka College - Mammoth Spring will offer Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) courses as part of Continuing Education starting in January. Classes will begin on Jan. 9 and will be taught in two parts. The first part, which will be air conditioning, will be Jan. 9-20 and the second part, heating, will be Jan. 23-Feb. 3. Both classes will meet Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 4:30-9:30 p.m. at the Mammoth Spring campus, located at 5th and Archer Street. Each part of the two-part course will cost $150 and will include a textbook. The HVAC course will teach students basic electricity, the refrigeration cycle, compressors controls, wiring diagrams, and the different types of furnaces and other heating equipment. Anyone interested in taking the course should contact Karen Overturf in the Vice President of Academic Affairs Office at 870-368-2005, or by email at koverturf@ozarka.edu, to request a Continuing Education application that must be completed prior to each session. Applications and payment are due by Monday, Jan. 2.


Two Awarded Izard County Single Parent Scholarships
The Izard County Single Parent Scholarship committee recently awarded two scholarships to single parents living in the county. Sara Lawrence, of Melbourne, is a single mother of two who received a $500 scholarship and Amanda Martin, of Sydney, is a single mother of on e who received a $250 scholarship. Lawrence is an Ozarka College Licensed Practical Nursing student who plans to graduate in May 2012. Martin began Ozarka College's new Criminal Justice and Corrections program in August and expects to graduate in May 2013. "I am so honored to be a part of this very worthwhile organization that is serving the single parents of Izard County," said Laura Lawrence, committee member and Director of Financial Aid at Ozarka College. "This scholarship really helps our community in so many ways by helping these determined parents return to school to further their education. Any single parent interested in applying for the scholarship can stop by the Advancement Office at Ozarka College for more information." The scholarship program is designed to provide single parents living in Izard County the opportunity to pursue a diploma or a degree from a post-secondary school in order to improve their job skills, become self-sufficient and improve the lives of their families. For more information about the scholarship or to apply, contact Hannah McWilliams, Development and Alumni Relations Officer for Ozarka College, at 870-368-2060 or by email at hmcwilliams@ozarka.edu. An online application is available at www.aspsf.org. The deadline to apply for the spring 2012 semester is Dec. 15.


December 16 Is Deadline To Apply For Book Loan
Time is running out to apply for a book loan from Career Pathways! Dec. 16 is the deadline to request books for the spring 2012 semester.Career Pathways students at Melbourne, Mountain View, Mammoth Spring, and Ash Flat, as well as online students, may request books. Books will be distributed to students who submit book request forms based on availability and the order in which the requests are received.Book request forms are available on-line and can be picked up at any Career Pathways office. To complete a request form, the student needs to list the course number and name for each book requested and attach a copy of their schedule for reference. Students should also list which campus they prefer the books to be delivered.Award letters for those receiving books will be mailed the week before classes begin. Spring 2011 classes begin Jan. 17, so award letters will be mailed on Jan. 9 and 10. Books will be distributed on the first two days of classes from the Career Pathways offices in Melbourne, Ash Flat, Mammoth Spring and Mountain View. The books are due to be returned by May 11. Read more in Career Pathways' December newsletter by clicking HERE.


Ozarka College – Mountain View Students Help Stock The Shelves This Holiday Season
Ozarka College - Mountain View students are holding a food drive in order to help those most in need in their community. The students are part of one of Ozarka College's Student Success classes, which is a required course for all first time students. Lindsay Galloway of Career Pathways teaches the class and said it was the students' idea to give back in some way. "They really wanted to provide a service to the community and since the Dorcas House Food Pantry serves so many families in Stone County, the students felt like it was a worthy cause," she said. "And the Food Pantry ran a story a few weeks ago in the newspaper about the need for donations, so they decided to help those who are less fortunate, especially this holiday season." The students in the class will be responsible for checking the boxes that have been placed out in the community twice a week until the food drive ends on Dec. 12. Each student will also receive 50 points for participation toward their final grade in the class, but they can get an additional 50 points if they go and volunteer at the Food Pantry. Items needed include, but are not limited to, canned fruits and vegetables, Ensure, foods for those suffering from diabetes, peanut butter, and soups. Donation boxes are located at TD Home Builders, Circle K, Wilson's Town and Country, Best Drug Store, and at the Ozarka College - Mountain View campus. For more information about the food drive, contact Galloway at 870-269-5600 or by email at lhgalloway@ozarka.edu.


Ozarka College Board Of Trustees Vice Chair Bob Evins Named To 2012 Acct Finance And Audit Committee
The Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) recently appointed Mr. Bob Evins of Cherokee Village as an associate member of the 2012 ACCT Finance and Audit Committee. Evins' term will expire at the end of the Annual Community College Leadership Congress in Boston, Mass. in Oct. 2012. Trustee Evins is the Vice Chair of the Ozarka College Board of Trustees and is President of Liberty Bank of Arkansas in Highland. He was appointed to the Ozarka College Board of Trustees in Aug. 2009 for a seven year term by Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe. After attending the new member conference for ACCT in Washington, D.C., Evins applied to serve on the Finance and Audit Committee. This committee is responsible for monitoring executive compliance with fiscally related policies and bylaws, reviewing the annual budget and financial audit, establishing procedures for the periodic audit of Association programs and services and finally reporting to the Board of Directors. "I am humbled to be afforded the opportunity to represent Ozarka College on this national level," said Trustee Evins. "The level of commitment and dedication that I have experienced from Dr. Richard Dawe, the Board of Trustees, the Ozarka Foundation, the staff of educators, as well as support staff is second to none. Ozarka is dedicated to providing a quality learning experience for all students in the communities it serves." Associate members are chosen by voting members of the ACCT Board of Directors and Evins was one of 10 chosen to serve from community colleges across the United States. In his position, he will have full voting rights. "This service opportunity on a national scale is a perfect fit for Bob's experience and it is not only a tribute to his dedication to the Ozarka mission of providing higher education for our students, but it also allows a voice on the national policy stage for our college and the region we serve," said Dr. Richard Dawe, President of Ozarka College. "I appreciate Vice Chair Evins and his colleagues on our College Board very much." The Board policies Trustee Evins will help monitor include: Financial Planning and Budgeting, Asset Protection, and Financial Condition and Activity. The Committee will also identify the information it requires for adequate monitoring and establish a schedule for monitoring reports. Trustee Evins and his wife, Patricia, reside in Cherokee Village and have two grown children and three grandchildren.


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