Rotary Club Student of the Month

Quinshaun Bennett-Hale was selected as the De Queen Rotary Club's Student of the Month for October.  Quinshaun spoke to club members about his involvement in sports at De Queen High School and his plans to pursue a degree in education. He is presented his award by Club President Dustin Roberts.

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Saturday, November 17, 2018

Lions Club President Jeff Brown introduced Student of the Month Katelyn Patterson, a senior at De Queen High School, to club members during their regular noon meeting Tuesday at Tres Agaves Restaurant. Patterson is president of the National Honor Society, student council and show choir. She …

Monday, November 12, 2018

LITTLE ROCK — The University of Arkansas Cossatot honors Marvin Terrell, of Nashville, as 2018 Outstanding Faculty and Christine Vertiz, of De Queen, as 2018 Outstanding Staff at an award ceremony held at the annual Arkansas Community Colleges conference at the Little Rock Marriott. 

LITTLE ROCK - The University of Arkansas Cossatot honored Fernando Balderas, of De Queen, as 2018 Outstanding Alum and Andrea Jones, of Foreman, as 2018 Academic All-Star at an award ceremony held at the annual Arkansas Community Colleges conference at the Little Rock Marriott. 

On Nov. 5, the state Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters Program (HIPPY) held its yearly conference at the Convention Center in Hot Springs. This event recognizes someone in Arkansas to receive the 2018 Arkansas Home Visiting Professional of the Year Award. This year, Karen …

The University of Arkansas Cossatot honored staff and faculty members for five, 10, and 20 years of distinguished service during the college’s October Faculty/Staff Meeting. Recipients are Christine Vertiz, Susanne Ward, Erika Buenrrostro, and David Sirmon.

Vertiz, a resident of De Queen, has been with the college for 20 years. Before joining UA Cossatot, she worked 25 years in the poultry industry until her young daughter’s battles with cancer forced her to leave work. Her own health then declined, landing her in a nursing home for two years. During that time, Vertiz started classes at UA Cossatot while also working as a part-time tutor.  She completed her Associate of Arts degree and then Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Vertiz is now the college’s Testing Coordinator. She loves making students feel a little more at ease as they come in to take an exam. Always wearing a smile, Vertiz strives to make a difference in whatever way she can, just as she feels the college has made a difference in her life.

Ward is a lifelong resident of Ashdown and has been with UA Cossatot for 10 years. An alumni of the University of Arkansas with a Bachelor of Science and Masters of Education, she began her service as the Disability Coordinator and transitioned to Director of Student Services in 2017. She completed the Little River County Leadership class in 2010 and the Arkansas Community Colleges Leadership program in 2018. During her time as Disability Coordinator, Ward assisted students with disabilities in overcoming obstacles and accomplishing their academic and career goals. As Director of Student Services, Ward works to improve retention and attainment by ensuring all student serving departments work together for a better student experience. She continues to add value through her commitment to students and their success. 

Buenrrostro, a resident of De Queen, has been with UA Cossatot for 5 years. She began her time at the college as a college recruiter, continuing to focus on Hispanic recruitment. Buenrrostro’s efforts, along with a college wide effort, lead to the college being named as a Hispanic-Serving Intuition (HSI) by the US Department of Education for the year 2017-2018. This made UA Cossatot the first and only HSI in the state of Arkansas. Buenrrostro now serves as the new Center for Student Success Coordinator, providing workshops, study space, mentoring, and food assistance on campus and community outreach in the college’s service areas. She has also served as Colts Club Soccer Sponsor, Student Diversity Association Sponsor, and now Rotaract Co-Sponsor. Her energy and care for students continue to push the college to increase student success.

Sirmon, a resident of Dierks, has been with the college for 5 years as a Workforce Development Coordinator.  Sirmon leverages his previous managerial experience within the poultry industry and 12 years as a retail business owner to assist companies and their employees in becoming more competitive through quality, cost-effective training.  He also manages a variety of activities involving the placement of graduates, students, and community members into identified employment opportunities---including the college’s Virtual Career Center at and Arkansas Career Readiness Certifications recognized by multiple area employers.


Friday, November 09, 2018
Thursday, November 08, 2018

De Queen Middle School October Good Citizens: Keri Staggs, Olivia Cooley, Joshua Mendez, Ian Johnson. Students that have demonstrated Good Citizenship (helpful to teachers and other students, no office referrals, etc.) are chosen at the end of each month. 

A group of Pre-AP Biology students from De Queen High School, traveled to Magnolia for the 2018 Stem Science and Engineering Open House held at the SAU Campus on Oct. 26. The students had the opportunity to experience virtual reality, type their own blood, and read each other’s brainwave act…

Monday, November 05, 2018
Thursday, November 01, 2018
Tuesday, October 30, 2018

The University of Arkansas Cossatot held it’s annual college fair for 270 high school juniors and seniors from Howard, Little River, Sevier counties at the UA Cossatot Bank of Lockesburg Gymnasium on Oct. 18. Students were able to visit with 26 colleges, universities, and other educational i…

Two-hundred-and-fifty students and community members were served during the University of Arkansas Cossatot’s Center for Student Success two-hour health fair providing free flu shots and health education held on Oct. 18 at the De Queen campus and on Oct. 25 at the Nashville campus. 

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Education! It’s a character builder! A life-long process that is never finished. Arkansas Extension Homemakers Council (AEHC) members keep up to date in these rapidly changing times through lessons on all phases of family living and special interest topics presented by speakers, educators an…

Monday, October 22, 2018

De Queen Rotary Club presented the U of A Cossatot Non-traditional Scholarship to Laurie Alvarado. Alvarado is the mother of four kids and is currently pursuing her RN degree. She told club members she was interested in the medical field due to challenges in her own life and the desire to he…

Monday, October 15, 2018

De Queen Junior High School September Good Citizens are, left to right: Nathan Patterson, Marlen Perez, Wendy Victoriano, Romeo Timothy.  Students that have demonstrated Good Citizenship (helpful to teachers and other students, no office referrals, etc.) are chosen at the end of each month. 

Friday, October 12, 2018
Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Umpire schools will be having their Fall Festival on Friday, Oct. 12. Concession will open at 5 p.m. and the event will be from 6-8 p.m. Elementary will be having a concession stand selling pizza, nachos, drinks and baked items.

Friday, October 05, 2018
Wednesday, October 03, 2018
Tuesday, October 02, 2018

The following students were vote as August-September Good Citizens by their teachers: Matthew Bruce, Braulio Duran-Hernandez, Zae-Lei Frachiseur and Joana Barrientos. Students that have demonstrated Good Citizenship (helpful to teachers and other students, no office referrals, etc.) are chos…

A taste testing focus group lunch sampling was held at Horatio High School the afternoon of Sept. 26, as students from Ms. Ashley Elmore’s entrepreneurial experience (LionMerch) class got to preview and critique new recipes that may be offered to students in the near future. 

Monday, October 01, 2018

Alex Harbison, a recruiter with the University of Arkansas, Little Rock, visits with De Queen students during lunch last Friday. UA Little Rock is a central Arkansas university that offers students traditional and online classes with diplomas in over 100 degree programs.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018
Tuesday, September 25, 2018
Monday, September 24, 2018

Landon Bennett (top) and Trinity Cox, students at Legacy Academy, with Mrs. Mary Ditzel, recently wrote and submitted poems in a national student poetry contest. Bennett wrote a poem titled “All About Me”. Cox’s poem was named “How I Feel”. Both poems have been chosen by The America Library …

The University of Arkansas Cossatot and University of Arkansas System’s eVersity announced that UA Cossatot Occupational Therapy Assistant Program Director Tamla Heminger has been named a winner in Blackboard’s Exemplary Course Program (ECP). The awards program recognizes faculty and course …

Friday, September 21, 2018
Thursday, September 20, 2018
Monday, September 17, 2018
Thursday, September 13, 2018
Monday, September 10, 2018

The University of Arkansas Cossatot honored staff and faculty members for 10, 15, 20, and 25 years of distinguished service during the college’s fall in-service. Recipients are Brenda Morris, Tammy Coleman, Charlotte Johnson, Mike Kinkade, Kelly Plunk, Laura Riddle, Linda Young, Karen Arbuck…