The University of Arkansas Cossatot honored staff and faculty members for 5, 10, and 20 years of distinguished service during the college’s May Staff/Faculty Meeting. Recipients are Tony Hargrove, Dawn Humphry, Sandra Griffin, Shawna Stinnett, Kelli Harris, and Relinda Ruth.
Hargrove, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, has been with the college for 20 years. Hargrove began his time at UA Cossatot in Student Services as an admissions advisor and recruiter. He later joined information technology when higher education advanced technologically. Hargrove is now the Director of the Department of Information Systems Support. The advancement and maintenance of the college’s information technology infrastructure are all under Tony’s leadership. This includes everything from the components of the Blackboard Enterprise system, hardware that currently is in operation on each campus, network printers, VOIP phone system, and now the new Workday Enterprise system. UA Cossatot recognizes Hargrove’s value by continually voting him as the recipient of the Helping Hand Award presented at the staff/faulty end-of-the-year party, three years in a row.
Humphry, a resident of Nashville, Arkansas, has been with the college for 20 years and has helped many people earn US Citizenship and obtain a high school equivalency diploma, as well as other credentials. She was first hired as a part-time adult education instructor in 1998. She became a full-time instructor in 2002. For adult education, Humphry wears many hats. She teaches adult basic education, GED preparation, workplace classes, English as a Second Language, US Citizenship prep, employability, digital literacy, and financial literacy. She is an Arkansas licensed teacher certified in six areas: Secondary English Language Arts, Journalism, Oral Communications, Adult Education, and two levels of ESL. Humphry is a life member of the National Association of Junior Auxiliaries and a former board member of the Howard County Literacy Council and Howard County Affiliate of the Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund.
Griffin, a resident of Dierks, Arkansas, has been with the college for 10 years. She has spent her time at the college teaching students cosmetology. Griffin’s students have high success rates when testing for their state cosmetology license upon graduation. Her positive energy and willingness to do whatever needed has grown and strengthened the UA Cossatot Cosmetology program. Griffin helps students prepare for SkillsUSA and Sheer Madness, where students are awarded medals in various categories.
Stinnett, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, has been with the college for 10 years. She began her time at UA Cossatot as a student worker in the Business Office, finding a career in higher education. Stinnett joined the Financial Aid department in 2011, where she has assisted in awarding student scholarships, coordinating veteran education benefits, coordinating Financial Aid Work Study positions, and managing Pell grant disbursements and reporting. Her compassion and commitment to student success make UA Cossatot a military friendly college. Stinnett goes above and beyond for the well-being of students and coworkers
Harris, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, has been with the college for 5 years as an Agriculture and Business Instructor. She has worked to develop an Agriculture program that is beneficial to both students and employers. Since she began working at UAC, Harris has assisted with the development of the Agriculture Science Degree, Agriculture Education Degree, and the Natural Resources Degree. In conjunction with the Horticulture class, Harris and her students operate the college greenhouse and plant sale each Spring and conduct numerous community service projects each year. Harris also works closely with the University of Arkansas to integrate Geographic Information System (GIS) technology into the agriculture curriculum. In addition to all of this, she has continued to develop and improve the Colts Classic FFA judging event that serves over 1,000 high school students from Arkansas as well as Oklahoma, Texas, and Missouri. Harris was the 2017 recipient the NAAE Outstanding Post-Secondary Agriculture Program and the 2016 Arkansas Community Colleges Outstanding Faculty for UAC in 2016.
Ruth, a resident of Dierks, Arkansas, has been with the college for 5 years. Ruth graduated summa cum laude from UA Cossatot in 2010 and began her time as an employee in the Texas Book Company bookstore at UA Cossatot in 2008. Ruth became the Director of the Educational Resource Center in 2013. In this role, she has led the development and operation of the UA Cossatot Textbook Rental/Open Educational Resource (OER) program, inspiring a movement among peer colleges. This program alone has saved UA Cossatot students an estimated $750,000 over the last three years.