Last month, UA Cossatot personnel attended the 2019 ACC (Arkansas Community Colleges) Conference. At the conference, awards were given to four individuals from each college during the ACC Awards Banquet.
UA Cossatot award winners included Hollie Jones, Debbie Gatlin, Shawna Stinnett, and Keely Butler.
Jones received the Outstanding Faculty Award. Gatlin received the Outstanding Staff Award. Stinnett was awarded Outstanding Alumni, and Butler was awarded Outstanding Academic All-Star.
Jones joined UA Cossatot as a full-time faculty member in August 2016, teaching accounting and business courses. Jones goes beyond expectations in working with students to ensure learning and success in her courses. She focuses on helping students realize their potential and find passion for their chosen career.
Outside the classroom, she is active on the accreditation team. While working on her MBA, she had the opportunity to study international business abroad in Beijing and Shanghai, China. She is currently organizing a study abroad trip to London and Paris to provide cultural experiences to UA Cossatot students and staff.
Gatlin acts as a benefits advisor, assisting the HR Department with its many tasks, and is always ready to answer any questions her co-workers may have about leave, benefits, or pay. Gatlin has always been a dependable, hard-working, and conscientious employee caring about every person who enters her office. Her love of helping others shows daily.
She loves working at UA Cossatot and enjoys the feeling of family that exists within its halls. Outside work, Gatlin hopes to receive her Administrative Assistant Associates soon and enjoys being a grandmother, jogging, and crafting.
Stinnett completed her Associate of Arts before her Bachelor of Science in Education at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. Stinnett is a UA Cossatot employee, and over 11 years, she’s held many roles on campus. She currently serves as a Financial Aid Analyst. Stinnett enjoys her role because it is a challenge.
Stinnett stated, “I am honored to be a graduate of UAC and am thankful how UAC has impacted my life for the good. I’m proud to be an alumni and employee of UAC because we offer people like me a chance to grow and succeed.”
Butler is an exceptional, highly motivated, dedicated student with the attitude and compassion for the healthcare profession. Butler will complete her RN degree in December and then plans to pursue her BSN.
She is currently an LPN at King Medical Clinic in Ashdown, volunteers with Alpha and Omega Kids, and attends Central Baptist Church. She serves on the UA Cossatot Young Alumni Board. Butler said, “I cannot thank Cossatot enough for the great education and all the amazing opportunities it has provided me!”.