2004 Archived Faculty & Staff Achievements
Pulaski Technical College won first place for Best School Entry in the North Little Rock holiday parade in December and was recognized at the North Little Rock City Council meeting on Jan. 10. Participants included Jimmy Pierce, C.J. Chatman, Amy Bonds, Amy Rebick, Lennon Parker, Kristy Perryman, Carol Langston, Tena Carrigan, Joyce Taylor, Dr. Dan F. Bakke and the Pulaski Tech student ambassadors.
Marjorie Lacy, adjunct instructor of English, received a master of arts in technical writing from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in December 2004. Her final thesis is entitled "The Greening of Business: Changing Values or Changing Strategies?"
Amy Baldwin, distance education coordinator, has written a new textbook entitled The Community College Experience, which has been published and released by Prentice Hall. The text is designed for students in two-year college survival skills courses.
Lisa Barringer, Student Government Association president and Augusta Farver, Jr. and Summer Brown, Student Government Association advisers, attended the American Student Association of Community Colleges conference in Nashville, Tenn. The association trains students and advisers in leadership and advocacy for students in community colleges around the country.
Kali Jernigan, financial aid officer, became engaged Oct. 21 to Nathan Brown of Jonesboro. The wedding date is Saturday, April 23, at 4 p.m. in Lepanto.
Carol Langston, vice president for college advancement, has been elected vice chair of the North Little Rock Chamber of Commerce for 2005. She also will serve on the steering committee of the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors Club.
Joyce Taylor, executive director of the Pulaski Tech Foundation, has been named membership chair and steering committee member of the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors Club.
Amy Bonds, creative services manager, has been recognized by the Junior League of North Little Rock for her creative work on marketing materials for the league’s Home for the Holidays Home Tour in HeritagePark. Her work was featured in the Nov. 13 issue of the High Profile section of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
Scottie Burchett, instructor of cosmetology at the SalineCountyCareerCenter, has been elected to a two-year term as president of the National Cosmetology Association of Arkansas. In addition to serving as president, she will lead the NCA of Arkansas Fashion Committee in teaching the current trends in haircuts, styles, nails, skin care and makeup for each season for the next two years.
Martha Hampton Carle, adjunct instructor in the Fine Arts and Humanities Division, has been recognized as a certified health education specialist (CHES) after passing the national exam administered by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing. Carle is a faculty member of the College of Pharmacy at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.
Brandi Coleman, assistant registrar, will graduate from the University of Arkansas in December with a bachelor of science in education in human resource development.
Lauren C.E. Garland, adjunct instructor of respiratory therapy, has been named Practitioner of the Year by the Central District of the Arkansas Society of Respiratory Care.
Carol Langston, vice president for college advancement/executive assistant to the president, has been named to the CARTI Foundation Development Council. The objectives of the council are to increase CARTI Foundation income through new and existing events, increase volunteer support and develop new leaders for the CARTI Foundation Board of Directors.
Cindy Nesmith, administrative secretary for the Fine Arts and Humanities Division, was elected to a three-year term on the Arkansas Association of Two-Year Colleges Board of Directors. She will represent the classified/support staff division.
Lennon Parker, Web support specialist and college Webmaster, recently attended the League for Innovation in the Community College’s 2004 Conference on Information Technology in Tampa, Fla.
Amy Rebick, special events/special projects manager, has been appointed to the Little Rock Air Force Base Community Council.
Joyce Taylor, executive director of the Pulaski Technical College Foundation, and Kristy Perryman, development associate, are to be commended for their work in organizing a tribute dinner in honor of college founder Lyndell Lay. The dinner served as a fundraiser in support of the CampusCenter and Library Expansion Fund.
Julie Wright, instructor of psychology, recently became engaged to Christopher Locke, of London, England. No date has yet been set.
Stephan Zimmermann, instructor of economics, was appointed as senior mentor at The Fisher Graduate School of Business of the Monterey Institute of International Studies in Monterey, Ca. The Monterey Institute, founded in 1956, has grown into an internationally recognized, prestigious center for business, political and economic studies. Zimmermann will be advising graduate students and recent alumni of the school in academic and career-related matters.
Juanita Brown, nontraditional recruitment coordinator, developed an award-winning grant proposal that netted $16,000 from the Arkansas Workforce Investment Act for the Pulaski Technical College YouthBuild Program. Additionally, she helped coordinate the Summer Career Camps at PulaskiTechnical College for North Little Rock and Little Rock area high school students. She received a $600 program donation from the Central Arkansas Planning and Development District Office for the North Little Rock and Jacksonville students.
Rhonda Carroll, learning assistance coordinator, and Nicki Feldman, mathematics department chair, have been named to Who’s Who Among Teachers in American Colleges and Universities.
Kay Roberts Clowney, adjunct instructor of psychology, was named a Baldrige examiner for the National Institute of Standards and Technology.
Mary Deville, training specialist at the Pulaski Tech Business and Industry Center, will serve as Arkansas Chapter, American Society for Training and Development (ASTD) president for 2005. In October, the Arkansas Chapter will send her to the ASTD Leaders Conference in Arlington, Va., which is designed to prepare chapter members for leadership roles.
Cordelia H. Griffith, admissions and records secretary, recently received an Associate of Applied Science in Business with an option in office technology from Pulaski Tech. She is an honor graduate, a member of Phi Theta Kappa and a member of the American Association for Women in Community Colleges.
Debbie Kirby, Pulaski Tech library director, and Amanda Moore, director of Bailey Library at Hendrix College, co-authored “Play, Don't Watch: The ACRL/Harvard Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians,” published in the December 2003 (vol. 60, no. 6) issue of Arkansas Libraries. Kirby is completing a two-year term on the Arkansas State Library Network Advisory Committee. The committee reviews and selects databases provided free to public, K-12, academic and special libraries state-wide. Federal funding for database access is provided through the Library Services and Technology Act.
Carol Langston, vice president for college advancement/executive assistant to the president, has been named an “honorary commander” at the Little Rock Air Force Base.
Danny Martin, distance education, achieved the senior level of WebCT certification at the annual WebCT User's Conference in Orlando, Fla. Danny participated in an online class during June and then met his classmates for a two-day intensive workshop at the conference in Florida. He had to deliver two presentations, one a 20-minute session and the other a two-hour training session on the discussion tool. His hard work and preparation paid off as he was the talk of his classmates for his inventive and innovative approach to training faculty.
Lennon Parker, Web support specialist, recently designed the cover and press kit for an upcoming book titled “Jesse James: Blood Tells the Tale” which was written by Betty Duke, the great granddaughter of the famous western outlaw Jesse James. The book discusses how Jesse James cheated and staged his own death and got away with his own murder. This book will feature DNA results and photos and lots more information and should be available later this year or early next year. For more information visit www.jessejamesintexas.com
Stephan Zimmermann, instructor of social sciences, has published and released two novels, “The Sonja Factor” and "The Christmas Strike,” which are available at www.panaxus.com.
Scottie Burchett, instructor of cosmetology at the Saline County Career Center, has been elected vice president of the Arkansas division of the National Cosmetology Association. The NCA's state fashion committee organizes two trend release events each year to showcase new trends in hair, skin and nails for each season.
Amy Baldwin, distance education coordinator, and Joey Cole, English and Fine Arts Department chair, will present "Smashing the Paradigm: How Technology is Transforming Traditional Education" at the 2004 conference of the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools in March.
Lauren Garland and Mark O'Neal, instructors of respiratory therapy, are organizing the second annual Respiratory Therapy Education seminar set for March 12. The seminar will feature six speakers and will draw more than 150 participants from the respiratory therapy community.
Erik Ostermueller, adjunct instructor of information technology, recently published "Cut development time by using XML Schema validation for basic data validation tasks" on the IBM developerWorks Web site. The article also was translated into Chinese and Japanese. Ostermueller has been a lead software developer and consultant for more than 10 years, with experience in both the U.S. and Europe. Currently employed at Fidelity Information Services, he has spoken on XML at two different conferences. He actively contributes to a few different Java open-source projects and focuses on XML Schema, automated testing, Unicode, and usability issues.
Keith Slaten, training specialist with the Business and Industry Center, received a master of arts in dual disciplines, computer resource and information management and management, from Webster University in December.
Joyce Taylor, executive director of the Pulaski Technical College Foundation, is attending a series of six Arkansas Association of Two-Year Colleges workshops for a certificate of completion in fundraising. She recently attended the third session, "Annual and Targeted Fundraising Programs."
Raymond Williams, instructor of information technology, recently interviewed with several network television affiliates regarding his organization, www.rescuenetwork.com, and the efforts to rescue abused horses. Rescue Network assists in protecting abused and neglected animals and donates services and money to surviving animals' recovery.