2010 Archived Faculty & Staff Achievements
The American Association for Paralegal Education acknowledged PTC paralegal instructor Cathy Underwood for demonstrating exemplary teaching skills. She was the Grand Award Winner of the Delmar Cengage Learning Excellence in Teaching Completion held in Indianapolis, IND., Oct. 28. The association adopted a formal resolution recognizing Underwood for this significant accomplishment.
Renee Jeffery Smith, assistant director of the PTC Arkansas Culinary School has successfully completed all the American Hotel and Lodging Association Educational Institute's requirements to become a Certified Hospitality Educator (CHE). This certification identifies her as a leader in hospitality education in the state of Arkansas. Only five other people in Arkansas have achieved this certification.
David Durr, dean of information technology, has been elected as the regional representative to the Infragard National Membership Alliance for the Southwest Region.
Casey Carder, degree audit coordinator, was selected in the Arkansas Business newspaper's "20 in their 20's" feature on emerging leaders in central Arkansas.
English instructor Angie Macri has been selected for inclusion in Best New Poets 2010, an anthology of poems from emerging writers. The book will be published by the University of Virginia Press later this year. The guest editor was Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Claudia Emerson. There were thousands of entries, from which fifty were chosen by Ms. Emerson for publication. Macri's work, a poem called "A Song for Fever," was nominated by Southern Indiana Review.
Amy Green, creative services manager in the Public Relations and Marketing, won Best of Show at the Arkansas State Fair for a three-tier "Robin's Nest" cake. Her cake won first place in the wedding cakes division and Best of Show overall.
Candace Gray Pierce, instructor of sociology, ran the 2010 Braswell & Son Soaring Wings Half Marathon (13.1 miles) on Oct. 23 in Conway.
Angie Macri, Instructor of English, published a poem, "Cairo," in the spring 2010 issue of Tipton Poetry Journal. Tipton Poetry Journal appears online and in print from Zionsville, Indiana.
Sonya Russ successfully defended her dissertation on March 17 and is now Dr. Sonya Russ.
"Song for Fever," a poem by English instructor Angie Macri has been nominated by Southern Indiana Review for Best New Poets. Best New Poets is a yearly anthology published by the University of Virginia Press. Also, has published two poems "After They Married" and "Seawall Boulevard" in Big Muddy: A Journal of the Mississippi River Valley. Big Muddy is published by the Southeast Missouri State University Press in Cape Girardeau.
Wade Derden, instructor of history and political science, co-presented "An Implementation Analysis of the Arkansas System of Care Network" at the Arkansas Political Science Association's annual conference on Feb. 27 at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro. Derden also presented this paper to colleagues and child services stakeholders in Fayetteville in December as the final project of his capstone class at the University of Arkansas.
Angie Macri, Instructor of English, published her poem "Clockworks" in Folio, which is published by the Department of Literature at American University in Washington DC.
Congratulations are in order to Danny Martin, WebCT Administrative Support Specialist, who received a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Technology Management from American Public University.
Candace Gray Pierce, Instructor of Sociology, ran the Little Rock 2010 Half Marathon (13.1 miles) for the first time on Sunday, March 7
Lennon Parker, Web communications specialist, was elected as vice chair for the Next Generation of Young Professionals of the North Little Rock Chamber of Commerce. Lennon has served on the board as marketing chair since 2006.
Angie Macri, Instructor of English, published the poems "Lewisia Rediviva," "North of Frohna," "Say as You Move," and "Plum" in Blue Earth Review. Blue Earth Review is published by Minnesota State University, Mankato.
Dr. Dan F. Bakke, president of Pulaski Technical College, has been elected to a two-year term on the Higher Education Executive Council of the Presidents and Chancellors Council of Arkansas colleges and universities.
Angie Macri, Instructor of English, published a poem "Governors and Generals of Light" in Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review. Borderlands is funded and supported in part by the City of Austin through the Cultural Arts Division. Macri's poem "Summer of Perfect Flowers" appeared in the latest issue of Redactions: Poetry & Poetics, a journal published in Brockport, New York.
In addition, Macri published three poems, "Harvest," "The Largest Island in the World," and "Amber" in The Chaffin Journal. The Chaffin Journal is produced by the Department of English at Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, Kentucky.
Sandy Longhorn, instructor of English, has been invited to speak at Hendrix College and the University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton this semester.
At Hendrix, Longhorn will lead a Murphy Foundation ShopTalk creative writing workshop with student participants on the evening of Tuesday, Feb. 2. ShopTalk workshops allow students the hands on time to learn about craft issues from publishing writers in their fields.
At UACCM, Longhorn will address an Introduction to Poetry class as a guest lecturer on the evening of Tuesday, March 9. She will provide a general talk on poetry as well as reading from her own works and participating in a Q & A with the students.
Tim Jones, director of public relations and marketing, was selected to be Vice President, Administration for the Arkansas chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC).