Graduation Guest Speaker Certificate of Appreciation

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					                                  Black River Technical College                                                     Pocahontas ▪ Paragould
December 19, 2008

Volume 6, Issue 18




                                                         The River’s Edge
  Inside this issue:



                                  Graduation Honors Record Number
Graduation                    2
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Auto Collision Complex        2
Hosts Guest Speaker                   Degrees were                                             earning credentials in more than one program of study.
                                  conferred by BRTC                                              An additional 47 GED certificates, earned through
Former Waterloo Employee      3   President Richard
                                                                                               Adult Education, were also conferred during the cere-
Seizes Opportunity                Gaines December
                                                                                               mony.
                                  11, to more than 197
Bosch Continues               3                                                                   Among the graduates were several former employees
                                  graduates, punctu-
to Support BRTC                                                                                of Waterloo Industries and Rector Sportsware, two of the
                                  ated by the cheers of
                                  an overflowing                                               regional plants whose closures left many unemployed and
Construction on Paragould     3
Campus Running Smoothly           crowd of family and                                          seeking re-training opportunities through BRTC.
                                  friends. The Decem-                                              Alvin Lewis, Jr., of Smithville, BRTC Alumnus and
Employees Give                3   ber Commencement                                             member of the Arkansas National Guard, served as guest
(Cont’d from Page 1)              was the largest                                              speaker. He spoke of his own experiences while stationed
                                  graduation class in                                          in Iraq, and urged the graduates to never let life’s
From the President’s Desk     4
                                  the college’s history.                                       “roadblocks” deter them from their goals. Lewis cur-
                                                                    Alvin Lewis, Jr.
Fire Science Instructor Re-       The previous record                                          rently pastors the Arbor Grove Freewill Baptist Church,
                              4
tires                             number of class was 178 individuals receiving 192 de-        and is working toward completion of his Bachelor’s
                                  grees in May 2008. The current graduating class earned a     degree.
                                  total of 232 degrees and certificates, with some graduates                                        (Continued on page 2)
     Important Dates
  January 12

     Classes Begin                BRTC Employees, Board Members
  January 16

     Foundation Board Mtg.        Give Generously to Scholarships
  January 23
                                                                                               gave generously to the Mary Sallee Single Parent Schol-
     Serendipity
                                                                                               arship program while enjoying holiday food and fun at
  February 24                                                                                  the annual Christmas potluck December 12. The giving
                                                                                               came in the form of donated gifts and home-made treats,
     Foundation Gala
                                                                                               and the purchase of these items at a high-spirited silent
  February 27—28                                                                               and active auction.

     Tuskegee Airman                                                                               The event brought in $2,562, which, when matched at
     Presentation                                                                              the 150% level by the Arkansas Single Parent Scholar-
                                                                                               ship program, will bring in an additional $3,843, for a
  March 3 - 4                                                                                  grand total contribution to the MSSPS fund of approxi-
     Holocaust Survivor Visit                                                                  mately $6,405. The fund provides $500 scholarships to
                                                                                               qualified full-time single-parent students living in
  April 17                                                                                     Randolph County and pursuing a degree in higher educa-
     LETA Graduation                                                                           tion. Partial scholarships are available for part-time
                                  Faculty and staff bid on silent auction items.               single-parent students.
  April 23
                                                                                                  Auction Coordinator and MSSPS Committee chair
     Scholarship Luncheon           The faculty and staff, along with members of the
                                                                                                                                  (Continued on page 3)
                                  BRTC Board of Trustees and BRTC Foundation Board,
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Graduation                                                                                                         (Continued from Page 1)
                                      ney in completing her degree, an         Stacey Diggs, Social Science; and       degree completion. The award is
                                      AAS in Registered Nursing. Gipson        Mylea White, Psychology.                given annually by Universal Asset
                                      said the journey had included over-                                              Management. December finalists
                                                                                   Technical Education award win-
                                      coming many difficulties and obsta-                                              are Brandy L. Jones of Pocahontas;
                                                                               ners: Paul Adam Booth, Networking;
                                      cles, but was well worth the effort      James Johnson, Aviation; Erica          Fallon Grace Robbins of Rector;
                                      and persistence. She credited support                                            Valerie J. Bickford of Pocahontas;
                                                                               Davidson, Respiratory Care; Rhonda
                                      from her family, particularly her                                                Denise Lynn Wolfe of Paragould;
                                                                               Difani, Practical Nursing; Brandi
                                      mother, in making the difference.        Sharp, Registered Nursing; Robert       and Donna K. Weisenbach of May-
                                                                                                                       nard. The names of these five will
                                          Board of Trustees member Dr.         Anderson, Phlebotomy; Cathy Ever-
                                                                                                                       be added to another five students
                                      Rebecca Edwards assisted BRTC VP         sole, Dietary Manager; Deborah
                                      for Academics Jack McCord in pre-        Baker, Administrative Services; and     whose names are to be randomly
                                                                                                                       drawn from qualifying May gradu-
                                      senting departmental awards to the       Katrina Bozarth, Business Admini-
                                      following Gen Ed students: Sandra        stration.                               ates. The award, a new automobile,
      Sally JoAnn Gipson              Parker, Human Anatomy and Physi-
                                                                                                                       will be presented at the conclusion of
                                                                                  Dr. Jan Ziegler, VP for Develop-     the May graduation to the student
                                      ology; Derek Cato, Natural Science       ment, announced the five December
   Class spokesperson Sally JoAnn                                                                                      whose name is drawn from the ten.
                                      and Math; Jennifer Doyle, English;
Gipson also spoke of her own jour-                                             graduate finalists for “The River’s
                                      Brydon Anders, Fine Arts Visual;
                                                                               End” incentive award to encourage



Auto Collision Complex Hosts Guest Speaker
                                      difficult job. Knowing the back-             Day one covered paint color.        local industries have purchased the
                                      ground of paint and the various types    “Part of the challenge is to get a      equipment needed to use the water-
                                      of paint helps this process, Michael     match,” Pellett said. “This is the      borne paints, Sherwin-Williams
                                      Pellett, a Sherwin Williams training     hardest part of the color match proc-   Sales Representative, Tina Pickney
                                      center manager, said.                    ess.”                                   said.
                                          Pellett was a recent guest speaker      He gave background information           “This presentation gives the
                                      on the BRTC Pocahontas campus.           on what is in the color and what        students more exposure. They can
                                      He held two lectures covering the        makes it different and varied. His      get a better job that way,” she added.
                                      tips of the trade during a two-day       presentation covered topics such as
                                                                                                                          House arranged for Pellett to
                                      presentation at the BRTC Auto Colli-     metallic and micas.                     speak at BRTC. The Auto Collision
                                      sion Complex. Butch Dail’s Auto
                                                                                  Day two introduced waterborne        Complex was an ideal facility for
           Michael Pellett            Collision class, as well as those from   paints. The new technology does not     local business owners and BRTC
                                      the local auto collision industry,
                                                                               have a lot of harsh chemicals and is    students to meet for the presentation,
   Matching auto paint to an exist-   participated.
                                                                               better for the environment. Several     Pickney said.
ing paint color can sometimes be a




                                       December 2008 Graduating Class is BRTC’s largest to date.
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Former Waterloo Employee Seizes Opportunity
                                           tunity without hesitation. “For me              After one year at BRTC, Parker         having been out of school for so
                                           this was a blessing in disguise,” said      was awarded a Dietary Manager              long. “I can’t say enough about the
                                           Parker, who had been with Waterloo          Certificate during last week’s             faculty and staff at BRTC,” Parker
                                           for 13 years, “although a devastating       graduation ceremony. She plans to          stated. “It’s the faculty and staff that
                                           situation for many.”                        graduate in May with an Associate of       make a campus what it is, and every-
                                                                                       Applied Science in Dietetics degree,       one has gone above and beyond in
                                              Parker was born and raised in
                                                                                       and begin working in a long-term           helping me through this process.
                                           Maynard and graduated from May-
                                           nard High School in 1965. She               care facility. “I like to talk to pa-      Without their encouragement, sup-
                                                                                       tients about their dietary needs,”         port from family and friends, along
                                           began taking basic courses at a col-
                                                                                       Parker explained. “I have done             with my desire and determination, it
                                           lege in Illinois with a desire to one
                                           day become a teacher. But work,             clinicals in both hospitals and long-      would have been so easy to give up.”
                                                                                       term care facilities, and I really like
                                           kids, and other obligations put those                                                      “I knew I was capable of doing
           Sandra Parker                                                               the long-term care facilities. How-
                                           dreams on hold. “After all these                                                       this if ever given the opportunity,
                                                                                       ever, I would really love to become a
                                           years, I am glad to be back in an                                                      because of the love I have for study-
   Returning to college was a “dream                                                   Registered Dietician and teach.”
                                           academic setting,” said Parker, “and                                                   ing and learning. But, most of all,”
come true” for BRTC graduate San-          excited about the opportunity. I wish           The mother of four, grandmother        Parker states with emotion, “because
dra Parker. When given the opportu-        I was financially able to make a            of eight, and great-grandmother of         it’s something I thought I would
nity to go to school after Waterloo        career out of being a student - I just      one, Parker explained how challeng-        never again have the opportunity to
closed its doors, she took the oppor-      love it!”                                   ing this journey was at times after        do.”




Bosch Continues                                                 Construction on Paragould
to Support BRTC                                                 Campus Running Smoothly
                                                                   The main structural
                                                                frame of the new Aca-
                                                                demic Complex on the
                                                                Paragould campus is
                                                                almost complete,
                                                                Ronnie Walker, BRTC
                                                                Construction Manager
                                                                said. Construction
                                                                workers plan to begin
                                                                roof installation on the
                                                                west end before the
                                                                first of the year.
Nick Lee (left) and Steve Engelken (right) present check to        The north entry
Richard Gaines.
                                                                gabled framework is
   Robert Bosch Tool Company has once again donated             currently being com-
$2,500 to the Black River Technical College Foundation          pleted. The entry faces
                                                                                                                           Brick will be laid soon, weather permitting.
for use as needed in support of the students. Bosch repre-      the new parking area. A corridor connecting the
                                                                                                                       Other areas of the construction are currently
sentatives who were on campus November 25 to present            structures is almost complete. The metal stud
                                                                framing on the south side is near completion.          underway or will begin soon. August 1, 2009 is
the gift to President Richard Gaines were Steve Engelken,                                                              still set as the completion date.
Operations Manager, and Nick Lee, Human Resources


                                                                 Employees Give
Manager. Annual contributions from the tool company
have provided new furnishings and remodeling for the                                                                    (Continued from Page 1)
student lounge area in BRTC’s Administration building.
                                                                Janna Guthrey praised the participation and            and provide these needed scholarship dollars at
  President Gaines expressed his appreciation to the com-
                                                                generosity of the many who took part in the            the same time.” Completing the festive atmos-
pany for its continued support of the college and the stu-
                                                                auction. “This year we had the largest number          phere was the auctioneering of “Col” Jack
dents. “We are truly grateful for the continued support
                                                                of gifts ever, and the total revenues show a           McCord, assisted by Auctioneers Mike Dunn
and for the benefits provided to the students.
                                                                record, as well. It’s great when we can have fun       and Dr. Gary Buxton.
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From the President’s Desk                                                                Fire Science Instructor Retires
                                        only with financial uncertainty, but                                                                     Lawrence County
                                        also with negotiating unfamiliar terri-                                                                  Communications
                                        tory in a classroom setting.                                                                             Center and plans to
                                                                                                                                                 continue in those
                                            Both our commencement speaker
                                        and our student spokesperson refer-                                                                      capacities for a cou-
                                                                                                                                                 ple more years. He
                                        enced the hardships students often
                                                                                                                                                 will also serve as an
                                        face, and these include life-altering
                                        experiences which can delay and even                                                                     adjunct instructor for
                                                                                                                                                 BRTC. Other retire-
                                        derail educational plans. Both of them
                                                                                                                                                 ment plans include
                                        spoke from the heart when they en-
                                        couraged those in the audience to                                                                        being a representa-
          Richard Gaines
                                                                                                                                                 tive for companies
                                        persist in following their goals. And
                                                                                        Steve Jones honored by BRTC President Richard Gaines selling fire and com-
    BRTC’s graduation earlier this      both of them spoke of the importance
                                                                                                                                                 munications equip-
month was yet another milestone for     of the support of family members as
                                                                                           After 19 years working at Black     ment, as well as being a consultant
us—a record number of graduates.        they undertake new endeavors.
                                                                                        River Technical College, Fire Sci-     for area fire and emergency services
What makes this event particularly          The silver lining of jobs lost to           ence Instructor Steve Jones is retir-  organizations.
noteworthy is the fact that among the   globalization or other economic fac-            ing. His work at the college began in
nearly 200 people receiving degrees     tors is the fact that dislocated workers                                                  President Richard Gaines recog-
                                                                                        August, 1989, and he has continued
and certificates were several who had                                                                                          nized Jones and presented a plaque to
                                        often have opportunity to re-train for a        full-time in the same capacity
lost their jobs at Waterloo almost                                                                                             him during the staff potluck held
                                        new, hopefully better job than before.          through the Fall 2008 semester. He
two years earlier. Without doubt, the   That is our hope and a major part of                                                   December 12 in the Randolph County
                                                                                        has been responsible for BRTC’s
road for many of the graduates, and                                                                                            Development Center. “He built the
                                        our mission here at BRTC. In today’s            Fire Training Center since its open-
for the displaced workers not only                                                                                             program,” said President Gaines
                                        difficult economic times, this mission          ing in January 1990.
from Waterloo but from other closed     is increasingly important. We pledge                                                   referring to Jones and BRTC’s Fire
                                                                                           Jones is currently the Lawrence     Science Program. “He will be hard to
plants, has not been easy.              to do our part in helping all our stu-
                                                                                        County Emergency Management            replace and will be greatly missed.”
   These students must cope not         dents to build a new, bright future.            Coordinator and Director of the

				
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