Arkansas State University-Beebe students, faculty, staff, and alumni were recently honored at the Arkansas Community Colleges (ACC) fall conference held at the Hot Springs Convention Center.
Student Weston “Cole” Robertson of Quitman, was named the Academic All-Star for ASU-Beebe. Robertson attends classes on the Heber Springs campus, and has maintained a 3.8 GPA, while active in various campus organizations such as Gamma Beta Phi, Phi Beta Lambda, and Future Educators Club. He is currently working toward an Associate of General Studies degree, and after graduation plans to transfer to the University of Central Arkansas to complete his bachelor’s degree in mid-level education. Robertson said, “The teachers and staff at ASU-Heber Springs want me to succeed. They make sure I’m supported and challenged academically, and that I have the opportunity to be involved in my community.”
Dr. Eugene McKay, Chancellor, was named recipient of the Outstanding Faculty Award. Since 1966, Dr. McKay has held many roles, and he currently serves as chancellor and tenured professor of English. He has taught literature, composition, journalism, and French. His late wife and fellow English professor, Dr. Judy McKay, once remarked that he “died and went to administration,” but his heart has never left the classroom. Dr. McKay’s lifelong labor of love has improved untold lives, families, and communities. He will retire in January, but his legacy will endure as a testament to the transformative power of education.
Nancy Meador, Director of Marketing and Public Relations, was named recipient of the Outstanding Staff Award. Meador led the charge to change the logo and mascot at all ASU-Beebe campuses. This included numerous focus groups ranging from students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members. She constantly kept the University community up-to-date on the process and answered numerous inquiries about the change. The result was a logo that was quickly accepted by the Board of Trustees. This re-branding, from beginning to end, was enormous in its scope, and Meador’s tireless effort eased the transition.
Jamie Mobley, Regions Bank City/Market President, has been named this year’s Outstanding Alumni for ASU-Beebe. Mobley entered ASU-Beebe in 2000 and later earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from Arkansas State University. Her career began as a teller at Regions Bank in Beebe, while attending classes at ASU-Beebe. Mobley now oversees Regions Bank operations at the branches in Searcy, Bald Knob, Beebe and Cabot. Mobley also serves as vice chair for the Searcy Regional Chamber of Commerce and is a board member for the White County Community Foundation’s Future Fund and the Searcy City Board of Zoning Adjustments. She is a member of the Liberty Christian School Board, and lives in Searcy with her husband and two children.
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Arkansas State University-Beebe is an operationally separate, two-year institution of the Arkansas State University System. With campuses located in Beebe, Heber Springs, Searcy, and Little Rock Air Force Base, the university offers associate degrees, certificates, and non-credit training for business and industry. The Beebe campus also collaborates with Arkansas State, a four-year university in Jonesboro, to offer baccalaureate and graduate degrees on the Beebe campus.