Arkansas State University-Heber Springs celebrated a generous allocation from the state General Improvement Fund this afternoon with a campus presentation, thanks to the efforts of State Senator Missy Irvin of Mountain View.
Presenting a $150,000 check to ASU System President Dr. Chuck Welch, ASU-Heber Springs Vice-Chancellor Dr. Chris Boyett and ASU-Beebe Chancellor Dr. Eugene McKay, Senator Irvin said she was thrilled to present these funds to the campus.
“I can think of nothing better - than to give our community money for education, which will help families, generations of families, for years to come. I’m thrilled to be here to present this money, and it was an honor to direct these funds for this beautiful campus,” Senator Irvin said.
Dr. Boyett said the funds will be used for security and also for technology.
“Last week alone, there were five campus lockdowns across the country, so campus security and student safety is extremely important to all of us. We plan to use 50 percent of the General Improvement Funds for video surveillance to increase security and the remainder to upgrade and replace technology that is now very outdated,” Dr. Boyett said.
“We moved into our building in 2007 and while it is new and modern, the technology needs upgrading. With the integration of a VDI (Virtual Desktop Interface), computers will be interfaced to a central server – instead of having desktop computers,” Dr. Boyett further said.
VDI is considered a green initiative, since it requires less energy, Dr. Boyett added. Additionally, this “technology refresh” will increase the speed and performance of computers.
The presentation Wednesday afternoon included community dignitaries, Heber Springs Chamber of Commerce members, along with faculty, staff and students. During the presentation, Dr. Welch thanked Senator Irvin for her generous support to make this a reality for ASU-Heber Springs. “Funds for capital improvements are not easy to come by and we are grateful for Senator Irvin’s support,” Dr. Welch said. “ASU-Heber Springs provides a rigorous education for students and this money will be a tremendous benefit to students as they pursue their education goals.”
ASU-Heber Springs opened in 1999 and serves students throughout Cleburne county, offering associate degrees and technical certificates - including an award winning welding program and new programs in hospitality administration/culinary and environmental science. ASU-Heber Springs, a center of ASU-Beebe, is located at the base of beautiful Sugarloaf Mountain and nearby Greers Ferry Lake and the Little Red River.