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Student Awards Recipients
Published: April 26 2017

Students from Arkansas State University-Beebe were honored at the annual Student Awards Reception held here April 11 at the McKay Student Center.

Students were presented awards for leadership and outstanding achievement in their respective major fields of study. Several students were also named to the 2016-2017 Who’s Who Among American Universities and Colleges. Students recognized were: Sarah Vaughn of Ward, Camie Gray of Judsonia, Michael D. Jones of Cabot, Kaitlyn Pflugradt of McRae, Jake Green of Quitman, Christian Culwell of Rose Bud and Ann Thompson of Greenbrier.  Students were chosen by faculty and staff based on a number of criteria including: academic achievement, service to the community, leadership in extracurricular activities and potential for continued success.

Residence hall awards were also presented to Kayla Englade and Tina Phan for Desk Assistants of the Year; Victoria Mellas for Resident Assistant of the Year; and Kyra Robinson and Jack Steward for Freshman of the Year.  


Awards were also presented for various academic divisions: Jason Milton of Dover, Tennessee, agriculture equipment technology and Jamie Webb of Searcy, practical nursing, received awards for Advanced Technology and Allied Health; Holly Hedgepeth of Damascus, agriculture education, and Madison Powell of Beebe, animal science, received awards for Business and Agriculture; Patricia Brown of Cabot, criminal justice, Sayward Poertner of Cabot, education, and Jose Ross of Jacksonville, liberal arts and sciences, received awards for Education and Social Sciences; Marley Cash-Powell of McRae, liberal arts, and Daniel Rowe of Cabot, liberal arts, received awards for English and Fine Arts; Patrick Dunlap of Cabot, health sciences, and Rachel Huggins of Griffithville, health sciences, received awards for Mathematics and Science; Greg Hooper of Beebe, general technology, and Ethan Ragland of Marshall, diesel technology, received awards for Occupational Technology. 


The most prestigious ASUB award is the Citizenship Award, based on overall academic and leadership qualities.  This year’s award was presented to Kaitlyn Pflugradt of McRae, an agriculture major specializing in animal science, and Stew Prosser of Conway, also an agriculture major. This award has been presented annually to exceptional students since 1959. 


Additionally, Tonia Spradlin, assistant professor of business, received the Positive Faculty Award, and Karly Carter, administrative specialist for the English and Fine Arts Division, was presented the Positive Staff Award. 


The Outstanding Student Organization Award was presented to the Phi Beta Lambda organization. Victory Anikwe and faculty advisors Allyson Hendrix and Tonia Spradlin, assistant professors of business, accepted the award for the organization. 


The Lauren Reeves Transfer Scholarship, a newly established scholarship for health science majors, was presented to students Victoria Hoopes of Searcy and Patrick Dunlap of Cabot.  This scholarship award was presented by Butch Rice, CEO of Stallion Transportation Group.


For more information about ASU-Beebe and its programs, call (501) 882-3600, or visit the ASU-Beebe website at www.asub.edu.


Founded in 1927, 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, the Little Rock Air Force Base, and online, 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. ASU-Beebe is nationally recognized by the Aspen Institute for student success rates.