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ASU-Beebe Offers First Virtual Vanguard Discovery Camp

June 17, 2020

This year, Arkansas State University-Beebe offered its first Virtual Vanguard Discovery Camp using a free online platform. The students were able to enjoy an interactive and creative camp experience, while continuing to social distance.

The Vanguard Discovery Camp sessions were held June 1-4 and June 8-11. There were approximately 100 participants each week, with more than 30 sessions available. 

"The first Virtual Vanguard Discovery Camp was a success,” stated Heather Stogner, Workforce Training Coordinator. “We are thankful to everyone who helped with the VDC and a special thanks to the instructors and the sponsoring organizations, who made the free camp possible.”

Sponsors for the Virtual VDC were: Eoff and Associates-Cathy Eoff, Ozark Trail Festival, First Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas and Delta Kappa Gamma.

Instructors for the Virtual VDC were: Stephen O'Neal, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission; Lowell Myers, Little Red River Foundations; Justin Allen EMS Program Manager at ASU-Beebe; Thomas Fernandez, assistant professor of art at ASU-Beebe; Jake Marquess, associate professor of biology at ASU-Beebe; Chris Brown, Cleburne County Sherriff Office; Mike Watson, campus police at ASU-Beebe; Amber Bramlett, instructor of education at ASU-Beebe; Bob Verboon, Arkansas Master Naturalists- Foothills Chapter; Becky Pierce and Robin Harris, Arkansas Master Naturalists- Foothills Chapter; Kenley Money, Raptor Rehab of Central Arkansas; Bo Davidson and Marc Dyer, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission; Leslie Fowler, Quail Forever; Trent Whitehead, Arkansas Game and  Fish Commission; Dr. Ryan Sartain, Sartain Animal Clinic; Marshall Dickey, Arkansas Fly Fishers; Erin Pierce, Organized Chaos; Christopher Pipkin, Meteorologist at WVUA 23 News in Tuscaloosa, AL; Scott Davis, First Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas; Ali Sugg and Billy Morgan, 101.9 The Lake Radio Station; and Heber Springs High School students Cristina Welsh, Shawn Stone, Dana Wells and Marc Griffin.  

Vanguard Discovery Camp debuted in 2018 offering courses in science, technology, engineering, art and math (S.T.E.A.M.). The focus of the modules is to introduce the next generation to the world around them in a fun and interactive way, while also providing exposure to vast career fields and technology concepts.

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

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