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Friday, November 13, 2015

UACCM Recognized Award Winners at Arkansas Community Colleges Conference

University of Arkansas Community College in Morrilton recognized award winning faculty, staff, and students at the Arkansas Community Colleges Conference on November 4, 2015 at the Hot Springs Convention Center.
Outstanding Faculty of the Year was awarded to Anthony Holt.  Holt began his teaching career as a graduate student 24 years ago when he was working toward his Wildlife Management degree at Arkansas State University.  While continuing his Master of Science, he was asked to fill in as a lecturer at UACCM and has been there ever since.  Anthony teaches Anatomy and Physiology, Microbiology, and Biology. 
Brigitte Brents, payroll officer, was awarded Outstanding Staff of the Year.  Always wearing a smile, she has a great work ethic and the best attitude, going above and beyond to ensure payroll is completed on time and accurately.  Prior to joining UACCM four years ago, Brents worked in banking at Regions Bank for 30 years.  She has lived in Conway County since 1979, when she moved from Bavaria, Germany.
Shirley Tipton, of Hot Springs, was awarded the Outstanding Alumni award. Tipton is a 2003 graduate of UACCM with an Associate of Arts in General Education.  She then received a Bachelor of Arts in Education from the University of Central Arkansas and a Master of Science in Education from Henderson State.  She is a licensed K-12 Art teacher and has worked for Horatio Schools since 2006. While at UACCM she was a member of Phi Theta Kappa and is a current member of Arkansas Art Educators.  She was vice president of the Cossatot Arts and Crafts Association and served on the Horatio City Improvement Committee, in addition to countless other efforts to enhance the arts in her community.  Recently she was hired as the Advanced Art/AP Art Teacher at Hot Springs High School.

Academic All-Star award winner Natalie Prall, of Conway, found UACCM to be the right choice and place for her to excel academically after graduating from a small high school. Her community involvement includes volunteering with a food drive for a local shelter and helping to empower young girls at her former high school. She is currently pursuing an Associate of Arts and her future plans include pursuing a doctorate in Physical Therapy to help others recover after a serious injury.  As UACCM’s Academic All-Star she was offered a scholarship to a 4 year state university upon completion of her associate degree.


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