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  • 8/7/2019 The Vision Newsletter Spring 2011_The Vision Newsletter Spring 2011


    Come Join Us!

    As I see every day through our students, faculty, staff and graduates,

    ASUMH is a part of this community in a very unique way. Recently, as we

    received word that a local resident remembered us in her Trust, I was

    reminded that our community also recognizes the importance of ASUMH to

    this area. Here, learning may begin in the classroom, but its impact reach-es far beyond. Through diverse academic programs, workforce training and

    continuing education, ASUMH provides opportunities that allow our commu-

    nity to continue to grow academically, personally and professionally. Some

    come to ASUMH to earn an associate's degree. Others are learning or upgrading technical skills to

    enter or re-enter the workforce. Still others come to take a single class for pure enjoyment or to pre-

    pare for employment and further study. We hope you will join us on campus this spring to see how

    we, with your help, continue to Create Opportunities and Change Lives in our community.

    Ed Coulter, Chancellor

    ASUMH a Beneficiary of

    Patricia B. Melson TrustArkansas State University-Mountain Home (ASUMH) has been named

    a beneficiary in the Patricia B. Melson Trust. A native of Kanawha, IA,

    Melson lived in Mountain Home from 1983 to 2010 after moving from

    Virginia Beach, VA. She was formerly a professor at East Carolina

    University in Greenville, NC. Melson, who passed away in March of

    2010, enjoyed reading, bridge, needlework, puzzles and travel. An

    active member of First United Methodist Church in Mountain Home,

    she was past president of the local and district United Methodist Women. She was a volunteer tutor

    for the Literacy Council and a volunteer for the Mountain Home Chamber of Commerce. In her trav-

    els, Melson visited all seven continents. She is survived by a daughter, Beverly Doyle; a son, A.G.

    Melson, Jr.; five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. "This significant gift was made by a

    former professor who had a love of education and was proud to see what great things ASUMH had

    done in this community," said Paul Johnson, Trust Officer at First Security Bank. "We are thrilled and

    delighted to learn of Mrs. Melson's gift to the university," said ASUMH Chancellor Ed Coulter.

    "Patricia B. Melson understood the importance of education and we appreciate her acknowledgement

    of ASUMH as an important part of the quality of life we enjoy in the Twin Lakes Area. Her support

    will help sustain us in our primary goal of Creating Opportunities ~ Changing Lives."

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    SPRING 20


    n Associate of Appliin Welding Added

    n Trout Hall of Fame

    and Induction Cer

    n Annual Fund 2011


    n March 21-25

    Spring Break

    n April 2Trout Hall of Fam

    n April 7Community-wide C

    n April 14Arvest Concert

    Jonathan Story

    n May 9

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    Dr. Charles L. WelchNew ASU SystemPresidentOn Tuesday, Nov. 9, the Board of Trustees ofArkansas State University voted unanimously

    to appoint Dr. Charles L. (Chuck) Welch ofArkadelphia to serve as the next president of

    the Arkansas State University System. Welch, who grew up in Jonesboro,is currently serving as president of Henderson State University. On a motionby Trustee Mike Gibson of Osceola, and seconded by Dan Pierce ofJonesboro, the board voted to appoint Welch as the ASU Systems second

    president, with the contract details to be worked out. Following the vote,Dr. Welch addressed the board and the audience. Prior to his appointmentat Henderson, Dr. Welch served as chancellor of the University of ArkansasCommunity College at Hope, and before that he was vice chancellor foracademic affairs at ASU-Beebe. He earned his doctoral degree in higher edu-cation administration from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, hismasters degree in political management from George WashingtonUniversity in Washington, D.C., and his bachelors degree in political sciencefrom the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. Welch and his wife Mandyhave two daughters. Welch said taking the ASU system presidency wouldbe like coming home. His first step as president, he said, would be to scan

    the environment, and sit down with faculty, staff and students to talk abouttheir wants and needs. Its important that you engage everyone, Welchadded.

    ASUMH Performing ArtsCouncil UpdateAn enthusiastic group of local community leaders will be preparing a

    season of outstanding performances for the Vada Sheid Community

    Development Center's new Performing Arts Series. Set to begin offer-

    ing a season of cultural shows in fall of 2011, the members of the

    Performing Arts Council are exploring musicals, theatre and other enter-

    tainment to make up a "Performing Arts Series." Offering three perform-

    ances a year is the goal of the group, which hopes to present a broadway-

    style production in the fall, a holiday performance, and a spring theatrical

    show. Members of the Performing Arts Council are pictured: (front, left

    to right) Gayla Thompson, Committee Chairman Caroline Carroll, TerreWare (center, left to right) Katie Risk, Deb Peterson, Kelly Guiliano (back,

    left to right) Tim Martin, Mike Stockton. Not pictured: Denise Clarke,

    Cindi Floyd, Mike Willard, Lang Zimmerman.

    Employee Fitness ChallengeKicks Off

    Employees at ASUMH will be enter-

    ing the Arkansas Blue and You

    Fitness Challenge over the coming

    weeks, and the race is on toward

    better health! Realizing the benefits of a healthy lifestyle, the program will

    help employees increase physical activity and subsequently, begin to

    address weight loss and management. The contest, during which ASUMH

    employees from opposing teams -- ladies vs. gentlemen -- participate in

    eligible exercises which are focused on cardiovascular health for a three-

    month time period. Measurements are established and given a point value

    at the beginning of the contest, then recorded throughout the competition.

    At the end of the contest, a winning team is named, based on accumulat-ed points. What's at stake? Bragging rights...but most importantly,

    better health. ASUMH came in third in the state of Arkansas in its cate-

    gory last year during the challenge, so this year, the stakes are high.

    Leading the charge are husband and wife team Matt and Melissa Klinger,

    co-chairmen of the ASUMH Wellness Program.

    ASUMH to add Associate of

    Applied Science in Welding

    Beginning in the fall of 2011, students can begin earning an Associate of

    Applied Science in Welding Technology degree. Currently, ASUMH offers a

    Welding Certificate of Proficiency and a Technical Certificate. With approxi-

    mately 40 students in the welding program each semester, the growth and

    interest in the program has facilitated a need for further advancement.

    Curriculum for the program is based on American Welding Society SENSE

    EG2.0 standards and guidelines utilizing nationally-recognized textbooks.

    Three levels of training are offered (basic, intermediate and advanced) in Gas

    Metal Arc Welding (MIG), Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW/Stick), and

    Gas Tungsten Arc welding (TIG). Advanced-level skills training are alsoprovided in pipe welding and ASUMH is one of the few two-year colleges in

    the state providing the opportunity for students to earn American Welding

    Society (AWS) certifications. Most students earn AWS D1.1 certification for

    fabricating and erecting welded steel structures. Twenty-two students at

    ASUMH earned this certification in the last year. For fusion welding used in

    aerospace applications for stainless steel and aluminum, TIG certification is

    preferred. ASUMH had 11 students successfully complete this certification

    to date. The pipe welding program provides hands-on practice in order to

    become proficient in this advanced-level skill. In response to a request

    from employers, a welding math component has been added to enhance

    basic skills required in the workplace. Students

    learn to read and interpret scales and dimen-

    sions, utilize precision measurement devices and

    organize and interpret data. Emphasis is on real-

    work applications of basic mathematical princi-

    pals and competencies. Students interested in

    the program should contact John Kenney,

    Director of Workforce and Continuing Education

    at ASUMH by calling (870) 508-6106 or emailing

    [email protected]

    Arvest ConcJonathan St

    April 14On April 14, the Arvest C

    ASUMH presents Jonathan Story in concert. Jonath

    "Fayetteville's Piano Man" by the Northwest Arkansas T

    his virtuosity on both piano and organ and his skill as a c

    The event is free and open to the public and begins at 7:00

    Sheid Community Development Center.

    Trout Hall of Fame Banquet

    and Induction SetThe second-annual Trout Hall of Fame banquet and induction

    ceremony is set to be held on

    April 2 in the Vada Sheid

    Community Development Center.

    At the annual Trout Nature

    Center Banquet, leaders in the

    trout fishing industry are honored

    and inducted into the Trout Hall

    of Fame, to be located in the

    Trout Nature Center. This year