The Arkansas Community Colleges recently held an annual state-wide conference at the Hot Springs Convention Center.  The University of Arkansas Community College at Hope was represented by faculty and staff who attended the three-day meeting.

A variety of seminars, covering an array of topics applicable to two-year colleges across the state, were offered at the three-day conference.  Monday’s activities concluded with an awards reception recognizing the Outstanding Faculty and Staff members from each of the two-year college campuses.

The University of Arkansas Community College at Hope was pleased to have our Outstanding Faculty member, Ken LeJeune, and Outstanding Staff member, Casey Curtis, recognized during the ceremony.

Ken LeJeune

Ken LeJeune (left) has served as the Director of Respiratory Therapy and has excelled in the classroom.  He has worked diligently to enhance U of A Hope’s Respiratory Therapy Program and fulfill the vision of the institution. He began teaching at U of A Hope in 1989.  He has excelled in his ability to help students expand their knowledge and educational experience at the college.

Casey Curtis

Casey (right) has served the students at U of A Hope since 2003 and currently serves as the Advertising and Publications Coordinator. Casey has enhanced the college’s print and publication image through his award winning gift for graphic design.  He also manages the College’s growing social media presence and often serves as the college’s photographer at events.


A brunch Tuesday closed out the 2014 Arkansas Community Colleges conference with the recognizing of Outstanding Alumni and naming of the Academic All-Stars.  U of A Hope is pleased to announce that Jack Daniels was recognized as our Outstanding Alumnus and Kenyari Martin was named the 2014 U of A Hope Academic All-Star.

Jack Daniels, an outstanding musician, father, and farmer, attended U of A Hope in August of 1989.  After his U of A Hope Education in diesel mechanics, he enrolled in Southern Arkansas University and completed a bachelor’s degree in Music Education with a major in voice and a minor in piano.  Among other things he has toured nationally and internationally with David Phelps and the Gaither Vocal Band.  He, his wife, and their six beautiful children live on a 138 acre farm they call “Miracle Farms” at Bodcaw.


U of A Hope’s Academic All-Star recognized at the ACC conference isKenyari Martin, a 2013 graduate of Hope High School who plans to obtain a degree in physical therapy. Martin has been very active on campus in the TRiO Student Support Club and many other activities.  Martin encourages others to attend college and lives by the motto “Don’t let the fear of failure keep you from pursuing your goals.”


U of A Hope Academic All-Star, Kenyari Martin (center) is pictured with UACCH Chancellor Chris Thomason (right), and Vice-Chancellor for Academics Brian Berry