As the Spring 2011 Semester comes to an end, it is now an eleven-year tradition at the University of Arkansas Community College at Hope for the administration to recognize some of the outstanding team members of the UACCH Family.  This year three awards were presented and several certificates for years of service were awarded during the end-of-the year faculty and staff luncheon held Friday, May 6, 2011.  

The 2011 Outstanding Alumni is Tammy Williams.  Williams has served as the Bookstore Manager of the Texas Book Company on the UACCH Campus for ten years.  She has been a great team player on the UACCH campus.  Tammy received a Business Diploma from what was then Red River Vo-Tech in 1985.  She returned to the campus, now University of Arkansas Community College at Hope, in 1996 where she completed an Associates of Applied Science in Business Technology in 1998.  She began working in the bookstore as a work-study in 1994 and was hired as a full-time employee in May of 1998. She worked her way up to the Manager position in 2001 and has served the students and the owners of the bookstore, Texas Book Company, well for ten years.  Tammy has recently accepted a new position with the Texas Book Company and will certainly be missed on the UACCH campus.  

The 2011 Outstanding Faculty member is Hayden Clem, an English Instructor at UACCH.  She has excelled in the classroom and works diligently to fulfill the vision of UACCH.  She began teaching at UACCH in August  of 2009.  She has excelled in her ability to help students expand their knowledge and educational experience at UACCH.  One example was her involvement in the production of “The Importance of Being Ernest,” a play presented by the UACCH Fine Arts Club this spring.  Clem has exemplified the difference one can make in the lives of those around them. UACCH is pleased to recognize Hayden Clem as the Outstanding Faculty member.      

The third award goes to the outstanding staff member and is known as the Spirit of Excellence in Service Award.  The 2011 Spirit of Excellence in Service Award recipient is Mary White.  Mary White has served as the Director of the TRiO Support Service for UACCH since 1997.  She is a Hope native and graduate of Henry Clay Yerger High School.  She is a former teacher of the Watts Special School District in Los Angeles, California, and Arkansas High School District in Texarkana, Arkansas.  Mary has been married for 43 years to John White. They have one daughter, Connie and one grandson, Tkai Wade.  She is very active in the community as President of the Roland Hicks Scholarship committee, board member of the Hope Housing Self Sufficient program, Henry Clay Yerger Alumni Association, and member of the Rising Star Missionary Baptist Church.

Mrs. White has been the Director of The TRiO Student Support Service program at UACCH for 14 years.  She led the initial startup of TRiO Student Support Services on this campus, and under her expert leadership has maintained the success of this program and continued funding throughout the years. This federal grant program annually reports to the Department of Education the names of 200 participants receiving support and services, however, monthly over one thousand students come to the TRiO Center seeking assistance.    The purpose of TRiO SSS is to help students adjust to the college environment, attain good academic standing and increase their likelihood of continuing their education at a four-year college or university.  

Please help UACCH congratulate these important people.  UACCH is pleased to have a team of individuals who are ready to help our students succeed.  Come visit the College today and let UACCH be your bridge to a brighter future. 

Tammy Williams

Hayden Clem

Mary White