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UAHT Receives $25,000 As Part of Super 1 Foods ‘Focus on the Future’ Scholarship Program

Brookshire Grocery Co. (BGC) recently donated $25,000 to the University of Arkansas Hope-Texarkana Foundation as part of their new “Focus on the Future” scholarship program, which is in partnership with more than 40 universities and colleges in Texas, Louisiana, and Arkansas. This more than $1 million donation is a substantial representation of BGC’s dedication to education and giving back to those who aspire to build a better future in the communities it serves. “We are very excited to launch a lasting program which will help thousands of students achieve their dreams for years to come,” said Brad Brookshire, Chairman and CEO of Brookshire Grocery Co. “We support our local communities and value education, which is one of our top philanthropic efforts. Continue Reading →

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University of Arkansas Hope-Texarkana Chancellor’ Position Profile’ Finalized

The University of Arkansas Hope-Texarkana Chancellor Search Committee met on Friday, October 16, to formally begin the chancellor search process. The committee, along with UA System President Donald R. Bobbitt and UA System Vice President of Development and Planning Chris Thomason, finalized the “position profile” to be used as the chancellor position’s job description. The position profile for the chancellor can be found on the college’s chancellor search webpage at The position will be advertised nationally to draw a diverse group of qualified applicants. Chancellor search committee chair John Hollis said, “The Chancellor Search Committee is a dedicated group who is looking forward to a robust regional and national search. Continue Reading →

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Texarkana College Approves Two-Year Strategic Plan

Texarkana, Texas- At Monday’s board meeting the Texarkana College Trustees approved the institution’s two-year strategic plan including its mission, core values and beliefs, top priorities, and goals. The approval of the plan solidifies measurable goals for the College that will strengthen the base of skilled and prepared employees available for the regional workforce. 

TC’s core values of opportunity, excellence, success, diversity, and community, provide the framework for the institution’s top strategic priorities including:

TC will partner with TC Foundation to establish a scholarship fund specifically earmarked for non-traditional, under-employed students (By Fall 2022).TC will enhance the use of technology and pathways tools to provide a more personalized student engagement experience to improve enrollment, persistence, and retention.TC faculty and staff will participate in diversity and inclusion professional development training. TC President Dr. Jason Smith said that institution’s goals were determined by surveying TC faculty and staff who contributed to the plan over a two-month period. 

“We believe it is vital that all TC employees have an opportunity to participate in the development of institutional goals,” said Smith. “One of the most recurring suggestions was the need for a dedicated scholarship fund for non-traditional students. This means that people who put their educational goals on hold for various reasons- whether for financial or family obligations- will have the opportunity to apply for scholarships at TC. Continue Reading →

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University of Arkansas Hope-Texarkana Chancellor Search Committee Initial Meeting

The University of Arkansas Hope-Texarkana Chancellor Search Committee, appointed by Dr. Donald R. Bobbitt on October 9, held its initial meeting today (October 16) to formally begin the chancellor search process. The committee, lead by Chris Thomason, Vice President of Development and Planning for the UA System, will carefully and strategically assist in searching to find the right fit for the chancellor position. The initial meeting’s primary goal is to finalize the “position profile” to be used as the chancellor position’s job description. A specific chancellor search website has also been launched to aid in the search for a new chancellor. The website provides highlights and points of pride about the college and the Southwest Arkansas area. Continue Reading →

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Colored Library Scholarship Fund Directors Make Donation to Robert Jones Endowed Scholarship

October 14, 2020- The Robert Jones Endowed Scholarship Fund at Texarkana College will receive a donation from the Colored Library Scholarship fund in the amount of $11,436 on Thursday, October 15, 2020, at 2:00 PM at the Carl M. Nelson Administration Building on the Texarkana College campus. The donation will be presented to the Texarkana College Foundation by Mrs. Melva Flowers, president of the Texarkana PanHellenic Council, which has been the distributor of the Colored Library Scholarship for 42 years. The Colored Library Scholarship was established in 1978 with revenue from its sale to the Texarkana Public Library to make way to build a new facility at 600 W. 3rd Street in Texarkana, Texas, where the Colored Library stood. Members of the Texarkana Pan Hellenic Council including Authur D. McNeil,  a member of Beta Tau Sigma Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Helen Mitchell, a member of Gamma Kappa Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., and members of Beta Tau Sigma Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., established the scholarship fund to benefit the education of African American students in our community. Jo Ann Rice, spokesperson for the Colored Library Scholarship fund, said members of the Texarkana Pan Hellenic Council decided to dissolve the endowed fund due to declining interest rates. “We are no longer earning enough interest on our endowed funds to award scholarships as we have done for over forty years,” said Rice. Continue Reading →

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Bobbitt Announces Search Committee for Next Chancellor at UA Hope-Texarkana

LITTLE ROCK, AR – University of Arkansas System President Dr. Donald R. Bobbitt today announced the formation of an advisory committee to assist in the search for the next chancellor of the University of Arkansas Hope-Texarkana (UACCHT). Former Chancellor Chris Thomason stepped down from the role on July 6 to begin his new position as Vice President of Development and Planning for the UA System, while Laura Clark, Vice Chancellor for Academic at UACCHT, was named as interim chancellor. Thomason is leading the search for the UA System President’s Office and will coordinate the recommendation of a short list of final candidates cultivated by the committee for Bobbitt to consider before taking his pick to the Board of Trustees of the University of Arkansas for final approval. “Thanks to the strong interim leadership in place and the smooth transition that has occurred since Chris Thomason joined the system administration team, a rushed time frame is not going to dictate the outcome of this search,” Bobbitt said. “We will carefully and strategically be able to execute a search to find the right fit for the job, which is critical to that campus’s success. Continue Reading →

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A&M-Texarkana Food Pantry Opens More Frequently Citing Increased Need

TEXARKANA, Texas – When Michael Stephenson, TAMUT’s Assistant Director of Student Life, first opened the university’s food pantry a year ago, he knew there was a need. Now, with the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic still impacting daily life for many, that need has grown even greater. “We launched the “Eagle Pantry” in September of 2019 after running a needs assessment to determine if it was something our students needed,” said Stephenson. “I had been hearing about food pantries at universities from some student life workers from other institutions. It was something I hadn’t considered for TAMUT, but after our needs assessment survey we determined that it would benefit our students.”

The first month it was open the Eagle Pantry served 49 students and saw a total of 343 students during the academic year, despite being closed from April through August. Continue Reading →

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A&M-Texarkana Program Features “The Southern Experience” as Annual Theme

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TEXARKANA, Texas – Texas A&M University Texarkana’s Program for Learning And Community Engagement (PLACE) has chosen “The Southern Experience” as the theme for this year’s programming. The theme is incorporated in a wide array of activities and programming throughout the campus. Activities and programming include faculty lectures, student presentations, guest speakers, a common reader, symposium of community members, and by incorporating the theme into courses, student debates, the university library book club, and dramas. The PLACE Lecture Series is a series of organized discussions designed to generate excitement and engagement both at the university and in the community at large. The goal of PLACE is to facilitate learning and collaboration among students, faculty, and community members by providing opportunities to discuss and debate a common theme, which allows TAMUT to develop and nurture a broad community of learners. This year, many of these lectures will be virtual, giving rise to a new era in PLACE programming. Continue Reading →

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September 28, 2020- At today’s board meeting, Texarkana College trustees learned that TC can now take their enrollment services on the road thanks to a new customized trailer and pickup truck provided through a grant from the Texas Pioneer Foundation. TC recruiters will roll out the Mobile Enrollment Center (MEC) in October by traveling to several locations around the community to assist students with completion of forms necessary for college admission including the Apply Texas application and the FASFA- the mandatory form students must complete to be considered for federal financial aid programs. Dr. Donna McDaniel, TC’s Vice President of Instruction, said the MEC provides opportunities for persons interested in learning more about going to college to have easy access to TC enrollment specialists to quickly get the answers they need. “We are incredibly grateful for the grant from the Texas Pioneer Foundation who enabled TC to purchase the mobile enrollment center trailer and pickup truck,” said McDaniel. “The MEC will allow us to better connect with people who want to get started in college for the first time or who need to start over in their careers by learning different skills. By taking our services to neighborhoods where future students live or work, we will be able to provide them with quicker access to the support they need for enrollment and financial aid.”

The MEC is equipped with 20 laptops and an internet hotspot so that prospective students can access the forms they need right from the trailer. Continue Reading →

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The 27th Annual U of A Hope-Texarkana Community Fish Fry Scheduled for October 23

The University of Arkansas at Hope will hold the 27th Annual UAHT Community Fish Fry on Friday, October 23, from 4:30-7:00 p.m. The fish fry will be drive-through only this year and will be accessed through the main entrance to the Hope campus by the electronic sign. The cost is $10.00 per plate, and all proceeds will benefit the UAHT Foundation. Carry-out trays do not include a drink. As always, the fish fry will feature delicious fried catfish and Tyson chicken cooked by the Hope Lions Club. Tickets are for sale now at the UAHT Foundation Office located on the Hope campus. Continue Reading →

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