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Voice and Piano Lessons Offered at UA Hope-Texarkana

The University of Arkansas at Hope will offer voice and piano lessons this fall taught by Haley Patillo Thompson. Thompson was born to Christian songwriter David Patillo, who immersed her in music from a young age on his concert tours. She earned an Associate of Arts in Music from Texarkana College, a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Henderson State University, and a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from Stephen F. Austin State University. Haley has taught voice, piano, music appreciation, and music theory at the University of Arkansas Hope-Texarkana, Messenger College, and Texarkana First Baptist School of Worship Arts. She enjoys music history, music theory, hymns, and sacred music of all genres. Continue Reading →

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Chester Lee Carrigan Memorial Endowed Scholarship Established at UA Hope-Texarkana

Pictured: Jonathan Carrigan, Karayan Carrigan, Ebony Carrigan-Cain, Constance Carrigan (Owner), Chester Carrigan, Emma Carrigan (baby girl), Dr. Deandrea Bass-Carrigan, Jarvis Carrigan, Bryson Taylor (pink shirt), Tremendous Cain (blue shirt), Zaden Carrigan (blue vest)

The family of Chester Lee Carrigan donated $10,000 today to establish the Chester Lee Carrigan Memorial Endowed Scholarship at the University of Arkansas Hope-Texarkana. Carrigan was a dedicated member of Union Missionary Baptist Church for 37 years, where he served as a trustee, chorus member, and leader in the culinary department. He graduated from Blevins High School, Arkansas College of Technology (BA), and the University of Arkansas Hope-Texarkana (AAS Funeral Service Education). He provided for his family over the years through his work at Pepsi Cola, ChamberDoor, Keith Smith, Harris Funeral Home, Brandon’s Funeral Home, Stewart Enterprise, and Gross Funeral Home. 

Chester later combined his life and educational experiences to establish two businesses that allowed him to give back to others as a passionate servant. He gave generously through Carrigan Memorial Funeral Services, Inc. (Owner/Director/Embalmer) and Precious Memories by C & C Catering (Owner), both in Hot Springs, Arkansas.  He served thousands of families, dedicating numerous hours to ensure that every detail of their homegoing or special event exceeded expectations. Continue Reading →

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UA Hope-Texarkana to Offer Truck Driver Training Academy

The University of Arkansas Hope-Texarkana along with three other community colleges in Arkansas (UA Cossatot, UA Rich Mountain, and ASU Three Rivers), have partnered together to create the Arkansas Trucking Academy (ArkTA) Consortium.  The ArkTA program received a $720,000 grant to start operations and begin training students to obtain a commercial driving license.  The memorandum of understanding will cover two years from July 1, 2021, through June 30, 2023. Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson said, “This is another pace-setting workforce solution that has grown out of conversations between leaders in industry and education. Arkansas’s businesses had a problem, our educators stepped in to fill it, and we are able to support it with an Arkansas Regional Workforce grant. It’s a model for partnerships between the private sector and the government. Because of that, we soon will be putting more trucks on the road with first-rate drivers at the wheel.”

“General freight trucking has always been a high-demand field in our area, and this partnership program will help provide quality training for individuals to fill these good jobs,” said Akili Moses Israel, UAHT Director of Business & Industry Training. Continue Reading →

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UA Hope-Texarkana Online Associate Degree in Funeral Services Receives Full Accreditation

The University of Arkansas Hope-Texarkana received word today that the Online Associate of Applied Science Degree in Funeral Service Education has met all conditions for accreditation.  The online program, which began last year, required a one-year self-study and focus visit that assessed online courses and online students, among other criteria. “We are happy to say that after the mandatory one-year evaluation, the online degree has received unconditional full accreditation from the American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE),” said Karen Davis, Dean of Health Professions. UAHT has a longstanding reputation for having a world-class funeral service program.  “The Committee on Accreditation commended UAHT’s Funeral Service Education Program for their engaging teaching methods, student satisfaction, and long-term commitment to excellence,” said Brad Sheppard, Funeral Services Instructor. “The online degree is a natural extension of our on-campus program, which has been continuously accredited by the ABFSE since 1997 and will reflect the same quality education as our on-campus degree.” Continue Reading →

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Arkansas High Collegiate Academy Application Deadline Extended to July 1

The application deadline to apply for the Arkansas High School Collegiate Academy has been extended to Thursday, July 1, 2021. Students who will be entering the 10th grade can apply to the academy. Students must be enrolled or be eligible to become enrolled as Texarkana Arkansas School District (TASD) students and meet the collegiate academy entrance requirements to attend. The academy is a public school that is free of charge and is located on the University of Arkansas-Texarkana campus. The Arkansas High School Collegiate Academy is a partnership between the Texarkana Arkansas School District (TASD) and the University of Arkansas Hope-Texarkana. Continue Reading →

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Hope Collegiate Academy Application Deadline Extended to July 1

The application deadline to apply for the Hope Collegiate Academy has been extended to Thursday, July 1, 2021. Students who will be entering the 10th grade can apply to the academy. Students must be enrolled or be eligible to become enrolled as Hope Public School District (HPSD) students and meet the collegiate academy entrance requirements to attend. The academy is a public school that is free of charge and is located on the University of Arkansas-Hope campus. The Hope Collegiate Academy is a partnership between HPSD and the University of Arkansas Hope-Texarkana. Continue Reading →

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FREE College Courses Available for Area High Schools: U of A Hope-Texarkana Secondary Career & Technical Education Center Application Deadline Extended to July 1

The University of Arkansas Hope-Texarkana Secondary Career & Technical Education Center offers FREE college credit to service area high schools. Students who will be entering 11th or 12th-grade next school year at one of the following high schools can sign up now for UAHT Secondary Career Center classes. The application deadline has been extended to Thursday, July 1, 2021. To apply visit, www.uaht.edu/secondary-career-center. Participating schools include:•Arkansas High•Arkansas Virtual Academy•Ashdown•Blevins•Fouke•Genoa Central•Hope•Lafayette County•Nevada•Prescott•Spring Hill

The UAHT Secondary Career & Technical Education Center is an area secondary career & technical education center located on U of A Texarkana Campus, Arkansas High School Campus in Texarkana, and the U of A Hope campus. Continue Reading →

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One Day Early Bird Ticket Sale for Phil Vassar Set for Thursday, June 10

Country music hitmaker and piano-pounding powerhouse Phil Vassar will headline the concert at the 45th Annual Hope Watermelon Festival on Saturday, August 7, at 8:30 p.m. The show will be held on the CMC Stage inside Hope Fair Park. Gates open at 6:00 p.m.

Vassar’s reign of signature songs includes 10 No. 1 singles and 26 Top 40 hits, including Carlene, Just Another Day in Paradise, Six-Pack Summer, When I Love You, and many more. Vassar was racking up hits on the radio long before he even began his own recording career that has seen the release of six albums, two ASCAP Songwriter of the Year trophies, ACM’s Top New Male Vocalist, and sold-out shows across the country. His songwriting career blossomed in the mid-’90s when he landed a publishing contract with EMI and penned hits for Collin Raye (Little Red Rodeo), Alan Jackson (Right on the Money), Tim McGraw (For a Little While), Jo Dee Messina (Bye Bye, Alright), and Blackhawk (Postmarked Birmingham). Continue Reading →

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U of A Hope-Texarkana Scholarship Recipient Announced – Jade Wren

The University of Arkansas at Hope-Texarkana is proud to announce that Jade Wren has been awarded the Bridge Scholarship to attend the College.  This award is $1,000 per academic year.  Wren is a graduate of Gena Central High School. She is the daughter of Brandon and Lisa Wren. Jade plans to major in nursing at UAHT. Registration for summer and fall classes at UAHT is open now. To register, contact the Purtle Advising Center at 870-722-8124 or email pac@uaht.edu. Continue Reading →

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