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BA & MA Alumni Updates: 1977 to 2008!

We are proud of and amazed by the wonderful accomplishments of our alumni! This update include a wide range of undergraduate and graduate alumni. Please pass on this link to other alumni and ask them to send their updates to Gerald Driskill (gwdriskill@ualr.edu). We want to do more to enrich this wonderful network. Stories from you also help students gain ideas about what they might do with their degree.

Heidi Charton (BA Class of 2006) is a Research Assistant for the Center for Addictions Research at the Psychiatric Research Institute, College of Medicine University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

Tim Crane (MA Class of 1978) is the executive director of JTV, a function of the Jones Trust, broadcasts arts and entertainment programming.

Jill Dabbs (BA Class of 2001) is manager of her family-owned business, Back and Body Chiropractic in Bryant, AR and is a founding member of People for Parks Committee, which was instrumental in the development of Bishop Park in Bryant. She is currently running for mayor of the city of Bryant– http://jilldabbs4mayor.com/

Youmna El-Sabaa (MA class of 2001) is the Director of Volunteer Services of Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana where she oversees training for over 24,000 volunteers.

Kevin Gao (MA class of 1990) is Director and Legal Counsel at Credit Suisse, covering Asset Management Division in Ridgewood, NJ.

Heide Harrell (MA Class of 2006) received a position as an Account Executive at Mangan Holcomb Partners.

Dr. Mike Hemphill (BA Class of 1977) is taking on a new role as provost of Centenary College in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Fan Ku (MA class of 2006) received a role with a Taiwanese manufacturing company where he will serve as in an intern role as an international sales representative.

Jacob Jenkins (MA Class of 2006) a PhD student at the University of S. Florida, received the award for “Top Student Paper in the Applied Division” for the 2011 National Communication Association Conference.

Dr. Robert C. Mock (MA Class of 1996) has been appointed vice president for Student Affairs at the University of Kentucky.

Penelope Sur Pagniez (BA Class of 2007) is Director of Training for Operations for L’Oreal USA based in Clark, New Jersey.

Tifany Schneider (BA class of 2005) is now Manager, of Corporate Integration for Curves International, Inc. headquartered in Woodway, TX.

Renee Shapiro (BA -1993) is now a Senior Account Executive for KATV where she also serves as a Film Critic and Entertainment Editor, and Saturday Daybreak Co Host

Pat Sweeden (MA class of 1998) was appointed by Governor Beebe to serve on the Arkansas Workforce Investment Board.

Jordan Wright (Class of 2008) recently received a position as a Client Delivery Specialist for Acxiom Corporation in Conway, Arkansas.

Updated 10.25.2010