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Published by AR Career Ed, 2017-09-05 10:05:00

The Scene: September 3-September 16, 2017

The Scene__Sept. 3-16


News Events Staff Announcements

September 3-September 16

Calendar of Events Birthdays

Sept. 4 Sept. 12-13 Sept. 1 Brianna Davis
Sept. 3 Chester Leonard
Labor Day 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Sept. 4
State Observed Holiday New Guidance Teacher PD Sept. 4 Jacques White
Sept. 4 Rocky Mantooth
101 Bulldog Dr. Sept. 5
Plumerville, AR 72127 Sept. 6 Edina Kilgore
Sept. 7 Wightman Harris
Sept. 7-8 Sept. 12 Sept. 8
Sept. 8 Alan Stricklin
9 a.m.-4 p.m. 1:30 p.m. Sept. 8 Cody Waits
Business and Marketing Sept. 10
Career Education and Sept. 12 Michael McDearmon
New Teacher PD Workforce Development Sept. 12 Dustin Barnes
Innovation Hub, Little Rock Sept. 12 Earl Clevenger
Board Meeting Sept. 12 Debra Griffin
ARS Central Office Sept. 13 Janey Hunter
Sept. 13 Robert Drake
Sept. 11-13 Sept. 14-15 Sept. 13 Colin Legare
Sept. 14 Philip Tillman
9 a.m.-4 p.m. 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Sept. 14
JAG New Specialist Training STEM Professional Sept. 15 Sandon Williams
Sept. 15 Angela Taylor
Metropolitan Career and Development Sept. 15
Technical Center, Little Rock Arkansas Tech University Sept. 15 Christina Crawford
Sept. 15 Lisa Bass-Earls
Russellville Sept. 16 Kandis Jones
Sept. 16 Billy Robinson
Sept. 16 Marolyn Cooper
Rachel Tischer

Alyssa Owens-Bangs
Lateshia Smith

James Moreland
Jane Campbell
Chip McAfee


Around the Agency

Williams Elected to National FBLA-PBL Board A publication by the
Arkansas Department of
Sandon Williams, the Business students for business and business-
and Marketing Technology related fields to develop vocational Career Education
Program Coordinator for the and career supportive competencies Communication Department.
Arkansas Department of Career and to promote civic and personal
Education, has been elected to responsibilities. Director
the National Board of Directors Charisse Childers, Ph.D.
for Future Business Leaders “I am excited to represent
of America-Phi Beta Lambda not only Arkansas FBLA but the Communications Department
(FBLA-PBL). As a board member, Southern Region as a whole,” said Dustin Barnes
he will represent the Southern Williams. “I am reminded daily of the Susan King
Region, which includes Alabama, benefits of this amazing organization Chip McAfee
Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, and I cannot wait to begin my term. Caty Sample
Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, My goal is to be a strong advocate Ellice Scales
North Carolina, South Carolina, for the Southern Region and help
Tennessee, Virginia, and West establish Arkansas as a national [email protected]
Virginia. leader within the organization.”
Williams’ three year term on the
board began in August. @ARCareerEd

In this role, Williams will serve
as a member of the policy making
body of the organization as outlined
by the Articles of Incorporation of
secondary and postsecondary


September 3-September 16 Page 2

Welcome: March-July New Hires DeMarcus
Christina Clausen Michelle Woods ARS/Fort Smith
ARS/Fort Smith PPD&E Counselor
Field Office Admin. Specialist
Counselor Joyce Silvester
Landon Jarman ARS/ACTI
Douglas Hunt ARS/ACTI Security Officer
ARS/ACTI Residential Care
Skilled Trades Technician Charles Howard
Supervisor ARS/ACTI
Tessa Payne Equipment
Becky Mote ARS/ACTI Technician
ARS/ACTI Food Preparation
Vocational Rehab Technician Christopher Todd
Placement Specialist ARS/ACTI
Elizabeth Ricks Skilled Tradesman
Marsha Hays ARS/ACTI
ARS/Sherwood Cook Loyda Sandoval
Field Office ARS/Little Rock
Counselor Helen Oliver Field Office
ARS/Benton Field Admin. Specialist
Rosetta Lusk Office Valerie Stewart
ARS/El Dorado Admin. Specialist ARS/West
Field Office Robert Blake Memphis
Admin. Specialist ARS/ACTI Counselor
Institutional Grace Rodriguez
Robert Drake Services Assistant Human Resources
ARS/ACTI Kevin Griffin Business Opera-
Security Officer ARS/ACTI tions Specialist
Equipment Kristen Sutterfield
Deon Harris Operator ARS/Conway Field
ARS/Benton Alyssa Office
Quality Assurance Owens-Bangs Admin. Specialist
Coordinator ARS/ACTI
Institutional Sherilyn Silva
Robyn Oxford Services Assistant ARS/ACTI
ARS/ACTI Susan King Medical Services
Vocational Rehab Communications
Evaluator Web Coordinator Dianne Doyle
Adult Education
Bianca Alan Stricklin Program
Rachlin-Brock ARS/ACTI Coordinator
ARS/ACTI Security Officer Brenda Baxter
Benefits Analyst Adult Education
Trina Walls Program Advisor
Eugene Gray ARS/Jonesboro
ARS/ACTI Field Office Mary Beck
Stationary Counselor CTE
Engineer Caty Sample Program Advisor
Toni Metcalf Public Information Jon Lee
ARS/ACTI Specialist Adult Education
Certified Vocational Program Advisor
Teacher Taylor Adams
ARS/Hot Springs
Norman Stewart Field Office
ARS/ACTI Counselor
Technician Cody Waits
Office of Skills
Jimmy Davis Development
ARS/Fayetteville Deputy Director
Field Office

Julia Wood
Field Office

Jana Jenkins
Adult Education
Program Advisor


September 3-September 16 Page 3

Goodbye From the Desk of Human Resources…

David Henderson Health Enhancement services offered
Charles McDonald
24/7 Nurse Line Health Enhancement services with:
Grady Roper
Linda Morgan The 24/7 Nurse Line is Employee Assistance
Karen Churchwell available around-the-clock, Program (EAP)
Edward Morrow 365 days a year. When you
Helen Cobb call, you will speak directly with Your EAP is designed to
Judy Thompson a nurse, who can answer health provide short-term coun-
Tracy Miller questions or help you decide if you seling services, work-life
Tarren Riley need to see a doctor or go to the support, legal and
Myranda Rowe emergency room. financial guidance to help you
Meghann L’herault and your family handle concerns
Kirk Gassman You can also access the Health constructively before they be-
Stephanie Ford Information Library, which has come major issues.
Nathan Mills information on more than 1500
topics. Areas of assistance include:
Julie White • Confidential, free counseling
Aisha Coleman To reach the 24/7 Nurse Line, call • Legal assistance and support
Tyler Simpson 1-866-458-0408 opt. 1 twice. For • Financial Information and
Demarkeon Arnett more information about the 24/7 Resources
Jake Dickson Nurse Line, call • Personalized work-life solutions
Kathy Edgerton GuidanceResources 24 hours a for childcare, elder-care, moving
Tameika McLaughlin day at 1-877-247-4621. and more!
Christopher Weaver
Maternity Program Call GuidanceResources 24
Chad Farrow hours a day: 1-877-247-4621.
Grace Mosley If you or your dependent is For more information about EAP
Johnathon Knouse pregnant, you can take services.
Allen Thomas advantage of one-to-one support
Kevin Anthony from a Registered Nurse who will
Joseph Newton help you achieve a healthy
Connie Winters pregnancy. Even if you aren’t a
Crystal Carodine first-time mom, your nurse can
Nicole McKinney help you through the changes that
Sarah Cabello come with each unique pregnancy.
Cecilia Lock
Nola Newton The program is available to you
Howard West at no cost and you may register up
to 20 weeks gestation. A $250.00
Leah Gray check will be mailed to you once
Sara Taylor completion of the program has
Adrianne Toney been verified.
La’Tisha Green
Randy Morris To enroll, call 1-866-458-0408
Linda Kyees opt. 1 then opt. 3. For more
Timm MacDonald information about the Maternity
Program, call GuidanceResources
24 hours a day at 1-877-247-4621.

Two Arkansans were featured speakers at Annual Project SEARCH® Conference

Jermaine Moore, a 2015 UAMS From left to right: Sandy Bennett (UAMS employee), Jermaine Moore (2015
Project SEARCH® gradu- Project SEARCH® graduate), William Stevens (2017 Project SEARCH® gradu-
ate, and William Stevens, a
2017 UAMS Project SEARCH® ate), Shannon Finley (UAMS employee), and Erin Riehle (Co-Founder of Project
graduate, were invited to serve at SEARCH® ).
featured speakers at 11th Annual
Project SEARCH® Conference in
Pennsylvania on July 28, 2017.
Moore and Stevens identified
concerns relating to accessibility
issues concerning wheelchairs,
motorized wheelchairs, caregivers,
gender neutrality, and families with
babies (baby changing stations)
on the UAMS Main Campus. They
submitted the concerns to UAMS
leadership to resolve the issues.
As of today, this project is 90%


September 3-September 16 Page 4

From the Desk of Human Resources… Around
Open Enrollment for all to not make any changes and
employees and Non-Medicare keep their coverage as-is for Agency
Retirees will be October 1 – 2018.
31, 2017. OSD finds
Non-Medicare retirees can new Deputy
The health insurance open change their plan level between
enrollment period for Premium, Classic and Basic Director
Arkansas State during open enrollment.
Employees (ASE) and Cody Waits has
Public School Employees (PSE) Also remember… been appointed
has been set for the 2018 plan To receive the wellness dis- Deputy Director
year. Open Enrollment for both of the Office of Skills
ASE and PSE employees and count for the 2018 plan year, Development. He assumed
non-Medicare retirees will run active employees and covered this role in July.
October 1-31, 2017. spouses on the ARBenefits plan
must complete the following by Cody Waits
During this time, changes to Oct. 31, 2017:
health insurance policies can be
made without a qualifying event; 1. Both employee and
however, documentation is still covered spouse must
required. complete the on-line Health
Assessment at
Open enrollment changes in-
• Enrolling onto the plan 2. Both employee and
• Adding/dropping dependent covered spouse must have a
wellness visit conducted by a
coverage physician in an office setting.
• Changing plan levels
• Dropping coverage Feel free to contact the
completely Human Resources office at
501-683-3340 with your
Employees can also choose questions.

Pine Bluff ARS Field Office celebrates Independence Day with “Fun Day”

Please e-mail any submissions for The Scene to [email protected].

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