News Events Staff Announcements
May 20 - June 2, 2018
Calendar of Events Birthdays
May 23 May 30 - June 1 May 20 Glenda
JAG End of the Year ARA Conference Hardiman-Williams
Training Hotel Hot Springs May 21 Cecilia Brunson
Pulaski Tech North Campus 305 Malvern Ave. May 22 Mariam Saibu
RJ Wills Lecture Hall Hot Springs, AR 71901
3000 W. Scenic Dr. May 23 Alma Murphy
North Little Rock, AR 72118 May 23 Jennifer Strickland
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. May 31 May 24 John Byers
ARA Awards Luncheon May 24 Gary Epton
Hotel Hot Springs May 24 Randy Prather
305 Malvern Ave. May 25 Jules Moore
May 28 Hot Springs, AR 71901 May 26 Karol Farnell
Memorial Day 11:45 a.m. May 28 Donald Weis
All state offices are closed.
May 29 Karen Pickering
May 31 May 30 Sonya Foote
Van Buren Chamber May 30 Bradley Marsh
Business Fair May 30 Sheri Wilkie
Van Buren High School May 31 Lynda Olden
2001 Pointer Trail May 31 LaTasha
Van Buren, AR 72956 Robinson-Carlock
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. June 2 Theresa Mitchell
Pine Bluff Counselor Helps Secure Land The
for Historic Building Plaque
A publication by the
Arkansas Department of
Charisse Childers, Ph.D.
Director of Communications
Juanita Grant (pictured third from right), a counselor in the Pine Bluff Field Office,
helped to secure land for the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff to place this historic
building plaque. This plaque was unveiled during the University’s 145th Founders’ Day
Celebration. The institution opened in April 1873 as Branch Normal School. In 1932, the
school’s name changed to Agricultural, Mechanical, and Normal (AM&N) College. The
school received its current name in 1972 after merging with the University of Arkansas
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District VIII Now Offers GED Courses
RS District VIII (North Get Social with Us!
Arkansas Baptist College’s
Adult Education Program to @ARCareerEd ARCareerEd
provide GED courses in the
North Little Rock Field Office.
The GED courses are offered
every Tuesday and Thursday
from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
ARS District V Hosts Luncheon for Seniors Congratulations!
RS District V
Ahosted a luncheon for
high school seniors on April
20 at Lake Dardanelle State
Park in Russellville. Students
participated in skill-building
activities, discussed real-life
scenarios to help improve
problem-solving skills, and
listened to a guest speaker ARS staff teaches high school seniors
about financial literacy.
who spoke about employer
KSpecialist II in the
Lonoke ARS Field Office,
welcomed a new grandbaby
on May 1! Dominic Jayce
Elliott was born to parents
Chrishana (daughter of
Karen Cooney) and Deitric
Elliott. Dominic weighed 5
pounds and was 18 inches
long. Congratulations, Mimi!
Deputy Commissioner Lends Helping Hand
Joe Baxter provided
Dassistance at the front
desk of the ARS Central Office. Dominic “DJ”
“I think this is actual
evidence of how far the Deputy Jayce
Commissioner will go to give Elliott
a helping hand,” LaTrenda
Jackson, Program Advisor, said.
Please e-mail any submissions for The Scene to [email protected]
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ARS Employee Requests Help with Summer Cereal Drive
isa Jordan, the
Lfor Business Engagement
in Arkansas Rehabilitation
Services, will be accepting
donations for the THV Summer
Cereal Drive through June 12. A
donation box is available in the
lobby at the ARS Central Office.
Jordan will also accept cash
donations for those who do not
want to shop for cereal.
Lisa Jordan’s son, Michael,
started collecting cereal for
the annual fundraiser when he
was 3 years old. He has been
collecting for 11 years now, and
over the years he has donated
over 11,000 boxes of cereal.
Michael’s generosity has earned
him a few awards, including Lisa Jordan (right) with her son, Michael Jordan, donating boxes of cereal during one of
one of the 30 Faces of Hunger the many THV Summer Cereal Drives in which they have participated.
with the Arkansas Foodbank Drive provides hungry families
and his name on a plaque for in Arkansas with non-perishable
the THV Summer Cereal Drive breakfast items that are both
Hall of Fame in the Arkansas nutritious and kid-friendly. Your
Foodbank. donations help provide healthy
Michael donated 1,027 breakfast options for children
boxes of cereal last year. He and families in central Arkansas
hopes to increase his donation who would otherwise go without
this year with your help. the most important meal of the
The THV Summer Cereal day: breakfast.
Communications Department Throws Wedding Shower for Colleague
Caty Sample with gifts before
her upcoming nuptials. She will
be marrying her boyfriend of 8
years Jordan Young at DeGray
Lake on June 3. Sample is
grateful for the gifts and cards
that she received and is looking
forward to her wedding day!
Thank you to everyone who contributed to my wedding shower!
I appreciate your generosity! -Caty Sample
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ARCareerEd in the Community
Pine Bluff Jonesboro Little Rock
Juanita Grant and Quincy Pridgeon,
counselors in the Pine Bluff Field Office, Kecheta Jacobs-McCoy, Supported
represented ARS at the Jefferson Employment/SDHH, and Phyllis Johnson,
County Re-Entry Resource Fair, which Administrative Specialist, represented
connects ex-offenders with resources and the ARS Jonesboro Field Office in the
opportunities in the area. The event took Goodwill Industries and Department of
place at SEARK College. Correction Resource and Job Fair.
Niketa Nash, Vocational Rehabilitation
Little Rock Fayetteville Counselor for District VII, spoke at
the Promise Central Region Career
Exploration Event. Youth in the Promise
program and their families attended this
event to learn about the different services
available. During Nash’s presentation, she
spoke about ARS Transition Services and
Vocational Rehabilitation Services.
The ARS Fayetteville Field Office
partnered with Arkansas Support Network
to host a Business Engagement Panel.
The goal of the event was to network with
employers and community resources to
discuss the benefits of hiring people with
Pictured Top Row (l-r): Marquita Glaney,
Rehabilitation Counselor; Amy Jones,
District I Manager; Bradley Marsh, [email protected]
ARS leaders and clients participated on Work; and Kelley Troutt, Business
the program at the 6th Annual Day at the Engagement Representative.
Capitol for Individuals with Disabilities. Bottom Row (l-r): Kasi Miller, Arkansas
Each year, this event highlights the Support Network; Zane Chenault,
successes and challenges of Arkansans Arkansas Economic Development
with disabilities. Attendees also learned Commission; and Sandy Stout, 10Box/
about other organizations that serve as Harps.
advocates for the disabilities community. Tonya Hill, Counselor in the Monticello
Field, Office; Wanda Thomas, Business
Engagement Specialist; and Sterling
Benton West Memphis Hughes, District X Manager, represented
Arkansas Rehabilitation Services at the
Bradley County Job Fair.
The Benton Field Office held a “Lunch & Jacqueline Balti, Business Engagement
Learn” session at the Benton Event Center. Representative; Kimberly Clark, Transition
The goal was to enlighten local businesses Counselor; and Tiffany Beasley, Counselor,
about all things ARS and to explain the represented ARS at the Arkansas
benefits of hiring people with disabilities. Workforce Center Job and Career Expo.