Sam R. Adkisson of Missouri City, Texas, retired from the University of Texas Dental Branch in Houston having been on the faculty for 29 years. He has won the McGovern Teaching Award four times and has been in dental practice for 56 years.
Marge Gilliam Garrett and Dr. A.G. Garrett ’49 of Fleetwood, N.C., now have three great-granddaughters. Dr Garrett is still happily teaching chemistry at Appalachia State University at the age of 81.
Dr. F. Gladwin Connell of Little Rock has been appointed by Governor Mike Beebe to a four-year term on the Arkansas State Board of Nursing.
David D. Colvert appeared in the movie Harsh Times with Christian Bale and Eva Longoria. He “even had lines.”
Caroline Crenshaw Strubbe of Indian Harbour Beach, Fla., retired in 2003 after teaching elementary school for 38 years in the Brevard County “Space Coast” school system.
Fr. Bob Allen retired as the twelfth rector of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in El Dorado after sixteen and a half years in that position.
Dent Gitchel of Little Rock is teaching as a visiting professor at the University of Memphis School of Law, then plans to return home to try to resume retirement.
George Wayne Upton Jr. of Washington, D.C., gave 10 Little Rock Central High School yearbooks to the NAACP Washington Bureau on Oct. 1, 2007. One was for the school year 1957-58. His father, Wayne Upton, was on the Little Rock School Board from March 1957 to Nov. 12, 1958. Upton has been an active member of the NAACP since April 1977.
Dr. Mary Louise Corbitt of Little Rock, co-founder and neurologist at Arkansas Headache Clinic, was named one of Arkansas’ Best Doctors in 2007. Mary Louise reports visiting with Dr. Mary Ann Williams Morris ’68 (her roommate during medical school) in North Carolina over the summer and enjoying her five wonderful grandchildren, who call her May May.
David Newbold was appointed the information commons manager of the biomedical library at the University of California at San Diego.
Dr. Joe D. Waldrum of Little Rock received the Outstanding Leader Award from the International Association of Programs of Agricultural Leadership at the association’s annual meeting in Miami in October. Joe is professor of leadership and development for the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service. He is the director of LeadAR, a two-year statewide adult leadership development program. In July he completed 31 years with the extension service.
Kim Sudderth Ford of Memphis, Tenn., has been appointed chair of the OrbisPictus Award Committee. The OrbisPictus Award is given each year to the most outstanding non-fiction book published for children and is sponsored by the National Council of Teachers of English. She is the first middle-school librarian to be named chair of the committee.
Gary L. Ingram of Ft. Worth, Texas, was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2008. He was named to the list in the field of labor and employment law.
James F. Barnett Jr. of Natchez, Miss., published a book titled The Natchez Indians: A History to 1735 printed by University Press of Mississippi. In the book, Barnett uses archaeological data along with accounts of explorers, missionaries and colonists to investigate the Natchez Indians’ plight during a time of European encroachment and change. Barnett is the director of the Division of Historic Properties, Mississippi Department of Archives and History and has published articles in The Journal of Mississippi History, Mississippi Archaeology, The Southern Quarterly, and other journals.
James O. Cox of Greenwood was appointed the Sebastian County Circuit Judge by Gov. Mike Beebe in February 2007.
Debra Roberts of North Little Rock passed the 9th Architecture Registration Exam in October 2007 and became a licensed architect. See Marriages.
Dr. Robert B. White of Paragould was elected to fellowship in the American College of Physicians.
Dr. Samuel Welch of Little Rock was promoted to associate professor of otolaryngology (head and neck surgery) at the University of Arkansas School for Medical Sciences. He is also the assistant chief of the surgical service of Central Arkansas Veteran’s Healthcare System.
Patti Shields Cox of Greenwood is a development director at the Fulbright College at the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith.
Walker Dale Garrett, a partner in the Bassett Law Firm in Fayetteville, has become a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, an honor bestowed on less than one percent of attorneys.
Mike Mathes of Conway is president of the National Bank of Arkansas.
Beverly Mitchell of Columbia, Tenn., is an associate professor of English at Columbia State Community College where she is the director of the honors program. She is active in local and college theatre; she recently directed Sophocles' Antigone and will direct The Taming of the Shrew in the spring.
Michele Belmont Halsell of Fayetteville recently accepted the managing director position for the Applied Sustainability Center at the University of Arkansas.
Joe Thompson of Little Rock was appointed surgeon general by Gov. Mike Beebe and now serves on the governor’s cabinet providing development and guidance of health policy for the state. He continues to work as associate professor at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and director of the Arkansas Center for Health Improvement.
Scott Schallhorn of Little Rock was named “Mid-South Super Lawyer” in real estate for 2007. Candidates were evaluated by a panel of their peers in their primary area of practice. Only 5 percent of the total lawyers in Tennessee, Arkansas, and Mississippi were selected for inclusion. Scott is vice president and general counsel at Hendrix.
Michelle Staggs of Little Rock is employed as an advanced practice nurse with Dr. Christopher John of Southwest Pulmonary Associates, specializing in pulmonary, critical care, and internal medicine.
Martha Carolyn Ellis of San Diego, Calif., was named chief financial officer of Sysview Technology in November 2007.
Kelly Haggard Olson of Suwanee, Ga., is working as operations manager of the Gwinnett Philharmonic.
David Hawkins is senior pastor at Greenwood United Methodist Church and conference chair of ministerial assessment for the Arkansas Conference Board of Ordained Ministry. He is an instructor for the Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University and will teach an extension course at Hendrix in 2008.
Duke Marr of New York accepted the position of vice-president of e-commerce product management with 1-800-FLOWERS.com
Elise Allee Hoffine is a project coordinator for the department of psychiatry's division of health services research at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.
Alyson Low joined the Fayetteville Public Library as a youth librarian in March 2007. She develops the juvenile nonfiction collection and creates programming for toddlers through teens. She will begin work on a master's degree in library science in 2008.
Robert Thompson of Paragould serves in the Arkansas State Senate representing District II, which includes Greene, Clay and Lawrence counties as well as part of Craighead County.
Brad Spear of Columbia, Md., is a consultant at Energetics Incorporated in Washington, D.C., and specializes in studies and partnership building activities to assist federal and state clients in the research, development, technology transfer, and commercialization of advanced energy technologies and speeding the movement of technologies from the laboratory to the marketplace.
Eric Dyer began a new job as a staff editor on the national copy desk at The New York Times in early October 2007 after nine years as a reporter and editor at the News & Record in Greensboro, N.C. He and his partner now live in Peekskill, N.Y., about an hour north of New York City. Dyer was editor of Hendrix’s The Profile 1993-94 and 1994-95.
Josh Holt recently moved from Austin, Texas, to New Orleans, La., where he is teaching high school social studies at Edna Karr High School.
Sarah King of Fayetteville earned a degree in landscape architecture from the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 2007 and now works as director of community programs at the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks.
Erin R. Gibbs of Van Buren is in the Peace Corps in Macedonia doing small business development work. She is due back in December 2009.
Jean-Marie Findley Williams of Ponchatoula, La., completed her first year as program manager for the Hammond office of Louisiana MENTOR, a therapeutic foster care agency for youth involved in the juvenile justice system and individuals of all ages with developmental disabilities.
Kevin Brannon of Jersey City, N.J., is working towards a master’s degree in journalism at Columbia University in New York.
Seth and Melanie Oubre Harder live in Conway with their three daughters. Seth is a software engineer at Cognitive Data in Little Rock.
Tanya Breedlove is now the assistant controller at Altivity Packaging, LLC, moving from corporate accounting back into cost accounting.
Kelle Franklin of St. Louis, Mo., is executive director for the St. Louis affiliate of Kids Enjoy Exercise Now (KEEN), a national nonprofit organization that provides recreational sports programs for youth with developmental and physical disabilities.
Colin Gorman is a certified public accountant in Little Rock and recently started a financial services firm.
Ashley Pryor Meins of Maize, Kan., is employed with Bombardier Aerospace as a relocation specialist. See Marriages and New Children.
Chrystal D. White of Camden recently obtained her service coordination certification and is currently employed as a service coordinator/case manager at Ouachita Child Enrichment Center Annex (OCECA) in Camden. OCECA serves developmentally delayed and typically developing 3-5-year-old children.
Dr. Scott Koenig and Dr. Laura Musolf Koenig ’02 of Hot Springs opened their own veterinary hospital, Animal Family Practice, in Bryant in October 2007.
Heidi Novotny accepted a position as a librarian with the City of San Antonio in September 2007. She is in charge of collection development and programming for young adults at the Las Palmas Branch Library.
Mary Beth Woodson received her master degree in film studies from the University of Kansas after completing her thesis about the presentation of history and creation of memory in recent Irish cinema. She is working toward a doctorate in film studies at the University of Kansas.
Tanya Corbin Holmes of Memphis, Tenn., began working as an in-house employment attorney with AutoZone, Inc., at corporate headquarters in September 2007.
Juliana K. Leding completed her doctorate in experimental psychology in May and is now an assistant professor at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville. See Marriages.
Katherine Sims Roberts was promoted to controller of Integrated Security Systems, Inc., in Carrollton, Texas, including their Intelli-Site and DoorTek subsidiaries.
Erin Rowe of Siloam Springs will soon move to the island of Sifnos, Greece, to consult as a travel agent for Aegean Thesaurus. Post-Hendrix, she served as a Peace Corps volunteer on the island of Dominica, a fine art consultant for Lahaina Galleries on Maui, and an advertising account executive for Saatchi & Saatchi X. She will continue to write for Parker County Today magazine of Texas and working on her first book, an untitled collection of travel memoirs.
Paul Gregory and Lori Ann Holt Gregory ’07 moved to China on Jan. 17, 2008, where Paul will work at Elim Western Cafe as business manager and Lori Ann will teach English.
Clair Spivey is attending the University of Tennessee Dental College where she enrolled in August 2007.