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Kathy Huff Smith, a senior English teacher at Mount St. Mary Academy in Little Rock, is the recipient of the 2016 Stephens Award for Outstanding Teachers. 


Dr. Gordon Bolar, the General Manager of WMUK radio, will retire June 30.


Karen Moore is directing Livin' Fat at TheatreWorks in Memphis, TN.


Lee Puckett retired after a 30 year career as an electrical engineer at Arkansas Nuclear One in Russellville.


Jennifer Horne wrote an article, "Sara Mayfield: A Woman of Her Times," based on a book that she is writing about Mayfield, was published in the Winter 2016 issue of Alabama Heritage magazine, and her new book of poems, "Little Wanderer," will be published in March 2016 by Salmon Poetry.


Dr. Derek Lowe and his blog "In the Pipeline" were featured in an article by Forbe's Magazine.


Scott Schallhorn was elected to a two-year term as incoming president of the Downtown Little Rock Partnership. 

Dr. Scott Stanley has accepted a new position as Associate Professor and Director of Psychiatric Medicine Residency at Unity Health, a satellite program of Kansas City University for Medicine in Searcy.

Jo Williams received the 2016 NOAA Bronze Medal Award for improving the efficiency and accuracy of monitoring the Gulf of Mexico shrimp fishery. The Bronze Medal is the highest honor award granted by the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and recognizes superior performance by federal employees.


Binky Martin-Tollette received the Liberty Bell Award from the Pulaski County Bar Association, which is given in recognition of outstanding service and dedication to the legal profession.


Dr. John Byrd won the American Association for Cancer Research Joseph H. Burchenal Memorial Award for Outstanding Achievement in Clinical Cancer Research which recognizes outstanding achievements in clinical cancer research. As the 21st Annual Award recipient, John delivered his award lecture titled “Targeting BTK in CLL: A New Treatment Paradigm” at the AACR Annual Meeting 2016 in New Orleans, Louisiana. He was also recently named a 2016 Distinguished University Professor at The Ohio State University, the highest honor the university bestows on a faculty member.


Melissa Parodi Hawkins has accepted a pharmacist position at UAMS Outpatient Pharmacy and is a bilingual spanish pharmacist consultant for EDoc America. 

Ronda Edmondson Spivey began law school in August of 2015.  She is a member of the Nashville School of Law, class of 2019.


Eric Francis is senior content creator for Scratch Media + Marketing in Cambridge.


Maj. Devon Cockrell, currently Operations Officer, 10th Psychological Operations Battalion, will attend the 2017 Class of Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, KS beginning in July 2016.  


Mark Wilson is the Marketing Director at the Little Rock Rangers Soccer Club.  


Dr. Elizabeth Bridges was awarded tenure and promoted to Associate Professor of German at Rhodes College in Memphis. She was also was voted Vice President, President-Elect of Women in German, a professional organization for scholars in Gender & Sexuality Studies, 2016-2018.


Erin Buford Puryear has been chosen as the 2016 United States Public Health Service (USPHS) Excellence in Public Health Pharmacy Award recipient. This national award was established by the Assistant Surgeon General RADM and PharmPAC to honor those students who demonstrate a commitment to public health and public health practice. 


Dr. GerShun Avilez is a tenured professor at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the English and Comparative Literature department.

Vanessa Norton McKuin was named in AY Magazine's 2016 Powerful Women feature.


Gina Curry Bergfeld received a tenure-track faculty position at Hendrix College as Assistant Professor of Economics and Business.

Dr. Kevin Hayes, of Texarkana Cardiology Associates, is director of the electrophysiology lab at Christus St. Michael Health System.

Dr. Don Porter, currently an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Stony Brook University, had two recent publications selected for prestigious Best Paper Awards.  He also served as program committee co-chair for the 2016 ACM SIGPLAN/SIGOPS International Conference on Virtual Execution Environments, the premier conference on virtualization. His paper "Optimizing Every Operation in a Write-Optimized File System" was awarded Best Paper at the 2016 USENIX Conference on File and Storage Technologies conference and his paper "A Study of Modern Linux API Usage and Compatibility: What to Support When You're Supporting" was selected as Best Paper at the 2016 ACM European Conference on Computer Systems. 

C.J. Sentell has joined the Hendrix College Office of Development as a Leadership Gifts Officer. 

Paul Woody completed his PhD in Public Affairs from the University of Nevada.


Jon Alford is CFO at Denton Regional Medical Center.

Ben Hollowell with Applied Technology Group, Inc. is a member of the 2016 Class of Arkansas Business 40 Under 40 .

Mike Nance received the Humboldt Research Fellowship for political philosophy research at Goethe University.


Jamie Ball Williams is the new girls basketball and volleyball coach at Conway Christian School.


Dr. Julie Gunderson received a tenure-track position at Hendrix College as Assistant Professor of Physics.

J. Brad Moore was selected as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers magazine for the second year in a row. He is a managing partner and at the Frederick S. Wetzel, III, P.A. law firm in Little Rock.


Adrienne Crowell received his PhD in Psychology from Texas A&M University and accepted a visiting assistant professor of psychology position at Hendrix College.


Sara Williams Shinn received her PhD in Food Science from University of Arkansas in May 2016. She is now an Assistant Professor of Food Science at Fresno State University in Fresno, CA.


Zach Hunter, Zac Hale '12, and Trent Whitehead '12 won Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase during their band's, The Uh Huhs, performance at the Rev Room. 

Dr. Laura Broederdorf MacDonald received a tenture-track faculty position at Hendrix College as Assistant Professor of Biology.

Natalie Telchi is Practice Group Coordinator at Financial Services at Dechert LLP.


Sarah E. Dunaway is Assistant Law Librarian for Reference Services at the Public Law Library of King County. 

Janson Hightower, the head coach of the Southwestern University men's basketball program, was named to the Coaches 30-Under-30 Team. 


Zac Hale, Trent Whitehead, and Zach Hunter '09 won Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase during their band's, The Uh Huhs, performance at the Rev Room.

Daniel Williams received his Masters of Divinity from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary.


Drew Ahlgrim passed his exams to become a Certified Public Accountant.

Rev. Lauren DeLano has accepted a position as Associate Pastor for First United Methodist Church in Conway.

Elana Harrison is the Assistant Director of Professional Education at the Environmental Law Institute in Washington, DC.

Erin Murchison is the Office Administrator at the Collaboration for Early Childhood.


Amelia Robert has been selected to join the 2016-17 cohort of Albert Schweitzer Fellows. Albert Schweitzer Fellowship recipients develop and implement community-based public health initiatives serving vulnerable populations, while continuing their graduate studies. Amelia's project seeks to prevent eating disordered behaviors in retired women over 60. She is currently pursing a Masters in Public Health at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, LA.

Jo Claire Robertson is a Marketing Consultant for Townsquare Media in Shreveport, LA.


Hannah French is an event and marketing coordinator at Camp Aldersgate.

Shelby Massey, along with economics professor Dr. Tom Stanley, recently published a paper titled, “Evidence of nicotine replacement’s effectiveness dissolves when meta-regression accommodates multiple sources of bias,” in the Journal of Clinical Epidemiology, a high impact medical research journal. 

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