Jazz Ambassadors of the United States Army Field Band to perform at ASUMH on March 27

ja_2015_onionThe Jazz Ambassadors, the official touring big band of the United States Army, will present a show at Arkansas State University-Mountain Home (ASUMH) at 7 p.m.on Monday, March 27. Formed in 1969, this 19-member ensemble has received great acclaim at home and abroad performing America’s greatest original art form, jazz.  They will appear in the Ed Coulter Performing Arts Center as a part of the sixth season of ASUMH’s Performing Arts Series.

The show is open to the public and is free of charge. Tickets are required for reserved seating and are available online at www.thesheid.com, by calling (870) 508-6280, or in person at the Vada Sheid Community Development Center’s (The Sheid) box office on the campus of ASUMH. The box office is open from 8 – 5 p.m. on weekdays.

Concerts by the Jazz Ambassadors are programmed to entertain all types of audiences. The band’s diverse repertoire includes big band swing, bebop, Latin, contemporary jazz, standards, popular tunes, Dixieland, vocals, and patriotic selections, many of which are written or arranged by members of the Jazz Ambassadors.

They have appeared in all 50 states, Canada, Mexico, Japan, India, and throughout Europe. Recent notable performances include concerts at the Toronto Jazz Festival, the Richmond Jazz Festival at Maymont, the Kennedy Center Honors, the Jazz Education Network Conference, and an appearance on the Colbert Report. Gordon Goodwin, Bobby Shew, Ernie Watts, and the Dave Brubeck All-Star Quintet are just a few of the outstanding jazz artists who have shared the stage with the Jazz Ambassadors. The band has been featured in joint concerts with Marvin Hamlisch and the Pittsburg Symphony Orchestra, the San Diego Symphony Orchestra, the Seattle Symphony Pops, the Colorado Pops Orchestra, and the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall. The band’s rigorous touring schedule and reputation for excellence has earned it the title “America’s Big Band.”

The 75-minute show will cover the 100+ year history of jazz and is selected from the following styles, artists, composers and arrangers:  Early Jazz 1900 – 1930; the Swing Era 1935-1945; Bebop & Cool Jazz 1945-1960 and Modern Jazz 1960 – present.

For more information, contact Christy Keirn, Director of Communications and Institutional Advancement at ASUMH.

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ASUMH Pipeline to Advanced Manufacturing offers new classes for unemployed or under-employed


Arkansas State University-Mountain Home’s (ASUMH) Pipeline to Advanced Manufacturing program is offering a series of upcoming classes for those who are unemployed or under-employed in the area.


Getting Ahead in a Just-Getting-By World

This course is designed to help participants investigate how to move from just getting by to getting ahead in life. Participants will meet regularly to talk about how low wages affect the community and themselves; to discuss problem-solving issues affecting the community and themselves; to learn about the hidden rules of economic class; to create a future story for themselves; and to name resources, both human and financial.  Students will earn $10 per session, and a completion bonus on the last day of class, up to $150 maximum.

Daytime session: Mondays and Wednesdays, 2:00 – 4:30 p.m.

Begins February 20 and ends March 20

To be held at ASUMH Room F306

Instructor: Nathan Lueck

Participants must pre-register and classes are limited to 12 people.

There is no charge for the class.

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Evening session: Monday evenings, 5:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Begins February 20 and ends April 24

To be held at ASUMH Room F306

Instructor:  Kim Lovelace

Participants must pre-register and classes are limited to 12 people.

There is no charge for the class.


Cooking Matters at the Store

During this session, participants learn and practice key food shopping skills like buying fruits and vegetables on a budget, comparing unit prices, reading food labels, and identifying whole grain foods. Tours of stores take approximately 90 minutes and are facilitated by a wide range of local volunteers, county extension agents, and staff.

Morning session: Wednesday, February 15, 9:00 a.m.

To be held at the Mountain Home Wal-Mart

Facilitator: Nathan Lueck

Participants must pre-register and classes are limited to 8 people.

There is no charge for the class.

Each completer of the program will be given a $10 gift card.

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Afternoon session: Wednesday, February 22, 1:00 p.m.

To be held at the Flippin Wal-Mart

Facilitator: Cindy Young

Participants must pre-register and classes are limited to 8 people.

There is no charge for the class.

Each completer of the program will be given a $10 gift card.



Ready2Work is a locally recognized employment certificate that is available for individuals who complete a 16-hour training. In the training, students will get the basic technical and workplace skills needed to get a job and keep it; understand employers’ expectations; learn how to interview with better results; learn more about how to develop a resume; and develop teamwork and communication skills. Students must attend all sessions to be eligible for the Ready2Work Certificate of Completion.

February 20 – 23, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon

ASUMH Technical Center

Instructors:  Laura Young and Nathan Lueck

Participants should pre-register.

There is no charge for the class.

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March 6, 7, 9, 10 (M,T,Th,F) 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Goodwill Career Center

Instructors Laura Young and Nathan Lueck

Participants must pre-register.

There is no charge for the class.


March 20, 21, 23, 24 (M,T,Th,F) 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Goodwill Career Center

Instructors: Laura Young and Nathan Lueck

Participants should pre-register.

There is no charge for the class.


To register, or for more information on the Pipeline to Advanced Manufacturing program at ASUMH, contact Kim Lovelace, Pipeline to Advanced Manufacturing Director at Arkansas State University Mountain Home, 1600 South College Street, Mountain Home, AR  72653; or by phone at 870-508-6261 or email atklovelace@asumh.edu.

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ASUMH English instructor Annie Noblin has second novel published

Arkansas State University-Mountain Home’s (ASUMH) English instructor, Annie Noblin, recently had her second novel, Just Fine with Caroline, published by William Morrow Paperbacks for HarperCollins Publishers. Also the author of Sit! Stay! Speak!, Noblin’s second book is a tender, terrific novel complete with long-buried secrets, a three-legged pot belly pig, and an irresistible dog. It has been called “an unforgettable story about love, friendship, and community,” by the publisher.

In the novel, Caroline O’Connor never dreamed she’d be back home in Cold River, Missouri, the Ozark Mountain town where everyone is ‘up your business,’ but, they mean well as they drive you crazy. She thought she’d left town for good, but now she’s back, helping to care for her New York born mother—struck with Alzheimer’s, and prone to saying and doing anything—and her father, the beloved local doctor who is frustrated that he can’t cure his own wife.

As for Caroline, she’s doing ‘just fine’ coping with her parents, her brazen cousin Ava Dawn’s marital disasters, her mostly-deaf dog, and with Noah Cranwell, far-flung relative of a local family mostly infamous for running moonshine, an ex-veteran who’s come to Cold River with troubles of his own.

Caroline believes she knows everything about Cold River and the people who live in its hills and hollers, but sometimes life’s greatest surprises happen closest to home.

Noblin lives with her son, husband, and three dogs in the Missouri Ozarks. She graduated with an M.A. in creative writing from Missouri State University. Known for her love of all four-legged creatures, she spends her free time working with animal shelters across the country to save homeless dogs.

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ASUMH’s art gallery to bring cultural enrichment to community


Baxter Bulletin | Published 4:57 p.m. CT Jan. 31, 2017

An art gallery is under construction at Arkansas State University-Mountain Home with the help of Jim McClure and Ron Switzer, who donated 35 marble statues to the college.

Located on the second floor of the Sheid, the McClure Switzer Gallery will showcase mythological gods — Apollo, Bacchus, Diana, Venus and Mars — philosopher Socrates and others. The statues, produced from 1850 to 1920, are valued at $300,000.

News of the donation came to the college about a year ago. The statues are still at McClure and Switzer’s 1-acre house in Mountain Home, and some of them haven’t been identified.

McClure is a Mountain Home native — Switzer is from Dearborn, Mich. They’ve been collecting statutes for several decades. Switzer bought his first one at 14, but McClure started at 39.

They have some knowledge on the statues, but cannot name all of them. They are scattered all over the house, including the living room and bedroom. Most of them are in the back of the residence.

Now that they’ve been donated to ASUMH, it’s the school’s job to research the unidentified ones and put a description on them before they go on display. The college will transport the statues to campus the first week of March, once construction is done.

The 1,500-square-foot gallery is expected to open on April 19 prior to the showing of Cinderella by the Russian National Ballet.

This isn’t the first time they’ve donated to the college.

Among some of the previous donations, The Bulletin reported on Oct. 16, 2007, that McClure donated $575,000 to “fund a portion” of the community development center, which included $75,000 “for an entrance gate traffic entering the campus from Wade Street.”

McClure, 83, said anything could happen to him health-wise. He travels, so something could happen on the trip. He knows what the statues are worth, he stressed, and this is the best way to make sure they’re in a “good place.”

“They’re very heavy…. It would be impossible for anyone to liquidate them here,” he said.

He said he likes that art gives people a visual pleasure: They’re teaching tools.

“It’s an enjoyment,” he added.

He said his parents owned a funeral home and taught him to help other people, and when someone died, the funeral home helped the grieving family to take care of the death, including helping the family heal. His parents taught him to help others.

When Switzer, 84, first came to town, he recalled people didn’t know what a marble statue was, adding that he likes the people here, and it “was good” to live in the Twin Lakes Area for all these years.

He wants to do something to give back to the community, hoping that the statues can enrich their education. He’s from a wealthy family. But coming to Mountain Home and working for a funeral home taught him what real life is.

“I want to help young people,” he said.

ASUMH Chancellor Robin Myers said the gallery will give instructors another way to engage students in learning about art, history or politics.

“It will also serve as a way to provide cultural enrichment to the citizens and guests of the region,” Myers said.

BILLY JEAN LOUIS , blouis@baxterbulletin.com



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‘The Giver’ coming to ASUMH March 11th


The Giver, adapted from the Newbery Award-winning book by Lois Lowry, will be presented at Arkansas State University-Mountain Home on March 11. The 2 p.m. matinee will be held in the Ed Coulter Performing Arts Center at The Sheid. This modern classic will be presented by the National Players; America’s longest running touring theatre celebrating its 68th season this year.

Tickets are $25 for adults, plus $3.95 fees, and $12.50 for students, plus $2.08 fees and are available online at http://www.thesheid.com.

In a “utopian” future of sameness, young Jonas inherits an unusual career: to receive and keep the memories of his community’s past. Throughout lessons with his elder predecessor, The Giver teaches Jonas of love, war, and all of life’s unknown joys and pains. As his oppressive world continues unchanged, Jonas must decide whether to keep these secrets or upend his community. The tale explores the risks and rewards of a full life. The Giver speaks to all ages, from elementary audiences to adults, and National Players is producing it for the first time this year.

Lowry invented the world of The Giver, with its memory-and emotion-erasing drugs, after her father was put in a nursing home. As he aged, he began to lose parts of his memory; Lowry showed him a photograph of her deceased sister and he could not remember her name, or that she had died at the age of 28. The experience caused Lowry to briefly question how society might be different, or even better, if we did not have memories. The novel is often labelled the first dystopian young adult novel, which Lowry dismissed in an interview with NPR in 2014. “I didn’t think of it as futuristic or dystopian or science fiction or fantasy,” she protested.

The novel has become required reading in thousands of schools and remains a beloved literary rite of passage for many people. In addition to a 2014 movie adaptation where Jonas is 16 when he receives his assignment rather than 12, The Giver has been adapted into the play by Eric Coble, as well as an opera.
National Players has performed in 41 states; in the White House; and for American military in Europe, Asia and the Arctic Circle. Committed to artistic excellence and community engagement, National Players has brought literature to life for more than 2.9 million people.

Actors not only play multiple roles onstage, they also serve as stage managers, teaching artists and technicians. This year, the Players consist of 10 actors, traveling across the country and visiting schools and art centers. A self-contained company, National Players carries its own sets, lights, costumes and sound, meaning that the actors rebuild the set and hang lights for more than 100 performances a year.

They also memorize lines for three different plays – this year, Hamlet, The Grapes of Wrath and The Giver – often performing more than one each day. The National Players were in Mountain Home last year presenting To Kill a Mockingbird during the 5th Performing Arts Series at ASUMH.

Tickets for The Giver are available online at http://www.thesheid.com, by phone at (870) 508-6280 or 800-965-9324, or in person at the box office Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. at The Sheid on the ASUMH campus.

For more information, contact Christy Keirn at (870) 508-6109.

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ASUMH to Host Truck Party on March 9

SQUAREArkansas State University-Mountain Home’s first-ever Truck Party will be held on Thursday, March 9, 2017. The event benefits the ASUMH Foundation and will feature live entertainment, a buffet, and great prizes given throughout the night. Proceeds from the Truck Party will be used to assist the college in its mission of meeting the needs of our students.

The party will begin promptly at 6 p.m. and end at 8 p.m. in the McClure Convention Center in the Vada Sheid Community Development Center at ASUMH.  Every ticket holder will be issued a number corresponding to a numbered ping pong ball. More than 30 prizes will be awarded to the winning numbers drawn, and everyone will be eligible for the grand prize – a classic 1977 Ford F150 truck, valued at $5,000!

Tickets for the event are $50 per person. Businesses and individuals giving gifts valued at $500 or more are considered major donors and will receive two complimentary admission tickets. All donors receive wonderful publicity throughout the event.

Tickets are available at the Vada Sheid Community Development Center in the Office of Development, or by contacting Sarah Sikes at (870) 508-6105 or ssikes@asumh.edu.

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Scholarship fair helps college-bound students with financial burden


Baxter Bulletin | Published 6:45 p.m. CT Jan. 23, 2017

Get your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) questions answered today, regardless of what school you plan on attending.

Set for 5:30 p.m., Mountain Home High School — which houses 268 seniors — will be hosting its third annual scholarship fair at the school library, a free event open to seniors and parents. Last year, 100 students attended.

In addition to FAFSA, students will also be offered help with the YOUniversal scholarship application, which according to the Arkansas Department of Higher Education, is a “universal scholarship search, meaning one application can determine eligibility for all the state’s scholarship programs.”

The following businesses and non-profits are scheduled to attend: Elk’s Lodge, Integrity First Bank, North Central Board of Realtors, Junior Auxilary/Nancy Luef Memorial Scholarship,  American Legion, North Arkansas Electric Cooperative, The Gaylon Raney Memorial Scholarship-Robin Barrett, Shelter Insurance (John Chapman), Arkansas State University-Mountain Home and the Mountain Home Education Foundation.

Representatives from ASUMH — which according to The Bulletin’s archives offered some form of financial aid assistance to more than 90 percent of the students who attended the college last year — will answer questions on admissions, FAFSA and programs that are offered at the institution.

The college’s deadline for the Academic Distinction Scholarship is June 30, and the General Scholarship application — available online and in hard copy — is due on March 15, with priority consideration given to early applicants. The school also offers 25 percent tuition discount to National Guard members who are in good standing with their unit.

Sherrie Hughes, scholarship coordinator at ASUMH, said the fair is “very beneficial because a lot of students and parents” don’t know about the scholarship opportunities that are available, adding that the more assistance the school can give to students, the more “beneficial” it is to the community.

“In my eyes, ASUMH is all about family, community and changing lives,” Hughes said.

For more information, contact Hughes at 508-6241.

The Institute for College Access and Success’ (TICAS) website states “seven to 10 seniors (68 percent) who graduated from public and nonprofit colleges in 2015 had student loan debt, with an average of $30,100 per borrower. This represents a (four-percent) increase from the average debt of 2014 graduates.”

Additionally, one of the site’s features is College InSight, which states it provides “user-friendly profiles with detailed information for almost 5,000 U.S. colleges and universities and aggregates data to create totals and averages for states, types of schools and other groupings.”

The site added College InSight as it helps compare “colleges, states and more based” on affordability, diversity and student success.

Mollie Morgan, executive director of the Education Foundation, will be answering questions about The Mountain Home Education Foundation Traditional Scholarship, including Project Promise, a newly developed scholarship by the Education Foundation. Its purpose is to assist Mountain Home Graduates with tuition at ASUMH.

The fair was founded by Morgan and Stephanie Caraway, a counselor for MHHS. An informational event, Caraway said if a senior meets the criteria of a scholarship, the event allows him or her to interact face-to-face with scholarship representatives.

Morgan said sometimes students have questions when applying for a scholarship, adding that most students discover something at the fair that will help them next fall.

She stressed that college graduates don’t know what their income is going to be, so “you don’t want to start your professional life in debt.”

According to the school’s records, about 65 percent of the students “attend a two-year or four-year college, 10 percent attend a (vocational) school or training and 3.5 percent join the military.”



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