ASU-Mountain Home Using Newest Technologies to Ensure Buildings are Protected Against Viruses and Bacteria


Today, all the facilities of the Arkansas State University-Mountain Home are being treated by the Ecovasive Virus and Infection Control Application team to ensure they are properly disinfected for the start of the new school year.  Ecovasive is using a combination of electrostatic sprayers and the bacteriostatic called PreventX 24/7 to treat all surface areas against viruses, bacteria, germs, mold, and mildew, including COVID-19.  Classes are slated to begin as scheduled on August 24.  ASUMH has approximately 1,200 students and is located in Mountain Home, AR.


Electrostatic application for surface disinfection is a method of applying disinfectants to a target surface area by utilizing electrostatic force of attraction. Simply put, the electrostatic system places an electrical charge on the droplets and disperses them across a target surface area, providing a comprehensive, even coverage.  This provides a consistent and uniform application in which the droplets wrap around the target area.


A bevy of research has shown that microorganisms can survive on surfaces in schools for days, weeks, and even months, and can be hidden from traditional spray and wipe methods. Using electrostatic technology provides effective, proven, and safe surface coverage and eliminates cross-contamination of dangerous pathogens.  Much like a balloon with static electricity, the charge “sticks” the tinted particles to the object and disperses it evenly.


The active ingredient in PreventX 24/7 forms a colorless, odorless, positively charged polymer that molecularly bonds to the treated surface.  In essence, it is a layer of electrically charged swords.  When a microorganism encounters the treated surface, the C-18 molecular sword punctures the cell membrane and the electrical charge shocks the cell.  Since nothing is transferred to the now dead cell, the antimicrobial does not lose strength and the sword is ready for the next cell to contact it.  Research shows surfaces are protected for up to 90 days.


About Ecovasive:  Founded in 2016, Ecovasive is a Georgia-based company that puts the power of total disinfection to work for schools, businesses, homes, and churches.  An Ecovasive virus and infection control treatment destroys pathogens every second of every day.  It is completely safe and is the most effective antimicrobial protocol on the market today to control and kill pathogens such as Influenza, COVID-19, Norovirus, Strep, Staph, MRSA, E Coli, and even TB.

10 Things To Do In Between Classes


You hoped for the perfect class schedule, with all of your classes back-to-back so you could be free for the rest of the day. Unfortunately, we assume that’s not likely the case—most students usually end up with less-than-ideal gaps in their schedule, and that’s normal! Here are a few things you can do to resist the temptation of leaving campus between classes.


It doesn’t matter which college you attend, there’s always a hidden gem on any campus that not every many people know about! Go exploring, ask around and see if anyone knows about a cool spot.


While not for everyone, quick naps have been demonstrated to be effective and make you more productive. Why not use a break in between classes to power up with a nap?


This one is downright obvious, but we also know it’s difficult to be motivated when you’re home after a long day.  You’d be surprised at what just 10 or 20 minutes of time spent on homework can accomplish. You will also be freeing up your evening to do other things that matter to you.


If you are struggling in a class or just have a basic question, go visit your instructor! Most instructors have office hours and would be glad to help you, they are here to help you succeed.


Working on campus is a great way to earn a little extra and stay on campus between classes. ASUMH offers students work study positions!


In high school, you may have had a limited number of clubs, but in college there are so many! There is sure to be something that interests you. If not, why not create it?!


Do you have registration paperwork that you’ve been putting off turning in? Do you have a financial aid question? Make your way to the third floor of Roller Hall and get everything taken care in one go.


ASUMH has a fitness center that’s free for students to use. Not only does working out supercharge your thinking, you’ll be looking and feeling great! Check out the facility on the first floor of Integrity First Hall and see what it’s about!


Your brain is going to be working hard in college, so we can’t think of a better reason to bring a healthy snack with you from home or grab a bite to eat in the Hurd Student Center to keep your wits sharp.


We know e-mail is just about as boring as real mail, but it is very important! Most of the departments and offices on campus use it to communicate time-sensitive info to students.

Free Classes in Workforce Training Offered at ASUMH

A series of new workforce training classes will be offered this fall at Arkansas State University-Mountain Home (ASUMH). The classes are hands-on learning and are free of charge. Enrollment is limited.  These classes are designed to help prepare students for available jobs in local industries.

The first class is a ten-week welding class that will be held Monday-Thursday beginning September 3 and ending November 14 from 6:00 pm. – 10:00 p.m. The training will prepare students for a career in welding where they become confident welding aluminum, develop basic gas metal arc welding skills and gain work-ready skills in demand by local industry. The training is a collaboration between ASUMH, Bass Cat and Ranger Boats.  The class is limited to ten students and will be held at ASUMH Technical Center.

From September 10 – October 3, students can learn composites that will prepare them for a career in the boat and composite industry.  The classes will be held Tuesday – Thursday from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. each week for four weeks. Students will participate in hands-on learning presented by local instructor Coy Jackson. Coy has numerous years of experience in the field of composites. This course introduces students to basic composite materials and terminology, safety techniques, repair processes, hand lay-ups and defect inspection.  This training is a collaboration of ASUMH, Bass Cat and Ranger Boats.  The class is limited to ten students and will be held at ASUMH Technical Center.

On September 19, a free class will be held covering precise measuring skills. In the three-hour workshop, students will learn the different physical concepts of measurement, understand and be able to choose the correct measuring tool for different needs, and learn conversion systems. The class is limited to 15 students and will be held from 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. at Pinkston Middle School.

A hand tools training class will be held for three hours on September 26.   The class will cover hand tools and how to choose the right tool for the job. Students will learn how to select and use different hand tools and how to recognize different tools on a job site. This training is free. The classes will be held at Flippin High School and 15 seats are available.

A two-week industrial sewing class will be held October 1 – October 10 from 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Tuesday – Thursday. In just two weeks, students will become confident operating an industrial sewing machine and gain work-ready skills in demand by local industry. Only five students will be accepted in the free two-week class. This class will be held at the Flippin High School

Students can learn HVAC troubleshooting in a free four-week class on residential electrical systems.  Students will learn troubleshooting within the residential heating and cooling system. The class is open to ten students and lasts from October 22 – November 14, Tuesday – Thursday from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.   The classes will be held at ASUMH Technical Center.

To register for any of these workforce training classes, or for more information, students may email Janel Cotter at or Peggy Spiegel at  Interested persons may also stop by the ASUMH Technical Center at 4034 Highway 62 West in Mountain Home Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. each day or call the Technical Center at 870-508-6106.

Cynthia J. Aldrich Endows Two Scholarships at ASUMH

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Cynthia J. Aldrich (C.J.) of The Villages in central Florida has endowed two scholarships at Arkansas State University-Mountain Home (ASUMH).  Aldrich, originally from Gainesville, Missouri, has designated these scholarships for women and for veterans.  The scholarship for veterans, endowed at more than $100,000, is for current or former members of the armed services. The women’s scholarship was endowed at more than $200,000.

About the gifts, Aldrich said, “When it was time for me to go to college, there weren’t scholarships available for me so my parents had to take out loans to help me attend school. I want students who have financial needs to have a resource available to help them.”

Aldrich, who lived and worked in Saudi Arabia during the Desert Storm conflict, has had a heart for helping veterans all of her life.  “When I lived in Saudi Arabia, I spent time with the troops and took food to them at their base.  When I was young, I lived in Dubai with my parents. My dad worked in Dubai and the Navy would dock their ships there. We would spend time with the troops feeding and entertaining them and would go on their ships.  I love being able to help students because of what I went through and what I have experienced in my life. I don’t want anyone else to go through what I did when college seemed out of reach for me financially.”

Mollie Morgan, ASUMH’s Development Officer, said Aldrich is a true inspiration. “When I first met C.J. I didn’t realize what an inspiration she would become for me.  She is very adventurous and tries hobbies that I didn’t even know existed.  While she has created a fulfilling retirement life, she hasn’t forgotten where she came from and wants to help females and veterans live out their dreams.”

“We are delighted that C.J. Aldrich has decided to support deserving students in this region through this generous donation. She overcame hardships of financing her college education and has stated that she doesn’t want to see other students struggle to achieve their educational goals. We are grateful for her generosity and support of ASUMH’s students,” added Dr. Robin Myers, Chancellor of ASUMH.

For more information on scholarships at ASUMH or donating to support students, contact Mollie Morgan at 870-508-6191.

Photo (left to right):  Mollie Morgan, C.J. Aldrich, Robin Myers

Borderline Initiative & Mark Bertel Award Scholarships to ASUMH Students

Pictured left to right:  Mark Bertel of Borderline Clothing and Supply; Mollie Morgan, ASUMH Development Officer; ASUMH student Jordan Anderson; student Savannah Barker; Gage McIntosh of Borderline Clothing and Supply; and ASUMH Chancellor Dr. Robin Myers
Two Arkansas State University Mountain Home students recently were awarded scholarships by Borderline Initiative, an outreach of Borderline Clothing and Supply and Mark Bertel.  Borderline Clothing and Supply is a Midwest lifestyle clothing company from Mountain Home, AR. This Midwest-based company is proud to work with a number of other small businesses to keep production, manufacturing, and processing 100% local and give back to the small towns they work with.
Savannah Barker received the Borderline Initiative Scholarship. Her essay describing her favorite outdoor activity — hiking — described how she strives to make a difference in the world by picking up trash while hiking with friends.  Savannah is a Funeral Science student at ASUMH.
Jordan Anderson received the Vernon Bertel Scholarship. He will be pursuing Mechatronics at ASUMH in the fall.  The Vernon Bertel Scholarship is awarded to students attending classes in the technical trades programs at ASUMH. The scholarship was established by Mark Bertel in honor of his grandfather. His dad, Mark Bertel, helped fund the scholarship.
Gage McIntosh is a partner with Bertel at Borderline Clothing and Supply. Borderline gives back to small communities “any chance and in any way they can,” said McIntosh.”  For more information on Borderline Clothing and Supply or the Borderline Initiative, visit

Ninth Season of Performing Arts at ASUMH begins in October  

Postmodern Jukebox

The 2019-2020 ASUMH Performing Arts Series will present another spectacular year of entertainment and fun in its ninth season! The ninth season begins in October with performances in the Ed Coulter Performing Arts Center inside the Vada Sheid Community Development Center on the ASUMH campus.

The season includes the following shows:

Croce Plays Croce
Monday, October 14, 2019
7 p.m.
Presented by the Haley Cultural Arts Endowment
Ticket Price: $20 adults, $10 students
Croce Plays Croce pays homage to the legacy of Jim Croce and features his son, A.J. who sings a complete set of classics by his legendary father, some of his own tunes, and songs that influenced both A.J. and his father. The show often includes such timeless songs as “Operator,” “You Don’t Mess Around with Jim,” “Workin’ at the Car Wash Blues,” “Rapid Roy (The Stock Car Boy),” “One Less Set of Footsteps,” “Lovers Cross,” and “Box #10,” to name a few. Jim Croce was a golden-voiced everyman, a singer-songwriter-guitarist who died too soon. Now, for the first time in 40 years, you can experience the music of Jim Croce sung by his son.

Vienna Boys Choir
Saturday, November 16, 2019
7 p.m.
Sponsored by Mary Walker in honor of her sister, Irene Murray
Ticket Price: $35 adults, $17.50 students
The angelic-voiced musicians of the Vienna Boys Choir have been singing at Vienna’s Imperial Chapel since 1296. For six centuries, these young cultural ambassadors have been adored the world over for their wide range of repertoire, purity of tone, and generosity of musical spirit. The Vienna Boys Choir is the world’s foremost children’s choral group and includes 100 choristers between the ages of nine and fourteen. “Journey Through the Americas,” features classical, pop and folk music selections from countries throughout North, South and Central America, and as always, a sprinkling of much-beloved Austrian favorites.

A Very Postmodern Christmas with Postmodern Jukebox
Sunday, December 8, 2019
7 p.m.
Presented by the Ed and Lucretia Coulter Performing Arts Endowment
Ticket Price: $30 adults, $15 students
Modern day hits from Aerosmith to Abba with a vintage feel! Postmodern Jukebox was formed as a way to bring the classic sounds of old jazz, Sinatra, and Motown back into the mainstream. Postmodern Jukebox has grown over the last five years to include more than fifty crooners and another fifty instrumentalists who perform for millions of fans around the world. It is a rotating collective of the finest performers with a retro vibe full of soul!

The Choir of Man
Wednesday, February 5, 2020
7 p.m.
Ticket Price: $30 adults, $15 students
The runaway hit of numerous international music festivals is hitting the road for a U.S. tour! Known across the globe as “the ultimate feel-good show,” The Choir of Man offers up 90 minutes of indisputable joy! It’s a party. It’s a concert. It’s a pint-filled good time set in a working pub that combines hair-raising harmonies, high-energy dance, and live percussion with foot-stomping choreography. The multi-talented cast of nine handsome blokes sings everything – pub tunes, folk, Broadway, classic rock – all to roof-raising heights. It’s the best singing, dancing, stomping, pub-crawl-of-a-concert you’ll ever attend! CHEERS!

Georgia on My Mind: The Music of Ray Charles with Take 6, Clint Holmes and Nnenna Freelon
Sunday, March 1, 2020
2 p.m.
Sponsored by Bob and Mary Walker
Ticket Price: $35 adults, $17.50 students
Ray Charles, a Georgia native son, was an American treasure who won every major honor from the Georgia Music Hall of Fame to the Hollywood Walk of Fame…from the Kennedy Center Honors to a GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award and induction into the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame. Boasting iconic tunes from the catalogue of the genius himself, we celebrate Ray’s music with an all-star cast of award- winning performers, including Take 6, a ten-time GRAMMY winning vocal sensation. Their exciting performances defy categorization, and have led to collaborations with Quincy Jones, Stevie Wonder, Queen Latifah, and the genius, Ray Charles. Clint Holmes, a Las Vegas-based vocal star, has been selling out concert halls around the world. His exciting soulful stylings will bring magic to this enchanted evening. Nnenna Freelon. a six-time GRAMMY nominee and Downbeat vocalist of the year, will add her soulful vocal style to the Ray mix. Kirk Whalum, GRAMMY award winner, hails from Memphis. Together, they honor the genius from Georgia — Ray Charles!

Arvest Concert Series presents:

Thursday, October 24, 2019
7 p.m.
Free – No admission charge. No tickets required.
It’s nearly impossible to explain the exceptional talents of EmiSunshine, the 14-year-old prodigy from East Tennessee. Born Emilie Sunshine Hamilton, the singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist is a throwback to earlier eras of country music when trendsetters like Bessie Smith, June Carter, Loretta Lynn and Hank Williams made history. The sassy, strikingly powerful, ultra-entertainer is bound and determined to follow in their footsteps, and while she has some pretty big shoes to fill, this little lady fits the bill. Since her breakout at just nine years old, Emi has garnered more than 14 million YouTube views and a half million Facebook followers.

Gaston Lecture Series presents:

Peter Giuliano: “Dracula” – 40 weeks with director Francis Ford Coppola
Tuesday, October 29, 2019
Free – No admission charge. No tickets required.
The experience of working for director Francis Ford Coppola on his 1991 movie, “Bram Stoker’s Dracula,” was one of the most memorable in Peter’s forty plus years in the film and television Industry. Peter will share behind the scenes stories of his adventure working for this iconic film director, the cast, and crew.
To make all of this possible, support is provided by Performing Arts Series patrons beyond the cost of tickets. Because ticket revenue rarely covers the costs of bringing top-quality entertainment to our community, generous donations from patrons help to cover production expenses and artist fees. Season Ticket Price: $130, includes all above shows – a savings of $20 if bought separately. Season tickets go on sale according to the following levels of patron gifts:

$5,000 Patrons – June 10
$2,500 Patrons – June 17
$1,500 Patrons – June 24
$1,000 Patrons – July 1
$500 Patrons – July 15
$250 Patrons – June 29
$150 Patrons – August 5

Season Tickets go on sale to the public August 19
Individual Tickets go on sale to the public September 9

For more information on becoming a patron of the performing arts, contact Christy Keirn at 870-508-6109. For tickets, order online at or by calling toll-free 800-965-9324.

Suzanne Schmoker Sutherland Establishes Scholarship Endowment at ASUMH

SutherlandPictured:  (left to right) Robin Myers, Chancellor of ASUMH; Sutherland, and Mollie Morgan, Development Officer 

Suzanne Schmoker Sutherland, a former instructor of Developmental Studies at Arkansas State University-Mountain Home, has established an endowed scholarship to be awarded to students of ASUMH each semester. The scholarship endowment is for students who have a financial need and who are pursuing a degree at ASUMH. The scholarship will provide $1,000 annually to be used for tuition, books or fees and recipients will be chosen by the ASUMH scholarship committee.  Students must maintain a 2.5 GPA, and must submit an application and essay and show determination to finish their degree.

Sutherland served as an instructor at ASUMH from 1997 – 2009. For more information on this and other scholarship opportunities at ASUMH, contact Mollie Morgan at 870-508-6191.

Chancellor and Vice Chancellor Lists at ASUMH Announced for Spring 2019

Spring 2019 scholars at Arkansas State University-Mountain Home have been named to the Chancellor’s List and Vice Chancellor’s List.  Students who have a 4.0-grade point average are on the Chancellor’s List, and students who have a 3.6 to 3.99-grade point average are on the Vice Chancellor’s List.  Students must have 12 credit hours of college-level coursework in the semester for which they are named to the lists.

Chancellor’s List for ASUMH

Gerald Allen Viola AR
Maggie Anderson Salesville AR
Jacob Barnett Mountain Home AR
Amber Baser Mountain Home AR
Angela Berry Mountain Home AR
Chris Bogowith Gainesville MO
Brittany Brandon Mountain Home AR
Christopher Broyles Mountain Home AR
Christopher Burkhart Mountain Home AR
David Byrd Mountain Home AR
Kristen Cain Mountain Home AR
Amy Carter Mountain Home AR
Rhiannon Casey Salem AR
Jonathan Chapman Flippin AR
Christopher Clark Mountain Home AR
Tabitha Clouse Gassville AR
Kristan Cowden Mountain Home AR
Rebekah Crowley Mountain Home AR
Austin Davis Mountain Home AR
Timothy Dickard Flippin AR
Payton Dixon Cotter AR
Kelsey Dodson Harrison AR
Steven Douglas Mountain Home AR
Evyn Edmonds Valley Springs AR
Christian Elera Mountain Home AR
Erik Embach Gassville AR
Mark Foos Lakeview AR
Anna Fountain Calico Rock AR
Kayla Franks Salem AR
Nyx Gaona Mountain Home AR
Meghan Geery Mountain Home AR
Izaak Golden Jordan AR
Nathan Hermes Flippin AR
Diana Herron Mountain Home AR
Sheryl Holcombe Mountain Home AR
Emily Hosford Gassville AR
Anna Huckaba Calico Rock AR
Garrett Hurd Ozark MO
Kristin Kite Mountain Home AR
Toni Lack Flippin AR
Shala Lawrence Gamaliel AR
Christin Liles Mountain Home AR
Brian Lofton Mountain Home AR
Chris Luna Lakeview AR
Jordan Lundeen Mountain Home AR
Lauren Malte Mountain Home AR
Christine Manning Calico Rock AR
Jimmy Martin Mountain Home AR
Cory Mcmahon Mountain Home AR
Mackayla Medley Gassville AR
Courtney Mellein-Mosier Yellville AR
Sandra Merkling Mountain Home AR
Kayla Miller Mountain Home AR
Caleb Moser Mountain Home AR
Joel Nelson Pocahontas AR
Samantha Nelson Gassville AR
Jeremy Oakes Mountain Home AR
Tala Oates Lakeview AR
Alexandria Pajonk Gassville AR
Riya Patel Mountain Home AR
Emily Perryman Viola AR
Tabitha Pettit Norfork AR
Caroline Pokorny Yellville AR
Donovan Reed Mountain Home AR
Brady Robbins Mountain Home AR
Melinda Robertson Sage AR
Samuel Ruszczynski Mountain Home AR
Jazmine Schutkesting Mountain Home AR
Brittany Sellers Summit AR
Kaylen Shaw Mountain Home AR
Reagan Shrable Mountain Home AR
Tanya Simmons Flippin AR
Angelina Soliz Yellville AR
Brandee Strain Mountain Home AR
Daniel Sullivan Mountain Home AR
Gabriel Sutton Salesville AR
Ashley Thomas Noble MO
Bailey Thompson Mountain Home AR
Izzy Tuck Gassville AR
Lakelynn Vaught Isabella MO
Jessica Wagers Ozark AR
Ty Webers Mountain Home AR
Brian Weichmann Yellville AR
April Woods Norfork AR
Alexis Yearwood Mountain Home AR
Joseph Zlatos Mountain Home AR

Vice Chancellor’s List for ASUMH

Maddux Adams Gassville AR
Brittany Aguilar Gassville AR
Nuri Bilgin Mountain Home AR
Destiny Blacksher Mountain Home AR
Nicole Brakebill Mountain Home AR
Samantha Burke Mountain Home AR
Eric Byrd Mountain Home AR
Stephen Cawthon Jr Ward AR
Kesha Coalburn Gassville AR
Crisy Cook Lakeview AR
Caitlin Crow Viola AR
Rick Deen Mountain Home AR
Matty Dillard Yellville AR
Jonathan Drott Mountain Home AR
Jessica Ethridge Mountain Home AR
Alisia Fawcett Mountain Home AR
Caitlyn Ferguson Mountain Home AR
Ashlyn Garner Mountain Home AR
Dara Gross Jacksonville AR
Sierra Heriford Wasola MO
Heather Hestley Gamaliel AR
Megan Hiles Wideman AR
Jeana Hilkert Norfork AR
Tammy Holt Mountain Home AR
Ericca Hopper Mountain Home AR
Seth Horn Mountain Home AR
Garrett Hudspeth Onia AR
Christopher Hullett Mountain Home AR
Robert Hurt Mountain Home AR
Brandon Johnston Mountain Home AR
Austin Jones Caulfield MO
Chris Jones Flippin AR
Nicolai Kashpureff Flippin AR
Susan Knight Harrison AR
Alicia Langston Melbourne AR
Christopher Larrew Mountain Home AR
Ashley Lipe Gassville AR
Angie Maiwald Mountain Home AR
Justin Mathews Cotter AR
Jarrett McMinn Gamaliel AR
Tommy Moore Salesville AR
Madelynne Myers-obermire Yellville AR
Heather O’Neill Gassville AR
Joshua Parish Mountain Home AR
Hannah Pfeifer Mountain Home AR
William Pimm Mountain Home AR
Emily Quinn Mountain Home AR
Morgan Reddell Hasty AR
Hunter Ryan Cotter AR
Kacie Sallee Mountain Home AR
Skye Sasser Mountain Home AR
Marcella Schlote Mountain Home AR
Sabrina Scott Bull Shoals AR
Hailey Segars Mountain Home AR
Tyler Shaw Mountain Home AR
Shania Sheppard Gainesville MO
Jacob Shetrompf Gamaliel AR
Madison Shipman Mountain Home AR
Kimberly Smart Batesville AR
Kaci Sowa Mountain Home AR
Nathan Steele Bull Shoals AR
Mary Stephens Mountain Home AR
Brett Stockfisch Mountain Home AR
Abigail Strobeck Omaha AR
Peter Stromquist Mountain Home AR
Dakota Tolliver Cotter AR
Ashley Tudor Gassville AR
Brianna Uffman Mountain Home AR
Justin Weaver Yellville AR
Victoria Wham Mountain Home AR
Eldita Wood Summit AR

Dr. Ed and Lucretia Coulter Endow Performing Arts Series Show with Gift of Stock from Integrity First Bank

Mountain Home, AR — Arkansas State University – Mountain Home (ASUMH) received a gift of stock valued at more than $200,000 from Dr. Ed and Lucretia Coulter on May 2, 2019, to establish the Ed and Lucretia Coulter Performing Arts Endowment. The endowment is designated for a holiday/fall seasonal show as a part of the Performing Arts Series at ASUMH.

The stock, transferred at the sale of Integrity First Bank to Stuttgart’s Farmers & Merchants Bank, is in recognition of the involvement of the former First National Bank and Trust in the development of the initial footprint of the campus and the Performing Arts Series at ASUMH by ASUMH’s founding Chancellor and his wife.

“This gift is our way of saying thank you for the support of First National Bank, Integrity First Bank, and others in the community who have been so instrumental in the creation of the university and of the performing arts series that Lucretia and I both love so much,” said Coulter. “We decided to make our gift by donating stock from Integrity First Bank – originally First National Bank.  First National Bank was extremely involved in creating the initial campus by endowing a building and that support has continued through the years in a number of ways, including the performing arts.”

In 1997, First National Bank and Trust Co. pledged $500,000 to endow one of the four buildings on the college’s new campus.  Throughout the years, they have supported the institution through scholarships and sponsorships, including an inaugural season performance of the Arkansas Symphony in the newly constructed Vada Sheid Community Development Center in 2010.

“Lucretia and I want to be a part of making sure the performing arts keep going.”  The Coulters have enjoyed seeing the performing arts council develop from a small group of dedicated arts enthusiasts and volunteers when the Vada Sheid Community Development Center opened in 2010.  As Chancellor, Coulter appointed the members and the council has set the programming for the series for the past nine seasons.  “We are so proud of the continued leadership of Chancellor Dr. Robin Myers, and of director Christy Keirn and the Performing Arts Council’s programming and the success of the series,” said Dr. Ed Coulter, Chancellor Emeritus of ASUMH.

“I am passionate about the performing arts,” added Lucretia.  “I’m ecstatic that we have the Ed Coulter Performing Arts Center here on the ASUMH campus, and that it provides all types of programs for our community to enjoy.”  The 824-seat Ed Coulter Performing Arts Center is located inside the Vada Sheid Community Development Center.

The Coulter name is synonymous with another family name on the campus of ASUMH.  Dr. Coulter’s first wife, Fran, who died in 2004, was the daughter of J.D. and Allena Dryer.  “The Dryers were one of the true pioneer families of this area,” added Coulter.  “J.D. was a founding board member of First National Bank and Trust.”  The ASUMH campus was also blessed with the construction of Dryer Hall in honor of J.D. and Allena at the campus opening in 2000. Fran was a history professor at ASUMH and the Fran Coulter Honors Program bears her name.

“This is an incredible gift to ASUMH and we are so grateful for Ed and Lucretia’s support of the faculty, staff and students on this campus and the larger community that enjoys the arts. The names and institutions this gift represents are truly special to ASUMH,” said Dr. Robin Myers, Chancellor of ASUMH.  “The Coulter and Dryer families are synonymous with education in Mountain Home. Integrity First Bank and First National Bank and Trust certainly are, as well. With this significant gift, both Ed and Lucretia Coulter will be remembered forever as true patrons of the arts here in Mountain Home. We are grateful for the Coulters’ gift that will enhance the performing arts series at ASUMH for years to come.”

Photo Attached:  Christy Keirn, Director of Communications and Institutional Advancement at ASUMH; Dr. Ed Coulter, Chancellor Emeritus at ASUMH; Lucretia Coulter; Dr. Robin Myers, Chancellor of ASUMH; Mollie Morgan, Development Officer at ASUMH

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Two ASUMH teams to fish Carhartt Bassmaster College Series this weekend

ASUMH is very proud to announce that will be joining more than 240 collegiate fishing teams with two teams in the Carhartt Bassmaster College Series bass fishing tournament this week in Mountain Home!

The tournament will take place April 25-27 on Bull Shoals Lake. “This is the first time ASUMH has entered into a collegiate sports event. ASUMH’s participation in college bass fishing is long overdue, so we are very excited to make this announcement,” said Matt Klinger, sponsor and coach.

The tournament take-off will be at the Bull Shoals Boat Dock at 6:30 AM. The teams will arrive back at the dock for weigh-ins at 2:30 PM.  A high school tournament is also scheduled on Norfork Lake on Sunday.

“The Carhartt Bassmaster College Series presented by Bass Pro Shops gives college anglers a platform for competing with their peers in a national setting. Anglers can compete in one of five regionals and in a Wild Card tournament for the opportunity to advance to the national championship. From there, one college angler earns a coveted berth in bass fishing’s biggest tournament, the Bassmaster Classic,” according to the Bassmaster website.

For more information, contact: Matt Klinger, PE Instructor/Intramural Coordinator for Arkansas State University – Mountain Home, at (phone) 870-508-6363 or  Bassmaster tournament  info is available at:

Photo:  (Left to right) Cheston Jones of Mountain Home, AR; Addison Mahan of Mountain Home, AR; Colton Shipman of Oakland, AR; and Christopher Burkhart of Mountain Home, AR