Camp Invention 2018 at ASUMH

For kids K-6
July 9-13, 2018
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2018 Camp Invention Program – Fast Forward


Home for the Holidays

The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra will present Home for the Holidays at a concert on Thursday, November 30 in the Ed Coulter Performing Arts Center at The Sheid on the ASUMH campus.  Join us for a night of beautiful holiday music featuring two soloists and a chamber choir.  Conductor Philip Mann will be on hand to conduct favorites like “There’s No Place Like Home for the Holidays,” “Sleigh Ride,” “Blue Christmas,” and “O Holy Night.”  Tickets are $30 for adults, $15 for students, plus fees. Order tickets online at  or by phone at (870) 508-6280.

ASUMH Named One of Nation’s Top 150 Community Colleges

The Aspen Institute College Excellence Program today named Arkansas State University-Mountain Home (ASUMH) one of the nation’s top 150 community colleges eligible to compete for the $1 million Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, the nation’s signature recognition of high achievement and performance among America’s community colleges. With a singular focus on student success, the Aspen Prize recognizes institutions with outstanding achievements in four areas: learning; certificate and degree completion; employment and earnings; and high levels of access and success for minority and low-income students.

Higher education attainment has never been more important. Estimates from Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce suggest that out of the 11.6 million jobs created in the post-recession economy, 11.5 million require at least some college education. The vast majority of students who enroll in community colleges do so because they believe that postsecondary education will provide them a path to rewarding work, stable employment, and family-sustaining wages.

“Especially in the current social and economic climate, it is exceptionally important that our nation’s community colleges develop the diverse talent needed to fuel democratic engagement, social mobility, and economic opportunity and growth,” said Josh Wyner, executive director of the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program. “Through this competition we’re working to inspire other institutions across our country to ensure more students succeed in college and their lives beyond those campuses.”

The 150 community colleges named today as eligible to compete for the 2019 Prize were selected from a pool of nearly 1,000 public two-year colleges nationwide using publicly available data on student outcomes. Located in 39 states in urban, rural, and suburban areas, serving as few as 300 students and as many as 95,000 students, these colleges represent the diversity and depth of the community college sector. This year, there are nearly 60 institutions eligible to compete for the Prize that were not eligible for the 2017 Aspen Prize. For a full list of the top 150 eligible institutions, visit:

The top ten finalists for the 2019 Aspen Prize will be named in May 2018. The Aspen Institute will then conduct site visits to each of the finalists and collect additional quantitative data, including employment and earnings data. A distinguished Prize Jury will select a grand prize winner, finalist(s) with distinction, and rising star(s) in spring 2019. To read more on the selection process, visit:

The 2019 Aspen Prize is funded by the Joyce Foundation and the Siemens Foundation.

The Aspen Institute College Excellence Program aims to advance higher education practices, policies, and leadership that significantly improve student outcomes. Through the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, the Siemens Technical Scholars Program, and other initiatives, the College Excellence Program works to improve colleges’ understanding and capacity to teach and graduate students, especially the growing population of low-income and minority students on American campuses. For more information, visit

The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, DC. Its mission is to foster leadership based on enduring values and to provide a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical issues. The Institute is based in Washington, DC; Aspen, Colorado; and on the Wye River on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. It also has offices in New York City and an international network of partners. For more information, visit

National Apprenticeship Week Celebrated at ASUMH

23517631_788607858009731_3202162784854160434_nU.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta declared the third annual National Apprenticeship Week to be held November 13-19, 2017. Apprenticeships provide demand-driven education, allowing apprentices to earn while they learn – helping to close the skills gap between the skills job creators seek and job seekers need.

“Expanding apprenticeships across all industries is a priority for the Trump Administration. Since the President signed his Executive Order Expanding Apprenticeships in America, we’ve seen significant interest in apprenticeship programs across a range of industries,” said Secretary Acosta. “National Apprenticeship Week provides an opportunity to put a spotlight on how apprenticeships can help Americans learn the skills they need for success in today’s workplace. By increasing the number of apprenticeships, more Americans will be on the path to family-sustaining jobs.”

To celebrate National Apprenticeship Week, ASUMH held two events.  The first, held on November 13, was a luncheon for employers and students.  The event featured two apprenticeship students as guest speakers.  Pictured is Ethel Still, ASUMH Leadership Intern, who spoke to industry leaders, high school students, and ASUMH administrators at the National Apprenticeship Week Apprentice Appreciation Luncheon. Ethel is an apprentice in the ASUMH Mechatronics program.

On hand was Tom Hunt, head of the Arkansas HVACR Association, who announced plans for an apprenticeship training program with ASUMH that will begin in Fall of 2018.

The Arkansas HVACR Association serves and represents Arkansas HVACR contractors and is sponsor to the Department of Labor approved Arkansas HVACR Association Apprenticeship Program, 2017-AR-68770 which is governed by the Arkansas HVACR Association Apprenticeship Sponsor Board.

A second event is scheduled for 11/15 at 5:00 p.m. at the ASUMH Technical Center and will also feature student speakers and refreshments.  For more information, contact Janel Cotter, Director of Workforce Development at ASUMH by calling 870-508-6133.
Pictured: Janel Cotter, Tom Hunt, Robin Myers, and Karen Heslep.

ASUMH Announces October CNA Graduates

Arkansas State University-Mountain Home (ASUMH) recently honored graduates of the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) program. Graduates completed 99 hours of course work and passed a skills and knowledge test to earn the nursing assistant certification. Students finished their course work in four weeks. ASUMH instructors Amy Clark, RN, presented the graduates with their certificates.

For information on upcoming classes or scholarships, contact ASUMH Health Science Coordinator Sarah Smith at 870-508-6266 or e-mail

Arkansas State University-Mountain Home is a public, open-access, two-year campus of the Arkansas State University System, primarily serving students in north-central Arkansas. ASUMH serves approximately 1,500 students each year from its campus located at 1600 South College Street in Mountain Home, AR 72653. For more information on the educational opportunities available at ASUMH, phone 1-870-508-6100 or visit the website

October CNA Graduates:

October CNA's Official

From left to right: Nathan Steele of Flippin, AR; Mary Marston of Gassville, AR; Angie Lemas of Gassville, AR; Erin Ledbetter of Horseshoe Bend, AR; Katrina Whitman of Midway, AR; Rachel Ricci of Mountain Home, AR; and Instructor Amy Clark, RN.

Veterans Events Thursday at ASUMH – Heroes & Legends

In honor of Veterans, Arkansas State University-Mountain Home, Ultimate Auto Group, and KTLO, Classic Hits and The Boot will hold the second annual Heroes & Legends event Thursday, November 9 in the Vada Sheid Community Development Center on the ASUMH campus.

Pinkston 6th grade students will open the event with a free concert at 1 p.m.  Led by Sherry Mohler, more than 200 students will participate in the patriotic choir performance.  Mohler, who holds a Masters in Music Education from Missouri State, has been teaching for 29 years.


From 2 – 4 p.m., Veterans may visit with vendors during a Veteran’s Fair, held in the Dale Bumpers Great Hall at the Vada Sheid Community Development Center.  Cookies and coffee will be served as Veterans visit with invited companies who offer services, including the following:

Mountain Home VA Clinic

Legal Aid of Arkansas

Arkansas Workforce Services

VA Claims Office

Medicare Healthplan Resource Center

VA Public Affairs Officer

Baxter County Assessor

American Legion

Disabled Veterans

Veterans of Foreign Wars

Suicide Prevention

Elks Lodge

Baxter County Veterans Service Office

VA Caregiver Support Program

Mruk Family Education Center on Aging

District Veterans Services Officer

Celebrate Recovery

West Plains Bank

Ozark Surgical Group


Area Agency on Aging

Ultimate Auto Group

KTLO, Classic Hits and the Boot

Veterans will be treated to a free Bar-B-Que dinner beginning at 4 p.m. in the Trout Room of the Vada Sheid Community Development Center.  The meal is sponsored by Lt. Col. Mary Walker, U.S. Army Retired; and Capt. Robert Walker, U.S. Army Veteran.  Catered by 178 Club featuring Bull Shoals Bar-B-Que, the meal includes pulled pork sandwiches, slaw, potato salad, baked beans, brownies, tea and water.


At 5:45 p.m., Dr. Robin Myers, Chancellor of ASUMH, will welcome the crowd of Veterans and guests in the Ed Coulter Performing Arts Center at The Sheid. Fifty-three members of the Pinkston Middle School choir will perform four patriotic numbers and a presentation of the colors will be presented by the Mountain Home High School NJROTC.  Bud Zorman, NJROTC instructor for Mountain Home High School, and ten cadets will be involved in the presentation of colors.


During the Armed Forces Medley, Veterans will be asked to stand according to their branch of service. Students will also sing God Bless America, My America, and God Bless the USA.   Headlining the event is a concert featuring Mammoth Spring native, Ashley McBryde.  The 6:00 p.m. Ashley McBryde concert is open to the general public, but tickets are required.


Presenting sponsors for the Heroes and Legends event include: ASUMH; Lt. Col. Mary Walker, U. S. Army Retired; Capt. Robert Walker, U.S. Army Veteran; KTLO, Classic Hits and The Boot; and Ultimate Auto Group.

Sponsors contributing $1,000 to the event include: Ozark Surgical Group; Medicare Healthplan Resource Center; and West Plains Bank.  $500 sponsors include: Kilgore Vision Center; Baxter Regional Medical Center; Ozark Eye Center; and DeAtley Dental Care.  One $100 sponsor is Plumlee Tire.  Contributing water and cookies for the event are: Arvest Bank; Harps Mountain Home; Harps West Mountain Home; Harps Bull Shoals; Harps Yellville; Town and Country Discount Foods; Orscheln’s Farm and Home, Mountain Home; WalMart of Flippin.


While all events are free for Veterans, a ticket is required for the Bar-B-Que and evening concert.  Tickets may be picked up at the Vada Sheid Community Development Center, with proof of service, in advance of the events. Veterans may purchase guest tickets for the meal and concert for $10.


Tickets for the Ashley McBryde concert are available to the general public for $15 on the floor or $10 in the riser section.  Tickets may be purchased at The Sheid’s Box Office, online at or by calling 870-508-6280.


A free shuttle will be available throughout the afternoon.  For more information, contact Christy Keirn at (870) 508-6109.

Ashley McBryde to present concert at ASUMH’s “Heroes and Legends” event November 9

Who: Ashley McBryde – Heroes and Legends Concert

What: ASUMH’s 2nd Annual Veteran’s Appreciation Event, “Heroes and Legends”

When: November 9, 2017, Pinkston Middle School Choir, 1:00pm, Veterans Fair 2:00pm, BBQ meal for veterans and veteran’s guests 4:00pm, Ashley McBryde Concert 6:00pm

Where: Vada Sheid Community Development Center

Sponsored by: Lt. Col. Mary Walker, U.S. Army Retired; Capt. Robert Walker, U.S. Army Veteran; KTLO, Classic Hits and The Boot, Ultimate Auto, Medicare Resource Healthplan Center, West Plains Bank and Trust, Baxter Regional Medical Center, Ozark Surgical Group, DeAtley Dental Clinic, Ozark Eye Clinic, Kilgore Vision Clinic, Plumlee Tire and many more.

Tickets: On sale at The Sheid  — Veterans are FREE for Show, BBQ, and Veteran’s Fair; Veteran’s Guest $10 for Show, BBQ, and Veteran’s Fair; $15 Reserved Seating on Floor and $10 Reserved Seating in Risers

Required: Military ID to receive FREE tickets available at The Sheid Box Office only.

No Cash or Checks, Credit/Debit Cards Only

Free shuttle will run on campus throughout the duration of the event.
A little about Ashley McBryde

Ashley McBryde, the fierce singer/songwriter who The Tennessean vows is “worth discovering” and  with the swagger of Hank Jr. and the songwriting of Miranda Lambert,” recently made her Grand Ole Opry debut with her heartrending ode-to-self, “Girl Goin’ Nowhere.” She also performs her emotive single, “A Little Dive Bar in Dahlonega,” a song that has consistently hoovered in the Top 5 of SiriusXM’s “The Highway’s Top 30.” Today, the video makes its video debut on CMT and in a poignant narrative that was filmed in Watertown, Tennessee, the small town just outside of Music City where the Arkansas-native currently calls home.

McBryde co-wrote “A Little Dive Bar In Dahlonega” with Nicolette Hayford and Jesse Rice, sharing “We had all had a really bad day. Not ‘one of the worst days of my life,’ but I had one of those days where nothing was going right. I got a crack in my windshield on my way to work, I got sick, and had broken a guitar string all within an hour and a half. On top of that my co-writer, Jesse, was late, but bless his heart, when he walked in we could tell he had had a night and a morning that was just as rough as ours. That’s how we got on the subject of having the worst day ever, and that’s when Jesse started talking about his car breaking down in Dahlonega, GA.”

So, when it came time to capture the essence of the song, McBryde turned to director and filmmaker, ACM Video of the Year award-winner Reid Long (Eric Church’s “Mr. Misunderstood”), who slated many of McBryde’s friends as extras in the performance scene at the bar just down the road from where that tattooed 33-year-old lives since moving to middle Tennessee by way of Memphis 11 years ago.

“I am really excited and proud that we were able to film it in the Watertown/Lebanon area with real people, having a real-good time,” McBryde adds. “Reid was really able to capture the energy surrounding this song, because you can’t fake something like that.”

McBryde began making headlines while working as an independent singer/songwriter due to her raw lyrics and vocal prowess and has since been tapped to open for the likes of Eric Church, Willie Nelson, and Chris Stapleton.

A Little Dive Bar in Dahlonega” and “Girl Goin’ Nowhere” are a taste of McBryde’s highly anticipated upcoming album produced by Jay Joyce.

ASUMH Signs Agreement with ARHVACRA for HVACR Apprenticeship Program


Arkansas State University-Mountain Home (ASUMH) signed a memorandum of understanding with Arkansas HVACR Association for an apprenticeship training program on Thursday, October 26.  The agreement was signed by ASUMH Chancellor Dr. Robin Myers and Tom Hunt, the executive director of ARHVACRA – the Arkansas Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Association.

ASUMH prepares students with entry and advanced-level marketable skills via hands-on training, combined with laboratory and classroom experience teaching the student sheet metal fabrication; principles of residential and commercial air conditioning, refrigeration, heating, and ventilation; troubleshooting, blueprint reading, and safety.

The Arkansas HVACR Association serves and represented Arkansas HVACR contractors and is sponsor to the Department of Labor approved Arkansas HVACR Association Apprenticeship Program, 2017-AR-68770 which is governed by the Arkansas HVACR Association Apprenticeship Sponsor Board.

Both organizations agreed to work together to provide technical training and work opportunities within the letter of U. S. Department of Labor approved apprenticeship 2017-AR-68770, or program.

In the memorandum, ASUMH agreed to provide classroom and laboratory space, equipment, and instruction consistent to achieve the goals and skill proficiencies set forth in the apprenticeship training document which shall be determined by the Board with consultation and agreement of the local Association Chapter Apprenticeship Committee.

Student tuition and fees for classes will be consistent with ASUMH policies and shall be collected in a manner consistent with ASUMH policy.  ASUMH also will provide assessment of the apprentice based on the Skill Sets determined by the Board and the Committee.  Apprentices shall progress through the apprenticeship program based on their successful completion and demonstrable competency of the skill sets.

The ARHVACRA will establish a HVACR Association Apprenticeship Board to oversee the statewide administration of Apprenticeship Program, 2017-AR-68770.  The Board shall consist of contractors, apprentices, and educators as determined by the Executive Board of the Association.

The Board will determine a list of core competencies which the local committee shall make available to ASUMH. In addition, the Board will conduct focus groups of local contractors who may add to the list of competencies which have been determined.  The Board will enlist local contractors to participate in the program with their employees.

Local high schools, career centers, secondary counselors, secondary student and parents will be informed as to the career opportunities available in the HVACR industry and be provided access to the Program.

For information on this and other workforce programs at ASUMH, contact Janel Cotter at (870) 508-6133.

Pictured at the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (left to right) are Janel Cotter, Director of Workforce Education at ASUMH; Tom Hunt, Executive Director of ARHVACRA; Dr. Robin Myers, Chancellor of ASUMH; and Karen Heslep, Dean of the School of Business and Technology at ASUMH.

Yelcot Communications and ASUMH — Workforce Partners

When a local communications company expanded its offerings in the marketplace, a group of ASUMH students became the answer to their workforce need. Yelcot Communications reached out to Arkansas State University Mountain Home (ASUMH) for recommendations of college students for part-time summer help.  This job consisted of pulling cable and installing equipment.  Shawn Lane, Yelcot Plant Manager stated, “These positions were just meant to be temporary summer jobs, however, Yelcot quickly realized this group of students was highly qualified for long-term employability with the company.”

Sara Zimmerman, President, explained that Yelcot has recently expanded their business to include Managed IT Services.  This allows a business to offload their information technology operations to Yelcot.  Yelcot assumes an ongoing responsibility for 24-hour monitoring, managing, and backup and/or problem resolution for the IT system within a business.

This environment was a natural fit for this group of graduates.  Yelcot capitalized on each person’s strengths and placed them in positions where those strengths could be utilized.  Because they were classmates while attending ASUMH for the Networking Specialist degree, the students developed a professional rapport with each other.  Yelcot recognized this relationship and felt they would bring this cohesiveness and synergy to the workplace along with their various technical skill sets.  “They had the ability to work independently, but also to collaborate within a team environment, “ remarked Lane.  Due to Yelcot’s prior success with the colleges’ graduates, Yelcot contacted ASUMH when additional employment opportunities became available.


Kib Cochran, Account Manager/IT Solutions Expert, felt the knowledge he acquired in the Cisco Network Academy and CompTIA A+ courses gave him a jump-start in his job.  Dave Altenbaumer, Central Office Technician, stated his previous knowledge in telephony and the technology-related courses contributed to his abilities to perform his current job duties.  Other graduates commented that the network and computer security courses, IP subnetting, troubleshooting, and cabling added to their technological capabilities as well as the personal /soft skills they learned from the Networking Internship course.

The demand for skilled network and computer support professionals in the workforce continues to grow.  According to Zimmerman, not only do prospective employees need to possess the technical expertise in addition to problem-solving skills, initiative, and effective time management, but soft skills as well, such as the ability to communicate with customers.

As Yelcot has found, the Computer Information Systems department at ASU–Mountain Home combines education and technology to produce global thinkers that meet the needs and challenges of the new digital economy.  For more information, contact Shawn Dennis at (870) 508-6174.

Pat Hazell’s “The Wonder Bread Years” at ASUMH October 26

In a show that comedian Jerry Seinfeld calls “milk-snorting funny,” Arkansas State University-Mountain Home (ASUMH) presents “The Wonder Bread Years,” October 26 at 7:00 p.m. in the Ed Coulter Performing Arts Center at the Vada Sheid Community Development Center.  The show is part of the seventh performing arts series at ASUMH.  Tickets are available at or at the Box Office in the Vada Sheid Community Development Center and are $20 for adults and $10 for students, plus fees.

A fresh and funny salute to Americana, “The Wonder Bread Years” starring Pat Hazell (former Seinfeld writer) is a fast-paced, hilarious production that gracefully walks the line between stand-up and theater. Audiences across the country are enjoying a show that not only restores a much-needed sense of wonder, but leaves audiences laughing and savoring the past like never before. From sitting at the kids table to riding in the way back of the Country Squire wagon, The Wonder Bread Years is a comic bulls-eye for Baby Boomers everywhere.

For more information on The Wonder Bread Years, contact Christy Keirn at (870) 508-6109.