Arvest looking to reward teachers
Arvest Bank will accept nominations of area teachers deserving of winning a $500 prize Monday through Oct. 22 on its Facebook page. Arvest will present 29 teachers with $500 each as a sign of respect and appreciation for the work they do. Nominations must include the teacher's name, school, city and a one-sentence description of why that teacher is deserving of the award. Teachers at public schools in Fort Smith, Greenwood, Van Buren, Alma, Clarksville, Lamar, Oark, Hartman, Paris, Branch, Mena, Siloam Springs, Gentry, Fayetteville, Elkins, Springdale, Huntsville, West Fork, Lincoln, Prairie Grove, Farmington, Rogers, Bentonville, Gravette, Pea Ridge, Eureka Springs, Berryville, Russellville, Little Rock, North Little Rock, Maumelle, Sherwood, Jacksonville, Cabot, Lonoke, Benton, Bryant and Morrilton are eligible.
ATU to hold open house
Arkansas Tech University will hold an open house for prospective students from 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 21 at Tucker Coliseum in Russelleville. Tours will leave the coliseum every 15 minutes. A 2018 tuition scholarship will be awarded as a door prize. Participants will receive complimentary tickets to the homecoming football game between ATU and Northwestern Oklahoma State University at 2 p.m.
Visit www.atu.edu/admissions or call (479) 968-0343 or (800) 582-6953 for information.
CASC Vike@Nite 5K slated
The Carl Albert State College annual Vike@Nite 5K is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. Oct. 26 on the CASC campus. Registration will be $20 per person and will be completed prior to the event, from 4-5:30 p.m. Proceeds will benefit the CASC Alumni Association for the purpose of future scholarships.
There also will be a kids race at 5:30 p.m. Register for the kids race at runsignup.com or onsite from 4-5:30 p.m.
Community State Bank employees will be grilling hot dogs after the event, and Oldcastle will provide the aid station at the halfway point in the event.
Cabbage program is now open
The National Bonnie Plants Third Grade Cabbage Program is offering a chance to win a $1,000 education scholarship from Bonnie Plants. The plan is open to third-grade classrooms around the country. Scholarships are awarded to one student per state. Teachers can sign up at bonniecabbageprogram.com.
The program was created in 1996 to inspire a love of vegetable gardening in young people and grow our next generation of gardeners. The program awards a $1,000 scholarship to one student in each participating state. At the end of the season, teachers from each class select the student who has grown the “best” cabbage, based on size and appearance. That student’s name is then entered in a statewide drawing. State winners are randomly selected by the Commission of Agriculture’s office, in each of 48 participating states.
Visit www.bonnieplant.com for information.
CASC announces key dates
Enrollment for the Spring 2018 semester at Carl Albert State College will begin on Oct. 30 for current sophomores and on Nov. 1 for current freshmen. Concurrent student enrollment will begin Nov. 9, and all other enrollment will begin Nov. 6.
Spring 2018 classes will begin Jan. 16.
Visit carlalbert.edu or call(918) 647-1248 in Poteau or (918) 775-6977 in Sallisaw for information.
ATU hosts Fort Smith students
Arkansas Tech University-Ozark campus recently hosted Fort Smith ninth-grade engineering and technology students as part of the Fort Smith Regional Chamber of Commerce’s annual Manufacturing Week. The students were given lunch and the chance to tour Baldor Electric Co. and hear from industry and school officials from ATU and the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith. ATU-Ozark representatives also spoke to local industries at the Fort Smith Chamber and to the Fort Smith Area Junior Leadership Academy.
Trunk or Treat registration due
Trunk or Treat will begin at 5 p.m. Oct. 31 at the Dunlap Oval on the Carl Albert State College campus in Poteau. Organizations can decorate a vehicle and hand out candy to participants. Only sealed candy may be distributed. No homemade items, please.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org by Oct. 27 to register vehicles for the event. Placement of vehicles will be first come, first served.
Names of note
Mikeesha Watts of Vian was recently sworn in as one of the 17 students on the 2017-18 Cherokee Nation Tribal Youth Council. Members of the youth council serve for one year helping to shape Cherokee Nation policies.
Several area students were recently named campus ambassadors by the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith including:
• Cedarville — Maddy Armer and Justin Martin;
• Fort Smith — Jaime Hernandez, Estefani Garcia-Caramo, Asher Parvu and Anna Parvu;
• Greenwood — Ian Carter and Alexis Looper;
• Mountainburg — Lauren Becker;
• Mulberry — AnnMarie McCollum;
• Paris — Rachel Hamilton and Shelly Martines;
• Sallisaw — Braden Likens;
• Spiro — Kaden Aary;
• Van Buren — Gina Southchay.
Michael Fisher of Lamar recently earned his degree from Western Technical College in La Crosse, Wis.
Jacob Keys of Fort Smith, a childhood cancer survivor, recently received a $4,000 scholarship from the We Care Foundation in Fort Smith.
Jasmine Wilhelm of Ratcliff was recently named a Chancellor's Leadership Corps scholar by the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. The competitive scholarship awards up to $8,000 per year, up to $32,000 for four years.
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