Newsmakers: Winter 2020

BRACKETT LIBRARY

Jean Waldrop, Brackett Library director, received the Suzanne Spurrier Academic Librarian Award from the Arkansas Library Association during the Arkansas Louisiana SELA Conference in September 2019. 

COLLEGE OF ARTS AND HUMANITIES

Kim Laing, assistant professor of history, was awarded best presentation by the Association of Arkansas College History Teachers at the AACHT Conference in October 2019. The title of her presentation was “You Can Get Anything from Walmart – Even Historical Perspective.”

Nathan Henton, assistant professor of English, successfully defended his dissertation in composition and rhetoric from the University of Memphis in October 2019. The title of his dissertation is “First-Year Writing Program Assessment at Small Liberal Arts Colleges.”

Paulette Guerin Bane, assistant professor of English, published a poem in Empty House Press titled “Dimenuendo.”

Dr. Katherine Dillion, associate professor of English, completed a professional endorsement in narrative medicine from Columbia University in November 2019. 

COLLEGE OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION

Dr. Jake Stewart, associate professor, was named chair of information systems in December 2019. He fills the role previously held by Dr. Reet Cronk who was named director of information systems graduate studies. 

COLLEGE OF PHARMACY

Dr. Melissa Max, associate professor of pharmacy practice, led a process allowing the college to receive full recognition from the CDC for its diabetes prevention program in July 2019. 

Dr. Henry North, assistant professor of pharmaceutical science, and Dr. Jim Tarrant, associate professor, served as faculty judges for chemistry posters at the Arkansas INBRE Conference in October 2019. North also presented a poster on “Drug Discovery of Novel GABAA Modulators to Treat Epilepsy” at the Southeast Regional IDeA Conference and “Structure-based Drug Design Studies to Identify Novel GABAA Modulators to Treat Epilepsy” at the Southwest Rocky Mountain Regional American Chemical Society meeting in November 2019. 

Dr. Kwame Yeboah, associate professor, served as an external dissertation reviewer for two Ph.D. students from the GITAM School of Pharmacy in India in November 2019. 

Dr. Scott Weston, associate dean and chair of pharmaceutical science, co-authored a poster presented by three students at the Global Missions Health Conference in November 2019.

HONORS COLLEGE

Dr. Mike James, dean of the Honors College, presented on a panel at the 52nd annual National Collegiate Honors Council Conference in November 2019. The theme of the session was titled “Crisis Management.” 

UNIVERSITY COMMUNICATIONS AND MARKETING

Rachel Swann joined the office in September as administrative assistant.