Newsmakers: summer 2022


Archie Shelton joined the team Feb. 7 as a major gift officer. He previously served in development at University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law. 


Dr. Jeremiah Sullins, associate professor of behavioral sciences, was awarded the 2022 Alpha Chi Faculty Scholar Award in April. 


The Bison and Petit Jean were recognized at the Associated Collegiate Press Spring National College Media Conference March 5 in Long Beach, California. Best of Show awards were presented to the Bison (sixth place), The Link (eighth place), and the 2021 Petit Jean (fifth place). Bison head photographer Madison Meyer was awarded first, second and fourth places in the photojournalism category.

Dr. Dutch Hoggatt, professor of communication, was awarded Best of Festival in the audio documentary category at the Broadcast Education Association Festival of Media Arts Faculty Audio Competition in April. The title of his piece was “Artist Spotlight – Patsy Cline.”

Emma Jones, a junior multimedia journalism student, was selected as the Arkansas Press Women 2022 scholarship recipient in May. 

Kimberly Laing, assistant professor of history, has been appointed the Clifton L. Ganus Jr. Distinguished Chair of History and Political Science. She will serve a five-year appointment beginning July 1. 

Mary Grace Golden, a communication studies and public administration graduate, presented her honors thesis work at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology 2022 Annual Conference in San Francisco in February. Her poster was titled, “Unpacking Political Identity in First-Time Voting Christian Women: an Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis.” 

University electronic media and video production students were honored at the 80th annual convention of National Broadcast Society/Alpha Epsilon Rho Honor Society in March. The Link received first place in the website category. The Coach’s Show with Paul Simmons, director Jillian Jarvis and executive producer Tim Hamilton was awarded first place in the professional sports program category.  The University’s NBS/AERho chapter also was recognized as one of six model chapters this year.

Sarah Hickerson, a broadcast journalism graduate, was inducted into the Alpha Epsilon Rho Electronic Media Honor Society in March.


Taylor Conaway, a graduate nursing student, was appointed president of the National Student Nurses Association in April. 


Faculty members Dr. Josh Brown, Dr. Michael Claxton, Dottie Frye, Dr. Susan Grogan, Dr. Lance Hawley, Emmie Mercer, Dr. Debby Nutt, Dr. Keith Schramm and Richard Wells are the 2021-22 Teacher Achievement Award recipients. Staff members Jane Cavitt, Debbie Harrison, Brian Jones, Zach Neal, Robyn Nickleson, Audra Pleasant, David Robison and Grant Slane received the 2021-22 Distinguished Service Awards. 


Riley Davis joined the office in January as enrollment and information management specialist. 


Dr. James Huff, associate professor of engineering, was appointed senior faculty fellow Feb. 8.

Dr. Amy Qualls, associate professor of English, was named faculty fellow in April. She will serve a two-year appointment beginning in August. 


Kathy Allen, director of housing, received the Bob Cooke Distinguished Service Award at the Southwest Association of College and University Housing Officers conference in February. 


Jamie Wilson was named postal services manager March 1 replacing Randy Smith, who retired. She previously served as the assistant director. 

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