ASU-Beebe Award Winners At Arkansas Community Colleges Conference

Arkansas State University-Beebe students, faculty, staff, and alumni were honored at the Arkansas Community Colleges (ACC) fall conference held at the State House Convention Center in Little Rock on October 14-16, 2018.

Ashton Warner was named ASU-Beebe’s Academic All-Star. She is a sophomore, majoring in psychology. After she completes her associate’s degree, Warner plans to pursue a bachelor’s and master’s degree in mental health counseling. During her freshman year, Warner became a Leadership Scholar and was elected secretary of the Student Government Association. Currently, she serves as the SGA President, in which she acts as a conduit between students, faculty and administration. Warner speaks for many students around campus, providing feedback to administration on important issues that might otherwise not receive the attention they deserve. Warner is also a member of the Student Advisory Board and the Psychology Club. When deciding which college to attend, Warner said, “I had many options living in the central Arkansas area. Although many of my friends chose to go to four-year universities, I knew ASU-Beebe was going to be the best experience for me.”

Marvin Jones was named recipient of the Outstanding Alumni Award. He attended ASU-Beebe in 1978, later earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Business Administration from Baker University Graduate School of Business. Jones served in the consumer package goods industry with the Nasbisco Foods Group for over 17 years before launching his own consulting business in 1998. As President of MJW Enterprises, Jones provides consulting services to consumer package goods companies with a focus on cross functional excellence. Jones currently serves as a member of ASU-Beebe Development Council, executor of the Sharae Jones Memorial Scholarship, ASUB Adjunct Professor of Economics, and Cabot Public School Board Member.

Dr. Jake Marquess, associate professor of biology, was named recipient of the Outstanding Faculty Award. He received a doctorate in biology from the University of Mississippi and has taught life sciences at ASU-Beebe since 2012. He has served as Faculty Senate president and on numerous committees, including Academic Leadership, Curriculum, University Awards, Concert-Lecture, Employee Development, and Global Awareness. Dr. Marquess organized and hosted faculty and students in an exchange partnership with the Catholic University of El Salvador. He co-developed online biology courses and updated the life science labs with equipment and technology. Dr. Marquess is an advisor for the Ecology Club and developed interactive natural science activities for local summer camps and programs.

Tonya Tucker, Assistant Registrar, was presented the Outstanding Staff Award. She began her career at ASU-Beebe in 2002 as the Registrar’s administrative assistant. She later worked as an Admissions Analyst and then Records Management Analyst before being promoted into her current position. Over the course of the last 15 years, Tucker has strived to help students as they maneuver through the phases of the academic process. She goes above and beyond to help the students, faculty, and staff at ASU-Beebe. One of the most rewarding pieces of her job is working with students and seeing them achieve their academic goals.

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Founded in 1927, Arkansas State University-Beebe is an operationally separate, two-year institution of the Arkansas State University System.  With campuses located in Beebe, Heber Springs, Searcy, the Little Rock Air Force Base, and online, the university offers associate degrees, certificates, and non-credit training for business and industry.  The Beebe campus also collaborates with Arkansas State, a four-year university in Jonesboro, to offer baccalaureate and graduate degrees on the Beebe campus. ASU-Beebe is nationally recognized by the Aspen Institute for student success rates.

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