Alumni Updates-Fall 2021


Katie Frazier (MGMT/MKTG ’15) and Spencer Vereen were married March 7, 2021.

Haeleigh Long (ENGL EDU ’18) and Matthew Sparks (INFO TECH ’19) were married April 10, 2021.


Logan Stacy

Dr. Jamie Stacy (EAM ’06 & M.S. EMHS ’08) and Jason Stacy (EAM ’18), a daughter, Logan Elise, February 22, 2021. Logan has a brother, Colton.

Cathryn Gaines Bass (HPE ’08 & M.Ed. PE ’12) and Tyler Bass (RPA ‘14), a son, Clint Andrew, May 6, 2021. Clint has a brother, Carter.

Christopher Kitchens

Dr. Michael Kitchens (BIOL ’08) and Caroline Vining Kitchens (ECON & MGMT/MKTG ’13 & M.S. CSP ’16), a son, Christopher Michael, March 19, 2021. Christopher has a sister, Lilly.

Dr. Kayla New Sapkota (ECON & SPAN ’10) and her husband, Pradeep, a daughter, Keeva Joy Sapkota, Feb. 5, 2021.

Will Posey

T.J. Posey (MGMT/MKTG ’11) and Jenny Vining Posey (ECED ’11), a son, Will, Dec. 31, 2020. Will has two brothers: Drew and Wes.

Alyssia DuVall Barton (PSY ’12 & M.S. PSY ’17) and Dr. Kyle Barton (BIOL ’12), a daughter, Margaret Elizabeth, March 1, 2021. Margaret has a brother, Charlie.

Laura Beth Anderson Brogdon (BUAD ’13) and Jeremy Brogdon (BPS & MECH ENGR ’13), a son, Major Joshua, Dec. 17, 2020. Major has a sister, Charley Dean.

Nina Greenway Deal (NURS ’13) and her husband, Adam, a son, Mark Adam, March 30, 2021.

Calli White De Los Santos (PSY ’17) and her husband, Gavin, a daughter, Hudsyn Lynn, Dec. 13, 2020.


Nancy Sullivant Cox (ENGL ’77) retired as assistant professor of English and developmental reading at Arkansas Tech.


Carol Adkison (COM SCI ’80) retired as associate director of information systems at Arkansas Tech.

Kelly Davis (BUAD ’81) retired as director of alumni relations at Arkansas Tech.

Gregg Grant (HPE ’84, M.Ed. EDLD ’00, Ed.S. ‘02) was named director of the Arch Ford Educational Service Cooperative effective July 2021 after serving as superintendent of the Danville School District for eight years.

Mike Bogue (ENGL EDU ’88) retired as director of the APEX Tutoring Center at Arkansas Tech.


Jim Smith (ACCT ’91) was elected secretary of the Arkansas Tech Board of Trustees for the 2021 calendar year.

Eric Burnett (HPE ’94) was elected chairman of the Arkansas Tech Board of Trustees for the 2021 calendar year.


Michael Hancock

Dr. Michael Hancock (MUED ’00) was hired as director of bands at the University of Central Arkansas.

Pete Bradford

Pete Bradford (NURS ’01) was one of the 139 service members assigned to the U.S. Navy’s Task Force Southeast-Jacksonville, the primary U.S. Department of Defense support organization for the Federal Emergency Management Agency response to COVID-19.

Brenda Shoop (SPH COMM ’02) received the 2021 ATU-Ozark Campus Staff Professional Excellence Award and retired from her position as assessment coordinator at ATU-Ozark

Elizabeth Bowles Sharp (HPE ’04 & M.Ed. PE ’05) completed five weeks of radiation treatments in her fight against cancer in February 2021. She is associate professor of kinesiology at Colorado Mesa University.

Aoife Cooke
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Maggie Waymack-Cope (HPE ’04 & M.Ed. ’10) was elected to the Cabot City Council. She continues to serve in the role she has held since 2009 as a coach and teacher in the Cabot School District.

Aoife Cooke (’05) qualified for the Tokyo Olympics marathon as a member of Team Ireland.

Liz Chrisman
Liz Chrisman

Stephanie Parker Duffield (INTL STUDIES ’05) was elected vice chair of the Arkansas Tech Board of Trustees for the 2021 calendar year.

Ryan Casey McShane (JOUR ’08) was promoted to director of product marketing at TIAA.

Liz Chrisman (GRPH DSGN ’09 & M.A. MMJR ’12) was hired as social media strategist for the International Mountain Bicycling Association.


Joey Potts (HPE ’10 ) was named ninth-grade head football coach for the Alma School District.

Skot Covert

Skot Covert (EAM ’12) was hired as a full-time meteorologist at KTHV Channel 11 in Little Rock.

Jake Smith (BIOL ’12) graduated from a urology residency at Baylor Scott and White in Temple, Texas, in June 2021 and began a pediatric urology fellowship at Children’s National Hospital in Washington, D.C., in July 2021.

Elijah Knudsen (EMT ’13) was named paramedicine instructor for the Table Rock campus of Ozarks Technical Community College (Mo.).

Krystal Carr Shipp (M.Ed. ’13) was voted 2020-21 Arkansas Tech professor of the year. She serves as instructor of curriculum and instruction in the ATU College of Education.

Andrea Muffuletto Cooper (M.S. CSP ’14 & M.Ed. COUN ’21) was named director of career services at the University of the Ozarks effective Feb. 1, 2021.

Carly Ashlock

Matt Jenkins (JOUR ’15 & M.A. MMJR ’17) was hired as sports broadcasting teacher and audio visual technician for the Beebe School District.

Skylar Combs Kincaid (MGMT/MKTG ’17) was hired by Thoma Thoma in Little Rock as a digital marketing specialist.

Judson Smith (HPE ’18) was hired as assistant boys’ basketball coach and social studies teacher at Sheridan High School.

Carly Copeland Ashlock (ELED ’19) was hired as the Associate Digital Producer at Saatchi & Saatchi X.


Addison Graham (FA ’20) was accepted into the master’s degree program in the University of South Carolina School of Visual Art and Design.

Johnathon Tyler Loretz (MUED ’20) was hired as middle school/assistant band director for the Green Forest School District.

Chandler Hiatt (GRPH DSGN ’21) completed a large mural at Piney Bay Coffee Company in Clarksville.

Brittney Keys (BIOL ’21) was presented with the 2021 Jill Lestage Brown Service Leadership Award from Arkansas Tech.

Jacob Loomis (POL SCI ’21) was named national outstanding student government leader of the year by the Conference on Student Government Associations.

Dakota Mooney (RS ’21) earned the 2021 Alfred J. Crabaugh Award as most outstanding senior undergraduate male student at Arkansas Tech.

Emilee Smith (POL SCI ’21) received the 2021 Margaret Young Award as most outstanding senior undergraduate female student at Arkansas Tech.


Joye Bernice Beeson (’46) died Feb. 15, 2021. Bernie lived in Hattieville. She was 93.

Frank L. Hilliard Jr. (’47) died Dec. 31, 2020. Frank lived in Slidell, La. He was 97.

Elizabeth Kerrol Griffin Williams (’47) died March 1, 2021. Kerrol lived in Lompoc, Calif. She was 95.

Bettye Jo Albright (’50) died Feb. 28, 2021. Bettye lived in North Little Rock. She was 89.

Miller Clell Ford Jr. (’50) died March 26, 2021. Miller lived in Fayetteville. He was 92.

C.L. Poynter (BUAD ’50) died Jan. 22, 2021. Charlie lived in Dover. He was 93.

Alon Athey (’52) died Jan. 14, 2021. Alon lived in Russellville. He was 93.

Mirl “Leon” Bartlett (EDU ’54) died March 1, 2021. Leon lived in Fort Smith. He was 88.

James A. Bibler (’55) died Jan. 15, 2021. James lived in Russellville. He was 86.

James Ralph Hudspeth (BUAD ’55) died April 2, 2021. James lived in Harrison. He was 87.

Martha Catherine Blalock Schuh (’55) died March 10, 2021. Martha lived in Marion. She was 83.

Mary “Jan” English Butler (ECED ’56) died Dec. 20, 2020. Jan lived in Mabelvale. She was 85.

Fayma Cheatham Dickey (EDU ’57) died March 6, 2021. Fayma lived in Valley Springs. She was 94.

Mary Faye Skelton Hodde (MATH ’57) died Dec. 19, 2020. Mary lived in Tyler, Texas. She was 83.

Roy Carson Hummel (AGBU ’58) died Jan. 17, 2021. Roy lived in Farmington. He was 82.

Jimmy Edwin Miller (’58) died March 17, 2020. Jimmy lived in Beebe. He was 81.

Louise J. Franklin Broomfield (ELED ’59) died Feb. 14, 2021. Louise lived in Cheyenne, Wy. She was 81.

Richard Rue Clark (POL SCI ’59) died March 24, 2021. Rick lived in Ozark. He was 84.

Dois Millow Taylor (MATH ’59) died Dec. 7, 2020. Dois lived in Marshall. He was 85.

Dr. Van Tyson (’59 & FMR FACULTY) died Feb. 27, 2021. Van lived in Atkins. He was 83.

Dr. Robert Edwards (’60 & FMR FACULTY) died Feb. 18, 2021. Robert lived in San Antonio, Texas. He was 83.

Ernest Matthew Hodges (’61) died Dec. 17, 2020. Ernie lived in Russellville. He was 78.

Mildred Beatrice Huffman Mackey (’61) died Dec. 25, 2020. Bea lived in Springfield, Mo. She was 82.

John Windall Prater (BUAD ’61) died March 6, 2021. John lived in Harrison. He was 87.

Patti Jo Thomson Sacrey (EDU ’61) died Dec. 8, 2020. Patti lived in North Little Rock. She was 81.

Dorthy Mae Sheets Geibe (BUAD ’64) died April 1, 2021. Dorthy lived in Dardanelle. She was 77.

Martha Milwee-Ford (’65) died Jan. 6, 2021. Martha lived in Newport. She was 74.

Billy W. Pierce (MUED ’65) died Dec. 23, 2020. Billy lived in Van Buren. He was 88.

Tommy Leon Shaw (’65) died Jan. 6, 2021. Tommy lived in Russellville. He was 85.

Doyle Michael Summers (ACCT ’65) died March 6, 2021. Mike lived in Russellville. He was 80.

Patricia A. Ellison (MUS ’66 & M.Ed. ’78) died Feb. 14, 2021. Pat lived in Bella Vista. She was 76.

Ann Shields (MUS’67) died August, 15, 2021. She was 82

Brian Conaster (ATU Faculty) died August 15, 2021. He was 63.

Jo Ellen Chotard (ENGL ’66) died Jan. 11, 2021. Jo Ellen lived in Van Buren. She was 75.

Stewart Thomas Rynone (POL SCI ’66) died April 22, 2021. Stew lived in Goshen. He was 77.

Richard Perry Lilly (HIST EDU ’67) died Dec. 29, 2020. Richard lived in Hot Springs. He was 75.

Steve N. Wilson (BIOL ’67) died Feb. 21, 2021. Steve lived in Albuquerque, N.M. He was 76.

Glen Waylen Bond Jr. (FW ’68) died March 23, 2021. Glen lived in Early Branch, S.C. He was 79.

Judith Ann Coleman (ELED ’68) died Dec. 19, 2020. Judy lived in Hot Springs. She was 73.

Lee Rogers (BUAD ’69) died Dec. 31, 2020. Lee lived in Russellville. He was 81.

James Eddie Harris (’70) died Jan. 19, 2021. James lived in Fort Smith. He was 73.

Dennis Marlin Wells (’70) died April 22, 2021. Dennis lived in Benton. He was 72.

Jeannette Marie Isaacks Wazelle (MUED ’71) died March 19, 2021. Jeannette lived in Alma. She was 71.

Larry Duane Stroud (JOUR ’72) died Dec. 27, 2020. Larry lived in Cave City. He was 70.

Garry Cantrell (BUAD ’74) died in November 2020. Garry lived in Sun City West, Ariz. He was 73.

Jeffrey Edward Fredericks (RPA ’74) died March 5, 2021. Jeffrey lived in Guthrie, Okla. He was 72.

Dr. John Howard Price (ART ’75) died Jan. 13, 2021. John lived in Russellville. He was 67.

Bruce Elvis Dunn (ECON ’77) died Jan. 20, 2021. Bruce lived in Sallisaw, Okla. He was 70.

Jerry Lynn Jackson (’77) died Jan. 10, 2021. Jerry lived in Marshall. He was 65.

Michael Lee Smith (’77) died Dec. 8, 2020. Mike lived in Richmond, Texas. He was 65.

Marguerite Gordon Terry (M.Ed. ’81) died April 27, 2021. Marguerite lived in Russellville. She was 83.

Ruby Ellis Thompson (SOC ’81) died May 4, 2021. Ruby lived in Mabelvale. She was 71.

Bettye Wilson Barton (’83) died Dec. 29, 2020. Bettye lived in Dover. She was 86.

Ernest Doyle Buckman Jr. (’83) died Dec. 26, 2020. Ernie lived in Russellville. He was 60.

Bill Hanson (GEOL ’84) died May 8, 2021. Bill lived in Fort Smith. He was 62.

Tina M. Kersen (ELED ’84) died Jan. 16, 2021. Tina lived in Russellville. She was 59.

Judith Nell Ross (’84) died Nov. 25, 2019. Judy lived in Dardanelle. She was 71.

Teresa Lynn Martin (ELED ’86) died Dec. 26, 2020. Teresa lived in Russellville. She was 59.

Michael H. Barras (GEOL ’87) died Jan. 8, 2021. Michael lived in Van Buren. He was 64.

Willard Myron Wentz (BUAD ’93) died Jan. 6, 2021. Willard lived in Van Buren. He was 55.

Angie James Burkett (’95) died Feb. 28, 2021. Angie lived in McCrory. She was 46.

Barbara Adams Mackie (NURS ’98) died April 21, 2021. Barbara lived in Dover. She was 68.

Megan Marie Ewing Whitson (ELED ’00) died April 2, 2021. Megan lived in Fort Smith. She was 42.

John Burton Taylor (MGMT/MKTG ’08) died Nov. 29, 2019. John lived in Atkins. He was 52.

Kelsea Danielle Bruce Pesci (JOUR ’11) died Dec. 20, 2020. Kelsea lived in New York, N.Y. She was 31.

Amber Lynn Lunningham (BPS ’14) died March 26, 2021. Amber lived in Russellville. She was 36.

Sarah Shaw (NURS ’18) died March 27, 2021. Sarah lived in Conway. She was 24.

Brima Sahr Lebbie (NURS ’19) died April 8, 2021. Brima lived in North Little Rock. She was 29.

Charisma Lynn Khilling (BIOL ’21) died March 21, 2021. Charisma lived in Booneville. She was 22.

Dr. Robert W. Allen (FMR FACULTY) died May 8, 2021. Bob lived in Dover. He was 74.

-for the Tech Action, Fall 2021