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Volume 1, No. 2 / Spring 2014
Volume 1, No. 2 / Spring 2014
NATIONAL PARK COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Dr. John Hogan hired
as next NPCC President
17th Annual Bill Ogden
Memorial Golf Scramble
NPCC Employee Recognition and Awards Program
From the Editor
I am excited to bring you this second edition of the Connect magazine.
It is my hope to provide a closer look at National Park Community College, its stu-
dents, staff and faculty, alumni and the community through connecting past
events with present activities to build strong relationships for a bright future.
In this issue, you will hear some parting thoughts from Dr. Sally Carder
who has been a warrior, a cheerleader, and a friend to her NPCC family during her
nine-year tenure. We all look forward to her continued support of the College in
I am pleased to announce our fourth President will be Dr. John Hogan.
Hogan has many years of experience in community college work. He has Arkansas
ties and is ready to roll his sleeves up and get to work.
Three wonderful events organized through the College are the Van Davis
Memorial 5K Run/Walk, the Bill Ogden Memorial Golf Tournament, and the SGA
political candidates open forum. NPCCs Employee Recognition and Awards Pro-
gram was a wonderful 60s party that recognized employee tenure and achieve-
ments. We also recognized some very special individuals who are retiring after
many years of service.
This year promises a lot of growth for the College as we partner with
Henderson State University in opening the Downtown HSU/NPCC Education
Center in the Landmark Building to bring a new location for students and to pro-
vide students an avenue to earn a bachelor or master degree without leaving Hot
NPCCs partnership with the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, through
the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Preparation Program
allows us to offer an Associate of Science with emphasis in Engineering. The col-
laboration provides for science, engineering and math classes to be taught online
by U. of A. professors with lab classes held on the NPCC campus with tuition paid
at the NPCC rate. This is a wonderful opportunity for our students. (See page 23)
It is also my pleasure to introduce NPCCs 2014 Outstanding Alumnus,
Mike Dugan. Dugan has a long history with NPCC dating back to 1974. Dugan says
he is proud to have worn the honor of letterman, grad, employee and alumni.
I would love to hear your NPCC, QTI, or GCCC story. Email me at
Lets get to know each other.
President Dr. Sally Carder
Director of Development Sara Brown
Editor Jane Yamauchi
Production Linda Ferrell Susan Kelly
Cover Photo Christi Zumwalt
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NPCC Foundation Board of Governors
Forrest Spicher, Chair Les Warren, Vice Chair Bill Creason, Treasurer
Larry Bailey Wallace Ballentine Caroline Campbell Dr. Sally Carder Conway Carrigan Brenda Cox Ted Ericson Ann Hair Bob Megahan Don Munro Jim Olmedo Dr. Lance Porter Bryan Smith Dennis Smith Dr. Tom Spencer Gary Troutman Steve Trusty John Vines Raymond Wright
Emeritus Audrey Ann Atherton Cecil Cupp, Jr. Dr. Martin Eisele Barbara Garlough
4 Dr. Sally Carder:
6 National Park
7 Dr. John Hogan Named
NPCC Fourth President
Events 8 The 17th Annual Bill
Ogden Memorial Golf
10 The 2nd Annual Van
Davis Memorial 5K
10 SGA Hosts Political
Forum: Dr. Carder
10 Employee Recognition
and Awards Program
20 Students, Clubs &
Dr. Sally Carder: Parting Thoughts
God provided me with great mentors and role models, beginning at an early age, people who
believed in me and encouraged me all along the way. What wonderful life-long friendships
Ive made through the years. I have been blessed beyond measure.
As I look back, she said, I know without hesi-
tation that all of my education, employment opportuni-
ties, and life experiences...both good and bad...was to
prepare me for this job. This has been the most reward-
ing and, at the same time, most challenging position Ive
Reflecting over her time at NPCC, Carder said,
Ive had the privilege to work and live in a great commu-
nity. Ive seen many changes occur on our campus. One
of the most impressive was the building of the Frederick
M. Dierks Center for Nursing and Health Sciences, largely
funded by the first capital campaign embarked upon by
the College. Fred Dierks, our largest benefactor, was a
person who grew to be my friend and become one of
NPCCs greatest fans.
Carder said one of the most exciting events dur-
ing her Presidency was when the Higher Learning Com-
mission Accreditation visited the campus. I was blown
away by the results, said Carder. The Commission stat-
ed that they had never experienced anything like this on
Dr. Sally Carder, the third President of National
Park Community College, announced her retirement at
the beginning of the 2013-14 school year. When asked
about why she is retiring, Carder said, Ive had the privi-
lege of working in a professional field that Ive loved and
enjoyed for forty years...the field of education. But, Im
tired. Im ready to retire.
Looking back over her life, Carder said, My own
education was the key to a better life and a rewarding
career that gave me an opportunity to travel, meet, and
work with some of the greatest and most interesting
people in the world. It also provided me with an oppor-
tunity for a life of service to others.
Carder said she never intended to apply for the
job of NPCC President, but when she met and spoke with
applicants, she realized they did not have the commit-
ment and love for the students and the College that she
had. It was an aha moment, she said. Being named as
President of National Park Community College surpassed
all my dreams, said Carder.
Photos by Sheri Craig
Sara Brown, NPCC Director of Development, an-
nounced the creation of the Sally Carder Technical
Programs Fund at a recent Board of Trustees meeting.
Brown said the fund was created at the request
of Dr. Carder who made the first donation to the fund.
The fund will be used to purchase needed equipment
and supplies for the technical programs, said Brown.
The fund will not be an endowed fund and will not be
used for scholarships.
Carder said the College was able to update much
of its welding equipment through a Trade Adjustment
Assistance Community College and Career Training Grant
Program (TAACCCT). Carder said there is still a financial
any other campus and gave us a glowing evaluation that
had no findings or suggestions for improvement of
Carders biggest heartbreak occurred when last
years requested millage did not pass. I was devastated
that it didnt happen. Carder said. We so needed it to
expand our facilities and keep abreast of rapidly chang-
ing technology and technical training equipment.
When the issue of a millage is raised again, said
Carder, I will be in the mix fighting for my community,
the College, and the students that I love.
The pinnacle of Carders job occurs each May
during graduation. As I look over this group each year
and recognize faces and recall their personal stories,
Carder said, I celebrate with them. There is a hope for
their future that swells in my heart and with it, hope for
us all. They are our future...our leaders, our legislators,
our bankers, our CEOs, our workers, and our teachers.
They will become mentors and role models for other kids
who need a chance in life.
Carder said she had no doubt that her appoint-
ment as NPCC President was by divi