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Connect magazine is published twice a year by National Park Community College Development Office and Alumni and Friends Association.


  • Volume 1, No. 2 / Spring 2014

    Volume 1, No. 2 / Spring 2014


    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

    her retirement.

    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.


    Jane Yamauchi

    National Park

    Community College

    President Dr. Sally Carder

    Director of Development Sara Brown


    Editor Jane Yamauchi


    Production Linda Ferrell Susan Kelly

    Cover Photo Christi Zumwalt

    Letters to the Editor

    Letters to the editor are accepted and encouraged. Send letters and photo-graphs to or mail to: Alumni & Friends Association National Park Community College 101 College Drive Hot Springs, Arkansas 71913 Please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope if you would like your photographs returned. Letters should be no longer than 250 words and may be edited for length. Submission does not guarantee publication and no anonymous letters will be published. If you have had a change of address or life change, let us know at (501)760-6582 or email

    Connect is published by the NPCC Foundation and Alumni & Friends Association (AFA). AFA Annual membership dues are $19.73. Lifetime memberships are $197.30 and includes copies of Connect. An electronic version of Connect can be viewed on our website,

  • 3

    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:

    Parting Thoughts

    6 National Park

    Technical Center

    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


    16 Alumni

    20 Students, Clubs &


    23 Academic



    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

    ever held.

    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

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    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

    existing programs.

    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