Release Date: 4/16/2008
Clarksville, Ark. – The University of the Ozarks served as host for two organizations last week, as the Arkansas Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (ArACTE) and The Southern Association for Admission Counseling (SACAC) each met on campus on Thursday, April 10.
ArACTE held its annual spring conference in Walker Hall, as members from across the state attended the event, including a number of personnel from the Arkansas Department of Education and the Arkansas Department of Higher Education. Dr. George Stone, chair for the Division of Education and a professor of education at Ozarks, was one of the participants from the host institution to attend the event.
“This is the first time Ozarks has hosted the ArACTE conference,” said Dr. Stone. “Many, if not most, of those attending have never been on the Ozarks campus. So, it was an opportunity for professional educators from almost every college and university across the state of Arkansas to see Ozarks, to see our excellent facilities, and to visit with our people.”
“Advocates for teachers, candidates, families and students,” served as the theme for the conference. Dr. Mona S. Wineburg, director of teacher education for the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AACU), gave a presentation on assessment procedures in teacher education as the luncheon speaker.
“[Members of ArACTE] learned firsthand that Ozarks is a beautiful campus, including buildings with high technology facilities, an excellent faculty, staff, administration, and student body,” said Dr. Stone. “We are all very pleased that our colleagues from across the state were very complimentary of all those features.”
Dr. George Stone (pictured on right) speaks with Dr. Glenn Sheets, Dean of the School of Education at Arkansas Tech University, prior to the ArACTE Conference, hosted by the University of the Ozarks.
Dr. George Stone (pictured on top, right) speaks to members of ArACTE at the Spring Conference hosted by the University of the Ozarks.
Members from SACAC, which included representatives from a high school in Georgia, spent time on campus talking with Ozarks President Dr. Rick Niece and members of the Admission Office, including Vice President of Enrollment Management Kim Myrick.
SACAC serves high school counselors and college admission professionals in a nine-state region. The members of SACAC who visited Ozarks were part of a larger group that was meeting in Little Rock over the weekend at a regional conference.
The attendees were also treated to a campus tour by several members of the faculty and staff in an attempt to give each member a chance to learn more about the University.
“Bringing high school counselors to campus provides an opportunity to showcase our beautiful campus,” said Myrick. “Our visitors enjoyed the time they spent visiting with faculty members and learning about our academic programs. I hope this is just the first of many events on campus for high school counselors assisting students with their transitions to college.”
University of the Ozarks President Dr. Rick Niece (pictured, middle) meets with two members of SACAC, who were visiting Ozarks prior to a regional conference held in Little Rock.