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October 2022

ASUN 2022 ACC Honorees Announced

Arkansas State University-Newport is honored to be represented by such distinguished alumni, faculty, staff, and students. At the 2022 Arkansas Community Colleges (ACC) Fall Conference, four individuals were honored for their success and dedication to ASU-Newport. ACC recognized each honoree in Hot Springs.

Outstanding Alumni: Deanna Long

Deanna Long graduated from White River Vocational School, now known as ASU-Newport, in 1987 with a Certificate in Data Processing. Deanna credits ASUN professor Janna Ellis for encouraging her to develop her skills and complete her degree. After graduation, she began working for the Jackson County Fire Department. She served as a first responder from 1987 to 2003. In 2003, she purchased White River EMS, Inc. Since then, she has been a consistent presence at community events and says her time at ASUN gave her the confidence, drive, and persistence she needed to achieve her dreams. 

Academic All-Star: Dustin Mars

Dustin Mars has spent the last two years working in the agriculture industry. He enrolled in Arkansas State University-Newport in 2021, where his passion for farming and the history of agriculture continued to grow. After graduation, Dustin plans to continue his agricultural career at Jones Irrigation in Leachville, AR. There, he will continue to learn more about telemetry with agriculture irrigation. Through this profession, Dustin is excited that he gets to be part of feeding America and leaving a positive impact on his community.

Outstanding Faculty: Stacie Hay

Stacie Hay has demonstrated remarkable leadership as the Director of Nursing at ASU-Newport. Thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, she quickly adapted to changes in the classroom and clinical settings. She is also responsible for significant growth in the Traditional Registered Nursing program. Stacie serves as a strong advocate for her students, and she is always willing to help students work through the challenges they face while completing their degrees. Being a community college, Stacie has prioritized forming strong community healthcare partnerships so that ASU-Newport students have more diverse learning opportunities. In September, Stacie Hay was promoted to the position of Dean for Nursing and Health Professions. 

Outstanding Staff: Mary Thatcher

Mary Thatcher is often the first point of contact for people visiting the ASU-Newport campus. She serves as a welcoming and friendly face. With her focus on customer service, Mary goes out of her way to make sure that students and guests are taken care of and directed to the appropriate place on campus. She is also highly involved in the community and helps to bridge the connection between the institution and the communities we serve. Mary’s positive attitude is unmatched and helps make ASUN a great place to work and go to school.
Please join us in congratulating these four individuals who represent ASUN on a daily basis with pride, dedication and service.