Four individuals from BRTC were recognized at the 2013 Annual Conference of AATYC (Arkansas Association of Two-Year Colleges) held last month in Hot Springs. Those receiving awards were: Laddie Hunter, Outstanding Instructor; Trent Ingram, Outstanding Staff; Samantha (Mantha) Baltz, Outstanding Alum; and Jamie Weeks Tillman, Academic All-Star.
Hunter and Ingram were selected by a vote of the BRTC faculty and staff, while Baltz and Weeks were selected by BRTC’s VP of Student Services.
Hunter joined BRTC as an English instructor in 2006. He served for a short period as Academic Coordinator at the Paragould Campus before returning to the classroom. He currently is English De-
partment Head and English Club co-sponsor.
Ingram was hired as Building Equipment Maintenance Repairman for the Pocahontas campus in 2008 and has been serving the past 18 months as Interim Physical Plant Director. He has considerable experience in the areas of welding, machining, electrical and plumbing, and holds a Journeyman Plumber License with the State of Arkansas.
Baltz received the Academic All-Star Scholarship while pursuing an AA degree from BRTC, then earned a bachelor’s degree at Arkansas State University. She then entered ASU’s English master’s program, working as a graduate assistant in the writing lab. After graduation, she was hired by BRTC as an adjunct instructor and currently teaches several English classes while working as a tutor in the college’s learning center.
Weeks is a nontraditional student who says she was never a good student in school, but has thoroughly enjoyed learning at BRTC. She is a member of BRTC’s National Technical Honor Society, Phi Beta Lambda, and Phi Theta Kappa Society – Beta Delta Phi Chapter where she competed at both State and National Leadership Conferences.
As Academic All-Star, Weeks will receive a full scholarship to any Arkansas four-year college of her choice to complete a bachelor’s degree.
Each honoree was presented a plaque by Bill Stoval, Executive Director of AATYC.