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Awards & Recognition
Laster, Gerald "Gerry" Modified: 9/27/2016 4:51:11 PM
Class of 1970

"Messing about in Boats"
Gerry Laster (MuEd, 1970), was named YACHT BROKER OF THE YEAR, 2011-2012, by the Gulf Coast Yacht Brokers' Association (GCYBA), based in Houston, TX in the Galveston Bay Area. Gerry is Immediate Past President of GCYBA, Past President of the (National) Yacht Brokers' Association of America (YBAA) and has served as Director on the Board of YBAA, the Certification Advisory Council, and Sail America. He has also been a founder and GM of a yacht dealership and brokerage in Clear Lake Shores, TX. Currently an Area Sales Manager focused on financing in the Marine Industry, he remains an avid sailor, moving into semi-retirement and progressive relocation back to Arkansas over the past year.
Brown, Christopher "Chris" Posted: 5/9/2016 11:05:26 AM
Class of 2010

NWA Business Journal Fast 15
Chris Brown has been named to the NWA Business Journal’s Fast 15 list for 2016. This distinction is for professionals in their 20’s who are on the fast track to success. This small and exclusive group of individuals must show they have made a significant impact on their companies and on their communities, as well as showing the potential to be a leader in business or politics in the near future.
McFall (McFall/McFall-Benfield), Kimberly "Kimberly" Posted: 4/21/2016 7:44:57 PM
Class of 1996
Completed Doctorate of Education with an emphasis in School Leadership from Arkansas State University. Research topic: Trends in Homeschooling
Judd, Gary "Gary" Posted: 12/2/2014 7:46:32 AM
Class of 1992
Gary Judd was invited by EPRI (Electric Power Research Institute) to present two papers dedicated to restarting Japan’s nuclear reactors that have been dormant since an earthquake and tsunami destroyed Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Site. The presentations were given the week of November 3rd thru 7th, 2014 to Engineers and Management from Japan's power companies that operate nuclear plants in Japan. He also toured the Chubu Hamaoko Nuclear Power Station where he observed the initiatives taken to protect the site from a similar tsunami. Gary Judd is a Lead Engineer for Duke Energy based out of Charlotte, NC.
Laster, Gerald "Gerry" Posted: 4/17/2014 10:31:54 AM
Class of 1970

Gerry Laster - Galveston Bay
Gerald "Gerry" Laster, MUED 1970, has been named President of the Yacht Brokers' Association of America, in Annapolis, MD for the term of 2014-15.
Goss (Valentini), Erin "Erin" Posted: 1/10/2014 10:52:27 AM
Class of 9999
Received BSN degree from University of Arkansas - Fort Smith.
Jones, Jared "Jared" Posted: 4/19/2013 7:29:05 PM
Class of 2008
2012-2013 Teacher of the Year for Washington Junior High in Bentonville.
Jones, Jared "Jared" Posted: 6/16/2012 3:27:26 PM
Class of 2008
I was 1 of 20 teachers in the Bentonville School District to be awarded a 21st Century Technology Grant which gives me 30 iPad 2's to use in my band room.
Page, Kris "Kris" Posted: 4/12/2012 11:02:56 PM
Class of 1994
Kristin Gage Page (ELED '92) was awarded Teacher of the Year at Westside Elementary in Rogers, AR for the 2011-2012 school year. Kristin is completing her 7th year as a 4th grade teacher and is involved in many activities outside the classroom such as PTO, Girls on the Run and Boys in Motion.
Wattam (Jones), Patricia "Prissy" Posted: 1/13/2012 12:40:48 PM
Class of 1973

Pat "Prissy" Wattam
Pat "Prissy" Jones Wattam (Mus Ed 1973) was named Realtor of the Year for 2011 by the Greater Baton Rouge Association of Realtors. The award was presented to her during the annual awards and officer installation ceremony held on January 12, 2012. The Realtor of the Year is someone who is not only successful as a Realtor, but who is active on the Board committees as well as state and national levels. Pat has spoken at many national conventions, written articles and is often interviewed for articles in national Realtor publications. She is also President Elect of the Board.
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