Summer Seminar Highlights

Facilitators, Core Teachers, presenters and EAST staff gathered at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Ark., July 8 – 11, for professional development, technical training, networking opportunities, idea sharing and summer fun. This was the largest group for Summer Seminar with more than 200 attendees.

An optional Technology Camp was offered prior to Summer Seminar that drew more than 70 participants. A variety of hands-on sessions were hosted including graphic design, photography, and 3D design and animation.

While Summer Seminar is a professional development event, it is anything but boring. Attendees enjoyed a host of sessions including Zuni 4 Education, and learned about the National Service Project focus "Ready, Set, Plan: Emergency Preparedness."

EAST staff, EAST Core teachers and EAST facilitators hosted several Round Table sessions. Discussion topics included collaboration with content teachers and exploring software and skills with students.

With so many ideas and resources shared during the Technology Camp and Summer Seminar, many are now available for download at including session notes, presentations, handouts and more.

2014 Tech Camp & Summer Seminar Photos


For the second consecutive year, several EAST facilitators and EAST Core teachers were recognized for their years of service in EAST education. EAST educators proudly serve their mission by allowing their students to lead and to shine. Summer Seminar provides the opportunity to focus specifically on these educators, and recognize these milestones of service. Certificates and service pins were presented to those who served at least 5 or 10 years in the EAST classroom.

10 Year Recipients

  • Velma Burns, Dumas Jr. High School
  • Michael Finch, Greene County Tech High School
  • Teretha Kelly, Henderson Magnet Middle School
  • Jaime Harper, Lakeside High School (Lake Village)*
  • Millicent Sanders-Anderson, Henderson Magnet Middle School
  • Clint Scrivner, Farmington High School
  • Michael Vincent, Hot Springs High School
  • Mary Vitro, Lakeside High School*

5 Year Recipients

  • Aaron Chastain, JD Leftwich High School
  • Jamie Dial, Paragould Jr. High School*
  • Brook Easton, Northeast Technology Center*
  • Debbie Feagin, East Arkansas Community College*
  • Tony Freeman, Genoa Central High School
  • Ashley Fulmer, West Fork Middle School
  • Karla Garrison, Harrisburg Middle School
  • Chris Green, Magnolia High School
  • Karon Henderson, England High School
  • Chris Green, Magnolia High School
  • Karon Henderson, England High School
  • Gene Kephart, Lincoln High School
  • Megan Mackey, Marvell High School*
  • Nicole Niemoth-Shay, Viola High School*
  • Susan Renfrow, Nashville High School
  • Candy Riggan, Maumelle Middle School
  • Eddie Smith, Arkansas Arts Academy
  • Deidre Williams, Martin Luther King Elementary School*

*Not in attendance

Evening Events

Evening activities were offered at the DeGray Lake Resort Lodge where Summer Seminar participants enjoyed live music by the Jacky Fancy Band, a southern foods buffet and a game night. Many participants went home with exciting prizes.

Matt Dozier's "Top 10 Things I learned at Summer Seminar"

10. Summer Seminar may be something that our facilitators look forward to, but our students just see it as, "the old people EAST Conference".

9. You can put potpourri in the Men’s room, but for just a second I experienced a horrible sense of, "oh no, not again!"

8. The EAST world is eager and willing to be a part of Ready, Set, Plan!

7. The Jack Fancy Band was so hot that the facilitators were dancing on the tables. It inspired me to try some dancing, too.

6. It’s important to have your bifocals on the right side up otherwise, the world can get REALLY weird….and I learned to be careful when you see Sandi Williams driving near you.

5. GIS tools are getting cooler and more powerful by the day and that EAST is leading the way in opening up and powering up their use.

4. If Mama Said Knock You Out, she better provide directions. I walked to Caddo Valley before I turned around, and I'm sure there are still facilitators lost in the Walker Center. Also, that Mama may have said, "knock you out", but she may have meant , "knock Lisa out."

3. Different people rehearse in different ways before big presentations.

2. I thought I learned that we were terrible at singing Happy Birthday until I heard us trying to sing "Don’t Stop Believing."

1. …and the number one thing I learned at Summer Seminar 2014
Knock, knock? - Who’s there? - Banana - Banana who? - Knock, knock? - Who’s there? - Banana - Banana who? - Knock, knock? - Who’s there? - Banana - Banana who? - Knock, knock? - Who’s there? - Orange - Orange who? - Orange you glad I’m not going to show you the banana video of Sarah Williams, Mason McCloud, Dishoungh White and Jeanne Roepcke!.... But I do have this!


The EAST Initiative would like to extend our gratitude to those who made Summer Seminar possible:

  • Arkadelphia Chamber of Commerce
  • DeGray Lake Resort State Lodge
  • Hampton Inn, Arkadelphia
  • Holiday Inn Express, Arkadelphia
  • Ouachita Baptist University
  • The Jack Fancy Band

Presenters & Guests

  • Chris Angel, CAST
  • Elsa Becker, FASTERArkansas
  • Routhevelyn Bouchard, Arkansas Tech University
  • Brian Dixon, Southern Arkansas University Tech
  • Lt. Kyle Drown, Arkansas State Police
  • Mikki Lee Hastings, Clark County Emergency Management
  • Brian Kendall, Arkansas Tech University
  • Eric Kremers, Arkansas Tech University

  • Tina McCord, Zuni 4 Education
  • Ginger Overturf, Arkansas Community Foundation for Clark County
  • Bo Robertson, Garland County Emergency Management
  • Dr. Sandy Smith, Arkansas Tech University
  • Steve Taylor, Southern Arkansas University Tech
  • Malcolm Williamson, CAST
  • Blake Wilson, Arkansas State Police Intern

EAST Program and EAST Core Presenters

  • Tracie Ashley, Prairie Grove Middle School
  • Kim Austin, Greenbrier High School
  • Jessica Barnes, Jacksonville Middle School
  • Anita Belew, Nettleton Jr. High School
  • Brittany Berry, Helen Tyson Middle School
  • Michelle Bonds, Bald Knob Schools
  • Shawnna Bull, Dover Middle School
  • Robbie Cox, Batesville Jr. High School
  • Jennie Coy, Joe T. Robinson Middle School
  • Karla Garrison, Harrisburg Middle School
  • Melody Gilleran, Fountain Lake High School
  • Crystal Grimes, Monticello Intermediate School
  • Rinda Hall, Searcy High School

  • Sharla Hartzell, Dover High School
  • John Henderson, Harrison Middle School
  • KJ Kite, North Little Rock High School
  • David Martin, Hot Springs High School Core
  • Michael Nicolosi, Hot Springs Middle School
  • Chris Oestreich, Bismarck High School
  • Jeanne Roepcke, Batesville High School
  • Kevin Shinn, Huntsville High School
  • Sandra Taylor, Nettleton High School
  • Michael Vincent, Hot Springs High School
  • Sandy Williams, Dardanelle High School
  • Sarah Williams, Ozark Middle School
  • Jody Wright, Star City High School Core

Registration Bag Contributors

  • 4imprint
  • American Red Cross
  • Arkansas Tech University
  • BHP Billiton
  • Cajun Snow

  • Fish Net Restaurant
  • Iron Mountain Lodge & Marina on DeGray Lake
  • Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Print Mania

Prize Sponsors

This year’s prize collection included over $3,000 worth of goodies, including hotel vouchers, gift baskets, lots of Starbucks goodies, EAST gear and visits with Tim Stephenson, Matt Dozier and Reuben Canada. We owe a huge THANK YOU to all of our wonderful donors.

  • Arkansas Travelers Baseball Club
  • Arlington Resort Hotel & Spa, Hot Springs, Ark.
  • Bravo!
  • Clarion on Lake Hamilton, Hot Springs, Ark.
  • Comfort Inn & Suites, Hot Springs, Ark.
  • Comfort Inn & Suites Presidential, Little Rock, Ark.
  • Comfort Suites, Hot Springs, Ark.
  • Crowne Plaza, Little Rock, Ark.
  • Decorative Iron (Gary Thacker)
  • DeGray Lake Resort Lodge
  • Embassy Suites Hot Springs
  • Embassy Suites Northwest Arkansas, Rogers, Ark.
  • Hampton Inn, Arkadelphia, Ark.
  • Hot Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • I-40 Liquor
  • Mid-America Science Museum
  • Museum of Discovery
  • Ouachita Bend Adventures
  • Painting with a Twist
  • Spirited Art
  • Starbucks
  • Staybridge Suites, Fayetteville, Ark.
  • The Painted Pig
  • US Pizza
  • Winthrop Rockefeller Institute, Petit Jean Mountain