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september 2019

UCA Coaches ”Bear“

Down for New Season

ALSO INSIDE: Educators; Haven‘s New Home; Back to School Simple Meals

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inside

ON THE COVER 6

UCA FOOTBALL COACHES

“BEAR” DOWN FOR A NEW SEASON

EDUCATION 14

LACY GLOVER‘S WINDING PATH

EDUCATION 18

GRACE SMITH, CONWAY PUBLIC SCHOOLS

COMMUNITY LIAISON COORDINATOR

Jennifer Stanley, Andrea Lennon, Mary Ruth Marotte, Mary Etta Qualls, Xochilt Hawks, Detra Clark, Patrick Jamerson, Brandy Strain-Dayer,

Lori Quinn, Drew Spurgers, Jackie Mahar, Shari Hoover, Colleen Holt, Linda Mars, Robin Stauffer, Leah Ashby, and Courtney Bordeaux

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COMMUNITY 21

HAVEN HOUSE GETS A NEW FOREVER HOME

EDUCATION 28

THE SCIENCE BEHIND READING:

UCA DYSLEXIA PROGRAM GARNERS

NATIONAL RECOGNITION

COMMUNITY 32

SWIM, BIKE, RUN, RAIN & LIGHTNING

EDUCATION 34

ST. JOSEPH MIDDLE SCHOOL TEACHER,

NICOLE GOOCH

GOOD TASTE 36

BACK TO SCHOOL SIMPLE SUPPERS

REALTOR SPOTLIGHT 43

TAMI MITCHELL-DAVIS, REMAX

PET CARE 45

IS HEARTWORM PREVENTION WORTH IT?

BEAUTY 49

HYDROFACIAL FOR BACK TO SCHOOL

TRUTH ON THE GO 51

DON’T GIVE UP!

SCENE | HEARD 55

THE SCENE AROUND FAULKNER COUNTY

UCA OUTREACH FALL CLASSES

OUR FAULKNER FAM 64

THE COX FAMILY

OUR PEOPLE

PUBLISHERS / OWNERS

Lori Quinn, Editor

Brandy Strain-Dayer, Photography Director

ART DIRECTOR

Robin Stauffer

ADVERTISING SALES

Jackie Mahar

Shari Hoover

FEATURE WRITERS

Jennifer Stanley

Leah Ashby

Colleen Holt

FEATURE / FOOD WRITER / COPY EDITOR

Leah Ashby

FOOD ENTHUSIAST / CONTRIBUTOR

Linda Mars

FEATURE WRITER / ARTS CONTRIBUTOR

Mary Ruth Marotte

WELLNESS CONTRIBUTOR

Detra Clark

SPIRITUAL CONTRIBUTOR

Andrea Lennon

FITNESS CONTRIBUTOR

Patrick Jamerson aka Dr. FiT

TRAVEL CONTRIBUTOR

Mary Etta Qualls

CULTURAL COMMUNITY CONTRIBUTOR

Xochilt Hawks

EDUCATION CONTRIBUTOR

Lindsey Jones

Conway Arkansas

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Welcome to Faulkner Lifestyle!

The Faulkner Lifestyle mission is to entertain, inspire, educate

and inform our community with a variety of articles that

will provide something of interest for everyone. People,

business, travel, food, home, wellness, spirituality, style,

events, and the arts will be just a few of our featured topics.

We will have a strong online and social media presence.

Not only will we be distributed as a printed magazine in

high-traffic retail and service locations — like medical and

dental offices, fitness facilities, boutiques, salons, coffee

shops, and restaurants throughout our community — but

will also have live videos and regular interactions with our

advertisers and our community, both in person and through

social media. We will saturate the market on all levels so

our advertisers will see direct results and our audience will

stay connected. Owners and publishers, Brandy Strain-

Dayer and Lori Quinn have more than 15 years of invaluable

experience in the magazine, marketing, and advertising

industry that they will lend to this publication.

Faulkner Lifestyle is pleased to welcome Shari Hoover as one of our

advertising sales reps. She has lived in Conway for 23 years, starting

and raising her family here. She has a Bachelor‘s Degree in Business

Administration from Lyon College in Batesville. Prior to staying home with

her sons, she was the Director of Administration for Goff & Associates in

Little Rock. During her time in Conway, she has been active volunteering

for United Way of Central Arkansas, Parent Teacher Organizations at the

schools her sons attended, and various other charitable organizations.

She and her family attend First United Methodist Church. Shari and her husband have

recently become empty nesters and are enjoying a little travel and frequent trips to

Fayetteville to visit her twin sons who attend the University of Arkansas. We are excited to

have her join our team!

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on the cover

UCA Football Leadership (Left to Right):

Offensive Coordinator and Quarterback Coach

Ken Collums; Head Coach Nathan Brown;

and Defensive Coordinator Chad Williams

UCA Football Coaches ”Bear“

Down for a New Season

BY JENNIFER STANLEY

PHOTOS BY BRANDY-STRAIN-DAYER AND SUBMITTED PHOTOS

The first hint of cooler air conjures thoughts of scarves,

hot chocolate, hayrides, and, of course, football! As the

University of Central Arkansas (UCA) Bears football

team hits the stripes again, fans are gearing up their purple

ang getting those “bear claws up.”

The Bears worked tirelessly in the offseason in an effort to

bring patrons the best games possible this fall. We had an

opportunity to visit with UCA’s coaches to learn a bit about

their work leading up to taking the field, as well as their

expectations and hopes for the upcoming season.

Nathan Brown

Head Football Coach

”While it may seem small, the ripple

effects of small things is extraordinary,“

on his viewpoint going into the season.

—Nathan Brown, Coach

Nathan Brown began as head football coach in 2017, though

he was certainly in familiar territory. He served as a volunteer

coach and assistant wide receiver coach in 2009. He was the

quarterback coach from 2010 to 2013, and he was offensive

coordinator and quarterback coach from 2014 until 2017.

Nathan is married to Jessica, and they have two children,

Rylee, 6 and Luke, 5.

How do you feel about your recruiting class?

I truly believe we have brought in one of the most talented

group of freshmen we have ever had. We have a great mixture

of size and speed in this class. We brought in student athletes

who care about school along with being great football players.

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at the University of North Carolina Charlotte. Coach Mark

Sheridan left to be the defensive coordinator at Albion College.

Taylor Reed left for a quality control job at Auburn University.

I was fortunate enough to replace them with great men. Coach

Chad Williams is our new defensive coordinator. He has a ton

of defensive experience and played eight years in the National

Football League for the Baltimore Ravens. I hired two former

UCA football payers and graduates for the other two spots.

Jacoby Walker will be our new running back coach, and Jacob

Sisk will be our outside linebackers coach.

Does being a high preseason pick for the Southland

Conference add additional pressure or incentive?

Preseason polls ultimately don’t mean anything. It is an honor

to be chosen at the top of the league. It shows the consistency

with our program and the culture we have built. I want to be

on top in December when it matters.

Coach Nathan Brown and his family

Our coaches did a great job recognizing their talent and

recruiting them and their families. We have a special thing

going here at UCA. It is easy to recruit great student athletes to

our university. We signed student athletes from seven different

states across the south.

How has social media impacted recruiting?

I think social media is recruiting. Young people are always

surfing social media sites for information and events. I think

this is an area where we have done a great job promoting

within our department to continue taking steps forward to get

the best athletes. Young men want to be seen, and you can be

seen faster than ever by using social media to your advantage.

Several of your new players are from Faulkner County.

Do you make an effort to recruit locally?

I love keeping kids close to home. Keeping a young man and

his family at home means more to them. They more than

likely grew up watching the Bears play on Saturdays. There

is also a good chance they have a family member or know

someone who attended UCA. That makes them staying to

play for us mean even more.

How much turnover did you experience leading into

this year?

We lost three coaches to great opportunities. Coach Max

Thurmond left to coach the special teams and linebackers

What changes did you make this off-season to impact

the upcoming season?

We really turned up the details in everything we do. I want

our guys to get every small thing right. We have gone as far as

tying our shoes in the right manner. If we focus on the little

details, the big and great things will be allowed to happen. We

have a ton of talent on this roster. With everyone pulling on

the same end of the rope, good things will happen.

How has the game changed since you played at UCA?

I feel like the athletes are bigger and faster. It seems every year

some phenomenal athletes come into our program. It is hard

to be a college football player. There is more asked of the 18

to 22-year-old men than the average person can imagine. It is

a year-round process and commitment, and it is something we

take great pride in.

Describe your approach to building relationships with

your team and among your teammates.

My whole approach is about genuinely caring for our players.

If they know the head coach cares for them, they will care for

each other. I want our players to see how it is done on a daily

basis. I want to teach these young men not only to be great

football players but great men when they leave here. We will

grow academically, athletically, and socially in many ways

over their four or five years here on campus. They know the

three cores of our program are Respect, Sacrifice, and Service.

If we can follow those three cores, great things will happen on

and off the field.

Players from Faulkner County: Breylin Smith,

Reed Sadler, Michael George, and Austin Norris

Student assistant coaches from Faulkner County: Tanner Loter,

Reece Hammontree, Clayton Cullum, and Kollin Jordan

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The Bears‘ home opener is scheduled

for September 14, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.

They will take on Abilene Christian

University. Grab your purple, put

your bear claws up, and head to

Estes Stadium for the game!

Ken Collums

Offensive Coordinator and

Quarterback Coach

”We must protect the football and

protect number three, Breylin Smith.

We‘ve got good enough players that if we

do both of those things, we‘ll have a solid

chance to win every game we play,“ on

his viewpoint going into the season.

—Ken Collums, Coach

Ken Collums joined the UCA staff in December 2017, and this

is his third time to coach the Bears. In fact, he began his career

at UCA as a graduate assistant in 1996-1997. The offensive

coordinator position is not new for Ken, having served in this

position for 14 years at UCA and Abilene Christian University.

He was also head coach at Abilene Christian University for

five years. Ken and his wife, Robyn, have been married for

23 years; they even met at UCA. They have two children;

daughter Anna is a senior at Conway High School (CHS) and

has committed to play beach volleyball at UCA. Son Layne is a

sophomore at CHS where he is a member of the football team.

Coach Ken Collum and his family

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How do you feel about your offensive line going into a

new season?

We basically have most of the same guys back, with the addition

of a transfer and some young guys with a lot of potential.

Part of developing an offense is learning how your guys up

front will fit into the pass/run schemes. Once you do that,

you’re able to keep them in the best position to be successful

in most scenarios. It’s a learning curve that coordinators must

go through when you coach new people. You find their

strengths and weaknesses and use that information to play to

their strengths. They are a year and-a-half into this offense,

and continuity always helps up front. We’ve got a good group.

They are significantly ahead of where they were last year

regarding their knowledge, experience, and endurance. That

will allow us to be sharper and more creative with our game

plans. Our guys are learning more and more how to work

together and help each other against these good defensive

fronts in our conference.

You lost some experience at the wide receiver position.

How do you feel the new group on campus will fill their

shoes?

I’m encouraged by the group of wide receivers we’ve got.

They look good in practice, and I’ve found if you look good

in practice on a consistent basis, you normally look good in

games. We’ve got a good mix of both speed and smaller guys

who create matchup problems because they are so shifty. I’m

also encouraged about our tight ends. We like to use them in

both the run game and pass game. Our guys can both block

and catch passes, which causes issues for defenses.

Nathan Brown has put together a great staff here at UCA.

Excellent coaches and great men. We all understand we are in a

profession that provides us the greatest single opportunity for

influence in our society. We take that seriously. We work daily

to develop quality student-athletes, but we’re also developing

men who will impact our community through their leadership

in their future homes and occupations.

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Coach Williams Played in NFL

UCA Defensive Coordinator, Chad Williams played five

seasons in the National Football League (NFL). He played

professionally for the Baltimore Ravens from 2002–2006,

for the San Francisco 49ers in 2006-2007, and the

Kansas City Chiefs in 2007. During his five years in the

NFL, Williams played in 79 career games, six of which he

started. He had 164 tackles and 9 interceptions. In addition,

he scored three touchdowns, recorded 7 sacks, and

deflected 25 pass attempts.

Williams attended college at The University of Southern

Mississippi, and graduated in 2009 with a Bachelor of

Science in Coaching and Sport Administration, and is

working toward a Master‘s of Science in Sport Management

from Middle Tennessee State.

Chad Williams

Defensive Coordinator

”Good is not enough. Every day in all that

we do, we have to strive to get better;

only through excellence can we achieve

greatness,“ on his viewpoint going into

the season.

—Chad Williams, Coach

Chad Williams joined the UCA staff in 2018. He is entering

his ninth year of coaching, with previous coordinating stops at

Valdosta State University and the University of West Georgia.

He is thrilled to be on staff with Nathan Brown at UCA.

2019 Football Coaches

2019 Football Team

With most of your defensive backfield returning, do you

feel this will be the strength of your defense?

Absolutely! Whenever you have three of the four returners

from the previous season coming back with experience, that’s

definitely a position of strength for us, and we are going to

lean on those guys this year.

With the increased passing in college football, how does

that impact your defensive approach?

Not much. In my opinion, football games and championships are

won a certain way, and we can’t lose sight of that. We are going

to continue focusing on stopping the run first, and when passing

situations present themselves, we can defend that as well.

What changes did you make in the off-season to impact

the upcoming season?

Following every season, we evaluate and analyze what we did

well and what we didn’t do as well. Coming into 2019, we

really made a point of emphasis of focusing on fundamentals and

effort. I think our young men are doing a great job with that so far.

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education

The staff at The Preschool

at Second Baptist Church

Lacy Glover, Director of

The Preschool at Second Baptist Church

Lacy Glover‘s Winding Path

Led to The Preschool at

Second Baptist Church


One-hundred-percent this is where I was led, where I was called.

I feel called to both education and to this job. We wanted to plug in

more to the church — well this is plugged straight into the wall!


—Lacy Glover, Director

The Preschool at Second Baptist Church

BY COLLEEN HOLT

PHOTOS BY BRANDY STRAIN-DAYER

After a life of beauty, adventure and diverse careers, Lacy

Glover has settled into a job that she was definitely

destined to have – director of The Preschool at Second

Baptist Church in Conway.

Lacy grew up in south Arkansas in the small town of

Hampton, just north of El Dorado. Her mother, Debbie

Fleming, was a teacher; her dad, Steve Fleming, was a lay

minister and later a full-time preacher for 19 years. This

upbringing definitely instilled two calls in Lacy: one to study

education and another to be involved in a church. Her current

job seems to fill both calls with perfection. “Education just felt

like an easy choice when choosing a college path,” Lacy said.

After earning a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education

from Ouachita Baptist University, Lacy transitioned into an

exciting time in her life – a year serving as Miss Arkansas

2004. “That really was the best job,” she said of being Miss

Arkansas. “It is so fun, you get to meet people, and you see the

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entire state of Arkansas.” She now serves

on the board of directors for the Miss

Arkansas program.

Lacy’s career path has taken a few twists

and turns, beginning with a six-month

adventure in New York as a job

outplacement counselor specializing in

resume building. “It was super fun, but

I knew it was not my life’s career,” she

said. “I said as a kid that I wanted to go

to New York, but I love Arkansas. I love

knowing my neighbors. It’s so fast paced

in New York, and it wasn’t going to be

my forever.”

Her personal life also took a bit of a

turn in 2004, as Hampton’s beauty

queen was set up on a date with a

handsome Conway man named Sam

Glover. Lacy said if you’re single and

you’re Miss Arkansas, everyone wants

to set you up. “I went on so many blind

dates that year. We met in August 2004

but didn’t date until early 2005. Sam

and I went on one date and I thought

‘that’s it. Game’s over. He’s the one’.

We were engaged in New York.”

After having attended Second Baptist

for about 10 years, Lacy and Sam began

to pray about becoming more involved

in the church’s ministries. The next day

Lacy received a call saying the director

of the childcare program was moving

on to a full-time position elsewhere,

and would she be interested in joining

the church staff. Working full time for

the American Heart Association in

Little Rock, Lacy felt the stress of being

a corporate fund-raiser, and she knew

making the move to the church was a

calling. She is now beginning her fifth

year as director.

A great advantage to Lacy’s church

job has been the ability to have her

girls – Kate, 9, and Caroline, 5 – in the

program and near her. “The younger

one has always come with me, and

then I can be home with her on

Mondays and Fridays. It’s a good

schedule.” This school year, however,

has brought a change – the youngest

is now in Kindergarten. Lacy said she’s

dealing OK with this development, but

it does feel strange not having at least

one of her children nearby.

She said the preschool accepts children

age 6 weeks to Pre-K, and the most

students in any class at one time is 10.

Overall, there are 50 to 60 total students

at any time. Having two teachers per

10 students allows for more individual

Lacy and Sam Glover with their daughters, Kate and Caroline

attention, which allows their parents to

be assured that the children are being fed

physically, spiritually and emotionally.

“One-hundred-percent this is where

I was led, where I was called. I feel

called to both education and to this

job. We wanted to plug in more to the

church – well this is plugged straight

into the wall!”

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education

Grace Smith, Community

Liaison Coordinator for

Conway Public Schools

BY LINDSEY JONES

PHOTOS BY BRANDY STRAIN-DAYER

Grace Smith was born and raised in

San Pedro Sula, Honduras with a

population of less than 700,000.

She and her three siblings were enrolled

in a K-12th bilingual school, thanks

to her parents. Grace’s childhood was

happy, loud, and fun. Until Grace moved

to Arkansas, Honduras was home.

After high school, she studied Psychology

in undergrad. She knew she wanted to

work with people and helping others.

After college, she was offered a job in a

bilingual school as the school psychologist.

It was there that she discovered

her true calling—she wanted to work in

the education world. She pursued her

Master’s Degree in Education and in the

same school where she began, started

teaching middle and high school students

Psychology and Character Education.

In 2008, a handsome southern man swept

Grace off of her feet, and they were

married. She moved to Arkansas with her

husband Mark that summer. Grace began

substitute teaching in Conway in 2010.

A year later, she signed her contract with

Conway Public Schools as the Community

Liaison Coordinator.

Mark and Grace have a sweet and

charming first grade daughter, Gia, and

a cuddly and adventurous preschool

son, Ryan. For fun, their family enjoys

being outdoors and attending New Life


Language is not a barrier when you want to

communicate that you TRULY care. Kids SEE that

you care and they FEEL that you care. You can see

their faces light up. When this happens, everything

you have done has ALL been worth it.


—Grace Smith

Church. Grace is also a board member

for Conway Cradle Care.

Grace says her journey has been

fabulous. She gets to speak her beautiful

native Spanish language every day while

working with the “courageous, resilient,

hardworking Spanish speaking families

in this community.” Grace shared with

me that she is blessed and honored to

work with the fantastic team of teachers

and school staff in this wonderful

diverse district. “The CPSD staff are

gracious and are always patient with

me, as I work districtwide – serving all

16 schools, preschool included.” Grace

is constantly on the go, visiting all of

the Conway campuses. She loves seeing

teachers and staff genuinely care for our

Conway kids each day.

A typical day in the life of Grace

Grace translates written documents for

all schools. It is very important that all

families receive communication from

their child’s school they can understand,

and Grace makes sure that our Spanish

families get that information. She also

provides verbal interpretation during

conferences and different meetings.

She makes sure families’ concerns

are addressed: from small things like,

folders being checked daily, to parents’

input and opinions heard during an

important decision in a conference. It

is Grace’s goal to make sure Conway

Public Schools establishes a solid school

and home relationship. Grace makes

sure Spanish-speaking families have a

voice and a say in their children’s school

life. Grace loves to witness the love

between a student and school staff,

because it goes past language.

What Grace wants you to know

Language is not a barrier when you want

to communicate that you TRULY care.

Kids SEE that you care and they FEEL

that you care. You can see their faces

light up. When this happens, everything

you have done has ALL been worth it.

Work becomes challenging when

children have limited resources and a

difficult home life. “Conway is caring,

and you see kindness demonstrated

every day, everywhere – I am forever

thankful for this,” she says. “From

sending a parent or a student a positive

note, a smile, a special sticker, a sweet

hug, etc. It is the small things that “my”

families love and keeps them involved

in their children’s education life. I

encourage everyone in this community

to make a difference by spreading love,

by being inclusive, and keep being kind

and caring no matter what.”

If you are a Spanish speaking family

new to Conway, please be sure to

reach out to Grace if you have not

already. She wants nothing more

than to help you settle into this

wonderful school life that we

have in here Conway, Arkansas.

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community

Haven House Gets

a New Forever Home


As proud of this new house as we are,

it is definitely giving us a better vessel

to work within, but the relationships are

what truly make it a home ... our home.


–Marti Longing Jones, Haven

BY COLLEEN HOLT

PHOTOS BY C. NEUMANN – NEUMANN IMAGING

After 33 years of building relationships

with teenage girls in crisis,

Haven completed a different

type of building project – a beautiful

commercial-grade facility that will meet

the non-profit’s needs for years to come.

“I approached the Counseling Associates

Board of Directors (our supervising

organization) with a presentation close

to three years ago now about the need

for a new home,” said Marti Longing

Jones, director of Haven. “After much

research, we embarked on Haven’s

very first capital campaign to design,

fundraise and build a 10,000-square-foot

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home for teenage girls in foster care from

around the state of Arkansas.”

quite a bit larger than we initially intended,

but we think completely worth it.”

Painting by Vivian Griffith Noe

“Haven is a 33-year-old program and we

have made three older homes ‘work’ for us

during our time, but we felt it was finally

our time to build our ‘Forever Home.’ We

broke ground on June 22, 2018 and moved

in on July 29, 2019.”

The spacious new facility includes

private bedrooms, six bathrooms that

will hold up to 14 residents, dining

areas, study spaces, an exercise space,

a laundry room, personal care and

counseling areas, a conference room and

staff reception areas. In addition, there

are outdoor spaces with flowers, plants

and recreation opportunities.

Special care was taken when designing

the home. Everything from color to floor

plan was considered before and during

construction. “We designed the main living

quarters of this house to be fully open to

each other. In the living/dining/kitchen

area alone there is a place for TV watching,

reading, art, exercise, meal prep and

eating. This helps with supervision of the

children in our care and also gives them

the opportunity to be individuals in the

activities they choose to do,” Marti said.

Marti calls the kitchen “the hub of the

home.” Not only is it fully modern and

completely serviceable, it can be used

for instructional purposes. “This dream

kitchen has commercial appliances,

quartz countertops, laminate cabinets and

an abundance of counter prep space and

storage,” she said. “Our teenage girls will

be 18 soon and it is important for them

to learn independent living skills such as

meal planning, cooking and cleaning.”

A first for Haven is the ability for each

girl to have a private bedroom, which

Marti says is “by far the favorite part of

the house by the girls. They finally have

a place that is just theirs with only their

things. By doing this, it made our home

Tranquil colors were used throughout on

walls and accessories. Marti said the kids

come from situations that might include

trauma and abuse, “so color choices

were very intentional. We wanted

calming colors such as grays, blues and

greens. All of the bright colors came in

through pillows and rugs.”

Marti says the new home was built by

Conway and surrounding areas, and

some very special folks donated bits and

pieces that make the home complete.

In addition, naming opportunities for

the different rooms were offered in the

capital campaign phase of the project.

This initiative was a great success.

“I knew as soon as we designed that

floor-to-ceiling fireplace that I wanted a

Vivian Griffith original hanging above it.

I also knew that I didn’t have the money

for a Vivian Griffith original,” she said.

“When I contacted her she didn’t think

a second thought about donating such

a huge piece to our home, even having

her husband Steve, another long-time

supporter of Haven, hand build a canvas

for her since it was such a large piece. It

was the calming centerpiece to the room

that I dreamed it would be.”

Adding a bit “of fun and whimsy” to

the home are three dog paintings by

Wendy Norris. “This is kind of a funny

story. We have a huge white shiplap

wall in our dining space and I knew

I needed something cool there but I

just couldn’t figure out what. Wendy

posted a painting on Facebook of a dog

she had painted and as soon as I saw it,

I knew. I did not know Wendy but that

did not stop me from contacting her.

I think I said something like ‘I know

you do not know me, but I need three

huge dog paintings in like three weeks

and I don’t have any money.’ And

believe it or not, she did not hang up

Paintings by Wendy Norris

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scene | heard

from floors, paint colors, hardware and

so much more. Emily and I pulled in

different people as we needed to, such

as Jill Turner with LPS for lighting. I very

much wanted to add a little bit of ‘girly’ in

this house and we did that with lighting,

especially in the kitchen and living areas.

The two chandeliers in the living/dining

room were a big hit with the girls.”

When time drew close for the grand

opening, Joanna Nabholz stepped up to

the plate to help with finishing touches.

“She pretty much took off an entire

week of work before our grand opening

and helped me get last-minute furniture

donated, shop, pick out accessories,

hang everything, and so much more. I

would not have made it without her.”

Marti said Robert Anthony “outdid

himself” on the outside. “He gave the

most gorgeous hanging baskets of

flowers for our front porch including

large ferns, and our side porch is full of

even more flowers. In my opinion, he

turned the outside from a house into

a home. He comes every other day to

water them, too. It’s like he doesn’t trust

me not to kill them!,” she laughed.

A GoFundMe page raised a little over

$5,000, which helped provide the special

touches throughout the living spaces. “I was

still hanging mirrors in the bathrooms when

people started showing up for the grand

opening. It was a whirlwind trying to pull

it all together but I could not be happier

how it turned out,” she said. “I finally took

a deep breath after the open house was

over. I just wanted everyone to be proud of

where they had put their money and their

time. I was overjoyed and emotional by the

turnout at the grand opening and received

nothing but amazing feedback about the

home. That was a great day.”

With the completion of the home, a 33-year

dream has definitely come to fruition. But

perhaps what was truly built are stronger

relationships amongst the residents, the

staff, and a caring community.

“We now have a home that is new,

clean, modern, safe, and a place that the

children in our care can feel proud to

live. I asked a past resident who toured

the home for the first time what she

thought about it, and what she said will

stay with me forever. ‘It’s absolutely

beautiful but no walls, paint colors or

accessories made Haven a home for me,

it was the people that cared for me here

every single day that made it my home’.

“As proud of this new house as

we are, it is definitely giving us a

better vessel to work within, but the

relationships are what truly make it a

home … our home.”


With the completion of the home, a 33-year dream

has definitely come to fruition. But perhaps what

was truly built are stronger relationships amongst

the residents, the staff, and a caring community.


–Marti Longing Jones, Director, Haven

on me! Wendy came to Haven the next

day and by the time she had left, had

offered to donate all three paintings

and try her very best to have them

finished by open house even though

she was leaving for vacation the very

next day. She and her brothers came

and hung them the night before open

house. They are one of my favorite

things in the house.”

Others who helped with the project

include Emily Ferris of Sowell Architects,

Haven board president Joanna Nabholz,

and Jill Turner of LPS lighting. “A lot of

people have asked me who our interior

designer was. I take this as a huge

compliment since we didn’t have one.”

Marti said Emily Ferris “went above and

beyond helping me pick out everything

Several businesses also donated to the

cause, especially when it came to furniture.

“We ordered most of our furniture

from Virco. Virco gave us an amazing

$15,000 donation in furnishings. We

ordered several couches and chairs,

bar stools, dining room furniture and

all of our office furniture from them,”

Marti said. “We had the sectional couch

in the TV watching and video game

area donated by H3 here in Conway,

mattresses and box springs donated

by Bedding Mart and The Mattress

Store, and some amazing Haven board

members donated headboards, sheets

and comforters. I hesitate listing names

and businesses because there are just

too many. I couldn’t possibly list

everyone that touched this home. We

are so blessed.”

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education

UCA Staff Comprehends

the Science Behind Reading

Dyslexia Program Garners National Recognition

BY: JENNIFER STANLEY

PHOTOS BY BRANDY STRAIN-DAYER

According to Understood.org,

“Dyslexia is a lifelong condition

that makes it difficult for people

to read…Dyslexia is mainly a problem

with reading accurately and fluently.”

Experts believe as many as one in five

people struggle with some degree of

reading difficulty. Without proper intervention,

dyslexia can lead to a lifetime of

repercussions. In fact, according to Tim

Conway, “Approximately 80 percent of

the children in the juvenile justice system

have learning disabilities.”

The science of teaching reading is

currently hotly debated across the

country, with grassroots organizations

calling for change. Arkansas is nationally

recognized as a literacy leader. Specifically,

the University of Central Arkansas

(UCA) has garnered positive attention

for its MSE in Reading program and

its Arkansas Dyslexia Endorsement for

grades kindergarten through 12.

“Arkansas is at the forefront when it

comes to reading instruction. At a recent

conference, Dr. Louisa Moats even

commented that she is always asking

people, ‘Have you heard what is going

on in Arkansas?’ The Arkansas Department

of Education (ADE) has been

wonderful in providing resources and

access to these leaders in the field,” says

Dr. Amy Thompson, Program Director

and Advisor.

She adds, “UCA has played a pretty large

role in this. We changed the curriculum

several years before legislation was

passed, because our faculty knew what

was going on in the research. UCA

is unique in that the department that

houses the dyslexia endorsement is the

Department of Elementary, Literacy,

and Special Education, so we have

early elementary voices combined with

literacy voices combined with special

education voices. This combination is

what makes us so successful. We can

work together as a faculty to use our

combined knowledge to create the best

programs possible. In addition, we have

faculty who were and still are directly

involved in the legislation, especially in

the writing of the original law.”

These faculty members were adamant

that Arkansas children have access to

appropriate instruction and intervention,

and they made it happen. “Many of us

helped in the rewriting of the literacy

program, myself and our current literacy

faculty included, but we have to give

credit to Dr. Tammy Benson, Dr. Donna

Wake, and Mrs. DeeDee Cain for writing

the initial accreditation report. Then the

magic happened, and this all began to

fall into place. Since then, we have been

tweaking, adjusting, rewriting, changing,

and making better our educator preparation

program,” says Dr. Thompson.

Dr. Thompson and Ms. Lisa Herrington

currently teach in UCA’s dyslexia

program. They also teach in the MSE

program along with Dr. Shoudong Feng.

Dr. Janet Filer serves as department chair,

and Dr. Vicki-Groves Scott serves as

dean. The MSE in Reading is a 30-hour,

online program designed to provide

advanced knowledge in the discipline of

reading, while meeting requirements for

the Arkansas Reading Specialist License.

The Arkansas Dyslexia Endorsement is

a 15-hour program of study embedded

in the MSE; it was first offered in the

2015-2016 academic year.

As program director, Dr. Thompson

admits and advises all students in the

program. “I communicate with the

International Dyslexia Association (IDA)

and International Literacy Association

(ILA) regarding our program and

write reports to ensure our continued

accreditation. I work with our Associate

Dr. Amy Thompson

Dean, Dr. Donna Wake, to gather and

analyze data each year regarding our

program to determine our strengths and

areas to target for growth. I also work

with her to ensure we are meeting CAEP

accreditation standards,” she explains.

These accreditations set UCA’s program

apart in higher education.

“As program director, I work closely

with the ADE, literacy specialists at

Arch Ford Coop, and literacy faculty

across the state at other colleges and

universities on state initiatives regarding

literacy (currently R.I.S.E.) and licensure

of kindergarten through grade 12

reading specialists and the dyslexia

endorsement. Working with our

faculty, I chair the literacy committee

to work together on our undergraduate

and graduate curriculums, including

Lisa Herrington


Ensuring our early learners understand sounds before

adding the additional layer of letters has not always

been emphasized…Teaching our early learners about

phonics ensures they are not guessing or memorizing

words but are truly learning how to decode and

to ultimately utilize that information as they begin

approaching multi syllable words. This has been game

changing for our upper level elementary students.


—Dr. Amy Thompson, Program Director and Advisor

program and syllabi revisions or major

rewrites. I want to find more time to

go into schools to partner and recruit.

We do not find enough time to share

about our program and the work

we are doing. I hope by connecting

more with our schools, we can also

become a resource. We have been

fortunate to recruit across the United

States by Decoding Dyslexia groups

sharing about us and the IDA,” says Dr.

Thompson.

In fact, being accredited by the IDA

brings extra cachet to the endorsement

by offering UCA students the ability

to sit for the KPEERI exam to become

certified as dyslexia interventionists.

“They are an affiliate of the IDA, which

is a certification our students can obtain

in addition to their Arkansas teaching

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license and, in some cases like our outof-state

students, instead of the Arkansas

teaching license…To be accredited by

the IDA is quite an honor and achievement,

and our students seek us out for

that reason.”

UCA is one of only 28 institutions in

the United States with this certification

(as of 2018) and is the only institution

in Arkansas. “This is something that

entices students from other states to

seek admission into our program, as well

as our in-state students. We currently

have students from Arkansas, Texas,

California, Virginia, and Colorado,” says

Dr. Thompson.

To continue meeting IDA certification

requirements, the dyslexia endorsement

must have a larger number of

field hours. As such, UCA’s program

includes embedded field experience

in virtually every course, as well as a

dedicated practicum course solely for

students to work with a K-12 student

one-on-one with characteristic of or a

diagnosis of dyslexia.

To date, 27 students have completed the

dyslexia endorsement, and 51 students

have completed the full MSE program

since the addition of the endorsement,

making them eligible for both programs.

Of those, “Many of our students choose to

stay in the classroom and utilize what they

have learned in that venue. Some students

choose to become interventionists in the

public schools, although licensure does

not require that. Some home school

parents…use it in the co-ops, and we have

parents of children with dyslexia who

want to learn about dyslexia and how to

help their children. We also have students

in private practice providing intervention

for students. Some of our students are

reading specialists or literacy coaches,

and some have moved into positions as

dyslexia coordinator for their districts. I

often tell students that while the dyslexia

endorsement is not required for any

position in the public schools according

to the law, it opens doors. School districts

have to have a dyslexia coordinator…,”

says Dr. Thompson.

As for the science behind the program,

students learn to connect principles from

neuroscience about how the brain learns

to read with instructional classroom

practices. From previous research in the

field, “We can see where in the brain

‘lights up’ or fires when students are

learning to read and how it changes after

intervention. Those with dyslexia have

parts that do not ‘light up’ or function

like they need to, so, as educators, we

can utilize direct, systematic, explicit,

multisensory instruction to build those

pathways and get those parts firing. The

most humbling and wonderful way I

have heard it described is that teachers

are brain surgeons who never have

to make a cut. We change brains! It is

fascinating!” shares Dr. Thompson.

“The science behind reading tells us

developmentally there is a formula, a

code, and when students are immersed

in programs that are evidence-based with

fidelity, the code becomes accessible,

and kids learn how to read. Our program

ensures our students understand the

code and the importance of evidencebased

practices in the five components of

reading: Phonemic Awareness, Phonics,

Fluency, Vocabulary, and Comprehension.

We have learned oral language

is vitally important, and we treat it as

almost a sixth component. Just talking

with your children is very important in

their learning to read,” she says.

Students learn to read on a continuum.

“Students move from learning to read

in kindergarten through second grade

to reading to learn beginning in grade

three. That makes third grade such a

pivotal year. Many times, students who

have a mild phonological deficit or who

have developed amazing compensatory

strategies will make it until they hit that

third-grade wall. More difficult vocabulary

and multi-syllable words are now

encountered, which begins to impact

reading comprehension. Unfortunately,

what presents itself as a comprehension

problem is more often than not actually

a problem with decoding,” explains Dr.

Thompson.

Fortunately, Arkansas’ position at the

forefront of the science of reading shift

will have huge impact on children in our

schools. “We educate our students about

the research pointing to the vital importance

of oral language and phonological

awareness from the very beginning. That

has not always been the case. I have

witnessed in our field sites the impact

this instruction can have on struggling or

non-readers. Ensuring our early learners

understand sounds before adding the

additional layer of letters has not always

been emphasized…Teaching our early

learners about phonics ensures they are

not guessing or memorizing words but

are truly learning how to decode and

to ultimately utilize that information as

they begin approaching multi syllable

words. This has been game changing for

our upper level elementary students.”

Dr. Thompson loves hearing stories

from the classrooms of her students

and former students. “A favorite

is when students share how their

learning is impacting them and/or their

K-12 students in the classroom. One

student thought one of her students was

struggling with dyslexia. She emailed me

and told me that based off the amount

of information learned in the class so far,

she wanted someone to actually screen

her. She got someone to do it and sent

me the results. She said, ‘It felt amazing

to see her results. She is in the eighth

grade, and she may finally be on the

path to getting what she needs. Thank

you. This class is impacting my kids and

my career in an amazing way.’”

Beginning in fall 2019, two of UCA’s

dyslexia courses are identified and

approved by the ADE as R.I.S.E. pathways.

Adds Dr. Thompson, “You never

know what else this faculty will cook

up. I am blessed to work with dedicated,

passionate people whose mission every

day is to ensure we are putting out

the best teachers, interventionists, and

specialists possible.”

From previous research in the field, We can see

where in the brain ’lights up‘ or fires when “ students are

learning to read and how it changes after intervention.

Those with dyslexia have parts that do not ’light up‘ or

function like they need to, so, as educators, we can utilize

direct, systematic, explicit, multisensory instruction to

build those pathways and get those parts firing.


—Dr. Amy Thompson

Together Everyone Achieves More

Class of 2020

Athletes

Fall 2019

T.E.A.M

St. Joseph School 501-329-5741

www.stjosephconway.org

Pre-K - 12th Grade

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community

Swim, Bike, Run, Rain & Lightning

BY PETE TANGUAY

SUBMITTED PHOTOS

The First Security Conway Kids

Triathlon, one of the longest

running athletic events in Conway,

has been impacting kids and families for

the past 22 years. Three years ago, race

Director Pete Tanguay and the Executive

Director of Community Connections,

Courtney Leach, worked together to

expand the event to kids and families

with special needs.

On August 10th, 250 kids (including 31

in the Community Connections division)

made their way to Hendrix College to

test their training and readiness and

complete the 2019 Kids Tri. This year,

Mother Nature had other ideas as rain

and lightning hit the racecourse 30

minutes before the scheduled start.

This didn’t dampen the enthusiasm and

determination of the race committee and

athletes to see this through. Working

closely with the Conway Police department

on the bike course, with safety as

their #1 goal, the volunteer race staff of

75-100 volunteers, made sure the race

went on even though it was slightly

delayed and slightly modified for some.

Courtney Leach said it best in her Facebook

post after the event: “I am so proud

of the kids who participated in the First

Security Conway Kids’ Triathlon! Thank

you to every family and volunteer who

braved the rain and lightning to make

our Community Connections division

possible. We had a couple of delays and

had to improvise, but the smiles on our

athletes’ faces made it all worthwhile! I

would like to give a special shout out to

Cristina Frey and Raquel Tejada for their

leadership of this event. They love our

kids and families like their own and put

in countless hours behind the scenes.”

MORE INFORMATION:

ConwayKidsTri.com and

CommunityConnectionsar.org


Thank you to every

family and volunteer who

braved the rain and lightning

to make our Community

Connections division possible.

We had a couple of delays

and had to improvise, but the

smiles on our athletes‘ faces

made it all worthwhile!


—Courtney Leach,

Executive Director

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education

swim team; Vacation Bible School and

“Bethlehem Revisited” at my church,

Antioch Baptist (I was Mary in the living

nativity); and Peewee Cheer Coach for

5th and 6th grade at St. Joseph.

PHOTOS BY BRANDY STRAIN-DAYER

St. Joseph Middle School

Teacher, Nicole Gooch

What do you love most about

being a teacher here? Conway

has been my home all but eight years of

my life. I consider serving the education

needs of my students as an extension of

service to the people of Faulkner County,

where education has been first and

foremost among our county’s priorities.

Further, I have the ability as part of a

small community to have numerous

opportunities to connect with my

students outside the classroom.

Who is/was your inspiration for

becoming a teacher and why?

My parents. My Mom is a Family/ and

Consumer Science Teacher who has

helped change so many of her students’

lives by teaching practical life skills,

leadership, and inspiring generations

to reach ever higher in life. She led by

giving so freely and unselfishly of herself,

created new experiences, and opened

countless doors for them, both locally

and nationally. My Dad was a high

school and university history teacher

worked to prepare students who may

have not have the opportunity otherwise

for college and now serves as historian at

our state’s premier history museum (Old

State House) helping broaden people’s

awareness of Arkansas’s heritage.

Plans for the future? To grow

professionally, to increase my knowledge

for students, and to make learning

fun and relevant for all my students.


I consider serving the

education needs of my

students as an extension

of service to the people

of Faulkner County, where

education has been first

and foremost among

our county‘s priorities.


—Nicole Gooch, Teacher

St. Joseph Middle School

Education: Jonesboro High School;

University of Central Arkansas with a

BSE in Middle Level Education

School name:

St. Joseph Middle School, Conway

How long have you been a

teacher in Faulkner County?

Six years teaching 4th grade

What do you love most about

your job and why? I am blessed

beyond measure to teach in an

environment that stresses Christian

values, has an incredible student body,

with wonderfully supportive parents,

administrators, faculty and staff.

How has your job changed or

evolved over time? I originally

taught Math, English, and Science,

but two years ago I traded English

for Social Studies. It is a change that

has really widened my horizons and

enriched mine and my students’

experiences. I also do far more handson

project-based learning experiences.

What certifications or awards

have you received as a

teacher? St. Joseph Middle School

Golden Apple Teacher of the Year in 2016.

How are you involved in your

community/county? I am a parent

volunteer with the Conway Crocs

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good taste

flavor

Back to School

Simple Suppers

BY: LEAH ASHBY & LINDA MARS

PHOTOS BY BRANDY STRAIN-DAYER

Back-to-school calls for

easy weeknight suppers

that are also kid-friendly.

What better convenience item

to incorporate into dinner plans

than a rotisserie chicken from

your local grocery store? We’ve

found three simple recipes, and

rotisserie chicken is the star

ingredient in each.

Buffalo Chicken Wraps

Bursting with flavor, these wraps contain only 5

ingredients and come together in minutes. They

are the perfect meal for an activity-filled evening

but also great for school lunches.

INGREDIENTS

2 cup rotisserie chicken

1/2 cup buffalo sauce or 1/3 cup hot sauce

+ 2 tablespoons melted butter

1 cup shredded lettuce

1/4 cup ranch or blue cheese dressing

4 medium flour tortillas

Optional fillings: tomato onion, shredded cheese

INSTRUCTIONS

In a large bowl, combine the chicken and buffalo

sauce until the chicken is fully coated with

the sauce.

Lay out the flour tortillas and divide the chicken

evenly among the tortillas. Top the chicken with

lettuce, and ranch dressing. Fold in the sides of

the tortilla and roll the wrap burrito-style. Enjoy

warm or cold!

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Flatbread with

Chipotle Ranch

Sauce

You’re born amazing. And at Baptist

Health, we want to keep you that way.

While a perfect dish for an easy supper,

this colorful flatbread is also a rustic

appetizer when entertaining friends.

INGREDIENTS

1 rotisserie chicken, chopped

salt and pepper, to taste

2-3 slices cooked bacon, chopped

1/2 avocado, sliced or diced

1/2 red pepper, diced

1 Tablespoon packed cilantro leaves,

roughly chopped

1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

(optional)

1/4 cup ranch dressing

1 teaspoon chipotle seasoning (*see note)

INSTRUCTIONS

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Brush flatbread with olive oil. Sprinkle

with shredded cheese. Top with chicken,

red peppers, and bacon. Place on a

lightly greased sheet of foil and bake on

the oven rack for 10-15 minutes until

cheese is completely melted.

While flatbread is baking, whisk together

ranch dressing and chipotle seasoning.

When flatbread is finished baked, top

with avocado, cilantro, and crushed

red pepper flakes. Drizzle with chipotle

ranch dressing and serve immediately.

RECIPE NOTES

*This recipe is written as an appetizer

that will feed four. If you want to use

this recipe for a main dish, double the

recipe!! For the sauce, you can use

any brand of store-bought chipotle

seasoning or a homemade version. If you

have neither, you can drizzle the ranch

dressing straight up!

Dr. Guy Peeples, Dr. Bertrand Fonji and the staff at Baptist Health

Surgical and Specialty Clinic-Conway provide comprehensive

care when you need it most.

They’re dedicated to keeping you amazing with surgical services

including:

• Gallbladder surgery

• Thyroid & parathyroid surgery

• Hernia repair

• Breast biopsy & surgery

• Gastrointestinal & colorectal

surgery

• Upper & lower endoscopy

• Laparoscopic surgery

• Colonoscopy

• Vascular access

• Trauma care

• Robotic surgery

• Vascular & peritoneal dialysis

access

• And more

Dr. Peeples Dr. Fonji

For more information or to

request an appointment:

(501) 329-1415

baptist-health.com

650 United Dr., Suite 240, Conway, AR 72032

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Conway, AR 72034

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Chicken Florentine Panini

This enhanced version of a grilled cheese

makes a hearty after-school snack or

quick dinner option for the family.

INGREDIENTS

2 teaspoons olive oil

1 rotisserie chicken, sliced thin or shredded

Kosher salt and fresh-cracked black pepper

2 slices of bread (we used ciabatta)

Fontina cheese slices

Mozzarella cheese slices

2 Tablespoons roughly-chopped sundried

tomatoes

1 jar basil pesto

INSTRUCTIONS

Spray panini press with light cooking

spray and preheat.

Spread liberal amount of pesto on both

slices of bread. Layer sandwich evenly

with Fontina cheese slices, followed by

the chicken, sun-dried tomatoes, and a

Mozzarella cheese slice.

Remove from press when golden brown

and cheese is melted. Serve warm.

Conway residents Leah Ashby and Linda Mars

are longtime friends who love entertaining family

and friends. Leah is a business analyst at Acxiom

Corporation, and Linda is a registered nurse at Circle

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How are you involved in your community? I enjoy

volunteering for causes that help others such as Bethlehem

House, Women’s Shelter, Boys & Girls Club. My company

is involved in different causes within the community, one

in particular – collecting food for the food banks.

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Help us welcome Dr. Caitlin Haley Corona.

We are excited to have a 3rd generation

chiropractor to join the“Best of Faulkner County”.

pet care

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dry locales, thanks to sprinkler systems,

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truth on the go

Don‘t Give Up!


These five steps lead to peace

and victory as we put on a

God-sized filter for life.


—Andrea Lennon

BY ANDREA LENNON

Have you found yourself in a

confusing situation and have no

idea how you got there and no idea

how to get out? Maybe this is a situation

at home, at work, at church, or with your

friends. These situations can leave us

feeling defeated, isolated, and alone.

Proverbs 2:1-5 shares practical steps to

overcoming a confusing situation and

getting back on track with God and

His plan for life! Be encouraged as you

think about these five (not so easy)

steps to follow!

1. Accept God’s Wisdom: Find out what

God says about the situation going on

in your life. The Bible is our “go to”

resource for wisdom and instruction.

Once you find out what the Bible says,

be creative as you get God’s truth into

your life. Read it, memorize it, speak

it, claim it, and share it! Cling to God’s

truth and begin to live it out.

2. Turn Your Ear to Wisdom: Value God’s

will and way over temporary desires

or quick fixes. Honestly, sometimes

it’s hard to want God’s plan especially

when we are in a confusing situation.

When this occurs, we can pray, “Lord,

help me to want You more than I want

______.” This cry of faith is a powerful

commodity and provides the path to

wisdom and deliverance.

3. Apply God’s Wisdom to your Heart:

Fight fear with faith. Sometimes a

confusing situation can cause us to be

afraid of going back to a former way of life,

staying in the present situation, or moving

forward to a new reality. The outcome

is paralyzing fear. As a result, we sit tight

in the situation and the sin or difficulty

becomes more and more embedded in our

lives. It is important to admit the fear so we

can begin to fight for faith.

4. Call Out for Insight and Cry Aloud for

Understanding: Surrender to God’s holy

plan! Aren’t you thankful we don’t

have to stay in the confusing situation?

Deliverance is available to us! Calling

out and crying aloud require God’s

perspective. We can ask God, “Please

help me to see the TRUTH in the midst

of my situation.” God in His grace will

show us the motives of our heart as

well as the reality of our situation from

His holy perspective. The Spirit will

draw us to Himself and begin to break

the chains that currently bind. This

process of breaking is hard and scary,

but it leads to deliverance!

5. Look for Wisdom like you Look for Silver:

Look for God, His Word, and His plan

like you look for hidden treasure. This

process becomes the practical outcome

of deliverance. If you have tried to find

hidden treasure at a diamond field or

mine, you know it requires hard work

and commitment. Daily we can apply

this same concept to life. Seeking God’s

deliverance requires focus and always

leads to action.

These five steps lead to peace and victory

as we put on a God-sized filter for life.

If you are in a confusing situation, don’t

give up! Right now God is restoring your

life. Hang on to hope as you hang on

to truth. To hear more about this topic

listen to the “Truth On The Go” Podcast

series from the book of Proverbs. Visit my

website at www.andrealennonministry.

org and click on the podcast link. While

you are there, subscribe to the mailing list

and visit the store for resources that will

help you continue to grow in your faith

walk with Jesus!

Andrea Lennon: An “on the go” kind of girl who loves Jesus, Andrea’s life

calling is to teach women to know the truth, live the truth, and share the

truth. Her passion is honest conversation about the topics that drive our

lives and how we can weather the storms through the love and power of

our Lord and His Word. Connect with Andrea at AndreaLennonMinistry.org.

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• Great parking for parents

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Affair of Boys & Girls Club

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Lip sync performances by local celebrities

Live & Silent Auction........Gift card pulls

One of the most fun & unique events of the year!

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photography

Leuders Receives Realtor of the Year Award

In the August Faulkner County Board of Realtors monthly luncheon at Centennial

Valley Events Center, Velda Lueders was recently presented the 2019 Robert L. Ott

Realtor of the Year award. This award was given to Velda for her many efforts on

behalf of Realtors on the national, state, and local level. Congratulations Velda!

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Sept. 3 – Dec. 3 (Tuesdays) | 5–7p.m.

UCA Campus

Citizen’s Academy: A 13 –week program

emphasizing civic engagement at the local

and regional level. Sessions include presentations

on many units and services of local and

regional government with special attention

on how citizens can become more involved.

Sept. 5 | 6–8p.m. | UCA Downtown

Perfectly Plant Based: Chef Michael

Quandah of Happy Bear Cooking will be

teaching this class on vegan cooking. This

is a great class for the curious or for those

looking to expand their cooking base.

Sept. 5 | 10–11a.m. | UCA Campus

Brewer-Hegeman Conference Center | Free

Retirement Seminar: During this course,

participants will discover how to qualify

for Social Security retirement benefits, the

difference between reduced, full and delayed

retirement and more.

Sept. 5 | 1–2:30p.m. | UCA Campus

Brewer-Hegeman Conference Center | Free

Disability Seminar: Learn about disability

programs administered by the Social Security

Administration: Social Disability and

Supplemental Security Income.

Sept. 6 | 5-7p.m. | UCA Downtown

Hispanic Heritage Art Exhibit

Reception: Join us as we celebrate National

Hispanic Heritage Month with art!

Sept. 7 | 9 a.m.–3p.m. | UCA Downtown

Intro to Mixed Media Art Journaling:

Suitable for students with little or no art

experience. Participants will learn about all

the different types of art paper and journals,

how to prep your pages and more. Supplies

included.

Sept. 9 - 30 (Mondays) | 6–8p.m.

UCA Downtown

Cake Decorating Phase I: An introductory

course covering the fundamentals in baking a

cake, making icing and using a decorating bag.

Sept. 10 | 6–8p.m. | UCA Downtown

Brunch Basics: Brunch is for everyone! Chef

Brandon teaches this introductory course

focusing on cooking basics.

Sept. 14 | 10a.m.-Noon | UCA Campus

Brewer-Hegeman Conference Center | Free

Know Before You Go: Writing a

Winning Scholarship Essay: Part 1 – The

Basics – Writing a good scholarship essay can

mean money in the bank. Donna Hill will

teach participants the basics concerning the

framing of an eloquent and thorough essay that

will allow your best qualities to shine through.

Sept. 17 | 6–8p.m. | UCA Downtown

Intro to Pastries: They are tasty, delicate

and decadent. Don’t let pastries intimidate you.

Chef Zara Abbasi with teach you all the secrets.

Sept. 19 | 4-6p.m.

UCA President‘s House | Free

WLN Networking Kick-Off: Join us as

we kick off another great year of Women’s

Leadership Network. The featured topic will

be the Art of Networking!

Sept. 19 | 5-7p.m.

Arkansas Coding Academy

1835 South Donaghey

Arkansas Coding Academy Open

House: A meet and greet event. Learn about

the upcoming classes and languages. Try

out some coding tutorials. View past student

projects and talk to career counselors.

Sept. 21 | 10a.m.-Noon | UCA Campus

Brewer-Hegeman Conference Center | Free

Women’s Self-Defense Workshop: Learn

basic, effective “real life” self-defense tactics.

Master Brice Bishop who is an 8th degree

black belt will be the instructor.

Sept. 23–Oct. 28 (Mondays) | 5:30–8:30p.m.

UCA Campus – Brewer-Hegeman

Conference Center | Free

Balance: Body & Soul – A Movement

Class: The goal of this class is to help participants

reconnect with their body and restore

and improve balance and posture.

Sept. 23–Oct. 14 (Mondays) | 7–8p.m.

UCA Campus – Brewer-Hegeman

Conference Center

Combat Sinus Problems and Low Energy:

Join Dr. Ralph Marrero and Ashley Cornett

and learn how to improve your health and

make a plan for a future of wellness.

UCA.EDU/outreach/types/all-classes

UCA Outreach Fall Classes

For information about all UCA Outreach events, visit UCA.EDU/Outreach or call 501-450-3118.

Sept. 26 | 6–8:30p.m. | UCA Campus

Brewer-Hegeman Conference Center | Free

How to Write a Business Plan: If you’re

starting your own business, you’ll need a business

plan. A well-written business plan can

mean the difference between profit and loss.

Sept. 26 | 6–8p.m. | Elizabeth House

120 Elizabeth Street | Free

WLN Book Club: Join us for a fun discussion

of the book Yes Please by Amy Poehler.

Dr. Leslie Zorwick with facilitate.

Sept. 28 | 4-6p.m. | UCA Downtown

Beginning Breadmaking: Bread is a staple.

Participants learn how to make a sourdough

starter and how to bake bread with yeast. Do

more with your dough and learn how to make

crackers, focaccia, pizza crust and more!

Sept. 30–Oct. 24 (Mondays & Thursdays)

6–8p.m. | UCA Campus – Brewer-

Hegeman Conference Center

ACT Prep Course: This course is designed

for high school students (10th grade and

above) who have previously scored between

17-25 on the ACT or for high schoolers who

have not taken the ACT.

Sept. 30–Oct. 7 (Mondays) | 6–7p.m.

UCA Campus – Brewer-Hegeman

Conference Center

Smartphone Photography for Kids: For

5th grade students and older. A two-session

course teaching your kids how to use their

smartphone to make strong, foundational

photos and how to edit them.

Culinary Team Building Challenge: Get

out of the office and into the kitchen with a

unique and fun team building opportunity

through UCA Outreach! The secret ingredients

to a highly effective team are cooperation,

communication and creativity. UCA Outreach

will work with your organization to customize

a program and menu that accomplishes your

team building goals. Teams will enhance

communication, increase creative thinking,

improve time management and productivity,

build trust and strengthen collaboration and

planning skills. Contact Emily Cooper at

ecooper1@uca.edu or 501-450-5275.

Sept. 14 | 9:30–11:30a.m. | UCA Downtown Sept. 24 | 6–8:3 p.m. | UCA Campus

Cubs in the Kitchen: Huzzah for Brewer-Hegeman Conference Center | Free

Hamburgers: A hands-on class for children

How to Start a Small Business: This class

ages 7-12. A fun and tasty class where provides you with the information you need

kids learn to make the perfect hamburger. to know to start a small business.

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faulkner fam

PHOTOS BY BRANDY STRAIN-DAYER

Your names: Jeff, Aimee, Aubrey (12), Aiden (9) Cox

Our Faulkner Fam:

the Cox Family


Even though Faulkner County is larger than where we both

grew up, people always come together in time of need.


—Jeff Cox

Where are you from?

Him: Murfreesboro; Her: Clinton

Where do you work?

Him: Assistant Principal at Mayflower High School

Her: School Counselor at Mayflower Elementary School

How did you two meet?

We were both working at the Conway Walmart on Hwy 65 in

2001 during college. I worked in the clothing section and Jeff

in sporting goods. One evening, some of the refrigerators went

out in the store, and our bosses called for volunteers to help

customers by going to the back where the butter, milk, etc. were

being stored and get what customers needed. We ended up on the

same shift together. An Arkansas love story!

How long have you lived in Faulkner County?

Him: 21 years; Her: 19 years

If you had to live somewhere else in the world

where would it be?

Him: Somewhere in the mountains, surrounded by woods

Her: On a peaceful Caribbean island, surrounded by blue

water and palm trees (I guess opposites really do attract!).

Describe parenting in one sentence:

Him: Parenting is a busy, ongoing learning experience that I

wouldn’t trade for anything.

Her: Parenting is the most exhausting thing I’ve ever done,

but I know I will miss it when they are all grown up.

When you get a date night where do you go?

To eat at Outback Steakhouse and walk around TJ Maxx!

When you shop local (for fun) what stores are

always on your list?

Him: Home Depot, Harbor Freight, Academy Sports

Her: Angel’s Fragrances & Apparel (in store and on Facebook),

The Sparkling Sparrow Boutique (Facebook), and Target.

What is your favorite thing to do as a family?

Aiden plays baseball year-round, so we spend a lot of time

at the ball fields. Aubrey is a competitive dancer at Sonshine

Academy, and we are currently there 4 nights a week. When

we have time to spend together, we love to go to the movies,

bowling, or just out to eat. We love to travel, especially cruising!

What do you love most about living here?

Him: Even though Faulkner County larger than where we

both grew up, people always come together in a time of need.

Her: I love all the options that Conway provides (restaurants,

shopping, etc.), but it still has that “small town feel” to me.

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