|UA Cossatot Chancellor Dr. Steve Cole presented awards to Cheryl Keymer and Mary Mallett for being selected as Outstanding Faculty and Staff members at Northark.|
Each year, outstanding employees are nominated by their colleagues. A selection committee reviews the nominations and selects the winners.
Cheryl Keymer is Northark’s outstanding faculty member. Cheryl’s career at Northark began 36 years ago as a business instructor when Weldon Stevenson, Director of Twin Lakes VoTech took a chance on a new college graduate. Cheryl served as a full-time faculty member and PBL adviser for 30 years and is currently serving as a faculty member and the department chair of business and information technology. Cheryl works extremely hard to ensure that her students and faculty are achieving their goals. Her hard work and ethics are an example of those pursuing their dreams. She says "I have been truly blessed in my career at Northark. I have always put the students first and foremost. As a former graduate of Northark, it was a dream to come back to the institution where I began my education and give back in some way.” Cheryl is a native of Western Grove where she resides with her husband and furry friends. She also has a daughter, Ashley, who also graduated from Northark.
Northark’s outstanding staff member is Mary Mallett. Mary has worked for Northark in Accounting for 37 years. During this time she has completed three degrees, taught part-time, and worked on all three campuses. Her job is mainly behind the scenes, but it is crucial to the overall operation of the college. Her personal ethics, sense of duty, and willingness to help with any problem are great motivators for her coworkers. She says, “I believe education changes lives and I am proud to be a part, in some small way, of that experience.” Mary is also actively involved in her church and community.
The North Arkansas College Foundation awards the outstanding faculty and staff member $500 each for their accomplishments.