Prior to the University of Arkansas at Hope having its 2018 graduation ceremony on Tuesday night, on Friday, May 4, there was the annual joint gathering of the faculty and staff along with the Board of Visitors at the University's year-end luncheon.

Prior to the University of Arkansas at Hope having its 2018 graduation ceremony on Tuesday night, on Friday, May 4, there was the annual joint gathering of the faculty and staff along with the Board of Visitors at the University’s year-end luncheon.
Approximately 165 people heard a year-end wrap-up from Chancellor Chris Thomason, who touted a number of the 2018 academic year's accomplishments and gave a brief overview of the upcoming 2019 year, including the transition of the entire UA System to a new and unified computer information system for all 19 schools.
UA-Hope will be among the first group of schools to go live in the transition, which is expected to happen in increments over the next 24 months.
Thomason said, "This is always a special occasion that we enjoy every year to bring everyone in the university family together.  We review the achievements of the past year, and we recognize our own.”
Mark Wilcox, who was the 2017 UA-Hope Faculty member of the year, presented the 2018 Faculty member of the year award to popular English instructor Amanda Maggio. Maggio also received a service certificate from Thomason.
The 2018 UA Community Spirit Service award was presented to Cindy Phillips, a staff accounting employee in the Business office. She was presented by last year’s winner, Bernice McDonald of the Registrar’s office.
Linda Clark, Vice Chancellor of Academics, also presented the second annual award for “Adjunct Instructor of the Year,” and Texarkana-based night instructor Chylynda Whitfield received the honor. Whitfield, who was not at the luncheon, teaches Sociology and College Life courses, and she has been at the Texarkana campus for six years.  During the day, Whitfield works with special needs children in the Texarkana area.
University service awards were also presented by Thomason for employees with five, 10, 15, and 20 years of service.
Also recognized was retiring faculty member Larry Shaw, after 10 years of service. Shaw was well-known and highly regarded as a Psychology and Social Sciences instructor. In 2015, Shaw was also named as UA-Hope Faculty member of the year.