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2016-2017 Academic Catalog 
2016-2017 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Student Life

Student Activities

The North Arkansas College staff believes that activities outside the classroom enrich, supplement, and provide a testing ground for classroom learning. These activities offer opportunities for social growth and for the development of values, appreciations, and insights. The Coordinator of Student Activities and Organizations works with students and faculty to present activities and programs appropriate to the students’ needs. Assistance and guidance will be provided to groups wishing to organize clubs and organizations appropriate to a community college.


Northark has four intercollegiate athletic teams, which are members of the National Junior College Athletic Association and subject to that association’s rules and regulations. The Pioneers are the men’s basketball and baseball teams. The Lady Pioneers are the women’s basketball and fast pitch softball teams. Admission to Northark games is free to Northark students, faculty, and staff. Students must complete at least twelve hours of North Arkansas College course credit and maintain a 2.0 grade point average in order to compete.


The college provides intramural activities for students who wish to participate in sports other than those organized for intercollegiate competition. Students wishing to take part in intramural sports may do so by contacting the Athletic Department. Competition in flag football, basketball, softball, golf, and other sports is offered when possible.

Community Events

Throughout the year, the administration and student body offer special events of interest to the public. Concerts, art exhibits, films, lectures, and other social and cultural events in keeping with the community college standards are scheduled.

Spirit Squad

In support of the Pioneers and Lady Pioneers, the Spirit Squad participates in all home games and selected away games. Spirit Squad members must be degree-seeking and enrolled in at least 12 hours at Northark and maintain a 2.00 GPA. In addition, the Spirit Squad is involved in many college and community activities. Interested students should check with the Northark Athletics office.

Student Center

North Arkansas College has a Student Center located on both the North and South Campus to provide an opportunity for students to socialize. The Weldon Stevenson Student Center on the North Campus is centrally located and has food vending machines and a large area for students. The South Campus Bradley Student Center is located close to Financial Aid, Counseling and Advising Services, the Bookstore, and the College Grill. The College Grill offers sandwiches, soup, and salads. Food vending machines are located in this area and in the main hallways of the South Campus. The Center Campus provides a food vending area on the first floor adjacent to the FedEx Atrium.

Student Clubs and Organizations

Arkansas Licensed Practical Nurse Association

AR LPN Association is a state organization for practical nurses enrolled in a PN program. Its purpose is to develop leadership and technical skills through a program of awareness and motivation. This organization is only open to practical nursing students. Interested students should contact Debbie Dean, Room A100D, 870-391-3369.

Association of Surgical Technologist Student Association (ASTSA)

The Association of Surgical Technologist (AST) is the national professional organization for surgical technologists. Their primary purpose is to ensure surgical technologists have the knowledge and skills to administer quality patient care. The student association promotes attendance of state and national meetings where professional and academic activities are presented. Opportunities for professional growth and development of communication and leadership skills are encouraged. Students may apply for scholarships for education. For more information contact Lita Parton, A108A, 870-391-3269.

Baptist Collegiate Ministry

The primary purpose of Baptist Collegiate Ministries is to deepen the spiritual ties of students. A variety of social functions is a part of the many activities for Christian interaction with students. Interested students should watch for monthly activities. Weekly meetings with a free lunch are held on Tuesdays 12:30 - 1:30 in the JPH Conference Room. For more information contact Barbara Searcy, 870-577-3342.

Career Pathways Initiative Student Leadership Council

The North Arkansas College CPI/SLC is a student group composed of all Career Pathways students. The SLC mission statement is: “We, the dedicated members of the CPI Student Leadership Council, will commit ourselves and challenge each other to grow personally, professionally, emotionally, and spiritually by using compassion, unique perspective, and belief in others’ inherent goodness, integrity, and enormous potential to succeed.” The SLC accomplishes its mission by holding fundraisers and community service projects throughout the fall and spring semesters. Funds are used to assist CPI/SLC students who have financial emergencies that cannot be met by any other resource. Officers are elected annually and serve from August through May the following year. Meetings are held when deemed necessary throughout the fall and spring semesters. CPI/SLC emphasizes leadership, community involvement, and character development.

Cave Region Review

Cave Region Review is a literary journal dedicated to displaying the best literature and art from the Ozark region. The central purpose of Cave Region Review is to provide area writers and artists a quality outlet for their creative works, as well as provide Ozark residents access to these works. The journal is sponsored by the Northark English department and offers Northark students the opportunity to assist in all stages of publication

Electronics Club

The Electronics Club’s mission is to benefit the students enrolled in the Electronics Technology programs at North Arkansas College. The club provides tutoring for students in electronics courses and sponsors scholarships to help electronics students with tuition. The Electronics Club also provides community service by repairing electrical/electronic equipment. For more information, contact Dean Vail, 870-391-3375.

Kappa Beta Delta

The Kappa Beta Delta International Honor Society was established in 1997 to recognize and encourage accomplishment among students pursuing an associate’s degree in business, management or administration at two-year colleges accredited through the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). The professional organization also promotes the mission of personal and professional improvement, and a life distinguished by honorable service to society. Selection criteria for students receiving the prestigious honor is based upon outstanding academic performance, which includes achieving a minimum 3.0 grade point average and ranking in the top 20 percent of their class. Faculty members are chosen based upon their exemplary contributions and teaching excellence within the higher educational profession. Individuals named to Kappa Beta Delta receive lifetime membership in the honor society.

Medical Laboratory Technology

This North Arkansas College organization encourages students to participate in community activities such as health fairs to promote development of their skills and patient contact. Fundraisers are held throughout the year to help send students to conferences and the Arkansas Medical Laboratory Educator’s Forum MLT Student Bowl.

Northark Agri Club

The North Arkansas College Agri Club promotes agriculture in the local community. Members build leadership and citizenship skills to prepare them to be future members and leaders of the agriculture community.

Northark Drama

In addition to providing theater experiences for Northark students, the Northark drama department’s vision includes the whole community of Harrison, Arkansas. Community members are encouraged to audition for Northark main-stage productions. The goal of the drama program is to include all ranges in productions in order to teach performance and communication skills and instill confidence. Open auditions allow more variety in play selection and create performance opportunities for all ages. Northark main-stage productions are most often seen at the Lyric Theater on the Harrison square. Information about upcoming events will be posted at www.northark.edu under Students and Clubs and Organizations.

Northark Veterans Club

The North Arkansas College Veterans Club strives to promote awareness of veterans and veterans’ issues on campus. Members carry out service projects to assist Northark and the community as a whole.

Northark Writers’ Group

The Northark Writers’ Group is an organization of creative writers who meet approximately bi-weekly to write together and to encourage each other as writers. Free membership is open to college students, faculty, and staff, as well as members of the community. Members are encouraged to share their writing via the group page on Portal, as well as to give helpful feedback to others, but sharing writing is not required. Those interested in more information about the Northark Writers’ Group should email Celia DeWoody at cdewoody@northark.edu.

Phi Beta Lambda

Phi Beta Lambda, the largest and oldest collegiate business student organization in the world, is the premier business education association preparing students for careers in business. Phi Beta Lambda allows members to develop leadership, communication, and team skills as well as meet and network with others at the local, state, and national level.

Phi Theta Kappa

Phi Theta Kappa is an international honor society which promotes scholarship, leadership, fellowship, and service. Members are encouraged to compete for scholarships and participate in local, regional, national, and international meetings and engage in scholarly research projects. Phi Theta Kappa strives to create an intellectual climate that fosters academic excellence, protect academic integrity, and develop leadership. For more information contact Sherri Townsend at 870-391-3279.

Rad Tech Club

This North Arkansas College organization is for students in the Radiologic Technology Program. Fundraisers throughout the year help to send students to the Arkansas Society of Radiologic Technologists Annual State Meeting where professional and academic activities are presented.


Rotaract is a community service organization that is associated with the local Rotary Club of Harrison. Each year Rotaract sponsors a local community service project along with an awareness campaign for important community and social issues. The club meets every other week during the academic year. At each meeting, guest speakers talk to students about useful information and topics that helps them as a student and as future productive citizens.

Skills USA

Skills USA is a professional organization for trade, industrial, and technical students and instructors. Dedicated to developing well-rounded students and future employees, it provides leadership, citizenship, and character development programs as well as job skill training.

Student Association of Surgical Technologists

The Association of Surgical Technologists (AST) is the national professional organization for surgical technologists. Their primary purpose is to ensure surgical technologists have the knowledge and skills to administer quality patient care. The student association promotes attendance of state and  national meetings where professional and academic activities are presented. Opportunities for professional growth and development of communication and leadership skills are encouraged. Students may apply for scholarships for education.

Student Government

North Arkansas College Student Government provides an official voice for students on issues that affect them. The members foster communication and cooperation among students, faculty, staff, and administration and work to improve all facets of the college. Officers are elected in April and serve from May 1 to April 30 of the following year. Senators are selected in the fall of each year from the organizations that are registered members of Student Government. For information please contact Sarah Bing at sbing@northark.edu.

Students Supporting Students

Students Supporting Students provides members an environment that fosters friendship and a spirit of understanding among all people for the diverse community in which we live; opportunities for community service; and the development of individual character and leadership skills. Members seek to create positive change in themselves, their organization, and their community.