Sep 21, 2023  
2017-2018 Academic Catalog 
2017-2018 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

Membership in student organizations is open to currently enrolled students at North Arkansas College without regard to race, religion, or national origin. The Dean of Students has the responsibility of ensuring that anti-discrimination policies are observed by all campus organizations. When any student group wishes to engage in a sustained program and/or use College facilities on a regular basis, an annual registration of the group as an official student organization is required. Once officially recognized, an organization is entitled to all rights and privileges afforded other North Arkansas College organizations.

Student Leaders
The student leader and treasurer of a student organization must be a current North Arkansas College student. These offices may not be held by the same person simultaneously.

Campus Advisors
Each student organization must have a campus advisor who is a current full-time staff, faculty or administrative professional at North Arkansas College.

Operational Documents
Each student organization’s current operational documents (i.e. constitution/bylaws) and logo must be on file with the Office of Student Activities.

Registration and Renewal
Students are eligible to form new student organizations by following the procedures set forth by the Student Organization Advisors Handbook and the North Arkansas College Student Handbook. Final approval for any new student organization will be determined by the Dean of Students. All existing student organizations must register each academic year with Student Services in order to maintain official recognition.

Policy Compliance
Organizations recognized by the College must follow all college policies and procedures.

Association of Surgical Technologist (AST) Association
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. Students may apply for scholarships for education.
Advisor - Lita Parton, Office A108A, 870-391-3269,

Baptist Collegiate Ministry
Baptist Collegiate Ministry deepens the spiritual ties of students. A variety of retreats, social functions and state meetings are a part of the many activities for Christian interaction with students from other college campuses. Weekly meetings with a free lunch are held 12:30-1:30 p.m. on Tuesdays in the JPH Conference Room.
Advisor - Barbara Searcy, 870-577-3342

Best Robotics
BEST Robotics inspires students to pursue careers in engineering, science and technology through a sports-like and engineering-based robotics competition. The North Arkansas College team is comprised of engineers, teachers, parents, industry technologists and students. The game is limited to a six-week period to simulate a product time-to-market constraint. Each team is given an identical box of odd parts, fasteners, materials, a radio controller, motors and servos. Through BEST, students are exposed to a real-life hands-on experience that they will never forget. They learn important skills such as teamwork, project management, technical writing and general design concepts that will help them in the future, no matter what career they finally choose, technical or non-technical.
Advisor - Scott Howie, 870-391-3513,

Career Pathways Initiative Student Leadership Council
The North Arkansas College CPI/SLC is a student group composed of all Career Pathways students. SLC holds 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 usually held every month or when deemed necessary throughout the fall and spring semesters. CPI/SLC emphasizes leadership, community involvement and character development.
Advisor - Rebecca Martin, 870-391-3152,

Cave Region Review
Cave Region Review is a journal of literary and visual art published annually by North Arkansas College. The issues include poetry, stories, photography, artwork and more. Submissions are considered Sept. 1 through March 15. Email submissions to or mail them to Cave Region Review C/O North Arkansas College, 1515 Pioneer Drive, Harrison, AR 72601.
Advisor - Tim Coone, 870-391-3224,

Chi Alpha
Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship is a campus ministry dedicated to the spiritual needs and growth of students. Chi Alpha meets Thursday evenings during the school year and provides a free lunch each Wednesday on the south campus. Projects Chi Alpha is helping with include partnering with Feed One to end world hunger and partnering with Project Rescue to help victims of human trafficking. Ministry trips to share the Christian faith in the past five years have included trips to Bolivia, several southern countries in Africa, an unnamed country in the Himalayas, as well as various parts of the US. It is sponsored by the Assembly of God Ministries.
Advisors - Joe Kissel, 307-760-3687 and K.C. Jones, 870-391-3125

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). 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.
Advisor - Paula Melton, 870-391-3128,

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.
Advisors - Sherry Gibbany, 870-391-3288,

Northark Agri Club
The Northark Agri Club helps and serves the local agriculture community through leadership, community service and various agriculture activities. The Agri Club is for anyone who likes everything about agriculture. The Northark Agri Club is involved in Collegiate FFA, Collegiate 4-H and Post-secondary Agricultural Students (PAS).  The club has a scholarship points system for members that allows them to gain points for work they do in the agriculture community. Scholarships will be awarded to the members with the highest points. Agri club dues are $10, collegiate FFA dues of $17 and collegiate 4-H dues are $7.
Advisor - Emilee Tucker, 870-391-3149,

Northark Drama Club
In addition to providing theater experiences for Northark students, the Northark drama department’s vision includes the whole community. 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.
Advisor - Michael Mahoney, 870-391-3144,

Northark 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.
Advisor - Dean Vail, 870-391-3375,

Phi Beta Lambda
By taking advantage of the many programs PBL offers, business students acquire the skills that will set them apart from the average business graduate. Members learn through participation in a variety of activities that help them hone their skills, while contribution to the improvement of the community in which they live, their school and their chapter. Phi Beta Lambda is a student group that is the collegiate level of FBLA. It is where those who are interested in any aspect of the professional environment can learn the expectations of the business world and how to meet those expectations. Everything from preparing a proper resume, establishing valuable contacts, peer networking, dedication to community service and wearing proper business attire is addressed.
Advisor - Janet McMurrin, 870-391-3126,

Phi Theta Kappa
Phi Theta Kappa is a national honor society that encourages scholarship among two-year college students. To join PTK you must have completed 12 hours of college-level coursework at North Arkansas College and have and maintain a 3.3 grade point average. To remain in good standing you must maintain a 3.3 GPA, attend 2 meetings per semester, and participate in one community service project per semester. If you meet the requirements to join PTK you will receive an invitation letter during our enrollment period. You will need to fill out the application included in the letter. The application with dues then need to be returned to the PTK advisor.
Advisor - Sherri Townsend, 870-391-3258,

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.
Advisor - Suzanne Woods, 870-391-3319,

SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry representatives working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce.  The national organization serves teachers as well as high school and college students who are preparing for careers in technical, skilled and service occupations, including health occupations. SkillsUSA programs include local, state and national competitions in which students demonstrate occupational and leadership skills. At the annual national-level SkillsUSA Championships, over 5,000 students compete in 91 occupational and leadership skill areas. The membership is $13, which covers local, state and national dues. Membership are due by Nov. 1.  Membership is required to participate at state and national competitions. Weekly meetings are 3-3:50 p.m. on Fridays in Room N111.
Advisor - David Zirkle, 870-391-3163,

Student Government Association
SGA is comprised of dedicated students who work together through meetings and committees to better serve the college. The five officers work with other Student Government senators to work on college action projects, campus activities and service projects for the benefit of all students at North Arkansas College. Committees may be formed within SGA for students to focus more effectively on projects and service. The committee work is then presented to the entire SGA for final approval and action. Senators are selected from each of the SGA registered clubs and organizations on campus. There are also three at large senator seats that are available to any student. Meetings are determined by the officers each year. Everyone is welcome to attend. Officers are elected in April and serve from the first day of fall classes until Aug. 1 of the following year. Officers must be full-time students.
Advisor - John Gripka,


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.

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.