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Suzanna Dean Bannerman and Robert Stephen Hogan have joined the audit staff of the Little Rock office of Arthur Andersen. Bannerman is a graduate of Baylor University, and Hogan holds a master's degree in accounting from the University of Arkansas The University of Arkansas strives to be known as a "nationally competitive, student-centered research university serving Arkansas and the world." The school recently completed its "Campaign for the 21st Century," in which the university raised more than $1 billion for the school, used .


Dr. John P. Shock has been named interim dean of the College of Medicine at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) is part of the University of Arkansas System, a state-run university in the U.S. state of Arkansas. The main campus is located in Little Rock.  during a search to find a permanent replacement for Dr. I. Dodd Wilson, who is succeeding Dr. Harry P. Ward as chancellor of UAMS.


W.E.P. "Bill" Kempf of Pine Bluff, a certified safety professional The Certified Safety Professional (CSP) is a certification offered in the United States by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP). The CSP has been accredited in the United States by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies and the Council of Engineering and Scientific  who serves as safety manager for Washington (formerly Raytheon) Demilitarization de·mil·i·ta·rize  
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1. To eliminate the military character of.

 Co., was recently elected president of the Arkansas Chapter of the American Society of Safety Engineers The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), founded October 14, 1911, is the oldest and largest professional safety organization. Its more than 31,000 members manage, supervise and consult on Occupational safety and health and environmental issues in industry, insurance, . With 22 years of experience in the safety field, Kempf is currently assigned to the Pine Bluff Chemical Agent Disposal Facility under construction at the Pine Bluff Arsenal The Pine Bluff Arsenal is an active military arsenal, that stores 12.5% of the nation's obsolete chemical weapons. In an incident after WWII, several captured German rockets containing nerve agents were accidentally launched into the surrounding countryside. .


Karen Simons has joined Metropolitan National Bank as Internet banking specialist, and Stacy Lackey has joined the bank as a mortgage loan originator. Before joining Metropolitan, Simons was co-owner of Simons Consulting, a computer consulting firm in El Dorado that specialized in e-commerce. Lackey was previously employed by First Home Mortgage of Jonesboro.

Charles M. Miller has joined the staff of the Arkansas Bankers Association as director of government relations. He was most recently a member of Sen. Blanche Lincoln's staff, but he was previously a vice president of Capital Bank of Little Rock in charge of marketing and business development.

Jim Lincicome has been named manager of trust and investment for Firstar Bank in Arkansas. He was previously investment manager for the trust and investment division.


Micki Poteet of little Rock was the recipient of the 2000 Outstanding State Employee Award given by the Arkansas State Employees Association. Poteet is a payroll supervisor with the Department of Finance and Administration and has been with state government for 27 years.


Dr. James R. Barnes and Dr. Stephanie W. Granger have joined the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences as laparoscopic Laparoscopic
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 surgeons and assistant professors in the department of surgery. Dr. Vahid Feiz and Dr. Tony Realini have joined the ophthalmology department at UAMS to establish a refractive surgery program.


Lin Little Blair, human resource project leader for Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield, was named the Arkansas Outstanding Professional in Human Resources Professional in Human Resources (PHR) is an industry certification for people working in the human resources profession. The certification, awarded by the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI), signifies that individuals possess the theoretical knowledge and practical  for 2000 by the Arkansas Society of Human Resource Management State Council.


Eddie Choate has been named president and CEO (1) (Chief Executive Officer) The highest individual in command of an organization. Typically the president of the company, the CEO reports to the Chairman of the Board.  of Delta Dental Plan Delta Dental Plan, an active member organization of the Delta Dental Plans Association (a not-for-profit organization), formed and guided by state dental societies to provide prepaid dental care to the public on a group basis.
 of Arkansas Inc., and Robert Bumpas has been named director of marketing. Choate was previously president and CEO of NovaSys Health Network in Little Rock. Bumpas has 13 years of experience in employee benefits, including seven years with Pharmacy Associates Inc.


Allison Pickell has been promoted to director of marketing at Arkansas Business Publishing Group, and Virgeen Healey has been promoted to director of design and circulation. Pickell has worked for ABPG for most of the past 10 years, including four years as circulation director. Healey joined the staff in 1992 and has been director of design since December 1996.

Andrea Martin has joined ABPG as an editorial research assistant. Martin. is a recent graduate of Arkansas State University Arkansas State University, at Jonesboro; coeducational; chartered 1909; named State Agricultural and Mechanical College, 1925–33. In 1933 the school became Arkansas State College, and in 1967 it achieved university status and adopted its present name. .

Ozark Film & Video Productions of Springdale won six awards in the 2000 AXIEM AXIEM Absolute Excellence in Electronic Media  Awards, a national competition. Winning entries were a commercial for the Arkansas Department of Health; a music video for BudgeText; a regional ad campaign for Freeman Health System of Joplin, Mo.; a commercial for Ron Blackwell Ford; an education video for the Southwest Dairy Center; and a regional ad campaign for WeatherKing.


Marilyn Joyner has been promoted to manager, systems and programming, at Murphy Oil Corp. in El Dorado. She has been with the company since 1966. Steven W. Post has been promoted to manager, retail support. He has been with the company since 1980. J. Randal "Randy" Ross has been promoted to supervisor, network and desktop support. He joined the company in 1996.


Jennifer Lawrence has joined Optus Inc. in Jonesboro as director of marketing for the company's two divisions, Optus Telemation and Optus Telequip. Peggy Davis has joined Optus Telemation as an account executive.
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