The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith’s College of Health Sciences will hold pinning ceremonies for its surgical technology, dental hygiene and nursing programs in May.

Tickets are required for all events and can be acquired through students participating in the ceremonies.  

Surgical Technology

The pinning ceremony for the surgical technology program will take place at 6:30 p.m. May 11 in the Reynolds Room of the Smith-Pendergraft Campus Center, with Dr. Jonathan Ferrari, general and bariatric surgeon at the Mercy Clinic in Fort Smith, serving as the guest speaker.

Students to be pinned at the ceremony are:

Alma: Kelsie Cline.

Barling: Anna Nelson.

Chalatenango, El Salvador: Paola Landaverde.

Fort Smith: Jheri Buchanan, Brittany Roberts and Gwen Sayaphath.

Greenwood: Kimber Bennett and Cameron Spoon.

Los Angeles, Calif.: Jesus Garcia.

Mansfield: BreAnn Grady.

Mena: Kalen Hastey.

Mountainburg: Colette Ross.

Roland: Cecelia Stone.

Springdale: Sonya Bounkhong.

Villa de Cos Zac, Mexico: Evelyn Hernandez.

Waldron: Erick Metcalf.

For more information, contact Sydney Fulbright, executive director of surgical technology, at 479-788-7855 or  


Dental Hygiene

The dental hygiene pinning ceremony will be held at 6 p.m. May 12 in Weidman Center of the Pendergraft Health-Sciences Center, featuring class president Dinah Baker of Searcy as guest speaker.

Students to be pinned at the ceremony are:

Alma: Emily Gauger.

Berryville: Lindsey Doss.

Fort Smith: My Truong.

Lead Hill: Kimberly Bowers.

Miami, Fla.: Rebecca Hendrix.

Prairie Grove: Morgan Hollis.

Sallisaw, Okla.: LaRissa Parker.

Tulsa, Okla.: Becky Shoua Xiong.

Vian, Okla.: Becca Barrett.

For more information, contact Pam Davidson, executive director of dental hygiene, at 479-788-7272 or



The pinning ceremony for the Carolyn McKelvey Moore School of Nursing will take place at 7 p.m. May 12 in the Reynolds Room of the Smith-Pendergraft Campus Center, featuring John P. Foster, director of case management for Next Step Homeless Services, as guest speaker.

Foster began at Next Step in 2013, having previously worked at Western Counseling and Guidance Center for 26 years, where he held several positions including the Program Director for the NEW Center, a Community Support Program at WACGC. 

For more information, contact Jenny Hubbell in the College of Health Sciences at or 479-788-7861.

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017
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