Campus News

  • Malvern, AR--College of the Ouachitas (COTO) is one step closer to finding a person to replace Dr. Stephen Schoonmaker as the College’s president. Dr. Schoonmaker served as COTO’s president from 2012 until his resignation effective December 2015, and also Dr. Barry Ballard, Interim-President, who was the College’s president for 11 years prior.  Dr. Ballard has been the CEO and has advised the COTO Presidential Search Committee since January in its work to find top community college administrators for consideration by the Board of Trustees.
    The College announced this week that it has selected two candidates as finalists for the president’s position after the Board of Trustees met in special session on Thursday evening. The candidates will each be invited to Malvern and the COTO campus for tours of the campus and the community, a public reception, a formal presentation by the candidate and a formal interview with the Board of Trustees.
    According to Mr. David Martin, Executive Vice President of The Pace Group, the Board of Trustees’ search consultant, each application was rated using a rubric form that was based on the presidential profile adopted by the Board. The Search Committee received the applicant documents and the consultant’s ratings on March 1, then began to deliberate on the candidates.  The Search Committee then conducted interviews of six candidates and checked references before recommending semi-finalists to the Board. After receiving the Search Committee recommendations the Board went into executive session to deliberate on the candidates.  The Board reconvened in regular open session and took action to name the finalists.
    The two finalists and their interview dates are:
         • March 30 – Dr. Steve Rook, Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs, Rich Mountain Community College, Mena, Arkansas
         • March 31 – Dr. Ricky Tompkins, Vice President for Learning, Northwest Arkansas Community College, Bentonville, Arkansas
    During their individual visits to Malvern, the candidates will be very active. They will each tour the campus visiting all major divisions and departments, attend an informal lunch with COTO students, and enjoy a driving tour of the community.
    In the afternoon, the candidates will visit with COTO Staff and Faculty Councils, and beginning at 3:30 p.m., the general public, faculty and staff of the College are invited to a reception in the COTO Great Room. At 4:00 p.m., each candidate will make a 15-20 minute formal presentation to those assembled during the reception followed by an open question and answer session. The Board of Trustees invites all students, faculty and staff, and the general public to meet these candidates during the tours and/or during the reception, hear their formal presentations, and ask questions of them during a Q & A session after their respective presentations. Each candidate will then meet with the Board of Trustees in Executive Session in the Ballard Conference Room.
    The Board feels that these two candidates are qualified, have the right credentials, have had successful experiences in significant two-year college administrative posts and have great potential to provide executive leadership for the continued growth and development of the College. The Board also recognizes that there is a certain culture in the five-county service area, in the Malvern community and in the College itself. The Board wants to select the person who is the perfect fit for this particular situation and job to maximize the potential for success.
    The Board of Trustees anticipates finalizing the appointment of a new COTO President by March 31 so as to give the new person and family adequate time to transition to the College and the Malvern community before July 1.

  • On Saturday, March 19th from 10:00am to 2:00pm, SGA will be sponsoring Spring Fling; FREE fun for the whole family! There will be an egg hunt, food, games, jump houses, and more!  This event is open to the community and will be held outside.

  • Refund checks will be available on February 12, 2016, beginning at 9:00am until 4:30pm, in the COTO Business Office.

    Students MUST have and present a student ID and a government issued ID (such as a driver's license) in order to receive checks. 

  • College of the Ouachitas recently announced the President’s and Dean’s List for the Fall 2015 semester.  Students on the President’s List have earned 12 or more credit hours in college level courses and achieved a 4.0 grade point average for the semester.  Those named to the President’s List include Hot Spring County residents: Robert Aulds, Heather Best, Sabrina Cranford, Erin Dyer, Eric Gaither, Seana Granger, Payton Kehner, Cassi Rogers, Mary Whitney, and David Williams;  Grant County residents: Kalena Ellis, Emily Hope, Caleb Knighten, and Caitlyn Mozingo; Clark County residents: Sydney McCauley, Kayla Smith, and Jo Wright; Saline County resident: Jeneille Hampel; Garland County resident: Tiwana Dockett; White County resident: Jade McCoy; Cleveland County resident: Cory McMahon; and Pulaski County resident: Randolph Nace.

    Students named to the Dean’s List have earned 12 or more credit hours in college level courses and achieved a 3.50 grade point average for the semester.  Those named to the Dean’s List include Hot Spring County residents: John Bennett, Hollie Boles, Austin Clayton, Molly Cunningham, Whitney Earnest, Jeremy Freeman, John Jeffries, Kayla Kirksey, Adam Landreth, Shavonna Malone, Magan McDougal, Daniel McElhannon, Heather McJunkin, Jennifer Morrow, Kayla Overton, Amanda Porterfield, Brittany Ramey, Raimy Rink, Cassi Rogers, Breanna Sanders, Corey Stanley, Jared Stanley, Maranda Sulton, Sam Tucker, Loni Williams, and Thorin Wright; Grant County residents: Levi Boudra, Jerry Crowe, Brittany Freeman, Evelyn Green, Jeri Matthews, and Bryan Wilfong; Clark County residents: Sharon Bell, Chelsea McKay, Krystal McLane, Paralee Taylor, Yvonne Wilson, and Erin Wingfield; Saline County residents: Jennifer Adamson, Tatiana Buskirk, Elizabeth Crumpler, Kathy Dewberry, Andrew Hardwick, Timothy Huskey, Jackie Lanham, and Aleas Ramsey; Garland County residents: Lisa Barker, Arianna Floyd, and Tristan Garner; Pulaski County resident: Shalon Davis, and Dallas County resident: Tennia Clark.

  • New students (First semester at COTO) who were not able to attend Orientation prior to the beginning of classes will need to attend one of the following make-up sessions: Wednesday, January 20th OR Thursday, January 21st from 12:15-1:00 p.m. in the Great Room.

  • MALVERN, AR— At a special called meeting Thursday evening, College of the Ouachitas Board of Trustees announced Dr. J. Barry Ballard, a veteran community college administrator, as the College’s Interim President.
    Dr. Ballard began his new position as Interim President Friday, January 15.  He succeeds Dr. Stephen Schoonmaker who announced his resignation in June 2015.

    Dr. Ballard previously served as the College’s President from 2000 to 2011.  At the end of the special called meeting, Dr. Ballard addressed the Board and the crowd of COTO employees.  He stated that he was excited for the opportunity to help the College with its search for a president.  Dr. Ballard demonstrated a clear vision and plan for filling the position.  He indicated the importance the College employees will have in the process, as well as the students, community representatives, and representatives from business and industry. 

    Dr. Ballard’s strong passion and sincerity for College of the Ouachitas was evident as he shared with the Board and audience how serving as the President at the College for eleven years was the best and most satisfying job he had ever had.  He also shared that he had never worked with a better group of dedicated, competent professionals as those at COTO.

    Ballard’s contract will be for a maximum of 6 months.  Ballard will address College faculty and staff at 10:00 a.m. Friday morning during the College’s Spring Gathering.

  • Did you get the text/call/email?? College of the Ouachitas sent out a TEST of the Emergency Notification System between 12:30-1:00 today, January 13.  If you DID NOT, sign up NOW by following this link:
    As a reminder, in the event of an emergency closing College of the Ouachitas will send emergency notifications in the following formats:  text, phone call, email, and postings on Facebook, Twitter, and  Notifications will also be sent to the Little Rock television stations and local radio stations of the emergency status. If there is no announcement, individuals should assume the College is open. The decision will be made AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE in each case.
    Should a closing be weather related, keep in mind that College of the Ouachitas is a commuter campus and areas potentially affected by the weather could vary.     While it may be unsafe to travel in certain areas, it may be perfectly fine in others.  In cases where the college remains open, individuals should assess weather conditions in their own areas and plan accordingly.

  • With the weather finally reaching its normal temperatures for this time of year, the threat of Inclement Weather is a possibility.  If the College is forced to close due to weather conditions, the employees and students will be notified through the Emergency Notification System.
    >>>A TEST of this system will be conducted on Wednesday, January 13, during the noon hour.<<<
    It is each employee and student’s responsibility to be certain that their own information (phone number for texts/calls and email addresses for email messaging) is correct in the system.  Simply follow the link below for step by step instructions. If you have questions, you may contact the COTO Help Desk at 332-0285. 

    The decision will be made AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE in each case.  If the College remains open but there are students and employees that live in areas that have been impacted greater by weather conditions, they should use their own judgment before travelling the roads to attend class or come to work.

  • College of the Ouachitas wants to welcome you to Spring classes for 2016. We want to remind you that either a payment or your financial aid needs to be completed and showing on your account before January 8, 2016. If you have made a payment plan, we still need a payment on your account by this date. Otherwise, you risk the chance of losing your classes. Classes start Monday, January 11, 2016.

    The Business Office offers a payment plan. Payments are divided into three payments for spring classes. We charge a $35 finance fee (non-refundable) for this service. You may also make payments online through your self-service account. Be sure to review your self-service account to verify all payments have been applied and all charges are correct. Contact the Business Office at 501.332.0237 to make payment arrangements or if you have questions regarding your student account.

  • College of the Ouachitas will be closed December 21, 2015 - January 1, 2016.

    Campus will reopen January 4, 2016.

    Spring 2016 classes begin January 11, 2016.