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Dr. Bernice Gotaas Hall Donors Announced

Gotaas Hall

ASUMH would like to thank the following donors for their generous contributions and support of the Dr. Bernice Gotaas Hall, previously known as the ASUMH Health Sciences Building. Richard and Helen Drabczyk, Jan and Peter Peitz, Guy and Alice King, John Bolland, Liberty Bank of Arkansas, Joseph Nowak, Barbara Wright, Anonymous, Burnett, Lincoln, Paden Clinic, T.C. and Beth Carter, Dr. Jim and Denise Clarke, Michael Morton, Jim Cooper, Allena Dryer, First Integrity Bank, Doris Reeves, Clark Fletcher, Chris and Susan Freeman, Dr. Mike and Kelly Hagaman, Dr. Stacey Johnson, Cynthia Johnson, Elton and Mary Kirby, Dr. Tom and Deborah Knox, Dr. William and Carol Landrum, Dr. George and Judy Lawrence, Dr. Kyle and Lynn McAlister, North Arkansas Electric Cooperative, Dr. Mike and Katie Risk,  Dr. Lonnie and Robin Robinson, Roller Funeral Homes of Arkansas, Jossee Schliemann, Tom and Ann Schmuecker, Stella Boyle Smith Foundation, Dr. William and Leta Snow, Dr. Ray and Edie Stahl, Dr. Joe and Dawn Tullis, Dr. Matt and Katie Wilson.

Newth Scholarship Established


Student learning experiences extend far beyond the classroom and the Newth family sees that first hand at their restaurants where many students are employed.
A generous gift from Laura and Kenny Newth has endowed a scholarship for students at ASUMH who are Newth Scholarship Establishedgainfully employed while attending the university. Applicants must be a high school graduate with a 2.5 overall grade point average and must be enrolled at ASUMH with a minimum of 9 semester hours while working no less than 20 hours per week.
The Newth family owns Twin Lakes McDonald's which includes two restaurants in Mountain Home and one in Gassville. Both Laura and Kenny Newth attended community colleges themselves and see the value of having a community college in a small town from the perspective of both students and employers. ASUMH is grateful for this generous scholarship made possible by Laura and Kenny Newth.
Photo: Ed Coulter, Laura and Kenny Newth, Carol Gresham


Risk Family Honored

During the Capital Campaign to raise money for the Health Sciences BuildingRisk Family Honored and the Vada Sheid Community Development Center, Mike and Katie Risk made a significant donation to ASUMH. With the opening of the Vada Sheid Community Development Center, the Risks asked that their gift be used for the finishing of a space in the center named for close friend and family member Vada Sheid.  Today, the building director's office suite in the Vada Sheid Community Development Center is known as the Risk Suite.  Both Mike and Katie Risk have been supporters of ASUMH working tirelessly on events, fundraisers and committees.  The university is grateful for the generous financial support of Mike and Katie Risk and for their continued support of the arts in our community.


Ed and Beverly Knickerbocker


When the first shovel of dirt for the new campus at ASUMH was turned, Ed andEd and Beverly Knickerbocker Beverly Knickerbocker were in the field watching with anticipation knowing that the new campus would soon become a reality. Today, the couple, who reside in Mesa, Arizona, are providing a scholarship in memory of the son they lost in 1994, Patrick Michael McKenna.
    Originally from Naperville, IL, the Knickerbockers spent fifteen years in the Twin Lakes Area after Mr. Knickerbocker retired as manager for Pepperidge Farm. The family spent years following their beloved Chicago Cubs baseball team around the country, especially enjoying time in Arizona during spring training. After their son's death, the two Cubs fans decided to settle in the desert home of the team.
    Although the Knickerbockers moved away, they have not forgotten the pride they felt at seeing a college come to the Twin Lakes Area. Neither Ed nor Bev had an opportunity to attend college, but have found through success in the business world, that providing an education for someone else is an absolute joy. To be able to honor their departed son through an annual scholarship is even more special. This year, for the first time, three students will benefit from the scholarship.
    At ASUMH's 2008 Commencement ceremony, the Knickerbockers were introduced to a large crowd of graduates and their families. Following an introduction of the couple by Dr. Ed Coulter, ASUMH Chancellor, Bev said with a smile, "establishing this scholarship in memory of my son will provide a jump start for students who
might need financial assistance when pursuing their education." Just as the Knickerbockers helped support their son's dreams and pursued their own dreams of following the Chicago Cubs to Arizona, they are now helping many students at ASUMH pursue their dreams, as well.

Jim McClure


The old saying "charity begins at home" describes the philosophy of a man who livesJim McClure
in Arkansas, Michigan and Mississippi. And, while Jim McClure supports worthwhile endeavors in all three of his hometowns, like the Natchez Opera Festival and the Detroit Metropolitan Opera, his real passion is supporting the growth of the university in the town he grew up in - Mountain Home, Arkansas.
A native of Mountain Home, Jim McClure has honored his family's rich history in the Twin Lakes Area with a gift naming the Wade Street gate at ASUMH in honor of the McClure's. His mother Virgie grew up in Gamaliel and met his father, O.B. McClure, while attending Mountain Home Baptist College. "My dad had a business on the square downtown at the time," said McClure, "and the two were married in 1918 in a horse and buggy in front of the girl's dorm on the college campus."
The McClure dry goods store downtown carried tacks and handles for home-made coffins back then, and as a line of ready-made coffins came on the market, O.B. McClure began carrying those too. By correspondence course, he learned the art of embalming and would travel by buggy to homes to embalm and prepare bodies for
burial. That service eventually led to the creation of McClure Funeral Homes. The family founded McClure Funeral Home in Mountain Home in the 1940's, and later sold the business to the Roller family. The building was eventually bought by ASUMH and was used for classrooms. Jim McClure has also made a sizeable gift to the college to name the convention hall of the Vada Sheid Community Development Center. This generous friend of
ASUMH will someday be able to hear his beloved Opera performed on stage in the building that he helped make possible.



JOSEE SCHLIEMANN Ms. Schliemann is representative of many retirees in our area that have shown their support for ASUMH and its endeavors to provide education opportunities and positively change the lives of students and their families. Ms. Schliemann's gift to the Health Sciences Building this year, along with a previous gift made in honor of her and in memory of her late husband, Frank, which established the Schliemann Learning Center, emphasizes her belief in making higher education available to all residents of the Twin Lakes area. The Schliemann Learning Center is a resource center on the ASUMH campus that offers tutoring, testing, and other assistance to help students succeed in higher education.





RHONALD MORRIS BETTY MORRIS Mr. and Mrs. Ron Morris created the Douglas Family Scholarship Fund which will provide scholarships for students that are pursuing a four-year degree through ASUMH. The Douglas Family Scholarship, named on behalf of Betty's parents, Lee and Wilma Douglas, holds a deep significance because of her family's heritage in the Mountain Home area as well as the fact that Mrs. Douglas taught school in Mountain Home for many years. Betty, a 1955 graduate of Mountain Home High School and class Valedictorian, feels a commitment to the community in which she was raised. Mr. Morris received his bachelor's degree in industrial engineering and a master's in business administration. Mrs. Morris received her bachelor of arts degree as well as a master's degree in library science.



CHRISTINE ROLLER Lynn and Sue Jenkins established the ASUMH Funeral Science Program in honor of Denver and Christine Roller with a gift of $200,000. The Roller Family is forever engraved in the history of ASUMH because they believed in the ASUMH vision and have supported the university every step of the way. The Funeral Science Program at ASUMH has produced nearly 100 graduates in the field since 1997. The program is now offered on two off-site locations by way of compressed video. Denver Roller and his wife Christine moved to Mountain Home during the Great Depression and soon after purchased McClure Funeral Home. They practiced the principles of honesty, loyalty and concern for others that built a strong family and would cause their business to prosper. Denver passed away in 1985 and Christine passed away in 2006.

Jan & Peter Peitz


Jan & Peter Peitz Jan & Peter Peitz made a gift of $500,000 to name the second floor of the new Health Science Facility. The floor will be named the Jan and Peter Peitz Nursing Education Center and will be recognized throughout Northern Arkansas as the primary location responsible for meeting the ongoing workforce needs of the areas health professionals. For the first time in the history of the institution, the nursing facility and students will have the office and conference space needed.

Dr. & Mrs. Peter Dykstra


Dr. & Mrs. Peter Dykstra Dr. & Mrs. Peter Dykstra have made a $100,000 gift to ASUMH. The gift will provide the necessary funds to construct the stage area within the new Vada Sheid Community Development Center. Dr. & Mrs. Dykstra hold a deep conviction about the gift and the cultural opportunities it will bring to the residents of North Central Arkansas. They both have very impressive musical resumes and backgrounds that made their gift a perfect fit for the Community Development Center.

Guy & Alice King


Guy King Alice King ASUMH lost a friend and leader on May 20, 2005 in the passing of Guy King, owner of Guy King & Sons Inc., a quarry, concrete and asphalt plant and construction company. King, 80, a Baxter County native, founded Guy King & Sons over 60 years ago and worked there until his death. Guy and his wife Alice began a relationship with the institution during the initial construction of the campus. The presence of that first gift is still evident as King Drive circles the campus and is the main road on campus. Alice has continued the commitment to education at ASUMH with a $100,000 gift that will construct the Guy & Alice King Lobby and Entry into the first floor of the new Health Science Facility.

Mike & Gayla Thompson


Mike & Gayla Thompson Arkansas State University Mountain Home could not ask for two better friends than Mike & Gayla Thompson. The Thompson's accepted the roles of Capital Campaign Chairs and Gayla serves on the Chancellor's Advisory Council. The couple also made a financial contribution for the gate that now graces the entrance on College Street and matches the beauty of our existing buildings. The gate is named the Thompson-Martin gate in memory of both Mike and Gayla's families.