Category archives: People

Ozarks Ambassador Award to Vowell, Inc. CEO

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This year, Vicki Vowell, CEO of multimedia company Vowell Inc., will celebrate her 29th year as a magazine publisher as she returns to her hometown of Harrison, Arkansas to accept the 2017 Ozarks Ambassador Award at the North Arkansas College Foundation’s annual Evening on the Plaza Dinner. Vowell was chosen for this award in recognition of her outstandin[...]

Cosmetology Students to be Trained in Domestic Abuse Awareness

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This past November, I had the opportunity to interview Jajuan Archer, owner and founder of Women’s Own Worth, a foundation that offers individualized services for the victims of domestic violence, and violent crimes. Her story can be found in the online article, “Turning Tragedy into Purpose”. In January, Archer learned of a law passed in Illinois requiri[...]

Stories of Empowerment

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Bring your tribe of women to the fourth installment of Stories of Empowerment. In honor of Women's History Month, ESSE and Women's Foundation of Arkansas are partnering with Amy Robinson of Fayetteville-based Tribe of Women for a special program on advancing gender equity, that will take place March 9th from 5-7 p.m. at Esse Purse Museum. They will engage[...]

The Art of Architecture

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The very thing I got in trouble for at school, I turned into a career,” laughs Reese Rowland, FAIA, principal with Polk Stanley Wilcox Architects. He is also one of six 2017 Arkansas Governor’s Art Award recipients. How does Rowland feel to be one of the awardees? “Surprised, shocked, humbled!” stated Rowland. You turn 50; your head is constantly down proje[...]

2017 Governor's Arts Awards

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The Governor's Arts Awards recognizes individuals and corporations for their outstanding contributions to the arts in Arkansas. Established in 1991, the award is presented for outstanding contributions to the arts in Arkansas by individuals as well as corporations. Selection is made by an independent panel of Arkansas arts professionals from public nominatio[...]

The Oaklawn Steadfast Cont'd - Milena Erceg

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Watch out fellas — She’s got the beauty and the brains! Meet Milena Erceg of Oaklawn. Being the first employee interviewed at Oaklawn for our February feature – she made for an inviting and comfortable experience. She is a personable person with a steady demeanor; a delight to be around. Milena moved to Chicago from Yugoslavia in 1971. In 1978, she mov[...]

The Oaklawn Steadfast Cont'd - Inez Hunter

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From Malvern Arkansas, Inez Hunter is a Supervisor Mutuel Teller at Oaklawn, a place she began working 35 years ago as a teller. Inez was led to Oaklawn by mention of a friend. “I love it; the people, the teammates.” The camaraderie is fluid throughout all of the staff at Oaklawn. Through the experience of meeting them, a mutual respect and love for th[...]

Beading A Bond of Love - Cont'd

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"Beading A Bond Of Love" is one of the articles featured in February's issue; Written by Audrey Coleman :: Photography by Cindy Momchilov.     This piece is a love story and a testimony and rendering of a love of art in the form of glass bead making. The couple is Tom and Sage Holland. Tom, a ceramic artist and Sage, an accomplished bead d[...]