PCCUA announces new Outstanding Staff awardsSep 12, 2017
Theresa Dupuy, Deborah Gentry, and Sylvia Boyd have been selected 2016-2017 Outstanding Staff at Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas (PCCUA). Dupuy, the top nominee, will be honored as PCCUA’s outstanding staff member during the Arkansas Community Colleges fall conference.
Fostering relationships with Phillips students, Dupuy provides support and guidance to those pursuing degrees in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) fields, while stationed on the DeWitt campus.
“I enjoy working with students and inspiring them to discover their purpose and potential,” she said. “Education can be obtained if students master how to learn and how to think.”
As a STEM advising specialist, her everyday work consists of creating STEM interest/ability assessment and career information/planning resources and processes with the students. She also serves as a liaison to advisors on enrollment options for the students and develops an annual STEM Summer Academy, which rotates locations between the Stuttgart and DeWitt campuses.
DuPuy joined the PCCUA family in 2000 as assistant registrar and worked as Business Office coordinator, Student Success coordinator, and instructor for Reading I, II and labs, prior to her current position.
She holds a B.S. E. and M.Ed. from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville (UAF) and is actively involved in the PCCUA Staff Senate and Phi Theta Kappa honor society, where she serves as an advisor.
She has a passion for community service volunteering in the DeWitt Hospital Auxiliary and Master Gardeners’ clubs and for anything outdoors including hunting, fishing, and birdwatching.
Although students may come to Mrs. Gentry with career goals, they may not have plans in place for reaching them. That’s where Gentry’s work as a professional advisor comes into play.
“I enjoy working with people!” she said. “Helping individuals accomplish their personal goals is a very rewarding part of my job.”
As a professional advisor on the Helena campus, Gentry works with students in the development of educational career goals and implementation of plans to meet those goals. She also provides information to current and prospective students regarding class selection, degree requirements, and transfer requirements, maintains frequent contact, develops a rapport with advisees to identify barriers and ways to overcome barriers, and assists with student success initiatives.
Joining Phillips College in 2008, Gentry has completed nine years of service, working as a career support service facilitator/counselor for the Career Pathways Initiative for seven years, a student success coach, beginning volleyball instructor, Recruitment Committee chairman, and, currently, professional advisor
A graduate of Central High School, Gentry received an A.A.S. degree from PCCUA and a Bachelor’s in Applied Science from the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith. Topping her list of favorite pastimes are playing volleyball, singing, and spending time with family and friends. She sings in the choirs at St. Mary #1 Church and Miracle Temple.
Boyd, who is a professional advisor/disabilities service coordinator on the Stuttgart campus, says she has enjoyed her 19 years of teaching, however, her newest role has been the most rewarding, so far.
“I have seen students I worked with a decade or more ago return with renewed motivation to reach goals, and I am so excited to get to be part of this part of their college experience,” she said. “I also get to meet first-time adult students, as well as traditional college-aged students, and help them develop their goals and ease any anxiety. I have the opportunity to meet almost every student who enters our campus. I work along with faculty advisors to guide students in each of our certificate and degree programs. As the disabilities services coordinator, I coordinate with faculty and other college services to provide students with disabilities the best possible environment for success.”
Boyd first started at PCCUA in 2000 as the learning assistance coordinator and part-time faculty, tutoring students in all subjects and coordinating peer tutoring. She is also proud to have helped develop a dedicated space for studying and tutoring now known as The Learning Center on the Stuttgart Campus. In 2004, she became full-time faculty in developmental education, where she taught two levels of college reading and two levels of basic writing. During that time, she was also faculty advisor for students seeking an Associate of Arts degree in elementary education and planning to transfer to complete a bachelor’s degree. Boyd had the opportunity to work with a group from Arkansas Community Colleges to assess the delivery and effectiveness of developmental education in the state and, then, participated in the re-design of developmental education in Arkansas.
Active in campus issues, she works with the Student Activities Committee to provide educational and entertaining social events throughout the semester and works with the Student Retention Committee that is a part of the enrollment management focus of the college. She also serves on the Instruction and Curriculum Committee.
A graduate of Clarendon High School, Boyd holds a B.S.E from the University of Central Arkansas, and an M.Ed. from UAF.
She is very proud to have been selected as the 2011-2012 Outstanding Faculty Member at PCCUA and honored by Arkansas Community Colleges as Outstanding Faculty for that year. In her free time, she enjoys watching her younger boys play basketball and soccer, camping, and traveling Arkansas.