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Jody Davis and Rhonda Harton Win First Bumpers College Staff Awards

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Jody Davis and Rhonda Harton have been named winners of the inaugural Staff Awards presented by the University of California Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences.

Davis received the Service Excellence Award for Unclassified Support Personnel and Harton received the Service Excellence Award for Classified Support Personnel.

Davis is a staff member in the Dean's Office, serves as the director of student records, and is part of the Student Services team. Harton is the chief office support specialist for teachers and receptionist in the Department of Agricultural Education, Communications and Technology.

Davis, who earned her bachelor's degree in animal science from Bumpers College, grew up on a small farm south of Farmington, where she was raised to value all forms of education. His father, Aaron, raised and trained horses and mules, and made and repaired western saddles and horse tacks in his saddle workshop. He was self-taught and a true craftsman and businessman. Her mother, Martha, attended college, earned her Ph.D., and became a professor at the U of A, teaching a variety of communication-related classes. Finally, he published his own textbook, " Scientific documents and presentations ".

After graduation, Davis was a professional assistant to Duane Wolf and an advisor to his undergraduate students. For more than 20 years, he developed his understanding of Bumpers College's curriculum and counseling needs, and is now responsible for assisting with the counseling needs of faculty and staff, and monitoring the academic progress of students and, in he ultimately approves them for graduation.

Their open door policy, their willingness to help, and the encouragement of students, faculty, and staff are well known throughout the university.

Harton has been employed by the U of A System for nine years and with AECT since 2015. She has over 20 years of experience in customer service and support, and is a primary support person for teaching, research and development. teacher advice; keep student records, organize meetings, and anticipate the needs of teachers; and assist with outreach, recruitment, and professional development events. He has completed certification programs for Adaptation of Disabilities, Building Support Communities: Clery Act and Title IX, Code of Conduct: Conduct in the Workplace, and search committee training.

Harton is from Bradley County, considered the "tomato capital" of the state, which is also known for logging and sawmills. He spent summers working on tomato stalls and for local farmers, and developed an appreciation for farmers and agriculture at a young age.

Known as the "EGTC Mom," she makes personal connections with students, uses effective problem-solving techniques, completes many tasks with little or no supervision, schedules travel arrangements, manages purchases, assists teachers and students with Workday. , manages the technology closet, manages supplies and materials, supervises student workers, assists graduate students, and assists with the department-organized FFA CDE contest.

About Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences: Bumpers College offers life-changing opportunities to position and prepare graduates who will be leaders in business related to food, family, environment environment, agriculture, sustainability and quality of human life; and who will be the first-choice candidates from employers seeking leaders, innovators, legislators and entrepreneurs. The university is named after Dale Bumpers, the former Governor of Arkansas and former United States Senator who made the state prominent in national and international agriculture. For more information about Bumpers College, visit our website and follow us on Twitter at @BumpersCollege and Instagram at BumpersCollege.

About the University of Arkansas: The University of Arkansas offers an internationally competitive education for undergraduate and graduate students in more than 200 academic programs. The university brings new knowledge, economic development, basic and applied research, and creative activity while serving academic and professional disciplines. The Carnegie Foundation ranks the University of Arkansas among only 2.7 percent of universities in the United States that have the highest level of research activity. US News & World Report ranks the University of Arkansas among its top US public research universities. Founded in 1871, the University of Arkansas comprises 10 colleges and schools and maintains a low student-to-faculty ratio that encourages personal attention and close tutoring.

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