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Professions to honor distinguished alumni Oct. 2
September 20, 2010
Arkansas State University College of Nursing and Health Professions (CNHP)
will honor four outstanding alumni in a special ceremony Saturday, Oct.
2, at 2:30 p.m. the Room 222 in the
Donald W. Reynolds
Center for Health Sciences on the ASU campus.
The 2010 outstanding alumni award recipients are Stacey Bell Sloas, the
2010 recipient of the Department of Physical Therapy; Katrina Groves of
the Department of Communication Disorders; Kandi Tarpley of the
Department of Social Work; and Rose O’Neal of the School of Nursing. The
recipients are selected by CNHP faculty.
Sloas graduated in 1990 from ASU with a degree in Biology Education.
After teaching in public schools for six years, she returned to ASU and
graduated in the first ASU Physical Therapy class in 1998. She was
recognized as the Physical Therapy Class of 1998 Program Scholar.
After graduation she worked as a physical therapist (PT) at HealthSouth
in Jonesboro. While there, she was supervisor for the Day Program and a
clinical instructor (CI) for ASU PT and physical therapist assistant
(PTA) students. Sloas also assisted ASU PT faculty connects with
HealthSouth patients willing to participate in neurological PT classes
Sloas joined ASU’s physical therapy assistants faculty in 2005 in a
full-time role and continued working clinically on a part-time and
as-needed basis at HealthSouth and still works in both roles today. She
completed a master’s degree in Educational Leadership in 2008. In the
summer of 2010, she began working with the Specialty Pediatric and
Autism Resource Center of Arkansas (SPARC) to learn more about sensory
issues and autism. She lives Jonesboro with her daughters, Haden and
Groves was unconditionally admitted to the Communication Disorders
graduate program in August of 2000 and earned her Masters of
Communication Disorders (MCD) degree in December of 2001.
She began her professional career with the Osceola Public Schools and
transitioned to adult long-term care shortly thereafter. She is
currently employed as the Rehab Director and Speech-Language Pathologist
with Monette Manor, a skilled nursing facility and performs some
practicing registered nurse services at the Human Development Center in
Groves holds a license to practice speech-language pathology in
Arkansas, a national certificate of clinical competence from the
American Speech-Language-hearing Association, and is a certified
provider of Vital-Stim and FEES procedures.
Katrina is married to Alan Groves and has two sons (Jacob – 5 and Devin
– 13). The family lives in Brookland, Ark.
Kandi Tarpley graduated from Arkansas State in May of 2005 with a degree
in Social Work. She had been a Title IV-E stipend student during her
senior year and successfully completed her two internships at the
Division of Children and Family Services (DCFS) in Craighead County.
She received high marks on her evaluations.
Upon graduation, Tarpley was hired in Greene County at DCFS where she is
still employed as a Family Service Worker working child abuse
investigations. She has been instrumental in mentoring new workers and
students on how to do a quality investigation and treat families with
respect. She has also come back to ASU recently to speak to the field
seminar classes about her experience as a stipend student and as an
employee of DCFS.
Tarpley shared that when she came into the Social Work program, she knew
she wanted to work in child welfare. She is still very passionate about
helping families and the protection of families in a caring and ethical
O’Neal, was selected by the ASU School of Nursing Faculty as the
Distinguished Alumnus for 2010. She graduated with the first class of
nursing students at Arkansas State University and worked as a registered
nurse for 30 years and retired from full-time employment 10 years ago.
The majority of her employment was with St. Bernards Regional Medical as
an emergency room nurse.
The School of Nursing Faculty recognizes O’Neal for her many volunteer
contributions to the community. She was a member of the first Jonesboro
Church Health Clinic Board and volunteered with the Flo and Phil Jones
Hospice House fundraising efforts. O’Neal also serves with a 12-step
organization and Celebrate Recovery at First Baptist Church.
Although a retired nurse she maintains her license, attends nursing
continuing education activities and volunteers at community health
screenings and health fairs. During the flu season she will be found
administering flu shots.
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