EAST Logo Summer Seminar 2018

2018 #EASTSeminar Highlights

Nearly 190 facilitators from across (and outside of) Arkansas traversed to the Chancellor Hotel and Fayetteville Town Center in the endeavour to find their trail.These facilitators attended Pre-Seminar, which consisted of Tech Camp, Industry Tour, and Summer Seminar all in an effort to find ways of empowering students with technology to solve community problems. In the process, they learned from the EAST staff, industry professionals, each other, and even students as they tackled new technology, collaborated with their EAST network on best classroom practices, and met potential community partners.

Group Photo

The mobile app returned - helping attendees schedule and track the matrix of staggered and repeating breakout sessions, which gave attendees better flexibility in making their schedules. Once again, the event featured the popular Playground, at which participants could engage in a quick lessons about some of the coolest technologies available to the classroom. The intent, of course, is for EAST to offer the best professional development, provide relevant resources and tools to use in problem solving, and to encourage facilitators to become those positive agents of change!


Before Seminar even begins, nearly 80 facilitators gathered on Tuesday for optional Pre-Seminar activities including Tech Camp, Grant Boot Camp, and the Industry Tour. Tech Camp featured tips and resources for the technologies, softwares, and applications used in EAST! This year, a Video Boot Camp was hosted by Mary Beth Hatch and a few students from EAST at Harrison School District.

New this year - the Students Involved in Sustaining Their Arkansas (SISTA) staff and the Business Communication Lab (BCL) from the University of Arkansas collaborated with facilitators explore potential grants for their projects, hone their business writing skills, and work toward making their project measurable and real through grant writing and discussion.

After raving reviews, the Industry Tour, offered as an alternative to Tech Camp, returned! The day-long adventure included stops at Glad Manufacturing, NWA3D and Walmart Optical Lab. These facilitators can take back what they learned and set up their own local industry tours, or even use their new connections for partners, clients, or resources! Thank you to these businesses for allowing EAST in to learn about their processes and the technology skills they’re looking for in future employees.

Group Photo of Industry Tour at Walmart
Group Photo of Industry Tour at Glad Manufacturing

We at EAST appreciate the time and efforts of the staff at the Chancellor Hotel, Fayetteville Town Center, and Experience Fayetteville as they helped to make our extended family of facilitators feel welcome. We hope everyone was able to “Find Your Trail” in Fayetteville, and is ready to start the new year inspired!

Facilitators helping each other troubleshoot problems in hands-on breakout sessions
Drew wallis presenting a breakout session for NWA3D
Facilitators participating in a team building excercise


It’s alway fun to say "job well done," especially when everyone knows just how much work went into that job. We offer our kudos (along with pins and certificates) to those facilitators who have served in EAST for 5, 10 and 15 years.

5 Year Recipients

5 Year Recipients

  • Garrett Barnes, Douglas MacArthur Junior High School (Not Pictured)
  • Jessica Barnes, Pulaski Heights Middle School
  • Dusty Beck, Wonderview High School (Not Pictured)
  • Brittany Berry, Helen Tyson Middle School (Not Pictured)
  • Michelle Bonds, Bald Knob Schools
  • Shawnna Bull, Dover Middle School
  • Lori Campbell, Sulphur Rock Magnet Elementary School
  • Penny Chanler, Hampton High School
  • Ashley Dunavan, Pinkston Middle School (Not Pictured)
  • Janet Harton, Warren High School
  • Debbie Hester, Hackett High School
  • Shaun Hicks, Annie Camp Junior High School (Not Pictured)
  • Beth Hicks, Cabot High School
  • Ben Manatt, Bentonville High School
  • Carman McBride, Roberts Elementary School
  • Jackie Meissner, Mountain Home High School (Not Pictured)
  • Bill Mills, Central Junior High School (Not Pictured)
  • Karen Morris, Hamburg High School
  • Chris Oestrich, Bismarck High School (Not Pictured)
  • John Stokes, Hot Springs High School
  • Jason Weaver, Southside High School - Batesville
  • Meredith Wilkins, White Hall High School
  • Ed Williams, Ashdown Junior High School (Not Pictured)
  • Christy Woody, Manila High School
  • Drew Yoakum, Fayetteville High School
10 Year Recipients

10 Year Recipients

  • Dishoungh White, Cloverdale Middle School
  • Audwin Bradford, Crossett High School
  • Toni Hall, Harrisburg High School (Not Pictured)
  • Jenifer Seale, Horatio High School
  • Aaron Sharp, Mabelvale Magnet Middle School (Not Pictured)
  • Haley Waller, Magnolia High School (Not Pictured)
  • Joy Underwood, Mammoth Spring High School (Not Pictured)
  • Anita Belew, Nettleton High School 9-10 (Not Pictured)
15 Year Recipients

15 Year Recipients

  • Sandra Taylor, Nettleton High School 11-12 (Not Pictured)
  • Lloyd Rushing, Southwood High School

Social Media

It pays to follow EAST on social media! Congratulations to the following winners, who were randomly chosen from qualified entries who replied to giveaway posts during the event.

  • #MeetMason - Josh Worthy
  • #EASTahaMoment - Derek Ratchford
  • #EASTisEAST - Kevin Billings
  • Caption This! - Troy Debill (Keep Going EAST!)
  • #FindYourTrail - Sylvia Hernandez
  • QR Scavenger Hunt Winners - Channe Witt, Janet Harton, Jennifer Rogers, Kevin Billings

Evening Events

Summer Seminar isn’t only about learning. It’s also about having fun! This year’s event offered a Wednesday Night Game Night and a Thursday Night dinner at AXIS Lounge with Virtual Reality for evening activities. New this year was a Tuesday Night Reception, with appetizers, networking, and early check for Summer Seminar to avoid the early morning lines!

Tuesday Reception

Casino Night

Game Night

Night on the town

Axis Lounge

Night on the town

A Big Thanks To...

#EASTSeminar would not have been what it was without the help of some very dedicated folks. EAST would like to offer thanks to the following:

Facilities & Evening Entertainment

  • The Chancellor Hotel
  • Fayetteville Town Center
  • Experience Fayetteville
  • McGuire Family Foundation
  • Glad Manufacturing
  • NWA3D
  • Walmart Optical Lab
  • Axis Lounge

Presenters, Exhibitors & Guests

  • Aaron Campbell, Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
  • Aaron Loehndorf, Shiloh Museum of Ozark History
  • Aashna Mago, Facebook TechStart
  • Adrian Driscoll, Driscoll Entertainment
  • Alex Cantey, Scott Family Amazeum
  • Alex Nguyen, Northside High School
  • Amanda Wicker, Lonoke High School
  • Andrew Killingsworth, Berryville High School
  • Brandon Guillot, Unmanned Aerial Solutions of Arkansas, LLC
  • Brian Culpepper, CAST
  • Brittney Dennis, Women's Foundation of Arkansas
  • Brooke Boyd, Harrison Schools
  • Canon Reeves, MORE Technologies
  • Carlie Wattigney, Buffalo Island Central High School
  • Carman McBride, Roberts Elementary School
  • Caroline Cecil, Harrison Schools
  • Caroline West, Economics Arkansas
  • Chris Renteria, Buffalo Island Central High School
  • Cloey Wade, Sonora Elementary
  • Cole Clavey, Harrison Schools
  • Colin Weatherly, Buffalo Island Central High School
  • Curtis Morris, Shiloh Museum of Ozark History
  • Daniel Sanchez, Northside High School
  • Deb Williams, Office of Entrepreneurship & Innovation, Brewer Family Entrepreneurship Hub
  • Derek Ratchford, Sonora Middle School
  • Doniece Sandoval, Lava Mae
  • Dr. Rita Littrell, Bessie B. Moore Center for Economic Education, Sam M. Walton College of Business, University of Arkansas
  • Dr. Rogelio Garcia Contreras, Walton College of Business, Brewer Family Entrepreneurship Hub
  • Dr. Ryan Sheets, Business Communication Lab - Walton College of Business
  • Drew Wallis, NWA3D
  • Elijah Tabut, Northside High School
  • Erica Hurst, Buffalo Island Central High School
  • Erin Rappold, Vilonia High School
  • George West, Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, Central Arkansas Library System
  • Hassan Haraouni, Facebook TechStart
  • Heather Hite, McCrory High School
  • Jeanna Eggers, Lee Elementary School
  • Jeanne Roepcke, Batesville High School
  • Jessi Schnebelen, Business Communication Lab - Walton College of Business / SISTA
  • Jessica Watts, Pulaski Heights Middle School
  • Jill Sanders, Buffalo Island Central High School
  • Jody Verser, Modus Studio
  • Joe McClung, Farmington Jr. High School
  • Josh Worthy, Sonora Elementary School
  • Judy Costello, Shiloh Museum of Ozark History
  • Julia Paganelli Marin, SISTA
  • Julie Robbins, Mangan Holcomb Partners
  • Justin Maymoundok, Northside High School
  • Karla Allen, Ozark Water Projects
  • Karla Elting, NorthSide High School
  • Kathleen Lawson, Economics Arkansas
  • Kay Carpenter, Searcy High School
  • Kelly Falkner, Kiamichi Technology Centers - Poteau
  • KJ Kite, North Little Rock Middle School
  • Kobe Sisouphanh, Northside High School
  • Lori Campbell, Sulphur Rock Magnet Elementary School
  • Lusmaia Diaz, Facebook TechStart
  • Lynette Curzon, Westwood Elementary School
  • Malcolm Williamson, CAST
  • Mary Beth Hatch, Harrison Middle School
  • Michael Allen, NWA3D
  • Mindy Porter, Scott Family Amazeum
  • Parker Keener, Harrison Schools
  • Patrick Lanford, Gentry High School
  • Peyton Smith, MORE Technologies
  • Rob Plant, Mineral Springs High School
  • Robbie Cox, Batesville Junior High School
  • Rylee Gill, Sonora Elementary
  • Salleha Chaudry, Facebook TechStart
  • Sandy Williams, Dardanelle High School
  • Sarah Weeden, Scott Family Amazeum
  • Shane Hartsell, Magnet Cove High School
  • Shanon Neumeier, North Little Rock Middle School
  • Sharla Hartzell, Dover High School
  • Shelia Mitchell, Ozark Water Projects
  • Sylvia Hernandez, Willis D. Shaw Elementary School
  • Thomas Coy, Arkansas Department of Education
  • Tori Hudson, Harrison Schools
  • Trish Dennis-McClung, Sonora Middle School, Springdale Public Schools
  • Wade Ward, Don Tyson School of Innovation

Prize and Swag Bag Donors

Thanks to generous donations from the companies listed below, EAST was able to give away more than $10,000 worth of gifts and merchandise including gift baskets, gift cards, hotel stays and getaways and so much more. EAST would like to offer a special thanks to all for their kind donations.


  • 4-Imprint
  • Applebees
  • Arkansas Innovation Hub
  • Arkansas Symphony Orchestra
  • Arkansas Travelers
  • Bedford Camera and Video
  • Big Orange
  • Bliss Cupcakes
  • Boulevard Bread Company
  • Branch Out Paint Bar & Boutique
  • Buffalo Wild WIngs
  • Chipotle
  • Chuy's
  • Computer Science Education
  • Daylight Donuts
  • DoubleTree by Hilton
  • Embassy Suites
  • Embassy Suites by Hilton Northwest Arkansas
  • Embassy Suites Hot Springs
  • FlyWay Brewery
  • Fresh Market
  • Grand Country Music Hall
  • Hampton Inn- Downtown Little Rock
  • Hogman's Gameday Superstore
  • Holiday Inn - Springdale
  • Holiday Inn Little Rock Conference Center
  • Holiday Inn Presidential
  • Hotel Hot Springs
  • I-40 Liquor
  • Izzy's
  • June's Hallmark-Pleasant Ridge
  • Junes Hallmark (NLR)
  • Little Rock Zoo
  • Magic Springs Theme and Water Park
  • Malco Theaters
  • Memphis Zoo
  • Mid America Science Muesem
  • NWA Naturals
  • On The Border
  • Orbea
  • Painting with a Twist
  • Panera
  • Paulette Rickert
  • Pop Pop Shoppe
  • Scarlet Clothing
  • Scott Family Amazeum
  • Silver Dollar City
  • Soul Fish
  • Southern Cotton Originals
  • Stone's Throw Brewing
  • Tami Baker, Thirty-One Gifts Consultant
  • Tazikis
  • TGI Fridays
  • The Arlington Resort Hotel & Spa
  • The Ride
  • Visit Hot Springs
  • Walmart (Bowman)
  • Walmart (Shackleford)
  • Whatever It Takes
  • Winthrop Rockefeller Insitute
  • Yoakum, Lovell & Company, PLC
  • Yum Yo's