Since I will be graduating in May, this last year at the University of Arkansas – Monticello has been packed with so many things. I want to thank Linda Webster, professor of Speech Communication and the creator of the journalism program in cooperation with David Ray, then dean of Arts and Humanities and current vice-chancellor of Academic Affairs. Others who have had a role in the program are former Chancellor Fred Taylor, current Chancellor Jack Lassiter, Interim Dean of Arts & Humanities Erin O’Neill, Arts & Humanities secretary Amy Meeks, former journalism instructor and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Patricia Roberts and the current assistant professor of journalism, Ron Sitton. A very special thank you should go to Media Services director Jim Brewer and Sports Information director Paul Smith for their wonderful contributions in articles and photos.
However, the most important people in the success of The Voice have been the student staff members. Each one brought a unique talent to the publication in writing, photojournalism and web layout: Will Collins, Nancy Davis, Bradly Gill, Cara Crossett, Will Whiting, Lydia Meier, Brooke Bowles, Mark Wyers, Brad Amoroso, Jessica Goodwin, Betty Dintelman, DaQuita Hardeman, Michael Arnold, Amanda Rogers, Jill Jarrett, Stephanie Ply, Kandice Karnes, Laura McKinney, Chad Rogers, Amanda Haught, Brian Burley, Milissa Miles, Jason Rana, Brandi Morgan, Kristin Adams, Shantel Carter, Roshunda Davis, Todd Kelly, Wendy Hankins, Lori Andrews, Nancy Stephan, Sarah Kirkpatrick, Brandy Walls, Bonita Harden, Jane-Marie Herron, Brandon Hawkins, Erin Anthony, Michael Ford and Katy Murray.
Looking back over the past year, it has been exhausting, fun, frustrating and exhilarating, but the time has come for me to step down and allow those remaining undergraduates to take over. I wish my successor, Michael Ford, good fortune in his new role and am sure he will do an outstanding job. Katy Murray will now be the Managing Editor and will continue to do a fabulous job. It has been an honor to serve the campus as Editor-in-chief for The Voice, and I’ve enjoyed working with the students and various departments on campus as well. I look forward to the continued success of The Voice.
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