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Evening on the Plaza

The Evening on the Plaza Dinner is an annual “friend-raising” celebration hosted by the North Arkansas College Foundation.  Normally, the event is held on the Friday evening before Northark’s Commencement exercises.  The dinner was co-founded by Katherine Nance and the late Wanda Coffman in 1986-87 and named in recognition of its first home: the John Paul Hammerschmidt Plaza on the South Campus of North Arkansas College.  Starting in 1990, the dinner has honored recipients of the Ozarks Ambassador Award, an honor selected by the North Arkansas College Foundation Board of Directors.

 

 

John Phifer Marrs Honored at Evening on the Plaza 2012
Dr. Elliott with John Marrs

Highlighted by a video interview of this year's award recipient produced by Jamie Stevens and Micki Somers, the 2012 Evening on the Plaza Dinner was an unqualified success.  Harrison native and world-renowned interior designer John Phifer Marrs received the Ozarks Ambassador Award during the event, hosted by Northark President Dr. Jackie Elliott, shown above with Marrs.  


Dr. Jim Stockton with Jerry Jackson

Dr. Jim Stockton, executive director of the North Arkansas College Foundation and vice president for institutional advancement is shown with Foundation Chairman, Jerry Jackson.


J. D. Erwin with Jerry Jackson

J.D. Erwin (left) was recognized for his 22 years of service on the North Arkansas College Foundation Board at Evening on the Plaza.  Close friend Jerry Jackson, chairman of the North Arkansas College Foundation board presented Erwin with the award.


Lisa Brightwell presenting John Paul Hammerschmidt a birthday cake for his 90th birthday

The crowd at Evening on the Plaza paused to sing a “Happy Birthday” to Retired Congressman John Paul Hammerschmidt.  His administrative assistant, Lisa Brightwell, presented him with a cake to celebrate his 90th birthday which occurred on May 4th.



Marrs with his family at the Evening on the Plaza dinner

2012 Ozarks Ambassador John Marrs (shown with award) is surrounded by family during the Evening on the Plaza dinner sponsored by the North Arkansas College Foundation and held in the Durand Center on Northark’s Center Campus.



View information from previous Evening on the Plaza dinners.