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Evening on the Plaza Archive

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.


Evening on the Plaza Videos Draw Raves

Dr. Jeff Olson with Ozark Ambassador Award Recipients

Highlighted by video interviews featuring the three honorees produced by Stefan Szabo, the 2010 Evening on the Plaza Dinner was an unqualified success.  Area painters William McNamara and Kate Nessler, and photographer Tim Ernst received the Ozarks Ambassador Award during the event, hosted by NORTHARK PRESIDENT DR. JEFF OLSON, shown above with the three recipients.  Original works by the three artists were also featured during the pre-dinner reception. 

NESSLER (center) talks with Dr. Mahlon and Kay Maris during the reception,

Tim and Pam Earnst with Cathy and Larry Brandt

ERNST (left) and his wife, Pam, pose with Cathy and Larry Brandt.  Ernst was honored for his Ozarks photograph by the Foundation at its Evening on the Plaza Dinner.

WILLIAM MCNAMARA (right) greets two longtime friends and supporters, Joe and Katherine Nance, during the reception prior to the 24th Annual Evening on the Plaza Dinner.  Katherine Nance was one of the founders of the event in 1986.