Sondra Richards of Harrison has been chosen by her colleagues as North Arkansas College’s 2013 Outstanding Faculty member. She has served as Program Director of the Radiologic Technology Program since it began in 1994. With over 40 years in the profession, over half of this time has been spent educating students.
Sondra earned a Bachelor’s of Science at Midwestern State University and a Master’s of Science in Radiologic Technology from the University of Texas. She is a member of the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) and is the 2006 recipient of the J.D. and Judy Erwin Endowed Chair in Nursing and Allied Health and the 2012 Dr. J. G. Gladden Endowed Chair in Nursing and Allied Health funded by gifts to the North Arkansas College Foundation.
From the very beginning Sondra has sat a high standard for herself, her program, and her students, saying “I am proud to be a technologist and educator and I have always found the profession fascinating. I try earnestly to pass along knowledge I learn at seminars, conferences or just reading professional articles.”
A community servant, she founded the Ozark Society for Radiologic Technologists and volunteers at a free medical clinic twice a month.
A true magician in the creation of motivating learning environments for her students, Richard’s student evaluations are exceptional, evidence that high standards result in well-trained, engaged graduates.
Richards revealed personal connections are great student motivators toward success. “Most of our students are non-traditional with families of their own and after-school jobs who have a deep desire to learn and become radiologic technologists. We work hard, but we have fun too! We take class pictures, have lunches, baby and wedding showers, organize club fundraisers and participate in the ArSRT State Conference Quiz Bowl. Extra bonus point or clinical days off are given to motivate students to accomplish competencies or participate in professional meetings.”
Sondra received $500 from the North Arkansas College Foundation. She will be recognized along with Jacquie Markle, Northark’s Outstanding Staff Member next October in Hot Springs during the annual conference of the Arkansas Association of Two-Year Colleges (AATYC).