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RazorBug Tour to Deliver Diplomas to Online Graduates in South Arkansas

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The University of Arkansas’s RazorBug will be touring throughout south Arkansas this month to deliver diplomas to successful U of A students who studied online.

U of A faculty and staff members will be part of the traveling group to south Arkansas to present diplomas to some of the recent graduates who earned degrees in online programs.

The RazorBug is a converted red Volkswagen beetle that sports a Razorback snout, tail and razor-edged spine. It has been used for recruitment and special events since 2005.

Media are welcome to attend any of the visits along the route. Photos and video are encouraged. The RazorBug will be parked at The Hub in downtown Hope from about 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 21 for visitors to see and take pictures.

The tour will make four stops, visiting Magnolia, El Dorado and the U of A Community College at Hope-Texarkana:

  • Gabrielle Patterson will receive a diploma for a Master of Education in community college leadership from Michael Hevel, chair of the Department of Rehabilitation, Human Resources and Communication Disorders, at 9:30  a.m. Tuesday, June 21 at the University of Arkansas Community College at Hope-Texarkana, 2500 S. Main St. in Hope. Patterson teaches history at the community college.
  • Dakotah Cooper will receive a diploma for a Master of Science in Operations Management from Megan Whobrey, adviser and academic services coordinator in the College of Engineering, at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 22, at his home in Magnolia Cooper earned an undergraduate degree in chemical engineering from Southern Arkansas University.

  • Austin Kersey will receive a diploma for a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Hilary Bowling, clinical instructor of nursing, at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, June 23 at Hudson Memorial Nursing Home, 700 N. College Ave. in El Dorado, where he works as assistant director of nursing. Kersey did his licensed practical nurse training at Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia. He also took classes at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia and the University of Central Arkansas in Conway.

  • Lori Ragan will receive a diploma for a Bachelor of Science in human resource and workforce development education from Mandel Samuels, teaching assistant professor of human resource and workforce development education, at 9 a.m. Friday, June 24 at Lanxess, 2226 Haynesville Highway in El Dorado, where Ragan works as a human resources administrator. She earned an associate’s degree from South Arkansas University in Magnolia.

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