Come “Take Back the Night”

Monday, April 21 at 04:50 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Gather at the Fayetteville Square, Arvest Plaza in Fayetteville, Ark. on April 24 to speak out against sexual violence and sexual abuse. This 12th annual march is organized by the University of Arkansas.

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- The Twelfth Annual Northwest Arkansas “Take Back the Night” march will be held Thursday, April 24. The Pat Walker Health Center RESPECT peer education group (Rape Education Services by Peers Encouraging Conscious Thought), a program of the STAR Central (Office of Support, Training, Advocacy, and Resources on Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence) of the Pat Walker Health Center, invites the community to attend and speak-out against sexual violence and sexual abuse. 

The theme of the event is the assertion that all human beings have the right to be free from sexual violence, the right to be heard and the right to reclaim those rights if they are violated.  Thousands of “Take Back the Night” marches and rallies have taken place worldwide.

“Violence is a community issue,” said Mary A. Wyandt-Hiebert, director of STAR Central, Pat Walker Health Center. “Take Back the Night” is designed to create awareness, to empower individuals and to inspire action that will foster community change and bring an end to [sexual] violence.”

Scheduled events for the Twelfth Annual “Take Back the Night” march include:
6:45 p.m. – Begin gathering at the Fayetteville Square, Arvest Plaza
7 p.m. - Opening remarks with march immediately following
7:10 p.m. - March from the Fayetteville Square to the Old Main on campus by way of East Street, Dickson Street and across the UA campus.
8 p.m. - Closing activities at Old Main on campus.

Activities at Old Main include a proclamation by Mayor Lioneld Jordan, remarks by Dr. Kristen Jozkowski, Assistant Professor, Community Health Promotion, a speak-out, a candlelight vigil, inspirational singing and more.

Commemorative “glow-in-the-dark” t-shirts are available ($10 per shirt) available at the Pat Walker Health Center while supplies last. Proceeds benefit campus rape awareness and prevention education.

Also, participants are invited to view the Fourth Flag Project after the march, which is on display at the Arkansas Union Mall Area. Based on the national statistic that 1 in 4 college women are sexually assaulted while in college, the Fourth Flag Project will consist of 3,185 flags, each representing every fourth female student enrolled at the University of Arkansas based on Fall 2013 enrollment statistics. “The display is a powerful image of the prevalence of sexual violence that plagues college women,” said Dr. Wyandt-Hiebert.

Tags: Arkansas, Community Support, Fayetteville, Press Release

The Nest Egg is Almost Ready to Hatch — Now What?

Friday, April 18 at 10:35 AM
Category: Personal Finance

Even if you've been saving your money since you started to work, that may not be enough to ensure an enjoyable and satisfying retirement. Of course having enough money put away is the number one factor as to whether or not you'll maintain your desired lifestyle once you stop working. But don't overlook the small day-to-day stuff. Do you have a plan for things to do in retirement? How will you spend your time as a retiree? Do you already know what you will do with all that free time?

You probably started thinking about your retirement savings a long time ago. Perhaps you should start thinking about how you plan on spending your time too. This is a very important aspect of your retirement planning. You won't enjoy your free time if you haven't given it any thought before you quit full-time employment. Think about it now so you can begin dreaming real dreams, as well as planning for any related expenses.

Perhaps you've already decided to spend more time with your family and just enjoy life. But in between the visits with family and friends, how will you fill your days? Perhaps you will spend your first year organizing your home, gardening, and all those home things you never had time or energy for while you were working. (Be sure to provide a budget for this in your retirement plan.) But you may lose interest once your home is perfectly organized and decorated. What then?

If you don't have retirement hobbies or pass-times before you retire, you really need to figure this out. It doesn't have to be about traveling to faraway places. It could be learning a new skill, craft or sport. Take a class, start a book club or game club, or volunteer. Perhaps you should think back to before you started your career. What were your interests then? Did you have plans or dreams you haven't attempted yet?

Maybe a small part-time job is all you need to get out of the house and meet other people. For some retired people, working is very satisfying. It also has the added benefit of increasing Social Security benefits if you choose to draw it as late as age 70.

Retirement is a major lifestyle change and it is important to think in great detail about your plans for filling the days in your golden years before you get there so that you can make the transition smoothly and happily.

Tags: Financial Education, Retirement, Savings

Easter at Orchards Park in Bentonville, Ark. on April 19

Friday, April 18 at 07:05 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Join us Saturday, April 19 for Easter at Orchards Park in Bentonville, Ark.! Starting at 2 p.m. come jump on inflatables, decorate kites, eat from the food vendors and play games. The egg hunt starts at 3 p.m. with 20,000 eggs filled with prizes!

There will be three egg hunt areas for different age groups. Ages 0-3 years old will start at 3:10 p.m. Only one parent or guardian per child in the egg hunt area. Ages 4-6 will start at 3 p.m. and again, only one parent or guardian per child in egg hunt area. Ages 7-10 will start at 3 p.m. and no adults will be allowed in the egg hunt area.

If your child’s basket is empty at the end of the egg hunt, then please visit the Arvest information booth. Festivities will continue after the egg hunt. Don’t forget to recycle your eggs in the designated recycling bins.

In case of inclement weather, check the Bentonville Parks and Recreation website field status* under the status column next to “Memorial Park – Soccer.”

Eggs, activities and games generously provided by Faith Lutheran Church, Bentonville Parks and Recreation and Arvest Bank.

Links marked with * go to a third-party site not operated or endorsed by Arvest Bank, an FDIC-insured institution.

Tags: Arkansas, Arvest Benton County, Community Support

Sammetra Christmon and Norma Newburry Promoted in Oklahoma City Area

Friday, April 18 at 04:05 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

We're pleased to have two of our associates in the Oklahoma City area promoted to new positions within the bank. Their combined 45+ years of experience will help in their efforts to provide top notch leadership.

OKLAHOMA CITY — Arvest Bank announces the promotion of two associates, Sammetra Christmon as senior vice president and regional branch administrator and Norma Newburry as branch manager.

Christmon will be responsible for the following Arvest branches: Park Avenue, Del City, Midwest City and Choctaw. Christmon’s main duties will be to assist and support the sales and management teams, coordinate meetings and supervise the branches.

Christmon brings over 30 years of experience to her position. She most recently served as branch manager of the Oklahoma City downtown office, located at 210 Park Ave.

Newburry will replace Christmon in her new position as branch manager. Newburry’s responsibilities will be to oversee branch growth and operations, as well as consumer and commercial business development.

Newburry has been in the banking business for over 15 years and joined Arvest in 2002. She previously served as branch manager from Arvest Bank’s Norman branch, located at 1355 W. Lindsey St.

Tags: Associates, Oklahoma, Oklahoma City, Press Release

Zack McNett Hired as Commercial Lender in West Plains, Mo.

Thursday, April 17 at 09:05 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

We're pleased to be adding Zack McNett to our commercial lending team in West Plains, Mo. McNett's banking experience will help him service Arvest customers with the same great service they've come to expect.

WEST PLAINS, Mo. — Arvest Bank announces that Zack McNett has been hired as a commercial lender at Arvest Bank in West Plains. Jerry Cunningham, president and CEO of Arvest Bank, North Central Arkansas made the announcement today.

“I am thrilled to welcome Zack to our team in West Plains,” said Cunningham. “Zack has great experience in both the banking and insurance industries and I look forward to working with him to provide the best commercial lending experience possible to our customers in the area.”

In this role as a commercial lender, McNett will work to help business customers meet all of their financing needs and assist them with the loan process. He was previously employed as an insurance agent in Kansas, and worked as an assistant vice president at First Security Bank in Mountain Home, Ark., prior to that.

McNett hails from Piqua, Kan., and graduated from Kansas State University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. He and his wife, Jordan, have two daughters, Sloane and Zara.

Tags: Associates, Missouri, Press Release

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