Get to Know the Basics of the NFL

Friday, September 12 at 11:35 AM
Category: Arvest News

That time of year is upon us once again — the kickoff of the 2014-2015 National Football League (NFL) season. For passionate NFL fans that means spending Sundays, Mondays and Thursdays doing what they do best — spending hours cheering in front of the television. For loved ones and friends of NFL fanatics, particularly those who do not understand the game, it can be a very long and lonely season.

Of course, there is a simple solution to this problem — get in the game. By learning a little more about football, you too can become a fan and share a passion with your football crazed loved one. But before you sit down and watch, it's important you know these basics about the game.

The Teams:
There are 32 NFL teams who play 16 regular season games. The teams are divided into two categories -- the American Football Conference (AFC) and the National Football Conference (NFC).

The Stakes:
In the playoffs, the top six teams in each conference face off in sudden-death games. The final team standing in each conference then competes in the big championship game (Super Bowl) scheduled in February.

The Field:
NFL games are played on a 100-yard field, which has an end zone at each end and a goal post. Sold lines are drawn on every five yards of the field and hash marks or small lines are placed at every yard. The line where the playing field and end zone meet is called the "goal line."

The Team Make Up:
Each team is made up of three different playing groups: offense, defense, and special teams, which include the kicking teams.

The Downs:

  • A team's offense, which has the ball, is awarded four downs or plays to advance a minimum of 10 yards.
  • If a team's offense is able to advance at least 10 yards, they have achieved a "first down" and are then given a new set of four downs.
  • If they don't advance 10 yards, the other team will get possession of the ball.

The Scoring:
There are several ways a team can score points:

  • They can score a touchdown by crossing the goal line in the opposition's end zone. A touch down is worth six points.
  • The team that scores a touchdown is automatically given the opportunity to add either one or two additional points to the touchdown. They can attempt to kick a field goal through the opponent's goal post and earn one point. Or they can "go for the extra point" (two points) by running or passing the ball over the opponent's goal line. For extra point attempts, the ball is placed at the two-yard line.
  • Teams can also score three points by kicking a field goal through the opponent's goal post.
  • Lastly, a defense can score two points for their team by tackling an opposing offensive player in that player's own end zone. This is called a "safety."

Get in the game today!
These are just a few of the basics of the game. For more information, visit the National Football League's website at nfl.com.*

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Join Us for a Small Business Forum in Fort Smith, Ark.

Friday, September 12 at 07:05 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest and the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center are pleased to present Small Business Forum: Ask the Experts on Oct. 10. Attendees will learn the top things every business owner should know, and ask the experts questions specific to their business. This free event will be held at the Fort Smith Public Library main branch at two times: 10 a.m. – noon and 1 – 3 p.m. Registration required at the ASBTDC website.* Refreshments will be served.

Meet the Experts:

J. Gregory Magness is an attorney and partner at Hardin, Jesson & Terry, PLC, who brings legal knowledge in the areas of corporations, commercial transactions, creditor rights, and bankruptcy matters to the table. Magness is a member of the Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Sebastian County Bar Associations. He is admitted to practice in the U.S. District Courts, in the Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas, and in the Northern District of Oklahoma. Magness holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Arkansas and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Texas. Mr. Magness can effectively answer many legal questions you may have as a business owner.

Chris Raible is a vice president for Arvest Bank and the Business Resource Center Manager for the Fort Smith location. Mr. Raible has been with Arvest for twenty-five years, serving in various roles including his previous position as Loan Operations Manager. He graduated from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and attended the ABA National Commercial Lending School, the ABA National Consumer Lending School and RMA Lending Academy. He has also completed Omega Performance Financial Training, attended the Walton Institute, is a Questa Certified banker and a Leadership Fort Smith alumnus. Mr. Raible is sure to be a wealth of information regarding the financial health of your business.

Deana Infield is a certified public accountant and a partner at Beall Barclay & Company, PLC, in Fort Smith. She is actively involved in the firm’s accounting and auditing division and the management of key client accounts. Ms. Infield is licensed in Arkansas and Oklahoma; graduated with a Bachelor of Science from Arkansas Tech University; holds a securities license; and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Arkansas Society of Certified Public Accountants, the Oklahoma Society of Certified Public Accounts and the Association of Government Accountants. Because Ms. Infield focuses her attention on working with businesses, keeping up-to-date on the latest accounting regulations, and best practices for efficient accounting processes, she is certain to address any business accounting questions you may have.

Nathan George is the director of the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center located at Arkansas Tech University in Russellville. A current small business owner, George is well versed in matters of business startup, operations and market research. George holds a Bachelor of Arts from Arkansas Tech University and has served in the Arkansas State General Assembly as a District 61 State Representative and on many committees and boards. George’s aggregated experience gives him a vast amount of knowledge to answer your business startup and management questions.


Ronda Hawkins is a training specialist and business consultant for the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center at Arkansas Tech University in Russellville. With many years’ experience in direct sales and marketing, Hawkins consults and teaches on topics related to small business marketing and online presence development including social media marketing, website creation, search engine optimization and more. Hawkins holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Arts from Arkansas Tech University. Hawkins’s experience and up-to-date marketing knowledge qualifies her to address questions regarding the effective promotion of your business.

We look forward to seeing you at one of the two hour sessions on Oct. 10.

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

Tags: Arkansas, Arvest Biz, Business Banking, Fort Smith
 

Prairie Grove Backpack Program – Our Partner in Fighting Hunger

Friday, September 12 at 04:25 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

The Prairie Grove Backpack Program has been around for many years under the direction of school counselors in the Prairie Grove School District in Prairie Grove, Ark. Because of the counselors’ busy schedules, four years ago two parents volunteered to take over the program. Children in the program are qualified through the school counselor and passed along to the two parent leaders who provide food. Since the parents have taken over the program, they’ve been able to increase the number of students fed by moving from 10 children to 135 children! 

The program has two volunteers committed each week and are supported by several other community volunteers, as needed. Additionally, Polytec, a business with offices in Prairie Grove, also sends an employee each week to put food together. Because of the limited space when packaging food, the Prairie Grove Backpack program can only accommodate four adults working at a time in their space at the middle school. Volunteers help with not only packing food but also with fundraisers. Each year volunteers help with parking during the Clothesline Fair and the proceeds earned go to purchase food for the program.

Examples of items sent home each week include: ravioli, macaroni and cheese, fruit cups, oatmeal, cereal cups, crackers, cereal bars, pop tarts, pudding, chips, etc. Items need to be individually wrapped and a child must be able to fix and eat it himself.

To learn more about the Prairie Grove Backpack Program, contact Donna Hudspeth at backpacks@pgtigers.org.

To learn more about 1 Million Meals, visit arvest.com/millionmeals.

You can make a donation through any of the following methods:

  • Donate via Phone – Customers can make a $1 (or more) donation by calling (866) 952-9523.
  • Donate via Mail – Mail a check to Arvest Bank Operations, ATTN: 1MM, PO Box 799, Lowell, AR 72745. Include 1 Million Meals in the memo line of the check.
  • Purchase a Paper Can – Purchase a 1 Million Meals paper can for $1 at any Arvest Bank branch. Each paper can purchased funds five meals. Donations of larger amounts also accepted.
  • Drop Off Food Items – All Arvest Bank branch locations will be accepting nonperishable food items. Donated items will be delivered to local food partners for distribution.

Arvest will donate on your behalf if you:

  • “Like” or "Share" a 1 Million Meals post on Arvest’s Facebook page.* Arvest will donate $1 on your behalf for every Facebook "like" or "share," resulting in five more meals toward the overall goal of one million meals.
  • "Follow" Arvest on Pinterest. If you follow Arvest Bank on Pinterest,* then Arvest will donate $1, which equals five meals, on your behalf.
  • "Retweet" our 1 Million Meals tweets from @ArvestBank* on designated promotion days – Sept. 19 and Oct. 10. For every retweet on those days, we’ll donate $1, or five meals, to your neighbors in need.

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

Tags: 1 Million Meals, Arkansas, Charitable Giving, Community Support, Prairie Grove
 

George R. Ledbetter Intermediate School "Ambassador Club” – Our Partner in Fighting Hunger

Friday, September 12 at 02:45 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

The “Ambassador Club” has been part of the George R. Ledbetter Intermediate School in Farmington, Ark., for over five years. It was formed so students could take on leadership roles and be the face of the school. It has done that and more! It has inspired the kids to take ownership of the club and initiate their own thoughts and ideas.

The club is made up of one student from each fourth and fifth grade homeroom and is supervised by the principal and school counselor. The ambassadors are student leaders and helpers in the school with specific jobs they’re responsible for. Most are chosen based on outstanding leadership and character; however, sometimes a student may rise up based on his/her initiative. These students help with snack pack preparation and distribution, recycling, mail, befriending new students, putting up and taking down the flag, greeting students and adults, and other tasks that arise.

To learn more about George R. Ledbetter Intermediate School, visit their website* or visit them on Facebook.* To learn more about the “Ambassador Club,” contact Rachel Fulcher, counselor at Ledbetter Intermediate School, at rfulcher@farmcards.org.

To learn more about 1 Million Meals, visit arvest.com/millionmeals.

You can make a donation through any of the following methods:

  • Donate via Phone – Customers can make a $1 (or more) donation by calling (866) 952-9523.
  • Donate via Mail – Mail a check to Arvest Bank Operations, ATTN: 1MM, PO Box 799, Lowell, AR 72745. Include 1 Million Meals in the memo line of the check.
  • Purchase a Paper Can – Purchase a 1 Million Meals paper can for $1 at any Arvest Bank branch. Each paper can purchased funds five meals. Donations of larger amounts also accepted.
  • Drop Off Food Items – All Arvest Bank branch locations will be accepting nonperishable food items. Donated items will be delivered to local food partners for distribution.

Arvest will donate on your behalf if you:

  • “Like” or "Share" a 1 Million Meals post on Arvest’s Facebook page.* Arvest will donate $1 on your behalf for every Facebook "like" or "share," resulting in five more meals toward the overall goal of one million meals.
  • "Follow" Arvest on Pinterest. If you follow Arvest Bank on Pinterest,* then Arvest will donate $1, which equals five meals, on your behalf.
  • "Retweet" our 1 Million Meals tweets from @ArvestBank* on designated promotion days – Sept. 19 and Oct. 10. For every retweet on those days, we’ll donate $1, or five meals, to your neighbors in need.

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

Tags: 1 Million Meals, Arkansas, Charitable Giving, Community Support, Prairie Grove
 

Kim Adams Graduates from Graduate School of Banking at Colorado

Thursday, September 11 at 03:05 PM
Category: Arvest Community News

We're pleased to have a member of our Tulsa management team graduate from the Graduate School of Banking at Colorado.

BOULDER, COLO. – Kim Adams, Senior Vice President and Private Banking Manager of Arvest Bank, Tulsa, recently graduated from the Graduate School of Banking at Colorado (GSBC), a 25-month banking school which provides senior management and leadership education for community-banking professionals. Adams was among 160 graduates of the 64th Annual School Session, hosted July 13-25 on the campus of the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colo.

GSBC students are recognized by their bank’s executive team as rising stars in their organizations, and as graduates, often continue to become leaders in their respective organizations. A degree in banking is widely recognized by the banking industry at large, and is a marker of advanced education which hundreds of bank-industry professionals from around the country accomplish each year.

“Completing the coursework and projects associated with the Graduate School of Banking at Colorado is a great accomplishment for community bankers around the country,” said GSBC President Tim Koch. “Sponsoring organizations and communities should be very proud of the time and effort our graduates exhibit during their time as a student at GSBC.”

Graduates receive a diploma upon successfully completing six weeks of classroom training which focuses on the areas of general management, lending, leadership and human-resource management and financial management in banks. Requirements for graduation also include comprehensive examinations, intersession research projects and participation in a bank-management simulation course designed to provide students with experience managing a bank.

GSBC will host its 65th Annual School Session July 12-24, 2015, and offers other educational programs tailored toward topics concerning community banks. For more information, please contact GSBC at (800) 272-5138 or GSBC@GSBColorado.org.

Tags: Associates, Oklahoma, Press Release, Tulsa

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