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Hawkins Retires from Ozarka College

Published on January 1, 2018

Mary Ellen Hawkins, Librarian at Ozarka College, has retired after 31 years of service. On December 12, 2017, the College hosted a retirement celebration that was attended by family, friends, and colleagues (both past and present).

In 1970, Hawkins began her career at Western Yell County School District in Havana, Arkansas where she taught home economics and science. In 1973, she and her family moved to Heber Springs and she began teaching home economics at Concord School District. They eventually moved to Izard County and she owned a shoe store in Melbourne for three years. In 1985, she worked as a dietician for one year at the nursing home in Horseshoe Bend, before beginning her career at Ozarka College in November of 1986. "And the rest is history, " said Hawkins.

Ozarka College Multimedia Specialist, Dan Lindsey, had the pleasure of working alongside Mary Ellen for more than 23 years. At her retirement celebration, he spoke about the greatness that Mary Ellen brought to work each and every day. Others echoed his remarks about her kindness and the lives she has touched.

"Mary Ellen was such a pleasure to have on staff at Ozarka College, " said Dr. Keith McClanahan, Provost and Executive Vice President of Learning. "She was always dedicated to the success of students and in helping faculty and staff members who needed Library support. She could always be counted on to be available to help anyone needing it, and she was kind hearted and respectful to all with whom she came in contact. "

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