Annual Tree Giveaway at the Celebration of Trees

Tuesday, October 09 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

On Saturday, October 13th, at 7:00 a.m. Mayor Lioneld Jordan, the City of Fayetteville Parks and Recreation Department, and the City of Fayetteville Urban Forestry Advisory Board will be giving out FREE trees and shrubs to City residents. The 20th annual tree giveaway, locally recognizing Arbor Day, will be held on the Arvest Bank Plaza on the Northeast corner of Fayetteville’s Historic Downtown Square. The event is held annually with the goal of helping to grow the urban forest. Adults should be prepared to show proof of their City residency before selecting a tree or shrub.

The Celebration of Trees is a one-day event, but growing a tree is a sustained endeavor that positively impacts the urban forest in Fayetteville for years into the future. Over the last 20 years the City has given away over 13,000 trees and shrubs to citizens.

Date: Saturday, October 13
Time: 7:00 a.m. until supplies are exhausted
Location: Arvest Bank Plaza on Center Street on the Downtown Historic Square

Quantities: Limited and available on a first come, first served basis. Limit (2) plants per adult Fayetteville resident that is present at the event. 

Trees and shrubs available this year will include:

  • Arrowood Viburnum – Viburnum dentatum
  • Paw Paw – Asimina triloba
  • Persimmon – Diospyros virginiana
  • Rusty Viburnum – Viburnum rufidulum
  • White Oak – Quercus alba
  • Catalpa Tree - Catalpa speciosa
  • Bald cypress- Taxodium distichum
  • Black Gum- Nyssa sylvatica
  • Willow Oak- Quercus phellos
  • Sycamore- Platanus occidentalis
  • Winterberry- Ilex vertisalata
  • Red Bud- Cercis canadensis
  • Walters Viburnum- Viburnum obovatum ‘Reifler’s Dwarf’
  • Button Bush- Cephalanthus occidentalis
  • Native Fringe- Chionanthus virgincus


Questions Call (479) 444-3486 or (479) 444-3470

The Urban Forestry Advisory Board and Urban Forestry staff stress “Right Tree, Right Place.” Trees can take many years to reach their mature height and spread. It is important for homeowners to take all surroundings into consideration when choosing the location for their new tree. To avoid heavy pruning or removal, consider the mature height of the tree and proximity near overhead power lines. Residents should always contact Arkansas One Call at 811 or (800) 482-8998 before digging.

Informational flyers regarding plant characteristics, planting suggestions, and management tips will be available with each tree or shrub at the Celebration of Trees 2018 event. 

Visit http://www.fayetteville-ar.gov/234/Celebration-of-Trees to learn more about each species. 

 

Tags: Arvest, Fayetteville
 

Arvest Bank will be hosting Coffee with the Superintendent

Wednesday, September 05 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank will be hosting Coffee with the Superintendent on Wednesday, September 12th from 7:30am to 9am. Fayetteville residents are encouraged to stop by and meet newly appointed Fayetteville Public Schools superintendent, Dr. John L Colbert. The event will be held in the downtown Fayetteville lobby located at 75 N. East Ave.


Dr. John L Colbert, a native of Rondo, Arkansas, graduated from Barton High School in 1973 as the first African-American Valedictorian. Attending the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, he received a BSE in Education (1976) followed by a Master of Education in 1981. He received a Doctorate in Educational Leadership in 2017.

In 1986, Dr. Colbert began his career in education as the first African-American Special Education Teacher at Bates Elementary in Fayetteville. He taught there in both special education (4 years) and the sixth grade (4 years) classrooms until becoming the Principal at Howard Elementary School in Ft. Smith (1984) where he worked until 1987. Returning to work in the Fayetteville district as the first African-American Principal in 1987, Dr. Colbert served as the Principal of Jefferson Elementary School until 1995. In 1995, Fayetteville added two new elementary schools to its numbers. Dr. Colbert was selected to serve at the helm of the newly constructed Holcomb Elementary. Thus, from its inauguration until 2008, Dr. Colbert carried the mantle as head educator and has basked in the warmth of affection shown to him at this diverse elementary school. In 2008, he served as Associate Superintendent for Elementary Education and then in 2016 he became the Associate Superintendent for Support Services. Currently, he is serving as the Superintendent for the Fayetteville Public Schools. 

Dr. John L Colbert has been actively involved in a number of civic and professional groups over the years. One can gain insights into Dr. Colbert’s concern for children as well as the community by looking at the groups that garner his staunch support. Educational and professional groups include: National Association of Elementary School Principals, Phi Delta Kappa, North Central Accreditation Team, Holcomb Elementary School PTA, South Washington County PTA Council, University of Arkansas Partners in Education, “Break The Mold” Schools, Arkansas A+ Advisory Council, Arkansas Athletic Association, and Special Olympics. He is a Former Board Member of the Arkansas Alumni Association. He is the Advisor and Founder of the Northwest Arkansas King Team and founder and past president of the Northwest Arkansas NAACP Branch.

His interest in the community is evidenced by his substantial service on many civic groups. This list includes Kappa Kappa and Omicron Zeta Lambda Chapters of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. (charter memberships in both chapters). This list of honor would also encompass Chapter Advisor to Kappa Kappa Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Past NPHC Advisor, Founder and Past President of the Yvonne Richardson Community Center Board of Directors, Fayetteville Community Foundation Board of Directors, and Prince Hall Mason (Royal Arch Mason, Knights of Templar, 32nd Degree Consistory, 33rd Degree Grand Inspector General, Order of the Eastern Star, Past Senior District Deputy Grand Master, and currently serving as Grand Treasurer). Dr. Colbert has assisted in the organizing of the Fayetteville’s Martin Luther King, Jr. “I Have A Dream” March for the past 38 years and the MLK Celebration Banquet for the past 21 years where he is serving as the Immediate Past President.   He is a member of the St. James Missionary Baptist Church where he currently serves on the Deacon and Trustee Boards of Directors. He was one of the first recipients of the Historic St. James Missionary Baptist Church Squire Jahagen Award. Taking the directive to and discussing the matter with the Fayetteville Mayor and the City Council, in January 2003, Dr. Colbert was instrumental in securing the naming of a street to honor his beloved brother in Alpha, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

In his rostrum of honor, he received the 2018 Community Service Award from the University of Arkansas Alumni Association, he received the 2016 Phi Beta Sigma Southwestern Region Noble Achievement Award, the 2015-2016 Arkansas Alumni Heart Award, the 2013 NWA Democratic Black Caucus Award, the 2011 Noark Diversity Champion Award, 2008 and 2009 College Brother Advocate of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., and the 2009 Life Time Achievement Award of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., 2007 Dr. Martin Luther King Salute To Greatness Award (Arkansas MLK Commission), recognized as the 2006 National Alumni Brother of the Year of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, inducted into the U of A Greek Hall of Fame. Dr. Colbert has received the Outstanding Advisor of the Year Award, and has been recognized as a Kappa Kappa Seven Jewels Award Winner. He received the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Award, Special Olympics Leadership Award, Fayetteville Community Citizen Award, Black Alumni Service Award, Masonic Charity Supporter Award, Arkansas District Distinguished Service Award, Alumni Brother of the Year (State and Southwestern Region), and the Southwestern Region Esprit De Fraternite Award. Because of his service to his fraternity, he was bestowed the honor of having two awards named in his honor by the Kappa Kappa Chapter and Omicron Zeta Lambda Chapter respectively; The John L Colbert Brother of the Year Award and The House of Alpha John L Colbert Leadership Award.

He is currently serving his fraternity chapter in the capacity as the Membership Director of his chapter, Membership Trainer for the District of Arkansas, Assistant Area Director, Chapter Advisor, Former National Program Director, and Former Project Alpha Director. In his District, he serves as the District Director of Arkansas, the Past Dean of Alpha University and as a presenter, Project Alpha Member, past treasurer, and as the Director of the Collegiate Scholars Bowl. At the Regional Level, he is the past Regional Treasurer, Director of the Collegiate Scholars Bowl, Member of Project Alpha, Instructor at the Alpha University, and a member of the Election Committee. On the National Level, he is the Immediate Past Chairman of Project Alpha, National Project Alpha Faculty Member, Member of the Election Committee, and a Member of the Grievance and Discipline Committee.  

In his personal accomplishments, Dr. John L Colbert includes his 42 years of marriage to his late wife, Cheryl, (August 23, 1975) and parenthood. They are the proud parents of J’onnelle (a thirty-four-year-old graduate of the University of Arkansas,) and Janneesa, a 28-year-old graduate from Fayetteville High School in Fayetteville, Arkansas (she is a graduate from Arkansas State University, Jonesboro, AR). And two lovely granddaughters, Sy’Ree and Serena. Though he rarely has time to pursue hobbies and recreation, Dr. John L Colbert enjoys swimming, diving, weight lifting, racquetball, tennis, meeting people and traveling. His motto in life is “Through Christ, all things are possible.” 

Tags: Arkansas, Fayetteville
 

Arvest Bank will Celebrate Career of Weber on Feb. 1

Wednesday, January 24 at 02:00 PM
Category: Arvest News

Arvest Bank invites customers and community members alike to join in a celebration of Cindy Weber on Thursday, Feb. 1.

Weber, currently a client advisor assistant for Arvest Private Wealth Management in Fayetteville, has worked in the investment industry for 25 years. That includes all 15 years of her career at Arvest, where she also serves as a registered sales assistant. Weber will retire, effective Feb. 2.

A drop-in reception to honor Weber will be held in the conference room at the Arvest Private Banking office located at 516 E. Millsap, Suite 203, from 2-4 p.m. Refreshments will be served. 

“We could not be more thankful to Cindy for her contributions and accomplishments not just at Arvest, but in our community as well,” said Steve Burkhead, regional manager for Arvest Wealth Management. “She has been an invaluable team member for Arvest, our customers and many others whose lives she has positively impacted. We will miss her tremendously, but we know how excited she is about retirement and spending time with her family, in particular. We wish her all the best.” 

Prior to joining Arvest, Weber graduated from John Brown University and spent 10 years traveling the country as an efficiency specialist for another investment firm. 

Additionally, she is an active member of her church, where she works with her Seasoned Generation Small Group, mentors college students, and leads marriage conferences locally, nationally and internationally. Weber, who has three sons and five grandchildren, also enjoys travel and event planning.

Tags: Arkansas, Associates, Fayetteville
 

Local Teams Set to Tip Off Basketball Season at Arvest Classic

Tuesday, November 28 at 02:00 PM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank is pleased to host one of the most-anticipated early season boys basketball tournaments in the area, the Arvest Classic. 

The Arvest Classic will be held Nov. 30-Dec. 2, and hosted by Springfield’s (Mo.) Parkview High School. Formerly known as the MBCA Hall of Fame Classic, this year’s eight-team tournament features two other local schools, Springfield’s Kickapoo High School and Nixa High School.
 
Five out-of-area teams will compete as well. Those teams are: De Smet Jesuit, Fayetteville (Ark.), Lafayette (Wildwood), Lafayette (St. Joe), and Raytown.
 
“The start of basketball season is always an exciting time, and we’re looking forward to seeing these teams in action,” Arvest Bank Springfield president Brad Crain said. “In addition to providing these teams with what we expect to be highly competitive games, the Arvest Classic should help them prepare for their conference seasons as well. We can’t wait for tip-off.”
 
Lafayette (Wildwood) will play Lafayette (St. Joe) in the opener at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 30. That game will be followed by Nixa vs. Fayetteville (Ark.). Host Parkview will play De Smet Jesuit at about 7 p.m., and Kickapoo will take on Raytown in the opening-day finale.
 
Friday games also start at 4 p.m., while Saturday’s action begins at 11 a.m. The tournament championship game is expected to start at about 4 p.m. on Saturday.
 
About Arvest 
Arvest Bank, named by Forbes magazine as one of “America’s Best Large Employers” for 2017, operates more than 250 bank branches in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Kansas through a group of 16 locally managed banks, each with its own board and management team. These banks serve customers in more than 120 communities, with extended weekday banking hours at many locations. Arvest also provides a wide range of banking services including loans, deposits, treasury management, credit cards, mortgage loans and mortgage servicing. Arvest is an Equal Housing Lender and Member FDIC.
 
Tags: Fayetteville, Springfield
 

Arvest Wealth Management’s Wright Earns Designation

Thursday, October 26 at 02:00 PM
Category: Arvest News

Arvest Bank is pleased to announce Deanna Wright has earned Certified Wealth Strategist® designation, as issued by Cannon Financial Institute.

Wright is an assistant vice president and client advisor for Arvest Wealth Management in Fayetteville. She holds Series 7, 63, 66 and 99 securities licenses, as well as an Arkansas insurance license, and has been in the banking industry for 10 years.
 
Among other requirements, candidates seeking the Certified Wealth Strategist® designation must complete two weeks of instructor-led training sessions, four modules of directed study, a business plan and case study, and pass four online examinations. Those who earn the designation are required to complete 33 hours of continuing education every two years to maintain it.
 
“We are proud of Deanna’s accomplishment and know that it will help her serve her clients,” said Steve Burkhead, an Arvest Wealth Management regional manager. “She’s always looking for tools that can make her more effective, and that’s one of the things that makes her such a valuable part of our team.”
 
About Arvest 
Arvest Bank, named by Forbes magazine as one of “America’s Best Large Employers” for 2017, operates more than 250 bank branches in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Kansas through a group of 16 locally managed banks, each with its own board and management team. These banks serve customers in more than 120 communities, with extended weekday banking hours at many locations. Arvest also provides a wide range of banking services including loans, deposits, treasury management, credit cards, mortgage loans and mortgage servicing. Arvest is an Equal Housing Lender and Member FDIC.
 
About Arvest Wealth Management
Arvest Wealth Management offers wealth management, trust services and insurance products. Investment products and services provided by Arvest Investments, Inc., doing business as Arvest Wealth Management, member FINRA/SIPC, an SEC registered investment adviser and a subsidiary of Arvest Bank. Insurance products are made available through Arvest Insurance, Inc., which is registered as an insurance agency. Insurance products are marketed through Arvest Insurance, Inc., but are underwritten by insurance companies. Investments and Insurance Products: Not FDIC Insured, May Lose Value and Not Guaranteed by the Bank. Trust services provided by Arvest Bank.
 
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