Inter-Faith Community Preschool Receives Arvest Foundation Grant

Tuesday, September 11 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

A local preschool will be able to purchase an awning for their playground thanks to a $2,000 donation from the Arvest Foundation.
The gift was announced today at the Inter-Faith Community Preschool in Fort Smith. Amy Sights of Arvest Bank was on hand to present the check.

The Inter-Faith Community Preschool strives to provide education for economically underserved children in the Fort Smith area, regardless of race, creed, color or ethnic origin, and to encourage developmentally appropriate intellectual, physical, spiritual, and social growth through personalized attention and innovative programs. The Inter-Faith Community Preschool also strives to offer a safe, nurturing environment for the children in the program while cultivating spiritual awareness and dedication to Christian values. 

The donation from the Arvest Foundation will help to fund the construction of an awning for the Inter-Faith Preschool’s playground, which will create a safe and comfortable area for the students to play. 

 “Inter-Faith Community Preschool has kept its doors open for 51 years to families and children in need. All donations, whether monetary or in kind, are appreciated. The Arvest Foundation’s generosity will allow us to create a more engaging learning experience for our students at all levels, while helping us provide a healthier environment outside with less sun exposure,” said Ann Law, executive director of Inter-Faith Community Preschool. “By expanding our capabilities, we’ve given our students and teachers an even greater avenue for success.” 

“We are pleased to present this donation on behalf of the Arvest Foundation to support Inter-Faith Community Preschool’s efforts to provide greater educational opportunities for their students,” said Sights, a Private Banking advisor for Arvest. “This donation is just one of many we have made throughout the area. It demonstrates the foundation’s ongoing commitment to education and to the children in the region.”

Tags: Arvest Foundation, Fort Smith
 

Now is the Time to Arvest Go!

Friday, September 07 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest News

Our old Arvest mobile banking app will stop working. If you’re still using our old app, it’s time to download and start using our new app, Arvest Go! Simply sign in using your current login ID and password.

While you’re at it, be sure to delete the old app from your device.

Say “hello” to Arvest Go! Arvest Go mobile banking has more of what you want: log in with your fingerprint, quickly view your accounts and enjoy an enhanced user experience that gives you the best Arvest has to offer in mobile banking.

Plus, we will be making frequent updates to Arvest Go based on the newest technology trends and feedback from our customers!

Download Arvest Go today!

Just a note: please check that you’re running the most current mobile operating system for an optimal experience with Arvest Go. The Arvest Go app requires at least Apple iOS 9 or Android 5 Lollipop to run.

If you are a mobile banking user who accesses account information via your phone’s browser: The old mobile web banking service will also stop working, but mobile web banking will not go away. The look and feel of your experience will be updated to BlueIQ Mobile Web .

BlueIQ Mobile Web is accessed through your mobile device’s browser, features standard online banking and bill payment functions, and provides easy-to-use personal money management tools.

For iPad® users, please use Online Banking with BlueIQ, easily accessed through any tablet’s browser, for an optimal banking experience. Our updated mobile app, Arvest Go, is not currently optimized for iPad® viewing and usage.

New to mobile banking or have questions? If you’re new to mobile and online banking with Arvest, visit with an associate at your local branch or call us at (866) 952-9523 for a login ID and temporary password.

If you have additional questions regarding these upcoming changes, call us at (866) 952-9523. Our goal is to continually improve your banking experience with updated products and services.

Tags: Arvest Go
 

East Pointe Elementary School Receives Arvest Foundation Grant

Thursday, September 06 at 10:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Elementary students in the Greenwood area will get a boost to their STEM curriculum thanks to a $5,000 donation from the Arvest Foundation. 


The gift was announced today at East Pointe Elementary School in Greenwood. Jamie Skinner and Beth Presley of Arvest Bank were on hand to present the check.

The Arvest Foundation donation will allow the school to purchase various materials to create a collaborative STEM work space or “Makerspace” inside the school that fosters creativity, flexibility, and persistence through the process of problem-solving.  

"The incredible support provided by Arvest Bank has allowed us to provide a place where our students can explore, discover, and play while solving problems and experiencing learning firsthand,” said East Pointe Elementary principal Josh Ray. “Students at East Pointe are literally begging for more science and math, and we could have never experienced that without Arvest’s generosity. On behalf of every future East Pointe engineer, doctor, architect, and programmer, thank you so much."

Arvest branch manager Jamie Skinner said, “When East Pointe reached out to us with the details of what they were wanting to accomplish with their Makerspace, we knew that we wanted to be a part and help create this incredible experience for all of the students, and students to come. We are thankful that the Arvest Foundation was able to provide this grant for East Pointe and we’re looking forward to seeing this dream become a reality for them.”

 

Tags: Arkansas, Arvest, Arvest Foundation
 

Congratulations Amy Morbeck of Greater Kansas City

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

Arvest in Greater Kansas City is celebrating the accomplishments of another outstanding associate. The local Private Banking Manager, Amy Morbeck, graduated from Central Exchange’s Emerging Leaders program earlier this month.

The Emerging Leaders Program takes place over a one-year period to achieve sustainable development. This course is focused on empowering high potential women through actionable education. From sessions with real-life examples shared by regional thought leaders to active-learning based small group sessions, individuals will graduate Emerging Leaders with the skills and tools to take their leadership to the next level.

“Emerging Leaders is an exceptional program and I truly loved it. After every session I implemented new ideas with my team and continue to pull ideas out of my toolbox I received while in the program. Thanks [Arvest] for the many ways you endorse and support my growth. It’s an honor to use the gifts to enhance the best bank in the country” says Amy.

Congratulations, Amy!

 

About Arvest

Arvest Bank, named by Forbes magazine as one of “America’s Best Large Employers” for 2018, operates more than 250 bank branches in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Kansas through a group of 15 locally managed banks, each with its own board and management team.

Tags: Arvest, Kansas, Kansas City, Missouri
 

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

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