2017 AGS Alumni Speaker

AGS Alumni is pleased to announce that our fifth annual Alumni Day Speaker is April Ambrose.  April Ambrose is a 1996 alumna from Alread, Arkansas.  She is the Director of Business Development at Entegrity, a sustainability and energy services company specializing in the implementation of energy conservation and renewable energy projects.

Ms. Ambrose has devoted her life to environmentalism.  She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Education, a self-designed major, from Hendrix College.  She is the founder of the Arkansas Earth Day Foundation.  the first chair of the Little Rock Sustainability Commission, and the first chair of the non-profit Elevate.  She has given numerous presentations to a large variety of organization on sustainability issues.

Ms. Ambrose is a graduate of the Leadership Greater Little Rock Class XXIX and the University of Arkansas Department of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service LeadAR Class 13.  She received the Outstanding Young Alumni Award from Hendrix College.

Alumni Day is the last Thursday of the Arkansas Governor’s School Session. This year it is July 20, 2017.   As our Alumni Day speaker, Ms. Ambrose joins a growing list of distinguished alumni that has included Doug Shipman, then founding CEO of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights; Karama Neal, COO of Southern Bancorp Community Partners; Amy Johnson, Executive Director of the Arkansas Access to Justice Commission; and Glen Hooks, Executive Director of the Arkansas Chapter of the Sierra Club.  We hope the class of 2017 enjoys her presentation later this summer.


AGS Alumni Party at Playtime Pizza 12/28/2016

It’s been six months since the class of 2016 has left AGS. It is about six months since the official AGS Reunion. This is too long to wait. Come join us at Playtime Pizza on December 28, 2016, to catch up, relax, eat, and have a little fun. Since Playtime Pizza is so big, All AGS Alumni and their friends are invited.

Tickets are 20 dollars per person and here is what you get:
Unlimited buffet, drinks, ice cream. Unlimited attractions(go-karts, laser tag, bumper cars, mini bowling and mini golf.) Unlimited nonticket video games. There are about 35 of these( racing, hunting, air hockey, pool tables, DDR style games.

AS well as a private area with a stage for special entertainment for the Class of 2016.

Tickets must be purchased prior to the event so that everyone can enjoy the group rate. This is a requirement of Playtime Pizza.

20 dollars can be mailed to P.O. Box 34, Monticello, AR 71657-0034, dropped off or mailed to the Law Office of Melissa Sawyer, 400 W. Capitol Avenue, Suite 1717, Little Rock AR 72201, or paid via PayPal here (https://www.paypal.me/AGSAlumni)

In order to get the group rate, AGS Alumni needs the funds by December 26, 2016

AGS Alumni September 17, 2016 meeting

The next AGS alumni meeting will be held on September 17, 2016 from 11:30 to 1:30>at Vino’s located at 923 West 7th (the corner of 7th and Chester) in Little Rock, Arkansas. Take I-630. Take the Chester street exit going north. Vino’s is to your left. You can park in the parking lot across the street from the fire station.

The items on the Agenda will be

1. Planning the class of 2016 holiday/ early reunion party.
2. Selection process of 2017 AGS Alumni speaker
3. Debriefing process of selecting 2016 Alumni speaker
4. Website
5. Other AGS alumni activities
6. General Business.

If you are unable to attend the meeting in person, a conference call will be set up. Please stay tuned.

AGS Alumni Meetings

This year AGS alumni will be having meetings every third Saturday of the month, beginning July 16, 2016.

The first one will be on JULY 16, 2016 at Vino’s located at 923 West 7th (the corner of 7th and Chester) in Little Rock, Arkansas. Take I-630. Take the Chester street exit going north. Vino’s is to your left. You can park in the parking lot across the street from the fire station.

Save the dates:

July 16, 2016
August 20,
September 17
October 15, 2016
November 19, 2016
December 17, 2016
January 21, 2017
February 18, 2017
March 18, 2017
April 15, 2017
May 20, 2017

Super Tuesday Thoughts

Today is Tuesday March 1, 2016. It is also known as Super Tuesday in American politics. This is the day that Arkansans are to vote in the primary election. According to my clock, you have about 5 more hours to make it to your polling place.

Voting is one of the fundamental rights in our nation. I encourage you to exercise this right by going to the polls today. Governor’s school sought to develop the critical thinking skills of its students and I encourage you to utilize those skills to select candidates that you have determined will help better our communities.

If you forgot your polling place, you can look it up here.

In Arkansas, poll workers are required to ask if you have ID, BUT you are not required to present an ID or at the polls UNLESS you can check off all three of these things as a “yes”.

  1. registered to vote by mail after January 1, 2003
  2. did not submit a copy of the required identification with the application
  3. AND are voting in an election for federal office FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THE STATE

There are several different types of ID that satisfy this requirement. You can use any one from the following list

  1. Valid Arkansas driver’s license or photo ID card
  2. current utility bill that shows your name and address
  3. current bank statement that shows your name and address
  4. current government check that shows your name and address
  5. any other government document that shows your name and address

If you are required to show an ID and don’t have one, you can still vote on a provisional ballot. That means that you can still fill out a ballot. It will be set aside and the Board of Election officials verify the registration and determine whether the vote should or should not be counted.

So go vote people. It’s important.

AGS Alumni meeting

AGS Alumni will be having a meeting to discuss the year’s programs and regular business for the coming year.

Date: Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015
Time: 10:30 a.m. until noon
Location: Cox-2nd floor meeting room of the Central Arkansas Library Main building.

100 Rock St., Little Rock, AR 72201

The Cox Building sits on the East side of the parking lot. It’s a red brick, triangle shaped building, with green awnings. The library operates a café and bookstore on the first floor, so if you want to grab a cup of coffee or snack on your way up, please help yourself. Food is allowed in the meeting rooms.

Also, there will be a conference call number as well. Please email me at Melissa dot sawyer at gmail dot com for details.

Hope to see you there.

Free tickets to view of Muffintop on Thursday, January 15, 2015

One of the movies shown at Governor’s School in recent years is Miss Representation about how the media’s perception of women influences politics. It goes on to show the dearth of female producers, writers, and directors in Hollywood. Muffintop is a female written and produced movie that was bought here by Women Lead Arkansas. Tickets are 10 dollars with 8 left but there are also 10 free tickets available. . If anyone would like to attend for free, please let me know. The email is womenleadarkansas@gmail.com. There will be door prizes! DOOR PRIZES!

The movie will be shown on Thursday, January 15, 2015 at 6:30PM – 8:11PM
at Dickinson Chenal 9 IMAX Theatre
17825 Chenal Pkwy, Little Rock, AR, US, 72223

$10.00 General