Campus News

  • Malvern, Arkansas – College of the Ouachitas (COTO) Foundation will soon be able to award the Malvern National Bank Endowed Scholarship annually.  The named endowed scholarship is the first received by a business to the College of the Ouachitas Foundation.

    “MNB has had a long and close relationship with College of the Ouachitas since its formation many years ago as a technical college,” stated Malvern National Bank President, Mark Roberts. “COTO serves our community by providing an affordable avenue for an outstanding education as well as a means of assisting local business and industry to keep our community growing.  I can’t think of anything better for MNB to support.”

    Dr. Steve Rook, President of College of the Ouachitas expressed his appreciation to the bank, “We are so grateful for Malvern National Bank’s generosity to COTO,” said. “MNB has been a valued supporter of the College since there was first talk about the need for a higher education presence in Hot Spring County in the 1960’s. Through endowments like this, we can continue to provide rich educational experiences for our students, empowering them for a successful future in our ever-changing world.”

    According to Executive Director of the College Foundation, Amber Childers, once the endowment is fully funded, a scholarship will be awarded in the name of the bank annually in perpetuity. The scholarship will be needs-based and the recipient may be either a new or current student with full-time enrollment status at College of the Ouachitas, and a graduate from a high school that participates in the MNB Academic Prime Program (currently those schools include Malvern, Glen Rose, Poyen, Magnet Cove, Sheridan, Ouachitas, Bismarck, Cutter Morning Star and Mountain Pine.)

    If you would like more information on planned giving, establishing an endowment or other ways to support College of the Ouachitas, contact Ms. Childers at 501-332-0234, or amber [at]

  • MALVERN, AR -- Employees at West Fraser Mill in Leola and Huttig completed the College of the Ouachitas (COTO) Professional Development Academy in December.  Both mills began the academy in the summer and completed the training in four months.  The training was facilitated by Mason Robinson, Director of Workforce Development at the Malvern college.

    “The courses associated with the Professional Development Academy have given my staff the tools to advance and have energized them to new levels.  Thanks for providing such beneficial and appropriate training,” said Mike Bonnette, Mill Manager for the West Fraser Leola Mill when asked how the training has impacted his employees. Additionally, participants have stated that the training has “changed my way of thinking”; is “good information that I can use to be a better leader”; “the materials and guides were excellent, simple, easy to use”; taught them “…how to deal with people and projects”; is “relevant to my work environment and useful in everyday operations”; and “gives you a new way of thinking about your team and ways to manage.”

    The purpose of the COTO Professional Development Academy is to better prepare and advance the managerial and leadership skills for local business and industry professionals.  The academy consists of eight, four hour sessions: Communicating for Leadership Success; Coaching for Peak Performance; Driving Change, Setting Goals & Reviewing Results; Delegating with Purpose, Resolving Workplace Conflict, Maximizing Team Performance; and Planning & Managing Resources. 

    Fifty percent of the cost of the training was reimbursed by a grant received from the Office of Skills Development. The College can partner with any interested industry/business to provide quality and affordable professional development training either on-site or at the COTO campus. For more information about the COTO Professional Development Academy, contact Mason Robinson at 501.332.0249 or visit


  • College of the Ouachitas recently announced the President’s and Dean’s Lists for the Fall 2017 semester.  Students on the President’s List have earned 12 or more credit hours in college level courses and achieved a 4.0 grade point average for the semester. 

    President’s List includes:
    Benton resident:  Beth Minyard
    Gurdon resident:  Meagan Bolton
    Hot Springs residents:  Whitney Hall, Le’Vonna Hennig, and Timothy Jones
    Leola resident:  Marvin Simmons
    Lonsdale resident:  Clint Turner
    Mabelvale resident:  Shaquita Webster
    Malvern residents:  Aaron Brown, Miranda Diaz, Mandy Haynes, Payton Kehner, Brittany McGriff, Sable Nix, Chloe Stiles, and Brandon Williams
    Okolona resident:  Bailey Elder
    Prattsville resident:  Brandyn Gilbert
    Sheridan resident:  David Burris

    Students named to the Dean’s List have earned 12 or more credit hours in college level courses and achieved a 3.50 grade point average for the semester. 

    Dean’s List includes:
    Arkadelphia residents:  Sierra Adams, Chris Calhoon, and Jordyn Cook
    Benton residents:  Michelle Barrett, Lucy Penney, Chelsey Smart, and Pamela Smith
    Bismarck residents:  Sarah Burris, William Gudde, and Loni Williams
    Carthage resident:  Yessenia Gonzalez
    Conway resident:  Ashley Brosh
    Donaldson residents:  Chase Bell and Hanna Patrick
    Grapevine resident:  Gabriel Bellomy
    Hot Springs residents:  Javauna Clenney-Felan and Dylan Greco
    Leola resident:  Stacy Caddy
    Malvern residents:  Donald Chandler, Ashley Henry, Jace Keeney, Caty Marsischky, Stephen Rogers, Christian Shelton, Cory Stiles, Danielle Williams, and Karen Williams
    Poyen resident:  Kassidi Walker
    Prattsville residents:  Parker Hope and John Kirby
    Sheridan residents:  Rikki Collie, Michael Gartman, Emily Monroe, and Brianna Vance
    Sherwood resident:  Crystal Lang

  • Good News! Spring 18 Registration has been EXTENDED to 5:00pm on Monday, January 22.  The last day to adjust schedules will now be Tuesday, January 23, by 6:00pm.

  • Between 1:00PM and 2:00PM this afternoon (January 15), College of the Ouachitas will be sending a TEST text, phone call, and/or e-mail to individuals that have signed up to receive occasional Campus Alerts and/or Emergency Notifications from the College.

    This system is used in case of an emergency, closings, late start, or early dismissal and is opt-in. IT IS EACH STUDENT’S AND EMPLOYEE'S RESPONSIBILITY to be certain that their own information (phone number for texts/calls and email addresses for email messaging) is entered/correct in the system.

    Students: Follow this link for step by step instructions:

    Employees: Follow this link for step by step instructions:

  • Beginning the Spring 2018 semester, ALL College of the Ouachitas students will be issued a COTO email address.Your COTO email address will be the official and ONLY written means of communication from the College. The email address, Self-Service, and Blackboard logins have all been restructured so that they will all be the same for your convenience. (Self-Service is where you register for courses and can view your financial aid. Blackboard is used for online coursework.)

    Letters and emails have been sent with your specific email address information. 

    If you have any questions or need additional information, contact Student Affairs at 501-332-0280.  If you have technical issues logging into any of your accounts, contact the COTO Help Desk at 501-332-0285.

  • **UPDATE**  Student Affairs, Bookstore, & Library will open at 1:00pm.

    College of the Ouachitas will be closed on Tuesday, January 9, 2018, for employee in-service. We will re-open Wednesday, January 10, at 8:00am.

  • Students: You can charge your books to your Finanical Aid beginning January 8.  COTO Bookstore hours are Monday-Friday, 8am-4:30pm; or you can go to the online bookstore, order your books, and pick them up in the COTO Bookstore. 

  • Registration is open for the Spring 2018 semester.  Students can apply online or visit the Office of Student Affairs, Monday-Friday, 8:00am-4:30pm, now through January 15. Spring 2018 classes will begin on Tuesday, January 16.

  • The Financial Aid Office will be closed from 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm On Thursday, November 9, 2017.