The newest additions to the Fayetteville Schools Hall of Honor were announced last week during a luncheon at Jose’s Mexican Restaurant sponsored by the Fayetteville Public Education Foundation.
The 2012 honorees are Carl Collier, Treva Hamilton and Jim McClelland.
The purpose of the Hall of Honor is to provide role models for students by honoring former students who have distinguished themselves; to create excitement about education; and to honor educators who have made extraordinary contributions to public education in Fayetteville.
An induction ceremony is set for Thursday, Oct. 4 at the Fayetteville Town Center. A reception will be held at 5:30 p.m., a meal prepared by Chef Miles James of James at the Mill will be served at 6:30 p.m., and the ceremonies will begin at 7:30 p.m. Reservations are $75 each and may be purchased by calling the foundation’s office at 527-3655.
Born and raised in Fayetteville, Carl Collier grew up working in his family’s drug store on Dickson Street, starting in the soda fountain in 1951. He attended Washington Elementary and Hillcrest Jr. High School. He attended Fayetteville High School for one year before transferring to Kemper Military School, where he graduated in 1959. He attended the University of Arkansas, where he completed the pre-pharmacy requirements. He graduated from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences with a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy degree in 1964. He then joined his brother Morris and their father in the family business, Collier Drug Store.
As Collier Drug Stores grew and expanded, Carl became widely known for his ready smile, cheerful personality, and his commitment to serving his patients, creating therapeutic solutions to patient dilemmas and becoming a compassionate friend to many hospice patients. On many occasions he rises from bed in the middle of the night to fill an emergency prescription for a patient in acute pain.
Collier Drug Stores has grown to eight stores in Washington and Benton Counties, employing 18 pharmacists and 70 staff members.
Carl received the Eagle Award from the Washington Regional Foundation in 2010 for his commitment to improving health care in Northwest Arkansas, and he has also received the Community Service Award from the Arkansas Pharmacist Association.
Carl has also been active in several national pharmacy organizations, the American Red Cross, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Rotary, the Dickson Street Improvement Committee, Fayetteville Public Schools, and many other civic activities. He is a past president of the Fayetteville Rotary Club and former chairman of the United Way of Washington County fund drive.
Carl married his wife Janet (also a Fayetteville High School graduate) in 1965, and they have two children, Meredith Dowse and Mel Collier (who are both graduates of Fayetteville High School), and four grandchildren.
Treva Hamilton was born and raised in Sallisaw, Okla. She is a 1966 graduate of Sallisaw High School and represented Oklahoma in the 1966 America’s Junior Miss pageant. She attended Northeastern Oklahoma State University where she received her Bachelor of Science in Speech Language Pathology in 1970. While in college she was selected outstanding special education major, marched as a band majorette, and was chosen Homecoming Queen. Treva received a Masters degree in Speech Language Pathology from the University of Tulsa in 1971.
Treva began her career in education as a speech pathologist, and she worked at the Hissom Memorial Center for Mentally Handicapped Children and the Union Public Schools in Tulsa before moving to Fayetteville in 1986. She served as the speech pathologist at Happy Hollow Elementary School from 1988-1999 before accepting the job as the first full-time executive director of the Fayetteville Public Education Foundation in 1999.
During her tenure as executive director, the foundation’s endowment grew from $400,000 in 1999 to $2.4 million in 2011, and more than $3 million in grants have been distributed to Fayetteville Public School teachers. She initiated the Society and Decade Donor Giving Circles, which have generated over $700,000 for the foundation.
Treva also created the Celebration of Excellence event to recognize teacher grant recipients and the annual A.P.P.L.E. Award (A Patron Providing Leadership by Example). The Hall of Honor grew under her tenure from 300 to more than 600 guests attending the event in 2011, the fifteenth year of the event.
She was named Outstanding Fundraising Executive of Northwest Arkansas on National Philanthropy Day in 2010, and she was named Arkansas Business Journal’s Nonprofit Executive of the Year in 2000. Treva retired from her position as executive director in 2011.
She has continued her community service on the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Ambassadors Committee and the Walton Arts Center Corporate Leadership Council. She also serves in the Senior Adult Ministry at University Baptist Church.
Treva married Howard Hamilton in 1974. They have two sons, Sterling and Jordan, both graduates of Fayetteville High School.
Born the son of J.E. “Ep” and Maurice McClelland, Jim McClelland was born in Fayetteville and attended Washington Elementary, Fayetteville Jr. High School, and graduated from Fayetteville High School in 1961. He graduated from the University of Arkansas in 1967 with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering.
After a short stint in the military, Jim worked for Mehlburger Engineers in Little Rock for ten years before deciding to open his own office in Little Rock in 1977, rather than return to Fayetteville. Today, McClelland Consulting Engineers (MCE) has offices in Fayetteville and Little Rock and employs 25 engineers and 95 staff members. MCE provides civil engineering services to municipal, county, state, and federal governments in Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Missouri. Jim currently serves as chairman emeritus of MCE.
MCE has worked on many projects around Arkansas, including the Junction Pedestrian Bicycle Bridge, William Jefferson Clinton Library, Heifer Project International Headquarters, Dickey Stephens Ballpark, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, Reynolds Razorback Stadium, Bud Walton Arena, Baum Stadium, and the John McDonnell Track Facility.
Jim currently serves as a board member for the Arkansas Children’s Hospital Foundation, and the Old State House Museum Association. He is a member of Little Rock 50 for the Future, and he has been involved with many engineering organizations at the local, state and national level. He has previously served as the president of the Arkansas State Board of Health and the Arkansas Licensing Board for Engineers and Surveyors, as well as on the board of directors of the Little Rock Chamber of Commerce.
Jim lives in Little Rock with his wife, Pat. They have two children, Jay and Kirk, and two grandchildren, Sophia and Nick.
* Bios provided by the Fayetteville Public Education Foundation
The Hall of Honor began in 1997, and 54 individuals have been inducted including Alan Adams, Martha Agee, Kathleen Dulan Alexander, Woody Bassett, Louise Bell, Larry Bittle, Jim Blair, Oma Blackwell, Jerry Brewer, Jessie Bryant, Jack Butt, Tom Butt, Sarah Caldwell, Don Deweese, Tim Ernst, Rosemary Faucette, Joe Fennell, Dave Gearhart, Mary Ann Greenwood, David Hallin, Eileen Hendricks, Henrietta Holcomb, Joe Holt, Miles James, Dr. Pete Jenkins, Dennis Kelly, Jeff Koenig, Mitzi Kuroda, David Lashley, Greg Lee, John Lewis, Laura Lieber, Dorothy Lindquist, Dr. James Mashburn, Clark McClinton, Dr. Jay McDonald, Feriba McNair, Rob Merry-Ship, Mary Lou Miller, Jason Moore, Gregg Ogden, Peggy M. Parks, Frances Gibson Ross, Judy Schwab, Frank Sharp, Billie Jo Starr, Lt. Gen. Marty Steele, Julian Stewart, Jim Stice, Dee Gibson Stokes, Loyd Thomas, Harry Vandergriff, Margaret Whillock, and Mark Wright.