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Homecoming 2022 Alumni Awards Announced

January 24, 2022

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Homecoming 2022 Alumni Awards Announced

Central Baptist College will present their annual alumni awards during this year’s Homecoming festivities. The awards are presented during the Alumni Luncheon which will be held on Saturday, January 29, beginning at 11:30 am in the Dining Hall in the Mabee Student Services Complex. This year, recipients of the Distinguished Alumnus Award, the Young Alumnus Award, Mustang Community Impact Award, and the Mustang Ambassador of the Year Award, will be recognized.

Tickets for this event are $25 for adults, $15 for kids 7-12, and children ages 6 and under are free. Visit to purchase tickets and to see a full schedule of events. You may also contact Jessica Faulkner at (501) 205-8800 or Proceeds raised from the alumni luncheon will benefit the Kenneth Brown Scholarship Fund.

The Distinguished Alumnus Award is presented to an individual who has served their community for more than 20 years. This individual demonstrates a legacy of service and continues to serve in a multitude of ways that demonstrate interest in CBC. This year’s Distinguished Alumnus Award recipient is Mrs. Jo Ann Ratliff.

Mrs. Jo Ann Ratliff graduated from CBC in 1964 with her A.A in General Education. She later obtained her BSE from UCA, and her MEd from UALR. Mrs. Ratliff has over 25 years of teaching experience.  She taught for 9 years in North Little Rock Public Schools, and 19 years in Conway Public Schools. Two of her fondest memories while attending CBC was meeting her husband Tommy Ratliff and finding out about the assassination of President John F. Kennedy while studying for one of Mr. Brown’s tests. Mrs. Ratliff attends Antioch Baptist Church and is a Women’s Bible Study leader.

The Outstanding Young Alumni is awarded to those who have been instrumental in the advancement of their chosen profession, primarily within the last few years. This recipient demonstrates the love of service within the community and continues to show interest in CBC. This year’s Outstanding Young Alumni Award recipients are Dr. Marvin and Deborah Cuevas.

Dr. Marvin Cuevas graduated from CBC in 2014 with a BS in Biology. Currently, he is pursuing his D.O. from Liberty University in Virginia. He is a resident at Lake Cumberland Regional Medical Center in Kentucky and will graduate from Liberty in July 2022. Mrs. Deborah Cuevas graduated from CBC in 2011 with a BS in Social Services and a minor in Missions.

God has given them a passion for foster children. After fostering for 8 years, and adopting a set of 3 siblings, they have recently closed their home. While in Virginia, Deborah helped start a resource center for foster families. This center helps with foster, kinship, and adoptive families by helping provide for the basic needs of the children entering their homes. Most children who come into foster care, come with only the clothes on their backs. This center is a great resource for these families.

Deborah says, “I have so many great memories of CBC. I was overly involved in all the activities and clubs, but I think what I loved most was the way the staff went above and beyond to show that they cared for the students beyond academics. They cared about our souls!”

The Mustang Community Impact Award is given to an individual who goes above and beyond to serve their community. They are Mustangs through and through and carry the values of CBC into the community. This year’s Mustang Community Impact Award recipient is Jimmy Elrod.

Jimmy Elrod attended CBC from 1974-75. He then went to UALR and received his BSE and received his MSE in Education Administration from the University of Arkansas.  He was a school administrator for 5 years, a Church business Administrator/Family Life Director at Temple Baptist for 20 years, and the owner, manager, partner of Mt. Carmel Community Senior Living for 15 years. He is the past President of the Arkansas Assisted Living Association. His fondest memory of CBC has been his time on the Board of Trustees at CBC. Mr. Elrod and his wife, Kathy, are members of Collective Church in Bryant.

The Mustang Ambassador of the Year is given to an individual who is a member of the Mustang Ambassador Program, a volunteer recruitment program which assists the Enrollment Management Division at Central Baptist College. This year’s Mustang Ambassador of the Year is Dan Carson.

Dan Carson graduated from CBC in 1995 with his BA in Bible (Pastoral Studies Emphasis). After graduation, he received his Master of Arts in Religion from Baptist Missionary Theological Seminary in Jacksonville, TX. He is currently pursuing his Doctoral degree from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, MO. He is still very much involved with CBC where he has been a Mustang Ambassador since 2020. He is the Director of the BMA of Arkansas Youth Department and the host of the Student Ministry Matters Podcast. Mr. Carson and his wife, Temple, are members of Calvary Baptist Church in Fayetteville where he is the Family Pastor.

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