Blog & News from Conway Corporation
Today is October 21, 2018

Campbell retires after 29 years of service

Twenty-nine years and one day. That is how long Dispatcher Glen Campbell has been taking care of customers while most of us were sleeping. This past Sunday, Campbell retired. 

“I’ll walk out the door at midnight,” Campbell said. “And I’ll go home and sleep. Just the way I wanted it to be.”

Campbell says he has loved working nights.

“I love the stars and the night skies," he said. "I enjoy time to myself. Night work gives you that.”

Campbell began working for Conway Corp at a time when the company offered utility services and basic cable.

“Then customers called in an electric outage and we sent guys out for area outages, but if it was cable we sent people out the next day.”

Today Campbell is not just fielding calls to dispatch crews, but also assisting customers with cable boxes and internet questions.

“Back then there were radios and pagers," he said. "Today everyone has a cell phone. Technology has come, and it has changed our job a lot.”

Campbell is looking forward to being home and doing things around the house.

“I drive a dump truck part-time,” he said. “I’ll keep doing that.”

“I’m going to miss the people,” he added. “I hate calling people out at 2 or 3 in the morning – but every one of them has always been so good to me. I’m going to miss them. There are good customers I’m going to miss too.”

Now that Campbell is done helping customers in the middle of the night, what’s he planning on doing when he needs help?

“If the power goes out at home, I’m going to light a candle. If the cable goes out, I’m going to read a book,” Campbell said with a smile.  “I’m not calling anyone.”

Blog & News from Conway Corporation
Today is October 21, 2018

Cable techs earn Broadband certification

Conway Corp Cable Installers John Davis, Sean Maxfield, Andrew Nelson and Jake Stewart have earned the Broadband Premises Technician (BPT) certification from the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) after completing required course work and a final exam.

The BPT certification describes the knowledge of an experienced field technician who will install and troubleshoot telecommunications services at a customer’s home. This certification is one of three stand-alone certifications along with Broadband Premises Installer (BPI) and Broadband Premises Expert (BPE).

“I am very proud of the effort these four men have put into their careers,” CATV Training Coordinator Tommy Nolen said. “These certifications take a lot of time and effort. It shows the dedication they have to advancing their education in an effort to provide our customers the great service they are accustomed to from Conway Corp.”

The SCTE is a global leader for telecommunication education and training programs that meet the ever-changing cable industry. The Broadband Premises Installation and Service course was developed in collaboration with the industry’s top technical professionals and cable operators. The training is nationally recognized by the cable telecommunications industry and helps individuals interested in working for a cable provider.

The technicians will now work next toward earning the next stand-alone premise certification, as a Broadband Premises Expert. 

Blog & News from Conway Corporation
Today is October 21, 2018

Green celebrates 25 years of service

We’ve come a long way since we began operating Conway’s electric light plant in 1929, and we owe much of our success to our employees – the men and women who proudly serve this community 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. 

Charles Green is celebrating 25 years with Conway Corp. Charles was hired in September 1991 as a laborer/utility worker in the water department. In April 2005, he received his Water Distribution License from the Arkansas Department of Health. Charles helps to install, maintain and repair water and sewer lines.This month, Conway Corp would like to recognize three employees who are celebrating milestone anniversaries and have each been with the company 25 years or more. 

In addition, Water Department Senior Foreman Robert Fortner is celebrating 32 years of service, and Water Department Utility Worker Floyd Balentine is celebrating 33 years of service. 

Blog & News from Conway Corporation
Today is October 21, 2018

Brent Garren earns telecomm certification

Conway Corp Cable Installer Brent Garren has earned the Broadband Transport Specialist (BTS) certification from the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) after completing required course work and a final exam.

The BTS certification describes the proficiency of the specialist to transport optical signals through the entirety of the network, conduct tests and maintenance on systems, work with optical equipment and assist construction practices, considerations and safety

“Brent’s current role is to lead and assist in the field as a Lead Maintenance Technician for the cable department,” CATV Training Coordinator Tommy Nolen said. “Brent has demonstrated his dedication to excellence and to providing the best service to Conway Corp’s customers.”

The SCTE is a global leader for telecommunication education and training programs that meet the ever-changing cable industry. The Broadband Premises Installation and Service course was developed in collaboration with the industry’s top technical professionals and cable operators. The training is nationally recognized by the cable telecommunications industry and helps individuals interested in working for a cable provider.

Garren will now work toward earning the Broadband TelecomCenter Specialist certification, the highest level of certification available for broadband technicians.

Blog & News from Conway Corporation
Today is October 21, 2018

James Buggs earns telecomm certification

Conway Corp cable installer James Buggs has earned the Business Class Services Specialist (BCSS) certification from the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) after completing required course work and a final exam.

The BCSS certification describes the knowledge of an experienced technician who will perform business-level installations for small to medium business customers. Successful candidates have the knowledge to install and troubleshoot as required to repair or restore the customer’s business service.

“James is a dedicated employee who always puts the customer first,” CATV Training Coordinator Tommy Nolen said. “This SCTE certification ensures that he has the knowledge and confidence to continue to provide our business customers with excellent quality service.”

The SCTE is a global leader for telecommunication education and training programs that meet the ever-changing cable industry. The Broadband Premises Installation and Service course was developed in collaboration with the industry’s top technical professionals and cable operators. The training is nationally recognized by the cable telecommunications industry and helps individuals interested in working for a cable provider. 

Blog & News from Conway Corporation
Today is October 21, 2018

Anita Cegers-Coleman named Conway Corp Teacher of the Year

Anita Cegers-Coleman was recently recognized as the 2016 Conway Corp Teacher of the Year in the Conway Public School System. Cegers-Coleman, a keyboarding teacher at Ruth Doyle Middle School, was presented the award and $2,000 at the Conway Public School Back-to-School Assembly. 

In 2013, Conway Corp pledged a $440,000 gift over four years to endow the award and to support Teacher Impact Grants presented by the Conway Public School Foundation. 

“We are proud to follow the tradition our company was founded on by supporting education in our community,” Conway Corp CEO Richard Arnold said.

Conway Corp was established in 1929 as the community faced the threat of losing Hendrix College and Central Baptist College. At that time, Conway Corp was given the lease on Conway’s electric system. Bonds in the amount of $215,000 were issued and given to each of Conway’s three colleges, along with the public and parochial schools.

"Conway Corp's support for education in Conway is profound,” Dr. Greg Murry, Superintendent of Conway Public Schools, said “Our district appreciates their ongoing commitment to quality teaching in our schools." 

Blog & News from Conway Corporation
Today is October 21, 2018

My Life, Powered by Conway Corp

Electricity powers our lives. We rely on it 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to support the life we enjoy from personal appliances to business machinery. Conway Corp has been powering our community since 1929, and we’re proud to provide a dependable and reliable service to our friends and neighbors.

As essential as it is to our everyday lives, electricity is often taken for granted. Plug in a cord, flip a switch, turn a knob – it’s always there. We all rely on a growing number of appliances every day but rarely recognize and appreciate the value of electricity.

Consider a chargeable gadget like your cell phone, the clock radio that jolts you awake or the TV that brings you the latest news. The water heater that keeps your shower hot and the refrigerator that keeps your soft drinks cold. The automatic sprinkler system that keeps your lawn green and the toaster that turns your bread a crisp, golden brown. The washing machine that sends you off in clean clothes and the automatic garage door that welcomes you safely home – it’s all powered by Conway Corp.

How do you use electricity every day? Students – show us how Conway Corp powers your life by entering the fourth annual Conway Corp Energy Smart Poster and Essay Contest.

The poster contest is open to students K-4th grade in Conway. Students should use their imagination to create a drawing colored with crayons, markers, colored pencils or paints to illustrate the 2016 contest theme, “My Life, Powered by Conway Corp.”

Entries will be judged on creativity and theme representation. Winning posters will be on display in the Conway Corp lobby for Public Power Week in October. Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place winners. The classroom of the overall winner will also be awarded $100 in that student’s name along with a Conway Corp pizza party.

The essay contest is open to students 5th-12th grade in Conway. Students should submit a typed essay of 500 to 1,000 words on the 2016 contest theme, “My Life, Powered by Conway Corp.”

Entries will be judged on content and syntax. The winning essays will be featured in October during Public Power Week, and cash prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place to winners in two age categories: 5th-7th and 8th-12th.

All students K-12th who live in the Conway Corp service area are eligible. Ask your school officials for an official entry form and contest rules or click here.

Entries should be submitted to participating teachers or postmarked to Conway Corp 1307 Prairie Street Conway AR 72034 by Friday, September 30. Essay entries can be shared via Google Docs or emailed to marketing@myconwaycorp.tv. A scanned copy of the entry form plus contact information must accompany all electronic submissions. Please put “2016 Essay Contest” in the subject line.

For more information about the contest or about Conway Corp’s Energy Smart program, click here or call 501-450-6000.  

Blog & News from Conway Corporation
Today is October 21, 2018

Wampus Cat football now broadcasting in HD

Conway Corp has been broadcasting Wampus Cat football for sixteen years and this year is proud to announce the addition of high definition broadcasts to the viewing options for Wampus Cat games.

“Fans will love seeing the Wampus Cats in HD,” Conway Corp Marketing Manager Crystal Kemp said. “The pageantry of high school football on Friday nights – the teams, the bands, the spirit squads – all of it looks great in HD and we are proud to bring that to Wampus Cat fans.”

Rebroadcasts of Wampus Cat games will be available in HD on Conway Corp Channel 585 and the 5 Sports YouTube channel and in SD on Conway Corp Channel 5 and Video OnDemand.

Also this season, live broadcasts of Conway’s road games are available with WampusCats2Go on Conway Corp Channel 5 and YouTube through any internet connected device.

Jeff Matthews returns for his sixteenth season as play by play announcer. New this season he will be joined in the booth by Levi Gilbert as color commentator.

“I’m looking forward to working with Levi during the football season,” Matthews said. “He is a talented journalist and has covered the Wampus Cats for the last decade. He did a great job on our basketball broadcasts in the spring and will bring an exciting new perspective to our football broadcasts.”

Replays of all games will be shown on Channel 5 and 585 at 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday and 8 p.m. Thursday and anytime on Conway Corp Local OnDemand Channel 200. Conway Regional Health System will serve as the 5 Sports sponsor for the season.

Blog & News from Conway Corporation
Today is October 21, 2018

Education, powered by Conway Corp

In 1929, the citizens of Conway banded together and created a unique vision. In the grips of the Great Depression, bonds were sold to create Conway Corp out of the city’s electric utility revenues to generate enough money to keep Hendrix College and Central Baptist College in the city.

Conway Corp has been linked with education ever since, as what started at $215,000 of bonds has grown into millions of dollars invested and reinvested time and time again to power education, students and opportunities in our community over the last 87 years.

“Education has the power to change lives, and just like our own employees need the right tools for the job, students need the right tools in order to be successful,” Conway Corp CEO Richard Arnold said. “Conway Corp is dedicated to this community and committed to furthering education in our city through a wide-variety of education-related initiatives.”

Conway Corp provides world-class digital technology to our local schools and universities along with scholarships, grants, educational outreach and more.  Since 2010, Conway Corp has given more than $4,000 in scholarships to the Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Faulkner County and has given more than $600,000 in endowed scholarships to local students who attend the University of Central Arkansas, Central Baptist College and Hendrix since 2008. Conway Corp provides additional scholarships every year including 5 Sports scholarships awards to local student athletes for their performance on the field and in the classroom.

In addition, Conway Corp employees provide educational outreach at community events including Toad Suck Daze and at school events like field days and enrichment programs to talk about electric safety, being energy smart and even Internet safety tips and tools. Conway Corp is proud to recognize the Conway Public Schools’ Teacher of the Year each year and support the Conway Public Schools Foundation with teacher grants.

Conway Corp’s Energy Smart program hosts an annual art and essay contest to encourage students to start thinking about energy conservation and powering an energy smart future. The contest is open to K-12 students who live in the Conway Corp service area with cash prizes awarded to both the winning student and school. 

Most recently, Conway Corp pledged $3 million to UCA for the construction of a new science center. The 50,000 square foot addition to the Lewis Science Center will be called the Conway Corporation Center for Sciences, will be LEED certified and will hold teaching, research and laboratory space to accommodate current and future students. The building is nearing completion and will open for students in January 2017.

In 1929, Conway leaders built a framework to benefit future generations over and over again. They created an opportunity powered by Conway Corp and its commitment to our community. Since then, Conway Corp and our employees have worked to honor that commitment and make a difference in the place we call home by continuing our legacy of supporting education. We proudly continue the efforts of our leaders in 1929 who captured the spirit of Conway and created a vision of education powered by Conway Corp. 

Blog & News from Conway Corporation
Today is October 21, 2018

Lawrence celebrates 30 years of service

We’ve come a long way since we began operating Conway’s electric light plant in 1929, and we owe much of our success to our employees – the men and women who proudly serve this community 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

This month, Conway Corp would like to recognize eight employees who are celebrating milestone anniversaries and have each been with the company 28 years or more. 

Jim Lawrence is celebrating 30 years with Conway Corp. Jim was hired in July 1986 as a groundman and was promoted in 1996 to locator then to locator foreman in 1999. In October 2010, he was promoted to his current position, damage prevention foreman. Jim manages, coordinates and supervises the locating of Conway Corp utility lines to protect the lines and the public to potential hazards. 

In addition, Wastewater Plant Operator Brent Clark is celebrating 37 years of service; Underground Service Tech Randy Ethridge is celebrating 28 years of service; Wastewater Chief Plant Operator Tilden Fulmer is celebrating 37 years of service; Water Plant Operator Steve Mahar is celebrating 43 years of service; Accounting, Compliance and Risk Management Manager Tracy Moore is celebrating 29 years of service; Engineering Secretary Liz Nixon is celebrating 36 years of service and Electric Foreman Mark Rowlett is celebrating 31 years of service. 

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