Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce Welcomes New Director of Programs and Events

April 16, 2015 (Batesville, AR)— Jamie Beck recently joined the Chamber team as the new director of programs and events.

Jamie was raised in Rector, Arkansas with small town support, but she was challenged to dream big. She did just that when she

became the first member of her family to attend college (and she did so on a paid scholarship to Arkansas State University). While

studying at Arkansas State, her passion for planning events did not dwindle. Instead, it was met with opportunity.  Jamie was

selected to direct special events for the Arkansas State Student Activities Board during her junior year with a goal of bringing exciting

and new events and visitors to campus.  She was also elected president of the National Panhellenic Council as a senior and oversaw

the planning of sorority recruitment, heavily led extension efforts to bring Zeta Tau Alpha back to Arkansas State’s campus, and

explored the first options for sorority housing, which was completed in the fall of 2013.  She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in

Communication Studies and a minor in Leadership Studies.

Jamie Beck

Jamie Beck

With the decision to pursue a Master’s degree in an education related field at the forefront of her mind, Jamie set out to discover

opportunities in Indiana and Kansas with Arkansas in the back of her mind.  After visiting two of the campuses and programs of

Higher Education Administration, she felt a very strong bond with the natural state and decided to make Fayetteville her home for

the next two years.  She was fortunate to have been offered a position in the University of Arkansas Office of Greek Life in student

development and worked tirelessly to engage fraternity men and sorority women in philanthropy efforts, community activities, and

social networking during her time there. A year and a half later, she graduated from the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville with a

Masters of Education in Higher Education Administration Leadership boasting wonderful on-campus work experience and an off-

campus internship experience at the University of Memphis organizing new student orientation events for incoming freshmen.

Long before she actually made her way across the stage in Fayetteville for graduation, Jamie accepted a position as Coordinator of

Greek Life for Arkansas Tech University and spent two years in Russellville leading extension and housing efforts of the fraternity

and sorority community and planning large scale events for student affairs.