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December 13, 2017

Happy Holidays!

Posted by Ed Drilling and Jan Collier

We are closing out the year just the way we started it: connecting people to opportunity. From connecting the U.S. Army, to connecting AT&T employees to career pipelines, or even connecting students to academic training, at its core, this is what all of us at AT&T do every day. We are so proud of what we have accomplished this year in Arkansas, and as we look forward to 2018 we are excited for what is to come. But before we get to January, we want to wish all of you, your family and your friends a happy holiday season and a happy New Year!

Ed Drilling
President — AT&T Arkansas

Jan Collier
VP & General Manager


Blytheville Middle School and Benton Junior High selected as finalists in the Khan Academy LearnStorm Challenge! 

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Congratulations to Blytheville Middle School and Benton Junior High for being selected as finalists in the Khan Academy LearnStorm Challenge!

With support from AT&T, Khan Academy LearnStorm provided a free 6-week challenge that ran from Sept. 12 to Oct. 20 to help students build the skills for a successful school year. Throughout the challenge, students completed customized online learning and growth mindset activities to earn points and recognition both individually and for their school. AT&T has been a major supporter of Khan Academy through the AT&T Aspire initiative.

On behalf of all of us at AT&T, we congratulate all of these students for their persistence and team work. Your dedication to learning is an inspiration to us all!

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November 01, 2017

Join me this Veterans Day to Thank Our Heroes

Posted by Ed Drilling

Veterans Day is a day of reflection. Reflecting on our country’s past. Reflecting on where we are today. And, most importantly, reflecting on those who fought for our freedoms.

AT&T has a long history of supporting our military and First Responders. We’ve committed to hiring 20,000 veterans by the year 2020. We’re also using our talents to construct a public safety broadband network called FirstNet to connect our First Responders in new ways.

On Veterans Day and every day, we are thankful for our service members.

Join me this Veterans Day in thanking our heroes for their bravery and sacrifices.

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To join us in thanking a veteran or military family, share a photo, video or a simple note of gratitude on social media using #ThankOurHeroes.

We are proud to join our voices together with a message to veterans: thank you for your service!

Sincerely,

Ed Drilling
President — AT&T Arkansas

Jan Collier
VP & General Manager — AT&T Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri & Oklahoma


 

 United States Air Force Veteran Staff Sergeant Monte StringfellowAwarded Sixth Annual $2,500 AT&T War Memorial Scholarship

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Monte Stringfellow of Horatio, Ark. recently received the sixth annual AT&T War Memorial Scholarship administered by Arkansas Community Foundation. Stringfellow achieved the rank of U.S. Air Force Staff Sergeant and served as an aircraft mechanic working on C-130H cargo planes at Dyess Air Force Base in Abilene, Texas, and A10 Warthogs and F16 Fighting Falcons at Eielson Air Force Base in Alaska. He also held temporary assignments in Great Britain, Greece and Africa and Canada.

Stringfellow, who is pursuing a degree in Criminal Justice and Health and Fitness at the University of Arkansas – Cossatot, was honored during halftime at the August 31st University of Arkansas Razorback game at War Memorial Stadium.

“The AT&T War Memorial Scholarship is helping me advance lifelong interests,” said Monte Stringfellow. “I appreciate AT&T’s commitment to helping veterans pursue their academic goals.”

AT&T established the scholarship at the Community Foundation in 2011 to support Arkansas veterans seeking higher education. The $2,500 scholarship honors Arkansas’ 25 Congressional Medal of Honor recipients and is awarded annually to a veteran of any branch of the U.S. Armed Services who will attend an accredited two- or four-year college or university in Arkansas.

"The AT&T War Memorial Scholarship and an extensive hiring initiative are two ways we recognize those who have nobly served,” said Ed Drilling, president of AT&T Arkansas. "We value the skills and diversity that veterans bring to the workforce, that’s why AT&T has committed to hiring 20,000 veterans by 2020. By providing the scholarship, we are honored to be able to assist Arkansas veterans as they pursue careers outside of the military.”

During the halftime scholarship presentation, AT&T also recognized the centennial of World War I, which marked the construction of Camp Pike now known as Camp Robinson. Construction began in June 1917 and concluded that November. Over 10,000 workers were employed in the construction of the camp. It served as training post for the 87th Division of the National Army. A total of 22, 291 soldiers received infantry training at Camp Pike and were sent overseas. Today, it continues to serve units of the Arkansas National Guard.

In honor of the 100th anniversary of the Great War and the construction of Camp Robinson, AT&T External Affairs Manager Ronnie Dedman presented Brigadier General Kirk Van Pelt, Arkansas National Guard Assistant Adjutant General for Operations, with a World War I commemorative medallion. The silver coin, which was used in the opening coin toss, is one of only 1,000 coins minted.

Applications for the 2018 AT&T War Memorial Scholarship will be accepted Feb. 1 through April 1, 2018. Guidelines and eligibility requirements are available online now at arcf.org/veteran. In order to qualify, an applicant must:

arrowBe a veteran of the U.S. Armed Services
arrowBe a current resident of Arkansas
arrowPlan to attend an accredited two- or four-year college or university in Arkansas
arrowDemonstrate financial need, community leadership and potential to succeed
in college

Visit arcf.org/veteran for more information.

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August 22, 2017

Start the School Year Strong with the Khan Academy LearnStorm Challenge

Posted by AT&T Arkansas Team

Dear Friends,

As students swap out their beach bags for backpacks, it can be a tough transition back to the classroom after summer break. Some studies show that a full month of learning may be lost during this short period away from school.

Share LearnStorm with your student's teacher


We want to help students get back in the groove. That’s why we’re teaming up with Khan Academy to help ensure that teachers and students have the tools needed to start the school year strong. Khan Academy’s LearnStorm is a free, 6-week online challenge from Sept. 12 to Oct. 20 that will help students build the skills and mindsets they’ll need for a successful year of learning.

LearnStorm is open to all learners in grades 3 through 12, with an enhanced experience for educators in accredited U.S. schools or homeschools that sign up their classes. Teachers or parents assign videos, exercises and educational articles to students. Students then complete the assignments on their computers or mobile devices to earn prizes individually, for their class and for their school!

Share LearnStorm with your student's teacher to get their classroom signed up today! You can also sign your child up for Khan Academy and have them complete the LearnStorm challenge on their own, starting Sept. 12.

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May 22, 2017

Carrying the Load in Arkansas in support of our military

Posted by AT&T Arkansas Team

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Enjoying a day away from the office with a few hot dogs, cold drinks and a lot of sun makes for a great Memorial Day, but that isn’t exactly what the day is all about.

In 2003, AT&T employee Matt Foster left his family, friends and future wife for an active duty deployment in the United States Army. His Forward Operating Base (FOB) would often go on “Comms Blackout,” usually meaning a soldier on his FOB had been killed or seriously injured and their family was being officially notified.

It’s that experience that led him to get involved with Carry The Load. Carry The Load works to bring all Americans together to participate in honoring our nation’s heroes every day. This includes a national, 6,200-mile relay where veterans and citizens honor those heroes’ sacrifice and take a turn experiencing the weight of a rucksack. All of the money raised at this event goes directly to support Carry The Load’s Continuum of Care program where partner charities are on the front lines to help those heroes and their families who have given so much to this country.

At AT&T, we know our nation’s service men and women make sacrifices to protect our country and our freedoms. As a company, it is an honor to support them. As a sponsor of this year’s Carry The Load, AT&T is proud to stand behind participants this week Arkansas. Learn more about how to get involved and see the full relay route from coast to coast here.

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January 27, 2017

AT&T has added faster Internet speeds for more businesses over AT&T’s fiber network

Posted by AT&T Arkansas Team

Keep your business connected with AT&T’s high-speed Internet solutions.

Keep your business connected with AT&T’s high-speed Internet solutions.

With Internet speeds up to 1Gbps a business can:

  • Download 8,000 word processing documents in 1 second
  • Download a 2 hour high definition video in 36 seconds
  • Backup/restore 1 terabyte hard drive in 2.5 hours

To learn more about fiber solutions available for your business in Hot Springs, please contact:

Larry Harris, Business Sales Manager - AT&T Arkansas

501-352-4009
larry.harris@att.com

Marion King, Business Sales Manager - AT&T Arkansas

501-258-5458
marion.king@att.com

November 09, 2016

This Veterans Day, AT&T is inviting you to thank a veteran at home or a veteran you've never met

Posted by AT&T Arkansas Team

We are proud to join our voices to yours with the simple message to our veterans: thank you for your service!Twitter Bird

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November 08, 2016

AT&T Arkansas took over halftime to honor war vets

Posted by AT&T Arkansas Team

AT&T was proud to present Army Sgt. Steven Johnson with the fifth annual AT&T War Memorial Scholarship during halftime at the Oct. 1 University of Arkansas Razorback game at War Memorial Stadium. Sgt. Johnson, a network operator with the Army National Guard, who is pursuing a degree in Management Information Systems at Central Baptist College, is an Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran. Sgt. Johnson is a proud father of 3, is active in the community and is a member of Kappa Lambda Chi Military Fraternity.

During the halftime scholarship presentation, AT&T also recognized United States Navy Veteran Bill Chase of Pearcy, Arkansas. Chase was present Dec. 7, 1941, when Japanese planes bombed the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor, launching one of the deadliest attacks in American history. This year marks the 75th anniversary of the “day of infamy.” AT&T presented Chase with a 75th commemorative Pearl Harbor medallion. The bronze coin, which was used in the game’s coin toss, features the USS Arizona memorial on the front and the USS Arizona battleship on the reverse side.

AT&T was also pleased to present ARVets, an organization focused on enhancing the quality of life for Arkansas veterans and their families, with a $25,000 contribution to facilitate recruitment and placement of 60 Arkansas veterans into high-demand occupations through career coaching and employer education.

Pictured above: During halftime at the Oct. 1 Arkansas Razorbacks game at War Memorial Stadium, AT&T Arkansas Director of External Affairs Ronnie Dedman presented the AT&T War Memorial Scholarship to Army Sergeant Steven Johnson of Little Rock and a $25,000 check to Sharon Lanier of ARVets

Pictured above: During halftime at the Oct. 1 Arkansas Razorbacks game at War Memorial Stadium, AT&T Arkansas Director of External Affairs Ronnie Dedman presented the AT&T War Memorial Scholarship to Army Sergeant Steven Johnson of Little Rock and a $25,000 check to Sharon Lanier of ARVets, an organization focused on supporting Arkansas veterans and their families. AT&T also honored Navy Veteran and Pearl Harbor survivor, Bill Chase of Pearcy, who was escorted by Post Command Sgt. Major Vince Sherrill and Command Sgt. Major Steven Veazey.

"The AT&T War Memorial Scholarship and an extensive hiring initiative are two ways we recognize those who have nobly served. By providing the scholarship, we are honored to be able to assist Arkansas veterans as they pursue higher education,” said Ed Drilling, president of AT&T Arkansas. “Military veterans possess the skills our company needs to succeed, that’s why AT&T has doubled our hiring commitment to 20,000 by 2020 and support organizations, like ARVets, that are focused on providing our state’s Veterans the support they need to thrive and be successful.”

AT&T established the scholarship at the Arkansas Community Foundation in 2011 to support Arkansas veterans seeking higher education. The $2,500 scholarship honors Arkansas’ 25 Congressional Medal of Honor recipients and is awarded annually to a veteran of any branch of the U.S. Armed Services, who will attend an accredited 2- or 4-year college or university in Arkansas.

Applications for the 2017 AT&T War Memorial Scholarship will be accepted Feb. 1 through April 1, 2017. Guidelines and eligibility requirements are available online now at arcf.org/scholarships. In order to qualify, an applicant must:

  • Be a veteran of the U.S. Armed Services.
  • Be a current resident of Arkansas.
  • Plan to attend an accredited 2- or 4-year coll 
  • ege or university in Arkansas.
  • Demonstrate financial need, community leadership and potential to succeed in college.

Visit arcf.org/scholarships for more information. 

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November 04, 2016

Your Vote = Your Voice

Posted by Ed Drilling

Dear Friends,

Regardless of which candidate or issue you support, the right to vote is too important for you to stay on the sidelines. Now, it is easier than ever to get the information you need to vote — including where to vote and what is on the ballot.

Sincerely,

Ed Drilling
President — AT&T Arkansas


Election day is Tuesday, Nov. 8, and in Arkansas, the early voting period lasts from Monday, Oct 24 to Monday, Nov. 7.

After voting, the most important thing you can do is encourage others to do the same. Please use these buttons to share this message with your friends and family.
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We encourage you to use the Voting Information Project tool below to get more information about voting in your area.

 


 
 
November 03, 2016

Providing real-world opportunities to under-served students

Posted by Ed Drilling

We are contributing an additional $2 million to Genesys Works, a unique program that connects high school students from low income families with critical college and career skills. Our total contribution of $6 million, part of AT&T Aspire, will help jump-start Genesys Works’ program expansion to 15 new cities, serving 11,000 more students.

To date, 100% of participating students have graduated from high school and have been accepted to college. Eighty-four percent of those students are the first in their families to attend college. Genesys Works recently surveyed program graduates with full time jobs, who graduated 5 or more years ago, and found their median annual income is $50,000. That’s about $10,000 more than the median income for the U.S. population of 25- to 34-year-olds.*

Working for a Better Future

Genesys Works includes an intense summer training program that embraces professional and technical skills and career coaching. After the training program, students begin a year-long paid internship in information technology, finance and business operations. This fall, AT&T will welcome interns from Genesys Works in Chicago, Houston and Virginia.

“After going through the Genesys Works program, these highly-trained students see more doors open for them, and they learn about opportunities they never dreamed of before,” said Nicole Anderson, assistant vice president, social innovation, and president, AT&T Foundation. “This real-world experience through meaningful internships changes a young person’s life trajectory. It equips them with the skills to thrive in the workforce of tomorrow.”

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**National Center for Education Statistics, 2016

November 02, 2016

Form a team; get more people to WAIT

Posted by Ed Drilling

 

Let’s Reach 16 in ’16 pledges. Top state wins a prize

Together, we can meet our goal!

Since we first launched the IT CAN WAIT campaign, we’ve achieved more than 10 million pledges to “keep your eyes on the road, not on your phone.” It’s because of grassroots efforts by more than 2,500 organizations, like yours, that so many people have pledged — and meant it.

While getting to 10 million pledges is a great accomplishment, we’re not stopping there. That is why, by the end of 2016, we want to reach more people with this message and reach 16 million pledges.

To help achieve this, we’ve created a little friendly competition. If you’re interested, visit www.ITCANWAIT.com this month and follow the prompts to create your own “team,” which can be made up of friends, family, colleagues — whoever you’d like — and encourage them to take the pledge with you. You choose a team name that is meaningful to you. During the month of October, anyone who texts “WAIT (space)
[YOUR TEAM NAME]” to 50555 will count as one pledge for your team. That’s WAIT [YOUR TEAM NAME]. Come the end of October, the team who has generated the most pledges will receive their own virtual reality distracted driving simulator tour experience, or will get the opportunity to donate $5,000 from AT&T to a nonprofit organization with a safe driving program in action or in process.

While we are proud millions have committed not to text and drive, we know that getting to 16 million by the end of 2016 requires all of us to spread this important message: It Can Wait.

PS: See if our Simulator Tour is making a stop near you! http://tour.itcanwait.com/

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November 01, 2016

AT&T contributes $1 million to the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.

Posted by Ed Drilling

AT&T is giving $1 million to the National Museum for African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. The contribution qualifies AT&T as a Founding Donor. The museum opens to the public on Sept. 24, on the National Mall. It will tell the full story of African Americans through 11 galleries. Visitors will learn about the rich history, community and culture.

“It’s important to understand the challenges and contributions of a culture because it helps us to understand who we are as a country,” said David Huntley, senior executive vice president and chief compliance officer. “Supporting the preservation and recognition of this history and rich culture is also important to AT&T.”

AT&T history is also African American history.

Alexander Graham Bell hired African American inventor Lewis Latimer in the 1800s. He developed the drawings necessary for the first telephone’s patent. AT&T has set out to become the world’s premiere integrated communications company.

And diversity continues to be a vital part of our success: 

National Museum for African American History and Culture

  • We share a commitment to student success in school and beyond. AT&T Aspire, our signature philanthropic initiative that focuses on education, as well as our involvement with Historically Black Colleges and Universities across the country help to see this commitment through. 
     
  • We contributed or directed more than $177 million to organizations and projects that strengthen the African American community through corporate, employee, social investment and AT&T Foundation giving programs over the past 5 years. 
     
  • Our diverse programming lineup competes well with that of major pay TV providers in the U.S. It includes more than a dozen African American owned-and-targeted networks.
     
  • AT&T spends billions with African American suppliers and ranked No. 1 in DiversityInc’s 2015 “Top Companies for Supplier Diversity.”
  • African Americans make up nearly 20% of the AT&T workforce, 13% of management and 15% of the board of directors.

“The opening of this incredible museum marks a key moment in time for our country,” said Huntley. “It’s something we can all be proud of.”

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August 22, 2016

Supporting our colleagues and neighbors in Louisiana

Posted by Ed Drilling

Our thoughts and prayers remain with those affected by one of the worst natural disasters in Louisiana’s history. You can help us spread the word using the social media buttons below:
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As recovery efforts continue in the aftermath of unprecedented flooding in South Louisiana, we want to do our part:

  • AT&T wireless customers can text “RELIEF” to 80077 to donate $10 to the Baton Rouge Area Foundation Louisiana Flood Relief Fund to support those affected and the most urgent local needs as we work to restore the community. No text message fees apply. Your $10 donation will appear on your wireless bill or be deducted from your prepaid balance. AT&T employees choosing to participate should text from non-COU devices.
  • AT&T will also make a $25,000 donation to the Baton Rouge Area Foundation Louisiana Flood Relief Fund, directing support to the most urgent needs related to this tragedy.
  • AT&T will contribute $100,000 to assist in recovery efforts, making a $50,000 donation to the Baton Rouge Area Foundation (BRAF) Louisiana Flood Relief Fund and a $50,000 donation to Donors Choose. The BRAF Louisiana Flood Relief Fund is assisting with most urgent needs related to this tragedy, and Donors Choose is assisting affected schools in support of teachers and students.

Sincerely,

Ed Drilling
President — AT&T Arkansas

July 26, 2016

Locations Across Arkansas Being Certified as Fiber Ready

Posted by AT&T Arkansas

Certification Reflects Presence of Fiber-Based, High-Speed Internet

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As part of AT&T’s continuing efforts to drive growth and investment across Arkansas, AT&T and our state’s business and economic development leaders are joining together to certify locations as being AT&T Fiber Ready.

Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Steve Clark highlights AT&T Fiber Ready Certified Locations (map also included)
Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Steve Clark highlights AT&T Fiber Ready Certified Locations

To date, the AT&T Fiber Ready certified areas include:

  • Little Rock, AR – Little Rock Port Authority
  • Helena, AR – Helena Harbor
  • Fayetteville, AR –
    • The Fayetteville Downtown Square from Church Street to College Avenue and Meadow to Mountain Street;
    • The Fayetteville Commerce District bounded by 15th Street, Morningside Drive, Pump Station Road and Armstrong Avenue;
    • Mountain Ranch Properties, N. Rupple Road to I-49;
    • N. Shiloh Drive, Mount Comfort Road to Point West Street;
    • Joyce Boulevard, Steele Boulevard to Millennium Drive; and
    • College Avenue, Rock Street to Joyce Boulevard
  • Fort Smith, AR – Chaffee Crossing

With the AT&T Fiber Ready designation, communities can more effectively position themselves for site selection by emphasizing the availability of high-speed, fiber-based services.

From left to right: State Representative Chris Ritchie, State Senator Keith Ingram, AT&T EA Manager Rhonda Cline, AT&T EA Manager Ronnie Dedman, Helena Mayor Jay Hollowell, Helena Harbor Economic Development Director John Edwards

From left to right: State Representative Chris Ritchie, State Senator Keith Ingram, AT&T EA Manager Rhonda Cline, AT&T EA Manager Ronnie Dedman, Helena Mayor Jay Hollowell, Helena Harbor Economic Development Director John Edwards

“High-speed Internet is key to economic success as it allows businesses operating in our city to easily connect to customers, suppliers and employees who might be in different locations, regions or hemispheres,” said Steve Clark, President & CEO, Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce. “These fiber networks empower the high-speed technology and apps our businesses rely on to remain competitive locally, regionally and even globally. The AT&T Fiber Ready designation lets people know we have the critical infrastructure in place to help their businesses succeed.”

Companies across all sectors increasingly rely on high-speed Internet access to grow and scale their business. They’re communicating with customers and suppliers online; buying and selling products over the Internet; using cloud computing to keep their books, store large files and maintain customer data; and using video conferencing tools to connect employees, business partners, suppliers or customers in different locations, regions or time zones.

“The AT&T Fiber Ready certification gives the Little Rock Port Authority another tool to use to market our facility to prospective tenants. It lets employers know we have the critical infrastructure in place to help their businesses succeed,” said Chris Mathews, Little Rock Port Authority Past Board Chairman.

Since 2012, AT&T has added 1 million additional business customer locations to its fiber network.

“AT&T knows that access to high-speed fiber networks can be transformative for businesses. That’s why all across Arkansas, in both cities and rural communities, AT&T is bringing high-speed Internet to local businesses and consumers,” said Ed Drilling, President AT&T Arkansas. “We are committed to providing business customers with the fast and reliable network connections they need to grow and be competitive.”

From left to right: AT&T Arkansas State President Ed Drilling, Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola, Little Rock Port Authority Board Chairman Dexter Doyne, AT&T EA Manager Ronnie Dedman

From left to right: AT&T Arkansas State President Ed Drilling, Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola, Little Rock Port Authority Board Chairman Dexter Doyne, AT&T EA Manager Ronnie Dedman

In today’s world, connectivity is vital to businesses of every type. There’s no such thing as a “low-tech” business today, so economic development leaders must be able to tout the presence of high-speed Internet connectivity.

“Our resources in the Delta are extensive, but if potential investors aren’t aware of the tech infrastructure in place then we face the potential of losing many opportunities. This certification helps us capitalize on opportunities,” added John Edwards, Helena Harbor executive director.

May 25, 2016

Thinking of Our Fallen Heroes

Posted by Ed Drilling

Thinking of Our Fallen Heroes
Reflecting on their sacrifices
Will you take a moment to share your support?
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As we approach Memorial Day, we remember that it is a time to reflect on the sacrifices made by our fallen service members and their families. While we can never repay the great price paid by these individuals, we can definitely honor them.

Please join me in taking a moment this Memorial Day to be thankful to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

Sincerely,

Ed Drilling
President — AT&T Arkansas

April 14, 2016

30 AT&T employees in Arkansas earn award from U.S. President for helping others

Posted by Ed Drilling

Ed DrillingDear Friends,

Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Life’s most urgent question is: what are you doing for others?”

For many AT&T employees, the answer is serving their communities in their own unique ways a few hours every month. Some have mentored students in science and math by building a robot for a national competition; others have organized a USO (United States Organizations) event for active duty service members and veterans; and a few even planned kayak trips for youth. Over a year, these individual hours of serving can add up to hundreds of service hours, which contribute to millions of hours across our company.

I would like to recognize the employees in our state who logged more than 100 hours of community service in 2015. They are receiving the President’s Volunteer Service Award (PVSA), a prestigious honor given by the President of the United States in recognition of sustained volunteer service. Many employees this year volunteered more than 500 hours and will be honored with a Gold Award for their outstanding service to their community.

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Here are individuals who received the honor in our state: 

Christopher Charlton, Conway
Tamara Roberson, Jonesboro
Robert Powers, Little Rock
Ronald Dedman, Little Rock
Shannon Parker, Little Rock
Cheryl McKim, Little Rock
Sonjia Helms, Little Rock
Cheryl Gordon, Little Rock
Melinda Faubel, Little Rock
Lynda Sommerfeldt Palmer, Little Rock
Jeffrey Rudd, Little Rock
David Wheeler, Little Rock
Amanda Taylor, Little Rock
Charles Brown, Little Rock
Dieatria Long, Little Rock
Charles Moline, Springdale
Donna Collie, Little Rock
Dwanna Horton, Little Rock
Jan Murphy, Little Rock
Jonathan Levesque, Little Rock
Judy Wingfield, Little Rock
Karen Brogan, Little Rock
Lisa Lake, Little Rock
Paige Benton, Little Rock

We would like to congratulate our PVSA 2015 recipients for their commitment to serving and improving the communities where they live and work. We also would like to thank them for answering the most pressing question: “what are you doing for others?”

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Ed Drilling
President — AT&T Arkansas

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February 26, 2016

A Conversation About Impact - From the AT&T Connect to Good Blog

Posted by Melinda Faubel

This blog post originally appeared on the Connect to Good blog. You can access the original blog here

AT&T has long been a City Year champion, investing both in the national organization, as well as the community of Little Rock, Arkansas. As a team sponsor for four years, they have had an impact on many students, including this year’s senior class valedictorian, Hillary.

City Year invited Hillary (name has been changed to protect student's privacy) and AT&T’s Melinda Faubel to meet and share their experiences from their different perspectives. Melinda is Director of External Affairs at AT&T, and sits on the City Year Little Rock board. Hillary, who first encountered City Year in elementary school and again in high school, is student body president and interested in studying engineering, which was Melinda’s major.

Here’s an excerpt from their conversation:

Hillary: What do you like about being involved in City Year?

Melinda: That's a great question. I personally like being involved because of the City Year AmeriCorps members and what City Year does to help students like you. If not for City Year, students may not have stayed in school or been able to advance to the next grade. From a business standpoint, AT&T needs employees who have graduated from high school and who are prepared to go on to college and are prepared for the workforce. AT&T has been in Arkansas for over 135 years and has a long history of supporting the communities where we live and work. AT&T Aspire focuses on helping students succeed in high school. City Year is a perfect fit because that's exactly what they do.

Read more here. 

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November 06, 2015

Returning to Serve Those Who Have Served

Posted by Ed Drilling

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The brisk, Midwestern fall left a chill in the air — a perfect night to wrap your hands around a hot bowl of soup in a warm home. Fortunately, for nearly 500 young children in Detroit, the doors to the homeless shelter were open. Their parents had seen these kinds of rough nights before. Not just on the streets of Detroit, but — in many cases — while deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan or other locations where their country had sent them. They are veterans ... and, along with their children, they are now homeless. The person next to them in the foxhole was no longer their fellow service member. It was their child.

VolunteerOn this cold night, the warm food was being generously served by volunteers, many who had also previously served in uniform. They had returned home and moved on to other careers. But, they were trained to leave no one behind. And, so as they shared food, clothes, gift cards, go-phones and their time, they returned to service.

For one of those volunteers, Sheila Parson, this is her “night job.” During the day, she works at AT&T on the Talent Acquisitions team. Thanks to her and so many of her colleagues' tireless efforts in the company, they have been able to successfully help more than 10,000 veterans also find a career at AT&T. At night, she manages a nonprofit organization that she had formed — QSA Foundation — to help homeless children and military families, as well as volunteers with AT&T Veterans (an employee resource group dedicated to serving veterans/members of the military).

VeteransAnd as they do on so many occasions, AT&T employees and retirees, who were returning to service, transformed a shelter into a home.

For AT&T, this isn’t just about filling jobs or helping in the community around select national holidays; this is a part of our DNA. And, we’re honored by the years of recognition that G.I. Jobs Magazine has bestowed on us, naming AT&T as one of the Top 50 Most Military and Military Spouse Friendly Employers.

It’s why Sheila and more than 4,500 of her co-workers at AT&T have been recognized by President Obama with the Presidential Volunteer Service Award.

Leading up to this Veterans Day, AT&T has been working with Cell Phones for Soldiers to host events for AT&T employees to serve homeless veterans in cities around the country.

And as we do every day, not only on the 11th day of the 11th month of every year, we say thank you: to Sheila, our other AT&T employees, retirees and every American who has worn the uniform or whose family has served. And to the 10,000 employees, who are serving our customers with the same level of professionalism you learned in the military, we know we have a lot to learn from you as we welcome you to our ranks!

Please pass the word about job openings to other veterans who may be interested — they can learn more here.

Sincerely,

Ed Drilling
President - AT&T Arkansas


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DIRECTV (Channel 239) and U-verse (Channel 1114) customers can watch AT&T’s original documentary “GI Jobs” starting on Saturday, Nov. 7, at 8 p.m. ET/PT on AUDIENCE® Network. “GI Jobs” documents the struggles and obstacles that veterans face to find a job after they separate from the military. They can also live  stream it on the DIRECTV App and U-verse App for smartphones and tablets, directv.com and uverse.com.

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August 27, 2015

AT&T Arkansas August eNewsletter

Posted by Ed Drilling

Dear Friends:

AT&T Arkansas President Ed DrillingAs the long days of summer begin to fade and kick us into back-to-school mode, I wanted to share a quick update. We recently announced the completion of our acquisition of DIRECTV. AT&T not only helps millions around the globe connect with leading entertainment, mobile, high speed Internet and voice services, we’re now also the world’s largest provider of pay TV. I'm excited to welcome DIRECTV to the AT&T family, and I hope that you are as well!

As always, I welcome your comments and appreciate your feedback.

Best regards,

Ed Drilling
President — AT&T Arkansas

August 26, 2015

Calling All Data Developers!

Posted by AT&T Arkansas Team
AT&T and GradNation in search of app to increase U.S. graduation rate

Help us increase the U.S. graduation rate.Some say “two heads are better than one.” We say “the more the merrier."

Therefore, in an effort to help boost high school graduation rates, AT&T Aspire and GradNation are challenging you — the innovators, the analyzers, the educational professionals — to produce an app or interactive data visualization that is creative, original and, most importantly, will impact the U.S. high school graduation rate.

Through AT&T Aspire, AT&T invests in new tools and solutions that support college and career readiness. With GradNation, led by America’s Promise Alliance, in collaboration with Civic Enterprises and The Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins University School of Education, we are working toward a goal of a 90 percent on-time high school graduation rate in the United States by 2020.

In 2013, we hit a record high of 81.4 percent, and we are on track to meet our goal — but we need help getting there!

Meanwhile, data analytics have become a growing force for smarter business. It helps to improve decision-making, productivity and customer service. But we know that the power of better insights is not limited to business. So, we’re giving it a go to improve public service and philanthropy, too! Thus, Data for Diplomas was born.

Data for Diplomas a ChallengePost contest that kicked off on August, with $40,000 in prizes and the support of AT&T Aspire and GradNation. If you are a data scientist or developer, we encourage you to check out the contest, registration and the full rules on DevPost.

The contest is open now until Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015.

Winners will be announced in December.

You can use #Data4Diplomas and follow AT&T’s @ConnectToGood to get the latest contest news.

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August 25, 2015

AT&T and DIRECTV are now ONE!

Posted by Ed Drilling

AT&T and DIRECTV are now ONE!AT&T Inc. has completed its acquisition of DIRECTV. The newly combined company — the largest pay TV provider in the United States and the world — will offer millions of people more choices for video entertainment on any screen from almost anywhere, any time.

Current customers of AT&T and DIRECTV do not need to do anything as a result of the merger. They’ll continue to receive their same services, channel lineups and customer care.

Customer account information, online access and billing arrangements remain the same.

The integration of AT&T and DIRECTV will occur over the coming months. In the coming weeks, AT&T will launch new integrated TV, mobile and high-speed Internet offers that give customers greater value and convenience.

With the completion of its DIRECTV acquisition, AT&T will continue to deploy its all-fiber GigaPower Internet access service — the company’s highest-speed Internet service, which allows you to download a TV show in as little as three seconds. When the expansion is complete, AT&T’s all-fiber broadband footprint will reach more than 14 million customer locations.

“Combining DIRECTV with AT&T is all about giving customers more choices for great video entertainment integrated with mobile and high-speed Internet service,” said Randall Stephenson, AT&T chairman and CEO. “We’ll now be able to meet consumers’ future entertainment preferences, whether they want traditional TV service with premier programming, their favorite content on a mobile device, or video streamed over the Internet to any screen."

“This transaction allows us to significantly expand our high-speed Internet service to reach millions more households, which is a perfect complement to our coast-to-coast TV and mobile coverage,” Stephenson said. “We’re now a fundamentally different company, with a diversified set of capabilities and businesses that set us apart from the competition.”

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