ASU-Beebe, along with the Steve Storm family, recently transitioned the annual Steve Storm Memorial Scholarship, established in 2011, into a legacy endowment to honor Steve Storm.
The endowment of the Steve Storm Memorial Scholarship allows a math or science major each year to receive this scholarship in his memory. Storm was the first instructor of math and science at ASU-Beebe Heber Springs campus, which was established in 1999. He taught physics, physical science, earth science, calculus, college algebra, and development algebra.
In addition to teaching, Storm was instrumental in starting online courses for the college. He served as WebCT coordinator, trained instructors to teach online, and conducted orientations for online students. At one time, Storm was named the ASU-Beebe Outstanding Faculty member at the Arkansas Community Colleges Conference (formerly Arkansas Association of Two-Year Colleges Conference). He received two Chancellor’s Awards and served on the ASU-Beebe Heber Springs Development Council. Storm was also a member of the team that designed the beautiful campus of ASU-Beebe Heber Springs. According to his daughter, Susie Storm Lynch, the statement was made, “In the Storm house, we refer to the ASU-Beebe campus in Heber Springs as "the school that daddy built."
Storm taught many years at Floral, Heber Springs High School, then at ASU-Beebe Heber Springs. Many generations of students will remember Storm’s soft yet stern demeanor in the classroom, but most of all, his desire to share knowledge with those around him. Outside the building, he and his wife Linda ensured that a brick was laid in honor of each of his children and grandchildren furthering the feeling of this campus being a special place for the Storm family. Many faculty and staff said, the third floor of the Academic Center was his favorite place on campus and like a “second home” to him. A plaque hangs on the wall in his memory.
During his 30 years of education, Storm was also committed to the Heber Springs community. He was the sponsor of the Beta Club, Science Club, and Quiz Bowl team to name a few. He also maintained the scoreboard at all home football games and countless races during high school track meets. Storm was a cornerstone member of the First United Methodist Church in Heber Springs, where he was active in the choir, Holy Tollers Hand-bell Choir, chaired the Pastor-Parish Relations Committee, the Parsons Scholarship Committee and founded the Stephens Ministry with his wife. Storm spent many summers working on the lake as a park ranger for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
If anyone would like to contribute to the Steve Storm Memorial Scholarship, call (501) 882-8903 or mail to ASU-Beebe Institutional Advancement Office, c/o Steve Storm Memorial Scholarship, P.O. Box 1000, Beebe, AR 72012.