Farmers Bank & Trust Brings Ben Stein to Texarkana As Part of Distinguished Speaker Series

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Farmers Bank & Trust is bringing actor, author, economist,
and pop culture icon Ben Stein to Texarkana as a part of its Distinguished Speaker
Series. The April 4th event is being organized to raise funds for scholarships for
Texarkana College students who transition to Texas A&M University-Texarkana to
complete their 4-year degree.

Distinguished speaker Ben Stein is a former speech writer for Presidents Nixon
and Ford, a long time columnist for The Wall Street Journal, Barrons, and The New
York Times, Professor of Law and Economics at Pepperdine University, and a
multiple New York Times best-selling author. An Emmy award-winning host of
“Win Ben Stein’s Money,” Stein has had roles in dozens of movies and television
shows including “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” and “The Wonder Years.” He offers
laughter, insight, and tears as he explores society’s most quirky conundrums.
Armed with a curmudgeonly persona and offbeat style, he dissects the economy
and helps audiences balance life’s priorities, even as he offers an eye-opening
tour of its greatest absurdities.

The dinner and lecture portion of the event will be held at 7:00 p.m. on April 4th at
the Texarkana Arkansas Convention Center located at 5200 Convention Plaza
Drive in Texarkana, Arkansas. There will also be a private reception with the guest
speaker at 6pm in the Farmers Bank & Trust Main Branch at 2900 St. Michael
Drive in Texarkana, Texas. Tickets to the dinner are $100, while tickets to the
private reception and the dinner are $200 each.

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“We are very fortunate to have community partners like Farmers Bank and Trust
who generously invest in education in our area,” said A&M-Texarkana President
Dr. Emily Cutrer. “This investment contributes to transforming the lives of
students making the transition from Texarkana College to Texas A&M University-
Texarkana to continue their education.”

Texarkana College President Dr. Jason Smith also expressed his gratitude to
Farmers Bank & Trust, saying “We are so grateful to Farmers Bank & Trust for
their sponsorship of the Distinguished Speaker Series. Texarkana College has
prepared our students to take the next steps to pursue their dreams and these
scholarships will help remove the financial barriers of transferring to TAMU-T. We
know that helping students reach the next level in their education will have a
positive impact on our whole community.”

“We are focused on the future growth and success of our area and education is
the number one component to drive that growth and success,” added James
Bramlett, Farmers Texarkana Market President. “Farmers Bank & Trust believes in
being a partner with the community and giving back to the community and its
citizens in which we serve. The Distinguished Speaker Series will be instrumental
in bringing highly recognized speakers to the region as we work with Texas A&M
University and Texarkana College to build an endowment that will provide
scholarships for the students of today and for the future generations of
tomorrow.”

Tickets for the event are on sale now and can be purchased online at
www.TAMUT.edu/Farmers or in the Business Office on the TAMUT campus,
located in the Building for Academic and Student Services (closest to the main
parking lot) at 7101 University Drive, Texarkana, Texas.

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