Bobbie Frentz Larkins is the 2020 Recipient of the Fred Selfe Service to Emory & Henry Award

by Monica Hoel
Bobbie has been a staunch advocate for alumni career networking for E&H students.

We talk a lot at Emory & Henry about how we can best use alumni networking to support our students in their pursuit of meaningful careers. We are fortunate that so many E&H grads understand that importance, and are so willing to help. But some alumni are, perhaps, just a little more helpful than average.

Bobbie Frentz Larkins serves as Business Process Improvement Lead at Eastman Chemical in Kingsport.  As you might imagine, Eastman is a company where many of our students aspire to work – partially because they employ from absolutely every discipline. The best way to sum it up is that Eastman isn’t just for chemists.

But Bobbie does more than represent a great company. Bobbie is the perfect example of how our E&H alumni can make a difference in the lives of students who are figuring out their career paths.

When our Emory & Henry career planning office planned an event to give students experience at mingling and working the room at a reception – Bobbie was front and center. She was right in the mix when we organized a “speed-networking” event – which is an event much like speed-dating, only with career advice and not a love connection. When we asked area professionals to be part of a video to be used for first-year orientation, Bobbie was quick to say yes and offered inspiring advice to a new crop of E&H students.

And it’s not just that she responds positively when we ask her to help:  she often is the one who initiates a career connection. She frequently calls the college to point out that it is about time for us to bring a group of students to Kingsport for a tour of Eastman and a chance to talk about careers.  When we get to the plant, she will have organized all the E&H alumni who work at Eastman into a room where they share about what they do in their jobs and how Emory & Henry prepared them.  And they even brag about the importance of all those crazy E&H assignments that students often complain about.

Bobbie has the heart of a servant leader. And her thoughts are never far from what she can do to help E&H students as they grow in their knowledge and professional pursuits.  Eastman is fortunate to have such an accomplished and valuable employee – and Emory & Henry is fortunate to have such a caring and helpful and supportive alumna.

The Emory & Henry Alumni Association named Roberta Frentz Larkins, Class of 2003, the 2020 recipient of the Fred Selfe Distinctive Service to Emory & Henry Award.

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  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/2430-town-of-saltville-eyes-big-plans"><picture class="lw_image"> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2400/11805_gwh_all.rev.1660772634.JPG 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2400/11805_gwh_all.rev.1660772634.JPG 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2400/11805_gwh_all.rev.1660772634.JPG 3x"/> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2400/11805_gwh_all.rev.1660772634.JPG 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2400/11805_gwh_all.rev.1660772634.JPG 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2400/11805_gwh_all.rev.1660772634.JPG 3x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2400/11805_gwh_all.rev.1660772634.JPG 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2400/11805_gwh_all.rev.1660772634.JPG 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2400/11805_gwh_all.rev.1660772634.JPG 3x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2400/11805_gwh_all.rev.1660772634.JPG" alt="This beautiful bird is the latest visitor to the well fields in Saltville, and bird enthusiasts are having fun figuring him out. There is..." width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2400/11805_gwh_all.rev.1660772634.JPG 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2400/11805_gwh_all.rev.1660772634.JPG 3x" data-max-w="3200" data-max-h="2400" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/2430-town-of-saltville-eyes-big-plans">Town of Saltville Eyes Big Plans</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"> There’s a Labor Day party coming up in Saltville, Virginia, but town leaders are looking at much more than just a big weekend. <a href="/live/news/2430-town-of-saltville-eyes-big-plans" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/2070-tom-lundy-awarded-highest-honor-by-icma"><img src="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,800,800/10461_Tom_Lundy.jfif" alt="Tom Lundy E&H Class of 1971" class="lw_image" width="345" height="225"/></a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/2070-tom-lundy-awarded-highest-honor-by-icma">Tom Lundy Awarded Highest Honor by ICMA</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"> Because of an interest sparked and kindled while at Emory & Henry, Tom Lundy spent 44 years in local government, retiring in 2016 as Catawba County Manager, a position he held since 1979. <a href="/live/news/2070-tom-lundy-awarded-highest-honor-by-icma" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1624-remembering-dr-samir-saliba"><picture class="lw_image"> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,177,194/9360_samir_2.rev.1612295659.webp 1x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,177,194/9360_samir_2.rev.1612295659.jpg 1x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,177,194/9360_samir_2.rev.1612295659.jpg" alt="Dr, Samir Saliba, Emory & Henry Faculty Emeritus" width="345" height="225" data-max-w="177" data-max-h="194" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/1624-remembering-dr-samir-saliba">Remembering Dr. Samir Saliba</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"><p><strong>Dr. Samir N. Saliba<br/></strong>February 18, 1934 - November 25, 2020</p><a href="/live/news/1624-remembering-dr-samir-saliba" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1386-eamph-alumni-librarians-organize-reading-challenge"><picture class="lw_image"> <source type="image/png" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/40,0,559,518/8585_books.rev.1601424919.png 1x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/40,0,559,518/8585_books.rev.1601424919.png" alt="" width="345" height="225" data-max-w="519" data-max-h="518" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/1386-eamph-alumni-librarians-organize-reading-challenge">E&H Alumni Librarians Organize Reading Challenge for Stay Homecoming</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"> This Stay Homecoming event is a real page-turner. <a href="/live/news/1386-eamph-alumni-librarians-organize-reading-challenge" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>