Sigma Tau Gamma President Nick Temple (right), presents the Paul R. Carter Professional Achievement Award to Dr. Joe Guenter

Dr. Joe Guenter, assistant professor emeritus of physics at the University of Arkansas at Monticello, recently became the first recipient of the Paul R. Carter Professional Achievement Award for his years of service to both the university and the UAM chapter of Sigma Tau Gamma fraternity.

The award is named for the late Paul R. Carter, a UAM graduate, a member of Sigma Tau Gamma, and former chief financial officer for Walmart.

Guenter was a member of the UAM faculty from 1962 (when the school was known as Arkansas A&M College) until his retirement in 2008. From 1965 to 1985, Guenter served as the faculty advisor for Sigma Tau Gamma fraternity. Guenter is a lifetime member of both the Arkansas Academy of Science and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and is a Wilson C. Morris Fellow.

He served as Province Governor for all Sigma Tau Gamma fraternity chapters in Arkansas and received the Grubbs Chapter Advisor Award.

Guenter is married to the former Helen Burson, associate librarian at UAM, and is a member of the Monticello Rotary Club, the board of directors of the Arkansas Superior Federal Credit Union, the Monticello Music Club, the Drew County Historical Society, and First Presbyterian Church.

The late Paul Carter served Walmart in a number of capacities. He was executive vice president of Walmart Stores, president of Walmart’s real estate division, and chairman of the board of Walmart Realty.