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Brittany Eitel, senior accounting major, President of IMA and Captain of the UAM Softball Team has been selected as a member of Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities.  Congrats.
The UAM Student Chapter of the Institute of Management Accounting recently received notice that it once again has earned a Gold Medal for Excellence Award.  The is the 7th consecutive award in the seven-year history of the chapter.
The UAM Student Chapter of the Institute of Management Accounting recently received notice that it once again has earned a Gold Medal for Excellence Award.  The is the 6th consecutive award in the six-year history of the chapter.
The UAM Student Chapter of the Institute of Management Accounting recently received notice that it once again has earned a Gold Medal for Excellence Award.  The is the 5th consecutive award in the five-year history of the chapter.
The UAM Student Chapter of the Institute of Management Accounting recently received notice that it once again has earned a Gold Medal for Excellence Award.  The is the 4th consecutive award in the four-year history of the chapter.
Amber Reaves (center), a McGehee native and a senior accounting major at the University of Arkansas at Monticello, was honored recently by the Institute of Management Accountants as the WINNER of the 2009 Student Manuscript Award. Reaves has been invited to attend the 90th annual IMA Conference and Exposition in Denver, Colorado for an awards luncheon on June 7. Her manuscript, entitled “Preparing for the Future,”  discussed the activities of UAM’s IMA student chapter. Pictured with Reaves are (left) Ted Hammett, professor of accounting, and (right) Lou James, dean of the UAM School of Business. 
The UAM Student Chapter of the Institute of Management Accounting recently received notice that it once again has earned a Gold Medal for Excellence Award.  The is the 3rd consecutive award in the three-year history of the chapter.
Jenny Dunn, Class of 2008, sent Ms. Phillips an email telling her about her new job.  She is a Graduate Accountant with Perks Integrated Business Services in Adelaide, South Australia.  They are a top 40 firm in Australia and she said they would help her get her Chartered Accountant (CA) license.  Thought you who know her would like to know. 
Chancellor's List - I am proud to announce the following accounting students made had 4.0 GPA's for the Spring 2008 semester.  Jennifer L. Cobb, Dumas; April J, Stobbs, Hartman; Timothy A. Gerbitz, Jefferson and Sean M. McCormick, Monticello.  If I missed anyone, let me know ASAP.
Dean's List - I am also proud to announce the following accounting students made the Dean's List for the Spring 2008 semester.  Jennifer N. Schmidt, Crossett; Victoria D. Ladd, Hamburg; Monica R. Strickland, Hamburg; Christopher D. Ledbetter, Hermitage; Jarod N. Malin, Judsonia; Gabrielle Y. Horton, Little Rock; Jamie L Morgan, McGeehee; Catherine C. Carr, Monticello; Kortney D. Keen, Monticello; Letitia G. Jacks, Rison and Joni S. Forrest, Wilmar.  Again, if I missed anyone, let me know ASAP.
The UAM student chapter of the IMA hosted a booth at Freshman Orientation on August 18th in the Gibson center.  One particular item we were able to share with incoming students was a recent list of Top 5 in-demand majors.  Number 2 on the list was Accounting.  Since #1is Mechanical Engineering, and it is not offered at UAM, that makes Accounting the most IN-DEMAND degree offered by UAM.  Already knew we had the best students in Accounting, now we also have the those most desired by businesses.
At the beginning of the summer, back in May, we heard from Jennifer Brown, December 07 graduate. According to Jennifer, "I just thought I would check in and say hi.  I am doing really good.  I am loving my job with BKD.  I started out traveling a lot.  Things were really busy around here when I started in January.  Now things are slacking off.  Busy season is over and I have a lot of time to study at the office.  That is definitely nice.  I am actually sitting for my first time Monday, the 19th for the CPA exam.  I am taking REG.  I have been studying pretty hard for the past month and a half and I am hoping it will pay off."  We all wish her the best. 
Adrian Childs, and Victoria Ladd, both members of the Class of 2008 have accepted positions with the Little Rock office of the Arkansas Legislative Audit.
April Stobbs, Class of 2008 has accepted a position with accounting firm of BKD.  She will be working out of the Fort Smith Office.
IMA Student Chapter has won a Gold Medal for outstanding performance during the 2007-08 academic year.  The UAM Student Chapter has now earned this recognition in each of its first two years of existence.  Congratulations to the IMA student membership and particularly to the officers for a job well done.
Accounting graduate to speak at graduation.  It was 1958 and Gerald Majors was a young man in a hurry.  When Majors enrolled for classes at Arkansas A&M (Now the University of Arkansas at Monticello) after two semesters at Arkansas Tech, he didn’t fit the profile of a typical college freshman – 18 years old and in search of the next party.  Majors was a 21-year-old veteran of almost four years in the Air Force, about to marry his high school sweetheart, and viewed college with the serious bent of a man ready to move on to the next stage of his life.  “I will readily admit that I was a serious student at that point,” says Majors. “I was ready to make college count.”  Commuting from his home in Star City, Majors graduated in three years, never taking a semester off.  He took his degree in accounting and parlayed it into a successful business career, first with a Pine Bluff accounting firm, then as an executive with the McGeorge Associated Companies.
For an organization only in its second year, the Student IMA chapter had an outstanding year.  The faculty advisors thank the current officers and members.  We hope next year will be as successful and that our new officers will have your full support.  Those officers, elected April 7th are President, Ashley Lay; Vice-president, Catherine Carr; Secretary, Amber Reaves and Treasurer, Monica Strickland.
Ms. Becky Phillips has been nominated for Alpha Chi's newcomer faculty member of the year.  Jan Stanley, School of Business secretary and Dr. Lou James, School of Business Dean have been nominated for staff member and administrator of the year respectively.   With Dr. Ted Hammett being nominated for faculty member of the year, the SOBA and the accounting program will be well represented at the upcoming Alpha Chi banquet.  Congrats to everyone.
Julie LaFleur, Class of 2008, has accepted a position with Arkansas Legislative Audit in Monticello.  Congratulations to both Julie and Roger.

The Institute for Management Accountants (IMA) recently held a contest in which contestants were required to guess the number of jelly beans in a jar.  Carolyn King was the winner.  Her prize was a $50 gift card to Wal Mart.  Pictured are April Stobbs, Treasurer and Ms. King.  Congratulations!!!!  Thank you to everyone who participated in this event.

Today's (March 10) IMA meeting, Robin McClendon President of SeaArk Boats in Monticello will be making a presentation in BBC 302 starting at noon.  All business and accounting majors are invited.
I received an email today from the Loyola University of Chicago extending an invitation for our accounting majors to apply to their Master of Science in Accounting program.  They have also provided us with a copy of their school of business newsletter.  If you are interested in a good program in a very large metro area, it could very well be worth your time to check out the links in this announcement.
Ms Mackie Lowery, UAM graduate in December 2007, has just recently been promoted to Auditor Supervisor in the Sales and Use Tax Department of the Department of Finance and Administration for the State of Arkansas.
The IMA Student Chapter will be having its second meeting of the Spring term on Monday, Feb. 11.  Look around for signs containing details.
Debbie Gasaway, UAM Controller and 1982 UAM accounting graduate, has announced that, "As of February 1, 2008, we have a newly hired accountant in the Cashiers Office.  Her name is Rowena Copico (class of '07)and she has the position previously held by Alethea Dallas. She is a recent graduate of UAM and we are most pleased to have her in Finance and Administration."
Scott Saffold, class of 1990, has been named executive vice-president of Union Bank.  Scott, a native of Monticello,  is a CPA and serves as chief lending officer for Union Bank.
The IMA Student Chapter will be having its first meeting of the Spring term on Monday, Feb. 4.  Look around for signs containing details.
Hear thru the Grapevine, Mr. Robert Forrest has accepted a position with Searcy and Associates, CPA's of Monticello.
Privately funded Scholarship Applications are due by March 1.  If you have a Cumulative GPA over 2.0, and do not receive an application in class, please pick up one from the Dean's Office in the School of Business or the Admissions office in Harris Hall.
UAM recently announced Fall 2007 graduates.  In the frame to the right, we are very proud to recognize those receiving BBA Degrees with Majors in Accounting.  Congratulations.

Sonja Knight                                Jennifer Brown
Shana Carter                                Dennis Chisom
Mark Fowler                                Mackie Lowery
Kimberly McDougald

Chancellor's List - I am proud to announce the following accounting students made had 4.0 GPA's for the Fall 2007 semester.  Sydney Johnson, Crossett; Robert E. Lucky, McGehee; Amber L. Reaves, McGehee; Catherine C. Carr, Monticello; Julie A. LaFleur, Monticello; Sean M. McCormick, Monticello; April J. Stobbs, Star City; Kimberly A. McDougald, Warren; Joni S. Forrest, Wilmar.  If I missed anyone, let me know ASAP.
Dean's List - I am also proud to announce the following accounting students made the Dean's List for the Fall 2007 semester.  Jennifer N. Schmidt, Crossett; Meagan A. Lagrone, Dermott; Victoria D. Ladd, Hamburg; Monica R. Strickland, Hamburg; Adrian J. Childs, Hermitage; Christopher D. Ledbetter, Hermitage; Timothy A. Gerbitz, Jefferson, Michael J. Bone, Monticello; Jennifer M. Dunn, Monticello; Melinda S. Ward, Monticello; Jaimi J. Solorio, Nashville; Timothy J. Richardson, Redfield; Brandi C. Ellis, Warren; and Jeniffer L. Chancey, Warren.  Again, if I missed anyone, let me know ASAP.
Better late than never?  Joni Forrest, accounting major, will also be among those initiated into the Alpha Chi Honor Society on November 15th.  Congratulations.
Jeff Pattillo, class of 06, stopped by to visit.  Jeff is currently with Arkansas Legislative in Monticello. 
Jenny Dunn, senior accounting major, won National 1st-team All-American honors for her outstanding performance for the UAM Cotton Blossoms softball team in the Spring of 2007.
At a recent intercollegiate rodeo event held in Magnolia, senior accounting major, Katie Bandy won 1st place in the break-away roping event.

CHECK IT OUT.  The Arkansas Student Loan Authority has created a website to provide comprehensive information and access regarding student financial aid resources for Arkansans.  Fund My Future provides a free scholarship search and is a clearinghouse of information specifically for Arkansas nursing and education students.  You may access the Fund My Future website at:  http://www.fundmyfuture.info/  This information was provided to us by Susan Brewer, Director of Financial Aid, University of Arkansas at Monticello.

It has recently come to our attention that Whitney Oden, junior accounting major has also received an invitation to join Alpha Chi.
Julie LaFleur, Jennifer Cobb and Monica Strickland have been extended invitations to join Alpha Chi, the top UAM honor society.  Congratulations from the Accounting Faculty and all members of IMA.  We do hope there are others being honored.  If so, please let use know.
Shermane Gulledge, class of 2005 formerly an Internal Auditor with Warren Bank and Trust has accepted a new position as a staff accountant with Deborah Bays, CPA of Hamburg.
James Brown, class of 1975, became president and publisher of Capital Gazette Communications, Inc., the oldest newspaper publisher in the United States, in 2007. A native of Warren and a 1971 graduate of Monticello High School, Brown was part of the first freshman class at UAM after the school’s merger with the University of Arkansas. He received a degree in accounting from UAM in 1975 and earned an MBA from Louisiana Tech.  Brown and his wife, the former Eddie Brewster of Wilmar, live in Arnold, Maryland.
We are pleased to announce that Becky Stevens, class of 1989, currently going under the name of Becky Phillips recently joined the UAM Accounting Faculty as a full-time faculty member.  We hope those of you who know her will drop a note of congratulations. 
Amber Cabaniss has recently joined an auditing firm located in Fort Smith, Arkansas.
Brandi Ellis, class of 2008, is sporting a new diamond.  Rumor has it that Brandi and Adrian Childs, also class of 2008, are planning a wedding on June 28, 2008.  According to Brandi, they think they can get all the arrangements done in the 9 months available.
Holly Beck, class of 2007 joined Price Industries soon after graduation.  We recently learned she has already been promoted.  Congratulations for her on the promotion and also on the impending marriage to Justin.  Scheduled date is October 6, (we think).
At the September meeting of IMA, Victoria Ladd was elected President; Vice-President, Julie LaFleur; Treasurer, April Stobbs; and Secretary; Ashley Lay.  Congrats to all.
April Stobbs, class of 2008 has accepted a position as a staff accountant with Ralph McQueen, CPA of Monticello.
Jennifer Brown, class of 2007 has accepted a position as a staff accountant with BKD of Pine Bluff.