THE UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS -- MONTICELLO

THE UAM NEWS SOURCE

 Vol. 1, No. 2

MARCH 2004

David Halberstam Lecture a Success| UAM Scholarship Deadlines Approaching | Miss Monticello Pageant Coming Soon | New State and Federal Laws Affect UAM Students Financial Aid Time Again | Pre-registration a Must for Students

 

UAM SCHOLARSHIP DEADLINES APPROACHING

 By Will Whiting

The University of Arkansas – Monticello offers a wide variety of scholarship opportunities to both incoming freshmen and current students.  Institutional scholarships are available for qualifying incoming freshmen, while private scholarship opportunities are available for all attending UAM.

According to Mary Whiting, UAM Scholarship Chair, increased opportunities for all students considering attending or currently attending UAM were announced last year. 

“We make every effort to provide excellent scholarship opportunities to deserving students at UAM,” said Whiting.

Institutional scholarships for incoming freshmen are awarded based on ACT scores and grade point averages.  Private scholarships are awarded based on designated criteria, which varies.  Institutional scholarships require a one-time application process, while private scholarships require a yearly application.   

“Applications are available for students in the Office of Admissions on the first floor of Harris Hall,” Whiting said.  “I encourage all current students to apply for private scholarships.”

The deadline for scholarship applications at UAM is March 15, 2004.  Students receiving awards will be notified in early May.  When applying for scholarships, Whiting offers several suggestions.

“I encourage students to include a letter stating the need for the scholarship as well as their goals,” Whiting said.  “The Scholarship Committee reviews each application, and we base some private scholarships on need.”

According to Whiting, the number of scholarship applications received in the Office of Admissions has increased over the past year.

“The competition for private awards, particularly, will be much higher this year,” Whiting said.  “We have seen a major increase in the number of applicants.”

In addition to the scholarships provided through the Office of Admissions, some majors within academic units also offer scholarships.  For more information on declared major scholarships, students are urged to contact the unit in which their major is located.

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Financial Aid Time Again

By Karon Parrish

Susan Brewer, UAM Financial Aid director issued the following statement in a recent interview, “All students who are planning to apply for financial aid for the upcoming fall semester should do so as soon as possible. The 2004-2005 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is available in the Financial Aid Office.  Students may also apply on-line at www.fafsa.ed.gov.”

The FAFSA is the first step in the financial aid process.  Students use it to apply for federal student financial aid, such as grants, loans, and work-study. In addition, most states and schools use information from the FAFSA to award non-federal aid.

According to the U.S. Department of Education, students who tend to wait until the last minute will have a much harder time being granted financial aid.  The department encourages students to apply as soon as possible after January 1 of each year for the upcoming fall semester, to  complete the application, and to also make copies and follow-up on the submitted forms.

UAM’s enrollment increased for the fall 2003 semester, and a continued increase is expected during the fall 2004  semester. The increased enrollment will guarantee a greater need for financial aid.  The more students who apply early through the FAFSA, the better the chances of acceptance if  all the requirements are met. 

For a complete listing of the types of financial aid available, along with printable forms, repayment information, and other assistance questions, students may browse on the following link: http://www.uamont.edu/FinancialAid

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David Halberstam Lecture A Success

By Karon Parrish

David Halberstam was the guest speaker for the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation Distinguished Lecturer series on the evening of March 9, 2004 at the UAM Fine Arts building.  Mr. Halberstam spoke before a crowd of over 300 students, faculty, and community.  He spoke on his many thoughts and experiences as a journalist during the past 40 years.

Halberstam began his career as a student journalist at Harvard University on the Harvard Crimson, a daily student newspaper.  He is not only a Pulitzer Prize winner but the author of 14 novels that made the New York Times Best Sellers list.  He has written biographies, essays, and magazine articles, throughout his career and has been called a “legend in American journalism” by the The Washington Post.

Dr. Robert Moore, moderator for the event, asked Halberstam’s views  on various current issues.  Halberstam replied that “there is such a conflict of values” in the United States as compared to 1960. 

He spoke of the upcoming presidential race between President George Bush and Senator John Kerry in which he replied “it will be about so much more than politics, it will be about values, such as gay marriage, and whether or not we had the right to attack Iraq in view of the non-existence of weapons of mass destruction now.”

Halberstam went on to explain that he believes that the Vietnam war was much like “our second American Civil War” as the controversy of this period will never go away.  He believes it will be possible for the “Iraqi war to continue to stare us in the face.”

Regarding the war with Iraq, Halberstam believes that we are going to “punch our hands in the largest hornets nest.”  He went on to explain that America will not be seen as a liberator but rather as an intruder.

Moore inquired if Halberstam believed the U.S. Patriotic Act takes away from our Fourth Amendment right.  Halberstam replied “I don’t think we need the Patriotic Act.  There are enough retired generals, and other officials who could have come up with some other way to keep this act from being created.  We have so many laws as it is, we don’t need another one. We sometimes take our own freedom away from ourselves.”

Halberstam believes that the greatest strength we have in America is our ability to be “free thinkers.”  He went on to explain that we allow the average person to get the full benefit of his or her talent and other countries do not understand this.

Moore was curious about what Halberstam believed are the characteristics of a good writer.  Halberstam said, “Tell a good story.”  He further explained that there are people out there with stories that need telling and these people are real.  It takes something that matters to ordinary people.  If the story is successful, “the reader will not be able to put the book down.”  He also shared that it has been “a privilege to have people tell me their stories over the years.”

During the question and comment time, one UAM student asked Halberstam his view of the media and journalists today.  Halberstam replied that the media is “more concerned with the celebrity aspect of news than real issues.”  He praised the ABC news program “Nightline” for keeping the public well informed over a period of years.

After the lecture, Halberstam was available to sign his new book,  The Teammates, about a sixty year friendship among four Redsox players (Ted Williams, Bobby Doerr, Dom DiMaggio and Johnny Pesky); and the September 2001 release War in a Time of Peace: Bush, Clinton, and the Generals.

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Miss Monticello Pageant Coming Soon

By Jane-Marie Herron

It’s time to fix up that hair and smile.  That’s right girls, the Miss Monticello pageant is less than a month away.  The pageant is not just about beauty, it’s also about talent and intelligence.  Many people imagine pageants as being all make-up and glitz, but this one isn’t. 

Miss Monticello, an official preliminary to the Miss Arkansas pageant, will be held March 27th at the Drew Central Auditorium. To enter, you must be a resident of Drew, Bradley, Ouachita, Calhoun, Lincoln, Dallas, Desha, or Cleveland counties, or attend UAM as a full time student. 

The pageant not only offers the crown of Miss Monticello and a ticket to Miss Arkansas, but also scholarship money, something every student can use.  Miss Monticello will receive one year tuition paid to UAM, and the First Runner Up will receive one year tuition paid to the UAM branch at McGehee. If you want to have fun and a chance at winning scholarship money, then participating in Miss Monticello is the way to do it.   Entry forms may be downloaded from www.missarkansas.org.  The deadline for entry is March 13th, 2004.

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New State and Federal Laws Affect UAM Students

By Will Whiting

International law changes have recently been implemented by the Student Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS).  The changes require all universities, including UAM, to provide regular reporting on the status of current international students.  Careful monitoring of grades, financial obligations, and program progress is required by the UAM International Office.

In addition to the basic changes in  SEVIS requirements, new immunization guidelines have been implemented by the Arkansas Department of Health. 

All students born on or after January 1, 1957, must provide proof of two immunizations against measles and rubella.  Foreign-born students must also provide the Student Health Services Office proof of tuberculin skin testing before entering UAM.  

According to Student Health Nurse Terri Richardson, the new law went into effect this semester.

“Currently the law only affects newly enrolled foreign-born students,” Richardson said.    “However, effective spring 2005, it will affect all foreign-born students including those currently enrolled.”

The Arkansas Department of Health Tuberculin Skin Testing for Foreign-Born Students Database is maintained in the Student Health Services Office located on the lower level of the Gibson University Center.  According to Richardson, the new measures have been put in place to make sure all UAM students are safe from potentially deadly diseases.

“The law was written in reaction to a tuberculosis outbreak on another university campus in Arkansas about three years ago,” Richardson said.  “The intent is to prevent another outbreak.”

International students seeking more information on the new laws required by SEVIS should contact Mary Whiting, UAM’s International Officer, in Harris Hall.  UAM students wishing to inquire about new health measures should contact Richardson in the Student Health Services Office.

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Pre-Registration a Must for Students

By Jessica Goodwin

It’s that point in the semester again, time to pre-register for next semester’s classes.  Now some of you may be thinking, “I’m way too busy with this semester’s work to even think about next semester.”  Well, it is definitely something you should think about, especially if you are an upperclassmen who would like to graduate at a certain time.  A lot of classes are only offered during certain semesters and they do fill up quickly.

Freshmen out there, don’t think you have all the time in the world.  You may have lots of basic classes to choose from, but the sooner you sign up the better chance you have of avoiding an 8 o’clock class.

So, make an appointment with your advisor and get ready to sign-up for this summer and next fall’s classes. You will be glad you did.  Pre- registration will begin on March 29 and will last through April 16.

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