THE UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS -- MONTICELLO

THE UAM NEWS SOURCE

Vol. 1, No. 3

APRIL 1, 2004

UAM Assembly Conducts First Meeting of Semester| Four UAM Students Attend National Conference | UAM to Suggest Tuition Increase | Agriculture Department Hosts Discussion Meet UAM Professor Announces Butterfly Watch Project | MBSF Fish Fry is Thursday | UAM Spring Training Program Wraps Up | UAM Debate Team Does Well Once Again

 

UAM To Suggest Five

Percent Tuition Increase

By Will Whiting

As Arkansas continues to battle education funding problems within state public school systems, Arkansas universities are being forced to find alternative funding sources.  For many, an increase in tuition is the only way to make up for funding that will be lost.

According to Dr. Mark Davis, Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration, the UAM Executive Council will make a recommendation to the University of Arkansas System Board of Trustees at their April 2, 2004, meeting in Hot Springs, Arkansas, to increase tuition costs at UAM on an average of five percent. 

The suggestion for raising tuition comes from the university seeing increases in utility costs, health insurance, and the lack of funding in the state’s education budget.  According to Davis, UAM administrators are reluctant to suggest any increase, but unfortunately, the realities the school faces are inevitable. 

“We would prefer no increase at all for our students,” Davis said.  “However, to continue offering quality programs to the students here at UAM, the increase is something we have to suggest.”

After administrators recommend the increase, the University of Arkansas System Board of Trustees will vote on whether or not tuition should be raised at UAM.  If the majority of the board agrees, students can expect to see the five percent increase take effect in the fall 2004 semester. 

While tuition prices could possibly rise, Davis said there are no immediate plans to suggest raising UAM student fees. 

“We are only recommending the five percent increase in tuition,” Davis said. 

If the increase is approved for the UAM campus, undergraduate in-state students can expect to see a five dollar per credit hour increase added to their bill next fall.  The amount will vary for graduate and out of state students, but will remain an average five percent rise across the board. 

“Students will find it more difficult to pay their bills, but I think they will understand,” Davis said.  “They should remember the FACTS Tuition Management program will still be available to help them pay their bills in installments.”

Currently UAM has the lowest tuition cost of any university within the U of A System.  It is expected that other universities statewide will also recommend tuition increases for the fall semester to help make up for lost funding from the State of Arkansas. 

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Four UAM Students Attend

National Conference

Pictured from left are Colby Boyce of Atlanta, Texas, Sally Owen of Monticello, Will Whiting of Monticello and Latish Edwards of Nashville, Arkansas.

By Will Whiting

Two UAM Student Affairs staff members and four UAM students represented the university at the national Association for the Promotion of College Activities (APCA) conference held in Atlanta, Georgia, March 3-7, 2004.

The conference, designed to promote activities on college campuses across America, presented a showcase of talent ranging from educational speakers, musicians, comedians, bands, and many other activities which most college students find appealing.  In addition, the students and staff members attending the conference participated in educational workshops aimed to help smaller universities such as UAM develop a plan to bring more activities to the campus.

According to Dr. Clay Brown, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Dean of Students, the conference was a learning experience for the students attending the event. 

“Our students were able to view how other students from across the country run their student activities,” Brown said.  “We can take what we learned and apply it to our campus.”

Because UAM was represented at the conference, the university is now eligible for price breaks from some of the talent in attendance if the university chooses to book them.  The team in attendance, along with the Student Government Association and the Student Activities Board will try to book a diversified range of talent for the 2004-2005 school year.

“The diversity ran from speakers who spoke on how to improve student meetings all the way to jugglers, hypnotists and magicians,” Brown said.  “We always try to have a variety of acts at our campus each year.”

Ashley Lynn, Director of Student Programs and Activities and Brown were the Student Affairs staff representing UAM.  Colby Boyce, LaTish Edwards, Sally Owen, and Will Whiting attended the conference as student representatives.  The APCA national programming conference is held once a year in Atlanta. 

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Pictured from left:  Jim Barnes, Jody Urquhart, Dr. Kelly Bryant, Austin Lawrence, Michael Stanley, Jay McGough, Chase Milligan, Brad Johnston, Elizabeth Pike, Dr. Robert Stark, Christine Bryant, and Dr. Paul Francis.

Agriculture Department

Hosts Discussion Meet

By Lydia Meier

The annual UAM Farm Bureau Collegiate Discussion Meet was held at the Agriculture building on Thursday, March 4, 2004.  This competition allows college agriculture students to display their knowledge of several agriculture-related fields, including education, conservation, pest management, and biotechnology. 

The meet was held with eight contestants.  These students were placed in two panels of four students each.  They discussed a specific topic for a total of about 30 minutes, with a moderator guiding the process and a time-keeper regulating the proceedings.  Each contestant was judged on cooperative attitude, problem solving and implementation, delivery, analysis, opening statement, and closing statement. 

The two moderators were Dr. Robert Stark and Dr. Paul Francis.  Jody Urquhart, a 1997 UAM graduate, was the representative from Farm Bureau.  The judges included UAM Agriculture alumni and local agriculture leaders.

When asked about the benefits of this competition, Stark stated, “This provides an opportunity for agriculture students to discuss prominent agriculture issues and draw upon the knowledge they have acquired in their agriculture classes.”

The 1st place winner was Jim Barnes, with Michael Stanley in 2nd, Christine Bryant in 3rd, and Elizabeth Pike in 4th.  Each contestant who placed received a cash prize.  Barnes will advance to the State Collegiate Discussion meet to be held on April 8, 2004.

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MBSF Fish Fry This Thursday

The Missionary Baptist Student Fellowship will present the annual UAM Fish Fry this Thursday night, April 1, 2004.  The fish fry is open to all students, faculty and staff at UAM.  According to sources from the MBSF, over one-thousand pounds of fish will be served at the event.  There is no cost to eat. 

For more information, contact Rob Leonard at the UAM MBSF.

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UAM Spring Training Program Wraps Up

By Will Whiting

Each year the UAM Exercise Center hosts a “Spring Training” for faculty, staff, and students wishing to improve their body image.  The program is designed to encourage the UAM community in their efforts to achieve improved physical health.  Spring Training 2004 ended on Friday, March 12.  According to Student Health Nurse Terri Richardson, the 5th annual Spring Training program was a success. 

Those participating in the spring training activity were required to complete a minimum of 20 workout sessions prior to spring break.  The participants were offered regular scheduled weight checks, body fat analysis, blood pressure checks and blood sugar checks throughout the course of the program. 

Student Health Services reported 71 participants enrolling in Spring Training 2004. Of these, 35 successfully completed all of the requirements aimed at improving one’s health. 

According to Richardson, the 35 completing all requirements put in long hours of hard work and showed signs of dedication to a lifestyle change.

“In order to complete all 20 workouts, the participant would have to work out a minimum of four days per week during the course of the program,” Richardson said.  “This means they had to establish a regular routine of physical exercise.”

At the end of Spring Training 2004, a drawing for a Spring Training t-shirt was held for those that completed all requirements.  UAM Community members receiving an exclusive t-shirt were Ricky Booker, Sharon Bulloch, Sue Daughtery, Amanda Gathright, Tawana Jones, Lydia Lowery, Vicky McDougald, Catherine Russell, Gail Shelby, Brady Stroud, Annette Vincent, Will Whiting and Barbara Whitted. 

Those taking part in the Spring Training activities were allowed to complete workouts on site in the UAM Exercise Center or away from campus.  The competitors were required to report their workout progress back to the Exercise Center on a daily basis. 

While Spring Training may be over, Richardson hopes all involved will continue their workout plan.

“Our primary goal is to help those interested develop long term exercise habits,” Richardson said.  “This will benefit their overall health.”

The UAM Exercise Center is located on the lower-level of the Gibson University Center.  For more information on the exercise equipment available to UAM students, faculty and staff, contact Richardson at 460-1051.

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UAM Assembly Meets

By Will Whiting

The UAM Assembly met in the Gibson University Center Green Room for their first official meeting of the semester on March 11, 2004. 

Much of the meeting centered on the UAM Student Activities Board budget.  According to university officials, the board typically operates on a budget of approximately $30,000 to $40,000 per semester.  However, at the start of the spring semester, the SAB only had approximately $9,000 with which the board could work. According to university officials, the organization spent the remainder of the funds allocated for spring in the fall 2003 semester.

Board members maintain they do not know where the money went, and would like to know what it purchased.  However, according to UAM Chancellor Fred Taylor, the budgeting problems are a result of the organization’s lack of money management.

“There are no problems with the expenditures regarding the SAB fund,” Taylor said.  “The fact that the account is short on money is a condition the organization will have to handle.” 

Student Government Association President Brett Eckert presented the initial questions regarding the lack of money in the SAB fund.  Eckert says he and the entire board had no idea where the money had gone. 

“A list of these expenditures was a complete shock to the SAB,” said Eckert. 

However, university officials disagree.  According to Dr. Peggy Doss, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and University Relations, “The SAB president was very aware of every expenditure.”

The budgeting concerns have prompted the Student Government Association to propose a new committee to the UAM Assembly.  If approved by the Assembly, the Funds Allocation Committee would allow student organizations to receive special funding for organizational activities.  According to Eckert, this particular committee is already popular on several other university campuses nationwide.

“Several other universities have a Funds Allocation Committee,” Eckert said.  “We would set aside between three and five thousand dollars of our budget so that all organizations on campus could petition for the money.  It would benefit the entire student body.”

The committee, which has been approved by the SGA, will be presented to the Student Affairs Committee prior to the April 2004 Assembly meeting.  If approved by the Student Affairs Committee, a request will be made for the Assembly to approve the new committee at the April meeting.

In addition, the Student Affairs committee requested the Assembly approve three new student organizations to the UAM campus.  The Journalism Club, The UAM Lyons Club, and Sigma Zeta, a national Science and Mathematics Honorary, were all approved by a unanimous vote. 

Vice Chancellor Doss also announced to the Assembly that renovations to residence halls on campus would continue for the remainder of this semester and the summer and fall terms.  Current planning has Horsfall Hall as the next target for renovations.  According to Doss, the renovations are being made to ensure students have a quality living environment while on campus.

“The students really like the changes made to Royer Hall,” Doss said.  “We are working on the renovation plans for Horsfall Hall which possibly includes new furniture among other things.”

Aside from activities taking place in the Division of Student Affairs, Chancellor Taylor announced he has appointed a committee to study the mission of UAM.  The last mission was approved by the UAM Assembly in 2001.  According to Taylor, UAM needs to develop a new mission prior to the North Central Accreditation Association arriving on campus in October. 

The UAM Information Technology infrastructure was also discussed in the Assembly meeting.  According to Dr. Mark Davis, Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration, the current infrastructure will begin to undergo major renovations over the next six to eight months. 

The renovations include the shutting down the campus computer system for approximately five days.  Dates for the shutdown have not yet been established.  The shutdown comes as a result of the system receiving excessive usage.  In addition, the threat of viruses on the system increases every day.  Davis offered several tips on how UAM students, faculty and staff can aid in the efforts to repair the current infrastructure.

“Try not to use the Netlist unless it is something every person needs to read,” Davis said.  “No one should open anything unless you know the person it is coming from.  Do not open junk e-mail. Instead, delete it immediately.”

Dr. Dennis Travis, Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs, was also on hand to deliver a report from his division.  Travis reminded the Assembly of the importance of the upcoming ten year accreditation visit by the North Central Accreditation Association.  Travis asked that all faculty and staff have their units prepared for the association’s October visit.

Travis also reported on the success of the Virtual Internship Program currently being used by both Computer Information System and Spatial Information System students.  According to Travis, the new program is cutting edge technology that is giving computer students exciting new opportunities.

“We have four students working for Netsco,” Travis said.  “It is a dot-com company based out of Raleigh, North Carolina.  The students do all of their work from our virtual internship lab here on campus, and they are even being paid.”

The next UAM Assembly meeting will be held in April.  According to the organization’s Constitution, the UAM Assembly serves as the ruling legislative body for the development and revision of educational policies and programs on the UAM campus.  The organization is chaired by faculty member Dr. Linda Webster.

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UAM Professor Announces

Butterfly Watch Project

By Lydia Meier

Dr. Jim Edson at the University of Arkansas-Monticello is requesting the help of students, faculty, and staff to spot monarch butterflies.  Every spring, these bright orange insects make their journey through Southeast Arkansas on their way North. 

As part of a program called Monarch Watch, overseen by the University of Kansas, Dr. Edson is asking anyone who sees some of these butterflies to contact him.  These butterflies can be caught, tagged, and safely released to be tracked on their long journey.

The butterflies are tagged with a very small, round sticker made out of an all-weather polypropylene material with very strong adhesive.  Each sticker is printed with the University of Kansas Entomology Department address as well as a unique identification number. 

For more information on the Monarch Watch program, visit their website at www.monarchwatch.org.  To contact Dr. Edson about possible sighting, e-mail him at edson@uamont.edu, or call his office at 870-460-1966

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UAM Debate Team Does Well Once Again

By Betty Dintelman

The UAM Debate and Forensics squad made their most recent showing at the Pineywoods Showdown at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas on March 6th and 7th. While there, many students had the chance to showcase their talents and hone their skills for the upcoming IPDA Nationals in April.

Brandi Morgan, a sophomore from Crossett, enjoyed her last tournament as a novice competitor. She said, “I really wanted to make this one count since I have to move up to the varsity division in upcoming competitions, and I really feel like I did that.” Morgan placed as a semi-finalist in a field of twenty-six competitors, making UAM’s strongest showing at the Pineywoods Showdown.

April Jacks, a sophomore from Woodlawn, competed in the varsity division, and placed as fifth place speaker, tying for eighth place overall. Jacks said she most enjoyed getting the chance to visit with friends again. “A great part of being on the team is the people you meet doing this, and I’ve really made some good friends in the process.”

 Betty Dintelman, a senior from Hamburg, placed as a quarterfinalist and first place speaker in the varsity division. Also competing was Matt Baumgarten, a sophomore from Monticello. Coach Scott Kuttenkuler took home his second award of the season for Outstanding Adjudicator. He said, “I was incredibly proud of the team this weekend, and I hope they keep up the good work for the upcoming home tournament. I also enjoyed being recognized as a judge, since that doesn’t happen at every tournament.”

 The next team competition, the Last Call Classic, will be held on the UAM campus April 3-4. After that, the team’s efforts will culminate at the International Public Debate National Championships to be held at Stephen F. Austin State University as well, April 16-18.


Let the Madness Begin

By Brad Amoroso

This is the time in the semester that the coffee and poetry freaks come out of the humdrum semester to show UAM what its poets are really make of.  That’s right; it’s time for Mocha Madness.  Once a semester, the UAM Creative Society throws a poetry party that showcases the brave and poetic souls who take the mike.  It even lets those of us without the courage to sign-up a chance to get up there and have a swing.  There’ll be enough coffee, espressos, and cappuccinos to keep a narcoleptic awake on site, but if you want to ensure you’ll be there for the always entertaining, “open mike” session, you’ll have to bring a very large cup.  And yes, it is bring your own cup, you caffeine junkies.  It is always well worth the jitters to watch these young and experienced poets bare their soul in the form of poetry. 


Guitar Recital

By Brad Amoroso

Well, the Battle of the Bands is over, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t see a guitar player rip up some music on stage.  World famous guitarist, David Asbury, will present a free concert on Thursday, April 1st, at 7:30 in the Harris Recital Hall of the Music Building (you know, the cool-looking building).  So every local guitarist, especially the ones who competed in last Thursday’s, “Battle of the Bands,” should find the time to attend.  We’re not talking about some young hot-shot here; we’re talking about a serious, hardcore musician that doesn’t just stop by and give free concerts everyday.  Seize the moment here, musicians.  After it’s done, you can go have a triple espresso at Mocha Madness, which should still be truckin’.  Clearly, this is a “don’t miss” opportunity.    

 

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