Student Life

April 2004

SWC Striving to Make a Difference | Preparing for Your Future| UAM Greek Week 2004 |Something to Cheer About | Expressions Through Art| Having Fun in Your Residence Hall



Something to Cheer About

By Bonita Harden

Don’t let the loud cheers and happy smiles fool you. Although they seem happy and stress free, big responsibilities and workloads fall into the laps of those who are jumping, tumbling, and cheering for the University of Arkansas-Monticello.

In anticipation for many high-spirited students, cheerleader and mascot tryouts are scheduled to take place later this month. While it’s not obvious, these prospective athletes are preparing themselves for a mental challenge, as well as a physical one.

According to Ashley Lynn, UAM’s cheerleading coach and sponsor, cheerleaders are required to uphold a grade point average of 2.0 or better and they have to attend instructional clinics. During off-season, they run to stay in shape, practice stunts, attend cheerleading camp to learn new material.

“Cheerleaders and the Mascot can get one-half tuition scholarships,” said Lynn.  "This year I’m looking for six females, six males and one Mascot.”

There are positions to be filled and everyone who is interested is encouraged to try out. Clinics will be April 21 through April 23 from 6-9 p.m. at the Steelman’s Field House Gymnasium leading to try-outs which will be held on April 24 from 8 a.m. until completion.

Kristi Brannon, a junior Communication major/Spanish minor was a cheerleader in 2003-04. “I was on the dance team in high school and I wanted to cheer at UAM to get involved, meet new people and to do something different,” said Brannon. “We were a good squad and I enjoyed cheering. This year I’m not trying out because I’m graduating in December and I didn’t want to commit knowing I would not be able to cheer the whole year.”

Cheerleaders are not only limited to athletic events such as football and basketball games. They also cheer at the Parent/Family Appreciation Day luncheon, the Homecoming parade and bonfire, UAM Staff Day and other events.

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Expressions Through Art

By Jessica Goodwin

Carolyn Sanders’ senior art exhibit, “Illumination,” will be on display in Spencer Gallery from April 13-16.  On Friday night, April 16th, a reception will be held from 6:30-7:30. Sanders will graduate in May with degrees in both Art and English.

“It represents light and its influence on me.  It shows how light is reflected in my life,” says Sanders. After Sanders has had the opportunity to display her artwork, the pieces will be for sale.  Another student will then will display their work of art following Sanders.

Each senior art major is required to exhibit a piece of art and several students find this time of year to be best for them because it gives them the opportunity to showcase their talents and capabilities.

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Having Fun in Your Residence Hall

By DaQuita Hardeman

As the semester nears its end, the Residence Life Programming Team is working hard to bring life into the dorms by getting residents involved. The team has arranged an array of events to take place throughout the month of April and May.

Remaining events are as follows: April 14 at 7:30 p.m. a card tournament will be held in Maxwell Hall’s second floor lobby; April 19 at 7:30 p.m. residents will have the opportunity to decorate their own picture frames in Royer and Horsfall Halls; April 22 at 4:30 p.m. there will a dominoes, cards, and chess tournaments and a cookout at Bankston Hall; April 24 at 3 p.m. there will be a Sand Volleyball tournament and cookout at Maxwell Hall and the Apartments; April 26-27 at 6:30 p.m. residents can visit either Bankston, Royer or Horsfall Halls to attend an Improve Your Test Taking Skills clinic; April 28 at 8:30 p.m. is Spa Night in Royer and Horsfall; April 29 at 7:00 p.m. a cooking class will be held at Maxwell Hall.

Events scheduled for the month of May are as follows: May 1 at 3:00 p.m. a pool and Playstation tournament will be held at Bankston Hall; and May 4 at 3:30 p.m. a slam dunk and 3 on 3 contest will be held at Bankston Hall; at 7:30 p.m. residents will have the opportunity to make a stress ball that may help to get through finals at Royer and Horsfall Halls and a Ping-Pong tournament will take place at Maxwell Hall and the apartments.


Students attend Residence Life sponsored event. Photos courtesy of Residence Life.

All residents are welcomed to attend these events. For any questions pertaining to these events feel free to contact Janson Martin at

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Vice-President Gina Dodd helps with the progress of the SWC Silent Action.  Photo by DaQuita Hardeman.

SWC Striving to

Make a Difference

By DaQuita Hardeman

M.A.D, Making A Difference, is the motto that UAM’s Social Work Club (SWC) is striving to uphold. The SWC conducted its annual Silent Auction from April 5th thru April 8th, 2004, raising over $400 auctioning off everything from scented candles to weekend hotel packages.

The SWC members collect gifts from various businesses like Western Sizzlin, Alice’s Place, Mazzio’s Pizza, Ramada Inn, and the Athletic Club.  They also received savings bonds from area banks. The purpose of the auction and other fundraisers is to raise money for the events that the club sponsors throughout each school year.

When asked what being a member of the Social Work Club means, vice-president Gina Dodd, a junior Social Work major, said that the club is simply trying to make a difference.

“We do a lot of community activities like giving out Halloween treat bags to those in the nursing home and we also adopted five kids for Christmas and got them everything that was on their wish list. We are all about community involvement and fighting for things that need changed.” said Dodd.

The club also hosts a Valentine’s Day raffle and a banquet for its graduating seniors. Just this past year the Social Work Club placed third in the Homecoming cook-off and on April 2nd, SWC members visited the Civil Rights Museum in Memphis Tennessee.  Dodd also mentioned that in the future the club plans to team up with those in the nursing program so that they can promote Sexually Transmitted Disease Awareness.

Winners of the auction are as follows: Janelle Martin, two Mazzio's Pizza Vouchers for $13; Janelle Harris, a Bailey's Barber Shop Haircut and a Piggly Wiggly gift certificate for $10; Kelly Donham, an Alice's Place gift certificate and an outdoor cooker for $57; Dr. Peggy Doss, an Ed's Produce gift certificate for $10; Christian Feazell, a Cockrell's Shoes gift certificate and two Athletics Club Memberships for $28; Lisa Moon, a  Catfish Inn gift certificate, Santa sculpture and a  snowman sculpture for $20; Linda Faulkner,  a weekend get-a-way at the Ramada Inn for $45; Julie Sparks, an Ed's Produce gift certificate of $15 for $10; Betty Timmons, a framed picture and candle holders for $9.50; Jacquie Morgan, a Healing Garden Spa Kit, two Western Sizzlin  gift certificates, a gift certificate for the Little Pig Restaurant, two $25 savings bonds, body spray, bunny figurines, an Athletic Club membership, and Lucky brand perfume for $61.25; Carolyn Howell,  two $25 savings bonds, a $50 savings bond and a weekend get-a-way at the Ramada Inn for $89.50; Larry Eustace, a Comet Cleaner's  gift certificate and a Butcher Shoppe gift certificate for $22;  Nicole Smith,  a  tire rotation for $5, Christian Kidd, an orange scented candle for $5; Barbara Whitted, a  Master's Touch book  for $8; Stephanie Harper, two Beanie Babies for $17; and Tina Myers a weekend get-a-way at the Ramada Inn for $35.

Even though this auction was not as successful as those in the past, Dodd says, “What ever we raise will be appreciated. Every little bit helps in some way.”

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Preparing For Your Future

By Brooke Bowles

The UAM Career Fair will be held Wednesday, April 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Green Room of the John F. Gibson University Center.  Local businesses will have representatives to meet potential employees for a wide range of companies. 

The businesses expected to attend the Career Fair are: The Arkansas Department of Corrections, Dillard’s Information Systems, the Arkansas Army National Guard,  Crossett School District, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Entergy, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Fordyce School District, UAM School of Education, Hamburg School District, State Farm Insurance, Star City School District, Enterprise, Arkansas Department of Education, Arkansas Employment Security Division, the El Dorado Police Department, Dumas School District, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, Morehouse Parish School District,  Monticello School District, McGehee School District, Pulaski County School District, AGRI Statistics Service, Simmons First Bank, Fastenal Company, Dermott School District, Warren School District and the Arkansas Department of Human Services.  All graduating seniors are encouraged to attend. 

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UAM Greek Week 2004

By Brooke Bowles

Greek Week 2004 is scheduled for April 19-23,  giving all Greek organizations the opportunity to bond together and other students the opportunity to see what Greek life is all about. 

Greeks on UAM's campus are:  Alpha Sigma Alpha, Delta Sigma Theta, Sigma Sigma Sigma, Omega Psi Phi, Phi Beta Sigma, Zeta Phi Beta, Alpha Phi Alpha, Kappa Alpha Order, Phi Lambda Chi, Sigma Tau Gamma, Tau Kappa Epsilon, Zeta Omega Eta and Kalpa Alpha Psi.

Greek Week is an event that is organized and produced by the UAM Greek Council which is an organization  that is made up of representatives from each social Greek organization. 

The council meets every Thursday at 4:00 p.m. in one of the Library Conference Rooms and are open to anyone who wish to attend. The only exception is that  the power to vote is restricted to members of social Greek organizations. 

This Spring’s Greek Week activities are as follows:  On Monday a softball game will take place at the Spirit Field at 6:00 p.m., Tuesday a  Sand Volleyball game will be held at 6:00 p.m. in the courts adjacent to the University Center, Wednesday  a cookout  will be given at the Sand Volleyball Courts at 6:00 pm followed by a banquet, and concluding the week on Thursday there will be a Capture the Flag game at the Intramural Field at 7:00 p.m.

Every Spring a Greek Banquet is hosted by the Greek Council for the purpose of closing out the events of Greek Week. During this time officers for Greek Council are elected for the approaching school year. All Greeks are welcome to come and participate in the fun.

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