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The University of Arkansas -
Monticello Assembly held its first meeting of the spring semester Jan. 26. Most
of the meeting focused on the revision of the UAM Assembly constitution and
by-laws. Despite the large crowd, a quorum could not be declared. This
prevented voting to change the current constitution and by-laws, ending the
meeting with very little being accomplished in terms of changes to their
After much discussion, some
of which became heated, the assembly did vote on one general business item which
could possibly affect the Assembly’s efforts to revise their constitution and
“We voted to circulate
paper ballots to all members to determine whether voting by paper ballot was
acceptable,” said Dr. Linda Webster, Assembly chairwoman.
If the Assembly approves
that voting by paper ballot is acceptable, work to amend the current governing
documents of the organization could possibly begin. According to Webster, paper
ballots will begin circulating immediately.
In other assembly business,
university administrators gave very brief reports from their respective
- Dr. Peggy Doss, vice chancellor
for Student Affairs, indicated a pilot mentoring program is being developed for
the UAM campus.
“We understand the need for this program,” Doss said. “We are working with
Academic Affairs to locate six mentors, each of which will be assigned 10
The mentors will be responsible for working with their students to encourage
- Dr. Mark Davis, vice chancellor
for Finance and Administration, updated the Assembly on the Willard Hall
renovation process. According to Davis, renovations will begin sometime after
the end of the spring term. The entire process will last approximately one
Davis also made reference to the master plan currently in development stages for
all UAM campuses. A draft of the plan will be presented to the university by
the developers in April.
- Vice Chancellor for Academic
Affairs David Ray updated the Assembly on new faculty members. In addition,
Ray announced the promotion and tenure committee has made its
recommendations on those applying for promotion or tenure. He will review the
recommendations and make suggestions to Chancellor Jack Lassiter very soon.
Ray, both the Psychology and Social Work programs at UAM successfully completed
the review process for the Program Review Committee.
- Dr. Lassiter
ended the administrative reports. He commended the Assembly on its
efforts to revise the current constitution and by-laws.
“Even though we don’t always agree, this gives us an opportunity to discuss our
opinions,” Lassiter said.
Lassiter announced he will form a committee to study the university’s software
technology. The committee will be charged with recommending how the current
technology can be improved.
Additionally, Lassiter announced the university will work to build a strong
family spirit among its employees.
“We are making an active effort to develop a strong spirit within our current
faculty/staff,” Lassiter said. “We also plan to include our emeriti family.”
Lassiter said the university will provide transportation for faculty, staff
and emeriti to a Feb. 11 presentation of the Pine Bluff Symphony Orchestra.
This event will be one of many, according to the chancellor, that UAM plans to
sponsor for current employees.
The next Assembly meeting will be held Thursday, Feb. 24 at 12:40 p.m. in Spencer Gallery of the Fine Arts Center. All members of the Assembly are encouraged to attend. At this meeting, the Assembly will discuss the possibility of changing meeting times to accommodate the schedules of as many members as possible.
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