The Weevil
 August 20, 2003
Volume 4                                                        No. 1
Staff:  Laurin Smith, Will Whiting
Advisor: Dr. Linda Webster
News & Events
Chancellor Announces Retirement
New Student Activities A Big Success

Harris Hall Opens as "One-Stop Shop"

UAM Agriculture Students Get On-The-Job Experience

Journalism Major Approved 

Yearbook, Newspaper Need Staff

Vice-Chancellor Announces 5 Year Vision

Faculty Promoted

Chancellor Announces
     Dr. Fred Taylor, UAM Chancellor, announced on Friday that he will be leaving his position at UAM on June 30, 2004.
     The announcement was indirect, based on allusions in his one-hour address to faculty and professional staff.  He joked about working as a Wal-mart greeter next year.
     "Wal-Mart put in a large store in Little Rock, almost in my backyard," he said.  "My kids told me I wouldn't have to walk very far to work the front door as a greeter."
     Taylor arrived in Monticello, at Arkansas A&M, in 1977. 
     "This is the only life I've ever known," he said of the academy, "and there is no life any better than this."
     Taylor came to UAM in 1977 after serving as Executive Assistant to the University of Arkansas System President and Associate Vice President for Administration.  He holds a baccalaureate degree from Northeastern State University in Oklahoma, a Masters of Education degree from the University of Oklahoma and a Doctorate of Education degree from the University of Northern Colorado.  As a former English instructor and professor of Education, Taylor has served in several administrative positions in higher education and has been appointed to numerous national education committees.
     In 1980, Taylor secured funds for a new student center.  When the Gibson University Center opened, the building brought UAM’s physical facilities up to a comparable level of other institutions.  In addition to the student center, a new Administration Building and Fine Arts Center were constructed. 
     In 1999,  the new student library and technology center opened after Dr.  Taylor secured the $7.4 million in funding for the construction, bringing students the most up-to-date technology available on campus.  This past year included the acquisition of two new technical college campuses to the UAM system, making UAM the only university in the University of Arkansas System to operate two technical college campuses.

Dr. and Mrs. Taylor
Photo Courtesy UAM Media Services

     Taylor's remarks about his upcoming retirement were included in a lengthy agenda of issues which the university should address to enact his vision, titled "Shaping Tomorrow Today."  He urged the faculty and staff to pull out the institutional mission statement and read it again.
     "We have a contract with the students and a commitment to society as an open-admissions institution.  Our mission is comprehensive - perhaps too comprehensive.  We can't do everything for our students, nor should we try."
     He noted that the 28% graduation rate and the huge number of entering freshmen needing remediation is an ongoing challenge for UAM.
     "That student has been my challenge, my calling.  They come with so many deep, deep deficiences and they come without commitment," he said.  "We're attacking symptoms until we find a solution to our large attrition problems."
Will Whiting Contributed to this Article
New Student Activities A Big Success
Text and Photos by Will Whiting
 UAM welcomed a large class of new freshman and transfer students to campus for Fall 2003 classes with a variety of activities beginning Sunday afternoon. For those moving into the UAM Residence Halls, these activities included a Progressive Dinner, bowling, free movies, the game show “Outcast,” and a live band. 

Jimmy Harper, a new freshman from Hot Springs, AR checks in to Orientation with Mary Whiting, Director of Admissions.

 All new students were required to attend Orientation on Monday, August 18.  Approximately 700 new freshman and transfer students packed the Fine Arts Center auditorium for a session scheduled to begin at 12:30 pm.  In addition to information about UAM, K.C. Lupe, a representative from, presented an informational seminar entitled “Unleashing Your Inner Monster.”  The seminar was designed to give new students tips on how to succeed in a university setting.

Jade West and Jenny Tucker both of Monticello are excited about attending school at UAM.

New student Edward White is awarded a prize at the Organizational Fair.  Sarah Waltermire, Director of Student Programs and Activities presents the award.

An Organizational Fair followed registration activities, giving new students an opportunity to inquire about the various organizations and activities on campus and in the community.
     Classes for all students begin Wednesday, August 20.  UAM Public Safety will begin issuing parking citations on the first day of class, so all students should remember to purchase parking permits and park only in the designated areas.
New Freshman Laurin Smith of Hamburg joins the UAM Debate and Forensics Team at the Organizational Fair.  Several of her new teammates and coach, Scott Kuttenkuler, stand in for a photo.
UAM Agriculture Students Get On-The-Job Experience

     UAM Division of Agriculture students Jared Pieroni and Michael Stanley will not be wondering what the real world is like when they graduate.  The agribusiness option seniors have earned college credit while completing summer internships through the UAM agriculture program.  Pieroni, from Lake Village, Arkansas, has been a Technical Sales Associate with Syngenta Crop Protection.  Stanley, from Hamburg, Arkansas,  has been a Plant Protection & Quarantine Aide with USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) in Arkansas.  These internship opportunities were developed and organized under the direction of Dr. Bob Stark, UAM agricultural economist, who supervises the academic credit summer internship program in the Division of Agriculture.
     Pieroni represented Syngenta to rice producers in Southeast Arkansas.  His responsibilities included interacting with local distributors of Syngenta products, conducting test plots with cooperating producers, and providing field consultant services to producers who were experiencing production problems or had questions about Syngenta products. 
     Pieroni received company training for disease and insect recognition in both Arkansas and Louisiana.  He worked with numerous agricultural chemical distributors in Southeast Arkansas counties. 

L-R: Newsom, Stark, Pieroni

L-R: Stanley, Hill

Pieroni’s internship supervisor with Syngenta was Sam Newsom, an experienced field service representative who has worked with several UAM interns over recent years.
     Stanley is actually completing his second summer of employment with APHIS.  This year, he managed an extensive insect trapping and monitoring program that covered all or part of seven Arkansas counties and required a working knowledge of Global Positioning System technology combined with mapping skills.  Stanley’s responsibilities included more than 400 traps for Pink Boll worms, gypsy moths, or Egyptian cotton leaf worms.  Part of the work was preventive monitoring to ensure that insects were not becoming established in the state.  The internship tasks began in late May with trap distribution in designated areas of Arkansas and continued with collections and recordings throughout the summer. Tom Hill, a former official with the Arkansas Plant Board, was Stanley’s field supervisor with APHIS.
     The work does not end when UAM classes resume although Pieroni and Stanley will leave their fields and forests.  Both students will be completing their internship course requirements by writing illustrated reports of their internship periods and making oral seminar presentations on their experiences to UAM students, faculty, and the public during the Fall Semester Division of Agriculture seminar series.  The seminars are supported in part by local banking institutions and are open to the public.
Article Provided by School of Agriculture Faculty
Journalism Major Approved 
     It's official. UAM now offers a major in journalism with an emphasis in the print medium.
     "We're so pleased to offer students a B.A. degree in journalism," said R. David Ray, Dean of the School of Arts and Humanities.  "There has been a lot of interest over the past few years by students wanting to enter the fields of public relations and news reporting."
     New upper-level courses for the major include feature writing, news editing, and internships.  Feature writing is available for the fall semester on Tuesday evenings. 
   In addition to the new major and the new courses, a full-time instructor of journalism has joined the faculty.  Ms. Patricia Roberts, a graduate of the Columbia Journalism School, has spent the last 15 years reporting from Nepal.  Other projects including Emmy-award winning documentaries, National Public Radio media commentary production, and a book on Nepal.  She is currently completing a second book, a fictionalized account of her Nepalese experience. 
     A general meeting for all journalism majors, minors, and students interested in the field is scheduled for Thursday, September 4 at 12:30 in the MCB Auditorium.
Yearbook, Newspaper Need Staff
     The "Boll Weevil" and the "Weevil Online" are looking for student staffers for the 2003-2004 academic year.
     "We would really like to find students who have had some previous experience working with their high school yearbook or transfer students with college yearbook experience," said editor Will Whiting.
     The "Boll Weevil", the UAM yearbook, will feature articles as well as photographs.
     "We can use writers, photographers, people with layout and graphics talent," said Whiting.  "And we welcome students who have never worked on a publication before but are willing to learn along with us."
   The yearbook is now produced as part of the UAM journalism program and will operate out of a new suite of offices in Jeter Hall.  Students who qualify may earn academic credit for their work on the Boll Weevil.
     The online student newspaper is also looking for student staffers.  In particular, the newspaper needs students to cover regular beats such as the Student Government Association (SGA), student activity events, organization meetings, and other regularly scheduled activities on the campus. 
     Anyone who is a member of a campus organization is welcome to submit articles about events and meetings for publication, especially if photographs are included.  For further information, contact the publication advisor, Dr. Linda Webster.
Harris Hall Opens as "One-Stop Shop"

     Students may now use Harris Hall as the one-stop location for most administrative services such as the Registrar, testing, cashier, and housing.
     The building, which was being renovated by a grant UAM received from the Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council, houses all offices dealing with student registration.       The “One Stop” idea will allow students to finalize all registration needs in one location whereas previously these offices were located in several buildings across campus. 
     According to Dr. Debbie Bryant, "To update you on locations, the following offices which deal heavily with registration are now in Harris Hall."

On the first floor, students will find the Office of Admissions and the Office of the Registrar.  On the second floor are residence life, the ID machine, special student services, the cashier, and testing.  Financial aid is located on the third floor.
     The building is fully accessible.  Improvements include an elevator and an exterior ramp at the west entrance.
Office of Admissions and Scholarship 
Harris 120
  Harris 102
Testing and Counseling 
Harris 201
Cashier’s Office 
Harris 204
Student I.D. Cards 
Harris 208
Office of Residence Life 
Harris 213
Special Student Services 
Harris 222
Gateway Student Support Services 
Harris 222
Financial Aid 
 Harris 301
Will Whiting Contributed to This Article
Vice-Chancellor Announces 5 Year Vision 

     Dr. Dennis Travis, Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs, announced on Monday, August 11 that his vision for UAM includes a reputation as a "premiere university" by 2009, the institution's centennial anniversary.
     "A premier university is important and influential," he explained.  "It would offer programs from post secondary certificates to post-graduate degrees."
     Among the degrees he suggested that the faculty consider adding to the curriculum are Environment Studies, Recreation and Leisure Studies, Fishing/Hunting Studies, Music Management, and Hotel/Restaurant Management. 

 In addition, he noted the need for Latino American Studies, Consulting Studies, Leadership Studies, and specialized Associate Degree programs at the McGehee and Crossett campuses.
     In his address to the faculty, Travis compared the university to a cell which has many working parts and no visible connections.
     "The visible factors at UAM - the Organelles - are the faculty and the students," he said, adding the curriculum, and the budget, physical plant, and equipment resources as the remaining two components.
     Enrollment for the 2002 academic year was up 18% from the previous year and is expected to be even higher for 2003. 
     "Getting a Bachelor's degree is a four-letter word," he noted.  "The word is 'hope'."

Faculty Promoted
     Five members of the UAM faculty were granted promotions, according to Dr. Dennis Travis, Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs.
    Promoted to the rank of Full Professor were Dr. Paul J. Becker, Division of Music,  Dr. Gary T. Marshall, School of Arts and Humanities, Dr. Phillip A. Tappe, School of Forest Resources, and Dr. Robert C. Weih, School of Forest Resources.  This is the highest faculty rank recognized at UAM.

     Dr. Stephen M. Duffy,  School of Social and Behavioral Sciences was promoted to Associate Professor (with tenure).
     All five faculty members prepared extensive files to support their applications to move up in rank.  These files were reviewed by campus-wide committees during the spring, 2003 semester and the committee decisions passed on to the UAM administration.
     Promotion in rank normally carries a nominal raise in base salary.

by Laurin Smith

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Men's Singles Tennis Tourny


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