August 20, 2003
Advisor: Dr. Linda Webster
New Student Activities A Big Success
|UAM Agriculture Students Get On-The-Job Experience|
| 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
Text and Photos by Will WhitingUAM 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.
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 Monster.com, 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.
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
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.
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
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
Students may now use Harris Hall as the one-stop
location for most administrative services such as the Registrar, testing,
cashier, and housing.
|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.
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
| 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'."
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
First Day of Class
Sand Vollyball Tourney -
Men's Singles Tennis Tourny
Blizzard of Bucks 8-10pm
Biology Club, B-19 Science Center
Mud Olympics, 3:00 - behind Red Barn
General Meeting for Speech Majors and Minors, MCB Auditorium, 12:40
Parking/Traffic Appeals, 12:30, Library "B"
Women's Singles Tennis Tourny
Last day to buy tickets for Tailgate Party, 460-1022
Weevil Wecome, McCloy Park, 6:00 pm
Just a Minute Game Show 6:30 pm UC Gym