University of Arkansas System President Dr. Donald R. Bobbitt today announced appointments for a new systemwide task force that will consider issues around racial equity at the campuses, divisions and units within the UA System. Among them is UAM vice chancellor for student engagement Dr. Moses Goldmon.
"Our first concern as a university is always the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff," said UAM Chancellor Peggy Doss in her email message to campus Wednesday. It is because of this concern, she says, that a plan has been devised by a pandemic response committee to prioritize the safe reopening of all three UAM campuses for the fall 2020 semester. Classes will resume August 19 in person, with social distancing measures in place.
A letter from Chancellor Doss
UAM announced Thursday a four-phase plan to prepare for the fall 2020 semester. The plan, which spans June - August 19, includes recommendations for social distancing, face coverings, and other efforts to reduce the spread of germs.
The University of Arkansas at Monticello named 209 students to the Chancellor's List for the spring 2020 semester and another 357 students to the Dean’s List, according to Sylvia Miller, registrar. Selection to the Chancellor's List requires a grade point average of 4.0 on at least 12 semester hours of course credit at the 1000-4000 level. The Dean's List requires a grade point average of 3.5 or higher, also on at least 12 semester hours of course credit at the 1000-4000 level.
Rachel Beard and Cade Wilkerson of Hermitage, and Ty Say of Monticello have been honored by the School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences at the University of Arkansas at Monticello with outstanding student awards.
In a University of Arkansas System board meeting Monday, May 4, trustees and leadership resolved to begin preparing System campuses to open for in-person classes in the fall semester. Campuses would work in conjunction with the System, including a new task force, in identifying next steps toward reopening campuses to faculty, staff and students.
Upon the recommendation of the UA System Board of Trustees on Thursday, UAM announced it will postpone the May 8 spring commencement exercises on the Monticello campus. May graduates will be invited to participate in the December 11, 2020 commencement ceremony. UAM will confer earned degrees and diplomas will be mailed to students in late June.
The University of Arkansas at Monticello announced today that it will continue to deliver all instruction in an online setting through the end of the Spring 2020 semester. The university will continue to remain open. Residence halls and food service also remain open. Students at the UAM Colleges of Technology will receive communication about specific lab-based programs. All UAM faculty and staff will continue to offer student support services. Students should be checking Blackboard and university email regularly for class instructions and other important updates.
The University has been proactive in its approach to its response to the Coronavirus. UAM began preparations several weeks ago by assembling a UAM command team, updating the existing Pandemic Response Plan, and strategically planning steps to take if an outbreak were to occur. UAM is poised to respond to this situation as it evolves. Out of an abundance of caution, UAM campuses, including the Colleges of Technology in McGehee and Crossett, have moved all instruction to a virtual setting until at least Monday, March 30. Residential students have also begun the process of moving off campus until after spring break. It is very important to note that at this time we are not aware of any confirmed cases of Coronavirus among any UAM students, faculty or staff. We are extremely grateful for the work of our faculty and staff, who have ensured uninterrupted instruction and delivery of our student services.