UAM To Celebrate 108th Birthday April 3

MONTICELLO, AR — The University of Arkansas at Monticello will celebrate its 108th birthday with a campus celebration April 3 at 12 noon in the Taylor Library and Technology Center. The event will include a presentation on the history of UAM by Mary Heady, special collections and reference librarian, as well as refreshments and displays representing the university's student organizations.

McGehee Early Childhood Students Attend Program On Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

Students in the Early Childhood Program at the UAM College of Technology-McGehee recently participated in an outreach program by the Desha County Health Unit to learn more about Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). The SIDS Outreach Project is aimed at reducing the risk of SIDS and other sleep-related causes of infant death. Students received information on safe sleeping positioning for infants and preventive measures. Pictured from left are (first row) Brenda Reaves, community health worker, Tomarro McCullough of McGehee, Donetta Spencer of McGehee, Tenessia Green of Eudora, Lisa Simmons of Dumas, Vallorie Peacock of McGehee, (second row) Natoya Gray of Dumas, Elaine Hargraves early childhood instructor, Bevelyn Kennedy of Eudora, Haley Berry of Monticello, (back row) Amy Mitchell of Montrose, Lauren Koon of Benton, Taylor Marcantel of Wilmot, Jacqueline Reed of McGehee, Dwana Lee, RN clinic coordinator.

UAM Debate Wins Sweepstakes At UCA Tournament

MONTICELLO, AR — Gauge Adkins of Vilonia won the junior varsity speaking championship to lead the University of Arkansas at Monticello debate team to the overall sweepstakes championship of the University of Central Arkansas Debate Tournament in Conway last week.

Social Work Students Chosen To Present At New Orleans Conference

Melissa Wheeldon (seated, left) of Heber Springs and Morgan Diles (seated, right) of Texarkana, Tex., were recently chosen to represent the University of Arkansas at Monticello at the 34th annual Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors' Conference in New Orleans. Wheedon and Diles, both senior social work majors, presented a poster outlining their research on understanding the benefits of service dogs for individuals with autism. The students also met with representatives from social work graduate schools while hearing presentations on a wide range of topics, including teaching and administering social work programs, field education, global social work, advocacy, and connecting classroom education to community practice. Also pictured are (standing, from left) Marie Jenkins, director of field education for the UAM social work program, Dana Williams, assistant professor, and Andre Lewis, program director.

UAM COT-McGehee To Host Hiring Fair March 30

MONTICELLO, AR — A free hiring fair open to all job seekers will be hosted March 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. by the Career Pathways Initiative Program at the UAM College of Technology-McGehee.

UAM, UAMS to Allow Early Transfers to UAMS College of Pharmacy

MONTICELLO, AR — Pre-pharmacy students at the University of Arkansas at Monticello (UAM) may be able to transfer early to the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) College of Pharmacy under a new program to help recruit qualified students from rural and underserved areas in Arkansas.

Student Nurses Help Replenish Monticello Food Pantry

The Student Nurses’ Association at the University of Arkansas at Monticello recently formed a partnership with Drew County Farm Bureau Women’s Committee for the Farmer’s Feeding America project. Drew County Farm Bureau sponsored the event and nursing students shopped for non-perishable food items in response to a local newspaper article requesting items to replenish the shelves of the Revival Center Food Pantry in Monticello. Pictured from left are UAM Student Nurses’ Association members Christen Shipley of Wilmot and Cheyanne Purifoy of Crossett. (Not pictured: McKenna Daniel of Searcy)

McGehee Welding Students Receive AWS Certification

Welding students at the UAM College of Technology-McGehee were recently certified by the American Welding Society. AWS certification is required for many welding positions in manufacturing operations. The students were required to perform a weld under supervision that was tested by an AWS inspector to ensure the weld conformed to AWS code. The welding technology program at the McGehee campus begins in August and includes blueprint reading, basic welding, shielded metal arc welding and continues through the spring and summer terms with MIG, TIG and Pipe Welding. All 12 students are slated to graduate June 30. Pictured from left are (front row) Erasmo Mondragon of Lake Village, A. J. Etheridge of Lake Village, Rodrick Morgan of McGehee, Alan Jackson of Dermott, Jeremy Mangum of Rohwer, Jack Hill of Monticello, (back row) Sharon Cantrell, assistant vice chancellor of the McGehee campus, Vice Chancellor Bob Ware, Kelsey Chew, San Francisco, Calif., James Cathey of Eudora, Anthony Handley of Montrose, Garrett Skidmore of Camden, Alex Mondragon of Lake Village, Justin Manley of Montrose, and Gary Burt, instructor of welding technology.