UAM School of Education Honors Members of Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society For College and University Education Majors

Fourteen students in the School of Education at the University of Arkansas at Monticello were recently recognized for their selection to Kappa Delta Pi, the international honor society for college and university education majors. Pictured from left are (front row) Dr. Sue Martin of the UAM faculty and chapter counselor, Hannah Wilkerson of Monticello, Anna Lauhon of Hamburg, Abby Walker of Star City, Laura Swain of Monticello, Melissa Lawrence of Monticello, Dr. Kathleen Shahan of the UAM faculty and assistant chapter counselor, (second row) Jessi Green of White Hall, Julie Hollis of Kingsland, Brooke Patton of Dumas, Sarynn St. Clair of Little Rock, Frances Bellott of Monticello (top row) April Reeves of Monticello, Hope Wilson of Brinkley, Victoria Wehunt of Rison, and Emily Leonard of Monticello.

Nursing Students Attend National Convention

Four student representatives of the University of Arkansas at Monticello Student Nurses’ Association (SNA) attended the 64th annual Student Nurses’ Association national convention held recently in Orlando, Fla. The student representatives received an award from America’s Farmers Grow Community sponsored by the Monsanto fund to assist with the cost of the trip. While at the convention the UAM SNA was granted renewal of the National Student Nurses’ Association (NSNA) Stellar School Chapter Award. This award signifies that the school demonstrates ongoing involvement in the NSNA, and strong commitment to shared governance, and professional development of students and faculty. It also recognizes chapters with strong student leadership, professional development from faculty, ongoing participation, service learning, and support from members. The UAM SNA also received the community health award for their “Hope Place Stork Project.” In December 2015, the UAM SNA provided infant care packages for the new mothers at Hope Place of Monticello. Pictured from left are LaTasha Shopher of McGehee, Nicole Munnerlyn of Stuttgart, Chelsea Burton of Monticello, and Katie Wilkerson of McGehee.

Jay Jones To Receive Honorary Doctorate Of Humane Letters During UAM Commencement

MONTICELLO, AR — For the third time in the 107-year history of the University of Arkansas at Monticello and the first since 1959, UAM will bestow an honorary doctorate during the school’s 2016 spring commencement May 6. Jay Jones, who has served as UAM’s vice chancellor for finance and administration since 2006 and guided the institution as interim chancellor in 2015, will receive an honorary doctorate in humane letters for “exemplary leadership and service, not only in the profession but to society in general,” according to UAM Chancellor Karla Hughes.

Forestry Graduate Student Wins Second Place Poster Award At Arkansas Academy of Sciences Meeting

Chris Sheldon, a graduate research assistant in the School of Forestry and Natural Resources at the University of Arkansas at Monticello, presented results from a portion of his master’s degree research at the 100th annual Arkansas Academy of Sciences meeting held at UA-Fayetteville April 1-2. Sheldon’s poster, entitled “Vegetation Diversity in Natural and Restored Forested Wetland Sites in Southeast Arkansas,” was selected as the second place graduate poster presentation in the Field Biology and Ecology Division. Co-authors on the presentation were Dr. Robert Ficklin, Drs. Karen and Marvin Fawley, and Stacy Wilson. Sheldon earned a bachelor of science in environmental science from the University of Vermont. His graduate research is examining herbaceous vegetation diversity and changes in litter decomposition rates between natural and restored forested wetlands in southeast Arkansas.