2017 Tomatoes At The Trotter Set For June 22

MONTICELLO, AR — Heirloom tomatoes will be on the menu as part of the seventh annual “Tomatoes at the Trotter” on June 22 at 6:30 p.m. at the University of Arkansas at Monticello’s Trotter House bed-and-breakfast at 404 North Main in Monticello. The event is being sponsored by the UAM School of Agriculture and the UA Southeast Research and Extension Center.

Congressman Bruce Westerman Receives Briefing On Heavy Equipment Operator Training Program

Fourth District U.S. Representative Bruce Westerman of Hot Springs was in Warren last week to receive a briefing on the Arkansas Heavy Equipment Operator Training Academy (AHEOTA) that is part of the UAM College of Technology-McGehee. The AHEOTA specializes in developing the skills of the beginning heavy equipment operator and includes options for diesel technology, logger training and timber, and training on a variety of heavy equipment. Students may train on a bulldozer, semi-tractor, international field tractor, low boy, scraper, mobile industrial pressure washer, hydraulic excavator, backhoe loader, articulated truck, articulated motor grader, skid steer loader and material handler. Students may also receive training on a simulator. Pictured from left are Dr. Peggy Doss, vice chancellor for academic affairs at UAM, Lee Taylor of Warren, a current student in the program, Congressman Westerman, Steacy Kennedy of Monticello, a program graduate, and Bob Ware, vice chancellor of the UAM COT-McGehee. Congressman Westerman's visit was part of an ongoing effort to have a ready and skilled workforce for construction and the timber industry in south Arkansas.

The UAM Nursing Class of 2017

Newly-minted graduates of the School of Nursing at the University of Arkansas at Monticello were honored last week at a pinning and capping ceremony at the UAM Fine Arts Center. UAM's newest nursing graduates are (first row, from left) LaKala S. Lambert of Monticello, Cianii L. Smith of McGehee,  Brandi N. Jones of Monroe, La., Amanda L. Gustafson of Greenbrier, Evangeline L. Forrest of Monticello, Linzy Jo Gavin of Monticello, Savannah R. Sampolesi of Lake Village, LaTasha B. Shopher of McGehee, (second row, from left) Trudy S. Travis of Monroe, La., Siesha K. Boyette of El Dorado, Syndee L. Adams of Monticello, Nicole M. Munnerlyn of Humphrey, Teah M. Streeter of White Hall, Jennie A. Butcher of Dumas, Louvonia N. Carter of Dermott, Chasity N. Hooks of Star City, Jerry M. Williams of Crossett, (top row, from left) Russell L. Peacock of Monticello, Jarrett L. Frizzell of Star City, Haley L. Patterson of Monticello, Bethany N. Beasley of Crossett, Ace C. Jeffers of Hamburg, Anna S. Jasay of Hamburg, Jessica D. Jackson of Monticello, and Katie E. Wilkerson of McGehee.

Dr. Moses Goldmon Is UAM's 55th Distinguished Alumnus; To Be Honored At Commencement On Friday

MONTICELLO, AR — Faith, family and an unswerving belief in the value of education form the foundation of Moses Goldmon’s life. The eighth of 10 children, Goldmon learned about faith and family from his parents, Curtis and Barbara Goldmon. He learned the value of education at the University of Arkansas at Monticello, thanks to a faculty member whose background mirrored his. Today, Goldmon is the executive vice president and chaplain of Lane College in Jackson, Tenn., and the 55th recipient of UAM’s highest honor, the Distinguished Alumnus Award.

UAM Financial Aid Analyst Honored By Statewide Organization

Quinton Morgan, a financial aid analyst at the University of Arkansas at Monticello, was recently awarded the Philo Brasher Emerging Leadership Award by the Arkansas Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (AASFAA) at the organization's recent spring meeting. The award is presented each year to an AASFAA member with less than five years experience in financial aid who has demonstrated leadership in the profession. Morgan, a UAM graduate with a bachelor of arts degree in history and modern languages, joined the financial aid staff in 2013.

Kate Stewart Is Alpha Chi National Sponsor of the Year

MONTICELLO, AR — Dr. Kate Stewart, professor of English at the University of Arkansas at Monticello, has been selected as one of two 2017 Outstanding Alpha Chi Sponsors nationwide. The award was presented at the Alpha Chi Annual Convention held recently in Louisville, Ky., and was based on outstanding service to the UAM Chapter of Alpha Chi, the national collegiate honor society.

Student Government Association Spearheads Campus Clean-up

The Student Government Association at the University of Arkansas at Monticello has begun a campaign to keep the campus clean by passing out rubber gloves to students, faculty and staff to encourage everyone to pick up trash they find on campus. Pictured at the kickoff event for the campaign were (from left) Rachel Morgan of Dermott, Rebecca Nugent, director of student programs and activities, Adi Arellano of Horatio, Tanner Dinger of DeQueen, Zachery Birdsong of DeQueen, Cassandra Pollock of Mayflower, Kamilah Kelley of White Hall, UAM Chancellor Karla Hughes, Nathan Cagle of Witter, Lauraen Harrison of Star City, SGA President Bryson Berry of Hamburg, Caitlyn Horton of Lonoke, Donnell White of Monticello, Shelby Rhodes of Rison and Emily Mendiola of Hamburg.

Jazz Bands To Perform May 1 At UAM

MONTICELLO, AR — The University of Arkansas at Monticello's Jazz Bands II, III and IV will present their 2017 spring concert Monday, May 1 at 7:30 p.m. in the UAM Fine Arts Center. The performance is free and open to the public.