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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
The 2016 practical nursing graduates of the University of Arkansas at Monticello College of Technology-McGehee achieved a 100 percent pass rate on the National Council of Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN), according to Bob Ware, vice chancellor of the McGehee campus. UAM COT-McGehee is the only program in the state with a consecutive four-year, 100 percent pass rate. Pictured from left are Nikki Fitzgerald, instructor, Jessica Rawson of Tillar, Tiffany Burton of Lake Village, Kassidy Henley of Star City, Peggie Orrell, director of the nursing program, and Kim Ray, instructor.
MONTICELLO, AR — The debate team at the University of Arkansas at Monticello took third place in four different team categories at last week's Team Me Up/TECHnically Speaking Swing Debate Tournaments hosted by Arkansas Tech University in Russellville. The competition featured two tournaments in one, with awards given for results in each individual tournament and overall awards for both competitions. Both tournaments were sanctioned by the International Public Debate Association (IPDA).
MONTICELLO, AR — Two University of Arkansas at Monticello students have been selected to receive regional travel grants from Psi Chi, the international honor society of psychology, to present research at the 2017 Southwestern Psychological Association (SWPA) Conference in San Antonio, Tex., March 31-April 2.
MONTICELLO, AR — The debate team at the University of Arkansas at Monticello continued its winning ways at the Bossier Parrish Community College Eddy Shell Invitational Debate Tournament held recently in Bossier City, La. UAM captured the first place sweepstakes award in team competition, placed third in individual sweepstakes and second in the overall sweepstakes while winning the Cumulative Excellence Award and the Debate Commander Award for posting a winning percentage of 65.9 percent, highest in the tournament.
MONTICELLO, AR — The Chamber Choir of the University of Arkansas at Monticello will present a concert of Baroque music on Friday, March 3, at 7:30 p.m. at Little Rock's Calvary Baptist Church, located at 5700 Cantrell Road. Joining the Chamber Choir will be soloists Mary Sandell, soprano, Diana Salesky, alto, David Schnell, tenor, and Paul Murray, bass, along with members of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra.