Academic News

UAM Students Receive Language and Cultural Immersion During Study-Abroad Program In Costa Rica

MONTICELLO, AR — Six students from the University of Arkansas at Monticello recently spent two weeks in Costa Rica as part of an intensive Spanish Study and Cultural Immersion Program. The students were Alma Rivera of Wilmar, Kelsey Schrimpf of Jefferson City, Mo., Merrell Miles of Warren, Carly Curry of Sheridan, Katlyn Williams of Shreveport, La., and Annsley Davis of Monticello. They were accompanied by Isabel Bacon, associate professor of Spanish.

Colleges of Technology To Hold Commencement Exercises June 23-24

MONTICELLO, AR — The UAM College of Technology-Crossett will hold commencement exercises on Thursday, June 23 while the UAM College of Technology-McGehee will hold commencement on Friday, June 24. Both ceremonies are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.

Forestry Students Study Restoration Efforts For Endangered Species

MONTICELLO, AR — Thirteen forestry and natural resource students at the University of Arkansas at Monticello recently spent two weeks traveling the state and region to learn more about efforts to restore endangered species such as the red-cockaded woodpecker, the Indiana bat, and the speckled pocketbook mussel.

Star City Student Receives Majors Scholarship

Reagan White (left), a graduating senior at Star City High School, was recently chosen to receive the Gerald and Sue Majors Endowed Scholarship to attend the University of Arkansas at Monticello. Reagan is the daughter of Kevin and Brandy White. Also pictured is Seth Bryant of the UAM admissions office. The scholarship is awarded annually to a Star City High School senior who exhibits a strong academic background and work ethic, and displays outstanding professional potential. The award is renewable for up to eight semesters, pending criteria review each term. Reagan will be a first-time freshman entering the accounting program. The scholarship was created by Star City natives Gerald and Sue Majors, who currently reside in White Hall. The award has been presented annually since 2005. Currently, four UAM students are receiving the scholarship.

UAM To Host Freshman Preregistration Sessions June 13 and 14, Transfer Preregistration June 15

MONTICELLO, AR — The University of Arkansas at Monticello will hold two preregistration sessions for incoming freshmen June 13 and 14, according to Mary Whiting, director of admissions. Both sessions begin at 12:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center. Only students who have applied for admission and have received mail notification may preregister on those dates. Letters of invitation were sent to each student with a request for a reply. Limited places are available for each session.

Eighth Grade Students At MMS Identify New Strain of Algae With Help From UAM Scientist

A group of eighth grade science students at Monticello Middle School, working with Dr. Marvin Fawley, professor and assistant dean for science and research at the University of Arkansas at Monticello, have identified a new species of algae of the genus Pseudellipsoidion. The finding was part of a project initiated by Fawley with the science class at MMS. The main goal of the project was to isolate new strains of algae from the class Eustigmatophyceae which produce high levels of polyunsaturated fatty acids and hydrocarbons. The students were shown two water samples from a ditch on the UAM campus that contains mats of algae. The students were given 50-milliliter collection tubes to collect algal samples to culture. A new strain was identified from the samples collected. Pictured from left are Dr. Marvin Fawley with Aaron Hampton, Grant Jeffers, Will O’Fallon and Gabe Martens.

Dr. Karen Fawley Is 2016 Hornaday Outstanding Faculty Award Winner

MONTICELLO, AR — The secret to good teaching is patience and the ability to listen, according to Dr. Karen Fawley. Fawley has learned both skills during a decade on the faculty in the School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences at the University of Arkansas at Monticello. “When I was younger, I used to get frustrated when I was not reaching a student,” Fawley admits. “I’ve learned patience through the years.”