Academic News

Gillett Students Receive Alumni Association Scholarships

Shanna Place and Gabrielle Clemons of Gillett were honored recently during the University of Arkansas at Monticello's homecoming celebration by being awarded scholarships from the UAM Alumni Association. The scholarships are presented annually to a junior or senior level student nominated by the dean of their academic unit. Place is a junior agriculture major with a 4.0 grade point average while Clemons is a senior majoring in wildlife and natural resources management with a 3.81 GPA. Pictured with Place and Clemons is UAM Chancellor Karla Hughes.

UAM Faculty Research Cited By Wall Street Journal

MONTICELLO, AR —Psychological research written by two faculty members of the University of Arkansas at Monticello was referenced in a story in the October 7 edition of the The Wall Street Journal. WSJ writer Nicholas G. Carr cited the research in an article titled "How Smartphones Hijack Our Minds." Garr, a writer who has published books and articles on technology, business, and culture, mentioned the importance of the study written by Dr. Seungyeon Lee, an assistant professor of psychology, and Dr. Myeong W. Kim, an associate professor of psychology, in collaboration with three other researchers in Alabama and Nebraska.

Rick Sikes Art Exhibition On Display Through November 17

MONTICELLO, AR — An exhibition of paintings by Rick Sikes, director of The Downtown Gallery in Monroe, La., will be on display through November 17 in the Glassblock Gallery of the Taylor Library and Technology Center at the University of Arkansas at Monticello. Gallery hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 to10 a.m. and 12 to 1 p.m.; and Tuesday and Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon and 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Debate Team Competes At Louisiana Tech Tournament

Members of the University of Arkansas at Monticello debate team won awards at last week's Hot and Spicy Debate Tournament hosted by Louisiana Tech University in Ruston. Kyle Hargis, a communications major from Warren, was a varsity debate finalist and was named the second place varsity speaker. Blake Adkins, a computer information systems major from Vilonia, was named the first place speaker in the professional division. Members of the debate team are (from left, first row) Tanisha Smith of Crossett, Jordan Lakin of Cabot, Natalie Craig of Sherwood, (second row) Hunter Cook of Sheridan, Dylan Hargis of Warren, Blake Adkins of Vilonia, and Kyle Hargis of Warren.

Creative Arts Society Launches Tuesday Night Reading Series

MONTICELLO, AR — The Creative Arts Society at the University of Arkansas at Monticello has launched a Tuesday Night Reading Series to give students and faculty a chance to read from their own works of poetry, fiction and creative non-fiction.

UA Board Of Trustees Approves UAM Strategic Plan

MONTICELLO, AR — Student success and making the University of Arkansas at Monticello a model open access institution are the cornerstones of a new strategic plan for UAM approved recently by the University of Arkansas Board of Trustees. The plan, entitled "2021 Vision — Breaking Boundaries: Creating Access, Success, and Growth in Arkansas and Beyond," is the culmination of campus-wide effort spearheaded by Chancellor Karla Hughes to articulate a vision for UAM's future.

Botanical Research Building / Herbarium Dedication Set For September 23

MONTICELLO, AR — The University of Arkansas at Monticello will formally dedicate the Botanical Research Building and UAM Sundell Herbarium at a ceremony at 11 a.m. September 23. The recently-completed facility, located next to the Turner Neal Museum of Natural History, houses more than 27,000 catalogued plant specimens, including more than 600 specimens representing rare plants and species of special concern.

UA Board Approves Creation of New Programs, Modifications to Existing Offerings

MONTICELLO, AR — The creation of three new academic programs and modifications to two existing programs at the University of Arkansas at Monticello were approved by the UA Board of Trustees at a meeting in Fayetteville last week. The board approved the creation of a Site Specific Management option to the Bachelor of Science Degree in Agriculture, a Technical Certificate in Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration, and a Certificate of Proficiency in Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Fundamentals. Both technical programs will be offered at the UAM College of Technology-Crossett.

Red Hawk Poetry Honored By Comstock Review

MONTICELLO, AR — Dr. Robert Moore, who writes under the pen name "Red Hawk" and teaches English at the University of Arkansas at Monticello, has been honored in the Comstock Review 2017 Poetry Contest.

Forestry Student Keeps Close Tabs On Campus Trees

MONTICELLO, AR — Tyler Raines knows trees, particularly those on the University of Arkansas at Monticello campus. Since June, Raines, a junior forestry student from Warren, has worked closely with University Forester Chris Stuhlinger to compile and maintain a comprehensive inventory of every tree on campus, a daunting task made easier with new software and hardware that creates a file on each tree with its location, species, diameter and relative health.