Academic News

Dana Williams Appointed to NASW Board

Dana Williams, assistant professor of social work at the University of Arkansas at Monticello, has been appointed to a two-year term as southeast representative on the board of directors of the Arkansas Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. Williams holds a bachelor's degree in social work from UAM, a master's degree from UA-Little Rock is currently working on a doctorate in social work at St. Catherine University-University of St. Thomas.

UAM Debaters Win Individual Honors At Sooner Showdown Swing Tournament

Blake Adkins of Vilonia and Kyle Hargis of Warren won multiple individual awards for the University of Arkansas at Monticello debate team at the Sooner Showdown Swing Tournament hosted recently by the University of Oklahoma. Adkins, a computer information systems major, was a team debate finalist, professional division semifinalist, and was named the second place debate speaker. Hargis, a communications major, was a team debate finalist, a varsity octofinalist, the fourth place team debate speaker, and the fourth place varsity speaker. Members of the UAM debate team are (from left) Nshyka Shelton of Monticello, Jordan Lakin of Cabot, Gabe McDorman of Sheridan, Blake Adkins, Kyle Hargis, McKenzie McClain of Warren, and Dylan Hargis of Warren. UAM was one of 22 colleges and universities at the competition. Other schools were host Oklahoma, Arkansas State, Arkansas Tech, Butler Community College, Cal State-Long Beach, Central Texas, Drury, East Central Oklahoma, John Brown, Kansas Wesleyan, Northeastern Oklahoma, Oral Roberts, Southeastern Oklahoma, Sterling, Tulsa Community College, UCA, Texas-Tyler, Valdosta State, Wayland Baptist, and Whitworth.

UAM Social Work Organization Announces Officers

The University of Arkansas at Monticello chapter of the Student Social Work Association (SSWA) recently selected new officers for 2017-18. Pictured from left are Jasmine Holmes of Bastrop, La., secretary, Chloe Kilcrease of Pine Bluff, treasurer, Kalli Gober of Wilmar, president, and Darius Thornton of Eudora, vice president. (Not pictured: Paris Webb of Monticello, public relations officer). The Student Social Work Association is open to all majors and is modeled after the National Association of Social Workers.

Pre-Registration For Juniors and Seniors Set For November 6-7

MONTICELLO, AR — Students who have earned at least 60 credit hours and are classified as juniors or seniors may register for classes for the 2018 spring semester at the University of Arkansas at Monticello November 6-7, according to Dr. Peggy Doss, vice chancellor for academic affairs. All students, regardless of classification, may register for the spring semester November 8-17. For more information, contact the Office of Academic Advising at (870) 460-1132. - 30 -

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.