MONTICELLO, AR — Six members of the University of Arkansas at Monticello debate team brought home awards from the Festival of Lights Invitational Debate Tournament hosted recently by Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, La.
Richard Sample (left) of Winslow, a graduate student in the School of Forestry and Natural Resources at the University of Arkansas at Monticello, was awarded first prize for his poster, “Nitrogen Resorption Timeline in Relation to Protein and Chlorophyll Degradation in Southern Oaks,” presented at the Society of American Foresters (SAF) national convention in Albuquerque, N.M. The research presented in the poster illustrates the timing and extent of nutrient cycling in oak tree species in Arkansas forests, providing various ecosystem services such as habitat and food for waterfowl and other wildlife as well as wood. Nutrient cycling is important for tree growth in survival. Understanding the basic biology will help foresters understand how nutrient cycling is affected by environmental stresses trees in Arkansas typically experience, such as flooding, drought, and overcrowding by competitors, and will lead to better forest management. Sample's poster, co-authored with his advisor, Dr. Benjamin Babst (right), assistant professor of forest resources, was judged to be the top poster out of 135 posters presented at the convention.
MONTICELLO, AR — Five proposals submitted to the University of Arkansas at Monticello's Centennial Opportunity Fund have been chosen to receive a total of $50,000 for the 2017-18 funding cycle, according to Dr. John Davis, director of university relations and chair of the Centennial Opportunity Fund committee.
Students and faculty in the University of Arkansas at Monticello's School of Nursing were honored recently at the 66th annual Arkansas Nursing Students' Association state convention. UAM nursing students received the Break Through to Nursing award for the School of Nursing's “Hoedown Welcome Picnic" and the Image of Nursing Award for the “Lend a Hand to Stop a Bully” project hosted on the UAM campus with Monticello Elementary School. Christine Felts, faculty advisor of the UAM Student Nurses Association, received the ANSA Chapter Advisor of the Year Award. Senior nursing student Kya Standford of Arlington, Tex., was awarded an ANSA scholarship and junior nursing student Brooke Lampkin of McGehee was elected to serve as the ANSA District 4 director for the 2017-2018 academic year. Pictured from left are Brooke Lampkin Kya Standford, Abby Searcy of Monticello, UAM SNA Breakthrough to Nursing chair, Christen Shipley of Wilmot, UAM SNA president, and Christine Felts of Tillar, UAM SNA chapter advisor.
MONTICELLO, AR — Mainline Health Systems, Incorporated of southeast Arkansas has presented a $51,000 gift to the University of Arkansas at Monticello Foundation Fund to honor Mainline's founder and first director, Betty Gay Shuler.
MONTICELLO, AR — The UAM Colleges of Technology at Crossett and McGehee will begin offering technical certificate courses in hospitality services, health information technology and diesel technology on the Monticello campus beginning with the 2018 spring semester, according to Dr. Peggy Doss, vice chancellor for academic affairs.
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.
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.
MONTICELLO, AR — Dr. John Dennis, assistant professor of land surveying at the University of Arkansas at Monticello, has been appointed as a voting member of the Arkansas Geographic Information Systems Board by Governor Asa Hutchinson. Dennis will serve a term of four years, which expires August 1, 2021.
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.