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McGehee Welding Students Receive AWS Certification

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.

McGehee Practical Nursing Graduates Achieve 100 Percent Pass Rate For Fourth Consecutive Year On the NCLEX-PN

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.

UAM Debate Finishes Third At Arkansas Tech Tournament

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).

Quiet, Steady Leadership Is The Legacy Of The Late Dr. Claude Babin

MONTICELLO, AR — Being president of Arkansas A&M College was never at the top of Claude Babin's wish list. When then-President Jack Mears resigned in early 1962 after reaching an impasse with the A&M board over a variety of issues, Board Chairman Clifton Trigg asked Dr. Babin to apply for the position. "My primary love was always classroom teaching," Dr. Babin said in an interview in the fall 2007 edition of UAM Magazine. "I did not set out to be president of Arkansas A&M."

UAM Debate Wins Team Sweepstakes Award At Bossier Parrish Tournament

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.

UAM Chamber Choir Joins Members of Arkansas Symphony And Soloists For Little Rock Concert March 3

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.

Research Studies Effect Of Video Games On Training College Students' Reaction Times

MONTICELLO, AR — The effect of video games on training college students' reaction times is the subject of a research paper by a University of Arkansas at Monticello psychology professor and two recent UAM graduates. The paper, written by Dr. Seungyeon Lee, assistant professor of psychology, in collaboration with Michael Todd Pickett of Wilmar and Gina Ashcraft of White Hall, both 2016 UAM graduates, was published in the current edition of National Teacher Education Journal, a nationally-refereed journal for educators in K-12, community college and university settings.

UAM Staff Attend Work-Ready Communities Academy

MONTICELLO, AR — Staff members from the University of Arkansas at Monticello, including Tawana Jones-Greene, executive director of admissions and enrollment management, Dorissa Kaufman, director of adult education at the UAM College of Technology-McGehee, and Denisa Pennington, grant manager for the Workforce Alliance of Southeast Arkansas at the UAM College of Technology-Crossett, recently joined educational and economic leaders from throughout southeast Arkansas at the ACT Work Ready Communities Academy in Dallas, Tex.

Wallace Trust Scholarship Deadline Is March 1

            MONTICELLO, Ark. — Graduates of McGehee High School and persons living in a 15-mile radius of McGehee have until March 1 to apply for the Joseph F. Wallace Trust Foundation Scholarship to attend any of the three campuses of the University of Arkansas at Monticello.

UAM Forestry Club To Hold Field Day Competition February 11

MONTICELLO, AR — Forestry and natural resources students at the University of Arkansas at Monticello will test their lumberjack skills this Saturday at Field Day, an annual competition hosted by the UAM Forestry Club to determine who will represent UAM at the Association of Southern Forestry Clubs Conclave.