General News

Gary Meggs Named To Four States Bandmasters Hall Of Fame

MONTICELLO, AR — Gary Meggs, the man who revitalized the marching and concert bands and created the jazz program at the University of Arkansas at Monticello, has been named to the Four States Bandmasters Association Hall of Fame.

UAM To Hold First Mid-Year Commencement December 17

MONTICELLO, AR — For the first time in school history, the University of Arkansas at Monticello will hold a mid-year graduation ceremony when the university presents degrees during commencement exercises on Saturday, December 17 at 10 a.m. at Steelman Fieldhouse.

UAM Jazz Bands In Concert December 5

MONTICELLO, AR — Two of the three nationally-acclaimed jazz bands at the University of Arkansas at Monticello will present an evening of contemporary and classic jazz in a free performance December 5 at 7:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center auditorium.

Chris Ratcliff Accepts Position As Athletic Director At Rogers State University

MONTICELLO, AR — Chris Ratcliff, director of athletics at the University of Arkansas at Monticello since 2009, has accepted a similar position at Rogers State University in Claremore, Okla. Ratcliff came to UAM in 2006 as head women’s basketball coach and a year later added the duties of assistant athletic director for compliance. In 2011 he stepped down as women’s basketball coach to devote himself full-time to the duties of athletics director.

UAM Debate Team Competes At LSU-Shreveport Tournament

These seven members of the University of Arkansas at Monticello debate team competed at the recent LSU-Shreveport Debate Tournament. Pictured from left are Natalie Edwards of Fort Smith, Gabe McDorman of Sheridan, Ben Graves of Hot Springs, Blake Adkins of Vilonia, Kyle Hargis of Warren, Luke Beatty of Dermott and Zach Young of Wilmar. Others competing but not pictured were Jacob Chisom of Monticello, Grace Nash of Mount Holly, Abbygail Rounsaville of Mabelvale, and Nshyka Shelton of Monticello. Chisom reached the round of 16 in the varsity debate competition while Adkins and Hargis each reached the final 16 in junior varsity debate. Chisom and Graves reached the semifinals in team debate.

Forestry Students Attend National Society of American Foresters Convention

These seven undergraduate students from the School of Forestry and Natural Resources at the University of Arkansas at Monticello attended the 2016 Society of American Foresters national convention in Madison, Wis., recently. Four of the seven participated in a quiz bowl tournament and the group toured the headquarters of the Aldo Leopold Foundation. Pictured from left are Caleb Wilson of Elwood, Neb., Greg Craig of Mena, Austin Passmore of Pleasant Plains, Tyler Daniell of Arkadelphia, Brody Nosal of Sherwood, Kenya Barner of Little Rock and Richard Harris of Lonoke.