General News

McGehee Campus To Hold Commencement June 30

MONTICELLO, AR — The UAM College of Technology-McGehee (UAM-CTM) will hold commencement exercises for the class of 2017 at the UAM Fine Arts Center at 2 p.m. June 30. Graduates will be from the following programs: associate of applied science degree in general technology, administrative office technology, diesel technology, early childhood education, health information technology, heavy equipment operator trainer academy, hospitality services, welding technology, and the GED in adult education.           For more information, contact Sharon Cantrell at (870) 460-2106.

Crossett Campus To Hold Commencement June 29

MONTICELLO, AR — The UAM College of Technology-Crossett (UAM-CTC) will hold commencement exercises for the class of 2017 at the Crossett city auditorium at 7 p.m. June 29. Cedric Coleman, a 2004 industrial technology graduate, will be recognized as the 2017 Outstanding Alumnus.

Boll Weevils Basketball Coach Kyle Tolin Signs Multi-Year Contract

MONTICELLO, AR — Kyle Tolin accomplished something in 2017 that no University of Arkansas at Monticello men's basketball coach had been able to achieve in 61 years; he led his team to a conference championship. Tolin was rewarded for that championship today when he became the second coach in UAM history to sign a multi-year contract. The two-year agreement includes automatic two-year rollovers through 2022.

UAM Receives STEM Grant To Support Mathematics Education

MONTICELLO, AR — The Arkansas Department of Higher Education has awarded a No Child Left Behind Grant to the STEM Center at the University of Arkansas at Monticello, according to Kim Level, interim dean of the UAM School of Education.The grant, which totals $60,888, will be used to provide middle school teachers with math content and pedagogy to improve student achievement in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The UAM STEM Center was one of 10 chosen statewide to receive a grant.

2017 Tomatoes At The Trotter Set For June 22

MONTICELLO, AR — Heirloom tomatoes will be on the menu as part of the seventh annual “Tomatoes at the Trotter” on June 22 at 6:30 p.m. at the University of Arkansas at Monticello’s Trotter House bed-and-breakfast at 404 North Main in Monticello. The event is being sponsored by the UAM School of Agriculture and the UA Southeast Research and Extension Center.

Congressman Bruce Westerman Receives Briefing On Heavy Equipment Operator Training Program

Fourth District U.S. Representative Bruce Westerman of Hot Springs was in Warren last week to receive a briefing on the Arkansas Heavy Equipment Operator Training Academy (AHEOTA) that is part of the UAM College of Technology-McGehee. The AHEOTA specializes in developing the skills of the beginning heavy equipment operator and includes options for diesel technology, logger training and timber, and training on a variety of heavy equipment. Students may train on a bulldozer, semi-tractor, international field tractor, low boy, scraper, mobile industrial pressure washer, hydraulic excavator, backhoe loader, articulated truck, articulated motor grader, skid steer loader and material handler. Students may also receive training on a simulator. Pictured from left are Dr. Peggy Doss, vice chancellor for academic affairs at UAM, Lee Taylor of Warren, a current student in the program, Congressman Westerman, Steacy Kennedy of Monticello, a program graduate, and Bob Ware, vice chancellor of the UAM COT-McGehee. Congressman Westerman's visit was part of an ongoing effort to have a ready and skilled workforce for construction and the timber industry in south Arkansas.

The UAM Nursing Class of 2017

Newly-minted graduates of the School of Nursing at the University of Arkansas at Monticello were honored last week at a pinning and capping ceremony at the UAM Fine Arts Center. UAM's newest nursing graduates are (first row, from left) LaKala S. Lambert of Monticello, Cianii L. Smith of McGehee,  Brandi N. Jones of Monroe, La., Amanda L. Gustafson of Greenbrier, Evangeline L. Forrest of Monticello, Linzy Jo Gavin of Monticello, Savannah R. Sampolesi of Lake Village, LaTasha B. Shopher of McGehee, (second row, from left) Trudy S. Travis of Monroe, La., Siesha K. Boyette of El Dorado, Syndee L. Adams of Monticello, Nicole M. Munnerlyn of Humphrey, Teah M. Streeter of White Hall, Jennie A. Butcher of Dumas, Louvonia N. Carter of Dermott, Chasity N. Hooks of Star City, Jerry M. Williams of Crossett, (top row, from left) Russell L. Peacock of Monticello, Jarrett L. Frizzell of Star City, Haley L. Patterson of Monticello, Bethany N. Beasley of Crossett, Ace C. Jeffers of Hamburg, Anna S. Jasay of Hamburg, Jessica D. Jackson of Monticello, and Katie E. Wilkerson of McGehee.

Dr. Moses Goldmon Is UAM's 55th Distinguished Alumnus; To Be Honored At Commencement On Friday

MONTICELLO, AR — Faith, family and an unswerving belief in the value of education form the foundation of Moses Goldmon’s life. The eighth of 10 children, Goldmon learned about faith and family from his parents, Curtis and Barbara Goldmon. He learned the value of education at the University of Arkansas at Monticello, thanks to a faculty member whose background mirrored his. Today, Goldmon is the executive vice president and chaplain of Lane College in Jackson, Tenn., and the 55th recipient of UAM’s highest honor, the Distinguished Alumnus Award.