Student Activities

UAM Wins Awards At Deep South Debate Tournament

(From left) University of Arkansas at Monticello debate team members Kyle Hargis of Warren, Gabe McDorman of Sheridan and Brian Hunter Cook of Sheridan display the awards they won at the recent Deep South Debate Tournament hosted by Mississippi College in Clinton, Miss. Hargis, a communication major, was named the first place speaker in the varsity debate division and reached the finals in varsity debate. McDorman, a communication major, also reached the finals of varsity debate while Cook, a criminal justice major, was the fifth place speaker in junior varsity debate. Others competing or participating for UAM were Grace Nash, an English and modern languages major from Mount Holly, and Collin O'Connor, a psychology major from McGehee. Colleges and universities competing in the tournament included UAM, Bossier Parish Community College, Jackson State University, Louisiana Tech, Mississippi College, Mississippi State, Middle Tennessee State, Stephen F. Austin State, Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Southern Mississippi, Tennessee, and Union.

Education Students Make Presentation At Arkansas Reading Association State Conference

Dr. Denise Baldwin (seated, center), teacher education coordinator in the School of Education at the University of Arkansas at Monticello, recently presented with a group of undergraduate students at the 2017 Arkansas Reading Association State Conference in Little Rock. Baldwin and students in her K-6 Curriculum, Planning and Programs class made a joint presentation on cooperative team building. Pictured with Baldwin are (seated, left) Kristen Spencer of Grapevine and (right) Kylee Moseley of Bearden, both K-6 elementary education majors, and (standing, from left) Lydia Byrd of DeWitt, an education studies major, Emily Johnson of Hermitage, a K-6 elementary education major, Jabracie Leonard of Monticello, a teaching and learning major, Karrah Paschall of Monticello, a K-6 elementary education major, Taylor Wells of Hamburg, a teaching and learning major, Olivia Wooten of Monticello, an education studies major, and K-6 elementary education majors Amanda Moseley of Monticello, Charity Smith of Dumas and Madison Michels of Woodlawn. (Not pictured: Crystal Hembree of Houston, Tex., a health and physical education major.)

Student Success Fund Created To Provide One-Time Emergency Financial Aid

MONTICELLO, AR — Students at the University of Arkansas at Monticello facing unexpected financial hardships that could impact their ability to stay in school and graduate will now have access to one-time emergency financial aid through a newly created Student Success Fund. All revenue in the Student Success Fund comes from private donations made to the UAM Foundation Fund.

UAM Debate Team Competes At Festival Of Lights Tournament

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.

Forestry Grad Student Takes First Place In National Poster Competition

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. 

Five Projects To Receive Funding From Centennial Opportunity Fund

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.

Student Nurses, Faculty Receive Awards At Arkansas Nursing Students' Association Convention

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.

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 To Observe International Week November 13-17

MONTICELLO, AR — The University of Arkansas at Monticello will observe International Week on campus November 13-17 with meals from different cultures around the world provided daily from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the cafeteria of the John F. Gibson University Center. The meals are part of UAM's regular meal plan with Aramark Dining Services and are also available to the public for $8.34. Flags from countries around the world will be on display in the cafeteria.

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.