The Biology Club at the University of Arkansas at Monticello recently collected over $500 in donations and toys to present to Arkansas Children's Hospital in Little Rock. Pictured from left are Biology Club officers Lexi Blevins of White Hall, Kendall Wells of Monticello, Conner Callaway of Hamburg, Haley Koenig of Lakeville, Minn., and Beth Justice of Dermott. Koenig and Justice are co-presidents of the club. "On behalf of our patients at Arkansas Children's, thank you for your kind and thoughtful donation this holiday season," said Jennifer Selig, executive director of volunteer engagement for ACH. "Your commitment and dedication to Arkansas Children's truly makes a difference in our patients' lives."
These University of Arkansas at Monticello students recently became the first cohort to complete the National Strength and Conditioning Association's (NSCA) Education Recognition Program, which recognizes schools with standardized, approved strength and conditioning or personal training curricula. Completion of the program prepares students to become certified personal trainers and strength and conditioning specialists.
(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.
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.)
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.
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.
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.