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Proposed Tax (Continuation) Election for Community Center Likely for January 2016, to Follow End of Library Tax – Video

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

UAM Chancellor Dr. Jack Lassiter attended Monday nights meeting of the advertising and promotion commission to discuss the status of the proposed community center.

Lassiter stated that there is a lot of community confusion about the convention center “taking the library tax”, which cannot be legally done.


UAM Ambassadors Sponsor Events To Assist Relay For Life / American Cancer Society

Sunday, April 13th, 2014

The Student Ambassadors at the University of Arkansas at Monticello are sponsoring a pair of events to assist the Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society.

The Ambassadors are selling tickets for a chance to win a $100 gift certificate to Taylor’s Restaurant in Dumas. A drawing will April 28 at 12 noon in the Office of Admissions with the winners notified following the drawing. Tickets are $1 each or six for $5.


Reed, Weaver Capture Awards At LSU Tournment

Sunday, March 9th, 2014

Debate (LSU Mardi Gras Tourn) copyUniversity of Arkansas at Monticello debate students Robert “Eddie” Weaver of DeWitt (left) and Kelly Reed of Bella Vista were among the top competitors at lastweek’s LAU-Baton Rouge Mardi Gras Classic debate tournament. Reed, a senior political science and communications double major, was named the tournament’s first place speaker in competition with top debate students from 32 colleges and universities throughout the south and southwest. Weaver, a sophomore mathematics major, teamed withReed to place second in the team International Public Debate Association competition.

Morgan Densmore Wins Farm Bureau Discussion Meet

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014
 Pictured from left are Dr. Bob Stark, Morgan Densmore of Monticello, Justin Calhoun of Star City, John Erickson of Chicago, Ill., and John David Farabough of Star City.

Pictured from left are Dr. Bob Stark, Morgan Densmore of Monticello, Justin Calhoun of Star City, John Erickson of Chicago, Ill., and John David Farabough of Star City.

Morgan Densmore of Monticello took first place in the 2014 Collegiate Farm Bureau Discussion Meet held recently at the University of Arkansas at Monticello.

Densmore is a sophomore in UAM’s School of Agriculture pursuing a bachelor of science degree in agriculture with a double major in agribusiness and plant and soil science. She received a cash prize and will represent UAM in the state finals of the Collegiate Discussion Meet during the State Collegiate Farm Bureau Conference in Little Rock.

Justin Calhoun of Star City received a cash prize for second place and will be the UAM alternate for the state finals. John Erickson of Chicago, Ill., and John David Farabough of Star City also received cash prizes for their local participation. (more…)

UAM Awards Degrees To December Graduates

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

The University of Arkansas at Monticello awarded 544 degrees and certificates to 501 students in December, according to information released today by the Office of the Registrar. The graduates, listed alphabetically by hometown, are: (more…)

UAM Homecoming Court

Saturday, October 26th, 2013

Homecoming Court Group 2Twelve women have been selected to the 2013 homecoming court at the University of Arkansas at Monticello.

The homecoming queen, who will be selected by an online vote of the student body, will be announced during pregame ceremonies prior to the UAM-Southern Nazarene football game on October 26.

Members of the court are:


Gov. Beebe Announces $635,000 for Wireless Internet Relay Towers to Reach Crossett & McGehee Campuses – Video

Friday, October 25th, 2013

Governor Mike Beebe today announced the release of $635,000 from the state general improvement fund to construct four microwave relay towers that will connect the UAM Colleges of Technology in Crossett and McGehee to the fiber network at the University of Arkansas at Monticello’s main campus.

The towers will provide the Crossett and McGehee campuses with increased broadband capability and access to state and national networks.


McGehee Campus Adds New Automotive Instructor

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

Curtsinger, MikeMike Curtsinger, an Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) master automotive technician, has joined the faculty at the UAM College of Technology-McGehee, according to vice chancellor Bob Ware.

Curtsinger will teach a variety of classes in engine repair, including electrical and electronic systems, brakes, suspension and steering, engine performance, transmission and transaxles, manual drive train and axles, and automotive climate control. “We are pleased to add someone with Mike’s expertise to our faculty,” said Ware. “To have an ASE certified master automotive technician is a plus for our program and particularly for our students, including those who are pursuing a technical certificate in automotive technology or an associate of applied science degree in general technology.”

Curtsinger has worked for Nissan, the Nashville Auto Diesel College, and is a certified master technician for both Mazda and Hyundai. For more information about the UAM COT-McGehee’s automotive technology program, call (870) 222-5360.


Weevil Welcome – Thank You Note

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

glenda weevilThe Monticello-Drew County Chamber of Commerce and the City of Monticello wish to thank all the event volunteers and the following businesses for their support of our 18th annual Weevil Welcome held September 24, in McCloy Park.

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Weevil Welcome – Photos

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

Monticello’s  annual Weevil Welcome event was held Tuesday night, with 300-350 local folks attending.

The celebration recognizes the appreciation that Monticello has for the University, its staff, and its students.

The Chamber of Commerce organizes the event.  The set up and cooking is done by City of Monticello employees.  The meal was served by the UAM Cotton Blossoms basketball team.  Prizes were donated by dozens of local businesses.

New UAM Wellness Center Named For Randy Risher

Friday, September 20th, 2013
Risher Dedication 2

(From left) Randy Risher, Jenna Risher and Dr. Neela Risher stand in front of some of the cardiovascular fitness equipment donated by Risher to the University of Arkansas at Monticello.

The University of Arkansas at Monticello dedicated the Randy Risher Wellness Center Saturday morning, honoring a man who donated cutting-edge fitness equipment to the facility. The 3,656-square-foot structure which formerly housed the Baptist Collegiate Ministry, was renovated this year to provide a new home for the University’s wellness and fitness center. Risher donated the equipment, which includes both weight training and resistance machines as well as cardio-fitness cycles, treadmills and elliptical trainers.


Linda Yeiser Named Vice Chancellor for Advancement and University Relations

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

Yeiser, Linda 2A familiar face has returned to the University of Arkansas at Monticello to take direction of the university’s private fund-raisingactivities.

Linda Yeiser is UAM’s new vice chancellor for advancement and university relations, a position she held from 2005 to 2008. “I am pleased to welcome Linda Yeiser back to our administration,” said UAM Chancellor Jack Lassiter. “Ms. Yeiser worked at UAM in various positions in finance and administration for 18 years. She left UAM in 1999 and returned to our campus to filI the advancement position on an interim basis for two years.


Crossett’s Convention Center Rejected by Voters, As Supporters for Center at UAM Meet Friday

Thursday, August 15th, 2013

zzAlthought it’s been a “dry spell” for finding grants and funding for a proposed Southeast Arkansas Convention Center, the committee of supporters will meet at UAM, Friday, to comtinue their hopes of building a convention center at the entrance of UAM.

Dr. Jack Lassiter updated the Advertising and Promotion Commissin, at a recent meeting onthe status of the project, which has been a dream of many local residents for several years.

According to, Crossett voters rejected a tax for the construction of a new community center with an indoor pool, 379 to 261, yesterday.  They did approve a tax to build 2 new fire stations and purchase equipment.

Monticello Student Earns CFE Scholarship For Second Consecutive Year

Saturday, August 3rd, 2013

Lafever, ThomasThomas Lafever of Monticello, a senior accounting major at the University of Arkansas at Monticello, has been selected to receive a $1,000 scholarship from the Arkansas Chapter of Certified Fraud Examiners.

The awards are presented annually to outstanding college students based on faculty recommendation and academic achievement. Lafever also received the award last year.


Quilt Featuring School of Forest Resources To Be Auctioned At Log-A-Load For Kids

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

Quilt PhotoDr. Joshua Adams (left), assistant professor of forestry at the University of Arkansas at Monticello, and Dr. Philip Tappe, dean of the UAM School of Forest Resources, display a quilt to be auctioned at Log-A-Load for Kids this Saturday, August 3 at 6 p.m. at the First Assembly of God Church on U.S. Highway 425 North in Monticello. The UAM Forestry Club is one of the sponsors for the event, which annually raises money for the Arkansas Children’s Hospital. The quilt was sewn by Adams’ mother, Sandi Adams of Ruston, La.

Monticello Rotary Club To Host “Feed the Kids 5K” Walk/Run September 7

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

The Monticello Rotary Club will host the first “Feed the Kids 5K” walk and run on Saturday, September 7 on the campus of the University of Arkansas at Monticello.

In addition to the 5K, there will be a fun run for kids around Weevil Pond. Proceeds from entry fees will be donated to the Monticello Feed the Kids Foundation. The 5K run and kids fun run begin at 8 a.m. The 5K walk begins at 7:45 a.m. Each event requires a $25 entry fee paid in advance or $30 on the day of the race.


UAM Community Ed-Summer Cooking Class for Kids

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

kids-cooking2Calling all kids, 4th grade and up! Come learn how great fruits and veggies can taste with recipes you can make yourself. Classes will be held Tues, July 23 & 30. Classes for children in 4th-6th grade run from 10:30 am -12:30 pm and for 7th grade and above from 2-4 pm. Classes will be held at the Monticello High School Home Economics lab.

There is a $10 fee for class, but it will be waived for any students who qualify for free or reduced price lunch.

Call or e-mail Memorie Dickson at 870-460-1327.  Deadline to register is Monday, July 22.


Instructors Needed For Non-Credit Community Education Classes

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

uamThe Community Education Program at the University of Arkansas at Monticello is seeking qualified instructors to teach non-credit classes for the fall session which runs September through December.

Program areas include, but are not limited to, art and hobbies, computers and technology, home and garden, health and fitness, personal and professional development, special interest and youth programming. Classes may be offered as one-time workshops, or may meet over a period of weeks.


UAM Student To Wrestle Steers At College National Finals Rodeo In Casper, Wyoming

Thursday, June 13th, 2013
Eric Manos prepares to wrestle a steer during rodeo action in Livingston, Ala., earlier this year.

Eric Manos prepares to wrestle a steer during rodeo action
in Livingston, Ala., earlier this year.

Eric Manos gets an adrenaline rush from wrestling 600 pounds of angry steer to the ground. Most thrill-seekers might consider safer ways to get their kicks, but Manos insists he’s never been injured, at least not seriously. “I’ve been banged up and bruised a little, but I’ve never been hurt bad,” he says. “I just love the action.”

Manos will get plenty of action in the next few days as he represents the University of Arkansas at Monticello at the College National Finals Rodeo which beginsSunday at the Casper Events Center in Casper, Wyoming.


UAM Band Camps Schedule Announced

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

The Division of Music at the University of Arkansas at Monticello will host four summer band camps in June and July.
Camps include a beginner camp June 9-14, junior high camp June 16-21, high school camp June 23-28 and jazz camp July 15-18.

Each camp will present public concerts the final day of camp at 12:30 p.m. in the UAM Fine Arts Center.
A flag camp will also be held July 15-18 and will offer a performance on Thursday, July 18 at 4 p.m.


UAM Scholarships Available – $500 to Supplement Academic Challenge

Monday, June 10th, 2013

uamThe University of Arkansas at Monticello will provide a $500 scholarship for the fall semester as a supplement to the Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship, according to Mary Whiting, director of admissions.

The $500 scholarship will be available to each incoming freshman who has graduated from an Arkansas high school in 2013 and is a recipient of the Academic Challenge Scholarship. The student must be enrolled in a four-year academic program and the scholarship must be used for tuition, mandatory fees, room, board or books purchased in the campus bookstore, and is not refundable.


UAM Assistant Librarian Invited To Become Member Of UALR Chapter Of Honor Socity

Monday, May 20th, 2013

KathyAndersonDavisKathy Anderson Davis, Assistant Librarian at the Taylor Library and Technology Center at the University of Arkansas at Monticello, was recently invited to become a member University of Arkansas Little Rock chapter of the Golden Key International Honor Society. As an international honor society with more than 400 chapters at colleges and universities around the world, Golden Key is committed to a high standard of scholastic achievement, and an ethos of integrity, innovation, respect, collaboration and diversity. With more than 2,100 members since 1994, the University of Arkansas – Little Rock Golden Key chapter is a large one, and their members have gone on to do great things in their lives. Honorary Members include Jim Tucker, Governor Emeritus. UALR welcomes prospective members sophomore year through graduate school that are in the top 15% of their class and interested in service and leadership development. The 205th Golden Key chapter, the University of Arkansas – Little Rock was chartered April 22nd, 1994, as part of U.S. Region 6, which includes schools in Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota.

A member of the UAM staff since 2005, Davis is the Assistant Librarian for Technical Services and Reference at the Taylor Library. Davis holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems from UAM, a Master of Science degree in Library and Information Science from the University of North Texas and is currently working on her Master of Education in Learning Systems Technology with a 4.0 GPA, from the University of Arkansas Little Rock.


Community Education To Offer Wide Variety of Non-Credit Summer Courses

Monday, May 20th, 2013

Non-credit courses in topics ranging from arts and crafts to money management will be offered this summer by the University of Arkansas at Monticello’s Department of Community Education.

A full slate of courses for children and teens includes Tennis, Youth Money Management, A Writer’s Notebook: Unlocking the Writer within You, cooking classes, and a wide variety of arts and crafts classes.

Other classes include Basic Computer Skills, Facebook Essentials, Preventing and Understanding Traumatic Brain Injuries, Portrait Painting and Drawing, BookMaking and Binding, Crochet for Beginners, Becoming Financially Successful, Digital Image Processing Using Adobe Photoshop, and several jewelry making classes.

Fordetailed information about courses, including dates, times and fees, visit the UAM website at click on “Community Education” under “Campus Resources.” Space is limited in many classes so early registration is encouraged. Interested students my register online, call (870) 460-1327.


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