UAM to Hold First Jingle Jam during Saturday's Basketball Games

UAM Athletics announced the first Jingle Jam event will be held this Saturday, December 14 during the women's and men's Basketball games in Steelman Fieldhouse. Game admission is free for all ages. Women and men's teams play at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., respectively, against Henderson State University. Santa Claus will be available for free photos from 3 - 5 p.m. Holiday Activities include an ugly Christmas sweater contest, coloring, holiday contests, and free food. The event is presented by Showcase of Floors and the UAM Alumni Association. Contact UAM Athletics for more information at 870-460-1058.

Star City Leaders Endow Star Daze Festival Scholarship

A group of Star City community leaders has donated $75,0000 to create the Star Daze Festival Scholarship at the University of Arkansas at Monticello. The Star Daze Festival committee endowed the scholarship to serve UAM students from the southeast Arkansas region.

Goldmon Selected for Delta Leadership Institute

Dr. Suzzette Shaw Goldmon, Director of Hospitality and Tourism Initiatives will participate in the Delta Regional Authority’s (DRA) Delta Leadership Institute (DLI.) She will join fellows from the seven other Delta states to participate in the 10-month DLI Executive Academy to help further her skills in community leadership, policy development, and regional collaboration to drive economic growth across the Mississippi River Delta and Alabama Black Belt regions. Dr. Goldmon will participate in an intensive ten-month executive leadership training program focused on developing competencies through site visits, best practice case studies, executive coaching and mentoring, and regional project development. The program consists of six multi-day seminars throughout the Delta region culminating with a graduation in Memphis, TN.

Think Wood Mobile Exhibit to Be Showcased at UAM Forestry Open House

The Think Wood Mobile Tour is stopping at University of Arkansas at Monticello Monday, November 25. The stop coincides with the College of Forestry, Agriculture and Natural Resources Open House. The exhibit, reception, and open house will be held from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the Chamberlain Forest Resources Complex on the UAM campus. Displays on forestry projects and activities will be available, as well as tours of teaching and research laboratories. The UAM College of Forestry, Agriculture and Natural Resources offers the only accredited forestry degree in the state. The Think Wood Mobile Exhibit is a museum-quality display that showcases the environmental and economic benefits of different softwood lumber and engineered wood products and their many uses in both residential and commercial construction. The traveling exhibit features a variety of interactive elements, props, and models telling the wood story from the forest to the market.

UAM College of Technology at Crossett Receives $150,000 from DRA

The Delta Regional Authority (DRA) announced Tuesday $1.5 million in workforce development grants to 11 organizations across the Mississippi River Delta Region, including a $150,000 grant to UAM College of Technology at Crossett (UAM-CTC). "DRA is committed to investing in workforce training and education that supports job seekers, incumbent workers, and employers to help foster comprehensive economic development in Delta communities," said DRA Federal Co-Chairman Chris Caldwell in a DRA release. "Through the Delta Workforce Grant Program, DRA is providing an opportunity for rural communities to have access to critical resources in order to strengthen their workforce, create jobs, and improve quality of life across the region." UAM-CTC received the largest amount available through the grant, which will be used to expand the welding lab on the campus. "Our concurrent welding student enrollment has been steadily growing, and along with our full-time welding program, we are in great need of space. We look forward to using these grant funds to continue to invest in this valuable career training opportunity for students from Ashley county and beyond," said Linda Rushing, UAM-CTC Vice Chancellor. The grant comes during a difficult year for Crossett, whose Georgia-Pacific facilities have seen hundreds of layoffs since the announcement of the closure of its bleached board operations this summer. Both a certificate of proficiency in welding and a technical certificate in welding technology are available on the Crossett campus, and welding students often progress to earn an associate of applied science in General Technology. UAM-CTC offers associate's degrees, certificates of proficiency, and technical certificate programs aimed at providing students with entry level to advanced skills necessary in a competitive job market. For more information, contact the University of Arkansas at Monticello - Crossett campus at (870) 364-6414. ###

Finance Club to Host First-Time Homebuyer Seminar

The Finance Club will present a seminar for first-time homebuyers on Monday, November 4 on the University of Arkansas at Monticello campus. The free event will be held at 6 p.m. in the Green Room of the Gibson University Center. Guest speaker Tim Wooldridge of the Arkansas Development Finance Authority (ADFA) will help prospective buyers identify how to qualify for grants of up to $10,000 toward their first home purchase. In an aim to promote homeownership across the state, the ADFA aims to support economic growth in the state of Arkansas, including homeownership programs, which can reduce out-of-pocket expenses for eligible homebuyers. The UAM Finance Club is hosting the event in an effort to connect with and benefit the greater southeast Arkansas community.

UAM Chamber Choir and Music Theater Workshop to Host Dinner Pops Concert Saturday

The UAM Chamber Choir and Music Theatre Workshop will present a Dinner Pops Concert Saturday, October 26 at 6 p.m.. The event will be held in the Green Room of the Gibson University Center on the UAM campus. Tickets are $30 each. The program will include music by Gilbert and Sullivan, including Trial by Jury and a preview of selections from the upcoming musical production of A Funny Thing Happened on the way to the Forum. In addition to music performance and dinner, UAM alumni Robert Fellows, Jr. and John McBee will be inducted into the UAM Choir and Music Theatre Hall of Fame. To reserve your tickets or for more information, contact the Division of Music office at (870) 460-1060.

Bobbitt to Recommend Doss as Next UAM Chancellor

University of Arkansas System President Dr. Donald R. Bobbitt will recommend UAM provost and vice president for academic affairs Peggy Doss, Ed.D., to serve as the next Chancellor of UAM following the retirement of Chancellor Karla Hughes, Ph.D., on Dec. 31.