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Monday, April 23, 2018

Public Invited To Attend Be Pro Be Proud Event At UACCM

The University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton will host the Be Pro Be Proud Mobile Workshop, an Arkansas-based workforce initiative designed to increase the number of skilled professionals in the state, on campus April 30 through May 2. These events are free and open to the community. 

Be Pro Be Proud Mobile Workshop

The workshop will be set up outside the brand-new Workforce Training Center on the west end of campus. Guests who stop by from 3-7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 1 can explore the professional training opportunities available right here in Morrilton by touring the WTC. Free food and drinks will be available while supplies last. The workshop will also be open from 3-6 p.m. on Monday, April 30, and from 3-4 on Wednesday, May 2. 

The Be Pro Be Proud Mobile Workshop encourages student participation in construction, trucking, manufacturing, and other specific career opportunities. It includes interactive work stations that engage participants in several skilled professional careers through gaming, rich video, and more. 

Arkansas’s skilled professional workforce is aging fast, leading to a growing gap in finding Arkansans to fill these positions. There are an estimated 5.6 million job openings in the U.S. today. Approximately 60,000 of these openings exist in Arkansas with the majority being in high skilled technical fields. 

Only one in three parents say they would encourage their children to pursue technical careers, despite the advanced skills and high pay characteristics of these opportunities. Offering Arkansans new insight into the skilled professional workforce requires a team approach that includes employers, schools, elected officials, students, and parents who recognize that skilled professions are rewarding career opportunities. 

For more information, contact Jessica Rohlman at (501) 977-2004, or at rohlman@uaccm.edu. If you have a disability-related accommodation need for this event, contact Counseling Services at (501) 977-2095.

Monday, April 16, 2018

UACCM Celebrates Opening of Workforce Training Center April 26

The University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton invites the public to attend the grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Workforce Training Center on Thursday, April 26 at 11:30 a.m.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson will deliver the keynote address. The half-hour ceremony will also include remarks from University of Arkansas System President Dr. Donald R. Bobbitt, UACCM Foundation Board Chair Scott McKennon, UACCM Board of Visitors Chair Doug Brandon, UACCM Chancellor Dr. Larry Davis, industry partners, and several elected state, county, and city officials. Attendees may tour the WTC following the event. 

Workforce Training Center (rear view)

Workforce Training Center (front view)

Located on the west end of campus, the 53,843-SF building marks the end of the largest construction project in UACCM history and the first new building in nine years. The WTC will house Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration, Automotive Service, Industrial Mechanics & Maintenance, and Welding technology programs. 

“It has been a dream for over 10 years and was financially made possible by the contributions of many community supporters and employees, industry partners, federal and state grants, and UACCM’s commitment to technical training,” Linda Birkner, UACCM’s vice chancellor for administration, said. 

The approximately $15 million project began with an official groundbreaking ceremony on April 29, 2016 after purchasing two parcels of land from Morrilton residents Bob Coffman and Gene Ruffiner in April 2013 and March 2014, respectively. The college was approved for a $1.1 million Economic Development Administration investment from the U.S. Department of Commerce in September 2014. An employee campaign that same year, which received 90% participation, raised more than $63,000 in gifts and pledges. In addition, this project would not be possible without the UACCM Foundation’s Give Meaning Campaign, which has raised nearly $3 million since its conception in 2013. 

UACCM is proud to have selected two Arkansas-based companies to design and construct the WTC project — MAHG Architecture of Fort Smith and Nabholz Construction of Conway. Clearing of the site began Oct. 31, 2016, and a topping-out ceremony was held on April 24, 2017 where visitors signed and watched a beam be installed atop the central section of the new building.  

The WTC has been designed to achieve Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) certifications. If successful, it will be the first LEED certified building on campus. LEED is the most widely used green-building rating system in the world. From drought tolerant and low-maintenance landscape to safe cleaning processes and high-energy efficiencies, every aspect of the building is considered. 

For more information contact Director of Marketing & Public Relations Mary Clark at (501) 977-2011, or at clark@uaccm.edu. If you have a disability-related accommodation need for this event, contact Counseling Services at (501) 977-2095. 

Monday, April 2, 2018

UACCM Presents 'Steel Magnolias' April 12-15

The University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton Theatre will present Robert Harling’s timeless comedy-drama “Steel Magnolias” this month beginning Thursday, April 12 at 7:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Auditorium on campus. Other performances are scheduled for April 13 and 14 at 7:30 p.m., as well as a matinee show on Sunday, April 15 at 2 p.m.

The cast includes Stephanie Price as Truvy, Deeanna Jones as Annelle, D.J. Reece as Clairee, Mackenzie Hendrix as Shelby, Loretta Carr as M’Lynn, and Toni Taylor as Oiuser. Jim Harris, UACCM’s Theatre & Speech instructor, will be director. 

“The title of the play is a reflection of how ‘women are as delicate as magnolias but as tough as steel,’” Harris said. “It’s a very funny play, yet also has a ton of heart to it. The four students, one staff member, and one faculty member I’ve worked with on this project have all been terrific. We’ve rehearsed four nights a week for the last six weeks for three hours at a time. I really appreciate the time and commitment everyone has put into this.”   

The 1987 play follows a group of Southern women over the course of three years as they visit and gossip inside Truvy’s beauty salon in small-town Chinquapin, Louisiana. Though full of wit and lighthearted conversations among friends, the play also explores the serious nature of marriage and motherhood. 

Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling (501) 977-2045, visiting the Student Accounts window in the University Center lobby, or at the door before each performance. Tickets are $10 for adults, and $5 for all UACCM students and employees. Children 12 years of age or younger will be admitted free of charge. 

For more information, contact Jim Harris, at (501) 977-2118, or at harris@uaccm.edu

Friday, March 16, 2018

FOX16 Anchor Donna Terrell to Speak at UACCM

Donna Terrell

The University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton invites all current students and members of the public to attend a special guest presentation by local FOX16 anchor Donna Terrell at 12:15 p.m. on Tuesday, March 27.

This free event, sponsored by the UACCM Diversity & Inclusion Committee, is being held in celebration of Women’s History Month. Terrell will speak for approximately 30 minutes inside the UACCM Student Union and will be available for photos and autographs following her presentation. Light refreshments will be served.

Terrell will discuss her personal and uplifting story of being a woman of color working as a broadcast journalist and starting her own nonprofit organization for cancer survivors, patients, and caregivers. Since arriving in Little Rock from Michigan, where she also worked in broadcasting, Terrell has earned numerous awards and honors, and has become a well-known and important figure in the Central Arkansas community.

For more information about this event, contact Mary Newsome at (501) 977-2044, or at newsome@uaccm.edu.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Dates Set for Spring 2018 Graduation Ceremonies

The University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton will hold five graduation ceremonies for its spring 2018 graduates beginning Thursday, May 10. Each ceremony will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Auditorium on campus, followed by a reception in the Student Union where families may take pictures and meet with UACCM’s faculty and staff.

The schedule for all spring 2018 graduation ceremonies is as follows:


  • Thursday, May 10: Practical Nursing
  • Monday, May 14: Associate of Science in Liberal Arts; Associate of Science in Education; Associate of General Studies; Certificate of General Studies; Computer Information Systems Technology; Computer Maintenance; Networking Technology; Early Childhood Development
  • Tuesday, May 15: Associate of Arts in General Education (A-G)**; Associate of Science in Business with focus in Accounting, Business Office Technology, and Retail Marketing; Technical Certificate in Business; Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
  • Wednesday, May 16: Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration Technology; Automotive Service Technology; Collision Repair & Refinishing Technology; Drafting; Industrial Mechanics & Maintenance Technology; Petroleum Technology; Surveying; Welding
  • Thursday, May 17: Associate of Arts in General Education (H-Z)**

** - Alphabetical by last name 

Holocaust Survivor Addresses Students, Community Members


More than 2,200 people listened to Holocaust survivor Peter Gorog speak March 6 and 7 about his experiences as a young Jewish boy in Hungary during World War II. The two presentations were part of the University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton’s 10th annual Holocaust Survivor Series event— a yearly public lecture in cooperation with the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) in Washington, D.C.

The first lecture, an evening event in UACCM’s Fine Arts Auditorium on March 6, was also attended by World War II veteran and American Liberator Beryl Wolfson, 95, of Lamar. Wolfson served in the 12th Armored Task Force, 21st American Corps, 935th Field Artillery Battalion and his major engagements were in North Africa, Italy, and Germany — most notably at the Dachau concentration camp. He and his wife, Esther, have attended the Holocaust Survivor Series event for the last five years.


Gorog (right) sits with Wolfson in the audience following his presentation in UACCM’s Fine Arts Auditorium on March 6. 

The next morning, nearly 2,000 students from 20 schools across UACCM’s six-county service area listened to Gorog speak in the brand-new Devil Dog Arena at Morrilton High School. Students ranging from fourth- to 12th-graders filled the arena and had the opportunity to ask Gorog questions about his life, both as a child fleeing from the Nazis and as an adult. Now retired, he has worked on various NASA projects such as the Hubble and James Webb telescopes since defecting to the U.S. in 1980.

Gorog (middle) speaks to nearly 2,000 students from 20 schools inside a packed Devil Dog Arena at Morrilton High School on March 7. 

The events were funded by a Giving Tree Grant from the Conway County Community Foundation. UACCM also partners with the University of Central Arkansas in Conway to bring the survivors to central Arkansas, sharing the cost of travel expenses for the survivor and a travel companion from the USHMM Office of Survivor Affairs. The survivors do not charge a speaking fee, and they donate thousands of hours of service annually to the Museum by doing speaking engagements across the country, providing tours and lectures at the Museum and participation in other related events.

For more photos of these events, click here

Thursday, February 8, 2018

#MoreInMorrilton Info Session To Be Held March 10

The University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton will hold a "#MoreInMorrilton" information session on Saturday, March 10 from 9:30 a.m. to noon in the Fine Arts Auditorium. This event is designed to give community members and prospective students of all educational backgrounds the opportunity to learn more about UACCM.

Along with learning about the college's campus, various support and financial aid services, a student panel will give a presentation on "what they wish they had known" during the event. Attendees will also be able to visit with instructors and representatives from the following areas of interest:

  • General Education (Transfer Programs)
  • Air Conditioning, Heating, & Refrigeration Technology
  • Automotive Service Technology
  • Business
  • Collision Repair & Refinishing Technology
  • Computer Information Systems Technology
  • Drafting 
  • Early Childhood Development
  • Education
  • Health Science (Nursing & EMT)
  • Industrial Mechanics & Maintenance Technology
  • Surveying
  • Welding
Attendees will be treated to a free lunch following the event, in addition to a chance to win one of three $1,000 scholarships sponsored by the Fayetteville Shale Scholarship Fund, Inc. RSVP to this event online here. If you have an accommodation need for this event, contact Counseling Services at (501) 977-2095.

Friday, February 2, 2018

Holocaust Survivor Event Returns To UACCM March 6-7

The University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton, in cooperation with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) in Washington, D.C., is honored to host Peter Gorog at the 10th annual Holocaust Survivor Series event on March 6 at 6:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Auditorium on campus.

Gorog will speak again March 7 at 9:45 a.m. inside Morrilton High School’s new Devil Dog Arena. The daytime program will be tailored for secondary school students in the six-county service area, but the public is invited to attend both free events.

Peter Gorog
Credit: U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum
Gorog — born Péter Grünwald on March 10, 1941, in Budapest — was only three months old when his father, Árpád, was taken to a forced labor camp in Hungary. He soon died in 1942 while at a labor battalion in Ukraine. Gorog was then supported by his mother, Olga, a hat-maker.

When the German forces invaded Hungary in March 1944, the country’s government ordered the Jews of Budapest to move into “csillagos ház,” meaning “houses marked with a yellow Star of David.” Afraid the houses would bring even worse discrimination, Olga and her son found refuge with a Christian friend, but were turned over to the military by a neighbor soon after. The two were arrested and jailed, but managed to escape after only two days.

By October 1944, the Red Cross party had gained control of the Hungarian government, and began a reign of terror against the Jews of Budapest. Olga and her son fled to the city’s ghettos and lived with his grandparents, two aunts and a cousin — all packed into a one-bedroom apartment. But in January 1945, the country was liberated by the Soviet army. Though having survived the terrors of World War II, Gorog changed his name in 1962 from Grünwald for fear of any lingering anti-Semitic attitudes.

Gorog earned a Master of Science degree in electrical engineering and later participated in the design of the first Hungarian-made computer. He defected to the U.S. in 1980, where he worked on various NASA projects such as the Hubble and James Webb telescopes. Gorog, now retired, has five daughters and two granddaughters.

“We want to provide as many people in the region with the opportunity to hear from a survivor, to be enlightened as to how and why this happened, and to make sure that people never forget,” Mary Clark, UACCM’s director of marketing and public relations, said. “It’s an honor and a privilege to host this event. We can study and read about the Holocaust, and watch documentaries and films about that dark time in world history, but nothing can compare to hearing these powerful stories first-hand.”

These events are funded by a Giving Tree Grant from the Conway County Community Foundation. UACCM also partners with the University of Central Arkansas in Conway to bring the survivors to central Arkansas, sharing the cost of travel expenses for the survivor and a travel companion from the USHMM Office of Survivor Affairs. The survivors do not charge a speaking fee, and they donate thousands of hours of service annually to the Museum by doing speaking engagements across the country, providing tours and lectures at the Museum and participating in other special related activities.

The format of both events will be a stand-alone lecture with Gorog speaking about his experiences for 30-45 minutes followed by a Q-and-A session with the audience. For more information, contact Mary Clark at (501) 977-2011, or at clark@uaccm.edu.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

UACCM To Hold Auditions For 'Steel Magnolias'


Auditions for the University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton Theater’s production of “Steel Magnolias” will be held Monday, Feb. 12 and Tuesday, Feb. 13 at 6 p.m. in the Fine Arts Auditorium on campus.

A total of six women of a variety of ages are needed to fill the required roles. Auditions are open to the public, including those not currently enrolled at or employed by UACCM. The final production will be shown April 12-14 at 7:30 p.m., and April 15 at 2 p.m. in the Fine Arts Auditorium. For more information, contact UACCM Theatre & Speech Instructor Jim Harris at (501) 977-2118, or at harris@uaccm.edu

Monday, January 29, 2018

Sidney Moncrief To Speak at UACCM Event

Sidney Moncrief — the former Razorback All-American, five-time NBA All Star, and two-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year — will give a presentation titled “Achieving Greatness” on Tuesday, Feb. 6 at 6:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Auditorium on campus. This event is being held in celebration of Black History Month.

Sidney Moncrief

Moncrief, a Little Rock native, was part of the team that carried the Arkansas Razorbacks men’s basketball team to the Southwest Conference championship, as well as a Final Four appearance in 1978. He held the university’s all-time leading scorer record until Todd Day broke his record in 1992.

As the 5th overall draft pick in the NBA, Moncrief went to the Milwaukee Bucks in 1979, spending the next 10 seasons with the team, and garnering a reputation as a tenaciously defensive player on the court. In a Los Angeles Times article, basketball legend Michael Jordan told a reporter, “When you play against Moncrief, you’re in for a night of all-around basketball. He’ll hound you everywhere you go, both ends of the court. You just expect it.” The Bucks retired Moncrief’s No. 4 jersey in 1990.

He later went on to coach the men’s basketball team at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock during the 1999-2000 season. In 2006, Moncrief signed on as head coach of the Fort Worth Flyers, a professional basketball team in the NBA D-League. He rejoined the NBA in October 2007 as a shooting coach for the Golden State Warriors, and in 2011 returned to the Milwaukee Bucks as an assistant coach.

Today, Moncrief leads One Team — a high performance people development company that helps youth and adults build communication, leadership, and teamwork skills — alongside his wife, Takisha Moncrief, who is a former teacher, literacy coach, school improvement supervisor, and professional development specialist.

Moncrief will begin his presentation at 6:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Auditorium, with doors opening 30 minutes prior. The event is free, open to the public, and suitable for all ages. Attendees will have a chance to ask Moncrief questions after the presentation.

For more information, contact Mary Newsome at (501) 977-2044, or at newsome@uaccm.edu. If you have an accommodation need for any UACCM event or service, please contact Counseling Services at (501) 977-2095.