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Monday, June 30, 2014

UACCM TO SHOW 'CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER' FOR FREE MOVIE NIGHT

The University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton announces plans for “Starlight Cinema,” a free outdoor community movie night. The event will feature “Captain America: the Winter Soldier” Tuesday, July 15, beginning at sundown on the lawn near the Plaza courtyard on the UACCM campus.

Steve Rogers continues his journey as the super-powered American soldier who is grasping to find his place in a modern world after being frozen in ice since World War II with this Marvel Studios sequel. Chris Evans returns to star, with community director/producers Joe and Anthony Russo helming. The film is rated PG-13 and has a total running time of 136 minutes.

Attendees should bring blankets or lawn chairs. A concession stand will be open beginning by 8:00 p.m. and will have Coke products, bottled water, popcorn, and candy for sale. In case of inclement weather, the event will be moved indoors.

UACCM provides accommodations in the spirit of equalizing opportunity in accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act, including all amendments. If you have an accommodation need for any UACCM event, please contact Counseling Services at 501-977-2095.

The community is encouraged to attend this free event. For more information about “Starlight Cinema,” contact Courtney Stell by email at stell@uaccm.edu or by calling 501-977-2142.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

UACCM SPRING 2014 GRADUATION

The University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton spring 2014 commencement ceremonies were held Saturday, May 10, at the H.B. White Auditorium of Morrilton High School.

UACCM held two ceremonies, the first at 10:00 a.m. and the second at 1:00 p.m. This year, 232 graduates earned 315 awards. These included 166 associate degrees, 49 technical certificates and 100 certificates of proficiency. UACCM Board of Visitors members Doug Brandon, Ancel Carlon, and Susan Gunderman attended the ceremonies.

UACCM outgrew its facilities to host graduation on its campus some years ago, and the South Conway County School District School Board allows the College to hold its commencement ceremonies in the auditorium at the high school. Even still, the faculty, staff, administration, family, and friends who gather to show their support to graduates exceed the capacity of the auditorium.

Photos from graduation are available for viewing on UACCM's Facebook page and UACCM's Flickr album.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

UACCM TO SHOW 'DRAFT DAY' FOR FREE MOVIE NIGHT

The University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton announces plans for “Starlight Cinema,” a free outdoor community movie night. The event will feature “Draft Day” Tuesday, June 17, beginning at sundown on the lawn near the Plaza courtyard on the UACCM campus.

Ivan Reitman's “Draft Day” stars Kevin Costner as Sonny Weaver Jr., the general manager of the Cleveland Browns. With 13 hours until the beginning of the NFL draft, Sonny is informed by the team's owner (Frank Langella) that if Sonny doesn't make a splash and generate ticket sales, he's going to be fired. That prompts the GM to take a trade offer from another team that gives him the first pick in the draft, in exchange for three future first-round picks. The move outrages the Browns' head coach and forces all of the team's scouts to dig up what they can find about the pick that everyone, including the owner, expects them to make – a highly touted quarterback from Wisconsin. Meanwhile, Weaver is drawn to a talented linebacker who has family issues to deal with and is known for having a hot temper. The film is rated PG-13.

Attendees should bring blankets or lawn chairs. A concession stand will be open beginning by 8:00 p.m. and will have Coke products, bottled water, popcorn, and candy for sale. In case of inclement weather, the event will be moved indoors.

UACCM provides accommodations in the spirit of equalizing opportunity in accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act, including all amendments. If you have an accommodation need for any UACCM event, please contact Counseling Services at 501- 977-2095.

The community is encouraged to attend this free event. For more information about “Starlight Cinema,” contact Courtney Stell by email at stell@uaccm.edu or by calling 501-977-2142.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

UACCM SPRING COMMENCEMENT MAY 10

The University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton announces its spring commencement, May 10 at 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. at the H.B. White Auditorium at Morrilton High School.

The schedule for the designated times for each field of study are:

May 10, 10:00 a.m. ceremony:
Associate of Arts in General Education
General Studies
Air Conditioning, Heating, & Refrigeration Technology
Automotive Collision Repair Technology
Automotive Service Technology
Computer Information Systems - Computer Maintenance
Drafting
Petroleum Technology
Practical Nursing

May 10, 1:00 p.m. ceremony:
Associate of Arts in Teaching (All Tracks)
Associate of Science in Business
Associate of Science in Liberal Arts (All Focus Areas)
Business (Accounting, Business Office Technology, & Retail Marketing)
Early Childhood Development
Dietary Management
Emergency Medical Technician
Nursing Assisting
Surveying
Visual Communication
Welding

Thursday, May 1, 2014

CORDER JOINS UACCM FOUNDATION BOARD

The University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton Foundation Board announces Michele Corder as its newest member.

Corder and her husband, Neil, live in Conway, but Michele was born and raised in Morrilton. A graduate of Morrilton High School, Corder continued her education at the University of Central Arkansas and completed a travel degree at South Central Career College in Little Rock. After working in the industry for four years, she opened and ran a travel agency in Conway from 1993 until 2001. At that time, she went into the mortgage industry and is currently working as a mortgage lender with Wonder State Mortgage.

Corder said she joined the board because she wanted to be involved with an organization that gives back to the community through education and jobs. Corder added, “I believe that UACCM is a huge asset to not only Conway County but also the surrounding counties. I am excited for this
opportunity and hope that I can help make a lasting impact.”

The UACCM Foundation is a private, non-profit corporation established to raise funds, accept gifts, and invest resources for the sole benefit of the college. The Foundation is comprised of a volunteer Board of Directors whose mission is to provide broader opportunities and services to UACCM's students, alumni, and the residents of the college’s service area by supporting the advancement of the institution.

For more information about the UACCM Foundation, visit www.uaccm.edu/GiveToUACCM.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

News for students impacted by the recent tornado

A message from Diana Arn, Vice Chancellor for Academic Services, April 30, 2014:

For students impacted by the devastating storms that occurred Sunday in Arkansas:

UACCM will give students the following options concerning finals which are scheduled May 5-May 8 and final homework assignments.

Option 1. Students can receive as their final grade for the classes in which they are currently enrolled, the grade that is recorded in eLearning after all current assignments have been graded. Example: If the grade currently shows a grade of “B”, that grade would be recorded as the final grade.

Option 2. Students can receive a grade of “I” for the classes in which they are currently enrolled. The students would then work with the Vice Chancellor for Academic Services or Vice Chancellor for Student Services to determine a date in which finals are taken and outstanding homework is completed. Final grades will then be determined according to the course syllabi.

Option 3. Students can take tests on the dates in which they are scheduled and turn in homework due by May 8. If a student chooses this route, final grades and homework grades would be calculated according to the course syllabi and students would receive those grades as their final grades.

Students should contact the Vice Chancellor for Academic Services at 977-2001 or Vice Chancellor for Student Services at 977-2191 when possible so arrangements can be made if they choose Options 1 or 2.

Students that need textbooks to study for final exams and complete homework should contact the Vice Chancellor for Academic Services so arrangements can be made to provide textbooks for the short term.

Diana M. Arn
Vice Chancellor for Academic Services

Monday, April 28, 2014

FAYETTEVILLE SHALE SCHOLARSHIP FUND BOARD DONATES $115,000 TO UACCM STUDENTS, CAMPAIGN

Members of the Fayetteville Shale Scholarship Fund Board announced donations totaling $115,000 toward the University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton GIVE MEANING campaign and scholarships to Petroleum Technology students during an event Thursday, April 17, at UACCM.

FSSF Board Vice-President Jon Swann, right, along with past President and
current Board Member Donnie Bates, from left, present University of
Arkansas System President Dr. Donald Bobbitt and UACCM Chancellor
Dr. Larry Davis a $115,000 donation from the FSSF Board.
FSSF Board Vice President Jon Swann announced at the event that the Board would donate $57,500 in scholarships to students in UACCM’s Petroleum Technology program as well as an additional $57,500 to the campaign.

The Fayetteville Shale Scholarship Fund is a non-profit organization made up of member companies who work in the state’s natural gas industry. The group hosts several fundraisers throughout the year to raise scholarship funds for students seeking careers in the state’s oil and natural gas industry.

This contribution from the FSSF Board brings the total donation amount to $755,000 since the fund began in 2006, providing 470 scholarships to students studying the Petroleum Technology program at UACCM. Scholarships support student expenses including tuition, fees, and books. The UACCM scholarship committee awards scholarships to students based on both academic performance and financial need.

Offering a one-of-a-kind Associate of Applied Science degree program in Arkansas, the petroleum technology degree program at UACCM continues to lead the way to a more knowledgeable and specialized workforce for the local natural gas industry. It is the largest applied technology program at UACCM, offering a curriculum that allows students to explore the industry that continues to be an economic leader in the state. Since 2006, the program’s enrollment has grown from 30 students in its first semester to approximately 108 this year. Nationally, only a handful of schools offer two-year petroleum technology programs that educate students in the fields of drilling, gathering, and field operations.

The cornerstone of UACCM’s capital campaign will be to construct and equip a new Workforce Training Center that will house many of the college’s technical programs.

“We appreciate the Fayetteville Shale Scholarship Fund Board’s continued support of our students and the program,” said UACCM Chancellor Dr. Larry Davis. “This contribution will allow us to provide larger, modern facilities and equipment that are current and relevant in today’s workforce and continue to provide scholarships for our Petroleum Technology students.”

UACCM began offering an Associate of Applied Science degree in Petroleum Technology during the fall 2006 semester. The degree provides education opportunities for individuals who desire to pursue employment opportunities related to oil and gas exploration, production, and development in the Fayetteville Shale play, one of the country’s largest known unconventional reserves of natural gas. The college also offers stop-out points at the levels of certificate of proficiency and technical certificate. The program was established with a three-year pledge of $200,000 from Southwestern Energy Company to UACCM.

CENTURY LEAGUE DONATES $10,000 FOR SCHOLARSHIPS

Following its 2014 Charity Ball fundraiser, members of the GFWC Century League of Morrilton presented $10,000 to the University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton Foundation. The donation is the largest made by the club in its 31-year history and will be added to the Century League Endowed Scholarship Fund at UACCM.

The Century League has awarded scholarships to area students since the club was founded in 1983, and last year, the club established its endowed scholarship fund at UACCM. Proceeds from the organization’s annual Charity Ball and 5K fundraisers fund the scholarship program among other activities backed by the club. Continued support from the community has allowed for the increase in scholarship donations made by the Century League in recent years.

This year, the Century League’s gift will be used to add $7,500 to the endowment while the additional $2,500 will be awarded as $500 scholarships to five Conway County students attending UACCM.

The organization will continue to make annual contributions to the Century League Scholarship Endowment Fund, and when the endowment reaches the required $25,000 level, awards will be made in perpetuity from the interest earned from the fund. The scholarship fund will be managed by the UACCM Foundation, and the UACCM Scholarship Committee will select the recipients from the pool of eligible applicants.

Applications are available from the UACCM Financial Aid Office, and scholarships will be awarded each fall. To be eligible, students must be incoming freshmen, graduates of a Conway County high school, have a minimum GPA of 3.0, and submit an essay on the importance of community service.

For more information about this scholarship or the UACCM Foundation, contact Morgan Zimmerman at 501-977-2085 or zimmerman@uaccm.edu.

Friday, April 25, 2014

UACCM EMPLOYEE CAMPAIGN A BIG SUCCESS

Campus Campaign Co-chairs Mary Newsome, left, and Pat Pettry review
materials for the ‘GIVE MEANING’ campaign.
Employees of the University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton more than doubled the national average for employee participation in workplace giving with just over 89 percent of full-time faculty and staff pledging to support the College’s current fundraising efforts.

The UACCM Foundation is working to raise funds and public support for projects totaling more than $13 million through the “GIVE MEANING” campaign over a three-year period. The campaign focuses on four major initiatives which support the UACCM mission, including new learning facilities, scholarships, building maintenance, and an enhanced collegiate experience for its students. Employees of the College have made pledges to contribute nearly $62,000 toward the project.

Faculty and staff were introduced to the idea in the Fall of 2013 when Campus Campaign Co-Chairs Mary Newsome and Pat Pettry informed employees that the kick-off would take place in January. By the end of the year, before the employee campaign officially began, more than 30 percent of UACCM employees had made pledges.

Newsome was excited at the flood of support received before the January kick-off. “I knew that my coworkers would rise to the challenge of meeting the initial goal of 40 percent campaign participation, but I never imagined that we’d be so close to reaching our goal before the Foundation Board officially asked for support of the campaign.”

At a campus-wide employee meeting to start the spring semester, UACCM Development Officer Morgan Zimmerman revealed plans for a friendly competition to encourage participation in the campaign. Faculty and staff were randomly divided into four teams and given colored wristbands to identify each group. They were then challenged to get the highest percentage of participation within each group over a four-week period. Combined, the teams accomplished 87 percent participation by mid-February when the wristband contest came to a close.

UACCM Foundation Board Chair Doug Cahill said, “As a volunteer working to keep UACCM growing and thriving, it’s great to know that those employed at the College believe in its mission enough to make such a substantial contribution. The entire Board is overwhelmed with the level of internal support shown through these pledges.”

Members of the UACCM Foundation Board treated employees to a barbeque lunch April 9 to show their gratitude for the support of the campaign by faculty and staff.

Zimmerman said, “This show of support from our faculty and staff will lead to a much higher level of support from private businesses and individuals not only for this current project, but for many improvements to our campus in the future.”

For more information about the UACCM “GIVE MEANING” campaign, visit www.uaccm.edu/GiveToUACCM.

DELTA KAPPA GAMMA DONATES TO UACCM CAMPAIGN

UACCM Chancellor Dr. Larry Davis, from left, and GIVE MEANING
Campaign Chairman Miles Lacy accept a $750 donation from Delta Kappa
Gamma members Clair Pruitt, Marilyn Thomas, and Nancy Lacy.
The Delta Kappa Gamma Society Alpha Sigma chapter of Morrilton recently made a $750 donation to the University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton GIVE MEANING campaign.

Club President Clair Pruitt along with Second Vice President Marilyn Thomas and Treasurer Nancy Lacy presented the check on Feb. 28 to UACCM Chancellor Dr. Larry Davis and Campaign Chairman Miles Lacy. The gift is directed toward future construction of the new Workforce Training Center to be built on the UACCM campus.

The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International promotes professional and personal growth of women educators and excellence in education. The organization gives leading women educators opportunities to positively impact education worldwide. Alpha Sigma, the Morrilton chapter, supports various educational endeavors in the area.

For more information about the GIVE MEANING campaign, visit www.uaccm.edu/GiveToUACCM.