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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

UACCM Announces Spring 2018 Honors Students

The University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton is proud to announce the Chancellor’s Scholars and Academic Honors lists of students for the spring 2018 semester. The Chancellor’s Scholars List recognizes full-time students who completed at least 12 college-level credit hours with a 4.00 grade point average. Students named as Chancellor’s Scholars follow (in alphabetical order by city):

Atkins – Jeff Bourns, Joely Ennis, William Gipson, Jr. 

Belleville – Sidney Ball

Bigelow – Cici Argueta, Gracie Stane 

Casa – Jonathan Powell

Clinton – Caitlin Hill, Randy Hooten

Colleyville – Alyssa Kim 

Conway – Jordan Amerson, Sydney Black, Madeline Brodsky, Sarai Camarillo, Jefferson Caraig, Brandon Foiles, Sarah Fulmer, Tong Ha, Katherine Hinman, Laurelise Hubbard, Britney Jones, Deeanna Jones, Jacob Keck, Jeffrey Kemper, Sawyer Lagasse, Paola Lozano Ruiz, Perla Martinez, Allison May, Melodie Moore, Sarah Owen, Marissa Payne, Mattie Pham, Maggie Schichtl, Catherine Siebenmorgen, Virginia Siebenmorgen, Nathaniel Smith, Desiree Story, Catlin Whitlow, Derek Worm

Dover – Kimberly Dodson, Mackenzie Hendrix 

Fairfield Bay – Casey Allen, Stacy Spurlin

Greenbrier – Sara Crawford, Justin Hall, Lindsey Rowe, Spencer Strickland

Guy – Russell Conger

Hattieville – LaDeedra Jackson

Hector – Michael Morris

Hot Springs Village – Anthony Silva

Houston – Amy Rathjen, Aimee Russell 

Mayflower – Taylor Fugatt, Allie Haught, Tyler Roberts

Morrilton – Scott Hoover, Kayla Koontz, Charis McKay, Katheryn Mooney, Jeannette Price, Hope Rankin, Jason Simmons, Londyn Weidower 

Oppelo – Robert Berry

Perry – James Palmer

Perryville – Brittney Geels, Reanna Murphy 

Plumerville – Lydia Howell, Brittanie Petry 

Pottsville – William Riggs

Roland – James Kitchens, Courtney Shewmake 

Russellville – Aaron Bullock, Thomas Crow, Logan Killer, Leslie Lawhorn, James Masters, Tammy Spires-Westcott

Vilonia – Payton Buckner, Megan Franks, Devin King, Bailey Knight, Chase Knight, Carolyn Phousongphouang 

The Academic Honors List recognizes full-time students who completed at least 12 college-level credit hours with a 3.50 to 3.99 grade point average. Students named as Academic Honors recipients follow (in alphabetical order by city):

Atkins – Danielle Blackwell, Charles Burleson

Bigelow – Laura Thomas

Casa – Alex Thomas

Center Ridge – Amber Davenport

Clinton – MaKenzie Mosley, Madeline Stagg, Rebecca Whitbey

Conway – Caleb Ansel, Youssouph Badji, Blake Barrett, Mariana Bragato Pereira, Kaliyah Brooks, Hayden Browers, Joshua Burnside, Timothy Church, Jordan Cliburn, Amy Davis, Hanna Frazier, Kim Funkhouser, Noah Halsted, William Hambuchen, Reagan Hamilton, Alexis Harvey, Gabrielle Hathaway, Ashton Jolley, Jesse King, Joseph Langer, Morgan McPeake, Mariah Moffett, Christine Nichols, Valeria Pavon, Hayden Pearce, Danielle Petty, Charli Short, Gabriela Zambrano 

Damascus – Allen Liesche

Danville – Felicia Holcomb

Dardanelle – Jorge Gutierrez, Emma McGuire, Cicely Tucker

Dover – Michael Holmes, Samantha Meadows, David Shaddon

Edgemont – Mason Treece

Enola – Jordan Stocks

Fairfield Bay – Maizey Harper

Greenbrier – Summer Burroughs, Madison Cardin, Loretta Carr, Jessica Kemper, Stephanie Lover, Andrew Massey, Daisha Tscharner-Osmon 

Hattieville – Amy McNabb, Atlanta Turnage 

Havana – Randy Vang

Hector – Brooklyn Meeks

Hensley – Hunter Henderson

Houston – Maggie Frey 

Lamar – Kurtus Leavell

Little Rock – Megan Schaefers

London – Carrie Childers

Mayflower – Benjamin Cathcart

Morrilton – Cody Beck, Acka Bossombian, Tara Byler, Stephen Cooper, Corey Ferrell, Jaime Howell, Charity Ingram, Kirsten Ivy, Ted Johnston, Mikayla Lemley, Candice Lunsford, Kristina Scroggins, Sterling Senkulics, Kaden Shipp, Jacqueline Strauch, Alissa White 

Oppelo – Kimberly Rappold

Perry – Casey Whitener

Perryville – Ashlee Baker, Colby Campbell, Allison Jones, Tiffany Watts

Pottsville – Tiffany Ware

Russellville – Gary Black, Kaitlyn Bradford, Bethany Brown, Gabriela Carbajal, Oscar Lara, Miguel Lozano, Katie Millard, Tasheena Roper, Crystal Siler, Alfred Thomas, Candie Vongphakdy, Alex Young

Solgohachia – Montgomery Duryea, Nichole Little

Vilonia – Chad McCoy, Thomas McFarlan, Ian Stephens, Emily Williford

Wooster – Payton Goodman

UACCM, UCA Establish 'Bear Partners' Program

University of Central Arkansas President Houston Davis and University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton Chancellor Larry Davis signed a memorandum of understanding establishing the Bear Partners program during a ceremony on June 18 inside the Student Union on campus. 

(L-R) UCA President Dr. Houston Davis and UACCM Chancellor Dr. Larry Davis
(Back Row L-R) UCA Associate Provost for Instructional Support Kurt Boniecki, UCA Interim Provost & Executive Vice President Michael Hargis, UCA Board of Trustees Chair Joe Whisenhunt, UCA Board of Trustees Vice Chair Robert "Bunny" Adcock, UACCM Board of Visitors Chair Doug Brandon, UACCM Board of Visitors members Paulette Smith and Joe Canady

The partnership gives UACCM students who are pursing an associate degree the opportunity to participate in campus activities and access to academic resources at UCA.

“Both campuses are very strongly student-centered and focused on creating an environment emphasizing student success,” said Chancellor Davis. “The UCA-UACCM Bear Partners program was formed to essentially treat those identified students as UCA and UACCM students concurrently with both schools working with and tracking students to graduation here and there.”

Highlights of the Bear Partners program include the following:

  • UCA ID card
  • Admission to regular season UCA athletic events
  • Admission to select Reynolds Performance Hall events
  • Access to Torreyson Library resources (in-person or online)
  • Apply for the Bear Partner scholarship
  • Application fee waiver when student transfers to UCA

The Bear Partner Scholarship will be awarded to one UACCM student annually, and will cover tuition and mandatory fees up to 15 hours per semester, for a maximum of four consecutive Fall/Spring semesters or through completion of a bachelor’s degree, whichever occurs first.

UACCM will select and notify the annual scholarship recipient by May 1, 2019. You must be an admitted Bear Partner student by April 1, 2019 to receive consideration for the award. For more information about the application process, please contact Bobbi Yarbrough at yarbrough@uaccm.edu or (501) 208-5303.

UCA and UACCM currently have 35 existing “2+2” transfer agreements, providing a clear pathway to both an associate degree at UACCM and a baccalaureate at UCA. These agreements allow students to seamlessly transfer to UCA with no loss of credits.

“We have our transfer agreements that provide a clear path to a bachelor’s education, and the Bear Partners program builds upon those existing relationships,” said President Davis. “This is adding the student experiential element for students and helps to complete their full collegiate experience.”

UACCM students can enroll in the Bear Partners program by visiting http://uca.edu/bearpartners/

Monday, June 4, 2018

$14,000 Raised After 2018 'Links for Learning' Golf Tournament

The University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton Foundation’s 13th annual “Links for Learning” golf tournament raised $14,000 to help fund the college’s facility upgrades, new classroom equipment, professional development and scholarships. 34 teams participated in the fundraiser held May 22 at the Morrilton Country Club.

Results from the tournament are as follows:

Tom Floyd, Stephanie Wofford, Gary Mitchell - Rabbit Ridge Farms Team

First Flight
1st place: Rabbit Ridge Farms – Stephanie Wofford, Tom Floyd, Gary Mitchell
2nd place: Magie Vet Clinic – Chris Magie, Scotty Campbell
3rd place: Petit Jean Meats – Adam Chadek, Rusty Hogan, John Chadek

Second Flight
1st place: Agri- Co-Op Supply – Charlie Hamilton, Doug Stevens, Ron Sanders
2nd place: Entergy – Adam Ritter, Mason Talbert, Kevin Ballard
3rd place: Scott McKennon, Karen McKennon, Gary Childress

Third Flight
1st place: Crow Construction– Paul Zimmerman, Jamie Zimmerman, Harold Andrews
2nd place: Koontz Electric– David Watkins, Johnny Garret, Ted Weisenbach
3rd place: Jeff Mullen, Mitch Mullen, Mike Roberts

Five side contests were sponsored by local residents and businesses, including the Longest Drive contest won by Jordan Bryant. Kevin Talbert won Closest to the Pin, Wilma Horton won Longest Putt, and Andy Clinkingbeard and Mike Chandler both won Closest to the Hole. The Golf Ball Drop was won by Morrilton Mayor Allen Lipsmeyer, who collected $710. Mark Stobaugh won $50 after his ball landed farthest from the hole after the drop.

The success of the tournament was made possible by the generosity of the businesses, individuals, vendors, and volunteers who contributed to the event. A full list of sponsors can be found at www.uaccm.edu. For more information about the UACCM Foundation, including fundraising events and GIVE MEANING campaign updates, visit www.uaccm.edu/GivetoUACCM.

Photos from this event can be found here

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Fourth Annual 'Career Exploration' Set For June 25-28

The University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton’s fourth annual Career Exploration event will be held June 25-28 for students who have completed the 8th through 12th grades. Each day runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

There is a skyrocketing demand for people with career-specific skills training. Join UACCM faculty and staff on this free, four-day journey where students can explore several exciting possibilities for their futures. Participants will gain hands-on experience and take away valuable skills as they shape their understanding of various career fields. This year’s event will include instruction in Industrial Mechanics & Maintenance, Welding, and Automotive Service technologies.

Career Exploration is sponsored by UACCM’s Department of Workforce & Community Education. For more information or to register, contact Jessica Rohlman at rohlman@uaccm.edu, or at (501) 977-2004. Registration can also be completed online by visiting www.uaccm.edu/workforce. Click on the “see courses currently available” button and scroll down to “Career Explorations” to register. Registration must be completed by June 15 and space is limited to the first 40 applicants.

Friday, May 4, 2018

7th Annual Job Fair, Career Expo at UACCM Adult Education Center in Conway on May 16

The University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton’s Adult Education Center in Conway will host its 7th annual Job Fair & Career Expo on Wednesday, May 16, from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The facility is located 125 Center Street in Conway.

The event will bring more than 25 employers, colleges, and local service stations to conduct on-site interviews, answer questions, accept resumes, and distribute information. There will be a computer lab available with staff on-hand to assist participants with online applications. Representatives from UACCM will also be present to discuss technical programs and the new Workforce Training Center. Country music station Y107 will be broadcasting via live remote to promote community awareness. 

This event is free and open to the public. Participants are encouraged to bring a current resume and to “dress for success!” 

Participating agencies and employers are listed below: 

  • Arkansas Department of Corrections
  • Arkansas Health and Wellness 
  • Arkansas Department of Human Services
  • Arkansas Rehabilitation Services
  • ASAP Personnel 
  • Baptist Health Medical Center 
  • Brookridge Cove Rehabilitation & Care Center
  • Community Action Program of Central Arkansas (CAPCA)
  • Central Arkansas Planning and Development District Inc.
  • Carelink
  • Conway Human Development Center
  • Conway Police Department
  • Crain Media Y107.1 Country
  • Department of Workforce Services
  • The Employers Choice
  • Experience Works
  • Express Employment Professionals
  • Fort Sill National Bank, N. A.
  • Leather Brothers, Inc. 
  • LOWES Companies Inc.
  • Manpower
  • Premier Staffing
  • UACCM Career Pathways
  • UACCM Technical programs
  • Waffle House
  • WIS International

For more information about UACCM Adult Education in Faulkner County and other areas, call (501) 450-4810, or visit www.uaccm.edu/adulteducation

UACCM Students Take Home Gold, Other Awards at SkillsUSA

16 students from the University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton competed against their peers in the state SkillsUSA competition at the Hot Springs Convention Center April 10-11, bringing home three gold, three silver, and three bronze medals. 

Logan Killer of Dover, Roberto Guevara of Dardanelle, and Allan Liesche of Damascus all won gold in their respective categories: technical drafting, collision repair technology, and architectural drafting. The two-day event comprised several other competitions, including welding, welding fabrication, pipe welding, and automotive refinishing technology. 

Logan Killer and Allan Liesche

Roberto Guevara

“When a student wins gold at the state competition, they are eligible to attend the national competition, which will be held in Louisville, Ky. this year,” Kristen Leger, a UACCM drafting instructor and SkillsUSA advisor, said. “We’re extremely proud of all of our competitors and we wish them well at the national competition.” 

UACCM Instructor Given Regional Honor, Distinguished Advisor Award

Mathew Herrman, a UACCM speech instructor and advisor for the college’s Phi Theta Kappa chapter, was given the Horizon Award and the Distinguished Advisor Award during 2018 Oklahoma-Arkansas Spring Regional Convention in Bentonville March 9-10. 

(L-R) Western District Vice President Lindsay Robbins, Mathew Herrman, Regional President Selena Ordaz

“I am truly honored and humbled by the support of Beta Eta Sigma chapter at UACCM, and by the warm reception our chapter received at the Oklahoma-Arkansas Regional convention,” Herrman said. “Being selected for these honors has only furthered my desire to help our chapter members find their own paths to success.” 

The Horizon Award is given to advisors based on their contribution to regional and international programming. Herrman was nominated by Ashley Hall, a regional coordinator for Phi Theta Kappa and a chapter advisor at Black River Technical College in Pocahontas. The Distinguished Advisor Award recognizes advisors who have served at least four years and have made significant contributions to the growth of the individual chapter members, served as the chapter’s advocate on campus, and encouraged the chapter to be involved on the local, regional, or international level of the organization. 

“The convention was our chapter’s first time to serve as a host at a regional event,” Herrman said. “We were also given an internationally recognized REACH Reward certificate, reflecting our success in membership recruitment, and a certificate acknowledging our three-star chapter rating on the International Office’s 5-Star Chapter Plan.” 

UACCM Inducts 60 Students Into International Honor Society

The University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton inducted 60 students into the Beta Eta Sigma chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, an international honor society of community and junior colleges, during a ceremony inside the college’s Fine Arts Auditorium on April 23. 

Front: (L-R) Aulbany Williams, Madeline Brodsky, Meghan Carroll, Maizey Harper, Matthew Barber
Middle: (L-R) Katie Webb, Jeannette Price, Reanna Murphy, Valeria Pavon, Kristen Gipson, Ashley Newton, Misty Pagel
Back: (L-R) Jeffrey Kemper, Aimee Russell, Alissa White, Thomas Crow, Thomas Townsend III

UACCM Division Chair of General Education Marilyn Thomas was also given the Phi Theta Kappa Pillar Award — a new honor recognizing a UACCM faculty or staff member who exemplifies the four pillars of the organizations: leadership, scholarship, fellowship, and service. Thomas was awarded a blue Stole of Distinction to be worn at UACCM graduation ceremonies, as well as a certificate. 

Advisors Kara Jones, Stephanie Price, Spring McCarthy, and Mathew Herrman present Marilyn Thomas (middle) with the Phi Theta Kappa Pillar Award

The mission statement of Phi Theta Kappa is “to recognize academic achievement of college students and to provide opportunities for them to grow as scholars and leaders.” To become a member, students must have completed at least 12 hours of coursework that may be applied to an associate degree while maintaining at least a 3.5 GPA. 

“Our induction ceremonies serve as an important opportunity to recognize our new members and officially welcome them into the fellowship of our chapter,” Mathew Herrman, a Beta Eta Sigma chapter advisor, said. “For some of these members, the induction serves as the moment of recognition for all of their efforts to be great scholars. The event also provides an opportunity to introduce the newest members to our chapter leaders, our ongoing activities, and to meet one another.” 

New Phi Theta Kappa members are listed here, organized alphabetically by county: 

Conway County

Meghan Carroll, Morrilton
Amber Davenport, Center Ridge
Andrea Mathes, Plumerville
Charis McKay, Morrilton
Jeannette Price, Morrilton
Kristina Scroggins, Morrilton
Lyndsey Stacy, Cleveland
Dylan Watters, Springfield
Alissa White, Morrilton

Faulkner County

Matthew Barber, Conway
Madeline Brodsky, Conway
Russell Conger, Guy
Brandi Evans, Greenbrier
Brooke Finch, Conway
Hanna Frazier, Greenbrier
Sarah Fulmer, Conway
Katherine Hinman, Conway
Jeffrey Kemper, Conway
Devin King, Vilonia
Allison May, Conway
Amber McNew, Conway
Morgan McPeake, Conway
Ashley Newton, Greenbrier
Christine Nichols, Conway
Valeria Pavon, Conway
Hayden Pearce, Conway
Maggie Schichtl, Conway
Catherine Siebenmorgen, Conway
Virginia Siebenmorgen, Conway
Ian Stephens, Vilonia
Thomas Townsend III, Conway
Kenneth Wader, Conway
Shayn’A White, Vilonia
Catlin Whitlow, Conway
Emily Williford, Vilonia

Logan County

Rhonda Parks, Delaware

Perry County

Colby Campbell, Perryville
Reanna Murphy, Perryville
Zachary Powers, Bigelow
Amy Rathjen, Houston
Aimee Russell, Houston
Dustin Stell, Casa
Katie Webb, Perryville
Aulbany Williams, Bigelow

Pope County

Quinn Bishop, Russellville
Daniel Brown, Atkins
Thomas Crow, Russellville
William Gipson Jr., Atkins
Kristen Gipson, Atkins
Leslie Lawhorn, Russellville
Taylor Manson, Russellville
Emily Mathis, Hector
Brooklyn Meeks, Hector
Misty Pagel, Russellville
Cecilia Radford, Dover
Seth Shaddon, Atkins
Alex Young, Russellville

Pulaski County

Alyssa Alexander, Little Rock

Van Buren County

Maizey Harper, Fairfield Bay
Ashley Whaley, Bee Branch

Annual 'Links for Learning' Golf Tournament Set For May 22

The 13th annual “Links for Learning” golf tournament will be held Tuesday, May 22 at the Morrilton Country Club beginning with a shotgun start at 10 a.m. The three-person scramble is sponsored by the University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton Foundation. 

Proceeds from the tournament support UACCM’s special programs and services. The entry fee for each three-person team is $300, which includes registration with two mulligans per player, carts, lunch, goody bags, and prizes. Community members can be involved in this event by entering the tournament as players, or by donating door prizes and promotional items as sponsors. Sponsors can promote their businesses by donating door prizes that will be given out during drawings throughout the day. 

For more information, contact UACCM Development Officer Anne Cadle at (501) 977-2085, or at cadle@uaccm.edu. Checks may be made payable to the UACCM Foundation. 

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Governor Attends WTC Grand Opening, Courses to Begin Fall 2018

More than 300 people crowded inside the Tyson Training Hall on Thursday, April 26 to hear Gov. Asa Hutchinson and others celebrate the opening of the University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton’s new Workforce Training Center. 

Gov. Asa Hutchinson speaking in Tyson Training Hall

Other speakers included Sen. Jane English (R-North Little Rock), University of Arkansas System President Dr. Donald R. Bobbitt, Prospect Steel Plant Manager Steve Belew, Conway County Judge Jimmy Hart, City of Morrilton Mayor Allen Lipsmeyer, Morrilton Area Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Jerry Smith, UACCM Foundation Board Chair Scott McKennon, UACCM Board of Visitors Chair Doug Brandon, and UACCM Chancellor Dr. Larry Davis. 

“I can’t tell you what a joy it is to be here in Morrilton and see the pride in the community, the way the community has come together to say, ‘We want to enhance our future through a strong workforce training center such as this,’” Hutchinson said. “You’ve invested in it, you understand the importance of it, and you accomplished it, so today is a day of celebration and I congratulate this community on what you’ve done and what you’ll do for the next generation.” 

Hutchinson and other guests had the opportunity to tour the new building, during which the governor spoke with some UACCM faculty and students. 

“I got to see the equipment that industry partners have invested here, I got to see the incredible facilities that have been built, but the most exciting thing was when I saw the students and I see the smiles on their faces,” Hutchinson said. “They see their future, because this is what they want to do. They want to work with their hands. I ask them where they’re from and they’re from right here in this community. They see their future here and their opportunities bright in a community that they love.”

Gov. Asa Hutchinson meets with UACCM Welding Instructor Zack Freeman (left) and UACCM Chancellor Dr. Larry Davis (right) inside the new WTC Welding Lab

The $15 million facility, the largest construction project in UACCM history and the first new building in nine years, will begin housing a complete slate of courses beginning in the fall 2018 semester. Courses include paths to professional certificates and two-year associate degrees in high-demand, high-wage areas such as Automotive Service; Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration Technology (HVAC); Industrial Mechanics & Maintenance; and Welding. 

“The support of the citizens of our county and the UACCM’s service area has proven invaluable in helping us achieve our capital campaign goal and we view this ceremony as a way to recognize and thank many of those involved,” Chancellor Davis said. “We are excited to show this beautiful facility to the public and prospective students, and let the state know about the training opportunities available now at UACCM.”

(L-R) Joe Canady, UACCM Board of Visitors member; Allen Lipsmeyer, Mayor of the City of Morrilton; Shawn Halbrook, Morrilton Area Chamber of Commerce Chair; Scott McKennon, UACCM Foundation Board Chair; Dr. Larry Davis, UACCM Chancellor; Gov. Asa Hutchinson; Dr. Donald R. Bobbitt, University of Arkansas System President; Doug Brandon, UACCM Board of Visitors Chair; Jerry Smith, Morrilton Area Chamber of Commerce President & CEO; Sen. Jane English (R-North Little Rock); Rich Moellers, Conway County Economic Development Corporation Board Chair; Jimmy Hart, Conway County Judge; and Raye Pearce, former UACCM Board of Visitors Chair. 

To schedule a tour of the Workforce Training Center and other facilities on campus, contact the UACCM Admissions Office at (501) 977-2053. Tours are offered from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. Individuals are asked to schedule their visit at least one day in advance and specific their preferred time in order to ensure than an admission representative is available to give a guided tour.