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Friday, November 16, 2018

Winners Announced for Miss UACCM Pageant

Micaela Reeves, 19, of Greenbrier was crowned Miss UACCM 2018 after competing in the twelfth annual UACCM Pageant on Saturday, November 3, at the University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton’s Fine Arts Auditorium.

Reeves is the daughter of Candice Rudd & Michael Reeves. She is a second-year student at UACCM pursing an Associate of Arts degree in general education. After completing the necessary courses, she will apply to the UACCM practical nursing and registered nursing programs.  
Reeves was awarded a $1,000 scholarship from the UACCM’s Chancellor’s Office, a tanning package courtesy of Copper Tanz, Morrilton; a product basket courtesy of Hairport, Morrilton; and a floral bouquet courtesy of Plummer’s Flowers and Gifts, Morrilton. She also received gift certificates from several Morrilton businesses, including Southern Roots Hair Salon, Magie Ford Lincoln Co., and Merle Norman & More.
The first runner-up, Brayleigh Bland, was awarded a $500 scholarship from the UACCM Chancellor’s Office and gift certificates courtesy of Southern Roots Hair Salon and Merle Norman & More. The second runner-up received gift certificates courtesy of Southern Roots Hair Salon and Merle Norman & More.
Hosted by UACCM’s SkillsUSA chapter, the pageant was open to current UACCM students and girls between the ages of birth and 17 years old. Apart from seven additional categories, those who competed for the title of Ms. UACCM were judged on beauty, professionalism, speech presentation, and interview skills.
“We are so thankful for the contestants, the businesses in our community, and the UACCM registered student organizations who supported our pageant,” Linda Zambrano, pageant director, said. “Also, a special thank you goes to those who came to support the girls who entered the pageant. It is always encouraging to see the support these girls have from their families, friends, and each other.” All the proceeds from the pageant go to the UACCM SkillsUSA chapter to send students to state and national competitions.
The winners of each category are as follows:
Ms. UACCM                         Micaela Reeves, Greenbrier,daughter of Candice Rudd & Michael Reeves
1st Runner-Up                      Brayleigh Bland, Danville,daughter of Kellie & Billie Bland
2nd Runner-Up                     Sydni Clark, Bee Branch,daughter of Delores & Dallas Clark
3rd Runner-Up                     Michelle Garcia, Russellville,daughter of Deysi & Romeo Garcia
4th Runner-Up                     Debra Gladd, Jacksonville,daughter of Crystal Kalz & Richard Kindervater

Baby Miss UACCM                Jersey Massey, Morrilton, daughter of Kasja Thuston & Marquez Massey

Tiny Miss UACCM                 Keymoni Hervey, Morrilton,daughter of D'Shaye Canady
1st Runner-Up                      Emma Polk, Bee Branch,daughter of Angel & Skyler Polk
2nd Runner-Up                     Henderson McGuinn, Greenbrier,daughter of Shelby & Josh McGuinn
3rd Runner-Up                     LilyAuna Johnson, Conway,daughter of Duwuana & Byron Johnson

Petite Miss UACCM              Harper Havlik, Perry,daughter of Jenna & Daniel Havlik
1st Runner-Up                      Mia Rosas, Morrilton,daughter of Brenda Rosas
2nd Runner-Up                     Addalyn Coffman, Atkins,daughter of Brittney & Jamie Coffman
3rd Runner-Up                     Quinn Sommers, Hattieville,daughter of Ashley & Jake Sommers

Little Miss UACCM                Jasey Davis, Adona, daughter of Amy and Les Davis
1st Runner-Up                      Linley Hamlin, Bigelow,daughter of April & Joseph Hamlin
2nd Runner-Up                     Susanna Pettry, Center Ridge, daughter of Jennifer and Robert Pettry
3rd Runner-Up                     Raelee Pyzer, Springfield, daughter of April and KristoferPyzer
4th Runner-Up                     Amiya Wiggins, Morrilton,daughter of D'Shaye Canady

Princess Miss UACCM           Livia Palmer, Plainview,daughter of Tosha & Jesse Palmer
1st Runner-Up                      Madelyn Byers, Conway, daughter of Holli Copeland and Cynthia Williamson, Grandmother & Guardian

Pre-Teen Miss UACCM          Aliza Hady, Dover,daughter of Christy & Jessie Ashcraft and Zia & Sonia Hady

Teen Miss UACCM                Camry Eller, Center Ridge,daughter of Melissa & Paul Eller
1st Runner-Up                      Abigail Thomas, Casa, daughter of Amanda and David Thomas
2nd Runner-Up                     Leanna Pettry, Springfield,daughter of Melinda & John Webster and Jennifer & Robert Pettry

Photo Caption: (left to right): Miss UACCM Pageant fourth runner-up Debra Gladd of Jacksonville, third runner-up Michelle Garcia of Russellville, first runner-up Brayleigh Bland of Danville, Miss UACCM Micaela Reeves of Greenbrier, second runner-up Sydni Clark of Bee Branch, and Most Photogenic winner Kaylee Rohlman of Morrilton.

Monday, October 8, 2018

UACCM Pageant Set For November 3

The University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton SkillsUSA chapter will host the twelfth annual UACCM Pageant on Saturday, Nov. 3. The pageant will begin at 10 a.m. in the college's Fine Arts Auditorium.

The pageant is open to current UACCM students, as well as girls between the ages of birth and 17 years old who may compete in seven additional categories. Those competing for the title of Miss UACCM will be judged on beauty, professionalism, speech presentation, and interview skills. The winner of the Miss UACCM division will receive a $1,000 scholarship to the college, and the first alternate in that category will receive a $500 scholarship.

The pageant will run throughout the day, beginning with a welcome ceremony at 10 a.m. followed by the Baby Miss, Tiny Miss, Petite Miss, and Little Miss competitions. At 1 p.m., the Princess Miss, Pre-Teen Miss, and Teen Miss competitions will take place ending with the competition and crowning of Miss UACCM. The pageant is open to the public and admission is $3. Children under four years of age get in free.

The pre-registration deadline is Monday, Oct. 22, and the final deadline to register is by 4 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 29. Applications and pageant rules are available for pickup in the UACCM Business Technology Center, Room 200, or online at www.uaccm.edu/current_student/pageant.htm

For more information, contact Linda Zambrano at (501) 977-2061, or at zambrano@uaccm.edu. 

Monday, September 24, 2018

Public Invited to 'Workforce Strong' Event Oct. 6

The University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton invites the public to attend Workforce Strong, a National Manufacturing Day event, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 6. This free event will be located inside the Workforce Training Center on the west end of campus.

“This event has two purposes, with the first being to reach out to eighth- through 12th-grade students and their families and expose them to modern-day career opportunities and the education required for those jobs,” Jessica Rohlman, UACCM’s Director of Workforce Development & Community Education, said. “These are viable, high-wage, high-demand jobs that aren’t what you would think of years and years ago. We are also, in acting as a job fair, reaching the underemployed and unemployed in our area.” 

There will be food and drink available to participants, as well as booths for every hands-on training program offered at UACCM. This includes:

·         Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Technology
·         Automotive Service Technology
·         Business
·         Commercial Driver Training
·         Computer Information Systems Technology
·         Drafting
·         Early Childhood Development
·         Emergency Medical Technician
·         Industrial Mechanics and Maintenance Technology
·         Nursing Assisting
·         Practical Nursing
·         Registered Nursing
·         Surveying
·         Welding Technology

UACCM is committed to developing a well-prepared workforce for our community, as well as local businesses and industry partners — several of which will be present for this event, such as Welsco, Inc.; Conway Human Development Center; Hagans Dodge; American Welding Society Lexicon; Prospect Steel; Green Bay Packaging, Arkansas Kraft Division; Mercer Valve Company; and Training Consultants, Inc.

For more information about this event, contact Rohlman at rohlman@uaccm.edu, or at (501) 977-2004. The UACCM Department of Workforce Development & Community Education offers trainings to businesses and industry, as well as classes for enjoyment and lifelong learning.

Monday, September 17, 2018

All UACCM Police Officers Now At Senior Certification Level

Wesley Martin of the University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton Campus Police recently completed requirements for his Senior Certification as a law enforcement officer. Martin, a police officer since 2003, will be going into his eighth year at UACCM in October.

This now means all of UACCM’s officers, including Campus Police Chief David Hall and Campus Police Officer Richard Ates, have obtained a Senior Certification. Certifications are awarded by the Arkansas Commission of Law Enforcement Standards and Training based on a combination of training hours, years of experience, and how many college semester hours an officer has completed.

UACCM Campus Police Officer Wesley Martin, Campus Police Chief David Hall, and Campus Police Officer Richard Ates

“There are five levels of certification that a law enforcement officer in the state of Arkansas can get, starting with a basic certification through the Academy, all the way up to the highest certificate, which is the senior certificate,” Hall said. Not only is this uncommon for any college or university, Hall added, but it is uncommon for any police department to have a full staff at this level of certification.

 “It shows that we, as a police department, have exposed ourselves to more education and training than what is required,” he said. “It’s something on our resume that shows that we’ve worked to make ourselves better. It shows dedication.”

This announcement comes during National Campus Safety Awareness Month. Throughout the month of September, everyone at UACCM — including police officers, staff, and faculty — has reached out to students with weekly programs and in order to promote a safe community on campus. 

UACCM Phi Theta Kappa Chapter Receives Four-Star Designation

The University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton’s Beta Eta Sigma chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, an international honor society of community and junior colleges, was recently designated a four-star chapter by the organization’s international office.

“This is the first time in our chapter’s history to reach this designation,” Mathew Herrman, a Phi Theta Kappa advisor at UACCM, said. “Over the past three years, we have attained and maintained a three-star status thanks to our research projects. Prior to 2015, we were unable to move past a one-star level, but with a restructuring of the program, we have moved up the ladder quickly.”

Herrman said that one way the chapter was able to maintain a four-star rating is the upcoming Regional Honors Institute, a leadership training conference being held at National Park College in Hot Springs next month. The chapter currently has six students, including four officers and two members, planning to attend. 

“Our goal this year is to complete our five-star rating by nominating the chapter, our projects, and individuals in the organization for regional and national awards in late November and December, which is our only remaining requirement,” he said. “We are one of four chapters in the Oklahoma-Arkansas Region who have set the goal of a five-star status for the 2018-2019 school year. Our nearest sister chapter, National Park College, has been keeping that standard of five stars for several years, thanks to their chapter advising team and student leaders. We have been taking a lot of cues from them on how to be more successful.”

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.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

UACCM Announces Summer 2018 Graduates

47 students have received 50 awards after completing summer courses at the University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton The awards included 23 associate degrees, 24 certificates of general studies, and 3 certificates of proficiency.  

UACCM Summer 2018 graduates are listed below alphabetically by city:

(AA – Associate of Arts; AAS – Associate of Applied Science; AGS – Associate of General Studies; CP – Certificate of Proficiency; CGS – Certificate of General Studies)

Atkins
Kristen Gipson (CGS)

Clarksville
Levi Morrow (AGS)

Clinton
Zachary McEntire – (AGS); Computer Information Systems Technology (AAS)

Conway
Sarah Atkinson – General Education (AA)
Ashton Berry (AGS)
Mikaela Brown (CGS)
Daviana Canon (CGS)
Kerry Causey (AGS)
Allen Christianson (CGS)
Samuel Gattin – General Education (AA)
Reagan Hamilton – Early Childhood Development (CP)
Ashley Herrin (CGS)
Jacob Keck – Industrial Mechanics & Maintenance Technology (CP)
Cheyenne Lancaster (CGS)
Jonathan Montelongo – General Education (AA)
Axel Pinard (CGS)
Jessica Rhoades – General Education (AA)
Erika Robinson – General Education (AA)
Jordan Royster (CGS)
Layton Shumate (CGS)
Catherine Siebenmorgen (CGS)
Virginia Siebenmorgen (CGS)
Brittany York – General Education (AA)

Damascus
Jansen Riddle – General Education (AA)

Dardanelle
Arely Cervantes (CGS)
Heidi Doucette (AGS)
Andrea Level (AGS)
Mario Rivera (CGS)

Greenbrier
Terri Downey (CGS)
Kaitlyn Stell (AGS)
Martin Summers (CGS)
Emily Ward (CGS)
Victoria Wilson (CGS)
Kyle Yarberry – General Education (AA)

London
Christopher Punzo (CGS)

Mayflower
William Lute – (AGS); General Education (AA)

Morrilton
Megan Bray (CGS)
Jeffrey Green – General Education (AA)
Alisha Greer (CGS)
Denene Holliman – General Education (AA)

Russellville
Jessalyn Curtis (CGS)
Yarissa Ledesma (CGS)
Charles Moye – (AGS); Business (AAS)

Shirley
Franklin Wilson – Welding (AAS)

Solgohachia
Montgomery Duryea – Industrial Mechanics & Maintenance Technology (CP)
Jessie Lentz (CGS)

Vilonia
Daniel Condit (CGS)

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

I'm a 1st Gen. Are You?

The following is a message from UACCM Counseling and Disability Services. 

College was something I had prepared for my whole life, yet I had many questions and didn't know the answers. How was a tire salesman going to pay for college living paycheck to paycheck? Would I qualify for Work-Study? How do loans work? What is a FAFSA? How do I get scholarships? What degree is going to get me a job? My parents could not answer any of these questions because they had never been to college. In fact, they had the same questions I had, and then some. 


If you're a first-generation college student, you probably aren't as familiar with the college experience as someone who has at least one parent with a college degree. My mother and father had never spent any time in a college classroom, much less earn a degree. So there we were, drowning in a sea of information and trying to learn how to swim. I quickly found out that getting into college and paying for it was only half of the battle, and there were many more questions and obstacles I needed help with. 

Your story may not be identical to mine, but I'm sure it strikes a chord if you're a first-generation student. The following quote is from a 2011 Higher Education Research Institution report: 


First-generation students were less likely to complete their college degree in six years than their peers whose parents had a least some college experience (50% first-generation versus 64% non-first-generation). 

At UACCM Counseling & Disability Services, we understand that first-generation students may need some help along the way, so we have developed a bimonthly support group to help with that. Students can choose to come on the day that best fits their schedule. UACCM instructors and staff members who were also first-generation students will share their stories, answer questions, and help with creating a place for community. 

If you're 1st Gen., we invite you to join us! 

Cody Davis, LPC
Director of Counseling & Disability Services



Friday, August 10, 2018

GED Night Classes Return to UACCM Adult Ed In Clinton

The University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton’s Adult Education Center in Clinton will once again offer night classes for GED students beginning Monday, Aug. 20. Night classes will meet from 4-7 p.m. on Monday and Thursday evenings. Interested students are encouraged to schedule an appointment any time during office hours.

All instruction at any UACCM Adult Education Center is free of charge. Each facility offers various programs, including adult basic education, Career Readiness Certification, English as a Second Language, college prep, and Workforce Alliance & Growth in the Economy (WAGE) — a series of stackable certifications in partnership with local businesses and industries to prepare participants for workforce careers.

As a reminder for GED students, the GED Exam is only $16, which covers all four tests, and scholarship vouchers are now available to those who qualify. Students may also be eligible for vouchers to cover all costs for the GED Practice Tests.

Students who complete the GED program will receive a tuition waiver scholarship for a three-hour college class at UACCM, and may also be eligible for a renewable full tuition scholarship to the college for three semesters.

UACCM Adult Education Centers serve anyone 18 years of age or older, and students can start classes at any time throughout the year. There is an open entry and exit policy at all four locations.

For more information about UACCM Adult Education services in Clinton, contact Erica Freeman at (501) 745-6554, or at freeman@uaccm.edu.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

UACCM Early Childhood Development Program Accreditation Renewed by NAEYC


The National Association for the Education of Young Children’s (NAEYC) Commission on the Accreditation of Early Childhood Higher Education Programs has renewed accreditation for the University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton’s Early Childhood Development program.

UACCM is one of only three NAEYC-accredited colleges in the state, which also includes Southeast Arkansas College in Pine Bluff, and University of Arkansas Pulaski Technical College in North Little Rock. After the commission’s decision this month, there are now 205 NAEYC-accredited programs nationwide.

Early childhood preparation programs serve a wide-range of students and prepare early childhood educators for a variety of early learning settings. Accreditation serves as a mechanism for ensuring a consistent and high level of program quality and alignment to NAEYC’s Professional Preparation Standards while respecting the unique mission and context of each degree program.

“On behalf of the Commission, I’d like to congratulate the programs who earned and renewed accreditation during the most recent review cycle. These programs have spent significant time examining their programs of study, mapping their courses to the standards, creating key assessments, and developing assessment plans, with the goal of continuous program improvement,” Crystal Swank, commission chair, said. “Kudos to the faculty for their dedication and hard work!”

To earn and retain accreditation, professional preparation programs must demonstrate that they:
  • Align to NAEYC’s Professional Preparation Standards; 
  • Respond to the unique needs of their degree candidates and communities;
  • Provide intentional learning experiences for their degree candidates to obtain the knowledge and skills needed to be effective early childhood educators; and 
  • Continuously assess and reflect on their degree candidates’ performance.
For more information about UACCM’s Early Childhood Development program, contact the Admissions Office at (501) 977-2053, or visit our website at www.UACCM.edu.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

New Community Education Courses Available

The University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton’s Department of Workforce Development and Community Education will offer several new non-credit courses this fall. These are designed for self-improvement, continuing your education, learning a new hobby, or just having fun. There are no admission requirements for any course.

Sept. 6: Automotive Care 101 (5-6:30 p.m.)
  • This course will cover how to manage and prevent basic car troubles that could leave you stranded or needing assistance. participants will receive hands-on experience on how to do basic preventative maintenance such as checking fluids, connecting jumper cables, tire care, wiper blade replacement, and more. When registering, list something you would like to learn about your vehicle and the instructor will tailor the course around those concerns. Registration is $15. 
Sept. 18– Oct. 4: Analyze and Visualize Data with Excel (Tuesdays & Thursdays, 5-7 p.m.)
  • This is a basic Microsoft Excel course covering topics related to how to enter and calculate data in a table and create pivot tables/charts based off the data. Topics covered include: Excel Basics (Interface), Create & Modify Tables, Sort & Filter, Basic Functions (Sum, Min, Max, Count, and Average), Conditional Formatting, Pivot Tables, Charts, Pivot Charts, Using Slicers, Printing, and Copying/Pasting vs. Linking. Registration is $100.
Sept. 24: Royal Icing Cookie Decorating 101 (6-8 p.m.)
  • Come learn the basics of making those gorgeous Pinterest-inspired decorated cookies. Participants will learn the technique of making royal icing, "flooding," and adding finishing touches to eight cut-out sugar cookies that can be taken home at the end. Seats are limited, so register today. Registration is $25.
Oct. 9 – Nov. 13: Cake Decorating (Tuesdays, 6-8 p.m.)
  • Learn how to save money and impress your family by learning how to decorate cakes and have a lot of fun in the process. This creative cake decorating class is for beginners who want to create cakes for any occasion. Participants will learn how to bake a cake, how to make icing, and many simple decorating techniques. Seats are limited, so register today. Registration is $50.
Oct. 11: Munchkin & Me Cupcake Decorating (6-8 p.m.)
  • Bring along your little baker sidekick and enjoy an evening decorating cupcakes together. Decorations and other tools will be provided. Participants must bring 12 regular-size cupcakes, un-iced, in any flavor. Children must be at least 4 years old to attend. Seats are limited to 15 pairs, so register today. Registration is $30.
Oct. 13: Introduction to Beekeeping (10 a.m. – 12 p.m.)
  • This course will give participants an introduction to the history, methods, and benefits of beekeeping. Upon completion, participants should be familiar with beekeeping equipment and components needed to cultivate a healthy colony. Registration is $20.
Oct. 13: Beginner-Intermediate Genealogy (9 a.m. – 12 p.m.)
  • This is a basic genealogy research course for beginners or anyone curious about the subject. Tools and information will also be provided to participants who have done their own research, but still need help getting to the next step. Registration is $15.
Nov. 1 – Dec. 13: Floral Design (Thursdays, 6-8 p.m.)
  • This course will take participants through the steps of building their very own seasonal creations. Participants will be able to choose what types of floral arrangements will be worked on throughout the sessions. Some supplies will be provided, but participants will need to bring wire cutters, scissors, a glue gun, wire ribbon, and flowers of their choice. Registration is $60.
Nov. 5: Christmas Inspired Royal Icing Cookie Decorating (6-8 p.m.)
  • Come learn the basics of making those gorgeous Pinterest-inspired decorated cookies, all dressed up in the holiday spirit. Participants will learn the technique of making royal icing, "flooding," and adding finishing touches to eight cut-out Christmas sugar cookies that can be taken home at the end. Seats are limited, so register today. Registration is $25.
Dec. 1: Glass Fusion – Unique Jewelry for Unique Artist (9 a.m. – 1 p.m.)
  • Glass Fusing is the technique used to join pieces of glass together by partly melting them at a high temperature. The heating is commonly produced in an electric kiln. This class will explore various ways to mix glass of different colors and designs. Participants will learn how to identify quality pieces, mix colors, and cut glass safely. Seats are limited, so register today. Registration is $40.
Dec. 4. Ladies Night Out (6-8 p.m.)
  • Bring your girlfriends along for an evening filled with baked goods. Just in time for the holidays, learn how to make the perfect cake pop, the prettiest petit fours, and the most decadent homemade chocolates. Seats are limited, so register today. Registration is $30.
Registration for all courses can be completed by going to www.uaccm.edu/workforce. For more information, contact Jessica Rohlman at (501) 977-2004, or at rohlman@uaccm.edu.