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Monday, November 14, 2016

Community Invited to Holiday Events at UACCM

The University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton invites the community to “The Gingerbread Man” on Nov. 29, followed by its 14th annual Night of Luminaries on Dec. 1.

“The Gingerbread Man” is a touring production presented by the Arkansas Arts Center Children’s Theatre in Little Rock. Running from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in the UACCM Fine Arts Auditorium, the show tells the classic fairy tale story of the Gingerbread Man, who attempts to outrun the local residents and a very sly fox. Tickets are now available, though limited to four per person. Admission is free and open to the public. 

Night of Luminaries follows the Morrilton Christmas parade and will be held on campus. The sidewalks of UACCM will be lined with more than 2,000 luminary bags, decorated by Conway County children, and the community is invited to walk or drive through to view their artwork. Participating schools and organizations that helped decorate luminary bags include the Conway County Center for Exceptional Children, Morrilton Primary, Morrilton Elementary, Morrilton Intermediate, Nemo Vista Elementary, Sacred Heart Elementary, Wonderview Elementary, Riverview Baptist Christian School, and UACCM’s Earle Love Child Study Center.

Santa Claus will also be available to visit with children and hand out gifts in the area between the Fine Arts Building and Business Technology Center at UACCM. Families are invited to bring their camera to take pictures with him, and to also enjoy cookies and hot cocoa served by UACCM faculty and staff.

Be sure to check the UACCM Facebook page for any last-minute updates in the event of winter weather in the forecast. For more information about any of these holiday events, contact Kristi Strain at (501) 977-2081, or by email at strain@uaccm.edu.


***An earlier copy of this press release incorrectly stated that Night of Luminaries is scheduled for Dec. 3. That has been changed to the correct date, Dec. 1. The event will still follow the Morrilton Christmas parade.

Genita Whiting Named Outstanding Adult Education Teacher by AACAE

Genita Whiting, an adult education instructor at the University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton, was given the Outstanding Adult Education Teacher award by the Arkansas Association of Continuing & Adult Education (AACAE) at the association’s 2016 conference in Hot Springs on Nov. 4.

“Ms. Whiting provides her students with the spark of encouragement they need to feel empowered and realize they are capable of achieving their goals,” Kim Darling, the director of adult education at UACCM, wrote in her nomination letter to the association. “She is the reason UACCM’s Adult Education program has been and will continue to be a thriving program. She is a role model for all UACCM employees, and she is a blessing to Arkansas Adult Education.”
L-R: Martin Loa, Commission on Adult Basic Education (COABE) Representative for Region 6; Genita Whiting, UACCM Adult Education instructor; Lloyd Huskey, Director of Adult Education at Arkansas Baptist College

Whiting, who is in her 27th year with the UACCM Adult Education program, said she was “completely overwhelmed by this unexpected honor.”

“During the awards ceremony, I listened to the speaker read the qualifications of the 2016 Outstanding Adult Education Teacher,” Whiting said. “At some point, I realized the combination of qualifications sounded familiar to me: a start date from January of 1989 and certification as a Career Development Facilitator. When I looked at my colleagues seated beside me, I discovered they were videoing the presentation.” 

UACCM provides adult education instruction in Conway and Perry counties. Classes are designed to help people improve their skills in English, math, and reading. Our program provides GED instruction, basic skills refresher courses for students about to enter college, and training for people who need to develop their basic skills for the workplace. 

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Mikayla Lemley Named Miss UACCM 2016

Mikayla Lemley of Morrilton was crowned Miss UACCM 2016 after competing in the tenth annual UACCM Pageant on Nov. 5 in the University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton’s Fine Arts Auditorium.

Lemley, 18, is the daughter of Scott and Kim Lemley of Morrilton, and is a freshman at UACCM pursuing an Associate of Arts degree in general education. After completing the necessary courses, Lemley plans to transfer to the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock to become a registered nurse specializing in neonatal care. While at Morrilton High School, she was selected as Most Outstanding in the high school band, as well as Vocational Student of the Week. Lemley was an active member of the National Beta Club throughout junior high and high school.

Miss UACCM 2016 Mikayla Lemley

“By being crowned Miss UACCM, I have the opportunity to help out more [at UACCM] and even go to high schools to talk to students about how important it is to go to college to pursue a career and all of the different opportunities students have to earn scholarships,” Lemley said. “I have been competing in the UACCM Pageant for about eight years now, and I'm so excited to finally be Miss UACCM.”

Lemley was awarded a $1,000 scholarship from the UACCM Chancellor’s Office, a product basket courtesy of Hairport of Morrilton, and a tanning package courtesy of Headhunters Beauty Salon in Morrilton. The first alternate in the Miss UACCM competition was given a $500 scholarship, and the second through fourth alternates received hair care products courtesy of Debbie’s Salon in Morrilton.

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 Miss UACCM were judged on beauty, professionalism, speech presentation and interview skills.

L-R: Third Alternate Loretta Carr, Second Alternate Ashley Raney, Miss UACCM 2016 Mikayla Lemley, First Alternate Alana Lambert, Fourth Alternate Gail Eller

“I am grateful for the opportunity to help run the UACCM Pageant to help advance SkillsUSA students, provide girls of all ages a venue to compete in something they all are passionate about, and continue such a positive event for the community,” Jayson Millheim, UACCM’s SkillsUSA chapter advisor, said. “It was nerve racking and fun to help put on an event that showcased our school, community, local businesses and all of the wonderful contestants. I look forward to this event next year and hopefully many years to come.”

The winners of the additional categories are as follows:

Miss UACCMMikayla Lemley, Morrilton, daughter of Scott and Kim Lemley
1st Alternate — Alana Lambert, Conway, daughter of Venita Mae Lambert
2nd Alternate — Ashley Raney, Mayflower, daughter of Rim and Jo Ann Raney
3rd Alternate — Loretta Carr, Greenbrier, daughter of Stella Wisler and the late Bud Hemphill
4th Alternate — Gail Eller, Center Ridge, daughter of Paul and Melissa Eller

Baby Miss UACCM — Myleigh Pruitt, Greenbrier, daughter of Lane and Ashton Pruitt
1st Alternate — Kalliope Ward, Greenbrier, daughter of Joe and Katie Ward

Tiny Miss UACCM — Mia Rosas, Morrilton, daughter of Victor and Brenda Rosas
1st Alternate — Ramira Keaton, Holly Grove, daughter of Angela Betts and Darrell Keaton
2nd Alternate — Adalynn Moore, Greenbrier, daughter of Justin and Adrienne Moore

Petite Miss UACCM — Jasey Davis, Adona, daughter of Leslie and Amy Davis
1st Alternate — Allison Byler, Morrilton, daughter of Blake and Tara Byler
2nd Alternate — Susanna Pettry, Center Ridge, daughter of Robert and Jennifer Pettry
3rd Alternate — Grace Fleetwood, Morrilton, daughter of James and Melissa Fleetwood
4th Alternate — Jo Lynn Roberts, Damascus, daughter of Chris and Jessica Roberts

Little Miss UACCM — Elisa’ Trudell, Conway, daughter of Earl and Shantee’ Trudell
1st Alternate — Lexie Maple, Conway, daughter of Brandon and Becky Maple
2nd Alternate — Lillian Peck, Morrilton, daughter of Fred and Tara Peck
3rd Alternate — Raelee Pyzer, Springfield, daughter of Kristofer and April Pyzer

Princess Miss UACCM — Addison Wyatt, Morrilton, daughter of Rachel Wyatt and James Daugherty
1st Alternate — Laynie Staggs, Greenbrier, daughter of Shane Staggs and Angie Haynie
2nd Alternate — Zoey Akin, Morrilton, daughter of Ray Akin and Elizabeth Hoyt-Akin

Pre-Teen Miss UACCM — Madilyn Davis, Perryville, daughter of Brandon and Rhonda Cook and Jason and Katie Davis

Teen Miss UACCM — Shelby Flory, Morrilton, daughter of Tim and Teresa Flory
1st Alternate — Rebecca Lewis, Clinton, daughter of Carrie Huggins and Kevin Lewis
2nd Alternate — Kailey Crocker, Bigelow, granddaughter of Martin and Monica Crocker
3rd Alternate — Kaitelyne Stover, Cleveland, daughter of Melissa Kellar
4th Alternate — Abigail Thomas, Casa, daughter of David and Amanda Thomas

Monday, November 7, 2016

UACCM Phi Theta Kappa Chapter Receives Three-Star Designation

Last week, 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 designated a three-star chapter by the organization’s international office.

“Our officers have played a key role in attaining this rating,” Mat Herrman, a Phi Theta Kappa advisor at UACCM, said. “In the chapter’s history, we have not made it past the first star, which meets the base requirements for chapters to be considered active. Our officers established the goal of becoming a two-star chapter at our summer planning meeting, but were dedicated to working toward meeting at least part of the three-star standard.”

Herrman said that in order to keep the chapter’s new three-star ranking, members must maintain their activities each year, including all one- and two-star requirements.

“Our chapter now has its eyes set on a four-star ranking, which will be obtained by becoming more involved in the Oklahoma and Arkansas regions,” he said. The highest ranking a chapter can receive is a five-star designation.

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.

UACCM Administrators, Van Buren County Officials Celebrate Nursing Clinic Opening

Administrators from the University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton met with Van Buren County Judge Roger Hooper and Clinton Mayor Richard McCormac on Oct. 31 to celebrate the opening of the UACCM Practical Nursing (PN) program in Clinton.  

L-R: Clinton Mayor Richard McCormac, UACCM Vice Chancellor for Academic Services Diana Arn, Van Buren County Judge Roger Hooper, UACCM Chancellor Dr. Larry Davis, Division Chair of Health Professions & Natural Sciences Deborah Rodgers. 
“We have worked very closely with Van Buren County officials and the Ozark Health Medical Center in Clinton to make this program a possibility,” PN Program Coordinator Sarah Koch said. “With most of our students’ clinical lab training being done at the local hospital, this clinic wouldn’t exist without their help. Judge Hooper was also a wonderful advocate for this program and we appreciate his continued support.”

Admission into the PN program in Clinton is a competitive process. There are a number of steps which must be completed before a student can be considered for admission. Students must have completed the entrance exam, the TEAS, at the college within the last three years. The entrance exam score and the grades from the prerequisite courses will be utilized in the class selection process. If they meet all requirements listed on the application, students in the Clinton and Van Buren County area will be given a priority status in the selection process, though classes for the spring 2017 semester have already been filled.