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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. 

Friday, January 26, 2018

Public Invited To Attend UACCM International Travel Interest Meetings

The University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton will hold two international travel interest meetings to discuss a trip to Italy later this year and a trip to Iceland in 2019. Everyone is welcome to attend, including students, faculty, staff, and community members.

The first meeting will be on Wednesday, Jan. 31 at 3:30 p.m. in University Center Room 214, followed by a Thursday, Feb. 1 meeting at 12:05 p.m. at the same location. The 2018 trip to Italy comprises tours of Florence and Rome between May 25 and June 1, and the 2019 trip to Iceland will feature a tour of Reykjavik, the nation’s capital, as well as several geological locations during the Spring Break of that year.

International travel provides a myriad of growth opportunities for all who attend. For more information, contact Rachel Trusty at trusty@uaccm.edu, or Lyndsey Daniel at daniel@uaccm.edu

Monday, January 22, 2018

UACCM Adult Education Clinton Site To Offer Evening Class

The University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton’s Adult Education Center in Clinton will soon launch a six-week evening class beginning Monday, Feb. 5. 

The class — which is designed to enhance basic skills, as well as prepare students for the GED exam — will meet from 4:30-7 p.m. each Monday through March 12 inside the UACCM Adult Education Center located at 100 Success Drive, Clinton, Ark. The minimum age for enrollment is 18, and all interested students must complete the registration process during Admissions Day on Monday, Jan. 29 from 4:30-7 p.m.

All instruction at any UACCM Adult Education Center is free of charge. Each facility offers various programs, including adult basic education, English Language Learners (ESL), 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. GED testing is also available for a discounted fee of $16. 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.

The UACCM Adult Education Center in Clinton is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Evening classes are only available on Mondays from 4:30-7 p.m. For more information, contact Erica Freeman at (501) 745-6554, or at freeman@uaccm.edu.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

UACCM Announces Fall 2017 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 fall 2017 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 – Madison Cook, Joely Ennis, Kristen Gipson, Marisa Rodgers

Bee Branch - Taylor Davis, Ashley Whaley

Bluffton – Justin Abernathy

Cleveland – Sarah Hensley

Clinton – Nathan Spencer

Conway – Jordan Amerson, Madeline Brodsky, Hayden Browers, Sarai Camarillo, Jordan Cliburn, Jana Davenport, Sharon Dean, Kaleb Ferren, William Fields, Brandon Foiles, Sarah Fulmer, Amanda Hickman, Katherine Hinman, Anthony Jackson, Wendy Johnson, Britney Jones, Deeanna Jones, Jeffrey Kemper, Sawyer Lagasse, Ruiz Paola Lozano, Perla Martinez, Melodie Moore, Danielle Petty, Mattie Pham, Jonathan Rodriguez, Maggie Schichtl, Paula Sherwood, Catherine Siebenmorgen, Virginia Siebenmorgen, Thomas Townsend, Mica Walter, Catlin Whitlow, Derek Worm

Dardanelle – Cicely Tucker

Dover – Cody Hull

Fairfield Bay – Casey Allen

Greenbrier – Loretta Carr, Emma Hance, Amanda Ludwig, Lindsey Rowe

Guy – Russell Conger, Jerrid Yielding

Hattieville – Amy McNabb

Hector – Michael Morris, Tamala Newport

Houston – Amy Rathjen, Aimee Russell

Morrilton – Tara Byler, Charis McKay, Jeannette Price, Jason Simmons, Londyn Weidower

Perry – James Palmer

Perryville – Laney Bench, Brittney Geels, Reanna Murphy

Plainview – Pennie Johnson

Plumerville – Lydia Howell

Pottsville – William Riggs

Russellville – Quinn Bishop, Aaron Bullock, Thomas Crow, Melissa Grice, Logan Killer, Leslie Lawhorn, James Masters, Misty Pagel, Juana Sweeney

Roland – Jordan Farmer, Courtney Shewmake

Romance – Tammie Tullos

Vilonia – Payton Buckner, Bailey Knight, Shayn’a White, Grace Worthington

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):

Adona – Jamie Ault

Atkins – Danielle Blackwell, Daniel Brown, Megan Ewton, William Gipson Jr., Colby Johnston

Bee Branch – Emily Moses, Colter Hinchey

Belleville – Stephen Wagner

Bigelow – Zachary Powers, Gracie Stane, Aulbany Williams

Casa – Alex Thomas

Cleveland – Lyndsey Stacy

Clinton – Madeline Stagg

Conway – Aaron Ansel, Matthew Barber, Jacquelyn Benitez, Sydney Black, Pereira Mariana Bragato, Lydia Bryan, Joshua Burnside, Nathaniel Caldwell, Kaitlyn Cozzens, Laura Deramus, Kara DeSalvo, Amy Dusek, Sara Ferebee, Brooke Finch, Noah Halsted, Reagan Hamilton, Gabrielle Hathaway, Laura Heifner, Allison May, Samantha McBride, Annie McDaniel, Amber McNew, Paige Messer, Ahston Outlaw, Hayden Pearce, Bobby Phillips, Nathaniel Reach, Anthony Sherrod, Charli Short, Michael Wilson, Luke Wimberly

Damascus – Allan Liesche

Danville – Brody Bland

Dardanelle – Andrea Level

Delaware – Rhonda Parks

Dover – Joshua Deal, Cecilia Radford

Edgemont – Mason Treece

Enola – Jordan Stocks

Fairfield Bay – Maizey Harper

Greenbrier – Sara Crawford, Hanna Frazier, Ashley Newton, Jennifer Roberts

Hattieville – Jonathan Strickland

Hector – Emily Mathis, Brooklyn Meeks

Hensley – Hunter Henderson

Houston – Olivia Underwood

Jacksonville – Jessica Poindexter

Lamar – Kurtus Leavell

Mayflower – Taylor Fugatt, Hephzibah Posadas, Tyler Roberts

Menifee – Tyrah Colbert

Morrilton – Meghan Carroll, DeAnna Higgins, Ashlyn Leach, Emily Plummer, Kristina Scroggins, Christina Shannon, Alissa White

Mount Vernon – Kailey Crider

Perry – Justin Bates

Perryville – Colby Campbell, Patricia Hutchins, Katie Webb, Gerian Zachary

Plumerville – Phillip Cook, Andrea Mathes, Devin McMorrough, Tiffany Watts

Pottsville – Devin Bennett, Alyssa Croy

Russellville – Montgomery Dodge, Jazmin Heathcoat, Scott Hoover, Karen Ivy, Noah Johnson, Mason Taylor, Alex Young

Scotland – Stephanie Kelley

Vilonia – Mega Franks, Devin King, Megan Mathis, Chad McCoy

Friday, December 8, 2017

Foundation Scholarship Established In Memory of Wade Walters

The University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton is now accepting applications for the Wade Walters Foundation Scholarship. One $500 scholarship is available for the spring 2018 semester, with priority given to students from Pope County.

Susan Allen, mother of Wade Walters, signs documents to approve the Wade Walters Foundation Scholarship during a Dec. 1 meeting. Also pictured from left to right are UACCM Director of Marketing & Public Relations Mary Clark, UACCM Development Officer Anne Cadle, UACCM Chancellor Dr. Larry Davis, Walters' stepfather Rusty Allen, Walters' brother-in-law and sister P.J. and Chelsy Lyles, and their two children. 

Walters’ family established the scholarship in his memory earlier this month for a student pursuing welding at UACCM. His family — including his mother, Susan Allen, stepfather Rusty Allen, sister Chelsy, and brother-in-law P.J. Lyles — visited campus administrators on Dec. 1 to approve the award and to tour the UACCM welding program. 

Wade Walters
Walters, a Russellville native who passed away in 2013, always enjoyed working with his hands, being outdoors, and seeing the work he had completed at the end of the day. Being a proud welder and ironworker allowed him to accomplish all three.

“Work shouldn’t be work,” Susan Allen said. “It should have purpose; it should satisfy people’s souls. Wade loved what he did, and we hope that this scholarship helps someone else find their passion. Helping other families is a priority for us, because family is what we admire most.”

Applicants for this scholarship must be enrolled part- or full-time at UACCM and pursuing a major in a college welding program. One letter of recommendation from a UACCM instructor, former employer, or former high school instructor for first-time entering freshman is required, as well as a completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. The application and required documents must be returned to the UACCM Financial Aid office by Jan. 8, 2018.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

UACCM Students, Donors Meet for Private Scholarship Luncheon

Members of the University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton’s Foundation Board, donors, administrative staff, faculty, and industry leaders, met with students who collectively had received nearly $10,000 in private scholarships during an on-campus luncheon on Nov. 1.

“The sixth annual Private Scholarship Donor Recognition Luncheon was our largest to date with nearly 70 people in attendance,” Anne Cadle, UACCM’s Development Officer, said. “The donors enjoy learning how their gifts positively affect the lives of the students, helping them reach their educational goals. The students appreciate the opportunity the shake the hand and personally thank their scholarship donor.”

For more information about UACCM’s private scholarship program, contact Anne Cadle at (501) 977-2085, or at cadle@uaccm.edu. A full list of available scholarships can be found online at www.uaccm.edu.

Students awarded private scholarships follow (in alphabetical order by city): 

Heath Ault – Farmers & Merchants Scholarship

Nicholas Bane – Fayetteville Shale Scholarship Fund (FSSF) Scholarship
Casey McKinney – Toad Suck Daze Community Scholarship

Laura Deremus – Conway County Christian Clinic (CCCC) Nursing Scholarship
Brandon Foiles – FSSF Scholarship
Amanda Hickman – Faculty Merit Scholarship
Katherine Hinman – Toad Suck Daze Community Scholarship
Anthony Jackson – Faculty Merit Scholarship
Morgan McPeake – Dr. Ernest P. Griffin, Jr. Endowment Scholarship
Mariah Moffett – Dr. Ernest P. Griffin, Jr. Endowment Scholarship
Brittany Platt – Faculty Merit Scholarship

Allan Liesche – Toad Suck Daze Community Scholarship

William Carr – Toad Suck Daze Community Scholarship
Jennifer Roberts – Beverly Parks Memorial Scholarship; Wanda Hensley Memorial Scholarship

Dakota Bennett – Fayetteville Shale (IMMT) Scholarship
Rebecca Sponer – Century League Endowed Scholarship

Tyler Roberts – James W. Pettry Memorial Scholarship

Norma Beck – Toad Suck Daze Community Scholarship
Venessa Criswell – Literary Coterie Scholarship
William Heidenreich – Century League Endowed Scholarship
Charis McKay – Toad Suck Daze Community Scholarship; A.M. "Bub" and Mary Dana McKennon Scholarship

James Palmer – Charles Stover Memorial Scholarship

Lydia Howell – Century League Endowed Scholarship
Jordan Ryals – Farmers & Merchants Scholarship

Shelby Duck – Century League Endowed Scholarship

Mary Margaret Satterfield, Charis McKay, Allan Liesche, William Carr, and Ed Linck. Satterfield and Linck are representatives of the Conway Chamber of Commerce. 

Anne Cadle and Heath Ault

James Palmer, Danny Stover, and Delene Stover

Ashley Congine, Courtney Stell, Shelby Duck, and Kara Jones

Ashley Congine, Courtney Stell, Rebecca Sponer, and Kara Jones

Venessa Criswell and Judy Calhoun

Amanda Hickman and Morgan Parks

Anthony Jackson and Morgan Parks

Jennifer Roberts and Lindsey Parks

Jennifer Roberts and Beth Hawkins

Larry Crossland, Brandon Foiles, and Diane Wilson

Charis McKay and Scott McKennon

Morgan McPeake and Anne Cadle

Anne Cadle and Jordan Ryals

Monday, November 27, 2017

UACCM Student Group Now Taking Donations for Room 29:11

The University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton's Early Childhood Student Organization will be collecting pajamas, socks, and underwear in children's sizes 5-14 for Room 29:11, a local charity working to help meet the needs of children in foster care and guardianship situations in Conway County. Donations can be dropped off until Dec. 17 outside of Room 116 inside the Kirk Building on campus.