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UACCM Breaks Ground on Nursing and Science Center

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The University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton (UACCM) broke ground for the new $16 million Nursing and Science Center on Friday.  The two-story, 36,000 square-foot Nursing and Science Center will be located southwest of Technology Building II on the UACCM campus and will feature seven science labs and classrooms, ten nursing labs and classrooms, and two student lounges for studying.  In attendance for the groundbreaking was Arkansas Rep. Rick Beck, University of Arkansas System President Dr. Donald R. Bobbitt, Conway County Judge Jimmy Hart, Morrilton Mayor Allen Lipsmeyer, District Director for Rep. French Hill Jeff Pitchford, West Central Arkansas Planning and Development Program Manager of Economic Development Vicki Sexton, as well as several individuals from Crafton Tull, the architect for the project, Nabholz, the contractor for the project, and UACCM’s healthcare industry partners.  Bobbitt addressed the crowd on hand, saying, “This is a very ambitious project, but th

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Registered Nursing Transitions to Independent Program

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The Registered Nursing program at University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton is making big steps towards improving and growing. Beginning in January 2023, Registered Nursing will transition from consortium membership to an in-house program taught exclusively by UACCM faculty.  The program has the prerequisite and initial approval of the Arkansas State Board of Nursing (ASBN), and will receive full approval and licensure from ASBN before the 2023 class graduates.  “UACCM has grown and is now ready to offer its own RN program,” said Darrell Moore, Dean of Health Professions and Natural Sciences. “UACCM sees this program offering as an opportunity to better serve our students as one in a group of up to 48 UACCM students, rather than one of 300-plus in the consortium.” This transformation will have several benefits for incoming RN students. Having local, UACCM faculty will allow students to have face-to-face instruction and more interaction with educators, as opposed to consorti

UACCM Awarded $2 Million ALIGN Grant to Boost Nursing Education

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  UACCM Vice Chancellor for Academics Dr. Richard Counts; UACCM Chancellor Lisa Willenberg; President of Baptist Health Medical Center Conway April Bennett; and UACCM Dean of Nursing and Allied Health Darrell Moore. The University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton (UACCM) has been awarded a grant of $2,024,546 from the state Commerce Department’s Office of Skills Development as part of the Arkansas Linking Industry to Growing Nurses (ALIGN) program. The grant was announced during a Monday press conference by Gov. Sarah Sanders, Ark. Dept. of Commerce Secretary Hugh McDonald, and Director of Ark. Workforce Connection Cody Waits. UACCM is one of 19 two-year and four-year Arkansas schools selected for the ALIGN grant and will utilize the funds in a variety of ways to expand nursing programs at UACCM, including equipment and furnishings for the college’s new Nursing and Science Center. “The proceeds of the grant will provide for state-of-the-art simulation and healthcare equipm

MAY STUDENT OF THE MONTH: JACOB WILLIAMS

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Congratulations to UACCM's May Student of the Month, Jacob Williams! Jacob is in his final semester at UACCM, pursuing an Associate of General Studies. After graduation, Jacob plans to transfer to UCA to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Jacob plans to try out for UCA's Basketball program! His favorite things about UACCM include Student Activities, the Timberwolf Grill, and free tutoring offered in the UACCM Learning Center. Jacob is on the Student Activities Board, where he gets to help develop and host events on campus.  He suggests all current and future Timberwolves utilize everything that UACCM has to offer, especially the private study rooms in the Library. Throughout April, the UACCM Student Success Center reviewed nominations from faculty and staff regarding who they feel should be selected as student of the month.

Four Decades of Gratitude: Newsome Reflects on 43-Year Career with UACCM

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Mary Newsome, Assistant to the Chancellor of the University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton (UACCM) and UACCM’s longest serving employee in the history of the institution, has announced she will retire after 43 years of service on May 7, 2024.  Friends and members of the community are welcome to join in celebrating Newsome and wish her luck in retirement during her retirement party on Friday, May 3, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the lobby of the Dr. Larry D. Davis Workforce Training Center on the campus of UACCM. “Mary Newsome is the epitome of class, dedication, honor, and loyalty. What’s unique about Mary is that she exemplifies these qualities in all aspects of life and to all with whom she comes into contact. As the longest-serving employee in the 60-year history of the institution, I am so proud to have called Mary my friend from high school before Petit Jean Vocational Technical School, and my friend for life after UACCM,” said UACCM Chancellor Lisa Willenberg.  As the long

Students Honored at 2024 Student Recognition Awards Ceremony

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The year's most outstanding students at the University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton were honored at the Student Recognition Awards Ceremony, an annual gathering of faculty, staff, and families joining students to celebrate their accomplishments. Every department nominates students to receive awards based on academic excellence in their field of study. Awards are also given from the UACCM Student Activities, Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society, and other student organizations to outstanding students for their engagement at the college community and organization. A student ambassador is also selected as Ambassador of the Year. During the ceremony, a representative from each department presents the award to the student, while comments about their achievements written by faculty and staff are read aloud.  The photo album of the event can be found here: https://flic.kr/s/aHBqjBnUcV Those recognized are as follows: COMMUNITY EDUCATION Department of Adult Education O

UACCM Breaks Ground on Commemorative Clock Tower

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  The University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton (UACCM) broke ground on a new commemorative clock tower for the campus. The clock tower will stand tall on the west campus between the University Center and Student Union. The tower will be 45-feet-tall, making it visible not only throughout campus, but also from many parts of the city and I-40.  The base of the tower includes three steps with the institution’s previous names etched in the steps, including Petit Jean Vo-Tech, Petit Jean Technical College, and Petit Jean College. The college’s current name, the University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton, will be displayed near the top of the tower. The top of the tower was designed to reflect and complement the design of the University Center and Library Complex.  The area around the base will include brick pavers with a short inscription selected by donors etched into each brick. Cornerstone plaques of various sizes of brick pavers are also available for naming oppo

APRIL STUDENT OF THE MONTH: KEYANA LASKER

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  Congratulations to UACCM's April Student of the Month, Keyana Lasker! Keyana is in her fourth semester, pursuing an Associate of Applied Science in Computer Information Systems degree. She is a nontraditional student who returned to college after five years to better her future for herself and her children. After graduation, Keyana plans to transfer to UCA to pursue a bachelor's degree.  Her favorite things about UACCM include the welcoming environment, Student Activities, and events on campus. She has been a member of the UACCM Student Activities Board for the past two semesters and suggests all current and future Timberwolves get involved with events and clubs on campus.  Throughout March, the UACCM Student Success Center reviewed nominations from faculty and staff regarding who they feel should be selected as student of the month.

UACCM Eclipse Parking

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  The following guidelines apply to any vehicles parked on the UACCM campus at 8:00 a.m. on Monday. FOR VISITORS VIEWING ECLIPSE:  Purchase an eclipse parking pass for $100 from the either of the tents located on University Boulevard  (🟧 on map). You are allowed to park anywhere in eclipse parking (blue on map). FOR STUDENTS VIEWING ECLIPSE:  You are allowed to park in eclipse parking (blue on map), free of charge. You must present a valid and current UACCM Student ID at either tent located on University Boulevard (🟧 on map). A UACCM campus parking pass is also required.  FOR STUDENTS CONDUCTING BUSINESS: You may park in the parking lot in front of the UC and BTC (pink on map). You must present a valid and current UACCM Student ID at either tent located on University Boulevard (🟧 on map). A UACCM campus parking pass is also required.