Showing posts from September, 2007

UACCM Art Students Place First

Two students enrolled in the art program at the University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton recently took first place honors for their artwork at local fairs. Jennifer Kay (right) of Bee Branch took the first place prize for her charcoal piece titled “Study after Picasso” at the Van Buren County Fair. Kay is in her first semester at UACCM. After graduating, she plans to attend a four-year university to complete a bachelor’s degree in art education.  Callie Latimer (left) of Center Ridge also received a first place award for her graphite-drawing “Homage to Mantegna” at the Conway County Fair. Latimer is a graduate of Hendrix College with a bachelor’s degree in education, and upon graduation from UACCM, she plans to become an art teacher.

Hickerson Receives Kevin Majors Scholarship

Caleb Hickerson of Dover has been awarded the Kevin Majors Memorial Scholarship at the University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton. Hickerson is a student in the automotive collision repair technology department at UACCM.  The Kevin Majors Memorial Scholarship was established by the family of the late Kevin Majors. Majors’ mother expressed that it was the family’s wish that the scholarship be aimed toward students enrolled in the areas of air conditioning and refrigeration, automotive collision repair, automotive technology, or welding. After completing his associate of applied science degree in automotive collision repair, Hickerson plans to enter the collision repair field locally.   Eligibility requirements for the $300 per semester award include: completion of one semester at UACCM in an applied technology program; a minimum 2.0 grade point average; recommendation from a technology instructor; and interview by the UACCM Scholarship Committee. The scholarship is re

Desoto Drilling Makes Donation to UACCM

DeSoto Drilling, a subsidiary of Southwestern Energy Company, recently donated a natural gas well head to the Petroleum Technology department at the University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton.  The new well head helps train students enrolled in the petroleum technology program by allowing a unique hands-on experience in the classroom. Additionally, it shows students how natural gas well heads are tied to pipelines in the field for gas production, and also how to maintain well sites. The new equipment is especially beneficial to UACCM, as many of the counties surrounding the college are located in the area known as the Fayetteville Shale Play.  (from left):  Pittman, Jason Spears,  Adam Fleming, Hershal Stanley, Dwayne Medlock, Jolene Schwarz, and Jeenee Xiong. The Fayetteville Shale Play is an area of natural gas drilling, gathering, and field operations in north-central Arkansas and is thought to be one of the country’s largest known unconventional reserves of na

Clements Brings Magic to UACCM in Free Performance

“Smoke and Mirrors,” an illusion magic show performed by Rocky and Lori Clements of Jonesboro, will take place on October 4, 2007 at noon and 7 pm in the Fine Arts Auditorium on the University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton campus. Sponsored by the college, each performance will be a free, all-ages production open to the community, and will feature magic, music, audience participation, comedy, and special effects.   “Smoke and Mirrors” is the largest touring magic show in Arkansas and the mid-south region of the United States. The show is part of the “Arts on Tour” program sponsored by the Arkansas Arts Council, which promotes visual and performing arts across the state. Rocky and Lori perform at about 50 venues each year, including theaters, festivals, college campuses, and corporate events. The show involves more than $50,000 worth of equipment used to produce state-of-the-art illusions in addition to classic effects performed over the last 100 years by many of the

Southwestern Energy CEO Visits UACCM

Harold M. Korell, President, Chairman of the Board, and Chief Executive Officer of Southwestern Energy Company of Houston, Texas paid a visit to the Petroleum Technology department at the University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton campus on Wednesday, September 12. Korell made a stop at UACCM to tour the campus after a speaking engagement in Searcy.  Harold Korell, President, Chairman of the  Board, and CEO of Southwestern Energy  speaks with Petroleum Technology students and instructors at UACCM. During his tour of the Petroleum Technology facilities, Korell spoke with students enrolled in the program about career opportunities within his company and the expanding natural gas industry surrounding the Fayetteville Shale Play. He talked with the department’s instructors about the curriculum and inquired about the students’ experiences thus far with internships working in the field.  The Fayetteville Shale Play, an area of natural gas drilling, gathering, and fiel

UACCM Sets Enrollment Record

The University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton reported an enrollment of 1,814 students for the fall 2007 semester on the 11th class day, the deadline for public institutions to report their enrollments to the Arkansas Department of Higher Education.  This represents an increase of two percent from the fall 2006 semester. Additionally, this is the first time in the school’s history that more than 1,800 students have been enrolled. Since UACCM became a two-year college in 1991, overall enrollment has increased 300 percent, and has also seen an increase of 41 percent since merging with the University of Arkansas System in 2001.  Conway County students account for 22 percent of enrollment at UACCM. In addition, 40 percent from Faulkner County, 5 percent from Perry County, 16 percent from Pope County, 7 percent from Van Buren County, 5 percent from Yell County, and 5 percent from all other counties.  Of the 1,814 students, 45 percent are pursuing Associate of Arts and Ass

GO! Opportunities Grant Available for Funding

Time is Drawing Short For Freshmen to Apply GO! Opportunities Ad Governor Mike Beebe announced August 28 that Arkansas high-school graduates who thought it impossible to continue their education because of financial difficulties might now find it possible with the assistance of the GO! Opportunities Grant. The grant is the first state-funded college grant program in Arkansas that is based entirely on financial needs. The grant will provide $1,000 per academic year to full-time students taking 12 credit hours their first semester and 15 credit hours the following semesters.  Qualifying part-time students taking at least six credit hours may receive $500 per year.    Students must come from a family earning a $25,000 annual gross income a year or less with one dependent child and an additional $5,000 a year for every additional dependent child as recorded on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  Additional requirements include being a U.S. citizen or permanent

New Employees at UACCM

Front, from left:  Andy Newton, Anthony Holt, Gina Guess-Welsh, Maranda Rios- Blanchard, Aaron Spivey Middle, from left:  Leslie Gomes, Kira Grant, Lynn Baker, Janie Wagner, C.C Hogan,  Thomas McLeod Back, from left:  Darren Jones, Jacob Ward, Patrick Dodgen, Mike Thompson, Leroy  Gattin, Richard Ates Several new faculty and staff members recently began work at the University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton. According to Leanna Everhart, Director of Personnel at UACCM, 19 new employees filled either new or vacated positions at the College. New employees include: Richard Ates of Houston is the newest member of UACCM Campus Police. Ates comes to the area with his wife Carmen after graduating with an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Texarkana College and serving more than 20 years in law enforcement in Texarkana.   Lynn Baker of Perryville has been named personal, academic, and career Counselor at UACCM. Baker is a graduate of Hendrix College, and she h