Showing posts from December, 2020

Fall 2020 Virtual Commencement

  Celebrating fall 2020 graduates for seizing the challenges of this year, University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton Chancellor Lisa Willenberg conferred degrees to students in the college’s virtual commencement. For the college’s December 2020 graduates, receiving their diplomas against the backdrop of a global pandemic—and all the challenges that presented—is truly something to applaud. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, UACCM postponed an in-person commencement ceremony until Saturday, May 15, 2021 at 10:00 am at Devil Dog Arena on the MHS campus. Students from the spring 2020, fall 2020, and spring 2021 semesters will be invited to participate. Speaking from the Willenberg welcomed graduates into the family of UACCM alumni, thanking them for entrusting the college for their education. The program includes a slide of each graduate, with many providing personal messages to thank faculty members and loved ones. Slides will be available for students to download to cel

The Value of Physical Wellness for College Students

Patti Hill retired from the South Conway County School District after 41 years of teaching. Starting this spring 2021 semester, she’ll begin teaching physical education at UACCM and its importance to college students.    Tell us about yourself. I retired from the South Conway County School District last May after teaching 41 years for the district. I taught physical education, special education, health, coordinated intramurals and coached volleyball and softball. I knew that I wanted to continue teaching on the college level and I am excited about the opportunity to do so in my hometown at UACCM.   What are the benefits of physical education for college students? Habits are developed early in a person’s life and it is vital for a person to establish a habit of being physically active. Not only are there numerous physical benefits of being active, it improves a person’s overall wellness, including mental, emotional and social health.     How has the public health cris

Driven to STEM, Graduating Drafting Student Finds Her Path at UACCM

Drafting student Shelby Burke graduates at the fall 2020 semester with an Associate of Applied Science in Drafting. (Photo courtesy of Shelby Burke) When creating 3D models of a residential house, drafting student Shelby Burke sees more than computerized designs. She sees a dream home for others. Now as she graduates with an Associate of Applied Science in Drafting, she looks forward to helping others take an architect’s sketches and help a family visualize their forever home. A longtime enthusiast for STEM fields, Burke knew that she didn’t want to attend a four-year university. She had not always planned to gain a degree in drafting, not until she learned about the career and UACCM’s program. Living in nearby Atkins, she knew the college was right for her based on the college’s location near her home and began taking drafting courses. She spent the first semester getting used to the academic rigor of college courses and learning the basics of drafting. Then she started envision