Jay Jones to receive honorary doctorate

For the third time in the 107-year history of the University of Arkansas at Monticello and the first since 1959, UAM will bestow an honorary doctorate during the school’s 2016 spring commencement May 6. Jay Jones, who has served as UAM’s vice chancellor for finance and administration since 2006 and guided the institution as interim chancellor in 2015, will receive an honorary doctorate in humane letters for “exemplary leadership and service, not only in the … Continued

UAM to honor late Dr. Tim Chase as the university’s 54th distinguished alumnus

Dr. Tim Chase was Monticello through and through . . . born and raised in Monticello, a graduate of Monticello High School and the University of Arkansas at Monticello, a Billie and Boll Weevil for life. Dr. Chase lost a battle with cancer on April 15, just weeks before he was to become the 54th recipient of UAM’s Distinguished Alumnus Award. He leaves behind a wife, two daughters, and a legion of friends and admirers. … Continued

UAM foresters identify massive ‘mystery tree’ at Pendleton dock

One day last June, David Walt noticed something washed up against the dock and patio of his house on the Pendleton Reservoir near Dumas. Spring and early summer rains had raised the Arkansas River to flood stage, washing large trees and other debris down the river. Now one of those large trees was lodged against Walt’s dock. As the water gradually receded, it revealed a massive tree trunk longer than his 60-foot dock. Walt tied … Continued

UAM to honor four with alumni awards at homecoming

Each of the four individuals to be honored by the University of Arkansas at Monticello at the university’s homecoming celebration in October share something in common. All were surprised to be recognized by their alma mater. “Did you run out of people to honor,” said George Harris, president of Commercial Bank and Trust Company of Monticello and one of two recipients of the 2015 Alumni Award for Achievement and Merit. Harris was laughing as he … Continued

UAM to honor four with Alumni Awards at Homecoming

Each of the four individuals to be honored by the University of Arkansas at Monticello at the university’s homecoming celebration in October share something in common. All were surprised to be recognized by their alma mater. “Did you run out of people to honor,” said George Harris, president of Commercial Bank and Trust Company of Monticello and one of two recipients of the 2015 Alumni Award for Achievement and Merit. Harris was laughing as he … Continued

Five selected for induction to UAM Sports Hall of Fame

One of Arkansas’ most successful high school football coaches and four All-Americans in three different sports have been selected for induction to the University of Arkansas at Monticello Sports Hall of Fame. The inductees are former Boll Weevil offensive lineman and long-time high school coach Buck James, softball outfielder Jenny Dunn, basketball star Kenneth Jones, record-setting wide receive Lance Gasaway, and former All-American defensive back Jerry Johnson. The Hall of Fame class of 2015 will … Continued

UAM Small Business Center lauds three success stories

Starting and building a successful business is a daunting task. Pitfalls and obstacles abound and many good ideas have turned into failures when the only thing needed was a little sound advice. The Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center at the University of Arkansas at Monticello has been dispensing business advice since its creation in 1998. Since that time, the ASBTDC has helped numerous businesses get off the ground, overcome rough spots and become … Continued

UAM School of Forestry and Natural Resources to become part of statewide research center

The School of Forestry and Natural Resources at the University of Arkansas at Monticello will become part of the new statewide Center for Advanced Surface Engineering (CASE) thanks to a $20 million grant from the National Science Foundation to the Arkansas Economic Development Commission’s Division of Science and Technology. Forestry researchers and agricultural engineers will be working together at the nano- and micro-levels to develop lubrication materials, permeable food packing materials and other novel surfaces … Continued

Jeff Taylor, the 2015 Hornaday Faculty Award winner, thrives on challenges

Jeff Taylor likes a challenge. As an 18-year-old freshman at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Taylor flunked his first three chemistry exams, not terribly surprising for an English major who had no chemistry at Mountain  View High School. So what did Taylor do? He changed his major from English to chemistry. “English was boring,” says Taylor. “I was good at it, but I wanted a challenge.” Three years later, Taylor showed so much … Continued

UAM remembers the late Sandra Campbell

University of Arkansas at Monticello faculty, staff and students gathered near the Taylor Library and Technology Center Friday to remember and honor long-time UAM librarian Sandra Campbell. Mrs. Campbell's husband, Bobby Campbell, and Hope Bragg of the Monticello Tree Board, planted a tulip poplar tree east of the library in the late Mrs. Campbell's honor.