University of Arkansas-Monticello Chancellor Dr. Jack Lassiter and his wife, Judy Lassiter hosted an Alumni Lawn Party for UAM alumni and friends of the university at the Lassiters’ campus home Friday night.

During the event, the university recognized Jeff Wardlaw of Warren and Bill Lawrence of Russellville as the 2014 recipients of the Alumni Award for Achievement and Merit. Ronnie McFarland of Searcy was honored as the 2014 recipient of the Continuing the Connection Award.