The University of Arkansas at Monticello will prepare for its 102nd year when faculty and professional staff gather August 15-19 for Professional Development Week.

The week will be highlighted by an address by Jackie Holloway, senior associate director for institutional finance of the Arkansas Department of Higher Education, and the annual State of the University Address by Chancellor Jack Lassiter. Matt McCoy, general counsel of the University of Arkansas System, will also address faculty and staff on issues in higher education.

“This is an opportunity for all of us to focus on the coming year,” said Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs R. David Ray. “It gives us an opportunity to be made aware of the latest developments in campus technology and distance learning, to interact with our colleagues and recharge our batteries as we get ready for the school year. It’s also a chance for our new faculty and staff to become acquainted with their colleagues and to learn about university policies and procedures.”

Monday will include sessions on human resources benefits, campus facilities and security, an orientation for new faculty and staff, an information technology orientation and sessions on grade reporting, the academic calendar, and academic advising.

Tuesday’s highlight will be an address by Holloway at 10:30 a.m. in the Fine Arts Center Auditorium.

Lassiter will deliver his State of the University Address at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday with McCoy scheduled to speak at 10:45.

Faculty and staff will be treated to a potluck picnic in the gymnasium of the John F. Gibson University Center on Thursday, August 18 at 5 p.m.

For more information, contact the Office of Academic Affairs at (870) 460-1033.