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Be sure

to mark October 11 through 13 on your calendars as we cele-

brate Homecoming 2012. On October 11, we will honor the new inductees to the UAM Sports Hall of Fame – Alvy Early, Charles Grassi, Gene Franklin, Lindsey (Kight) Carmical, and the late Don Sawyer – as well as present the UAM Spirit Award to George Harris.

On October 12 at 2 pm, we will dedicate the important new addition to our School of Forest Resources – the George H. Clippert Forest Resources Annex. I invite all alumni and friends of UAM to attend this dedication, tour the new facility and see the renovations we have made to the existing forestry buildings. The University owes a heartfelt thanks to Mrs. Maxine Clippert and her family for the generous gift that made this facility possible. The new annex honors George H. Clippert, the late husband of

On The Cover: After a long, hot summer, autumn comes to UAM! This issue we honor our Alumni Award winners (from left) Tommie Brasfield, M. L. Mann, Jody Clements, Gene Mazzanti, and Teresa Marks.

Maxine and father of David and Nancy, a man who loved this school and its forestry program.

Later on October 12, please make plans to join us for the annual

A&M/UAM Alumni Dinner where we will introduce this year’s recipients of the Alumni Award for Achievement and Merit. This year we honor Lieutenant Colonel Tommie Brasfield (Class of ‘95), Jody Clements (Class of ’87), Teresa Marks (Class of ‘80), M. L. Mann (class of ’56), and Eugene Mazzanti (Class of ‘55). We will also recognize W. J. McKiever as the recipient of the Continuing the Connection Award.

And finally, make plans to join us for a fun-filled Saturday, October 13 as we host

reunions and a tailgate party, introduce the 2012 Homecoming Queen and her Court and watch Hud Jackson’s Boll Weevils take on old rival Ouachita Baptist University. A complete Homecoming schedule is printed on pages 2 and 3 of this magazine.

The past decade has brought an unprecedented period of growth in our enrollment

which has created new challenges in the area of student housing. As a result, the university has developed a long-range plan to increase the availability of on-campus housing and greatly enhance the on-campus experience. The first phase will include the renovation of Bankston Hall, to create suites with shared bathroom facilities and eliminate the old community showers and restrooms. Our long-range goal includes the construction of new residence halls behind the John F. Gibson University Center adjacent to the intramural fields. The new structures will offer suite-style accommodations but should maintain the community atmosphere of traditional residence halls.

It’s an exciting time to be at UAM. As always, I remind you that UAM is your univer-

sity and we welcome your visit anytime you are in the area. Best Wishes,

UAM MAGAZINE (Volume 19, number 3) is published three times a year by the University of Arkansas at Monticello, the UAM Alumni Association, and the UAM Foundation Fund. For information, you may contact: UAM Alumni Association P.O. Box 3520 Monticello, AR 71656 (870) 460-1028. Jim Brewer, Editor Director of Media Services (870) 460-1274 (office) (870) 460-1174 (FAX) e-mail: Dr. Clay Brown, Vice Chancellor for Advancement and University Relations (870) 460-1028 (office) (870) 460-1324 (FAX) e-mail: If you want to find out what’s happening on campus, or want to contact us about something significant that’s happened in your life, check out our website at When you reach the UAM home page, just click on Alumni & Friends. Let us know what you think. We welcome your suggestions!

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Jack Lassiter Chancellor Search “UAM News”

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INSIDE 2 Homecoming ‘12

A complete schedule of Homecoming events, from reunions to parades, pep rallies to football!


4 On Campus

UAM scientists are conducting vital research that may impact the biofuels industry.

18 Sports

A new volleyball coach, rising GPAs for athletes, the GAC female athlete of the year, and some familiar faces in new jobs highlight the athletics scene.

25 Foundation

A generous gift from the family of the late James Hancock.



25 Technology

A pair of scholarship donations are helping deserving nursing students.

27 Class News

Keep in touch with your former classmates.



Alvy Early, Gene Franklin, Lindsey (Kight) Carmical, Charles Grassi, and the late Don Sawyer were all winners.

A new master’s degree program in physical education and coaching is now available and the program is all online.

ALUMNI ASSOCIATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS Chair Paul Griffin / Monticello Vice Chair Beverly Reep / Warren

Secretary-Treasurer Amanda Ware / North Little Rock Directors Angelia Clements / Little Rock

Jennifer Hargis / Monticello Donney Jackson / Monticello M.L. Mann / Monticello

Jerrielynn Mapp / Monticello Randall Risher / Houston, Texas James Rook / Mena

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HOMECOMING 2012 Thursday, October 11 4:00 p.m. – Homecoming Parade/Pep Rally The marching band and cheerleaders lead a parade around campus, followed by a pep rally in the University Center gymnasium.

7:00 p.m. – A&M/UAM Alumni Awards Dinner University Center Green Room. Tickets: $15 per person. Dinner includes presentation of the 2012 Alumni Awards for Achievement and Merit as well as the Continuing the Connection Award, alumni scholarships and recognition of the golden anniversary of the Arkansas A&M Class of 1962. For tickets, contact Patty Withers at (870) 460-1028.

5:30 p.m. – Sports Hall of Fame Reception Chancellor’s Home, 471 University Drive. All alumni and friends are invited to meet the newest members of the UAM Sports Hall of Fame.

Saturday, October 13 8:30 a.m. – A&M/UAM Letterman’s Club Breakfast

6:30 p.m. – UAM Sports Hall of Fame Banquet University Center Green Room. Tickets are $35 per person. Proceeds benefit the UAM Sports Association. For tickets, contact Chris Ratcliff, director of athletics, at (870) 460-1058.

Friday, October 12 2:00 p.m. – Dedication of the George H. Clippert Forest Resources Annex Clippert Annex Atrium. Join us for a special ribbon-cutting ceremony and tour as we dedicate the George H. Clippert Forest Resources Annex and renovated facilities of the Chamberlin Forest Resources Complex.

6:00 p.m. – A&M/UAM Alumni and Friends Reception Chancellor’s Home, 471 University Drive. Open to all alumni and friends of the University.

Indoor Practice Facility, Room 107. All former Boll Weevil and Cotton Blossom letter winners are invited to this reunion. Tours of the Indoor Practice Facility will be provided. For information contact Chris Ratcliff, director of athletics at (870) 460-1058.

9:00 a.m. – A&M/UAM Class of 1962 Alumni and Friends Reunion Breakfast - Celebrating 50 years. University Center Senate Room. All 1962 alumni and friends (and adjoining years) are invited. Contact Patty Withers at (870) 460-1028.

9:30 a.m. – A&M/UAM African-American Alumni Reunion Breakfast University Center Capitol Room. Tickets $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Alumni and friends are invited to attend this celebration to reminisce with A&M/UAM African-American Alumni. For tickets, contact Classie JonesGreen, African American Alumni sponsor, at (870) 536-9159.



10:00 a.m. - School of Forest Resources Reunion Clippert Forest Resources Annex. All alumni and friends of the UAM School of Forest Resources are invited to reconnect with former classmates, visit with faculty, and learn how forestry has changed through the years. For information, contact Phil Tappe, dean of the School of Forest Resources, at (870) 460-1049.

10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. – A&M/UAM Alumni Reunion Meet and Greet Weevil Pond / Tailgate Area at the Alumni and Friends Tent. For all alumni and friends. Heavy appetizers will be provided, as well as information about upcoming alumni trips and programs. Drop by to visit with former classmates, view old yearbooks, update your contact information, or purchase a personalized brick for the Weevil Walk for yourself or a loved one.

11:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. – 1990-96 Baseball Reunion Weevil Pond / Tailgate Area. All alumni, friends of the 1990-96 UAM baseball teams are invited to this gathering of former teammates. For information, contact Patty Withers at (870) 460-1028.

12:30 p.m. – Weevil Walk of Champions Weevil Pond / Tailgate Area. All alumni and friends are invited to this pregame tradition as the Boll Weevil football team and coaching staff walk through the tailgate area on their way to the Cotton Boll Stadium for another gridiron victory.

2:30 p.m. – Pre-game Ceremony Willis “Convoy” Leslie Cotton Boll Stadium. Introduction of the 2012 Homecoming Court and coronation of the Homecoming Queen.

11:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. – Weevil Tailgate Parties

3:00 p.m. – Homecoming Football Game Kick-off

Weevil Pond / Tailgate Area. All A&M/UAM alumni, former students, and friends are invited to participate in pre-game tailgating.

Willis “Convoy” Leslie Cotton Boll Stadium. Come support the Boll Weevils as they take on Ouachita Baptist University. For tickets, contact Chris Ratcliff, director of athletics, at (870) 460-1058.

11:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. – Sigma Tau Gamma Reunion Weevil Pond / Tailgate Area. All alumni, former students, and friends affiliated with Sig Tau are invited to this special reunion. For information, contact Sam Light, Sigma Tau Gamma Alumni, at (501) 590-4046.

Halfime – UAM Marching Band and Special Recognitions Don’t miss the “Pride of Southeast Arkansas” Marching Band performance. In addition, we will recognize the 2012 Sports Hall of Fame Inductees and the Class of 1962.

11:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. – A&M/UAM Knights Organization Reunion

COMING Weevil Pond / Tailgate Area. All alumni and former students who were members or friends of the UAM Knights Service Organization are invited. For information, contact Patty Withers at (870) 460-1028.

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On CAMPUS Math-Science Help

Research Grant



RESEARCHERS Dr. Karen Fawley (left) and Dr. Marvin Fawley have received a research grant from the National Science Foundation in excess of $150,000.


Biofuels Impact


he study of microscopic algae may seem to have little practical application to those unfamiliar with the science, but a current project being conducted by two UAM scientists could have a farreaching impact on both the biofuels and nutritional supplements industry. Dr. Karen Fawley, associate professor of biology, and Dr. Marvin Fawley, associate professor and assistant dean for science and research in UAM’s School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences, recently received a three-year grant from the National Science Foundation totaling $152,273 to study Eustigmatophyceae, a little-known group of microalgae. According to Karen Fawley, the principal investigator on the project, these microalgae have “significant potential for the biofuels industry, which is a current national priority. Some species have high levels of omega fatty acids and could be used to produce these lipids as nutritional supplements.” A portion of the research grant will fund travel to the Czech Republic, where the Fawleys will meet with scientists at The Charles University in Prague, who


are conducting similar research and are collaborating with the Fawleys. According to Karen Fawley, current research has revealed that the Eustigmatophyceae are much more common and diverse than previously thought. “Our DNA sequence analyses for these strains have shown that the existing classification of these species is flawed,” said Fawley. The Fawleys, in collaboration with their colleagues in the Czech Republic, will characterize new strains of the microalgae with the goals of creating a description of new groupings and species, and revising the higher level classification of Eustigmatophyceae. “Understanding the taxonomy and the evolutionary development and diversification of these algae as well as providing new taxonomic groups and strains could positively impact both practical and commercial uses,” said Karen Fawley. The project will also have an impact on undergraduate research at UAM. The Fawleys have mentored 18 undergraduate students since 2006, including minority students who are part of the Arkansas-Lewis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation, and will use students to assist with the microalgae project.

rkansas faces a critical shortage of qualified mathematics and science teachers, but help is on the way. The University of Arkansas at Monticello recently graduated a record number of teacher education students, many who are choosing mathematics or science as their content area. UAM has also doubled the number of mathematics and science teachers currently enrolled in its master of arts in teaching (M.A.T.) degree program who will graduate in 2013. The increases are a result of a collaborative effort between UAM’s School of Education, School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences, the UAM STEM Center, and the Education Renewal Zone to encourage students majoring in mathematics or science to consider careers in teaching. Last August, Governor Mike Beebe and his Workforce Cabinet created a pilot program called STEM Works to improve education in high schools and universities in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. “Improving education in these areas is vitally important to the future of our state,” said R. David Ray, former provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs. “It is essential that we work to increase the number of STEM teachers in this region.” “Arkansas and the nation as a whole need more highly qualified math and science educators,” added Dr. Peggy Doss, dean of the School of Education. “It has become increasingly more difficult for school districts to find and employ qualified teachers in these areas. That’s why these numbers are so encouraging. Increasing the number of 2013 M.A.T. math and science students from 6 to 12 is a beginning, but only a beginning. We still have much work to do.” UAM graduated 53 students with bachelor’s degrees in various licensure areas of teacher education, representing a 179 percent increase over last year’s 19 graduates. The School of Education has also made significant changes to ensure

the quality of its graduates. UAM has the only teacher preparation program in the state that requires a year-long internship in which education students complete an academic year in the public schools during their last two semesters. UAM recently entered into a memorandum of understanding with four school districts – Monticello, Drew Central, Rison, and McGehee (with more to come) – which will commit those districts to pay tuition for an M.A.T. student in a high-need licensure area in exchange for a commitment to teach in that district. The length of the teaching commitment varies from four to five years depending on the school district. “The steps we are taking are important ways to improve science and mathematics education in the region and state,” said Dr. Morris Bramlett, dean of the School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences. “We are letting our students know that they have options following graduation, and one of those options is to teach. It’s vital that we increase the number of skilled science and math teachers.” Bramlett, with the support of Tracie Jones, director of the UAM Education Renewal Zone, recently organized a reception for all mathematics and science majors and invited Doss and her faculty as well as public school administrators to speak to his students about teaching careers. McGehee Superintendent Thomas Gathen was among the school administrators from southeast Arkansas to attend the event. “Thomas Gathen went above and beyond,” said Doss. “He came over and met with our math and science students and encouraged them to consider teaching as a career path. He helped blaze the trail.” Doss and her faculty are also looking for ways to alleviate the next teacher shortage in the areas of English and foreign languages. Doss and Mark Spencer, dean of UAM’s School of Arts and Humanities, are exploring ways to encourage students in the humanities to consider teaching careers. “We have developed a unique

Shaping Policy


r. Peggy Doss, dean of the UAM School of Education, has been named to a seven-member committee which will review and rewrite the state’s agreement with a national accrediting agency for teacher preparation programs. The committee is called the Arkansas Department of Education / Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation Partnership (CAEP) Committee and is chaired by Dr. Mike Lucas of ADE. Doss joins Lucas and the deans of education from UA-Little Rock, the University of Central Arkansas, Lyon College, Ouachita Baptist University, and Southern Arkansas University to revise the current state partnership with NCATE, which will soon become CAEP. CAEP is the result of a merger of the nation’s two principal accrediting agencies for teacher preparation programs – the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), and the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC). “Every state has a partnership between the state and its accrediting agency,” explained Doss. “Arkansas’ partnership with NCATE was about to expire and now, with the two primary accrediting agencies merging, it’s time to review our previous agreement and create a new one that reflects the priorities of the new accrediting agency.” According to Doss, the state partnership program with NCATE was established to integrate state and national professional educator prepa-

relationship between the School of Education and other academic units on campus,” Doss said. “I’m not sure you could find that kind of atmosphere of cooperation at other places. Dr. Bramlett, Mr. Spencer and I are committed to work-

ration standards, increase the rigor of teacher education reviews, and reduce the expense and duplication of effort that occur when states and NCATE conduct two separate reviews. In 2000, the state partnership program expanded to include a commitment by NCATE and its partner states to align state teacher education standards with NCATE’s national professional standards for professional teacher preparation. “Some states often defer to NCATE standards or use them in their own standard-setting process,” said Doss. “Many states rely on NCATE’s program review process.” Currently, 39 states have adopted or adapted NCATE standards as their own and apply them to all institutions for the purposes of state approval. The boards of NCATE and TEAC agreed in 2010 to create a new accrediting organization to consolidate the work of both agencies and create an agency to enable the education profession to speak with one voice concerning the preparation of teachers, administrators, and other P-12 professional educators. The transition to CAEP is expected to be completed by December 2012. Doss served as both a public school teacher and administrator before coming to UAM in 1993. She holds a bachelor of arts degree from UAM, a master’s degree in elementary education from UA-Fayetteville, a master’s in gifted and talented education from UALR, and an educational doctorate, also from UALR.

DR. PEGGY DOSS Dean of the UAM School of Education

ing together and support each other’s efforts to improve education in Arkansas. This isn’t just something we should do; it’s something we must do. Our state’s future depends on it.”

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BOOKSTORE STAFF Members of the UAM Bookstore staff are (from left) Assistant Manager Micki Atkinson, Brianna Hamilton, Ina Kay Davis Jeremy Hayes, Manager Billy Hogue, and Greg Ogletree.

Bookstore Change


ampus bookstore operations at UAM will now be managed by the Follett Higher Education Group (FHEG). A selection committee consisting of administrators, faculty and students selected Follett to manage the bookstore operations based on the company’s technology, experience and resources, according to Billy Hogue, bookstore manager. According to a news release from Follett, the company’s Rent-A-Text program offers savings of, on average, 50 percent or more compared to purchasing new without sacrificing the ability to take notes and highlight within the normal wear and tear associated with course work. For tech-savvy students, Follett’s CafeScribe digital textbooks, which combine the benefits of digital access with the power of social networking, save students 40 to 60 percent and feature efficient tools for smarter studying.” All current UAM Bookstore employees have become Follett associates, accepting positions with the new bookstore operation and will be provided with training and development opportunities specifically designed to enhance each associate’s retail and customer service skills. “We are excited to have an oncampus resource that is focused on affordability and ready to cater to both

our school and student’s individual needs,” said Jay Hughes, vice chancellor for student affairs. “We look forward to working with Follett to offer an outstanding bookstore and promote a rewarding and pleasant customer experience for the entire UAM community.”

National Leader


r. Carol Strong, an associate professor in UAM’s School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, has been elected to a three-year term as a Councilor in the Social Sciences Division of the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR). Strong joined the UAM faculty in

All Tomatoes Dr. Bob Stark and Dr. Paul Francis of the UAM agriculture faculty took their heirloom tomato project to the State Capitol in Little Rock recently, offering a number of heirloom variety tomatoes for tasting in the Capitol Rotunda. The activity was arranged by the Arkansas Agriculture Department to call attention to the project and brought everyone from politicians and lobbyists to children on tours of the Capitol.



2008. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee, a master’s degree from Monash University in Australia, and a Ph.D., from the University of Melbourne. Strong’s term as a Councilor began at the end of the 34th meeting of the Council on Undergraduate Research June 21-23 at the College of New Jersey. As a Councilor, Strong will help shape policy of an organizaDr. Carol Strong tion focused on providing undergraduate research opportunities for faculty and students. Since coming to UAM, Strong has served as a research mentor for her students while actively pursuing her own research. Strong and her students have presented research papers and posters at conferences and meetings ranging from The World Without Walls conference in Berlin, Germany to meetings of the Midwest Political Science Association in Chicago to the Arkansas Political Science Association conference and the Arkansas Student Congress. Two of Strong’s students, Nicholas Provencher of Monticello and Tiffany Reed-Tucker of Cabot, have presented research at conferences across the U.S. and in Europe.



azz Band I, UAM’s headline jazz ensemble, has been invited to play for audiences ranging from music educators across Arkansas to an international gathering of music professionals during the 2012 fall semester. Jazz Band I is one of four college jazz ensembles invited to perform at the 66th annual Midwest Clinic of the International Band and Orchestra Conference in Chicago December 19-22. The UAM ensemble will also be the featured jazz group for the annual convention of the Arkansas Music Educators Association in Hot Springs November 1-2. “This is a huge honor,” said Gary Meggs, head of UAM’s jazz program and director of Jazz Band I. “It’s a tremendous

honor to be the featured jazz ensemble at the state convention and then to be asked to perform for an international audience in Chicago is over the top. We’re very excited to have this opportunity.” The Midwest Clinic will feature performances by Leonard Slatkin, the Star Wind Orchestra, and jazz legend Wynton Marsalis. Jazz Band I will perform in the 1,000seat ballroom of Chicago’s McCormick Place West Convention Center on December 21 at 4 p.m. Other college jazz ensembles invited to the clinic are the University of Missouri-St. Louis Jazz Band, the Columbia College Jazz Ensemble, and the Conservatory at Sea Six O’Clock Jazz Band from Belgium.

UAM’s invitation came at the urging of jazz saxophonist Lou Marini, former director of the Saturday Night Live band who performed with Jazz Band I last spring. “After playing with us, Lou encouraged me to submit an application to the Midwest Clinic,” said Meggs. “I told Lou that we weren’t ready for that and he said ‘Yes, you are.’ So I submitted the application along with a CD of our performance with Lou and almost immediately got an email back with an invitation.” According to Meggs, Marini will perform with the UAM group in Chicago. “I think Lou kind of fell in love with our band when he was here last spring,” said Meggs. “We’re all excited about performing with him again.”

“Blue Lou” When UAM’s Jazz Band I takes the stage in Chicago in December, they’ll be joined by jazz legend Lou Marini, the former conductor of the Saturday Night Live band. Marini became an unabashed fan of Jazz Band I after performing with the group in Monticello last spring and will once again perform with the band at the International Band and Orchestra Conference.

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Alumni Awards for Achievement & Merit

Top of the Line

The 2012 Alumni Award for Achievement and Merit recipients are distinguished educators, public servants, and patriots.


he director of the state’s largest environmental policy and regulatory agency, a successful insurance executive, a Texas school superintendent, the Provost Marshal of the 39th Brigade Combat Team of the Arkansas National Guard, and a retired administrative law judge have been selected to receive the 2012 Alumni Awards for Achievement and Merit from the University of Arkansas at Monticello. Teresa Marks, director of the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality; M. L. Mann, retired general manager for The Hartford Insurance Group; Jody Clements, superintendent of the Kilgore, Texas School District; Lieutenant Colonel Tommie Brasfield of the Arkansas National Guard, and Judge Eugene Mazzanti, will be honored at Homecoming. Also honored will be Monticello businessman Dr. W. J. McKiever, who



will receive the Continuing the Connection Award, presented annually to the alumnus who best keeps alive the connection between UAM and Arkansas A&M, UAM’s name before joining the University of Arkansas System in 1971. The awards will be presented during the annual “Alumni Awards Dinner” for Arkansas A&M / UAM alumni on Friday, October 12 at 7 p.m. in the John F. Gibson University Center. Tickets for the event are $15 and may be purchased by contacting the Office of Advancement at (870) 460-1028. “This is a distinguished group and each has earned the right to be honored by the university,” said Chancellor Jack Lassiter. “We are honoring individuals who have excelled in business, education, public service and the military and we are pleased to be able to recognize their achievements.”

Lt. Colonel Tommie Brasfield (Class of ‘95) Pine Bluff, Arkansas • Provost Marshal, 39th Combat Brigade Arkansas Army National Guard Lieutenant Colonel Tommie Brasfield is a 20-year veteran of the Arkansas National Guard. He was deployed to Bagdad, Iraq at the time of the capture of Saddam Hussein and served as chief of police during his capture. A 1995 UAM graduate with a degree in accounting, Brasfield served as a trainer for the Iraqi Police Force and has been deployed four times. He is currently the Provost Marshal of the National Guard’s 39th Brigade Combat Team. As Provost Marshal, Brasfield is a principal advisor to the Arkansas National Guard’s senior leadership in issues related to force protection, law enforcement, anti-terrorism, physical security, and domestic threats.

Jody Clements (Class of ‘87) Kilgore, Texas • Superintendent of Schools Kilgore Independent School District Jody Clements became superintendent of the Kilgore (Texas) Independent School District in 2007. A Kilgore native, Clements attended UAM on a track scholarship and earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting in 1987. He also holds an MBA in accounting from Louisiana Tech. Clements began his professional career on the faculty at Stephen F. Austin University. He joined the Kilgore School District in 1992 as a mathematics teacher and coach. He spent two years at Kilgore High School and one at Maude Laird Middle School before joining the Trinity School of Texas as assistant headmaster and athletic director. Clements returned to the Kilgore School District in 1997 as principal of Elder Alternative School, a post he held for four years. He spent six years as principal of Maude Laird Middle School, then moved to the central administration office as director of human resources before becoming superintendent.

M. L. Mann (Class of ‘56) Monticello, Arkansas • Hartford Insurance Retired El Dorado native M. L. Mann spent 37 years in the insurance business as a claims representative, field manager, regional manager, and finally general manager for the Hartford Insurance Group before retiring in 1992. A 1949 graduate of Pine Bluff High School, Mann was a prep football star who accepted a scholarship offer from the University of Arkansas before transferring to Arkansas A&M in 1950. He left A&M in 1951 to fight in Korea before returning in 1954. Mann was an All-Arkansas Intercollegiate Conference tackle for the Boll Weevil football team and helped the Weevils capture the 1955 conference championship. He earned a bachelor of science in education degree in physical education in 1956. He is a member of the UAM Alumni Association board of directors, The Centennial Circle, the Campaign for Athletics, and the UAM Sports Association. Fall 2012


Teresa (Brown) Marks (Class of ‘80) Little Rock, Arkansas • Lawyer and Director Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality Teresa Marks is a 1980 UAM graduate with a degree in history and social science and later earned a law degree from UALR. As director of the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality, Marks oversees an agency with the task of protecting, enhancing, and restoring Arkansas’ environment. Marks began her professional career as a high school teacher before attending law school. She is a former deputy prosecutor with the Pulaski County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office and worked briefly in private practice before joining the law school faculty at UALR in 1990. In 1995, Marks joined the staff of the Attorney General’s Office, drafting legislation and working the areas of consumer protection and antitrust. She eventually became the Deputy Attorney General overseeing the Department of Public Protection before her appointment as director of ADEQ by Governor Mike Beebe in 2007.

Judge Gene Mazzanti (Class of ‘55) Little Rock, Arkansas • Attorney and Administrative Law Judge Boyd Law Firm Gene Mazzanti earned a bachelor’s degree in economics and business administration from Arkansas A&M in 1955 and later earned a law degree from the Arkansas Law School which became the UALR School of Law. He went on the build a successful career as both an attorney and judge, receiving an appointment from Governor Winthrop Rockefeller to the State Claims Commission. He was appointed to an administrative law judge position by Governor Frank White, conducting hearings in a five-county area of northeast Arkansas. He retired from active practice in 1999. Lake Village native, Mazzanti was part of the beginning of an Arkansas A&M football dynasty in the 1950s. He lettered four years as a fullback and linebacker under head coaches Jim Benton and Convoy Leslie. Mazzanti was part of the Weevils’ 8-2 team in 1951 and the school’s first AIC championship team in 1953.

Continuing the Connection / Dr. W. J. McKiever Dr. W. J. McKiever, this year’s Continuing the Connection recipient, is a well-known Monticello pharmacist and businessman who attended what was then Arkansas A&M in 1955-56 before moving on to pharmacy school at the University of Tennessee-Memphis. He returned to Monticello shortly after receiving his pharmacy degree in 1959 and began a lengthy career as a pharmacist in his hometown. A Drew County native and graduate of Drew Central High School, McKiever owned City Drug for 21 years before selling the business and opening McKiever’s Drug in 1984. He sold the business in 2007 and is currently semi-retired, working one to three days a week as a pharmacist at Save Mart in McGehee. 10


The Alumni Award for Achievement and Merit (Past Recipients) 1986

Annette Kellum Hall Frank D. Hickingbotham Dr. John Downey Jones, Jr.


Dr. Simmie Armstrong, Jr. Dr. Lola Woodard Dudley Reginald Glover


Evangeline Parker Fred E. Pickett


Dr. Timothy Aldridge Dr. James Pat Craig


Oscar Earl Hollinger Dr. Robert E. Turner

Bob L. Jones Dale Kizer D. John Nichols Wayne Vincent




Dr. Thomas Y. Harp Dr. Ralph M. Maxwell


Dr. James W. Breazeal Lamar G. Moore Ned W. Moseley


Dr. Jim Chambless Dr. Martha Chambless Joe Whisenhunt


Marjorie Mae Bond Dr. Billy W. Evans Dr. James F. Sawyer


O.H. Darling, Jr. Hugh Heflin, Sr. James C. Scott


Thedford Collins Dr. Peggy Doss John Lipton


Hershel W. Gober W. Sykes Harris, Sr. Curtis W. Kyle, Jr.

David L. Williams Dr. Paula Grafton Young


Dr. Albert Etheridge J.P. Leveritt


Frank H. Wilson


Dana Brooks James B. Brown Jerry D. Hubbard Thomas V. Maxwell Dr. Steven C. Moss


Harold “Hank” Chamberlain Col. (Ret.) Byron P. Howlett Bill Wisener


Kenneth D. Mann James E. McClain Wayne L. Owen, Jr.



Dr. Claude Hunter Babin, Jr. Lesa Cathey Handley

Martha Karen Eoff Rev. Shay Gillespie Marvin Kauffman Dr. Sean Rochelle



Dr. Audrey Brown Edwards Senator H. Gene Jeffress Senator Jimmy L. Jeffress


Martin A. Brutscher J. Chester Johnson Sonny O’Neal


James T. Clark Lt. Colonel Robert K. Doss Larry W. Walther


Dr. Rebecca Paneitz Dr. George Rice Dr. Melissa Williams

William C. “Bud” Bulloch Dr. Dale E. Burton Ginny M. Chambliss Dr. Larry Proctor Randy S. Risher

Continuing the Connection 1997 - Troy & Betty Davis 1998 - Dan & Charlotte Hornaday 1999- Reginald Glover 2000 - Thomas & Mary Louise Harp 2001 - Walter, Wells, Minnie Mae and Pattie Moffatt 2002 - Dr. Jesse Coker 2004 - Hugh L. Heflin, Sr. 2006 - Jim “Ace” Trimm 2007 - Classie Jones-Green 2008 - M.L. Mann 2009 - Patsy Mc Scavo 2010 - Frank “ Buddy” Carson, Jr. 2011 - P.Q. Gardner Fall 2012


Don Sawyer

Alvy Early

i Charles Grass

Lindsey (Kigh t) Carmical



Gene Franklin

Hall of Fame

Nothing But Winners O

ne of the winningest collegiate coaches in the state’s history, a pair of dominating pitchers

from different eras, and two heroes from a 1950’s football dynasty comprise the 2012 induction class for the University of Arkansas at Monticello Sports Hall of Fame. Alvy Early, whose 1,023 career wins as a women’s basketball and softball coach, rank him among the state’s most successful college coaches, leads a class that includes one of Early’s star pupils, softball pitcher Lindsey (Kight) Carmical, baseball pitcher Gene Franklin, fullback Charles Grassi, and the late Don Sawyer, a quarterback who led the Boll Weevils to a pair of Arkansas Intercollegiate Conference championships. Monticello businessman George Harris will receive the UAM Spirit Award. The Class of 2012 will be formally inducted at a dinner October 11 at 6:30 p.m. in the John F. Gibson Uni-

versity Center as part of Homecoming Week festivities. Tickets are $35 and may be purchased by calling the Athletic Department at (870) 460-1058. The Hall of Fame selection committee waived the organization’s rule requiring coaches and athletes to be separated from the university for five years before they are eligible for induction to select Early. “Alvy Early is not just the winningest coach in UAM history, he is one of the most successful coaches in the history of intercollegiate athletics in Arkansas,” said Chris Ratcliff, director of athletics. “The committee felt it was only appropriate that we make an exception for an Fall 2012


Hall of Fame exceptional coach. We feel like this year’s Hall of Fame class is outstanding.” Before he became a coach, Early was a three-sport athlete at what was then Arkansas A&M, earning letters in football, baseball and tennis. Early was a successful high school coach at West Fork before returning to his alma mater in 1979 to become head women’s basketball coach. In 21 seasons, his teams won 425 games and lost 211. Early was four times AIC coach of the year, NAIA district coach of the year twice, produced 11 AllAmericans, won or shared four AIC titles, and led the Cotton Blossoms to the brink of an NAIA national championship, losing in the finals in 1990. Early became UAM’s softball coach in 1997 and immediately built a powerhouse. In 2000, the Blossoms won the first of five consecutive Gulf South Conference West Division championships. They won two more division titles before UAM joined the Great American Conference in 2011. Early promptly led the Blossoms to the first GAC regular season championship and the league’s first postseason tournament title as well. Early was the Gulf South Conference West Division Coach of the Decade (2000-10) and has produced eight All-Americans, 42 Academic All-Americans, and two players of the year, including Hall of Fame inductee Lindsey Kight. Kight was chosen to the GSC’s AllDecade Team (2000-10) as a pitcher after compiling a record of 89-26 from 2001-04 with a miniscule earned run average of 0.96, which is still a school record. Kight threw six career no-hitters, posted 49 shut-outs and recorded 985 strikeouts. 14


He’s Got Spirit! Anyone who’s ever sat near George Harris at a UAM football game will understand why he is the 2012 recipient of the UAM Spirit Award. Harris is a 1966 Arkansas A&M graduate and president of Commercial Bank of Monticello who is a long-time supporter of the Boll Weevils and Cotton Blossoms. The UAM Spirit Award is given to Harris in recognition of his support of the school’s athletics program and student-athletes.

Kight led the Blossoms to four straight GSC West Division championships and was a four-time All-GSC selection as well as three times AllSouth Region, GSC Freshman of the Year (2001), and twice the GSC West Player of the Year (2003-04). Gene Franklin pitched – and won – both ends of a doubleheader three times as the durable linchpin of an Arkansas A&M baseball team that won Arkansas Intercollegiate Conference championships in 1963 and ’65. Franklin was a first team All-AIC selection in 1963, ’64, and ’65, and is one of two baseball players (and six athletes in UAM history) to earn first-team all-conference honors three times. Franklin once pitched an 11-inning, 1-0 shutout over UALR while recording 15 strikeouts. He pitched 13 innings and recorded 15 strikeouts against UCA and threw a no-hitter against Harding in 1964. That same year, Franklin led the AIC with 77 strikeouts, issued just 13 walks, posted an almost invisible earned run average

of 0.25, and complied a 6-2 record. Charles Grassi came out of Lake Village to play for both Jim Benton and Convoy Leslie as part of an Arkansas A&M football dynasty of the 1950s that saw the Boll Weevils win five AIC championships in six years. In an era of one-platoon football where players played both offense and defense, Grassi was a standout fullback and linebacker, earning second team All-AIC honors in 1953, the year the Weevils won the school’s first AIC football championship (and the first league title in any sport). Grassi earned first team All-AIC honors as a senior in 1954 in Leslie’s first season as head coach. The late Don Sawyer was the first team All-AIC quarterback in both 1957 and ’58 while leading the Boll Weevils to a pair of league titles and records of 9-2 (’57) and 7-2 (’58). In an era of run-first and pass only when necessary football, Sawyer’s 1958 statistics included 803 yards and 12 touchdowns passing and 999 yards total offense.

UAM Sports Hall of Fame Inductees 2000

David “Cedro” Anderson / Football Theodis Bealer / Basketball Willis “Convoy” Leslie / Football Coach Tina Webb / Women’s Basketball


Terry Alexander / Football Dr. Mary Jane Gilbert / Women’s Basketball Coach Hugh Heflin / Football Darrell Rhodes / Baseball, Basketball

2002 2003

Tommy Barnes / Football Player and Coach Pearlean Davidson / Women’s Basketball Steve Mullins / Football Jimmy “Red” Parker / Football Coach


Rose Avery / Women’s Basketball Jim Benton / Football Coach Charles Dearman / Football Damon Martin / Track & Field Harold Mobley / Basketball


Dannie Barker / Football Carol Harrington / Women’s Basketball Ronnie Higgins / Football Mike Nichols / Football (posthumous) Danny Reed / Basketball


Jack Allen / Football Ikie Corbin / Basketball Charlie James / Football Lisa McClure / Women’s Basketball, Track & Field Sean Rochelle / Football


Melvin Beavers / Football Anthony Brown / Football Kelton Busby / Basketball Harry Denson / Track & Cross Country Anita McChristian-Harrod / Women’s Basketball

T.Y. Harp / Football Larry Lacewell / Meritorious Achievement Tommy Morrison / Basketball Joe Don Samples / Football Gwen Walker / Women’s Basketball


Alvin Ford / Football Byron Gasaway / Football Brenda Jones / Women’s Basketball Heidi Martin-Cox / Softball Roy Strickland / Football


Leslie “Shorty” Beard / Basketball Coach, Athletic Director Fuller Cherry / Track & Field Tommy Larance / Football, Baseball, Swimming Carl Preston / Football Player & Coach, Baseball Coach Charlotte Smith / Women’s Basketball


1956 AIC Champion Basketball Team Quentious Crews / Football (posthumous) Roger Franklin / Track Anthony Giovingo / Football Kevin McCarn / Football Boyd Miller / Basketball


Cory Allred / Football Becky Jones-Brown / Women’s Basketball Russell Bulloch / Football Greg Culp / Track and Field Tommy Scifres / Football (posthumous) Harold Steelman / Coaching

UAM Spirit Award Winners 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011

Bob Newman Tommy Matthews Reginald Glover Don & Katy Hartley Charlie Baker Buddy Carson

Fall 2012




COACHING GOES HIGH TECH UAM receives approval for a new master’s degree program in physical education and coaching which can be completed online.


he Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools has granted formal approval of a new master’s degree program at the University of Arkansas at Monticello. UAM has received approval to offer the master’s degree in physical education and coaching, an online degree program designed for individuals who want to coach in college and public schools as well as those in an athletic-related field who want to increase their knowledge, earning potential and career options. “We are pleased by the Higher Learning Commission’s decision to approve this new graduate degree,” said UAM Chancellor Jack Lassiter. “The ability to offer more options in graduate education to the people of this region is vital to our mission of serving the needs of our constituents.” The degree requires completion of 30 hours of online course work covering topics such as strength and conditioning, risk management, laws that guide athletics and protect athletes, and current issues and trends in athletics. The program is designed to be completed in one year plus one semester with the final semester used for conducting a capstone research project. The program does not include or require a recommendation for state teacher licensure. Persons who enroll in the program must have a baccalaureate degree in education or an athletic or physical education-related discipline such as kinesiology, exercise science or recreational activities. “There is not another institution in this region that has a graduate degree for people in coaching or physical education,” said Dr. Peggy Doss, dean of the UAM School of Education. “There are similar degrees but none addressing both physical education and coaching or with this cur-

riculum model. There was really no option for another degree of this design in the UAM service region. If they didn’t have a teaching degree and license, they had no other graduate degree options.” R. David Ray, recently-retired provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs, called the new program “an exciting addition to our academic offerings. This was a case of the university seeing and responding to a need. This new degree will open doors and increase employment opportunities.” Prior to implementing the new degree program, School of Education faculty surveyed coaches, teachers and physical education teachers in the region as well as current UAM physical education majors. Faculty members involved in the groundwork were Dr. Donna Hunnicut, Dr. Dwayne Massey, Dr. Kathy King, Barbara Johnson and Memorie Frazer. Seventy-five percent of survey respondents indicated a high interest in a master’s degree in physical education and coaching. “As an online program, there is the potential for students to enter the program from any location in the United States,” said Doss. “This is a tremendous opportunity, not just for our students and the coaches and teachers in this region, but it’s also a wonderful opportunity for the institution to raise its profile nationwide.” Chris Ratcliff, UAM’s director of athletics, said the program will “open doors for our coaching staff to employ graduate assistants who can take the program online and work with our coaches in all sports. At small schools with limited budgets for hiring coaches, this is a valuable asset.” For more information about the master’s degree in physical education and coaching, contact the School of Education at (870) 460-1062 or go to UAM’s website at Summer 2012


SPORTS KAYLA JACKSON The Great American Conference Female Athlete of the Year

Athlete of the Year


hree-time All-American softball pitcher Kayla Jackson capped her spectacular playing career at the University of Arkansas at Monticello recently by being named Female Athlete of the Year by the Great American Conference. Jackson was presented the award at the first-ever GAC Night of Champions at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Little Rock.

 Arkansas Tech basketball player Johnie Davis was named the Male Athlete of the Year. Both awards were voted on by the league’s sports information directors or designees, who were not allowed to vote for their own student-athletes.

Jackson led the Cotton Blossoms to a 40-14 record, a 21-5 mark in league play, and the inaugural Great American Conference regular season and tournament championships in 2012. The Hallsville, Texas native accumulated a lengthy list of postseason honors, including selection to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-America second team, making her the first softball player in UAM history to earn All-America honors three times. Jackson was the GAC Pitcher of the

Year, earned first team All-GAC honors as a pitcher and was second team AllGAC as a first baseman. She allowed just three runs during the 2012 GAC Softball Tournament, earning tournament MVP honors. Jackson was an All-South Central Region selection by both Daktronics and the National Fastpitch Coaches Association. During the season, Jackson led UAM on a 16-game winning streak and was the primary reason the Cotton Blossoms did not lose a series throughout the year. 

Jackson’s season statistics included a 31-6 record, a 1.07 earned run average, 26 complete games, 10 shut-outs, and two no-hitters. Jackson led the league in wins, earned run average, opposing batting average (.168) and strikeouts (185). 

In addition to her pitching numbers, she was also among the league’s best offensive players. Jackson tied for the league’s home run title with 11, led the league with 42 runs batted in, ranked third in slugging percentage (.632), third in on-base percentage (.453), third in hits (61) and second in total bases (103).

 Jackson graduated in May and is now coaching volleyball at Hallsville (Texas) High School.

Peter Cruz Is New Volleyball Coach


eter Cruz is UAM’s new head volleyball coach. Cruz comes to UAM from American University in Washington, D.C. where he served one season as an assistant coach. He helped lead American to a 23-11 record, a 13-1 conference mark, the Patriot League regular season and postseason titles, and a spot in the NCAA Div. I tournament. Cruz spent two seasons as an assistant coach at West Alabama. He helped lead the Lady Tigers to the program’s first Gulf South Conference regular season championship. Cruz entered the collegiate ranks as a head coach at Cape Fear Community College in Wilmington, N.C. for the 2007 and 2008 seasons. He tallied a 31-18 two-year record and two runner-up finishes in the Carolinas Junior College Conference. Since 2000, Cruz has been the head coach of nine club programs in North Carolina, Alabama and D.C. In addition, Cruz was the head coach for the U.S. Marine Corps men’s volleyball team from 2008-10. He led the squad to the gold medal in 2008 with a 6-0 record and was selected to coach the All-Armed Forces team in the World Military Volleyball Championships in Germany. Away from volleyball, Cruz supervised 12 resident advisors as a community coordinator in the housing department at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and served two years in the Peace Corps, teaching English and life skills to teenagers in Rommani, Morocco from 2004-06. Cruz is a 2003 graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill.


GPAs Climbing!

Familiar Faces, New Jobs

ifty-two percent of the student-athletes at the University of Arkansas at Monticello posted a grade point average of 3.0 or better during the just-completed spring semester, according to Chris Ratcliff, director of athletics. According to Ratcliff, 103 of UAM’s 199 student-athletes posted GPA’s of 3.0 or better, including 14 with perfect GPA’s of 4.0. “The performance of our studentathletes reflects a nationwide trend at NCAA institutions where students involved in some form of athletics outperform the general student population and graduate at a higher rate as well,” said Ratcliff. “We are proud of all of our student-athletes for taking advantage of the opportunities athletics has provided.” The overall GPA for UAM student-athletes during the 2012 spring semester was 2.739. Female athletes in five team sports posted a 3.176 GPA led by the softball team’s 3.39. Fifteen of the 17 members of the softball team had a GPA of 3.0 or better, including two with GPA’s of 4.0. Male athletes in five team sports posted a 2.58 overall GPA, led by a 3.26 average by the cross country team. The overall GPA’s by team were: • Men’s cross country (3.26) • Baseball (2.77) • Men’s Golf (2.58) • Football (2.49) • Men’s Basketball (2.33) • Softball (3.39) • Women’s Golf (3.30) • Women’s Cross Country (3.14) • Women’s Basketball (3.00) • Volleyball (2.98) “I am pleased with our continuing commitment to increase the academic performance of our student-athletes and I appreciate the work done by Chris and his coaching staff to emphasize the importance of life after athletics,” said UAM Chancellor Jack Lassiter.

Matt Whiting has been named assistant athletic director for external operations. Whiting’s primary responsibilities include planning, organizing and implementing an annual fund-raising program for athletics. Whiting comes to UAM after spending one year as a graduate assistant at the UALR. In that role, MATT WHITING he coordinated the chancellor’s leadership corps summer orientation, coordinated freshmen week and parent/family day activities, assisted with the reconciliation of the department budget, and represented UALR at the Arkansas College Personnel Association annual meeting and the NASPA Student Affairs annual convention. Whiting is a 2010 UAM graduate with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He earned a master’s BRIAN RAMSEY degree in business administration from UALR. The Monticello native is a former member of the Boll Weevil baseball team. Brian Ramsey, former assistant commissioner for communications of the Great American Conference, has returned to UAM as assistant athletic director for media relations. Ramsey was UAM’s sports information director from 2007-11. A native of Harrison, Ramsey directed all media relations for the 10-member Great American Conference for all of the GAC’s 13 NCAA Division II sponsored sports. He also served as webmaster of the GAC internet site, coordinated GAC social media outlets, directed the league’s player of the week program for all sports, coordinated all-conference and special award programs, and supervised championship tournament planning and game operations. Prior to becoming UAM’s sports information director in 2007, Ramsey served as a sports information graduate assistant at Henderson State University, worked as a summer intern at KFSM 5 News in Fort Smith, and as a sports information student assistant at Arkansas Tech. Ramsey earned a bachelor of arts degree in print and broadcast journalism from Arkansas Tech in 2007.


Game On


AM’s oldest and most storied football rivalry will take on a new name this year as the Boll Weevils and Southern Arkansas will meet in the “Battle of the Timberlands” with the winner taking home a newly-created traveling trophy. The Weevils and Muleriders have met 87 times since their first game in 1913. “In all sports, UAM versus SAU is the oldest and fiercest rivalry on our schedule,” said UAM Chancellor Jack Lassiter. “Every year during homecoming activities, alumni relive stories from the past that always involve games played against Southern Arkansas. Dr. David Rankin, president of SAU, and I decided that we needed to continue some type of classic rivalry involving our football teams. We look forward to housing this new trophy in Monticello.” “The games between UAM and SAU in all sports are always exciting,” said Chris Ratcliff, athletics director. “Even if the result has no bearing on the conference standings, there is always that sense of pride of beating your rival. The 2012 Battle of the Timberlands is scheduled for September 29 at 6 p.m. at Convoy Leslie Cotton Boll Stadium.

Fall 2012


FOUNDATION ENDOWMENTS FOUNDATION FUND BOARD OF DIRECTORS Chair Scott Saffold / Monticello Vice Chair Gregg Reep / Warren Ex-Officio Jack Lassiter / Monticello Secretary-Treasurer Clay Brown / Monticello

Directors Ed Bacon / Monticello Bettye Gragg / Monticello Nat Grubbs / Monticello Lesa Cathey Handly / Little Rock Kenneth Mann* / Jersey

Mellie Jo Owen / Monticello Sean Rochelle / West Fork Lynn Rodgers / Crossett Ted Thompson / Dumas Jeff Weaver / Hot Springs

* UAM representatives to the University of Arkansas Foundation, Inc., board of directors.

FOUNDATION FUND ENDOWMENTS / Established by: Weldon B. Abbott Endowed Scholarship / Mrs. Betty S. Abbott, Dr. and Mrs. Weldon S. Abbott, Mr. and Mrs. H. Lavon Abbott, Mr. and Mrs. Howard P. Taylor, and Ms. Mary Ross Taylor James Edward and Joy Dell Burton Akin Award / Mrs. Joy Dell Burton Akin Alumni Achievement and Merit Scholarship / Recipients of the Alumni Achievement & Merit Award Alumni Association Scholarship / Alumni Association Board of Directors Hoyt and Susan Andres Endowed Scholarship / Hoyt and Susan Andres Arkansas Seed Dealers Association Agriculture Endowed Scholarship / Arkansas Seed Dealers Board of Directors William R. and Katie B. Austin Scholarship / Mr. and Mrs. William R. Austin, Jr. Barbara Murphy Babin Scholarship / Dr. Claude Babin and Mr. and Mrs. Hunter Babin Dr. Claude H. Babin Scholarship / School of Social & Behavioral Sciences, Former Students, Family and Friends K. Michael Baker Memorial Scholarship / School of Social & Behavioral Sciences, Former Students, Family and Friends Marvin and Edna Moseley Bankston Scholarship / Bob and Louine Selman Leech Robert Orum and Fernande’ Vicknair Barrett Scholarship / Mr. and Mrs. Errol Barrett, Mr. and Mrs. John K. Barrett, Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Barrett, Mr. and Mrs. Robert O. Barrett, Jr., Dr. and Mrs. T. Y. Harp, Jr., Mr. and Mrs. Charles J. Pasqua, Judge and Mrs. Fred E. Pickett, Mr. and Mrs. John L. Roebuck and Mr. and Mrs. Emmet Torian Earl and Kathleen Baxter Memorial Scholarship / Mr. and Mrs. Earl Baxter Beard Nursing Scholarship / Mr. Arthur R. and Mrs. Bettie Beard Pate Leslie and Faye Beard Scholarship / Mr. Paul R. and Mrs. June Webb Carter Major Thomas E. Bell, Jr. Scholarship / Dr. and Mrs. Jesse M. Coker and Coker Book Account Fred K. Bellott Music Gift Fund / Dr. and Mrs. Fred K. Bellott Fred and Doris Bellott Music Endowed Scholarship / Dr. and Mrs. Fred K. Bellott *Henry (Mike) Berg Scholarship / Mrs. Helen Berg Dr. Van C. Binns Scholarship - Nursing / Mrs. Evelyn Hogue Binns Dr. Van C. Binns Scholarship - Pre-medicine / Mrs. Evelyn Hogue Binns Birch-Johnson Endowed Scholarship / Mr. and Mrs. J. Chester Johnson John Falls Bowen Scholarship / Family, Friends and Battery B 206th Coast Artillery (AA) Association Ruth G. Boyd Scholarship / Dr. Scott Boyd C. Alton Boyd Jr. Memorial Scholarship / Barbara Boyd Dr. Scott Boyd Memorial Scholarship / UAM Dept. of Health & P. E., Family and Friends Fay Brann Accounting Scholarship / Mrs. J. F. Brann Richard “Dick” Broach Wildlife Management Scholarship / Southern Pulpwood Co., Mrs. Nancy Clippert Broach, Mrs. Maxine Clippert and Mr. David Clippert B. R. “Bobby” Brown Scholarship / Mr. B. R. “Bobby” Brown and Consol, Inc. George R. Brown Professorship / The Brown Foundation George R. Brown Graduate Assistant Forest Resources / The Brown Foundation Joe Brown Memorial Scholarship / Family and Friends Marty and Erma Brutscher Debate-Forensics Scholarship / Mr. and Mrs. Martin A. Brutscher Mary Claire Randolph Buffalo Scholarship / Mr. Harvey Buffalo



Jimmy Lee Buford Memorial Scholarship / Agriculture Technology Dept. Advisory Committee, UAM College of Technology - McGehee Eugenia H. (Moss) Burson & Jack D. Burson Scholarship / Family and Friends Jeff Busby Memorial Scholarship / Family and Friends Verna Hobson Cahoon, Elizabeth Coleman Cochran and Cornelia Coleman Wright Scholarship / Tom and Julia Coleman Family G. William and Verna Hobson Cahoon Scholarship / Tom and Julia Coleman Family Alvin and Raye Carter Education Scholarship / Mr. Dale W. Carter and Mr. Robert Ira Carter Paul R. and June Webb Carter Scholarship / Mr. Paul R. and Mrs. June Webb Carter Paul R. and June Webb Carter - Drew Central High School Scholarship / Mr. Paul R. and Mrs. June Webb Carter James P. Cathey Business Scholarship / Brooks and Lesa Cathey Handly Centennial Circle / 100 Special Friends Chair of the Division Scholarship - Nursing / Dr. and Mrs. Richard Kluender Chamberlin Wildlife Scholarship / Mr. H. H. Chamberlin Hank Chamberlin Memorial Scholarship / Family, Friends, Former students, Associates and Colleagues Marjorie Lamb Chamberlin Music Scholarship / Family and Friends Anthony T. and Faye Chandler Scholarship / Dr. and Mrs. Anthony T. Chandler, Family and Friends George H. Clippert Endowed Chair in Forestry / Mr. and Mrs. George H. Clippert; Mr. David H. Clippert; and Mrs. Nancy Clippert Broach George H. Clippert Scholarship / Mr. and Mrs. George H. Clippert Coker Alumni Scholarship / Dr. and Mrs. Jesse M. Coker and Coker Book Account Ernestine Coker Endowed Music Scholarship / Dr. Jesse M. Coker Jesse and Ernestine Coker Scholarship / Dr. and Mrs. Jesse M. Coker Dr. Jesse M. Coker Distinguished Service Scholarship / UAM Foundation Fund Board of Directors Thomas and Julia Hobson Coleman Scholarship / Tom and Julia Coleman Family Suzanne Cooke Memorial Scholarship / Mr. and Mrs. Paul Cooke Stephen T. Crowley Forestry Scholarship / Mr. James H. Hamlen Quentious A. Crews Endowment / Mr. Jim and Rhonda Woodruff Van and Eula Mae Cruce Scholarship / Mr. and Mrs. Dan Hornaday James Gordon Culpepper Scholarship / School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences, Former Students and Friends O. H. (Doogie) and Patsy Darling Scholarship / Mr. and Mrs. O. H. Darling Boyce Davis Award / Mr. Randy Risher Troy and Betty Davis Scholarship / Andy and April Davis, Mr. Kent Davis and Friends C. W. Day Scholarship / Day Farms, Inc., Danny Day, Sr. Family, Raymond Day Family, Rickey Day Family, Sue Day Wood Family, William Day Family Dean’s Scholarship - Forest Resources / Dr. and Mrs. Richard A. Kluender Harry Y. Denson Scholarship / Family, Friends and Former Students Gregory Alan Devine Memorial Scholarship / Marion and Fern Devine Dr. Gene R. Dillard Education Award / Mrs. Gerry Dillard, Family and Friends Peggy Doss Endowed Education Scholarship / School of Education Faculty/Staff and Mr.

D. John Nichols John Dougherty Choral Scholarship / Senator Jimmy Jeffress, Senator Gene Jeffress, Former Students and Friends Drew County Extension Homemakers Council Endowed Scholarship / Drew County EHC Drew County Extension Homemakers Council Endowed Award / Drew County EHC David B. Eberdt Scholarship / Mrs. Nancy Eberdt Susan Phillips Echols Memorial Endowed Scholarship / Ronald K. Echols, Family and Friends Vance W. Edmondson Scholarship / Dr. and Mrs. Vance W. Edmondson Dr. Albert L. Etheridge Scholarship / School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences, Former Students and Friends Hampton and Minnie Etheridge Scholarship / James and Mary Sawyer, Stacey and Helen Toole, T. D. and Joy Howell, R. M. and Rose Etheridge, Hampton and Marie Etheridge Drs. Glen and Mary Jane Gilbert Scholarship / Drs. Glen and Mary Jane Gilbert and Friends Wayne Gilleland Golf Scholarship / Dr. Diane Suitt Gilleland and Friends Shay Gillespie Phi Beta Sigma Leadership Scholarship / Family and friends of Mr. R. Shay Gillespie Classie Jones-Green African-American Alumni Scholarship / UAM African American Alumni Association, Family and Friends Harold J. Green Scholarship / Harold J. Green Bill Groce, Jr. Memorial Scholarship / Family and Friends Willie Katherine Coody Groce Scholarship / Estate of Willie Katherine Coody Groce Edward & Veronica Groebner Computer Information Systems Support Endowment / Dr. James F. Roiger Joseph Martin Guenter - Sigma Tau Gamma Scholarship / Sigma Tau Gamma Alumni E. Shermane Gulledge Non-traditional Scholarship / Dr. Dexter E. and Mrs. E. Shermane Gulledge Izella Ruth Gulledge Scholarship / Dr. Dexter E. and Mrs. E. Shermane Gulledge Annette K. Hall Scholarship - Music / Mr. Barry Hall Annette K. Hall Graduate Studies in Education Scholarship / Mr. Barry Hall Barry Hall Endowed Scholarship / Mrs. Annette Hall, Mr. and Mrs. Cleatous J. Hall and Mrs. Audrey Blasingame James S. Hancock Memorial Nursing Endowed Scholarship / Mrs. Carolyn Grubbs Hancock, Mrs. Hilda Hancock Malpica and Mrs. Becky Hancock Crossett Arthur A. Harris Vocal Endowed Scholarship / Mrs. Annette Hall, Family and Friends Helen Harris Scholarship / Dr. and Mrs. Arthur Harris, Division of Music, and Friends Hani and Debra Hashem Scholarship / Mr. and Mrs. Hani Hashem Dr. Ann Haywood Scholarship / Dr. Cecil Haywood, Former colleagues, Friends and Students of the School of Education Cecil C. Haywood Scholarship / Dr. Ann Haywood, Friends and Former Students of the School of Education Henry G. Hearnsberger, Sr. Forest Resources Scholarship / Mrs. George H. Clippert Mrs. Henry G. Hearnsberger, Sr. Nursing Scholarship / Mrs. George H. Clippert Paul G. and Leone Hendrickson Scholarship / Mr. and Mrs. Paul G. Hendrickson, Sr. Frank D. Hickingbotham Scholarship / Mr. Frank D. Hickingbotham William and Anna Hill Scholarship / Dr. and Mrs. William T. Hill Iris Sullivan Hipp Nursing Scholarship / Ms. Sally Hipp Austin, Ms. Sheila Nichole Austin, and Mr. Hank E. Williams Robert L. Hixson Memorial Scholarship / Family and Friends Wilburn C. Hobgood Scholarship / School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences, Former Students and Friends Benjamin and Jerri Whitten Hobson Scholarship / Tom and Julia Coleman Family Hornaday Outstanding Faculty Award / Mr. and Mrs. Dan Hornaday Charlotte Cruce Hornaday Scholarship / Mr. and Mrs. Dan Hornaday Dan and Charlotte Hornaday Agriculture Scholarship / Mr. and Mrs. Dan Hornaday Dan and Charlotte Hornaday Computer Information Systems Scholarship / Mr. and Mrs. Dan Hornaday Dan & Charlotte Hornaday Debate & Forensics Endowment / Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Hornaday Dan and Charlotte Hornaday Scholarship / Mr. and Mrs. Dan Hornaday Dan and Charlotte Hornaday Music Excellence Scholarship / Mr. and Mrs. Dan Hornaday Dan and Charlotte Hornaday Residence Life Scholarship / Mr. and Mrs. Dan Hornaday James A. Hudson Scholarship / James A. Hudson Memorial Foundation Jim Huey Scholarship / Family, Friends and Colleagues Henry B. Humphry Memorial Scholarship / Family and Friends Lamar Hunter Scholarship / The Reinhart Family Lamar Hunter Veterans and National Guard Scholarship / Dr. and Mrs. Jesse M. Coker and Coker Book Account

Dean and Mrs. James H. Hutchinson Endowed Scholarship / Mr. and Mrs. Charles Jackson James H. and Elva B. Hutchinson Scholarship / Estate of Dr. James H. Hutchinson, Jr. Dr. C. Lewis & Wanda W. Hyatt Endowed Scholarship / Mrs. Charlotte Hyatt McGarr & Mr. C. Lewis Hyatt, Jr. Indoor Practice Facility Endowed Maintenance Fund / Mr. Quintus Crews Brigadier General Wesley Jacobs Scholarship / Dr. and Mrs. Jesse M. Coker and Coker Book Account Veneta E. and Louis Richard James Scholarship / Dr. and Mrs. Louis J. James Loran L. Johnson Endowed Scholarship / Mississippi Marine Corporation and other individuals known as “Loran’s Boys” Virginia M. Ryan Jones Memorial Nursing Scholarship / Dr. C. Morrell Jones and Family and Friends Kingwood Forestry Scholarship / Proceeds from sale of Lake Monticello maps Robert C. Kirst Agriculture Scholarship / University of Arkansas at Monticello Agriculture Alumni Society Grady and Myrtle Burks Knowles Scholarship / Mrs. Myrtle Burks Knowles Timothy Ku Scholarship / Mr. Lawrence A. Ku and Mr. Albert Ku Victoria Ku Scholarship / School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences, Former Students, Friends and Family Curtis W. Kyle Family Scholarship / Mr. Curtis W. Kyle, Jr. Curtis W. Kyle, Sr. Forestry Scholarship / Mr. Curtis W. Kyle, Jr. Fred H. Lang Forestry Scholarship / Mrs. Elizabeth S. Lang Leslie Larance Elementary Education Award / Family and Friends Randall Leister Scholarship / Friends A.D. and Nellie Leonard Scholarship / Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Leonard Willis “Convoy” Leslie Scholarship / Former Teammates, Former Football Players and Members of the Arkansas National Guard Gerald and Sue Majors Endowed Scholarship / Trinity Foundation Robert W.D. Marsh Scholarship / Mrs. Demaris Marsh Martin -Wiscaver Endowed Scholarship / Dr. Jesse M. Coker Mathematics Scholarship / Anonymous Mathematics-Physics Scholarship / School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences, Former Students and Friends Betty A. Matthews Women’s Athletics Scholarship / Dr. Betty A. Matthews J. M. and Annie Mae Matthews Scholarship / Mrs. J. M. Matthews, Sr., Ms. Jane Matthews Evans and Mr. Jim Matthews Tommy Matthews Athletic Scholarship / Tommy and Pat Matthews, Bynum Matthews and Ann Matthews Jones Virginia Lee Maxwell Memorial Scholarship / Mr. and Mrs. Tommy Maxwell and Family Pauline J. and Zach McClendon, Sr. Scholarship / Union Bank & Trust Company Elizabeth Culbertson McDaniel Scholarship / CMD. Noel Waymon McDaniel and Mr. Noel A. McDaniel Noel Waymon and LaFran H. McDaniel Scholarship / Mr. Noel Waymon and Mrs. LaFran H. McDaniel James and Nellie McDonald Scholarship in Memory of David Michael Stapp / Chicot Irrigation, Inc.-Lake Village, James and Nellie McDonald, Glen and Beverly Rowe, Rick and Linda Rowe, Mike and Cindy McDonald Paul C. McDonald Memorial Scholarship / Ms. Betty McDonald, Dr. James McDonald, Mr. Garrett Vogel, and Dr. Betsy Boze Thomas McGill Scholarship / Mr. Thomas W. McGill Thomas McGill Forestry Scholarship / Mr. Thomas W. McGill Cecil McNiece Family Scholarship Fund / Mrs. Virginia McNiece and Family Willard G. Mears Estate Scholarship / Estate of Mr. and Mrs. Willard G. Mears Miller Sisters Scholarship - Education / Miss Jessie W. Miller Miller Sisters Scholarship -Science / Miss Jessie W. Miller Minnie May Moffatt Business Scholarship / Ms. Minnie May Moffatt Ruth and Wells Moffatt Forestry Scholarship / Mr. and Mrs. Wells Moffatt Walter A. and Myrtle Wells Moffatt Scholarship / Wells and Ruth Moffatt, Walter A. Moffatt, Jr., Minnie May Moffatt and Pattie Moffatt Dr. Walter A. Moffatt, Jr. Scholarship / Ms. Minnie May Moffatt and Ms. Pattie P. Moffatt Monticello Association of Life Underwriters / Monticello Association of Life Underwriters Monticello High School Class of 1965 Scholarship / The MHS Class of 1965 William E. Morgan-Weevil Pond Endowment / Estate of William E. Morgan Juanita Louise Moss Scholarship / Family and Friends Kermit C. Moss Scholarship / Family and Friends of Kermit C. Moss Robert H. Moss Endowed Scholarship / Steven C. Moss

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P. E. and Melba Munnerlyn Scholarship / Mr. and Mrs. P. E. Munnerlyn Charles H. Murphy, Jr. Memorial Scholarship / Deltic Timber Corporation Jim Neeley Scholarship / Mr. Jim Neeley D. John Nichols Scholarship / Mr. D. John Nichols and Mississippi Marine Corporation Loyal V. Norman Scholarship / Mr. and Mrs. Sam Sowell Velma Ashcraft Norman Scholarship / Mr. and Mrs. Sam Sowell Dale Oliver Forestry Scholarship / Mr. James H. Hamlen Al Peer Kappa Alpha Psi Alumni Scholarship / Mr. Jerry Bingham and Kappa Alpha Psi Alumni Merle and Deloris Peterson Scholarship / Merle and Deloris Peterson, Friends and Associates in the Dumas, Arkansas, Community Phi Sigma Chi Memorial Award / Phi Sigma Chi alumnae and friends B. C. Pickens Endowed Scholarship / B. C. Pickens Trust Bub and Beulah Pinkus Scholarship / The Pinkus Family Emeline Killiam Pope, Sally Pope Wood, and Velma Wood Powell Scholarship / Estate of Velma Wood Powell John Porter and Mary Sue Price Scholarship / Mr. and Mrs. John Porter Price R. David Ray Debate and Forensics Scholarship / School of Arts and Humanities, Former Students and Friends Russ Reynolds Scholarship / Mr. and Mrs. Russell Reynolds, Family and Friends Randy Risher Fitness Scholarship / Mr. Randy Risher and Friends Raymond O. & Loretta J. Roiger Chi Iota Sigma Scholarship / Dr. James Roiger James Roiger Computer Information Systems Scholarship / Dr. James Roiger James F. Roiger Endowed Fund for Library Acquisitions / Dr. James Roiger Ross Foundation Endowed Scholarship - Forestry / The Ross Foundation Ross Foundation Endowed Scholarship - General / The Ross Foundation James A. & Mabel (Molly) H. Ross Endowed Scholarship / Mr. and Mrs. Don H. Ross & Mr. and Mrs. James A. Ross, Jr. Calvin V. Rowe Award / Mr. Calvin V. Rowe Bennie F. Ryburn, Sr. Scholarship / Family and Friends Cecil R. Scaife Scholarship / Mrs. Cecil Scaife and Children Thomas Robie Scott, Jr. Scholarship / Mrs. Opal Scott, Mr. Thomas Scott III, Mr. Michael Robert Scott and Mr. Phillip Roland Scott Elwood Shade Forest Resources Scholarship / Mr. Elwood Shade Simmons First Bank of South Arkansas Scholarship / Simmons First Bank of South Arkansas Herman C. Steelman Scholarship / School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences, Former Students and Friends Harry H. Stevens Nursing Scholarship / Bradley County Medical Center *Roy and Christine Sturgis / The Roy and Christine Sturgis Charitable and Educational Trust Fred and Janice Taylor Scholarship / Friends of UAM Jack H. Tharp Scholarship / Mr. and Mrs. Jack H. Tharp Carolyn Hibbs Thompson Chemistry Scholarship / The Don Thompson Family & Thompson Electric Co. Horace E. Thompson Scholarship / Members of UCT, Family and Friends George E. Townsend Mass Communication Scholarship / Mr. George E. Townsend George and Betty Townsend Journalism Scholarship / Mr. and Mrs. George E. Townsend UAM Alumni and Friends Endowed Scholarship / UAM Alumni and Friends UAM Campus Scholarship / UAM Faculty and Staff UAM Forestry Alumni Scholarship / UAM Forestry Alumni Richard Wallace Memorial Scholarship / Family and Friends Lee Wallick Band Scholarship / Dr. Paul A. Wallick, Sr., Friends and Former Band Students Dr. Paul Allen Wallick, Sr. Scholarship / Family and Friends Peggy Wallick Scholarship / Dr. Paul A. Wallick, Sr., Family, Friends and Former Students Carroll E. Walls Sr. and Colleen S. Walls Forestry Scholarship / Carroll and Colleen Walls Webb-Carter Scholarship / Mr. Paul R. and Mrs. June Webb Carter Bill and Marilyn Webb Forest Resources Endowed Scholarship / Mr. and Mrs. Kent Webb and Monticello Church of Christ Maurice and Minnie Chambers Webb Scholarship / Mr. and Mrs. Bill Webb, Mr. and Mrs. Kent Webb, Mr. and Mrs. Norman Banwarth West-Walden Family Scholarship / Dr. Louis J. and Mrs. Carol West James Robert Weih Family Eagle Scout-Gold Award Endowed Scholarship / Robert and Marilyn Weih George White Golf Award / Family and Friends James M. White Memorial Scholarship / Deltic Farm & Timber Co., Inc., Family and Friends James M. White Professorship / Deltic Farm & Timber Co., Inc., Family and Friends John W. White Forestry Scholarship / Estate of Trannye O. White Sara Horn Wigley Memorial Scholarship / Sam Wigley Family and Charles & Donna Bell Family **Larry Willett Scholarship / Family, Co-workers and Friends



Samuel A. Williams Scholarship / Mr. Sam W. Denison Earl Willis Scholarship / Family, Friends and Drew Central Alumni Anne Wilson Scholarship / Family and Friends Dr. George F. Wynne, Sr. Scholarship / Mrs. Matilda Wynne Dr. David M. Yocum Family Endowed Scholarship / Dr. David Yocum, Jr. and Mr. David Yocum, IV Madge Youree Scholarship / School of Education, Family and Friends *Held by the Institution / **Held by the UA Agricultural Development Council

ACTIVE ENDOWMENTS Arkansas SAF / Ouachita Society of American Foresters & Arkansas Division of Ouachita Society of American Foresters Dr. Ed Bacon Scholarship / Ms. Isabel Bacon C. H. Barnes Scholarship / Family and Friends Kelly Bashaw Memorial Scholarship / Family and Friends Bramlett Scholarship / Dr. and Mrs. Morris Bramlett Gene Brown Memorial Baseball Scholarship / Family and Friends Montre Bulloch “Angel” Scholarship / William C. Bulloch Family Charles Fred and Laura Lee Stephenson Dearman Scholarship / Chuck and Cindy Dearman, David and Ashley Dearman Pat Grider Southeast Arkansas Veteran’s Scholarship / Eric Grider Susie Hargis Nursing Scholarship / Charles Hargis Charles Hawkins Memorial Fund / Family Jack Jordan Golf Scholarship / Friends John A. Little Memorial Scholarship / Dorothy A. Little E. Wesley McCoy Scholarship / Ouachita-Saline Surveying and Mr. Mike Miley Ernest and Mary McFarland Scholarship / Mary I. McFarland Kenneth D. Mann Endowed Scholarship / Kenneth D. Mann Arhia Raymond Melton and Mildred Richardson Melton Scholarship / Estate of W. F. Chumney Rison High School Scholarship / Jasper Calaway, Rison Business Community and Friends E. R. “Bob” Wall Scholarship / Mrs. Sara Wall Robert W. Wiley Endowed Scholarship / Family and Friends

LIFE INSURANCE Phillip Pierini / Mr. Phillip Pierini Tim Pruitt / Mr. Timothy R. Pruitt Gus “Bubba” Pugh, Jr. / Mr. Gus “Bubba” Pugh, Jr. Guy “Butch” Sabbatini, Jr. / Mr. Butch Sabbatini, Jr. Johnny Hooks / Mr. and Mrs. Johnny Hooks

CHARITABLE REMAINDER UNITRUSTS Mr. and Mrs. Carroll E. Walls, Sr. Mr. and Mrs. Kim L. Mitchell

ANNUAL AWARDS / SCHOLARSHIPS Hunter Bell Memorial Scholarship / Mr. and Mrs. Jim Manning BKD Accounting Education Award / BKD, LLP Commercial Bank Business Award / Commercial Bank Judge Bill Daniels Scholarship / Bill Daniels Farmers Grain Terminal Award / Farmers Grain Terminal Georgia-Pacific Crossett Paper Operations Award / Georgia-Pacific Larry Hopper-Family Band Music Scholarship / J. Larry Hopper Jewell Minnis Scholarship / Jewell Minnis Trust Lucille Moseley Memorial Scholarship / Family and friends Linda Pinkus Scholarship / Mr. Lester Pinkus, Lee Pinkus & Ladd Pinkus James & Venie Ann Powell Scholarship / James & Venie Ann Powell Fund Congressman Mike Ross Scholarship / Congressman & Mrs. Mike Ross A. O. Tucker Memorial Scholarship / Mrs. Glenda Carol Tucker Baker UAM Institute of Management Accountants Scholarship / UAM student chapter of the IMA Wallace Trust Scholarship / Wallace Trust

CURRENT FOUNDATION DONORS The UAM Foundation donors list includes alumni, friends and other contributors whose gifts were received January 1 – August 15, 2012. Please report any corrections to the UAM Advancement Office at (870)460-1028 or to Roxanne Smith at

Unity & Movement Club $2,500 or more

Mr. and Mrs. Ted Carmical Mr. Phillip and Dr. Laura Evans Mr. and Mrs. Jerry D. Gibson Mr. and Mrs. John W. Gibson Mr. J. Larry Hopper Dr. and Mrs. Jack Lassiter Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth D. Mann Mr. and Mrs. Thomas V. Maxwell Mr. and Mrs. John J. Phillips Mr. Randy and Dr. Neela Risher Mr. and Mrs. Scotty D. Watkins Dr. and Mrs. Robert C. Weih

Galaxy Club $1,000-$2,499

Mr. and Mrs. Albert J. Baker Mr. and Mrs. Kirk Erik Brezee Mr. and Mrs. William C. Bulloch Dr. Ben Elrod Mr. and Mrs. Cleatous J. Hall Mr. and Mrs. Jack F. Jordan Ms. Dorothy A. Little Mr. and Mrs. Gerald W. Majors Mr. Thomas W. McGill Mr. Mark A. Normand Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Owen, Jr Dr. James F. Roiger Congressman and Mrs. Mike Ross Dr. Thomas P. Springer Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan R. Wall

Emerald Club $500-$999

Dr. and Mrs. Ed Bacon Mr. and Mrs. Maurice Baker Mrs. June M. Carter Mr. Kyle R. Clark Mr. and Mrs. Denzil R. Cox Mr. Danny Day, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Qiaomei Fu Dr. and Mrs. Dexter E. Gulledge Mr. C. Barry Hall Mr. and Mrs. Jay Hughes Mr. and Mrs. Ronald N. McFarland Mr. Bobby McGarr Mr. and Mrs. Kent L. McRae

Mr. and Mrs. Jim Manning Dr. Betty A. Matthews Mr. Dale Mizell Mr. and Mrs. Loyd Oxner Mr. and Mrs. Donald S. Pearson Dr. John W. Ramsey Ms. Libby Sands Mr. Ted D. Thompson

Loyalty Club $200-$499

Ms. Minnie L. Allen Dr. John T. Annulis Dr. and Mrs. Carl D. Blythe Mr. Jeff Bone Ms. Amelia A. Boney Dr. and Mrs. Morris Bramlett Dr. Russell H. Bulloch Mr. and Mrs. Rodney T. Cole Mr. and Mrs. David S. Denman Mr. and Mrs. Ben R. Dunlap Dr. and Mrs. Michael Fakouri Mr. and Mrs. Larry Fisackerly Drs. Glen and Mary Jane Gilbert Mr. Tuffy Hill Mr. James A. Hudgins Dr. and Mrs. John Hunt Mr. Hud Jackson Dr. and Mrs. Louis J. James Dr. Carl B. Johnston Mr. and Mrs. Frederick C. Leonard

Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Lucky Mrs. Angela J. Marsh Ms. Susana S. Martins Mrs. Cindy Mejeur Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Ogle Mr. Ryan Pilcher Mr. and Mrs. R. David Ray Mr. and Mrs. James N. Thomason Mrs. Susan Young

Century Club $100-$199

Ms. Ruby Alexander Mr. and Mrs. Billy J. Barnett Mr. and Mrs. James Berry Ms. T. Lesia Brokell-Runyan Mr. Anthony T. Budde Mrs. Dorothy Chambers Dr. and Mrs. Tim D. Chase Representative and Mrs. Eddie Cheatham Dr. Jesse M. Coker Dr. and Mrs. Lloyd H. Crossley Mr. and Mrs. Andy Davis Mr. and Mrs. Kent Davis Dr. and Mrs. David Denson Dr. Ranelle Eubanks Ms. Patricia A. Ewens Ms. Christine Felts Mr. Ronald K. Forte, Jr. Dr. and Mrs. Joel F. Foster Mr. and Mrs. David G. Funderburg

Mrs. Paula Furlough Mr. Gary R. Gibbs Mr. and Mrs. John Frank Gibson, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Reginald Glover Mr. and Mrs. Hershel Gober Ms. Pamela D. Gouner Ms. Lynn Harris Ms. Ella M. Helm Mr. Calvin Hill Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Holt Mr. and Mrs. Edward Horvath, Jr. Col. and Mrs. (Ret.) Byron P. Howlett, Jr. Mr. Jerry D. Hubbard Mr. Jay Jones Dr. and Mrs. B.J. Jordan Mr. Robert E. Kissell, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Scott Kuttenkuler Ms. Patricia Lane Mr. and Mrs. Billy Lansdale Ms. Shirley A. Lawson Ms. Cynthia A. Lennox Mr. Lee S. Lennox MHS Class of ‘65 Mr. Billy H. Majors Mr. and Mrs. James E. McClain, Jr. Mr. Mark McElroy Mr. and Mrs. Michael McKeown Ms. Lisa McKinney Mr. Phillip Morris Dr. and Mrs. Walter R. Oglesby Mr. Jeff Olson Mr. and Mrs. Bobby R. Pace

Mr. Charles A. Pambianchi Mr. Paul F. Parker Mrs. Barbara L. Patch Mr. and Mrs. Larry Patrick Dr. and Mrs. Matthew Pelkki Mr. and Mrs. Harry C. Pennington Mr. and Mrs. Michael Pennington Ms. Rebecca Pennington Mr. Clifton Phillips Mr. and Mrs. Robert W. Prestridge Mrs. Penny Prince Mr. Phillip S. Prince Mr. Stephen P. Prisley Mr. David Randolph Ms. Linda Herrington Rushing Mr. and Mrs. Paul M. Russell Mr. and Mrs. Scott Saffold Mr. and Mrs. Charles Savage Ms. Lenore Shoults Ms. Wilma J. Smith Dr. and Mrs. Phil Tappe Ms. Elizabeth P. Thurman Mr. Mark A. Tiner Mr. and Mrs. Craig Umholtz Mr. Aaron T. Wages Ms. Tamara Walkingstick Mr. and Mrs. Bob Weih, Sr. Ms. Melinda Williams Mr. James W. Willis Mr. and Mrs. Cecil A. Wise

BUSINESS / ORGANIZATION DONORS Acxiom AM Rental and Sales Ameca Mexican Restaurant Arkansas Crop Production Association Arkansas Superior Credit Union Baker’s Electrical Supplies Berry’s True Value Bulloch, Inc. Cardiovascular Surgery Center Chevron Humankind Cobb Financial Services Commercial Bank & Trust Co. Community Communications Contractor’s Supply & Equip. Co. Davis Building Inc. DCHS Class of ‘61 DMC Construction LLC Deltic Timber Company Drew County Extension Home Council Drew County Newspaper, Inc. Dumas Motor Company

ExxonMobil Foundation Faith & Trust Investment Properties Farmer’s Grain Terminal Fidelity Investment First Baptist Church Monticello First National Bank of McGehee First State Bank of Warren Glenwood Furniture Great American Conference Gulf Rice Milling, Inc Hooties, Inc. Huffmay II, LLC I & L Inc. Jackson’s Bayou Boys Jefferson Regional Medical Center Kingwood Forestry Law Offices – Sara M. Hartness LEESCO Lena’s Cafe Lubrizol Foundation Lucky’s of Monticello

Martin Knee & Sports Medicine Center PA Maxwell Hardwood Flooring Michael James Insurance Agency Milner/Owyoung Insurance Group Molly’s Diner Monticello Ambulance O & M Oil Company Oak Grove Assembly of God O’Fallon Veterinary Oklahoma United Methodist Foundation PCS Administration P & M Quality Medical, LLC Parker Builders, Inc. Parkway Bank Piggy Sue’s Price Services, Inc. Ralph McQueen & Co., LTD. Reinhart Family Healthcare Reinhart Farms Reynolds American Foundation

Risher Fitness Management Ryburn Motor Company Simmons First Bank of South Ark Sonic Drive In - Monticello South Arkansas Rehabilitation Southeast Chapter of ASCPA Spectra Energy State Farm Insurance Companies Systemex, Inc. Texas Instruments Foundation Tom Wingard Realty Town & Country Florist Triple A Diesel Service UAM African American Alumni UAM Institute of Management Accountants Union Bank & Trust Company War Eagle Boats Warren Wholesale Watson Homes, Inc. Wells Fargo Foundation Western Sizzlin Wilson Brothers Lumber Co.

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The Centennial Circle As part of the university’s 100th birthday celebration. UAM is seeking pledges of $10,000 each to be used to create a $1 million unrestricted endowment for the UAM Foundation Fund. Earnings from this endowment will be used on an annual basis to meet priority needs of the university. These priorities will be determined by a joint committee of administration, faculty, and students. None of the endowment earnings will be used to augment salaries. Members of The Centennial Circle have their names, or the names of whomever they designate, inscribed on the Centennial Clock Tower. If you would like to be part of The Centennial Circle, we encourage you to contact the UAM Office of Advancement, at (800) 467-8148 or (870) 460-1028.

Centennial Circle Members Mike & Susan Akin Joe Bob & Missy Allaire Hoyt & Susan Andres Elizabeth (Libby) Annulis Barbara & Claude Babin Pervis & Mary Nell Ballew Mike & Patsy Berry John Falls Bowen (by William H. & Constance Bowen) Prof. Alaga H. & Myrtle I. Boyd (by Robert & Faye Boyd) Marty & Erma Brutscher The Bulloch Family - Bud, Carole, Liz, Sarah Kelton & Betty Busby Paul R. & June Webb Carter James & Sue Cathey Steven L. Cathey M.D. Dr. Tim & Paige Chase The Centennial Class of 2009 Jesse & Ernestine Coker Quentious A. Crews (by Jim & Rhonda Crews Woodruff) Van & Eula Mae Cruce (by Dan & Charlotte Hornaday) Crossett Alumni & Friends Drew County Extension Homemakers Council Dumas Alumni & Friends David B. & Nancy Kyle Eberdt (by Bobby & Kimberly Eberdt Edmonds) Anthony W. & Cathy H. Fakouri Victor Felley, Ark. A. & M. Trustee (by Wayne & Mellie Jo Owen) First National Bank of McGehee The Frazer Family Jean C. & Oscar F. Frisby Lewis & Wanda Gardner - Lone Star Station / Boll Weevil Café



Barbara Blanks Gathen (by the UAM African American Alumni Association, family & friends) Jerry, June, Jay & Judd Gibson Lisa & Cliff Gibson John W., Martha (McDougald), John, Jr. & Mark Gibson Diane Suitt Gilleland Rev. Shay & Mrs. Sherrie Gillespie Dwight & Linda Teague Goodwin (by Randy Risher, Mark Risher and Roger Teague) John DeWitt Halstead (by Harry E. “Pete” Halstead) Jim & Betty Jo Hardy Hercher Frank D. Hickingbotham Dan & Charlotte Cruce Hornaday John & Nora Hornaday (by Dan & Charlotte Hornaday) President Frank Horsfall & Margaret Vaulx Horsfall (by Dr. & Mrs. Gordon D. Gates) Dr. Louis J. & Carol West James J. Chester Johnson Dr. Carl Briner Johnston Jordan Family - James T., Bonnie, Terry, Jerry & Cindy Don E. & Joyce M. King Curtis W. Kyle, Jr. Judy & Jack Lassiter Robert Leonard The Carl F. Lucky, Jr. Family Carol & Weaver L. Majors Gerald & Sue Majors Kenneth, Sharon, & Jennifer Mann Dot & M.L. Mann Bryan & Dr. Sue S. Martin Dr. Betty A. Matthews

Allen & Dana Maxwell Noel Waymon McDaniel (by Noel A. McDaniel & Marlene Ballard) Julian W., Sr. & Jean Mettetal (by Wayne Mettetal, Sherry Mettetal Woods, Ted Mettetal, Mike Mettetal, and Mary Ellen Mettetal McAllister) Thomas V. & Sarah Beth Burchfield Maxwell Kim Lloyd Mitchell Moffatt Family - Walter, Jr., Wells, Ruth, Minnie May & Pattie Lamar G. Moore Jim Neeley Donetta F. McGriff, RN (by Ray & Misty Paschall) D. John Nichols J. C. & Carolyn Crain Nichols Jeff & Sallie Owyoung R. David & Loyce Ray (by Dr. & Mrs. B. Alan Sugg) Richard & Eddye Ann Reinhart Jeffrey Hunter Reinhart, MD Randy & Neela Risher Bennie F. Ryburn, Sr. & Virginia M. Ryburn (by Commercial Bank & Trust Co/First State Bank of Warren) Dr. & Mrs. Harry L. Ryburn Margaret Horsfall Schadler & Harvey Walter Schadler Johnny & Linda Smith Tom & Dianne Springer G. Warren Stephenson Jean & Alan Sugg Jack D. & Ted D. Thompson Union Bank & Trust Company Joseph Wallace Trust Terri Wolfe - Beth Thurman Jimmie & Linda Yeiser

FOUNDATION Scholarship Honors the late James Hancock (Class of ‘39)


he family of the late James Hancock has created an endowed scholarship in the School of Nursing at the University of Arkansas at Monticello. The James Hancock Nursing Endowed Scholarship honors the late James Hancock, a 1939 graduate of what was then Arkansas A&M College. An initial gift of $15,000 was presented to the UAM Foundation Fund by Mr. Hancock’s widow, Carolyn Grubbs Hancock of Conway. Additional gifts of $1,000 each were added to the endow-

ment by the Hancock’s daughters – Hilda Hancock Malpica and Becky Hancock Crossett. “We are most grateful for the generosity of the Hancock family for their gift to the university and our School of Nursing,” said Dr. Clay Brown, vice chancellor for advancement. “Endowed scholarships are unique in that they create a lasting legacy of educational opportunity for future generations. This gift will touch the lives of countless future students.”

Pictured from left, Becky Hancock Crossett, Carolyn Grubbs Hancock, and Hilda Hancock Malpica.

Helping Nurses


aul and Shirley Smith of Tillar, founders of New Life Ministry, recently presented scholarships to two UAM COTMcGehee nursing students. Pictured from left are Bob Ware, vice chancellor of the UAM College of Technology-McGehee, nursing student Caleb Grissom of Monticello, Shirley Smith, nursing student Deondria Mills of Greenville, Miss., and Paul Smith.

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Take Me Out To The Ball Game UAM Alumni and Friends Gather to watch the Arkansas Travelers at Dickey-Stephens Park Hot dogs, hamburgers, cold drinks and baseball! What better way to enjoy a warm summer evening for UAM alumni and friends who gathered in the Right Field Pavilion at Dickey-Stephens Park in North Little Rock in July to watch the Arkansas Travelers take on the Tulsa Drillers. The gathering, which is quickly becoming an annual event, included drawings for door prizes, such as UAM caps and memorabilia. If you’ve never made the trip to Dickey-Stephens Park for this event, make plans to join us next year. And you don’t have to be from central Arkansas to be part of the evening. UAM alums from Hamburg, Warren and McGehee were among the baseball watchers who made the trek.



2000-09 Ashley Brooke Young (BS ’02) and Carl Finch Lucky IV of Monticello, were married on Aug. 4 at Garvan Woodland Gardens in Hot Springs. Barry Malone Bealer (BS ’03) and Johnna Kay Hamilton (BSW ’08) of Monticello were married Sept. 8 at Holmes Chapel Presbyterian Church. Kristi Leigh Brannon (BA ’04) and Jason Sloan Rainwater of Little Rock, plan to marry Sept. 29 at the Arkansas Arts Center. Stephen Courson Parker (BBA ’08) and Lauren Whitney Gomez of Austin, Tex., plan to marry Sept. 15 at Texas Old Town in Kyle, Tex.

2010-12 Kayla Michaele Temple (BS ’10) of Downsville, La., and Matthew Edmond Middleton of Springdale, were married Aug. 25 at Pauline Baptist Church in Monticello.

Corey Bryant (BS ‘11) and Valerie Mowrer of Monticello, were married Aug. 11 at Monticello Church of Christ. Timothy L. Ollie, Jr. (CP ’11) and Blair L. Curtis of Monticello, were married Aug. 11 at the home of the bride’s parents in Selma. Lindsey Ann White (BBA ’11) and Jared Andrew Hilburn of Monticello, were married Sept. 8 at First Baptist Church. Kayla Jackson (BS ’12) of Hallsville, Tex., who received her degree in health and physical education with a minor in mathematics, is the new volleyball coach of Hallsville High School. While at UAM she became the first three-time softball All-American in school history. Jennifer Neely (BA ’12) of Warren, emceed the 2012 Little Miss Pink Tomato Pageant on June 9 at the Warren Cultural Center. Michael Shepherd (BS ’12) and Alicia Maynard of Monticello, were married Sept. 8 at Calvary Baptist Church. Sara Whitney Spencer (AAS ’11) and Kyle Lee Phillips of McGehee, were married on July 14 at the First Presbyterian Church.

Tanner Scott Watson

Wee Weevil Bibs Klare Elizabeth Craft born May 6, 2012, to Kevin (BA ’00) and Hannah Craft of Maumelle. Kaitlyn Addison Fendley born July 16, 2012, to Bryan and Candis Taylor Fendley, UAM Staff. Jackson Daniel Smith born May 9, 2012, to Brooke (BA ’08) and Josh Smith of Dumas. Tanner Scott Watson born July 1, 2012, to Lindsey (BSW ’12) and Ryan Watson of Selma.

Niagara Falls

ENJOYING THE FALLS Alumni and friends of the university enjoyed a June trip to Niagara Falls. Pictured from left are Don Koen, Kay Koen, Edwin Mahnken, Susan Mahnken, Werner Haney, Lynn Haney, former alumni director Colt Roan, Kay Hicks, Ed Hicks, and Clay Brown, vice chancellor for advancement and university relations.

HORSESHOE The Canadian side of Niagara Falls, the spectacular Horseshoe Falls.

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ALUMNI SNAPSHOTS Weevil Pride! FRANK WILSON (second from right) of Rison, CEO of Tri-W Logging and a proud UAM alumnus, shows off the newest addition to his fleet of logging trucks, custom painted in UAM’s colors and featuring a running Boll Weevil. Pictured with Wilson are fellow UAM alums and friends (from left) Jason Hall, Tony Cummings, Jeff Wilson, Frank Wilson, and Frank’s son, Harrell Wilson.

Kermit C. Moss Kermit Charles Moss, who organized the Department of Business at Arkansas A&M in 1952 and served continuously on the school’s faculty from 1957 until his retirement in 1981, died July 27, 2012. A certified public accountant who ran for Governor in 1981, Mr. Moss was a native of Bearden and a graduate of New Edinburgh High School who joined the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1937. In 1942, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served the in China-BurmaIndia Theater in World War II, receiving two bronze battle stars during his service. He earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Michigan in 1949 and a master’s degree, also in accounting, from the University of Arkansas in 1951. He was a former president of the Arkansas Society of Certified Public Accountants, a Paul Harris Fellow and District Governor of Rotary International, and maintained a successful private accounting practice in Monticello.



Friends We’ll Miss Carol L. Geister Breadon ‘83 of Clearwater, Fla., April 15, 2012. Russell Eugene Carnes, Sr. of Pine Bluff, July 15, 2012. Mary Agnes Bailey Chase ’61 of Monticello, July 19, 2012. George Baker Couch III of Hatfield, May 29, 2012. Carl Farler of Mabelvale, June 23, 2012. (Faculty & Staff ) Jack Marvin Faver of Altheimer, June 13, 2012. Chris Lane Gray ‘95 of Monticello, June 30, 2012. Colonel Conway Scott Hall of Sherwood, July 9, 2012. Sgt. Norris Cecil Hodge, Jr. of Marianna, May 23, 2012. Jennifer Virden Holley ‘02 of Stillwater, Okla., May 26, 2012. Angelo Joseph “Joe” Magnini, Jr. of Arkadelphia, June 5, 2012. Hoyle Mann ‘53 of Camden, July 3, 2012.

Sgt. Kevin Moseby of Fayetteville, N.C., March 18, 2012. Kermit Charles Moss of Monticello, July 27, 2012. Charles Thomas Puckett ‘54 of Little Rock, May 26, 2012. Heather Lynn Raley ’08 of Monroe, La., August 6, 2012. Rebecca June Craig Ramos ‘11 of Hampton, May 26, 2012. Clydene Scharlau of Fayetteville, June 24, 2012. Claudie Ann Cruce Sparks ‘76 of Hamburg, July 19, 2012. Carol Sue Wallace-White ’78 of Monticello, August 1, 2012. Henry Hankins Wells III ‘63 of Atlanta, Ga., July 2, 2012. Dr. Robert Charles Weih, Jr., of the forestry faculty, June 17, 2012. Hunter Gaines Williamson ‘12 of Pine Bluff, July 20, 2012. James Blake Williamson of El Dorado, May 22, 2012.

Come Travel With Us

Christmas in New York! Theatre tickets to a Broadway musical, the Rockettes Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall, Rockefeller Center, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and window shopping on Fifth Avenue . . . it’s all part of a five-day holiday trip to the Big Apple November 28 – December 2, 2012. We’ll tour Manhattan, from Central Park and Wall Street to Ground Zero and Greenwich Village. Make plans to join us for Christmas in New York. For details and prices, contact the Office of Advancement at (870) 460-1028.

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A Dream Becomes A Reality

The George H. Clippert Forest Resources Annex Will Be Formally Dedicated On Friday, October 12 At 2 p.m. All Alumni And Friends Are Invited To Attend This Landmark Event.

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