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From the Chancellor

3,930 students!

Just a few short years ago that

number would have seemed beyond our reach, but thanks to the hard work of the entire UAM family, our fall enrollment has set another record. This milestone is a tribute to the entire university community, but I want to recognize the efforts of our dean of enrollment management, Mary Whiting, and her recruitment staff for their hard work as well as the efforts of our advertising and marketing committee in aggressively and proactively telling our story to the state and region.

One of the happy side-effects of rising enrollment is the increase

in students living on campus which adds so much to the vibrancy of campus life. Our residence halls and apartments are currently at 100 percent capacity and we are researching the possibility of constructing

On The Cover: Scenes from the 1960-61 school year are spotlighted on the cover as UAM prepares to honor the Class of ‘61 at Homecoming.

new on-campus residence facilities.

As always, with good news come challenges. During the last legisla-

tive session, the Governor and General Assembly approved performance funding requirements for all state-supported colleges and universities in Arkansas with the stated goal to double the number of Arkansans with college degrees by 2025. Each institution will submit five percent of its appropriation from the state in the initial year to a pool of funds which will be available to institutions which meet performance standards such as graduation rates. As an open admissions institution committed to providing educational opportunity, this will provide some unique challenges that I am confident we will meet.

A second challenge is finding ways to help our students meet the rising cost of higher

education. Private and institutional scholarships are the lifeblood of this institution and represent the only avenue for many of our students to attain a college education. We are grateful for the continuing support of our alumni and friends who have generously provided the resources to fund these scholarships.

As summer turns to fall and a new school year begins, we look forward to seeing

many of you at Homecoming. This year’s celebration is scheduled for the last week in October, with the Hall of Fame banquet set for October 27, the annual Alumni Dinner for October 28, and our Homecoming football game with Southeast Oklahoma University on October 29. A complete schedule of Homecoming events can be found on pages 2 and 3 of this magazine.

This fall marks our first season in the new Great American Conference. We are

excited by the possibilities of athletic competition in a league that should allow us to contain costs and reduce the amount of class time missed by our student-athletes. As UAM Magazine goes to press, there are still a limited number of places left in our Centennial Circle Campaign. If you would like to join the Centennial Circle, contact our Office of Advancement at (870) 460-1028. My door is always open and I look forward to seeing you. Sincerely,

UAM MAGAZINE (Volume 18, 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 Jim Brewer, Editor Director of Media Services (870) 460-1274 (office) (870) 460-1174 (FAX) e-mail: Colt Roan, Director of Alumni Affairs (870) 460-1028 (office) (870) 460-1324 (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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INSIDE 2 Leading Off


These six outstanding alumni will be honored at Homecoming.

A complete schedule of Homecoming activities


On Campus

New construction, a record enrollment, honors, awards and a new forestry dean

22 Sports

2011-12 basketball schedules and a profile of new football coach Hud Jackson

24 Foundation

The UAM Foundation continues to grow

29 Herbarium




Find out more about the newest addition to the campus

30 Class News

Keep in touch with your former classmates




A special report about the School of Forest Resources, including the new dean, new building, and research.

Drew Central teacher (and UAM alum) Eva Arrington was among a group of teachers honored at the White House.

They come from different eras and different sports, but the Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2011 is all class.

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 Larry Walther / Little Rock

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2011 HOMECOMING Thursday, October 27 4:30 p.m. – Homecoming Parade and Pep Rally. The UAM Marching Band and cheerleaders will lead a parade around campus, culminating with a pep rally in front of the University Center. 5:30 p.m. – Sports Hall of Fame Reception, Chancellor’s Home, 471 University Drive. 6:30 p.m. – Sports Hall of Fame Induction Banquet, John F. GIbson University Center, 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $30 per person. Contact Jim Brewer at (870) 460-1274, or Reginald Glover at (870) 460-1327 for tickets.

Friday, October 28 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. – Images of America: Monticello Book Signing by authors Mark Spencer and Mary Heady, Taylor Libraruy and Technology Center Foyer. 6:00 p.m. – Welcome Home Reception, A&M/UAM Alumni and Friends, Chancellor’s Home, 471 University Drive. 7:00 p.m. – A&M / UAM Alumni Dinner, John F. Gibson University Center Green Room. Tickets are $15 per person. Dinner includes presentation of Alumni Awards for Achievement and Merit and the Continuing the Connection Award, Alumni Association Scholarships, recognition of the A&M Class of 1961. Advance reservations are requested. Contact Patty Withers at (870) 460-1028 or (800) 467-8148.

Saturday, October 29 8:00 - 9:00 a.m. – A&M / UAM Lettermen’s Club Breakfast, University Center Caucus Room. Contact Chris Ratcliff, director of athletics (870) 460-1058. 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. – A&M / UAM Class of 1961 Reunion Breakfast Celebrating 50 Years, University Center Senate Room. Contact Colt Roan at (870) 460-1028.



9:00 - 10:30 a.m. – A&M / UAM African-American Alumni Reunion Breakfast, University Center Capitol Room. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Contact Classie JonesGreen at (870) 536-9159. 9:30 - 11 a.m. – “Recognizing Rob” Missionary Baptist Student Fellowship Reunion Celebrating 25 Years MBSF Center, honoring MBSF Director Rob Leonard for 25 years service to the UAM family. 10:00 a.m. – Alpha Sigma Alpha Sorority (Gamma Zeta Chapter) 50th Anniversary Reunion, University Center Gallery Room. Contact Julie Barber at (870) 329-6754. 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. – A&M / UAM Alumni Meet and Greet Reunion, University Center Green Room. Contact Colt Roan at (870) 460-1028. 11:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. – Weevil Tailgate Parties, Weevil Pond, A&M / UAM alumni, students and friends. 11:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. – Sigma Tau Gamma Fraternity Reunion, tailgate area. 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. – Alpha Sigma Alpha Sorority 50th Anniversary Reunion, tailgate area. Contact Angie Clements at (501) 944-5328 1:00 p.m. – Walk of Champions, Lakeshore Drive east of Weevil Pond. Football team, cheerleaders and marching band. 2:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. – Pre-Game Ceremonies, Convoy LeslieCotton Boll Stadium. Band performance and presentation of the 2011 Homecoming Court and coronation of the Homecoming Queen. 3:00 p.m. – Kickoff, Homecoming Football Game, Boll Weevils vs. Southeastern Oklahoma State, Convoy Leslie-Cotton Boll Stadium. For tickets, call (870) 460-1058. Halftime – Pride of Southeast Arkansas Marching Band Performance, recognition of Class of 1961 and 2011 Sports Hall of Fame Induction Class. Fall 2011


On CAMPUS Approaching 4,000


he University of Arkansas at Monticello has set a new all-time enrollment record according to census day figures released by the UAM registrar’s office. UAM enrolled 3,930 students at its three campuses in Monticello, Crossett and McGehee for the 2011 fall semester, breaking the previous record of 3,638 set in 2010. The new record represents a growth of 8 percent or 292 students, the ninth record in 10 years, according to Dr. Debbie Bryant, registrar. “This is a tremendous accomplishment and is the direct result of a dedicated and hard working university family,” said Chancellor Jack Lassiter. “The emphasis given to the admission, retention, advising, mentoring, teaching, and graduation of our students continues to show positive results.” In the past decade, UAM’s fall semester enrollment has grown from 2,482 in 2002 to its current 3,930, an increase of 58.3 percent in 10 years. Fall enrollment grew to 2,875 in 2003, 2,942 in 2004, 2,959 in 2005, exceeded 3,000 for the first time in 2006 with a total of 3,179, grew to 3,187 in 2007, 3,302 in 2008, 3,479 in 2009, and 3,638 in 2010.

“When taken in combination with the decreasing numbers of high school graduates in our traditional recruiting area, this is truly an amazing accomplishment” Lassiter added. “It’s a tribute to our recruitment efforts and to the work of our marketing committee in getting the word out about UAM and the opportunities available at this institution.” Mary Whiting, dean of enrollment management and director of admissions, praised the “hard work and dedication of the admissions staff in the recruitment of new students. Our recruiters often times have thankless jobs. They spend hours and hours on the road visiting high schools and talking to potential students. They are the ones who have done the heavy lifting and I am grateful for their efforts.”

Military Friendly


AM has been designated a “Military Friendly School” by G.I. Jobs, the magazine for military personnel transitioning into civilian life. The 2012 Military Friendly Schools list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members and veterans as students.

Lifetime Award


LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT Dr. Robert Weih with (left) Jonathan Bailey, a senior SIS major from Malvern, and (right) Auddy Doss, a senior SIS major from Monticello.



r. Robert Weih, professor of spatial information systems in the UAM School of Forest Resources, recently became the fourth recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award presented by the Arkansas GIS Users Forum. A pioneer in spatial information systems education in Arkansas, Weih was recognized for his “outstanding contributions and long-standing commitment to the Arkansas geospatial community.” Weih joined the UAM faculty in 1994. He holds a bachelor of science degree from Northern Arizona University, a master’s degree from the University of Minnesota, and a Ph.D. from Virginia Tech.

“This is a tremendous honor, one in which we take great pride,” said UAM Chancellor Jack Lassiter. “As an institution, we have always worked hard to serve our military veterans and help them transition back to civilian life. We owe so much to the men and women who have sacrificed to preserve our freedom and way of life. UAM will always be committed to helping them in any way we can.”

Nation’s Best


he UAM chapter of Phi Alpha Theta history honor society has been selected to receive the National Best Chapter Award for the fourth consecutive year. Chapters are judged based on their activities during the previous year, the academic achievement of student members, service projects, and new programs. The UAM chapter was selected from colleges and universities with enrollments between 3,000 and 6,000. As part of the award, the chapter will receive a grant to purchase books for UAM’s Taylor Library and Technology Center. “To win this award four times in a row is an outstanding achievement,” said Dr. Kyle Day, assistant professor of history and faculty co-advisor to the UAM chapter. “Only a few chapters in Phi Alpha Theta history have achieved such a distinction. We’re proud that our students can compete on this level with students and chapters from around the country.” Notable activities this past year included chapter members Paula Trotter and Christopher Carr presenting papers at the Arkansas Regional Phi Alpha Theta Conference in Russellville. Chapter members also worked with local churches in helping to clean and restore local African-American cemeteries. Working with the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences’ Horizons Program, chapter members participated in a history field course that took them to sites of historical importance related to the civil rights movement. Phi Alpha Theta was founded at the

Top Honor


ay Jones, UAM’s vice chancellor for finance and administration, has been named the 2011 Distinguished Alumnus of Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas. A native of Helena-West Helena, Jones earned an associate of applied science degree in data processing from PCCUA in 1984 and a B.B.A. degree in accounting from the University of Louisiana-Monroe in 1986. Jones served one term as treasurer for the city of West Helena, was an adjunct instructor in personal finance at PCCUA and served as the institution’s chief financial officer before coming to UAM in 2006.

University of Arkansas in 1921 and today has more than 900 chapters and 300,000 members at colleges and universities across the country. Members must maintain a grade point average of 3.0 or higher on at least 12 semester hours in history. The UAM chapter was founded in 2007 and is comprised of 31 students and six faculty members.

Connect Arkansas


fficials at the University of Arkansas at Monticello are hoping a grant from Connect Arkansas will help lift the state from its current rank of 49th in the deployment and accessibility of broadband high-speed internet. Scott Kuttenkuler, dean of students, and Bobby Hoyle, director of information technology at UAM, began work on a grant proposal a year ago focused on increasing awareness of the importance of high-speed internet. The original proposal was confined to southeast Arkansas, but after submission to Connect Arkansas, was expanded to include 57 of the state’s 75 counties. Connect Arkansas, a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to expansion of high-speed internet access in the state, awarded a $112,000 grant to Kuttenkuler and Hoyle. When combined with UAM’s investment in the project, the grant totals $132,000. As part of the grant proposal, UAM will begin hosting two-hour training sessions over the next two years in each of

the 57 counties covered by the grant. The sessions are for students K-8 and their parents. “A lot of people don’t understand the value of high-speed internet,” said Kuttenkuler. “They don’t want to pay for broadband, they don’t understand why they need it. In a lot of cases, people have no internet in their homes at all and they don’t understand how it benefits their children’s education.” According to Connect Arkansas, a statewide survey of 608 registered voters showed 29 percent of respondents had never used the internet while another seven percent were unsure what broadband or high-speed internet access meant. The survey also showed that while 92 percent of the state’s population had access to the internet, 55 percent

of Arkansans with available access do not subscribe to high-speed internet because they feel they “do not need it.” An enticement to encourage participation in the training sessions is the availability of 30 free computers per county for students who qualify for free or reduced school lunches. The computers are refurbished models from the Little Rock School District provided by Connect Arkansas. The training sessions will be held in schools, libraries and chamber of commerce offices over the next two years. For persons interested in advanced training, UAM will offer 28 four-hour sessions, one for every two counties in the grant project.

CONNECTING Bobby Hoyle (below), director of information technology, conducts the first workshop for Connect Arkansas.

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On CAMPUS “Images of America: Monticello”


ark Spencer, dean of the School of Arts and Humanities at the University of Arkansas at Monticello, and Mary Heady, special collections and reference librarian at UAM’s Taylor Library and Technology Center, have collaborated to produce a book about the history of Monticello that is part of the popular national series Images of America. Images of America: Monticello is being published by Arcadia Publishing of Charleston, S.C., the largest publisher of local histories in America, and will be available in bookstores October 10. The book consists of 210 historical images and approximately 18,000 words. The earliest images date to the 1870s with the most recent from the past decade. Spencer and Heady will autograph copies of their book at a reception and book signing during Homecoming weekend October 28 from 4-5:30 p.m. in the foyer of the Taylor Library and Technology Center. Spencer, who has previously published three novels, two short story collections and one nonfiction novel, was contacted by Arcadia Publishing last November about doing a book about Monticello for the Images of America series. He asked Heady to be his co-author and began working on the project last December, completing the book in April. Images for the book were collected from the Drew County Museum, the UAM photo archives, and from private sources. The theme of the book is Monticello’s role as the hub of opportunity and economic development in southeast Arkansas, with significant space given to Monticello’s “Golden Age” of 1890 to 1920 when it was generally considered the most prosperous community in Arkansas. Another theme is the relationship of the town and the university and the importance of education to the culture and economy of Monticello. The book consists of six chapters: “The Golden Age” (1890-1920), “The Roaring Twenties” (the 1920s), “A New Deal” (the 1930s), “The World at War” (the 1940s), “Rock ‘n Roll” (the 1950s), and “The Winds of Change, the March of Time” (1960-2010). Throughout the book, the authors highlight local events and tie them to national and world events. Royalties from the book sales will go to the Drew County Historical Society.





Breaking Tradition


oday’s college residence hall is not your father’s or mother’s dormitory. The traditional college dorm – which featured multiple students in one room sharing limited closet space and a community bathroom and showers – has gone the way of the dinosaur. “We are adapting to what our students want and what they’re used to,” says Jay Hughes, UAM’s vice chancellor for student affairs. “Students of my generation grew up sharing bedrooms and bathrooms with siblings, but today’s students are used to privacy and their own personal space. That’s the experience we’re striving to give them.” When Hughes became vice chancellor last summer, he sat down with Scott Kuttenkuler, UAM’s dean of students and director of housing, to develop a threephase plan to modernize the university’s on-campus housing and improve the overall on-campus living experience. The plan includes the renovation of existing residence facilities, expanding meal-plan options, and new construction. “Living on campus makes economic sense,” says Hughes, who attended UAM in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s. “UAM has the lowest housing rates in the state for both double- and single-occupancy rooms. What we’re striving to do is not only make the experience of living on campus the right choice financially, but the choice that gives our students the best overall college experience.” The renovation began last summer with a makeover of the first floor of Bankston Hall, a men’s residence hall built in 1968. The entire first floor was converted to single rooms to give students the option of more privacy. The second phase of the project began in May with a remodel of the second floor. The third floor is scheduled for renovation next summer. Horsfall Hall, an iconic sandstone women’s residence hall constructed in 1934, has also gotten an interior facelift with new beds raised four feet off the floor to free up storage space, new

Eating Healthy . . . And Liking It!

T plumbing and sinks, and the installation of a new security camera system. Next summer, UAM will replace the beds and remodel the front lobby of Royer Hall, a women’s residence hall built in 1966, and replace the furniture in Maxwell Hall, a coed residence facility built in 1961. Maxwell is currently configured for two students to share one closet, a five-drawer dresser, a single desk and chair. The new furniture will include loft beds, which will create room for a second desk and chair, as well as a wardrobe to eliminate the need to share a closet. UAM has not constructed a residence facility since the completion of two apartment buildings in 1999. Any new construction will be small, suite-style facilities, says Hughes, with an eye toward creating a “sense of community. You won’t see us building a large residence hall,” he explains. “We want a smaller, more intimate living environment, and also one that will pay for itself.”

National Award


r. Marvin W. Fawley, assistant dean for science and research in the School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences, has been selected to receive the Luigi Provasoli Award for authoring the outstanding paper published in the Journal of Phycology in 2010. The Journal of Phycology is an international journal of research on algae.  The

he response to the new coffee house and sandwich shop in the Taylor Library has far exceeded initial expectations. Long lines and full tables have been the norm since students returned for the beginning of the fall semester last week. “I honestly didn’t know what to expect,” said Rebecca Pennington, the new director of Aramark Food Services on the UAM campus. “We’ve been very busy every day.” The new dining facility includes Java City, an upscale coffee shop offering a variety of coffee and tea products, including a new offering called the Javalanche, an iced mocha delight that comes in several flavors. The sandwich shop, called Montague’s, offers a wide selection of soup and sandwich combinations, including turkey, roast beef, tuna salad, ham and a variety of trimmings. “This is all part of an ongoing

award was presented at the annual meeting of the Phycological Society of America held in Seattle, Washington. The paper, entitled “An Unrecognized Ancient Lineage of Green Plants Persists in Deep Marine Water” was the work of an international team of scientists. According to Fawley, the team’s research shows that some green seaweeds that grow at great depths in the ocean – over 600 feet deep – are a previously unrecognized and very ancient group of plants

effort to improve the on-campus experience,” said Jay Hughes, vice chancellor for student affairs. “We have been exploring different ways to give our students more dining options on campus, to give them an alternative to traditional cafeteria meals. The sandwiches and soups offered at Montague’s reflect our commitment to offering healthy alternatives.”

that may be nearly one billion years old. “The results of this research provide new insights on the origins and evolution of green plants and green algae,” said Fawley. “In the words of one of the members of the Phycological Society who nominated the paper for the Provasoli Award, ‘This paper describes what may be the most ancient lineage of plant life on the planet.’” The paper has also received international media attention, with an initial story published on-line in BBC Earth News. The Luigi Provasoli Award is named for the Italian scientist who served as the founding editor of the Journal of Phycology and was a leader in the scientific research on the nutrition of algae and protozoa. Fawley is an associate professor who joined the UAM faculty in 2008. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University, a master’s degree from San Francisco State University, and a Ph.D. from Miami University. RESEARCH HONORED Dr. Marvin Fawley of the School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences has been recognized by his peers for research.

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ACHIEVERS The 2011 Alumni Award for Achievement and Merit winners share one thing in common – an uncommon knack for success

HONORED ALUMS (From left) Dale Burton, Randy Risher, Ginny Chambliss, William “Bud” Bulloch, and Dr. Larry Proctor are UAM’s 2011 Alumni Award for Achievement and Merit recipients.


n aeronautics engineer and decorated civilian veteran of Desert Storm, a leader in the health and fitness industry, an award-winning teacher, a successful insurance executive, and the president of a preventive health and wellness company are the recipients of the 2011 UAM Alumni Awards for Achievement and Merit.

Continuing the Connection P.Q. Gardner was named the 2011 Drew County Man of the Year after serving more than half a century in the real estate business. Gardner is a 1953 Arkansas A&M graduate and earned a master’s degree from the University of Mississippi. Gardner’s college education was put on hold during World War II when he served as a gunner on A-26 and B-26 bombers over Nazi Germany. Gardner is active in numerous civic and professional organizations, including the Arkansas State Real Estate Commission, the Southeast Arkansas Concert Association, the Drew County Election Commission, the Drew Memorial Hospital board, the Monticello City Council, and the Drew County Quorum Court.

Dale Burton of Melbourne, Florida, vice president of programs for Northrup Grumman Corporation; Randy Risher of Houston, Texas, president and founder of The Risher Companies specializing in fitness and wellness; Ginny Chambliss of Rison, the 2010 Arkansas Rural Teacher of the Year; William “Bud” Bulloch of Monticello, owner of Bulloch Insurance Agency, Inc.; and Dr. Larry Proctor of Ruston, Louisiana, chief executive officer of B.E.A.M. Preventive Health and Wellness Company, will be

honored at a dinner October 28 as part of UAM’s homecoming celebration. Monticello businessman P.Q. Gardner will receive the Continuing the Connection Award presented annually to the individual who best keeps alive the connection between Arkansas A&M and UAM. “This is an outstanding group of individuals who have distinguished themselves in education and business,” said UAM Chancellor Jack Lassiter. “We are pleased to honor them for their accomplishments.”

Dale Burton (Class of ‘77) Melbourne, Florida Vice President of Programs Northrup Grumman Corporation

Dale Burton graduated from UAM in 1977 with a degree in physics and earned a doctorate in mathematics from Florida State in 1981. He joined Northrup Grumman, a multibillion dollar global defense and technology company, in 1987 as a lead engineer and was promoted to chief systems engineer a year later. In 1990, Burton led the development of the Joint STARS engineering flight test system, the world’s most advanced targeting and battle management system. From 1994-98 he served as a member of the U.S. Air Force Scientific Advisory Board and later flew 37 Joint STARS combat missions as a civilian during Operation Desert Storm, earning the Air Medal from the Air Force Chief of Staff. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2007, among the highest professional distinctions in the engineering field, an honor which is presented based on outstanding contributions to engineering research, practice or education, and to the pioneering of new and developing fields of technology.

Randy Risher (Class of ‘89) Houston, Texas Founder and President The Risher Companies

Randy Risher is a 1989 UAM graduate with a degree in physical education and holds a master’s degree in exercise science from the University of Louisiana at Monroe. Risher founded The Risher Companies, a full-service company that provides the services and products needed to plan, open and operate a fitness center, including facility design development, fitness center management and staffing, and tailored corporate wellness programs. Risher and his companies work with clients to find fitness solutions for in-home fitness studios, large private clubs, corporate fitness centers, educational institutions , non-profit organizations, and professional sports teams. The Risher Companies include Randy Risher Fitness, Inc.; Risher Fitness Management, Inc.; Risher Wellness and Risk Management; Risher Fitness Equipment; Lifestyle Director, Inc.; and Jenna Investments, LLC. Risher’s clients include the Houston Texans, M.D. Anderson Medical Center, Silver Eagle Distributors, and the University of Oklahoma. Risher is a member of the American College of Sports Medicine, Community Associations Institute, and the Houston Apartment Association. Fall 2011


Ginny Chambliss (Class of ‘96) Rison, Arkansas Science and Mathematics Teacher Rison High School

Ginny Chambliss enrolled at UAM in 1992, earning a degree in mathematics with a minor in physics and chemistry in 1996. Chambliss had been out of school for nine years after earning an associate degree in computer science from SAU-Tech in Camden in 1983. Her career plans were put on hold for marriage and a family, but after working two years as a teacher’s aide at Rison Elementary School, she decided to go back to school at the urging of a former teacher. It was good advice. For the past 16 years, Chambliss has taught a variety of science and mathematics courses at Star City and Rison High Schools, including physical science, chemistry and advanced placement chemistry, physics and multiple mathematics courses. In 2009, she was a state finalist for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching and in 2010 was recognized as Arkansas’ Rural Teacher of the Year. Chambliss is currently pursuing a master’s degree in geoscience from Mississippi State University and incorporates the meteorological and geological concepts she is learning in graduate school into the topics she is teaching at Rison High School.

William Bulloch (Class of ‘57) Monticello, Arkansas Founder and President Bulloch Insurance and Real Estate

William “Bud” Bulloch graduated from Arkansas A&M in 1957 with a degree in business administration and built a successful career in insurance and real estate. From 1957 to 1969, Bulloch worked for the Hartford Insurance Company, beginning as a management trainee before becoming a state agent. He spent two years in corporate planning at the company’s home office in Hartford, Conn., was transferred to Dallas where he served as an underwriting manager, then became an assistant regional manager in Baltimore. Bulloch returned to Monticello in 1969 to found Bulloch Insurance and Real Estate and built the company into one of the most successful in southeast Arkansas. Bulloch has held numerous civic leadership roles in Monticello. He is a member of the board of directors of Commercial Bank, served two terms as president of the Chamber of Commerce, six years as a member and two as president of the board of directors of Drew Memorial Hospital, and 20 years on the Southeast Arkansas Health Foundation. He is a former Rotary District Governor and former member of the Arkansas Industrial Development Commission. 10


Larry Proctor (Class of ‘87) Ruston, Louisiana President and Chief Executive Officer B.E.A.M. Preventive Health and Wellness

Dr. Larry Proctor was a basketball star for the Boll Weevils before graduating with a degree in health and physical education in 1987. He holds a master’s degree in health and physical education from Delta State and a Ph.D. in health and exercise physiology from the University of Southern Mississippi. Proctor’s company, B.E.A.M. LLC is a preventive health care agency providing health and wellness programs to lower the disparity in cardiovascular disease relating to socio-cultural and racial differences. Proctor is also the assistant project manager in a joint venture between his company, Grambling State University, and M.O.V.E. Inc., to provide educational enrichment and health and wellness seminars to the community. Proctor has been a high school coach, area coordinator of the National Youth Sports Program and activity coordinator for the Mississippi Alliance for Minority Participation at Delta State, where he also served as assistant men’s basketball coach. He held a teaching and research fellowship at Washington State where he served as a visiting faculty member, and later became an assistant professor at Southeast Missouri State. Proctor joined the faculty at Louisiana Tech in 2004 as an assistant professor and in 2008.

The Alumni Award for Achievement and Merit Past Winners 1986 Annette Kellum Hall Frank D. Hickingbotham Dr. John Downey Jones, Jr. 1987 Dr. Simmie Armstrong, Jr. Dr. Lola Woodard Dudley Reginald Glover 1988 Oscar Earl Hollinger Dr. Robert E. Turner 1989 Dr. Thomas Y. Harp Dr. Ralph M. Maxwell 1990 Dr. James W. Breazeal Lamar G. Moore Ned W. Moseley 1991 Dr. Jim Chambless Dr. Martha Chambless Joe Whisenhunt 1992 Marjorie Mae Bond

Dr. Billy W. Evans Dr. James F. Sawyer 1993 O.H. Darling Hugh Heflin, Sr. James C. Scott 1994 Thedford Collins Dr. Peggy Doss John Lipton 1995 Hershel W. Gober W. Sykes Harris Curtis W. Kyle 1996 Evangeline Parker Fred E. Pickett 1997 Dr. Timothy Aldridge Dr. James Pat Craig 1998 Bob L. Jones Dale Kizer D. John Nichols

Wayne Vincent 1999 David L. Williams Dr. Paula Grafton Young 2000 Dr. Albert Etheridge J.P. Leveritt 2001 Claude Hunter Babin, Jr. Lesa Cathey Handley 2002 Dr. Audrey Brown Edwards Senator H. Gene Jeffress Senator Jimmy L. Jeffress 2003 Martin A. Brutscher J. Chester Johnson Sonny O’Neal 2004 James T. Clark Lt. Colonel Robert K. Doss Larry W. Walther 2005 Dr. Rebecca Paneitz

Dr. George Rice Dr. Melissa Williams 2006 Frank H. Wilson 2007 Dana Brooks James B. Brown Jerry D. Hubbard Thomas V. Maxwell Dr. Steven C. Moss 2008 Harold “Hank” Chamberlain Col. (Ret.) Byron P. Howlett Bill Wisener 2009 Kenneth D. Mann James E. McClain Wayne L. Owen, Jr. 2010 Martha Karen Eoff Rev. Shay Gillespie Marvin Kauffman Dr. Sean Rochelle

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 Patti 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.

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A new dean, a new building, renovations to the existing buildings, and cutting-edge research are positioning the School of Forest Resources as a national leader in natural resource management.


r. Philip A. Tappe has been named dean of the School of Forest Resources at the University of Arkansas at Monticello and director of the Arkansas Forest Resources Center (AFRC) of the UA System’s Division of Agriculture.

Tappe assumes the post after a nationwide search. “After an exhaustive search, we believe we have found the right person to lead the School of Forest Resources and the Arkansas Forest Resources Center,” said Ray. “As we looked at applicants from around the country, we kept coming back to Dr. Tappe as the individual who best matched the leadership profile we wanted. His familiarity with the academic, research and public service compnents of forestry

Dr. Philip A. Tappe



education made him the ideal candidate and will insure a seamless transition in leadership.” Tappe came to UAM in 1991 as a postdoctoral research associate and instructor in the School of Forest Resources. He was promoted to assistant professor in 1992, associate professor in 1997 and professor in 2003. He became director of the School of Forest Resources graduate program in 1998, director of special projects in 2005, program coordinator in 2006, and was named associate dean of the School and associate director of the AFRC in 2010. Since January 2011 he has served as both interim dean and interim director. “Dr. Tappe has our utmost confidence that under his leadership the school and the center will continue to provide the quality programs so essential to the continued sustainable development of this vital multi-faceted sector of our state’s economy and environment,” said Cochran. Tappe holds a bachelor of science degree in forestry and biology with specializations in forest wildlife management and wildlife biology from Stephen F. Austin State University. He holds a master of science degree, also

from Stephen F. Austin, in forestry, and a Ph.D. in forestry from Clemson University. As dean of Arkansas’ only School of Forest Resources, Tappe will direct an academic program that offers baccalaureate degrees in forest resources (with options in forestry and wildlife management), spatial information systems (with options in geographic information systems and surveying), the associate of science degree in land surveying technology, and the master of science degree in forest resources. He is also currently overseeing a $6 million construction and renovation project to the forest resources complex which includes the addition of the George H. Clippert Forest Resources Annex in honor of the late George H. Clippert of Camden. Tappe will also direct the Arkansas Forest Resources Center, which was established on the UAM campus in 1994 as a University of Arkansas Center of Excellence. The AFRC’s mission is to “develop and deliver superior programs in education, research and extension that enhance and insure the sustainability of forest-based natural resources.”

The George H. Clippert Forestry Annex Takes Shape


Forestry students and faculty will soon have a new state-of-the-art classroom and laboratory facility in which to study and conduct research when the George H. Clippert Forestry Annex is complete. The new construction plus the renovation of the existing forest resources complex should be complete in 2012.

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Finding better methods of carbon management and optimal use of forest biomass are the subjects of four research projects currently being conducted by scientists in the the School of Forest Resources.

T ON CLOSER EXAMINATION Dr. Hal Liechty (right) examines young cottonwood trees being used for biomass research.


he projects include a study of agroforest systems for bioenergy crop production by Hal Liechty, Matthew Pelkki and Donald White; a comparison of feedstocks grown with and without fertilization by Jamie Schuler; the characterization of in-forest woody biomass by Pelkki; and an evaluation of carbon market financial returns by Pelkki and Schuler. All four projects were recently recognized by the Southern Forest Research Partnership’s Forestry Research In The South newsletter. The first project’s goal is to develop economically and ecologically sustainable agroforest systems for producing bioenergy crops on what is termed marginal agricultural land in the lower Mississippi Valley. Liechty, Pelkki and White have created sites containing pure stands of cottonwood trees and switchgrass as well as alley cropped mixtures comprised of swaths of either all trees or all switchgrass in strips 15 to 30 meters wide. “The alley cropped sites contain a mixture of two species,” explains Pelkki, “but in strips wide


enough to plant and run machinery through.” The sites are located at the UA Division of Agriculture Research Station near Brinkley, the Southeast Research and Extension Station at Rohwer, and at a site near Archibald, La., in cooperation with the LSU Agriculture Center. All three sites are on soil classified as having low potential for growing traditional row crops. Pelkki, White and Liechty are studying the amount of biomass produced on each site and the characteristics of the fuel obtained from the biomass as well examining carbon sequestration, which is the storage

of carbon in living plants above and below ground and also the carbon that is mineralized by microorganisms in the soil when decaying plant material are digested for food. The scientists will also monitor all greenhouse gas emissions from establishing, maintaining and harvesting the sites. “We will use life cycle analysis to monitor the carbon emissions from the production of all inputs into the site, including seed, fertilizer and herbicides, as well as carbon emissions and energy savings from the biofuel produced by the site,” says Pelkki. The second project, a comparison of feedstocks grown with and without fertilization, focuses on short rotation woody crop (SWRC) production systems. With interest growing for converting marginal agricultural lands to SRWC sites, Schuler began a study in 2009 to compare various species for growth rate. Schuler established plots of black willow, eastern cottonwood, and American sycamore trees, some with and some without fertilization. Trees were planted at intervals of eight feet and measured for diameter, height, above ground biomass, and coarse

ALL SMILES Dr. Matthew Pelkki, the George H. Clippert Endowed Chair of Forest Resources, is excited by the implications and practical applications for the research being conducted by UAM forest scientists.

and fine root biomass. Schuler is also examining soil carbon on each plot. According to Schuler, preliminary results after one year showed the American sycamore achieved the greatest above ground biomass on both fertilized and unfertilized plots, and that fertilization had a positive, but not significant, impact on above ground biomass. In the third study, Pelkki examined the energy potential of in-forest residues, or logging slash (the part of trees left in the woods after traditional logging) at three harvesting sites in south Arkansas. Pelkki studied the particle size distribution, moisture content, Btu value (the heat energy contained in wood when it is oven dry) and ash content (the amount of unburnable minerals and other waste left after full combustion) of forest biomass resulting from two chipping and three grinding operations. “Ash content is important because ash can buildup in boilers during combustion, requiring cleaning and maintenance,” Pelkki explains. “It also increases particulates when emitted from smokestacks and is a waste product that needs to be disposed of, sometimes requiring a landfill if there

are heavy metals contaminating it.” Pelkki’s study found that the inforest residue contained a moisture content of 87 percent (meaning a piece of wood that weighs 100 pounds oven dry weighs 187 pounds in the forest), a Btu value of 7,945 per pound, and a 3.1 percent ash content. In the final study, Pelkki and Schuler are studying the financial impacts of carbon sequestration on three different models of pine management – uneven-aged, natural evenaged, and plantation. The study looks at pulpwood and saw timber yields and carbon sequestration rates for above and below ground live carbon as well as carbon stored in long-lived wood products. The importance of the study, says Pelkki, is in the financial value of carbon for forest landowners and the complicated carbon trading rules established by state and federal authorities. “Let’s say you have a forest and it is measured for live biomass by a forester to determine the amount of carbon in the forest,” Pelkki explains. “As a landowner, you only get to sell what you grow, so every five years, the biomass of your forest is measured. The amount of

growth in carbon is what you can sell. So if a forest today has 50 tons of CO2 equivalent in its biomass, and next year, it has 58 tons, the growth is eight tons of CO2, and that is what you can sell. “The forester now certifies that you have eight tons of carbon to sell, and this is now certified as eight tons of carbon credits and is put up for sale, just like any futures commodity, on a carbon exchange or carbon market. Let’s say a California power company has burned coal and exceeded the limits for carbon emissions set by California law. This company needs to buy carbon credits, so it bids for the right to buy the landowners eight tons of carbon credits, and just like orange juice futures, the high bidder gets the eight tons of carbon credits so it isn’t fined by the state of California for exceeding its carbon allowance.” Pelkki says preliminary results from the study show that carbon markets can provide added value to all forms of pine management, with additional returns of $136 per hectare (2.471 acres) for uneven-aged stands, $400 per hectare for natural even-aged stands, and $672 per hectare for pine plantations. Fall 2011



Students in Eva Arrington’s fourth grade class at Drew Central Elementary in Monticello are learning from one of the best. Don’t believe them? Just ask the President.



va Arrington has a lifesize cardboard cut-out of President Barack Obama in her fourth grade science class at Drew Central Elementary School in Monticello, but she never dreamed she’d get to meet the real President Obama. On May 20, Arrington and 84 other elementary science teachers from around the country waited for the President in the East Room of the White House. They were there to be recognized as the recipients of the 2010 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. Obama, as Presidents’ often are, was late, but he had a good reason. “He told us his daughter, Sasha, had come

home from school and wanted to tell her Dad about dissecting owl pellets in school that day,” Arrington said. “He told us he wanted to hear the story before he came down to meet us.” As the President worked the room, shaking hands with each teacher, he stopped to chat with Arrington, who told him about the life-size cut-out. “I told him my students ask me ‘Can President Obama be at my desk today?’” Arrington said. “The President loved that.” For Arrington, meeting the President was the highlight of a whirlwind six-day trip to Washington, D.C., that included meeting Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, Dr. Charles F. Bolden, president of the National Aeronautics and Space Ad-

ministration, Dennis Kelly, president of the Smithsonian National Zoological Park, Dr. Cora Marrett, senior presidential advisor for the National Science Foundation, and Carl E. Wieman, associate director for science for the White House Office of Science and Technology and the 2001 Nobel Prize winner in physics. Now in her 25th year as a public school teacher, Arrington and the other teachers were selected for the Presidential Awards by a panel of distinguished scientists, mathematicians, and educators following an initial selection process done at the state level. The awards are presented each year to outstanding K-12 science and mathematics teachers, alternating each year between K-6 and 7-12 grade teachers. Arrington and the other recipients received a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation to be used at their discretion. President Obama has committed to strengthen science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and prepare 100,000 effective science and mathmatics teachers over the next decade. “The President’s message was very clear when he met with us,” said Arrington. “He said the U.S. needs more teachers in science and mathematics and we need to do better in science and math education.” The Presidential Award is just the latest recognition for Arrington, a Hamburg native who earned a bachelor’s of arts in elementary education from the University of Arkansas at Monticello in 1986 and a master’s degree from UAFayetteville in 1988. She spent her first seven years teaching in Tustin, Calif., before coming to Drew

Central. She was the 2007 Arkansas Reading Association Educator of the Year, the 2004 Walmart Teacher of the Year, the 2003 Southeast Regional Finalist for the Arkansas Teacher of the Year Award, and the 2000 Drew Central School District Master Educator. She is currently a first-year candidate working toward national board certification in early and middle childhood literacy in reading and language arts. She is a part member of the Arkansas Science Framework Revision Committee, southeast director for the Arkansas Science Teachers Association, and taught gifted and talented science and math summer school for the Southeast Arkansas Educational Cooperative. After a quarter century in the classroom, Arrington admits to still getting a charge out of teaching youngsters. “Every day I am awed by my students’ curiosity and reminded of the glee of discovery,” she said. “I am indebted to my principal and colleagues who have allowed me the freedom to prepare my students for the 21st century.”

THE REAL THING Eva Arrington, with her fourth grade science class and a cardboard cut-out of President Obama (opposite page) met the real President during a photo opp at the White House (bottom).

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A record-setting quarterback, a national decathlon champion and a game-breaking halfback highlight the class of 2011 selected for induction to the University of Arkansas at Monticello Sports Hall of Fame. TICKETS TO THE 2011 HALL OF FAME BANQUET ARE $30 AND MAY BE PURCHASED BY CONTACTING CHRIS RATCLIFF AT (870) 4601057.



ory Allred, who passed and ran for 7,988 yards in just two seasons as the Boll Weevils’ starting quarterback, headlines the 2011 UAM Sports Hall of Fame induction class. Joining Allred are Greg Culp, the 1982 NAIA national decathlon champion, assistant football and head baseball coach Harold Steelman, basketball standout Becky Brown, all-conference halfback Russell Bulloch, and the late Tommy Scifres, a two-way lineman on threestraight conference championship teams. Buddy Carson, a member of the famed “Wandering Weevil” football team in 1940 and 1941, will receive the Boll Weevil Spirit Award for his contributions to UAM athletics.


The 2011 inductees will be honored at a banquet on Thursday, October 27 at 6:30 p.m. in the John F. Gibson University Center as part of the university’s Homecoming celebration. For tickets, call (870) 460-1057. Allred transferred to UAM in 2003 from Antelope Valley Community College in California and shattered both the UAM and Gulf South Conference record books in his first season. Allred set a GSC single season total offense record with 4,267 yards and was named the league’s offensive player of the year while earning second team All-America honors from d2football. com. On November 8, 2003, Allred put on one of the most brilliant individual displays in school or conference history in a 55-50 overtime win over Hender-

son State. Allred passed for 426 yards and six touchdowns and ran for 60 yards and two scores to account for 486 yards and a staggering eight touchdowns. As a senior in 2004, Allred accounted for 3,721 total yards to finish his Boll Weevil career with 7,070 yards passing and 918 yards rushing. He was a finalist for the Harlon Hill Trophy presented annually to the outstanding player in NCAA Division II. Greg Culp was one of the most versatile athletes in school history, earning All-Arkansas Intercollegiate

RECORD BREAKER Cory Allred shattered UAM and Gulf South Conference passing and total offense records in just two seasons as the Boll Weevils’ quarterback.

Conference and NAIA All-America recognition. As a sophomore, Culp earned all-conference honors in both the decathlon and the 110-meter high hurdles. As a junior, Culp was even better, winning the decathlon at the University of Kentucky Relays, placing fourth at the Florida State Relays, and winning the AIC decathlon championship. Culp established a then-Arkansas collegiate record (all divisions) for the decathlon by scoring 7,465 points at a meet at Harding University. He capped his UAM career by winning the 1982 NAIA national decathlon title and

only an injury the next year prevented him from attending the 1984 Olympic Trials. Russell Bulloch was lightning in a bottle for the Boll Weevil football team in the early 1950s. Bulloch was the backfield star of the 1953 team that won the first AIC championship in any sport in school history. The ’53 Weevils posted a 7-2 record for Coach Jim Benton while Bulloch earned AllAIC honors as a halfback while also returning kicks and punts and playing defensive back in the era of one-platoon football.

LINE STALWART Two-way tackle Tommy Scifres was part of three straight AIC championship teams in 1955, ‘56, and ‘57.

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FIRST TITLE Halfback Russell Bulloch (below) led Arkansas A&M to its first AIC football title – and first conference championship in any sport – in 1953.


Bulloch returned a punt 80 yards for a touchdown against Southern State (now SAU) in 1952 and averaged 20.1 yards a return that season. In 1953 Bulloch rushed for 121 yards on just 14 carries in a 19-7 win over the College of the Ozarks and gained 115 yards on just 9 carries, including a 70-yard TD scamper, in a 31-14 win over Southern State that clinched the ’53 league title. Becky Brown (Becky Jones in her playing days) scored 1,276 points as a member of the Cotton Blossoms basketball team from 1984 to 1988 and still ranks 12th in career scoring. Jones played in 118 games for the Blossoms and was part of UAM teams that won 84 games and the 1987 AIC championship. For the past 20 years, Brown has coached girls basketball at Star City High School, compiling a career record


of 550 wins and 117 losses to make her one of the most successful prep coaches in the Arkansas high school ranks. Her Star City teams have won 13 conference championships, eight regional championships and made 19 consecutive appearances in the state tournament, reaching the Final Four three times and earning two runner-up finishes. Brown has coached the East in the Arkansas High School Coaches Association All-Star Game five times. She is a four-time Southeast Arkansas Coach of the Year and in 2001 was named both the Arkansas High School Coaches Association and National Federation Coaches Association Coach of the Year. Harold Steelman was an assistant football coach on Jimmy “Red” Parker’s staff at UAM (then Arkansas A&M) from 1962 to 1965 and served

three seasons as head baseball coach. Steelman is best known in Arkansas sporting circles as a member of the University of Arkansas’ “25 Little Pigs” who captured the 1954 Southwest Conference football championship. Steelman lettered for the Razorbacks as a lineman in 1954 and 1955 before beginning his coaching career at Arkansas High School in Texarkana. Steelman followed Parker to The Citadel and served as an assistant there as well as at Louisiana-Monroe. Steelman was head coach at Arkansas Tech from 1980 to 1985 and managed War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock for 13 years before retiring in 1999. During Steelman’s coaching tenure at UAM, the Boll Weevils won conference football championships in 1963 and 1965 and back-to-back league baseball titles in 1963-64. The late Tommy Scifres was one of the AIC’s best two-way linemen on the league’s best team. Scifres lettered three years (1955, ’56 and ’57) and earned All-AIC honors in 1957 as a tackle. During Scifres’ playing career, the Boll Weevils posted records of 7-2, 7-1-1, and 9-2 while winning three consecutive AIC championships under head coach Convoy Leslie. Scifres was part of a Boll Weevil defensive line that allowed one touchdown or less to 21 opponents over a three-year period and recorded six shutouts. Buddy Carson was a halfback and quarterback on the 1940 and ’41 “Wandering Weevil” teams that traveled the country from coast to coast, garnering national publicity as the Marx Brothers of college football. A retired businessman living in Monticello, the 90-year-old Carson is an avid supporter of Boll Weevil athletics, particularly the football team.

WORLD CLASS Greg Culp (left) was a world class decathlete in the early ‘80’s, capturing the NAIA national championship and setting an Arkansas collegiate record. Becky ( Jones) Brown (below, left) had a stellar career with the Cotton Blossoms and is one of Arkansas’ most successful high school coaches. Harold Steelman (below, right) helped the Weevils win four AIC titles – two in football and two in baseball.

“Mr. Buddy” Keeps The Spirit Alive


eventy-one years ago this fall, Frank Carson, Jr. (‘Buddy” to his legion of admirers and friends) set out on an adventure he would never forget. As one of Stewart Ferguson’s “Wandering Weevils,” Carson and his teammates traveled the country from coast to coast playing football strictly for fun. They became national sensations with write-ups in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Collier’s and Newsweek. The Wandering Weevils lost most of their games but didn’t care. “We were having too good a time to care much whether we one or lost,” remembers Carson. “We were going places and seeing things we’d only read about in books or newspapers.” Carson and the Wandering Weevils played their last game on November 26, 1941. Eleven days later, the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor and Carson and most of his teammates were soon off to war. Carson became a B-17 bomber pilot and won the Distinguished Flying Cross while flying 36 missions over Europe. Now 90 years young, “Mr. Buddy” is still a fixture at UAM home football games and never misses the tailgate party, epitomizing what it means to have “that Weevil Spirit!” Fall 2011


SPORTS Campaign for Athletics For Baseball / Softball


thletics Director Chris Ratcliff recently announced plans for a new Campaign for Athletics with the goal of making improvements to the baseball and softball programs. The capital campaign will focus on raising private funds to finance the construction of new facilities and renovate existing ones. The campaign will address the need for an overhaul of the baseball complex, to include the construction of new dugouts, bleachers, a press box and locker room. New bleachers will also be built at Blossoms Field, home of UAM’s periennial powerhouse softball team. “Wth the completion of recent upgrades to Convoy Leslie-Cotton Boll Stadium and Steelman Fieldhouse as well as adding a new Indoor Practice Facility and weight room, we felt it was time to address other needs of our student-athletes and sports programs,” said Ratcliff. “Our baseball and softball facilities need improvements to match those at our other facilities. We are asking alumni and friends of the Boll Weevils and Cotton Blossoms to help us with this project.” Ratcliff added that with the move to the Great American Conference, it is “imperative that we not remain at a competitive disadvantage regarding facilities. We want to make sure our coaches and studentathletes compete on a level playing field.” For more information about the Campaign for Athletics, contact the Department of Athletics at (870) 460-1057.

Lettermen’s Breakfast


he UAM Lettermen’s Club will host a breakfast for all former athletes during Homecoming Weekend on October 29 at 8 a.m. in the Caucus Room of the John F. Gibson University Center. “We want to establish an active Lettermen’s Club and this is one of the first steps toward that goal,” said Chris Ratcliff, director of athletics. “We want to get our former athletes actively involved with Boll Weevil and Cotton Blossom athletics. The support of our former athletes is crucial to the continued growth of our program. For information about the breakfast or the Lettermen’s Club, contact Ratcliff at (870) 460-1057.



NEW BOSS Hud Jackson is UAM’s new head football coach and he has big plans for the Boll Weevils.

Passionate Man for a Passionate Game


ud Jackson is a passionate man – passionate about football and passionate about life. UAM’s new head football coach is in on his first season as a head coach at the collegiate level and is excited to see how it turns out. “Coaching’s in my blood,” Jackson says. “Being a coach’s son and watching how my Dad had an influence on young people was something that I wanted to do.” Jackson’s father, Sonny, was a successful high school coach in Louisiana and spent six years as head coach at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux. “Watching Dad in pregame speeches, how he handled himself around school with kids coming up to him for advice and direction in life, what he could pull out of these guys when they played the game – even as a young kid I noticed that. And the feeling that you would get from it, the passion you would get from it, made me feel like it was something I could do.” With encouragement from his mother, the late Barbara Jackson, Hud flirted with the idea of attending law school after graduating from McNeese State, where he

spent three years as the Cowboys’ starting quarterback before receiving a degree in psychology in 1992. “The idea of going to law school was more about my Mom than anything,” says Jackson. “She knew that a coach’s life can be a little tough, so when I finally did say that I was going into coaching, she was a little upset with me for awhile. But she knew coaching was in my blood and it was nothing I could fight.” It was Jackson’s mother who gave him his distinctive nickname. Born William Hudgens Jackson, III, he’s been Hud for as long as he can remember. And the moniker is not a shortened version of his middle name but a tribute to the title character of the 1963 Paul Newman movie Hud, which Jackson admits he’s never seen. “Mom was a big Paul Newman fan,” says Jackson. “She loved Paul Newman and Joe Namath. I have blue eyes and I guess she thought the name fit. From day one, it was never William, it wasn’t Willie, it wasn’t Will, it wasn’t Bill. I’ve always been Hud .” Jackson got his start in coaching as an assistant coach at Rayne (La.) High School. He moved on to Central Catholic High in

2011-12 Basketball Weevils Morgan City in 1997, serving as athletic director, head football coach, head baseball coach, and in his spare time was the school’s disciplinarian, textbook coordinator, mission development coordinator, and assistant fund raiser. His Central Catholic football teams won three district championships and Jackson was a three-time district coach of the year. In 2005, Jackson took his first collegiate job as an assistant coach at the University of Central Arkansas. In six seasons at UCA, Jackson served as associate head coach and director of football operations. When the UAM job came open last December, Jackson jumped at the opportunity. “I really believe this program is a gold mine,” says Jackson. “With the new facilities we have, with the new conference we’re in, with the direction the university is going, I think it’s a place where great things can happen.” One of Jackson’s first tasks after accepting the UAM job was to rebuild relationships with high school coaches in southeast Arkansas. Jackson and his staff made it a point to visit as many schools and coaching staffs in the area as they could. “We wanted them to know we were going to be back,” says Jackson. Blair Brown, a former Boll Weevil letterman and long-time head coach at Star City High School, was surprised to see Jackson and his entire staff at Star City’s first practice of the spring. “That meant the world to me, to our coaches, and to our players,” said Brown. “When I hear things like that, it makes me feel good because it means we’re doing the right things,” says Jackson. “I know I refer to my father a lot, but one of the things I learned from him was that you have to reach out to the people who are close to you. There’s a lot of football coaches out there who are UAM grads, who have ties to this university or this town, and I think it’s really important for us to reach out in a genuine way.” As usually happens during a coaching change, UAM’s roster took a hit during the offseason, but Jackson is confident fans will be pleased with the product on the field. “I use the word ‘passion’ a lot,” he

says, “but kids are going to look at their coach and take what his philosophies are and hopefully run with it. The guys on our staff are young guys who love coaching, love being around young people. Our fans are going to see a team that will compete hard, is disciplined, that won’t quit, and will overcome.” Jackson isn’t shy about his goal to win a championship in the new Great American Conference. He believes the talent available in southeast Arkansas and UAM’s proximity to the talent-rich high schools in Louisiana, Texas and Mississippi will allow him and his staff to attract top football players to Monticello. “Absolutely, we can win a championship here,” he says. When Jackson trots onto the field at Convoy Leslie-Cotton Boll Stadium, he scans the grandstands, looking for his wife, Patricia, and their children, daughters Alexis, 21, Baleigh, 12, and son William, 17. Football coaches are supposed to be gruff characters, a little rough around the edges, but Jackson wears his heart on his sleeve and admits that “every time I see my wife my heart melts. And that’s the truth. I get emotional thinking about it. My wife is the most important person in my life.” Jackson coaches the way he lives – what you see is what you get. He doesn’t like to scream at players if he doesn’t have to. “If I learned anything from my Dad, I learned that you can get things across to young people in a way that you don’t necessarily have to be in their faces all the time,” he says. “It’s a characteristic I got from Dad that has been very good for me as a coach. If you have to get a kid’s attention, putting your arm around him and talking to him is just as productive as trying to get under his facemask and getting face to face with him. Now there are times when you have to get abrasive with a kid, but I believe the relationship you build with him off the field will make him a little more receptive to that kind of coaching. “My coaching philosophy is I want my players to love the game as much as I love it and be as passionate about the game as I am. I want our players to walk away from the game and say ‘I liked playing for that guy.’”

Date Opponent Location Time 11/11 Washburn Bartlesville, OK 6:00 11/12 Missouri Southern Bartlesville, OK 3:30 11/17 Lyon College Batesville 7:00 11/19 Philander Smith Monticello 4:00 11/22 Delta State Monticello 7:30 11/26 Shepherd College Monticello 4:00 12/3 Northeastern OK Fort Smith 5:00 12/4 UA-Fort Smith Fort Smith 3:00 12/6 Delta State Cleveland, MS 7:00 12/10 Champion Baptist Monticello 4:00 12/12 Philander Smith Little Rock 5:00 1/2 Lyon College Monticello 4:00 1/5 Arkansas Tech* Russellville 7:30 1/7 Southeastern Ok* Monticello 4:00 1/14 Henderson State* Arkadelphia 4:00 1/19 Southwestern Ok* Monticello 7:30 1/21 East Central Ok* Monticello 4:00 1/23 Southern Arkansas* Magnolia 7:30 1/26 Harding * Searcy 7:30 1/28 Ouachita Baptist* Monticello 4:00 2/2 Arkansas Tech* Monticello 7:30 2/4 Southeastern OK* Durant, OK 4:00 2/11 Henderson State* Monticello 4:00 2/16 Southwestern OK* Weatherford, OK 7:30 2/18 East Central OK* Ada, OK 4:00 2/20 Southern Arkansas* Monticello 7:30 2/23 Harding* Monticello 7:30 2/25 Ouachita Baptist* Arkadelphia 4:00 GAC Tournament 3/1-4 Conference Tournament *Great American Conference games

Bartlesville, OK


Blossoms Date Opponent Location Time 11/11 UA-Ft. Smith Ft. Smith 7:30 11/12 UT-Permian Basin Ft. Smith 12:00 11/15 Ecclesia College Monticello 5:30 11/25 New Orleans Monticello 7:30 11/26 Univ. of Central OK Monticello 2:00 12/2 Northeastern OK Monticello 7:30 12/3 UA-Ft. Smith Monticello 2:00 12/8 Christian Brothers Monticello 5:30 12/30 Incarnate Word San Antonio, TX 3:00 12/31 St. Mary’s San Antonio, TX 3:00 1/5 Arkansas Tech* Russellville 5:30 1/7 Southeastern OK* Monticello 2:00 1/14 Henderson State* Arkadelphia 2:00 1/19 Southwestern OK* Monticello 5:30 1/21 East Central OK* Monticello 2:00 1/23 Southern Arkansas* Magnolia 5:30 1/26 Harding* Searcy 5:30 1/28 Ouachita Baptist* Monticello 2:00 2/2 Arkansas Tech* Monticello 5:30 2/4 Southeastern OK* Durant, OK 2:00 2/11 Henderson State* Monticello 2:00 2/16 Southwestern OK* Weatherford, OK 5:00 2/18 East Central OK* Ada, OK 2:00 2/20 Southern Arkansas* Monticello 5:30 2/23 Harding* Monticello 5:30 2/25 Ouachita Baptist* Arkadelphia 2:00 GAC Tournament 3/2-4 Conference Tournament *Great American Conference games

Bartlesville, OK

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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 Clarence Holley / Lawton, Okla. 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 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 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 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 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 Malpica and Mrs. Becky 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 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 Fall 2011


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 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 Troy and Betty Davis Scholarship / Andy and April Davis, Mr. Kent Davis and Friends Charles Fred and Laura Lee Stephenson Dearman Scholarship / Chuck and Cindy Dearman, David and Ashley Dearman Drs. Glen and Mary Jane Gilbert Scholarship / Drs. Glen and Mary Jane Gilbert and Friends Charles Hawkins Memorial Fund / Family Jack Jordan Golf Scholarship / Friends E. Wesley McCoy Scholarship / Ouachita-Saline Surveying and Mr. Mike Miley Ernest and Mary McFarland Scholarship / Mary I. McFarland Arhia Raymond Melton and Mildred Richardson Melton Scholarship / Estate of W. F. Chumney Al Peer Kappa Alpha Psi Alumni Scholarship / Mr. Jerry Bingham and Kappa Alpha Psi Alumni 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 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 31, 2011. 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. Jay Baker Mrs. Maxine Clippert Drs. Glen and Mary Jane Gilbert Mr. and Mrs. Cleatous J. Hall Ms. Carolyn G. Hancock Mr. and Mrs. Brooks Handly Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Hornaday Dr. and Mrs. Jack Lassiter Dr. Betty A. Matthews Mr. and Mrs. Thomas V. Maxwell Mr. and Mrs. John J. Phillips Mr. Lester Pinkus Dr. Jeffrey H. Reinhart Mr. Randy and Dr. Neela Risher Mr. and Mrs. Johnny H. Smith Dr. and Mrs. Eric Sundell Mrs. Rhonda Crews Woodruff

Galaxy Club $1,000-$2,499 Mrs. Glenda Carol Baker Mr. and Mrs. Jim Barron Mr. and Mrs. Kirk Erik Brezee Mr. and Mrs. Harry Crossett Mr. and Mrs. Charles F. Dearman, Sr. Dr. and Mrs. Michael Fakouri Mr. and Mrs. Jerry D. Gibson Mr. and Mrs. John W. Gibson Mr. Tommy L. Hooks Dr. Carl B. Johnston Mr and Mrs. Fred Leonard Mr. and Mrs. Gerald W. Majors Hilda M. Malpica Mr. and Mrs. Noel A. McDaniel Mark A. Normand Mrs. Joyce O’Neal Dr. James F. Roiger Congressman and Mrs. Mike Ross Ms. Elois G. Smith Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan R. Wall Mr. and Mrs. Scotty D. Watkins Mr. and Mrs. Kent Webb Mrs. Marilyn R. Webb Mr. and Mrs. Fred J. Williams

Emerald Club $500-$999 Dr. and Mrs. Ed Bacon Mr. Maurice J. Baker Mr. and Mrs. James Berry Karen Guynn Brezee Mrs. June M. Carter Dr. and Mrs. David Denson Mr. William E. Dixon (LtCol USAF Ret) Ms. Tawanda Eugene Mr. and Mrs. William H. Gandy, Sr. Dr. and Mrs. Dexter E. Gulledge

Mr. and Mrs. Jim Manning Ms. Kelly Murphy Mrs. Deloris Peterson Mr. and Mrs. Dirk Pulliam Dr. John Warren Ramsey Mr. Lowell C. Reed Mr. and Mrs. John D. Richardson, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Scott Saffold Ms. Libby Sands Dr. and Mrs. John V. Tedesco Mr. Ted D. Thompson Mrs. Mary Jo Tucker Dr. and Mrs. Robert W. Wiley

Loyalty Club $200-$499 Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Adair Mr. and Mrs. Joe Akin Dr. and Mrs. Paul H. Ayres Dr. and Mrs. Morris Bramlett Mr. and Mrs. Otis Block, Sr. Mrs. Louise Burke Mr. Buddy Carson Mr. and Mrs. John David Carter Mr. Raymond C. Chao Mr. and Mrs. Clint Conque Mr. and Mrs. Edgar L. Culpepper Mr. Jereal P. Dillon Mr. Ben R. Dunlap Mr. and Mrs. Larry Fisackerly Ms. Tasha Franklin Mr. and Mrs. Byron A. Galloway Mr. and Mrs. Reginald Glover Ms. Pamela D. Gouner Mr. Barry H. Haas Mr. and Mrs. Bobby R. Harper Mr. and Mrs. Charles C. Harris Col. And Mrs. (Ret.) Byron P. Howlett, Jr. Mr. James A. Hudgins Dr. and Mrs. Louis J. James Mr. Billy H. Majors Mrs. Angela J. Marsh Mr and Mrs. Eugene Mazzanti Mr. and Mrs. Mike McGinnis Mr. and Mrs. Kent L. McRae Mr. Isaac Ogle Mr. and Mrs. Grant Pace Mrs. Matti J. Palluconi Mr. Donald S. Pearson Mr. and Mrs. R. David Ray Mr. James Rice Mr. and Mrs. Paul M. Russell Mr. and Mrs. Ted Selby Mr. Thomas P. Slavin Mr. and Mrs. Tim H. Smith Mrs. Janet Staudinger Mr. and Mrs. Bill Whiting

Century Club $100-$199 Mrs. Joy D. Akin Mr. and Mrs. Jimmie Appleberry Mr. and Mrs. Timothy W. Beckham Mrs. Mary R. Bellott Mr. and Mrs. M. Hamilton Bitely Dr. Gregory Borse

Dr. Debbie Bryant Mr. and Mrs. William C. Bulloch Mr. and Mrs. John L. Bullock Mr. and Mrs. Jack Carey Mr. and Mrs. Raymond G. Carson Rep. and Mrs. Eddie Cheatham Mrs. Mimi Herring Ciarletta Mr. and Mrs. Youles D. Clark Dr. Jesse M. Coker Mr. and Mrs. Fred Cooper Mrs. Mary L. Cooper Mr. and Mrs. Michael B. Cravens Mrs. Vernelle Crews Dr. and Mrs. Lloyd H. Crossley Ms. Sandra J. Davies Mr. and Mrs. Andy Davis Mr. and Mrs. Kent Davis Ms. Charlotte Denton Mr. L. Ray Downs Ms. Linda S. Ellis Ms. Patricia A. Ewens Mr. and Mrs. Joseph M. Fakouri Mrs. Christine Felts Mr. Roy L. Garlington Dr. Robert Graber Ms. Patricia Sellers Hampton Mr. Bruno Hanke Ms. Lynn Harris Ms. Ella M. Helm Ms. Mary Lean Hollins Mrs. Vashti L. Holt Mr. Ernest A. Howard Mr. William Hud Jackson Ms. Mary A. Johnson

Mr. and Mrs. Jay Jones Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy D. Jones Dr. and Mrs B.J. Jordan Ms. Cynthia A. Kimbrell Ms. Mary Ann King Mr. and Mrs. Scott Kuttenkuler Mr. and Mrs. Billy Lansdale Mr. and Mrs. Samuel C. Light Mayor and Mrs. Allen W. Maxwell, Jr. Ms. Carolyn Minson Ms. Jean Ann Moles Ms. Patricia Nicholson Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy D. Parker Mr. and Mrs. Harry C. Pennington Mr. and Mrs. Michael H. Pennington Mr. and Mrs. Robert W. Prestridge Mr. and Mrs. Dustin Prince Mr. and Mrs. Dick E. Reynolds Ms. Marye D. Rogers Ms. Linda Herrington Rushing Mr. and Mrs. Charles Savage Mrs. Charlotte T. Schexnayder Ms. Erin Selby Dr. and Mrs. Kent Skinner Mr. Thomas P. Springer Dr. and Mrs. Charles Robert Stark, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Charles R. Summerford Mr. Jim Trimm Mr. and Mrs. Martin Walt Dr and Mrs. Robert Weih Mr and Mrs. Cedric E. Williams Mr. Robert L. Williams Mr. James W. Willis

BUSINESS / ORGANIZATION DONORS Acxiom Arkansas Native Plant Society Arkansas Seed Dealers Association Arkansas Superior Federal Credit Union Bulloch, Inc. Commercial Bank & Trust Co. Davis Building Inc. DCHS Class of ‘61 DMC Construction LLC Employers Staffing Services, Inc. ExxonMobil Foundation Farmer’s Grain Terminal Freedman Metals, Inc. Ganesha Hospitality, LLC J.M. Davidson, Inc. Jackson’s Bayou Boys KTM Coating Technologies, Inc. Leesco, Inc. Lubrizol Foundation Martin Knee & Sports Medicine Center, PA

Maxwell Hardwood Flooring Merchants & Farmers Bank Oak Grove Assembly of God Ocean Marine Contractors Inc Oklahoma United Methodist Foundation Phoenix Youth & Family Services Price Services, Inc. Ralph McQueen & Co., LTD. Randy Risher Fitness, Inc. Risher Fitness Management, Inc. Ryburn Motor Company Simmons First Bank of South Ark South Arkansas Rehabilitation Spectra Energy Foundation State Farm Companies Foundation Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Home Texas Instruments Foundation Truck & Trailer Services, Inc. UAM Institute of Management Accountants

Fall 2011


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 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 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


The UAM / Eric Sundell Herbarium Project


he UAM / Eric Sundell Herbarium Project is a vital part of the university’s commitment to excellence in science and science education. Part of that commitment includes the construction of a new Botanical Research Center and Herbarium for the study of plants. The Herbarium will be named for Dr. Eric Sundell, professor emeritus, in honor of his role in developing the UAM herbarium collection. The new center will house: • DNA research being conducted by UAM faculty and students; • Laboratory space for use in botany and biology classes; • An herbarium to house more than 27,000 catalogued plant specimens, including more than 600 speciments representing rare plants and species of special concern; • A greenhouse for study and research; • A library and conference room. The Botanical Research Center and Herbarium will greatly enhance scientific research and education at UAM. In addition to housing the University’s collection of catalogued plant specimens, laboratory areas will allow expansion of current botanical research utilizing DNA technology to identify, name, and classify plants and

algae. The center’s library will provide information on the historical uses of cultivated plants as well as technical information on the introduction, spread, and control of exotic plants and invasive species. The facility will also include a demonstration garden which will serve as a resource for local gardeners. Projects of this type require resources to make them happen, and that’s where you come in. If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation to this new facility, contact the Office of Advancement at (870) 460-1028. An investment in education is always a good one!

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ALUMNI SNAPSHOTS Larry Walther ‘70 President Barack Obama has nominated Larry W. Walther (BS ‘70) to the board of directors of the Export-Import Bank of the United States. Walther was the Director of the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) from March 2008 to January 2009. Immediately prior, he served for over three years as the Executive Director of the Arkansas Department of Economic Development (ADED). Walther had a 30-year career with SBC Communications, now AT&T. Starting as a switching engineer for Southwestern Bell Telephone Company, he concluded his career at SBC as the Vice President for Corporate Services and Chairman of the SBC Foundation. Walther holds a bachelor of science degree in mathematics from UAM.

Marsha Miller ‘05

1970-79 David Leech (BS ’72) was appointed chairman of the Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Leech was selected for this position after 14 years of continual service on the board. According to Leech, the goal of the board is to coordinate the colleges and universities throughout the state as well as the presidents and chancellors.


Marsha Miller (BSN ’05, MSN, RN), completed the Family Nurse Practitioner Program at Delta State University in May 2008, and passed the Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Certification Examination in August 2008. Currently, Miller serves as Arkansas Nurses Association (ARNA) District 02 President over Ashley, Bradley, Chicot, Desha, & Drew counties, and also serves on the Arkansas Nurses Association Health care Policy Committee. Miller is also a member of the Southeast Arkansas Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc”.

Jerry Bingham (BS ’80), former football standout, continues his retail management career with Bed Bath and Beyond as the operations manager in Kansas City, Mo. Jerry and wife Sheron have recently celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary.

J. Mike Phillips ‘80

Carole Ellen Wade (BA ’02) and Jeffrey Scott Morris were married on June 26 at Safe Haven Church of Tuscaloosa, Ala. Brian R. Smith (BS ‘05) and Randi Marie Register were married on July 3 at Phoenix West in Orange Beach, Ala. Justin Alan Neill (BA ’10) and Allison Marie Pace (BS ’08, MAT ’09) were married on July 22 at the home of Dale and Betty Hughes. Julienne Elizabeth Ross (BSN ’10) and Bobby Max Pennington were married on July 16 at Marlsgate Plantation in Scott.

J. Mike Phillips (BS ‘80), has been selected as the new head of the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences at Mississippi State University. Phillips has been the chair of the Department of Agricultural Sciences at Morehead State University in Kentucky since 2007. Before his appointment at Morehead, Phillips served as professor of agronomy and director for the Southwest Research and Extension Center at the University of Arkansas. “Dr. Phillips has an extensive background in teaching, research and Extension,” said George Hopper, interim dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. “His leadership capabilities will be invaluable to the plant and soil sciences department.” Phillips earned his doctorate and master’s degrees in agronomy from the University of Arkansas. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in agriculture from the University of Arkansas at Monticello. Phillips has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors and was elected vice chair of the AgriEnergy component of the Governor’s Task Force on the Future of Agriculture in Kentucky. The Department of Plant and Soil Sciences is part of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Many of the department’s faculty hold appointments with the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station and the MSU Extension Service. The department offers undergraduate and graduate programs in agronomy and horticulture. It is home to the University Florist and the golf and sports turf management concentration within the agronomy major. In addition to teaching programs, the plant and soil sciences department conducts research and outreach in plant breeding and genetics, crop simulation, crop modeling, agronomy, soil sciences, crop physiology, weed science, turfgrass science, seed technology, and horticulture.


2011 Shana Sheree Forrest (BSN ’11) and Jimmy DeWitt Bell were married on September 24 at the First United Methodist Church.

Former Students Valerie Crane recently completed a book on raising children to be functional members in society. Crane is the administrative



assistant of Temple Christian Academy and is a staff member of the Gulf Coast Baptist College. Matt Courson walked across the First Mariner Arena Stage on May 23, 2011, to receive his diploma from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Courson was severely injured in an ATV accident five years ago and was not given much hope of walking again. Courson is a former pitcher for the UAM baseball team.

Wee Weevil Bibs Lane Thomas Gibson born May 22, 2011, to Brian (BS ’00) and Abby (BBA ’04) Gibson of Selma. Dawson Sage Loyd born May 15, 2011, to Chris (BBA ’01) and Sage (TC ’97) Loyd of Monticello. Jhett Charles Withers born June 13, 2011, to Kerry (BS ’09) and Rachel (BA ’09) of Monticello.


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Don and Katy Hartley of Hamburg celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on August 30.

Weddings at the Bell The Victory Bell at Weevil Pond has become something of a wedding bell in the past year as former UAM students tie the knot on campus. Above, Micah Bateman and Cody Malone, and right, Blake Gilbert and Amanda Harrod were wed in separate ceremonies.

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ALUMNI SNAPSHOTS Angie Clements, Randy Risher Join Alumni Board Angie Clements (BS ‘94) and Randy Risher (BS ‘89) are the newest members of the UAM Alumni Association’s board of directors. Clements, formerly of Warren and now living in Little Rock, is now the national sales director for Agrobotics, an agricultural technology firm specializing in mechanized production. Clements has 17 years experience in sales and marketing, including eight years with Viacom / CBS in Philadelphia and New York City. At UAM, Clements was the 1989 homecoming queen, active in the Special Olympics, and was a member of Alpha Sigma Alpha sorority and a Phi Lamda Chi Little Sister. Risher is one of five alumni selected to receive this year’s Alumni Award for Achievement and Merit. Founder and president of The Risher Companies of Houston, Tex., Risher has built a successful business in corporate health and wellness. His business enterprises include Randy Risher Fitness, Inc., Risher Fitness Management, Risher Wellness and Risk Management, Risher Fitness Equipment, Lifestyle Directors, Inc., and Jenna Investments, LLC. For more information about your Alumni Association, call the Office of Advancement at (870) 460-1028.

Friends We’ll Miss Ronald L. Anderson ’70 of Arkansas City, August 19, 2011. Claudette Ruth Lockhart Bagwell ‘64 of Humphrey, June 10, 2011. James Orville Beard ’54 of Heber Springs, May 30, 2011. MaLinda Bradford ’91 of Eudora, June 19, 2011. Charles (Chuck) Campbell ’80 of Sherwood, April 12, 2011. Sue Hendricks Cathey of Monticello, August 17, 2011. Frank E. Clark, Jr. ’49 of Las Cruces, N.M., July 31, 2011. Bob Dew of Pine Bluff, May 24, 2011. Herbert E. Floriani of Alameda, Calif., February 6, 2011. Judith Lynn Thompson Garrett ’71 of Minot, N.D., July 5, 2011. Jack Hugh Harper ’51 of Rock Springs, July 12, 2011. David A. Henderson of San Francisco, Calif., June 6, 2011.



Floyd Edmond Hickam ’58 of Wilmar, July 27, 2011. Orrell Lynn “Bo” Humphrey, Jr. ’53 of Little Rock, April 9, 2011. Dorothy Lynn Rauls Kirkland of West Memphis, Tenn., July 10, 2011. Mary Louise Richter Langrell of Central City, Pa., June 15, 2011. Helen Munn Lindsey of Pine Bluff, July 22, 2011. Kandra Nicola Miles of Hamburg, July 27, 2011. Rosalyn Verna Martin-Millet ’02 of Monticello, June 4, 2011. Joe McGough ‘78 of Mineola, Tex., May 28, 2011. Maurice Mitchell of Little Rock, April 2, 2011. Dr. Jack Ervin Mobley of Conway, July 17, 2011. Edward Lee Parham ’56 of Benton, August 21, 2011. Linda Ply Pate of Pine Bluff, July 2, 2011.

Olive Wise Paulus of Warren, August 8, 2011. Lois Irene Ross Simpson ’41 of Crossett, August 14, 2011. Helen Faye Sullivan ’51 of White Hall, June 24, 2011. Jerry Glenn Sullivent of Bearden, July 13, 2011. Robert A. Tolson, Sr. ’48 of Rison, July 26, 2011. Tarleton E. “Sonny” Vowell, Jr. ‘65 of Lake Village, April 20, 2011. William Taylor Warner of Warren, August 23, 2011. Zachary Caleb Wells of Ozark, August 8, 2011. Arthur Earl White of Memphis, Tenn., May 28, 2011. Corbit White of Huttig, September 11, 2010. Veda Faye Gorman Williams of North Platte, Neb., May 4, 2011. Wanda Lynn Williams of Alexander, May 11, 2011.

The Class of ‘61 Recognize anyone? Get in touch with your former classmates at a reunion of the Arkansas A&M Class of 1961. Join us for Homecoming on October 27-29 as we salute the Class of ‘61. For information call (870) 460-1028.

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Homecoming 1960 Ark ansas A&M President Jack Mears COngr atulates 1960 Homecoming Queen Gail Godfrey Cobb While Boll Weevil Co-Captains Bobby Fowler (left) and Oscar Hollinger Watch.

UAM Magazine (Fall 2011)  

Alumni magazine of the University of Arkansas at Monticello.

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