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From the Chancellor


remind us of the passage of time. UAM passed

two milestones recently when we observed our 100th commencement and honored our 50th Distinguished Alumnus. This is a bittersweet time for those of us on a college campus as we say goodbye to a graduating class full of hope and promise. It’s also a time to look ahead to the next generation of students and wonder who from among them will be the next Reginald Glover, our 2012 Distinguished Alumnus. For more than five decades Reginald has built a legacy of service to his community, to the state of Arkansas, and to this institution. I can think of no one more deserving of this honor.

If you drive through campus, you will notice that we have complet-

ed construction on the new forestry annex, which we will formally dedicate this fall, and are now in the process of renovating and refurbishing the original forestry building. Our next major construction project will be to refurbish or replace the Science Center. We will begin a campaign to raise funds for this essential project in the near future, including making available the naming rights for the structure.

As you know, these are challenging economic times for Arkansas’ institutions of

higher learning. With the state providing a decreasing share of our operating expenses, our only alternative is to raise tuition and fees to maintain a margin of excellence in our academic programs. We are mindful of the economic hardship this places on students and their families and we will continue to explore every option to keep the cost of attendance affordable.

Please mark your calendars for two important dates this fall – Parent/Family Appreci-

ation Day on September 15 and Homecoming on October 13. I encourage you to come back for Homecoming and see first-hand the exciting changes taking place at your alma mater.

One of our continuing goals for the coming year is to strengthen our ties with our

alumni base. The Office of Alumni Affairs has created a monthly electronic newsletter to keep you informed of the latest happenings on campus as well as news involving alumni. We are also looking for locations for alumni receptions and need your help. If you are interested in hosting a reception in your area, please contact me or Dr. Clay Brown, Vice Chancellor for Advancement and University Relations.

As always, I remind you that UAM is your university and we’d love for you to visit.

Best Wishes,

On The Cover: Reginald Glover of Monticello was honored recently as UAM’s 50th Distinguished Alumnus.

UAM MAGAZINE (Volume 19, number 2) 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!

Parents, if your son or daughter attended UAM and is no longer living at this address, please notify our office of his or her new address. Thank you.


Jack Lassiter Chancellor Search “UAM News”

Summer 2012

INSIDE 2 On Campus

A $30,000 gift from the Drew County chapter of the Arkansas Extension Homemakers Council, the state’s top computer programmers, the winner of the prestigious Joseph E. Pryor Fellowship, and a unique children’s literacy project highlight campus happenings.

18 Sports

The Cotton Blossoms win the first Great American Conference softball championship and add a tournament title to boot. Kayla Jackson becomes UAM softball’s first threetime All-American.

25 Technology


To his oldest friends, he’ll always be “Red Hot.” To UAM, Reginald Glover is a loyal friend and our Distinguished Alumnus.



LPN nursing graduates from the McGehee campus achieve a 100 percent pass rate on the state licensure examination.

26 Class News

Keep in touch with your former classmates.



For 42 years, David Ray impacted the lives of generations of Arkansas A&M and UAM students. Now, he’s saying goodbye.

UAM student Emily Oliver of Hamburg is the first female to win the 18-and-under World Turkey Calling Championship.

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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ON CAMPUS Weih has directed the Spatial Information Systems Program since 2003. Prior to joining the UAM faculty, he worked as a remote sensing and GIS consultant in the College of Natural Resources at Colorado State University. He earlier served as a senior scientist at the Space Remote Sensing Center in the Institute of Technology Development at the NASA Stennis Space Center. He also worked as a natural resource GIS/remote sensing advisor for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in Jakarta, Indonesia, was a research assistant at Virginia Tech, a project research analyst for the Coconino County Highway Department in Flagstaff, Ariz., and a lead forest technician in Utah’s Dixie National Forest.

Dr. Robert Weih Receives Honor


r. Robert Weih, a member of the School of Forest Resources faculty at UAM since 1994, was recently named the Distinguished Alumnus of the Year by the School of Forestry at Northern Arizona University. Weih graduated from Northern Arizona in 1982 with a bachelor of science degree in forestry and range management and holds a master’s degree from the University of Minnesota and a Ph.D. in forest biometrics from Virginia Tech. The NAU School of Forestry has presented its Distinguished Alumnus Award annually since 1990. “Our past recipients include a diverse array of alumni who have gone on to successful careers in forest science, government agencies such as the U.S.D.A. Forest Service, and private industry,” said Dr. James A. Allen, professor and executive director of the NAU School of Forestry. “Dr. Weih is in some very good company.” A pioneer in the discipline of spatial information systems using geographic information systems, remote sensing, global positioning and aerial photography, Weih was instrumental in developing the spatial information systems degree



Top Programmers

program at UAM. UAM’s School of Forest Resources was one of the first forestry programs to offer degrees in spatial information systems within a forestry environment. “This is a wonderful and welldeserved honor for Dr. Weih,” said Dr. Philip Tappe, dean of the School of Forest Resources and director of the Arkansas Forest Resources Center. “Bob’s work in spatial information systems has positioned UAM as a national leader in a cutting edge discipline. Bob’s dedication, his commitment to excellence in all that he does, serves as an example not only for the School of Forest Resources, but for the institution as a whole.”


omputer programming teams from UAM swept the top two spots in the CIS COBOL division of the 2012 Arkansas Collegiate Programming Contest hosted recently by Hendrix College in Conway. The UAM team of Timothy Taylor of Star City, Amy Emberson of Searcy, and Treshai Hudspeth of Monticello won the competition while the team of Bo Smith of White Hall, Robert Moffatt and Kevin Stewart of Crossett placed second. Twenty-five teams from colleges and universities throughout the state took part in the competition, which is sponsored annually by the TresNet Division of Acxiom Corporation. Ten of the 25 teams competed in the CIS COBOL division while 15 competed in the CIS nonCOBOL division.

Parents’ Day / Homecoming Dates


ates for the two biggest events of the fall semester have been set so be sure to mark your calendars: Parent/Family Appreciation Day – September 15 Homecoming – October 13

FIRST PLACE TEAM (From left) Treshai Hudspeth, Amy Emberson and Timothy Taylor comprised UAM’s first place team at the Arkansas Collegiate Programming Contest.

The UAM teams were given six programming problems to solve in five hours. Taylor, Emberson and Hudspeth successfully solved all six problems, five on the first attempt. “This is a tremendous accomplishment for our students and for our program,” said Brian Hairston, dean of the School of Computer Information Systems. “Our students have proven over and over again that they can compete with the best this state has to offer and excel at a very high level. I’m proud of them.” Keith Jones of Acxiom Corporation and director of the competition, called the performance of UAM’s winning team “extraordinary. The contest is not only about completing the problems successfully, but also considers the time it takes each team to complete them,” Jones explained. “Twenty minute penalties are given for each wrong submission. These can really add up and hurt a team. This can be the difference in placing in the top two or not.”

Pryor Fellowship


enior English major Adam Cook of Winnsboro, Tex., has become the second student from the University of Arkansas at Monticello to win the prestigious Joseph E. Pryor Fellowship from Alpha Chi national collegiate honor society. Cook received the award, which includes a $1,000 scholarship to the graduate school of his choice, at the recent Alpha Chi national convention in Baltimore, Md. Cook joins Joseph Lockwood of Stuttgart as the only UAM students to win the Pryor Fellowship. “This is a wonderful honor for Adam and for the university,” said Chancellor Jack Lassiter. “The Pryor Fellowship recognizes both individual academic achievement and the academic quality of the institution represented. I know I speak for the entire university community when I say how proud I am of Adam’s accomplishments.”

“We are all so proud of Adam,” said Dr. Kate Stewart, professor of English and UAM’s Alpha Chi sponsor. “He represents the best this institution has to offer. He has been a joy to be around and I have no doubt he’ll be successful at whatever he chooses to do.” The Pryor Fellowship is named for the late Dr. Joseph E. Pryor, long-time faculty member, dean and academic vice president at Harding University. Dr. Pryor served as executive director of Alpha Chi from 1983 to 1993. Alpha Chi is a national collegiate honor society that admits members from all academic disciplines. Membership is limited to the top 10 percent of the junior and senior classes and requires a grade point average of 3.6 or better on a 4.0 scale.

TOP SCHOLAR Adam Cook (left) is the second UAM student in as many years to receive the Pryor Fellowship. At right is Jean Hendrix, associate professor of computer information systems.

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On CAMPUS Game Generation

Research Grant


r. Mary Stewart, associate professor of biology in the School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences, has been awarded a summer research fellowship from the Arkansas IDeA Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE). Arkansas INBRE is funded by the National Institutes of Health and provides mentored collaborations in biomedical research between faculty at primarily undergraduate institutions and faculty at one of the state’s lead institutions (UAMS, UA-Fayetteville and UA-Little Rock). Another goal of the Arkansas INBRE program is to increase the number of undergraduate students that pursue a career in biomedical research.    Stewart is collaborating with Dr. Helen Beneš at UAMS and will conduct research at UAMS this summer as well as at UAM.  The research will continue into the academic year and will involve undergraduate students.   “Being directly involved in research is an excellent hands-on opportunity for undergraduate students to expand learning outside of the classroom and to explore a career path,” said Stewart.    Stewart’s research focuses on the similarities of genes in humans and fruit flies, including genes that have roles in disease processes.  “This, coupled with the fact that fruit flies reproduce quickly and are easy to study, has led researchers worldwide to use the fruit fly in research to understand how mutations in genes can lead to conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular disorders and



cancers,” Stewart explained. “What we learn in fruit flies can then be tested and applied to humans. In my research, I am working with a strain of fruit flies that have a mutation that we suspect affects two genes.  These flies develop tumors and have a syndrome of other effects that include delayed development and reduced activity of a hormone.  Although we suspect that two genes are involved, we don’t know exactly what role each gene has in causing the tumors or the other pathologies.  Finding out what these mutant genes do and how this leads to tumors and the other pathologies are the overall goals of our research.  We hope that the information we find will be useful for understanding a group of human conditions that are caused by mutations in similar genes.” Arkansas INBRE was established in 2001 to strengthen the state’s biomedical research infrastructure, increase the biomedical research base in Arkansas by providing research support to the partner undergraduate institutions so they can obtain independent funding for their biomedical research projects, provide mentored research opportunities for faculty and undergraduate students statewide, and enhance the science and technology base of Arkansas’s future workforce by developing a cadre of trained scientists, especially those with expertise in biomedical research. 


ryan Fendley, director of academic computing at UAM, has been selected to present his ideas at this year’s 2012 Educause Conference, a gathering of leading higher education information technology professionals November 6-9 in Denver, Colo. Fendley will be conducting a national online workshop to teach faculty and administrators how to use video game design principles that can help students become more engaged in the college classroom. According to Fendley, “Generation G” is the game generation. “They think, solve problems, and communicate differently than any previous generation.”  Fendley explained, “Higher education has spent time training faculty and support staff in the areas of classroom technologies and distance learning delivery, but we have not adequately prepared for the digital environment where so many of our students spend their time – video games.” Fendley is a nationally recognized leader in distance learning and innovative teaching methods.

Tree Planting


AM students, faculty and staff planted a yellow poplar tree at the center of campus recently in observance of Arbor Day, a nationally-celebrated observance that encourages tree planting and care. The observance is one of five requirements for the campus to maintain its standing as part of Tree Campus USA. UAM was designated a Tree Campus USA in 2010. “The Tree Campus USA program is an initiative to foster the development of the next generation of tree stewards,” said Jay Jones, vice chancellor for finance and administration. “The program is designed to promote healthy urban forest management.”

WITH THE GOVERNOR UAM students and faculty met with Governor Mike Beebe as part of a recent trip to the state capitol. Pictured from left are Will Parrish of Greenville, Miss., Dr. Bob Stark of the UAM faculty, Wes Boney of Lake Village, Zach Lauhon of Hamburg, Evan Staton of Pine Bluff, Nik George of Monticello, Todd Taylor of Pine Bluff, Rachel Umholtz of Sheridan, Tyler Hicks of Prattsville, Eric Manos of Trenton, Fla., Dustin Day of McGehee, Jacob Rayburn of DeVille, La., Governor Beebe, Nick Kelley of Hamburg, Chris Church of Warren, Kevin McPherson of Grady, John Erickson of Lincolnwood, Ill., Zach Hodge of Maumelle, April Quattlebaum of Grady, Austin Henderson of McGehee, and Grady DeLoach of Leland, Miss.

Agri Policy


griculture students at the University of Arkansas at Monticello got a firsthand look at agricultural policy development during a recent visit to the state capitol in Little Rock. Students met with southeast Arkansas legislators, Arkansas Farm Bureau staff and attended a meeting of the House-Senate Joint Budget Committee, during which bills dealing with both agriculture and non-agriculture issues were discussed. The students also met with Shane Broadway, interim director of higher education, and UA System Vice President for Agriculture Mark Cochran. Arkansas Farm Bureau staff members Rodney Baker, Stanley Hill and Michelle Kitchens of AFB governmental affairs, and Jody Urquhart, representing AFB’s organization and member programs, hosted a lunch for the students and members of the SEARK legislative delegation. Hill briefed the students on Farm Bureau operating procedures with the legislature as well as policy for current pending legislation. The students later attended general sessions of both the House of Representatives and Senate and were photographed with Governor Mike Beebe. The students were accompanied on the trip by Dr. Bob Stark, professor of agriculture, and Dr. Whitney Whitworth, associate professor of animal science.

Horse Tales


early 100 first graders from McGehee and Kingsland had the unusual experience of reading to horses during a recent visit to the University of Arkansas at Monticello. The event was part of the Horse Tales Literacy Project (formerly The Black Stallion Literacy Foundation), which, according to the organization’s website, “helps children discover the joys of reading and the excitement of learning through the wonders of live horses and the Black Stallion books by Walter Farley, as well as other classic horse literature.” The students and their teachers were brought to the UAM rodeo arena where they were able to interact with horses used by members

of the university’s rodeo team. After reading, the students were able to learn how to tack a horse, how to feed and care for a horse, how to groom a horse, and how a horse’s feet are cared for by a farrier. Each student received a copy of Farley’s Little Black Goes to the Circus. The Horse Tales Literacy Foundation is a partnership of educators, businesses, volunteers, education foundations, and staff members focused on promoting literacy through the combination of live horses and classic horse literature. “This was a wonderful experience, not only for the kids, but for our students and faculty who were involved in the activity,” said Dr. Whitney Whitworth, associate professor of animal science at UAM.

READING TO HORSES First graders read to the horses in UAM’s rodeo arena as part of the Horse Tales Literacy Project to help children discover the joy of reading.

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On CAMPUS $30,000 Gift


DEBATE Members of the UAM debate and forensics team with their awards from the IPDA national tournament are (from left, front row) Meg Ryan, Sydney Davis, Brittany Halley, Anna Blace Barron, Jessica Thrower, Samantha Montgomery, Bobby Evans, (second row) Zack Tucker, Kelly Reed, Chris Brown, Amanda Thompson, Keith Milstead, assistant coach), Jim Evans, coach, Maggie Parrish, Jamie Ward, (third row) Lei Brist, Liz Borse, Jessica Pennington, Yvonne Hinshaw, Justin Walker, and Anastasia Duff.


Third In The Nation!


orthwest Arkansas has been good to UAM’s debate and forensics team

in 2012. Chris Brown of Siloam Springs and Kelly Reed of Bentonville won a combined three national championships in team and individual debate to lead UAM to a third place finish in the overall sweepstakes competition at the International Public Debate Association National Tournament held recently at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Tex. Brown won the IPDA varsity debate national championship based on seasonlong competition and teamed with Reed to win the season-long IPDA team debate national championship. “I am so proud of Chris and Kelly for all they have accomplished this season,” said Jim Evans, director of debate and forensics at UAM. “I am also extremely pleased with our entire team. Once again we more than held our own against some of the best collegiate debate and forensics teams in the country. The university can take pride in their accomplishments.”


Competing in four divisions of debate – team, novice, varsity, and pro – UAM won 17 individual and seven team awards in both season-long and national tournament competition. As a team, UAM placed second in the season-long IPDA team debate competition, fourth in IPDA varsity debate, fourth in scholastic sweepstakes IPDA debate (a combination of novice and varsity debate competition), fourth in founders individual sweepstakes IPDA debate (a combination of novice, varsity and pro competition), fourth in the scholastic sweepstakes at the national tournament, and fourth in the founders sweepstakes national tournament competition. In addition to his two season-long national championships, Brown was the 10th place individual speaker in varsity debate at the national tournament, and joined with Reed to reach the round of 16 in team debate. Zack Tucker of Marked Tree, a graduate assistant, placed 10th in the professional division of the season-long IPDA varsity debate competition, won the fifth place individual speaker award at the national tournament and reached the round of 16 in professional debate.

he Drew County chapter of the Arkansas Extension Homemak-

ers Council, in observance of AEHC’s 100th anniversary, recently presented a $30,000 donation to the University of Arkansas at Monticello Foundation Fund. Included in the donation is a $15,000 endowed scholarship fund, which will generate an annual scholarship for a Drew County resident; a $5,000 endowed award, also to be presented to a Drew County resident; and a $10,000 gift to the Centennial Circle endowment fund. “This is a wonderful gesture by the Drew County Extension Homemakers,” said UAM Chancellor Jack Lassiter. “By their gift, they have chosen to create a lasting legacy of providing educational opportunities for future generations. The institution is most grateful for their generosity.” The AEHC began in Mablevale when the first Home Demonstration Club in Arkansas was organized in 1912. Seventeen years after the first club was organized, the state council was formed with 125 women representing 27 counties. The organization’s original name was the Home Demonstration Clubs until 1966 when the name was changed to the Arkansas Extension Homemakers Council. The organization, which is associated with the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture, has grown into one of the largest volunteer groups in the state with a membership of 4,732 and a presence in 74 of Arkansas’ 75 counties. The AEHC mission is to “empower individuals and families to improve their quality of living through continuing education, leadership development and community services. The first extension club in Drew County was formed in 1916 and has met continuously for the past 96 years. There are currently nine extension homemakers clubs in Drew County covering all corners of the county.

EXTENSION HOMEMAKERS GIFT Members of the Drew County Extension Homemakers recently presented a $30,000 gift to the UAM Foundation Fund. Pictured from left are Verne Wilson, vice president of the Drew County Extension Homemakers, Hazelene McCray, county extension agent for family and consumer sciences, Dr. Clay Brown, UAM’s vice chancellor for advancement and university relations, Chancellor Jack Lassiter, Juanita Webb, president of the Drew County Extension Homemakers, Evelyn Lawson, treasurer, and Wilma McNaughton, past president. (Not pictured: Karen Donaldson, secretary.)

Top Faculty/Staff


he UAM chapter of Alpha Chi, the national collegiate honor society, recently presented awards to four members of the administration, faculty, and staff for their contributions to the university. The winners were selected by the members of Alpha Chi, which is limited to juniors and seniors in the top 10 percent of their respective classes with minimum grade point averages of 3.6 or better. Pictured from left are Dr. Andrew Williams, assistant professor of chemistry, who received the “Rookie of the Year” award, Jay Hughes, vice chancellor for student affairs, “Administrator of the Year,” Brooke Hogue, assistant director of admissions, “Staff Member of the Year,” and Dr. Laura Evans, assistant professor of nursing, “Faculty Member of the Year.” Summer 2012



The nickname has followed him from Rison High School to Arkansas A&M, to the Army and through five decades of service to his community and his University. For Reginald Glover, it’s about family.



eginald Glover’s oldest friends call him “Red Hot.” He got the nickname from a guy named “Red” – Jimmy “Red” Parker. Parker was the star senior running back at Rison High School in 1948 while Glover was a skinny sophomore end who Parker constantly ran over in practice.

One day, Glover decided to get even. “Back in that day, there was an ointment called Red Hot,” Glover remembers, a smile creasing his face. “Most every high school dressing room had that Red Hot ointment.” Glover took a dab and placed it in Parker’s athletic supporter. “Red already had a rash in an unfortunate location,” says Glover, now cackling at the memory. “When he got out on the practice field, that stuff lit him up pretty good. He was pointing at me, saying ‘I’m gonna kill you, I’m gonna kill you!’ He nearly did.” After practice, Parker grabbed Glover and slammed him into a locker, only to retrieve him and throw him into the next one. “He banged me around pretty good,” Glover says. “When he got through, he said ‘Listen guys, this guy will be known as Red Hot the rest of his life,’ and I have been.”



Glover carried the name through college at Arkansas A&M, two years in the military, and a career in business spanning five decades. He used to receive mail in Rison addressed to “Red Hot, Rison, Arkansas.” “No last name, just Red Hot,” says Glover. Over the years, Glover earned other monikers – visionary civic leader, tireless volunteer for causes far and wide, a loyal supporter of higher education. His latest means more to Glover than the rest – Distinguished Alumnus of the University of Arkansas at Monticello. Glover is the 50th recipient of the award. “I can’t tell you what this means to me,” says Glover. “I attribute most of the success I’ve had in life to the time I spent at A&M.” Born in Woodlawn and raised in Rison, Glover didn’t

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have a lot of college options. His mother, the late Ruby Moseley Glover, attended A&M when it was primarily a high school and junior college. After Rison High School won the state football championship in 1950, all 11 seniors on the team were invited to Arkansas A&M to talk to the coaching staff. Glover wasn’t offered a football scholarship but decided A&M was the place for him. He never regretted the decision. Like so many alumni from the 1950s, Glover has fond memories of his time at Arkansas A&M. With no more than 600 to 700 students, the campus was like an extended family. “We borrowed clothes from each other, just like a brother or sister would,” says Glover. “Very few of us had automobiles and we all stayed on campus. You got to know everybody and everybody knew you. When you don’t jump in a car and commute, it’s a lot easier to get to know somebody.” A lack of outside entertainment and money usually led to pranks and highjinks. Glover joined a group of 20 to 25 of his fellow students in carrying another student’s car – a Model A Ford – up the steps of what is now the Babin Business Center. “It was Halloween and a bunch of us walked that car up the steps and left it right in front of the door.,” Glover says. Dean of Men J.E. Griner wasn’t amused. “He was furious,” Glover remembers. “We all acted like we were amazed, but he looked at us and said ‘Ya’ll know exactly how this happened. I’m going in my office. It better be down by noon.’ We all got it down.” Glover completed his bachelor of science in business administration degree in 1955, then went to his lo10


cal draft board and asked that he be moved to the head of the line. “I knew I was going to have to go in, so I asked to be drafted,” Glover says. “Draftees had a two-year active duty obligation and I wanted to get it over with and get on with my life.” Glover’s life in the military soon took on a Forrest Gump quality. As a college graduate, he caught some breaks from the Army. After basic training at Fort Chaffee near Fort Smith, Glover was sent to clerk-typist school. While 38 members of the class were eventually shipped to duty in Greenland, Glover and one other classmate were stationed at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. Next came a temporary duty assignment for Glover and another soldier at Fort Slocum, located in New York harbor. The other soldier, Fred Burns, Jr., was the son of a well-connected Washington lobbyist. On the drive from South Carolina to New York, Glover and Burns stopped in D.C. to bunk at his father’s apartment and attend a party where Glover met a young senator from Massachusetts named John F. Kennedy. “He knew Fred’s father and he just acted like we were a couple of his kids,” says Glover. “Very down to earth.” When he reached New York, Glover became a regular at Yankee Stadium. The USO provided free tickets to service men and women on a first-come basis. “I knew a gal at the USO and she made sure I had tickets,” Glover says. “When the World Series started that October, I asked her if I was still going to get a ticket. She said if you’re here on time, I’ll have one for you.” Glover was in his familiar spot in

the centerfield bleachers on October 8, 1956, the day the Yankees’ Don Larsen pitched the only perfect game in World Series history. The next fall, Glover narrowly missed being sent to Little Rock with the 101st Airborne to quell the crisis at Central High School. He mustered out of active duty on October 13, 1957, and headed to Crossett, where a job awaited at the Bemis Bag Company. Over the next 52 years, Glover built a legacy of excellence in business and community service. After leaving Bemis Bag, he took a position as office manager for Textile Paper Products of Crossett before becoming business manager for Ryburn Motor Company of Monticello. In 1967, he accepted a position as vice president and general manager of Ryburn Ford of Jonesboro before returning to Monticello in 1968 as a vice president and director of Commercial Bank. From 1976 to 1979 he served as president and director of First State Bank of Crossett before returning to Commercial Bank as president, a post he held until 1999. Glover retired from Commercial Bank in 2009 and has spent much of the last three years as a volunteer fund-raiser for UAM. Glover’s list of honors, awards, and community service is a lengthy one. He was previously honored by UAM as the sixth recipient of the university’s Alumni Award for Achievement and Merit as well as the Continuing the Connection Award, presented to the person who best keeps alive the connection between UAM and Arkansas A&M. He was the third recipient of the UAM Spirit Award, is a past chair of the UAM Foundation Fund, and helped create the UAM Sports

THROUGH THE YEARS Reginald Glover, as an Arkansas A&M sophomore in 1953 (inset) and addressing the UAM Class of 2012 at the university’s 100th commencement.

Association, a private fund-raising organization for intercollegiate athletics. He also helped found the UAM Sports Hall of Fame and served as vice chair of the UAM Board of Visitors. Glover is a former Drew County Man of the Year, Outstanding Volunteer for Economic Development for the Fourth Congressional District, and the Distinguished Citizen of the Year for the City of Monticello. He is also a past president of the Drew County Chamber of Commerce and the Monticello Industrial Development Corporation (now Commission). Glover is also a member and vice chairman of the Southeast Arkansas Intermodal Facility Authority, a member of the advisory board of the Arkansas Good Roads Transportation Council, and a member of the board of the Southeast Arkansas Cornerstone Coalition. “I can think of no one more deserving of the 50th Distinguished Alumnus Award than Reginald Glover,” says UAM Chancellor Jack Lassiter. “He has been a loyal supporter of the university, serving as an unpaid volunteer in the Office of Advancement as well as on numerous boards and committees connected with the institution. He has been instrumental in raising private funds for various campus projects, including the Indoor Practice Facility and the annex to the School of Forest Resources. The university, and southeast Arkansas, owe Reginald Glover a debt of gratitude for all he has done for this institution, for the city of Monticello and for the region.” “Looking back on my life, I know I’ve been blessed,” says Glover. “I don’t feel worthy of being honored this way, but I know there’s no one that will appreciate this more than I do.” Summer 2012


A Man For All Seasons


The University will

honor Provost Ray for his 42 years of

service with a retirement reception on Friday, June 22, 2012, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Green Room of the John F. Gibson University Center. The public is invited.



avid Ray has vivid memories of his first speech as a student at Texas Tech. He just can’t remember how it ended. “I had an absolute dread of getting up and giving a speech,” says Ray, who recently announced his retirement from the administration and faculty at the University of Arkansas at Monticello after 42 years. For more than four decades, Ray served as a speech teacher, director of debate and

forensics, creator of UAM’s nationally-acclaimed debate team, dean of the School of Arts and Humanities, and finally, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs. Along the way, he impacted several generations of students with an affable, easy-going manner that belied his own fear of public speaking. “The first speech class I took I went to the professor and said ‘You’ve got to help me,’” Ray recalls. “I don’t even remember finishing that speech. My professor said we should look at the students’ critiques and see what they thought. They all thought I did well and made a good presentation, but I was so overcome with fear I didn’t even realize I had finished the speech. That was my start. I thought, wow, if I can overcome this, that’s what I want to do.” Ray’s career choice was a fortuitous one for UAM. Through the years, his students have gone on to successful careers in business, government, education and the law. “David is a part of this institution’s history, a remarkable instructor, an esteemed colleague, and a dear personal friend,” says Chancellor Jack Lassiter. “He has been a positive influence on the lives of so many students. Those who came through his debate and forensics program are a lasting legacy to his contributions to higher education.” A native of San Antonio, Tex., and a psychology major at Texas Tech, Ray had been accepted to graduate school at the University of Texas but got sidetracked when the head

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Through The Years . . .

FIRST DEBATE TEAM The 1970 Arkansas A&M debate team (obove, from left) David Ray, Ron Turchi, Bob Casteel, Leodis Strong, Bobby Pennington, David McLemore, and Steve Moss. (At right) A young David Ray in 1973. (Below) With Coach Bill Groce at a track meet at Cotton Boll Stadium in the 1970s. Ray’s legacy extends beyond the classroom and debate to all areas of the UAM campus.



of the Department of Speech Communication at Tech told him his faculty had recommended Ray for a teaching position within the department. Ray mulled the offer and accepted. “I got to thinking about it and I really liked speech,” he says. “I had more undergraduate hours in speech than I did in psychology even though I only had speech as a minor. I kept taking every elective I could possibly take. I even took theatre. I decided that maybe the faculty sees some potential in what I can do or they wouldn’t have asked me to teach, so I think I’ll give it a shot.” Ray earned a master’s degree in speech communication in 1968 while teaching at Texas Tech. Two years later, he began receiving letters from colleagues around the country telling him about a little school called Arkansas A&M that was looking for someone to build a debate program from scratch. Ray drove to Monticello on January 1, 1970, interviewed the next day and accepted the job on January 3. He had less than two weeks to move to Arkansas before teaching his first class. It took a while before Ray’s debate program began to develop a reputation for excellence at the national level. “We were pretty lean those first few years,” Ray recalls. “I’m not sure the institution knew what to expect or how to plan and develop a debate team. There was a growth process by the administration to really know what it took.” Ray’s first travel budget was cut from $300 to $175, which precluded travel to debate competitions out of state. Ray improvised, arranging home-and-home debates with Arkansas schools. In two to three years, he

started receiving enough funds to take his team to competitions in Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana and from there, the debate program took off. It was about this time that Ray and his wife, Loyce, decided to put down roots in Monticello. “It was probably five years or so before I realized that I really did like this a whole lot,” says Ray. “That was about the time Loyce decided to pack the china because we were staying.” For the next 37 years, Ray won more awards than he can keep track of, including UAM’s teacher of the year and administrator of the year. In 1989, the Arkansas State Communication Association named him Arkansas Speech Teacher of the Year. He served as president of Pi Kappa Delta, the nation’s largest honor society in debate and forensics. In 1998, he received the E.R. Nichols Award as the outstanding national forensics educator, and in 2005 was elected to the Pi Kappa Delta Debate and Forensics Hall of Fame. But for Ray, success was never about winning awards, it was about his students. Ray hadn’t been in Monticello long before he was summoned to the office of President Claude Babin. He asked Ray what he thought of Arkansas A&M’s students. “I said I thought they were really outstanding,” Ray recalls. “He asked me why I thought that. I said they’re like any other students. They have the potential for success and I think we can take them where they need to be to be able to achieve. I’ve always felt that way. One of my real motivators was to be able to take the students from the piney bayou country and put them up against any other student in the country. I always felt a great deal of pride in that.”

One of Ray’s fondest memories came in the late 1980s when his debate team defeated the University of Southern California at a tournament in Louisiana. “That’s when we really knew our students could compete with anyone,” Ray says. Ray has never had a student who couldn’t complete a speech, but came close a few times. Before a night class in the Memorial Classroom Building, Ray approached a nervous student standing in the hall outside the classroom. She had her speech and visual aids, but wouldn’t leave the hallway. “She said ‘Mr. Ray, I have to talk to you,’” he says. “I asked her what the problem was and she said she couldn’t do the speech. I asked her what she meant and she said she just couldn’t do it. I told her to let me start the class and I’d come back and talk to her.” When Ray returned, he asked the reluctant student if she had prepared for the speech. “She said she had,” says Ray. “I asked to see her visual aids and told her she’d done a marvelous job. I said you know, I really hate to see you walk away from here tonight. This will always be on your mind that you walked away from this. If you give yourself a chance, I think you can be more successful than you ever thought you could be. Why don’t you just go in the room and let’s try it. Let’s see what happens.” The student, Marianne Smith Hardcastle, went on to become a Pi Kappa Delta regional debate champion and is a successful attorney in Tulsa. “For me, the joy I’ve gotten from teaching has always been about our students and the successes they’ve had,” says Ray. “It’s going to be difficult to walk away from something I have truly loved.” Summer 2012


World Champion turkey caller Emily Oliver gets lots of invitations to hunt with the boys. Just be sure you let her shoot!

It’s A Family Thing


or UAM student Emily Oliver of Hamburg, hunting is a “family thing.” Her

grandfather, Larry Linder, placed a turkey call in her hands when she was old enough to hold it and later gave her a mouth call over the protests of her grandmother, who was afraid young Emily might swallow it.

Emily’s mother, Jamie Linder Oliver, a 1989 UAM graduate, is still the only woman to finish in the top five at the National Wild Turkey Federation’s Grand National Turkey Calling Competition. Emily has killed turkeys in Arkansas, Texas, Florida and New Mexico and has mastered as many as 10 different calls, so it shouldn’t have come as a big surprise when she became the first girl to win the 18-and-under division of the World Turkey Calling Championship held March 10-11 in Mobile, Ala. A freshman wildlife management major, Oliver was the best of 12 callers in the 18-and-under division. Nine of the contestants were boys and not all of them were thrilled by the notion of losing to a girl. “The ones that don’t like it are the ones that don’t know me,” says Oliver with the hint of a smile. Oliver and the other contestants were required to demonstrate their proficiency in five different calls – the cutting call of an excited hen, the plain yelp of a hen, the cluck and purr,



the keeke run call of a baby turkey that has lost its mother, and the fly down cackle. Judges sat behind curtains and were unaware of the identity – or gender – of the callers. Oliver’s skill as a caller has attracted the attention of many of her fellow students in UAM’s School of Forest Resources and has elicited numerous invitations to go hunting with the boys. “Oh yeah, I get invited a lot,” she says. “But some of them say ‘Let’s put her 20 feet behind us and let her call.’ I tell them I’ll call for you as long as you let me shoot, too.” Oliver has been shooting since she was old enough to hold a gun. She was five when her grandfather took her on her first deer hunt and killed her first deer at the age of eight. She is an avid duck hunter and killed a bearded hen on her first weekend of turkey hunting. She’s been hooked on the sport ever since and admits she’ll “shoot anything that won’t shoot me back.” Oliver killed a 132-class 10-point buck deer in Texas at the age of 14 and has traveled far and wide in pursuit of turkeys. She recently completed the

turkey hunting grand slam – killing each of the four wild turkey species native to the 48 contiguous states – by killing a Merriam’s Turkey in New Mexico. She has killed numerous Eastern Wild Turkeys native to Arkansas and the eastern United States, a Rio Grande Turkey in Texas, and an Osceola Turkey during a trip to the Florida panhandle. On the same trip she also shot a seven-and-a-half-foot alligator. She wants to complete the Royal Slam, which requires bagging a Gould Turkey in Mexico, and a Super Slam – shooting a turkey in each of the 48 contiguous states. Oliver also has her sights set on a trip to Africa, where she hopes to bag a Kudu antelope. Oliver’s skill as a turkey caller has been noticed as far away as Hollywood. A producer from the television show Animal Planet called recently. The network is interested in doing a show on turkey callers and wanted the top female caller. “They said they’d be in touch,” says Oliver. Stay tuned and pass the ammunition.

SERIOUS COMPETITOR Emily Oliver displays her skill at the World Turkey Calling Championship.

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CHAMPIONS (From left, first row) Beth Johnson, Kara House, Chasity Deselle, Katie Bowman, Maggie Sands, Jennifer Hickman, Summer Huddleston, Preslie Long, (second row) Coach Alvy Early, Kayla Jackson, Katie Slaughter, Haleigh Winnon, Brittany Eitel, Randa Perry, Sydney Tipton, Taylor Russell, Sara Matthews, Assistant Coach Kayla Temple.

GAC Champions!


lvy Early proved once again this spring that he just may have this coaching thing down. Completing his 33rd season at UAM, Early guided the Cotton Blossoms softball team to the 2012 Great American Conference championship in the league’s first year of competition, then added the league’s postseason tournament title as well. Early guided the Blossoms to a 40-14 overall record and a 21-5 mark in conference action. The Blossoms won the regular season title on the season’s last weekend, then won four games in a row without a loss to win the tournament championship. Early was the GAC Coach of the Year while Kayla Jackson was named the GAC Pitcher of the Year after compiling a 31-6 record to go with a 1.07 ERA. Jackson, a senior from Hallsville, Tex., who doubled as a first baseman when not pitching, was a terror at the plate as well, batting a team-high .374 while leading the GAC with 42 runs batted in. She also tied for the league’s home run title with 11. Jackson was one of two Blossoms named to the All-GAC first team. She


was joined by the GAC Freshman of the Year, third baseman Sara Matthews and outfielder Maggie Sands. Designated hitter Taylor Russell, shortstop Jennifer Hickman, and Jackson were named to the All-GAC second team, Jackson as a first baseman to go with her first team designation as a pitcher.

Weevils Get Four


our members of the 2011-12 Boll Weevil basketball team earned postseason honors from the Great American Conference this spring. Senior guards LA Farmer and Sergio Crowe were both named to the All-GAC first team while junior guard Kori Forge was selected for the second team while senior forward Ricardo Hall earned honorable mention honors. Farmer was the GAC scoring leader, averaging 20.6 points a game, while Forge and Crowe were third and fourth respectively in scoring with averages of 17.0 and 15.7 points a game. Hall was 13th in scoring with a 12.6 point average. UAM posted a 21-9 overall record in Allen Sharpe’s second season as head coach.

Wants To Coach


otton Blossoms basketball player Taylor Clark has been selected by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) to participate in the “So You Want To Be A Coach” program. For qualification, the player must have exhausted her final year of basketball eligibility or have graduated within the past year, must be nominated by her head coach, and must be an active WBCA member. Each participant is selected based on academics, contributions to women’s basketball on and off the court, professional resume and a written recommendation from their head coach. Coach Tanya Ray is excited by Taylor’s selection. “I am thrilled that Taylor was chosen to participate in such a prestigious program,” said Ray. “She told me from the first day I met her that she wanted to be a coach and the ‘So You Want To Be a Coach’ program will give her the training needed to get a jump start on her career. Taylor has worked hard on the court and in the classroom and has always been a great role model for this program.” The “So You Want To Be a Coach”

program, now in its 10th year, was designed to increase the amount of women in the coaching profession, with an emphasis on female minorities by providing a workshop based on educational and professional principles to help those interested in the field. The program is sponsored by the WBCA, the NCAA Diversity and Inclusion, NCAA Minority Opportunities and Interests Committee, and the NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics.

Baseball Honors


he UAM baseball team placed four players on the 2012 All-Great American Conference team selected by the league’s coaches. Second baseman Taylor Eaves of Beaumont, Tex., and outfielder Danny Loya of El Paso, Tex., were both named to the All-GAC second team. Shortstop Christian Gallegos of Corpus Christi, Tex., and third baseman Josh Chism of Mooreville, Miss., each received honorable mention recognition.

2012 Boll Weevil Football Schedule Sept. 1 Shepherd Tech MONTICELLO 6:00 p.m. Sept. 8 Northwestern (LA) State Natchitoches, La. 6:00 p.m. Sept. 15 Harding* MONTICELLO 6:00 p.m. (Parent / Family Appreciation Day) Sept. 22 East Central Oklahoma* Ada, Okla. TBA Sept. 29 Southern Arkansas* MONTICELLO 6:00 p.m. (Battle of the Timberlands) Oct. 6 Henderson State* Arkadelphia, Ark. TBA Oct. 13 Ouachita Baptist* MONTICELLO 3:00 p.m. (Homecoming) Oct. 20 Arkansas Tech* Russellville, Ark. TBA Oct. 27 Southeastern Oklahoma State* MONTICELLO 3:00 p.m. Nov. 3 Southwestern Oklahoma State* Weatherford, Okla. TBA Nov. 10 Northwestern Oklahoma State MONTICELLO 3:00 p.m. (Senior Day) * Indicates Great American Conference game

Jackson Is Three-Time All-American


ayla Jackson continues to add to her legacy as one of the best softball players in University of Arkansas at Monticello history. Jackson became the first three-time softball All-American in school history recently when she was named to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-American Second Team. The senior pitcher from Hallsville, Tex., was a third team All-American in 2010 and a second team selection last year. Jackson was the Great American Conference Pitcher of the Year and led UAM to both the 2012 GAC regular season and postseason tournament softball championships. She was earlier named to the Daktronics All-South Central Region Team as well as the All-GAC Team – first team as a pitcher and second team as a

first baseman. Jackson was the most valuable player of the GAC Tournament after winning four games while allowing just three runs during the Cotton Blossoms’ run to the tournament title. For the season, Jackson posted a record of 31-6 with a 1.07 earned run average. She pitched in 241 1/3 innings, threw 26 complete games, recorded 10 shutouts, three saves and had 185 strikeouts. Jackson put together four consecutive weeks at the end of the 2012 season of either being named the GAC pitcher or player of the week. In addition to her pitching numbers, Jackson was among the GAC’s top hitters. She had a GAC-best 11 home runs and led the league with 42 RBI while batting a team-high .374.


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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 Troy and Betty Davis Scholarship / Andy and April Davis, Mr. Kent Davis and Friends C. W. Day Scholarship / Day Farms, Inc., Danny Day, Sr. Family, Raymond Day Family, Rickey Day Family, Sue Day Wood Family, William Day Family Dean’s Scholarship - Forest Resources / Dr. and Mrs. Richard A. Kluender Harry Y. Denson Scholarship / Family, Friends and Former Students Gregory Alan Devine Memorial Scholarship / Marion and Fern Devine Dr. Gene R. Dillard Education Award / Mrs. Gerry Dillard, Family and Friends Peggy Doss Endowed Education Scholarship / School of Education Faculty/Staff and Mr. D. John Nichols

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

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

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



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

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


Unity & Movement Club $2,500 or more

Mr. and Mrs. Jerry D. Gibson Mr. and Mrs. John W. Gibson Mr. J. Larry Hopper Dr. and Mrs. Jack Lassiter Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth D. Mann Mr. and Mrs. Thomas V. Maxwell Mr. and Mrs. John J. Phillips Dr. and Mrs. Robert C. Weih

Dr. Russell H. Bulloch Mr. and Mrs. Rodney T. Cole Mr. and Mrs. David S. Denman Mr. and Mrs. Ben R. Dunlap Dr. and Mrs. Michael Fakouri Mr. and Mrs. Larry Fisackerly Dr. Carl B. Johnston Mr. and Mrs. Frederick C. Leonard Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Lucky Mrs. Angela J. Marsh Dr. Betty A. Matthews Mrs. Cindy Mejeur Mr. Isaac Ogle Mr. Ryan Pilcher Mr. and Mrs. R. David Ray Mr. and Mrs. James N. Thomason Mr. Ted D. Thompson Mrs. Susan Young

Galaxy Club $1,000-$2,499

Century Club $100-$199

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

Mr. and Mrs. Kirk Erik Brezee Dr. Ben Elrod Mr. and Mrs. Cleatous J. Hall Mr. and Mrs. Jack F. Jordan Ms. Dorothy A. Little Mr. and Mrs. Gerald W. Majors Mr. Thomas W. McGill Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Owen, Jr Dr. James F. Roiger Dr. Thomas P. Springer Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan R. Wall

Emerald Club $500-$999

Mrs. June M. Carter Mr. Kyle R. Clark Mr. and Mrs. Denzil R. Cox Dr. and Mrs. Dexter E. Gulledge Mr. C. Barry Hall Mr. and Mrs. Jay Hughes Mr. and Mrs. Ronald N. McFarland Mr. and Mrs. Kent L. McRae Mr. and Mrs. Donald S. Pearson Ms. Libby Sands Mr. and Mrs. Scotty D. Watkins

Loyalty Club $200-$499

Dr. John T. Annulis Dr. and Mrs. Ed Bacon Dr. and Mrs. Carl D. Blythe Mr. Jeff Bone Ms. Amelia A. Boney Dr. and Mrs. Morris Bramlett

Ms. Ruby Alexander Ms. Minnie L. Allen Mr. and Mrs. Billy J. Barnett Mr. and Mrs. James Berry Mrs. Dorothy Chambers Dr. and Mrs. Tim D. Chase Representative and Mrs. Eddie Cheatham

Dr. Jesse M.Coker Dr. and Mrs. Lloyd H. Crossley Mr. and Mrs. Andy Davis Mr. and Mrs. Kent Davis Dr. and Mrs. David Denson Ms. Patricia A. Ewens Ms. Christine Felts Mr. Ronald K. Forte, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. David G. Funderburg Mrs. Paula Furlough Mr. Gary R. Gibbs Mr. John Frank Gibson, Jr. Drs. Glen & Mary Jane Gilbert Mr. Hershel Gober Ms. Pamela D. Gouner Ms. Lynn Harris Ms. Ella M. Helm Mr. Calvin Hill Col. and Mrs. (Ret.) Byron P. Howlett, Jr. Mr. Jerry D. Hubbard Mr. James A. Hudgins Mr. William“ HUD” Jackson Dr. and Mrs. Louis J. James Mr. Jay Jones Dr. and Mrs. B.J. Jordan Mr. and Mrs. Scott Kuttenkuler Ms. Patricia Lane Mr. and Mrs. Billy Lansdale

Ms. Cynthia A. Lennox Lee S. Lennox Mr. Billy H. Majors Mr. Mark McElroy Mr. and Mrs. Michael McKeown Ms. Lisa McKinney Dr. and Mrs. Walter R. Oglesby Mr. Jeff Olson Ms. Daisy R. Pace Mr. Charles A. Pambianchi Paul F. Parker Mr. and Mrs. Harry C. Pennington Mr. and Mrs. Michael Pennington Ms. Rebecca Pennington Mr. and Mrs. Robert W. Prestridge Mrs. Penny Prince Mr. Phillip S. Prince Mr. David Randolph Ms. Linda Herrington Rushing Mr. and Mrs. Paul M. Russell Mr. and Mrs. Scott Saffold Mr. and Mrs. Charles Savage Ms. Wilma J. Smith Ms. Elizabeth P. Thurman Mr. Mark A. Tiner Ms. Melinda Williams Mr. James W. Willis Mr. and Mrs. Cecil A. Wise

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

Glenwood Furniture Gulf Rice Milling, Inc Hooties, Inc. I & L Inc. Jackson’s Bayou Boys Lena’s Cafe Lubrizol Foundation Lucky’s of Monticello Maxwell Hardwood Flooring Michael James Insurance Agency Milner/Owyoung Insurance Group Molly’s Diner Monticello Ambulance O & M Oil Company Oklahoma United Methodist Foundation P & M Quality Medical, LLC Parker Builders, Inc. Parkway Bank Piggy Sue’s Price Services, Inc. Ralph McQueen & Co., LTD. Reinhart Family Healthcare Reinhart Farms

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

Summer 2012


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

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



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

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



ractical nursing students in the 2011 graduating class at the UAM College of Technology-McGehee have achieved a 100 percent pass rate on the NCLEX-PN (National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses) administered by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing. The examination is a requirement for nursing licensure. “This is great news for our practical nursing program,” said Bob Ware, vice chancellor for the McGehee campus. “This is a positive reflection on both our students and faculty and is a good indicator of the academic rigor of the program. In particular, I want to congratulate Peggie Orrell, our director of nursing and allied health, for her efforts.” The class of 2011 numbered 12 graduates, who are now licensed practical nurses. As LPN’s, they are qualified to work in hospitals, nursing homes, doctor’s offices and other health care facilities. “My congratulations to the students and faculty at the McGehee campus for this wonderful achievement,” said UAM Chancellor Jack Lassiter. “There is a critical need for quality nursing care in the state and region and we are proud to offer a program that is meeting that need.”

actively recruiting our students and the placement rate for our industrial maintenance programs is outstanding.” Some of the equipment purchased includes a benchmark instrument valve analysis and three Fluke process calibrators. Freddie Binns (pictured below with several of his electromechanical technology students) says the equipment gives his students “a good base of knowledge

of the skills and tools needed for jobs in their field. Our students are having some really good interviews and employers are impressed with their skill and knowledge level,” says Binns. The new equipment allows Binns’ students to look for problems in instrumentation and look for solutions to problems they encounter. “This equipment is a really good teaching tool,” says Binns.

WELL TRAINED LPN nursing students at the UAM College of Technology-McGehee recently achieved a 100 percent pass rate on the NCLEX-PN exam, a requirement for licensure.

New Equipment


lectromechanical technology students at the UAM College of Technology-Crossett are seeing the benefits of a $50,000 donation to the school from the Crossett Economic Development Foundation. UAM-CTC used the funds to purchase new equipment for its program in electromechanical technology, a high-demand field with growing career opportunities. “There is a critical shortage of skilled individuals to fill industrial maintenance jobs,” said UAM CTC Vice Chancellor Linda Rushing. “That’s why this donation is so important to us and to this region. A number of companies in this area are Summer 2012


ALUMNI SNAPSHOTS 1970-79 Dr. Becky Paneitz (BA ’74), president of NorthWest Arkansas Community College (NWACC) announced her retirement in April of this year. Dr. Paneitz has served as president since 2003 and will leave her post in June of 2013.

1990-99 Amanda Leigh Henderson (BS ’96) and Michael Lance Wilson (BS ’97) were married March 6 in Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.


Steve and Joann Lasiter ‘93 Steve Lasiter (B.S. ‘93) and his wife, Joanna (B.S. ‘93), along with their children, Elizabeth (15), Noah (12) and Emma (8), recently returned to Arkansas after serving as missionaries in India and Thailand. They are now back in Conway where Steve works as a decision support analyst with Acxiom Corporation and Joanna continues her role as a home-schooling mom.  Steve and Joanna are also on the staff at Woodland Heights Baptist Church where they serve as co-directors of family ministry. 

Becky Brown ‘88 . . . Another Title Becky P. Brown (BSE ’88, M.Ed. ‘97) led the Star City Lady Bulldogs to the class 4A state championship this year, finishing the season with a near-flawless 32-1 record. Brown has also been selected as The Pine Bluff Commercial’s All-Southeast Arkansas Girls Coach of the Year. The 21-year veteran has led her team to five consecutive conference titles and five straight regional crowns. (Photo courtesy Ralph Fitzgerald, Pine Bluff Commercial)



Christopher Kelly Bryant (BS ’09) and Leah Michelle Rabb (AA ’11) are making plans for a May wedding at Magnolia Hill in Little Rock. Lauren Ashley Atkinson (BS ’06) and Frank Russell Alexander were married April 28, at Immanuel Baptist Church in Pine Bluff. Stefanie Gail Bounds (AA ’09) and Blake Abbott (BS ‘09) announce plans for a June wedding at Pauline Baptist Church in Monticello.

2010-12 Elizabeth Joy Winders (BSN ’10) and John Brandon Stringfellow (BBA ’10) were married May 5, at Calvary Baptist Church in Monticello. Sydney Nicole Jarvis (BSN ’11) and Allan Christopher Humphrey (BS ’11) announce plans for a June wedding at First Baptist Church in Stuttgart. Bliss Adrianne Sizemore (BSN ’11) and Michael Caleb Parker were married May 5, at Temple Baptist Church in Dermott. Adam Murkowski (MS ‘11) was recently hired as deer project leader for the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department.

Tyrone Block ‘00 Staff Sergeant Tyrone Block (B.S. ’00) has been honored by the National Band Association and John Philip Sousa Foundation with the Colonel Finley R. Hamilton Military Outstanding Musician Award. The award was presented in recognition of Block’s “exceptional musical and leadership qualities, and for demonstrating great potential for continued outstanding military performance.” Block is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of North Texas and serves in the U.S. Army in the 106th Army Band located in Little Rock, where he is the director of the Rock Group 106 and Groove. While serving in the 106th Army Band he has received numerous awards, including Honor Graduate from the Army School of Music, Distinguished Leadership Award, and many coins of excellence from Mayors, Generals, and Colonels. Previously Block served in the U.S. Navy as a member of the Atlantic Fleet Band. His teachers include Vern Kagarice, Tony Baker, Jan Kagarice, and Marty Reynolds. A native of Dumas, Block completed a bachelor’s degree from UAM and a master’s degree from the University of North Texas. He is also the instrumental coordinator at Southwestern Assemblies of God University in Waxahachie, Tex., where he directs the concert band, pep band, and jazz ensemble.

Dr. James Willis ‘62 Dr. James Willis (B.A. ’62) of Little Rock has authored a new book, What Almost Did Not Happen, the autobiographical story of a boy coming of age in Drew County Arkansas in the 1940s. The book is available at the Drew County Historical Museum for $35.95 (hardback) or $25.95 (paperback) with proceeds earmarked for the museum and archives. Willis is a native of Drew County and graduated from Drew Central High School. He is the son of the late Earl and Lela McKinstry Willis, local educators.  Willis graduated from Arkansas A&M College (now UAM) in 1962 after serving in the U.S. Army. He later received both his master’s degree and doctorate from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. During his educational career, Willis was a high school history teacher, principal, superintendent, and college professor in many states across the country.  Presently, he is a retired professor emeritus of Murray State University and lives in Little Rock. Willis has authored three books – The Arkansas Confederates in the Western Theater, and a fictional history, The Other Side of Silence, to go with his most recent work. To purchase the book, contact the Drew County Historical Society at (870) 367-7446,

Wee Weevil Bibs Jameson Finn Counts born March 16, 2012, to Dr. Richard and Leigh Counts. Johnathan James Fenolia born April 27, 2012, to Jacob (Faculty – McGehee) and Amy Fenolia (Staff – Monticello). Carlie Eleanor Palmertree born December 6, 2011, to Bobby Joe (BA ’03) and Stacy Palmertree (BS ’06) of Allen, Tex. LillyAnn Rose Pearson born August 17, 2011, to Greg (BA ’93) and Lesa Ann Martin Pearson of Salt Lake City, Utah. Jay Dylan Reid born January 13, 2012, to Kelly (BS ’03) and Melissa Reid on Monticello. Charles Trabue Thompson, III born February 7, 2012, to John (BA ’09) and Beth Thompson (BA ’11) of Monticello. Isabella Grace Wisener born February 6, 2012, to Sam (BS ’05) and Jennifer Guillory Wisener (BS ’05) of Benton. Summer 2012


ALUMNI SNAPSHOTS Bonnie Jordan Bonnie Dell Nichols Jordan, age 84, of Monticello died January 9, 2012. She was born July 5, 1927, in Drew County, to the late Myrtle Gibson Nichols and James Carr Nichols, Sr. She was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, James Terrell Jordan; three brothers, James ‘J.C.’ Carr Nichols Jr., Alfred Nichols, and Luther Nichols; and a sister, Lillian McKeown. Mrs. Jordan graduated from Drew Central High School. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Monticello for 62 years, where she served in many capacities. She sang in the church choir and was a member of the Hutchinson Sunday School Class and the First United Methodist Women. She was also a member of several area bridge clubs as well as a member of the PEO. Survivors include two sons, Terrell Laron Jordan and wife Carol Bond Jordan of Jonesboro, and Jerry Lavon Jordan and wife Sara Hesser Jordan of Maumelle; one daughter, Cindy Jordan Isch and husband Larry Isch of Knoxville, Ark.; eight grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.

George Townsend ‘49 G.E. “George” Townsend died March 26, 2012, in Baton Rouge, La. He was 86. Mr. Townsend was born on November 9, 1925, in Gamble, Ala. Mr. Townsend played football for Arkansas A&M at a time when WWII and the Officer’s Training Program made it a powerhouse. After graduation, he attended the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif. Mr. Townsend married Betty Ann Topp in 1958 and the couple moved to Long Beach, Calif. Mr. Townsend’s varied and distinguished naval career included combat off the waters of Korea and Vietnam; serving as a military advisor to the armed forces of Taiwan (Republic of China); directing activities related to the Vietnam War in Okinawa, Japan; and serving as one of the last Operations Officers for the Bay Area-based 12th Naval District. He earned numerous military ribbons and awards. In 1973, Commander Townsend retired to south Louisiana to teach high school ROTC. He was a Shriner, performed with the Baton Rouge Little Theatre, and was a parishioner at Baton Rouge’s Trinity Episcopal Church.



Friends We’ll Miss William “Billy” Allison ‘87 of Crossett, May 12, 2011. Craig “Buddy” Benson ’50 of Palatka, Fla., July 2, 2011. Carrie Patsy Sue Smith Berry of Warren, February 29, 2012. Jeremy Dewitt Black of Conway, March 17, 2012. Bradley K. Broadway of Cabot, April 14, 2012. Juanita “Nita” Burnette ‘65 of Little Rock, April 9, 2012. Calvin Jackson Chambers of Rock Springs, March 19, 2012. William “Bill” Rush Chambers ’62 of North Little Rock, May 6, 2012. Odis D. Clark ’63 of Pine Bluff, January 28, 2012. Harry M. Cloud ’58 of Hot Springs, March 9, 2012. Olen Cockrell of Monticello, March 29, 2012. Jane Oswald Cross ’55 of Winchester, February 9, 2012. John Pickard Ellington of Dermott, May 10, 2012 Gladys Annette Green ’93, ’08 of Crossett, March 2, 2012. Katherine May Fort of Warren, January 21, 2012. Margaret Alleene Fugate ’51 of Marina Del Rey, Calif., October 13, 2011. William P. Givens ’80 of Warren, August 14, 2011. Georgetta Green ’83 of Lake Village, August 22, 2011. Annie Catherine Black High ’59 of Hamburg, January 24, 2012. Martha Alice Ford Holland ’53 of Little Rock, February 11, 2012. Charles Edward Jackson Sr. of Monticello, March 6, 2012. James Erwood Jones ’58 of Little Rock, February 22, 2012.

Jo Ann Jones ’52 of Warren, February 18, 2012. Willie Claude Kelley of Hamburg, March 17, 2012. Georgia Gale Windham Lankford ’60 of Sheridan, May 5, 2012. James F. Longacre of Pine Bluff, Thursday, May 3, 2012. Les Paul McGaha ‘81 of Monticello, May 5, 2012. Marcia Kersh McIntyre ‘69 of Monticello, May 17, 2012. Alleen Tarleton McKimmey of Warren, Wednesday, May 2, 2012. Keith Medlin ’97 of Crossett, December 17, 2011. Gwen Rose Stone Moffatt ’60 of Crossett, March 3, 2012. Kevin Joseph Morgan of Seward, Alaska, February 23, 2012. Daniel “Dano” Clark Nix ’79 of Afton, Okla., September 10, 2011. Marilyn Camden Norton ’67 of Hot Springs Village, May 5, 2012. Leo C. Pitchford ’60 of Monticello, January 25, 2012. Jhirmekeyo Santrel Pugh ’09 of Crossett, February 17, 2012. Alieta Rowland Reddin ’52 of Sylva, N.C., February 2, 2012. Abbie Gibbe Abernathy Richardson of Warren, March 24, 2012. Roland Grant Smith of Monticello, January 23, 2012. Billy Rex “Bill” Stiles ’65 of Mabelvale, April 7, 2012. Kathy Gail Thornton ’77 of Maumelle, November 9, 2011. Jo Dan Tucker ‘54 of Titusville, Fla., August 8, 2011. Mary Moore Yarbrough ’84 of Star City, January 29, 2012. Thomas E. Young ’52 of Pine Bluff, February 28, 2012. Dr. Boris Zeide of Marietta, Ga., March 1, 2012.

UnBOLLWEEVILable Destinations! “The world is a book and those who do not travel only read one page!” — St. Augustine The Office of Alumni Affairs is pleased to present a wide variety of tours to destinations around the world through 2017. Our tentative fiveyear schedule below offers tours in May and December in 2012, 2014, and 2016 (even-numbered years), and tours in February and September in 2013, 2015, and 2017 (odd-numbered years). In addition, the odd-numbered years provide opportunities for international excursions to Europe, Scandinavia, and South America. The UAM travel program serves to bring alumni, friends, and families together for educational, social, and cultural opportunities with fellow Boll Weevils. We encourage seasoned, middle-aged and young alumni and friends (and their families) to explore the world with each other in these UnBOLLWEEVILable Destinations!

2012 December 2012......................................................Christmas in New York

2013 February..........................................................Mardi Gras in New Orleans September....................................................................................Tour of Italy

2014 May.......................................................................................Spring in St. Louis December............................................................Christmas in San Antonio

2015 February...............................................................................Norway/Sweden September..............................................................Islands of New England

(Nantucket, Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard)

2016 May.....................................National Parks of the West (Grand Canyon,

Hoover Dam, Petrified Forest)

December...................................................Christmas in Washington D.C.

2017 February.......................................................................Rio De Janiero, Brazil

(post 2016 Summer Olympic games)

September.........................................California Redwoods/Napa Valley

All dates and locations are tentative.

Summer 2012


University of Arkansas at Monticello Alumni Association P.O. Box 3597 Monticello, AR 71656

Play Ball! Join us July 23 for UAM NIGHT at Dickey-Stephens Park in North Little Rock as the Arkansas Travelers take on the Tulsa Drillers at 7:10 p.m. Our traditional alumni picnic begins at 6 p.m. in the rightfield pavilion. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. Price includes a game ticket and all you can eat hamburgers, hot dogs and soft drinks. Advance reservations are required. Please call the Office of Advancement at (870) 460-1028 to purchase your tickets.

UAM Magazine (Summer 2012)  

Alumni magazine of the University of Arkansas at Monticello.

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