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Union Bank & Trust Co. Donates $50,000 to UAM for Athletic Performance Center Campaign

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On April 4, 2022, the University of Arkansas at Monticello (UAM) received a $50,000 check from Union Bank & Trust Co. for UAM’s Performance Center Campaign (PCC). John McClendon, chairman of Union Bank, and Dave Dickson, president and CEO of Union Bank, presented the check to Dr. Peggy Doss, chancellor of UAM, Hud Jackson, director of athletics and head football coach at UAM, and Garrett May, director of major gifts and university initiatives at UAM, during a presentation on the university’s Monticello campus.

Dr. Peggy Doss thanked Union Bank for its commitment to the university, stating, “Union Bank is an incredible community partner, and this is another example of its long-time support of UAM. The Athletic Performance Center is necessary to modernize the university’s athletic strength facility and keep UAM student-athletes competitive in the Great American Conference. We thank Union Bank’s leadership for their contribution and hope that their generosity inspires additional support for the campaign.”



In reference to the photograph taken during the presentation of the check, Dave Dickson said, “We have a long history of supporting UAM, and this picture is evidence of that. Every Union Bank staff member pictured here attended UAM, so not only do we have a business connection to this university but also a personal relationship as well. This university means so much to this community and to Southeast Arkansas as a whole, so we are excited to be able to give back and see UAM succeed.”

The PCC was first announced during the UAM Homecoming football game on October 16, 2021. The campaign focuses on facility improvements in Steelman Field House, specifically in the vacant pool room. Ultimately, the $1.7 million-dollar facility will be transformed into a space that will include a 4,000-square-foot weight room and a 3,000-square-foot athletic training area.

“UAM Athletics is so grateful for the generous donation from Union Bank to our Performance Center Campaign,” Hud Jackson said. “Union Bank has always been a huge part of our growth as an athletic department and as a university. This will help us to move our department forward and help our student-athletes to become bigger, stronger and healthier so they can compete at a high level.”

As the preparations for the construction of the Performance Center begin, UAM continues to accept donations for the campaign. All gifts are tax-deductible and can be made electronically or by mail. Donations can be made by texting WCAMPAIGN to 41444. Checks made payable to UAM Athletics can be mailed to the UAM Office of Advancement, University of Arkansas at Monticello, PO BOX 3520, Monticello, AR 71656.

For more information about the PCC, contact Garrett May at 870-460-1128 or [email protected]

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