Michael A. Smith was named the University of Arkansas Rich Mountain Student Support Services’ TRiO Hall of Fame student for 2018. Mike is a non-traditional student who has received two Associate’s degrees from the University of Arkansas Rich Mountain, but continues to take classes in order to transfer to the University of Arkansas Fort Smith. Mike’s course load this semester includes Physics II, Calculus I, and Chemistry II. At UAFS, he plans to major in chemistry with an emphasis in biochemistry. His ultimate goal is to attend the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.
Last semester, he served as president of the UA Rich Mountain Science Club and helped organize a community clean up. During the spring 2017 semester as a member of the UA Rich Mountain Theatre Arts Actors’ Guild, he competed in the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival and voted, High Honor Crew Member. As a member of the US Armed Forces, served in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn.
He has been both a participant in the TRiO Student Support Services Program to now serving as an active tutor for SSS participants. “I truly believe in Student Support Services. It was there for me when I needed it and I am truly humbled to be given the opportunity to help, even in the smallest of capacities, other students when they need it. SSS not only helped me with academics but also with transfer options and finding scholarships.”
For more information about TRiO Student Support Services Program at UA Rich Mountain, contact Lisa Rackley, Director of Student Support Services at (479)394-7622, x. 1624 or email.