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UAPB to offer new degree in biochemistry

UAPB to offer new degree in biochemistry

PINE BLUFF, Ark. - The Department of Chemistry and Physics at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff will be offering a new bachelor’s degree in biochemistry beginning in the Fall 2016 semester.

Dr. Grant Wangila, interim chair of the department of is overjoyed to be part of starting the new degree track for undergraduate students. This program is an eye opener for those who have interests in many disciplines, including health professions, biomedical research, agricultural research and the pharmaceutical sciences.

“Biochemistry is a very fascinating subject and is the basis of the health sciences,” Dr. Wangila said. “This new major is the best preparation for students who wish to pursue research careers in the biomedical sciences or careers as health professionals. I am looking forward to seeing the program grow at UAPB.”

Tour for Diversity in Medicine to visit UAPB

PINE BLUFF, Ark. - A group of medical professionals from all over the U.S. are paying a visit the University of Arkansas in Pine Bluff to provide free interactive workshops to high school and college students in February.

The Tour for Diversity in Medicine, a volunteer initiative developed by two young physicians to educate, inspire and cultivate the next generation of minorities in medicine, dentistry, and pharmacy, will visit the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) Thursday, February 11 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the STEM Academy and Conference Center.

UAPB alumnus gives $300,000 for Vesper Choir endowment

UAPB alumnus gives $300,000 for Vesper Choir endowment

PINE BLUFF, Ark. – Before the Christmas season began, the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Vesper Choir received a very special gift.

The university received a $300,000 donation to establish the John E. Smith and Charlene Smith-Gaines Vesper Choir Fund. Donated by Mr. John E. Smith, a 1961 graduate of AM&N College (now UAPB), the fund will assist in taking the choir to all corners of the state of Arkansas and the nation through a variety of outreach activities.

“We are very much grateful for the incredible generosity of Mr. John E. Smith,” UAPB Chancellor Dr. Laurence B. Alexander said. “His remarkable contribution will have a profound and sustained impact on our university and, more specifically, our internationally-renowned Vesper Choir through the establishment of the fund.”

UAPB theatrical season to debut with Hope’s Return November 19

PINE BLUFF, Ark. – Love, isolation, war and prayer are all of the essential elements that make up the unraveling of the play, Hope’s Return by Nikki Skies.

This upcoming production of the 2015-2016 John-McLinn Ross Player’s pivotal season is sure to illuminate societal issues.  In this enticing play, Hope, a soldier, was sent to war to serve her country. Upon her return home to Georgia to live a normal life, reality indicates that it’s much easier said than done.  She struggles with the desire to pursue dreams of becoming a teacher while her religious family wants her back in church and traumatic flashback experiences from the war want her back in Iraq.

Jefferson Co. Sheriff's Office issues reminder to parents on child identification

Jefferson Co. Sheriff's Office issues reminder to parents on child identification

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ark. - (Oct. 29, 2015 – With recent flash news alerts regarding missing children, teens, and others alike throughout the state, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office decided to issue a reminder to all parents regarding the indentification of their children. 

Major Lafayette Woods, Jr. issued the following statement on Thursday:

When a child or someone you know is reported missing, emotions become raw, which can hinder the ability of parents or love ones to make rational decisions. Yet, their actions and the actions of law enforcement in the first 48 hours are critical to the safe recovery of a missing. Knowing what you can do, what others can do, and where to go for help will not only expedite the search and recovery of your child or love one, it also will help to ease the emotional and financial burden of the search.

Registration open for alumni marching band

Registration open for alumni marching band

PINE BLUFF, Ark. – The Marching Musical Machine of the MidSouth at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, affectionately known as M4, is looking to continue the university's alumni involvement by opening up registration to them to perform at the 2015 homecoming. 

For the last few years, alumni of this ensemble have come back to perform during the homecoming parade and at halftime during the game. As a way to keep the relationship between the university and its alumni alive, registration is open to all former members of M4 for homecoming 2015. The fee for registration is $50 per person.

According to band officials, practice will be held Friday, November 13 at 6:30 p.m. and at 11 a.m. on November 14.

Minority teacher scholarships available at UAPB

PINE BLUFF, Ark. – Applications for the Arkansas Geographical Critical Needs Minority Teacher Scholarship Program are now available for the spring 2016 semester at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.