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UAPB Fishing Team to host collegiate tournament Nov. 16

UAPB Fishing Team to host collegiate tournament Nov. 16

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (UAPB) - The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Fishing Team will host the third tournament of the Arkansas Collegiate Series Saturday, Nov. 16, from sunrise until 3 p.m. on the Arkansas River at Pine Bluff. The event will get underway at the Regional Park Boat Ramp.

This two-person team style tournament series is for full-time collegiate anglers only and is managed entirely by the UAPB Fishing Team. Five UAPB Aquaculture/Fisheries students will be participating; Andrew Sanders with Matt Smith, Hunter Dickey with Ignacio Lopez-Morales, and Dustin Cauthon (fishing solo). Last month’s tournament on Lake Dardanelle drew a record (for the Arkansas Collegiate Series) field of 24 teams from Arkansas and Texas.

“This week, teams from Arkansas, Texas and Louisiana have committed and we hope to have another good turnout,” said Scott Jones, UAPB Fishing Team coach and Small Impoundment Extension Specialist.

Free Gates Millennium Scholarship workshop being offered at MTCC

Free Gates Millennium Scholarship workshop being offered at MTCC

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - The Mosaic Templars Cultural Center is partnering with the Arkansas Commitment program to host a FREE public workshop on the Bill Gates Millennium Scholarship Program (GMS). Jason Hamilton, Executive Director of Arkansas Commitment, has worked with six Gates Scholars over the last five years and will conduct the workshop.

WHAT: Gates Millennium Scholarship Program workshop

WHERE: Mosaic Templars Cultural Center 501 W. Ninth Street Little Rock, AR  72201

WHEN: Saturday, November 16, 2013 TIME: 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

COST: FREE!!!!

Please note that in order to be eligible for the Gates Millennium Scholarship, students must satisfy all of the following criteria:

UAPB theater department to present Flyin’ West by Pearl Cleage

UAPB theater department to present Flyin’ West by Pearl Cleage

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (UAPB) – The John McLinn Ross Players, the premier theatrical performance group at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) will open their Onward and Upward season with a performance of Flyin’ West by Pearl Cleage. Directed by Cheryl Collins, director of Theater, the show will run Thursday, November 21 through Sunday, November 24 in the John M. Ross auditorium of the Hathaway-Howard Fine Arts Center.

Arkansas Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation receives $3.5M grant from NSF

Arkansas Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation receives $3.5M grant from NSF

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (UAPB) - The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) has been awarded $3.5M from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to further support the Arkansas Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (ARK-LSAMP) program at UAPB. According to Dr. Mary Benjamin, vice chancellor for Academic Affairs, the award is a testament to the collaborative work of eight Arkansas colleges and universities to help increase the diversity and workforce preparedness of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) graduates. With a shared vision and a well-defined set of interventions including a Pre-First Year Academy, internships, study groups, lecture series and select cohort grouping in Year I, and stipends, this Alliance currently enrolls 150 and has graduated 35. Among them is UAPB alumna Ashley Rich who is in her second year of a Ph.D.

Dr. Mary Benjamin given award at STEM conference

Dr. Mary Benjamin given award at STEM conference

DALLAS, TX. (UAPB) – Dr. Mary Benjamin, vice chancellor for Academic Affairs at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff was honored with an award for College-level promotion of Education at the Women of Color STEM Conference recently. Hosted annually by the Career Communication Group’s Women of Color Magazine, the conference recognizes outstanding women in the STEM fields and provides opportunities for professional development, networking, and recruiting.

Application deadline Sept. 20 for Jefferson County Single Parent Scholarship

Application deadline Sept. 20 for Jefferson County Single Parent Scholarship

The Jefferson County Single Parent Scholarship Fund is currently accepting scholarship applications from single parents living in Jefferson County. The deadline to apply is Sept. 20. The fund provides incentive scholarships to economically disadvantaged single parents in Jefferson County who are pursuing diplomas or degrees from a 2-year or 4-year institution of higher learning.

Potential scholarship applicants may visit the Jefferson County page of the Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund website at http://www.aspsf.org/county_jefferson.html to fill out an online application and to review eligibility requirements. For more information about the scholarship fund, to learn about volunteer opportunities or to make a donation, contact Mike Eggleton at (870) 575-8100 or jcspsf@yahoo.com

ASMSA students improve ACT scores, opposite of state, national trends

ASMSA students improve ACT scores, opposite of state, national trends

HOT SPRINGS — In a year where state and national ACT scores dropped across the board, Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts students improved their scores.

In 2013, ASMSA students received an average composite score of 28.6, according to a report released Wednesday. The average composite score for the state was 20.2, and the national average was 20.9. Both the state and national scores dipped from the previous year. ASMSA’s score rose by almost 2 points.

The ACT is scored on a scale of 1 to 36, with 36 being the highest possible score. Students also receive scores in four individual testing areas, which are combined for the composite score. The individual testing areas are English, mathematics, reading and science.