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UAPB hosts public forum for presidential search

UAPB hosts public forum for presidential search

PINE BLUFF, Ark. - The Board of Trustees of the University of Arkansas encourages students, faculty, staff and the general public to attend a public forum about the search for a new president of the University of Arkansas System in several locations around the State. The Pine Bluff forum will be held Tuesday, April 26 at 2 p.m. at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) in the S.J. Parker 1890 Cooperative Extension Complex.               

The Board of Trustees is seeking a replacement for current UA System President B. Alan Sugg, who plans to retire once the search is complete. UA Board of Trustees Chairman Dr. Carl Johnson will host the forum to give the university community a chance to suggest candidates and provide input on the qualities they’d like to have in the new president.

Sugg speaks at spring commencement

Sugg speaks at spring commencement

PINE BLUFF, Ark. – Dr. B. Alan Sugg, president of the University of Arkansas System will deliver the keynote address to the Spring 2011 graduating class of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) Saturday, May 14 at 3:00 p.m. in the Pine Bluff Convention Center Arena.  The free, public event marks the 144th commencement exercise for the institution.

B. Alan Sugg, Ph.D., has served as president of the University of Arkansas System since May 1990, leading the system through a period of unprecedented growth.

Enrollment has surged from some 30,000 students on five campuses in 1990 to almost 70,000 students across 17 campuses and units today. Also during this time, the colleges and universities of the UA system have granted nearly 150,000 academic degrees.

University reclassified to Master’s level by Carnegie Foundation

University reclassified to Master’s level by Carnegie Foundation

MAGNOLIA – The increase in graduate programs at Southern Arkansas University has been highly lauded across the region, but the University was recently officially recognized nationally when the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching reassigned SAU as a “Master’s M” level institution. Before this change, the University was classified as a bachelor’s degree-granting institution.

“This is a tremendous accomplishment, and we are very gratified by this news from the Carnegie Foundation” said SAU President Dr. David Rankin. “Our graduate program offerings have increased dramatically, and we have been noted as having the fastest-growing graduate programs in the state over the past five years.

Doctorate in aquaculture, fisheries program at UAPB approved by Higher Ed

Doctorate in aquaculture, fisheries program at UAPB approved by Higher Ed

MOUNTAIN HOME, Ark. – During its quarterly meeting Friday at Arkansas State University-Mountain Home, the Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board (AHECB) approved a Ph.D. in Aquaculture and Fisheries at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.

Arkansas Department of Higher Education (ADHE) Interim Director Shane Broadway and staff recommended the program for approval. The program has tremendous support from the state’s aquaculture industry, which has an estimated economic impact of more than $40 million per year. UAPB administrators indicated classes are likely to begin in the fall.

In other business, the board approved an extensive list of program revisions at institutions across the state, as well as institutional certifications for out-of-state programs authorized in Arkansas, based on ADHE staff recommendations.

Bowers speaks at convocation

Bowers speaks at convocation

PINE BLUFF, Ark. – Velois Bowers, a 1981 UAPB graduate, will deliver the keynote address at Founders’ Convocation Sunday, April 17 at 2:00 p.m. in the John McLinn Ross auditorium of the Hathaway-Howard Fine Arts Center. The event is free and open to the public. 

VeLois Bowers is currently the Vice President, Diversity and Inclusion and Human Resources at CHRISTUS Health, Houston, TX, an international Catholic, faith-based health system comprised of almost 350 services and facilities and 30,000 employees.

Educational Access deadline approaches

Educational Access deadline approaches

PINE BLUFF, Ark. – April 18 is the last day to register for the Eighteenth Annual Mary E. Benjamin Conference on Educational Access. The conference will be held Wednesday, April 27 through Thursday, April 28 at the Pine Bluff Convention Center. The cost of registration is $75/person with limited partial scholarships available for students.

'Pen or Pencil' distributes... pens and pencils

'Pen or Pencil' distributes... pens and pencils

PINE BLUFF, Ark. - Southeast and Belair Middle Schools in the Pine Bluff School District are assigned schools for the National Alliance of Faith and Justice PEN OR PENCIL National Demonstration project in Arkansas. This afternoon at 1 pm, ICVR Weed and Seed PEN OR PENCIL will distribute pencils and encourage students to do well on their Benchmarks test.

PEN OR PENCIL is aimed at keeping kids out of prison and in school. PEN stands for Penitentiary and PENCIL stands for education.