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Why It Matters

When we asked who we are as a university and what we do, here’s what you told us. Now, let’s tell others. In word and song, Al Bell spreads the message of music as the McIlroy Family Visiting Professor, lecturing and giving workshops. The Bodenhamer Fellowships turn 20. Alumni from Arkansas and around the world return to celebrate Lee Bodenhamer’s vision.

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On the cover: The front doors of Old Main, white in this historic image, have been repainted to a dark green color closely matching their original look.


ARKANSAS Publisher Arkansas Alumni Association Executive Director Brandy Cox ✪ M.A.’07 Editor Charlie Alison ★ B.A.’82, M.A.’04 Associate Editor Catherine Baltz ★+ B.S.’92, M.Ed.’07 Creative Director Eric Pipkin Photo Editor Russell Cothren ✪ Photographer Whit Pruitt ★

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Writers & Contributors DeLani Bartlette B.A.’06, M.A.’08 Amanda Cantu Nick DeMoss B.A.’11 Robby Edwards Scott Flanagin Jennifer Holland ★ M.Ed.’08 Beth Lewis Matt McGowan Andra Parrish Liwag Michelle Parks B.A.’94 Darinda Sharp B.A.’94, M.S.’99, M.A.’05 Camilla Shumaker B.A.’01, M.F.A.’09 David Speer B.A.’75 Kevin Trainor ★+ B.A.’94, M.A.’05 Steve Voorhies ★ M.A.’78

Supporting Arkansas Through New Companies Two of the University of Arkansas’ top priorities — Reaffirming our Landgrant and Flagship Responsibilities and Enhancing our Research and Discovery Mission — took giant steps forward this fall when the Walton Family Charitable Support Foundation made another major gift — a grant of $23.7 million to support research and commercialization efforts by the university. This investment will do two things. First, it will fuel the university’s research engine by investing in outstanding faculty, signature research areas, and support staff needed to drive research and discovery. Second, it will accelerate the university’s ability to bring the outputs of that research to the market place by investing in the people and programs necessary to commercialize ideas. Well-fueled university research engines have demonstrably driven economic activity in their regions, and can do so in Arkansas. A strong and vibrant research environment does so by: 1) attracting financial resources; 2) attracting intellectual talent; 3) developing solutions to critical problems facing communities and businesses; and 4) driving the creation of ideas that form the basis of new companies. Strong commercialization programs help faculty and students transform the results of their research into patentable inventions and then propel those ideas into the market


through licensing to existing companies or creating start-up companies. Start-ups can provide high-tech jobs and add to the economic vibrancy of Arkansas. This is already happening, but we want it to be happening faster, more efficiently, and more frequently. Last year, the university reported a record $175 million in research expenditures. With strategic investments, we think we can grow that number by at least 50 percent in a few years. On average, for every $100 million in annual research expenditures by a university, two to four start-up companies are formed annually. Thus, within a few years, the University of Arkansas expects to be creating four to eight start-up companies a year. This latest grant from the Walton Family Charitable Support Foundation enables us to make strategic investments that will fuel our research engine and accelerate our ability to bring the results to the marketplace — and that will positively impact the lives of Arkansans and beyond. This is great news for the University of Arkansas and even better news for the state. I look forward to keeping you abreast of the latest news as these efforts bear fruit in the years ahead. J im Coleman ★ Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

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Who We Are, What We Do, and Why It Matters A Look at What Unifies Us STORY BY CHARLIE ALISON B.A.’82, M.A.’04

When you think of the University of Arkansas, what is the first word that comes to mind? Education? Transformation? Opportunity? Razorbacks? If one of those words popped into your head, you’re not alone. More than 8,000 people responded to a university survey conducted last year, and those same answers and many more came in by the droves. The survey – designed to get feedback about what people think about the U of A – was part of a larger effort to develop a guide for communicating about the university in a unified way. Alumni, current students, faculty and staff, Arkansans without a connection to the U of A and even people far beyond Arkansas’ borders participated in the process. “We wanted to take the pulse not just of those currently on campus and our alumni and friends, but also of those who have never visited — we wanted to find out what they know and think about the university,” said Mark Rushing, assistant vice chancellor for university relations. “The feedback allowed us to see some of the differences between how we think the university is doing in certain


areas and the perceptions that people have about how we’re doing in those areas.” University ‘theme teams’ reviewed the feedback through the lens of the university’s mission, guiding priorities and strategic plan to pinpoint gaps between the university’s identity and its external image. “We had to do all of that in order to develop what we call ‘unifying themes’ for communicating about the university, helping reinforce our mission,” Rushing said. “Communicating in a consistent and unified manner allows us to tell our story with one voice, let people know what makes this place special and create better understanding of the value and positive impact we provide.”

What Unifies Us The four communications themes that were developed sum up everything the university does. They define what unifies the University of Arkansas.


We Are Dedicated to Arkansas

 ictoria Maloch grew up in the rural Arkansas town of V Emerson and came to the U of A with a love of agriculture but she’s broadened her thoughts while at the U of A and is currently a Marshall Scholar and studying at the University of Cambridge. Right: Fans return to campus to see Senior Walk.

• We are Dedicated to Arkansas. The foundation on which the university was built is to serve the state, provide access to higher education and improve lives through research and innovation. We’re dedicated to maximizing the potential of our state while helping Arkansans be more successful and live healthier and happier lives. • We are Home. The university is a place where our experiences and connections can be life-changing. It’s a community where we feel we belong. As Razorbacks, we share a bond here and everywhere. • We provide Life-Changing Opportunities. The university focuses on individual potential, supporting the experiences, skills and opportunities that build better futures. We nuture growth in an environment centered on learning. • We are Determined to Build a Better World. We exist to make lives better. The pillars of our mission are research and discovery, teaching and learning, and outreach and engagement. They are the means by which we improve our world – one student, one community, one idea, one solution at a time. We imagine a better world and we’re determined to build it. “The themes overlap and some will resonate more with some people than others,” Rushing said. “But together, we believe they help connect the dots between who we are, what we do and why it matters.” Here are a few examples of how these themes truly represent the university.


This is the one quality that sets the University of Arkansas apart from every other top-tier university in the country. “We care about Arkansas,” said Chancellor Joe Steinmetz. “I see it in the classrooms and research labs day in and day out. We have a remarkable opportunity and privilege of working with stakeholders across the state to make it a better and stronger Arkansas. When faculty members pursue research to help the rice industry or provide workshops for county judges about road construction or reduce costs for poultry farmers, their discoveries and service help Arkansans and develop the state’s economy. When graduate students from the Creative Writing and Translation Program give workshops on poetry or fiction writing, they head for schools in communities across Arkansas, like Weaver Elementary in West Memphis, Arkadelphia High School, Berryville Middle School and the Delta Collegiate High School in Helena. When the university’s Center for Community Design is asked to help solve the complex balancing act between making a city livable, environmentally sustainable and economically viable all at the same time, the cities and towns seeking advice and asking the questions are places such as Conway, Little Rock, Hot Springs, Vilonia, Monticello and Texarkana. Of course, the point at which the university has its greatest contribution is in the lives of the students from every county in Arkansas who come to the university, earn a degree, begin a career and then contribute back to their state. Victoria Maloch had a small-town start, but she has big opportunities on the horizon. A recent graduate, she grew up in the community of Emerson, a few miles south of Magnolia. She was one of 21 students in her graduating class. Maloch, an honors student, pursued an agricultural business degree and was first named a Truman Scholar and then a Marshall Scholar — one of only 43 students selected from universities across the country. She’s at the University of Cambridge today pursuing a master’s degree in public policy. The university’s mission of teaching, research and service greatly appealed to her. Her experience as a student reinforced this further. “The university gave me a love for rural issues and research,” she said. “I am very passionate about domestic issues and representing the rural community.”

We Are Home The University of Arkansas provides a dynamic first home away from home for many students. Growth happens here. We grow as individuals. We grow ideas. We grow friendships and lifelong connections. We discover what’s possible here. We’re inspired by the people and ideas around us and prepared for what’s next. We feel connected here, not just to this place but to each other. The welcoming, supportive campus environment the university strives to provide allows us to be comfortable enough to be ourselves and express ourselves while being exposed to a diversity of new ideas, people and perspectives. One of the survey respondents summed it up this way: “It’s a special, spectacular place and beautiful campus. It has a very collegiate feel with a vibrant energy, positivity, optimism and excitement that I think you can feel.” The campus also provides a place of nostalgic connection for tens of thousands of alumni who return to take in an athletic event, speak to classes or just renew acquaintances with old friends. We are also energized by the natural wonder of the mountain forests, streams and hiking trails that surround the campus. It is the Natural State, after all. Our scenic

hilltop campus is one of a kind, with striking views always just a few steps away. The Hill is special to us, just like the names we leave on Senior Walk. A path we share with those before and after.

We Are Determined to Build a Better World Clint Wood has traveled the world studying the effects of earthquakes on buildings and infrastructure. Whether in Haiti or New Zealand, Japan or Ecuador, architects and engineers are using data from his research to design safer buildings, bridges and roads. It’s here in Arkansas, however, where his work to help build more resilient and cost-effective structures is making the biggest difference. The Arkansas Department of Transportation commissioned Wood to conduct soil tests to estimate the seismic demand placed on bridges in the event of a large-magnitude earthquake in the New Madrid Seismic Zone in eastern Arkansas. The goal of the project was to determine the optimal seismic design specifications for new and replacement bridges in that part of the state.



 linton Wood, assistant professor of civil engineering, is C researching the soils of the New Madrid Seismic Zone to help design Arkansas bridges to withstand an earthquake.

Wood, who grew up in Elkins, is an assistant professor of civil engineering and geotechnical engineering specialist. His research focuses on characterizing the depth, composition and layering of soil and rock formations on which buildings and infrastructure are built. Through his evaluation of the soil structure and current structural design of bridges in eastern Arkansas, Wood has identified potential areas of cost savings for the state. By better characterizing the hazard from a future seismic event, the overall structural requirements of bridges can be reduced ultimately reducing the cost of constructing bridges without sacrificing safety. “The implementation of this research could lead to millions of dollars in savings for the Arkansas Department of Transportation and Arkansas taxpayers,” Wood said.

While earning an undergraduate degree in biology elsewhere, she realized that she could make a difference in the lives of others and visited the University of Arkansas to see if graduate school might be an option. “The campus was so beautiful!” she recalled. “I said to myself, I have to go here.” She met Douglas Rhoads, a professor of biological sciences, on her next visit, and he became a mentor to her, reassuring her that if she worked hard, she would be successful. She earned her Doctor of Philosophy in cell and molecular biology and is now an assistant professor of biology. She is researching an aggressive but rare form of breast cancer that metastasizes directly from the primary tumor to the brain. So now Jennings is transforming the lives of others through her research as well as giving back in more direct ways. She reached out to communities in the Arkansas Delta to inspire girls to pursue college and study in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics — the so-called STEM fields — and even launched a Biomedical Research Girls Camp. “I often reflect and ponder on where my life would be had I not crossed paths with Dr. Rhoads,” she said. “It gave me new hope ... because I had someone who was actually cheerleading for me and believed in me. Attending the U of A has absolutely been a life-changing experience.”

We Provide Life-Changing Opportunities Lives change at a university. Some of it happens along the natural path of maturing from high school student to college graduate. Study and reflection present a sense of purpose, which leads to confidence in action. Our students are offered the tools, skills and advice that they need to transform their lives toward a greater purpose. Tameka Jennings, perhaps, embodies this attribute better than anyone. Jennings grew up in the Arkansas Delta town of Gould. “As a child, I had a very curious nature,” she said. “I always wondered how life happens. How do we get butterflies? How do frogs come about?”


T  ameka Jennings, an assistant professor of biology who came to the university in part because of a mentor, works with Terricka Williams, an honors student, and passes on her sense of curiosity about the natural world.

Brand Democracy Developing the Unifying Themes Our motivation was simple: we needed to create a guide for communicating about the university in a consistent and unified way. We wanted it to be closely connected to our “brand,” to our true identity. We wanted to develop something that would unify us, serving as an umbrella for all university communications while being flexible enough to be used for college, school and unit communications as well. Chancellor Joe Steinmetz asked University Relations to lead the effort internally. We reviewed past and current efforts, reached out to colleagues at other universities and consultants who specialize in higher education communications, using them as a sounding board to help us evaluate and refine our development process. We built our process on the foundation of brand democracy – the idea that all of the university’s many stakeholders should play a part in defining our brand and communicating who we are, what we do and why it matters. This process included: • Nearly 90 in-depth interviews representing 16 different stakeholder groups to find out what people really understand about our core mission and impact. • More than 8,000 survey responses from internal and external stakeholders to provide quantitative data to compare with the interview feedback. • Four campus working groups made up of students, faculty and staff to help guide our work. • A core ‘theme team’ of communicators and faculty experts that reviewed, categorized and highlighted key feedback; developed initial reports and findings; created and refined the unifying themes, ensuring that they were authentic and aligned with the university’s mission, guiding priorities and strategic plan; and produced the resources needed to bring the

themes/communications guidance to life. We looked at the feedback from many perspectives, and found that most everything could be grouped in the following major categories: • We received very positive feedback about the university and the education we provide at a good value. • We heard about the beautiful campus and region, the opportunities and resources here, the supporting culture of our campus, that it feels like ”home.” • Many said the experiences and connections made here have had a tremendous positive impact on people’s lives. • Very few we interviewed could define what a land-grant or flagship institution is but almost everyone would then tell us what they thought we should be doing: impacting Arkansas in positive ways. • The feedback also confirmed that there is some misalignment between our actual identity and our image in some areas. The interviews confirmed a lot of things that we thought we knew about the university. But the differences between how we think we’re doing in some areas and the actual perceptions of our stakeholders is also very useful information. For instance, there appears to be a gap between the reality of the impact the university has on the state and the perception people have of that impact. We reviewed the feedback and used our mission, guiding priorities and strategic plan to identify gaps between our true identity and our brand image or external image, the differences between what people know and what we’d like them to know. We had to do all of that in order to develop the Unifying Themes to help close those gaps by reinforcing who we are, what we do and why it matters.



Click It Good

Courtesy of Paul Thibado

Tech Innovation Improves Class Engagement, Grades

 first-generation version of A the clicker designed by Paul Thibado and Vince LaBella.

In the late 1990s, physics professor Paul Thibado was looking for a better way to reach his students. He was teaching one of the large lecture courses, a physics class of more than 200 undergraduates in one lecture hall. The old Science-Engineering Auditorium wasn’t called the “big bedroom” for nothing. Eyelids drooped and then closed for the duration of class in the darkened auditorium. How could a professor keep those eyes open? “Attendance was poor and very few students were passing exams,” he said. “I needed a way to encourage students to attend, stay current on the material and remain engaged during class.” Thibado found a device — similar to a TV remote control — that could transmit information over infrared signals, associate clicks with unique IDs, and display responses in the classroom. Thibado and Vince LaBella, his postdoctoral researcher at the time, improved on this technology, creating their own device and writing sophisticated software code that could collect, encrypt, store and grade radio frequency signals. The researchers tried the technology in

Thibado’s large lecture class. Attendance improved by 130 percent, class participation by 1,700 percent, homework completion by 650 percent, and average grades by 70 percent. Eyes were opening. They published their findings in the journal Physics Teacher, applied for patents on their designs, and created a company to produce the clickers, receivers and software. As university faculty and staff learned of the clicker’s success, Thibado was invited to demonstrate its use at numerous institutions. Initial skepticism became enthusiasm as teachers realized the clickers’ potential for greatly increasing student engagement and accountability in a cost-effective manner. Today, the technology is licensed by a company in Florida, which continues to produce and sell the systems in competition with other companies. To date, more than a million of the clickers that Thibado and LaBella pioneered have been sold and are in use at hundreds of universities across the globe. Thibado cited the entrepreneurial spirit encouraged and celebrated at the University of Arkansas as the reason this groundbreaking technology started here.

Secure Transaction Center to Research Blockchain Technology The Sam M. Walton College of Business has established the Blockchain Center of Excellence to discover innovative uses for the emerging blockchain technology. Blockchain applications use technology to replace traditional institutional functions of verifying identities, making sure accounts are funded before transferring value


and attesting to the authenticity of an asset. “Our vision is to make the Walton College a premier academic leader in advocating for and educating on blockchains,” said Mary C. Lacity, the new director of the Blockchain Center of Excellence and holder of the Walton College Professorship in Information Systems.

East Joins West Rare Asian Documents Acquired Joshua Youngblood, a rare books librarian, raises a blue-dyed volume of the history of the Han Dynasty to his nose. “It has a resin-y smell, which is surprising,” he says. He thumbs through the rice paper volumes with Joshua Byron Smith, an English professor who is all about old books, and Claire Hutchinson, a sophomore honors student in creative writing and classical studies who brought this volume and others to the attention of Youngblood and Smith. The three speculate about details in the books’ construction — the thinness of the paper, the purpose of marginalia and the nature of the leaf pulp that formed a base for the binding. These Japanese woodblock prints helped fill a gap in the university’s rare books library. “We have very few Asian materials in Special Collections,” Youngblood said. “And this is now the oldest East Asian piece we have by about 200 years.” Hutchinson argued for the acquisition of this text, along with two other manuscript fragments in Hebrew and Arabic, in a proposal written to fulfill an assignment for Smith’s spring 2018 Honors College Signature Seminar called “Manuscript.” The Honors College provided a financial donation to facilitate the purchase of the texts: • A North African scroll fragment of the Torah featuring the Ten Commandments from the book of Exodus; ink on deerskin, Hebrew, early to mid-18th century. • A fragment of the Quran featuring an excerpt of “The Life of the Prophet” from The Arabic Sermons; black and red ink with gold and blue margin ruling, Arabic, 1650.

• A 14-volume history of the Han Dynasty; woodblock prints on Japanese paper, bound in covers made from bamboo and rice leaf, Japanese, 1690. “Our partnership with the Honors College has been great,” Youngblood said. “Being able to hold classes like Dr. Smith’s where students engage with our materials in an in-depth way means we’re able to plug into campus in ways that aren’t always possible.” “Claire’s proposal had everything we were looking for,” Smith said. “She found interesting, affordable items that filled cultural and historical gaps in the library’s collection.” “These are things we’ve never focused on in our collections,” added Youngblood. “Claire did a very good job emphasizing cultural diversity.”

C  laire Hutchinson thumbs through a volume of the Han Dynasty, one of several acquisitions she proposed for Special Collections in the University Libraries to acquire for its collection of rare books.




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A Sinking Feeling

 picture of Charles Cooke A from the 1905 Cardinal yearbook.


Alumnus Charles Cooke’s experience with new submarines was not promising. From Fort Smith, Cooke entered the Naval Academy after his 1906 graduation from the University of Arkansas. Four years later, he graduated from the academy second in his class. Cooke then served as an ensign on several battleships, received submarine training and took command of his first submarine, the USS Sturgeon, in 1916. Tragically, it had a violent explosion while in dry dock, killing four crew members and injuring seven. After World War I, by then a lieutenant commander, Cooke took charge of the new and much larger USS S-5. In its first full-power trials at sea, though, a main air induction valve jammed open during a test crash dive. Water poured in through the valve, flooding the torpedo room at the bow of the submarine. The submarine sank 50 miles off the Delaware Capes with 37 crew members aboard. A review after the accident revealed that the incoming water tipped the nose of the submarine deeper and deeper. In an effort to save themselves, the crew members shut hatches leading to the forward departments, but not until after water had started filling the battery room, which caused the release of chlorine gas and the electrical system to fail, pitching the interior into darkness. That should have been the end of the commander and his crew: the bow thirty fathom deep and their air supply fouled. All hope lost.

Instead, a crew member felt the motion of the stern tugging back and forth. The stern was still bobbing like a cork in the choppy waves above the surface! Crew members climbed as high into the stern as possible. They used a hand drill to bore a hole through the 7-inch hull, an hour for every inch. They pushed a rod through it with a sailor’s shirt attached and then began waving it. Hours passed, and then a seaman aboard the steamship Alanthus, on its final voyage, noticed a buoy where there should be none. The ship came about to investigate. The captain of the Alanthus hailed the commander of the S-5. “What ship?” he asked. “S-5,” Cooke replied from inside the sub. “What nationality?” “American.” “Where bound?” “Hell, by compass.” The Alanthus could pump fresh air into the stale confines of the tiller room, but it had no tools to open up the hull and no radio for outside contact. Luckily, a second passing steamer was contacted by signal flag. Its crew began enlarging the hole, some 36 hours after the S-5 first sank. In another hour, all 37 members of the crew climbed out to safety, with Commander Cooke the last to abandon ship. Newspapers across the nation ran stories of the miraculous rescue and the cool-headed commander of the submarine. Known as “Savvy” by his crew, Charles Cooke stayed in the Navy, eventually rising to the rank of four-star admiral and serving as a chief strategist for the fleets in the Pacific during World War II. He is buried in the terra firma of Arlington Cemetery.

On Point Research Record Research expenditures totaled over $175 million in fiscal year 2018, the highest in the university’s history. This total, which includes research expenditures from the University of Arkansas System’s Division of Agriculture, was an 11 percent increase over last year’s total expenditures. Over the past decade, research expenditures have increased by 51.7 percent.

“Research activity at the U of A has grown substantially in the last decade,” said Daniel Sui, vice chancellor for research and innovation. “This is a reflection of the dynamic growth of collaborative research being done to improve the lives of Arkansans and build a better world through life-saving discoveries, innovative technology, creative endeavors and economic development.”


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Seated from left: Al Bell, Bobby Rush, William Bell, Boo Richards and Frayser Boy.

Music Can Change the World Music Industry Icon Al Bell Comes to Campus as McIlroy Family Visiting Professor STORY BY DELANI BARTLETTE B.A.’06, M.A.’08

Throughout his long and storied career in the music and entertainment industry, Al Bell has been considered a visionary, an icon, a music mogul, a maverick and a legend. He helped shape the American music scene for more than 40 years, and now, he will be shaping the next generation of U of A music students as the 2018-19 McIlroy Family Visiting Professor in the Visual and Performing Arts. “We are honored to have the legendary Mr. Al Bell join Fulbright College,” said Todd Shields, dean of the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences. “Regardless of a student’s career path, the knowledge, business acumen and expertise shared by Mr. Bell will undoubtedly benefit students and faculty from across the university, our community and beyond.”


Johnny Taylor, Booker T and the MGs, the Bar Kays, Otis Redding, The Emotions, Rufus and Carla Thomas, Richard Pryor, Albert King, The Dramatics and others. He also successfully marketed the “Theme from Shaft,” performed by Isaac Hayes, which won an Oscar for Best Original Song. As a result, Hayes became the first African American to win an Academy Award in a non-acting category. And as a result, Bell’s innovative marketing and promotional techniques awakened the film industry to the potential in the black marketplace that helped lead to the black film renaissance of the 1970s. But perhaps Stax’ most enduring legacy was that it was a racially integrated company when the rest of the country was still segregated. “We did not see color, or gender, or ethnicity” at Stax, Bell said. “We were a I know a place diverse company improving the lives of Ain’t nobody crying everyone we touched.” Ain’t nobody worried Bell said that while he was at Stax, Ain’t no smiling’ faces “for the first time, I felt myself wanting Lying to the races. to use music to not only change the city and the country, but the world.” That became “I’ll Take You There.” With Bell as its chairman and owner, It was recorded by the Staple Singers, in 1975 Stax Records was valued at produced by Bell, and released by $82 million, making it the second Stax Records the following year. It hit largest minority-owned business in the No. 1 on the Billboard R&B Singles U.S., behind Motown Records. chart for four weeks, spent a total of His visionary business savvy was 15 weeks on the charts and reached undeniable even then. He was listed No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. It is Al Bell as a young disc jockey at Little in Who’s Who in Black America and ranked as the 19th biggest American Rock’s KOKY radio station in 1960. was honored by Black Enterprise hit of 1972, ranked 276 on the magazine in 1972 and 1973 as No. 2 Rolling Stone list of the 500 Greatest in the Top 100 Black-Owned Businesses. Ebony magazine Songs of All Time and was inducted into the Grammy honored him in 1972 as one of the Top 100 Most Hall of Fame in 1999. Influential Black Men, and in 1973 as one of the Top 1,000 Most Successful Black Men in the World. In Soulsville USA: The Stax Records Story by Rob Changing the Music Industry Bowman, the Rev. Jesse Jackson says, “Stax was not just a record company. It was a sound. It was a piece of Originally hired as the promotions man for Stax culture. It was a moment of conscience and experience Records in 1965, then promoted to vice president four of mankind. … People still heavily borrow upon the years later, Bell went on to become the chairman and tradition of Stax and the lineage laid down by the very owner, where he introduced marketing and promotional special genius of Al Bell.” innovations that changed the music industry. After Stax closed its doors in 1975, Bell returned to During his tenure, he was responsible for the careers Little Rock for a while. Then, in the 1980s, he made his of numerous music icons and influenced the overall comeback as president of the Motown Records Group, direction of American soul music, including 167 hits where he worked with fellow music legend Berry Gordy on the Billboard Top 100 Chart, and 243 hits on the to engineer the sale of Motown to the MCA/Boston Billboard R&B Chart. Stax produced gold and platinum Ventures Group. hits with artists such as Isaac Hayes, the Staple Singers, Courtesy of Stax Museum of American Soul Music

Born Alvertis Isbell in Brinkley, Bell grew up in North Little Rock, also known as “Dogtown.” He began his career in the entertainment industry as an on-air radio personality in Little Rock before moving on to Memphis. He is also a prolific songwriter, having written more than 200 songs. One, in particular, has a unique Arkansas connection. Bell said one evening in 1971, while sitting on the hood of an old school bus that his father kept in the backyard in North Little Rock, something happened inside of him. He had just been to the funeral of his murdered brother, and he didn’t feel comfortable, even in that familiar place. Thinking about his brother, he began to hear music. Specifically, a bass line. Then words:


After that, Bell started his own label, Bellmark Records, where he discovered the music group Tag Team and released “Whoomp! (There It Is),” which sold over 5 million copies and remains one of the biggest-selling singles in history. Later, Prince approached Bell about releasing a record after Warner Brothers had turned him down. Bell agreed, and they released “The Most Beautiful Girl in the World,” one of Prince’s biggest-selling singles ever, which peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was his first and only No. 1 single in the United Kingdom as a performer. It was certified gold by the RIAA and sold 700,000 copies domestically.

Honors and Accolades

Russell Cothern

After so many decades of innovative and successful work, the accolades continued to pour in. He has been inducted into 30 Halls of Fame, including the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame, the Arkansas Business Hall of Fame and the Arkansas Entertainers Hall of Fame. He received the Arthur A. Fletcher Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Black Chamber of Commerce in 2008 and received honorary doctorate degrees from Philander Smith College in 1972 and 2011. In 2011, Bell received the highest honor the music industry bestows, the Grammy Trustees Award, putting him in the company of Steve Jobs, Walt Disney, Ira Gershwin, Frank Sinatra, the Beatles and others who


have made industry-changing contributions to music in their lifetimes. Bell said being named the U of A’s 2018-19 McIlroy Family Visiting Professor is an honor he doesn’t take lightly. “I am profoundly honored, humbled and thankful to be recognized, considered and named to this professorship,” Bell said. “We will educate our students and others so that they will know music and the value of a music ecosystem. We speak loudly and proudly to the music and entertainment industry to look to the University of Arkansas if you want the best.” “My greatest reward in life is that my mission’s pursuit has been endorsed, accelerated and my learnings can be better understood and passed on for generations to come.”

McIlroy Visiting Professor The professorship, established in the Fulbright College, supports the teaching and work of a professional artist who imparts highly specialized knowledge essential to students’ artistic, educational and career enrichment and of value to the community at large. It was made possible through the philanthropy of Hayden and Mary Joe McIlroy and the Walton Family Charitable Support Foundation. “We are so excited to partner Mr. Bell’s decades of experience in the music industry with our focus on education, performance and creation,” said Ronda Mains, chair of the college’s Department of Music. “Mr. Bell’s appointment will not only impact the development of our music students, it will also create new opportunities for Northwest Arkansas to build on a proud tradition of music in an environment enriched by the arts.” L  eft: Al Bell speaks to the crowd. Opposite: U of A musicians backing singer Robert Bell included students Aaron Smelley, Samantha Canon, Jonathan Catron and professor Jake Herzog.

Russell Cothern

As the McIlroy Visiting Professor, part of his busy schedule will include teaching master classes, serving as a musical ambassador and hosting community events. His first community event was a screening of the documentary Take Me To the River, an award-winning film that brings multiple generations of award-winning Memphis and Mississippi Delta musicians together, tracing the roots of the Memphis sound. The screening was followed by a Q&A and live performances by Grammy winners William Bell and Bobby Rush, who were accompanied by U of A professor of guitar Jake Hertzog and students Aaron Smelley on trumpet, Samantha Canon on saxophone and Jonathan Catron on trombone. During the Q&A, Bell took a moment to recognize the Northwest Arkansas community. “I have been all around the country, and halfway around the world, but I’ve never been anywhere like Northwest Arkansas,” he said. “I love being around people in the pursuit of excellence, and I saw the desire of Northwest Arkansas to go deeply into music. I love Northwest Arkansas!” The next day, Bell followed up with a public lecture, “NOW is the Season and the Time!,” which delved into his decades of experience in the music industry, as well as

the emotional and healing power of music. “We are made of music,” he said. “We hear the rhythm of our mother’s heartbeat while we are in the womb.” He shared his observation that the music and entertainment industries are going through the most radical transitions he has ever seen. “I see business opportunities for creatives that have never existed before,” he said. “It’s wide open for us.” He also spoke of the economic power of a thriving music “ecosystem,” as he puts it, where not only the music businesses, but other businesses thrive, and “the quality of life for everybody rises.” He said he was impressed with the depth of investment of money and time into developing the Northwest Arkansas music ecosystem. “We can do this in Northwest Arkansas,” he said. “We can show our leadership by doing. Let them see us do our thing!”

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Data The Major Thing

87 Undergraduate majors. 4 Undergraduate “second

majors,” which a student in a primary major may also take.

1,254 Number of undergraduates double-majoring.

1872 First year that major

courses of study were offered at the U of A. The classical studies major remains the only one not changed in name. Majors in agriculture, engineering, education, and the arts and sciences have become more specialized.

10 Recently added or renamed majors: Studio Art, Art History, Hospitality Management, Food Nutrition and Health, Human Nutrition and Dietetics, and five teaching majors.

1,550 Number of students

Then and Now Fun at the Arkansas Union In the 1980s, University Programs started sponsoring an all-night festival of fun. They called it Redeye. In the wee hours of the morning, students were playing Jeopardy, dancing to the KC105 Dance Machine and watching hypnotists, magicians and jugglers. Charlotte Green and a friend, pictured above, recorded an impromptu duet in an improvised booth that was part of Redeye in 1986. During the mid-2000s, Union Programs created an updated version of Redeye, but instead of one all-night craze, they created a late-night program for each Friday of the spring, and now it’s known as Cardinal Nights. The mission is still the same. Fun with friends. Dance a little. Laugh a lot. Several students pictured from a recent Cardinal Nights play a music video game in which different students try to keep the beat — and melody — to score a win. Rock on.

enrolled in the largest major: Nursing.

88 Highest percentage of

Arkansas students in a single major: German.

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Digital Native Imagine starting a career in Information Technology Services before the internet. Before email. Before Google. This is the story of Charles Smith, a systems analyst at the University of Arkansas who recently celebrated 50 years on staff. Smith’s first day was Aug. 18, 1968, just one day after his initial job interview. “I was looking for a job after returning to Fayetteville from technical school. My family recommended checking with the university to see if they had any openings, and they did. I was offered a job in data processing and asked to start the next day. I’ve been here ever since,” Smith said. Smith’s first office computer was an IBM 1460. This data processing system, the width of a standard desk, came without a monitor and offered a “faster” solution for entering data on punch cards. Student grades, business invoices and admit-to-class cards — all of it — was data that could then be sorted and used for campus reports. Although the IBM 1460 lacked the capabilities of modern computers, it was a step in the right direction for advancing technology on the U of A campus.  Spend time talking with this seasoned staff member and you will uncover stories of IT innovation and increased efficiency. However, the true secret of Smith’s longevity stems from a commitment to life-long learning. “You can’t quit learning, or you better get out of this business,” Smith said. In an era where nearly every device has a Wi-Fi connection, it is hard to imagine working in IT without being able to

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“Google” a solution. For the first part of Smith’s career, though, research was not quite as simple. “If I wanted to know how a device worked I had to read the manual that came with it. If the machine didn’t have one, I had to go find it at the library or call and ask IBM to mail one,” Smith said. “Today, I can research problems from my computer.” For those who might be interested, a searchable PDF version of the IBM 1460 system operation manual is still available with a quick online search. From his first-floor office in Administrative Services Building, Smith ensures that the university’s major data programs like BASIS and UAConnect work efficiently day after day, week after week, year after year.

C  harles Smith has seen technology come and go during his 50 years working in Information Technology Services.



Long-Term Investments Bodenhamer Fellowships Pay Dividends for Arkansas Students STORY BY KENDALL CURLEE

In 1997, when John White first arrived on campus to lead as chancellor, he sketched out a plan to make the University of Arkansas an academic as well as athletic powerhouse. He recalls a quiet man approaching him and asking, “What can I do to help?” That man was Lee Bodenhamer, a U of A alumnus who used the pioneering idea of investing retirement funds to build two very successful companies. White didn’t hesitate, asking Bodenhamer if he would fund three merit-based scholarships. “And I said, ‘well, I


could do that,’” Bodenhamer recalled. “Then John came back after touring the state and recruiting some really good people, and he had seven.” Bodenhamer funded four fellowships that first year, and White found funds for the extra three, but asked if Bodenhamer could fund seven the next year. “I did, and that’s how we started,” Bodenhamer said. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Bodenhamer Fellowship, which awards generous support – currently, $72,000 over four years’ time – to Arkansas’ top students.

tax return that her son helped her prepare in the 1950s listed donations to multiple organizations, ranging from $1 to $253 for the First Baptist Church in El Dorado. Lee Bodenhamer recalled that around age four or five, people began to say, “‘Oh, you’re going to be just like your daddy.’” It troubled him, a somewhat shy child, to be compared to someone so admired, so Bodenhamer decided that “I couldn’t be like my daddy – I was going to be something different.” The stock market sparked his interest at age 14, and a family friend met with him regularly to share what he knew about investment. At age 18, Bodenhamer enrolled at the University of Arkansas’ College of Business Administration. His mother had set aside $4,000 from his father’s estate for his education, but he resolved to save that for graduate school. “I worked my way through school,” he recalled, “waiting tables and washing dishes after meals. I did that three days a week.” Bodenhamer

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Bodenhamer’s investment in more than 140 students has matured: Alumni fellows include doctors, lawyers and teachers; an architect and a photo journalist; software developers and a cybersecurity specialist; physicists and policy analysts; and a biomedical researcher who is shedding light on how cancers spread throughout the body. To celebrate, 44 alumni fellows gathered in early November to reconnect with old friends. This reunion, informally known as the “The Bodie Bash,” drew alumni from Seattle to San Francisco, New York City to D.C. and Detroit, Warsaw and London; and a sizeable contingent from Arkansas. The reunion featured a tour and dinner at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, opportunities to connect with former professors and network with current fellows, and most importantly, a chance to thank the Bodenhamer family. “We are deeply grateful to Lee and Beverly, and to Ann, John, Jim and Bob for their abiding, steadfast support for the Honors College and for honors students,” said Lynda Coon, dean of the Honors College. “Philanthropy such as theirs is singular and selfless.” Lee Bodenhamer would have benefited from the philanthropy he now provides. His father, O.L. Bodenhamer, attained prominence as national commander of the American Legion, an important presence in every major community in the U.S. at the time, and was encouraged to run for a seat in the U.S. Senate. He passed away before his son’s birth in 1934 in El Dorado, Union County. Lee Bodenhamer was raised by his mother, Irene Richardson Bodenhamer, who never remarried and dedicated her life to her family. She valued education and, despite limited means, ensured that her family made a yearly educational trip to museums and historical sites across the U.S. Irene Bodenhamer also promoted the idea of giving back, encouraging her children to save coins for the collection plate at church. She practiced what she preached: a

did make time for fun and service – he pledged Sigma Chi and served as treasurer for his fraternity and for the Associated Students, now the Associated Student Government. After earning his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in accounting (’57) and a Master of Business Administration in finance (’61) at the

T  he week-long summer trip for incoming fellows promotes bonding. Here, the 2017 freshmen line up for a photo on the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City.



 arah Mesko, a S Bodenhamer fellow who made her operatic debut at the Metropolitan Opera in 2016, has returned to campus for performances, including this one at the Honors College.


U of A, Bodenhamer became an investment analyst for finance professor Harold Dulen, who had founded the Participating Annuity Life Insurance Company. Bodenhamer later earned his doctorate of business administration (’68) and taught at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Business. During a summer break in 1968 he started his own firm, First Variable Life Insurance Company, which was the first life insurance company in the U.S. to offer policies that included an investment component. First Variable ranked consistently high in investment returns, thanks to Bodenhamer’s penchant for thinking, and investing, for the long term. When he sold the company in 1985, it numbered 75 employees, over 2,500 agents, and $331 million in total assets. Bodenhamer continued to work at a second investment company he started, Meridian Management Company, until he retired in 2001. Perhaps remembering those late nights

washing dishes, Bodenhamer decided that a scholarship would be a good way to give back to the University of Arkansas. In partnership with then-Chancellor White and the late Gary Standridge, who helped to recruit that first class, he launched the Bodenhamer Fellowship in 1998 with a stellar group of fellows who set the bar high. The impact of Bodenhamer’s gift reached far beyond his student fellows. “The success of the Bodenhamer Fellowship Program provided the evidence we needed to show the Walton family what we could do if we had more private funding,” White noted in an email. In effect, the Bodenhamer Fellowship helped pave the way for the historic $300 million gift from the Walton Family Charitable Support Foundation – part of which was used to establish the Honors College. Bodenhamer’s goal, ultimately, was to fight the brain drain of Arkansas’ best and brightest. The Bodenhamers have generously given their time, service and

for them,” said daughter Ann Rosso, who chairs the Honors College Campaign Committee. “I hope that they will consider paying it forward, by supporting U of A students in the future.” That support is already in play. Several alumni fellows made generous gifts to the Honors College, and all were more than willing to share their time and expertise. At the Bodie Bash alumni fellows met with more than 30 current fellows, taking time to listen and share hard-won career wisdom over box lunches in the Honors Student Lounge. The highlight of the event came later that day, after the formal dinner was served, when one after another, alumni fellows stood up to reflect on the impact of the fellowship. Amid laughter and some tears, these alumni made a point of thanking the Bodenhamer family, three generations of whom attended the dinner. Andrew King (B.S.’03; J.D.’07), a partner at Kutak Rock in Little Rock, summed it up best.

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resources to numerous programs across campus and to the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, but the fellowship program is “my greatest and first priority,” Bodenhamer said in a 2017 Inviting Arkansas profile. “Supporting an in-state public university and keeping our kids in Arkansas illuminates the hopes for our future and buoys up the economic health of our state.” “It was so powerful to be able to really concentrate, and for we Bodenhamer fellows, not to have a day job,” said Sarah Mesko B.M.’08, an opera singer who made her debut at the Metropolitan Opera in 2016. “We could devote all of our time, and all of our energy, into our studies. It was the most amazing gift, to be able to graduate with a degree in something I love, and to be able to start fresh, and not in a hole of student debt and loans.” The Bodenhamer Fellowship is one of the most prestigious offered at the U of A. Students must have a 3.8 high school GPA and a 32 ACT score just to apply, and those who make the cut have shown promise as leaders – whether it’s organizing a new club at school, leading a service project in their community, pursuing original research, or all of the above. The fellowship is special in other ways. Early on, Bodenhamer decided to fund a week-long bonding experience. It worked. Bodenhamer fellows typically enjoy close ties with their cohort and with alumni fellows, as well. The summer trip continues today, currently chaperoned by professors Bret and Stephanie Schulte and taking place in the nation’s business capital, New York City. Thanks to that summer trip, and fall and spring receptions where all current fellows, some alumni fellows, and assorted parents meet to visit with Lee and Beverly Bodenhamer and his children, the group has grown into an informal family. “I love getting the Bodenhamer report every year, and seeing how accomplished the Bodie fellows are, and the ways that this fellowship has been a springboard

“I’m working in Little Rock,” he said to Lee Bodenhamer, “and I don’t see your name on buildings, I don’t see your name in newspapers, and your face is not on the cover of magazines. You put your name on one thing, as far as I know — you put your name on us. It’s both a challenge and an honor we’ll carry for the rest of our lives.”

B  odehamer Fellows take in a game at Yankee Stadium in New York City.



VeoRide Bicycle Sharing More than 6,000 people took advantage of the university’s new bicycle-sharing program during its first month. Students, faculty, alumni and Fayetteville residents took more than 16,000 rides. The University of Arkansas and Fayetteville partnered with the VeoRide company this fall to introduce a dockless bike-sharing system that uses several tech options to help riders find a bike, reserve, unlock and ride it, and then find a place to park it. The Fayetteville program has 340 custom bikes, including 290 standard 7-speed bicycles and 50 electric motor assisted “e-bikes,” the largest to date for VeoRide. The regular bikes are cream color with Razorback red trim. The e-bikes are teal. They give the rider an extra boost of power when going uphill.


Anyone can rent one of the bicycles with fees averaging about 50 cents per 15 minutes on the standard bicycle or 10 cents per minute for one of the e-bikes. Riders can also purchase a monthly or annual subscription to use the bicycles. As you might expect, students tend to check out a bicycle when they are leaving the hilltop campus to zip down Dickson Street or Leverett or Razorback Road, but not so many want to pedal the regular bicycles back up the hill. Part of the VeoRide program cost is used to redistribute bicycles to those heavily used areas of town and campus each day. If you’re back for a visit to campus, try riding one of the VeoRide bicycles on the Razorback Greenway. Find out more at

Teaching For Every Action by the PhysTEC member institution from which they graduated or received their teaching credentials. Taylor is a graduate of the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in physics in addition to a psychology degree from the University of Tulsa. She teaches advanced placement physics and is also the head softball coach at Rogers Heritage High School. Teachers like Taylor are rare. The United States has a severe, long-term shortage of qualified physics teachers. In 2013, the National Task Force on Teacher Education in Physics reported that “the need for qualified teachers is greater now than at any previous time in history.” Of the approximately 1,400 new teachers who are hired to teach physics each year, only 35 percent have a degree in physics or physics education. “Knowing we are preparing graduates like Tiffany to be successful in the classroom and inspire young scientists in the making is incredibly rewarding and important work,” said William “Lin” Oliver, chair of the U of A Department of Physics, and one of Taylor’s former advisers. “Tiffany is also an inspiration to current pre-service science teachers and represents the type of career we hope they can achieve.” Submitted photo

Alumna Tiffany Taylor describes her teaching style as inquiry-based, because she believes students learn better from interaction than lectures alone. She teaches advanced placement physics classes at Rogers Heritage High School, where she follows up on lessons by posting classroom highlights on Twitter and maintaining a blog. This has increased the visibility of the class, as well as participation in the advanced placement classes. From her first year of teaching to year two, Taylor’s efforts produced an enrollment jump from one section of 26 students to three sections and a total of 80 students. In the following years, enrollment increased so much that she now spends each day only teaching AP Physics 1 and 2. More importantly, 40 percent of her students represent traditionally underrepresented individuals such as women and minorities. Outside the classroom, Taylor also chairs her school’s science department. A year ago, Taylor was named one of nine local Physics Teacher Education Coalition Teachers of the Year. This year, Taylor took home the top award – she was named the 2018 PhysTEC National Teacher of the Year. “I was so honored last year, and now to be recognized by PhysTEC as physics teacher of the year, I can’t tell you how much that means,” Taylor said. “I’m incredibly grateful for my students, and to be able to represent the University of Arkansas and those who helped to prepare me as an educator in this way.” The award is designed to highlight the impact of recent graduates from physics teacher preparation programs in the classroom, and winners are nominated

T  iffany Taylor



Field and Court Seasons of the Razorback Women’s Basketball The Razorbacks return four of their top five scoring players from a year ago. Senior Malica Monk leads a 13-player roster that is deep and full of talent. She is joined by fellow seniors Raven Northcross-Baker and Bailey Zimmerman. The team got a jump-start on the 2018-19 season with a 10-day exhibition trip to Italy taking on three international teams. Junior college transfer Alexis Tolefree paced the team on the foreign tour averaging 15.0 points per game. Conference play starts Jan. 3 at home against Mississippi State.

Men’s Basketball Arkansas reached the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive year and returns one of the top players in college basketball. Sophomore Daniel Gafford headlines this year’s team, which features eight newcomers. Gafford is a consensus top 15 pick in all the mock NBA drafts. Mike Anderson begins his eighth season as head coach and 25th overall season with the Razorbacks. Conference play begins Jan. 5 at Texas A&M.

Arkansas is coming off a national runner-up finish in the College World Series last year, its second runner-up finish in school history. Head coach Dave Van Horn enters his 17th season at the helm of the baseball team and had his best season as the head Hog last year, guiding the Razorbacks to their ninth College World Series and 48 wins. The win total was the most ever for a Van Hornled team. Returning are All-Americans Casey Martin, Heston Kjerstad and Dominic Fletcher, while redshirt junior Isaiah Campbell heads up the pitching staff. The 2019 season begins Feb. 15 against Eastern Illinois at Baum Stadium.


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Gymnastics The Arkansas gymnastics team returns for its 17th season starting Jan. 5 as it looks to return to the NCAA Championships for the second-straight season. Head Coach Mark Cook returns 18 of 24 routines from last season’s squad, which finished 10th in the nation.

Swimming and Diving The Razorbacks are in the second half of their schedule, with four dual meets and three national competitions ahead of them. Sophomore Brooke Schultz will look to defend her two SEC diving championships, as well as her NCAA national championship, at the conference championship in February and the NCAA Championships in March.

Women’s Track and Field In 2018, Lance Harter led the Razorbacks to their 13th and 14th straight SEC titles during the cross country and indoor seasons, extending a five-year streak. At the NCAA Indoor Championships, the Razorbacks posted a runner-up finish that included three individual national champions. In total last season, Arkansas had 10 All-Americans. In 2019, Arkansas looks to get back to its winning ways with a strong group of new faces but also two of the three national champions from last season returning — Payton Chadwick and Lexi Jacobus — as well as a slew of AllAmericans. The indoor season begins Jan. 11.

In 2018, Chris Bucknam led the Razorbacks to their eighth straight SEC cross-country title en route to a fifth straight South Central Regional title and a fifth-place finish at the NCAA Championships. Arkansas was runnerup at the SEC indoor meet and third at the outdoor meet. In total, last season Arkansas had 20 first-team AllAmericans. 2019 looks to be a promising season for the Razorbacks who lost only a few to graduation and brought in several freshmen ready to score at the conference and national level, including the 2018 Texas Gatorade Track & Field Athlete of the Year, Tre’Bien Gilbert of Judson High School. The indoor season begins Jan. 11.


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Silver Anniversary for a Golden Season Razorbacks will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the 1994 NCAA men’s basketball National Champions throughout this basketball season. Led by Hall of Fame Coach Nolan Richardson, the Razorbacks won the 1994 NCAA title, defeating Duke 76-72 in the NCAA Championship Game in Charlotte, North Carolina. The celebration will culminate with a reunion of the 1994 team on the weekend of March 2, 2019, during the Arkansas game against Ole Miss at Bud Walton Arena.


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Making a Difference for Students

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Every time I visit campus, I am reminded of the many changes that have occurred since I was a student. Today, the number of students on campus has reached an all-time high at more than 27,500 students representing all 50 U.S. states and 120 countries. The National Center for Education Statistics says that “between 2000 and 2016, total undergraduate enrollment in degreegranting postsecondary institutions increased by 28% (from 13.2M to 16.9M students). By 2027, total undergraduate enrollment is projected to increase to 17.4M students.” I am excited to think about how many will be attending this amazing University by 2027! The U of A is consistently being rated among the nation’s best values in higher education. With over 200 programs of study, so many opportunities exist here, and YOU can make a difference in a high school student’s life. Take every opportunity to tell them about your alma mater and share your experiences, knowledge and understanding about the U of A. There are many ways to engage

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interested high school students through campus visits and high school fairs. Encourage them to visit for more information. With the continued growth in students, other growth occurs. That growth includes infrastructure including classrooms, faculty, staff and expanded programming to provide for student success. Another important area of growth is the need for growing scholarship support. The Alumni Association is proud to distribute over $1 million in scholarships each year to deserving students from our comprehensive scholarship program support from chapters, societies and named scholarships. Did you know that a portion of your membership dues supports the scholarship program? The same is true of the hog tag license plates you may see out on the road. There are many more ways to participate. I am proud that many alumni and friends see the need for student support and pay it forward by donating to various scholarships. Now is the time for students to apply to colleges and universities. Encourage them to consider the U of A. In addition, let them know that the Alumni Association scholarship application is open to all students including incoming freshmen and current students from Jan. 1 through Feb. 15. For more information to apply, visit our website at arkansasalumni. org/scholarships. Encourage a potential Razorback today! Wooo Pig,

Teena Gunter ✪ J.D. ’92 LL.M. ’97 President, Arkansas Alumni Association

42nd Passion Play Oberammergau

with Razorbacks on Tour June 9-19, 2020

Including a Danube River Cruise on the exclusively chartered deluxe Amadeus Silver II and featuring a very special University of Arkansas Host to be announced soon!

Experience a rare performance of the extravagant Passion Play, performed for nearly four centuries and staged once a decade in storybook Oberammergau. Enjoy a five-night, deluxe cruise along the Danube River, spend two nights each in the Bavarian Alps and Munich, and visit four countries. Budapest Pre-Program and Munich Post-Program Options offered.

For details on this r azorbacks on tour program

Contact: Lee Shoultz at or 800-775-3465.

Members, alumni, friends and family – anyone can travel with Razorbacks on Tour.

Digital Member Card SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM EST. 1990

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January 1 – February 15, 2019. For students outside of the state of Arkansas who have an alumni connection, the Alumni Legacy Scholarship application is now available.

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Focusing on Education Introducing the 2018-19 Freshmen Endowed Scholars Each year the Arkansas Alumni Association awards two Alumni Endowed Scholarships to its top freshman applicants. Sally Senn and Elizabeth Meneses were selected as the newest Endowed Scholars based on their academic achievements, demonstrated leadership and community involvement. Sally Senn ✩ is an architecture major from El Dorado. With nine siblings, Sally was the first to attend public high school. She was determined to not only catch up with her peers, but to also pour herself into her education. She graduated with a 4.05 grade point average. Being selected as an Alumni Endowed Scholar allowed Sally to achieve another of her dreams, to attend the University of Arkansas. In her scholarship acceptance, Sally shares her story of learning she would receive the scholarship. At 5:30 p.m. on a Monday, I walked into the break room where I work, ready to take my 15-minute break for my 4-10 shift. I was expecting to eat my sandwich and head back to work, but suddenly I heard my phone ringing. When I answered the phone, I heard the voice of a cheerful woman asking if I still planned to attend the university in the fall. I replied “yes,” but really I was not sure at all. I wasn’t sure if I could afford to attend there and in all honesty was beginning to lose hope that I would. She responded to me telling me that if I would accept it, I had been


awarded the Alumni Endowed Scholarship. I was overjoyed this (scholarship value) was more than I had expected, but I had misunderstood her, not realizing at first that this was for every year. When I realized that it was for every year and the overall total, I was speechless. Despite my best efforts to hold them back the tears began to flow and all I could think to say was “Thank you! Thank you! Thank you so much!” So that is what I would like to say again to you (Arkansas Alumni Association members): Thank you! Even now, when I think of this scholarship, I am speechless; it is almost incomprehensible. Even in my daydreams I had not dreamed of such a large scholarship, even now, days later I am still in shock. The lady who called me ended by saying, “I hope this made your Monday better.” This scholarship did more than that for me. It not only made my day, or my week, or my month better, it made my year better. It made this year and the next five years better, and I have no doubt that it will make my life better. You have given me more than money; you have given me education. My oldest sister always told me and my other five sisters: “Work hard girls. Make the life you want.” That is what you have given me, a chance to make the life I want. So to that I say thank you! Thank you so much!

Elizabeth Meneses ✩ is another small-town girl with global dreams. Elizabeth is a journalism major from Jacksonville. The youngest of three children, she is an Arkansas Governor’s School alumna who is very excited about all the University of Arkansas has to offer. Elizabeth expresses her appreciation for being selected as an Alumni Endowed Scholar. I would like to thank the Arkansas Alumni Association for awarding me this scholarship, as well as the benevolent donors for providing its funding! I feel very blessed to receive such a prestigious scholarship! I have worked very hard to create a scholarship application that I felt was “acceptable.” Never have I thought that I would receive such an honorable award! A few months ago, when I had officially decided to attend the University of Arkansas, I remember wondering, “How am I going to pay for my education?” This worrisome thought struck me every day, as I didn’t believe I would receive many of the scholarships I applied for. After receiving a one-time academic scholarship for $4,000 from the U of A, I was grateful. However, it was a one-time award. I was not confident in myself, for I didn’t believe I would receive many other scholarships. The U of A had become my dream college in a matter of a few short years, but there was a chance that I may not have become a Razorback due to the cost of attendance. Soon after, I became aware of the Arkansas Alumni Association scholarships. I began to apply about two weeks before it was due. Every day, I would work on this application, pouring my heart and soul into my words. I was determined to receive something, even if it was the smallest award.

Any award would help me in being able to receive a further education! What motivated me to complete this application in the best way I could was thinking about how much I wanted to attend the U of A. I wanted to call this wonderful place home. I wanted to prove to myself that I can be capable of obtaining such high opportunities! Not too long ago, I received a call informing me I was awarded the Alumni Association Endowed Scholarship. Never have I been so shocked in my life. I asked myself: “Is this real? Did I really have that good of an application?” I have been overcome with joy since that moment! That day will always be a day that I remember! This award has given me an immense amount of hope. Knowing I received an award that several other students applied for has increased my confidence and motivation. I am now quite optimistic about my future. If I was able to accomplish something so great, then maybe I will obtain other awards that I have diligently worked for! It is with deep gratitude and appreciation to accept the Alumni Association Endowed Scholarship! I plan to remain in good standing with the stipulations for this award while attending the U of A. My family and I are very thankful for the AAA’s decision in selecting me for this award, as well as its generous donors. Because of this, college will be less of a debt to me and I will be able to focus more on my education! The Arkansas Alumni Association has awarded nearly $1.13 million in scholarships for the 2018-2019 academic year. Learn more about the Arkansas Alumni Scholarship Program at




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Campus Homecoming decorations illustrated that U of A is “A Place You Call Home.”



Campus was covered with the spirit of Homecoming through decorative banners.

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On Oct. 14, the 96th Homecoming Celebrations kicked off a week of longstanding tradition and school spirit on our campus. This year’s theme was “A Place You Call Home.” The Homecoming Committee was excited to see this foster an environment of collaboration, unity, and inclusion. Homecoming week was a time where all Razorbacks participated and showed their love for our great University. Homecoming kicked off with philanthropy. The Jane B. Gearhart Full Circle Food Pantry hosted a Pack the Pantry event to stock the food pantry. The entire campus community was involved with helping pack the pantry. This will help nourish our campus community. The University was covered in red and white as Greek Houses, Housing and Student Organizations decorated campus in celebration of Razorback spirit. The week culminated in a busy Friday. The Class of 2017 Senior Walk was dedicated with many of the most recent graduates returning to see their names etched in stone. The longest-standing tradition in Homecoming – the Parade – was a success as student organizations and community members danced down Dickson on their way to the Chi Omega Greek Theater. The Homecoming Pep Rally was filled to the brim with Razorback fans as we prepared for the game on Saturday. The evening concluded with the annual NPHC Homecoming Step Show. This was a great event that supported our historically African American fraternities and sororities as they competed in step and dance. The ballroom was standing room only with more 700 students, parents and guest attending. The Kappa Kappa chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha, Inc fraternity came in first place, followed by Kappa Iota of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. Third place was Iota Tau chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. Homecoming is more than just a football game. It is a celebration of our school, the far-reaching effects that graduates have had all over the world, and alumni returning to an institution that helped form them into the people they are today. We are already looking forward to next year’s Homecoming and continuing to build the tradition so no matter where are, the U of A will always be a place you can call home.

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The Student Alumni Board Homecoming Committee posed on the sidelines at the game.

Parade and Pep Rally

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The Homecoming Parade featured 65 participating groups including Razorback Marching Band, Tusk, the Homecoming Court, past homecoming queens and kings, registered student organizations and area businesses and organizations. It was immediately followed by the Homecoming Pep Rally sponsored by the Razorback Booster Club at Bud Walton Arena during the Red & White Basketball Game.

2018 Homecoming Court The 2018 Homecoming Court. Featured from left are Abigail Walker (ASG Vice President), Todd Kitchen, Brayley Gattis, Marco Gargano, Amarachi Onyebueke, Matty Cato, Lydia Fielder, Hunter Hall, Kayley Ferguson, Esere Nesiama, Sarah Gould, Anthony Azzun, Christine Carroll, Manny Mejia, Emily Daniels, Kate Truitt (2018 Homecoming Director).

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The 2018 Homecoming Queen, Lydia Fielder and King, Matty Cato, were crowned at half time of the Homecoming game.

Brandon Mortiz (2017 Homecoming King), Matty Cato (2018 Homecoming King), Lydia Fielder (2018 Homecoming Queen), Beau Broyles (2017 Homecoming Queen).



Class of 2017 Senior Walk Dedication On Oct. 19, members of the Class of 2017 and other members of the University of Arkansas family celebrated the official dedication of the Class of 2017 Senior Walk.

National Pan-Hellenic Step Show

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Alumni, family and friends supported the historically African American fraternities and sororities as they performed and competed in step and dance.

Coloring Contest Winners 3-5 Year Olds

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Name: Harlan Pettigrew Parents: Meredith BA’07 and Ryan Pettigrew JD’06 Hometown: Prairie Grove, AR


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Name: Emma Claire Gregory Parents: Natalie BSE’01, MAT’02 and Justin Gregory Hometown: Springdale, AR


Name: Ruby Beard Parents: Susan and Brandon Beard BS’99, MS’11 Hometown: Springdale, AR

74th Annual Alumni Awards Association Celebrates Outstanding Alumni, Faculty and Friends The Arkansas Alumni Association hosted its 74th annual Alumni Awards Celebration on Oct. 19 at the Fayetteville Town Center. More than 360 people attended this signature event. Brandy Cox, associate vice chancellor for alumni and executive director of the Arkansas Alumni Association, welcomed all and served as Mistress of Ceremonies. Award presentations were made by Provost Jim Coleman, Chancellor Joe Steinmetz, Brandy Cox and Teena Gunter, president of the association’s National Board of Directors. This year’s awards honored the accomplishments of 13 outstanding alumni, faculty and friends in seven award categories. The honorees were: • Citation of Distinguished Alumni – Sam Alley ✪ B.S.C.E. ’79, chairman and CEO of VCC • Citation of Distinguished Alumni – Steven L. Anderson ✪ B. Arch. ’76, B.A. ’76, president of the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation • Honorary Alumni Award – The Honorable Howard W. Brill ✪, Vincent Foster Professor of Legal Ethics & Professional Responsibility • Andrew J. Lucas Alumni Service Award – Lee Bodenhamer ✪ B.S.B.A ’57, M.B.A. ’61, president (Retired) of the Centennial Consulting Company • Faculty Distinguished Rising Teaching Achievement Award – Sean P. Connors, associate professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in the College of Education and Health Professions • Faculty Distinguished Achievement Award for Service – Kevin D. Hall ★+ B.S.C.E. ’86, M.S.C.E. ’90, professor in the Department of Civil Engineering and the Hicks Endowed Professor of Infrastructure Engineering in the College of Engineering • Community Service Award – Dr. Morriss M. Henry. ✪+ J.D. ’71, owner (Retired) of Henry Eye Clinic and Ann Rainwater Henry ✪+ B.A. ’61, M.A. ’64, J.D. ’71, associate professor emeritus of the University of Arkansas Sam M. Walton College of Business • Citation of Distinguished Alumni – L. Lee Johns Lane ✪ B.S. ’62, M.S.O.R. ’74, Ph.D. ’76, vice president and co-owner (Retired) Autek Systems Corp. • Young Alumni Award – Anna Reed Phillips ✪ B.S.E. ’04, co-founder and director of development for the

Bridge2Rwanda Scholars Program • Andrew J. Lucas Alumni Service Award – John C. Reap ✪ B.S.B.A. ’70, president/CEO (Retired) of Town North Bank • Charles and Nadine Baum Faculty Teaching Award – Suresh Kumar Thallapuranam, professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry in the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences • Faculty Distinguished Achievement Award for Research – Min Zou, professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering in the College of Engineering. The Alumni Association hosted its third annual Homecoming Online Auction from Oct. 12-26. The online auction raised more than $16,000 for the Alumni Association scholarship program. The event sponsors included gold sponsor, VCC; silver sponsors, Butterfield Trail Village, Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design, and Fidelity Investments; and media sponsors CitiScapes, Celebrate Arkansas and KUAF.



PIGNICS Nine Alumni Chapters hosted PIGnics, student send-off events, during the month of July. 1 July 14 – The ■ Charlotte Chapter calls the Hogs with Future Razorbacks. 2 July 15 – The Nashville ■ Chapter welcomed incoming freshmen including its new chapter scholar. 3 July 21 – The Houston ■ Chapter PIGnic was held at Bear Branch Park. 4 July 21 – Pictured ■ at the Dallas Chapter PIGnic are Liz Sandusky, Melinda Murphy, Carolyn Jones, LaTonia George, Trudy Sher, John Sher, Susan Honeycutt, Paul Jones and Carmen Flick. 5 July 22 – Alumni, ■ students and families gathered at Big’z Burger Joint for the San Antonio Chapter PIGnic. 6 July 22 – Fredbird was ■ a hit with all the guests at the Saint Louis Chapter PIGnic. 7 July 28 – The Tampa ■ Bay Chapter gathered at Bar 700 to welcome the next generation of Razorbacks. 8 July 29 – The Austin ■ Chapter gathered at Woodlands Park and Nature Reserve their PIGnic. 9 July 29 – Students ■ pose with an inflatable Razorback at the Kansas City Chapter PIGnic.


























Southwest Classic Weekend Events The Arkansas Alumni Association, Razorback Foundation, Dallas Chapter and Black Alumni Society hosted a variety of events during the course of the Southwest Classic Weekend. 1 Razorback Road Trip ■

The Arkansas Alumni Association and Razorback Foundation hosted a Razorback Road Trip this fall to Fort Worth. A Southwest Classic Social was held at Bar Louie in Fort Worth on Sept. 28. The Hog Wild Tailgate was held at 1010 Collins in Arlington before the game Sept. 29. Chancellor Joe and Sandy Steinmetz and Athletic Director Hunter Yurachek helped “Call the Hogs” at the events.


2 Dallas Chapter Pre-Party ■

Ferris Wheelers partnered with the Dallas Chapter of the Arkansas Alumni Association to throw a kickoff party Sept. 28. Party Goers could take rides on the Ferris Wheel or grab some unforgettable BBQ all while enjoying a live performance from Arkansas-born, U of A alumnus country music artist Matt Stell. 3 Black Alumni Society ■

The Black Alumni Society of the Arkansas Alumni Association and the Black Former Students Network of Texas A&M participated in an annual philanthropic event. On Sept. 28, the two groups gathered at Sandaga 813 for a Meet and Greet and gathering of Blessing Bags. They delivered the bags to Mission Arlington the next morning and participated in additional community service before the game.


Several Arkansas Alumni societies gathered in Arlington for the Southwest Classic and participated in many of the events available.


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Chapter Football Watch Parties 1

1 Charlotte Chapter ■ 2 Dallas Chapter ■ 3 Nashville Chapter ■ 4 New York City Chapter ■ 5 San Antonio Chapter ■

















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Razorbacks have been gathering throughout the fall to cheer on our football Hogs. Nothing deters our true fans from supporting the home team!

Razorbacks on Tour Cape Cod and the Islands

The Arkansas Alumni Association hosted a group of 25 travelers on Cape Cod and the Islands, an alumni tour program offered through Premier World Discovery, in August. The tour was hosted by Deb Euculano, senior associate director for alumni special events. The travelers enjoyed visiting many locations including Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket, Boston and Newport, Rhode Island. In addition to Razorbacks on Tour, other travelers on the tour represented Mississippi State University and the University of Tennessee.

Atlanta SEC Summer Fest

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Our Atlanta Chapter gathered in Olympic Park on July 15 to celebrate SEC Football Kickoff Summerfest.



2018 Engineering Early Career Tailgate

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The Engineering Early Career Alumni Society hosted a tailgate for the Alabama game Oct. 6. The society serves College of Engineering graduates within 10 years of graduation, but welcomed all alumni and friends to the event.

Law School Golden Gala The 2018 Golden Gala, an event celebrating the class of 1968 and all 50 year-plus graduates, was held Sept. 8 at the Fowler House Garden and Conservatory on the University of Arkansas Campus.


Pig Sooie Scramble and Par-Tee The Northwest Arkansas Chapter hosted its annual Pig Sooie Scramble and Par-Tee on Sept. 13-14. Par-Tee festivities included recognition of the chapter’s 2018-19 scholarship recipients. The two-day event, sponsored by WealthPath, concluded with a golf tournament at Paradise Valley Athletic Club.


1 The Northwest ■ Arkansas Chapter 2018-19 scholarship recipients. 2 Pig Sooie Scramble ■ begins with a smile from members of the Northwest Arkansas Chapter and staff of the Arkansas Alumni Association.


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3 Ashlyn Smith and ■ Steve Magan pause for a picture during the golf tournament.



4 The winning team ■ celebrates after the tournament.

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Tailgate in the Gardens Before each home football game, the Northwest Arkansas Chapter hosts a Tailgate in the Gardens. For this crowd, The HAM’tons is the place to be on Game Day. WINTER 2018 / ARKANSAS / 45


Razorback Road Trip Fort Collins, Colorado

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The Arkansas Alumni Association and Razorback Foundation hosted a Razorback Road Trip this fall to Fort Collins for the Colorado State Football Game. Travelers enjoyed a happy hour and dinner at U of A alumni-owned Ginger and Baker on Sept. 8. They called the Hogs at Hog Wild Tailgate with other Razorback fans at Bob Davis Hall on Sept. 9 before the game.

Engineering Early Career Alumni Society Happy Hour

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The Early Career Advisory Council (ECAC) for the College of Engineering and the Engineering Early Career Alumni Society hosted a happy hour for northwest Arkansas alumni in July at the Apple Blossom Brewing Company in Fayetteville.


Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences Alumni Society PreGame Party

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The DBCAFLS Alumni Society hosted a pre-game event on Oct. 6 at the Maudine Sanders Student Plaza and Garden and Hawkins Family Terrace at the AFLS Building. All alumni, friends, faculty and staff of the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences were invited!.

Drag Brunch PRIDE Alumni Society

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The Arkansas Alumni Association’s PRIDE Alumni Society hosted a Drag Brunch on Sept. 9. The event raised money to support the PRIDE Society’s scholarship for U of A students. Joining the fabulous U of A student Taylor Madison Monroe on stage were the lovely yet fierce Chloe Jacobs and Casandra Rae.




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The Associated Press named Brittney Vaughn, a senior guard for the Razorbacks, to its All-SEC honorable mentions in 2008.



• The Methodist Episcopal Church, South, deplores the fact that no member of that denomination occupies a high position at Arkansas Industrial University.

• “Skeet” Hinton, serving in World War I, sends a letter to his fellow Kappa Sigma members describing his landing in England, marching in front of the King and Queen of Great Britain, and then going to another country where they took a narrow-gauge railroad behind the English lines.

1888 • Natural gas is discovered on the campus of the university. • About 50 alumni of the university hold a reunion in Little Rock.

1898 • After two years of trying to create a standard curriculum for students in the arts and sciences, a committee of professors proposes three degree programs, one leading to a Bachelor of Arts, a second to a Bachelor of Philosophy and a third to a Bachelor of Science.

1908 • Hugo Bezdek becomes the coach of the Arkansas athletic teams.


• Three hundred U.S. Army soldiers come to campus during the summer for further training during World War I.

1928 • Students set a fine of $1 for the first offense and $5 for the second for any student smoking in the armory or in the corridors during student dances. • Charles Clifton Fichtner is named the first dean of the School of Business Administration. • An editorial in The Arkansas Traveler calls on “every

student who can vote” to cast their ballot against a state bill to eliminate the teaching of evolution. Arkansas voters approved the bill. • A chapter of the national law fraternity, Delta Theta Phi, is established at the university.

• Among the Who’s Who in the Razorback yearbook are Elisjane Trimble, who would later become the first woman appointed to the Arkansas Supreme Court, and Leroy Pond, the first student from the university who died during World War II.



• Hugo Bezdek, the first U of A football coach to achieve an undefeated season, returned to campus as coach of the Cleveland Rams of the National Professional Football League to help dedicate the new Field House. • Bern Keating, an English major, is the first student to graduate with high honors from the College of Arts and Sciences. • Engineering students lay 300 feet of railway track for the “Irish Mail,” a smallscale train large enough for a couple of students per car, during Engine Week.

• William C. Langston is named acting dean of the Medical School. • Dale Bumpers, then a student at the university, writes a letter to the editor of the student newspaper recommending that students advocate Dwight D. Eisenhower to be the Democratic nominee for president. Eisenhower announced the next week that he would not run. • Jimmy Dorsey and his swing band play for the first Porker’s Party at the university Field House. • Local clergy protest a new course being offered that


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Life Members ✪ By becoming Life Members, the University’s friends and alumni help form a strong foundation on which to build the future of the Arkansas Alumni Association. We welcome the newest Life Members, listed in order of membership number: 8946 8947 8948 8949 8950 8951 8952 8953 8954 8955 8956 8957 8958 8959 8960

J. Brad Eichler Kelly Pace Eichler ’88 Randy McNulty ’63 Robin Jane McNulty ’64 Dr. Calvin M. Willis ’76, ’78 G. Denise Willis Dr. Helmut Wolf Brinkley B. CookCampbell ’12, ’15 Wes Barrett ’57 Ann R. Cooper ’57 Kevin Lee Kreeger ’93, ’94 Kathleen Kreeger Scott H. Post ’ 98, ’01 Gloria L. Nethercutt ’72 Dr. Henry W. Foster Jr.

they say calls for students to question the nature of people and the universe. • Students and faculty work together to establish a cooperative grocery store to help address the high cost of living.

1958 • The world-famed architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, speaks at the university, calling for architecture to come back to nature. • Brough Commons is opened as the first dining hall not contained within one of the residence halls. • A student radio station called KUA begins operating via a closed circuit serving Holcombe, Davis, Gregson, Razorback and Wilson Sharp Halls.

8961 Sandy Foster 8962 Dr. Linda Birkner ’82, ’84, ’94 8963 Carl Birkner ’84 8964 Melissa Lloyd Udouj ’91 8965 Dr. Henry J. Udouj III 8966 Mark L. Magie ’78 8967 Annette Murray 8968 C. Allen Mullins ’66 8969 Gene Cogbill ’69 8970 Gail Cogbill ’69 8971 Audrey L. Smith ’70 8972 Jamie Mays Howe Jr. ’83 8973 Peggy M. Barnes ’17 8974 George E. Knight ’64 8975 Vicki Borman Knight ’63 8976 Dwayne Tevebaugh ’77 8978 Dr. Tommy G. Roebuck

8979 Dr. Chien Wei Lo ’17 8980 James Michael Kalinowski ’10 8981 Johnnie Patricia Roebuck ’88, ’90 8982 Brian Alan Griffey ’99 8983 Kelly Dean Robason ’95 8984 Heather Robason 8985 Dr. Fredric H. Warren ’68 8986 Nancy K. Warren 8987 Jacqueline Cavender 8988 Howard W. Brill 8989 Katherine P. Brill 8990 H. W. Burchfield Estes ’86 8991 N. Michelle Estes 8992 Oscar Hirby ’66, ’75 8993 Jimmy J. Bobbitt ’78 8994 Kim Pellicer ’01

8995 8996 8997 8998 8999 9000 9001 9002 9003


on a literary basis and of professional quality.


• The Horticultural Food Science Department is created in the College of Agriculture. • U.S. Senator Barry Goldwater, who was the Republican presidential nominee in 1964, spoke on campus as part of Symposium ’68. Goldwater told students not to become disappointed by the slowness of peace talks with Vietnam. • Two vandals cause $5,000 in damage to the new library.

1978 • The governing board of the Arkansas Union proposes to ban erotic films on campus. University President Charles Bishop approves a policy restricting films to those with educational or entertainment value that are defendable

• A new policy allowing students to buy tickets for athletic events at half price is adopted.

1988 • The Arkansas Alumni Association hires Mike Macechko as its director. • The Commerce Building, erected in 1904 as the university’s first engineering building, is torn down. • The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching calls on Arkansas to make the University of Arkansas a nationally ranked research university. • Gov. Bill Clinton proposes a tax package that includes significant new funding for higher education.

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Kim Y. Coslett ’84 Tami Strickland ’85, ’15 Charles L. Strickland Jr. Andy Beam ’87 Amber E. Cyr Frank Lynn Payne ’59 Donny A. Thomas Molly Harsh Burns ’71 Dr. Bob L. Burns ’75, ’76, ’84 George T. Grisham ’75 Scott N. White ’ 5 Jennifer White Faye Jones ’74, ’92 Brian K. Jones Zoilo Cheng Ho Tan ’66

• The Computer Systems Engineering Department in the College of Engineering merges with the Computer Science Department in the Fulbright College, creating the Department of Computer Science and Computer Engineering. • The Reynolds Center for Enterprise Development opens, adding classroom space and a large lecture hall for the Sam M. Walton College of Business.

2008 • In December, the university embarks on program to reduce energy consumption and address deferred maintenance issues at 56 buildings on campus.


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Elsijane Trimble Roy LLB’39 JD’78, was inducted posthumously into the 2017 class of the Arkansas Women’s Hall of Fame.

Edith Irby Jones ✪ MD’52, Houston, was inducted into the 2015 class of the Arkansas Women’s Hall of Fame.


Mary Lowe Good ✪+ MS’53 PHD’55, Little Rock, was inducted into the 2015 class of the Arkansas Women’s Hall of Fame.

Dorothy D. Stuck ✪+ BA’43, Little Rock, was inducted into the 2017 class of the Arkansas Women’s Hall of Fame.


Betty Ann Lowe ★ BS’54 was inducted posthumously

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into the 2016 class of the Arkansas Women’s Hall of Fame.

1960s Dr. Joycelyn Jones Elders MD’60 MS’67, Little Rock, was inducted into the 2016 class of the Arkansas Women’s Hall of Fame. Patricia P. Upton ★ FS’60, Heber Springs, was inducted into the 2016 class of the

Arkansas Women’s Hall of Fame.

1970s Bill Stovall III ✪+, BSBA ’72, Charleston, South Carolina. He earned his MBA from The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina. He completed the three year program in the spring of 2017.



John C. Easley ✪ BSA’92, has accepted the position of Branch Chief, Joint Operational Intelligence, National Guard Bureau at Arlington Hall Station, Arlington, Virginia. In this position Col. Easley will lead a team of intelligence professionals in incident awareness and assessment assisting the 54 states and territories during times of disaster as a member of the National Guard Coordination Center.

Cathy Cunningham ★, Helena, was inducted into the 2016 class of the Arkansas Women’s Hall of Fame.



Alex D. Clark BSBA’08, Little Rock, is an associate attorney at Cross, Gunter, Witherspoon & Galchus PC. His areas of practice with the firm will include civil litigation, employment management, and wage and hourly law.

In Memoriam Emogene Carter ✪ FS’39, Camden, Nov, 18, 2017. Survivors: two sons, four grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

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Walter L. Morris Sr. BSBA’43, Helena-West Helena, Oct. 6, 2017. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. He was a successful businessman and operated H&M Lumber Company, which is still in business today. Survivors: wife, Bennette Morris; three daughters; a son; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Joy Bond Ramsay ✪+ BSBA’43, Pine Bluff, May 2. Survivors: a son, a daughter, seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. J. Elward Whiteside ✪+ BS’43, Hayward, California, Nov. 28, 2016.

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Nicole Roe ✪ BA’07 MA’10 and Colin Roe, announce the birth of their daughter, Tiegan Frances Roe, on July 20, 2018, at Lehigh Acres, Florida.

Bessie Boehm Moore ✪ was inducted posthumously into the 2018 class of the Arkansas Women’s Hall of Fame.

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Sarah E. Pospisil BA’06 welcomed daughter Dupree Elizabeth Peterson, on Feb. 27, 2018, at Memphis, Tennessee.

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Hunter W. Wilson ✪ BSBA’18, Westlake, Texas, is an insurance broker at Goosehead Insurance.


Leon Weaver ★ BSA’02, Byrdstown, Tennessee. He has successfully mastered the language of Spanish and is assisting others in reaching their goals through interpretation.


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Brinda J. Jackson BARCH’85, Little Rock, was inducted into the 2017 class of the Arkansas Women’s Hall of Fame.

Lizzie M. Johnson ★ BA’11 MED’14 and Brent Johnson ★ BA’06 MSOM’09 JD’15 announce the birth of their daughter, Juniper Lee, Oct. 8, 2017, Fayetteville.

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Kay Kelley Arnold BA’76 MA’77, Little Rock, was inducted into the 2016 class of the Arkansas Women’s Hall of Fame.

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BUILT FOR SUCCESS The University of Arkansas has designed a comprehensive strategy to advance student success – one student at a time – which is a top priority for Chancellor Steinmetz. A significant factor in this strategy is the construction of the Student Success Center that will unify, enhance and fully realize the alignment of a personalized academic, financial and social support system for all students at the university.

A PHYSICAL SPACE TO MAXIMIZE EVERY STUDENT’S POTENTIAL The Student Success Center will convey the message that academic success is attainable for all students. This message will be integrated into the campus community and culture and radiated across the state. Strategically located centrally on campus, just north of Old Main and adjacent to Memorial Hall, the center will house all of the new student success programming and initiatives. This academic hub is ideal because of its convenience and visibility for students, faculty and staff. The architecture of the center will be a magnificent combination of tradition and innovation – an open-concept design with highly visible, collaborative learning studios, multi-purpose classrooms, small group rooms, mindfulness spaces and food services.

Planned groundbreaking: 2020 Square footage: 72,000 Floors: Garden Level, Main Floor, Second Floor, Third Floor Key spaces include: • 360 Studio • Life Design Studio • Fulbright Advising Studio • World Languages Studio • Writing Studio • Communication Studio • STEM Studio • Welcome & IT Desk • Teaching and Faculty Support • Peer-Assisted Learning Studio • Learning Commons • Mentoring Space • Cross-Functional Team • Dining and Faculty Mentoring

KEY OBJECTIVES OF THE STUDENT SUCCESS INITIATIVE • Enhance Pre-Enrollment • I ncrease Semester-to-Semester Retention and On-Time Graduation

• Improve Transition to College • Develop Career Outcomes

THE CASE FOR ADDRESSING STUDENT NEED The university’s graduation rates have improved substantially over the past 15 years, yet unmet financial, academic and social needs still disrupt academic success for far too many students. Currently, students remain less likely to graduate if they: •R  eported more than $12,500 in unmet need in their first year •H  ave high school grade point averages below 3.2 • Are first-generation college students

• Initially lived off campus • Enrolled fewer than 20 days before their first fall semester

Just under half (49%) of Arkansas-resident freshmen fall into one or more of these categories of need.

STUDENT SUCCESS SPOTLIGHT: ASAP BRIDGE Created in 2016 with a $2.4 million grant from the Walton Family Foundation, the Accelerated Student Achievement Program, or ASAP, serves first-generation and low-income students in 26 Arkansas counties. As an ASAP participant, Max McKeown had the opportunity to take classes before his freshman year and was partnered with a mentor to help him adjust to college life. After completing his freshman year, the Monticello native wanted to give back and signed up to be a mentor for the next class of incoming students. “ASAP helped a lot because it felt like college, but in a smaller sense,” he said. “I had a great support group, and I felt prepared when classes started. I

thought the best thing would be for me to give back and show others from small towns that you can come to the U of A and thrive here.”

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Fred Wilkerson Jr. ★ FS’43, De Queen, Aug. 10, 2017. He owned and operated Wilkerson Funeral Home with his family. Survivors: two sons, five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Janive Segraves Blanchard ✪+ BSHE’44 MED’67, Russellville, Aug. 22, 2017. She spent her career as an educator, where her passion was for home economics. Survivors: two sons, two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Lillian Santine Cox FS’44, Till, Dec. 7, 2017. Survivors: a son, a daughter, two sisters and a grandson. Bettye Jean Horne BS’46, Gurdon, Aug. 16, 2017. She founded and operated the Horne Funeral Home for 37 years. Survivors: a daughter, a sister, two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Sheridan C. Conley ✪+ BS’47, Little Rock, Aug. 5, 2017. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II and served in the Marine Reserves until retiring in 1972 as a colonel. After a long career as a petroleum geologist in the oil patches of Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas, he retired from Sunoco in 1982 as the Gulf Coast District Production geologist. Survivors: wife, Sue Conley; a daughter; a son; two grandchildren and one greatgrandson. Jane Steele BS’47, Fayetteville, Oct. 4, 2017. She cofounded Wilderness Trails, a nonprofit that took high school students on summer trips to the Appalachians, Colorado Rockies and Minnesota Boundary Waters. Charlie G. Wilson FS’47, Hope, April 15. Thomas William Carroll ✪+ BS’48, Lam, Missouri, June 10, 2017. He served in the U.S. Army during the Battle


of Bulge in World War II and was awarded several medals. He practiced medicine for 46 years before retiring in 1998. Survivors: wife, Veda Freuler Carroll ✪ BSSW’47; a daughter; a son; two grandsons and two greatgrandsons. Ed D. Lilly BSCHE’48 BSEE’49, Bellaire, Texas, July 17, 2017. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. He worked as an engineer, serving at several engineering companies in Houston. Survivors: three sons, a sister, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. G. Tidwell Semmes BSBA’48, Memphis, Tennessee, July 19, 2017. He was a U.S. Army World War II veteran and received three battle stars and a Purple Heart. He owned automobile dealerships and later entered the commercial real estate business. Survivors: two sons, four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Lowell L. Wallen MS’48, Peoria, Illinois, July 16, 2017. He was a member of the senior research staff at the USDA Northern Research Laboratory for 30 years and was a Chemistry Lab Instructor for Bradley University for eight years. Survivors: wife, Charlotte, a son and two grandchildren. William Curtis Dempsey Jr. BSEE’49, Midland, Texas, Sept. 9, 2017. He was a veteran of World War II. He later worked as an electrical engineer for Southwestern Electric Power Company until he retired after 38 years. Survivors, two daughters, two sons, nine grandchildren and several great-grandchildren. Bequita Bumpers Gray ✪+ FS’49, Little Rock, Aug. 28, 2017. Survivors: two step-daughters, four stepgrandchildren, 2 step-greatgrandsons and two sisters.

Elsie R. Hall BSBA’49, Centennial, Colorado, Aug. 28, 2017. She worked as a civilian employee at the Air Force base in Stuttgart. Survivors: two daughters, a son, six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Carol Greenwood Trigg BA’49, Texarkana, Aug. 2, 2017. She was a gifted teacher. Survivors: two daughters, a son, five grandchildren and a greatgrandson. Jack E. Trigg FS’49 Texarkana, Nov. 26, 2011. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. He served as mayor of Texarkana, Arkansas, for two terms. Survivors: wife, Carol Greenwood Trigg BA’49; two daughters; a son; five grandchildren and one greatgrandson. Betty Foreman Warnock ★ BSE’49 MED’77, Camden, June 27. She was an elementary school teacher for 36 years. Survivors: a son, a daughter, three sisters, four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.


Adair Crane Atkinson FS’50, Hot Springs Village, Aug. 13, 2017. Survivors: two daughters, a son, seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Dorothy Nicol Clinton BA’50, East Ellijay, Georgia, May 14, 2015. Brenda S. Heringer BA’50, Jonesboro, Sept. 5, 2017. She was a watercolorist, potter, sculptor and teacher. Survivors: two sons, a daughter, a sister, eight grandchildren and five greatgrandchildren. David A. Miles ✪ BS’50 MD’52, Little Rock, March 3. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was a gifted neurologist. Survivors: his wife, Darlene Miles; a son; a daughter and two grandchildren.

Richard E. Perkins BSBA’50, Norphlet, Aug. 20, 2017. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He went on to work as the pipeline manager for Lion Oil for over 50 years and was an independent oil producer. Survivors: his wife, Mary Perkins; two daughters; a brother; three grandchildren and two greatgranddaughters. Dot Reeves BSHE’50, Texarkana, Texas, July 6, 2017. Survivors: a daughter and a brother. Chuck Robertson Sewell ★ BS’50, Sulphur Springs, Texas. May 13, 2017. He owned and operated Sewell Mineral Exploration. Survivors: wife, Louise T. Sewell; a son; two daughters; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Mary Rowe Abbott BSHE’51, Prairieville, Louisiana, July 30, 2017. She taught home economics in several Arkansas schools. Survivors: two daughters, a son, six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Bill K. Barker BSBA’51, Santa Rosa, California, July 17, 2017. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving in Pearl Harbor in World War II. He later worked as an accountant for Chilton, Stump and Davario; later for Touche Ross; and then for his own companies. Survivors: wife, Berta Barker; a son; a daughter; a brother; seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Mary Anna Culkin BSE’51, Gaithersburg, Maryland, Aug. 17, 2017. Wanda K. Irwin BSBA’51, Springdale, Aug. 30, 2017. She was a teacher and homemaker. Survivors: two sons, a daughter, a sister, six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Lynne Nease Jones BSE’51, Fort Worth, Texas, Sept. 20, 2017. She coached

high school girls’ basketball and was a Mary Kay representative. Survivors: a daughter, a son, a sister, two grandchildren and two greatgrandchildren. Phillip A. Marak BSME’51, Hot Springs, Aug. 10, 2017. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army in combat in the Philippines. He earned the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart. He was a charter member of the Arkansas Academy of Mechanical Engineers. Survivors: a son, a daughter, a sister, two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Charles F. Piles BS’51 MS’55 , Fort Smith, July 21, 2017, He was a retired geologist in the oil and gas industry, a veteran of the U.S. Air Force attaining the rank of first lieutenant as a ground electronics officer during the Korean War. Orval E. Riggs ✪ BS’51, Austin, Texas, Aug. 1, 2017.

He was a veteran of the Naval Reserve during World War II. He had a long medical career ending in the field of cardiothoracic surgery. He was board certified in surgery, radiology and cardiothoracic surgery. Survivors: two daughters, a sister, nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Alvin Chester Singer BSCE’51, Belton, Missouri, Oct. 24, 2008. Blanche Hawk Suthmer MS’51, Harker Heights, Texas, Aug. 17, 2017. She was a dedicated educator for 40 years and served on the faculty of the University of Arkansas during part of that period. Survivors: two daughters, two brothers, three grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. John Willie Warren MA’51, Clarksville, Sept. 19, 2017. He was a full-time minister and served as a chair and professor of English

at Tennessee Technical University. Survivors: wife, Anna Jane Warren; three daughters; eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Albert L. Fawcett BSCE’52, North Little Rock, Aug. 25, 2017. He worked in engineering for the Corps of Engineers, Little Rock Air Force Base and the Veterans Affairs, from which he retired. Survivors: wife, Roma Staples Fawcett; a son; a daughter; two grandsons and a great-grandson. William F. Goodwin ★ BSBA’52, Lubbock, Texas, July 8, 2017. He retired from Lubbock National Bank after many years of service. Survivors: wife, Mary Jane Goodwin; four daughters; a son; a sister; 10 grandchildren and six greatgrandchildren. Baker L. Peebles BSPH’52, Hermitage, July 7. He spent his career as a commander in the U.S. Navy with 26

years of service. Survivors: wife, Edith Hodges Peebles; two sons; a daughter; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Billy B. Fortune ✪ BSIE’53, Pollock, Texas, Oct. 7, 2017. He was a retired colonel of the U.S. Air Force. He later worked in the oil and gas industries as an engineer. Roy L. Mock BSBA’53, San Antonio, Texas, June 22, 2017. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy as a pilot and later worked in corporate aviation. Survivors: his wife, Beth Mock; two sons; two daughters; a sister and five grandchildren. Patrick W. O’Malley BSBA’53, Little Rock, July 29, 2017. He was employed at General Motors Acceptance Corporation for 41 years and spent an additional 10 years at Nuvell Financial Services. Survivors: two daughters, two sons, 10 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.


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Ron Robinson ★ B.A.’65


Alumnus Ron Robinson of Little Rock, the former leader of Arkansas’ largest advertising and public relations firm, and a longtime supporter of the U of A School of Journalism and Strategic Media died Tuesday, Aug. 14 after a long illness. He was 75. He started working in journalism as a teenager in 1959, writing high school football stories on Friday nights for legendary sports editor Orville Henry at the Arkansas Gazette. He was paid $1 an hour. In 1962 Robinson worked as a summer intern for the advertising agency he would later lead. He later quit the Gazette job to be sports editor for the Traveler and Razorback yearbook – ultimately becoming Traveler editor his senior year. That experience left a lasting impression – years later he endowed an annual scholarship that goes to the incoming Traveler editor. Robinson joined the Air Force after graduation, serving as a public information officer. He rose to the rank of captain, earned a Bronze Star for his service in Vietnam and the Air Force Commendation Medal in 1969 for his support of the Apollo 11 mission to the moon. In 1970 he was hired as director of public relations for the agency that would become CJRW, where he worked until his retirement in 1996, eventually becoming chairman and CEO of the company. The Arkansas Alumni Association honored Robinson in 1997 with its Community Service Award, which is presented annually to a U of A graduate whose volunteer leadership has contributed significantly to the advancement of civic, state and national progress. He was honored in 2005 as a “Distinguished Alumnus” of the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences, and an endowed scholarship was established in his name. He was inducted into the Lemke Journalism Society Hall of Honor in 2016. Survivors: a son and two granddaughters.

Raymond H. Reed BS’53, Grady, Aug. 10, 2017. He was a veteran of World War II. He later served as a pastor in Arkansas, Texas and Washington. Survivors: wife, Sue Anthony Reed; two sons; a daughter; a sister; a brother; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Mona Crawley Ford BSHE’54, Grove, Oklahoma, Aug, 24, 2017. Survivors: her husband, James W. Ford Jr. BSA’53; a son; a daughter; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Douglas E. Hawkins BSAGE’54, Washington D.C., May 4, 2017. He was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and was a conservationist who worked in Washington, D.C., North Carolina and Delaware. Survivors: his wife, Joan Small Hawkins BA’56; a daughter; a brother; a sister; and two grandchildren. Arthur V. Hope II BSCE’54, Little Rock, July 13, 2017. He served in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He also worked for the Arkansas Highway Department and ARKLA Gas Company. Survivors: his wife, Barbara Wester Hope FS’53; three sons; a daughter; a sister; 11 grandchildren and one greatgrandchild. Charles B. Roscopf ★ LLB’54, Helena-West Helena, Aug. 23, 2017. He was a practicing lawyer. Survivors: a son, a daughter, seven grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. Charles W. Smith ★ BSME’55, Crossett, Aug. 28, 2017. He worked for Georgia Pacific for 41 years. Survivors: wife, Martha Jane Risher Smith; a son; two daughters; a brother; a sister; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Faye Walsh BSBA’54, Sulphur Springs, Aug. 19, 2017. She was a retired


teacher. Survivors: a daughter, two sons, nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Pat Pond m BSE’55 MED’64, Fayetteville, Sept. 11, 2017. She taught elementary physical education in Phoenix, Arizona, for 24 years and was also an assistant professor of physical education at Northern Illinois University. Donna Lou Spencer ★ BSE’55, Mount Vernon, Missouri, Sept. 29, 2017. She was a highly respected teacher in the Cassville and Mount Vernon public school systems for over 30 years. Survivors: husband, Ed Spencer BSE’55 MED’61; two sons and two granddaughters. Otto G. Eachus Jr. MED’56, Roswell, New Mexico, June 23, 2017. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and a physical education teacher, a coach and a counselor. Survivors: wife, Dorothy House Eachus; a son; a daughter; a brother; a sister and two grandchildren. Philip E. Meadows BSBA’56 LLB’61, Harrison, Aug. 9, 2017. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War and a retired lawyer. Survivors: wife, Dolores Meadows; two step-sons; a step-daughter; a brother; and several step-grandchildren and great-grandchildren. James H. Poe BSBA’56, Port Angeles, Washington, July 16, 2017. He was retired as the director of the Arkansas Public Service Commission’s Tax Division. Gayland Witherspoon BARCH’56, Little Rock, Sept. 1, 2017. He was activeduty Air Force for 12 years and reserves for 25 years and retired as colonel. He served as an architecture professor at the University of Arkansas and department head at Clemson University

in South Carolina. Survivors: wife, Fredonia Witherspoon BARCH’56; a son; a brother; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild. A. Jack Burney ✪ BSE’57, Hot Springs, Aug. 9, 2017. He opened his own company, BurneyNeal Distributors, and sold it after six years and purchased 555 Distribution and Adcock Lighting. He received numerous sales awards throughout his career. Survivors: his wife, Linda Burney; two sons; a daughter; two step-daughters and nine grandchildren. Sandra Dees Breshears ★ BSBA’57, Pine Bluff, Aug. 1. 2017. She was an educator for many years and later worked at Pickwick Bookstore for 20 years. Survivors: two sons, four sisters, a brother, and 12 grandchildren. Dorothy Gray Campbell ★ MED’57, Minden, Louisiana, June 30, 2017. She taught in the Webster Parish school system and the vocational technical school system for more than 30 years. Survivors: a sister. Fred R. Cazort BSBA’57, Knoxville, Tennessee, Aug. 22, 2017. Survivors: wife, Gladys “Pat” Cazort; two sons; a sister and a grandson. H. Joan Miller BSE’57 MED’72, Russellville, July 1, 2017. She was a school teacher and Gifted and Talented Program coordinator for 45 years. Survivors: husband, Eddie G. Miller; a son; a daughter; six grandchildren and five greatgrandchildren. Joe L. Modisette BSME’57, Little Rock, Aug. 5, 2017. He was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and was awarded the Purple Heart. He went on to become a mechanical engineer and was later inducted into the University of Arkansas Mechanical Engineering Hall

of Fame and the Arkansas Academy for Mechanical Engineers in 1989. Survivors: two daughters, a son, nine grandchildren and two greatgrandchildren. Clyde Sites BSA’57, Sheridan, July 25, 2017. He was a proud veteran, serving in the Navy during World War II and the Army during the Korean conflict. He then embarked on a 45-year agricultural career. In 2004, he was honored with the establishment of the Clyde H. Stites Endowed Professorship in International Crop Physiology by the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences. Survivors: a daughter, five sons, 13 grandchildren, 19 greatgrandchildren and one greatgreat-grandchild. Jane M. Wilson ★ BSE’57, Fort Smith, Oct. 6, 2017. She fostered careers in education and rental property management. Survivors: a daughter, a son, and four grandchildren. Shirley M. Reeves BSBA’58, St. Louis, Missouri, Aug. 12, 2017. She was employed as a teacher for nearly 25 years at various school. Survivors: three daughters, a brother and seven grandchildren. Hershel T. Sullivan BSIM’58, Harrison, Sept. 17, 2017. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran. He went on to become executive director of the Northwest Regional Housing Authority for 30 years until his retirement in 2004. Survivors: wife, Giovana Sullivan; two sons; a daughter; a step-son; a sister, 12 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Electa C. Wiley MED’58 EDD’64, Nashville, Feb. 17. She fostered successful careers as an educator in public schools and at the collegiate level. Later in life she became a published

writer. Survivors: two sons and five grandchildren. Martha Sessions Barnes BA’59 MA’60 PHD’64, Herndon, Virginia, June 28, 2017. She served as the deputy director of mental health and behavioral sciences for the Veterans Administration in Washington, D.C. Survivors: two daughters, two stepdaughters, two brothers, two sisters, and three grandchildren. Rodney S. Frew BSE’59 MFA’63, Springfield, Missouri, June 28, 2017. He taught art and design at Missouri State University for 34 years and was an accomplished artist and master printmaker. Survivors: his daughter, two sons, two brothers and a sister. Billy O. Hurt BSCE’59, Little Rock, July 31, 2017. He was a professional civil engineer. Survivors: wife, Sheila;, a daughter and a granddaughter. Darrell W. Johnson BSE’59 LLB’65, Fort Smith, Sept. 14, 2017. He was an attorney practicing law in Van Buren and Fort Smith for over 50 years. He was also a respected U.S. Navy veteran. Survivors: wife, Gray Ann Johnson; a daughter; a son; two sisters; a brother and eight grandchildren. Bob Lamb BSEE’59, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, July 31, 2017. He started two very successful businesses, Automation Engineering Company and North American Hydraulics, selling them after 40 years. He was also a Korean War veteran, serving in the Air Force. Survivors: wife, Hasseltine “Tina” Lamb; two daughters; a son; two sisters; a brother and six grandchildren. William C. Lyon BSBA’59, Fordyce, Feb. 10. He was an Army veteran. He started and owned numerous businesses

and was a long-time mayor of Fordyce. Survivors: wife, Margaret Wylie; a son; five grandchildren and a greatgrandchild. Gene Sullivan BSAGE’59, Little Rock, Sept. 4, 2017. He was employed as the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Soil Conservation Service and later retired from the same agency. Survivors: wife, Carrie Sue Kelly Sullivan; a daughter; a son; three sisters; a brother; seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. William D. Yarbrough BSA’59, Camden, Aug. 17, 2017. He was the owner and operator of Harrel’s Pharmacy for 26 years. Survivors: wife, Sara Edwards Yarbrough; a daughter; a son and two grandsons.


Leonard R. Biggs BSME’60, Little Rock, July 8, 2017. He worked as a mechanical engineer for the Georgia Pacific Paper Company and served an officer in the Air Force National Guard. Survivors: wife, Marsha Jones Biggs BA’60; two sons; a daughter; and nine grandchildren. Donald Killough Fitzgerald ✪+ BSBA’60 BA’73, Fayetteville, Aug. 1, 2017. He was a licensed architect in Arkansas and Florida. Survivors: his wife, Frances Lepine Fitzgerald; a daughter; a son and two grandchildren. William K. Hogan BSBA’60, Springdale, Sept. 3, 2017. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. He retired from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as an auditor under the Office of Inspector General, from which he received the Exceptional Achievement Award in 1989. Survivors: wife, Thelma;, two daughters; five grandchildren and a great-grandchild.



Marilyn Patrick BSE’60, Elkins, Sept. 13, 2017. She retired from the Department of Defense Dependents Schools after more than 30 years teaching in Japan, Labrador and Germany. Survivors: two sisters. Phyllis Smithwick Thomas ✪+ BSBA’60, Hot Springs, Sept. 6, 2018. She was a successful businesswoman including careers in real estate and banking. Survivors: husband, Donny A. Thomas ✪; two sons; two brothers and three grandchildren. Jimmy Swafford ★+ BSBA’60, West Memphis, Sept. 4, 2017. He worked for the Internal Revenue Service until he retired in 1989 and then worked in insurance and real estate and for the state of Arkansas until he retired again. Survivors: wife, Dorothy Swafford; two sons; a daughter; three sisters; a brother and four grandchildren. Hugh George Battershell MED’61, Crossett, April 16, 2018. He was U.S. Navy veteran and a chemical engineering professor at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Survivors: wife, Emily Battershell, and a step-son. Jerald L. McAnear Sr. BA’61, Hot Springs, Aug. 25, 2017. He was a U.S. Navy veteran during the Korean War. He retired from a long career as a purchasing manager. Survivors: wife, Kimberly DeFilippis; a son; a daughter; a brother and a grandson. Charles M. Mooney Sr. LLB’61, Jonesboro, Sept. 20, 2017. He had a successful legal career and was in private practice for 56 years. Survivors: a daughter, two sons, three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. James Wiley Reed BSME’61, Independence,


Missouri, Aug. 26, 2017. He was employed by Hallmark Cards. Survivors: wife, Ruth; two sons and two sisters. Louis H. Seiter Jr. BSCHE’61, College Station, Texas, Aug. 4, 2017. He served his country for 10 years both on active duty and in the reserves. His professional career spanned over 31 years in the Industrial Carbon Black Business, and he retired as a District Sales Manager for Engineered Carbons Inc. Survivors: wife, Barbara; three daughters; four brothers and four grandsons. Carole Helm Culp BSHE’62 MS’68, Little Rock, Set. 9, 2017. She was an associate professor in the College of Pure and Applied Sciences at the University of Louisiana for 16 years. Survivors: husband, Harold L. Culp BSME’62; two sons; a brother; two sisters and a grandchild. Gary D. Shelby ✪ BSBA’62, Fort Smith, June 21, 2017. He spent many years in sales, distribution and customer service management for a variety of companies, including Foley’s Department Store and Oneida. Survivors: wife, Carole Adams Shelby ✪ BSHE’62; two sons; and a brother. Edmond Ray Brewer ★+ BSA’63 MED’72, Elm Park, May 2, 2017. He was superintendent of Mansfield Schools for over 15 years and served as a principal at two schools in Van Buren. Survivors: a son, a sister, a brother and two grandchildren. Henry L. Cooper BSCHE’63, North Little Rock, Sept. 9, 2017. He spent 30 years working for Johnson & Johnson before retiring in 1994. Survivors: his wife, Anna; a daughter; a son and four grandchildren.

Fletcher E. Elsberry BSBA’63, Tulsa, Oklahoma, July 15, 2017. Survivors: his wife, Patricia Elsberry; two sons; four daughters; a sister; and 17 grandchildren. James P. Hendricks BA’63, Florence Road, Massachusetts, July 26, 2017. He was a professor emeritus, having taught fine art at the University of Massachusetts Amherst for 39 years. He was also a painter and sculptor. Survivors: wife, Leslie Cernak; two daughters; a step-daughter and a granddaughter. Tish Smith Henslee MED’63 EDD’66, Little Rock, Aug. 1, 2017. She retired as professor of education at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock after 36 years. Survivors: husband, William E. Henslee; a son; and two grandsons. James E. Nix BSBA’63, Manchester, Massachusetts, Dec. 6. 2015. He served in the U.S. Navy. He served as the vice president of the Shawmut Bank and Corporation. Survivors: his wife, Margaret Nix; a daughter; and two sisters. Toshio Oishi BSEE’63, Herndon, Virginia, March 22, 2017. He worked for the Navy Department within the Department of Defense. He later started his own consulting business. Survivors: wife, Pamela Oishi; a son; a daughter; four brothers; two sisters and three grandchildren. Gary Francis Weaver ★ BSBA’63, Conway, April 7. He was a former Razorback baseball player. He worked many years until retirement for Unit Structures in Magnolia. Survivors: two sons, a sister, and four grandchildren. William F. Bailey BSBA’64, Belleville, Illinois, Sept. 11, 2017. He was a U.S. Air Force

veteran. He was employed as a producer for PBS Channel 9 Television and also worked as a writer/producer at Maritz Corporation. Derlyne Gibson BA’64 MA’77 EDD’87, Berryville, Nov. 8, 2016. She was a state and nationally awarded teacher as well as a published author. Survivors: husband, Lanny Gibson; a son; two sisters and two granddaughters. Ronald S. Maxwell BSA’64, Oppelo, July 1, 2017. He worked in sales for agricultural and chemical companies and later worked in the oil and gas industry and as a landsman through his own company. Survivors: his daughter, a brother and two granddaughters. Barrett L. Myers BSEE’64, South Charleston, Ohio, Aug. 30, 2017. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and later went on to found and serve as president for Sytronics Inc. Survivors: wife, Carla Myers; four sons; one daughter; a sister and 11 grandchildren. Glenn A. Railsback III BSBA’64, Hot Springs, Aug. 4, 2017. Survivors: a son, a daughter, a brother, two sisters and six grandchildren. Okla Bennett Smith ✪ BSBA’64, Fort Smith, Sept. 15, 2017. He spent two years in the Army Signal Corps as a lieutenant before joining his family’s furniture manufacturing business. Survivors: wife, Elinor Duschl Smith ✪ BSBA’62; two sons; a sister and two grandsons. Jimmy W. Tate BSPH’64, Griffithville, Aug. 13, 2017. He was a retired farmer and pharmacist. Survivors: wife, Sarah Tate; three step-daughters; a brother; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Gary M. Draper BSBA’65, Crossett, Oct. 17, 2017. He was a talented lawyer and partner with Griffin, Rainwater and Drape and had served as the deputy prosecuting attorney for the 10th Judicial District. Survivors: wife, Patricia Ann Draper; three daughters and two grandchildren. John L. Shelby MA’65, Little Rock, July 29, 2017. He retired as vice chancellor for finance and administration at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock after a long career in higher education. Survivors: his wife, Cheryl Shelby BSE’68; two sons; a sister; and seven grandchildren. Edwin Alderson Jr. ✪ LLB’66, El Dorado, Oct. 5, 2017. He had a long legal career including spending 20 years as a Union County municipal judge. He served as a special chief justice on the Arkansas Supreme Court. Survivors: wife, Diane G. Alderson ✪; a son; two step-sons; daughter; a step-daughter; three grandchildren and nine stepgrandchildren. Douglas O. Eason MA’66, Statesville, North Carolina, July 12, 2017. He enjoyed a 50-year career as an educator. Survivors: his wife, Laurel Ellen Eason MA’66; a son; a daughter; a sister; and four grandchildren. Ted K. Nakamura ★ BSEE’66, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, July 22, 2017. He worked as an electrical engineer.

Daniel B. Pritchett BSBA’66, Medelin, Colombia, South America, July 22, 2017. He joined the Marine Reserves after college and worked in investments in California. Survivors: his wife, Maria; a step-daughter and a sister. Dorothy Reed Thompson MED’66, Little Rock, Sept. 12, 2017. She was a professional teacher for 38 years. Survivors: two daughters and three grandchildren. Philip K. Lyon ✪+ LLB’67, Roland, Oct. 3, 2017. Survivors: wife, Jayne Jack Lyon ✪; five sons; three daughters and 15 grandchildren. Robert M. Mitcham ✪ BSBA’67, Little Rock, March 14. He pursued a career in residential and commercial real estate. Survivors: his wife, Nancy Tremble Mitcham ✪ BSE’68; two daughters; a son; a sister; and seven grandchildren. Kathleen Snell Tadlock MED’67, Sheridan, Sept. 23, 2017. She was an educator and later served as the associate director for the Arkansas Activities Association for 30 years. Survivors: husband, Charles E. Tadlock MED’67; a son; a daughter; a sister; a brother; and two grandchildren. Franklin D. Blazek MA’68, Grinnel, Iowa, July 18, 2017. He was a high school Spanish teacher for 30 years and worked as a travel agent specializing in trips to South America. Survivors: wife, Dottie Blazek; four daughters; a son; 14 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Garland G. Hunnicutt ★ MBA’68 PHD’77, San Marcos, Texas, Sept. 16, 2017. He retired from Texas State University as a professor of management after 35 years.

India Lewis B.S.B.A.’03 Known as much for her smile and big personality as her basketball skills, India Lewis was a fan favorite at the University of Arkansas and for the women’s basketball program. Lewis lost her battle with breast cancer on Aug. 7, 2018, and reflecting back on her life, it is her smile that Arkansas fans will remember most. “It’s hard to leave legacies, but India did just that in her too-short 36 years,” Arkansas head coach Mike Neighbors said. “Her basketball days will be and should be talked about forever, but her impact on people will be what my family will always remember her for. Our teams at Bentonville High had to face her Lady Panthers way more often than we would have liked and my first season with Coach Blair was her freshman season. In those two seasons, she consistently went out of her way to make time for my three-year-old daughter and every other person who wanted to be around her. She was magnetic during years when most student-athletes were not. “Even though her performance in junior high regional finals at BHS may never be topped, her lasting memory for us is the way she treated others. “Our current team will honor India’s memory in first game over here in Italy and throughout the upcoming season in ways to be determined with her family to best honor her legacy,” he said. She was born Sept. 21, 1981, in Siloam Springs to Jimmy “Porky” Lewis and Carmen (Rackleff ) Lewis. Lewis was a multiple-sport standout at Siloam Springs in the late 1990s, playing volleyball, basketball and softball. She paced her high school team to a state title in 1999 and earned some of the state’s highest honors. Lewis played four seasons at the University of Arkansas under then-coach Gary Blair. Lewis ranked second on the team in scoring as a junior and senior and paced the Razorbacks to the NCAA Tournament in three of her four seasons. She is survived by her parents; two sisters, Brandi Preston and Maci Lewis-Pettit; one brother, Jimmie Don Lewis; both her grandmothers; numerous nephews and nieces.


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Dale K. Cabbiness MS’65, Edmond, Oklahoma, Sept. 8, 2017. He worked as a research scientist and was president of his own consultant company. Survivors: wife, Loretta F. Cabbiness; three daughters; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Thomas Spicer BSBA’68, Greenwood, July 23, 2017. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and retired from Tyson Foods in 2006. Survivors: his son, a daughter, a brother, five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.


James A. Teigen BSBA’68, Richfield, Minnesota, Sept. 5, 2017. He worked in the areas of insurance and construction and later worked for FedEx. Survivors: two sons, a daughter, a sister, a brother, seven grandchildren and a great-grandson.

Susan Waits, B.A.’06 Susan Waits, the fashion director for PureWow, died Tuesday, July 17 at UAMS in Little Rock with her family by her side. She was 34. Waits graduated from the University of Arkansas in 2006 with a double major in journalism and Spanish. Following graduation, she moved to New York where she lived and worked until 2016. Waits built a successful career in the publishing industry, eventually becoming the senior associate editor at The Knot. She then joined the team at PureWow, a digital media company that publishes women’s lifestyle content, as New York editor. She was promoted to senior editor and then was named the fashion director at PureWow. It was during her tenure with PureWow that she relocated to Los Angeles. Waits had a passion to serve others in mission projects. In college, she worked in New Orleans doing cleanup following Hurricane Katrina. While living in New York she traveled to the devastated Rockaway Island to serve survivors of Hurricane Sandy. While a student at the University of Arkansas, Waits earned a “license plate” scholarship and was an active member of the Student Alumni Board, including serving as a member of the Homecoming team. She carried her leadership spirit forward when she moved to New York following graduation. She served as alumni ambassador representing the university to prospective students. She also became very involved with the New York Chapter, serving on several chapter committees and eventually as an officer of the chapter board until her relocation to Los Angeles. Survivors: her father, Lyndall M. Waits ✪+ BSCE’75; her mother; a brother and her grandmother.


Delton Lee Johnson EDD’69, Santa Paula, California, Aug. 2, 2017. He was a U.S. Navy veteran. He was a teacher in the areas of industrial education, social studies, history and English for many years. Survivors: his wife, Margaret Johnson; two sons; a sister; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Catherine L. Coffield Sullivan BSE’69, North Little Rock, Aug. 10, 2017. She was a teacher of special education. Survivors: two sons, a daughter, a brother and a sister. Harve Bell Thorn III ★ BSE’69, Fayetteville, Sept. 1, 2017. He was a U.S. Army veteran. He had a lifelong career in education. Survivors: wife, Antoinette R. Thorn ★ BSE’70 PHD’02.


Delmar Dean Ferrell MED’70, West Fork, Aug. 10, 2017. He worked as a coach, teacher and administrator in many school districts. Survivors: wife, Sherry Ferrell; a daughter; a son; five grandchildren and three great-grandsons. Joseph P. Gazzola ★ BA’70 JD’74, Fayetteville, Aug. 5, 2017. He and his wife owned the Catfish Hole, with locations in Alma and Fayetteville. Survivors: wife, Janie A. Gazzola; his step-

mother; a daughter; a son; a sister and six grandchildren. Jay R. Sprigg BA’70 MA’78, Little Rock, July 11, 2017. He worked many years in the Nuclear Medicine Department at the Veterans Affairs Hospital in Little Rock and taught chemistry and physical science at Pulaski Technical College. David Gerald Tanner ✪ BSA’70, Russellville, Sept. 5, 2017. He was the owner of Tanner Veterinary Hospital and Veterinary Supply Company until September 2016. He was also a U.S. Army veteran. Survivors: wife, Michelle Paladino Tanner; a daughter; two sons; four sisters; two brothers; and eight grandchildren. Marylee R. Parker Watson MED’71, Las Vegas, Nevada, July 9, 2017. She was a vocational educator. Survivors: a sister. Billie G. Poteet EDD’72, Amarillo, Texas, Aug. 5, 2017. Survivors: a son, two daughters, two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Bobbie V. Dees BSE’73 MED’82, Bella Vista, Aug. 22, 2017. She was a teacher and worked with children with severe developmental disabilities. Survivors: husband, Frank Dees; two daughters; three sons; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. John H. Duke II ★ BSA’73 MS’77, Rogers, Aug. 29, 2017. He enjoyed a long career in the poultry industry before owning his own poultry-related business. Survivors: wife, June Duke ★ BSE’72; a son, a daughter; a sister; and five grandchildren. Virginia Gardner Wilson BSBA’73, Sherwood, Aug. 15, 2017. She was employed in banking for several years and later worked at Electronic Data Systems. Survivors: her mother, a daughter, a son and a brother.

Robert Steven Bertschy BSE’74, Bella Vista, Sept. 5, 2017. He was the former mayor of Bentonville. Survivors: wife, Cassandra “Sandy” Bertschy; a son; a daughter; three brothers; a sister; and four grandchildren.

Joe Murphy BSA’77, North Little Rock, July 15, 2017. He was in the nursery, lawn and shrub health care business for over 50 years. Survivors: his wife, Marion Murphy; a son; two step-sons; a sister; a grandson; and five stepgrandchildren.

Wallace Caradine Jr. BARCH’74, Little Rock, July 10, 2017. He was the first African American graduate of the Fay Jones School of Architecture. He had a long and prolific career in design and construction. Survivors: his wife, Delbra Ruth Carter Caradine BA’74, a son and a daughter.

John E. Simms BSIM’78, Carmel, Indiana, 2008.

James Daley ✪ MS’74 PHD’77, Olathe, Kansas, Sept. 2, 2017. He was a U.S. Army veteran. He later spent more than 40 years as an educator. Survivors: wife, Marsha K. Daley ✪; a daughter; and two granddaughters. Marilyn J. Nelson BSE’74, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Sept. 11, 2017. She was a counselor at the Hot Springs Rehabilitation Center and retired after 22 years of service. Survivors: a daughter, two sons, 12 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Larry J. Cook BA’77 MED’87, Benton, Sept. 19, 2017. He was a high school world history teacher. Survivors: a daughter, a brother, a sister and three grandchildren. Lee F. Griffith MED’77, Bentonville, June 28, 2017. He retired from the Arkansas Department of Education in 2007 where he had served as public school program supervisor and the agricultural associate director of workforce training. Survivors: his wife, Barbara Griffith; two sons; a sister; and two grandchildren.

Minor Gregory BSA’79, Sept. 20, 2017, Little Rock. He was a partner in Radiology Associates P.A. Survivors: his wife, Emily D. Gregory BSBA’79; two daughters; two brothers; a sister and a granddaughter. Les Harding BSBA’79, San Antonio, Texas, Aug. 12, 2017. He retired in 2014 from Valero Energy Corporation to become the chief operating officer of CP Energy. Survivors: wife, Debbie Turner Harding; his mother; a son and two sisters. Ricky L. Pearce MS’79, Little Rock, Sept. 8, 2017. He retired from Blue Cross/ Blue Shield as a statistician in 2012. Survivors: a brother. Albert H. Powers MS’79, Germantown, Tennessee, July 26. 2017. He retired from the Air Force after 27 years of service. Survivors: wife, Dorothy; four sons; a sister; and six grandchildren.


Thomas E. Ferguson MED’80, Clarksville, Sept. 16, 2017. He was an employee of the U.S. Forest Service for 31 years and served in the Navy on the U.S.S. Coral Sea. Survivors: wife, Sandra Ferguson; a son; a daughter; two sisters and seven grandchildren. Carolyn Cockrill Pugh ✪ BA’80, Ridgeland, Mississippi, Sept. 14, 2017. She was a talented pilot, vice president at Creative Processes Ad Agency and a freelance journalist. Survivors: a son, two

daughters, a brother, a sister and 10 grandchildren.

and was also a horseman. Survivors: a brother.

James Thomas Scott Jr. BSA’80, Hot Springs, Oct. 4, 2017. He retired from the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality after 28 years. Survivors: a son, a daughter and three granddaughters.

Christie L. Mashburn BA’84, Sherwood, July 2, 2017.

David Francis Butler Jr. JD’81, Magnolia, Aug. 13, 2017. He practiced law for 35 years in Oklahoma and Arkansas and was elected in 2014 as prosecuting attorney of the Arkansas’ 213th Judicial District. Survivors: wife, Vicki Butler; his mother; his step-mother; two daughters; three brothers; and a sister. Carolyn Elliotte Van Schoick BA’81, Newport Beach, California, July 11, 2013. She was in radio broadcasting for more than 25 years. Survivors: husband, George Van Schoick; a son; a daughter; a sister and two grandchildren. Chris Shirley BARCH’81, Fayetteville, June 27, 2017. Ronald W. Tubbs MS’81, Lubbock, Texas, July 31, 2017. He retired in 1991 as a lieutenant colonel and commander/professor of Air Force ROTC at Michigan Tech University/ Survivors: his wife, Linda; a son; a daughter, three brothers; a sister; and three grandchildren. Ronald M. Grunwald MS’82, Pineville, Missouri, Aug. 5, 2017. Survivors: three sons, two brothers and three sisters. Andrew Cecil Oliver III MS’82, Proctor, Sept. 15, 2017. He was a farmer in Proctor for 34 years. Survivors: wife, Pam Kornegay Oliver, a daughter and two sons. James R. Bailey EDS’83, Griffithville, Aug. 28, 2017. He spent 34 years as a professional educator

Drucille B. Gilbert MED’85, Little Rock, Sep. 10, 2017. She retired after 35 years as a teacher, counselor and school principal at the Alexander Youth Services Center in Alexander, Arkansas. Survivors: her husband, James Washburn, a son and two grandsons. Tracy Klun BSEE’85, Sherwood, Sept. 11, 2017. She was employed by Texas Instruments as a process engineer. Survivors: husband, Mike Klun; her mother; two daughters and a sister. Julia F. Loyall EDS’85, Sherwood, Feb. 10. She was a special education teacher with a doctorate in education. Jeffrey Thomas Arens BSBA’86, July 27, 2017. He was an accomplished pilot. Survivors: two sons, a daughter, a brother, a sister and five grandchildren. Mo Nellum BSIE’87, Lonoke, June 27, 2017. Survivors: his wife, Cassandra Nellum; his father; two daughters; three brothers; six sisters and two grandsons. Kerry Owens BSBA’88, Denver, Colorado, Aug. 19, 2017. He was a standout defensive end as a senior on the Arkansas Razorbacks 1988 Southwest Conference championship team. After being drafted into the National Football League, he pursued a successful career in business as an entrepreneur. Survivors: a brother and four sisters. Pamela Jane Gray AS’89, Rogers, Aug. 15, 2017. She was a registered nurse and nurse educator for over 30 years, specializing in hospice care. Survivors: her mother, three sons, a sister and two grandchildren.


Senior Walk

Jake Looney, 1944-2018



The Hon. Jerry Wayne “Jake” Looney, former dean of the University of Arkansas School of Law and founder of the school’s Master of Laws Program in Agricultural and Food Law, died Oct. 22 in Mena.   Looney joined the School of Law in 1980 to create a Master of Laws program in the then-bourgeoning field of agricultural law. He served as the inaugural program director from 1980-82. He was the natural choice for the job, according to Susan Schneider, the current director of the LL.M. Program in Agriculture and Food Law.   “In 1978, when the faculty voted to set up an LL.M. program in agricultural law, the person they looked to was Jake Looney,” Schneider said. “He already had a very distinguished background in agricultural law with master degrees in animal science and agricultural economics, along with a J.D., and had taught at the University of Missouri, Virginia Tech and Kansas State.” In 1980, Looney was named the seventh dean of the School of Law. Under his leadership, the school sought to neither overemphasize nor neglect Arkansas Law, provide a broad view of the American legal system and graduate students prepared to practice law anywhere. “Our standards are high,” Looney wrote in a letter for the law school’s 1985-87 course catalog. “Our students work hard. The study of law, like the practice of law, is demanding. It should, however, also be enjoyable.” During his career, he published more than 150 articles and several books. In addition to teaching, he earned three more advanced degrees while sitting on the bench. His vast awards and associations include: founding member and president of the American Agricultural Law Association, member of the American Judges Association and faculty member of the National Judicial College. He taught at many colleges and universities and was admitted to practice law in Arkansas, Missouri and Virginia. He retired from the U of A in 2000. He is survived by his wife of more than 53 years, Era Brown Furr Looney; son, Jason Medford Looney; and sister, Alla B. Medford Curry Miller. 



John David Gaston BA’90, Fayetteville, Aug. 15, 2017. He served in the U.S. Air Force and later owned and operated his own clinic, Simply Family Medicine. Survivors: wife, Diane Gaston; three sons; two daughters; four brothers; a sister and a granddaughter. James L. Hess MED’92, Fayetteville, Sept. 17, 2017. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, retiring after 24 years of service. He went on to become a math teacher at Elkins High School. Survivors: wife, Christine Hess BSHES’98; two daughters; four brothers; two sisters; and five grandchildren. Renata F. Ray BSHE’92, Fayetteville, July 4, 2017. She taught family and consumer science for more than 20 years at Farmington Middle School. Survivors: her father, a sister, and two brothers. Randy R. Treat BSA’92 MS’97, Kingston, Aug. 26, 2017. He was a retired battalion chief for the Springdale Fire Department and a retired agriculture teacher. He previously served in the Arkansas Army National Guard. Survivors: wife, Shirley J. Smith Treat; two sons; one daughter; and eight grandchildren. Emma Lee Bass EDD’93, Jonesboro, Sept. 15, 2017. She worked in the educational field for 46 years, including working for the Arkansas State Department of Education. Survivors: two daughters, a sister, four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Brently C. Warren FS’93, Farmington, July 15, 2017. He was an entrepreneur and a dedicated employee of Plunkett Optical Lab for 12 years. Survivors: his wife, Nichelle Arrington; his mother; a brother and a half

brother. Kimberly Ann Mccourt BSA’94, Morrow, Aug. 30, 2017. She was a dive master. Survivors: husband, Scott McCourt; a son; two daughters; and two brothers. Barbara Parrish PHD’94, Rose Hill, Kansas, Aug. 25, 2017. She was an accounting professor at Wichita State University and then taught at the University of Central Oklahoma. Survivors: husband, Ralph W. Parrish PHD’94; five children; a brother; eight grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Doskie Lee Williford Gumm FS’95, Elkins, July 30, 2017. She worked for the Elkins Senor Citizen Center and the Northwest Arkansas Community Correction Center for Women. Survivors: her husband, Gary Gumm; her daughter; two step-children; a sister; a half brother; and seven grandchildren. Glen Kyle Jensen MBA’97, Chester, Jan. 20, 2017. Matthew Wade Davis FS’98, Pryor, Oklahoma, July 18, 2017. He coached baseball for many years. Survivors: wife, Erin; his mother; his father; four children and one sister. Matthew Lee Forbes FS’98, Farmington, July 25, 2017. Survivors: his father, his mother and sister. Mark Lewis Alexander BSCHE’99, Little Rock, Sept. 10, 2017. He worked for over 20 years at the Eureka Pizza Company. Survivors: his father, his mother and a sister. Layne Eric Caudle FS’99, Fayetteville, Aug. 11, 2017. Survivors: a brother and three sisters. Jennifer Leigh Graves BSBA’99, North Little Rock, Sept. 13, 2017. Survivors: her father, her mother, her grandfather and a brother.


Daniel Robert Brezinski FS’03, Fayetteville, Aug. 14, 2017. Survivors: five siblings. OFFICERS President Teena Gunter ✪ ’92, ’97, Oklahoma City, OK Past President Don Eldred ✪+ ’81, Houston, TX Treasurer Kenneth Biesterveld ✪ ’05, ’10, Centerton, AR Assistant Treasurer Don Walker ✪ ’74, Fayetteville, AR Secretary Deborah Blume ✪+ ’08, Fayetteville, AR BOARD OF DIRECTORS Class of 2019 John Forrest Ales ✪ ’02, San Francisco, CA Linda Bedford-Jackson ✪ ’80, Austin, TX Susan Kemp ✪ ’73, ’75, Little Rock, AR Robert Kolf ✪+ ’78, Wildwood, MO Greg Lee ✪+ ’70, Fayetteville, AR Paul Parette ✪+ ’89, Dallas, TX Ron Rainey ✪ ’91, ’93, Little Rock Lott Rolfe IV ✪ ’94, Maumelle, AR Roger Sublett ✪ ’64, ’65, Mason, OH Amy Tu ✪ ’96, Fayetteville, AR Brian Wolff ✪ ’89, Washington, DC Class of 2020 John Berrey ✪ ’91, Sperry, OK Tori Bogner ✪ ’13, ’16, Fayetteville, AR LaTonya Foster ✪ ’96, Springdale, AR Cecilia Grossberger-Medina ★ ’08, Fayetteville, AR Steven Hinds ✪ ’89, ’92, Fayetteville, AR Regina Hopper ✪ ’81, ’85, Alexandria, VA Jordan Patterson Johnson ✪ ’00, Little Rock, AR Don Walker ✪ ’74, Fayetteville, AR Victor Wilson ✪ ’85, Arlington, TX Class of 2021 Kristen Allbritton ✪ ’04, McKinney, TX Ashley Harris ✪ ’95, Fayetteville, AR Kristin Kaufman ✪ ’83, Dallas, TX Chris Johnson ✪ ’93, North Little Rock, AR Bobby Jones ✪ ’84, Savannah, GA Connie Lewis Lensing ✪ ’74, JD’77, Memphis, TN Drake McGruder ✪ ’06, ’12, Fort Smith, AR Dustin McDaniel ✪ ’94, Little Rock, AR Courtney Backus Norton ★ ’07, Fayetteville, AR STAFF Associate Vice Chancellor for Alumni and Executive Director of the Arkansas Alumni Association Brandy Cox ✪ MA’07 Director of Membership and Marketing Terri Dover ✪+ Director of Constituent Engagement Angela Mosley Monts ✪ BA’80 Director of Outreach and Programs Thomas Ellis ★ BA’96, MBA’98 Director of Finance Hal Prescott ✪ Lisa Ault ★ BSBA’94, Accounting Specialist; Catherine Baltz ✪+ BS’92, MED’07, Assistant Director of Communications; Tim Barker ★, Fiscal Support Analyst; Shanedra Barnes ✪, Constituent Engagement Assistant; Debbie Blume ✪+ BSBA’08, Board and Campaign Coordinator; Carol Cooper ★, Chapters and Student Programs Assistant; Deb Euculano ✪, Senior Associate Director of Alumni Special Events; Florence Galbraith ★, Fiscal Support Analyst; Mercedes Gazaway ★, Assistant Director of Student Programs; Brock Haegele ★ BA’17, Chapters and Student Programs Assistant; Mary Kate Harrison ★ BA’15, MA’17, Special Projects Coordinator; Ryan Jones ★, Membership and Marketing Assistant; Lisy McKinnon ★ BA’97, Associate Director of Chapter Programs; Rachel Moore ★ BSHES ’07, Assistant Director of Membership & Marketing; Emily Piper ★, Administrative Specialist; Patti Sanders ✪+ BSA’08, Associate Director of Alumni Scholarships; Julie Simpson ★, Associate Director of Facilities and Special Events; Elizabeth Lee Shoultz ★ B.A. ’16, MPA ’18, Manager of Affinity Programs and Analysis

Jeffry Lane Johnson BSBA’03, Fayetteville, July 29, 2017. He was a medical sales representative at BD Medical. Survivors: his wife, Randi Davis Johnson BA’03 MA’05; his father; his mother; two daughters; his grandmother; and two sisters. Matt Welch FS’03, Cabot, July 21. 2017. He served in the U.S. Air Force during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Survivors: his wife, Leslie; his father; his mother; a daughter; a son; his grandmother; a sister; and a brother. Cynthia Lorraine Turner FS’04, Fayetteville, June 18, 2017. She worked in the restaurant industry, managing and troubleshooting kitchens and bars. Survivors: a son and a sister. Thuy Rushing MBA’06, Bentonville, Aug. 24, 2017. She was involved with the Network of Professional Women and was named to the “40 Under 40” list. Survivors: her husband, Erin Rushing; a son; two step-sons; a sister; and three brothers. Nicole Ashley Young BSBA’06, Rogers, Aug. 21, 2017. She was a successful, independent business woman who worked in China. Survivors: her father, her mother and a sister. Earl T. Moreland ★ MA’07, Fort Smith, July 25, 2017. He was a retired minister and journalist. Survivors: his wife, Brenda Moreland; two step-sons; two brothers; and three grandchildren.


Ashley Nicole Lane BSHES’12, Texarkana, Texas, Aug. 4, 2017. She was a musician and worked for Motivated Marketing. Survivors: husband, Dylan Bell; her father and mother; a son; her grandmother; and a sister. Joseph Louis Denny Fantinel BSCMP’17 PSTH’18, Springdale, July 31, 2017. He was an Army veteran, serving two deployments in Iraq and one in Afghanistan. Survivors: his father, a son, two brothers and two sisters.


W. John Schuldt, Fayetteville, Sept. 19, 2017. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran. He later became a member of the faculty in the University of Arkansas Department of Psychology and served as director of the Psychological Department Clinic. He retired as professor emeritus in 1995.

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Last Look

Winter’s Approach Turning the Clock Forward a Season The fog of an early morning in late autumn portends the gradual change from dappled fall colors of reds and yellows toward the somber grays and blues of winter. Within a week of this photo, a dive in the temperature and a dusting of snow made the transition complete.


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ARKANSAS: Winter 2018  

Vol. 68 No.2 of ARKANSAS, the magazine of the Arkansas Alumni Association.

ARKANSAS: Winter 2018  

Vol. 68 No.2 of ARKANSAS, the magazine of the Arkansas Alumni Association.