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My wife, Nancy, and I had a wonRecently, two Arkansas legisladerful time Friday taking the Arkansas tive committees approved a resoluTimes bus to the Johnny Cash Music tion opposing the proposed EPA carFestival in Jonesboro. Tiffany Holland bon pollution standards (the Clean and the staff of the Arkansas Times Power Plan), which requires states made the trip very pleasant. They were to develop and implement plans to friendly, accommodating and provided reduce carbon emissions. I appreciexcellent service. Amy Garland was ate the Aug. 12 Arkansas Blog post by wonderful with her music en route to Benjamin Hardy, which presents facts Jonesboro. Most everybody on the bus about the EPA rule proposed in June, joined her in singing songs that we have and suggests that the committees’ reslearned over many years. The more olution was a political stunt. A subbeverages that were consumed, the betsequent blog post by Hardy reported that a leading energy efficiency expert praised Arkansas efforts to develop a state implementation plan to curb carbon emissions. Sadly, these Arkansas legislators prefer to avoid their responsibility to protect our health and environment, and have joined the fossil fuel industry, which is choosing to spend hundreds of millions of dollars to derail the EPA’s proposed standards. The naysayers tell us we have to continue depending on fossil fuels or it will cost jobs and hurt the economy. But ongoing reliance on fossil fuels will be extremely costly — carbon pollution 9 $1.2 and other emissions will continue to .49 a $3 d o harm our health, accelerate climate e oz S change and keep America from benof f e C 200.00 m 6 u i efiting by being a leader in the global $ re m le b clean energy economy. z P a o /C 12 A strong Clean Power Plan will 00 rne t e 30. t n I $ increase renewable energy generation, t hly hone create an estimated 2,200 efficiencyMon P ile related jobs in Arkansas, save ArkanMob y l th sas household customers $57 million a Mon year on electricity bills, and reduce state carbon emissions by 1.9 million tons by 2020 (ICF International Inc. 2014 analysis). I hope that Arkansas continues to be a leader in state implementation of the Clean Power Plan. The costs of doing nothing are too high. We owe it to ourselves and future generations to not be passive spectators. Tell your legislators to kansas Water’s annual Waterenergy Quality promote renewable andReport limit for 2013 can be viewed at damage to our health and our planet highlights CAW’s compliance in 2013 with the monitoring, reporting, and water quality requirements from fossil fuels. Let the EPA know ral Safe Drinking Water Act and Arkansas Health. If Avenue you would prefer a paper copy 221 of East Capitol you support stronger limits on CO2 Department P.O. Box 1789 pollution (comment at www2.epa. rt, please gov/carbon-pollution-standards). call Customer Service at 501.372.5161, select option 6, or send an email request to Little Rock, AR 72203 Customer Service andClimate provideAdvocates your name and address Join Arkansas information. 501.372.5161 ( Shifting to a safer, more responsible clean energy economy is the most important challenge of our time — if we work on this together, we can save the Earth. You Like us on OwenE R T O C E N T R A L A R K A N S A S D LY P R O V I D I N G S A F E D R I N K IRick N G WAT Facebook Tube Little Rock

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What is it with Arkansas Republicans and the homestead tax exemption? Last month, it was gubernatorial candidate Asa Hutchinson who eventually apologized and paid back the state after it was revealed that he had improperly taken exemptions on two different homes (only one is allowed). Last week, the Blue Hog Report blog dug through tax records and found that Secretary of State Mark Martin had been improperly taking a second exemption as well. The double dipping dates back to 2003. Martin initially blamed his trouble on the “politics of personal destruction,” but he finally fessed up in Tuesday morning’s Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. The law only requires repayment for the last three years, but Martin said he’d pay back all of what he owed (likely more than $3,000 plus penalties). Perhaps some prayerful consideration helped Martin see the light: “My wife and I believe that as Christians, while not legally required, we should make arrangements to pay anything that we owe so that we might be above reproach.”

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short — Beebe told a panel at the Southern Governors Conference that the private option is here to stay because a small minority of legislators wouldn’t run over the bipartisan majority: “This isn’t going away. … Let’s say 26 percent don’t want to do it and therefore you don’t have the three fourths. What’s that 74 percent going to do? Are they just going to roll over and play dead, stick their feet up in the air and say, OK, you killed me? Let’s all go home? Nah.”  When Roby Brock interjected with “compromise,” Beebe scoffed, “Compromise? Not much.” He continued: “They may tweak it, they may change it, the circumstances may require that. Data may suggest it needs to be done. But you’re not going to take an overwhelming majority of the legislature and let a small minority of the legislature wag that tail to the point that they’re just going to roll over and play dead, in my opinion. I’ve been watching this stuff for 32 years.”

Fighting words Gov. Mike Beebe won’t be around for Round 3 of the legislative battle over the private option, the state’s unique version of Medicaid expansion. But while many believe the policy could be in jeopardy in the 2015 session — reauthorization requires a three-fourths supermajority and it appears they could be a few votes 6

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Who let the dogs out? Ammo, the Little Rock police dog who bit two neighbors after escaping from his keeper’s fenced enclosure in Saline County, is back on duty, the LRPD announced over the weekend. From the LRPD statement: “Ammo will work from

a leash only for a two-week observation period. He will only assist with the tracking of suspects and will not assist any further.”

By the numbers — police militarization Military weapons and equipment received since 2006 from the Pentagon by police departments in Pulaski County, as part of a Defense Department program passing on used equipment for free (reported by the New York Times): Assault rifles: 178 Pistols: 109 Shotguns: 11 Other armored vehicles: 2 Grenade launcher: 1 Mine-resistant vehicle: 1 Night vision pieces: 1

Hot air Last week, an interim legislative committee passed a resolution to oppose the Environmental Protection Agency’s new proposed rule to limit carbon dioxide emissions from power plants, which are a primary driver of climate change. Always looking for a crusade, Republican state Sen. Jason Rapert (the co-chair of that committee) is now calling for the Arkansas attorney general to sue the feds over the rule. But Rapert’s endless stream of hot air is to be expected. Even more depressing: the wholehearted agreement voiced by his Democratic co-chair, Rep. Tommy Wren of Melbourne. Most other

Arkansas Democratic politicians are no better on this issue, shamefully, including Mike Ross. Both Ross and Republican Asa Hutchinson have vowed to fight the EPA rule as governor. Long-term environmental catastrophe means nothing compared to the electoral expediency of the moment. The echo chamber built by SWEPCO, Entergy and others is just too tightly sealed.

Crab Cake country Maryland governor (and rumored future Democratic presidential candidate) Martin O’Malley, in town for the Southern Governors Conference, received a copy of the new CD from Central Arkansas’s favorite honky-tonk crooner, Bonnie Montgomery. The gift came courtesy of Tyler Pearson, the Democratic candidate challenging state Sen. Jason Rapert; Pearson said he had recently seen Montgomery play at White Water Tavern, “one of our favorite watering holes.” Montgomery gained national attention for her opera based on the life of Bill Clinton; maybe O’Malley is next (let’s recruit David Simon of “The Wire” to write the Baltimore libretto!).


Voter fraud numbers:

That’s right: 1 billion votes in 14 years but only 31 reported instances of people voting illegally by impersonating legal voters, none in Arkansas. A few egregious examples: • Mark Lacasse bragged at school about voting in place of his daddy, 31 faked IDs among 1 billion votes. who was out of town, in the 2004 New Hampshire presidential ans of Arkansas’s voter-identi- of people going primary. He was convicted and did community service. fication law and similar laws in to the polls and • Jack Crowder III used his deceased other states should pay homage i m p e r s o n a t i n g to a Tulane University professor who a r e g i s t e r e d father’s voter registration card to vote in the 2008 presidential rounded up all the evidence of why voter, regardless such laws are needed, which has been of whether the primary in Baytown, Texas. He pled ERNEST lacking in legislative debates and in culprits were guilty and was fined $200. DUMAS • Hazel James arranged for her son courts where the laws are challenged. convicted, charged The evidence was missing in the or even identified. to use his father’s registration form trial this spring before a Pulaski More than 1 billion votes were cast in a city election in Tarrant County, County judge, who ruled that the law in those elections and he found exactly Texas, in 2011, apparently so that the was illegal because the Constitution 31 reports that people pretended to young man could help elect her as forbids the legislature to impose be someone else and voted in their Democratic precinct chairman. The voting requirements beyond those in place, which is the only election fraud father discovered that someone had the Constitution. The law remains that ID laws might stop. The photo voted in his name when he went in effect while the Supreme Court ID laws require voters to present to the polls and reported it. Mama was indicted. ponders. an official photo identification — a Justin Levitt, a voting expert on driver’s license, passport or another Most voter impersonations weren’t the Tulane law faculty in New Orleans, government-issued picture ID. solved. In a dozen or so cases across scoured election records and media Absentee ballots in Arkansas cannot be the 14 years, someone showed up to reports on all United States elections counted unless official IDs accompany vote and found that someone else had since 2000. He chased down accounts them. signed his or her registration card and


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once knew a curmudgeonly physician whose wife practiced family therapy. In her off hours, she often counseled a small army of girlfriends through romantic entanglements. One evening at dinner, the grumpy doctor decided he’d heard enough second-hand tales of woe. “Look,” he said. “I know people have got to [bleep], it was covered in the medical school curriculum. But they certainly don’t have to talk about it to the exclusion of all else, do they?” That’s my attitude toward the 2016 presidential race. I’m assuming that Hillary Clinton’s running because of how ostentatiously she’s not made up her mind. By sitting tight, she basically freezes potential Democratic rivals in place, passively using her lead in opinion polls to prevent others from raising money. Otherwise, can’t we please, please wait until 2016 to obsess about it around the clock? There will be three World

Series, two NBA championships and a couple of NCAA football seasons between now and then. GENE Politically speakLYONS ing, we’ll be in a different world. But no, we’re not going to get even an August recess if the Washington infotainment industry gets its way. Witness the recent stir over Clinton’s ill-advised interview with The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg, a colloquy quickly cartoon-ized into a rebuke of President Obama that never actually happened. For now, the only important thing is to recognize how these media quasi-events take shape. Guided by Goldberg, headline writers focused on a throwaway line characterized by the inimitable Maureen Dowd as “a

had voted without an election clerk spotting the forgery. Let’s be clear that the 31 impersonation reports did not include a score of others where people used fake driver’s licenses to cast someone else’s ballot, sometimes after a voter had died but before his name had been purged from the rolls. But unless a fake ID is so crude that an election clerk spots it or a clerk happens to know the voter, photo ID laws won’t catch them. No one can be surprised by the scant instances of voter impersonation. We have a sad history of election fraud in the United States and a particularly colorful one in Arkansas, but the fraud is by election officials — poll clerks and judges, county clerks, sheriffs and others who handle the ballots, machines or tally sheets and who won’t be caught by an ID law. A person has little incentive to risk impersonating another person for a single vote. The late Tom Glaze, the Supreme Court justice who spent his early years as Arkansas’s chief scourge of election crooks, turned up lots of dirty tricks. In Conway County, precinct doors would be shut for an hour in the slack Continued on page 20

cheap shot at President Obama … call- and to have no plan about what to do ing him a wimp just as he was prepar- after we did it. That was really stupid.” ing to order airstrikes against ISIS.” She’d voted for the Iraq war, you Clinton said this: “Great nations may recall. Dowd certainly rememneed organizing principles, and ‘Don’t bered. The erratic New York Times do stupid stuff’ is not an organizing columnist bitterly blamed Hillary for principle.” the death of her friend Michael Kelly, Actually, President Obama’s ver- the first “embedded” journalist to die sion of the slogan was earthier. How- there. Dowd neglected to mention ever, turning Hillary’s paraphrase Kelly’s own September 2002 column into an insult required ignoring calling Al Gore “wretched,” “vile,” almost everything she said about his “contemptible” and worse for opposadministration’s foreign policy. ing the invasion. Why had Obama used the phrase? I guess she forgot. “I think he was trying to comBut did Hillary really argue that if municate to the American people Obama had armed Syrian “moderates” that he’s not going to do something as she’d recommended as secretary of crazy,” Clinton said. “I’ve sat in too state, that the United States wouldn’t many rooms with the president. He’s have to be bombing ISIS fanatics in thoughtful; he’s incredibly smart, and Iraq today — blowing our own tanks able to analyze a lot of different fac- and APCs to smithereens that they tors that are all moving at the same captured from fleeing Iraqi soldiers? time. I think he is cautious because That was another headline take he knows what he inherited, both the from The Atlantic interview. Once two wars and the economic front, and again, no, she did not. Indeed, she he has expended a lot of capital and reminded Goldberg that the chapenergy trying to pull us out of the ter on Syria in her recent book was hole we’re in. So I think that that’s a entitled “A Wicked Problem.” “I can’t sit here today,” Clinton said political message.” Does that sound like a slam to you? “and say that if we had done what I Elsewhere, Clinton added that, “It recommended, and what [then-U.S. was stupid to do what we did in Iraq Continued on page 21

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wo-thirds of the way through what the punditry expects will be another turbulent football season for Arkansas, Pearls has arguably applied a more optimistic sheen to things and projected a 5-3 record heading into November. To recap, we anticipate the Hogs will drop their first three rather brutal conference tilts against Auburn, Texas A&M and Alabama, but the slow scrape back toward the middle of the standings begins with a rousing win over Georgia in Little Rock and has the team buoyed for a big finish. We’ve previously observed that the easily overlooked dirty secret of the dismal 2013 season is that the team finished rather strong. In much the same manner that Bobby Petrino’s 2008 debut was marked, the middle of the campaign was a litany of blowout losses that conveyed the sense that the team was a rudderless ship running aground, but things were encouraging enough at the tail end to warrant a less jaded view. If Bret Bielema is going to change some fans’ unpleasant perception of him, he’s going to have to coax at least one victory out of the group in the penultimate month of 2014. Pearls believes he will do that and throw in another for good measure. At Mississippi State, Nov. 1. There is a building consensus among college football watchers that Bulldog quarterback Dak Prescott is one of the better-kept secrets in the country, a Tebow-style bull on the ground with a far stronger and faster delivery through the air. He didn’t get a chance to torment the Hogs last year due to injury, but he was dynamic in the Mississippi State rout of Rice in the Liberty Bowl with five total touchdowns and it made him a chic preseason pick for some hardware. Still, though, the Dan Mullen era continues to be noteworthy for being just shy of sustained excellence, and Prescott

wasn’t quite as sharp against big-time competition. Arkansas will contain him to BEAU some extent WILCOX in this tilt in Cowbell Country, but the Bulldog defense is geared to thwart the Hogs’ ground attack. Due to a season low in team rushing output, the Hogs have to go to the air more, and though Brandon Allen ends up with his first career 300-yard game, it’s offset by a couple of bad interceptions leading to scores for the other guys. Bulldogs 31, Hogs 20. LSU, Nov. 15. The boot matchup no longer serves as the post-Thanksgiving leftovers meal, but it’s still a crucial game for both teams. It will come after a bye week that, for a change, actually favors Arkansas. The loss in Starkville will expose some loose screws that need tightening and the extra week will allow some minor injuries to heal a bit. But most importantly, the Hogs will seize upon the Tigers’ own reeling: LSU will have suffered its fourth loss of the season the week before against Alabama, and the mood around Baton Rouge will be decidedly unpleasant. This will arguably be the least disciplined team in the Les Miles regime and it will show on a sunny Saturday in Fayetteville as the Hogs take advantage of early miscues and have the benefit of another stellar crowd at Reynolds Razorback Stadium. Brooks Ellis’ fumble return for a touchdown highlights a big 21-point first quarter and the Tigers are caught flat-footed and unable to mount a serious rally due to Anthony Jennings’ pronounced struggles throwing downfield. In what becomes the second signature win of the Bielema era, Arkansas stuns the suddenly hapless Tigers and notches that important sixth Continued on page 21




he Observer doesn’t do a lot of movie reviews, but we’re going to do one now, for director Richard Linklater’s amazing, inspiring, somewhat depressing (depending on how far you are from childhood and parenthood) film “Boyhood.” The Observer and Junior, now 14 and starting school at Central High this week (Go Tigers!), went and saw it on Saturday night. Junior, who may be too close to the source material to detect the shape of the elephant, hated it. His Old Man, meanwhile, found it to be a poem written in light. You may know the film we’re talking about. It’s the one where, back in 2002, Linklater hired a bunch of actors and then got together with them in Texas every year for 12 years and made a segment of the film, thereby charting the growth of a boy named Mason Evans Jr. (Ellar Coltrane), along with his sister, Samantha (Lorelei Linklater), their mom (Patricia Arquette) and dad (Ethan Hawke). Coltrane was 6 years old when filming started. He was 18 and off to college by the time the credits rolled. While the plot of “Boyhood” is no great shakes — well-meaning people living lives of quiet desperation, though Hawke is excellent as a somewhat flaky father — it’s the technical achievement of the thing that’s a triumph. Other films have tried to do what “Boyhood” succeeds at: showing the true passage of time, which is always flowing invisibly over us, carrying away pieces of our sand until there is nothing left. While you can see that progression in slow motion on a long-running TV show, with the cute kids growing up and getting lanky as the years pile on, it’s apparently the first time it’s been done in a narrative film, and definitely the first time it’s been done so compactly. The Observer, being officially a Vintage American now, found just as much pathos in the crowsfeet and paunches Hawke and Arquette gathered through the years as we did in the Stretch Armstrong growth of the kids involved. The adults in the flick are dang near kids themselves when the film starts, full of piss and

vinegar, hot in blue jeans, still finding their way from childhood to parenthood. By the end, they look like real estate agents sliding into Foxy Grandpa and Grandma territory, having acquired mortgages and minivans and silver in their hair. What a difference 12 years can make, my friend. Where were you 12 years ago? A lovely thing Linklater has made, then, full of subtle commentaries about one generation coming on while another slips past, the endless chain of life, emerging from The Great Before, shining in the light for a while, and then disappearing into The Great After. Fortune! Spin thy wheel! It’s the only film The Observer can recall being so smitten with that we clapped after it, which embarrassed our young cinema buddy damn near to death. Our wholehearted recommendation: Go and see it, so you can tell your friends you had the foresight to see the Best Picture Oscar winner and American classic before almost anybody else did. Junior’s recommendation, meanwhile, is: Save your money and buy pizza and Mountain Dew. Wisdom is going to have to overrule youth this time. And another thing: going to see a film about children growing up and parents growing older with Junior on the weekend before he started high school might not have been the best idea The Observer has ever had. You ever seen a grown man cry into his jumbo extra-butter popcorn and 83-ounce kidneyblaster soda? It’s ugly, folks. Real ugly. And, yet another thing: The Observer got to Central High early on Monday afternoon, docked the Mobile Observatory on 16th Street, and got out, determined to score a photo of Junior emerging from the great pile of knowledge on his first day, the photo we couldn’t get in the morning. We’re so proud of him, and of the fact that he’s attending a school that has so much historic resonance for The Observer personally, that vast, brick-andmortar symbol of the courage ordinary people can have in the face of injustice. Back in the Stone Age of 1992, Junior’s Old Man graduated out in the sticks of Saline Continued on page 21


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Last week, one of the nation’s leading experts in the field of energy efficiency spoke to a crowd of government and industry experts at Heifer International about Arkansas’s implementation of the proposed EPA rule on limiting carbon emissions, a topic that’s provided much fodder recently for state legislators and political candidates eager to condemn the rule as federal intrusion and a job killer. Despite the grandstanding from elected officials, state agency heads have been convening stakeholder meetings with power companies, environmental groups and others. Neal Elliott, associate director of research at the DC-based nonprofit American Council for an EnergyEfficient Economy (ACEEE), said that Arkansas should be praised for its quick work in sketching a compliance plan to meet the carbon-reduction goals outlined by the EPA. “Arkansas is probably 6 to 8 weeks ahead of just about every state out there,” he said. “A tip of the hat to the [Arkansas] Department of Environmental Quality and the Public Service Commission for getting stakeholder meetings started early.” Elliott said that according to ACEEE’s calculations, Arkansas could meet more than 40 percent of its carbon reduction goal by implementing improved energy efficiency measures on the consumption side of the power equation — as opposed to switching from coal-burning plants to gas and renewables on the generation side. Energy efficiency is one of four areas in which states can meet the EPA’s proposed mandate. The other three concern power generation and distribution, which is what’s fueling the cries of economic devastation from politicians and some in the business community — they warn of power plant closures, job losses and skyrocketing energy rates. (Randy Zook of the Arkansas Chamber of Commerce said it’s “like giving you four knives to choose from to slit your wrists.”) Notwithstanding ridiculous hyperbole, states are effectively free to create their own path forward on compliance, as long as they show that the end result is less CO2 released into the air. Part of that formula is increasing efficiency — meaning anything from weatherized homes to greener building practices to less power-intensive manufacturing processes. Elliott also noted that Arkansas (and other states) already has policies in place 10

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RESTORED: The Johnny Cash boyhood home as it looked Saturday morning before the ceremony and before opening for tours.

Johnny Cash boyhood home opens ASU’s Arkansas Heritage Sites program oversees restoration. By Michael Hibblen


fter years of fundraising and restoration work, Johnny Cash’s boyhood home in east Arkansas is officially open to the public as a museum. A grand opening ceremony on Saturday, Aug. 16, drew hundreds to the town circle in Dyess. Just outside of town, down a gravel road, the small farm house, which Cash’s parents moved to when he was 3, looks brand new, restored to the way it looked when the Cash family arrived in the middle of the Great Depression. It’s a drastic change from the dilapidated, tilted structure that in 2006 was declared one of the state’s most endangered places, along with the Dyess Administration Building. “I saw the house in 2011 when Arkansas State University had just

purchased it and it was inconceivable that it could look as it does today,” daughter Rosanne Cash said. “We were very worried the house would be on the ground before Dr. Hawkins’ team could get to it.” Ruth Hawkins is executive director of the school’s Arkansas Heritage Sites program and has been overseeing the project. After buying the home for $100,000 that April, Hawkins said the program took immediate steps to secure the structure. The biggest challenge, she said, was replacing the foundation. “Literally, most of our money went into the ground,” Hawkins said. The gumbo soil in the region is constantly shifting, which causes houses to go out of level. By the time a ceremony was held on Feb. 26, 2012,

to formally mark the beginning of the restoration, the house had been lifted onto a trailer in the back of the lot so that a deep concrete foundation could be poured in the ground. It was eventually buried by a layer of soil and the home put back in place, sitting on original concrete piers. Crews then began ripping out layers of wall coverings and linoleum. “The biggest surprise to us was, because it was in such bad shape when we got it, we assumed that there was not a lot left of the original material in the house. But as we got into it, we found, I would say, that probably 75 to 80 percent of the original material is there,” Hawkins said. That includes the original wooden floor and wood panel walls. Cash’s family was one of 500 selected to live in Dyess, which was a planned community, created as part of President Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal. Each was given a piece of farmland, which included a new house. In the 1968 documentary film “Johnny Cash: The Man, His World, His Music,” the country music icon drives an RV with family members into Dyess, telling stories as he steers through the town circle, by the gas station, then out to the house, which appears vacant. He and his sister Louise share recollections while walking through it. “We moved into this house in the winter of 1935. There were five cans of paint sitting there on the floor,” Cash said, “and every one of us sat down in the middle of the floor and cried.” “First new house we’d ever owned,” she responds. Clips of the documentary are now featured in exhibits at the Dyess Administration Building, which was also restored as part of the project. They’re key in helping visitors visualize Johnny Cash in what can be seen there today. Most of the physical work on the house was completed by October 2012, with Cash’s younger brother Tommy and sister Joanne then helping to decorate it with furnishings identical to what was inside when Continued on page 74







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Our food blog Eat Arkansas asked the Democratic and Republican gubernatorial candidates for their favorite recipes. We don’t know who will win, Democrat Mike Ross or Republican Asa Hutchinson. As they say, results are uncertain: Eat dessert first. It’s something both parties agree on. Here are the recipes:

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Frances Ross’ banana pudding

Ross sent along a recipe for banana pudding from his mother, Frances Ross, which he said “has been one of my favorites since I was a kid — and continues to be one today.”

3 cups milk 1 1/2 cups sugar 4 T. of flour 3 egg yolks (save whites for topping if desired) 1/2 tsp. salt 4 tsp. butter 1 tsp. vanilla flavoring vanilla wafers 2 bananas Put 2 cups milk in a 2-quart saucepan and heat very slowly. While milk is heating, beat together the sugar, flour and egg yolks. Add the remaining cup of milk and mix well. Add the sugar-flour-egg mixture to the heated milk and stir constantly until the mixture thickens and is about to boil. Add the butter and vanilla and remove from burner. Place vanilla wafers in bottom of 2-qt. dish, add part of the mixture. Layer slices of two bananas and add remaining mixture. Serve with whipped topping, or beat egg whites and place on top and cook in oven for 15 minutes at 350 degrees.

Apple pie (from the 1970 printing of the Betty Crocker’s Cookbook) Makes one 9-inch pie, crust top and bottom Use your favorite pie crust. (Susan Hutchinson makes her own with the recipe from the same Betty Crocker’s Cookbook).

Hutchinson’s wife, Susan, sent along one of his favorite recipes, a classic apple pie. He “likes it best warm with vanilla ice cream. But he also likes a cold slice re-heated in a little butter in a skillet for a tasty treat or addition to breakfast.”

3/4 cup sugar 1/4 cup Gold Medal flour, non-rising 1/2 tsp. nutmeg (optional) 1/2 tsp. cinnamon Dash of salt 6 cups pared and thinly sliced tart apples (Asa prefers a sweeter apple, like Delicious) 2 T. butter or margarine (optional)

nudging homeowners, contractors and businesses towards greater energy efficiency. The Public Service Commission offers financial incentives to do just that, because it’s long been recognized that improved efficiency is a win-win. It results in lower electric bills for consumers and lower carbon output in general. As for the power generation side of things — ACEEE doesn’t take a position on issues of energy supply, Elliott said. “Whether you use gas, nuclear, coal, whatever — we think you should use it more efficiently,” he continued.

Arkansan tries to change Alabama political status quo

A Democrat with Arkansas roots has emerged as political candidates to challenge Republican dominance in Alabama. Birmingham-Southern college professor Mark Lester, a Little Rock native, is the Democratic nominee for an open congressional seat in a Republican-leaning district in Birmingham, Ala. The seat is currently held by Republican Rep. Spencer Bachus, who’s retiring. A Democrat who was planning to challenge the Republican nominee withdrew from the race for business reasons. So Lester volunteered to run and the Democratic Party made him its nominee over the weekend. Lester put out a statement last week explaining why he chose to run. “Our country is built on a twoparty system. People need to have a choice. No one should run unopposed,” he said. Lester, who holds a law degree as well as a Ph.D. in history from Oxford, has taught history and law at the college since 1991. He practiced law for a time in Little Rock after graduating from law school in 1979. He’s an ACLU board member in Alabama.

Heat oven to 425 degrees. Prepare the pastry of your choice. Stir together sugar, flour, nutmeg, cinnamon and salt; mix with apples. Turn into pastry-lined pie pan; dot with butter. Cover with top crust, make slits in it, seal and flute. Cover edge with 2- to 3-inch strip aluminum foil to prevent excessive browning. Remove foil last 15 minutes of baking. Bake 40 to 50 minutes or until crust is brown and juice begins to bubble through slits in crust.

STEPPING IN: Little Rock native Mark Lester runs for Congress in Alabama.

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In 1999, Gyronne Buckley was sent to prison for life on the word of a cop who has been called a disgrace to the state. So why did the legislature turn down the award the Arkansas State Claims Commission says Buckley is owed?


yronne Buckley is a free man. His criminal record reflects that fact. It shows that he has never been tried or convicted of any offense, save a misdemeanor for “inciting a riot” after, he said, he was jumped amidst racial tensions at his high school in 1972. At 60, he lives a quiet life. He mows the grass and takes care of his grandkids while his daughter catches extra shifts. He is free. But he has been rendered uninnocent. In January 1999, Buckley was arrested for allegedly selling less than a paperclip’s weight of crack cocaine to an undercover informant with a checkered past. Within six months, Buckley was sent to prison for two life sentences on the word of Drug Task Force Agent Keith Ray, a cop who resigned after later admitting he’d lied in a similar case. A videotape would later surface of Ray coaching an informant into the right answers the month before Buckley’s trial. In November 2010, after a decade of courtroom wrangling, a special prosecutor dropped charges against Buckley, and he was freed after 11 years and 6 months in prison. With his record expunged, Buckley’s attorneys presented a case for wrongful conviction to the Arkansas State Claims Commission in December 2013. The commission unanimously voted to award him $460,000 — only the second time the commission had awarded money to a wrongfully convicted inmate. The other


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case also involved task force agent Ray, a man who Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel would later call a disgrace to the state. If the top law enforcement officer of the state believes that, why did a legislative subcommittee ultimately reverse and dismiss Buckley’s claim, after McDaniel’s impassioned argument that they do so? Buckley attorneys will tell you that the answer to that question likely has a lot more to do with money than with justice. 240 yards Corey Livsey was a small-time guy with a problem. A Chicago native who had followed his girlfriend to sleepy Arkadelphia, he’d been in town less than three months when he was caught shoplifting at the local Walmart on Jan. 12, 1999. Having been to the penitentiary in Illinois three times for petty crimes, he ran as the police closed in. When they caught him, the charge was bumped up to robbery because he’d fled. He didn’t want to do time in Arkansas. So he told the officers he could help them bust a drug dealer. Later that day, he met with Arkadelphia police officer Roy Bethell, Linda Card and Keith Ray. Ray and Card were agents with the South Central Drug Task Force, which operated in seven Southwest Arkansas counties, converting federal dollars into drug arrests and convictions. The war on drugs was in full flower in 1999, and a record of sending drug pushers away for long sen-

limbo tences looked a lot like job security for blocks from Buckley’s house, while Card person standing on the porch still isn’t cops and prosecutors all over the state. and Bethell stationed themselves in an visible even when the leaves are off in By the afternoon of Jan. 12, Livsey unmarked car at the corner of Hunter the winter. had cut a deal, telling the agents that he and North Peake. Card testified that she At Buckley’s eventual trial, both had bought crack cocaine on at least 10 monitored audio while Bethell watched Bethell and Card testified that they occasions from Gyronne Buckley, who through binoculars. watched from Hunter and North Peake he met through Buckley’s cousin. The Using a range finder, Buckley’s law- as Livsey walked up to Buckley’s house, cops would wire up Livsey with a hid- yers — including Little Rock attorney walked onto the porch and knocked, and den microphone, give him money with Patrick Benca and University of Arkansas that a man they said they recognized as recorded serial numbers, and send him to at Little Rock William H. Bowen School Buckley came to the door and lingered Buckley’s house on Peake Street to pur- of Law Professor J.T. Sullivan — later a bit on the porch before inviting Livsey chase crack as they watched from a dis- determined that the corner of Hunter briefly inside. tance. In addition to having the charges and North Peake is 240 yards from BuckAfter confirming under questioning against him dropped, Livsey later testi- ley’s house; almost two and half football that she had no binoculars, Card testified, fied, he was paid $100. fields. In addition, Buckley’s house also “On the 12th, I observed Buckley reach Attempts by the Arkansas Times to has a privacy fence along the side that up into the rafters [of the front porch]. I locate Ray and Livsey were unsuccess- would have further blocked the officers’ watched Livsey walk up onto the porch ful. Former task force agent Card, who view from their position — a fence that and knock and there was some conversanow works as an enforcement agent for tion. Buckley appeared at the door and Arkansas Tobacco Control, replied to an reached up into the rafters and then both initial inquiry with an email that said, in of them went back into the residence.” In part, “Mr. Buckley was not an innocent addition to the testimony at trial, Card’s man. He was a dope dealer who finally observations would be used to get the got caught.” She later wrote that because warrant to search Buckley’s house. The police surveillance audio of the she could not locate a copy of the transcript of Buckley’s trial and other docuinteraction between Buckley and Livsey ments, she would not be able to answer that day is full of pops and hisses. There’s further questions about Ray and her a nervous, staccato knock. A voice is involvement in the case. heard and then Gyronne Buckley speaks, In January 1999, Gyronne Buckley asking Livsey what’s going on. Buckley was living in Houston, working constructhen says what sounds like “don’t pull tion and driving back to see his mother your money out.” in Arkadelphia every few months. In a Going by the audio, Livsey was in the recent interview the Times, he said he house less than a minute, but drugs are sold clothes out of his house in Arkadel- was already in place in 1999. never mentioned. The rest of the conWhen Arkansas Times went to Arka- versation is about Livsey’s women trouphia whenever he came home — knockoff purses and flashy clubwear. He still delphia last month to view the scene from bles, with Buckley telling him he better has a tote full of old records from his the corner of Hunter and North Peake, a “put that other woman down,” and askbusiness — catalogs, receipts and spiral mailbox beside the privacy fence next to ing Livsey to hook him up with a female notebooks full of entries in his hand- Buckley’s house registered to the naked friend. During that encounter, Livsey writing. He said that with the traffic in eye as a tiny gray dot, unrecognizable later testified, he used police money and out of his house, some might have at that distance. Neither the house nor to purchase two $20 rocks of cocaine, thought he was dealing drugs. Buckley, wearing a white tank top, stand- which he later returned to officers. WalkThat afternoon, Livsey was wired by ing in the street, could be seen through ing away, Livsey can be heard to mumble, the police and searched to make sure he Arkansas Times photographer Brian Chil- “I ain’t never been so scared in my mothdidn’t have any other money or drugs son’s telephoto lens on his camera. While erfuckin’ life.” on him. Ray dropped Livsey off a few July isn’t January, Sullivan said that a Continued on page 14

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The agents sent Livsey back to the house again the next day, wired, with marked money. A visit at around 10 a.m. found Buckley still sleeping. Livsey returned again a little before 5 p.m. to find Buckley fixing a leaky faucet in his mother’s house across the street. The audio of the encounter is also mostly garbled, and includes the voices of kids playing basketball in the street. Again, drugs are never mentioned, but Livsey said he used $40 of police money to purchase two rocks of crack. At one point near the end of the conversation, it sounds like Buckley says, “Like the other day, I don’t want no [inaudible] to them white folks. I don’t want to have to send you back in a box now. But I ain’t gonna let ’em find nobody though.” The quality of the audio leaves some room for interpretation. The official police transcript of the recording, as provided by the Arkansas Attorney General’s Office, has that line as: “But I ain’t gonna mess a thing with whitey, you know?” Though Livsey is laughing all the way through the conversation, he later told officers that Buckley’s statement was a threat — that Buckley was saying he’d kill him if he found out he was talking to white drug cops. Buckley, on the other hand, says it was a continuation of the conversation from the previous day, and a warning: that Livsey was messing around with a white woman, and that a black man could get “sent home in a box” for doing that in small-town Arkansas. Whatever the case, the audio and the testimony of the officers were enough for a search warrant. The next day, Jan. 14, the police swooped. Buckley was arrested and his home thoroughly searched.

“I realize [Buckley] has advocates who say, ‘Oh no, he’s an innocent man, wrongly convicted, dirty cops, blah, blah, blah,’ ” Jegley said. “But you know, it’s a free country.” What’s remarkable, given the outcome at his trial, is what wasn’t found in Gyronne Buckley’s house: drugs of any kind. No large amounts of money. No scales. None of the recorded money provided to Corey Livsey. In short, no 14

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evidence whatsoever that Buckley was a major, longtime drug dealer who finally got caught. Outside, in the top of a metal fence post near the street, officers found a piece of aluminum foil containing marijuana seeds. In the rafters of the porch, where Linda Card testified she saw Buckley place his hand as he spoke to Livsey, Card retrieved a pair of tweezers and a medicine bottle containing white residue that later tested positive for cocaine. The only other thing seized by police during the search was a small baggie. It, too, was found outside the house. These people At Buckley’s trial in Clark County Circuit Court in May 1999, prosecutors offered as witnesses Bethell, Card, Livsey and Ray, who testified to a textbook drug sting against Buckley. The defense put on the stand Buckley, Buckley’s cousin and Buckley’s mother. Buckley denied selling drugs to Livsey. After a two-day trial and a brief deliberation, the jury found Buckley guilty of two counts of delivery of cocaine. In the sentencing phase, prosecutor Henry Morgan put on the stand Keith Ray, who told the jury that the drug task force had used confidential informants to make drug buys from Buckley in 1988, 1994, 1995 and twice in 1996. “None of those cases were prosecuted,” Ray told the jury, “because the witnesses failed to show up for court and we could not locate them.” Buckley was never tried or convicted in any of those cases. In his closing argument during the sentencing phase, Morgan told the jury that Buckley had been a drug dealer for years. “No telling how many countless hundreds of stories of wrecked lives from our city from this man,” Morgan said. “No telling how many houses have been robbed to get money to go to this man in the course of these years. And for this reason, and I don’t normally do this, I am going to ask you to consider writing the word ‘life’ in there.” There were “people” watching the case, Morgan told the jury. “We need to let these people know, in Clark County, we’re not going to put up with this stuff and that there is a price to pay for ruining those hundreds of lives for those many years that we were unable to catch him.” On May 17, 1999, the jury returned from their deliberations and sentenced Gyronne Buckley, a man with no other felony record, to spend the rest of his life in prison for allegedly selling an amount of crack cocaine

that weighed less than a restaurant sweetener packet. XOM 157 There were two important things that not many people knew about when Gyronne Buckley was convicted in 1999 — not Buckley’s attorney, not the jury, not the court or prosecutors. The first was that a month before the trial, Keith Ray brought Livsey in to talk about what his testimony would be in court, recording the conversation on a videotape that wasn’t disclosed to the defense for almost a decade. On the black-and-white video, shot by a camera high on the wall, Ray, with Card looking on, questions Livsey about his recollections of how he came to work as an informant, and the buys he made from Buckley. Livsey seems jittery, talking rapid fire. At times, Ray noticeably nudges Livsey toward the right answer when Livsey makes a mistake, as he does at one point when Livsey says he went to Buckley’s house at around 1 p.m. on the second day of the sting, even though the police surveillance audio timestamp says it was 4:50 p.m., Ray takes a long pause and then says, “Are you sure about the time?” “I’m not sure about the time,” Livsey says. “No.” “Could it have been later in the afternoon?” Ray asks, at which point Livsey says it was after school let out. Though the video would eventually be the key to Gyronne Buckley’s release from prison, the existence of the tape was not revealed to the defense until Linda Card made an offhand mention of it while being questioned in court in 2005. Even then, it still wasn’t turned over for examination to the defense until February 2009, when a federal judge ordered the Attorney General’s Office to release it to Buckley’s attorneys. A magistrate determined that it contained 38 instances where Livsey’s recollection of events differed from his eventual trial testimony. The second thing nobody but Keith Ray knew in 1999 was the truth about Arkansas license plate number XOM 157, which had once been affixed to a smoke gray 1987 Ford Mustang owned by a man named Rodney Bragg. (Professor Sullivan also worked on Bragg’s case with attorney Patrick Benca. Sullivan became involved in the Buckley case after the Buckley family reached out to him following his success in winning Bragg’s release from prison.) In March 1993, Ray was working

Prescott wasn’t issued to Bragg by the state until March 23, 1994, three weeks after the date when Ray claimed to have seen Bragg driving the car with plate number XOM 157. Later, after being confronted by prosecutor Henry Morgan about his testimony in the Bragg case, Ray resigned from the South Central Drug Task Force. Under questioning by Sullivan in federal court in Texarkana, Ray later admitted he’d lied under oath about the plate and other evidence, though he continued to insist Bragg had conducted both drug sales. Ray has never been arrested or tried for filing a false report or perjury in Bragg’s case. Sullivan said that doesn’t surprise him. “If they had gone after him and filed perjury charges, they would have con-

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undercover in Prescott when he said he went to a house there and bought $50 worth of cocaine. Ray didn’t recognize the man who sold him the drugs, but said he kept him in mind. On March 1, 1994, in Clark County, Ray witnessed another buy. He would later tell prosecutors that he recognized the drug dealer as the unknown man who had sold him cocaine in Prescott a year earlier. Ray would testify that during the March 1, 1994, drug purchase, he wrote down the number of the license plate on the dealer’s car — XOM 157 — saying he later used that plate number to identify the owner of the car as Rodney Bragg. After obtaining a photo of Bragg, Ray said, he positively identified Bragg as the man who had sold him cocaine in Prescott in March 1993.

FOR THE DEFENSE: Attorney Mark Hampton

In January 1996, Bragg was put on trial for the March 1993 cocaine sale in Prescott. He professed his innocence, but he was convicted after testimony by Keith Ray. Like Buckley, Bragg had no prior drug convictions. Also like Buckley, the jury sentenced him to life in prison. To add insult to injury, Bragg’s Mustang was forfeited to the state because it had allegedly been used in a drug transaction. Though he was in jail for life, Bragg sued to get his car back in March 1998. In the course of that lawsuit, it was revealed that, though Ray said he saw the car and jotted down the plate number on March 1, 1994, which led him to identify Bragg as the man who sold him cocaine in 1993, Bragg hadn’t actually purchased the Mustang until March 22, 1994. Documents later revealed that the license plate Ray claimed to have seen and used to link Bragg to the cocaine sale in

victed him,” Sullivan said. “There’s no question about that because he’d already admitted too much stuff on the stand. But every one of their cases he had made would have been busted wide open. There’s no telling how many people are in prison — maybe still — who Keith Ray put there. Maybe they did it, or maybe he made it up.” Former task force agent Card said via email that she hadn’t talked to Ray in several years. Asked about her opinion of Ray, she added, “As far as my personal/professional feeling about Agent Ray, he is not the bogeyman he got painted to be.” Bragg, meanwhile, was ordered released from prison in 2000. In 2006, the Arkansas State Claims Commission awarded Bragg $200,000 for the years he spent in jail. Other than the award the commission later made to Gyronne Buckley, it’s the only Claims Commission award ever made to a

‘A man-made hell’ For Buckley, meanwhile, life in prison ground on. “It’s a cruel place,” he said. “You have to see things you normally won’t see. It’s a man-made hell, and I prayed every day that God would release me from that place.” Anger, he said, is a cancer that can destroy a man, so he eventually just had to let it go and give it to God. He had to fight several guys over the years. Once, he said, he saw a young man slit the throat of his sleeping cellmate, the kid reaching in and pulling out the man’s windpipe. Working in the prison kitchen, Buckley slipped and separated his shoulder on the concrete. “You think they took me to the doctor?” he said. “They gave me some ibuprofen, and that was it.” He still can’t straighten that arm. In 2000, the Arkansas Supreme Court upheld Buckley’s convictions but ordered him resentenced after ruling Ray’s allegations about the drug buys that produced no charges during the sentencing phase shouldn’t have been considered by the jury. After largely the same information was presented to a different jury, Buckley was resentenced to 28 years on each count. In 2002, the Arkansas Supreme Court affirmed that sentence. In 2009, after the tape of Livsey being questioned by Ray was finally turned over to Buckley’s defense, the federal habeas corpus proceeding in the case gathered steam. After viewing the tape, a federal judge ruled that had the defense had the tape at Buckley’s original trial, it could have potentially been used to impeach the credibility of Livsey and other witnesses, which meant it should have been turned over. In 2010, the Arkansas Supreme Court ruled that Buckley deserved a new trial that included the admission of evidence contained on the videotape. With the prosecutor of Clark County recusing himself because of previous work with the public defender’s office when Buckley was originally convicted, Pulaski County Prosecutor Larry Jegley was appointed as a special prosecutor in the case. Believing that Buckley had already served enough time on the charges, Jegley initially offered Buckley a deal: time served and immediate release from prison in exchange for a guilty plea. Buckley turned it down, over the objections of almost everyone in his life. “I told him take the deal and get out,” Continued on page 17

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Sullivan said. “[I told him] you may not get out. Technically, if we’d gone back to trial, he could have gotten life again. There was no impediment to that. He knew that. His family, his sisters, everybody was telling him to take the deal. His mother was asking him to please come home. ... Everybody in the family is telling him to take the deal, and he says, ‘I just can’t get up and swear an oath before God that I did something I didn’t do.’ ” With Buckley unwilling to take the deal, Jegley dropped the charges in the case. Buckley was released from prison on Nov. 1, 2010. Jegley said that the linchpin of his decision to drop the charges was that the 11 years Buckley had already served was a satisfactory punishment given the small amount of cocaine he was convicted of selling. “Would it have been a difficult retrial?” Jegley said. “Perhaps. But the bigger issue is that I don’t think it would have served any purpose.” While Jegley concedes that Ray was a bad cop and the tape of Ray talking to Livsey should have been turned over to the defense, he said that after reviewing the entire case file, he believes Buckley was guilty of selling narcotics. Even if the sentence in the case was out of whack and he was wrongfully convicted because the tape wasn’t disclosed

to the jury, Jegley believes, that doesn’t mean Buckley was framed. “I realize [Buckley] has advocates who say, ‘Oh no, he’s an innocent man, wrongly convicted, dirty cops, blah, blah, blah,’ “ Jegley said. “But you know, it’s a free country.” Pure luck Looking to the precedent of Rodney Bragg’s successful $200,000 claim for wrongful conviction, Sullivan and Buckley’s attorney Mark Hampton filed a claim in March 2013 seeking $460,000 from the state: $40,000 per year Buckley spent in prison. The hearing before the Claims Commission was held Dec. 17, 2013. In that hearing, Hampton and Sullivan were able to extensively lay out the case for Buckley’s innocence, including information about the activities of Keith Ray in the Bragg case, the 240-yard distance between Buckley’s home and where officers were stationed during the initial buy, the seeming impossibility of the police seeing what they testified they did, and more. In the end, the commission voted unanimously to award BuckContinued on page 18

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ley the total amount of his claim. Their ruling called Ray’s behavior “shameful,” saying his actions “cast a shadow on all good law enforcement personnel in Arkansas.” Attorney General Dustin McDaniel said that he would appeal the judgment to the Arkansas Legislative Council Claims Review Subcommittee of the Arkansas General Assembly. This is where it gets complicated yet again, however. In 2006, when the $200,000 was awarded to Bragg, the claims review subcommittee recommended that Bragg’s award should be taken from the statewide fund for deputy prosecutors’ salaries. With many prosecutors’ offices across the state already living close to the bone, there was a fear that the salary fund might be 18

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at risk again if the Buckley decision were allowed to stand. Jegley, for one, voiced his concerns to both Buckley’s attorneys and the Claims Commission. “Back when the Bragg thing went down and they granted the claim, they were going to take it all out of deputy prosecutors’ salaries in one fiscal year, and we didn’t have it to give,” Jegley said. “Again, let’s talk fairness: Why should a deputy prosecuting attorney in Benton or Craighead County be furloughed or otherwise disadvantaged because of something that went on [in another jurisdiction]? Nobody ever said that any of the prosecutors did anything.” Jegley said that a compromise was eventually reached that took the award from the deputy prosecutors’

salary fund in two $100,000 payments in consecutive years. McDaniel told Arkansas Times that while he can’t recall specific calls from prosecutors about the Buckley award, his staff spoke to the state prosecutor coordinator’s office about it. He said the money coming out of a specific part of the budget, however, was “not the primary concern” in his decision to fight the Buckley award. At the hearing before the legislative subcommittee, McDaniel came out swinging from the start, telling the subcommittee in no uncertain terms, “Gyronne Buckley was a crack dealer in Arkadelphia. He had a long criminal history and he sold crack cocaine to undercover informants repeatedly.” McDaniel went on to characterize Buckley as “a general bad guy.” Referencing Buckley’s criminal record other than the 1999 conviction, Sen. Linda Chesterfield asked, “If he hasn’t been convicted, why is he labeled a repeat offender?” but her question was never answered. McDaniel also had harsh words for Keith Ray, though he called him a “minor player” in Buckley’s conviction. “Keith Ray is and was a dirty cop,” McDaniel said. “Wherever that man is, to this day, he should be ashamed of himself. He is a disgrace to his badge, he is a disgrace to law enforcement, he is a disgrace to Arkansas, because he did perjure himself and fabricate evidence and do all kinds of things that officers should never do. But it wasn’t in this case. It was the Bragg case, which we’ve already paid out for.” McDaniel called Ray’s involvement in the Buckley case “pure luck” for Buckley. But, McDaniel added, “It doesn’t mean that [Buckley is] innocent. It certainly doesn’t mean there was any evidence fabricated in this particular case.” At one point while discussing the resentencing of Buckley, McDaniel told the subcommittee: “So they went back and they resentenced him in front of another jury, and the other jury saw the evidence from the trial, they heard the audio tape of him taking money in exchange for selling crack cocaine and they heard him making threats to kill whitey for whatever police action may come against him and all that kind of stuff, and the jury gave him 28 years to serve.” Continued on page 20


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While the police surveillance recording McDaniel is referring to features Buckley talking about “white folks,” and the court transcript does have the last sentence as “I ain’t gonna mess a thing with whitey,” there is no audible threat by Buckley to “kill whitey” on that tape. Sullivan said, “I think he was playing the race card.” The subcommittee McDaniel was addressing is majority white. McDaniel told Arkansas Times that his statement that Buckley was heard on tape “making threats to kill whitey for whatever police action may come against him” was an accidental misquote of Buckley’s statement on the police surveillance audio. He added that Sullivan has known him since law school and “should know better” than to suggest he would play the race card. “I would be deeply offended if anyone were to suggest I was attempting to race-bait anyone,” McDaniel said. “That’s not my record, that’s not my person, that’s not who I am. I didn’t make up the word. I was quoting Mr. Buckley, though I did misquote him.” In his argument before the subcommittee, McDaniel went on to make the case that wrongful conviction and actual innocence are not the same thing, noting that no court has ever found Buckley not guilty of the offense with which he was charged. “Let’s be clear,” McDaniel said. “Nobody has ever said this guy is actually innocent. Not guilty, wrongfully convicted, and actually innocent are all completely different things. No jury has ever found him not guilty.” Though Sullivan and Hampton sought to argue for the actual innocence of Buckley as they did before the Claims Commission, the parties involved were eventually told by the chair to wrap up their arguments because the subcommittee had to get on to other business. In the last few minutes of the hearing, Hampton said the subcommittee might be missing the point. “You’re sending a message if we don’t award something to Mr. Buckley,” Hampton said, “that cops can do whatever they want to. ... As a legislative body, if you want to say it’s OK for dirty cops to do things, to violate your constitutional rights, you put yourself in jeopardy of that, [and] you put your

children in jeopardy of that. That’s why you’re here.” Soon after, a motion and second were made to reverse the Claims Commission award. The motion carried on a voice vote. Things unseen Gyronne Buckley talks a lot about God, and the plans the Almighty might have for all of us. Sixty years old now, he spent more than 11 years sleeping on a steel rack. That steel, he said, can sap the life right out of a man. His father grew sick soon after he went to jail, and died in 2001. Some days then, Buckley hated waking up — hated that he had been given another day of life in that place. He did some reading in prison. He read some about slavery. Sitting in Mark Hampton’s office a few blocks from the state Capitol, he said that one thing that stuck with him were the torments those slaves who disobeyed would be put through as a warning to others. “That would put fear into all the other peoples’ hearts,” he said, “to make them not do like this buck. That was the same way they did me when they took me to trial. They get one of the strongest people. They say, ‘We don’t want none of them growing up to be like Gyronne Buckley.’ So they’re going to make an example out of me.” A modern lynching in the guise of the law, he called it. “When you’ve got a small town and people want to keep control of you,” he said, “that’s what they do. A lot of people is not going to let go of the past.” He has his freedom now, and it’s good. A free man can take a woman out on a date, or not. He can go to the refrigerator and get something to eat, or not. He can watch TV, or not. Buckley said some days, though, it’s hard to make himself go outside the house. Those are the days when he remembers the old men in prison, the ones who had been there so long that it got inside of them. As for the $460,000, Buckley said it’s no money compared with what he might have accomplished with 11 years in the prime of his life. But, then again, he said, he can’t miss what he never really had. “I try not to let things unseen become my heart,” he said. “Those things unseen that you allow to become your heart will destroy you. I never had that money. It would be a different thing if they gave me the money, and I had it in my hand, then they come take it away.” “Life goes on,” he said. “I’m still living.”

dumas, cont. late afternoon while the election clerks searched affidavit books for people who hadn’t voted and marked ballots for them. The Arkansas ID law, which the legislature enacted last year over Governor Beebe’s veto, won’t clean up elections, but the first big election under the law — the primaries and judicial election in May — demonstrated conclusively that the law is doing exactly what it is supposed to do. That is to reduce voting among those who tend to vote for the wrong people. Republicans pass ID laws when they gain a majority in the legislature. They are the latest gambit in the long struggle between parties and factions to curtail or discourage voting by the other side. Republican leaders were occasionally frank about the goal. The photo ID requirement shrinks voting by minorities, the disabled and frail old folks, who tend to vote absentee or get to the polls with difficulty, often because they don’t drive. In 2010, the previous Arkansas midterm primary, 471,615 people voted; this May, the first big election under the ID law, in spite of abundant hotly contested elections, only 346,318 voted. An Arkansas Democrat-Gazette survey showed that 1,036 absentee ballots were thrown out that day because voters didn’t submit all the evidence that they were who they said they were. No evidence surfaced that even one was not a bonafide voter. Of the 1,036 disqualified votes, 774 were Democrats, 234 were Republicans and the party preference of the other 19 couldn’t be determined because the counties did not report them or they voted only in the nonpartisan judicial election. They were mostly in the Delta, where blacks are a sizable part of the electorate. The chairman of the Mississippi County Election Commission said voting officials knew most of the 172 absentee voters who were disfranchised. “I’ve known them for years and years, but we couldn’t count their ballots,” he said. Those 1,036 do not include those who were turned away because they didn’t carry a photo ID or didn’t go to the polls because they had no driver’s license or dreaded the hassle. The Supreme Court can’t consider the evidence, but you put the two sets of numbers on the scales of justice: The 31 or so of 1 billion over 14 years who voted illegally by impersonating another voter and who might have been stopped by voter ID laws vs. 1,036 out of 347,000 in one state election who were disfranchised by the law.

pearls about swine, Cont. victory. Hogs 34, Tigers 19. Ole Miss, Nov. 22. The fun continues into the next week against the Rebels, who didn’t quite emerge in 2013 as many anticipated after Hugh Freeze’s first season at the helm. Bo Wallace won’t play in this one due to injury, having been battered all year long to this point, and the Razorback defense’s confidence is already booming after a good showing in the LSU homecoming. This time, senior linebacker Martrell Spaight does the honors in an all-everything showing: two sacks, a forced fumble and his first career interception off a deflection highlight a strong showing against Ole Miss’ suddenly flustered offense. Meanwhile, the Rebels’ defense can’t contain Jonathan Williams, who has a touchdown reception and run in the first half and then becomes a grinder late, wearing off precious clock in the fourth quarter. Williams’ career-best 183 yards rushing leads the Hogs to another stellar all-around performance, and frustrates an Ole Miss offense that thrives on timing. By the time Laquon Treadwell scores his second touchdown and amasses the last of his 145 receiving yards, it’s too little and far too late, and the Hogs have secured a stronger bowl position with win No. 7. Hogs 24, Rebels 21.

At Missouri, Nov. 28. The Hogs get a shot at an eighth victory and a .500 SEC record, but it goes off the rails early. Missouri seems far more charged about the new rivalry game bookending the schedule than the Hogs do, and after a blocked punt and other miscues amass early for Arkansas, things get worse when Allen suffers a severe ankle sprain and cedes control of the offense to his untested younger brother. For all of Austin Allen’s prodigious efforts after halftime, though, a 21-point deficit at the break is too much to overcome. Missouri ends up securing a Cotton Bowl berth and it leaves the Hogs to take the lesser but nonetheless appreciably cushy trip East for a game in Nashville at year’s end. Williams crests the 1,000-yard rushing mark and Hunter Henry, a stalwart all year long, breaks DJ Williams’ season record for receiving yards by a tight end. Tigers 33, Hogs 18. Season’s almost here, my friends. We’ll give an advance diagnosis of what it will take to topple Auburn in the opener next week and revisit the season predictions down the line to muse over how stupid I’ve been for such an unabashed public display of optimism.

observer, cont. County with 17 people, and nary a black or brown person among them. But we have always been a Tiger at heart. School let out, and the great throng emerged. The Observer was standing in the shade of a leaning Witness Oak there at 16th and Park when two young women

— one white, one black, clearly in a romantic relationship — passed on the sidewalk, holding hands, smiling and chatting about their day. Seeing them, The Observer couldn’t help but smile our damn self. We couldn’t help but think: It ain’t 1957 no more, son.

Lyons, cont. Ambassador] Robert Ford recom- Syria to prevent the rise of ISIS. But mended, that we’d be in a demonstra- the U.S. did a hell of a lot of somebly different place. … I don’t think we things in Iraq over the past decade, can claim to know.” with a lot more leverage that it could Obama’s position was that the possibly have had in Syria. And the idea of an effective fighting force of result of the somethings in Iraq was Syrian “moderates” is essentially a … ?” fantasy. He said exactly that to CBS Well, it was the mad fanatics of Morning News last May, although ISIS. he’s since asked Congress for $500 Actually, The Atlantic interview is million to help train and equip this fascinating, if not for the ballyhooed fantasy army — money he’s unlikely reasons. Hillary Clinton has provocato get. tive things to say about U.S. foreign James Fallows argues that people policy — some alarming, and others who thought the U.S. could stage more about political positioning than manage the Syrian civil war were anything else. Comes 2016, there will be plenty deluding themselves: “Yeah, we should have ‘done something’ in of time to discuss them.

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Arts Entertainment and

A Q&A with

PALLBEARER by Robert Bell

NOT QUITE FULL TIME: The guys of Pallbearer, who head off for an overseas tour.


he Times recently caught up with Pallbearer bassist Joseph D. Rowland. The band will play at Revolution on Friday, Aug. 22 (with Plebian Grandstand, Reproacher and Napalm Christ) to celebrate the release of the group’s excellent sophomore album, “Foundations of Burden,” the eagerly anticipated follow-up to its debut full-length “Sorrow and Extinction,” 8:30 p.m., $10. In September, the Little Rock quartet will head across the pond for 20-some-odd shows with Oregon doom vets Yob. Pallbearer is featured on the cover of the September issue of the metal magazine Decibel, which ran a seven-page feature on the band. So, cover of Decibel, huh? 22

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Yeah, it was a pretty interesting experience. We ended up doing that photo shoot right before our tour with Deafheaven started. We were going to be headed through New York anyway, and we ended up being able to shoot up there with a photographer named Jimmy Hubbard. He’s done a lot of cool work for Guitar World and stuff like that. How did that come about? Did the magazine approach you? They ended up going through our label. When they got the promo of the record, they felt like it was strong enough to do a cover story, I guess. (Editor’s note: Decibel Editor-inChief Albert Mudrian wrote of the Pallbearer cover story, “… when we stick our necks out for a band like

this, we fucking mean it.”) What do y’all’s families think now? Is this the kind of thing you can show to family members now and say ‘Look!’? Yeah, I guess. My dad, for instance, was really happy about it. I assume the same for everybody else’s family. Is Pallbearer a full-time job for most of you guys now? Not quite. When we haven’t been on tour, I’ve been working up at ZaZa in The Heights to maintain a bit of extra money, because we hadn’t really toured at all this year until June. That’s usually where a lot of our income comes from is when we’re on tour. You’re going to be on tour quite a bit coming up (Sept. 3-Oct. 10 in

Europe; Oct. 17-Nov. 9 in the states and Canada). There have been some times where we’re able to not have to have jobs, other than Mark [Lierly]. Mark is a drum teacher, and he only has to work a short amount of time every day, usually from when kids get out of school until 7 p.m. or something, so it’s not a super intensive job. But he’s maintained that the full time he’s been in the band. Other than that we’ve been able to work off and on. But it’s definitely not quite fulltime job status yet. With the first album being so universally hailed, anticipation was high for the new record. Throughout the process of writContinued on page 74

ROCK CANDY Check out the Times’ A&E blog

a&E news If you missed the KABF 88.3 pledge drive, you have another chance to celebrate the community radio station’s 30th anniversary (and to support Little Rock’s “Voice of the People”). On Saturday, Sept. 6, the station will host “Never Too Young,” a 30th birthday fiesta and Neil Young tribute show at South on Main featuring performers Adam Faucett, Isaac Alexander, Good Time Ramblers, Aaron Sarlo, Joe Meazle and many more. There will also be birthday cake, a raffle and commemorative posters, all for a $10 donation at the door.





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Butler Center Books has announced two new releases, each of which will be accompanied by special events in September. Marvin Schwartz will discuss his book “We Wanna Boogie,” about Sonny Burgess and the Legendary Pacers and the Sun Records era, at the Main Library’s Darragh Center at noon Wednesday, Sept. 3. Burgess and band members Jim Aldridge, Fred Douglas, Kern Kennedy and Bobby Crafford will be on hand as well to talk and sign copies. A launch party for “Arkansas in Ink: Gunslingers, Ghosts and Other Graphic Tales,” an illustrated special print edition of the Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture (edited by Guy Lancaster and illustrated by Ron Wolfe), will be held at the Darragh Center at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17. Lancaster and Wolfe will discuss the book and sign copies. Both books are available at River Market Books and Gifts. Also coming up in September: Nashville songwriter Cory Branan, fresh off the release of his new record “The No-Hit Wonder” will be at White Water Tavern on Thursday, Sept. 4; Outlaw country legend Billy Joe Shaver will return to White Water Thursday, Sept. 18; Seattle hip-hop group Shabazz Palaces will be at Revolution Monday, Sept. 15; Eric Church and Dwight Yoakam will be at Verizon Arena Tuesday, Sept. 12; Tony Joe White will be at Juanita’s Sunday, Sept. 14; The Avett Brothers will be at the Walmart AMP in Rogers Tuesday, Sept. 26, and Velvet Kente will present a special program inspired by the musical history of Memphis on Monday, Sept. 22, at The Rep.

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I AM THE AEA s a fourth grade science teacher at McGehee Elementary for the past seven years, Jamie Sims is known around school for her hands-on approach to teaching, including her famous electrical science projects, called “jitterbugs.” “I’m very hands-on and crafty in the classroom,” she said, and teaching science has been fun because it allows for such activities as making electricity, planting, looking through microscopes and building plant and animal cells. Though Sims, 41, loves being a science teacher, she said she’s “ready to branch out and do something different” in the upcoming school year. This fall, she will become the school’s art teacher for grades K-6, allowing her to continue teaching through crafts and activities. “I’m looking forward to broadening my horizons, exploring different media within the classroom and working with different age groups,” she said. Each of the more than 700 students at McGehee Elementary takes art once a week. She said her hands-on approach in the classroom is the best way to ensure learning: “They understand the subject matter when they do things themselves, rather than [by reading] from a book.” Sims has been a teacher for 13 years, and before that served as a substitute teacher and school volunteer. Transitioning to art education involves working on getting certified as an art instructor, taking classes at the Arkansas Arts Center, reading art journals and searching Pinterest for project ideas that align with state standards. She also plans to incorporate a science lesson or two into the art classes. Being patient, staying positive and never giving up are essential qualities for all teachers, Sims said. Her goal is that all students leave her class knowing that they’ve succeeded in some way, and it’s inspiring when “a kid gets it and lights up.” When she’s not in the classroom, Sims enjoys swimming, reading magazines, working in her flower beds and mowing her yard. She has two children, 18-year-old Scott, who will be a freshman at the University of Arkansas in the fall, and 15-year-old Marley, a sophomore at McGehee High School.

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Meet Jamie Sims, McGehee Elementary

Sims, who has a master of education from the University of Arkansas at Monticello and a master’s in educational leadership from Arkansas State University, joined the Arkansas Education Association about five years ago and said the organization has provided the support, encouragement and backing that all teachers need. She is also involved with her school’s committees and functions.

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PULASKI TECHNICAL COLLEGE “As a leader in higher education in Arkansas, Pulaski Technical College is here to meet the educational needs of students, business, industry and the entire community we serve. Whether a student wants to further his or her education at a four-year institution with our university-transfer curriculum or desires to enter the workforce with an in-demand skill set, Pulaski Tech is committed to improving the quality of life for the people of central Arkansas. The college empowers our students with the knowledge and skills that give them the ability to transform their futures. And as our students succeed, the entire community benefits.”

DR. CORBET LAMKIN SOUTHERN ARKANSAS UNIVERSITY TECH “SAU Tech is a two-year college accredited by the North Central Association’s Higher Learning Commission and provides a fully transferable two-year general education degree. SAU Tech provides statewide technical training through the Arkansas Fire Training Academy and the Arkansas Environmental Training Academy. SAU Tech offers programs in graphic design, web design, film and video production, teacher education, nursing, aviation maintenance, industrial technology and more. We offer on-campus housing, online degrees and a comprehensive workforce training program. Located inside one of the largest privately owned industrial parks in the southern United States. For these reasons, and many more, SAU Tech is the perfect choice for YOU!”

DR. DONALD WEATHERMAN LYON COLLEGE “Lyon College offers students in Arkansas and the nation an outstanding undergraduate education in a personalized setting. Our new core curriculum EPIC: Educating Productive Involved Students, provides studies in the humanities, social sciences, arts, and the sciences to prepare our graduates for effective and fulfilling participation in society. Additionally, our student-run Honor and Social System is dedicated to developing the character of our students. Our outdoor program provides mountain bike trails, a zip line, climbing grotto, and much more. New to Lyon this year is football, men’s and women’s wrestling, and a shooting team. Finally, Lyon faculty members have won 14 Arkansas Professor of the Year Awards. Lyon College provides young men and women immediate access to one of America’s strongest and most dedicated faculties.”

CHRIS THOMASON, CHANCELLOR UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS COMMUNITY COLLEGE AT HOPE “Since 1965, UACCH has been committed to connecting students and community partners to a high quality education, and committed to supporting a culture of academic, occupational, personal growth and enrichment programs throughout southwest Arkansas. With campuses in Hope andTexarkana, Arkansas, our faculty and staff pride themselves on the quality, student-focused education we provide our students. Whether you are seeking your first two years of a traditional college education or seeking to gain needed training in a specialized field, UACCH is ready to help you succeed. We are committed to expanding opportunities for the region we serve while remaining one of the most affordable higher education institutions in Arkansas. To learn more, visit or come by one of our campuses and let us show you around.”








Major Trends ARKANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY Arkansas State University has partnered with the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) to bring an osteopathic medical school to Arkansas, and the Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board recently granted NYIT certification for the school on A-State’s campus. Certification for three degrees — the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, the Master of Science in Medical/Health Care Simulation and the Master of Science in Neuromusculoskeletal Sciences — is contingent on NYIT obtaining regional and national accreditation. NYIT and A-State officials will appear before the American Osteopathic Association Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation and present its application on Sept. 6 in Chicago. NYIT’s College of Osteopathic Medicine operates the largest single-site medical school in the country and is proposing establishment of an additional site at A-State, with the first students enrolling in August 2016 and a target class size of 115 students. “Collaborating with a nationally respected, well established osteopathic medical school and dozens of partners in the mid-South medical community will enable us to address the shortage of primary care physicians in the underserved Delta,” said Dr. Tim Hudson, chancellor of A-State. ARKANSAS TECH UNIVERSITY For the first time in more than two decades, there is a new president at Arkansas Tech University. Dr. Robin E. Bowen, previously executive vice president and provost at Fitchburg State University (Mass.), was unanimously elected by the Arkansas Tech Board of Trustees to become the president of the university on April 22, 2014. She took office on July 1, 2014, succeeding the retiring Dr. Robert C. Brown. Bowen is the first female president of a public, fouryear university in Arkansas. She grew up on the MissouriKansas border, attended high school at Carl Junction High School (Mo.) and went on to earn degrees from the University of Kansas, the University of Arkansas and Texas Tech University. By becoming the 12th president of Arkansas Tech, Bowen takes leadership of what the Chronicle of Higher Education has recognized as one of the fastest growing universities in the United States. Enrollment at Arkansas Tech has grown by 168 percent since 1997. Today, Arkansas Tech is one of just five universities in the state with 11,000 or more students, and among those “big five” institutions, Arkansas Tech has the most affordable tuition and fees structure. With more than 60 degree programs added over the past two decades and a growing distance learning presence through its digital campus, eTech, Arkansas Tech has a demonstrated track record of academic innovation. Fraternities and sororities, intramural sports, NCAA intercollegiate athletics and outdoor recreation are just

some of the opportunities available to students seeking the personal enrichment that comes from participation in campus life. BAPTIST HEALTH SCHOOLS LITTLE ROCK To meet growing demand, Baptist Health Schools Little Rock (BHSLR) has expanded its surgical technology program. The 12-month program prepares students for a career working as part of a surgical team under the direct supervision of a surgeon or a registered nurse. The surgical technologist anticipates the needs of the surgeon, utilizes surgical equipment, and provides for the needs

in physician offices and nursing homes. Another trend in health care is the focus on evidencebased practices, and this is reinforced throughout the College of the Ouachitas’ (COTO) programs. Research has shown evidence-based nursing practice increases the safety and quality of care to patients, and hands-on clinical experience is a valuable tool to reinforce evidencebased nursing practices. Not only do the students care for real patients in various clinical settings, but simulation is used at COTO as a means to reinforce these practices. The use of electronic health records (EHR) has grown in the industry during the last few years, and because this

Dr. Robin E. Bowen was unanimously elected by the Arkansas Tech Board of Trustees as the 12th president of the university during an event on the south lawn of the Ross Pendergraft Library and Technology Center on April 22, 2014. of the patient and surgical team. BHSLR now offers a larger class size, new instructors and job availability in all Baptist Health surgery areas. COLLEGE OF THE OUACHITAS In health-related professions, there is still a high demand for registered nurses in the hospital acute care setting. Several facilities are magnet status or seeking magnet status, which requires the majority of their nurses to have a bachelor’s of nursing degree or higher, depending on the position they are hired for. Although this will not impact the associate’s degree in nursing programs, students will have a certain amount of time upon hire at one of these institutions to get the advanced degree required. This move toward magnet status has changed the licensed practical nurse (LPN) role in the acute care setting. Many hospitals are not using LPNs, so LPNs are seen more often

is such an important tool to learn, COTO purchased its own EHRsystem that simulates documentation in the real world. COTO students are required to document clinical work in the EHR, and as they progress through the program, they transition their learning from the COTO EHR to the facility’s EHR, giving them valuable experience when they begin their practice. HENDERSON STATE UNIVERSITY In order to expand its footprint, Henderson State University has leased a building in downtown Hot Springs where it will offer upper level courses toward degrees in business and education. The building will house several traditional classrooms, seminar rooms, a computer lab, and office space for the director and facility. The development extends the university’s partnership with National Park Community College, and brings


THE COLLEGE ISSUE 2014 Henderson’s presence to downtown Hot Springs. “It’s been a long journey, but it’s just the beginning,” said Dr. Glen Jones, Henderson president. “We believe in the future of Hot Springs and are committed to helping educate the people in this area. We wanted to make sure we could accommodate that.” LYON COLLEGE Known for its strong liberal arts curriculum and its pre-professional programs in

the health sciences, it’s not surprising that many Lyon students pursue degrees in those areas. The most popular majors of graduating seniors in 2014 were biology and psychology, with 23 percent and 14 percent respectively of the graduating class earning degrees in these fields. Business administration followed at 13 percent and English at 10 percent. The college’s pre-med graduates enjoy an acceptance rate into medical school well above the national average. Lyon graduates who apply for


law school also have an acceptance rate of more than 90 percent. NATIONAL PARK COMMUNITY COLLEGE Careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) are expected to grow 17 percent by 2018, far faster than the 10 percent growth projected for overall employment. Through a variety of partnerships with high schools, universities, business partners and other two-year colleges,

National Park Community College (NPCC) has identified a variety of unique opportunities that provide multiple paths for students into STEM career fields. The National Park Technology Center for area high school juniors and seniors recently added a pre-engineering program. This program is offered in association with Project Lead the Way (PLTW). The curriculum is designed to be thought-provoking, develop critical thinking and leadership skills, and to prepare students to compete in a global economy. The two-year program consists of four classes: Introduction to Engineering Design, Principles of Engineering, Engineering Design and Development, and an elective focused engineering capstone course. NPCC will begin offering a Technical Certificate in Industrial Technology in spring 2015 to include coursework to meet the needs of manufacturing and industrial organizations. NPCC partnered with seven other Arkansas community colleges to develop a core curriculum that includes coursework in subject areas such as hydraulics, pneumatics, blueprints, electricity, industrial motor control and programmable

logic controllers. These courses could be completed to obtain a career in industrial technology or transferred to a degree in industrial technology. Kelli Albrecht, NPCC director of Workforce Development, said the new industrial technology coursework will benefit local industry partners as well. The new Industrial Technology Training Center will provide a place for industries to send existing workers to get hands-on training on state-of-the-art equipment designed to simulate a work environment. These courses will be offered to companies for credit or non-credit. Albrecht stated that non-credit courses will also be offered through continuing education for those students who are looking to gain the skills needed to apply for entry-level jobs with local employers. NPCC and the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville have partnered in making an Associate of Science with Emphasis in Engineering degree available. The new NPCC associate degree is part of the STEM preparation program designed to increase access to STEM classes for students at twoyear colleges in Arkansas.

Collaboration between NPCC and the University of Arkansas provides science, engineering and math classes online with lab classes at NPCC. Classes are taught by University of Arkansas professors at the NPCC tuition rate. Darlene Gentles, NPCC Math and Sciences Division chair, said the new program is a “win-win for both NPCC and the University of Arkansas.” Gentles said the university’s statistics show that only 25 percent of incoming freshmen enrolled in

an engineering degree complete it, while 76 percent of students who transfer from two-year colleges finish. Gentles said the new STEM preparation program allows students to get some college experience with personalized advising and mentoring at the two-year level before transferring to a four-year university. New classes to be offered for the engineering track are Calculus I, II, and III; Differential Equations; Introduction to

Engineering; and University Physics I and II. Classes offered this fall at NPCC are Calculus I, University Physics I and Introduction to Engineering. OUACHITA BAPTIST UNIVERSITY Ouachita Baptist University (OBU) will soon offer a high-intensity degree program for students interested in science careers. Beginning in fall 2015, students will have the opportunity to enter the Biomedical Scholars program, a three-year degree pro-

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THE COLLEGE ISSUE 2014 gram from which students will graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences and a minor in Chemistry. This program is designed to be an intensive academic cohort experience for motivated, ambitious and well-prepared students. The program provides a rigorous academic curriculum enhanced with experiential learning through study abroad opportunities, experimental research, community service and clinical shadowing rotations. The program will be highly competitive

– only 10 students will be accepted into the program per year. Other new academic programs on campus include a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and online programs for Christian studies and business. PHILLIPS COMMUNITY COLLEGE OF THE UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS One of four Arkansas two-year colleges to participate in Achieving the Dream, Phillips Community College of the University of

Arkansas (PCCUA) has been selected as an Achieving the Dream Leader College. Leader colleges are selected based on their committed leadership, use of evidence to improve programs and services, broad engagement, and systemic institutional improvement. PCCUA was also invited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) to participate in the Higher Learning Commission’s Open Pathway Construction Project, a new model for accreditation. PCCUA is one of only

three Arkansas colleges and universities and one of only about 20 within thousands of HLC-accredited colleges and universities invited to pioneer this process because of accreditation standing with HLC. PULASKI TECHNICAL COLLEGE The college’s new 60,000 square-foot Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Institute celebrates one year at the new facility this August. The program has garnered significant accolades and recognition

Webster University n this competitive job market, having just an undergraduate degree can be a disadvantage if career advancement is the goal. With the demands of full-time work, family and relationships, juggling graduate school may seem like an insurmountable task for someone who wants to get ahead. Fortunately through a variety of class options and schedules, Webster University Little Rock Area has made a high-quality education attainable for people from all walks of life. Webster University Little Rock Area is part of the Webster University system, the only Tier 1, private, nonprofit university with campus locations around the world including metropolitan, military, online and corporate, as well as American-style traditional campuses in North America, Europe and Asia. Founded in 1915, Webster University’s main campus is in St. Louis, Mo., and has been named one of the best schools by U.S. News and World Report in 2012, 2013 and 2014. With two locations in Central Arkansas




from area employers and aspiring chefs and hospitality professionals. This facility allows the programs to educate students in a state-of-the-art learning environment. Pulaski Tech’s accreditation has demonstrated that the college is competitive on the national stage among other culinary and hospitality degree programs. With a facility rivaling the best in the nation, Pulaski Tech’s hospitality and culinary programs is a magnet for aspiring chefs and other professionals both in the state

and outside Arkansas’s borders. Also, the college is now able to offer non-credit community education classes for the general public who want to spend an evening with some of the finest chefeducators in the nation. SOUTHEAST ARKANSAS COMMUNITY COLLEGE To meet its mission of providing quality education and workforce development for its six-county service area, Southeast

Arkansas College has experienced major construction and enhancement of its campus, particularly the main entrance. The college is becoming major force in the area through its outstanding job training, enhancement of work skills and the economic development efforts. SOUTHERN ARKANSAS UNIVERSITY Southern Arkansas University (SAU) is now offering a slate of new and unique degree options, some of which are the

only programs of their kind in the area and state. These programs include the only engineering degree program in all of South Arkansas, slated to start this fall. SAU also boasts the only marine biology program in the state, which will also start in the fall. The marine biology program is in collaboration with Gulf Coast Research Laboratory and Dauphin Island. For tech-minded students, SAU’s computer game and animation design program is the only complete program

Webster University Little Rock Area offers a variety of graduate degree programs personalized for those who work full-time.

– one at 200 W. Capitol Ave. in Little Rock and one at the Jacksonville Education Center just outside the Jacksonville Air Force Base – Webster University Little Rock Area offers numerous master’s level degree programs that include health administration, finance, environmental management, human resources management, international business, information technology and media communications. Webster can personalize your education to meet your specific needs and schedule, so that getting your degree while working full-time or actively serving in the military is a smooth, positive experience that advances your career. Webster’s agile, adaptable learning environment is designed for the flexibility that military service so often demands. Coursework and locations are designed to accommodate changing deployments and scheduling needs. For more information about Webster University Little Rock Area, visit http:// ■ THE COLLEGE ISSUE 2014 • ADVERTISING SUPPLEMENT TO ARKANSAS TIMES • AUGUST 21, 2014 35

THE COLLEGE ISSUE 2014 of its kind in the state, and it attracting a growing number of students. On the business side, new business programs at SAU include entrepreneurship and a master’s in business administration degree with an emphasis in supply chain management. The website has named SAU’s online MBA program the most affordable accredited program in the country.

Earning a Certificate of Proficiency in Robotics Technology allows students to find careers in industrial automation/ robotics, health care and engineering. The program at UAFS offers small class sizes, highly trained/certified instructors, opportunity for internships, cutting edge technology and exciting career opportunities. Other new programs at UAFS include a Bachelor of Business Administration in International Business, a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance, a Bachelor of General Studies, and a Certificate of Proficiency in Professional Sales.

(Arkansas INBRE) to fund the Generating Enhanced Teaching through Science Education and Technology (GET-SET) project. Rice is the principal investigator, and Dr. Antonie Rice, associate dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, is the co-principal investigator for the project. GET-SET is an instrumentation grant project designed to acquire and utilize immersive learning and research technology in the form of a low-cost, turnkey 3D visualization system. The main components of the GET-SET project are designed to develop a 3D visualization center at UAPB to improve STEM faculty professional development along with the application and use of 3D visualization in STEM classroom and research settings on the undergraduate and graduate levels. The funds from GETSET will be used to develop a 3D visualization center in Rust Technology Hall on UAPB’s campus. “This is a very exciting time for me as principal investigator of the GET-SET Project,” said Dr. Sederick Rice. “The installation of a 3D visualization cave on our campus will open the door to enhanced student and faculty engagement in STEM teaching and research across our campus and provide instrumentation that will promote effective outreach to K-12 STEM teachers and students throughout the Arkansas Delta.”

UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS Launching new businesses that create new jobs for Arkansas continues to be a major trend at the University of Arkansas. UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS AT LITTLE ROCK In the last six years, entrepreneurial teams from the univerThe role of research at UALR has grown in importance sity have won 20 national business plan competitions, two since its Carnegie classification as a public doctoral research times more than the next closest competitor, earning more university several years ago. than $2.3 million in cash prizes. During the same period, UALR faculty members are regularly published in leadthe teams have founded 12 high-growth businesses, raising ing national and international journals and are engaged in $25 million in private investments, grants and tax incentives. In the past year, Picosolar, a 2013 entrepreneurial team, was awarded $500,000 from the Department of Energy to develop its ground-breaking solar conversion technology. The major academic trends at the University of Arkansas include continued development of interdisciplinary courses and programs; growth in the UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL university’s online offerings, ARKANSAS both in undergraduate and UCA continues to be a leader in graduate programs; and an the area of health sciences and increase in the number and provides a full range of health size of grants being offered to sciences degrees and programs, professors for research they including nursing, physical therapy, are doing in applied and occupational therapy, psycholtheoretical research. ogy, nutrition, kinesiology, and The University of Arkansas communication sciences and Institute for Nanoscience and disorders. UCA also has strong Engineering is at the forefront programs in the area of science, of research in nanoscience technology, engineering and mathand nanotechnology, and UCA students majoring in the College of Business Innovation and Entrepreneurship program generate ematics (STEM). Degree options is one of the university’s six new ideas and business plans to start their own businesses upon graduation. include biology, biochemistry, research strengths. Other chemistry, computer science, environmental science, research on subjects as far ranging as understanding the inter-disciplinary research strengths include: health; mathematics and physics. UCA science and mathematics impact of financial literacy on prisoner recidivism rates energy and the environment; supply chain logistics and students can enroll in UCA STEMTeach, a program that to developing new methodologies for better understandtransportation; food safety; and American art, architecture allows students to earn a degree and become licensed as ing cyber-collective social movements in Arab countries. and the humanities. a K-12 teacher in their chosen STEM discipline. Every spring, the UALR Student Research and Creative Sustainability is another priority for the University of Students majoring in the College of Business Innovation Works Expo promotes and encourages research and creArkansas, with a new undergraduate minor, graduate and Entrepreneurship program generate new ideas and ative endeavors by UALR undergraduate and graduate certificate and doctoral degree now offered. In the near business plans to start their own businesses upon gradustudents from all disciplines. Our students are completing future, this emphasis will create the next generation of ation. UCA faculty members are preparing to incorporate research-related internships around the world, from the sustainability leaders across multiple disciplines. more service learning into the curriculum, which provides Panama Canal to the Pan American Health Foundation in additional opportunities for students to connect with the Washington, D.C. UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS - FORT SMITH community and nonprofit organizations. For students with above average math skills and an interUCA’s residential college program provides students with UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS AT PINE BLUFF est in mechanics, the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith a living and learning environment for any discipline. With Imagine being able to walk through the central nervous (UAFS) is now offering a Certificate of Proficiency in Robotics a solid demand for online education, UCA is increasing system, forensics scene or the activity of a data stream – Technology that will introduce the student to robotics, its degree offerings online. UCA steadily appears in U.S. all of that will soon be possible thanks to the innovative allow them to develop hands-on skills in installing, comNews & World Report’s annual rankings of universities minds at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB). missioning and maintaining a robot system and design and and colleges with a current ranking of 28 in the category Dr. Sederick C. Rice, assistant professor of biology, has implement robot programming projects, and is believed of “Top Public Schools” among regional universities in been awarded a $176,000 instrumentation grant from the to be the first of its kind in the state. The courses may be the South for 2014. Arkansas IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence applied towards the Associate of Applied Science degree. ■ 36 AUGUST 21, 2014 • ADVERTISING SUPPLEMENT TO ARKANSAS TIMES • THE COLLEGE ISSUE 2014



Choosing UCA was one of the first decisions of my adult life. So far, it’s also become one of the best. Not only am I

a part of a nationally recognized education program with one of the highest job placement rates in the state, I also get to be a part of an active campus that puts its students front and center. There’s no place I’d rather be.



In Demand Careers ARKANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY With the growing complexity in health care, there’s a high demand for nurses with graduate degrees. At Arkansas State University, the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program is an online program that includes an on-campus immersion experience prior to the start of each semester. The DNP program is offered as a post-master’s nursing degree, and applicants are required to have a current advanced practice nursing license (nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist, nurse anesthetist). The practice-focused doctoral program prepares nursing leaders for the highest level of clinical nursing practice beyond the initial and master’s preparation in the discipline. The DNP curricula builds on traditional master’s pro-

during the 21st century. For those seeking to advance in the field of K-12 education, Arkansas Tech offers online graduate programs that lead to a Master of Education degree and an Educational Specialist degree, both in educational leadership.

ber of active osteopathic physicians is expected to grow from 70,000 this year to more than 100,000 by 2020. According to the State Medical Board, Arkansas has 450 active D.O. license holders, including 265 who currently practice in Arkansas. Arkansas State University has partnered with the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) to bring an osteopathic medical school to Arkansas, and the Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board recently granted NYIT certification for the school on A-State’s campus.

BAPTIST HEALTH SCHOOLS LITTLE ROCK Baptist Health Schools Little Rock’s Sleep Technology program developed in 2008 due to changing needs in sleep health care. The program is a one-year program that prepares students to work with sleep abnormalities, in sleep clinics, hospital settings and off-site clinics.

ARKANSAS TECH UNIVERSITY Many medical and law professionals of tomorrow are beginning their academic careers at Arkansas Tech University.



grams with education in evidenced-based practice and teaches advanced clinical, organizational, economic, and leadership skills to design and implement programs of care delivery which significantly impact health care outcomes and have the potential to transform health care delivery. Graduates with this terminal practice degree will be prepared for roles in direct care or indirect, systemsfocused care. Doctors of osteopathic medicine (DO) – fully trained physicians who complete four years of medical school and are licensed by state medical boards to prescribe medication, perform surgery and practice in all recognized medical specialties – are also seeing high demand. DOs are one of the fastest growing segments of health care professionals in the United States, according to the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), and the num-

With pre-professional degree programs in fields such as pre-medical, pre-dental, pre-law, pre-pharmacy, prephysical therapy and pre-veterinary medicine, Arkansas Tech provides many of our state’s brightest students with an ideal environment to build the foundation for a successful career. Providing pre-professional programs such as these are part of a commitment to STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education that became part of the culture at Arkansas Tech long before the issue was a national talking point. That head start in the STEM fields has made Arkansas Tech a recognized and accredited leader in such fields as business, emergency management, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, nursing and many other disciplines that are critical to our state’s economic prosperity


COLLEGE OF THE OUACHITAS According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Employment Projections 2012-2022 released in December 2013, registered nursing (RN) is listed among the top occupations in terms of job growth through 2022. The RN workforce is expected to grow from 2.71 million in 2012 to 3.24 million in 2022, an increase of 526,800 or 19 percent. The bureau also projects the need for 525,000 replacement nurses in the workforce, bringing the total number of job openings for nurses due to growth and replacements to 1.05 million by 2022. “I think the statistics reinforce the nursing shortage potential in the future,” said Deborah Freyman, dean of health sciences at the College of the Ouachitas. “We had 125 students meet the cut score on the nursing entrance test for the practical nursing program of study and we could only accept 40.” To assist with meeting the demand for those interested in practical nursing and associate’s degrees in nursing, COTO accepts students in January and May for both programs of study. The number of hours required to obtain the technical certificate for practical nursing was reduced to 40 hours, as recommended by the Arkansas Department of Higher Education. This reduction in hours will allow more financial aid to be available to go on for their RN degrees, Freyman said. HENDERSON STATE UNIVERSITY Henderson State University has added four new academic programs: Bachelor of Arts in Innovative Media Arts — The disciplines of graphic design and mass media have seen rapid change in what students must know in order to become viable candidates in the workforce. Shifting technology has integrated information, entertainment, and tools for creating media on computers, cell phones, tablets and new devices. Henderson’s program in Innovative Media offers an interdisciplinary approach to working in the new media landscape. Students in the B.A. program will take classes in mass media, digital art, video, and computer science and marketing, along with hands-on experience creating products for actual clients in an Innovative Media Lab. The program minor will provide media grounding

to majors in marketing, computer science, educational technology, and in other fields where media merges with everyday experience. Master of Science in Education (M.S.E.) in School Counseling — Potential school counselors are now able to receive the school counseling degree and related license as their first educator license. Previously, candidates for this degree were required to have an existing teaching license and teaching experience. This program adjustment was prompted by changes in Arkansas Department of Education rules governing educator licensure and allows those without an education degree or teaching license to pursue school counseling as a career. State-approved exams are required for admission and graduation. Master of Science in Education (M.S.E.) in Special Education — Candidates pursuing the special education master’s degree will now complete one degree program and receive one area of license covering all (K-12) grade levels. Changes in Arkansas educator licensure rules combined the two previous options in early childhood special education (P-4) and special education instructional specialist (4-12). Candidates in this program are required to have an existing teaching license prior to admission. State-approved exams are required for program completion. Master of Liberal Arts in English (M.L.A) Teaching English in the Two-Year College — Taught by English, foreign languages and philosophy faculty at Henderson and faculty from a local community college, this course focuses on cultures, missions, and practices of teaching in community colleges, especially in south Arkansas. The teaching team will introduce participants to central issues of teaching and learning in the community-college sector of higher education. The course will explore the unique characteristics of communitycollege students as well as the mission and history of the colleges. Finally, the course will focus on practical issues: career transitions, syllabus design, writing courses and pedagogy, and the development of one’s own teaching ethic as a potential faculty member. JOHN BROWN UNIVERSITY In response to a growing need for nurses, John Brown University has added a nursing program. The first class of pre-nursing students began this fall and will complete two years of prerequisites before applying to the nursing program for fall 2016. A $6 million lead gift for the construction of a 20,000 square foot state-of-the-art nursing program facility was received last spring,

and construction is slated to begin in 2015 and be complete by fall of 2016. MID-SOUTH COMMUNITY COLLEGE Mid-South Community College’s (MSCC) new Associate of Applied Science Degree in Digital Media program is seeing increasing interest among students. “The Digital Media program is great because it gives students the opportunity to learn how to do a variety of different things,� said instructor and program orga-

nizer Anwar Jamison. “You can’t really get this type of instruction anywhere else in this area because most other schools focus on particular facets of the profession. “Our students will learn film and video production, graphic design, website design, and audio production on the digital platform. The variety of skills they’ll have the opportunity to develop at MSCC will make them very attractive to regional employers.� Program-specific courses include Film & Video Production, Audio Production,

Screenwriting, Cinematography, Producing and Directing, Advanced Digital Graphics, Digital Radio, Intro to Web Page Design, Digital Graphics for the Web, and Web Design & Methodology. MSCC also offers a 12-hour Certificate of Proficiency in Film and Video Production that includes Introduction to Film, Film and Video Production, Audio Production, and Screenwriting. Jamison said he wishes he could have been exposed to a more varied curriculum

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while going to college. “I didn’t have the opportunity to get any website or graphic design experience, so when it came time to do a film, I had to go to other people or use the do-it-yourself way,” Jamison he said. “Our program will give students an introduction to almost everything they will need to know.” The audio production course includes an introduction to theory and practice and provides both hands-on experience with equipment and techniques as well as discussions of the principles and ethics underlying the writing, recording, and editing of creative audio presentations. Jamison said the video production class focuses on hands-on learning opportunities for students of any academic level. “Film andVideo Production is completely hands-on, almost from the very beginning of class,” he said. “The course has no prerequisites, so even new students will have the opportunity to enroll and jump right into making videos.” With the rapid rise of digital media, many people have already been exposed to some of its practical applications. “Technology and video are so wide spread that almost everyone has some knowledge and interest in it,” Jamison said. “Almost everybody is an amateur photographer or videographer now.” “And since everything has gone digital, it’s a great time for these kinds of courses. Incorporating all of the different components is also a big plus because employers want people who can do all of those things.” Jamison, who earned master’s degrees in Communications (Film and Video Production) and English at the University of Memphis, brings a good mix of class-


room and practical experience. His undergraduate degree is in English Writing from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. “I’ve had the opportunity to write and direct an independent film which has been distributed to stores, so there are a lot of things that I can pass along to my students,” he said. “Often, things don’t go as smoothly as you think they will, and I’ve already experienced some of that.” Jamison has worked with educators from U of M and Arkansas State University while designing the MSCC curriculum. He said the opportunities for students are exciting. “When they say the magic of filmmaking, it really is. I think of it as magic because you can make almost anything happen on the screen. It’s definitely a lot of fun.”


NATIONAL PARK COMMUNITY COLLEGE National Park Community College is wellknown for its registered and licensed practical nursing programs, but its Criminal Justice Program and Computer Information Systems Program are two that are also achieving high placement rates in the Central Arkansas region. The college has strong ties to economic development, and with the opening of the new Garland County Detention Facility in 2014 and an aggressive Grow Hot Springs campaign announced by the Chamber of Commerce, these programs, along with those in accounting and teaching, promise a bright future for area students planning to attend college.


THE COLLEGE ISSUE 2014 NORTHWEST ARKANSAS COMMUNITY COLLEGE Electronic health records are here, and there’s a steady demand for skilled workers who can use and understand this technology, which is the way NorthWest Arkansas Community College has developed a new program, Health Information Management (HIM), and will offer an Associate of Applied Sciences degree in Health Information Management. Accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education is currently pending. With the adoption of electronic health records, the scope and challenges facing health information promises to be overwhelming resulting in a greater need for health information management professionals. The traditional method of processing and evaluating health care data will continue to evolve and transform. Continued education will be required to develop additional skills to increase efficiency. Students in the HIM program will take classes on medical coding and health care statistics, as well as completing an internship. OUACHITA BAPTIST UNIVERSITY For students interested in pursuing careers in the business side of the sports industry, Ouachita Baptist University is launching a new sport management emphasis this fall. The 12-hour emphasis is a collaborative effort between the university’s Hickingbotham School of Business and the Department of Kinesiology and Leisure Studies. Participating students will gradu-

PHILLIPS COMMUNITY COLLEGE UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS Phillips Community College University of Arkansas (PCCUA) is part of a regional initiative that has been selected as a Bellwether Legacy Award finalist for 2014. The Arkansas Delta Training and Education Consortium (ADTEC), consisting of five member colleges, is among 10 finalists competing for this prestigious award, sponsored by the Association of Community College Trustees. ADTEC provides access to a wide range of uniquely designed bachelor, graduate and specialized programs in an effort to provide a skilled and educated workforce for the region. The partnership is unique in that all member colleges have collaborated to share curriculum and support strategies. ADTEC was born in 2005 when the member colleges joined forces to provide a focused regional response to workforce development for eastern Arkansas. With funding from the U.S. Department of Labor, the colleges began laying the groundwork for innovative, industry-driven training opportunities. PULASKI TECHNICAL COLLEGE The college offers more than 76 degree and certificate programs in allied health and human services, aviation, business, culinary arts, information technology, manufacturing, and industrial and automotive technology, as well as continuing education and community services. The college awards Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees to graduates of the university-transfer program, as well as Associate of Applied Science degrees, technical certificates and certificates of proficiency. SOUTHERN ARKANSAS UNIVERSITY Southern Arkansas University has an online program designed for registered nurses to

complete a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing. With the high demand for nurses, especially those with bachelor’s or advanced degrees, this program offers students currently working full-time the opportunity to advance their careers without losing income. SOUTHERN ARKANSAS UNIVERSITY TECH Building projects are on the rise again, which means there is a need for skilled construction and fabrication workers. The Welding Technology Program at Southern Arkansas University (SAU) Tech provides students basic entry-level job skills and theory related to the welding profession. Welding is a skill used by many trades: sheet-metal workers, ironworkers, diesel mechanics, boilermakers, carpenters, marine construction, steam fitters, glaziers, repair and maintenance personnel in applications ranging from the sculpture home hobbyist to heavy fabrication of bridges, ships and many other projects. A skilled welder may qualify as a technician, supervisor, inspector, or as an owner of a welding business. SAU Tech’s Welding Technology program provides training in SMAW (shielded metal arc welding), GTAW (gas tungsten arc welding), PAC (plasma-arc cutting), GMAW (gas metal arc welding), FCAW (flux-cored arc welding), OAW (oxyacetylene welding), OAC (oxyacetylene cutting), basic fabrication, and shop safety. The SAU Tech Career Academy Welding Technology program, facilities, and instructors are National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) certified. NCCER is a nonprofit education foundation created to develop industry-driven standardized craft training programs with portable credentials and help address the critical workforce shortage facing the construction industry. Students completing the sequence of concurrent credit courses earn the Certificate of Proficiency in Welding Technology from SAU Tech. Concurrent credit also applies to the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Technology: Industrial Maintenance Emphasis at SAU Tech. In addition to welding, SAU Tech now offers two emphasis tracks under its Associate of Applied Sciences in General Technology degree: industrial maintenance or engineering technology. Both programs can transfer into the SAU industrial technologies or engineering programs or prepare students to enter the workforce. These degree tracks prepare technicians to work at various levels in a manufacturing setting to provide the support and management needed to keep machines running smoothly.

SOUTHEAST ARKANSAS COLLEGE Through development of Program Advisory Committees for every technical program and all nursing and allied health programs, the college is beginning to position itself to promote and provide a more skilled workforce. The Pine Bluff area has also indicated a need for two career paths, industrial maintenance technician and industrial operators. UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS The University of Arkansas offers more than 200 degree programs, the most in the state, to ensure that students have the opportunity to prepare for the career of their choosing. Did we mention that the


ate with a major in business administration with the option of adding a second major in kinesiology and leisure studies or another field. “Sport management has become a very popular program in the last decade,” said Dr. Kent Faught, professor of management. “Our goal is to provide students with some of the knowledge and skills needed to succeed, help place them in a successful career path and then expect them to work toward achieving their goals.” The sport management emphasis will include five course options, including Big Data/Data Mining; Sport Law; Program Design & Management; Organization and Administration of Health, Physical Education & Recreation; and Sport Management Internship.

Walker, chair of UALR’s Criminal Justice department, said. A doctorate in criminal justice prepares students to research positions at law enforcement and state agencies such as the Arkansas Department of Corrections. Graduates are also qualified to teach at the college level. While work experience in criminal justice is not necessary to enter the program, applicants must have earned a master’s degree – most of the current students in the program have master’s degrees in criminal justice or social sciences such as sociology, Walker said. The program, which can be pursued full-time or part-time, gives students a


Sam M. Walton College of Business is No. 1 in the nation in the number of full-time MBA graduates employed at graduation? Well, now we did. Currently, graduates in high demand from employers are ready for careers in nursing and home health care; computer technology, including software development, analysis and web development; retail sales management; financial analysts with accounting and statistics backgrounds; biomedical engineering; biophysics; athletic training; and environmental engineering. UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS AT LITTLE ROCK Students in the criminal justice doctoral program at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR) can enjoy plenty of job offers once they complete their degree. “The employment rate for Ph.D.s in criminal justice is off the chart,” Dr. Jeffrey

solid knowledge base regarding crime theory and data analysis. As the Baby Boomer generation ages, federal labor statistics project an increased need for nursing and other health care. This fall, nursing students at the UALR will learn from excellent faculty in a state-of-the-art facility that holds a simulation lab for students to practice life-and-death situations. Licensed practical nurses and paramedics may take advantage of UALR’s LPN/Paramedic to RN program, while other students may find the online RN to BSN program beneficial to their careers. UALR also offers a four-year ladder program that enables first-time entering freshmen meeting nursing entry requirements guaranteed placement in nursing courses by sophomore year. Freshmen living-learning communities for nursing are also available.





WALTON COLLEGE At the Sam M. Walton College of Business, We’ve made a name for ourselves! 85% of job-seeking undergraduate students had jobs earning an average salary of more than $50,000 upon graduation in 2014. Join the Razorback family and make a name for yourself too!


Finally, students considering in-demand careers should consider these two words: Big Data. Whether through digital pictures, cellphones, or social media posts, data is hurling at us at an accelerating pace. All that data and technology will continue to produce a need for people who are highly skilled in engineering and information technology and other related areas. UALR has one of the most vibrant and highly regarded computer science programs in the state, housed in the state-ofthe-art Donaghey College of Engineering and Information Technology (EIT). The EIT program prepares students for careers as computer scientists in business and industry, with the ability to deliver software and hardware design and development. UALR offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in computer science as well as the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in Integrated Computing. UALR graduates hold excellent jobs in national and international companies and have pursued advanced degrees at prestigious institutions. “We are continually responding to an urgent need for fundamental changes in the education of future computer scientists to ensure that they are well prepared for their evermore demanding professional roles,” said Dr. Eric Sandgren, dean of the College of EIT. UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS AT PINE BLUFF The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) is known internationally for its aquaculture/fisheries program; however, the institution has also graduated a large number of students in criminal justice, business administration, biology, human

sciences and industrial technology. The merchandising, textile and design program from the human sciences department made a memorable impression on the community this summer when they offered institutes for teachers and students. UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL ARKANSAS The University of Central Arkansas (UCA) works to meet the academic needs of its students and the requirements of Arkansas employers. As the state continues to face a shortage of qualified personnel in healthrelated fields, UCA continues to produce highly skilled graduates in the fields of nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and communication sciences and disorders. In support of Arkansas’s growing knowledge-based economy, UCA is building its already strong programs in the sciences and mathematics. UCA has also begun a comprehensive study on adding degree programs in health information technology, health services administration and optometry. The bachelor’s and master’s degrees in digital filmmaking remain the only programs of their kind among the state’s four-year schools, and have produced many graduates who work in the film and television industry in Arkansas, Texas, Louisiana and California. Student enrollment in UCA’s degree program of innovation and entrepreneurship, through the College of Business, maintains growth, while Insurance and Risk Management majors enjoy a nearly 100 percent job placement rate. UCA also continues to have strong programs for teacher education in the College of Education, and is dedicated to providing exemplary programs for the preparation of professional educators for Arkansas schools. ■


The Case For An Associate’s Degree rkansas higher education leaders are searching for approximately 6,000 Arkansans who have earned or almost earned their associate’s degree and don’t know it. Because those with an associate’s degree can earn approximately $400,000 more in their lifetime than those with only a high school diploma, the Arkansas Association of Two-Year Colleges has launched a statewide search campaign, Degree Matters, hoping to locate Arkansans who might qualify. “We have a list of nearly 6,000 Arkansans who have completed between 75 and 100 percent of the associate’s degree requirements,” said Bill Stovall, executive director of the Arkansas Association of Two-Year Colleges. “The Degree Matters campaign hopes to locate them through direct mail, a PSA campaign and a web site (www. With their permission, we can review transcripts and likely award degrees to many who don’t even know they qualify.” Those who have completed the required coursework will be awarded an associate’s degree. For those who almost qualify, they will be given information on the steps needed to complete the degree. “Oftentimes our students transfer to a four-year university before completing their associate’s degree,” said Stovall. “We’ve discovered that for those who never graduated with a four-year degree, additional courses have made them eligible for an associate’s degree. An associate’s degree opens doors to better careers and bigger paychecks, and is absolutely an advantage over some college and no degree.” Arkansans who have been targeted meet the following criteria: (1) Enrolled at any Arkansas associate’s degree granting public college or university between fall 1994 and fall 2013; (2) Completed at least 15 general education transfer courses; and (3) Did not complete a degree as of fall 2013.


Stovall said many who qualify have already been contacted via mail. These participants were provided a unique code that allows them to log in to the Degree Matters web site to update contact information and consent to the review of their transcripts. These participants are now working with college and university officials to either be granted their degree or determine next steps. Arkansans who have not received a code via mail also have the option to search for their name on the Degree Matters website. If a matching name is found, participants should submit an inquiry via the web site for further instructions. Degree Matters is an important step towards meeting Gov. Mike Beebe’s goal of doubling the number of Arkansans with degrees by 2025. “There are many benefits to having an associate’s degree, including

increased salary and career opportunities,” said Beebe in a recent radio address. “Arkansans with associate’s degrees earn more than double the average salary for individuals with a high-school diploma… Securing an associate’s degree provides an advantage for those interested in continuing their higher education and pursuing a Bachelor’s degree.” Additionally, certain high-skill, high-demand health science or technical associate’s degrees have higher starting salaries than an average bachelor’s degree. For example, an associate’s degree in nursing has an average starting salary in Arkansas of more than $40,000 annually, as do associate’s degrees in many manufacturing technology fields. Because an associate’s degree can generally be completed in two years, it is a good option for many of today’s nontraditional students – those who are oftentimes employed, have financial obligations of their own or to family and children. Since the degree can be completed in less time and for less money, graduates can enter the workforce more quickly and with less debt. An associate’s degree is also a good step for those seeking a bachelor’s degree. Students who transfer to a university with an associate’s degree are 49 percent more likely to complete a bachelor’s degree within four years, compared to those who transfer without a degree. This is because they have completed freshman- and sophomore-level, general-education courses and can focus on specific fields of study. For more information about Degree Matters and the value of an associate’s degree, visit www. Degree Matters is funded by a grant from the Kresge Foundation, and is a partnership between the Arkansas Department of Higher Education, the Arkansas Research Center and the Arkansas Association of Two-Year Colleges. ■















Arkansas Baptist College

Little Rock



4-year Private





12-17 hours


Arkansas State University


870-972-2100/800-382-3030 (in-state only)


4-year Public





12 hours-full time undergraduate

$2,304 (in-state)

$3,975 (double occupancy: 19 Meals/week) $3,875 (room and board)

Arkansas Tech University Central Baptist College

Russellville Conway

479-968-0343/ 1-800-582-6953 501-329-6872/1-800-205-6872

4-year 4-year

4-year Public 4-year Private

11,369 827

56% 44%

44% 56%

Semester Semester

15 15

$3,624.00 $6,150.00

starting at $2,733 (includes meals) $3,750.00

Crowley’s Ridge College Harding University

Paragould Searcy

870-236-6901 800-477-4407

4-year 4-year

4-year Private 4-year Private

200 6,500

51% 53%

49% 47%

Semester Semester

12 or more 15

$4,950.00 $8,280.00

$3,450 (includes meal plan) $3,258.00

Henderson State University Hendrix College

Arkadelphia Conway

870-230-5028/1-800-228-7333 800-277-9017/ 501-450-1362

4-year 4-year

4-year Public 4-year Private

3,580 1,432

57% 56%

43% 45%

Semester Semester

12-15 hours 4 courses/semester

$2,388.00 $19,995 (including fees)

$2,931 (including room & board) $5,456 (including meals)

John Brown University

Siloam Springs

877-528-4636/ 479-524-7157


4-year Private





12-18 hours



Lyon College


1-800-423-2542/ 870-698-4242


4-year Private








Ouachita Baptist University


1-800-DIAL-OBU/ 870-245-5110


4-year Private





up to 18

$11,660 (including fees)

$3,450 (room and board)

Philander Smith College Southern Arkansas University University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Little Rock Magnolia Little Rock

501-370-5221 870-235-4040 1-800-482-8892

4-year 4-year 4-year

4-year Private 4-year Public 4-year Public

700 3,330 12,377

66% 60% 60%

34% 40% 40%

Semester Semester Semester

12-16 hours 15 12

$5,902.00 $3,150.00 $7908.90 (15 hours)

$4,425.00 $2,751.00 $5,636 (including room & board)

University of Arkansas at Monticello




4-year Public





12-15 hours

$141/credit hour


University of Arkansas Pine Bluff

Pine Bluff



4-year Public







$3,733 (20 meals)

University of Arkansas




4-year Public






$4,105 (including fees)


University of Central Arkansas University of Arkansas at Fort Smith

Conway Fort Smith

501-450-5000 1-479-788-7120/ 1-888-512-LION

4-year 4-year

4-year Public 4-year Public

11,534 7,154

61% 56%

39% 44%

Semester Semester

15 15

University of the Ozarks


479-979-1227/ 1-800-264-8636


4-year Private






$3,994.40 $139/credit hr (in-state) $380/credit hr(out of state) $11,875.00

$2,889.00 $2,445-$3,322/Semester + meal plan $3,550.00

Williams Baptist College

Walnut Ridge

1-800-722-4434/ 870-759-4120


4-year Private




















Arkansas Northeastern College Arkansas State University

Blytheville Beebe

870-762-1020 501-882-3600

2-year 2-year

2-year Public 2-year Public

1,500 4,500

70% 57%

30% 43%

Semester Semester

15 12

$62/hr $93/hr

N/A Residence Halls

Arkansas State University at Newport




2-year Public








Arkansas State University at Mountain Home

Mountain Home



2-year Public








Arkansas State University

Searcy (a technical campus of ASUBeebe) Little Rock



2-year Public







double room $2310, single room $2710 - Beebe campus



2-year Private





Varies by Program

Varies By Program

No Campus Housing

Fall 2014 $102/hr with fees, $83/hr without fees $57/hr **


$72 per credit hour (In-County) $81 per credit hour (Out of County) $493/ hr


Baptist Health Schools Little Rock Black River Technical College




2-year Public






Cossatot Community College of the University of Arkansas

De Queen

870-584-4471/ 1-800-844-4471


2-year Public






East Arkansas Community College

Forrest City

870-633-4480 877-797-EACC


2-year Public

1302 Fall Semester 2012





ITT Technical Institute

Little Rock



2-year, 4-year Private






Mid-South Community College

West Memphis

870-733-6722/ 866-733-6722


2-year Public

1776 (Fall 2013)




1-21 hours

$90/hr (in county), $110/ hr (out of county/in state), $300/hr (out of state)


National Park Community College

Hot Springs



2-year Public

3,244 Fall 2013






North Arkansas College


870-743-3000 or toll free at 1-800-679-6622


2-year Public






$89/hr $1,602 max indistrict; $99/hr $1,782 max out-district $948 (in county) $1,236 (out of county)

North West Arkansas Community College


479-636-9222/ 1-800-995-6922


2-year Public







College of the Ouachitas


1-800-337-0266/ 501-337-5000


2-year Public






$1125 in district ($75 per credit hr)/$1,837 out of district ($122 per credit hr) $1,020

Ozarka College




2-year Public





12-15 hours



Phillips Community College Pulaski Technical College

Helena North Little Rock

870-338-6474 501-812-2200

2-year 2-year

2-year Public 2-year Public

2,028 Spring 2014 - 9,969

67% 64%

33% 36%

Semester Semester

15 Varies

$67.25 $95/credit hr


Remington College

Little Rock



2-year Private




Contact Campus





2-year Public





12 hours full - time student 15

Contact Campus

Rich Mountain Community College



Shorter College

North Little Rock



2-year Private








South Arkansas Community College Southeast Arkansas College Southern Arkansas University Tech

El Dorado Pine Bluff Camden

870-864-7142 870-850-8605/888-SEARKTC 870-574-4500

2-year 2-year 2-year

2-year Public 2-year Public 2-year Public

1,774 1,700 2,487

70% 80% 54%

30% 30% 46%

Semester Semester Semester

15 12-18 hours 15

$1,215/$1,410/$2,535 $84/hr $108/hr in state $156/hr out of state

N/A N/A $1100/semester double [On-Campus]; $1300/semester double [Off-Campus]; $1850/ semester single

University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville University of Arkansas Community College at Hope University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton




2-year Public










2-year Public






$63/hr in district $75/hr out of district $64/credit hour




2-year Public






$78/hr** $85/hr In-State



















$7,875 (Tuition + room and board) $6,970.00








Arkansas Baptist College . . . It’s a GOOD thing!

June 30th


Feb. 1st




In-state tuition available to out-of-state students residing in counties in contiguous states. There is a higher per-credit-hour tuition for ASU courses in the Colleges of Business, Engineering, Nursing & Health Professions and Sciences & Mathematics. Differential Tuition for non-resident, first-time and returning students prior to 2011.

$6,357 (not including books) $10,650.00

Open June 30th

78% 90%

Feb. 28th Dec. 10th First Priority


1st day of classes/ $15-Undergraduate; $30-Graduate/Masters Specialist; $40 International Students; $50 Doctoral Open/ No Fee 1st Day of Classes

AP/CLEP AP/CLEP Our strength is fostering an excellent education program with a Christian perspective.

$9,000 for boarding students $11,778.00

Open August 1st

80% 96%

Aug. 24th August 1st


Aug. 24th Open/ $50

None Baptist Missionary Association of America Church of Christ Church of Christ


with fees approx $6,019.00 $25,101.00

April 15th Priority March 1 Priority

89% 100%


None Early Action I - Nov. 1, Early Action II - Feb. 1

None United Methodist



March 1 Priority


Feb. 1st Priority Nov. 15 Early Action for certain scholarships, however scholarships are awarded through all application deadlines March 1st Priority One of America’s leading character-building colleges with a distinguished academic program. www. Connecting academic aspirations to career opportunities. All students engage in “Your Hendrix Odyssey” – a unique array of active, real-life learning experiences that enrich every degree program.


Rolling/ $25




Rolling but priority consideration by Feb. 1st


Rolling but priority consideration by March 1st


Rolling/ $25


AP and International Baccalaureate


June 1st


Jan. 15th Priority


Open/ No Application Fee


$10,459.00 $5,901.00 $14,944.90 (est 15 hrs tuition/ fees, rm/brd, books/supplies)

March 1st July 1st March 1 Priority

98% 84% 70%

Rolling Deadline March 1st Dec. 1st Priority, Feb. 1st Final


CLEP AP/CLEP AP/CLEP/PEP/Regents College Exams

Think Justice. Affordable, student-centered education and the Complete College Experience. Apply and register on-line today!

$8,251 including campus room and board $6,711.00



March 1st Priority



March 1st/ April 1st



April 15th Priority

Open/$25 Open/No Fee Freshman admission and credential deadline is one week before classes begin. Rolling/No Fee - Except for international applicants Open

Arkansas Baptist State Convention United Methodist None None




March 15th



Aug. 1



$6,833.40 Varies

Open June 15th

77% 96%

Feb. 1st (Freshman) April 1st (transfers) Feb. 17th Varies

UAM consists of the main university campus in Monticello as well as the UAM Colleges of Technology in Crossett and McGehee. UAPB is a comprehensive 1890 Land Grant, HBCU institution and the second oldest public university in Arkansas with a diverse student population, competitive degree offerings and stellar faculty that provides liberal and professional education.


None Open/ No Fee

None None


$15,425 (not including books or fees) $10,480.00

Feb. 15 Priority


April 1st Priority


May 1st Priority



May 1st




Open/No Fee

Southern Baptist











$930 plus fees $1,305 tuition/fees

Open Priority dates June 1/Nov 1/Mar 31 Open

67% 57%

April 1st Priority June 1st


Open Open/ No Fee

None None



April 1st


Open/ No Fee



Priority Consideration Deadline - June 1st Open


June 1st


Open/ No Fee





June 1st


Open/ No Fee


N/A Bachelor and graduate degrees are available through Arkansas State University-Jonesboro on the Beebe campus. Call 501-882-8809. A great place to start! Campus locations: 7648 Victory Drive in Newport; 5504 Krueger Drive in Jonesboro; and 33500 Hwy 63 East in Marked Tree. Bachelor and graduate degrees are available in some areas through ASU-Jonesboro’s Degree Center at ASUMH. Nestled in the heart of Ozark Mountains. 15 Technical Certificate programs are offered on the Searcy campus.

Varies By Program

May 1 / Oct 1


May 1st


Varies By Program / No Fee






April 15th


Open/ No Fee


Advance Placement


Fall-May 1, SpringNov. 1, Sum.-April 15


April 1st


Open/ No Fee




July 1st


April 15th


Open/ No Fee











Approx. $2,600 but varies depending on academic/ technical program (does not include transportation, personal expenses, housing). Varies

Open. Fall 2014 priority, June 2. Spring 2015 priority,Oct. 31.

Approx. 80%

Oct. 31 (Spring 2015), early June, (Fall 2015)









Open/ No Fee



Learning is our Focus! Student Success is our Goal! Excellent academic two-year community college in beautiful Hot Springs.




June 15th





$1,550 in-dist, $2,260 out-dist (tuition/fees/books)

May 1st

Approx. 54%

Feb. 25


Open/ $10



Northark offers transfer and technical degree programs, one-year technical certificates, certificates of proficiency, customized business and industry training, adult basic education (GED) classes and non-credit community education courses. In addition, Northark offers two associate degrees 100% online.

$1020 plus books and fees



May 1st/ Dec 1st


Open/ No Fee




Priority deadline of June 1 Call 870-338-6474 Fall-May 15, SpringOct. 15, Sum-Mar. 15


March 1st


Open/ No Fee



As a Top Ten Community College in the Nation, College of the Ouachitas wants to help you build a future you thought possible only in your dreams. Providing life-changing experiences through education.

70% 76%

Call 870-338-6474 Open


Open/ No Fee Open/ No Fee

None None

AP/CLEP AP/CLEP For more information and a schedule of classes, visit our website at

$1,760 (plus books and fees) $1,044 plus books and fees

$1,296.25 The average cost of tuition and basic fees for a full-time student taking 12 hours is $1,616 per semester. Contact Campus

John Brown University is a private Christian university, ranked No. 2 overall and No. 1 Best Value among Southern regional colleges by U.S. News and World Report. JBU enrolls more than 2,500 students from 42 states and 44 countries in its traditional undergraduate, graduate, degree completion and concurrent education programs. JBU is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities and a founding member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability. Lyon College is an undergraduate liberal arts college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Founded in 1872, it is the most established independent college in Arkansas. Lyon provides a residential learning community distinguished by its unique student-driven honor system, innovative house system, and endowed Nichols International Studies program. Lyon has made the top tier of liberal arts colleges in U.S. News & World Report, Washington Monthly, The Princeton Review, and Fourteen Lyon professors have earned the distinction as Arkansas Professor of the Year. Discover the Ouachita Difference.

UCA is a comprehensive university offering students excellence in education. UAFS is a comprehensive workforce focused university teaching real world professional employment preparation via certificate programs, associate degrees, and baccalaureate education. Ozarks Outdoors is one of the premier university-affiliated outdoor education and recreation programs in the state.

Baptist Health Schools Little Rock provides nine programs of study for students interested in entering the healthcare field. For more information please contact us at Black River Technical College - Bridging Resources, Technology, and Challenges…One Graduate at a time. CCCUA has 4 on-line associate’s degrees and more than 70 internet courses available. The college also offers many technical programs, a brand new agriculture degree, occupational therapy assisting program, Aviation, Physical Health, Wellness, and Leisure degrees and rodeo team. EACC is an open-door institution of higher education serving the Arkansas delta since 1974. ITT Technical Institute offers associate and bachelor degree programs in Electronics, Criminal Justice, Networking, Design and Project Management. Mid-South Community College is committed to economic development in the Arkansas Delta through the provision of high quality, affordable, and convenient learning opportunities and services. www.

Contact Campus

Contact Campus

Contact Campus

Contact Campus

1st day of classes



$1035 plus fees & books

March 1st


April 1st


Open/ No Fee



$2500 including books






July 1st May 1 priority Varies

60% 46% 60%

March 1st Priority April 30th 1-Mar


Open/ No Fee Open Open/ No Fee

African American Episcopal Church None None None


Varies Varies Varies




Contact Financial Aid


Open/ No Fee



A comprehensive college providing a varity of programs, services, and learning opportunities. Transfer, technical degrees and courses: professional workforce, personal development and adult basic education. English as a second language; student support and outreach programs; financial aid assistance. Serves traditional and non-traditional students offering the Associates of Arts Degree in General Studies with concentrations in General Studies, Teacher Education, and Christian Leadership. Where students come first. Changing lives…one student at a time! Southern Arkansas University Tech is a two-year comprehensive college emphasizing technical programs and is commited to providing quality educational programs delivered through various technologies and methodologies to meet the needs of its service areas. It accomplishes this through technical career programs, transfer curricula, continuing education, workforce education, transitional education, and administrative, student, and community services. Student Centered. Community Focused.


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Delta, Alpha Omicron Pi, Chi Omega, Delta Zeta, and Zeta Tau Alpha. Each house has approximately 8,050 square feet of living and meeting space. The chapters enjoy support from volunteer alumni advisers who work actively with the students. ARKANSAS TECH UNIVERSITY Construction is underway on a new $11.6 million academic, student support and administrative facility on the main campus of Arkansas Tech University in Russellville. Once complete in late 2015, the new 66,900-square foot facility is scheduled to house the following operating areas: admissions on the first floor; financial aid, student accounts and the student identification card office on the second floor; registrar, Upward Bound and Student Support Services — a pair of federally-funded programs that provide students that have identified barriers to higher

education with resources to achieve their academic objectives — on the third floor; and payroll, budget and human resources on the fourth floor. There will be classrooms and conference rooms on all four floors of the facility. Other recent facility improvements on campus have included construction of a new stadium at Tech Field, home of Wonder Boys baseball; renovations to Chambers Cafeteria, which has seating for more than 900 students; construction of M Street Residence Hall, which opened in fall 2013 and is home to 290 Tech students per semester; and Baswell Techionery, a student union that opened in 2011 with a variety of quick-service dining options. COLLEGE OF THE OUACHITAS Seeking to provide students with instruction on the cutting edge of technology, the College of the Ouachitas (COTO)

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THE COLLEGE ISSUE 2014 acquired 50 3D printers and six digitizers, the largest lab of its kind to date. The college also formed a strategic alliance with Robohand, a South African company that provides affordable prosthetics through 3D printing. This alliance came to fruition in June with the grand opening of the Robohand Print Farm at the college, the biggest print farm in the world. Jody Callahan, COTO

college’s Applied Sciences department. The building will house the Robohand Print Farm as well as well as welding, plastic injection molding, industrial robotics, mechanitronics, pre-engineering, computer information systems, and machining and fabrication programs. There will also be meeting space for business training and a business incubator located in the building. Construction on phase

The new facility will also feature a maintenance warehouse, a student commons area and an additional broadcast studio for the De Queen campus college radio station, Ed 88.7 FM. The radio station is being added to De Queen for the all-new high school Radio Broadcasting program. “We are excited to make this kind of investment on the De Queen campus,” said Cole. “As the fourth largest employer in Sevier County, we are mindful to provide quality service, facilities, and a collegiate atmosphere for our students, staff, and stakeholders. We are also thankful that we have state Senator Jimmy Hickey and state Rep. Fonda Hawthorne, who have supported us and education in Southwest Arkansas.” Additional parking spaces have already been completed adjacent to the Allison Technology Center and more will be constructed near the entrance of the campus. De Queen is the largest service area of the three campuses UA Cossatot operates and has more in-class students who need suitable parking. “We will host an open house for the public to tour the new facilities as they are completed,” said Cole. “We always welcome our stakeholders, future students and parents to visit and take a tour of our facilities.”

Stadium construction: Construction of Ouachita Baptist University’s Cliff Harris Stadium currently is underway with the stadium dedication set for the Tigers’ first home football game on Saturday, Sept. 13. The new stadium will seat more than 3,000 fans, including 572 reserved seats. division chair for Applied Sciences, will direct the print farm’s operations. He, along with Robohand creator Richard Van As, are developing a 3D printing curriculum for the college that will be in place in the near future. This curriculum will introduce COTO students to 3D printing, where they will have the opportunity to produce Robohand components as a capstone project. In the meantime, the print farm will prepare and distribute 3D printed Robohand components worldwide. The print farm will have “open time” where the public can pay to have 3D prints grown, which will ensure the sustainability of the Robohand Print Farm at COTO to provide 3D printed Robohand components worldwide. The college recently purchased a 26,000 square-foot building on the corner of Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard and Moline Street in Malvern, which will be home to the

one of the project is scheduled to be complete in January. COSSATOT COMMUNITY COLLEGE OF THE UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS Construction crews at UA Cossatot are making progress toward the expansion and parking projects on the De Queen campus. “If you have driven by our campus, you have seen all of the heavy machinery working,” said UA chancellor Dr. Steve Cole. “We are right in the middle of $3.1 million in renovation projects and student-learning upgrades and as these projects near completion we are starting to see our future.” On the southwest side of the campus, the automotive and collision buildings have been renovated and are being improved to accommodate more technological learning.


HENDERSON STATE UNIVERSITY The Garrison Student Activities Center at Henderson State University has undergone major renovations and now includes a Starbucks and a fullservice Chick-Fil-A. A “Grillworks” offers other fast food options such as burgers and Philly sandwiches. The Reddie Bookstore has undergone an interior makeover and features an open ceiling and a new floor plan. The conversion of the Day Gym to a large conference center is the major component of the renovation project. This portion will provide significantly more space than the cur-

rent banquet room. Improvements to lighting and sound are being made in the center’s Lecture Hall. New paint and carpet are also part of the project. Campus housing is also expanding – funds from a recently approved bond issue will be used to purchase and update the Whispering Oaks apartment complex and construct two new residence halls on campus. “As a part of our strategic planning process, we have identified the need to grow enrollment, improve student life, and increase retention to graduation,” said HSU president Glen Jones. “By opening additional high quality living facilities on the Henderson State campus, we will positively impact our student experience as we work toward our goal of having 1,700 students living on campus.” Henderson State will soon begin construction of two

new residence halls. One of the buildings will be a 240-bed, apartment-style complex, while the other will be a 300-bed, elegant traditional residence hall. There are 288 beds in the Whispering Oaks complex, bringing the total number of new beds to 828. “This is a small part of what Henderson is doing to reach our long-term goal of increasing enrollment to 5,000 students as well as providing the best possible experience for students,” Jones said. JOHN BROWN UNIVERSITY The newly renovated J. Alvin Hall will reopen to students in August. The $5.5 million renovation to the 93-year old men’s dormitory updated the rooms into modern suites with features similar to John Brown University’s newer residence halls. LYON COLLEGE Lyon is seeing historic growth on campus this fall. Two new residence halls are under construction to accommodate the recordbreaking enrollment the college is experiencing. Renovations are also being made to current on-campus housing to provide students with contemporary living spaces to be their home-away-from-home. Goal posts were recently installed on the new football practice field and facilities for the new football and wrestling teams are also under construction. It is truly an exciting time for students, faculty and staff.

NORTHWEST ARKANSAS COMMUNITY COLLEGE NorthWest Arkansas Community College opened the Melba Shewmaker Southern Region National Child Protection Training Center in early 2014. This center serves current and future child protection professionals in a 16-state region, teaching all mandated reporters, teachers, social workers, counselors, law enforcement officers, first responders, health professionals, attorneys, and members of judicial and child care systems to recognize, report, and respond to child abuse and maltreatment. OUACHITA BAPTIST UNIVERSITY Ushering in a new era of Ouachita Tiger football, Ouachita Baptist University will dedicate the new Cliff Harris Stadium Sept. 13 during the first home game of the fall 2014 football season. The stadium upgrade will include updated stadium seating, press box, concession stand and related improvements. Cliff Harris, the stadium’s namesake, was an All-America safety for the Tigers in the 1960s and All-Pro safety for the Dallas Cowboys in the 1970s. He played in six Pro Bowls and five Super Bowls for the Cowboys. Citing the stadium’s strategic loca-

tion next to Highway 7 in Arkadelphia, Ouachita president Rex Horne said, “Cliff Harris Stadium will be an inviting part of the first sight of our campus. The fact that we can honor Cliff, a tremendous advocate for Ouachita, makes the experience even more meaningful.” Other major building projects on campus include the new Ben M. Elrod Center for Family & Community. Dr. Ben M. Elrod, chancellor and former president of Ouachita, helped break ground June 12 for the university’s new Ben M. Elrod Center for Family and Community. The Elrod Center was established in 1997 to encourage and coordinate public service, volunteerism and community engagement. The center’s offices, currently located on North 6th Street on the Ouachita campus, will relocate to new facilities across the street on the corner of 6th and Cherry streets. Construction began in July on the two-story, 5,200 square-foot facility which will include two large meeting rooms for campus and community programs, a conference room and several staff offices as well as a reception area and kitchen facilities. “I’m thankful for the Elrods and for the Elrod Center,” Horne said. “When a name matches with the mission, that’s a win-win. The mission of the Elrod Center

is related to faith and family and community and service.” One of the Elrod Center’s signature ministry projects is the semi-annual Tiger Serve Day community service project. Since its start in 1997, Tiger Serve Day volunteers have donated more than 65,000 hours of service in the Arkadelphia area. When Ouachita’s visual arts students return to campus this fall, they will be welcomed by updated classrooms, studios and galleries. The renovated space will be named the Rosemary Adams Department of Visual Arts in honor of OBU alumna Rosemary (Gossett) Adams’ generous gift to fund the project. Primary renovation priorities include constructing a new front façade and entrance to Moses-Provine Hall which houses the visual arts program; creating gallery spaces to display artists’ works; renovating classroom, studio and office space; and adding an elevator to the facility. “The new Rosemary Adams Department of Visual Arts will generate a new energy in the department and across campus,” said Dr. Scott Holsclaw, dean of the School of Fine Arts. “This gift will help ensure that we are able to meet our mission for years to come as we strive to make a difference through the arts.”

MID-SOUTH COMMUNITY COLLEGE Mid-South Community College will soon break ground on facilities to house the Hospitality Management and Aviation Maintenance Technology programs. NATIONAL PARK COMMUNITY COLLEGE The Physical Education and Recreation Department of National Park Community College’s Health Science Division has transitioned into a Wellness Center to serve the students and faculty. It houses new locker rooms and a variety of workout and cardio equipment. “We are proud to have a Wellness Center to propel NPCC into the upcoming years,” T. J. Griffith, full-time faculty in physical education, said. “Since the completion of the new facility, we have increased the hours of operation to fit almost any schedule.” The center offers many classes including, yoga, cardio circuit, pilates, weight training, zumba, R.I.P.P.E.D., and new this year, total barre. All of the classes are taught by certified fitness professionals.

Changes are happening throughout the University of Central Arkansas (UCA) campus: From significant updates to Christian Cafeteria to the planning of a mixed-use development on the university’s “Main Street,” Donaghey Avenue, UCA is in a continued state of growth and evolution. THE COLLEGE ISSUE 2014 • ADVERTISING SUPPLEMENT TO ARKANSAS TIMES • AUGUST 21, 2014 49

THE COLLEGE ISSUE 2014 PHILLIPS COMMUNITY COLLEGE UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS Through a $4 million science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) grant, Phillips Community College University of Arkansas (PCCUA) students are now taking advantage of a new STEM Success Center and instructional area on the Helena-West Helena Campus. These developments are boosting our students’ interests in the STEM fields and providing additional instructional support and expanded opportunities to ensure the success of our students. The PCCUA-Stuttgart Grand Prairie Center (GPC) is entering its fourth performance season, which features opportunities for some of the artists to reach out to younger audiences with free shows for school children and special workshops and opportunities for some of the artists to connect with the community. SOUTHERN ARKANSAS UNIVERSITY In March, Southern Arkansas University hosted the first official rodeo event at the new Farmers Bank Reception Center at Story Arena, which is located on SAU’s campus on the north side of U.S. 82. The nearly 6,800 square-foot Farmers Bank Arena Reception Center houses functions necessary when hosting public events and is the “front door” for the rodeo arena. It houses the ticket booth, concession stand, men’s and women’s restrooms, a grilling porch, a covered concourse and large plaza, covered walkways to the arena, an outdoor fireplace, an office area, a conference room and a tribute to Farmers Bank’s century of support for SAU. An area inside the center is dedicated to two past presidents of Farmers Bank and Trust, Robert Samuel Warnock and Thomas Samuel Grayson. Warnock, the first president of the bank, was the Columbia County representative to the Arkansas legislative assembly that authorized the creation of the Third District Agricultural School (eventually Southern Arkansas University). A strong supporter of the Farmers Union, Warnock contributed to the fund that helped secure the school for Magnolia and Columbia County. He later served on the TDAS board. As a state senator in 1929, Warnock helped assure the survival of Magnolia A&M and the other 1909 agricultural schools that had become junior colleges. Grayson, a sawmill owner and entrepreneur, was one of the founders of the bank and its second president. Along with providing an opportunity for SAU to host rodeo events on campus for the first time, the arena and reception

center will also serve as an economic engine for the region. The main structure of the SAU Rodeo Story Arena consists of a nearly 80,000 square foot covered rodeo-style arena with a dirt floor and seating for approximately 1,100. It provides a place for local and regional groups to hold equine and livestock events, concerts, trade shows, and other community events.

nursing simulation lab funded with grant proceeds. The UACCH Nursing Simulation laboratory plays a key role in providing students hands-on experience with countless medical scenarios. The University of Arkansas Board of Trustees recently approved UACCH’s proposed partnership with the University of Arkansas in Little Rock (UALR) to create an off-campus instructional center on

Miller County and the surrounding area. We are certainly pleased to bring UALR to our campus to provide our students this exceptional opportunity. Our initial focus will be on academic programs designed for students with Associates of Applied Science degrees to complete a Baccalaureate Degrees. Other priority programs may include general business, social work, and construction management.”

SOUTHERN ARKANSAS UNIVERSITY TECH Southern Arkansas University Tech has a new student center and renovated gym that houses student life, food service, the postal service, the bookstore, and provides for a large multi-purpose area and indoor tennis courts. There is also a new set of student apartments are under construction. SOUTHEAST ARKANSAS COLLEGE Southeast Arkansas College has a new In 2014, the UALR Student Services Center was renamed for retired Vice Chancellor Charles Donaldson, main entrance, whose 40-year career was dedicated to student success. library and Center for It is anticipated that the original offerings the UACCH-Texarkana Campus. This new e-Learning, technology center, administraof this partnership will be expanded over partnership will include a physical prestion building, Early Childhood Development time as student demand grows.” ence for UALR on the Texarkana campus Building and Lab, computing services and enhance the college’s ability to better building and a new welcome center. The UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS AT LITTLE serve students from Miller and surroundcampus is centrally located at 1900 Hazel ROCK ing counties with bachelor’s degrees from St. in Pine Bluff. In 2013, the University of Arkansas at UALR. This unique partnership will start Little Rock (UALR) George W. Donaghey with the fall semester and be fully impleUNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS Emerging Analytics Center (EAC), a new mented in the spring of 2015 with compleCOMMUNITY COLLEGE AT HOPE center featuring data visualization systems tion of a new building being constructed The Blue and You Foundation for a Healthier among the first of their kind in the world, on the Texarkana campus. Arkansas awarded the University of Arkansas was opened. “I am impressed with the rapid developCommunity College at Hope (UACCH) And earlier in 2014, the UALR Student ment of the new Texarkana campus of the Foundation $48,736 to purchase a pediServices Center was renamed for retired UACCH, and UALR is pleased to accept atric manikin simulator and maintenance/ Vice Chancellor Charles Donaldson, the invitation to be a partner in making replacement parts for the college’s birthwhose 40-year career was dedicated to four-year degrees more readily accesing simulator. student success, and whose leadership sible to citizens in the Texarkana area,” “Our grants this year went to programs contributed to $70 million in campus UALR Chancellor Joel Anderson said to across the state that address such issues as building projects for UALR students, the UA board. nutrition and exercise, dental and mental including the construction of the Student UACCH Chancellor Chris Thomason health, and medical professional educaServices Center. presented comments of support for the tion,” said Patrick O’Sullivan, executive In addition, another facility has met partnership to the U of A Board of Trustees director of the Blue & You Foundation. the standards required to receive desigby saying, “This partnership will expand the O’Sullivan recently toured the UACCH nation for environmentally responsible opportunity for the University of Arkansas Nursing Simulation lab where he got to design. UALR’s Nursing Building received System to provide a bachelor degree for see first-hand the improvements to the


Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED) Gold certification after extensive construction and design remodeling. Located in the former administration building, the building showcases a new 22-bed, state-of-the art simulation hospital in a 9,500-square-foot facility in which students deliver patient care in a realistic environment. It joins several other energyefficient buildings on campus, including West Hall, the George W. Donaghey College of Engineering and Information Technology building, and the Student Services Center. UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS – FORT SMITH Thanks to a $15.5 million grant from Windgate Charitable Foundation, all art department programs at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith (UAFS) will come together into a single state-of-the-art facility that will serve the entire UAFS community. The department is currently housed in five different buildings. The 58,000 squarefoot visual arts building, scheduled for completion by the fall 2015, will bring all classes in photography, printing, sculpture, and art history, as well as freshmen programs in drawing, 2D design, 3D design, typography and digital imaging under one roof. There will also be gallery spaces, the letterpress and printmaking operations, graphic design laboratories and a 150-seat film theater. In addition to the educational opportunities provided for students majoring in art and graphic design, all UAFS students will take classes in the new facility. It will be a dynamic place which will enhance public access to the arts – thus supporting the University’s mission of preparing students to succeed in an ever-changing global world while advancing economic development and quality of place. A proposal for a new Student Recreation Center at UAFS was recently approved and planning is currently underway. UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS AT PINE BLUFF The Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Academy and Conference

Center is an exciting new addition to the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff campus. Located on L. A. “Prexy” Davis Drive adjacent to the HPER Complex, the structure consists of two stories covering 29,000 square feet that includes a wet lab, computer lab, class/seminar rooms, student resource center, conference rooms and an 8,000 square-foot auditorium for large assemblies. The recently approved concurrent enrollment program will also afford an opportunity to high school to get an early start on their studies at UAPB. UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL ARKANSAS Changes are happening throughout the University of Central Arkansas (UCA) campus: From significant updates to Christian Cafeteria to the planning of a mixed-use development on the university’s “Main Street,” Donaghey Avenue, UCA is in a continued state of growth and evolution. Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe helped UCA break ground on a 42,000 square feet expansion of the Health Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Center, which is slated to open Nov. 11. A swimming pool, expanded exercise space, meeting rooms, racquet ball courts and other amenities will make it one of the premier student recreational centers in the state. Also, new recreational fields have been constructed for student use. On April 25, the university held a ground-breaking ceremony for the longawaited Greek Village that will be located on the northeast corner of campus. Phase I includes five 32-bed sorority houses and a dedicated facility for the four NPHC sororities. The facilities will be ready for the fall 2015 semester. Construction will begin in May 2015 for a 50,000-square-foot, state-of-theart science lab facility. The addition will include teaching, learning, and research space allowing flexibility to accommodate current and future teaching methods. The laboratory spaces will allow for proper floor-to-ceiling heights required for modern equipment. With LEED certification in mind, the building will include features allowing for significant improvements in equipment efficiency and energy utilization. The Donaghey Corridor will see changes in the future with the planning and development of a mixed-use facility. The four-story structure will house 165 students on floors two through four, with the first floor being dedicated to commercial and retail space. The first phase of development will be the two-block area from South Boulevard to Main Street. ■ THE COLLEGE ISSUE 2014 • ADVERTISING SUPPLEMENT TO ARKANSAS TIMES • AUGUST 21, 2014 51


What’s New ARKANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY A new rock climbing wall – one of the largest in Northeast Arkansas – is the latest recreation outlet for students at Arkansas State University. Located at the Red WOLF (Wellness Opportunities and Life Fitness) Center, the wall is 31 feet tall by 21 feet wide, providing more than 600 square feet of climbing space. The wall has four climbing lanes and eight possible climbing routes. All necessary climbing equipment is provided: harness, shoes, belay devices, chalk, carabiners. The wall is challenging enough for experienced climbers, and has easier routes for the beginning climber. ARKANSAS TECH UNIVERSITY The study and practice of theatre at Arkansas Tech University has a refurbished home that provides the safest and most effective learning environment in the history of the program. Construction of a performance space with seating for 144 audience members, classroom space, storage areas and space for set creation began at the Techionery in fall 2012 and was completed in time for the spring 2014 semester. Classes are now meeting in the renovated space, and the remodeled Techionery Theater hosted its first production in March 2014. The renovated Techionery Theater represents an investment by Arkansas Tech of more than $1 million to provide students with a 14,200 square-foot space to study the theatrical arts. Interest in outdoor recreation continues to grow among the Arkansas Tech student body as they take advantage of the natural beauty afforded by the Arkansas River Valley and the surrounding mountains. Tech students may check out such equipment as mountain bikes, kayaks, canoes, camping tents and hammocks at no cost. Arkansas Tech continues to excel in the realm of intercollegiate athletics. The Wonder Boys and the Golden Suns earned their third consecutive Great American Conference All-Sports Trophy in 2014, and six Arkansas Tech teams qualified for NCAA postseason competition during the course of the 201314 academic year. The Arkansas Tech baseball team established a new school record for wins in a season (44), reached the NCAA Division II Tournament for the first time in program history and was selected to host the NCAA Tournament Central Regional during the 2014 season. Cheering the Wonder Boys and Golden Suns in their championships pursuits is Jerry the Bulldog, campus ambassador at Arkansas Tech. The Arkansas Tech Student Government Association restored a university tradition that had been lost for 76 years in October 2013 when it voted to install Jerry as campus ambassador. The first modern Jerry was intro-

duced to the Arkansas Tech family on Oct. 26, 2013, the 103rd anniversary of the first day of classes at the school. In his first year as campus ambassador, Jerry attended a variety of campus events, alumni gatherings and athletics competitions. COSSATOT COMMUNITY COLLEGE UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS The UA Cossatot Colts Team Roping duo of Brody Brayden and Tanner Caudle, both of Horatio, finished as Reserve Champions in the Team Roping event to secure a 10th place men’s team finish at the 2014 College National Finals Rodeo. The UA Cossatot rodeo team finished the 2013-2014 season at the CNFR with UA Cossatot being represented in the prestigious finals for the first time since the program’s inception in 2010. The team of Braden-Caudle finished in 21st place in team roping in the first go. Their time of 11.3 seconds was slowed with a five-second penalty. Their second go around run of 5.6 seconds was good enough for a third place finish. A 7.4 second run on their third steer placed them 10th in the third go. When the dust settled in the Casper Events Center, Braden and Caudle’s run of 7.0 was not only good enough for a third place finish in the round but also earned them the title of reserve national champions in the team roping. “I could not be more proud of these two guys,” said Rodeo Coach Valerie Stone. “They represented themselves,

their college, and Arkansas with pride. This is the reward for all the long hours and hard work not only in the practice pen but also the classroom. This was their chance to prove that dedication and hard work does pay off.” One of the greatest of all rodeos on the North American continent is the College National Finals Rodeo. The CNFR was held June 15-21. More than 400 cowboys and cowgirls from 100 universities and colleges compete in Casper each year. College cowboys and cowgirls compete all year in one of the eleven different regions in the United States and four Canadian Provinces for a chance to enter the CNFR arena in an effort to win national titles in saddle bronc, bareback, bull riding, steer wrestling, calf roping, team roping, barrel racing, breakaway roping, and goat tying. The top three students in each event, and top two men’s and women’s teams from the NIRA’s 11 regions, qualify for the CNFR. The 2014 event marks the 66th year for the rodeo. “When we began UA Cossatot’s Rodeo Program, we had visions of being represented in Wyoming by our students,” said UA Cossatot chancellor Dr. Steve Cole. “This is something that not only Brody and Tanner have been working towards, but also our entire college. With Coach Stone and kids like these, the sky is the limit for our program.” EAST ARKANSAS COMMUNITY COLLEGE The East Arkansas Community College (EACC) Fine Arts Center has announced the 2014-15 fifth anniversary sea-

Arkansas Tech’s Techionery Theater re-opened in spring 2014 after renovations that totaled more than $1 million.


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East Arkansas Community College Fine Arts Center son of events. This year’s performance season includes Martina McBride, 1964 The Tribute, Arkansas Symphony Orchestra’s Holiday Extravaganza, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, The Midtown Men and The Time Jumpers featuring Vince Gill. The 33,000 square-foot center is designated as a Class A performance hall and includes an auditorium that seats 1,100, a 2,900 square-foot state-of-the-art stage, a banquet hall, a 73-foot fly loft, orchestra pit, and a black box theater as well as a gallery for art exhibitions. The building was designed with flexible seating options to accommodate many different seating and table configurations as well as hosting multiple venues at the same time. JOHN BROWN UNIVERSITY John Brown University soccer players and fans will now be able to host night games: Lights for the soccer fields were installed this summer. The first game under the lights will happen at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 5. On the fine arts scene, a freshman play and a musical is scheduled for the fall, but the productions have yet to be announced. LYON COLLEGE Lyon is introducing a new CORE curriculum this fall that emphasizes civic education, challenging students to engage with issues outside of their degree program. The new core, called Educating Productive Involved Citizens (EPIC), is based on the idea that for students to become engaged citizens, they require a fundamental understanding of English literature, history, mathematics, sciences, arts, religion and philosophy. A new Theatre Studies major will also be offered this fall. Men’s and women’s wrestling teams will begin competing this year, and the Scots football team will take the field in their first scrimmage games. MID-SOUTH COMMUNITY COLLEGE Mid-South Community College’s (MSCC) new wellness center, nicknamed the

“Dog House�, opened in November. The Wellness Center and FEMA Safe Room facility includes a large, weather-resistant room for students, staff, and people who live near the college, as well as a gymnasium, fitness room, dressing rooms, training room, and an area for students to gather. The gymnasium is used by the Greyhound sports teams as well as physical education classes and intramural teams. The Greyhounds and Lady Greyhounds basketball teams now a place to call their own, and in the building’s first year, the Greyhounds led the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II in average home attendance. The building is capable of seating 700-800 people with moveable chairs and tables for larger events. Long-range plans call for a “black box� theater area that could be used for performances and presentations. The building’s lobby serves as a gathering place for students. NATIONAL PARK COMMUNITY COLLEGE National Park Community College (NPCC) adjunct art instructor Ovita Goolsby has been appointed to paint Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe’s portrait for the State Capitol Building. Goolsby is currently working from several hundred photographs of the Governor. The NPCC Singers, through the college, sponsor “Holiday in the Park� each December. This year’s event is scheduled for Dec. 16 and will be held at the Hot Springs Convention Center. Area school choirs perform and non-perishable food items are collected by the NPCC Medical Professions students and given to charitable organizations. The Singers will be also be performing in concert at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church this fall. The NPCC Soundwaves is the vocal jazz ensemble and is a public relations liaison between the college and commu-

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THE COLLEGE ISSUE 2014 nity. This group sings six to eight times each semester and has been invited and performed at Lincoln Center in New York. “Whether majoring in music or singing for the ‘fun of it’, music is alive and well at NPCC,” said Denise Edds, choral director and instructor. NPCC’s Student Government Association will host a candidate debate in September. This event provides a unique forum for candidates for public office to debate issues relevant to students and the community, and empowers citizens to be better-informed voters. Information will be available at NORTHWEST ARKANSAS COMMUNITY COLLEGE NorthWest Arkansas Community College (NWACC) offers a wide array of activities in the spring as part of its Spring Arts Festival. In addition to presenting the plays “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)” and “Water by the Spoonful” during the academic year, NWACC’s Theater Department also will present a 10-minute play festival in the spring with the works having been written by students. The college also partners with Trike Theatre for

Youth for a “Play-in-a-Day High School Competition” in November. OUACHITA BAPTIST UNIVERSITY Ouachita Baptist University’s (OBU) theatre department mounts three main stage dramatic productions each academic year and an annual musical theatre production. An evening of one-acts, produced in the fall semester, affords the senior level theatre majors an opportunity to direct under the supervision and guidance of faculty. In the spring, OBU produces a 10-minute play festival with plays written, produced and directed by students. Slated for the 2014-2015 season are the following shows: “The Giver”, a play based on the award-winning novel by Lois Lowry, Sept. 25-30; “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, Nov. 6-11; “The Mikado”, a comic opera by Gilbert and Sullivan, Nov. 20-23; “Festival of Christmas”, an annual celebration of the reason for the season, Dec. 5-6; “Kamikaze Fireflies”, a fun acrobatic duo with an exciting show, Jan. 30; “The Muse Project”, a student-developed work, Feb. 19-23; and “Shrek the Musical,” a hilarious romp based on the animated movie, April 16-19.

PHILLIPS COMMUNITY COLLEGE UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS At a time when great emphasis is being placed on college completion, Phillips Community College University of Arkansas (PCCUA) recognizes the graduation and retention rates of minority males are at a staggering decline. To address the issue, PCCUA has formed Men Enrolling to Advance on the Helena-W. Helena campus designed to provide activities such as study groups, mentoring activities, and social activities that foster brotherhood and academic success among its members. PULASKI TECHNICAL COLLEGE The college broke ground on the Pulaski Technical College Center for the Arts and

Humanities earlier this year. This new facility on the main campus in North Little Rock will have classrooms, art and music studios, faculty offices, and a 500-seat theater. The center is expected to open in fall 2015. Financing for the facility was secured in 2010 in the same bond issue that financed construction of the PTC Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Institute.

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SOUTHEAST ARKANSAS COLLEGE Southeast Arkansas College has a new student activity fee that is used by students, faculty and staff to change the environment into a more “collegial” atmosphere. In addition, guest speakers are invited to campus for “Lunch and Learn” events each month. The college has started its own food

service, “The Shark Attack”, in the food court area by the Barnes & Noble Bookstore. The Shark Attack provides convenient and delicious meals for students, staff and visitors. The college also has a wellness center for its employees.

UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS AT LITTLE ROCK For the 2014-2015 academic year, the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR) will again offer “living learning” communities in its state-of-the-art residence halls, which creates a support system that builds a strong foundation for student success. The following communities will be offered: Exploring Arts and Culture; Future Business Innovators; Exploring Majors and Careers; Nursing as a Career; STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics); and

Criminal Justice. Also new this year is “The Fountain,” UALR’s social media hub. The Fountain is for real-time communication taking place in UALR’s social spheres, displaying the many UALR-focused discussions coming from students, faculty, and departments. It provides a peek into UALR life through the use of curated Tweets, Facebook posts, Instagram pictures, YouTube videos, and other social content coming from students, employees, and others mentioning UALR on social media. UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS AT PINE BLUFF University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff students will enjoy a full schedule of events and speakers this fall that include: Welcome Back Week featuring Rev. Run; the Rockefeller Distinguished Lecture Series featuring Dr. Cornel West and the Youth Motivation Task Force (YMTF) featuring M.C. Lyte. In addition, the university is reinforcing campus wellness with the addition of a student fitness center. UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL ARKANSAS The biggest change on the University of

Central Arkansas (UCA) campus stands 10 feet and weighs approximately 2,250 pounds. This is a life-sized black bear carved from a tree outside Wingo Hall, the University’s administration building. An Iowa chainsaw carver spent four days carving the tree into a bear sculpture that serves as a campus focal point. Students, faculty, staff and community members visit the bear almost daily to take pictures or just marvel at its beauty. The tree that was carved was one of 46 trees planted as a living memorial to fallen UCA alumni who fought in World War II, but this tree was dying. Now it will continue to serve as a memorial. The students have named the bear Valor. The College of Behavioral and Health Sciences has a brand-new residential college, HPaW at Baridon Hall. Short for Health Promotion and Wellness, HPaW serves as a unique learning community for students, allowing them to live and study with like-minded students with similar aspirations. HPaW residents also have the opportunity to work closely with accomplished faculty who have real-world experience in their respective fields of study. ■



Two Year College Update ARKANSAS TECH UNIVERSITY – OZARK CAMPUS Arkansas Tech University-Ozark Campus will soon be home to a new multi-million dollar facility for its allied health programs. The 20,273 square-foot building will house five of the campus’ allied health programs – paramedic, health information technology, physical therapist assistant, practical nursing and registered nursing. The multipurpose facility will also feature offices for faculty and support staff, a fitness center, student lounge areas and a testing center. The building will have three computer labs.

In all, Arkansas Tech-Ozark has 11 associate degree programs and 15 technical certificate programs for its more than 2,000 students. BAPTIST HEALTH SCHOOLS LITTLE ROCK Baptist Health Schools Little Rock’s (BHSLR) nursing programs are transitioning to the Associate of Applied Science degree to accommodate the growing need for nurses graduating with degrees. Despite the change, BHSLR still offers a hands-on, clinically based experience with a mix of classroom instruction and real life experi-

National Park Community College’s goal is to provide a learning environment to educate a diverse graduate population prepared to meet the demands of today’s work force. In addition, short-term certificate programs and non-credit training programs enhance students’ technical skills while meeting the workforce needs of local business and industry. The Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, Associate of Science in Education and the Associate of Science in Business degrees are available for students who plan to transfer to a four-year college or university. The general education core cur-

of Education with a dollar-for-dollar match requirement for the partnership. The current grant supports junior high and high school students in eight area school districts (Barton-Lexa, DeWitt, Dumas, Helena-West Helena, Lakeside, Lee County, MarvellElaine and Stuttgart) by providing faculty development, student programs, and direct programming for students through a summer program. PULASKI TECHNICAL COLLEGE Pulaski Technical College is not only the state’s largest two-year college, it is also a vital partner in the economic health of central Arkansas. Through university-transfer curriculum, workforce training, and economic development initiatives in business and industry, Pulaski Tech’s influence is felt throughout our community. SOUTHEAST ARKANSAS COMMUNITY COLLEGE An increasing number of students are choosing technical programs that enhance their current job skills, opens doors for new jobs and include transferable hours to other colleges and universities. The college is offers more than 40 certificates of proficiency, technical certificates and associate degrees. A new online degree will be available in the spring and an online nursing degree is currently being developed.

Pulaski Technical College is the state’s largest two-year college. Groundbreaking is set for October 2014. The anticipated completion date is November 2015. The building is scheduled to be open for spring 2016 classes. Arkansas Tech-Ozark Campus offers health care options in health information technology, physical therapist assistant, cardiovascular technology, occupational therapy assistant, medical assisting, nursing assistant, practical nursing, registered nursing, emergency medical technician, paramedic and human services.

ence. The associate degree program will be a two-year program. NATIONAL PARK COMMUNITY COLLEGE Collaboration leading to partnerships with area high schools, universities, business and other two-year colleges has enhanced opportunities for students to pursue multiple career and educational paths in science, technology, engineering and math.


riculum is embedded in each of NPCC’s transfer degrees and is fully transferable between Arkansas public higher education institutions. PHILLIPS COMMUNITY COLLEGE UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS Phillips Community College University of Arkansas (PCCUA) has administered the GEAR UP Partnership since 2005 and is in year three of its second GEAR UP grant, which is funded by the U.S. Department

UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS AT PINE BLUFF The institution recently received approval to reinvigorate its RN-to-BSN program that will begin January 2015. Tremendous growth has been experienced in STEM areas and is expected to continue in the following years. A new division – Research, Innovation and Economic Development – has also been established to garner more research dollars and position the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff to continue to be an economic engine in Jefferson County and abroad. ■



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Alternative options for your college fund hile banks no longer offer federally backed student loans, private loans are still available, such as those offered by Arkansas Federal Credit Union (AFCU). For undergraduate students, AFCU’s Student Choice Loan covers the cost of an education without charging high interest rates, says Jason Goodwin, AFCU loan underwriting manager. “We designed our student loans as lines of credit to be friendly to parents and students, without the high fees normally associated with student loans,” he says. As a bonus, there are no application or origination fees. Business students can now apply for an AFCU loan to cover their graduate studies in business. For those who already have student loans, AFCU recently added a private loan refinance option for students who have private loans at higher rates with banks. This can be advantageous as banks usually have fees and higher interest rates associated with their private student loans, Goodwin says. “Go ahead and apply even if you’re not a member,” Goodwin says. Those who aren’t members often find they have a connection through a family member, organization or institution. Currently, there are as many as 600-plus groups that



belong to AFCU, along with the military and a number of educational institutions such as the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, University of Central Arkansas and Harding University. Goodwin says AFCU encourages students to apply for all the “free” aid they qualify for, but if federal student loans, which are generally a smaller amount than needed to completely cover the cost of an education, aren’t enough, he recommends considering an AFCU Student Choice Loan. Instead of a set amount, Goodwin says, “We contact the school and ask, ‘What is the cost of a four-year education at your institution?’ ” That information is used to determine the amount of the loan, which is capped at $75,000 and requires a cosigner unless the student has a two-year positive credit history. “Basically, the student applies once and is granted a line of credit,” he says. Instead of handing the student a check, the money goes directly to the school, and when the student has needs, such as a laptop or books, the school issues a check. “We work hard to take care of the student,” and loans are often offered at lower rates than those offered by the federal program, he says. ■




Financial Aid ARKANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY Arkansas State University’s focus on rigorous academic study makes for a competitive, yet enriching environment: This year, the university welcomes its best prepared freshman class for a third consecutive year and the largest Honors College class for a second consecutive year. Highly qualified high school seniors who plan on attending A-State’s Jonesboro campus are encouraged to apply for the A-State Scholar award, which provides $14,000 annually (split between fall and spring semesters), which covers tuition, fees, room and board. For more information about the scholarship and how to apply, visit ARKANSAS TECH UNIVERSITY All freshman academic scholarships at Arkansas Tech University are awarded on a competitive basis. The deadline for incoming freshmen to apply for Distinguished

Scholars, Second Century Scholars or Collegiate Scholars scholarships is Feb. 28 of the current award year. June 1 is the deadline to apply for transfer scholarships for the fall term, and Dec. 15 is the deadline to apply for transfer scholarships for the spring term. Incoming freshmen who wish to apply for the University Honors program must do so by Dec. 1 of their senior year in high school.

offers $500 scholarships each semester to College of the Ouachitas students. Since fall 2009, 125 students have received 186 Foundation Scholarships at $500 each, totaling $93,000. The College Foundation will host the seventh annual Big Bingo Bash, the Foundation’s largest fund-raiser, at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 4 at the Boys & Girls Club of Malvern/Hot Spring County.

BAPTIST HEALTH SCHOOLS LITTLE ROCK Baptist Health Schools Little Rock (BHSLR) offers federal and state aid, as well as Baptist Health Foundation Scholarships. BHSLR is proud to offer a Baptist Health ACT Scholarship, as well as many other individually awarded scholarships from the Baptist Health Foundation.

EAST ARKANSAS COMMUNITY COLLEGE The East Arkansas Community College (EACC) Foundation offers students the opportunity to apply for a host of academic scholarships available through the EACC Financial Aid Offices. GENERALEDUCATIONSCHOLARSHIP: For full-time sophomores who plan to transfer to a four-year institution after graduation..

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TECHNICAL EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIP: Awarded to a full-time sophomore in an Associate of Applied Science degree program. NON-TRADITIONAL STUDENT SCHOLARSHIP: Presented to a full-time sophomore who is 25 years of age or older. ELEANOR B. AND HARRY E. BEASLEY SCHOLARSHIP: Established in honor of Eleanor B. Beasley, longtime Board of Trustees member at EACC and her husband Harry E. Beasley. Recipients of the scholarship must be graduates of a high school in St. Francis County and must be a sophomore with a grade point average of 3.00 or higher. GEORGE P. AND ALICE H. WALKER SCHOLARSHIP:This scholarship was established in 2004 through the estate

of Mildred Sikes, daughter of George and Alice Walker and dedicated to the support of students at EACC pursuing an Associate of Applied Science degree in an allied health field. It is expected that these students will become practicing health care professionals and provide care for many others over their lifetime. THE COMMUNITY LEADER SCHOLARSHIP: This scholarship assists EACC students who have demonstrated leadership skills in their community, the scholarship requires a GPA of 3.0 and involvement in projects or groups that focus on community service and volunteerism. JESSIE E. SMITH SWINDLE NURSING SCHOLARSHIP: This scholarship is dedicated to assisting an EACC nursing student from Cross County who plans to attend EACC as a full-time nursing student. THE GINY BLANKENSHIP MEMORIAL NURSING SCHOLARSHIP: This scholarship is for assisting students seeking an Associate of Applied Science Degree in the EACC Nursing Program. THE BURT-DAVIS NURSING SCHOLARSHIP:


THE COLLEGE ISSUE 2014 This scholarship is for assisting students in the EACC Nursing Program. The Burt-Davis scholarship was established by Ms. Marguerite L. Burt, of Wynne, in memory of her mother, Mrs. Bertha Davis Burt and grandmother, Mrs. Sally Stephens Davis. There are many additional scholarship opportunities available at EACC. For application information and complete details of each, please contact the Financial Aid Office on campus.


HENDERSON STATE UNIVERSITY Henderson State offers a variety of academic scholarships for entering freshmen. Scholarships are also available for community college transfers. For more information about scholarships, go to Information about financial aid is available at

JOHN BROWN UNIVERSITY More than 90 percent of JBU students receive some sort of financial aid. The financial aid staff work very hard to make sure students get the help they need to attend college. For more information, visit LYON COLLEGE Many students think a Lyon College education is financially out of reach. However, all students accepted to Lyon receive some type of financial aid to help fund their education. U.S. News and World Report consistently names Lyon College as “One of America’s Best Liberal Arts Colleges.” Most aid is awarded based on need (determined by the FAFSA) or on merit relating to academics, athletics, or fine art performance. Lyon hosts Honors Day scholarship competitions every fall and winter, providing competitive students (accepted students with a 24 ACT or a 3.25 high school GPA) the opportunity to earn scholarship money based on performance. During each competition, students will provide writing samples and interviews while their high school GPAs and standardized test results are scored. At the conclusion of each Honors Day, every student competing will receive scholarship money ranging from at least

$26,000 over four years to more than $105, 000 over four years.

MID-SOUTH COMMUNITY COLLEGE The Thomas B. Goldsby Jr. Scholarship program at Mid-South Community College (MSCC) allows Crittenden County high school students who meet the academic and testing criteria to earn college credits concurrently with their work in high school. Participants in the program have transferred to more than 170 prestigious colleges and universities in the country including Duke, Vanderbilt, and Syracuse. Goldsby Scholars have used their start at MSCC to earn 500 degrees and certificates, including 26 certificates of proficiency, one technical certificate, 98 associate degrees, 320 bachelor’s degrees and 47 master’s degrees, as well as other advanced and specialty degrees. NATIONAL PARK COMMUNITY COLLEGE National Park Community College is committed to providing access to higher education programs to all students who qualify. Federal aid in the form of grants, loans and work-study are all available at NPCC, along with a wide variety of scholarship assistance through the NPCC Foundation. One of the fastest growing segments of NPCC’s student population is veterans, which NPCC supports with a recently developed Veteran’s Center within the Financial Aid Office. Veterans are provided free coffee and snacks, a computer and Internet lounge, and support in all related applications for VA benefits, federal and state aid, scholarships, and any rehabilitation services that might be desired. For more information, visit financialaid/default.aspx. NORTHWEST ARKANSAS COMMUNITY COLLEGE NWACC encourages students to complete the FASFA in a timely manner and to contact our campus scholarship coordinator for more information about specific scholarships the college offers.


OUACHITA BAPTIST UNIVERSITY More than 95 percent Ouachita Baptist University students receive scholarships and financial aid. For outstanding high school students, the university offers a variety of merit-based scholarships: Trustee Scholarship: Scholarships up to full cost of tuition, fees, room and board are available to National Merit finalists and Arkansas students who qualify to receive Arkansas’s Governor’s Distinguished Scholarship. National Merit semi-finalists receive scholarships up to $15,000 per year. Presidential Scholarship: Full-tuition scholarships are awarded to seven incoming freshmen each year. Ouachita Scholars Scholarships: University Scholarship — $40,800 ($10,200/year), Dean’s Scholarship — $32,800 ($8,200/ year), Founder’s Scholarship — $24,800 ($6,200/year) Ouachita Collegiate Awards: Achievement Award — $16,800 ($4,200/year), Opportunity Award — $8,800 ($2,200/year)

dents with an ACT composite score of 23 (minimum of two three-hour credit classes are required per term) and a 25 percent tuition discount for all high school students (minimum of one three-hour credit class required). SOUTHEAST ARKANSAS COLLEGE Southeast Arkansas Community College accepts standard PELL grants, loans and work-study opportunities. A listing of academic and other scholarships are available and are listed on the college’s website. UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS COMMUNITY COLLEGE AT HOPE The University of Arkansas Community College at Hope Foundation has worked with a supportive community to raise more than $500,000 for scholarships. For more information, visit

UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS AT LITTLE ROCK UALR offers aid from various sources including federal and state governments, UALR and private organizations to help PHILLIPS COMMUNITY COLLEGE students pay for their studies, including UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS transfer scholarships for those seeking to Phillips Community College University transfer from two-year schools to UALR, of Arkansas (PCCUA), awards three types and even travel abroad scholarships. Go of academic scholarships: Chancellor to Scholarships, Academic Excellence Starting fall 2014, military students will Scholarships and Technical Achievement be charged in-state tuition no matter the Awards. circumstances (e.g., where they reside or The Great River Promise Scholarship whether the class is online versus faceis an innovative educational initiative to-face). that provides gap scholarship funding This year, UALR became the only school for Phillips County and Arkansas County in Arkansas selected for a $1 million endowhigh school graduates to attend PCCUA, ment from the Bernard tuition and mandatory fees Osher Foundation of free. To qualify, students San Francisco to supmust attend four years THE GREAT port scholarships for at an Arkansas County nontraditional college or Phillips County high RIVER PROMISE students who want to school, graduate with SCHOLARSHIP IS return to school to finish a high school diploma, AN INNOVATIVE their college education. achieve attendance requirements for high EDUCATIONAL school, have no drug UNIVERSITY OF INITIATIVE THAT or DUI offenses, and ARKANSAS AT PINE PROVIDES GAP exhaust all other scholBLUFF arship and financial aid SCHOLARSHIP Numerous funding programs first. Applicants options are available to FUNDING FOR must also enroll in the students, which include PHILLIPS COUNTY fall semester following institutional scholarhigh school graduation, AND ARKANSAS ships, private and outbe accepted as a PCCUA side scholarships, state COUNTY HIGH student, and complete scholarship opportunities, SCHOOL GRADUATES a PCCUA scholarship federal grants and loans, application. TO ATTEND PCCUA, work-study programs, PCCUA offers sumand payment plans. TUITION AND mer tuition discounts More information can MANDATORY FEES for high school students be found at www.uapb. with free tuition for stuFREE. edu/payforschool. ■


Campus Safety olleges and universities across the state work hard to create communities on their respective campuses that foster learning and life-long relationships among students, faculty and staff. And while campus life may seem idyllic, administrators must identify and mitigate potential threats, whether it is petty property crimes or major incidents such as a mass shooting. Ensuring the safety of everyone on campus is a responsibility that’s taken seriously, and each school has policies and plans in place to prevent crime and notify students and faculty of a serious incident.


ARKANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY Arkansas State University’s university police department is accredited through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies and consists of 22 full time police officers, four full-time communications officers and an administrative

assistant. The department takes an active role in crime prevention on campus, and offers services such as Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) System training. RAD is a comprehensive course for women that begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction and avoidance, while progressing on to the basics of hands-on defense training. Campus safety at A-State encompasses more than just crime prevention and response. In May, A-State announced a master plan for bicycle and pedestrian usage for the Jonesboro campus’ roads and mixed-use paths. Called PAC (which stands for pedestrian and cyclist) paths, they are part of an overall plan to promote bicycle usage on the Jonesboro campus and to raise awareness of bicycle and pedestrian safety. Marking existing roads, multi-use paths and the creation of the first bike lane on

The national standard marking called a “sharrow” – share the road arrow – will mark most of University Loop along with Olympic Drive, Alumni Boulevard and the on-campus portions of Aggie Road as a part of Phase II which was also implemented this summer. A similar sharrow will go on the wider multi-use paths that connect key parts of campus. Approximately five miles of campus roads and three miles of multi-use paths will be marked. With the bicycle lane on Aggie, the PAC Paths are just over 8.2 total miles on campus. ENSURING THE SAFETY OF EVERYThe interior campus sharONE ON CAMPUS IS A RESPONSIBILITY rows on multi-use paths THAT’S TAKEN SERIOUSLY, AND EACH also guide riders to avoid sidewalks which are not SCHOOL HAS POLICIES AND PLANS suitable for bicycle usage. IN PLACE TO PREVENT CRIME AND The plan includes creation NOTIFY STUDENTS AND FACULTY OF A of safety and promotional materials for students comSERIOUS INCIDENT. campus are part of a long-range plan to encourage on-campus bicycle usage. The first phase of the plan, implemented this summer, involves placing a dedicated bicycle lane on the section of Aggie Road which runs in front of Sorority Row and the Red W.O.L.F. Center. Red W.O.L.F. Center is the home for the A-State SGA’s bicycle sharing program. Students can use their ID to borrow bicycles for free for campus usage.


THE COLLEGE ISSUE 2014 ing to campus in the fall 2014 semester. Special bicycle events are also in the preliminary planning stages for this fall. Along with the marked paths, A-State is working with the City of Jonesboro, cycling groups in town and civic organizations to create a city-wide master plan to enhance bicycle usage for the general public. ARKANSAS TECH UNIVERSITY The installation of emergency call stations, pedestrian safety gates and more lighting are

visible examples of the security enhancements that Arkansas Tech University has put in place in recent years, but perhaps even more important are the trained professionals who help Tech students stay safe. The Arkansas Tech Department of Public Safety is on duty around the clock. Tech Safety Transport is an outreach program that provides students, faculty and staff with peace of mind by, upon request, dispatching a public safety employee to walk with them to their destination on

campus after dark. In addition, students, faculty and staff are encouraged to register with the Arkansas Tech Campus Emergency and Outreach Notification (CEON) system. CEON is available to communicate with members of the campus community should a lifethreatening situation arise. EAST ARKANSAS COMMUNITY COLLEGE East Arkansas Community College (EACC) offers an emergency alert text messaging service, known as eaccALERT, to registered students, faculty and staff. This optional service is used only to announce critical alerts such as a campus emergency, an unscheduled college closing, inclement weather, etc. The eaccALERT text messaging service is just one of the methods EASCC utilizes to communicate emergency information to students, faculty, and staff. EACC continues to use a variety of other communication methods as appropriate, including email, class announcements, telephone system alerts, announcements via the Vaccaro Clock Tower and alert beacons installed in each building on campus, etc. HENDERSON STATE UNIVERSITY A Henderson State university police escort service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for the safety of anyone walking alone on campus. Engravers are available through University Police for students to mark personal items, making it easier to retrieve stolen property. The RaveAlert System is a mass notification system that communicates emergency information to the campus community via text message, voice message and email. A newly-installed outdoor alert system at Henderson enhances the university’s ability to provide timely notification of emergency situations on campus. The devices, which are similar to those used by many cities for severe weather and other warnings, can emit tones and broadcast voice messages. The university police department can sound the alert system from the police headquarters and patrol cars. The alarms will have tones similar to the local tornado alarms, along with prerecorded voice messaging. They have been placed on the main campus and at the university’s athletic facilities and are tested regularly. JOHN BROWN UNIVERSITY John Brown University has security officers on campus 24 hours a day and offers shuttle services for students who need to go places late at night.


MID-SOUTH COMMUNITY COLLEGE Campus security at Mid-South Community College is provided by certified law enforcement officers who are on duty when students are on campus. By virtue of their active status, security personnel are well-informed about local criminal activity or threatening situations and have the authority to make arrests when situations warrant. The college also maintains a working relationship with the West Memphis Police Department regarding alerts of threatening situations. Building Marshals are also used on campus. The Building Marshals assist security personnel with the safe evacuation of all buildings and help ensure students and other employees follow the proper procedures for crimes, medical emergencies or threatening situations.


NATIONAL PARK COMMUNITY COLLEGE National Park Community College takes the safety and security of its students, faculty and staff seriously. A security office is staffed with well-trained personnel who regularly patrol the campus. Recently, a campus security officer from the Garland County Sheriff’s Department was added to act upon any potential threats on campus. PULASKI TECHNICAL COLLEGE Pulaski Tech has a highly professional team of certified law public safety officers who are committed to a safe environment for all. SOUTHERN ARKANSAS UNIVERSITY Southern Arkansas University (SAU) welcomed a new university police chief at a swearing-in ceremony in July. Chief Anthony Williams comes to SAU with 30 years of law enforcement experience from the city of Dallas. From 1999 until just two days before starting at SAU, he worked as a lieutenant with the Dallas

Police Department. A part of his responsibilities included being commander of the evening shift for the Southwest Patrol Operation Divisions where he supervised a staff of 143 officers and civilian personnel. “I have been asked, ‘How do you transition from a big city department to a small city police force?’ said Williams. “I just answer, ‘With a UHaul.’” He is also looking forward to the university environment as he has an advanced degree in education and is a former college professor. He earned a Master of Science in Educational Administration from Prairie View A&M University with a 4.0 GPA in 2004. His Master’s thesis was entitled “Police and School Community Relations.” During his first three months at SAU, Williams looks forward to getting his Arkansas police license through an accelerated academy program in East Camden, as well as going through Arkansas’ specialized chief training program. He also wants to learn as much as he can about SAU. “This is an exciting learning experience for me. My first day I got to sit in on an SAU Becoming a Mulerider student orientation program, and I was just as attentive as the incoming students,” said Williams. Along with Williams’ extensive police, educational and training background, he is also active in many professional organizations. He is a past vice president of the Texas Police Officer’s Association. He is a program advisory committee member for the Criminal Justice Program at ITT Technical Institute and an advisory board member and trainer for the Victim Chaplain and Counseling Association of America. He is also a Past President Emeritus of the Alumni Association at the Institute for Law Enforcement Administration. His list of awards is also extensive with more than 200 accolades. It includes a 25-year Safe Driving Award and a 25-year Perfect Attendance Award. He has earned two LifeSaving Awards, a Police Commendation, a Civic Achievement Award, Kids and Cops Award, and an Excellence in Service Award for the City of Dallas.

He has several published professional writings that include “Christian Management in Organizations” and “School and Community Relations.” SOUTHEAST ARKANSAS COLLEGE The college has two full-time security officers on campus 24 hours a day, seven days a week. A new Emergency Safety Response Plan has been developed and posted by every door, and training occurs each semester during convocation. The college is a very safe environment with Cleary Act crime statistics posted on the website. UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS AT LITTLE ROCK Campus security and safety are of paramount importance in the University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s (UALR’s) ability to accomplish its mission to extend higher education opportunities. The UALR Department of Public Safety (DPS) is dedicated to providing a full range of police services 24 hours a day, seven days a week. DPS programs range from having bicycle patrol throughout campus to emergency notifications; safety seminars; free safety escorts; emergency telephones around campus; outdoor lighting on pathways, parking, and streets; and free shuttle services. UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS AT PINE BLUFF The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff’s campus is equipped with cameras throughout the property and buildings, with key card entry to all dormitories. Students and employees have access to the RAVE Alert System that notifies users via phone, email and SMS in the event of an emergency or weather advisory. UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL ARKANSAS Safety is a top priority at the University of Central Arkansas (UCA). The UCA Police Department includes 27 full-time, sworn police officers; nine full-time support staff; and several part-time staff who provide law enforcement, public safety, emergency management and 911 services to the UCA community 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The UCA Alert System provides text, voice and email messages in the event of incidents or emergencies that pose a continuing threat to the safety of the UCA community. The UCA Police Department also serves the campus by unlocking car doors and providing vehicle jump starts, safety escorts on campus at night, and outreach services and programming to create a safe, welleducated, and informed campus community. ■ THE COLLEGE ISSUE 2014 • ADVERTISING SUPPLEMENT TO ARKANSAS TIMES • AUGUST 21, 2014 65

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ing the album, how did you all stay focused on just writing what you needed to write and not letting any of the other noise or anything creep in? Basically you just broke it down exactly. What we said from the getgo was that there was no way we were going to let any of the knowledge of the fact that people were going to be anticipating something

this time around. ... We were just like, we’re going to write what we’re going to write. And obviously we’re aware that there are going to be expectations this time. But really the only thing that mattered was that we wanted to challenge ourselves to write something that we thought was better, and more mature, to step up and not fall back onto the easy thing to do, which would have been

to write “Sorrow and Extinction 2.” That’s something that right off the bat we were like, we’re not going to make this record again. That thought was there, but it was not really something that people were going to be anticipating something this time around .... We were just like, we’re going to write what we’re going to write. And obviously we’re aware that there are going to be expecta-

tions this time. But really the only thing that mattered was that we wanted to challenge ourselves to write something that we thought was better, and more mature, to step up and not fall back onto the easy thing to do, which would have been to write “Sorrow and Extinction 2.” That’s something that right off the bat we were like, we’re not going to make this record again. That thought was there, but it was not really something that affected us heavily, because in the end, we would only be satisfied with writing something that we felt confident in and that met our expectations. What are some of the influences that went into the songwriting, what was inspiring you guys? This time around there was definitely a lot more coming from the progressive rock spectrum — Pink Floyd, King Crimson, Camel, stuff like that, or like PFM. And also another thing that’s from a whole different angle, Type O Negative was a big thing this time around. There are a few places on the album with nods to that. I felt like “The Ghost I Continued on page 74

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5:30 p.m. Arkansas Arts Center. Free to members, $10 to nonmembers.

Nigerian-American artist Victor Ekpuk will create a drawing on the wall of the Winthrop Rockefeller Gallery Thursday and Friday nights in conjunction with the talk he’s giving at 6 p.m. Thursday, “Ode to Joy — Meditations in the Lines.” (Reception is at 5:30 p.m.) Ekpuk’s work is part of the “12th National Drawing Invitational: Outside the Lines,” on exhibit in the gallery. His drawings are inspired by the nsibidi symbols he saw as a boy in Nigeria, marks that were part of a secret adult male society. He’ll use his personal figurative glyphs to create at the Arts Center a drawing inspired by Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, his first work to be drawn from music. See it before the exhibition goes down Oct. 5, when it will be destroyed. LNP

ONE OF FEW: Salesforce product designer Jina Bolton is among the speakers headlining the Made By Few Conference in Argenta on Friday and Saturday.



Argenta Community Theater. $235.

The design and development agency Few, founded by well-

bearded entrepreneurs Arlton Lowry and David Hudson, hosts Made by Few, “the conference for makers of the web,” on Aug. 22-23

at the Argenta Community Theater, 405 Main St. in North Little Rock. The conference brings in 11 speakers, including Google Senior UX designer Marc Hemeon, customer. io founder John Allison, Salesforce senior product designer Jina Bolton and freelance interface designer Meagan Fisher, to provide two days of inspiration for web developers and entrepreneurs from Arkansas and around the country. Listed under the website’s “What You Should Expect” section, you can find, among other points, “Hugs,” “Learning … a lot,” “Making new friends” and “Free schwag.” Lowry said the conference has in years past hosted a dance-off, and one of its themes, “Make Epic Shit,” suggests the style of fearless creativity Lowry and Hudson hope to inspire over the weekend and beyond. CG

THERE’S A DEMON IN HIS HEAD: Joe Buck returns to White Water Tavern on Friday, Aug. 22.

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10 p.m. White Water Tavern. $7.

The twisted roots of punk rock can be traced back to just about anything. But don’t tell me it was an accident that almost exactly a month to the day after the Sex Pistols released “Never Mind the Bollocks,” Jerry Lee Lewis drove up to 70

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the gate at Graceland, brandished a .38-caliber derringer pistol and drunkenly demanded to speak to Elvis, who, Lewis insisted, he had come to kill. “He would pound the piano and sing his sinful songs,” Nick Tosches once wrote of Lewis, and “he would beckon those before him ... to stand with him awhile at the brink of hell.” Rockabilly, coun-

try’s raucous redneck offspring, was terrifying, blasphemous, repulsive. The Cramps knew it, and so does Joe Buck, formerly of Th’ Legendary Shack Shakers and Hank Williams III’s (both his "Damn Band" and his weirdo punk group Assjack) band. Buck recently told the Charleston City Paper that he fell for country when a Piggly Wiggly

employee broke up a punk house party he attended in the ’80s, threw on a Hank Williams record and said “Y’all’s music sucks.” “He was singing right to me,” Buck said, “like he sang to everyone.” It’s Buck’s goal to make country music scary again, and with songs like “Hillbilly Speedball” and “Demon in My Head” he does that. WS

in brief

THURSDAY 8/21 Platinum-selling New Orleansborn R&B singer Aaron Neville will be at Oaklawn Park at 7 p.m., $30-$40. Herding Kittens will be at Vino’s with Flushing Virtual, 9 p.m., $5, and country rocker Phil Hamilton will be at Stickyz, 9 p.m., $10. Comedy troupe Armadillo Rodeo will be at The Joint at 7 p.m., $7, and stand-up comedian Jason Russell will be at the Loony Bin through Saturday, Aug. 23, 7:30 p.m. (with 10 p.m. shows Friday and Saturday), $7-$10. Dr. Walter Kimbrough, the former “hip-hop president” of Philander Smith College, returns to the campus’ M.L. Harris Auditorium to inaugurate the 10th season of the speaker series he inaugurated, “Bless The Mic,” 7 p.m., free.


HEARTACHE NEVER SLEEPS: Mark Chesnutt will be at Juanita’s 8:30 p.m. Saturday, $25 adv., $30 day of.



8:30 p.m. Juanita’s. $25 adv., $30 day of.

In the beginning, meaning the late ’80s and early ’90s, Mark Chesnutt became for some a figurehead of post-Ronnie-Milsap New Country schmaltz, with his treacly string sections and magic hour postcard music videos. Today’s charts, though, the decadent arena of Dierks Bent-

ley’s “Drunk On a Plane” and Jason Aldean’s “Burnin’ It Down” (is that an 808?), make Chesnutt look like George Jones. And his stuff holds up: “Too Cold At Home,” at least, is a stone classic (even if it was unlucky enough to come out a month after Garth Brooks’ era-defining “No Fences”). Also remember his take on “I’ll Think of Something,” an acceptable Hank Williams Jr. single trans-





A paltry $10 gets you a ticket to The Joint’s all-day local music festival, featuring John Willis and The Misses, Collin vs. Adam, The Dangerous Idiots, The Big Dam Horns, TwiceSax, Leta Joyner, Brown Soul Shoes and more. There will also be stand-up comedians and improv, and a portion of the proceeds will go to benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. You shouldn’t even need a good reason to go get drunk in Argenta, but The Joint has given you one anyway. WS

Now that both Washington state and Colorado have legalized recreational marijuana and are raking in the sweet tax dough from ganja sales, Cheech and Chong are looking pret-ty smart, aren’t they? Well, OK, no. They’re not. The whole “so stoned they can’t think” thing is kind of their shtick, but you get the point: They were medicating themselves with weed long before it got all cool and legal, pushing back against the fledgling War on Drugs in the best way possible: by laughing at it. This writer’s favorite Cheech and Chong movie: 1978’s “Up in Smoke,” the “Smokey and the Bandit” of

11 a.m. The Joint. $10.

7:30 p.m. Walmart AMP. $49-$69.

formed into an honest tear-jerker and a dive-bar karaoke standard. His cover of “Sunday Morning Coming Down” (from his latest record “Outlaw”) is respectable, too, a 25-plus year Nashville veteran holding a seance with his own roots, made distant by money and age. He says he wishes, Lord, that he was stoned, and listening to Dierks Bentley. I have to say I believe him. WS

the stoner set, featuring the dazed duo smuggling a van literally made of pot. We still can’t stand “Nice Dreams,” though. The movie didn’t make sense, no matter how stoned we were. Though Cheech Marin took a break to play the sidekick on “Walker, Texas Ranger” and Tommy Chong went off to the federal hoosegow for a while for selling creative glassware during the Bush II years, they’re bankrolling their retirement now in the best way possible, by getting back together and doing comedy tours. They’ll be in Rogers at the Walmart AMP this Saturday, with special guests War (“Low Rider,” “Why Can’t We Be Friends?”). The laughs are sure to be plentiful and the smoke is sure to be herbaceous. DK

At 8:30 p.m., Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art will host a free short film festival, “Uniting the Power of Art and Nature.” Blues/funk outfit Tyler Kitchen and The Right Pieces will return to the Afterthought, 9 p.m., $7. The Consumers will be at Vino’s with Black Horse and Joe Lane, 9 p.m., $5, and local blues favorite Lucious Spiller will be at Stickyz, 9:30 p.m., $5. Anyone looking to dance: The Bess Chisum Stephens Community Center will host Ballroom Dancing lessons at 7 p.m., $7-$13; Park Hill Presbyterian Church will hold a Contra Dance at 7:30 p.m., $5, and Juanita’s will have its “Salsa Night” (which begins with a one-hour lesson) at 9 p.m., $8.

SATURDAY 8/23 Ballet Arkansas will present “Visions” at Ron Robinson Theater, 7 p.m., $35. The Legends of Arkansas Festival will hold a fundraiser at Riverfront Park featuring a cash bar and music by Black River Pearl and Weakness for Blondes, 7 p.m., $5. At Low Key Arts in Hot Springs, Austin noise pop band Future Death (one of Rolling Stone’s recent “10 New Artists You Need To Know”) will share a bill with Hot Springs’ Opportunist, 9:30 p.m., $5. Amasa Hines, maybe the best loved band in Little Rock, will return to White Water Tavern for a show that will almost certainly sell out, 10 p.m., $7. Locals (and onetime Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase winners) Sound of the Mountain will be at Vino’s with Sons of Hippies and Mainland Divide, 9 p.m., $7.

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Aaron Neville. Oaklawn Park, 7 p.m., $30$40. 2705 Central Ave., Hot Springs. 501623-4411. Herding Kittens, Flushing Virtual. Vino’s, 9 p.m., $5. 923 W. 7th St. 501-375-8466. “Inferno.” DJs play pop, electro, house and more, plus drink specials and $1 cover before 11 p.m. Sway, 9 p.m. 412 Louisiana. 501-907-2582. Jim Dickerson. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, 7 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-3242999. Katie Li. Afterthought Bistro & Bar, 9 p.m., $5. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. Krush Thursdays with DJ Kavaleer. Club Climax, free before 11 p.m. 824 W. Capitol. 501-554-3437. Live music. No cover charge Sun.-Tue. and Thu. Ernie Biggs. 307 Clinton Ave. 501-3724782. Michael Eubanks. Newk’s Express Cafe, 6:30 p.m. 4317 Warden Road, NLR. 501753-8559. Open Jam. Thirst n’ Howl, 8 p.m. 14710 Cantrell Road. 501-379-8189. Open jam with The Port Arthur Band. Parrot Beach Cafe, 9 p.m. 9611 MacArthur Drive, NLR. 771-2994. Phil Hamilton. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9 p.m., $7 adv., $10 day of. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. www.stickyz. com. Richard Album, Slayer Kitty, Peace of the Sea. The Lightbulb Club, 9 p.m. 21 N. Block Ave., Fayetteville. 479-444-6100. RockUsaurus. Senor Tequila, 7-9 p.m. 10300 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-224-5505. T-Pain, Snootie Wild, Bando Jonez. Juanita’s, 10 p.m., $35. 614 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-1228. www.juanitas. com. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 7:30 p.m., free. 111 Markham St. 501-374-7474. Tragikly White (headliner), Canvas (happy hour). Cajun’s Wharf, 5:30 and 9:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351. www.


Armadillo Rodeo. The Joint, 7 p.m., $7. 301 Main St. No. 102, NLR. 501-372-0205. Jason Russell. The Loony Bin, 7:30 p.m., $7-$10. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-228-5555.


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SPECIAL VICTIMS: Future Death will be at Low Key Arts in Hot Springs with Opportunist at 9:30p.m. Saturday, $5. third Thursday of every month, 4 p.m., free. 100 Central Ave., Hot Springs. Around the World Thursday: Jeonju, South Korea. For t y Two, 6:3 0 p.m., $27.95. 1200 President Clinton Ave. 501537-0042. CANstruction 2014. A design competition and charity benefiting the Arkansas Food bank . Statehouse Convention Center, through Sept. 5. 7 Statehouse Plaza. G e o c a c h i n g. T he W it t Ste phens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center, 8:30 a.m. 602 President Clinton Ave. 501907-0636.


Dr. Walter Kimbrough. Bless The Mic lecture series. Philander Smith College, 7 p.m., free. 900 W. Daisy L. Gatson Bates Drive.


POETluck. Literary salon and potluck. The Writer’s Colony at Dairy Hollow, third Thursday of every month, 6 p.m. 515 Spring St., Eureka Springs. 479-253-7444.


Arkansas Travelers vs. Tulsa. DickeyStephens Park, 7:10 p.m., $6-$12. 400 W. Broadway St., NLR. 501-664-1555. www.

Big Stack (headliner), Derek Herndon (happy hour). Cajun’s Wharf, 5 and 9 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351. www. Club Nights at 1620 Savoy. Dance night, with DJs, drink specials and bar menu, until 2 a.m. 1620 Savoy, 10 p.m. 1620 Market St. 501-221-1620. The Consumers, Black Horse, Joe Lane. Vino’s, 9 p.m., $5. 923 W. 7th St. 501-3758466. Joe Buck, Viv Le Vox. White Water Tavern, 10 p.m., $7. 2500 W. 7th St. 501-375-8400. Live music. No cover charge Sun.-Tue. and Thu. Ernie Biggs. 307 Clinton Ave. 501-3724782. Lucious Spiller Band. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9:30 p.m., $5. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. www.stickyz. com. Pallbearer (album release), Plebeian Grandstand, Reproacher, Napalm Christ. Revolution, 8:30 p.m., $10. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-823-0090. Reckless. West End Smokehouse and Tavern, Aug. 22-23, 10 p.m., $5. 215 N. Shackleford. 501-224-7665. Route 66. Agora Conference and Special Event Center, 6:3 0 p.m., $5. 705 E. Siebenmorgan, Conway. String Band Weekend. Ozark Folk Center State Park, Aug. 22-23, 10 a.m., $100. 1032 Park Ave., Mountain View. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 9 p.m., free. 111 Markham St. 501-374-7474. Tyler K inchen & The Right Pieces. Afterthought Bistro & Bar, 9 p.m., $7. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. Violetta Lotus Burlesque. The Lightbulb Club, 9 p.m. 21 N. Block Ave., Fayetteville. 479-444-6100.


Jason Russell. The Loony Bin, 7:30 p.m., 10 p.m., $10. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-228-5555.


Ballroom Dancing. Free lessons begin at 7 p.m. Bess Chisum Stephens Community Center, 8-11 p.m., $7-$13. 12th & Cleveland streets. 501-221-7568. Contra Dance. Park Hill Presbyterian Church, first and third Friday of every month, 7:30 p.m.; fourth Friday of every month, 7:30 p.m., $5. 3520 JFK Blvd., NLR. “Salsa Night.” Begins with a one-hour salsa lesson. Juanita’s, 9 p.m., $8. 614 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-1228.


2nd Annual Mini Golf at the Library. Donald W. Reynolds Library, $5. 300 Library Hill, Mountain View.



Crystal Bridges Short Film Festival: Uniting the Power of Art and Nature. Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, 8:30 p.m., free. 600 Museum Way, Bentonville. 479-418-5700. crystalbridges. org.


Arkansas Travelers vs. Tulsa. DickeyStephens Park, 7:10 p.m., $6-$12. 400 W. Broadway St., NLR. 501-664-1555. www.



Adrenaline (headliner), Bert and Heather (happy hour). Cajun’s Wharf, 5:30 and 9 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351. Amasa Hines. White Water Tavern, 10 p.m., $7. 2500 W. 7th St. 501-375-8400. www. American Lions. Bear’s Den Pizza, 10 p.m., free. 235 Farris Road, Conway. 501-3285556. Andy Frasco, DirtFoot. George’s Majestic Lounge, 9 p.m., $10. 519 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville. 479-442-4226. Cheech and Chong, War. Walmart AMP, 7:30 p.m., $49-$69. 5079 W. Northgate Road, Rogers. 479-443-5600. Club Nights at 1620 Savoy. See Aug. 22. Future Death, Opportunist. Low Key Arts, 9:30 p.m., $5. 118 Arbor St., Hot Springs. High Magic, Captain Nowhere, Rough Stax. The Lightbulb Club, 9 p.m. 21 N. Block Ave., Fayetteville. 479-444-6100. Jointstock 2014. Featuring John Willis, Collin vs. Adam, The Dangerous Idiots, The Big Dam Horns, TwiceSax, Brown Soul Shoes and more. The Joint, 11 a.m., $10. 301 Main St. No. 102, NLR. 501-372-0205. Karaoke at Khalil’s. Khalil’s Pub, 7 p.m. 110


Jason Russell. The Loony Bin, 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. $10. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-228-5555.


Ballet Arkansas, “Visions.” Ron Robinson Theater, 7 p.m., $35. 1 Pulaski Way. 501320-5703. Little Rock West Coast Dance Club. Dance lessons. Singles welcome. Ernie Biggs, 7 p.m., $2. 307 Clinton Ave. 501-247-5240.


Little Rock Farmers’ Market. River Market Pavilions. 7 a.m. 400 President Clinton Ave. 375-2552. 4th Annual Cypress Creek Park Car Show. Cypress Creek Park. Cypress Creek Avenue, Adona. 501-662-4918. www. Argenta Farmers Market. Argenta Farmers Market, 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. 6th and Main St., NLR. 501-831-7881. Back to School Bash. Featuring games, dancing and live music by Coco Jones,

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star of the Disney Channel’s “Let It Shine.” First Security Amphitheater, 4 p.m., free. 400 President Clinton Ave. CANstruction 2014. A design competition and charity benefiting the Arkansas Foodbank. Statehouse Convention Center, through Sept. 5. 7 Statehouse Plaza. Falun Gong meditation. Allsopp Park, 9 a.m., free. Cantrell & Cedar Hill Roads. Fast Flyers. Learn about Mourning doves and Eurasian collared-doves. The Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center, 1:30 p.m., free. 602 President Clinton Ave. 501-907-0636. Geocaching. The Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center, 8:30 a.m. 602 President Clinton Ave. 501-907-0636. www. Hillcrest Farmers Market. Pulaski Heights Baptist Church, 7 a.m.-2 p.m. 220 0 Kavanaugh Blvd. Historic Neighborhoods Tour. Bike tour of historic neighborhoods includes bike, guide, helmets and maps. Bobby’s Bike Hike, 9 a.m., $8-$28. 400 President Clinton Ave. 501-613-7001. Made By Few Conference. Argenta Community Theater, $235. 405 Main St., NLR. 501-353-1443. A Magical Time With Randall and Kc. A magic show benefiting Family Promise of Pulaski County. St. James United Methodist Church, 3 p.m., $12. 321 Pleasant Valley Drive. 501-225-7372. Pork & Bourbon Tour. Bike tour includes bicycle, guide, helmets and maps. Bobby’s Bike Hike, 11:30 a.m., $35-$45. 400 President Clinton Ave. 501-613-7001. Closing Date 8.1.14 QC: sgm

S. Shackleford Road. 501-224-0224. www. Karaoke. Casa Mexicana, 7 p.m. 6929 JFK Blvd., NLR. 501-835-7876. Karaoke with Kevin & Cara. All ages, on the restaurant side. Revolution, 9 p.m.-12:45 a.m., free. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501823-0090. K.I.S.S. Saturdays. Featuring DJ Silky Slim. Dress code enforced. Sway, 10 p.m. 412 Louisiana. 501-492-9802. Live music. No cover charge Sun.-Tue. and Thu. Ernie Biggs. 307 Clinton Ave. 501-3724782. Mark Chesnutt, Blane Howard, Four West. Juanita’s, 8:30 p.m., $25 adv., $30 day of. 614 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-1228. Pickin’ Porch. Bring your instrument. All ages welcome. Faulkner County Library, 9:30 a.m. 1900 Tyler St., Conway. 501-3277482. Reckless. West End Smokehouse and Tavern, 10 p.m., $5. 215 N. Shackleford. 501224-7665. Singer/Songwriters Showcase. Parrot Beach Cafe, 2-7 p.m., free. 9611 MacArthur Drive, NLR. 771-2994. SOULution. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9:30 p.m., $5. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. Sound of the Mountain, Sons of Hippies, Mainland Divide. Vino’s, 9 p.m., $7. 923 W. 7th St. 501-375-8466. String Band Weekend. Ozark Folk Center State Park, 10 a.m., $100. 1032 Park Ave., Mountain View. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 9 p.m., free. 111 Markham St. 501-374-7474. Ty ler K itc hen & The Right Pieces . Afterthought Bistro & Bar, 9 p.m. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196.

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Back-to-School Splash. Splash Zone, 6 p.m., $2. 201 W. Martin St., Jacksonville. 982-7946. CANstruction 2014. A design competition and charity benefiting the Arkansas Foodbank. Statehouse Convention Center, through Sept. 5. 7 Statehouse Plaza. Geocaching. The Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center, 8:30 a.m. 602 President Clinton Ave. 501-907-0636. www. LGBTQ/SGL weekly meeting. Diverse Youth for Social Change is a group for LGBTQ/SGL and straight ally youth and young adults age 14-23. For more information, call 244-9690 or search “DYSC” on Facebook. LGBTQ/SGL Youth and Young Adult Group, 6:30 p.m. 800 Scott St. Made By Few Conference. Argenta Community Theater, Aug. 22-23, $235. 405 Main St., NLR. 501-353-1443. Taste of the Finest. Benefit for Cystic Bibrosis Foundation featuring food, wine, beer, and live music by Tragikly White. Clear Channel Metroplex Event Center, 6 p.m., $75. 10800 Col. Glenn Road,


Arkansas Travelers vs. NW Arkansas. Dickey-Stephens Park, 7:10 p.m., $6-$12. 400 W. Broadway St., NLR. 501-664-1555. Central Arkans as Roller Derby vs. Roughneck Roller Derby. Skate World, 6:30 p.m., $10. 6512 Mabelvale Cut Off.

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Legends of Arkansas Fundraiser. With a cash bar and music by Black River Pearl and Weakness for Blondes. Riverfront Park, 7 p.m., $5. 400 President Clinton Avenue.


A Thriller Brunch and Author Skype Talk. Featuring Maegan Beaumont, author of “Carved in Darkness.” Laman Library, Argenta branch, 10 a.m., free. 506 Main St., NLR. 501-687-1061.



Andy Frasco, Goodfoot. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 8 p.m., $7. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. Karaoke. Shorty Small’s, 6-9 p.m. 1475 Hogan Lane, Conway. 501-764-0604. www. Karaoke with DJ Sara. Hardrider Bar & Grill, 7 p.m., free. 6613 John Harden Drive, Continued on page 77

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Q and A with Pallbearer, Cont. Used to Be” was my interpretation, or our rendition, of a Boston song, a little more toward what people would call classic rock now, like rock that still has a catchy pop edge to it but that’s still badass, like Journey or something. It might be catchy but it’s still, at least I feel like, it’s hard to deny that there’s something awesome and driving about it. You all have done some pretty big tours with some very respected names — Saint Vitus, Enslaved. What if anything did you absorb or pick up on from those guys while you were out, or from touring in general? Just seeing the level of consistency and professionalism they have, especially Enslaved. It was amazing to see how well they would perform every night, and it was always spot-on. It’s super admirable. We’ve always wanted that, but with a different aesthetic, too, what we all attribute as the Arkansas sound — Rwake and Deadbird and bands like that. We’ve always liked having that slightly looser edge to stuff so it doesn’t just sound just like the recording being played live. I feel like you’re getting more from a performance when it’s a little different every time. As much as I loved the fact that Enslaved was able to do that — and it was powerful — but at the same time there wasn’t a lot of room for variation every night. It was cool to see them being super pro about it, but at the same time taking that and applying it to ourselves and our own aesthetic that we pull from, and being from the Little Rock scene, we’re trying to meld those two things together where it’s not a train wreck, you know? And we’re not totally there yet, but we’ve put enough tour dates in that I think we kind of halfway know what we’re doing these days. We definitely still have our fair share

of rough shows. At least our gear does. We seem to constantly have issues with our amps and guitars. As far as interacting with fans on social media, I know you guys are on Facebook. How do you guys approach that? Is it a necessary evil, or more of a way to directly access the people who dig your music? It’s funny because it’s kind of a bit of both. A lot of our social media posts nowadays are done by our management, which is sad to say, I guess. That’s probably pretty common. Yeah. I feel like so many people don’t really put any value into it anymore. I’ll go through and read comments and it’s obvious that people aren’t really paying attention sometimes. There’ll be a post about, like, tour dates, and someone down in the comments will be like, ‘Why aren’t you coming here?’ and it’s somewhere where we are playing. So in that sense it’s sort of a necessary evil. But at the same time, one thing on this tour that we just got done with, I’d keep an eye out on Twitter. There were quite a few shows that were sold out the day of or in advance, so we’d keep an eye out for people who were looking for tickets or who were upset that they hadn’t been able to get a ticket. I’d ask them to hit us up on email and we’d get them into the show. Pretty much all the dates we had some guest list spots, and more often than not, not all of them were full. So in that sense, I felt like that’s a good use of social media. I’m happy to be able to hopefully make a couple of people’s day better. I know I saw one guy, he was upset because he had lost his job and was saying that he wished he could go to the show but didn’t have any money. And it was like, we got you dude, if you can get to the show, you’re in. So many people, more than I can pos-

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Reporter, Cont. sibly count, have been really gracious to us and told us how much our music has meant to them or affected them in some way, and there’s not anywhere near a balance to it, but to be able to have the opportunity to give back to fans like that is definitely something I’ve enjoyed being able to do through social media. What were some of the things that were going on that influenced the topics of the songs this time around, and how was it different from “Sorrow and Extinction”? The personal aspect of the stuff is something I don’t like to get too into. There’s still a level of privacy I like to maintain. And, too, I don’t mind saying that a lot of the stuff grew from difficult times in our lives, but I like for people to be able to have their own interpretation of the lyrics. But in terms of the songwriting, I think most people were aware that “Sorrow and Extinction” focused on impending mortality, and this record is a little more on the personal and interpersonal relationships end of things — dealing with not letting go of things that are important to you in your life that you want to maintain, and also letting go of regrets that you have that weigh you down. Those are definitely themes I approach on the songs lyrically, and in the music itself, that’s what I’m speaking to. As for Brett [Campbell], I know he had some different inspirations. Lyrically, he kind of addresses a little grander scale, like the downfall of humanity, that kinda scope of stuff. Thus far Brett [Campbell] and I have not really talked to each other much about what our songs are about, just because it’s the same sort of thing. It ends up having a bit more power when we have our own interpretations instead of spelling it out for each other. I remember reading a quote about how Townes Van Zandt was so great because the way the songs were written, the listener could fill in the spaces a little bit and not have the whole thing spelled out. That’s completely my sentiment regarding everything we write. There’s so much more to be said for allowing people to use their imaginations or emotions or whatever it takes to fill in the gaps and really take ownership. It will end up applying to whatever their situation may be, rather than there just being some concrete definition of what something’s about. To me, that’s lacking in power.

they lived there. Some came from other houses from the same time period in Dyess, some were purchased and more than 600 items were donated by more than 100 people. Before Saturday’s ceremony, Rosanne Cash said she brought three of her children into what was her dad’s bedroom, “and the four of us stood there and wept. It was the oddest sensation thinking of my dad as a little boy in that very spot and what if he could have seen his middle-aged daughter and three of his grandchildren walk in that room, how would he have felt? Could he even conceive it? It was too much.” Long before this project, Johnny Cash fans from around the world have been making their way to the town to see the place that he often talked and sang about. Now for $10, anyone can walk inside the home to experience it for themselves. Hawkins says $3.3 million has been spent on the project, which includes the house, the Administration Building and the preservation of the façade of the town’s movie theater. Much of the money has been raised through annual fundraising concerts, with the fourth held Friday, Aug. 15, in Jonesboro. After Saturday’s ceremony, the house opened for tours, with 600 people going through that first day, Hawkins said. While the house is essentially complete, much work remains for the project. There are plans to rebuild the rest of the theater, which is where Cash saw movies as a boy, and use its box office as the place where visitors can buy tickets to tour the house. There are also plans to build outbuildings as were originally behind the house and to build a replica house nearby that will serve as a caretaker office and provide additional visitor services and parking. During Saturday’s event, Rosanne Cash told the crowd she typically turns down requests to take part in Johnny Cash projects, but that this one was different. “We have all been onboard from day one because this is real, it’s true, it’s authentic. It’s the thing that would have meant the most to my father. I don’t speak for him, I don’t give him opinions since he has passed away, but this is one thing I can say for certain. This would have meant more to him than any other honor, any Grammy, any gold record, THIS.”

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aybe not since the Tim Allen romp “Big Trouble” was slated to open the weekend after 9/11 has a big-studio picture found worse timing in the news cycle than “Let’s Be Cops.” The new doofus-buddy comedy about a couple of 30ish washouts in Los Angeles getting their jollies dressing in LAPD uniforms landed in theaters during some of the worst cop-related mob violence in recent memory. Whatever comes out of the investigation into Michael Brown’s death at the hands of a Ferguson, Mo., police officer, it’s abundantly clear the small-town police bungled every phase of that initial confrontation and just about every one since, exacerbating the mess by their grotesque deployment of war machinery against regular folks in a St. Louis’ ’burb. Cops have rarely looked more over-equipped and yet underprepared. The release of “Big Trouble,” with its climactic scene of a nuclear bomb detonating in a small plane, was postponed until 2002. “Let’s Be Cops” hit the big screen just as no one much wanted to be a cop. Not that “Let’s Be Cops” really gives a rip. Movies are slow-moving beasts, relative to other media. One ongoing thread in the comedy is how much respect ex-college quarterback Ryan (Jake Johnson) and

wannabe video game designer Justin (Damon Wayans Jr.) get as men in uniform, just sauntering down Sunset Boulevard. Women look them in the eye! Men do exactly what they say! Of course the orders they bark at passersby, just to test their newfound Jedi powers, constitute an immediate abuse of authority. But who’s to care? They’re not in a position of authority, really. They’re just goofing, until everyone else takes it seriously, including the comely waitress at their favorite restaurant (Nina Dobrev). Unfortunately that restaurant (ditto the waitress) also has caught the eye of a nasty Eurotrash gangster (a menacing James D’Arcy) who’s unfazed by real cops, let alone fake ones. This is a power trip at its silliest, and director/writer Luke Greenfield lets the dippiness unspool without much of a care through the first two acts. Johnson is hilarious as the aimless schlub who finally discovers his calling in life — drunk on his newfound sense of self-respect, he cranks the cop act up to 11. He YouTubes the lingo while ironing his uni, tricks out an old police cruiser he finds on eBay, and once he falls in with an actual cop (Rob Riggle), he deludes him-

self into thinking he’s a full-fledged arm of the law. The clothes, in this case, make the man. If you see “Let’s Be Cops” in theaters — and you might as well, if you’re looking for a date-friendly summer chuckle — it’ll be hard not to notice the accidental parallels with the police facing/inciting riots in Missouri. The standoffs in Ferguson have highlighted the dangers of repurposing former military weapons into hometown law enforcement gear. What the hell are cops doing in desert camouflage, patrolling in groups, with assault rifles drawn and pointed at protesters? The critiques coming from ex-Army types called into talking-head duty on cable have been clear: Soldiers are trained not to escalate dangerous situations. It’s bush-league to walk around waving machine guns, to park your tactical trucks across a street and train a rifle, on a tripod, at unarmed people. The continuing impression is of police in grossly over their heads, who insist on playing dress-up as if they’re in a war zone, and who are subsequently baffled when they find violence flaring up around them. There’s a moment near the climax of “Let’s Be Cops” when Ryan finds what looks to be an AR15 hanging on a wall. At first he gives an action-movie coo of delight. Then he picks up the assault rifle, squeezes the trigger, and feels it hose the floor and wall with bullets. He freaks out a little and puts the gun away in favor of something more sensible. Because let’s not be those kinds of cops.

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After dark, CONT. Cabot. 501-982-1939 ‎. Live music. No cover charge Sun.-Tue. and Thu. Ernie Biggs. 307 Clinton Ave. 501-3724782. Michael Eubanks. Lone Star Steakhouse and Saloon, 7 p.m. 10901 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-227-8898. Sara Sant’Ambrogio. The Auditorium, 1:30 p.m., $10. 36 Main St., Eureka Springs. www. They Will Fall, More Than Sparrows, Brother Wolf, Soundcult. Revolution, 9 p.m., $7. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501823-0090.


Bernice Garden Farmer’s Market. Bernice Garden, 10 a.m. 1401 S. Main St. CANstruction 2014. A design competition and charity benefiting the Arkansas Foodbank. Statehouse Convention Center, through Sept. 5. 7 Statehouse Plaza. Geocaching. The Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center, 8:30 a.m. 602 President Clinton Ave. 501-907-0636. www. “Live from the Back Room.” Spoken word event. Vino’s, 7 p.m. 923 W. 7th St. 501-3758466.


Arkansas Travelers vs. NW Arkansas. Dickey-Stephens Park, 2:10 p.m., $6-$12. 400 W. Broadway St., NLR. 501-664-1555.



Live music. No cover charge Sun.-Tue. and Thu. Ernie Biggs. 307 Clinton Ave. 501-3724782. Monday Night Jazz. Afterthought Bistro & Bar, 8 p.m., $5. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. Richie Johnson. Cajun’s Wharf, 5:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351. www.


CANstruction 2014. A design competition and charity benefiting the Arkansas Foodbank. Statehouse Convention Center, through Sept. 5. 7 Statehouse Plaza.


Arkansas Travelers vs. NW Arkansas. Dickey-Stephens Park, 7:10 p.m., $6-$12. 400 W. Broadway St., NLR. 501-664-1555.



Brian and Nick. Cajun’s Wharf, 5:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351. www. Irish Traditional Music Sessions. Hibernia Irish Tavern, second and fourth Tuesday of every month, 7-9 p.m. 9700 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-246-4340. Jef f Ling. Khalil’s Pub, 6 p.m. 110 S. Shackleford Road. 501-224-0224. www. Jim Dickerson. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, 7 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-3242999.

Karaoke Tuesday. Prost, 8 p.m., free. 322 President Clinton Blvd. 501-244-9550. Live music. No cover charge Sun.-Tue. and Thu. Ernie Biggs. 307 Clinton Ave. 501-3724782. Music Jam. Hosted by Elliott Griffen and Joseph Fuller. The Joint, 8-11 p.m., free. 301 Main St. No. 102, NLR. 501-372-0205. Nothing More, Sleepwave, More Than Sparrows, Switchbach. Juanita’s, 8 p.m., $8 adv., $10 day of. 614 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-1228. Open Turntables Night. White Water Tavern, 10 p.m. 2500 W. 7th St. 501-3758400. Tuesday Jam Session with Carl Mouton. Afterthought Bistro & Bar, 8 p.m., free. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www.

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Acoustic Open Mic. Afterthought Bistro & Bar, 8 p.m., free. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. Chris Henry. Cajun’s Wharf, 5 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351. Finger Food. South on Main, 7:30 p.m., free. 1304 Main St. 501-244-9660.

Hard Girls, Broadcaster. White Water Tavern, 9:30 p.m. 2500 W. 7th St. 501-3758400. Jim Dickerson. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, 7 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-3242999. Karaoke at Khalil’s. Khalil’s Pub, 7 p.m. 110 S. Shackleford Road. 501-224-0224. www. Live music. No cover charge Sun.-Tue. and Thu. Ernie Biggs. 307 Clinton Ave. 501-3724782. Open Mic Nite with Deuce. Thirst n’ Howl, 7:30 p.m., free. 14710 Cantrell Road. 501379-8189. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 7:30 p.m., free. 111 Markham St. 501-374-7474. Continued on page 78


Stand-Up Tuesday. Hosted by Adam Hogg. The Joint, 8 p.m., $5. 301 Main St. No. 102, NLR. 501-372-0205.


“Latin Night.” Revolution, 7:30 p.m., $5 regular, $7 under 21. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-823-0090.


Little Rock Farmers’ Market. River Market Pavilions, 7 a.m. 400 President Clinton Ave. 375-2552. CANstruction 2014. A design competition and charity benefiting the Arkansas Foodbank. Statehouse Convention Center, through Sept. 5. 7 Statehouse Plaza. Fashion on Main. Hilton Hollis runway show with proceeds benefitting the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. South on Main, $125. 1304 Main St. 501-244-9660. Geocaching. The Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center, 8:30 a.m. 602 President Clinton Ave. 501-907-0636. Tales from the South. With Mark Simpson. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 6:30 p.m., $10. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. Trivia Bowl. Flying Saucer, 8:30 p.m. 323 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-8032.


“Beat The Devil.” Vino’s, 7:30 p.m., free. 923 W. 7th St. 501-375-8466.


Rev. Run. Run-DMC’s Rev. Run speaks as part of UAPB’s Pride Forum Lecture Series. H.O. Clemmons Arena (University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff), 6 p.m. 1200 University Drive., Pine Bluff.


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The Joint Venture. Improv comedy group. The Joint, 8 p.m., $7. 301 Main St. No. 102, NLR. 501-372-0205. thejointinlittlerock. com.


Little Rock Bop Club. Beginning dance lessons for ages 10 and older. Singles welcome. Bess Chisum Stephens Community Center, 7 p.m., $4 for members, $7 for guests. 12th & Cleveland streets. 501-3504712. www.littlerockbopclub.


tion and charity benefiting the Arkansas Foodbank. Statehouse Convention Center, through Sept. 5. 7 Statehouse Plaza. Geocaching. The Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center, 8:30 a.m. 602 President Clinton Ave. 501-907-0636. www. Science After Dark: The Science of Baseball. Museum of Discovery, 6 p.m., $5. 500 Clinton Ave. 396-7050, 1-800-8806475.


Wednesday Night Poetry. 21-and-older show. Maxine’s, 7 p.m., free. 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. 501-321-0909.

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Oct. 26, Museum School Gallery; 56th annual “Delta Exhibition,” works by 65 artists from Arkansas and surrounding states, through Sept. 28, “Susan Paulsen: Wilmot,” photographs, through Sept. 28. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. 372-4000. THE BURGUNDY HOTEL, 1501 Merrill Drive: “The Shape of Life,” paintings by Dan Thornhill and Matthew Gore in the atrium of the renovated Governors Suites, reception 5:30-7 p.m. Aug. 21, $2 beer and wine by Table 28. 960-9524. CANTRELL GALLERY, 8206 Cantrell Road: “Arkansas Traveler,” new paintings by John Deering, opening reception 6-8 p.m. Aug. 22, show through Oct. 18. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat. 224-1335. L&L BECK ART GALLERY, 5705 Kavanaugh Blvd.: “Impersonating the Impressionists,” paintings by Louis Beck, through August, free giclee giveaway 7 p.m. Aug. 21. 6604006. OLD STATE HOUSE MUSEUM, 300 W. Markham: “Different Strokes,” the history of bicycling and places cycling in Arkansas, featuring artifacts, historical pictures and video, through February 2016; “Lights! Camera! Arkansas!”, the state’s ties to Hollywood, including costumes, scripts, film footage, photographs and more, through March 1, 2015. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun. 324-9685. UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS AT LITTLE ROCK: “Piranesi and Perspectives of Rome,” Gallery I, through Oct. 5; “Teaching a Canary to Sing,” sculptural installation by Catherine Siri Nugent, through Sept. 28; “Small Works on Paper,” Gallery III, through Sept. 26. Reception 5-7 p.m. Aug. 27. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Sat., 2-5 p.m. Sun. 569-8977. El Dorado SOUTH ARKANSAS ARTS CENTER, 110 E. Fifth St.: Works from the permanent collection, through Aug. 29. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri. 870-862-5474. Fort Smith REGIONAL ART MUSEUM, 1601 Rogers Ave: “Selections from the Permanent Collection,” including work by Sandra Bermudez, William Mayes Flanagan, Louise Halsey, Jimmy Leach, Jane Osti and Peggi Kroll-Roberts, Aug. 22-Nov. 2. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tue.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun. 479-784-2787.

Call for artists Gallery 360 at 900 S. Rodney Parham Road is looking for art made from found, recycled and repurposed materials for its show “Artists Scrounging,” to run Sept. 20-Nov. 1. Artists interested in participating should call Jay King at 993-0012 or email StudioMAIN is taking applications from artists for sculpture to be placed in three areas of Main Street between 12th and 17th streets. For more information contact James Meyer, southmainpublicart@ or 374-5300, or go to www. Proposals are due by Dec. 15. ArtsFest is now taking applications for booths for the “Art in the Park” event set

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Pine Bluff ARTS AND SCIENCE CENTER FOR SOUTHEAST ARKANSAS, 701 S. Main St.: “2014 Pine Bluff Art League Juried Exhibition,” through Nov. 12; “I Come From Women Who Could Fly: New Work by Delita Martin,” through August; “Shaping Our World,” science exhibit on acts of nature, through August. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Fri., 1-4 p.m. Sat. 870-536-3375.




Perryville SUDS GALLERY, Cour thouse Square: Paintings by Dottie Morrissey, Alma Gipson, Al Garrett Jr., Phyllis Loftin, Alene Otts, Mauretta Frantz, Raylene Finkbeiner, Kathy Williams and Evelyn Garrett. Noon-6 p.m. Wed.-Fri, noon-4 p.m. Sat. 501-766-7584.


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Hot Springs AMERICAN ART GALLERY, 724 Central Ave.: Works and demonstration by basket weaver Valerie Hanks Goetz. 501-624-0550. ALISON PARSONS GALLERY, 802 Central Ave.: “Art and Architecture in the Spa,” through August. 501-655-0604. ARTISTS WORKSHOP GALLERY, 610 A Central Ave.: Paintings by Linda Shearer, pastels by Caryl Joy Young, through August. 50-623-6401. BLUE MOON GALLERY, 718 Central Ave.: Work by Randall Good and studio artists, through August. 501-318-2787. FINE ARTS CENTER, 626 Central Ave. and Prospect: “Color, Line & Form,” contemporary abstraction, through Sept. 27. 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Sat. 501-624-0489. JUSTUS FINE ART, 827 Central Ave.: Exhibition of new work by gallery’s stable celebrating the gallery’s 10th anniversary. 501-321-2335.


ARK ANSAS CAPITAL CORP. GROUP, 200 River Market Ave., Suite 400: “Bold Contrasts: Works by Tod Switch, Matt McLeod and Robert Bean.” 374-9247. BOSWELL MOUROT, 5815 Kavanaugh Blvd.: Grace Ramsey, paintings. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat. 664-0030. BUTLER CENTER GALLERIES, Arkansas Studies Institute, 401 President Clinton Ave.: “Quapaw Quarter: Where Little Rock History Lives,” blueprints and photographs; “Home Demonstration Clubs or How Women Saved the South,” paintings by Katherine Strause, through Sept. 11; “State Youth Art Show 2014: An Exhibition by the Arkansas Art Educators,” through Aug. 30; “Drawn In: New Art from WWII Camps at Rohwer and Jerome,” through Aug. 23. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat. 320-5790. CHRIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH, 509 Scott St.: Paintings by members of the Co-Op Art Group. 375-2342. CHROMA GALLERY, 5707 Kavanaugh Blvd.: Work by Robert Reep and other Arkansas artists. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat. 664-0880. COX CREATIVE CENTER, 120 River Market Ave.: A Thousand Words Gallery features artwork by CALS employees. 918-3093. THE EDGE, 301B President Clinton Ave.: Paintings by Avila (Fernando Gomez), Eric Freeman, James Hayes, Jerry Colburn, St. Joseph Thomason and Stephen Drive. 9921099. ELLE N G OLDE N A N TI Q UES, 5701 Kavanaugh Blvd.: Paintings by Barr y Thomas and Arden Boyce. 664-7746. GALLERY 221 & ART STUDIOS 221, Pyramid Place: Arkansas artists’ cooperative, with galleries on first and second floors. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat. 801-0211. GALLERY 26, 2601 Kavanaugh Blvd.: Recent works by Marcus McAllister and Laura Fanning, through Sept. 6. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tue.-Sat. 664-8996. GINO HOLLANDER GALLERY, 2nd and Center: Paintings and works on paper by Gino Hollander. 801-0211. GREG THOMPSON FINE ART, 429 Main St.: “Summer Show,” works by artists from Arkansas and the South, including Glennray Tutor, Kendall Stallings, Sheila Cotton, Robyn Horn, Ed Rice, Joseph Piccillo, William Dunlap, Guy Bell, Sammy Peters and others. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Fri., 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat. 664-2787. HEARNE FINE ART, 1001 Wright Ave.: “Indigo Visions,” work by 26 emerging and established artists. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat., Sunday by appointment. 372-5824. LOCAL COLOUR, 5811 Kavanaugh Blvd.: Rotating work by 27 artists in collective. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat. 265-0422. MUGS CAFE, 515 Main St.: “Come as Your Are,” figurative work, abstractions, portraits in a variety of media by Lilia Hernandez, Justin Bryant and Logan

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Hunter, through Sept. 16. 442-7778. SIXTH STREET LIBRARY, Christ Church, 509 Scott St.: “Common Ground,” ceramics made from Arkansas clay paired with sites of origin by Fletcher Larkin, Beth Lambert and Jaman Matthews, through September. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Thu., 9 a.m.-noon Fri. STEPHANO’S FINE ART GALLERY, 1813 N. Grant St.: New work by John Little, Andrea Peterson and Lisa Ruggiero. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 19 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat. 563-4218 STUDIOMAIN, 1423 S. Main St.: “Community Center Design Competition.” THEA FOUNDATION, 401 Main St., NLR: “John Harlan Norris: Cast,” artist’s take on occupational portraiture, part of The Art Department series of works by young professionals, through Aug. 29. 379-9512.

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Dining What’s cookin’ Sol Food Catering invites vegevores to eat it raw (and cooked) at the 2nd Annual Urban Raw Festival in SoMa (Southside Main Street) on Saturday, Sept. 20. Chefs Marie and Butterfly — you’ve seen them at the Hillcrest Famers Market and elsewhere — will prepare vegan and vegetarian offerings for the day-long festival, which will include showings of the locally filmed dramatic series “Makeda’s Nido (Makedo’s Nest),” live music, a dance troupe, free yoga instruction — all those things you associate with the healthy lifestyle. The event will run 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Main between 13th and 16th; tickets ($5 advance, $8 at the gate) will benefit N.A.T.U.R.E.’s Workshop (Nurturing Arkansas Treasures in an Urban Raw Environment). No se olvide: It’s also the second year in a row for another day of eating and celebrating: The 2nd annual Latino Food and Music Festival is coming up Saturday, Sept. 13. The event, at the Argenta Farmers Market at Fifth and Main in North Little Rock, features South American food vendors, music by Calle Soul, dancing and libations, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. A portion of ticket sales ($15 in advance, $20 at the door) benefit the Argenta Arts District. Find more information at the festival’s Facebook page or at splash/latinofood. Capers Restaurant on Highway 10 won the American Culinary Federation’s Achievement of Excellence Award at its 2014 convention in Kansas City in July. The award goes to restaurants that have been open for at least five years and have shown a “commitment to culinary and service excellence.” Capers is owned by Mary Beth Ringgold, who also operates Cajun’s Wharf and Copper Grill.

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1620 SAVOY Fine dining in a swank space. The scallops are especially nice. 1620 Market St. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-221-1620. D Mon.-Sat. ADAMS CATFISH & CATERING Catering company with carry-out restaurant in Little Rock and carry-out trailers in Russellville and Perryville. 215 N. Cross St. All CC. $-$$. 501-3744265. LD Tue.-Fri.


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Lulav: phoneless but in business Now ‘modern,’ its menu appeals to any pocketbook.


f the few quibbles we might have had about a recent experience with the newest rollout of Lulav, the chief one — and this goes for anybody in restaurant land — is to possess a working phone number. Add to that, in this day of social media and iPhones, is to have an updated website. Lulav had neither. At least this is Little Rock, where one can drive to downtown from nearly anywhere in the city in minutes to determine whether a supposedly new and improved restaurant is, in fact, new and improved and actually open. We’ll set the scene: With a few slices of pizza from lunch still fighting us, we weren’t really enthusiastic about heading back downtown on Friday night to check out Lulav: A Modern Eatery, but bossman said he needed a dining review STAT, so on to our assignment we went. Our accompanying photographer for said review said he’d tried reaching anyone at Lulav and was getting an operator’s recording, line disconnected. Bossman’s wishes aside, we had our fingers crossed that Lulav would indeed be shuttered, at least on this night; but alas

Lulav: A Modern Eatery 220 E. Sixth St. Little Rock 374-5100 (when working)

QUICK BITE Lulav struck us as a nice place to finish up a day after work downtown with one of its $20 bottles of wine from the cellar (a Crane Lake Sangiovese that retails in the $16 range was available) with any of the appetizers or one of three salad choices. Steaks are worth the price. HOURS 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday. OTHER INFO All CC. Full bar.

the place was serving a hungry few who were headed to “Gridiron” at The Rep. Lulav has been shuttered, or reimagined, what seems like a handful of times since its original incarnation a few short years ago as a restaurant specializing in Sephardic cuisine, and our next question after “Why is your phone line disconnected?” should have been, “Why keep

calling yourself Lulav?” The ownership is new — Herman Lewis, we’re told, has taken over. Lulav was originally the inspiration of Matt Lile, a former insurance executive who later ran into some federal legal problems. The current focus is on the “Modern Eatery” part of the name, and what that apparently means is a widely varied menu both in prices and amount of the food served, as well as specialty drinks and wines. The place has a dark and mysterious mid-20th century Frenchbistro-like ambiance with an impressive-looking bar commanding attention in the main room. Two gentlemen who we guess were employed by the place hung out there most of the night patiently waiting for the night to get cranking. One hostess/waitress worked the main room as well as a smaller one to the side, where we were seated. An eight-top was checking out as we arrived. Another couple came, looked at the menu, and left. A steady stream of visitors headed up a stairway in our dining parlor to a party on the second floor. For a few minutes, at 7 o’clock on a Friday evening, we had a restaurant to ourselves. In moments like these you wonder if you should have stayed home and reported to bossman that it was unlikely this review would beat the permanent closing yet again of Lulav’s doors. All that would be a shame, too, because someone in the kitchen is working awfully hard to prepare especially fine cuisine. Diners can order from a wide sampling of bistro-style appetizers, salads, affordable “small plates” in the $12-$18 range, and high-end steaks or sea bass that cost from $32 to the $49 cowboy rib-eye. Wine is grouped and priced similarly on the backside of the one-page menu — house wines or a handful of familiar names are bunched together in whatever price range you prefer. Even better, you can spend $20 on a bottle from Lulav’s sparsely populated wine cellar, or choose something on the order of Caymus, in that same cellar and inside a china cabinet, for a bit larger fee. The menu’s wording — choose any bottle from the cabinet for $20 — momentarily took us aback. We thought it was some kind of game: Pay $20 for the chance to

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see what surprise awaits you in the cellar. Our waitress said she gets that a lot. The taste of the Frontera pinot noir we selected belied the retail price tag we found for it on the Internet ($5 in some places, pre-tax). She probably also gets orders for chicken and waffles ($14) a lot, too, because those big words are positioned on the menu to catch the eye between the small plates and the high-dollar ones. Our dining companion jumped on it. Three moist and tender breast filets were fried to a golden brown and presented on a plate-size, dark, cinnamonspiced waffle. Meanwhile, we went with the 8-oz. filet of beef. Medium rare, with a mushroom and a cabernet reduction sauce, served atop garlic mashed potatoes and a small side of grilled asparagus. You expect close to perfection for $38 in Little Rock and we got every bit of that and more. Remember, we told you our appetite wasn’t strong to begin with: no problem, here, as this hefty, melt-in-your mouth steak was polished off in no time flat. All we needed was some bread to clean up the remnants of the sauce. Bread, however, was not to be had. Our young and nice but somewhat inexperienced waitress kept water

B Breakfast L Lunch D Dinner $ Inexpensive (under $8/person) $$ Moderate ($8-$20/person) $$$ Expensive (over $20/person) CC Accepts credit cards

coming, but she didn’t bother to suggest salads or appetizers either. She did direct us to the steaks, and she was right. The “small plate” offerings include a bartender’s special, a seasoned steak and fries for $18. With only two desserts available, we chose in the house-made vanilla crème brulee. We were told the restaurant’s torch wasn’t working to scorch a sugar topping (an oven broiler works just as well, fwiw) and the crème was maybe a tad overcooked (heavy over creamy). Our dining companion had tried lunch earlier at Lulav and raved about the Strawberry Fields salad of mixed greens and fruit. We could see ourselves returning soon for Blue Point crab cakes, an appetizer, or the shrimp and grits listed under the “small plate” section for $18. A “modern eatery” like Lulav has something for everybody at any time (or up until 9 p.m.) at any cost. We just wish more people knew what was going on at the newest Lulav and wish the restaurant had modern technology, like a telephone. It does have a Facebook page, by the way, but a glance at it might make you think it serves lunch only.

dining capsules, Cont. ALL ABOARD RESTAURANT & GRILL Burgers, catfish, chicken tenders and such in this trainthemed restaurant, where an elaborately engineered mini-locomotive delivers patrons’ meals. 6813 Cantrell Road. No alcohol. 501-975-7401. LD daily. ALLEY OOPS The restaurant at Creekwood Plaza (near the Kanis-Bowman intersection) is a neighborhood feedbag for major medical institutions with the likes of plate lunches, burgers and homemade desserts. Remarkable chess pie. 11900 Kanis Road. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-221-9400. LD Mon.-Sat. ASHER DAIRY BAR An old-line dairy bar that serves up made-to-order burgers, foot-long “Royal” hotdogs and old-fashioned shakes and malts. 7105 Colonel Glenn Road. No alcohol, No CC, CC. $-$$. 501-562-1085. BLD Mon.-Sat., D Fri.-Sat. ATHLETIC CLUB What could be mundane fare gets delightful twists and embellishments here. 11301 Financial Centre Parkway. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-312-9000. LD daily. B-SIDE The little breakfast place in the former party room of Lilly’s DimSum Then Some turns tradition on its ear, offering French toast wrapped in bacon on a stick, a must-have dish called “biscuit mountain” and beignets with

lemon curd. 11121 Rodney Parham Road. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-716-2700. B-BR Sat.-Sun. BAR LOUIE Mammoth portions of very decent bar/bistro fare with an amazingly varied menu that should satisfy every taste. Some excellent drink deals abound, too. 11525 Cantrell Road, Suite 924. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-228-0444. LD daily. BIG WHISKEY’S AMERICAN BAR AND GRILL A modern grill pub in the River Market District with all the bells and whistles – 30 flat-screen TVs, whiskey on tap, plus boneless wings, burgers, steaks, soups and salads. 225 E Markham St. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-324-2449. LD daily. BOBBY’S COUNTRY COOKIN’ One of the better plate lunch spots in the area, with some of the best fried chicken and pot roast around, a changing daily casserole and wonderful homemade pies. 301 N. Shackleford Road, Suite E1. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-224-9500. L Mon.-Fri. BOGIE’S BAR AND GRILL The former Bennigan’s retains a similar theme: a menu filled with burgers, salads and giant desserts, plus a few steak, fish and chicken main courses. There are big-screen TVs for sports fans and lots to drink, more reason to return than the food. 120 W. Pershing Blvd. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-812-0019. D daily.

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hearsay ➥ Colonial Wines and Spirits is celebrating classic cocktails during August’s Throwback Thursdays at the tasting bar. The drinks featured for Aug. 21 are the sidecar and the Americano. The cocktails for Aug. 28 are the Harvey Wallbanger and gimlet. ➥ Speaking of throwbacks, over at Box Turtle, they have a new gift idea: love letter napkins. Each cotton napkin carries the complete text of a love letter written by literary greats like Emily Dickinson, D.H. Lawrence, Jack London and Mark Twain. There are also napkins imprinted with letters of advice by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Thomas Jefferson, Rudyard Kipling and Charles Dickens. The gift giving ideas are endless. ➥ An update of Vesta’s: The store is closed for the move and is scheduled to reopen in its new space (still at Pleasant Ridge Town Center) on Aug. 21. ➥ Cynthia East Fabrics has a new jewelry line from Kat Friend Art in stock. ➥ Have a bunch of old jeans or other denim clothing items that you need to get rid of? Take them to Park Plaza Mall between now and Aug. 31 for the Blue Jeans Go Green™ denim recycling program. There are designated denim recycling bins at the mall’s food court, or take them to the Gap and get 25 percent off your entire purchase that day. Denim of any color and in any condition will be accepted. All denim collected will be converted into UltraTouch™ Denim Insulation. Each year, up to approximately 250,000 square feet of the insulation is distributed to communities in need. The goal is to collect 500 pair of jeans, which is approximately enough to insulate one home. To date, the Blue Jeans Go Green™ denim recycling program has diverted more than 600 tons of waste out of landfills and generated approximately 2 million square feet of UltraTouch™ Denim Insulation to assist with building efforts in communities in need.

MUSEUM, Verizon Arena, NLR: 10 a.m.4:30 p.m. Mon.-Sat. 663-4328. CENTR AL HIGH SCHOOL MUSEUM VISITOR CENTER, Bates and Park: Exhibits on the 1957 desegregation of Central and the civil rights movement. 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily. 374-1957. CLINTON PRESIDENTIAL CENTER, 1200 President Clinton Ave.: “Chihuly,” studio glass, through Jan. 5, 2015; permanent exhibits on the Clinton administration. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun. $7 adults; $5 college students, seniors, retired military; $3 ages 6-17. 370-8000. ESSE, 1510 S. Main St.: “What’s Inside: A Century of Women and Handbags (19001999),” purses from the collection of Anita Davis, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tue.-Sun., $10-$8. 916-9022. HISTORIC ARKANSAS MUSEUM, 200 E. 3rd St.: “The Great Arkansas Quilt Show 3,” juried exhibit of contemporary quilts, through May 3; “Kateri Joe: Thank Your Lucky Stars,” mixed media, through Sept. 7; “A Beauty on It Sells: Advertising Art from the Collection of Marsha Stone,” 13th annual Eclectic Collector exhibit, through Jan. 1; “So What! It’s the Least I Can Do …,” paintings by Ray Wittenberg, through Sept. 7, “Arkansas Made,” ongoing. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun. 324-9351. MacARTHUR MUSEUM OF ARKANSAS MILITARY HISTORY, MacArthur Park: “American Posters of World War I”; permanent exhibits. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 1-4 p.m. Sun. 376-4602. MOSAIC TEMPLARS CULTURAL CENTER, 501 W. 9th St.: “Arkansas’ African American Legislators,” permanent exhibits on black entrepreneurship in Arkansas. 683-3593. MUSEUM OF DISCOVERY, 500 President Clinton Ave.: “Wiggle Worms,” science program for pre-K children 10-10:30 a.m. every Tue., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun., $10 ages 13 and older, $8 ages 1-12, free to members and children under 1. 396-7050. WITT STEPHENS JR. CENTRAL ARKANSAS NATURE CENTER, Riverfront Park: Exhibits on wildlife and the state Game and Fish Commission. 907-0636. England TOLTEC MOUNDS STATE PARK, U.S. Hwy. 165: Major prehistoric Indian site with visitors’ center and museum. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat., noon-5 p.m. Sun., closed Mon. $3 for adults, $2 for ages 6-12. 961-9442. Jacksonville JACKSONVILLE MUSEUM OF MILITARY HISTORY, 100 Veterans Circle: Exhibits on D-Day; F-105, Vietnam era plane (“The Thud”); the Civil War Battle of Reed’s Bridge, Arkansas Ordnance Plant (AOP) and other military history. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun. $3 adults; $2 seniors, military; $1 students. 501-241-1943. Scott PLANTATION AGRICULTURE MUSEUM, U.S. 165 S and Hwy. 161: Artifacts and interactive exhibits on farming in the Arkansas Delta. $4 adults, $3 ages 6-12. Open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun. 501961-1409. SCOTT PLANTATION SETTLEMENT: 1840s log cabin, one-room school house, tenant houses, smokehouse and artifacts on plantation life. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Thu.-Sat. 351-0300. 

Painting Association of the UA),” Raven Halfmoon, Ashley Byers, Carrie Gibson, Mia Buonaiuto, Ashley Lindsey, Jessica Lynnlani Westhafer, Emily Chase and Natalie Brown.

Continuing gallery, museum exhibits around Arkansas

Fort Smith REGIONAL ART MUSEUM, 1601 Rogers Ave.: 66th annual “River Valley Invitational,” through Sept. 14. 479-784-2787.

Bentonville C R Y S TA L B R I DG E S M U S E U M OF AMERICAN ART, One Museum Way: “Global Citizen: The Architecture of Moshe Safdie,” drawings, sketches, videos, photographs and scale models, through Sept. 1; “Anglo-American Portraiture in an Age of Revolution,” five paintings, including works from the Musee de Louvre, the High Museum of Art and the Terra Foundation, through Sept. 15; permanent collection of American masterworks spanning four centuries. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon., Thu.; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Wed., Fri.; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat.-Sun., closed Tue. 479-418-5700. Calico Rock CALICO ROCK ARTISTS COOPERATIVE, Hwy. 5 at White River Bridge: Paintings, photographs, jewelry, fiber art, wood, ceramics and other crafts. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tue.-Thu., 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Fri.-Sat., noon-4 p.m. Sun. CALICO ROCK MUSEUM, Main Street: Displays on Native American cultures, steamboats, the railroad and local history. Eureka Springs EUREKA FINE ART GALLERY, 63 N. Main St.: “The Art of Negative Thinking,” photographs paired with negatives by Ron Lutz, through Aug. 29, new work by Diana Harvey through the month. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. 479-363-6000. Fayetteville THE DEPOT, 549 W. Dickson St.: “Water, Rust, Reflection,” photos by Mike Price, through Sept. 1. 479-443-9900.  L AL AL AND, 6 41 Mar tin Luther King Blvd.: “Women of DAPA (Drawing and

Harrison ARTISTS OF THE OZARKS, 124½ N. Willow St.: Work by Amelia Renkel, Ann Graffy, Christy Dillard, Helen McAllister, Sandy Williams and D. Savannah George. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Thu.-Sat., noon-4 p.m. Sun. 870-429-1683. Morrilton MUSEUM OF AUTOMOBILES, Petit Jean Mountain: Permanent exhibit of more than 50 cars from 1904-1967 depicting the evolution of the automobile. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 7 days. 501-727-5427. Pottsville POTTS INN, 25 E. Ash St.: Preserved 1850s stagecoach station on the Butterfield Overland Mail Route, with period furnishings, log structures, hat museum, doll museum, doctor’s office, antique farm equipment. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wed.-Sat. $5 adults, $2 students, 5 and under free. 479-968-9369. Rogers ROGERS HISTORICAL MUSEUM, 322 S. Second St.: “IMAGINE: A NEW Rogers Historical Museum,” conceptual designs of new exhibition areas to be built; “Up in the Air,” ceramic hot air balloons, through Sept. 1. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat. 479-62101154. Russellville THE FRAME SHOP AND GALLERY, 311 W. C St.: Mixed media drawings and paintings by Rachel Trusty, through Aug. 24. 479-9671398.

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Drink specials daily. Monday night, Kids eat free. Wed: Wine Day – 1/2 price selected bottle wine. Thur: Ladies Night – 1/2 price selected appetizers. (LD) 17717 Chenal Pkwy, Ste. 101 821-5398 •





BBQ sandwich with chips $6. (LD) 5506 Baseline Rd 562-9635

Try it with turkey! Get any burger with a turkey patty for $1 off. (LD) 17809 Chenal Pkwy, Ste. G-101. 821-1515 • Midtown: 207 N. University Ave, Ste. 100. 379-8715

$2 off any burger. (LD) 225 E. Markham St. 324-2449

99¢ kids meal with the purchase of a burger combo meal. (LD) 10907 N. Rodney Parham Rd. 228-7800

$1 off dinner and a drink. 301 N. Shackleford Rd, Ste. E-1 224-9500





$5 off a $25 food purchase. (LD) 3201 Bankhead Dr 235-2000

Ham & Swiss on a pretzel bun combo – sandwich, potato salad and canned soda $7.25. (BL) 120 River Market Blvd. 918-3091

3 course dinner for $16.95. (D) 17815 Chenal Parkway 821-2485

BRAY GOURMET DELI & CATERING Leader of the group Friday: The leader of the group of 3 or more dine-in customers will receive a free entrée. (BL) 323 Center St., Ste. 150 353-1045 •





1/2 price drinks and appetizers from 5pm-7pm Mon-Fri, bar area only. (D) 10825 Hermitage Rd. • 312-2748

Lunch Buffet – Buy one get one free. (L) 201 S. Shackelford 223-3000

Moqueca (Regularly priced at $28.69) for $25 during the month of August. (LD) 2701 Kavanaugh Blvd. 614-6682

Half sandwich, side and drink $5.99. (L) 1 World Ave. (Heifer Village) 907-8801




Free fountain drink with purchase of sandwich or wraps. (LD) 405 Pres. Clinton Ave. 244-2622


$5 appetizer with the purchase of any entrée $15 or more. Dine in only. (LD) 500 Pres. Clinton Ave, Ste. 105 907-1881

BRUNO’S LITTLE ITALY Buy one order of spaghetti and meat sauce, get two meatballs free! (D) 310 Main St. 372-7866

CAJUN’S WHARF $15 Prix Fixe 2-course restaurant month lunch menu. $30 Prix Fixe 3-course restaurant month dinner menu. 2400 Cantrell Rd. 375-5351

CAPITAL BAR AND GRILL $1 off fried green local tomatoes 4-6pm every day. 111 W. Markham 370-7013


$2 Miller Lite draft, $3 house wines and $4 liquor. (LD) 600 I-30 and 6th St. • 975-CAMP(2267)


One free cheese dip or guacamole with purchase of an entrée. Buy 2 dinners and 2 drinks – $5 off. (LD) 25 Rahling Circle 821-2740

Fajitas para Dos – Dinner for two with appetizer and sizzling skillets of fajitas $59.99 (LD) 201 Univ. Ave. Midtown Shopping Center • 280-0407



10% off any entrée. (L) 915 W. Capitol Ave. 372-4227

Free small cheese dip with purchase of two or more entrees. (LD) 6820 Cantrell Rd. 280-9888 18321 Cantrell Rd. 868-8822



Buy a dinner, platter or entree at regular price and receive a free slice of pie (cheesecake excluded). (LD) 9801 W. Markham St. 225-4346

Four-course chef’s tasting menu and wine paring $40. (D) 605 N. Beechwood St. 603-0238

$1 off iced coffee, iced latte, espresso frappe, espresso milkshake, fruit smoothie. (BL) Downtown: 1200 Main St. • 375-7105 Free cookie of your choice with any purchase. (BL) WLR:


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Free small cheese dip with the purchase of an entrée. (LD) 406 S. Louisiana St.. 371-0733 Find us on Facebook

All domestic draft pitchers $8. (LD) 7626 Cantrell Rd. 221-9696

Order a margherita pizza and we will donate $1 to Dunbar Gardens. Free Dessert! Buy a 10” pie (or larger) and get a free dessert sampler. (LD) 6706 Cantrell Rd. • 2701 Kavanaugh Blvd. • 10720 N. Rodney Parham Rd. 664-2239 •


DIANE’S GOURMET Buy 3 casseroles and get one free. 11121 N. Rodney Parham Rd. 224-2639

Free sugar cookie with lunch purchase. (L) 323 S. Cross St. 375-2257

DUGAN’S PUB 1/2 price appetizers from 4-7pm Mon.-Thur. (D) 401 E. 3rd St. 244-0542


CAPERS $30 Prix Fixe 3-course restaurant month dinner menu. (D) 14502 Cantrell Rd 868-7600


15% off your order. (LD) 400 Pres. Clinton Ave. 372-6637

Buy creamy chicken spaghetti and 2 veggies with drink for $8.50 and get a second plate for half price. (LD) 8801 Colonel Glenn Road 562-4949



$15 Prix Fixe 2-course restaurant month lunch menu. $30 Prix Fixe 3-course restaurant month dinner menu. 300 E. 3rd St. # 101 • 375-3333

$1 off Cajun shrimp dinner. (LD) 12005 Westhaven Dr. 954-7427(RIBS)



Buy 1, get 1/2 off on #2 breakfast combo: Eggs, a biscuit, bacon or sausage and home fried potatoes. (B) 824 W. Capitol Ave. 372-8816

Turkey, apple, bacon on Woodstock bread with sriracha mayo, with chips and a pickle $7. (L) 210 Center St. 372-3283



1/2 price cheese dip with the order of two or more entrees. (LD) 200 River Market Ave. 375-3500

8 oz. filet with Arkansas toast, potatoes and soaked salad $35. (LD) 1023 W. Markham St. 376-1195






Hula Poppers – 6 jalapeños filled with cheese and shrimp & bacon $9.99. (LD) 511 Pres. Clinton Ave. 375-3474

Fabulous lunch specials, including tea or soda for $7.99. Mon-Fri, 11 am-4 pm only. Ask your server for details. (L) 323 Pres. Clinton Ave. 372-7468

Free Habanero Queso with the purchase of a taco plate. No substitutions. One per table. (LD) 3501 Old Cantrell Rd. 916-9706

$1 off wine. (LD) 14810 Cantrell Rd. 868-8149

Club sandwich and fries $10 11am-2pm • 5-10pm $10. (LD) 1023 W. Markham St. 372-4371

GARDEN SMOOTHIES 1/2 off fresh fruit smoothie with the purchase of sandwich or wrap. (L) 400 Pres. Clinton Ave. 244-9964




Buy one get one half off (excludes existing specials). (LD) 9219 Stagecoach Rd. 407-0000

Philly cheesesteak with fries and drink $9.95. (LD) 925 S. University Ave. 664-5020

Ask about whole beans coffee Peru Andes Reserve. $5 off of one pound of coffee, your choice of beans. (BLD) 10700 Rodney Parham Rd. • 228-4448






10% off any sandwich and $1 off any dinner to go (M-F 4:30-6pm) (LD) 2807 Kavanaugh Blvd., Ste. B 671-6328

$1 off any combo (L) 201 E. Markham 224-0975

15% off any whole pizza. (LD) 201 E. Markham St. 374-3656

14” pizza (up to 3 toppings) with a side of Razorback Sticks with cheese $13.95. (LD) 16101 Cantrell Rd. 868-3250

Buy one lunch entree, get one of equal or less value for 50% off. Tues- Fri 4-7pm House Margaritas $2.50, $1 off all beer. (L) 614 Pres. Clinton Ave. 372-1228 •





Fajita’s for two, small cheese dip and two soft drinks $22.95. (LD) 11121 N. Rodney Parham 219-4689

Buy any Sub Sandwich and get the 2nd for 1/2 price. (L) 1122 S. Center St. 372-6004

Molcajete Cielo, Mar, y Tiena $10.99. Flan $3. (LD) 10402 Stagecoach Rd, Ste. J 455-8500

Get $5 off when you spend $25 or more (cannot be used with any other offer). (LD) 8201 Ranch Blvd. • 868-8226 9501 N Rodney Parham • 227-7772

$.75 Pabst. (BLD) 2925 Kavanaugh Blvd. 666-7414





1/2 price small shaved ice. (LD) 5501 Kavanaugh Blvd. 313-9558

Free Guacamole with purchase of two entrees. (LD) 3024 Cantrell Rd. 661-0600

25% off Chinese spring rolls. (LD) 11121 N. Rodney Parham Rd. 716-2700

Buy one pita/salad/platter and get second pita/salad/platter of equal or lesser value for 50% off. (LD) 11525 Cantrell Rd, Ste. 905 223-5300







“Lunch Pronto”: Come in Mon-Fri for lunch and order off the pronto menu, get a free soda or tea. (L) 17815 Chenal Pkwy. 448-2226

50% off any appetizer or dessert with purchase of any two entrees. (LD) 14524 Cantrell Rd, Ste. 110 367-8082

Rueben or turkey Rueben, fountain drink, and chips $8.99. (LD) 400 Pres. Clinton Ave. 376-3354

Two can dine for $16.99 (1 appetizer, 2 entrees, 2 desserts) (LD) 13924 Cantrell Rd. 217-0700

$1 off wines by the glass on Wednesday evenings. (D) 6323 Colonel Glenn Rd. 562-3131






One free dessert with the purchase of two entrees at dinner. Please let your server know. (D) 27 Rahling Circle 821-1838

$1 off any regularly priced sandwich. (BLD) 12111 W. Markham, Ste. 366 228-4677

Free dessert of your choice. One per table. Dinner only. Just say Savor the City. (D) 11401 N Rodney Parham 353-1875

$2 off a medium Paxton’s Favorite pizza pie. (LD) 13420 Otter Creek Pkwy. 455-4242

$2 domestics all day Monday and Tuesday. (LD) 1517 Rebsamen Park Rd • 664-6133 14710 Cantrell Rd • 868-2600






Buy 1, get 1 50% off. (LD) 12318 Chenal Parkway 223-2695

Curried chicken salad sandwich and chips or potato salad $5.25. (LD) Main Library, 5th Floor, 100 Rock St. 918-3023

Buy one milkshake, get one free. (LD) 8026 Cantrell Rd. • 221-3555 11602 Chenal Pkwy. • 224-4433

Mon: 1/2 off all bottled wine under $28. (D) Tues: 1/2 off all appetizers. (LD) Wed: Filet Night - $19.95 Creekstone Angus Filet (D) 3701 Cantrell Rd • 666-8482



HERITAGE GRILLE STEAK AND FIN Complimentary appetizer with the purchase of two dinner entrees. (D) 3 Statehouse Plaza 399-8050

Mon: 1/2 off all wine under $28. Tues: $9 large pizza, $2 draft. Wed: Cheeseburger Night – CreekStone Angus $7.95. (LD) 3519 Old Cantrell Rd 663-4666 •

Mention Little Rock Restaurant Month and receive $1 off frozen yogurt. (LD) 5621 Kavanaugh Blvd. • 663-2500

Frozen Ruby Red Grapefruit Margaritas $5. Small Queso and Salsa w/ fried Tortilla Chips & TWO Tempting Taco Plates $19.99. (LD)

300 Pres. Clinton Ave. 823-0091 •






Large smoothie for the price of a regular. (L) 400 Pres. Clinton Ave. 224-2326

Weekday Breakfast Special: 20% off your breakfast entree. Available Tues-Fri, 7-11 am. (B) 1500 S Main St. 414-0423

A free piece of cheese bread for every $5 you spend at Rosalia’s during the month of August. (BLD) 2701 Kavanaugh Blvd. • 719-7035

Free dessert with purchase of two dinner entrees. (D) 1501 N. University Ave. 660-4200

Free flan with purchase of $15 or more. (LD) 11610 Pleasant Ridge Rd. # 110 225-1300




Sun-Thur, 5-7pm: All fried rolls $6.50; All featured cocktails $5; Seared diver scallops $3 off. (D) 11525 Cantrell Rd. 224-4300

Biscuit & Gravy 99¢. (B) Homemade cookies 2 for $1 (L) 101 E Capitol Ave., Ste 116 375-3420



Shrimp & Grits: Seasoned shrimp and creamy jalapeño cheese grits served with a side salad and house focaccia bread $11.95. (L) 5110 Kavanaugh Blvd. 666-6468 •





Sun-Thur: Chef’s Special, 2 Adults for $50 (sushi only) (LD) 5823 Kavanaugh Blvd. 663-9888

Ask for the appetizer and drink specials Mon-Fri 4-6pm. (D) 1501 Merrill Drive 224-2828





“Good Ass” Smoothie $4.25 (L) 400 Pres. Clinton Ave. 838-3634

Bucket of Miller Light $10: “Karaoke Night” Saturday 7pm-close. (LD) 1400 S. University Ave. 664-6444 Find us on Facebook!

“Summer Cold Snap”: $1 off a large gelato. (LD) 5600 Kavanaugh Blvd. 661-9292

15% off dinner entrée. (D) 301 N Shackleford Rd., Ste. C4 227-9900

TRACY CAKES Buy 3 Cupcakes, Get 1 Free. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Rd. 227-4243

Ask your server about our $5-$7-$9 specials for Savor the City. (LD) 107 River Market Ave 372-7707 Lunch: 1/2 off spinach dip OR dessert. Dinner: 4 -course dinner for $28. Any appetizer, house or Caesar salad. Entrees: Farmer’s Market Splendor, Shrimp or Chicken Enchiladas, Voodoo Pasta or Chicken special - plus dessert. (LD)

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20% off all appetizers. (D) 500 Pres. Clinton Ave, Ste. 100 324-2999

$2 off the Blue Plate lunch special. (L) 1304 Main St. 244-9660

TAZIKI’S MEDITERRANEAN CAFE 20% off all tickets Sun-Thurs after 5pm. Just say, “New Taziki’s coming in September.” (D) 12800 Chenal Pkwy • 225-1829 8200 Cantrell Rd • 227-8291

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Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families is accepting resumes for a part-time (25 to 30 hours a week) Administrative Assistant. Requires general office skills and proficiency in Microsoft Office programs and database programs. 5+ years of experience required. Salary commensurate with experience.


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