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Ah, college. Without a doubt, working on this issue has been a trip down memory lane. When I started as a 17-year-old freshman, I thought I would be able to triple major (English, journalism and French) and graduate in three years, no big deal. Eventually, though, French was demoted to a minor, and then abandoned altogether after three or four classes, but not before I managed to spend a summer in Quebec studying the language...and learning from my new amis Canadiens how to properly pour a beer. In reality, I took just under five years to graduate with those degrees in English and journalism. Two of those years were spent interning in the Public Affairs Office of the Corps of Engineers. I can’t say enough about interning. While I value my college education, I know that I learned more about working in the real world, and what I wanted my future to look like, from that one internship. I met my first mentor, the amazing Jennifer Wilson, who taught me so much and remains a dear friend to this day. Not that I was a mannerless kid, but I also learned how to act in an office (no shorts, no matter how great your tan looks), and how to communicate with both the press and everyday people calling for information. This year, we’ve taken a departure from our regular format for the college guide, and instead of stories and charts we’re taking you on a campus tour of all of the four-year college and universities in the state. You’ll find information on campus living, tuition and financial aid, sports, activities and more, as well as messages from many members of the schools’ faculty and staff. I think this new format will make learning about higher learning opportunities fun for you and your freshman-to-be. This issue also features two moms who have dedicated their careers to higher education. Dr. Robin E. Bowen, president of Arkansas Tech University, is the state’s first female president of a public four-year college, and she’s using her position as a platform to discuss important social issues, as well as the importance of a post-secondary education. In Arkadelphia at Henderson State University, executive director of marketing and communications Tonya Oaks Smith is a firm believe in the transformative power of education at all levels, but particularly at the college level. I know you’ll enjoy hearing both of these women’s stories. Rounding out the college theme of the issue, we get advice from Anne Holcomb, who’s getting ready to send son Patrick to the U of A this fall. You’ll also find our Nosh department focusing on how to transform standard ramen into a flavorful dining experience. No doubt you’ll want to tear those pages out and send them along to your favorite college student.
I love this quote from “Corner Shots” by Anne Holcomb: “...our kids are not extensions of ourselves…they will form their own questions and search for meaning and answers; it’s what humans do. They are going to do it in their own way, which is probably not the same way we did it. But we didn’t do it like our parents, and they didn’t do it like their parents…and life has continued so for generations.” 6
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iggott, Arkansas is widely known as the birthplace of Ernest Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms, and it’s where both the Trail of Tears and the Southwest Trail tracked history through northeast Arkansas. Maybe not as well-known but certainly as significant is the contribution Sue Smith made to the community as an educator. After a 31-year career teaching French and world history at Piggott High School, Sue retired in 2001 to start her second career volunteering for her community. “I live in Batesville now, and I’m able to volunteer at the William J. Clinton Presidential Center and Park in Little Rock, and as a docent, I can still have contact with students. I also volunteer with various community activities in Batesville.” These inspirations for lifelong learning and to impart knowledge to students of all ages are what kept Sue in the classroom. “I enjoyed opening up the world to my students,” she said. “That little spark when an ‘a-ha’ moment occurred was priceless. I also loved the extracurricular activities—Quiz Bowl coach, Beta Club sponsor, French Club sponsor, decorating for prom—I wore
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a lot of hats! Every other year I led a group of students to Europe, and that brought my foreign language and world history together well.” Sue’s commitment to education extends to her participation in the Arkansas Education Association. For almost five decades, she’s been a member—31 as an active member and 13 since she retired. Today, she serves as president of the AEA-Retired. “I became a member of the AEA and stay a member now because it’s the professional thing to do,” Sue said. “A former president of the National Education Association once noted that she has chalk dust on her soul. I think I do, too, and so does the AEA.” Sue also notes membership in the AEA includes legal, professional, economic and social benefits for both career and retired members. “The AEA lobbies for children, employees and retirees. It’s our voice at the legislature when we are busy teaching or doing our educational support jobs,” she said. “There is security in numbers, and through the AEA, there are opportunities for staff development. It’s important to me to keep up with what is happening in Arkansas and the nation in education.”
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Arkansas Virtual Academy Provides Flexibility, Learning to State’s Students Not so long ago in Arkansas, it was customary to arrange school around the students’ schedules as they were needed at home to farm fields and harvest crops. Today, this same approach to making learning flexible to a student’s and parent’s schedule is working seamlessly through the Arkansas Virtual Academy. Unlike homeschooling, the Arkansas Virtual Academy is a publicly-funded online charter school that provides families and students with a complete set of curriculum, lesson-planning programs, books and instructional materials, the use of a computer and subsidized Internet access for qualifying students, and the guidance of a highly-qualified, licensed teacher. Everything needed for an exceptional education is provided to students who participate in ARVA. “Virtual schooling is advantageous to parents who want to be more involved in their child’s learning,” says Dr. Scott Sides, head of school at ARVA. “For students, it allows them to set out on an individual path to learning in a safe and supportive atmosphere. If they have an area where they need more time or assistance, we help them develop an approach to strengthen it. The mission of virtual school is to be flexible to what the student needs, and it works.” The Arkansas Virtual Academy uses the world-class K-12 curriculum, which meets or exceeds state standards. Because ARVA is a publicly-funded open-enrollment charter school, students are required to participate in state-mandated standardized achievement tests to demonstrate content understanding and academic progress. These achievement measures, such as state
testing, are important to ARVA as it works to ensure each of its students is excelling in his or her academic pursuits. Haley Woodruff and her daughter, Brooklyn, have done just that for three years at ARVA. Brooklyn is a northwest Arkansas gymnast who practices 33 hours per week, and conventional school does not mesh with her schedule. As one of seven girls who pursue gymnastics and attend ARVA, Brooklyn—and her mom—is pleased with the progress she is making. “When she was in public school, she would get frustrated because she would finish her work first but would have to stop and wait for others in her class to finish theirs before she could move on,” Haley says. “With ARVA, she can progress as fast as she likes. The biggest advantage is that Brooklyn can continue the sport she loves at the level she wants to pursue it, and we have much more time together since she gets her practices done during the day, which frees up our evenings to be together as a family.” The freedom to pursue an activity the student loves, travel as needed and still obtain a top-notch education in a public school system is what makes ARVA the best option for parents, students and educators who require flexibility, diversity and support. “We strive to create a balanced approach in educating our students that provides the support and student-centered focus required to meet the needs of students as unique and individual learners,” Dr. Sides says. “ARVA is an excellent choice for families who are interested in being actively involved in their children’s education.”
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Anne Holcomb and son Patrick prepare for their annual corner shot on the porch of their Little Rock home.
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Preparing to send your kid off to college? Remember that every experience is different, and very much their own BY ANNE HOLCOMB
“Ok, Beamish Boy—ready? On three! One…two…(click)…three!” It’s a tradition, both not taking the picture when you say you will, like Lucy pulling the football away from Charlie Brown just as he kicks, and these annual porch corner shots we’ve taken of the Beamish Boy every first-day-of-school he’s had. He’s grown a lot since he started 1st grade. Of course, that’s to be expected, given that he has somehow become almost 21 now. I’m not sure which of the three of us is more baffled by that fact; it seems to have happened so quickly. As the mom of an only child, I’ve been keenly aware of the “firsts,” because they’re also “lasts.” That’s true for all of us, really, regardless of how many siblings we have. You only ever have one first. It’s just that when it’s your turn to be the parent, even though you are trying your best to pay attention, the days somehow slip by in a seemingly endless flow of school, homework, vacations and spring breaks, until you notice with a bit of alarm that the terrain has changed and you are hurtling forward along the on-ramp of a Dallasproportioned mix-master known as My Kid’s Starting College.
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It’s hard not to freak out. The good news is that it’s ok to freak out. It’s part of being human. It’s part of learning how to do what my mom used to call holding tight with open arms. Really, you’ve been doing it all along in smaller, less obvious ways: All the reminders to take out the trash, feed the dog, be in by curfew, register for the ACT—all that counts toward helping your fledgling become an independent adult who can think for himself and engage in good actions as a result of those thoughts. I grew up an avid reader who was into all forms of band, choir, music, theater and art. I graduated high school near the top of my class, and was either naïve enough or arrogant enough to apply only to the one college I wanted to go to, which was Hendrix. Fortunately, I was accepted, and had four wonderful, golden, consecutive years in a small liberal arts environment where it was safe to explore big thoughts and ask big questions. I was fortunate to find the key there to some things that opened the world for me and changed my life forever. Of course I would wish something similar for my own child, right?
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But our kids are not extensions of ourselves. There is no mandate for them to live out the dreams we had. They are people in their own right, with their own dreams. They will form their own questions and search for meaning and answers; it’s what humans do. They are going to do it in their own way, which is probably not the same way we did it. But we didn’t do it like our parents, and they didn’t do it like their parents…and life has continued so for generations. The Beamish Boy, whose name is Patrick, struggles with ADD and has never liked to read. But he tenaciously taught himself to skateboard years ago, and he’s really good at it. He is both limber willow and strong oak. He’s not outwardly musical, but he understands what makes good music. He’s good with a video camera and is a better visual artist than I will ever be. Quiet and a little shy, he is fiercely loyal, has a great sense of humor, and he is kind both to people and animals. He’s studying rocks. Earth science. Geology. To date, he has endured one year of trying to like UCA, a year of living at home while working part-time and attending UALR, and is about to launch off to Fayetteville in August. There is no four-consecutive-year golden bubble on the horizon for him. But that’s ok, because this is his story and he’s doing it his way. Different adventures await him. When Patrick leaves (again) in August for the Ozarks, hugs and tears will happen, and we’ll send him off with another corner shot, a Keurig and a full tank of gas. There will be a vaguely empty feeling in the house for a while, and even the dogs will notice that the seemingly endless flow of days has stopped. But in its place will be a new pattern still in the making, populated by new firsts, and if not endless days, then moments to treasure all the more. We’ve assured Patrick his bedroom here will remain. He will always have a room wherever we are if he needs it. Like Tom Bodett, we’ll leave the light on. And we’ll be on the corner of the porch, holding tight with open arms.
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Campus Concierge CEO Anna Morrison is meeting the demand for custom tutoring services.
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It is said of New York City, “If you can make it there, you can make it anywhere,” and apparently that “anywhere” includes northwest Arkansas. At least, that is, if you’re 25-year-old Anna Morrison, chief executive officer of Campus Concierge. Morrison, recently named 2015 Young Entrepreneur of the Year by the Arkansas District of the U.S. Small Business Administration, returned to her home state in 2013 after two years in the Big Apple working in marketing and stepped into the leadership role of the company her parents founded in 2012. “I moved to New York (after graduating college) in 2011,” she says. “My parents had come up with the concept and when they originally opened it, it was just a study space. I was involved in the planning part of it and doing what I could remotely and when I moved back to Fayetteville, we started to really develop the business.” Morrison slimmed down Campus Concierge’s business plan to focus on one-on-one tutoring and study services, refined the monthly membership fee schedule and started hiring tutors. Last semester the company hired 76 such tutors and already for fall, 87 have signed on. But it’s still not enough to keep up with demand. “It is kind of a small family,” she says of her staff. “It’s great because everyone has the same goal in mind and that’s for everyone to be successful. The tutors
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want students to succeed and I want my tutors to have a great experience here as well. With our staff it’s a very open door policy, we all work in one room and we stress everyone communicating and nobody feeling inferior.” The thing that stops you in your tracks about Campus Concierge is the very students who cram into the company’s study facility at Dickson and Block streets in Fayetteville are just a stone’s throw from campus where tutoring services are available free of charge. Morrison, who graduated from the University of Arkansas, said there are key differences that have kept Campus Concierge competitive with her alma mater. “The larger the college gets, unfortunately it doesn’t mean they’re going to hire on more people,” she says. “At the tutoring center on campus, a student might come in when they need it and there might be four people asking one tutor five different questions. It can be overwhelming. “We can’t meet our demand as it is, so a lot of the time, I’m pointing our students to use U of A resources. But I think it really boils down to a lot of students are just not prepared for college and they need to learn from someone figuring out how to study the material. I mean, they wouldn’t be in college if they weren’t smart individuals, obviously they are. I really think what makes us stand out is that we take that one-on-one individual approach and we try to treat them like adults.”
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The system works so well, Morrison has her eye on expansion. She’s tasked some of the company’s college interns with studying the challenges expansion would bring, including proper supervision and vetting tutor applicants. She’s had positive discussions with Texas Christian University as well as several colleges in Arkansas, so she’s convinced the idea can work, if rolled out correctly. “I learned early on in any business you have to keep your customers first and you have to figure out ways to meet their needs, and the old principle of the customer is always right is something that you should always adapt to,” she says. “You can’t have the mindset, ‘Oh I just want to get rich quick,’ because that’s not going to happen. “With our students, I basically had to listen to what they wanted. We came up with this great concept that we knew was needed, but is it actually what the students want and what they need. And, obviously, we don’t want to lose that focus going into another campus and so what we’re doing right now is getting information from the students about what they need and how can we provide that to make this successful for them but also a profitable business for us. We’re definitely learning all of these things.” The company is also bearing down on another milestone: Its initial crop of clients is entering their junior year. Talking about them and the prospect of watching these early adopters of Campus Concierge walk the graduation stage makes Morrison’s voice flutter. “It’s been difficult trying to figure out how to change the mindset that tutoring is the cool thing to do and you’re not stupid if you’re getting tutoring. Every 4.0 student will tell you, you have to go above and beyond to get there,” she says. “Now, it’s more of a culture; it’s kind of adapted on its own and created itself. No one’s forced to come here, everyone who’s coming here is here because they want to do better. And because our tutors are students as well, they’re able to connect to these other students and there’s not that traditional hierarchy teacher-student relationship. They can communicate this culture of doing well in school is the cool thing to do. “The students that started with us our first semester don’t need as much encouragement and support now, because they really believe in themselves and they know that they can do it. I call them the champions of our brand.”
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The Bunk Bed Organizer is a must have for any bunk bed owner! The top shelf can be used to store small items like flash lights, sunscreen and lotions, and the small mesh pockets are great for items like lip balm, stamps, pens and pencils, and more. The large pocket at the front is able to fit notebooks and snacks! Even better? Hook two Bunk Bed Organizers together to double the storage space!
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Available at the low, low price of around 25 cents a package, ramen noodles have been a staple of college students’ diets since Maruchan opened its first plant in the United States in the late 1970s. By the mid-1990s, the company because the top-selling dry soup in the country. But while we appreciate the simplicity of cooking ramen straight out of the package using only those coveted flavor packets, chef Justin Patterson, owner of Southern Gourmasian in Little Rock, showed us how to amp up the flavor of basic ramen with a few affordable ingredients. Consider this a master class in ramen. Instead of following the cooking directions on the package, Patterson recommends cooking the noodles for only two minutes. He also suggests making a concentrated sauce with the flavor packet, simply by mixing it with a bit of water. Next, place your noodles in a bowl, and pour on the sauce. For the mild dish (facing page), using the “Oriental” flavor broth, Patterson added cucumber slices, a lime wedge, cilantro, Thai basil, green onions and shredded nori. With the exception of the nori, which can be found at any Asian food market (Patterson says Sam’s Oriental Market in Little Rock is his favorite), the rest of the ingredients are easy to find in the produce section of any store. Patterson points out that the lime in this dish, as well as the spicy dish, isn’t just for garnish. “Lime is an acid, and it brings out all of the flavors in a dish like this when you use it properly as a seasoning,” he says. “The dish won’t taste just only of lime, but will enhance all flavors.” On the spicy side (this page), Patterson followed the same preparation, using a spicy flavor packet this time to make a sauce. He added dried Thai chili peppers and green onions, and used two popular condiments: siracha and hoisin sauces. “My advice is to keep plenty of good condiments on-hand, especially ones like these that don’t have to be refrigerated. Sauces like these will help you get by in a pinch, and can help make virtually anything taste better.”
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TUESDAYS, 11 A.M., HEIFER VILLAGE Heifer Hour features a craft, game, children’s book or outdoor activity to help teach kids about caring for the Earth and for other people. Activities are geared for children K-5. All materials are provided by Heifer. July 7, Motivation: market activity; July 14, Muscle: learn about water buffalos; July 21, Money: chicken cup activity; July 28, Manure: make a cardboard worm. Visit heifer.org for more information.
JULY 11, 10 A.M.-2 P.M., PLANTATION AGRICULTURE MUSEUM, SCOTT Journey back to your pioneering roots during the first annual Homegoods Day. Homemakers and crafters from around Arkansas are will explain and show their goods. Activities and items include everything from local soaps and honey, candles, cheeses, spinning, weaving, crocheted accessories, canned goods, various homemaking demonstrations, free homemade ice cream and more. Admission is free. For more information call 501-961-1409.
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JULY 13, 9:30 A.M.-2 P.M., GARVAN WOODLAND GARDENS, HOT SPRINGS Popular for generations because they’re locally adapted and require little extra care, historic varieties of everything from vegetables to favorite flowers are here to stay. Let gardening expert Janet Carson and landscape architect Bob Byers help you create your best garden ever with Southern heirlooms. Reservations required. $45 for members, $55 for non-members; includes lunch. Visit garvangardens.org for more information.
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Curiosity. Creativity. Community. The Scott Family Amazeum, located at J Street and Museum Way in Bentonville, will feature approximately 50,000 square feet of exhibit, meeting and learning spaces. Exhibitions include the Tinkering Studio, water area, climbable tree canopy and an exploratory wet lab. Members are able to enter beginning at 9 a.m. and the public can enter at 10 a.m. Visit amazeum.org for more information.
JULY 24, 6 P.M.-9 A.M., LITTLE ROCK ZOO Spend a night at the Zoo sleeping under the stars! You’ll have a chance to check out some of the animals that just love to stay out all night! Grab your tent and sleeping bag (optional sleeping quarters inside) and come join us for an evening of fun! $30 for members, $35 for non-members. Open to families with children ages 6-12. Visit littlerockzoo.com for more information.
10 A.M.-2 P.M., CLINTON PRESIDENTIAL CENTER The Clinton Presidential Center welcomes children of all ages to enjoy Super Summer Saturdays with free, fun-filled, and educational activities. This summer, as the Center celebrates Dinosaurs Around the World, activities will include buildingyour-own dinosaur, creating fossil molds using clay and participating in dinosaur digs. Super Summer Saturdays are free, but museum admission does apply. Visit clintonfoundation.org for more information.
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Summer is in full swing, bringing plenty of opportunities to enjoy the hiking trails, swimming holes and summer festivals of Arkansas. While you and your family are out and about this summer, make sure you take time for basic preparations to ensure a safe and happy outing, said University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences family physician Shreelekha Nallur, M.D. “Swimming is great fun and great exercise, but kids and adults alike should always respect the water,” Nallur said. Young children are particularly at risk and can drown in just two inches of standing water. Even children who are strong swimmers should be supervised by an adult, ideally one trained in basic lifesaving techniques. Never assume a child knows how to swim. If you’re out enjoying nature – and you should be! – don’t forget your bug spray to avoid ticks and mosquitoes. Look for something with 50 percent DEET and rinse off when you’re back indoors. Know how to spot the most dangerous spiders: the brown recluse and the black widow. Summer also means fireworks. These aren’t toys for kids! Only adults should handle fireworks and they should do so responsibly. Have a bucket of water and a hose handy and never aim fireworks at another person. A little preparation goes a long way to making great summer memories.
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MEET TWO ARKANSAS MOMS WHO HAVE DEDICATED THEIR CAREERS TO
Dr. Robin E. Bowen (left) of arkansas tech univeristy and TONYA OAKS SMITH (right) of henderson state university
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Taking Opportunity to New Heights TONYA OAKS SMITH PUTS HER HEART INTO HIGHER ED BY KD REEP
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If you want something done, ask a busy person to do it. Tonya Oaks Smith is the embodiment of this nugget of advice. The executive director of marketing and communications at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Tonya is always in motion. “Currently, I live in Little Rock with my husband Keith, our 18-year-old daughter Bekah and two dogs, Luna and Jolie,” she says. “When I started at Henderson State University, Bekah was almost done with her junior year at Little Rock Central High so we decided I’d commute to Arkadelphia each day so she could finish her senior year where she was happy and settled. Now that she has graduated and decided to attend Henderson State, we decided to buy a home in Arkadelphia. That means I’ll have at least 10 more hours in my week!” This isn’t the first time Tonya has taken on multiple tasks at once. In addition to being a professional communicator, mom and wife, She earned her master’s degree while working for the UALR William H. Bowen School of Law in Little Rock and volunteering her time to Youth Home, a private nonprofit mental health provider that equips and empowers youth, adults and families to become healthier contributing members of the community by providing compassionate emotional and behavioral health care. Tonya is also a member of the board of directors for the Higher Education Web Professionals Association; is an avid runner, clocking more than 20 miles each week; and a yoga practitioner, which calms her mind and centers her body. While routine has helped keep all her various duties organized, it’s knowing what is important and what isn’t that helps Tonya maintain perspective. “I suppose being a mom-professional means figuring out what’s worth a battle then fighting that battle and not worrying about the stuff that really doesn’t merit the fight,” she says. “That holds true in the office and at home. Sometimes the energy is just not there to worry over what my child wears to school, and that’s OK. Sometimes you have to write a check instead of being a room mother, and that’s OK, too. But sometimes it’s really important that you take time off to help with things—like the college search. I’ve spent a lot of time in the past year working to incorporate as much of Bekah’s final year in high school into my schedule as I could.” Tonya’s focus has always been on education. Her career in higher education began in 2006 at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She then worked for the Bowen School of Law for more than four years before joining Henderson State University in 2014. “I started my career as a reporter and eventually moved into a leadership role in the newsroom,” Tonya says. “When my daughter started attending school, I decided that I wanted a more ‘normal’ schedule so I moved out of the newsroom and, serendipitously, found communication work in higher education. The move to higher education changed my life and opened so many doors—just like it does for so many college students. “Now, I cannot imagine working in any other area. I firmly believe in the transformative power of education at all levels, but especially at the college level,” she says. “Today, achieving a two- or four-year degree can make an
incredible difference in one’s ability to get better jobs and earn a better living. Hopefully, one thing higher education also does is create life-long learners who can adapt to changes throughout life. That’s a very powerful thing: to know you can help impact a person’s life in that way.” Tonya is a firm believer in the power of opportunity, and she infuses this concept in every part of her role as the chief marketing officer at Henderson State. Noting that almost 60 percent of the entering class of 2014 was firstgeneration college students, Tonya made it a priority that every person in a student’s life understands the process of higher education and how it benefits them all. “One of the most important things we can do as communicators in higher education is making sure our audiences understand the process and can maneuver through what can be a confusing experience. The American Association of State Colleges and Universities, of which Henderson State is a member, has a tagline—Opportunities for All—to which member schools subscribe. It drives what we do as communicators as well; we help make attending a college or university accessible, and we empower our students to achieve their dreams. “Choosing a college or university is a journey for a family. More important than that, it’s a deeply personal journey for the student. Each child has to find the campus where she or he feels at home; that comfort level will impact their ability to complete a degree. You need to sit down with your student and have an honest discussion about what your family is able to afford when it comes to higher education. This can help shape which schools you consider as a family or it can help you be more inventive in finding scholarships and financial aid opportunities. “In our discussions about college, Bekah reminded us that she was not me or my husband, which means she won’t make the same decisions as we did. Allowing your child to learn how the system works and become her or his own advocate will be a lifelong skill.” Her dedication to opportunity extends into the team she leads at Henderson State, too. “I’m never really sure that I do a good job of what most people call balance. My perception of balance means I make enough time to do all the things that are important to me, and I work to pull all the disparate elements of my life together. Bekah has always been welcome in my workplaces, and now that I’m trying to be a good leader, I want my colleagues’ children to feel welcome in our office, also. I don’t know that I know any different from being a mom and having a career at the same time. I was pregnant with Bekah when I started working as a reporter; the only time when she was a baby-in-the-belly that she wasn’t moving was when the press was running. She has gone with me on interviews and to events and photo shoots. Being a mom-professional has meant finding places that welcomed me and acknowledged that my role as a mother is as important as the bottom line. I’m lucky I could find places like that to help me build a career that I’m proud of.”
TONYA’S FOCUS HAS ALWAYS BEEN ON EDUCATION
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Dr. Robin E Bowen became Arkansasâ€™ first female univeristy president in 2014.
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Parent & President
Arkansas’ first female university president seeks balance through prioritization, organization BY KD REEP
PHOTOGRAPHY LIZ CHRISMAN
2014 was a landmark year for Dr. Robin E. Bowen, Arkansas Tech University in Russellville, and the women of Arkansas. Dr. Bowen was elected the 12th president of Arkansas Tech University by the Arkansas Tech Board of Trustees in April 2014, and she took office on July 1. What makes this particularly far-reaching is she is the first female president of a public, fouryear university in Arkansas. Talk to Dr. Bowen, however, and you see how this accomplishment was a natural step for both her career and herself. As a college student, she learned the value of education as a means to improve a person’s own value, and as an administrator, she came to understand how education drives positive growth for the entire community. “Education is a passion of mine as I truly believe it can be transformative,” Dr. Bowen says. “As a student in the occupational therapy education program at the University of Kansas, I had a wonderful teacher, Dr. Erica Stern, who inspired me to think about teaching at a university. Years later, as a faculty member, I came to understand how a college degree provides students the opportunity to improve not only their lives and the lives of their children but also future generations. As an administrator, I not only came to understand the role of higher education as an economic development engine for the region and state but also the other benefits an educated citizenry provides the community.” Dr. Bowen’s passion isn’t just in education. As the mother of two daughters, Alexa and Brynn, and son Brock, she models balance and organization for her family so they may learn how to prioritize and accomplish goals for themselves and their communities. “By necessity, I certainly became more organized and efficient when I added the role as mother to my life,” she says. “I have had to prioritize and sometimes make difficult choices. At this point in my life, the balance is primarily with work and family. I do not have much time for other interests, and more often
combine them with family time by going to see a movie as a family or preparing a meal together. If I could give any advice to parents who are going to college and raising a family, it would be to persevere. Realize you are an excellent role model not only for your children but also for others around you and your children.” Throughout her career, Dr. Bowen has found herself in conversations with students who are also parents. “Many times, they have overextended themselves or chastised themselves for not doing as well as they had hoped in their courses,” she says. “I encourage them to continue to do their best, yet realize they have an extenuating circumstance and that a grade of B or C still allows you to graduate. Education is transformative and impacts you, your family, others around you and generations to come. Be true to yourself and what you want to do, and don’t sell yourself short.” Her career in higher education began three decades ago with her first full-time faculty position at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. She previously served at Fitchburg State University in Massachusetts where she was vice president for academic affairs, executive vice president and provost from 2011 to 2014, worked in administration at Donnelly College and Washburn University in Kansas, and Rockhurst University in Missouri. Dr. Bowen received her doctor of education in higher education administration degree from Texas Tech University and holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas and a master’s in education from the University of Arkansas. Perhaps the most valuable lesson she learned as a mother and an educator is not to wait for opportunities to be offered but to ask for them. As President, Dr. Bowen has had the opportunity to talk about things she believes are important to a broader group of individuals. “The position of president has provided me with a platform to discuss significant issues such as foster care, how equal pay is not only a woman’s issue but a family issue, the importance of social justice, and the importance of post-secondary education, be it a training certificate or a college degree.”
EDUCATION IS TRANSFORMATIVE AND IMPACTS YOU, YOUR FAMILY, OTHERS AROUND YOU AND GENERATIONS TO COME.
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CENTRAL ARKANSAS ARKANSAS TECH UNIVERSITY |RUSSELLVILLE ATU.EDU “During my first year (as Arkansas Tech president), I’ve done a lot of listening and had the opportunity to meet many people across the campus. I asked them what it was we must preserve about Arkansas Tech. Every single one of them talked about the culture of putting students first. I am overjoyed and amazed at the consistency of the response because if comes from faculty, staff and students alike. It is truly part of the Tech DNA.”—Dr. Robin E. Bowen, president
Campus Living: First-year students have options to live in 14 of the 17
residence halls operated by the university. University Commons and Vista Place apartments become available to students once they have earned 30 or more college credit hours. Caraway Hall is only available to members of one of the four sororities on campus.
Tuition & Financial Aid: Tuition and mandatory fees for an
undergraduate student enrolled in 30 hours at ATU during the 2015-16 academic year will be $7,740. ATU provides institutional scholarships for incoming freshmen based upon high school GPA and ACT scores.
Top Fields of Study: ATU boasts more than 100 programs of study, including all five of the areas most commonly pursued by entering college freshmen in the United States—education, engineering, business, the natural and health sciences, and the social sciences. Internships & Work Study: Norman Career Services helps students find meaningful employment and internship opportunities that complement classroom instruction and yield networking opportunities that are critical in building a career. Sports: ATU holds membership in the Great American Conference of NCAA Division II athletics. The Wonder Boys also compete in basketball, football and golf. Tech’s women’s teams, known as the Golden Suns, participate in basketball, cross country, golf, softball, tennis and volleyball.
Clubs & Activities: ATU connects students with co-curricular
experiences that supplement their education and develop their skills for success both during and after college. Leadership and service opportunities— including Freshman Leadership Retreat and Green and Gold Give Back— create personal growth while making a difference in the larger community.
CENTRAL BAPTIST COLLEGE | CONWAY | CBC.EDU “CBC is a wonderful, unique campus—large enough to offer a variety of educational and extracurricular activities, yet small enough to provide oneon-one interaction and a strong sense of community. Since the institution’s inception in 1952, our mission has been ‘transforming lives through education that integrates Christian faith and academic excellence in a Christcentered environment.’” —Terry Kimbrow, president
Campus Living: CBC has two residence halls. Top Fields of Study: Education, kinesiology and exercise science, Bible. Internships & Work Study: The Office of Career Services provides
Hendrix College quality support to students through services that seek to develop job-search skills, identify career goals and provide opportunities to begin their life-long career journey. CBC also offers students the opportunity to work on campus.
Clubs & Activities: Alpha Chi, Carillon Yearbook, Diamond Darlings, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Horizon Business Association, Medical Professions Society, Minister’s Association, Tribes & Tongues International Club, Choir, Music/Theatre, Sand Volleyball, Stress Free Week, Intramurals, Base Camp, Homecoming, MUD Week and more. Sports: Wrestling, men’s and women’s golf, baseball, softball, men’s and women’s basketball, and women’s volleyball.
HENDRIX COLLEGE | CONWAY | HENDRIX.EDU “The Hendrix experience is about finding yourself, your passion and, ultimately, your career through the unique educational opportunities available right here.”—Leigh Lassiter-Counts ’01, director of career discovery and internships
Campus Living: Approximately 85% of students live in college-owned
housing, including residence halls (three female, two male, one co-ed); various apartment complexes; and The Village at Hendrix features apartments, as well as new dorm-style living space above restaurants and businesses.
Tuition & Financial Aid: 100% of students receive some form of
financial aid (e.g. combination of scholarships, grants and loans); Average yearly aid: $39,400; 2015-2016 tuition and fees: $52,114.
Top Fields of Study: 34 undergraduate majors, 37 minors; M.A. in accounting. Most popular majors include biochemistry and molecular biology, biology, and psychology. Internships & Work Study: Hendrix encourages and requires experiential, hands-on learning as a part of every student’s education. The internship program at Hendrix offers a professional development class to help students learn and hone ‘real world’ professional skills, a one-on-one faculty mentor to help tie what interns are learning in the classroom with what they are learning at their internship sites, and support from the Career Discovery and Internships Office to help students think about their lives after Hendrix and how internship experiences can influence their futures. Sports: 21 NCAA Division III sports. The Wellness and Athletics Center
includes a climbing wall, fitness center and space for intramural competition and classes; Approximately 75% of students participate in intramurals, club sports and outdoor recreation, or fitness and wellness programs.
Clubs & Activities: More than 70 clubs, including Hendrix Unity, International Club, Students for Black Culture, The Aonian literary magazine, KHDX (radio), The Profile news magazine, Troubadour yearbook, Hendrix Hillel, Environmental Concerns Committee, Culinary Club, Sword Club, Outdoors Club, Hendrix Bike Revolution, Hendrix Filmmakers, Social Committee and Student Senate.
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UCA UALR UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL ARKANSAS | CONWAY UCA.EDU “UCA has maintained steady enrollment growth while continuing to be mindful of the cost to attend the institution. At the same time, several facilities on campus are being expanded to better serve students. Finally, UCA continues to provide opportunities for students outside the classroom, whether through service learning, athletics or other activities, and UCA’s students are excelling.”—Tom Courtway, president
Campus Living: UCA’s five residential colleges are learning communities
that allow you to take classes where you live while working closely with upperclassmen and faculty in residence. In total, UCA offers five residential colleges, six traditional residence halls and five university apartment complexes. Tuition & Financial Aid: 2015-2016 one year tuition and fees (15 hours): $7,888.80; room, board and P.O. box: $5,982; books and supplies $1,000; year total estimated cost: $14,870.80. The UCA Office of Financial Aid has counselors to support and guide you through the financial process.
Top Fields of Study: Biology (BS), health sciences (BS), psychology (BS), nursing (BSN) and, psychology (BA). Sports: 400 students-athletes in 17 NCAA Division I sports for men and women.
Clubs & Activities: UCA has 185 recognized student organizations ranging from multicultural to religious to student government, there’s a place for every student to be involved. With over 2,000 events hosted each year, student organizations provide countless opportunities to get connected and to get active. Along with campus activities, there are several volunteer opportunities for UCA students to give back to their communities.
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Arkansas Baptist College (ABC), originally known as the Minister’s Institute, was founded by both black and white religious leaders in 1884. Arkansas Baptist College is a private, historically black, four-year liberal arts college. Arkansas Baptist College is dedicated to the development of graduates who are exceptionally educated, spiritually and culturally aware, and able to meet the demands of our rapidly advancing society.
Campus Living: Arkansas Baptist College has two on-campus residence halls. Clubs & Activities: The Office of Student Activities plays an essential
role in building the overall foundation of the college experience. The goal is to compliment academic programs; striving diligently to ensure that education does not stop at the classroom doors. To this end, we work closely with faculty and staff across the campus to link curricular and extracurricular activities seamlessly.
UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS AT LITTLE ROCK LITTLE ROCK | UALR.EDU “UALR has a student population that is among the most diverse in the state, and it serves a greater proportion of transfer students than any other in Arkansas. These are just a few of the distinctions our world-class institution and faculty offer.”—Dr. Zulma Toro Ramos, executive vice chancellor
Campus Living: Living on campus at UALR offers lots of advantages for our students to be literally in the middle of it all. Each of the four halls and the University Village apartments are equipped with amenities such as contemporary furnished rooms, Internet access, cable connections and reserved student parking.
Tuition & Financial Aid: Almost every student at UALR takes
advantage of our scholarships and financial aid options—so you can get a quality education at an affordable price. The average tuition, room and board, fees and books for a full-time student is about $7,400 per semester.
Top Fields of Study: UALR offers more than 100 degree and certificate programs. Among the top programs are those offered through the College of Engineering and Information Technology (EIT), since UALR is one of only a handful of universities in the world to offer the entire “family” of civil engineering disciplines under one roof. The Department of Theatre Arts and Dance offers the state’s only bachelor’s degree program in dance performance, and the Department of Arts offers the only Applied Design program. Internships & Work Study: If gaining practical experience and onthe-job training is important to you, then UALR is your place. Many graduates go on to work for their employers after building upon the relationships begun during their internship or work-study programs. Sports: The UALR Trojans, #LittleRocksTeam, are proud members of the Division I Sun Belt Conference. UALR offers 14 Division I programs, including men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s golf, baseball, soccer, swimming/diving, track and field, cross country and volleyball. Clubs & Activities: Organizations include League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), Anthropology Club, Society of Computing Information Science, Student Marketing Association, Student Government Association, Colleges Against Cancer, Pre-Law Society, Trojan Elite Dance Team and Students Affected by the Military, along with numerous honor societies and social groups.
PHILANDER SMITH COLLEGE | LITTLE ROCK PHILANDER.EDU Philander Smith College is a private, residential, co-educational, four-year undergraduate liberal arts college affiliated with the United Methodist church and a founding member of the United Negro College Fund. Philander is classified as a baccalaureate (liberal arts) college by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.
Campus Living: Philander Smith College is furnished with 131 double occupancy rooms. Each room offers the best of modern amenities including private baths, cable access and high-speed Internet connections. The complex also offers features at community meeting and recreation room, a study room, two laundry rooms on each floor and a fitness center. Tuition & Financial Aid: on campus: $25,594; off campus: $29,249; with parents: $23,773 Fields of Study: The academic unit of Philander Smith College offers
various majors and minors through the following academic departments: Division of Business and Economics; Division of Education; Division of Humanities; Division of Social Sciences; Division of Natural & Physical Sciences.
Internships & Work Study: Interested candidates must meet the following qualifications: Currently enrolled at an accredited college or university in a college student personnel/student affairs administration graduate level program; or an undergraduate level junior or senior with aspirations to work in higher education; have working knowledge of student development theory and related theoretical frameworks for students in post-secondary institutions; be able to temporarily relocate to Little Rock, Arkansas, for the duration of the internship and be available to work 40 hours per week; not currently employed as a full-time professional in higher education. Sports: Men’s and women’s basketball; men’s and women’s track & field; men’s and women’s cross-country; Panther Dolls; volleyball.
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“Since its beginning in 1924, Harding has sought to help students as they transition into college life to see the integration of faith in their lives and in their academic work and to see that integration as the next step to academic excellence and a holistic education. As a result, Harding has a long and strong tradition of outstanding faculty and exemplary students who lend their hands and hearts to take part in our community of mission, focused on learning and serving.”—Larry Long, provost
areas of service, government, religious life, performing arts, academic clubs and honoraries, and social engagement.
ARKANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY | JONESBORO ASTATE.EDU Arkansas State University developed from an agricultural school founded on April 1, 1909 by Act 100 of the 37th Arkansas General Assembly. It was created as one of four Arkansas high schools to teach agriculture, horticulture and the art of textile manufacturing. Today, the university grants bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees through 11 degree granting colleges. With cutting-edge research capabilities, Arkansas State is building on its first hundred years and looking to the future.
Campus Living: The popularity of on-campus living at A-State is at
an all-time high as the school anticipates a record third consecutive year of 100% occupancy in the fall of 2015. From Living-Learning Communities to on-campus apartment-style residential housing for upper classmen, Arkansas State provides a wide range of options. Tuition & Financial Aid: Arkansas State awards over $100 million in federal aid each year, and combined with over 25 additional institutional scholarship programs and numerous privately funded scholarships, between 85% to 90% of students at A-State receive some type of financial assistance. Top Fields of Study: With over 150 majors, Arkansas State provides a broad range of options for students. A-State is known as one of the regions leaders in health care professions, education, media, business, agriculture, engineering and the arts. Recent additions range from an emphasis in social media management to a doctorate in occupational therapy.
Internships & Work Study: Arkansas State’s Study Abroad program creates educational and volunteerism opportunities around the world. Sports: The Red Wolves play at the highest level of NCAA sports—Division
I BCS competition—and are leaders in the Sun Belt Conference. Whether the four consecutive football bowl appearances, the winningest women’s basketball coach in SBC history or national champions in track and field, the Red Wolves success brings excitement in each of A-State’s 16 varsity sports. Clubs & Activities: A-State has over 200 special interest clubs ranging from academic disciplines to intramural sports. The Student Activity Center opens in Fall 2015 to enhance the campus life programs of the Red WOLF Center. A-State is the first Bicycle Friendly University in Arkansas, one of only 100 in the nation.
CROWLEY’S RIDGE COLLEGE | PARAGOULD | CRC.EDU “We are a small school with great benefits—especially for students not ready to jump into a large college setting, especially if they are from a small high school. Personal attention, quality education in a Christian setting and familylike atmosphere are priorities we are striving to achieve.”—Nancy Joneshill, director of admissions
Campus Living: The Harding University campus has 14 residence halls—eight
for women and six for men—in addition to six on-campus apartment complexes. Tuition & Financial Aid: Tuition and fees, including room and board totaled $23,556. On average, 93% of Harding University freshman students receive financial assistance.
Top Fields of Study: Housed within nine colleges, students can choose from 100 academic majors, 14 pre-professional programs, 21 graduate programs, two specialist degrees and four doctoral-level degrees. With a student-teacher ratio of 17 to 1, strong relationships are built in and out of the classroom. Internships & Work Study: To aid in students’ transition into the world of work, Harding’s Career Services provides a broad range of opportunities for students to grow their knowledge and skills in resume writing, interviewing, and job searching. Sports: More than 375 athletes comprising 18 teams compete in NCAA
Division II events. Men’s teams include baseball, basketball, cross-country, football, golf, soccer, tennis, indoor track and field and outdoor track and field. Women’s teams include basketball, cross-country, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, indoor track and field, outdoor track and field, and volleyball. Clubs & Activities: Students can cultivate friendships and interests with 120 academic and professional organizations and 31 social clubs. Ranging from the arts, music, politics, business, diversity, children, missions, service and the environment, the clubs on campus offer a variety of interests to explore.
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“I believe we challenge our students in a very intense and individual way. We really emphasize individual accountability and the opportunity each student has for personal intellectual growth.”—Dr. Kenneth Startup, academic dean
Campus Living: Williams has modern, attractive residence facilities for single students and for families, including three residence halls each for men and women, and two apartment complexes for families. Tuition & Financial Aid: Williams is one of the least expensive
private, four-year colleges in the United States. The following is a breakdown of costs per semester for the 2015-2016 school year—tuition: $7,700; room and board (semi-private room): $3,500; general fees: $515.
Campus Living: On-campus dorms are available, while many students
Top Fields of Study: Of 26 available majors, biology is the fastest growing. Other popular majors include business, education, psychology and Christian ministries.
Tuition & Financial Aid: $9,900 for the year for 12 hours or more.
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In-house scholarships for ACT begin at 20.
Top Fields of Study: Bachelor’s degrees in three divisions: Bible,
Business and Education.
Sports: Men’s basketball, baseball and golf; Women’s basketball, softball and volleyball.
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Internships & Work Study: Work-study positions are available Sports: Men’s soccer, cross country, basketball, wrestling and baseball; women’s soccer, cross country, volleyball, basketball and softball.
Clubs & Activities: More than 20 student organizations, intramural athletics and many other activities give students abundant chances to become involved on campus. The Office of Campus Ministries facilitates a wide range of Christian activities, including local and global missions.
Art and Design Communication English Foreign Language and International Studies History and Social Science Music Theatre
Well-rounded education While pursuing an education in Harding’s College of Arts and Humanities, students find themselves inspired and challenged, seeking to better understand the human experience. Seven departments within the college explore media and oral communication, history, languages, and visual expression — all taught within the Christian mission of Harding. Students are prepared to continue their studies in graduate schools or enter into any one of the hundreds of professions in today’s workforce. Within the liberal arts, anything is possible.
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LYON COLLEGE | BATESVILLE | LYON.EDU 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.
Campus Living: A variety of residence hall options, including single gender halls, co-ed halls, upper-class living, and first year student housing, are offered at Lyon College. All residence halls and apartments are smoke free. Tuition & Financial Aid: Tuition, room and board, and fees for 20152016 is $33,390. Over 99% of last year’s incoming Lyon College students received scholarships and other types of financial aid to help finance their education. The Office of Student Financial Aid offers a variety of financial aid resources including Lyon College’s Scholarship Program, federal and state grants, loans, and work-study programs.
Top Fields of Study: Journalism, secondary education, K-12 music education, health-related professions, pre-engineering, pre-law and preministry. Internships & Work Study: Internships provide students with work experience and job skills that can set them apart from other job or graduate school applicants. The Career Services staff is available to help you identify and obtain quality internships. Sports: Men’s and women’s basketball, golf, soccer and wrestling; football, baseball, softball, volleyball and cheerleading.
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Clubs & Activities: Lyon College has more than 40 student-run
organizations, including service organizations, cultural awareness groups, spiritual and religious groups, student leadership and activism groups, academic clubs, a newspaper (Highlander) and yearbook (Scot).
NORTHWEST ARKANSAS JOHN BROWN UNIVERSITY | SILOAM SPRINGS JBU.EDU “What makes JBU different is that the students are here because they want to make a real difference in the world. Our faculty cultivates academic excellence because they fully buy into our mission; training students to honor God through serving others.”—Lucas Roebuck, chief communications officer
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UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS | FAYETTEVILLE | UARK.EDU Founded in 1871 as a land-grant institution, the University of Arkansas is the flagship of the University of Arkansas System, with 25,000 students representing all 50 states and more than 120 countries. The U of A has 10 colleges and schools offering more than 210 academic programs. The University of Arkansas is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
Campus Living: The U of A has 18 campus residence halls, three femaleonly halls and one honors hall. Tuition & Financial Aid: Undergraduate resident tuition per semester credit hour: $227.44; undergraduate non-resident tuition per semester credit hour: $630.45. Undergraduate tuition per semester credit hour varies for architecture, business and nursing students, both resident and non-resident. The U of A awards $85 million in financial assistance and scholarships each year to students based on merit and need. Top Fields of Study: The Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences, The Fay Jones School of Architecture, the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences, The Sam M. Walton College of Business, and the College of Education and Health Professions. Internships: Undergraduate students are required to complete at least one internship before graduating. Students work with their faculty mentor to identify an internship location best suited to the needs and career goals of the student. Sports: The U of A offers 17 intercollegiate sports, including men’s and
women’s golf, tennis, basketball, cross country and track and field; football, baseball, soccer, volleyball, gymnastics, swimming and diving, and softball. More than 4,500 students also participate in more than 30 intramural activities every year.
Clubs & Activities: Student clubs, fraternities and sororities abound
at the U of A, providing educational and social opportunities for you to meet and network with other students and professionals in your areas of interest.
UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS AT FORT SMITH FORT SMITH | UAFS.EDU “The University of Arkansas-Fort Smith boasts a rich legacy of offering degrees that prepare students for immediate employment following graduation or for graduate school. The university recently enjoyed the largest graduating class in its history, and many of the graduates had job offers before they graduated, which ensures bright futures following their time at UAFS.”—Dr. Georgia Hale, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs
Campus Living: UAFS has two on-campus housing options for students: The Lion’s Den is the premier suite-style residence hall at UAFS. This 460-bed facility is primarily a first-year student community. Sebastian Commons is a 480-bed apartment complex located in eight three-story buildings on the west edge of campus. Sebastian Commons offers 1 bedroom, 2 bedroom, and 4 bedroom floor plans for sophomores, juniors, seniors, married students and graduate students. Tuition & Financial Aid: Yearly undergraduate in-state and border states, $6,322; out of state: $14,122. In 2013, over 96% of UAFS students received more than $54 million in federal, state and institutional financial aid and scholarships. Top Fields of Study: Nursing, business administration, biology, early
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Internships & Work Study: Gain real-world experience, explore career options and make valuable connections at UAFS through Internships with partner employers; cooperative education and skill development provided by partner companies; engagement through student organizations, student government and service projects; and military leadership and career preparation through ROTC while earning a degree. Sports: The Lions NCAA Division II varsity athletics teams include men’s and women’s basketball, tennis, cross-country and golf, plus baseball for men and volleyball for women. Clubs & Activities: UAFS boasts more than 90 student organizations in a variety of interests, including academics, arts, culture, governing organizations, honor societies, special interest, university outreach, and political, religious and secular groups.
UNIVERSITY OF THE OZARKS | CLARKSVILLE OZARKS.EDU University of the Ozarks is a private, fully accredited institution of higher education located in the foothills of the Ozark Mountains. With roots dating back to 1834, the Presbyterian (USA) affiliated college is the oldest university in Arkansas and one of the oldest west of the Mississippi River.
Campus Living: The university offers seven on-campus residential housing options, ranging from traditional residential halls to apartment-style lodging. On-campus students can take advantage of extensive residential life and outdoor recreation programming, free on-site parking and laundry services, a modern fitness center, cable TV and high-speed Internet, and a full service dining hall and snack bar. Tuition & Financial Aid: For the second consecutive year, there has
been no increase in tuition, fees and lodging, which is a part of a long-term strategy to keep the cost of a college education at Ozarks affordable for both current and future students while continuing to offer competitive financial aid opportunities. Each year, the university awards more than $7 million of its institutional funds to student scholarships. Overall, 95% of Ozarks students receive some form of financial aid, which includes institutional, state, and federal scholarships and grants, student loans, and federal work study. For the past 10 years, Ozarks has been ranked as a regional “Best Value” by U.S. News & World Report.
Top Fields of Study: University of the Ozarks offers more than 30
academic programs and areas of study, including business, education, biology, chemistry, marketing, health science, art, environmental science, history, music, mathematics, political science, radio/television/video (RTV), strategic communication, religion, theatre and English.
Internships & Work Study: Ozarks encourage students to pursue internship opportunities in their field of interest and offers assistance to students who want to take part in these invaluable experiences, either in the United States of abroad. There are also numerous work-study jobs throughout campus that students can participate in. Sports: The university’s athletic teams compete in the NCAA Division III American Southwest Conference, made of universities throughout Texas, Mississippi and Louisiana. Ozarks offers 18 men’s and women’s sports programs, including basketball, soccer, cross country, baseball, softball and tennis. The University also recently added several new sports, including men’s wrestling, cheer/STUNT, long distance track, and shooting sports.
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Clubs & Activities: The University offers 55 clubs and organizations for students, ranging from academic to social to recreation. Also, Ozarks Outdoors is one of the most dynamic outdoor recreation programs in the state, providing numerous opportunities to explore and enjoy the nature-rich environment that is right outside of campus.
SOUTH ARKANSAS HENDERSON STATE UNIVERSITY | ARKADELPHIA HSU.EDU “For 125 years, Henderson State University has provided a learning environment that prepares students for a lifetime of intellectual and personal growth in a global society. We work to bridge our students’ aspirations to career success by instilling the skills employers most want—communication, decision-making, teamwork and problem solving. Our innovative degree programs, including the state’s only four-year aviation program and new interactive media bachelor’s degree, empower our students to make a lasting difference for their families and in their communities.”—Glen Jones, president
Campus Living: Henderson offers a variety of housing options, including residence halls for first-year male and female students, as well as coed facilities and on-campus apartments for upperclassmen. University Place, a new residence hall, and Reddie Villa Apartments, an on-campus complex for upperclassmen, will open in Fall 2015. Tuition & Financial Aid: 2015-16 undergraduate in-state resident, $207 per semester hour; out of state resident, $427 per semester hour. Each year, more than 90 percent of Henderson undergraduates receive financial aid. This comes in the form of scholarships, grants, loans and work-study programs. Top Fields of Study: Business administration, biology, early childhood education, psychology, and physical education, wellness and leisure. Internships & Work Study: The School of Business at HSU is committed to excellence in teaching while preparing students for life-long careers. The school offers students the opportunity to use principles they learn in the classroom by providing programs where they go Beyond the Classroom. The Work Study Program provides eligible undergraduate and graduate students with part-time employment to help meet their educational expenses while providing valuable work experience. Clubs & Activities: More than 75 clubs, honoraries and organizations
with interests ranging from academics, religion, social, music, theatre and dance, student government and social and political organizations, yearbook and radio station.
OUACHITA BAPTIST UNIVERSITY | ARKADELPHIA OBU.EDU “One of our greatest strengths and distinctions is that our students live in student housing all four years. It creates a unique and extremely close-knit campus community. Our students eat together, study together and play together. It is what makes our intramural program one of the top in the nation. We attract an amazing caliber of students. It is an absolute joy to watch them grow while they are on our campus and then see them become difference makers in the world when they leave us.” – Lori Motl, OBU Director of Admissions Counseling
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Campus Living: With a vibrant residential community, 95% of
Campus Living: SAU has eight on-campus residence halls, including one
Tuition & Financial Aid: Tuition and fees, including room and board,
Tuition & Financial Aid: In-state tuition for 2015-16, $3,255; out-of-
Ouachita’s students live in campus housing. OBU has nine residence halls, and several apartment buildings are within a couple of blocks of campus.
for the 2015-16 academic year are $31,260. Top Fields of Study: Science, Christian studies, business.
Internships & Work Study: Ouachita offers federal work-study positions. Our career services office and seven academic schools encourage and assist students in finding internships. Sports: NCAA Division II, Great American Conference, 14 teams. Men: Baseball, basketball, football, soccer, swimming, tennis and wrestling. Women: Basketball, cross-country, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis and volleyball.
female only, one male only, and one honors hall). Apartment rentals are also available in Magnolia. state, $5,040.
Internships & Work Study: Each summer, qualifying rising seniors participate in SAU’s Work Internship Program, and earn can up to $300 per month. Students work in various departments on campus, as well as off campus at local businesses. The program is designed to expose students to possible career choices, and help them to achieve the skills, motivation and determination necessary to obtain a college degree. Sports: Seven NCAA Division II sports each offered for men and women. Rodeo is a unique sport at SAU.
Clubs & Activities: 40-plus registered campus organizations and an
Clubs & Activities: 46 clubs covering academic, agriculture, writing,
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Southern Arkansas University is a unique, yet comprehensive liberal arts uni versity at the heart of southern Arkansas. Established in 1909, SAU has built on its foundation tied to the region’s agricultural past and continues to grow while expanding its tradition of success into more than 60 degrees in four distinct colleges.
The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff is a 140 year-old, land-grant institution offering students from Arkansas and those from the far reaches of the globe excellent degree programs, affordable tuition and an electrifying campus atmosphere. UAPB is ranked #4 on the 2015 Rankings of Best Historically Black Colleges & Universities.
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Campus Living: The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff houses over 1,000 students on its campus. Hunt Hall and the Harrold Complex each feature rooms on double loaded corridors with common area bath facilities. Hunt Hall houses male students. The Harrold Complex, consisting of four halls, Johnson, Copeland, Fischer, and Stevens is for females with freshman females assigned to Johnson and Copeland. Tuition & Financial Aid: In-state semester tuition per credit hour,
$148; out-of-state semester tuition per credit hour, $337. Applications to the university continue to rise, and this is in part due to the university’s efforts to make college more accessible. Many students are attracted to the increased number of academic scholarships available and the out-of-state tuition assistance available to those from nearby states.
Top Fields of Study: Biology, business administration, criminal justice,
early childhood education, psychology, computer sciences and human sciences.
Sports: 14 total options offered. Clubs & Activities: UAPB has more than 90 clubs and organizations, marching band, wind symphony and a competitive athletic program.
UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS AT MONTICELLO MONTICELLO | UAMONT.EDU
The University of Arkansas at Monticello shares with all universities the commitment to search for truth and understanding through scholastic endeavor. The University seeks to enhance and share knowledge, to preserve and promote the intellectual content of society, and to educate people for
critical thought. The University provides learning experiences which enable students to synthesize knowledge, communicate effectively, use knowledge and technology with intelligence and responsibility, and act creatively within their own and other cultures.
Campus Living: On-campus housing is consists of two traditional community residence halls: Royer Hall (male only) and Horsfall Hall (female only); two co-ed suite-style halls: Maxwell Hall & Bankston Hall; and two apartment options—one for students—the University Apartments—and one apartment community for married/family students and faculty. Graduate housing is also available for many of UAM’s graduate assistant positions. Tuition & Financial Aid: UAM offers Pell grants, federal aid and
institutional scholarships, including the Chancellor’s Scholarship, the University Scholarship and the Weevil Excellence Scholarship. Top Fields of Study: Degrees are offered in 16 different disciplines including education, social work, nursing and pre-veterinary. Clubs & Activities: UAM has approximately 80 clubs to choose from, including ROTC and Rodeo Club.
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Arkansas Northeastern College’s programs are designed to fit the needs of students of varying educational and vocational goals as well as those that provide co-curricular activities and community services consistent with the concept of the community college.
Baptist Health Schools of Little Rock was established in 1921 and offers nine programs of study includes training in patient care (practical nursing, registered nursing, occupational therapy assistant, nuclear medicine technology, radiography, sleep technology and surgical technology) and laboratory roles (histotechnology and medical laboratory science).
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BLACK RIVER TECHNICAL COLLEGE
With campuses located in Beebe, Heber Springs, Searcy and Little Rock Air Force Base, ASU Beebe offers associate degrees, certificates and non-credit training for business and industry. The Beebe campus also collaborates with Arkansas State, a four-year university in Jonesboro, to offer baccalaureate and graduate degrees on the Beebe campus.
Black River Technical College is now a public, two-year college with an open admissions policy that is committed to meeting the technical, academic, professional, cultural and personal enrichment needs of the citizens of northeast Arkansas and surrounding areas.
ARKANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY AT NEWPORT Newport | 870-512-7800 | asun.edu
ASU-Newport provides an accessible, affordable, quality education that transforms the lives of its students, enriches its communities and strengthens the regional economy.
ARKANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY AT MOUNTAIN HOME Mountain Home | 870-508-6100 | asumh.edu
Established in 1995, Arkansas State University-Mountain Home is a public, open access, two-year campus of the Arkansas State University system, primarily serving students in north central Arkansas.
ARKANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY AT SEARCY Searcy | 501-207-6205 | asub.edu/searcy
The emphasis on the Searcy campus is technical and occupational programs along with workforce and economic development. Most programs at ASUSearcy lead to a certificate of proficiency or a technical certificate within the discipline; however, all technical certificates can lead to an associate’s degree for those wishing to pursue that level of education.
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COSSATOT COMMUNITY COLLEGE OF THE UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS DeQueen | 870-584-4471 | cccua.edu
Cossatot Community College of the University of Arkansas offers degrees and certificates in more than two dozen fields, including four associate’s degrees completely online, and has a roster of more than 60 online courses.
EAST ARKANSAS COMMUNITY COLLEGE Forrest City | 870-633-4480 | eacc.edu
East Arkansas Community College enhances the quality of life for everyone within its service community by providing opportunities for educational excellence, economic stimulation and cultural enrichment. As an open-door, two-year institution of higher education.
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Little Rock | 501-565-5550| itt-tech.edu Committed to offering quality undergraduate and continuing education locally, nationally and worldwide to students of diverse backgrounds, interests and abilities, ITT Technical Institute is a leading private college system offering technology-oriented programs in Little Rock.
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West Memphis | 870-733-6722 | midsouthcc.edu Mid-South Community College offers degree and certificate programs to meet student and community needs. Program courses address general education knowledge as well as behaviors needed for good citizenship and successful careers.
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Hot Springs | 501-760-4222 | npcc.edu National Park College is the fourth largest community college in the state and averages approximately 4,000 credit students per semester enrolled in college courses blending liberal arts with occupational education to prepare students to enter the workforce or transfer to a four-year institution.
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Harrison | 870-743-3000 | northark.edu As the premier two-year higher learning institution in north central Arkansas, North Arkansas College achieves excellence through innovation, technology, continuous improvement and quality instruction.
NORTHWEST ARKANSAS COMMUNITY COLLEGE Bentonville | 479-636-9222 | nwacc.edu
NorthWest Arkansas Community College is a comprehensive, public twoyear college that serves and strengthens the community through learning for living.
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PhilanderS.T.A.R.T. Student Tuition Assistance and Readiness Tracks
The Philander Student Tuition Assistance and Readiness Tracks (S.T.A.R.T) is a specialized college enrollment and preparation program designed for students who want to earn a bachelorâ€™s degree from Philander Smith College.
GET A PHILANDER S.T.A.R.T. NOW! Contact the PSC Office of Admissions at (501) 370-5221 or go to www.philander.edu. 900 Daisy Bates Dr. â€˘ Little Rock, AR 72201
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Two-year colleges, continued COLLEGE OF THE OUACHITAS
SOUTH ARKANSAS COMMUNITY COLLEGE
College of the Ouachitas in Malvern is a comprehensive two-year college in south-central Arkansas. In addition, the college oversees the Ouachita Area Career Center, post-secondary programs in cosmetology and nursing, the Ouachita Area Adult Education Center and the Workforce Center.
South Arkansas Community College offers 19 associate degrees and more than 40 certificates in health sciences, career technical education, liberal arts, and business and technology.
Pine Bluff | 870-543-5900 | seark.edu
Malvern | 501-337-5000 | coto.edu
Melbourne | 870-368-7371 | ozarka.edu Ozarka College is a comprehensive technical college offering associate’s degrees, technical certificates and certificates of proficiency that prepare students for transfer to four-year colleges and universities or for entry into or advancement in the workplace.
PHILLIPS COMMUNITY COLLEGE Helena | 870-338-6474 | pccua.edu
Phillips Community College has grown from an original enrollment of fewer than 250 students in 14 program areas to more than 2,200 students in academic, occupational/technical and continuing education programs. New programs are continually being researched and planned so that PCCUA will remain responsive to the needs and interests of the people of eastern Arkansas and on the Grand Prairie.
PULASKI TECHNICAL COLLEGE
North Little Rock | 501-812-2200 | pulaskitech.edu Pulaski Technical College is a comprehensive two-year college that serves the educational needs of central Arkansas through technical programs, a universitytransfer program and specialized programs for business and industry.
Little Rock | 800-734-2490 | info.remingtoncollege.edu Remington College in Little Rock offers diplomas, bachelor’s degrees and associate’s degrees in a variety of fields, including cosmetology, nursing, healthcare, criminal justice, business, electronics, information technology and more.
RICH MOUNTAIN COMMUNITY COLLEGE Mena | 479-394-7622| rmcc.edu
Founded in 1983, Rich Mountain Community College is a comprehensive, learning-centered community college of approximately 1,000 students providing a broad range of programs including transfer and technical degrees and courses; professional, workforce and personal development; adult basic education; English as a second language; GED; student support and outreach programs.
North Little Rock | 501-374-6305 | shortercollege.edu Shorter College is a private, faith-based, two-year liberal arts college located in North Little Rock. Founded in 1886 by the African Methodist Episcopal Church, Shorter College is one of the nation’s 110 Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
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El Dorado | 870-862-8131 | southark.edu
SOUTHEAST ARKANSAS COLLEGE Southeast Arkansas College provides quality education and workforce development to meet the needs of its service area.
SOUTHERN ARKANSAS UNIVERSITY TECH Camden|870-574-450| sautech.edu
SAU Tech is a two-year public college that is part of the Southern Arkansas University system. The college began in 1968 and has an average enrollment of more than 2,000 students.
UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS COMMUNITY COLLEGE AT BATESVILLE Batesville | 870-612-2000|uaccb.edu
The University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville provides affordable access to technical education and college transfer programs that meet the diverse higher education needs of the citizens of north central Arkansas.
UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS COMMUNITY COLLEGE AT HOPE Hope|870-777-5722 |uacch.edu
The University of Arkansas Community College at Hope is an accredited, open access, two-year institution of higher education that connects students and community partners to quality education and supports a culture of academic, occupational, personal growth and enrichment programs throughout southwest Arkansas.
UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS COMMUNITY COLLEGE AT MORRILTON Morrilton | 501-977-2000 | uaccm.edu
Established in 1961 as Arkansas’ second vocational-technical school, UACCM has served the area for 50 years as an educational institution, 20 years as a community college, and 10 years as part of the University of Arkansas System.
Last Stop ! Graduation Day
Above and Beyond THE LATEST IN TECHNOLOGY. THE BEST IN CARE. As a nurse at a pediatric clinic, Denise Davis' vocation requires a lot of walking. But most of her patients and their parents don't realize that she is an above-knee amputee who wears a prosthesis to get around. Fortunately, Denise trusts the staff at Snell Laboratory to go above and beyond to take care of her needs so she can take care of others.
Statewide Toll-Free:1-800-342-5541 â€˘ www.snellpando.com Offices located in Little Rock, Russellville, Fort Smith, Mountain Home, Fayetteville, Hot Springs, North Little Rock, Pine Bluff and Conway.
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MOMSPEAK KATHI FRIEBERG
PHOTOGRAPHY BY BRANDON MARKIN
AGE: 57 OCCUPATION: OWNER OF GIDEON MATH & READING TUTORING CENTERS CHILDREN: DIANA PLATTNER 29; MEREDITH HENSON 27 ONE OF MY FAVORITE THINGS TO DO WITH MY KIDS IS…They’re both married to
wonderful guys so travel is an easy answer because we all love it so much. But one thing the girls used to do when they were little was to come cuddle up in bed with me in the morning and just talk and giggle about whatever little girls talk about. Every once in a while they will still do that. It’s priceless! THE BEST PART OF MY JOB IS…Oh my, there are so many things! I love to educate, whether it’s students or parents. Parents of bright students who struggle with reading are so often at the end of their rope. They don’t know what the problem is or how to help. I love it when we can figure out what’s going on, help the parents to understand it, and then fix it. Then when the proverbial light bulb comes on for the child, it’s the best feeling in the world. I know then that we’ve made a lifechanging difference in both the student’s and parent’s lives. IF YOUR CHILD IS STARTING COLLEGE IN THE FALL, MY ADVICE IS…
1. Reign in the spending on ‘stuff’. Those dorm rooms are really small and your kids don’t need as much as you think. 2. Do buy them a tool kit. They’ll love you for it (later). 3. Spring for aptitude testing. It can save thousands and help direct undecided students to a fulfilling major and career. ONE WAY I LIKE TO GIVE BACK TO MY COMMUNITY IS...By trying to educate
parents, teachers and anyone who will listen, about dyslexia. It’s so misunderstood and the Arkansas Dyslexia Law is confusing to everyone. I do simulations for groups that ‘put participants in the brain’ of someone who has dyslexia so they can understand what it’s like. It’s a lot of fun and very educational and encourages understanding. MY FAVORITE PICK-ME-UP ON A STRESSFUL DAY IS…Prayer first. Then talking to my husband while sitting on the porch watching the sunset, with a glass of wine and anything chocolate. IT’S FRIDAY NIGHT AND I’M HOME ALONE, SO I…Am usually working (I really love my job). But on occasion I’ll fix a veggie dinner, get that wine and chocolate, and read all night. Or binge watch one of our shows.
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It’s Time to “Check In” for the 2015-2016 School Year!
Check-in: August 3-4 from 10am - 7pm for all LRSD schools.
First day of school: August 17
Dads Take Your Child to School Day: August 17
Enter the Facebook Photo Contest for a chance to win great prizes!
Here’s how it works: 1. Dads and father figures take your child 2. 3.
(Pre-K -12th) to school on the first day of school, August 17 Snap a photo with your cell phone or camera of you with your child at school (photo must be taken on school grounds) Upload your photo onto LRSD’s Facebook photo contest page by midnight August 17. Invite your Facebook friends to vote for your photo before the contest closes on Wed., Aug. 26.
New and Improved Open Enrollment!
The District’s new open enrollment dates were designed with You in mind. If you are applying for magnet or specialty schools like Forest Heights or Geyer Springs, you should do so during the assigned Open Enrollment period in order to be included in the first computerized scramble for seats. We encourage parents to use the following designated Open Enrollment dates. Early Childhood P3/P4
October 19-30, 2015
Forest Heights STEM Academy Magnet/Specialty Schools K-12/Address Changes P3-12th Grade Assignment Mail Out
November 9-13, 2015 November 16-20, 2015 December 7-18, 2015 March 4, 2016
For more information visit the Student Registration Department’s web page at http://www.lrsd.org/ drupal/?q=node/64
6th Grade Orientation: August 13 at 9:30am for all middle schools. 9th Grade Orientations
August 5-7 1-4 pm J.A. Fair August 5 9 am - 1 pm Hall (Last names A-L) August 5 and 7 9 am - 12 noon Parkview Patriot Academy August 7 9 am - 1 pm Hall (Last names M-Z) August 13 3:30-5:30 pm Central and McClellan
Little Rock School District
PERFORMANCE WORKPLAN ENCE FOR TOMO lrsd.org
When families become stressed by behavioral issues, they need a caring environment. PINNACLE POINTE is the largest children and adolescent behavioral care hospital in Arkansas.
1-800-880-3322 | www.pinnaclepointehospital.com 11501 Financial Centre Parkway | Little Rock, AR 72211
Published on Jun 26, 2015