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“I want to give everything I’ve got to this world!” - Brittney Spencer

This rising star has shared the stage with some of the biggest acts in America. From Willie Nelson to Bruce Springsteen and The Chicks, Brittney Spencer seems to continue an authentic pursuit of a dream. What began in the church choir has become an unprecedented story of determination + devotion for this African American singer-songwriter. She admits to an honesty in country music that resonates and her love for the craft is creating change in the industry.

This kind of enthusiasm – “to give everything I’ve got to this world!” – inspires me and it’s probably not a big surprise to anyone who knows me. Luckily, we celebrate it every month in the pages of Inviting Arkansas - friends and fellow Arkansans who continue to give < and get > so much from acts of AWESOMENESS. As the first female urologist in the state, Dr. Gail Reede Jones is a pioneer in men’s health and wellness. For nearly four decades, she has worked tirelessly to improve the lives of men < and women > in Arkansas. She realizes the community of patrons that makes the mission of Arkansas Urology Foundation possible and supports many other organizations throughout the Capital City with her energy + expertise.

Alisha Curtis and Jeni Hill will welcome guests to the most stylish event of the summer later this month. For each, cancer is personal story. Despite hardships, this dynamic duo remains enthusiastic + optimistic about the future and helping other families facing a cancer diagnosis. If this doesn’t make you want to join the FUN, then keep reading and discover why it’s worth it.



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PROFILES LIFE & BEAUTY 28 Dear Diary – Sharilyn Gasaway 29 Atral Spa at Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort 24 Dr. Gail Reede Jones – Arkansas Urology Foundation 26 Alisha Curtis & Jeni Hill – American Cancer Society 30 Mosaic Templars Cultural Center – Juneteenth in da Rock Festival 32 Museum of Discovery – Nan Selz SOCIAL 8 Laurels & Stripes Scholarship Gala 10 Designers Choice Fashion Preview 12 Dinner on the Grounds 14 The Evolve Gala 16 Wild Wines 18 Go Red for Women Luncheon 20 Justin Moore St. Jude Golf Classic Reception On the Cover DR. GAIL REEDE JONES Photography by JACOB ALLINSON Share Your Event 501.219.1000 events@invitingarkansas.com at least 4 weeks prior For Advertising Information Contact Michele Towne 501.960.4196 PAGE 24 “WE ARE INSPIRING AND EMPOWERING ALL MEN AND WOMEN TO LIVE HEALTHIER AND HAPPIER LIVES.” 22 National Park College A Night of Art 33 Best Dressed Little Rock Honoree Fundraiser 37 Sylvia Blain Welcome Reception 38 The Future of Ferncliff Reception 39 Baggo, Brats & Blues 40 UA Little Rock Chancellor’s Circle 41 Williams Library Family Dinner Night 42 AEDD Stagedoor 43 Alzheimer’s Arkansas Anniversary Celebration 44 Celebrity Attractions Season Announcement Reception 44 The Society of the Double Helix Reception 45 United Women in Faith Luncheon 45 Seersucker Social 46 Presbyterian Village Cinco de Mayo Fiesta 47 Red Jacket Luncheon 48 Lifequest Gives


Fellow Arkansans – neighbors, colleagues and friends - are sharing a light of peace, kindness and generosity that makes The Natural State a little brighter. Inviting Arkansas and Methodist Family Health celebrate individuals who illuminate our community with goodness. Nominate someone today for a future feature that SHINES.

Elizabeth Weber spends ample time and energy in the woodland; it provides inspiration and insight into her work as an artist and mentor. Her home and studio space reveal a very personal perspective. “There are thousands of miraculous things happening around us and all we have to do is slow down, listen, observe, and appreciate the wonder unfolding in the natural world.”

At the Methodist Family Health Day Treatment School, Elizabeth brings art into the therapy curriculum that transforms the lives of clients. She elaborates, “I encourage students to trust themselves and their abilities, reminding them that real learning takes risks. This helps build self-esteem, confidence, new coping outlets and a love of art – all of which will continue after the program.” This philosophy reflects the heart of the Methodist Family Health mission – offering a complete continuum of care for Arkansas children who experience abandonment, abuse, neglect or struggles with psychiatric, behavioral and emotional issues.

A New York native, Elizabeth moved to California after college graduation. “I continued to hike and explore nature. This love guides the direction, and often the material, in the body of sculptural work.” She moved to Arkansas in 2016; her home is a sanctuary for quiet contemplation. Her exhibitions throughout the United States span from New York to California, but it was “hints and clues from the universe”

that brought Elizabeth into art therapy. “I heard about the opportunity to teach art to the patients at AR Children’s Hospital and realized that I could be of service right here. I have now been there over 17 years, and almost as long here at Methodist Family Health. Not only do I get to work with amazing kids, but my soul grows in so many ways each and every day.”

Funding for this initiative comes from the Methodist Family Health Foundation with grants from the Arkansas Arts Council and the Charles A. Frueauff Foundation – providing an invaluable resource to students. “The program gives students the space to create, to experiment, to even fail, perhaps several times. Most importantly, it gives them a safe space to grow,” Elizabeth elaborates. “Through the art experiences, the children are then able to grow personally and express themselves authentically without fear of judgment.”

Elizbeth realizes art as a tremendous therapeutic tool for children experiencing trauma and the related emotions. “As a teacher, the kids are my motivation and inspiration - I am constantly learning from them. The challenge of reaching each new kid and getting them excited about expressing themselves through art drives me. Being able to introduce them to new ways to cope with life’s challenges while staying true to themselves brings me tremendous joy.”

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Chairmen Lindsay and Jon Ross Henderson welcomed guests to the University of Central Arkansas Health, Physical Education and Recreation Center for an evening of fanfare and appreciation.

More than 500 friends and patrons celebrated distinguished alumni Dr. Emogene Fox, Leroy Dangeau and Lencola SullivanVerseveldt with dinner, dancing and lots of UCA camaraderie. Proceeds support privately funded student scholarships.

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Hosted by Timmons Arts Foundation, Designers Choice Fashion Preview showcased creations by 10 nationally recognized designers < with a heart for Arkansas > combining the best of fashion + artistry for an unforgettable extravaganza. Proceeds from the evening’s festivities support the Timmons Arts Foundation Cultivating the Arts Youth Summer Camp – providing children from underserved communities an opportunity to experience the arts through educational and enrichment programs.

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WE ARE WESTWIND Enrollment Open: Students 6th - 8th Grade 7318 Windsong Drive, North Little Rock, AR | info@thewestwindschool.org | 501-621-5300 | thewestwindschool.org This ad is 100% funded by the $1.25 million US Department of Education Charter Shools Program Subgrant Awarded to Westwind School for Performing Arts. Westwind is a tuition-free open enrollment public charter middle school that provides an equitable and engaging experience that is enhanced by the arts.


Celebrating more than a decade of success, Chairmen Jessica and Patrick Schueck welcomed guests to this annual Southern supper at Rusty Tractor Vineyards. Patrons enjoyed the lovely spring evening with cool cocktails, sweet treats and live entertainment by Lagniappe. Proceeds support Our House and its mission fulfillment work: providing critical programs and services to the working homeless and their families.

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Craig Campbell, Angela & Arby Smith, Blake James, Alan Tedford Andrew & Yvette Parker,Scott & Janet Korenblat David Hadidi, Debi Barnes, Dossie Layton Merry Kline, Amber Bagley Jacob & Jennifer Jones Randy & Diane Zook, Alanna & Gary Newton Anne Tedford, Kathryn Campbell, Anna Lester Zach & Megan Young Janet & James Brown Mandy Davis, Ben Goodwin, Eddie Davis Shane Frazier, Jack Chatham, Corey Frazier, Curtis Chatham Patrick & Jessica Schueck, Caroline & Jay Robbins John Mark & Kaylei Goings
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Chairman Allison and Sean Cox welcomed guests to the Statehouse Convention Center for an evening of dinner, dancing and celebration. Ron Boyeskie was honored as the 2024 Hero of Hope and the 65 young men who completed a year of service through the Champions of Hope program. Noah Anderson received the Service Award. Proceeds support the mission fulfillment work of Centers for Youth & Families: building healthy children, families and communities.

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Gretchen Smeltzer, Hannah Claire Haughaboo, Magean Warnock, Kathy Bryan, Peggy Tillman Nora McGill, Matthew Dawson, Melissa & Mike Dawson, Barry Simon Felton Rhodes , Ellon Cockrill Mary Jane Rebick, Joseph Goellner & Elizabeth Andreoli, Rick Fleetwood, Charles Evans Keene Jones, Jackson Jones, Dawn Scott Ron Boyeskie Bill Fitzgerald & Monika Rued Whit Cupples, Danae Shields, Angie Stout, Bill Paschall Sean & Allison Cox, Marsha Taylor, Justin Villines Colea & Raymond Long Ashley Anderson, Noah Anderson, David Anderson
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Little Rock Zoo Executive Director Susan Altrui welcomed party animals to Café Africa at the Little Rock Zoo for the Wild Wines VIP party. This two-night event featured samplings and pairings from the Capital City’s tastiest restaurants, which complemented the wine selection from O’Looney’s Wine & Liquor. Animal ambassadors + live music by Rodney Block, DJ AJ and Nick Flora greeted guests. Presented by Arkansas Zoological Foundation, proceeds from the weekend’s festivities support new exhibits and educational programming at the zoo.

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Meagan White, Kelsey Suskie, Alexis Jones, Carrah Wenta Carol Kimery, Summer & Adrienne Collins, Christy Garrett, Lindsay Kullenberg, Jarrod Johnson Hannah Baker, Duo Bessette, Sydney Byrd, Andrea McDaniel Frank Porter, Patrick Pettus Jr, Bill Moody Emma Hartje, Niles Childress Ashley & Mark Landers Stephanie Wallace, Brooke Wallace J Ted Lewis, Suzanne & Randy Cain Carol Petersen, Cheryl Owens Ron Maxwell, Lisa Buehler, Susan Altrui, Fred Knight Molly Iverson, Emilee Harwood



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Katie & Spencer Jansen, Bill Brookshire, Joseph Goellner & Elizabeth Andreoli Paige & Hakeem Brooks Paul & Sarah Heer Samantha Morris, Angie & Jason Harper
John Raymond & Rachel Pitre, Steve & Jaimie Moss Katherine Colling, Rachel & Nate Binkley Randy Bynum, Stacey McClellan


Friends and patrons adorned in red gathered at the Benton Event Center for an afternoon of inspiration, education and community. Guests, united to end heart disease and stroke in women, while enjoying a health expo and silent auction prior to a heart-healthy lunch. Highlights included insight from and Miss Arkansas Cori Keller as keynote speaker. Proceeds support the continued mission fulfillment work of the American Heart Association.

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Ryan Parker & Heather Baker Jean McSweeney, Christen Johnson Tracy Keller, Beth Hopson, Jennifer Overton, Caroline Overton Jacqueline Pendleton, Jonathon Green, Bianca Mahomes Richard & Brandy Harp Kelly Owen, Gina Pharis Julie Myrick, Chelsie Tull, Char Boalch, Lizzie Woodard Jessica Haner, Kristin Miller, Ellen Dykes LaConda Watson, Kimberly Lee Tammie Davis, Jamie Jones Arnessa Bennett, Arteja Stamps, Kristin Knox Itzel Velazquez, Ashley Matthews, Rhonda Corn Cara Wade, Sophe Sligh, Barry & Tina Craig, Robert Buchanan Nikki Smith, Cori Keller
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Friends of St Jude Children’s Research Hospital gathered at The Hall for a celebration dinner and auction prior to the golf tournament at Chenal Country Club. Guests enjoyed lively libations, light bites and a private acoustic performance by Justin Moore. Proceeds support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital - where families never receive a bill for treatment, travel, housing or food.

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Nirvana & Trey Manning Stacy & Quinn Grovey Robyn Cahalan, Landen Crancer, Sydney Parr Lee, Samantha Cope, Luke VanDover, Lydia Caddy, Alex Cope, Evan Caddy Karen Greer, Leslie & Kevin Case, Justin Moore, Darren Adams, Derek Cesne, Brian Tindall Ken DeLaughter, Dedra Nathan, Fred Winston Frank Cuervo, Mary & Rick Edwards, Chassity & Chris Curry Blaine Harris, Jess Jennings Jasmine Wilson Brad Rickett, Madisyn Rickett Todd Conklin, Madison Conklin Pam & Mike Halter
invitingarkansas.com | JUNE 2024 | 21 MethodistFamily.org 501-803-3388 Info@MethodistFamily.org You are not the darkness you endured. You are the light that refused to surrender John Mark Green
Jandie & Ken Estes, Nealy & Adam Wells Jay Amberg, Bill Birch Emma & Josh Morris Patty & Robert Schillinger Krista & Blakely Reeder Bill Lawrence, Ray Tucker, Matt Barrett Taylor Provence, Sydney Pletcher, Anita Williams, Courtney Probst, Ashley Scarlet Stephanie Smith, Lindsay Warren, Molly Schillinger, Vicki Aldy


Hosted by National Park College and National Park College Foundation, guests gathered on campus for this stunning digital media and fine arts show produced by National Park College students. Light bites from the NPC hospitality students and hand-crafted mocktails from Spa City eateries were served. Jacob Flores provided live entertainment. Proceeds from the evening support the National Park College Foundation.

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Scot Key, Aaron Buckley Pam Shurett, Denice Davis Luis Perez, Victoria Dalton Joe & Carla Mouton John & Betty Ballard Melony Martinez, Nicole Herndon, Amy Fincham Karen Lauck, Ken Jacobson Chad & Laura Lockwood Deborah Phillips, Dorothy Morris Diane LaFollette, Mark Fleischner Jennifer Seward, Shannon LaDuke John Hogan, Mike Bush Lezley Piper, Jeremy Rodgers

Thank You

Thank you to our generous sponsors for supporting the National Park College Digital Media and Arts program during our recent Night of Art event. We appreciate your support.

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r. Gail Reede Jones is a pioneer in men’s health and wellness. She considers it as critical as the emphasis men seem to place on routine maintenance of automobiles and notes, “Guys rotate their tires and change the oil. What they don’t want to do is wait until there’s smoke coming out from under the hood and the car stops running. The same importance goes for men’s health.” As the first female urologist in the state and a founding physician at Arkansas Urology, her commitment to this mission, keeping men < and women > healthy, is unwavering.

Born in New York, Gail considers Arkansas home after nearly four decades in the Natural State. She credits her success to several significant Arkansans including Pine Bluff native Dr. Henry Foster, Chair of Obstetrics & Gynecology at George W. Hubbard Hospital of Meharry Medical College in Nashville. “I had an initial interest in OBGYN. On days when OBGYN clinic would finish early, we would spend time in the urology clinic. Instead of pursuing my initial path, I remained to do two years of surgery in preparation to apply for a residency in urology.” She notes that Dr. William Rutledge, who was also with Meharry Medical College, supported women who were pursuing careers in surgery. “When I was interviewing for residency, I saw that many of these programs had never had women as residents, nor even interviewed women for consideration.” With ample experience and encouragement from mentors, Gail secured a residency in urology at the University of Pittsburgh where she joined the first female resident.

It is Dr. Rutledge who remains the focal character in the story of Gail’s esteemed career. “He returned to Little Rock and encouraged me to come to Arkansas, which was known back then as ‘The Land of Opportunity’ and see what Little Rock had to offer. I immediately saw the network of support available for young doctors who wanted to build a practice in specialty fields. Looking back on the number of people who influenced my medical career, I think ending up in Arkansas was pure destiny.”

In 1987 Gail established her own practice in the Capital City and in 1996, with consideration to the economic landscape and changes in healthcare, Arkansas Urology was formed. “This resulted in these two groups inviting me to the table, which allowed for multiple resources and decades of experience to be combined to serve all patients.”


Gail and her husband Jesse Mason are devoted philanthropists and support the Arkansas Urology Foundation. The foundation addresses health disparities throughout the state – connecting Arkansans to comprehensive healthcare through education and advocacy. Arkansas Urology Foundation Director Chris Shenep adds, “We are inspiring and empowering all men and women to live healthier and happier lives.” Priorities include free prostate cancer screenings and learning opportunities for fellow urologists and referring physicians. Chris credits the initial success of the organization, exceeding more than $1 million in fundraising, to first-time donors and the generosity of patrons. “As we have built the foundation, Dr. Jones and Mr. Mason have been there every step of the way. From financial support, to recruiting new donors, raising awareness, and increasing our impact - this story is the perfect illustration about the importance of our foundation and Men’s Health Month.”

As Gail reflects on her journey and the evolution of Arkansas Urology, she realizes the community of patrons that makes healthcare accessible to more Arkansans. “As we celebrate 30 years as a practice, I’d like to applaud all those dedicated leaders, past and present, who helped us become what we are today. I’d like to thank all of those who are making an investment in the Arkansas Urology Foundation.” Chris guarantees this year’s AUSOME Event – with a boots & barbeque theme – is the perfect opportunity to learn more and get involved. “Thanks to supporters like Dr. Jones, I know this will be our best year yet.”

Thursday, November 21 | Rusty Tractor Vineyards | arkansasurology.com/foundation

Best Dressed LITTLE ROCK

Last summer, friends of the American Cancer Society gathered for an epic celebration of philanthropy and fashion. The inaugural Best Dressed Little Rock generated an impressive $230,000 for the American Cancer Society Access to Care Grants in Arkansas. In 2024, the organization has designated $1 million for research and $300,000 to Access to Care Grants for cancer treatment facilities like CARTI and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. This translates into helping make revolutionary cancer care available to all Arkansans.

For Alisha Curtis and Jeni Hill, cancer is a personal story. Alisha’s father was recently diagnosed with stage 4 prostate cancer, and she is also experiencing her own journey. “In 2021 I went to the dermatologist who found skin cancer all over my body. Since then, I have undergone surgeries for melanoma on my arm and ear, and about 20 other skin surgeries for severe dysplastic areas.” Jeni’s husband passed away from myoepithelial sarcoma in October 2021. “His 13-month battle against this painful disease consisted of four major surgeries, 12 weeks of radiation, chemotherapy, and two months at UAMS.” She realizes the American Cancer Society as an invaluable resource that eases the strain and stress of necessary treatments. “That’s what motivates me the most.”

With an unwavering commitment to the American Cancer Society and community, these ladies will welcome guests to the most stylish event of the summer and generate critical funding for the organization. “We are bringing back high energy and high fashion,” Alisha explains. The evening will celebrate more than 20 civic + business leaders who are building a healthier future for all Arkansans. “They are driven, influential and fun – it’s going to be one big, fabulous cocktail party!” The focus of Best Dressed Little Rock remains resolute: remembering all the families affected by cancer. Jeni adds, “We are creating a memorial wall to honor loved ones as well.”

American Cancer Society South Region Senior Development Manager

Sophia Ashcraft touts that it is attention to detail and a flair for the fabulous that makes this dynamic duo unstoppable. “Jeni and Alisha participated in Best Dressed Little Rock last year and have the same enthusiasm this year. They have rallied a diverse and passionate group of honorees.” As they bring together all the elements for an unforgettable evening, Alisha and Jeni are giddy with excitement and plan to make the most of an opportunity to impress. Jeni adds, “My husband used to joke that I was ‘classy and sassy’ – but confidence is the most valuable thing you can wear!”


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Photography by SARAH ODEN | Wardrobe from BARBARA JEAN On Location at EASTSIDE SCRAPYARD Alisha Curtis, Jeni Hill

Best Dressed Ball

We would like to thank all who have supported the

2024 Best Dress Honorees

In ongoing efforts addressing solutions around barriers to care for all Arkansans throughout the Continuum of Cancer Care.


Escape to the ultimate wellness retreat in the heart of the Spa City. Nestled within the historic resort town, the Astral Spa at Oaklawn boasts the only Forbes four-star rating in the state. Attention to every detail blends seamlessly into the luxury services and amenities that do not disappoint. The quartz crystals in each of the treatment rooms add not only healing powers, but also a nostalgia to the legacy of crystal mining in Arkansas.

The refreshing Moon Cocoon body treatment is a most unique experience. It begins with an enzymatic exfoliant and dry brushing to stimulate the lymphatic system - followed by mimosa + vanilla-infused firming cream, a massage and a body wrap (like a warm + soothing cocoon) to seal in the moisture and related benefits.

Other considerations include the Astral Signature Hydrafacial - a customized skin treatment with the addition of a personalized booster, followed by an LED light therapy session to stimulate skin cell rejuvenation. The region’s only Himalayan salt wall offers halotherapy; breathing in the salt particles helps improve breathing + relieves stress, anxiety and fatigue. All services are enhanced with access to the vitality pools, heated pool loungers, needle showers and infrared saunas. Weather permitting, there’s more relaxation available at the exclusive outdoor cabana-lined spa pool and lush lawn.


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shares insight from the 150th Kentucky Derby and photo finish winner Mystik Dan. This Arkansas native has a deep love for wildlife, wardrobe and the Natural State. She admits all horses improve her mood and Barbara Jean keeps her looking + feeling her best.


Mystik Dan has been a part of the Gasaway family since birth. Sharilyn and Brent own the mare, Ma’am, with Lance Gasaway and Daniel Hamby III. Ma’am was bred to Goldencents for $10,000; Mystik Dan was the first foal for Ma’am.

“Mystik Dan has always been a sweet and personable horse with a very calm disposition. I think that calmness with his speed makes him special because he doesn’t get worked up before a race. We are so blessed to be on this journey with him.”

Photography by SARAH ODEN




Lourdes Chavez worked closely with Christine Phelan at Barbara Jean. He described her look as “elegant, minimalistic, timeless and perfect for the Kentucky Derby!”

Featured Kentucky Derby Milliner Christine Moore decided gold because “Mystic Dan will be golden for the winner’s circle.”


CELEBRATE JUNETEENTH Mosaic Templars Cultural Center

Just as Mosaic Templars Cultural Center has evolved from its namesake Mosaic Templars of America into a nationally accredited museum of African American history, its Juneteenth celebration has evolved from a one-block party to a festival with hundreds of vendors, attendees and exciting entertainers.

Now branded Juneteenth in Da Rock, the third Saturday in June is set aside in Little Rock to commemorate the end of slavery in the United States. On June 19th,1865, Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas, with news that the Civil War had ended and that enslaved African Americans were free people. This momentous occasion marked the emancipation of the last remaining enslaved people in the Confederacy, two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation.

This will be the 15th year that Mosaic Templars Cultural Center has hosted the observance, seeking to be a beacon that can illuminate any other celebrations around the state. Along for the ride, albeit somewhat reluctant to have the spotlight shine on them, are three MTCC staff members pivotal to the massive event’s execution: Courtney Bradford, Suzanne Ornelas and Brian Rodgers. As curator, Courtney orchestrated the newly renovated permanent exhibit from which the 2024 Juneteenth theme was born. “Our theme this year is ‘Woven’. We want to celebrate the fact that Black history is woven into the fabric of not only Arkansas history but American history.” Suzanne heaps kudos upon Courtney’s work assembling the exhibit “Visually the woven theme is included in the structures and displays

throughout the gallery. It’s the concept that Arkansas history is a tapestry made up of all our experiences. Our pasts are intertwined and so is our present. When those who follow us look back, they’ll view a new tapestry woven from even more diverse threads.”

This year’s celebration promises to be bigger and better than ever, with a lineup of events and entertainment that showcases the resilience, strength, and vibrancy of the African American community. It’s an opportunity for Arkansans to come together, reflect on the past, and celebrate the progress that has been made while recognizing the work that still lies ahead in the fight for equality and justice.

Brian, the museum’s adult education and interpretive specialist, is a historian and community relations liaison. He remembers when they struggled to secure 10 sponsors and worried if anyone would show up for the party. “Today, we have to decline requests from artists who want to perform because we just can’t fit everyone in,” he said. “I would like to see Juneteenth in Da Rock grow to encompass this whole area, West 7th, 8th and 9th streets in downtown Little Rock. I want us to be the preeminent summer celebration in Little Rock.”


Saturday, June 15 | Historic West Ninth Street arkansasheritage.com/juneteenth

This full schedule of activities includes a 5K walk/run and information is available on how to volunteer, sponsor and register affiliate events outside the Little Rock Metro.


Saturday, June 15th | Historic West 9th Street | 9am - 6pm

Experience the Celebration – like no other one – in the Capital City





AReimagination Campaign MUSEUM OF DISCOVERY

s Nan Selz reflects on her history with the Museum of Discovery, it’s with gratitude for a great adventure in the world of STEM: science, technology engineering and math. She realizes that the museum is a powerful, educational resource for children + students throughout the state with multiple opportunities for families to explore and engage. Nan retired in 2012 but remains engaged and enthusiastic about the future of the museum as well as the most recent introduction of the Reimagination Campaign.

Nan believes it is a personal responsibility “to act in such a way as to make the world a better place” and enjoys this pursuit throughout our community. She remembers volunteering for a variety of organizations; this experience in fundraising earned her a professional career with the St. Vincent Foundation and later the museum. Nan reflects, “At some point, one of those nonprofits offered to pay me for taking on the management of a project. It happened again and, before I knew it, I was working full time.”

Nan joined the Museum of Discovery in 2004. “The museum had received a grant from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation which required a $1.9 million match. Although I knew almost nothing about managing a museum, they were mainly looking for someone who had fundraising experience.” With the success of this initiative, she was instrumental in the expansion as well as the design and installation of new exhibits. Impressed by the volume of visitors and wealth of knowledge the museum offers, Nan admits to a love affair that endures. “From the minute I started at the museum, I noticed that the impact it has on children is incredible.” Under her leadership as executive director, the museum became renowned as the state’s premier math, science and technology center. She continues to invest her time, energy and optimism in every and any way possible.

Established by Bernie Babcock in 1927 as the Museum of Natural History & Antiquities, the Museum of Discovery is Little Rock’s oldest museum. Many of the original artifacts came from Bernie’s personal collection. Always mindful of constituents and the changing landscape of public education, Chief Executive Officer Kelley Bass notes the importance


of keeping amenities timely, meaningful and accessible to all children. “Early learners and their families are the largest audience at the museum. That’s why we are focusing on that younger age group with Fish Camp and focusing on the interests of kids up to about age 9 with Curiosity Spot.”

Announced earlier this year, the Reimagination Campaign - with a $10.7 million fundraising goal - will revitalize the early childhood gallery and create a new gallery: Fish Camp & Curiosity Spot. This is the final phase of a campaign that already debuted a two-story, three-tower climber and renovated two galleries that were destroyed by the 2021 weather-related flood. These plans align with the vision and values of the Museum of Discovery: to ignite passion for science, technology and math in a dynamic, interactive arena. Kelley elaborates, “Providing engaging experiences for our youngest guests and their families is at the heart of the Museum of Discovery’s mission. Our informal environment for exploring and learning is the perfect complement to the more formal education settings.” Nan adds, “It gets children interested in pursuing those fields professionally. It makes these opportunities available to under-represented groups by sponsoring programs that focus on girls, low-income families and schools with students who are living below federal poverty guidelines.”

During this most ambitious campaign, Kelley recognizes that community and connections are critical components; Nan is a shining example of the power of philanthropy and preservation to keep legacy alongside the most modern technology. “Nan was the driving force behind the last major campaign. The fact she is still a successful fundraiser who adores our museum is no surprise at all.” As a grandmother, Nan has discovered new ways to enjoy the museum; this ardent advocate believes the future is bright. “Everyone can contribute to this campaign because everyone benefits in some way from having a vibrant science and technology center in our community.”


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Best Dressed Little Rock Honoree Sergio Valdivia welcomed friends and supporters to Blue Agave in North Little Rock for this annual Fashion Extravaganza. Designed to engage and inspire the Hispanic community – Dr. Pearman Parker introduced the afternoon festivities including a beauty contest, model walk and live entertainment. Proceeds support Sergio’s Best Dressed Little Rock campaign and will be revealed at Best Dressed Little Rock on June 16.

MON-SAT 9am-5pm SUN 1pm-5pm

Pearman Parker, Alexandria Mata Gissel Albarenga, Sergio Valdivia Sophia Ashcraft, Seleny Vasquev, Kristin Stuart Jenny Mendoza, Samantha Valadez Nanette & Wilfred Patino Angel Burt, Jamie Lynn Jones
Lamor Williams, Yvette Parker

Celebrating 25 Years A Silver Celebration

On April 20, the typical landscape of Episcopal Collegiate’s Championship Gym was transformed into an elegant evening for current families, alumni, faculty, and friends to come together in celebration of 25 years of the School. The Silver Celebration was a remarkable bookend to a series of events commemorating the history and founding of Episcopal. Since opening the doors at a temporary location in 1998 with 4 teachers and 45 students, the School has experienced remarkable growth and success. In its 25th year, Episcopal Collegiate is flourishing with over 815 students and 140 members of the faculty and staff.

This milestone event was a tribute to the community’s enduring commitment to educational excellence. More than 500 guests made up the evening’s attendance, including Alumni from the inaugural

graduating Class of 2004 to members of the Class of 2020. Every chapter of Episcopal’s story was represented in some way. All current students and alumni could be seen on a digital display throughout the evening. In addition, hundreds of black and white photos hung from two artificial mighty oak trees in the center of the room, showcasing the essence and evolution of community life at Episcopal Collegiate since its inception.

While the air was filled with a sense of pride and nostalgia, the Silver Celebration was more than just a reflection of the School’s past. This gathering served as an opportunity to toast to the continued growth of Episcopal Collegiate and a promising future. Thank you to the many families who attended and contributed to the success of this special anniversary!

A Minimally Invasive Approach to Prostate Cancer

For many men, finding out they have prostate cancer is a life-altering event. The impact is felt not only in the immediate aftermath of hearing the news but also as they contemplate how the disease may impact their daily lives. Their emotions may intensify if their treatments affect bodily functions or their self-image. According to a study in Frontiers of Psychology, the “physical and sexual effects (of prostate cancer treatment) can directly affect body image and have negative psychological and social implications,” such as low self-confidence, anxiety or depression.

A routine mammogram can become a life-saving screening when it detects cancer in its early stages. At CARTI, advanced 3D technology provides the clearest possible picture of a patient’s breast health – paired with trusted expertise from renowned physicians.

Annual mammograms are available at any of these CARTI locations:

• Little Rock

• North Little Rock

• Pine Bluff

• Russellville

• El Dorado - Coming Soon

Fortunately, health care providers now have innovative treatments to help minimize prostate cancer patients’ physical and psychological side effects. CARTI is Arkansas’s only cancer care provider to offer Cyberknife, a non-invasive robotic radiation therapy. Cyberknife delivers precise, personalized treatments with sub-millimeter accuracy, cutting patients’ course of radiation from more than 40 days to an average of just five sessions. Prostate cancer patients can quickly return to everyday life without restrictions post treatment.

Medical experts may recommend that patients consider undergoing minimally invasive, laparoscopic robotic surgery, which allows for better visualization, surgical precision and physician control during operations. As one of the state’s most experienced robotic prostate cancer surgeons, I’ve witnessed how patients benefit—shorter hospital stays, less post-op discomfort and better long-term outcomes, including preservation of erectile function and continence.

In 2023 alone, Arkansas is expected to see 2,500 new cases of prostate cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, it’s the most common cancer for men in the U.S., with one in eight being diagnosed in their lifetimes. We’ve made incredible progress in helping those impacted by prostate cancer treat or manage the disease. But, as we’ve seen at CARTI, we can do even more. By collaborating across specialties and taking advantage of new tools—from Cyberknife to custom, genebased therapies—we can continue improving patient outcomes and ensure men’s quality of life.

Keith Mooney, M.D., is a urologist with CARTI, a not-for-profit, multidisciplinary cancer care provider. He graduated from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, where he completed residencies in surgery and urology.

For more information about preventive screenings at CARTI, visit CARTI.com

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Friends and colleagues gathered at Trapnall Hall to celebrate new Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance CEO Sylvia Blain. After more than a decade as Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance CEO, Kathy Webb retired. Like Kathy, Sylvia is committed to building a brighter future all Arkansans and the programs + resources of Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance: providing grants to food banks, food pantries and other hunger agencies across the state.


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Albert Pike Masonic Center 712 Scott Street, Downtown Little Rock
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To learn more about the work
the Alliance, visit: www.ArHungerAlliance.org Together we can create a hunger-free Arkansas.
Presley & Jo Melton Brian Burton, Christie Jordan Jessica Crensaw, Michelle Shope Jennifer Owens Buie & Matt Buie Marion King, Parker Blake Tricia Larson, Sylvia Blain, Patty Barker Erin Franks, Ann Clemmer


Ferncliff Camp & Conference Center Executive Director Joel Gill welcomed friends, patrons and supporters to the home of Ann and Rick Owens for the informative reception. Joel provided timely updates with an exciting vision for future expansion and renovation plans. Located on 1200 acres in Western Pulaski County and established in 1937 as a summer camp for youth, Ferncliff has become a thriving center of mission and ministry that responds to the needs of the community.

Every aspect of Ferncliff, whether it is the environment, programs, or staff, aspires to connect, inspire, and transform lives. Become part of the legacy of enriching lives and encouraging transformation in people and communities.

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Tim Farrell, Rick Owens, Peggy Farrell, Ann Owens Patty Opitz, Joel Gill Matt & Monica Christenson Judy Johnson, Bob Skinner Brother & Amanda Nipper Alfred Williams & Elaine Eubank, Bob Burnside


Friends of Habitat for Humanity of Central Arkansas gathered at Rusty Tractor Vineyards for friendly competition and ice-cold beverages. The highly anticipated baggo tournament did not disappoint with lots of teams; the live entertainment by Lucious Spiller kept the atmosphere festive. A highlight of the afternoon was ceremonial “note burning” for some of HFH homeowners who completed mortgage payments this year. Presented by Good Day Farm, proceeds support the organization’s continued mission fulfillment work.


Everyone had a blast and new BAGGO champions were crowned, but the best part is our sponsors and guests raised money to build homes, communities, and hope!



SILVER SPONSORS Arkansas Federal Credit Union | Darragh Company | Riggs CAT TruService Community Federal Credit Union | USAble Life | Walmart Stores


Ambetter from Arkansas Health & Wellness | Arkansas Blue Cross Blue Shield | AT&T Attorney’s Title Group | Bank of England Mortgage | Ben E. Keith | CDI Contractors, LLC

Citizen’s Bank | Cromwell Architects Engineers | Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas Evo Business Environments | Family Foot Care - Dr. Loren Bartole | First Service Bank HCJ CPAs & Advisors PLLC | Hydco, Inc. | Jon Underhill Real Estate - Meg France Eddie & Melinda Martin | US Bank | UP Federal Credit Union


Ben E. Keith | Flyway Brewing Company | Golden Eagle of Arkansas Personalized Bottle Water | Lost Forty Brewing

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Chris Pelopida, Amy Bettinger Loren & Tom Bartole Raymond & Colea Long Drew & Ryan Herget Kelly Fleming, Dena & Rich Dunlap, Shannon Fleming Chantel Johnson, Emanuel Reep


Friends, faculty and patrons gathered at the UA Little Rock Chancellor’s residence to celebrate members of the Chancellor’s Circle. The evening recognized this esteemed group and the impact it makes on UA Little Rock’s students, employees, and programs –providing critical funding for financial assistance, expanded research opportunities and enhanced technological resources.

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Discover adventure and new skills at UA Little Rock’s summer camps, where your child can create lifelong memories. Join us for a summer filled with laughter, friendship, and unforgettable experiences!


June 17 – 21

Emerging Writers Institute

Grades 6-8: 8:30 a.m.-Noon

Grades 9-12: 1-4:30 p.m., Cost: $150

June 24 – 28

Young Writers Camp

8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Grades: 3-5, Cost: $300

July 8 – 19

Summer Laureate University for Youth (SLUFY)

12:30-5:15 p.m.

Grades: K-6, Cost: $350


June 10 – July 18

Art in Action Summer Camp

8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Grades 1-8

June 24 – 28


Grades: 11-12, Cost: Free


June 17 – 21 | June 24 – 27

July 15 – 16 | July 17 – 18 | July 29

Van Compton Volleyball Camps

Cost: Varies by camp

June 17 – 18 | July 10 – 13

Little Rock Wrestling Camps

Cost: Varies by camp

July 22 – 23

Darrell Walker Basketball Camps

Cost: Varies by camp

June 24 – 26: Benton

July 8-10: North Little Rock

Little Rock Baseball Camps

Cost: $120

July 8 – 9 |

July 24 – 25 |

July 27

Joe Foley Basketball Camps

Cost: Varies by camp


July 8 – 12

Cybersecurity Camp 8:30 a.m.-Noon

Grades 7-12, Cost: Free

July 29 – August 2

Virtual Reality Camp

Noon-5 p.m.

Grades 7-12, Cost: $150

Scan to learn more about each of the camps offered this summer at UA Little Rock.

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Carrie Phillips, Sharon Tallach Vogelpohl Kim Kyle, Jeanette Hamilton Blake Casey, Amy & RJ Martino Alison Melson, Derek Lewis Jr, Rebecca Pittillo Christina Drale, James Bobo Elaine Eubank, Colin Crawford

Chairmen Stacey and Leron McAdoo welcomed friends and members to the reimagined Sue Cowan Williams Library. Located in the historic Dunbar Neighborhood, the library welcomes thousands of visitors each year – many are students at Dunbar Middle School. Branch Manager Latina Sheard organized the weekend’s festivities including a family dinner with live entertainment by Bijoux, Chris Parker and the Little Rock Central High Jazz Band. The Central Arkansas Library System boasts 25 branch libraries throughout Little Rock, Perryville and Pulaski County + a variety of programming.

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Tameka, Ethan, Brian & Sydnee Lee Danielle Afsordeh, Chris Haynes Grant Williams, Polly Deems Libby Lloyd, Lamor Williams
Nate & Natalie Coulter
CAMP CALS jOiN uS fOr tHe kIcKoFf aT ChIlDrEn’s LiBrArY & LeArNiNg CeNtEr I t’s A lMoSt tImE fOr SuMmEr @ c A l S Saturday June 8 10AM-1PM Register for Summer @ CALS at CALS.org CaMp CaLs wIlL iNcLuDe: outdoor games, crafts, walking s’mores, a sensory room, the Be Mighty canteen, and more.
Mary Jones, Stacey McAdoo, Leron McAdoo, Stephany Fields


Arkansas Enterprises for the Developmentally Disabled welcomed young professionals to the Argenta Contemporary Theatre for this preview party. The evening boasted select entertainment from the iconic Curtain Call event hosted on May 23. Guests enjoyed light bites and lively libations. Arkansas Enterprises for the Developmentally Disabled empowers individuals with developmental disabilities to improve the quality of their lives.

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Anita Paul, Gayla Jungmeyer, Brad Paul Derrell Hartwick, Debbie Grooms, Terry Hartwick Brian Davis, Kathleen Kennally, Angie Davis Alicia Payseno, Kerina Goucher Bill & Debbie Harris Manuela Moon, Ginger Burton, Issac Morales, Angel Rodriquez, Tery Young

Friends and families of Alzheimer’s Arkansas gathered at Argenta Plaza to celebrate this year’s 40th anniversary of the organization. Guests enjoyed fellowship + fun along with food trucks and live entertainment by Rodney Block Collective. Proceeds support mission fulfillment work that provides educational and financial assistance to caregivers of fellow Arkansans with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. In 2023, Alzheimer’s Arkansas awarded more than $434,000 to families in 62 Arkansas

invitingarkansas.com | JUNE 2024 | 43 Join countless other men celebrating Men’s Health Month and schedule a screening for you or a man in your life. As the state’s leader in men’s health and urology, Arkansas Urology proudly offers FREE health screenings* at its Men’s Health Clinic. Visit www.arkansasurology.com to learn more. MAN UP FOR MEN’S HEALTH MONTH. (501) 219-8900 | arkansasurology.com *To qualify for the free screening, men must not be a current Arkansas Urology patient, not have been referred by another physician, not have a current diagnosis of low T and/or not have been seen at AU for at least 3 years.
Stephenie Cooke, Holly Marr Michael & Debbie Teague
Rick Fleetwood, Lauren Banko, Jeff Grooms John & Cindy Fowler Erin Ridling, Adrian & Karen Ray Amber & Justin Tierney Terry Hartwick, Karen Trevino


Friends and city officials gathered at Robinson Center for the season announcement of Celebrity Attractions Broadway Series. Productions include Peter Pan, Dear Evan Hansen, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Ain’t Too Proud, Back to the Future and Hades Town. Deana McCormack welcomed guests with light bites and refreshments as well as a swag bag. Established in 1983 with a dream of bringing Broadway to select cities in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Texas –Celebrity Attractions continues a legacy of excellence in family entertainment.


Friends and colleagues gathered at the Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts to celebrate the newest members of the Society of the Double Helix. The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences acknowledges the outstanding philanthropy and leadership of individuals, foundations, corporations and organizations with an induction into the society. It represents a contribution of $100,000+ to the institution since its inception in 1879.

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Shakinah Braddix, Christianna Braddix Angie Wilson, Lexi Malham, Hope Hankins, Jimmy Pennington Ashleigh Dezonia, Chris Parker, Katina Brown, Allison Benton, Mariela Hernandez,Andrew Taylor Jim Rice, Kristen Dotson, Deana McCormack Alison Waddell, Allison Hiblong Tara Stevens, Sabrina Blankenship Linda Dahl, Jeff Herald Stuart Cobb, Brian Lang, Barbara Hoover Truman Channell, John Erck Carol & Porter Rodgers, Jane Gillespie, Jackie & Curtis Finch Janet & Bud Jones, Cam Patterson Kent & Michelle Krause Marvin Hayenga, Cindy Stowe


The United Women in Faith welcomed friends and fellow members to St. James United Methodist Church for this spring luncheon + fashion show. Guests enjoyed a delightful menu and the season’s most stylish wardrobe from Chico’s. Proceeds from the afternoon’s festivities support local missions. United Women in Faith is a global organization that connects and nurtures women through Christian spiritual formation and fellowship so that they can inspire, influence and impact communities.


Beautiful hats, seersucker suits and springtime dresses graced the front lawn of the Old Statehouse Museum during this annual event. Guests sipped cool mint juleps by Delta Dirt, enjoyed lively music by Michael Carnebauer and indulged in favorite fare from Richard Jefferson of Jefferson Mobile Grilling. Proceeds benefit the Old State House Museum and its School Bus Fund that brings students to the Old State House throughout the year.

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Larry Freeman, Lakita Childs Chris Davis, Nicole Winters, Blake Tierney Megan & Hunter Sadler Samantha & Allan Norvell Beverly & David Beck Beverly Villines, Kathy Roberts Paige & Steven Ronza Ann Rowell, Susie Branon Claudia Beverly, Jackie Murphy, Susie Jones, Carol Keys, Jane Heaston, Sue Voegele Audrey Riser, Benni Fambrough, Dotty Moore Kathleen Joiner, Cindy Stern, May Ann Johnson Willie Bobo, Pamela Luke, Karen Phelps, Max Davis, Vaughn McQuary


Friends and families of Presbytarian Village gathered at the Rusty Tractor Vineyards to celebrate Cinco de Mayo and generate support for the organization. Guests enjoyed classic Mexican cuisine and margaritas with music by Mariachi America. Presbyterian Village provides critical resources and services that help residents maintain quality of life - promoting health + spiritual well being as well as personal dignity and independence.

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Marty Heiple, Barbara Grafe


Hosted at Robinson Center, guests enjoyed a panel discussion with the Jacksonville North Pulaski School District Superintendent Dr. Jeremy Owoh and AmeriCorps members serving in the Little Rock School District. Established in 1988, City Year is an education-focused organization that partners with public schools and teachers to support student’s success in the classroom and the future. City Year has graduated more than 500 AmeriCorps members. Proceeds support the organization’s mission fulfillment work in schools.

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Mary Twitty, Joy Kinman Will Bond, Bob Edwards, Mica Strother, Grant Tennelle Katherine Blackmon Carroll, Jennifer Cobb, Rebecca Tennille, Christina Littlejohn, Sandra McGrew Adriohn Thurston, Jeremy Hill, Cordell Piggee Stephanie Streett, Diedra Peterson Roger Sundermeier, Mark Wilson Melinda Modica, Joe Purvis

LifeQuest: Get Connected, Stay Active!

After retirement, LifeQuest members enjoy staying intellectually engaged, socially connected and physically active.

Pickleball,artinstruction,theatre,bookgroupsandliterature, historyandcurrentevents,music,scienceandnature,yoga,taichi, pilates,movies,tripsabroad….

When you connect with LifeQuest, you connect with LIFE!

Our Educational Partners:

Arkansas Geriatric Education Collaborative/UAMS

Central Arkansas Library System

Literacy Action of Central Arkansas

Mosaic Templars Cultural Center

William J. Clinton Presidential Library and Museum

Major sponsors include:

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield

PrimeWell Health Services and 23 area faith-based congregations!

Contact us: LifeQuest of Arkansas

600 Pleasant Valley Drive Little Rock, AR 72227





Friends and supporters of LifeQuest of Arkansas gathered at The Blake at Chenal Valley to commemorate the organization’s annual spring fundraiser. Jon Baccarini with Primewell Health Services shared insight and enthusiasm as the new corporate sponsor. LifeQuest promotes healthful longevity and active aging through learning and volunteerism opportunities.

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KAUFMAN BY DESIGN WEST Power Tools, Coolers & More 14900 Cantrell Rd 501.673.3978 kaufmanlumber.com AR-T’S A Tribute to an Arknasas Icon 1218 Main St | 501.246.3500 arkansas-tees.com WORDSWORTH BOOKS Books for Every Man 5920 R St | 501.663.9198 wordsworthbookstore.com Father’s Day what a dad wants, what a dad needs...
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“I decided that UA Little Rock was right for me because I knew I would be able to receive a quality education close to home. The university provided me with the full college experience. I joined Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated®. Being active in the sorority also helped me to develop leadership skills and connected me to thousands of professional women, with whom I remain in contact.

In addition to my psychology degree, I earned prerequisites for medical school, and I was well-prepared. Faculty at UA Little Rock also emphasized the importance of solid writing and research, and I developed business acumen. These tools have provided me success as owner of the Rice Clinic, with o ces in Little Rock and Pine Blu .

The UA Little Rock campus community was a wonderful place then, and I believe it is now. I am grateful for the education and friendships that I gained while I was a student. The education that I received was top notch and I am very proud to be a Trojan.”


we easing pain

For several years following surgery after an injury in 2009, Shane Lank was in so much pain that he spent most of his time in a recliner or in bed. He tried physical therapy and several different pain clinics, but the debilitating nerve pain in his back and legs continued. All that changed shortly after a referral to UAMS Health Interventional Pain Specialist Dr. Johnathan Goree. Within six months of beginning spinal steroid injections and radiofrequency ablation, he was able to cut in half the amount of pain medicine he was taking. Shane continues to undergo periodic treatments at The Orthopaedic and Spine Hospital at UAMS to minimize his reliance on pain medication and says he has regained not only the ability to travel and do chores around his home, but also his outgoing personality.

“After years of dealing with extreme pain, thanks to UAMS Health I am able to do things physically that I never thought I’d be able to do again.” – Shane Lank, Little Rock

Shane Lank and Lilly

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