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PRIDE Magazine • University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff

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Chef ---, former owner of Restaurant 1620 based in Little Rock, Arkansas gives a healthy cooking demonstration during the second day of Camp iRock. The one week camp was sponsored by the Arkansas Minority Health Commission and hosted on the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff campus. Photo by Knoxie Hall.


15 Dr. Laurence B. Alexander, newly appointed chancellor of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff receives the ceremonial baton from University of Arkansas System President Dr. Donald Bobbitt during the Hail and Farewell reception. Photo by Richard Redus. Also in Recap: • Joseph Carter Corbin Memorial Headstone Dedication | 17 • 10th Annual Clearing the Air in Communities of Color Conference | 19 • Agriculture Field Day | 20


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38 From the projects of New Orleans to the Pride at UAPB, Chancellor Laurence B. Alexander has had a wealth of experiences to prepare him to lead the institution to the next level. Story by Tisha D. Arnold. Photos by Randy Batista Photography and Brian T. Williams.

4 Letter from the Editor 5 Chancellor’s Letter 6 News & Events 22 Research

then & now

13 Most buildings on the UAPB campus have served the same purpose since they were constructed. A few buildings have had dual, even multiple purposes. Story by Donna Mooney. Photos courtesy of the University Museum and Cultural Center.

24 Athletics 50 Class Notes 51 In Memoriam 51 The Bookshelf


26 Dr. Yong Park, associate professor of entomology at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff has a passion for beekeeping and knows everything about them. Story by Bobbie Handcock. Photos by Brad Mayhugh.


29 Liz Strickland has worked for every Chancellor at UAPB since Herman B. Smith. Now retiring after 30 plus years, she reflects on her experience. Story by Tisha D. Arnold. Photo by Richard Redus.

special story

34 Maki Eguchi came to UAPB to teach students about Japanese culture and ended up learning about humanity herself. Story by Donna Mooney. Photos by Brian T. Williams.

impact report


46 UAPB/AM&N Alumni chapters give a tremendous amount of support to their alma mater. Learn more about contributions given by groups like the Chicago chapter in the report.

31 If students on the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff campus this summer seem younger than usual, it may be so. Several teenagers spent time actively learning during the AgDiscovery program. Story by Carol Sanders. Photos by Brad Mayhugh. Summer 2013


LETTER FROM THE EDITOR Volume 1 No. 2 Chancellor Dr. Laurence B. Alexander


Program Director for Public Information/Editor

Tisha D. Arnold Creative Director

Brian T. Williams Contributing Writers

Tisha D. Arnold Staphea Campbell Bobbie Handcock Donna Mooney Carol Sanders Contributing Photographers

Mahatma Gandhi coined the phrase, “You must become the change you wish to see in the world.” This was apparent at the very beginning in 1873 when Joseph Carter Corbin started what was known then as Branch Normal College (now the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff). With seven students who were less than 10 years removed from slavery, it didn’t matter that workers had gotten sick and the furniture and supplies sank in the Arkansas River. I believe Corbin understood what needed to be done he understood that education was the key to changing circumstances for the first students of Branch Normal and those that succeed them. This eventually led to a change of professions. Corbin came to Arkansas as a journalist, was elected as superintendent of public instruction and took responsibility to become the father of the first institution of higher education for African Americans in the State. The mission of open opportunity grew under the guidance of leaders such as Dr. Herman B. Smith, Dr. John Brown Watson, Dr. Lawrence A. “Prexy” Davis, Sr., Johnny B. Johnson and most recently Dr. Lawrence A. Davis, Jr. who served the institution for more than 20 years to offer quality education to all. Dr. Calvin Johnson stood in the gap as Interim Chancellor while the University of Arkansas System conducted a national search

for a new leader. After a number of applicants were sifted through, five finalists emerged. The standout candidate was Dr. Laurence B. Alexander, a native of New Orleans, Louisiana, who shares a similar background with Corbin. He also worked for years as a journalist before going into higher education administration and has come to Arkansas from the University of Florida to write the next chapter in the history of the institution. The future of UAPB is unwritten and can be insured with the support and vested interest of faculty, staff, students, alumni, and stakeholders to thrust the university into the realization of its true potential. As you read the stories in this issue and see the list of those that have invested in the vitality of this institution, the hope is that it will challenge you to do what it takes to become the change you wish to see in the world. Now is the time to do something to alter the course of your history, that of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and those around you. How will you make your mark?

Randy Batista Knoxie Hall Bobbie Handcock Brad Mayhugh Richard Redus Carol Sanders Brian T. Williams Correspondence and Address Changes University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff ATTN: Pride Magazine 1200 N. University Drive, Mail Slot 4789 Pine Bluff, AR 71601 870.575.8946 Email Website

Pride Magazine is published three times a year by the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, a member of the University of Arkansas System. The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all in every aspect of its operations. The university has pledged not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, marital status or disability. This policy extends to all educational, service and employment programs of the university. The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff is fully accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604.

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I extend greetings to the UAPB/AM&N National Alumni Association, stakeholders and friends of this institution. We are excited and honored to be here to usher in a new era for the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. We have a great history as a university, filled with proud moments and milestones, noted alumni, and outstanding staff, faculty and students. We also have a great history as an alumni association, and we are anticipating that this organization will become even greater. I look forward to the opportunity to greet all of you, but first let me introduce myself. I am an educator, teacher-scholar, administrator, and lawyer. In my 26 years in higher education, I have spent more than half that time in administrative leadership positions. As a Professor of Journalism, I have taught more than 10,000 students. As a former journalist, I have worked professionally for the Houma Courier, the New Orleans Times Picayune, and the Philadelphia Inquirer. I grew up in the Desire Housing Project in the 9th Ward of New Orleans and was educated in public schools in Orleans and Jefferson Parishes and began my academic career after finishing law school. Since then, I have worked at three institutions—the University of New Orleans, Temple University and the University of Florida. At UF, I worked closely with the Alumni Association and served as Director of the Office of Graduate Minority Programs, directing the McKnight Doctoral Fellowship Program, the McNair Scholars Program, and the NSF Bridge to the Doctorate Program through an alliance partnership with Florida A&M University, among other roles. In 2001, I was selected as the 12th UF Distinguished Alumni Professor. As part of the prize for winning, I was awarded a seat on the university’s National Alumni Board and on the University Athletic Association Board. In those roles, I worked closely with the leadership, staff

and membership of the Alumni Association, engaging and interacting frequently with the UF Foundation and speaking to Gator Clubs throughout the state of Florida. My wife, Veronica, worked for the UF Foundation for 21 years as the Director of Human Resources. We have three sons—the oldest is a graduate of the University of Central Florida, married with two children, and the two youngest are students at UF and Morehouse College. As we begin a new era in leadership at UAPB, I look forward to working with the Alumni Association and its affiliates to maintain close ties and connections between the membership and the university. Moreover, I will be working with each of you as you help our institution reach the highest ranks possible through giving back to the university. It’s the beginning of a new era for the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, and we believe it will be an Era of Excellence for the UAPB/AM&N National Alumni Association, the community and the State of Arkansas.

Dr. Laurence B. Alexander Chancellor

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Minority Research Center on Tobacco and Addictions hires Director

New Research Center in Pine Bluff selects Arkansas native to Lead Organization

Dr. Valandra German, former Interim Chair and Assistant Professor of the School of Public Health at Dillard University in New Orleans, Louisiana, has been named Director of the UAPB Minority Research Center on Tobacco and Addictions, located 211 West 3rd Avenue, Suite 215 in Pine Bluff. In 2011, the Minority Research Center on Tobacco and Addictions (MRC) was established through a partnership between the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, the Minority Initiative Sub-Recipient Grant Office, the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Master of Science Degree in Addiction Studies program, and the Arkansas Department of Health. Its mission is to provide assistance to the state and nation in tobacco and other substance abuse research, prevention, education,

technical assistance and evaluation, in regards to minority populations (Blacks, Hispanics, Marshall Islanders, and Asians). “I am honored and excited to have been selected as Director of the Minority Research Center on Tobacco and Addictions,” said Dr. German. “I have been a longtime supporter of research related to health disparities, tobacco use and other addictive substances. I look forward to capitalizing on the vision of the MRC.” As Director, Dr. German will provide consultation, support, and evaluation of the key components of the Center: research and dissemination; education and training; cessation and prevention; and wellness. “Dr. German will be a true asset to the MRC here in Pine Bluff,” commented Dr. Mary Benjamin, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. “Her breadth of experience and skill set will be invaluable to this organization as we continue to lay the groundwork for success.” Dr. German earned her doctorate in Public Health/Community Health Education from the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston, her master’s degree in Public Health/ Community Health Education from the Des Moines University of Osteopathic Medicine, and her bachelor’s degree in Community Health Education from Dillard University.

Knoxie Hall

rocking out Camp iRock, a week long health


and fitness camp for girls was held on UAPB's campus. Sponsored by the Arkansas Minority Health Commission, campers had contact with chefs, exercised with fitness instructors and learned healthy habits. Several of the volunteers that worked the camp were UAPB students. Photo by Knoxie Hall

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ROTC Cadet receives prestigious LTG Edward Honor Leadership Award UAPB ROTC Cadet Shannya Williams is one of three recipients of the LTG Edward Honor Leadership Award presented by the ROCKS Foundation. Cadet Williams, an Earl, Arkansas native, majored in Biology and graduated from UAPB in the Spring Semester (May 2013) and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Chemical Corps. LTG Edward Honor’s career in the U.S. Army spanned 35 years in Transportation and Logistics. Subsequent to his military career he served as President of the National Defense Transportation Association (NDTA) for 13 years. LTG Honor was born in Melville, Louisiana and is a graduate of George Washington Carver High School and Southern University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education and was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in 1954. General Honor served at the highest levels of command and staff to include Director of Army Transportation, Commander Military Traffic Management Command and Director of Logistics Joint Chiefs of Staff. On September 3, 2008, LTG Honor passed away. To honor his legacy, the National Board of ROCKS, Inc. established a Leadership Award recognizing the most outstanding graduating college Senior.

Pictured from left: Dr. Mary E. Benjamin, vice chancellor, University of Arkansas Pine Bluff; Dr. Calvin Johnson, interim chancellor, University of Arkansas Pine Bluff; Clifton M. Smart III, president, Missouri State; and Dr. Frank Einhellig, provost, Missouri State; sign an agreement to improve diversity at both campuses. Photo by John Wall

Sharing a common goal Universities sign agreement to improve diversity education MISSOURI STATE UNIVERSITY NEWS

Missouri State University and the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) signed an agreement on June 17 to examine ways to provide meaningful opportunities for underrepresented populations and increased education on and exposure to diversity and inclusion matters for faculty, staff and students. Missouri State University’s Professional Education Unit (PEU) and the College of Education (COE) hosted several administrators from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) during their first visit to the Missouri State campus on June 17. “We believe that partnering with the College of Education at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff has great potential for broadening awareness, understanding and appreciation for the types of diversity enjoyed by communities in both the Ozark and Delta regions where we prepare teachers,” said Dr. Chris Craig, associate provost and head of the PEU. “We believe student and faculty exchange opportunities will enrich our current programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.” As part of the agreement, Missouri State and UAPB agreed to explore the following opportunities: • Faculty co-teaching and faculty exchange arrangements • Articulation agreements, alternative modality course offerings and joint programs to enhance undergraduate and graduate level educational opportunities for students in the Ozarks and Arkansas Delta regions intending to pursue or advance a career in education

• Cooperative arrangements to provide internship, practicum, student teaching and other out-of-the-classroom opportunities for students in the Ozarks and Arkansas Delta regions intending to pursue or advance a career in education “The partnership with Missouri State University is very important and is symbolic of the evolving mission of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and the School of Education,” said Dr. Fredda Carroll, interim dean for the UAPB School of Education. “This collaborative effort is based on the principle of reciprocity and the opportunity to assure that our candidates and partners are benefitting from our work, and meeting the needs and demands of P-12 students. “The partnership provides opportunities to develop creative and innovative curricular models accompanied by new instructional designs and professional development. This is an exciting time for our university and students and we look forward to a successful collaboration.” About Missouri State University Missouri State University is a public, comprehensive metropolitan system with a statewide mission in public affairs, whose purpose is to develop educated persons. The university’s identity is distinguished by its public affairs mission, which entails a campus-wide commitment to foster expertise and responsibility in ethical leadership, cultural competence and community engagement. Summer 2013



agriculture honor society inducts 10 new members By Bobbie Handcock | SCHOOL OF AGRICULTURE, FISHERIES AND HUMAN SCIENCES

The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Chapter of Gamma Sigma Delta, the honor society of agriculture, recently inducted one faculty member, four graduate students and five undergraduate students. The organization honors individuals who exhibit academic excellence and other qualities that promote the image and relevance of agricultural, food and related sciences. The inductees are faculty member Dr. Obadiah Njue, chair of the UAPB Department of Agriculture, and agricultural regulations graduate students Kenyon Branch, Dermott, Ark., Shaun Francis, Georgetown, Guyana; Thomas Witherspoon, Pine Bluff, Ark., and Talesha Dokes, North Little Rock, Ark. Undergraduate students are Alichia Sunflower Wilson, Manistee, Mich., fisheries biology; Lauren A. Goodwin, Chicago, Ill., agriculture business; Jessica Raychel McAfee, Pine Bluff, Ark., agriculture business; Cristal Amaro, Memphis, Tenn., animal science; and Tracy L. Smith, Pine Bluff, Ark., regulatory science. Undergraduate membership in the honor society is limited to seniors who have an overall grade point average of 3.25 or above and are in the upper 15 percent of eligible students and to juniors who have an overall grade point average of 3.30 or above and are in the upper 5 percent of grade point average eligible students. Graduate student members must have completed at least 40 percent of their program. Faculty and alumni members must have shown outstanding teaching, Extension, research and/or service.

UAPB makes plans to develop a new Baccalaureate Nursing Program The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff has begun the process of developing a new Baccalaureate Nursing Program and has committed resources within the Office of Academic Affairs to guide the one-year process. “We are committed to offer much needed baccalaureate nursing education here in the Arkansas Delta,” said UAPB Interim Chancellor Dr. Calvin Johnson. Major steps will include a feasibility study, an on-site survey by a representative of the Arkansas State Board of Nursing followed by review and approval from the organization. Final approval is given by the University of Arkansas Board of Trustees and the Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board.


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Art professor selected for Bernice Garden outdoor sculpture project UAPB Art Professor Danny Campbell was selected as one of six artists that will have their work displayed as part of The Sculpture Project at Bernice Garden. According to Bernice Garden founder Anita Davis, the selections were made from a field of 22 entries. Davis couldn’t be more pleased to have such a great group from which to choose. “We had artists from all over the state, but we only selected six,” said Davis. Danny Campbell’s artwork, The Garden Series will be one of the six sculptures placed in the sculptural park in downtown Little Rock. “I am very excited and pleased to know my work was selected for such a beautiful green space,” said Campbell. “I look forward to sharing my vision and gift with all Arkansans. The work will be a reflection of nature, history and the spirit of Arkansas.” Pictured above: The Garden Series-Toil, 70 x 31 x 15, Enamel on Steel, Rubber and Wood, Mounted on Marble Base

Clockwise from top right: Liz Strickland reacts to the crowd as she walks in with Charlene Kelley. Mrs. Janet Broiles (pictured behind them) escorted them downstairs to the surprise reception. Chancellor Alexander makes remarks at the event granting Assistant Emeritus to each honoree while Dr. Calvin Johnson presided.

Mrs. Kelley and Mrs. Strickland pose for a photo with one of several gifts that were presented to them. scan the qr code with your smartphone or tablet to watch this event on youtube.

Honoring outstanding service Chancellor Alexander honors retiring assistants By Tisha D. Arnold | PHOTOS BY RICHARD REDUS

More than 70 people gathered in the lobby of the Administration Building at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff for a surprise celebration to honor Mrs. Liz Strickland and Mrs. Charlene Kelley for their years of outstanding service at the institution. When they came down the stairs, they proceeded to stand with the rest of the crowd until they were escorted to the center of the lobby as everyone cheered. The look of surprise on their faces and the smiles that followed set the jubilant tone of the event. Mrs. Strickland has served as assistant to every chancellor since Dr. Herman Smith, the second person to hold that title when the institution joined the University of Arkansas System. Mrs. Kelley worked with Dr. Calvin Johnson when he served as Dean of the School of Education and came to the Chancellor’s office when he served as Interim. Their service to UAPB totals more than 50 years combined. “This is an awesome opportunity to say farewell to two individuals who have worked so diligently over the years,” said Dr. Calvin Johnson as he presided over the program. “I have had the privilege of working with both of them together over the last 13 months.” Accolades were also extended by Mr. Elbert Bennett, Administrative Coordinator for Student Affairs, Mrs. Pauline Thomas, Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration and Dr.

Mary E. Benjamin, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. The surprise celebration was the brainchild of newly appointed Chancellor Dr. Laurence Alexander. He personally witnessed and experienced their contributions and wanted to be sure they were honored for it. “The kind words heard here today ring so true,” he said. “I can attest that in the short period of time I have known you, I have observed all of the qualities that have been described by the speakers today.” Chancellor Alexander talked about the honor of Emeritus status given to retired faculty and administrators and desired to give the same honor to staff. He announced to the crowd that the title of Assistant Emeritus has been bestowed upon each of them. “It was a total surprise and I am so appreciative,” said Mrs. Strickland. She noted that she could hear people talking in the lobby and had no idea of the reason for the occasion. Although her retirement was effective July 1, she has been volunteering her time to help Mrs. Janet Broiles in her new position as Assistant to the Chancellor. Mrs. Broiles assisted Dr. Alexander for six years while at the University of Florida. “I am so surprised I’m almost speechless,” said Mrs. Kelley. “I really sincerely appreciate this.” Summer 2013



SEWing seeds of knowledge The Merchandising, Textiles and

Design Program at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff recently offered a Summer Teacher Workshop. Led by MTD instructors Kalari Turner and Dr. Kaye Crippen, the workshop featured an overview of the university’s Department of Human Sciences, a presentation of the accomplishments of MTD students and faculty, tours and demonstrations. Lunch was provided as a part of nutrition demonstrations. Teachers also engaged in open discussion during the “What Students Need to Succeed in College” session. Photos by Brad Mayhugh


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Theatre student wins george washington Carver Internship

Samille Palm, a junior theatre student at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff has been chosen for the prestigious George Washington Carver Research Program and will be studying this summer at the University of Arkansas. The George Washington Carver Research Program is a recruitment initiative to identify superior undergraduate students of Historically Black Colleges and Universities & Hispanic Serving Institutions for selected internship positions at the University of Arkansas. Running May 19 through July 12, interns will work directly with a faculty mentor and be exposed to various aspects of graduate study. Interns who successfully complete the program will receive a competitive

research stipend, compensation for room, board, and travel. According to UAPB Director of Theatre Cheryl Collins, Palm, a Dallas native, has been a stellar student in many areas: she was nominated for the distinguished Irene Ryan Scholarship awarded by the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival for her work in the UAPB theatre production of Joe Turner’s Come and Gone; she was the stage manager for their production of Do Lord Remember Me which won first place at the National Association of Speech and Dramatic Arts last year; she played the lead (Ti Moune) in their fall production of the musical Once On This Island which she also helped choreograph; and is excellent in the light booth as well. “She is more than a triple threat,” said Collins. “The Carver Program is highly competitive, but I am not surprised that she was chosen from a field of candidates from all over the country. I am so proud of her.” “This is the beginning of a new journey in my career," said Samille. "I am very excited and honored and will endeavor to do my best. I truly want to bring honor to UAPB Theatre. “

School of Education receives continuing accreditation from NCATE

ROTC Cadet receives prestigious George C. Marshall Award University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) ROTC Cadet Menaria Morris is a recipient of the George C. Marshall Award. The award will be presented during a ceremony at the Marshall Center, Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Va. Cadet Morris is a UAPB Senior Biology major from Memphis, TN. She graduated from Westwood High School in 2009. Named in the honor and legacy of General of the Army George C. Marshall, who served in World War II as the Army Chief of Staff and in the post-war era as Secretary of State and Secretary of Defense, the award is presented annually to the most outstanding senior U.S. Army ROTC (Reserve Officer Training Corps) cadets in military science studies and leadership values in each battalion at host universities or colleges. Top cadets from each cadet battalion represent the very best of a highly selective organization. This national award is the highest award an ROTC cadet can receive. While attending the conference, cadets participate in focus groups, round table discussions and lectures regarding national security of the U.S. and the Army’s security role in the international arena. Guest lecturers include leaders from the highest echelons of the U.S. Army, scholars and experts in the area of national defense.

The School of Education at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff received continuing national accreditation by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). The Unit Accreditation Board made this decision at its April 21-24, 2013 meeting in St. Louis, Missouri, to continue the accreditation. Continuously accredited since 1954, the decision indicates that the School of Education and its programs meet the rigorous standards set forth by the professional education community. The next accreditation visit will be held under the auspices of the new accrediting body, the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) Fall 2019. Summer 2013



beyond the thread

The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff held a Precollege Merchandising, Textiles and Design (MTD) Institute this summer for high school students and recent high school graduates. Offered by the UAPB MTD Program and led by instructors Kalari Turner and Dr. Kaye Crippen, the institute introduced students to fashion, fabric dyeing, career options and more. Students learned about trends, fashion, style and fashion illustration. Participants also worked with natural wool and gained experience in pattern cutting, marking and sewing seams. Students prepared portions of their lunches during nutrition demonstrations. Photos by Brad Mayhugh


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ost buildings on the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff campus have served the same purpose since they were constructed. The Kountz-Kyle building has always been the science building. The Human Sciences and Development has kept its charge. Even the L.A. Davis, Sr. Student Union has always been the same. Because of inevitable growth and progress, some buildings no longer serve the same purposes. A few buildings have had dual, even multiple purposes. Lewis and Douglas halls are examples of buildings with slightly changed dedications. They are still dormitories, but they used to be female dormitories. Also, the infamous Childress Hall Cultural Museum was initially the home of the John Brown Watson Memorial Library until 1969 when the current library building was completed. This brings the topic to the now obsolete former Holderness Hall male dormitory, and to the former Childress Hall female dormitory. Holderness Hall was built in 1939 and was originally designed as a sophomore dormitory for males. It was named after the late R.T. Holderness, a former Pine Bluff mayor and former member of the Board of Trustees for 22 years.



Pictured above: Circa 1940s. R.C. Childress Hall was once home to the original campus library. Pictured is the reading room which now houses the University Museum and Cultural Center.

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Holderness Hall was located on the southeast corner of the campus quadrangle. This three story dormitory had 38 rooms, one lounge, a laundry room, a kitchen and suites for counselors. Eventually, Holderness became an office-classroom building. In 1999, Holderness was demolished to make room for the current Dawson-Hicks Hall. Childress Hall was built in 1929 and was originally designed as a freshman dormitory for males. It was named after the late Rufus Childress, a Little Rock educator and former AM&N professor. Childress Hall was located on the northeast corner of the campus

quadrangle. With 55 rooms, one lounge, one kitchen and a suite for counselors, it was considered state-of-the-art at the time. In 1969, the former Childress Hall was called the Student Services Building, giving it a useful life as a classroom-office building until 2001. Now, this building has begun a new lifecycle, housing the office of Title III Program Administration, the University Relations and Development office and the University Museum and Cultural Center.

Students walk into Holderness hall in the 1980s to attend Business Economics and English classes. Demolished in 1997, the plot is now occupied by CaineGilleland Hall.

Inset: Childress Hall had undergone two renovations and was added to the National Historic Register in 2000. At right, two lions, a seating area and landscaping were added outside Childress Hall to enhance its surroundings. It now houses office of Title III Program Administration, the University Relations and Development office and the University Museum and Cultural Center.


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Interim Chancellor Dr. Calvin Johnson received a standing ovation before approaching the podium for remarks

hail and farewell

Dr. Calvin Johnson recognized for leadership, Dr. Alexander welcomed to new position BY TISHA D. ARNOLD | PHOTOS BY RICHARD REDUS

Davis, Jr. and the diligence of Dr. Johnson’s service as The lobby of the Hathaway-Howard Fine Arts Center interim. was standing room only for the Hail and Farewell reception at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. Held exclusively for faculty, staff, “During the entire time I worked with [Dr. Johnson] students and administrators, the reception over these last months, I never referred to him as interim honored Dr. Johnson for his leadership and because he cares deeply for this institution like he was and welcomed Dr. Laurence B. Alexander as has been Chancellor,” said Bobbitt. incoming chancellor. “We are all here to bear witness and celebrate an event that will go down in the annals of “We all appreciate the service of Dr. Davis as University history,” said Dr. Benjamin, vice chancellor Chancellor,” said Bobbitt. “I also know that we are for Academic Affairs at UAPB. thankful for Dr. and Mrs. Alexander’s presence today Mr. Elbert Bennett, administrative coordinator for and look forward to the future with excitement and Student Affairs noted during his greetings that this promise." was the first change in leadership he’d witnessed in He noted his concern about UAPB upon Dr. Davis’ his 35 year tenure at UAPB, “this is an opportunity to decision to retire, however, his anxiety was eased when celebrate history.” Dr. Johnson stepped in to lead the university. A resolution was given by Associate Biology Alexander, who was a distinguished teaching scholar Professor Dr. Sederick Rice on behalf of UAPB Senate and a professor in the Department of Journalism to honor Dr. Johnson’s service to the institution. at the University of Florida, chaired the Graduate Dr. Donald Bobbitt, president of the University of Curriculum Committee and directed more than 20 Arkansas System was present and paid homage to the student development and funding programs, including contributions of longtime Chancellor Dr. Lawrence A. the UF McKnight Doctoral Fellowships and the Summer 2013



National Science Foundation LSAMP Bridge to the Doctorate. He also led the Graduate School’s program in recruitment, retention, success, and graduation of underrepresented minority students. Previously, he served as chair of the Department of Journalism at the University of Florida and coordinator of journalism in the English Department at the University of New Orleans.

“I feel very fortunate that we were able to attract a candidate with [Dr. Alexander's] caliber, drive, initiative and accomplishment,” said Bobbitt. “I think his presence speaks volumes to the quality of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and the promise that resides at this institution.”

After his remarks, Dr. Donald Bobbitt, president of the University of Arkansas System passed a ceremonial baton to Dr. Alexander signifying a ‘change of the guard’ in the leadership of UAPB.

Dr. Calvin Johnson was received with a standing ovation as he prepared to make his comments. He reflected on the SWAC Football Championship in 2012, improvements in customer service and recent NCATE accreditation and emphasized his gratitude for the opportunity. “I am grateful to those who have been very supportive during my time here,” said Dr. Johnson. “It was a humbling learning experience.” Dr. Alexander approached the podium as the room quieted from applause awaiting the first words of the new chancellor. “Good Morning!” he exclaimed. “Good morning UAPB!” He related to the crowd that he feels blessed by the opportunity and emphasized how grateful, humble , delighted and honored he and his wife Veronica are to join the pride at UAPB. “We understand that this is a grand opportunity for us,” said Chancellor Alexander. “We also honor Dr. Johnson for his dedication to this institution. It is not easy to give up one’s retirement and take on the responsibility of running an institution. I commend him and his wife for their outstanding service to the university.” He also had appreciation for the foundation laid by Johnson, Davis and leaders before them over the span of the institution’s 140 year history and pledged to build on their successes.

“The true greatness of any institution can be measured in the quality of the work product of its inhabitants – its faculty, students, alumni, stakeholders and friends,” said Alexander. His goals starting out will be achieving the gold standard in overall academics, teaching, research, and service along with growth in size and stature of the student population. He noted that growth will not be measured by size alone but by the success of the students through graduation and beyond. Advancement for UAPB will also be sought in the development of new resources and the fostering of a spirit and culture of excellence in everything that is done. “We begin that work today.”

Chancellor Alexander greets attendees in the receiving line after the reception.


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At left, proclamations and honors sit on an occasional table before the Memorial Headstone Dedication program for Founding Father Joseph C. Corbin. The location of his resting place was unknown until Dr. TurnerFinney initiated the research. Above, Dr. Turner-Finney places flowers at the family site where his wife, Mary Jane and sons John and William are also interred.

memorable memorial

Founding father honored with headstone on Memorial Day By Tisha D. Arnold | PHOTOS BY STEPHANIE SIMS

“Joseph Carter Corbin is not well known, but the state (of Arkansas) and the United States owes him a national debt,” said Dr. Gladys Turner-Finney as she convened the Headstone Dedication for University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) founding father J.C. Corbin on Memorial Day. Held at Forest Home Cemetery where Corbin is interred, several alumni were joined by city leaders and friends to witness and participate in the historic occasion. “Today is a one-of-a-kind celebration to pay tribute to a one-of-a-kind person,” said Turner-Finney. A leader in the public education movement helping to begin what is now called the Arkansas Education Association and an active member of the Freemasons in Arkansas, Corbin died January 9, 1911, in Pine Bluff and was interred January 14, 1911, at Waldheim German Cemetery, now Forest Home. The cemetery was also a Native American Burial ground and is resting place to the likes of the parents of Earnest Hemingway, The Haymarket Martyrs and other local heroes.

Spearheading the research it took to find his resting place, Dr. Gladys Turner-Finney is a graduate of the J.C. Corbin Laboratory School that was once located on the Agricultural, Mechanical and Normal (AM&N) College campus. She subsequently graduated from AM&N and is a historian in her own right. A member of the African Americans of Miami Valley (Ohio), Dr. Turner-Finney thought it would be interesting to write about Corbin since he was an Ohio native. “Little did I know in 2008 that I would be here today,” said Turner-Finney during the dedication. “I was merely researching an article on Professor Corbin for the African-American Genealogy Society of Miami Valley.” Forest Park Mayor Anthony Calderone issued a resolution honoring the accomplishments of Corbin and noted that he is also a member of the Freemasons and was born 100 years from the date Corbin received his first master’s degree (1856). Tony Burroughs, noted genealogist and the gentleman who found Corbin’s resting place, Summer 2013



Clockwise from left: A representative of the llinois chapter of the Freemasons places a wreath beside Corbin's new headstone; Dr. Gladys Turner-Finney addresses the crowd during the dedication service; Chicago Congressman and AM&N alumnus Danny K. Davis gives remarks during the dedication.

emphasized the importance of learning about our Present also were Mrs. Alvera Brown-Goldsby, Mrs. ancestors. He found Corbin by locating the gravesite Linda McDowell and Carla Coleman, chairperson of his wife Mary Jane – she and two of his sons are of The Black History Commission of Arkansas. Dr. buried on the same family plot where his newly erected Turner-Finney credited them along with Mr. Henri headstone is located. With ancestors buried in the Linton, who was unable to attend, for being with her cemetery dating back to 1899, he had deep ties to the since the initiation of the project. The Illinois chapter of importance of the event. The grave marker merely the Freemasons also honored Corbin with a resolution completes the cycle of Corbin’s life 102 years after his along with wreaths from the organization and the death that will cause someone to look into his life and UAPB/AM&N National Alumni Association. perhaps be inspired to become an educator as “I want people to share information [about Corbin] with well. “We owe our ancestors a debt of thanks other people, particularly young people,” said Turnerby tracing their lives and marking their Finney at the conclusion of the event. “I want them to graves,” said Burroughs. “This marker will be know there are people who are worthy of emulation a constant reminder of J.C. Corbin and his that achieve against all odds and leave a lasting legacy of accomplishments.” service and sacrifice for the good of other people. Chicago Congressman and AM&N alumnus Danny K. Davis congratulated Dr. Turner-Finney We have better lives today because of [Corbin].” for her vision and recalled the conditions Corbin withstood to establish a college during Reconstruction Sponsored by the Joseph Carter Corbin Headstone after the Civil War and was appreciative of his foresight. Project, the Black History Commission of Arkansas, “I agree with Dr. Finney that [Corbin] deserves a UAPB/AM&N Alumni and friends of the University place of recognition much greater and much higher of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, the inscription under than we have come to know him in the annals of Corbin’s name reads, “Founder of the University of education.” Arkansas at Pine Bluff, Father of Higher Education for Chicago alumni chapter president Jackie Cason African-Americans in Arkansas. Thanks for the gift of shares the same birthdate as Corbin and was elated education to countless generations.” to take part in the historic moment. “The honor was long overdue,” said Cason. “Had the school not been established, a lot of us would not be where we are today.” Jospeh Carter Corbin Born March 26, 1833, in Chillicothe, Ohio, Joseph Carter Corbin was an American Educator, scholar, linguist, mathematician, and musician. At the age of seventeen, he enrolled at Ohio University and three years later received the B. A. degree in Art. Later, he would earn two master’s degrees from Ohio University (1856 and 1889), making 18

him one of Ohio University’s most scholarly graduates of the mid-19th Century. Corbin migrated to Arkansas in 1872 as a reporter for the Arkansas Republican. Later that year, he was elected State Superintendent of Public Education. In this position, he served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the newly-formed Arkansas Industrial University (now the University of

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Arkansas). It was during this time that he recommended a college “for the education of the poorer classes.” In 1875, Corbin became founder and principal of Branch Normal College (predecessor of AM&N College and the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff) where he served until 1902.


Clockwise from left: Presentations given at the conference included Tommy Ford, actor and spokesperson for NAATEN and NAATPN; Rod Lew, executive director of APPEAL; and Dr. Adewale Troutman, President of the American Public Health Association while youth groups like those from Cloverdale Middle School from Little Rock performed during the UAPB MISRGO Step Competition. Photos by Richard Redus

clearing the air

MISRGO 10th Annual Conference a huge success Thursday, May 16th, the Minority Initiative SubRecipient Grant Office at UAPB (also known as MISRGO) hosted its 10th Annual “Clearing the Air in Communities of Color Conference.” However, this year’s annual event was far from the norm. In fact, this year has been acknowledged as the best year ever with more than 400 people in attendance – the highest in the Conference’s 10 year history! From the new youth step show to the national panel of celebrity guest speakers – one of which was none other than Tommy Ford from the Martin Show – the Conference served as an opportunity to demonstrate the great strides put forth by MISRGO to eliminate tobacco use in Arkansas’ minority communities. It also further shed light on the humbling fact that Arkansas has much to be proud of but yet there is still much work to do. Tommy Ford served as the opening speaker and to say he set the tone for the Conference is an understatement. Ford has worked as a spokesperson for the National African American Tobacco Education Network (NAATEN) as well as the National African American Tobacco Prevention Network (NAATPN). As such, he had a clear understanding of the importance of ‘Stamping Out Smoking’ in minority communities.

“We all have a job and that is to be our brothers' and sisters' keeper. God gave us a powerful tool and that is the power of choice. We have the power to choose not to engage in unhealthy behaviors,” Ford commented. The youth guest speaker, LaTanisha Wright, Founder of “Follow the Signs,” spoke about the deadly impact the tobacco industry has on its customers – particularly young people. Wright noted, “The tobacco industry is the only industry known to kill half of its regular consumers each year.” Additional speakers at the Conference included Rod Lew of the Asian Pacific Partners for Empowerment, Advocacy and Leadership (APPEAL) and Dr. Adewale Troutman, a national health equity advocate. Both spoke about the future demographics of this country, making note that the majority population will soon be communities of color and that will greatly impact the tobacco education arena. Evaluations from the Conference spoke volumes to its success and several attendees commented they would return again next year. MISRGO is ready to plan an even better Conference in 2014.

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Planting an interest in Agriculture



ynonymous with summertime at land-grant institutions are agriculture field days. They have passed the test of time as effective teaching/learning tools to become traditions. Field days combine the experience and expertise of university researchers, scientists and sometimes early Clockwise from top left: Field day participants adopter farmers to demonstrate, showcase and update farmers, took tractor tours to agriculture professionals, industry leaders and the public on learning stations to hear researchers and specialists agricultural management practices. like Dr. Yong Park, As a land-grant university, the University of Arkansas at Pine associate professor, who Bluff (UAPB) is no exception. UAPB hosts at least one major discusses the effectiveness of herb plants as pest agriculture field day a year alternating between its 260-acre barriers on vegetables. research farm in Pine Bluff and its 871-acre research farm in Pine Bluff Mayor Debe Lonoke. Some field days Hollingsworth was the field take on an almost festive day luncheon speaker. She “Learning takes place as participants and discussed the importance atmosphere with good food, presenters interact, and researchers often of locally grown food and demonstrations, exhibits, what her office is doing to come away with new ideas for research displays and politicians. get more of it on the tables of Pine Bluff residents. projects,” says Dr. Edmund Buckner, associate Highlighted at UAPB’s dean for 1890 programs, professor and 2013 agriculture field day this year was the progress of field day coordinator. leveling the playing field for Arkansas sweetpotato growers – the multiplication of virus-tested sweetpotatoes. Growers need virus-tested slips in time to allow for the 90 to 120 day growing season. For years, growers had to rely on neighboring states for slips. Other highlights included the latest findings in multiple species (cattle and goats) stocking and grazing for optimum combinations for efficient use of scarce feed resources, the feeding of crop byproducts to goats and cattle, a display and samples of value-added products created in the UAPB value added laboratory, and the evaluation of ornamental, flowering and nursery plants for adaptation in the lower Mississippi Delta region. Antique tractors belonging to members of the Central Arkansas Two Cylinder Club and the Central Arkansas Antique Machinery and Historical Society of Grant County were on display. Awards were presented in several categories to show participants. The field day was dedicated to Mrs. Elnora L. Bradford, associate for administration, for her 49 years of service to the students, staff, faculty and clientele of UAPB and the School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences. Mrs. Jimmie Lee Edwards, retired Extension specialist – home improvement, was remembered at field day for her A favorite at field day is the antique tractor show. Primary exhibitors are members of the Central Arkansas Two Cylinder Club and the Central Arkansas Antique contributions to UAPB and the lives she touched. Machinery and Historical Society of Grant County Field day was sponsored by the School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences and the Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program. 20

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Professor wins NASA award to conduct

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Professors seek to

revive Biomedical program Dr. Sederick C. Rice, assistant professor of biology and Dr. Abul Kazi, associate professor of chemistry at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff traveled to the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) in Washington, D.C., to meet with program managers to discuss re-establishing the Minority Biomedical Research Sciences (MBRS) Program at UAPB. The Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC) and MBRS programs were strong undergraduate research training programs established and supported by the late Dr. William Willingham and the late Dr. Clifton Orr in the 1990s. “We will work closely with the MBRS Program officers to write proposals to establish these programs,” said Dr. Kazi. “Our initial target will be to get funding for MBRS RISE Program.” MBRS awards are made to 4-year colleges, M.S. – and Ph.D.-granting universities that have historical missions focused on serving students


from diverse backgrounds underrepresented in biomedical and behavioral research as defined by the National Science Foundation. These groups include African Americans, Hispanic Americans, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, U.S. Pacific Islanders and persons with disabilities. MBRS goals are to support research by faculty members; strengthen the institutions’ biomedical research capabilities; and increase the interest, skills and competitiveness of students and faculty in pursuit of biomedical research careers. MBRS has three major grant mechanisms: Support of Competitive Research (SCORE), Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE) and Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD). Travel to NIGMS was supported by federal grant funds received by Dr. Jessie J. Walker, coordinator of the computer science department at UAPB.

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Dr. Joseph Onyilagha, an assistant professor in the Department of Biology has received a NASA award to conduct research into the origin of the genetic code. Dr. Onyilagha explains that the genetic code is the interface between two fundamental biochemical molecules namely, nucleotides and amino acids. The evolution of genetic coding, which is the synthesis of proteins according to genetic instructions, connected the information storage and transmission potential of polymerized nucleotide sequences to the structural and catalytic properties of polymerized amino acid sequences. Dr. Onyilagha will investigate whether a contemporary view of metabolic diversity supports the assertion that pathways of amino acid biosynthesis contain molecular fossils that connect “early” and “late” amino acids. The research is grounded on the proposition that genetic coding began with fewer than 20 amino acids. This “early” alphabet (comprising prebiotically plausible amino acids) was then augmented as metabolism evolved new possibilities, and incorporated them into genetic coding.

SAFHS graduate students win at Research Forum Three School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences graduate students took top honors at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff 26th Annual Student & Faculty Research Forum. Anthony Fernando, an aquaculture/fisheries major from South Euclid, Ohio, won the Dr. William M. Willingham Award presented to the overall winner for the best graduate presentation. Fernando’s paper is entitled “Fishes of Mound Pond (Lonoke County, Arkansas), with Comparison to the Archeological Record.” He also presented his paper at the Arkansas Academy of Science meeting, and the manuscript is in review at the “Journal of the Arkansas Academy of Science.” Michele Thompson, an aquaculture/fisheries major from Parkersburg, Penn., received the first place award in the Aquaculture/Fisheries Graduate Level category. Her paper was entitled “The Effect of Lipid Source and Prebiotic on Sunshine Bass.” Talesha Dokes, an agriculture regulations major from Little Rock, Ark., was the first place award recipient in the Agriculture Graduate Level category for her paper “Diet Manipulations to Reduce Loss of Nitrogen and Phosphorus in Feces; Improve Performance and Carcass Quality of Growing Finishing Pigs.”


Researcher recieves grant to improve

strawberry production

A University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff researcher is among several across the country awarded a grant to explore more sustainable methods for growing strawberries for United States consumers. The competitive National Strawberry Sustainability Initiative grants program attracted 56 proposals from agricultural research and Extension personnel at land-grant universities in 29 states. Dr. Leonard Githinji, an Extension horticulture specialist at UAPB, received funding for the project, “Establishing and Expanding Sustainable Strawberry Production in Eastern Arkansas and Surrounding Areas.” Extensive outreach and education, including hands-on exercises and demonstrations on sustainable strawberry production, will be conducted across the Arkansas Delta. Project activities will include five sustainable strawberry production workshops and the creation of three demonstration sites with high tunnels, row covers, plastic mulch and drip irrigation systems. “I’m very excited about this project that will focus on establishing and expanding sustainable strawberry

production for limited resource farmers in the Delta region of Arkansas,” Dr. Githinji said. “The project is very timely and will allow the state of Arkansas to play a real role in national strawberry production.” This project is funded by a grant from the Walmart Foundation and administered by the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture Center for Agricultural and Rural Sustainability (CARS). The grant awards are part of a $3 million donation made by the Walmart Foundation to the Division of Agriculture. “This grant project seeks to move the science and technology for alternative strawberry production systems and areas away from laboratories and experiment farms into the producers’ fields,” said Dr. Curt Rom, professor of horticulture in the Division of Agriculture and member of the CARS leadership team. The goal is to increase local and regional production of strawberries while reducing the environmental impact of production, transportation distances between farms and markets or consumers and product loss in the supply-value chain, he said. The effort also seeks to improve the environmental and economic sustainability of the production system. “It will make significant local and regional impacts,” Dr. Rom said. “Upon completion of these projects, we will have a foundation for improving the sustainability of the U.S. strawberry production system through the supply chain, from growers to consumers.” Strawberries rank as the fifth most popular consumed fresh fruit in the U.S., which produces 27 percent of the world supply. California and Florida account for 98 percent of the nation’s strawberry production.

dr. luke roy joins fisheries Dr. Luke Roy has joined the Aquaculture/ Fisheries Center of Excellence at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff as an Extension aquaculture specialist. Dr. Roy graduated from Samford University in Birmingham, Ala., with a bachelor’s degree in environmental science and geographical information systems. He received a Master of Science degree in soil and water science from the University of California, Riverside and received a doctorate in fisheries and aquaculture from Auburn University. Before coming to UAPB, Dr. Roy worked as an Auburn University research fellow where he was stationed at the Alabama Fish Farming Center in Greensboro, Ala. His responsibilities included coordination of research demonstration trials and the catfish yield verification program in west Alabama. “Dr. Roy brings more than six years of warmwater aquaculture Extension experience to the UAPB Aquaculture/Fisheries Center,” said Dr. Carole Engle, director/chair of the Center. ”His experience in catfish research verification and with the culture of a number of other species in inland warmwater ponds will be valuable to the Arkansas aquaculture industry.”

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tee time

Monte Coleman Golf Tournament dedicated to the memory of the late Mrs. Ethel Davis The annual Monte Coleman Golf Tournament was held at Harbor Oaks Golf Course in Pine Bluff. Special to the event was a memorial flight dedicated to the late Mrs. Ethel Davis, wife of longtime Chancellor Dr. Lawrence A. Davis, Jr. Proceeds from the tournament benefit University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff student-athletes and the athletics program. At left: Mrs. Brenda Jones, Mrs. Yvette Coleman and Mrs. Dorothy Bridgeman, a close friend of the late Mrs. Davis, are pictured with a collage that paid tribute to Mrs. Davis and her love for the game of golf. Photos courtesy of Golden Lion Athletics

Simmons First team members Robert Dill, Greg Bell, Jimmy Dill and Marty Casteel enjoy the green at Harbor Oaks Golf Course during the tournament. Petals Ladies Golfers of Little Rock team member Ida Emerson lines up a shot while teammateYvette Hines looks on.

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Isias Alcantar named 2013 SWAC Baseball Player of the Year Junior shortstop Isias Alcantar played in 51 games leading UAPB with a .346 batting average while finishing fourth in the SWAC. He ranked first in the SWAC


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in hits (68), total bases (96), at bats (198), and batting average facing two outs (.459). He also led the Golden Lions in slugging percentage (.485) and RBI (38).

Along with being named the Defensive Player of the Game for 2012 SWAC Championship Ross honored by the National Game, Bill Ross has Football Foundation garnered national attention; not only on the fields of competition but also in the classroom. Ross, a 6'2", 240lb linebacker from Wetumpka, Alabama, capped off his senior season with a championship, was inducted into Chi Alpha Sigma honor society back in April has reaped the benefits of his hard work both on and off the field. The NFF Hampshire Honor Society recognizes college football players from all divisions of play and is designed to highlight football's unique ability to develop tomorrow's brightest leaders. "Ever since legendary Army coach Red Blaik provided the first funds for the first National Scholar- Athlete Awards in 1959, the NFF has stood in the vanguard of promoting the scholar-athlete ideal," according to the chairman and

top honor

founder of The Hampshire Companies where the program is endowed. "It's a great privilege to build on his legacy and endow The NFF Hampshire Honor Society, which greatly increases the number of the college student- athletes that the NFF can recognize each year. Nationwide, there are thousands of football players excelling in the classroom, and they're going on to be great leaders. The NFF Hampshire Honor Society allows us to shine a light on their hard work." Qualifications for membership in the NFF Hampshire Honor Society include: • Being a starter or a significant substitute in one's last year of eligibility at an accredited NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision, Football Championship Subdivision, Division II, Division III, or an NAIA college or university; • Achieving a 3.2 cumulative grade point average throughout entire course of undergraduate study; and • Meeting all NCAA-mandated progress towards degree requirements.

head coach Carlos James named 2013 SWAC Baseball Coach of the Year Photo courtesy of Golden Lion Athletics

camping out Above: Kenneth Broyles, a member of the Golden Lions Basketball coaching staff, takes attendees through drills during the Summer Basketball Camp in the H.O. Clemmons arena of the Kenneth L. Johnson HPER Complex. At left: A member of the Golden Lions football coaching staff gives kicking drills during the Summer Football Camp held at the practice field. Photos courtesy of Golden Lion Athletics

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r. Yong Park recently spent part of a June morning peering at a large birdhouse that was humming with activity. But it wasn’t purple martins or sparrows that had his attention. It was hundreds of bees that had taken up residence there. The buzzing insects were literally wall to wall, nearly covering the outside of the small-scale house perched 15 feet in the air. An associate professor of entomology at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, Dr. Park was contacted by an area resident who wanted the interlopers gone. “The combs collapsed (inside the birdhouse) so that’s why all the bees stayed outside,” he explains. “It's full of hives.” Dr. Park dons traditional beekeeper's garb: a white coverallstyle suit, protective mesh headgear and a pair of leather gloves that reach his elbows. He ignites a burlap-filled hand smoker which he’ll use to calm the bees and with slow, deliberate movements he ascends a ladder to reach them. He later uses a vacuum to suck bees into a white container. As dozens of the winged creatures whirl around him, he takes down the birdhouse. And with help from UAPB Extension livestock specialist David Fernandez, he relocates the bees. "They are feral bees - European honeybees," Dr. Park says,


explaining that feral bees are wild bees that make combs in trees, in barns, under eaves of houses and even birdhouses. It’s a semi-typical day in the life of a beekeeper. “Sometimes I help remove bee hives,” he says. “If I can help I will. If I can’t, I recommend a specialist.” Dr. Park works with honeybees and focuses on community outreach. He teaches farmers how to take care of bees, and he serves as a resource. “I do a lot of consulting and I explain what is best for them,” he says. For example, he might advise on how to spray insecticides on gardens without harming the bees. “Honeybees are so important,” he says. “They are year-round pollinators in southern states and they help a lot of small farmers who plant different kinds of vegetables and crops.” During its short lifetime – less than two months – a single honeybee can visit more than a million flowers. As an entomologist, Dr. Park deals with many different kinds of insects – including pests that might affect sweet potatoes or peppers. However, bees command his attention more because they’re so social. “I love to watch them,” he says, a smile crossing his face. “There are nurse bees, guard or soldier bees, foragers and the queen bee.”

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Dressed in a traditional beekeeper’s outfit, Dr. Park works to remove wild bees that have invaded a birdhouse.

Bees in one of the hives that Dr. Park maintains at UAPB. His role as a beekeeper requires him to routinely check the hives at the UAPB Agriculture Research Station.

He maintains 19 beehives for UAPB: 15 in Pine Bluff at the Agriculture Research Station, two in Marianna at the Agriculture Demonstration and Outreach Center and two near Lonoke at the Pearlie S. Reed/ Robert L. Cole Small Farm Outreach Wetlands and Water Management Center.

“Honeybees are so important,” says Dr. Park. “They are year-round pollinators in southern states and they help a lot of small farmers who plant different kinds of vegetables and crops.” The white hives stand about three feet tall and are filled with honeycombs. A hive typically accommodates about more than 50,000 bees. Dr. Park, who also keeps bees at his home, knows bees and he knows honey. Last year, he won first place, second place and third place awards in the light amber, dark amber and extra-light categories respectively – at the Arkansas Beekeepers Association Honey contest. The honey was judged on clarity, aroma, color, crystallization and taste. A native of the Republic of Korea, Dr. Park recalls that he had an interest in bugs early on. “I remember I was about 7 years old and, like most boys, I was 28

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fascinated with watching bugs,” he says. “I used to catch weird insects and observe them.” The youngest of five children, Dr. Park earned his bachelor’s degree in biology and master’s degree in zoology in South Korea. He came to the United States in 1987 and went on to earn a doctorate in entomology and plant pathology from Mississippi State University. At UAPB, Dr. Park teaches an introductory entomology class and graduate level advanced pest management class. He also teaches students about beekeeping. He’s especially interested in growing more African-American beekeepers through a club he’s established for UAPB students. “They can learn from the club experience and become beekeepers,” he says, adding that they aren’t many African-American beekeepers. He’ll begin working with freshmen and sophomores in the fall. Each member of the club would have a beehive to care for if they want. “After they graduate, they can keep the beehive or they can donate it to the club,” Dr. Park says. And coincidentally, the subjects of the beekeepers club are a perfect match for the university, he jokes. “Bees have a perfect color match for UAPB’s colors of black and gold.”


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'The Chancellor's Office, Liz," were the first words you heard when calling the busiest place on the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff campus. People dialed her extension on a regular basis because she was known as the one to call on to get the job done she is the backbone of the office. BY TISHA D. ARNOLD


efore arriving at 8:00 a.m., she has more than 50 emails to answer - most of which require her immediate attention. At least one of the four phone lines are lit up with overnight calls from state and national level organizations. As she deals with that, she also fields other calls, inquiries and requests from people on and off campus on a litany of subjects as the day progresses. She keeps a pad of daily duties to the point where the Chancellor can track the activity of her day. She sifts through the leader's emails and prioritizes the ones that need his attention. There are always reports to be done, letters to type, minutes to record, meetings to schedule and an office to manage - and she does it all with a smile. Mrs. Liz Strickland has served as Assistant to the Chancellor for every leader of UAPB since the retirement of Dr. L.A. "Prexy" Davis, Sr. Although her consistently pleasant voice, infectious laugh and engaging personality have greeted people on the phone and in person for more

than 30 years, she has decided it is time to retire. "lt's been hard - l've enjoyed it, but at this stage in my life I look forward to retirement." She started college in 1967 when the institution was called Arkansas Agricultural, Mechanical and Normal (AM&N, now UAPB) College where she majored in Business Education with a minor in English. She graduated from AM&N in 1972 and taught school in Dermott, Arkansas for 5 years. When Dr. Herman B. Smith became chancellor after the retirement of Dr. Lawrence A. "Prexy" Davis Sr., she received calls for six to nine months about an opportunity to work there. "When I asked them how they found out [about me], they told me Roland Watley referred me." Watley performed several functions at AM&N College including Director of Auxiliary Services and recommended her wholeheartedly for the position. Summer 2013



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“When I first met her through her husband, I noticed she had a pleasing personality,” said Watley. “I told them if they were looking for someone with high character, they didn’t have to look any further.” She kept turning them down until one Sunday when she received encouragement from her mother to interview for the position. She was hired on the spot in 1976 and hadn't looked back. As assistant to the chancellor, she has learned lifelong lessons about treating people with dignity. When people come in with a comment, problem, or question, they have her undivided attention. She tries to let people know they are important because those actions come back to you in one way or the other.


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"lf I can help, regardless of what the subject matter is, l will do what it takes to help that person." Her actions personify her philosophy of treating others as you would have them to treat you. This also helped her remained flexible over the years when adjusting to the different personalities and preferences of each new chancellor. Having seen the transition of leadership over the past 36 years, she believes the most important asset a leader can have is the ability to read between the lines. When it comes to education, she believes a person is never too young or too old to learn. As a former teacher, she emphasizes doing things that keep the mind going and stands firmly on the tenet of education as an obligation to help others. lf she had one wish, it would be to help others reach their goals. "lf I could do anything in education, there would not be one young person who couldn't achieve." That resonates with her in this stage of her life. She looks forward to volunteering now that she is retired and is particularly interested in working with organizations like CASA Women’s Shelter and enjoying leisure activities that include traveling with her husband. After a career of service to one of the most important people on campus, she definitely deserves it. Looking back at her career at UAPB, her hope is that people saw her for the resourceful person she is.

"l want people to know that I have done the best I could in my position in this office every single day that I have come here. I have fully dedicated myself to this job."


A SUMMER EXPERIENCE UNLIKE FEW OTHERS F If students on the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff campus this summer seemed younger than usual, it may be so. Several teenagers spent time actively learning during the AgDiscovery program. BY CAROL SANDERS

or two weeks, students, ages 14-16, lived on the UAPB campus and interacted with U.S. Department of Agriculture professionals and university professors, including entomologists, plant pathologists, veterinarians and wildlife biologists. The 14 teens from Arkansas, Florida and Kansas, participated in hands-on labs, workshops and field trips as well as in character and team building activities as part of the residential career exploration program. “These students are among the best and brightest; they will be our future leaders in the field of applied science and technology,� said Dr. Edmund Buckner, associate dean for 1890 programs and professor. Geese wrangling, ear-tagging cattle and extracting DNA were only a few of their activities. They visited the KEO Fish Farm, the UAPB aquaculture facilities, a working dairy farm, the Arkansas State University (ASU) Ecotoxicology Facility and the ASU Vet Tech School in Beebe.

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At Arkansas State University in Beebe, students learned how to apply cattle ear tags. Photo by Bobbie Handcock

AgDiscovery students study the parts of a fish during a tour of the UAPB Aquaculture Research Station Photo by Brad Mayhugh

The teens got a taste of life in developing countries through their overnight participation in the Global Gateway Program at the Heifer Ranch. When asked to name one of the most important things they learned, more than one student said they gained an appreciation for what they have -- especially in light of so many in the world who have so little. The students also checked out the Animal and Plant health Inspection Service (APHIS) connection with the Imported Fire Ant Biocontrol Project and toured the Little Rock Air Force Base to learn about wildlife management at airports. But, it wasn’t all work and no play. Students also visited the Clinton Presidential Library and Magic Springs. With so many USDA scientists poised for retirement, APHIS teamed up with selected universities to sponsor AgDiscovery, where teens with an interest in science can learn about careers with the USDA and APHIS and the high school courses necessary for majors to qualify for those careers. There is no charge for the twoweek program. Participants are responsible for transportation to and from campus. For more information about AgDiscovery, visit UAPB has been one of the host universities since 2008 and was the first university west of the Mississippi to host AgDiscovery.

As part of the Investigative and Enforcement Services exercise, students get plant inspection tips. Photo by Brad Mayhugh

At Martin Luther King Park, AgDiscovery students work with U.S. Wildlife Service and Game and Fish personnel to band geese. Photo by Brad Mayhugh

On Previous page: 2013 AgDiscovery Students - Row 1 (l-r) Ashley Harris, counselor; Willie Columbus, program coordinator; Bianca M. Larsh; Melanie Burgos; Laura E. Wright; Tamia S. Thomas; LeKivia C. Cobb; and Eleace McMiller. Row 2 (l-r) Jamie Wesley, counselor; Malcolm Jackson; Evan Buckner; Carter Buckner; Demetre Miller; Brandan Bell; Kristina Fischer; Tiffy Murrow; Chalin Karn; and Jacqueline Nicole Edwards, counselor. Not pictured is Yujie Huang, counselor. Photo by Carol Sanders


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AgDiscovery students learn how an Animal Plant and Health Inspection Service specialist collects fire ants for the Imported Fire Ant Biocontrol project. Photo by Brad Mayhugh

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international components into existing business courses and/or develop new courses. “It was through this program that we realized the importance of including the foreign languages in the business curriculum,” said Carla Martin, Esq., Dean of the School of Business and Management. “As we build a curriculum that focuses on internationalization, several students and faculty members have indicated an interest in foreign languages not commonly taught on this campus.” Self-confident and a better communicator than she gives herself credit for, Maki said that she had experiences she will never forget while teaching at UAPB.

earing a simple black and white flowered shift with black tights and brown ankle boots, Maki Eguchi looked much younger than her years. She’s softspoken with a quick smile and an easy laugh. Her bob haircut adds to her professional demeanor. On this day, she’s closing out her office in Henderson-Young Hall and saying sayonara (good-bye), as her nine-month teaching adventure at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff comes to an end. Maki arrived at UAPB in August 2012 from Tokyo, Japan following her orientation in New York. Maki is a Fulbright Scholar/ Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA). “I enjoyed very much the teaching and The UAPB School of Business studying here on campus,” she said. “I and Management welcomed the enjoyed the classroom interaction with university’s first FLTA as part of an on-going initiative to internationalize students talking to me. In my country, business curriculum. Maki is a Ph.D. students are not allowed to ask questions student at the University of Tsukuba, – to ask questions in class (in Japan) Japan, who spent the academic year is considered to be an interruption. at UAPB as a language teacher and Classrooms are very quiet because students cultural ambassador. The School of Business and are taught to respect older people. I like Management is a program participant the one-on-one interaction at UAPB. I like in the Globalizing HBCU Schools that people know each other’s names on Program sponsored by the Institute and off campus.” for International Public Policy of the United Negro College Fund Special Not only was Maki a teacher, but she was Programs Corporation (UNCFSPC), Centers also a UAPB student. Because she is an avid for International Business Education and learner, she took pleasure in enrolling and Research and the United States Department attending American Literature I and II, Oral of Education. This program is designed to Communications and Arkansas History infuse understanding and the importance of courses during the fall and spring semesters. international and interdisciplinary business “The Oral Communications course taught education by equipping faculty with the tools, me how to organize a speech, which I liked knowledge and experiences to incorporate because I am not naturally a public speaker,” Summer 2013


SPECIAL STORY A literature buff and softball player, Maki says she has learned to embrace life and family during her time at UAPB.

she said shaking her head slowly. “I have no experience with public speaking, because in Japan, writing is more important than speaking. In the US, speaking is more important, especially in politics.”

Pine Bluff was not the only city Maki has visited since coming to the States. She has traveled to Atlanta, Austin, Denver, Salt Lake City, Utah, and Sacramento, California. A literature buff, Maki said she enjoyed novels written by African American and Native American writers. “I also love New England and 19th Century writers,” she said. Reading is a natural hobby that she continued while here. (FYI – her favorite American author is Raymond Carver.) She has other hobbies that she enjoyed while here such as listening to music and watching movies. The only hobby she did not continue was playing softball. “When I am in Japan I like to play softball and I like to watch baseball. During undergraduate studies, I played on the university softball team. I still play when I’m 36

not studying – at least once every two months.” In her spare time, Maki visited with her UAPB friends. She was befriended by many UAPB co-workers, including Alexis Skinner (Theater Instructor), Pamela D. Moore, PhD (PDSO, Office of International Programs and Studies – School of Agriculture Fisheries and Human Sciences) and Teki HuntJimenez (Instructor) who graciously introduced her to Arkansas southern culture. One of her new experiences was the Sunday family gathering. “Teki became my buddy – every Sunday she took me to visit her family gathering and had dinner,” Maki said. “In Japan, people are always working, so they don’t have time to meet like this. I feel it is important for family to get together. I may want to incorporate this family gathering into my family when I get back to Japan.” Maki has an older brother and both of her parents living in Japan. As for southern cuisine, Maki loved sweet potato pie and cake. “In my country we don’t have a lot of sweet foods,” she said. “Teki’s mother baked some desserts for me. If I had this to do over, I would eat more southern food. ”

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In turn, Maki shared some of her culture with the people she met. “I taught Teki’s children how to make origami. I had a sushi party and taught people how to make sushi rolls,” she said. “I’ve taught people the Japanese greeting for good morning – konnichiwa (pronounced kon-eechee-wa) and goodbye - sayonara (pronounced sa-yo-na-ra). Teki agreed that Maki was very excited about being here. “We visited every point of interest in Pine Bluff,” Teki said. “We went to the Railroad Museum, the Arts and Science Center, the Nature Center, and she went to baseball games with my children and me. Many times during the baseball games she would give me Japanese terms for what the teams were doing. My children loved her.” On one occasion, Maki visited the Pine Bluff School District 1st grade Gifted and Talented Class. “She gave the students a brief geography lesson and answered their questions about her country,” Teki said. “Then Maki gave the students a mini Japanese language lesson that they enjoyed. She was a really good teacher.” Teki said she was proud to share her culture with Maki. “It made me proud to experience my culture through someone else’s eyes,” Teki said. When asked about traveling far away from her family, Maki explained that she has been living away from her family for the last eight years. She entered graduate school when she was 18 years old, and has been studying in Southern Island Japan since then. She received a master’s degree two years ago in Comparative Literature. Now she’s working on her doctoral degree, and she hopes to complete her thesis for that degree in three years. Until

“I entered UAPB raw and unformed. UAPB took me up in its cocoon and transformed me to a thriving butterfly, ready for life. The opportunities that were afforded to me at UAPB were beyond my wildest dreams. I will never forget, and I will always give back to my alma mater!”

then, she will continue her research studies. After she receives a PhD, she wants to teach Japanese literature or comparative literature, or become a journalist. “I took one year away from graduate school to gain experience teaching in a foreign country. Now, I will go back to school,” she said smiling. Maki left UAPB May 17 to begin a short traveling tour before flying overseas. First she will travel to Florida, then to Boston, Salem, Massachusetts, and finally, she will take a train from New York to Oregon, where she will be homeward bound. Pine Bluff was not the only city she’s visited since coming to the States. She has traveled to Atlanta, Austin, Denver, Salt Lake City, Utah, and Sacramento, California. “When I was in New York, I made friends, so we kept in touch and I visited them,” Maki said. “I even attended a Major League Baseball game in Texas and saw the Texas Rangers. I saw Darvish Yu (the Japanese starting pitcher

for the Texas Rangers) play and that was very exciting.” Maki’s traveling tour to the locations mentioned above is not coincidental. Each location holds a special meaning for her. In Florida she said she wants to visit Key West, the home of Earnest Hemingway, and she plans to visit Boston University on the East Coast. Salem, Massachusetts, draws her with its historical value and Portland, Oregon, holds the promise of beautiful flowers in June. Walking outside Henderson-Young Hall, she talks about her love for nature and the southern lifestyle. “Life in Japan is fast paced; people are always in a hurry,” she said. “I love a slower paced living like you have here.” She motioned with her hands to help express her thoughts. “I love flowers, trees, animals,” she said, looking at a bright orchid nearby.

“I am very appreciative to the people in Pine Bluff. Many people have helped me along the way and I am thankful to them. I will miss my friends. If possible, I would like to come back some day, and I would like to invite the people here to Japan. My advice to future Fulbright Scholars coming to UAPB is to enjoy everything! Time goes by so quickly.” Summer 2013



Dr. Laurence Benedict Alexander was one of several candidates vying for the position of chancellor at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff following the retirement of Dr. Lawrence A. Davis, Jr., who led for 21 years until his retirement in May 2012. This national search drew contenders from South Carolina, Florida, Georgia and Kentucky. Alexander is the New Orleans native who accepted the appointment and charge to lead the institution. He brings with him a 26 page curriculum vitae of accomplishments and experiences that chronicle the life of a man destined for leadership. bY TISHA D. ARNOLD


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he youngest of five children, Dr. Laurence Alexander and his siblings were raised by their single parent mother in the Desire Housing Projects, a public housing facility in the Ninth Ward of New Orleans. Originally meant to serve as housing for a large amount of the underprivileged African American residents in the New Orleans area, Desire was known as the poorest housing development in New Orleans bordered by railroad tracks, the Mississippi River, the Industrial Canal and a corridor of industrial plants. It was known among locals as "Dirty D." Built in the late 1950s, Desire has since been demolished, but has been noted historically as one of the city's most crime-ridden areas.

“I was too small to know the level of poverty that existed at that time,” Alexander said. “[I had no idea of] how shabby the projects were. I believe I was protected from that in some way. When you go through life and everybody around you is poor, it’s not that significant to you.”

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Dr. Alexander remembers growing up in Desire, using public transportation, and his mother receiving public

assistance and food stamps. “She did a really fine job,” Alexander said. “I can only imagine how difficult it must have been for her at that time.” Another memory included going to St. Phillips Catholic Church during the school day for religious instruction. Students were dismissed at least twice a week for the nuns to teach them the catechism. While he and his family stayed in Desire until he finished fifth grade before moving to another location in New Orleans, he would never forget the strength of the teachers at the elementary school he attended. It was an all-black school in an all-black area that had been untouched by integration. “Many of [my teachers] were women. They drilled some important and valuable lessons into the students about the need to work hard. I remember a few teachers saying you’re going to have to work twice as hard to get half as far as the next person.”



ournalists were probably one of the few professions you were exposed to in the 1960s according to Dr. Alexander, referring to the black TV journalists he saw on television at that time. “I believe that was a very powerful influence on me and others because those were the images we saw on a daily basis. These folks were reporting the news and condition of the world – they were storytelling in a way that was very compelling that caused adults to sit down and pay attention.” As a child, when he saw the newspaper, he remembered his mother wanted to be very aware of what was going on in the world. These collective experiences compelled him to become a writer. “I actually found myself wanting to be the person that brought the news to the world, tell the stories that would help to change lives and change conditions in the world.” Dr. Alexander worked for more than a decade in various journalistic positions including copy editor for The Philadelphia Inquirer, contributing writer for Tulane Law School’s The Bench, staff writer for The Times-Picayune and Houma Courier, and editor-in-


His earliest recollection of wearing a bowtie was when he graduated from Kindergarten. He also remembers his mother dressing him in a bowtie for Holy Communion at St. Phillips Catholic Church near the Desire Projects where they stayed. He continued to wear them off and on through the years and likes the variety it brings. “Bowties are in fashion again and are worn more often, but


wearing them also allows me to have a connection with younger African American men.” If you look around UAPB’s campus, you are likely to see a male student in a bowtie on any given day. Dr. Alexander also likes to be different, noting that it’s much more common to wear the long tie. “When you show up in a bowtie, you are making a clear statement that you dare to be different. I truly believe that [doing something

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different] is what it takes to be successful, to be the best, and stand out. I’m being my true self when I wear a bowtie.” Now with the charge to purchase several black and gold ties, he says he will put away his blue and orange ones and other Gator Nation apparel. “It’s time to roar with the Golden Lions.”

Dr. Alexander at age eight with a bowtie and at right posing for a photo during his senior year at West Jefferson High School. Photos courtesy of Dr. Laurence B. Alexander

chief of Driftwood in New Orleans. He completed his undergraduate degree in Drama and Communications at the University of New Orleans and a Master of Arts in Communications and Journalism from the University of Florida. Although he often worked as a general assignment reporter, Alexander recalled himself reporting a lot of crime and homicides, specifically in New Orleans, dubbing himself the homicide writer. He also wrote a number of reviews on performances by the resident acting company and covered the sewerage, water and levee boards while in Louisiana because of the flooding potential and imperfections of the drainage systems during heavy rains. During his successful career at the Times-Picayune, he renewed his interest in the judicial system that he had developed as an undergraduate student. “I was really interested in their impact on society how they functioned, made decisions, interpreted the law and how constitutional law affected our lives as it relates to injustices like Brown vs. Board of Education.” This interest landed him at Tulane University School of Law where he pursued his juris doctorate with the goal of covering courts, particularly the Supreme Court, in a national daily newspaper. When he checked the bios of high profile writers in large papers like the New York Times and Chicago Tribune, he noticed they all had law degrees. When he finished law school, his focus changed as his eyes were opened to legal and policy research which ultimately led to an opportunity to fill a faculty position. He found himself following in the footsteps of his mentor and close friend, the late Dr. David Womack who was once an editor at the Times-Picayune and a lawyer in his own right, who went into academics. Dr. Womack was leaving his post at the University of New Orleans and ensured Dr. Alexander that he would be ideal for the job. “I really felt like I had found my calling. This is one of the things I was really meant to do with my life.” His passion was to educate other journalists and help them see the world as a canvas and a place with many injustices that will continue to be ignored unless someone talks or writes about them and actively engages

the community. He wanted to be the person to have that impact on others’ lives because he had seen it happen in his own life. “Education is a proven method of assisting people and helping them find a pathway out of poverty.”



is academic path led him to Temple University where he worked as Assistant Professor of Communications and eventually to the University of Florida (UF) where his career skyrocketed. When he arrived at UF, he remembered what he learned while talking to people at University of New Orleans and Temple - he began watching the patterns and behaviors of faculty and researchers that were successful.

“When I came to Florida, I really came ready. I was ready to hit the ground running – I had several projects in the works, several projects in my head, had developed a teaching style, and my own notes, practices and policies. I had become a solid classroom teacher and was ready to take on the challenges.” Although confident, Dr. Alexander says he never came in with the attitude that he had it made. He asked deans, chairs, associate chairs and whomever he could talk to about what it would take to be successful there. He listened intently and made up his mind that this was something he was going to put his heart and soul into. “I believe firmly that I’ve received good results because I was doing something I was passionate about. I was committed 100% to my success as a teacher and to really helping students advance.” He had not taken lessons in pedagogy, however, he remained resolute in his goal to impact his students. He paid attention to what they needed and took care of them. “The best leaders are those that continue to learn.”


One of the big stories he did about levees in New Orleans included a Sunday piece that went back to his childhood days. In 1965, Hurricane Betsy was a category three storm that came through what was termed the critical path – through the Gulf of Mexico and mouth of the Mississippi river, effectively dumping portions of

Lake Ponchartrain into the city. This resulted in broken levees in Downtown New Orleans and flooding of the entire housing project. “I looked outside my window and you really could not get around except by boat.” 18 to 20 years later, he was working at the Times-Picayune

and decided to do a follow up article about how far the city had improved since the devastation of Hurricane Betsy and other catastrophic floods. Unfortunately, he found that the city had not made improvements. “Here it was nearly two decades since Betsy had come through New Orleans that the city was

still vulnerable in the same areas,” he said, noting that he’d done interviews with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers about the situation. “The levees were either not high enough or not sturdy enough.” His readings concluded that the sensitivities remained even to the time when Hurricane Katrina hit.

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At left: Dr. Alexander poses for a photo after being named a recipient of the 2001-2003 UF Distinguished Alumni Professor Award. Photo by Michael Weimar

Center: Dr. Alexander stands with Wayne McDaniel, executive director of the UF Alumni Association in front of the Alumni Hall under construction at UF in 2002. As a distinguished alumni professor, Alexander was named to a seat on the national board for the association. At right: Dr. Alexander is pictured with his medal after being given The Freedom Forum Teacher of the Year award. Photos by John Freeman



is student-centered approach to teaching garnered several awards and honors from the University of Florida, including the Distinguished Alumni Professor Award, Distinguished Faculty Award, membership in the Academy of Distinguished Teaching Scholars and Faculty Award for Outstanding Teaching, to name a few. Among the litany of awards, he is most proud of the Freedom Forum Teacher of the Year Award he received in 2002. A national award, recognition is given for excellence in teaching and leadership in the core areas of print and broadcast journalism. The awardees are selected by a committee of former editors and educators from nominations submitted to The Freedom Forum by journalism school administrators, alumni and students across the country. The Freedom Forum is the main funding source of the operations of the Newseum in Washington, D.C., the First Amendment Center and the Newseum Institute. “It was a very prestigious honor to have been chosen among your peers as one of the best educators in your field. It was a very proud moment.” He is also very proud of the Distinguished Alumni Professor Award he earned while at the University of Florida in 2001. The award is only given biannually to one faculty member. Chosen from a finalist pool of more than 200, Dr. Alexander made it to the final four nominees and finally to first place. This honor enabled him to receive a stipend to travel to different alumni chapters of the University of Florida (known as Gator Clubs) and Rotary clubs to discuss his research and have discussions about public law, politics and journalism.


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“It drew me closer to the area of alumni relations. It gave me the chance to really get out there and work with alumni, our foundation and its board.” Another perk of the honor included a seat on the national board for the UF Alumni Association. He was able to take part in decision making and experience working on the same level the board members did. He also received an appointment to the Board of Directors for the UF Athletics Association where he worked with the athletics director and coaching staff, giving him a better understanding of how athletics and academics can work well together for the success of the university.



lthough Dr. Alexander has enjoyed a successful career in journalism and education, he knew he was capable of more and wanted to make an even greater impact. “I was at the point of my career where I wanted a leadership opportunity to apply the skills I have attained over the years.” His first voyage to Arkansas started as a finalist for the Provost position at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. That was when the door of opportunity opened – he was then made aware of the Chancellor search at UAPB. In his job as Associate Dean of The Graduate School at UF, he worked essentially on diversity recruitment and was fully aware of UAPB and its academics. He started looking at the opportunity and saw great potential where his skills could be applied. Also, UAPB’s historical background and recent induction of the Ph.D. program in Aqualculture/Fisheries was another enticing factor that sold him.

the University of New Orleans. They both majored in “It shows a real sign of maturity when a University drama and communications; but they met for the first can advance to the level that it has the trust of time in a Spanish class. Their relationship flourished educational leadership and other leaders in the State after he finished law school at Tulane University. They to put programs in place to confer the highest degree were married a year later. that is awarded. I think it speaks well of what can be Suffice it to say that this new chapter in his life will be accomplished at UAPB now and in the future.” full of meetings, planning His family is supportive of the opportunity and is “I believe people at UAPB are sincere and implementation of his strategies and ideas, just as elated as he is about and are ready to move even higher – however, it is just as the road ahead. His wife and I am ready to lead.” important to be able to Veronica was delighted regroup and rejuvenate to be when she got the news. His an effective leader. He likes playing golf, looks to venture sons Brandon, David and Tyler are excited and can’t into motorcycle riding and wants to explore Arkansas. wait to attend Homecoming festivities, Mrs. Alexander Dr. and Mrs. Alexander are thrilled about the said. Brandon is an academic advisor at Santa Fe College opportunity to be in place at this time in the life of the while David and Tyler are currently pursuing college university. With the opportunities and challenges ahead, degrees. He noted that David started out as a business they feel honored to follow chancellors like Drs. Davis, major and recently changed course to follow in his Johnson and others and look forward to bringing in a father’s footsteps – he is going into public relations while Tyler is majoring in biology. His sons were wowed by the new era to UAPB. Having worked for the past 26 years as an administrator, Dr. Alexander is well acquainted announcement initially and see it as a great opportunity with the ups and downs of administration at large, for him. complex institutions and has learned a lot of lessons along the way. He looks to galvanize the excitement and “I’m glad they saw their father working hard these years expectation of change that comes with new university and are able to see that hard work has a payoff. They are leadership. very proud that Dad is at an HBCU.” Dr. Alexander met his wife, Veronica while attending

Dr. Alexander is pictured with his sons Tyler, David and Brandon. “I’m glad they saw their father working hard these years and are able to see that hard work has a payoff. They are very proud that Dad is at an HBCU.” Photo by Randy Batista Photography

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LEADING Lady “I’m so proud of you,” were the words first uttered by Mrs. Veronica Alexander, a New Orleans native that grew up in Jefferson Parrish. She and Dr. Alexander share a special bond having been friends long before they were married. “He was my college buddy and the person I studied with and went to classes with. Our friendship takes us a long way. I was proud of him and am very grateful for the opportunity.” The second of five siblings and the oldest daughter, Mrs. Veronica Alexander reflects joyfully on having to be the one in charge. Although she graduated with a degree in drama and communications from the University of New Orleans, she ended up in human resources. She didn’t really know much about the field, but it was a means to an end that turned into a successful career. She signed up for job opportunities at the local unemployment office and ended up getting a job offer to work there. She started looking around for better opportunities, which ultimately led to working in human resources at the University of Florida Foundation for more than 20 years.


MULTIPLE FACETS, MANY HATS hen looking at the importance of higher education, Mrs. Alexander stated that almost any degree you get will serve you well in the workplace depending on the type of work that you do. “What I have found is that what your major in is important, but it’s more important to hone your best skills and learn how to best use them.” Her communications background helped her to relate to people she served each day, represent the company and exhibit critical thinking skills - things she says you don’t get in high school. Mrs. Alexander is also the proud mother of their sons Brandon, David and Tyler and a doting grandmother to Brandon’s children Jonathan and Allie. When talking about their sons, she mentions a disturbing cycle she noticed while raising them. “I believe that our African American males don’t get the nurturing they need at any level – it is so apparent.” With a family full of boys, including friends who all have sons and very few daughters, one of the things she observed is the struggle other young black males were having in school. Regardless of the type of household they were growing up in, she knew it wasn’t because of their intellect – it was because they didn’t feel valued or loved. “I was very involved with my children and doted on them. I think that has made a huge difference.” That observation fueled a passion for black males and people as a whole. Also a licensed minister, she enjoys helping people come to God and be all they can be. “His number one thing is the boys,” notes Mrs. Alexander

when describing her husband as a family man. "He was always very involved with their activities and usually ended up coaching most of their son’s teams." Dr. Alexander coached basketball, track, and particularly the shotput. One of his shotput students ended up as a football player with the New York Giants. The two of them have been involved in ministry together while in Florida where he served as deacon and they both served as ministry leaders for LEAF (Life Enrichment and Fellowship), which encompassed all of the adult ministries. With one of her sons currently attending an HBCU, Mrs. Alexander was amazed at how openly people could express their care for students and the responsibility they felt in helping students reach their destiny. She feels that the opportunity at UAPB reflects the same mission.

“Jobs are good, but if you have an opportunity where you can also help people reach their destiny, then that’s so much more fulfilling." After having worked to help people find their way in the workplace, Mrs. Alexander is leaving hers open, but suspects that she may do something that speaks to her passion for nurturing black males, ministry to others and family. “We are honored to be here, humbled by the opportunity, and excited about the days ahead of getting engaged in the community and making things happen. The most awesome thing about this opportunity is being able to inspire others.”

At left: Mrs. Alexander is pictured with her husband Dr. Laurence Alexander. At right: (Back row) Dr. Alexander with sons Tyler and David; (front row) Mrs. Alexander, daughterin-law Vanessa, wife of eldest son Brandon (far right) and parents of the Alexander’s grandchildren, Allie and Jonathan. Photos by Randy Batista Photography

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Young, Alum & Giving

summer 2013 HigHligHting people, events and activities tHat make a positive impact on our students

4TH GeneraTion ColleGe-GoinG alumnus undersTands THe imporTanCe of GivinG BaCk.

CHICAGO Alumni Chapter Does it Again

Chris Bradley, ’99, knows the importance of giving back and Members of the Chicago Alumni Chapter students any way that I can.” considers his donations to UAPB raised nearly $10,000 to assist students The Chicago Alumni Chapter plans to an investment. Chris recently at UAPB. The Chicago Alumni Chapter make another contribution after the National established a scholarship that Scholarship Fund was earmarked to receive Alumni Association Summer Conference. will be matched by his employer, $5,000, and $4,090 was used to assist the Other alumni chapters that have given in Verizon Wireless. Both gifts will Vesper Choir during their annual spring tour. 2012-13 are the: Kansas City, Milwaukee, then be matched by the U.S. Jackey Cason, the Alumni Chapter President, Southern California, Southeast Arkansas, Department of Education, Office is always enthusiastic about assisting UAPB Las Vegas, LR/Pulaski County, Houston, of Postsecondary Education, and Washington, D.C., Souhtern California students. Mr. Cason stated, “Anytime that we Institutional Services, Strengthcan help students, regardless of where they Alumni Chapters along with the UAPB/ ening Institutions-Title III, Part B are from, we will help. I received assistance AM&N National Alumni Association. (HBCU Program). and I am compelled to ensure that I assist our When asked why he gives, Chris stated: “While I am a 4th generation college student, many CreaTe your students are the first in their family to attend college. I believe, to whom much is given, much is Join members of the Hicks Holiday required. I attended college with Legacy Society and establish a planned some financial assistance. The gift (bequests, trusts, or gift annuities) to students of today require much benefit the University of Arkansas at Pine more. If my company will match Bluff. my donations to UAPB, why wouldn’t I take advantage of the The Late James Anderson Dr. Dorothy Magett Fiddmont Mr. Vernon & Sylvia Jones opportunity to give back?” Mrs. Wheirmelda Anderson Dr. Gladys Turner Finney Dr. Ernece B. Kelly Chris plans to increase his The Late Elmer Bell Mr. & Mrs. Albert Golden Dr. Rose Pace Dr. & Mrs. Herbert L. Carter Mr. Matthew Henry The Late Dr. Henry Pennymon giving annually. He encourages The Late Mary Cheatham The Late Dr. Charles Hicks The Late Cornell Scott other young alum to give back The Late R. C. Childress Mrs. Bobbie Hodge The Late B. A. Turner and take advantage of gift matchMr. Larry Cooper The Late Dr. & Mrs. O. R. Holiday Attorney Thomas Vaughn ing opportunities through their The late Dr. Edneil E. Fuller Ms. Nettie Hollis-Johnson Ms. Shirley Williams 46 PRIDE Magazine • University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff employers.


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attendees. Moving performances by the Old St. Paul Missionary THe HarTfield Baptist Church iniTiaTive: an amazinG suCCess and the New Hope Missionary Baptist Church (where UAPB alum Basil Joiner is pastor) Choirs made for a wonderful extravaganza. UAPB alumna, Georgia Matthews, brought everyone to their feet with a memorable rendition of “Oh How Precious”. Over $5,000 was collected for the initiative. Plans for the final two extravaganzas are underway. The last events will take place in Little Rock, AR and Pine Bluff, AR. The goal of the Hartfield Initiative is $20,000 annually over a period of five years. The initiative will Two UAPB alum, Dr. Freddie Hartfield and continue for the next four years. Bishop Chester Thompson, teamed up to Monies contributed to the Hartfield develop an initiative that has become an Initiative will be allocated to the Lifeline amazing success. The idea of this project is to Fund, which will receive a dollar-for-dollar encourage local churches to make financial match from U.S. Department of Education, contributions that will assist students at Office of Postsecondary Education, UAPB. Institutional Services, Strengthening After the success of the first phase of the Institutions-Title III, Part B (HBCU campaign that generated nearly $22,000, Program). a committee of four was developed. The committee decided to name the initiative after Dr. Freddie Hartfield. This year’s campaign consists of gospel extravaganzas held across the state of Arkansas to generate funds for the endeavor. The first event was held in Camden, Arkansas at Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church, where Bishop Thompson is pastor. Bishop Thompson made the decision to donate all contributions from the event (which usually would fund a youth program sponsored by his church) to the Hartfield Initiative. The program featured uplifting music by various choirs from the Camden area and a sermon by Pastor Felton Burgie. About $8,000 was generated for the Hartfield Initiative as a result of the Camden event. The second event was held in West Memphis, AR during the month of May at Old St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church where UAPB alum Frederick Anthony is pastor. Dave Johnson, Crittenden County Alumni Chapter President, welcomed

Hartfield Initiative Committee Members: UAPB Employees - Dr. Fredie Hartfield, Dr. Vera Lang Brown, Dr. Margaret Martin-Hall, Mrs. Courtney Cegers, Brian T. Williams; UAPB student, Frank D. Dorsey, II; Mrs. Birlee Lever, Vice President of the Jefferson County UAPB/ AM&N Alumni Associaiton; and Bishop Chester Thompson.

Young donor sets the bar high

Meet Blake Oshinuga, son of Oladifun A. Oshinuga and Adrianne M. Toney. Blake is an 8 year old, avid reader, pianist, lover of all things tech and a member of Zion Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Camden, AR. Last summer, Bishop Chester Thompson brought a youth group to visit UAPB and Blake was a part of that group. They toured Childress Hall and had a brief university history lesson by Bishop Thompson. Blake, then 7 years old, was so impressed with UAPB he decided that he would assist Bishop Thompson in his efforts to generate funds for the Hartfield Initiative. Blake began by soliciting almost everyone that he knew and collected $25 for the initiative. Later, Blake left Arkansas to visit his father in Atlanta but did not leave his philanthropic spirit behind. After explaining the initiative to his dad, he requested a notepad to keep a count of the money that he collected and then solicited individuals in Atlanta. Blake returned home to Arkansas having raised $200 overall. Since then, Blake has launched (with his mother) Men with Books, a campaign that promotes literacy among African American males. Let’s applaud Blake, one of Arkansas’ youngest philanthropists.

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Dr. Gladys Turner-Finney is a long time donor to UAPB.

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Joseph Carter Corbin and the headstone that now marks his grave.


UAPB DONOR'S LABOR of LOVE contributions. UAPB/AM&N alumni and local leaders took part in the historical occasion. There was strong support from the Chicago Alumni Chapter members and their president, Jackey Cason. Chicago Congressman, AM&N alumnus Danny Davis and representatives from the Black History Coalition of Arkansas were also present. “This project was truly a labor of love. It felt so good to see so many UAPB people present including the university representatives and members of the Chicago Alumni Chapter,” said Dr. Finney.

the headstone reads “Founder of the university of arkansas at pine Bluff, Father of Higher education for african-americans in arkansas. thanks for the gift of education to countless generations.” After extensive research over a 5-year period, Dr. Gladys Turner Finney located the gravesite of our institution’s founder – Joseph C. Corbin. In 2008, Dr. Gladys Turner Finney had no idea that the research for the AfricanAmerican Genealogy Society of Miami Valley would lead to the beginning of the Joseph Carter Corbin Headstone Project. After locating the gravesite, Dr. Finney initiated fundraising to place a headstone at the resting place

of J.C. Corbin. Corbin is the founder and was the principal of Branch Normal College in 1875. “Joseph Carter Corbin is not well known, but the state (of Arkansas) and the United States owes him a national debt,” said Dr. Gladys Turner-Finney. A dedication ceremony was held on Memorial Day in Oak Park, IL, at Forest Home Cemetery to place a grave maker and honor J.C. Corbin's lifelong accomplishments and

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YOU ANSWERED Over $91,000 in pledges was received for student scholarships during the 2013 Annual Phonathon. During the month of May, We gratefully acknowledge FullFilled pledges from: Josephine Adams Tony Adderley Syed and Sarah Ahmad Mike and Susan Akin Delaney and Bennie Alexander Sharon Alexander James Andrews Wanda Armstrong Ruby Arnold Ricky and LaTonya Austin Louise Austin Mozell Barnes Velma Barnes Bunia Baxter Andrew Beavers Donald Beavers Jerry and Berta Bell Alonzo and Mary Bennett Jeanine Berry Annie Biley Patsy Blackshear Izell Block Walleon and Sharon Bobo Hannibal and Verlee Bolton Katherine Boone Elsie Bowers Edward and Earline Briggs Johnnie Brown Arthur and Joyce Brown Mary Brown O. D. Brown Roosevelt and Irma Brown Ruby Brown Leroy and Vera Brownlee

Office of Postsecondary Education, Institutional Services, Strengthening Institutions Title III, Part B (HBCU Program). To date, the Dorothy Magett Fiddmont New Millennium Leaders Scholarship has over $1,041,000. An additional $129,161 in federal funding is anticipated by August 1, 2013. We gratefully acknowledge the following individuals who have stepped up beyond their initial entry level gift:

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President of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated was given the President’s Honorarii Alcornite Societatis during Alcorn State University’s commencement in recognition of an individual’s “distinguished service within their profession, discipline or other human endeavor.” A native of Fordyce, Arkansas, Hammock recently retired from ArvinMeritor, formerly Rockwell International as Materials Manager after 29 years of service. He graduated from UAPB with a degree in Business Administration. Prior to attending UAPB, he attended J. E. Wallace High School in Fordyce, and received a full four year academic scholarship to UAPB. His awards and recognitions include the Global Excellence Award from ArvinMeritor, Good Citizenship Award from Rockwell International, 2005 Healing Hearts Award from Morristown-Hamblen Health Care Systems, Boys and Girls Club Appreciation Award, Outstanding Community Service Award from United Way and the Phi Beta Sigma Service to the Region Award from Southeastern Region.


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Dr. Ruth Jones receives Wings of Excellence Award Above: Dr. Ruth Jones, pictured with Alan Phillips, director of the NASA Safety Center at the 27th Annual Wings of Excellence Awards Program.

Dr. Ruth Jones, a 1994 University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff graduate received the Cleveland Federal Executive Board’s Wings of Excellence Award at the 27th Annual Awards Program for serving as an inspiration to others and bringing credit to the Federal service. Employed by NASA Safety Center’s Mishap Investigation Support Office, Jones was honored for significant contributions to three agency investigations that required rapid intervention and assistance as well as an extended temporary duty at Glenn Research Center to complete one of the investigations within the 75-day requirement. A native of West Helena, Arkansas, Dr. Jones received her Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from UAPB in 1994. She is the daughter of William and Essie Jones and a 1989 honor graduate of Central High School in West Helena. Dr. Jones is also an alumna of Alabama A & M University where she received her Doctorate of Philosophy and Master's of Science degrees in Physics/Materials Science in December 2000 and July 1997, respectively. Dr. Jones is the second African American woman to receive a Ph. D. in Physics in the state of Alabama, and the first woman to receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from UAPB. The author of numerous articles on optical physics, Dr. Jones is also a member of the System Safety Society, American Physical Society, Optical Society of America, SPIE, National Society of Black Physicists, National Society of Black Engineers and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.

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Mr. Fred C. Paige, Sr.'60

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Ph.D. in Computer Science at Clemson University and is engaged to be married September 1st. He graduated from UAPB with a B.S. in Computer Science and received his M.S. in Computer Science at North Carolina A&T State University. He also co-authored a book chapter, conference paper, and journal article in several publications.

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