LETTER FROM THE CHANCELLOR
'Noodles" from the Garden Series ÂŠ Danny Campbell
Danny Campbell talks about the origin of his unique art form on page 28.
he University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff is in a great position to do some great things and make its name even greater. We have a rich history and many things we can tout and take pride in. The launch of Pride Magazine provides us another avenue to tell our own story. I think it is important that we bring attention to those individuals, initiatives, programs and activities that work tirelessly to produce successful faculty, staff and students. We should take pride in the fact that we have been in existence for 140 years. It was the undying passion of early leaders that made it possible for us to enjoy the campus, facilities and resources we have today. We can also take pride in the fact that our Teacher Education Program was granted continued accreditation by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) until 2019. The School of Education is to be commended for this feat. Out of class experiences, like those afforded internships, by the Marching Band, Vesper Choir, Debate Team, and the John McLinn Ross players, reinforce skills in our students that will help them to remain successful in their respective careers. This resonates with Career Services to cultivate the kinds of students employers are looking for. We can certainly be proud of our Athletics department and the strides they made in the past year. The football team made history by winning the SWAC Championship - the first outright win in the history of the institution. Our men and women basketball teams had outstanding seasons and the baseball team is headed for the tournament as well as our softball team. Having been in education for several years, I am aware of the changing landscape and the issues related to accountability and efficiency that influence and structure our work. These issues will help us better prepare for our roles in serving our students now and in the future. More than ever before, it is dependent upon us to seize the opportunity to champion our own institution and bring it to the forefront in a positive way.