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PCSSD schools win at EAST conference in Hot Springs

PCSSD schools win at EAST conference in Hot Springs

PCSSD is proud to announce winners in the 15th annual EAST (Environmental and Spatial Technology) National Conference, presented by the Arkansas Department of Education, which concluded today in Hot Springs, Ark., celebrating the work of EAST students from around the country. 

Joe T. Robinson Middle School (winner in Project Sophistication and Innovation Category) was a finalist for the prestigious Timothy R. Stephenson Founder’s Award! Their facilitator is Ms. Jennie Coy.

 

UALR’s study abroad office to offer first ‘Passport Day’ April 8

UALR’s study abroad office to offer first ‘Passport Day’ April 8

The Office of Study Abroad, in partnership with the Department of International Studies, invites students and others interested in traveling abroad to its first-ever “Passport Day” on April 8.

Owen White, a passport acceptance clerk from the main branch of the U.S. Post Office in downtown Little Rock, will be on campus to accept passport applications between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. in Room 409 of Stabler Hall.

The event is open to all interested persons, and all U.S. citizens will be able to process their passport application that day. Name changes and renewal applications may be completed as well.

Passport applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. Walk-ins are welcome, but pre-registration is preferred at ualr.edu/studyabroad/passportday... Read More

Whole Foods to donate March 3 proceeds for dance festival at UALR

Whole Foods to donate March 3 proceeds for dance festival at UALR

Conference organizers at UALR are encouraging patrons to shop at Whole Foods Market on Monday, March 3.

As part of its “Community Giving Day,” Whole Foods will donate 5 percent of all net sales for the South Conference of the American College Dance Festival, hosted by the UALR Department of Theatre Arts and Dance March 21-24.

The conference, which is being completely funded by donations from community sponsors and registration fees, will provide more than 100 master classes, workshops and seminars taught by visiting faculty and nationally recruited guest artists.

“The more folks go out and make a purchase, the bigger and better the event will be,” said Jay Raphael, chair of the theatre arts and dance department.

The conference will feature four nights of public concerts with original works created by student and faculty choreographers from 30 participating colleges and universities... Read More

Blue & You Foundation provides check to UALR nursing of more than $100,000

Blue & You Foundation provides check to UALR nursing of more than $100,000

The Blue & You Foundation for a Healthier Arkansas presented the UALR Department of Nursing with a $102,608 check on Feb. 24.

The grant funding is for the purchase of two pediatric simulation models, to help incorporate pediatric simulation in the current clinical rotation for the UALR Department of Nursing.

Patrick O’Sullivan of The Blue & You Foundation presented the check to UALR Interim College of Science Dean Dr. Ann Bain and SimLab Director Jeff Carmack.

About 200 nursing students enrolled in the associate degree program will benefit from the additional hands-on experience that working on the models will provide, according to Carmack, an assistant professor in the department.

The funding gives SimCare educators better ability to help their students learn to care for school-age patients using appropriately sized high-fidelity mannequins, he said... Read More

Familiar campaign sounds signal start of homecoming season

Familiar campaign sounds signal start of homecoming season

Friendly chatter and the sounds of plastic beads with medallions filled the foyer at the Donaghey Student Center at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock on Tuesday, Feb. 25.

The familiar sounds were the result of activity surrounding the 2014 campaign for UALR’s Homecoming Queen, an annual tradition in which several contestants vie for student votes and help promote upcoming Trojan basketball games.

The 2014 Homecoming Queen will be crowned during the Trojan Men’s Basketball Game at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 8.

The queen and the top four runner-ups will comprise the homecoming court based on student votes, a first at UALR this year, according to Student Organization Program Coordinator Leah Vaughan... Read More

Arkansas A+ Schools announces new Executive Director Melanie Landrum

Arkansas A+ Schools announces new Executive Director Melanie Landrum

The Thea Foundation and Arkansas A+ Schools are pleased to announce that Melanie Landrum has joined our staff as the Executive Director of the Arkansas A+ Schools program.  Landrum has served as the principal of Pike View Elementary School, an A+ school in the North Little Rock School District, for the past two and a half years of her four-year career in the district.  Her professional experience also includes serving as a curriculum consultant for Literacy and Leadership Cluster Leader America’s Choice Inc. and the “Voices of Love and Freedom” School Design Model; serving as an adjunct professor of Instruction and Curriculum Leadership and Educational Psychology at the University of Memphis; and working as a principal, teacher and curriculum consultant in Memphis, Tenn., for over twenty-five years.

Porter Fund benefits Thea Scholarships, to be acknowledged during Portis Lifetime Achievement Gala

Porter Fund benefits Thea Scholarships, to be acknowledged during Portis Lifetime Achievement Gala

In the midst of its thirteenth annual scholarship season, the Thea Foundation is pleased and grateful to announce that the Porter Fund, an organization supporting the literary arts in Arkansas, has established a $4,000 scholarship to support the first place winner of the Foundation’s annual Creative Writing Scholarship Competition for up to four years, a total of $16,000.  The generous gift will be acknowledged during a gala to honor Arkansas native and novelist Charles Portis, recipient of the Porter Fund’s Lifetime Achievement Award, at the Arkansas Governor’s Mansion on Thursday, April 3rd, 2014.  Thea Foundation Executive Director Paul Leopoulos and 2014 Creative Writing Scholarship 1st place recipient Annika Miller of Conway High School will be invited to remark on the charitable donation.