UA Little Rock Teams Up with Apple Seeds to Teach School Children about Healthy Living, Nutrition and Gardening

In an inspiring collaboration that focuses on community engagement, UA Little Rock has joined forces with Apple Seeds, a nonprofit organization with a mission to inspire healthy living through garden-based education, to provide invaluable hands-on experience for its students through a new internship where health education and promotion students help teach school children the essentials of nutrition, gardening, and healthy eating.

Empowering Futures: UA Little Rock Launches Innovative Initiative to Boost Student Success Opportunities

UA Little Rock has announced the Trojan Champions program, a pioneering initiative aimed at fostering greater support for college students by increasing donations that provide students with expanded opportunities to thrive academically, professionally, and personally.

College Students Win Harold E. Eisenberg Foundation’s Annual Real Estate Challenge

A group of University of Arkansas at Little Rock students won a national Real Estate Challenge in Chicago, winning a $5,000 scholarship that will be used to support finance/real estate students at UA Little Rock. UA Little Rock was the Undergraduate Division Winner of the Harold E. Eisenberg Foundation’s Annual Real Estate Challenge, which matches teams from selected universities in a competition focusing on a high-profile development/redevelopment project in the Chicago Metropolitan area.

University Unveils Newly Renovated Nabholz Lab for Construction and Engineering Students

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock has unveiled a newly renovated lab that will provide construction management and civil engineering students with an edge for their future careers in Arkansas’s growing construction industry. With generous support from Nabholz, the new Nabholz Construction High Bay Lab has been redesigned to provide an upgraded workspace for classes, student projects, and demonstrations for students, faculty, and industry members.

Researchers Assist in Identifying Native American Soldiers Who Should Receive Posthumous Honors from World War I

Researchers at the UA Little Rock Sequoyah National Research Center are helping to determine if Native American soldiers who served during World War I should receive posthumous honors. Sequoyah National Research Center employees have partnered with the George S. Robb Centre for the Study of the Great War at Park University, which is the home of the Valor Medals Review Project and Task Force.

Researchers Explore the Role of Congregations in Racial Justice

A trio of University of Arkansas at Little Rock investigators are exploring the role that Little Rock congregations play in faith-based, racial justice efforts, including the response of congregations after the 2020 death of George Floyd. The paper, “Race and Faith: The Role of Congregations in Racial Justice,” was presented at the American Political Science Association Conference in Montreal in September.

Chan Family Marks Professor’s Legacy with $6.75 Million Gift to Benefit UA Little Rock Engineering Programs

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock has received a $6.75 million gift from the family of a beloved engineering professor who was responsible for establishing some of the university’s first engineering programs. The Yupo and Susan Chan Charitable Trust made the gift to fulfill the expressed vision of Dr. Yupo Chan, the founding chair of the Department of Systems Engineering, who passed away in 2020.

UA Little Rock Faculty, Graduate Students Learn Important Teaching Skills at Mobile Institute on Scientific Teaching

More than 25 UA Little Rock faculty members and graduate students learned valuable teaching skills in active learning through the 2022 Mobile Institute on Scientific Teaching (MIST).The MIST workshop provides a focus on active learning because studies show that students are 1 ½ times more likely to pass classes in active learning classrooms compared to students in classes that use traditional lecturing only.

UA Little Rock Researchers Out to Uncover the Secrets of Personal Transformation Rooted in Heifer International’s Community-Building Efforts

An interdisciplinary research team from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock is investigating the personal transformation effects of Heifer International’s efforts to end poverty and build sustainable communities across the globe.Heifer International has a vision to explore the nature of personal transformation around the glove and measure its impact at the individual level.

UA Little Rock Offers Half-Off Scholarships for Two Years

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock has announced a major new student success initiative that offers half-off course tuition and fees for freshmen who enroll at UA Little Rock for the fall 2022 semester. In this first-of-its-kind initiative, first-time freshmen as well as freshmen with 11 or fewer transfer credit hours will receive up to 50 percent off tuition and fees for not only their freshmen year for the 2022-23 academic year but their 2023-24 sophomore year as well.

UA Little Rock receives grant to commemorate history of Arkansas civil rights leader William Townsend

The Center for Arkansas History and Culture at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock has received a grant to explore the cultural and political sphere of Dr. William Townsend, an Arkansas civil rights leader and the first African American licensed to practice optometry in the state.

UA Little Rock Researcher Explores Community College Stigma in High School Seniors

Most high school seniors consider factors like cost, majors, and distance from home when deciding where to go to college. Bradley Griffith, a graduating Doctor of Education student at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and director of fitness at John A. Logan College in Carterville, Illinois, thinks there is another very real, but invisible factor at play that affects where seniors go to college – community college stigma.

Windgate Foundation Awards UA Little Rock More Than $3 Million in Grants for Art Outreach, Art Acquisition, and Children International Education and Outreach Efforts

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock has received more than $3 million in grants from the Windgate Foundation to support art education at the university, acquisition of art from working artists for UA Little Rock’s permanent art collection, and support of UA Little Rock Children International’s education and outreach programs.

UA Little Rock researchers explore challenges faced by homeless LGBTQ adults in Arkansas

Criminal justice researchers at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock are investigating the unique challenges and barriers faced by homeless LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning) adults in Arkansas. LGBTQ adults experience a number of negative obstacles in life, such as discrimination, stigmatization, and victimization, that make the population especially vulnerable to experiencing homelessness.

UA Little Rock Launches Leadership Academy to Provide Professional Development Opportunities for Business Community

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock has launched a new Leadership Academy to provide customized and affordable professional development training for local businesses and organizations.The Leadership Academy provides leadership development to support professional growth within the organization. The Leadership Academy offers a variety of training in areas including business decision-making, personnel management, and communication.

UA Little Rock Receives $40,000 Donation to Create Dr. Moira Maguire Student Support Fund for History Students

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock has received a $40,000 donation to create a student support fund in honor of Dr. Moira Maguire, a history professor who worked at UA Little Rock for 15 years and had a reputation of going above and beyond to help students succeed. The Dr. Moira Maguire Student Support Fund will help students in the Department of History in times of need.

UA Little Rock Receives Nearly $325,000 NSF Grant to Shine Light on Muslim Hate Crimes in Arkansas

Two criminal justice professors at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock have been awarded a $324,987 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to fund a three-year program to study anti-Muslim sentiment and Muslim hate crimes in Arkansas. Dr. Tusty ten Bensel, director of the School of Criminal Justice and Criminology, and Dr.

UA Little Rock receives $325,000 grant from National Endowment for the Humanities

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock has received a $325,043 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to create a rich collection of digitized material integrated into a map-based website that tracks how urban renewal changed the City of Little Rock in the decades following the Central High School desegregation crisis.

Colliers Arkansas Donation Points to Industry Support of Real Estate Program at UA Little Rock

Colliers Arkansas has made a $25,000 donation for a University of Arkansas at Little Rock scholarship established in honor of Colliers Arkansas Co-Founder L. Dickson Flake.The gift from Colliers Arkansas brings the L. Dickson Flake Endowed Scholarship to more than $230,000, which allows for more scholarships to be awarded in the fall for UA Little Rock students pursuing an education in finance and real estate.

UA Little Rock, Clinton School of Public Service Partner on Concurrent MPS-MSW Degree Program

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock and the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service have announced a partnership on a new concurrent degree program. Students pursuing a Master of Public Service at the Clinton School may now earn a concurrent Master of Social Work through the UA Little Rock School of Social Work.

Little Rock Congregations Study shows impact of COVID-19 on religious institutions

The results of the 2020 Little Rock Congregations Study (LRCS), a research project based at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, shows that COVID-19 had a major impact on religious institutions in Little Rock. 

UA Little Rock partners with Forge Institute, U of A to Advance Applied Research In Cybersecurity to Support National Defense

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock is partnering with the Forge Institute and the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, to advance applied research in areas that support national defense, including cybersecurity. This partnership is a first-of-its-kind opportunity in Arkansas and will lead to competitive research, collaboration opportunities, and create a platform for economic growth and job creation.

Wilkerson fulfills dream of earning college degree 55 years after graduating high school

At 73, Carolyn Wilkerson has completed her lifelong dream of earning a bachelor’s degree. Wilkerson joined UA Little Rock in 2016, fulfilling a promise she made to herself many years ago. Having graduated from Little Rock’s Horace Mann High School in 1965, Wilkerson is the third of her high school classmates who have graduated from UA Little Rock in recent years.

UA Little Rock professor receives $133,333 National Endowment for Humanities grant to publish book on unpublished works of Louise Dupin

A professor at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock has received a $133,333 grant from the National Endowment for Humanities to publish the most complete edition of 18th-century French philosopher Louise Dupin’s unpublished treatise “Work on Women.” 

UA Little Rock ranked top university for social mobility in Arkansas

U.S. News and World Report ranked the University of Arkansas at Little Rock as the No. 1 university in Arkansas for social mobility. The ranking measures a university’s success in graduating economically disadvantaged students who are less likely to finish college.

UA Little Rock joins coalition to launch health care cybersecurity curriculum and pilot focused on veterans and first responders

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock is part of a coalition of universities and industry partners that are developing a curriculum to increase cybersecurity talent focused on health care with $6.3 million in funding from the National Security Agency. UA Little Rock will work with the University of Louisville, the University of North Florida, Bluegrass Technical and Owensboro Technical, the Forge Institute, and a coalition of industry partners to develop a training curriculum focused on health care cybersecurity.

UA Little Rock’s Sequoyah National Research Center creates website visualizing American Indian removal through Arkansas

The Sequoyah National Research Center at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock has created a website and touchscreen table that brings the journey of American Indians who traveled through Arkansas on their way to Indian Territory to life. The center has completed a two-year research project, “Journey of Survival: Indian Removal Through Arkansas,” that includes a website and interactive touchscreen table that visually maps the journey of American Indians who journeyed through Arkansas after the Indian Removal Act of 1830.

AEDI creates new COVID-19 Initiative to track virus’s social and economic impact on Arkansas

The Arkansas Economic Development Institute (AEDI), based at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, has developed an interactive COVID-19 data dashboard that tracks the social and economic impact of COVID-19 on Arkansas. The dashboard will provide Arkansans access to timely and relevant information on how the virus affects their employment, mental health, food security, economic security, education, and other critical indicators.

Arkansas professor donates planned gift to promote study of history at UA Little Rock, preservation of history collection

A retired University of Arkansas at Little Rock professor has made a planned giving agreement that will honor his love of Arkansas history and encourage more students to enter the field for years to come. Dr. Vincent Vinikas, professor emeritus of history who taught at UA Little Rock for 34 years, has donated a revocable trust, worth an estimated $100,000, to UA Little Rock along with his collection of materials about American history.

Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center receives $125,000 grant to provide services for high-tech entrepreneurs

The Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock has received a $125,000 grant to assist companies pursuing federal Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer grants and contracts.

Williamson heads UA Little Rock’s School of Public Affairs

Dr. Anne Williamson, a nationwide expert in housing policy, has been selected as the new director of the School of Public Affairs at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Her research areas include housing policy, community development, citizen participation, and tax policy.

UA Little Rock receives $300,000 grant to create statewide economic recovery plan

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock has received a $300,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration. The two-year project will include the creation of an economic recovery plan as well as the development of a history of the economic impact of COVID-19 on the state.

UA Little Rock makes COSMOS a designated research center

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock Collaboratorium for Social Media and Online Behavioral Studies (COSMOS) Lab has received approval from the Arkansas Department of Education (ADHE) to become an established research center on campus.“By designating COSMOS as a formal center, UA Little Rock will be a leader and pioneer in social media analytics and social media forecasting,” said Dr.

UA Little Rock Foundation gifts total nearly $48 million in record-breaking fundraising year

While 2020 has been a year full of challenges, the generosity of supporters of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock has resulted in the university’s highest fundraising year to date with UA Little Rock alumni and friends donating a record-breaking $47,941,061. 

UA Little Rock receives nearly $450,000 to develop deep learning methods to identify cells that advance complex diseases

A University of Arkansas at Little Rock professor has received a $443,854 grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop unique deep learning methods to identify key cell networks in complex diseases. Dr. Mary Yang, professor of information science and director of the Midsouth Bioinformatics Center at UA Little Rock, will conduct research that will help doctors and scientists further understand how complex diseases evolve and develop in the body as well as how to identify effective drug targets.

Springer named director of UA Little Rock Emerging Analytics Center

Dr. Jan P. Springer, associate professor in the Department of Computer Science, has been named the new director of the George W. Donaghey Emerging Analytics Center at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.The Emerging Analytics Center (EAC) is a research center that is home to an energetic group of researchers, faculty, and students performing innovative research and development in technology, infrastructure, and applications for virtual and augmented realities, immersive visualization, interactive technologies, as well as cybersecurity and the Internet of Things.

UA Little Rock to offer new bachelor’s degree in cybersecurity

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock is introducing a new four-year degree program in cybersecurity in the fall 2021 semester to help meet the rising demand for cybersecurity professionals. The Bachelor of Science in cybersecurity will prepare students for challenging and rewarding careers dedicated to protecting the privacy of individuals, the security of society’s infrastructure, and national security.

UA Little Rock Receives Unprecedented $25 Million Gift for Scholarships and Student Success

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock has received the largest single gift in the institution’s 93-year history, announced during the May 21 meeting of the Board of Trustees of the University of Arkansas. The $25 million gift from an anonymous donor will support the university’s strategic enrollment management plan and help UA Little Rock students achieve a world-class education.