Justin Smith is a senior CLC scholar for the 2014-15 year. He is majoring in Mathematics with a minor in Finance. Justin is working towards obtaining his MBA and becoming a business analyst. Throughout his college career, Justin has been able to keep his GPA at a 4.0. Though he is a¬†Resident Assistant on campus, and currently working in South Hall, Justin still finds time to serve on the usher team at his church, Grace Fellowship. CLC has provided him with the opportunity to get plugged into the community and to be able to serve the people and organizations that are our own. They have also helped keep him on track with his grades by checking in on him throughout his college career to make sure he is well equipped to be successful in the future. In class, he has seen some pretty unusual things. One morning, a student brought a hot plate to class and proceeded to make their breakfast during a lecture. During his time at UALR, Justin has always been involved in intramural sports. The Hash Slinging Slashers was created his freshman year and are still going strong today with many of the original players. The Hash Slinging Slashers has helped create some of the most memorable experiences for Justin at UALR.
Allison Jackson is a senior CLC scholar for the 2014-15 school year. She is working on her Bachelor’s of Science in Biology with a minor in Chemistry. She is currently the president of UALR’s Biology Club, the secretary of Alpha Epsilon Delta (a pre-medical society), a member of Friday Fellows and the American Chemical Society. She works as an intern at Hospice Home Care. She currently has a GPA of 3.95. After she graduates in the spring, she hopes to attend UAMS Medical School and work towards becoming a hospice medicine/palliative care physician or a pediatric physician. Allison’s most memorable experience at UALR is working with UALR Biology Club. As a sophomore, she attended her first club meeting and knew she needed to become part of the fun, nerdy, science family she had met. That year, she became the historian, and the next year became the vice president. She continued on with her involvement and is now President. Every year the Biology club gets together to have camping trips, go canoeing, clean up Coleman Creek on campus, and have other science related events and volunteer activities. While working in and around Coleman Creek, Allison has realized how natural our campus is with a beautiful focal point like Coleman Creek. Every month, the Stream Team goes out and cleans up trash in and around Coleman Creek. They are always finding strange things like soft shelled turtles and a variety of fish. Allison was excited about attending UALR due to it’s ties with UAMS and other hospitals. Being in Arkansas’s state capital has allowed her to make connections and become an intern at the Hospice Home Care. She has her CLC and Biology Department family to make her feel at home away from home. Through small classes, she has gotten to know her professors and mentors well. CLC gave Allison the leaderships, as well as the communication skills, needed to become a leader on campus and in the community. CLC has helped her make connections to get other scholarships including the Friday Fellows Leadership Program. She still has a strong connection with CLC because they are such an accepting program. Though she came in as a freshman with bright pink hair, she was accepted and her excellence in Biology and Chemistry classes didn’t go unnoticed. CLC gave her the boost she needed to make new friends, to volunteer throughout college, and to become a great leader on campus.
Kelsay Williams is a senior CLC scholar for the 2013-14 school year. She is a Speech Communication major with a minor in Digital Graphics. She is currently a Chancellor’s Leadership Corps Junior Mentor and serves on the Student Philanthropy Council at UALR. Kelsay is graduating a year early with a 3.86 cumulative GPA. She plans on attending graduate school to obtain her Masters in Applied Communication or Health Communication either in state or out of state. Her ultimate goal is to obtain a Doctorate Degree. Her most memorable experience was at the Cardboard Boat Regatta in Spring 2013. That year, she had to step in to take a student’s place in rowing a cardboard boat. Though she was unprepared, she still went in the boat wearing jeans and a t-shirt. CLC has impacted her college experience by giving her a new outlook on her college career. She came in unsure of what she wanted to major in, but with the help of her CLC mentors and friends, she found her way. She loves the friends, co-workers, and mentors she has met through CLC. Kelsay loves CLC with all of her heart and is grateful for the time and experiences she has had with CLC. She plans to come back to see how the CLC program has grown.
Virginia Chambers is a senior CLC scholar for the 2013-14 school year. She has been very passionate about Speech-Language Pathology since high school and has pursued her passion at UALR to obtain her degree with a minor in American Sign Language. She has maintained a 3.78 GPA over her college career.¬†Virginia is in the process of applying to many different Graduate Schools and will hopefully start in the fall. One of the most memorable experiences for Virginia at UALR was running for homecoming queen. She was voted as the representative for CLC. Though she did not win, she had a great experience getting to meet new people throughout the process. Chancellor’s Leadership Corps has truly given Virginia a unique college experience. She is thankful for all of the friends she has made through CLC and the wonderful memories she has been able to share with the group. Getting the opportunity to become a sophomore ambassador was one of the best years she has had at UALR.
Meredith Rideout is a senior CLC scholar for the 2013-14 school year. She is going to college to earn a B.F.A. in Dance Performance. She has maintained a 4.0 GPA in college. Meredith is a girl with a plan, but through the dance department and organizations on campus, she has learned to enjoy growing and being an active learner daily. Though her career dream has changed from her initial plan, she is comfortable with the changes that have come and the exciting journey her education has taken her on. CLC has connected her with many like-minded students, whose individual goals exceed the average college student. Others’ accomplishments in the program keeps her motivated and to push herself to do great things. CLC has also made her feel more apart of the university than just being another number on the statistics. One memorable experience Meredith has had here at UALR was being able to be a tour guide for visiting 5th grade students for local elementary schools through the Friday Fellows program. On the tours, she got the chance to see the wonder and excitement of young aspiring minds. Meredith was reminded how education holds many great opportunities and that learning is a way of life. It does not simply stop once you have your diploma. After she graduates, she plans on continuing school and to get a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. Meredith wants to be a physical and movement therapist for a dance company so she can help all kinds of people with physical needs while still being connected with her passion for dance. Though she does not hold any leadership positions currently, she strives to be the best she can be and lead by example.
Emily Bemis is a senior CLC scholar ¬†for the 2013-14 school year. She is ¬†majoring in Early Childhood ¬†Education with an emphasis in Studio ¬†Fine Arts with a current GPA of a ¬†3.95. UALR and CLC have both made ¬†Emily a more confident and outgoing person. They gave her the resources and education to even start her own business.¬†Emily plans to teach elementary or elementary art in Little Rock while continuing her photography business. She is also training to be a Master Gardener where she will be in charge of a community garden. Some of Emily’s most memorable experiences from UALR comes from working in the Art program. She loved to work with like minds while creating interesting works of art. Everyday, she would leave campus covered in clay, ink, and charcoal, but there would be no better way for her to leave in her eyes. CLC greatly impacted her college experience ¬†by allowing her to go to college and to be a part of something bigger than herself by going out in the community to serve others. It allowed her to make connects inside and outside of school and to make friendships that will last for a lifetime.
Wesley Baltimore is a senior CLC scholar for the 2013-14 school year. He is majoring in Communication Sciences and Disorders with a minor in Sign Language Studies with a current GPA of 3.85. Wesley plans to attend graduate school to earn a Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders or a Doctorate in Audiology. He currently works as a Resident Assistant for UALR Student Housing and is also in the McNair Scholar Program. Wesley contributed to the McNair Scholars program by researching how transparent masks may improve communication in health-care environments, especially to those with hearing loss. He has grown up with a deaf mother, so he is an active member of the deaf community by going to many of their events, which he says are always really interesting. One of the most memorable experiences that Wesley has had while at UALR is seeing his own face used for advertising on a bus, billboard, and the UALR website for the first time. He would not be going to UALR if it was not for the CLC scholarship. Not only has it helped him financially, but it has helped him grow more as a person, a leader, a student, and a servant to his community. It has really given him the foundation that he need to learn how to make a positive impact on this world. He stated, “I am forever grateful for CLC not only as a scholarship that helps pay for school but also as an organization that helps molds future leaders.”
Nicole Paladino will be a senior CLC scholar fall 2013. She is majoring in Criminal Justice with a minor in Technical Writing. Nicole plans to attend law school immediately after graduating. She currently interns for the Arkansas State Sentencing Commission and did research for a number of¬†legislative¬†bills this legislative session. The bills she has researched includes: abortion ban, racial¬†disparity¬†and impact on prison systems, the Human¬†Trafficking¬†Act 2013, and the impact of abolishing the death penalty in Arkansas. Nicole also works part time at Cardinal Health (a Pharmaceutical Distribution¬†company) in North Little Rock as a medical account¬†representative. She has made the Chancellor’s list since her college career began in the Fall 2010.¬†¬†She currently holds a 4.0 GPA and¬†¬†her community service interest include March of Dimes, Little Rock Homeless Shelter and Dorcas House.
Kelsey Reed, a 2012-2013 CLC Sophomore Ambassador, was nominated for Homecoming Queen by her CLC peers. She is a biology major planning on pursuing a career in sports chiropractic. She is involved in numerous campus organizations like CLC, Alpha Xi Rho, and Little Rock Cheer.¬†
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