Communications and Marketing
Need help in getting your message out to a larger audience? The Office of Communications can assist with strategies and tactics ranging from developing and placing ads to pitching stories to the media to creating print recruiting materials.
The Office of Communications and Marketing writes and distributes news releases and works with media to schedule interviews.
- To submit news story ideas and for print media inquiries, contact Allen Hicks at 501.683.7146 (office) or 501.442.5624 (cell).
- Broadcast media inquires should be directed to Angela Parker at 501.554.1527.
- For Freedom of Information Act requests or media training, contact Judy Williams at 501.569.3372.
Advertising, Branding, Publications
The Office of Communications and Marketing is the only department authorized to purchase or approve advertising on behalf of the university.
Fill out a form to get a print project in the Communications’ queue. Or contact Keli Jacobi for project needs such as:
- Getting an invitation, brochure, flier, program or other print piece designed
- Having a logo or design approved or dealing with a branding question
- Getting assistance in purchasing or designing ads
- Proofreading or approving a communication project
- Discussing a communication plan
Alumna Judy Williams got the chance to return to UALR as director of communications in 2007.
Since receiving a bachelor’s degree in journalism, she has enjoyed a variety of professional experiences in central Arkansas. Her career has taken her from the nonprofit sector as community relations director at Arkansas Enterprises for the Blind and marketing director at the Aerospace Education Center to the private and public sector. She was public relations/marketing director at HCA Doctors Hospital, senior PR account executive at Stone Ward advertising agency, and media relations director at Hendrix College.
Williams’ career began in the 1970s as a reporter and editor at newspapers in Oklahoma, Kansas, Illinois and Arkansas. For relaxation, she hunts for antiques, reads, and hangs out with family, friends, and her two cocker spaniels, Amos and Andy.
Keli Jacobi, director of strategic communications
Keli Jacobi is an active member of the Little Rock chapter of Public Relations Society of America, having recently earned her Accreditation in Public Relations credential. As associate director, she is instrumental in guiding the university’s image and branding and also assists in strategic planning for university communications and marketing.
With prior experience in newspaper reporting and television news production, Jacobi is an award-winning journalist who previously worked as a senior public information representative at the University of Louisiana at Monroe. She earned her master’s degree in history while at ULM, where she completed her thesis on Arkansas Senator Hattie Caraway, the first female elected to the U.S. Senate.
Jacobi received a bachelor’s degree in radio/TV/film from UALR.
Angela Parker, director of broadcast media
Angela Parker joined the UALR Office of Communications in 2007 after serving three years as the communications/research specialist in the Office of the Chancellor. She is the university’s television and radio media contact, as well as initial point of contact for scheduling on-campus photography request.
Parker is a second-generation UALR alumna, following in her mother’s footsteps. Her father and aunt also attended UALR. After earning a bachelor’s degree in fine arts, she began her career at a local ad agency and then went to work for the Arkansas Democrat’s Promotions Department. While there she served as the Real Estate sections editor and editor of Arkansas Woman.
She also volunteers as communications chair for Little Rock’s Race for the Cure and serves on the Komen Arkansas board.
Allen Hicks, associate director news and content
Allen Hicks joined the UALR team in 2015 after nearly 15 years editing and writing for print and digital products, including newspapers, websites and specialty publications.
Through the years, he mentored numerous writers, created content and led initiatives that earned multiple awards.
Hicks graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a bachelor’s degree in English.
In his free time, he especially enjoys outdoor activities, sports and occasionally cooking without setting off the smoke alarms.
Angie Faller, news content writer
Angie Faller joined the UALR team as a news content writer in 2016 after working as a writer at the HBCU Grambling State University.
Since graduating from Eastern Illinois University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism, Angie began her career as an AmeriCorps volunteer with the environmental non-profit agency Northwest Service Academy. She has also worked as a sports, government, and education reporter and photographer in Illinois.
Faller has a master’s degree in digital storytelling from Ball State University, where she completed her thesis on online cancer communication. She is also a doctoral candidate in mass communication at Ohio University, where she is researching technological addictions.
Lonnie Timmons III, senior photographer/videographer
Lonnie Timmons III is a world-traveling multimedia professional who specializes in capturing compelling visuals. He joined the UALR staff in 2015 after a 17-year career working as a visual journalist for a Midwestern metropolitan newspaper.
His career took him on assignment to locales that included Mexico, Panama and Peru, and his excellent work earned him awards and a Pulitzer Prize nomination for feature photography.
Timmons has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Towson University in Maryland.
Klansee J. Tozer, graphic designer
Klansee J. Tozer began her work as a graphic designer at UALR in 2007. Her award-winning designs range from ads to brochures to booklets to viewbooks.
After design work at Stone Ward and Arkansas Business Publishing Group, Tozer worked for Dillard’s corporate office and as a freelance designer. She holds a B.F.A. with an emphasis in graphic design from the University of Central Arkansas.
In her spare time, she loves to be outdoors, scrapbooking and hanging out with her family.
Dusty Higgins, graphic designer
Dusty Higgins joined UALR’s Office of Communications as a graphic designer in 2014 after having worked as an award-winning graphic artist and illustrator at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for nine years. Higgins’ creative talents have led him to work on projects ranging from editorial illustrations to storyboarding and animation for clients such as AETN, Frank Magazine, Dempsey Film and BackFocus Productions.
In addition to his design work, Higgins has illustrated more than a dozen books for publishers such as Simon and Schuster, Dark Horse, and Top Shelf Productions. His debut graphic novel, “Pinocchio, Vampire Slayer,” was named one of the 2010 Top Ten Graphic Novels for Teens by the Young Adult Library Services Association.
When he can pull himself away from the drawing tablet, Higgins plays the violin and has been teaching himself to play the Erhu, a type of spike fiddle.
Asher “Ashi” Franke, web designer
Ashi Franke joined the UALR team in February 2016 after spending four years as a graphic and user interface designer for startup businesses, nonprofit organizations, and an advertising firm in central Arkansas.
A student in the College of Engineering and Information Technology, Franke was the first to enroll in the newly established Bachelor of Web Design and Development program.
As part of the Office of Communications, Franke designs user interfaces and works to improve the overall web experience at UALR. In her free time, she listens to Amy Winehouse, eats too much sushi, and buys more typefaces than she’ll ever need.
Lainey Howard, office manager
Lainey Howard began at UALR in 2014 after working in accounts payable at Ouachita Baptist University since 2012.
For more than 25 years, she has held various positions requiring accounts payable, bookkeeping, sales, technical estimation, purchasing, logistics, personnel management, accounting, and educational roles at organizations including the March of Dimes, Southwest Sporting Goods, and First Methodist Church in Arkadelphia; Chamber of Commerce, Retail Business Association, and First United Methodist Church in Stuttgart; and Custom Building Concepts in Pine Bluff.
Howard holds a B.A. degree in business administration, marketing, and communications from Henderson State University.