Inside Scoop – February 2011

Welcome to the spring semester! Here’s some information that could enrich your life (and we’re talking real money here). Read on…

Stacy Willis Memorial Scholarship

Every year the DRC offers one scholarship for up to $2,500 for the following academic year. We are accepting applications now, so go to the DRC website and select “Stacy Willis Memorial Scholarship” on the left to get more information or follow this link to the scholarship page. All the requirements are listed there, along with the application form. The deadline to apply is March 1.

Staff changes

John Barbuto accepted a position out of state, and left without time to say goodbye to you all, which he regrets. We will be filling the Access Consultant position soon, but in the meantime we are so fortunate to have Connie Wordlaw and Ashish Bhakta fill in on a part-time basis. They are graduates of the Rehabilitation Counseling master’s degree program at UALR and worked as interns in the DRC, so they’re very familiar with our department and have proved to be invaluable.

DIG (Disability Interest Group) on Facebook

DIG is gearing up for the semester, and we’d love for you to be involved! Join the DIG Facebook Group to keep up-to-date on activities. With everyone’s input, DIG can continue to grow and be another voice for diversity, inclusion and accessibility at UALR.  Not on Facebook?  Email Melanie Thornton at to be added to the UALRDIG email list.

CADA wants your ideas to improve accessibility

CADA, the Chancellor’s Committee on the ADA, will be meeting soon to decide how to spend the allocated funds to improve accessibility at UALR. It’s not too late to submit a request for funding! Just go to the Make A Request page and tell us what you think. The committee will consider requests made after the deadline to the extent possible.

The Story of Disability History

People with disabilities, just as other groups, share a long, rich history in the struggle for civil rights.  This group is working to bring together some of the voices of that history together on a website and YouTube channel called “It’s Our Story.”

From the web site:

“It’s Our Story is a national initiative to make disability history national and accessible. We’ve conducted over 1,000 video interviews with disability leaders across the nation; now, we’re making these voices public and accessible so everyone can take part in the discussion about what it means to be an American with a disability.”

For more information, view the It’s Our Story web site or visit the It’s Our Story YouTube Channel.

Construction at UALR

There are several construction projects currently in progress, which is making for some challenges regarding parking and pathways. To keep up with all the changes, visit the Construction website. Here are a couple of changes we know about near our department:

  • The sidewalk north of Lot 1 that runs west to east is still open for foot traffic at this time, but the west part of the sidewalk near the library has been removed and replaced with grass.
  • The sidewalk north of Donaghey Student Center that runs west to east will be closed very soon for several months during the construction of the One Stop Center. During that time, students will be directed to walk through the DSC to get past the construction area, and exit by the food court.

All of us at the DRC hope you are having a good start to your semester. Cheers!

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