2005 – Public Service

Pamela Broadston, Assistant Professor of Deaf Education

Dr. Broadston has paved a new path for educators of the deaf across the country to deliver online courses more effectively to students who are deaf or hard of hearing. By utilizing software that incorporates the original videostream lecture, ASL interpretation, and scrolling text of the lecture, Dr. Broadston is providing deaf students with full accessibility to distance education courses.

Colleagues say she also has excelled at building partnerships and collaborative arrangements between UALR, the Arkansas School for the Deaf, and the Pulaski County Special School District. This effort is “a key to maintaining the metropolitan university mission of service,” says Gordon Watts, Chair of the Department of Educational Leadership. He calls her contributions to the deaf community “extraordinary.”

Dr. Broadston collaborated with the University of New Orleans and Valdosta State University to create distance education courses for teacher preparation programs in deaf education and participated with the Southeast Research Resource Center (SERRC) to develop regional training and certification programs.

She is a key member of several organizations devoted to the deaf, including the Arkansas Deaf Education Task Force, and the SERRC on Low Incidence Disabilities, and serves as a state representative to the National Council for Exceptional Children, Division for Communication Disorders and Deafness.

“Dr. Broadston’s outstanding expertise in providing services to all from diverse populations has enhanced the quality of education for students and has made a significant contribution to not only the UALR family, but to the community at large,” says Dr. William Jacobson of the College of Education.

Marshel D. Davis, Assistant Professor of Health Sciences

Through his dedication, leadership, and guidance on what began as a student project, Professor Marshel Davis’ PALS – Prescription Assistance Line for Seniors – has grown to become a program that helps thousands of Arkansas senior citizens cut pharmaceutical costs by an average of $150 a month. PALS is a free service Professor Davis and his students provide for senior citizens who need help finding and applying for prescription assistance programs, a service that has drawn local and national attention for the University.

A faculty member for 26 years, Professor Davis and a small team of graduate and undergraduate students are being credited for doing something our national “presidential and congressional task forces couldn’t: help the elderly afford prescription drugs,” says a Washington Post news story.

In the first year of the program more than 1,200 senior citizens were able to access discount plans and savings programs. In the second year of the program, that number nearly doubled, totaling a savings of more than $700,000 in prescription drug costs. Professor Davis and his students continue to operate a PALS hot-line, answering 10 to 25 calls a day.

“Marshel Davis and his staff have been very helpful, and this program fulfills the needs of many elderly people. This program works,” says Jimmy Sullivan, whose mother twice received free medication through PALS.

Kenneth S. Gould, Professor of Law

As a leader in educating both the legal community and the public about issues ranging from Arkansas water law to civil procedure to copyright infringement, Professor Ken Gould uses his expertise to improve the community in a variety of ways.

Professor Gould organized the Altheimer Symposium on Arkansas Water Law, recruiting four of the most noted law experts in the U.S. to participate.

“I was impressed with Professor Gould’s concern for the community at large and his interest in how the law could be used to the general benefit of the community,” said Alec Farmer, Commissioner of the Arkansas Soil &Water Conservation Commission.

Colleagues say his dedication to public service is found in a variety of activities outside legal initiatives and projects. For instance, he’s consulted with artists at the Central High School Memorial Sculpture Garden and chaired a city committee organizing the construction of a bicycle trail.

A UALR faculty member for more than 28 years, Professor Gould’s nomination for the Public Service Award comes as no surprise to many.

“UALR is fortunate to have such an active, articulate, and committed representative of the ideals of a service-oriented, urban university,” says Professor Lindsey Gustafson of the UALR College of Law.

Rama N. Reddy, Professor of Systems Engineering

Everyone seems to gain when Dr. Rama Reddy is in the picture. Many of his favorite charities benefited from his generosity when he gave them his $10,000 Faculty Excellence in Teaching award two years ago. Arkansas high school students benefit routinely from his insight and encouragement as he shares his passion for math and science education.

For more than 16 years, Dr. Reddy has worked to generate student enthusiasm for math and science through a variety of activities – judging high school and state-sponsored science fairs, mentoring student research and study, and visiting schools across the state to promote the engineering and technology skills they will need to be successful in the 21st Century.

“Selecting the student winners is an important aspect of the judging process. More importantly, however, is how Dr. Reddy spends so much time listening to the students share their enthusiasm for their research,” says Melissa Donham, Science Department Chair at Little Rock Central High School.

As a result of his direct involvement in their math and science events, many high school students have pursued college degrees in computer science, engineering, and math.

A major component of Dr. Reddy’s public service is his active involvement in community organizations such as the Arkansas Rice Depot. He also helped found the Vedanta Society, an organization that meets the spiritual needs of Arkansas’ Indian community. Dr. Reddy also has served as principal or co-principal investigator on numerous grants from NASA, the National Science Foundation and the Arkansas Science and Technology Authority.

Roby D. Robertson, Professor of Public Administration

From directing UALR’s Institute of Government to serving on two UALR faculty task forces that recommended the creation of regional water distribution districts to helping develop the framework for the Clinton School of Public Service’s graduate curriculum, Dr. Roby Robertson maintains a consistent presence in public initiatives throughout Central Arkansas.

His contributions to the UALR Task Force on water resources in Central Arkansas culminated in the release of a year-long study that led to the merger of the Little Rock and North Little Rock water departments, which became Central Arkansas Water. He also served on the faculty task force that ended decades-old disputes involving Saline County water districts and produced a model for cooperation that other regions are using today.

Dr. Robertson is now a member of the Central Arkansas Water Commission, and contributes his insight and negotiating skills to the governing body of the single largest water utility in the state. In this role, he shapes policy and makes management decisions for a system that serves more than 350,000 customers.

“Arkansas is becoming touted as a national example of how regional solutions on water can work, largely because of Roby’s leadership behind the scenes,” says a colleague.

He has played key roles in program development at the Clinton School of Public Service, spending a year at the Clinton Presidential Center. And when Chancellor Joel Anderson asked the IOG to conduct an annual survey of racial attitudes in Pulaski County, it was Dr. Robertson who led the survey efforts, production of an annual report, and related events. His leadership also helped UALR produce the state’s first certificate program for non-profit management.

Judyth A. Swingen, Professor of Accounting

Dr. Judyth Swingen maintains an active schedule of service, particularly with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, serving on its Social Security Reform Task Force. As a member of this task force, Dr. Swingen is helping to gather information especially important as the country considers proposed changes to the social security program.

Key to her contributions to the accounting profession is her service on the Institute’s Tax Executive Committee and the Pre-certification Education Executive Committee. She used her expertise toward the development of ethical standards and tax policy positions for the entire organization, which has more than 340,000 members. She oversees the organization’s efforts to recruit students to the accounting profession, and helps to make print and website materials available to accounting educators.

As associate dean for graduate business programs and professor of accounting, Dr. Swingen provides direction for a major institutional voice in American business, colleagues say. “She has been the guiding force in the achievement of college accreditation from the Association of Advance Collegiate Schools of Business and in the growth of MBA programs throughout Central Arkansas,” says Professor Jimie Kusel of the UALR Accounting Department.