We all know that cardboard boats tend to bob, sink, and generally fall apart faster than you can say Trojan Homecoming. That’s part of what makes this Friday’s Cardboard Boat Regatta so entertaining – that we get to see these marvels of engineering hold up as long as they do before they become jetsam themselves. (more…)
He played for prisoners and the common folks of America. He was “The Man in Black,” the spokesman for blue collar workers, Native Americans, and forgotten soldiers. He recorded hundreds of songs that blended folk, country, blues, and rock and roll. He toured with Elvis and Carl Perkins. He was one of the most famous men ever to come from Arkansas. That man was Johnny Cash. (more…)
This Valentine’s Day we wanted to bring you a story about love. Lucky for everyone, we found two UALR students who met, fell for each other, got married, and now are co-authoring a paper together. Maybe it’s the nerd in us, but we think Ben and Annie’s story is the sweetest thing, especially when they tell it. (more…)
It’s one of those holidays you love or love to hate. Whatever your affinity or relationship status, here are five things you can do this week for Valentine’s Day: (more…)
Jeannie Kuang-Nguyen graduated from Mills High School in Little Rock in 2013 and could have gone out of state for college. Instead, she stayed close to home and came to UALR, which she says opened up her world in all new ways.
My senior year of high school, I had a great desire to leave the state, but when I began considering in-state options, specifically the Donaghey Scholars Program at UALR, I was convinced that it wasn’t necessary to leave to receive a good education or to have an enlightening undergraduate experience. (more…)
Mackie O’Hara hails from central Arkansas and was convinced her college choice would take her out of state. Four years later, and the Donaghey Scholar was right about one thing – she has traveled far and wide. But her college home was right down the road at UALR. (more…)
We hear over and over again that UALR is a community-minded university. But what exactly does that mean?
In countless ways large and small, the employees and students at UALR help out one another, the surrounding neighborhoods, and central Arkansas. The UALR Staff Senate is one such campus organization that lends a helping hand throughout the year, whether it be donating food baskets at the holidays to volunteering at Red Cross blood drives. (more…)
See more rocks. That might be an unusual appeal to make to a crowd of soon-to-be college graduates, unless they were all budding geologists. But Dr. Beth McMillan’s point is that whatever the field, students must expand their options by gathering data and putting it all in a mental atlas.
Watch her inspirational speech:
Thanks to Drs. McMillan, Michael DeAngelis and Laura Ruhl for the photos.
I love commencement, and one of my favorite things is seeing others’ excitement play out on social media. We asked students to use certain hashtags in their posts on Instagram and Twitter leading up to the big day, and then we put those pictures and posts in a video that played on the big screen before the ceremonies.
It was nice seeing grads thank professors or family members for helping them get to this moment. It was also fun to see what grads were doing to get ready for their big day!
Thanks to everyone who helped make this video and congratulations to our fall graduates!
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A lot happens at UALR.
Interesting things often go unnoticed or under-reported. Think of this blog as a modest attempt at providing an inside look at the workings of our university. Continue reading…