8 November 2013

Basketball season is (finally!) upon us

posted by Jennifer Godwin

I don’t know about you all, but I am ready for some hoops. I still remember the first basketball game I ever attended – I was 6, and my dad took me to see the Harlem Globetrotters playing at Barton Coliseum. While I can’t say I had the attention span to follow the game in its entirety, I was intrigued. Over the years, watching basketball has grown into one of my favorite fall/winter activities I share with my dad, a Trojan alum.

Speaking of our Trojans, both teams kick off their season with home openers starting this weekend. The women’s team, picked to win the Sun Belt conference title this year, plays Sam Houston State at 2 p.m. Sunday, while the men’s team goes up against North Florida at 7 p.m. Monday.

And don’t forget, students get in free! (be sure to have your valid UALR ID card on hand)

Tickets for the general public can be purchased ahead of time, too.

Will Neighbour UALR-MBB_9269web Trojan Fans Josh Hagins James White Gus Leeper Taylor Gault Taylor Ford Kiera Clark Ben-Dillard_1386web

28 October 2013

Winning at #discoverUALR

posted by Meaghan Milliorn

On Friday, Oct. 25, UALR held its fall 2013 open house – Discover UALR Day. My personal opinion is that the day was a success. We had hundreds (around 700 to be exact) of students come tour the campus and learn more about their (hopefully!) future home. (more…)

28 October 2013

Chills and thrills in Larson Hall

posted by UALR

Derrick Koon has the fancy title of UX/UI developer in the Department of Digital Strategy. In his free time, he drinks coffee by the gallon and is a paranormal PI. (more…)

27 October 2013

Celebrating being yourself

posted by UALR

The Alliance has seen a busy month, student Zack Baker writes. Be sure to visit with the group at its faculty meet and greet Tuesday, Oct. 29, at 11 a.m. in the Leadership Lounge. Food will be provided. (more…)

23 October 2013

Flu vaccine: No pain here!

posted by Meaghan Milliorn

The annual flu vaccine campaign is going on from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23, in the lower concourse of the Donaghey Student Center. (more…)

14 October 2013

Rock for the Cure

posted by Meaghan Milliorn

Our guest post this week comes from Kim Tran, assistant director of academic advising. (more…)

10 October 2013

All road trips lead to UALR

posted by UALR

UALR alum Christian O’Neal is an associate vice chancellor and leads the Alumni Association.

Fall’s nearly here, and what better time to travel picaresque Arkansas to meet up with high school students and parents to spread the word about UALR?
College of Science recruiter Buster talks to students
We have teamed up with UALR’s stellar recruiters to talk up our programs, our campus, and our people. And speaking of people, we’ve met some pretty terrific ones along the way, including students from Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences, and the Arts (ASMSA); Hot Springs High School; Glen Rose High School; Lakeside High School; and Malvern High School.

At our most recent meet-and-greet event, we took a trip down to the Diamond Lakes area in Hot Springs. While many of the students came undecided, after a few quality conversations with the likes of Dr. Earl Ramsey of the Donaghey Scholars Program (the state’s best honors program) and Dr. Jim Winter (co-director of the University Science Scholars Program), I think it’s fairly safe to say their decision to attend UALR in Fall 2014 became clearer.


I remember in 1994 when the decision to attend UALR became apparent to me. It was largely because of a faculty member who visited Hot Springs High School to speak to a group of students. I was looking for an institution that could offer internships in my selected field of study. What I didn’t expect to uncover was that just 50 miles from home I could have access such a wonderfully intelligent and caring campus community.

The Hot Springs open house was the first effort of the newly formed Hot Springs chapter of the UALR Alumni Association.

Pine with UALR directors of admissions and enrollment management.

A special thanks to the alums who made it possible: Sue and Bob Pine, Bennie Prince, Marcia Smith, and Judge Larry Williams. We couldn’t have done it without them – and they’re great role models for future college students.

Our next road trip is to Texarkana’s Northridge Country Club for an open house at 6 p.m. Oct. 29. We’ll leave the state the following week to meet prospective students and parents at 6 p.m. Nov. 5 at the Lichterman Nature Center in Memphis. This wouldn’t be possible without our alumni friends in these areas.

If you are a college-bound student living near Texarkana or Memphis, please join us at these fun-filled meet-and-greets. You’ll be impressed with the opportunities at UALR.

2 October 2013

Birds and lizards and elephants, oh my!

posted by UALR


Ida Umphers wearing her elephant brooch

A brooch is more than a mere piece of jewelry for most collectors; it also happens to be a one-of-a-kind of way of saying “hello.”

Ida Umphers, a senior instructor for the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, caught several students’ attention the first day of class, but not through her lesson plan.

Ida Umphers
Every day, professor Umphers wears a different brooch that matches her attire, spurring her students to think of what might be the inspiration for the brooch that day. From bulldogs prancing in a field of flowers and lizards roaming the yard as she cuts her grass to regal elephants and the ornate birds, the brooches greet students with new species all that time.

One thing her students have discovered is that if she wore the same brooch twice in a row it would not be professor Umphers. She has around 100 brooches. Also she says, “I started collecting them because I find necklaces and bracelets annoying, but wanted something in the jewelry line.  Plus, they come in so many forms, shapes, colors that they are continually interesting.”

13 September 2013

Soccer: A thinking woman’s game

posted by Meaghan Milliorn
Our post this week comes from Judy Williams, director of communications at UALR and life-long soccer lover.
9 September 2013

Ph.D. style

posted by adm_jcg22

Fatih Sen, a Ph.D. student at UALR, spends his days (and many nights) doing the typical work of a doctoral student – research, data collection, writing, research, data collection, writing, research … you get the idea. He decided to inject a little levity into that process with a parody video.

How did you come up with the idea?
We were planning to shoot a short movie about our Ph.D. life, just for fun. We came across the Farmer Style video, which was one of the more famous Gangnam Style parody videos out there. I said, “We definitely need to shoot a Ph.D. version of that.” I shared the idea with my friend Debanjan, who is a Ph.D. student, too. He liked it and we made our decision.

We came up with an initial version of lyrics and ideas to shoot the video. Four people worked on the lyrics, which are based on the lifestyle of a Ph.D. student. I asked help from my friend Marcus Lowe, who is a Mass Communication student at UALR. He and his friend Craig Wynn helped us to shoot the video.What is the purpose of the video?

Why did you shoot it?
The main purpose of shooting the video was to add some fun to our day-to-day research life. Ph.D. life can sometimes become monotonous. It is always good to break that monotony and refresh oneself. The Ph.D. style video was just that.

Any future video plans?
We do have many funny video ideas regarding the lives of Ph.D. students, but you need to put in lots of effort and it takes so much time. So we prefer to focus on our studies for now.We would like to give our special thanks to Dr. Rolf Wigand, Dr. Abhijit Bhattacharya, Rachel Hoskins (UALR), Utsav Chatterjee (UALR), Jyoti Sharma (IITD), Payton Sullivan (UALR),  Meaghan Milliorn (Digital Strategy), UALR School of Mass Communication, and  the fine folks at the EIT building, and to all those who provided encouragement.

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