UALR senior: Being a patient influences career choice

Senior economics major Carlos Sepulveda spent most of the summer before his senior year studying for the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT), the exam required to gain entrance into law school. Continue reading “UALR senior: Being a patient influences career choice”

UAMS/UALR professor co-authors 9th edition of best-selling text

The ninth edition of a best-selling textbook co-authored by a University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences professor has been released. Continue reading “UAMS/UALR professor co-authors 9th edition of best-selling text”

Students spend semester serving, learning as interpreters for deaf elderly

Like others her age, Jackie Stover, 73, has made a good life at Good Shepherd, a sprawling, 145-acre retirement community tucked away on Aldersgate Road in west Little Rock. Continue reading “Students spend semester serving, learning as interpreters for deaf elderly”

Advice to grads: See more rocks

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.

Earth sciences students on a field trip










January exhibit asks if posters increase productivity

If you have ever wondered whether posters have the potential to inspire employees to improve their work habits and increase productivity, then “SAY IT WITH SNAP!: Motivating Workers by Design, 1923 to 1929,” is an exhibit not to be missed.

The exhibit will run from Jan. 28 to March 16, in Gallery I of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Fine Arts Building.

Artist Unknown, Mather & Company, Say It With Snap! Get ToThe Point., 1925, color lithograph, 44 x 36 inches, courtesy Ronald, Elizabeth, and Lauren DeFilippo.

Between 1923 and 1929, Chicago-based Mather & Co. answered the needs of a rapidly changing American work force by issuing colorful posters with catchy slogans designed to cajole, coax, and even admonish employees to perform at their best.

The content in these historic posters captured a moment in time not unlike our own, according to Brad Cushman, gallery director and curator, when societal changes and employment trends upset the relationship between workers and management.

The exhibit surveys the visual strategies and thinking behind 48 Mather & Co. posters. The exhibition shows how the direction of the graphic messages changed over time, shifting from incentives targeting white-collar workers and their managers in the early years to a greater focus on factory workers.

“Say it With Snap!” is co-curated and organized by Dulce Maria Roman, curatorial chair and curator of Modern Art at the Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Fla.; and Jon Williams, Andrew W. Mellon Curator of Prints and Photographs at the Hagley Museum and Library in Wilmington, Del.

Other winter gallery exhibits:

Gallery II – Jan. 15 – Feb. 26, 2014

Conundrum, a recent work by David Clemons, will be featured and a reception held from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31.

Clemons is an artist in residence and head of metalsmithing at UALR. His work embraces metalsmithing history, techniques, and objects as a means to communicate ideas.

Many of the resulting objects rendered in metal, mixed media, and handmade illustrated artist books are vehicles to discuss the topic of identity. His work has been featured in Craft in America and in the contemporary craft collection of the Arkansas Art Center and the Yale Museum.

Gallery III – Jan. 15–29

Special Project in Painting, featuring work created in an upper-level UALR painting course dealing with the concept of the artist and working apprentices in the studio.

The exhibition features elements in forged and fabricated mild steel, bronze, and cast concrete that is focused on the power of narrative, presenting a series of visuals that suggest potential outcomes.

There are no emphatic statements elaborated within the work but instead a conceptually open range is offered to the viewer to be explored and deciphered. Seemingly commonplace objects such as crows, a lock & keys, an egg, and a cage, are mingled within the work to impart ideas of the struggle to release or discover potential.

Gallery III – Feb. 1–14 – Scholarship Exhibition

Gallery III – Feb. 20 – March 27 – Arkansas Ceramic Artists

The galleries are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, and 2 to 5 p.m. Sundays. The galleries are closed during UALR campus closings, beginning at 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20 and re-opening on Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014.

Contact Brad Cushman, gallery director and curator in the Department of Art, at 501.569.8977 or for more information.

Applied Design holds annual open studio event, Dec. 18

UALR’s Applied Design program will host its annual open studio event from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18, in the University Plaza, Suite 300 at University and Asher Avenues. Continue reading “Applied Design holds annual open studio event, Dec. 18”

Commencement: social edition

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!

UALR alum, consultant, comes full circle to Arkansas after going global

Long before the term “global” came into widespread use, UALR alumna Susan Screeton knew she wanted to “go international.” Continue reading “UALR alum, consultant, comes full circle to Arkansas after going global”