News – News https://ualr.edu/news News from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Fri, 19 Oct 2018 21:17:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 UA Little Rock alumna celebrates first book with booksigning https://ualr.edu/news/2018/10/19/briannas-dream/ Fri, 19 Oct 2018 21:17:21 +0000 https://ualr.edu/news/?p=72405 Debra Davis of Benton knew she wanted to one day be a therapist and help families, especially troubled youth. Part of her passion stems from her own childhood and never knowing her biological parents. As a child she felt abandoned, and as an adult who now works with youth, she encounters young people struggling with […]

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Debra Davis of Benton knew she wanted to one day be a therapist and help families, especially troubled youth. Part of her passion stems from her own childhood and never knowing her biological parents.

As a child she felt abandoned, and as an adult who now works with youth, she encounters young people struggling with feelings of abandonment due to neglect, abuse, divorce, incarceration, and even immigration. It’s how she got the idea to write a book to share her own story in hopes of helping others.

Davis’ book, “Brianna’s Dreams: I Just Want to Know” has recently been published through Butterfly Typeface Publishing Co. in Little Rock, an independent publisher. The book is available online at Amazon. A book signing is planned for Sunday, Oct. 21, from 3-5 p.m. at Body of Christ Worship Center, 7624 W. 40th St., Little Rock.

The book is about a young girl – much like the girl Davis was many years ago.

“It’s a personal story inspired by what I went through trying to find my family and realizing where I came from,” she said. “I wanted to share my experiences, discover my heritage, and motivate others to understand they can overcome adverse childhood. Just because something is damaged doesn’t mean that it’s ruined.”

Davis lived with foster families before she was adopted at age 6 by Sarah and Henry Stidham of DeValls Bluff. Sarah was a school teacher, and Henry was a barber and a farmer.

“I have always thought of them as my real parents,” Davis said. “They were such good people. They took the time to take care of me when my biological mom couldn’t. I know what it feels like to really feel loved as a child, and I thank God for getting me with that kind of family. I had everything I wanted and needed as a child. I know they would be proud of where I am in my life.”

When Sarah Stidham passed away, Davis was preparing to return to UA Little Rock. She had been working with children and older adults all her life and knew she wanted to continue.

“I love encouraging and helping people, and I found my niche in social work,” she said.

Davis earned a Bachelor of Social Work degree in 2006 at UA Little Rock and then finished a Master of Arts in Counseling in 2016. She is a paraprofessional in the special education classroom at Booker Elementary School and previously worked at Birch Tree Communities, helping people with mental disabilities learn life skills. She is working to obtain her license as a therapist.

“I hope to have my own private practice one day and be able to help other families going through similar adversities,” she said. “This is my goal.”

Davis, 52, has her own family now – a daughter, 33, a son,  28, and two grandchildren.

“As I got older, I still had questions in the back of my mind,” she said. She sought information through state records and found just five pages.

Davis learned that she had been taken into state custody when she was 4 due to abuse and neglect after an anonymous phone call to the state. She was returned to her mother for a short period, but her mother was mentally ill and continued abusing her, at one point stuffing her into an oven. Davis knows that her father left when her mother was pregnant. She doesn’t know if they were married.

“I cried when I read it. It was so hurtful,” she recalled. “You don’t want to read something like that about your biological mother.”

Part of coming to terms with her own history has been to share it with others who might benefit, and that’s how she got the idea to write a book.

“It’s written from a child’s perspective,” she said. “I didn’t want it geared just toward black audiences because these situations happen to everyone.”

She’s planning a five-book series that will follow her character’s progress as she ages. She hopes her books will be used by school counselors, Department of Human Services professionals, psychiatrists and psychologists, Head Start centers, mental health facilities, and other professionals who work with children, in hopes that children will find hope.

For Davis, writing was just the therapy she needed.

“I know there’s no chance of me reuniting with my birth mother,” she said, “but it’s helping me find my inner peace.”

Top Right Photo: UA Little Rock alumna Debra Davis wrote a children’s book titled “Brianna’s Dreams: I Just Want to Know” that was published in September 2018.  

Photo by Benjamin Krain

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Día de los Muertos Altar Exhibit opens at UA Little Rock https://ualr.edu/news/2018/10/19/dia-de-los-muertos/ Fri, 19 Oct 2018 20:48:09 +0000 https://ualr.edu/news/?p=72399 A new exhibit in the University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s Ann Maners and Alex Pappas Gallery in the Fine Arts Building invites visitors to explore the widely celebrated Día de los Muertos holiday – or Day of the Dead. The exhibit – a partnership between UA Little Rock and the Consulate of Mexico – […]

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A new exhibit in the University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s Ann Maners and Alex Pappas Gallery in the Fine Arts Building invites visitors to explore the widely celebrated Día de los Muertos holiday or Day of the Dead.

The exhibit – a partnership between UA Little Rock and the Consulate of Mexico – opened Friday, Oct. 19, and will remain open through Nov. 16. It can be viewed during normal gallery hours, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

The exhibition’s altar was designed and created by educator and artist Patricia Quilantán, the wife of Mexican Consul Rodolfo Quilantán Arenas, and Consulate staff.

At a private reception on Thursday, Oct. 18, Mrs. Quilantán explained the roots of the celebration and symbolism of some of the objects that adorn the multi-level altar. Candles and brightly colored flowers illuminate the way for the spirits of the deceased to find their way back to their families. Crepe paper chains made with alternating purple and orange links represent the circle of life and death. Purple represents mourning associated with death, and orange represents the vibrancy of life. Offerings, such as bread and tamales, are placed on altars to entice deceased loved ones to come back for a visit. The altar is placed against an arch, representing passage between life and death.

Hanging from the gallery’s ceiling are dozens of decorative monarch butterflies, known for their two-way migratory pattern in North America. Mrs. Quilantán dedicated the altar to migrants worldwide.

“We are all migrants,” she said.

Day of the Dead is celebrated in Mexico on Nov. 1-2. Though the holiday originated in Mexico, it is celebrated in Latin America and the United States with colorful calaveras (skulls) and calacas (skeletons). Although the festival coincides with Halloween, the two events are very different. While Halloween inspires horror and mischief, Day of the Dead is a demonstration of love and respect for deceased family members. The celebration was named by UNESCO as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

Junior and senior history students in Dr. Kristin Dutcher Mann’s Historian’s Craft class (History 4309) researched and wrote text panels for the exhibit as part of their coursework. They met with Mrs. Quilantán, assistant gallery director Nathan Larson, and College of Arts, Letters, and Sciences Associate Dean Dr. Johanna Miller Lewis to learn about exhibit design and construction. The goal of the coursework was to learn how historians sort through compelling narratives, perspectives, and evidence to craft arguments and explanations. The text panels display information about the holiday, the ofrenda, and its components, the significance of skeletons and skulls, and the work of the Mexican Consulate.

Educator and artist Patricia Quilantán and her husband, Mexican Consul Rodolfo Quilantán Arenas, speak during an opening reception for the Día de los Muertos Altar Exhibit.

Photos by Benjamin Krain

 

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Meet The Trojans Day Set for Oct. 25 https://ualr.edu/news/2018/10/19/meet-the-trojans/ Fri, 19 Oct 2018 15:57:54 +0000 https://ualr.edu/news/?p=72396 Little Rock will host its annual Meet the Trojans event on Thursday, Oct. 25, at the Jack Stephens Center. The event will once again serve as an opportunity for those who have ordered basketball season tickets to pick up their ticket packages. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with food and activities around the Jack Stephens […]

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Little Rock will host its annual Meet the Trojans event on Thursday, Oct. 25, at the Jack Stephens Center. The event will once again serve as an opportunity for those who have ordered basketball season tickets to pick up their ticket packages.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with food and activities around the Jack Stephens Center concourse, followed by the official program getting underway at 6:30 p.m. All of the Little Rock athletic programs in town will have a presence at the event, organizing various activities to engage with fans. Hot dogs will be provided by First Financial Bank with concession stands open to provide drinks and other snacks.

The Trojan men’s and women’s basketball teams will be introduced at 6:30 p.m., followed by a full slate of events, including performances from the Trojan Dance Team, a three-point shooting contest, and a dunk contest. There will also be giveaways and contests for fans in attendance.

As an additional element to the evening, Little Rock will officially unveil its new mascot as fans will be able to meet and take pictures with the newest Trojan.

The event will occur one week before the Trojan men’s basketball team hosts LeMoyne-Owens in a free scrimmage on Thursday, Nov. 1. That night, fans will have the opportunity to select their seat for the 2018-19 Little Rock basketball season.

The regular season opens one week later when the Darrell Walker era gets underway with the Trojan men hosting Southeastern Oklahoma State on Thursday, Nov. 8, at 6:30 p.m. The women open their home season on Wednesday, Nov. 14, when the reigning Sun Belt Conference champions host Florida Atlantic at 6:30 p.m.

New season tickets and renewals are still being accepted and can be ordered by calling the Trojan ticket office at 565-8257.

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Chancellor’s Concert Series to feature Paul Brock Band https://ualr.edu/news/2018/10/19/paul-brock-band/ Fri, 19 Oct 2018 13:47:53 +0000 https://ualr.edu/news/?p=72388 The University of Arkansas at Little Rock will host a concert by the Paul Brock Band on Wednesday, Oct. 24, as part of the Chancellor’s Concert Series.  The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall in the UA Little Rock Fine Arts Building. A reception, sponsored by Friends of […]

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The University of Arkansas at Little Rock will host a concert by the Paul Brock Band on Wednesday, Oct. 24, as part of the Chancellor’s Concert Series. 

The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall in the UA Little Rock Fine Arts Building. A reception, sponsored by Friends of the Arts, will begin at 6:30 p.m. with beverages provided by Flyway Brewery Company. General admission tickets are $10. UA Little Rock faculty, staff, and students can attend the event for free.

The Paul Brock Band features four of Ireland’s leading musicians: Paul Brock on accordion from Ennis, County Clare; Tipperary-born Denis Carey on piano; Clare-born and now St. Louis based Eimear Arkins on fiddle, song, and dance; and Manchester’s Shane Farrell on banjo, fiddle, bodhran, guitar, mandolin, and song.

A beacon of passion and precision, integrity and diversity, Paul Brock Band is steeped in the Irish musical tradition and yet manages to seamlessly, effortlessly blend and fold in elements from American old time and bluegrass, French-Canadian, and other Celtic traditions to create something accessible, recognizable, beautiful, and entirely unique. This ability is exemplified in the band’s most recent album, “Green Grass Blue Grass,” featuring 14-time Grammy Award winner Ricky Skaggs.

Tickets can be purchased online or by calling the box office at 501-569-8993. For more information, contact the UA Little Rock Music Department at 501-569-3294 or music@ualr.edu.

In the upper right photo, the Paul Brock Band features (L to R) Eimear Arkins, Paul Brock, Denis Carey, and Shane Farrell.

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Craw to discuss why neighborhood associations matter in next Anderson Institute “Plain Talk on Race and Ethnicity” lecture series https://ualr.edu/news/2018/10/19/craw-neighborhood-associations-matter/ Fri, 19 Oct 2018 13:38:07 +0000 https://ualr.edu/news/?p=72386 A University of Arkansas at Little Rock professor will discuss the effects neighborhood and homeowner’s associations have on property values and crime rates during the next “Plain Talk on Race and Ethnicity” lecture on Tuesday, Oct. 23.  Dr. Michael Craw, associate professor in the School of Public Affairs, will give his talk, “Why Neighborhood Associations […]

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A University of Arkansas at Little Rock professor will discuss the effects neighborhood and homeowner’s associations have on property values and crime rates during the next “Plain Talk on Race and Ethnicity” lecture on Tuesday, Oct. 23. 

Dr. Michael Craw, associate professor in the School of Public Affairs, will give his talk, “Why Neighborhood Associations Matter” at 6 p.m. Oct. 23 in the University District Building.

Craw’s project uses data from city agencies and from a recent survey of Little Rock neighborhood organizations to provide new insights into the effects of Little Rock neighborhood and homeowner associations on their neighborhoods. He examined data from the Pulaski County Assessor’s Office that covered approximately 50,000 single-family home sales in Little Rock from 2000 to 2016. The study controlled for individual characteristics of the home, including lot size, income level of neighborhood residents, ethnicity, and other factors.

The study finds that neighborhood and homeowner associations have significant effects on property values and on crime. However, the study also raises important questions about whether and how neighborhood and homeowner associations reinforce differences across neighborhoods. The results speak to the potential benefits of supporting more active neighborhood and homeowner associations and of collaboration across neighborhoods to address community problems.

Earlier this year, Craw received the William E. Mosher and Frederick C. Mosher Award for his article on the study, “Institutional Analysis of Neighborhood Collective Action.” The Mosher and Mosher Award is presented to the author(s) of the best Public Administration Review article by an academic during the year.

The event, which is sponsored by the UA Little Rock Anderson Institute on Race and Ethnicity, is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Anderson Institute at 501-569-8932 or race-ethnicity@ualr.edu.

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UA Little Rock professor visits Capitol Hill https://ualr.edu/news/2018/10/18/srikanth-pidugu/ Thu, 18 Oct 2018 19:30:02 +0000 https://ualr.edu/news/?p=72379 Dr. Srikanth B. Pidugu, chair of the Department of Engineering Technology at University of Arkansas at Little Rock and program coordinator for the Mechanical Engineering Technology program, recently visited with legislators to advocate for engineering technology education while attending the Engineering Technology Leadership Institute Oct. 11-12 in Arlington, Va. The Engineering Technology Leadership Institute is […]

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Dr. Srikanth B. Pidugu, chair of the Department of Engineering Technology at University of Arkansas at Little Rock and program coordinator for the Mechanical Engineering Technology program, recently visited with legislators to advocate for engineering technology education while attending the Engineering Technology Leadership Institute Oct. 11-12 in Arlington, Va.

The Engineering Technology Leadership Institute is a part of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), which serves as the networking center among engineering colleges. Pidugu, who serves as the ASEE’s campus representative at UA Little Rock, teaches Fluid Power and Mechanics, Applied Thermal Sciences, Thermal System Design, and Computer Aided Design at UA Little Rock. He received a Lockheed Martin grant to participate in the event and promote engineering technology education.

“One of the important things we did was to visit legislators to advocate for engineering technology education and share our concerns,” Pidugu said. “The broader goal was to potentially help influence policy and expand the awareness of engineering technology programs and our graduates.”

Pidugu was teamed with three other professors who met with the staffs of three senators and three members of the U.S. House of Representatives. Pidugu took the lead when the group met with U.S. Rep. French Hill’s legislative assistant, Lesley Hill.

“We used the opportunity to educate them about engineering technology programs and educational concerns from the educators’ point of view,” he said.


In the top right photo, Dr. Srikanth B. Pidugu, chair of the Department of Engineering Technology at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, stands outside U.S. Rep. French Hill’s office in Washington, D.C.

 

 

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UA Little Rock Interpreter Education program to perform hit songs in American Sign Language https://ualr.edu/news/2018/10/18/see-a-song/ Thu, 18 Oct 2018 17:49:10 +0000 https://ualr.edu/news/?p=72370 The University of Arkansas at Little Rock Interpreter Education program invites the community to experience hit songs of the decades through the beauty of sign language.  The Interpreter Education program and UA Little Rock’s Sign Language Klub will host “See-a-Song” from 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23, in the Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall in the […]

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The University of Arkansas at Little Rock Interpreter Education program invites the community to experience hit songs of the decades through the beauty of sign language. 

The Interpreter Education program and UA Little Rock’s Sign Language Klub will host “See-a-Song” from 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23, in the Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall in the Fine Arts Building on the UA Little Rock campus.

Members of the Artistic Interpreting Class will transform some of the most popular songs throughout the decades into American Sign Language.

UA Little Rock employees and students have put on the annual family friendly event since the early 1980s, where audience members with a talent for sign language are invited to perform on stage with the Artistic Interpreting Class. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided.

For more information and for those who are interested in performing during “See-A-Song,” contact Jami Hollingsworth at jjhollingswo@ualr.edu or 501-569-3169.

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Homeland Security advisor Chad Adams to speak Oct. 24 at UA Little Rock https://ualr.edu/news/2018/10/18/homeland-security/ Thu, 18 Oct 2018 17:46:46 +0000 https://ualr.edu/news/?p=72371 Chad Adams, cyber security advisor for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, will be on campus to present and discuss topics related to National Cyber Security Awareness Month from 9-10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24, in the Donaghey Student Center Room D. This is the 15th year that October has been observed as National Cyber Security […]

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Chad Adams, cyber security advisor for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, will be on campus to present and discuss topics related to National Cyber Security Awareness Month from 9-10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24, in the Donaghey Student Center Room D.

This is the 15th year that October has been observed as National Cyber Security Awareness Month. The observance, an initiative by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the National Cyber Security Alliance, focuses on educating consumers, students, young people, and businesses of all sizes about the importance of staying safe online.

The presentation is sponsored by UA Little Rock’s Information Technology Services and is free and open to the entire campus.

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UA Little Rock to host traveling exhibit featuring artwork of emerging young artists with disabilities https://ualr.edu/news/2018/10/18/traveling-exhibit-artists-disabilities/ Thu, 18 Oct 2018 17:34:44 +0000 https://ualr.edu/news/?p=72368 The University of Arkansas at Little Rock will host a traveling exhibit Oct. 22 to Dec. 2 featuring the work of young emerging artists with disabilities.  The exhibit, “Electrify: VSA Emerging Young Artists, Kennedy Center Touring Exhibition,” will be on display in the Small Gallery in the Windgate Center of Art and Design. A reception […]

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The University of Arkansas at Little Rock will host a traveling exhibit Oct. 22 to Dec. 2 featuring the work of young emerging artists with disabilities. 

The exhibit, “Electrify: VSA Emerging Young Artists, Kennedy Center Touring Exhibition,” will be on display in the Small Gallery in the Windgate Center of Art and Design. A reception for the exhibit will be held from 5-7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, in the Windgate Center.

This traveling exhibit is organized by VSA Visual Arts Program for the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. The VSA is the Kennedy Center’s international organization on arts and disability. The year-long traveling exhibition titled includes the work of 15 young artists with disabilities, ages 21 to 25. The 15 artists were selected from a pool of hundreds of applicants by a jury of noted art professionals.

One of the artists is Trinity Kai, a 2017 graduate of UA Little Rock’s Art and Design Department with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. As a student at UA Little Rock, she won the $20,000 grand prize for her photograph, “Insight,” in the Kennedy Center’s 2017 VSA Emerging Young Artists Competition.

Kai’s winning entry “Insight” is a fine art photograph printed in the historical photographic process of gum bichromate over palladium. The photograph was one in a series of photographs she created as part of her BFA thesis project, using a combination of traditional darkroom and historical photographic techniques.

Kai was born with oculocutaneous albinism, a genetic condition that results in poor vision and oversensitivity to light. For her winning entry, Kai turned the camera on herself to create an image that speaks to spirituality, identity, and feelings of alienation.

She is currently pursuing a Master of Fine Arts at the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas, and plans to teach art at the university level someday while working as a professional artist.

The additional artists include Summer Mason, Haley Macherone, Rowan Di Ioia, Becca Schwartz, Jillian Santora, Marieke Davis, Brianna Beck, Rein Brooks, Esther Woo, Taylor Bielecki, Blythe Gurche, Carly Mandel, Kendall Schauder, and Kevin Quiles Bonilla.

The exhibit is free and open to the public. The galleries in the Windgate Center of Art and Design are open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, and 2-5 p.m. Sunday.

For more information, contact Gallery Director Brad Cushman at becushman@ualr.edu or 501-569-8977.

In the upper right photo, Trinity Kai’s award-winning photo, “Insight,” will be on display in “Electrify: VSA Emerging Young Artists, Kennedy Center Touring Exhibition.”

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UA Little Rock researcher awarded nearly $25,000 to monitor Earth’s atmosphere https://ualr.edu/news/2018/10/18/yupo-chan-research/ Thu, 18 Oct 2018 16:03:03 +0000 https://ualr.edu/news/?p=72364 Dr. Yupo Chan, a professor in the Department of Systems Engineering at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, has received $24,900 from NASA to measure the earth’s atmosphere to monitor its health and future climate.   Chan is working with Dr. Edmond Wilson, professor of chemistry who heads the Atmospheric and Space Research Team […]

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Dr. Yupo Chan, a professor in the Department of Systems Engineering at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, has received $24,900 from NASA to measure the earth’s atmosphere to monitor its health and future climate.  

Chan is working with Dr. Edmond Wilson, professor of chemistry who heads the Atmospheric and Space Research Team at Harding University, and Dr. Po-Hao Adam Huang, associate professor in the College of Engineering at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.

The research team will map and monitor water vapor, methane, carbon dioxide, hydroxyl radicals, oxygen, ozone, and oxides in the earth’s atmosphere using a solar and atmospheric measuring satellite called SAMSAT, a low-cost, miniature satellite used for space research.

The goal of the project is to establish a set of baseline data in the state of Arkansas that will show the present state of the earth’s atmosphere and predict future trends. The information is of great value to Arkansas and beyond. The data collected by the research team will be compared to more conventional forms of satellite data collection such as the NASA/NOAA Geostationary Operational  Environmental Satellite. The validation of this new and inexpensive data-collection method will show the accuracy and uniqueness of SAMSAT.

This is the second year that the research team has received funding for this project. This NASA grant is funded through the Arkansas Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research, a program that provides seed funding for aerospace research in the state of Arkansas.

Contributing Editor Lydia Perry / Office of Research and Sponsored Programs

Photo by Benjamin Krain

 

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