News https://ualr.edu/news News from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Tue, 22 Jan 2019 22:24:08 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.9 From Colonel to Counsel: Air Force veteran starts second career in law https://ualr.edu/news/2019/01/22/colonel-to-counsel/ Tue, 22 Jan 2019 22:24:08 +0000 https://ualr.edu/news/?p=73167 Lawyering runs in William “Goose” Changose’s family. His grandfather was an attorney, and his father went to law school. Changose liked law too, but law school would have to wait a few years. “After high school, I wanted to fly planes,” he said. In 1983 he graduated from the Air Force Academy, was commissioned as […]

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Lawyering runs in William “Goose” Changose’s family. His grandfather was an attorney, and his father went to law school. Changose liked law too, but law school would have to wait a few years.

“After high school, I wanted to fly planes,” he said.

In 1983 he graduated from the Air Force Academy, was commissioned as an officer, and then went to pilot training.

For the next 23 years, he moved 16 times to bases across the U.S. and overseas. He spent lots of time in Little Rock, Japan, and the Philippines as well as Saudi Arabia and Iraq. He retired in 2006 as a colonel and commander of Hickam Air Force Base in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Along the way, he earned a Bachelor of Science in economics from the U.S. Air Force Academy, an MBA from Golden Gate University, and a Master of Science in strategic planning from the Air War College. While law school still intrigued him, it was never the right time or place.

“I was always in places where either the tuition was too high or the scheduling was impossible,” he said. “In 2005, my daughter started eighth grade in Hawaii. It was her sixth school, and she asked if she could go to the same high school for four years in a row.”  

He told her “Yes,” and knew it was time to retire from the military.

The New York native was fortunate to get a job at Alltel Wireless and moved his family to Little Rock, where he discovered the William H. Bowen School of Law. Bowen has the state’s only part-time Juris Doctor program, which allows students to attend evening classes Monday through Thursday.

 

William “Goose” Changose, Jennifer Glover, and Jarred Kibbey were classmates in William H. Bowen School of Law’s part-time program, and now they work together at Natural State Law in Little Rock.

Changose enrolled in fall 2011, attending classes at night and working during the day as chief executive officer of Westrock Coffee Roasting.

“While I was working for Westrock Coffee, tidbits of law would show up,” he said. “As CEO, I looked at contracts. My legal education was handy long before I even became a full-fledged lawyer.”

Changose completed his law degree in 2015.

“Bowen was a great experience for me,” he said. “From the first day I walked in, I liked it.”

After law school, he continued working at Westrock, and fellow Bowen grad Jarred Kibbey was there too.

“In the summer of 2017, we were working long days and producing a lot of coffee,” Changose recalled. “It was rewarding, but it didn’t fit with my long-term plan. One night I said to Jarred, ‘We have law degrees. Why don’t we open up a law firm?’ And Jarred said ‘Ok.’”

That was the start of Natural State Law, PLLC., which opened on May 1, 2018, with offices at 900 S. Shackleford Road in Little Rock.

Changose and Kibbey were friends with Jennifer Glover, another Bowen classmate. She was already working at another law firm, but they convinced her to join them.

As non-traditional students, each of the three attorneys had significant professional experience in diverse areas and have developed expertise in diverse areas of law. Changose focuses his practice on business law, veterans’ benefits, real estate zoning, aviation, and firearms law.

Kibbey’s practice areas also include business law, veterans’ benefits, and firearms law as well as insurance, employment law, and HIPAA-related issues. Before law school, Kibbey had served as the senior policy advisor to the Arkansas Department of Health and as senior healthcare advisor to Gov. Asa Hutchinson. He has a Bachelor of Science in political science from UCA, a certificate in bioethics and health policy from Loyola University Chicago, and a Master of Public Health from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

Glover had worked eight years as a paralegal for a family law firm before law school. She also had been a caseworker for the Division of Children and Family Services, where she experienced firsthand the value of competent legal representation for children and families. Her practice areas include family law, probate, adoption, guardianship, estate planning, and small business-related issues. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice from UA Little Rock before attending Bowen School of Law.

All three attorneys are members of the Arkansas Bar Association and the Pulaski County Bar Association.

The team is already putting into practice one of Bowen’s core values of creating access to justice. Most of the state’s lawyers work in Pulaski County and in Washington County in northwest Arkansas while rural state residents often lack convenient access to a lawyer.

Kibbey applied for and was accepted into Bowen’s Rural Practice Incubator Project, which provides support to Bowen alumni who start law practices in rural, underserved Arkansas communities. Kibbey had grown up in Glenwood, a small town of about 2,500 residents south of Hot Springs. Natural State Law now has an office in Glenwood, and the three attorneys take turns staffing the office two days a week.

“We’re getting more and more clients,” Changose said. “People come to us with problems, and we’re finding that we’re able to do a lot of good.”

For Changose, the timing was perfect for the new venture.

“The coffee business was running smoothly with record revenue and profits, and both of my daughters had graduated from college,” he said. “There are very few times in life when you get a chance to make a big change without the risk of ruin. This was a chance to do something I’d always wanted to do.”

Top photo right: William “Goose” Changose found a second career as an attorney after his 23-year military career.

Photos by Benjamin Krain

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Taste of Little Rock to honor Dr. Bruce Murphy https://ualr.edu/news/2019/01/22/taste-of-little-rock/ Tue, 22 Jan 2019 22:17:46 +0000 https://ualr.edu/news/?p=73185 The 16th annual Taste of Little Rock will introduce guests to some of the best food from the finest restaurants in central Arkansas while honoring Arkansas Heart Hospital CEO Bruce Murphy for his longtime support of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and his work to impact the health of Arkansans. The event will […]

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The 16th annual Taste of Little Rock will introduce guests to some of the best food from the finest restaurants in central Arkansas while honoring Arkansas Heart Hospital CEO Bruce Murphy for his longtime support of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and his work to impact the health of Arkansans.

The event will be on Thursday, April 4, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Jack Stephens Center at UA Little Rock. Proceeds benefit the UA Little Rock Alumni Association Scholarship Fund.

Mauri Douglas (Class of ’74 and ’86) is co-chairing the event for the fifth year along with Stephanie Caruthers, a managing partner at Trios restaurant.

“I have helped interview students who have applied for scholarships,” Douglas said. “ I’ve heard their stories. I know what these scholarships mean to our students.”

The event honores Dr. Murphy, a longtime Little Rock cardiologist, who graduated in 1975 summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. In 2011, he became the CEO of Arkansas Heart Hospital.

“We are excited to honor Dr. Murphy for his passion to impact the lives of Arkansans through education and creating a healthy lifestyle,” said Ryan Miller, director of the UA Little Rock Alumni Association. “He is passionate about moving the city of Little Rock forward in collaboration with the university. When I first met him, he said he wanted to make Little Rock more of a college town – and I believe this effort will have a lasting impact on our community.”

A longtime supporter of UA Little Rock, Murphy gave $800,000 last year to the UA Little Rock College of Education and Health Professions. His gift helps support the Student Success Initiatives Fund, which provides academic tutoring and mentoring to students as well as a full-time social worker to assist students. Murphy said he hopes the gift will help equip students with the resources they need to overcome obstacles that might prevent them from getting a college education.

“Dr. Murphy understands the role UA Little Rock plays in this city and is willing to support programs that promote student success while helping the economy of the region,” UA Little Rock Chancellor Andrew Rogerson said.

Murphy has also been instrumental in creating new and innovative ways to impact the health of Arkansans. His vision of exercise and food as medicine can be seen in a variety of initiatives. The Strong Hearts Rehabilitation Center is the largest intensive cardiac rehabilitation facility in the state and the only unit in central Arkansas. There, patients are treated through diet, exercise, and lifestyle education to help them live their best lives.

His work is also reflected in the mission of the Arkansas Heart Hospital Foundation, now known as Champions for Health, which focuses on helping Arkansas youth learn how to plan for health.

According to Murphy, “To be a transformative organization, you have to be disruptive.”

This year’s Taste of Little Rock will feature more than 40 restaurants. Several restaurants from years past will be participating along with some new eateries.

“I’ve had many attendees tell me that Taste of Little Rock is their favorite event,” Douglas said. “Once people come, they want to come back again and again.”

Tickets are $75 each, or $35 for lifetime alumni members, and can be ordered online.

 

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Keeping it in the family: Construction management degree prepares Sanders to run family business https://ualr.edu/news/2019/01/22/julie-sanders/ Tue, 22 Jan 2019 21:54:20 +0000 https://ualr.edu/news/?p=73189 Julie Evans Sanders has always known that she wanted to run her family’s 66-year-old construction company one day. Earning a Master of Science in construction management at UA Little Rock has helped her develop the skills she will need to do just that. Sanders has been working at H.W. Tucker Company Inc. for years, learning […]

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Julie Evans Sanders has always known that she wanted to run her family’s 66-year-old construction company one day. Earning a Master of Science in construction management at UA Little Rock has helped her develop the skills she will need to do just that.

Sanders has been working at H.W. Tucker Company Inc. for years, learning all aspects of the company’s work – from project management to preparing bids to handling billing and accounts payable.

Her great-grandfather, Hartley Tucker, founded the company in 1953. The North Little Rock-based company is now run by her grandfather, John Ray Evans, and both Sanders and her dad, John Hartley Evans, work there. The company works on commercial projects across the state and specializes in site preparation, including excavation, concrete work, and underground utilities.

On any given day, Sanders might be at a job site, making sure the project is on task. She might be helping her grandfather with bids, or she might be doing billing or accounts payable in the company’s office.

“I like that it’s not an average everyday job, and you’re not doing the same thing every day,” she said. “When you start a project, it’s just a field of trees. You do all this work, and then it’s totally different. You know how much work went into the site preparation.”

Working with heavy machinery is familiar territory for the 25-year-old Sanders, who grew up on the family’s Conway farm. At 11, she was driving a mini excavator. By 13, she was driving a tractor around their 1,785-acre farm, where the family raises cows and row crops.

“There was always equipment everywhere,” she said, and her father made sure she learned to operate it. “In 2004, we were building a swimming pool, and he told me to get on the mini excavator and practice digging a hole and covering it up. He wanted me to learn how to do it.”

After she graduated from Vilonia High School in 2012, she went to the University of Arkansas for her undergraduate degree.

“My grandfather told me to get a degree. He said, ‘I don’t care what it’s in, but do something you can fall back on,’” she said.

Sanders earned a degree in family and consumer sciences education, so that she could teach should something happen to the family business. Since she had earned 18 college credits while in high school, Sanders finished her bachelor’s degree in three years, becoming the first in her family to earn a college degree.

Sander’s twin sister, Jill, wasn’t far behind and earned a degree in business and animal science from Arkansas Tech University.

“She enjoyed the farm more, while I was more interested in concrete and equipment,” Sanders said.

During the summer breaks and long weekends, Sanders returned to central Arkansas to work at the company. She spent one summer driving an off-road dump truck on the site of the Bass Pro store in Little Rock.

Her grandfather taught her how to do the math on estimates and bid. He also suggested she take some construction management classes, and he even offered to pay her tuition.

Evans reached out to Jim Carr, coordinator of UA Little Rock’s Graduate Construction Management Program and enrolled in 2016. She took a semester off after the birth of her daughter, now 17 months old, and graduated on Dec. 15, 2018.

“I wanted to take classes that would really help me learn the skills, not just get a degree,” she said.

Courses in concrete, safety, construction administration, and business financial management all helped her. One of her favorites was Alternative Dispute Resolution taught by Jimmy Don Overton, a Little Rock construction lawyer.

“The classes taught me so much about the industry,” she said. “While I was here, I also made business acquaintances with major construction firms.”

While in school, Sanders competed in the Associated Schools of Construction-TEXO Region 5 competition. Sanders and her fellow team members were assigned a project for which they prepared a bid. One year the team prepared bids for a water treatment plant; another year they estimated the cost to construct an underpass.

Teams are scored based on their presentation and how close their bid is to the actual project cost. The UA Little Rock team placed third both years.

“I loved the program and would love to see more people in the program,” she said. “The faculty are great.”

Sanders also hopes to see more women in construction management.


Top Right: Julie Sanders checks on a concrete pour at a job site.

Above: Julie Sanders completed a Master of Science in construction management at UA Little Rock to better prepare herself for one day running her family’s construction company.

Photos by Benjamin Krain

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UA Little Rock to host Study Abroad Fair, information sessions https://ualr.edu/news/2019/01/22/study-abroad-fair-information-sessions/ Tue, 22 Jan 2019 20:15:57 +0000 https://ualr.edu/news/?p=73172 The University of Arkansas at Little Rock is hosting a variety of events to help students discover their options for studying abroad.  The Study Abroad Fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6, in Donaghey Student Center Ledbetter Hall. Representatives from UA Little Rock’s study abroad affiliates will be there […]

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The University of Arkansas at Little Rock is hosting a variety of events to help students discover their options for studying abroad. 

The Study Abroad Fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6, in Donaghey Student Center Ledbetter Hall.

Representatives from UA Little Rock’s study abroad affiliates will be there to share information about their numerous study abroad programs, along with UA Little Rock faculty members who will tell of their upcoming faculty-led programs. Other UA Little Rock departments will also be present to provide support for students planning on studying abroad.

Following the fair, Study Abroad staff members will host an Advising Day for students interested in studying abroad from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Education Building Room 101A. Students can drop in at any time without an appointment.

Students may also attend information sessions that will be held in Donaghey Student Center Room D. The information sessions will be held on the following dates:

  •      Jan. 28, 1-2 p.m.
  •      Feb. 12, 2-3 p.m.
  •      Feb. 14, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
  •      Feb. 20, Noon to 1 p.m.
  •      March 5, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
  •      March 6, 1-2 p.m.

Study Abroad representatives will also host information tables across campus to make it more convenient for students on the following dates:

  •      Jan. 29, DSC Foyer Room 200A, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  •      Jan. 29, UWC Scholarship Spring Writing Workshop, University Writing Center, 1-3 p.m.
  •      Jan. 30, DSC Foyer Room 200A, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  •      Jan. 31, Dickinson Hall lobby, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  •      Feb. 1, Ottenheimer Library, 9 a.m. to noon
  •      Feb. 4, DSC Foyer Room 200A, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  •      Feb. 5, Fall in Love with Study Abroad, DSC Leadership Lounge, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  •      Feb. 5, Cuba Session, Intercultural Communications conference room, 2-3 p.m.
  •      Feb. 7, DSC Foyer Room 200A, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  •      Feb. 8, Ottenheimer Library, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  •      Feb. 11, College of Engineering and Information Technology lobby, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  •      Feb. 12, College of Business Atrium, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For more information, contact the Study Abroad Office at studyabroad@ualr.edu or 501-569-3376.

In the upper right photo, study abroad students studying art and architecture visit the roof of the Reichstag building, home of the German parliament. The group (L to R) include: Astrid Bodini, Tatiana Correa, Jana Miller, Grace Lytle, Gege Zhang, Cassandra Christ, and Katie Wilson.

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Bowen Law School invites potential students to ‘Sit-In’ on classes https://ualr.edu/news/2019/01/22/bowen-sit-in/ Tue, 22 Jan 2019 16:37:06 +0000 https://ualr.edu/news/?p=73150 Ever wonder what it’s like to be a law student? Now’s your chance. The University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s William H. Bowen School of Law will host its annual “sit-ins” for anyone interested in law school to attend classes and experience a day in the life of a law school student. The two-week-long Sit-in […]

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Ever wonder what it’s like to be a law student? Now’s your chance.

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s William H. Bowen School of Law will host its annual “sit-ins” for anyone interested in law school to attend classes and experience a day in the life of a law school student.

The two-week-long Sit-in event runs Monday, Jan. 28, through Thursday, Feb. 7, at the law school, 1201 McMath Ave.

Numerous classes will be open, including classes in family law, criminal law, contracts, First Amendment issues, federal income taxation, tax policy, research and writing, tax law, mediation, and civil procedures.

Class schedules and a reservation form are available online.

Guests are asked to register at least two days before the class visit and arrive at the Admissions Office 15 minutes before their scheduled class.

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UA Little Rock’s online social work graduate program ranked among best in country https://ualr.edu/news/2019/01/22/online-social-work-graduate-program-ranked-among-best-in-country/ Tue, 22 Jan 2019 14:15:39 +0000 https://ualr.edu/news/?p=73142 The University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s online Master of Social Work program has been ranked among the best in the nation.  OnlineMasters.com ranked UA Little Rock as 25th on its list of the Best Online Master’s in Social Work Programs for 2019. The research identifies 45 top programs in the nation based on curriculum […]

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The University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s online Master of Social Work program has been ranked among the best in the nation. 

OnlineMasters.com ranked UA Little Rock as 25th on its list of the Best Online Master’s in Social Work Programs for 2019. The research identifies 45 top programs in the nation based on curriculum quality, program flexibility, affordability, and graduate outcomes.

The UA Little Rock Master of Social Work online degree program prepares social workers for advanced practice and leadership roles. The 60-hour program particularly focuses on clinical social work practice, where students will learn contemporary, evidence-informed practice approaches that can be used across a wide range of settings and with diverse individuals, families, and groups. This nationally accredited program can be completed in three years, which includes the completion of both course work and field internships.

In addition to insights gained from industry professionals, OnlineMasters.com leveraged an exclusive data set comprised of interviews and surveys from current students and alumni. The methodology incorporates the most recent data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and statistical data from the National Center for Education Statistics. Most importantly, only programs from accredited nonprofit institutions were eligible.

“According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for social workers is expected to increase by 16 percent over the next several years,” said Barbara Montgomery, program recognition manager. “This job growth is much faster than the average for all occupations, which means significant opportunities for new graduates.”

Students who pursue a master’s degree in social work can gain employment as a mental health counselor, school social worker, foster care therapist, human service assistant and more.

To access the complete ranking, please visit the website.

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Student entrepreneur honored with Rising Star Award https://ualr.edu/news/2019/01/22/student-entrepreneur-rising-star-award/ Tue, 22 Jan 2019 14:15:39 +0000 https://ualr.edu/news/?p=73120 A University of Arkansas at Little Rock student has been honored as an entrepreneur with a startup that is making a difference. Nora Bouzihay, who is pursuing a Doctor of Education at UA Little Rock, was a recipient of the Rising Star Award at A Celebration of Startups, presented by Remix Ideas, in December. In […]

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A University of Arkansas at Little Rock student has been honored as an entrepreneur with a startup that is making a difference.

Nora Bouzihay, who is pursuing a Doctor of Education at UA Little Rock, was a recipient of the Rising Star Award at A Celebration of Startups, presented by Remix Ideas, in December.

In March 2018, Bouzihay launched her own hijab/scarf company, Nowara Co. Nowara, which means “flower” in Arabic, was the nickname given to her by her Moroccan grandmother.  

“Nowara Co. was a continuation of my grandmother’s legacy to instill in and empower young girls and women to embrace their natural beauty,” Bouzihay said. “I am very thankful to have been recognized for the work behind Nowara Co. It’s an amazing feeling having others see the vision behind my grandmother’s legacy. I am truly humbled for such an honor and am looking forward to 2019 and what it has in store for Nowara Co.”

Nowara Co’s scarves have been sold across the world, including Canada, Germany, and Abu Dhabi. For every three scarves Bouzihay’s company sells, one will go to a refugee in the Middle East. Although refugees receive food, clothes, health supplies, and water, they do not receive scarves, Bouzihay said. In the spring, Bouzihay plans to visit refugee camps to deliver the donated scarves.

The first female in her family to graduate from high school as well as college, Bouzihay is a graduate assistant in academic advising and a first-year experience instructor at UA Little Rock. She also serves as the director of North Little Rock Works and a tutor in the Little Rock School District.

She earned her bachelor’s degree in biology from UA Little Rock in 2015 and her Master of Public Service from the Clinton School of Public Service in 2017. As a doctoral student, she studies higher education leadership within women in the Middle East and North Africa regions.

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Law school to co-host seminar on Arkansas heirs’ property https://ualr.edu/news/2019/01/18/arkansas-heirs-property/ Fri, 18 Jan 2019 22:09:41 +0000 https://ualr.edu/news/?p=73147 The UA Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law will co-host a free Continuing Legal Education seminar about Arkansas heirs’ property on Thursday, Jan. 24, for practitioners to learn about heirs’ property issues and opportunities. The seminar is co-sponsored by the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Small Farm Program, Arkansas Access to Justice […]

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The UA Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law will co-host a free Continuing Legal Education seminar about Arkansas heirs’ property on Thursday, Jan. 24, for practitioners to learn about heirs’ property issues and opportunities.

The seminar is co-sponsored by the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Small Farm Program, Arkansas Access to Justice Commission, and the UA Little Rock William H. Bowen Chapter of the Black Law Students Association. The event will take place 1-4 p.m. at UA Little Rock Downtown, 333 President Clinton Ave. in Little Rock.

Heirs’ property is real property that has been passed informally from generation to generation, leading to joint ownership among family members. In many cases, this results in clouded and fragmented titles that prevent individual family members from reaping the financial gains of the property or increasing its value and building generational wealth.

Attendees will gain an increased understanding of the problems associated with heirs’ property, preserving landowners’ property from loss, and generating wealth and economic value.

Presenters will inclue Mavis Gragg of the Gragg Law Firm; Dr. Karama Neal with Heirs of Arkansas, Professor Lynn Foster with UA Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law, and Cliff McKinney, managing member of Quattlebaum, Grooms & Tull PLLC.

This event is free to the public, but space is limited, and online registration required. 

For more information, contact Amy Pritchard at ampritchard@ualr.edu or 501-324-9966.

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UA Little Rock to host Global Game Jam Jan. 25-27 https://ualr.edu/news/2019/01/18/global-game-jam-2/ Fri, 18 Jan 2019 20:59:02 +0000 https://ualr.edu/news/?p=73145 The University of Arkansas at Little Rock will host a Global Game Jam Jan. 25-27 for those who are interested in creating a game in 48 hours.  Global Game Jam is the world’s largest game jam event taking place around the world at different locations. The event is similar to a hackathon but is focused […]

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The University of Arkansas at Little Rock will host a Global Game Jam Jan. 25-27 for those who are interested in creating a game in 48 hours. 

Global Game Jam is the world’s largest game jam event taking place around the world at different locations. The event is similar to a hackathon but is focused on game development.  

Nearly 43,000 people participated in Global Game Jam 2018, resulting in 8,597 games developed at 803 sites in 108 countries. At UA Little Rock, 10 people participated in the university’s first Global Game Jam last year, resulting in the creation of five games based on the theme of transmission.

While design and coding skills are important in game development, the event’s organizers encourage anyone interested in games to participate.

“The great thing about games is how interdisciplinary they are,” said Olivia Dunlap, a graduate student in computer science who is organizing the event with alumnus Robbie Hunt.  “Most games require programming and art skills, but writers, musicians, actors, and more can all contribute to a great game. For independent game production, marketing, social media management, team management, and other production-related skills are also necessary. But what that means for an event like the Global Game Jam is that you can enter with little-to-no art or programming experience and still make a game that is fun, or that tells a great story.”

Dunlap noted that there are several programs that the Global Game Jam organizers will demonstrate to participants that will easily help them break into the world of game development.

“There are really accessible tools such as Twine or Bitsy or Unity that make it really easy to get started, and there will be people like me around who will be happy to mentor for those tools,” she said. “For example, we had an attendee at last year’s jam who had never touched the Unity game engine before, but by the end of the 48 hours, he and his team had made a really cool game. If you’re a programmer, an artist, a writer, a designer, a mathematician, or are just plain bored and want to try and make something cool, you should definitely try out the Global Game Jam!”

Participants will gather at UA Little Rock on Friday, Jan. 25, be divided into teams, watch a short video keynote with advice from leading game developers, and then a secret theme will be announced. Teams have 48 hours to design, develop, create, test, and make a new game based on the theme.

The game jam will be held in the CRUX Lab in Stabler Hall Room 603 from 3 p.m. Jan. 25, until 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27, when participants’ games will be revealed. Snacks, a sound booth, green screen, and a limited number of computers with game development tools will be available, but participants are encouraged to bring their own computers.

UA Little Rock’s event is hosted by the Department of Rhetoric and Writing, Little Rock Game Designers, and Little Rock Games. Dr. Joe Williams, associate professor or rhetoric and writing, is the faculty advisor.

Register for the event by signing up at the Global Game Jam website. For more information, email Dunlap at playlittlerockgames@gmail.com.

In the upper right photo, these 10 gamers participated in UA Little Rock’s first Global Game Jam in 2018, creating five games in 48 hours. Back row (L to R): Zack Bolt, Tanner Marshall, Geoffrey Townsley, Alex Barton, Joe Williams, and Kyle Hooks. Front row: Olivia Dunlap, Robbie Hunt, and Loren Snow. 

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Guest Artist Aaron Hussey works on heavenly sculpture at UA Little Rock https://ualr.edu/news/2019/01/18/guest-artist-aaron-hussey/ Fri, 18 Jan 2019 14:27:05 +0000 https://ualr.edu/news/?p=73137 Guest artist and alum Aaron Hussey is creating a heavenly piece of art at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Hussey, a sculptor from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, visited the Windgate Center for Art and Design in January to cast bronze elements for his sculpture of St. Gabriel, the archangel, which he is creating for […]

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Guest artist and alum Aaron Hussey is creating a heavenly piece of art at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

Hussey, a sculptor from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, visited the Windgate Center for Art and Design in January to cast bronze elements for his sculpture of St. Gabriel, the archangel, which he is creating for the Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge. He was joined by Michael Warrick, a professor of art at UA Little Rock, art student Eric Span, and local artists Patrick Fleming and Andy Huss.

When the sculpture is completed, it will stand in front of St. Gabriel The Archangel Catholic Church in St. Gabriel, Louisiana. St. Gabriel is the oldest surviving church structure in the entire Mississippi River Valley.

St. Gabriel will be wearing traditional Roman-period armor and have attributes of a trumpet and Easter Lily, said Hussey, who will return to campus in February to continue work on the sculpture.

Hussey graduated from UA Little Rock with a Bachelor of Arts degree with an emphasis in sculpture and drawing in 1993 and a Master of Art degree in studio art in 1998. He then earned his Master of Fine Arts from Louisiana State University in 2002. He worked as a research specialist for the School of Art at LSU until 2007, when he became a full-time artist specializing in public art with commissions from across the country.

Some of Hussey’s work can be viewed in Little Rock. In partnership with Warrick, he created the 2017 sculpture, “Straight Lines on a Round World,” that lies in front of the Statehouse Convention Center in downtown Little Rock. The duo also worked together on the Little Rock Central High School Commemorative Garden, which was dedicated in 2001 to honor the Little Rock Nine and the spirit of Central High School.

One of his most recent pieces of public art is “Undercurrent,” in Othello, Washington, a stainless-steel sculpture that honors agriculture in the region.

“Undercurrent represents the agricultural, high-desert region of Washington,” Hussey said. “With rich, volcanic soil and irrigation from the Columbia River, the area is rich in agriculture.”

Whenever Hussey is commissioned a new piece, he spends time driving around the area and researching local history, looking for local elements that can provide inspiration for the piece. In “Undercurrent,” for example, parts of his sculpture represent the undercurrent of the Columbia River, the steel bridges that cross the river, irrigation pivots that bring water to farmland, and branches that represent orchards of local produce.  

“My work is all about bridging the natural environment and the built environment,” Hussey said.

Hussey was introduced to art at a young age, and his love for art grew as he spent his childhood exposed to the vibrant art scenes of New Orleans.

I got my first drawing table when I was 6. My dad was an illustrator and painter on the side,” Hussey said. “Growing up in New Orleans, there are artists everywhere. He and I would go to the French Quarter and to the museums on the weekend to check out all the artists.”

Even though Hussey began college as a science major planning to work in the medical field, like most of his family members, he made the fateful decision to pursue art as a career.

“When I transferred to UA Little Rock, I changed my major from science to art,” Hussey said. “It was like a weight was lifted off my shoulders when I started doing artwork. It was like a weight was lifted off my soul.”

Guest artist and alumnus Aaron Hussey (left) and Michael Warrick (right), professor of art, cast bronze elements for his sculpture of St. Gabriel at the Windgate Center of Art and Design. Photo by Benjamin Krain.
Guest artist and alumnus Aaron Hussey (left) and Michael Warrick (middle), professor of art, cast bronze elements for his sculpture of St. Gabriel at the Windgate Center of Art and Design. Photo by Benjamin Krain.

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