Jessie Burchfield

First-gen graduate Jessie Burchfield rises to achieve dream of becoming Bowen law library director

Jessie Wallace Burchfield, a first-generation graduate of UA Little Rock, worked her way through law school to become the associate dean for information and technology services, director of the law library, and an associate professor of law at the William H. Bowen School of Law.

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LaKendra Mackey

Mother of six plans career as social worker after graduating from UA Little Rock

As a first-generation student at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock who is about to graduate, LaKendra Mackey, a senior social work major, is working hard to show her six children the importance of a college education.

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Lauv Patel

First-Generation Student Spotlight: Lauv Patel

Lauv Patel, a junior chemistry major and first-generation college student, was a junior in high school when he moved with his family from Albany, New York, to Texarkana, Arkansas.

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Philip Hood is a first generation student working on a law degree at UA Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law.

First-generation student Philip Hood plans to use law degree to support workers’ rights

Philip Hood, a second-year law student at the UA Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law and first-generation student, has always seen college as a pathway to success.

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Mirella Gallardo is a first generation student working on a law degree at UA Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law.

First-Generation Student Spotlight: Mirella Gallardo

For Mirella Gallardo, a third-year law student at UA Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law, being the first member of her family to attend college has meant the world to her and her family.

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UA Little Rock student Social Work major Mercedes Parker, center, is surrounded by her family, from top left, Chester McCray, Taylor Houck and Ruby Dunn. Parker, who will graduate in December, is the first person in her family to get a college degree.

First-generation student plans to give back to community through career as social worker

As the first person in her family to go to college, Mercades Parker, a native of Ashdown, Arkansas, wasn’t sure she could afford to go to college without taking on a large amount of student loans. Now she will graduate this spring with a Master of Social Work degree and begin a career of giving back to others.

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Berry makes planned gift to support UA Little Rock STEM students

Dr. Brian Berry, vice provost for research and dean of the Graduate School, has made a planned gift, currently valued at about $50,000, to the University of Arkansas at Little Rock to support the Donaghey College of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). Continue reading “Berry makes planned gift to support UA Little Rock STEM students”

New Trojans share plans for college and career

Norvell Thomas first made a go at earning his college degree in the mid-1980s in northern Illinois. Now, the Kankakee, Illinois, native and nursing major is ready to complete his college career at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Continue reading “New Trojans share plans for college and career”