The UA Little Rock Staff Senate will hold a Halloween-themed blood drive on Oct. 27.

UA Little Rock Staff Senate to hold Blood Drive Oct. 27

The UA Little Rock Staff Senate will hold a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 27, in the Fitness Center in the Donaghey Student Center. Continue reading “UA Little Rock Staff Senate to hold Blood Drive Oct. 27”

UA Little Rock Staff Senate will hold a Blood Drive in the Donaghey Student Center Fitness Center from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sept. 28.

UA Little Rock Staff Senate to hold Blood Drive Sept. 28

The UA Little Rock Staff Senate will hold a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 28, in the Fitness Center in the Donaghey Student Center.  Continue reading “UA Little Rock Staff Senate to hold Blood Drive Sept. 28”

First-generation college students and new transfer students participate in a Welcome Week event to welcome them back to campus on Aug. 24. Photo by Benjamin Krain

Student Retention Initiatives Hosts First-Generation, Transfer Student Welcome

The office of Student Retention Initiatives hosted a student success welcome event Aug. 24 filled with food, fun, and great activities for first-generation freshmen and transfer students.

“Growing up my parents never got their education so they always wanted the best for me, so I went for my education and followed in my sister’s footsteps,” said Oreana Roman, a first-generation freshman.

Student success coaches and student support specialists engage with students one-on-one to help them develop skills for success throughout the semester, navigate UA Little Rock, and maintain a healthy balance between school and life.

The initiative helps students get connected to resources on campus and match them with peer mentors to “help answer questions, guide them, and be a student leader,” said Laura Casey, student success coach.

“I know how hard it was for me to be a first-gen,” said Maria Roman, peer mentor of five. “I hope this event will draw more people to the program.”

The event featured numerous programs such as the Multicultural Center, the Disability Resource Center, Student Support Services, etc.

“I saw a lot of organizations like TRIO that I didn’t know about, and learned about some different events that I wouldn’t have known about if I didn’t come here,” said Hayden Henderson, a first-generation freshman.

Student Support Services is a federally-funded program located in Suite 105 of the Speech building that provides online and in-person tutoring, academic advising, workshops for financial and economic literacy, scholarships, textbook loans, graduate school trips, and career readiness.

First-generation college students and new transfer students participate in a Welcome Week event to welcome them back to campus on Aug. 24. Photo by Benjamin Krain
First-generation college students and new transfer students participate in a Welcome Week event on Aug. 24. Photo by Benjamin Krain

“We focus on career readiness and enrichment workshops,” said Desarae Nelson, TRIO SSS Director. “We offer academic advising in resume writing, mock interviews, internships, and help with employment after graduation.”

Experienced staff and upper-class students advised that students don’t hesitate to ask questions about anything hindering academic success. Any undergraduate student who identifies as a first-generation college student, taking at least one class at UA Little Rock, can Request a Peer Mentor through the end of September.

“We work with students and faculty to make sure that the learning environment is as accessible as possible,” said Reed Claiborne, director of the Disability Resource Center. “Get to know all the departments on campus, find a department that will help you find resources all over campus, and  get involved.”

 

The UA Little Rock Staff Senate will hold a blood drive from 12:30-4 p.m. Monday, April 19, in the Fitness Center in the Donaghey Student Center.

UA Little Rock Staff Senate to hold Blood Drive April 19

The UA Little Rock Staff Senate will hold a blood drive from 12:30-4 p.m. Monday, April 19, in the Fitness Center in the Donaghey Student Center. Continue reading “UA Little Rock Staff Senate to hold Blood Drive April 19”

To celebrate Diversity Month, the University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s Diversity Council has scheduled a variety of events set to take place throughout the month of March. Presentations will include discussions on a range of topics, research findings, and historical events.

UA Little Rock Announces Events to Recognize Diversity Month

To celebrate Diversity Month, the University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s Diversity Council has scheduled a variety of events set to take place throughout the month of March. Presentations will include discussions on a range of topics, research findings, and historical events. Continue reading “UA Little Rock Announces Events to Recognize Diversity Month”

Care Team makes difference in lives of UA Little Rock students in need

While college students across the country have faced unprecedented challenges during the Covid-19 pandemic, the University of Arkansas at Little Rock has created a new team of student advocates who have been making a difference for students in need.

Continue reading “Care Team makes difference in lives of UA Little Rock students in need”

Staff Senate to host Valentine’s Day Blood Drive

Celebrate Valentine’s Day by spreading the love and helping to save a life during the Staff Senate Blood Drive on Friday, Feb. 14. Continue reading “Staff Senate to host Valentine’s Day Blood Drive”

Tichina Taylor

UA Little Rock grad Tichina Taylor overcomes stroke to earn college degree

After her freshman year of college at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Tichina Taylor experienced a debilitating stroke. Thanks to her strong will to continue pursuing her degree, with lots of support from the UA Little Rock Disability Resource Center and Student Support Services, Taylor will graduate Dec. 14 with a bachelor’s degree in sociology and a certificate in nonprofit management.  Continue reading “UA Little Rock grad Tichina Taylor overcomes stroke to earn college degree”

Graduate Vivian Littrell, right, reacts with tears of joy after her niece Chauntee Coleman, left, makes a surprise visit to Littrell;s graduation ceremony at UA Little Rock. Photo by Ben Krain.

Surprise family visit makes commencement even more special for UA Little Rock grad

A University of Arkansas at Little Rock graduate got the surprise of a lifetime when her family from California flew all night to surprise her on graduation day.  Continue reading “Surprise family visit makes commencement even more special for UA Little Rock grad”