Members of the Jodie Mahony Center for Gifted Education earned special cookies during the 2016 UA Little Rock employee giving campaign.

UA Little Rock employee giving breaks record in 2016

University of Arkansas at Little Rock employees gave more than ever during the university’s 2016 annual giving campaign.  Continue reading “UA Little Rock employee giving breaks record in 2016”

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UALR alumna elected president-elect of American Pharmacists Association

A University of Arkansas at Little Rock graduate has been elected as the future president of the largest association of pharmacists in the United States. 

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2015 UALR Dr. Charles W. Donaldson Summer Bridge Academy

UALR receives Bank of America grant for Summer Bridge Academy

A recent award from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation will help fund a University of Arkansas at Little Rock program that prepares incoming freshmen for college-level work.

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the 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient, Elaine Eubank, and her husband, Alfred Williams, are pictured at the Distinguished Alumni Luncheon. Photos by Lonnie Timmons III.

Elaine Eubank honored as 2016 UALR Distinguished Alumni Award winner

A woman who has spent nearly four decades working in the public health sector and with nonprofit organizations recently received the 2016 University of Arkansas at Little Rock Distinguished Alumni Award.

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Paul Nolte named 2016 UALR Presidents Award winner

Paul Nolte, a veteran entrepreneur of the election industry and a dedicated volunteer of the UALR Alumni Association, recently received the University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s 2016 Presidents Award.

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Elaine Eubank, the 2016 recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award, and Paul Nolte, the 2016 Presidents Award recipient, will be honored at a luncheon beginning at 11:30 a.m. Friday, May 13, at the Great Hall in the Clinton Presidential Center.

UALR to honor Distinguished Alumni, Presidents award winners May 13

A woman who has dedicated her life to helping underserved populations in Arkansas gain access to better health care, education, food, and community-based services is the 2016 recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

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Davis hired as new director of planned giving

Jan Davis has been hired as the new director of planned giving at UALR’s Office of Alumni and Development.

Davis prJBP_0113eviously worked as director of planned giving for the University of Central Arkansas in Conway. Her numerous achievements at UCA included the implementation of a planned giving program that resulted in more than $7,000,000 in secured gifts.

While at UCA, Davis also partnered with local attorney to host estate planning seminars for local alumni and redesigned the Legacy society to include documented commitments in the area of wills and trusts

She has served as project manager in research and development Acxiom Corp. in Conway and was human resource manager for the ALLTEL Corp. in Little Rock prior to her work in higher education.

She is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Council for Advancement and Support of Education, Partnership for Philanthropic Planning, Arkansas Charitable Gift Planning Council board member and member of Faulkner County Leadership Institute, Class of 2006.

Davis earned a Bachelor of Science in Mass Communication from UCA in August 1998.

‘Childhood playground’ becomes family legacy for donor

The moment Charliss Russ lost her father in January 2013, it crystallized for her the urgency of doing something she had set out to do some time ago.

“I always had in the back of my mind what I would set aside financially and where it was going to go,” Russ said.

Charliss giftContemplating her own eventual passing, Russ said there were several places she had considered leaving her own estate. Then it occurred to her she might meet the greatest needs by looking no further than her own former backyard.

“UALR was my childhood playground,” said Russ, explaining the home of her youth was located at the corner of 29th and Taylor Streets, near the UALR campus.

Eventually, UALR represented not just a “playground,” but a place for learning. Professors at what was then called Little Rock Junior College taught the nursing students at St. Vincent Infirmary.

“My mother was a nursing student at the St. Vincent Infirmary School of Nursing, Class of 1951,” said Russ.

And Russ herself became a first-generation, non-traditional student at UALR who worked her way through an undergraduate and graduate degree while simultaneously working at St. Vincent.

She says she wanted to honor her parents’ memory and also the valuable education she received at UALR. Leaving the entirety of her estate to the university, she has endowed no fewer than six scholarships (two named for her father, two for her mother, and two in her own name).

With an endowment of $15,000 each, the first Russ scholarships will be awarded in fall semester 2015. The newly endowed scholarships are:

  • The Francis Alan “Pete” Russ Greatest Need Endowment for the benefit of Management
  • The Francis Alan “Pete” Russ Management Scholarship
  • Hazel Kriegbaum Russ Greatest Need Endowment for the benefit of Nursing
  • Hazel Kriegbaum Russ Nursing Scholarship
  • Charliss Russ Greatest Need Endowment for the benefit of Marketing and Advertising
  • Charliss Russ Marketing and Advertising Scholarship

“Before she passed away, I talked it over with mom, and she was so pleased,” said Russ. “I knew I had made the right decision to honor my parents with a variety of scholarships, each reflecting their lives and their passion.”

Find information about how to establish a planned gift at UALR.

More about the Russ family

Francis Alan (Pete) Russ
Feb. 4, 1925 – Jan. 7, 2013

Francis Alan (Pete) Russ dropped out of high school to serve in the U.S. Navy during World War II. His ship, the USS Goss, was a member of the fleet in Tokyo Bay when Japan surrendered to General Douglas MacArthur. After completing his military service, Russ earned his GED and began his vocation as a sheet metal worker. On Dec. 8, 1951, he married Hazel Louise Kriegbaum, and in 1954, they purchased a home on the southeast corner of 29th and Taylor streets (when Taylor Street was the western boundary of the Little Rock city limits). There they raised their two children, Charliss Marie Russ and Louis Alan Russ. He retired from Alcoa after 30 years.

Hazel Louise Kriegbaum Russ
March 23, 1931 – Aug. 18, 2013

Hazel Louise Kriegbaum Russ was a 1948 graduate of Bryant High School and a 1951 graduate of St. Vincent Infirmary, where professors from Little Rock Junior College taught the nursing students. During her professional career, she served as an office, staff, and surgical nurse, and she retired in 1989 after 38 years of devoted service to the profession she loved.

Charliss Marie Russ
Dec. 9, 1952 –

Charliss Marie Russ is a 1970 graduate of Little Rock Central High and, as a first-generation college student, attended UALR for a few semesters after high school. While working full-time at St. Vincent Infirmary, she returned to UALR as a part-time student to earn a bachelor of business administration degree in marketing in 1997 and an MBA degree in 2000. In addition to 25 years with St. Vincent, she has worked for Heifer International and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.