Boy next door leads to new campus family at UA Little Rock

A tip from the boy next door led Lucee Lugo, a senior interdisciplinary studies major, to the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, where she gets the intimacy of a small, family campus that appeals to this small-town girl from De Queen, Arkansas. Continue reading “Boy next door leads to new campus family at UA Little Rock”

Gu finds second home a world away

Junior Christina Gu may have grown up thousands of miles away, but Arkansas is as much a home to her today as her birthplace is. Continue reading “Gu finds second home a world away”

Online UA Little Rock student Jimmy Johnson does most of his school work by night so he can spend time with his 5-year-old son Blake. Photo by Ben Krain.

Veteran earning degree online to provide a better future for his family

When Jimmy Johnson, 52, of Benton, was called in for a fifth and final interview for a vice president position a few years ago, he was certain that his life was about to change.  Continue reading “Veteran earning degree online to provide a better future for his family”

Campus living provides home away from home for international student

Het Adhvaryu, a senior biology major and chemistry minor, is a long way from his native India, but over the past three years, UA Little Rock has become his second home. For the past three years, he has been an International Student Services Ambassador, and he is president of the International Club, a student organization for international students.   Continue reading “Campus living provides home away from home for international student”

Determined to succeed

Elvin White knows that if at first you don’t succeed at something, you have to try again. Continue reading “Determined to succeed”

Haire looking forward to bright future as travel nurse

For sophomore Tanner Haire, a city the size of Little Rock was the perfect place to attend college. He has family in Arkadelphia, but prefers the vibe of a larger city since he grew up in San Antonio.

Haire enrolled at UA Little Rock in August 2017 and is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and is on track to graduate in 2021.

He comes from a family of college-educated professionals. His father, Darrell Morrison, is an associate vice chancellor for finance at UA Little Rock, and his mother, Kelli Morrison, works at the University of Texas San Antonio. His older siblings both work in healthcare. His sister is a nurse, and his brother is a physician’s assistant in the U.S. Army.

“Seeing what they do interested me,” Haire said. “I’ve always wanted to be a travel nurse and go around the country. If I don’t end up doing that, I’d like to work in an emergency room.”

As a freshman, Haire took mainly core classes. He took chemistry this summer, so that he can start taking nursing classes this fall.

One of his favorite classes was Anatomy and Physiology with Dr. Jeremy Chamberlain.

“He made it interesting, and he’s super energetic,” Haire said.

While college can be a huge adjustment, Haire found campus life relaxing and the academic workload manageable.

“The biggest part was coming from high school and having someone remind you every day to not having someone telling you what to do,” he said.

Although he lives off-campus, he stays connected with with campus organizations. He’s a member of Kappa Sigma fraternity, works in Student Affairs at the help desk, and serves on the Student Alumni Board, which assists the Alumni Association with fundraisers such as Burgers at Bailey and Taste of Little Rock.

“I’ve been able to meet people from all over the campus,” he said.

The power of “YES”

UA Little Rock junior Karly Hutchins stumbled into a career quite by accident, by discovering the power of “Yes.” 

Over the past two years, the Dayton, Texas, native has said “yes” to an assortment of musical and theatrical projects that have landed her consistent work as a voice actress. Continue reading “The power of “YES””