PINE BLUFF, Ark. – The Inaugural Founders and Honors Convocation is the beginning of a new Founder’s Celebration tradition for the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. This noble event to be held Thursday, April 23rd, combines two time-honored activities into one momentous occasion that acknowledges University heritage and academic competence concurrently. The theme is “Honoring the Legacy: Blending the Past and Future.” Activities for the week will begin Tuesday April 21st and continue through Sunday April 26th, according to university officials.
Founder’s Celebration is a tradition that has continued for over 60 years, blending academics, social activities, and history in an effort to communicate not only the history of the University, but also the importance of remembering how history built the school into what it is today. The formal celebration of Founder’s Day can be dated back to 1943. The original celebration lasted a full week, with officials making sure that the activities were varied and culturally rich, all while showing the growth that Arkansas AM&N achieved.
The annual UAPB Honors and Awards Convocation is a recognition ceremony honoring the intellectual achievement of campus students by awarding plaques, certificates and scholarships. Student recognitions are awarded for the following achievements: cumulative honor roll, Honors College, National Honor Societies, Endowment Scholarships, Class Scholarships and organization scholarships.
Additional Founder’s Celebration activities for the week include combined events for students, faculty, staff and the community. The first activity on April 21st will be an off-campus community service outreach sponsored by the Black Male Achievers of the Student Government Association (SGA). University students will visit local schools with a positive educational message. Next, at 11 a.m., Chancellor Laurence Alexander will kick off the on-campus activities with “Tower Talk” at the W.E. O’Bryant Bell Tower. Following Tower Talk, SGA will participate in painting the UAPB/AM&N National Alumni House.
On Wednesday, April 22nd the University will sponsor the Annual Mary E. Benjamin Educational Access Conference in the UAPB STEM Conference Center. Educational Access is a university sponsored assembly that allows local educators to gain access to information and trends, to share research findings, and to acquire strategies to engage K-16 students in education. Qualifying educators can earn continuing education credits. More information about the event can be found at www.uapb.edu/edaccess.
Wednesday night, the UAPB Jazz Ensemble will present the Stan Kenton Jazz Band at 7 p.m. in the Hathaway-Howard Fine Arts Auditorium. The fee is $15 for general public and $5 for students with identification.
Founder’s and Honors Convocation will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 23, in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Complex – H.O. Clemmons Arena. That evening at 7 p.m., Miss University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff will host an International Pageant in the Hathaway-Howard Fine Arts auditorium. The purpose of the event is to celebrate the diversity present on UAPB’s campus. More than 5 countries will be represented in the pageant.
On Friday, April 24th, the UAPB/AM&N National Alumni Association will sponsor a reception for the May and December 2015 graduates in the Henderson-Young Building in the Sylvester Early Auditorium from 6 to 7:30 p.m. This is an opportunity for graduating seniors to network and meet alumni and chapter leaders. There will be food and door prizes.
Also, following the reception, the Alumni Association will sponsor an Alumni Mixer at the Alumni House located at 27 Watson Blvd from 8 to 10 p.m. This is a social event open to alumni and friends of the University.
Founder’s Celebration will continue at 7:30 p.m. Friday with the student sponsored Legacy Fashion Show – “Future of the Runway” in the Health Physical Education and Recreation building. The clothing shown will represent rising designers that are shaping the future of fashion. This event is free and open to the public.
On Saturday, April 25th, early risers can participate in the UAPB/AM&N National Alumni Association Annual 5k Run/Walk Event at the Golden Lion Stadium. Please visit the alumni website at www.uapbalumni.org or call 870-536-2309 to register or volunteer. Onsite registration begins at 8:00 a.m. with the Run/Walk starting at 9:00 a.m.
The afternoon activities include the annual UAPB Black and Gold Game that will be held at 1 p.m. in the Golden Lions Stadium.
Finally, on Sunday, April 26th, Founder’s Celebration concludes with the Annual Sunrise Service at 6:30 a.m., in the Cross-Phipps Auditorium of Caldwell Hall. The Alumni Breakfast will follow immediately afterwards in the STEM Conference Center at 8:00 a.m.
For more information, visit the website at www.uapb.edu/founders.