Date set, honorees chosen for Chancellor’s Benefit for the Arts

The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff will host the Chancellor’s Benefit for the Arts Saturday, February 18 at the Pine Bluff Country Club. Sponsored by FBT Bank and Mortgage, the event will begin at 6:00 p.m. with a reception followed by a dinner and program at 7:00 p.m.

Now in its 30th year, the black-tie gala benefits visual and performing arts programs and the museums at UAPB. This year, the event will honor five outstanding individuals that have been selected for their extensive history of community involvement, philanthropic endeavors, and their exemplary record of service to the community. The honorees are:

Dr. Carolyn BlakelyDr. Carolyn F. Blakely | Chancellor Emeritus and Retired Educator

A Magnolia, Arkansas native, Dr. Blakely graduated from Columbia High School as its valedictorian and bypassed the college in Magnolia which, at that time, did not accept students of color because of segregation. Instead, she attended and graduated from Arkansas AM&N College (now UAPB). Eventually returning as a member of the English Department at UAPB, Dr. Blakely was engaged in work that she loved. As the years progressed, she was brought into administration by Dr. Charles Walker, then chancellor at UAPB, who asked her to serve as his assistant. She progressed to the position of interim vice chancellor for Academic Affairs and later, interim chancellor. Through the rest of her tenure at UAPB, Dr. Blakely served as interim chair of the Department of English, Theatre and Mass Communications on four different occasions, during three of which she also served as dean of the Honors College. At the request of the students, the Honors College was named in her honor.

Kevin ColeKevin Cole | Artist and Educator

Cole’s artwork is well known for including imagery of neckties as symbols of power and emphasizing the relationship between color and music, particularly jazz, blues, hip-hop, and gospel. Cole received his degree in art education from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff in 1982; his M.A. degree in art education a year later, and his M.F.A degree in drawing from Northern Illinois University in 1984. In 1994, Cole was commissioned by the Coca-Cola Company to create a fifteen story mural celebrating the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia. The mural took two years to create and was a little over 15 stories high (8,200 square feet) in size. He has been featured in Who’s Who in Education and received the Award of Excellence for Public Art by the Atlanta Urban Design Commission.

Dr. Martha FlowersDr. Martha Flowers | Family Practitioner

Dr. Martha Flowers was born the third of six children to Dr. Cleon and Mrs. Martha L. Flowers in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. She attended local schools graduating from Southeast Junior and Senior High School in 1963. After graduating from Howard University in Washington DC, she taught laboratory science at Arkansas AM&N College (now UAPB) for two years. In 1974, she received a medical degree from Meharry Medical College. Dr. Flowers joined her father in private practice in Pine Bluff in 1978 where she continues to practice medicine to this day. For nearly 20 years, Dr. Flowers has dedicated her practice to preventive medicine and patient education. Her commitment to serving others has extended well beyond the boundaries of medicine. She is a lifetime member of the NAACP, Pine Bluff Chapter and member of the UAPB Foundation Fund Board. As an avid reader, she is constantly in search of knowledge and information and aggressively seeks to give that knowledge back to youth, her family and community.


joe-hargroeDr. Joe Hargrove | Cardiologist

A native of Grady, Arkansas, Dr. Hargrove received his undergraduate degree from AM&N College (now the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff), a graduate degree from the Tuskegee Institute, and graduate studies at Harvard University, Cornell University, and the University of Akron, and a medical degree from Case Western Reserve. University School of Medicine.

A member of several national as well as local professional societies, Dr. Hargrove is also a Fellow in the American Collage of Cardiology, and he is a diplomat of the American Board of Internal Medicine. He is currently in private practice in Little Rock, Arkansas and specializes in cardiovascular diseases. Prior to entering private practice, Dr. Hargrove served as Assistant Professor and Director of the catheterization laboratory at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

Dr. Hargrove lectures locally and on the national level in the field of cardiovascular disease, hypertension and lipid disorders. In addition to his clinical practice, he is also involved in clinical research serving as a Principal Investigator for numerous on-going studies. Most recently, he has assumed the chairmanship of a committee made up of members of the Association of Black Cardiologists (ABC), whose focus is the recruitment and mentoring of young medical professionals in an effort to assure that adequate numbers of minority physicians are being trained and are available to meet the needs of the community.


" "Scott McGeorge | President and CEO of Pine Bluff Sand and Gravel

Scott McGeorge works for a group of family owned companies that include Pine Bluff Sand & Gravel Co., McGeorge Contracting Co., Inc. and Cornerstone Farm and Gin Co., where he serves as Senior Family Member. The companies perform marine construction in a multistate regional area, build highways and similar projects, mine various minerals and produce and sell stone products, asphalt pavement and sand. Scott received a B.S. degree in Business Administration from the University of Arkansas in 1965. He graduated from U.S. Coast Guard Officer Candidate School and served as an officer in the U.S. Coast Guard for three years, including one year with the patrol boats in Vietnam. He is active in many local and civic activities including President of Trinity Foundation, a charitable foundation that seeks to benefit residents of Pine Bluff, Little Rock and the surrounding areas through grants for scholarships, support of educational institutions and other civic activities. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Simmons First National Corporation.

Tickets for the benefit are $125 per person and may be purchased in the Development Office, located in Childress Hall on the UAPB campus or by phone at 575-8701 or 575-8703.

Corporate/group/individual sponsorships are available at the following levels:

  • Renaissance/Presenting Sponsor ($5,000) – Reserved seating for sixteen (2 tables); Full page, full color ad and listing as Renaissance Sponsor in the souvenir program and all promotional materials; Stage presence during the event for presenting awards to honorees; and Recognition as sponsor for master classes in the arts at UAPB
  • Iconoclast ($3,000) – Reserved seating for eight (1 table); Full page, grayscale (black and white) ad and listing as an Iconoclast Sponsor in the souvenir program; and Listing as a contributing sponsor in promotional materials
  • Master ($1,500) – Reserved seating for six; Half page, full color ad and listing as a Master Sponsor in the souvenir program; and Listing as a contributing sponsor in promotional materials
  • Ingénue ($1,000) – Reserved seating for four; Half page grayscale (black and white) ad and listing as an Ingénue Sponsor in the souvenir program; and Listing as a contributing sponsor in promotional materials
  • Apprentice ($500) – Reserved seating for two; Listing as an Apprentice Sponsor in the souvenir program; and Listing as a contributing sponsor in promotional materials

For more information about the event, visit www.uapb.edu/benefit.

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