The Office of Recruitment at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff is gearing up from Lion Fever Day, one of the largest events hosted by the office each year to introduce prospective students to the Pride. Last year, more than 4,500 students attended and were able to speak with current students, professors from academic departments, tour the campus and experience student life. On Friday, March 31, the tradition continues along with special appearances from popular patrolman Officer Tommy Norman and rapper Big Tuck, who is also a former UAPB student.
Officer Tommy Norman is a longtime patrolman who has worked in the North Little Rock Police Department since 1998. Norman has received national attention for his positive community policing methods. His unorthodox approach to policing includes thousands of video posts, pictures and daily interactive engagement at the Boys & Girls Clubs and the Police Athletic League with those that he protects and serves. He is credited for doing things like presenting 50 NLRSD students with backpacks and $50 gift cards from Shoe Carnival to purchase shoes, starting the “Shop with a Cop” program to help financially struggling students or just dancing with the children.
Cedric “Big” Tuck has transformed Dallas into a hip-hop hotbed in only a few short years. As an integral member of the super group Dirty South Rydaz, Big Tuck has been a staple in the southern underground scene, releasing over 32 mixtapes and selling over one hundred thousand copies. In fact, Tuck’s critically acclaimed first independent release Purple Hulk (2004) on T-Town Music sold so well, it caught the attention of Universal Records, who inked a deal with the indie label in 2005.
Under the tutelage of T-Town Music CEO’s George Lopez, Trinidad Delgado and Alan Powell, Big Tuck continued to prep for his major label, national debut Tha Absolute Truth. But unlike other artists only concerned with flaunting materialistic objects or cashing in on their street rep to sell records, Big Tuck is taking a different approach with his album. Following the album’s release, he decided to continue release mixtapes and singles on independent labels.
For more information about Lion Fever Day, call the Office of Recruitment at (870) 575-8963.