UAPB receives $100,000+ grant from Blue & You Foundation

Grant will Fund Dept. of Nursing and Campus Safety Enhancements

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(L-R): Chief of University Police Maxcie Thomas, Blue & You Foundation’s Pine Bluff representative Rebecca Pittillo, Nursing Department Chair Kymberly Beard, and UAPB Chancellor Laurence B. Alexander are photographed during the check presentation held December 17. Photo by Richard Redus

The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) was presented a check for $109,630 from the Blue & You Foundation for a Healthier Arkansas today. The grant will fund an enhanced nursing clinical lab and automated external defibrillators (AEDs) throughout campus. Blue & You Foundation’s Pine Bluff representative, Rebecca Pittillo, will made the presentation at the Caine-Gilleland Hall atrium.

“We are grateful to receive this grant from the Blue & You Foundation,” said Dr. Laurence B. Alexander, UAPB chancellor. “Not only does it allow us to strengthen clinical education delivery in our nursing program, but it also increases the number of students the department can serve. Our campus is also made safer for individuals with heart conditions with the addition of twelve AEDs placed in our housing complexes, student and faculty gyms and other key areas.”

The grant will enable the Department to purchase simulation technology to provide on-campus, supervised lab practice during nonscheduled hours. The nursing lab will be enhanced with upgraded medical equipment and supplies, including SimMan® 3G, an emergency patient simulator, portable computers, IV infusion pumps, and an electrocardiogram machine. And while it covers the cost for acquiring the AEDs, the grant will also pay for operational training.

“Our grants this year went to programs throughout the state that address such issues as nutrition and exercise, food insecurity, emergency medical services and medical professional education,” said Patrick O’Sullivan, executive director of Blue & You Foundation.

 About the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff

The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) is an 1890 Land-Grant HBCU with a diverse student population, competitive degree offerings and stellar faculty. For more than 140 years, UAPB has worked to create an environment that inculcates learning, growth and productivity while affording a basic need to its students – a chance to advance. UAPB offers Certificate and Associates degree programs, more than thirty Undergraduate programs, Master’s degree programs and a Doctorate program in Aquaculture/Fisheries. Students are active in more than 100 organizations, an internationally renowned Vesper Choir, Marching Band, Concert Bands, Wind Symphony, nationally recognized debate team, award-winning theater department and accomplished athletic program. UAPB has an extended campus in North Little Rock and offers courses in Gould and Marianna as well as online courses. With the addition of the Arkansas Research and Education Optical Network (ARE-ON), students can engage in information exchange with others anywhere in the world.

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