Danelle Whiteside

CLARKSVILLE, TN – The Austin Peay State University (APSU) Board of Trustees announced the appointment of Dannelle Whiteside as interim president, effective Aug. 10, in a called meeting. On June 18, Sam Houston State University named Dr. Alisa White, APSU’s current president, as the only finalist in its presidential search. If confirmed by the Texas State University System Board of Regents, White will assume her new role at Sam Houston in early August.

“Several outstanding candidates were considered for the interim presidency and Dannelle was the board’s consensus pick,” said Mike O’Malley, chair of the APSU Board of Trustees. “Dannelle background and experience makes her an excellent choice for this critical time in the University’s history.”

Whiteside has served APSU as Vice President for Legal Affairs, General Counsel and Secretary to the Board since 2017. Prior to coming to Austin Peay, Whiteside served as General Attorney for the U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights, General Counsel for the Tennessee Board of Education and District Policy Advisor for Metro Nashville Public Schools.

Whiteside received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, with honors and received her bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, graduating Summa Cum Laude.

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About Austin Peay State University


Austin Peay State University is a comprehensive university committed to raising the educational attainment of the citizenry, developing programs and services that address regional needs, and providing collaborative opportunities that connect university expertise with private and public resources. For more information, visit www.apsu.edu.

PINE BLUFF, AR – Operations become particularly challenging when officials at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) were faced with the task of moving employees and students off-campus and transitioning all course to online delivery. The Windgate Foundation provided a $200,000 COVID-19 grant that made the transition slightly less challenging.

While the University worked to realign existing resources to address the crisis, it was obvious that additional funding was needed, according to George Cotton, Sr., Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement. The Windgate grant will allow UAPB to manage operational costs directly related to COVID-19.

“The generosity of the Windgate Foundation is greatly appreciated,” said Cotton. “This type of support is incredibly important because of its ability to meet an urgent need at a time when discretionary resources are limited.”

“College campuses nationwide are faced with the challenge of responding quickly to a pandemic,” said Laurence B. Alexander, Chancellor of UAPB. “We are thankful to the Windgate Foundation and their willingness to assist with response during this difficult time.”

The grant provides direct funds in hiring additional security for the campus during the limited closure, increased sanitization of campus facilities, purchase of software upgrades for online course delivery, and assists with emergency aid to students.

“Windgate is grateful to be able to provide support to the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff as they face the difficult challenges and decisions that must be made to ensure appropriate and safe environments are in place for their students and staff,” said Ashley Moore, Grants Administrator for the Windgate Foundation.

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About The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff

The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff is a public comprehensive HBCU 1890 Land-Grant Institution. The University embraces its land-grant mission of providing cutting edge research, teaching, outreach, and service programs that respond to the social and economic needs of the state and region. For more information, visit www.uapb.edu.

About The Windgate Foundation

The Windgate Foundation is a private grant-making foundation established in 1993 and has awarded more than $855 million in grants. For more information, visit www.windgatefounation.org.

PINE BLUFF, AR – The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) Office of Recruitment to host its annual Lion Fever Day on Friday, April 3, 2020, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Lion Fever Day is designed to allow high school seniors and juniors an opportunity to see various parts of UAPB’s campus and experience speaking with college advisors personally in an effort to gain details about his or her desired area of major. Activities will include a college fair, campus tour, a chance to hear the university marching band and view performances from select Greek organizations.

Interest students or school groups that would like to participate must RVSP. There is a fee, it is $15 per person and $10 per person in groups of 10 or more.

To RVSP and for more information about Lion Fever Day, contact UAPB’s Office of Recruitment at 870.575.7177.

Dr. Laurence B. Alexander, UAPB Chancellor and Theresa M. Beiner, Dean of the UALR Bowen School of Law sign a MOU to create 4+3 pipeline for aspiring law students. Photo by Richard Redus.

PINE BLUFF, AR – The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR) William H. Bowen School of Law announced on Dec. 3, 2019, a joint-effort to create a 4+3 pipeline program.

“Both schools have been working for serveral years to get this program in place,” said Theresa M. Beiner, Bowen’s dean. “Many of Bowen’s graduates are also UAPB alumni. This program honors their paths to law school and paves the way for a long-term relationship with UAPB and its students.”

This new partnership recognizes UAPB commitment to preparing students who aspire to law school and provides guaranteed acceptance to Bowen for UAPB graduates who meet specific criteria.

“Bowen consistency attracts quality applicants,” said Matthew Kerns, Assistant Dean of Admissions. “With competition to enter the law school increasing, these programs reinforce our commitment to UAPB students and the citizens of Arkansas and ensure that highly motivated graduates have spots at the law school.”

The signing took place on UAPB’s campus and was attended by several students who took time away from their studies to learn more about the program and to meet Dean Beiner and Dean Kerns.

“This is going to be something great for our students to aspire to,” said Henry Books, IV, Instructor and Program Coordinator for the Political Science program at UAPB. “We already have students who are interested in the Bowen School of Law.”

UAPB graduates qualify for the 4+3 program if they earned a minimum cumulative UGPA of 3.4; scored a 154 or above on the LSAT; and have no character and fitness issues that would disqualify them from being admitted to the bar.

Prospective students can apply to the law school through lsac.org. Students must apply to Bowen and satisfactorily complete all admissions requirements.

“The 4+3 pipline program between UAPB and the Bowen School of Law will allow current UAPB students pursuing a bachelor’s of science degree in political science to seamlessly pursue a law degree,” said Dr. Robert Z. Carr, Jr., Provost and Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs at UAPB. “The beauty of this program is that it will set reasonable admissions requirements that students understand from day one. This is great for our students, UAPB, the Bowen School of Law and the state of Arkansas.”

In addition to this program and other scholarship opportunities, Bowen offers a 25 percent tuition scholarship to accepted students who earned a bachelor’s degree from an Arkansas historically Black college or university.

Bowen prepares students for a variety of careers, including roles as attorneys, judges or other public service leadership positions.

This is Bowen’s fifth pipeline program. They also have agreements with UA Little Rock, Philander Smith College, and Pulaski Technical College.

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About the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff
The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) is a public comprehensive HBCU, 1890 Land-Grant institution. The University embraces its land-grant mission of providing cutting edge research, teaching, outreach, and service programs that respond to social and economic needs of the state and region. For more information, visit www.uapb.edu.

PINE BLUFF, AR – The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) has expanded its degree offerings to include its first engineering degree, Agricultural Engineering, and a Hospitality and Tourism Management degree program. The Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board approved the programs at its meeting on May 24 after both previously received the approval of the University of Arkansas System Board of Trustees. Classes will begin this fall.

“It’s fitting that our first engineering degree would be in Agriculture as the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff is an 1890-land grant institution,” said Dr. Robert Z. Carr, Jr., Provost and Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs.

“Agriculture and tourism are the state’s top industries, generating $16 billion and nearly $6 billion annually, respectively. Our goal at UAPB is to offer programs that empower students to positively impact their communities, the state, and society at large,” said Chancellor Laurence B. Alexander.

Carr added that the Agricultural Engineering degree will offer three areas of emphasis: power and machinery; agricultural production systems; and soil and water systems:

  • The Power and Machinery track will challenge students’ creative minds to develop and improve the next generation of agricultural equipment. Upon completion, students may pursue careers in fields associated with hydraulic engineering.
  • The Agricultural Production Systems track will focus on aspects of animal and plant production, including structural development and analysis and environmental control and air quality issues associated with housed animals and plants. This track will prepare students for careers in agricultural chemistry, large irrigation systems work and management, soil fertility treatment, biological pest control, and agricultural commodities.
  • The Soil and Water Systems track will emphasize the design and evaluation of conservation systems. Students will learn how to mitigate and improve the environmental impacts of production and agriculture. Upon graduation, students will have the knowledge to become water resource specialists, wastewater engineers, environmental engineers, and soil and water conversations.

University officials believe that the response to the new degree programs will be robust, as potential students have expressed desires to study engineering at UAPB. Carr said, individuals in this career path typically enjoy median earnings of more than $111,000 annually.

The Hospitality and Tourism Management course of study will include classes that are key to the hospitality industry and tourism market, including management of restaurants and hotels and the marketing of both. Students will be prepared to thrive as general and sales managers and in entry-level positions.

“The timing of the Hospitality Management and Tourism degree program is ideal as it opens the door for possible partnerships with the new casino resort coming to Pine Bluff,” said Dr. Carr. Individuals who are interested in the hospitality and tourism field should expert to work to involve hours beyond the typically 8-to-5 day, and Carr said the university will structure the classes likewise.

“We will receive $500,000 per year over the next 5 years for agriculture-related scholarships. We hope to use these funds to expand scholarship opportunities to include students majoring in our two new degree programs,” he added.

University officials said graduates of the Hospitality and Tourism Management program can expect to earn between $40,000 and $50,000 annually.

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About the University of Arkansas of 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 Associate 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 programs. For more information, visit www.uapb.edu.

The newly renovated H.O. Clemmons Arena at the University of Arkansas – Pine Bluff, Pine Bluff, Arkansas

PINE BLUFF, AR – The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff will begin a big day of events with the ribbon-cutting ceremony of the renovated H.O. Clemmons Arena Saturday, January 5 at 3 p.m.

The ceremony will be held at the main entrance of the arena prior to the Arkansas-Pine Bluff women’s and men’s basketball teams hosting Mississippi Valley State in a basketball doubleheader starting at 5 p.m.

UAPB Chancellor Dr. Laurence B. Alexander and UAPB Athletic Director Melvin Hines will be in attendance, along with Golden Lion basketball coaches Nathaniel Kilbert and George Ivory.

Among the renovations to the arena are:

  • Newly installed bleachers to the UAPB black and gold colors with the Golden Lions logo;
  • A new court with an updated UAPB logo emblazed at center court; gold coloring inside the three-point arc; new UAPB logos on each baseline;
  • New basketball goals featuring the UAPB logo on each basket support.

“We are excited about these improvement to H.O. Clemmons Arena,” said Dr Laurence B. Alexander, UAPB Chancellor. “I believe this ceremony to open the year will serve as a catalyst to what will be an outstanding 2019 for the University of Arkansas Pine Bluff, both athletically and academically.”

“Golden Lion Athletics is grateful for the support provided by Chancellor Alexander, President Bobbitt, and the Board of Trustees,” said Melvin Hines, Director or Athletics. “These renovations improve the student-athlete experience, as our basketball and volleyball teams have new playing accommodations in which they can be proud of. It also enhances the fan experience with new and improved seating to help make the H.O Clemmons Arena one of the toughest venues for visiting teams in the Southwestern Athletic Conference.”

Gates open for entry to the arena following the ceremony prior to tipoff of the women’s game at 5 p.m., with the men’s game to follow in the conference opener for both teams.

Noted educator and author Dr. Steve Perry will deliver the commencement address to fall 2018 graduates of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) on Friday, December 14 at 10:00 a.m. The free, public event will be held at the Pine Bluff Convention Center arena with procession beginning at 9:45 a.m.

Dr. Perry is one of the most sought-after education in America. His is the educator Oprah Oprah, Sean “P Diddy” Combs, Bishop TD Jakes and Steve Harvey call on to offer insight to parents and children. A diverse array of politicians and groups from the Urban League to ALEC, have reached out to Dr. Perry to better understand what matters to parents.

Dr. Perry opened his third school, helped Steve Harvey write his new book “Jump,” has spoken in over 79 communities and completed his sixth book “Transparanting” within the past 12 months. The word most often used to describe Dr. Perry is passionate. His authenticity is welcomed addition to any discussion rooted in improving children’s lives and the community. His skills are hard-fought and have been bestowed from his rough childhood all the way up through his graduation from an Ivy League school. There’s a richness in his concepts that foster an intriguing point of view on the modern American family.

Dr. Perry’s unique and powerful voice is respected and has been featured on MSNBC, Fox, CNN, Al Jazeera, TV One, BET and NBC as well as the Oprah Winfrey network in multiple shows. His courage and piercing insights provides a fascinating perspective that is not often found in public disclosure.

Considered the voice of a generation, Dr. Perry is a people’s champion who has been fighting for disadvantaged children and families for 30 years. Passionate and surprisingly funny, he is a man worth listening to.

For more information about fall 2018 commencement, please call (870) 575-8487.

 

PINE BLUFF, AR – The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) announced it has received a $2.2 million gift from the Windgate Foundation (Windgate) to establish the Windgate Foundation Scholarship Endowment and fund the John Miller Howard Art and Education Legacy Exhibition (Howard Exhibition) at the Leedell Moorehead-Graham Fine Arts Gallery at the UAPB Hathaway-Howard Fine Arts Center.

The scholarship endowment will provide funding each year to assist eligible students with education-related expenses. Entering and current students, pursuing any degree plan are now eligible to apply.

“It is always remarkable when organizations, such as Windgate, partner in our institution’s mission to assist students in reaching their educational and career goals. So it is with extreme gratitude and excitement that we enthusiastically accept this gift and thank Windgate for recognizing UAPB’s role in educating the next generation,” said Dr. Laurence B. Alexander, Chancellor of UAPB.

“Windgate Foundation is pleased to partner with the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff to create significant academic opportunities for student success. The Windgate Scholarship Endowment fits perfectly with UAPB’s mission of providing access and opportunity to academically deserving students and producing graduates who are equipped to excel through their contributions and leadership,” said Patricia Forgy, Windgate Foundation executive director.

The Howard Exhibition is named in honor of the late John Miller Howard, who was an artist, founder of the UAPB Department of Art and art educator at the university for four decades. The exhibition top open in the fall of 2020 and run through 2022, will feature Howard’s paintings, personal letters, collectibles, photos, and memoirs. Arkansas Delta region public and private schools will be invited to view the exhibit.

The Windgate Foundation is a private grant-making foundation established in 1993 and has awarded more than $698 million in grants.

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. For more information, visit www.uapb.edu.

CLINTON, MS – The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff placed four runners in the top 20 to bring home the 2018 Southwestern Athletic Conference Men’s Cross Country title, their fist since 1993.

The Golden Lions tallied 62 points, beating Prairie View A&M. The Panthers finished second for consecutive seasons, scoring 76 points. Grambling State finished third with 78 points. Wade Garner led the way, finishing fourth with a time of 26:20.3 Laurel Heath took 10th overall with a time of 26:50.44.

Rounding out the standings were Southern (98), Jackson State (102), Texas Southern (120), Alabama State (157), Mississippi Valley (195) and Alcorn State (220).

Vincent Langat bested the field with a time of 25:11:32 to earn the 2018 SWAC Men’s Cross Country Athlete of the Year award for the second year in a row. Texas Southern’s Hilary Maiyo was close behind, claiming second (25:20.91), and Lavante Williams finished third (25:28.57).

UAPB Coach Chris McCoy was named SWAC Men’s Cross Country Coach of the Year.

 

The full All-SWAC list of athletes is below:

First-Team All-SWAC Men’s Cross Country

Vincent Langat (Jackson State; SWAC Men’s XC Runner of the Year)

Hilary Maiyo (Texas Southern)

Levante Williams (Prairie View A&M)

Wade Garner (UAPB)

Henry Kiplagat (Jackson State)

Second-Team All-SWAC Men’s Cross Country

Jorge Martinez (Texas Southern)

Worthington Moore (Prairie View A&M)

Matthew Kibet (Alabama State)

Hassan Chepkwony (Grambling)

Laural Heath (UAPB)

JEFFERSON CITY, MO – Lincoln University of Missouri has named Arkansas native and UAPB alumnus, Dr. Miron P. Billingsley as the Associate Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students. Billingsley will begin serving on September 4.

Dr. Billingsley has countless years of experience in higher education as a professor, dean, director and vice president. Prior to his appointment at Lincoln University, he served as Executive Director of Enrollment Management at Jarvis Christian College. Prior to then, he served as Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs at North Carolina Central University in 2014 and Associate Vice President for Student Affairs at Prairie View A&M University in 2008.

While at PVAMU, Dr. Billingsley provided vision, direction, and review of student service operations. Under his leadership, he established a Counseling Center on campus, created a Veterans Center to recruit and retain military veterans and cultivated partnerships with all areas of the university to deliver seamless service to students. Additionally, Dr. Billingsley formed a Parent’s Association and led Student Affairs through a successful re-accreditation self-study and campus evaluation visit.

Prior to PVAMU, Dr. Billinsley served as Vice President for Student Affairs at Arkansas Baptist College in Little Rock, AR. He has also worked as an adjunct professor at Texas Southern University in Houston, Director of Training and Development for PeopleSoft at the University of Houston and Director of Public Relations and Marketing at Langston University. In addition to his higher education experience, Dr. Billingsley served four years in the U.S. Navy as a radio man on the USS Bunker Hill.

Dr. Billingsley earned his bachelor’s degree in speech communication from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, a master’s degree in telecommunications from Texas Southern University, and Doctor of Education degree from Oklahoma State University. He completed post-doctoral studies at Harvard University Graduate School of Education and the Executive Leadership Institute through the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators.

Dr. Billingsley is married to national bestselling author, ReShonda Tate Billingsley and is the father of four children.