St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church, 1404 S. Georgia, will host its second annual “Celebrate UAPB Day” at 3 p.m. Sunday, as a commitment to continuing its support of the university and increasing the awareness of the importance of the university and the community to each other.
The featured speaker this year will be the newly appointed chancellor, Laurence Alexander, who will share his vision for the continued success of the university and his desire for the mutual support of the university and the community. Additionally, the renowned University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Vesper Choir, under the direction of Michael Bates, chair of the music department, will perform. A reception in the church Fellowship Hall will be held immediately following the program.
The first event focused on the interdependence of the university and the community and involved a panel composed of representatives from both in a discussion of how each is important to the other. Calvin Johnson talked about how the university served the educational needs of citizens in surrounding and outlying areas by providing them with the skills and knowledge necessary for their successful access to a positive quality life.
Mary Benjamin, vice chancellor for academic affairs, shared the variety of degree options and support resources offered by the university. A representative of the Student Government Association talked about the importance of the university to the total growth and development of the student, both social and academic. J. Thomas May, president and chief executive officer of Simmons First National Bank, discussed the economic impact of the university on the community and the support of the business community extended to the university.
The public is cordially invited to attend. Rev. Steven E. King is pastor of St. Paul MBC.