Hundreds of high school students from as far away as Indiana and Georgia gathered at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff on Friday as part of Lion Fever Day.
The UAPB Office of Recruitment hosted the annual event that gave prospective juniors and seniors a chance to tour the campus and to meet with faculty, staff and current students.
“We had almost 800 students from throughout the state of Arkansas as well as from Indiana, Atlanta, St. Louis, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas,” UAPB Director of Recruitment Lee Hardman said. “It was a great turnout. During the program we talked about financial aid, the admissions process, the University College and the Honors College.”
Hardman said the students were broken into two groups, with one given a campus tour while the other took part in the college recruitment fair. The two groups then switched.
The campus tour gave students the opportunity to learn about the buildings where classes take place as well as the heritage of the university with a stop at the UAPB Museum and Cultural Center.
“They were able to hear the band and view a step performance,” Hardman said. “We had a good group of students. They all represented their schools well. We didn’t have any problems. All of the UAPB students that took part in the event did a good job.”
Hardman said members of the student government participated in the program as well as representatives from the campus Greek organizations.
Hardman said students were able to speak with representatives of every department on campus from aquaculture/fisheries to residential life and to have their questions answered so that they might leave with a better understanding of UAPB.
“Lion Fever Day is a tradition which dates back 20 or more years,” Hardman said. “We want students to have an opportunity to come to our campus to see for themselves what UAPB has to offer in the realm of education.”