Rotary Club is advised of details on UAPB Founders Celebration


University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff spokeswoman Tisha Arnold delivered a brief history lesson on the institution to the Pine Bluff Rotary Club on Tuesday, relating plans for the April 24-28 founders celebration marking UAPB’s 140th anniversary.

UAPB was founded in 1873 and is Arkansas’ second-oldest state university.

Arnold announced the following schedule of celebration events:

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24 — Vintage fashion show, noon, L.A. Davis Sr. Student Union lounge; community service, Salvation Army, 501 E. 12th Ave., 2:30-5 p.m.

THURSDAY. APRIL 25 — Founders convocation, 10:30 a.m., Kenneth L. Johnson Sr. Health, Physical Education and Recreation Complex, H.O. Clemmons Arena; poetry slam, 6:30 p.m., student union lounge.

FRIDAY, APRIL 26 — W.E. O’Bryant Bell Tower gathering, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; concert, 7 p.m., Hathaway-Howard Fine Arts Building, John M. Ross Theatre.

SATURDAY, APRIL 27 — National Alumni Association walk-a-thon, 8 a.m., Saracen Landing (register on-line at uapbalumni.com); Black and Gold football game, 1 p.m., Golden Lion Stadium.

SUNDAY, APRIL 28 — Sunrise service, 6:30 a.m., Caldwell Hall, Cross-Phipps Auditorium; alumni breakfast, immediately after, student union lounge cafeteria.

The theme of the celebration is “Inspired by the Past to Impact the Future.”

Arnold said clothing dating from 1911-1991 will be displayed during the fashion show.

She presented sketches of three of UAPB’s most-renowned leaders — Joseph Carter Corbin, John Brown Watson and L.A. Davis Sr.

Also speaking to club members was Maki Eguchi, UAPB’s first Fulbright International Scholar foreign language teaching assistant. Eguchi is working in UAPB’s School of Business.