For the second consecutive year, Arkansas-Pine Bluff director of athletics Lonza Hardy Jr. and the rest of the school’s athletic department gathered for a two-day staff retreat at the Pine Bluff Convention Center.
According to a UAPB news release, the retreat is “geared at refocusing, re-energizing and building stronger alliances as the Golden Lions athletics department prepare for another exciting year of sports for Golden Lions Nation.”
According to the release, Hardy Jr. made the opening remarks and reminded his staff of “the successes of the past year and making sure that everyone answers the charge of promoting quality student-athletes with a strong emphasis on winning.”
Following Hardy’s remarks, the university’s new chancellor Laurence B. Alexander unveiled his vision for UAPB.
“We need to emphasize the importance of giving back to the university and also focus on nurturing the entrepreneurial spirit within the university,” Alexander was reported as saying.
After Alexander’s speech, Arkansas state senator Henry “Hank” Wilkins IV took the podium. According to the release, Wilkins IV delivered “a motivational speech that was centered around providing great customer service and reminding the real reason why those at the university have jobs: The students.”
Wilkins was quoted as saying, “It’s not about you, too often our ego’s get in the way of the real task at hand. We have to have better customer service when address the needs of the university.”