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Kids provided with supplies at picnic

Kids provided with supplies at picnic

The Ralph Bunche Ninth Annual Back to School Picnic, organized by the Ralph Bunche Community Action Committee,  is August 6 from 9 am – 6 pm at Ralph Bunche Park in Benton.  Registration is from 9 am – 2 pm. and backpacks will be distributed beginning at 3 pm.

The New Focus of Benton Ministry is attempting to level the playing field for all students by providing backpacks filled with the required school supplies to as many students in the Benton School District as possible.  Activities include a water slide, bounce house, DJ “Jammin GP”, informational booths and free lunch. 

For more information, please contact Oveta Pledger at 501-672-0806.

Focus group to discuss UALR Benton expansion

Focus group to discuss UALR Benton expansion

There is a UALR Focus Group Meeting to discuss the possible expansion of the Benton UALR Center set for Thursday, July 21, 2011 at 4:00 P.M. in the Mayor’s Conference at the Benton Municipal Complex.

Focus group to discuss UALR Benton expansion

Focus group to discuss UALR Benton expansion

There is a UALR Focus Group Meeting to discuss the possible expansion of the Benton UALR Center set for Thursday, July 21, 2011 at 4:00 P.M. in the Mayor’s Conference at the Benton Municipal Complex.

Bryant High makes $27M addition

Bryant High makes $27M addition

BRYANT, Ark. -- There will be a topping out ceremony held at the Bryant High School campus for the new addition to Bryant High School.  This project is a 137,000-square foot, $27 million addition to Bryant High School.  James H. Cone, Inc. is the construction manager for the project, and Jackson Brown King is the architect.

The ceremony will be held at 5:30 pm on Monday, July 18. 

All the public and media are encouraged to attend.

UALR student engineers batting 1.000 on FE Exam

UALR student engineers batting 1.000 on FE Exam

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Six more graduates of UALR’s engineering programs have passed the eight-hour Fundamentals of Engineering Examination, a national test and the first step toward becoming a licensed professional engineer.

Nationally, only 71 percent of people taking the FE exam pass, but during the last four years, 100 percent of the UALR students who have taken an FE preparation course taught by Dr. Nick Jovanovic, associate professor of construction management, have passed the exam.

Maintaining UALR’s perfect record by passing this spring’s FE exam are:

  • Tim Herr of Hot Springs
  • Erica Jones of Hot Springs
  • Heather Keathley of North Little Rock
  • Robert (Trey) Newcomb of Glen Rose
  • Ben Smith of Bryant
  • William Wimpee of Sherwood

When these students graduate with accredited engineering degrees from UALR, they
will become licensed Engineer Interns (EI).

UALR conducts higher education assessment in Saline Co.

UALR conducts higher education assessment in Saline Co.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- The UALR Institute for Economic Advancement (IEA) announced today plans for an assessment of the future desires and needs of higher education for Saline County.  

IEA, the only university-based economic development outreach unit in Arkansas with a statewide mission, has been conducting telephone surveys of Saline County residents about their interests in higher education offerings in their county and what educational opportunities they most want to see offered. The survey also addresses the UALR-Benton Center, where students can complete an Associate of Arts degree, take courses that count toward the Associate of Nursing degree, or take courses that count toward baccalaureate degrees offered by the university.

“The UALR Benton Center was created through collaboration between UALR and the Saline County Education Development Association,” said UALR Chancellor Joel Anderson.

Miss Arkansas Pageant offers free tickets to students

Miss Arkansas Pageant offers free tickets to students

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. –  The Miss Arkansas Scholarship Pageant is proud to announce that there will be free tickets for students available at this year’s pageant.  On Wednesday and Thursday, July 13 and 14, Junior High and High School spirit squads are invited to attend the Preliminary competition free!    Spirit squad members must wear their uniform / team gear in order to receive complimentary admission. 

On Friday and Saturday, July 15 and 16, fraternity and sorority members will be able to watch the final night of preliminary competition and the crowning night for free as well!  Greek members are asked to wear their letters or pin in order to gain complimentary admission. 

For both groups, there will be a table set up outside the Convention Center, on the Embassy Suites side near the box office.  Spirit Squad members and Greeks are asked to check in between 6:30 p.m.