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About the Event

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Synopsis

The Chancellor’s Benefit will be held Saturday, April 28, 2018, at the Pine Bluff Convention Center. The gala begins at 6 p.m. with a reception and silent auction that will include delicious heavy hors d’oeuvres and libations . Beginning promptly at 7 p.m., the program will honor five outstanding individuals and feature live music and dance performances that will assure an enjoyable evening for all in attendance.

Profits from the Chancellor’s Benefit will be used to help meet the financial needs of students attending the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB).

Tickets: $150/person | Attire: Black Tie

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Venue

Pine Bluff Convention Center

1 Convention Center Drive
Reception | 6:00 p.m.
Awards Program | 7:00 p.m.

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Sponsorship Opportunities

Corporate/group/individual sponsorships are available at the following levels:
  • Diamond ($5,000) – Reserved reception and award program seating for 12; Recognition and logo in the event slideshow; Full page, full color ad in the event program; Mention in the sponsor listing; Six (6) reserved parking spaces
  • Platinum ($3,000) – Reserved reception and award program seating for Eight (8); Recognition and logo in the event slideshow; Full page, full color ad in the event program; Mention in the sponsor listing; Four (4) reserved parking spaces
  • Gold ($1,500) – Reserved reception and award program seating for Four (4); Recognition and logo in the event slideshow; Half page, full color ad in the event program; Mention in the sponsor listing; Two (2) reserved parking spaces
  • Bronze ($500) – Reserved reception and award program seating for Two (2); Recognition and logo in the event slideshow; Half page, full color ad in the event program; Mention in the sponsor listing


Contact Us

Office of Development
University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff
1200 N. University Drive, Mail Slot 4981
Pine Bluff, AR 71601
(870) 575-8701
development@uapb.edu

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Honorees & Special Recognition

For the past 30 years, the institution has recognized outstanding individuals who have made a significant contribution to advancing positive change at UAPB, in Pine Bluff/Jefferson County and surrounding communities, in the state of Arkansas and in the nation. Their contributions may have been philanthropic, civic, social, and political. The outstanding slate of honorees in 2018 are:

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Joel Anderson
Dr. Joel Anderson—for his role in establishing an Institute on Race and Ethnicity and making diversity a defining mark of his administration; and providing an “information clearinghouse,” collecting research, statistics and historical materials related to race relations in the state.

Calvin and Jeanetta BookerCalvin and Janetta Booker –for advancing their alma mater with zeal, perseverance, and wholehearted commitment; long and impressive direct and indirect participation in both leadership and supportive postures with the Atlanta Alumni Chapter, the National Alumni Association and the UAPB Foundation Fund Board; continually providing a positive element of change for thousands of students who have and who will attend UAPB; and giving tirelessly of their time and energy to promote UAPB, including financial generosity in making leadership gifts and challenging others to follow their stellar example.

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L.J. Randle

L. J. Randle—for unwavering support to the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and its athletic program; and selfless investment in the community through construction activities that improved the quality of life for our citizenry. Mr. Randle made luxury homes available for citizenry in the Pine Bluff area who otherwise would not have been able to afford the residence.


Special Recognition (posthumous)

Henry "Hank" Wilkins, III

Henry "Hank" Wilkins, III--for his legacy of dedication, courage, and commitment as an educator, a civic leader, and as a state representative that are documented in the annals and records the State of Arkansas, Jefferson County, and the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. His family will be there to accept the honor on his behalf.

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Entertainment

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Rodney Block

Rodney Block

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A Dumas, Arkansas native, Rodney Block has been thriving in the regional music scene for the past seven years. He released his sixth studio album, TRUMPHOUSE: Jazzy/Future House/Music, in September 2017 and has been featured and performed in various festivals and venues across the globe. He has built a niche in the genres of jazz and hip hop and performed has shared the stage with artists such as Earth, Wind, and Fire, Joe, Sugar Ray, Chrissette Michelle, Eric Benet, Whoodini, Conya Doss, Johnny Gill, Dwele, Jonathan Butler, Dave Hollister, Ellis and Delfayo Marsalis, Kirk Whalum, Layla Hathaway, Eric Roberson, Anthony David, Marsha Ambrosius, Diane Reeves, and The Yellowjackets. A frequent guest artist with hip hop legend and icon, Doug E. Fresh, fans can listen to the Rodney Block jazz station on Pandora Radio and Spotify.

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