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About the Event

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In the 30 years since its creation, the Chancellor’s Benefit for the Arts has become much more than a means of raising funds for activities and cultural programs at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. It has become a means of helping students in art, theater, music and mass communications achieve their goals.

Since its inception, the benefit has created a revenue flow of more than $650,000 to help support UAPB’s arts programs and the educational goals of students enrolled at the University. Since its creation, proceeds from the annual benefit have been used to support art exhibits, theatrical productions, concerts and recitals, scholarships, museum tours for art students and performance tours for the choir, bands and theater groups.

Revenue raised during the benefit has been essential in helping students in the fine arts programs at UAPB pursue their goals. The evidence of this can be seen in the success students enrolled in these programs have achieved in their chosen fields. With grade point averages ranging from 3.0 to 4.0 on a four-point scale, students who have participated in these programs have achieved astonishing success in the Arts.

Venue Information

Pine Bluff Country Club

1100 West 46th Ave
Reception and Silent Auction | 6:00 p.m.
Dinner and Program | 7:00 p.m.
Pine Bluff Country Club
Tickets: $125/person
Attire: Black Tie

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

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Mistress of Ceremonies

" "Donna Terrell | Anchor - FOX16 News

An anchor for weekdays at 5:30PM and 9PM, Terrell joined FOX16 in February of 2004. She arrived in Little Rock from Detroit, Michigan, where she served as Anchor for WKBD-TV and WWJ-TV. Before moving to Detroit, she worked at WKYC-TV in Cleveland, Ohio. Terrell also held anchoring and reporting positions in South Bend, Indiana and Battle Creek, Michigan.

Throughout her broadcast career, Terrell has been honored with several awards. She was most recently earning a Regional Emmy Award for her work as a News Anchor. She also won the National American Legion Fourth Estate Award and an Associated Press Award for her special reports on Grieving a Child. She garnered two more Emmy Awards for her work bringing light to cosmetic surgery and breast cancer issues. She has been nominated for many other Emmy Awards including a story she did involving Arkansas’ Little Rock 9, a story she covered on her daughter’s battle with colon cancer and for her work as an Anchor. Donna also earned an Associated Press Award for her story on the controversial patients’ Right To Die.

Terrell is fully committed to community service. She created Donna Terrell’s Yoga Warriors Fighting Colon Cancer, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that raises money for liquid nutrition for survivors of colon and other cancers currently in treatment and needing financial assistance. Yoga Warriors is in memory of her daughter Queah (pronounced: Quaya) who died from colon cancer but during her battle found benefits from yoga. Yoga Warriors has at least one free community-wide yoga fundraising event each year. In addition, Terrell is a current board member for Women and Children First, a domestic violence facility. She is a former board member for Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and the Ronald McDonald House. She has also served as an Ambassador for the American Cancer Society.

Terrell has a Bachelor of Applied Arts Degree in Broadcast and Cinematic Arts from Central Michigan University and is also a member of the National Association of Television Arts and Sciences, the National Association of Black Journalists and the Little Rock Chapter of The Links, Incorporated.

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Meet the Honorees

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Dr. Carolyn F. Blakely | Chancellor Emeritus and Retired Educator

Dr. Carolyn BlakelySmall towns can have varied influences, both positive and negative on its residents, and Magnolia, Arkansas, the hometown of Carolyn Frazier Blakely, was no different. At a very early age, before she was school age, she became the ward of her paternal grandmother when her mother passed and there was no one else to take her. Carolyn graduated from Columbia High School as its valedictorian and bypassed the college in Magnolia which, at that time, did not accept students of color because of segregation. Instead, Carolyn attended Arkansas AM&N College (now UAPB).

While attending AM&N College, Carolyn met her future husband, Neal N. Blakely, who married her in 1959. As a member of the English Department at UAPB, Carolyn was engaged in work that she loved. As the years progressed, she was brought into administration by Dr. Charles Walker, then chancellor at UAPB, who asked her to serve as his assistant. During his tenure, she assumed the position of interim vice chancellor for Academic Affairs and later, interim chancellor when Dr. Walker resigned.

Through the rest of her tenure at UAPB, she served as interim chair of the Department of English, Theatre and Mass Communications on four different occasions, during three of which she also served as dean of the Honors College. At the request of the students, the Honors College was named in her honor.

Kevin Cole | Artist and Educator

Kevin ColeCole’s artwork is well known for including imagery of neckties as symbols of power and emphasizing the relationship between color and music, particularly jazz, blues, hip-hop, and gospel.

"When I turned eighteen years old, my grandfather stressed the importance of voting by taking me to a tree where he was told that African-Americans were lynched by their neckties on their way to vote,” said Cole. “The experience left a profound impression in my mind."

Cole received his degree in art education from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff in 1982; his M.A. degree in art education a year later, and his M.F.A degree in drawing from Northern Illinois University in 1984.

In 1994, Cole was commissioned by the Coca-Cola Company to create a fifteen story mural celebrating the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia. The mural took two years to create and was a little over 15 stories (8,200 square feet) in size. He has been featured in Who’s Who in Education and received the Award of Excellence for Public Art by the Atlanta Urban Design Commission.

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Dr. Martha Flowers | Family Practitioner

Dr. Martha FlowertsPracticing medicine, traveling, and indulging in culinary creations are all a part of what Dr. Martha Ann Flowers’ life has been about. But of all those things, making a difference in the lives of others has always been a priority. Dr. Martha Flowers was born the third of six children to Dr. Cleon and Mrs. Martha L. Flowers in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. She attended local schools graduating from Southeast Junior and Senior High School in 1963. After graduating from Howard University in Washington DC, she taught laboratory science at Arkansas AM&N College for two years. In 1974, she received a medical degree from Meharry Medical College. Dr. Flowers joined her father in private practice in Pine Bluff in 1978 where she continues to practice medicine to this day.

For nearly 20 years, Dr. Flowers has dedicated her practice to preventive medicine and patient education. Her commitment to serving others has extended well beyond the boundaries of medicine. She is a lifetime member of the NAACP, Pine Bluff Chapter and member of the UAPB Foundation Fund Board. As an avid reader, she is constantly in search of knowledge and information and aggressively seeks to give that knowledge back to youth, her family and community. She is the mother of one daughter, Elizabeth Taylor.

Dr. Joe Hargrove | Cardiologist

" "A native of Grady, Arkansas, Dr. Hargrove received his undergraduate degree from AM&N College (now the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff), a graduate degree from the Tuskegee Institute, and graduate studies at Harvard University, Cornell University, and the University of Akron, and a medical degree from Case Western Reserve. University School of Medicine. He is currently in private practice in Little Rock, Arkansas and specializes in cardiovascular diseases. Prior to entering private practice, Dr. Hargrove served as Assistant Professor and Director of the catheterization laboratory at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

Dr. Hargrove lectures locally and on the national level in the field of cardiovascular disease, hypertension and lipid disorders. In addition to his clinical practice, he is also involved in clinical research serving as a Principal Investigator for numerous on-going studies. Most recently, he has assumed the chairmanship of a committee made up of members of the Association of Black Cardiologists (ABC), whose focus is the recruitment and mentoring of young medical professionals in an effort to assure that adequate numbers of minority physicians are being trained and are available to meet the needs of the community.

Scott McGeorge | President and CEO of Pine Bluff Sand and Gravel

" "W. Scott McGeorge works for a group of family owned companies that include Pine Bluff Sand & Gravel Co., McGeorge Contracting Co., Inc. and Cornerstone Farm and Gin Co., where he serves as Senior Family Member. The companies perform marine construction in a multistate regional area, build highways and similar projects, mine various minerals and produce and sell stone products, asphalt pavement and sand. Cornerstone is engaged in farming operations.

Scott received a B.S. degree in Business Administration from the University of Arkansas in 1965. He graduated from U.S. Coast Guard Officer Candidate School and served as an officer in the U.S. Coast Guard for three years, including one year with the patrol boats in Vietnam.

He is active in many local and civic activities including President of Trinity Foundation, a charitable foundation that seeks to benefit residents of Pine Bluff, Little Rock and the surrounding areas through grants for scholarships, support of educational institutions and other civic activities. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Simmons First National Corporation.

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Dr. Laurence and Mrs. Veronica Alexander

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"Relyance Bank" "Sissy's Log Cabin"

Dr. Martha Flowers

Henri and Dr. Hazel Linton


 "Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield" "AKA"
Evergreen Packaging

Thomas Groceries and Gifts Store


CDI Contractors
Calvin and Janetta Booker
Thomas and Janet Broiles
Everlyn Bryant
Danny and Staphea Campbell
Curtis and Bonita Corbin
Curtis V. Flowers Family
Nate and Alyse Kilbert

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Bid on Auction Items

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