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Exciting new developments and initiatives are underway at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. Below is an overview of things you can look forward to this school year:

Fitness Center

Coming Spring 2015

Health and wellness is very important on our campus. In an effort to afford more fitness facilities to our students, faculty and staff the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff will be opening a wellness center.

Any UAPB student with a valid ID will be able to enter the facility. Faculty and staff will also be able to use the facility. 
For more information: (870)575-8503

MC Lyte

Youth Motivational Task Force

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Kenneth L. Johnson, Sr. Health, Physical Education and Recreation Complex | H.O. Clemmons arena

MC Lyte is a highly sought-after speaker who has over 25 years of experience and wisdom and who delivers her inspirational messages to audiences of all ages and backgrounds.

MC Lyte’s message of empowerment to men, women, boys, and girls serves as a life-altering agent for change as she seeks to help women and girls redefine their essence through unity, empowerment and truth. Her message is old-school and new-school, young and old, funny and real; she’s smart as a whip; the girl next door; your big sister one moment and your little sister the next; mentor and friend . . . MC Lyte is “Unstoppable” and her messaage inspires others to achieve their greatest potential.

MC Lyte’s past audiences and clients, too many to list here, include Fortune 100 companies, international corporations, non-profit organizations, entertainment groups and clubs, elementary and secondary schools, colleges and universities, entertainment agencies and training organizations, and professional conferences and conventions around the globe.
For more information: (870)575-8461

Nikki Giovanni
"An Evening of Poetry, Love, and Enlightenment"

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 | 6:00 p.m.
Kenneth L. Johnson, Sr. Health, Physical Education and Recreation Complex | H.O. Clemmons arena

Nikki Giovanni is a world-renowned poet, writer, commentator, activist, and educator. Over the past 30 years, her outspokenness, in her writing and in lectures, has brought the eyes of the world upon her. One of the most widely-read American poets, she prides herself on being "a Black American, a daughter, a mother, a professor of English." Giovanni remains as determined and committed as ever to the fight for civil rights and equality. Always insisting on presenting the truth as she sees it, she has maintained a prominent place as a strong voice of the Black community. Her focus is on the individual, specifically, on the power one has to make a difference in oneself, and thus, in the lives of others.

Nikki Giovanni was born in Knoxville, Tennessee, and grew up in Lincoln Heights, an all-black suburb of Cincinnati, Ohio. She and her sister spent their summers with their grandparents in Knoxville, and she graduated with honors from Fisk University, her grandfather's alma mater, in 1968; after graduating from Fisk, she attended the University of Pennsylvania and Columbia University. She published her first book of poetry, Black Feeling Black Talk, in 1968, and within the next year published a second book, thus launching her career as a writer. Early in her career she was dubbed the "Princess of Black Poetry," and over the course of more than three decades of publishing and lecturing she has come to be called both a "National Treasure" and, most recently, one of Oprah Winfrey's twenty-five "Living Legends."

Many of Giovanni's books have received honors and awards. Her autobiography, Gemini, was a finalist for the National Book Award; Love Poems, Blues: For All the Changes, and Quilting the Black-Eyed Pea were all honored with NAACP Image Awards. Blues: For All the Changes reached #4 on the Los Angeles Times Best-Seller list, a rare achievement for a book of poems.
Most recently, her children's picture book Rosa, about the civil rights legend Rosa Parks, became a Caldecott Honors Book, and Bryan Collier, the illustrator, was given the Coretta Scott King award for best illustration. Rosa also reached #3 on the New York Times Best-Seller List.

Giovanni's spoken word recordings have also achieved widespread recognition and honors. Her album Truth Is On Its Way, on which she reads her poetry against a background of gospel music, was a top 100 album and received the Best Spoken Word Album given by the National Association of Radio and Television Announcers. Her Nikki Giovanni Poetry Collection, on which she reads and talks about her poetry, was one of five finalists for a Grammy Award.

Giovanni's honors and awards have been steady and plentiful throughout her career. The recipient of some 25 honorary degrees, she has been named Woman of the Year by Mademoiselle Magazine, Ladies Home Journal, and Ebony Magazine. She was tapped for the Ohio Women's Hall of Fame and named an Outstanding Woman of Tennessee. Giovanni has also received Governor's Awards from both Tennessee and Virginia. She was the first recipient of the Rosa L. Parks Woman of Courage Award, and she has also been awarded the Langston Hughes Medal for poetry. She is an honorary member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and has received Life Membership and Scroll from The National Council of Negro Women. A member of PEN, she was honored for her life and career by The History Makers. She has received the keys to more than two dozen cities. A scientist who admires her work even named a new species of bat he discovered for her!

The author of some 30 books for both adults and children, Nikki Giovanni is a University Distinguished Professor at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia and is the recipient of Virginia Tech’s highest honor, the Alumni Outreach Award.
 For more information, please contact the office of Student Involvement and Leadership at (870) 575-7060

T.J. Holmes
"Representing Something Greater than Yourself"

Monday, April 13, 2015 | 6:00 p.m.
Hathaway-Howard Fine Arts Building | J.M. Ross Theatre

T.J. Holmes is an award-winning journalist and national television personality.

Holmes first gained national prominence as a news anchor and correspondent at CNN. He spent five years as anchor of CNN Saturday and Sunday Morning. Holmes recently anchored coverage of the George Zimmerman trial as a contributor for HLN. While at CNN, Holmes also reported from the scene of numerous breaking news events, including Joplin, MO, which was devastated by multiple tornadoes in May of 2011; New Orleans during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010; and, Blacksburg, Virginia immediately after the shootings on the campus of Virginia Tech. Holmes also anchored from Ground Zero on the 10th anniversary of the September 11th attacks. Holmes covered the historic first papal visit to the United States of Pope Benedict XIV in 2008, including anchoring live from the mass at Yankee Stadium. Holmes secured some of the first stories from the survivors of the US Airways Flight 1549 that crash landed in the Hudson River in January of 2009. Holmes also reported from the campus of the University of Mississippi during the first presidential debate between Sen. John McCain and Sen. Barack Obama.

At CNN, Holmes also anchored significant news stories, including Saddam Hussein’s execution in 2006, the terrorist attacks in Mumbai, India in 2008, and the terrorist attacks at the Glasgow Airport in Scotland in 2007.

Holmes contributed to CNN’s 2010 coverage of Gulf Oil Spill and 2008 coverage of the 2008 Presidential primary campaigns, both of which garnered Peabody Awards.

In 2012, Holmes hosted “Don’t Sleep,” an original late-night show.

Holmes previously worked as a news anchor at NBC11 in the San Francisco Bay Area. While at NBC, he traveled to Athens, Greece to cover the 2004 Olympics, the first Summer Games held after the September 11th attacks. He also covered numerous other stories that garnered national attention, including the historic recall election of the California Governor in 2003 and the double murder trial of Scott Peterson.

Prior to NBC11, Holmes served as a weekend anchor and reporter at KTHV in Little Rock, Arkansas. He started his career at KSNF in Joplin, Missouri.

Holmes is a graduate of the University of Arkansas. He now serves as member of the Chancellor’s Board of Advisors at the University and is also on the Board of Visitors at Emory University in Atlanta. Holmes is also a member of the 100 Black Men of Atlanta and the National Association of Black Journalists.

He has been named to The Grio’s “100 List of History Makers” and The Root’s “100 List of Influential African Americans.”

He is married to Marilee Holmes, an immigration attorney.

For more information, please contact the office of Student Involvement and Leadership at (870) 575-7060