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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 Fall 2014

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

Dr. Cornel West

Winthrop Rockefeller Distinguished Lectures

Thursday, September 25 | 10:00 a.m.

Hathaway-Howard Fine Arts Building | J.M. Ross Theatre

Cornel West is a prominent and provocative democratic intellectual. He is the Class of 1943 University Professor at Princeton University. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard in three years and obtained his M.A. and Ph.D. in Philosophy at Princeton. He has taught at Union Theological Seminary, Yale, Harvard and the University of Paris. He has written 19 books and edited 13 books. He is best known for his classic Race Matters, Democracy Matters, and his new memoir, Brother West: Living and Loving Out Loud. He appears frequently on the Bill Maher Show, Colbert Report, CNN and C-Span as well as on his dear Brother, Tavis Smiley’s PBS TV Show. He can be heard weekly with Tavis Smiley on "Smiley & West", the national public radio program distributed by Public Radio International (PRI).
He made his film debut in the Matrix – and was the commentator (with Ken Wilbur) on the official trilogy released in 2004. He also has appeared in over 25 documentaries and films including Examined Life, Call & Response, Sidewalk and Stand. Last, he has made three spoken word albums including Never Forget, collaborating with Prince, Jill Scott, Andre 3000, Talib Kweli, KRS-One and the late Gerald Levert. His recent spoken word interludes were featured on Terence Blanchard’s Choices (which won the Grand Prix in France for the best Jazz Album of the year of 2009), The Cornel West Theory’s Second Rome and the Raheem DeVaughn’s Love & War: Masterpeace. In short, Cornel West has a passion to communicate to a vast variety of publics in order to keep alive the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. – a legacy of telling the truth and bearing witness to love and justice.
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For more information about the event: (870)575-8415

STEM Conference Center Open House

November 2014

Funded primarily by Title III of the Higher Education Act of 1965 under the U. S. Department of Education’s Strengthening Historically Black Colleges and Universities Program, the new building is projected to be 29,000 sq. feet with infusion of green concepts in it design and construction. Space will be provided for a wet lab, computer lab, class/seminar rooms, student resource center, conference rooms, and an 8,000 sq. ft auditorium for large assemblies. Located on L.A. "Prexy" Davis Drive, this new facility will provide a central location for STEM scholars to interact, study, meet, plan, practice for professional presentations and in general prepare to join tomorrow’s workforce as well-prepared, innovative leaders.

For more information: (870)575-8216

Mitzi Miller
Black History Month Celebration

Tuesday, February 3, 2015 | 11:00 a.m.
Hathaway-Howard Fine Arts Building | J.M. Ross Theatre

Best-selling author and award-winning journalist Mitzi Miller is the Editor-In-Chief of EBONY® Magazine. During her three years at the helm of JET® magazine, her vision of revamping the iconic 62-year-old brand was realized with a successful cover-to-cover redesign, new website launch, improved social media presence, and consistent media coverage of buzz-worthy stories featured in its pages.

After majoring in English at Florida A&M University, Miller began her career at Honey magazine, where she grew from intern to entertainment editor. She later became an associate relationship editor at JANE magazine and the editor-in-chief at SET magazine.

The New York native has co-authored five popular books over the past decade: The Vow: A Novel; The Angry Black Woman’s Guide to Life; and the three-title Hotlanta young adult series.
A frequent public speaker, Miller delivered the keynote address at the 2011 Florida A&M University Homecoming Convocation, the 2012 National Black MBA Association’s annual conference and the 2013 Sears/Kmart Black History Month Event. 

Miller has been a featured guest on several national television programs, including ABC’s Good Morning America, MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry and CNN’s CNN Newsroom. She also appears regularly on several nationally syndicated radio talk shows, including Trending Today With Carl Nelson.

For her professionalism and passion, Miller’s recent accolades include recognition among The Root 100 honorees for 2013, Florida A&M University’s 125 Outstanding Alumni of the Quasquicentennial, and Crain’s Chicago Business Magazine’s 2011 40 Under 40 roster.

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

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.
Hathaway-Howard Fine Arts Building | J.M. Ross Theatre

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