Leadership students and faculty partnered with officials from The Women's Foundation of Arkansas and UALR to show a documentary titled "Girl Rising." The film tells the story of nine girls from nine different countries who buck the status quo and seek knowledge because they believe education offers hope for a brighter future and an escape from poverty and and persecution. This film in important to Arkansas because recent statistics reveal that one in four young women in the state do not complete their high school education.
Read more about the event in the KUAR article by LEAD student Malcolm Glover.
LEAD students Jamie Stacks, Jenny Hunt, Cicily Tubb-Warbington, and Diane Wolfe and LEAD Director, Rhonda McClellan participated in a panel discussion with members of the Women's Foundation of Arkansas after a screening of the movie "Girl Rising." The panel discussed statistics about women in Arkansas and took questions from members of the audience.
LEAD students are working with faculty and students from the GIS masters program and the Environmental Science program to prepare a City Parks Master Plan.
Harvell Howard, LEAD student and coordinator of the African American Male Initiative, recently spoke to the Little Rock chapter of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network. Harvell shared his experiences working in the nonprofit sector and provided tips on building a professional network in order to create positive community change.
LEAD student Craig Lindholm was recently certified as a Professional Community Economic Developer (PCED). Only those professionals with adequate applied experience can take the certification exam. Craig was able to sit for the exam due to his extensive background and experience in community and economic development and because of the preparation he received by participating in the Community Development Institute at UCA.
Craig serves as the Executive Director of Community Redevelopment and Grants for the City of Texarkana, Texas and as Health Director for Bowie County, Texas.
UCA's Division of Outreach and Community Engagement, directed by LEAD student Kristy Carter, and the Community Development Institute, which is held on the campus of UCA, were the recent recipients of the Governor's Quality Challenge Award by the Arkansas Institute for Performance Excellence. The Challenge Award is the starting point for any organization interested in adopting and applying quality principles to attain performance excellence.
Read more about this story on the Division of Outreach's blog.
LEAD student Amy Fenning will be presenting at the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) National Conference in Dallas in March 2013. She will be a panel member in the Program Administration Interest Section. Amy will discuss how Kouzes and Posner's (2002) five fundamental practices of transformational leadership can be applied in directing international student programs on college campuses.
LEAD student Mara Cawein and Dr. Patty Phelps of the College of Education recently submitted a book chapter proposal to Kappa Delta Pi, the international honor society in education. Sixty two proposals were received by Kappa Delta Pi and theirs was one of only twenty accepted for development and inclusion in the book. The chapter is on teacher leadership among nationally board certified teachers.
LEAD student Malcolm Glover was recently named to Arkansas Business' list of the "The New Influentials: 20 in their 20s." Click here to see the story from Arkansas Business.
LEAD student Damond Jackson was recently named as the University of Central Arkansas' first SREB Doctoral Fellow. The fellowship assists minority graduate students interested in pursuing careers in academia. Read more about Damond and his fellowship in an article by the Log Cabin Democrat here.
LEAD student Craig Lindholm recently completed the 3-year program at the Community Development Institute (CDI) held on the campus of UCA. Craig was also selected by his peers in CDI to be the recipient of the Ernest Whitelaw Award. Recipients of the Whitelaw Award exemplify the highest standards of dedication to the field of community development and demonstrate strong leadership throughout their CDI experience. Craig serves as the Executive Director of Community Redevelopment and Grants for the City of Texarkana, Texas and as Health Director for Bowie County, Texas.
Learn more about the Community Development Institute here.
Malcolm Glover, LEAD student and KUAR morning radio host, was recently the subject of a profile piece in Sync magazine. Read the interview with Malcolm here.
Hunter Phillips Goodman, a member of the inaugural class of the LEAD program, completed her second year of teaching the Working with Nonprofits course at the Community Development Institute held on the campus of UCA. For six years, Hunter served as Executive Director of Arkansas Coalition for Excellence (ACE), Arkansas’ association for nonprofit professionals, businesses, individuals, and foundations invested in Arkansas’s nonprofit sector.
LEAD students Wesley Alford and Hunter Phillips Goodman and faculty members Amy H. Amy, Tim Atkinson, and Rhonda McClellan lead a panel discussion at the International Leadership Association's annual conference in Denver in October. The panel discussed the shared experiences of faculty, staff and students involved in implementing an interdisciplinary Ph.D. program at a primarily undergraduate institution. The emphasis was on overcoming traditional boundaries in Higher Education to establish an innovative doctoral program.