Weekly Announcements

Table of Contents

From ISS

  • Optional Practical Training (OPT) Seminars
  • New ISS Mobile App!
  • #iLikeUAISS and #iFollowUAISS

On Campus Events

  • Landscape Architect Gina Ford to Present "Micro, Macro, Mega" Oct. 26, 2015
  • BRSO: Brazilian Student Organization Meeting Oct. 27, 2015
  • Bollywood Dance at UREC October 27, 2015
  • African and African American Studies Program: Conversation with Joe Oct. 28, 2015
  • U of A Symposium on Equal Employment Law, Oct. 28, 2015
  • Halloween Party: “Halloscream Friday” Oct. 30, 2015
  • U of A Celebrates Homecoming 2015, Oct, 25-31, 2015

Off Campus Events

  • Honda Motor Co. Recruiting Event! Oct. 18, 2015 / Nov. 13-14, 2015
  • Service Trip to Arlington, TX, Nov. 6-8, 2015
  • Christmas International House, Dec. 18 2015-Jan. 2, 2016

Notices and Calls

  • Important Notices (Health)
  • Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy
  • Be a Crystal Bridges College Ambassador for Art!
  • Free ESL Classes at Fayetteville Adult Education
  • U of A Diversity Scholars Visitation Program
  • ICQH 2015 Conference


| From ISS |

Optional Practical Training Seminars

Come to one of the Optional Practical Training sessions to get an overview of OPT - what it is, who is eligible, how to apply, special issues, changes in government policy, and more! The Foreign Student Advisors will explain OPT and provide you with helpful reference materials. You'll also have the opportunity to ask questions about all those confusing OPT details! To sign-up for an OPT seminar simply login to isslink.uark.edu, click the session sign-up tab, and then click a date to sign-up.

OPT Seminars will be held from 3:30pm-5:00pm in the ISS office, 104 Holcombe Hall, on the following days:

  • September: 21st , 22nd , 24th , 25th , 28th , 29th
  • October: 1st , 2nd ,8th ,15th , 29th
  • November: 5th , 19th

Contact: iss@uark.edu

New ISS Mobile App!

Now you can find all your favorite ways to connect with ISS in one convenient mobile app!

The free ISS app for Android phones and other mobile devices is now available in the Google Play store - search "UARK Intl" or simply go to our landing page at http://uarkiss.mobapp.at for more info. In the coming months we will be adding features to the app and making it even more useful for you! Currently, the app is only available for Android devices; however, an Apple version for your iPhone or iPad is in development - so stay tuned!

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| On Campus Events |

Landscape Architect Gina Ford to Present "Micro, Macro, Mega" Lecture
Date: October 26
Time: Beginning at 5:00PM
Location: Ken and Linda Sue Hall of Col Walker Hall (Room 250)

Information: Gina Ford will present a lecture at 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 26, in Ken and Linda Sue Shollmier Hall, Room 250 of Vol Walker Hall, on the University of Arkansas campus in Fayetteville, as part of the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design lecture series.

Ford is a landscape architect, principal and chair of Sasaki's Urban Studio, based in Watertown, Massachusetts. The Urban Studio is an energized and interdisciplinary group of practitioners solely dedicated to the improvement of quality of life in cities through rigorous planning, exceptional design and strong community partnerships. Cities across the United States, in an effort to maintain competitiveness and address broader economic, ecological or social issues, are investing in innovative planning and design.

In her lecture, titled "Micro, Macro, Mega: Designing Landscapes of Urban Change,"Ford will discuss projects at a range of scales where landscape is leading this charge as a powerful urban catalyst.

From the 2-acre temporary landscape dubbed the Lawn on D in Downtown Boston to the newly opened Chicago Riverwalk expansion to a regional strategy to address land loss on the Gulf Coast, the discussion will focus on the role of community engagement, programmatic considerations and the challenges of implementation in addition to design strategy.

Ford's work encompasses a wide range of scales and project types, from public parks and plazas to large-scale landscape planning and waterfront projects. She brings to each project a passion for the process of making vibrant landscape spaces — from the conceptual design to the details of implementation — with a particular focus on the life and use of urban, public environments.

Ford's experience is additionally informed by extensive research, writing, travel, teaching and competitions. Her teaching includes guest critic and studio instructor roles at the Harvard Design School, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Rhode Island School of Design. She holds degrees in architecture from Wellesley College and landscape architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and she was the recipient of Wellesley's Shaw Fellowship, the Janet Darling Webel Prize, the Hyde Chair at the University of Nebraska and the Charles Eliot Travelling Fellowship.

The public is invited to attend. Admission is free, with limited seating.

Contact Phone | 479-575-4704 | Website | fayjones.uark.edu.

BRSO: Brazilian Student Organization Meeting

Date: October 27
Time: Beginning at 6:30PM
Location: Union 512-514
Information: Join the meeting to show your enthusiasm for the Brazilian culture! They will define their new officers and shape the future of the organization. Spread the word and bring friends!
Contact: BRSO@uark.edu

Bollywood Dance at UREC

Date: Every Tuesday Beginning October 27, Ends December 1
Time: 7:00PM-8:00PM
Location: HYPER 216
Information: Explore Indian classical dance styles mixed with modern dance elements, hip-hop, and choreography in this fun class! Students will learn dance moves, and then choreograph songs performed in Bollywood style. The cost for the session which runs every Tuesday starting on October 27-December 1 is $40.00 for U of A students, $55.00 for UREC members, and $70.00 for eligible non-members. To register, visit the UREC Main Office, HYPER 225, or register online at UREC Member Services. Only UREC students and faculty/staff are able to register online.
Cancellation Policy: Two business days notification is required to cancel enrollment and receive a refund or transfer enrollment to another class. If the participant does not attend the class in which they enrolled, or fails to cancel enrollment within two business days of the class, payment is forfeited. A $25.00 administrative fee is charged if enrollment is cancelled, assessed through $25.00 less the amount of refund.
Contact: Katie Helms: Phone | 479-575-4684 Email | khelms@uark.edu

African and African American Studies Program: Conversations with Joe

Date: October 28
Time: 11:00AM-1:00PM
Location: Memorial Hall 230
Information: Join the African and African American Studies Program for Conversations with Joe. An assortment of African coffees will be provided while you get to know fellow students and faculty members of the African and African American Studies Program.
Contact: Kelly A. Tucker: Phone | 479-575-2006 Email | ktucker@uark.edu

"50 years of Advancing Equal Opportunity: Reflecting on the Past and Contemplating the Future," A Symposium

Date: October 28
Time: Activities begin at 1:30PM
Location: E.J. Ball Courtroom (U of A Law School)
Information: Arkansas Law Notes, a continually published online journal of the University of Arkansas School of Law, will host "50 years of Advancing Equal Opportunity: Reflecting on the Past and Contemplating the Future," a symposium on equal employment law, at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28, in the E.J. Ball Courtroom.

David Lopez, General Counsel for the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, will open the event with remarks on three Supreme Court equal employment opportunity cases: Mach Mining v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Abercrombie & Fitch Stores, Inc. and Young v. United Parcel Service. His talk will be followed by a question and answer session.

After a short break, Lopez will join members of the legal community for two panel discussions on emergent issues in equal employment opportunity law. The symposium is open to the public. Three hours of continuing legal education credit is available to attorney attendees. Each session will be held in Waterman Hall's E.J. Ball Courtroom.

Lopez is the first EEOC field trial attorney to be appointed as the agency's general counsel, a title he has held since 2010. He has served at the commission in various capacities for 20 years.

Lopez served as co-chair of the committee that developed the commission's strategic enforcement plan for 2013-16. He is the chair of the commission's immigrant worker team, a group tasked with strengthening and coordinating EEOC's enforcement and outreach on employment discrimination issues affecting immigrant and other vulnerable workers.

In 2014, the National Law Journal named Lopez one of "America's 50 Outstanding General Counsels," and the magazine Diversity and the Bar recognized him as a "Latino Luminary" for his work as a civil rights attorney and as general counsel. In 2011, Hispanic Business named Lopez to its list of "Top 100 Influentials" in the Hispanic community.

Before joining the commission, Lopez was a senior trial attorney with the Civil Rights Division, Employment Litigation Section, of the U.S. Department of Justice and an associate with Spiegel and McDiarmid in Washington, D.C.

Lopez holds a bachelor of science in political science, magna cum laude, from Arizona State University and a juris doctor from Harvard Law School.


2:30PM – Panel Discussion: "Reflections on the Evolution of EEO Law"

  • Denise Hoggard, president-elect, Arkansas Bar Association; attorney, Rainwater Holt and Sexton
  • Leon Jones, director, Arkansas Department of Labor
  • Jane Kim, partner, Wright Lindsey Jennings,
  • Eva Madison, shareholder, Littler Mendelson
  • Annie Smith, assistant professor, University of Arkansas Law

3:30PM – Panel Discussion: "Contemplating the Future of EEO Law"

  • Abtin Mehdizadegan, associate, Cross Gunter Witherspoon and Galchus
  • Michael Moore, partner, Friday Eldredge and Clark
  • Danielle Weatherby, assistant professor, University of Arkansas Law
  • Jessica Yarbrough, associate, Gene McKissic and Associates

Arkansas Law Notes features articles and current research from School of Law faculty and members of the Arkansas Bar. The service continues the law school's tradition of dedication to providing timely and insightful research on a variety of subjects to members of the bar.

Contact: Cynthia Nance: Professor of Law | Phone: 479-575-2403 | Email: cnance@uark.edu

Halloscream Friday! African and African American Studies Program: Conversations with Joe

Date: October 30
Time: 7:00PM-9:00PM
Location: 104 Holcombe Hall (Living Room/ISS Classroom)
Information: All University of Arkansas students are invited to join us on Friday, Oct 30th for our “Halloscream Friday.” (You must be a U of A student to attend this event.) This is the first campus cousin social of the year. We will have fun activities and snack food that is Halloween themed. Please bring your friends that are U of A students and join us for the fun from 7 – 9 pm in Holcombe Hall.

This event is being sponsored by the International Students and Scholars and its Campus Cousin Program.

Contact: Karen Beitle | Phone | 479-575-5003

U of A Celebrates Homecoming 2015

Date: October 25-October 31
Time: Please look at times and dates for events
Location: Campus wide
Information: The University of Arkansas 2015 Homecoming week takes place Oct 25-31. The university is looking forward to welcoming back alumni for a wonderful weekend of reunions, social events, games, and good cheer.

The University of Arkansas Student Alumni Association has also organized a series of events during the week leading up to Homecoming weekend. The theme is Flashback Fayetteville 2015. The events will be starting with the Color Those Hogs 5K run on Sunday, and rounding out with the Dickson Street Parade and Pep Rally starting at 6 p.m. on Friday.

Click here for a full list of events. GO HOGS!


Color Those Hogs 5K
Date: Oct. 25 | Time: 4:00PM | Location: Old Main Lawn

The second annual Color Those Hogs 5K is open to all students, alumni, community members, and Razorback fans. Although the race used only Arkansas colors last year, this year's fun-run 5K will include powder in all sorts of colors! Grab your running shoes and join in on the fun.

Register here .

Fill the Truck: Homecoming Food Drive-Day 1
Date: Oct. 25 | Time: 4:00PM | Location: Old Main Lawn

This year's Homecoming Food Drive will be during the Color Those Hogs 5K. Let's Fill the Truck and make a difference! All donated food will support the Full Circle Campus Food Pantry, a student-led, student-run operation that helps students, faculty and staff. The on-campus collection date will be Tuesday, Oct. 27, as part of philanthropy day.

Banner Competition
Date: Oct. 26 | Time: Judging starts 8:00AM | Location: Around campus

Come see the spirit! Each competing student group will create a Homecoming banner to be hung around campus. Judging will be on Oct. 25 based on creativity and implementation of the Homecoming theme, Flashback Fayetteville.

Check out last year's banners on our Student Alumni Association Facebook page here.

Philanthropy Day: Thank a Donor Day and Food Drive-Day 2
Date: Oct. 27 | Time: 10:00AM | Location: Union Mall

Come out and say thanks to the many alumni, friends, parents, and university faculty, staff, and students who support the University of Arkansas through private gifts. During this celebration of philanthropy, students and employees are invited to sign a "boss hog-sized" thank you card and banner. There will also be a variety of other ways you can say thanks to donors, ranging from a selfie station, thank you cards for you to write a special message of appreciation to our loyal donors and much more. This will also be the day for the on-campus food drive collection in the union.

Pigskin Classic
Date: Oct. 27 | Time: 6:00PM | Location: Intramural fields.

The Pigskin Classic has been a fun Homecoming tradition for over 30 years! This flag football tournament hosted by University Recreation is always a great time! Competing students should contact their Homecoming Chair for ways to register a team. For more information on other intramural sports UREC offers, click here.

Community Concert
Date: Oct. 28 | Time: Concert begins 7:00PM | Location: The Gardens

The Homecoming Carnival and Community Concert are brand new to Homecoming this year, and the Student Alumni Association welcome all students, alumni, Razorback fans, and families to join in on the fun! It's a great way to spend your evening with family, while you reminisce on your time as an on-campus Razorback.

Lawn Decoration Competition
Date: Oct. 30 | Time: Judging starts at noon | Location: Residence halls/Greek chapter houses

Starting at noon, you can stroll campus and check out all the amazing lawn decorations done by residence halls and Greek pairings. Don't forget your camera!

Senior Walk Dedication
Date: Oct. 30 | Time: 4:00PM | Location: Old Main Lawn

The Senior Walk Dedication is a brand new tradition that started with the 2012 walk. This year, we're honoring the class of 2014 with a ceremony and official ribbon-cutting. Join the Student Alumni Association as they hear from the 2014 Associated Student Government president, Student Alumni Board president, and Senior Honor Citation winners. Once the ceremony is finished, come see your name engraved in concrete.

Register here.

Dickson Street Parade and Homecoming Pep Rally
Date: Oct. 30 | Time: 6:30PM | Location: Dickson Street

The Dickson Street Parade will run from the Highland Avenue intersection to the Chi Omega Greek Theatre. Find yourself a spot on Dickson Street and see the Arkansas Spirit Squads, Razorback Marching Band, Homecoming Court, Greek Floats and much more! Immediately following the parade, the Homecoming Pep Rally will be hosted by the Arkansas Booster Club and include announcement of the 2015 Homecoming Queen.

Hog Wild Tailgate
Date: Oct. 31 | Time: 12:30 p.m.-2:30PM | Location: Janelle Y. Hembree Alumni House

The Arkansas Alumni Association is proud to announce a new way to tailgate for the 2015 Razorback Football season! Join us right across the street from the stadium parking lot to enjoy live music, tailgate games, TV viewings of other games, food and drinks! The homecoming game is also member appreciation day! If you're a member, stop by and pick-up your free gift: an Arkansas Alumni tech kit!

For more information and to register for our tailgate, click here.

Razorbacks vs. UT-Martin
Date: Oct. 31 | Time: 3:00PM | Location: Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium

The time for the game has not yet been determined. For more information, visit the athletic department's website at www.arkansasrazorbacks.com.

Contact Ryan Miller: Student Alumni Association | Phone: 479-575-3510 | Email: romille@uark.edu

| Off-Campus Events |

Honda Motor Co. Recruiting Event

Date: October 18, 2015 / November 13 – 14, 2015
Time: Oct. 18 – 6:00 PM (PST) or 9:00 PM (EST) / Nov. 13-14 – all day events
Location: Online / Ohio
Information: We are very excited to announce that Honda Motor Co., Ltd. will host its recruiting event in this Fall for all engineering students who are studying abroad!

Please be aware that even though the event will be held in Ohio, the Webinar and interviews will be spoken ONLY in Japanese, since it is going to be a Honda recruiting event for its Japan head office . However, this Webinar is open to Japanese students as well as students who are interested in Japanese companies .

This recruiting event will be held in the Ohio office of Honda North America , together with recruiting activities. A special facility tour will also be arranged to deepen the participants' understanding of Honda's working atmosphere.

A pre-screening will be held, and for the participants selected transportation, accommodation, and meals are FREE (further details will be informed in the Webinar on October 18 th).

The recruiting event in Ohio is currently scheduled on November 13th-14th, before which a live Webinar will be held on October 18th. Engineers who are leading Honda’s Research and Development (R&D) will join you for the Webinar, discussing the following topics:

  • Honda as it currently stands and its vision for the future.
  • The challenge of R&D at the front
  • Details of Honda US Recruiting/Screening Sessions (in Ohio)

You can participate in the Webinar through your PC at home, and ask questions online since it is live streaming.


  • Students of engineering majors, and who are currently enrolled in overseas universities or graduate schools

    (Mechanical engineering/Electrical engineering/Electronics/Information engineering majors are all welcome)

  • Students who are able to join the company between April 1st and October 1st, 2016.

    (Sophomores and Juniors who are unable to join the company during the period above are still eligible to join the Webinar)

  • Students whose Japanese proficiency level is at least business level or better.

    (The Webinar and Recruiting Event will be conducted in Japanese only)

Dates for Webinar:

US West Coast (PST): Sunday, October 18th | 6:00 p.m.
US East Coast (EST): Sunday, October 18th | 9:00 p.m.
Japan time: Monday, October 19th, 2015 | 10:00 a.m. - An hour long
*Starting time is subject to change, depending on the area.

How to register:

If you are interested, please REGISTER NOW. More details will be sent after the registration (if you are unable to join the Webinar on the day scheduled, you can inform us on the registration page).

We will provide the URL for watching the Webinar and the details of the event later.

Registration deadline: October 17th (all day in US time)

Honda Recruiting Event in Ohio – US Schedule:

  • September 7th | Registration begins
  • October 18th | Webinar
  • October 25th | Application deadline for Recruiting Event in Ohio
  • November 13th-14th | Recruiting event in Ohio
    • Day 1: Facility tour in Honda R&D Americas, Inc.
    • Day 2: Recruiting interviews

Results of the interviews will be distributed within a week after the event.

We believe the Honda recruiting event in Ohio will be a big step in your future career as an engineering student, and it will also be a great chance to see the cutting edge manufacturing at Honda.

Contact: Lighthouse Global | Kosaku Sakae | Phone: +81-3-3568-4881 |Email: sakae@lighthousegl.com

Service Trip to Arlington, TX

Date: November 6-8, 2015
Time: 2 days
Location: Arlington, TX
Information: Christ on Campus will be taking a weekend trip to Arlington, TX. They will be working with Mission Arlington, an organization that serves the community with furniture, clothes, food, medical and dental help and more. They will work with them all day Saturday and Sunday morning before returning to Fayetteville. If you need service hours, this trip will provide opportunity for 15-20 hours. The cost of the trip is $45.

More info is provided in the link ( https://www.facebook.com/events/1630683143860542/).

Contact: Cory Garren | Email: cory@conc.tv | Phone: 918-691-1254

Christmas International House

Date: December 18 2015-January 2, 2016
Time: 2 weeks
Location: Nationwide
Information: Christmas International House (CIH) is a 50-year-old nationwide program that will give you a chance to visit other cities around the nation and be the guest of the American Community for two weeks. You will participate in programs set up by your host group, and make new friends with your hosts and other students from around the world. Register for the program through your International Student Advisor in September or go directly to the Christmas International House web site: www.christmasih.org. Please read the website carefully, as each city’s program is different in size, structure, and activities. This is not a time to meet with other friends outside the program or to take a tourist trip. Also, although the programs are run by churches, proselytizing is not a part of the CIH experience. It is a peacemaking program, working to improve relations among peoples of the world and an outreach to our country's new international visitors who would otherwise have no way to share in the Christmas Season. Registration begins September 14, 2015 and ends November 15, 2015.
Contact: Dené Dixon | Phone: 404-846-4396 | Address: 3434 Roswell Road NW Atlanta, GA 30305-1202
| Notices and Calls |

Important Notices:

Urgent Health Warnings

Please read the following information regarding Polio. Updated information has been and will continue to be pulled from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) website.

1) The CDC now lists Polio precautions for the following countries:

As of 10/26/15:

CDC recommends travelers be fully vaccinated against polio. In addition, adults should receive a one-time booster dose of polio vaccine. For more information, please visit the official CDC website. If you are planning to travel to any of these countries listed and need your I-20 signed for travel, we will require proof of vaccination before signing your I-20. If you have polio vaccination on your immunization records you can obtain clearance from the Pat Walker Health Center prior to your travel appointment with a Foreign Student Advisor. If you are in need of a polio vaccination, you can contact the Pat Walker Health Center and set up an appointment to receive one.

Please plan accordingly, as failure to obtain proof of polio vaccination can delay your I-20 travel signature request. strong>

University Health Contact: Pat Walker Health Center | Phone: 479-575-4451

Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy


Here is a link to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy, Campus Crime Statistics Report and Annual Fire Safety Report.

This report contains helpful information about what to do in case of emergencies as well as statistics of crimes reported on or near campus.

The Student Right to Know and Campus Security Act was passed in 1990 and was amended in 1998 to form the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. This law requires that certain institutions of higher education distribute to all current students and employees a copy of the required report, and to all prospective students and employees a summary of what is contained in the yearly report. Starting in 2009 the Annual Fire Safety Report is included. The combined report for calendar year 2014 is available on the Internet and may be downloaded and printed with Adobe Reader 5.0 or higher software. The software is free and may be downloaded from http://get.adobe.com/reader/.

For prospective students and employees and all others who would like to obtain a copy of the annual report but cannot print it from the Internet, a copy may be obtained by contacting the University of Arkansas Police Department at 479-575-2222, or emailing a request to garyc@uark.edu.

The report includes information regarding campus security and personal safety including topics such as: crime prevention, fire safety, university police law enforcement authority, crime reporting policies, disciplinary procedures and other matters of importance related to security and safety on campus. It also includes statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by the University of Arkansas Fayetteville campus; and on public property within or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus.

Become an Ambassador for the Arts!

Do you have a passion for the arts? Are you looking to build your resume and network with Crystal Bridges? Interested in connecting with the community through exciting experiences and events? You’ll enjoy all of this and more as a Crystal Bridges College Ambassador —and this year, we’re making it easier than ever by coming to YOUR campus!

How do I join?

If you’d like to become a Crystal Bridges College Ambassador, click here to fill out an online application, which includes a brief essay stating why you are interested. Show off your personality, your love for the arts, or your own story as an artist—let us get to know you!

Currently, we are only accepting applications from students attending John Brown University, Northwest Arkansas Community College, and the University of Arkansas. If you live outside of the NWA region and still want to be involved with College Ambassadors, options are still available! Contact the Museum for consideration.

Applications are due Friday, October 9, by 5:00 p.m.

Apply Today!

Did somebody say pizza?

Our College Ambassador Program will be visiting three campuses throughout the month of September. These kick-off informational sessions will be informal, and we’ll have free pizza for those who attend. Be sure to drop by!

  • Monday, September 21, 7 to 8 pm at John Brown University
  • Tuesday September 22, 12 to 1 pm at Northwest Arkansas Community College
  • Tuesday, September 22, 7 to 8 pm at University of Arkansas

Check back to the College Ambassadors webpage the week before each event for exact room numbers!

Anything else I should know?

We want this to be our most successful College Ambassador year yet, but we need your help! Forward this email to friends, classmates, and professors who might be interested in the Crystal Bridges program. If you have further questions, visit our College Ambassadors webpage for more info and resources! We can’t wait for you to see the events we have planned, and we hope you’re excited for the year ahead.

See you soon!

The Crystal Bridges College Ambassador Team

Free ESL Classes at Fayetteville Adult Education

As returning students will remember and new students will discover, our ISS website provides helpful links to resources that our students as well as their families can use! Among our resources are the free ESL classes offered by the Fayetteville Adult and Community Education Center (these classes are for spouses/family members of students only – UA students may not enroll). It has come to our attention that the link for the adult ESL courses on our website no longer works, so we’ve posted an updated link here until we can fix the issue:


You will also find an Excel worksheet of the Fall 2015 schedule of classes attached to this email. If you have family members who would like to improve their English skills, take advantage of this wonderful opportunity!

U of A Diversity Scholars Visitation Program

The University of Arkansas’ Graduate School is honored to host a Diversity Scholars Visitation Program November 8 – 10, 2015. Current juniors, seniors, master’s and / or professional students from US colleges and universities are invited to apply. The 3 day event is designed to provide prospective graduate students with the opportunity to interact with faculty and tour research facilities and laboratories.

The Diversity Scholars Visitation Program is a recruitment tool for prospective graduate students that allows them to visit the University of Arkansas campus and their departments of interest. This program follows the U of A’s strategic plan to create a more diverse student body by recruiting students from historically under-represented backgrounds.

This program:

  • Is targeted towards undergraduate student scholars who are interested in graduate study at the U of A.
  • Provides an opportunity for prospective graduate students to visit our campus, at minimal cost, to learn about current research that our faculty and graduate students are conducting, and to experience the quality of our graduate programs.
  • Will contribute to the ethnic, racial, cultural and academic diversity of the U of A’s Graduate School and professional programs.
  • Is geared toward students from underrepresented minority groups or disadvantaged backgrounds, including individuals from low-income families, first-generation or non-traditional students.

Program Benefits

U of A prospective students will:
  • meet with faculty and academic advisors in their area(s) of interest;
  • meet and network with current U of A graduate students in their area(s) of interest;
  • meet other prospective students;
  • meet with Graduate School recruiters about strategies for submitting a competitive application;
  • visit U of A research facilities and laboratories;
  • take a tour of campus and the city of Fayetteville;
  • participate in workshops and presentations about admissions, research and funding opportunities;

U of A Graduate School will

  • arrange and provide reasonable transportation (air, bus, etc.) to campus;
  • arrange and provide lodging and most meals during the program;
  • provide prospective students with an automatic graduate application fee waiver

Eligibility Requirements

  • Minimum GPA of 3.25
  • Juniors, rising seniors, or master’s students who plan to apply for a Ph.D. program beginning in the Summer/Fall 2016 semester
  • Be seriously considering applying to the University of Arkansas as demonstrated in the Statement of Interest.
  • Submit a completed application, including faculty recommendations, unofficial transcripts and statement of interest. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • Special consideration will be given to students from HBCUs, HSIs and Tribal Colleges.

Deadlines and Notification Dates

  • Application deadline: Friday, October 16, 2015, at midnight CST
  • Notification of admission decision: Thursday, October 22, 2015
  • Students to notify U of A of acceptance: Monday, October 26, 2015

Visitation Program Application Process

To be considered in our selection process, interested students must submit all application materials using the online application by Friday, October 16, 2015, at midnight CST.

  • U of A Scholars Visitation Program Application
  • Statement of Interest
    • 500 words or less
    • A description of:
      • Your academic and research interests;
      • Any prior research experience;
      • Why you want to pursue graduate studies at the University of Arkansas; and
      • Which U of A faculty member(s) you would like to work with if accepted to the U of A.
  • Two letters of recommendation from advisers, faculty members or program director (McNair, MARC, etc.). The letters should be emailed directly to uagrvst@uark.edu as a pdf. Recommenders must address and evaluate your ability, experience and potential for graduate study.
  • Unofficial copy of transcripts from each institution that you have attended.
  • Current CV/resume.
  • Verification of registration for GRE or scores.

ICQH 2015 Conference

The Sakarya University and Tojqih Organize ICQH Conference December 2-4, 2015 in Sakarya, Turkey.

Call for Papers

ICQH seeks a diverse and comprehensive program covering all areas of quality in higher education. The program includes a wide range of activities designed to facilitate the exchange of expertise, experience, and resources with colleagues. These include keynote and invited talks, full and brief paper presentations, panels and round table discussion sessions.

Conference Languages

  • Conference languages: Turkish and English
  • Proposals and presentations: Turkish and English
  • All submission processes will be in English

Conference Venue Important Dates

  • Held at Sakarya University Esentepe Campus, Sakarya, Turkey

Important Dates and Website:

  • Abstract deadline: November 28, 2015
  • Full article deadline: December 30, 2015
  • Registration fee deadline: November 30, 2015
  • Sending video presentation deadline: November 28, 2015
  • For more information: www.icqh.net