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Most Arkansas colleges, universities enroll slightly lower numbers

Most Arkansas colleges, universities enroll slightly lower numbers

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (ADHE) – The number of students enrolled in higher education on the 11th day of classes in Arkansas is down one percent overall as compared to last fall, said officials with the Arkansas Department of Higher Education (ADHE) Thursday, with a total of 168,816 at both public and private schools.

“Final enrollment numbers won’t be available until after the semester ends,” said Shane Broadway, director of ADHE, “but we don’t expect big changes based on what we’ve been seeing the last couple years.

“Numbers are trending to what they were before the recession when many Arkansans lost their jobs,” Broadway continued, “and began looking for more opportunities by way of a higher education.”

The four-year universities saw an average increase in enrollment of 0.3 percent, while the two-year colleges saw a decrease in enrollment of 4.7 percent. Total public institution enrollment decreased by 1.5 percent.

Foundation for the Mid South announces “Males of Color: Cultivating Leaders for Today and Tomorrow”

Foundation for the Mid South announces “Males of Color: Cultivating Leaders for Today and Tomorrow”

The Foundation for the Mid South is proud to partner with Pine Bluff organizations in identifying challenges and addressing opportunities for males of color.  The groups are ensuring that males are preparing for college or careers.  The groups include: Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Pine Bluff AR Alumnae Chapter; Ivy Center for Education, Incorporated; Junior Leadership Pine Bluff; Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Incorporated, Pine Bluff AR Alumnae Chapter; and University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB).

WHO: Males of Color Initiative

WHERE: O'Bryant, W.E., Bell Tower

      University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff

      1200 N. University Drive

      Pine Bluff, AR 71601

      (Located in the center of the campus)

WHAT: Announcement of $200,000 in grant investments with local Pine Bluff organizations.

National Guard Donates Camo Jerseys to Robinson High

National Guard Donates Camo Jerseys to Robinson High

Robinson High School is honoring our military tonight at the Robinson vs.Central Arkansas Christian (CAC) football game. The National Guard provided both teams with camo jerseys to wear in tonight's game. The school is asking everyone to come to the game to support not only the football teams, but also the men in uniform who sacrifice so much for our safety. Kickoff is at 7:00 p.m. at Joe T. Robinson High.

North Little Rock farm to hold fundraising event at White Water Tavern

North Little Rock farm to hold fundraising event at White Water Tavern

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – In an effort to educate Arkansans on sustainable agricultural practices, St. Joseph Farmin North Little Rock is holding an event at The White Water Tavern in Little Rock Wednesday night, beginning at 7 p.m., to promote the St. Joseph Farm Fest as well as educate those present on how they can contribute to the October festival.

St. Joseph recently established a GoFundMe campaign, with a goal of raising $6,000 toward making the festival a huge success in its first year as well as sustain the festival for future years.

UALR tackles growing issue of student suicides

UALR tackles growing issue of student suicides

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Suicide is the second leading cause of death for college students in the United States. 80 percent of college students who attempt suicide never seek help afterward. By region, the south has the most suicides each year. In the nation, Arkansas ranks 15th in deaths by suicide.

Arkansas is the only state without a federal grant to help with suicide prevention. However, that has not deterred college campuses from taking this growing problem into their own hands. That's why the University of Arkansas at Little Rock declares this week "Suicide Prevention Week".

The number of suicides is on the rise. Already this summer, a third year student committed suicide, and another student committed suicide last spring.

Dr. Michael Kirk, director for UALR's counseling and career services, says the worst semester on record for the school was in the fall of 2012 when 11 suicide attempts were reported.

UAMS opens adult Spina Bifida clinic

UAMS opens adult Spina Bifida clinic

 

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (UAMS) – The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) has opened an adult Spina Bifida Clinic, the first multidisciplinary clinic available to adult patients in Arkansas.

 

Spina bifida is a developmental disorder caused by the incomplete closing of the embryonic neural tube before a baby is born.

 

The UAMS clinic will help coordinate the patients' complex care needs with different UAMS specialists and with their primary care physicians. The clinic includes physicians and staff from urology, wound care nurses, and medical social workers who will coordinate with other UAMS medical services including physical medicine and rehabilitation, plastic and reconstructive surgery, general surgery, neurosurgery and orthopedics.

 

Pulaski Tech starts new community chorus

Pulaski Tech starts new community chorus

Pulaski Technical College will offer its first community-based Festival Chorus this fall, and it's open to anyone who loves to sing and can dedicate time for rehearsals.

Festival Chorus is offered through Pulaski Tech's Community and Continuing Educaton program. No auditions are necessary.The music repertoire will include a little bit of everything, from gospel and jazz to video game music and opera.

The chorus will rehearse on Mondays from 7-9 p.m. on Pulaski Tech's Main Campus, at 3000 West Scenic Drive in North Little Rock.

There is a $25 membership fee to cover the cost of the music, rehearsal space and accompanist. To sign up, contact Chorus Director Michael Ekbladh at 501-907-6670,ext. 3408. Or register online at www.pulaskitech.edu/continuing_education.