Arkansas Short Takes

Welcome to the home of Arkansas Short Takes, where you will find a series of short videos featuring stories about outstanding students, faculty and special points of pride at the University of Arkansas.

Preserving Ozark Voices

The nation’s largest collection of Arkansas and Ozark folksongs can now be accessed online. The Ozark Folksong Collection includes more than 4,500 audio recordings of songs, oral histories, anecdotes and tales originally recorded and compiled, primarily by former University of Arkansas professor Mary Parler and her students, between 1949 and 1965.

In a Class of Her Own

Elizabeth Reagan raised 13 children – then decided to head back to school, attending her first class at the University of Arkansas in 1971. Forty-five years later, this 93-year old great-grandmother is still signing up for new courses with no plans to stop.

Holiday Hospitality

Fayetteville’s annual Lights of the Ozarks has become a beloved family holiday tradition. Some of the event’s favorite festivities are the work of students from the University of Arkansas. For nearly a decade, Hospitality Innovation students have organized the Lighting Night parade and other details in a partnership with the Fayetteville Visitors Bureau and Fayetteville Advertising and Promotion Commission. Special thanks to the University of Arkansas Horn Choir for providing the music in the video.

Natural Inspiration

Students and faculty in the Fay Jones School of Architecture + Design honored Jones and his mentor, Frank Lloyd Wright, by building a permanent structure on the grounds of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. The creation, a viewing pavilion to complement Wright’s Bachman-Wilson house, is the result of a unique partnership between the museum and the University of Arkansas.

4,000 Photos Per Game

For nearly 30 years, alumnus James Smith has been taking photos – lots of photos – of the Dallas Cowboys. He estimates he takes about 4,000 each game day. Smith honed his photography skills at the University of Arkansas in the ‘80s while also preparing for his “day job” as a financial analyst.

Tackling Concussions Head On

Some fans, coaches and teammates still praise those who stay in the game after getting their “bell rung,” but there can be major consequences for those who continue to play with a concussion. Educating parents, coaches and athletes on how to identify and treat concussions is crucial to player safety.

Razorback Game Day

The SEC is home to many unique traditions and some of the most passionate fans anywhere. Razorback fans are best known for calling the Hogs, but that's just one of the traditions that makes Fayetteville so special on game day.

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