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.

A Life-Changing Summer

Summer is no vacation for University of Arkansas students who travel to one of the world’s most poverty-stricken regions to help a community in need. The Mozambique service learning project gives agriculture, business and engineering students the opportunity to use what they learn in the classroom to make a difference in the lives of others facing extreme conditions. The results are life-changing.

For more information, visit the service learning website. To recieve information about service learning opportunities through the Honors College, visit the Honors College website.

Transitioning to College

Making the transition to college can be tough on students as they work to make new connections, meet new friends and find out where to turn for support when needed. New Student & Family Programs offers that support in many ways, ensuring that new students experience a fulfilling and successful first year on campus.

Extreme Caver

You can’t thoroughly study underground water resources from behind a desk. Instead, you have to go where the water is – deep underground, often moving through difficult-to-navigate cave systems, sometimes for weeks at a time. The preferred skill-set for this type of research includes expertise in hydrogeology, physics and scuba diving balanced with a desire for exploration and adventure.

Take a field trip to places few have ever seen with University of Arkansas associate professor Matt Covington, one of the world’s only speleophysicists.

Power in Numbers

A group of women from around the country, connected by their deep appreciation and support of the University of Arkansas – that’s the essence of the Women’s Giving Circle. This unique group supports innovative mentorship programs, student initiatives, research projects and other worthwhile efforts on campus, in the community and across Arkansas. See how this diverse group of community volunteers, alumnae, faculty, professionals, mothers and daughters unites for the common good.

Hurdling Adversity

John Register was at the peak of his athletic career, training for the Olympics, when a freak accident changed his life forever. Find out how this Razorback All-American not only recovered but reinvented himself, using his experience to inspire others.

Innovation Café

Ever imagine starting your own restaurant? At the University of Arkansas hospitality students are getting the opportunity to actually do that from scratch. Students create everything from the overall concept to the individual recipes on the menu, giving them a taste of the real world and invaluable experience, while the rest of campus enjoys another tasty dining option.

Inspiring BIG Dreams

The idea of pursuing a college education is foreign to some growing up in the Arkansas Delta. Students at the University of Arkansas hope to change that by helping girls believe in themselves, inspiring them to Dream B.I.G.

Professional Shopper

Think your holiday shopping starts early? U of A grad Mandy Kordsmeier’s holiday season never ends. Picking the items that will be on the shelves of one of the world’s largest retailers requires many trips around the world – a professional shopping spree that starts 18 months before your holiday season.

Best in Sight and Sound

Like the Razorback football team, the Razorback Marching Band puts in a lot of work to get ready for each game. Many may not be aware of that, but we can all appreciate why the band is often called “The Best in Sight and Sound.”

Time Scanners

National Geographic International and PBS turned to researchers from the University’s Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies to explore the world in a unique way, teaching us new things about the some of the world’s oldest landmarks.

Military Friendly

How does one of our nation’s veterans learn to become a student again – and succeed? A student-veteran at the University of Arkansas shares his story and shows why the U of A is one of the nation’s most Military Friendly institutions.

Visit the Veterans Resource and Information Center for more information.

Full Access

First generation college students and low income students don't always have a clear path to college. It's not even on the radar for some. The College Access Initiative at the University of Arkansas reaches out to these students, visiting high schools and bringing students to campus, while providing the tools and guidance needed to help empower them to apply, enroll, and graduate from college.

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