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.

Senior Walk: A Family Tradition

There's a story behind every one of the names on Senior Walk, the campus sidewalks etched with the names of all University of Arkansas graduates -- more than 175,000 of them. First-generation college graduates, those who have shared the U of A experience with another family member and even several generations of the same family are all found there. A graduate shares her connection to Senior Walk, a family tradition in her case, that dates back to the late 1800s.

Designing "The Weight of Sacrifice"

When a national commission launched an international search for someone to design a U.S. World War I memorial in Washington, D.C., they had to look no further than Joe Weishaar, a 2013 University of Arkansas architecture alumnus. His design, “The Weight of Sacrifice,” will be located just yards from the White House on Pennsylvania Avenue. It’s a life-changing project for Weishaar, a graduate of the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design and Honors College.

Natural Curiosity

Shannon Sanders travels the globe in search of the best stories as a video producer for National Geographic. Her natural curiosity was obvious early on in a small town not far from the University of Arkansas campus, where she later honed her journalism skills. Now this Fulbright College and Honors College graduate shares the results of her curiosity with millions.

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 Celestia 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.

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