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.

Closing the Gap

The Delta Autism Project began in Helena-West Helena when Peggy Schaefer-Whitby discovered a gap in available services and resources for children with autism and their families in the Arkansas Delta. An associate professor of curriculum and instruction in the College of Education and Health Professions, Whitby’s research focus is on special education and curriculum for students with autism. Through the Delta Autism Project, she is working to close that gap in support and services in Arkansas by providing applied behavior analysis training for teachers and organizations, while also expanding resources and helping students with autism thrive.

The Art of Outreach

At the University of Arkansas, experiential learning and outreach are core to our mission. Students and faculty alike can be found working on projects across the state, supporting communities and honing skills. It’s just one way that the U of A provides life-changing opportunities in its dedication to Arkansas.

Growing Arkansas

University of Arkansas engineers are working with Arkansas farmers to develop more sustainable methods for growing rice that increase production and reduce the demand for water. Arkansas is the nation’s top producer of rice, harvesting more than 9 billion pounds each year.


Tusk V made his debut this year as the next generation of our Arkansas Razorback living mascot. He is on the field at every home game to cheer on his fellow Hogs, just like his dad, Tusk IV. Thanks to the tremendous loving care and extraordinary commitment of the Keith and Julie Stokes family, the Tusk tradition continues.

The Next Adventure

The U of A’s success is measured in the miles of sidewalks etched with the names of our graduates. Preparing graduates for their next adventure is what we do — whether it is continuing their education, starting their own business, or, like most of our graduates, starting a new job in Arkansas or beyond.

Always a Razorback

Dick Trammel began cheering for the Razorbacks more than 60 years ago and has been faithfully “Calling Those Hogs” ever since. A supporter of the Spirit Squad through scholarships, Trammel joins the cheerleaders on the field in his original cheer outfit to call the Hogs at every Homecoming game.


The EMPOWER program in the College of Education and Health Professions helps young adults with mild intellectual disabilities build the knowledge and skills they need for a bright and successful future. The four-year, non-degree experiential learning program incorporates functional academics, independent living, employment, health and wellness and social skills into a curriculum within a university setting, where participants build strong friendships and support structures for life.

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