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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.

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.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

AHC, SNRC hosting symposium on The Great War

AHC, SNRC hosting symposium on The Great War

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AHC/SNRC) - The Arkansas History Commission and the Sequoyah National Research Center will be hosting a free half-day symposium on Saturday, September 13 from 9:00 a.m. until noon in Dickinson Hall at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.  The symposium’s theme, The Great War: Researching World War I in Arkansas Archives, will feature presenters, Dr. Daniel F. Littlefield, Roy Boney and Amanda Paige. 

Topics will include Cherokee Code Talkers: World War I and Beyond, American Indians in World War I: Choctaw Case Study, and Letters, Scrapbooks and Discharges: WWI Treasures at the Arkansas History Commission.

Arkansas Office Products Donates Supplies to WJ Clinton Elementary Students

Arkansas Office Products Donates Supplies to WJ Clinton Elementary Students

Arkansas Office Products of Sherwood and Crews and Associates of Little Rock partnered this year and generously donated 50 backpacks filled with school supplies to William Jefferson Clinton Elementary School today.

Crews and Associates employees came together for this service project and raised money for the backpacks through various fundraisers – from bake sales to paying to wear jeans on Friday. Arkansas Office Products then generously donated the school supplies.

Their kind contribution will allow Clinton Elementary School to better serve our young students throughout the new school year. In total, Arkansas Office Products is partnering with others to ensure 400 backpacks filled supplies reach local schools in the greater Little Rock area.

Pulaski Tech offers free boating education class

Pulaski Tech offers free boating education class

Pulaski Tech will offer a free Arkansas boating education class on Aug. 12 and Aug. 14. The class will meet from 6-9:30 p.m. both nights at the college's Business and Industry Center, 3303 East Roosevelt Road in Little Rock.

A representative from the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission will teach the two-part class, which covers the fundamentals of safe and responsible boating. A certification test will be given on the second night.

To register, call Emily Martin at 501-907-6670, ext. 2307, or register online at www.pulaskitech.edu/continuing_education