Joseph Steinmetz, the new chancellor at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, is making a bus tour around Arkansas and perhaps a measure of the thoroughness of his effort was a stop of nearly an hour yesterday at the Arkansas Times.My impressionistic take: Good.
A health problem has kept David Pryor away from this week's University of Arkansas Board of Trustees, but it has not kept him from submitting a detailed list of 33 questions about a proposed expansion of Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville, a $100 million project.
The Arkansas Traveler, the student newspaper of the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, reports that UA has moved to ban the small, two-wheeled scooters known as "hoverboards" from all university facilities, a decision that was effective on Dec. 18. The electric scooters require a standing operator to make small adjustments of the feet and legs to move forward, backward or brake. Lean forward, and they move forward. One of the hot toys this Christmas, the tricky devices have been responsible for a slew of injuries, including broken bones, head injuries and cuts requiring stitches.
An examination of tax records shows the billionaire Koch brothers are investing more in higher education, typically in ways to enhance their ideological aims. The University of Arkansas ,familiar with getting money for programs admired by rich people, is on the Koch list of beneficiaries.
UALR's on-going studies of ways to streamline operations in the face of a budget crunch includes a recommendation to combine three non-academic units into a new school, with some possible reductions in staff.
The Tyson family and Tyson Foods have made a $5 million gift to toward the Don Tyson Center for Agricultural Sciences, a $16.3 million project of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.
The Southern Arkansas University Board of Trustees today chose Dr. Trey Berry, currently SAU provost, as the school's next president. He'll take office July 1 to succeed retiring president David Rank. He was one of three finalists.