UA gala aims for billion; Facebook leaks some attendees | Arkansas Blog

Saturday, September 17, 2016

UA gala aims for billion; Facebook leaks some attendees

Posted By on Sat, Sep 17, 2016 at 7:42 AM

click to enlarge fullsizerender-3.jpg

click to enlarge EMCEE: UA grad T. J. Holmes did the honors.
  • EMCEE: UA grad T. J. Holmes did the honors.
The secretive University of Arkansas gala last night in Fayetteville to supercharge the campus   fund-raising campaign included promotion of a billion-dollar goal.

Recognize anyone in the top photo?

You'll recall that the public wasn't invited; that the university refused to release a guest list and that it has otherwise been evasive, occasionally churlish, about questions posed in the runup and execution of the $450,000 dinner, at which university employees made up a good third of the guests.

Nonetheless, some photos hit Facebook, including a shot of what appears to be a program listing of some of the big shots who were invited or honored, prominent among them former Chancellor David Gearhart, whose experiences with fund-raising have been well chronicled. Walmart CEO Doug McMillon was reportedly on hand, among others shielded from scrutiny by UA for supposed  "competitive" purposes.  Walmart and the Waltons might be solicited for money for a university in which they already hold a controlling stake? Top-secret stuff, that. (PS: A friend sent me several photos he'd spotted on Facebook. The individual Facebook page contributors didn't "leak" them to me. I meant only to suggest that Facebook allowed the leakage. And, finally, today I learned they came from Denise Firmin Garner and she said she was happy to share the photos of the event.)

I've also learned that photo of names was taken from a re-creation of the UA Senior Walk, with important people inscribed.

click to enlarge fullsizerender-3.jpg

FLOWERS WERE NICE
  • FLOWERS WERE NICE

click to enlarge FACES IN THE  FAYETTEVILLE CROWD: Mary  E;lizabeth Whipple Eldridge and Conner Eldridge. No sign yet of Sen. John Boowman, Eldridge's opponent in November.
  • FACES IN THE FAYETTEVILLE CROWD: Mary E;lizabeth Whipple Eldridge and Conner Eldridge. No sign yet of Sen. John Boowman, Eldridge's opponent in November.

Tags: , , , , , , ,

From the ArkTimes store

Favorite

Comments (19)

Showing 1-19 of 19

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-19 of 19

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

Readers also liked…

  • Auditor Lea caught not telling the truth

    State Auditor Andrea Lea, who began her tenure in statewide office with a degree of competence unseen in some other Republican counterparts (think Treasurer Dennis Milligan particularly), is becoming more deeply mired in a political scandal.
    • Mar 4, 2016
  • Trump immigration protest at LR: Quick and fierce

    It was not even 24 hours ago that Sophia Said, director of the Interfaith Center; City Director Kathy Webb and others decided to organize a protest today of Donald Trump's executive order that has left people from Muslim countries languishing in airports or unable to come to the US at all — people with visas, green cards,a  post-doc graduate student en route to Harvard, Google employees abroad, families. I got the message today before noon; others didn't find out until it was going on. But however folks found out, they turned out in huge numbers, more than thousand men, women and children, on the grounds of the state Capitol to listen to speakers from all faiths and many countries.
    • Jan 29, 2017
  • Another Republican miracle-working governor

    Great piece in Washington Post on the budget crisis in Louisiana. Big tax cuts and corporate welfare will do that to a state, particularly to a state whose previous governor, Republican Bobby Jindal, refused to join the Obamacare-funded Medicaid expansion. There's a lesson there for Arkansas.
    • Mar 4, 2016

Most Shared

  • ASU to reap $3.69 million from estate of Jim and Wanda Lee Vaughn

    Arkansas State University announced today plans for spending an expected $3.69 million gift in the final distribution of the estate of Jim and Wanda Lee Vaughn, who died in 2013 and 2015 respectively.
  • Bad health care bill, again

    Wait! Postpone tax reform and everything else for a while longer because the Senate is going to try to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act one more time before September ends and while it can do it with the votes of only 50 senators.
  • Sex on campus

    Look, the Great Campus Rape Crisis was mainly hype all along. What Vice President Joe Biden described as an epidemic of sexual violence sweeping American college campuses in 2011 was vastly overstated.
  • The inadequate legacy of Brown

    LRSD continues to abdicate its responsibility to educate poor black students.

Most Viewed

Most Recent Comments

Blogroll

 

© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation