University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff
|University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff|
University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Seal
|Chancellor||Laurence B. Alexander|
|Location||Pine Bluff, Arkansas, United States
|Colors||Black and Gold
|Athletics||NCAA Division I – (FCS)|
|Affiliations||Southwestern Athletic Conference|
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The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) is a historically black university located in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, United States. Founded in 1873, it is the oldest HBCU and the second oldest public institution in the state of Arkansas (after the University of Arkansas). UAPB is a member-school of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. It is known popularly by its moniker the "Flagship of the Delta."
The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, was authorized in 1873 by the Reconstruction-era legislature as the Branch Normal College; a historically black college, it was nominally part of the "normal" (education) department of Arkansas Industrial University, later the University of Arkansas. It was operated separately as part of a compromise to get a college for blacks students, as the state maintained racial segregation well into the 20th century. It later was designated as a land-grant college under the 1890 federal amendments to Morrill Land-Grant Colleges Act. As Congress had originally established the land grant colleges to provide education to all qualified students in a state, in 1890 it required states maintaining segregated systems to establish a separate land-grant university for blacks as well as whites.
In 1927, the school severed its ties with the University of Arkansas and became Arkansas Agricultural, Mechanical & Normal (AM&N) College. It moved to its current campus location in 1929. Nearly 50 years later, the college re-joined what is now the University of Arkansas System. As a full-fledged campus with graduate study departments, it gained its current name and university status in the process.
Since 1988, the university has gained recognition as a leading research institution in aquaculture studies, offering the state's only comprehensive program in this field. It supports a growing regional industry throughout the Mid-South (according to the school, aquaculture is a $167 million industry in Arkansas alone and worth approximately $1.2 billion in the Mississippi Delta region). Recently the program was enhanced by the addition of an Aquaculture/Fisheries PhD program.
Arkansas–Pine Bluff's sports teams have participated in NCAA Division I in the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) since re-joining the conference in 1998, and competes in the Football Championship Subdivision (formerly I-AA) for football. Home football games are held at Golden Lion Stadium. Men's sports also include baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, tennis and track & field; while women's sports include basketball, cross country, soccer, softball, tennis, track & field and volleyball.
The Lions participated in the SWAC Championship Game for the first time in 2006 after recording a 7–2 conference record. The Alabama A&M Bulldogs defeated the Lions (22–13) in the championship game. The Lions finished that season with an overall record of 8–4.
The lions won the Swac Championship on December 8, 2012 against Jackson State in Birmingham, Alabama. UAPB finished the 2012 season 10-2 and are the 2012 Southwestern Athletic Conference champions.
In 2009–2010, for the first time in school history, the women's soccer team won the SWAC tournament and made it to the NCAA tournament for the first time ever. Also the men's basketball team received an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament as champions of the SWAC conference. The Golden Lions won the opening round game against Winthrop and were awarded the #16 seed in the South Region. The team was eliminated from the tournament in the following round by Duke who ultimately became the NCAA Champions.
The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff houses over 1000 students on campus. Hunt Hall and the Harrold Complex each feature rooms on double-loaded corridors, with common area bath facilities. They also all feature computer labs, snack kitchens, laundry facilities, study rooms, telephones and cable television in all rooms, and lobbies. Internet access is available in all rooms. Hunt Hall houses male students. The Harrold Complex, consisting of four halls, Johnson, Copeland, Fischer, and Stevens, is for females. Freshman males are assigned to Johnson and Copeland.
Built in 1964, the Harrold Complex was named in memory of Norma E. Harrold, former Dean of Women. It has four halls and houses a total of 512 male and female students. Johnson Hall was named in honor of Nettie E. Johnson, a graduate of the class of 1903; Copeland Hall was named in memory of Ernestine Inez Copeland; Fischer Hall was named in memory of Rubye G. Fischer, a former principal of the J.C. Corbin Laboratory School on campus; and Stevens Hall was named for the late Maggie R. Stevens, a former counselor at Branch Normal College.
The Johnny B. Johnson Complex, JBJ, can house 288 students. 8 students are assigned to each 4-bedroom suite, which includes two baths, a living and dining area, and a small kitchen with a full-sized refrigerator and microwave oven. JBJ has dining and laundry facilities that are exclusively for the use of its residents. The Upperclassmen Honor Suites are located at JBJ. Occupancy at JBJ is limited to those students with a minimum of 30 hours and a minimum GPA of 2.0. Preference is given to those students with at least two semesters of on-campus residency.
Built in 1991, the Complex was named in honor of Dr. Johnny B. Johnson, former Chancellor of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. JBJ has nine buildings and houses a total of 288 male and female students.
The newest residence hall is the new Delta Housing Complex. Built in 2003, it offers first-class living accommodations. This suite-style complex has 104 private rooms and 140 double rooms; it houses 388 students.
Fraternities & sororities
Eight of the nine National Pan-Hellenic Council fraternities and sororities are represented on campus. These organizations are:
|Alpha Kappa Alpha||ΑΚΑ||Alpha Rho||AP|
|Alpha Phi Alpha||ΑΦΑ||Gamma Delta||ΓΔ|
|Delta Sigma Theta||ΔΣΘ||Delta Eta||ΔH|
|Kappa Alpha Psi||ΚΑΨ||Gamma Sigma||ΓΣ|
|Omega Psi Phi||ΩΨΦ||Tau Sigma||TΣ|
|Phi Beta Sigma||ΦΒΣ||Beta Theta||BΘ|
|Sigma Gamma Rho||ΣΓΡ||Alpha Chi||AX|
|Zeta Phi Beta||ΖΦΒ||Beta Beta||BB|
In 2009, the UAPB Band, known as the Marching Musical Machine of the Mid-South (M4), was selected to participate in the United States Presidential Inaugural Parade.
|Martha S. Lewis||1944||government official in New York city and state|
|Danny K. Davis||1961||U.S. Representative for 7th Congressional District in Illinois|
|Samuel L. Kountz||1952||performed the first successful Kidney transplant between humans who were not identical twins|
|Jamil Nasser||1955||jazz musician, bassist|
|Tevester Anderson||1962||former head basketball coach at Jackson State University and Murray State University|
|Frank Burgess||1957||professional basketball player; later an attorney and U.S. federal judge for the Western District of Washington
Burgess only attended one year before enlisting in the U.S. Air Force. After serving a four-year tour, he transferred to Gonzaga University, where he eventually earned bachelor's and law degrees.
|Benjamin L. Pruitt||1960||music educator|
|Joe Gardner||1966||jazz musician, trumpet|
|Dr. Cleophus Charles||1966||Carter Woodson Professorship in Negro History, 1973–2000 Berea College, Berea KY|
|David Dewitt Chapple||1966||musician, saxophonist, bandleader|
|John Stubblefield||1967||jazz musician, sax, recording artist|
|James Leary||1968||jazz/classical musician, bass, Sammy Davis, Jr., Count Basie Orchestra, Oakland Symphony|
|L. C. Greenwood||1969||football player; former Pittsburgh Steelers defensive lineman, a member of the famous Steel Curtain defense|
|Terron Armstead||NFL offensive lineman for the New Orleans Saints|
|Cleo Miller||1973||former football player|
|Ivory Lee Brown||1991||football player|
|Smokie Norful||1995||Pastor, gospel singer and pianist|
|Jamil Snowden||1995||football player|
|Chris Akins||former NFL defensive back|
|Greg Wesley||2000||current NFL defensive back|
|Dante Wesley||2002||football player|
|Courtney Van Buren||2003||former NFL offensive lineman|
|Charles Ali||2007||football player; former Cleveland Browns|
|Martell Mallett||football player|
|Don Zimmerman||former NFL wide receiver|