University of Arkansas students involved with the Department of Journalism and student media will have a new venue created for them in Kimpel Hall, thanks to a gift from alumna Susan Walk Burnett and her husband, Rusty Burnett, of Houston. The couple has pledged $1 million for a new addition to the second floor of Kimpel Hall that will include an integrated newsroom where students from all journalism disciplines will converge. A new UATV television studio will also open to a view of one of the busiest hubs on campus. The addition will be named the Susan Walk Burnett Journalism and Student Media Center in honor of the donors, subject to the Board of Trustees’ approval.
Focusing on international education is not unusual at the university's J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences – after all the college's namesake is quoted as saying "international educational exchange is the most significant current project designed to continue the process of humanizing mankind to the point, we would hope, that men can learn to live in peace." But for the average student, studying abroad often comes with potentially prohibitive costs. And, if a student doesn't have the financial means, such essential educational opportunities can easily fall by the wayside.
A gift from the late Jim and Betty Bennett is being used to create the James Harold and Betty Jo Bennett Endowed Scholarship for undergraduate students at the University of Arkansas. The late Jim and Betty Bennett were native Arkansans, and both were distinguished graduates of the university. As a nod to the couple’s majors, the scholarship will benefit two students each year – one studying chemical engineering in the College of Engineering and one studying mathematical sciences in the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences.
A wicked sense of humor, a keen interest in human rights and politics, a sparkling personality and a quick wit best described Jessamy Eve Samuels – and it’s with these qualities in mind that her family and friends recently established the Jessamy Eve Samuels Memorial Scholarship in her honor. Jessamy passed away in May 2016 after a tragic fall while hiking at Hawksbill Crag in Newton County, devastating those close to the vibrant 19-year-old University of Arkansas freshman. She was an honors student in the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences and was interested in studying anthropology and journalism. Her death occurred a year to the day after Jessamy graduated from Rogers High School with Distinguished Honors.
The University of Arkansas Department of Geosciences in the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Scienceshas succeeded in raising more than $500,000 to meet the Walton Family Charitable Support Foundation Match for geosciences doctoral fellowships. This is the latest of several milestones the department has achieved over the last 10 years, including: