(from left to right): Wall size back drop used for events depicting the Fulbright statue, senior walk and Old Main, Peace Through Education banner and Old Main banner.

(from left to right):
Wall size back drop used for events depicting the Fulbright statue, senior walk and Old Main, Peace Through Education banner and Old Main banner.

Fulbright Legacy, Guiding All Students

Fulbright building banner

Fulbright building banner

by Amanda Simmons

In 2013, a loyal friend of Fulbright College endowed the “J. William Fulbright Legacy Fund” to enhance Fulbright College’s public commitment and to expose the university, its students and wider audiences to the life, work and philosophy of J. William Fulbright.

Although the endowment is still a few years from use, the college is preparing for the gift by increasing its efforts to unify the college through visual associations.

Named after former University President and United States Senator J. William Fulbright, the college is the largest at the University of Arkansas. It includes 19 academic departments, has more than 30 programs and research centers and specializes in degrees within the fine arts, humanities, natural sciences and social sciences. Due to its size and breadth, the college has taken a new step to connect with students, using banners to establish a relationship and sense of place across campus.

There are 16 banners placed in 12 buildings throughout campus, allowing people to identify which buildings are part of the college.

Every University of Arkansas student will be involved with Fulbright College at some point in his or her academic career, even if it is only to obtain core classes. The images provide a greeting to these students, letting them know that Fulbright College has touched their lives.

Designed by Ali Williams, the college’s director of creative services, the banners have a few variations throughout Old Main, which houses several of the college’s departments and the Dean’s Office. The banners distributed around campus each have a picture of the J. William Fulbright sculpture that stands outside Old Main, creating a visual cue for students to remind them of the legacy of J. William Fulbright. The design also includes the phrase “Peace Through Education,” a call back to the senator’s belief that world peace may be achieved though educational exchange and enhancing peoples’ understanding of one another.

The Fulbright College banners maintain a sense of unity through a visible bond to all students, faculty, staff and guests who are a part of the University of Arkansas.


Amanda Simmons

About the author

Amanda Simmons is a junior in the Walter J. Lemke Department of Journalism broadcast sequence. She is serving as a communications intern in the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences for the fall 2014 semester.