It’s 10 o’clock on Friday evening–the perfect time to prop up your feet, turn on the radio and unwind after a long week. If the station happens to be tuned to KUAF, you’ll soon hear the unpredictable yet soothing sounds of jazz fill the air, thanks to volunteer Robert Ginsburg and his show, “Shades of Jazz,” which airs every Friday and Saturday from 10 p.m. until midnight. Similarly, those driving to dinner on a Saturday evening might find themselves listening to a selection of bluegrass, singer-songwriters, honkytonk or acoustic blues if KUAF is their chosen station, thanks to Mike Shirkey and his program, “The Pickin' Post,” airing every Saturday from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. Both shows are the result of numerous volunteer hours from two individuals who blend their love for music with an appreciation for public radio.
For Melissa Maddox, the urge to see the world came very early in life. Growing up, she possessed an international curiosity that was fed by family members who shared her interest. Whether it was entertaining visiting professors as dinner guests, hosting exchange students or supporting her studies abroad, her family made sure her global perspective was expertly crafted. It’s no surprise that she has always been driven to look abroad. Maddox studied Spanish at Fayetteville High School. Her first trip overseas was to Spain, and it didn't take long for her to know that she was hooked. A trend started to develop. She traveled to Spain twice more as an undergraduate and went to India while pursuing her MBA. She attributes much of her professional success to the skills she acquired during these experiences.
University of Arkansas alumni Tom Bercher and Francis Hayes Bercher of Racine, Wisconsin, are providing for a testamentary trust of $450,000 to benefit the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences. The Tom Bercher History Fellowship and Francis Hayes Bercher Social Work Scholarship Fund will both be established as a result of their generous philanthropy.
The J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences has filled two open positions
in its office of development and external relations.
Betsy Lavender joined the University of Arkansas on June 10 as the director of development for Greek initiatives. Lavender is a journalism graduate from the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences and comes to the university after spending 14 years with Alltel Communications in Little Rock and also working in politics.
The University of Arkansas Honors College has awarded Bodenhamer Fellowships to six top incoming freshmen. The fellowship, one of the most prestigious undergraduate awards that the university offers, awards $70,000 in financial support and cultivates a strong sense of community among current and alumni fellows.