Eddie Jones, a professor of voice in the Department of Music, influenced countless lives as an educator, performer and conductor. He joined the University of Arkansas faculty in 1990, and the community suffered a great loss after his passing on Oct. 16, 2014. On Dec. 3, Jones’ friends, students and colleagues honored his inspirational life through a memorial concert. The mood was jubilant at Praise the Lord!: Celebrating the Life of Dr. Eddie Jones as choirs filled with the students he adored performed arrangements of his favorite songs and friends, colleagues and students spoke in remembrance of the devotion, love and humor he displayed throughout his life.
The American Dream Initiative, a program designed to help integrate immigrants into the community, is getting its start in Northwest Arkansas. The University of Arkansas, Walmart and other organizations have become partners in this effort to help immigrants connect with resources enabling them to integrate into society. The initiative, which was created by the Cisneros’s Center for New Americans, focuses on communities, such as Springdale and Rogers, that have a growing immigrant population, and where the infrastructure for incorporating these new residents into society is still developing.
Miller Williams, internationally known poet, University of Arkansas professor emeritus, former director of the U of A Program in Creative Writing, founder of the program in translation, and co-founder and first director of the University of Arkansas Press, died Thursday, Jan. 1, at the age of 84.
The Arkansas Archeological Survey mourns the passing of Hester A. Davis, who died on December 30, 2014. With Dr. Charles R. McGimsey III, Hester helped to create the Survey, established in 1967 by act of the Arkansas legislature, and she served as Arkansas’s first State Archeologist from that year until her retirement in 1999. Hester played a leading role in the creation of the annual training program for members of the Arkansas Archeological Society, which continues in its 52nd year.
Steve Stephenson, a visiting professor in the Department of Biological Sciences in the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences, traveled to Vietnam on a Fulbright Specialist Award in March 2014.
Christopher Liner, professor of geosciences since 2012 and the Maurice F. Storm Chair in Petroleum Geology in the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences, advanced from his role as president-elect of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists to president at the annual meeting held Oct. 26- 31 in Denver.