Arkansas Short Takes

Welcome to the home of Arkansas Short Takes, where you will find a series of short videos featuring stories about outstanding students, faculty and special points of pride at the University of Arkansas.

Fayettechill State of Mind

It started as a student’s expression of what makes Fayetteville and the surrounding area so special. A few years later, "Fayettechill" has become a popular brand far beyond campus. Specializing in clothing and gear made for enjoying the outdoors, Fayettechill is owned and operated by University of Arkansas graduates, who hope they’ve captured the spirit of what makes Fayetteville one of the nation’s best places to live.

Arkansas Traveler

Chancellor Joe Steinmetz spent five days traveling Arkansas by bus to get to know his new home state and the diverse needs and interests of Arkansans. Steinmetz, his wife Sandy and members of the university's leadership team covered nearly 1,000 miles, making more than 20 stops in 12 different communities to meet with alumni, students and friends, as well as leaders in education and business.

Senior Walk: A Family Tradition

There's a story behind every one of the names on Senior Walk, the campus sidewalks etched with the names of all University of Arkansas graduates -- more than 175,000 of them. First-generation college graduates, those who have shared the U of A experience with another family member and even several generations of the same family are all found there. A graduate shares her connection to Senior Walk, a family tradition in her case, that dates back to the late 1800s.

Designing "The Weight of Sacrifice"

When a national commission launched an international search for someone to design a U.S. World War I memorial in Washington, D.C., they had to look no further than Joe Weishaar, a 2013 University of Arkansas architecture alumnus. His design, “The Weight of Sacrifice,” will be located just yards from the White House on Pennsylvania Avenue. It’s a life-changing project for Weishaar, a graduate of the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design and Honors College.

Natural Curiosity

Shannon Sanders travels the globe in search of the best stories as a video producer for National Geographic. Her natural curiosity was obvious early on in a small town not far from the University of Arkansas campus, where she later honed her journalism skills. Now this Fulbright College and Honors College graduate shares the results of her curiosity with millions.

Preserving Ozark Voices

The nation’s largest collection of Arkansas and Ozark folksongs can now be accessed online. The Ozark Folksong Collection includes more than 4,500 audio recordings of songs, oral histories, anecdotes and tales originally recorded and compiled, primarily by former University of Arkansas professor Mary Celestia Parler and her students, between 1949 and 1965.

In a Class of Her Own

Elizabeth Reagan raised 13 children – then decided to head back to school, attending her first class at the University of Arkansas in 1971. Forty-five years later, this 93-year old great-grandmother is still signing up for new courses with no plans to stop.

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