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.

Recipe for Success

Coleman Warren is dedicated to Arkansas. The Farmington native started his own ice cream business during his sophomore year at the U of A with the goal of fighting hunger. He also excelled in and out of the classroom and led the student body as president of the Associated Student Government. In 2021 and 2022, his stellar achievements were recognized when he was named a Truman Scholar and Rhodes Scholar, respectively – the latter being an opportunity extended to only 32 students in the country.

The Art of Mathematics

The new courtyard Curvahedra at the University of Arkansas is a conversation piece that sits proudly outside Gearhart Hall. Its name comes from the words “polyhedra,” or objects with many flat faces, and “curve,” since the assembled pieces create curved versions of those forms. Essentially, the structure employs two-dimensional shapes to create a three-dimensional sculpture and, in its finished 12-foot diameter form, offers passersby a respite from campus life and the opportunity to contemplate its uniqueness. Thanks to the interdisciplinary work of students and faculty, it also showcases the beauty of mathematics and utilizes a new innovative method of construction.

Talking the Walk

The University of Arkansas is home to more than six miles of sidewalks engraved with the names of 210,000+ graduates, dating back to the first graduating class in 1876. Hear some of their personal recollections about their time at the U of A, many pulled from old yearbooks and film clips, in the documentary film, “If This Walk Could Talk” by Larry Foley, department chair for the School of Journalism and Strategic Media. Watch the premiere live on the U of A YouTube channel or attend in person at Faulkner Performing Arts Center on campus. The premiere begins at 6 p.m. on Feb. 10, 2022. Can’t make it or watch live? After the premiere, the documentary will be available to watch anytime on YouTube.

Arkansas Roots

David and Monica Petter of Stuttgart, 1993 graduates of the U of A, dedicated a portion of their soybean field to honor the U of A’s 150th anniversary by cutting the logo across a 3.5 acre swath of beans. The design gives a nod to the U of A’s agricultural roots and fundamental purpose as a land-grant institution and state flagship university – to serve the state of Arkansas.

How the Razorback Ran

Did you know we were once known as the Cardinals? Former football coach Hugo Bezdek is credited with first saying the team fought like Razorbacks after a game in 1909. It wasn’t long before the name stuck and we’ve been calling the Hogs ever since. Hank Hancock, a 1926 graduate, is credited with making our Razorback iconic by drawing the first running Razorback mascot. His drawing remains the foundation of our running Razorback brand today. This is the story of how Hank Hancock made the Razorback run.

Faculty Brothers

Chris Nelson, assistant professor of biomedical engineering and Alex Nelson, assistant professor of computer science and computer engineering, are alumni, faculty and brothers. They bring their knowledge and connection to the classroom and laboratory every day to help teach the next generation of engineers and develop new technology that improves lives. **This video was filmed in early 2020, before the pandemic hit.

Come As You Arkansas

Join us Sept. 10 to celebrate the U of A's 150th Anniversary. >Come As You Arkansas is a daylong event with food, prizes and more than 50 festivities, from games on Old Main lawn to history exhibits, a sand hog demonstration, math circus and more. Come As You Arkansas and join the fun!

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