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.


Tusk V made his debut this year as the next generation of our Arkansas Razorback living mascot. He is on the field at every home game to cheer on his fellow Hogs, just like his dad, Tusk IV. Thanks to the tremendous loving care and extraordinary commitment of the Keith and Julie Stokes family, the Tusk tradition continues.

The Next Adventure

The U of A’s success is measured in the miles of sidewalks etched with the names of our graduates. Preparing graduates for their next adventure is what we do — whether it is continuing their education, starting their own business, or, like most of our graduates, starting a new job in Arkansas or beyond.

Always a Razorback

Dick Trammel began cheering for the Razorbacks more than 60 years ago and has been faithfully “Calling Those Hogs” ever since. A supporter of the Spirit Squad through scholarships, Trammel joins the cheerleaders on the field in his original cheer outfit to call the Hogs at every Homecoming game.


The EMPOWER program in the College of Education and Health Professions helps young adults with mild intellectual disabilities build the knowledge and skills they need for a bright and successful future. The four-year, non-degree experiential learning program incorporates functional academics, independent living, employment, health and wellness and social skills into a curriculum within a university setting, where participants build strong friendships and support structures for life.

Plant Love

Sophomore honors student Rhiannon de la Rosa saw plastic containers being tossed in the trash across campus and realized she could use her love of plants in an environmentally sustainable way. She gathers bottles and cups, paints them and propagates plants in them to give to students. In fact, if you want to drop off a used container, she will trade you a plant in a decorated planter. A horticulture major in the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences, Rhiannon’s goal is to share her love of plants and spread a little happiness while encouraging others to adopt a reuse, reduce, recycle philosophy.

Finding “The Way”

The Honors Passport program immerses students in foreign cultures and history, providing unique experiences through travel and innovative teaching. In 2018, students and faculty with the Honors Passport program traveled to France and Spain, following the ancient pilgrimage path known as “The Way,” the Camino de Santiago. This trip is one of the many study abroad opportunities at the University of Arkansas, where about 1,200 U of A students visited 56 countries last year.

Mining the Future

One in five students in the latest freshman class at the University of Arkansas are the first in their families to go to college. Providing a path to college for first generation and under represented students through mentoring, scholarship support and access is an important part of the university’s mission to ensure hard-working Arkansans have the opportunity to attend, succeed and graduate from college. It’s part of our core philosophy focused on one student at a time.

This is the story of Lizbeth Juarez, an Honors College civil engineering major and former first-generation students Joshua Byron Smith, assistant professor in English and John English, dean of the College of Engineering.

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