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Capitalizing on heartbreak


It’s so funny how when we go through things in life how we can manage to find the strength to keep going. We keep going through the motions systematically. It’s like a milder version of flight and fight. Something so traumatic, so sensitive, so personal and so fatal can happen in our lives that can make us go idle. I wrote this wondering how I’ve gotten to this point. I look back at numerous occasions that took emotional tolls on my life and I look at where I am and wonder how’d I make it here.

December 28, 2011: Bobby Ray Bell

My parent’s anniversary. I was at home with my sister and her now husband. I’d just finished eating a breakfast he’d prepared for us all. We were obsessively watching Netflix and had just selected a movie. We were settled in the family room when… The phone began to…

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“There Are No Small Parts, Only Small Actors”: Why This Isn’t True and What To Do About It

Kerry Hishon

"There Are No Small Parts, Only Small Actors": Why This Isn't True and What To Do About It

I’m sure you’ve heard the expression “There are no small parts, only small actors” before. We often tell this to young actors who have received their role in a show, counted their lines (ugh!) and have discovered that their friend has 36 lines while they only have 4. They truly have a small part.

If you are doing Romeo & Juliet and are the Apothecary, you have a small part. However, your part is still vital to the show. Without you, Romeo doesn’t get his poison and the ending is totally different. (For the better, actually… maybe we should re-write the show without the Apothecary!)

Just because your role is small, does not make it unimportant. If you fully commit to your character and know exactly why he/she is there in that scene at that time, you’ll be able to make each moment count. Your role could be the turning point…

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Dr. Sonny Ramaswamy to deliver fall commencement address

Progress! Evidence of Progress! Alright, Dr. Alexander.


Dr. Sonny Ramaswamy, Director, National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)Dr. Sonny Ramaswamy, director of the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), will deliver the keynote address during fall commencement exercises for the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff graduating class. The free, public event will be held Friday, December 9 at 10:00 a.m. in the Pine Bluff Convention Center arena.

Dr. Ramaswamy was appointed to serve as director of the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) on May 7, 2012. As part of USDA’s Research, Education, and Extension mission, he oversees NIFA awards funds for a wide range of extramural research, education, and extension projects that address the needs of farmers, ranchers, and agricultural producers.

Prior to joining NIFA, Dr. Ramaswamy served as dean of Oregon State University’s College of Agricultural Sciences and director of the Oregon Agricultural Experiment Station. He provided overall leadership for the college’s academic programs at the Corvallis campus and OSU…

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UAPB students excel at INBRE Research Conference

Once again, the minds of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff! Amen, yall!


students at inbre 2016 conference (l-r) Mercedes Winfrey, Tia’Asia James and Jasmine Johnson are photographed with their certificates at the Arkansas INBRE conference

Fourteen University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) students participated in the 2016 Arkansas INBRE Research Conference that was held recently. Students gave oral and poster presentations in biology, physics, chemistry, and biochemistry.

Tia’Asia James, a senior majoring in chemistry, won “First Place Overall” in oral presentation in the chemistry and biochemistry category. Her research topic was “Synthesis and Analysis of Superparamagnetic Bridged Lanthanide (III) Complexes.” She completed this research while serving as a STEM Academy Intern at Texas A&M University during the summer of 2016.  The award included a certificate, plaque and a check for $500.

Mercedes Winfrey, a junior majoring in physics, won second place in the poster presentation in the chemistry and biochemistry category. Her project was entitled “Measuring Carbon Dioxide Emissions as a Basis for Understanding Indoor Air…

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UAPB honors students present at historic national conference

I cried because I am so glad that UAPB is producing women like this! Go Queens!! This my Grandma, Mama, and Daddy’s alma mater Reppin for the home state!


Sheena Meadows, Christ-Shamma Matalbert, Amera Allison, Dr. Carolyn F. Blakely (l-r) Sheena Meadows, Christ-Shamma Matalbert, Amera Allison, Dr. Carolyn F. Blakely

Two scholars from the Carolyn F. Blakely Honors Program at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff presented research in Nashville at the 25th Annual National Association of African-American Honors Programs (NAAAHP) Conference.

Amera Allison, a sophomore business major from Detroit, MI, presented research on the impact three of the four controlling images of black women in the media (as identified by Patricia Hill Collins, 2000) have on the behavior of their black women audience. Christ-Shamma Matalbert, a sophomore political science major who is originally from Haiti but currently a resident of Douglasville, GA, presented research on college students’ perception of natural hair in the professional setting. Both students received certificates for their presentations.

Mrs. Sheena T. Meadows, director of the Carolyn F. Blakely Honors Program, stated that she is, “immensely proud of Allison and Matalbert for their hard…

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Ethiopian Gospel Music

I had a conversation with my mentor today. She explained that she has asked God to give her the ability to learn praise songs in different languages. Beautiful! My dream field, anthropology, is the study of culture. Gotta start listening to Spanish gospel, Korean gospel, Ethiopian gospel, and more. To God be the glory!

This is one I liked.

Psalms 47

1{To the chief Musician, A Psalm for the sons of Korah.} O clap your hands, all ye people; shout unto God with the voice of triumph.

2For the LORD most high is terrible; he is a great King over all the earth.

3He shall subdue the people under us, and the nations under our feet.

4He shall choose our inheritance for us, the excellency of Jacob whom he loved. Selah.

5God is gone up with a shout, the LORD with the sound of a trumpet.

6Sing praises to God, sing praises: sing praises unto our King, sing praises.

7For God is the King of all the earth: sing ye praises with understanding.

8God reigneth over the heathen: God sitteth upon the throne of his holiness.

9The princes of the people are gathered together, even the people of the God of Abraham: for the shields of the earthbelong unto God: he is greatly exalted.