Activities in Fayetteville

My name is Treyce Williams and I’m from Plano, Texas. I am a freshman, going into sophomore year. I am a member of Beta Upsilon Chi (BYX) Fraternity, I am involved in Cru, and I attend/volunteer at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church. I enjoy playing guitar, listening to music, playing and watching soccer, hanging out with friends, hiking, and exploring. My most memorable U of A moment was beating Ole Miss in football at home last season. Something interesting about me is that I can play four instruments: Guitar, piano, trumpet, and French horn.

Fayetteville is a place full of endless opportunities when it comes to spending time with your family. Finding something to do around Fayetteville doesn’t have to be hard when you have a list of things to-do and lucky for you, I have created one.

First, visit and spend time with your student. I am positive that you, the family, miss your student and despite what your student may say, they definitely miss you too. Spending time with your student and having them show you around their residence hall and campus arguably may be the best activity you do while visiting Fayetteville.

Second, attend a Razorback sporting event. While you are visiting Fayetteville, attending a sporting event is a MUST. It doesn’t matter if it is football, basketball, gymnastics, baseball, or any other sporting event. Go. The atmosphere you experience at a Razorback sporting event is second to none and there is no sight or sound better than calling the hogs with all your closest friends and family.

Third, visit the Fayetteville Farmers Market. The Fayetteville Farmers Market is open on Saturdays from 7:00 am to 2:00 pm between the months of April and November and on Tuesday & Thursday from 7:00 am to 1:00 pm between the months of April and October. The market offers an excellent selection of fresh fruit and vegetables, flowers, herbs and plants, charcuterie, dairy products, and baked goods, as well as curated crafts, fine art, and jewelry. The market bustles with local musicians, street performers, and community organizations. This is something you won’t want to miss.

Fourth, take a stroll through the Botanical Gardens of the Ozarks. This place is home to an impressive collection of twelve themed gardens and a modern butterfly house. The gardens were established in 1994 with the aim of providing a beautiful location for recreation and relaxation. The garden aims to inspire people to take an interest in the natural ecosystems of the Ozarks. The Garden also sponsors loads of events throughout the year, so I would definitely encourage y’all to look into this attraction while you are in town.

Fifth, eat. Fayetteville is home to so many incredible restaurants and eateries. Have a sweet tooth and looking for some breakfast or dessert? Rick’s Bakery is the place for you. Incredible donuts, cookies, and pastries that you are going to want to experience for yourself. Looking for a local place to eat lunch? Only look as far as Hammontree’s Grilled Cheese. This fun, joyful, spacious and whimsically decorated diner is very popular for a very good reason. Try and imagine the different combinations of grilled cheeses a chef can put together with 26 kinds of cheeses. “Where do I go for dinner?” Just a bit off the Historic Fayetteville Square lies a casual little basement eatery, by the name of Hugo’s, where, for the last 40 years, locals have been going for their burgers and home-made fries and a variety of other comfort foods.

Sixth, explore the lakes and parks around Fayetteville. Fayetteville is home to so many different parks and lakes and it would be a shame not to visit these places. Lake Fayetteville is an incredible lake located in north Fayetteville and it is surrounded by 640 acres of well-kept parklands. Lake Fayetteville hosts a series of recreational activities including boating, fishing, hiking, cycling, volleyball, and picnicking. Resting in the heart of the city, Wilson Park is Fayetteville’s first and oldest park, and it offers a beautiful urban space for anyone to enjoy. Play sports on the basketball and tennis courts or kick back and relax in the picnic areas.

Seventh, take a trip to Devils Den. Devil’s Den State Park is an Arkansas icon. It is a beloved natural and historic treasure where over the decade’s park visitors have made memories to cherish a lifetime. Miles of hiking and multiple use trails wind through Devil’s Den and the surrounding Ozark National Forest. Caves, crevices and bluff overlooks can be explored here. The perfect place for any family who is looking to have a scenic, outdoor experience with their loved ones.

Don’t miss out on these essential activities when you visit Fayetteville. Thank you and go Hogs.

Getting Involved on Campus

Meet Alexis Johnson! She is involved in the LASAR Research Lab, Parent Ambassadors, Welcome Weeks Crew, Alpha Epsilon Delta, Tau Sigma Honor Society. She also works at Harp’s and volunteers occasionally at the Humane Society of the Ozarks. She loves playing with animals, cooking, and binge watching Netflix. Her most memorable moment at the U of A was the first home football game she went to because it was such a great experience to be surrounded by the community and to really feel like she was part of it.

Encouraging your student to get involved at the University of Arkansas is a great way to help them develop new friendships, do something they love, and learn new things about themselves.  Getting involved in school related organizations is a great way to network and to find possible opportunities for internships or volunteering.  School related involvement looks really great on a resume and will make your student a better candidate for things in the future like graduate school or jobs.  In the first few weeks of school, there will be event such as:  Hog Wild Welcome Weeks and Razorbash.  These two events will help introduce your student to the huge amount of clubs on campus and people who could help your student get better adapted to living at the University of Arkansas.  Razorbash will be held Thursday August 24 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm right out front of the Union.  It will include: campus departments, registered student organizations, local businesses, and community groups.  Razorbash usually has around 200 booths that give out free things and information about the organization and how to get involved.  Hog Wild Welcome Weeks stands from Welcome Involvement, Leadership, and Diversity and will occur during the first three weeks of school as a means to welcome back new and returning students to the University of Arkansas.  Hog WIld Welcome Weeks puts on many events including:  sporting events, outdoor movies, and cookouts.  This is a great way for your student to meet the diverse group of students they will be surrounded by and give them an opportunity to just talk and enjoy their time here because it does go by so fast.  You and your student can find the entire outline for Hog Wild Welcome Weeks on their website https://welcomeweeks.uark.edu .  This website also offers an entire page on how students can get involved in the community they will grow to love.  Getting involved is important because it could help your student decide what they want to major in and could help them grow as a person as they join different groups and learn more about others.  Through getting involved your student will be surrounded by people who enjoy the same things as them and they will not feel as alone making this large transition, or they may decide to step outside their comfort zone and be surrounded by people unlike them, but that will teach them great, new things.  Your student and you can even follow student activities on Twitter @UARKgettinginvoled.  This twitter page will back a fast way for your student to see what is going on on campus and see what opportunities some organizations are offering.  There are over 400 Registered Student Organizations to get involved in and your student is sure to love at least one.  You can check out all of the Registered Student Organizations at http://osa.uark.edu/registered-student-organizations/index.php .  Inspiring your student to get involved will help them develop and aid them in making some great friends!

 

Welcome Weeks

Meet Keyana Foreman! She is involved in Welcome Weeks Crew, Parent Ambassador, Students Advocating Strong Sisterhood, Black Alumni Scholar, Black Student Association and Academic Enrichment Program. Keyana’s hobbies include reading and playing her guitar. She loves burgers and dancing!

Greetings Razorback family!

So, by now your student is probably wondering how they are going to connect with other students here on campus or what type of activities go on throughout the academic school year. Well, look no further! I am here to save to the day and inform you that your student will have an AMAZING time participating in Hog W.I.L.D Welcome Weeks!!

Hog W.I.L.D Welcome Weeks is a series of events held here on campus to help freshmen with a smooth and fun transition from high school. Several events go on during the first few weeks of school that will allow for your student to get out of their comfort zone. The main target of Welcome Weeks is really to ease any anxiety that your student may have about coming to the university. I personally have been involved with Welcome Weeks for three years now and I can say that I absolutely love it! What I like most about it is the different events that go on in order to help incoming freshmen.

One event that really resonates with incoming freshmen would be Help-A-Hog. During the first week of school, there are several tables set up in various locations around campus. At these tables, your student will be able to receive a campus map that will help them find their way around because after all, it is a pretty big campus. Students can also ask for help about where specific buildings are so that they can find their classes. The volunteers at the table are current students, faculty and staff, or students part of other organizations. They are more than willing to help because we all remember how we felt our first day here at the university! Your student should feel more than welcome and more comfortable by the end of the week!!

Another event that goes on during Welcome Weeks would be the freshman pep rally! The pep rally is held at the Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. Epic, right?! There will be music, dancing, and most of all, the learning of the university chants and songs. These songs are cheered and shouted from the rooftops during home games. Trust me when I say, you do not want to miss out on those! During the pep rally football players, the cheer team, and the mascots come out and introduce themselves. After all of the fun, the freshmen are guided down to the field to form the GIGANTIC A. Once students have arranged themselves in the A, a photo is taken and it becomes a really cool poster with the class year on it! Students will have access to this poster in the New Student and Family Programs office located on the sixth floor of the union above Club Red.

Hog W.I.L.D Welcome Weeks has other events that go on, but those are two that I really like and see the most benefit for incoming freshmen and new transfer students. Welcome Weeks is also an organization where your student can get involved by becoming a member of the Welcome Week Crew. Applications open in the Spring! Your student can apply and help make a difference for the next incoming freshmen the next year! Hope to see your student in these upcoming events for the academic year!

 

Family Weekend 2017

Meet Margaret Anne Shanks. Margaret Anne is a senior Nursing major from Memphis, Tennessee. In addition to being a lead parent ambassador, she is also a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. She enjoys going on walks, hiking, and exploring Fayetteville.

Family weekend is a great time to come to campus and visit your student. This year family weekend will be Friday September 29- Sunday October 1st. Around 4,000 families come to Family Weekend making it the perfect opportunity to meet other parents and families. It is a fun filled weekend with many activities for you and your student including: Cardinal Nights, a tailgate party, a Razorback football game, and a Sunday brunch.

Cardinal Nights is on Friday night and will be a Casino night! There will be Texas hold ’em, black jacks, food, prizes, interactive game shows, free t-shirts, and many more. There will be a tailgate held Saturday during the day, before the football game with delicious food, live music, and fun. Following the tailgate there is a Razorback football game against New Mexico State, Woo pig! Sunday we will also have a brunch from 10 am-2 pm at the Fulbright, Northwest Quad, Brough, and Pomfret dining halls.

There will also be a Silent auction held throughout the weekend that benefits the PPA book scholarships. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to bid on some great items! All the money goes back to students to pay for books.

A reception will be held on Friday night at UARK Bowl on Dickson Street for Parent Partnership Association Cardinal members. This is an opportunity to meet cardinal members from across the nation and socialize over hors d’oeuvres and drinks. Becoming a cardinal member provides you with some extra benefits like early access to Family Weekend, 10% discount at the bookstore, and more. Registration to become a cardinal member is found online on our website and is $55.

Registration for Family Weekend starts on July 24th for Cardinal members and July 27th for general members of the Parent Partnership Association. You can go online at parents.uark.edu to join the Parent Partnership Association and register for Family Weekend. Go sign up quick, before its full!

Some tips for Family Weekend:

-Buy your hotel room NOW! They fill up very quickly on big weekends. You can find a hotel availability list online at http://parents.uark.edu/visit-u-of-a/hotels.php There may not always room in Fayetteville so sometimes you may stay in Springdale, Rogers, or Bentonville.

-Go explore Fayetteville- Go hiking at Devil’s Den, a local favorite hiking spot about 30 minutes from Fayetteville. Or go check out the Fayetteville Farmer’s Market Saturday morning from 7 am-2 pm on the square. While you are there, go shopping on the square.

-Check out a new restaurant- There are a multitude of fantastic places to eat close by, on Dickson Street like Hammontrees, Hugo’s, Marley’s, and Wasabi.

-Take a tour of campus- Let your student show you their favorite spots on campus.

Registration for Family Weekend began July 24th for Parent Partner Association Cardinal Members and July 27th for the general public! Get your tickets now at: http://parents.uark.edu/family-events/family-weekend.php

Resident Hall Essentials

My name is Treyce Williams and I’m from Plano, Texas. I am a freshman, going into sophomore year. I am a member of Beta Upsilon Chi (BYX) Fraternity, I am involved in Cru, and I attend/volunteer at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church. I enjoy playing guitar, listening to music, playing and watching soccer, hanging out with friends, hiking, and exploring. My most memorable U of A moment was beating Ole Miss in football at home last season. Something interesting about me is that I can play four instruments: Guitar, piano, trumpet, and French horn.

As a freshman, heading off to college can be stressful, especially when it comes to what to bring for your student’s residence hall. I personally was constantly wondering if I needed to bring another pillow or if an ironing board was really necessary. Have no fear though, I have come to your aid with some things that I believe your student should most definitely have in their residence hall.

The biggest trouble that most students have in college is waking up on time. They no longer have you to wake them up in the morning if they’re running late so make sure you send your student off with an alarm clock or at least with the knowledge of how to set (multiple) alarms on their phone. Your student might also realize that even though they woke up at 8 AM at home with ease, waking up at 8 AM in college is a whole other challenge. Not only does having an alarm clock help with getting your student up, it can also help remind your student when to move their clothes over from the washer to the dryer (also make sure they know how to do their own laundry). Alarms will be your student’s best friend if they choose to use them.

A Laundry Hamper and bag are necessary to keep your students room clean and organized. No student likes to come back to their residence hall after a long day to find it looking like a tornado has just blown through. A laundry hamper keeps dirty clothes and clean clothes separated and keeps your student’s room looking spotless. Speaking of organization, Storage Boxes/Stackable Containers are also very useful when it comes to reducing clutter and maximizing space. Your student is going to want to have as much free space as possible when living in a residence hall. A clutter-free room makes for a happy student.

Shower shoes and a Shower Caddy are very important when it comes to community bathrooms. If your student is living in a residence hall that uses community style bathrooms, shower shoes and a shower caddy will make transporting things such as shampoo and body wash from your student’s room to the bathroom much easier.

Snacks can be a burden and blessing, but regardless they are an essential. Over-snacking can obviously be unhealthy, however a quick snack between classes can be the thing that gives your student enough energy to stay awake through their next class. Snacks allow for a quick breakfast if they’re running late, a small lunch between classes if they don’t have time to go to a dining hall, and a late dinner if they lose track of time studying late.

A Mini Fridge is essential for your student so that they may keep food and drinks cold or frozen. The university offers a program for you to rent a mini-fridge and microwave. I would recommend considering this as it is a very easy and a convenient option compared to trying to haul your own appliances to Fayetteville. A microwave and a mini-fridge can prove to be another one of your student’s best resources.

Command strips are a MUST have if your student plans on bringing decorations such as posters, pictures, or any other hanging decoration. Thumb tacks, nails, and screws will all result in fines from University Housing, so to avoid fines your student must use command strips to hang things up on their walls!

A Fan is the unsung hero when it comes to residence hall essentials. A fan works wonders when it comes to circulating air around your student’s room or regulating temperature. Buy your student a fan, they will love you even more than they already do.

Cleaning Supplies are crucial. Rooms can get dirty and dusty, so a Vacuum and Duster can be very useful when it comes to keeping a clean and healthy room.

Optional items such as decorations, TVs, and speakers can be great for your student. These items often make your students room feel more like home and less like a room in a residence hall. Decorations also allow for your student to express themselves and their interests while TVs and speakers can allow for a much-needed study break or just a time to relax after taking a difficult test.

Parents, make sure your student has these items. I can assure you these things will make their time living in a residence hall much easier and way more comfortable. Thank you and Woo Pig!

Safety on Campus

Meet Alexis Johnson! She is involved in the LASAR Research Lab, Parent Ambassadors, Welcome Weeks Crew, Alpha Epsilon Delta, Tau Sigma Honor Society. She also works at Harp’s and volunteers occasionally at the Humane Society of the Ozarks. She loves playing with animals, cooking, and binge watching Netflix. Her most memorable moment at the U of A was the first home football game she went to because it was such a great experience to be surrounded by the community and to really feel like she was part of it.

      Here at the University of Arkansas we understand that safety is a big concern for parents.  The campus here has many safety features including: saferide, door FOBs, University of Arkansas Police Department, and RazAlert.  All of these things and many more are utilized in order to make you and your student feel safe and comfortable at the University of Arkansas.  Through UAConnect your student can sign up for RazAlert which will alert them of any inclement weather, emergencies, or closings of the University of Arkansas.  It will send your student a text and call them to keep them in the loop. The University of Arkansas Police Department can always be seen on campus and are here to protect your student.  There main office is located right next to the Reid residence hall or you can learn more about them on their website http://uapd.uark.edu/ .

         After a late night studying in Mullins Library, your student can call UA Police Department to be taken back to their dorm.  All of the residence halls here have FOB access that is specific to the building, meaning if your student lives in Humphreys they must be let into Yocum to visit a friend.  This protects your student because the only constant people in their residence halls will be those who live there.  Also, remind them to report any suspicious activity they see to their resident assistant or the University of Arkansas Police Department.  As you walk your student across campus on move-in day you will notice blue emergency towers.  These emergency towers are useful if your student does not feel safe on campus.  Your student will press the button and the University of Arkansas Police Department will come directly to them.   The University of Arkansas Police Department will respond to the alert immediately and will be ready to assist your student.  But don’t forget you can always contact the Fayetteville Police Department too.  They are very helpful and are constantly available for any kind of help.  Last but not least, is saferide. Saferide will give your student a ride back to the address listed in their UAConnect if they do not have a ride home or are in an uncomfortable situation.  Safe ride only taking students back to the address listed on their UAConnect is a great means of protection because they cannot be taken to another area they may not feel safe.  Safe ride’s Night Owl Service is available only on campus Monday and Tuesday from 10:30 pm to 1:00 am and the Safe Ride Service operates Wednesday through Sunday from 11:00 pm to 3:00 am to the UAConnect address listed.  The number for safe ride can be found on the back of your student’s ID card and you can find more information about the program  at http://parking.uark.edu/transit-services/safe-ride/index.php .  Keeping your student safe is one of the main priorities at the University of Arkansas.