What to do if your student gets sick on campus

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.

It can be overwhelming for students that become ill away from home. There are no parents to care for them and tell them what they should do. But fear not! Here at the University of Arkansas there are great resources if your student does indeed get sick.

If your student gets sick while away at college they have a few of different options. The most convenient option being the Pat Walker health center on campus. It is located on the corner of Garland Street, making it walking distance from pretty much anywhere on campus. It is open Monday through Friday. Pat Walker offers a primary care clinic, allergies & immunizations, a women’s clinic, and mental health services.

Making an appointment at Pat Walker is very easy. Your student can schedule an appointment online on the patient web portal (myhealth.uark.edu) or they can call 479-575-4451. They usually get students in to be seen swiftly.

The Pat Walker health center’s staff includes physicians, nurses, mental health clinicians, psychiatrists, health educators, and many more. As stated above, it is also a great place to go for immunizations. If your student is not up to date on shots or needs additional immunizations for travel/study abroad, school, etc. Since they are on campus they can easily send information where it is needed.

If your student chooses to go off campus there are other options including urgent care facilities and hospitals. Many students recommend MedExpress urgent care and Kara’s urgent care, both located in Fayetteville. The best hospital to go to in Fayetteville is Washington Regional Medical Center.

While I hope your student does not get sick very often, please know that there are many good, qualified places that will take care of your student if he/she does start feeling under the weather or has a medical emergency.

Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS)

Meet Kelsie Brown! She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta, the Council of Supply Chain Excellence and Black Students Association. Her hobbies include finding new shows and new adventures! Kelsie’s most memorable U of A experience was rushing the field after beating LSU! She loves Jump Parks.

Hello Parents,

Some days I just get so tired of my everyday routine. I feel a little lost and unsure of myself. I just get so overwhelmed and so stressed out I just don’t know what to do. For awhile I didn’t know what to do to combat these internal struggles, but then my Resident Assistant suggested that when I feel anxious, homesick, or even like I just need someone to talk to, I should consider going to CAPS. CAPS is my university’s Counseling and Psychological Services offered through the Pat Walker Health Center. Since it is apart of Pat Walker, it is right on campus! The counseling service works with members of the University to help them solve their problems, understand themselves, grow personally, develop more satisfying relationships with friends and family and help with any other mental health issues. It is honestly a great resource that I recommend to everyone on campus. Typically when I go, I go to a group therapy session on anxiety or stress once every other week, but they have many different services to offer. They have individual and group counseling/therapy in a multitude of categories. Some of these topics include stress, depression, relationship issues, identity concerns, anger management, and suicidal ideation. I know you might have a stigma on going to see a counselor, but so many students here go just because they are stressed or homesick. Going to CAPS is nothing like going to see my counselor at high school. Here, there are licensed psychologists, counselors and social workers. These professionals are trained to deal with a multitude of feelings. The therapy sessions are not always about depression, abuse or any of the critical topics individuals seek counseling for. Of course they deal with those issues as well but it’s nice just having people there to listen to me and relate to the things that I am feeling whether it be major or minuscule. It makes me feel normal and like I am not alone. CAPS has a ton of outreach programs to keep the community aware of mental health. One of my favorites is when they visit multiple of locations and do free evaluations. Another thing they do is bring stress relievers to the union during midterms and finals. I personally enjoy the bubble wrap, but my friends enjoy the bubbles, play dough and puppies. I like to keep up my mental health along with my physical health. It’s really important and we as a community should encourage each other to keep our minds healthy. So my task for you is recommend CAPS to everyone you know that goes here or knows someone that goes here.


Your student who believes in mental health


Making New Friends

Meet Sidni Wooten! She is involved in Cru, Sigma Alpha Iota and Razorback Marching Band. Her hobbies include eating food, watching Netflix, playing with puppies and taking naps! Sidni’s most memorable U of A experience was floating the Big A in my first pregame show as a part of the Razorback Marching Band. Her favorite quote is “don’t give up on your dreams…..keep sleeping!”

Hello Razorback Parents! I’m here with blog post to help your student get acclimated with the new college life! In this post, I’m going to talk about ways your student can make friends! College is such an exciting time, and adding friends to the equation can make these next four years so much more fun. Here are a few ways your student can make some friends that’ll last a lifetime on campus:

Joining Greek Life. Becoming a part of Greek Life is a good way for your student to make friends on campus. Online registration for Panhellenic Recruitment is open now until July 15, 2017 at 5:00 P.M. The recruitment process takes about 8 days, with orientation on August 11th, formal recruitment the 12th-18th, and bid day Saturday the 19th at 10:00 A.M, at Chi Omega Greek Theater. Interfraternity Council (or IFC) also has open registration going on right now, with the deadline being Wednesday August 23 at 11:59 P.M. Formal Recruitment takes place August 25-27 (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday), as well as Friday September 8th, with bid day being Saturday September 9th. You can find more information about Greek life and recruitment, as well as NPHC and United Greek Council chapters at http://uagreeks.uark.edu/.

Clubs and Registered Student Organizations. With over 400 clubs and RSO’s on campus, there is something that interests everyone!  Whether your student is interested in music, politics, Live Action Role Playing, or doing intramural sports, your student can join and make a couple of friends through there. You can find a complete list of Registered Student Organizations at http://osa.uark.edu/registered-student-organizations/.

Residence Hall Programs. Throughout the year, many of the residence halls have programs to bring the residents together over a common interest. My freshman year, Pomfret had a Hawaiian themed program, and there I met my best friend. Some programs are geared towards certain topics, like watching presidential debates if you’re political, and some are just for all around fun, like the Hawaiian program or bringing some puppies to some dorms during finals week to help relieve stress. During my sophomore year, my residence hall put on an Open Door Night during the first week of the school year, where we all propped our doors open for about two hours. We were able to go up and down the halls and chat with fellow students, and I made some pretty good friends that lived down the hall from me. It was a great way for me to make friends and get to know the people I would be seeing on a daily basis

 Being Yourself. This not only goes for making friends, but getting through these next four years as well. Being yourself will let you attract and connect with others who think like you, are interested in the same things as you, or interested in learning more about you.

With whichever way you choose to make new friends in college, remember these could be the people that last way beyond 4 years. Create memories, experiences, and greats stories you all can look back on years from now!

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!