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 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 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:

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 .

         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 .  Keeping your student safe is one of the main priorities at the University of Arkansas.


Panhellenic Recruitment

Meet Malorie Catlett. Malorie is a senior Kinesiology major from Hot Springs, AR. She is also pursuing a minor in Human Development and Family Sciences. She plans on going to graduate school to become an Occupational Therapist. She is a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority and enjoys volunteering at local elementary schools and animal shelters. She has always wanted to attend the University of Arkansas and loves fall in Fayetteville.

Panhellenic life at the University of Arkansas is a wonderful place to begin building lifelong friendships, find leadership opportunities, engage in philanthropy and community service events, and excel academically.  Our Panhellenic Association is made up of eleven wonderful NPC organizations that grow and stretch its members into women with purpose and values.  The Panhellenic women at the University of Arkansas are held to high standards in all areas of life.  The Panhellenic G.P.A. is higher than the campus average, and over $100,000 was raised last year by the wonderful organizations. All information on Greek Life can be found on


The eleven sororities at the University of Arkansas are Alpha Chi Omega, Alpha Delta Pi, Alpha Omicron Pi, Chi Omega, Delta Delta Delta, Delta Gamma, Kappa Delta, Kappa Kappa Gamma, Phi Mu, Pi Beta Phi, and Zeta Tau Alpha.  There are wonderfulwomen in all of these sororities, and each is unique in their own way.  The friendships made in these sororities are not for four years, but a lifetime.

Formal Recruitment starts on Friday, August 11th with recruitment orientation. Formal recruitment will begin on Saturday, August 12th and end on Friday, August 18th. Bid day will be on Saturday, August 19th starting at 10:00 at the Chi Omega Greek Theater.  The week will consist of open house day, philanthropy day, sisterhood day, and preference day. The last day to register for Fall recruitment is Saturday, July 15th, and you can register online at  After you’ve registered you will receive more detailed information about recruitment.

Joining a sorority can be expensive, but the experiences and memories you gain make it worth it.  Included in the dues are food, activities, and usually a house to hang out in.  Since the dues are expensive, there are scholarships and payment plans available in order to make it more accessible to girls who want to participate. Some things that parents and students worry about is hazing. There is no reason to worry about that at the University of Arkansas. We have an Anti-Hazing policy. Any requirement imposed upon prospective, new, or current members which is not related to the organization’s purpose is prohibited and will become the subject of a University investigation once the practice is brought to the attention of the Office of Greek Life. This policy applies to all UA students, student organizations, and clubs.

With Panhellenic Recruitment coming up, encourage your student to go through if they want to, but also inform them that there are many other organizations to be involved in, as well.  Remind them to keep an open mind.  If your student has any trouble, let them know that the Gamma Chis and Greek life staff are there to help her.  The most important thing to keep in mind for your daughter is that this is the place that will be her home away from home for the next four years of college, and the friendships will last a lifetime!

How to Survive College 101

Meet Hannah Chudy! She is a member of Zeta Tau Alpha and is a fundraising director for St. Jude’s Hospital student board. Her hobbies include Lifting weights at the gym, watching Harry Potter, and reading Stephen King. Her most memorable U of A experience: meeting her best friend and future roommate in Zeta Tau Alpha.

Many incoming college students may be wondering, what the secret is on how to survive college? Well if there was a secret everyone would be in on it, but there are ways to help freshman do well when they are feeling homesick, tired, and unintelligent. And as parents you can help them cope with being away from home!

Joining RSO’s: The University has hundreds beyond hundreds of different student led organizations that your student can become a part of. Whether your student is interested in leadership opportunities, they can join Associated Student Government (ASG), or if your student really likes the field of psychology, then the psychology club may be the place for them. Arkansas even has an RSO that is called SOOIE which is an organization that helps your student find their specific niche. They specialize in helping your students find what they’re passionate in. Help your student get involved, help them get out of their comfort zone and they will meet so many cool people!!!!!

Study Study, but not all night: College is a very overwhelming time, you will have 2 quizzes, a test, and a paper all due in the same week. The library is a great place to get all of these things done. But despite what others may say, sleep is essential! Time management is crucial and even if you have 3 tests all the next day, without sleeping on that information and resting your brain, you will burn out fast. So, make sure you remind your student to get some sleep, drink some water, and pass those classes with flying colors.

People really aren’t that scary I promise: I know how hard it is coming to a new place, with thousands of new people who you have never seen before. How can you possibly sit with that really cool girl in your English class, or that boy that was nice and opened the door for you on your wait out of the math lab? Encourage your student to strike up a conversation with people you don’t know. Getting out of your comfort zone could lead to friendships that last forever.

Use the resources: This campus has so many different resources to help you succeed with anything that you need. If that math homework is really kicking your butt, check out the math lab. They have tons of math tutors in there for whatever kind of math you need help with. You have a paper and you really want someone with some credibility to look over it, there are programs like myclassplus where you can make an appointment on your UAconnect to have someone look over or help you with whatever subject you need. Or maybe you just want to have a room and a whiteboard so you and your friends can study for your big calculus test tomorrow. The library has rooms that you can check out for chunks of time that is isolated so you can focus. These resources are here to benefit students and help you with your success.

BREATHE, LIVE, REPEAT: College is arguably the best time of a young adult’s life, you live on your own with all of your friends and have the freedom to do whatever you want. But many people forget to simply enjoy their time. College is only 4 years and if you blink, you just might miss it. It is okay to take a step back and breathe. Live this life to the fullest since it is the only one you have. Help your child realize and live college life to its fullest extent.

Freshman Engineering Program

Meet Matt Annis! Matt is a Sophomore Civil Engineering student from Russellville, Arkansas. Along with being a Parent Ambassador, Matt is a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon and a showroom host for Hotz Honors Hall.

This year, an estimated 800 students will join the College of Engineering here at the University of Arkansas. Some of these students will be lucky enough to have a good idea of what discipline of engineering they wish to study. Others will be still trying to decide which field to enter. Here at the university, the College of Engineering is dedicated to providing every new engineering student with the maximum range opportunity to experience the nine different degrees it offers. This is accomplished through the Freshman Engineering Program.

The Freshman Engineering Program, or FEP for short, is designed to provide a baseline experience for all new engineering students. Students are not allowed to officially declare their major until Decision Day, which occurs in the spring semester. Before then, everyone is considered a “freshman engineer”. FEP is a multifaceted tool that gives students a diverse range of routes to improving socially as a young individual, academically as a new college student, and professionally as a career seeker.

Part of the baseline experience offered by FEP is the common curriculum. Each freshman engineer will take four hours, two per semester, of introduction to engineering coursework along with their other classes. Part of the requirements for these general engineering (GNEG) courses is attending “Informational Departmental Sessions.” During these sessions, the nine departments get to showcase their degree opportunities in an attempt to recruit new students to their program. Other requirements of GNEG classes include attending a resume workshop and a mock interview. Honors GNEG courses are offered for students who have previous experience with engineering coursework and/or want to get a jump on their Honor’s College thesis by starting their research almost a year early.

One of the best aspects of FEP is the peer mentoring program. Each new student is paired with an upperclassman within the College of Engineering at the beginning of the fall semester. This upperclassman acts as a guide to both what it means to be an engineering student and a college student as a whole. During both the fall and spring semesters, the freshman engineers meet with their peer mentors once a week for half an hour. The peer mentors teach a short lesson, interject personal experience to fill holes in the curriculum, and then answer any questions the mentee might have. My peer mentor was the most helpful person I met during my first year in college. She helped me with extracurricular activities and building my resume more so than anything else. Her excellent example of leadership inspired me to apply to the peer mentoring program, and I am glad to say that I will be one of the 81 peer mentors aiding students in their transition into college life come this fall.

More information about the Freshman Engineering Program can be found at If your student is going to be a freshman engineer, I urge you to follow the link and inform them on the numerous features FEP has to offer them. The best lesson to be learned in college is how to help yourself.