Jul 25, 2024  
Undergraduate Catalog 2020-2022 
Undergraduate Catalog 2020-2022 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Office of Student Involvement and Leadership

Kara M. Brown
Dean of Student Activities

Leah Jackson
Associate Dean of Student Activities
Office of Student Involvement & Leadership

Carolyn Nelson
HEI Program Coordinator
Office of Student Involvement & Leadership

Courtney Jackson
L. A. Davis Student Union
Assistant Dean

Zachariah Butler
L. A. Davis Student Union
Assistant Director

Deirdre Debose
Student Activities Coordinator
Office of Student Involvement & Leadership

Carl Honorable
Eddie Ringo

L.A. Davis Student Union
Institutional Service Assistants

Stacia Ward
UAPB Fitness Center, Director

The Office of Student Involvement & Leadership

The Office of Student Involvement & Leadership is responsible for preparing our students for leadership development, social engagement, and extracurricular activities. This office hosts over 80+ active student organizations and clubs. We are also the umbrella to the Student Government Association, Lion Year Book, Arkansawyer Newspaper, National Pan-Hellenic Council, and Union Programming Board (a student-run board which hosts activities yearly for students).

This office cultivates an array of programming throughout the year such as leadership retreats, Speaker’s Series, Homecoming activities, social justice activities, and many more.

We encourage our students to engage in programs that keep them involved through campus and off-campus connections.

Student Facilities

L. A. Davis Student Union

The heart of the campus, the L.A. Davis Student Union Building, is located in the center of the institution’s estate. It is the community center for the campus: promoting social, recreational, cultural, educational, and individualized interest activities.

The Student Union provides activities for the development of responsible group participation and social interaction, use of leisure time, and cultivation and expression of varied student interests. We encourage all faculty, staff, students and guests to abide by the policies and procedures.

This office provides current information about events, and schedules activities on the campus. In addition, all university events, programs or activities that occur within this building must have prior approval from the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership. For more information, please call 870-575-8925.

UAPB Fitness Center

The UAPB Fitness Center exists to provide a diverse selection of quality exercise equipment for individuals to pursue fitness and stress relief opportunities that enhance their personal development and establish habits for a healthy lifestyle change.

Group Fitness Classes and Water Aerobics can be found in the Health, Physical Education, and Recreation (HPER) Department.

Personal Training and Assessment are available through the Office of Student Involvement & Leadership.

Student Activity Fees

The student activity fee that is assessed each semester per student is allocated to the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership for equitable allocation including a variety of programs and events to enrich student opportunities outside of the classroom.

Programs/Activities funded by student fees include:

  • Registered Student Organizations
  • Student Government Association
  • Miss University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Organization
  • Union Programming Board
  • Office of Student Involvement & Leadership Activities
  • UAPB student publications; the Lion Yearbook, the Arkansawyer, and the Roar
  • Intramural Sports Program
  • UAPB Fitness Center

In addition to the administration of the student activity fee, the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership provides a variety of services to meet the needs of registered student organizations as well as for all students. For more information to get involved, please contact our office at 870.575.8866, please email osil@uapb.edu, or stop by the office, Student Union Suite 218.

Disability Services

The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Section 504 which states, “No otherwise qualified person with a disability in the United States…shall, solely on the basis of disability, be denied access to, or the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity provided by any institution receiving federal financial assistance.”

A “person with a disability” is someone with an impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, has a record of such an impairment, or is regarded as having such an impairment. A qualified applicant with a disability is an individual who, with or without reasonable accommodation, can perform the essential functions in question.

Record of such impairment must be from a licensed physician and verify your eligibility as a person with a disability and support your need for requested academic adjustments, accommodations, or auxiliary aids. Individualized Education Plan (IEP) used in secondary education is not considered acceptable for higher education, but can be used as supporting documentation.

Once a request has been approved, on a case-by-case basis, then the student will be informed of how to access the service. Students are encouraged to register during early registration. The sooner students are registered the earlier the Office of Disability Services can assist and prepare an Accommodation Request Form.

Requests for alternative print formats (Braille, large print, audio text, text on CD), interpreters, and adaptive technology need to be made a minimum of two months before the beginning of classes in order to receive services in a timely manner. Braille materials may take as much as six months or longer to produce. Requests for other academic accommodations (e.g.: adapted testing, note-taker assistance, tape recording lecturers, laboratory assistance) should be made as needed.

The student must make requests for academic adjustments or accommodations each semester.

Communication with the Office of Disability Services and the professors is an essential step in having the student’s accommodations met and in assessing the University’s Disability Services Program. Early contact with the Office of Disability Services will provide a smoother transition in obtaining needed services in a timely manner.

Student Counseling, Assessment and Development

The Student Counseling, Assessment and Development Center (SCAD) is located in Suite 207 of Caldwell Hall. The mission of the Student Counseling, Assessment and Development Center is to provide effective counseling, psychosocial support, testing and enrichment activities to foster persistence and lifelong learning. Services are available by appointment or walk in. Staff presentations and consultations are available by request on a variety of topics including: stress management, anger management, time management, relationship enhancement, sexual assault, etc.

Testing services include administration of the following:

  • American College Test (ACT) Residual
  • PRAXIS Series (Teacher Education)
  • Law School Admissions Test (LSAT)
  • English Proficiency Examination
  • Arkansas Assessment of General Education (AAGE) (ETS Proficiency Profile)

Additional test information is available for online registration for other professional exams.

The Student Counseling, Assessment and Development Center is affectionately called the home of the “Warm Fuzzy”, as it strives to provide a nurturing and supportive environment for students to explore who they are, where they are headed and how to get there.

Extracurricular Activities

Intramural Programs

The L. A. Davis Student Union and the Kenneth L. Johnson, Sr. Health, Physical Education and Recreation Complex provide additional space and facilities for an expanded program of activities. Students may compete in a number of activities, including flag football, basketball, volleyball, softball, tennis, handball, billiards, table tennis, chess, track, quiz bowl and other activities that students may request.

The UAPB Intramural Program operates within the framework of the L. A. Davis Student Union. It is designed for maximum student participation, with governing programs to provide for the needs and interests of women, and with extensive student involvement in the actual planning, organization and supervision of the entire program.

The program operates under the following intramural policies:

  1. Only UAPB students may participate in the intramural program.
  2. Participants may not transfer from one team to another during a season.
  3. Single and Double Elimination Tournaments and Round Robin plans are used, as far as possible, in order to provide maximum participation and challenges.
  4. Recognition and awards are provided for winners. The L. A. Davis Student Union cooperates with HPER programs, the student newspaper and the office of public relations in promoting intramural activities.

Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges

Students nominated from over 600 colleges and universities are recognized in “Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.” Selections are based on scholarship, citizenship, cooperative leadership in academic and extra-curricular activities, service to the school and promise of future usefulness to business and society. Each student accepted receives a certificate of recognition from “Who’s Who.”

Student Organizations and Activities

Only a part of college learning takes place in the classroom. Students at UAPB may choose to participate in any number of a wide variety of student activities and organizations.

Through these curricular and co-curricular activities one can develop leadership and communication skills; interact with other leaders, administrators, and faculty/staff; increase one’s awareness of available campus resources; and enhance one’s development while at college.

It has been found that participation in extra-curricular activities contributes to greater interdependence, more appropriate educational plans and more mature life-style plans.

More than 90 organizations offer students many choices for involvement. These include honors programs, departmental and professional clubs and organizations, governing boards, university related activities, residence hall and special interest activities, social fraternities and sororities, and religious groups.

Students who desire to participate in activities, join an organization, pursue special interests, or assist in the planning of campus events should contact the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership, or an officer or advisor of the respective organization.

All organizations must be approved on the basis of their potential for providing a worthy supplement to the academic training of students. One goal of the University is to have each student actively participate in at least one organization and reward each student with the opportunity to become totally developed.

Governing Bodies for Student Organizations

Student Government Association

The “voice” of the students, SGA has the general responsibility of representing the students of the University.

Commuter Students Association

This organization serves as the governing body for students who live off-campus.

Inter-Residential Hall Judiciary Council

This is the governing body for residence Halls.

Pan Hellenic Council

This is the policy making body for all nine social fraternities and sororities.