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On the 58th anniversary of the September 25, 1957 desegregation of Little Rock Central High School, the Clinton School honors the courage of Melba Patillo Beals, Elizabeth Eckford, Ernest Green, Gloria Ray Karlmark, Carlotta Walls LaNier, Terrence Roberts, the late Jefferson Thomas, Minnijean Brown Trickey, Thelma Mothershed Wair and their families. We are also most grateful to the Little Rock Nine Foundation for establishing an annual scholarship for a Clinton School student.
Six Clinton School students will be in New York City from September 26-29 to attend the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting (CGI). CGI is an invitation-only even held each September in New York City for heads of state, chief executives of companies, directors of major nonprofits, and other global leaders. For three days, members make new connections and share insights and ideas. They learn about creative approaches taken by different organizations around the world. They hear from inspiring speakers who come from different sectors, different countries, and different points of view. They analyze what works and what doesn’t. Then they take that knowledge and use it to create programs that make meaningful and lasting change in the world. Second year Clinton School students have been invited to attend as volunteers to help with all of the behind-the-scenes work that makes this important event happen smoothly.
The students attending CGI are:
Akaylah Jones, from Little Rock, Ark. and graduate of Henderson State University
Austin Hall, from Hot Springs, Ark. and graduate of the University of Central Arkansas
Austin Harrison, from Louisville, Miss. and graduate of the University of Mississippi
Ashley-Brooke Moses, from Sharpsburg, Ga. and graduate of Wesleyan College
Alex Lanis, from Ada, Okla. and graduate of the University of Arkansas
Molly Miller, from Sand Springs, Okla. and graduate of Hendrix College
*Reserve your seats by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling (501) 683-5239.
“Not a Game: The Incredible Rise and Unthinkable Fall of Allen Iverson,” Kent Babb
Thursday, October 1, 2015 at 12:00 p.m. (Sturgis Hall) *Book signing to follow
– Kent Babb is a Sports Enterprise Writer at The Washington Post, which he joined in October of 2012, and has had his long-form sports journalism honored eight times by the Associated Press Sports Editors, including first place in feature writing in 2005 and 2010. In his new biography, “Not A Game: The Incredible Rise and Unthinkable Fall of Allen Iverson,” Babb profiles one of America’s most famous athletes and his rise from a troubled past to become one of the most successful and highly compensated athletes in the world, as well as what drove his failures. Babb illustrates how Iverson was both the hard-charging athlete who played every game as if it were his last, as well as the hard-partying athlete who spent more money than most people could spend in a dozen lifetimes – blowing more than $150 million of his NBA earnings alone. Through interviews with those closest to Iverson, Babb brings to life a private, loyal, and often generous Allen Iverson who rarely made headlines, revealing the back story behind some of Iverson’s both memorable and darkest moments.
“A Personal Journey Through the Politics of Higher Education in the South,” Dan Jones, former Chancellor of the University of Mississippi
Thursday, October 1, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. (Sturgis Hall)
– Dan Jones is the Sanderson Chair in Obesity, Metabolic Diseases and Nutrition and Director of Clinical and Population Science in the Mississippi Center for Obesity Research at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. He also serves as Professor of Medicine and Physiology and Interim Chair of the Department of Medicine. He has a 23-year association with the University of Mississippi, serving in a number of capacities including vice chancellor for health affairs and dean of the school of medicine from 2003-2009, and as chancellor of the university from 2009 until September of 2015. In his first speech after leaving his position as chancellor, Jones will discuss his personal journey through his association with the University of Mississippi over the last 23 years and the difficulty of playing politics for a prominent university in the south. Under his leadership as chancellor, the University of Mississippi undertook a major initiative to promote diversity across all its campuses, as well as leading the UM faculty, staff, and students to contribute thousands of volunteer hours to causes across the Oxford community, the state, and around the world.
Stephanie Schriock, president of EMILY’s List
Monday, October 5, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. (Sturgis Hall)
– Founded in 1985 by Ellen Malcolm, EMILY’s List is a political action committee that aims to help elect pro-choice Democratic female candidates to office. Stephanie Schriock, president of EMILY’s List, comes from a background of political fundraising, campaign management, and strategic planning. Schriock also currently serves as the president of American Women, which is a research organization affiliated with EMILY’s List that seeks to strengthen American democracy by increasing public awareness of the issues impacting women and families through extensive research and polling.
“Lessons from the Kansas City Latino Community: Building Philanthropy for College Education,” Ramón Murguía
Friday, October 9, 2015 at 12:00 p.m. (Sturgis Hall)
– Ramón Murguía is a Scholar-in-Residence at the Center on Community Philanthropy, trustee of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and owner of Murguía Law Firm. Murguía has served locally on the boards of the Francis Families Foundation, the Jacob L. Loose Foundation, and the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation. He also has served for many years as a member of the Board and as Chairman of the Greater Kansas City Hispanic Development Fund, which is a foundation established in 1983 to improve the quality of life of the Latino community in Greater Kansas City. On the national level, he served on the Board of Directors of the National Council of La Raza, a Washington D.C. based Latino civil rights organization and as its Chairman of the Board.
“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” a panel discussion
Thursday, October 15, 2015 at 12:00 p.m. (Sturgis Hall) *In partnership with The Arkansas Repertory Theatre
– “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” is a Tony Award-winning look at the all-too-familiar world of adolescence, told with hilarity, catchy tunes, and surprising poignancy. The gloves are off in the take-no-prisoners, cold-blooded, dog-eat-dog world of competitive spelling as a menagerie of pre-pubescent misfits vies to decimate their young rivals on the cutthroat path to the national spelling bee championship. Hormones rage and pulses pound as our awkward adversaries engage in feats of prowess. The winner will receive a shining trophy and a luxurious DC hotel room with a big screen TV. The loser – nothing but a broken heart, a pat on the back and a juice box. Join us for a panel discussion about this production with moderator Bob Hupp, producing artistic director at the Arkansas Repertory Theater.
“Unfinished Business: Women, Men, Work, Family,” Anne-Marie Slaughter
Friday, October 16, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. (Sturgis Hall) *Book signing to follow
– When Anne-Marie Slaughter, former dean of the Princeton University Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, accepted her dream job as the first female Director of Policy Planning at the U.S. State Department in 2009, she was confident she could juggle the demands of her position in Washington, D.C., with the responsibilities of her family life in suburban New Jersey. But then life intervened. Parenting needs caused her to make a decision to leave the State Department and return to an academic career that gave her more time for her family. After that decision and the reactions to it, she began to question the feminist narrative she grew up with and wrote an article for The Atlantic, “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All,” which created a firestorm, sparked intense national debate, and became one of the most-read pieces in the magazine’s history. In her new book, “Unfinished Business: Women, Men, Work, Family,” Slaughter provides a powerful, persuasive, and deeply inclusive vision for how to finish the long struggle for equality between men and women, work and family. Slaughter is president and CEO of New America, a nonprofit think tank that is dedicated to the renewal of American politics, prosperity, and purpose in the digital age through big ideas, technological innovation, next generation politics, and creative engagement with broad audiences.
“Uniting Mississippi: Democracy and Leadership in the South,” professor Eric Thomas Weber
Monday, October 19, 2015 at 12:00 p.m. (Sturgis Hall) *Book signing to follow
– In “Uniting Mississippi,” Eric Thomas Weber, associate professor of public policy leadership at the University of Mississippi and executive director of the Society of Philosophers in America, applies a new, philosophically informed theory of democratic leadership to Mississippi’s challenges. The book draws on insights from classical and contemporary philosophical outlooks on leadership, which highlight four key social virtues: wisdom, courage, moderation, and justice. Weber brings to bear each of the virtues of democratic leadership on particular problems, with some overarching lessons and values to advance.
“The First Boys of Spring,” a film screening
Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. (Ron Robinson Theater) * In partnership with the Little Rock Film Festival
– Beginning in 1886, baseball spring training was held for the first time, not in Florida or Arizona, but in the Arkansas resort town of Hot Springs, and that’s where the annual rite caught on. For parts of eight decades, many of the best who ever played the game, came to Hot Springs to shake off the rust from winters to prepare for long seasons ahead, with such teams as the Red Sox, Dodgers, and Pirates—and the Negro League’s Monarchs, Crawfords, and Grays. “The First Boys of Spring” is a one-hour documentary by award-winning filmmaker Larry Foley, narrated by Academy Award-winning actor Billy Bob Thornton. The film tells stories of baseball Hall of Famers who worked out, gambled and partied in Hot Springs, including Cy Young, Satchel Paige, Honus Wagner and baseball’s first superstar, Mike “King” Kelly. A central figure is a young Babe Ruth, who belted a 573-foot home run into the Arkansas Alligator Farm in March of 1918, while trying to convince Boston Red Sox management to play him every day, even though he was already the game’s dominant pitcher.
“America Needs Talent: Attracting, Educating & Developing the 21st-Century Workforce,” Jamie Merisotis
Wednesday, October 21, 2015 at 12:00 p.m. (Sturgis Hall) *Book signing to follow
– Jamie Merisotis is the president and CEO of the Lumina Foundation, one of the largest private foundations in the U.S. and a driving force for increasing Americans’ success in higher education. In his new book “America Needs Talent,” Merisotis highlights the critical role that talent has played in our nation’s historic success, and emphasizes the need to continue its development through a new era of innovation and deliberate choices by government, private sector, education, and individuals so that America has the requisite human capital to succeed in the 21st Century economy. He proposes specific ideas to ensure a robust talent pipeline and argues that this, more than anything, must be our goal in these early years of the 21st Century: to build a society endowed with the skills, smarts, and drive to keep pace with the progress unfolding all around us. Merisotis argues the strength of the nation is its people, the sum total of knowledge, skills, and abilities inherent in its citizenry, and only with sufficient talent can we meet the demands of this new ear.
“Democratic Sports: Men’s and Women’s College Athletics during the Great Depression,” professor Brad Austin
Thursday, October 22, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. (Sturgis Hall) *Book signing to follow
– Brad Austin is a professor of history at Salem State University, where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in modern American history, sports history, and history education, and has served as the chairperson of the American Historical Association’s Teaching Prize Committee. In his new book “Democratic Sports: Men’s and Women’s College Athletics during the Great Depression,” Austin explores the funding cuts that America public universities suffered while they were also responsible for educating an increasing number of students. University leaders used their athletic programs to combat the crisis of mounting financial troubles, coupled with a perceived increase in the number of “radical” student activists, and to preserve “traditional” American values and institutions, prescribing different models for men and women. In the book, Austin discusses the stark contrast of educators emphasizing the individualistic, competitive nature of men’s athletics in order to reinforce the existing American political and economic systems, while the prevailing model of women’s college athletics taught a communal form of democracy, denying women individual attention and high-level competition. “Democratic Sports” tells the important story of how men’s and women’s college athletic programs survived, and even thrived, during the most challenging decade of the twentieth century.
“The Last Season: A Father, a Son and a Lifetime of College Football,” Stuart Stevens
Monday, October 26, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. (Sturgis Hall) *Book signing to follow
– In the fall of 2012, after serving as the top strategist for Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign, Stuart Stevens, having turned sixty, realized that he and his ninety-five-year-old father had spent little time together for decades. His solution: a season of attending Ole Miss football games together, as they’d done when college football provided a way for his father to guide him through childhood–and to make sense of the troubled South of the time. Now, driving to and from the games, and cheering from the stands, they take stock of their lives as father and son, and as individuals, reminding themselves of their unique, complicated, precious bond. Poignant and full of heart, but also irreverent and often hilarious, “The Last Season” is a powerful story of parents and children and the importance of taking a backward glance together while you still can.
Tuesday, October 27, 2015 at 12:00 p.m. (Sturgis Hall)
– John Henneberger is the co-director of the Texas Low Income Housing information Service in Austin, TX and the 2014 recipient of the MacArthur Award, which is a prize awarded annually by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation given to individuals working in any field who show exceptional merit and promise for continue and enhanced creative work. An advocate for fair and affordable housing, Henneberger has created a new paradigm for post-disaster rebuilding with his work reforming Texan housing laws and for aiding in the development of improved emergency housing. Widely respected across a broad spectrum of stakeholders, Henneberger is working to define new standards for fair housing protections and affordable housing.
“Winning a Child’s Heart: Creating Readers with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library” Jeff Conyers, executive director, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library
Wednesday, October 28, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. (Sturgis Hall)
– In 1995, Dolly Parton launched an exciting new effort to benefit the children of her home county in East Tennessee. Parton’s vision was to foster a love of reading among her country’s preschool children and their families by providing them with the gift of a specially selected book each month. Since launching 20 years ago, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library has become the premier early childhood book-gifting program in the world, by mailing over 66 million books in Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Currently the program mails over 830,000 specially selected, age appropriate books monthly to registered children from birth to age five. Parton’s vision was to create a lifelong love of reading, prepare children for Kindergarten, and inspire them to dream more, learn more, care more, and be more.
“Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America,” Ari Berman
Thursday, October 29, 2015 at 12:00 p.m. (Sturgis Hall) *Book signing to follow
– Ari Berman is a political correspondent for The Nation and an investigative journalism fellow at the Nation Institute, a nonprofit media center dedicated to strengthening the independent press and advancing social justice and civil rights. In this narrative history, Berman charts both the transformation of American democracy under the Voting Rights Act and the counterrevolution that has sought to limit voting rights from 1965 to the present day. In “Give Us the Ballot,” Berman provides new insight into one of the most vital political and civil rights issues of our time through meticulous archival research, in-depth interviews with major figures in the debate, and incisive on-the-ground reporting.
This q&a originally was produced and published by the Arkansas Times
A graduate of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and the Clinton School of Public Service, Read Admire launched The Urban Food Loop in May. It’s a do-gooder idea with a business start-up twist. For $31 a month, Admire will come by your house once a week, pick up your organic kitchen scraps in a supplied bin and turn landfill-bound waste into compost. The subscriber can either get bulk deliveries of their compost just in time for garden planting in the spring and early fall, or the fertilizer can be donated to one of several local community organizations that have partnered with the Loop, including Little Rock Urban Farming, the Dunbar Community Garden Project and the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance Gleaning Garden.
How did you come up with the idea for The Urban Food Loop?
The Clinton Global Initiative University program had put out a request for proposals for innovative ideas, and I wanted to get involved, but I didn’t have an innovative idea. Meanwhile I was working part time as a line cook at Natchez (restaurant). I saw how much food was wasted between vegetable scraps and leftovers. Having just lived on a farm where we composted everything, I knew the food waste at the restaurant would create good compost for my home garden. I started collecting food waste from Natchez and South on Main. I didn’t have any big plans until, as part of my first-year project, the Clinton School sent me to a Delta Regional Authority conference where U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack was the keynote speaker. He mentioned a lot of statistics. The one that stuck out to me the most was that almost 40 percent of food in the U.S. ends up in landfills. After I got home I did a little more research on food waste and found out how valuable a natural resource compost is. … Later that night I was just lying on my floor listening to a record when the idea hit me: I needed to start turning food waste into fertile soil on a larger level.
What’s your process for turning scraps into compost?
The Urban Food Loop drops off a compost bin weekly to subscribers. They scrape all their food waste — from coffee filters, to vegetable scraps, to bones — into their bin. Every week I drive a pickup route and switch out the full buckets with clean, empty ones. I take the food scraps to my property where the composting begins. … Every day I rake out the compost pile and turn it with a pitchfork. It takes several months for everything to break down into the finished product. Once it’s done I shovel it all into my truck and take it to Dunbar Gardens where I use their “Worm Rocket,” a compost tumbler that sorts out the fine black compost from the rocks, sticks and bones that didn’t compost.
For the average household, how much compost can they expect to receive?
Because we just started, we only have a small batch of finished compost. Next year, a customer can expect several hundred pounds of compost to be delivered to their home garden.
Has the idea been well received in Little Rock?
The idea has been incredibly well received. We haven’t advertised much yet because we want to make sure all the kinks are worked out before we go big — and they are. Right now we have 15 customers, with more signing up every week. It seems like a cool idea, but it’s so new, some people hesitate. However, once people use the service for a few weeks they can’t believe how much less they have in the trash. They tell their friends how easy it is, and then they sign up. And then they tell a friend. And that’s how it’s gone since June. We have one restaurant [subscriber] right now, South on Main, and are working on logistics with The Faded Rose.
Do you see The Urban Food Loop as a “save the world” project, or more of a business venture? Those two things don’t have to be mutually exclusive, of course.
It’s both. It’s a social enterprise with a double bottom line. We want to make money, but we want to do it doing something that matters. Studying at the Clinton School has really shown me that there is a way to do both.
The books will be on display at the Clinton School’s Sturgis Hall throughout the 2015-2016 school year and will be added to the school’s permanent collection. Printed lists will also be available at Wordsworth Books in Little Rock and at the Central Arkansas Library System’s main library.
Recommended Reading from the Class of 2017:
Khalid Ahmadzai: “House of Stone: A Memoir of Home, Family and a Lost Middle East” by Anthony Shadid
Kristen Alexander: Siddhartha by Herman Hesse
Ben Barber: Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri
Nora Bouzihay: I am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced by Nujood Ali
Evan Brown: The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
Daniel Caruth: The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
Stacy Cox: The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
Abby Craig: The Irresistible Revolution: Living as an Ordinary Radical by Shane Claiborne
Xotchitl Delgado-Solorzano: The Lettered City by Angel Rama
Sarah Fowlkes: Daring Greatly: How the Courage to be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent and Lead by Brene Brown
Cat French: Love Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World by Bob Goff
Zach Glembin: A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
Thurman Green: Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream by Barack Obama
Zac Hale: Seeing Like a State: How Certain Schemes to Improve the Human Condition Have Failed by James Scott
Mary Henthorn: The Opposite of Fate by Amy Tan
Claire Hodgson: Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
Yohannis Job: Leadership and Self-Deception: Gettting Out of the Box by the Arbinger Institute
Salil Joshi: The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
Emily Kearns: Slavery’s Exiles: The Story of the American Maroons by Sylviane A. Diouf
Miki Kunishige: The Bottom Billion: Why the Poorest Countries are Failing and What Can Be Done About It by Paul Collier
Arjola Limani: The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga
Caitlin McAteer: Little Bee by Chris Cleave
Piper Meeks: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
Alexandre Meldem: Traite Sur La Tolerance by Voltaire
Colbert Nelson: Letters to a Young Brother: Manifest Your Destiny by Hill Harper
Shem Ngwire: In Charge: Finding the Leader Within You by Dr. Myles Munroe
Hunter Owen: Stoner by John Williams
Beau Papan: The Lords of Discipline by Pat Conroy
Elena Perry: One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Rob Pillow: The Politics of Rich and Poor by Kevin P. Phillips
Keith Preciados: The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment by Eckhard Tolle
Yvonne Quek: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Heather Rossi: The Blue Sweater: Bridging the Gap between Rich and Poor in an Interconnected World by Jacqueline Novogratz
Merrill Schmidt: This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate by Naomi Klein
Marsha Scullark: A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
Jeremiah Sniffin: Shogun by James Clavell
Demas Soliman: Night by Elie Wiesel
Will Van Laningham: Beyond Religion: Ethics for a Whole World by H. H. Dalai Lama
Mary Wolf: Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom: My Story of the Selma Voting Rights March by Lynda Blackmon Lowery, Elspeth Leacock and Susan Buckley
Brandon Mathews has an offering for student services director Michelle Anderson, who runs the food pantry at Pulaski Technical College: hamburger and hot dog buns from his wife’s work picnic. Not a vat of olive oil or a ruck of California almonds — not big-ticket — but Anderson says she knows just the woman who will love it.
Then Mathews says something that perks this reporter’s ears up: “Summers are always a challenge keeping [the pantry] stocked, I know.”
Mathews’ mission is college campus food pantries. He was, as an undergraduate in Fayetteville, once an operator of one, and a user.
Did you know this was a thing? Hungry undergrads? It is, he says.
In the near future he plans to publish a blog post at the Brookings Institute called “The Narrative of Hungry College Students: A Prescription for Policymakers.” In it, he suggests that hungry college students are as much a part of that select population as hungry people are a part of the general population.
But why would summers be a drain on the pantry? A desert breeze fans the shelves and, whisk, no more Kellogg’s single-serving eight-pack cereals?
Nope, says Anderson. Fewer gifts. Pantry visits remain relatively stable, but mainstay almsgivers go on vacation. (I wonder if business at the pantry in Destin, Fla., picks up?)
Pity for Mathews he’s such a poor face for the poor. He’s trim and good-looking and a dapper dresser (though in that ineffable way that could be country club, could be Kohl’s). At 24, he’s married to a future pharmacist, and newly graduated from the Clinton School of Public Service. (OK, that last part comports with drive toward social remedy.)
Growing up, dad was a long-haul trucker and mom a manager at McDonald’s. In high school he began noticing his parents bringing home groceries, not in plastic bags, but in corrugated cardboard boxes. He always had enough to eat, he says, but the brands he’d get to know would change, from Campbell’s to Great Value to “something cheaper.”
Balancing tuition, room and board at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville required the full complement of federal grants and student loans, as well as his and his parents’ savings and what he took home working at Blockbuster. As a sophomore his aid was affected by a slip-up in his parents’ IRS filing, and suddenly, he was eating like a Victorian foundling from an occult hand — big pots of jasmine rice with Sriracha hot sauce and crackers for dinner, a dollop of peanut butter “for protein.”
That year, he began volunteering at the campus pantry — the Full Circle Campus Food Pantry. For a long time he didn’t avail himself of the nonperishables. “I always felt there’s gotta be someone hungrier than me,” and besides, how would it look?
Eventually, “I caved.” One good thing about Full Circle is it’s housed in a discreet location, and foodstuffs are packed in nondescript bags. “We don’t brand anything,” he said. Another good thing is the (comparatively) ready supply of fresh fruits and vegetables from the campus garden and local farmers.
One time a huge supply of eggplant came in. People complained, “I don’t know how to cook eggplant,” and Mathews had to tell them to pull out their smartphones, type “eggplant recipes” into a search box, and take a magical trip back to a time before drive-through. Like the Arkansas Foodbank and many other safety net services around the state, Full Circle began offering tutorials called Cooking Matters and Shopping Matters — instructions on how to prepare a meal (mostly) from scratch, and how to shop well on a budget.
Here’s a question he gets a bunch: What’s stopping anyone from cheating the system? Picking up a load of free groceries, then spending a paycheck on video games? Mathews says it’s basically an honor system service. In his experience, “people who are here don’t want to be here.”
Yet, he wants to build more of them.
In May he impressed some Little Rock business leaders at a regular Tuesday luncheon of the Rotary Club 99. “I was sitting there at the head table, if I recall,” says Bob Denman, Rotary club president, “and I got three text messages from people sitting in the crowd [as Mathews spoke] saying, ‘Ooo, I know how we can fund this'” planned pantry at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
Mathews says, “A couple individuals said later, ‘You know, when I was in school, I was a hungry student, but we didn’t even have this idea of a campus food pantry. I sure would’ve liked it.'”
UALR plans to open its pantry at the beginning of the year. Denman, the school’s vice chancellor for advancement, said the money will come from annual giving and student-led philanthropy — “students raising money to help other students.”
Mathews says, “We’ve known there’s always been students who are food insecure or dealing with poverty … and honestly, when people hear that this is an issue, they legitimately care. You don’t have to get people to buy in.”
Today, Mathews is looking for work while an associate director of campus resources for the College and University Food Bank Alliance (CUFBA) — a volunteer position, for now. From 1993 to this year the number of CUFBA food banks at colleges and universities has grown from one (Michigan State University’s) to 184. Why? Perhaps because an increasingly nontraditional student body composed of returning soldiers, single parents or previous drop-outs are greeted by ungovernable tuition inflation.
In-state tuition and fees have more than doubled since 2004 at UALR and more than doubled since 2001 at UA-Fayetteville. On average, four-year public institutions almost exactly doubled their tuition and fees from the 2002-03 academic year to the 2012-13 academic year, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
“You’ve got more people still competing for the same pool of money and resources with different responsibilities and challenges in their lives,” Mathews said.
High Profile on 08/30/2015
This post, written by Class of 2017 student Sarah Fowlkes, was originally published on OurValues.org and republished here with permission.
In America, we are often bombarded with campaigns from non-profit organizations asking for donations to help with some dire cause in Africa. Many of these organizations are doing a lot of good, but there are a number of projects that seem promising from the outside, but actually have unintended negative consequences.
Consider Malaria, a deadly disease transmitted by mosquitos. Nearly half the world is at risk for Malaria, leading to about 600,000 deaths annually, according to the World Health Organization. About 90% of these cases occur in Africa, particularly in low-income communities. There are several organizations that donate pesticide-treated nets to help with the prevention of Malaria. In general, this seems like a very logical, low-cost, effective solution to a big problem. However, these organizations are offering a widespread solution to a problem without realizing that, in many parts of Africa, the nets aren’t being used in the intended way.
Studies now are showing that the nets are not always used to protect family members from Malaria—and, instead, they’re being turned into fishing nets in some parts of the continent. These African communities are more concerned with not being able to put food on their tables, a daily problem they can actually see, than the potential problem of Malaria, which is much less tangible. The treated nets are detrimental to the environment, because they are leading to overfishing and toxic pesticides in the drinking water.
In a recent New York Times article, Jeffrey Gettleman, the East Africa Bureau Chief for the Times and a Pulitzer Prize winner, reported:
One of the few detailed studies on the issue showed that in several villages along Lake Tanganyika, an essential body of water shared by four East African nations, 87.2 percent of households used mosquito nets to fish. When that study was presented at a malaria conference last year, the reception, according to some of those in attendance, was decidedly cool.
“People are very defensive about this topic,” said Amy Lehman, an American physician and the founder of the Lake Tanganyika Floating Health Clinic, which conducted the study. “The narrative has always been, ‘Spend $10 on a net and save a life,’ and that’s a very compelling narrative. But what if that net is distributed in a waterside, food-insecure area where maybe you won’t be affecting the malaria rate at all and you might actually be hurting the environment? It’s a lose-lose. And that’s not a very neat story to tell.”
In that region of Africa, Gettleman is pointing to a solution—provided with the best of intentions by donors far from Africa—that is doing more harm than good in those particular communities. Anti-Malaria nets may be effective on other regions, but the single-solution program sending these nets far and wide hasn’t taken into account Africa’s enormous diversity. The nets don’t seem to be a good idea in poor communities where fishing is an important and vitally needed resource. Obviously, more studies and debate will follow this report from Lake Tanganyika.
There is also the problem of development without follow-up.
Large non-profit and government organizations create multi-million-dollar projects that build infrastructure such as wells and pipes. Access to clean water is a significant problem in the developing world. More than 1.1 billion people live without access to clean water, and 3.4 million people die every year due to complications from unclean water. There are hundreds of organizations that build wells and pipes to help alleviate this problem—but very few who teach community members how to maintain the infrastructure. The result is within a few months or years, the water systems are not working. The community once helped by the project is back to square one.
The problem is that international organizations often research the significant problems plaguing Africa and create their own solutions from thousands of miles away.
These organizations need much more community buy-in and ownership in order for these projects to be sustainable. Communities working with organizations will understand how the projects need to be maintained, and can communicate follow-up needs to organizations.
Development in Africa needs to be a conversation, not a mandate. There needs to be a solid relationship between the development organizations and those they intend to help in order to establish sustainable projects with significant impact.
– See more at: http://www.readthespirit.com/ourvalues/series/5-myths-about-africa/#sthash.L7QIbJqc.dpuf
Ten teams of students from the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service will complete public service projects in partnership with public agencies, community initiatives, academic ventures, and nonprofit organizations across Arkansas during the 2015-2016 academic year.
As part of the school’s Master of Public Service degree program, the students will earn academic credit for their work on the projects, which include efforts to end senior hunger in Arkansas, enhance services provided to children and families, eliminate housing barriers for previously incarcerated individuals, and develop economic opportunities through the arts, among others.
Organizations partnering with the Clinton School on the projects are located throughout Arkansas including Hot Springs, Newport, Monticello and Helena-West Helena.
“While other academic programs often address the questions of what, where and why, this field service hands on experience, in combination with the skills and strategies gained in the classroom, enable Clinton School students to better answer the critical question of how,” said Clinton School Dean James L. “Skip” Rutherford III. “A key component of this team-based initiative is getting to outcomes.”
The projects are part of the Clinton School’s Practicum program, the first of three public service projects completed during the two-year master’s degree program.
Forty Clinton School students will participate in the projects during their first year while also completing in-class coursework on topics such as program planning and development, field research, and communication.
The 2015-16 Clinton School Practicum Projects include:
Local Partner Development for Senior Services
Partner Organization: Arkansas Foodbank (http://www.arkansasfoodbank.org/)
Team: Mary Henthorn (Little Rock, Ark.), Salil Joshi (Shreveport, La.), Miki Kunishige (Rapid City, S.D.), Yvonne Quek (Singapore)
Arkansas Foodbank has worked in underserved communities to bring awareness, collaboration and resource development to these communities in an effort to open new pantries and strengthen existing agencies. Through these efforts, Arkansas Foodbank has identified the need for community partner development in the work being done to serve seniors. Agencies have expressed a desire to enhance their service of seniors but some are seeing the need for more community awareness, support and collaboration. Arkansas Foodbank hopes to replicate the success of their local partner development initiative in building stronger senior services. This team will focus on facilitating the assessment of community partners and resources, bringing those groups together, and finding way the community can work together to capitalize on each other’s work and resources to better serve seniors.
Improving Student Achievement with School Breakfast
Partner Organization: Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance (http://www.arhungeralliance.org/)
Team: Will Van Laningham (Fayatteville, Ark.), Colbert Nelson (Little Rock, Ark.), Shem Ngwira (Lilongwe, Malawi), Marsha Scullark (West Memphis, Ark.)
This team will work with the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance to evaluate the impact of the Arkansas Meals for Achievement Pilot Grant program (which encourages schools to provide all students a free breakfast) on student health, attendance, behavior and academic achievement. The team will expand the scope of research initiated by the 2014/15 practicum team and help support hunger relief policy recommendations aimed at improving student outcomes.
Housing Accessibility Study
Partner Organization: Central Arkansas Re-Entry (CARE) Coalition (http://arkansasreentry.com)
Team: Zac Hale (Huntsville, Ala.), Emily Kearns (Little Rock, Ark.), Alexandre Meldem (Lausanne, Switzerland), Michael Watson (Washington, DC)
The team will study the need for housing and the availability of housing for members of the community that are in transitional circumstances which includes returning citizens in Little Rock. CARE will use the information to address housing barriers and to assist with future planning to address the issue of housing.
Feasibility Study on Therapeutic Behavioral Health Garden for Youth
Partner Organization: Centers for Youth and Families (www.cfyf.org)
Team: Kristen Alexander (Little Rock, Ark.), Daniel Caruth (Morrilton, Ark.), Claire Hodgson (Russellville, Ark.), Piper Meeks (Nederland,Texas)
This team will explore the feasibility of establishing a botanical and/or food producing garden to create an interactive, educational and therapeutic experience for the clients of Centers for Youth and Families. Centers for Youth and Families provides specialized prevention, intervention and treatment services that promote emotional and social wellness for children and families of Arkansas.
Developing Promising Practices for Outreach, Impact, and Success Outcomes
Partner Organization: Goodwill Industries of Arkansas (http://www.goodwillar.org/)
Team: Nora Bouzihay (Jonesboro, Ark.), Xochitl Delgado-Solorzano (Springdale, Ark.), Arjola Limani (Tirana, Albania), Jeremiah Sniffin (Laramie, Wyo.)
This team will research and compile best practices for service engagement with the Latino community here in Arkansas. These findings will be utilized to develop a comprehensive action plan for the organization to better serve and engage the Latino community in central Arkansas. This guide and action plan will aid the organization in serving its mission to provide education and training through its charter and trade schools as well as increase employment outcomes for individuals in the Latino community and their families. Anticipated services may include but are not limited to ESL, youth, reentry, support and career-readiness services, and job placement opportunities.
Identifying Education and Family Stability Resources in Garland County
Partner Organization: Hot Springs Area Community Foundation (http://www.arcf.org/about/affiliateoffices/hotspringsarea.aspx)
Team: Khalid Ahmadzai (Kabul, Afghanistan), Evan Brown (Memphis, Tenn.), Sarah Fowlkes (Ann Arbor, Mich.), Yohannis Job (Scarborough, Tobago)
The assigned team will study the availability and adequacy of two pillars of poverty in Garland County, education and family stability. The community foundation will use the information to strategically plan grants that address gaps in services and offer leadership to encourage collaboration of service duplication.
Making Food Accessible
Partner Organization: Mid-Delta Community Consortium (http://adrdnmdcc.com)
Team: Ben Barber (Hartsdale, N.Y.), Thurman Green III (Pine Bluff, Ark.), Hunter Owen (Conway, Ark.), Rob Pillow (Jackson, Miss.)
This team will assist in the development of an assessment tool to identify community leaders and members (including community/ faith-based organizations/ local public sector officials/etc.) that assist low-income individuals/families in accessing food assistance programs. This tool will also identify and address barriers associated with access to food assistance programs. The results from the assessment will benefit MDCC and its partners in alleviating identified barriers and improve access to food assistance programs.
Developing a Creative Economy in Newport
Partner Organization: Newport Economic Development Commission (http://newportarcity.org/economic-development/)
Team: Stacy Cox (Little Rock, Ark.), Zachary Glembin (Milwaukee, Wis.), Beau Papan (Little Rock, Ark.), Keith Preciados (Miami, Fla.)
This team will work on a resource plan for the restoration and renovation of a historic bank building in downtown Newport. The local community is purchasing this building to become the home of the Blue Bridge Center for the Delta Arts. Working with the Downtown Revitalization and Improvement Volunteer Effort (D.R.I.V.E.), the team will shape the fundraising efforts to develop this space for the creative economy in Newport. The plan will be used to create a hub for revitalization in downtown Newport.
Creating Food Accessibility through Mobile Markets
Partner Organization: The People Tree (http://thepeopletree.us/)
Team: Cat French (Little Rock, Ark.), Caitlin McAteer (Denver, Colo.), Heather Rossi (Columbia, S.C.), Merrill Schmidt (Little Rock, Ark.)
This team will work to contribute to the development of mobile food markets for fresh fruits and vegetables in Little Rock and North Little Rock. The project aims to increase awareness and community support around the concept of mobile markets and to increase outlets for local growers/community gardens to sell their produce. Students will conduct surveys at food pantries and community gardens with the goal of linking consumers and producers together and building community support for the mobile market concept. This project involves partnerships with multiple community partners including but not limited to, the Clinton Foundation, Arkansas Hunger Alliance, UALR, UAMS, Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Extension, Central Arkansas Transit, as well as the cities of Little Rock and North Little Rock.
Assessing the needs of families in southeast Arkansas
Partner Organization: Vera Lloyd Presbyterian Family Services (http://www.veralloyd.org/)
Team: Abby Craig (Little Rock, Ark.), Elena Perry (Slobozia, Romania), Demas Soliman (Alexandria, Egypt), Mary Wolf (Milwaukee, Wis.)
This team will reach out to nonprofit organizations, educational institutions and government agencies to complete a comprehensive needs assessment to determine educational and support needs of children and families in southeast Arkansas. Vera Lloyd Presbyterian Family Services will use the results to develop services that will be carried out by its counseling and outreach staff.