The Young Alumni Council at the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith has added five new members and started a campaign to sell engraved bricks for Lion Pride Square.
New members, with graduation years and majors, are:
Dallas, Texas: Tyler Hall, ’10, business administration.
Fort Smith: Magaly Centeno, ’12, business administration; Tyler Lamon, ’11, business administration; Christie Weiche Turner, ’06, business administration; and Lindsey Steiger Robinson,’09, business administration and marketing.
Hundreds of commemorative bricks are already located in Lion Pride Square, which is south of the Donald W. Reynolds Plaza and Bell Tower and in the center of the Campus Green. The Young Alumni Council hopes to encourage others to honor or memorialize friends or loved ones who attended UAFS, Westark or Fort Smith Junior College. Purchasing a brick is also a way for students themselves to commemorate their time as UAFS Lions.
Robinson believes in the importance of the brick campaign.
“Having a brick on campus is such a great way to leave a legacy,” said Robinson. “It will be an awesome thing to show family, friends and eventually my children that UA Fort Smith is a place I am so proud to be a part of, and a part of me will always be there.”
Fellow Council member Britton Riddle, who graduated from UAFS in 2007, agrees.
“The brick campaign is something really exciting,” Riddle said. “It allows all of us to become a permanent part of our alma mater’s history, and one day I know it will be rewarding to show my kids this part of our rich campus history.”
Returning Council members include Dillon Jarrett, Catoosa, Okla.; Ashley Duvall Buster, Fayetteville; Jaye Gasaway, Jenna Rainwater Pierce, Michael Pierce, Britton Riddle and Eric Smithson, Fort Smith; Jeremy May, Greenwood; Laura Schmutz Beltran, Tulsa, Okla.; Casey Maxey McKinley, Van Buren; and Emily Daugherity, West Fork.
Dillon Jarrett called being on the Council a “huge honor and a humbling experience.”
“It is both intriguing and exciting to see the institution from somewhat of an outsider’s perspective now,” he said. “It solidifies the pride I take in my degree. I see the growing nature of UAFS and most importantly, the overall desire to provide the best learning environment possible for students. It’s such a wonderful thing to be a part of and I’m looking forward to continuing to serve in whatever capacity possible.”
The Young Alumni Council seeks to actively engage UAFS young alumni, maintain a relationship and foster interaction between them and the University, increase their awareness and involvement in the UAFS Alumni Association and promote social, professional and philanthropic interests of young alumni.
For more information on the brick campaign, go to www.uafsalumni.com/Brick or call 479-788-7920.