And Now, a Word from our (Former) Dean

Andrew Palmer, a freshman pre-med major and Bodenhamer Fellow from Bentonville, Arkansas, had the distinction of being selected as our inaugural Dean for a Day. Andrew won on the strength of his campaign video and accompanying graphics, which paint a bright future for the Honors College. Dean Emeritus Palmer reflects on the experience below.

Palmer’s campaign poster.

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A Fly’s Eye View of Crystal Bridges

Alexis Meldrum, an honors art history major and marketing minor from Carrollton, Texas, was the first Havner curatorial intern for Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. Her months of sifting through Buckminster Fuller’s design papers helped shape the interpretive exhibition on the architect’s Fly’s Eye Dome, which launched in July and is currently on display on the museum’s North Lawn.

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Wellness Series: Hike Your Own Hike

by Samantha Kirby

For more information on wellness initiatives, events and opportunities around campus, be sure to check out the UA Wellness Initiative.

On the first day of school most students are mentally reviewing their class schedules as they walk about campus, organizing their days into virtual spreadsheets. Normally I’m among those silently sifting through their classes, but this semester I had a different schedule running through my head:

            Morning: Extra-strength Claritin, antibiotic, corticosteroid cream           
            Midday: antibiotic
            Evening: Extra-strength Claritin, antibiotic, corticosteroid cream, 
            Repeat Daily for 5-10 days

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Freaky Friday: Dean Edition

This could be you!

Do you have big ideas for the Honors College? Have you ever wanted to see the “inner workings” of higher education administration? Would you like enviable offices, shelves upon shelves of medieval literature, and the title of “head honcho” here in Gearhart Hall?

If you answered yes to any of the above, you might have what it takes to be our next Dean for a Day!

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The BODIEs Take New York

New York City is as bright and diverse as the advertisements glowing in Times Square; think city lights, street performers, pizza joints, traffic, smog and storefront windows, each a single stroke in the city’s signature. For writer Tom Wolfe, a visitor has as much right as any resident to call these city lights his or her own: “One belongs to New York instantly, one belongs to it as much in five minutes as in five years.” The 2017 Bodenhamer Fellows found Wolfe’s words to be true: they spent five days in the city at the beginning of August, and came away not only as New Yorkers, but also as friends. 

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Adding Value, Gaining Experience

Scott Sims, an honors accounting and finance double major in Walton College, beams at everyone we pass in the Bentonville Sam’s Club, greeting the workers like old friends. He throws back samples of orange juice and pineapple, putting everyone at ease with his infectious enthusiasm for the multicolored displays of cereal boxes, fresh-baked flour tortillas and wasabi-flavored Doritos that stock the wholesale grocery.

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Packing (and mapping) through Pompeii

Austin Kreulach, a rising computer science junior, recently spent two weeks of his summer in southern Italy with a program led by Dr. Dave Fredrick and Dr. Rhodora Vennarucci. Throughout his time, Austin learned how to map, how to pack, and most importantly how to eat! 

Two weeks of southern Italy, where to begin? The heart of the experience was the lectures in the ruins. We walked an average of twelve miles a day through dusty, sunbaked ancient history, while our professors covered a combination of abstract urban analysis and a potpourri of Roman life. At first it felt like a more in-depth version of a normal tour of Pompeii, but as the program went on the tone shifted from covering a huge swath of the city to the virtual reality aspect. We learned how to use photogrammetry software to create 3D models from any given physical object by taking a mountain of pictures. This was the point where the program went from enriching my understanding of both ancient and modern Italy to giving me directly applicable skills for future projects.

Taking pictures of the ancient city.

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Blooming in Brighton

Thea Winston is a rising accounting senior from Forrest City, Arkansas. Before a hectic senior year of taking the GMAT and participating in her many student organizations, Thea traveled to Brighton, England. From academics to street art to some timely lessons on acceptance, Thea shares her experiences abroad. 

First time in London, England near Covent Garden

January 30th, my first day of class, was the beginning of a completely different academic experience. I woke up early to make sure I could catch the train and grab breakfast at Daisy’s Sandwich Shop, a family-owned business right across from the station. I made it to the classroom in about 15 minutes and there I met the girl who would become one of my closest friends. 

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Finding your Mist

Jacob Maestri is a rising senior math major from Fort Smith, Arkansas. He recently traveled to Cape Town, South Africa and on a hard, fog-cloaked climb up Table Mountain, found new insights on the journey, the people, and the experience. 

Enjoying the view of Seal Island

After a short Uber yesterday, we found ourselves at the trailhead to hike up Table Mountain, the iconic backdrop for the city of Cape Town. After a long stare up the ragged edge of the cliffs, we started along the trail. It was arduous and breath-taking (literally). For the first hour of the hike, visibility was clear, expectations were high, and altogether we were in good spirits. However, just like with any long hike, about halfway up I started to become a sentimental pastoralist, beginning to feel comically and ironically close to the nature surrounding me. I took in the vista with hope and enthusiasm as the skyscrapers below were becoming smaller and smaller.

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Flip Chip Trip

Ange Iradukunda, an honors mechanical engineering major working with electronic module optimization, recently presented his research at the Power Optimization for Electro-Thermal Systems technical conference in Illinois, where he was able to expand his knowledge of related design variables and interact with leading experts in the field.  Ange was the only undergraduate granted this opportunity at the conference, and recounts the experience here.  

As part of honors research, I have been working on the Power Optimization for Electro-Thermal Systems (POETS) Project. POETS is an NSF Engineering Research Center with the aim of increasing the power density of electrical systems. Basically, the center is working to fit more power into smaller footprints. The University of Arkansas is a member of the center along with Stanford, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Howard University. Every year, a POETS technical conference is held, coinciding with the site visit by the NSF review panel for the Center. Thanks to an Honors travel grant, I had the opportunity to attend this year’s conference in Illinois and present my work.  

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