Ideas for University's Sesquicentennial Due Nov. 8, Can Be Submitted Online

Alumnus James Lafayette Reed purchased a "penny-farthing" bicycle in the late 19th century, long before the U of A was recognized as a "Bicycle Friendly University." The university is seeking ideas for projects and programs that connect its history with its future.
Courtesy of Charlie Alison

Alumnus James Lafayette Reed purchased a "penny-farthing" bicycle in the late 19th century, long before the U of A was recognized as a "Bicycle Friendly University." The university is seeking ideas for projects and programs that connect its history with its future.

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The University of Arkansas Sesquicentennial Planning Team encourages the campus community to submit ideas for sesquicentennial events and activities by Friday, Nov. 8, to allow for review as a part of the second idea review cycle of the planning process. The university will celebrate its 150th anniversary in 2021.  

Ten specialized working groups are helping plan projects and events for the sesquicentennial, and will begin to review the ideas submitted from campus next week.

The third and final idea review cycle of the sesquicentennial planning phase is tentatively planned to conclude in early 2020.

More information about the planning process is available online at 150planning.uark.edu.

The year-long commemoration will begin Jan. 1, 2021, building momentum to late March, when the university was founded in 1871, and continuing through the fall semester and ending in early 2022. A celebration of the 150th anniversary of the university's first day of classes on Jan. 22, 2022, will mark the sesquicentennial's official conclusion.

About the University of Arkansas: The University of Arkansas provides an internationally competitive education for undergraduate and graduate students in more than 200 academic programs. The university contributes new knowledge, economic development, basic and applied research, and creative activity while also providing service to academic and professional disciplines. The Carnegie Foundation classifies the University of Arkansas among fewer than 3 percent of colleges and universities in America that have the highest level of research activity. U.S. News & World Report ranks the University of Arkansas among its top American public research universities. Founded in 1871, the University of Arkansas comprises 10 colleges and schools and maintains a low student-to-faculty ratio that promotes personal attention and close mentoring.

Contacts

Mark Rushing, assistant vice chancellor
University Relations
479-575-5555, markr@uark.edu

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