|Chancellor||Laurence B. Alexander|
Pine Bluff, Arkansas, United States|
Black and Gold|
|Athletics||NCAA Division I - (FCS)|
|Affiliations||Southwestern Athletic Conference|
The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) is a public historically black university located in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, United States. Founded in 1873, the second oldest public institution in the state of Arkansas. UAPB is a member-school of the University of Arkansas System and Thurgood Marshall College Fund. It is known popularly by its moniker the "Flagship of the Delta".
The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff was authorized in 1873 by the Reconstruction-era legislature as the Branch Normal College and opened in 1875 with Joseph Carter Corbin principal. A historically black college, it was nominally part of the "normal" (education) department of Arkansas Industrial University, later the University of Arkansas. It was operated separately as part of a compromise to get a college for black students, as the state maintained racial segregation well into the 20th century. It later was designated as a land-grant college under the 1890 federal amendments to Morrill Land-Grant Acts. As Congress had originally established the land grant colleges to provide education to all qualified students in a state, in 1890 it required states maintaining segregated systems to establish a separate land-grant university for blacks as well as whites.
In 1927, the school severed its ties with the University of Arkansas and became Arkansas Agricultural, Mechanical & Normal College (Arkansas AM&N). It moved to its current campus location in 1929. Nearly 50 years later, in 1972, Arkansas AM&N re-joined what is now the University of Arkansas System. As a full-fledged campus with graduate study departments, it gained its current name and university status in the process.
Since 1988, the university has gained recognition as a leading research institution in aquaculture studies, offering the state's only comprehensive program in this field. It supports a growing regional industry throughout the Mid-South (according to the school, aquaculture is a $167 million industry in Arkansas alone and worth approximately $1.2 billion in the Mississippi Delta region). Recently the program was enhanced by the addition of an Aquaculture/Fisheries PhD program.
The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff is the oldest and largest HBCU in Arkansas.
UAPB is divided into eight academic divisions.
Since UAPB does not offer engineering degrees, it has a partnership with the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville (UA) that allow qualified students to spend three years to complete an engineering related bachelor's degree at UAPB then automatic admissions into UA to complete their engineering bachelor's degree in two years. Students who successfully complete the UAPB-UA engineering program will have two bachelor's degrees in approximately five years.
In 2015, Bestvalueschools.com ranked the university second in Arkansas for best overall value.
The University Museum And Cultural Center on the campus of UAPB contains photographs, catalogs, yearbooks, letters, artifacts, portraits and other ephemera that document the lives and culture of African-Americans who helped shaped the history of UAPB and the Arkansas Delta. It is the only museum of its kind in Arkansas and was established in 2005.
Arkansas-Pine Bluff's sports teams have participated in NCAA Division I in the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) since re-joining the conference in 1998, and competes in the Football Championship Subdivision (formerly I-AA) for football. Home football games are held at Golden Lion Stadium. Men's sports also include baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, tennis and track & field; while women's sports include basketball, cross country, soccer, softball, tennis, track & field and volleyball.
The Lions participated in the SWAC Championship Game for the first time in 2006 after recording a 7-2 conference record. The Alabama A&M Bulldogs defeated the Lions (22-13) in the championship game. The Lions finished that season with an overall record of 8-4.
The Lions won the SWAC Championship on December 8, 2012 against Jackson State in Birmingham, Alabama. UAPB finished the 2012 season 10-2 and are the 2012 Southwestern Athletic Conference champions.
In 2009-2010, for the first time in school history, the women's soccer team won the SWAC tournament and made it to the NCAA tournament for the first time ever. Also the men's basketball team received an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament as champions of the SWAC. The Golden Lions won the opening round game against Winthrop and were awarded the #16 seed in the South Region. The team was eliminated from the tournament in the following round by Duke who ultimately became the NCAA Champions.
The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff houses over 1,000 students on campus. Hunt Hall houses male students. The Harrold Complex, consisting of four halls, Johnson, Copeland, Fischer, and Stevens, is for females. Freshman males are assigned to Johnson and Copeland.
Built in 1964, the Harrold Complex was named in memory of Norma E. Harrold, former Dean of Women. It has four halls and houses a total of 512 male and female students. Johnson Hall was named in honor of Nettie E. Johnson, a graduate of the class of 1903; Copeland Hall was named in memory of Ernestine Inez Copeland; Fischer Hall was named in memory of Rubye G. Fischer, a former principal of the J.C. Corbin Laboratory School on campus; and Stevens Hall was named for the late Maggie R. Stevens, a former counselor at Branch Normal College.
The Johnny B. Johnson Complex, JBJ, can house 288 students.
Built in 1991, the Complex was named in honor of Dr. Johnny B. Johnson, former Chancellor of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. JBJ has nine buildings and houses a total of 288 male and female students.
The newest residence hall is the new Delta Housing Complex. Built in 2003, this suite-style complex has 104 private rooms and 140 double rooms; it houses 388 students.[dubious ]
In 2008, UAPB's band known as the Marching Musical Machine of the Mid-South (M4), made their debut appearance at the Honda Battle of the Bands. In 2009, M4 was selected to participate in the United States Presidential Inaugural Parade.
M4 is one of the top three largest collegiate marching bands in Arkansas and is accompanied by two auxiliaries. The dance auxiliary is known as the "Golden Girls" and the flag auxiliary known as the "24K Golden Silks."
M4 is a five drum major led marching band.
There are over 70 active student organizations on campus. All active student organizations are registered through the Division of Student Affairs.
Eight of the nine National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) fraternities and sororities are represented on campus. Less than five percent of the undergraduate student body are represented in the NPHC. These organizations are:
|Alpha Kappa Alpha||Alpha Rho||AP|
|Alpha Phi Alpha||Gamma Delta|
|Delta Sigma Theta||Delta Eta|
|Kappa Alpha Psi||Gamma Sigma|
|Omega Psi Phi||Tau Sigma|
|Phi Beta Sigma||Beta Theta|
|Sigma Gamma Rho||Alpha Chi|
|Zeta Phi Beta||Beta Beta||BB|
|Martha S. Lewis||1944||government official in New York city and state|
|Danny K. Davis||1961||U.S. Representative for 7th Congressional District in Illinois|
|Samuel L. Kountz||1952||performed the first successful Kidney transplant between humans who were not identical twins|
|Jamil Nasser||1955||jazz musician, bassist|
|Tevester Anderson||1962||retired head basketball coach for Jackson State University and Murray State University|
|Frank Burgess||1957||professional basketball player; later an attorney and U.S. federal judge for the Western District of Washington
Burgess only attended one year before enlisting in the U.S. Air Force. After serving a four-year tour, he transferred to Gonzaga University, where he eventually earned bachelor's and law degrees.
|Joe Gardner||1966||jazz musician, trumpet|
|John Stubblefield||1967||jazz musician, sax, recording artist|
|James Leary||1968||jazz/classical musician, bass, Sammy Davis, Jr., Count Basie Orchestra, Oakland Symphony|
|L. C. Greenwood||1969||football player; former Pittsburgh Steelers defensive lineman, a member of the famous Steel Curtain defense|
|Terron Armstead||professional football player currently with the New Orleans Saints|
|Cleo Miller||1973||former professional football player|
|Ivory Lee Brown||1991||football player|
|Smokie Norful||1995||Pastor, Grammy award winning gospel singer and pianist|
|Chris Akins||1999||former NFL defensive back|
|Greg Briggs||NFL player|
|Greg Wesley||2000||former professional football player|
|Dante Wesley||2002||former professional football player|
|Monk Williams||professional football player|
|Courtney Van Buren||2003||former professional football player|
|Charles Ali||2007||former professional football player|
|Martell Mallett||Canadian football player currently with the Calgary Stampeders|
|Don Zimmerman||former professional football player|