Bumpers College welcomes students from Arkansas Lighthouse Academies for AGRI-STEM experience

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Micayla Blair

Last year’s day trip with Bumpers College for Arkansas Lighthouse Academies and 70 students in grades 8-12 has been transformed into an agri-STEM summer enrichment academy three days for 25 seventh and eighth graders.

U of A’s Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences is welcoming students from the Arkansas Lighthouse Academies for the second straight summer, but this year’s experience will be different.

Last summer, the college hosted more than 70 ALA students, teachers, and administrators for an introduction to the college, its majors, and career paths.

Students in grades eight through 12 ate lunch, met Dean Deacue Fields, watched demonstrations, participated in activities, toured facilities, and interacted with faculty and staff from most college departments, all in one day.

This year, a smaller group of students are spending three days in Fayetteville, beginning Tuesday, June 7, as part of the Arkansas Lighthouse Summer Enrichment Academy.

“Bumpers College has developed strategic recruiting goals, many of which focus on intentionally recruiting a younger audience,” said Katie Dilley, the college’s undergraduate recruiting coordinator. “We want to create more of these learning opportunities for PK-12 audiences to teach students about all that is happening at Bumpers College and the careers available to them in the fields of agriculture, food and life sciences. This is just the first of additional summer and day camps.”

ALA and Bumpers College, along with the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, are working together on this Agri-STEM summer institute. The fully sponsored initiative provides 25 seventh and eighth graders from Pine Bluff and Jacksonville with hands-on learning experiences, exposure to agricultural-related technical and scientific operations and procedures, at the School of Science in the human environment, social networking, an introduction to college majors and career opportunities, and a white coat closing ceremony. Students will also learn about life on campus and the university in general, such as the Razorback and Senior Walk traditions, the resources available to students, and the dining and residence halls.

“We are extremely excited about the partnership between Arkansas Lighthouse Academies and the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences at the University of Arkansas,” said ALA Superintendent LaShawnDa D. Noel. “This collaboration demonstrates each organization’s commitment to exposing the future (academics) to the agriculture industry through a host of carefully curated student enrichment activities and experiences. We hope these experiences continue. to expose our scholars to various areas of agricultural science and foster additional opportunities for them to explore careers in agri-STEM fields.”

“Our primary goal is to educate students about the area of ​​opportunity within Bumpers College and to highlight specialty education and career opportunities,” Dilley said. “The second is to educate academics about college readiness, specifically introducing them to all the benefits of attending Bumpers College and the U of A. We want students to engage directly with college leaders and our faculty and learn about the resources available to them when they are students here. Many of these students will be first-generation students, and we want to help build intentional relationships with them to foster a positive experience with the U of HAS. “

In addition to campus activities, ALA students and staff will spend time at Crystal Bridges, learning about the intersection of art, agriculture, architecture, and nature in with regard to horticulture, landscaping and the grounds and paths around the museum.

The group will also interact and participate in leadership development activities with representatives from the Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Natural Sciences section of the University of Alberta.

“Gen Z and agriculture play a vital role in our global economy and our competitive workforce,” said Wendell Scales, ALA’s Deputy Director of Innovation. “It is our job as educators and key community players to ensure that a well-developed pathway in agricultural science and technology for underrepresented scholars in Arkansas is readily available.”

The week will be crowned by the ceremony of the white coat.

“This is traditionally used to initiate the next generation of scholars and professionals into their chosen field of study,” Dilley said. “It emphasizes the importance of lifelong learning and challenges the next generation to go out into the world to make a difference. As scholars complete the summer institute, Dean Fields and Dr ( Lona) Robertson (Associate Dean) will induct scholars into the world of higher education by ‘coating’ them in their white coat ceremony.This symbolizes their ongoing journey of education and partnership with Bumpers College to support them throughout along their way.

Arkansas Lighthouse Academies has campuses in Jacksonville (K-12), Pine Bluff (K-8), and North Little Rock (K-5) and focuses on arts-based programs with an emphasis on social development.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with Arkansas Lighthouse Academies,” Dilley said. “ALA is working to develop an Agri-STEM program at its Pine Bluff campus. To emphasize its program, Bumpers College is building year-round connections with ALA by providing professional research and exposure in the real world. As a result, ALA Scholars will be educated in all areas of Agri-STEM, and upon graduation, these scholars will be able to further their careers by studying in one of our majors at Bumpers College.”

Administrators, teachers, staff, parents, and students affiliated with other schools are encouraged to contact Dilley ([email protected], 479-575-2252) if they wish to coordinate tours and visits.

“Bumpers College plans to develop additional one-day and multi-day programs for PK-12 audiences,” Dilley said. “If a school or community group would like to inquire about creating a program based on your scholar’s goals, you are welcome to contact us. As always, any group can arrange individual and group tours with Bumpers College. ”

About Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences: Bumpers College provides life-changing opportunities to position and prepare graduates who will be leaders in businesses associated with food, family, environment, agriculture, sustainability and quality of life. human life; and who will be first-choice candidates for employers looking for leaders, innovators, decision makers and entrepreneurs. The college is named after Dale Bumpers, a former governor of Arkansas and longtime U.S. senator who propelled the state into national and international agriculture. For more information about Bumpers College, visit our website and follow us on Twitter at @BumpersCollege and Instagram at BumpersCollege.

About the University of Arkansas: As Arkansas’ flagship institution, the U of A offers an internationally competitive education in more than 200 academic programs. Founded in 1871, the U of A contributes more than $2.2 billion to the Arkansas economy through the teaching of new knowledge and skills, entrepreneurship and employment development, discovery through research and creative activity while providing training in professional disciplines. The Carnegie Foundation ranks the U of A among the few American colleges and universities with the highest level of research activity. US news and world report ranks the U of A among the top public universities in the nation. Learn how the U of A is working to build a better world at Arkansas Research News.

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