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A University of Arkansas at Little Rock student will share her knowledge of the government and culture of the Middle Eastern nation of Qatar after being selected for a prestigious international fellowship that included a diplomatic visit to Qatar. Mariam Bouzihay, a UA Little Rock junior psychology student from Jonesboro, was one of 10 U.S. college students selected for the Joseph J. Malone Fellowship in Arab and Islamic Studies cultural immersion program to Qatar, a peninsula nation with a population of 2.6 million that borders Saudi Arabia to the south and is surrounded by the Persian Gulf on all other sides. "The whole point of the program is to expose people to different countries," Bouzihay said. "There are many stereotypes about the countries in the Middle East and North Africa region. Last spring, I got to represent Qatar in the Model Arab League, and then I got to experience Qatar in real life. It was an amazing experience."
Nine University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law students have been selected to clerk for the state of Arkansas by Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge's office for the spring 2019 semester. "The law clerk program exposes students to the fulfilling experience of public service," Rutledge said. "Law clerks play a valuable role for the state performing research and writing for Arkansas's top attorneys in a great service-learning environment." The new law clerks include Sarah Fendley, Hannah Johnston, Edward Mader, Robert Murphy, Amanda Partridge, Sydney Sadler, Christian Scott, Chandra Smith, and Katelyn Spellman.
Victor Ruiz, a senior systems engineering major at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, has a lot to be thankful for. He's a U.S. Air Force veteran with a beautiful wife and two young daughters. Now in his last semester as a systems engineering major, Ruiz is looking forward to a future career where he explores his passion for renewable energy.
A University of Arkansas at Little Rock student has her heart set on working at one of the top technology companies in the world and is using her UA Little Rock classes and internships to get the experience she needs for the future of her dreams. Caleaha Virgil, a 21-year-old senior from Conway, is majoring in electronics and computer engineering technology. After she graduates from UA Little Rock in 2020, Virgil plans to work full-time for an engineering company for two years while earning a master's degree in engineering management. Then she plans to go after her heart's desire to work at a top tech company - Apple, Google, or Microsoft. Virgil is getting the experience she needs with unique classroom experiences and internships. This summer, she worked as an intern at Reynolds Consumer Products in Hot Springs. Reynolds Consumer Products is known for its trusted household products, including Reynolds Wrap foil and Hefty trash bags, slider bags, and disposable tableware.
Salina Adolph, a concurrent student with the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law and the Clinton School of Public Service, completed an international public service project with the American Bar Association Commission on Immigration in Washington, D.C. Over the summer, Adolph worked to create a comprehensive report of resources and support for immigrants in the United States who are victims of the unauthorized practice of immigration law, also known as immigration consultant fraud. This project will begin the process of providing national coordination for immigration lawyers and advocates who seek to assist immigrants who are victims of immigration consultant fraud.
Two Alaska Native students are getting in touch with their heritage by serving as interns at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock's Sequoyah National Research Center. The goal of the Native American Student Internship Program is to provide students an experiential learning environment in which to acquire an understanding of the value of archives and the research potential of the collections of the center and to engage in academic research and practical archival activities related to tribal culture, society, and issues. The interns work 25 hours a week from June 4 to July 27 and receive on-campus housing and a $2,000 stipend. Recent UA Little Rock graduate Heidi Davis and senior Stephanie Rabaduex, who are continuing internships from last summer, spend their internships archiving an important part of their Native Alaskan heritage. They are both Alaska Natives who are members of the Haida and Tlingit tribes. In 2014, the center acquired the Jeanie Greene Heartbeat Alaska Film Collection, which included 1,263 videos. Thanks to a $24,000 grant from the Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council, Rabaduex and Davis now decipher the videos, cataloging names, dates, places, and issues for the center's archives. While growing up in the small village of Kake, Alaska, Davis, 29, fondly recalls tuning into "Heartbeat Alaska" as a child to watch the show's host, Jeanie Greene, broadcast heartfelt stories of Alaska. "I would have been happy to do anything interning here, but the Jeanie Greene productions were special," Davis said. "I grew up watching her shows in Alaska. Jeanie Greene actually babysat my dad, so my dad can tell me stories about her, but she is like a celebrity to me since I never met her." Davis, who graduated in May with bachelor's degrees in criminal justice and political science, will attend William H. Bowen School of Law in the fall. One day Davis would like to return to Alaska to represent Alaska Natives in the court system. Davis worked for the Alaska Court System before she and her husband moved with their two small children to North Little Rock, following her husband's return from the Coast Guard. While she enjoys living in the Natural State, working on the Jeanie Greene collection gives Davis a little piece of home. "It was pretty hard to adjust the first couple of years I was here and then I found Sequoyah and they kept reaching out to me," Davis said. "I'm all the way in Little Rock working on a project that is close to my heart, so it's amazing. I have family members on these videos who have passed away, so anytime I am watching and come across a family member, it is really exciting. It definitely gives me a new perspective because I grew up in southeast Alaska, but my kids will not grow up there, so it's important for me to keep informing them on who they are." On the other hand, Rabaduex, who will graduate this summer with a Bachelor of Art in English with an emphasis in creative writing, grew up in Ward, Arkansas. Her mother was adopted from Alaska and grew up in San Diego, so Rabaduex sees the Jeanie Greene project as a way to learn more about her heritage. "I didn't know anything about my heritage. I have never even been to Alaska," Rabaduex said. "Having the opportunity to see the videos, I've learned so much, so it's important for everybody who wants to learn about the cultures of the Alaska Natives to have access to the videos." Rabaduex, who also works at Baptist Health, learned about Sequoyah National Research Center when she took a tour during a mythology class. At first, she didn't know the center also did research on Alaska Natives. "Erin Fehr (archivist) mentioned all these scholarships and the summer internships, and I never realized they would accept me, so that is a real thrill," Rabaduex said. "I like the atmosphere here. Everyone makes you feel at home, like you are just part of this place since day one. It was an amazing opportunity for me to experience, not just my culture, but Alaska Native culture in general. I encourage anyone who has Native American background should come check out the Sequoyah National Research Center. You never know what you might find." For more information about the Sequoyah National Research Center, contact Erin Fehr at email@example.com or 501-569-8336.
A University of Arkansas at Little Rock student is spending the summer gaining valuable professional experience by interning at the Arts and Science Center for Southeast Arkansas in Pine Bluff. Catherine McGibbony, who will graduate in December with a Master of Art degree with a concentration in art history, is spending days handling fine art, caring for the art collections, researching, event planning, and organizing an exhibit.