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February 20, 2020

Kindness Week Spreads Thanks to Departmental Champions

Yavonda Chase

Kindness Walls scattered around campus urged employees to take a positive note and leave one in its place.

There is a kindness in the air at UAMS this week as the campus celebrates National Random Acts of Kindness Week with giveaways and other special recognitions.


Chancellor’s State of University Reveals UAMS on Right Track with Finances, Strategic Plan

Yavonda Chase

Chancellor Cam Patterson, M.D., MBA, tells employees UAMS has turned a financial corner during his State of the University address Feb. 13.

Chancellor Cam Patterson, M.D., MBA, shared a rosy financial picture and plenty of other good news during his State of the University address Feb. 13.


February 18, 2020

UAMS Employees Create Sculpture for Cancer Institute Drive

Yavonda Chase

Eric Hale, Penny Talbert and Kenneth Bailey created this tree sculpture from wrought iron saved from the homes along Pine and Cedar.

For 10 years, Penny Talbert has been trying to get something to grow in a certain spot along the circle drive at the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute.
“I finally realized that the area was too shaded and too windy for anything to thrive in that spot,” the landscape manager said. “What we needed was a sculpture.”


February 13, 2020

First UAMS TEDx Talks Generate Excitement, Appreciation

Yavonda Chase

The 10 TEDxUAMS presenters and some of team that put on the event celebrate on stage at the end of the day.

TED talks focus on “ideas worth spreading.”
That philosophy was on display Feb. 7 as UAMS held its first ever TEDx talks in its Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute.


February 10, 2020

February MVP — Penny Talbert

Yavonda Chase

Penny Talbert

Congratulations to Penny Talbert, our February MVP of the Month!


February 5, 2020

Ronald McDonald Family Room Opens at UAMS

Kate Franks

A grand opening celebration was held Jan. 31 for the new Ronald McDonald Family Room on the fifth floor of the Medical Center.

Visitors to the fifth floor of the UAMS Medical Center hospital can’t miss the bright yellow house with a red door and a heart coming out of the chimney. The entrance is just a hint of what lies inside – a warm, inviting, space that looks more like a hotel than a hospital.


February 4, 2020

UAMS Launches New Online Literary Journal

Spencer Watson

Medicine and Meaning logo

Medicine and Meaning, a new UAMS literary journal featuring works of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and images, was launched Feb. 4 to foster creativity, imagination and the arts throughout the academic medical center and the UAMS Health system. “Our UAMS community is full of artistic and creative individuals and our journal is a venue to share…


February 3, 2020

Center for Diversity Affairs Becomes Division for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Spencer Watson

The reorganization includes the launch of a new website at ddei.uams.edu.

The UAMS Center for Diversity Affairs, first established in 2011, has been reorganized into the Division for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. The change was prompted by a growth of the division and its strategic objectives under the direction of Brian Gittens, Ed.D., who joined UAMS as vice chancellor for diversity, equity and inclusion in June…


January 30, 2020

Students Receive Exams, Glasses from UAMS Volunteers on MLK Day

Spencer Watson

UAMS Medical Student John Musser checks the vision of a student who visited JEI on MLK Day.

More than 120 students from Little Rock and the surrounding area got a late Christmas present from volunteers at UAMS on Martin Luther King Jr. Day: the gift of clearer vision. The Third Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Pediatric Vision Outreach event was organized by nonprofit Rural Ophthalmology Optometry Treatment & Screening (ROOTS) and Shepherd’s…


January 29, 2020

11 Fitness Center Members Completed Yearlong Challenge

Yavonda Chase

Team UAMS members work out in the Fitness Center. The 12x12 Challenge encourages participants to work out at least 12 times a month for an entire year.

Eleven members of the UAMS Fitness Center successfully completed the 12×12 Challenge in 2019.



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