Courtesy: Southwestern Athletic Conference
A record-setting 95-yard touchdown pass from Arkansas-Pine Bluff quarterback Benjamin Anderson to Willie Young with two minutes left in regulation forced overtime, as the Lions came from two touchdowns behind to beat Jackson State 24-21 in the Toyota SWAC championship game at Legion Field. It was the first SWAC title for UAPB (10-2) since 1966.
UAPB head coach Monte Coleman has succeeded with great defense and a solid running game. Coleman has some of the best defensive players not only in the SWAC, but in the FCS. The linebacker corps has been tremendous, led by Bill Ross (85 total tackles, 44 solos), Jer-ryan Harris (68 total tackles, 33 solo) and Xavier Lofton (65 total tackles, 38 solo). They all do a great job of swarming to the football, and it’s hard to move the ball against them. The Golden Lions don’t give up many big plays and are just fundamentally sound.
Students at the University of Arkansas – Pine Bluff will host their second campus forum tonight featuring political candidates for Pine Bluff’s city council, county clerk, treasurer and county judge vacancies. It is the second forum they’ve hosted for political candidates in the last two months, with the first attracting contenders for Pine Bluff’s mayoral race. (more…)
The Black Executive Exchange Program recently named the University of Arkansas – Pine Bluff as its ‘University of the Year.’ The award comes on the heels of UAPB’s participation in BEEP’s 43rd annual leadership conference, a program designed to train and place students with executive potential in learning and work opportunities. From the release:
Three students were selected to participate in the 43rd Annual BEEP Leadership Conference which was sponsored by UPS, Johnson & Johnson, and Unilever. The theme for this year’s conference was “Leadership Development=Empowered for Employment.” The students were Marion Muhammad (Junior, Business Management); Courtney Mazique (Junior, Biology) and Richard Manning (Senior, Industrial Technology).
BEEP is a collaborative program between the Urban League, corporations and non-profits around the United States. UAPB is one of more than 84 participating HBCUs in the program.
[mpoverlay]The University of Arkansas – Pine Bluff today introduced Nate Kilbert as its new head women’s basketball coach. Kilbert, a staple in SWAC women’s basketball, served as an assistant at Alcorn State and Mississippi Valley State, and was head coach of the Delta Devils.
“Coach Kilbert is a highly motivated and skilled individual who is committed to the overall well-being of his student-athletes, both on and off the court,” said Hardy, who also hired Kilbert at Mississippi Valley State when he became that university’s athletics director in 2001. “He has a work ethic that should serve as a model for all coaches, he is innovative in his approach to coaching and he is well-connected in recruiting circles, both nationally and internationally. I’m thrilled that he is about to bring those credentials to UAPB.” (Today’s THV)[/mpoverlay]
[mpoverlay]Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan continued his tour of historically black colleges and universities with a stop at the University of Arkansas Pine Bluff last night.
In an email to the campus community yesterday, University of Arkansas – Pine Bluff Chancellor Lawrence Davis Jr. announced his resignation. Dr. Davis, who expanded academic and student service development since assuming the position in 1991, was a lightning rod for student and community criticism over his response to audit concerns.