[May 20, 2019 | MENA, Ark.] UA Rich Mountain was one of eight stops on the University of Arkansas – Fayetteville’s bus tour. The annual three-day tour is led by Chancellor Joe and Sandy Steinmetz.
The New Faculty bus tour tradition began in 2016, when Steinmetz joined the U of A, as a way for him to learn more about the unique places and meet the people of his new home state. After that first year, he expanded it to include faculty who have newly joined the university. This year’s tour included 40 new faculty.
Traveling with the chartered bus was also the unmistakable ‘Razorbug.’
UA Rich Mountain’s Chancellor Dr. Phillip Wilson said that, once again, Chancellor Steinmetz has shown the flagship campus’ dedication and value of community college students, referencing the Arkansas Transfer Achievement Scholarship recently announced, and by the fact that UA Rich Mountain was the only two-year campus on the 2019 bus tour.
Wilson presented an in-depth session on the dynamics, demographics, and challenges of local community college students, which allowed the faculty to have a better in-depth knowledge of students from west-central Arkansas. The administration in attendance was also inquisitive of additional barriers that needed to be eliminated or addressed in order to increase seamless UA Rich Mountain associate degree graduate transfers to the hill.
This year’s tour included North Little Rock, Little Rock, El Dorado, Murfreesboro, Camden, Mena, Fort Smith and Alma.
“It’s always a privilege to have Fayetteville’s administration on our campus. We appreciate the generosity they have shown in supporting community college graduates and look forward to continued partnerships with them,” said Dr. Wilson.