Photography by Lori Sparkman Photography
Why UA Little Rock?
I chose UA Little Rock because of the overwhelmingly positive recommendations from graduates of my degree program, many of whom were colleagues of mine in the Arkansas Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA). To have a metropolitan university in our capital city that provides high-quality education is an asset that is often overlooked by residents of our community.
I studied Applied Communication Studies in the College of Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences and Education’s graduate program. During my time at UA Little Rock, I also worked full-time at the former Delta Trust & Bank as the marketing and communications officer, which is similar to the demographic of many current students. While it was difficult and exhausting at times, the high caliber of the department faculty, coupled with the smartest and most supportive classmates, made my time at UA Little Rock one of the most meaningful and rewarding experiences of my life.
I am a fierce advocate and supporter of our faculty, staff and students, and as this year’s president of the Alumni Board of Directors, I look forward to continuing to spread my passion and dedication for this institution.
Affordable and relevant, a great metropolitan university is critical to the infrastructure of a vibrant city. It also requires a strong alumni association that’s engaged in civic and business leadership throughout the Capital City. UA Little Rock boasts both – with a shared vision for the future. As UA Little Rock celebrates the success of its alumni, the university and alumni reflect on the role the institution plays in the continued economic development of Central Arkansas and the wealth of knowledge is offer current students.
Heide Harrell, APR
‘10, MA in Applied Communication Studies
Stephens, Vice President and Communications Director of Private Wealth Management