September 25, 2018

Be a Subversive, Read a Banned Book

By Robert Musser, Ph.D.

Feeling a little subversive?  Me too.  We’re in luck.  This week (September 23-29) is Banned Books Week.  Sponsored by the American Library Association and other organizations, “. . . Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship.”[1]  At UAMS we may forget that challenges to learning and restrictions on reading significantly limit…


May 14, 2018

“There’ll Be Days Like This Celebrate!

By Robert Musser, Ph.D.

As Van Morrison remembered his mother’s wisdom, so I have found, sometimes “there’ll be days like this.”  You will graduate. Life is pleasant; it is worth enjoying. This morning, being a Monday, I work from 11:00 to 7:00 so the parking places are fewer and farther away.  The bus runs less frequently and is not…


May 7, 2018

Final Exams in the Testing Center

By Marybeth Norcross

The Testing Center is preparing for final exams.  If you have tested with us before, you know we have limited space. We have 24 regular testing computers, 12 reserved special testing cubicles, and hundreds of students to test. So, here are four tips to make your experience as smooth and stress-free as possible. Testing Tip…


April 30, 2018

Easing Test Anxiety

By Ashley Phillips

Have you ever been taking a test when suddenly everything goes blurry, you can feel your heart begin to race, and you start having trouble understanding the test question? I have. For me, it was test anxiety. What Causes Test Anxiety? Test anxiety can come from many sources. It can come from not preparing well,…


April 23, 2018

Making Memories

By Contributing Author

Contributing Author, Vanessa Lewis, the Student Services Manager, and is known for her sunny smile, warm welcomes, and for rescuing Charlie, the famous UAMS Cat. Campus Life and Student Support Services would like to include you into one of the most anticipated student events of the spring semester. Every UAMS student and one guest are…


April 16, 2018

Focus on Finals

By Marybeth Norcross

It’s hard to believe, but finals are just a few short weeks away! which means you are probably buried in papers, projects, presentations, and unit tests. Don’t let this sneak up on you! Planning for your finals doesn’t have to be difficult. With just a few steps you can go into finals focused and prepared….


April 9, 2018

Finding Balance: A Life Skill

By Robert Musser, Ph.D.

Balance:  the focus of jugglers, gymnasts, Tibetan Buddhist monks, Navajo healers.  The mandalas of the monks are intricately created symmetrical sand paintings hand-built, grain by grain, over several days as an act of devotion.  Navajo healers devoted to the restoration of health for an ill person similarly create an elaborate symmetrical sand painting, grain by…


April 2, 2018

Stay Caught Up with a Study Schedule

By Marybeth Norcross

Welcome back from Spring Break! I hope you had great time and were able to rest and relax. Now that classes have resumed, it’s a great time to make a renewed effort to stay caught up in your classes, and win the battle with procrastination. Making a study schedule can make all the difference in…


March 26, 2018

It’s the Real World-We Need to Cooperate and Collaborate

By Robert Musser, Ph.D.

All the time I have been in academia I have heard people talk about “real life out there.”  College is not the “real world.” Yet in college, at university, there are turf wars, political maneuvering, rotten apples and the good ones, the used and the users (and most of the rest of us who do…


March 19, 2018

Spring Break: The Outdoors is Calling

By Marybeth Norcross

Many of you at UAMS are on Spring Break! It’s the perfect time to relax, have some fun, and rest before the push to finals and the end of the semester. Everyone needs a chance to slow down, catch their breath, and enjoy some of the good things life has to offer. For me, Spring…


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