February 4, 2019

The Creative Power of Restraint

By Robert Musser, Ph.D.

Restrained drivers are safer drivers.  Restrained passengers will be safer passengers.  In life and in vehicles restraint can work well for our success and our creative impulses. On May 24, 1954, Life magazine published an article by John Hersey expressing the views of a committee of parents and educators in Fairfield, CT (1).   The article…

December 13, 2018

A Necessary Rest

By Marybeth Norcross

Finals are over and the fall semester is coming to an end. Everyone is tired, so the Winter Break is the perfect opportunity for students, faculty, and staff to rest, recharge, and relax. Think about it – there are no impending exams or unfinished projects. The old semester is over and the new one hasn’t…

November 26, 2018

See SPOT, Run See SPOT: Therapy Dogs and You

By Robert Musser, Ph.D.

“See Spot run.  Run Spot run.”  I learned to read with Spot and his family: Dick and Jane and Sally and kitty cat Puff.  The cute cocker spaniel Spot was the star as far as I am concerned.  Later I delighted in Go Dog Go.  The dogs wore hats, worked at jobs, conversed with each…

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…

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