August 19, 2019

Shaping Success

By Contributing Author

Greetings and welcome to UAMS; welcome to shaping your success. Whether you are returning for another year of hard work and new experiences, or beginning your journey on this storied campus, please make UAMS your home away from home. Although my time has been short at UAMS, the most important skill I have learned is…


August 12, 2019

Meet Emily Griffin-Williams

By egriffinwilliams

Hello, I am Emily Griffin-Williams.  I began working in the Student Success Center as a testing coordinator on January 2nd of this year and I must say I absolutely love it. Prior to coming to work here, I was a test administrator at Pearson Professional Center.  Before that I was a cleaner of messes, kisser…


July 29, 2019

International Friendship Day

By Ashley Phillips

To be honest, when a colleague asked me to write this blog post for International Friendship Day, I had no idea this day even existed. Apparently it’s tried to get started several times over the 20th century: in 1919 by greeting card industries, again in the 1940s as a reminder of the importance of having…


July 22, 2019

Meet Pascal Schmetz

By Contributing Author

One of our newer colleagues in the Student Success Center is Pascal Schmetz.  He is our Education/Technology Resource Specialist.  He is available to assist both students and faculty with his technological expertise.  Let him introduce himself: Hi, my name is Pascal Schmetz. In November, 2017 I moved to the United States. Previously I served 13…


July 10, 2019

Feeling Well is Part of Being Well

By Robert Musser, Ph.D.

Know what?  Sometimes I don’t feel so good.  I’m sad.   I’m lonely.    I’m angry.    Other days I feel great!  I’m happy .  I’m giddy .  I’m hopeful.  I’m guessing that many of us around here are like me—more comfortable with our intellect than we are with our emotions.  Feelings are for poets and…


June 28, 2019

Toward a Healthy Independence

By Robert Musser, Ph.D.

It’s that time of year again when we Americans celebrate our independence.  As with so many of our celebrations, we’re probably not so healthy, and our customs are far removed from the declaration of those colonial signatories.  Our American myths tell us to be rugged individualists independent of anyone else, yet politically those colonists recognized…


May 9, 2019

Green Spaces at UAMS

By Robert Musser, Ph.D.

Ever find yourself inside on one of those glorious warm sunny days when nature seems to beckon us to come outside?  Maybe, like me, you weren’t raised in the city, and you need some fresh air and a chance to stretch your arms and inhale and exhale deeply.  Maybe you miss the chatter of the…


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…


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