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"The University of Arkansas Office of Admissions recently announced the opening of a regional office in Little Rock."

The above statement was in a press release from the UofA. I don't know about you but I think it is time UALR removes itself from the University of Arkansas system.

Not sure I understand why? Is it because this is another example of UALR's 2nd tier hierarchy? UA Fayetteville has always been a huge attraction for LR students. UALR has online admissions, which won't cover the folks with out internet access, but if you can get to an internet connections you can get admitted.

I don't think UALR would fair well on their own. Being the underdog works to your advantage sometimes. There are a lot of people whose affinity to UALR comes in part from their disdain for UA Fayetteville.

UALR is my employer. I also attend grad school here. I'm enrolled in an online course. It is great!

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The University District Revitalization Plan, which addresses real estate development needs within the residential and commercial areas surrounding the UALR campus, is now available at www.ualr.edu/universitydistrict/ in pdf format. The planning report is presented in sections so that readers can download only sections that interest them directly.

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I keep hearing that demolition of the old Coleman Dairy plant is immonent. Here is the link to Coleman Place. This will replace the plant.

http://www.colemanplace.info/index.html

Thats kinda strange. I havent been over that way recently but i think i would have heard or seen something going on about this. Looks like it might be nice though. Has any one seen any renderings or plans for this thing? or where its going to be located excatly?

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Thats kinda strange. I havent been over that way recently but i think i would have heard or seen something going on about this. Looks like it might be nice though. Has any one seen any renderings or plans for this thing? or where its going to be located excatly?

I saw some early renderings, I might be able to find them again somewhere on UALR's web site. It will be located exactly where the Coleman Dairy complex is. UALR is paying for a traffic signal to at South Campus Dr and the entrance to the apartment building. This the same corner where UALR has a Coleman Creek restoration project. The demolition of building is completed and they brought in top soil last week.

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Thats kinda strange. I havent been over that way recently but i think i would have heard or seen something going on about this. Looks like it might be nice though. Has any one seen any renderings or plans for this thing? or where its going to be located excatly?

There was a lot of hype about it a few months ago. It's an interesting idea, basically a dorm alternative built by a private developer. I've never seen elevations for the project.

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The old Coleman Dairy site is about 3/4 demolished. Should be nothing but a rubble field by the end of the week.

I'm sure construction on the new apartments will follow soon after. I believe they want to start renting the new apartment for next fall. The demand will be there. There is a wait list for the UALR dorms. That is even after adding 300 apartments with North and South Hall in 2005.

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Here is a webcam setup on the Coleman Creek restoration. This is the rendering of what is to become of the space.

Last August, the space was a sea of asphalt with four ugly buildings.

Across Asher Ave from this site, the demolition of the Coleman Dairy plant is nearing completion. On that site will be Coleman Place apartments, the new Place Properties student housing development. When/if I find any good pics of the Coleman Dairy demolition, I'll post them.

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This has been a few years in the making...

"Gov. Mike Beebe and University of Arkansas at Little Rock Chancellor Joel E. Anderson on Monday marked the start of construction on the university's $30 million expansion of the Donaghey College of Engineering and Information Technology." Mark Hengel, Arkansas Business 2/11/2008

"Instead of breaking ground with shovels, construction workers were hoisted onto the EIT's current building to begin work on a skywalk that will connect the old building with the new 120,000-SF expansion." Mark Hengel, Arkansas Business 2/11/2008

It should be a very nice building. Cromwell Architects Engineers firm designed the building, and Nabholz Construction is general contractor. The Reynolds College of Business Building and the Jack Stephens Center (the Jack) were $20-25 million.

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This has been a few years in the making...

"Gov. Mike Beebe and University of Arkansas at Little Rock Chancellor Joel E. Anderson on Monday marked the start of construction on the university's $30 million expansion of the Donaghey College of Engineering and Information Technology." Mark Hengel, Arkansas Business 2/11/2008

"Instead of breaking ground with shovels, construction workers were hoisted onto the EIT's current building to begin work on a skywalk that will connect the old building with the new 120,000-SF expansion." Mark Hengel, Arkansas Business 2/11/2008

It should be a very nice building. Cromwell Architects Engineers firm designed the building, and Nabholz Construction is general contractor. The Reynolds College of Business Building and the Jack Stephens Center (the Jack) were $20-25 million.

Where are they putting it? That parking lot just to the north of the current building?

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Where are they putting it? That parking lot just to the north of the current building?

Yes. The longer term plan is to work with the City, business community, and neighborhood to locate a research park across University where the Broadmoor strip mall currently sits.

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Does anybody know the Master Plan? Could you see them moving across University to that shopping center, possibly demolishing it? What about the surrounding area? If expansion continues, it could have a great impact on that area of town, which looks like it isn

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Does anybody know the Master Plan? Could you see them moving across University to that shopping center, possibly demolishing it? What about the surrounding area? If expansion continues, it could have a great impact on that area of town, which looks like it isn

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Any Trekkies out there? The link is to a KTHV, Liz Massey story about UALR's Nanotechnology program.

I found

link on youtube. This demonstrates the connection between academics and commerce.

Here is a link to an article from Arkansas Business from 1/29/2008.

"A UALR chemistry professor working with colleagues at Stanford University, has developed a technique that could break through bottleneck that so far has stymied the scientific quest to create a new generation of electronic systems on the nano-scale."

It is good for Little Rock to have this program because it provides opportunity to local high school students to live close to home and pursue an education in very important curriculum. Graduates of this program will fill and create jobs in the Creative economy. Hopefully, many of those jobs will be here and help make Little Rock a place to be in the future.

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Now the bad news..

I just got a emergency message on my cell to stay away from the theater building cause of a shooting on campus. No other news on the condition of the victim yet.

UALR implemented and tested the emergency notification system this month. Very unfortunate they had to use it.

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Now the bad news..

I just got a emergency message on my cell to stay away from the theater building cause of a shooting on campus. No other news on the condition of the victim yet.

UALR implemented and tested the emergency notification system this month. Very unfortunate they had to use it.

You posted at 2:49 today. What happened? I have not, as of yet, heard anything about it....

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You posted at 2:49 today. What happened? I have not, as of yet, heard anything about it....

I was working from home so you don't get any eye witness accounting from me. I did get the emergency calls and was able to IM with folks on campus who were unaware that anything had happened.

Not sure how familiar you are with the campus...

There is a very small metered parking lot on the south side of the tennis courts on the south end of campus. This is where the victim was shot. He then walked or stumble a hundred yards or so before he collapsed in a second parking lot near the University Theater building. I haven't heard about the condition of the victim. It is likely the shooter and accomplice will be caught. I doubt they attacked someone they didn't already know.

Crazy thing is that most seemed to go on about there routine. There was never any sense that this was going to turn into anything other than the one violent act. I'm not sure that is the right reaction to have though.

There have been a lot of concerned parents. Rightfully. It is very unfortunate.

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Chancellor Anderson asserts that despite this shooting, UALR is one of the safest campuses in the South.

My personal experience leads me to believe that's not exactly through the efforts of the on campus safety/security/police.

I've had friends call them when they were threatened outside the new arena during basketball games, and had DPS ask them to wait a few minutes in their cars in the far lot. Right.

One night I was in my office late. I called public safety around 11:00 at night for an escort to my car. I was told I would probably have to wait 45 minutes to an hour, because of the shift change. a 15 or 20 minute wait seemed reasonable. But being essentially discouraged from using a late night safety precaution because it was kind of inconvenient? Ugh.

On the other hand, while I worked there DPS was exceptionally talented at issuing parking tickets.

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Chancellor Anderson asserts that despite this shooting, UALR is one of the safest campuses in the South.

My personal experience leads me to believe that's not exactly through the efforts of the on campus safety/security/police.

I've had friends call them when they were threatened outside the new arena during basketball games, and had DPS ask them to wait a few minutes in their cars in the far lot. Right.

One night I was in my office late. I called public safety around 11:00 at night for an escort to my car. I was told I would probably have to wait 45 minutes to an hour, because of the shift change. a 15 or 20 minute wait seemed reasonable. But being essentially discouraged from using a late night safety precaution because it was kind of inconvenient? Ugh.

On the other hand, while I worked there DPS was exceptionally talented at issuing parking tickets.

I think UALR has been historically very safe and while the neighborhoods nearby are generally decent there is some blight very close. Frankly, I would have expected far more problems than the campus seems to have had over the years.

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Good article in today's Demozette profiling UALR Chancellor Joel Anderson. The University is fortunate to have had a succession of effective leaders and Dr. Anderson is at the top of the list.

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posted from an email...

Counselors of Real Estate (CRE) Project Award

The CRE has awarded the University District Partnership a grant of $20,000 to assess the commercial real estate redevelopment opportunities in the University District area. The grant will underwrite the expenses of a CRE consulting corp team of five members who will spend an intensive five day week analyzing commercial real estate market conditions and interviewing key stakeholders. The team visit will be scheduled within six months.

The UDDC was incorporated on April 17, 2008, and the IRS Form 1023 for tax exempt status was filed on April 29, 2008. The UDDC organizational meeting took place on April 10, and the next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, May 14 at 11:30 am.

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