UAPB Department of Athletics set to host grand opening for Student-Athlete Academic Center

UAPB Department of Athletics set to host grand opening for Student-Athlete Academic Center

PINE BLUFF, Ark. – The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Department of Intercollegiate Athletics will host a grand opening for its Student-Athlete Academic Center. The brand new center is located inside the J. Thomas May Field House and will be a game changer in terms of student success in the classroom.

The grand opening will begin at 2:30 p.m. and will last approximately one hour.

The new Student-Athlete Academic Center is a result of a feat never before accomplished by the athletics program – the winning of a major grant from the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) that will continue to vastly improve the level of academic support that it will be able to extend to its student-athletes.

“We are excited about the grand opening of the new Student-Athlete Academic Center” said UAPB Director of Student-Athlete Academic Services Kimberly Evans. “This is a big deal. As our student population grows, so does the needs of our student-athletes. The center will be an area for our students to study as well as visit with their athletic academic advisers, have access to computers, technology, and additional access to academic tutors. None of this would be possible without the assistance of the NCAA AASP grant,” said Evans.

The grant, known as the Accelerating Academic Success Program (AASP), is a comprehensive (multi-year) grant dispersed over a period of three years. UAPB is one of just three schools nationally which saw its application for the award approved and one of just two athletics programs that were awarded the maximum amount of $900,000.

The NCAA will also be on campus on December 4 for the Midyear AASP campus visit. For more information on the new Student-Athlete Academic Center or the NCAA AASP grant, contact UAPB Director of Student-Athlete Academic Services, Kimberly Evans, at [email protected].