By Deseray McKinzy
The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff announced a $100,000 pledge from Saracen Casino Resort and the Quapaw Nation Tuesday. The gift will support the Student-Athlete Academic Center, which assists student-athletes in improving academic outcomes.
“This gift comes at an exciting time for UAPB Athletics. Our student-athletes are on the rise and we want to ensure their rise in athletics is parallel to their academics,” said Interim Athletics Director Chris Robinson. “The center is a valuable resource that offers computers, meeting spaces, and individual tutoring from staff to ensure our student-athletes can achieve their academic goals and be prepared for successful careers.”
Located inside the J. Thomas May Fieldhouse, UAPB’s Student-Athlete Academic Center provides a space for deeper learning and access to academic coaches. Saracen’s pledge will provide the center with added support for resources, allowing for continued academic, personal and professional development.
“Our commitment is to be a true partner in this community,” Carlton Saffa, Saracen chief market officer, said. “Our desire is to do our part in making sure that we add to the growth of this region. UAPB has a proud tradition of educating students and expanding opportunity, and we intend to be a part of that continued success.”
UAPB Chancellor Laurence B. Alexander stated, “As we build new partnerships and expand the university’s impact throughout this state, the generosity of Saracen Casino Resort allows us to continue offering the quality education for our talented and highly diverse student population”. “The support by Quapaw Nation is a welcome confirmation of the impact we are making,” he added.