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University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff

University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Seal
Established 1873
Type Public, HBCU
Chancellor Lawrence A.Davis, Jr.
President B. Alan Sugg
Undergraduates 3,232
Postgraduates 100
Location Pine Bluff, Arkansas,
 United States

34°14′32″N 92°01′13″W / 34.242273°N 92.020347°W / 34.242273; -92.020347Coordinates: 34°14′32″N 92°01′13″W / 34.242273°N 92.020347°W / 34.242273; -92.020347
Campus Urban
Colors Black and Gold
         
Nickname Golden Lions
Athletics NCAA Division I - (FBS)
Affiliations Southwestern Athletic Conference
Website www.uapb.edu
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The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) is a historically black university located in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. Founded in 1873, it is the oldest HBCU and the second oldest public institution in the state in Arkansas (after the University of Arkansas). UAPB is a member school of the Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund.

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History

The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, was founded in 1873 as the Branch Normal College; it was nominally part of the "normal" (education) department of Arkansas Industrial University, later the University of Arkansas, but was operated separately due to segregation. It later became a land-grant college under the 1890 amendments to Morrill Land-Grant Colleges Act, which required states which did not open their land-grant university to all races to establish a separate land-grant university for each race. The school severed its ties with the University of Arkansas and became Arkansas Agricultural, Mechanical & Normal (AM&N) College in 1927; it moved to its current campus location in 1929. The school re-joined what is now the University of Arkansas System in 1972, this time as a full-fledged campus, gaining its current name and university status in the process.

Since 1988, the university has gained recognition as a leading research institution in aquaculture studies, offering the state's only comprehensive program in this field, and supporting a growing regional industry throughout the Mid-South (according to the school, aquaculture is a $167 million industry in Arkansas alone and approximately $1.2 billion in the Mississippi Delta region).

Student life

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Athletics

Arkansas-Pine Bluff's sports teams participate in NCAA Division I in the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC), which competes in the Football Championship Subdivision (formerly I-AA) for football. UAPB's colors are black and gold and their nickname is the Golden Lions.

The Lions participated in the SWAC Championship game for the first time in 2006 after recording a 7-2 conference record. The Alabama A&M Bulldogs defeated the Lions (22-13) in the championship game. The Lions finished the season with an overall record of 8-4.[1]

In 2010, for the first time in school history, the men's basketball team received an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament as champions of the SWAC conference. The Golden Lions won the opening round game against Winthrop and were awarded the #16 seed in the South Region.

Greek-letter organizations

Eight of the nine National Pan-Hellenic Council fraternities and sororities are represented on campus: Alpha Phi Alpha, Alpha Kappa Alpha, Delta Sigma Theta, Kappa Alpha Psi, Omega Psi Phi, Phi Beta Sigma, Zeta Phi Beta, and Sigma Gamma Rho. Other Greek organizations include Kappa Kappa Psi, Tau Beta Sigma, Phi Mu Alpha, Sigma Alpha Iota, Mu Alpha Mu, Mu Alpha Nu, and Lambda Alpha Mu.

Marching band

In 2009, the UAPB Band, known as the Marching Musical Machine of the Mid-South (M4), was selected to participate in the United States Presidential Inaugural Parade.[2]

Notable alumni

Name Class year Notability Reference
L.C. Greenwood 1969 football player; former Pittsburgh Steelers defensive lineman, a member of the famous Steel Curtain defense
Cleo Miller 1973 football player
Smokie Norful 1995 Pastor, gospel singer and pianist
Mark Bradley 2005 football player
Courtney Van Buren 2003 football player
Dante Wesley 2002 football player
Greg Wesley 2000 football player
Martha S. Lewis government official in New York city and state
Big Tuck rapper

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