Membership Matters



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While many children dream of becoming astronauts and president of the United States, Evan Fusco knew from the age of 10 that he wanted to practice medicine and become a doctor. Now, working as an emergency room physician at St. John's Hospital in Springfield, MO, Fusco, who is a life member of the Arkansas Alumni Association, reflects on his time at the University of Arkansas and appreciates the experiences and people who helped to guide him at the beginning of his medical journey.

Evan Fusco Learned to Appreciate the 'Wider World' at the ...


Growing up with a father who works in sales and a grandfather who worked in public relations, Shannon Riordan, a Little Rock native, knew her future career would include business. When deciding where she would attend college, she set her sights on the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas.

Shannon Riordan Attributes Family Guidance and University of Arkansas to ...



Jennifer Irwin has made quite a name for herself in Northwest Arkansas. From working as the promotions manager and on-air spokesperson at Arkansas' NBC 24/51, to working for Celebrate Magazine and now as a radio host with Magic 107.9, Irwin has excelled in the field of media and she attributes her success to her time spent at the University of Arkansas.

Jennifer Irwin Learned Valuable Journalism Skills at the University of ...


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AJ Shirey, an annual member, took an uncertain future and turned it into years of impressive accomplishments. Through her hard work, perseverance and a positive attitude, she has gone on to receive four degrees at the University of Arkansas. Acknowledging those who inspired and helped to shape her as a student on campus, she is grateful for the opportunities and people that have come into her life.

AJ Shirey Gives Thanks to the University of Arkansas for ...


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At 25 years old, Tina Fletcher has an impressive list of educational and professional accomplishments. From studying abroad and receiving a bachelor's and master's degree to interning with Sen. Blanche Lincoln's office and working as an intern with the first lady Michelle Obama's office, Fletcher is humbled by the experiences and opportunities she has been given at such a young age.

Tina Fletcher Learns From First Lady Obama During Internship



If anyone has ever been bitten by the travel bug, it would be Casey Clare. From the moment she stepped onto the University of Arkansas campus, her desire to study while traveling the world is one she expressed clearly to her peers and her professors.

The University of Arkansas Opened Doors for Casey Clare


Graduating from the University of Arkansas was a great achievement for Roberto Diaz. Living in Panama, the University of Arkansas was a long way from home. The distance didn’t stop him, nor did his father—an influential figure in Diaz’s life, so he followed in the footsteps of his cousins and [...]

Roberto Diaz is Proud to be a University of Arkansas ...


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As the youngest of eight children, Jessica Gudino Willis, a Benton native, thought it would be impossible for her to afford the University of Arkansas. Luckily, a visit to the campus on Scholars Day changed her mind.

Jessica Gudino Willis Discovered Passion for Travel and Learning as ...



A quality education, new opportunities and inspiring faculty members are all reasons why Jade Jones Rundle holds the University of Arkansas in such high regard. Knowing that teaching was the career path she wanted to take, Rundle attributes her teaching successes to the connections she made while a student at the university.

Jade Jones Rundle Attributes Her Teaching Successes to the University ...


Captain Andy Kelly describes the University of Arkansas in a few small words: "a big school on a small campus." Growing up in Joplin, Missouri, Kelly researched various schools to attend; however, the University of Arkansas offered everything he wanted in a university. The scenery, the friendliness of the people, the rallying support of the Razorbacks and being offered a scholarship all appealed to Kelly, presenting him with an opportunity he just couldn't pass up.

Capt. Andy Kelly Understands the Importance of Staying Connected


Living in Kansas City, Phil Schoettlin does not let the distance between Fayetteville and Missouri keep him from staying connected with the University of Arkansas. Serving as president of the Arkansas Alumni Association's Greater Kansas City Chapter and as a member of the Kappa Sigma XI Corporation and XI Alumni Association, Schoettlin enjoys the time he spends interacting with students and alumni.

The University of Arkansas was a Place of Personal Growth ...