U of A Connections Helped Mark Prescott After Graduation 5

When providing advice to future University of Arkansas graduates, Mark Prescott reiterates, “You’re going to do a lot of growing up in your four years on campus.” In the four years he attended school on the Fayetteville campus, he remembers it was a time of great friends, personal and professional growth, and opportunities to succeed.

Setting a goal for himself of one day playing for the Arkansas Razorbacks, Prescott made that goal a reality when he enrolled at the University of Arkansas. “I remember attending my first Razorback football game in Little Rock and sitting in the crowd calling the Hogs. I was enamored with it all…it planted a seed for me,” he remembers.

Playing under the supervision of former coach Lou Holtz, he was a member of the team from 1977-81 and remembers the Razorbacks finishing in the top 10 three out of his four years on the team. “Being able to run through the ‘A’ at the beginning of the football games is probably my favorite U of A tradition,” he admits. Viewing his time on the field as a valuable and unforgettable experience, Prescott admits that the connections he made through other organizations such as Pi Kappa Alpha helped him in his post-college endeavors.

Having a “knack” for business, he pursued a degree in accounting and graduated from the Sam M. Walton College of Business in 1981. Moving to Houston, two of his fraternity brothers worked in a CPA firm and encouraged Prescott to apply for a job. “When I went in for the interview with the head partner, he asked where I was from. When I told him I was from Harrisburg, he said, ‘You must know where Weiner, Arkansas is then,’” he said.

Viewing the irony of how small the world really can be, he encourages students to make connections while in school and to not be afraid to tell people about receiving a degree at the U of A as it can be a “great talking point.”

Becoming a member and joining the Arkansas Alumni Association’s Houston Chapter allowed Prescott to mingle with fellow alumni and in turn, become an integral member of the board. “Becoming a part of the chapter allowed me to meet people with whom I have common interests,” he admits. Taking on the role of president in 1983, the chapter had watch parties, happy hours and various events for people to get involved. Believing there was more to chapter involvement than happy hours and events, a scholarship was started in the amount of $500. “We were cold calling people to donate money,” he said.

After a few years, the chapter decided that a golf tournament would be a valuable fundraising tool for its scholarship and sending Houston-area students to the U of A. Hoping to appeal to a large audience, the chapter arranged not only a golf tournament, but a silent auction and dinner as well. “You don’t have to be an alumnus to attend, or even a member. Anyone with an affinity to the University of Arkansas can come and participate,” said Prescott.

Since the golf tournament began in 1992, the chapter has worked to raise the amount of money given to one individual. According to Prescott, an estimated 30-35 students have attended the University of Arkansas with the help of the Houston Chapter scholarship. Currently, the chapter offers a scholarship in the amount of $10,000. The student awarded receives $2,500 per year, which is renewable for four years.

Proud of what the chapter has accomplished, as well as the pride that emulates throughout those involved with the chapter and the Association, Prescott urges students to not take the experiences earned in college for granted. “Get to know people and step up in your commitments from high school. Join the Alumni Association and plant that seed of getting involved.”

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5 thoughts on “U of A Connections Helped Mark Prescott After Graduation

  • Mary Smith

    Mark, thanks for your interesting comments.  Hopefully, they will be a benefit to many of our alumni.  Personally, I can thank both of my University of Texas children for inspiring me to become a Life Member of our University of Arkansas Alumni Association.  My hubby and I gave each of them a Life Membership in UT’s Alumni Association at their requests for graduation gifts.

    It was good to meet you at the 20th Annual Houston Golf Tournament for scholarships.  I had been wanting to play in it for years, but never got around to it until this year.  This is the first Houston Alumni event in which I have participated (except for buying t-shirts in the past), and it was a really good experience for me.  Besides meeting some great people, it was great to be around Arkansas people and to be able to call the HOGS!!  I don’t really have that opportunity very often

    My undergraduate degree is in Accounting, which I earned in 1964 when there were only three women in Accounting.  I took a couple of computer courses in the process and those courses were the instruments that helped me obtain my first job after college as a computer programmer.  So, Mark, here is an example of the irony of how a couple of random classes can lead to a different career path from what I might have thought I would take.

    I hope that for next year’s golf tournament we can have a lot of women playing in it!

    • Mpresc7528

      Mary I am glad you were able to participate in our alumni event this year.   I know I have enjoyed getting to know many new Houston Razorbacks over the years due mainly to alumni activities.   You should consider getting involved with the local alumni board if your time will allow.  It’s never to late to start making new friends.

      Also you might start recuiting now and get a foursome of ladies to play in our alumni event next year.   I do not think we have ever had a ladies foursome at the tournament.   That would be a nice first to have happen.

      Anyway thank you for taking the time to help us be able to provide that Razorback experience to a local Houston high school student.

  • Sherry

    Well – here is a toast to “one of the three little pigs”!  We are Mark Prescotts biggest fans…
    he is a great guy, great former Razorback, great dad, God father and uncle, husband and friend.
    What a nice tribute — Woo Pig Sooie! 
    Much love and respect!  Sherry Smith and the whole Smith Gang

    • Mpresc7528

      You are going to make me blush.   Being a Razorback is an experience we all cherish and having the Smith Gang be a part of the Prescott family is the perfect reason to bring a smile to my face.

      Thanks for the comments, they are appreciated.

  • Scott A. Smith

    That Mark Prescott you see here is the same Mark Prescott I met in 1977 at the U of A and have been friends ever since.  A great man then and a great man today!  We could all be proud to say that our lives are better today because we had a Mark Prescott in our world!

    Go Hogs Go!