Category: Profiles & Stories

Daniel McFarland: Hard Work and Determination – The Recipe for Success

Daniel McFarland B.S.A. ’15 knew the value of hard work and diligence from a very young age. Growing up on Angus Cattle Ranch in Keithville, Louisiana, along with two brothers and a sister, Daniel would wake up at 5 a.m. to tend to his cattle, hogs and chickens. He’d feed and clean them so they would be in pristine condition in preparation for their exhibition at livestock shows across the country. His father wanted to ensure his children learned what hard work looked like so they would be grounded, humble and perseverant individuals. This development of a strong work ethic at a tender age coupled with Daniel’s love for animals meant that he would inevitably study animal science at the University of Arkansas, for which he also received the Animal Science Scholarship. Daniel’s father is a family practice physician, and it seemed only natural for to Daniel to follow his father’s footsteps and dreams by pursuing a career in healthcare.

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Eric Jones: Alumnus and Entrepreneur

Eric Jones is a believer. Jones believes in himself, in his ideas, in celebrating the winning times in times of hardship, in the goodness of people and his ability to inspire and bring positive change. It’s this zeal that drove this first generation University of Arkansas graduate to become the owner and CEO of luxury line Like Father Like Son (LFLS) Shoes as well as a branding expert and personal stylist at The Doctor Dapper. He started both ventures while he was still in school.

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Alumnus Grant Brewer Teaches Innovative Program

A University of Arkansas alumnus and member of the Arkansas Alumni Association, Grant Brewer M.Ed. ‘09, is heading up an exciting program in Fort Smith. A former graduate student at the U of A and graduate assistant for the Arkansas Alumni Association, Brewer is using the skill sets he honed on campus to foster the success of a cutting-edge program and 75 students— all at the high school level.

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