Written by Molly Slavin
Junior English and journalism major Haley Pyland, of Cabot, has to stay on her toes in order to keep up with her nearly-arduous agenda. Pyland has opted to focus on the advertising and public relations side of advertising, the sect of journalism which she believes she will enjoy most. Pyland isn’t just focused on school, though. She spreads her dedication and good-naturedness far, through her volunteer work and community outreach participation. She said, “I volunteer with the Fayetteville Animal Shelter, walking dogs and taking them to adoption events like the Fayetteville Farmers Market.” Pyland is also treasurer of the University of Arkansas chapter of Heifer International, a charity that works to eradicate international scarcity and impoverishment by providing livestock and education on the proper tending of said livestock. She is also an active member of the Kappa Delta sorority.
Pyland is also double minoring in marketing, to bolster her journalism major, and medieval and renaissance studies. She took advantage of the medieval England study abroad program this summer, led by Dr. William Quinn, during which she and 24 other participants spent five weeks in England, studying medieval literature and history, adding some experience to her scholarship of the subject. Pyland thanked the Arkansas Alumni Association for the financial and emotional assistance in being able to enjoy her trip, stating, “The ‘Roads’ scholarship helped to ease the financial strain of college, which in turn helps me to focus on my studies. The alumni family is very close and they are there to help every step of the way, even after college. I know that even after I graduate, I will remain connected to the university, because of the hard-working and amazing people involved with the Arkansas Alumni Association.”