Planning the University's
150th Anniversary

The University of Arkansas will soon begin to celebrate its sesquicentennial, marking 150 years since the university was founded in 1871.

Events and activities will be held during 2021 and will continue through the summer of 2022, highlighting the university’s mission and value, past accomplishments, people, and future direction.

A calendar of events and 150th website will be launched soon as we near the 150th anniversary of the university’s founding on March 27, 2021.

The Planning Team and Process

A Sesquicentennial Planning Team is leading the planning and coordination of the effort with help from 10 specialized working groups representing students, faculty and staff from across campus. The working groups reviewed, prioritized and helped refine ideas for the 150th anniversary celebration, making recommendations to the Sesquicentennial Planning Team for consideration and approval.

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When will the sesquicentennial take place?

The sesquicentennial year begins Jan. 1, 2021, building to the university’s founding anniversary on March 27, 2021. The celebration will be held throughout 2021 and through the summer of 2022. Extending the celebration allows for an event around the 150th anniversary of the university’s first day of classes in January 2022 and additional in-person events pushed back due to COVID-19 safety concerns. 

How do I find out about sesquicentennial programs and events?

While details about specific programs and events are not yet available, a calendar of events and sesquicentennial website will launch in early 2021, ahead of the 150th anniversary of the university’s founding on March 27, 2021.

What’s the purpose of celebrating a sesquicentennial?

The sesquicentennial provides an opportunity to reinforce the university’s mission and impact during the past 150 years while looking ahead to what’s next. It’s about connecting and enhancing relationships with our campus community, graduates and other stakeholders while creating awareness for the university’s work and value among all audiences.

Was there a process for picking ideas for activities and events?

More than 100 ideas were submitted from the campus community during the ideation phase of the planning process. Ten specialized working groups reviewed, prioritized and refined those ideas before sending them to the Sesquicentennial Planning Team for consideration and approval. Ideas were evaluated based on multiple criteria including appeal and potential participation, level of alignment with reinforcing the university’s mission and impact, and overall feasibility. 

Will the sesquicentennial require any additional funding?

Funding for the university’s sesquicentennial will come from sponsorships, private gifts and non-academic sources. No tuition or fee revenue will be used.

Sesquicentennial Planning Team


Ann Catherine Jouett
Co-chair, director of advancement strategy and campaign, University Advancement

Mark Rushing
Co-chair, associate vice chancellor for University Relations

Deb Euculano
Senior associate director for alumni events, Arkansas Alumni Association

Dan Ferritor
Chancellor emeritus

Larry Foley
Professor and chair of the School of Journalism and Strategic Media

Bill Kincaid
Associate general counsel

Amy Linimon
Director of Donor Engagement

Yvette Murphy-Erby
Professor and vice chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion

Mark Power
Vice chancellor for University Advancement

Charles Robinson
Provost, executive vice chancellor for academic and student affairs, professor

Amy Schlesing
Executive director of strategic communications, University Relations

Kevin Trainor
Senior associate athletic director/public relations, Razorback Athletics

JD DiLoreto-Hill

President, Graduate Professional Students Congress

Nicole Dominguez

SOOIE Director of Marketing

Working Groups


Premiere Events
Co-Chairs:
  • Amy Linimon, director of Donor Engagement
University History
Chair:
  • Charlie Alison, executive editor, University Relations
Speakers and Forums
Chair:
  • Mary Skinner, director, Student Activities
Special Publications and Editorial Focus
Chair:
  • Mike Bieker, director of UA Press
Engagement through Partnerships and Sponsorships
Co-Chairs:
  • Mark Power, vice chancellor for University Advancement
  • Ann Catherine Jouett, director of advancement strategy and campaign, University Advancement
Special Video and Digital Projects
Co-Chairs:
  • Larry Foley, professor and chair of the School of Journalism
  • John Cooper, managing producer of video productions, University Relations
Specialized Engagement
Co-Chairs:
  • Deb Euculano, senior associate director for alumni events, Arkansas Alumni Association
  • Amy Schlesing, executive director of strategic communications, University Relations
Inclusion
Co-Chairs:
  • Yvette Murphy-Erby, vice chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion
  • John Post, director of academic communications, University Relations
Razorback Spirit
Co-Chairs:
  • Kevin Trainor, senior associate athletic director/public relations, Razorback Athletics
  • Taylor McGillis, assistant athletic director/brand development, Razorback Athletics
  • Jeri Thorpe, director of licensing, Razorback Athletics
Communication and Branding
Co-Chairs:
  • Mark Rushing, associate vice chancellor for University Relations
  • Amy Schlesing, executive director of strategic communications, University Relations
  • Roy Cordell, senior director of creative services, University Relations
  • Chris Nixon, director of digital strategy, University Relations
  • Charlie Alison, executive editor, University Relations