The Office of Recruitment at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff is gearing up from Lion Fever Day, Friday, March 31.


Special appearances will be made by Officer Tommy Norman, a well-known member of the North Little Rock Police Department, and rapper Cedric “Big” Tuck, a former UAPB student.


Lion Fever Day is one of the largest events hosted by the recruitment office each year to introduce prospective students to UAPB. Last year, more than 4,500 students attended and were able to speak with current students and professors, tour the campus and experience student life.


Norman has been with the North Little Rock department since 1998.


“Norman has received national attention for his positive community policing methods,” according to a news release. “His unorthodox approach to policing includes thousands of video posts, pictures and daily interactive engagement at the Boys & Girls Clubs and the Police Athletic League with those that he protects and serves. He is credited for doing things like presenting 50 NLRSD students with backpacks and $50 gift cards from Shoe Carnival to purchase shoes, starting the ‘Shop with a Cop’ program to help financially struggling students or just dancing with the children.”


Tuck is a member of the group Dirty South Rydaz.


“Cedric ‘Big’ Tuck has transformed Dallas into a hip-hop hotbed in only a few short years,” according to the news release. “Big Tuck has been a staple in the southern underground scene, releasing over 32 mixtapes and selling over one hundred thousand copies. In fact, Tuck’s critically acclaimed first independent release Purple Hulk (2004) on T-Town Music sold so well, it caught the attention of Universal Records, who inked a deal with the indie label in 2005. Under the tutelage of T-Town Music CEO’s George Lopez, Trinidad Delgado and Alan Powell, Big Tuck continued to prep for his major label, national debut Tha Absolute Truth.”


For more information about Lion Fever Day, call the Office of Recruitment at 870-575-8963.