The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff will celebrate 145 years of existence during Founders Celebration activities April 23-29.


With the theme, “History, Heritage, Honor: #fueledforthefuture,” events will include:


Monday, April 23 — The celebration will begin with Branch Normal Day at 11 a.m. The free, public event will be held on Second Avenue and Oak Street, the original site of Branch Normal College (now UAPB). The event will feature special presentations from Pine Bluff Mayor Shirley Washington and the University Museum and Cultural Center. Joseph Carter Corbin was the founder and first principal of Branch Normal.


The day will continue with Movie on the Lawn at 8:30 p.m. at the W.E. O’Bryant bell tower.


Tuesday, April 24 — Unity Fest will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at W.E. O’Bryant bell tower at UAPB. The event is an annual spring activity designed to bring together the university and community through entertainment, food, games, vendors, information booths, novelty attractions and other activities.


Wednesday, April 25 — The 25th Annual Mary E. Benjamin Conference on Educational Access will be held in the STEM Conference Center from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Registration is $75 for teachers and $25 for students. The theme will be “Reading Equips All Disciplines.” Details: www.uapb.edu/edaccess.


Family Feud: Founders Edition will be held from 6-8 p.m. in the L.A. Davis Sr. Student Union Lounge.


Thursday, April 26 — The Honors and Awards Assembly and Convocation will be held at 10 a.m. in the Kenneth L. Johnson Sr. Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Complex. The featured speaker will be UAPB alumnus Gralon Johnson, University Innovation Alliance (UIA) Fellow at Iowa State University.


A Healthcare Professionals Panel discussion wil be held at 6 p.m. in the STEM Conference Center.


Friday, April 27 — The UAPB/AM&N National Alumni Association will sponsor an Alumni/Senior Mixer for May and December 2018 graduates from 5:30–7 p.m. in the Sylvester Early auditorium of Henderson-Young Hall. The event provides an opportunity for graduating seniors to network and meet alumni and chapter leaders.


Saturday, April 28 — The intrasquad Black and Gold Game will be held at 1 p.m. at Golden Lion Stadium and a baseball game at 2 p.m. at the Torii Hunter baseball complex.


The Chancellor’s Benefit will be held at 6 p.m. at the Pine Bluff Convention Center. Tickets are $150/person and can be purchased at www.uapb.edu/benefit or by calling the Office of Development at (870) 575-8702.


Sunday, April 29 — The 145th Founders Celebration comes to its end with Sunrise Service at 6:30 a.m. in Cross-Phipps auditorium of Caldwell Hall. The keynote presentation will be delivered by UAPB alumnus, the Rev. Lorenzo R. Jones IV, associate minister of Greater Friendship Missionary Baptist Church at Colleyville, Texas, and sales professional for GlaxoSmithKline. After the Sunrise Service, the annual Alumni Breakfast will follow in the STEM Conference Center.


Details: www.uapb.edu/founders or Tracy Dunbar, 870-575-7142/dunbart@uapb.edu or Donna Mooney, 870-575-8375/mooneyd@uapb.edu .