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Landowners workshop to highlight income diversity potential for timber producers

PETIT JEAN MOUNTAIN, Ark. (Dec. 13, 2016) — A one-day workshop for timber producers and other landowners will be held at the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute atop Petit Jean Mountain on Thursday, March 9. The workshop will cover a variety of topics, all related to helping landowners diversify their land’s income potential.

The workshop represents a partnership between the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute, the Natural Resource Enterprise program at Mississippi State University and the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s Cooperative Extension Service. Supporting the workshop are the Arkansas Forestry Association, the Arkansas Forestry Commission and the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission.

“This will be the third time we’ve partnered with the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s Cooperative Extension Service and Mississippi State’s NRE program to hold one of these workshops,” said Janet Harris, director of programs for the Rockefeller Institute. “Our past participants came away from the workshops equipped with fresh ideas about how their land can do more for them. We are excited to partner with these great organizations again.”

Among the scheduled speakers are area landowner Henry Jones; Adam Tullos and Daryl Jones of the Mississippi State University NRE program; Clint Johnson of the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission; Becky McPeake and Kyle Cunningham of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s Cooperative Extension Service; Matthew Vandiver of JWB Company Inc.; and Nick Livers of Hyden, Miron & Foster, PLLC.

Topics to be covered at the workshop include outdoor business revenue potential and considerations; premises liability and legal considerations; forest management; estate planning; wildlife habitat management; and opportunities to see management prescriptions on a field tour.

“The field tour is always a highlight of these workshops,” Tullos said. “Nothing beats being able to get outdoors and seeing the concepts being discussed applied to real situations.”

This workshop’s focus on timber-producing land is a new angle for workshops held at the Institute.

“Our state is rich with timber land, and many farms that have grazing land or row-crop operations also produce timber,” McPeake said. “This workshop will be a great opportunity for many farmers to learn about things like wildlife management, restoration of native plant communities, estate planning and even the Farm Bill.”

To find more information or to register, go to RockefellerInstitute.org/forestry or contact Program Officer Samantha Evans at 501-727-6257 or sevans@uawri.org.

About Natural Resource Enterprises

The Natural Resource Enterprises program at Mississippi State University is a research and outreach program of the MSU Extension Service, MSU Forest and Wildlife Research Center, Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

About the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture makes a positive impact for that key industry through the research done by the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station and the teaching done by the Cooperative Extension Service. Its mission is to advance the stewardship of natural resources and the environment, cultivate the improvement of agriculture and agribusiness, develop leadership skills and productive citizenship among youth and adults, enhance economic security and financial responsibility among the citizens of the state, ensure a safe, nutritious food supply, improve the quality of life in communities across Arkansas, and strengthen Arkansas families. You'll find the Division in all 75 Arkansas counties, on five university campuses, at five research and extension centers and at eight branch experiment stations.

About the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute

In 2005, the University of Arkansas System established the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute with a grant from the Winthrop Rockefeller Charitable Trust. By integrating the resources and expertise of the University of Arkansas System with the legacy and ideas of Gov. Winthrop Rockefeller, this educational institute and conference center creates an atmosphere where collaboration and change can thrive.

Program areas include Agriculture, Arts and Humanities, Civic Engagement, Economic Development, and Health. To learn more, call 501-727-5435, visit the website at www.rockefellerinstitute.org, or stay connected through Twitter and Facebook.

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Winthrop Rockefeller Institute releases 2017 culinary class lineup

PETIT JEAN MOUNTAIN, Ark. (Nov. 7, 2016) — The 2017 schedule of culinary classes at the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute was recently released and can be accessed at www.rockefellerinstittue.org/culinary.

The culinary classes, led by Certified Executive Chef Robert Hall, offer a variety of experiences for aspiring chefs of all skill levels – from “I’ve been cooking all my life” to “How do you boil water again?”

Returning to the culinary lineup is the ever-popular Table for Two, a date-night experience in which couples learn to cook a delicious four-course dinner under the instruction of Chef Hall. Other favorites like Made From Scratch – a demonstration class centered around specific culinary themes – and the Saturday Chef Series – a more hands-on approach to various culinary styles – are also back.

New to the 2017 lineup is Taste Test, a demonstration class in which participants will have the opportunity to taste styles of a particular ingredient from all over the world. Some of the ingredients that will be featured include hot sauce, chocolate, olive oil, tomatoes and bacon.

“The world is a cornucopia of flavor,” Hall said. “With this new class, we get to explore the amazing ways that different cultures treat the same ingredients. It promises to be a lot of fun, very yummy, and we’ll learn some things along the way.”

All of the Institute’s culinary offerings are listed at www.rockefellerinstitute.org/culinary, with links to registration for each category of class. Group reservations are available, and classes are perfect for a girls’ (or guys’) night out, a church or civic group activity, part of a weekend getaway or just because.

Beyond entertainment, the Institute’s culinary classes are intended to be informative and to strip away common fears and misconceptions about cooking.

“One of the central purposes of the Institute’s culinary program is to show how easy it is to cook from scratch,” Hall said. “It is my desire to help individuals and families return to ‘old-fashioned,’ ‘do-it-yourself,’ ‘made from scratch’ meal preparation. This will drastically reduce the use of processed foods, thus immediately making our diets healthier.

“By learning and using a handful of culinary techniques and methods, you can cook almost anything; it is my mission to provide you with several avenues to learn and master those skills.”

For more information, visit the website, email Chef Hall at rhall@uawri.org or call 501-727-5435.

About the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute

In 2005, the University of Arkansas System established the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute with a grant from the Winthrop Rockefeller Charitable Trust. By integrating the resources and expertise of the University of Arkansas System with the legacy and ideas of Gov. Winthrop Rockefeller, this educational institute and conference center creates an atmosphere where collaboration and change can thrive.

Program areas include Agriculture, Arts and Humanities, Civic Engagement, Economic Development, and Health. To learn more, call 501-727-5435, visit the website at www.rockefellerinstitute.org, or stay connected through Twitter and Facebook.

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Entrepreneurship expert to speak at Uncommon Communities

PETIT JEAN MOUNTAIN, Ark. (Oct. 21, 2016) — The keynote address for the November session of Uncommon Communities will be delivered by Steve Radley, president and CEO of NetWork Kansas.

Radley’s presentation, “The Entrepreneurship Edge: Creating a More Entrepreneurial Community,” will take place from noon to 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4, at the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute atop Petit Jean Mountain.

Radley’s address is open to the public and free of charge, though advance registration is required. Lunch can be purchased during registration.

Radley began his career in the private sector as the 28th employee of technology startup Brite Voice Systems, which grew from a worth of $6 million to more than $175 million. Since then, Radley has co-owned two businesses and serves on boards and advisory councils for the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City and various centers for entrepreneurship at higher education universities across the Midwest. He holds a Master of Business Administration from Wichita State University and a Master of Arts in Christian ministry from Friends University.

“Too often we get locked in to thinking about economic development as trying to attract the next super project,” said Janet Harris, director of programs for the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute. “Steve Radley will bring a refreshing perspective and key insight into the concept of ‘economic gardening,’ or how we grow our own success through entrepreneurialism.”

According to its website, “NetWork Kansas is devoted to the growth of entrepreneurship and small businesses throughout the state of Kansas. Our mission is to promote an entrepreneurial environment by providing a central portal that connects entrepreneurs and small business owners with the right resources—Expertise, Education and Economic Resources—when they are needed most. In pursuit of this mission, we partner with well-respected business development organizations and educational institutions that work with entrepreneurs and small business owners who have the vision and potential to succeed. The result is a seamless system that accelerates economic and community development in Kansas.”

To register or to learn more, go to www.rockefellerinstitute.org/uncommon or contact Program Officer Cary Tyson at ctyson@uawri.org.

Uncommon Communities is a community and economic development initiative that provides participants, chosen by their respective communities, the opportunity to attend five carefully crafted sessions at the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute over the course of a year. Each of the five counties in the pilot group – Conway, Perry, Pope, Van Buren and Yell – is invited to send six participants to the sessions, which are held for a day and a half, every other month. The sessions were designed based on feedback from the counties when asked what skills and resources they needed to accomplish their goals and include: community leadership development, economic development in the new economy; tourism, marketing and branding; quality of place and placemaking; and exemplary communities moving forward. Each session brings renowned speakers from across the United States plus throughout Arkansas. In addition, many of the sessions are interactive and give participants the opportunity to work in groups and learn from other participating counties.

Uncommon Communities marries the wisdom and proven methodology of Dr. Vaughn Grisham, a celebrated community development expert and professor emeritus of sociology and founding director of the McLean Institute for Community Development at the University of Mississippi, with the award-winning Breakthrough Solutions partnership – under the direction of Dr. Mark Peterson at the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service – and the expertise of Dr. Roby Robertson, retired professor of public administration and former director of the Institute of Government at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

About the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute

In 2005, the University of Arkansas System established the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute with a grant from the Winthrop Rockefeller Charitable Trust. By integrating the resources and expertise of the University of Arkansas System with the legacy and ideas of Gov. Winthrop Rockefeller, this educational institute and conference center creates an atmosphere where collaboration and change can thrive.

Program areas include Agriculture, Arts and Humanities, Civic Engagement, Economic Development, and Health. To learn more, call 501-727-5435, visit the website at www.rockefellerinstitute.org, or stay connected through Twitter and Facebook.

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Uncommon Communities initiative begins year 2

PETIT JEAN MOUNTAIN, Ark. (Sept. 2, 2016) — The Uncommon Communities initiative that launched last fall is set to begin its second year of community and economic development work in Arkansas.

There are a number of tangible signs of success for the first year of Uncommon Communities, including a joint community beautification project between Russellville and Dardanelle called Paint the River Valley; improvements to parks in Perry County; and a new economic development effort for Conway County.

But the greatest value in the initiative may lie in the relationships it’s building, and the visible results of those are still developing.

“The Winthrop Rockefeller Institute started this initiative with the idea that there is great power in collaboration,” said Janet Harris, director of programs for the Institute. “What we have been most pleased with is seeing communities that were once rivals – like Russellville and Dardanelle or Clinton and Fairfield Bay – come together to work toward common goals.”

Uncommon Communities is a community and economic development initiative that provides participants, chosen by their respective communities, the opportunity to attend five carefully crafted sessions at the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute over the course of a year. Each of the five counties in the pilot group – Conway, Perry, Pope, Van Buren and Yell – is invited to send six participants to the sessions, which are held for a day and a half, every other month. The sessions were designed based on feedback from the counties when asked what skills and resources they needed to accomplish their goals and include: community leadership development, economic development in the new economy; tourism, marketing and branding; quality of place and placemaking; and exemplary communities moving forward. Each session brings renowned speakers from across the United States plus throughout Arkansas. In addition, many of the sessions are interactive and give participants the opportunity to work in groups and learn from other participating counties.

Uncommon Communities marries the wisdom and proven methodology of Dr. Vaughn Grisham, a celebrated community development expert and professor emeritus of sociology and founding director of the McLean Institute for Community Development at the University of Mississippi, with the award-winning Breakthrough Solutions partnership – under the direction of Dr. Mark Peterson at the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service – and the expertise of Dr. Roby Robertson, retired professor of public administration and former director of the Institute of Government at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

Jackie Sikes, owner of the Dirty Farmers Market and Greater Good Café in Clinton, said her involvement in Uncommon Communities has been invaluable.

“The connections I’ve made, the people I’ve met, it has opened up a whole new window of information and opportunity,” Sikes said. “You have to get out there and get with other people who have the same struggles and the same concerns. This program has given us that chance.”

The first session of year two will be held Friday, Sept. 9, and Saturday, Sept. 10, with a focus on leadership development. For more information, visit RockefellerInstitute.org/uncommon.

About the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute

In 2005, the University of Arkansas System established the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute with a grant from the Winthrop Rockefeller Charitable Trust. By integrating the resources and expertise of the University of Arkansas System with the legacy and ideas of Gov. Winthrop Rockefeller, this educational institute and conference center creates an atmosphere where collaboration and change can thrive.

Program areas include Agriculture, Arts and Humanities, Civic Engagement, Economic Development, and Health. To learn more, call 501-727-5435, visit the website at RockefellerInstitute.org, or stay connected through Twitter and Facebook.

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Commitment to diversity, pre-K expansion among top priorities in Under 40 Forum report

PETIT JEAN MOUNTAIN, Ark. (July 20, 2016) — In a report released today, leaders under the age of 40 from across the state identified key issues for retaining and recruiting young talent to Arkansas.

The report, composed by the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute, is the result of the Under 40 Forum, a two-day summit held April 1-2 by the Institute and the Clinton School of Public Service. The summit brought together the 2015 40 Under 40 honorees as designated by Arkansas Business and the Northwest Arkansas Business Journal. More than 30 of the honorees attended and participated in a facilitated discussion about opportunities and hurdles related to talent recruitment and retention. This was the first meeting of its kind with the Under 40 honorees.

Among the highlights of the report are recommendations for businesses and government to do more to embrace diversity; expansion of the state’s pre-K opportunities; and commitment to increasing broadband access across the state.

“This report is important because it represents the next generation of leaders in Arkansas,” said Dr. Marta Loyd, executive director of the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute. “These leaders chose to make a life in Arkansas, and they were forthright in articulating the challenges and opportunities they’re facing. Through participation in the Forum, they came to realize their role in being a part of the solution. We hope state and community leaders will heed their recommendations.”

Skip Rutherford, dean of the Clinton School of Public Service, said that while many of the issues addressed in the report are not brand-new concepts, what makes it meaningful is the group from which it comes.

“These young leaders represent the future of our state," Rutherford said. "They are engaged; they are smart; and they know what it will take for Arkansas to realize all of its potential. This is a group whose voices need to be heard.”

Copies of the report are being sent to each member of the Legislature, as well as other government and business leaders across Arkansas, including Gov. Asa Hutchinson. Hutchinson kicked off the Under 40 Forum in April with an address and question-and-answer session with the attendees. In his address, he praised the group for their willingness to engage in a search for solutions to the state’s most pressing challenges.

“You are really a key part of the success we’re going to have in the future,” Hutchinson said to close his address to the honorees.

The report can be downloaded by visiting www.rockefellerinstitute.org/Under40Report. Plans for the second annual Under 40 Forum have been set for March 2017.

About the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute

In 2005, the University of Arkansas System established the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute with a grant from the Winthrop Rockefeller Charitable Trust. By integrating the resources and expertise of the University of Arkansas System with the legacy and ideas of Gov. Winthrop Rockefeller, this educational institute and conference center creates an atmosphere where collaboration and change can thrive.

Program areas include Agriculture, Arts and Humanities, Civic Engagement, Economic Development, and Health. To learn more, call 501-727-5435, visit the website at www.rockefellerinstitute.org, or stay connected through Twitter and Facebook.

 

About the Clinton School of Public Service

The first school in the nation to offer a Master of Public Service (MPS) degree, the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service gives students the knowledge and experience to further their careers in the areas of nonprofit, governmental, volunteer or private sector service.

A two-year graduate program with a real-world curriculum, the Clinton School is located on the grounds of the William J. Clinton Presidential Center and Park in Little Rock, Ark. The school embodies former President Clinton’s vision of building leadership in civic engagement and enhancing people’s capacity to work across disciplinary, racial, ethnic and geographical boundaries. For more information, visit www.clintonschool.uasys.edu.

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Winthrop Rockefeller Institute to host performance of Twelfth Night

PETIT JEAN MOUNTAIN, Ark. (June 1, 2016) — The Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre will once again take its show on the road and perform a family-friendly production at the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute. This year’s offering, Twelfth Night, will be performed at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 25, on the Institute’s front lawn.

“We’ve appreciated the great crowds and beautiful atmosphere at the Institute the past two years,” said Mary Ruth Marotte, executive director of the Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre. “This year’s performance will feature our actors playing musical instruments and singing as part of the production. It’s going to be a lot of fun.”

Additionally, food trucks from the Conway Food Truck Association will be on hand with food and drinks available for purchase. As in past years, attendees are welcome to spread out blankets or bring their own lawn chairs for the performance, though plenty of seating will be available. Outside food will be allowed, though no outside alcoholic beverages will be permitted.

“This is the kind of event we know Winthrop Rockefeller would be proud of,” said Janet Harris, director of programs at the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute. “We have thoroughly enjoyed working with the Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre to provide access to a unique artistic experience here in the River Valley.”

The Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre’s website, www.arkshakes.com, offers this description of the performance:

“Inspired by carnivals of yesteryear, our actors will arrive ready to dazzle and delight the audience with the tale of twins Viola and Sebastian, separated by a storm at sea. The shipwrecked siblings discover new places, meet new people, and explore new possibilities as they try to find their way back to one another. Feste is our ringleader, a magician who brings the play to life by enlisting the talents of his gifted and colorful troop of entertainers in this fast-paced, funny and family-friendly production. With a performance that includes sword-fighting, dancing and singing (and maybe a few audience members!), Twelfth Night has a little something spectacular for everyone.”

Admission to the performance is free, but advance registration is required. Those wishing to register themselves and/or friends and family should go to www.rockefellerinstitute.org/night and click on the registration button. For more information, contact Program Officer Payton Christenberry at 501-727-6255 or pchristenberry@uawri.org.

 

About the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute

In 2005, the University of Arkansas System established the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute with a grant from the Winthrop Rockefeller Charitable Trust. By integrating the resources and expertise of the University of Arkansas System with the legacy and ideas of Gov. Winthrop Rockefeller, this educational institute and conference center creates an atmosphere where collaboration and change can thrive.

Program areas include Agriculture, Arts and Humanities, Civic Engagement, Economic Development, and Health. To learn more, call 501-727-5435, visit the website at www.rockefellerinstitute.org, or stay connected through Twitter and Facebook.

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Winthrop Rockefeller Institute to host Champion Trees exhibit

PETIT JEAN MOUNTAIN, Ark. (May 26, 2016) — Linda Williams Palmer’s Champion Trees art exhibit will be on display at the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute from June 3 through the end of August.

The exhibit, which first toured the state from 2012-2014, will open at 2 p.m. Friday, June 3, with a reception that is open to public and free of charge.

The focus of Palmer’s exhibit are the Champion Trees of Arkansas. Champion Trees are the largest of each species that grows in the state. They are measured and verified by the Arkansas Forestry Commission.

During the reception on June 3, Palmer will speak about the project and her ongoing work depicting the state’s Champion Trees. State Forester Joe Fox of the Forestry Commission will also speak.

“One of the most rewarding things about this has been when people come up to me and say, ‘I’ll never look at trees the same way again,’” Palmer said.

Palmer’s pieces are done in colored pencil and were the subject of the Arkansas Educational Television Network’s 2014 documentary film Champion Trees.

“In Arkansas, we have a unique connection to our natural resources,” said Janet Harris, director of programs at the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute. “This exhibit is a celebration of some of our most treasured resources – our trees.”

While there is no admission fee to attend the reception, registration is required. For more information about the exhibit and to register for the reception, visit www.rockefellerinstitute.org/institute-programs/trees.

About the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute

In 2005, the University of Arkansas System established the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute with a grant from the Winthrop Rockefeller Charitable Trust. By integrating the resources and expertise of the University of Arkansas System with the legacy and ideas of Gov. Winthrop Rockefeller, this educational institute and conference center creates an atmosphere where collaboration and change can thrive.

Program areas include Agriculture, Arts and Humanities, Civic Engagement, Economic Development, and Health. To learn more, call 501-727-5435, visit the website at www.rockefellerinstitute.org, or stay connected through Twitter and Facebook.

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Swamp Gravy organizer to deliver keynote address at Uncommon Communities session

PETIT JEAN MOUNTAIN, Ark. (April 28, 2016) — Joy Jinks, who helped put Colquitt, Ga., on the map through her development of the community performance theater known as Swamp Gravy, will speak at the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute Friday, May 6, as part of the Uncommon Communities initiative. Registration for Jinks’ address will be open to the public free of charge, though lunch may be purchased with registration.

Jinks will talk about the development of Swamp Gravy, how it turned into an internationally recognized phenomenon and the importance of having pride in one’s community.

“The economic factor is important, but it’s what we’ve done to enliven the spirit that is most important,” Jinks said. “It’s the pride in spirit, pride in talent and being an inspiration to others that keeps us going.”

Uncommon Communities is a community and economic development program aimed at producing a group of community leaders who are equipped to assess, plan, visualize and mobilize citizenry to work together in the areas of economic development, education and workforce development, as well as quality of life and place—the critical elements of thriving communities. The goal of the program is to help these communities become vibrant and sustainable in the 21st century global knowledge economy. To date the participants of Uncommon Communities have represented Conway, Perry, Pope, Van Buren and Yell counties.

“We are honored to have Joy Jinks come and address our community leaders,” said Janet Harris, director of programs at the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute. “The story of Swamp Gravy is an inspiring tale of a community finding success by embracing its heritage. We are sure this story will resonate with our own uncommon communities.”

To register for free for Jinks’ keynote, go to http://wriuc5swampgravy.eventbrite.com.

Jinks’ keynote address is being sponsored by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis-Little Rock Branch, and the May Uncommon Communities session is being sponsored by Lisenne Rockefeller and Family, Entergy Arkansas and the Walmart Foundation State Giving Program.

For more information about Uncommon Communities, visit www.rockefellerinstitute.org/uncommon.

 

About the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute

In 2005, the University of Arkansas System established the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute with a grant from the Winthrop Rockefeller Charitable Trust. By integrating the resources and expertise of the University of Arkansas System with the legacy and ideas of Gov. Winthrop Rockefeller, this educational institute and conference center creates an atmosphere where collaboration and change can thrive.

Program areas include Agriculture, Arts and Humanities, Civic Engagement, Economic Development, and Health. To learn more, call 501-727-5435, visit the website at www.rockefellerinstitute.org, or stay connected through Twitter and Facebook.

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Application period for Social Entrepreneurship Boot Camp ends May 1

PETIT JEAN MOUNTAIN, Ark. (April 14, 2016) — Social entrepreneurs in Arkansas and beyond have an opportunity to learn from some of the best entrepreneurial minds and change agents from around the world.

The 2016 Social Entrepreneurship Boot Camp will be held Friday, July 15, through Sunday, July 17, at the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute atop Petit Jean Mountain in Arkansas. Along with the Institute, the Clinton School of Public Service, the University of Arkansas Office of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, and the Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub have partnered to put on the boot camp after a successful pilot program in 2015.

Applications for the boot camp are due by Sunday, May 1. Instructions for application and the application form can be found at www.rockefellerinstitute.org/bootcamp.

The boot camp is designed to assist aspiring social entrepreneurs in launching or growing their social enterprise. Each team at the boot camp will be assigned its own mentor. The mentors will coach and guide their teams through the three-day event. Topics that will be discussed include pitch training, scalability, identifying funding opportunities, measuring social metrics and ethics.

“The teams that came to the boot camp last summer had a lot of enthusiasm for how they could make a difference in the world through their business concept,” said Dr. Marta Loyd, executive director of the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute. “They left the Institute with more confidence and poise, as well as a clearer sense of how to move their social enterprise forward.”

This year’s boot camp will see the return of some of last year’s mentors, such as Permjot Valia, a Canada-based entrepreneurial coach and angel investor; Jeff and Phyl Amerine, co-founders of Startup Junkie, a startup consulting firm in northwest Arkansas; and Dr. Carol Reeves, associate vice-provost for entrepreneurship at the University of Arkansas.

Some new faces will also be present this year, including Adjoa Kusiwaa Boateng, regional director for West Africa at MicroEnsure; Jeff Stinson, director of entrepreneurship at the Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub; and David Moody, founder of Jacksson David and StartupDad.

Nikolai DiPippa, director of public programs and strategic partnerships at the Clinton School of Public Service, said, “Our lineup of speakers and mentors this year is top-notch. It’s a unique opportunity for the participants to be able to learn from such a wide and varied collection of talent and experience.”

Warwick Sabin, executive director of the Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub, said social entrepreneurship remains an important topic for Arkansas.

“Arkansas is well known for cultivating successful business entrepreneurs,” Sabin said. “The ability to direct that entrepreneurial energy toward social change is a vital piece of the economic development puzzle in our state.”

A key addition to this year’s partnership has been Dr. Rogelio Garcia Contreras, director of social innovation at the Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas. Contreras, founder of the Social Entrepreneurship Program at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, began his new post at the University of Arkansas in December and will serve as a mentor at the boot camp. Reeves called him “an invaluable addition” to the team.

“Dr. Contreras has brought a lot to the table,” Reeves said. “He has lent his expertise as we’ve fine-tuned the program, and he has reached out to help us bring in some of our great speakers and mentors.”

More information about the 2016 Social Entrepreneurship Boot Camp is available at www.rockefellerinstitute.org/bootcamp.

About the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute

In 2005, the University of Arkansas System established the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute with a grant from the Winthrop Rockefeller Charitable Trust. By integrating the resources and expertise of the University of Arkansas System with the legacy and ideas of Gov. Winthrop Rockefeller, this educational institute and conference center creates an atmosphere where collaboration and change can thrive.

Program areas include Agriculture, Arts and Humanities, Civic Engagement, Economic Development, and Health. To learn more, call 501-727-5435, visit the website at www.rockefellerinstitute.org, or stay connected through Twitter and Facebook.

About the Clinton School of Public Service

The first school in the nation to offer a Master of Public Service (MPS) degree, the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service gives students the knowledge and experience to further their careers in the areas of nonprofit, governmental, volunteer or private sector service.

A two-year graduate program with a real-world curriculum, the Clinton School is located on the grounds of the William J. Clinton Presidential Center and Park in Little Rock, Ark. The school embodies former President Clinton’s vision of building leadership in civic engagement and enhancing people’s capacity to work across disciplinary, racial, ethnic and geographical boundaries. For more information, visit www.clintonschool.uasys.edu.

About the University of Arkansas Office of Entrepreneurship and Innovation

            The mission of the University of Arkansas’ Office of Entrepreneurship and Innovation is to catalyze entrepreneurial activities and innovation across the university and throughout the state in order to build Arkansas’ knowledge-based economy. Established in 2011, the Office of Entrepreneurship and Innovation has led commercialization retreats for faculty from the research universities in the state, supported student and faculty commercialization activities, integrated University of Arkansas research with demand-driven innovation needs in the state through the IGNITE program, and hosted several social entrepreneurship events.

            University of Arkansas students have led the world in national and international business plan competitions since 2009, winning almost twice as many competitions as the next closest competitor. Students have won over $2.3 million in prize money, established 13 high-growth businesses, and raised almost $30 million to build their companies. Visit. http://entrepreneurship.uark.edu for more information.

About the Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub

            The Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub (www.arhub.org) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing innovative and entrepreneurial activity in Arkansas by creating a collaborative ecosystem and pipelines that mobilize the resources, programs and educational opportunities necessary to develop, attract and retain talent and to build the state’s economy.

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Longtime CFO Gary Greene retires from the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute

PETIT JEAN MOUNTAIN, Ark. (April 8, 2016) — Dozens of friends, family and co-workers gathered at the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute April 6 to honor Gary Greene and wish him well in his retirement.

Greene, a longtime resident of Conway, had worked at the Institute as chief financial officer, treasurer and director of finance and administration since its inception in 2005. He began working at the site that is now the Institute in 1979, holding various accounting and finance positions over the years at the Winrock International Livestock Training and Research Center and later the Winrock International Institute for Agricultural Development, now known simply as Winrock International.

When the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute was established in 2005, Greene oversaw the renovation of facilities on the 188-acre campus atop Petit Jean Mountain to create the educational institute and conference center. In the Institute’s 11-year history, Greene served as interim executive director on two separate occasions.

“We wish Gary all the best in his retirement,” said Dr. Marta Loyd, executive director of the Institute. “He has done so much to make the Institute what it is today.”

Among Greene’s endeavors outside Winrock International and the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute were 18 years of service on the Conway School Board and 30 years of service on the board of the Student Loan Guarantee Foundation of Arkansas.

Greene and his wife, Barbara, have two grown children and four grandchildren.

 

About the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute

In 2005, the University of Arkansas System established the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute with a grant from the Winthrop Rockefeller Charitable Trust. By integrating the resources and expertise of the University of Arkansas System with the legacy and ideas of Gov. Winthrop Rockefeller, this educational institute and conference center creates an atmosphere where collaboration and change can thrive.

Program areas include Agriculture, Arts and Humanities, Civic Engagement, Economic Development, and Health. To learn more, call 501-727-5435, visit the website at www.rockefellerinstitute.org, or stay connected through Twitter and Facebook.

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