Mission: To promote the University of Arkansas and strengthening the bond between alumni in the San Francisco Bay Area under the guidance of the Arkansas Alumni Association, Inc.
Our chapter continues to bring University of Arkansas alumni and friends together by hosting a series of events throughout the year including game watch gatherings. Signature events include:
Past Special Events
SF/Bay Area Chapter Guest Speaker List
|Carolyn Henderson Allen||Dean of the University Libraries|
|Dub Ashton||Associate Dean, Sam M. Walton College of Business|
|Gary Blair||Head Women's Basketball Coach|
|Don Bobbit||Dean, Fulbright College|
|Eddie and Beatty Ann Bradford||President, AAA, Inc. Board of Directors|
|Frank Broyles||Athletic Director|
|Lance Burchette||Associate Director AAA, Inc.|
|Norm DeBriyn||Former Head Baseball Coach; Vice President of the Razorback Foundation|
|Bud Edwards||Vice Chancellor, Advancement|
|Clay and Sandra Edwards||Associate Vice Chancellors for Development|
|Sue Edwards||Associate Dean, College of Education|
|David and Jane Gearhart||Vice Chancellor for University Advancement|
|Clay Henry||Publisher, Hawgs Illustrated|
|Dr. Jeff Johnson||President, Arkansas Alumni Association Board of Directors|
|Mike Macechko||Executive Director AAA, Inc.|
|Kris Macechko||Associate Director of Constituent Relations|
|Anthony McAdoo||Assistant Director of the Arkansas Alumni Association|
|Jacque and Michael Martini||World Renowned Vintners|
|Curt Rom||Associate Professor Horticulturist, Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences|
|Neil Schmidt||Dean, Bell College of Engineering|
|Bill Schwab||Associate Dean, Fullbright College|
|Judy Schwab||Director of Constituent Relations and Executive Assistant to the Vice Chancellor for University Advancement|
|Marsha Scott||Deputy Director of Communications, White House, Clinton Administration|
|Robert V. Smith||Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs|
|Dave Van Horn||Head Baseball Coach|
|John & Mary Lib White||Chancellor, University of Arkansas|
|Doyle Williams||Dean, Sam M. Walton College of Business|
|Al Witte||Former Professor of Law|
|Kelly Zega||Assistant Director of Communications, AAA, Inc.|
In 2005, the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter set up the Ernest J. Wong Endowment Fund, which is used to fund the chapter's scholarship programs. The fund is managed by the Arkansas Alumni Association and was initially funded in the amount of $40,000. The fund pays out a minimum of 4.5 percent interest each year.
Chapter Scholarship Program
The San Francisco/Bay Area Chapter supports a very successful ongoing scholarship program. Eligibility for scholarship consideration is open to qualified High School and Jr. College students in the Bay Area interested in pursuing their studies at the University of Arkansas.
Caitlin Beavers attended Casa Grande High School in Petaluma, CA. She is majoring in business at the Walton School of Business.
Andy Housley enrolled at the University of Arkansas in January 2002. Andy turned down a scholarship to the University of the Pacific to attend Arkansas. Andy is now an accountant with PriceWaterhouseCooper in San Jose.
Andre Yancy is a past Book Scholar recipient. Andre chose the University of Arkansas over prestigious Santa Clara University.
Rebecca Harris graduated with honors from Clovis West High School in Fresno, California before moving to Fair Oaks, California (near Sacramento). She attended American River Community College her freshman year in order to dance professionally in a respected Sacramento ballet troupe. She chose to transfer to the University of Arkansas after considering the University of Oregon and the University of Washington. Rebecca majored in business at the prestigious Sam M. Walton College of Business. She is currently working in management at walmart.com in San Franicsco.
Tiffany Knight graduated from Petaluma High School (North of San Francisco) with honors before enrolling at the University of Arkansas sight unseen. She graduated Cum Laude, in May of 1999 posting a perfect 4.0 grade point average, one of only 14 students to do so. Tiffany was named the outstanding English Department graduate and was recognized by Chancellor John White at the class of 1999 graduation ceremony. Tiffany earned her MA at the University of Tennessee and is now pursuing her PhD in English Literature at the University of Southern California. She will also be involved in the Theater and Film Program.
Andrew Butt, our first scholarship recipient, graduated from high school in the Bay Area before enrolling at the University of Arkansas. Andrew graduated with distinction from the College of Architecture earning his Bachelor of Architecture degree in December of 1997. He works now with the respected architectural firm of Interactive Resources, located in Point Richmond, California.
Special Scholarship Project
In addition to maintaining the above scholarship program, in 1999 our chapter embarked on a special fundraising project in honor of the life of Daniel K. Gabor, a Bay Area native and all-American track athlete at the University of Arkansas who was killed on TWA Flight 800 in 1996. Our chapter raised $7,000 to help fully sustain this scholarship. Each summer this scholarship pays for one U of A geology student to participate in the respected Montana field-camp program.
In 2001, the Chapter donated $1,500 to the Janelle Y. Hembree Alumni House for the purchase of special equipment.
The Board of Directors of the San Francisco Bay Area Alumni Chapter elected to donate $200 to the Judge Thomas F. Butt Legal Excellence Endowment at the University of Arkansas School of Law to honor the memory of Judge Butt who passed away in the Spring of 2000.