Saturday, October 8, 2011

Record crowd attends 2011 Tailgate

A beautiful fall day and the prospect of a great football game helped attract over 200 alumni and friends to the Bumpers College Alumni Society Tailgate Party on Oct. 8. For the first time in many years the tailgate was held on the lawn of the Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences building. The tailgate party included a dunk tank to raise money for scholarships. Dean Michael Vayda volunteered to sit in the tank and alumni, faculty and staff pitched in to help raise $400 toward the DBCAFLS Alumni Society Scholarship Fund. In addition, sponsorships by the Arkansas Rice Council, White Commercial Corporation, and Tyson Foods along with a successful silent auction helped bring the grand total to just over $4,000 brought in to help fund the DBCAFLS Alumni Society Scholarship.

Bumpers College Dean Michael Vayda
generously agreed to offer himself for
dunking to help raise scholarship
The tailgate also featured live music by faculty members Walter Bottje and Harrison Pittman. This was a first for the Bumpers tailgate and the crowd seemed to enjoy the entertainment. Guests were also treated to a fajita bar catered by Flying Burrito of Fayetteville. Alumni and friends attending had the opportunity to try their hand at some games sponsored by student departmental clubs. The Poultry Science Club hosted Pin the Feather on the Chicken, Apparel Studies set up a ring toss where the participants attempted to fling a ring over the heel of a stiletto, and Turf Science brought in a putting green. A Kids Zone featured tattoos, sidewalk chalk and Razorback coloring pages to help keep our youngest guests entertained.

The DBCAFLS Alumni Society hosts a tailgate every year, but this was the first year for which sponsorships helped make the event possible. These sponsorships along with an internal planning committee and assistance from the Bumpers College Student Ambassadors allowed this year's event to become bigger and better than ever. Thank you to everyone who helped make this event a success! We look forward to seeing you again next year.


Friday, September 30, 2011

Going Hog Wild in Dallas

A number of Bumpers College alumni joined Dean Michael Vayda and other Bumpers College faculty and staff at the Go Hog Wild with Felix Jones Scholarship Fundraiser on Friday, September 30, 2011. The event was held at the Westin Galleria in Dallas, Texas the evening before Arkansas beat Texas A&M in the Southwest Classic.
From left: Pete Adams, Lynne Adams, Laurie Apple,
Anthony Apple, Lona Robertson, Laura Gamble,
Trina Holman, Lawson Hembree, and Debbie Hembree.
Dean Michael Vayda and Associate Dean Lona Robertson along with Blake Bard, director of development; Laura Gamble, prospective student coordinator; Dr. Laurie Apple, associate professor of apparel studies and Trina Holman, liaison for alumni, development and recruiting set up an area within the reception area to greet Bumpers College alumni at the event. Guests we connected with included Lynne Adams, '81, and her husband Pete; Pamela Mortensen, '77; Lawson Hembree, '82, and his wife Debbie; Glenyce Feeney, '69 and her husband Donald Bennett (Fulbright '73, Law '74). We also ran into the Talbert family, Dr. and Mrs. Ron Talbert and their son Philip, '86, and his wife Lisa (Walton '86, '87). If you were there and we missed you drop us a line in the comments.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011


Alumni and Friends:  
Welcome to the new Bumpers College Alumni Blog

     In today's busy society most of us don't have nearly enough time to spend reading all the various news sources we'd like to keep up with. This alumni blog has been created to help keep you connected and updated on the activities of the DBCAFLS Alumni Society. Follow this blog and we'll update you a few times a month with brief news articles and photos to let you quickly know what's going on here on the hill and at activities across the state.

     I hope you are familiar with the alumni society, but for those who aren't, please see About Us in the left hand column and plan on attending our Alumni & Friends Tailgate on October 8 to get to know us even better. Game time has not been announced as of today, but festivities will begin 2.5 hours prior to kickoff.
     My name is Trina Holman and I am the alumni coordinator for Bumpers College. I also have the pleasure of serving as the director of the DBCAFLS Alumni Society. Our board members (see the full list on the Board of Directors tab) are a dedicated group of volunteers eager to help you connect with the College and with other members. Please feel free to contact me with questions, comments and updates such as job changes and promotions, births, marriages and especially suggestions on items you'd like to see in this blog. You may reach me by phone at 479-575-2179 or by e-mail at
     To subscribe, see the link in the right hand column or send a note to Please share this blog and help us reach out to all Bumpers College alumni and friends.

Go Hogs!
Trina Holman