Course Projects

UA Students Recognized as Honorary Economic Developers

In Fall 2021, students in Dr. Carrie Nelms’ Environmental Community Adaptations course (COMM) conducted primary and secondary research to analyze strengths and weaknesses of potential locations for offshore medical manufacturing facilities. The students examined nine rural communities in Northwest Arkansas and Oklahoma that have been identified as potential participants in the HAMMRC Initiative. HAMMRC hopes to help small communities get in a position to recruit specialty original equipment manufacturers. The goal is to create high-paying jobs and make the region a center for medical manufacturing.

The students’ findings culminated in an executive summary of their analysis and recommendations for each community, and they presented their summary to high-level executives in the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce and HAMMRC Initiative. For their work, the students were presented with a certificate designating them as an "Honorary Economic Developer." Dr. Nelms said that “it was a pleasant experience to see the Communication students' success in their endeavors being recognized by the business community.”

SL students presented with economic development awards

Students presented with "Honorary Economic Developer" awards by Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce and HAMMRC Initiative

Occupational Therapy Community Wellness Projects

On June 24, 2021, Occupational Therapy students from the U of A and UAMS presented projects for their Community Wellness course, taught by Dr. Jeanne Eichler. As part of the projects, students developed proposals to help improve agencies over a course of five weeks. Their partners included Devil's Den State ParkOzark Natural Science CenterHope Academy, and My-T By Design Studio. 

One student group worked with Devil’s Den to design ways for people with physical limitations to access areas in the state park they otherwise might not be able to. Using an OT perspective, they created their own signage and information for people to access on various trails. Watch their video below to learn more.

"COVID Shuffle Challenge" Project

In Spring 2021, students in the Environmental Community Adaptations course (COMM), created a public health awareness campaign focused on promoting COVID safety measures in Fayetteville—called the “COVID Shuffle Challenge.” Read more about the campaign.

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Students Promoting  #HandsFaceSpace Covid Challenge and Vacination Station at the Union

Students promoting "COVID Shuffle Challenge" and Vaccination Station at the Union