As the nation becomes more increasingly aware of the importance of mental health we on college campuses are responding with creative ways to engage with students around their mental health. Staff across the Division of Student Affairs have responded by finding ways to incorporate mental health awareness within their specific areas. Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) in the Pat Walker Health Center has made tremendous strides making mental health a major priority for the U of A community, and a new CAPS Ambassador Program is designed to increase that awareness with student liaisons who can relate well to their peers.

The staff and student Q&As this issue come from the Pat Walker Health Center. Huda Sharaf is the chief medical officer and student Jack West is the social media ambassador for the Health Center.

Every Spring since 2010 Student Activities’ Headliner Concerts Committee has put on the Springtime of Youth Concert Festival. This student committee works hard throughout the year to make this day-long concert festival happen. These students choose the artists who perform, work with stage and lighting crews, security, production companies as well as the artist and their management. What does it take to put on a huge concert? Find out in our story.

This past Spring we lost Marilyn Smith, assistant to the Dean of Students. She was one of the most caring and selfless individuals I have ever known. During the Martin Luther King Jr. Recommitment Banquet in January, Smith was posthumously awarded the “Salute to Greatness” award. During that ceremony she was recognized for her service and contributions to the University of Arkansas and the community of Northwest Arkansas. Her son Trey, who has also served in various capacities in the Division of Student Affairs during his time as a student, accepted the award.

We hope you enjoy the February Issue of the Student Affairs Bulletin. If you have story ideas for future issues please contact Scott Flanagin, executive director of communications for Student Affairs, via email sflanagi@uark.edu or phone (479) 575-6785.