Campus of the University of Arkansas

There are many buildings on the University of Arkansas campus. Most of the historic structures are part of the University of Arkansas Campus Historic District on the National Register of Historic Places. This article focuses on the non-listed buildings.


Graduate Education Building

Graduate Education Building

J. B. Hunt Center for Academic Excellence

JB Hunt Center for Academic Excellence, November 2012

Mullins Library

David W. Mullins Library
East Entrance to Mullins

David W. Mullins Library is located in the center of campus. It is the third largest library in the state of Arkansas next to the Clinton Presidential Library and The Dean B. Ellis Library at Arkansas State University. It contains 4 floors of information in almost every kind of modern medium. This includes several special archives related to Arkansas history. It is also one of the newer buildings on campus. It is named after David Wiley Mullins, who was the president of the university from 1960 to 1974 (its second longest serving president), and helped create the University of Arkansas System, brokering a series of mergers.[1]

Arkansas Union

Main article: The Arkansas Union
Arkansas Union

The Arkansas Union, (sometimes referred to simply as the union) is at the center of campus and student life. It contains a large computer lab with over 70 computers, coffee shop (RZ's) that also hosts various cultural events, movie theater, auditorium, ball room, food court, text book & regular book store, Razorback paraphernalia shop, bus station, post office, student run radio station, KXUA 88.3FM, and several other small stores and offices. The entire building has wireless internet access and a student technology center that loans laptops out to students, free of charge.

George and Boyce Billingsly Music Building

This building serves as the home for the music department and contains faculty studios, music classrooms, rehearsal and practice spaces, and administrative offices. It was constructed in 1976 as an addition to the Fine Arts Building which was designed by Edward Durell Stone in 1950. The existing music building was renamed in 2000 by the University of Arkansas Board of Trustees in honor for George and Boyce Billingsley, of Bella Vista Arkansas, for the establishment of the Billingsley Music Fund to support programs within the department.[2]

Chemistry and Biochemistry Research Building

Daniel E. Ferritor Hall

Ferritor Hall is the current home of 31 research laboratories (30 in biological sciences, 1 in geosciences) and nine environmental rooms supporting the study of biological, chemistry and biochemistry. Construction began in 1997 and the facility opened in August 2000. The official dedication ceremony was held March 2, 2001. The building is dedicated to Daniel E. Ferritor, sociology professor and Chancellor Emeritus of the University of Arkansas.[3]

Bell Engineering Center

Bell Engineering houses the College of Engineering.

Bell Engineering Center was built in 1987 when the university outgrew Engineering Hall.

Razorback Stadium

Donald W. Reynolds Stadium is the main home field of the Arkansas Razorbacks football team (the secondary "home" field being War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock). The actual field of play is officially named "Frank Broyles Field". (The field was dedicated to Frank Broyles on Nov. 3, 2007.) The stadium has an approximate seating capacity of 76,000.

The Frank Broyles Athletics Center, home to the Razorback Athletic Department and named after Frank Broyles, is located at the north end of the Stadium; the Center was built in 1975 and renovated in 1994 and also features the Jerry Jones/Jim Lindsey Hall of Champions, a museum to University of Arkansas sports.

Bev Lewis Center

The Bev Lewis Center for Women's Athletics was partially funded with a gift from Bob and Marilyn Bogle, and named for the University’s longtime coach and Women’s AD Bev Lewis. The facility was opened in 2003.[4]

Bud Walton Arena

Main article: Bud Walton Arena
"The Bud" is sometimes called the "Basketball Palace of Mid-America."

Bud Walton Arena is the home of the Arkansas Razorbacks and Lady'Backs basketball teams. It is located in the far west of the campus. The arena seats 19,368 patrons, making it the fifth-largest on-campus arena in college basketball. It is named for James "Bud" Walton, co-founder of Wal-Mart, who donated half of the 30 million price tag for the construction of the arena. The 1993-94 Arkansas Razorbacks men's basketball team won the national championship in the arena's first year.[5]

Monuments and statues

Fulbright statue

After an international search that produced more than 100 applicants, the University of Arkansas commissioned sculptor Gretta Bader to create a statue of Senator J. William Fulbright to be displayed outside Old Main, home of the J. William Fulbright School of Arts and Sciences. The 7-foot-3 statue faces the Fulbright Peace Fountain and was dedicated in 2002. Former United States President and University of Arkansas faculty member Bill Clinton, Chancellor John White, poet Miller Williams, Fulbright College Dean Donald Bobbitt, and Harriet Fulbright, widow of the late senator all spoke at the dedication ceremony.[6]

Fulbright Peace Fountain

Fulbright Peace Fountatin

The Fulbright Peace Fountain is located between Vol Walker Hall and Old Main. It was completed in 1998, and dedicated on October 24, 1998. It was constructed in honor of J. William Fulbright, and his belief that "education, particularly study abroad, has the power to promote tolerance and understanding among nations."[7] Originally the fountain had water coming up through the middle.

Spoofer's Stone

Spoofer's Stone

Spoofer's Stone, according to legend, was to be a piece of the foundation for the oldest building on campus, Old Main. One of the oxcarts hauling the limestone to the construction site broke, depositing this large limestone piece onto the ground in front of the site, and it was left there after cleanup. In the early days of the university it was a location for lovers to leave notes for one another (when fraternization between the sexes was forbidden). Later it became a popular location for men to propose marriage to women. The stone's ragged appearance is due to the tradition of breaking off a piece of the stone after a proposal, a practice which has been forbidden. The origin of the name "Spoofer" or who Spoofer was, is unknown.[8]

Courage to Lead

Courage to Lead is a bronze statue depicting native Americans by Potawatomi sculptor Denny Haskew[9] donated by Don Marr and James Kunzelmann to the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences. It is located to the north of the Fulbright Peace Fountain and is six feet, four inches tall. The piece depicts a traditional Native American story of warriors shooting arrows into the night sky while standing amongst their falling arrows to show bravery and courage.[10] It was dedicated in 2003.[11]

Tri delta clock

The Tri delta clock in front of the Student Union.

The Tri delta clock was a gift to the university from the Delta Delta Delta sorority. It is located in front of the Student Union in the center of campus.

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