UAMS Friends and Alumni


Service Learning. Essential. State-of-the-art.

Ruth Allen, Ph.D., Little Rock, Arkansas
Physician Assistant students reach out to the community

My Story

"I believe when you learn through service, it expands the classroom into the community in a way that has a lasting effect on both you and those you serve. I experienced that firsthand in 1962 as a Peace Corps volunteer. My lifelong love of teaching was sparked when I was handed a train ticket upon arriving in Malaysia and told I was being sent 250 miles away to teach high school science at a girls’ school. I didn’t know how to teach when I arrived, but through my service in that community, I learned to teach.

That experience also influenced my decision to endow a scholarship in the physician assistant program of the College of Health Professions — a college that is close to my heart since I served as associate dean there when I arrived at UAMS in 1992.

Knowing the scholarship has community service as a criterion makes it special to me. Classroom and laboratory education is vital but when students engage in the community — particularly in the communities they will serve after graduation — it can have a career-changing and lifelong impact. I invite you to help ensure that future generations of allied health professionals have a strong foundation of community service."

~Ruth Allen, Ph.D.

Connect With Us

For more information about supporting us, contact:

Donna Smith
(501) 686-7203

The Dean's Message

In the College of Health Professions, we believe that the best education is one that reaches into the community where we can make a positive difference. The college’s new service-learning initiatives are already making an impact beyond the university and expanding students’ understanding of themselves as leaders in their communities. Your support, along with Dr. Ruth Allen’s, is an investment in the next generation of health care professionals and the communities they will care for.

Douglas L. Murphy, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Health Professions