The line leading to the Bailey Alumni Center spilled onto the sidewalks as students and faculty arrived for the annual celebration on Wednesday.
In light of celebrating the new semester and start of the school year, UA Little Rock continued the tradition of serving free lunch on campus. Whole Hog BBQ catered this year’s event, and the long line formed much before the 11:30 a.m. start time.
Many student organizations and departments pulled together to make this event possible.
“Our BBQ at Bailey event is full of different people from our Greek life to different campus organizations and different departments,” said Mandi Carreiro, the Associate Director of Annual Giving and Alumni.
The different organizations and departments each held their own objective and reasoning for helping to launch BBQ at Bailey. One organization set up a “selfie booth” to help with suicide awareness month. The common goal was to welcome everyone to campus for the school year.
“It’s a welcome back to school, it’s a thank you for being a UA Little Rock student and for being a part of our campus,” Carreiro said.
Last year’s BBQ at Bailey fed more than 2,500 people, and this year the event drew even more people.
“We fed 2,600 people on Wednesday…that’s a lot of food,” said Chris O’Neal, the Vice Chancellor for University Advancement.
UA Little Rock Chancellor Andrew Rogerson was excited about the continued success of the event.
“It’s been an annual tradition every year and as you look around, clearly, widely successful, so it’s filled with our students, our staff, our alumni, and our band,” Rogerson said.
The lawn of the Bailey Alumni Center, as well as part of Chancellor Rogerson’s lawn, was filled with people conversing and enjoying the perfect weather and food.