8 ways to unwind [for free] before finals

A blog post for the University Programs blog found at 

#8 Appreciate the art of tea and coffee artist Gerard Tonti in the Anne Kittrell Art Gallery

Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Gerard Tonti began his art studies at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.  After graduating in 1999 with concentrations in animation, fine art and photography, he persued a career in graphic arts while continuing to paint.  Gerard began painting with coffee and tea after studying their use as dyes throughout history and wanted to perfect the use of coffee and teas as a painting medium.

A Stain in Time

10 a.m. to 6 p.m. | Mon. thru Fri., Now-January 9th, 2014 | Anne Kitrell Art Gallery
Reception: 5 p.m. | Friday, December 5th, 2014 | Anne Kitrell Art Gallery


#7 Blackouts, 4 corners or 5 in a row? Yell BINGO!

University Programs hosts Ultimate BINGO Night to celebrate National BINGO Month. Participants can win with blackout, standard and 4 corners. Student BINGO champions could win $10-$15 gift cards or free groceries! Don’t miss out on playing BINGO with your friends and winning prizes with University Programs!


7 p.m. | Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014 | Connections Lounge


#6 Join musical act So Long Solo for acoustic music and tea tasting

Join University Programs for a tea tasting and music from the Indie Folk Pop duet, So Long Solo. The duo has logged over 100,000 miles in touring across the nation and performed over 200 shows in the U.S., Japan, and Uganda. In the past year, they have toured over 30 colleges and recorded their debut album with Grammy Award Winning producer, Mitch Dane. Musicians such as Taylor Swift, Ben Folds, REM, Jars of Clay, Andy Davis, Ben Rector, and more joined So Long Solo in the creation of their self-titled album released in September. To hear the music to come, visit https://www.youtube.com/user/SoLongSoloMusic.

So Long Solo

6:30 p.m. | Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014 | Au Bon Pain


#5 Be amazed at the beauty of the Ballet Magnificat

Founded in 1986, Ballet Magnificat’s professional touring companies have performed nationally and internationally to audiences in the United States as well as Czech Republic, Canada, Belize, Honduras, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Singapore, Germany, Netherlands, Slovakia, Poland, Belgium, Greece, France, Italy, Macedonia, Kosovo, Israel, Colombia, Puerto Rico, Cayman Islands, Switzerland, Korea, Philippines, and China.

The year is 1940, and as World War II unfolds, Nazi soldiers dominate the streets of Dutch Haarlem. “Hiding Place” is inspired by the true story of Corrie and Betsie ten Boom, Christian sisters who boldly challenge the evil that is so prevalent in their world. As Corrie and Betsie witness the horrors surrounding them each day, they determine to offer protection for those in danger by constructing a small hiding place in their home. Don’t miss this exquisite and poetic performance of dancers from the Ballet Magnificat!

Ballet Magnificat

7:30 p.m. | Thursday, December 4th, 2014 | Union Ballroom


#4 DeStress and Ace that Test

De-stress and ace that test with free professional massages in the Union Connections Lounge on December 5th from 11-2 PM.  Students can sign up in the Office of Student Activities (ARKU A665).   Scantrons and snacks will also be provided.


11 a.m. to 2 p.m. | Friday, December 5th, 2014 | Connections Lounge


#3 Celebrate National Card Day and give back as UP partners with Hogs for Hope

Join University Programs and make a card for you and your loved ones in celebration of National Holiday Card Day. Enjoy traditional holiday treats, take a picture with Santa Claus and compete in the Ugly Sweater Competition. Winners of the Ugly Sweater Competition will win festive winter prizes. Participants must be a U of A student to win.

University Programs is collaborating with Hogs for Hope for this event. Participants will have the option to donate their cards to children at the Arkansas Children’s Hospital. Help us fill a Santa bag of cards and bring the holiday spirit to children at the Arkansas Children’s Hospital.

Card Day

11 a.m. to 2 p.m. | Tuesday, December 9th, 2014 | Connections Lounge


#2 Chill to a music performance by Dan Henig

Henig’s tracks bring to mind the radio friendliness of multiple big-name musicians, but his attention to detail and lyrical creativity helps set him apart. Behind the euphonious hooks, there’s a lyrical depth and, at times, a kind of darkness more suggestive of Leonard Cohen, one of Henig’s major influences. Although pop musician Dan Henig made his industry debut performing a viral cover of LiL Jon’s “Get Low” in 2012, he’s been writing and performing original material for years. He has released a promotional EP produced in collaboration with acclaimed producer Tim Patalan (Lovedrug, Sponge, Taproot, etc.), and is set to release new record following his 2014 college tour.

With a festival appearances, a nationwide college tour, and several opening slots for acts such as 3 Doors Down, Brett Dennen, Josh Krajcik, and Theo Katzman, Henig’s performances continue to captivate audiences of a broad range. As a performer, Dan does not simply play to his audiences, but interacts with them in a unique way that evokes rare emotional appeal and highly entertaining live performances.

Dan Henig

7 p.m. | Tuesday, December 9th, 2014 | Connections Lounge


#1 Make a joke at the Improv Comedy Workshop

The University Programs Comedy Committee will be hosting an improv comedy workshop. The event will include short-form games, sketches, and scenes designed for improvisers of all skill levels. The workshop will be led by University of Arkansas’s premiere comedy team Laugh Track and Field. Laugh Track and Field is the University of Arkansas’ first registered student improv team All students are welcome to attend, no previous improve experience is necessary. Free pizza for workshop participants.

Improv workshop
8 p.m. | Wednesday, December 10th, 2014 | Union Theater

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