Foundation News

Razorback Foundation Introduces Priority Points Program

August 8, 2013

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Razorback Foundation members will soon be able to take advantage of an easy-to-use, interactive priority points system that will further ensure members are rewarded for their generosity, loyalty and continued support in a fair, equitable and positive manner.

Beginning with the 2014-15 athletic season, the Razorback Priority Points Program will utilize an interactive system designed to allocate tickets, parking and other benefits by awarding points to Foundation members for Annual Fund, capital, endowments and other gifts along with consecutive years of giving while also recognizing the contributions of all former Razorback student-athletes.

"We are pleased to introduce the Razorback Priority Points System to better serve our more than 13,000 Razorback Foundation members," Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Jeff Long says. "For the past 18 months, the leadership of the Razorback Foundation has been working tirelessly to seek feedback from current members while analyzing other successful points systems around the country.

"This comprehensive process has resulted in a customized plan specific to the University of Arkansas that will reward loyalty and provide donors with what they need to make informed decisions about their membership. Most importantly, it will provide a framework for the continued growth of the Razorback Foundation and the future success of our more than 460 student-athletes."

This week, current Razorback Foundation members are being mailed a Razorback Priority Points program brochure that outlines the program that will be utilized beginning in 2014 to allocate new season tickets, fulfill requests for additional tickets and rank priority for upgrades for football, men's basketball and baseball. In addition, the packet will include a personalized statement detailing priority points accumulated by current Razorback Foundation members.

Beginning in January 2014, Razorback Foundation members will be able to access their points online and see their rank within their donor class. Benefits will continue to be distributed initially by annual fund membership class, but points will then be used to determine priority within each class.

"The Razorback Priority Points System marks an important milestone in the history of the Razorback Foundation," Razorback Foundation Executive Director Sean Rochelle says. "It is the centerpiece of our commitment to more effectively engage our members while enhancing their membership experience. As one of only three SEC programs not utilizing a priority points system, we have been limited in our ability to measure the full value of our members' contributions."

"With the Razorback Priority Points System, we will have the ability to recognize the loyalty and contributions of our long time members while providing new donors an opportunity to become active in supporting our program. We are confident that this will not only increase member satisfaction, but also provide a system that accurately gauges all aspects of Razorback Foundation support."

Find additional information about the Razorback Priority Points Program, including a PDF version of the brochure

Find additional information on the Razorback Priority Points Program, including a PDF version of the brochure, here.

"The Jim Lindsey Story" debuts this football season

August 2, 2013

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The film profiling legendary Razorback and entrepreneur Jim Lindsey tours Arkansas this fall. "The Jim Lindsey Story" premieres less than 48 hours before Coach Bret Bielema's team kicks-off the 2013 football season.

Narrated by Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, the "Lindsey Story" debuts August 29, 2013 in Fayetteville. Screening locations include the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame, Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival and Lindsey's hometown, Forrest City.

"The documentary shows how he evolved from a child to the influence he is today," Jones said. "It depicts his will, desire and ambition to achieve."

Born in the Arkansas Delta, Lindsey captured victories in football and business. Lindsey played for the University of Arkansas' 1964 national championship team. In 1965, the NFL's Minnesota Vikings drafted the Razorback in the 2nd round. As a captain for the Vikings, Lindsey won the 1969 NFL title.

During offseasons, the athlete bought and sold real estate in Northwest Arkansas. According to Lindsey, he started making more money selling property than playing football. After retiring from the NFL, Lindsey began developing homes and apartments. He now owns and operates more than 37,000 apartment units and 42 golf courses.

Emmy Award winners Larry Foley and Dale Carpenter executive produced the film. "The Jim Lindsey Story" is the first grand opening for 25-year-old director Clint Fullen.

"As a young filmmaker, this project was an amazing experience," Fullen said. "I could not have asked for better collaborators. I am very anxious to share the work with Razorback fans."

"Lindsey is an influential business leader whose story needs to be told," Foley said. "This film is a must-see for Arkansans."

DVDs will be for sale August 30, 2013. Customers can pre-order the film at jimlindseystory.com. A portion of the proceeds are donated to the Razorback Foundation.

Tour Locations

World Premiere

Thursday, August 29, 2013
The UARK Bowl
644 W Dickson St
Fayetteville, Ark. 72701

Central Arkansas Premiere

Friday, September 6, 2013
Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame
3 Verizon Arena Way
North Little Rock, Ark. 72114

Northwest Arkansas Free Screening

Sunday, September 29, 2013
Fayetteville Public Library
401 W Mountain St
Fayetteville, Ark. 72701

Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival

Friday, October 18, 2013
Arlington Hotel
239 Central Ave
Hot Springs, Ark. 71901

Forrest City Homecoming

Friday, October 25, 2013
Forrest City Junior High
1133 N Division St
Forrest City, Ark. 72335

2013 UA Sports Hall of Honor Class Announced

July 15, 2013

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – A total of nine former University of Arkansas student-athletes will be inducted as members of the 2013 class of the UA Sports Hall of Honor this August. The honorees include two of the most punishing running backs in school history, a pair of Olympians and a former Razorback basketball star who hit a memorable last minute shot to down No. 1 North Carolina.

The 2013 class includes UA All-century football team member Barry Foster, All-Southwest Conference running back Dickey Morton, four-year basketball letter winner Charles Balentine, Olympic track and field medalist Calvin Davis, All-America baseball infielder Greg D'Alexander, Olympian and All-America swimming star Cheryl McArton Ward, All-America women's track and field standout Edel Hackett and Heritage Era football lettermen Don Christian and Buddy Sutton.

The 2013 inductees were elected to the UA Sports Hall of Honor based on a vote by former Razorback letter winners in conjunction with the A Club.

"We are proud to welcome these former Razorback student-athletes into the UA Sports Hall of Honor," Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Jeff Long says. "The 2013 class is comprised of inductees from six of our sport programs including some of the most accomplished student-athletes in Razorback history. We look forward to celebrating their athletic careers and all of their contributions to the University of Arkansas at the official induction banquet this August."

The 2013 class will be inducted during the Hall of Honor weekend, Aug. 30-31. Hall of Honor weekend includes a golf tournament at the Fayetteville Country Club and an induction banquet at the Holiday Inn Convention Center in Springdale. Inductees will also be recognized during half-time Arkansas' season opening football game against Louisiana at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium.

Tables and individual tickets to the induction banquet and the Hall of Honor golf tournament may be purchased from the Razorback Foundation. Sponsorships are also available for the banquet and golf outing. For more information, call the Razorback Foundation at 479-443-9000 or view the 2013 Hall of Honor brochure.

Barry Foster, football

Foster lettered for the Razorbacks from 1987-89 and was selected to the UA All-Century Team in 1994. He rushed 375 times for 1,977 yards and 19 touchdowns during his time in Fayetteville and ranked sixth on the school's all-time career rushing yardage list at the end of his career. He also returned 23 kickoffs in 1988, a single-season school record that stood until 2002, and ended his career with 1,008 kickoff return yards, which still ranks sixth all-time at UA. During his time at Arkansas, Foster helped lead the Razorbacks to back-to-back Southwest Conference championships in 1988 and 1989. Arkansas posted a combined record of 26-8 and earned trips to the 1987 Liberty Bowl and the 1989 and 1990 Cotton Bowls. He was drafted in the fifth round of the 1990 NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers and went on to gain 3,943 yards, including a team-record 1,690 in 1992, on 915 carries with 26 touchdowns and was named to two Pro Bowls during his four-year career.

Dickey Morton, football

Morton lettered at Arkansas from 1971-73, leading the team in rushing in all three years of his collegiate career, including earning back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing seasons. He was a two-time All-Southwest Conference selection and was voted to the Arkansas' All-Decade Team for the 1970s. He broke the SWC career rushing record with 3,317 yards, still third on UA's all-time list, on 595 carries, the third-highest career total in school history, and scored 16 touchdowns. He broke the school's single-season rushing record twice, and his 1,298 yards from 1973 still ranks sixth on the all-time list. His career average of 5.57 yards per carry is tied for sixth all-time at Arkansas. In his junior season, he earned a then-record 1,188 yards and six touchdowns on 242 attempts before eclipsing his own record with 1,298 yards and five touchdowns on 226 carries as a senior. He also averaged 26.14 yards per kickoff return to rank second on UA's all-time career list. His 15 career 100-yard rushing games rank third on the school's all-time list, and his 4,070 all-purpose yards are the fifth-most in UA history. He held UA's single-game rushing record with 271 yards against Baylor from 1973 until Darren McFadden eclipsed it in 2007. His mark remains second on the single game rushing list. He played professionally in the NFL with the Pittsburgh Steelers and in the CFL with the Toronto Argonauts.

Charles Balentine, men's basketball

Charles Balentine was a four-year letter winner for the Razorbacks between 1982-85, he scored 817 career points and earned 397 rebounds. He averaged 7.9 points and 3.8 rebounds in his 104 games at Arkansas. Balentine was a first-team all-district selection in 1985 after averaging 12.7 points 5.6 rebounds per game. He also led the Razorbacks in steals that season. The 6-6 forward hit 58.3 percent of his shots for his career, but none were more important than the one he hit against undefeated and No. 1 ranked North Carolina on Dec. 12, 1984 in Pine Bluff, Ark. In a game that featured future NBA stars Michael Jordan, Sam Perkins and Brad Daugherty, it was Balentine's baseline jumper in the final seconds that gave the Razorbacks the win and their first victory over a No. 1 ranked team in school history. Balentine helped Arkansas win the SWC regular season and tournament titles in 1982. During his career, he helped the Razorbacks advance to four NCAA Tournaments. Upon the completion of his Arkansas career, Balentine was a sixth round selection, No. 120 overall, of the Sacramento Kings in the 1985 National Basketball Association Draft.

Calvin Davis, men's track and field

A six-time All-American and three-time national champion, Davis starred for the Razorbacks in track and field in 1993-94. During his two seasons at Arkansas, the Razorbacks won all four SEC and NCAA championships contested in both indoor and outdoor track. The two-year letterman won the 1993 outdoor 400-meter title (45.04) and the 1994 indoor 400-meter championship (46.18). His time of 45.04 was the second fastest in school history at the time. He was a member of the 1994 NCAA championship indoor distance medley relay team (9:30.07). Davis earned two Southeastern Conference individual titles with back-to-back indoor titles in the 400 meters in 1993 (47:07) and 1994 (46.75). He was also part of the Razorbacks' 1994 SEC champion 4x400 meter relay team. As a professional, Davis was a member of the United States gold medal winning 4x400 meter relay at the 1995 World Indoor Track and Field Championships in Barcelona, Spain. Davis earned a spot on the U.S. Olympic Team for the 1996 games held in Atlanta. Davis won a bronze medal in the 400-meter hurdles.

Greg D'Alexander, baseball

An American Baseball Coaches Association All-America third baseman, D'Alexander helped lead the Razorbacks to 188 wins, a pair of Southwest Conference titles (1988 and 1989) and a trip to the College World Series (1989) in his tenure from 1987-90. He earned All-Southwest Conference honors for his play in both the 1989 and 1990 seasons. He led the team with a .387 batting average and 86 hits on the way to winning the George Dickey Award in 1990. He led the Razorbacks in RBI in with 66 in 1989 and 65 in 1990. He also led the Hogs in home runs with in 1988 and 14 in 1990. He helped the Razorbacks go 51-16 in 1989 and reach the College World Series. In 1990, Arkansas posted a 47-15 mark and advanced to the NCAA Regionals. He His 243 career hits rank sixth all-time at Arkansas, while his 56 doubles are seventh. He ranks third in career RBI (184) and total bases (416) while ranking and fourth in career home runs (35) and extra-base hits (97). D'Alexander was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles following his Razorback career. He spent six seasons in professional baseball before retiring following the 1996 season.

Cheryl McArton Ward, women's swimming and diving

An Olympian and three-time All-American, McArton left her mark on Razorback swimming and diving history. A four-time letter winner in swimming and diving at the University of Arkansas from 1984-88, she earned multiple All-America honors as a member of numerous Razorback relay teams including the 200 freestyle in 1985 and both the 400 freestyle and 200 medley in 1988. At Arkansas, she set six school records during her collegiate career in helping the Razorbacks to three top-25 national team finishes and a pair of third place finishes in the Southwest Conference. McArton became the first female swimming Olympian in Razorback history. The Canadian competed on her country's 400-meter relay team which finished fifth at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics.

Edel Hackett, women's track and field

Hackett earned All-America status and won four Southwest Conference championships during her accomplished cross country and track and field career at the University of Arkansas. A member of the team's potent distance crew, she was a two-time conference indoor champion in the two-mile run during the 1983 (10:40.59) and 1984 (10:26.20) seasons and collected titles in the 3,000 meters (9:25.64) and the 5,000 meters (16:52.08) at the 1984 outdoor conference meet. That same season, she continued her momentum at the NCAA Championships with an All-America performance in the 5,000 meters. Hackett was a four-time NCAA Cross Country Championship participant and was the program's lone representative in 1983 and 1985. In 1982, she helped lead the Razorbacks to a regional cross country championship in the first year of regional competition. Arkansas went on to earn a 16th-place finish at the NCAA meet. Hackett was named to the all-region team in cross country in 1985 and earned All-SWC honors in cross country in 1983 and 1984.

Don Christian, football

Christian lettered at Arkansas from 1955-57 under Coach Jack Mitchell. He grabbed four interceptions in 1955 to lead the Southwest Conference. He also averaged 27.7 yards on kickoff returns. In 1956, Christian led Arkansas in passing earning 260 yards on 18 completions with two touchdowns. He also led the team in total offense (672 yards) and punting yards (975 yards). As a junior, he contributed to seven touchdowns. He collected 610 yards of total offense, scored four touchdowns and grabbed one interception in addition to averaging better than 10 yards per punt return in his senior season. In his three seasons at Arkansas, the Razorbacks compiled 17 victories while posting a winning record each season.

Buddy Sutton, football

Sutton was a letterman for the Razorback football team under Coach Otis Douglas from 1950-52. Sutton was a team captain and the University of Arkansas student body president as a senior. In 1952, Sutton led the Razorbacks in rushing with 448 yards and three touchdowns on 100 carries. In that season, he also returned five kicks for 143 yards. His best game came against the University of Tulsa when he ran for 164 yards and a touchdown. In 1950, he also earned one reception for 30 yards for the Razorbacks. Sutton played in the Blue-Gray Game and the Senior Bowl following his Razorback career. He was then drafted professionally by Baltimore in 1953. Sutton remains a great supporter of athletics in Arkansas. In his honor, the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame annually presents the William H. "Buddy" Sutton Meritorious Service Award.

For more information regarding Razorback Athletics, please visit ArkansasRazorbacks.com.

Foundation To Offer Collegiate Membership To Students

April 17, 2013
By Robby Edwards
Source: Inside Razorback Athletics

The Razorback Foundation is preparing to offer a Collegiate Membership level for students next year and has recently formed a Student Executive Board for the purpose of promoting the membership option to University of Arkansas students.

"The Collegiate membership level of the Razorback Foundation will be offered to our current students and is an opportunity for them to become connected in a meaningful way," Foundation Executive Director Sean Rochelle says. "It allows us to educate our students on the role the Razorback Foundation, and their membership, has in supporting the athletic department, and in particular, Razorback student-athletes."

The board will be responsible for reaching and educating students on the opportunity and the benefits of Foundation membership. Lauren Waldrip, an intern with the Foundation, guides the board, which includes 13 officers.

"The board is responsible for coming up with creative and effective ways to advertise and highlight the progress and opportunities this new membership level has to offer," Waldrip says. "From tailgates at baseball games to information tables at Freshman Orientation sessions this summer, the officers will be attending and providing information to get the word out about this opportunity."

For students interested in becoming Collegiate members, the biggest draw may be an attractive list of benefits. A few possibilities include priority bowl tickets, a meet and greet with football head coach Bret Bielema, athletic facility tours and a priority entrance to select events.

"For the Razorback Foundation, this new group of Collegiate members is a significant addition," Waldrip says. "We recognize that current students represent the future of the Razorback Foundation and this provides them more opportunity to be involved while raising awareness of the critical role the foundation has in supporting Razorback Athletics."

Students will have the chance to join the Foundation on the Collegiate Membership level when they purchase their Student Access Passes for the 2013-14 academic/athletic year. Membership is just $15.

For 2012-13, the Razorback Ticket Center sold out of Student Access Passes, selling 12,000 for $85 each.

Alexa Albrecht, a former intern at the Foundation, is the president of the board and Bo Renner is vice president. Board members, who are primarily sophomore and juniors, were selected by a committee from the Foundation. Criteria included their involvement on campus, leadership, and experience and knowledge of Razorback athletics. Appointments are for one-year terms.

Other board members this year are Cameron Baker, director of athletic relations; Mallori Sando, director of communications; John Nabors, director of game day affairs; Katie Sabatino, director of Greek affairs; Rachel Reece, director of marketing; Amy May West, director of Razor Rewards and priority points; Mitch Mawby, co-director of recruitment; Samantha Cusumano, co-director of recruitment; Nikki Schuttenhelm, director of senior transition; and Lindsey Edwards, director of special events.

As director of communications, Sando's responsibilities include managing the board's social media, which can be found on Twitter at @College_RF and on Facebook at Collegiate Razorback Foundation.

The board has met three times in preparation for upcoming activities. A member of the Razorback Foundation External Staff attends each meeting. In addition to the full board meetings, Albrecht and Waldrip also meet with each officer.

"Some of the events we've been working on include the tailgate at a baseball game, tables at the Grad Salute event and tables at orientation this summer," Albrecht says. "Everyone is extremely enthusiastic about this new opportunity. You can feel the excitement at each meeting. There's a very positive attitude about the progress that has been made."

Several other universities have a Student Executive Board or a Collegiate level of membership for students, but few have both.

"By having both, we have customized our program in a way that will benefit our students," Albrecht says. "Our board acts as a liaison between the student body and the foundation."

The goal is to get students involved while they are in school and hopefully continue supporting the program after graduation.

"I want students to be more knowledgeable and informed about opportunities to support our men's and women's athletic teams," Sando says. "It's an opportunity for all students to get involved, to give back to our programs and enjoy the benefits of being a Razorback Foundation member. The longer you donate and are a member of the Foundation, the better, and this is a great opportunity for students to be able to join for just $15 a year."


Arkansas at Rutgers Football Weekend

March 27, 2013

Travel with your Razorbacks as we invade New York City! Arkansas is traveling to Big East country to take on Rutgers and we want you to be there with us!

Included in this great trip:

  • Two (2) nights' deluxe accommodation at the Marriott Marquis New York Times Square hotel
  • Welcome gathering at the Tonic Bar with light snacks and beverages (walkable 2-3 blocks from hotel)
  • Round-trip motorcoach transfers from the hotel to Rutgers University, High Point Solutions Stadium
  • Official Hog Wild Party/Pregame Event hosted by the Razorback Foundation and Arkansas Alumni Association
  • Arkansas vs. Rutgers Game Ticket included
  • Arkansas Hospitality Desk at the hotel
  • Exclusive Arkansas Tour Souvenir
  • Special tour name badge and ticket holder
  • Fully escorted by Premiere Global Sports staff
  • All taxes and gratuities included

This trip is sure to sell out so reserve your spot early! Visit RazorbackSportsTravel.com or call 1-888-697-8550.


Meet Marvin Caston

February 18, 2013

The University of Arkansas Athletics Department is recognizing current Razorback administrators and coaches as part of a series celebrating Black History Month on ArkansasRazorbacks.com.

Few people have benefited the Arkansas Razorback athletic department and its goal to improve diversity outreach among students more than Marvin Caston. He currently serves as the Assistant Director of the Razorback Foundation. He returned to Fayetteville from the University of South Florida, where he held a compliance position with the Bulls. Caston played fullback for the Razorback football team from 1996-1999. He was recruited to play at Arkansas from Winnsboro, La.

"When I came on my visit to Arkansas, it was two days before Christmas," Caston said. "The basketball team played Delaware State and there were 20,000 people in the gym for Delaware State. The fans stood up the entire time. I wondered if they did this for football. The people said 'absolutely'. I committed the next day."

Caston led the way for running backs on teams that went 9-3 in 1998 and 8-4 in 1999. The 1998 team played Michigan in the Florida Citrus Bowl and ended the year ranked No. 16. The 1999 squad beat Texas in the Cotton Bowl and finished the season ranked No. 17.

"I was being recruited by Nebraska, Texas A&M, LSU, everybody. I felt comfortable with the coaching staff here at Arkansas. I felt real good about the University of Arkansas, when it came to signing day, it was an easy choice."

Lots of things have changed since Caston played football at Arkansas in the 1990s. One of the most notable things has been the outreach for diversity among students and faculty. Caston believes that the department is still growing and there is still work to be done.

"I think there is no question that we have grown leaps and bounds in our efforts to increase diversity on campus," Caston said. "Not only in faculty and staff, but with students as well. When I first came here in 1993, we probably wouldn't have scored very well in the diversity efforts. The staff at Arkansas has made a real push to increase diversity among the students and staff. I can't be more proud to say that I am an alum of the University of Arkansas. I know we have some work to do, and all institutions do, but I am proud of where I come from."

Caston has been a big part of the efforts on campus to increase diversity. He worked as the chairman of the A-Club while spending time developing and serving as the co-director of the Athletic Prevention Programming & Leadership Education (APPLE) Program.

"I believed in growing diversity in our younger generations," Caston said. "Being a football player I was interested in the A-club and in our alumni. We still have a push to get younger student-athletes involved in diversity at the University of Arkansas."

Before he returned to Arkansas, Caston spent time at the University of South Florida. He was a Compliance Assistant for one year before being promoted to Compliance Coordinator the last two years. Caston returned to his alma mater in 2005 to become the Director of Compliance. When he returned, he brought a wealth of knowledge back with him.

"I worked for a great leader in South Florida," Caston said. "I was the first African-American to be hired as an administrator at USF. It was growing and it wasn't what it is now. They were not the powerhouse that they are now. It was a great opportunity for me and it gave me the experience I needed to get my feet wet in the profession."

The administrator is now the first African-American to work with the Razorback Foundation, an honor that Caston holds very close to his heart. He has embraced his new role with the department as Assistant Director of the foundation.

"It is huge to be the first African-American to work with the foundation," Caston said. "It's great to have an opportunity to interact with our fans and our members that supported me. You want to be able to be a good role model for those who come behind you. I have taken that role extremely seriously. I try every day to make the foundation proud of the efforts that I am doing. I also want to show our minority student athletes that you can do well and you can do it here at the University of Arkansas."


Rochelle Named Razorback Foundation Executive Director

February 15, 2013

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – University of Arkansas graduate and former Razorback Athletics administrator, Dr. Sean Rochelle has been named executive director of the Razorback Foundation it was announced by Ken Mourton, Razorback Foundation chairman.

Dr. Sean RochelleRochelle has been with the Razorback Foundation since 2008, most recently serving as senior associate director. Prior to joining the Foundation, Rochelle worked in both the men's and women's athletic departments before serving as the director of development in the combined athletic department. A native of Elkins, Ark., Rochelle received his undergraduate degree from the University of Arkansas at Monticello while competing as a football student-athlete. Rochelle later earned both his Master's Degree and Doctorate from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.

Rochelle assumes the leadership position within the Razorback Foundation vacated when previous executive director Chris Wyrick, was named Vice Chancellor for University Advancement at the University of Arkansas.

"As a native Arkansan, University of Arkansas graduate and lifelong Razorback, I am truly honored to have the opportunity to serve as executive director of the Razorback Foundation," Rochelle says. "I have been privileged to work day to day with Razorback Foundation members and donors to our program and have witnessed the tremendous difference their support is making in the lives of Razorback student-athletes. I am deeply appreciative of the support and confidence of the Razorback Foundation Board in naming me to this important position. I look forward to working alongside our Board, Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Jeff Long, and the Razorback Foundation and athletic department staffs as we all work together for the future success of Razorback Athletics."

In Rochelle's tenure with the Razorback Foundation, membership and annual fund support has increased each year. In 2011-12, Razorback Foundation membership grew to just under 13,000 while the annual fund topped $20 million for the first time.

"As the Board began to consider the desired experience and attributes for the future leader of the Razorback Foundation, Sean Rochelle immediately became a clear choice to serve as our new executive director," Mourton said. "Sean has been instrumental in the recent success of the Razorback Foundation including helping grow membership and annual fund support to record levels. His familiarity with our state and program combined with his extensive experience within intercollegiate athletics will provide the Razorback Foundation the experienced leadership it needs to continue to move progressively forward."

Before joining the Razorback Foundation, Rochelle served an Assistant Athletic Director for Development for the women's athletic department and the combined athletics department formed in January 2008. A former associate director for corporate and foundation relations at the University, Rochelle brings a wealth of experience in both the athletic and academic fields to the position.

"I congratulate Ken Mourton and the Razorback Foundation Board on their selection of Sean Rochelle as the new executive director of the Razorback Foundation," Long says. "Sean will provide our Foundation a passionate leader who possesses the vision necessary to continue the efforts to modernize and grow our fund raising efforts. He will play a pivotal role in helping lead our efforts to secure funding for facility projects developed from our Athletic Facilities Master Plan, including the Student-Athlete Success Center, the basketball practice facility and the baseball and track indoor training facility.

"As a former college football student-athlete, academic advisor and coach, Sean has an informed perspective on the support needed to develop student-athletes to their fullest potential through intercollegiate athletics. Growing up in Arkansas and being a lifelong Razorback, Sean knows every corner of Arkansas, has relationships with foundation members throughout the country and most importantly understands the passion of Razorback fans and what this program means to so many Arkansans."

Prior to returning to Arkansas, Rochelle spent five years at Azusa Pacific University. Among his work at Azusa Pacific, he was the chair of the department of exercise and sport science.

A two-time academic all-America football player at Arkansas-Monticello, Rochelle quarterbacked UAM to their only 10-win season in school history. Named the co-offensive player of the year of the Arkansas Intercollegiate Conference in 1988, he was also inducted into the UAM Sports Hall of Fame in 2006. Before shifting to an academic and administrative career, Rochelle served as a graduate assistant football coach at Arkansas and Clemson. He also served as an assistant coach at UAM before traveling west to Azusa Pacific.

He earned his bachelor's degree from UAM, then received his masters in 1989 and his Ed.D. in 1999 from Arkansas. He earned the UAM Alumni Award for Achievement and Merit in 2010. Rochelle and his wife, Caroline, have three daughters, Abigail, Ellison and Lilly.


2013 EA Sports Maui Invitational

February 5, 2013

Visit beautiful Hawaii over Thanksgiving this November for the 2013 EA Sports Maui Invitational with the Arkansas Men's Basketball team. Tournament teams include nationally ranked Syracuse, Gonzaga, and Minnesota as well as Cal, Baylor, Dayton and host Chaminade.

Included in this great trip:

  • 5 or 6 nights of deluxe hotel accommodations at the oceanfront Westin Maui Resort (Team Hotel)
  • Traditional flower lei greeting upon arrival
  • Roundtrip airport transfers and luggage handling
  • Breakfast on two mornings
  • Game Ticket for all Arkansas games
  • Roundtrip shuttle to Arkansas games
  • Welcome reception with food and drinks
  • Thanksgiving lunch with the team and coaches
  • Exclusive tour souvenir
  • Optional roundtrip air
  • And more!

This trip is sure to sell out so reserve your spot early! Visit RazorbackSportsTravel.com or call 1-888-697-8550.


Razorback Foundation re-brands itself to better serve its membership

January 24, 2013

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – A new logo, website and membership brochure are the latest initiatives launched by the Razorback Foundation, Inc., to modernize its operation and increase communication to better serve its more than 13,000 members.

The genesis of the Razorback Foundation's rebranding and launch of its website is a result of critical feedback the Foundation received from its members combined with the organizations deeply-rooted desire to be a best-in-class athletic foundation that supports student-athletes through satisfied and engaged members.

At the same time, another focus was modernizing the brand – making the Razorback Foundation current with student-athletes, fans and members alike. The new brand is a leading example for other athletic foundations throughout the country.

"Just as Razorback Athletics has grown to consistently rank among the nation's best, we are working to position the Razorback Foundation as one of the most responsive and effective athletic foundations in the country," Executive Director Chris Wyrick says. "Foundation support is vital to the success of Razorback student-athletes enabling them to pursue their college degrees, successfully compete in their respective sports while proudly representing the University of Arkansas and our entire state.

"One of the most important things we learned through the Razorback Seat Value Plan (R.S.V.P.) process was how important our members' feedback was in helping us shape and modernize our organization to more effectively serve our entire membership. By taking these important steps, we are further engaging our members and building a foundation to support one of the nation's most successful intercollegiate athletic programs."

The Razorback Foundation, originally founded as the Razorback Scholarship Fund in the early 1970s, now supports the modern needs of 19 sport programs at the University of Arkansas including more than 460 student-athletes annually. The new Razorback Foundation logo is reflective of the organization's continued transformation and utilizes cleaner and more modern edges to provide a more professional appeal and differentiate it from a more traditional collegiate design. The logo features a larger Razorback giving a greater emphasis to the iconic signature mark of the University of Arkansas and the Razorback program.

The new website (RazorbackFoundation.com) includes an updated design that aligns with the Razorback Foundation's new brand. The site gives visitors an inside look at the Foundation, including photos, bios and contact information for all staff members as well as better access to the organization's history, mission and purpose. The site includes the most frequently asked questions among members and answers to those most commonly asked questions.

The site also allows members the opportunity to learn more about the new Letter of Intent system recently implemented by the Foundation to simplify the giving process. The Letter of Intent allows members to outline all of their expected contributions to the Foundation for all sports for the entire year in a single place, and includes a downloadable Letter of Intent that can be completed and returned to the Foundation.

Current or potential members can also access easy to use charts that outline the various benefits that accompany each level of membership within the Razorback Foundation. In addition, visitors can download a membership brochure and get the latest information on Razorback Clubs, including contact information for key club contacts in their areas. Later this month, a mobile version of the website will be available for members to access all of the information from their mobile devices or tablets.

Razorback Foundation members have also been recently mailed a newly re-designed membership brochure. The new brochure features a modernized style with much more information than ever before. The brochure includes stories about former Razorback standout student-athletes and their success following their career at the University of Arkansas.

The brochure also includes valuable membership information including important upcoming dates and deadlines and information about the Foundation team member assigned to their region. Both the brochure and website preview more improvements requested by members that are coming soon while offering easier ways to provide feedback to the Foundation by phone, email, in-person or via social media.

"We want to maintain an ongoing conversation with our members to find out what is important to them," Wyrick says. "With these new initiatives, we have provided them more accessible avenues to help deliver that feedback and engage them as an active participant in our program."

Razorback Club Event Calendar

April 14, 2014

Roy L. Murphy (Hot Springs) - Coach Anderson

April 17, 2014

Memphis, TN - Coach Anderson

April 21, 2014

Tulsa, OK - Chuck Barrett & Norm DeBriyn

April 23, 2014

Texarkana - Coach Bielema

April 28, 2014

Pine Bluff - Coach Anderson

April 29, 2014

East Central AR (Forrest City) - Coach Bielema

May 1, 2014

Delta (Dumas) - Coach Bielema

May 5, 2014

Mississippi Co. (Blytheville) - Coach Anderson

May 8, 2014

Greers Ferry (Heber Springs) - Coach Anderson

May 9, 2014

Stone Co. (Mountain View) - Scotty Thurman, Tom Pagnozzi & Charles Balentine

May 13-14, 2014

Hot Springs Village - Mixer and Golf

May 16, 2014

Little Rock - Coach Bielema

June 4, 2014

Petit Jean (Morrilton) - Coach Bielema

July 25, 2014

NWA - Coach Anderson & Coach Bielema

August, 2014

Baxter Co. - Coach Anderson