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UALR Seminar in Public History (HIST 7391) Files on the Arkansas Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, 2014

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UALR Seminar in Public History (HIST 7391) Files on the Arkansas Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, 2014 UALR.MS.0254

UALR Center for Arkansas History and Culture
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Little Rock, AR, 72201
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Repository: UALR Center for Arkansas History and Culture
Title: UALR Seminar in Public History (HIST 7391) Files on the Arkansas Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, 2014
Dates: 2014
Quantity: 0.25 linear feet; 0.5 document box
Identification: UALR.MS.0254
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This collection contains the project report, interview transcripts, and CD from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock's Seminar in Public History's 2014 project, Racing for Life: A History of the Arkansas Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, directed by Deborah J. Baldwin, Ph.D., which includes a history of the Arkansas Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and interviews with founders, employees, sponsors, board members, and volunteers.

Project Staff: Hattie Felton, CaLee Henderson, Ben Holifield, Emily Noah, Nikki Senn, and Donna Shelton.


Historical Note on UALR Seminar in Public History

The Seminar in Public History (HIST 7391) is a required course for graduate students in the Masters of Arts in Public History at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Through readings and research on specialized topics in public history, including report preparation, oral history, exhibition preparation, cultural resource management, and conservation techniques under a simulated contractual arrangement with a company or non-profit agency.


Historical Note

In 1992, Teri Desio, Pat Torvestad, and Pat McClelland founded the Arkansas Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. The Arkansas Affiliate is responsible for holding annual Komen Races for the Cure in Little Rock; distributing funds for breast cancer research and treatment to its 63-county membership; and contributing money to national breast cancer research.

The founders first focused on educating the women of Arkansas about breast cancer. A Board of Directors, consisting of three positions with one-year terms, administered the organization's actions. In 1995, the Arkansas Affiliate changed its structure and mission to follow its parent organization. It revised its bylaws and policies to reflect those of the national organization. The Board required at least five directors with two to three year terms. Directors could not serve on the board again for at least a year after their terms expired. The bylaws also required the Board to meet once annually in January for organizational business, such as electing officers and directors, with bi-monthly regular meetings throughout the year.

The Arkansas Affiliate also changed its focus from education to finding a cure. It adopted the following mission statement: "The mission of the Arkansas Chapter of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation is to eradicate breast cancer as a life threatening disease by advancing research, education, treatment and screening." In March 1997, the Arkansas Affiliate redefined its mission to include both education and treatment: "The Arkansas Chapter of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation is dedicated to breast health education and the improvement of availability and access to care."

Until 1998, the Arkansas Affiliate was entirely composed of volunteers. The Board of Directors voted to hire a paid administrative assistant for 20 hours a week in April 1998. It added a second employee in August 1999. Because of the growing staff and membership, the Arkansas Affiliate promoted Susan Cohen, the administrative assistant, to executive director in April 2000.

The new position allowed the Arkansas Affiliate to participate in the Executive Director Forum held nationally each year.The Executive Director held day-to-day decision making responsibilities; however, the Board remained involved in the organization's operations. In June 2001, Susan Cohen resigned as Executive Director due to health. Sherrye McBryde became the Interim Director and then accepted the position as Executive Director.

In 2003, the Arkansas Affiliate set out the following goals: "develop a timeline for major events within the affiliate, formalize the volunteer program, refine the educational process, continue to refine the grants process, redefine fundraising from events-orientation to donation, create a simple, easily executed communication process between volunteers, sponsors, and donors."

The Arkansas Affiliate engaged with other organizations to further define its role and scope of work. For example, it transferred four counties, Boone, Johnson, Newton, and Franklin, to the Ozark Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation in 2003. The counties, however, stayed on the Arkansas Affiliate’s grant list until 2005. In 2004, the Arkansas Affiliate joined the Little Rock Chamber of Commerce.

From 2003 to 2008, the Arkansas Affiliate expanded its staff, including hiring a Special Events Coordinator, a Financial and Mission Coordinator, and an Education Director. In 2015, the Arkansas Affiliate continues to operate with a paid staff of five in addition to board members and volunteers. It is headquartered within a space donated by the Baptist Health Medical Center at 904 Autumn Road in Little Rock.

[Text adapted from Racing for Life: A History of the Arkansas Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation]


Breast--Cancer
Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.
Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Arkansas Affiliate.
University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Department of History. (source)

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UALR Seminar in Public History (HIST 7391) Files on the Arkansas Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, 2014, UALR.MS.0254. UALR Center for Arkansas History and Culture, Arkansas Studies Institute, Little Rock.

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