An event like PIGShibition doesn’t just “happen.” It’s the hard work of many dedicated volunteers and also through the generosity of individuals, organizations and businesses, all of whom share and support the idea that literacy betters and empowers the NWA as a whole. This Sponsor Spotlight segment focuses on our partners of the PIGShibition event , offering a “behind the scenes” look into the “why” of PIGShibition, the decision-making process and highlighting each sponsor’s thoughts toward literacy and community involvement.
When visiting The University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, it’s almost a given that one should stop by The Inn at Carnall Hall at the edge of campus. Carnall Hall was the University’s first women’s dormitory and has been given new life as a historic hotel and restaurant for the discriminating business or leisure traveller. We spoke with them (before the dinner rush at the elegant Ella’s Restaurant) to get their impressions of PIGShibition and their sponsored pig, Sooie Student.
What was it about PIGShibition and the Ozark Literacy Council that persuaded you to be a part of this unique event?
The Beldens, along with the staff at the Inn at Carnall Hall, saw PIGShibition as an opportunity to be involved in a beneficial event, for both the OLC and the community. As a small business in Fayetteville, we try to find ways to give back to the community and local non-profits.
Why did you pick the pig design that you did? What was it about that design that spoke to you above all the other great choices?
We intentionally chose “Sooie Student” because of Carnall Hall’s placement on the University of Arkansas campus.
What do people say to you about your pig?
We’ve had many compliments on “Sooie Student.” Guests like that he is covered with buildings around campus, as well as the base mimics the Sr. Walk at the U of A. One of their favorite features is the iPhone sticking out of the pig’s back pocket. Such a clever detail!
Any anecdotes or comments you’d like to share?
Back in the Fall, the Avett Brothers were in town for a show at the AMP. Several band members ate at Ella’s while they were in Fayetteville, and Joe Kwon, their well-know cellist, tweeted a picture of himself standing next to “Sooie Student.”