66: Meet Derek Boyce

Derek Boyce is a proud Trojan and works hard to make the people of Little Rock supporters of its university.

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1. Name, occupation, years in LR, neighborhood: Derek Boyce; I serve as the director for Alumni Membership and Engagement at UALR. I have worked at UALR for nearly 5 years, graduating in 2005 with a BA in Political Science (I guess I am becoming a "lifer"). I grew up in Little Rock. I guess I would be considered a Hillcrest groupie, but I reside downtown. I could not imagine calling any other place home!

2. Tell me something people would be surprised to learn about UALR? One of Little Rock's truly hidden gems is the UALR Sequoyah National Research Center. It is an archive located in University Plaza (on the UALR campus) and contains the largest collection of recorded Native American expression in the world: tribal newspapers and family histories--many dating to the 19th century--and the Wiggins collection of Native American art which contains thousands of pieces. There is always a gallery show on display. The Sequoyah Center is also less than 50 yards from the Cherokee and Chickasaw branch of the Trail of Tears on Asher Ave. If you have never been over to see it you should stop by, I am happy to give a tour anytime!

3. What is, hands down, your favorite meal you can only get in (or around) Little Rock? Well, my favorite meal, hands down, is ANYTHING Mexican! I love cheese dip whenever and wherever I can get it. I think LR has so many great local restaurants and flavors, it is hard to pick! Old school Browning’s Mexican Grill was my absolute favorite place to eat--they had the best cheese dip and salsa in town. They still have great food! And you can never go wrong with Casa Mañana on the back patio...when it is warmer, of course.

4. Where do you make sure to take out-of-town guests when they visit? It would be hard to visit Little Rock without going to the River Market. Little Rock is blessed to have such an amazing riverfront. In the fall, I am a huge fan of the Arkansas State Fair. Rides, turkey legs, fried food, and everything on a stick...what could be better!?

5. It's your day off -- what's on your agenda? A day off means it’s time to for relaxation. A day off means not leaving the house unless it’s to get take out--probably from U.S. Pizza Co.--and not having to get out of your PJ’s. I have a German Shepherd named Cooper who feels the same way.