Roberta Waugh Fulbright (1874-1953) was a dominant figure in the life of Fayetteville and in the progress of Arkansas, including an unsurpassed devotion to the University of Arkansas. She successfully led a variety of businesses-from banking to manufacturing to real estate. As publisher of the Northwest Arkansas Times, she championed the University of Arkansas, fought political corruption, advocated for social equality for women, and promoted civic causes.
She is also known as the mother of J. William Fulbright, who served as University of Arkansas president and as a U.S. Senator from Arkansas. Her contributions to the community, her advocacy of education as a social good, and her unwavering support of the university were foundations upon which Senator Fulbright built his own public service and political vision.
On March 30, 2012, the University of Arkansas Board of Trustees approved the naming of this dining hall in her honor in gratitude for her life and legacy.