Wichita Home School Wins Frontier Trails BEST
It was a “year of excellence” for the 36 competing schools at the annual Frontier Trails BEST robotics competition, but Wichita Home School emerged as the winner of both the robot competition and the BEST Award.
Bates’ Artwork on Display at UAFS through Feb. 28
An art exhibit at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith will feature pen-and-ink illustrations by a Fort Smith native through Feb. 28, with a reception slated for Jan. 31.
UAFS Students Help Downtown Van Buren Thrive
Dr. Elise Riker, assistant professor of business administration at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith, wanted her marketing research class to tackle projects that give students hands-on, project-based learning experiences. So when the opportunity came about for her class to research and recommend strategies to improve downtown Van Buren, Riker jumped on the opportunity.
Roland Native Thrives at UAFS
Mackenzie O’Kelley has seen the impact of cancer firsthand. Many of her relatives have battled with it, some of them passing away. For this reason, the Roland, Okla., native is pursuing her dream of becoming a radiation oncologist at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith.
Textbooks Now Available to Check out at UAFS Library
The most affordable university in the state just got a little more affordable thanks to an initiative by University of Arkansas – Fort Smith students. Tatiana Scharr of Fort Smith and Austin Lloyd of Pearland, Texas, led an effort with the help of the UAFS Lions Bookstore to have the Boreham Library at UAFS offer textbooks of general education courses at the university. Students can reserve the book for an hour at a time and are required to read it at the library.
Timmons Recognized as Outstanding Volunteer for Scholarship Organization
Dr. Becky Timmons, director of assessment and accountability at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith, was recently recognized for her work supporting single parent students.
UAFS Parking Office Holding Canned Food Drive through Dec. 13
Many offices across the University of Arkansas Fort Smith campus are giving back during the holiday season – even the Parking Office.
Mary Shepard: The Art of Tolerance
When she first encountered the painting The Descent from the Cross by Flemish painter Rogier van der Weyden in college, Mary Shepard was intrigued. In fact, she said, it started her thinking about becoming an art historian. Flash forward: Dr. Mary B. Shepard, having completed her fifth year as the art historian at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith, has a chance to fly to Spain for research, thanks to the Lucille Speakman Legacy Endowment. In Madrid, she stops at the Prado National Museum. There she sees in person The Descent from the Cross and realizes she is encountering it for the first time.
Markham to be Guest Speaker at UAFS Fall Commencement
Dr. Maria Markham, director of the Arkansas Department of Higher Education, will serve as the guest speaker for the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith’s fall commencement ceremony held at 7 p.m. Dec. 14 at the Stubblefield Center on UAFS campus.
UAFS Students Relish Chance to Make Impact
A chance to gain some real world experience they can parlay into an advantage when they look for jobs makes some extra effort worthwhile for students in the marketing research class at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith.

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