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Theatre @ UAFS to Perform “Under Milk Wood” in February
Theatre @ UAFS will perform Dylan Thomas’s play “Under Milk Wood” at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 15-17 and 19-20 in the Breedlove Auditorium on the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith campus as part of the Season of Entertainment 37.
Texas Native Finds Home in Fort Smith
Although she hails from the Lone Star State, Audrey Legg found the home she was looking for at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith.
Hurst to Receive UAFS Young Alumni Award
Rebecca Hurst, managing partner at Smith Hurst law firm, will receive the second annual Young Alumni Award from the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith’s Alumni Association, recognizing the alumna’s successful career in business law and service to the university.
Loyd to Receive Diligence to Victory Award Feb. 9
A former University of Arkansas – Fort Smith administrator who helped grow the university’s endowment to more than $50 million will be given the Diligence to Victory Award at the Homecoming Reunion Social at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 9 at The Blue Lion at UAFS Downtown, located at 101 N. 2nd Street.
UAFS to Hold Commercial Drone Course in February
The Center for Business and Professional Development at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith will host a three-week test preparation course for the Federal Aviation Administration’s Part 107 test to become a commercial operator of unmanned aerial aircraft, more commonly known as drones.
UAFS Alum Earns Vice President Position at Bank
For many professionals, earning a vice president position at a major bank would signify the culmination of their professional career. For Chukwukere Ekeh, it’s just the beginning.
Fall 2017 Dean’s List Announced
The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith has released the Dean's List for the fall 2017 semester, according to Dr. Georgia Hale, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs.
UAFS Student Vet Chapter Wins National Competition
When the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith chapter of the Student Veterans Organization placed third in the business plan competition at the annual Student Veterans of America national conference last year, they vowed to do better at the 2018 conference.
UAFS Celebrates MLK with Panel Discussion
On Jan. 15, six Lincoln High School alumni spoke of their experiences integrating from the all-black school to Northside High School during a panel discussion at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith.
UAFS Dental Hygiene to Hold Clinics in Spring
The dental hygiene program at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith will sponsor free afterschool clinics in the spring for children in the greater Fort Smith region.

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Many offices across the University of Arkansas Fort Smith campus are giving back during the holiday season – even the Parking Office.
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Thu, 11/30/2017
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.
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Wed, 11/29/2017
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.
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Tue, 11/21/2017
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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Mon, 11/20/2017
Fourteen students and two faculty members in the School of Education at the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith have been inducted into the Alpha Beta Omega chapter of Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education during an initiation ceremony that also recognized senior members of the society. Five members were also presented graduation cords.
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Fri, 11/17/2017
A lieutenant with the Fort Smith Police Department spoke to students in the College of Business at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith about the current challenges of leadership during a talk Nov. 13 on campus.
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Fri, 11/17/2017
A piece of World War I history was planted at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith during a ceremony last week honoring local veterans who perished in the conflict.
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Tue, 11/14/2017
A $30,295 grant from the Blue & You Foundation will help dental hygiene students at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith provide preventive dental services to children in low-income families in the Fort Smith area.
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Mon, 11/13/2017
Presleigh Webb’s dream is to move to Nashville to make her name in the country music industry. The media communications major from Benton took a step towards that goal when she began a job with the local country music station KCTS, where she co-hosts a morning show, “DC In the Morning with Lil P.”
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Fri, 11/10/2017
Before this weekend, it was a red brick wall that overlooked the beginnings of a community garden at the Hope Campus, a drab partition that “didn’t have much life to it.” Now, the structure stands as a testament to hope and growth after University of Arkansas – Fort Smith students brightened the wall with a mural, on which the words “GARDEN OF HOPE” spring to life in a medley of oranges and reds while vibrant plant life grows around it.
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Thu, 11/09/2017
The Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce recently held a portion of its “Arkansas’s Workforce” session of Leadership Arkansas at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith, a recognition of the university’s statewide innovations in workforce development.
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Tue, 11/07/2017
The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith will host a blood drive from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 28-29 in the Reynolds Room of the Smith-Pendergraft Campus Center, with donors receiving a free T-shirt and health screening.
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Mon, 11/06/2017
Jeremy Gillam, the Speaker of the House in the Arkansas House of Representatives, shared a behind-the-scenes look at the legislative process to University of Arkansas – Fort Smith students and discussed his keys for success as a legislator during a talk on the UAFS campus as the inaugural guest for a new speaker series at the university.
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Fri, 11/03/2017
Fort Smith, resident and University of Arkansas - Fort Smith alumna Charolette Tidwell has been selected as one of the 2017 Women of Worth Honorees by L’Oréal Paris for her outstanding work with Antioch for Youth & Family, a nonprofit organization that provides supplemental food assistance to approximately 7,000 people in the community, in addition to youth development services and family assistance through a variety of personal enrichment programs. Tidwell is one of 10 women in the country to receive the prestigious Women of Worth award this year, for her charitable efforts and perseverance in making a difference in the community.
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Thu, 11/02/2017
The Jazz Band and Jazz Catz at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith will perform a fall concert of blues, contemporary pop, country and jazz at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 16 in the ArcBest Corp. Performing Arts Center, located at 55 S. 7th Street.
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Thu, 11/02/2017
Since grade school, Kedrick Jones had been passionate about technology. But after earning associate degrees in general technology and general studies from Southeast Arkansas College, Jones thought earning a bachelor’s degree in computer science was a distant dream. His job at the time kept him from having the flexibility to continue attending college courses.
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Wed, 11/01/2017
Christian Gerard and Heather Dobbins have a lot in common. As a married couple, they love dancing, traveling, and working in the yard. They love cooking and nearly every type of music. They are also both professors at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith – Gerard an assistant professor of English, Dobbins an adjunct English professor. And not only are they both published poets, they both recently published poetry collections – “Holdfast” by Gerard and “River Mouth” by Dobbins. The two will be reading from their collections at 7 p.m. Nov. 2 at the Fort Smith Public Library, located at 3201 Rogers Ave.
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Wed, 11/01/2017
Martina McBride, the best-selling and Grammy Award-nominated country music artist, will ring in the holidays in Fort Smith with a 7:30 p.m. concert Nov. 26 as part of the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith’s Season of Entertainment 37.
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Tue, 10/31/2017
A lighting ceremony and a holiday concert will kick off holiday celebrations at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith as part of the university’s Season of Entertainment 37.
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Mon, 10/30/2017
When most Arkansans think of international travel, they imagine a plane flight overseas. But for University of Arkansas – Fort Smith students taking Maymester courses this summer, an international trip took the form of a bus ride to Canada as part of literature and history courses at the university. Maymester courses are condensed courses at locations across the country and the world held each May. Registration is currently open for 2018 courses.
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Fri, 10/27/2017
University of Arkansas – Fort Smith student Jennifer Hosley had never applied for a scholarship before, but the first time was a charm for the Greenwood native after she applied for and received a nationally competitive scholarship for student veterans.
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Fri, 10/27/2017
Local and world-renowned talent will come together to perform a concert of Latin American music at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith at 3 p.m. Nov. 4 in the theater of Windgate Art & Design, located at 535 N. Waldron Road.
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Thu, 10/19/2017
The inaugural Lollapalooza on the Green drew more than 2,000 people to enjoy the day of art and sunshine at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith.
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Thu, 10/19/2017
A symposium providing professional development for local Spanish teachers will be held on the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith campus from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 4 in theater of Windgate Art & Design, located at 535 N. Waldron Road, with a concert also scheduled to close the event.
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Wed, 10/18/2017
One of the best-kept secrets on the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith campus helps university students each week dress for success.
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Tue, 10/17/2017
A fierce competition took place at the River Valley BEST robotics competition this weekend on the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith campus, but it was Metro Homeschool who continued their run of dominance by placing first in the robot competition and BEST Award categories.
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Tue, 10/17/2017
Thanks to University of Arkansas – Fort Smith students and community members, Fort Smith will celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Baha’u’llah, the founder of the Baha’i Faith.
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Mon, 10/16/2017
High-flying bicycle acrobatics will be on display in “Cirque Mechanics: Pedal Punk,” steampunk-inspired show that will travel to Fort Smith for a 7:30 p.m. Nov. 8 performance as part of the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith’s Season of Entertainment 37.
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Fri, 10/13/2017
Local residents will have the opportunity to become certified solar panel installers after completing a three-day course offered by the University of Arkansas Fort Smith’s Center for Business and Professional Development.
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Wed, 10/11/2017
A serious accident prevented a Canadian artist from exhibiting his works at Windgate Art & Design when that building opened to the public in September 2015, but this year he has made up for that in a big way.
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Wed, 10/11/2017
The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith has selected 26 students to represent the university as campus ambassadors for the 2017-18 school year.
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Mon, 10/09/2017
Artwork by a Fort Smith native is on display in the Smith-Pendergraft Campus Center at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith through Nov. 30, with a reception slated for 5 p.m. Oct. 11.
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Fri, 10/06/2017
University of Arkansas – Fort Smith student Claudia Lackie of Fort Smith has been drawing ever since she was a toddler. And now, as a graphic design major at UAFS, she is showcasing her artwork in a solo exhibit for the first time at the Fort Smith Public Library.
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Thu, 10/05/2017
The Gentlemen Trio, a nationally-acclaimed group of tenors, will perform in Fort Smith at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 30 as part of the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith’s Season of Entertainment 37.
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Wed, 10/04/2017
Two University of Arkansas – Fort Smith employees were honored for their service to the university when they received Lucille Speakman Excellence Awards at the University Staff Council’s annual staff meeting Sept. 27.
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Mon, 10/02/2017
University of Arkansas – Fort Smith student Garrett Rogers has a vision: to help students feel a sense of inclusion, not only at UAFS but around the world. He took steps to achieve that lofty goal when he entered and was selected as one of 15 finalists across the nation for AT&T’s “Live Proud” scholarship contest, which rewards college students’ ideas for on-campus LGBT advocacy projects.
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Mon, 10/02/2017

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