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Speaker Gillam Discusses Public Service with UAFS Students
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.
Season of Entertainment Jazz Concert Slated for Nov. 16
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.
L’Oreal Paris Women of Worth Recognizes UAFS Alumna
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.
UAFS Professors Publish Poetry Collections
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.
Pine Bluff Graduate Excelled in UAFS Completer Program
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.
Martina McBride to Perform Christmas Concert Nov. 26
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.
Campus Lighting, Season’s Greetings Events to be Held in November
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.
UAFS Student Vet Receives $10,000 Scholarship
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.
UAFS Maymester Courses Offer Unique Learning Experiences
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.
Art Event on UAFS Campus Draws Crowds for Music, Fun
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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On Oct. 14, the floor of the Stubblefield Center will become a roadway for robots designed and constructed by students from 16 area schools when the annual River Valley BEST robotics competition is held on the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith campus.
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Tue, 09/26/2017
Jacob Keys was only in the second grade when, in the summer of 2007, he began to feel lethargic and lost his appetite – symptoms that culminated in a diagnosis of stage four Acute Myeloid Leukemia, a cancer with a 26 percent five-year survival rate. Ten years later, Keys is cancer-free and a student at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith, but his challenges battling cancer earned him a $4,000 scholarship from the We Care Foundation to help him with his studies at UAFS.
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Mon, 09/25/2017
Students in the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith’s theatre department will perform a rendition of Tennessee William’s play “Night of the Iguana” Oct. 19-21 and 23-24 as part of the university’s Season of Entertainment 37.
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Wed, 09/20/2017
The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith will host its second annual Family Weekend Oct. 27-28 on the university campus, offering families of students an opportunity to experience the UAFS campus.
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Tue, 09/19/2017
University of Arkansas – Fort Smith student Keimi Driscoll of Fort Smith never saw herself working in politics. But after spending a summer interning for the National Conference of State Legislatures in Washington, D.C. thanks to a grant from the bequest of late City Administrator Ray Gosack, Driscoll changed her major to political science when she returned to UAFS this fall.
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Fri, 09/15/2017
The Symphonic Band at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith will hold a concert at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 4 as part of the university’s Season of Entertainment 36.
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Fri, 09/15/2017
The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith’s Department of Music will “light the night” when it presents a choral concert at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 10 as part of the university’s Season of Entertainment 37.
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Wed, 09/13/2017
The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith, in partnership with the Shane Bailey Memorial Music Society, will host the “Lollapalooza on the Green” event from 1-7 p.m. Sept. 30 on the Campus Green on UAFS campus, featuring a fun afternoon of music and games for all ages.
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Tue, 09/12/2017
The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith has slated a schedule of events from Sept. 18-22 in recognition of Constitution Week, featuring lectures by UAFS professors, a constitutional quiz bowl, and a demonstration of a voting machine.
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Mon, 09/11/2017
When two tragedies struck the southwestern United States – Hurricane Harvey and, on a smaller level, the burning of Cameron High School in Oklahoma – staff members at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith saw an opportunity to help give back to the educators in those areas.
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Mon, 09/11/2017
An increase in headcount, full-time equivalency and first-time entering freshmen highlighted the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith’s 11th day enrollment figures for the fall 2017 semester, with numbers pointing towards a foundation for future enrollment growth.
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Fri, 09/08/2017
Danielle Emery loves a challenge. It’s what motivates her in her studies at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith, but it’s also what motivated her to apply for and gain acceptance to a competitive summer internship with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
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Thu, 09/07/2017
After graduating from the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith this spring, Tulsa House was looking for an opportunity to utilize her media communications degree and experience while helping local businesses grow and flourish. She also wanted to have the freedom to make her own executive decisions. So House did something that allowed her to combine all three of these interests – she started her own business.
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Thu, 09/07/2017
Seventeen drawings by a nationally-recognized and award-winning artist are on display at Windgate Art & Design at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith through Oct. 13, with a reception slated for 5-8 p.m. Sept. 19.
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Tue, 09/05/2017
Twelve students will participate in the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith’s Chancellor’s Leadership Council scholarship program during the 2017-18 school year, a highly competitive program for students demonstrating leadership capabilities and strong academic performance.
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Fri, 09/01/2017
Fittingly, it was Tyler William’s high school English teacher who showed Williams the impact he could have as an educator. “Growing up in a poor rural school district, he invested heavily in every student,” Williams said. “He believed in every one of us, no matter how much resistance he met. That was truly an inspiration, and I wanted to be that for someone else.” Now, after graduating from the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith this spring, the Hartford native will have the opportunity to do just that after earning a teaching position in Newtok, Alaska, where he will teach math to Yupik, which are indigenous Alaskan natives.
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Thu, 08/31/2017
A University of Arkansas – Fort Smith student has received a prestigious and competitive nursing scholarship from Travel Nurse Across America.
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Tue, 08/29/2017
A pop musician best known for his hit song featured in “Rocky IV” and a prominent local musician will treat Fort Smith residents to a concert at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 28 as part of the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith’s Season at The Blue Lion.
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Tue, 08/29/2017
The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith will hold its annual Majors Expo from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sept. 20 in the Reynolds Room of the Smith-Pendergraft Campus Center, offering students an opportunity to choose from the university’s more than 60 baccalaureate degree offerings.
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Mon, 08/28/2017
Nine new resident assistants will join a team of 11 returning RAs and the rest of the housing crew at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith for the 2017-18 academic school year.
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Mon, 08/28/2017
The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith will host a Music Faculty Showcase at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 12 at The Blue Lion at UAFS Downtown, located at 101 N. 2nd Street.
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Fri, 08/18/2017
The University of Arkansas - Fort Smith has released the list of students receiving degrees and certificates during the spring 2017 semester and the first summer term ending in July.
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Thu, 08/17/2017
The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith’s annual exhibit featuring photographs taken during the Sept. 11 attacks will be on display this year from Sept. 5-12 in the Smith-Pendergraft Campus Center, located at 800 N. 49th Street.
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Wed, 08/16/2017
The University of Arkansas Fort Smith’s first blood drive of the new school year will be held from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 12-13 in the Reynolds Room of the Smith-Pendergraft Campus Center, with donors receiving a “Win from Within” T-shirt.
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Tue, 08/15/2017
A musician considered “the most respected living U.S. jazz instrumentalist” will bring his quartet to Fort Smith to kick off Season of Entertainment 37 at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith with a concert at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 7.
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Mon, 08/14/2017
UAFS alumnus Jesus Sedeno-Gutierrez recently returned from his summer trip, aptly named “34 Days Around the World.” While abroad, Sedeno-Gutierrez visited six countries: Japan, Taiwan, Thailand, Spain, Germany, and Scotland.
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Thu, 08/10/2017
Kayley Corley learned plenty during her summer spent working for Congressman Steve Womack in Washington, D.C., but the most important lesson she learned was a simple one.
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Tue, 08/08/2017
A local photographer and documentarian is showcasing her photography at an exhibit at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith through Sept. 29, with a reception slated from 5-6 p.m. Aug. 30.
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Thu, 08/03/2017
You might guess that Cole Thornton, cofounder of the successful Gadget Grave chain of electronic repair shops, grew up as the kid who deviled his parents by taking all their devices apart and spent eight days a week with a game controller in his hand. You’d be wrong.
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Thu, 07/27/2017
University of Arkansas – Fort Smith students, faculty and alumni will enjoy a break from sales taxes the weekend of Aug. 5-6 when the university will participate in Arkansas’ Tax Free Holiday.
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Thu, 07/27/2017
Summer may have Fort Smith in its hot fist, but at the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith the beginning of the fall semester is within sight.
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Wed, 07/26/2017
Season tickets are now on sale for the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith’s two annual lineups of touring shows and musical performances: the 37th annual Season of Entertainment and the fifth annual Season at the Blue Lion.
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Wed, 07/26/2017
Rodney O. Parks, senior director of major and planned gifts at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith Foundation, received the Crystal Apple Award by the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education in San Francisco on Monday.
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Wed, 07/26/2017
Aaron Underhill, seen here in front of the Arkansas Department of Health in Little Rock, is participating in a summer internship researching pediatric clients in the WIC program
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Thu, 07/13/2017
More than 2,300 lives were potentially saved through blood drives held on the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith campus in the 2016-17 school year.
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Wed, 06/28/2017
Beginning this fall, the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith is taking another step toward increasing retention and graduation of students – an initiative outlined in its latest strategic plan – through a fast-track completion program in the Department of World Languages.
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Wed, 06/28/2017

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