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Corley Learns about Leadership as JPH Fellow
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.
Photography Exhibit to be on Display at UAFS through Sept. 29
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.
UAFS Lions Bookstore Participates in Tax-Free Weekend Aug. 5-6
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.
UAFS Alum Finds Success in Computer Repair
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.
UAFS Foundation Director Earns Crystal Apple Award
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.
Season of Entertainment 37, Season at the Blue Lion Schedules Released
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.
UAFS Student Move-in Set for Aug. 17-19
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.
UAFS Student Gains Real-Life Experience in Public Health
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
UAFS Adds Fast-Track Option for Spanish Students
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.
2,300 Lives Potentially Saved through UAFS Blood Drives
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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Nineteen schools participated in the 2016 River Valley BEST competition Oct. 29 on the University of Arkansas- Fort Smith campus, but two schools dominated the competition.
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Tue, 11/01/2016
The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith will hold its seventh annual Psychology Symposium from 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Nov. 17 in the Reynolds Room of the Smith-Pendergraft Campus Center, providing students the opportunity to present research, engage in scholarly debate and network with employers in the field.
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Mon, 10/31/2016
Through a partnership between the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith and Rockline Industries, students at the company’s manufacturing facility in Booneville were able to take the first step in furthering their careers by receiving Certificates of Proficiency in Workforce Leadership from UAFS.
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Mon, 10/31/2016
The Student Veterans Organization will host a formal banquet at the Smith-Pendergraft Campus Center from 6-10 pm. Nov. 11 in recognition of Veterans Day. The banquet is a fundraiser to help support the travel expenses for the 2017 Student Veterans of America National Conference in Anaheim, Calif.
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Wed, 10/26/2016
The Chamber Ensembles at the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith will perform a concert at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 21 at The Blue Lion at UAFS Downtown, located at 101 N. 2nd St.
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Tue, 10/25/2016
For the second time in three years, a University of Arkansas – Fort Smith professor has been recognized as one of the highest rated professors by RateMyProfessor.com, a popular website that ranks faculty members of universities across the nation.
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Tue, 10/25/2016
The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith jazz band will perform a concert featuring a variety of music at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 17 as part of the university’s Season of Entertainment 36.
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Mon, 10/24/2016
The Fort Smith Fire Dept. now has a valuable piece of training equipment thanks to five University of Arkansas – Fort Smith welding students.
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Thu, 10/20/2016
Fort Smith residents have seen Paperwerk get its start with hand-painted cards and notepads at Brick City Emporium and watched as it grew into its location at 3000 Old Greenwood Road where additional inventory and calligraphy workshops were held.
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Mon, 10/17/2016
The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith’s Campus Activities Board will host the 13th annual Haunted Union from 6-10 p.m. Oct. 29th in the Smith-Pendergraft Campus Center.
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Thu, 10/13/2016
The University of Arkansas - Fort Smith has announced the 2016-17 class of students participating in the Chancellor’s Leadership Council scholarship program.
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Thu, 10/13/2016
For the second consecutive year, the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith will host the state’s Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival on its campus Oct. 27-30, featuring five colleges and universities competing for a slew of awards.
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Wed, 10/12/2016
Automotive students receiving a technical certificate from Northwest Technical Institute in Springdale will now be able to pursue an associate degree from the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith thanks to a partnership forged between the two schools.
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Tue, 10/11/2016
When Colton Lee was laid off in early 2015 from his job in the oilfield, he reconsidered what he wanted to do with his life. He wanted a job that would provide him a livable wage and good benefits. Since his father had been a truck driver, he decided to enroll in the Commercial Driver Development Program at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith.
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Tue, 10/11/2016
In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith will host a performance of “Tres Vidas” in the theatre of Windgate Art & Design at 7 p.m. Oct. 26.
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Mon, 10/10/2016
The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith will host a career fair and graduate school expo from 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Oct. 20 in the Reynolds Room of the Smith-Pendergraft Campus Center.
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Mon, 10/10/2016
Officers in the University Police Department at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith will soon be utilizing cutting-edge equipment as part of a federal grant from the Department of Justice.
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Fri, 10/07/2016
Students will have an opportunity to experience homelessness and donate to help local homeless residents at the Cardboard Box City event held Oct. 7-8 on campus.
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Wed, 10/05/2016
This year’s River Valley BEST robotics competition will take place from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 29 at the Stubblefield Center on the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith campus, located at 5210 Grand Avenue.
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Wed, 10/05/2016
Thirty-five University of Arkansas – Fort Smith students were matched with a community leader or business executive and UAFS young alumni for the third year of the UAFS Alumni Association’s Mentors Connections program.
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Wed, 10/05/2016
The symphonic band at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith will perform a Halloween-themed concert at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 31 as part of the university’s Season of Entertainment 36.
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Tue, 10/04/2016
When applying for graduate school at one of the top universities in the world, it helps to stand out. Matthew Farrar of Fort Smith found that fact out firsthand after accruing a wealth of international travel and research experience during his time at UAFS that helped him get accepted to a graduate program at one of the top universities in the world.
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Thu, 09/29/2016
Justin Harris of Elkins was able to apply his education from the university’s criminal justice program to an exciting summer internship with the Naval Criminal Investigative Services (NCIS) in Camp Lejeune, N.C.
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Thu, 09/29/2016
After surviving two near-death experiences – an apartment fire and a cancer diagnosis – Lynette Thrower of Fort Smith decided to return to school because she wanted to do more with her life. Thanks to dedicated professors and a friendly campus, Lynette has found her way at UAFS to pursue her passion of becoming a teacher.
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Thu, 09/29/2016
When Heather Deere of Muldrow, Okla., began researching universities as a high schooler, she initially wanted to attend a large university. Now, as a senior rhetoric and writing major at the UAFS, she’s realized the impact she can make on a smaller campus after becoming involved in numerous organizations and opportunities that UAFS has to offer.
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Thu, 09/29/2016
The University Staff Council at the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith presented Lucille Speakman Excellence Awards to Becky Bufkin of Greenwood and Debbie Sharp of Roland, Okla., during its annual staff meeting Sept. 27.
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Thu, 09/29/2016
The Department of Music and Theatre at the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith will present their first concert of the year at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 11 as part of Season of Entertainment 36.
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Wed, 09/28/2016
The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith will hold it’s first-ever Family Weekend Oct. 21-22 to provide an opportunity for university students and their families to enjoy a weekend of events on campus.
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Wed, 09/28/2016
A duo renowned for their unique combination of classical music and classic rock will perform at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 17 as part of the University of Arkansas Fort Smith’s Season at The Blue Lion.
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Mon, 09/26/2016
Dr. Glenda Ezell of Magazine, executive director of the School of Education at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith, has been elected to serve as the chair of the Arkansas Association for Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE).
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Wed, 09/21/2016
Ten years ago, an original production from a fledging theatre department at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith brought national acclaim to the university, the beginning of a 10-year run of celebrated productions and performances by the theatre program. This fall, Theatre @ UAFS will reenact the award-winning production “CORRIGENDA” for a 10th-anniversary celebration as part of the University’s Season of Entertainment 36. The shows will take place at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 20-22 and 24-25 in the Breedlove Auditorium on the UAFS campus, and tickets are $6 for the general public and free for students. The show is rated suitable for all audiences.
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Mon, 09/19/2016
For the second straight year, students in a special project class at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith received a unique opportunity to apply their artistic learnings by joining street artists from across the globe in painting murals in downtown Fort Smith.
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Thu, 09/15/2016
Eleven new resident assistants will join the 11 returning RAs and the rest of the housing team at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith for the 2016-2017 academic year.
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Tue, 09/13/2016
Not many college students have the opportunity to attend congressional briefings and committee meetings, conduct research on legislation, and give tours of the U.S. Capitol, but one University of Arkansas – Fort Smith student spent his summer doing just that as part of a prestigious fellowship.
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Tue, 09/13/2016
When Sandy Dixon decided to start Turn Key Construction Management and enter a male-dominated field, she had her skeptics. But she did not dwell on the negativity of naysayers. Instead, she relied on the business fundamentals she was taught through her classes at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith, then Westark Community College, to navigate her company through its early years.
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Mon, 09/12/2016
The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation is seeking third-party comments from students, faculty, graduates or employers of graduates of the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith’s School of Education.
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Wed, 09/07/2016

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