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UAFS Students Portray “Common” Historical Figures at Event
For two days last weekend, University of Arkansas – Fort Smith students assumed the roles of Fort Smith residents “ignored by history” for the annual Tales of the Crypt event held April 29-30 at Oak Cemetery in Fort Smith.
Kinkead Ave. to be Closed through UAFS May 15
A stretch of Kinkead Ave. running through the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith campus will be permanently closed to traffic May 15 in accordance with a decision made by the Fort Smith Board of Directors late last year.
Pastel Paintings on Display at UAFS through July 31
An exhibit on display through July 31 at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith will feature pastel paintings by local artist Judy Howard, with a reception set for early May.
UAFS Health Sciences Programs to Hold Ceremonies in May
The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith’s College of Health Sciences will hold pinning ceremonies for its surgical technology, dental hygiene and nursing programs in May.
Kradel, Hale to Serve as Speakers for UAFS Commencement
Eileen Kradel, former vice president of compliance at Washington Regional Medical Center and member of the UAFS Board of Visitors, and Dr. Georgia Hale, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs, will serve as speakers for the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith’s commencement ceremonies at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. May 13.
UAFS Alumna Works on Film to be Shown at BFF
University of Arkansas – Fort Smith alumna Priscilla Tran of Fort Smith decided she wanted to pursue a career in film when, at age 18, she watched “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.”
Hale Flourishes as Leader, Community Activist at UAFS
When Shane Hale graduated from Waldron High School, he had more than 20 scholarship offers from schools all over the country. Prestigious universities such as Notre Dame, Vanderbilt, Baylor and others had offered him generous scholarships.   Instead, he chose the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith. Where other schools barely interacted with him past reaching out to him to let him know he received a scholarship, he said the personal interest UAFS professors took in him influenced his decision to attend.
UAFS School of Education to Offer Online Endorsement in Fall
Beginning this fall, the School of Education at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith will offer students the opportunity to earn the pre-kindergarten-level, grades 3-4 endorsement online, making UAFS the first university in the state to offer the endorsement completely online.
Sixteen Research Presentations Receive Awards
The University of Arkansas - Fort Smith has announced the 16 best research presentations delivered at the 10th Annual Student Research Symposium.
Local Girls Learn about STEM Opportunities at UAFS Conference
On April 20, girls from area public schools gathered on the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith campus to learn how they can become leaders in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics during a leadership conference hosted by the STEM Education Center at UAFS.

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Artwork by Laura Wattles, creative director at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith, is on display until Oct. 31 in an exhibit at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith, with a reception slated for 5 p.m. Sept. 14.
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Tue, 09/06/2016
Sisters Constance and Naomi Lee have always been close. When Constance, the older sister by three years, got a job as a waitress at a local restaurant, Naomi got her work permit at age 13 so she could bus tables alongside her. As kids, the two spent a summer in Michigan detasseling corn, an experience they describe as “horrible” but are able to laugh about now.
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Tue, 09/06/2016
The monthly meeting of the Ark-Homa Chapter of the Arkansas Archeological Society and the Oklahoma Anthropological Society will be held at 7 p.m. Sept. 15 in Room 202 of the Math-Science Building on the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith campus.
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Fri, 09/02/2016
“Triple-threat fiddle champions” will bring their musical talents to Fort Smith for a performance at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 20 as part of the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith’s Season at The Blue Lion.
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Tue, 08/30/2016
The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith’s eighth-annual Majors Expo will be held at 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 13 in the Reynolds Room of the Smith-Pendergraft Campus Center for students and prospective students looking to choose a college major.
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Mon, 08/29/2016
The University of Arkansas - Fort Smith will host a blood drive from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 19-20 in the Reynolds Room of the Smith-Pendergraft Campus Center, with donors receiving a free T-shirt and free health screening.
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Fri, 08/26/2016
Jillia Jackson wouldn’t have ever secured a recording deal in Nashville had it not been for her education at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith.
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Fri, 08/26/2016
The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith will host a Music Faculty Showcase at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 13 at The Blue Lion at UAFS Downtown, located at 101 N. 2nd St. The event will feature various members of the UAFS music faculty presenting a variety of vocal and instrumental music in a variety of styles and genres.
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Fri, 08/26/2016
A University of Arkansas – Fort Smith professor who went out of her way to help one of her students serving in the military was recognized by the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) during a faculty meeting at UAFS.
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Thu, 08/25/2016
A Sept. 1 reception at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith for an exhibit by an acclaimed street artist will kick off this year’s The Unexpected, the arts initiative coordinated by 64.6 Downtown and curated by JustKids taking place September 2-11 in downtown Fort Smith.
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Wed, 08/24/2016
Prospective students, local residents and the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith campus community can catch a new perspective of the university and campus life through the university’s new Snapchat account, UAFSlions, launched last week.
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Wed, 08/24/2016
In front of a capacity crowd gathered in the lobby of the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith’s new state-of-the-art Recreation and Wellness Center – dubbed the “RaWC” – Chancellor Paul B. Beran lauded the building and the students who helped make it a reality during his remarks at the building’s ribbon cutting Aug. 22.
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Tue, 08/23/2016
Fantasy buffs from Arkansas, the U.S. and the world will gather together to celebrate and analyze fantasy literature during the “Hidden and Fantastic” conference Sept. 23-24 hosted by the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith and featuring some of the top fantasy scholars in the world as keynote speakers.
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Mon, 08/22/2016
Colors leave Angela Alvos paintbrush as she begins to create a work of art on the canvas. The room is small, but her artworks adorn the walls she smiles as she continues to admire her studio.
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Fri, 08/19/2016
The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith will feature its annual exhibit from Sept. 2-12 in the Smith-Pendergraft Campus Center commemorating the Sept. 11 attacks.
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Fri, 08/19/2016
The University of Arkansas - Fort Smith has released the list of students receiving degrees and certificates during the spring 2016 semester and the first summer term ending in July.
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Wed, 08/17/2016
The path to downtown Fort Smith just got a little easier for the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith campus community and those living along the seven miles of streets now designated as the Blue Lion Bikeway, a path that will benefit Fort Smith residents and will be celebrated during a ribbon cutting at 11 a.m. Sept. 7 at the Campus Green at UAFS.
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Tue, 08/16/2016
An exhilarating dance show featuring world-class dancers and musicians performing three captivating dance forms will kick off the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith’s Season of Entertainment 36 with a show at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 16.
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Mon, 08/15/2016
Dr. Martin McDonell was working as a mental health counselor at a psychiatric hospital when he was first exposed to social workers and the good they did for the clients they served. As he said, “the light came on.” “I realized that’s what I wanted to do. I wanted to impact people’s lives. I wanted to work with them, talk with them, and just help make change,” McDonell said. “I realized there was a job out there where I could help somebody overcome their problems – that was just very rewarding for me.” Now, 28 years later with a wealth of practical and educational experience under his belt, McDonell wants to inspire University of Arkansas – Fort Smith students in a similar way as head of the newly-created social work program at the university.
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Wed, 08/10/2016
Rising CMT (Country Music Television) artist Courtney Cole will bring her unique musical style to the River Valley on Sept. 8. The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith, in collaboration with Rich Mountain Community College, is hosting Cole for a free concert as part of Country Music Television’s Empowering Education initiative.
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Tue, 08/09/2016
For UAFS alumni Brandon and Jessica Parker, the story started out simple enough: first came love, then came marriage. But instead of a child, the news the couple received was much grimmer: two diagnoses of serious illnesses.
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Mon, 08/08/2016
The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith’s state-of-the-art Recreation and Wellness Center will be celebrated during a ribbon cutting ceremony at 3 p.m. Aug. 22 on the UAFS campus.
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Fri, 08/05/2016
University of Arkansas - Fort Smith students will move into campus housing 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Aug. 18, 7:15 a.m. – 11 a.m. Aug. 19 and 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Aug. 20 with help from fellow students and UAFS staff around campus.
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Wed, 08/03/2016
Most Americans know of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) through the hit cable television show. But University of Arkansas – Fort Smith student Justin Harris of Elkins got to see the law enforcement agency firsthand through a summer internship.
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Tue, 08/02/2016
When Jeremy May talks about the impact of his business ClueMasters on Fort Smith, he alludes to a quote by Steve Clark, CEO of Propak Logistics and mentor to May, concerning the city of Fort Smith.
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Mon, 08/01/2016
Anaconda and tarantula bites and a monkey stealing his hat were just a few of the hardships Heath Slamons of Elkins had to endure during a seven-week stay in San Pedro, Ecuador. But the experience was well worth it, as the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith student was able to pursue his passion for water conservation through a summer internship.
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Wed, 07/27/2016
Core Brewing Company may be headquartered in Springdale, but the company is undoubtedly a Fort Smith business. The qualities that have made its owner, Jesse Core, a successful businessman are the same ones that have defined Fort Smith – tenacity, resiliency, grit and empathy.
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Tue, 07/26/2016
College students across the nation will spend their summer reading for pleasure, but three University of Arkansas – Fort Smith have the privilege of reading novels and short stories as part of an internship with a prestigious literary press.
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Thu, 07/21/2016
The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith Lions Bookstore will participate in Arkansas’ tax-free weekend Aug. 6-7, offering local residents a chance to purchase items exempt from the state sales tax of 9.75 percent.
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Thu, 07/21/2016
Two University of Arkansas – Fort Smith alumni from the university’s studio art program have had their artwork selected to be featured in a national competitive exhibition at Fort Smith’s Regional Art Museum.
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Wed, 07/20/2016
Students from the Phi Beta Lambda chapter at the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith earned awards at the annual PBL National Leadership Conference in Atlanta, Ga.
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Mon, 07/18/2016
The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith has received approval from the Arkansas Department of Higher Education Coordinating Board to offer four new degrees and certificates this fall to address the employment needs of the greater Fort Smith region.
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Thu, 07/14/2016
Dr. Edward Serna, formerly the director of grants management and compliance, has been promoted to chief of staff and associate vice chancellor for external funding at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith, effective July 1.
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Wed, 07/13/2016
The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith has received nearly $2 million for two workforce development grants from the Arkansas Department of Higher Education to implement educational programs for two high-demand career fields: robotics and computer science.
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Mon, 07/11/2016
Debbie Koch, associate professor of nursing in the College of Health Sciences at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith, was recently named the Nurse Educator of the Year by Publishing Concepts, Inc., publisher of the Arkansas State Board of Nursing Update magazine.
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Fri, 07/08/2016
Watercolor artwork by Laura Wattles, creative director at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith, is currently on display in an exhibit at the Center for Art & Education in Van Buren through July 29, with a reception slated at 1 p.m. July 10.
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Wed, 07/06/2016

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